This Day In Baseball May 31
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Events for May 31
5/31/1914 – In the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader in Cincinnati, Tommy Clarke pinch hit for Reds pitcher King Lear in the ninth spot in the order and hit a run-scoring single to center. Maury Uhler ran for Clarke and Johnny Rawlings hit for the leadoff hitter, right fielder Herbie Moran. Uhler stayed in the game in right field and the new pitcher, Phil Douglas, assumed the leadoff spot. As the ninth inning started, the ninth position in the batting order was due up . However, the Reds forgot the double switch and thought that the pitcher was next so Fritz Von Kolnitz was sent in to pinch hit for Douglas. A pinch hitter can not be out of order because he was officially batting for Uhler not Douglas. After Von Kolnitz grounded out, Douglas should have been the next batter in the leadoff position. However, Uhler came to the plate out of order and walked. Then the number two hitter, Buck Herzog, singled Uhler to third. He was also out of order but the Pirates never caught on either. The Reds scored two runs in that inning that could have been prevented. They were important as they tied the game at 5 runs apiece and at the end of the inning, the game was called due to darkness.
There is an unassisted triple play for the second consecutive day in the major leagues. During the 9th inning of a game at Tiger Stadium, Detroit first baseman Johnny Neuncompletes the rare play by catching a Homer Summa line drive, tagging Charlie Jamieson between first and second, and then touching second before Glenn Myatt can return. Detroit beats the Indians, 1 – 0.
In Game 1 of a Memorial Day doubleheader, Carl Hubbell’s consecutive-game winning streak, compiled over two seasons, ends at 24 when the Dodgers, led by Babe Phelps’ 5-for-6 performance, defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 10-3. ‘King Carl’ is honored between games when the southpaw is presented with the National League’s 1936 MVP Award by Babe Ruth.
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