1939 August

1st In Boston, the Red Sox come from behind on Bobby Doerr’s 5th-inning grand slam off Bob Feller and beat the Indians, 7-5.

3rd  Veteran C Joe Sprinz of the San Francisco Seals (PCL) tries to break the altitude record for a catch as a stunt at the Treasure Island Exhibition. A ball is dropped 800 feet from a blimp and hits him in the face. He suffers a compound fracture of the jaw and loses several teeth.

4th  Mike Kreevich of the Chicago White Sox equals the ML record by grounding into 3 successive DPs against the Washington Senators. Chicago loses, 6–5.

5th  In Boston, Birdie Tebbetts hits a grand slam for Detroit and the Tigers hose the Red Sox, 16-4. Tommy Bridges is the winner.

6th With the Tigers ahead, 10–1, the Red Sox put Jimmie Foxx on the mound for the 9th inning. The slugger retires all three batters, one via a strikeout.

10th  With the Red Sox beating the A’s, 7-5, to sweep their series, the Yankees knuckle under by the same score to Dutch Leonard and the Washington Senators. Leonard is now 4-0 over New York. The Yankees lead over the Red Sox is now 5 ½ games.

At Rochester, the Red Wings (IL) bombard Jersey City 26-1. Si Johnson coasts to his 19th win.

12th  At Shibe Park, the Yankees bombard the feeble A’s. 18-4 as Steve Sundra (6-0) coasts to the win. Babe Dahlgren has 4 hits, including a solo homer in the 6th and a grand slam an inning later. He drives in 6 runs. Joe Gordon adds his 18th homer of the year.

13th  The Giants hit three successive solo HRs in the 4th inning, with Alex Kampouris, P Bill Lohrman, and Joe Moore connecting. It is the 2nd time in two months that Moore has followed back to back HRs with one of his own. Zeke Bonura adds a 4th solo HR to set a ML record, since tied, for solo shots in an inning. The Giants add 3 more HRs—Demaree (2), Bob Seeds—to beat the Phils 11–2 in the opener of two. It is also the second time this season they have banged 7 homers, and rookie pitcher Bill Kersieck gives up all but one to tie the 20th century ML mark. His four HR allowed in one inning also ties the ML record. Bob Seeds, incidentally, is the only major leaguer to own a minor league team; he is owner and president of Amarillo (NM-West Texas League). Kersieck tosses another inning in game 2, a 6-2 loss on Carl Hubbell’s 4-hitter. Kersieck is relieved by Bill Hoffman, making his ML debut, and the rookie goes 4 innings and allows 4 runs. He also notches 3 wild pitches, tying Nap Rucker’s record for a debut game. Steve Hargan will top both in 1965.

After losing to the A’s, 12–9 in game 1, the 2nd game is mercifully called after eight innings with the Yankees beating the A’s 21–0 to equal the ML record for lopsided shutouts. Joe DiMaggio and Babe Dahlgren each have a pair of HRs, one each inside-the-park. Red Ruffing collects 4 hits along with pitching a four-hitter. Cotton Pippen takes the loss; the A’s will waive him next month to the Tigers. With the win yesterday and the 23-2 win on June 28, the Yankees have now scored 18 or more runs against the A’s three times this year. The next team to top 17 runs three times against one team will be the 2005 Yankees against Tampa Bay.

14th In the first night game at Comiskey Park, 30,000 see the Sox beat the Browns, 5–2. Johnny Rigney is the winner allowing 3 hits in taking his 7thvictory in a row.

Trailing the Pirates 7–0 in the 5th, the Reds rally for a 9–8 win, scoring 4 runs in the 9th. Lew Riggs singles home the winner with the bases full after Dick West had driven in 2 runs with his first ML hit.

16th  The Giants suspend 2B Burgess Whitehead, who bizarrely will show up the next day in full uniform at Yankee Stadium and ask to work out. Yankee manager Joe McCarthy refuses. Whitehead rejoins the Giants a few days later, but he will be suspended again in mid-September after leaving the team.

At Forbes Field, Cardinal OF Terry Moore belts two homers, both inside-the-park, in the Cards sweep of the Pirates, 4–3 and 3–0. In the next 50 years, the only National Leaguer to hit two inside-the-park in a game will be Hank Thompson, in 1950.

17th The Reds pull off their 2nd big rally in 3 days as they spot the Cubs a 6–1 lead in the 4th inning, then rally to win 7–6 in 10 innings. Backup backstop Dick West drives in the winner with his 2nd (of 4 this year) ML hit.

18th     Fritz Oestermueller (9-2) pitches the Red Sox to a 6-2 win over Washington. Alex Carrasquel takes the loss with 8 innings of pitching. Mike Palagyi takes over in the 9th and walks 3 and allows 3 runs without an out in his lone ML appearance.

19th Ted Williams leads the Red Sox to an 8–6 win over Washington by hitting his first ML grand slam. He’ll hit his 2nd in 10 days.

In St. Louis, the Tigers ride a 7-run 4th to school the Browns, 9-3. Hank Greenberg has a grand slam in the frame to back Schoolboy Rowe’s pitching.

23rd  In Chicago, the Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 7-2 and 16-4. Atley Donald allows three hits in the opener, and Red Ruffing coasts in game 2. Joe Gordon hits a grand slam to back Ruffing. The win leaves the Yankees 8 games ahead of Boston.

24th  Make that 4X. Jimmie Foxx strikes out four times as the Red Sox lose to the White Sox, 3-1. Johnny Rigney wins his 8th in a row and will win another 3 before losing on September 10.

25th  At St. Louis, the Yankees sweep the Browns, 11–0 and 8–2. Red Rolfe scores for the Yankees in both games giving him 18 straight in which he’s tallied a run. In the 18 games he’s scored a total of 30 runs. The Browns will end the season with a dismal home record of 18–59: the .234 winning percentage is the worst home record in the 10th century.

26th  The first ML telecast of a game occurs at Ebbets Field as the Reds play the Dodgers in a doubleheader. Red Barber broadcasts the game over W2XBS, the 2 referring to the number of sets able to view the game: one is in the press box, while the other, at the RCA Pavilion in Rockefeller Center, attracts a huge crowd. The Dodgers win the first game 5–2, and the Reds take the 2nd 6–1, behind Bucky Walters 2-hitter.

27th  In Boston, the Bees slow the Cardinals pennant rush by splitting a pair, winning 10-4 before losing 6-5. Hank Majeski has a grand slam for Boston in the opener. With the Reds winning, the Cards trail by 5 games.

28th  At Cleveland, Indian OF Jeff Heath punches a taunting fan leaning over the railing, but the umpires miss the incident and he goes unpunished. The Red Sox win, 6–5.

A day after whipping the Tigers, 13–3, the Yankees unload on the Bengals again, winning, 18–2. DiMaggio leads the way with a grand slam.

29th Detroit snaps the Yankees’ win streak at 10 games by beating the visiting New Yorkers, 8–7. DiMaggio, hitting .408, hits a 3-run HR in the 9th to tie it, but the Bengals score off reliever Spud Chandler. After going 16–3 in their last 19 games, the Yankees now lead the AL by 12 lengths. During that span, the Yankees have scored an impressive 125 more runs than they’ve allowed.

The second-place Red Sox score 6 runs in the 5th inning to down the Indians, 7-4. Ted Williams’ grand slam, off Harry Eisenstat, is the big blow.

31st The Reds purchase vet Al Simmons from the Boston Bees.