Since this is the 80th anniversary of Hank Greenberg’s challenge to Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 which the Bambino set in 1927, I thought I’d engage in a little SSP (shameless self-promotion) with a daily “update” of the games during that season to give you a taste of my book on the topic. Not exactly sure where this will lead or even if I’ll see it through, but on this date in 1938…
The host Cleveland Indians scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to maul the Tigers, 11-3. Most of the runs came off Harry Eisenstat, making his second appearance of the season. He came in with two runners on base, allowed both of them to score, and then gave up five runs of his own, retiring just one batter before he was pulled with an ERA of 23.14.
Greenberg was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Click on the book above to visit the Amazon page for Hank Greenberg in 1938.