1950 August

1st  The Dodgers complete a suspended game of June 24th with the Pirates, by scoring 2 more runs in the 8th to post a 21–12 win, outhitting the Pirates 25 to 8. Roe is the winner over Bill Werle. Twelve extra base hits are made by the 2 teams, including 5 HRs. Jackie Robinson hits his 2nd career grand slam as the Dodgers score 7 runs in both the 3rd and 8th innings. In the regular contest, Erv Palica gives the Brooks a 3–1 win.

Acting on the suggestion of Florida International League President Johnny Burroughs, the last-place St. Petersburg Saints players elect their own manager. Their choice, by a near unanimous vote to succeed Jim Pruitt, who resigned, is recently acquired RF Roxie Huberson. He is the team’s 4th manager this season.

2nd  Andy Pafko of the Cubs hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, but the Cubs lose both to the Giants, 11–1 and 8–6. Wes Westrum has a grand slam for the Giants.

Larry Doby hits 3 HRs in a game as Cleveland beats Washington 11–0. Besides tossing the shutout, Indians hurler Bob Lemon hits a HR. Lemon has now won 9 in a row.

Elmer Valo hits for the cycle as the A’s thrash the White Sox, 10–3.

3rd  The Pirates sell Hank Borowy to the Tigers, and the Indians waive Gene Bearden to the Senators.

4th  In a slugfest in the Mound City, the A’s down the Browns, 12-9. Sam Chapman has a grand slam to pace the Mackmen, while Don Lenhardt has a single, triple and HR to drive in 4 Brownies.

At Comiskey, Chico Carresquel singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 23 games, and then scores the winning run on Joe Erautt’s pinch single. Boston argues unsuccessfully that Chico’s bat hit the ball twice. In a rare instance of a glove on the field interfering with a play, Nellie Fox bloops a ball into CF in the 3rd inning and it glances off his own glove for a double.

5th  Jim Hearn gives up a leadoff single to Bob Dillinger, then throttles the Pirates the rest of the way for a 5–0 win at the Polo Grounds. It is his second win since joining the Giants on July 10.

After getting married in Brookline, Cubs SS Roy Smalley is hitless as the Cubs beat the host Braves, 4-2, in 13 innings. Andy Pafko and Carmen Mauro hit homers in the 13th,, off Bob Hogue, for Chicago. Paul Minner goes 13 innings for the win.

6th  Boston pitcher Ellis Kinder hits a grand slam off White Sox ace Billy Pierce, and totals 6 RBIs in the game. Kinder’s HR comes after an intentional pass to Birdie Tebbetts. For “Old Folks,” it is his first and only career homer. The Red Sox roll, 9–2. Kinder also stops rookie Chico Carrasquel’s consecutive game batting steak of 24 games. Joe Dobson gives up 7 hits in the nightcap and wins, 4–3, to give the Bosox a sweep.

The visiting Yankees roll over the Indians, 9-0, behind Tommy Byrne. Phil Rizzuto is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and Billy Martin hits a 3-run homer.

Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen of the Giants both hurl shutouts, winning 3–0 and 5–0 respectively, against the Pirates.

7th  Police bar 3 white players—Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, and Frank Doyle, and all of the Chicago American Giants—from playing in the Negro American League against the Birmingham Black Barons, who sweep a doubleheader.

9th At Boston, Bob Chipman tosses a 4-hitter to beat the Giants, 3–2, ending their 8-game win streak and handing them their 2nd loss in 19 games. After 3 wins, Jim Hearn loses his first game as a Giant after being acquired from St. Louis. Bob Elliot has a pair of doubles for Boston, driving in the tying run and scoring the winning run. Elliot shrugs of the distracting techniques of Eddie Stanky, who stands near 2B and waves his arms as Dave Koslo delivers.

10th In the 2nd game of a twinbill, Washington pitcher Gene Bearden bats 8th with batterymate Len Okie in the 9th spot. Bearden picks up a hit but loses the game, 4–3, to Boston’s Walt Masterson. Masterson swipes a base, the first stolen base by a Red Sox pitcher this year.

11th  Boston P Vern Bickford no-hits the Dodgers in Boston before 29,008 fans, allowing just 4 walks and throwing 97 pitches. Bickford has lost only once to Brooklyn since joining Boston in 1948 and has given up 18 hits in 36 innings against Brooklyn this year. Bob Elliot has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. The win puts Boston just 5 games behind the first-place Phillies.

Hitting just .279, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub, Cliff Mapes, wallops a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7–6 win over the A’s.

RF Ken Wood of the Browns nails two Tiger runners in the 8th inning of the 2nd game of a DH, tying a ML mark. The Browns prevail 2–1, after winning game 1, 4–3, in 10 innings. The split keeps the Tigers 3 games ahead of Cleveland and 3 1/2 ahead of New York.

12th  The Giants Eddie Stanky is banished by umpire Lon Warneke for refusing to stop waving his arms in an attempt to distract Phillies batter Andy Seminick. This is a reprise of a shuffle Stanky initiated on August 9. In the 4th, Stanky moves over behind 2B and goes into a windup the same time as the pitcher. Giants manager Leo Durocher had agreed to await a league ruling on the tactic, but after Seminick knocks Hank Thompson unconscious in a collision at 3B, Durocher turns Stanky loose. In the 4th, Seminick reaches base on an error, then on a force at 2B he puts a linebacker block on Bill Rigney, Stanky’s replacement, and both dugouts empty for a brawl. The Phils go on to win 5–4 in 11 innings, on Stan Lopata’s triple and a sac fly by Waitkus. The Giants protest Stanky’s ouster to no avail.

Allie Reynolds hits a bases loaded single and hurls the Yanks to a 7–2 win over the A’s. The loss goes to Scheib, but Bobby Shantz pitches the last 6.2 innings and clouts his only career homer, off the Chief.

13th The Giants earn a split with the Phils as Jim Hearn shuts out the Whiz Kids, 2–0. But the Phils will take 11 of their next 14 games to hold a 7-game edge over 2nd-place Brooklyn.

At Rochester (International League), Rochester edges Jersey City 3–2 in 22 innings. Pitchers Tom Poholsky of Rochester and Andy Tomasic of Jersey City go all the way.

14th  NL President Ford Frick reproaches Giant Eddie Stanky and bans his tactics, disallowing the Giants’ protest. He also fines Andy Seminick and Bill Rigney for the incident.

The Reds plate 11 runs in the 3rd inning as they beat the host Pirates, 13–8.

Before 60,120, the Indians turn back the Tigers, 3–2, in 10 innings, and reduce Detroit’s 1st-place advantage to 2 1/2 games. Al Rosen had tied the game in the 9th with a 2-out HR. RF Bob Kennedy helps the Tribe’s cause by starting a triple play from the outfield, recalling Tribe LF Charlie Jamieson’s 2 triple plays of 1928.

15th  The Red Sox defeat the Athletics 8–3 and 9–4 to begin a streak in which they reel off 27 of 30, propelling themselves back into the pennant race. Walt Dropo is hospitalized, however, after being beaned by the A’s Hank Wyse.

At Cleveland, Johnny Groth hits a 1st-inning grand slam to provide all the scoring for the Tigers as they best the Indians, 4-1. Art Houtteman is the winning pitcher.

16th  Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers denies news reports that Jackie Robinson, last year’s MVP, will be traded. The latest tempest was started by the second baseman’s comments after he was removed from the lineup on August 12th by Burt Shotton after making an error. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I was traded,” Jackie was quoted as saying.

At the Polo Grounds, Henry Thompson of the Giants hits two HRs, both inside-the-park, as the Giants pummel the Dodgers, 16–7. Thompson is the first to do this since Terry Moore hit two for the Cardinals at Forbes Field on this same date in 1939. Don Mueller adds a grand slam. The Giants jump on Erskine in the first inning as 13 of the first 14 batters reach first safely. Sal Maglie is the winner despite giving up two homers, good for six runs, to Gil Hodges. The win leaves the Dodgers in 3rd place, 7 games out and the Giants in 5th, 10 games in back of the Phils.

Boston wins its second doubleheader in two days, beating the A’s again, 11-3 and 12-7. Bobby Doerr has a grand slam off Joe Coleman for the Bostonians. Coleman hits a homer in game 1, but allows 14 Boston hits and takes the loss.

The Phils polish off the 2nd place Braves, 5–1 on Robin Roberts’ three-hitter. The Phils score 4 in the 4th off Vern Bickford, concluding the scoring with Del Ennis’ 26th homer.

17th The AL’s first Ladies Night Game draws more than 7,000 women who see the Red Sox top the A’s, 10–6, at Fenway. It is the 19th straight loss for the A’s at Fenway Park, stretching back to a win on September 12, 1948.

Reliever Steve Gromek (7-6) allows a hit in 6 innings, and Early Wynn delivers a pinch single to drive in the winning run the 12th as the Indians edge the visiting Browns, 5-4.

18th A’s lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last 5 innings, but it’s a critical one. With the score 2–2 in the top of the 9th, DiMaggio, cracks his 22nd HR of the year to give the 3rd place New Yorkers a 3–2 win and hand the Mackmen their 6th straight loss.

19th  The Gillette Safety Razor Co. pays $800,000 for TV rights to the WS. Radio rights will add another $175,000 more.

The Pirates outslug the Cubs, 13–9, for their 6th win in 7 games. Ralph Kiner slugs two homers to put him seven days and nine games ahead of last year, when he hit 54. He has rapped 8 this month and 4 in the last 5 games. Clyde McCullough adds a bases-loaded triple, sac fly, and two-run double, while Johnny Hopp homers. The Cubs answer with homers by Hank Sauer, Mickey Owen, and Roy Smalley, but its not enough. Reliever Bob Rush loses to Murry Dickson.

22nd The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 4–3 and 8–7. Reliever Clyde King is the winner in both games.

At Wrigley Field, the Giants score 5 runs in the 6th inning to edge the Cubs, 6-5. Eddie Stanky walks twice in the frame, the second time this year (June 27) he has had two base on balls in one inning. It is the only season it has happened in the NL in this century.

23rd At Forbes Field, the Dodgers keep pace with the 1st-place Phillies by edging the Pirates, 7-5, in 17 innings. Gene Hermanski’s homer in the 17th is the game-winner. Both teams score a run in the 14th.

24th Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Red Sox tie it off ace Ned Garver before SS Vern Stephens hits a grand slam against the Browns for a 6–2 win. The Sox have now won 10 straight. The Sox have whipped the Browns 18 times in 19 games this year, with Garver notching the only Brownie win against Boston.

25th The Cubs win 7-6 over Braves, as reliever Dutch Leonard tops Warren Spahn.

The Red Sox win their 11th straight, beating the leading Tigers, 6–2, behind Mel Parnell. Boston, in 4th place, is just 3 1/2 games in back of Detroit.

26th  Roy Campanella of the Dodgers hits 3 HRs in a 7–5 win over the Reds at Crosley Field.

At Wrigley Field, Walker Cooper hits a grand slam to lead Boston to a 12-4 win over the Cubs and a split of their 4-game series.

At Fenway, Fred Hutchinson relieves Hal White in the 1st with no outs and 2 runs in and pitches 8 innings as the Tigers come back to beat the Red Sox, 8-6. The win snaps the Sox’ 11-game win streak. Detroit leads the Yankees and Indians by 1.5 games, and the Red Sox by 4.5 games.

27th  Yankee Allie Reynolds hurls a 2-hitter in a 2–1 win over the White Sox.

The Indians Ray Boone and Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox match grand slams today. Boone’s comes in the 7-run 3rd to give Bob Feller a 7–0 cushion. Vollmer’s pinch slam against Al Benton in the Sox 6-run 7th helps Boston to an 11–9 win. It is the Red Sox 9th slam of the season.

28th  Earle and Roy Mack, Connie’s sons by his first marriage, purchase 54 percent interest in the Athletics from Connie Mack, Jr., their younger brother from a 2nd marriage. Earle, Roy and Connie Mack now own 1,198 shares out of 1,500. “As long as dad wants to manage,” the two announce, “he will continue to manage.”

At Fenway the Red Sox come back from 10–0 and 12–1 deficits to beat the Indians 15–14. Bob Feller is the loser, this time in his only relief appearance of the season, coming in for starter Bob Lemon, the AL’s winningest pitcher. Dom DiMaggio’s 2 triples and a single pace the offense. It is the 2nd day in a row the Tribe has blown a big lead, losing a 7 run lead yesterday.

The White Sox top the Yankees, 6-4, who remain a game in back of the first-place Tigers. Gus Zernial homers for the Sox, giving them a club-record 75 on the year. The 1935 team hit 74 homers.

At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer socks three consecutive home runs, off Curt Simmons, as the Cubs edge the Phillies 7–5 in game 1. Sauer will connect for 3 homers off Simmons once more, in 1952. Knuckleballer Dutch Leonard, in his only start of the year, is today’s winner. The Phils then take the nightcap, 9–5, to move 5 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers.

30th  Eddie Stanky of the Giants walks twice in the 6th inning against the Pirates for a total of 7 straight times over 2 games, tying the ML record set by Billy Rogell and Mel Ott. The Giants win 4–0 behind Sal Maglie.

The Tigers drop out of first place for the first time since June 10 when they split a pair with the Senators, losing 3–2 in 11 innings, then taking the nightcap, 10–8.

31st  Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hits 4 HRs and a single, driving in 9 runs in the Dodgers 19–3 rout of the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field. Hodges’ 17 total bases is the most since 1894. Gil’s first homer is a 2-run shot off loser Warren Spahn in the 2nd inning, then a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Norman Roy, another 2-run homer off Bob Hall in the 6th, and a 2-run shot off Johnny Antonelli in the 8th. Carl Furillo is on base for each of the home runs. Erskine is the winner of the rout. Hodges had 4 long hits on June 25 last year, the first Dodger to twice have 4 extra base hits in a game.