1934: Five Consecutive Doubles

Saturday June 9, 1934

The defending American League Champion Nationals were having a tough start to the 1934 season.  Heading into June 9, their record was a disappointing 24-24. The 9th marked the second of a three game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox, who after defeating the Nats in 12 innings the day before were also a .500 team at 23-23.

In the second game, Lefty Grove had held the Nats scoreless through seven innings, his team clinging to a 1-0 lead. The defending champs, however, had an answer for him in the eighth. The weapon of choice: the double.

Washington hit six doubles in all in the eighth inning that afternoon, including a league record five-in-a-row. Based on the available data, it appears that Heinie Manush started the string. Joe Cronin, Dave Harris, Fred Schulte, and Joe Kuhel followed.

Washington scored eight in the inning, and Lefty Grove lasted just 1/3 of that inning. Since he was charged with all eight runs, it is a good bet that he gave up most, if not all of the doubles.

The Nats won the game 8-1. Monte Weaver was the winning pitcher – and he also doubled at some point in the game (possibly the sixth double in the eighth inning).

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