Franklins 4-4, Obamas 3-4
Pitcher use updates: Hubbell, Johnson need one game; Ryan, Feller need two games; Nichols, Vance need three games. Dean threw one inning in final game, Chesbro two.
Game 1: Franklins 5, Obamas 4
WP: Covaleski (1-0)
LP: Gomez (0-1)
HR: Ruth 2 (3), Gehrig 2 (2), Lombardi (2), Mantle (3)
Game 2: Franklins 6, Obamas 4
WP: Feller (1-0)
LP: Walsh (0-1)
HR: Ruth (4), Gehrig(3), Foxx (1)
Game 3: Franklins 6, Obamas 3
WP: Vance (1-1)
LP: Nichols (1-1)
Save: Dean (2)
HR: Ruth (5), Schmidt (3)
One-sided in results, but close on the field.
Obamas starter Walter Johnson, in his first outing since he opened the season by no-hitting the X-Giants, allowed just five hits in the opener. Three of them were solo homers — by by Lou Gehrig, one by Babe Ruth — and the other two resulted in a fourth run.
The Obamas hit two dingers of their own off Carl Hubbell in a four-run fourth. In the top of the ninth, the Obamas pinch-hit for Johnson with the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Stan Covaleski choked off the budding rally — and Ruth led off the bottom of the ninth with his second homer of the game, this one off Lefty Gomez.
The Obamas led the second game 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth, but Ruth led off that frame with a home run off Ed Walsh, and the Franklins tacked on two more runs. Bob Feller went the distance in a fastball duel with Nolan Ryan — Feller fanned 10 and walked seven. Seven of the strikeouts came in the final three innings.
The third game went to the Franklins also, but not without a ninth inning scare. Dazzy Vance allowed the first three men to reach, which brought on Dizzy Dean. Dean popped up pinch-hitter Jackie Robinson, then got a double play grounder from Billy Hamilton.
Perhaps the highlight of the series for the Obamas was Charlie Gehringer pulling the hidden ball trick on Joe DiMaggio after the Clipper's seventh-inning leadoff double. Ruth hit his fourth home of the series in the first inning off Kid Nichols.