New York Yankees 11 vs Detroit Tigers 7, September 20, 1934

by on November 24, 2012

For the 16th Legendary Game on Baseballisms we went in a slightly different direction.  We usually seek out intense back and forth affairs in a memorable World Series or playoff, as we present a batter by batter account of the game. This scoreboard represents the final out from a regular season game that we consider legendary for different reasons.

Legendary Game 17 Scoreboard

This force out at second represents an at bat by player-manager Mickey Cochrane of the Detroit Tigers, as called by radio (and PA) announcer Ty Tyson on WWJ.   According to this YouTube post, this is the oldest complete radio broadcast of a game known in existence.

If you have some time,  transport yourself back to an era when the lone radio announcer delivered the entire experience to a listening audience.  Picture yourself lying on the floor in a two story walkup in Detroit, under the buzz of an RCA, Philco or Emerson console radio, using your baseball card collection spread before you representing the action you hear.

Or maybe, you just ran into your grandfather’s house on this Thursday afternoon and came upon him sitting in his favorite chair, grumbling about how tough this Yankee lineup is, even with Babe Ruth taking the day off.   He is in a pretty good mood however because this Tigers team is on it’s way to winning over 100 games and the 1934 AL pennant before getting dunked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Before you get into the game action, recognize the sponsorship of the White Star Mobile Gas company.

There are some fun moments along the way in the game such as when Tyson has to speak to others in the press box to catch up on the action or official scoring.  He also uses some unique words and phrases that help you immerse in the moment.   We do not want to step on your own experience of the broadcast, but here are a few of the favorites we encountered.

1:03:40 .. While NYY centerfielder Ben Chapman bats, Tyson answers a question from a listener about “Turnaround Batters” on the Tigers.  You might otherwise know them as switch hitters.  The only switch hitter in Tiger history to this point is the current shortstop Billy Rogell.

1:05:45 .. Lou Gehrig leaves the game due to injury and is replaced by Jack Saltzgaver who ends up getting 2 RBI in the game.

1:10:35 .. Charlie Gehringer gets his 200th hit of the season. He finishes the season leading the League with 214, hitting .356 behind Gehrig’s .363

1:43:00 .. Tyson and an unknown voice in the background have a chuckle over a fan wearing brown “velour” pants reaching out to grab a foul ball :-)

1:45:30 .. a crazy rundown leads to the expulsion of Ben Chapman from the game for kicking!  Even though there were two separate runners caught in rundowns on the bases, it ends up with White on 3rd and Greenberg back on 1st, with Chapman being razzed by Tigers players on his way out of the game.

1:54:20 .. while up 9 to 6 in the 8th inning and after an error on a bunt attempt by the previous batter, Yankee manager Joe McCarthy has Red Rolfe bunt again with two on and nobody out, promptly forcing the runner at 3rd base.

2:08:40  .. “Your attention please, Tom Loring wanted at the office .. Sorrell now pitching for Detroit”

2:11:20 .. Art the senior telegrapher in charge of the Western Union catches a foul ball up in the booth. It must have been a pretty good catch as you can hear the crowd reaction.

2:17:00 .. after giving the paid admission tally of 29,000, we find out that  “a few of us deadheads working out here, makes it a pretty fair jam.”

2:18:45  .. a mini rally in the 9th extends the game for the Tigers, bringing “Manager Mike himself” to the plate with two runners on and down by four runs.

“… and so ends another thrilling episode in the Tiger’s pursuit of the pennant!”


BTW, there is no play by play summaries available for this game on Baseball-Reference, only some linescores.  Our batter by batter effort is the result of listening and scoring the game as it happened, just like the old days!  A big hat tip to Ty Tyson and the way in which he recaps every half-inning, we only had one at bat in which we could not determine the way in which the out was recorded.  The rest of the game is exactly how it happened.

We hope you enjoy these little games that we present .. tomorrow we start our 17th Legendary Game. Let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting. The first to guess correctly gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites that are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together. The Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while the extraordinary Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

Also, a special shoutout to YouTube user Alpineinc1 who posted this game, and whoever linked to it on Twitter to call it to our attention.

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