1953 August

1st  Ben Flowers of the Boston Red Sox sets a ML record with 8 consecutive games pitched in relief, a mark that will later be surpassed. Flowers finishes walking Matt Batts in the 9th and Kinder relieves and loses, 4–3, in 10 innings.

Warren Spahn of the Braves allows just an infield hit to Richie Ashburn in the 4th in beating Philadelphia, 5–0. It is Spahn’s 31st career shutout.

2nd At Busch Stadium, Jablonski, Schoendienst and Bilko homer for the Cardinals as Harvey Haddix (13-4) stops the Dodgers, 10-1. Bilko’s homer is a grand slam.

3rd  After Lew Burdette twice knocks down Roy Campanella and yells “racial epithets” at him, Campy strikes out and then charges the mound. Umpires and Braves’ players restrain Campanella before he reaches Burdette, who loses to the Dodgers, 1–0.

Chicago White Sox 1B Ferris Fain brawls in a Maryland cafe and fractures a finger. The team fines him $600.

4th  Yankees hurler Vic Raschi sets the ML record for RBIs by a pitcher with 7, as the Yanks roll over Detroit 15–0. Raschi singles in 2 in the 2nd, doubles home 3 in the 3rd, and singles home the last 2 in the 8th. Four pitchers held the mark of 6 ribbies. His record will stand in the AL, but Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger will top Raschi’s mark. Vic’s teammates fill his locker with bats after the game.

5th  Ben Flowers of the Red Sox shuts out the Browns 5–0 in his first ML start. Don Larsen is the loser, though it’s not for lack of effort as he goes 3-for-3 at bat. Larsen has 7 hits in his last 7 at bats.

6th  Ted Williams is back in a Red Sox uniform after military duty in Korea. He pinch-hits for Tom Umphlett in the bottom of the 9th and pops up. But he will finish with 13 homers in just 91 at bats—a record—and a .407 mark. The Browns win, 8–7, in the 10th on Bobby Young’s HR.

At St. Louis, Harvey Haddix holds the Phils hitless for 8 innings before Richie Ashburn singles in the 9th. It is the 2nd time in 6 days he’s spoiled a no-hit bid. Ennis also singles as Haddix ends with a 2-hit, 2–0, win against Simmons.

7th The Yankees turn back the 2nd place White Sox with a 6–1 win at the Stadium. Mantle’s line drive in the 3rd goes for a 3-run inside-the-park homer, and Berra follows with one out of the park.

8th  Yankee southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava hurl 1–0 and 3–0 shutouts against the White Sox. Kuzava gives up only Bob Boyd’s double in the 9th. The Sox now trail New York by 8 1/2 games.

The Reds pound three homers, but Roy Campanella connects for a pair of three-run homers, both off Fred Baczewski, as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 7-4, at Crosley Field. Campy will have five 2-homer games this season on his way to hitting 41 four-baggers.

9th At Fenway, Ted Williams pinch-hits again, this time for Johnny Lipon, and this time with different results. He clouts an 8th inning homer off the Indians Mike Garcia, but the Red Sox lose, 9–3. Williams last hit a pinch home run in 1941.

You guys can sit down. At Wrigley the Phillies battery of Bob Miller (4) and Smoky Burgess (5) collects 9 hits, believed to be a record for batterymates, and score 5 runs as the Phils down the Cubs, 7-0 (the battery of Hargreaves and Grimes had 8 hits on July 3, 1929, the last time that number was reached). Miller allows 6 hits and strikes out none. The Cubs rebound in game 2, scoring in the 9th off Jim Konstanty to win, 6-5. Ralph Kiner has 4 hits, including his 28th homer for the Cubs, while Richie Ashburn has 4 hits for the Phils. Burgess goes hitless.

At Cincinnati, Russ Meyer allows 3 hits as the Dodgers roll to a 9-1 win over the Reds. Carl Furillo has 2 doubles and a triple, Jackie Robinson has 3 hits and Duke Snider provides a grand slam.

At Philadelphia, the A’s and Tigers play a pair of 10-inning games, with the A’s winning the opener, 4-3 and scoring a run in the 10th of the nightcap good for an 8-8 tie. Gus Zernial has a grand slam in game 2 to bring the score to a 7-7 tie.

The White Sox salvage the finale of their series, beating New York, 5–0, behind Billy Pierce’s 3-hitter. The Sox trail New York by 7 games.

10th  On his 29th birthday, Bob Porterfield of the Senators has his 2nd one-hitter of the season, as he masters the Red Sox, 2–0. Piersall has the only hit and the only walk for Boston.

11th  Mel Parnell struggles but wins his 16th as the Red Sox top the Athletics, 7-6 in the first game of a twinbill. Hal Brown (11-3) completes the sweep as the Red Sox win, 7-5. Buck Newsom pitches 2 scoreless inning in game 2 to celebrate his 44th birthday.

12th  Playing without the injured Mantle—out for 10 days with a sprained knee—the Yankees explode for 28 hits off Washington pitching, 2 hits shy of the AL-record 30. New York rolls to a 22–1 victory. Rookie Kraly, relieving Whitey Ford, gives up a run to avert the largest shutout win in history. Ford has 4 hits, and Berra and Martin each have 5 RBIs. Hank Bauer scores 5 runs.

The Braves and Cards draw 36,241, a record crowd for a twi-night doubleheader in Milwaukee’s County Stadium. The Braves don’t disappoint, taking both games, 8–2 and 5–3. Mathews drives in a pair in the opener to reach 100 RBIs.

At the Polo Grounds, Duke Snider hits a grand slam in the 5-run 7th as the Dodgers tie the Giants 5-5. Brooklyn plates a run in the 8th using 3 hits and a pair of walks off Hoyt Wilhelm to win, 6-5. It is Snider’s 2nd slam in 4 days.

At Wrigley, Andy Seminick belts a grand slam in the top of the 9th to break a 6–6 tie and give the Reds a 10–6 win over the Cubs.

At St. Louis, Ray Boone smashes his 4th grand slam of the year to tie a ML record, as the Tigers win, 7–3. Boone hit his last slam on July 19 when he played for Cleveland.

In an 8-4 Phils win at Pittsburgh, Robin Roberts wins his 20th of the year and his 15th straight over the Bucs stretching back to May 20, 1951. It is Roberts 4th consecutive 20-game year. He scatters 12 hits, walks none, and strikes out 9. He also triples in a run.

14th  At Wrigley, Bill Serena hits a 6th inning pinch grand slam off Joey Jay, one of four homers the Cubs clout as they beat the Braves, 11-4.

15th  Third baseman Ransom Jackson of the Cubs grounds into 3 DPs against the Braves as the Cubs lose 2–0. Jackson ties a NL record, later eclipsed by Joe Torre.

16th Paced by Snider’s 3 homers, the Dodgers extend their win streak to 9 with 3–1 and 9–5 wins over the Pirates. Vic Janowicz hits his 1st ML HR to account for the only run off Roe in the opener.

At Cincy, Ted Kluszewski hits his 35th and 36th homers, breaking the club mark set by Hank Sauer in 1948. The Reds split with the Cards, winning 3–2 and losing 6–2.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants use a 6-run 8th to beat Robin Roberts (20-9) and the Phils, 8-1. Bobby Thomson has a grand slam in the inning, off reliever Thornton Kipper. In game 2, the Giants use three homers off starter Karl Drews to win, 4-3.

In the Negro League All-star game at Comiskey Park, the West beats the East, 5–1, behind the pitching of Sammy (Buddy) Woods. Willie Gaines takes the loss.

17th  Bob Kuzava of the Yanks shuts out the Athletics, 9–0, allowing 11 hits along the way.

After breaking Billy Pierce’s streak of 40 straight scoreless innings with 2 tainted tallies in the 6th, the Browns then snap the Sox southpaw’s streak of 50 innings without an earned run. They score 2 in the 10th to win, 4–3. Vic Wertz’s surprise bunt scores the winning run. Bob Turley, on leave from the army, is the winner.

18th  Shades of Joe Hardy! At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra has a homer and double and Hank Bauer homers, each driving in 3 runs as the Yankees take an 8-1 lead into the 8th inning against the lowly Senators. But Clyde Vollmer hits his second homer of the game off Bill Miller and the Senators score twice. In the 9th they erupt for 7 runs off 4 pitchers and hold on for a 10-8 win over the first-place New Yorkers. Jerry Lane gets his first ML win with 2 shutout innings, and Conrado Marrero pitches a scoreless 9th. The Yankees won’t blow a 7-run lead in the 8th the rest of this century, finally matching it on the last day of the 2011 season. Possibly the Yanks could have used entertainer Jackie Price in the 9th. The showman entertained the crowd before the game by hitting while being suspended by his feet and throwing simultaneous strikes to three catchers.

The Phils edge the Pirates, 1-0, as Robin Roberts, the only 20-game winner, picks up the save. Steve Ridzik has a shutout going in the 7thbut he twists his ankle backing up a play at the plate when Johnny Wyrostek’s throw nips Frank Thomas. The Phils end it in the 9th by nipping Carlos Bernier at the plate.

20th  Carl Erskine shuts out the Giants, 10–0, for Brooklyn’s 13th consecutive win and his 2nd successive shutout over the Polo Grounders. The Dodgers are 9 up on the Braves.

At Philadelphia, the Pirates take advantage of 4 errors to beat Robin Roberts, 5–2. Roberts had beaten the Bucs 15 straight times beginning on August 26, 1950. The winner is 19-year-old Jim Waugh.

Bill Veeck brings the Browns to Baltimore to play an exhibition game against the minor-league Orioles. Eastern Shore attorney Clarence W. Miles, a well-known figure in Baltimore political, civic, and business circles, leads a local group of nearly 100 investors who plan to buy the Browns from Veeck.

21st  ML player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) and Allie Reynolds (AL) hire labor leader John Norman Lewis at $15,000 per annum to give legal advice to players in their negotiations with the owners. NL prexy Warren Giles intones, “The players can do more for themselves than any outside representative, no matter how able that outsider may be.” Lewis contends that the players have no desire to form a union, and that he is merely giving legal advice.

At St. Louis, rookie Haddix wins his 16th, defeating the Reds on 4 hits. For the 2nd time in a month Stanky is involved in a batting-out-of-turn incident, but this time it works to his advantage. After Bilko strikes out in the 2nd, Stanky realizes that it should have been Jablonski’s turn and notifies the umps. Bilko gets another chance and belts a homer.

After 13 straight wins, the Dodgers finally lose, going down to Murry Dickson and the last-place Pirates, 7–1. Brooklyn still leads the Braves by 8 games.

22nd   At Milwaukee, Bob Buhl pitches 14 innings allowing 5 hits to down the stubborn Cubs, 2-1. Milwaukee pushes across a run in the final frame against Warren Hacker, pitching in relief of starter Howie Pollet.

23rd  The Red Sox bat pitcher Mel Parnell in the 6th spot against the Senators, where he collects 2 hits before exiting in the 7th. Ted Williams homers in the 7th and his replacement, Olson, doubles in the winner in the 9th. Sox win, 4-3.

At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn (18-5) notches a 10-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Braves collect 17 hits, all singles. Joe Adcock has 4 hits and 3 runs and Andy Pafko has 3 hits to run his hitting streak to 20 games.

Phil Paine, a former Boston Braves pitcher on military service with the U.S. Air Force in Japan, becomes the first ex-ML player to play in Japan. He pitches in 9 games for the Nishitetsu Lions: 4 wins, 3 losses, ERA 1.77.

Chattanooga OF Don Grate betters his 1952 record by throwing a baseball 443 feet 31⁄2 inches. Glen Gorbous will beat it in 1957.

24th At Charleston, Macon (South Atlantic League) beats Charleston 8–5 scoring 5 runs off Paul Almonte in the second inning. The runs are the first off Almonte since July 15, a total of 64 innings. Because of relief appearances, he only has 3 consecutive shutouts.

25th  At Philadelphia, the Phils and Braves split two with the Phils winning 6-1 behind Robin Roberts (22-10) and the Braves responding, 6-2, behind Lew Burdette (13-2). This is the first time that all the games in the majors are twi-night doubleheaders.

26th  Giants OF Dusty Rhodes, hitting just .167, connects for 3 HRs in a row, good for 5 RBIs at the Polo Grounds in a 13–4 win over the Cardinals. Teammate Al Dark goes 5-for-5 with his own HR and has 5 RBIs. Peanuts Lowry has a pinch 3-run homer for the Cards.

In Philadelphia, Curt Simmons scores the winning run in the 10th inning on Ted Kazanski’s triple as the Phils top the Dodgers, 2-1. Dick Williams accounts for the only Brooklyn score with a homer. Jim Gilliam picks up his 100th walk to set a NL rookie record. The Dodgers finish tomorrow with a .366 OBA, a NL record.

29th  At Comiskey Park, Connie Johnson gives up a run to the Red Sox in the 1st inning but that is all the Boston scoring as the 2nd-place White Sox win, 5-1. The Sox end the game with a 9th inning triple play (3-3-6).

In Pittsburgh, 3,145 fans watch the Cardinals edge the last-place Pirates, 5-4, but they could have stayed home and watched it on TV. It is the first game the Pirates have telecast a game; they are the last ML team to broadcast a game. Pittsburgh will do 4 more televised games this season, while five teams will broadcast all of their games. The Pirates won’t broadcast more than 20 games a year until 1981.

30th  The Dodgers rip St. Louis 20–4 with the help of 2 big innings. Dodger Jackie Robinson fans twice in the 3rd inning, while Gil Hodges walks twice in the 7th, when a record-tying dozen runs score. Roy Campanella’s 5 RBIs ties the NL season mark of most RBIs by a catcher (122).

Led by OF Jim Pendleton’s 3 HRs, 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored, the visiting Braves tie the Yankees’ 1939 ML record for the most HRs in a game with 8 in their 19–4 blasting of Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader. Eddie Mathews (2), Del Crandall, Jack Dittmer, and Johnny Logan also homer. Pendleton is only the 2nd rookie in history to hit 3 HRs in one game. In game 2 of the doubleheader, the Braves continue to take advantage of Kiner’s legacy—shortened fences—and hit 4 more HRs to win 11–5. The Braves will add four more on September 3rd for another mark (16 homers in 4 games). Eddie Mathews’ 4 HRs for the day give him an NL-leading 43; he will end the season with 47 HRs, 30 of them on the road to set a ML record.

31st In Philadelphia, the Reds sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 12-6 and 7-5, plating 9 runs in the 6th inning of the opener. It is not Granny Hamner’s fault as he drives in 5 runs in the opener with a single and grand slam, and 2 more in the nightcap on a 2-run homer.

The Tigers split a pair with the Athletics, winning 9-7 before losing to Bobo Newsom, 10-4. Detroit manager Freddie Hutchinson pitches in relief in game 2, his final ML pitching appearance, and also hits a homer in his last ML at bat. It is his only hit of the year. Hutch will make one last appearance, in September, playing first base.

The Pirates sell knuckleballer Johnny Lindell (5-16) to the Phillies. Lindell was the 1952 MVP in the PCL.

The Browns sell Al Zarilla to the Red Sox. An AL record 47 players will play for two teams this year, with a record four players playing for three teams. It won’t be topped this century.