Today in Tribe History: May 23, 1928
Bob Toth | On 23, May 2020
Charlie Jamieson, Luke Sewell, and Carl Lind complete a triple play for the Indians with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth at Comiskey Park, but it only delays the inevitable in a 4-3 loss in ten innings to the Chicago White Sox.
In a 3-2 game in the bottom of the ninth, Walter “Jumbo” Brown took over on the mound for the Indians’ Walter “Jake” Miller. Miller had loaded the bases after an error by Lind to start the inning, a single by Johnny Mann, and a free pass to Ray Schalk before he was hooked. Brown walked Johnny Mostil to force in the tying run and things were looking ominous for the Tribe faithful. Instead, first baseman Bud Clancy lifted a fly to Jamieson. The Cleveland left fielder made what was described as a perfect throw to catcher Sewell to get the second out before the Indians backstop fired down to second baseman Lind, who caught player-manager Schalk off of second base for the third out of the triple play.
It would all come for naught in the bottom of the tenth, as Brown walked Bill Hunnefield to start the inning. Bill Barrett dropped down a bunt to move the runner up, but Brown’s throw to second to try to cut down Hunnefield failed. A walk to Alex Metzler loaded the bases and team captain Willie Kamm delivered the game-winning single.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1892 – Pop-boy Smith, who would pitch in eleven games for the Indians between 1916 and 1917 and would be a World War I veteran, is born in Newport, Tennessee.
1906 – Longtime member of the Cleveland Indians organization, pitcher Willis Hudlin, is born in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
1931 – Earl Averill racks up four extra base hits – three doubles and a home run – in a 10-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
1970 – Ricky Gutierrez, a middle infielder for the Indians in 2002 and 2003, is born in Miami, Florida.
1975 – Rick Manning makes his Major League debut for Cleveland and goes 1-for-4 in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
1989 – The Indians lose by a 7-2 final to the Detroit Tigers to fall to 21-22, but remain the top club in the American League East by percentage points, marking the latest point to date in a season that a team with a losing record was in first place.