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Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI
August 6, 1936


Introduction

The Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant in 1934 and 1935 and the first World Series win in franchise history in 1935. The 19361936 season, however, had not gone quite so well, and the Tigers entered play on August 6th in fourth place, 13-1/2 games out of first place with a record of 55-48. Their opponent, the 1936Cleveland Indians were in second place, 2-1/2 games ahead of the Tigers (and 11 games behind the 1936New York Yankees).

One interesting feature of a game in August between two first-division clubs. Both of the game's starting pitchers entered play without a win on the season.

In the case of Tigers' lefthander Jake Wade, the lack of a win was simply due to a lack of opportunity. The 24-year-old had made his major-league debut that season and had made only one major-league start before this one.

The Indians' Willis Hudlin, on the other hand, had won 15 games in each of the previous two seasons and 125 games overall in his previous 10-year major-league career. His 1936 season, however, had been hampered by a sore arm and he entered play on August 6th with a record of 0-2 and an ERA of 10.22 in 34-1/3 innings pitched across 19 games (only 3 starts).

Hudlin would have his work cut out for him on this day. The Tigers batted future Hall of Famers 3-4-5 in their lineup: Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, and Al Simmons.

First Inning
Jake Wade looked good in the top of the first inning, working around a two-out single by Hall-of-Famer Earl Averill by striking out Hal Trosky to end the inning.

Hudlin got two quick outs before getting a bit bogged down in the stretch of Hall of Famers. Gehringer walked and Goslin singled. But Hudlin got Simmons on a ground ball to third base and the game was scoreless through one.

Second Inning
Wade ran into a little trouble in the second inning. Joe Vosmik led off with a single and Roy Weatherly followed with a walk. But Wade got Joe Becker on a pop-up to the mound and Bill Knickerbocker hit into an around-the-horn double play to end the threat.

Hudlin still looked good, working nicely around a two-out double by Tigers' catcher Ray Hayworth.

Third Inning
The top of the third saw the Indians' third hit in as many innings. But Roy Hughes's one-out single was immediately wiped out when he was caught trying to steal second.

Hudlin's run of good pitching finally broke, however, in the bottom of the third inning. Although it really wasn't his fault. He opened the inning by striking out Gee Walker - Hudlin's second strikeout of the game. The next batter, Jack "Slug" Burns, grounded to first baseman Trosky, but Trosky's throw to Hudlin covering first base was bad and Burns was safe at first.

Charlie Gehringer grounded out to second base for what should have been the third out of the inning. But because of Trosky's error, Goose Goslin got a chance. He walked and then Al Simmons and Marv Owen had back-to-back RBI singles and the Tigers had a 2-0 lead.

Fourth Inning
The Indians threatened to come right back in the top of the fourth inning, however. Averill singled and Trosky tried to atone for his error by also singling. Joe Vosmik hit into a 4-6-3 double play, however, and Roy Weatherly grounded out to first base and the Indians remained scoreless through four innings.

The bottom of the fourth inning began with two quick outs but singles by Walker and Burns threatened to add to the Tigers' lead. But Hudlin got Charlie Gehringer on a comebacker and the score remained 2-0 through four innings.

Fifth and Sixth Innings
The score remained 2-0 through the fifth and sixth innings as well. Earl Averill got his third hit of the game, a one-out triple in the top of the sixth inning, but Trosky popped out to third baseman Marv Owen and Joe Vosmik's long fly ball to right field stayed in the ballpark and the threat was quelled.

Seventh Inning
Wade continued his dominating performance in the top of the seventh inning. In fact, the top of the seventh was Wade's best inning yet - his first 1-2-3 inning of the day.

The bottom of the seventh inning was not Willis Hudlin's best inning.

Charlie Gehringer led off with a double to right field. And Goose Goslin did him one better, putting the ball over the right-field fence. It was Goslin's 18th home run of the season and doubled the Tigers' lead to 4-0.

Hudlin managed to stop the bleeding there, however, working around a Billy Rogell walk and stolen base with two outs.

Eighth Inning
Hudlin was due to lead off the top of the eighth inning and, to nobody's surprise, the Indians chose to pinch hit for him. The pinch hitter was Geore Uhle, a fellow pitcher, but one of the best hitting pitchers of the era (and arguably of all time). The 1936 season was Uhle's last, but while his pitching had taken a clear turn for the worse (he finished the 1936 season with an 8.53 ERA in 12-2/3 innings pitched), his bat remained solid. For the 1936 season, overall, Uhle batted .381/.435/.571 (8-for-21 with a double, a home run, and two walks) and he retired with a career batting line of .289/.339/.384 with 9 career home runs in 1,360 career at bats.

Uhle led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. But he was immediately eliminated as part of the Tigers' third double play of the game, this one going 6-3.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Uhle stayed in the game to pitch - there's something you don't see anymore. Remember the 8.53 ERA in 12-2/3 innings pitched from last paragraph? That works out to 12 earned runs allowed by Uhle in 1936. Almost half of those came here.


Ninth Inning
And so, the Indians came to bat in the top of the ninth inning, trailing 9-0. Three groundouts later, that became the final score.

Game Summary

This game is certainly most memorable as the first win in Jake Wade's major-league career. He ended the 1936 season with a record of 4-5 and ended his eight-season career (spread across 11 years) with a record of 27-40. This was the first of three complete-game shutouts in Wade's career. As for Hudlin, he finished the 1936 season with a record of 1-5 but bounced back in 1937 to go 12-11 with a 4.10 ERA. His career lasted through 1940 (plus one 2-inning outing for the 1944 St. Louis Browns) and he retired with a career record of 158-155.

With their August 6th win, the Tigers pulled within 1-1/2 games of the second-place Indians. The Tigers went 27-23 the rest of the way, finishing with a record of 83-71. The two teams immediately ahead of them, the Indians and White Sox, went 22-27 and 24-23, respectively, the rest of the way, allowing the Tigers to slip ahead of both teams and finish in second place (19-1/2 games behind the 102-win Yankees). The Indians, meanwhile, slipped to fifth place (the Washington Senators also passed them).

Details of the game are shown below. First, I show Player won-lost records for all of the players who participated in the game. Baseball Player won-lost records are constructed so that the players on the winning team earn two pWins and one pLoss in the game while the players on the losing team earn one pWin and two pLosses. I also show expected wins and losses, eWins and eLosses, which are context-neutral. Full play by play details of the game are shown below the won-lost tables. My Player won-lost records are described in more detail in this article and throughout my website.

Retrosheet Box Score and Play-by-Play


Runs by Inning

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Final
Cleveland Indians0000000000
Detroit Tigers00200025x9


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Cleveland Indians
Earl Averill Sr.0.140.08
0.06
0.160.080.08
George Uhle0.030.02
0.01
0.090.28-0.19
Roy Weatherly0.110.16
-0.05
0.070.13-0.06
Odell Hale0.060.12
-0.06
0.070.13-0.07
Bill Knickerbocker0.080.16
-0.09
0.080.11-0.03
Hal Trosky Sr.0.090.19
-0.10
0.050.13-0.08
Joe Becker0.000.16
-0.16
0.000.08-0.07
Roy Hughes0.080.25
-0.17
0.090.18-0.09
Joe Vosmik0.050.25
-0.20
0.070.20-0.13
Willis Hudlin0.360.60
-0.24
0.390.54-0.15
Team Totals12
-1
1.061.86-0.80
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Jake Wade0.770.35
0.42
0.500.310.19
Marv Owen0.250.08
0.18
0.210.100.11
Goose Goslin0.190.04
0.15
0.280.050.23
Jack 'Slug' Burns0.150.07
0.08
0.160.080.08
Billy Rogell0.130.08
0.05
0.160.080.08
Gee Walker0.150.10
0.05
0.200.090.10
Charlie Gehringer0.140.10
0.04
0.150.110.04
Al Simmons0.150.12
0.02
0.130.130.00
Ray Hayworth0.070.05
0.02
0.080.10-0.03
Team Totals21
1
1.861.060.80


Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Detail

Player Won-Lost Records: Batting
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Cleveland Indians
Earl Averill Sr.0.130.01
0.11
0.140.040.10
George Uhle0.030.00
0.03
0.030.000.03
Hal Trosky Sr.0.090.13
-0.04
0.050.08-0.04
Roy Weatherly0.080.12
-0.04
0.030.05-0.01
Bill Knickerbocker0.050.14
-0.09
0.030.08-0.05
Willis Hudlin0.000.09
-0.09
0.000.05-0.05
Odell Hale0.000.09
-0.09
0.000.10-0.10
Roy Hughes0.030.14
-0.11
0.030.10-0.07
Joe Becker0.000.15
-0.15
0.000.07-0.07
Joe Vosmik0.040.22
-0.19
0.040.11-0.07
Team Totals0.441.09
-0.66
0.360.68-0.31
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Goose Goslin0.180.03
0.15
0.250.040.21
Marv Owen0.200.07
0.13
0.180.090.09
Al Simmons0.130.07
0.06
0.110.080.03
Jack 'Slug' Burns0.090.07
0.02
0.140.070.07
Charlie Gehringer0.070.07
-0.01
0.090.080.01
Ray Hayworth0.030.04
-0.02
0.050.10-0.05
Gee Walker0.040.06
-0.02
0.130.060.07
Jake Wade0.020.05
-0.03
0.040.07-0.03
Billy Rogell0.000.06
-0.06
0.090.060.03
Team Totals0.750.53
0.22
1.070.650.42


Player Won-Lost Records: Baserunning
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Cleveland Indians
Bill Knickerbocker0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Joe Vosmik0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
George Uhle0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Roy Weatherly0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.00-0.00
Earl Averill Sr.0.010.02
-0.01
0.010.01-0.00
Hal Trosky Sr.0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.00-0.00
Roy Hughes0.000.07
-0.07
0.000.04-0.04
Team Totals0.010.12
-0.10
0.010.07-0.06
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Jack 'Slug' Burns0.020.00
0.02
0.010.010.00
Goose Goslin0.010.00
0.01
0.020.000.02
Billy Rogell0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Marv Owen0.000.00
0.00
0.000.000.00
Ray Hayworth0.000.00
0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Al Simmons0.000.00
0.00
0.000.01-0.00
Jake Wade0.000.00
-0.00
0.000.00-0.00
Gee Walker0.000.01
-0.00
0.010.01-0.00
Charlie Gehringer0.000.01
-0.01
0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals0.040.02
0.02
0.050.10-0.05


Player Won-Lost Records: Pitching
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Cleveland Indians
George Uhle0.000.01
-0.01
0.050.27-0.22
Willis Hudlin0.360.51
-0.14
0.390.50-0.11
Team Totals0.360.52
-0.16
0.490.87-0.38
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Jake Wade0.750.30
0.45
0.460.230.22
Team Totals0.750.30
0.45
0.460.230.22


Player Won-Lost Records: Fielding
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins eWins eLosses Net eWins
 
Cleveland Indians
Odell Hale0.060.03
0.03
0.070.040.03
Roy Hughes0.050.03
0.01
0.050.030.02
Bill Knickerbocker0.030.03
0.00
0.040.030.01
Roy Weatherly0.030.04
-0.01
0.030.08-0.05
Joe Becker0.000.02
-0.01
0.000.01-0.00
Joe Vosmik0.010.03
-0.02
0.030.09-0.06
Earl Averill Sr.0.010.05
-0.04
0.020.04-0.02
Hal Trosky Sr.0.000.05
-0.05
0.000.04-0.04
Team Totals0.180.27
-0.08
0.240.34-0.10
   
   
Detroit Tigers
Billy Rogell0.120.02
0.10
0.070.020.05
Gee Walker0.100.03
0.07
0.060.020.04
Charlie Gehringer0.070.02
0.05
0.060.020.04
Marv Owen0.050.01
0.05
0.030.010.02
Ray Hayworth0.040.00
0.04
0.030.000.02
Jack 'Slug' Burns0.050.01
0.04
0.020.010.01
Goose Goslin0.010.01
-0.01
0.010.01-0.00
Al Simmons0.010.05
-0.03
0.020.05-0.03
Team Totals0.460.15
0.31
0.290.140.15




Play-by-Play Summary

Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 1st Inning
8hughr101wadej101010.00000.03440.00000.0239
9haleo101wadej101120.00000.02650.00000.0266
S7avere101wadej101220.01520.00240.03810.0056
Ktrosh101wadej101avere101230.00050.02530.00040.0216
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 1st Inning
53walkg101hudlw101010.00000.02910.00000.0260
43burnj105hudlw101120.00000.01790.00000.0235
Wgehrc101hudlw101220.02350.00000.03450.0000
S9/3.1-2goslg101hudlw101gehrc101220.03790.01770.04820.0148
53simma101hudlw101goslg101gehrc101230.00060.04230.00100.0264
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 2nd Inning
S9vosmj101wadej101000.03930.00640.03730.0060
W.1-2weatr101wadej101vosmj101000.07890.00030.03540.0002
1/Pbeckj102wadej101weatr101vosmj101010.00310.06520.00150.0250
54(1)3/GDPknicb101wadej101weatr101vosmj101130.00020.12600.00070.0626
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 2nd Inning
53owenm102hudlw101010.00000.03090.00000.0260
Krogeb102hudlw101120.00000.01640.00000.0214
D7/7Dhaywr101hudlw101220.02650.00000.04730.0000
63wadej101hudlw101haywr101230.00010.03380.00030.0246
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 3rd Inning
5/Phudlw101wadej101010.00000.03580.00000.0201
S8hughr101wadej101110.03140.00270.03470.0032
CS2(24)haleo101wadej101hughr101120.00000.06960.00000.0437
9haleo101wadej101230.00000.01770.00000.0266
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 3rd Inning
Kwalkg101hudlw101010.00000.02660.00000.0214
E3/TH.B-1burnj105hudlw101110.04750.00960.03940.0118
43.1-2gehrc101hudlw101burnj105120.01570.04320.01200.0381
Wgoslg101hudlw101burnj105220.03410.00000.03450.0002
S8.2-H(UR);1-3simma101hudlw101goslg101burnj105220.14140.01280.06230.0028
S1.3-H(UR);1-2owenm102hudlw101simma101goslg101220.19660.02900.04930.0212
2/FLrogeb102hudlw101owenm102simma101230.00050.02740.00050.0202
Total Runs Scored:2
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 4th Inning
S7avere101wadej101000.04570.00510.03810.0056
S9.1-2trosh101wadej101avere101000.09050.03140.04940.0147
46(1)3/GDP.2-3vosmj101wadej101trosh101avere101020.00170.17350.00200.0552
3/Gweatr101wadej101avere101230.00000.06060.00070.0254
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 4th Inning
53haywr101hudlw101010.00000.02280.00000.0260
Kwadej101hudlw101120.00000.01250.00000.0214
S7walkg101hudlw101220.01640.00180.03810.0056
S9.1-2burnj105hudlw101walkg101220.03040.01510.04810.0148
13gehrc101hudlw101burnj105walkg101230.00050.02880.00070.0217
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 5th Inning
63/6Mbeckj102wadej101010.00000.04250.00000.0213
Wknicb101wadej101110.04670.00000.03450.0000
9hudlw101wadej101knicb101120.00280.05890.00180.0272
2/FLhughr101wadej101knicb101230.00070.03230.00070.0199
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 5th Inning
43goslg101hudlw101010.00000.01990.00000.0235
43simma101hudlw101120.00000.01420.00000.0235
6/Lowenm102hudlw101230.00000.00940.00000.0261
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 6th Inning
2/FLhaleo101wadej101010.00000.04500.00000.0197
T8avere101wadej101110.06420.00350.06270.0022
5/Ptrosh101wadej101avere101120.00030.08260.00050.0304
9/9Dvosmj101wadej101avere101230.00000.06140.00220.0276
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 6th Inning
43rogeb102hudlw101010.00000.01840.00000.0235
63haywr101hudlw101120.00000.01370.00000.0244
S7wadej101hudlw101220.01510.00180.03810.0056
S7.1-2walkg101hudlw101wadej101220.02260.00580.04350.0099
46(1)/FOburnj105hudlw101walkg101wadej101230.00040.02930.00090.0239
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 7th Inning
3/Gweatr101wadej101010.00000.05910.00000.0244
9beckj102wadej101120.00000.04110.00000.0266
8knicb101wadej101230.00000.01840.00000.0239
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 7th Inning
D9gehrc101hudlw101000.03530.00000.04620.0000
HR/9.2-Hgoslg101hudlw101gehrc101000.11060.00030.12840.0002
8simma101hudlw101010.00000.00480.00000.0239
13owenm102hudlw101120.00000.00320.00000.0213
Wrogeb102hudlw101220.00450.00000.03450.0000
SB2haywr101hudlw101rogeb102220.00260.00000.00160.0002
6/Phaywr101hudlw101rogeb102230.00000.00570.00030.0215
Total Runs Scored:2
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 8th Inning
S8uhleg101wadej101000.02870.00080.03470.0032
6(1)3/GDPhughr101wadej101uhleg101020.00120.07680.00110.0605
43haleo101wadej101230.00000.00570.00000.0235
Total Runs Scored:0
 
Bottom of 8th Inning
Kwadej101uhleg101010.00000.00190.00000.0214
Dwalkg101uhleg101110.00370.00000.04820.0000
S9.2-Hburnj105uhleg101walkg101110.01130.00090.05420.0046
8gehrc101uhleg101burnj105120.00000.00120.00040.0244
S7.1-2goslg101uhleg101burnj105220.00120.00030.04330.0099
D7.2-H;1-Hsimma101uhleg101goslg101burnj105220.00690.00000.06820.0004
HR.2-Howenm102uhleg101simma101220.00260.00000.12840.0002
D9/9LDrogeb102uhleg101220.00000.00000.05740.0000
53haywr101uhleg101rogeb102230.00000.00000.00040.0262
Total Runs Scored:5
 
Baserunner on _ BaseOuts at _ of PlayTotal pWins byTotal eWins by
Play ResultBatterPitcher1st2nd3rdStartEndOffenseDefenseOffenseDefense
Top of 9th Inning
43avere101wadej101010.00000.00030.00000.0235
43trosh101wadej101120.00000.00010.00000.0235
63vosmj101wadej101230.00000.00000.00000.0244
Total Runs Scored:0
 

Traditional Box Score and Play-by-Play

Article last updated: March 26, 2020



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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