1943 August

1st Before 51,723 fans at Comiskey Park, the Negro league West team defeats the East, 2–1, in the annual all-star game. Satchel Paige is the star, striking out four and allowing only one ball to be hit out of the infield during his stint. He also swats a double in his only at bat.

Players losses to the military have taken some of the competition out of Cards-Brooklyn confrontations, but the brawling doesn’t stop. In the opener Cards catcher Walker Cooper apparently attempts to spike Augie Galan and the two are ejected in the 6th inning. the “duster” occurs after Dodger reliever Les Webber fires four successful balls at Stan Musial. “Each ball seemed headed straight at Musial and were not the customary wide throws used for intentional walks” (UP). Cooper, the next batter up, hits a grounder and tries to spike Galan at 1B. Police are needed to break up the fight and escort the two off the field. The Cards win the double bill, 7–1 and 5–4, virtually eliminating the Dodgers and putting the Birds 11 games in front of the Pirates. Harry Brecheen wins the opener, defeating Curt Davis. Reliever Al Brazle wins the nitecap, with starter Kirby Higbe losing.

The White Sox tighten their hold on second place with a double win, 5–1 and 15–9, over the host A’s. Wally Moses is the hitting star, stealing his 30th base in the opener, and connecting for a homer, two triples and a single in the two games. Luke Appling, in the batting race with Dick Wakefield, is hitless in the opener, but is 4-for-4 in the nitecap. Buck Ross (8-4) wins the opener, the 3rd former Mackman this week to top the A’s. Haynes takes the nitecap over Harris.

Washington sweeps a pair from the visiting Browns, winning 5-3, before trouncing St. Louis, 20-6, one run off the team record for scoring set in 1929. Three players drive in 4 runs apiece, and, led by Mickey Vernon with 4, 7 players score 2 runs or more.

The eight major league doubleheaders today draw 185,199 fans, with the Detroit at New York games drawing the most at 43,049.

2nd Yankee minor leaguer Larry Berra (the Yogi will come later), playing for Norfolk, has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the 18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13 RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits, 23 RBI, with 3 homers, two triples, and a double. For his other 109 games, Berra has just 4 homers and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.

3rd In Cincinnati, the Giants top the Reds, 5-3. Elmer Riddle takes the loss and makes his first error after 102 errorless games, a NL record.

6th Pittsburgh’s Rip Sewell, now throwing his blooper pitch some 25 feet high, loses to the Cardinals, 8–3, after 11 straight wins. He has won 18 already but will get only 3 more victories the rest of the season. Max Lanier is the winning pitcher.

You can’t pitch him every game, Connie. Roger Wolff gives the A’s a 2-game winning streak with a 4-0 win over the visiting Yankees. Wolff pitched the last win 4 days ago, but the A’s will now lose 20 in a row before Wolff wins on August 24th.

7th The Giants strand 18 runners in a 9–6 loss to the Phillies. Mel Ott’s team leaves 2 runners on in every inning to symbolize their dreary season that will result in 98 losses and the first Giant tail-end finish since 1915. The 18 runners left on base ties the ML record.

8th In Cleveland, the Browns lose 5–2. St. Louis takes the field 8 times without recording an assist in the game, a ML record first in history. The Reds had no assists in a 7-inning contest on July 22, 1907. The Yanks will have no assists in a 9-inning game on July 4, 1945.

11th St. Louis P Steve Sundra stops the Yankees on just one hit, a home run by King Kong Keller. The Browns win. 9–1.

12th Rudy York belts a 4th inning grand slam and the Tigers down the visiting Senators, 10-3. Washington, Detroit and Cleveland are now all tied for second place in the AL.

13th Against the Red Sox, White Sox SS Luke Appling collects his 2,000th career hit as the Pale Hose win, 3–2.

15th In Boston, the Braves and Pirates split a pair with Boston taking the opener behind Jim Tobin, 5-1. The Braves score 4 in the 8th to break a tie. Rip Sewell wins his 18th in game 2 as the Corsairs respond with an 11-1 pasting. Rip adds two hits and two stolen bases on his way to swiping 7 bases for the season, the highest total for a pitcher since 1901 when Nixey Callahan stole 10 (9 as a pitcher) and Bill Dinneen stole 8.

In Brooklyn, Stan Musial has two homers and 5 RBIs as the Cardinals mash the Dodgers, 11-1, behind Max Lanier in the first of two games. The Man is hitless in game 2 as Kirby Higbe pitches a complete game victory. The Dodgers push across 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th off Ernie White to win, 4-3.

17th In a 4–2 New York win, Nick Etten of the Yankees singles twice off White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch in which Etten didn’t single. Six of the games were hitless, but Etten either doubled or homered in the other games. The Yankee lead is now 9 1⁄2 games with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series, most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.

Pittsburgh takes a pair from Boston, winning 8–0 and 4–3. Hank Gornicki is the winner in both games. Turnabout is fair play and on August 22, Gornicki will lose a pair to Brooklyn.

18th In a trade that will benefit Washington, the Senators send Ellis Clary, Ox Miller and cash to the Browns for Johnny Niggeling and Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator, while Miller will win just 3 in St. Louis.

In a doubleheader split, the Cards Harry Walker has his 29-game hit streak stopped by the Phils. His streak started July 21. The Cards win, 6–0, then lose game 2, 6–3. In game one, the Phils bring in 16-year-old Rogers McKee in relief. He gives up three hits and a run. He’ll make a start on October 3rd.

Carl Hubbell wins his 253rd and final game, all with the Giants, as he beats the Pirates, 3–2. He will retire at the end of the year and take over what’s left of the Giants’ farm system, now down to 2 teams.

21st The Browns top the A’s, 5–3 and 4–1, to extend the Mackmen’s losing streak to 15 games. Bobo Newsom wins the nitecap, his first victory since joining the Browns more than a month ago. In the opener, McQuinn and former A’s catcher Frankie Hayes hit homers for St. Louis.

At Cleveland, Charley Keller and Bill Dickey hit homers to pace the Yankees to a 8–3 win over the Indians. For Dickey, it is his 200thhomer. Jeff Heath had a two run homer, his 4th of the series against New York. Hank Borowy is the winner and stops Lou Boudreau’s 14-game hit streak. Nick Etten has three hits and an RBI, and is now tied with Rudy York for the RBI lead with 84.

Rudy York belts his 12th homer of the month, but the Tigers lose in 12 innings to the Red Sox, 7–6. Richards and Ned Harris also hit homers for the losers. The Red Sox will play 31 extra-inning games this year (15-14), a ML Record.

At Philadelphia, Buffer Gibson, diminutive righty for the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League) strikes out 20 batters in a 4–1 win over the Philadelphia Stars.

22nd The Dodgers beat the Pirates twice, 6–1 and 8–6, with Hank Gornicki losing both games. Ed Head and Rex Barney are the winners. Vince DiMaggio connects for a Pittsburgh grand slam in game 2.

The first-place Cardinals cruise a sweep of the Braves, winning 6-1 behind Al Brazle and 5-1 behind Harry Gumbert. In the opener the Birds score two in the 8th and another 4 in the 9th when Walker Cooper hits a grand slam off of Jim Tobin.

Tony Cuccinello’s 9th inning homer in game 2 beats the A’s 3-2 and extends the A’s losing streak to 17 games. The White Sox take the opener, 5-2, beating rookie Jim Mains in his first and last ML appearance. Mains does set a ML record though; his father Willard played in the majors, making his last appearance in 1896, 55 years ago. The 55-year spread is untopped.

At Shibe Park, the Reds beats the Phils, 4-3, then unload 22 hits in game 2 to win, 20-6. Led by Eddie Miller with 4 hits, every starter except the pitcher and catcher have 2 hits or more.

24th The Philadelphia Athletics drop their 20th game in a row, losing to Chicago 6–5. This ties the AL record for futility with the 1906 Red Sox and the 1916 A’s. The Orioles of 1988 will lose 21 straight. They dodge the bullet in game 2 by scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to win 8–1. Roger Wolff, who beat the Yanks on August 6th, allows 8 hits in winning the nitecap.

28th Van Lingle Mungo wins his first of the year for the Giants, firing a shutout over the Braves in Boston as New York wins, 12-0. Joe Medwick has a single, double and homer to drive in 6 runs. Boston manages just 2 hits, both by Tommy Holmes, This the third time in two years that Holmes has had the only hits in a game for Boston.

30th At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox lose 3–1 with Pinky Woods taking the loss. The Sox end a 27-game wartime road trip that began in Chicago on August 10 with 6 games, went to St. Louis (4), Detroit (5), Cleveland (8), and New York (4). The Sox were 11–6 on the road.

31st Bobo Newsom goes from the Browns to the Senators, his 3rdteam in two months.