1934 World Series Replay: Two for Four

Charlie Gehringer was already a star with a sweet swing by the time of the 1934 World Series, which I’m replaying with the Strat-O-Matic baseball game. Elden Auker (above, left) was a second-year pitcher with an unconventional delivery1Brought on by a shoulder injury playing quarterback for what is now Kansas State. Auker was a multi-sport star who turned down $6,000 to play in the NFL because he would have had to wait until the fall to start receiving paychecks, signing instead with the Tigers for $450 and immediate paychecks. . Gehringer (above, right) was 5-for-13 (.385) through the first three games of the series, while Auker (a 15-game winner during the regular season) took the ball for the first time when his Detroit Tigers faced the Cardinals in the pivotal fourth game at Sportsman’s Park. These very different players were both key figures in the contest against the National League champions.

If you have not yet read up on what happened in the first three games, check the recaps out here, here and here and then, below, see what happened in Game Four.

Auker Stars as Tigers Tie Series

ST. LOUIS (Oct. 6, 1934) – Elden Auker pitched a three-hit shutout and hit a two-run home run and Charlie Gehringer had three hits as the Detroit Tigers tied up the World Series with a 7-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Sportsman’s Park.

Auker allowed three harmless singles and two walks and his two-run blast off Tex Carleton in the second inning gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead on the way to the biggest shutout margin in a World Series since 1909.

Carleton pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first by getting Billy Rogell to hit into a 3-6-3 double play, but ran into trouble in the second. Hank Greenberg led off with a double and came home on a two-base hit by second-game hero Marv Owen. After Pete Fox‘s fly ball out to center, Auker drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left to make it 3-0. Gehringer doubled home Mickey Cochrane later in the frame to give Detroit a 4-0 edge.

Auker struck out eight men through the first five innings, stranding two Cardinals by getting Bill Delancey to swing and miss to end the fourth and two more by striking out Jack Rothrock looking to end the eighth. St. Louis hitters were befuddled by Auker’s submarine delivery, as he retired 12 straight between the fourth and eighth innings.

Goose Goslin‘s two-run double and a Greenberg single plated three more runs in the ninth as the Tigers recorded the largest shutout margin in a World Series game since Detroit lost 8-0 to Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, 1909.

With the series now tied 2-2, Dizzy Dean will start Game Five for the Cardinals, while Cochrane will bring Tommy Bridges back on one day’s rest to start for Detroit2In the actual 1934 Series, Bridges only lasted four innings in his first start, so coming back two days later was less of a stretch than doing it after he threw seven innings in my replay of the third game..

1934 WORLD SERIES GAME 4
1934 Detroit Tigers 7, 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 0
Saturday, October 6, 1934

1934 Detroit Tigers (2-2)                                1934 St. Louis Cardinals (2-2)                          
Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      
------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      ------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      
White cf        3  1  1  0  2  0  1  0  0  0   .231      Martin 3b       3  0  0  0  1  0  1  1  0  0   .133
Cochrane c      5  1  1  0  0  0  10 0  1  0   .118      Rothrock rf     4  0  0  0  0  2  2  0  0  2   .167
Gehringer 2b    5  1  3  1  0  0  1  2  0  0   .444      Frisch 2b       4  0  1  0  0  0  2  5  0  0   .353
Goslin lf       4  0  1  2  1  0  2  0  0  2   .333      Medwick lf      4  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   .118
Rogell ss       4  0  0  0  1  0  1  5  0  2   .214      Collins 1b      4  0  1  0  0  1  12 1  0  0   .188
Greenberg 1b    4  1  2  1  1  0  9  0  0  0   .467      DeLancey c      3  0  1  0  0  1  3  0  0  2   .500
Owen 3b         5  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  3   .200      Orsatti cf      3  0  0  0  0  1  5  0  0  1   .333
Fox rf          4  1  2  0  0  0  3  0  0  0   .267      Durocher ss     3  0  0  0  0  1  1  7  0  0   .333
Auker p         4  1  1  2  0  0  0  1  0  2   .250      Carleton p      2  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0   .000
                                                          Crawford ph    0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   .000
                                                          Mooney p       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
                                                          Haines p       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
                -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---                            -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---            
Totals          38 7  12 7  5  0  27 9  1  9             Totals          30 0  3  0  2  9  27 14 0  5  

                                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -     -  -  -
1934 Detroit Tigers              0  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  3     7  12 1  
1934 St. Louis Cardinals         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  0  
E- Cochrane(1)
LOB- 1934 Detroit Tigers 9, 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 5
2B- Fox(2), Gehringer(2), Goslin(3), Greenberg(4), Owen(1)
HR- Auker(1)
RBI- Auker 2(2), Gehringer(2), Goslin 2(5), Greenberg(1), Owen(4)
SB- White(2)
GIDP- Rogell(3), Collins(1)
RLSP- Auker 2, Goslin 2, Owen 2, Rogell 2, DeLancey, Rothrock
DP- 1934 Detroit Tigers 1, 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 1

1934 Detroit Tigers                 IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Auker(W 1-0)                        9.0  3  0  0  2  9    0.00  
1934 St. Louis Cardinals            IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Carleton(L 0-1)                     8.0  8  4  4  3  0    4.50  
Mooney                              0.2  3  3  3  1  0   40.50 
Haines                              0.1  1  0  0  1  0    0.00  
Inherited runners-scored- Haines 2-1
Batters faced- Auker 32, Carleton 34, Mooney 6, Haines 3
Umpires- Reardon, Owens, Klem, Geisel
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Kenn Tomasch

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