1956 August

1st At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils battle the Cubs to win a 10-8 decision. Willie Jones paces the offense with a grand slam, while Marv Blaylock has 4 hits and Stan Lopata 3 RBIs on 3 hits. Don Hoak has 4 hits for Chicago, while Dee Fondy has 3 hits including a homer.

2nd  Boston’s Jackie Jensen knocks in 9 RBIs as the Red Sox bag the Tigers 18–3. Jensen has a HR, bases-loaded triple (he’ll hit a record-tying 3 triples with the bases loaded this year), single and sac fly. He grounds out in the 8th with the sacks full. Three players score 3 runs and 4 players score twice. Detroit helps by handing out 12 walks.

     At the Polo Grounds, Reds OF Stan Palys has a homer and 4 singles and Ray Jablonski hits a grand slam as Cincy beats the Giants, 10–3.

Herb Score shuts out the Yankees, 4–0, for the Indians 7th shutout in their last 12 games. Bobby Avila gets the Tribe on board with an inside-the-park homer in the 3rd. Ward and Colavito go back-to-back in the 4th and one out later Chico Carrasquel homers. The 4 solo homers in a shutout win sets a ML record.

3rd In the Yankees 10–4 loss to Detroit, Whitey Ford is struck on the pitching hand by a 1st-inning line drive off the bat of Ray Boone. Ford will be sidelined until the 15th. The Bombers also lose Bob Cerv after he crashes into the wall chasing Bolling’s double.

4th Al Kaline drives in all 5 Detroit runs on 2 homers to lead the Tigers to a 5–4 win over New York. Mickey Mantle hits two homers against Virgil Trucks, and scores another on a single in a losing cause.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers blast 3 homers to back Carl Erskine as the Dodgers win, 12-4, over St. Louis. Erskine allows 4 hits. Chico Fernandez hits a grand slam and Duke Snider has a double and homer good for 3 RBIs.

5th Kaline again leads Detroit, socking a 3-run homer to give Detroit a 4–0 lead over New York. A Mantle homer in the 6th his 37th, off the front of the RF roof at Briggs ties the game 5–5. With 2 errors by Sturdivant in the 7th, Detroit counters with 3 to win, 8–5. New York has lost 6 straight. Mantle is now 11 games ahead of Ruth’s ’27 pace.

In the Braves 5–0 and 5–1 sweep of the Pirates, Hank Aaron hits safely in both games to run his consecutive hit streak to 22 games. He hits for the cycle in the pair of games, while Eddie Mathews has 2 homers on the afternoon. Conley wins the opener and Burdette wins the nightcap in 5 innings as rain halts the match. Bob Friend (11–11) loses his 8th in a row.

In game 1 At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers win, 7-0, over the Cardinals behind Sal Maglie’s 4-hitter. The offense has 4 homeruns, two by Duke Snider. Snider has a single, double and 3-run homer in game 2, as Brooklyn is victorious, 5-3. The sweep keeps Brooklyn two games in back of Milwaukee.

6th Yankee rookie Ralph Terry makes his ML debut at Fenway and picks up his first win with 6 innings of work. He leaves after giving up a homer to Piersall but 2 relievers save the 4–3 win. Brewer takes the loss. Terry is the last Yank rookie starter to debut at Fenway this century: New York’s Bob Meyer makes his debut at Fenway as a reliever in 1964. Of note in the game is a leadoff off bunt attempt in the 6th by Ted Williams, who is thrown out by Terry. It is the only time in 13 bunt attempts for hits (.917) that Williams has been thrown out. He is credited with five sac bunts (as noted by researcher Kenneth Matinale).

7th  The Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans, as the Red Sox edge the Yanks, 2–1, in 11 innings on Williams’ bases-loaded walk. It is Williams’ 3rd spitting incident in 3 weeks. The spitting started after the crowd of 36,350, a record for night games at Fenway Park and the biggest turnout since WW2, started booing the Splendid Splinter for muffing Mickey Mantle’s windblown fly in the 11th. Before the game, RF Jackie Jensen had to be restrained by teammates from going into the stands after a heckler. Last September, Jensen had challenged a fan to come out of the stands.

The largest crowd in minor league history (57,000) sees Miami’s 50-year-old Satchel Paige beat Columbus (IL) in the Orange Bowl.

8th Mantle’s opposite field homer, off Camilo Pascual, in the first inning jump starts the Yankees to a 12–2 win over the Senators. Mantle is now 9 games ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.

Robin Roberts wins his 8th straight and his 4th game in 10 days, as the visiting Phils defeat the Giants, 9–3. Ted Kazanski lines an inside-the-park grand slam off Jim Hearn, just the 4th in club history to pace the attack.

At Milwaukee, the Cards Herm Wehmeier stages a one-man attack, hurling a 4 hitter and driving in the winning run in the 10th to win, 3–2. He singles off Burdette’s glove. He also stops Hank Aaron’s hitting streak of 25 straight games. The Braves win the lidlifter easily, 10–1 behind homers by Logan, Crandall and 2 by Adcock.

9th  Longtime Dodger announcer Connie Desmond resigns from the broadcast booth.

The Senators get a license to sell beer at Griffith Stadium and the Yankees celebrate with a 15–7 pasting of the Nats. Mantle is walked three times before his slices a two-run homer in the 7th.

10th  Cincinnati C Ed Bailey hits a grand slam as the Redlegs win 8–1 over Milwaukee to move into 2nd place, a half game behind the Braves and a half game ahead of the Dodgers.

11th Mantle hits his 40th homer, off Hal Brown, as the Yankees clip the Orioles, 10–5. Mantle is the first Yankee since DiMaggio, in 1937, to hit 40 homers. New York leads the AL by 8 1/2 games.

Bobby Avila scores 4 runs and Gene Woodling drives in 4 as the Indians top Kansas City, 8-5. Harry Simpson has a grand slam and drives in all the A’s runs.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Senators split with Boston bombing Connie Marrero in the opener, 10-1. Ted Williams hits 2 homers and Jimmy Piersall chips in with a homer and 3 runs. Eddie Yost homers for the lone Nationals run. The Senators rebound with a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Piersall homers again and Yost walks 4 times. Yost will set the AL record for walks by a righthander this year with 151.

Don Newcombe’s consecutive scoreless inning streak is snapped at 39 2/3, but the Dodger righty wins his 18th of the year and 9th in a row, beating the Phils, 5–2. Lopata’s 2-run homer in the 7th is the Quaker scoring.

12th   Mantle hits his 41st homer, and 7th in 8 days, to pace New York to 6–2 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles.

At Wrigley Field, Stan Musial doubles in the 6th for his 1,071st extra base, tying Mel Ott for the NL record, but his Cards lose, 6–2. Bob Rush is the winner. In the nightcap, Wehmeier and Davis each throw 9 scoreless innings before darkness calls the game.

Shreveport’s Ken Guettler sets the Texas League mark with his 56th HR. He will finish the season with 62.

14th The Phillies take 2 from the Pirates, 3–0 and 11–2, as Curt Simmons and Harvey Haddix each wins his 7th straight game.

With President Eisenhower in attendance, Mantle is 3-for-3, including a long homer to LF, to lead New York to a 12–2 home win against Boston. Mantle is 13 games ahead of the Babe, and is hitting .380. Ted Williams completes the three-game set hitting .393.

15th  The Dodgers and Giants draw 26,385 for a night-game record at Jersey City. A 4th inning Willie Mays HR, the only ball hit out of Roosevelt Stadium, is the only scoring as Johnny Antonelli shuts out the Dodgers, 1–0. He strikes out 11 and allows 2 hits. The loss goes to Don Newcombe who had pitched three straight shutouts and won 9 straight. The loss is the Brooks first at Jersey City after 6 straight wins.

Frank Robinson ends a battle with the Cubs by driving in a run in the 15th inning as the Reds win, 4–3, in the lidlifter at Wrigley. Jeffcoat pitches the first 12 innings before giving way to another ex-Cub Johnny Klippstein. In the nightcap, Wally Post hits a grand slam and Burgess follows with a solo homer in the 3rd as the Reds win, 6–2 in 6 innings.

16th At Brooklyn, Duke Snider belts a HR in the 13th off Dick Littlefield to give the Dodgers a 10–9 win over the Giants. It is Duke’s 33rd homer of the year, but his 1st off a lefty.

At Chicago, Sam Jones strikes out 13 Reds to win, 4–2, and ties the club 20th-century mark for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Lon Warneke struck out 13 in 1934. The loss goes to Brooks Lawrence. Frank Robinson homers but also K’s 4 times.

Al Rosen, with a solo homer, and Rocky Colavito, with a grand slam, account for all of Cleveland’s runs in a 5-4 win over the Tigers. Herb Score (13-7) wins with relief help from Early Wynn.

Stan Musial belts his 1,072nd extra base hit to break Mel Ott’s NL mark. But the Cardinals can do little against the Braves’ Lew Burdette, losing 8–0. Vinegar Bend Mizell takes the loss.

17th At Fenway Park, the Red Sox ban beer sales in the seats. Fans will have to go to a refreshment stand for their suds. Beer has been sold at Fenway since the start of the 1936 season, following many years of prohibition. The 23,610 fans attending today’s game see the Senators top the Sox, 6-5, behind Pedro Ramos (11-7). Jim Lemon drives in 4 runs, 3 on a homer.

In Baltimore, Dick Williams hits a grand slam and Bob Nieman has a hit and three walks to start a 20-game hit streak as the Orioles top the Yankees, 6-4. New York leads Cleveland by 9 1/2 games.

18th  Redlegs OF Bob Thurman hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs; Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson add 2 each, and Wally Post, one, in a 13–4 win over Milwaukee at Crosley Field. Toby Atwell and Joe Adcock belts round trippers for the Braves. The 8 HRs tie a since-topped ML record. There are three pairs of back-to-back homers in the game: Klu and Post in the 3rd; Thurman and Klu in the 7th; Robinson and Thurman in the 8th. This sets a ML record that will be matched this century. The Reds have now hit homers in each game since August 4, a streak that will reach 21 games and 41 homers through August 24th. Thurman is the 4th Reds player this year to bang 3 homers.

Making his first ML start, bonus baby Moe Drabowsky pitches in to the 8th inning as the Cubs beat Chicago, 8-1. Moe allows 5 hits in 7 innings. Walt Moryn has 3 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI, and Dee Fondy adds a homer.

19th The visiting Braves beat the Reds, 3–1, with actress Elizabeth Taylor in attendance. She is filming the movie Raintree County in Kentucky.

20th ML players reps adopt a new pension plan providing increased benefits, including $350 a month at age 65 for 10-year veterans.

23rd  Led by Nellie Fox’s 7 straight hits, the White Sox sweep the Yankees, 8–3 and 6–4. Mickey Mantle has a bunt single, triple, and HR in the nightcap loss but trails Fox in season hits, 158 to 155. The Mick still leads in the Triple Crown race.

At Boston, the Sox score a run in the 8th on 3 walks and a sac fly to beat Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, 2–1. He and Mel Parnell (7–3) each allow 3 hits. For Parnell, it is his last ML win. He’ll lose his last 3 decisions and retire at the end of the year. The little lefty is 71–30 at Fenway, the 4th best Hub lefty behind Ruth.

At County Stadium, the first-place Braves knock out Phils starter Curt Simmons as they score 7 runs in the 5th inning en route to a 11-5 win. Bobby Thomson has a 4th inning grand slam and Hank Aaron and Johnny Logan homer in the 5th. Stan Lopata has a pair of homers for Philadelphia.

At Cincinnati, Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe wins his 20th, topping the Reds, 6–5. He’s the first 20-game winner in the majors. Reese is replaced at short after he is hit on the thumb with a pitch.

In the first of two games at rainy Wrigley Field, Johnny Antonelli outpoints Cubs rookie Moe Drabowsky to give the Giants a 2-1 victory. Gene Baker hits his second grand slam of the year in 5-run 6th in the truncated nightcap, but it is not enough as the Cubs fall the Giants, 8-5, in six innings. Max Surkont, with his 4th team this year (he was acquired from the Red Sox three days ago, but did not play for Boston), is the winner. Bill White has a 3-run homer for New York.

24th Murry Dickson wins his 11th as the Cards defeat the Pirates, 6–2. Fred Waters, batting 7th ahead of Mazeroski and Foiles, is the loser. Foiles does hit a HR. Maz will bat 9th on September 3 with Bob Friend in the 7th spot.

Gil McDougald homers and Johnny Kucks tosses a 4-hitter as the Yankees shut out the White Sox, 2-0. Kucks uses just 73 pitches. New York leads the Indians by 8 games.

At Cincinnati, Dodger Sal Maglie tops another ex-Giant, Larry Jansen, 6–4 to drop the 3rd place Reds 5 games in back of the Braves. Snider and Furillo homer, while Gus Bell bangs 2 for the Reds, the 21st straight game in which a Cincy player has homered (41 homers in all).

25th  On Old Timer’s Day at the Stadium, the Yankees make room for Enos Slaughter, purchased from Kansas City, by giving Phil “the Scooter” Rizzuto his unconditional release. Rizzuto will be 38 next month, though years later he’ll reveal he shaved a year and was really born in 1917. Through the instigation of Ballantine Beer, Rizzuto will be in the announcing booth next season, replacing Jim Woods. The White Sox top the Yanks, 4–2. Mantle has a homer, but his throwing error allows the go-ahead run to score.

26th  The Yankees announce the purchase of veteran Enos Slaughter from Kansas City.

27th  Curt Roberts of Columbus (IL) hits 4 HRs in a row in a 7-inning 10–7 win against the Havana Cubans. His third home run is inside-the-park. Havana wins the 2nd game, 5–2.

A bus accident near Walsenburg, CO injures all 19 members of the Albuquerque (Western League) team. The team is sidelined for two days, and when they returned to play it will be with 4 catchers and 2 pitchers in the lineup.

28th  The Giants sign 17-year-old lefty Mike McCormick to a bonus contract.

In a Midwest League game, the Mattoon Phillies score 19 runs in the first inning against Michigan City. Bill Jonletz and Charlie Randall each score 3 runs in the frame.

29th At Yankee Stadium, Mantle has a homer and drives in the winning run in the 9th with two outs to give New York a 7–6 win over the A’s. Mick’s first-inning error had allowed four unearned runs to score.

31st  President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in attendance as Jim Lemon of the Senators slugs 3 consecutive HRs, off Whitey Ford, in a night game against the Yankees. But New York still wins, 6–4. Mantle has a homer, off Camilo Pascual, for the Yanks.

When Phillies starter Harvey Haddix is injured warming up, shortstop Grannie Hamner takes the mound for his third appearance this year and his first start. Grannie gives up 4 runs and 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings, as the Pirates win, 6-3. There will be examples of other position players taking the mound the rest of the century, but none will start a game.