1947 August

1st In a hard-fought battle at Wrigley, Clyde McCullough hits a walkoff 2-run homer in the 9th, off Hugh Casey, to give the Cubs a 10-8 victory over the Dodgers and snapping Brooklyn’s win streak at 13 games. Bob Rush (5-1) is the winner in relief. Phil Cavarretta has 4 hits and 4 runs for Chicago. Brooklyn now leads the Giants and Cardinals by 9 games.

2nd At Wrigley, the Cubs pummel 7 Dodgers hurlers to win a second straight from the Dodgers, 12–7. Peanuts Lowrey and Eddie Waitkus, the 1st 10 hitters for Chicago, have 5 hits apiece.

The Giants hit 5 homers and set a club record of 144 in a split with the Pirates. The Ottmen take the lidlifter, 10–2, then lose, 5–4. Bobby Thomson has a pair of homers. The Pirates also tie a club record for homers with 86 as Greenberg and Gustine go deep.

3rd At Pittsburgh, the Giants overcome a Hank Greenberg grand slam to beat the Pirates, 11-8. Game 2 ends in a 6-6 tie called after 8 innings, as Greenberg adds two more homers.

At Wrigley, Johnny Schmitz has a good day, shutting out the Dodgers, 6-0, for the Cubs, and receiving the gift of an automobile from a delegation of 500 fans from Wassau, Wisconsin. Schmitz doesn’t have a driver’s license, however.

4th  At Fenway, the Tigers wallop the Red Sox, 10-3, before a crowd of 24,565, raising the attendance to 1,004,807. Hal Newhouser is the winner, helped by George Kell’s 4 hits and 4 RBIs from Hoot Evers, but the Sox hold the Mayo, stopping Eddie’s consecutive game hitting streak at 20.

The Yankees sell P Al Lyons to Pittsburgh.

5th At Wrigley Field, Cards catcher Del Rice hits a 4th inning grand slam, off Claude Passeau to pace the Birds to an 8-2 win. The Cubs pass the million mark in attendance for the fourth time, logging 1,017,167 fans with today’s crowd.

Orlando Moreno of Big Spring, TX (Longhorn) goes hitless, ending his consecutive game batting streak at 43 games.

6th Can a pinch runner drive in a run? Skeeter Webb of the Tigers takes the paths for Freddie Hutchinson against the Indians and scores. Detroit bats around, and Webb lifts a fly ball that scores a run in the 9-run 8th. Stubby Overmire wins, 13–6, in the first of 2. Detroit sweeps, winning the nitecap, 7–5, behind Fred Hutchinson.

8th At Wrigley Field, Bill Nicholson breaks up a pitching duel between Johnny Schmitz and Ewell Blackwell with an 11th inning solo homer. The Cubs whip the Reds, 2–1. Nicholson also scores the Cubs first run, an unearned tally. Chicago helps Schmitz out with a 7th inning triple play when Len Merullo snags a liner, steps on 2B, and fires to Waitkus.

9th At the Polo Grounds, Connie Ryan hits a grand slam in the Braves’ 5-run 1st inning, and the Braves coast to a 9-5 win. Johnny Sain is the victor.

At Ebbets Field, Howie Schultz hits a first inning grand slam to pace the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers. Brooklyn sold Schultz to the Phils in early May.

10th With 5 hits Stan Musial finally lifts his average over .300, and the Cardinals make a run at the Dodgers sweeping the Pirates, 5–0 and 7–5. Murry Dickson allows 4 hits in the shutout. Musial will finish at .312, and the Cards, 5 games back of Brooklyn.

11th Paced by the hitting of Grady Hatton and Augie Galan, the Reds pound the Pirates, 8-3, at Crosley Field. Galan has a grand slam while the Hatton collects 4 extra base hits: a homer, triple and two doubles.

Cardinal farmhand Harvey Haddix, pitching for Winston-Salem (Carolina) no-hits Danville, 8–0, in 7 innings. The young Kitten strikes out 14.

12th After losing the first game to Detroit, 7–1, the Browns take the nitecap 6–5, beating Hal Newhouser in relief. For Newhouser, it is his first loss to the Browns after 15 consecutive wins.

The Red Sox edge the Senators, 2-1, with the help of an unusual unassisted double play in the 5th by Sox first sacker Jake Jones. With Nats Rick Ferrell on 3B and starter Early Wynn on 2B, Joe Grace hits a sharp grounder to Jones who steps on 1B for an out. Wynn runs to 3B but Ferrell holds his ground. With both runners at 3B, Jones races across and tags them for a putout at both first and third.

13th Willard Brown of the Browns is the first black player to homer in the AL when he hits a pinch inside-the-park blow in a 6–5 game 2 win over the Tigers. Henry Thompson scores what proves to be the winning run. Hal Newhouser, in relief, is the Detroit pitcher It is the only inside-the-park homer he ever allows and it is the only homer that Brown hits in his short 21-game career. Detroit wins the opener, 7-1.

Pirates rookie catcher Dixie Howell cracks his first ML homer, a grand slam off Paul Erickson, as the Pirates down the visiting Cubs, 10-2.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks down the A’s, 8-2, behind undefeated rookie Vic Raschi (6-0). Raschi has the A’s hitting mostly popups as Rizzuto has the only two assists for New York. Larry MacPhail “unveils colored plastic ‘windows’ with which he will use to eliminate the bleacher screen if they prove practicable.” (New York Times)

15th At Shibe Park, Joe Hatten (12-7) scatters 9 hits as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 8-1. Jackie Robinson has 4 hits and a pair of stolen bases, and Bruce Edwards puts the game out of reach with a 9th-inning grand slam, off starter Schoolboy Rowe. Edwards has 5 RBIs. Rowe does obtain a measure of satisfaction as he is issued two intentional walks, the only time this century that a pitcher receives two IBB (as noted by Fred Worth). The good-hitting Schoolboy was given an intentional walk in April 1946, also the only pitcher to receive IBB in two games (as noted by Scott Schleifer).

16th Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive HRs for the host Pittsburgh Pirates, in a 12–7 win over the Cardinals in a game in which the 2 clubs bang out ML record (since topped) 10 homers. Two other Bucs, Hank Greenberg and Billy Cox, and one Cardinal (Whitey Kurowski) each contribute 2 HRs to set a ML record for most players with 2+ homers in a game. Kiner matches the ML mark of seven HRs in 4 games, six in 3 games, five in 2 games, and 4 in consecutive at bats. By the end of the month, Big Ralph will still trail Mize 39 to 43 in a head-to-head HR competition that will only be matched by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961. Starters Roger Wolff and the Cards Ken Burkhart exit in the first inning.

17th In a wild doubleheader split at Sportsman’s Park, the Indians score 5 runs in the 9th in game 1 to take 6-4 lead. Joe Gordon’s 3-run homer is the highlite. The Browns answer with a 3-run homer as Paul Lehner goes deep against Ed Klieman. Glen Moulder gives up 5 runs in 3 innings for the win. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 4-3, as pinchhitter Willard Brown makes his last appearance for the Browns. After St. Louis releases him, he returns to the Kansas City Monarchs observing, “The Browns couldn’t beat the Monarchs no kind of way, only if we were asleep. That’s the truth. They didn’t have nothing. I said, ‘Major League team?’ They got to be kidding.” (as noted by Bill Deane). Brown will later win the Puerto Rican League Triple Crown (twice) and set a league home run record with 27.

18th The Dodgers turn a scheduled single game into a day-night doubleheader, replaying the protested game of July 20. Brooklyn sweeps the pair from the Cardinals, 7–5 and 12–3. Bruce Edwards has a grand slam for Brooklyn. With the attendance of the two games at 32,781 and 33,723, the Dodgers donate all the receipts of the night game to the Brooklyn War Memorial Fund. It is the only action in the majors today.

19th Led by Eddie Miller’s grand slam and 6 RBIs, the Reds trounce the Giants 6–1. Johnny Vander Meer is the winner over Dave Koslo.

In St. Louis, Dom DiMaggio hits a 5th inning grand slam to pace the Red Sox to a 9-5 win over the Browns. The Red Sox remain a distant 2nd in the AL race.

At Winston-Salem (Carolina League), Harvey Haddix strikes out 19 batters as Winston-Salem beats Durham, 5-0.

20th The Boston Braves hit a million in attendance for the first time in their history and the fans get their money’s worth in the 34-hit slugfest. The Pirates notch 20 to outslug the Braves, 16–10. Jim Russell with a triple, double and 3 singles and Jimmy Bloodworth with 4 singles lead the Buc shots.

21st The third-place Braves take a pair from the Cubs, winning 8-2 and 6-4. Warren Spahn is victorious in the opener, giving up a 2-run homer to Bill Nicholson for the only Chicago runs. Batterymate Phil Masi has 4 hits. Johnny Sain earns a save in game 2 with 2 shutout innings and goes 1-for-2 at the plate to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 14 games. Sain will hit .346 this year.

In Philadelphia, the 2nd-place Cardinals split a pair with the Phils and drop 5 ½ games in back of Brooklyn. The Phillies take the opener, 9-2 on Howie Judd’s 5-hitter. The Cardinals rebound in game 2 to win, 13-3, as Stan Musial hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam.

The first Little League World Series tournament is held in Williamsport, PA. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport, with a tourney batting average of .625, win the WS, 16–7.

23rd The first-place Dodgers score 5 in the 1st and hang on for an 8-5 victory over the visiting Reds, but lose 2B Eddie Stanky and SS Pee Wee Reese, both of whom leave the game after being spiked. Stan Rojek and Eddie Miksis replace them for a few days.

In Cleveland, the first-place Yankees stake Allie Reynolds to an 11-0 lead after 2.5 innings and they hold on to win, 13-6. Indians first sacker Eddie Robinson hits a ball off his ankle, breaking it and ending his season.

24th The Giants break the NL record for homers in a season, held by the Cubs, with their 172nd in a 4–0 shutout by Larry Jansen. Chicago’s Hank Borowy takes the loss. The Cubs take the nitecap, 8–3, led by Eddie Waitkus’ inside-the-park grand slam. This is the 3rd IPH slam this season and that won’t be matched till 1990.

In the first game of the doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Reds score 9 runs in the 10th inning to win, 12–3. Ten batters go the plate before an out is made. The 9 runs in the 10th sets a NL record (since tied). Schoolboy Rowe wins the nitecap for Philley, 8–6, and helps the cause with a homer.

25th The Cubs Billy Jurges, shifted from coach to active player 2 days ago, smashes a 2-run homer in the 10th to give Chicago a 9–7 win over the Giants. Also homering are Scheffing and Pafko for Chicago and Marshall (31) and Thomson (24) for the Giants.

Future major leaguer Rocky Nelson is married at home plate at Lynchburg City Stadium of the (class A) Lynchburg Hillcats. His bride is the former Alberta Burns.

26th Recently signed by the Dodgers, former Memphis Red Sox (Negro League) P Dan Bankhead becomes the first black ML hurler. The Pirates rock Bankhead for 10 hits and 8 runs in 3 1⁄3 relief innings, but Bankhead joins a small list of players who homer in their first ML at bat. He is the first pitcher to homer in his first ML at bat. Bankhead’s HR, off Fritz Ostermueller, is the only one he’ll hit in the majors. Pittsburgh wins 16–3. Bankhead’s older brother Sam, a former star in the Negro Leagues, will be named manager of Farnham in the Colonial League (Class C) in 1951, becoming the first black manager of a professional integrated team.

Veteran Ray Poat, purchased from Baltimore (IL) yesterday, pitches the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. Poat helps his cause with a homer and a triple. As noted by researcher Madison McEntire, Poat’s only other hits this year will be a double and a single, giving him a season cycle, the first player to do so. The next will be Bruce Kison, in 1978.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants plate 2 runs in the 9th to edge the Cubs, 7-6. Joe Beggs (1-5) is the winner over Emil Kush (7-2). Johnny Mize has 4 hits, including a pair of homers off starter Bob Chipman, and drives in 5 runs. Mize’s 42 homers and 111 RBIs lead the NL.

29th In St. Louis, Freddie Hutchinson does it all for Detroit, whipping the Browns, 5–4. After tripling against Ellis Kinder in the 3rd, Hutch takes advantage of the pitcher’s big windup to swipe home. He is the first pitcher to triple and steal home. He also adds a single.

31st Despite a 10–4 loss to the first-place Dodgers, the Giants’ Jack Lohrke homers to set a season record for HRs by a club. The Giants have now hit 183 home runs, topping the 182 hit by the 1936 Yankees. They will end the season with 221 round trippers.

The Cubs overcome Ralph Kiner’s 39th homer of the season to defeat the Pirates, 6–3, in Chicago. Doyle Lade goes the distance. Kiner’s homer, with one aboard, gives him 101 RBIs for the year.