1941 August

1st Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees pitches a 9–0 shutout over the visiting St. Louis Browns despite walking 11 batters, the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A ML record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded, matching a mark done twice before in shutouts (May 22, 1913; July 29, 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24, 1994, will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year, with 1334 left on base. Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits, including 2 homers. For Gomez, it is his 8th straight win.

2nd Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win, 2–0. It is the Yankees 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits, including a double to DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.

In St. Louis, Johnny Mize hits a 2nd inning grand slam off Boom-Boom Beck to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead over the Phils. St. Louis holds on to win, 11-7, and keep their one-game lead in the NL over the Dodgers, winners in Chicago.

3rd Browns knuckler Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio’s streak of 74 games in reaching base. DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon, as the first place Yanks lose two to the Browns, 6–2 and 5–0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2 hits in the game 2 whitewash.

Braves pitchers Jim Tobin and Johnny Hutchings toss shutouts over the Reds, winning 5–0 and 3–0.

The first-division A’s draw their largest crowd in history, 40,200 (30,613 paid) for a twinbill with the Indians. Another 15,000 are turned away. In game 1, Bob Feller finally wins his 20th, 6–3, allowing 3 hits and walking 7. In the nitecap, the A’s score a run in the 9th off Clint Brown to win, 4–3.

In a rarity, Ken Heintzelman starts both ends of a doubleheader against the Giants, as the Pirates sweep a pair in Pittsburgh, 5–4 and 10–5. Heintzelman gets neither win as the victories go to Dutch Dietz and Bob Klinger.

4th In the 3rd inning, C Mickey Owens catches 3 foul flies, the first time in the ML that feat’s been recorded. His Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6th and 7th to whip the Giants, 11–6. Ken O’Dea has a grand slam in the 7th for the Giants.

6th In the 3rd inning against the Indians, Detroit P Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices bunts, a ML record, as the Tigers send 17 men to the plate. Detroit scores a ML record-tying (for the inning) 11 runs on 6 hits, 7 walks, and 2 errors. That’s all the scoring needed, as Detroit rolls, 11–2, for a Benton victory.

In a mid week doubleheader at Boston, the Red Sox and Yankees split, New York taking the lidlifter, 6–3, and the Sox the nitecap, 3–1. Williams is 1-for-6 but Pete Fox has a pair of hits in each game for Boston. In his last 5 games, Fox has collected 2 triples, 6 doubles, and 6 singles.

In the Giants-Dodgers game, Bill Klem umps his first game of the year. Klem is filling in for Larry Goetz, whose arm was fractured when a foul ball hit him.

7th The Cards retake 1st place over the idle Dodgers by edging the Reds, 3–2 in 11 innings. Mort Cooper retires the last 2 Reds with the bases loaded.

Bob Feller goes down to defeat for the 4th time in his last 5 starts as the Tigers beat the Cleveland ace, 4–3, in 13 innings after Clarence Campbell’s 3-run pinch homer ties it for the Tribe in the 9th after 2 pinch hitters reach safely. The 3 pinch runners scoring ties the league and ML mark for an inning. In a rare triple-double, Feller strikes out 13, walks 11, and gives up 13 hits.

8th Cubs rookie Paul Erickson wins his first ML game, pitching a nifty one-hitter to beat the Pirates Johnny Lanning, 1–0. The Cubs collect 10 hits while Bob Elliott’s hit in the 7th is the lone Buc shot.

The White Sox roll over the Browns, 16–2. Taffy Wright paces the 15-hit attack with 2 homers and a double to drive in 6 runs.

9th At Ebbets Field, a grand slam by veteran Paul Waner is the difference as Boston edges the Dodgers, 8-7. Waner was released by the Dodgers in May. Brooklyn stays in first place by .003 as the Cardinals lose to the Pirates in 13 innings.

10th At Wrigley Field, 18,739 fans cheer for “Charlie Root Day.” The popular pitcher, the winningest pitcher in franchise history, whose retirement was announced, receives a check, a station wagon paid for by the fans, and a pig for his farm. The Reds are unimpressed and hand Root and the Cubs a 3–1 defeat. Johnny Vander Meer gets the win.

The Yanks flay the A’s twice, 11–2 and 4–1, to increase their margin to 14 games. Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to Mario Russo, while Bill Dickey’s 9th inning triple with 2 on decides the nitecap. DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener, but goes hitless in the nitecap, the 5th game in the last 8 that he’s been collared.

The Dodgers match the Cards by sweeping a doubleheader, topping the Braves, 14–4 and 4–0. Hamlin wins the opener and Freddy Fitzsimmons (5-0) takes the nitecap. In the 5th inning of game 1, reliever Dick “Leif” Errickson hits Medwick on the right elbow and follows by hitting Camilli in the head. When he plunks Reiser, the fans start tossing cushions. The 3 HBP are one short of the record.

11th At Sportsman’s Park, a first in Cubs’ history occurs in the 5thinning when Phil Cavarretta, Stan Hack, and Bill Nicholson hit consecutive homers. It’s not enough as the Cards win 7–5, but it’s a costly victory as they lose Enos Slaughter for the season. Chasing a line drive, Enos tries to avoid colliding teammate Terry Moore and he hits the RF wall breaking his collarbone.

Pitcher Kirby Higbe leads the Dodger charge against the Giants, as he collects three singles and a double, good for 4 RBIs. Brooklyn wins, 15–7.

12th The Senators Dutch Leonard wins his 7th in a row, 9–3, over the A’s. The A’s also lose LF Wally Moses for 3 weeks when he steps on a corn cob while retrieving a hit. Lewis has a pair of homers for the visiting A’s.

13th Third base coach Leo Durocher admits to napping as the Phils Bobby Bragan nabs Dixie Walker at 2B with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers still win, 7–2, behind Curt Davis.

15th Because of rain, the game between the Red Sox and the Senators is stopped in the 8th inning, with Washington ahead 6–3. After a 40-minute wait the game is called. But because of Washington’s failure to cover the field in case play is resumed, Boston manager Joe Cronin protests the game. On August 28th, the protest is upheld by league president Will Harridge, who calls it “the case of the missing grounds keeper,” and the forfeit goes to Boston. Per the rules, there are no pitcher wins or losses.

17th In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Phils top the Giants 18–2. Joe Marty leads the attack with 5 hits and 5 RBIs while Lee Grissom wins his 1st after 11 straight defeats. The Phils also take the opener, 6-2.

In the nitecap of 2, Brooklyn’s Whit Wyatt loses a perfect game when the Braves C Phil Masi hits a one-out single in the 9th to account for the only baserunner. Whit then retires 2 pinch hitters to win, 3–0. The Dodgers win the opener, 5–1, as Kirby Higbe wins his 17th. He also collects 4 hits off loser Jim Tobin, the 2nd straight start he’s had 4 hits, though he’ll hit but .188 for the year. He duplicates George Earnshaw’s effort of ten years ago. The crowd of 35,329 is the biggest for Boston this year.

The Browns and Tigers split a pair. Bobo Newsom wins the opener for Detroit, 8–1, allowing 5 hits. Caster then wins for the Browns, 6–1, on 3 hits. In game 2, leadoff hitter Harlond Clift drives in all 6 St. Louis runs with a grand slam and 2-run double.

18th The Dodgers notch win over the Pirates, 6–5, despite 6 errors. Pete Reiser’s homer in the 9th wins it for reliever Casey, and increases the Brooks lead over the idle Cardinals to one game.

The Reds sweep a pair from the bumbling Phillies, winning 13–5 and 5–4. In the first game, the Reds build a 10–1 lead after 2 innings and are helped in the win by the Phillies’ 8 errors, which ties a team record set in 1922 (a record the Phils list as a post-1911 one). Bill Werber has 3 hits and 5 RBIs.

19th Pittsburgh Pirates manager Frankie Frisch is ejected (and fined $50) by umpire Jocko Conlan from the 2nd game of a doubleheader when he appears on the field with an umbrella to protest the playing conditions at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. The rainy argument is later portrayed in a famous oil painting by Norman Rockwell. The Dodgers sweep, winning 9–0 and 6–2, behind Curt Davis and Hugh Casey.

In game 2 at Detroit, Joe DiMaggio jams his spikes sliding into 2B on a double and sprains his ankle. He will be out till September 19th. The Yanks win, 8–3, after losing the opener, 12–2, to Hal Newhouser.

White Sox pitchers Thornton Lee and John Humphries each throw shut outs against the A’s. Lee wins, 4–0 and Humphries , 1–0. McCrabb and Babich are the losing pitchers.

20th Larry MacPhail stages a fashion show before a Ladies Day crowd at Ebbets Field. Such promotions, as well as the Dodgers pennant race, will push the home gate to over one million fans. The Dodgers also pick up Larry French for the waiver price of $7,500. The Cubs consider the amiable lefty over the hill after he hurt his thumb and slipped to 5–14.

In Boston, the Cards suffer another injury when OF Terry Moore is beaned behind the ear by a pitch from Art Johnson, and carried off on stretcher. He’ll be released from a Boston hospital in 10 days and flown to St. Louis, where he’ll be hospitalized for several more days. He won’t return to the lineup until September 14. However, the Cards slice the Dodger lead to 1 ½ games by sweeping a pair 2–0 and 3–2. Ernie White (15-4) wins the opener and Howie Pollet (21-3 at Houston) follows with a 4-hitter in his ML debut.

Elmer Riddle (14–2) and Johnny Vander Meer each toss shutouts for the Reds over the Phillies. Cincy wins 2–0 and 3–0.

The Dodgers acquire P Larry French (5-14) from the Cubs on waivers. He will go 15-4 next year for the Dodgers. On the 25thBrooklyn will pick up Augie Galan for cash from the Cubs.

24th At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers split with the Cardinals, losing the opener 7–3, then taking the nitecap, 3–2. The split leaves the Cards 1 ½ games in back of the Dodgers. In game 2, with darkness setting in pitcher Whit Wyatt drives home the winner with one out in the 9thoff young Howie Pollet. The games are enlivened by the music of a pickup band, generating a good response from the crowd. The musicians will come to be called the Dodger Sym-phony.

Harry Craft hits two homers, one a grand slam, and a double to lead the Reds to a 13–9 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Craft has 6 RBIs in the game 1 win. In game 2, the 3rd-place Reds win, 6-4, as Elmer Riddle goes 8 innings to run his record to 15-2. Bucky Walters earns the save but gives up 2 hits in the 9th.

26th In the nitecap of a DH at Shibe Park, Dom Dallessandro drives in 7 runs on 4 hits to give the Cubs an 11–3 win over the Phils. One of the hits is a grand slam, his 2nd of the season. The Cubs win the opener, 5–4.

In Detroit, the A’s take two from the Tigers, 9-1 and 2-1. Sam Chapman ices the first game with a 9th inning grand slam.

Can’t be too careful. Cleveland’s Jim Bagby walks Ted Williams 4 times but loses to the Red Sox, 9–4. Williams is 1-for-1.

27th Charlie Root uses his arm and then his bat, hitting a clutch single with the sacks full in the Cubs 3-run 9th inning, to win his 200th game. The Braves get one back but the visiting Cubs win 6–4. The 42-year-old Root had taken over in the first inning from Ken Raffensberger. Root will win one more and his 201 wins is the all-time Cub mark. He will also hold the club record for games (605) and innings pitched (3137.1).

Cleveland’s Jeff Heath has a triple and two 3-run homers off Tom Ferrick to lead the Tribe to an 11-4 win over the A’s. Ferrick goes the distance giving up 18 hits, 5 to Soup Campbell. Rookie Steve Gromek wins his first ML game. The former minor league infielder turned to pitching this year and compiled a 14-2 record for Flint (Michigan-State League).

Pitching to Detroit leadoff hitter Tuck Stainback, Boston’s Lefty Grove pulls a muscle in his side and is out for a month. Wilson then relieves and allows just 5 hits but loses to Gorsica, in relief of Newhouser, 6–3.

In a night game at Ebbets Field, Kirby Higbe outpitches the Reds Johnny Vander Meer to win, 4–2. Higbe walks and singles his first 2 at bats, giving him 9-for-10 in his last 3 games. With 2 outs in the 4th, Ernie Lombardi swipes 2nd: it is his first steal, or attempted steal, since August 10, 1937, when he also stole against the Dodgers Mickey Owens.

28th In Detroit, the Tigers rally with 5 runs in the 7th to edge the Red Sox, 8-7. the big blow in the frame is a four-run homer by Rudy York.

30th The Cardinals Lon Warneke no-hits the Cincinnati Reds 2–0 in the nitecap with only 3 balls hit to the outfield, as the Cards sweep two. It is Warneke’s 15th victory of the season and, with the Dodgers’ doubleheader loss to the Giants, puts St. Louis in first place by 2 percentage points. The 5th place Giants beat Brooklyn 4–3 and 5–1 at the Polo Grounds.

White Sox pitcher Johnny Humphries gets knocked out of the box by the Browns ending his skein of 3 straight shutouts and 35 consecutive scoreless innings. The Browns score 5 runs in the 6th on their way to a 10–1 win. Humphries will finish the year at 4–2 with all 4 wins coming on shutouts. The only other pitcher to have all his wins on shutouts was Fred Fitzsimmons, in 1935.

31st White Sox starter Ted Lyons is lifted against the Browns in St. Louis after 7 innings and 15 hits. It is his last incomplete game in the majors. He will finish 3 more in 1941, all 20 in 1942, and after serving in the Armed Forces, complete all 5 starts in 1946. The Browns win 12–8, then take the nitecap, 5–4 when Walt Judnich hits a bases-loaded triple in the 9th.

In game 1 in Cleveland, the Tigers hammer Bob Feller for 13 hits in 8 innings, but the loss goes to Clint Brown who surrenders 2 runs in the 9th. Detroit wins, 7-5. Joining in the offense for the Tigers is starter Schoolboy Rowe and reliever Dizzy Trout, both of whom hit triples. Chubby Dean gives up a pair of homers in the nightcap, but emerges with the win for Cleveland, 7-4.