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Supplement to "Lou Gehrig's RBI Record: Striving To Get It Right Thanks To 40 Years of Research By SABR Members"

By Herm Krabbenhoft

This article was published in the Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal.

Here is supporting evidence for the correction of errors in the official RBI record of Lou Gehrig. This is the supplemental material for Herm Krabbenhoft's article, "Lou Gehrig's RBI Record: Striving to Get it Right Thanks to 40 Years of Research by SABR Members", in the Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal.

 

 

Contents

1. Official Rules Pertinent to RBIs

2. 1923-1930 Year-by-Year Summary of Games with RBI Errors

3. Disputed games, play-by-play information from newspaper sources

 

 

1. Official Rules Pertinent to RBIs

  • "The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores … when, before two are out, an error is made on a play on which a runner from third base ordinarily would score." [2011 Official Rules of Major League Baseball, Rule 10.04 Runs Batted In, section (a), sub-section (3)]
  • "Credit a run batted in for the run scored when, before two are out, an error is made on a play on which a runner from third base ordinarily would score." [1957 Official Baseball Rules, Runs Batted In, Rule 10.04, section (a), sub-section (2)]

  • "With less than two out, if an error is made on a play on which a runner from third would ordinarily score, credit the batsman with a Run Batted In." [1931 Official Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs, Rule 70, Section 13: Definition of Runs Batted In]

    However, there was no such stipulation in the official rules from 1930 back to 1920, the first year that Runs Batted In were tabulated in the official records (DBD ledgers) –

  • "The Summary shall contain: The number of runs batted in by each batsman." [1920 Official Playing Rules Professional Base Ball Clubs, Rule 86, Section 8]

 

2. Year-by-Year Summary of Games with RBI errors

In order to get information on the accuracy of the RBI information presented in the official baseball records for other seasons in Gehrig’s major league career, I prevailed upon Retrosheet, initially focusing on the first eight years of his ML career (i.e., from 1923 through 1930). Dave Smith generously provided the as-yet-unpublished and un-proofed Retrosheet PBP accounts for Gehrig’s games for the 1923-1925, 1927, and 1929-1930 seasons. Here are the results of my research of these seasons:

1923

Gehrig participated in a total of 13 games in his first ML season. I checked the various relevant newspapers for each of those 13 games. I also reviewed the Retrosheet PBP information for each of those 13 games. As shown in the information below, I found one game where there is a discrepancy between the RBI information presented in newspaper text accounts and the official DBD records – the second game of the double header between the Yankees and Red Sox in Boston on September 29 (for which Retrosheet’s PBP information is only through the Yankee’s second inning). The newspaper accounts show conclusively that the two Yankees runs (both scored by Fred Hofmann, who batted in the seventh slot in the batting order) were batted in by Whitey Witt (in the fifth inning) and Bob Shawkey (in the seventh frame). Somehow, Gehrig was mistakenly credited with Shawkey’s RBI. Since Gehrig batted in the clean-up spot, it was impossible for Gehrig to have batted in Hofmann. Therefore, Gehrig’s official RBI statistics for that game are wrong – Gehrig actually had 0 RBIs in that game (not 1 RBI as shown in his official baseball records):

  • 29 September 1923: 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]

Unfortunately, I was unable to ascertain complete details for the runs scored by the Yankees in their game with the Red Sox on September 28 – New York scored a total of 24 runs; only the first six runs (i.e., those runs scored through the fifth inning) are described in Retrosheet’s PBP information; and none of the newspapers which I examined provided any details for the other 18 runs. According to his official baseball records, Gehrig had four RBIs in this game; the Retrosheet PBP information shows Gehrig with two of those four RBIs. So, at this point, it is necessary to presume that the official baseball records are correct for Gehrig’s four RBIs in this game.

Thus, overall, Gehrig’s official RBI record for 1923 is not accurate – he did not have nine RBIs; he had eight RBIs.

1924

See the sidebar "Lou Gehrig's Mythical 1,991 RBIs" for the details on 1924.

1925

Retrosheet has complete PBP information for 102 of the 125 games in which Gehrig played. For the other 23 games, I proceeded to assemble the details for the runs the Yankees scored from the relevant newspaper accounts. As shown here, there are four games for which Gehrig’s official DBD record has incorrect RBI information, the net result being no change in his official seasonal record, i.e., Gehrig’s official RBI stats – for the season (68 RBIs) – are right (since the corrections of the errors cancel one another)::

  • 18 April 1925 – 1 RBI (not 0 RBIs) [i.e., + 1 RBI]
  • 24 June 1925 – 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 30 June 1925 – 1 RBI (not 2 RBIs) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 08 September 1925 – 1 RBI (not 0 RBIs) [i.e., + 1 RBI]

1927

Complete PBP information for 137 games from Retrosheet plus newspaper accounts from my research for the other 18 games in which Gehrig participated allowed me to ascertain that there are four games for which baseball’s official records have inaccurate RBI information for Gehrig; see the play-by-play information on disputed games, included below, for the pertinent details. The correction of these four RBI errors results in Gehrig actually having had 173 RBIs (not 175 RBIs):

  • 17 August 1927 – 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 25 August 1927 – four RBIs (not 3 RBIs) [i.e., + 1 RBI]
  • 05 September 1927 (first game) – 3 RBIs (not four RBIs) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 07 September 1927 – 2 RBIs (not 3 RBIs)

It is reiterated that every edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records shows Gehrig as the American League leader in runs batted in for the 1927 season with 175 RBIs – which, as described here, is not accurate.

1929

Based on Retrosheet’s complete PBP information for 122 games and newspaper accounts for the other 32 games played by Gehrig, I was able to determine that there are five games for which Gehrig’s official RBI record has errors; see the information included here for more details. The rectification or these five runs batted in errors results in a net change of minus 1 RBI in Gehrig’s RBIs for the entire season, i.e., Gehrig actually had 125 RBI (not 126 RBI):

  • 28 April 1929 – 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 28 May 1929 – 2 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., + 1 RBI]
  • 03 July 1929 – 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 04 July 1929 (first game) – 1 RBI (not 0 RBIs) [i.e., + 1 RBI]
  • 19 July 1929 (first game) – 2 RBIs (not 3 RBIs) [i.e., - 1 RBI]

1930

Employing the complete PBP information provided by Retrosheet for 122 games plus the newspaper account information for the other 33 games that Gehrig played, I discovered three games for which the official records present erroneous RBI information for Gehrig; Effecting the corrections for these RBI errors results in a net change of minus 1 RBI for Gehrig’s season RBI statistics, i.e., Gehrig actually had 173 RBIS (not 174 RBI):

  • 03 June 1930 – 0 RBIs (not 1 RBI) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 09 June 1930 – 1 RBI (not 2 RBIs) [i.e., - 1 RBI]
  • 10 July 1930 – 1 RBI (not 0 RBIs] [i.e., + 1 RBI]

It is important to repeat that every edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records shows Gehrig as the leader in runs batted in for the American League in 1930 with 174 RBIs – which, as described here, is not correct.

 

3. Disputed games, play-by-play information from newspaper sources

1923 September 29 (second game)—at Boston—Yankees scored 2 runs

Fifth Inning (1 run)< -

NYT—"It wasn’t until the fifth that the Yankees scored the first run of the game on Hofmann’s single to left and Witt’s double past [left fielder] Mike Menosky."

BG—"After the Yankees had scored one run in the fifth on a single by Hofmann, two outs and a single by Witt, …"

BH—"The Yankees scored first. Hofmann opened the fifth with a single to left, and, after two were out, Menosky tried to scoop up Witt’s liner on the first hop, but the ball got through him and Hofmann scored."

BP—"The first score in this battle was made in the fifth, when Hofmann and Witt landed on the ball for a brace of hits and a big run."

Seventh Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… but in the seventh the Yankees tied it up on Hofmann’s double and two long flies, each of which advanced the runner."

BG—"The visitors worked into a tie in the seventh when Hofmann led off with a double, went to third after [right fielder] Donaghue had caught Johnson’s fly in deep right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shawkey."

BH—"The Yanks tied it up in the seventh. Hofmann led off with a double to left, went to third on Johnson’s long fly to right and scored on Shawkey’s sacrifice fly to Menosky."

BP—"Hofmann’s double and a long sacrifice fly by Shawkey tied the count in the seventh."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 2 runs

  • 1 (fifth inning)—Hofmann scored on a 1-RBI double by Witt.
  • 2 (seventh inning)—Hofmann scored on a 1-RBI SF by Shawkey.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION:< Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1925 April 18—vs. Boston—Yankees scored 6 runs

First Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"Dugan slammed a bouncer off [pitcher] Ferguson’s feet which speed transformed into a hit. Joe went to third on Combs’s single to centre. Meusel’s one-base crash to centre sent Dugan home. Gehrig hit an easy roller to [shortstop] Gross, who shot the ball to [second baseman] Rogell as the first stage of a double play. Rogell’s hands were slippery and he dropped the ball like a hot brick, Combs riding home on the mishap. Senor Vache in left field made a mess of Pipp’s drive, and before he collected his wits and the ball Meusel was over the plate, Gehrig on third and Pipp at second. Ward’s sacrifice fly to Flagstead scored Gehrig.

NYHT—"Joe Dugan opened for the Hugmen with a single off the glove of Alex Ferguson, the starting pitcher for Boston. Earle Combs sent Joe to third with a line single to center and Meusel’s safe hit scored Dugan and sent Combs to third. … Gehrig hit a grounder to Gross at shortstop for what looked like a double killing, but Rogell dropped a perfect throw at second. All hands were safe on this error and Combs scored the second Yankee run. Pipp’s fly to left resulted in a two-base muff by Vache, Meusel scoring, while Gehrig went to third and Pipp to second. Meusel scored the fourth run of the inning on Ward’s sacrifice fly to center."

BG—"In the first inning Joe Dugan smashed out a liner which brushed [pitcher] Ferguson’s glove and put the batter on first. Combs poled out a pretty single, which advanced Dugan to third, and Meusel banged out a clean hit that sent Dugan home and put Combs on third. Gehrig sent an easy bounder to [shortstop] Gross, who threw to [second baseman] Rogell in an attempt to force out Meusel. Rogell dropped the ball, Meusel being safe, while Combs scored." [Left fielder] Vache muffed Pipp’s high fly, and Meusel romped home from second, Gehrig going to third. Ward sacrificed to [center fielder] Flagstead and Gehrig scored. Then Scott hit into a double play, forcing out Pipp, but the damage had been done."

BH—"The Yankees got all the runs they needed in the first inning when Alex Ferguson, one of their old pals was pitching. … Dugan slammed a bouncer off Ferguson’s feet which speed made into a hit. Joe went to third on Combs’ single to centre. Meusel’s one-base crash to centre sent Dugan home. Gehrig hit an easy roller to Gross, who shot the ball to Rogell as the first stage of a double play. Rogell’s hands were slippery and he dropped the ball like a hot brick, Combs riding home on the mishap. Senor Vache in left field made a mess of Pipp’s drive and before he collected his wits and the ball, Meusel was over the plate, Gehrig on third, and Pipp at second. Ward’s sacrifice fly to Flagstead scored Gehrig. Ferguson’s embarrassment came to an end when Scott hit into a double play, [third baseman] Prothro grabbing his hot liner and doubling Pitt before he could get back to the cushion.

BP—"Right off the reel Joe Dugan hit the ball back to Fergy and he deflected it just enough to prevent Gross from getting it, and turned it into a base hit. Combs hit between Gross and the second sack and it went into centre for another single. … Meusel banged out a real hit to centre and a run was in. Lou Gehrig, who was given Babe Ruth’s job today, hit to Gross, who threw to second to start a double play. But they didn’t even get Meusel as Rogell muffed the ball and another run came in and nobody was out. Pipp hit to left field and big Vache, after making a run for the ball, let it drop out of his hands and get away from him, another run scoring. The fourth run came in after Ward’s sacrifice fly and then Scottie ended the agony by hitting into a double play, Doc Prothro spearing the hot shot and doubling Pipp off third."

Fourth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"After he [Ferguson] had disposed of Ward and Scott, O’Neill hit a single to centre. Pennock contributed his second hit of the day and O’Neill stopped at second. Joe Dugan spanked a hot drive to centre. In his frantic effort to corral the ball, Flagstead did a tumbling act which made him eligible for the circus. He did two or three cart-wheels going one direction while the ball went the other. O’Neill and Pennock both romped home and Dugan tried to stretch his way to third, but died there with the satisfaction of knowing that he had acquired at least a two-bagger."

NYHT—"The Yanks scored two more in the fourth on singles by O’Neill, and Pennock and Dugan’s double to left."

BG—"… the Yankees started to work on Ferguson. Ward grounded to Gross and Ferguson tossed out Scott. O’Neill singled to center, and Pennock’s second hit, a wallop to right field, easily advanced O’Neill. Dugan doubled and the two men on the bases went home. Dugan tried for to make third, but was caught by Prothro."

BH—"After he [Ferguson] had disposed of Ward and Scott, O’Neill stopped at second. <[A typesetting error resulted in the omission of the text describing how O’Neill and Pennock got on base.]< Joe Dugan spanked a hot drive to centre. … O’Neill and Pennock both romped home and Dugan tried to stretch his way to third, but died there."

BP—"… Ferguson … went along nicely until he got two out in the fourth when hits by O’Neill and Pennock and a double to centre by Dugan … gave the Yanks their other two runs."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 6 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Dugan scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 2 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI safe on a fielder’s choice by Gehrig.
  • 3 (first inning)—Meusel scored from second base on 0-out error by (left fielder) Vache; Pipp was the batter.
  • 4 (first inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI SF by Ward.
  • 5 (fourth inning)—O’Neill scored on a 2-RBI double by Dugan.
  • 6 (fourth inning)—Pennock scored on a 2-RBI double by Dugan.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1925 June 24—at Washington—Yankees scored 5 runs

Seventh Inning (5 runs)< –

NYT—"Wanninger started the big doings with a double against the right-field fence. Squire Jones outfooted a bunt to Ogden, and Wanninger drew rein at third. It was a simple matter for him to score on Dugan’s single to left, which also advanced Jones to second. Going back to primitive tactics, Combs again bunted, and Ogden, picking up the ball, saw nothing better to do with it than fling it over Bluege’s heat at third. Goslin snatched the pill up in short left field and swatted Jones in the back as he plowed into the plate. This pair of Senatorial miscues put Dugan on third and Combs on second and they tallied when Meusel singled to right. Bob died a-stealing, but Gehrig walked and Schang conveyed him to third with a one-baser to right. The idea That Mr. Ogden might be slightly null and void flowered in Bucky Harris’s bean at this interesting moment and so he sent Allan Russell to the rescue. While he was serving to Ward, Gehrig and Schang peeled off a double steal, Lou sliding into the home terminal."

NYHT—"As an appetizer Wanninger doubled to right and Jones bunted safely in Ogden’s direction. On Dugan’s single Wanninger scored and Jones paused at second. Combs bunted again to Ogden and the curly one heaved the ball over third base. Jones gathered himself together and charged home, Goslin’s toss hitting him between the shoulder blades. With Dugan on third and Combs at second Veach skied to Harris, but Meusel rifled a single to right, scoring the two New Yorkers. Robert died stealing. Gehrig walked, went to third on Schang’s hit and scored on the business end of a double steal."

WP—Nothing of substance.

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 5 runs

  • 1 (seventh inning)—Wanninger scored on a 1-RBI single by Dugan.
  • 2 (seventh inning)—Jones scored from second base on a 0-out error by (left fielder) Goslin; Combs was the batter.
  • 3 (seventh inning)—Dugan scored on a 2-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 4 (seventh inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 5 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a stolen base.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1925 June 30—at Boston—Yankees scored 3 runs

Fourth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Gehrig’s hole in one was the first score of Ehmke. … Gehrig shook him considerably with his drive in the fourth. … The Gehrig homer was into the ri8ght field bleachers and not far in, either."

NYHT—"The Yanks had a tough time with Ehmke until Gehrig broke the ice with his four-base clout.

BG—"In the fourth, Gehrig, the first batter up, drove the ball into the right field bleachers."

BH—"In the fourth he [Gehrig] cracked a Howard Ehmke offering right into the right field bleachers for a homer."

BP—"… but in the fourth Gehrig drove a nail in Ehmke’s coffin by slamming the ball into the right field seats for a home run."

Sixth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"… in the sixth. Gehrig, leading off with a single, was to be sacrificed to second. So far so good, but [catcher] Picinich, picking up Schang’s roller, turned loose the most picturesque heave seen at Fenway Park since the last convention of the discus and hammer throwers. The ball, aimed undoubtedly at first base, flew off toward the Public Library, in a due northerly direction and Gehrig came all the way around. Schang made third easily and scored when Ward bumped a two-bagger to left."

NYHT—"Buster Gehrig opened with a single to left, and when Schang bunted Picinich scooped up the ball and threw it nowhere near first base, although that seemed to be the general direction in which he was flinging. The ball landed in right center, or it may have been center, and while the Boston cast was in pursuit Gehrig scored and Schang went to third. Ward’s double to left fetched in Wally, but with nobody out, Ehmke fanned Wanninger and disposed of Jones and Dugan on aerial pop-ups."

BG—"In the sixth inning, he [Gehrig] led off with a single. Schang sacrificed and [catcher] Picinich, who fielded the ball, made a wild heave to first, the ball going to the fence in front of the pavilion, and before it was returned to the infield, Gehrig had scored and Schang had reached third. Ward doubled to left, scoring Schang."

BH—"In the sixth Lou led off with a single to centre. Wally Schang bunts well. He dropped down a sacrifice and when Val Picinich made a wild heave beyond first base to distant right field, Gehrig headed all the way home and Wally stopped at third, to score the next instant when Capt. Aaron Ward slapped a double to left."

BP—"Leading off in this chapter with his second hit of the day, he [Gehrig] ran all the way home as Picinich, in fielding Schang’s safe bunt, hurled the ball to far right field and then Ward’s two-bagger chased the second run in."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 3 runs

  • 1 (fourth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 2 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored from first base on a 0-out error by (catcher) Picinich; Schang was the batter.
  • 3 (sixth inning)—Schang scored on a 1-RBI double by Ward.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 2 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1925 September 8 (second game)—at Boston—Yankees scored 7 runs

Third Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing of substance.

NYHT—"Paschal drove in two runs in the third inning of the second game. Combs and Meusel were safe on errors by Rogell and Rothrock, respectively. Gehrig’s long fly advanced them and Paschal spun a breadwinning single to center. Ward walked, and with him and Paschal running the bases another orgy of errors developed. Todt and Rosenthal made wild heaves and Paschal scored."

BG—"… but in the third, [second baseman] Rogell muffed a line drive and [shortstop] Rothrock fumbled a grounder, both of which were scored as hits. Then after Ruth had flied to [left fielder] Rosenthal and Gehrig to [center fielder] Flagstead, Paschal singled scoring Combs and Meusel. Paschal stole and Ward was passed. The latter was caught off first base on a throw by [catcher] Bischoff to [first baseman] Todt and a run-up play was made on both Paschal and Ward, but so slowly executed that Paschal got back to second and then the play was taken up again on Ward between first and second. Todt finally threw the ball into Ward’s back and it caromed off into left field, Rosenthal making a wild throw in, and Paschal scored easily."

BH—"Rogell muffed Combs’ easy and soft liner and Rothrock messed up Meusel’s grounder. Ruth flied out and so did Gehrig, but on the latter Flagstead threw to third instead of second and both runners advanced after the catch, to score when Paschal singled. He stole second and Ward walked. Then the Sox infielders, every one of them, acted like schoolboys when Bischoff’s quick peg to Todt caught Ward off first. There was some wild and wooly headwork and some fierce throwing, Paschal scoring."

BP—nothing of substance.

Fifth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing specific; "The homers of Ruth and Paschal accounted for three other runs."

NYHT—"Meusel, Gehrig and Paschal gave the ball such hearty smacks in the fifth inning that two runs came in. Paschal knocked it over the left field fence."

BG—Nothing specific; "Incidentally Babe Ruth made a home run and Paschal two, that of Babe going high up into the right-field bleachers near the extreme end, and those of Paschal going high over the center-field fence to the left of the clock."

BH—"In the fifth the Yanks got back that pair on a Meusel double, Ruth’s flyout, on which Bob took third, Gehrig’s sacrifice fly and the first of Paschal’s homers."

BP—Nothing specific; "Paschal got in two real home run hits too, both of these clearing the left field fence by many feet and one sinking from sight among the roofs on the side opposite."

Seventh Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing specific; "The homers of Ruth and Paschal accounted for three other runs."

NYHT—"Ruth made another [home run] in the seventh inning when he hit a powerful, wicked wallop far up into the right-field bleachers. … In the same inning Paschal lined another over the left-field fence."

BG—Nothing specific; "Incidentally Babe Ruth made a home run and Paschal two, that of Babe going high up into the right-field bleachers near the extreme end, and those of Paschal going high over the center-field fence to the left of the clock."

BH—"In the seventh the Babe and Paschal homered again."

BP—"… and the fans went wild with delight when Battering Babe in the seventh drove out the longest circuit clout ever made at Fenway Park. … "Paschal got in two real home run hits too, both of these clearing the left field fence by many feet and one sinking from sight among the roofs on the side opposite."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 7 runs

  • 1 (third inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Paschal.
  • 2 (third inning)—Meusel scored on a 2-RBI single by Paschal.
  • 3 (third inning)—Paschal scored on 2-out error by (left fielder) Rosenthal; error resulted from a botched pickoff.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI SF by Gehrig.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Paschal scored on a 1-RBI homer by Paschal.
  • 6 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 7 (seventh inning)—Paschal scored on a 1-RBI homer by Paschal.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 May 24—at Boston—Yankees scored 4 runs

First Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Combs singled with one out, and after Gehrig had fanned Ruth singled to centre, sending Combs to third. Meusel walked, filling the bases. Lazzeri looked very bad on the first two balls, but then cracked a single between third and short. Combs and Ruth scored, and when Gaston toyed with Jenkins’s throw-in Meusel turned third and dashed over the plate with time to spare."

NYHT—"Combs made a single in the first inning and Gehrig struck out. Ruth singled to deep center and sent Combs to third. The Babe stole second. Meusel’s base on balls filled the bases, and Lazzeri did just the right thing under the enticing circumstances. He singled forthwith. Combs and Ruth scored and Meusel reach third. Gaston let the throw-in get away and Meusel scored."

BG—"Mark Koenig was tossed up by Rigney, but Earl Combs plastered a neat single to left center. Lou Gehrig fanned, while the populace cheered the youthful Mr. Wiltse. … Ruth singled to center and Koenig moved to the dizzy corner. Babe then stole second. Bob Meusel was patient and he was rewarded with free transportation. … Tony [Lazzeri] swung and connected with a one-shot into the left garden, while Combs and Ruth trotted homeward. Jenkins on the gallop, grabbed the rap and hurled the sphere to Gaston in an effort to cut down the Babe. The ball bounded merrily away and Bob Meusel scampered across the home dish, while Tony romped to third. Mike Gazella whiffed to close the session."

BH—"Earle Combs singled to centre with one out. Lew Gehrig fanned. Ruth came up to the tune of hearty applause. He singled through the box and Combs raced to third. The Bam stole second and then Wiltse walked Meusel. … Tony Lazzeri also had two strikes when he bounced the ball between short and third base to left field, scoring Combs and Ruth, and Meusel long-legging all the way home as Tom Jenkins’s peg to the plate bounced off Al Gaston’s shin guards to the grand stand."

BP—"Here Combs had singled with one man gone, yet had to hold his base while Lou Gehrig … was compelled to swing three times and sit down. But Babe Ruth … provided a shrieking single to left that sent Combs galloping to third. … Wiltse passed him [Meusel], filling sacks. Then Lazzeri crashed out his only hit of the afternoon and two runs ambled over, Jenkins’ fairly accurate peg home got through Gaston and a third run was chalked up."

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… and in the fifth the Yankees put over the clincher. Shocker opened with a single to right and was sacrificed to second by Koenig. Urban tarried at third on Combs’s hit to left and scored while Gehrig was forcing Combs."

NYHT—"Shocker in the fifth started a one-run rally. He singled between Todt and Herrera, and Koenig bunted him to second. Combs’s single put him on third, and Gehrig’s force of Comb s brought him home."

BG—"… till the Yanks’ fifth, when Urban Shocker opened with a single, took second on Koenig’s sacrifice, went to third on Combs’s one-ply wallop and rode in when Gehrig forced Combs."

BH—"That was in the fifth when Shocker singled to right, took second on a bunt, … and then Urban scored when Combs bounced another one of those hippity-hop singles to left field."

BP—"This was in the fifth, where Shocker dropped a lucky hit in right after getting in the hole with two strikes. Koenig’s sacrifice, Comb’s second single and a force-out at second let the veteran pitcher hang up the run for his side."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 4 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 2 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 3 (first inning)—Meusel scored on a 2-out error by (catcher) Gaston; Lazzeri was the batter.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Shocker scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 May 30—vs. Philadelphia—Yankees scored 9 runs

Fourth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Bob [Meusel] beat out a hit to [third baseman] Dykes, stole second, went to third on an out and stole home."

NYHT—"Meusel made an infield hit in the fourth with one out. He stole second by a close shave, on which decision the A’s kicked, and took third on a wild pitch. On the next ball pitched he stole home."

PINQ—"After Ruth popped to [second baseman] Bishop, Meusel’s bat grazed a Quinn pitch and the ball rolled dead to third for a single. Bob stole second. Lazzeri fouled out to [first baseman] Hauser. Meusel took third and inched gradually away from the bag. As Quinn started to wind up he bolted for the plate and stole home by a good slide."

Fifth Inning (8 runs)< –

NYT—"To start the fifth inning Collins strolled and Pennock sacrificed. Koenig’s hit scored Collins, and Mark raced to third on the throw home. Combs slapped a single to left and Koenig came across. Earl proceeded to third when Gehrig whipped a double through Dykes. Here Connie Mack began wigwagging from the bench, ordering Ruth intentionally passed. This was a slur on the fair name of Meusel, and Bob showed his resentment by pasting a fly which [center fielder] Simmons couldn’t have reached on a motorcycle. Gehrig thought he was going to catch it, and when he finally started homeward Ruth was at his heels. … At the plate Gehrig [scored a split] second before Ruth touched his foot to the rubber. [Pitcher] Quinn then hit Lazzeri on the hand and was carried out feet first. Gazella, against [pitcher] Baumgartner, singled to centre. Meusel scored and Lazzeri came daringly all the way from first when Simmons fumbled. Gazella counted when Pennock and Koenig singled—Mark’s second hit of the round. Combs walked, but Simmons went back for Gehrig’s hoist."

NYHT—"Collins started the fifth inning with a base on balls. Pennock bunted him to second. Koenig’s single batted Collins home, and Quinn helped by cutting off [right fielder] French’s throw. … Koenig went to second on the throw and scored on a single by Combs. Gehrig singled to left, smack through short, and a pass to Ruth filled the bases. Meusel tripled atop Simmons’ head and over the track, and Combs, Gehrig, and Ruth came home in a bunch. … A pitched ball hit Lazzeri on the finger … Quinn left after this, and Gazella singled off southpaw Baumgartner. He drove Meusel home, and as Simmons fumbled the hit, Lazzeri also scored, which was capital running by him. Gazella reached second on the play and scored on a single by Pennock, who though a left-hander, was batting right-handed.

PINQ—"Quinn made a serious slip when he walked Collins. Pennock quickly promoted his battery pal on a sacrifice. Koenig paddled a single to right. French hurled a swift and mighty throw to the plate, but Quinn for some unknown reason intercepted it. Not only did Collins score, but Koenig went to second. Combs shot a single to centre, admitting Koenig. Gehrig swatted a double past Dykes, Combs stopping at third. Quinn looked at the next hitter—Ruth. He passed him purposely and crammed the lanes. That was the office for Meusel, smarting under his hit famine in this series until today, to launch a prodigious triple over Simmons’ dome, clearing the bases. Quinn hit Lazzeri with a pitched ball and then called it a day. Baumgartner made the long trek from the bullpen to the peak. … Gazella singled to centre, scoring Meusel. Simmons fumbled the hit a bit and this inspired Lazzeri to keep on going and he, too, scored, when the Mack infield had a bad case of rattles and did not deign to intercept him. Up for the second time, Collins flied to [left fielder] Lamar. Pennock also singled and when Koenig followed with his single of the round, Gazella counted with the eighth run. When Combs walked the bases were full again. Simmons ran to the reindeer path to pull down Gehrig’s drive."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 9 runs

  • 1 (fourth inning)—Meusel scored on his steal of home.
  • 2 (fifth inning)—Collins scored on a 1-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 3 (fifth inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Combs scored on a 3-RBI triple by Meusel.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 3-RBI triple by Meusel.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 3-RBI triple by Meusel.
  • 7 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI single by Gazella.
  • 8 (fifth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 1-out error by (center fielder) Simmons; Gazella was the batter.
  • 9 (fifth inning)—Gazella scored on a 1-RBI single by Pennock.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 June 25 (second game)—at Boston—Yankees scored 10 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"In the second game Combs started with a double and scored on Koenig’s single."

NYHT—Nothing of substance.

NYW—"Combs doubled. Koenig singled, scoring Combs. Gehrig singled, sending Koenig to third. Gehrig went to second when Flagstead juggled the ball. Ruth walked. Meusel fanned. Lazzeri fouled to Stokes. Gazella forced Ruth at second, Rigney to Regan."

BG—"Earle Combs, Yank leadoff man, pried off the lid in the first inning with a double and scored on Koenig’s one-shot to center."

BH—"…the Yanks managed to get one run on a Combs double and Koenig’s line single in the first inning of the second game."

BP—Nothing at all.

Third Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"However in the third the lads picked up four runs on Koenig’s single, Gehrig’s double, [third baseman] Haney’s muff of Ruth’s tall fly and hits by Meusel and Lazzeri."

NYHT—"Koenig, Gehrig, Ruth, Meusel and Lazzeri let fly against [pitcher] Zahniser in the third and routed him from the box. Ruth shot a fly to towering heights and the wind carried it so that Haney misjudged it. The official scorer gave Haney an error."

NYW—"Koenig singled. Gehrig doubled. Koenig stopped at third. Ruth was safe at first and Koenig scored when Haney muffed Ruth’s pop. Meusel singled, scoring Gehrig and sending Ruth to third. Lazzeri singled scoring Ruth and sending Meusel to third. Russell relieved Zahniser. Gazella forced Lazzeri, Regan to Rigney, Meusel scoring. Collins struck out. Regan threw out Shocker."

BG—"Koenig plastered a single to left and took third as Lou Gehrig shot a double to the same sector. Babe Ruth raised a towering fly which Haney dropped after a long run to the center of the diamond, Koenig scoring. Meusel bounced one into left and Gehrig tallied. Lazzeri punched out a single to right and Ruth came home. Russell entered the box. Gazella forced Lazzeri at second and Meusel registered. Collins fanned and [second baseman] Regan tossed out Shocker, to end the session."

BH—"… in the third when four Yanks skipped over the plate … Koenig, Gehrig, Meusel, and Lazzeri hit safely in this frame and a mighty fly by Ruth was dropped by the dizzy Freddy Haney."

BP—Nothing at all.

Fifth Inning (1 run)<—

NYT—"Ruth’s homer decorated the fifth, …"

NYHT—"Ruth hit into the right field bleachers in fifth."

NYW—"Ruth hit one into the right field bleachers for his twenty-fourth home run of the season. Rigney threw out Meusel. Regan threw out Lazzeri. Gazella fanned."

BG—"Ruth’s homer in the fifth added another run to the Yank total, …"

BH—"Ruth’s homer in the fifth …"

BP—"It was off Russell in the fifth that Ruth got his home run, a prodigious clout into the right field stands."

Sixth Inning (3 runs)<—

NYT—"… and in the sixth Collins and Combs singled. Gehrig tripled and Ruth and Meusel singled—all off [pitcher] Mr. Russell, who had succeeded Mr. Zahniser, with no one out, in the third."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

NYW—"Shaner went to left field for Boston. Collins singled. Shocker sacrificed, Todt unassisted. Combs singled, scoring Collins. Regan threw out Koenig, Combs going to second. Gehrig tripled, scoring Combs. Ruth singled, scoring Gehrig. Meusel singled, Ruth limping to third. Meusel was thrown out stealing, Stokes to Regan. Meusel hurt his leg in going into the bag and was carried off the field."

BG—"… and in the sixth singles by Collins, Combs, Ruth and Meusel, Gehrig’s triple and a sacrifice accounted for three New York runs."

BH—Nothing of substance.

BP—Nothing at all.

Ninth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

NYW—"Gehrig struck out. Ruth walked. Carlyle tripled, scoring Ruth. Lazzeri walked. Gazella sacrificed, scoring Carlyle. Collins popped to Rigney."

BG—"Two more were added in the ninth on a pass to Ruth, a triple by Roy Carlyle and Gazella’s sacrifice fly."

BH—Nothing at all.

BP—"… two more runs being made by the Yanks in the ninth on two bases on balls a triple and a sacrifice fly."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 11 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 2 (third inning)—Koenig scored on a 0-out error by (third baseman) Haney; Ruth was the batter; dropped popup.
  • 3 (third inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 4 (third inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 5 (third inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Gazella.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Collins scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 8 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI triple by Gehrig.
  • 9 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 10 (ninth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI triple by Carlyle.
  • 11 (ninth inning)—Carlyle scored on a 1-RBI sacrifice fly by Gazella.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 July 29—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 10 runs

Third Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"… in the third when Beall opened with his semi-annual single. Combs dashed a line to right, but Rice prevented a peck of trouble by jumping for the ball with both hands. Melillo’s two-base fumble of Koenig’s grounder—which took a bad bounce and should have been scored as a hit—sent Beall to third, and both New York citizens scored on Gehrig’s single to left."

SLPD—Nothing at all.

Fourth Inning (7 runs)< –

NYT—"Paschal started that stormy round by walking. Lazzeri singled to left and both runners moved up on Williams’s fumble. Dugan scored one with a fly. Then Severeid singled, bringing in Lazzeri. Severeid galloped to second when Miller fumbled. Beall set a new world’s record for himself by getting his second hit, scoring Severeid. Combs walked and bases became very full when Koenig dropped a single against the right field screen—only a few inches away from a homer. Van Gilder was now invited to go out and Dixie Davis walked Gehrig, allowing Beall to stroll home. Ruth cracked a single down the midway, scoring two more, and the seventh run came in on Paschal’s sacrifice liner to Williams."

SLPD—Nothing at all.

Sixth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Gehrig’s homer made it an even ten [runs] in the sixth."

SLPD—"The only run off Nevers came as the result of Lou Gehrig’s smash on the top of the right field pavilion."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (third inning)—Beall scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 2 (third inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 3 (fourth inning)—Paschal scored on a 1-RBI SF by Dugan.
  • 4 (fourth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 1-RBI single by Severeid.
  • 5 (fourth inning)—Severeid scored on a 1-RBI single by Beall.
  • 6 (fourth inning)—Beall scored on a 1-RBI walk by Gehrig.
  • 7 (fourth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 8 (fourth inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 9 (fourth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI SF by Paschal.
  • 10 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had four RBIs—not 3 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.<

1926 September 15—at Cleveland—Yankees scored 6 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The Yanks filled the bases with one out in the first inning on Comb’s triple and walks to Gehrig and Ruth. At that moment it began to rain and Evans wisely stopped the play at once. … Fifty minutes later, they were at it again, with the Yanks scoring a run on Meusel’s sacrifice fly."

NYHT—"Uhle worked himself into a hole in the first inning … What with a triple by Combs and two bases on balls, he had the bases full when a heavy downpour of rain halted the game for forty minutes. It was murky when play was resumed, and Bob Meusel drove out the first of his sacrifices to score Combs."

CLPD—"Koenig struck out. Combs tripled to right center. Gehrig walked. Ruth walked, filling the bases. Combs scored on Meusel’s sacrifice fly to [left fielder] Jamieson. Lazzeri walked, filling the bases. Jamieson took Dugan’s fly."

Seventh inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"… but to start the seventh, Earl Combs … singled off Spurgeon’s glove and the panic was on. Gehrig hit to center for a base with the count three and one and Uhle walked Ruth to fill the bases with none out. Meusel’s long sacrifice fly to Summa scored Combs and moved Gehrig to third and Uhle was not out of the woods yet, for Lazzeri singled cleanly to left, scoring Gehrig and admitting Ruth to second. Ruether batted for Dugan, was hit on the knee and Gazella ran for him. With the bases full Ben Paschal hit for Bengough and the Cleveland infield crept in for a play at the plate. Paschal double-crossed them by rolling a single to centre, and Ruth and Lazzeri fetched in the tying and winning runs. Out came Brother Uhle and in went Willis Hudlin, a rookie who made a bare-hand stop of Shawkey’s grounder and cut Gazella down at the plate. Koenig’s fly to left was the third out."

NYHT—"… when Combs opened the seventh with his third hit, thumbing a grounder off Spurgeon’s shins and beating it out. Then the fun began. Gehrig took an easy cut at one and put Combs on third. Ruth walked and the bases were full. Meusel hit his second sacrifice to score Combs again, and Lazzeri brought in Gehrig with a single. Dutch Ruether, who had been expected to pitch, now entered as a pinch hitter for Dugan and served the purpose by getting hit on the foot. Mike Gazella ran for him and later played third, and the bases were still full when Paschal came to bat for Bengough and delivered that center field single through the infield, scoring two more runners."

CLPD—"Combs singled through [second baseman] Spurgeon. Gehrig singled to center, Combs going to third. Ruth walked. Combs scored on Meusel’s sacrifice fly to [right fielder] Summa. Lazzeri singled to left, scoring Gehrig. Ruether batted for Dugan and was hit by a pitched ball. Gazella ran for Ruether. Paschal batted for Bengough and singled to center, scoring Ruth and Lazzeri and placing Gazella on third. Hudlin went to the hill for Cleveland. Hudlin made a bare hand stop of Shawkey’s grounder and tossed to Sewell who tagged Gazella. Koenig popped to Jamieson."

Eighth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… and the Yanks scored another run in the eighth on Combs’s fourth hit, Gehrig’s walk, Ruth’s force-out and Meusel’s sacrifice fly."

NYHT—"… the Yankees took Hudlin for a run in the eighth when Meusel hit his third sacrifice to score Combs for the third time in the game, Earle having got on base with his fourth hit."

CLPD—"Combs singled to left. Gehrig walked. Ruth forced Gehrig, Spurgeon to [shortstop] J. Sewell. Meusel hit a sacrifice fly to Jamieson, scoring Combs, but Ruth was out trying to advance, Jamieson to Spurgeon to [first baseman] Burns."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 6 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI SF by Meusel.
  • 2 (seventh inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI SF by Meusel.
  • 3 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 4 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI single by Paschal.
  • 5 (seventh inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 2-RBI single by Paschal.
  • 6 (eighth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI SF by Meusel.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 September 19—at Cleveland—Yankees scored 8 runs

First Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Combs started the game with a single to right and after Gazella had flied out Ruth chopped a single off [second baseman] Spurgeon’s glove. Meusel skied to [center fielder] Speaker, but Gehrig doubled into the right-field crowd on the line, scoring Combs and sending Ruth to third. George towed the plate when [shortstop] Joe Sewell’s throw on Lazzeri pulled [first baseman] Burns off the bag."

NYHT—"… Combs led off with a single in the first inning. And when Lou Gehrig, who has not done enough hitting to warrant his carrying a bat, followed with a double, the Yankee sympathizers just sat back and grinned. … the Yankees hit him [pitcher Levsen] two runs in the first inning."

CLPD—"Combs singled to right. Gazella flied to [right fielder] Summa. Ruth singled to right. Meusel flied to Speaker. Gehrig doubled to right center, scoring Combs. J. Sewell’s throw of Lazzeri’s grounder to deep short pulled Burns of first, Ruth scoring. Dugan flied to Summa."

Third Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Gazella singled, Ruth walked and both advanced on [catcher] L. Sewell’s wild throw to catch Gazella napping. Meusel’s infield out scored Lafayette Mike, and Gehrig smacked another two-bagger into the crowd, allowing Ruth to saunter in."

NYHT—"The Yankees overcame the Indians’ one-run lead in the third, when Gazella beat out Spurgeon’s beautiful attempt to head him off. Ruth was walked and Luke Sewell made a miserable throw, which instead of nipping Gazella off second advanced all hands a base. So Gazella scored while Joe Sewell was throwing out Meusel and Ruth scored when Gehrig blasted his second double into the crowd packed against the right-field fence."

CLPD—"Spurgeon made a great stop of Gazella’s grounder close to second but could not regain his balance in time to get his man at first. Ruth walked. When Meusel missed an effort to sacrifice, L. Sewell threw wild to second to catch Gazella and Gazella took third and Ruth second. J. Sewell threw out Meusel, Gazella scoring. Gehrig doubled to right, scoring Ruth. Lazzeri fanned."

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Meusel lined a vicious swat into the overflow for two bases in the fifth and Gehrig also indulged in his favorite outdoor pastime of doubling. On a clear field Speaker would have caught this high fly in his hip pocket, but it fell among the populace and Meusel jogged home."

NYHT—"… Meusel hit for two bases in the fifth and Gehrig cracked his third double into the crowd, scoring Meusel."

CLPD—"Gazella fouled to [third baseman] Lutzke. Ruth out Burns to [pitcher] Levsen. Meusel doubled to right center. Gehrig made his third double, scoring Meusel, the ball dropping in the crowd in right center. It would have been an easy out on a clear field. Lazzeri walked. Dugan grounded to J. Sewell."

Seventh Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Gazella’s second single and Ruth’s homer fetched two runs with nobody out in the seventh. Meusel fouled to the catcher but Gehrig thrashed a long fly over the right-field fence for as many bases as the law allows."

NYHT—"In quick succession, Gazella singled, Ruth knocked the ball as far as the scoreboard in center field and ran out a home run, coming in sliding, and Gehrig hit for the fourth consecutive time, lifting a home run over the right-field fence."

CLPD—"Gazella singled through the box. Ruth hit a home run to the score board, scoring Gazella ahead of him. Meusel fouled to L. Sewell. Gehrig hit over the right field wall for a home run. Lazzeri lined to Summa. Spurgeon threw out Dugan."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 8 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 2 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-out error by (shortstop) Sewell; Lazzeri was the batter.
  • 3 (third inning)—Gazella scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Meusel.
  • 4 (third inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 6 (seventh inning)—Gazella scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 7 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 8 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had four RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 September 25 (first game)—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 10 runs

Third Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"A base on balls to Ruth and [shortstop] Gerber’s low throw to second base of Gehrig’s grounder gave the Yanks a start in the third inning. Lazzeri pushed the runners up with a sacrifice and Koenig brought them in with a single to centre."

NYHT—"It was with the assistance of one of Gerber’s errors that Mark Koenig was able to drive in two runs with a single in the third inning."

SLPD—"Ruth walked. Gehrig hit a grounder to Gerber and both runners were safe when Gerber threw poorly to second. Lazzeri sacrificed, [pitcher] Zachary to [second baseman] McManus, on first. Koenig singled to center, scoring Ruth and Gehrig. Dugan flied to [center fielder] Rice. Severeid singled to right, sending Koenig to third. McManus threw out Pennock."

Fourth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Combs drew his third pass of the game in the fourth inning, and after Meusel had flied out, Ruth sent Combs to third with a single to right. Combs scored and Ruth reached third on Gehrig’s single to right, and Ruth scored when Lazzeri drove a sacrifice liner to Rice."

NYHT—"A base on balls and singles by Ruth and Gehrig gave the Yankees two more runs in the fourth."

SLPD—"Combs drew his third straight walk. Meusel flied to [left fielder] Bennett. Ruth singled to right, sending Combs to third. Gehrig singled to right, Combs scoring and Ruth going to third. Lazzeri hit a sacrifice fly to Rice, Ruth scoring. Koenig fouled to [first baseman] Sisler."

Fifth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Dugan opened with a single to centre and when Severeid walked Zachary gave way to Van Gilder. Pennock’s sacrifice and Combs fourth pass filled the bases. Meusel hit to Gerber, who made a low throw to the plate, Dugan scoring. Here Ruth delivered his home run, the ball bounding on the top of the right field pavilion and landing in the street, while the Babe trailed Severeid, Combs, and Meusel over the plate."

NYHT—"Then Gerber made two more errors in the fifth, and the Yankees made two hits and got five runs. Zachary was taken out in the early part of the inning and Van Gilder bore the brunt of Ruth’s numerical home run."

SLPD—"Zachary opened and departed early in the fifth. Vangilder relieved him and was touched for a homer by Ruth with the bases filled."

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"They [the Yankees] scored again in the ninth when Meusel bounced a ball over the right field pavilion."

NYHT—"Bob Meusel hit his home run in the ninth."

SLPD—Nothing at all.

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (third inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 2 (third inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 3 (fourth inning) –Combs scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 4 (fourth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI sacrifice fly by Lazzeri.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Dugan scored on a 1-out error by (shortstop) Gerber; Meusel was the batter; errant throw home.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Severeid scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 7 (fifth inning)—Combs scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 8 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 9 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 10 (ninth inning—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI homer by Meusel.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 September 25 (second game)—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 10 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT –"Meusel singled to centre in the first inning and passes to Ruth and Gehrig filled the bases. Lazzeri blew a sacrifice fly to [left fielder] Williams and Meusel scored."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

Second Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Dugan and Severeid walked in the second and advanced on a sacrifice by Hoyt. Combs sent a fly to [center fielder] Rice, Dugan barely beating Rice’s perfect throw to the plate."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

Third Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Gehrig accounted for a run single-handed in the third inning when he drove a ball into the right field pavilion."

NYHT—Nothing specific; "… Gehrig put one in among the seats."

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Meusel walked and Ruth hammered a ball between Williams and Rice for two bases, Meusel legging it around to the plate."

NYHT—"Ruth doubled in the fifth, scoring another run."

Sixth Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"[Pitcher] Ballou entered the box for the Browns in this inning and Dugan met him with a single to right. Severeid flied out, but Hoyt singled to left and he and Dugan moved up on a passed ball. Combs sent them over the plate with a double to left. Meusel popped to [second baseman] McManus, but a wild pitch put Combs on third and he trotted over the plate when the Babe hit No. 46, driving this ball over the right field pavilion with yards to spare."

NYHT—"But in the Yanks’ half of the sixth, with Ballou pitching, Ruth hit his forty-sixth homer far over the right field roof with Combs on base and that, coupled with three other hits, gave the Yankees four runs."

SLPD—"The second [home run by Ruth] came in the sixth inning of the second game with Combs on base. "

Ninth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"After Ruth had bounced No. 47 off the right field pavilion into the street in the ninth, Gehrig walked and scored on a double to left by Lazzeri."

NYHT—"Then in the ninth with Joe Giard pitching, Ruth hit his forty-seventh home run, and Lazzeri doubled after Gehrig had walked, scoring another run."

SLPD—"Little Joe Giard was still hankering for more, so the let him work the ninth for the privilege of handing Ruth his forty-seventy home run. Then there was another one of those walks and a double by Lazzeri counted another run."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI SF by Lazzeri.
  • 2 (second inning)—Dugan scored on a 1-RBI SF by Combs.
  • 3 (third inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI double by Ruth.
  • 5 (sixth inning)—Dugan scored on a 2-RBI double by Combs.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Hoyt scored on a 2-RBI double by Combs.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 8 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 9 (ninth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 10 (ninth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI double by Lazzeri.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 2 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 September 26 (first game)—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 1 run

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"The Yankees were not trying, but in the face of a shut-out they organized in the ninth and made three hits and one run."

SLGD—"The champion’s only run bobbed up in the ninth when Gehrig walked, went to second on Lazzeri’s infield single and scored on Koenig’s ace to center."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 1 run

  • 1 (ninth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Koenig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1926 September 26 (second game)—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 2 runs

First inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"A third [feature of the game] was Lou Gehrig’s sixteenth home run of the season."

NYHT—"Lou Gehrig stepped into one in the first inning with a man on base and knocked the ball over the right field pavilion, giving himself sixteen home runs for the season, and the Yankees two runs in that inning."

SLGD—"These two Yankee second game runs came after two were out in the first. Combs flied to Miller and Meusel rolled to Robertson before Paschal singled sharply to center and Lou Gehrig, Yankees’ hard-hitting first baseman, lifted one into the right-field seats for the circuit. Lazzeri followed with a single, and so did Gazella, but Ward lifted to Rice, ending the chapter."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 2 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Paschal scored on a 2-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 2 (first inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI homer by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1927 August 17—at Chicago—Yankees scored 3 runs

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Gehrig’s double not only served to break the spell of Connally’s perfect performance but also led to the Yanks making their first run. It was followed by a foul sacrifice fly by Meusel and fair sacrifice fly by Lazzeri. Between the two Lou skipped lightly from base to base and scored."

NYHT—"Just then Gehrig, in inning five, slapped a two-bagger to the right field parapet. Meusel’s high foul, caught in the swirling wind by Clancy, put him on third, and when Lazzeri flied to Metzler, Gehrig slid in under the latter’s splendid throw."

CHT—"Lou [Gehrig] was up first in the inning and drove the ball to right center for two bases. Then Meusel lifted a high foul and Clancy ran over back of first base and grabbed the ball. Immediately after the catch Gehrig sprinted for third and when Kamm dropped Clancy’s throw Lou was safe. Lazzeri sent a long sacrifice fly to center and Gehrig came home after the catch."

Eighth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Connally made his second slip by walking Lazzeri. Durst batted for Dugan, but didn’t help matters by popping to Clancy. Ruether batted for Bengough and singled to left. Wera ran for Ruether. Morehart batted for Pipgras and forced Lazzeri at third. At which point hope dwindled, but Combs singled and Wera scored with the tying run."

NHYT—"First Lazzeri walked. This looked like the place for a bunt, but no bunt was ordered and Durst fouled to Clancy. Ruether, second pinch-hitter, held out his bat and the ball bounced off it for a lucky single. Morehart, third pinch-hitter, tried to bunt, but only forced Lazzeri at third. Combs whanged out a line single and scored Wera, Ruether’s runner."

CHT—"Lazzeri led off in the inning and drew a base on balls. Durst, the first of Huggins’ strategy men, batted for Dugan, but fouled out to Clancy. Dutch Ruether batted for Bengough and singled to left, Lazzeri taking second. Wera ran for Ruether. Morehart was called in to bat for Pipgras but he bunted and Lazzeri was forced at third. Combs came through with a single at this point and Wera dashed home with the tying run."

Eleventh Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The next moment the same fans who had jeered were cheering lustily, for the Babe had clouted one of Connally’s curves into the left field stands and trotted around the bases with the run that gave the Yankees a 3-to-2 victory."

NYHT—"The Babe smacked his thirty-eight home run in the eleventh inning and with it brought himself home with the run which broke the tie."

CHT—"Babe Ruth waited until the eleventh inning yesterday at Comiskey Park to do his specialty, and then knocked the ball into the left field stand for his thirty-eighth home run of the season."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 3 runs

  • 1 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI SF by Lazzeri.
  • 2 (eighth inning)—Wera scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 3 (eleventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1927 August 25—at Detroit—Yankees scored 8 runs

Second Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… the Buster [i.e., Gehrig] hit one against the right-field fence and it dropped behind the wire screen and couldn’t be recovered."

NYHT—"The first run was a home run. There’s a screen, used as a pathway to the right field stand, next to the wall and Gehrig lifted the ball into that area. He stopped at second, not knowing whether it was a ground rule two-bagger or not. The umpire waved him to come in and needed no second signal."

DFP—"Gehrig raised the ball over the screen and the Yankees into the lead in the second inning with his fortieth home run of the season.

DN—"Lou Gehrig smashed out his fortieth homer of the season."

DT—"The Yanks were the first to score, putting over a run in the second. Gehrig began with a homer over the right-field screen.

Fifth Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"It was in the fifth that the Yankees really started taking their daily exercise. Starting with Earl Combs, the lead-off man, and going down the batting order without a pause or interruption there were two singles [Combs and Koenig], three passes [by Ruth, Gehrig, and Meusel], a sacrifice fly [by Lazzeri], and another single [by Dugan], all of which accounted for four runs."

NYHT—"Singles by Combs and Koenig, three bases on balls, a sacrifice liner by Lazzeri and a single by Dugan gave the Yanks four runs in the fifth."

DFP—"Combs and Koenig singled to fill first and second and Ruth was passed, filling all of them. Whitehill’s aim wasn’t any better when Gehrig faced him and he gave him a ticket forcing in Combs. Smith relieved Whitehill and, passing Meusel, he forced in Koenig. Lazzeri sent a low liner that Fothergill smothered, but it scored Ruth and when Dugan singled to left, Gehrig entered his run."

DN—"Combs and Koenig singled in succession, putting runners on first and second with none out and Babe Ruth at bat. Whitehill pitched to the Babe, but lacked control and finally walked him, filling the bases. In this situation Lou Gehrig … stepped to the plate. Whitehill’s control was getting worse. He threw three wide balls to Gehrig and then shot a strike through the middle of the plate. The next pitch was so wide that Shea had to jump for it and Gehrig sauntered to first, forcing in Combs. Simultaneously, Whitehill turned over the pitching assignment to George Selby Smith. … He passed Meusel, forcing in Koenig and keeping the bases filled. Ruth scored on Lazzeri’s liner to Fothergill and Dugan singled Gehrig home for the last run of the round."

DT—"Combs started with a single to left and Koenig also singled. Ruth’s pass filled the bases. Gehrig also walked and this tallied [Combs and a pass to Meusel tallied] Koenig. A sacrifice fly by Lazzeri accounted for Ruth and Dugan’s single put Gehrig over."

Sixth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Hankins, who pitched the sixth and seventh innings, was the victim of two more runs when Pennock doubled, Koenig singled, Ruth walked and Gehrig drove a pair of runs over the plate with a single to centre."

NYHT—"The Yanks knocked two runs loose from Hankins in the sixth, on hits by Pennock, Koenig, and Gehrig.

DFP—"… in the sixth, which Pennock opened with a double. Combs lined to Fothergill, but Koenig singled, Pennock stopping at third. Ruth was passed, filling the bases. Gehrig’s contribution was a single to center, scoring Pennock and Koenig.

DN—"Pennock doubled and took third on Koenig’s single. A pass to Ruth filled the bases and Gehrig drove home Pennock and Koenig with a single to center."

DT—"Pennock opened the attack by doubling to center. After Combs had flied out, Koenig singled and then Ruth walked, filling the bases. Gehrig’s single to center sent in Pennock and Koenig."

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Collins was tapped for one more in the ninth, a single Meusel, a double by Lazzeri and an infield out by Pennock furnishing the necessary means of locomotion."

NYHT—"Meusel tallied in the ninth on the following sequence of events: a single by himself, a two-bagger by Lazzeri, a base on balls to P. Collins and Pennock’s out at first."

DFP—"Meusel opened the ninth with a single and Lazzeri doubled, putting Meusel on third. Dugan popped to McManus, after which P. Collins walked, filling the bases. Pennock’s grounder to Gehringer scored Meusel."

DN—"In the ninth a single by Meusel, a double by Lazzeri and an infield out gave the Yankees the last score of the afternoon."

DT—"Meusel got himself a single and Lazzeri doubled him to third. Dugan popped out and Collins walked. Then Pennock was thrown out, but Meusel registered."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 8 runs

  • 1 (second inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 2 (fifth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI walk to Gehrig.
  • 3 (fifth inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI walk to Meusel.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI SF by Lazzeri.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Dugan.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Pennock scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 8 (eighth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Pennock.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had four RBIs—not 3 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1927 September 5 (first game)—at Boston—Yankees scored 11 runs

Third Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"Combs beat out a hit to Regan and Koenig singled solidly to centre, putting Combs on third. The Babe then lined one toward the crowd in left, but Shaner pulled it down for a fine one-handed catch. It went for a sacrifice fly, however, as Combs had ample time to romp over the plate. The next moment Gehrig crashed his forty-fourth homer of the year over the heads of the crowd on the field in right and into the bleachers. Koenig, of course, tallied ahead of Columbia Lou and a fourth run for the inning came in on a single by Meusel, a steal and another single by Lazzeri"

NYHT—"Lou Gehrig drove a ball past and over all ground rules in the third inning. His forty-fourth home run went into the right field bleachers with a man on base. Combs and Koenig had singled ahead of him and Ruth had smashed a wicked sacrifice liner to left."

BG—"The Yankees failed to get a hit in the first two innings, but they got busy in the third, which Combs opened with a single. Koenig followed with another, putting Combs on third, when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ruth, [left fielder] Shaner making a fine one-handed jumping catch. Gehrig then made his 44th home run of the season, a drive into the right field bleachers, and chased Koenig over the plate. Meusel singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Lazzeri, …"

BH—"Combs singled, so did Koenig and one run scored when Shaner made a spectacular mitt-hand running stab of Ruth’s sacrifice fly to left centre. Gehrig then blasted his 44th homer of the year. Meusel singled, stole second and scored on Lazzeri’s single."

BP—"The Yankees got started in the third, where Combs opened up by beating out an infield hit. Koenig’s hot smash to center put him on third. Shaner’s great one-handed catch off Ruth robbed Babe of a double, but Combs counted on the catch. Then Gehrig tied the game up and his home run rival likewise by smashing a long one far into the right field bleachers. The bombardment continued. Meusel singled and stole. Lazzeri duplicated and Meusel registered. The only reason the fusillade stopped was because Bengough hit at a ball and spoiled what would have been a successful steal of home by Lazzeri."

Fourth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"In the fourth the Yankees gathered another pair of runs when Koenig hit a two-bagger into the right field crowd. Ruffing cautiously passed both Ruth and Gehrig to fill the bases, whereupon Meusel quickly demonstrated this strategic move to be all wrong by striking a double into right, driving in Koenig and Ruth."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

BG—"The Yanks made a couple of runs in the fourth on a base on balls and doubles by Koenig and Meusel."

BH—"Doubles by Koenig and Meusel and walks to the dangerous Messers. Ruth and Gehrig gave the Yanks two runs in the fourth."

BP—"Koenig’s double with two gone, passes to Ruth and Gehrig and Meusel’s lucky two-bagger gave the Yanks two more in the fourth."

Ninth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Morehart, batting for Dugan, walked with one down, after Collins had popped out. Paschal, batting for Shawkey, doubled, putting Morehart on third. Combs drove both in with a single over third base."

NYHT—"The Yankees tied it in the ninth on a base on balls to Morehart, a two-bagger by Paschal and a single by Combs."

BG—"… until the ninth. Then after Lazzeri had been struck out, Morehart, batting for Dugan, drew a base on balls, Collins popped to [second baseman] Regan, but just when it appeared to be all over, Paschal, batting in place of Giard, doubled into the crowd. Combs hit solidly to left, scoring Morehart and Paschal, …"

BH—"It looked like victory for the Sox over the routine distance in the first of the ninth when two were out and Morehart, a pinch hitter, on first by virtue of a pass. But Pinch-hitter Paschal doubled to left. Combs fouled one down the left field line which Shaner could have caught but for the crowd. Then Combs lofted a fair one into the crowd fringe back of Shaner, an easy catch under normal conditions, and those two runs needed to tie, scampered across the plate and the game went into extra innings."

BP—"A pass to Morehart, who batted for Dugan, paved the way for Paschal’s double. Combs’ two-bagger, with two out, tied the count …"

Seventeenth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"In the seventeenth the Yanks hopped on Wiltse for three runs on a pass, a sacrifice, a single by Combs, this being Earle’s fifth hit of the day, a double by Koenig, a pass to Ruth and an error, and a single by Gehrig."

NYHT—"The Yankees had the help of a foolish fling by Hartley and base hits by Combs and Koenig. This was the second time Combs came to the front with a hit in a critical situation. Ruth ended the inning by poor base running. A pass to Collins started this New York flurry."

BG—Nothing of substance.

BH—"A pass to Collins, a single by the very busy Combs, a double into the centre field crowd by Koenig, a pass to Babe Ruth, a muff of a throw from the catcher by [pitcher] Wiltse and a single by the inevitable Lou Gehrig, piled up into three Yank runs."

BP—"With one gone, Wiltse made the mistake of walking Collins. Then Moore laid down a neat sacrifice. Combs hit safely and the hit let Collins count. Koenig rattled off a two-bagger. Ruth was passed and Wiltse’s error on a return by the catcher allowed Combs to tear over the plate. Gehrig hit to deep center and this brought the third run in, but when Babe went to take third on the slam, he found [center fielder] Flagstead’s fine peg waiting for him."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 11 runs

  • 1 (third inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI SF by Ruth.
  • 2 (third inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 3 (third inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 4 (third inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 5 (fourth inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI double by Meusel.
  • 6 (fourth inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI double by Meusel.
  • 7 (ninth inning)—Morehart scored on a 2-RBI double by Combs.
  • 8 (ninth inning)—Paschal scored on a 2-RBI double by Combs.
  • 9 (seventeenth inning)—Collins scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 10 (seventeenth inning)—Combs scored from third on a 2-out error by (pitcher) Moore on a botched return throw from the catcher.
  • 11 (seventeenth inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 3 RBIs—not four RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1927 September 7—at Boston—Yankees scored 12 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The first Ruthian smash came in the first inning with two out, nobody on base and Danny McFayden pitching."

NYHT—"Ruth made a home run in the first inning off McFayden over the left-field fence."

NYW—"Combs flied to Tobin. Regan tossed out Koenig. Ruth lifted the ball over the left field fence for his forty-eighth home run of the season. Gehrig flied to Tobin."

BG—"He [Ruth] poled the ball over the center field fence the first time he came to bat … Ruth made his homer in the first inning with nobody on."

BH—"The scoring started in the first when the Babe bombed his 48th homer over the left field fence."

BP—"With two gone in the first inning Ruth lifted the ball high over the left field wall, the sphere clearing the section just beyond the clock. … with the count of two and one, Babe ‘caught a holt’ of one and dropped the ball over on Lansdowne Street for the circuit."

Sixth Inning (6 runs)< –

NYT—"In the sixth, however, Danny showed he couldn’t stand the strain of so much prosperity and walked two in a row. Both came in on a double by Ruth and the latter also tallied on a double by Gehrig. Another pass finished McFayden and Harriss was called in. He led off with a pass that filled the bases, and an error by Hofmann let in another tally. Two more came in on Bengough’s single, making six in all for the Yanks."

NYHT—"He [McFayden] walked Giard and Combs, both of whom were advanced by Koenig’s clip to Todt. Ruth doubled to right and sent in two and Gehrig doubled to left and sent in Ruth. Meusel walked and then McFayden was removed. Harriss passed Lazzeri and Durst batted for Wera. Durst sent a weak fly to Shaner which was n.g. for a run, but when Hofmann kicked Shaner’s throw-in Gehrig cantered home."

NYW—"Giard walked. Combs also walked. Koenig grounded out to Todt unassisted, the other runners advancing. Ruth doubled, scoring Giard and Combs. Gehrig doubled, scoring Ruth. Meusel walked. McFayden was taken out and replaced by Harriss. Lazzeri also walked and the bases were filled. Durst batted for Wera. Durst flied to Shaner, the runners holding their bases, but when Shaner’s throw got away from Hofmann, Gehrig scored, Meusel going to third and Lazzeri to second. Bengough singled, scoring Meusel and Lazzeri. Giard struck out."

BG—Nothing of substance.

BH—"The Babe’s double in the sixth chased in two runs and was followed by a Gehrig double, and a pass to Meusel, after which [pitcher] MacFayden gave place to Harriss."

BP—"He [MacFayden] walked the first two men up and Babe scored them with a double. Gehrig’s double sent Ruth in. Meusel was the third Yankee of the inning to be passed. This brought Harriss to the slab. A pass to Lazzeri filled the bases. Durst went to bat for Wera and lifted a short fly to [left fielder] Shaner and, when [catcher] Hofmann made a bad muff of his splendid return, one run came in and the base runners moved up. Bengough’s hit sent in two more runs. When Giard fanned the Yankees had scored six runs on three hits and were only one run behind."

Seventh Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Harriss started the trouble himself by fumbling Combs’s grounder and hitting Koenig. He struck out the Babe, but then followed another double by Gehrig, a single by Meusel, an error, and three runs were over."

NYHT—"Combs had been passed and Koenig had been hit and nobody was out—until Ruth struck out. Gehrig made a lucky double to the fence, Shaner slipping as he was getting under the ball. Combs came in with the tying run and Koenig tallied on a single by Meusel. Meusel and Gehrig hatched a plot for a double steal. Hofmann threw perfectly to Regan, but the latter dropped the throw and Gehrig registered on the error."

NYW—"Combs was safe on Harriss’s fumble of his grounder. Koenig was hit by a pitched ball. Ruth struck out. Shaner stumbled and fell as he went after a long fly from Gehrig and it went for a double, scoring Combs and sending Koenig to third. Meusel singled, scoring Koenig and putting Gehrig on third. Regan muffed Hofmann’s throw to break up a double steal, Gehrig scoring and Meusel reaching second on the error. As Lazzeri struck out Meusel stole third. Gazella walked. Gazella stole second with the aid of a short passed ball, Meusel remaining at third. Bengough flied to Tobin."

BG—"In the seventh Harriss fumbled Combs’ easy grounder for a starter, then he hit Koenig with a pitched ball. A double to left by Gehrig and a single by Meusel gave the visitors three runs."

BH—"In the seventh he [Harriss] fell all over the infield trying to pick up a Combs roller and then he hit Koenig with a pitched ball, and even if Ruth did fan, the Yanks romped along to three soft-boiled runs."

BP—Nothing at all.

Eighth Inning (2 runs) <–

NYT—"Then came the Babe’s second homer in the eighth which [was] preceded [by] a single by Shawkey."

NYHT—"… Ruth, with two out in the eighth and Shawkey on base by virtue of a base hit, stabbed a screaming home run into the center field stand."

NYW—"Shawkey singled. Combs sacrificed, Harriss to Todt. Koenig flied to Tobin. Ruth made his second home run of the game … a drive into the center field bleachers, scoring Shawkey ahead of him. Gehrig flied to Tobin."

BG—"…and the last time up he [Ruth] bumped it into the bleacher seats in right center for his 49th home run of the season … Shawkey singled in the eighth and was on second when with two out Ruth connected for home run No. 49."

BH—"In the eighth, with Bob Shawkey on base, Babe took his thrilling ‘full cut’ at a Slim Harriss pitch and lofted it into the corner of the centre field bleacher nearest the flag pole, a truly titanic smash."

BP—"Babe’s second victim was Slim Harriss, who paid bitterly in the eighth for forcing Georg Herman to fan the benches in the seventh. There was but one man on base when ‘Big Bam’ came to bat in the eighth and two men out again. Harriss tried to slip a fast one by him and Ruth made it even faster. The ball shot so fast from Babe’s bat that few were able to follow its course on a line into the right field seats."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 12 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 2 (sixth inning)—Giard scored on a 2-RBI double by Ruth.
  • 3 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI double by Ruth.
  • 4 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 5 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-out error by (catcher) Hofmann; Durst was the batter; he flied out for second out.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Meusel scored on a 2-RBI single by Bengough.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 2-RBI single by Bengough.
  • 8 (seventh inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 9 (seventh inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 10 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-out error by (second baseman) Regan on a botched caught stealing play.
  • 11 (eighth inning)—Shawkey scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 12 (eighth inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: RBIs category not included.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 3 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 April 18—at Boston—Yankees scored 10 runs

First Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Meusel tried to get the jump on the pitcher in the first inning and started for second a fraction of a second too soon. He was collared, [pitcher] Bradley to [first baseman] Todt to [shortstop] Rothrock."

NYHT—"In the first Koenig’s liner, a pass to Ruth and hits by Gehrig and Meusel gave them three runs."

NYW—"Combs hit in front of the plate and Berry threw him out. Koenig singled. Ruth walked. Gehrig doubled to right, scoring Koenig and putting Ruth on third. Meusel bounced a single between Myer and Rothrock, scoring Ruth and Gehrig. Meusel started a steal of second while Bradley held the ball but was caught and run down, Bradley to Todt to Regan. Dugan lined a single to left. Durocher forced Dugan, Rothrock to Regan."

BG—Nothing at all.

BH—"Three runs came to their first on singles by Koenig, Meusel and Dugan, with a vigorous Gehrig double and a Ruth pass in for variety."

BP—"He [pitcher Bradley] was touched up for four hits including Gehrig’s double in the first, which, with a base on balls, brought in three runs."

Second Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"The Yankees gathered two in the second on hits by Hoyt, Combs and Ruth …"

NYW—"Grabowski struck out. Hoyt singled to centre. Combs put Hoyt on third with a double. Koenig fouled to Berry. Ruth singled, scoring Hoyt and Combs. Gehrig singled, sending Ruth to third. Bradley was taken out and replaced by Russell. Meusel grounded to Todt, who made a nice play."

BG—Nothing at all.

BH—"After Hoyt had singled in the second, Combs doubled and Ruth and Gehrig singled and two more runs crossed for the visitors."

BP—"Four more hits in the second, including Combs’ double forced Bradley to retire and Jack Russell took up the task."

Fifth Inning (5 runs)< –

NYT—"The last two runs were driven home by Koenig’s single, with the bases filled, off Simmons, …"

NYHT—"Babe Ruth struck out to open the inning but Gehrig and Meusel slapped stingers. Dugan walked, Durocher and Grabowski singled, in hearty sympathy with the rally, and Hoyt walked. Combs made an infield hit and Koenig pierced the infield with a single. … Two Yankees, Meusel and Combs, were thrown out at the plate in the fifth inning."

NYW—"Ruth struck out. Gehrig singled. Meusel doubled, scoring Gehrig when Rothrock threw wild over Regan’s head, sending Meusel to third, when Meusel tried to score, but was out, Todt to Berry. It was an error for Rothrock. Dugan walked. Durocher singled, Dugan pulling up at second. Grabowski singled, scoring Dugan and sending Durocher to third and on Flagstead’s wide return of the ball Durocher scored and Grabowski went to second. Hoyt walked. Combs beat out a hit to Rothrock, filling the bases. Simmons relieved Russell in the box for the Boston. Koenig singled, scoring Grabowski and Hoyt, but Combs was out at the plate, Tarbert to Todt to Berry."

BG—Nothing at all.

BH—"… after Ruth had fanned, Gehrig singled, Meusel doubled, Dugan walked, Durocher and Grabowski singled, Hoyt walked and Combs singled. When Koenig came to bat [pitcher] Simmons replaced [pitcher] Russell and Koenig singled."

BP—"The he [Russell] started the fifth by striking out the Babe, himself, which must have made Babe’s pals mad, so they tore into Jack [Russell]. Five hits, including a Meusel double and a couple bases on balls with also a bit of weird playing by the Red Sox added three more runs and finished Russell. Pat Simmons was the next pitcher. … Koenig greeted him with a sock to right field for a single and two more runs came in …"

SUMMARY—Details for Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 2 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 3 (first inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 4 (second inning)—Hoyt scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 5 (second inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-out error by (shortstop) Rothrock; Meusel was the batter; error after Meusel’s double.
  • 7 (fifth inning)—Dugan scored on a 1-RBI single by Grabowski.
  • 8 (fifth inning)—Durocher scored on a 2-out error by (center fielder) Flagstead; Grabowski was the batter.
  • 9 (fifth inning)—Grabowski scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 10 (fifth inning)—Hoyt scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, and BP; RBIs category not included in BG and BH.

CONCLUSION:< Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in the official DBD records.

1928 May 10—vs. Cleveland—Yankees scored 4 runs

Sixth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"But Combs sent a single screaming past third to start the sixth. Koenig bounced another hit of [first baseman] Fonseca’s shins and the Babe did the rest. … he walloped his seventh home run of the season into the far-off left field stands, halfway up the lower tier and followed Combs and Koenig over the plate …"

NYHT—"Combs singled, through the infield; Koenig ripped a single into Fonseca and Ruth let go probably the longest ball he ever hit to left field, for his seventh homer of the year."

CLPD—"Combs singled to left. Koenig singled off Fonseca’s chest, Combs stopping at second. Ruth hit a home run into the left field stands, scoring Combs and Koenig ahead of him. Gehrig walked. Meusel forced Gehrig, [third baseman] Hodapp to [second baseman] Lind. Lazzeri walked. Dugan flied to [left fielder] Jamieson. Grabowski scratched a single between [pitcher] Hudlin and Fonseca, filling the bases. Hudlin tossed out Pipgras."

Eighth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The Yanks sent a series of three singles to three different fields in the eighth and picked up their fourth run of [pitcher] Mr. Bayne. Dugan, Grabowski and Pipgras did the damage."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CLPD—"Lazzeri fouled to [catcher] L. Sewell. Dugan singled through the box. Grabowski sent Dugan to third with a single to right. Pipgras singled to left, scoring Dugan and sending Grabowski to third, but was out trying to stretch it, Jamieson to Lind. Combs flied to [center fielder] Langford.

SUMMARY—Details for Yankees 4 runs

  • 1 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 3-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 2 (sixth inning)—Koenig scored on a 3-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 3 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a 3-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 4 (eighth inning) –Dugan scored on a 1-RBI single by Pipgras.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 0 RBIs in NYT, NYHT, and CLPD.

CONCLUSION:< Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in the official DBD records.

1928 June 28—at Philadelphia—Yankees scored 10 runs

First Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Ruth’s homer No. 1 was linked up with a single by Koenig in the first inning and, as might be expected, produced two runs. Meusel parked one in the left field stand, upstairs, in the same chukker."

NYHT—"Ruth flung a home run over the scoreboard in right center in the first just back of a single by Koenig and Meusel put one in the left field stand, his fifth home run this year."

PINQ—"After Combs flied to [center fielder] Miller, Koenig rammed a single to right. Ruth stepped into a Walberg pitch and socked it over the scoreboard for a home run, Koenig scoring." Walberg chucked out Gehrig, but Meusel plastered another homer into the upper deck in left. Lazzeri walked and Robertson broke off a single to centre, but Grabowski fouled to [first baseman] Foxx."

Second Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"The Yanks harvested two more in the second on singles by Pipgras, Koenig and Ruth and a fly by Gehrig."

NYHT—"Pipgras, Koenig, Ruth and Meusel made singles in the second inning and Gehrig flew a sacrifice fly. Two runs sprouted from all this industry, but there’d have been more if Ruth’s long liner to right hadn’t held up two base runners pending its ultimate fate.

PINQ—"Pipgras singled to left. Combs flied to [left fielder] Simmons, but Koenig and Ruth singled and the bases were full. On Gehrig’s sacrifice to Simmons, Pipgras scored. Meusel shot a single to right, scoring Koenig, but Cobb with a deadly chuck winged Ruth trying for third."

Sixth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"… but the champions hung up two more in the sixth with [pitcher] Earnshaw fanned two, walked two, made a wild pitch and gave up a single and double. [Catcher] Foxx helped out with a passed ball."

NYHT—"[Pitcher] Earnshaw’s wildness, to the extent of a walk and a wild pitch, hits by Gehrig and Lazzeri and a passed ball gave the Yankees two runs."

PINQ—"One out in the sixth, Ruth walked and took third on Gehrig’s double to centre. On Earnshaw’s wild pitch. Ruth scored and Lou took third. Meusel gave up on strikes, but Lazzeri beat out a tap to [shortstop] Hassler for a single, Gehrig counting. Tony took second on a passed ball. Robertson was safe on Hale’s wild throw. Durst batted for Grabowski and fanned."

Eighth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—" The Babe started the grand finale in the eighth with a homer. Robertson’s bat drove in two more, Gehrig and Lazzeri, who had walked and singled."

NYHT—"Ruth hit another ball out of the arena in the eighth. … Lazzeri and Robertson peppered Earnshaw for runs in the same inning."

PINQ—"Ruth flogged an Earnshaw pitch over the scoreboard, the ball hitting the porch of a dwelling on Twentieth street for his second homer of the day. Gehrig walked and Meusel flied to Miller. Lazzeri stabbed a single, Gehrig taking third. Lazzeri stole second and two more runs floated home when Robertson singled to centre. P. Collins, successor to Grabowski, walked. Pipgras fanned. Combs skied to Simmons."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 2 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 3 (first inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI homer by Meusel.
  • 4 (second inning)—Pipgras scored on a 1-RBI SF by Gehrig.
  • 5 (second inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a wild pitch.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 8 (eighth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 9 (eighth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI single by Robertson.
  • 10 (eighth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 2-RBI single by Robertson.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT and NYHT; RBIs category not included in PINQ.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 July 26 (second game)—at Detroit—Yankees scored 8 runs

First Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

NYEW—"Combs doubled. [Third baseman] Warner threw out Meusel. Ruth tripled, scoring Combs. [Shortstop] Tavener fumbled Gehrig’s grounder, Ruth scoring. Lazzeri hit into a double play, [second baseman] Gehringer to Tavener to [first baseman] McManus."

NYW—"Combs doubled to left centre to put the teams in motion and, after Meusel had expired, scored on a triple by Ruth, who scored on a boot by Tavener."

DFP—Nothing at all.

DN—Nothing at all.

DT—"Combs began by doubling off the scoreboard and after Warner had thrown out Meusel, Ruth’s triple to right counted Combs, and Ruth tallied while Tavener was fumbling Gehrig’s grounder."

Sixth Inning (5 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

NYEW—No coverage after top of first inning.

NYW—Nothing at all.

DFP—Nothing at all.

DN—Nothing at all.

DT—"Whittle [i.e., pitcher Whitehill] started by passing Ruth, and after Gehrig had flied out, Lazzeri also walked. While Tavener was throwing Koenig out the other runners advanced. Warner then fumbled Dugan’s grounder and Ruth counted. Then Gehringer let Grabowski’s grounder through him and Lazzeri footed it home. Johnson’s double tallied Dugan and Grabowski and Johnson followed them home when Combs singled to center. Vangilder then took Whitehill’s place."

Seventh Inning (3 runs)

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

NYEW—No coverage after top of first inning.

NYW—"The Yanks pulled up close in the seventh when they knocked VanGilder out and scored three runs on a pass to Ruth, a double by Gehrig and singles by Lazzeri, Koenig, and Robertson, the last a pinch hitter for Dugan."

DFP—Nothing at all.

DN—Nothing at all.

DT—"Ruth drew a pass at the start and Gehrig sent him hoofing it home with a double to left. Lazzeri’s single to left counted Gehrig. Koenig singled to left, putting Lazzeri on third. Holloway then replaced Vangilder and Robertson, batting for Dugan, singled Lazzeri in."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 10 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI triple by Ruth.
  • 2 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI grounder by Gehrig; Gehrig was safe on a 1-out error by (shortstop) Tavener.
  • 3 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-out error by (third baseman) Warner; Dugan was the batter.
  • 4 (sixth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 2-out error by (first baseman) McManus; Grabowski was the batter.
  • 5 (sixth inning)—Dugan scored on a 2-RBI double by Johnson.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Grabowski scored on a 2-RBI double by Johnson.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Johnson scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 8 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 9 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 10 (seventh inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 1-RBI single by Robertson.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, NYW; RBIs category not included in DFP, DN, DT.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 August 6—at Chicago—Yankees scored 4 runs

Fourth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"Four hits gave the Yankees two runs in the fourth."

CHT—"In the fourth, however, Red Faber weakened a bit and four hits produced two runs for the Yanks."

CHA—"Combs singled to center. Robertson bounced to [first baseman] Clancy [advancing Combs to second]. Ruth singled to right, scoring Combs. [Third baseman] Kamm tossed out the limping Gehrig [Ruth advancing to second]. Meusel singled to center, scoring Ruth. On a hit and run play Koenig singled, sending Meusel to third. Durocher lofted to [left fielder] Falk."

Eighth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"But the Yanks grabbed the lead in the penultimate frame of Pinch-Hitter Ben Paschal’s double, Combs’s walk, a sacrifice, a walk to Ruth, filling the bags, and then some other things. With the bases crammed, Gehrig grounded to Clancy, who forced out Ruth at second. [Shortstop] Cissell’s return toss went to an uncovered first base while Paschal and Combs scored."

NYHT—"Then in the eighth Ben Paschal, a pinch-hitter, led off with a double. Combs walked and the Yankees made two runs when Durst hit for Gehrig and Cissell threw the ball in the dugout." [This description is clearly erroneous based on the accounts given in the NYT, the CHT, and the CHA—Durst did not bat for Gehrig; Durst was a substitute runner for Gehrig.]

CHT—"Paschal, the demon pinch hitter who broke up the Saturday game with a double, batted for Hoyt and doubled. Combs walked. The pair moved up on Robertson’s sacrifice. Ruth was given an intentional pass to fill the bases. Then Gehrig sent a hot grounder to Clancy. Paschal scored when Bud threw to Cissell to force Ruth. Perhaps Cissell shouldn’t have tried for a double play, but he did. No one was covering first, so Bill got an error, Combs scored and Gehrig went to second. Meusel then flied to Mostil."

CHA—"Paschal batted for Hoyt and doubled to center. Combs walked. Robertson sacrificed, [pitcher] Faber to [second baseman] Hunnefield. Ruth was purposely passed. Gehrig forced Ruth at second, Clancy to Cissell, Paschal scoring. Cissell tried for a double play, but made a wild throw to the stands and Combs scored. Durst ran for Gehrig. Meusel flied to [center fielder] Mostil."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 4 runs

  • 1 (fourth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 2 (fourth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 3 (eighth inning)—Paschal scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Gehrig.
  • 4 (eighth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-out error by (shortstop) Cissell; Gehrig was the batter.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT; RBIs category not included in CHT, CHA.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 August 7—at Chicago—Yankees scored 6 runs

First Inning (5 runs)< -

 NYT—"The joyous jubilee in the first inning was started by that prince of good starters, Mr. Combs. He dashed a single to right, stole second, and scored on Gazella’s single to left. The honorable Babe banged a double to right, and the panic was on. Louis Gehrig contributed two runs to the kitty with a single to centre, admitting Gazella and Ruth. Meusel’s double put Louis on third. They held their bases while Koenig grounded out, but Durocher singled and the score was 5-0."

NYHT—"Ted Lyons started for the Sox. He started and finished in the same inning. The only player he got out was Koenig. The first five men hit him safely, Ruth and Meusel making doubles. Then Durocher drove in two runs with a single and Ted went away wondering what happened."

CHT—"Combs opened the game with a single off [second baseman] Hunnefield’s glove and stole second. Gazella singled to left, scoring Combs. Ruth doubled to right and Gazella stopped at third. Gehrig singled to center, scoring Gazella and Ruth. Meusel doubled to left and Gehrig stopped at third. Lyons knocked down Koenig’s drive and [shortstop] Cissell recovered in time for a putout at first. Durocher singled to center, scoring Gehrig and Meusel. Five runs were in when Cox relieved Ted."

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"He [Cox] walked Ruth and Gehrig. The Babe was forced at third, but Lou scored when Koenig smacked one into center field."

CHT—"Ruth walked and so did Gehrig. Meusel bunted and Cox threw out Ruth at third. Koenig singled to center, scoring Gehrig."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 6 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI single by Gazella.
  • 2 (first inning)—Gazella scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 3 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI single by Gehrig.
  • 4 (first inning)—Gehrig scored on a 2-RBI single by Durocher.
  • 5 (first inning)—Meusel scored on a 2-RBI single by Durocher.
  • 6 (ninth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Koenig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 2 RBIs in NYT, NYHT; RBIs category not included in CHT.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 September 9 (first game)—vs. Philadelphia—Yankees scored 4 runs

Sixth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"Combs singled sharply to centre. Koenig lined a single to centre, putting Combs on second. Gehrig doubled to left field, scoring Combs and putting Koenig on third. Ruth was purposely passed, filling the bases. The stands went wild. [Right fielder] Miller pulled down Meusel’s long fly to right centre and Koenig scored after the catch, Gehrig going to third. Lazzeri singled to right, scoring Gehrig and moving Ruth to second. [Pitcher] Quinn was taken out of the box and Rommel replaced him. Robertson flied out to Miller in right, no one advancing. Bengough went out on a grounder to [third baseman] Dykes."

NYHT—"Combs and Koenig singled to center. Gehrig doubled to left, bringing in Combs with the first run of the game and moving Koenig to third. The crowd went wild. … With two men still on bases and none out, Quinn walked Ruth purposely, while the crowd booed. Then Meusel drove a long sacrifice fly to Miller and Koenig scored. Lazzeri, having hit for two bases in the previous inning, singled sharply to right and sent Gehrig home. That was the end for John P. Quinn. Eddie Rommel took his place on the mound and got past Robertson and Bengough to end the inning."

PINQ—"Combs’ second belt was a bobbing single to centre. Koenig golfed one to the very same spot, Earl stopping at second. That started the Yanks off. Gehrig doubled against the left field stands, Combs crossing and Koenig taking third. … At a sign from [manager] Mack, Quinn passed Ruth intentionally, filling the bases. Meusel drove a long sacrifice fly to Miller, Koenig scoring and Gehrig advancing to third. It was an old style Yankee sortie and Lazzeri walloped a single to right, admitting Gehrig. Ruth stopped at second. At this point, Mack intervened. He dismissed Quinn and sent for Ed Rommel, … Robertson flied to Miller, while Bengough hit to Dykes and was out when [first baseman] Foxx shoveled up a low throw out of the dirt."

Eighth Inning (2 runs)

NYT—"Orwoll went into the box for the Athletics. Gehrig tripled to deep centre and scored when [second baseman] Bishop fumbled [center fielder] Haas’s throw-in. Ruth doubled against the right field bleacher fence. Meusel bunted in front of the plate and was out, [catcher] Cochrane to Foxx, Ruth going to third. Lazzeri singled to centre, scoring Ruth. Paschal batted for Robertson and lined to [shortstop] Boley. Bengough singled to right, putting Lazzeri on third. Pipgras flied to [left fielder] Simmons in left."

NYHT—"Gehrig led off and hit a liner that sped like a bullet over Haas’s head to roll rapidly up the cinder pathway and rebound from the center field stands to the white numerals which designate the distance being 462 feet. Lou pounded around the bases, with the roar of 85,000 voices in his ears, and pulled up at third just as Bishop received the throw-in and dropped it. So Lou made a dash for the plate and dove at it in desperation. The throw was bad and Cochrane dropped it anyway. So Lou was safe. Ruth was the next batter. He doubled to right. Meusel bunted him along to third and Tony came up with his third consecutive hit and brought the Babe home. Paschal was sent to bat for Robertson. He lined to Boley. With two out, Bengough singled. Pipgras ended the inning with a fly to Simmons."

PINQ—"Gehrig tripled to the cinder track in the centre field and kept on to the plate when Bishop muffed Haas’ throw. Ruth measured an Orwoll pitch to right for two bases. Meusel bunted in front of the plate and Cochrane threw him out. The Babe took third. Lazzeri bored a single to centre, Ruth counting. Paschal batted for Robertson and smashed a liner straight to Boley. Bengough poled a single to right, Tony stopping at third. Pipgras flied to Simmons."

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 5 runs

  • 1 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 2 (sixth inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI SF by Meusel.
  • 3 (sixth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 4 (eighth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 0-out error by (second baseman) Bishop; Gehrig was the batter; error after Gehrig’s triple.
  • 5 (eighth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, PINQ.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1928 September 16—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 7 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The Yanks set sail early, Combs starting the first inning with a triple, but the next two batters were retired before Ruth walked, and the pair resorted to a double steal to get Combs home. It was just as well, for Meusel fanned for the third out."

NYHT—"They made a run in the first inning when Combs tripled and worked a double steal with Ruth, who had walked."

Second Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"In the second they bunched singles and the result was three more runs. Robertson, Bengough, Johnson, Combs, and Koenig all singled in succession, and it took the parade about ten minutes to pass a given point."

NYHT—"They made three more in the second, when the tail-end of the batting order rapped out a flock of singles to fill the bases of Combs and Koenig. Combs drove in two runs and Koenig drove in the other."

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Three of them [the runs] were the direct result of homers, one by Gehrig with none on …"

NYHT—"In the fifth Gehrig hit one into the right-field stands for a home run."

Sixth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"… and the other [home run] by Koenig with a mate in front of him."

NYHT—"In the sixth, after Johnson had forced Bengough, Koenig socked one into the stands and he and Johnson walked home like a couple of lazy schoolboys."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 7 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on his steal of home.
  • 2 (second inning)—Robertson scored on a 2-RBI single by Combs.
  • 3 (second inning)—Bengough scored on a 2-RBI single by Combs.
  • 4 (second inning)—Johnson scored on a 1-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Johnson scored on a 2-RBI homer by Koenig.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI homer by Koenig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records

1929 April 28—at Washington—Yankees scored 7 runs

Fifth Inning (6 runs)< –

NYT—"A single by Durocher started the Yanks on their way in that lively fifth. Dickey followed with another single, and when Hoyt dropped a double into left-centre Durocher scored and Dickey moved to third. Combs rolled to Judge without advancing anybody, but when Koenig drew a pass, [pitcher] Hadley was hurriedly removed. Brown substituted for Hadley, and held Ruth to a sacrifice fly, on which Dickey scored, but he passed Gehrig, <forcing in Hoyt< and walked Meusel <to fill the bases again.< [NOTE: the Italicized phrases in the above sentence clearly were inadvertently switched in the typesetting process—after Ruth’s sacrifice fly, there were only two men on the bases (Hoyt and Koenig) and, therefore, Brown passed Gehrig "to fill the bases again" and walked Meusel, "forcing in Hoyt."] The next instant Tony Lazzeri emptied them with a long double to centre."

NYHT—Nothing of substance.

WP—"Durocher and Dickey singled in succession and Hoyt then doubled one home. There was no advance when Combs shot a hot one at [first baseman] Judge, but Hadley then filled the bases by walking Koenig. When the first offering to Ruth was a wide one, [manager] Johnson suggested that Hadley take his glove to the crying room and Lloyd Brown came in as relief. He held Ruth to a sacrifice fly, which scored Dickey, but then could not locate the plate and forced another Yankee over the counting block with two walks. This put it up to Lazzeri. With the count 3 and 2, Brown was forced to groove one and the Yank second-baser poled it between [left fielder] Goslin and [center fielder] Harris for a double, scoring three mates."

Seventh Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… in the seventh inning Babe Ruth clubbed his second home run of the season out of the park. The blow, made off [pitcher] Bob Burke, another left hander, came with nobody on base, but nevertheless was a smack of true Ruthian proportions, clearing the high right-field barrier with yards to spare."

NYHT—"… the Babe made his second homer of the season, a truly Ruthian wallop in the seventh."

WP—"… Babe Ruth came through with a home run which cleared the fence on the center field side of the scoreboard. It was a prodigious clout, opening the alien seventh and was his second of the season."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 7 runs

  • 1 (fifth inning)—Durocher scored on a 1-RBI double by Hoyt.
  • 2 (fifth inning)—Dickey scored on a 1-RBI SF by Ruth.
  • 3 (fifth inning)—Hoyt scored on a 1-RBI walk to Meusel.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Koenig scored on a 3-RBI double by Lazzeri.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 3-RBI double by Lazzeri.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 3-RBI double by Lazzeri.
  • 7 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI home run by Ruth.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 0 RBIs in NYT, NYHT, WP.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1929 May 28—at Washington—Yankees scored 12 runs

Fifth Inning (7 runs)< –

NYT—"But in the fifth, the Yanks quickly made amends to their southpaw flinger. Koenig hit a single with the bases full and Ruth hit a single with the bases full. In all, they got six hits, all singles, in this round."

NYHT—"And Paul Hopkins, a young relief pitcher forced in a run for them by walking Gehrig."

WP—Nothing at all.

Retrosheet PBP account—"B.Meusel singled to left field; B.Dickey singled to right field [B.Meusel to second]; L.Lary reached on an error by J.Cronin [B.Meusel to third, B.Dickey to second, L.Lary to first]; E.Wells singled to shortstop [B.Meusel scored, B.Dickey to third, L.Lary to second]; M.Koenig singled to left field [B.Dickey scored, L.Lary scored (unearned), E.Wells to second]; E.Combs walked [E.Wells to third, M.Koenig to second]; P.HOPKINS REPLACED B.HADLEY (PITCHING); L.Gehrig walked [E.Wells scored, M.Koenig to third, E.Combs to second]; B.Ruth singled to right field [M.Koenig scored, E.Combs scored, L.Gehrig to third]; T.Lazzeri reached on a fielder's choice (C.Gooch to M.Ruel) [L.Gehrig out at home, B.Ruth to second]; B.Meusel flied to S.West; B.Dickey singled to right field [B.Ruth scored (unearned, but earned for the pitcher), T.Lazzeri to third]; L.Lary walked [B.Dickey to second]; E.Wells grounded out (P.Hopkins to C.Gooch)."

Sixth Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"In the sixth Combs’s triple and Gehrig’s double helped the champions to three more runs …"

NYHT—Nothing of substance.

WP—Nothing at all.

Seventh Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"… in the seventh they collected two with a triple by Koenig featuring."

NYHT—Nothing of substance.

WP—Nothing at all.

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 12 runs

  • 1 (fifth inning)—Meusel scored on a 1-RBI single by Wells.
  • 2 (fifth inning)—Dickey scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 3 (fifth inning)—Lary scored on a 2-RBI single by Koenig.
  • 4 (fifth inning)—Wells scored on a 1-RBI walk by Gehrig.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Koenig scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 6 (fifth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 7 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI single by Dickey.
  • 8 (sixth inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI triple by Combs.
  • 9 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.
  • 10 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 11 (seventh inning)—Lary scored on a 1-RBI triple by Koenig.
  • 12 (seventh inning)—Koenig scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, WP.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1929 July 3—vs. Boston—Yankees scored 6 runs

Seventh Inning (5 runs)< –

NYT—"Durocher’s single over second began the seventh-inning rally. Durst batted for Sherid and flied out. Combs’ fierce liner to right centre was the first fiery note. Durocher scored Combs pulled up at second. Robertson, with two strikes on him, punched a single to deep short. Gehrig wouldn’t go after bad pitches, so he walked, filling the bases. Ruffing’s first pitch to Ruth was wide, but the second came within fair reach. It met Ruth’s bat, swinging like only Ruth can swing. The ball looped majestically into the bleachers in right centre."

NYHT—"Durocher opened the inning with a hit, Durst went out, and Combs scored Du-Roe-Shay with a two-bagger. Robertson’s single and a pass to Gehrig filled the bases, and Ruth hit on a low and wicked line over the right field screen half way down."

BG—"Leo [Durocher] gave the seventh-inning outbreak its impetus when he beat out a hit to [second baseman] Gerber. Combs’ double chased Leo to the scoring zone. Robertson singled and Gehrig was issued a free pass to pack the bases and give Ruth a chance to get in his dirty work. The dramatic swat with his bludgeon put the gang in an uproar. … The blow was his 17th home run of the season."

BH—"The seventh opened with that nuisance of a Durocher beating out a deep smash to Gerber. Durst was sent to pinch hit for Sherid. Durst flied out, but Combs doubled to centre to score the fleet Durocher all the way from first. Robertson beat out a hit to short and Gehrig drew a pass, setting the stage for Ruth’s dramatic act. The babe rode a liner into the right bleachers and Combs, Robertson, and Gehrig trotted home ahead of him."

BP—"Durocher opened the inning with a hit, Durst went out, and Combs scored Du-Roe-Shay with a two-bagger. Robertson’s single and a pass to Gehrig filled the bases, and Ruth hit on a low and wicked line over the right field screen half way down."

Eighth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Dickey opened for the Yanks with a single. Durocher bunted in front of the plate. [Catcher] Berry threw to second forcing Dickey, and since Durocher was still at home plate, trying to get his bunt called foul, [shortstop] Rhyne threw to first for a double play. … So, with two out, he [Heimach] launched a long liner to left centre. Heimach ran like the wind … Heimach’s last gasp brought him to home plate just a fraction of a second ahead of the ball. … Heimach’s homer broke the 5-to-5 tie and won the game, 6 to 5."

NYHT—"Heimach sent a home run to center in the eighth."

BG—"To add insult to injury Freddy Heimach, who came in as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning, won his own game with a four-ply wallop within the playing area."

BH—"In the eighth, with two down, Heimach made his massive clout."

BP—"Heimach sent a home run to centre in the eighth. He is a fast runner for so big a man, and he ran around while the Hub outfielders were running down the ball against the bleacher fence."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 6 runs

  • 1 (seventh inning)—Durocher scored on a 1-RBI double by Combs.
  • 2 (seventh inning)—Combs scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 3 (seventh inning)—Robertson scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 4 (seventh inning)—Gehrig scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 5 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 4-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 6 (eighth inning)—Heimach scored on a 1-RBI homer by Heimach.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 0 RBIs in NYT, NYHT, BG, BH, BP.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1929 July 4 (first game)—vs. Washington—Yankees scored 8 runs

First Inning (4 runs)< –

NYT—"Bill Dickey’s double with the bases filled in the first inning prodded home three of the four runs the Yanks started with. [Pitcher] Firpo Marberry began as Washington’s sharpshooter, but the Yanks made him a target. Combs and Gehrig bounced liners against Firpo’s shins. Marberry was still on his feet at the third out Garland Braxton was Washington’s when the second inning dawned."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

WP—"Combs ripped a drive at his [Marberry’s] legs for a single. Robertson singled through [first baseman] Judge. Gehrig hit Marberry on his midriff with a smashing drive which the pitcher pluckily fielded. He got Robertson at second, but Combs scored. Ruth received a single because [second baseman] Myer overran or underran his high fly. Meusel walked and filled the bases after Lazzeri grounded out and Dickey lofted a long double into right center which cleared the atmosphere."

Fifth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Garland, formerly a Yankee, blocked home plate until the fifth, when Ruth’s single knocked Robertson home."

NYHT—"Nothing at all.

WP—Nothing at all.

Sixth Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—"Dickey opened our sixth with his third straight hit, a single, and Durocher hit a triple over the left fielder’s head to score the clouting catcher. Durocher was expunged on Combs grounder to short, but Combs reached second while Durocher was dodging. Then Robertson’s single scored Combs."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

WP—Nothing at all.

Seventh Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"Meusel’s tremendous fly to [center fielder] West out on the cinder path sacrificed Ruth home in the seventh with the eighth Yankee run."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

WP—Nothing at all.

SUMMARY: Details for Yankees 8 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Gehrig.
  • 2 (first inning)—Gehrig scored on a 3-RBI double by Dickey.
  • 3 (first inning)—Ruth scored on a 3-RBI double by Dickey.
  • 4 (first inning)—Meusel scored on a 3-RBI double by Dickey.
  • 5 (fifth inning)—Robertson scored on a 1-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 6 (sixth inning)—Dickey scored on a 1-RBI triple by Durocher.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI single by Robertson.
  • 8 (seventh inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI SF by Meusel.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, WP.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1929 July 19 (first game)—at Cleveland—Yankees scored 7 runs

First Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing of substance.

CLPD—"Combs safe on Hodapp’s wild throw. Robertson singled to right, putting Combs on third and took second on Morgan’s throw to third. Hodapp threw out Gehrig, Combs scoring. Ruth walked on five pitched balls. Lazzeri singled over second, scoring Robertson, Ruth stopping at second. Durst ran for Ruth. Meusel dropped a Texas League single to right, scoring Durst, Lazzeri stopping at second. Dickey singled off the wall in right, but Lazzeri was caught between third and home and was retired, Morgan to Fonseca to L. Sewell to J. Sewell to Hudlin, the other runners advancing. Durocher walked, filling the bases. Zachary fanned."

Second Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"… and in the second Gehrig, Durst, and Lazzeri made hits and Gehrig and Durst made a double steal, home and second, respectively, being captured in this summary manner. Two more runs."

CLPD—"Combs rolled to Hodapp. Robertson was out, Fonseca to Hudlin. Gehrig singled to right. Durst singled sharply to center, Gehrig taking third. Gehrig and Durst worked a double steal, Gehrig scoring. Lazzeri singled to left, scoring Durst. Meusel fouled to L. Sewell."

Third Inning (1 run)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—"Dickey scored in the third on hits by Dickey and Zachary and errors by Morgan and Averill."

CLPD—"Zinn went to the mound for Cleveland. Dickey singled to right and went to second on Morgan’s wild throw. Durocher pop-bunted to Zinn. Zachary singled to center, scoring Dickey, and took second on Averill’s fumble. Hodapp threw out Combs, Zachary taking third. Hodapp made a neat assist to get Robertson."

Fourth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The only Yank scoring after the third was done by Gehrig’s twenty-third homer of the season, a majestic drive over the tall right-field fence."

NYHT—"… and Gehrig whaled a homer over the right-field screen in the sixth."

CLPD—"Combs walked. Robertson hit into a double play, Hodapp to Gardener to Fonseca. Gehrig hit a home run over the right field screen. Durst’s grounder took a bad hop and hit Gardener in the chin for a single. Lazzeri fanned."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 7 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Gehrig.
  • 2 (first inning)—Robertson scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 3 (first inning)—Durst scored on a 1-RBI single by Meusel.
  • 4 (second inning)—Gehrig scored on a stolen base.
  • 5 (second inning)—Durst scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 6 (third inning)—Dickey scored on a 1-RBI single by Zachary.
  • 7 (sixth inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI homer by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 2 RBIs in NYT, NYHT, CLPD.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 2 RBIs—not 3 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1930 June 03—at Chicago—Yankees scored 13 runs

First Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Combs sent a nice long fly to dead center … for a triple. Earl scored a moment later while Cissell was throwing out Lary."

Second Inning (2 runs)< –

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Gehrig singled to right and was forced by Hargrave. Cooke walked and the bases were full when Chapman bounced a single off Lyons’ figure. Pipgras walked, forcing in Hargrave and giving the first definite tip off that Lyons wasn’t so fast. Combs popped a sacrifice fly to Hunnefield, Cooke scoring after the catch. Lary doubled to left center, scoring Chapman. The bases again were full when Ruth was given an intentional pass. Lazzeri dumped a single into left, scoring Pipgras. A throw to Riddle had Lary trapped between third and home but as usual, the Sox became confused and allowed Lary to scamper back to third and Ruth, who had gone to third to get back to second. The boys, however regained their composure enough to enable Lyons to throw out Gehrig for the third out."

CHA—"Gehrig singled to right. Hargrave forced Gehrig, Hunnefield to Cissell. Cooke walked. Chapman beat out a single that bounced off Lyons’ chest, filling the bases. Pipgras walked allowing Hargrave to score. Hunnefield ran into left field for Combs’s fly and Cooke scored after the catch. Lary doubled to left center, scoring Chapman and putting Pipgras on third. Ruth was walked purposely, filling the bases. Lazzeri’s fly dropped in front of Harris for a single, scoring Pipgras. Lary was trapped between third and home, but scrambled back into third safely. Lyons tossed out Gehrig."

Fourth Inning (1 run)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Nothing at all.

CHA—"Ruth poled a home run into the seats in back of right center. Lazzeri flied to Jolley. Gehrig singled to right. Lyons turned Hargrave’s grounder to Cissell, who threw him out. Cissell tossed out Cooke."

Fifth Inning (3 runs)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Nothing at all.

CHA—"Chapman flied to Harris. Pipgras doubled to right. Combs singled in front of Harris and Pipgras pulled up at third. Lary fouled to Shires. Ruth singled to center, scoring Pipgras and sending Combs to third. Lyons was taken out and replaced by Henry. Lazzeri tripled to right, scoring Combs and Ruth. Gehrig flied to Harris."

Sixth Inning (1 run)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Nothing at all.

CHA—"Hargrave doubled to right center. Hargrave took third on a passed ball and started to slide and then decided not to, and hurt his leg. He was assisted from the field apparently with a sprained ankle. Johnson ran for Hargrave. Cooke tapped a slow roller to Cissell and beat it out for a hit, Johnson scoring. This was intended to be a squeeze play, but the batter did so well he was credited with a single. Chapman flied to Reynolds. Pipgras hit into a double play, Kamm to Cissell to Shires.

Eighth Inning (2 runs)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Nothing at all.

CHA—"Kerr threw out Gehrig. Bengough doubled. Cooke grounded to Shires and Bengough took third. Chapman shoved a home run past Reynolds, scoring Bengough ahead of him. Kerr threw out Pipgras."

Ninth Inning (1 run)<—

NYT—Nothing at all.

NYHT—Nothing at all.

CHT—"Nothing at all.

CHA—"Combs fourth hit of the game was a double to center. Combs worked a delayed steal to third. Lary sent a sacrifice fly to Reynolds and Combs scored. Cissell tossed out Ruth. Lazzeri walked. Gehrig was called out on strikes."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 13 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Lary.
  • 2 (second inning)—Hargrave scored on a 1-RBI walk by Pipgras.
  • 3 (second inning)—Cooke scored on a 1-RBI SF by Combs.
  • 4 (second inning)—Chapman scored on a 1-RBI double by Lary.
  • 5 (second inning)—Pipgras scored on a 1-RBI single by Lazzeri.
  • 6 (fourth inning)—Ruth scored on a 1-RBI homer by Ruth.
  • 7 (fifth inning)—Pipgras scored on a 1-RBI single by Ruth.
  • 8 (fifth inning)—Combs scored on a 2-RBI triple by Lazzeri.
  • 9 (fifth inning)—Ruth scored on a 2-RBI triple by Lazzeri.
  • 10 (sixth inning)—Johnson scored on a 1-RBI single by Cooke.
  • 11 (eighth inning)—Bengough scored on a 2-RBI homer by Chapman.
  • 12 (eighth inning)—Chapman scored on a 2-RBI homer by Chapman.
  • 13 (ninth inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI SF by Lary.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 0 RBIs in NYT, NYHT; RBIs not included in CHT boxscore.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 0 RBIs—not 1 RBI as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1930 June 09—at St. Louis—Yankees scored 8 runs

First Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"A home run by Tony Lazzeri, coming in the wake of a single by Combs and a double by Lary sent the Yanks away winging to a three-run lead in the first."

NYHT—"A single by Combs, a double by Lary, and Lazzeri’s homer, scoring two, accounted for the first three tallies."

SLPD—"Combs singled to center. Lary doubled to right center sending Combs to third. Melillo threw out Ruth, Combs scoring and Lary taking third. Lazzeri bounced a home run off the right field pavilion roof and scored behind Lary. Gehrig struck out. Melillo threw out Dickey."

SLGD—"Combs pried loose the game with a single. Lary doubled and Ruth rolled out to Melillo, Combs scoring. Lazzeri homered off the pavilion roof, and the Yankees were ahead, 3-0."

Second Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… they added another run in the second on a double by Chapman and a misplay by Melillo."

NYHT—"A double by Chapman, a base on balls, and an infield error gave them another in the second."

SLPD—"Cooke struck out. Chapman doubled to right. Ruffing fouled to Hale. Combs walked. Lary was safe on a fumble by Melillo, Chapman scoring. Combs stopped at second. Ruth grounded to Melillo."

SLGD—"They produced another run in the second on Chapman’s double and Melillo’s error on Lary’s grounder."

Third Inning (3 runs)< –

NYT—"… in the third they scuttled Crowder and pummeled Chad Kimsey for four hits to count three more, this outburst opening with a double by Lazzeri, to which Chapman, Dickey, and Combs added singles."

NYHT—"… three more tallies in the third, a double by Lazzeri, a pass to Gehrig and a single by Dickey accounting for one of them and the disappearance of Alvin Crowder, while a single by Chapman and a double by Combs added the other two off Chad Kimsey."

SLPD—"Lazzeri’s second extra base hit was a double to left center. Gehrig walked. Dickey singled to center, scoring Lazzeri and sending Gehrig to third. Crowder was taken out and Kimsey went in to pitch for the Browns. Cooke forced Dickey, Kress to Melillo, Gehrig scoring. Chapman beat out a hit down the third base line, Cooke stopping at second. Ruffing popped to Kress. Combs singled to left, scoring Cooke and putting Chapman at third, he took second on Manush’s throw to the plate. Lary grounded to Melillo."

SLGD—"Lazzeri doubled. Gehrig walked and Dickey singled, Lazzeri scoring. Facing the new pitcher, Kimsey, Cooke forced Dickey, Gehrig counting. Chapman bunted safely and Combs singled to make the count 7 to 0 against the Browns."

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"… no more until the ninth, when Lazzeri beat out a scratch hit and Gehrig slashed a long double to centre."

NYHT—Nothing at all.

SLPD—"Lary was called out on strikes. Ruth flied to McNeely. Lazzeri scratched a single through Kress. Gehrig doubled to center, scoring Lazzeri. Kress threw out Dickey."

SLGD—"The only run New York scored thereafter went over in the ninth on Lazzeri’s single and Gehrig’s double."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 8 runs

  • 1 (first inning)—Combs scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Ruth.
  • 2 (first inning)—Lary scored on a 2-RBI homer by Lazzeri.
  • 3 (first inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 2-RBI homer by Lazzeri.
  • 4 (second inning)—Chapman scored from second on a 2-out fielding error by [second baseman] Melillo; Lary was the batter.
  • 5 (third inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 1-RBI single by Dickey.
  • 6 (third inning)—Gehrig scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Cooke.
  • 7 (third inning)—Cooke scored on a 1-RBI single by Combs.
  • 8 (ninth inning)—Lazzeri scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 2 RBIs in NYT, NYHT, SLGD; RBIs not included in SLPD boxscore.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 2 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

1930 July 10—vs. Philadelphia—Yankees scored 1 run

Ninth Inning (1 run)< –

NYT—"The three hits off Earnshaw were all singles, Combs getting the first one, and Lary and Gehrig getting the two in the ninth that rescued the Yanks from what would have been their third shutout in a week."

NYHT—"In the ninth Lary opened with a single which got past Haas and Lary raced to third, to score on Gehrig’s single."

PINQ—"… but in the ninth the losers made an unearned run when [center fielder] Haas fumbled Lary’s single, which was the second enemy lick. Lary took third on the error and scored on Gehrig’s scratch single to right."

SUMMARY: Details of Yankees 1 run

  • 1 (ninth inning)—Lary scored on 1-RBI single by Gehrig.

RBIs in Newspaper Boxscores<: Gehrig shown with 1 RBI in NYT, NYHT, PINQ.

CONCLUSION<: Gehrig had 1 RBI—not 0 RBIs as shown in baseball’s official DBD records.

 

THREE MISSING GAMES:

  • 28 September 1923<—New York at Boston; the Yankees scored 24 runs; Gehrig had four RBIs according to the official records; Retrosheet PBP information [through the fifth inning (i.e., the first six runs)] shows Gehrig with 2 RBIs (a 2-RBI home run with Ruth aboard in the first inning); unfortunately, the game accounts in several newspapers (NYT, NYHT, BG, BH, BP) did not provide any additional information.
  • 04 July 1929 (second game)<—New York vs. Washington; the Yankees tallied 14 runs; Gehrig had 2 RBIs according to the official records; Retrosheet currently does not have any PBP information for this game; regrettably, the game accounts in several newspapers (NYT, NYHT, WP) provide detailed information for only eight of the runs; nonetheless, the newspaper accounts state that Gehrig did have 2 RBIs (thanks to a 2-RBI double which plated Combs and Robertson in the fourth inning); it is also noted that each of the newspaper boxscores also list Gehrig with 2 RBIs.
  • 22 May 1930 (second game)<—New York at Philadelphia; the Yankees scored 20 runs; Gehrig had eight RBIs according to the official records; Retrosheet PBP information [through the seventh inning (i.e., the first 14 runs)] shows Gehrig with six RBIs (a 4-RBI home run with Lary, Ruth, and Lazzeri on the bases in the first inning and a 2-RBI round tripper with Lazzeri on in the fourth frame); fortunately, the game accounts in several newspapers (NYT, NYHT, PINQ) corroborate the Retrosheet PBP information for Gehrig’s RBIs and also state that Gehrig had another 2-RBI homer with Lazzeri on base in the ninth session; it is also pointed out that each of the newspaper boxscores also list Gehrig with eight RBI.

So, at the present time, it is appropriate to consider the RBIs credited to Gehrig in these three games in the official baseball records as being correct.

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