1948 August

1st At Cleveland, the Tribe sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 12–2 and 6–1, to move into 2nd place in the AL. Bob Lemon coasts to his 14thwin in the opener, beating Ellis Kinder. Larry Doby drives in 4 runs. Cleveland RF Edwards dislocates his shoulder crashing into the fence making a spectacular catch of Spence’s HR bid. Sam Zoldak wins the nitecap. The Sox drop from 1st to 4th place with the double loss: Cleveland, New York and Boston are each a game back of the A’s.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, Leo Durocher suffers his first defeat since taking over as Giants manager from Mel Ott, as the Giants are pummeled, 21-5, by the Cardinals ending their 7-game win streak. The Redbirds collect 20 hits, 12 for extra bases, along with 10 walks in winning. Del Wilber has 3 singles and leads the Birds with 5 runs batted in. The Giants hit 3 homers, including Whitey Lockman’s fourth in 4 games.

3rd Before 72,434 in Cleveland, ancient Satchel Paige makes his first start pitching seven innings against the Senators, before being relieved by Eddie Klieman. Paige picks up the win, 5–3, which moves Cleveland (56-38) into a four-way tie for first.

Jack Kramer leaves in the 3rd inning with a sore shoulder but still is credited with his 11th straight win as the Red Sox (58-40) pound the Browns, 15–8. Williams hits his 19th HR and Vern Stephens drives in 3 runs.

4th In St. Louis, the the Red Sox score 6 runs in the first inning, off rookie Blackie Schwamb, who gets lefted after getting one out and then gets fined $250 by Zack Taylor for talking back and showing up unfit to play. The Browns then unload for 7 runs off a fit Mel Parnell, who leaves after getting just one out. St. Louis scores 2 in the 9th off reliever Ellis Kinder to win, 9–8.

Ernie Harwell begins as an announcer for the Dodgers helping to call a 5–4 win over the Cubs. The Dodgers had to trade a player, Cliff Dapper, to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell. Brooklyn scores a pair in the 1st, one on a steal of home by Robinson with Russ Meyer on the mound. Robby tried to steal home against the Cubs 2 weeks ago (7/21) but was called out.

5th Dodger Gene Hermanski hits 3 successive HRs to offset 6 Brooklyn errors as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6–4. The win moves the Dodgers into 2nd place. Carl Erskine starts his first game and earns his 3rd win.

At Comiskey Park, the surprising A’s sweep two games from the White Sox to stay in a tie for 2nd place in the AL. Cleveland (.600) is 1st, the A’s and Yanks are in 2nd at .598, with Boston in 4th place at .596. Joe Coleman twirls a 3-0 shutout in the opener and Don White hits his only ML homer in game 2, a first-inning grand slam off Frank Papish, as the A’s win, 7-4. Philadelphia pushes across 3 runs in the 9th.

6th The Reds release Johnny Neun as manager and pick Bucky Walters to succeed him. The change doesn’t help today as Brooklyn’s Rex Barney wins, 4–1.

7th Before 66,000 fans, New York’s Vic Raschi (14-4) allows 4 singles in stopping the Indians, 5–0. DiMaggio has a pair of doubles, drives in 3 runs, and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.

8th In Cleveland, 73,484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener, an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game, and Satchel Paige wins it in relief, 8–6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2–1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield, making his ML debut. The Indians and the A’s are now tied for 1st (60-39), with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place, 2 ½ out.

11th At Brooklyn, Chicago’s Johnny Schmitz goes 11 innings to beat the Dodgers, 4–2. Schmitz scores the winning run, coming home on an Eddie Waitkus double.

In Philadelphia, the A’s remain tied for first place (.602) with an 8-3 victory over the Senators. The Elephants get a grand slam from Sam Chapman in a 6-run 7th.

12th In the 2nd game of a twin bill, after losing 8–4, the Indians wallop the Browns 26–3, coming within one run of the AL record for the most runs scored in a game. A record fourteen players have hits for the Indians in the game. Hal Peck leads with 4 hits and 4 runs, collecting two doubles in the 1st inning. Pitcher Gene Bearden, who also has 4 hits and 4 runs, is staked to 9-run lead before taking the mound. All 14 Indians who have an at bat get a hit. Bob Feller pitches the last 2 innings.

13th The promise of Satchel Paige on the mound brings 51,013 to Comiskey Park to see “Ole Satch” pitch his first ML shutout as Cleveland wins 5–0. He gives up five hits to run his record to 5–1. In his 12 appearances, Paige has attracted 201,829 fans. Teammate Larry Doby has 2 hits and 2 stolen bases.

The Phils score 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, including a ML-record 9 runs before the first out is recorded, then hold on to beat the Giants, 10–7. Rookie Curt Simmons lasts 6 innings for the win.

14th Rookie George Vico drives in 7 runs to pace the Tigers to a 10–3 win over the Browns. Vico is one better than a cycle, collecting 2 doubles, a triple and homer to back Virgil Trucks’ sparkling one-hit relief effort over 6+ innings.

In Pittsburgh, the Cardinals down the Prates, 6-3, behind Harry Brecheen. In the 4th inning, Fritz Ostermueller intentionally walks Nippy Jones to get to the weak-hitting (.204) Del Rice, who hits a grand slam.

15th Before 72,468—the largest crowd of the season at Yankee Stadium—the A’s sweep a pair from the Yanks by 5–3 scores and regain second place in the AL. The A’s win the opener in 10 innings after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th homer of the year. Joe D also triples home a run in the extra frame but Lou Brissie preserves the win for Carl Scheib. The A’s total 20 hits in the two games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. New York is now in 4th place, five games back.

In the first of two at Philadelphia, Ken Heintzelman tosses a one-hitter to beat the Giants 8–1. The only hit is Whitey Lockman’s 7thinning triple. The Phils take the nitecap, 7–5, as Ed Heusser pitches 5 innings of relief to win. Larry Jansen and Clint Hartung take the losses.

16th Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and be viewed by more than 100,000 fans.

In an Eastern League playoff game at Utica, Scranton’s Maury McDermott, 19, fires an 8-0 no-hitter against Utica. McDermott strikes out 18 Blue Sox batters.

17th Tommy Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season, off the Senators Sid Hudson, to join Ruth, Gehrig, and York—and, later, Al Rosen and Ray Boone—for the AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York, 8–1.

Indians’ rookie Gene Bearden shuts out the Browns, 8–0, to improve his record to 12–3.

18th At Philadelphia, Rex Barney fires a one-hitter, beating the Phils, 1–0. The lone hit is a looping single by Ralph Caballero that just eludes a diving Duke Snider. Barney completes his victory by striking out the side in the 9th. The 2nd-place Bums score their lone run in the first when Robin Roberts wild pitches home Brooks from 3B.

The Pirates halt the Cubs, 7–4, behind rookie Bob Chesnes. Chesnes helps his own cause with two singles in the Bucs’ 6-run 8th inning to pin the loss on Russ Meyer. Stan Rojek has 4 hits for the Pirates, while Pafko drives home three runs on three hits for Chicago.

The Giants crush the first-place Braves, 8–2, behind Sheldon Jones. Sid Gordon hits his 24th and John Mize his 29th, both off Vern Bickford, to pace the New Yorkers. The Braves lead Brooklyn by a game.

19th In the Eastern Shore League, Ed Santulli of Rehoboth Beach pitches a 10-0 no-hitter over Federalsburg, the 3rd no-hitter in the league in 4 days. On August 16, Ed Black of Salisbury no-hit Milford. 4-0. while Gene Kern of Cambridge did the same, beating Federalsburg, 12-0.

20th The Indians draw a record 78,382 for the largest crowd to attend a night game. The Indians go on to beat the Chicago White Sox, 1–0, at Memorial Stadium as Satchel Paige blanks Chicago on 3 hits for the 4th consecutive shutout by Cleveland hurlers. Bill Wight is the hard-luck loser. Besides Paige, Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak, and Bob Lemon fired shutouts. Paige’s 3-hit pitching prompts Bill Veeck to send a telegram to A.J. Spink, owner of the Sporting News: “Paige pitching –no runs, three hits. Definitely in line for the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award. Regards, Bill Veeck.” Spink had called Paige’s signing a publicity stunt.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep two games from the Senators, 5-4, in 10 innings and 10-4. Vern Stephen hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9thto tie, and Stan Spence homers in the 10th for the game 1 win. In the second contest. the Hubmen plate 7 in the 2nd inning as Dom DiMaggio hits a grand slam. Williams and Doerr each hit their 21sthomers. The two wins leave the Sox in 2nd place, three games out and a game ahead of the A’s. The Yanks are close back in 4th.

21st After shutting out the White Sox for 8 innings, Bob Lemon weakens and Chicago scores 3 runs to beat the Indians, 3–2. Pat Seerey walks and Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley hit homers for Chicago. The runs break the AL-record 47-inning scoreless streak by Indians pitchers that started with the last three innings of the first game on August 15. The 1903 Cleveland team had had a run of 41 scoreless innings and Baltimore will extend the record in 1974 to 54 innings.

For the second time in a week, an intentional walk by a Pirate pitcher to a Cardinal hitter is followed by a grand slam. This time, Ron Northey connects off Kirby Higbe for a four-run homer following an intentional walk to Enos Slaughter as the Cardinals win, 9-2. St. Louis is a game behind the Braves in the NL race, but they will get no closer.

Vern Stephens hits a 4th-inning grand slam, off Dick Welteroth, to pace the Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the visiting Senators. The Sox are now 2 games in back of Cleveland.

Representatives of Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, meeting in Havana, agree to stage a 4-country round-robin 12-game tournament to be known as the Serie de Caribe (Caribbean Series) and to be launched in Cuba during February 1949. The Dominican Republic and Mexico will also later participate on a regular basis.

22nd The Dodgers steal 8 bases, including a 5th-inning triple steal with Jackie Robinson on the front end. But the Braves win 4–3 to move 2 games ahead of 2nd-place Brooklyn. In the last 19 steal attempts against the Braves, no Dodger has been thrown out.

23rd Reds pitcher Harry Gumbert clubs a game ending 10th inning homer run to beat the Phillies, 3–2. It is Gumbert’s only hit of the year in 25 at bats, and comes off Schoolboy Rowe. It is his 5th lifetime homer.

24th At Fenway, with the Red Sox trailing Cleveland 8–7, Vern Stephens crashes a 2-run homer to give the Sox a 9–8 win and move them into first place. This is Stephen’s 15th game-winning hit of the year. The Sox now trail the Tribe by a half game.

25th At Boston, it is Cleveland’s turn to take over first place as they roll 9–0 behind Bob Lemon. It is Lemon’s 8th shutout of the year.

26th The Cubs sweep two from the Braves, 5–1 and 5–2, despite a near-riot that holds up play for 20 minutes in the nitecap. The reaction by the fans comes when Jocko Conlan rules that a drive by Phil Cavarretta in the 3rd inning is a ground-rule double, not an inside the park homer. Conlan makes his call after Braves LF Jeff Heath “loses” the ball in the Wrigley vines, though it is really by his feet. The fans shower the field in protest and Conlan bawls out some of Chicago’s finest for not taking any action. When play is resumed, Andy Pafko walks and Peanut Lowrey’s hits a bases-loaded triple.

In St. Louis, the Cards sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 7-2 and 7-5, and move to 2 ½ games behind Boston. The Birds win game 2 in dramatic fashion as Stan Musial hits a 2-run walkoff homer.

The Pirates move to 4 games in back of the Braves by sweeping a pair from the Phillies, winning 4-1 and 11-4. Wally Westlake hits a grand slam in game 2, off Monk Dubiel in the 6th.

27th Hank Majeski of the Athletics hits an AL-record 6 doubles in a doubleheader against the Browns, pacing the dogged A’s to wins of 6–0 and 9–1. He is the 3rd AL player to collect 6 long hits in an afternoon and just the 2nd to do it in two regulation length games. Hal McRae, on the same date in 1974, will do it next in the AL.

Johnny Schmitz leads the Cubs to a 1–0 win over the first-place Braves at Wrigley Field. Schmitz allows just 6 hits, including two triples, but doubles and scores the game’s only run in the bottom of the 9th. Johnny Sain takes the loss.

For the second time in 4 days, the Phillies are beaten on a game-ending homer by an opposing pitcher. Today, it is Pirate pitcher Kirby Higbe who hits a 9th inning homer to win, 4–3.

28th The Phils snap their 10-game losing streak with a pair of victories over the Pirates, 9–2 and 11–7. Del Ennis and Andy Seminick homer in the opener to back Schoolboy Rowe. Ennis hits a pair in game two, Seminick adds another, as do Eddie Miller, Granny Hamner—his first of the year, and Al Lakeman. But the Phils lose star Richie Ashburn, who breaks a finger on his left hand.

The Yanks stroll into 2nd-place by edging the Indians, 3–2. Ahead 2–1, Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98 degree weather and Gene Bearden replaces him in the 9th. DiMaggio is hit, and two wild throws brings in Ed Klieman, who finishes the walk to Berra. A Brown sac bunt, and an intentional pass to Rizzuto load the bases. Mapes walks to force in a run and a grounder brings home the winner.

At Wrigley, the Braves edge the Cubs, 5-4, on Jeff Heath’s 3-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th. Cubs CF Hal Jeffcoat crashes into the wall attempting to catch the line drive and is knocked unconscious and before Peanuts Lowry can retrieve the ball Heath circles the bases. Earlier in the day, Jeffcoat’s wife gave brith to their second son.

Vern Stephens is 4-for-4 with 2 doubles to pace the Red Sox to a 6–2 decision over Chicago. Ellis Kinder (6–7) is the only starter not to collect a hit for the first-place Sox.

29th The Dodgers sweep a doubleheader, 12–7 and 6–4, against the Cardinals to take over first place ahead of the Braves by 3 percentage points. In the first game, Jackie Robinson hits for the cycle, scores 3 runs, drives in 2, and swipes 3B. The Cardinals use 42 players, a major league record, in the two games, with Brecheen and Munger taking the losses. With the Braves losing a pair to the Pirates, 6–1 and 5–2, Boston’s lead shrinks to a half-game over Brooklyn. In the AL, only 2 games separate the Red Sox, Indians, and Yankees.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers take the opener, 9-6 before the Yankees come back to win, 11-10, in game 2. Detroit loses George Kell for the season when he suffers a fractured jaw after being struck by a Joe DiMaggio grounder that takes a bad hop. Kell recovers the ball, throws out DiMaggio, and then passes out. Kell was out for the month of May after his wrist was fractured by a Vic Raschi pitch. Five days ago the Tigers lost Eddie Lake for the season when he broke a finger making a play at second base.

At Fenway, Birdie Tebbetts hits a grand slam in Boston’s 7-run 1stinning as the first-place Red Sox down the Browns, 12-4, in the first of two. Joe Dobson is the winner. Taking a page from the Sox, the Brownies plate 10 runs in the first 3 innings of game 2 en route to a 12-4 win for Ned Garver.

Playing their third doubleheader in three days, the Giants drop a pair to the Reds, both by 3-2 scores.

In a paid ad in Chicago’s newspapers, Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley apologies to the fans for the team’s poor play. The ad reads, in part, “The Cub management wants you to know we appreciate the wonderful support you are giving the ball club. We want to have a winning team that can be at the top the kind you deserve. This year’s rebuilding job has been a flop. But we are not content to just go along with an eye only to attendance. We want a winner just as you do and will do everything in our power to get one.” The last-place Cubs are idle today.

31st Before 45,531 at Wrigley Field, the last place Cubs beat the first-place Dodgers, 3–0 and 7–2. Hank Borowy stops Brooklyn on one hit in the opener—a single by Gene Hermanski in the 2nd—and faces just 27 batters. He hurls 100 pitches, while Bob Scheffing drives in all 3 runs. Doyle Lade wins the nitecap. The loss slices Brooklyn’s lead to 2 points over the Braves, 3–1 winners at Cincinnati, while the Cards and Pirates move just 2 games back.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks score 4 runs in the 8th but the Browns come back with 5 in the 9th off Joe Page to make it close. But New York prevails, 10–9. 1B Henrich has a HR and an unassisted DP to help Allie Reynolds to the win. The Yanks remain a game behind the Red Sox.

The Red Sox keep their precarious hold on 1st place with an 8–4 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell is the complete game winner. Ted Williams has 2 hits, scores 2 runs and steals a base.