1942 August

1st The Dodgers (71-29) top Johnny Schmitz of the Cubs, 9–6, to stretch their lead to nine games over St. Louis.

2nd Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, topping the Cardinals 7–1. Mel Ott’s 2 homers, one a grand slam, eases the way for the vet. In the nightcap, Dick Bartell’s 9th inning error paved the way for Billy Southworth’s squeeze bunt, and the Cards win, 3–2. Mort Cooper allows 4 hits in winning his 13th.

The Braves split a pair with the Reds, winning the opener, 7–0, behind Al Javery before being shot down by Paul Derringer, 4–2. Boston’s top home run hitter, Max West hits a grand slam in game 1.

At Detroit, The Tigers sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 8–4 and 6–2, to knock Boston out of 2nd place. Dizzy Trout wins the opener, helping himself with a 3-run HR. Virgil Trucks wins the nitecap, giving up a 9th inning HR to Ted Williams: Williams will hit 12 homeruns off Trucks, his favorite target. Along with Jim Tabor, CF Dom DiMaggio has a homer in the opener, then adds an unassisted DP in the nitecap.

At Yankee Stadium, Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith combine to pitch a one-hit shutout over the New York Cubans (Negro League). The Monarchs win, 9–0. In the first game of the twinbill, the Philadelphia Stars conquer the Baltimore Elite Giants, 7–4. Henry Spearman’s grand slam sparks the Philley attack.

3rd A military relief game at the Polo Grounds with the first-place Dodgers attracts a Polo Grounds record crowd of 57,303. Dolph Camilli hits a grand slam in the 5th and the Giants, losing 7–4, have 2 on and no out in the 9th when the game is called. A government order mandates that lights must be turned out at 9:14. Giants President Horace Stoneham states that twilight games would be terminated since “playing against the clock was too tough.”

4th The Giants-Dodgers game ends in a 1–1 tie as Pee Wee Reese’s inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the 10th is wiped out. As was the case the day before, the game is called because of the government’s 9:14 curfew on lights. It is the last twilight game played at the Polo Grounds. Following the game, NL Prexy Ford Frick said that he would “urge earlier start times” than the 6:45 start today. The Dodgers have held the NL lead for 144 days and their margin over the Cardinals is 10 games. Until the season’s end, Brooklyn will win 17, lose 18.

Braves pitcher Jim Tobin clubs his 6th homer of the year, tying the NL record for homers by a pitcher, but he loses to the Phils, 4–2.

5th White Sox 1B Don Kolloway’s 2-out steal of home in the 5thinning is the only run of the game against Tiger lefty Hal Newhouser. Sore-armed Thornton Lee is the winner. There are 7 games played today, and 5 end in shutouts.

In a 6:30 start, the first place Dodgers stop the Giants, 4–0, on lefty Max Macon’s two-hitter. The Cardinals (63-39), in 2nd place 10 games back, keep pace with a 5-0 victory over host Cincinnati. Johnny Beazley strikes out 8, including the side in the 5th.

6th An editorial in The Sporting News argues for segregation on the diamond. The column states that members of each race “prefer to draw their talents from their own ranks and both groups know their crowd psychology and do not care to run the risk of damaging their own game.”

Gordon McNaughton, 32, who pitched briefly for the Red Sox in 1932, is shot to death in a Chicago hotel room by a former girl friend Eleanor Williams. Williams had left her husband and child four years earlier to be with McNaughton, who was killed in the hotel room of a Mrs. Dorothy Moose, who also left her husband just weeks ago.

8th A bean ball salvo between Manny Salvo of the Braves and Whit Wyatt of the Dodgers ends in a 2–0 Boston victory. Only two batters are hit, but many pitches are close and the hurlers almost come to blows twice. Salvo gets fined $50 and Wyatt $75. Wyatt also tosses a bat. For Wyatt (8-1), it is his first loss after 10 straight wins over the Braves.

9th In a marathon, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds, 10–8, in 18 innings at Cincinnati. The Reds tie the score in the 9th, 10th, and 12th innings before the Cubs hang on. Stan Hack collects 5 hits and 3 runs for Chicago. Both teams combine to notch 25 base on balls for the match, and the Cubs strand 23 runners, while the Reds leave 21. The 44 LOB is a ML record until September 11, 1974. Each team uses 6 pitchers, a ML record. The Reds take game 2 by a 2–1 score.

As a warm-up to the upcoming series at St. Louis with Brooklyn, the Cardinals win their 7th straight, a 7–2 win over Pittsburgh behind rookie Johnny Beazley.

10th In a playoff of a 16-inning tie on August 8, the Pirates again hammer Mort Cooper, and win, 6-4. Cooper won’t lose the rest of the year.

After Sid Hudson and the Senators whip the visiting Red Sox, 9-3, Walt Masterson completes the sweep with a 1-0 game 2 win. Masterson is helped by Ted Williams, who is on third base with one out in the 9th inning when he is picked off for the second time in the game by catcher Jack Early, who nabbed him in the first inning. Williams has three doubles in the two games. Williams has referred to this game as his “most embarrassing” moment but, as discovered by historian Bill Nowlin (2008 BRJ), Williams got the year and the score wrong, also recalling that he had two triples in the game.

11th At Cleveland, in the first game of a twi-nighter, Indian P Al Milnar has a no-hitter until Doc Cramer singles with 2 out in the 9th. But the duel with Detroit’s Tommy Bridges ends in a 14-inning scoreless tie because the rules state the game cannot be continued under the lights. Milnar allows just two hits, the 2nd a 13th inning single by Rudy York, and his catcher Gene Desautels catches the entire game without a putout (no strikeouts) or assist. A few minutes after the conclusion, the lights are turned on and the Tigers win the second game, 3-2, in regulation.

12th at Yankee Stadium, Charlie Keller belts a game-ending grand slam, his second of the season, in the 9th against the Red Sox to break a 4-4 tie. It is the 3rd time that a Yankee has ended a game with a grand slam.

14th The Yankees turn a ML-record 7 DPs in an 11–2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following third strikes, three are started by the DP combo of Rizzuto and Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates one. The 7 DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they’ll finish with 190, just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark they set last season of 194. The winning pitcher is Lefty Gomez in his last ML appearance (save for one appearance for the Senators in ’43.) He’ll take a job in a GE plant after the season.

15th With 2 outs and 2 strikes in the last of the 9th, Dolph Camilli hits a 2-run homer to give the Dodgers a 5–4 win over the Braves. With the homer, his 20th, Camilli takes over the NL lead.

Despite Bill Nicholson hitting 3 homers, 2 doubles and a single, the Cubs lose two games to the Pirates, 8–5 and 8–7, the nitecap in 11 innings.

At Fenway the Sox sweep a pair from the Senators, winning each by one run. In the opening 2–1 win, Ted Williams 2-run homer backs Tex Hughson’s 9th straight win and 15th overall. The 7–6 nitecap win goes the Broadway Charlie Wagner, whose last 6 wins, since June 7, have all been by one run, including a pair of 1–0 wins. Lou Finney drives in the tying and winning runs with a triple.

18th After going 1–6 before the All-star break, Carl Hubbell posts his 8th straight win, beating the Braves 10–2. The 39-year-old veteran is backed by Mel Ott’s 3 hits, including a HR into the LF stands at the Polo Grounds.

22nd Cubs catcher Clyde McCullough, SS Lennie Merullo, and 1B Phil Cavarretta combine on a triple play in the top of the 11th, and Bill Nicholson hits a walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning, as the Chicago Cubs stun the Cincinnati Reds, 5–4.

The Cardinals edge the Pirates, 7-6, at Sportsman’s Park, as Terry Moore has a safety to extend his consecutive-game batting streak to 20 games. Max Lanier (11-5) is the winner with 3 innings of relief. The Cards trail the Dodgers by 6.5 games.

23rd Seven of 16 games played today are shutouts, matching a mark set September 7, 1908. A near-miss is by White Sox veteran Ted Lyons. Taking a regular Sunday start, he wins his 256th career game, a 3-hitter 3–1 complete game victory over Cleveland.

Cubs pitchers Claude Passeau and Lon Warneke each toss 3–0 shutouts against the Reds while Red Sox hurlers Tex Hughson and Joe Dobson whitewash the A’s, winning 2–0 and 7–0.

Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for the New York-Washington game at Yankee Stadium that provides $80,000 for Army-Navy relief. Ruth hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands, and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523,000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener, 7–6 and New York cops the nitecap, 3–0, in 5 ½ innings.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep 2 from their cross-town rivals. In the first game, the Giants took a 4–2 lead in the 10th on Johnny Mize’s 2-run HR, only to see Dolph Camilli hit reliever Harry Feldman’s 1stpitch for a grand slam, his second of the month, and give Dem Bums a 6–4 win. The 2nd game, the Dodgers score 2 in the 5th to take a 7–5 lead in a game halted by darkness. The Dodgers now lead St. Louis by 7 ½ games.

24th The Dodgers open a 4-game series in St. Louis with Larry French (13–1) on the mound for the front-runners. Terry Moore scores 4 runs for the Birds as they coast to a 7–1 victory behind Max Lanier’s 14th victory.

25th The largest night crowd in St. Louis history watch two aces deal, the Dodger Whit Wyatt and the Cardinals Mort Cooper, go scoreless for 12 innings. Both teams score in the 13th, and the Cards win it in the 14th, 2–1, on Walker Cooper’s solo shot. The win by Mort Cooper cuts the Dodgers lead over St. Louis to 5 ½ games.

If only Holmes had been sick. At Forbes Field, Rip Sewell wins his 14th for the Pirates, shutting out the Braves, 6-0. Tommy Holmes has all three hits for the Braves. It is the second time this year that Holmes has had the only hit for the Braves.

26th Johnny Beazley wins his 16th game of the year, 2–1 over the Dodgers in 10 innings. The win caps a sweep of Brooklyn, with Max Lanier having edged Larry French in the opener 2 days before.

27th Brooklyn salvages a win, 4–1, to leave St. Louis with a 5 ½ game lead.

28th Dodger Pete Reiser, hitless in his last 13 trips and with his batting average down 35 points in 6 weeks, enters the hospital with a torn thigh ligament.

30th The Giants’ Mel Ott collects his 2,500th hit in a 5–5 tie in Chicago in game 2. In the opener, the Giants win, 8–6, as Ace Adams beats Hi Bithorn.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the Tigers, 7-1, behind Red Ruffing’s 5-hitter. During the game the announcer Jack Lenz proclaims, “Ladies and gentlemen, Tommy Henrich has been ordered to report for active duty with the Coast Guard. This is his last appearance in a Yankee uniform until the war is over.” Henrich receives a thunderous ovation (as noted in Marty Appel’s Pinstripe Empire).

31st Larry MacPhail seeks insurance for the Dodger pennant run by buying Bobo Newsom from the Senators for $25,000. The purchase had been rumored for weeks. The veteran will respond by shutting out Cincinnati 2–0 in three days. [Blanking the Reds is not difficult. Bill McKechnie’s team will hit .231 for the season, the lowest in the ML since the Highlanders hit .229 in 1914 and Brooklyn .229 in 1910.]

The Yankees purchase switch-hitter Roy Cullenbine from the Senators. With Tommy Henrich leaving for the Coast Guard yesterday, Cullenbine is outfield insurance for the Bombers.

Mel Parnell, pitching for Canton (Middle Atlantic League) pitches 18 innings against Zanesville, winning 5–4. He almost wins his own game in the 17th after singling and going to 2B on a bunt. The next batter singles but Parnell is thrown out at the plate. Parnell finishes the season at 16–9 for Canton.