1946 August

1st Pecky Pete Suder hits a 3rd inning grand slam for the visiting A’s, but it is not enough as the White Sox prevail, 7-6.

Future major leaguer Warren Hacker ties the knot at home plate at the Pampa Oilers Baseball Park. His bride is the former Olinda Schenke.

3rd In a game ended by rain after 5 innings, Johnny Beazley holds the Phils to one hit to win 3–1 for the 2nd-place Cards. The lone hit is a 5th inning HR by Frank McCormick.

4th Bobby Doerr leads the Red Sox offense with 2 homers—both off Hal Newhouser—and 7 RBIs as Boston beats the host Tigers, 9–4. Four of the runs come on a grand slam. For Newhouser (20-4), this is his third loss to Boston.

The Browns win a pair from the Athletics as Tom Ferrick picks up both wins in relief, 8–7 and 7–4. He goes an inning in game 1 and 2 2/3 more in the nitecap.

5th Mickey Owen quits his Mexican League team. He and Luis Olmo ask Commissioner Chandler for reinstatement 3 days later.

8th Bill Benswanger, son-in-law of Barney Dreyfuss, owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells the club to a group headed by Frank McKinney and John Galbreath. Singer Bing Crosby is among investors in the team. The Pirates are purchased for a reported $2.5 million.

A bloop single in the 7th inning by former battery mate Frank Hayes deprives Bob Feller of a no-hitter against the White Sox. Hayes was traded by Cleveland in June, just weeks after hitting a homer in Feller’s April 30th no-hitter. It is the 8th one-hitter of Feller’s career. His 10 games of less than 2 hits betters Addie Joss’s old mark of 9.

9th All games are played at night for the first time in ML history, 4 in the AL and 4 in the NL. Attendance is close to 200,000, with the Yankees at the top of the list with 63,040 at the Stadium.

The Yanks lose to the Red Sox, 4–3, as Rudy York drills a 3-run homer in the 6th inning for Boston. Boo Ferriss wins his 19th. Ted Williams continues his 1946 hitless streak at the Stadium; he is 0-for-17. However, his 14 walks gives him an OBP of .452.

11th Stan Musial gets 8 hits in 9 at bats, as the St. Louis Cardinals sweep the Cincinnati Reds 15–4 and 7–3. The Reds lose the opener despite Grady Hatton, Max West, and Ray Mueller banging consecutive homers in the 8th inning, a first in Reds history.

The Phillies sweep Brooklyn 7–6 and 6–4 to end the string of 18 consecutive Brooklyn wins in Philadelphia, a ML mark. The last Phillie victory at home against the Bums was May 5, 1945.

12th Stan Musial continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-4 to back Al Brazle’s 3-hitter against the Cubs. The Cards win 5–0. He is the first National Leaguer in 21 years to have three straight four-hit games.

Bluefield (Appalachian League) romps over Pulaski, 35–5, scoring in every inning including an 11-run 6th inning. Leading the Blue-Grays are 1B Thomas Zikmund and 3B James Orlando. Zikmund is 7-for-8 with 4 extra base hits, 5 RBIs and scores 7 runs. Orlando is 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, a triple, home run, and he is hit by a pitch. It’s not just the bats that are on fire: during the game, 4 different fires start under the grandstand.

13th Boston’s Dave Ferriss wins his 8th straight for his 20th win, defeating the Athletics, 7–5. Ferriss is the first pitcher to win 20 games in his first two seasons since Wes Ferrell in 1929-30.

In Cleveland, more than 65,000 are on hand at Municipal Stadium to see Bob Feller take on Detroit’s Dizzy Trout. Feller pitches no hit ball for 6 innings, but a walk and two singles in the 8th scores a run for Detroit, and Cleveland loses, 1-0. Feller strikes out 7 to run his total to 262.

14th The Dodgers pull in 57,224 fans for a day-night doubleheader with the Giants, the first afternoon-evening games with separate admissions. The Dodgers reward their fans by winning both games, 8–4 and 2–1.

15th Behind the timely hitting of Miksis and Walker the Dodgers win 7–1, to sweep their 4-game series with the Giants. Higbe is the winner allowing 3 hits. Catcher Bruce Edwards ties a ML record when, in the 4th inning, he makes assists on 3 consecutive plays: he is the first National League catcher to do it. Da Bums now lead the idle Cards by 2 games.

In Boston, the Phillies outslug the Braves to win game 1 of a pair by a 15-11 score. Jim Tabor hits a grand slam for the Phils, who will lead the NL with 4 slams this year. Boston wins a sedate game 2, 3-1.

20th The Pirates vote on whether to accept the Guild as their bargaining agent. The vote is 15-3 against, with 10 abstentions, effectively killing the Guild. They then blank the Dodgers, 10–0 behind Strincevich to cut the Flatbush lead to a half game.

It’s “Appreciation Day” in Boston as the Braves give away a Packard and a Ford before the game, then lose to the Cardinals, 4–1. Howie Pollet wins his 15th. Lolly Hopkins, a die-hard fan from Providence, RI, draws the winning tickets for the cars.

In Washington, the attraction is not the teams, but the pre-game exhibition of Bob Feller pitching to an army clocking–device to time his fastball. An extra 20,000 fans show up to see Feller, who had not been informed about it; he asks for and gets $700 from Griffith. Feller’s fastball is clocked at 98.6 crossing the plate (107 mph leaving his hand) on 4 pitches; his 5th pitch shatters the wooden frame of the device. Taking the mound Feller then strikes out 7 in a losing cause, as the Indians commit 4 errors. Knuckleballer Mickey Haefner is the winner, 5–4.

21st Del Ennis hits a 2-out homer in the 9th off Bauers to give the Phils a 1–0 win over the Cubs.

John Johnson of Newnan, Georgia-Alabama League (Class-D) wins both ends of a doubleheader, twice shutting out the league-leading Valley Rebels to win, 1-0 and 7-0.

22nd Clubs approve a change to a 168-game schedule, but they will rescind the decision at another meeting Sept. 16. Television is first recognized, with clubs given rights to their own games. Players jumping to outlaw leagues will not be allowed to apply for reinstatement for 5 years.

The Cardinals sweep the Phillies to tie the Dodgers for 1st place in the NL. Howie Pollet (16–6) wins the 1st game, 7–6, when Musial hits a HR in the 12th, and Harry Brecheen is the winner, 4–3, in the nightcap under the arcs.

25th Tied for first with St. Louis, the Dodgers open a 4-game series with the Cards by splitting a doubleheader. The Dodgers take the opener 2–1, handing Howie Pollet his first loss in 3 weeks. The Cardinals take the nitecap, 14–8. Musial, with a homer in game 1, has 4 hits and 3 RBI in game 2. He is hitting .380.

In the first of 2 at Fenway, Boston’s Boo Ferriss tops the Indians Red Embree, 2–1, in Boo’s final decision at home. His record at Fenway is 13–0 this season. Home runs account for all the scoring as Bobby Doerr hits 2 and Jordan hits one. There are no homers in the nitecap as the Sox complete the sweep, 13–6. Johnson is the winner in relief with starter Allie Reynolds taking the loss.

In Cincinnati, the Reds prize rookie Grady Hatton fractures his right knee cap in the dugout runway and is out for the season. Third baseman Hatton runs into a brick wall trying to avoid spiking a girl seeking autographs. He finishes the game by striking out in a 5-4 loss, but this is his last appearance this year.

26th Cardinals P Murry Dickson beats the Dodgers, 2–1, to move St. Louis into 1st place.

27th Kirby Higbe tops the Cardinals, 7–3, to give Brooklyn a split of their series.

28th Behind Paul Erickson, the Cubs edge the Dodgers 4–3, dropping the Dodgers out of first place. Hank Behrman is the loser for the visitors.

The Cardinals keep sole possession of the NL lead by sweeping two from the Giants. The Birds win the opener, 13-8, as Whitey Kurowski homers and drives in 4 runs, and Erv Dusak, taking over in LF for Sisler midway through the game, hits 2-run homers in the 7th and 8th. St. Louis wins the night cap, 3-2, on a 9th inning 2-out 2-run pinch HR by Walter Sessi. It is Sessi’s lone ML homer.

29th The Cubs beat Brooklyn 3–2 for their 2nd win in a row over Brooklyn, and their 7th overall. Hank Borowy is the winner over Vic Lombardi.

St. Louis ace Howie Pollet shuts out New York, 4–0, to give St. Louis a 2 ½ game lead over the Dodgers.

30th The Red Sox sweep a pair with the Athletics, winning, 6–0 and 6–2. Game 2 is their 90th win of the year, the earliest they’ve ever won 90 games.

31st Luke Sewell quits as manager of the Browns; Zack Taylor will finish the season.

Buddy Kerr hits into three DPs against the Dodgers, but his homer is the difference as the Giants win, 2–1. Lefty Monte Williams is the winner over Kirby Higbe. The high point of the game is at 2B when former Dodger Goody Rosen slides into Eddie Stanky with spikes high. Stanky retaliates with a hard tag in the face and the two start punching. Both are ejected. Extra police are ordered for tomorrow’s doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, a sweep by the Dodgers that puts them into a tie for first place with St. Louis.