Midwest 6 – League Day 31
St. Louis Stars 3 (F12)
Kansas City Monarchs 2
Win – Martin Dihigo (1-0)
Loss – Jose Mendez (1-3)
Indianapolis ABC’s – 2
Pittsburgh Crawfords – 7
Win – Jones (6-2)
Loss – Smith (4-3)
Memphis Red Sox – 2
Chicago American Giants – 3
Win – Holland (1-1)
Loss – Paige (6-4)
Johnson’s throwing errors too ‘Heavy’ for Monarchs to overcome
Smokey Joe Williams and Max Manning battled into the ninth inning today with Williams trying to hold onto a one run victory over the Monarchs. A struggling Oscar ‘Heavy’ Johnson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and moved up 90 feet after a Ray Dandridge one out single. The Monarchs then called upon slugger Vic Harris to hit for Manning with the tying run on second base. Williams was able to reach down into his bag of tricks and strike out Harris on a high fastball to bring up the always dangerous Pete Hill. Hill wasted no time tying the game with a bloop single and advanced to second on the play at the plate. Martin Dihigo came on in relief for Williams at that point and fired a bullet past Bill Monroe to retire the side and send it into extras.
In the top half of the inning, Spot Poles earned a one out walk and ended up on third after stealing second and advancing on a bad throw from Heavy Johnson. Willie Wells grounded out to short with the infield drawn in and then the ever powerful Turkey Stearnes did the same with the infield at normal depth to end the inning.
Dick Lundy hit a one out triple in the top of the eleventh forcing the Monarchs infield in once again in extras. Reliever Jose Mendez was able to work his way out of the jam as Dave Malarcher hit a harmless pop out to second and reserve Frank Duncan hit a lazy fly ball. Mendez escapes one out, runner on third in back to back innings.
Red Parnell led off the twelfth against Mendez and lined a base hit to center. One pitch later, Parnell broke for second and Johson airmailed the throw for the second time in extras putting the winning run on third with no outs. Tank Carr confidently walked up to plate next and brought home the winning run with a base hit.
Martin Dihigo pitched very well in extras(3.1 IP) for the Stars only allowing two singles. Duncan’s strong throwing arm kept the Monarchs from advancing on the base paths. The Monarchs lost the game despite out hitting the Stars 12-8.
Jones K’s league high 15 in Victory
Slim Jones out dueled Hilton Smith today in a 7-2 victory. Buck Leonard was 3 for 3 with a RBI, Hurley McNair scored twice and knocked in two runs with two hits. Everyone, besides Jones, had a hit in the lineup for the Crawfords. Dobie Moore doubled and tripled out of the leadoff spot raising his average to .378
Oscar Charleston kept up his torrid pace by going 3 for 4, with a double raising his average to .407 in a losing effort. Smith gave up seven runs on eleven hits over six innings while taking the loss. Smith has had a rough season, reflected by his 5.83 ERA.
Paige loses gem in ninth
Satchel Paige nursed a one run lead going into the bottom of the ninth only giving up one run on six hits. Then the wheels came off. Cristobal Torriente led off with a walk and scored on a Josh Gibson triple to tie the game. With no outs and the winning run on third, Memphis decided to walk the next two batters (Tubby Scales and Pop Lloyd) to setup a force at any base. Judy Johnson delivered the winning run on his third hit of the game snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat.
John Beckwith had three hits and Newt Allen two for the Red Sox. Webster McDonald pitched well for eight innings for Chicago lowering his league leading ERA to 2.63
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