Today in Tribe History: July 31, 1932

1932 – The Cleveland Indians play their first game at the new Municipal Stadium, but cannot provide the paid crowd of 76,979 with a win as Mel Harder is defeated by the Philadelphia Athletics, 1-0.

The capacity crowd, thought to actually be in excess of 80,000 spectators, was treated to a pitchers’ duel between Harder and the A’s Lefty Grove. Grove held the Tribe to just four hits in his complete game win, striking out six and walking a pair to win his 16th game of the season while Philadelphia improved to 61-42. Harder allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out seven over eight innings and dropped to 11-9. The third place Indians fell to 58-42 with their second straight loss while moving nine and a half games in back of the first place New York Yankees in the American League.

Both teams were kept off of the scoreboard until the top of the eighth inning, when leadoff hitter and second baseman Max Bishop walked, moved to second base on a sacrifice by Mule Haas, and scored on a single from catcher Mickey Cochrane.

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