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Random Game Callback, August 14, 1933
2006-08-14 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

Philadelphia first baseman Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle and drove in an AL-record nine runs as the Athletics routed Cleveland 11-5 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Athletics owner-manager Connie Mack started Roy Mahaffey. Cleveland manager Walter Johnson hoped that Willis Hudlin would be able to do the job for him on the mound.

Foxx didn't waste any time driving in a pair of runs in the first with a triple that scored center fielder Roger Cramer and catcher Mickey Cochrane. In the second, Foxx belted a grand slam off of Hudlin and the score was 7-0 A's after just two innings. Hudlin was gone after that and Johnson used Belve Bean as a mopup man for the rest of the game.

The next time up for Foxx was in the fourth and he doubled home Cochrane for his third hit and seventh RBI. By this time, it was 9-0 Philadelphia.

In the sixth, Foxx had a single to score second baseman Eric McNair and Cramer to give him his cycle and his eighth and ninth RBI. McNair also homered in the game for the A's.

Mahaffey was touched up for five runs on seven hits and four walks to go the distance to get the win.

Foxx's nine RBI were still three short of Jim Bottomley's major league record set in 1924 for the Cardinals. Mark Whiten would match that total for the Cardinals on September 7, 1993. Foxx's record for the AL would last only until May 24, 1936 when Tony Lazzeri drove in 11 runs in a 25-2 win by the Yankees over the A's in Philadelphia. Lazzeri hit three home runs and a triple in that game and two of the homers were grand slams.

1933 was a great year for Foxx as he won the Triple Crown with a .356 batting average, 48 home runs, and 163 RBI. He had an OPS of 1.153 and a league adjusted OPS+ of 200. Foxx beat out Washington player-manager Joe Cronin for the MVP award. Washington won the pennant with a 99-53 record. The Athletics finished third at 79-72. Cleveland finished fourth at 75-76.

The A's had won three straight AL pennants from 1929-1931, but finished 13 games behind the Yankees in 1932. After a disappointing finish in 1933 and a worsening economic condition because of the Great Depression, Mack started to get rid of his higher-salaried players. Cochrane was traded to Detroit in the offseason. Lefty Grove and Max Bishop were traded to Boston.

Cleveland would remain in the first division for much of the 1930s, but was never good enough to overcome the powerhouse Tigers or Yankees squads. Johnson would manage the Indians to a third place finish in 1934, but would be fired midway through the 1935 season.

Foxx would stay with the A's through the 1935 season when Mack dealt him to Boston, where he would win a second AL MVP in 1938 when he hit 50 home runs. Injuries and constant battles with alcohol would curtail his career and he was through as an effective player at age 33, although he would hang on during the war years before finally retiring after the 1945 season. Foxx would finish his career with 534 home runs. He would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1951 and passed away in 1967 after choking on food. In a sign of the times, Foxx was sometimes called "The Beast" because of his size. His listed playing weight was 195 lbs and he stood just six feet tall.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, Retrosheet,

2006-08-14 09:46:39
1.   Suffering Bruin
I think that if we went back in time and saw a game from the 20's and 30's, what would stand out most is how shallow the outfielders played.

And I think, if Foxx, Ruth and company came back to life today in their prime, what would stand out most is how huge today's players are.

We are bigger, we are stronger, we are faster. I'm still not sure we are better.

2006-08-14 11:43:11
2.   Greg Brock
I think the discernable lack of pigment would also stand out.
2006-08-14 11:52:33
3.   Linkmeister
"Poosh-Em-Up" Tony makes an appearance.

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