May 14, 1937: The Reds file a protest after a 7-6 ten inning loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis, due to a disputed hit by Reds OF Dusty Cooke. At Sportsman’s Park, the roof of the RF pavillion projected over the playing field. In the 6th inning, Cooke hit a ball which struck the facing of the roof and bounced back onto the outfield grass. Cooke reached third base for a triple, but the Reds argued the call should have been a home run , because if Cooke had hit the ball a few inches lower, it would have missed the roof and settled into the grandstand. On June 3, Ford Frick upheld the protest and ruled that the game should be replayed in its entirety as part of a DH on August 20. That day, the Reds won the first game, 4-2, but lost the second, 5-4.
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