1934 World Series Replay: Tigers look to tie

The 1934 Detroit Tigers

I’m replaying the 1934 World Series using Strat-O-Matic baseball. If you haven’t read the story of Game One, go do that, then read on to find out what happened in the second game.

The 1934 Tigers were Detroit’s first pennant winners since 1909, when they’d finished first (and lost the World’s Series) for the third straight year. With six of eight starters hitting over .300 and Tommy Bridges and Schoolboy Rowe winning 22 and 24 games, respectively, the Tigers clinched with a week to go, won 101 games and made Mickey Cochrane a pennant winner in his first season as a player-manager.

Cochrane, who had played on three straight pennant winners (1929-31) for Connie Mack’s A’s and won two World Series, landed in Detroit in December 1933 when Mack (once again) sold off his stars to make ends meet. Cochrane fetched $100,0001And catcher Johnny Pasek, who Mack promptly turned and traded to the White Sox, for whom he played the final four games of his big-league career. and the Tigers’ 101 wins was a club record that wasn’t broken until the 1968 team won 1032The .656 winning percentage is still a club record; not even the 1984 team was that good..

Marv-elous! Owen’s Homer Key as Tigers Tie Series

Marv Owen
Tiger catcher Marv Owen was the home run hero in game two.

DETROIT (Oct. 4, 1934) – Marv Owen only his eight home runs during the 1934 season, but his three-run shot off Bill Hallahan was the big blow as the Detroit Tigers evened the 1934 World’s Series with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon at Navin Field.

Hank Greenberg led off the second with a single and Goose Goslin doubled him to third. One out later, Owen launched a 2-2 fastball over the center field fence to stake the Tigers to a 3-0 lead.

Goslin doubled home Charlie Gehringer in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0. Meanwhile, Schoolboy Rowe pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and cruised into the ninth with that same lead, despite having given up eight hits, all singles. But Ernie Orsatti and Leo Durocher singled with one out before pinch-hitter Spud Davis homered to left to cut it to 4-3.

Manager Mickey Cochrane stayed with Rowe, though, and the righthander did not disappoint his skipper. He retired Pepper Martin on a fly ball to right and Jack Rothrock on a fly to left to square the series at a game apiece.

When the series resumes in St. Louis on Friday, Paul Dean (19-11) will face Tommy Bridges (22-11) as both look to give their team the upper hand.

1934 WORLD SERIES GAME 2
1934 Detroit Tigers 4, 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 3
Thursday, October 4, 1934

1934 St. Louis Cardinals (1-1)                           1934 Detroit Tigers (1-1)                               
Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      
------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      ------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      
Martin 3b       5  0  1  0  0  3  0  2  0  0   .111      White cf        4  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  2   .286
Rothrock rf     5  0  2  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   .200      Cochrane c      4  0  0  0  0  0  8  0  0  0   .000
Frisch 2b       4  0  1  0  0  0  2  2  0  1   .333      Gehringer 2b    4  1  2  0  0  1  1  5  0  0   .444
Medwick lf      4  0  1  0  0  2  0  0  0  1   .111      Greenberg 1b    4  1  3  0  0  0  9  0  0  0   .625
Collins 1b      4  0  0  0  0  1  10 0  0  3   .125      Goslin lf       4  1  2  1  0  0  4  0  0  3   .500
DeLancey c      4  0  2  0  0  0  5  0  0  0   .571      Rogell ss       3  0  0  0  1  0  0  2  0  0   .429
Orsatti cf      4  1  2  0  0  1  5  0  0  0   .500      Owen 3b         4  1  2  3  0  0  1  3  0  2   .286
Durocher ss     4  1  2  0  0  0  1  4  0  0   .571      Fox rf          4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0   .000
Hallahan p      2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3   .000      Rowe p          3  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   .333
 Whitehead ph   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Vance p        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Davis ph       1  1  1  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1.000
                -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---                            -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---            
Totals          38 3  12 3  0  8  24 8  0  8             Totals          34 4  10 4  1  3  27 10 0  7  

                                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      R  H  E
                                 -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      -  -  -
1934 St. Louis Cardinals         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3      3  12 0  
1934 Detroit Tigers              0  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  x      4  10 0  

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Kenn Tomasch

Kenn Tomasch

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