1955 August

2nd  Johnny Klippstein and Joe Nuxhall of the Redlegs shut out the Phils, 2–0 and 4–0, in both ends of a doubleheader. Klippstein allows 6 hits and Nuxhall just 5. Gus Bell knocks in both runs in the opener and 2 more runs in the 2nd game.

“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks hits his 4th grand slam of the season, off Dick Littlefield, tying the ML record, as Bob Rush bests the Pirates, 12–4.

Chicago beats the Red Sox, 2–1, in Boston and retain first place. Boston is in 4th, four games out.

Joe Collins hits 2 homers, one in the 1st and one in the 10th, to give the Yankees a 2–1, win over the Indians, Tommy Byrne, batting 7th, goes the route to beat Early Wynn. The Yanks trail the White Sox by a game, with Boston in 4th place, 4 games back.

3rd  Frank Lary of the Tigers beats Washington 3–0 on a 2-hitter. Bob Porterfield also goes 9 innings in the loss.

The AL race tightens as the Red Sox top the White Sox, 6-4, with 2 runs in the 8th inning. Minoso solos twice for Chicago, now in front by a game over Cleveland and New York. Boston is 3 off the lead.

At County Stadium, the leading Dodgers win 9-6 as Don Zimmer and Gil Hodges each hit two homers. Hodges drives in 6 runs on a 2-run shot and a grand slam, and Don Bessent (4-0) wins in relief.

4th  Ernie Banks continues his hot hitting, clouting 3 HRs at Wrigley against 3 Pirate pitchers (Dinoso, Surkont, and Littlefield) and they are all needed, as the Cubs win 11–10. Banks is the first shortstop to hit three homers in a game. Tony Lazzeri hit 3 homers in a game in 1927, but the first came when he was playing third base.

6th  Scoring 6 runs in the 3rd inning on homers by Dave Philley and Gus Triandos, the lowly Orioles defeat the league-leading White Sox, 8–1. Philley’s homer is a grand slam as he drives in 5 runs. It’s Chicago’s 4th straight defeat but they are in first by .001 as the Yanks and Indians lose. After playing 274 straight games at 2B, Nellie Fox is given a day off by White Sox manager Marty Marion. Fox will come back the next day and play in 798 consecutive games.

7th  After a 12-17 record in July, the Yankees are in a four-team race. The 2nd division Tigers beat New York 4–2 in game one, and New York then earns a critical 3–2 10th-inning win on a Mickey Mantle 2-out homer off Babe Birrer. It is the Mick’s 2nd homer of the game, having connected off starter Frank Lary. The Yanks finish the day in a virtual tie with Chicago, a 1⁄2 game ahead of Cleveland, and 11⁄2 games ahead of Boston.

8th With his record at 18–1, the Dodgers Don Newcombe loses a 1–0 game to the Cubs Sam Jones. Newk’s two losses have both been to the Cubs.

10th Stan Musial slugs his 1,000th extra base hit, and his 529th career double, connecting off Lew Burdette, as the Cards down the host Braves, 7–2.

At Cleveland, Indians veteran Ralph Kiner hits a 9th inning walkoff grand slam to give the Tribe a 6-4 victory over the Tigers. Kiner hit 12 grand slams in the National League.

11th  Ted Williams gets his 2,000th hit, a first inning bloop single, in a 5–3 Red Sox loss to the Yanks. Teddy Ballgame’s hit comes off Bob Turley. Frank Baumann, in his first ML start, takes the loss.

12th  The Indians take a pair from the A’s, winning 17-1 behind Bob Lemon’s 6 shutout innings and Sal Maglie’s relief. Maglie allows an unearned run. Bobby Avila hits two homers and drives in 6 runs while Jim Hegan hits a grand slam and drives in 5. Both score three times. Cleveland takes the second game, 6-5, scoring 5 runs in the 6th inning. Al Smith caps the scoring with a 2-run homer.

13th  The Indians beat the A’s, 5–3, to stretch their lead in the AL to 2 games. Larry Doby makes his first error in the OF after 165 errorless games a new AL record.

The Tigers overcome a 3rd inning grand slam by Bob Kennedy and beat the White Sox, 9-8, with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Frank House’s 4th hit of the game starts the Tigers’ offense in the 9th and Harvey Kuenn’s sac fly ends it.

At Fenway, the Senators rack up their biggest score since 1943 as they trounce the Red Sox, 18-9, three runs off the club record set in 1929. Mickey Vernon has a grand slam and Carlos Paula has 4 hits, including three doubles, to drive in 4 runs. Mickey McDermott wins in relief. The Sox insert Jim Pagliaroni in at catcher and he hits a sac fly in his only at bat. At 17, Pags is the youngest player to suit up for the Sox: he won’t play in a Sox game again for the next 5 years. A scheduled second game is rained out.

14th  Cardinals manager Harry Walker pulls a shift by moving P Tom Poholsky to LF and bringing in lefty Luis Arroyo to face slugger Ted Kluszewski of the Redlegs. Big Klu foils the manager by homering. The Cards rally to win anyway, 5–4, in 10 innings as Poholsky pitches the 10 innings.

At Fenway, the Red Sox take two from the Senators, winning 9-6 and 2-1. In game 1, Norm Zauchin has 3 hits, including two homers, and five RBIs. His first homer wins Zauchin a bear; it is “State of Maine” day at Fenway, and slugger of the first homer receives Maine black bear, named Homer. Zauchin promptly ships the bear to a zoo in Birmingham, AL (as noted by Bill Nowlin in Red Sox Day by Day).

At Baltimore, the Yanks overcome a muddy ball field, the result of Hurricane Connie passing through, and top the Orioles, 7–2. Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 4th to help defeat Eddie Lopat, sent to the O’s two weeks ago.

15th  Mantle homers from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 2nd time in his career, tying the ML mark. The Yanks beat the Orioles 12–6 in game 2 and sweep the doubleheader to move back into first.

At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Braves pitcher Warren Spahn cracks a HR off Card’s P Mel Wright. Spahn has now hit a HR in every National League park.

Jimmy Piersall, with a 2-run homer, and Ted Williams with a grand slam, pace the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Senators at Fenway.

16th At Fenway, Mickey Mantle clouts his 4th homer in 3 days, this one clearing the 379 foot wall in LF center and hitting a building across the street. The Yanks roll over Frank Sullivan to win, 13–6, as 7 homers are hit in the game, including four-baggers by opposing pitchers Don Larsen and Dick Brodowski. Ted Williams and Jackie Jensen homer for Boston, while Moose Skowron and Hank Bauer leave the park for New York.

17th In St. Louis, Del Crandall, with a grand slam, Andy Pafko and Eddie Mathews homer to pace the Braves to an 11-4 win over the Cards, Bob Buhl is the winning pitcher.

19th  Robin Roberts of the Phils defeats Don Newcombe of the Dodgers 3–2 to become the first 20-game winner in 1955. Roberts beat Newk by the same score 5 days ago and in both games Willie Jones drives in the winning run.

At Comiskey Park, Billy Pierce shuts out the Tigers, 3–0.

20th The Tigers shell Bob Keegan, but the White Sox rally to edge Detroit, 8–7. Nellie Fox and Jim Rivera pace the attack with 4 hits apiece, while Chico Carrasquel adds a homer. George Kell drives in 5 runs for the Bengals. The loss leaves the White Sox (71-46) in 2nd place with the Indians (73-48), and a game in back of New York (74-47).

The Yankees stay a game ahead of the White Sox and Cleveland, by clipping the Orioles, 3–2. Lefty Bill Wight allows just one hit till the 4th, before allowing a walk, single, ground out, and double. Paul Richards then brings in George Zuverink to pitch to Elston Howard, moving Wight to 1B replacing Triandos. Howard doubles in 2 runs, Zuverink gets the next 2 hitters before Wight returns to the mound and pitches shutout ball the rest of the way. Tommy Byrne wins his 12th game against 3 losses.

21st Former Yankee Eddie Lopat serves up 3 homers—to Skowron, Bauer and Mantle—and New York beats the visiting Orioles, 6–1.

The White Sox move within 2 percentage points of the Yanks by sweeping two games from Detroit. Connie Johnson wins the opener, 2–0, and Dick Donovan, making his first start in three weeks, scatters 8 hits to win, 8–2. But Donovan will lose his next five decisions.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils use homers by Glen Gorbous, Del Ennis and Willie Jones, with a grand slam, to defeat the Dodgers, 6-4.

24th At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers take a 2–1 lead into the 9th inning, only to lose 3–2 when Berra and Mantle hit back-to-back homers off Steve Gromek.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers jump on Warren Hacker for 8 runs in 4 innings, cuffing him for 4 homeruns. The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 9-4. Hacker has served up 13 homers to the Dodgers this season to set a NL record. Warren Spahn will match it in three years.

25th At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies take a pair from the Cardinals, winning 11-9 and 8-3. In game 1, Wally Moon’s 4th inning grand slam puts the Birds in front, 8-3, but the Phils storm back on a 3-run homer by Jim Greengrass and a 2-run homer by Grannie Hamner. Del Ennis has 3 hits, 3RBIs, and 3 runs. In game 2, Saul Rogovin (3-1) is the winner and also hits his only NL homer, off Harvey Haddix.

26th  Vic Wertz of the Indians is diagnosed as having non-paralytic polio and is lost for the season. He will return next year.

At the Polo Grounds, Del Crandall’s 2nd inning grand slam provides all the runs Bob Buhl needs as the Braves beat the Giants, 7-1.

27th  In his second major league start, Dodger bonus baby Sandy Koufax fans 14 Redlegs in a 7–0 two-hitter, as the 2-team total of 23 strikeouts ties a record.

At Detroit, the Red Sox trail 3–0 with 2 outs in the 9th when Ted Williams drills a walkoff grand slam, his second four-run homer in two weeks. The Sox win 4–3.

28th In Chicago, the Sox and Yankees split. The White Sox, reaping dividends from their waiver pickup of Bob Kennedy, top New York, 3–2, on Kennedy’s homer in game 1. In the nightcap, Mantle’s 3-run homer off Connie Johnson in the 5th leads New York to a 6–1 victory in the neck-and-neck AL race. Berra adds another homer for New York. With Cleveland losing two, the Yankees finish the day a half-game ahead of the White Sox.

At Municipal Stadium, the Red Sox down the A’s, 14-2. Veteran Eddie Joost has a pair of three-run homers against his old team, the last two homers of his career. Grady Hatton bangs a grand slam and Ted Williams scores 3 runs on 4-for-5 hitting. Frank Sullivan wins his 16th, and is so drenched in sweat during the game that he changes jerseys several times, finally wearing #9, the same number as Ted Williams is sporting (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

31st  Lefty Bill Wight of the Orioles gives up 5 runs in the first without recording an out before being relieved by Hector “Skinny” Brown. Brown then no-hits the Indian for 8 innings, striking out 10, but the O’s lose 5–1. Herb Score fans 13 in winning.

At Municipal Stadium, the Yanks beat up on the A’s Arnie Portocarrero and win, 11–6. Mickey Mantle has a homer and Irv Noren scores 3 runs on 4 hits as Tommy Byrne goes to 13-4.