Opening Day 1936! Part 2

Battle  Of NL Cross Town Rivals: New York Giants 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 2 In 9th Inning Stunner

April 14, 1936 – New York’s two remaining major league teams squared off today in the teams’ first opening day match up in over a decade. The Giants hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers, their NL rivals across the East River, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan before a capacity crowd of  approximately 56,000 that split its allegiance almostly evenly between the combatants.  Opening Day at the Polo Grounds was blessed by an outbreak of sunshine after days of cold rain, as New York Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia tossed out the first ball to start the game between Col. Bill Terry’s Giants and Just Plain Old Casey Stengel’s Dodgers.

A tight, competitive game that saw the Dodgers three outs away from stealing the home opener from the Giants with a 2-0 win turned horribly wrong for the Brooklyn Bums in the bottom of the Ninth, as Giants’ left fielder Jo Jo Moore led off the frame with a single.  Brooklyn starter Van Mungo still appeared composed, having settled in to provide a competent inaugural performance up to that point. But what should have happened next, a double play to put Dodgers within one of an opening day victory, led instead to Giants’ runners  on second and first with no outs. A Sam Leslie grounder to the right side of the infield placed Brooklyn second baseman Jordan too far from the bag to get the unassisted force at second, so Jordan flipped  the ball to  shortstop Lonny Frey to complete the play instead. But Frey appeared have gotten the sequence mixed up,  intent on throwing before catching the ball, which dribbled  to the infield’s edge on the muffed exchange. Giants’ catcher Gus Mancuso punished the Dodgers for Frey’s error on the next at bat, driving Moore home on a single. After Travis Jackson bunted Giants’ runners to second and third, 26-year old rookie  Jimmy Ripple, pinch hitting for Hubbell, singled in the tying run.

In an effort to limit the damage, Dodger manager Casey Stengel called on Mungo to walk the Giants’ next batter, Burgess Whitehead, to load the bases.  It didn’t matter, as Giants’ second baseman Dick Bartell got the better of Mungo on the next at bat, singling Mancuso home for the Giants winning run.

bartell

Ninth Inning Winning Single

 
          R H E
36 Brookl. 000 000 110 2 8 1
36 NewYork 000 000 003 3 8 0   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
36 Brookl. AB R H B W K
7 Watkins 4 1 1 0 0 0
6 Frey 3 0 1 1 1 0
9 Wilson 4 0 1 0 0 0
5 Stripp 2 0 1 0 1 0
  Bucher 1 1 0 0 0 0
3 Hassett 4 0 0 0 0 1
8 Cooney 4 0 2 0 0 0
2 Berres 3 0 1 1 0 0
  Phelps 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 Jordan 3 0 1 0 0 0
  Bordagaray 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 V.Mungo 4 0 0 0 0 0
Errors:         Frey (1) Doubles: Stripp (1)  Watkins (1)  Stolen Bases: Phelps (1)  LOB:     7
Pitcher   IP H R ER BB SO
V.Mungo L(0-1) 8-1/3 8 3 2 4 6
 
36 NewYork AB R H B W K
4 Whitehead 4 0 0 0 1 1
6 Bartell 5 0 1 1 0 1
9 Ott 2 0 1 0 2 0
8 Leiber 4 0 0 0 0 0
7 Moore 3 1 1 0 1 0
3 Leslie 4 1 1 0 0 2
2 Mancuso 4 1 1 1 0 0
5 Jackson 3 0 0 0 0 2
1 Hubbell 3 0 2 0 0 0
  Ripple 1 0 1 1 0 0
Double Play: 1 LOB: 7
Pitcher   IP H R ER BB SO
Hubbell W(1-0) 9 8 2 2 2 1
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