Nashville’s Hot Hand Crushes Little Rock

Nashville’s hitting corps showed its hot hand in a game at Little Rock on June 23, 1934 by scoring 11 runs in the first two innings in a runaway win over the Travelers, 13-3. With 19 hits in the game, every Vols player had at least one and scored a run off three opposing pitchers, while Nashville’s Frank Gabler allowed seven hits and two earned runs in winning his fourth game.

Second baseman Al Cuccinello’s drop of a fly ball gave the Travs one of their runs – not that the hometown fans cared that much. Less than 300 attended the game.

It was the Vols’ sixth win in nine games on their current road trip, having won 18 games on the road while losing 10. With the win, Nashville remained in first place in Southern Association standings with a 43-20 record, 7 ½ games ahead of second-place New Orleans.

Six Vols regulars were now hitting over .300 on the season: Hank Lieber (.433), Phil Weintraub (.408), Lance Richbourg (.332), Joe Martin (.317), Dutch Prather (.304), and Bill Rodda (.303). Submarine pitcher Byron Speece leads in the pitching department with a 13-1 record.

Sources

Baseball-reference.comNashville TennesseanNewspapers.comSabr.org​Wright, Marshall D. (2002) “The Southern Association in Baseball, 1885-1961″. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., Inc.© 2018 by Skip Nipper. All Rights Reserved.

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