This Day In Baseball June 1
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Events for June 1
Lou Gehrig, making the only appearance as a pinch-hitter in his 17-year career, begins his streak of playing in 2,130 straight games when he comes off the Yankee bench to hit for rookie infielder Pee-Wee Wanninger. Ironically, Wanninger is the player who ended a consecutive-game streak of 1,307 consecutive games when he started the May 5th contest in place of Everett Scott, the team’s regular shortstop.
6/1/1932: The Cardinals beat the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field in a seven-inning, rain-shortened game. Pepper Martin and Eddie Delker both homered in the top of the eighth inning but lost them when the game was called and the score reverted to the seventh inning. Delker was 0 for his last 18 at the time of the homer and had never slugged a four-bagger in the majors at the time.
Four years after participating in the first major league night game as the visiting team in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, the Phillies host their first evening tilt, bowing to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park, 5-2. The team’s loss to the Bucs is not the first MLB contest played at night in Philadelphia, or at Shibe Park, because the A’s, who share the ballpark with the NL team, lost to Cleveland playing under the lights two weeks ago in the first night game in American League history.
Speaking to the Knights of Columbus in Cleveland, Yankee coach Johnny Schulte shares a team secret, telling the group of Lou Gehrig’s scheduled examination at the Mayo Clinic. At first, the ailing first baseman denies the statement as a rumor, but a few days later confirms the impending visit to Rochester, Minnesota.
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