Chicago Tribune, 3 October 1932
YANKS WIN WORLD TITLE: FOUR STRAIGHT
ROUT CUBS 13-6, THEN HUSTLE OFF FOR HOME
Bush, Allen Chased in First Inning
BY EDWARD BURNS.
The New York Yankees are baseball champions of the world, and the Chicago Cubs, so recently outspoken in questioning their supremacy, are reduced to a whisper, or less. The Yankees reserved their most crushing victory for yesterday’s finale, played before 50,000 at Wrigley field. After jollying the Cubs for half of the game, the brutal New York Yankees did some serious bearing down to turn in a 13-6 decision and sweep the 1932 world series in four games.
Yesterday’s triumph was the American leaguers’ twelfth straight in world series play, having swept the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1927 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1928.
Hammer Four Pitchers.
In giving the Cubs the farewell blistering the Yankees hammered four of the five pitchers Manager Charley Grimm sent forth to stem the tide. The Yankees made 19 hits, including two homers by Tony Lazzeri, who never made a world series homer before, though he had played in three prior to the sad one concluded yesterday.
Lon Warneke was the victim of one of these and Burleigh Grimes was the victim of the other in the ninth. Combs also nicked Grimes for a circuit smash in that rather pathetic ninth inning blast on Grimes, hero of the 1931 world series.
Other world series decided in the minimum of four games have, obviously, been eminently decisive, but it is doubtful if any world title contender ever was so consistently devoid of class as the Cubs proved to be in the struggle with the Yankees.
Never Regained Form.
The team crumbled immediately after clinching the pennant on Sept. 24, the Chicagoans kidded themselves that they were relaxing from an arduous campaign in their own league and would snap out of their doldrums come the world series. But the letdown was irreparable. The Cubs realized their “resting” process had been a mistake as soon as the Yankees had taken the forst whack at them. The panic was on and the Cubs went through four games, utterly dazed at every turn.
Occasionally they had lucid spells, but never long enough to cause any annoyance to the Yankees. Yesterday’s lucid span came in the first inning, when the Cubs made four runs after Warneke had pulled them out of a jittery jam into which the excited and quavering Guy Bush had precipitated them at the outset of the show.
Five Hits in First Inning!
In their first inning the Chicagoans made five of their nine hit total, all off John Allen, who led American league pitchers on percentage this season. In this lone flurry the Cubs made four runs, three of them on a homer by Frank Demaree, rookie outfielder, who was voted a quarter share in the Cubs’ now famous division of the losers’ end of the world series.
English and Stephenson were on base as a result of singles when Demaree drove the ball into the temporary bleachers over Waveland avenue. Grimm then got on base on the first of Frank Crosetti’s two errors and scored on singles by Hartnett and Jurges.
This big and surprising Cub inning kept the spectators entertained for quite a while and made the affair interesting because the Cubs were able to stay ahead through the fifth inning despite Lazzeri’s first homer with one on in the third inning and other Yank sallies that fell just short of clicking.
Game Four Tickets
Raspberry Chorus Opens Up.
While the Cubs were ahead their heartsick admirers perked up to make a little noise in behalf of their faded heroes, although they realized, of course, that all the Cubs had to do was beat the Yankees four straight. But when the game came into its final stages the spectators engaged in a raspberry serenade the like of which has not been accorded the home team at Wrigley field in these many seasons.
The series set or tied many records, despite its brevity. Many of these, of course, were hung up by Babe Ruth, starring in his tenth world series. But there were others in which the two teams shared. For instance, the Yanks’ 19 hits yesterday, combined with the Cubs’ nine, tied the record as did the 32 base total of the Yanks’ hits.
The Yanks had made definite plans to close the series yesterday, including the arrangements for their return to New York on a 6 o’clock train last night. All of the players had packed their satchels and the luggage had been sent to the La Salle street station before the game. The Cubs had feared any packing, fearing it would be interpreted as a surrender.
The Ticket to the Fifth Game That Was Never Played
The Cubs who linger while they recover from the shock of the series outcome will have the solace of the loser’s end, which is considerable, although nothing like the $8,000 or $9,000 shares they and their wives had visualized in contemplating the winners’ end, based on capacity crowds here and in New York. The Chicago attendance was up to expectations, but empty seats in New York brought about a revision of the Cub players’ winter budgets even before they were reconciled to taking the short end of the purse.
Hope for Better in 1933.
The National leaguers also had the consolation that they are not a ball club as they looked the series and that with three or four replacements will be ready to regain some of their prestige when they get into their 1933 campaign.
The fellows, game to the core, naturally want to have another shot at the Yankees a year hence. At that time Babe Ruth will be a year older, the Cub pitchers realize, and there is always a chance Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri will be taken down with the hives, or something.
The Harrowing Details.
Which brings us up to the point of supplying the horrid details of how the Yankees wound up the series. Bush, who opened the series and had mapped out a campaign to defeat the Yanks, based on his experience in the first game, was given a chance to work out his revamped strategy.
But something went awry at the very start. Combs opened the game by hitting the first pitch for a single over Bush’s head. Then Guy made his second pitch of the day. Sewell cracked it for a single to right, Combs stopping at second. Ruth was hit on the arm by a pitched ball, causing Ruth to flick at his sleeve in a derisive tableau to indicate the ball hadn’t been thrown hard enough to hurt him. This filled the bases.
Gehrig followed with a long fly which Demaree caught off the bleacher screen in left center. This fly enabled Comb to score and the other runners to move up. Though Guy tried to pitch to Lazzeri, he walked him, filling the bases again. Out went Bush and in came Warneke. Dickey grounded to Jurges and Sewell was out at the plate, Jurges to Hartnett. The inning ended when Herman threw out Chapman.
Demaree Hits Homer.
The Cub first started with Herman’s pop to Crosetti. English then grounded over second, and although Lazzeri knocked down the ball with a backhand stab, he could not recover in time to get Woody at first. Cuyler sent a long fly to Chapman for the second out, but Stephenson lined a single to center, putting English on third.
Demaree, who had started in place of Johnny Moore, who had failed to get the ball out of the infield in the two games he played, stepped up and cracked Allen’s fiorst pitch for a homer which came down high in the temporary bleachers beyond the left field wall.
Grimm shot a grounder to Crosett, but the ball went through Frankie’s heels for his first error of the day and his third of the series. Hartnett drove a line single to left center, putting Grimm on third. Jurges then singled to right center, Grimm scoring and Hartnett stopping at second. Wiley Moore, obtained from the Boston Red Sox on waivers in August, relieved Allen and made Warneke lift a fly to Combs.
Cuyler Touches Homer.
Both sides went out in order in the second inning and Warneke got rid of Sewell and Ruth on infield efforts to start the third. Gehrig then caught Stevenson playing far toward center, so placed a double to the spot where Stevie generally stands. Lazzeri followed with a drive to right. Cuyler ran to the screen and made a leap for the ball, but it hit his glove and caromed into the stand for Tony’s first world series homer of all time, scoring Gehrig ahead of him. Dickey singled to center and stopped at second on Chapman’s single to left, but the inning ended when Crosetti bounced to English, who stepped on third to force Dickey.
In the Cub half of the third Grimm doubled to left center with two out, but the threat ended when Moore grabbed Hrtnett’s smash and threw him out.
Warneke Leaves Scene.
Warneke went away in the fourth. Wiley Moore opened the inning with a single to center, his second hit of the year. Combs walked, whereupon Lon was waved from the scene and May glided into the arena. Sewell popped to Jurges, and there was much cheering when Ruth was called out on strikes after three pitches. Gehrig was out, Grimm to May.
Jakie waded out of another jam in the fifth, Lazzeri opened with a single to left. Dickey flied to Demaree, but Chapman walked. The crosetti hot into a double play.
The Yankees took the lead in the sixth. After Moore had fanned, Combs walked and stopped at third on Sewell’s double to left center. Ruth again fanned on three pitches, but Gehrig rolled a single past Herman, Combs and Sewell scoring. Lazzeri flied to Demaree.
Crosetti threw out Demaree to start the Cub sixth. Grimm then beat out a high bouncing single to Gehrig and reached second when Gehrig threw the ball away trying to toss to Moore on first. Hartnett caromed grounder off Sewell’s glove to Crosetti, who threw the ball high over Gehrig’s head into the Yankee dugout, Grimm scoring and Hartnett taking second. This made the score 5 all. Jurges fanned and May was thrown out by Lazzeri.
The Official 1932 Championship Ring
This was the first ring to feature an actual diamond set inside a baseball diamond.
Blast That Wrecked Cubs.
The seventh witnessed the blast which wrecked the game for the Cubs. Dickey opened with a single to Herman. Chapman flied to Stephenson, but Crosetti doubled to right center, Dickey stopping at third. Ruffing vatted for Moore and was given an intentional pass, filling the bases. Combs singled to left, Dickey scoring. The bases remained full. Sewellsingled scoring Crosetti and Hoag, who ran for Ruffing. Combs stopped at third. Ruth singled to right, scoring Combs and putting Sewell on second. May hit Gehrig with a pitched ball, filling the bases.
That was all for MAy. Tinning came in and Sewell was forced at the plate, Tinning to Hartnett. Dickey, up the second time in the inning, was called out on strikes.
Tinning didn’t let the Yankees get the ball out of the infield in the eighth. The Cubs filled the bases in their eighth, but the inning ended when Pinch Batter Hemsley was struck out by Pennock in a manner not dissimilar to the way Pennock fanned him Saturday. Stephenson opened with a single to left and Demaree walked. Grimm flied to Chapman and the bases were loaded when Sewell fumbled Hrtnett’s grounder. Jurges flied to Chapman. Then Hemsley put on his whiff number.
Grimes’ Bad Ninth.
Then came Grimes’ bad experience in the ninth. Combs opened up on Burleigh by smacking his first pitch for a homer into the right field bleachers. Sewell and Ruth gave Grimm a workout with a pair of hot grounders. Gehrig walked. Lazzeri rapped homer No. 2, a drive into the center field stand, scoring Gehrig ahead of him. Dickey singled to right center and took a base on Demaree’s poor handling of the ball. Chapman doubled to left, scoring Dickey with the Yank’s 13th and last run.
Herman opened the ninth with a single, went to secon and third unmolested and scored while Lazzeri was throwing out English. Cuyler fanned and Stephenson flied to Chapman to end the series.