1949 August

3rd Red Sox P Ellis Kinder is unkind to Browns’ batters, fanning 14 of them en route to a 9–3 win. It is the most K’s by a Sox pitcher since Joe Wood’s 15 in 1911. Bobby Doerr has 3 hits including a 3-run homer off starter Joe Ostrowski. The Sox beat up on reliever Ralph Winegarner, lighting him for 5 runs without an out. The 40-year-old, who last pitched for the 1936 Indians before landing in the Browns bullpen this year, will make 4 more appearances this month before hanging it up.

4th Four years after appearing for the Senators, Bert Shepard is fired as player-manager of Waterbury (Class B Colonial League) because the owners can no longer afford his $4000+ salary. Shepard pitched for the Nats wearing an artificial leg, having lost his leg in WW2. The players threaten to strike unless he is rehired, then raise enough money to cover his salary. The popular Shepard will return on the 11th. Shepard plays in 69 games at first or pitching and posts a 5–6 record along with a .229 batting average. And he adds 5 stolen bases.

At Swayne Field in Toledo, Mud Hen pitcher Walter Noble holds Minneapolis (AA) hitless for 8 innings, after teammate Hal White pitched 9 innings of no-hit ball yesterday against the Millers. He gave up a leadoff single. Noble wins 2–0 in the scheduled 7-inning game. The 17 hitless innings is a American Association record.

5th White Sox vet Luke Appling appears as SS in his 2,154th game, surpassing Rabbit Maranville’s ML mark. Appling will finish with 2,218. The Sox top the Senators, 4–1, behind Mickey Haefner, in front of 4464 at Washington.

The Yankees move three games in front of the Indians with a 10-5 and 10-2 sweep of the visiting Browns. Yogi Berra has a grand slam for New York.

6th Despite 3 balks which set a NL record, Adrian Zabala picks up his 2nd win since returning from Mexico, as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 3–1. A balk call in the 1st inning by Jocko Conlin aids Zabala, nullifying a home run by Nippy Jones. Jones then flies out. Zabala’s 3 balks erases the record of 2 balks set by Bob Brown of the Braves on July 23, 1933. The loss leaves the Redbirds a half game ahead of the Dodgers, who bow to the Reds.

7th Lineup juggling is a Casey Stengel forte as his Yankees suffer injury after injury as the Browns and Yankee pitchers throw at each other. Against the Browns, 13 different Yankees score a run, tying a record, in the first game of a doubleheader, as the Yanks roll to a 20–2 win. Berra hits a three-run homer but on his next time at bat he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a pitch. He will be out until September. DiMaggio hits a three-run round tripper as well. The second game ends in a 2–2 tie.

The Dodgers move into a first-place tie with the Cardinals by sweeping a pair from the Reds, 7-0 and 2-1. Joe Hatten shuts out the Reds in game 1 and batterymate Bruce Edwards hits a grand slam. Rex Barney outpoints Ewell Blackwell in game 2.

8th After pinch hitting yesterday, Carl Furillo returns to the Dodgers’ lineup after an injury and has 2 hits and a run in a 2–1 win over the Giants. Newcombe wins on a 3-hitter as Brooklyn stays tied with the Cards. Furillo will hit .431 in the final 8 weeks of the season and finish at .322, fourth best in the league.

In the only other game played today, the Cardinals stay in a 1st-place tie by downing the visiting Reds, 9-3. Enos Slaughter caps the Birds scoring with a 4th inning grand slam, as he finishes with 6 RBIs.

9th Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game hitting streak is on the line against Vic Raschi and the Yankees. Hitless in his first 4 at bats, Dom ends his streak when he hits a sinking line drive in the 8th that his brother Joe catches at his shoetops. Dom had started his streak after going hitless against Raschi. The 34-game hitting streak is a club record, surpassing the 26-game hitting streak of Johnny Pesky. The Red Sox win 6–3 to move 5 1⁄2 games behind the Yankees.

In Detroit, the Tigers hang the White Sox out to dry, winning 11-5. Johnny Lipon has a grand slam for the Bengals.

10th The Senators nip the visiting Athletics, 8-7, as Sherry Robertson hits a grand slam for the Senators, the team’s only grand slam this year and their first at home since Doc Cramer connected in 1941.

12th It is a long day. Boston wins the opener against the Senators, 15–7. Then the two teams establish a new ML record for 9 innings by playing 3 hours; 14 minutes. The Sox finally win, 13–11. Ortiz, for the Nats, and Vern Stephens each drive in 5 in the opener, a CG win for Chuck Stobbs. Joe Dobson, in relief, wins the nitecap, as the efficient Sox total 14 hits in each game.

At Ebbets Field, the Braves top the Dodgers, 5–3, in a game that Brooklyn protests. In the 8th inning, Duke Snider belts a drive off the CF screen that Art Gore signals a home run. The Braves point out that, according to the ground rules, the ball is still in play, and Gore sends Snider back to 3B. When Duke is stranded there, the Dodgers protest. The protest will be rejected by Ford Frick, who censors Gore for the confusion he caused by his “bad judgment and slow thinking.”

13th Vern Stephens gives Boston a 5–1 win over the Senators by clouting a 12th inning grand slam, his only hit of the game. Ellis Kinder (14-5) goes the route for Boston. The Sox stay 4 ½ games in back of the Yankees, as the New Yorkers top the A’s, 9-7, with a 4-run top of the 9th.

Pitching for Harlan (Mountain States League), Frank Wilson pitches his second double header in two days, beating Morristown, 9-8 and 11-3. Three of Wilson’s wins are complete games, a post WW2 record in a 2-day span (as noted by David Nemec and Scott Flatow). It is the fifth time this season that the 26-year-old Wilson will pitch both games of a doubleheader. Wilson will win 27 games for class D Harlan, then win 17 and 19 for them in the next two seasons. He calls it quit at age 28.

15th Reports of clubhouse troubles trail the Braves all season. Owner Lou Perini prevails on manager Billy Southworth to take a leave of absence. The team will spurt briefly under Johnny Cooney but finishes under .500 in 4th place. Braves players vote Southworth only a half-share of last year’s Series earnings but Happy Chandler restores the full share.

George Kell has 3 hits to run his batting streak to 20 straight games, but his Tigers fall to the Indians, 4-3, in 10 innings. Bob Feller goes the distance for the win.

17th The Cards jump back into first place with a 4–3 win over the Reds. Freddie Martin, ex-Mexican Leaguer, wins his first game since reinstatement, singling home Slaughter with the winning run in the 13th. Martin will finish the year at 6–0 on the mound.

In Boston, Vern Bickford notches a 13-4 victory over the Giants. Jim Russell contributes a grand slam for the Braves.

21st  A barrage of bottles from the Philadelphia stands as protest of a decision by umpire George Barr over a trapped line drive by Ashburn results in the first forfeiture in the ML in 7 years. Umpires Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are hit by flying objects during the 15-minute melee. The Giants, who receive this forfeit, gave one away in 1942 when hordes of youngsters invaded the field. The Giants are leading 4–2 with one out in the 9th of the second game of a doubleheader when the forfeit occurs. Per the rules in effect, neither pitcher—Larry Jansen nor Schoolboy Rowe—get a decision. As a result of the forfeit, Shibe Park officials ban the sale of soft drinks in bottles.

At Yankee Stadium, Ferris Fain’s 7th inning grand slam provides the difference as the A’s edge the Yankees, 8-7. Fain drives in 6 runs in the game.

22nd The second-division Giants sell veteran Johnny Mize to the Yankees for $40,000. Mize has tied Ralph Kiner for the NL lead in homers the past two seasons. At a train stopover in Albany, a shocked Stengel replies, “this is the first I’ve heard of it. Do with him? I don’t know what I’ll do with him.” The Yanks lead Boston by 2 ½ games.

The Braves score two in the 9th off Ralph Branca and nip the Dodgers, 7–6. One of the runs comes on Eddie Stanky’s first homer of the year, and just his 7th in 7 years. Pete Reiser has a two-run triple for Boston in the 1st, while Roy Campanella homers for the Brooks. The loss is the 6th in 7 games and drops Brooklyn two games in back of the Cards.

24th In Detroit, the Tigers roll over the Yankees, 13-2. Vic Wertz’s grand slam is the big blow for the Bengals as he finishes with 6 RBIs. The loss drops the Yankees lead to two games over the idle Red Sox.

25th In two 7-inning games against LaGrange, Marvin Chappell of Alexander City (Georgia-Alabama League) pitches a 1-0, 1-hitter in the first game. Then he does even better in game 2, firing a 7-0 no-hitter.

26th The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Chisox, winning 11–4 and 10–7 and now trail the Yankees by 1 ½ games. Mel Parnell takes the opener, becoming the majors first 20-game winner this year. Ted Williams blasts his 31st and 32nd homers in the opener and is now just one behind teammate Vern Stephens. Bobby Doerr has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. In the second game Chicago’s Bob Kuzava opens by allowing a run on a walk and 2 singles, then ties an AL mark last accomplished by Feller in 1938 by striking out six straight batters (Stephens, Doerr, Zarilla, Goodman, Matt Batts, Kinder). Later he is hit by an Al Zarilla line drive and taken to a hospital with bruised ribs, but not before losing to Ellis Kinder (16-5). The Bosox pound out 16 hits, including 3 more by Williams (.356), and 4 by Johnny Pesky.

The Indians down the visiting Yankees, 5–3 behind Al Benton. Vic Raschi strikes out 8 but loses his 5th game in his last 8 starts.

The Giants Larry Jansen wins his 14th, stopping the league-leading Cards, 4–2, on five hits. Bobby Thomson and Marty Marion match homers, but the fireworks come when Durocher, Fitzsimmons, Hank Behrman, and Wes Westrum are ejected for various arguments in the 2nd and 3rd.

The Cubs trip the Dodgers, 4–2, routing Joe Hatten in the 3rd inning. Hank Sauer knocks in the first three runs, twice tripping up the shift and hitting to RF. The last run comes on a successful double steal, with Andy Pafko scoring on the front end. Bob Rush and Bob Muncrief, the winner, collaborate on a six-hitter.

For choking an umpire in the Florida International League, Miami manager Pepper Martin is fined $100 and suspended for the remaining 2 weeks in the season.

Pulaski (Appalachian League) trips the host Bluefield Blue-Grays ending Bluefield’s home winning streak of 34 games.

27th At Philadelphia, the Pirates use 5 Blue Jay errors and Ralph Kiner’s 8th homer in his last 14 games to beat the Phils, 8–2. Ernie Bonham is the complete-game winner in his last appearance in the ML. Bonham will die September 15th of complications from an emergency appendectomy.

At Boston, the Braves edge the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings as Jeff Heath poles two homers, one pinch hit, for Boston. He is the third major leaguer to pinch hit a homer and add another in the same game.

Former Mexican Leaguers Max Lanier and Fred Martin drop their $2.5 million suit against baseball.

28th In the 1st game of a doubleheader in Chicago, Yankee OF Tommy Henrich crashes into the wall while chasing a Charlie Kress fly ball and fractures two vertebrae. Old Reliable will be out 3 weeks. In game 2, 1B Johnny Mize, obtained 6 days earlier, dislocates his shoulder. Except for 7 pinch-hit appearances, he will be out for the regular season, but will reappear in the WS. The Yankees are also playing without Berra, who broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch. The Yanks score 6 in the 9th to win the opener, 8–7, then take the nitecap, 7–5, behind Allie Reynolds (13-4).

29th Highlited by a Ron Northey grand slam, off his favorite home-run target (6) Bill Voiselle, the Cardinals score 7 runs in the 8th to beat the host Braves, 8-3. With the Dodgers winning, the Cards stay 2 ½ games in front in the NL.

30th At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to top the Pirates, 4-3. Starter Rex Barney is the winning pitcher. With the Cards losing the Dodgers trail by 1 ½ games.

31st In the opener of a day-nite split with the A’s, the Indians win 7–6, in 14 innings. Tribe 2B Joe Gordon participates in 6 double plays, while WP Al Benton gives up just 4 hits in the last 8 1/3 innings. Lou Brissie wins his 13th, 2–1, in the nitecap.