1944 August

1st At Boston, the Pirates-Braves match is suspended at the end of 8 innings with the Pirates leading, 12-8. The game is completed on September 25 and the Bucs plate another run in the 9th to prevail, 13-8. Johnny Barrett has 4 stolen bases, the first National Leaguer in 20 years to do so. The Pittsburgh speedster will lead the Senior Circuit with 28 thefts.

3rd Tommy Brown, just 16 years and 8 months old, plays SS for Brooklyn in both games of a twin bill loss, 6–2 and 7–1, to the Cubs. He makes an error, hits a double, and scores a run.

4th In Philadelphia, 29,166 ignore a transit strike and jam Shibe Park to help Connie Mack celebrate his 50th anniversary as manager of the A’s. Even the Yankees 1–0 win doesn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the evening. Mack receives a check for $5,000 as well as other gifts. On hand are members of Connie Mack’s All Time All Star team, each of whom he called to the center of the diamond. These include George Sisler, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Honus Wagner, Lt. Bill Dickey, Lefty Grove (introduced by Mack as “Groves”), Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Babe Ruth, and Al Simmons. Ty Cobb and Lt. Commander Mickey Cochrane, two members of Mack’s club, did not appear. In the pre-game Abbott and Costello dressed in uniforms of the A’s and Yankees respectively, take batting practice. The Yankees score on a fumble in the 9th to beat Bob Newsom. Hank Borowy wins his 14th.

Despite homers by Ron Northey and Jimmy Wasdell, the Phils lose 4–3 to the Giants in 10 innings. Starter Ken Raffensberger serves up a game-winning homer to Hal Luby, and the 4th place Giants win their 10th in a row over the Quakers.

At Brooklyn, former AL outfielder Ben Chapman makes his comeback debut as pitcher a successful one, beating the Braves, 9–4. He yields 8 hits while walking 5 and striking out 5 in the complete game win. He adds 2 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

6th The Cardinals top the Reds, 5–4, in the 13th inning on doubles by Max Lanier and Johnny Hopp. Earlier, St. Louis rookie pitcher Ted Wilks was struck by a line drive off the bat of Steve Mesner and was knocked out. He left the field on a stretcher and was taken to Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital.

The Cubs 11-game winning streak comes to an abrupt end as the host Pirates win twice, 13–5 and 5–4. Preacher Roe wins his 7th game in the opener with 1 1/3 innings of relief and pitches 2+ innings of hitless relief to finish the nitecap.

At Brooklyn, the Braves score 10 runs in the top of the 9th to turn a 4–3 nail biter into a 14–4 victory in game 1. Boston tallies 21 hits. The Braves win the nitecap, 8–7.

9th The Browns win their 9th straight game for the 2nd time this season in a 3–2 win over the Yankees in New York. They lead by 6 ½ games. St. Louis’s other team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 in July, now leads the NL by 16 ½ games.

In his last start before entering the service, Red Sox ace Tex Hughson beats the White Sox, 9-1, at Fenway Park. Tex goes 2-for-3 as he wins his 18th.

10th Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2–0. This is the ML record for fewest pitches in a 9-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the fastest night game ever. Barrett gives up two singles and is never behind on a batter. Damon Phillips has 3 hits and the only RBIs in the game.

The first-place Browns win their 10th in a row as RH Denny Galehouse beats the Yankees, 3–0.

12th At Fenway Park, the temperature is 101 degrees, as the Red Sox melt the White Sox, 5–4.

13th The Red Sox fly in pitcher Rex Cecil, from San Diego who arrives minutes before the start of a twinbill with the Browns. Cecil relieves in the first game, a 7–6 Sox win in 13 innings, pitching the last 4 innings, allowing no runs. Vern Stephens has a pair of homers, while Culbertson’s homer ties the game in the 9th. Bobby Doerr homers in the 13th to end it. Nels Potter wins the nitecap, 6–1, in 5 innings.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks whip the White Sox, 10-1, behind Mel Queen in game 1. Russ Derry adds a grand slam. In the second game, the White Sox pile up a 10-0 lead after 3 ½ innings and coast to an 11-3 win for Orval Grove.

The Senators cop a pair from Cleveland, winning 2–1 behind Mickey Haeffner and 4–1 behind Early Wynn in game 2. Stan Spence hits a 3-run homer early in the 1st inning, and SS John Sullivan is 3-for-3 and starts an AL-record 5 double plays, the most started by an AL shortstop since 1905.

In the Negro League All-star game at Comiskey Park, a sweltering 46,000 watch the West beat the East, 7–4. The winning pitcher is starter Verdel Mathis, while Josh Gibson hits a 440 foot homer in the 7th. Satchel Paige, in a dispute over gate receipts, does not play. Satch wants them donated to charity.

At Cincinnati, the Giants boot their way to a doubleheader loss to the Reds, 4–3 and 9–2. In the 4th inning of the nitecap, The Reds score 4 runs on one hit, mostly with the help of a ML-record tying 3 errors by New York 2B George Hausmann. Jim Konstanty is the winner, while Shoun takes the win in game 1. NY’s Nap Reyes has 6 straight hits before making out in the 7th of game 2.

15th The Giants blow a 3–2 lead in losing to the Reds, 6–3, and manager Bill Terry fines Buddy Kerr and Joe Medwick $100 each for mental errors. Kerr was slow in returning to his position after a pickoff attempt and the next batter singled; Joe Medwick’s catch in left is ruled a trapped ball. Joe then raced in to show the ump the ball while two Cincy runners scored.

At Fenway, the Browns stake the Red Sox to a 5-0 lead and then roar back for a 6-5 victory. Vern Stephens hits a grand slam in the comeback.

16th Cardinal reliever Fred Schmidt starts against the Giants and shuts them out 5–0, to give the first-place Cards their 80th victory. It is the earliest date in history that any team has recorded 80 wins.

At Wrigley, the Cubs stake Red Lynn to a 10-1 lead after 3 innings as they beat the Braves, 11-3. Bill Nicholson hits his second grand slam of the year.

17th Yankee OF Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher last year, hits 4 straight doubles to share a ML mark. The Yanks win, 10–3, over the Indians.

19th At Yankee Stadium, Frankie Crosetti hits a grand slam and Tiny Bonham scatters 5 hits as the Yankees down the Indians, 9-3. New York will hit 96 homers this year to top the AL.

20th In St. Louis, the Cards top the Giants, 7–4, to hand New York its 13th straight loss, the club’s longest losing streak since 1902. Bill Voiselle wins the nitecap, 3–1, to stop the skid.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates beat up on the last-place Dodgers, winning 7-1 and 10-7. In game 2, Jim Russell belts a grand slam in the Bucs’ 6-run 7th.

At Wrigley Field, Len Merullo hits a grand slam in the first of two as the Cubs top the Giants, 7-4. New York rebounds with a 3-1 victory in the second game behind Bill Voiselle.

At Crosley Field, Bucky Walters and the Reds tip the Phillies, 2–1, in 12 innings. Bucky has 4 hits including the game-winning single. Walters, a converted infielder, will have 11 other career games as a pitcher in which he collects three hits (as noted by historian Tom Zocco). The Phils take second game, 4–1, behind Charley Schanz, one of 13 victories the rookie will post for the lowly Phils.

21st Ernie Lombardi drives in all 4 runs in a Giants 4–3 victory over the host Cubs, connecting for 2 line drive HRs and a game winning single. Vet Johnny Allen earns the win over Bill Fleming.

24th Boston ace Tex Hughson is drafted into the armed service. His last win on August 9th, gave him a record of 18-5. The Sox trail the first-place Browns by 4.5 games.

25th In the 4th inning, Tiger SS Joe Hoover singles off Browns pitcher Denny Galehouse, then steals 2B. A grounder moves him to 3B and, with Eddie Mayo on 1B with a walk, the two engineer a double steal. Hoover’s swipe of home holds up as the only run of the 1–0 game. Dizzy Trout allows just 4 hits in winning his 21st of the season.

At Comiskey Park, Ken Keltner connects for a grand slam in the 7thas the Indians trim the White Sox, 10-2.

At Boston, the Phillies score 4 in the 6th and 5 in the 9th, four coming on a grand slam by Ron Northey, to beat the Braves, 9-7, in the opener of two. Boston rebounds with a 4-3 victory in game 2.

26th A week after Jo Jo White was purchased from the Athletics, he has 5 hits, including two doubles, to lead the Reds to a 10-7 win over the Cubs.

27th The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 4-3 and 1-0. Steve Gromek shuts out the Sox in game 2 and wins when Roy Cullenbine hits a HR in the bottom of the 9th off Johnny Humphries.

The Red Sox sweep the A’s, 8-5 and 7-2. In game 2, Boston manager Joe Cronin calls every pitch in the first 6 innings with Athletics Russ Christopher telegraphing on the mound. Cronin’s “fastball” and “curve” audibles are loud enough to be heard in the stands.

A crowd of 43,634, the largest Polo Grounds crowd of the year, sees the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers, 8-1 and 4-2. Mel Ott has a pair of 2-run homers in the opener.

29th The Cardinals beat the Reds 3–0 as Ted Wilks (14-1) wins his 11th in a row.

Braves 3B Damon Phillips has 11 assists, and no putouts or errors, versus the Giants, equaling a 19th C 1884 mark (James White, 1884; Jerry Denny, 1890). Chris Sabo, in 1988, will tie the mark. The Giants win, 4–2, behind Bill Voiselle. All the scoring comes on homers: Holmes, Ott, and a 3-run homer by Lombardi.

The Cubs split a pair with the Pirates at Wrigley Field, winning the opener, 15-4, taking a 7-3 lead after one inning. The Bucs win the nitecap, 5-4. Cubs third baseman Roy Hughes accepts 13 chances in game 2, tying a National League mark.

Dizzy Trout drives in 5 runs—on a homer, double and single—and pitches a 9-hit shutout over the White Sox, 7–0. It is his 22nd victory and moves the Tigers to 4 games in back of the leading Browns.

At Yankee Stadium, a pair of rookies pick up their first wins as the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair. In his ML debut, Clem Dreisewerd stops the Yankees, 8-1, in the opener. He is just the second pitcher (Les Tietje) to earn a win at the Stadium in his ML debut. Catfish Metkovich and Bob Johnson combine for 7 of the Sox 17 hits. In game 2. Bill Bevens is the 11-2 winner as the Yanks score all 11 runs off rookie starter Rex Cecil, who goes 5+ innings. Oscar Grimes has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs.