Appendix 4: RBIs given in newspaper box scores for games played between the Tigers and Athletics in Philadelphia during the 1937 season

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This article was published in the Spring 2012 Baseball Research Journal


Appendix 4 in Herm Krabbenhoft’s research on Hank Greenberg.

Editor’s note: This is a supplement to Herm Krabbenhoft’s article, “Hank Greenberg’s American League RBI Record”, in the Spring 2012 edition of the “Baseball Research Journal”.

Appendix 4: RBIs given in newspaper box scores for games played between the Tigers and Athletics in Philadelphia during the 1937 season.

Presented here are the players who achieved RBIs in the given games. The players are listed in the exact order given in (a) the relevant newspaper box scores and (b) the exact chronological order in which the players achieved their RBIs according to the batter-by-batter PBP accounts given for each game in the Detroit Times. In order to be most relevant to the newspaper box scores for the games on June 20, 1937, the focus here is the games played between the Tigers and Athletics in Philadelphia in 1937 – May 18, 19, 20; June 19; August 3, 4, 5; and September 18, 18. The orders for the Tigers players achieving RBIs in the two games on June 20, 1937, are given in the main presentation.

May 18, 1937 

Tigers players credited with RBIs:

First Inning (3 runs) – Cochrane scored on a 1-RBI single by Greenberg; Gehringer scored on a 1-RBI grounder by Walker (Walker being safe on a fielding error); Greenberg scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Rogell.

Third Inning (2 runs) – Walker scored on a 1-RBI double by Herman; Herman scored on 1-RBI single by Rogell.

Sixth Inning (1 run) – English scored on a 1-RBI homer by English.

Eighth Inning (1 run) – Auker scored on a 1-RBI double by Fox.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGreenbergWalkerRogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGreenbergWalkerRogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGreenbergWalkerRogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in DN Box scoreGreenberg Rogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in DT Box scoreGreenberg Rogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGreenbergWalkerRogell (2)HermanEnglishFox
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderFoxGreenbergWalkerHermanRogell (2)English

 

NOTE: Walker was mistakenly omitted in the box scores in the Detroit News and the Detroit Times.


 

May 19, 1937

First Inning (3 runs) – Cochrane scored on a 2-RBI single by Greenberg; Gehringer scored on a 2-RBI single by Greenberg; Greenberg scored on a field error (Walker was the batter).

Sixth Inning (2 runs) – Greenberg scored on a 2-RBI single by English; Walker scored on a 2-RBI single by English.

Ninth Inning (4 runs) – Bridges scored on a fielding error (Gehringer was the batter); White scored on a fielding error (Gehringer was the batter); Gehringer scored on a 1-RBI single by Greenberg; Greenberg scored on a 1-RBI sacrifice fly by Fox.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in DN Box scoreGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in DT Box scoreGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGreenberg (3)English (2)Fox
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderGreenberg (3)FoxEnglish (2)

 

NOTE: Gehringer was mistakenly included in DFP, DT, and TSN box scores.


 

May 20, 1937

First Inning (2 runs) – White scored on a 2-RBI triple by Greenberg; Cochrane scored on a 2-RBI triple by Greenberg.

Sixth Inning (1 run) – Walker scored on a 1-RBI double by Rogell.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in DN Box scoreGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in DT Box scoreGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGreenberg (2)Rogell
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderGreenberg (2)Rogell

 

June 19, 1937

First Inning (2 runs) – Rogell scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehringer; Gehringer scored on a 1-RBI single by Greenberg.

Second Inning (1 run) – Lawson scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehringer.

Fifth Inning (3 runs) – Greenberg scored on a 3-RBI homer by Laabs; York scored on a 3-RBI homer by Laabs; Laabs scored on a 3-RBI homer by Laabs.

Ninth Inning (2 runs) – Walker scored on a 2-RBI triple by Laabs; York scored on a 2-RBI triple by Laabs.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in DN Box scoreGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in DT Box scoreGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabs (5)

 

August 3, 1937

Third Inning (1 run) – Rogell scored on a 1-RBI double by Greenberg.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGreenberg
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGreenberg
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGreenberg
RBIs in DN Box scoreGreenberg
RBIs in DT Box scoreGreenberg
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGreenberg
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderGreenberg

 

August 4, 1937

Second Inning (1 run) – Laabs scored on a 1-RBI double by York.

Third Inning (2 runs) – Walker scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehringer; Fox scored on a 1-RBI double-play groundout by Greenberg.

Fifth Inning (5 runs) – Gehringer scored on a 1-RBI fielder’s choice force-out by Laabs; Laabs scored on a 3-RBI homer by York; Owen scored on a 3-RBI homer by York; York scored on a 3-RBI homer by York; Rogell scored on a 1-RBI homer by Rogell.

Seventh Inning (1 run) – Laabs scored on a 1-RBI double by Owen.

Eighth Inning (2 runs) – Rogell scored on a 1-RBI groundout double play by Fox; Poffenberger scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehringer.

RBIs in Chronological OrderYork (4)Gehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsRogellOwenFox
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreYork (4)Gehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsRogellOwenFox
RBIs in DFP Box scoreYork (4)Gehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsRogellOwenFox
RBIs in DNYork (4)Gehringer (2)LaabsGreenbergRogellOwenFox
RBIs in DTYork (4)Gehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsRogellOwenFox
RBIs in TSNYork (4)Gehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsRogellOwenFox
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderFoxGehringer (2)GreenbergLaabsOwenYork (4)Rogell

 

August 5, 1937

First Inning (1 run) – Fox scored on a 1-RBI homer by Fox.

Third Inning (1 run) – Walker scored on a 1-RBI sacrifice fly by Gehringer.

Eighth Inning (3 runs) – Fox scored on a 3-RBI homer by Greenberg; Gehringer scored on a 3-RBI homer by Greenberg; Greenberg scored on a 3-RBI homer by Greenberg.

RBIs in Chronological OrderFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in DFP Box scoreFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in DN Box scoreFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in DT Box scoreFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in TSN Box scoreFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderFoxGehringerGreenberg (3)

 

September 18, 1937 (first game)

Sixth Inning (2 runs) – White scored on a 1-RBI triple by Fox; Fox scored on a 1-RBI groundout double play by Greenberg.

Eighth Inning (1 run) – White scored on a 1-RBI double by Gehringer.

Ninth Inning (2 runs) – Owen scored on a 1-RBI groundout by Bridges; Rogell scored on a 1-RBI single by White.

RBIs in Chronological OrderFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in DFP Box scoreFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in DN Box scoreFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in DT Box scoreFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in TSN Box scoreFoxGreenbergGehringerBridgesWhite
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderWhiteFoxGehringerGreenbergBridges

 

September 18, 1937 (second game)

First Inning (1 run) – Fox scored on a 1-RBI single by Gehringer.

Second Inning (1 run) – Owen scored on a 1-RBI single by Lawson.

Seventh Inning (1 run) – Owen scored on a 1-RBI double by Fox.

Ninth Inning (1 run) – Owen scored on a 1-RBI single by Rogell.

RBIs in Chronological OrderGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in PINQ Box scoreGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in DFP Box scoreGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in DN Box scoreGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in DT Box scoreGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in TSN Box scoreGehringerLawsonFoxRogell
RBIs in Batting Lineup OrderFoxGehringerRogellLawson

 

Upon examination of the box score RBI information it is seen that there is 100% correspondence between the “RBIs in Chronological Order” and the order for the players listed with RBIs in the various newspaper box scores (except for the box score in the Detroit News for the game on August 1, 1937 – Greenberg and Laabs having been switched).

It is important to point out that while the box scores for these Detroit at Philadelphia games invariably list the players credited with RBIs in the chronological order in which they achieved their first RBI, the newspaper box scores for other games (for example Detroit at New York or New York at Detroit) do not always list the players credited with RBIs in the chronological order in which they achieved their first RBI. Without going into the details for each of these games, an analysis (identical to the one described above for the Detroit at Philadelphia games) of the various newspaper box scores gave the following results: (A) For Detroit at New York games, the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Detroit News each listed the players credited with RBIs in chronological order in eight of the nine games the Tigers were not shut out; the Detroit Times (which did not provide box scores for two of the non-shutout games) listed the players credited with RBIs in chronological order in 100% of the box scores. (B) For Detroit vs. New York games, the New York Times and Detroit Free Press listed the players credited with RBIs in chronological order in just four of the eleven games; the Detroit News and Detroit Times listed the players credited with RBIs in chronological order in seven of the eleven games.

So, while one can make use of the order of the players listed with achieving “whatevers,” it is advised that the researcher first do some checking to make sure that listing players in chronological order is the standard procedure for the particular newspaper.

With regard to the RBI information presented in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it appears safe to assume that the players are listed in chronological order.

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