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Random Game Callback, April 21, 1936
2006-04-21 03:59
by Bob Timmermann
After not winning the AL pennant for three whole years, the New York Yankees were eager to get back to their winning ways in 1936. But they had gotten off to a slow start and were just 3-4 heading into a Tuesday afternoon game with the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park. But Joe McCarthy's bunch had just enough to eke out a win over the woebegone A's 7-6.

McCarthy started right hander Johnny Broaca while Connie Mack countered with former Yankee Henry Johnson. The Yankees were not kind to their former teammate, chasing him after three innings after Bill Dickey slammed a 3-run homer to give New York a 4-1 lead. Reliever Charles Lieber didn't fare much better in the fourth giving up two runs after Yankees center fielder Dixie Walker tripled and Frankie Crosetti singled and Red Rolfe doubled.

Philadelphia pushed across a run in the eighth and New York countered in the top of the ninth with another to take a 7-2 lead to the bottom of the ninth. Skeeter Newsome opened the inning with a single over Tony Lazzeri's head. Frankie Hayes popped out to first, but Broaca walked pinch-hitter Emil Mailho. (Mailho's MLB career consisted of 18 at bats and had one hit, but he did walk five times.) Lou Finney walked to load the bases. This brought up Wally Moses, one of two offensive threats on Philadelphia. And Moses cleared the bases with a triple to make it 7-5 and send Broaca out of the game in favor of Johnny Murphy.

Murphy faced Bob Johnson, the other offensive threat, and walked him on four pitches to put the tying run on base. And McCarthy didn't waste any time and he pulled Murphy in favor of lefty Pat Malone. George Puccinelli greeted Malone with a single to make it 7-6 and send Johnson to third. But Pinky Higgins fouled out to Dickey and Rabbit Warstler grounded into a force out to end the game.

The Yankees, who already had a power-filled lineup with Gehrig, Lazzeri, and Dickey would soon be getting some help from the West Coast. On May 3, Joe DiMaggio would join the Yankees (Walker would be sent to the White Sox.) The Yankees turned into an incredible offensive machine, scoring 1065 runs with a team batting average of .300 and OPS of 864. Five Yankees would drive in over 100 runs and Gehrig would be named MVP. The Yankees would win the AL with a 102-51 record, 19 1/2 games ahead of Detroit. And the Yankees would win the World Series over the Giants in six games.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia would be a near mirror image of the Yankees, going 53-100 and giving up 1045 runs. The Athletics were in the midst of a stretch of 13 consecutive losing seasons.

Pat Malone, who got the final outs, would pitch one more year for the Yankees in 1937 before retiring. He would pass away at age 41 in 1943 of pancreatitis.

Sources: New York Times, Retrosheet, Baseball-Reference

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