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Random Game Callback, August 12, 1929
2006-08-12 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

Brooklyn center fielder Johnny Frederick blasted a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh before a crowd of about 5,000 at Ebbets Field.

Pittsburgh manager Donie Bush started Erv Brame on the mound. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson had Clise Dudley pitching.

The second place Pirates scored in the first. Center fielder Lloyd Waner had a one out single and his brother, right fielder Paul Waner, singled Lloyd to third. Third baseman Pie Traynor then grounded out to short to score the younger Waner (23 at the time to Paul's 26).

In the fourth inning, Brooklyn right fielder Babe Herman sent a Brame offering far over the right field fence. First baseman Del Bissonette had tripled in the second and was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park homer.

Pittsburgh shortstop Sparky Adams led off with a walk in the seventh and stole second. Adams scored two batters later on a single by Lloyd Waner. In the bottom of the seventh, Bissonette hit his second triple of the game and scored on a single by shortstop Eddie Moore.

The game went to extra inning. In the top of the tenth, Paul Waner led off with a double and Robinson relieved Dudley with Johnny Morrison. Traynor sacrificed to move Waner to third. Morrison intentionally walked left fielder Adam Comorosky and pinch hitter Fred Brickell to load the bases with one out. With the infield in, Pittsburgh first baseman George Grantham shot a grounder at third baseman Wally Gilbert who threw home to force Waner at the plate. Adams then grounded out to second baseman Jake Flowers to end the threat.

In the bottom of the tenth, the fourth Pirates pitcher, Carmen Hill was on the mound. With two outs, Gilbert singled and then Frederick lashed his 17th homer of the season to give Brooklyn the win.

Bush would step down as Pittsburgh manager at the end of August and would be replaced by Jewel Ens. The Pirates would finish in second place in the NL, 10 1/2 games behind the champion Cubs. Brooklyn finished in sixth, 28 1/2 games back.

1929 was Frederick's rookie season and he had a tremendous freshman season. He batted .328 and slugged .545 with a league-leading 52 doubles as well as 24 home runs. However, chronic injuries cut short his career and he played just five big league seasons. Herman batted .381 for the Dodgers.

The Waners batted .353 (Lloyd) and .336 (Paul), but neither one finished in the top five. Lloyd led the NL in triples with 20. Lefty O'Doul of the Giants led the NL at .398. Rogers Hornsby of the Cubs won the MVP award batting .380 with 39 home runs and 149 RBI.

The Pirates had four future Hall of Famers on their squad in the Waner brothers, Traynor, and pitcher Burleigh Grimes. The Dodgers had three in shortstop Dave Bancroft, outfielder Max Carey (who played just 19 games) and pitcher Dazzy Vance.

Neither franchise had a bright future. The Pirates won the pennant in 1927, but would not win another one until 1960 although they came close in 1938. The Dodgers won the pennant in 1920 and would not win another until 1941.

Sources: New York Times, Retrosheet,

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