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Random Game Callback, April 28, 1932
2006-04-28 03:59
by Bob Timmermann
The Chicago Cubs ran their winning streak to six games and boosted their record to 10-3 with a 12-7 rout of the defending World Series champion Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The Cubs scored six times in the seventh to break open a 6-6 tie. Charlie Root, pitching in relief for Bob Smith, got credit for the win and Benny Frey took the loss for the Cardinals. Frey pitched in only two games for the Cardinals in his career and lost both of them. He spent most of his career with Cincinnati (and killed himself in 1937 after being sent to the minors in the offseason).

The starting pitcher for the Cardinals this day was much heralded rookie Dizzy Dean. Dean had pitched in one game the previous season and St. Louis manager Gabby Street finally gave him the ball to start. But Dean lasted just five innings, giving up six runs including five in the fifth, highlighted by a Riggs Stephenson home run.

St. Louis scored five times in the sixth off of Smith to tie the game, but the Cubs roared back for six runs off of Frey and Jesse Haines in relief in the seventh. The Cardinals added a run in the ninth.

The Cubs were able to get off to a fast start despite not having player-manager Rogers Hornsby available. Injuries limited Hornsby to just 19 games and eventually the Cubs fired him on August 2 and replaced him with first baseman Charlie Grimm. Rookie Billy Herman took over Hornsby's spot in the lineup and he was more than adequate, batting .314 and playing in every game as he started a Hall of Fame career. Rookie Stan Hack batted leadoff this day and played third, but veteran Woody English would play most of the time for the Cubs in 1932. Nevertheless, Hack would be a fixture at third base for the Cubs until he retired after the 1947 season. The Cubs were also missing two of their starting outfielders, Kiki Cuyler and Johnny Moore.

The Cardinals, after winning 101 games in 1931 and winning the World Series, fell victim to injuries in 1932 and won just 72 games and finished in sixth place. After scoring 815 runs in 1931, the Cardinals dropped all the way to 684 runs.

The Cubs were able to rally to win the NL pennant with a 90-64 record, but ending up facing a New York Yankees squad that won 107 games and scored 1002 runs. The Yankees squashed the Cubs like a bug in the World Series in four games.

Sources: Retrosheet, Baseball-Reference, Chicago Tribune.

2006-04-28 06:23:07
1.   Murray
My copy of today's New York Times went to print too early to get that game in.
2006-04-28 12:20:55
2.   Linkmeister
"The Yankees squashed the Cubs like a bug in the World Series in four games."

Wasn't that the Series in which Ruth ostensibly "called his shot" against Root?

It also occurs to me that it must have been a lovely thing for a broadcaster to be able to say "Here's Ruth facing Root for the first time today." Especially if the broadcaster had a New Yawk accent.

2006-04-28 12:38:41
3.   Bob Timmermann
Broadcasters in 1932 didn't have New York accents. They either were highly stylized guys like Graham McNamee or southerners. But I think Red Barber was still a few years off.

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