1952 August

1st At Cleveland, the A’s score 5 runs in the top of the 9th—4 on a grand slam by Gus Zernial—but the Indians win, 6-5 in 10 innings. Lou Brissie takes the decision.

The Dodgers waive veteran lefty Johnny Schmitz to the New York Yankees. He’ll be a Yankee for less than 4 weeks before being packaged off to the Reds.

2nd In Brooklyn, the Cubs Hank hits a three-run homer in the third inning off Ben Wade. The game and the homer are rained out in the fifth inning and Sauer will end the season tied for the home run lead with Ralph Kiner with 37.

In Philadelphia, Connie Ryan belts a grand slam in the Phils’ 5-run 8th, as they beat the Cardinals, 6-2. Karl Drews is the winner.

At Detroit, Dom DiMaggio cracks a first inning grand slam off Hal Newhouser and the Red Sox go on to double the Tigers, 10-5.

5th  At Shibe Park, a crowd of 35,673—the largest since July 15, 1948—see Bobby Shantz of the Athletics win his 20th game, 5–3 over the Red Sox. The miniature mound marvel is the AL’s first 20-game winner and he leads the majors in ERA with 1.55.

The Giants edge the Dodgers, 5-4, in a 15-inning 4 hour 59 minute marathon. Andy Pafko hits a 14th inning HR to put the Brooks ahead, but the Giants answer with a pinch homer from Bob Elliot. Pafko drives in another tally in the 15th but the Giants plate 2 to win. Gil Hodges hits a 7th-inning grand slam for da Bums and George Wilson hits a pinch homer, his first ML homer, for the Giants.

Danny Menendez, the owner of the Toledo Mud Hens, is indicted and charged with cheating 3 fans out of $1,700 worth of tickets after he failed to keep his promise of keeping the team in Ohio until the end of the season. Menendez moved them to Charleston, WV, midway through the season, where they became the Charleston Senators, and kept the proceeds from 38,000 extra seat sales.

6th  In one of the decade’s best pitched games, St. Louis Browns Satchel Paige, 46, beats Detroit’s Virgil “Fire” Trucks 1–0 in 12 innings. Bobby Young scores the winner as Paige strikes out 9.

The last-place Pirates jolt the pennant hopes of the Giants by sweeping a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, 7–0 and 10–8. The 2 wins match the Corsairs longest win streak of the year and knocks the Giants to 6 1`/2 games in back of the Dodgers. Murry Dickson, a loser to the Giants yesterday, is brilliant in relief in the lidlifter, coming in for LaPalme in the 3rd inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He blanks the Giants on 3 hits. The Pirates race to a 10–1 lead in game 2, then watch the Giants score 7 runs in the 6th inning. The game is then called on account of darkness.

7th  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the first-place Dodgers, 8-2 in the opener of a lengthy doubleheader. Al Corwin is the winner. Roy Campanella hits a first-inning grand slam in game 2 as Dodgers earn a split, 7-5. Joe Black is the winner in relief. The Dodgers turn double plays in each game to start a streak that will run through August 27th, a NL record for consecutive games (23) with DPs (36). The Giants set s NL record last year for a skein of DP and TPs at 26 games. The doubleheader lasts 6 hours 46 minutes, a NL record that won’t be topped this century.

Umpire Bill McGowan is suspended for four days by the AL—his second suspension in four years. In a game in St. Louis, McGowan throws out Tiger P Billy Hoeft, who had been heckling him from the dugout. When St. Louis writers, who had had a stormy relationship over the years with the veteran McGowan, ask him to identify the player, the umpire refuses, then adds an obscene gesture. The writers’ complaint results in a suspension.

The Phillies sweep a pair in Boston, beating the Braves, 2-1, behind Robin Roberts’ 3-hitter, and 10-2 behind Russ Meyer. Meyer gets support from Del Ennis, who belts a grand slam.

8th Bob Neighbors, a shortstop who played briefly with the 1939 Browns, is missing in action in the Korean War. Neighbors is the only ex-major leaguer killed in action in Korea and the 6th and last to die this century. There will be no casualties of major leaguers in Vietnam.

9th Denver’s Bill Pinkard (Western League) hits a carom homer for a 1–0 win over Omaha. His 7th inning drive is grabbed by LF Dick Cordell who crashes into the wall. The impact jars the ball out of his glove, and it hits the wall and rebounds off his head over the fence. The umps rule it a HR.

10th Ed Fitzgerald of the Pirates pinch hits twice against the Cubs. His first time is in the 6th inning when, batting for Howie Pollet, he flies out. In the 9th inning, Pittsburgh’s starting catcher Clyde McCullough is injured and forced to leave the game. With the permission of Cubs manager Phil Cavarretta, who shows uncommon courtesy, Fitzgerald pinch hits for McCullough, making him the only major leaguer ever to hit for two different players in a game. The Cubs still win, 4–3, after taking the opener, 9–5.

The Red Sox cut the Yankee lead in the A.L. to 1 1/2 games with a 3–1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Dick Gernert and Dom DiMaggio hit 10th inning homers off reliever Johnny Sain, and 41-year-old Al Benton picks up the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief. Benton comes in Mel Parnell with one out in the 9th and the sacks full and stops the threat. Mantle, leading off the 10th, is retired on drag bunt attempt by Benton, who is the only hurler to pitch to both Mantle and Babe Ruth.

11th At Yankee Stadium, the 3rd place Red Sox, trailing first-place New York by 4 games, manage just 2 hits off Allie Reynolds, as the Chief wins 7–0. For Reynolds, it’s his 4th two-hitter of the year. Mickey Mantle’s first inning homer, off Sid Hudson, is all the scoring New York needs, but Mantle adds a double in the 4th and a 2-run homer, again lefty, in the 5th, off Ralph Brickner, for a 6–0 lead. Boston will fade to a 6th place finish.

The Braves take a doubleheader from the visiting Giants, winning a wild 11-10 decision and a more sedate, 4-2, resolution. In the opener, the Giants score 4 times in the 8th to take a 10-7 lead, but Boston has the answer when Earl Torgeson cracks a grand slam in the bottom of the frame. Bob Chipman wins in relief and Lew Burdette follows with the game 2 win.

12th  Stu Miller of the Cardinals blanks the Cubs 1–0 in 10 innings in his ML debut. For Bob Rush (11–11, 2.67 ERA), it is his 2nd 1–0 loss in a row; Pittsburgh beat him on August 8th.

At Boston, with the A’s leading 4–3 in the 13th with 2 out, Sox George Kell hits a fly ball down the LF line. When LF Gus Zernial attempts to catch the ball, a fan knocks it out of his glove. Interference is called and A’s win, 4–3.

13th  At Yankee Stadium, the Senators and Bombers split a pair. Washington takes the opener, 12-4, behind ex-Yank Bob Porterfield, and New York scrambles to a 10-9 win in game 2.   Washington scores 6 in the 3rd to tie it, and 2 in the 13th to take a 9-7 lead. The Yankees respond with 3 runs in the bottom of the 13th to win, 10-9. New York outhits the Nats, 16-7, in game 2. Jackie Jensen has a grand slam for the Nationals.

The longest major league game with an Iraqi King (their third king, King Faisal II) takes place at Ebbets Field, with the Dodgers hosting the Giants in an 18-inning doubleheader. The king took some good-natured ribbing when he doesn’t realize it is considered bad form to cheer for the other team when Giant Bobby Thomson hits a home run in the 5-4 Dodger win in game 1. Joe Black (9-2) is the victor. New York rebounds with an 8-4 win in game 2 behind Hoyt Wilhelm (10-2).

14th  In a major trade, the Tigers send 5 players to the Browns, including pitchers Dick Littlefield and Marlin Stuart, slugger Vic Wertz and OF Don Lenhardt. Detroit receives OF Jim Delsing and 3 pitchers, Ned Garver, Dave Madison, and Bud Black. The nod to Detroit on this swap as Delsing will start in CF and Garver will be a reliable starter. In 1951, Garver became the century’s only 20-game winner with a team losing 100 games. He also led the Brownies with a .305 batting average.

15th  After losing 12 straight starts to Larry Jansen dating back to July 7, 1950, the Braves finally defeat the Giant hurler, 4–3, with 3 runs in the 9th. Jansen does not allow a hit till the 8th. New York takes the nightcap, 3–1, behind Max Lanier. Johnny Logan’s 1st ML HR is the only tally for the Hubmen.

Phil Cavarretta signs his 1953 contract as manager of the Cubs.

Dick Marlowe of the Buffalo Bisons pitches the 2nd perfect game in the history of the International League, against Baltimore.

16th The Phils heave a sigh of relief as their game with Brooklyn is called on account of rain with one out in the top of the 7th. But the host Dodgers win, 15–0, using an all right-handed lineup. Billy Loes is the easy winner, and Dick Williams leads the way with 3 hits.

17th Leading 2–0 in his 2nd ML game, Cards rookie Stu Miller is two outs away from a 2nd straight shutout only to have a Solly Hemus error allow a run. He wins, 2–1.

18th  The NL suspends Leo Durocher for 5 days and fines him $100 for a row with an umpire.

The Indians get infielder George Strickland and pitcher Ted Wilks from Pittsburgh for Johnny Berardino, minor leaguer Charlie Sipple and $50,000. For Berardino, it is his 2nd tour of duty with the Pirates, but he should be used to it; he had two stints with the Indians and two with the Browns.

20th In St. Louis, rookie Harvey Haddix, on leave from Ft. Dix where his is awaiting discharge, makes his ML debut. He allows 5 hits against the Braves in a 7–2 win, a 7 1/2 inning game ended by rain.

At Fenway, the Indians drop 10 runs on the Sox in the 3rd inning en route to an 18-8 scalping of the Red Sox. Luke Easter has a grand slam for the Tribe.

The Bradford Phillies and the Batavia Clippers of the Pony League play the first double no-hit game in league history. In the 1st game doubleheader, Bradford’s Frank Etchberger no-hits Batavia 1–0. Batavia’s Jim Mitchell answers with one of his own in the nightcap, but Bradford still wins again 1–0.

22nd The A’s sweep a pair from the visiting Browns, winning 5-2 and 9-0. Bobby Shantz allows 4 hits in besting Satchel Paige in the shutout. Gus Zernial clouts his 3rd grand slam of the year for Philadelphia.

The Boston Red Sox sell Ray Scarborough to New York Yankees

23rd At St. Louis, in the Cardinals’ 3–1 win over the Giants, New York 3B Bob Elliott is thrown out of the game for protesting a 2nd strike call by ump Augie Donatelli. Bobby Hoffman replaces Elliott, takes a 3rd strike, and is also thumbed for not liking the umpiring. Veteran Al Brazle (10–3) has a shutout until the 9th inning as he pitches the Redbirds to their 8th straight win.

24th Phenom Ron Necciai fans only one as he receives credit for his first ML win, 4–3, over the Braves. Dick Groat goes 0-for-3 against Larry Jester after he had rung up an 8-for-8 streak against the rookie. Boston takes the nightcap, 5–3, behind Lew Burdette.

Before 34,709, the largest single-game crowd at Sportsman’s Park since 1937, Preacher Roe and the Dodgers stop the Cards’ 8-game win streak, 10–4. Roe registers his 10th straight win over the 2nd-place Birds going back to May 7, 195. Joe Presko is the loser, exiting in the 2nd inning.

The 2nd place Indians drop 2 games behind the Yankees, winners over Detroit, when the lose, 9–8, in 16 innings to the Senators. As noted by historian Joe Haardt, all the Nats runs are unearned. Randy Gumpert is the winner over Early Wynn, both in relief. Wynn gives up 3 hits and an error on a bunt without retiring a batter.

25th  In a 1–0 win over the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, Virgil Trucks of the Detroit Tigers pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season. The no-hitter is in doubt for 3 innings when a play made by SS Johnny Pesky in the 3rd inning is under debate. The official scorer, John Drebinger, records it as an error when Pesky has trouble getting a ball hit by Phil Rizzuto out of his glove. Dan Daniel of The New York World Telegram convinces Drebinger that it cannot be ruled an error because the ball was stuck in the fielder’s glove, and Rizzuto is awarded a hit. In the 6th inning, with Trucks not having given up another hit, Drebinger calls Pesky in the dugout from the press box, and the SS says that he should be given the error rather than Rizzuto the hit. The call is changed again, and Trucks’s no-hitter is preserved. Trucks’s record is now 5-15: he’ll finish the season at 5–19.

Ken Raffensberger hurls his 5th shutout of the year beating the Giants Larry Jansen, 3–0. It is Jansen’s first loss to the Reds after 12 straight wins.

Although the game only lasts 7 innings, Bill Bell of Bristol (Appalachian League) pitches his 3rd no-hitter of the season, beating Bristol 3–0.

27th  In Philadelphia, the A’s Alex Kellner overcomes a 1st-inning grand slam by Al Rosen to beat the Indians, 6-5.

28th  Before a Ladies Day crowd of 40,311 in Chicago, the Brooklyn Dodgers top the Cubs, 9–6. The Brooks 12-hit attack features 3 bunts in a 4-run 7th.

The Reds send aging whip Ewell Blackwell (3–12) to the Yankees for P Johnny Schmitz, Ernie Nevel, Bob Marquis, minor leaguer Jim Greengrass, and $35,000. The Yankees get pennant insurance and the Reds receive Greengrass, a player that manager Hornsby spotted in the minors. In 18 games, Greengrass will drive in 24 runs. An AL record that will not be topped this century, 47 ML players this year will play for two or more teams

30th A crowd of 41,558 is on hand for Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees celebrate by trouncing the Senators, 6–4. Mickey Mantle belts a homer to right off Randy Gumpert.

31st  Cleveland beats Billy Pierce (10-13) and the White Sox, 6-3, to remain 2 games behind the Yankees in the AL.

Gil Hodges hits a 3rd inning grand slam to give the Dodgers a 6-0 lead over the Giants and Billy Loes coasts to a 9-1 victory.

At Boston, the Braves top the Phillies Steve Ridzik, 1-0, on a freak hit in the bottom of the 9th. With the bases loaded, pitcher Virgil Jester ducks away from an inside pitch and the ball hits his bat and bounds for a single. The Phillies win the second game, 3-0, on Jim Konstanty’s three-hitter.

At Chicago the Cubs outhits the Reds in both games, but only gain a split. Paul Minner wins the opener, 4–2, and the Reds rebound for a 6-5 victory. The Cubs have 12 hits in the loss, their 8th straight game with 10 hits or more.

The Montreal Royals clinch the International League pennant behind the stellar pitching of lefty Tom Lasorda in game 2. The Royals take a pair from Baltimore, 6-5 and 8-4.

Former player Arky Vaughan, 40, and a friend drown when their boat overturns in a “bottomless” lake in California.