1940 January

4th The Reds send sore-armed lefty Lee Grissom to the Yankees for 26-year-old pitcher Joe Beggs. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz, Beggs had to clear waivers from all 7 AL teams, who likely were not aware of the impending swap. This is due to the new rule voted last month barring the AL pennant winner (read Yankees) from any trades within the league. Beggs will go 12–3 for the Reds, while Grissom will be sold to the Dodgers on May 15.

14th Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit players and farm hands. Citing cover-ups in its organization, Landis hands freedom to Roy Cullenbine, Benny McCoy, Lloyd Dietz, and Steve Rachunok from the parent roster and orders $47,250 paid as compensation to 14 players. Johnny Sain is one of 23 players who will later make it to the ML. Landis’s edict nullifies a deal that would have brought Wally Moses to the Tigers for Benny McCoy and George Coffman. McCoy is considered the plum of the emancipation, and several clubs bid for the 2B. Connie Mack keeps Moses and signs McCoy for a $45,000 bonus and 2-season contract at $10,000 a year.

1940 February

8th The Browns make one of their best acquisitions ever when they purchase Eldon Auker from the Red Sox. Auker will become the ace of the staff winning 44 games over the next 3 seasons.

12th The Dodgers purchase OF Joe Vosmik from the Red Sox.

13th The Tigers sign George Metkovich, one of four players they ink from the Tigers’ minor league system who were granted free agency last month. Metkovich was granted free agency a month ago. His arrival in spring training camp will be delayed five days after he steps on a catfish and the fin penetrates the crepe sole of his left shoe. Since catfish are poisonous, he is given an injection as a preventive measure.

15th The Tiger roster lists Hank Greenberg as an OF. The willingness of the team’s leading power hitter to switch, at a contract boost, from 1B allows manager Del Baker to find a position for Rudy York. Also on the list are Dick Bartell, picked up from the Cubs for Billy Rogell, and Pinky Higgins, who had been shopped around. The four, along with Barney McCosky and Charlie Gehringer, produce the stuff that will move the Tigers from fifth to first, although its .588 mark will be as low as that of any pennant-winner yet.

23rd The A’s waive Lynn Nelson to Detroit. Nelson was the A’s top winner last year with 10 victories, but he’ll go 1–1 with Detroit before bowing out.

29th The First National Bank of Chicago tries to force a sale of the White Sox by the heirs of the late Louis Comiskey. A local judge denies the effort of the club’s principal lender, saying that Mrs. Grace Comiskey can keep the club for their 14-year-old son, Charles II, until he is 35.

1940 March

3rd The Boston Bees sell Debs Garms to the Pirates. Garms, unaware of the trade, arrives in Boston’s spring training camp with his wife and children on March 5. Garms will get only 358 at bats for the Bucs but, nevertheless, will lead the NL in hitting with a .355 average. Unlike the AL’s 400 at bats, the NL rules state that a player must appear in at least a hundred games: Garms will play in 103. Ford Frick, NL prexy, will clarify this in September when it is clear that Garms will not reach the 400 ABs. (Pirate teammate Virgil Davis will be the nominal runner-up at .326, but play just 99 games). Garms will drop to .264 in 1941 and he will be out of baseball in 1942.

7th In Tampa, the Dodgers beat the Reds, 9-5, in 10 innings. Bert Haas, subbing for the absent Dolph Camili, singles in 2 runs in the 10th, steals 2B and reaches 3B on the overthrow, then steals home. Camili will arrive in camp in 2 days to reclaim his job.

10th At Los Angeles’s Wrigley Field, an all-star exhibition game between the major leagues and the PCL raises $7,953 for the Finnish relief fund. A crowd of 9,753 is on hand, the numbers kept down by rain the previous evening. The ML team, made up of players from the White Sox, Cubs, A’s and Pittsburgh wins, 4-1, on 11 hits. The Majors use 9 pitchers, each tossing an inning, and the hurlers include Ted Lyons, Bill Lee, Thornton Lee and Johnny Gee. The opposing moundsmen are Tony Frietas and Rugger Ardizoia, each allowing 2 runs, and Hi Bithorn. Frankie Frisch manages the MLers in his civvies. Rip Collins has the first coast hit, while the best fielding play of the day is Babe Herman’s running catch of a Vaughan drive.

In a spring training game, Dominic DiMaggio sprains his ankle in a collision with Reds catcher Bill Baker. Dom is forced to slide after a fine throw by his brother Vince. The Red Sox win the sloppy game over the Reds, 13-10. With Joe Vosmik traded, DiMaggio will recover for the opener.

17th An inter-league all-star game is played in Florida for the benefit of Finland, which has been attacked by the Soviet Union. Over $20,000 is raised, but the Finlanders give up their battle within a few days of the benefit.

19th In an exhibition game that might be a spring training record of sorts, the Kansas City Blues pound the Washington Senators, 22–5. The Blues collect 23 hits for 46 bases. Frenchy Bordagaray starts the scoring with a HR in the 1st; Jack Saltzgaver is 3-for-3 with 3 triples and 5 RBIs. Another familiar name, Johnny Lindell, yields 3 hits in 3 innings for the Blues.

19th The Giants sign Paul Dean, recently released by the Cardinals. Dizzy’s younger brother will win 4 games for New York this year.

26th After being released by the Pirates, Chuck Klein signs for his third stint with the Phils.

28th During a 10–1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in LA, White Sox vet 2B Jackie Hayes catches a cinder in his eye. The eye will become infected and though he finishes the season, he loses the sight in the eye. In 1943 he will lose the sight in both eyes.

1940 April

5th At Greensboro, NC a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox is called at the end of 8 innings because the supply of balls is exhausted. The Reds win 12–10. The same happened to the two teams on April 6, 1939 in Florence, SC.

10th In an exhibition game in Ashland, KY, the Yankees collect only 2 hits off Max Macon and Newel Kimball but beat the Dodgers, 7–6. The scoring comes in the 4th on Rolfe’s single, 4 walks, and 2 errors, and in the 6th on Dahlgren’s solo HR. The Yanks do lose Jake Powell, who suffers a brain concussion in a collision. Powell will play just 12 games this season.

14th With two outs in the 9th inning of an exhibition game against the Dodgers in Brooklyn, Joe DiMaggio injures his knee sliding into 2B. Joe will miss Opening Day for the 4th time in five years.

At the Bee Hive in Boston, the Bees beat the Red Sox, 7–5, before a crowd of 9,900. Yesterday’s match was called off because of bad weather.

In Los Angeles, Carlos Bernier homers in the 18th inning to give Hollywood a 6–5 PCL win over the Angels. It is the longest game ever at Wrigley Field.

15th The Indians give up on the enigmatic pitcher Johnny Broaca, 4-2 last season, and ship him to the New York Giants. Broaca will make no appearances for New York and the Giants will send him back to Cleveland on June 5th at which point he will be handed his release.

16th Every White Sox player ends the day with the same batting average he starts with. Working in 47-degree weather, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws an Opening Day no-hitter, winning 1–0 at Comiskey Park. Edgar Smith is the losing pitcher. Rollie Hemsley has the only RBI.

In the earliest start of today’s openers, the Reds shade the visiting Cubs, 2–1. Derringer outguns Lee, with all the runs coming on homers: McCormick, Goodman, and Galan for the Cubs.

At Griffith Stadium, President Roosevelt throws out the first ball for the Washington-Boston game. Lefty Grove then allows just two hits as Boston edges the Senators, 1–0.

Before 20,187 at Shibe Park, Chubby Dean outlasts Red Ruffing as the A’s defeat the defending champion Yankees, 2–1, in ten innings. It is Dean’s first complete game in the majors. New York’s only run is unearned in the 3rd inning, but the A’s tie it up on a Bob Johnson solo homer. Chubby Dean’s long sac fly in the 10th off Ruffing drives in the winning run.

At Detroit, the majors largest crowd—49,417—watch the Browns upset the Tigers, 5–1. Detroit castoff George Coffman is the winner over Buck Newsom.

The highest score of the day is the 6–4 Pirates win over the Cards, with pitchers collectively turning in one of the best openers in history. The Philadelphia Inquirer attributes this to the new rule that allows pitchers to start their delivery with one foot off the rubber. The rule change was made because of the complaints that the lively ball had given the advantage to the batters.

20th  The Baltimore Afro-American reports that sports editors from 10 colleges in the New York City metro area adopted a resolution calling for the admission of black players into the major leagues. Columbia University led the way in preparing the full text of the resolution, which organized and represented opinions of students. Twenty-five collegiate press representatives met in New York City to endorse the resolution. At the same time, they sought elimination of discrimination against black athletes on college squads. (as noted by Dennis Van Langen).

23rd A flood at Crosley Field washes out a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the first time a flood has caused the postponement of an NL game. The teams will later decide to replay the game on May 13thwhen both teams will be heading east from St. Louis, but they neglect to inform the NL office.

24th At Philadelphia, the Yankees whip the A’s, 9–4, behind Red Ruffing. Master deceiver Frankie Crosetti pulls off at least his 6thsuccessful hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane) when he nabs the A’s Al Brancato.

25th Dizzy Dean allows 2 runs in the 1st, but settles down to win 4–2 over the Reds. The Cubs beat Paul Derringer, who loses for the first time after winning 11 straight decisions. Derringer’s last loss was August 10 of last year, the same date Diz recorded his last win.

26th Yankee Red Rolfe has nine assists at 3B against Boston, but the Red Sox win 8–1.

At Philadelphia, Freddie Fitzsimmons shuts out the Phils, 6-0, as the Dodgers move to a 6-0 record atop the NL. Cookie Lavagetto hits a 7th-inning grand slam to give Fitz a comfortable margin.

At Wrigley, the Cubs score 5 in the 1st inning, 4 on a grand slam by Swish Nicholson off Junior Thompson, as Chicago defeats the Reds, 6-2.

The Giants send slow-footed slugger Zeke Bonura back to the Senators for P Rene Monteagudo and $20,000.

27th Rookie SS Lou Boudreau’s first ML HR leads off the game against Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. He adds another + a single against Prince Hal, as Cleveland wins, 4–2.

In Philadelphia, the A’s score 7 runs in the 7th and beat the Red Sox, 8-3. Sam Chapman connects for a grand slam, off Joe Hoving.

Yankee rookie Marv Breuer makes his first ML start and loses, 3-2, to Washington’s Ken Chase. Chase has an RBI triple and scatters 5 hits in winning. Breuer might be excused for his loss: he set the PCL record for consecutive losses in 1937 with 12.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 4–1, to go to 7–0, their best start in 50 years. Hot Potato Hamlin is the winner: he beat the Giants 5 straight times in 1939.

28th The Indians take a 9–3 lead into the 9th but the Tigers score 6 to tie. Hal Trosky wins it for the Indians with a 2-run, 2-out HR in the 10th, 11–9.

29th At Detroit, Bob Feller walks in the winning run in the 8th inning and loses to the Tigers, 4–3. Cotton Pippen is the winner with 8 1/3 innings of relief. The Indians (7-3) are now tied with the Red Sox for 1st place.

30th Tex Carleton of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who dropped to the minors in 1939 after successfully hurling for the Cards and Cubs, tosses a no-hitter, blanking the Reds, 3–0, in a dried-out Cincinnati. Pete Coscarart’s three-run homer in the 5th off Jim Turner is all the scoring. The win is the 9th straight for Brooklyn since Opening Day, which ties a 20th C ML record set by the Giants in 1918. Carleton had been released by the Minneapolis Millers after the 1939 season, and Brooklyn signed him as a free agent. Cincinnati ends the streak tomorrow, winning 9–2, to move two games behind the Dodgers.

The Browns Emil Bildilli gives up hits to the first 2 Yankee batters, and that’s all as St. Louis wins, 2–1. New York is 4-6.

1940 May

1st The Reds Bill Werber has just 2 hits, but his homer and double come in an 8-run 4th inning. Ernie Lombardi adds a grand slam as the Reds beat Hugh Casey and Brooklyn, 9–2.

5th The visiting Dodgers use 22 players and the Cards use 17 for a ML record 39 players in a nine-inning game. The two teams use 6 catchers, four by the Dodgers and both are records. The Dodgers score four runs in the 9th to win, 9–6.

6th Forget yesterday’s mark. Two ML records are set as Pittsburgh uses 24 players and both clubs use 40 as the Boston Bees win in 12 innings, 10–7. The Bucs have lost 6 in a row.

7th The Dodgers are drubbed by the Cardinals, 18–2 when St. Louis totals 49 bases on 20 hits. The Cards have 13 extra base hits, 7 of them HRs to set a NL mark for extra bases on long hits (29). Eddie Lake and Johnny Mize each have a pair. Brooklyn then becomes the first NL team to fly, going from St. Louis to Chicago on two planes. The Red Sox flew the same route July 30, 1936, but for reasons of cost and risk, no other teams try the airlines. The Dodgers will fly to New York from Chicago.

8th The Waner brothers, Lloyd and Paul, lose their places in the Pittsburgh OF when new manager Frank Frisch acquires Vince DiMaggio for Johnny Rizzo, who hit 23 HRs as a rookie in 1938 with Cincinnati. Vince takes over CF, flanked by Maurice Van Robays and Bob Elliott, each playing their first full season. Yesterday the Bucs sold OF Fern Bell to Toronto.

9th The press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Ruppert estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year, but it never happens.

After yesterday’s rainout at Wrigley, the Dodgers score three in the 10th to beat Larry French, 4–1. Newt Kimball is the winner.

11th The Red Sox top the Yankees 9–8 with 2 runs in the top of the 11th. Tommy Henrich hits his 2nd homer of the game in the bottom of the 11th as New York falls short. Light-hitting Lou Finney has a grand slam for the Bosox. Manager Joe McCarthy benches Frankie Crosetti, hitting .150, but New York (6–8) still loses their 8th in a row at home to drop into last place. Meanwhile, first-place Boston takes their 6th straight. With Crosetti’s benching, he ends his consecutive games played at 420, the longest current streak in the majors.

Syracuse SS Ace Parker, the IL’s leading hitter, breaks his leg sliding home in a win over Toronto. Parker will miss the rest of the baseball season but he will be the 1940 MVP in the National Football League. At the end of the year he will announce that he is giving up baseball for football.

12th Behind the six-hit pitching of Red Ruffing, the Yankees beat the Bosox, 4–0, and stop New York’s 8-game losing streak. New York (7-14) is still in last place while Boston (16-6) sits atop the AL.

The Reds (15-4) follow up yesterday’s win over St. Louis, with a doubleheader sweep, winning 7–1 and 13–4. Ival Goodman has a homer in the openers and three Reds—Frank McCormack, Lonnie Frey, and Harry Craft—come through with circuit clouts in the second game. The Cards help with seven errors in the two games.

13th In a replay of their washed-out game of April 23rd called on account of darkness, the Reds and the Cards neglect to inform the league office, and no umpires are assigned to Crosley Field. Coach Jimmy Wilson and P Lon Warneke are pressed into service as umpires before umpire Larry Goetz, at home in Cincinnati on a day off, arrives to officiate. Warneke will later become a full-time umpire, while Wilson will return to active duty at the end of the year and star in the WS. Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals hits 3 HRs, and the Reds Bill Werber has 5 hits and collects 4 consecutive doubles in a 14-inning, 8–8 tie with the Reds. Werber is the only one to do it in both leagues. Mize’s is his 3rd 3-homer game, breaking the tie for the NL record he shared with George Kelly. After 1910, there will be only 5 games this century in which active players umpire: Besides today these are: 1912: Ham Hyatt (Pit-N) and Ed Phelps (Bro-N); 1935: Jocko Conlan (Chi-A); 1941: Johnny Cooney (Bos-N) and Freddie Fitzsimmons (Bro-N); and 1978: Don Leppert (coach, Tor-A) and Jerry Zimmerman (coach, Min-A). (as noted by historian Wayne McElreavy).

Bees reliever Jim Callahan walks seven, including 5 straight Giants batters after 2 are out in the 4th. He throws 18 straight balls in the inning, though the Giants just score 2. Gumbert is the winner in relief, 11–5.

14th Boston’s Jimmie Foxx blasts a 10th inning HR off White Sox P Johnny Rigney to give first place Boston a 7-6 win. The ball goes over the LF roof, the longest poke in Comiskey Park history.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates spot the Giants two runs then come back to win 7-2 behind Bob Klinger. Elbie Fletcher hits a grand slam in the Bucs five-run 6th.

15th 1B Art Mahan and 2B Herman Schulte establish themselves as regulars at their positions with the Phillies. Fewer than a dozen players have been 120-or-more-game regulars in their only season in the ML, and the Phillies, again locked in last place, have 2 of them in one season. Neither Phillie will hit .250, but Schulte will top 2B in fielding.

In the Pirates 5–2 loss to the Giants, only 3 Bucs bat in the 2nd, but all reach base. Maurice Van Roblys singles and is picked off; Vince DiMaggio walks and is forced at 2B by Frankie Gustine, who is caught stealing.

17th Chicago’s Stan Hack, is struck by a foul line drive off the bat of teammate Hank Lieber and suffers a concussion. Hack was the runner at 3rd base and in foul territory when he was struck. The Cubs top the host Giants, 4–0, with Claude Passeau outdueling Hal Schumacher. Passeau allows just 2 singles, both by Joe Moore.

Ival Goodman cracks an 11th inning grand slam to pace the Reds to a 7–2 victory over the Phils in Philadelphia. Frank McCormick’s 2-run HR in the 8th tied the score.

Cleveland rolls over the Senators, 18–1, scoring 10 runs in the 1stinning.

18th After beating the Phillies 11 straight times over 2 ½ years, the Reds Paul Derringer finally loses, 8–3. The Phils collect 12 hits in 8 innings off Derringer.

The Cards collect just 7 hits off Hot Potato Hamlin, but all are for extra bases to tie an NL record. The Dodgers lose, 6–2. Five of the hits are HRs—2 each by Mize and Terry Moore. Pee Wee Reese steals his 17th base in 26 games; the Cards have just 5 stolen bases.

The Yanks vacate last place by beating the White Sox, 3–0, behind Monte Pearson’s 2-hitter.

19th At Memphis, 53-year-old manager Truck Hannah catches a doubleheader win over Nashville. Truck is forced to play because of injuries to his two catchers.

20th Behind 7–1, the Phils score 7 runs in the 9th inning to edge the Pirates, 8–7. Morrie Arnovich, with a single his first time up in the 9th, walks with the bases loaded to push across the winning run. Wally Berger’s two run single had tied the contest at 7–7.

Pinky Higgins clouts three successive homers and drives in seven runs to lead Detroit to a 10–7 victory over the leading Red Sox. Pinky’s first two clouts come off Lefty Grove, and the last off Jack Wilson, who is charged with the loss. Jimmie Foxx hits his 10thhomer of the year, a 5th inning grand slam, and Lefty Grove homers in the 2nd.

The Yankees slip back into last place, losing to the Indians, 10–2. Al Smith allows just 3 New York hits.

21st Jimmie Foxx hits a grand-slam home run for the 2nd day in a row against Detroit in an 11–8 Red Sox win. Only Ruth, twice, and Dickey have slammed in consecutive days in the AL. Williams, Doerr, and Roger Cramer also homer for Boston. Greenberg and York homer for the Bengals, while Wally Moses has a pair of triples and 2 singles.

Against his old teammates, Chicago 1B Joe Kuhel has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR, to help the White Sox beat Washington 9–8.

The Phils sign pitcher Cy Blanton when he is made a free agent by the Pirates on orders from Commissioner Landis.

23rd In front of just 793 paid customers in St. Louis, the Browns trip the Senators, 8–7, in 12 innings. Jimmy Bloodworth’s 2-run HR gives the Nats the lead in the top of the 12th, but the George McQuinn’s 2ndhomer of the day, a single, and a triple by Rip Radcliff, who scores on a sac fly gives St. Louis the win over Sid Hudson.

24th Before 22,260, the New York Giants rip the Boston Bees 8–1 in the first night game at the Polo Grounds. Harry Gumbert is the winner.

The Cleveland Indians edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, in the first night game at Sportsman’s Park before 24,827, the biggest crowd since 1922. Bob Feller beats Eldon Auker and his first ML homer is the margin of victory.

26th The Reds receive their 1939 World Series rings from Commissioner Landis and then beat the Cardinals 1–0 on Paul Derringer’s one-hitter. Stuart Martin’s 1st inning single is the only hit. In the stands are 21 fans who saw the 1869 champion Reds in action.

At Griffith Stadium, Johnny Welaj legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 10th to give the Senators a 4-3 win over the Athletics.

27th Brooklyn trades OF Roy Cullenbine to the Browns for OF Joe Gallagher. In 2 days the Dodgers will sell OF Gene Moore back to the Boston Bees.

30th The Giants sweep the Dodgers 7–0 and 12–5 in 12 innings dropping Brooklyn out of 1st place. The Giants tally 34 hits in the two games. In the opener, Carl Hubbell uses just 81 pitches and gives up only a 2nd inning single to Johnny Hudson, who is erased on a DP. Only Lavagetto gets to a 3–2 count. Bill Lohrman wins the 2nd game in 12 innings as the Giants score 8 runs in the top of the 12th.

In Philadelphia, the A’s score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Senators, 7-6 in the first of 2. In the second game, called on account of darkness after 7, the Senators score 9 runs in the top of the 7th to win, 14-2. Zeke Bonura hits a grand slam for the Senators, connecting in the 7th off Bill Beckmann.

The Phillies and Bees swap 5-1 decisions, with Philadelphia taking the opener. Kirby Higbe is the winner as Boston collects 5 hits. In the second game, Boston wins in 11 innings as Eddie Miller ends it with a grand slam, off Syl Johnson.

1940 June

1st Filling in for Leo Durocher, rookie Pee Wee Reese gets beaned by Cubs pitcher Jake Mooty. Chicago edges the Dodgers, 4–3, in 12 innings, as Mooty is the winner over Tot Pressnell.

2nd Bucky Walters wins his 9th in a row, 11–1 over the Bees, then Boston stings the Reds in game 2, winning 2–0. Dick Erickson applies the whitewash, though he is nearly matched by ex-Bee Jim Turner. Turner face just 18 batters in the first six innings. Brooklyn takes a pair from the Cubs to move two games in back of the first place Reds.

The Red and White Sox split a doubleheader in Boston. Ted Lyons wins the opener, 6–0, for his 225th career victory. It is his 4th win this season. The Red Sox come back in the nitecap, 10–8, when Jimmie Foxx cracks his 13th homer of the year in the 9th inning into the LF screen with Ted Williams on base. Boston stays two games ahead of Cleveland, which split today with the A’s.

3rd The Cubs get waivers from all 15 teams and send Dizzy Dean to Tulsa (Texas League). Dean has submitted to a number of treatments, including teeth extraction, but his arm has not responded, and the Cubs hope the Texas League sun will help. He will pitch moderately well and is a great ticket seller.

Chicago loses to Brooklyn, 3–2, when Dolph Camilli homers off Claude Passeau.

4th The Pirates rout the Boston Bees 14–2 in the first night game at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. 20,319 Pirate fans look on.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals play their first home night game, losing 10–1 to the Dodgers. The Browns lost their 1st home night game at Sportsman’s Park 10 days earlier. Brooklyn scores 5 in the first inning, led by Pete Coscarart’s three-run homer. Ducky Medwick goes 5-for-5 for the Cardinals.

5th Jimmy Bloodworth hits a 5th inning grand slam to help the Senators top the visiting Indians, 6-1. Walt Masterson is the winning pitcher.

7th With the Cardinals starting badly (14-24), owner Sam Breadon fires Ray Blades as manager. Bill Southworth is brought back from Rochester to replace him. Mike Gonzales is the interim manager until Southworth arrives.

After 9 straight wins, Bucky Walters suffers his first defeat as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 4–2, in 11 innings.

8th At Cincinnati, reliever Carl Doyle of the Dodgers gives up 16 hits and 14 runs in just 4 innings, as the Reds pound out 27 hits in a 23–2 win, regaining 1st place. Cincy is paced by Harry Craft, who hits for the cycle, scores 4 runs and drives in 7. Craft does not bat in the 1stor the 9th but goes to the plate in the 2nd through the 8th. Results: double, triple, single, home run, hit-by-pitch, walk, single. Teammate Frank McCormick scores 5 runs. Doyle also manages to throw 2 wild pitches and hit 4 Cincinnati batters in the game to help set a bitter tone to the Cincinnati-Dodgers rivalry, which will continue through the decade. Doyle won’t be around though as Brooklyn ships him to the Cards in four days. His 4 hit batsmen ties an NL record. However, the loser is Fred Fitzsimmons (4-1).

In Philadelphia, the last-place Browns roll to a 15-1 victory over the A’s. Roy Cullenbine has a grand slam.

11th In the 2nd of two, Paul Dean debuts with the Giants and beats the Cubs, 3–1, on 4 hits. Joe Moore runs his hitting streak to 14 games when he belts an 8th inning homer off Claude Passeau. The Giants win the opener, 4–0, behind Bill Lohrman to pull within 1 ½ games of the Reds and Dodgers. Bill Lee is the losing Cubs hurler in that one.

In Boston, the Indians chase Bob Feller, 9–2, on homers by Williams and Cronin. Williams adds a triple, while Finney has four hits including a pair of doubles. During the game, Tribe manager Oscar Vitt openly criticizes Feller, saying “Look at him. He’s supposed to be my ace. How am I supposed to win a pennant with that kind of pitching.” The Boston win keeps the Sox a game ahead of Detroit and Cleveland.

12th In a sweet trade for Brooklyn, GM Larry MacPhail perfects his outfield and gets one pitcher: Joe Medwick and 37-year-old Curt Davis, a 22-game winner last year, are acquired from the Cardinals for Ernie Koy, P Carl Doyle, minor leaguers Bert Haas and Sam Nahem, and $125,000. Medwick is hitting .338.

The first place Red Sox club veteran Indians’ P Mel Harder for a 9–5 win, handing the Tribe their 8 loss in 13 games. Cleveland’s Ossie Vitt, in lifting Harder, snarls, “It’s about time you won one, the money you’re making.” The criticism, plus the same type of remarks made earlier about Feller, will prompt Harder to request a meeting with Cleveland owner Alva Bradley tomorrow morning in Cleveland.

13th At Cooperstown, Ted Williams hits 2 homers against the Cubs, but Chicago counters with 4 round trippers to win the 7-inning exhibition, 10–9.

The Cleveland players petition owner Alva Bradley to remove Oscar Vitt as manager. “Sometimes it seems he’ll drive us all nuts,” says Bob Feller. “Maybe it’s just his nervousness.” Bradley declines, stating that the club is just 2 games behind Boston. The Indians tip the Tigers, 3–2, in 11 innings, winning on Charlie Gehringer’s throwing error. Cleveland has their best month of the year, settling into first place, which they will hold until the final 2 weeks of the season.

14th In the Bees 4–2 win over the Cubs, Boston 1B Buddy Hassett fouls out in the 8th inning after hitting safely in 10 straight at bats over 3 games. He walked once in the streak. Before the game, Boston sends C Al Lopez to Pittsburgh for C Paul Burris and cash.

Luke Hamlin holds the Reds to two hits and Brooklyn wins, 2–0, to take over first place from the Reds. Joe Medwick’s safety drives in the first run, and Vosmik Joe adds another.

In his first appearance as Ray Blades successor, new Cardinal manager Billy Southworth wins a 6–2 verdict over the Phillies. New Card Ernie Koy has two hits to lead a 9 hits attack for Bob Bowman.

Gordon Cobbledick breaks the story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the players’ mutiny against Oscar Vitt. Vitt meets with owner Bradley but declines to comment on the mutiny. He will stay on and today the players hand him an 8–0 win over Detroit. Johnny Allen tosses a two-hitter.

15th Harry Danning hits for the cycle, as the Giants beat visiting Pittsburgh. Danning’s HR is an inside-the-park hit that lands 460 feet on the fly in front of the Giants’ clubhouse. It lodges behind the Eddie Grant memorial, and CF Vince DiMaggio cannot extricate the ball in time. Danning is the last player this century to include an IPHR in his cycle. The Giants win, 12-1, their 8th straight win.

The Reds send recently acquired Johnny Rizzo to the Phillies for OF Morrie Arnovich.

16th The Reds manage just two hits off Wyatt but beat the Dodgers, 1–0, at Ebbets Field. Lonny Frey’s unusual home run in the 9th settles the game: Frey’s hit strikes the top of the RF wall, bounces straight up, and settles on a ledge on top of the wall next to the scoreboard.

Cleveland fans cheer manager Oscar Vitt and boo the “crybabys,” Hal Trosky and Bob Feller. Feller answers with a 3-hit win over the A’s, striking out 12 in the 4–2 game. Al Milnar takes the nitecap by the same score.

After Boston scores 2 runs in the 9th to tie, Ted Williams cracks a 12thinning HR to give first-place Boston a 4–3 win over the White Sox in game 1. Ted thumps another in the 14–5 nitecap win at Comiskey Park. Winning P Jack Wilson clubs a pair of homers (he last hit one in 1935 and will total 3 for his career), as does Joe Cronin. Jimmie Foxx homers as well as the Sox total 20 hits.

17th Not a single assist is recorded by any of the Boston Bee infielders in the first game of a doubleheader versus Pittsburgh. Boston wins, 5–3, then takes the nitecap, 5–1.

Citing upset nerves, Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak quits the team. Pytlak, who had been a holdout all spring training, will be dealt to the Red Sox in December. The Indians bring up young Jim Hegan from Wilkes-Barre.

18th Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for 6 days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Allegedly, Medwick had been tipped off by 3B coach Chuck Dressen, who had stolen the sign, to expect a curve. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 7–5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.

The Browns top the Red Sox 11–7 in St. Louis when Johnny Berardino cracks a grand slam off Jim Bagby in the 10th inning.

19th In a night game following the Medwick beaning, the Cards make 7 errors in an 8–3 loss to Brooklyn. Slick-fielding Cardinal SS Marty Marion makes 3 errors in the 7th inning.

20th The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1–0 in 11 innings, their 6thstraight loss, then protest a “catch” by Sox LF Moose Solters, contending he dropped the ball in the 2nd inning when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld. The game will be replayed September 18, but, for several years, all of today’s records count including Monte Pearson’s loss and Johnny Rigney’s win, will count. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19, 1935 in extra innings to 2 pitchers, Stewart and Brown.

Boston loses a pair—and the 4 game series—to the Browns, 2–1 and 11–4, and drops out of first place. The Indians take over 1st with a 12–1 drubbing of the Senators. The new issue of The Sporting Newsheadlines “’I’ll be Nice if I Can,’ says Vitt of Tribe Truce.”

21st Washington rookie Sid Hudson takes a no-hitter into the 9thinning, but the Browns Rip Radcliff hits a pop fly double down the RF line with no outs. A passed ball puts him on 3rd, but Hudson retires 3 for a 1–0 win. He’ll beat the A’s on a one-hit shutout in August.

22nd After winning 1-0 yesterday, the Senators trip the Browns, 11-10. The Browns take an early lead on Harlond Clift’s grand slam and two homers by Johnny Berardino, the 2nd with 2 men on.

The Cardinals squash the Boston Bees, 9-2 with a 7 run 6th inning. Boston contributes 8 errors including 3 in the Birds’ big frame. Stuart Martin reaches base twice on errors in the 6th, the only NL player to do so this century.

23rd With 52,657 in attendance at the Polo Grounds, the Giants Billy Jurges is hit on the head by a pitch thrown by Bucky Walters of the Reds He leaves the field on a stretcher. A shaken Walters then allows 2 runs and is lifted. The Giants have a 4–2 lead with 2 out in the 9th, but the Reds score 5 runs on 6 hits to win 7–4. Cincy takes the 2ndgame 2–0. Jurges will stay in the hospital 6 days and the Giants will go 39–61 and tailspin from 2nd place to 6th after his injury.

In Cleveland, 56,659 watch the Indians split with Boston. Cleveland wins the opener 4–1 for their 8th win in a row, then Boston wins the nitecap 2–0 on two Jim Tabor HRs. In game 1, Ted Williams and Doc Cramer collide chasing a fly ball. Williams is knocked unconscious and the ball goes for an inside-the-park home run.

Bobo Newsom wins his 9th in a row, stopping the Yankees on 4 hits. The Tigers move to a game and a half in back of the 1st place Indians.

25th The Cubs score 5 times in the 13th to beat the Dodgers, 8–3. Claude Passeau pitches 4 innings of relief for the win. It’s the Dodgers 7th loss in 9 games.

26th Sam Chapman is 5-for-5 including a grand slam to lead the A’s to a 9-4 win over the Browns.

27th Buck Newsom (10–1) wins his 10th in a row as the 2nd place Tigers whip St. Louis 2–1. Detroit manages just 3 hits, but 2 are homers by Greenberg and Gehringer.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers honor Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” Norworth penned the lyrics 32 years ago, but this is the first baseball game he’s ever seen. Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, waited 20 years to see his first game (according to columnist Hal Lebovitz). The Dodgers manage a 5–4 win over the Cubs to move a game and a half behind the first place Reds.

28th     Pepper Martin applies the icing to the Cards’ cake as he hits a 9th-inning grand slam, off Dick Lanahan, to help beat the host Pirates, 8-2. The Cardinals score 5 runs in the frame.

Johnny Vander Meer, plagued with control problems, is optioned by the Reds to Indianapolis. Vandy was ineffective in the Reds pennant drive last year and was knocked out in his only 2 starts this year.

29th Bob Feller fans 11 White Sox in gaining his 12th win of the year, 7–3. Lee takes the loss. The Tribe now lead the AL by 2 ½ games.

In St. Louis, the Tigers score 6 runs in the 1st inning, four on a grand slam by Hank Greenberg, to whip the Browns, 9-5. Game 2 ends in a 9-inni9ng 9-9 tie.

The Dodgers stay a half game behind the Reds, winners in Chicago, as they score 4 runs in each of their last two at-bats to beat Boston, 10-4. Dixie Walker accounts for half with a grand slam.

30th The Cardinals and Pirates swap shutouts in Pittsburgh, with St. Louis taking the opener, 1-0, behind Mort Cooper. Bob Klinger takes the tough loss. Max Butcher chops up the Birds in game 2, winning 2-0.

In Philadelphia, the Phils and Giants divide a pair, with the Quakers taking the opener, 7-4. Heinie Mueller hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th. New York wins the second game, 7-3, to stay in 3rd place.

The first-place Reds sweep the visiting Cubs in an exciting doubleheader, winning 7-4 and 7-6. Chicago’s Jim Gleeson hits a 4thinning grand slam to tie the first game, but the Reds score 3 times in the 7th to win it, 7-4. Eddie Joost’s bases-loaded hit in 9th of game 2 gives the Reds a 7-6 win.

In St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers split two as the Browns take the opener, 7-6, in 11 innings. Roy Cullenbine hits his 2nd grand slam of the month for St. Louis in the 4th inning. Detroit wins the nightcap, 10-1, in 7 innings. The split leaves the Tigers 2 games in back of Chicago.

1940 July

1st Detroit’s Bobo Newsom wins his 11th victory in a row, 3–1, over the White Sox. Rigney takes the loss.

2nd Detroit takes over 1st place by beating the White Sox, 10–9, taking advantage of 10 walks handed out. Each team scores in 7 innings and the 14 half innings scored ties the AL record. It is the third and last time it will be done in the 20th century. Meanwhile, the Indians lose their 2nd straight to the Browns, 5–3.

At Boston, the Red Sox split a pair with the A’s, losing 4–3 before winning 15–9. The Sox score in 6 of the 8 innings in the nitecap getting homers from Foxx and Cronin. Al Simmons hits his 1st homer of the year for the A’s.

3rd At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers tie the Giants 3–3 in the 9th, then Pee Wee Reese’s grand slam gives the Dodgers a 7–3 win. The 6-run 9th puts Brooklyn in first place by one game.

Paced by a Jimmie Foxx home run, the Red Sox score 6 in the 9th to defeat the A’s, 12–11 to erase a 7-run deficit after the 7th. Williams and Tabor clout 3-run homers, with Ted’s tying the game. Cronin also homers for the Hubmen, while Sam Chapman (2) and Siebert homer for the A’s.

4th The Tigers draw the largest crowd in their history, 56,272, for the first-place showdown with the Indians. Detroit takes the opener, 5–3, behind Tommy Bridges complete game. The Indians bounce back to win the nitecap in 11 innings, 2–1, to regain first place. Their previous largest crowd was last year on opening day at the newly enlarged Briggs Stadium.

Washington sweeps a pair from the visiting A’s, winning 5-1 and 9-5. George Case leads the way with a record-tying 9 hits in the 2 games.

Ab Wright of Minneapolis (AA) follows one HR in the morning game of a holiday doubleheader with 4 HRs and a triple—19 total bases—against St. Paul at Nicollet Park. Wright’s first homer in game two is a monster shot that clears the center-field wall. His 4 homers in a game ties the 1935 mark of Dale Alexander of KC off Steve Sundra of Minneapolis, and the 19 TB is a new AA record. The Millers win the 2nd game, 17–5, after losing the a.m. game, 3–2. Wright will win the AA Triple Crown, hitting .369, 39 HRs, and 159 RBIs.

5th The Brooklyn Dodgers outlast Boston 6–2 in 20 innings in a contest lasting 5 hours and 19 minutes. The 4 runs in the 20th is a ML record. The 2 teams’ epic marathon ties record-setters of 1920 and 1939. Bees manager Casey Stengel is tossed in the 10th after complaining too hard to Bick Campbell. Campbell ordered Dolph Camilli to bat again after flying out, because the ump had not seen the pitch. Joe Sullivan takes the loss, giving up the 4 runs in the 20thafter tossing 9 scoreless frames.

In St. Louis, the Cubs deal the Cards an 11-5 defeat as Rip Russell drills a grand slam off Carl Doyle in Chicago’s 5-run 5th. Four days from now, Russell will undergo an emergency appendectomy that will sideline him the rest of the year.

The Phils hand Wally Berger his unconditional release.

Lacrosse (Wisconsin State League) righty Merv Henley pitches a doubleheader against Fon Du Lac, allowing just one run in 16 innings, a 7th inning HR in game 2. He allows 7 hits and no walks. The 30-year-old Henley will finish the season at 20–3.

6th The Tigers sweep a pair from the Browns and move within 2 percentage points of the Indians. In an 11–2 win, Bobo Newsom allows three hits in winning his 12th straight—all complete games as Detroit pounds Vern Kennedy for 12 hits in 4+ innings. Detroit scores two unearned runs in the nitecap to give young Johnny Gorsica the win over John Niggeling. Niggeling allows just 4 hits.

At Chicago, Paul Derringer allows just one hit—Stan Hack’s double in the 6th—as the Reds top the Cubs, 4–0. Frank McCormick’s three-run homer in the first is the big Red blow.

7th The Bees sting the Dodgers twice by one run, dropping Brooklyn out of first place. Manuel Salvo wins the opener, 1–0, when Johnny Cooney drives home the lone run off Whit Wyatt. Coffman checks the Dodgers in the nitecap, 2–1. The Reds, 4–3 winners at Chicago, take over the NL lead, which they will not relinquish.

At the NL club owners meeting in St. Louis, Ford Frick proposes batting helmets for hitters. Frick admitted his idea had met with a lukewarm response when players and managers were polled. Frankie Frisch talked it over with the Pirates and most were against it.

9th At Sportsman’s Park, five NL pitchers combine to shut out the powerful AL all-star team, 4-0, allowing just three hits. Paul Derringer goes the first two innings to earn the victory. Billy Herman is 3-for-3 and Max West, in his only at bat, clubs a three-run homer in the 1st inning off Red Ruffing.

10th Boston Bees OF Max West, a late replacement for Mel Ott, hits a 3-run HR in the first inning to lead the NL to a 4–0 victory over the AL in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. It is the first shutout in All-Star history. Joe Cronin directs the AL when Joe McCarthy steps aside, stating he has “had the honor often enough.”

12th A single by Dick Siebert in the 8th inning deprives Bob Feller of a no hitter, but the Indians ace blanks the A’s, 1–0, striking out 13 in a night game. It is Feller’s 4th one-hitter.

13th In a Fenway rarity, the White Sox whitewash the home team in both games of a doubleheader. Ted Lyons wins the opener, 5–0, and Jack Knott ties up the Red Sox in the nitecap, 7–0.

It’s lucky 13 for Bobo Newsom as the Detroit ace wins his 13thstraight. Bobo allows 2 Washington hits in shutting out the Nats, 4–0, in the nitecap of 2. Detroit wins the opener as well, 4–3.

The 4th-place Yankees chew up the Browns, winning 10-4 and 12-6 at Yankee Stadium. Charlie Keller has a grand slam off Slick Coffman for the Bombers.

The Cardinals edge the visiting Giants in a brace of games, 7–6 and 4–3. Johnny Mize hits for the cycle in the opener for the Birds.

14th In the aftermath of the beanball wars, Spalding advertises a batting helmet with ear flaps in The Sporting News. Players express no interest, but next year Brooklyn will introduce a cap liner, which some batters start to use.

Freddie Fitzsimmons of the Dodgers wins his 200th career game, a 4-hitter over Pittsburgh. Fat Freddy will win 6 games each from the Pirates and Philadelphia on the way to a 16–2 won-loss mark. Fitzsimmons will win his 16 in just 134 innings of work, the best ration of wins to innings pitched of any starter in the 20th century.

Swish Nicholson homers in the bottom of the 13th off Paul Dean to give the Cubs a 6–5 win over the Giants. Claude Passeau works 6 innings of relief to pick up his 10th win. In the nitecap, Bill Lohrman shuts out the Cubs, 2–0, to pin the loss on Ken Raffensberger.

The Senators score two runs in the 9th inning after two are out to tie the Indians, 5–5. Then with the sacks full in the 11th, Buddy Lewis hits a long drive to bring home the Nats winning run, 6–5. Detroit stays a game in front of the Tigers, losers of a doubleheader with the A’s.

15th Eddie Smith shuts out the Yankees for 7 innings, finally allowing 2 runs in the 8th as the White Sox edge the New Yorkers, 3-2. Jake Powell makes his first appearance of the year after suffering a serious concussion when he was beaned in spring training. He’ll have just 27 at bats this year.

17th Going for his 14th straight win, Detroit’s Bobo Newsom breaks his right thumb in the 4th inning against Boston, and the Sox pound relievers to win the opener, 8–3. Al Benton takes the loss as Bobo leaves with a 3–2 lead. Detroit loses the nitecap, 8–5, and drops into a 2nd place tie with the Red Sox, both a half-game back. Bobo’s injury occurs in the 4th when he is covers 1B and takes a throw from Rudy York. The doctor predicts Newsom will be out 4 weeks but Bobo says 10 days. Bobby Doerr has a grand slam for Boston.

Thanks to an AL record-tying 4 errors by Chicago 3B Eric “Boob” McNair, the Senators trip the White Sox, 5–3. Gee Walker has 4 Nats hits. For McNair, it is his only game at third base this year and will earn him a demotion and release. The Tigers will pick him off the waiver list in December.

18th A triple play and three walks off Jackie Wilson in the final frame help the Tigers top the Red Sox, 10–8, and return to first place. Rudy York and Barney McCosky each have 4 hits for Detroit. The Red Sox might want a mulligan when, in the 11th, the first two batters single to bring up Ted Williams, who lays down a successful sacrifice bunt. Two out follow and Boston loses.

The St. Louis Browns lose their club-record 14th straight as the A’s pound 5 pitchers to win, 10–3.

At Yankee Stadium, Buddy Rosar’s first inning grand slam, off Al Milnar, jump starts the Yankees to a 9-6 win over Cleveland.

19th Catcher Buddy Rosar hits for the cycle and Babe Dahlgren homers twice to lead the Yanks to a 15–6 win over Cleveland. Gomez and Murphy combine for the win.

At Wrigley, Hank Lieber hits a 1st inning grand slam as the Cubs blast the Dodgers, 11–4. In the 8th inning, Chicago’s Swish Nicholson adds a 2-run HR, but the real action comes after Brooklyn P Hugh Casey plunks Chicago pitcher Claude Passeau in the back with a pitch. When Passeau throws his bat at Casey, both benches erupt. Dodger reserve Joe Gallagher and Passeau are tossed, but the pitcher picks up his 11th win of the year. The bat-tossing will cost Passeau $75.

20th At Yankee Stadium, Hal Newhouser stops the Yankees, 3-1, as Hank Greenburg is 4-for-4 for Detroit, including a double and triple.

21st The Reds Paul Derringer retires the first 21 New York batters before Babe Young homers to lead off the 8th. The Giants get one more hit and lose, 6–1. Frank McCormick has a grand slam for the Reds.

Burleigh Grimes, manager of Grand Rapids (Michigan State League) argues a home plate call with umpire Robert Williams and ends up spitting in the umpire’s face. Grimes is ejected and suspended. But after an investigation by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues the old spitballer’s penalty is reduced to banishment for the remainder of the season.

Pitchers Lefty Grove and Carl Hubbell, along with Frankie Frisch and Mickey Cochrane are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

22nd The Cubs buy 1B Zeke Bonura from the Senators for $10,000. Bonura replaces Rip Russell, who is sidelined for the year.

Visiting Oil City, the Pirates lose an exhibition game to their Penn State Association farmhands, 4-3. Russ Bauers goes 7 innings and takes the loss.

23rd Commissioner Landis rules that Red Sox farmhand Larry Jansen is a free agent and the Judge fines Boston $500 for its mishandling of Jansen’s contract. Jansen won’t arrive in the majors until 1947 but will be 21–5 in his rookie year with the Giants.

The Reds sweep their 10th doubleheader of the year, beating the Dodgers 4–3 in 11 innings, and 9–2. The first game is marked by a huge brawl in the 8th inning as Reese and Frey get into it after a hard slide at 2B. Frey and Coscarart get chased and Reds P Junior Thompson leaves after getting spiked in the fight. Whit Wyatt, who was injured last year in a collision with Frey, wails on him with a glove and will get fined $25 for it. The brawl is bigger than the one in Chicago 4 days earlier.

The Dodgers buy Pete Reiser from Montreal.

The Braves give up on pitcher Lou Fette (0-5), handing him his release. Fette, an all-star last year, injured his arm last season. His last victory was one year ago today. The Dodgers will sign him for two games and he will come back with the Braves in 1945 and go 0-2.

24th The Yankees (6) and Browns (5) tie a ML record for most pitchers in a 9-inning game. The Browns pound out a 14–12 win as Howie Judnich hits a HR, 2 doubles and 2 singles. His homer, off Steve Sundra, breaks a 12-12 tie. He had 2 homers in yesterday’s win over NY, also homering off Sundra, who lost. The Yanks counter with homers by DiMaggio, Dickey, Gordon, and Henrich. Dickey’s is a grand slam.

25th The Yankees snap a five-game losing streak by belting the Browns, 13-8, behind Red Ruffing. Joe Gordon has a pair of homers and Henrich has 3 doubles. Ruff holds the red-hit Howie Judnich to a triple and a single.

Down 5-2 in the 4th inning to the Muskogee Reds (Western Association), St. Joseph player-manager Keith Frazier in left field tires of four non-paying hecklers sitting on a fence just outside the park. He exits through a gate and, followed by players from both teams, chases after the four, three of whom escape in a car. The fourth is caught and shaken up. Play is stopped for 20 minutes.

At the Hive, the Cubs lose, 8-4, to the Bees when they fail to capitalize in the 8th. Following a 2-run pinch single by Dom Dallessandro, pitcher Bill Lee then bunts into a triple play.

26th New York P Spud Chandler beats the White Sox with his bat, knocking in 6 runs with a single and 2 HRs, one a grand slam off Pete Appleton. The 6 RBI by a pitcher ties the ML record held by Appleton, George Uhle, and Wes Ferrell. Joe Gordon also hits a homer, his 7th in 8 games. Tonight’s game was the last night game for New York this year: their record after dark is 3–2.

Bob Feller wins his 16th in pitching the Indians to a 13–2 win over the Senators. Feller fans four and, for the first time in his career, does not walk a batter. He also collects a pair of doubles. Ken Keltner drives in 5 runs on a pair of triples, and Lou Boudreau has 2 singles, a double and triple. The Indians now trail the league-leading Tigers by a half-game.

27th In game 1 at Briggs, Schoolboy Rowe (8-2) has single, double and a homer, and drives in 5 runs as his Tigers swamp the Indians, 15-2. In game 2, the Tigers belt a pair of homers in a 4-run 7th to win, 8-7.

At Comiskey, Moose Solters belts a 12th inning homer off starter Marv Breur to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees. Johnny Rigney goes the distance for the decision. Joe DiMaggio has 3 hits and two errors for the 4th place New Yorkers. One of the errors occurs in the 1st inning when Joe catches Joe Kuhel’s routine fly and then, as he starts trotting off the field, drops the ball. Ump Eddie Rommel rules Kuhel safe. DiMaggio, sensing something is wrong when he sees Kuhel continue running, fires to 3B, but no Yankee is there. Kuhel scores. The play is similar to one in an earlier Chicago-New York game where umpire Quinn ruled that Solters caught Dickey’s foul ball, a ruling that was reversed by the league.

28th King Kong Keller clouts 3 HRs and DiMaggio adds 2 HRs—each hitting back-to-back homers twice—for the New York Yankees in a 10–9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader. Skeeter Webb is 5–for-6 with a homer for the Sox. The Sox rebound for an 8-4 win in the nitecap.

Eleven days after his thumb was broken in Boston, Buck Newsom (13-2) pitches 11 innings against the A’s, but loses 9-5, snapping his 13-game winning streak. The A’s push 4 runs across in the 11thagainst Buck, whose control is off all game. Newsom’s only other defeat was to the lowly Browns. While recuperating, Newsom appeared in a vaudeville act at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Part of his routine was appearing with a large fake thumb covering his real one.

Honeymoon at Braves Field? Ray Berres gets married in the morning in Newton, then hurries to the Hive in time to catch game 2 of a Pirates sweep of the Bees. The Bucs win, 7-3 and 5-2.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak and sweep a pair from the Cardinals, as Whit Wyatt (9-9) wins the opener, 3-0, and Freddy Fitzsimmons (10-1) follows with a 7-4 victory. Dixie Walker has 2 hits and 3 RBI. It is Walker Day and Night at Ebbets Field and the Bossart Hotel where the popular Dixie is showered with gifts. At the nighttime festivities at the hotel, Dixie sings the song he co-wrote “You Thrilled Me.”

Harry Gumbert limits the Cubs to 8 hits as the Giants win, 8-4. Gumbert also collects a homerun, triple and single to drive in 3 runs.

29th The Pirates use 21 players and rally for 6 runs in the 9th, but still lose to Brooklyn, 7–6.

31st The Phils beat up the Cubs, 7–3, at Shibe Park, as the Cubs lose Augie Galan as well. The veteran left fielder breaks his left kneecap in the 5th inning when he crashes into the concrete wall, and is out for the year. Galan injured the same knee three days before the end of the 1938 season. Earlier the Cubs lose Gabby Hartnett, when he is struck by Mel Mazzera’s bat after the latter strikes out. Hugh Mulcahy, staked to a three-run lead in the 4th when Johnny Rizzo homers, keeps the Cubs scoreless till the 8th. The veteran Mulcahy, who made the all-star team this year, appears ready to shed the sobriquet “losing pitcher” as he ends the month with a 12-10 season mark. Alas, he will embark on a 12-game losing streak and finish at 13-22.

The Indians rally for four runs in the 8th inning to trip the Red Sox, 12–11. Ken Keltner has a grand slam for the Tribe. Jimmie Foxx returns to the Sox lineup as catcher and has two hits and two RBIs. The move behind the plate is to keep hard-hitting Lou Finney, the first major leaguer to reach 100 hits this season, at first base.

Detroit (57-38) remains in a tie for first place with Cleveland, by beating the Yankees, 7–6, in 11 innings. The Tigers thought they had the game won when Pinky Higgins hit a bases-loaded triple in the 8thto make it 5–4. In the 11th, two walks by Lefty Gomez and a Hank Greenberg single ends it.

Pony League umpire James Gaynor quits baseball to enter the service, the first professional umpire to enter the military for WW2.

1940 August

2nd In Detroit, the Red Sox pound 14 hits in beating the Tigers, 12–9. Shortstop Joe Cronin is 4-for-5 and hits for the cycle, the 5th cycle in Sox history. Cronin cycled in 1929, not the first player to cycle twice, but the first to do it a decade apart. His 8th inning homer, off Archie McKain, follows a Doc Cramer triple and ices it for the Sox. Boston also gets homers from Dom DiMaggio and catcher Jimmie Foxx, his 23rd. Ted Williams, pinch hitting in the 4th, draws a walk. Jack Wilson beats Tom Seats, with both pitching in relief.

Starter Joe Bowman is the winner in Pittsburgh 5-2 10-inning victory over the Phillies, though he’s not around for the finish. Neither is his relief, Danny MacFayden, who gets tossed for the only time in his career by umpire Bill Klem after disputing what he thinks should be a third-strike call to Bobby Bragan. MacFayden tosses his glove in disgust and when Klem approaches the mound, Danny takes off his glasses, handing them to the ump saying, “Here, Bill, you take ’em. You need ’em much worse than I do.” It will cost him $100. The Pirates win the game, on the first pitch from Danny’s replacement, Bob Klinger (as noted by Bill Nowlin in SABR’s Bioproject).

In San Antonio, a crowd of 11,956 is on hand to watch veteran Dizzy Dean pitch for the Cubs’ affiliate Tulsa Oilers (Texas League) against the Missions. Dean is rocked for 10 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings as the Mission hit seven “crowd rule doubles” in the game. Bob Muncrief allows 11 hits but pitches a 7–3 complete game for his 20th win.

3rd With Ernie Lombardi hurt, Reds C Willard Hershberger is hitting .309 after taking over. However, depressed in recent weeks, Hershberger commits suicide by slashing his throat in Boston’s Copley Plaza Hotel. Hershberger blamed himself for calling wrong pitches in the July 31st 5–4 10-inning loss to New York. Leading 4–1, Bucky Walters retired the first two batters in the 9th and had two strikes on each of the next four batters. But Harry Danning and Burgess Whitehead each homered with a man on. Hershberger’s father also committed suicide, in 1928.

Gee, I take showers so that’s not it. The Browns sign pitcher Willis Hudlin, making St. Louis his 4th team this season. The Indians, Senators and Giants all signed and released the veteran. His 11+ ERA in the Mound City will have St. Louis following suit.

4th Jimmie Foxx, who started as a catcher in 1925, is behind the plate for the Red Sox to catch a 7–3 win for long-time teammate Lefty Grove. Foxx cracks his 24th HR to start the Sox on an 8-game skein in which they will hit 20 homers.

In Boston, the two teams dedicate the game in memory of Willard Hershberger. Then Frank McCormick drives in 6 runs to lead the Reds to a 12–9 win over the Braves after Bucky Walters loses the opener, 5–3, for his 3rd straight defeat.

5th In a twin bill nitecap in St. Louis, the Browns John Whitehead pitches a 6-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against the Tigers, winning 4–0. An ankle injury will sideline him and this will be Silent John’s only 1940 victory. Detroit wins the opener, 9–2.

6th In an 11–0 laugher, rookie Sid Hudson one-hits the A’s on his way to a 17-win season for the hapless Senators. It’s his second 1-hit shutout this year. Hudson pitched for Sanford (Class D Florida) last year and was 24–4.

7th A crowd of 53,997, an NL record for a night game, watches the Dodgers beat the Giants 8–4 on Mel Ott Night at the Polo Grounds. Dixie Walker has 4 hits for Broolyn and Fred Fitzsimmons (11-2) goes 7 innings for the win. Not to be outdone by the Giants, the Dodgers announce a night for Fitzsimons on the 15th.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs use an unassisted DP by an outfielder, a couple of homers and a bunt in the 10th inning to beat the first-place Reds, 5-3. In the 9th, Harry Craft hits a shallow fly ball to RF that is snagged by Swish Nicholson who continues running to catch Mike Dejan off 1B. Chicago scores a go-ahead run in the 10th on Rabbit Wartsler’s squeeze bunt with 2 on. A pair of singles adds 2 more. Nicholson hits his 18th of the year.

8th At Fenway, 27-year-old Tiny Bonham makes his ML debut for the Yankees and loses, 4–1, to Fritz Ostermueller. Tiny, brought up to replace the sore-armed Lefty Gomez, will still end the season at 9–3, complete 10 games, and toss three shut outs. His ERA will be 1.90 (Feller will lead with 2.61)

9th Steve Sundra posts his first win of the year for the Yankees, beating the A’s and Johnny Babich, 2–0. The Yankees, at 51-51, seem to be out of the running for their 5th straight championship. However, they will go 37–15 the rest of the way and actually make the top for a few hours on September 11th. The Yanks will ultimately finish 3rd, losing three straight to the Browns on September 15-16.

10th In Boston, Chet Ross’s 6th inning grand slam is the difference as the Bees sting the Dodgers, 4-3.

11th In Philadelphia, the Giants lose the opener of a twinbill, 2-0, as Kirby Higbe shuts down New York on 5 hits. In game 2, Babe Young hits a first-inning grand slam off Hugh Mulcahy and the Giants roll to an 8-2 victory. Hal Schumacher allows 3 hits in the win.

At Yankee Stadium, Joe Gordon belts a walkoff homer in the 11th to give the Yankees a 7-6 win over the A’s. Yesterday, Gordon led off the game with a homerun. The next Yankees to match Gordon’s mark will be Roberto Kelly in 1990 and Brett Gardner in 2017.

12th Cleveland and Detroit, deadlocked for 1st place (64–44), square off. In the initial pitching duel between the two aces, Bob Feller tops Hal Newhouser, 8–5, to become the majors’ first 20-game winner.

13th The Indians move 2 games in front by besting the Tigers again, 6–5. Cleveland will win their next 2 games to go up by 3.

Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer in the 1st, then mashes a grand slam in the 4th, off Herb Mash, as the Yankees bomb the Red Sox at the Stadium, winning 19-8. DiMaggio drives in 8 runs. Babe Dahlgren adds a 3-run homer. Foxx and Williams homer for Boston. The sluggish Yankees are just 55-51.

14th Cleveland’s Al Smith pitches a one hitter in beating the White Sox, 4–0, for his 13th victory. A 3rd-inning single by Skeeter Webb is the only safety.

15th Chicago ace Claude Passeau tosses a five-hitter and doesn’t allow a runner past first after the first inning as he beats the Reds, 1–0. Paul Derringer takes the loss.

In a 4–2 loss to the Phillies, Dodger SS Pee Wee Reese fractures his heel bone sliding into 2B and is out for the season. The Dodgers must like what they see in winning pitcher Kirby Higbe, who will go to the Dodgers in the off season.

Two days after saying he disliked Boston and wanted to be traded, Ted Williams hits a 5th inning grand slam to pace the Red Sox to an 11-1 victory over the host Yankees. Foxx has a 3-run homer in the 1stas Joe Heving (7-2) tosses a 3-hitter.

16th Jimmie Foxx smashes 2 homers to help the Red Sox beat the Senators, 7–6. The two round trippers move him ahead of Gehrig on the all time list with a total of 495. His 30 homers leads the AL over Joe DiMaggio’s 25.

17th Stan Hack’s 4th hit of the game, a 2-out single in the 13th, gives the Cubs a 6–5 win over the Pirates. Claude Passeau, the last of 5 Cub pitchers, is the winner. Veteran Danny MacFayden takes the loss for the Bucs.

Jimmie Foxx homers in his 5th straight game as the Red Sox outslug the Senators, 12–9. Foxx’s feat sets a club record.

18th The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor, Jimmy Powers, suggesting that the 5thplace Yankees, had been hit by a “mass polio epidemic.” Powers charges that Lou Gehrig’s “infantile paralysis” had infected the other Yankees, accounting for the team’s uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans. At Gehrig’s request, Milton Eisenberg, a Brooklyn attorney, brings suit for $1 million against Powers and newspaper charging that Gehrig’s reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees, including Bill Dickey, also file suit against the News, causing the newspaper to issue a public apology on September 26, The three and a half column story appears under the headline “OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES.” In his apology, Powers admits he had no business getting ‘snarled up in medical controversy,” stating “Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club.” Lou is a personal hero, Powers adds. “Hurting his feelings was far from my mind.’

The Red Sox claim infielder Charlie Gelbert after he is put on waivers by Washington. Gelbert, along with Willis Hudlin, are the only two players to play for two or more AL teams this year, an AL record.

19th Hot-hitting Jimmie Foxx belts his 33rd HR, against Cleveland, and Jim Tabor hits a grand slam as the host Red Sox roll to a 16-7 win. The two teams combine for 7 homers.

20th In the second of two games, Wally Moses steals home in the 10thinning to give the A’s the 4–3 victory over the White Sox. Chicago wins the opener, 6–1.

At Fenway, Ken Keltner hits a grand slam off Hal Newhouser in a 7-run 8th as the first-place Indians beat Boston, 11-6.

The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th—2 coming home on a single by Frank McCormick—to defeat the Giants, 3–2.

21st Rookie pitcher Charlie Frye belts a 2-run pinch homer off Ken Raffensberger to give the Phils a 7–5 win over the Cubs. It’s Frye’s only ML homer.

At Yankee Stadium, George Selkirk’s first-inning grand slam off Al Benton powers the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tigers.

22nd    At Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits the Yanks 2nd grand slam in two days as the New York whip the Indians, 15-2. The Yankees score 9 runs in the 2nd inning. The slam is Joltin’ Joe’s 2nd in 9 days.

Les Mueller, pitching for Beaumont (Texas League) pitches a no-hitter over Dallas.

23rd The Reds purchase Jimmy Ripple from the Dodgers.

24th At Fenway, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox pitches the last 2 innings in a 12–1 first-game loss to the Detroit Tigers and Tommy Bridges. Williams allows 3 hits and one run scores when 3B Charlie Gelbert juggles a DP grounder. On 3 pitches Williams strikes out Tiger slugger Rudy York, who had driven in 5 Detroit runs. Trivia alert: Joe Glenn, who caught Babe Ruth’s last pitching appearance in 1933, is Williams’ catcher. Pitcher Jim Bagby plays the OF for the Sox. The Red Sox come back in the second game by overcoming an 8thinning grand slam by Pinky Higgins, off Bill Fleming. The Sox plate 2 in the bottom of the 9th to win, 8-7. The split leaves the 2nd-place Tigers 3.5 games behind the Indians.

The Dodgers split a pair in Pittsburgh, losing the opener, 4–3 before winning, 8–1. In the nitecap, Joe Gallagher hits a double and homer in the same inning, the second player this year to do so.

25th Lefty Tom George, who started in pro ball in 1907, returns to the mound for York (Interstate League) at age 54, and wins, 3–2. He had been inactive for 5 years.

After losing 7–2 to the Browns in game 1 of a twinbill, the Red Sox explode in the 2nd game for 11 runs in the 6th inning. Jimmie Foxx hits his 3rd grand slam of the year in the inning, connecting off the Browns Emil Bildilli. Starter Willis Hudlin, acquired on August 3, gives up 10 runs in 4+ innings. Hudlin, pitching for his fourth team this season, will make one more appearance before being released. The game is mercifully called after 7 innings, with the Sox ahead 17–3.

26th Bucky Walters pitches the first-place Reds to a 3–2 win over the lowly Phillies. Bucky wins his 18th, driving in two runs with a homer and single. Ancient—40 in December—Syl Johnson then holds the Reds to three hits to win the nitecap, 6–1.

Bob Feller rescues Mel Harder in the 7th and the Indians top the Senators, 4–3. Hal Trosky’s two-run homer off Dutch Leonard is the big blow for the Tribe. Cleveland leads the idle Tigers by 3 games.

28th Homestead Grays (Negro League) P Ray Brown earns his 27thconsecutive victory over a 2-year span when he shuts out the Baltimore Elite Giants 5–0 on a 3-hitter. The win raises his record to 12-0 for the season.

The Cubs recall Dizzy Dean from Dallas and release Billy Rogell.

29th The Yankees blitzkrieg crushes the Browns as they win twice, 10-3 and 6-5, to move 4.5 games behind the Indians. In game 1, the Yanks score all their runs in the 5th inning to rout Vern Kennedy. The bases are filled 9 times as New York sends 16 batters to the plate. In game 2, Joe DiMaggio’s pinch 3-run homer in the 9th ties it and New York wins in the 13th on Frankie Crosetti’s bases loaded squeeze.

Jim Tabor of the Red Sox leaves the hospital after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He’ll be out of action nearly a month.

1940 September

nd With the decision to play all their September games at Municipal Stadium, the Indians promptly drop a Labor Day doubleheader to the 7th place St. Louis Browns. The Tribe loses 2–1 and 3–0 and now lead the Yankees by 3 ½ games. Vern Kennedy wins the opener, collecting 3 hits.

Washington’s Sid Hudson beats the Red Sox Lefty Grove, 1–0, in 13 innings.

Recent call-up Danny Litwhiler drives in 8 runs on 6 hits to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Giants at Shibe Park. Kirby Higbe wins the opener, 11–2, and Litwhiler has a grand slam. The Phils win the nitecap, 6–5, on Bobby Bragan’s 10th inning HR.

3rd Detroit, in 3rd place behind the Indians and Yankees, gets HRs from Gehringer, Greenberg and Campbell, to beat the visiting Indians and Bob Feller, 7–2. Schoolboy Rowe is the winner.

4th In Detroit, the Tigers get two 3-run HRs, from Campbell and Gehringer, to again top the slumping Tribe, 11–3. Tommy Bridges and Al Benton combine for the win.

5th Before the start of their game with the Dodgers, the Phillies honor Chuck Klein, and present The Clouting Kraut with a box of coins and a ham. The Dodgers then present the Phils with an 8–5 loss.

Lew Fonseca, promotional manager for the American League, says that an analysis of film of Bob Feller throwing faster than a racing motorcycle reveals that Feller’s pitches were over 100 mph. “We are assured that the ball is traveling at a speed of more than one hundred miles per hour.” (The Sporting News, September 5, 1940),

6th Detroit’s Bobo Newsom wins his 18th and hands Cleveland its 5thstraight loss, topping the Tribe 10–5. The Indians now lead the AL by a game.

In Philadelphia, Brooklyn’s Freddie Fitzsimmons shuts out the Phils, 3–0, in the opener of a doubleheader. He’ll shut out the Pirates in his next start and will finish at 16-2 in his 18 starts. The Dodgers explode for a 14-3 win in game 2 as Joe Medwick hits a grand slam in the 8thoff Max Wilson.

7th The Tigers trip the Browns 5–4, scoring three runs in the 9thinning to win. Hank Greenberg hits his 29th homer of the year, 2ndbest in the AL, while Brownie star Rip Radcliff is hitless. Radcliff (.345) leads Ted Williams .341) in hitting. With the White Sox handing the Indians their 6th loss in a row, Cleveland now leads the AL by just .011 percentage points.

In Chicago, the first-place Reds overcome a 4th inning grand slam by Bill Nicholson, and edge the Cubs, 7-6.

Pittsburgh rallies to score 8 runs in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th to beat the Cardinals, 14–9. Three homers are hit, by Arky Vaughan, Terry Moore, and Vince DiMaggio.

The Giants beat the Dodgers, 4–1, when Babe Young clouts a fifth inning grand slam off Randy Gumpert. Young is the first Giants rookie to hit two grand slams in a season. Daryl Spencer will match it this century. The Dodgers score comes on a homer by Jimmy Wasdell.

The International League awards the MVP to 35-year-old hurler Mike Ryba, recently recalled by the Red Sox.

8th In the opener of a Sunday doubleheader, Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals sets 4 ML records as he rips 3 consecutive HRs, his second 3-homer game of the season and the 4th time in his career. For “Big John,” it is number 38 through 40 homers of the year. Pittsburgh still sweeps the 2 games, 16–14 on 21 hits, and 9–4 in 5 innings.

In a 9–4 win against the Red Sox, Yankee Joe Gordon hits for the cycle to back Spud Chandler’s pitching.

9th The Indians lose their 7th straight as White Sox lefty Thornton Lee beats them, 2–1. The Tigers take over first place with the Yankees one game back. Tomorrow’s opener in Cleveland with the Yanks will be rained out.

10th Boston’s Lefty Grove slows the Tigers, beating Bobo Newsom 6–5, in 13 innings. It is Lefty’s 2nd 13-inning win in succession. The win puts Cleveland back in first by .001.

Hitting against Washington’s Ken Chase, Chicago’s Bob Kennedy, with 2 on and no out in the 9th, lines into a triple play to end the game, a 5–2 win for the Nats. It’s the Nats 2nd triple play of the year. His previous at bat in the game, Kennedy hit into a DP, and will do the same tomorrow in his first at bat.

In a twinbill loss to the Pirates, the Phils lose catcher Ben Warren when he suffers a brain concussion after being hit by a pitch from Luke Sewell in game 2. The Pirates sweep, winning 11-3 and 11-1 with the wins going to Joe Bowman and Sewell.

Former ML infielder Sam Crane, serving time for the 1930 murder of his former sweetheart and her boyfriend, starts parole proceedings.

11th In a doubleheader, the Yankees’ first-game win at Cleveland puts them atop the AL, as Ernie Bonham beats Bob Feller, 5–3. A 2ndgame loss, 5–3, aided by Babe Dahlgren’s costly error, drops them out of first, and they will never reach first again. Joe McCarthy will hold this error against Babe, contending that it cost them the pennant. He whispers to many that Dahlgren is a marijuana user, and will trade him after the season. The Dahlgren family will for years maintain that McCarthy essentially blackballed him out of the game and defamed him, though his .253 over 5 seasons might have played a part.

The Tigers route the Red Sox 11–7 to briefly take over first place. Three teams will hold first place today.

At Ebbets Field, Dizzy Dean makes a triumphant return to the Cubs, setting down the Dodgers, 3–2, in game 2. Reiser homers in the 7thagainst Diz, now pitching sidearm. The Cubs win the opener, 8–5.

12th Hank Greenberg hits his 32nd homer to lead Detroit to a victory, 6–3, over visiting New York.

The Boston Bees sting the Cardinals twice, winning 17–7 and 6–1. Pitcher Jim Tobin wins the opener and helps out by scoring 4 runs, the last NL hurler this century to do so.

13th Tommie Bridges shuts out the Yankees, 8–0, for his 16th victory and Detroit’s 8th win in 9 games. Greenberg hits his 33rd of the year.

The White Sox sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 6–2 and 8–4. A’s SS Al Brancato helps Chicago by making 3 errors in one inning in the nitecap, after making 2 errors in game 1.

14th The Yankees finally erupt against Detroit pitching, bombarding Bobo Newsom for a 16–7 win. Joe Gordon clouts two homers and Joe DiMaggio has two doubles among his 4 hits as he takes over the AL hitting lead from Rip Radcliff. The Tigers lead the AL by a half game as Red Sox rookie Earl Johnson stops the Indians, 2–1.

The United States, Hawaii, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico meet in the 3rd annual World Amateur Baseball Championship tourney, the first championship series to feature more than 3 participants. Cuba, the host country, is the victor for the 2nd consecutive year. The initial tourney had been held in England in 1939 and was also won by the host country, Great Britain.

15th Washington stops first place Detroit, 6–1, behind knuckleballer Dutch Leonard.

The Indians sweep the A’s, winning 5–0 and 8–5. Feller wins the opener, allowing no hits until Dick Siebert bloops a single in the 8thinning. Feller allows one other hit and walks none.

On “Ted Lyons Day” at Comiskey Park, the veteran pitcher is given a $1550 auto purchased with dimes contributed by fans. The Comiskeys add a check for $1800, and there is cash and gifts from his teammates. Moe Berg contributes a money clip. Lyons completes the celebration by beating the Red Sox on 3 hits for his 232nd victory. His 2.10 ERA will lead the AL, the only time he’s been best in that.

The Cardinals sweep a pair from the host Phillies, winning 7-0 behind Bill McGee and 3-1 behind Bob Bowman. Enos Slaughter contributes a grand slam in the opener, off Ike Pearson in the 7th.

16th Rookie Johnny Lucadello of the St. Louis Browns hits HRs from each side of the plate versus the New York Yankees in a 16–4 Browns win. Only Wally Schang, in 1916, had accomplished the same in the AL. Mickey Mantle in 1955 will be the next AL player to do it. Today’s clouts are the only HRs Lucadello will hit all year. The Browns sweep by winning the nitecap, dropping the Yankees to 3 ½ back of the Indians.

With Ray Mack hitting a grand slam, the Indians split a doubleheader with the last-place A’s, winning 8–3 and losing 3–2, while the Tigers move to a ½ game back by beating the Senators, 9–2. Bobo Newsom cops his 19th win.

After the Dodgers lose to the Reds, 4–3 in ten innings, a rhubarb at Ebbets Field results in a suspension and fine for Leo Durocher for “inciting a riot.” Perhaps better known from the game is the photo showing an obese Brooklyn fan astride George Magerkurth, pummeling the veteran umpire.

Called up from the Eastern League in August, Phillies rookie Danny Litwhiler singles in both games of 7–1 and 3–2 losses to St. Louis, extending his hitting streak to 21 straight games. He will be stopped tomorrow by Whitey Moore at Cincinnati, but will hit .345 in 36 games.

17th The Tigers regain first place defeating the Senators, 6–3, behind the pitching of Schoolboy Rowe (15-3). Rudy York hits his 29th homer.

The Reds Whitey Moore stops the Phils on 5 hits and stops Danny Litwhiler’s 21-game hit streak, the longest of the year. The Reds are a game away from clinching.

18th The A’s are mired deep in the cellar, but Connie Mack hits all the right buttons today. He sends 4 pinch batters to the plate in the 9thinning versus Detroit, and all 4 deliver hits, a record, with an ML-record tying 3 scoring. Hank Greenberg matches that for Detroit with a grand slam as the two teams split a doubleheader. Detroit wins the opener, 14–0, and the A’s take the second game, 13–6, as they plate 9 runs in the 9th.

Cleveland tops the Senators, 3–1, in game 1, as Johnny Allen picks up the victory Pitching on two days rest, Bob Feller wins his 26th in game 2, beating the Senators, 2–1. Sid Hudson takes the loss. The sweep moves Cleveland to a half-game ahead of Detroit.

The Reds clinch the NL flag, outdistancing the Dodgers and the late-rushing Cardinals. The Reds win in Philadelphia, 4–3, in 13 innings.

In a football score at Ebbets Field, the Cardinals top the Dodgers, 14-7. Johnny Mize has 4 hits and drives in six runs for the Birds, while Babe Phelps hits a grand slam for Brooklyn.

19th The AL race is a tie when the Tigers sweep the A’s, 13–2 and 10–1. Floyd Giebell, 30, just up from Buffalo where he went 15–16, wins the opener and Dizzy Trout takes the nitecap. The Indians win and with 8 games left, the Tigers and Indians are knotted at 85–61.

Paul Derringer notches his 20th win, his third in three years, as he guns down the Phillies, 4-1.

Chicago’s Claude Passeau tops the Giants 8–2 to hand New York its 11th straight loss.

20th At Detroit, the Tigers, down 4–1, jump on Bob Feller, in relief of Mel Harder, and Joe Dobson for 5 runs, and win 6–5. For the first time in 18 games the Tigers fail to hit a home run. The Tigers now lead the AL by a game over the Tribe. The Plain Dealer’s Gordon Cobbledick laments, “if the Indians fail to win the pennant, it will be because Feller has been worn to a frazzle by working in and out of turn.”

In St. Louis, Harlond Clift hits a first-inning grand slam and the Browns hold on for a 7-6 win over the White Sox.

21st With the Tigers, Indians, and Yankees neck-and-neck, the Tigers boost their lead to two games, as Schoolboy Rowe shuts out Cleveland 5–0. Rowe, seemingly washed up after anchoring the staff through Tiger championships in the mid-1930s, wins his 16th game.

Against the Reds, Pittsburgh’s Debs Garms laces 5 hits in game 2 of the doubleheader, including the game winning RBI. His batting average stands at .379. Despite going 0-for-23 the rest of the way, he will sew up the NL batting title with a .355 average. Garms has only 358 at bats but has appeared in 103 games, thus qualifying him for the crown. He will have just 6 strikeouts on the year. The Reds win, 8–1, to extend their winning streak to 11 games, all on the road, then lose 8–7 in 10 innings.

The Giants break their 11-game losing streak, beating the Bees, 3–1, in Boston.

22nd Bob Feller comes through again for Cleveland, whipping the Tigers, 10–5, before 56,771 fans in Detroit. Detroit gets a homer from Greenberg, his 40th, but Feller matches that with his 2nd of the year, and Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly, Ben Chapman, and Ken Keltner also go deep for the Tribe. Detroit’s lead is cut to a game.

At Chicago, the Cards sweep two, winning the opener 8–1 behind Mort Cooper. Dizzy Dean is the loser. Max Lanier takes the nitecap, 2–1, over Larry French.

The Reds Jim Turner 2-hits the Pirates, winning, 2–1, in Pittsburgh. With a 4-3 win on the 26th, the Reds will set a ML record this year with 41 one-run victories.

At Brooklyn, the 2nd-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the last-place Phillies, winning 6–3 and 8–6. In between games, there is a 3-inning oldtimers match between the Robins and Dodger players of the 1930s. Included on the Robins side are fan favorite Zach Wheat, Tim Jordan, Otto Miller, Rube Marquard, Sherry Smith and Hy Myers. The Dodgers are represented by Fresco Thompson, Joe Stripp, Del Bissonette, Rube Bressler, Val Picinich, Waite Hoyt, and Dazzy Vance among others. Also on hand is turn of the century Brooklyn player Bill Dahlen. The 30’s youngsters whip the oldtime Robins, 6–3.

23rd Before a Wrigley crowd of 1,843, Claude Passeau notches his 20th win as he scatters four Cardinal hits. Passeau helps his cause with a home run in the 10–0 romp.

Despite stranding 11 runners in the first 7 innings, Brooklyn beats the visiting Giants, 3–2, scoring 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th. Dolph Camilli homers into the CF bleachers with 2 out in the 9th. Winning P Tex Carleton relieves in the 9th with runners on 2B and 3B and one out. He intentionally walks PH Joe Moore to load the bases. He sprawls snagging Johnny McCarthy’s popped bunt attempt for one out and then scrambles to 1B to complete the unassisted DP. The Dodgers score in the 9th and Tex picks up his 100th win in his final ML appearance.

24th George Caster of the Philadelphia Athletics allows 6 HRs against the Boston Red Sox, four of them coming in the 6th inning when the Sox total 25 bases and an AL record (since tied) 7 extra bases on long hits. Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx, and Joe Cronin connect successively, with Foxx’s HR his 500th career homer. Bobby Doerr hits a triple (he is held up by the 3B coach and some observers felt he might’ve scored) and Jim Tabor adds another HR in the 6th as Boston barely wins, 10–9, in 10 innings, clouting 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 6 homers. Boston then wins the 2nd game, 3–2. It is the 3rd time that Foxx has been part of a three consecutive-homer barrage.

With all their September games now at Municipal Stadium, the Indians drop a 7–2 game to the lowly Browns. Red Sox and Tiger castoff Eldon Auker outpitches Mel Harder for his 15th win. With the Tigers rained out, the Indians are 1 ½ back.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators with fireman Johnny Murphy winning both games. Murphy pitches the 10th inning of the opening 6–5 win, then tosses 2 2/3 innings of the nitecap, a 9–4 win stopped after 6 ½ innings because of darkness. The Murphy wins puts the Yankees at 2 ½ games back.

25th Walker Cooper, recently called up from Columbus (AA), and Mort Cooper, pitching in relief, make up a brother battery in the Cards, 4–3 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of a twinbill. In the opener, Junior Thompson 2-hits the Cards to win, 5–0. Both hits are by Enos Slaughter.

The Indians Al Milnar stops the Browns, 4–2, his 5th straight win over St. Louis.

In Detroit, Bobo Newsom wins a clutch doubleheader for the Tigers, pitching 2 innings of relief in the opener against the White Sox for his 20th win. Detroit wins 10–9 in 10 innings on Rudy York’s double. Bobo goes the distance in the nightcap for his 21st win, a 3–2 triumph. Greenberg contributes his 41st homer and 150th RBI in the 2nd game. Detroit now leads by 2 games.

In Chicago’s 2–1 and 6–4 sweep over the Pirates, Debs Garms takes over in LF in game 2 for the Bucs. For Garms, who was 0-for-5 in game 1, it is his 100th game, qualifying him for the batting title. Garms will play in 103 games and lead the NL in hitting with a .355 average in 358 at bats. The NL ruled in early September that there was no rule stating that a player had to be up 400 times to qualify for the title and 100 games would qualify. Garms wins the batting title despite going 0-for-last 23 at bats.

26th The Yankees stay in contention by sweeping a pair from the A’s, 5-4 and 2-0. New York, winners of 8 straight, are now 2 ½ games behind Detroit and a half game behind Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins the openers with home run support from Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey. For Gordon, it is his 30th homer of the year. Ernie Bonham allows 4 hits in the nitecap.

The fading Red Sox lose to the Senators, 6-5, as the Nats have 3 straight hits in the 9th, including Cecil Travis’s game-winning hit, to emerge victorious. Losing hurler Jim Bagby, Jr, sets a ML record for pitchers when he makes all 3 putouts in the 4th inning. It won’t be matched until 1963.

Behind Harry Gumbert and Bob Carpenter, the Giants beat the Phils, 3-1 and 2-1. Both Phillie tallies come in the 9th. Giants CF John Rucker, the Crabapple Comet, records his first homer in game one, an inside-the-park homer.

Boston sweeps a pair from Brooklyn behind unlikely rookie pitchers, George Barnicle and Hank LaManna, who both win their only decision of the year. Barnicle takes the opener, 5-2, when Don Manno clouts his only ML homer, a 6th inning grand slam off Wes Flowers. Manno debuted four days earlier. LaManna wins the nightcap, 5-4, as Boston scores 4 runs in the top of the 9th.

27th Besides Bobo Newsom (21-5), Schoolboy Rowe (16-3), and Tommy Bridges (12-9), the Tigers pitching staff combines for a losing record. Needing one victory to gain the title, manager Del Baker decides to withhold Newsom and Rowe and picks 30-year-old rookie Floyd Giebell. Giebell shuts out the Indians 2–0 to beat Bob Feller, who gives up just 3 hits, including a wind-blown two-run homer by Rudy York down the LF line. The ball would likely have been caught at League Park. Not eligible for the WS, Giebell never wins another game in the majors. During the game, unruly Cleveland fans shower the field with fruit and vegetables delaying the game. Greenberg is hit by a tomato while in the field. At one point, a basket of green tomatoes is dropped onto Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts’ head while he sits in the bullpen, knocking him out for a few moments. When Birdie recovers, he finds the unruly fan, now in the hands of the police, and punches him.

In Pittsburgh’s 4–3 win at Cincinnati, Lonny Frey, Reds infielder, breaks his right foot in the dugout when the heavy metal cover of a water cooler falls and lands on it. Frey will be limited to two at bats in the WS.

In New York, the Yankees, winners of 8 straight games, lose to the A’s Johnny Babich, 6–2. Babich is a former Yankee minor leaguer. New York is out of the World Series for the first time since 1935. Yankee C Arndt Jorgens, on the club’s active roster both last year and this, ends the season without an appearance, certainly a ML record. Last season he scored a run as a pinch runner, but had no at bats.

The Red Sox pound the Senators, 24–4, at Fenway, scoring 10 runs in the 4th and 7 runs in the 8th. Boston bangs out 22 hits to make Fritz Ostermueller the winner. Dom DiMaggio scores 5 runs and Ted Williams drives in 4 as all 12 Sox batters collect a hit. Much of the damage comes against Joe Kraukaukas, who gives up 12 earned runs in 5 innings.

Hugh Mulcahy ends the last-place Phillies twelve-game losing streak and his personal 12-game loss streak with a 6–0 whitewash of the Giants. Despite the win, Mulcahy, a member of the 1940 All-Star team, still leads the NL in losses with 22.

28th At Fenway, A’s starter Chubby Dean goes all the way against the Red Sox despite giving up 19 hits. The Sox fatten their averages, winning 16–4. Boston will end the season with 5 wins and start the ‘41 season with another 5 wins, their longest streak over 2 seasons.

29th Johnny Rucker, a Life magazine cover boy at the start of the season, based on his .346 average with Atlanta and his speed afoot, never quite lives up to the ballyhoo. But this day he hits a grand slam and drives in record-tying 7 runs in two consecutive innings, as the Giants whip Boston, 14–0.

The Reds win their 100th game, beating the visiting Pirates 11–3, behind Bucky Walters. With one error in the game, Bill McKechnie’s Cincinnati team totals just 117 errors during the season, a ML record and 18 less than any previous team. The .981 fielding mark is the best up to this time. The defense, plus the pitching of Bucky Walters, Paul Derringer, and reliever Joe Beggs, brings the 2nd straight NL flag to the Reds, despite multiple injuries to Ernie Lombardi. The big catcher went down again September 15th, and with Hershberger’s suicide, the club turns to 39-year-old coach Jimmy Wilson for some of the backstopping. Wilson will end up as a WS hero.

The AL finishes the season drawing 5,433,791, surpassing the attendance record set in 1924.

30th At Fenway, the Yankees edge the Red Sox, 4-3, behind Mario Russo’s complete game. Russo improves to 13-5. The victory leaves the Yanks in 3rd place, a game behind the Indians and Tigers. Ted Williams has 3 RBIs for the Bosox and hits a homer in his 4th straight game against New York, a Red Sox team record. The previous mark of a homer in each of three straight contests against New York was set by Babe Ruth. Jackie Jensen will tie the Splendid Splinter.

1940 October

2nd The Series opens in Cincinnati, and the Reds lose 7–2, the 10thstraight WS loss for a NL team. The Tigers bunch 5 singles, a walk, and an error in the 2nd off Paul Derringer to score 5 runs. Bruce Campbell adds a 2-run HR, and Bobo Newsom rations 8 hits and only one walk. Bobo’s father, visiting from South Carolina, dies in a Cincinnati hotel the next morning.

3rd Bucky Walters gives the NL its first Series game victory since Carl Hubbell beat the Yankees in 1937. Jimmy Ripple’s 2-run HR in the 3rdprovides the margin. Walters gives up only 3 hits, but is lucky to escape a jittery first inning.

4th Detroit bombs 9 hits for 19 bases in the 7th and 8th innings off Jim Turner and successors to win 7–4 in the first game at Briggs Stadium. Tommy Bridges gives up 10 hits but goes the distance.

5th Paul Derringer, who had lost 4 WS starts going back to 1931, finally breaks his jinx. His 5-hitter and Jim Ripple’s 3rd-inning double, which knocks Dizzy Trout from the mound, provide a 5–2 win.

6th Detroit regains the advantage with Bobo Newsom pitching even better than he had in the first game. Newsom’s 8–0 three-hit whitewash is the first Detroit shutout in the WS since 1909.

7th Back in Cincinnati, Bucky Walters evens the Series for the Reds with a 4–0 shutout, scattering 5 hits. Walters also becomes the first pitcher in 14 years to hit a HR in the Series.

8th With only one day’s rest, Bobo Newsom comes back for the Tigers and nearly has enough to win. Detroit gets an unearned run off Paul Derringer in the 3rd, and Newsom holds the Reds scoreless through 6 innings. In the 7th, however, Frank McCormick and Jimmy Ripple hit consecutive doubles, and Ripple later ambles in from 3B on Billy Myers’ sac fly. Derringer gives up 7 hits in the first 6 innings but sets the Tigers down in order in the final 3 frames. Old Jimmy Wilson catches 6 of the 7 games, hits .353, and has the only SB of the Series. The Reds’ share is $5,803 and the Tigers get $3,532.

23rd The MVP in the NL goes to the Reds Frank McCormick, with Reds teammates Bucky Walters and Paul Derringer finishing 3rd and 4th and Reds Ernie Lombardi and Billy Werber finishing at 9th and 10th. Cards slugger John Mize is 2nd.

25th The Reds declare a $12 dividend to stockholders.

26th Detroit slugger outfielder Hank Greenberg is named the MVP in the AL with 292 points. Greenberg won the MVP honors in 1935 as a first baseman. Bob Feller is 2nd with 222 points.

1940 November

5th Former Washington hurler Walter Johnson, who won 416 games for the Senators, goes down in defeat as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland.

11th Brooklyn’s Larry MacPhail still needs a starting pitcher to make his Dodgers a threat to the Reds. He gets Kirby Higbe from the Phils for $100,000, P Vito Tamulis, and Bill Crouch.

12th Alva Bradley wouldn’t fire Oscar Vitt on his players’ demand during the season, but he does now. Today he hires Roger Peckinpaugh to become Cleveland boss, the 2nd hitch for Peck.

13th The Giants sign C Gabby Hartnett, recently released as the Cubs’ manager.

17th Jimmy Wilson gets his reward for managing the woeful Phillies in the 1930s and for his late-season role with the Reds. He becomes manager of the Cubs replacing Gabby Hartnett.

1940 December

3rd The Browns purchase pitchers Denny Galehouse and Fritz Ostermueller from the Red Sox. Galehouse will go 50-58 in 6 seasons in St. Louis

4th  MacPhail continues his dealing and gets his catcher. The Dodgers trade for Mickey Owen, giving Gus Mancuso, P John Pintar and $85,000 to the Cardinals.

The Cubs swap SS Bobby Mattick, OF Jim Gleeson and a player to be announced to the Reds for SS Billy Myers. Myers will split his time between Chicago and the minors in ‘41 and quit in 1942 rather than take a pay cut.

The White Sox release infielder Jackie Hayes, who had seen little action this year because of a cataract in his eye. Hayes is one of the few hitters who wears a batting helmet. It is referred to as a head helmet.

9th The Reds trade 3B Lew Riggs to Brooklyn for 2B Pep Young.

10th In Chicago, a curious rule that was designed to “break up the Yankees” is continued by the AL, a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other club. The rule was voted in at the December, 1939 meetings by the 7 other AL owners after the Yankees won 4 straight WS. The major and minor leagues agree that players taken into the military will not count against roster limits.

The sac fly rule, reinstituted last year, is eliminated for the 1941 season. Though he would .400 without the rule change, Ted Williams will have 6 flies that score runners from 3B in 1941.

The Giants purchase Morrie Arnovich from the Reds and send SS Wayne Ambler to the Reds for P Milt Shoffner.

Umpire Bill Klem retires and is appointed NL chief of staff. He’ll ump in 11 games in 1941 before thumbing himself out.

11th The ML extends Judge Landis another 4-year term. They also vote to limit night games to 7 per team.

12th Washington sends Gee Walker to the Red Sox for Doc Cramer. Walker is then packed off to Cleveland with P Jim Bagby, OF and C Gene Desautels for C Frank Pytlak, Odell Hale and P Joe Dobson. At the end of the War, on December 12, 1945, Bagby will return to the Red Sox. Boston also buys Pete Fox from Detroit.

13th Vet ump George Moriarty is removed from active staff and transferred to the AL promotional department.

16th The White Sox ship P Jack Knott to the A’s for INF Dario Lodigiani.

20th Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics from the Shibe family at the price of $42,000 for 141 shares.

21st Chicago writers name Indian SS Lou Boudreau as the outstanding rookie in the ML. He’ll be honored at the January banquet.

24th Merry Christmas to Ben Chapman from the Indians who ship him to Washington for P Joe Krakauskas. The Tribe sells Johnny Allen to the Browns.

30th The Yankees swap sore-armed Monte Pearson to the Reds for OF Don Lang and cash. Tomorrow, they’ll Bump Hadley to the Giants for the waiver price and trade INF Bill Knickerbocker to the White Sox for C Ken Silvestri. The military will claim Silvestri for the next 4 years.

1941 January

8th The BBWAA in The Sporting News poll names the 1940 All Star team: Hank Greenberg, LF; Joe DiMaggio, CF; Ted Williams, RF; Frank McCormick, 1B; Joe Gordon, 2B; Luke Appling, SS; Stan Hack, 3B; Harry Danning, C. The pitchers are Bob Feller, Bucky Walters, and Paul Derringer.

21st Bob Feller signs with the Indians for a reported $30,000.

31st Paul Waner, released by Pittsburgh in December 1940, signs with Brooklyn. He’ll play 11 games before moving onto the Braves, but he’ll return to Brooklyn in 1943.

1941 February

6th At the Brentwood Country Club, PCL manager Jigger Statz and American Association OF Fern Bell tie for first place with a 77 in the Baseball players golf tournament in Los Angeles. Newt Kimball is a stroke behind. Bell wins the long drive contest with a 280-yard bell ringer.

8th The Tigers release OF Earl Averill and sign OF Hoot Evers, out of the University of Illinois. Averill will be signed by the Braves, then released April 29.

9th At the Jimmie Foxx Jungle Club course in Ft. Lauderdale Tiger coach Mervyn Shea wins the annual baseball players’ golf tournament. He shoots 4-under on the last 9 holes to win the 36-hole competition, 2-1, over Lloyd Brown. Shea had to beat Wes Ferrell, who won the tourney in 1937, ’39 and ’40, while Brown beat Heinie Manush to make the finals. Gee Walker wins the driving contest with a 278 yard drive, while host Foxx wins the pitching contest by hitting a ball closest to the pin.

14th The entire Dodger squad leaves New York to train in Havana, Cuba for most of the spring. Babe Phelps, a reluctant traveler and still unsigned, will leave the team in Miami, rather than take a boat, and return to Maryland.

25th  Days after the start of spring training, the Yankees sell Babe Dahlgren, the man who took over 1B from Lou Gehrig in 1939, to the Braves. The deal is questioned since no replacement seems apparent. McCarthy claims they would have won another pennant had not Babe Dahlgren made a costly error at first late in the season against Cleveland. He also intimated years later that the Babe had a marijuana problem. Joe Gordon will initially be moved from second base to first base.

28th The Dodgers and Giants open the spring training schedule with a 4–3 Brooklyn win in Havana. Paul Dean takes the loss.

1941 March

6th At the Brentwood Country Club, PCL manager Jigger Statz and American Association OF Fern Bell tie for first place with a 77 in the Baseball players golf tournament in Los Angeles. Newt Kimball is a stroke behind. Bell wins the long drive contest with a 280-yard bell ringer.

8th The Tigers release OF Earl Averill and sign OF Hoot Evers, out of the University of Illinois. Averill will be signed by the Braves, then released April 29.

9th At the Jimmie Foxx Jungle Club course in Ft. Lauderdale Tiger coach Mervyn Shea wins the annual baseball players’ golf tournament. He shoots 4-under on the last 9 holes to win the 36-hole competition, 2-1, over Lloyd Brown. Shea had to beat Wes Ferrell, who won the tourney in 1937, ’39 and ’40, while Brown beat Heinie Manush to make the finals. Gee Walker wins the driving contest with a 278 yard drive, while host Foxx wins the pitching contest by hitting a ball closest to the pin.

14th The entire Dodger squad leaves New York to train in Havana, Cuba for most of the spring. Babe Phelps, a reluctant traveler and still unsigned, will leave the team in Miami, rather than take a boat, and return to Maryland.

25th  Days after the start of spring training, the Yankees sell Babe Dahlgren, the man who took over 1B from Lou Gehrig in 1939, to the Braves. The deal is questioned since no replacement seems apparent. McCarthy claims they would have won another pennant had not Babe Dahlgren made a costly error at first late in the season against Cleveland. He also intimated years later that the Babe had a marijuana problem. Joe Gordon will initially be moved from second base to first base.

28th The Dodgers and Giants open the spring training schedule with a 4–3 Brooklyn win in Havana. Paul Dean takes the loss.


2nd In Havana, the Dodgers complete a 3-game sweep of their rival Giants. During the regular 1940 season the Giants held a 16–6 advantage over Brooklyn.

4th Grace Comiskey, widow of J. Louis Comiskey, is elected president of the Chicago White Sox. Her husband died on July 18, 1939.

5th Dodger president Larry MacPhail issues instructions that all Dodger players must live in Brooklyn. MacPhail is also campaigning for visiting teams to stay in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan.

7th At Havana, the Dodgers roll over the Cleveland Indians, 15–0. Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick use a batting helmet designed by two Johns Hopkins doctors with the help of Larry MacPhail. The two Dodgers, victims of HBPs last year, pronounce the helmets satisfactory. Brooklyn P Van Lingle Mungo celebrates the win a little too hard and when tomorrow’s game is rained out, he continues to party. The result is that manager Durocher sends him a note informing Mungo he’s been reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp in Macon. Mungo will pitch just 2 innings for Brooklyn this year.

8th Phillies pitcher Hugh Mulcahy becomes the first big leaguer drafted into the Armed Forces for W.W.II. Mulcahy, an All Star in 1940 while leading the NL in losses for the 2nd time, will pitch less than 100 innings when he returns after the war. More than 100 major leaguers will be drafted within the next two years, and two—Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill—will be killed in action.

Chet Ross of the Braves injures his ankle in a spring training game against the Browns. He will be out till May 25.

15th In Monterrey, Mexico, 6000 fans watch the Browns top the Boston Bees, 6–3. Chet Laabs, fighting to win the RF spot, hits a 400-fit homer in the 7th.

23rd Joe DiMaggio, a hold out and late arrival in spring training, plays his first Grapefruit League game.

27th The Yankees sell P Steve Sundra to the Senators. Sundra, 11–1, in 1939, slipped in 1940 to 4–6.

30th Giants manager Bill Terry says he turned down a 3-team deal, which would have sent Dodgers 2B Pete Coscaret and Cubs holdout Hank Lieber to the Giants. Chicago would get Giant C-OF Harry Danning, while Brooklyn would get 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs. Brooklyn will still get Herman, but not till May 6.

In Havana, the Reds Bucky Walters outduels Joe Dobson as the Reds prevail over the Red Sox, 2-1. Cincinnati takes two out of three from Boston.

1941 April

11th At the Bee Hive, the Red Sox beat the Bees, 11–6, pinning the loss of Wes Ferrell. Sibby Sisti hits a HR.

13th In the final pre-season tune-up game with Brooklyn, the Yankees win their 3rd in a row at Ebbets Field, 3–0, on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers had come into the series with an 11-game winning streak, including 4 with the Yanks on the way North.

At Fenway, the Bees take the 2nd game in a 2-game set against the Red Sox, winning, 10–3. Babe Dahlgren and Max West homer.

14th With the only game scheduled in sweltering Washington, writers for The Sporting News selecting Cincinnati to repeat in the NL and Cleveland to win the AL. Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first ball, and then the Yankees score single runs in the 1st, 4th, and 5th innings off Dutch Leonard to win, 3–0. Mario Russo allows three hits and drives in a run with a double to win. Phil Rizzuto, like Russo a graduate of New York’s Richmond Hills High School, is hitless in his debut, but fields flawlessly.

15th Cubs SS Lou “second” Stringer makes 4 errors in his debut, a NL record for a player in his first game. Stringer does better on offense adding 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Chicago beats the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7–4, behind Claude Passeau and a clutch HR by Bill Nicholson. The win is the first for Jimmie Wilson, making his managerial debut. Arky Vaughan matches Bubbles Hargrave as the only major leaguer to collect 2 triples in an Opener. Tommy Henrich will do it in 1950.

The Cardinals top the defending champion Reds 7–3, benefiting from homers by Ernie Koy, Enos Slaughter, and John Mize.

Bob Feller walks 7 White Sox batters, hits 2, and allows 5 hits as Chicago edges Cleveland, 4–3. One of Feller’s walks forces in the winning run. A crowd of 46,064 breaks the Municipal Stadium record for an opener.

17th At Wrigley Field, Vince DiMaggio cracks a first-inning grand slam off Vern Olson and that is all Rip Sewell needs as the Pirates top Chicago, 7-2.

Junior Thompson is staked to a 4-run lead over the visiting Cardinals, but the when he tires in the 7th and Elmer Riddle relieves, the Birds scratch back. Johnny Riddle, subbing for a hurt Ernie Lombardi, is behind the plate as brother Elmer walks Terry Moore and serves up a homer to Johnny Mize, the only 2 batters he faces. The Cards plate another 2 runs in the 9th to win, 7-6. For the Riddle brothers, it is the first time that 36-year-old Johnny and 27-year-old Elmer are batterymates in the majors (they were at Indianapolis). They’ll reprise their act in 1948 in Pittsburgh with Johnny calling gopher balls on the only two batters Elmer and he face together.

18th At the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the Giants 5-run 3rd inning, and the Giants beat the Phillies, 7-2.

19th In the annual Patriot’s Day doubleheader in Boston, the Dodgers sting the Bees, winning 8–0 in each game. Luke Hamlin and Whit Wyatt apply the whitewashings. George Barnicle starts and loses the nightcap, his last appearance in the majors.

Harry Danning hits a 4th inning grand slam and Hal Schumacher shuts out the Phils as the Giants win, 7-0. New York is now 5-0.

20th At Shibe Park, the Yankees bombard the A’s, 19–5, with Joe DiMaggio driving in 6 runs, 4 on a 9th-inning grand slam. Red Ruffing is down, 4–2, to Chubby Dean after 4 innings, but the New Yorkers notch 8 runs in the 5th. Joe Gordon has 2 home runs good for 5 RBIs.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants draw 56,314 to date the biggest crowd ever to view a single game. They get their money’s worth as the Dodgers shade the Giants, 10–9. Mel Ott has 2 of the 5 homers hit in the game. The Dodgers score the winning run in the 9th when Dolph Camilli scores from 2B after Babe Young’s throw hits Kampouris, running from 1B, in the head. Reiser has 4 hits for Brooklyn and Hugh Casey wins in relief.

In Washington, Doc Cramer hits an 8th inning inside-the-park grand slam for the Senators but it is too little, too late as the Red Sox win, 14-8. Boston scores 4 in the top of the 8th and 3 in the 9th.

At the direction of Larry MacPhail, the Dodgers start to wear liners designed by Dr. Walter Dandy in their caps. This is in response to the numerous beanball wars of 1940 that hospitalized Joe Medwick, Billy Jurges, and others, and the cap will “save” Pete Reiser when he is beaned by the Phil’s Ike Pearson. In August, Dr. Dandy will apply for a patent on the cap but will turned down because the Patent Office has already granted one to MacPhail. An accommodation will be reached between the two granting Dandy the patent with royalties going to the Majors. The Dandy cap will get only occasional use until 1949, when it is discarded.

A syndicate of 12 Bostonians buys 73 percent of the Braves, formerly the Bees, for $350,000 from the Charles F. Adams estate.

21st 33-year-old vet Wes Ferrell beats the Phillies, 8–1, in a complete game win for the Braves. He also has an RBI single, but it is his last ML win. He’ll be released May 8, but end up managing in the minors and winning two batting titles (the Virginia L in 1942, when his 31 HRs will lead the league: the Western Carolina L in 1948). His lifetime minor league average will end up at .349.

23rd With Ted Williams on the bench, having reinjured his ankle yesterday, the Red Sox fall to the Yankees, 4–2, in 11 innings. Joe DiMaggio is hitless, but Phil Rizzuto provides the offense by hitting his first ML homer, a 2-run shot off Charlie Wagner in the 11th, to win the contest.

Phillies sidearmer Ike Pearson beans Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser on the cheek. Pearson lasts 7 innings in losing, 4–0, to Whit Wyatt.

The A’s plate 9 runs in the 3rd inning, 4 on a grand slam by Frankie Hayes, and veto the visiting Senators, 11-2.

In a PCL game, Hollywood’s Babe Herman pinch hits in the 9th with 2 out and hits a grand slam to beat Los Angeles, 10–6. It’s the Babe’s 2nd PH homer this year.

Hank Greenberg, baseball’s highest paid star, is ordered to report to his draft board on May 7th.

26th The Chicago Cubs are the first team to install an organ within a ballpark. With Roy Nelson at the keyboard, the Cubs hit sour notes, losing 6–2 to the St. Louis Cardinals’ Max Lanier. Nelson has to stop playing at 2:30 when the radio pregame shows begin. Rules at the time forbade songs from the ASCAP song publishing service from being played over the radio—even in the background—without compensation.

27th The Giants touch Hugh Casey for 11 hits in 6 innings, but Lee Grissom fires 3 hitless frames as the Dodgers top the Giants, 7-5, to go 4-0. Casey is 3-0, with all his wins coming against the Giants. Cookie Lavagetto is 4-for-4.

29th At their stockholders meeting, the new owners of the Boston Nationals abandon the Bees nickname in favor of the Braves. Bob Quinn, retained as president, instituted the name change in January 1936, by appealing the public for suggestions.

30th The Dodgers, down 3–0, score 4, including a run in the 9th to beat Vander Meer and the Reds. For the Dodgers, it is their 9thstraight win, but they drop to 2nd place behind the Cards.

1941 May

1st Reds P Bucky Walters stops the Dodgers, 2–1 in 11 innings. The Dodgers load the bases in the 11th, but Durocher and Babe Phelps strike out to end the game. Curt Davis takes the loss.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees unload 17 hits to down the Browns, 14-5. Charlie Keller drives in 7 runs with a triple and homerun. Tiny Bonham coasts to his third win.

Cecil Travis raises his average to .571 with a homer and 2 doubles to pace the Senators to a 7-0 win over the White Sox. Dutch Leonard twirls the shutout.

In Cleveland, Indian Bob Johnson hits a 9th inning grand slam for the A’s, but it only makes the score more respectable, as the Cleveland Indians prevail, 13-8.

3rd Hank Gornicki of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches a one-hitter in his big-league debut, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6–0. Stan Benjamin’s single is the lone hit. It is the Cards’ 8th straight win.

4th The Indians win their 10th in a row, 12–4, over Washington. Al Smith is the winner.

In St. Louis, Lefty Grove wins his 294th victory, 11–4, over the Browns. The Red Sox back Lefty with 15 hits.

In Detroit, the Tigers jump on Yankee rookie George Washburn, in his lone ML appearance, to win, 10-1. Billy Sullivan and Rudy York homer and Bobo Newsom has a hit and 2 RBI to help his cause. Bobo’s lone mistake is a pitch to Charlie Keller that Kong drives 450 feet off the CF screen for an inside-the-park homer.

5th Bobo Newsom and the Tigers trounce the Yankees 10–1 in Detroit. Joe DiMaggio is held hitless and has gone 7-for-43 in his last 12 games.

In what will prove to be a controversial transaction, the Tigers purchase the fine-hitting Rip Radcliff from the Browns for $25,000. The sale violates a rule pushed through at the AL meetings in December 1939 when seven of the eight teams voted in a rule that a defending champion could not make a transaction within the league in the following year (as noted by Lyle Spatz). The Yankees were the lone holdout. With the Tigers being the defending champions in 1941, the sale initiates strong criticism from the other AL franchises. The rule is looked upon as unworkable and, led by Clark Griffith’s efforts, is soon abolished.

6th The Dodgers snag veteran 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs for OF Charlie Gilbert, IF Johnny Hudson, and $65,000. Herman, the premier 2B in the league, is hitting just .194, but will replace the journeyman Pete Coscarart. In his first game as a Dodger, Herman is 4-for-4 to lead Brooklyn to a 7–3 win over visiting Pittsburgh. Dixie Walker contributes a grand slam in the 6th, off Rip Sewell.

The newly renamed Braves beat the Cards, 5–4, to snap the Redbirds 10-game win streak (12 on the road). All the runs come in the 5th and are unearned. It’s the Cards first loss away from St. Louis since losing in spring training March 29th. Since then they’d won 25 straight—exhibition and regular—away from home.

Playing in his last game before induction into the Army tomorrow, Hank Greenberg hits 2 HRs to lead Detroit to a 7–4 win over the Yankees. Each time he teams with Bruce Campbell to go back-to-back, the 2nd time in his career he’s done it. Rudy York and he teamed up. A few days later OF Joe Gallagher of the Dodgers is drafted. No other regular ML player will be drafted during the season, but several others on training rosters will, as contemporary writers phrase it, “join the colors.”

7th At Philadelphia, Cubs pitcher Bill Lee cracks a pair of homers while pitching Chicago to an 11–2 win over the Phils. Bill Crouch takes the loss.

At the Polo Grounds, Reds SS Eddie Joost accepts a record 19 chances as Cincinnati edges New York, 1–0. In addition to his 10 assists and 9 putouts, Joost has a throwing error and the game’s only stolen base. Ernie Lombardi’s homer accounts for the only run as Bucky Walters is the winner over Prince Hal Schumacher in a battle of veterans. Both pitchers keep the ball down and each outfield accounts for a single fly out, tying the ML mark for fewest chances by 2 teams: the two infields make a NL record 46 putouts as both combine for a record 78 assists.

The Pirates send veteran Lloyd Waner to the Braves, where he will be reunited with his brother, in exchange for P Nick Strincevich. Waner will play just a month in Boston before being swapped to the Reds for John Hutchings. Waner will play 77 games for 3 teams this year (April 24—Sept. 16) and not strike out, a NL record.

11th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants down the Braves, 8-3, as Bill Jurges and Burgess Whitehead each drive in 3 runs. For the light-hitting Whitehead, it is his last homer: all 17 of his homers have been hit at the Polo Grounds.

12th Love that home cooking. At Boston, its Lefty against Lefty as Grove stops the Yankees Gomez, 6–4 for the southpaw’s 20th straight win at Fenway Park. It is his 295th career victory. Jimmie Foxx helps with a 2-run homer.

14th Browns hurlers walk 19 Athletics. Starter Bob Harris issues 8 of the passes, but the Browns win anyway 10–5.

At Fenway, the Red Sox score 7 runs in the 7th, 4 on a grand slam by Joe Cronin, to whip the White Sox, 10-7. Jimmie Foxx has a pair of homers for Boston.

The Cubs finally give up on Dizzy Dean. Diz gets his release the same day that brother Paul is sent to the minors by the Giants. Diz will sign on as a coach.

The Giants sell Ernie Koy to the Reds and send P Harry Gumbert to the Cardinals for P “Fiddler Bill” McGee. Gumbert will go 11–5 for the Cards in 1941 and pitch another 10 years.

15th Joe DiMaggio gets a single in 4 at bats against Ed Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D’s hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees lose, 13–1. Taffy Wright homers and drives in 4 White Sox runs, the 8th straight game he’s driven in a run. After this game, the experiment with Joe Gordon at first base will end and Johnny Sturm takes over at 1B.

A single by Jimmie Bloodworth in the 7th is the only hit for the Senators as they lose to the Browns Denny Galehouse, 7–0.

Rip Radcliff, one of the top AL batters in 1940 for the Browns, is waived to the Tigers as a result of a sudden batting decline. The Browns also trade P Vern Kennedy to the Senators for vet Rick Ferrell. The Senators release vet P Danny MacFayden.

16th The Yankees bench Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy, putting back Gordon at second and Crosetti at short. New York then rallies in the 9th to beat the White Sox, 5–4.

17th The city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania declare a legal holiday to honor the A’s manager on Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his managerial tenure. Connie declines to agree to a name change for Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, though a small black sign “Connie Mack Stadium” is put in place (as noted by Bruce Kuklich). George M. Cohan sings a new baseball song and then the Tigers put a damper on the day’s festivities with a 6–5 come-from-behind win. Frank Croucher has three hits, including a triple, for Detroit.

The Phils Johnny Podgajny outduels the Reds Bucky Walters to win, 2–1.

Myril Hoag’s clutch hitting paces the White Sox to a 3–2 win over the Yankees, as Chicago wins the rubber game in the 3-game series.

18th The Cards rally to beat the Phils, 6–5, but they lose rookie C Walker Cooper who fractures a scapula bone and dislocates a collarbone. Cooper is bowled over by Harry Marnie, who scores in the 5th.

19th Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau hits a grand slam off Hugh Casey as the Cubs score 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Chicago coasts to a 14–1 win at home. Brooklyn manager Durocher protests the game claiming the Cubs are over the 25-man limit, but the protest is tossed out. The Cubs will be fined $500 for the infraction. Brooklyn also protests that the mound is several inches over the 15 inch height allowed: at the suggestion of the umps, Casey pitches from several inches in front of the rubber, but it doesn’t help.

20th OF Taft Wright of the Chicago White Sox doubles to drive in a run and sets an AL record by driving in at least one run in 13 consecutive games. Wright has 22 RBI in the streak, although in 6 of the games he knocked in a run without a hit.

With the Phils down 4–0, the Phils George Jumonville hits a pinch homer, his only HR in the majors, and the Phils come back to top the Cards in 11 innings, 6–4. It is Jumonville’s last ML at bat.

At Crosley Field, the Reds score 6 runs in the 9th to defeat the Braves, 9–6. Frank McCormick finishes the scoring with a 3-run homer.

21st At Wrigley, Bill Nicholson snaps a 2-2 tie with a 5th inning grand slam, off Frank Hoerst, and the Cubs roll to a 7-2 win over the Phillies.

In Washington, Bob Feller allows 4 hits in 11 innings and the Indians score 4 in the top of the 11th to win, 4-0. Feller strikes out 4 times at the plate.

22nd A smart play by the Reds Lonny Frey helps Cincy to a 6–4 win over the Giants. With one out and the sacks full in the 1st, Chuck Aleno hits a DP grounder to short. Frey, running from 2B, allows the ball to hit him for an out, stopping play and putting Aleno on 1B. Ernie Lombardi then hits a grand slam. Frank McCormick adds a 2-run HR in the 3rd.

24th Selma Cloverleaf (Southeastern L) pitcher Hal Toenes relieves in the top of the ninth inning against the Jackson Mississipians with a runner on 1B and 2 out (as noted by historian Bill Hickman). Without throwing a pitch, he picks the runner off 1B. Selma, 4 runs down, scores 6 runs to give Toenes the pitchless win. Toenes will later have a cup of coffee with the Washington Senators.

The Boston Braves sign veteran Paul Waner, released by the Dodgers two weeks ago.

25th Going 4-for-5, Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season as the Red Sox trounce the Yankees, 10-3, at the Stadium. Lou Finney and Dom DiMaggio score 3 times for the Sox. Williams’ run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed the magic number will be marked in newspapers throughout the season, although it will often give way to the batting streak by Joe DiMaggio. DiMag singles today, off Boston’s Lefty Grove. Grove thus joins two of baseball’s most famous streaks—Joe’s current hitting streak and Ruth’s 60 homers in 1927. Lefty served up a gopher on September 27, 1927. Lefty also strikes out 4 times today.

Pete Reiser hits his only career grand slam to pace the Dodgers to an 8–4 win over the Phils. Reiser’s HR comes off Ike Pearson, who had beaned him just a month earlier.

At Braves Field, Johnny Rucker has 4 hits, including a triple, and Babe Young clouts a 2-run homer as the Giants whip the Braves, 6-2. The Steadman murder trial jury is in the stands for the game.

The first-place Indians beat the Browns, 6-0, behind Bob Feller (9-2). Jeff Heath is a double shy of the cycle for the Tribe.

27th At the Polo Grounds the score 1–1 between the Giants and Braves when umpire Jocko Conlan calls time at the end of the 7th. The crowd and the two teams then listens for 45 minutes while President Roosevelt’s radio message about the war in Europe is heard on the loudspeakers. When play resumes, the Braves lift Jim Tobin for Manny Salvo, while the Giants take out starter Hal Schumacher, replacing him with Carl Hubbell. Hubbell’s single wins it for New York, 2–1, in the 9th.

At Crosley Field, Max Butcher allows 12 hits but chops up the Reds to give Pittsburgh a 7-4 win. Vince DiMaggio clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd and wins himself a suit of clothes by hitting a beer sign atop a laundry outside left field.

Detroit’s Bruce Campbell, who won the game yesterday with an RBI-double, hits two homers over his ex-mates as the Tigers trim the Indians, 9-6. Campbell’s second homer is a 3-run homer in the 7th.

Joe Grace is a double shy of the cycle as he drives in 3 runs in the Browns 5-2 win over the White Sox. For the Pale Hose, Luke Appling hits his first homer, off Bob Muncrief, since 1937.

Joe DiMaggio is 4-for-5 with three runs and three ribbies to pace the Yankees to a 10–8 win over the Senators.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and A’s split a pair, with the Sox taking game 1, 5-2. The A’s take the second match, 11-1, as the two outfields tie an AL record by making 18 putouts.

28th The New York Yankees edge the Washington Senators, 6–5, before 25,000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. Walter Johnson tosses out the first pitch, throwing a fast ball through a beam of light to trigger the stadium lights. The daytime temperature is a record 97 degrees and it is still muggy at game time. The Yanks, down 3-1 to start the 8th, rally as DiMaggio triples in his last at bat against Sid Hudson. The next three batters reach base and George Selkirk twinkles with a grand slam off Hudson. New York wins, 5-4, sending Washington to its 10th straight loss.

After blowing a 6-1 lead, the A’s rally to beat the Red Sox, 8-6. The crowd at Fenway is 1,400, the smallest of the season.

29th The Cards nip the Reds 10–9 for their 10th straight win. The last five are one-run victories. The Reds almost pull the game out, scoring 3 in the 9th, but Marty Marion snags an Ernie Lombardi line drive and doubles up Ernie Koy at 2B.

Ted Williams is 3-for-5 and scores a pair in the Red Sox 6-4 win over the A’s. Ted will score 2 or more runs for the next 7 games giving him 8 in a row.

Despite scoring 5 runs in the top of the 6th, the Yanks and Senators tie 2-2 in a game called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has a hit and a strikeout, just his 3rd this year.

Bill Dietrich of the White Sox twirls a one-hitter in beating the Browns, 4-0. Chet Laabs 4th-inning single is the only St. Louis safety. Dietrich threw a no-hitter against the Browns in 1937.

Break out the rocking chairs. At the Polo Grounds, 41-year-old Gabby Hartnett is 4-for-4 with a homer to pace the Giants to a 9-2 win over the Braves. Young Bob Carpenter is the winner. The Braves end the game with Johnny Cooney in CF, Lloyd Waner in LF and Paul Waner in RF; their combined age is 113 years.

30th With Brooklyn 3 games in back of the Cards, 59,487 jam the Polo Grounds to watch the Dodgers and Giants. Whitlow Wyatt shuts out the Giants to win the opener, and Brooklyn overcomes a 2–1 deficit in the nitecap to score 5 runs in the 9th and win 6–2.

The Red Sox and Yanks split, New York winning the opener by scoring three unearned runs in the 9th, and Boston trouncing New York in the nitecap, 13–0. Mickey Harris allows just two hits and the Sox cap it off with a triple steal in the 5th inning. The Sox add another steal in the frame. With Dom DiMaggio at the plate, Skeeter Newsome, who earlier had stolen 2B, scores on the front end of the trifecta, with Frankie Pylack taking 3B and Harris stealing 2B. Williams laces 6 hits in the doubleheader, while Joe DiMaggio hits in both games to run his streak to 16. It is not a good day for the DiMag, suffering from a cold, as he commits an error in the opener and 3 more in the nitecap, two on overthrows of home.

You win some, you lose some. Rip Sewell loses game 1 of the Cubs-Pirates twinbill, allowing 6 runs in 5 innings as Chicago wins, 7-6. Sewell comes back in game 2 with 3 scoreless innings in relief to win, 5-4.

The Cards run their win streak to 11 in a row by defeating the Reds, 4–1, in the opener. The Reds win game 2 by a 3–2 score.

31st Behind Johnny Vander Meer, the Reds stop the Cardinals, 5-2, as rookie Chuck Aleno, who debuted on May 15, runs his consecutive game-hitting streak to 17, the ML record to start a career. The old record was 13, established by Dale Alexander in 1929. Juan Pierre will reach 16 in 2000. Aleno will end his war-years career with a .209 average.

Brooklyn tops the Giants, 5-2, as Hugh Casey wins his 4th of the year over New York.

1941 June

1st After losing 6 straight games in mid-May, the Dodgers begin to show the results of the trades by Larry MacPhail and Leo Durocher. They win their 9th-straight game, beating the ailing Cards, 2–1, and are now tied first place. Kirby Higbe is a winner over Lanier. Suffering Red Birds include Mize, out with a broken finger for 30 games, and Walker Cooper, suffering from a broken shoulder blade, who will be out two months.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 9-5 and 1-0. In game 1, Chicago overcomes a grand slam by the Phils Bobby Bragan, the only one of his career. Journeyman Jake Mooty applies the whitewash in game 2, throwing his lone career shutout. Dom Dallessandro knocks in the lone run with a 5th inning double.

Mel Ott’s 2-run homer, the 400th of his career and his 1,500th RBI, gives the Giants a 3–2 win over the Reds.

2nd New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig died at his home in the Bronx. From that time on, the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In Cleveland, the Indians defeat the Yankees, 7–5, behind Bob Feller. Feller had been unscored upon in 31 innings before New York got to him. DiMaggio has a single and double, improving his consecutive hit streak to 19 games, and also robs Ken Keltner of an extra base hit with a running catch in center.

The Senators drop the White Sox out of first place, winning 8–3, and beating Bill Dietrich, coming off a one-hit win over the Browns. Buddy Lewis has 2 hits to reach the 1,000 level at age 24. He’ll barely make 1500 hits because of three and a half years in the service.

The Cards move back into sole possession of first with a 5–4 victory over Brooklyn. Johnny Hopp triples, then scores the winner in the 9th.

3rd The Phils top the Cubs 7–0 on a one-hitter by P Tommy Hughes. Lou Novikoff’s single to lead off the 8th is the only hit.

In a slugfest under the lights in St. Louis, the Browns outlast the Tigers to win, 14-12. The two teams combine for 38 hits, with St. Louis collecting 20. In the 9-run 5th inning, Roy Cullenbine sets a night game mark with two extra base hits, a double and a triple.

Brooklyn tops the Cards 6–0 as Whitlow Wyatt tosses another shutout, beating Mort Cooper. Reiser homers in the 1st, and Dolph Camilli adds another roundtripper in the 4th.

6th The Giants use plastic batting helmets for the first time against the Pirates but lose a doubleheader to the Bucs 5–4 and 4–3. In game 2, Pittsburgh P Rip Sewell sets an NL record by handling 11 assists and the infield handles a record-tying 25 putouts.

Danny Litwhiler’s 2nd inning infield single is the only hit given up by Johnny Vander Meer as the Reds beats the Phils, 7–0. The Reds SS Eddie Joost has both hands on Litwhiler’s grounder but fumbles it and it is ruled a hit. Chuck Aleno hits his only ML homer, off Si Johnson, in support of Vandy, who strikes out 12. Aleno had opened the season by hitting in 17 straight games (5/15 to 5/31). This is the longest streak to start a ML career that streak-master Trent McCotter has discovered (2010).

7th The Yankees scores 5 in the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11–7. DiMaggio has 3 hits and King Kong Keller belts a 3rd-inning grand slam.

The Cards regain the NL lead by pounding out 19 hits and beating the Giants, 11–3. Jimmy Brown, Coaker Triplett, and Terry Moore each collect four hits.

8th Yankee C Bill Dickey pulls off the only unassisted DP of his career in the first of two with the Browns. Dickey catches Bob Swift’s pop foul along the first base line and tags first to double off the straying runner, Johnny Berardino. The Yanks sweep the Browns, 9–3 and 8–3. DiMaggio collects 7 RBIs on the afternoon, with 2 homers in the opener and 2 hits in the nitecap. He has now hit in 24 straight. From today’s 2nd game to July 26th, Joe will jolt 11 homers without striking out.

In game 1 at Chicago, Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove (4–1) goes 10 innings topping the Pale Hose, 4–1. It is Lefty’s 297th win. Ted Williams walks 3 times but goes hitless, ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 23 games. The Splinter is also hitless in game 2, though he scores a run in Boston’s 3-0 shutout tossed by Dick Newsome. Ted is now hitting .416. The Bosox manage just 3 hits off Thornton Lee.

9th At Crosley Field, the Reds spot the Dodgers 4 runs after 7 innings, then win 9–7 on Lonnie Frey’s game tying 2-run homer and game winning 2-run double.

10th Cardinal starter Lon Warneke yields a single to Phils lead off hitter Emmett Mueller, then gives up no more safeties as he wins, 3–0. It’s the 2nd one-hitter against the Phils in 4 days.

In Chicago, Frankie Crosetti hits a 6th inning grand slam to pace the Yankees to an 8-3 victory. Chicago scores 3 in the 9th off rookie Steve Peek but he picks up the win.

At the Polo Grounds, Hank Lieber hits a first inning grand slam off Bill McGee, recently acquired from the Cardinals, and the Cubs roll to an 11-0 shutout. Vern Olson applies the calcimine for the Cubs.

12th Babe Phelps, who skipped spring training, misses the Dodger train to St. Louis and returns to New York claiming he’s “ill.” A furious Durocher declares he’s “through” with the hypochondriac catcher, fines him $500 and puts Herman Franks behind the plate for the Cards’ series. Phelps returns to Maryland and will not play the rest of the season.

A month after joining the two Waner brothers together, the Braves ship Lloyd (.412) to the Reds for pitcher Johnny Hutchings. The Waners will team up together on the Dodgers in 1944.

13th Dodger ace Whitlow Wyatt continues his mastery of the Cards, winning 1–0 in the series opener.

14th Brooklyn takes the 2nd game against the Cards, scoring 7 runs in the 6th to win 12–5.

15th In St. Louis, Brooklyn and the Cards split, with the Dodgers winning the 1st game 8–1, and St. Louis taking the 2nd game 3–0. Pete Reiser is hit twice by pitches during the doubleheader.

16th At Cincinnati, Johnny Vander Meer’s wildness gives the Giants 2 runs in the first as they go on to beat the Reds, 6-0, behind Bill Lohrman’s 3-hitter. Vandy walks the first four batters to set an NL mark, and does it on just 21 pitches. Junior Thompson relieves and adds a 5th consecutive walk to set the NL record to start a game.

17th Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short bounces up and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beats the Yankees 8–7.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Tigers split a pair, with the Red Sox outslugging Detroit in game 1, 14-8. Rudy York hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Joe Dobson, but Boston overcomes that with an 8-run 8th. York hits a solo homer in a 4-run 6th inning of game 2, connecting off Charlie Wagner, as Detroit wins, 8-5.

18th The Giants play an 11-inning tie in Pittsburgh because of a regulation that states that no inning can be started after 11:50 p.m. The game is held up in the 4th inning so that the fans can listen to a broadcast of the title fight between local favorite Billy Conn and Joe Louis.

In a Northeast Arkansas League at Paragould, home team pitcher Clarence “Hooks” Iott strikes out 25 Batesville batters, allowing 2 hits in a 4-2 victory. Iott hits a homer at the plate. Hooks will have cups of coffee with the Browns this year and later with the Yankees.

19th The Yankees remain 3 games in back of Cleveland as they beat the White Sox, 7-2, at the Stadium. Charlie Keller hits his 2nd grand slam in two weeks for New York.

21st At Boston, Lefty Grove finally loses at Fenway after 20 consecutive wins at home, as the Browns pound the Red Sox, 13–9. Grove is knocked out in 2nd inning. Harland Clift leads the day’s slugging with 2 doubles and a triple, good for 4 RBIs. Grove’s streak began on May 3, 1938 and went through May 12th. He’ll end this year with a record of 55-17 (1934-41), and his .764 winning percentage is the highest ever for a lefty at Fenway.

22nd Edging the Tigers, 5–4, the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.

In Philadelphia, the White Sox and A’s exchange shutouts, with the Sox taking game 1 by a 14-0 margin behind Ted Lyons. Ben Chapman contributes a grand slam, the only one the Sox will have this year. Phil Marchildron tosses a 3-0 shutout in game 2, the first for the A’s this season.

23rd Brooklyn’s Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Pirates, 9–4, for his 13thstraight win over the Bucs, stretching back to June 16, 1939. It’s his last decision against Pittsburgh.

Cleveland SS Lou Boudreau pulls off a hidden ball trick on Boston’s Skeeter Newsome in the 2nd inning, but the Sox shrug it off to win, 13-2.

24th At Boston, first-place Cleveland drops a 13-3 decision to the Red Sox. Jim Tabor has a grand slam for the Bosox.

25th At Boston, Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove pitches 9 innings to win, 7–2, over Cleveland for his 5th win of the year and the 298th of his career.

In the top of the 13th inning, the White Sox pull off a triple steal against the Senators and score 2 runs to win, 2–0. Joe Kuhel is on the front end of the AL’s only extra-inning triple steal. The Sox manage just 5 hits off Sid Hudson, while Sox starter Johnny Rigney allows 6 in 13 frames.

In Newton, Mass. 700 fans pay $1 each to watch Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth play golf. Cobb wins 3–2, but Ruth will beat him in 2 days. A third match will be played later this summer.

47-year-old spitballer Snipe Conley pitches a 9-inning 11–7 win for Dallas (Texas League) over San Antonio. Conley, who holds the Texas League record for consecutive wins (19), last pitched in 1928.

26th Yankee P Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan—a future Yankee—homers. Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th, Henrich bunts Red Rolfe to 2B to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York wins, 4–1, and takes over first place.

Although knocked out of the box, Cleveland’s Bob Feller wins his 16th, beating the Red Sox, 11–8.

Indian Bob Johnson drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including two 3-run homers, to pace the Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Tigers. The defending AL champs are in 5th place.

28th White Sox rookie Don Kolloway does it all. He steals 4 bases, including a record-tying 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 9th, and hits 2 HRs and a single in a 6–4 win over the Indians. He came into the game hitting .168.

Players act as umpires after Casey Stengel receives a telegram from umpire Babe Pinelli that he other the two other umps Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are fogbound on a nightboat from New York. Stengel picks Johnny Cooney to ump behind the plate while Manager Leo Durocher picks Freddy Fitzsimmons. There are no beefs in the first inning, though Boston plates one run, and when the regularly assigned umpires finally run on the field just before the second inning, the fans greet them with foghorn imitations. Boston wins, 3-2. There will only be one more instance, in 1978, when players umpire.

DiMaggio has two hits and a walk off Johnny Babich of the A’s, to extend his streak to 40 games, second longest in the AL. New York wins, 7–4, as Keller homers, the 23rd game in a row the Yanks have gone deep. The 2nd-place Yankees will win their next 13 games.

29th Joe DiMaggio lines a double against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the 6th inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler’s AL consecutive-game hit record of 41. In game 2 he collects a 7th-inning single off Red Anderson to set the record at 42 games. In the first game, the Yankees notch a homer by Henrich and one from Charlie Keller in the nitecap, the 25th straight game the Bombers have homered, for a new ML record. New York sweeps, winning 9–4 and 7–5.

In a Sunday doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Red Sox slug out a 13-1 win in game one. Joe Cronin hits his 2nd grand slam of the year. The A’s come back in game 2 to edge the Sox, 3-2. With the Yankees winning a pair against the Senators, New York is in first place by 1 ½ games.

30th The Browns score 9 runs in the 7th to drive Bob Feller out of the box and beat the Indians, 12–6. Joe Grace has a double in homer in the big inning.

The Giants score 3 runs in the 12th to break up a scoreless pitching duel between the Braves Manuel Salvo and New York’s Cliff Melton. Salvo loses his 10th in a row.

Nels Potter is sold by Philadelphia Athletics to the Red Sox where he’ll go 2-0. The Browns will select him in the Rule 5 draft in November 1942.

Pete Reiser triples on the 1st pitch of the game and the next time up hits the 1st pitch for a HR as the Dodgers whip the Phillies, 9–2. Whit Wyatt wins his 12th, allowing 6 hits. The win gives the Dodgers a first-place tie with the Cards.

1941 July

1st Despite the 95 degree weather, 52,832 are on hand at Yankee Stadium to watch Joe DiMaggio lead a sweep of the Red Sox, 7–2 and 9–2. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the first game, off Mike Ryba, and one in the 2nd, off Jack Wilson, to tie Willie Keeler’s ML batting streak of 44 games. The Yankees have 25 hits in the 2 games but fail to add a HR among their 15 hits in the first game. This ends their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one HR. The previous record, set by the Tigers in 1940, was 17 games and the Tigers will take back the record in 1994. During the streak the Bombers have connected for 40 homers, 9 by DiMaggio.

The Cleveland Indians suspend OF Roy Weatherly for sulking. Manager Peckinpaugh will keep Weatherly in his doghouse, benching him for an August 10 twinbill and leaving him in Cleveland when the Tribe makes a short swing to St. Louis and Detroit after that.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 45 by hitting a HR, his only hit of the game, off Boston’s Dick Newsome, surpassing Willie Keeler’s all-time record. Newsome started in place of Lefty Grove, who asked for the day off because of the 95 degree heat. New York wins, 8–4.

3rd At Philley, the Red Sox win, 5–2, over the A’s as Lefty Grove scatters 10 hits to win. For Lefty (6–2), it is his 299th win. Ted Williams hits his 16th homer.

4th At Chicago, the Cards drop a doubleheader to the Cubs, 6–5 and 5–2, to drop a full game in back of the rained-out Dodgers.

In front of 6,013 in Boston, Manuel Salvo breaks his 10-game loss streak, beating the Braves, 4-3. Jim Tobin allows 2 hits in shutting out the Phils in game 2, 2–0, with both hits by Merrill May.

With a crowd of 34,219 on hand in Cleveland, the Indians don’t disappoint, winning the opener in dramatic fashion when Jeff Heath steals home to win, 9-8. (as noted by Jan Larson). The Tribe score 5 runs in the 9th, three on homer by Ken Keltner. The Indians win the second game, 3-2, in 7 innings to move 2 games in back of the idle Yankees.

5th Joe DiMaggio hits his 19th homer to run his hit streak to 46 games. Charles Keller adds his 18th and 19th homers as the Yankees beat the A’s, 10–5. Red Rolfe wins his 6th in a row.

Although outhit, the Indians beat the White Sox, 5–3. Sox manager is tossed because of remarks to the umps and he will be suspended indefinitely tomorrow by the AL prexy.

At Forbes Field, Bucs pitcher Joe Sullivan overcomes a 7th inning grand slam by Dom Dallesandro and beats the Cubs, 9-6.

The Cards manage only 4 hits off the Reds Johnny Vander Meer in losing their 4th straight, 2–1. Vandy ties a ML mark with 3 assists in the 4th inning, throwing out Slaughter, Marion, and Mancuso.

6th A crowd of 60,948 watch as the Yankees defeat the visiting A’s, 8–4 and 3–1. DiMaggio has 4 hits in the first game and 2 in the nitecap.

The Reds Elmer Riddle (9-0) allows 3 hits in shutting out the Cardinals, 3–0. Lon Warneke is the loser.

Ted Lyons wins his 8th of the year and 241st overall as the White Sox defeat the Indians, 9–4.

Dizzy Dean resigns as coach of the Cubs to take a broadcasting job with the Cardinals.

8th At the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium, Ted Williams, hitting .405 at the break, homers off Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau with two out and 2 on in the 9th inning to give the AL a dramatic 7–5 victory. Williams’ 4 RBIs are matched by NL SS Arky Vaughan, who hits HRs in the 7th and 8th. Vaughan is the first player to homer twice in the classic.

Warren Spahn, 19, pitches his 4th shutout in a row as Evansville (Three I) edges Madison, 1–0.

9th Any pitchers here? In a Arizona-Texas League game, the Tucson Cowboys beat the Bisbee Bees, 30–15, collecting 31 hits. Tucson won yesterday’s match by a score of 16–14.

10th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 8 runs in the 7th, four on a grand slam by Babe Phelps, to tie the Cardinals. St. Louis then scores 5 runs in the top of the 8th and wins, 13-9. Howie Krist is the victor in relief: Krist will go 6-0 as a reliever and 4-0 as a starter. His 10-0 is the best ever in the NL.

11th Lefty Grove allows just 6 hits in 8 innings, but the Tigers beat the Red Sox veteran, 2–0.

12th At Detroit, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Tigers, winning 7-5 and 10-2. Bobby Doerr has a 3rd-inning grand slam for Boston in game 1, while Jimmie Foxx homers in each game.

13th In Chicago, the Yankees sweep two, winning 8–1 and 1–0 in 11 innings, to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.

Elmer Riddle (10-0) tosses his 2nd straight shut out as the Reds beat 4–0 in game 1 of a twinbill. The Braves then beat All-star hurler Paul Derringer with 2 runs in the 9th to win, 6–5.

Former ML player Eddie Mayo, playing for Los Angeles (Pacific Coast League), is accused of spitting in the face of umpire Ray Snyder during an argument. PCL President W. C. Tuttle suspends Mayo for one year. Mayo protests that he never spat and, after a series of hearings with minor-league czar Judge Brabham, he will be reinstated on September 5 and finish the season with the Angels. Burleigh Grimes, managing Grand Rapids in the Michigan State League last year, was banned for a year for a similar offense.

14th The Browns manage just 4 hits but beat the visiting Senators, 6-4. Losing pitcher Ken Chase allows 3 hits in 2+ innings, but walks 7. Cecil Travis has 3 hits and scores 3 runs to run his batting streak to 24 straight games, which will be the second longest this year.

In Cleveland, Bob Feller (18-4) strikes out 7 as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 4-1. Jeff Heath knocks in 2 runs and is given 4 intentional walks.

15th Pitching for the Paragould Browns in the Northeast Arkansas League (Class D), Hooks Iott pitches 16 innings against Newport, the eventual league champs, and strikes out 30 batters. Hooks’ total is an organized ball record. Hooks struck out 22 Jonesboro batters on June 26 and 25 batters earlier to break Burley (sic) Grimes’ 1937 league mark.

16th DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yanks pummel the Indians, 10–3. Joe’s streak is now at 56 games.

Chet Laabs has a record-tying 4 long hits—2 homers, a triple and double—to pace the Browns to an 11–2 win over the A’s. Bob Muncrief is the winner.

17th In front of more than 60,000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park, Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby, plus sensational plays by 3B Ken Keltner, stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edges the Indians, 4–3, for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.

At Detroit, Bobo Newsom stops another hitting streak—Cecil Travis’s 24 gamer—and stops the Senators, 7–1. Sid Hudson is pounded for the loss.

At Chicago, the other DiMaggio—Dom—cracks a triple and home run to lead the Red Sox to a 7–4 win over the White Sox. Another streak is stopped as starter Thornton Lee is lifted after 16 straight complete games for Chicago. Herb Newsome is the winner.

The Reds unbeaten Elmer Liddle (11–0) gives up 10 hits to the Giants, but wins his 11th straight, 5–4. The Reds are in 4th place, 12 games behind Brooklyn.

In a 16-inning 1–1 tie, Hooks Iott of Paragould (Northeast Arkansas ) fans 30 against Newport. His 229 strikeouts in 143 innings will earn him a call up to the Browns in September.

18th The White Sox top Boston, 4–3, in 10 innings. Lefty Grove, trying for his 300th win, goes all the way to take the loss.

19th The Browns take two from the visiting Red Sox, 9–3 and 4–3. George McQuinn hits for the cycle in game 1 for St. Louis.

At Cleveland, Jimmy Bloodworth hits a grand slam for the Senators, but the Indians still edge Washington, 9-8.

20th Joe DiMaggio collects 3 doubles and a HR as the Yankees go 17 innings with the Tigers before winning 12–6 at Detroit. Also homering are fellow outfielders Keller and Henrich, both coming in the 17th. The 6 runs in the 17th inning sets the AL record.

22nd In the 2nd inning, with one out and 1B open, the Cards intentionally walk the Giants Dick Bartell to get to Billy Jurges. The hot Jurges, with 9 hits in his last 9 official at-bats, pops out. In his next 2 at bats, Jurges has a homer and double, but the Giants lose, 7–6.

23rd After 11 straight wins, Elmer Riddle loses to the Dodgers, 5–4. The Reds give Elmer a 4-run lead, off Higbe, but he fails to hold it. Frank McCormick is beaned by Higbe and taken off the field on a stretcher. McCormick has played 349 straight games.

The “Williams shift” is used for the first time (as noted by Bill Nowlin) when White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes overshifts for the Boston slugger. Williams goes 2-for-5 with a double to left field, as the visiting White Sox win, 10-4.

Dick Wakefield, University of Michigan star, plays his first pro game, going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts for Winston Salem. Wakefield was signed by the Tigers for $52,000 and a car. He’ll get into seven ML games in 1941, hitting just .143.

24th Connecting in the 5th off Bill Dietrich Jim Tabor slugs his 2ndgrand slam of the year and the Red Sox roll over the visiting White Sox, 11-1. Mickey Harris is the winning pitcher.

25th Forty-one-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 10–6 before a Fenway Ladies Day crowd of 16,000. The score is tied 6–6 when Williams cracks a 2-run homer to put the Sox ahead. Jim Tabor contributes 2 homers, and Foxx adds a 2-run triple. The loser is Al Milnar in relief of Mel Harder. Grove throws 120 pitches and loses 8 pounds in the effort. He will make 6 more starts, but this will be his last career win.

26th The Yankees roll over the White Sox, 11–3, collecting 14 hits. But Sox reliever Johnny Hallett strikes out Joe DiMaggio in the 6th, the first K for Joe since June 8.

The Cards Ernie White wins his 4th game in 5 days, a 20th century ML record, stopping the Braves, 9–2. His other wins, all in relief, were over the Giants on July 22, 23, and 24, also a record.

Pittsburgh’s Debs Garms sets the ML record for consecutive pinchhits with his 7th in a row, hitting a homer in a 3-2 loss to Brooklyn. It is the veteran’s last homerun, though he will play till 1945. Garms tied the ML mark set by Hornsby with a pinchhit yesterday in a doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers.

29th At Wrigley, Swish Nicholson applies the coup de gras with an 8thinning grand slam, as the Cubs top the last-place Phillies, 12-4. It is Nicholson’s 2nd grand slam of the year.

31st In the first game of a twinbill, the Browns outlast the Red Sox 16–11, scoring 6 runs in the 9th. The game takes 3 hours and 11 minutes, the longest regulation AL game up to this time. Roy Cullenbine has 2 official at bats, but scores 5 runs and knocks in 5. He hits a grand slam as does Ted Williams for Boston. In game 2, the Sox win, 4–1 in a game called after 7 ½ innings because of a thick mist covering the field.

In Philadelphia, Benny McCoy hits a 4th inning grand slam to pace the A’s to a 9-2 drubbing of the White Sox. For the real McCoy, this is his last ML season and he’ll spend the next four in the Navy.

1941 August

1st Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees pitches a 9–0 shutout over the visiting St. Louis Browns despite walking 11 batters, the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A ML record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded, matching a mark done twice before in shutouts (May 22, 1913; July 29, 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24, 1994, will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year, with 1334 left on base. Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits, including 2 homers. For Gomez, it is his 8th straight win.

2nd Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win, 2–0. It is the Yankees 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits, including a double to DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.

In St. Louis, Johnny Mize hits a 2nd inning grand slam off Boom-Boom Beck to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead over the Phils. St. Louis holds on to win, 11-7, and keep their one-game lead in the NL over the Dodgers, winners in Chicago.

3rd Browns knuckler Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio’s streak of 74 games in reaching base. DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon, as the first place Yanks lose two to the Browns, 6–2 and 5–0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2 hits in the game 2 whitewash.

Braves pitchers Jim Tobin and Johnny Hutchings toss shutouts over the Reds, winning 5–0 and 3–0.

The first-division A’s draw their largest crowd in history, 40,200 (30,613 paid) for a twinbill with the Indians. Another 15,000 are turned away. In game 1, Bob Feller finally wins his 20th, 6–3, allowing 3 hits and walking 7. In the nitecap, the A’s score a run in the 9th off Clint Brown to win, 4–3.

In a rarity, Ken Heintzelman starts both ends of a doubleheader against the Giants, as the Pirates sweep a pair in Pittsburgh, 5–4 and 10–5. Heintzelman gets neither win as the victories go to Dutch Dietz and Bob Klinger.

4th In the 3rd inning, C Mickey Owens catches 3 foul flies, the first time in the ML that feat’s been recorded. His Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6th and 7th to whip the Giants, 11–6. Ken O’Dea has a grand slam in the 7th for the Giants.

6th In the 3rd inning against the Indians, Detroit P Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices bunts, a ML record, as the Tigers send 17 men to the plate. Detroit scores a ML record-tying (for the inning) 11 runs on 6 hits, 7 walks, and 2 errors. That’s all the scoring needed, as Detroit rolls, 11–2, for a Benton victory.

In a mid week doubleheader at Boston, the Red Sox and Yankees split, New York taking the lidlifter, 6–3, and the Sox the nitecap, 3–1. Williams is 1-for-6 but Pete Fox has a pair of hits in each game for Boston. In his last 5 games, Fox has collected 2 triples, 6 doubles, and 6 singles.

In the Giants-Dodgers game, Bill Klem umps his first game of the year. Klem is filling in for Larry Goetz, whose arm was fractured when a foul ball hit him.

7th The Cards retake 1st place over the idle Dodgers by edging the Reds, 3–2 in 11 innings. Mort Cooper retires the last 2 Reds with the bases loaded.

Bob Feller goes down to defeat for the 4th time in his last 5 starts as the Tigers beat the Cleveland ace, 4–3, in 13 innings after Clarence Campbell’s 3-run pinch homer ties it for the Tribe in the 9th after 2 pinch hitters reach safely. The 3 pinch runners scoring ties the league and ML mark for an inning. In a rare triple-double, Feller strikes out 13, walks 11, and gives up 13 hits.

8th Cubs rookie Paul Erickson wins his first ML game, pitching a nifty one-hitter to beat the Pirates Johnny Lanning, 1–0. The Cubs collect 10 hits while Bob Elliott’s hit in the 7th is the lone Buc shot.

The White Sox roll over the Browns, 16–2. Taffy Wright paces the 15-hit attack with 2 homers and a double to drive in 6 runs.

9th At Ebbets Field, a grand slam by veteran Paul Waner is the difference as Boston edges the Dodgers, 8-7. Waner was released by the Dodgers in May. Brooklyn stays in first place by .003 as the Cardinals lose to the Pirates in 13 innings.

10th At Wrigley Field, 18,739 fans cheer for “Charlie Root Day.” The popular pitcher, the winningest pitcher in franchise history, whose retirement was announced, receives a check, a station wagon paid for by the fans, and a pig for his farm. The Reds are unimpressed and hand Root and the Cubs a 3–1 defeat. Johnny Vander Meer gets the win.

The Yanks flay the A’s twice, 11–2 and 4–1, to increase their margin to 14 games. Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to Mario Russo, while Bill Dickey’s 9th inning triple with 2 on decides the nitecap. DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener, but goes hitless in the nitecap, the 5th game in the last 8 that he’s been collared.

The Dodgers match the Cards by sweeping a doubleheader, topping the Braves, 14–4 and 4–0. Hamlin wins the opener and Freddy Fitzsimmons (5-0) takes the nitecap. In the 5th inning of game 1, reliever Dick “Leif” Errickson hits Medwick on the right elbow and follows by hitting Camilli in the head. When he plunks Reiser, the fans start tossing cushions. The 3 HBP are one short of the record.

11th At Sportsman’s Park, a first in Cubs’ history occurs in the 5thinning when Phil Cavarretta, Stan Hack, and Bill Nicholson hit consecutive homers. It’s not enough as the Cards win 7–5, but it’s a costly victory as they lose Enos Slaughter for the season. Chasing a line drive, Enos tries to avoid colliding teammate Terry Moore and he hits the RF wall breaking his collarbone.

Pitcher Kirby Higbe leads the Dodger charge against the Giants, as he collects three singles and a double, good for 4 RBIs. Brooklyn wins, 15–7.

12th The Senators Dutch Leonard wins his 7th in a row, 9–3, over the A’s. The A’s also lose LF Wally Moses for 3 weeks when he steps on a corn cob while retrieving a hit. Lewis has a pair of homers for the visiting A’s.

13th Third base coach Leo Durocher admits to napping as the Phils Bobby Bragan nabs Dixie Walker at 2B with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers still win, 7–2, behind Curt Davis.

15th Because of rain, the game between the Red Sox and the Senators is stopped in the 8th inning, with Washington ahead 6–3. After a 40-minute wait the game is called. But because of Washington’s failure to cover the field in case play is resumed, Boston manager Joe Cronin protests the game. On August 28th, the protest is upheld by league president Will Harridge, who calls it “the case of the missing grounds keeper,” and the forfeit goes to Boston. Per the rules, there are no pitcher wins or losses.

17th In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Phils top the Giants 18–2. Joe Marty leads the attack with 5 hits and 5 RBIs while Lee Grissom wins his 1st after 11 straight defeats. The Phils also take the opener, 6-2.

In the nitecap of 2, Brooklyn’s Whit Wyatt loses a perfect game when the Braves C Phil Masi hits a one-out single in the 9th to account for the only baserunner. Whit then retires 2 pinch hitters to win, 3–0. The Dodgers win the opener, 5–1, as Kirby Higbe wins his 17th. He also collects 4 hits off loser Jim Tobin, the 2nd straight start he’s had 4 hits, though he’ll hit but .188 for the year. He duplicates George Earnshaw’s effort of ten years ago. The crowd of 35,329 is the biggest for Boston this year.

The Browns and Tigers split a pair. Bobo Newsom wins the opener for Detroit, 8–1, allowing 5 hits. Caster then wins for the Browns, 6–1, on 3 hits. In game 2, leadoff hitter Harlond Clift drives in all 6 St. Louis runs with a grand slam and 2-run double.

18th The Dodgers notch win over the Pirates, 6–5, despite 6 errors. Pete Reiser’s homer in the 9th wins it for reliever Casey, and increases the Brooks lead over the idle Cardinals to one game.

The Reds sweep a pair from the bumbling Phillies, winning 13–5 and 5–4. In the first game, the Reds build a 10–1 lead after 2 innings and are helped in the win by the Phillies’ 8 errors, which ties a team record set in 1922 (a record the Phils list as a post-1911 one). Bill Werber has 3 hits and 5 RBIs.

19th Pittsburgh Pirates manager Frankie Frisch is ejected (and fined $50) by umpire Jocko Conlan from the 2nd game of a doubleheader when he appears on the field with an umbrella to protest the playing conditions at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. The rainy argument is later portrayed in a famous oil painting by Norman Rockwell. The Dodgers sweep, winning 9–0 and 6–2, behind Curt Davis and Hugh Casey.

In game 2 at Detroit, Joe DiMaggio jams his spikes sliding into 2B on a double and sprains his ankle. He will be out till September 19th. The Yanks win, 8–3, after losing the opener, 12–2, to Hal Newhouser.

White Sox pitchers Thornton Lee and John Humphries each throw shut outs against the A’s. Lee wins, 4–0 and Humphries , 1–0. McCrabb and Babich are the losing pitchers.

20th Larry MacPhail stages a fashion show before a Ladies Day crowd at Ebbets Field. Such promotions, as well as the Dodgers pennant race, will push the home gate to over one million fans. The Dodgers also pick up Larry French for the waiver price of $7,500. The Cubs consider the amiable lefty over the hill after he hurt his thumb and slipped to 5–14.

In Boston, the Cards suffer another injury when OF Terry Moore is beaned behind the ear by a pitch from Art Johnson, and carried off on stretcher. He’ll be released from a Boston hospital in 10 days and flown to St. Louis, where he’ll be hospitalized for several more days. He won’t return to the lineup until September 14. However, the Cards slice the Dodger lead to 1 ½ games by sweeping a pair 2–0 and 3–2. Ernie White (15-4) wins the opener and Howie Pollet (21-3 at Houston) follows with a 4-hitter in his ML debut.

Elmer Riddle (14–2) and Johnny Vander Meer each toss shutouts for the Reds over the Phillies. Cincy wins 2–0 and 3–0.

The Dodgers acquire P Larry French (5-14) from the Cubs on waivers. He will go 15-4 next year for the Dodgers. On the 25thBrooklyn will pick up Augie Galan for cash from the Cubs.

24th At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers split with the Cardinals, losing the opener 7–3, then taking the nitecap, 3–2. The split leaves the Cards 1 ½ games in back of the Dodgers. In game 2, with darkness setting in pitcher Whit Wyatt drives home the winner with one out in the 9thoff young Howie Pollet. The games are enlivened by the music of a pickup band, generating a good response from the crowd. The musicians will come to be called the Dodger Sym-phony.

Harry Craft hits two homers, one a grand slam, and a double to lead the Reds to a 13–9 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Craft has 6 RBIs in the game 1 win. In game 2, the 3rd-place Reds win, 6-4, as Elmer Riddle goes 8 innings to run his record to 15-2. Bucky Walters earns the save but gives up 2 hits in the 9th.

26th In the nitecap of a DH at Shibe Park, Dom Dallessandro drives in 7 runs on 4 hits to give the Cubs an 11–3 win over the Phils. One of the hits is a grand slam, his 2nd of the season. The Cubs win the opener, 5–4.

In Detroit, the A’s take two from the Tigers, 9-1 and 2-1. Sam Chapman ices the first game with a 9th inning grand slam.

Can’t be too careful. Cleveland’s Jim Bagby walks Ted Williams 4 times but loses to the Red Sox, 9–4. Williams is 1-for-1.

27th Charlie Root uses his arm and then his bat, hitting a clutch single with the sacks full in the Cubs 3-run 9th inning, to win his 200th game. The Braves get one back but the visiting Cubs win 6–4. The 42-year-old Root had taken over in the first inning from Ken Raffensberger. Root will win one more and his 201 wins is the all-time Cub mark. He will also hold the club record for games (605) and innings pitched (3137.1).

Cleveland’s Jeff Heath has a triple and two 3-run homers off Tom Ferrick to lead the Tribe to an 11-4 win over the A’s. Ferrick goes the distance giving up 18 hits, 5 to Soup Campbell. Rookie Steve Gromek wins his first ML game. The former minor league infielder turned to pitching this year and compiled a 14-2 record for Flint (Michigan-State League).

Pitching to Detroit leadoff hitter Tuck Stainback, Boston’s Lefty Grove pulls a muscle in his side and is out for a month. Wilson then relieves and allows just 5 hits but loses to Gorsica, in relief of Newhouser, 6–3.

In a night game at Ebbets Field, Kirby Higbe outpitches the Reds Johnny Vander Meer to win, 4–2. Higbe walks and singles his first 2 at bats, giving him 9-for-10 in his last 3 games. With 2 outs in the 4th, Ernie Lombardi swipes 2nd: it is his first steal, or attempted steal, since August 10, 1937, when he also stole against the Dodgers Mickey Owens.

28th In Detroit, the Tigers rally with 5 runs in the 7th to edge the Red Sox, 8-7. the big blow in the frame is a four-run homer by Rudy York.

30th The Cardinals Lon Warneke no-hits the Cincinnati Reds 2–0 in the nitecap with only 3 balls hit to the outfield, as the Cards sweep two. It is Warneke’s 15th victory of the season and, with the Dodgers’ doubleheader loss to the Giants, puts St. Louis in first place by 2 percentage points. The 5th place Giants beat Brooklyn 4–3 and 5–1 at the Polo Grounds.

White Sox pitcher Johnny Humphries gets knocked out of the box by the Browns ending his skein of 3 straight shutouts and 35 consecutive scoreless innings. The Browns score 5 runs in the 6th on their way to a 10–1 win. Humphries will finish the year at 4–2 with all 4 wins coming on shutouts. The only other pitcher to have all his wins on shutouts was Fred Fitzsimmons, in 1935.

31st White Sox starter Ted Lyons is lifted against the Browns in St. Louis after 7 innings and 15 hits. It is his last incomplete game in the majors. He will finish 3 more in 1941, all 20 in 1942, and after serving in the Armed Forces, complete all 5 starts in 1946. The Browns win 12–8, then take the nitecap, 5–4 when Walt Judnich hits a bases-loaded triple in the 9th.

In game 1 in Cleveland, the Tigers hammer Bob Feller for 13 hits in 8 innings, but the loss goes to Clint Brown who surrenders 2 runs in the 9th. Detroit wins, 7-5. Joining in the offense for the Tigers is starter Schoolboy Rowe and reliever Dizzy Trout, both of whom hit triples. Chubby Dean gives up a pair of homers in the nightcap, but emerges with the win for Cleveland, 7-4.

1941 September

1st Rudy York wallops 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs for the Tigers as the Tigers beat the Browns, 9–5 in game 1 in Detroit. The Tigers rattle 20 hits in the nitecap to win, 16–8.

In the first of two this Labor Day, Dolph Camilli hits the 200th HR of his career against the Braves to put the game into extra innings. Camilli then gives the Dodgers a 6–5 victory in the 15th inning with his 5th hit of the game. Camilli’s 29th HR of the year tied the game in the 8th, his double in the 10th with 2 on kept the Dodgers alive, and a 2-out single in the 15th won the game. Game 2 is cut short at 2–2 with Al Javery on the mound for Boston; he’ll get no rest tomorrow as he is the loser in a 9–2 Brooklyn win.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep 2 from the Senators, 13–9 and 10–3. Williams has only 5 official at bats, but has 3 hits—all homers—to take over the AL lead from Charlie Keller. Ted walks 4 times.

2nd The Cardinals sell pitcher Hank Gornicki to the Cubs and he will appear in one game for Chicago before the sale is voided. The Pirates will claim Gornicki in November and he will win 14 games for the Bucs in the next two seasons.

3rd The Dodgers split with the Phillies and drop .004 behind the rained-out Cards. Brooklyn wins the opener, 4–1, behind Whit Wyatt’s 19th win. The Phils win the nitecap by the same score behind Lefty Hoerst’s 4-hitter. Rookie Danny Murtaugh, brought up in mid-season, swipes 3 bases in the 2 games to tie for the lead with 17. His 18 will lead the NL, accomplishing that mark in just 85 games.

Reds manager Bill McKechnie jumps on a plane at the Chicago airport thinking he is bound for Pittsburgh. He ends up in Detroit instead. His Reds lose, 3–2, at Forbes Field without him.

4th The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6–3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant, the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees need only 136 games, giving them a 91-45 record. Williams is 1–for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.

At Briggs, Bob Feller (22-11) goes 10 innings for the Indians as they edge the Tigers, 7-6. Rip Radcliff has one of the 10 hits off Feller to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20 games.

5th The Reds score 8 runs in the 8th inning, four on a grand slam by Eddie Joost, and top the Pirates, 10-4 in the first of two games. The Pirates respond with a 9-4 win in game 2.

6th The Reds Johnny Vander Meer fires a 2-hitter, striking out 14, to beat the Cards, 2–0, in St. Louis. He strikes out 5 in the 2nd and 3rdinnings, walks a man, and records another K for six in two innings.

The Dodgers beat the Giants, 4–1, to increase their NL lead to 2 games. With Reese, Medwick, and Lavagetto benched, Camilli hits his 30th homer to pace the attack.

7th Washington rookie Early Wynn wins the first of his 300 victories, topping the A’s, 4–2, on 6 hits. Wynn won 16 games for last-place Springfield (Eastern) this year. In the opener, the Senators win, 3–2, behind Marchildon.

With Durocher again at SS, the Dodgers, roll over the Giants, 13–1, behind Higbe’s 20th win of the year. Camilli hits 2 homers as the Brooks pound Carl Hubbell and 2 relievers. Brooklyn wins the nitecap, 4–3 in 10 innings.

How do you score this? In the 4th of game 2, Boston batter Max West picks up a short passed ball and flips it to Phils C Livingston who throws to P Tom Hughes who relays back to the catcher to nail Frank Demaree coming in from 3B. In the next inning, West is hit in the mouth by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout and taken to the hospital. West has 3 hits in game 1 as the Braves win twice, 17–6 and 10–1.

8th The Dodgers embark on a 17-game road trip with a three-game lead in the NL.

9th The Reds purchase 3B Bert Haas from the Cards.

He’s better than his brother, Joe. Dom DiMaggio hits his first grand slam and Dick Newsome does the pitching as the Red Sox beat Detroit, 6-0. Dom D will hit another grand slam on the 24th.

The Indians release Mel Harder, who has been plagued with arm problems.

10th In Chicago, Johnny Schmitz makes his pitching debut and notches a victory by throwing only one pitch in the 9th inning, hit for a double play by Cookie Lavagetto. The Cubs then rally for 3 runs and win 5–4 over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Cubs win the nitecap, 5–3, and the two losses, combined with the Cards sweep of the Phils, cut Brooklyn’s lead to one game.

11th The Dodgers collect a 3-run homer from Dolph Camilli to tie the Cards 4–4 in regulation. They push across two runs in the 11th on Dixie Walker’s single, and Hugh Casey, in relief of veteran Fred Fitzsimmons, picks up the save. Brooklyn leads the Cards by 2 games.

12th The Cards take a 2–0 lead over Brooklyn and hold on to win 4–3. Estel Crabtree, filling in for the injured Slaughter, triples and scores the winning run and also makes a perfect throw to cut down a run at the plate. Rookie Howie Pollet and lefty Max Lanier combine to beat Curt Davis.

13th The Dodgers Whit Wyatt beats the Cards Mort Cooper 1–0 in St. Louis before 33,691, the largest paid attendance in St. Louis since June 18, 1927. Dixie Walker’s double in the 8th is the first Dodger hit. Walker then relays a stolen sign to Billy Herman, who singles him home. The Dodgers again lead the NL by 2 games. Bill Klem umps his final game in the majors, hanging up his whisk after a record 5369 games umped. Klem had retired at the end of last season, but umped in 11 games this season, all at 2B.

The beat goes on. Indians manager Peckinpaugh announces he has fined and suspended Roy Weatherly for not hustling in the series with the Senators. Weatherly will be paid off for the rest of the season and removed from the roster, but he will be back with the Tribe next year.

14th The Cards move 1 ½ games behind the Dodgers by sweeping the Giants in a Sunday twinbill. In the opener, Lon Warneke outpitches Hubbell, 1–0, and in the nightcap, reliever Howard Krist (10–0) wins, 6–5, in 10 innings. Krist’s 10–0 year, except for Tom Zachary in 1929 (12–0), is the best season without a loss.

In Cincinnati, five hundred fans arrive from Louisville aboard “The Pee Wee Reese Special.” The Dodger SS responds with 3 hits in a 7–5 Dodger win. MacPhail announces after the game that World Series ticket applications will be accepted.

Boston increases its second place margin over the White Sox by sweeping a pair, 9–2 and 5–1, In game 1, Jimmie Foxx starts the Boston scoring with a grand slam in the 1st inning off Ted Lyons. The drive gives him 102 RBIs for the season, the 13th straight year he’s reached the century mark. Dom DiMaggio, Finney, and Williams continue to pummel the vet, as the Sox collect 14 hits. In game 2, the Fenwaymen thwart Thornton Lee’s bid for a 20th win. In game 1, Ted Williams draws a walk for the 19th consecutive game stretching back to August 24. This is a new ML record that will be quietly broken by Roy Cullenbine in 1947. Williams total for the 19 games is 36 walks. He is walkless in game 2, but triples in 4 at bats.

The Senators turn a unusual 3–6 triple play in the 2nd inning, as Mickey Vernon turns Higgins’s liner into a TP and beat the Tigers, 2–0. Pitcher Sid Hudson allows 4 hits and scores both runs in beating the Tigers for the 6th time this year.

15th After 16 scoreless innings, the Dodgers score 5 in the top of the 17th and beat the Reds 5–1. Johnny Allen, acquired on waivers from the Browns, pitches 15 innings for Brooklyn, allowing just one hit in the first 9 innings, before he’s lifted for a pinch runner with the score 0–0. A tired Reds starter Paul Derringer finally gives up a 17th-inning homer to Pete Reiser, and is lifted after two more hits. Hugh Casey wins in relief as the umps order the Reds to forget about stalling to get the game called on account of darkness. The Dodgers now lead by 2.

The Red Sox hammer the White Sox, 6–1, winning for the 16th time in 22 meetings. Mickey Harris is the winner over Johnny Rigney. Ted Williams hits his 35th of the year, with 6 of the homers coming off Johnny Rigney to tie a ML record.

16th NL Prexy Ford Frick warns the Reds and Dodgers that any repeat of the slowdown of yesterday will result in fines. The two teams play normally and the Reds come away with a 4–3 11-inning win over the league leaders. Werber drives in all Reds runs.

The Cardinals-Giants game ends in a 1–1 tie called on account of darkness.

A’s rookie Elmer Valo hits his first homer, off Johnny Niggeling of the Browns. The Czech-born Valo, who hit .348 in six games last year, will improve to .420 in 50 at bats this September to earn a starting job for 1942.

17th In Pittsburgh, the Dodgers win, 6–4, behind Curt Davis.

Before just 3,585 fans in St. Louis for a double header with the Braves, the Cards take the opener, 6–1, behind Howie Pollet. In game 2, another rookie makes his debut as Stan Musial goes 2-for-4, hitting a 2-run double off knuckler Jim Tobin. St. Louis wins, 3–2, on Estel Crabtree’s homer. Musial, who started the season in the Western Association (Class C), will hit .426 in 12 games.

18th The Pirates, losing 5–4 in the 8th against the Dodgers, score 2 runs to win 6–5. Hugh Casey balks in the tying run on a questionable call by George Magerkurth, then gives up a game-winning triple to the weak-hitting SS Alf Anderson. Durocher is tossed by George Magerkurth for arguing too ferociously, and the ump will later be verbally accosted by a five Dodgers. The fivesome and The Lip will all receive fines from the NL. Starter Freddie Fitzsimmons leaves in the 4th after allowing 4 runs, but does not get the loss, preserving his streak of 13 straight wins over the Pirates.

Meanwhile, the 2nd place Cards, with Musial batting cleanup, not only lose 4–1 to the Braves but lose slugger Johnny Mize again. Big John tears ligaments in his right arm and will sidelined for the rest of the year. The Cards are still just a game out.

19th While the Dodgers have Friday off in Philley, Durocher uses the time off to get into an argument with sportswriter Ted Meier. Meier and Leo end up in a fight and Meier gets knocked down twice. A lawsuit results that will be settled out of court next year.

At St. Louis, the Cards top the Cubs, 3–1, as Musial goes 3-for-3 with a walk. Harry Gumbert wins his 5th game in a row and his 11th of the year. Paul Erickson, the Cubs most effective pitcher of late, takes the loss. The Cards (92-52) are a half game behind the Dodgers.

20th Leading 3–1 going into the 9th, the Cards give up 6 runs to the Cubs in the 9th to lose 7–3. In the 9th, reliever Howie Crist’s first pitch to rookie Bob Scheffing is hit for a grand slam, his first ML homer. With the Dodgers sweeping, the loss leaves the Birds two games back in the NL pennant race.

The first-place Dodgers sweep two from the Phils, winning 3–1 and 6–1. Whit Wyatt, with Hugh Casey in relief, and Kirby Higbe are the winning pitchers, each recording their 21st wins of the year.

Washington’s Dutch Leonard wins a tight game, 1–0, over 30-year-old, making his A’s debut. Dutch allows 4 hits while Wolff allows 3.

Thornton Lee wins his 20th for the White Sox, beating the Tigers, 4–3. Bobo Newsom loses his 19th.

21st The Cardinals sweep a Sunday doubleheader from the Cubs, 6–5 and 7–0, as Musial goes 6-for-10. In the opener, Musial scores the winning run in the 9th inning, racing home from 2B on a topped ball that’s fielded by C Clyde McCullough. The sweep moves the Cardinals one game in back of Brooklyn.

35,909 fans are on hand at Shibe Park, many traveling from Brooklyn to cheer for the Dodgers. Brooklyn wins the opener, 8–3, behind Johnny Allen, and the Phils win the nitecap 6–3. Phils outfielder Danny Litwhiler hits a 1st inning grand slam off Luke Hamlin to start the scoring. The Dodgers now lead by a game.

Mosel Tov. With four Jews in their starting lineup, including the battery of Harry Feldman and Harry Danning, the Giants beat the Braves, 4-0, in the opener, then pile on to win, 15-4, in game 2. Feldman (1-0) wins his first ML game in the opener, tossing an 8-hit shutout, as Morrie Arnovich and Sid Gordon each have a hit. Babe Young hits his 25th homer. Johnny McCarthy (4 hits, 4 RBI) and Ken O’Dea (4 hits, 4 runs) pace a 20-hit attack in game 2.

In the fight for third place in the AL, the visiting Tigers take the opener with the White Sox, 6-3, behind Tommy Bridges. The second game goes 14 innings and ends in a 1-1 tie with each team collecting 8 hits. Starters Johnny Rigney and Schoolboy Rowe go the distance.

In the first of two at Griffith, the Senators push across 2 runs in the 9th to beat the A’s, 6-5. The Nats complete the sweep in the nitecap with a 6-2 win behind Early Wynn (3-0). George Case goes hitless and his consecutive-game hitting streak ends at 20.

In their last home game of the year, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4–1, behind Harris and clinch 2nd place. Williams is 1-for-3, hitting his 36th homer. Joe Cronin adds a homer and triple. Joe Gordon ties the ML record with 11 assists at second base.

22nd Because of a waiver rule violation, Commissioner Landis cancels the September 10th deal in which the Cardinals sold P Hank Gornicki to the Cubs for $7500. Gornicki made one appearance for Chicago before going back to the Birds. Undeterred, the Cards will sell Gornicki to Pittsburgh in December.

The Dodgers Curt Davis shuts out the Phils, 5–0, to boost Brooklyn’s lead to 1 ½ games over the idle Cards.

The A’s waive Tom Ferrick to the Indians for $7500.

23rd With the Dodgers idle, the Cardinals lose the critical opener of two to the Pirates, dropping St. Louis two games back. Pirate hurler Ken Heintzelman allows just 6 hits. The Birds win the nitecap, 9–0, as Stan Musial has three hits, including his first homer, off Luke Sewell.

A triple by Eddie Collins, Jr, triggers a 2-run 9th inning rally as the A’s beat the Yankees, 9–8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by NY, three by Joe Gordon, help the A’s. DiMaggio homers and has 2 RBI in his RBI race with idle Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays 4 innings to set a ML record of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the record of 12 set by Hartnett and Schalk.

Jack Kelly, head of a syndicate to buy the Phillies, drops his plans. The group’s reported $500,000 offer was turned down by Gerry Nugent. NL prexy Ford Frick says he is powerless to intervene.

24th The Cardinals top the Pirates, 4–0 behind Harry Gumbert, as Musial drives in 3 runs. But the Cards have just 3 games left.

At Boston, the Dodgers maintain their 1 ½ game lead over the Cards by beating the Braves, 4–2. Celebrating his birthday, Dixie Walker’s 7th inning fly ball triple, lofted over a close-in Max West, drives home three Dodger runs, and Kirby Higbe wins his 22nd.

Thornton Lee allows 2 hits, one a homer by Ken Keltner, as the White Sox edge the Indians, 2-1. It is Lee’s 21st victory.

The Yanks down the A’s, 7-2, as Joe DiMaggio hits #29 and #30, the fifth year in a row he’s reached the 30 mark. His three RBIs moves him close to the idle Charlie Keller.

The Giants sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 3-1 behind Hal Schumacher and 2-0 on Tom Sunkel’s 2-hitter. Sunkel, who has sight in just one eye as a result of a childhood accident, doesn’t allow a hit until 2 outs in the 8th inning when Johnny Rizzo singles. He strikes out 12.

At Washington, the Red Sox take a pair from the Senators, winning 7–2 and 5–4 as Dom DiMaggio has a grand slam in the opener. Ted Williams has a hit in game 2, but goes hitless in game 1. However, he receives two walks which never get credited in his year-end totals, according to research in 2002 by Herm Krabbenhoft. Williams’ base on balls total for the year should read 147.

25th Whitlow Wyatt throws a 5-hit shutout to stop the Braves 6–0, in a pennant clincher. It is Wyatt’s 6th win over the Hubbers. Bama Rowell, Boston’s second baseman, helps by making 3 errors in the 3rd inning, tying the NL mark, as the Dodgers score a lone run in the frame. Bama will top the NL’s second basemen with 40 errors this year. As Wyatt takes the mound in the 9th, the scoreboard flashes the news that the Pirates had beaten the Cards. He completes the inning with 9 pitches and the Dodgers clinch their first pennant in 21 years. For Wyatt, it is his 22nd victory. The Dodgers have a wild celebration on the train ride back from Boston and, reaching New York, they are greeted by thousands of jubilant fans at Grand Central Station.

The Pirates top the Cardinals, 3–1, scoring two runs on Elbie Fletcher’s inside-the-park 2-run homer. Rookie SS Billy Cox scores another after hitting a triple.

At Crosley Field, Ray Starr two-hits the Cubs to win, 6–0.

26th Rick Ferrell’s bunt single—intended as a sac bunt—in the 5thinning is the only hit against Bob Feller as Cleveland edges St. Louis 3–2. It is Feller’s 25th win and his 5th one-hitter. The Browns win the opener, 6–5, in 11 innings.

The Yankees win a pair of three hitters, beating the Senators, 4–1 and 1–0. Spud Chandler wins game one, and in game two Mario Russo outduels Washington’s Early Wynn, 1–0, handing the prize rookie his first loss after three straight wins. Russo allows 3 hits, while Wynn gives up six, including a first inning pop homer down the LF line by rookie Phil Rizzuto. New York also turns four DPs to give them the AL record at 190, breaking the mark of the 1928 Indians. DiMaggio has an RBI to take the AL lead by one over hobbled teammate Charlie Keller. Gordon and Rolfe each score a run. The Yankees finish with five players with more than 100 runs scored: DiMaggio, Gordon, Henrich, Keller and Rolfe. Not until 2002 will a Yankee team even have four players with 100+ runs.

27th After going 1-for-7 in the twinbill on the 24th, Ted Williams starts the day with a .401 batting average and refuses a suggestion by Boston manager Joe Cronin that he sit out the season to preserve his average. Against the A’s he hits one single in 4 at bats and his average drops to .39955. Dom DiMaggio’s 3-run double helps the Sox win, 5–1.

Bobby Bragan drives in 5 runs for the second time in 4 days and the Phillies whip the Dodgers, 7-3. Despite the loss, the Dodgers stay 2 ½ games ahead of the Cards, 6–5 losers to the Cubs. Catcher George Pfister makes his debut behind the plate for the Dodgers, but the league will rule that Pfister, who never signed a Brooklyn contract, is the property of Montreal (International League), and his name is supposedly removed from the box score (he remains in every version of the box score that this editor could find, including Retrosheet). His 0-for-2 stays in the encyclopedias. Pfister will spend his next three years in the service, break a leg while playing minor league ball in 1946 and become a minor league manager and coach and baseball lifer. He will be a coach on the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Cleveland pitcher Al Smith homers in the 9th inning to beat the Browns, 4–3. His teammates don’t help much, making 7 errors behind him. Jeff Heath hits his 20th triple of the year and is just the third major leaguer to top 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 homers in the same season. He joins Schulte (1911) and Bottomley (1928). It will be 38 years before George Brett will duplicate the feat in the AL. Willie Mays will do it in the NL in 1957 and that is the list for the 20thcentury.

The Yankees tune-up for the Series with a 4-3 loss to the Senators, although the Griffmen drive Lefty Gomez off the mound in the 1stinning. Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while DiMaggio has 2 RBIs to take the lead 123 to 122 over Keller. New York will be shut out tomorrow by the Nats. The Yankees pull off their record-tying 194thDP (1928 Reds) when Tommy Henrich traps a Cramer fly ball and throws to Rizzuto who tags two baserunners.

The White Sox regain 3rd place by scoring 8 runs in the 4th inning and thumping the Tigers, 10-6. The last 2 runs come off phenom Virgil Trucks who debuts with 2 innings.

At Pittsburgh, the Reds outslug the Pirates to win 15-9. The win goes to sensational rookie Elmer Riddle (19-4), who benefits from a 7-run 7th. Elmer is replaced with the score 14-9 and 2 innings later his brother Johnny comes in to catch.

Cy Slapnicka, GM of the Indians since November 1935, resigns saying, “I simply decided that after six years on the job I preferred a change.” Oddly, Oscar Vitt, storm center of the Indians in 1940, resigns today as the manager of Portland (PCL).

28th Ted Williams collects 4 hits in 5 at bats in the 12–11 first-game slugfest victory in Philadelphia to bring his average to .404. He goes 2-for-3 in game 2 against rookie Fred Caligiuri, who beats Lefty Grove 7–1. Grove gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and leaves the game, his last ML appearance. Williams will finish the season with a .406 batting average, the first .400 hitter in the AL since Harry Heilmann in 1923. Joe Cronin estimates that Williams hit 14 sacrifice flies in 1941, one of the years in which any fly advancing a runner is charged as a time at bat. Bobby Doerr drives in 3 runs in game 1, giving him 8 RBIs in his last 4 games, and 93 RBIs for the year. The Red Sox finish with all 4 infielders over 90 RBIs (Foxx, 105; Tabor, 101, Cronin, 95), second to the 1934 Tigers and just the second and last team this century to reach the mark. All four infielders have hit 20 home runs, the only time this century that this has been accomplished. The Texas infield of 2004 will be the second team to reach this mark.

At Briggs Stadium, the White Sox stop the Tigers, 3-0, behind Thornton Lee’s 22nd win. It is also his league-leading 30th complete game. The Sox’s pitch staff total of 106 complete games will not be matched the rest of the century.

A jubilant crowd at Ebbets Field watches as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 5–1, handing the Phils their 111th loss, a club record. For Brooklyn, it is their club-record 100th win. The crowd sets a new season attendance record at 1,215,253.

29th A crowd estimated at one million jams downtown Brooklyn to cheer the Dodgers in a parade.

30th Thirteen ML clubs draft 17 minors leaguers. The winners are the Giants taking Sal Maglie (Buffalo); Braves taking C Clyde Kluttz (Sacramento); Cubs taking Hi Bithorn (Hollywood).

1941 October

1st Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3–2 win over the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in the opening game of the World Series. Joe Gordon chips in with a HR and RBI single.

2nd Dodgers ace Whit Wyatt trims the Yankees in a 3–2 Brooklyn win in game 2.

Buffalo’s Freddie Hutchinson wins the International League MVP. Hutch, who won the PCL MVP in 1938, won 26 games on the mound. He also hit .385 in 72 games.

4th In the 7th inning of a scoreless tie, Yankees pitcher Marius Russo breaks P Fred Fitzsimmons’ knee with a line drive off the kneecap. The ball caroms to Reese who throws him out to end the inning. The Yankees score 2 in the 8th off Hugh Casey to win 2–1. Fitzsimmons will pitch in just one game in 1942 before retiring to the coaching ranks.

5th With 2 out in the 9th inning, Dodger C Mickey Owen drops a 3rdstrike on Tommy Henrich, which would have given Brooklyn a 4–3 victory over New York. The Yankees then rally for a 7–4 win in the 4th game of the World Series. Keller has 2 singles and 2 doubles to lead Yanks.

Helped by a triple play, the White Sox top the Cubs, 6–0, for their third win in a row and their second shutout in the Windy City series. Johnny Rigney applies the calcimine.

The attraction of Bob Feller versus Satchel Paige draws a crowd of 10,136 to Sportsman’s Park as the Miguel Gonzalez All-Stars play the Kansas City Monarchs. The two aces retire half way through, with Feller ahead 4–1. Frank Crespi and Johnny Lucadello have the hits to drive in the runs off Paige. The final is 5–1 with Al Barlick umping.

6th The New York Yankees top the Brooklyn Dodgers 3–1 to take the World Series in 5 games. Pitcher Ernie Bonham of the Yankees retires the side on 3 pitches in the 7th inning. Tiny is less successful at the plate, fanning 4 times.

7th At Comiskey Park, Thornton Lee goes the distance for the White Sox as they win, 3-1, to sweep the four-game city series with the Cubs.

23rd In Havana’s La Tropical Stadium, Venezuela wins the IBA World Championship, 3–1, over Cuba. In the classic matchup, Chino Canonico bests Connie Marrero, who gives up all 3 runs in the first inning. The 2 aces will face each other next year in a rematch.


1941 November

25th Lou Boudreau is named player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. Boudreau, at 24 years, 4 months, and 8 days, is the youngest manager appointed this century. Scotland-born Jim McCormick managed Cleveland in 1879 at the age of 23.

13th Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. His 56-game hitting streak edges out Ted Williams and his .406 batting average for the award (291 votes for DiMaggio and 254 for Williams). The NL winner is Dolph Camilli with Dodger teammates Pete Reiser and Whit Wyatt finishing 2nd and 3rd. The next time the vote will have teammates 2nd and 3rd will be in the AL, in 1959. Both Camilli and DiMaggio also win The Sporting News MVP Awards.

26th The Phillies name Hans Lobert as their new manager, replacing Doc Prothro. At age 60 years and a month, Lobert is the oldest rookie manager ever. The Phils finished last under Doc and will finish last under Hans.

1941 December

2nd The Giants name the popular Mel Ott as player-manager replacing Bill Terry, who moves up to the GM spot.

8th A day after Pearl Harbor, AL owners deny permission to St. Louis Browns owner Don Barnes to move his failing franchise to Los Angeles.

Cubs owner Phillip Wrigley donates to the war effort contributing 165 tones of steel, 35,000 feet of copper wire and 800 aluminum reflectors, material stored under the grand stands at Wrigley Field. The supplies had been earmarked for the installation of lights at Wrigley Field. The decision changes the course of history for the Cubs franchise. “We felt that this material could be more useful in lighting flying fields, munitions plants and war defense plants under construction,” comments Wrigley.

9th Star pitcher Bob Feller enlists in the Navy.

10th The Reds sell 3B Bill Werber to the Giants.

11th Cardinals GM Branch Rickey, possibly motivated by a clause in his contract that gives him 2 percent of the team’s profits, stuns St. Louis by trading slugger John Mize to the Giants for three players—Bill Lohrman, Ken O’Dea, and Johnny McCarthy—and $50,000. Mize’s home run production had fallen from 43 to 16 in 1941, but he will adjust to the Polo Grounds and lead the National League in 1947-48. First baseman McCarthy will never play a game for the Cards, but will resurface with the Braves in 1943. Yesterday, Rickey sold C/OF Don Padgett to Brooklyn for $30,000. Padgett will enter the Navy without playing a game for the Dodgers, and Brooklyn will try unsuccessfully to get their money back from the Cards.

.12th The Pirates send All-Star SS Arky Vaughan to Brooklyn for P Luke Hamlin, C Babe Phelps, OF Johnny Wasdell, and 2B Pete Coscarart. Phelps did not play for Brooklyn following June 12, when he skipped the team train to St. Louis.

13th The Red Sox send P Jack Wilson and infielder Stan Spence to the Senators for Ken Chase and Johnny Welaj.

22nd The Red Sox sell pitcher Bill Fleming to the Chicago Cubs, where he will spend four years.

1942 January

4th Rogers Hornsby becomes the 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame, getting 78 percent of the vote. But Frank Chance with 58 percent and Rube Waddell with 54 percent miss out.

6th Bob Feller, winner of 76 games for the Indians in 3 previous seasons, follows Hank Greenberg into the military. Feller, saying “I’ve always wanted to be on the winning side,” enlists in the Navy and reports to Norfolk, VA, for duty.

15th President Roosevelt gives baseball the go-ahead to play despite WW II. In his famous “green light” letter FDR says, “I honestly think it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.” He encourages more night baseball so that war workers may attend.

The Cubs, who had signed contracts to install lights at Wrigley Field, drop their plans because of the military needs for the material.

1942 February

3rd At a special meeting of owners to discuss wartime regulations, they decide to allow 14 night games for each club, with Washington allowed 21. Two All-Star Games will be played, one with a military All-Star team. Curfews are set for night games with no inning to start after 12:50 wartime.

5th In one of their best trades ever, the Braves get minor-leaguer Tommy Holmes from the Yankees for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore. Hassett will hit .284, then join the Navy and will not make it back to the ML. The much-traveled Moore will be traded by the Yanks in less than 3 weeks. Holmes, with three .300+ seasons in the IL, could not break into New York’s all star outfield. In 10 seasons with the Braves he will hit over .300 and win the MVP in 1948.

7th Cincinnati stirs the hometown fans by selling popular Ernie Lombardi to the Boston Braves, where he will win the batting title in 1942 with a .330 average.

8th At California’s Folsom prison, the annual game between major leaguers and the prison team is stopped when it’s discovered that two prisoners have escaped. With the pros leading 24-5 at the end of 7 innings, the game ends and guards go after the two lifers, who are found 3 hours later. The major leaguers include Ernie Lombardi, Ernie Bonham, Gus Suhr, Joe Marty, and Johnny Babich.

12th Gordon Houston, an OF with Texarkana in 1940, is the first player in organized baseball to lose his life in WW II. Houston was making a routine training flight in Washington when his plane crashed.

19th Hal Trosky, whose season ended last August when he injured his finger, and suffering from migraine headaches that cannot be treated, retires as first baseman of the Indians. Trosky will come back to play for the White Sox in 1944 and 1946, but the Hall of Fame brilliance he showed in the 30’s is gone.

23rd Mrs. Charles Comiskey is abducted at gunpoint by two men while she is sitting in the waiting room of Ted Lyons’ bowling alley. They take a $3500 diamond ring and $12 after driving her around for 45 minutes. They release her and give her a $1 for cab fare. They did not molest her or take her mink coat.

1942 March

1st Can players in the military play for the clubs if on furlough or based near a game site? Owners decide against it.

4th The Cuban all-stars beat the Dodgers, 2–1, in Havana.

The Reds issue a warning to fans not to tip the ushers at Crosley Field.

5th Variety, the week entertainment newspaper, wades in against “droopy drawers” in baseball. “Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we’ve seen. Way back in the days when the speed boys were stealing 40 to 90 bases a year, you’ll remember they used to roll their pants just below the knee. Now they’ve got ‘em almost to their shoes. The theory here is that the constriction inherent in the new style can slow a player a full stride getting to first.”

Phil’s manager Hans Lobert wants the “lies” dropped from the team’s nickname “Phillies”. “We’ve been at the bottom of the standing so long the syllable seems to imply we’re lying dormant. Besides, it confuses us with a cheroot. I don’t like it,” he explains in The Sporting News. “It may sound a bit far fetched, but it’s going to be the Phils from now on.”

6th In Havana, the Dodgers beat the Cuban all-stars, 6–4, in 11 innings, though manager Leo Durocher is not around at the end. He is chased in the 9th after arguing with the umps. The Dodgers win tomorrow and split a doubleheader on the 8th.

7th   The Cuban all-stars make it 2 out of 3 from the Dodgers, scoring 2 in the 9th to win, 4–2.

The Yankees beat the Cardinals, 3–2, with Tommy Henrich driving in all the New York runs.

8th In Florida, Montreal club officials announce one of the odder trades in history. The Royals are sending Big Bill O’Brien, their trainer for 15 years, to the Dodgers in exchange for their muscle manipulator, Charles “Doc” Wilson. O’Brien has also been the trainer for the Montreal Maroons hockey team.

In a charity game at Gilmore Field in Hollywood, CA, three Chicago players lead a team of major Leaguers to a 3–2 win over a team of coast players. Taft Wright’s 2-run homer is the big blow. The go-ahead run comes in the 3rd when Lou Stringer’s single is followed by Lou Novikoff’s double. Seven thousand fans are on hand.

In Havana, the Cuban All-stars and the Dodgers split a pair before 12,418. The Dodgers win the opener, 6–3, then lose, 3–0.

Pinch hitter Buddy Blair strikes out with the bases loaded in the 9thand the Philadelphia Athletics drop their 3rd straight to the PCL San Diego Padres. The final is 5–4.

18th Two black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox during spring training at Pasadena. Manager Jimmie Dykes allows them to work out but dismisses the two without an offer.

21st The Sporting News quotes a spokesman for Cubs owner Wrigley on night baseball. “If the fans do not come out in satisfactory numbers, especially to the Sunday doubleheaders we’ve scheduled, then the organization will take it that they want night ball, and we’ll give it to them.” The Cubs are collecting equipment for night baseball, including shipping transformers from Catalina Island.

23rd The Dodgers bring the mustachioed Frenchy Bordagaray back to Brooklyn, buying the veteran 1B from the Yankees. Reportedly, Frenchy became expendable when he told manager Joe McCarthy that Casey Stengel could’ve won 15 pennants with the Yankee personnel.

29th The Cards beat the Yankees, 3–2. to win the championship of St. Petersburg, 6 games to 3. The Yanks have been tied but never beaten since 1926, when they dropped the local series to the Braves.

1942 April

2nd  The Sporting News raises its price to 15 cents a copy, $7 per year. For the first time in nearly 70 years there will be no Spalding or Reach guides. The Sporting News takes over the role. Its first edition has some improvements, but also some flaws: Additional AL pitching records are missing, and so is Lou Boudreau’s entire batting record.

Publisher A.J. Spink, in The Sporting News, reports on the result of a poll of 100 former major leaguers and managers as to who their choice is as best player of all time. Cobb is the overwhelming pick, getting 60 of the votes cast. The remaining 42 votes are divided among 14 players: Honus Wagner (17): Babe Ruth (11); Rogers Hornsby and Ross Youngs garner 2 votes each, with one vote going to Gehrig, Ed Delahanty, Speaker, DiMaggio, Ott, Sisler, Collins, Mathewson, Johnson, and Jerry Denny. Among those quoted as voting for Cobb are Al Simmons, Speaker, Connie Mack, Eddie Collins, Sisler, Johnson, and Jack Coombs.

5th The season will start with Lou Boudreau of Cleveland, Mel Ott of the Giants, and Hans Lobert of the Phillies as new managers.

10th In Hollywood, an Army-Navy all-star team uncorks a 3-run rally in the 9th to win an exhibition game against PCL Hollywood, 5-3. Joe DiMaggio has 3 hits, including a 2-out bases loaded hit in the 9th.

12th Before 8,700 at Fenway, the Red Sox lose to the Braves, 7–5, as Johnny Pesky makes 4 errors. Johnny Sain is the winning pitcher.

Veteran Cedric Durst of San Diego (PCL) walks on a close 3–2 count with 2 outs in the 9th to stop Seattle Hal Turpin’s bid for a perfect game. Turpin retires the next batter for a 2–0 no-hitter.

14th In Washington, Vice President Henry Wallace fills in for FDR and tosses out the first ball. Then Red Ruffing makes his 5th and final Opening Day start for the Yankees, holding the Senators to 3 singles as the Yanks win, 7–0. The Yankees tally 3 runs in the 2nd inning off the Senators young righty Sid Hudson for all the scoring they need. For Ruffing, it is his 245th career victory, tying him with Ted Lyons for most wins by an active pitcher. Helping to keep order at the park are 80 auxiliary police from DC’s 13th precinct—“40 whites and 40 negroes.”

Ted Williams opens the season with a 3-run first-inning homer at Fenway Park. He adds 2 other hits and 5 RBI, as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 8–3.

15th At Washington, Bobo Newsom holds the Yankees in check for three innings, but New York tallies three in the 4th and rolls on to a 9–3 victory. DiMaggio has a single, double and long homer with two on into the CF bleachers. Phil Rizzuto adds three singles to make the win easier for Spud Chandler.

The Giants score 6 runs in the 6th inning to top the Dodgers, 6–4. Ott’s Men start the scoring in the big inning with a leadoff homer by Danning and conclude it with a grand slam by prized rookie Willard Marshall. The two blows offset homers by Riggs and Walker for Brooklyn. Giants fans are asked to return foul balls so that they can be sent to Army camps.

At Fenway, the Red Sox unload on Fred Caligiuri and Les McCrabb for 21 hits to win, 19-4. Every Sox batter has a run and an RBI and, except for pitcher Charlie Wagner and Dom DiMaggio, whose one hit is a homer, every batter has multiple hits. Most of the damage is against reliever Les McCrabb who pitches 4 innings giving up 14 hits and 14 runs. It won’t be topped this century. This is the only appearance this season for Les, a 9-game winner last year.

Behind the 7-hit pitching of Dizzy Trout, the Tigers topple the Indians, 6–2. Rudy York has a round tripper to help blast rookie Ray Poat from the mound in the 4th. Poat, a college chum of Lou Boudreau’s at Illinois, is making his first start for the Tribe.

Jim Tobin pitches and bats the Braves to a 6–2 victory over the Phils. Tobin scatters eight hits and clouts a fifth inning homer off Paul Masterson with one on, but loses his shutout when Danny Litwhiler hits a 9th inning homer. Braves rookie Nanny Fernandez is 4-for-5 and has now collected 7 hits in his first two games.

Following a tractor accident at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, Johnny Sturm has two joints on his right hand amputated, an operation that finishes his baseball career. Sturm, who played first base for the Yanks, hit .239 with 4 homers as a rookie last year.

16th At the IL opener in Jersey City, 55,218 tickets are sold, tops in the minors, thanks to Mayor Frank Hague. The ball park holds 22,000. Last year’s opener sold 61,000.

17th At the home opener at Ebbets Field, newly marrieds Pee Wee Reese and Pete Reiser are greeted in their first at-bats by a trumpet-playing fan who serenades them with “Here Comes The Bride.” The Dodgers beat the Phils 7–1.

18th Military leaders on the Pacific Coast ask that the PCL limit crowds to 3,000.

19th The Reds don’t collect their first hit off the Cubs Claude Passeau until there is one out in the 8th when Harry Craft singles. They go on to beat the Cubs in 11 innings, 2-1.

20th Against the Braves, Brooklyn’s Dolph Camilli homers off Tom Earley to help the Dodgers to a 9–2 win.

At the Polo Grounds, light-hitting Al Glossop hits a 4th inning grand slam, off Hugh East, to give the Phils a 6-0 lead. They hang on to beat the Giants, 6-3.

21st Only 4 games are played in the ML, and three end in shutouts: Pirate Rip Sewell trips the Cubs 5–2; Reds P Johnny Vander Meer beat the Cards 1–0 in 11 innings; Cleveland’s Jim Bagby nips the Tigers 1–0, and the Browns Al Hollingsworth beats the White Sox 3–0. The one non-shutout is the Yankees 10-4 win at Philadelphia over the A’s. Charlie Keller hits a grand slam for the Yankees, connecting off Roger Wolff.

22nd At New York, Joe DiMaggio poles a homer plus 2 triples to lead the Yanks to an 11–5 win over the A’s. Spud Chandler coasts to his 2nd win.

At Pittsburgh, Rip Sewell holds the Cubs to 6 hits, including an inside-the-park homer by Lou Stringer, to give the Pirates a 5–2 win. The homer is the only one the Cubs will hit at Forbes Field this year, and on the 27th Stringer will hit the Cubs lone 1942 HR at Cincinnati. Hi Bithorn takes the loss.

23rd At Detroit, Hal White makes his second ML start and registers his second straight shutout, whipping the White Sox and Ted Lyons, 9-0. Lyons allows 16 hits. White allowed 6 runs in 4 relief innings last year, but racked up a shutout in his first ML start on April 18.

At Washington, the Senators down the Red Sox, 10-5, but lose starter Dutch Leonard in the 2nd inning when he breaks his ankle on a play at first base. Leonard will pitch in just six games this year.

At Shibe Park, Hal Schumacher and the Giants beat the Phillies, 5-2. Prince Hal needs two innings of relief help from Babe Adams, who allows no runs and strikes out one. His strikeout is Lloyd Waner, who went 77 games last year without fanning, a record.

26th Before a crowd of 48,631 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants lose a pair to the Braves, 3–2 and 8–5. All 22 hits in the nitecap are singles: of the 13 hits in game 1, only Mickey Witek’s double is for extra bases.

Alvin Montgomery, a catcher on the Braves training roster, is killed in an auto crash.

In the first of two games against Montreal (International League), Baltimore 3B Bob Lemon has 3 homers and a triple and scores 5 times to lead the Orioles to a 10–5 win. The future Hall of Famer adds another homer in the nitecap.

At Greenville, SC, a game between the Greenville Spinners and the Macon Peaches (South Atlantic League) is stopped after one pitch by Sheriff R. H. Bearden. Umpires Forrest and Atkinson are placed under ‘technical arrest’ for violating the state’s Sunday blue law.

27th At Baltimore, 3B Bob Lemon, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, leads the Orioles (IL) to a doubleheader split with Montreal by hitting 3 home runs, a triple, and single in the 1st game, a 10–5, win. He hits a 4th homer in the nitecap.

30th Indian veteran Vern Kennedy scatters 11 hits, and the Tribe beat the A’s 6–1, for their 11th victory in a row. Herm Besse gives up 8 hits, but his eight walks leads to a loss. Mills has 3 RBIs for first-place Indians.

Braves rookie third sacker Nanny Fernandez goes hitless, but Boston downs the Cubs, 3–2. Fernandez had eight consecutive hits coming into today’s game.

A month after selling veteran P Bobo Newsom, who had slipped to 12-20 record after three 20-win seasons, to Washington, the Tigers sell Schoolboy Rowe to the Dodgers. The vet will win just two in Brooklyn before making a comeback in Philadelphia.

1942 May

1st  Before 3,620 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the Giants to win, 13-9. The Giants have two homers, both by pitchers, as Hugh East and Harry Feldman hit their first major league homers, both off Cubs starter Jake Mooty. Peanuts Lowry homers for the Cubs.

2nd Cleveland beats the Senators 12–3 in Washington behind Jim Bagby’s 5th straight win. The win gives the first-place Indians (12-3) 13 straight victories. The Red Sox will end the streak tomorrow.

For the second straight game, Ted Williams cracks a 9th-inning HR, this time off Eldon Auker, to give the Red Sox a 10-10 tie with the visiting Browns, as they overcome a Chet Laabs grand slam in the 3rd inning. Bobby Doerr’s RBI double wins it, 11–10, as Johnny Pesky pulls off a hidden ball trick in the 9th, but it is for naught as Doerr, unaware of the ruse, calls time out before the play. Eldon Auker goes the distance allowing 17 hits in the loss.

The Reds sell OF Ernie Koy to the Phils and Frank Secory to Milwaukee (AA).

3rd The Tigers edge the A’s, 8–7 in game 1 of a twinbill. Rudy York, who clouted 2 homers yesterday, hits 2 more in the opener, one short of Cobb’s AL record for 2 straight games. Phil Marchildon allows 2 hits in game 2 to stop the Tigers, 1–0.

The Giants score 5 runs in the first two innings against the host Reds, then hang on as Cincinnati scores 3 runs in the 9th. New York wins, 5-4. Reds rookie Hank Sauer, listed at 23 (born 3/17/1919), hits his first ML homer. Decades later his birth year will be corrected to 1917, relieving his younger/older brother Ed who was born in January 1919.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Dodgers, winning a wild one, 14-10, and a 6-inning 4-2 nitecap. The Cards take a 10-2 lead in the opener before the Dodgers tie it at 10-10. Ken O’Dea drives in 7 runs with a first-inning grand slam, off Whitlow Wyatt, and a bases-loaded double in the 7th. Young Cliff Dapper is 0-for-3 in the second game for the Dodgers but finishes his month-long ML career having gone 8-for-17, good for a .471 batting average. This is the highest one season career BA for someone with 8 hits or more. With two catchers in place, the Dodgers will return Dapper to the minors; the same thing happened with Brooklyn in 1935 they gave Vince Sherlock 26 at-bats, and he hit .462. He never played again in the majors. Dapper will next make the news in 1948 while at Montreal when he is traded for Atlanta announcer Ernie Harwell.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates and Boston split a pair with the Bucs taking the opener, 6-2. Boston rebounds with a 12-3 win in the second game. Eddie Miller contributes a grand slam in the 4th, off Rip Sewell.

4th The Reds score 12 runs—on 6 hits, 4 walks a hit by pitch, and 3 errors—in the 4th inning and coast to a 15–4 win over the visiting Giants.

5th In Boston, the Red Sox pound the Indians, 13-3, behind Ken Chase as Ted Williams and Jim Tabor each go 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Williams homers in the 4th and then in the 6th, with the score 10-2, he lays down a bunt single against the 38-year-old Clint Brown.

6th At Boston, White Sox vet Ted Lyons loses to Joe Dobson, 3–1, in 10 innings. Bobby Doerr is the difference for Boston, hitting homers in the 8th and 10th innings. The White Sox have given Lyons (1–3) just 2 runs in his 4 decisions.

8th At Ebbets Field, in the first twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top the Giants 7–6 with Dolph Camilli’s 7th inning home run onto Bedford Avenue the big blow. With more than 24,000 fans on hand, nearly $60,000 is raised for the Navy Relief Fund, as all the proceeds are donated. Everyone, including the ball players and umps, pay their way into the park. The Dodgers also debut a celebrated rookie—Gladys Gooding, who plays the “Victory Calliope”, the second organ played in a ML stadium. Gooding was discovered by Larry MacPhail at a hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Besides the Rangers, Gladys later is the organist for the Knickerbockers, and will write the Dodgers’ theme song “Follow the Dodgers.” Gooding will play for the Dodgers until 1958 when the team moves west.

10th A double bagel. The Reds Ray Starr and Bucky Walters both pitch shutouts over the Cardinals. Starr wins the opener, 1–0, allowing 9 hits, and Bucky coasts, 3–0, on a 4-hitter.

12th At Boston, the Cubs outslug the Braves, 9–8, as rookie Ed Hanyzewski wins his only game of the year. Bill Nicholson has a 2ndinning homer off loser Lou Tost, while Braves pitcher Jim Tobin hits a pinch homer.

13th Pitcher Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves slams 3 successive HRs—two off Jake Mooty and one off Hi Bithorn—to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6–5, at Braves Field, the only ML pitcher ever to hit 3 straight in a game. Tobin is the only 20th century pitcher to hit 3 in a game. His last, in the 8th, breaks a 4–4 tie. Bithorn takes the loss. Bill Nicholson returns the compliment, clouting a 2-run homer off Tobin in the 6thinning, Tobin now has five homers for the season and is just two homers behind the NL leader.

14th The Giants score 10 runs in the 8th inning to whip the Pirates 12–6 at the Polo Grounds. Pinch hitter Babe Young bangs a double and a triple in the rally to tie the NL mark for an inning.

17th Pitching his first of 8 consecutive Sunday doubleheader first games, Ted Lyons beats the visiting Senators, 7–1. Thirteen of his 20 starts this year will be on Sunday.

19th The Phillies attempt at duplicating the Dodgers’ charity effort fails, as only 3,366 fans show up for the mid-week twilight game with the Pirates. Little money is raised for the Army and Navy relief funds, but the Phils come away with a 5–4 win.

Where are the frequent flyer miles? The Cubs sell Babe Dahlgren to the Dodgers, six days after they sold the Babe to the Browns on a conditional basis. The condition was that he hit, and after pinch hitting in two games, the Browns sent him back.

20th Brooklyn’s Whit Wyatt loses 1–0 to the Cards Mort Cooper, the first loss for Wyatt after 8 straight wins. Cooper allows just 2 hits. The Cards score on Walker Cooper’s triple and a fly ball in the 5th.

Rookie Ray Lamanno hits a grand slam in the 3rd, off Ike Pearson, in the Reds 10–3 win over host Philadelphia.

21st In Detroit, 31-year-old rookie Buddy Blair cracks a grand slam as the A’s down the Tigers, 11-3. This is Blair’s only season in the majors as the U.S. armed services will take four A’s starters at the end of the season—Sam Chapman, Benny McCoy, Blair and Crash Davis. Two A’s starting pitchers, Phil Marchildron and Dick Fowler will enter the Canadian armed forces before the 1943 season.

24th At Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, one of the most memorable games in Japanese League history takes place, a 28-inning marathon (4-4 tie) between Nagoya and Taiyo. It takes three hours and 47 minutes and both starters, Michio Nishizawa of Nagoya and Jiro Noguchi of Taiyo, go all the way: Nishizawa 311 pitches; Noguchi 344. Games are not allowed to end in a tie because the league has to show off their fighting spirit, according to historian Yoichi Nagata. Because this is the last day of the spring schedule in the three-part season (spring, summer and fall), closing ceremonies and awards are scheduled, so officials order the umpire to end the game. Nagoya uses only 9 players, and Taiyo, 10. Despite the war, the game is noted in The Sporting News.

25th A pulled muscle ends a 652-game playing streak for Cincinnati 1B Frank McCormick as the Reds’ Paul Derringer stops the Pirates, 6–1. Hank Sauer plays 1B.

27th At Wrigley Field, Gee Walker hits a grand slam for the Reds off Johnny Schmitz. Cincinnati wins, 10–1, with all of the gate receipts going to the Army-Navy Relief Fund. The game is preceded by a match between the Great Lakes (Navy) and Camp Grant (Army). The Navy wins the battle, 4–1.

29th New York’s Lefty Gomez, self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball, bangs out 4 hits in pitching a 4-hit, 16–1 victory over Washington. They are his last ML hits. Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits as well.

The Red Sox move a game above .500 with a 14-2 pasting of the host Athletics. Ted Williams hits a grand slam in the 5-run 8th ton ice the game.

30th The Reds split a twinbill with the Cardinals but lose 3 outfielders to injuries in the process. After Johnny Vander Meer wins the opener, 3–2, the Cards take the nitecap 10–5. Mike McCormick breaks his leg sliding into 2B in game 1 and Harry Craft and Gee Walker are knocked out when they collide in the 8th inning of game 2.

31st Against the Pirates, the Reds Clyde Vollmer chops a home run on the first ML pitch he sees, the 5th major leaguer to do so. Pitcher Max Butcher is the instant loser as the Reds go on to win 3–0 in this 2ndgame of a doubleheader. The Reds win game 1, 8-2. Vollmer’s next homer won’t come until 1947.

In game 1 of a twinbill sweep at Brooklyn, Dixie Walker of the Dodgers is credited with an inside-the-park grand slam as the Braves aging Paul Waner searches for the ball under the bullpen bench. Walker follows Pee Wee Reese, Pete Reiser, and Arky Vaughan across the plate. The Dodgers win, 10–2. Brooklyn wins the nitecap, 3–1, behind Whit Wyatt’s 10th straight win over Boston.

Before 22,000 at Griffith Stadium, Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat the Dizzy Dean All-Stars, 8–1. Dean pitches just the first inning, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. Private Cecil Travis plays 3B. The game a week earlier, in which Paige won 3–1 at Wrigley Field, drew 29,000. Judge Landis will prohibit a scheduled July 4th matchup because the first 2 games outdrew ML games.

At Fenway, the Red Sox jump on Bobo Newsom for 6 runs in the 1stinning and coast to an 11-1 win over the Senators in the first of two. Oscar Judd records the victory while Ted Williams collects his 41stRBI of the month, a team record. In game 2, the Senators score 2 runs in the 6th inning, but could have scored more after pitcher Bill Sober hits a leadoff double. The next batter fouls a ball into the stands but the fan who recovers the ball refuses to toss it back. When other fans start booing, Sober watches the proceedings and is tagged out on a hidden ball trick by Johnny Pesky. The Sox win 4-3 in a game called in the 8th inning.

1942 June

1st Jimmie Foxx crosses leagues, waived by the Red Sox to the Cubs for “considerations more than the waiver price.”

Connie Mack sends his regular catcher, Frankie Hayes, to the Browns for P Bob Harris and C Bob Swift. Hayes had been a spring holdout but will return to the A’s in February 1944. Visiting injured soldiers at Walter Reed hospital on June 21, 1945, Mack will respond to a question about the trade by saying the A’s needed a catcher with a lot of chatter. “Hayes can catch day after day but he doesn’t talk much,” says Mack.

Army-Navy relief games by each team are publicized war efforts by organized baseball. The game at Ebbets Field contributes $60,000 from a crowd of 43,000, but the Phillies’ game at Shibe Park draws only 2,000 fans and $3,000.

2nd Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator but he will finish the season with the Sox as will many other players who enlist or await draft, which moves slowly despite the early discouragements of the war. Among AL regulars of 1941 who are now in the service: Johnny Rigney, Joe Grace, John Berardino, Cecil Travis, Bob Feller, Pat Mullin, Buddy Lewis, Sam Chapman, Johnny Sturm.

Ted Williams hits 5 HRs in a week, but players are bemoaning a low-voltage ball. HRs will be down for the season by more than 25 percent, and the NL will average less than 4 runs a game per team for the first time since 1920.

3rd At Wrigley Field, Rip Russell sinks Tom Sunkel with a first-inning grand slam as the Cubs down the Giants, 6-2. Claude Passeau is the winner.

4th Muskogee (Western Association) OF Allen McElreath is declared permanently ineligible by minor league head George Trautman for attempting to induce a teammate to throw a game.

5th The A’s and Browns battle for 15 scoreless innings before St. Louis scores in the 16th to win, 1–0. For the white elephants, it is their longest 1–0 loss.

6th Against White Sox P Orval Grove, the Red Sox hit for the cycle, including a leadoff home run by Dom DiMaggio. But those are the only 4 hits that Grove allows as he is victorious, 3–1.

Red Ruffing wins his 250th game, stopping the Indians on 4 hits. The Yankees win, 3–0. He’ll win his 251st in 8 days defeating the Browns.

7th At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks and Indians split a pair, with Cleveland scoring a run in the 9th to take game 1, 5-4. In game 2, New York plates 8 runs in the 8th, four on a grand slam by Joe Gordon, to win, 13-1. Spud Chandler is the victor.

8th Despite 2 homers by Jeff Heath and 5 hits by Ken Keltner, the Indians lose 11–10 to the Yankees in 11 innings. Tom Ferrick’s wild throw to 3B allows DiMaggio to score the winning run. Jim Bagby gives up 6 runs in 1 inning while Atley Donald allows the same in 1+ innings. Joe Gordon singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, and Buddy Hassett’s 2 singles extends his hit streak to 20 games.

10th The visiting Giants, behind Bill Lohrman, top the Reds, 3–1. The Reds only run is a homer by prized rookie catcher Ray Lamanno, one of five Reds hits. Lonnie Frey has three singles. Lamanno’s homer, his 7th, lands on the roof of a laundry across the street from the left field wall. The Giants also make five hits in beating Gene Thompson.

13th The Cubs Bill Fleming allows just one hit—a 6th inning single by Tommy Holmes—as he stops the visiting Braves, 1-0, at Wrigley Field. The Cubs push across the winning run in the 8th inning.

14th The first-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns, winning, 6-1, behind Red Ruffing (7-2), then 5-4 behind Tiny Bonham (9-1). Joe Gordon goes hitless in game 2 to snap his consecutive game batting streak at 29 games.

15th In a rare twi-light game at Ebbets Field, Claude Passeau and the Cubs stop the first-place Dodgers, 6–0 before a crowd of 15,159.

16th At the Polo Grounds, Enos Slaughter belts a 10th inning homer—his second of the game—to give the 2nd-place Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Giants.

17th In a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Braves vet Paul Waner is 0-for-4 in game 1, and collects his 2,999 hit in game 2. He hits a grounder off the glove of SS Eddie Joost that is ruled a hit—his 3,000th—but Waner shakes his head and the ruling is changed to an error.

The Tigers Dizzy Trout stops the Yankees, 1–0. It is New York’s first shutout since last year.

18th Another brawl between the Cards and the Dodgers at Ebbets Field leads to ejection and fines for Joe Medwick and Frank Crespi. Medwick’s spikes high slide into Marion at 2B precipitated the brawl. The Dodgers win 5–2 when Larry French doubles in 2 runs in the 8thwith 2 out and keeps on running till he’s tagged out at 3B. The time of the out is 9:03 with the rule that no inning can start after 9:05. Brooklyn leads the NL lead is 7 1⁄2 games.

19th At Forbes Field, Paul Waner, now with the Boston Braves, joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only NL players with 3,000 hits, with a single off Rip Sewell. Two days earlier, Waner’s grounder bounced off an infielder’s glove and had been ruled a hit. Waner, who did not want his 3000th hit to be a tainted one, signaled to the scorekeeper that it was an error, and the ruling was changed. Bob Elliott hits 2 HRs to help the Pirates win 7–6 in 11 innings.

With Ernie White on the mound, Pete Reiser steals home in the 4th, and the run is the difference as the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 4–3.

At Chicago, Dom DiMaggio’s 5th inning inside-the-park home run is the only score as the Red Sox top the White Sox, 1–0. The ball rolls under the Red Sox bullpen bench and Dom circles the bases before RF Wally Moses can recover it. Charley Wagner is the winner over hard luck Eddie Smith (1-11), who loses his 3rd 1-0 game this season.

20th Cleveland’s Al Smith allows just one Yankee hit—a second inning double by Joe DiMaggio in beating New York, 1–0. Ernie Bonham takes the loss. The New Yorkers have lost 5 of their last six games—two by 1–0 scores—but still lead the AL by 9 ½ games.

The Dodgers stop the Cardinals, 9–4, pounding out fifteen hits. Joe Medwick, the NL’s leading hitter (.350) has four hits to stretch his consecutive hit streak to 23 games. Hugh Casey, who came on in the 3rd and allows just two hits, is the winner.

At Bolden’s Bowl, Josh Gibson leads the Homestead Grays (Negro League) to a 7–2 win over the host Philadelphia Stars. Gibson clouts his second homer in two games.

21st Ted Lyons (5-5) wins his 250th career game, 6–5 over Boston’s Dick Newsome. A week from now he will beat New York’s Red Ruffing to match the Yankee hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season 14–6 with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA, then enter the Marine Corps at age 42.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs and Giants split a doubleheader. New York takes the opener, 5-0, behind Cliff Melton, while the Cubs rebound with a 7-2 win in game 2. Dom Dallessandro hits a grand slam to back Hi Bithorn’s pitching.

24th Johnny Humphries scatters 8 hits as the White Sox shut out visiting Washington, 6-0. Tom Turner hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off of Early Wynn in the 8th inning.

25th At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers knock Ray Starr (10-3) for 4 runs in 2+ innings as they beat the Reds, 4-0. Johnny Allen tosses the shutout. Joe Medwick has a hit to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27 games, but it stops here.

26th Jimmie Foxx signals his return to Boston by hitting his first NL homer, a 2 run homer in the top of the 9th to give the Cubs a 6–4 win over the Braves. Double X has a 2-run single in the 3rd. Paul Waner and Max West homer for Boston.

Harlond Clift has a 3-run HR and Chet Laabs a 3-run double as the Browns beat the Senators, 6–5. Nats P Buck Newsom bats lefty in his 2nd AB against Auker and singles. He resumes his natural righty at bat on his next turn and makes out.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers score in the bottom of the 10th to top the Reds, 5-4. Brooklyn now leads the idle Cardinals by 9.5 games, an increase of 5 games in 10 days.

27th Gene Stack, a White Sox pitcher who never made a mound appearance for Chicago, dies after pitching for an army team in Michigan City, Indiana. Stack was the first player from a ML roster in a service uniform.

With 2 outs in the 9th, Reds rookie Ray Lamanno cracks a 3-run pinch homer to give the Reds a 3–1 win over the Dodgers. Johnny Vander Meer wins his 1st game at Ebbets since his 1938 no-hitter.

28th Ernie Koy’s 15th inning single scores the winning run as the Phils beat the Cards, 2–1. Tommy Hughes is the winner, despite collapsing in the dugout in the 10th after running from 1B to 3B. He revives to complete the game. Johnny Beazley matches Hughes for 12 innings before Howie Krist relieves. Krist loses his 1st game in 2 years after 13 straight wins. The Cards take the nitecap, 3–1, behind Lon Warneke’s 5-hitter.

1942 July

1st The 1st 7 batters in the first inning score for Cleveland and the Tribe wins 7–2 over the host White Sox. Five hits, a walk and an error send Orval Grove to a quick shower. His replacement Jake Wade gives up an RBI single but only allows 2 hits the rest of the way. Al Smith is the winner. Smith will win 10 games this year, as will Al Hollingsworth, the top number of victories for a lefty in 1942.

4th The Dodgers (51-20) stretch their first-place lead to 9.5 games with a twinbill win at Philadelphia. Kirby Higbe wins the opener, 14–0, and Johnny Allen takes the nightcap, 5–4.

In the only single game played today, Bucky Walters of the Reds shuts out the Pirates, 2–0.

At Boston, the first-place Yankees split a pair with the second-place Red Sox. Red Ruffing wins the opener, 6–3, and Tex Hughson is the victor in the nitecap for the Sox, 6–4. Johnny Pesky helps Tex by nabbing Tommy Henrich in the 8th inning with a hidden ball trick.

In the 8th inning of an 8–4 Negro League victory over the Newark Eagles at Yankee Stadium, Baltimore Elite Giants spitball ace Bill Byrd beans Eagles manager Willie Wells. Wells is carried from the field, and the incident causes him to design a batting helmet. When he steps into the batter’s box Thursday he will be wearing a modified construction worker’s hardhat.

5th Peanuts “Nyassas” Davis pitches and bats the Cincinnati Clowns to a 7–4 victory over the Baltimore Grays in the new Negro Major League. Davis’s receiver Pepper Bassett catches the last inning in a rocking chair.

6th First-inning HRs by Lou Boudreau and Rudy York off Mort Cooper lead the AL to a 3–1 triumph over the NL in the All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds. Mickey Owen’s pinch HR is the NL’s only score: he does not hit a single HR during the regular schedule. Johnny Vander Meer pitches 3 shutout innings for the NL, striking out 4. The game, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and end promptly at 9:10, is delayed a half hour because of showers. The curfew is reset to 9:30, just minutes after the game ends, and the post-game press interviews are conducted in darkness.

7th A military all-star team, captained by Mickey Cochrane, that includes Bob Feller, Cecil Travis, Sam Chapman, Benny McCoy, Johnny Sturm, and Frank Pytlak loses 5–0 to the AL stars in a night game at Cleveland in front of 62,094 fans. Jim Bagby wins against his Indian teammate Feller. The winner is Military relief which receives $160,000.

8th The Cards sell veteran P Lon Warneke (6–4) to the Cubs. The Arkansas Hummingbird was 17–9 last year, but in answer to the fans protests, Breadon says, “We let Warneke go because it was apparent that he had lost some of his stuff.” Maybe so. Lon will be 21-24 in Chicago.

9th The Bucs Rip Sewell battles the Phils Rube Melton for 6 innings, before the latter gives up a run in the 7th and retires for a PH in the 8th. The Pirates drop 8 runs on the relievers to win, 9–0. In a pregame race, Phils OF Stan Benjamin wins the 100 yard dash beating Ernie Koy, Danny Murtaugh, Johnny Barrett and Stu Martin in 10.2 seconds.

11th Pittsburgh downs the visiting Phillies, 12-5, as Elbie Fletcher contributes a grand slam.

12th After losing a doubleheader yesterday to the Dodgers, the Reds beat up on the Phillies, winning 2-0 and 2-1. Johnny Vander Meer gives up 3 hits while striking out 13 in the opener. Elmer Riddle wins the second game as the Phils manage 6 hits.

In a Western Association twinbill, Joplin and Hutchinson split, with the Miners winning 12–7, then losing 11–10. Jess Hamm wins game 1 then loses game 2, while Bill Stearkel for Hutchinson loses the opener and wins the nitecap.

14th The Reds Ray Starr allows just 3 hits but loses, 2–1, to the Phils when outfielders Harry Craft and Gee Walker collide on a fly ball hit by opposing P Rube Melton. Both fielders are knocked unconscious. Melton gets the inside-the-park home run—the only HR of his career—and the win.

15th “There is no rule, formal or informal, against the hiring of Negro players,” says Judge Landis in response to an editorial in the New York Daily Worker newspaper.

At Wrigley, Lou Novikoff and Jimmie Foxx homer for the Cubs, but ex-Cubs Kirby Higbe and Hugh Casey pitch the Dodgers to a 10–5 win. The game is enlivened in the 5th inning when Chicago P Hi Bithorn is relieved. He whirls on the mound and fires a high hard one at Dodger manager Leo Durocher standing in the dugout. He’s off mark, as he’s been all day. The loss, however, goes to Claude Passeau.

In Philadelphia, Chet Laabs starts the scoring in the 2nd inning when he connects for his 2nd grand slam of the season as the Browns top the A’s, 7-4. Laabs will finish second in the AL in homers with a career-high 27.

The Newark Bears outhit the Orioles just 14–13, but beat Baltimore 23–3 to tie a club scoring record. The Little Yankees score 7 runs in the 3rd on only one hit—a HR by Kelleher. Newark ties a league mark with 7 HRs, 3 by Hank Majeski.

16th The Reds trade pitcher Jim Turner, along with Joe Abreau, and cash to the Yankees for minor leaguer Frank Kelleher. Kelleher is leading the IL in HRs with 23. Behind Buck Ross, the White Sox top the Red Sox, 3-2, at Fenway. Dom DiMaggio has a hit to extend his consecutive-game batting streak to 22 games.

Chattanooga’s Joe Engel since pro ball’s only Chinese player, George Ho. Ho is a junior at St. Johns in New York and hit .380 in two years of semipro ball in NYC.

17th The Browns, under Luke Sewell, achieve an 8-game win streak with doubleheader victories 4–2 and 11–1 over the A’s. Chet Laabs blasts HRs in both games. During the 8-game streak, Laabs hits 7 HRs, including a grand slam on the 15th. He will finish 2nd to Ted Williams in the AL with 27 HRs.

The Yankees crush the Indians 8–1, getting a first inning grand slam from Phil Rizzuto. Red Rolfe also homers.

18th The Dodgers and Cardinals split a pair with the Red birds chasing starter Larry French in the opener and winning 7–4. French loses his first of the year after 10 straight wins. The Dodgers also lose Hugh Casey when the reliever is hit on the finger by a smash off the bat of Stan Musial. The fracture will cost Casey 3 weeks. Brooklyn wins the nitecap, 4–3, behind lefty Max Macon, who wins with relief from Curt Davis.

19th The Brooklyn lead of 8 games is cut as the Cards win 3 of 4. The larger blow, however, is a concussion suffered by Pete Reiser after crashing into an OF wall at Sportsman’s Park chasing an Enos Slaughter 11th-inning fly. Reiser drops the ball upon impact, and Slaughter scores an inside-the-park HR for a 7–6 Cards’ win. Hitting .379 at the time, Reiser will see his average fall to .310 after the injury. His 20 stolen bases will still lead the NL, and he will finish the year not having grounded into a DP.

Playing without Williams and Doerr, the Red Sox drop a doubleheader against the Indians at Fenway Park, losing 10–7 in 12 innings, and 4–0 in a 7-inning nitecap. Boudreau has 3 hits in each game to lead his charges. Sox pitcher Mike Ryba catches in both games, as the third backstop in the opener, and the starter (0-for-2) in the nitecap before Doerr pinch hits for him in the 7th. Mel Harder allows 3 hits in game 2 to win.

In Washington, the Browns sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 5-3 and 6-3. In the opener, Eldon Auker allows a run in 5 innings and scores 2 runs, but the win goes to reliever George Caster (6-1). Auker comes to the plate using a bat with a cupped end (“A depression in the business end” writes the Washington Post and noted by historian John Schwartz). Umpire Ed Rommel allows it. St. Louis takes the second game, pinning the loss on starter Early Wynn.

The first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning the opener 9-2 behind Hank Borowy (9-1). Red Rolfe and Joe DiMaggio hit 1st inning homers. The second game is even more of a rout as Red Rolfe allows 4 hits and whitewashes the Pale Hose, 12-0. Rolfe has 3 hits, including a homer and drives in 4 runs. Batterymate Rollie Hemsley has 3 hits and 3 runs.

21st At Forbes Field, the Monarchs (Negro League) Satchel Paige performs one of his legendary feats. Years earlier, Paige told Josh Gibson that one day he would strike him out with the bases loaded. With a man on, 2 outs, and Gibson third up, Paige walks the next 2 Grays to bring Gibson up. Satchel tells the crowd what is going to happen. “Three fastballs, Josh,” Paige tells him, then proceeds to strike him out.

22nd Ted Williams is handed a $250 fine by manager Joe Cronin for loafing.

23rd After giving up a lead-off bloop single, Newark Eagles Leon Day strikes out 18 Baltimore Elite Giants to set a Negro League record.

25th The Giants purchase vet Van Lingle Mungo (11-3) from Minneapolis (AA) to replace the ailing Cliff Melton.

26th Clyde McCullough hits 3 consecutive HRs, but the Chicago Cubs lose 4–3 to Philadelphia Phillies in game one. The Phils also take the nitecap, 6–1. McCullough will end the year with 5 homers.

27th The New York Daily Worker announces that Pittsburgh Pirates owner Benny Benswanger will arrange a tryout for Roy Campanella, Sammy T. Hughes, and David Barnhill. In August, Campanella and Hughes will jump their team during a tight pennant race to “showcase” for the ML.

29th Van Lingle Mungo makes his debut in a Giants uniform, but gets poor support and loses to the Cubs, 4–2. Mungo gives up 7 hits in 7 innings in losing to Hi Bithorn. Mungo leaves after giving up Bill Nicholson’s 10th homer. Dick Bartell and Babe Young homer in the nitecap, a 3–1 win for Dick Lohrman.

For the second time this season, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning, 6-5 in 11 innings, and 7-5. Joe DiMaggio has a triple and single in the opener and a triple and homer in game 2 to raise his batting average to .302. The first game started at 5:15. Despite the loss, New York leads Boston by 12 games.

Outhit by the Cards 9 to 6, the Dodgers win 4–3 behind Whit Wyatt at Ebbets Field. Mort Cooper is the loser, dropping the Cards eight games behind the Dodgers The game ends at 9:14, the first major league contest to be stopped because of the Army’s dim-out rule. There is one out in the home half of the 7th when the game is stopped.

Vern Stephens has 5 hits, including a HR and 2 doubles, but it is not enough as the Browns lose 11–10 to the Senators. The Nats collect 20 hits off 6 Brownie pitchers.

30th The Phillies defeat the visiting Reds, 4–2, with SS Bobby Bragan catching all 9 innings. Bragan caught part of the game on the 24thand for the rest of his career will be behind the plate most often.

The Tigers snap a 5-5 tie with 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th to top the A’s, 11-6. Pinky Higgins has a grand slam in the big frame.

31st Pitching for the Newark Eagles (Negro Leagues), Leon Day strikes out 18 in beating the Baltimore Elite Giants. The only Giants hit is a bloop single by Pee Wee Butts (as noted by Christopher Hauser).

1942 August

1st The Dodgers (71-29) top Johnny Schmitz of the Cubs, 9–6, to stretch their lead to nine games over St. Louis.

2nd Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, topping the Cardinals 7–1. Mel Ott’s 2 homers, one a grand slam, eases the way for the vet. In the nightcap, Dick Bartell’s 9th inning error paved the way for Billy Southworth’s squeeze bunt, and the Cards win, 3–2. Mort Cooper allows 4 hits in winning his 13th.

The Braves split a pair with the Reds, winning the opener, 7–0, behind Al Javery before being shot down by Paul Derringer, 4–2. Boston’s top home run hitter, Max West hits a grand slam in game 1.

At Detroit, The Tigers sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 8–4 and 6–2, to knock Boston out of 2nd place. Dizzy Trout wins the opener, helping himself with a 3-run HR. Virgil Trucks wins the nitecap, giving up a 9th inning HR to Ted Williams: Williams will hit 12 homeruns off Trucks, his favorite target. Along with Jim Tabor, CF Dom DiMaggio has a homer in the opener, then adds an unassisted DP in the nitecap.

At Yankee Stadium, Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith combine to pitch a one-hit shutout over the New York Cubans (Negro League). The Monarchs win, 9–0. In the first game of the twinbill, the Philadelphia Stars conquer the Baltimore Elite Giants, 7–4. Henry Spearman’s grand slam sparks the Philley attack.

3rd A military relief game at the Polo Grounds with the first-place Dodgers attracts a Polo Grounds record crowd of 57,303. Dolph Camilli hits a grand slam in the 5th and the Giants, losing 7–4, have 2 on and no out in the 9th when the game is called. A government order mandates that lights must be turned out at 9:14. Giants President Horace Stoneham states that twilight games would be terminated since “playing against the clock was too tough.”

4th The Giants-Dodgers game ends in a 1–1 tie as Pee Wee Reese’s inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the 10th is wiped out. As was the case the day before, the game is called because of the government’s 9:14 curfew on lights. It is the last twilight game played at the Polo Grounds. Following the game, NL Prexy Ford Frick said that he would “urge earlier start times” than the 6:45 start today. The Dodgers have held the NL lead for 144 days and their margin over the Cardinals is 10 games. Until the season’s end, Brooklyn will win 17, lose 18.

Braves pitcher Jim Tobin clubs his 6th homer of the year, tying the NL record for homers by a pitcher, but he loses to the Phils, 4–2.

5th White Sox 1B Don Kolloway’s 2-out steal of home in the 5thinning is the only run of the game against Tiger lefty Hal Newhouser. Sore-armed Thornton Lee is the winner. There are 7 games played today, and 5 end in shutouts.

In a 6:30 start, the first place Dodgers stop the Giants, 4–0, on lefty Max Macon’s two-hitter. The Cardinals (63-39), in 2nd place 10 games back, keep pace with a 5-0 victory over host Cincinnati. Johnny Beazley strikes out 8, including the side in the 5th.

6th An editorial in The Sporting News argues for segregation on the diamond. The column states that members of each race “prefer to draw their talents from their own ranks and both groups know their crowd psychology and do not care to run the risk of damaging their own game.”

Gordon McNaughton, 32, who pitched briefly for the Red Sox in 1932, is shot to death in a Chicago hotel room by a former girl friend Eleanor Williams. Williams had left her husband and child four years earlier to be with McNaughton, who was killed in the hotel room of a Mrs. Dorothy Moose, who also left her husband just weeks ago.

8th A bean ball salvo between Manny Salvo of the Braves and Whit Wyatt of the Dodgers ends in a 2–0 Boston victory. Only two batters are hit, but many pitches are close and the hurlers almost come to blows twice. Salvo gets fined $50 and Wyatt $75. Wyatt also tosses a bat. For Wyatt (8-1), it is his first loss after 10 straight wins over the Braves.

9th In a marathon, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds, 10–8, in 18 innings at Cincinnati. The Reds tie the score in the 9th, 10th, and 12th innings before the Cubs hang on. Stan Hack collects 5 hits and 3 runs for Chicago. Both teams combine to notch 25 base on balls for the match, and the Cubs strand 23 runners, while the Reds leave 21. The 44 LOB is a ML record until September 11, 1974. Each team uses 6 pitchers, a ML record. The Reds take game 2 by a 2–1 score.

As a warm-up to the upcoming series at St. Louis with Brooklyn, the Cardinals win their 7th straight, a 7–2 win over Pittsburgh behind rookie Johnny Beazley.

10th In a playoff of a 16-inning tie on August 8, the Pirates again hammer Mort Cooper, and win, 6-4. Cooper won’t lose the rest of the year.

After Sid Hudson and the Senators whip the visiting Red Sox, 9-3, Walt Masterson completes the sweep with a 1-0 game 2 win. Masterson is helped by Ted Williams, who is on third base with one out in the 9th inning when he is picked off for the second time in the game by catcher Jack Early, who nabbed him in the first inning. Williams has three doubles in the two games. Williams has referred to this game as his “most embarrassing” moment but, as discovered by historian Bill Nowlin (2008 BRJ), Williams got the year and the score wrong, also recalling that he had two triples in the game.

11th At Cleveland, in the first game of a twi-nighter, Indian P Al Milnar has a no-hitter until Doc Cramer singles with 2 out in the 9th. But the duel with Detroit’s Tommy Bridges ends in a 14-inning scoreless tie because the rules state the game cannot be continued under the lights. Milnar allows just two hits, the 2nd a 13th inning single by Rudy York, and his catcher Gene Desautels catches the entire game without a putout (no strikeouts) or assist. A few minutes after the conclusion, the lights are turned on and the Tigers win the second game, 3-2, in regulation.

12th at Yankee Stadium, Charlie Keller belts a game-ending grand slam, his second of the season, in the 9th against the Red Sox to break a 4-4 tie. It is the 3rd time that a Yankee has ended a game with a grand slam.

14th The Yankees turn a ML-record 7 DPs in an 11–2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down 2 runners following third strikes, three are started by the DP combo of Rizzuto and Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates one. The 7 DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they’ll finish with 190, just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark they set last season of 194. The winning pitcher is Lefty Gomez in his last ML appearance (save for one appearance for the Senators in ’43.) He’ll take a job in a GE plant after the season.

15th With 2 outs and 2 strikes in the last of the 9th, Dolph Camilli hits a 2-run homer to give the Dodgers a 5–4 win over the Braves. With the homer, his 20th, Camilli takes over the NL lead.

Despite Bill Nicholson hitting 3 homers, 2 doubles and a single, the Cubs lose two games to the Pirates, 8–5 and 8–7, the nitecap in 11 innings.

At Fenway the Sox sweep a pair from the Senators, winning each by one run. In the opening 2–1 win, Ted Williams 2-run homer backs Tex Hughson’s 9th straight win and 15th overall. The 7–6 nitecap win goes the Broadway Charlie Wagner, whose last 6 wins, since June 7, have all been by one run, including a pair of 1–0 wins. Lou Finney drives in the tying and winning runs with a triple.

18th After going 1–6 before the All-star break, Carl Hubbell posts his 8th straight win, beating the Braves 10–2. The 39-year-old veteran is backed by Mel Ott’s 3 hits, including a HR into the LF stands at the Polo Grounds.

22nd Cubs catcher Clyde McCullough, SS Lennie Merullo, and 1B Phil Cavarretta combine on a triple play in the top of the 11th, and Bill Nicholson hits a walkoff homer in the bottom half of the inning, as the Chicago Cubs stun the Cincinnati Reds, 5–4.

The Cardinals edge the Pirates, 7-6, at Sportsman’s Park, as Terry Moore has a safety to extend his consecutive-game batting streak to 20 games. Max Lanier (11-5) is the winner with 3 innings of relief. The Cards trail the Dodgers by 6.5 games.

23rd Seven of 16 games played today are shutouts, matching a mark set September 7, 1908. A near-miss is by White Sox veteran Ted Lyons. Taking a regular Sunday start, he wins his 256th career game, a 3-hitter 3–1 complete game victory over Cleveland.

Cubs pitchers Claude Passeau and Lon Warneke each toss 3–0 shutouts against the Reds while Red Sox hurlers Tex Hughson and Joe Dobson whitewash the A’s, winning 2–0 and 7–0.

Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for the New York-Washington game at Yankee Stadium that provides $80,000 for Army-Navy relief. Ruth hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands, and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523,000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener, 7–6 and New York cops the nitecap, 3–0, in 5 ½ innings.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep 2 from their cross-town rivals. In the first game, the Giants took a 4–2 lead in the 10th on Johnny Mize’s 2-run HR, only to see Dolph Camilli hit reliever Harry Feldman’s 1stpitch for a grand slam, his second of the month, and give Dem Bums a 6–4 win. The 2nd game, the Dodgers score 2 in the 5th to take a 7–5 lead in a game halted by darkness. The Dodgers now lead St. Louis by 7 ½ games.

24th The Dodgers open a 4-game series in St. Louis with Larry French (13–1) on the mound for the front-runners. Terry Moore scores 4 runs for the Birds as they coast to a 7–1 victory behind Max Lanier’s 14th victory.

25th The largest night crowd in St. Louis history watch two aces deal, the Dodger Whit Wyatt and the Cardinals Mort Cooper, go scoreless for 12 innings. Both teams score in the 13th, and the Cards win it in the 14th, 2–1, on Walker Cooper’s solo shot. The win by Mort Cooper cuts the Dodgers lead over St. Louis to 5 ½ games.

If only Holmes had been sick. At Forbes Field, Rip Sewell wins his 14th for the Pirates, shutting out the Braves, 6-0. Tommy Holmes has all three hits for the Braves. It is the second time this year that Holmes has had the only hit for the Braves.

26th Johnny Beazley wins his 16th game of the year, 2–1 over the Dodgers in 10 innings. The win caps a sweep of Brooklyn, with Max Lanier having edged Larry French in the opener 2 days before.

27th Brooklyn salvages a win, 4–1, to leave St. Louis with a 5 ½ game lead.

28th Dodger Pete Reiser, hitless in his last 13 trips and with his batting average down 35 points in 6 weeks, enters the hospital with a torn thigh ligament.

30th The Giants’ Mel Ott collects his 2,500th hit in a 5–5 tie in Chicago in game 2. In the opener, the Giants win, 8–6, as Ace Adams beats Hi Bithorn.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the Tigers, 7-1, behind Red Ruffing’s 5-hitter. During the game the announcer Jack Lenz proclaims, “Ladies and gentlemen, Tommy Henrich has been ordered to report for active duty with the Coast Guard. This is his last appearance in a Yankee uniform until the war is over.” Henrich receives a thunderous ovation (as noted in Marty Appel’s Pinstripe Empire).

31st Larry MacPhail seeks insurance for the Dodger pennant run by buying Bobo Newsom from the Senators for $25,000. The purchase had been rumored for weeks. The veteran will respond by shutting out Cincinnati 2–0 in three days. [Blanking the Reds is not difficult. Bill McKechnie’s team will hit .231 for the season, the lowest in the ML since the Highlanders hit .229 in 1914 and Brooklyn .229 in 1910.]

The Yankees purchase switch-hitter Roy Cullenbine from the Senators. With Tommy Henrich leaving for the Coast Guard yesterday, Cullenbine is outfield insurance for the Bombers.

Mel Parnell, pitching for Canton (Middle Atlantic League) pitches 18 innings against Zanesville, winning 5–4. He almost wins his own game in the 17th after singling and going to 2B on a bunt. The next batter singles but Parnell is thrown out at the plate. Parnell finishes the season at 16–9 for Canton.

1942 September

1st The 2nd place Cardinals match Brooklyn by recalling OF Irv Dusak. Cards’ owner Sam Breadon responds, “They can have their Newsom, but I’d rather have Dusak. He has been one of the most sought-after players in the minor leagues.” Dusak, however, hits just .185.

After going 24-9 in July and 25-8 in August, the Cardinals are still 3 ½ games behind Brooklyn. Brooklyn beats Pittsburgh today, 4–2.

A story in the Chicago Tribune reports that player-manager Parnell Woods of the Negro AL Cleveland Buckeyes, and two teammates have been invited to try out with the Indians at the start of the 1943 season. The two teammates are Eugene Bremmer and Sam Jethroe, who is leading the league in hitting with a .450 average.

In an Eastern League game at Wilkes-Barre, Allie Reynolds of Wilkes-Barre pitches 10 2/3 hitless innings against Elmira. Reynolds tires in the 11th inning and loses, 1-0. The effort by the Chief (18-7), will earn him a call up to the Indians.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees take two from the Browns, winning 3-2 and 6-0. Spud Chandler (15-4) goes the distance in game 1 which ends in the 10th inning on Charlie Keller’s HR, his third hit of the game. Hank Borowy (11-3) tosses a one-hitter in the second game as Buddy Hassett collects 4 hits. The lone hit for the Browns is Harlond Clift’s single.

4th At Fenway, the Red Sox continue to roll as Bill Butland stops the Tigers, 3–0, on 4 hits. It is Boston’s 22nd win in 25 games and they’ve cut the Yankee lead from 13 to 7 ½ games.

5th With help from the Babe, the Giants edge the Dodgers, 7-6, at the Polo Grounds. Babe Young contributes a 5th-inning grand slam. The Dodgers lead is now three games as the Cards edge the Reds, 3-2.

6th Hank Gornicki shuts out the Cubs, 6–0, in the opener and Pirate teammate Luke Hamlin follows and shuts out the Cubs in the nitecap, 5–0. Stan Hack has a hit in each game for the Cubs to run his consecutive-game batting streak to 24 games.

7th In the first game of a doubleheader, the Pirates erupt for 11 runs in the 6th inning against the Cards to win, 11–6. They won’t have an inning in double figures again until June, 1989. The Cards bounce back in the nitecap, 6–4, behind Johnny Beazley’s 19th win.

A traffic accident in Geneva, Ohio claims the lives of Negro Leaguers Buster Brown and Smokey Owens. Teammates on the Cleveland Buckeyes, Eugene Bremmer and Lefty Watts, are hospitalized. The accident occurs when their car in rear-ended while they are changing a flat tire. The players were returning home following a series against the New York Black Yankees.

8th The Dodgers move 3 games ahead of the idle Cards by beating the Pirates, 4–0. Ed Head allows just 4 hits.

9th In St. Louis, Joe Gordon belts a first-inning grand slam and the first-place Yankees top the Browns, 8-3.

10th Brooklyn, with a slim 3-game lead in the NL, loses to Chicago’s Lon Warneke, 10–2. Across the river at the Polo Grounds, left Howie Pollet gives the Cards a 5–1 win over New York. Hubbell was the announced starter, but in pre-game warm ups he was hit on the head by an errant throw from Musial. Hal Schumacher was inserted as the starter but gave up 3 first inning runs to earn an early shower.

11th Eddie Freed of the Philadelphia Phillies collects a single, two doubles, a triple and an intentional walk in his ML debut, a Phils team record. But the Reds win 8–5 in 11 innings on Ray Lamanno’s HR. The 5’6” Freed will total only 10 hits during his brief ML career as he is drafted in January 1943 for three years. Only 393 fans are on hand for today’s game, as the last-place Phils will draw just 230,183 this season.

At Ebbets Field, Mort Cooper, wearing Coaker Triplett’s #20 uniform, scatters 3 hits to shut out the Dodgers 3–0, and become the year’s first 20-game winner. The shutout is his 8th of the year. The Cardinals, now just a game in back of Brooklyn, order World Series tickets to be printed.

Before a night game crowd of 4,127, the Indians down the A’s, 5–4, in 13 innings. The win goes to reliever Phil Marchildon, his 17th. Making his debut at 2B for the Indians is 18-year-old Ted Sczepkowski, who goes 1-for-5.

12th Brooklyn fandom’s worst fears are realized as the Cardinals again beat the Dodgers, 2–1. The win by Max Lanier leaves both teams tied for 1st at 94–46.

13th Chicago Cub SS Lennie Merullo makes a ML record 4 errors, all on consecutive plays, in the 2nd inning of the nightcap against the Boston Braves. The Cubs win 12–8 after losing the first game 11–6. Merullo, who made an error in the opener, is comforted by his DP partner Lou Stringer, who made 4 errors in his ML debut a year ago [he makes 2 in game 2 today]. Merullo has a son born this morning and his teammates press him to nickname him “Boots.”

In Philadelphia, the Cards blow a 1–0 lead in the 9th and lose 2–1, then win the 2nd game 3–2. The Dodgers blow their opportunity by losing twice to Reds. Bobo Newsom, who had planned to pitch both games of the doubleheader, loses the first game 6–3. Durocher then went with Curt Davis in the second game and the Phils won again 4–1. The Dodgers are now in 2nd place.

At Chicago, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Pale Hose, winning 6–1 and 5–0. Bill Butland wins the opener on 4 hits, while Tex Hughson wins his 19th in game 2. Ted Williams homers in game 1, the 12thstraight game in which he’s had an RBI, tying Joe Cronin’s team record. Ted scores 2 in the nitecap, but has no ribbies.

14th In the Negro League WS, Leon Day, pitching for the Homestead Grays, fans 12 in beating Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs 4–1 in Game 4. The Monarchs protest, contending that Day and 3 other players were picked up from other teams. Day’s win is disallowed, and the Monarchs sweep the 4 games.

The red-hot Cardinals score 4 in the 9th to beat the Phillies, 6–3.

With all the NL hubbub, the Yankees go about their lofty business, clinching the flag against Cleveland, 8–3. Ernie Bonham wins his 20thgame, and DiMaggio strokes 4 hits.

15th The visiting Cards trips the cellar Phils, 3-2 in 14 innings when reliever Murry Dickson doubles and scores on Jimmy Brown’s single off Si Johnson. Johnson goes the distance for the Phils in losing his 7th of the year to the Cards. St. Louis starter Mort Cooper gives up a tying homer to Nick Etten in the 8th. After coach Chuck Klein pinch hits and bounces out to end the game, manager Hans Lobert races to the second deck to confront a fan who had been heckling him throughout the game, especially after his decision to insert the little-used Klein. Lobert is restrained from punching the fan by Klein.

16th Ben Chapman, pitcher/manager for Richmond (Piedmont League) punches out umpire I.H. Case and will be suspended from playing the entire 1943 season for the assault. He’ll return to pitch for the Dodgers in 1944.

17th Pete Coscarart slaps a two-run single to give the Pirates a 3–2 win over the slumping Dodgers. The Cardinals score 5 runs in the 9thinning to beat the Braves 6–4. St. Louis now leads Brooklyn by 3 games.

18th In the PCL, SF pitcher Sad Sam Gibson beats the Padres, 10-4 for his 20th win of the season and his 200th in the PCL. Ferris Fain backs him with a grand slam.

19th Mel Ott belts a 7th inning grand slam and the visiting Giants beat the Braves, 7-6. Ott will lead the NL in homers with 30, RBIs with 109 and runs (118).

21st New York’s Ernie Bonham wins his 21st game of the year, topping the Senators, 4–1. His 21–5 record will lead the AL in winning percentage (.808) and he will lead in shutouts (6).

22nd In St. Louis, the Cards spot the Pirates 3 runs, then score 6 runs in the 5th, to win 9-3. Stan Musial’s first career grand slam, off Rip Sewell, is the big blow. The Cards maintain a 2 ½ game lead over the Dodgers, winners today over the Giants.

23rd In Brooklyn, Larry French, 35, pitches a brilliant one-hitter, allowing just Nick Etten’s 2nd inning infield hit, and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6–0. Etten is retired on a DP as French faces just 27 batters in his 197th and last career win (197-171, with 40 shutouts). There are 13,346 fans on hand, 8,647 of which are admitted free by bringing with them 10 pounds of iron for the war effort. French finishes the year at 15–4 with a 1.83 ERA, and after a brief relief stint on the 26th, he’ll enlist in the Navy. He’ll be stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, but his petition to the Navy to allow him spot starts with the Dodgers will be denied. “I still need three winning games to paste 200 in my scrapbook,” says French. “I want them, and I won’t be satisfied with my career until I get them.” Despite his disappointment, French will stay in Navy, rise through the ranks and retire in 1969 with the rank of captain. Larry MacPhail, the 52-year-old Dodger president, also announces today that he is quitting at the end of the season to reenter the army.

At St. Louis, the Cards maintain their two-and-a-half game lead as Johnny Beazley stops the Reds, 4–2, on 2 hits. It is his 20th win.

24th Mort Cooper tosses his 10th shutout of the year to give the Cardinals a 6–0 two-hit victory over the Reds. Cooper’s 22nd win of the year clinches at least a Cardinal tie for the pennant.

25th With the Giants’ 3rd-place finish secure, OF Hank Lieber pitches a complete-game 9–1 loss against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He yields 9 hits and strikes out 5 in his only ML pitching appearance. He had been a pitcher at the U. of Arizona. The Phils score 5 of their runs without a hit. The Giants take the opener, 6–3, behind Hal Schumacher.

26th Youngsters, admitted free for bringing scrap metal to aid the war effort, get restless and invade the field at the Polo Grounds in the 8th inning of the 2nd game with the Giants leading 5–2. Umpire Ziggy Sears forfeits the game 9–0 to the Braves. Boston P Warren Spahn is not charged with a decision, although he was losing at the time of the forfeit. But he is given credit for a complete game, his only one in 4 appearances for the year. Carl Hubbell wins the opener, 6–4.

The Dodgers win their 7th straight, 8–3, over the Phils and gain a half-game on the idle Cards. Dolph Camilli drives in 4 runs and is the front man on a triple steal. Larry French (15–4) wins in relief.

27th It is Tony Lupien Day at Fenway, and the Red Sox Tex Hughson wins his 22nd to tie Mort Cooper for the ML lead, as the Red Sox edge the Yankees, 7–6. A Fenway Park crowd of 26,166—including 4,293 youngsters who gained free admission by bringing 29,000 pounds of scrap metal—watches Hughson scatter 11 hits in going all the way. Johnny Murphy, one of 4 Yank hurlers, takes the loss. Ted Williams has a single in three at bats to finish the season at .356 and wins his second straight batting title. Teammate Johnny Pesky is 2nd at .331. Williams also leads the ML in HRs (36), RBI (137), runs (141), and walks (145). Williams, Pesky, and Dom D play their last games before entering the service. DiMaggio finishes the year with 439 PO and 19 Assists to lead the AL: His brother Vince leads the NL in the same categories with 383 and 20.

On the last day of the season, the Cardinals, winners of 9 games out of 10, have a 1 ½ game lead over the Dodgers, winner of 7 straight. The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant by winning the first game of a doubleheader from the Cubs, 9–2. Billy Southworth benches his regulars for game 2, but the Cards still win, 4–1, giving Johnny Beazley his 21st win of the year. Lou Novikoff, who led 4 minor leagues in hitting in consecutive years but was a bust with the Cubs in 1941, gets a “gift hit” when Beazley lets a light grounder come to a stop so that Lou can maintain a .300 batting average for the season. Novikoff is 1-for-8 today.

Kirby Higbe wins for the Dodgers, 4–3, at Shibe Park in a meaningless win. Brooklyn finishes with 104 victories, the most for a runner-up team since the 1909 Cubs won that many. Phils outfielder Danny Litwhiler completes his 151st errorless game of the season in a loss to the Dodgers. Litwhiler becomes the first OF to avoid an error the entire season. He has 308 putouts and 9 assists on the year. The Dodgers are victorious but their hopes of a Cub sweep of a doubleheader with St. Louis are smashed as the Cards take both games. Brooklyn’s 104 wins leaves them 2 games in back of the Birds.

28th In a City Series battle between the Cubs and Sox, 41-year-old Ted Lyons (14-6) shuts out the Northsiders on 3 hits and no walks in just 1 hour: 18 minutes. Lyons then leaves to enlist as a private in the Marine Corps.

30th Down 7–0 to Red Ruffing in the World Series opener, the Cardinals storm back for four 9th-inning runs, not enough to win but enough to portend the result of the WS.

As he did last year to open the Windy City Series, Ted Lyons tosses a shutout as the White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-0. The Sox will win the series, four games to two, The Sox have not lost a city series to the Cubs since 1930, having taken 8 in a row.

1942 October

1st Behind 3–0, the Yankees tie it up in the top of the 8th, but rookie Stan Musial singles in Enos Slaughter in the bottom of the inning to forge a 4–3 Cardinal victory.

3rd The Cards win their second in a row as Ernie White shuts out New York on 6 hits, winning 2–0. Arguments during the game result in $200 fines for Joe Gordon and Frank Crosetti; the latter will also suspended for the first 30 days of the 1943 season for shoving umpire Bill Summers.

4th The Cards get 6 runs in the 4th, but the Yankees tie the game with 5 in the 6th. St. Louis scores 3 more runs to win 9–6 in a 22-hit game.

In a rematch of last year’s IBA world championship, Cuba tops Venezuela, 8–0, behind Connie Marrero’s 3-hitter. Venezuela is led by 2B Luis Aparicio, Sr. and losing pitcher Chino Canonico. Marrero will debut with the Washington Senators in 1950.

5th Whitey Kurowski’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning gives St. Louis a 4–2 WS triumph and enables the Cardinals to upset the New York Yankees in 5 games.

1942 November

1st Larry MacPhail enters the army and the Dodgers look to St. Louis for leadership. After 2 decades in St. Louis, Branch Rickey splits with owner Sam Breadon. He will sign to become GM at Brooklyn.

3rd Ted Williams is the ML Triple Crown winner, but the writers select 2B Joe Gordon by 21 votes as AL MVP. Gordon of the New York Yankees leads the AL with 95 strikeouts, the most ground balls hit into double plays (22), and the most errors at his position (28). P Mort Cooper gets the MVP honor in the NL with Cards teammate Enos Slaughter finishing 2nd.

30th Bill Terry resigns from his job as supervisor of the Giants’ minor league system to go into private business. The Giants, with 9 minor league teams at the start of 1942, are down to two, Jersey City and Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

1942 December

1st At ML meetings in Chicago, the owners decide to restrict travel to a three-trip schedule, rather than the customary four. Spring training in 1943 will be limited to locations north of the Potomac or Ohio rivers and east of the Mississippi.

2nd The Reds send SS Eddie Joost and pitcher Nate Andrews to the Braves for SS Eddie Miller.

17th The Yankees trade OF Roy Cullenbine and C Buddy Rosar to the Indians for Roy Weatherly and IF Oscar Grimes. With the draft in mind, all four players are married with one child each. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz, Rosar had been in the doghouse with Joe McCarthy for leaving the team without permission the weekend of July 18-19 to take a police examination in Buffalo. The leave-taking prompted the Yankees to sign vet catcher Rollie Hemsley.

1943 January

1st Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown and is admitted to St. Francis hospital for rest and treatment. He will be released in time to go to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to get in shape for the baseball season.

4th A wartime tone for the season is set when Red Ruffing, just months short of his 38th birthday, and minus 4 toes, is drafted into the Army Air Corp.

5th In Chicago, the teams agree to start the season later than usual and prepare to train in areas north of the so-called Eastman-Landis line (named after Joseph Eastman, head of the Department of Transportation, and Judge Landis), an area East of the Mississippi and North of the Ohio and Potomac rivers. The two St. Louis teams are excluded, though they will train in Missouri. Resorts, armories, and university facilities are chosen for training sites. The Dodgers will train at Bear Mountain, NY; Cards, at Cape Girardeau, MO; the Yankees, in Atlantic City. The Red Sox go to Tufts College.

19th The Braves release veterans Paul Waner and Johnny Cooney.

25th The Yankees send Lefty Gomez to the Boston Braves for cash. He will be released without playing a game and will sign with Washington on May 24th.

27th The Cubs pay cash to the Reds to get P Paul Derringer.

29th The Yankees trade 2B Jerry Priddy and minor leaguer Milo Candini to the Washington Senators for righty Bill Zuber and cash. Zuber, classified 4-F in the draft, will not have a winning season in New York, while Candini will go 11–7 this year.

1943 February

2nd After experimenting with a vest worn over knit jerseys, the Cubs return to conventional baggy flannels for 1943. The outfitting change saves the organization $2,000 on the cost for uniforms.

9th The NL is looking for a buyer for the Phillies, whose owner, Gerry Nugent, has fallen in arrears on rent and bank loans. The league pays $10 a share for 4,685 out of 5,000 outstanding shares in club [David Jordan, Larry Gerlach, and John Rossi in the 1998 TNP report that the NL buys 2,600 shares and assumes the club’s debts of $300,000, more than a third of which is owed to the NL itself.

17th Joe DiMaggio, drawing $43,500 from the Yankees, trades in his salary for the $50 a month as an army enlisted man. DiMag, in his customary quiet style, gives no notice to the club.

18th The NL finds a buyer for the Philadelphia club: a syndicate headed by William D. Cox, a New York lumberman.

20th Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey charter the All-American Girls Softball League. The league will operate around the Chicago area and is formed as a sports backup in case the government shuts down ML baseball. The league will later change its name and switch to hardball with a pitching distance of 40 feet and bases 68 feet apart, eventually evolving to distances close to the major league lengths.

24th The Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of the war. The Cardinals, with 260 farm players in the service, will reduce farm clubs from 22 to 6. Only 9 minor leagues will start the 1943 season. Advertisements for players appear in The Sporting News.

26th The Phils sign Bucky Harris as manager. It is the 4th ML club Harris has led, not counting 2 stints—later 3—at Washington. Clark Griffith, Rogers Hornsby, Donie Bush, and Bill McKechnie have also managed 4 clubs.

1943 March

9th The Phillies get Babe Dahlgren from the Dodgers for vet Lloyd Waner and Al Glossop. It is the Babe’s 4th team in less than two years.

13th The major leagues approve an official ball, which will be made from reclaimed cork and balata in the interior, materials not needed in the war effort. Officials insist the ball will have the resiliency of the 1939 ball, but the players will express dismay that they cannot drive the new ball and point out the dearth of runs and homers in 1942 even with the old ball.

20th LF Bob Johnson, a star for the Athletics since 1933, is traded to the Senators for 3B Bob Estalella and Jimmy Pofahl. Johnson has led the A’s in RBIs in each of the last seven seasons: no team has ever traded a slugger with that mark.

1943 April

16th  After beating Boston College at Fenway two days ago by a 17–2 score, the Red Sox take on Harvard. The Bosox avenge a 1–0 loss to the Crimson 27 years ago by winning 21–0.

18th  Before 10,010 at Fenway, the Red Sox beat the Braves, 5–3, as Bobby Doerr hits a homer.

19th  Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, severely fracturing a leg, and will miss several months of the season, returning to the dugout in June. Dave Egan, a Boston sportswriter, nominates the cabdriver as Sportsman of the Year, weary of Stengel’s humor in the face of the Braves’ pitiful record. Whitey Wietelman had a different version of the events (as related by Stan Fischler): “I was sitting in a bar with Casey, having a couple of beers. He had to go across the street to the Miles Standish Hotel. He wore a big black coat and a black hat. He walked into the cab—and that’s what happened.” Tomorrow’s third game in the Boston City Series will be called on account of mud. But the Red Sox will win the final match, 1–0, behind Tex Hughson.

20th The season starts, 2 weeks later than customary. Stalwarts such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Mize are gone, among some 60 players who could have been classified as regulars in the 1942 season. In the “presidential opener” in Washington, the Senators under new manager Ossie Bluege defeat the A’s, 7–5.

21st Travel restrictions limit the crowd to 4,000 in St. Louis as the Browns Al Hollingsworth blanks the White Sox 3–0, the Browns’ 7thconsecutive Opening Day win.

At the home opener at Wrigley, 9,044 fans watch as the Pirates Rip Sewell allows just three hits to beat the Cubs, 6–0. Paul Derringer is outgunned in the loss. It is the 2nd Opener in a row that Sewell has beaten the Cubs, and he will rip off another five wins over them this year. There are just 4 games today, but all of them end in shutouts, a record.

22nd Despite going 4-for-4 in a 5–2 win at Ebbets Field, the Giants’ Mel Ott declares the new baseballs hit like overripe grapefruits. Reds slugger Frank McCormick adds, “It was like hitting a piece of cement.”

After a day’s delay because of rain, the Yankees open at the Stadium with a 5–4 come-from-behind win against the Senators. Johnny Murphy, who relieves starter Ernie Bonham in the 9th and tosses just one pitch, is the victor. Roy Weatherly, filling in for DiMaggio in center field, drives home the tying and winning runs with a double off Owen Sheetz. Mickey Haefner is the losing pitcher. Joe Gordon has the game’s only homer, an 8th-inning shot off starter Early Wynn, that gives the Yankees a 3–2 lead. Because of the meat shortage, no vendors walk among the fans selling hot dogs, though there are hot dogs available at the concession stands.

24th Pitcher Al Gerheauser makes his major league debut as the Phillies’ Opening Day pitcher, starting at Ebbets Field against the Dodgers. Brooklyn pounds him for 7 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings on their way to an 11–4 win. Gerheauser is the last rookie to debut as an Opening Day starter.

A spokesman for A. G. Spalding defends the baseball, saying the 11 shutouts (sic) in the first 29 games are the result of it being “too wet and too cold. In time the new ball will prove to be just as lively as the old one.” A few days later the company admits that the balls contain an inferior grade of rubber cement, which has hardened. The teams agree to use up their stock of balls left over from the 1942 season while a new supply of higher-quality balls is made. In fact, the Dodgers today are the first team to score in double figures this season.

25th Rufe Gentry of Buffalo (International League) wins an 11-inning no-hitter against Newark 1–0. The last IL no-hitter of this length was thrown by Toronto’s Urban Shocker on July 22, 1916.

27th The Braves ship Ernie Lombardi to the Giants for catcher Hugh Poland and infielder Connie Ryan. Lombardi, last year’s top hitter, reportedly wanted a salary increase to $15,000, $2,500 over the Braves allowed wage scale. Under the Treasury Department’s guide lines put in before the start of the 1943 season, no ballplayer could make more than the top 1942 salary paid by his team unless special permission was obtained. The Giants, with a top limit of $17,500 (Billy Jurges’ salary) could accommodate the Schnooze’s salary demands, and the trade was made.

What’s a guy gotta do to win? After allowing 2 hits in a 1-0 loss in the A’s home opener, rookie Jesse Flores pitches 15 2/3 innings in beating host Washington, 2-1. Early Wynn throws 13 scoreless innings for the Nats, before Ray Scarborough relieves.

29th Connie Ryan, a New York Giant two days ago, cracks a 9thinning homer off his old teammate Van Lingle Mungo to give the Braves a 5–2 win. New Giant Ernie Lombardi pinch hits and K’s with the tying run on base in the 9th.

Go the head of the class. After winning just one game for Brooklyn last year, Schoolboy Rowe is sold to the Phillies. Rowe will be in double figures for the Quakers for the next four years.

30th The Phils buy OF Jimmy Wasdell, who will start the next 3 years, from the Pirates.

1943 May

2nd Phillies pitcher Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and cracks a grand slam off Braves righty Al Javery to break a tie. The Phils win, 6–5, but it takes them 12 innings. For Rowe, it is his 2nd grand slam—he hit one in 1939 while with Detroit—and he is the only pitcher to hit a grand slam in each league. He’ll finish the 1943 season with a .306 average as a pinch hitter.

Behind the strong pitching of Wally Hebert and Bob Klinger, the Pirates twice shut out the Cubs, winning 3–0 and 1–0. In the second game, Cubs hurlers Dick “Kewpie” Barrett and Lon Warneke combine on a hardluck one-hit loss: Vince DiMaggio’s hit in the 4th is the only safety. Barrett, 35 and making his NL debut, can’t blame it on the new cement ball; 1942 baseballs are used.

4th Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick demonstrates the revised “balata ball” to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet. This ball will prove to be 50 percent livelier than the 1942 one. When introduced in games on May 9th, 6 HRs will be hit in 4 doubleheaders compared with 9 HRs hit with the previous ball in the first 72 games.

5th In the nitecap, a 5–2 win against the Indians, Chicago’s Wally Moses steals home. It is Wally’s second steal of home in extra innings, tying Tony Lazzeri’s mark. Cleveland wins the opener, 2–1.

7th At Comiskey Park, a paid crowd of 513 plus 260 ladies see their White Sox edge the Tigers, 1-0, in 10 innings. Johnny Humphries, the winning pitcher, scores the winning run on Luke Appling’s double.

At Philadelphia, new Philly Jimmy Wasdell has 6 RBIs on a homer, triple and single to pace the Phils to a 13-3 win over the Giants.

8th The major leagues introduce a new baseball that is supposed to be 10% livelier than the 1942 “cement” ball, and livelier than the balata ball introduced in 1943. It was not tested against 1939 baseballs as none are available.

9th The Yankees take game 1 from the A’s with a 13-1 mashing behind Spud Chandler (3-0). Chandler contributes a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning. Roy Weatherly is 5-for-5 with a triple and homer. His homer is followed by another from Charlie Keller. The A’s rebound to win game 2, 4–3, holding Weatherly hitless.

First place Brooklyn splits a pair with the Braves in Boston. The Dodgers take the opener, 5–4 in 10 innings behind the relief pitching of Bobo Newsom. The Braves come back to win game 2, 2–1 behind knuckleballer Jim Tobin. The NL will not play again until May 13.

The AP reports that the new lively balata ball, introduced on May 8 in the NL and used today in the AL, is a success resulting in six homers hit in the four AL doubleheaders.

14th The Detroit Tigers play their 4th straight extra-inning game, and their 5th in six games, losing to the A’s, 7–6, in 12 innings. The score snaps the Tigers’ ML record of 17 straight games to start a season without scoring more than 5 runs or having more than 5 scored on them. The record will hold until 2012.

The only Class E league in minor league history—the Twin Ports League—qualifies for play. It is a semi-pro industrial league located in the northern Minnesota mining area.

16th The Braves sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 3-1 and 6-1. Red Barrett scatters 4 hits in game 1 for the victory, while Jim Tobin is the victor in game 2. Phil Masi has a grand slam for the Braves.

20th With Charley Fuchs and Al Gerheauser pitching, the Phillies whitewash the Cubs, 3–0 and 2–0.

21st At Griffith Stadium, the Chicago White Sox top the Washington Senators, 1–0, in 1 hour, 29 minutes, the quickest night game in AL history.

24th After his release from the Braves, Lefty Gomez signs with the Senators. He will pitch in only one game, which he loses, then retire.

27th In a 3–2 loss to the Tigers, the Yankees Johnny Allen, incensed over a balk call, attacks umpire George Barr and is suspended for 30 days and fined $200. On May 21st, Frank Crosetti made his first start after serving a 30-day suspension for umpire pushing. This occurred in the 3rd game of the World Series when Crosetti pushed Bill Summers.

30th The Cubs play 32 games before hitting a home run, but today Bill Nicholson hits the two Cubs blasts of the year. both two-run homers, against the Braves’ Al Javery. His first homer, in the 4thinning, comes in the club’s 1,120th at bat of the season. The Cubs win, 5–1, with Paul Derringer the victor. The 2nd game is postponed.

The Red Sox are also having trouble hitting the major league’s balata ball, as Jim Tabor hits the first Sox homer at Fenway Park in a DH sweep of the Tigers. The Bosox win 3–0 behind Dick Newsome, and 5–1 behind Lou Lucier. In 33 games, the only other Boston homers are Leon Culberson’s dinger in Detroit on the May 23, and Bobby Doerr’s inside-the-park liner at Washington on May 15th.

The White Sox sweep a holiday doubleheader in Washington, winning 5-2 and 5-1. The starter and loser in game 2 is Lefty Gomez, in his only appearance not in a Yankee uniform.

31st Mort Cooper gives up a 7th inning hit to Billy Herman in stopping the Dodgers on a one-hitter 7–0. Herman’s fly ball loops down the foul line. The Dodgers, however, stop Lou Klein’s consecutive-game batting streak at 21. In game 2, Freddie Fitzsimmons outduels Harry Brecheen to give the Dodgers a 1-0 victory.

At Yankee Stadium, the White Sox take the first of two with the Yankees by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th for a 10-5 victory. New York responds with a 10-4 decision in game 2 as Joe Gordon smacks an 8th inning grand slam.

In a PCL game, Oakland’s Cotton Pippen stops Oakland, 10–0 with a 7-inning perfect game, the first in league history.

1943 June

1st Rip Sewell of the Pirates throws his dew-drop ball in a 5–4 win against the Braves. Sewell loops the ball 18 to 20 feet high on its way to the strike zone. Later it is called a blooper or eephus ball. The pitch is more than a gag, and Sewell is on his way to a 20-win season. Huck Geary wins it for the Bucs with a 14th-inning steal of home with the bases loaded and one out (as noted by Jan Larson).

The Phillies trade 28-year-old Danny Litwhiler, their best player, and pitcher/OF Earl Naylor to the Cardinals for Buster Adams, Coaker Triplett and Dain Clay. Litwhiler hit .271 with a team-high 9 homers last year, while making no errors in the outfield in 151 games, tying a ML record.

2nd The Red Sox and the Browns play their 4th consecutive extra-inning game, working 45 innings in 2 games May 31 and another pair today. Sixth-place Boston splits today, losing 7–4 and winning 3–2 to take 3 out of 4 from last-place St. Louis. The four extra-inning games in a row against the same team matches a mark set by the White Sox and Tigers in September 1908. Both leagues will set records for extra-inning activity, 91 games in the AL, 80 in the NL. Brownie P Denny Galehouse doesn’t help in the game 2 loss, getting nabbed by 2B Bobby Doerr in the 8th on a hidden ball trick.

4th Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals tosses the second of back-to-back one-hitters, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 5–0. Hits by Brooklyn’s Billy Herman on May 31 and by the Phils Jimmy Wasdell today deprive him of no-hitters. Cooper has 6 wins and 3 shutouts on the way to his 2nd 20-win year.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates hold an 8–7 lead when Vince DiMaggio singles off Giants P Bill Sayles in the bottom of the 8th. With Pete Coscarart at bat, the first pitch skips by C Ernie Lombardi, who lumbers after the ball as DiMaggio heads for 2B. When Vince sees that Lombardi has yet to reach the ball he continues on to 3B, while Sayles shakes his head at how slow his backstop is. With home plated unguarded, DiMaggio continues running and scores—from first—on a passed ball. The Bucs win, 9–8.

5th  Carl Hubbell snaps the Giants loss streak of 7 games by pitching a one-hitter against the Pirates to win 5–1. The only hit for Pittsburgh is a solo HR by 1B Elbie Fletcher. The win is King Carl’s 250th. Giants C Ernie Lombardi, who left yesterday’s game after being cut on the forehead by the spikes of Pirate Jim Russell, is married today to Berice Ayres.

Babe Ruth’s Baseball Quiz debuts on NBC. It will be heard on and off this year, then air again next year.

With the Phillies losing to the Cardinals, 1-0, in the 8th in St. Louis, the game is suspended. As historian Frank Vaccaro points out, this is the first “suspended” game in the modern sense of the word. “No night games” during WWII may have been the impetus for the new suspended game rule, but this first incident occurs because the grounds crew is slow to roll out the tarp. The game will be completed on July 29 with the Phillies winning 2-1 with a pair of runs in the 9th.

6th  The Reds Elmer Riddle allows 3 runs in the first inning but pitches a 14-inning 4-3 victory over the Braves. Mike McCormick ties the score with a 9th inning homerun and the Reds push across the winner in the bottom of the 14th when Gee Walker triples and Eddie Miller singles him home.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates knock off the Giants twice, winning 18-1 and 7-0. New York manages just 9 hits in the 2 games, as Bob Klinger is the easy winner in game 1 and Jack Hallett pitches the shutout in game 2. For Hallett, it is his first win in two years and his only victory this season. The Bucs Huck Geary hits his one and only ML homer, a grand slam off Bobby Coombs in the 8-run 8th of game 1. Bob Elliot has a triple and 5 RBIs, and Tommy O’Brien has 5 hits and one RBI.

12th In a 14–5 New York win over the A’s, Roy Weatherly of the Yankees, who caught 10 fly balls in a game April 28, does it again. He is the first OF to have 10 putouts in a game twice in one season. He also records 5 hits for the second time this year.

The Cardinals finally break a week-long first-place tie with the Dodgers by beating the Pirates, 1-0. Howie Pollet tosses the shutout. St. Louis now leads the NL by a game.

13th Aided by a 11 walks from former teammate Ken Chase, the Senators add 18 hits to beat the Red Sox, 16–5. The Nats are helped by another two walks to total 13.

15th The Phillies host the first single admission a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, known as the “swing shift” doubleheader, taking a pair from Boston, 6-4 and 2-1. Ron Northey has a 1st-inning homer in each game.

16th Behind the fine pitching of Carl Fischer, lately of Jersey City, the Giants nip Bobo Newsom and the Dodgers, 3–2. Sid Gordon guns down two base runners from LF, Mel Ott has two hits, including a homer, and walks his last time up. The base on balls is the first of 7 straight that he will receive over the next two games, a new NL mark.

17th Player-manager Joe Cronin of the Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch HRs, going deep off Russ Christopher and then Don Black in each game of a doubleheader, as Boston beats the St. Louis Browns, 5–4, and loses, 8–7. He had hit a 3-run pinch HR two nights before against the A’s for three HRs in his last four ABs. He flied out in the 2nd game on the 15th. Cronin will pinch-hit 43 times this year with 18 hits, including an AL record 5 pinch-hit HRs. His 25 RBIs is also a record, subsequently tied.

Mel Ott, the Giants’ player-manager, walks 5 times in an 8–5 win over the Kirby Higbe and the Dodgers. Ott also received 5 free passes in games in 1929 and 1933. With a base on balls in his last trip to the plate yesterday and again on his first at bat tomorrow, Ott garners 7 consecutive walks, a NL mark that Eddie Stanky will match in 1950.

18th In a 3–2 loss to Cleveland, not a single putout comes the way of Detroit 1B Rudy York, tying the AL mark set in 1930 by Bud Clancy. It will be matched next by another Tiger 1B Norm Cash, in 1963.

At Forbes Field, the Reds Ray Starr hurls a 14-inning shutout, allowing just 5 hits in the 1-0 victory over the Pirates. Cincinnati pushes across a run in the 14th when Lonny Frey triples and Gee Walker’s single brings him home.

Braves manager Casey Stengel, still recuperating from being hit by a car on April 19th in Kenmore Square, returns to the team. Coach Bob Coleman managed the team in Casey’s absence, skippering them to a 21-25 mark. Casey is on crutches and will trade them for canes in September. Chet Ross celebrates Casey’s return with a 3-run pinch homer off Johnnie Wittig in the 9th as the Braves beat the Giants, 8-6.

19th Rotisserie League? Dixie Walker is 4-for-4 and 2 homers as the Dodgers top the visiting Phillies, 7-5. Dixie’s heroics costs his War Bond sponsor, the Brooklyn Club, $27,500, while winning pitcher Fred Fitzsimmons costs Borough president John Cashmore to add $25,000 to the $3,000,000 he bid for the 42-year-old pitcher at the recent auction. Dixie’s double in the 5th comes off 18-year-old George Eyrich, who debuted earlier this week.

20th In St. Louis, the Cubs and first-place Cards split a pair. Max Lanier is the victor in the 10–9 opener, with a little help from Cubs 2B Eddie Stanky, who makes 3 errors in the 8th inning. The 3 errors ties the NL mark. Hi Bithorn gives the Cubs a 2–1 win in game 2.

23rd Because of racial unrest in Detroit, 350 armed guards are on hand for the Cleveland–Detroit game. Hal Newhouser wins the opener 3–1, but Cleveland wins the nitecap 9–6 on Jeff Heath’s 11th-inning HR.

27th Howie Krist picks up two victories as the Cardinals sweep the Cubs. 3–2 and 4–3. Krist tosses 1 1/3 inning of the opening game win, then comes back with 5 2/3 innings in the nitecap to whip Claude Passeau and Hank Wyse. Danny Litwhiler does all the damage in game 1, hitting a solo homer in the 7th and, with the score 2-1, a two-run homer.

30th In between games of a doubleheader, Cardinal utilityman Debs Garms, 36, and 26-year-old Johnny Rucker of the Giants race each other in a 60-yard dash. Garms, a former college sprinter, beats the speedy Rucker by a couple of feet. The yardage is remeasured at 55 yards. The Giants win the opener, 4-3, in 10 innings, but Howie Pollet stops them in the nitecap, 5-0. It is the first of three straight shutouts for Pollet.

1943 July

1st The Sporting News switches to a tabloid format from a standard metro layout as a means of saving newsprint.

2nd In a 3–2 loss to Washington, White Sox 30-year-old rookie Guy Curtwright has his 26-game hitting streak stopped. It’s an AL rookie record but Curtwright falls one game short of the club record set by Luke Appling. He will hit .291 in this his only season, and his rookie hitting streak will last until Nomar Garciaparra, in 1997.

The Indians score in just one inning—the 3rd—against the Yankees, but they tally 12 runs, and Allie Reynolds gives up just 3 hits to win, 12–0.

3rd In a night game in Cleveland, Leon Culberson cycles to lead the Red Sox to a 12–4 win over the Indians. Culberson also walks with the bases loaded. Joe Dobson starts for the Red Sox, but 41-year-old Al Simmons pinch hits for him in the 6th, and Mike Ryba then wins in relief as the Sox pile on with 7 runs in the 9th. Culberson is the 4thAL rookie—and the 3rd Sox rookie—to hit for the cycle. It is also the first night cycle in ML history.

In Detroit, the royalty have the day, as the Tigers sweep a pair from New York. “Prince Hal” Newhouser pitches the opener, a 6–5 win. In the nitecap, the Tigers win a 10–9 slugfest. Reliever Hank “Prince” Oana, brought up last month, wins his first ML decision and belts a 3-run homer, his only ML dinger, off losing pitcher Atley Donald. The Hawaiian-born Oana came up briefly with the Phillies in 1934 as an outfielder but converted to pitching last year, and went 16–5 with Ft. Worth (Texas League).

5th Brooklyn moves two games behind the Cardinals by sweeping a pair from the Cubs, winning 6-3 and 8-2. Augie Galan has a grand slam for the Dodgers.

7th Chicago’s Wally Moses swipes home in the 14th inning to give the White Sox a 3–2 win over the Red Sox. It is the second steal of home in extra innings for Moses (1940), and a record three times he’s accomplished the feat. A walkoff steal was last accomplished on June 1 by Hank Geary.

In an Interstate League game at Hagerstown, PA, Lancaster beats Hagerstown, 28-5. The Red Roses unleash a 30-hit attack and score 14 runs in the top of the 9th. Every Red Rose hitter collects at least 2 hits.

8th At Comiskey Park, Chicago RHP Orval “Righty” Grove has a no-hitter against the Yankees until, with 1 out to go, Joe Gordon doubles. Grove gets the next batter for a 1–0 win.

Phils P Dick Barrett, acquired two days ago from the Cubs, goes 14 innings to top the Reds, 1–0. Pinky May singles with 2 outs in the bottom of the 14th to drive home the lone run.

10th  Today’s Dodger game is almost anticlimactic to a pregame attempted strike by the players following Leo Durocher’s 3-game suspension of P Bobo Newsom, the team’s leading pitcher with 9 wins, for insubordination. Minutes before the game, SS Arky Vaughan handed his uniform to Durocher and refused to play. Durocher calls for volunteers to play, but by game time he has just a battery of Curt Davis and Bobby Bragan. Branch Rickey intervenes, and Vaughan and the others agree to play. Vaughan and Durocher will never make up and Vaughan will sit out the next 3 seasons, ostensibly to help the war effort by farming, rather than play for The Lip. Only with Durocher’s suspension in 1947 will the future Hall of Famer return to the Dodgers. Newsom, 9-4, will be traded to the Browns on July 15th. When the game, designated “Kitchen Fat Day” to allow women a free ticket if they bring one pound of fat to the game (5,002 pounds of fat are collected for the war effort) finally starts, the Dodgers wallop the Pirates 23–6, scoring the most runs they will in a game the rest of this century. Only twice in team history have they scored more: 25, on May 20, 1896 and September 23, 1901. Billy Herman has 3 of the 20 hits, driving in 7 runs.

Homestead Grays owner Rufus “Sonnyman” Jackson is jailed after a confrontation with Mexicans trying to sign his players. Jackson will retain his players and win the Negro League World Championship.

Lum Harris allows 3 hits and an unearned run as the A’s stop the Tigers, 6-1. It is the 5th win in a row for Harris, but things will get glum for Lum from here on out. Starting July 31, he’ll lose 13 straight.

12th In Boston, a team of Armed Forces all-stars managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays the Braves in a fund-raising effort. Ruth pinch-hits in the 7th and flies out to right. Ruth’s all-stars win, 9–8, on a Williams homer.

13th The AL edges the NL 5–3 at Shibe Park in the first All-Star Game played under the lights. Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox is the hitting hero with a 3-run HR off Mort Cooper in the 2nd inning. Cooper loses his 2nd straight All Star game, the only pitcher to ever do so. Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates has a single, triple and HR in 3 trips. Doerr also handled 6 fielding chances. At the All-Star break he had handled 307 errorless chances, dating back to May 20th. His AL streak will end at 349 chances, a record he will break in 1948.

The four-team Twin Ports League folds, noteworthy because it was the only Class E minor league in existence. Established by the National Association in December 1937 as competition for the successful Semi-pro National Baseball Congress, the league was not successful, The four teams—three in Duluth and one in Wisconsin—played between 15 and 19 games. None of the players had played pro ball.

15th The Dodgers send the suspended Bobo Newsom to the Browns for Fritz Ostermueller and Archie McKain. Bobo will last just 7 weeks in St. Louis, going 1–6, before being sold to the Senators.

18th Playing as if neither team wanted the win, the Giants and Phillies strand 30 base runners, tying the major league record set in 1893. The Giants tally 19 hits to the Phils 15, while the 2 staffs combine for 11 walks. New York wins, 10–6. In the nitecap, the Phils strand another dozen while the Giants leave 6.

21st Boston 2B Bobby Doerr drops an Appling pop fly, for the first error in 349 chances over 59 games. Boston loses the White Sox, 8–6, with Orval Grove winning his 9th straight. Boston wins the opener, 3-2.

At Cincinnati, the Reds and Dodgers split a twinbill. Frank McCormick’s grand slam in the 4th, off Johnny Allen, is the big blow in the opener while the Dodgers come back in game 2, taking the lead with 4 runs in the 7th and win, 9-7.

22nd  In a doubleheader split with the Cubs at Wrigley, the Braves lose 1B Johnny McCarthy when he fractures his leg in game 1. McCarthy had 2 hits before his injury, was hitting .304, and was second in the NL in doubles. He will briefly come back after the war.

23rd  Outfielders Luis Olmo, Augie Galan, and Frenchy Bordagaray of the Dodgers account for record 18 putouts in a game against Cincinnati. Whitlow Wyatt is the Dodger pitcher, winning 2–0, on 4 hits.

At Fenway, Boston rallies with runs in the 8th, 9th and 10th to edge the White Sox, 8-7 in the first game of a twinbill. Chicago responds with a 5-1 victory in game 2, highlighted by a grand slam by rookie Vince Castino off of Dick Newsome. It is Castino’s first ML homer.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Los Angeles (PCL) uses 15-year-old local high school catcher Bill Sarni. Sarni hits a homer in his first at bat and will play in 33 games hitting .229. He will make his ML debut in 1951.

24th Browns pitcher Bobo Newsom is struck on the head by a liner off bat of Red Sox pitcher Oscar Judd. Bobby Doerr goes deep off Bobo, the 3rd straight day that Doerr has homered as the Sox win, 5-3.

25th The Cubs shut out the Giants twice by 2–0 scores. Hi Bithorn wins game 1 and Ed Hanyzewski matches him in the nitecap.

At Yankee Stadium, the 2nd game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that “Mussolini has resigned. The crowd cheers wildly. On the field the Yankees take game 2 by a 6–3 score after losing the opener, 2–1. For the White Sox, it is their 6thstraight doubleheader.

26th Brooklyn keeps its fading pennant hopes alive with a dramatic 10-6 victory at Forbes Field. The Dodgers push across the tying run in the 9th inning, then Arky Vaughan cracks a 10-inning grand slam for the 10-6 victory. Brooklyn is 8 ½ games in back of the Cards.

27th In St. Louis the Cards sweep a pair from the Phillies, 6–2 and 5–2, to drop Philadelphia to 7th place. Murry Dickson and Howie Crist pitch for the Redbirds, now winners of 11th straight. Al Gerheauser suffers his 10th defeat, while Dick Conger takes the nitecap loss. Dixie Walker, with four hits in the 2nd game, and Stan Musial with a homer, are the hitting stars.

The Phillies new owner Bill Cox, 33, fires manager Bucky Harris. who was hired prior to the season, and replaces him with Brooklyn P Freddie Fitzsimmons. Harris learns of the firing when a reporter calls him. In New York, Cox makes the announcement without ever mentioning Harris.

28th The Phillies threaten to strike, rather than take the field for a game with the Cardinals, the proceeds of which are earmarked for the War effort. The players are upset because they learn about Harris’s firing by reading of it in the newspaper. Cox averts the strike by telling the players in the locker room that the firing had “nothing to do with Bucky’s abilities.” The Phils then agree to play, and snap the Cardinals’ 11-game win streak. A few days later, Cox and Harris get into a public name-calling fight, and Harris deals the final blow by telling reporters that Cox bet on games, a charge that will culminate in Cox being forced to sell the team.

In a charity game for the Red Cross at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth heads a team of former Yankees against Ted Williams’ team, which consists of the University of North Carolina Cloudbusters. Johnny Sain walks the Babe in his one plate appearance, as the old time Yanks lose, 8–5.

29th The White Sox make a fine acquisition signing up Tony Cuccinello, recently released by the Braves. Cooch will just miss winning the batting title in 1945, then return as a Sox coach in 1957.

30th Phil Cavarretta of the Chicago Cubs homers off the RF foul pole against Johnny Allen of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 3rd inning. Because of wartime conservation, the ball is retrieved, and Bill Nicholson then hits next pitch out of Wrigley Field. The result: one ball, one pitcher, 2 pitches, 2 homers. The Cubs go on to beat the Dodgers, 12–3.

At Forbes Field, the Giants stake Cliff Melton to a 12-0 lead and he makes it hold up, winning 13-7 over the Pirates. Light hitting Bill Baker hits his first ML homer off of Melton, connecting for a grand slam in the 6th inning.

31st Dodger Dolph Camilli, the league’s MVP in 1941, is traded with Johnny Allen to the Giants for Bill Sayles, Bill Lohrman, and Joe Orengo. Camilli declines to report his new team and retires to a California ranch for the season: next year he will manage in the PCL and in 1945 will return briefly to the Red Sox. Allen goes to the Giants for the $7500 waiver price.

1943 August

1st Before 51,723 fans at Comiskey Park, the Negro league West team defeats the East, 2–1, in the annual all-star game. Satchel Paige is the star, striking out four and allowing only one ball to be hit out of the infield during his stint. He also swats a double in his only at bat.

Players losses to the military have taken some of the competition out of Cards-Brooklyn confrontations, but the brawling doesn’t stop. In the opener Cards catcher Walker Cooper apparently attempts to spike Augie Galan and the two are ejected in the 6th inning. the “duster” occurs after Dodger reliever Les Webber fires four successful balls at Stan Musial. “Each ball seemed headed straight at Musial and were not the customary wide throws used for intentional walks” (UP). Cooper, the next batter up, hits a grounder and tries to spike Galan at 1B. Police are needed to break up the fight and escort the two off the field. The Cards win the double bill, 7–1 and 5–4, virtually eliminating the Dodgers and putting the Birds 11 games in front of the Pirates. Harry Brecheen wins the opener, defeating Curt Davis. Reliever Al Brazle wins the nitecap, with starter Kirby Higbe losing.

The White Sox tighten their hold on second place with a double win, 5–1 and 15–9, over the host A’s. Wally Moses is the hitting star, stealing his 30th base in the opener, and connecting for a homer, two triples and a single in the two games. Luke Appling, in the batting race with Dick Wakefield, is hitless in the opener, but is 4-for-4 in the nitecap. Buck Ross (8-4) wins the opener, the 3rd former Mackman this week to top the A’s. Haynes takes the nitecap over Harris.

Washington sweeps a pair from the visiting Browns, winning 5-3, before trouncing St. Louis, 20-6, one run off the team record for scoring set in 1929. Three players drive in 4 runs apiece, and, led by Mickey Vernon with 4, 7 players score 2 runs or more.

The eight major league doubleheaders today draw 185,199 fans, with the Detroit at New York games drawing the most at 43,049.

2nd Yankee minor leaguer Larry Berra (the Yogi will come later), playing for Norfolk, has 6 hits and 10 RBIs against Roanoke. This follows the 18-year-old catcher’s performance yesterday when he had 6 hits and 13 RBI. For the two games Berra has 12 hits, 23 RBI, with 3 homers, two triples, and a double. For his other 109 games, Berra has just 4 homers and 33 RBI. He will hit .253 for the year and lead the league in errors.

3rd In Cincinnati, the Giants top the Reds, 5-3. Elmer Riddle takes the loss and makes his first error after 102 errorless games, a NL record.

6th Pittsburgh’s Rip Sewell, now throwing his blooper pitch some 25 feet high, loses to the Cardinals, 8–3, after 11 straight wins. He has won 18 already but will get only 3 more victories the rest of the season. Max Lanier is the winning pitcher.

You can’t pitch him every game, Connie. Roger Wolff gives the A’s a 2-game winning streak with a 4-0 win over the visiting Yankees. Wolff pitched the last win 4 days ago, but the A’s will now lose 20 in a row before Wolff wins on August 24th.

7th The Giants strand 18 runners in a 9–6 loss to the Phillies. Mel Ott’s team leaves 2 runners on in every inning to symbolize their dreary season that will result in 98 losses and the first Giant tail-end finish since 1915. The 18 runners left on base ties the ML record.

8th In Cleveland, the Browns lose 5–2. St. Louis takes the field 8 times without recording an assist in the game, a ML record first in history. The Reds had no assists in a 7-inning contest on July 22, 1907. The Yanks will have no assists in a 9-inning game on July 4, 1945.

11th St. Louis P Steve Sundra stops the Yankees on just one hit, a home run by King Kong Keller. The Browns win. 9–1.

12th Rudy York belts a 4th inning grand slam and the Tigers down the visiting Senators, 10-3. Washington, Detroit and Cleveland are now all tied for second place in the AL.

13th Against the Red Sox, White Sox SS Luke Appling collects his 2,000th career hit as the Pale Hose win, 3–2.

15th In Boston, the Braves and Pirates split a pair with Boston taking the opener behind Jim Tobin, 5-1. The Braves score 4 in the 8th to break a tie. Rip Sewell wins his 18th in game 2 as the Corsairs respond with an 11-1 pasting. Rip adds two hits and two stolen bases on his way to swiping 7 bases for the season, the highest total for a pitcher since 1901 when Nixey Callahan stole 10 (9 as a pitcher) and Bill Dinneen stole 8.

In Brooklyn, Stan Musial has two homers and 5 RBIs as the Cardinals mash the Dodgers, 11-1, behind Max Lanier in the first of two games. The Man is hitless in game 2 as Kirby Higbe pitches a complete game victory. The Dodgers push across 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th off Ernie White to win, 4-3.

17th In a 4–2 New York win, Nick Etten of the Yankees singles twice off White Sox hurler Bill Dietrich, breaking a 17-game stretch in which Etten didn’t single. Six of the games were hitless, but Etten either doubled or homered in the other games. The Yankee lead is now 9 1⁄2 games with the Bombers winning their 9th straight series, most of which are now 4 games as a result of wartime travel. The streak of winning each series will stretch to 13 before being broken by the Senators.

Pittsburgh takes a pair from Boston, winning 8–0 and 4–3. Hank Gornicki is the winner in both games. Turnabout is fair play and on August 22, Gornicki will lose a pair to Brooklyn.

18th In a trade that will benefit Washington, the Senators send Ellis Clary, Ox Miller and cash to the Browns for Johnny Niggeling and Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator, while Miller will win just 3 in St. Louis.

In a doubleheader split, the Cards Harry Walker has his 29-game hit streak stopped by the Phils. His streak started July 21. The Cards win, 6–0, then lose game 2, 6–3. In game one, the Phils bring in 16-year-old Rogers McKee in relief. He gives up three hits and a run. He’ll make a start on October 3rd.

Carl Hubbell wins his 253rd and final game, all with the Giants, as he beats the Pirates, 3–2. He will retire at the end of the year and take over what’s left of the Giants’ farm system, now down to 2 teams.

21st The Browns top the A’s, 5–3 and 4–1, to extend the Mackmen’s losing streak to 15 games. Bobo Newsom wins the nitecap, his first victory since joining the Browns more than a month ago. In the opener, McQuinn and former A’s catcher Frankie Hayes hit homers for St. Louis.

At Cleveland, Charley Keller and Bill Dickey hit homers to pace the Yankees to a 8–3 win over the Indians. For Dickey, it is his 200thhomer. Jeff Heath had a two run homer, his 4th of the series against New York. Hank Borowy is the winner and stops Lou Boudreau’s 14-game hit streak. Nick Etten has three hits and an RBI, and is now tied with Rudy York for the RBI lead with 84.

Rudy York belts his 12th homer of the month, but the Tigers lose in 12 innings to the Red Sox, 7–6. Richards and Ned Harris also hit homers for the losers. The Red Sox will play 31 extra-inning games this year (15-14), a ML Record.

At Philadelphia, Buffer Gibson, diminutive righty for the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League) strikes out 20 batters in a 4–1 win over the Philadelphia Stars.

22nd The Dodgers beat the Pirates twice, 6–1 and 8–6, with Hank Gornicki losing both games. Ed Head and Rex Barney are the winners. Vince DiMaggio connects for a Pittsburgh grand slam in game 2.

The first-place Cardinals cruise a sweep of the Braves, winning 6-1 behind Al Brazle and 5-1 behind Harry Gumbert. In the opener the Birds score two in the 8th and another 4 in the 9th when Walker Cooper hits a grand slam off of Jim Tobin.

Tony Cuccinello’s 9th inning homer in game 2 beats the A’s 3-2 and extends the A’s losing streak to 17 games. The White Sox take the opener, 5-2, beating rookie Jim Mains in his first and last ML appearance. Mains does set a ML record though; his father Willard played in the majors, making his last appearance in 1896, 55 years ago. The 55-year spread is untopped.

At Shibe Park, the Reds beats the Phils, 4-3, then unload 22 hits in game 2 to win, 20-6. Led by Eddie Miller with 4 hits, every starter except the pitcher and catcher have 2 hits or more.

24th The Philadelphia Athletics drop their 20th game in a row, losing to Chicago 6–5. This ties the AL record for futility with the 1906 Red Sox and the 1916 A’s. The Orioles of 1988 will lose 21 straight. They dodge the bullet in game 2 by scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to win 8–1. Roger Wolff, who beat the Yanks on August 6th, allows 8 hits in winning the nitecap.

28th Van Lingle Mungo wins his first of the year for the Giants, firing a shutout over the Braves in Boston as New York wins, 12-0. Joe Medwick has a single, double and homer to drive in 6 runs. Boston manages just 2 hits, both by Tommy Holmes, This the third time in two years that Holmes has had the only hits in a game for Boston.

30th At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox lose 3–1 with Pinky Woods taking the loss. The Sox end a 27-game wartime road trip that began in Chicago on August 10 with 6 games, went to St. Louis (4), Detroit (5), Cleveland (8), and New York (4). The Sox were 11–6 on the road.

31st Bobo Newsom goes from the Browns to the Senators, his 3rdteam in two months.

1943 September

2nd The Tigers take a pair from St. Louis, winning 5-4 and 8-5. Dizzy Trout racks up his 16th win in game 1 and Hal Newhouser snaps a personal 9-game losing streak by winning game 2, though he needs relief help in the 9th. With an RBI in each game, Rudy York is the first ALer to reach 100. Tiger rookie Joe Hoover has a pair of sacrifices in game 1 and another in game 2 as he bunts his way to a ML rookie record 28 sacs. Jackie Robinson will tie the mark.

4th At Brooklyn, the Dodgers edge the Giants, 4-3, in 17 innings, scoring when Mickey Witek throws wildly to 1B on a DP ball. It is the only error of the game.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals increase their NL lead to 14 ½ games beating the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings. A triple by Stan Musial, his 4thhit of the game, drives in the winning run. Howie Krist is the winner over Joe Beggs.

5th Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants ML record of winning 14 straight series, the Yankees drop two to the Senators, earning just a four-game-split. Washington takes the opener, 3-2, behind Dutch Leonard and rookie Charlie Roberts lines an inside-the-park homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie; it is his first ML homerun. In the second game, Bobo Newsom departs in the 5th with a sore stomach but takes a 2-1 lead. Sherry Robertson hits a 3-run HR and the Senators win, 5-1.

6th Woody Williams of the Cincinnati Reds collects his 10th straight hit in 2 games, as Cincy romps in the opener, 10–1. He is finally stopped by the Cubs Eddie Hanyzewski, in relief of loser Lon Warneke. Prior to the run, Williams had only 39 ML hits. Williams is the 8th National Leaguer to accomplish this hit feat. The Reds also take the nitecap, 3–1, in 10 innings, as Johnny Vander Meer tops Claude Passeau.

Pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics becomes the youngest player to appear in an AL game at age 16 years, 248 days (A’s 2B Jim Curry, in 1909, is listed in some encyclopedias as being younger). He gives up 2 hits in 1/3 of an inning and retires the side but takes the loss, an 11–2 defeat in the 2nd game against the Yankees.

8th In a 3–2 Giants loss at the Polo Grounds, rookie Buddy Kerr hits a homer in his first ML at-bat, off the Phillies Bill Lee.

11th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Jim Tobin serves up a homer run to Mel Ott as the Giants win, 10–2. It is Ott’s 18th and last homer of the year. All 18 have come at the Polo Grounds, second only to Gavvy Cravath’s 1914 ML mark of hitting all 19 at home.

12th Bob Elliott’s 8th inning double is the Pirates only hit, as the Reds Elmer Riddle stops them, 1–0, in the first of two. The Pirates come back to shut out the Reds, 7-0, behind the pitching of Xavier Rescigno. Jim Russell hits a 3-run homer.

Fenway, the Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox to sweep the five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Sox for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy Johnson hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankee’s comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.

16th In game 1 of a pair with Boston, Coaker Triplett has a double and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs as the Phils win, 9-2. Al Javery then wins his 15th for Boston, beating the Phils, 8-0, on a one-hitter. A single by Ray Hamrick is the only hit for the Quakers.

18th The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant with a double win over the Cubs, 2–1 and 5–0. Max Lanier wins the opener, scattering 7 hits as Lou Klein drives home both runs. Klein will player every inning of every game this year. Howie Pollet, Max Lanier, and Mort Cooper will rank 1-2-3 in NL ERA, and Al Brazle at 1.53 and Harry Brecheen at 2.27 are near the same level. For hitting, Redbirds prime with George Kurowski, Walker Cooper, and Stan Musial, who in his 2ndseason hits .357 and has 220 hits, 347 total bases, 48 doubles, 20 triples.

19th The Cubs snap an 11-game losing streak as Bill Nicholson has a single, 2 doubles, and a homer to pace them to 6–0 win over the Series-bound Cards. Hank Wyse allows 7 Card safeties in beating Harry Gumbert. Musial has a pair of doubles for St. Louis and Peanuts Lowrey has 3 for Chicago. In the 2nd game, a 10-9 Cubs win, Nicholson hits his 24th homer and has 6 RBIs for the day. He’ll lead the NL in both HRs and RBIs. Musial has 7 hits for the afternoon.

In front of 41,683 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants twice come from behind to beat the Dodgers, 3–1 and 7–4. Ace Adams makes his 66thappearance in the opener to tie Ed Walsh’s ML record set in 1908. Buddy Kerr has a 3-run HR in game 2.

The American Association champion Milwaukee Brewers take a pair from Kansas City and set a season attendance record of 332,600.

The Birmingham Black Barons clinch the Negro American League title with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Giants. Johnny Hubar fires a one-hitter.

At Yankee Stadium, 45,000 watch as the NYC Sanitation team beats the Police, 4–3, with a 3-run 8th.

The Braves take a pair from the visiting Phillies, winning 3-2 and 6-5 in 14 innings. Butch Nieman’s HR in the 14th wins it for Al Javery, who goes the distance as does Newt Kimball.

The Pirates Rip Sewell avenges a 1–0 loss to Elmer Riddle a week ago by beating the Reds pitcher, 10–3, as the Bucs solve Riddle in 2 innings. It is Rip’s 21st win of the year, high in the NL. He also has a steal to finish the year with 7 stolen bases, just 6 off the NL high for the year. The Pirates take game 2 of the twinbill, 2–1, beating Johnny Vander Meer, who gives up 4 hits in 8 innings and 4 more in the 9th.

22nd The Senators win game 1 of their twinbill with the Browns, then drop game 2 to finish one game shy of tying the AL record for consecutive home wins of 17 (Detroit 1909). Johnny Niggeling pitches a 2-hit shutout in game 1 to win, 4-0. The Browns explode for a 9-1 win in game 2 as Al Zarilla has a triple, double and 2 singles.

23rd The Giants knock out Johnny Vander Meer in the 9th, but lose 3-2 to the Reds. Clyde Shoun is the winning pitcher. Vander Meer scores a run on a steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 5th.

24th A crowd of 314, the smallest in Wrigley Field history, sees Andy Pafko make his Cubs debut. Pafko drives in 4 runs with a double and a single in 3 at bats, as the Cubs top the Phillies 7–4. Mercifully, the game is called after five innings because of the downpour.

25th The Yankees clinch the AL flag with a 2–1 win over the Tigers in 14 innings. Spud Chandler is the victor with his 20th win of the year, the first in the AL to reach 20. He brings his ERA down to 1.69. The Yanks clinch one week after the Cardinals sew up the NL gonfalon.

26th The White Sox make it an easy 15–3 win over the Senators by scoring 13 runs in the 4th, an AL record (also for 2 clubs) for the inning. It is also the most the Sox have scored in an inning. The Nats shrug off the loss to win game 2, 5–2, as George Case has three hits and 3 steals to regain the AL theft lead with 56. The Sox will play an AL-record 44 doubleheaders this year, winning 11, losing 10 and splitting 23. The Phillies, with 43 doubleheaders, will set the NL mark this year (11-14-18).

The Reds whitewash the Braves twice as Elmer Riddle, with his 21stwin, stops them, 2–0 in the opener, and Johnny Vander Meer wins the nitecap, 1–0, when Gee Walker homers with 2 outs in the 9th. It is the first game-ending homer in 29 years. It is the 4th doubleheader shutout in the NL this season and the second time in 4 years that these two pitchers have combined for shutouts in a DH.

The Giants beat the Pirates, 5-0, and then lose game 2 in the 10th, 4-3. It is their 91st loss, a 20th century record for New York. Frankie Gustine has a steal in each including a swipe of home in game 2.

27th In Philadelphia, the A’s and Browns split a doubleheader with the A’s taking the opener, 9-4 as two rookie starters make their pitching debut, the first time that has happened since 1914. Al LaMacchia of the A’s gets lit up, allowing 9 hits and 6 runs in 4 innings, while Charlie Bowles allows no earned runs as he goes the distance in his debut (he made an earlier pinch hitting debut). The Browns overcome a 6-0 deficit in game 2 to win, 7-6. Frank Skaff, who had a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1935, hits his only ML homer, a grand slam off the Browns Al Hollingsworth in game 2. Just four grand slams are hit in the AL in 1943, the lowest total since 1918.

At Yankee Stadium, Hank Borowy pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Indians, beating Allie Reynolds. Gene Woodling, just up from Wilkes-Barre, hits his first ML homer off Borowy, who gets support from Nick Etten with a homer and 3-run double. The umps toss Roy Cullenbine and Al Smith for heckling them from the bench and then have a fan in the CF bleachers tossed out of the stadium for flashing a mirror in the batters’ eyes.

29th St. Louis SS Vern Stephens sets a ML record by hitting 2 homers in extra innings—the 11th and 13th – in a 4–3 win over Boston. Game 2 is stopped at 3–3. His feat will not be topped, and the next player to match him will be Willie Kirkland, in 1963. For Boston, it is their AL-record 31st extra inning game this season. They’ve gone 15-14-2. The NL record will be set tomorrow by the Braves, who play in 27. The Dodgers will match them in 1963.

The Cards recall Preacher Roe from Columbus and sell him to the Pirates.

30th Stubby Overmire and Hal White combine to shut out the A’s, 6-0. Joe Hoover belts a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Lum Harris, to start Detroit’s scoring. For Harris, it is his 13th loss in a row and his 21st of the year.

Andy Pafko has 4 hits and Bill Nicholson a pair of triples to pace the Cubs to a 6-5 10-inning win over the Braves at Wrigley. Nate Andrews loses his 20th for the Braves, despite driving in 3 runs on 2 hits. It is Boston’s 27th extra inning game this year, a NL record.

On leave from the Army in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio boards a cable car and drops five pennies in the fare box, inadvertently including his lucky penny. “There goes my homerun penny—a 1905 Indian Head. Get it out.” Conducterette MaryGriffin explains the coin box is locked, but the Municipal Railway officials emerge from a mountain of pennies in three days with the lucky coin.

1943 October

2nd The Yankees take 2 from the Browns, 5–1 and 7–6, for their 14thsweep of a doubleheader, an AL mark. Bud Metheny hits a HR in the opener and Joe Gordon homers in the nitecap for the Yankees 100throundtripper of the season. The Bombers set a record for 154-game season of 19 years in a row (1925-43) of reaching the 100-homer plateau.

The season finishes with attendance off some 13 percent from the year before. The Dodgers and Tigers, both good for a million in contending years, each drop below 700,000. Only the Phils, under new ownership, have a significant increases, from 230,000 to 467,000. NL attendance falls from 8.9 million to 7.7 million.

3rd At Pittsburgh, Phils rookie, Rogers Hornsby McKee, makes his first start becoming the youngest pitcher to win a game in the 20thcentury (born 9/16/1926) at 17 years, 17 days. White Sox 16-year-old Jim Derrington will be the youngest starter when he loses in 1956. McKee pitches a complete game, an 11-3 win, driving in a run as the Phils sweep two. Philadelphia takes the first game, 3–1. McKee’s closest call is a line drive off his knee by Cuban Tony Ordenana, who is 2-for-4 in his only ML game. McKee will make one more ML appearance next year and be out of the bigs at 18.

5th Many ML players have gone into the war, including several key Yankees and Cardinals players. Nevertheless, both these clubs are back in the Series. New York wins the opener at Yankee Stadium 4–2 behind Spud Chandler, who will later be named 1943 AL MVP. Joe Gordon homers off Max Lanier.

6th Robert Cooper, father of P Mort Cooper and C Walker Cooper, dies at his home in Independence, MO, but both players decide to play in the WS. Mort is 1-for-3 and goes on to beat the New York Yankees 4–3, resurrecting memories of 1942 when the Yankees lost 4 straight after winning the opener. Marty Marion solos and Ray Sanders’ hits a two run homer. Mort leaves for home after the game: Walker will follow on October 11.

7th The attendance is nearly 70,000 as the Yankees take the lead on a 6–2 win helped by four Cardinal errors. Billy Johnston’s three-run triple in the 8th is the big blow off Al Brazle.

10th Marius Russo, of little use during the season, pitches and bats the Yankees to a 2–1 win. He allows just 7 hits and his double knocks in the winner.

11th Bill Dickey’s 2-run HR off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2–0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6,139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4,321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate, receives $100,000 for broadcast rights, and donates $308,000 to War Funds.

The Tigers swap OF Rip Radcliff to the A’s for C Bob Swift and 2B Don Heffner. Radcliff enters the Navy instead, finishing his ML career at 10 years, and the Tigers complete the deal with cash.

25th Dodger manager Leo Durocher signs his 1944 contract, which calls for a base salary of $20,000 plus $5,000 for every 100,000 fans over 600,000.

1943 November

1st League statistics show the White Sox Luke Appling leading the AL hitters with .328, the lowest since Cobb hit .324 to lead in 1908. Conversely, of course, the pitchers’ marks were topped by Spud Chandler’s 1.64 ERA, the best since 1919. Spud also has the best percentage at .833, on a 20-4 won-lost mark. The White Sox aging OF Wally Moses stole 56 bases after stealing only 3 two years before. The veteran Mel Ott hits only .234 for his Giants, but he still has 18 homers—all in the Polo Grounds.

11th The MVPs for both leagues are named. New York’s Spud Chandler wins it in the AL (246 votes) with Luke Appling in 2nd place (215). Chandler led the AL in wins (20), CG (20), ERA (1.64) and had the highest batting average for pitchers (.258). Stan Musial (267) is the winner in the NL. For the second year in a row, a Cards teammate finishes 2nd as Walker Cooper pulls down 192 votes.

13th The Army Times weekly newspaper reports the army all-star team. Missing from the list are Yankee stars Joe DiMaggio and Red Ruffing. The paper reported that some names were left off because their names were not submitted or their records were incomplete. Pitchers making the squad were: Sid Hudson, Tommy Hughes, Johnny Beazley and Bob Carpenter. Catchers were Birdie Tebbets and Ken Silvestri. Infielders include George Archie, Lou Stringer, Cecil Travis, Don Kolloway, Roy Bell and Nathan Blair. In the Outfield: Pete Reiser, Bama Rowell, Andrew Gilbert, Al Robergs and Pat Mullin.

18th Just ahead of his disbarment, Phils owner William D. Cox announces his resignation to “devote all my time to war-essential business.”

23rd Commissioner Landis rules that Phils owner William D. Cox is permanently ineligible to hold office or be employed in baseball for having bet on games, even though it was his own team to win. The Carpenter family of Delaware will buy the Philadelphia club and Bob Carpenter, age 28, will become president. The Phils, in an effort to change their image, will conduct a contest for a new name.

1943 December

2nd With only 9 minor leagues operating during the season, the minor league convention in New York has an incipient revolt to oust longtime head William G. Bramham in favor of Frank Shaughnessy, president of the International League, who had 5 pledges. But Bramham rules that 15 non operating circuits which had paid dues are eligible to vote. Five of the leagues had given proxies. A later appeal to Commissioner Landis fails.

4th After one disappointing season in Washington, the Senators sell veteran slugger Indian Bob Johnson to the Red Sox. Griffith will later call it the worst trade he ever made. Johnson will have 2 solid years in Fenway before retiring.

30th Happy New Year to a couple of Babes. The Phillies send the much-traveled Babe Dahlgren to Pittsburgh for catcher Babe Phelps and cash.

1944 January

3rd White Sox star Luke Appling reports for duty at Camp Lee, VA. Appling was the AL batting leader last season, finishing 2nd in the MVP voting.

5th Longtime AL third baseman Joe Dugan, is hit by a car while crossing a Boston street, but escapes with a slight concussion and a lacerated scalp.

8th Giants manager Bill Terry announces he is through with baseball and plans to enter the cotton business.

27th Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney buy control of the Braves and oust Casey Stengel as manager.

1944 Februray

2nd The leagues meet at New York to discuss postwar action. They decide players with war service will be guaranteed 30 days of trial at pay and restrictions of their release or assignment. Military service will count as playing time.

12th Bob Coleman, after 23 years of managing in the minors, is named to pilot the Boston Braves.

17th  Connie Mack brings back Frankie Hayes to the A’s, trading P Sam Zoldak and minor leaguer Barney Lutz to the Browns for the catcher.

18th Fifteen-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs a contract with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game.

29th Brooklyn Dodger 1B Howie Schultz is rejected for military service a second time. At 6 foot 6 inches, Schultz is deemed too tall.

1944 March

1st The Browns send veteran C Rick Ferrell to Washington for Gene Moore and cash.

4th The woeful Phillies announce their new nickname—the Blue Jays. The winning entry in the contest was submitted by a Mrs. Elizabeth Crooks, and was chosen over a number of names ranging from Daisies to Stinkers. President Carpenter says he hopes to have the farm system identified by the same blue color, with the Wilmington club called the Blue Rocks and possibly the New Bradford team as the Blue Wings. The Blue Jays will be the unofficial team name for 1944-45 but abandoned in 1946, though the team will still occasionally be referred to in newspaper accounts as the Blue Jays through 1949. Ms. Crooks wins a $100 war bond and a season ticket to the Blue Jays.

8th The Detroit Tigers invite 6 foot 11 inch Ralph Siewert to spring training in Evansville, IN.

15th In Maryland, the Senators start training with 5 knuckleballers likely to make the staff: Dutch Leonard, Roger Wolff, Mickey Haefner, John Niggeling, and Bill Lefebvre. Pity catcher Rick Ferrell, who will have to corral the flutterballs.

17th Due to war-time restrictions, the Red Sox open training camp at Tufts College in Medford, MA with 4 players showing up. Their real opening day for training will be on March 26, in Baltimore.

25th The Negro League Chicago American Giants leave to train in Memphis. The Cleveland Buckeyes are in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Kansas City Monarchs in Houston, and the Indianapolis Clowns are in Montgomery, Alabama. The Monarchs will be at Pelican Park in New Orleans for an Easter exhibition against the Cuban Giants (as noted in the Chicago Defender).

29th Oakland loans Los Angeles 3 players for a PCL exhibition game after 5 Los Angeles players suffer various injuries in an automobile accident. Los Angeles beats Oakland 6–2.

30th Branch Rickey suggests pooling of surplus players if ML 4F players are drafted for military service. Nothing comes of the suggestion.

1944 April

1st  The Red Sox play their first exhibition game, taking on the talented Coast Guard “Cutters” at Curtis Bay Navy Yard. The Cutters, managed by Dick Porter, score 12 runs in the bottom of the 1st, knocking out Joe Wood, Jr. Hank Sauer hits a bases-loaded triple off Mike Ryba in the frame. The final is 23-16 as the Red Sox kick in 8 errors in the loss.

Gerald Juzek pitches 3 innings for Los Angeles in a PCL exhibition game less than 2 years after suffering a severe leg wound while fighting in Guadalcanal. Juzek was told he would never walk again.

2nd In a pre-game exhibition before playing the Jersey City Giants in Lakehurst, NJ, outfielder Danny Gardella and 1B Phil Weintraub of the NY Giants catch balls dropped from a blimp 400 feet above the ground.

11th Hollywood and San Diego play the first night baseball game in the PCL since night games were banned after August 19, 1942.

16th Jack Hand of the Associated Press names the Yankees, White Sox, and Senators as favorites to win the AL pennant. Like most observers, he picks the Browns to finish last.

18th All 16 ML teams see action on Opening Day. But Bobby Doerr, Tex Hughson, and Mort Cooper are the only established stars still on the wartime rosters. A potential star among the new crop of rookies is George Kell, now Connie Mack’s 3B, who last year with Lancaster (Inter-State League) led all minor league hitters with a .396 average.

In Washington, Vice President Wallace throws out the first ball and the A’s then nip the Senators, 3–2, in 12 innings.

At Fenway Park, Hank Borowy of the Yankees shuts out the Red Sox 3–0 on five hits, as Johnny Lindell hits the first HR of 1944, an opposite field shot in the 2nd inning. Yank Terry allows 7 hits in 7 innings to take the loss.

At St. Louis, Preacher Roe of the Pirates makes his first ML start (he pitched 2 innings for the Cardinals in 1938) and pitches a strong game, only to lose to Max Lanier, 2-0. Roe has one of the two hits allowed by Lanier.

At Detroit, the Browns win their 8th straight Opening Day game, beating the Tigers, 2–1. Jack Kramer tops Dizzy Trout, with Pinky Higgins and Vern Stephens matching homers.

19th The Giants defeat the Braves 2–1, as Mel Ott hits the first NL HR of the year and the 464th of his career.

The Browns strand 14 runners but still score 3 times to beat the Tigers, 3–1. Steve Sundra allows just 3 hits, one of them a homer by Rudy York, his 1,000th ML hit. A second hit is a pinch single by Detroit rookie Chuck Hostetler in his first ML at bat. At age 40, Hostetler is the oldest rookie in ML history.

20th At Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Cubs, 2–1, behind Tommy de la Cruz. The loser is Bill Fleming. The major league career of Mike Kosman ends after a 30-yard dash. Sent in to pinch-run for Steve Mesner at 3rd base for the Reds, Kosman is thrown out at the plate and never appears in another box score.

After a pair of 2–1 victories, the Giants use heavy artillery to subdue the Braves, 10–8. Ott, Lombardi and Medwick homer and Ducky adds 2 singles and a double. The Braves make it close knocking out starter Melton and beating up reliever Lou Polli, making his first ML appearance since 1932. Feldman retires the side in the 9th after 3 runs had scored in both the 8th and 9th.

Twenty-six-year old Elmer Gedeon, a part-time outfielder with the Senators in 1939, is killed when his plane is shot down over France. He is the first major leaguer killed in the war. Gedeon is the son of former major leaguer Joe Gedeon.

21st Mike Kreevich hits a pair of HRs, as the Browns beat the White Sox, 5–3. In the preceding 3 years, a period involving 297 games, Kreevich tallied just one homer. The Browns, off to a fast start will win their first six games.

22nd The Yankees hand out 1943 WS rings before beating the Senators 6–3. Manager Joe McCarthy is absent because of illness and is at home on his farm near Buffalo. He is suffering from influenza and according to his doctor, “will be away indefinitely.” Artie Fletcher will serve as acting manager.

23rd Jim Tobin tosses a one-hitter in the Braves’ home opener 5-0 win as Philadelphia 2B Ford Mullen gets the only hit in the 6thinning. In his previous start Tobin lost a 3-hitter to the Giants. Philadelphia returns the favor in game 2, when Al Gerheauser wins, 3-0.

The Cardinals remain undefeated by sweeping a pair from the Cubs, 11-3 and 5-4. Ray Sanders has 3 doubles in the 18-hit game 1 attack. Andy Pafko is 4-for-4 for the Cubs. In game 2, Whitey Kurowski hits a 3-run homer for the Birds.

At Cleveland, Detroit wins a pair from Cleveland, 6-2 and 4-3. Dizzy Trout is the starter and winner in the opener, helped by Hack Miller’s homer in his first ML at bat. Hal Newhouser is the winner in relief in game 2.

24th The Browns sweep the White Sox, winning 5–2 and 4–3, to extend their season-opening winning streak to six games. Jack Kramer is the winner in the opener, aiding his cause with a two-run homer.

25th At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks score 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st on Johnny Lindell’s grand slam, but that is all the scoring they can muster against Don Black as the A’s win, 8-4. Philadelphia scores 7 runs in the final two innings.

26th Frank McCormick homers in the bottom of the 13th inning as Bucky Walters and the Reds beat the Cardinals 1–0.

27th Boston knuckleballer Jim Tobin hits a HR, off Fritz Ostermueller, and no-hits the Brooklyn Dodgers 2–0 before a mid-week crowd of just 1,984 at Braves Field. Tobin walks Paul Waner to lead off the game, then retires 26 consecutive batters before again walking Waner with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Tobin has now given up 4 hits in 27 innings.

The Browns tie the Yankees’ AL record by winning their 7th straight to open the season. Steve Sundra beats Cleveland’s Allie Reynolds 5–2 as a paid crowd of 960 look on.

28th OF Woody Wheaton drives home the winning run in the 16thinning to give the A’s a 7–5 victory over the Red Sox. It is Woody’s only hit in the game.

The Browns win their 8th straight, topping the Indians, 5–1.

29th Following Nelson Potter’s win yesterday, Jack Kramer pitches the Brown’s to their AL record 9th straight win to start the season. The 3–1 win over the Indians gives the first place Browns a 3 ½ game lead.

30th Before 58,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants pummel the Dodgers 26–8 in the opener of two. Player/manager Mel Ott reaches base 7 times (2 singles, 5 BB), scoring 6 runs for the 2nd time in his career, and Phil Weintraub drives in 11 runs with a homer, triple, and 2 doubles. Teammate Ernie Lombardi drives in another 7. Dodger pitchers give up NL record-tying 17 walks, including six in a row (ties NL mark) in the 2nd. They walk Mel Ott 5 times, a NL record 4th time in his career that Ott has been issued 5 passes. They pass him once in game 2 for a record 6 walks in a DH. A ML record-tying 3 players (Ott-6: Medwick-5: Weintraub-5) score 5 runs each: another ML mark since 1900 is set with Ott’s 6 runs + 5 runs by another teammate). The Giants outfield scores a record-tying 14 runs, matching the Giants of June 9, 1901. The 26 RBIs is a NL record, matched in 1995. Most of the damage comes against rookie Tommy Warren, who toils 5 innings allowing 15 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits. No reliever the rest of the century will allow 15 runs. The Dodgers earn a split as Hal Gregg wins the nitecap 5–4, despite walking 8 batters. The 2-game total of 25 free passes by the Giants is an NL record. Ott adds to his lifetime NL marks by recording his 1,700thrun and driving in his 1,700th run.

The White Sox beat the Browns, 4–3, to hand St. Louis their first loss after 9 wins.

The Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader at Fenway, with the Sox taking the opener, 3-2, and the A’s responding with a 3-1 victory in game 2. Lum Harris is the second-game winner, snapping his 14-game losing streak over two seasons.

St. Louis pitcher Max Lanier shuts out the slumping Cubs, 5–0, in the opener. Ed Hanycewski takes the loss. Then Rookie Ted Wilks, on his way to a 17–4 season, beats Hank Wyse, 7–5, to give the Cards a sweep. With the Cubs losing 9 of their first 10 games, Jimmie Wilson resigns as manager.

1944 May

1st George Myatt of the Washington Senators collects 6 hits (5 singles and a double) in 6 at bats, as the Nats pound out 20 hits to beat Boston, 11–4.

2nd Phillies P Charley Schanz takes a 1–0 no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a 2-run homer to Joe Medwick of the Giants, the only Giants’ hit of the day. Schanz wins his own game by clearing the bases with a triple in the 9th.

3rd Joe Cronin, making his 1944 debut at 1B, makes putouts at both ends of a double play, one out at 1B and the other at 3B. The Sox make 4 DPs and collect 15 hits in beating the Senators, 11–10. Stan Spence and Bobby Doerr each hit a HR, double, and single. The Nats have 16 hits in the loss.

4th Joe Cicero, actor Clark Gable’s cousin, hits 3 HRs, 2 of which are grand slams, for 10 RBI, as Newark beats Montreal 17–8 in the International League. Cicero, who was the first player born in the 1910 decade to debut in the majors (1929) will have a final cup of coffee with the A’s next year.

The Browns announce that they are dropping their segregation policy restricting African Americans to the bleachers. Henceforth, “Negroes” may purchase a ticket for any seat.

5th The Senators beat the Athletics 11–8, as both teams combine for 33 hits.

Charlie Grimm resigns as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in the American Association to take over the Cubs. Casey Stengel is named manager in Milwaukee.

7th The Cubs lose to the Pirates, 6–5, Chicago’s 12th loss in a row, and ruin Grimm’s 2nd debut as Cubs manager.

9th Joe McCarthy returns as Yankees manager after missing much of spring training and the early season due to illness.

10th Mel Harder wins his 200th career game as Cleveland defeats the Red Sox 5–4. He is the 50th to reach this mark.

Cardinals ace Mort Cooper picks up his first win of the season as the Cards beat the Dodgers 4–2.

11th The Cubs beat the Phillies 5–3 to snap a 13-game losing streak after Charlie Grimm gives a four-leaf clover to starting P Eddie Hanyzewski, who wore it under his cap. The Cubs are now 1-13 on the year.

Hal Trosky, making a comeback with the White Sox after having retired for 2 years because of migraine headaches, steals home in the 16th to break a 2–2 tie in a 4–2 win over the A’s. By inning, it is the latest steal of home, a feat Willie Davis will duplicate in 1964.

12th The Giants purchase 6 foot 9 inch Johnny Gee from the Pirates. Gee has a ML record of 5-8, but his chief attraction is that he is too tall for the draft. He will compile a 2-4 record for the Giants. In an interview in the September 15, 1939, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette upon joining the Pirates, Gee revealed his actual height was 6′ 6 1/2″.  He said a college press agent invented the higher figure. (Noted by Cliff Blau)

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers down the Yankees, 10-4, as Pinky Higgins has a homer and drives in 5 runs. New York’s Bill Bevens makes his debut in the 7th and the first batter he faces is Jimmy Outlaw, who welcomes him to the Bigs with a 3-run homer.

13th Joe Page, just called up from Newark, throws a 5-hitter, as the Yankees defeat the Indians, 5–1.

14th Connie Ryan singles with 2 outs in the 8th inning, as Reds P Bucky Walters fires a one-hitter against the Braves to win, 4–0. Ryan is the only baserunner. This is one of a record-tying 7 shutouts recorded today out of 16 games, a since-topped mark.

15th A day after the Reds pitch a one-hitter, Reds reliever Clyde Shoun, making his first start of the season, throws a no-hitter to nip the Boston Braves 1–0. Only 1,014 see the 32-year-old lefty top Jim Tobin, who had thrown one in April. A walk to Tobin results in the only baserunner against Shoun. Reds reserve 3B Chuck Aleno accounts for the sole run with his only 1944 HR.

Frankie Hayes hits a grand slam in the 9th inning off the Tigers Rufe Gentry, as the Athletics win, 6–2.

16th The White Sox beat the Yankees 10–4 to stop Hank Borowy’s 2-year winning streak at 11.

17th In the nitecap of a doubleheader, Bobby Doerr hits for the cycle, but last-place Boston loses to the Browns, 12–8. The loss leaves the Browns just a half game behind the Yankees. Boston outhits the Browns, 15–14, but Red Sox hurlers, including a 2-inning stint by infielder Eddie Lake, walk 14 batters. Emmett O’Neil is the loser to Jakucki. In the opener, Boston’s Tex Hughson allows 4 hits in the 5–1 win.

18th Rufe Gentry wins his own game with an RBI single in the 8thinning. The Tigers defeat the Athletics, 1–0.

20th Mel Harder of the Indians and Paul Derringer of the Cubs both win their 201st career games. Derringer’s win comes at home, 3–2 over Boston’s Nate Andrews. At Philadelphia, Harder wins his, 5–0, allowing 3 hits and finishing in 1 hour: 37 minutes. Cy Young is on hand to watch the game.

21st The Giants split with the Cardinals, losing, 10–3, and then winning the 2nd game, 7–5. Mel Ott has a HR, triple, 2 doubles and a single in the two games, and puts himself in at 3B in the nitecap. Jurges moves from 3B to short, replacing Buddy Kerr.

At Wrigley Field, the last-place Cubs plate 29 runs as they swamp the Braves, 15-1, behind Hank Wyse and 14-5 behind Bill Fleming’s first win of the year. Fleming also drives in 4 runs. Roy Hughes knocks in 5 runs in the opener on a double and triple. The Cubs won’t score as many runs in two successive games the rest of the century.

22nd The Cincinnati Clowns of the Negro American League defeat the Great Lakes Naval Center Negro team, 7–5.

23rd Wartime restrictions are eased, and Ebbets Field is the scene of the first night game in metro New York since 1941. The Giants Bill Voiselle loses a 2–1, 9th-inning lead because an apparent last-out fly ball is dropped by CF Johnny Rucker when Charles Mead runs into him. Two runners score and the Dodgers win 3–2. In other cities, there was no restriction on night play, but games could be interrupted at any time by test blackouts.

Milwaukee defeats Toledo 28–0 in an American Association game.

24th Frankie Hayes of the Athletics hits his 2nd grand slam in 10 days. This one comes against the Tigers. in an 8–4 win at Detroit and ties Hayes for the ML lead in homers with Seerey of Cleveland and Schultz of the Dodgers.

25th On Mel Harder appreciation night in Cleveland, the Indians and Harder drop a 4–2 decision to the Senators. Mel tries harder scoring both of the Indian runs.

26th The Red Sox defeat the Browns 4–2 in 11 innings, although Browns P Nels Potter retires the first 23 batters he faces.

The 1943 Negro League World Champions, the Homestead Grays, defeat the Fore River Shipyard team of the New England Industrial League, 1–0, in a game played at Fenway Park.

28th At Detroit, the Tigers and Senators split a twinbill, with the Senators winning game 1, 4-2. The Bengals unleash an 18-hit attack in the second game and win, 15-2. Jimmy Outlaw has a grand slam.

30th Dizzy Trout leads off the bottom of the 9th with a game ending HR to win his own game as the Tigers beat the Yankees, 2–1. Hal Newhouser finishes off the nightcap with a complete-game, 4–1 win.

Mel Ott hits 3 HRs, as the Giants sweep two from the Cubs, 6–5 and 5–4.

31st Al Unser hits his only 1944 HR, a pinch-hit grand slam with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, to help the Tigers beat the Yankees 6–2. Batting for Joe Hoover, Unser connects on Walt Dubiel’s first pitch. Al’s son Del will hit three consecutive pinch HRs in 1979.

Nap Reyes goes 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and 6 RBI, as the Giants beat the Cubs by a score of 8–5.

Cal McLish, 18 years old, picks up his first ML victory in a Dodgers’ 8–4 win over the Pirates.

John McKelvey, last surviving member of the National Association (1871-75), dies at Rochester, NY. At age 96, he was the oldest former ML player.

1944 June

1st Stan Spence goes 6-for-6 with a HR and 5 singles in the Senators’ 11–5 win over the Browns. Teammate George Myatt went 6-for-6 a month ago, on May 1.

Hal Newhouser picks up a victory in relief as the Tigers beat the Yankees 4–3 on Don Ross’s 16th– inning RBI.

Dick Barrett, the winning pitcher in the Phillies 8–7 win over the Reds, has a double, triple, 4 RBI, plus 3 wild pitches.

2nd Mel Ott hits 2 HRs in the Giants’ 6–4 win over the Pirates. These are Ott’s 7th and 8th homers in his last 10 games.

The Tigers beat the Red Sox 4–1 for their 7th straight win, as Red Sox SS Eddie Lake tosses 2 hitless innings in relief. Lake will make 6 appearances this season, pitch 19-1/3 innings with a 4.19 ERA. He’ll walk 11.

3rd The Giants and Pirates are tied after 9 innings when an announcement comes over the loud speaker that the invasion of Europe has begun. After cheering by the 9,171 fans on hand, the players stand for a moment of silent prayer. It turns out to be a false alarm, started when a young teletype operator in the London office of AP was practicing on her machine and punched out the message. The AP office in New York sent out the message nationwide, then quickly sent a retraction. The genuine D-Day message will go out in three days. Pittsburgh wins in the 10th, 7-6.

In a slugfest in St. Louis, the Browns and A’s each collect 17 hits, but St. Louis prevails, 18-8. Mark Christman has a four-run homer for the Browns. With the Yankees losing in 13 innings to the Indians, the Browns are atop the AL by 1 ½ games.

In Detroit, the Tigers outhit the Red Sox 11-8 but can manage to score only a run in the first inning against Tex Hughson. The Sox win, 11-1, as veteran Jim Bucher ices the game with a grand slam in the top of the 9th.

4th In Hawaii, Joe DiMaggio hits a 435-foot HR, but the 7th Army Force team loses, 6–2, to a Navy team, as former ML P Bob Harris throw a 4-hitter for the Navy.

6th D-Day begins. All ML games (2) are canceled as the country’s focus is turned toward Europe as allied forces invade occupied France. Yesterday was an off-day after all teams played Saturday doubleheaders. Five minor leaguer and semi-pro players are killed in action today, including promising pitcher Lefty Brewer, who had been sent a ML contract by the Senators as he enlisted. Brewer won 25 games in 1938, his first season in the Florida State League, and pitched a no-hitter on June 6, 1938 for Orlando. He was 7-11 the following year for the team. Promoted, he went 11-9 for Charlotte in 1940.

Chicago Cubs trade Eddie Stanky to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Bob Chipman. Chipman will have six solid years in Chicago, pitching mostly in relief, but Stanky will play in three different World Series for three different teams.

7th Detroit’s Hal Newhouser is wild and issues 9 passes in 6 innings as the White Sox defeat the Tigers by the score of 3–1.

At Racine (All-American Girls Baseball League), Racine runs by Minneapolis, 11–5. Racine 3B Maddy English steals 6 bases, and her teammates swipe another 18.

8th Bucky Walters of the Reds outduels Max Lanier of the Cardinals 2–1. The Cardinal run, scored in the 9th, is the first they have scored off the Reds righty in 45 innings.

At Pittsburgh, three runs score for the Cubs on one wild pitch by Pirates rookie Art “Cookie” Cuccurullo, as the Cubs win, 10–6. Hy Vandenberg wins over Preacher Roe.

Helped by an unassisted DP by CF George Case, the Senators tip the A’s, 7–5. Case adds 3 stolen bases. The loss drops the A’s into last place, though they are just 4 ½ games out of first.

The Cubs trade reserve infielder Eddie Stanky to the Dodgers for P Bob Chipman.

10th Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds is the youngest player in the 20th century to appear in a game. Nuxhall, only 15 years, 10 months old, pitches 2⁄3 of an inning in an 18–0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and Mort Cooper. He manages to give up 5 walks and 2 hits before Bill McKechnie takes him out. The Cards tie a league record by having 18 runners left on base in the most lopsided shutout win in the NL in 10 years. The loser at the end of the day is Bill Lohrman. Only Jack Chapman, age 14, who appeared in one game on July 22, 1887, was younger than Nuxhall when he appeared in a ML game. Unlike Chapman, Nuxhall will return to the majors, in 1952, and win 135 games.

11th Gene Moore hits a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the 7thoff Joe Heving of Cleveland to give the Browns a 4–2 win in a doubleheader split with St. Louis. The Indians win the other game 13–1.

The Giants takes a doubleheader from the Phillies by identical scores of 6–5. In the first game the Giants use 22 players, including 5 pitchers, 3 catchers, 3 second basemen, 3 pinch hitters, and 2 pinch runners.

In Pittsburgh, Chicago’s Paul Erickson stops the Pirates, 5–0, and newly acquired Bob Chipman follows with a 1–0 win. The Cubs score in the nitecap comes on rookie Tony York’s 6th hit of the day: he’ll have just 20 hits in this, his only ML season.

The Cards set a NL record for DPs in a doubleheader as they turn 9 to back the six-hit efforts of Red Munger and Harry Gumbert to win 3–1 and 4–1. The Cards up their NL lead to 5 ½ games. The Cards turn 4 double plays in game 1 and 5 in game 2 to up the NL mark from 7 in a DH: the 1943 Senators had 2 DPs in a double header. 2B Emil Verban is in 7 of the twin killings. In game 2, the Cards break a 1–1 tie with three consecutive homers in the 6th off Clyde Shoun—by Walker Cooper, Whitey Kurowski, and Danny Litwhiler.

12th The Giants defeat the Dodgers 15–9, as Mel Ott and Phil Weintraub each homer twice and each scores 5 runs. Ralph Branca makes his ML debut for Brooklyn, striking out the first 3 batters he faces.

13th Al Simmons, 42, comes to bat for the first time in 1944 in the 9thinning of the Athletics’ 7–2 loss to the Red Sox. He hits into a double play.

The Yanks lose their 7th straight as Washington drops them, 3-0, behind Dutch Leonard’s pitching.

The Browns stay 1 ½ games in front of Boston by scoring 3 runs in the 9th to beat the host White Sox, 5–3. Jack Kramer is the winner over Eddie Lopat. Playing in his final game, veteran outfielder Frank Demaree is 0-for-3 to drop his 12-year career average from .29954 to .29947, preventing him from finishing with a .300 average.

14th At Cincinnati, the Reds Bucky Walters beats the Pirates 3–2 in 11 innings to become the season’s first 10-game winner.

15th Tex Hughson runs his record to 9-2 with a 5–1 victory over the Athletics, as the Red Sox win their 9th in a row. Less than 800 fans are in attendance in Boston.

In the 7th inning of 5–5 game at Borchert Field in Milwaukee (AA), a sudden thunderstorm erupts blowing off 100-ft section of the grandstand roof, blowing over part of the OF fence, and damaging cars. Thirty fans are injured, some seriously.

16th Washington’s Milo Candini shuts out the Red Sox, 4–0, to end the Boston win streak at 9.

Whit Wyatt wins his first game of the year as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 4–3. Phils P Bill Lee takes a one-hitter into the 9th inning but loses the game on 2 errors.

18th The White Sox take a pair from the Indians in Cleveland by the scores of 3–2 and 7–6. The White Sox win the first game on a 10th-inning HR by Wally Moses, who, in the twin bill, has 2 triples, a double, and a single.

Cal McLish is knocked from the mound by a 5-run outburst by the Phillies in the first inning of a Philadelphia 6–2 victory over the Dodgers. The 18-year-old McLish is followed to the mound by Dodgers hurlers Ralph Branca, also 18, and Charley Osgood, 17, in his only major league appearance.

21st At Ebbets Field, the Giants plate 7 runs in the top of the 9th to win handily over the Dodgers, 11-2. Rookie Clyde King makes his ML debut in the inning in relief of Ralph Branca. He inherits the bases loaded and gets two outs before Mel Ott drills a 2-strike pitch off the scoreboard for a double. Bill Voiselle is the winner.

22nd In the doubleheader opener in Philadelphia, Ron Northey homers in the bottom of the 15th off starter Al Javery for a 1–0 Phillies win over the Braves. It is a first for the Phils to end a game like that. The Braves answer quickly in the 2nd game as Tommy Holmes leads off with a HR and, a batter later, Butch Nieman bangs a 2-run homer. That’s all the support Jim Tobin needs, as he throws his 2nd no-hitter, albeit shortened, winning 7–0. The game is called in the 5th inning because of darkness.

23rd The Dodgers Ed Head tosses a 2-hitter against the Phillies to win his 4th straight, 2–0. Philadelphia infielder Charley Letchas accounts for both Phillies hits.

24th The Cardinals beat the Pirates 16–0 as Cards hurler Mort Cooper tosses a 3-hitter while his teammates pound out 22 hits. Cooper won an 18–0 shutout two weeks ago and he will lead the NL with 7 this season.

25th At Forbes Field, the Cards nose out the Pirates, 2–1, Red Munger (9-1) then play a 5–5 tie called after 9 innings because of the Blue Law. The Pirates score 3 in the 9th on a pinch homer by Virgil Davis that goes through the screen in front of the RF stands. Cards manager Southworth protests on the basis that the ground rules state that a fair ball sticking in the screen is a double. Beans Reardon rules it penetrated the screen for a HR.

26th More than 50,000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch a “triple-header” between the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants, as the three teams play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. The Dodgers and Yankees, as the visitors, crowd into the same visitors’ locker room. Each team in the tripleheader plays successive innings against the other two teams, then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants, 0. The Giants manage just 2 hits in their own park. The field events before the game include Cal McLish, the 18-year-old Brooklyn pitcher, winning the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 416 feet, 5 inches (he will hit three homers in his 15-year-career). None of the six catchers who participate could throw the ball into a barrel with a peg from home plate to second base. The sprint contest, has which runners racing in pairs, one starting at home plate, the other at second base, is won by the Yanks’ George Stirnweiss. He tops Johnny Rucker of the Giants with a time of 7.8 seconds. Comedian Milton Berle headed a number of musical events and former mayor Jimmy Walker introduced a group of New York’s all-time stars, including Herb Pennock, Zach Wheat, Nap Rucker, Wally Schang, and the famous Giant battery of “Hooks” Wiltse and Roger Bresnahan. It is announced that $6,500,000 in War Bonds were sold.

27th The strong Great Lakes Naval team sinks the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, on 3 runs in the 9th inning. Up till then Paul Erickson of the Cubs had outpitched Virgil Trucks on the Bluejackets. Trucks will go 10-0 in service ball.

28th At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees move into 2nd place, beating the Browns, 7–2, for their 6th win in 8 games with St. Louis. Bob Muncrief loses, snapping his 6-game win streak. Stirnweiss hits an inside-the-park HR to CF with a man on in the 4th.

Stan Hack returns to the Cubs’ lineup after holding out for the first three months of the season, in part because of his dislike of Jimmie Wilson, who resigned as manager May 1. To the delight of the 16,332 fans at Wrigley, manager Charlie Grimm carts Hack out to 3B in a wheelbarrow and dumps him there (as noted by historian John Snyder). Stan goes 3-for-8 in the doubleheader as the Cubs trounce the Dodgers, 12-6 and 6-2. Bill Nicholson has a pair of homers in the opener, including a 6th inning grand slam off Les Webber. Nicholson will lead the NL in homers (33), RBI (122) and runs (116).

29th The Yanks move to 2 ½ games behind St. Louis with a 1–0 win over Sig Jakucki. Walt Dubiel gives up 2 hits for the win.

The Cardinals largest home crowd of the year, 24,782, sees a dandy as Red Munger and the Phillies Bill Lee hook up. The veteran Lee goes 10 innings for the 1-0 win.

30th Ace Adams goes 1-1 today for the Giants, winning game 1 with the Pirates, 7-5, and losing the nitecap, 9-8. Joe Medwick has 7 hits on the day and Johnny Rucker has 6. Johnny Barrett has no hits in the game for the Bucs, but contines to produce against the Giants with 3 walks and 2 runs. In 9 games against the Giants this year he’s compiled 2 homers, 4 triples, a double, along with 6 walks and 8 runs.

1944 July

1st The Yankees make 4 errors in the 9th to wrest defeat from victory, losing to the White Sox, 3–2. Hank Borowy takes the loss. New York’s first score comes in the 1st inning on Snuffy Stirnweiss’s steal of home.

The Cards outhit the Dodgers, 18–4, to win, 8–3. Marty Marion starts a triple play by snagging a popup with his back to the infield, wheeling and throwing to Verban at 2B.

2nd The Yankees, who made 4 errors in the 9th yesterday, make 3 in the 10th today in a 7-3 first-game loss to the visiting White Sox. Gordon Maltzberger (8-1) wins in relief and Thurman Tucker, with 3 hits, continues to lead the AL with a .376 average. This is his high point as he will end up at .287. New York wins the second game, 7-6, scoring 2 in the 9th.

4th Sig Jakucki, the Browns 31-year-old rookie, throws his third shutout in 4 games, blanking the Athletics, 4–0. Sig has given up 1 run in 27 innings. The win keeps the Browns 1 ½ games ahead of Boston. The A’s win the nitecap, 8–3, behind Hot Potato Hamlin, who strands 10 runners. Frankie Hayes has a HR to tie for the AL lead with 9.

After Arnold Carter downs the Dodgers, 6-2, in the first of two at Cincinnati, Harry Gumbert goes 10 innings to complete the sweep with a 2-1 win. Veteran Gee Walker belts a first-game grand slam off Cal McLish, just 18 years old.

Baltimore’s Oriole Park, erected in 1914 for the Federal League, burns down. The team moves to the city’s unroofed Municipal Stadium. It will be used this way until a second tier is added when the St. Louis Browns move in for the 1954 season.

6th At Fenway, Tex Hughson (13–3) benefits from 20 Red Sox hits to coast to a 13–3 win over the Tigers. Every Sox batter collects a hit, led by Bobby Doerr, the AL’s 2nd leading batter, with 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Veteran Sox left fielder Bob Johnson hits for the cycle and scores 4 runs before giving way in the 7th to rookie Tom McBride.

On Mueller night in Cincy, 636 people named Mueller are guests of the Reds and watch the Dodgers suffer their 10th straight loss, losing to the Reds, 10–4. Bucky Walters wins his 14th while his batterymate Ray Mueller establishes a NL record by catching in his 134th straight game. He’ll finish the season catching all 155 Reds games, as will Frankie Hayes of the A’s. It is the first time in the 20th century that catchers will play in all their team’s games. Deacon McGuire (1895-Washington. 132 games) was the last to do it. (as noted by Chuck Rosciam). The loss goes to young Ralph Branca, who combines with Clyde King to give up 13 hits—4 to Gee Walker.

At Philadelphia, the first-place Browns top the A’s, 5–0, behind Bob Muncrief’s 4-hitter. Vern Stephen’s 3-run HR in the 1st is the big offensive blow. Woody Wheaton, 1943 player-manager at Lancaster, takes the loss. Wheaton started the season in the outfield.

In an Eastern League doubleheader at Wilkes-Barre, Hartford wins the opener, 6-3, then complets the sweep with a 28-3 trouncing in game 2. The Bees score 18 runs in the 4th inning, with 17 coming in after 2 outs.

8th At Boston, the Indians stake Allie Reynolds to a 4–0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Chief allows the 1st 4 batters to reach base and exits with a 3–0 count on Bobby Doerr. Calvert then serves up a HR to Doerr, and the Hubmen add another 6 runs off Calvert in the 2ndto complete their scoring for a 11–7 tally The win goes to Terry and the loss goes to Calvert under the existing rules. Tribe outfielder Paul O’Dea throws 3 shutout innings of relief. Fox has 4 hits for Boston, while Seerey, Keltner, and Boudreau (2) homer for Cleveland.

At Washington, the Browns edge the Nationals, 5–4, behind Sig Jakucki. Sig walks 7, including 3 intentional walks to Stan Spence. Johnny Niggeling gives up 10 hits and strikes out 10 in losing to the league-leaders.

9th Cardinals Mort Cooper and Harry Brecheen each throw shutouts over the Braves, winning, 1–0, and 9–0.

11th At Forbes Field, Phil Cavarretta of the Cubs sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base 5 successive times on a triple, single, and 3 walks, as the NL romps 7–1. Ken Raffensberger is the winner over Tex Hughson, who gives up four runs in the 5th. The AL manages just six hits—all singles—and five come off Bucky Walters in the first three innings.

At Albany, the Philadelphia A’s top the Albany club, 13–5, in a rain delayed game that finally starts at 9:50 p.m. Because of the rain, the entire infield is covered with sawdust to soak up the water. Connie Mack is given a pen and pencil set by the Elks before the game.

The major leagues approve an unlimited number of night games for any clubs, with the exception of Sunday when they need the approval of the visiting club. Only Washington, at present, plays all its weekday games under the lights.

13th A .300 hitter as a rookie for the Tigers in 1943, Dick Wakefield finishes Navy air training and then is released from the service pending assignment. He rejoins the Tigers and will hit .355 the rest of the season, pushing Detroit near the flag despite the loss of 12 of its first 13 home games. In the first week after the All-Star Game, Wakefield homers twice, and goes 9-for-24.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks whip the White Sox, 10-1, behind Mel Queen in game 1. Russ Derry adds a grand slam. In the second game, the White Sox pile up a 10-0 lead after 3 ½ innings and coast to an 11-3 win for Orval Grove.

15th In St. Louis, the Cards rack up 7 runs in the first inning against the Reds and former teammate Harry Gumbert, turn a triple play in the 2nd, and coast to a 12–1 win. Emil Verban, who started the triple play, is the winner. The Cards also reeled off a triple play on July 1 against the Dodgers, and the 2 in a season ties the mark of the 1911 Red Sox and 1924 Tigers. St. Louis now leads the NL by 11 ½ games.

16th In the first of two games, the Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against the Braves to win 8–5 and break their 16-game losing streak. Curt Davis is the winner. They will lose another 5 in a row. The 16 straight is the longest losing streak in the NL since the Reds of 1914 lost 19.

18th Bill Voiselle allows just three hits as his Giants top the Pirates, 5-2. New York scores all its runs in the 3rd, four on a grand slam by Phil Weintraub.

20th In St. Louis, the Browns stretch their lead with a 7–3 win over the Yankees after Mike Chartak clubs a 7th inning pinch 3-run homer, his only roundtripper of the year. A walk and a 2-run homer by George McQueen seals it. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard banishes Browns hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for blowing on his hands. The game is held up for 15 minutes. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning, accusing Yanks Hank Borowy of loading up a ball and ump Cal Hubbard told each pitcher to cut it out. Potter is banished for 10 days for allegedly “putting an illegal substance on the ball,” and go home. He will miss two starts but will return to win 19 games for St. Louis. A child is born 9 months later and Potter laughingly will say they did not named Cal Hubbard Potter.

21st The Senators score 4 in the 8th and one in the 9th, but Detroit comes back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6–5. Dizzy Trout picks up his 13th win and homers in the process. Chuck Hostetler, has 3 hits and drives in the winning run in the 9th. The 40-year-old rookie is now 3rd in the league in batting.

23rd After hitting 4 consecutive HRs in two games (one in his last at bat yesterday, and three in the opener today, a 7–4 Cubs win over the Giants), Bill Nicholson of the Cubs is given the ultimate compliment. He comes to bat with the Cubs down 10-7 in the 8th of game 2 with the Giants and is given an intentional walk forcing in a run. The strategy backfires as the Cubs tie the score at 10–10, but the Giants score twice in their half of the 8th with Joe Medwick driving home the winner. The Giants win, 12–10 Nicholson has hit 6 HRs within 48 hours (one on Friday night, one on Saturday, and the 4 today). Nicholson is the first batter since Ott and Lajoie to get a bases loaded free pass. Nicholson and Mel Ott, who homered in game one, are tied for the NL lead with 23 homers. Each team uses seven pitchers in the slugfest; the 14 hurlers is a ML record.

In game 1 of a doubleheader in St. Louis, the Red Sox score 7 runs in the 2nd inning to win going away, 12-1. Tex Hughson, on his way to an 18-5 season, is the winner. Vern Stephens hits a grand slam in game 2 as the Browns salvage a split, 9-3, and maintain their 2 ½ game lead in the AL.

25th Pirate hurler Max Butcher chops up the Giants, 15–0. The Bucs back Max with 20 hits and a 9-run second inning. Reliever Seward gives up 17 of the hits in 7.2 innings. Bob Elliott is the big Buc with 6 RBIs, 3 coming on a 9th inning homer.

In Cleveland, Ken Keltner belts a grand slam in the Indians’ 5-run 1stinning as the Tribe rolls to a 1-0 shutout of the visiting Yankees. Steve Gromek is the winner.

27th The first-place Cards sweep a doubleheader from Philadelphia to push their lead over Cincinnati to 14 ½ games. Mort Cooper runs his record to 11–1 by winning 5–0 in the nitecap as he allows two singles. Harry Brecheen opens with an 8–7 win in the first game, after being staked to an 8-0 lead.

29th At Ebbets Field, the Cardinals push their NL lead to 15 games with a sweep of the Dodgers, winning 14-2 and 12-7. St. Louis has now won 9 straight. Danny Litwhiler has a grand slam in the first game.

At Kenosha, lefty Anabelle Lee of Minneapolis hurls a perfect game to bury the Comets, 18 to 0. Not a Kenosha batter reached first base and only three balls are hit to the outfield. This is the only perfect no-hitter in women’s professional baseball league history. Lee is the aunt of future ML pitcher Bill Lee.

30th The 4th straight bad start by Bucky Walters of Cincinnati will deprive him of the ERA title. Bucky is batted out for the 4th straight time and gives up 27 runs in 24 innings after a brilliant start of the season. He will recover to win 23 games and finish with an ERA of 2.40, but teammate Ed Heusser will be the ERA champ with 2.38. The Giants Rube Fischer beats Walters, 8–0, and Gumbert gives the Reds a 9–3 nitecap win.

The Cards finally lose after 9 straight wins as Brooklyn upends them 10–4 in a doubleheader opener. St. Louis takes game 2, 9–7, in 11 innings when Stan Musial steals 3rd and scores the winning run on a Mickey Owens’ wild throw. The win is the Birds’ 26th of the month, their winningest month ever. Musial and Ray Sanders each have a homer and 3 RBIs in the game. Dodger rookie Tommy Warren is one and one for the afternoon, pitching a complete game win in the opener, then losing the second game with 2.2 innings of relief. Harry Brecheen (10-2) is the winner in relief.

31st The last place Dodgers beat the Cards Mort Cooper, 5–1, for only their 5th win of the month. ‘Da Bums’ are 31 ½ game out of 1st.

1944 August

1st At Boston, the Pirates-Braves match is suspended at the end of 8 innings with the Pirates leading, 12-8. The game is completed on September 25 and the Bucs plate another run in the 9th to prevail, 13-8. Johnny Barrett has 4 stolen bases, the first National Leaguer in 20 years to do so. The Pittsburgh speedster will lead the Senior Circuit with 28 thefts.

3rd Tommy Brown, just 16 years and 8 months old, plays SS for Brooklyn in both games of a twin bill loss, 6–2 and 7–1, to the Cubs. He makes an error, hits a double, and scores a run.

4th In Philadelphia, 29,166 ignore a transit strike and jam Shibe Park to help Connie Mack celebrate his 50th anniversary as manager of the A’s. Even the Yankees 1–0 win doesn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the evening. Mack receives a check for $5,000 as well as other gifts. On hand are members of Connie Mack’s All Time All Star team, each of whom he called to the center of the diamond. These include George Sisler, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Honus Wagner, Lt. Bill Dickey, Lefty Grove (introduced by Mack as “Groves”), Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Babe Ruth, and Al Simmons. Ty Cobb and Lt. Commander Mickey Cochrane, two members of Mack’s club, did not appear. In the pre-game Abbott and Costello dressed in uniforms of the A’s and Yankees respectively, take batting practice. The Yankees score on a fumble in the 9th to beat Bob Newsom. Hank Borowy wins his 14th.

Despite homers by Ron Northey and Jimmy Wasdell, the Phils lose 4–3 to the Giants in 10 innings. Starter Ken Raffensberger serves up a game-winning homer to Hal Luby, and the 4th place Giants win their 10th in a row over the Quakers.

At Brooklyn, former AL outfielder Ben Chapman makes his comeback debut as pitcher a successful one, beating the Braves, 9–4. He yields 8 hits while walking 5 and striking out 5 in the complete game win. He adds 2 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

6th The Cardinals top the Reds, 5–4, in the 13th inning on doubles by Max Lanier and Johnny Hopp. Earlier, St. Louis rookie pitcher Ted Wilks was struck by a line drive off the bat of Steve Mesner and was knocked out. He left the field on a stretcher and was taken to Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital.

The Cubs 11-game winning streak comes to an abrupt end as the host Pirates win twice, 13–5 and 5–4. Preacher Roe wins his 7th game in the opener with 1 1/3 innings of relief and pitches 2+ innings of hitless relief to finish the nitecap.

At Brooklyn, the Braves score 10 runs in the top of the 9th to turn a 4–3 nail biter into a 14–4 victory in game 1. Boston tallies 21 hits. The Braves win the nitecap, 8–7.

9th The Browns win their 9th straight game for the 2nd time this season in a 3–2 win over the Yankees in New York. They lead by 6 ½ games. St. Louis’s other team, the Cardinals, after winning 26 in July, now leads the NL by 16 ½ games.

In his last start before entering the service, Red Sox ace Tex Hughson beats the White Sox, 9-1, at Fenway Park. Tex goes 2-for-3 as he wins his 18th.

10th Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2–0. This is the ML record for fewest pitches in a 9-inning game. The game takes one hour, 15 minutes, the fastest night game ever. Barrett gives up two singles and is never behind on a batter. Damon Phillips has 3 hits and the only RBIs in the game.

The first-place Browns win their 10th in a row as RH Denny Galehouse beats the Yankees, 3–0.

12th At Fenway Park, the temperature is 101 degrees, as the Red Sox melt the White Sox, 5–4.

13th The Red Sox fly in pitcher Rex Cecil, from San Diego who arrives minutes before the start of a twinbill with the Browns. Cecil relieves in the first game, a 7–6 Sox win in 13 innings, pitching the last 4 innings, allowing no runs. Vern Stephens has a pair of homers, while Culbertson’s homer ties the game in the 9th. Bobby Doerr homers in the 13th to end it. Nels Potter wins the nitecap, 6–1, in 5 innings.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks whip the White Sox, 10-1, behind Mel Queen in game 1. Russ Derry adds a grand slam. In the second game, the White Sox pile up a 10-0 lead after 3 ½ innings and coast to an 11-3 win for Orval Grove.

The Senators cop a pair from Cleveland, winning 2–1 behind Mickey Haeffner and 4–1 behind Early Wynn in game 2. Stan Spence hits a 3-run homer early in the 1st inning, and SS John Sullivan is 3-for-3 and starts an AL-record 5 double plays, the most started by an AL shortstop since 1905.

In the Negro League All-star game at Comiskey Park, a sweltering 46,000 watch the West beat the East, 7–4. The winning pitcher is starter Verdel Mathis, while Josh Gibson hits a 440 foot homer in the 7th. Satchel Paige, in a dispute over gate receipts, does not play. Satch wants them donated to charity.

At Cincinnati, the Giants boot their way to a doubleheader loss to the Reds, 4–3 and 9–2. In the 4th inning of the nitecap, The Reds score 4 runs on one hit, mostly with the help of a ML-record tying 3 errors by New York 2B George Hausmann. Jim Konstanty is the winner, while Shoun takes the win in game 1. NY’s Nap Reyes has 6 straight hits before making out in the 7th of game 2.

15th The Giants blow a 3–2 lead in losing to the Reds, 6–3, and manager Bill Terry fines Buddy Kerr and Joe Medwick $100 each for mental errors. Kerr was slow in returning to his position after a pickoff attempt and the next batter singled; Joe Medwick’s catch in left is ruled a trapped ball. Joe then raced in to show the ump the ball while two Cincy runners scored.

At Fenway, the Browns stake the Red Sox to a 5-0 lead and then roar back for a 6-5 victory. Vern Stephens hits a grand slam in the comeback.

16th Cardinal reliever Fred Schmidt starts against the Giants and shuts them out 5–0, to give the first-place Cards their 80th victory. It is the earliest date in history that any team has recorded 80 wins.

At Wrigley, the Cubs stake Red Lynn to a 10-1 lead after 3 innings as they beat the Braves, 11-3. Bill Nicholson hits his second grand slam of the year.

17th Yankee OF Johnny Lindell, converted from a pitcher last year, hits 4 straight doubles to share a ML mark. The Yanks win, 10–3, over the Indians.

19th At Yankee Stadium, Frankie Crosetti hits a grand slam and Tiny Bonham scatters 5 hits as the Yankees down the Indians, 9-3. New York will hit 96 homers this year to top the AL.

20th In St. Louis, the Cards top the Giants, 7–4, to hand New York its 13th straight loss, the club’s longest losing streak since 1902. Bill Voiselle wins the nitecap, 3–1, to stop the skid.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates beat up on the last-place Dodgers, winning 7-1 and 10-7. In game 2, Jim Russell belts a grand slam in the Bucs’ 6-run 7th.

At Wrigley Field, Len Merullo hits a grand slam in the first of two as the Cubs top the Giants, 7-4. New York rebounds with a 3-1 victory in the second game behind Bill Voiselle.

At Crosley Field, Bucky Walters and the Reds tip the Phillies, 2–1, in 12 innings. Bucky has 4 hits including the game-winning single. Walters, a converted infielder, will have 11 other career games as a pitcher in which he collects three hits (as noted by historian Tom Zocco). The Phils take second game, 4–1, behind Charley Schanz, one of 13 victories the rookie will post for the lowly Phils.

21st Ernie Lombardi drives in all 4 runs in a Giants 4–3 victory over the host Cubs, connecting for 2 line drive HRs and a game winning single. Vet Johnny Allen earns the win over Bill Fleming.

24th Boston ace Tex Hughson is drafted into the armed service. His last win on August 9th, gave him a record of 18-5. The Sox trail the first-place Browns by 4.5 games.

25th In the 4th inning, Tiger SS Joe Hoover singles off Browns pitcher Denny Galehouse, then steals 2B. A grounder moves him to 3B and, with Eddie Mayo on 1B with a walk, the two engineer a double steal. Hoover’s swipe of home holds up as the only run of the 1–0 game. Dizzy Trout allows just 4 hits in winning his 21st of the season.

At Comiskey Park, Ken Keltner connects for a grand slam in the 7thas the Indians trim the White Sox, 10-2.

At Boston, the Phillies score 4 in the 6th and 5 in the 9th, four coming on a grand slam by Ron Northey, to beat the Braves, 9-7, in the opener of two. Boston rebounds with a 4-3 victory in game 2.

26th A week after Jo Jo White was purchased from the Athletics, he has 5 hits, including two doubles, to lead the Reds to a 10-7 win over the Cubs.

27th The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 4-3 and 1-0. Steve Gromek shuts out the Sox in game 2 and wins when Roy Cullenbine hits a HR in the bottom of the 9th off Johnny Humphries.

The Red Sox sweep the A’s, 8-5 and 7-2. In game 2, Boston manager Joe Cronin calls every pitch in the first 6 innings with Athletics Russ Christopher telegraphing on the mound. Cronin’s “fastball” and “curve” audibles are loud enough to be heard in the stands.

A crowd of 43,634, the largest Polo Grounds crowd of the year, sees the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers, 8-1 and 4-2. Mel Ott has a pair of 2-run homers in the opener.

29th The Cardinals beat the Reds 3–0 as Ted Wilks (14-1) wins his 11th in a row.

Braves 3B Damon Phillips has 11 assists, and no putouts or errors, versus the Giants, equaling a 19th C 1884 mark (James White, 1884; Jerry Denny, 1890). Chris Sabo, in 1988, will tie the mark. The Giants win, 4–2, behind Bill Voiselle. All the scoring comes on homers: Holmes, Ott, and a 3-run homer by Lombardi.

The Cubs split a pair with the Pirates at Wrigley Field, winning the opener, 15-4, taking a 7-3 lead after one inning. The Bucs win the nitecap, 5-4. Cubs third baseman Roy Hughes accepts 13 chances in game 2, tying a National League mark.

Dizzy Trout drives in 5 runs—on a homer, double and single—and pitches a 9-hit shutout over the White Sox, 7–0. It is his 22nd victory and moves the Tigers to 4 games in back of the leading Browns.

At Yankee Stadium, a pair of rookies pick up their first wins as the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair. In his ML debut, Clem Dreisewerd stops the Yankees, 8-1, in the opener. He is just the second pitcher (Les Tietje) to earn a win at the Stadium in his ML debut. Catfish Metkovich and Bob Johnson combine for 7 of the Sox 17 hits. In game 2. Bill Bevens is the 11-2 winner as the Yanks score all 11 runs off rookie starter Rex Cecil, who goes 5+ innings. Oscar Grimes has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs.

1944 September

1st The Giants lose to Brooklyn 8–1, as Giant Joe Medwick is hit on the elbow and leaves the game for treatment. With both teams out of the race, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher agrees to allow Medwick to reenter the game if Durocher can pick the courtesy pinch runner for him. He selects slow-footed Gus Mancuso, who is promptly erased on a DP ground ball.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Senators start semipro pitcher Jug Thesenga, who holds the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before the roof caves in. But the Senators rally to win, 10–7, behind reliever Roger Wolff, who snaps his personal 11-game losing streak. Yankee pinch hitter Paul Waner has a single, the last hit of his career. He has 3,152 hits.

2nd The Pirates nip the Cardinals’ Ted Wilks 5–4, to give him his first loss after 11 straight victories. He is now 14–2. Bob Elliot has 4 hits, including a homer, as the Birds lead in the NL shrinks to 18 games.

Behind Dixie Walker’s 4-for-4 cycle and Bordagaray’s 4 hits, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 8–4, and move out of last place. Curt Davis is the winner over Bill Voiselle. Walker is now hitting .362.

Butch Nieman accounts for both the Braves runs with solo homers as Boston outlasts the Phillies, 2-1. A tired Bill Lee goes the distance in the loss.

Against Chicago, Mickey Rocco accounts for all the scoring for the Indians as he hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th to tie the game and a 3-run homer in the 12th, off Gordon Maltzberger (10-4), to win it. Joe Heving (8-2) pitches 5 shutout innings to give himself a win on his 44th birthday.

3rd  The Pirates take a pair from the Cardinals, 6–5 and 8–2, to sweep the 4-game series from St. Louis. For the Cardinals, the 4 losses ends their phenomenal ML record of 132 consecutive series without a sweep: the 1903-05 New York Giants are next with 97 straight series without a sweep, marks that will not be matched this century. Luke Sewell and Jumbo Strincevich are the complete game winners today, handing the Cards their first doubleheader loss this season. Forbes Field hosts the largest Buc crowd this year—34,927.

After losing 13 of 17 games and dropping from first place, the Browns turn back their principal rival, the Tigers, 4–1, behind Jack Kramer. The Browns thwart Dizzy Trout try for his 24th win and now lead the rampaging Yankees—winners of a pair from Washington—by just a half game.

The Red Sox outlook got darker today as Bobby Doerr leaves the team for the Army following a 5–1 loss to the A’s. The loss of Doerr, hitting a league-high .325, combined with the departure last month of Tex Hughson (18–5) and catcher Hal Wagner (.332) is critical. The Sox are in 4th place, but just 1 ½ games in back of the Browns, and are drawing nearly twice the crowds as the Boston Braves.

4th The Yankees move past St. Louis and Detroit by bombing the A’s 10–0 and 14–0. Two rookies are winners, Monk Dubiel in the opener and Mel Queen in the nitecap. Queen had a double and 2 singles in the opener and George Stirnweiss has a steal in each game to run his total to 49. Hersh Martin has a pair of homers in game 2. Bobo Newsom takes the loss in the opener while Luke Hamlin gives up 19 hits in a complete game loss in game 2. It’s the first time since May 31st that the Yanks have been in 1st place, but this year and 1906 will be the only two seasons this century that New York is in first place after Labor Day but doesn’t win the pennant. The Red Sox are in 4thplace, 3 games behind.

5th Mort Cooper and Bucky Walters each reach the 20-victory mark as each pitch duplicate 6-hit 4–0 shutouts. The Cards win the opener and the Reds take the nitecap.

6th In a rare night game, allowed by AL prexy Harridge after wet grounds delayed the afternoon game, the Tigers edge the host White Sox, 3–2, to stay close to the Browns and Yankees. Only 1,216 fans are on hand.

7th At Comiskey, the Browns score 3 in the 9th to beat the White Sox, 5–4. The win puts St. Louis in a tie for first with the idle Yanks.

9th The wobbling Browns lose to the White Sox, 2–1, in 14 innings and are now in 3rd place, a half game in back of Detroit. Jack Kramer pitches 12 innings for the Browns and accounts for the only St. Louis run with an 8th inning homer. Ed Lopat goes all the way for the win.

The 4th place Red Sox put themselves 3 games from the top with a 7–1 win over the visiting Yankees. Rookie Rex Cecil allows just 5 hits. Catfish Metkovich has a HR and single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 23 games, tying the Red Sox record held by Del Pratt, George Burns, and Ted Williams.

The Cubs score 6 runs in the last 2 frames to beat the Cardinals, 6–1. It is Chicago’s first win of the year over the league leaders. Cubs SS Len Merullo handles 17 of 18 chances and has 12 assists, 2 short of the NL mark.

10th The Red Sox and Yankees split a pair at Fenway, the Sox taking the opener, 3–2, and the Yankees the nitecap, 4–3. Metkovich has hits in both games to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 25 games, a new Red Sox record. Metkovich hit .407 during his streak, but will end the year at .277. Dom DiMaggio will top Catfish’s mark.

In Chicago the Browns split a pair with the White Sox, winning 6-2 before losing 3-2 in 11 innings. A quirk in the schedule leaves all AL teams off till September 15. The Yankees are in first place by a half game over the Tigers, with the Browns one game back and the Red Sox three games back. The Browns return to St. Louis for a 17-game home stand.

In the first of two at Detroit, Hal Newhouser shuts out the Indians, 5-0. The Tigers stay a half game behind the AL-leading Yankees as they fail to win game 2. Cleveland jumps on 23-game winner Dizy Trout, scoring 5 runs in 4 innings and holds on for a 7-4 win behind Steve Gromek.

The Cubs and Cards split a pair, with Erickson shutting out the Redbirds, 9–0, in the opener. St. Louis takes the nitecap, 4–2, behind Cooper, but Redbird fans get a score when Garms and Musial collide in the outfield. Musial leaves on a stretcher and will miss 11 days.

14th Reds catcher Ray Mueller catches his 135th straight game of the season—his 197th over two years—to erase an ironman record set by George Gibson in 1909. Fifteen major leaguers have played in every one of their team’s games this season. Mueller also belts a homer in the opener as the Reds win, 3–2 in 13 innings over the Cubs. Ed Heusser goes the rout, and scores the winning run after a leadoff double. The Cubs take the nitecap 4–2, behind Paul Derringer as Roy Hughes hits a 2-run inside-the -park homer off loser Jim Konstanty.

At New York, #96 Bill Voiselle, (from Ninety Six, SC) wins his 20th as the Giants belt the Phillies, 12–1. Ron Northey’s homer is the only score for Philley, while Putsy Caballero, 18-year-old third sacker for the Phils, is 1-for-1 in his debut. Ernie Lombardi has a grand slam for the Giants. Rain washes out the second game.

After no scheduled AL games on the 11th and 12th, two days of rain wash out the rest. New York (76-61) leads Detroit (75-61) by a half-game and the Browns by a full game: Boston is in 4th place, three games back.

At Memphis, Pete Gray has a triple, double, and three singles to lead Memphis to a 7–6, 12-inning win over Nashville in the Southern Association playoffs. The one-armed Gray is named the Southern Associations’ MVP winner.

15th Radio announcer Bill Stern reports on a scandal involving the Browns. A Chicago newspaper attributes the Browns’ recent slump to the fact that the team wants a larger park for the WS. Four days later, Stern repudiates the story.

The AL returns to action after an odd five-day layoff. The Yankees are still off, but in Cleveland the Tigers split a pair with the Tribe, losing 4-3 in 11 innings before unleashing a 19-hit attack to win, 9-1. The Senators down the visiting Red Sox, 5-2, to drop Boston 3.5 games back, while the Browns subdue the White Sox, 5-1, to move into 2nd place.

16th Reds pitcher Tommy de la Cruz fires a one-hitter in Pittsburgh, winning 2–1. Frank Colman’s triple in the 1st inning is the only hit for the Bucs.

Jack Kramer pitches a brilliant one-hitter to give the Browns a 9–0 win over the White Sox and give St. Louis a half game lead in front of the Yankees, losers to the A’s. Ray Schalk’s single in the 4th results in the only baserunner.

17th After homers by Vern Stephens and Don Gutteridge back Nels Potter in St. Louis’ 5–1 win in the curtain raiser, the Browns drop the nightcap 8–2 to Chicago. Chicago works successive double steals in the 7th and 8th inning, with winner Joe Haynes swiping home in the 8th. Haynes is the first AL pitcher in 21 years to steal home. Taking advantage of the split, the Tigers move into 1st place.

19th Chicago pitchers Thornton Lee and Eddie Lopat win 9–3 and 2–0 over Washington in Chicago. The Senators lose all 11 games they played at Comiskey this year.

21st The Cardinals finally clinch the NL flag with a 5–4 win over Boston as Harry Brecheen wins in relief. The Cat comes back for his second win of the day with two innings of relief as the Cards win in 10 innings, 6–5. Musial makes his first appearance in 11 days and collects 2 hits. Twenty games ahead on September 1, the Cards then blew 15 of the next 20 games. They will finish with 105 victories and their 3rd title under Billy Southworth, whose clubs won 316 games in 3 years. Pittsburgh finishes 14 ½ games behind.

Reds OF Dain Clay has no chances in a 21-innings of a doubleheader with the Phils. The Reds win the opener, 5–3 in 12 innings, and hammer out an 8-4 nitecap win.

22nd At Detroit, the Tigers ride a Dick Wakefield grand slam to a 7-4 win over the Red Sox in game 1. Boston outhits Detroit, 13-7 in game 2 but the Bengals prevail, 8-6. The sweep gives the Tigers a one-game lead over the Browns.

24th The first-place Cardinals edge the Phillies twice at Shibe Park, winning 4-3 in 16 innings and 1-0 in regulation. Whitey Korowski hits a homer in the 16th, off starter Ken Raffensberger, and Mort Cooper holds on for the complete game win. Cooper allows no runs in the last 13 frames. Ken O’Dea hits an RBI single in the 9th of game 2 to help give Ted Wilks (17-4) the shutout win.

25th Going into the final Monday of the season, the Tigers hold a one-game lead over the Browns with the Yankees now out of the running. Nelson Potter stops the Red Sox, 3–0, on 2 hits and Russ Christopher of the A’s beats the Tigers 2–1 to produce a tie for the lead.

At Comiskey, the Yankees sweep two from the White Sox, winning 3-1 in 12 innings and 5-4 in regulation. Mel Queen (6-2) toils 11 innings in the opener for the victory, and Hersh Martin clubs 2 homers and drives in all the runs in game 2. Martin sets the Yankee record for homers by a swtich hitter with 9, a mark that Mantle will obliterate.

In front of 982 paying customers at the Polo Grounds, the Giants win 3-2 over the Reds when Buddy Kerr hits a solo homer in the 9thinning. The game clocks in at 1 hour 21 minutes.

The Cubs sweep a pair in Philadelphia, winning, 7-6, in 10 innings and 4-1 in regulation. Only 1600 fans watch as the Phils lose their 8thstraight. The first game starters, Charlie Gassaway for Chicago and Charlie Ripple for the Phils make their ML debuts. That won’t happen again for a Phillie starter until Enyel De Los Santos in July 2018.

26th Sig Jakucki pitches the Browns to a 1–0 win over the Red Sox to keep St. Louis in 1st place.

In the first of two games at Shibe Park, the 4th-place Cubs maul the Phils 15–0 behind Hank Wyse’s 4-hitter. Dewey Williams and Phil Cavarretta each drive in 4 runs. Lou Novikoff hits his final homer as a Cub. The Phils rebound in the nitecap to win, 10–1.

27th The Browns give the lead back by insisting on playing the Red Sox in the rain under the arcs and then losing, 4–1, to Pinky Wood. The Red Sox had just lost 10 straight.

At League Park, Cleveland rookie Earl Henry makes his pitching debut and goes the distance to beat the Senators, 6-4. “Hook” scatters 11 hits. He will lose his next start and three more next year before the Indians send him back to Wilkes-Barre. Wally Holborow, lately of the Buskwicks in Brooklyn, makes his debut in relef for the Senators and tosses three scoreless innings.

Light-hitting Steve Messner hits his first ML homer, a first-inning grand slam off the Giants 21-game winner Bill Voiselle. Messner drives in 6 runs as the Reds crush New York, 8-1.

28th In a rare occurrence, bad weather cancels all games, a full schedule of 8, in the majors.

29th The final series of the year begins. Trailing Detroit by one game, the Browns have 4 games with the Yankees, who are three games out of first place. With rainouts the night before, all contenders play doubleheaders.

The Browns are last in the AL in attendance, and only 6,172 fans watch St. Louis sweep the critical Friday night doubleheader. With the help of Jack McQuillan’s two run homer, Jack Kramer takes the opener 4–1. In the nitecap, Nels Potter wins a 1–0 shutout over the Yankees Hank Borowy, even though St. Louis batters get but 2 hits.

In Detroit, the Tigers split with 2 of the Washington knuckleballers, beating Johnny Niggeling in the opener, 5–2, behind Rufe Gentry, but losing to Mickey Haefner, 9–2, in the nightcap. Stan Spence’s three-run homer in the 3rd off Dizzy Trout is the Nats big blow.

30th Pitching on two days rest, Hal Newhouser wins his 29th as Detroit whips Washington, 7–3.

The Browns remain tied with Detroit as Dennis Galehouse goes all the way, winning 2–0 over New York for his 9th victory of the year. Gene Moore hits his 6th homer of the year, four of them coming against Yankee pitching. Paid attendance is 12,982. The loss eliminates the Yankees and leaves the Tigers and Browns tied with one game left.

Before 666 fans at Boston, Jim Tobin (18-19) pitches the Braves to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. It is the sixth game in September where the attendance has been below 700—all of them victories.

In the battle of the Soxes, Boston beats host Chicago, 11-2, as Catfish Metkovich scores 5 runs.

1944 October

1st In Detroit 45,565 watch 27-game winner Dizzy Trout, pitching on one day’s rest, lose to Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard 4–1. Prior to that, Leonard had lost 7 straight to Detroit in 1943-44. Years later, Leonard reports he had received a phone call offering him $20,000 to throw the game. Despite the victory, the Senators will finish in 8th place, 25 games behind the first place Browns. Except for the shortened season of 1918, this is the closest an 8th place AL team will finish to the leader.

The Browns have their first sellout in 20 years, and their largest crowd ever, as 37,815 pack Sportsman’s Park. St. Louis clinches the flag on the final day of the season by sweeping the series with the Yankees and winning 5–2. The big blows are a pair of 2-run HRs by Chet Laabs, off Mel Queen Sig Jakucki is the winning pitcher.

At Chicago, the Red Sox and White Sox scramble through a double header, finishing the two games in a total of 2 hours and 48 minutes. In the opener, Rex Cecil outduels Chicago’s Joe Haynes to give Boston a 3–1 win as each team collects 5 hits. In the nitecap, completed in 1:10, Chicago raps 11 hits off Johnny Humphries, but 4th place Boston wins, 4–1. The crowd is 3,917, up from 839 yesterday.

A’s reliever Joe Berry wins a pair from the Indians, pitching two innings in the opener, a 5–2 win, and four more in the nitecap, 5–0, in 10 innings. Berry finishes the year with 10 wins and 8 losses, AL highs in relief. His 12 saves is also tops in the AL. Boudreau is 1-for-8 to win the AL batting title (.327) over the Army’s Bobby Doerr.

4th The first and only all-St. Louis WS opens with the Browns, as the visiting team, beating the Cardinals 2–1 on George McQuinn’s 2-run homer. Denny Galehouse is the winning hurler and Mort Cooper loses despite allowing just 2 hits. It is the first Series in which all the games are played west of the Mississippi River. The Series is dubbed the Streetcar Series and is played with no days off. Red Hayworth is behind the plate for the Browns, with Frank Mancuso as his backup. In a family oddity, brothers Ray Hayworth and Gus Mancuso also catch in the big leagues.

5th Ken O’Dea’s pinch single in the 11th drives in Ray Sanders for a Cardinals’ 3–2 win. Two errors by Potter and one by Mark Christman give the Cards 2, early-inning, unearned runs.

6th The Browns take a 2–1 game lead with a 6–2 victory for Jack Kramer, who fans 10. Five singles and a wild pitch by Fred Schmidt give the Browns 4 runs in the 3rd.

7th The Cards even the Series with a 5–1 win by Harry Brecheen, who strands 10 runners.

8th Mort Cooper strikes out 12; Denny Galehouse, 10. But the Cards get the runs to win, 2–0. Cooper walks none and there won’t be a pitcher in a WS game who strikes out 10 or more with no walks until 2017 when Kershaw does it.

9th Emil Verban drives in 3 runs as the Cardinals top the Browns 3–1 and win the Series in 6 games. Ted Wilks allows no one to reach base in 3 2⁄3 innings of relief, fanning 4 pinch hitters. George McQuinn hits .438 for the Series. The winners get $4,626 each; the Browns take $2,743, the lowest player shares since 1933.

In the Junior World Series in Baltimore, a record (for Municipal Stadium) crowd of 52,833 watch Louisville edge Baltimore, 5-4, in game 4. The WS in St. Louis draws 36,568.

1944 November

1st Total attendance in the 2 leagues is 8.9 million. No team draws over a million, as Detroit leads with 923,000.

      The Sporting News selects Bobby Doerr as the MVP in the American League and Marty Marion as the MVP in the NL. Doerr was leading the AL in hitting (.325) and was third in RBIs when he entered the Army with a month to go in the season. Marion’s selection as MVP will stand up and he will be the official MVP in the Senior circuit, but Detroit’s Hal Newhouser will be the official MVP in the American League.

13th Professional baseball in Japan is closed down due to the increased threat that American bombing raids on the Japanese mainland are imminent.

23rd Five groups totaling 23 players, managers, umpires, and writers visit war theaters as part of the USO program. Included are Mel Ott, Dutch Leonard, Frankie Frisch, Bucky Walters, Harry Heilmann, Carl Hubbell, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Bill Summers, Beans Reardon, Johnny Lindell, Tuck Stainback, Steve O’Neill, Leo Durocher, Joe Medwick, Nick Etten, Dixie Walker, Paul Waner, and Rip Sewell.

25th Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first commissioner, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in Chicago. The Commissioner had ruled over baseball since November 1920 in the wake of the Black Sox scandal, and wielded authority perhaps unparalleled in any other industry. Landis had entered the hospital on October 2nd. He will be named to the Hall of Fame on December 9th by a special committee which he formed on August 4th.

28th Hal Newhouser is named MVP in the AL gathering 4 more votes than teammate Dizzy Trout (232). Newhouser’s 29 wins contrasts with 9-9-8-8 win-totals in previous years. His 2.22 ERA is bettered by Trout (2.12), who also has 27 wins, the only two 20-game winners in the AL.

1944 December

12th The Tigers swap infielder Joe Orengo to the Red Sox for Skeeter Webb, son-in-law of Detroit manager Steve O’Neill. O’Neill denies any knowledge of trade talks, saying “I read about it in the morning paper.”

21st NL averages show Brooklyn’s Dixie Walker at the top of the hitters with a .357 mark, ahead of Stan Musial at .347. In an even closer vote than occurred in the AL, the NL MVP award goes to fielding wizard Marty Marion, who tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson (189). The Cardinals erred only 112 times and averaged .982, both better than previous records held by the 1940 Reds. Marion is the 3rd different Cardinal in 3 years to win the honor.

28th Former Washington 3B Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for precision flying over the Burma War Theater.

1945 January

7th In the most violent incident in Cuban baseball history, OF Roberto Ortiz of Almendares attacks umpire Bernardino Rodriguez in a dispute at home plate and knocks the umpire unconscious.

10th Baseball writers again fail to elect a new Hall of Famer. Frank Chance, Rube Waddell, and Ed Walsh come closest, but none get the required three-fourths of the vote.

25th Training rosters list 260 players who are classified 4F for military service, and quality of big-league play will decline even more from l944 and l943. But the flow of players will begin to turn around. Rosters will include Al Benton, Tigers; Jim Wallace and Tom Earley, Braves; and Van Lingle Mungo of the Giants as players returning from the military.

The Yankees are sold by the Ruppert estate to Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping, and Del Webb for $2.8 million. For that price the trio obtains 400 players, 266 of them in military service, Yankee Stadium, parks in Newark and Kansas City, and leases on other minor league ballparks. Jake Ruppert, who died in 1939, paid more than the new purchase price for the ground on which Yankee Stadium was built in 1923.

1945 February

10th Thirty-seven-year old Jimmie Foxx signs with NL Philadelphia Blue Jays. Foxx hit just .050 last year with the Cubs.

14th Bob Quinn, president of the Boston Braves since 1936, relinquishes his job as general manager, and his son John takes over the post. The elder Quinn has been in organized baseball since 1900.

15th Billy Southworth Jr., the son of Cards manager Billy Southworth, is killed when his B29 crashes into the water off Flushing, New York. The 27-year-old was a veteran of 25 missions in Europe, and was the first player in organized baseball to enlist in WW2. The young Southworth was a well regarded outfielder with the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) in 1940.

22nd At the ML meetings, the owners cancel the 1945 All-Star Game scheduled to be played at Boston’s Fenway Park on Tuesday, July 10. Even after the cancellation, schedule-makers leave the dates of July 9, 10 and 11 in case circumstances might change, permitting the game. In place of the All-star game, 8 simultaneous games pitting the NL vs. the AL are to be played. Seven are played, with the 8th being cancelled. Also approved is a rule change stating that a player needs 400 at bats to qualify for a batting title.

1945 March

5th Bert Shepard, a one-legged veteran of the war, tries out as a pitcher for the Senators. The symbol of wartime baseball, outfielder Pete Gray of the Browns, will field and bat with only one arm.

With war-time travel restrictions still in effect, the Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain, NY with 15 players in camp. Seven teams—the Browns, Tigers, Reds, Indians, Cubs, Pirates and White Sox—are training in Indiana, the most of any state. The Red Sox are at Pleasantville High School in NJ, while the Braves are prepping at the Choate School in Connecticut.

6th Harry O’Neill, who played one game for the 1939 Philadelphia Athletics, is killed in the battle of Iwo Jima.

8th As noted by historian Bill Deane, today’s edition of The Sporting News has a column from Boston Post writer Jack Malaney, a former president of the Baseball Writers’ Association, and future member of the Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee. He introduces what will come to be known as the “Jack Malaney Plan”, proposing that each of the 16 major league teams play inter-league exhibition games on July 10, scheduled to minimize travel. The five cities that have teams in each league—Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis—would host games between the cross-town rivals, while the others would play in cities en route to regularly-scheduled games. Proceeds from the games would be split between the American Red Cross and the National War Fund.

25th A group of blacks appears at the Dodger offices to ask for tryouts for aging Negro Leaguers P Terris McDuffie and 1B Dave Thomas. The two will work out for Branch Rickey in Brooklyn on April 7.

31st Headline: DiMaggio to the Phillies. Vince is sent by the Pirates in exchange for P Al Gerhauser, who lost 35 games in 2 seasons. DiMaggio will drive in 84 runs while again leading the NL in strikeouts.

1945 April

12th At Braves Field, the Red Sox stagger to a 12-11 win over the Braves in a game that features 8 errors and 15 walks. Tomorrow’s exhibition game is cancelled because of the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

16th Under pressure from local politicians, the Boston Red Sox allow 3 blacks—Marvin Williams, Sam Jethroe, and Jackie Robinson—to work out at Fenway Park. None is signed.

17th Cincinnati opens the season with an 11-inning, 7–6 victory over the Pirates. The Reds offense was sparked by CF Dain Clay, who cracks a 5th inning grand slam: it will be his only HR this year in 645 at bats. Also in the 5th, with the Pirates leading 2–0 with 2 runners on, the Bucs runner at 2B, Frankie Zak, calls time to tie his shoe lace. The ump Ziggy Sears waves his arms, but Reds pitcher Bucky Walters doesn’t see him and fires a pitch that Jim Russell hits for an apparent HR. The hit is disallowed, and the Bucs fail to score in the frame. Forty-six-year old Hod Lisenbee, who had not appeared in the majors in 9 years, works two innings of hitless relief to earn the win, the 37th and last of his career. Hod will get into 31 games this year, the most in his career since 1931.

Steady rain holds the crowd at Yankee Stadium to 13,923 as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia throws out the first ball for the Opener against the Red Sox. The Yanks’ lone score until the 7th inning is a homer by rookie Russ Derry in the 3rd off Rex Cecil. Meanwhile the Red Sox jump on Atley Donald for three runs in the 1st inning and another in the 7th on Ben Steiner’s solo homer. But helped by four Boston errors, and another homer by Russ Derry—this one a grand slam, New York scores seven runs in the 7th inning to finish the scoring at 8–4. Sox first baseman George Metkovich makes a ML record 3 errors in the frame on a missed tag, bad throw, and fumble. Forty-one-year old Jim Turner pitches the last two innings for New York.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers win the Opener, 8–2, over the Phils. The Phils have 18-year-old Granny Hamner, in his 2nd season, at shortstop, with older brother Garvin Hamner, in his only season, at second base. Playing second base for Da Bums is manager Leo Durocher, who has a hit—his last—and 2 RBIs. He hit .247 in 17 seasons.

In Philadelphia, the Senators drub the Athletics, 14-8. For the Nats, it will be their highest score of the year.

At Cleveland, Thornton Lee is the winning pitcher in the White Sox 5–2 victory over the Indians. Tony Cuccinello helps with a successful hidden ball trick in the 6th on Lou Boudreau at 3B. For Cooch, it is at least his 4th successful use of the ploy, the first coming in 1929. As historian Bill Deane notes, this is the first time the trick has worked on Opening Day.

Pete Gray, the one-armed OF, plays his ML debut game with the St. Louis Browns. He singles once, off Les Mueller, in four at bats, and handles no chances in the outfield. St. Louis beats the Tigers 7–1, for their 9th straight Opening Day win, a ML record that the 1975-83 Mets will tie.

In Boston, Giants player-manager Mel Ott has a field day by setting six ML records in his team’s 11–6 win. Ott collects a double, two walks and three runs. His records for a player with one team include 1,026 extra-base hits, 2076 total bases, 1,778 RBIs, 1,787 runs, 1,631 walks, and 20 years with one team.

19th Joe Cronin of the Red Sox, catches his spikes at 2B and fractures his right leg in a 4–3 loss to the Yankees. The 39-year-old will retire but will continue as manager. Mike Ryba decides the game by hitting Johnny Lindell on the wrist with the bases full in the 9th.

In a doubleheader in Boston, the Giants do all their scoring in just two innings (8th inning of game 1; the 3rd inning of game 2) as they split with the Braves, winning 4-3 and losing 13-5. Ernie Lombardi drills a grand slam for New York.

20th In the delayed presidential opener in Washington, tribute is paid to the late FDR before Speaker Sam Rayburn tosses out the first ball. The Yankees win their 4th straight, pounding 3 pitchers for a 6–3 win.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 3 in the 1st, lose the lead in the 3rd, and come back to beat the Dodgers, 10-6. Phil Weintraub belts 2 homers to drive in 4 runs and winning pitcher Harry Feldman hits a homer. For the Dodgers, shortstop Mike Sandlock hits his first ML homer, off Feldman. Later this year he’ll hit is second and last ML homer, also off Feldman. Sandlock will finish his career as a catcher.

Mickey Grasso, future ML catcher, escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp. He was captured in North Africa in February 1943 during Operation Torch.

21st The Red Sox go to 0-5 as the A’s club the Sox at Fenway, 8-2. Ford Garrison has a 3-run homer and Frank Hayes a grand slam to back Buck Newsom and keep Bosox interim manager Del Baker winless. The A’s will win tomorrow as well.

22nd The Cardinals and Reds split a pair, with the Birds winning the opener, 2-0, behind Ted Wilks. Cincinnati rebounds in game 2 to win, 9-7, in 10 innings. Guy Bush allows a run but picks up the save. Bush pitches 2 scoreless innings in the opener; he last pitched in the majors in 1938. Steve Mesner has 3 triples for the Reds, while Al Libke strikes out his first 4 times up, then hits a 3-run double in the 10th.

24th At a meeting of owners in Cleveland a list of possible successors to Judge Landis is cut to 6: Ford Frick, president of the NL, and 5 politicians, Jim Farley, Carl Vinson, Robert Patterson, Bob Hannegan, and Frank Lausche. Larry MacPhail suggests adding the name of Albert “Happy” Chandler, a Kentucky senator. The list then narrows to Chandler and Hannegan. On the first ballot Chandler leads 11-5, short of the required three-fourths. One vote switches over, and the owners unanimously approve the selection. Also approved is the Malaney Plan for interleague play, first brought up at the February meeting. Besides the same-city games, Cincinnati will play at Cleveland, Brooklyn at Washington, and Detroit at Pittsburgh. The latter contest will later be scrapped when the ODT refused to grant the Tigers permission to detour 62 miles to get to Pittsburgh. The seven benefit games will held on July 9 and 10.

Hitting a 9th inning HR for the 3rd time in 4 games, Butch Nieman poles a 3-run fourbagger, giving him 5 RBIs as the Braves defeat the Dodgers, 8–6. Nieman’s 3-run HR on April 20 beat the Phils, 6–5, and his 9th inning HR on the 22nd tied the Phils.

25th Baseball writers cannot seem to get any Hall of Fame candidates past the 75 percent requirement, but a committee selected to bring in some old-timers succeeds with a group of turn-of-the-century names: Jimmy Collins, Roger Bresnahan, Fred Clarke, Dan Brouthers, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Jennings, Mike “King” Kelly, Jim O’Rourke, Wilbert Robinson, and Hugh Duffy. Collins, overlooked in 6 HOF elections, was on the all-time teams of Connie Mack and John McGraw.

Claude Passeau leads the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. He scatters 5 hits in the shutout and hits a homerun.

27th At the Stadium, George Myatt leads the Senators to a 6–4 win over the Yankees. Myatt has a walk, four hits, three stolen bases, two runs and two RBIs to back Mickey Haefner’s pitching. Frank Crosetti has a pinch homer with two on in the 8th for New York.

The first-place Cubs win their 5th straight, as Paul Derringer shoots down the Pirates, 7–3. Rip Sewell allows 4 hits in 4 innings, but 4 errors hand him the loss.

Behind Ed Heusser’s 4-hit pitching, the Reds edge the visiting Cards, 2–1. In St. Louis, Mort Cooper announces he is willing to pitch tomorrow against the Reds, even though he and his brother Walker are in a pay dispute with the Cards. Walker is awaiting induction into the armed services. The Coopers quit the team two weeks ago after learning that SS Marty Marion had received a new contract for $13,500. The brothers want $15,000 each.

The Giants Bill Voiselle, first citizen of Ninety Six, NC, shuts out the Dodgers, 5–0. Backing him are Mel Ott and Steve Filipowitz, who belt homers in the 6th inning. Filipowitz’s drive, which apparently hits the low screen in front of the LF boxes, is first ruled a double by ump George Magerkurth. Home plate ump Bill Stewart overrules him, calling it a homer.

New Commissioner Happy Chandler says that Cincinnati is under “strong consideration” as the new location for headquarters for organized ball. The current headquarters is in Chicago.

28th The Cubs Hank Wyse tosses a one-hitter over the Pirates, winning, 6-0. The only Pittsburgh hit is by Bill Salkeld in the 8thinning.

Arnold Carter pitches a shutout to give the Reds a 1-0 win over the visiting Cardinals. When the Reds Dick Sipek draws a walk pinchhitting in the 9th, he joins Dummy Hoy and Dummy Taylor as the third deaf player to make it to the major leagues. The Reds score in the 9th when the Cards rookie left fielder Jim Mallory drops a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded. Starter Blix Donnelly is the losing pitcher.

On April 25th, The New York World Telegram noted that today’s starter for the Braves, “Red Barrett . . .counts his pitches as he goes along and operates almost by the clock. He invariably requests the time of game as soon as it ends and judges his performance in terms of minutes; the shorter the better.” (as noted by Gabriel Schechter) Red isn’t around at the end of today’s 8-7 Braves victory over the Phillies, clocked in at 2 hours: 14 minutes.

The Red Sox end their 8-game losing streak to start the season, by beating the A’s, 8–4.

29th In his first ML appearance, Boo Ferriss of the Red Sox survives a first inning in which he throws 17 balls and loads the bases, to blank the A’s 2–0. At bat, he is 3-for-3. The Sox also take the nitecap in 13 innings, winning 6–3.

The Browns take a pair from the White Sox, winning 3-2 and 11-4. They break open game 2 with 3 runs in the 7th off reliever Clay Touchstone, who last pitched in the majors in 1928 and 1929 for the Braves.

The Yankees split a pair with the Senators, losing the nitecap, 2–1 after winning the lidlifter, 13–4. Russ Derry hits a pair of homers—including his 2nd grand slam of the season—in the opener, and has Joe McCarthy wondering if he has another Ruth.

Between games of a doubleheader, the Tigers swap outfielder-third baseman Don Ross and second sacker Dutch Meyer, signed 9 days ago, to the Indians for Roy Cullenbine, one of the Detroit players freed by Judge Landis in 1940. Landis had specified that none of the new free agents could play for the Tigers for three years. Cleveland wins the opener, 4-0, while Detroit takes the nitecap by the same score. Art Houtteman, 17, pitches a scoreless 9th for the Tigers in game 1.

30th Pitcher Dixie Howell, briefly with Cleveland in 1940, is liberated from a prison camp in Germany.

1945 May

1st Skeeter Webb’s bouncing single over 2B in the 3rd deprives Chicago’s Joe Haynes of a perfect game. No other Tiger runner reaches base as the White Sox win, 5–0, on Haynes one-hitter.

2nd The first-place Giants take a 7–0 lead over the host Phillies, then hold on for a 9–8 win.

6th Boston’s Boo Ferriss pitches his 2nd straight shutout, blanking the Yankees 5–0, matching a mark last accomplished by Johnny Marcum in 1933.

Tiger pitchers Hal Newhouser and Al Benton shut out the Browns in a doubleheader. Prince Hal wins 3–0 and Benton follows with a 1–0 victory. Roy Cullenbine hits a 9th inning HR in game 2 off Tex Shirley for the win. He did it also last year while with the Indians.

Phils P Ken Raffensberger is inducted into the Navy, while Card C Walker Cooper joined the Navy on May 1.

8th It’s a good day for the Skaffs. Playing for Baltimore (International League), he has 4 hits, including a double and 2 homers, scores 3 times and has 6 RBIs. Teammate and brother Frank has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, scores 4 runs and drives home 5.

The Cardinals re-acquire Buster Adams from the Phillies in exchange for John Antonelli and Glenn Crawford. Adams, with 8 RBIs for Philadelphia, will drive in 101 runs this year for St. Louis. Adams will have his career year this season, compiling 109 RBI, good for 5thin the league, nearly half (249) of his career total.

9th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Reds, 6–1, before a crowd of 26,077. Feldman is the winner and Hausmann and Ott homer. For Ott it is #494.

In an 8-inning Interstate League game, the host Wilmington Blue Rocks beat Hagerstown, 33-13. The Blue Rocks collect 15 hits to go along with 22 walks,

11th Behind Phil Cavarretta’s 4 hits, the Cubs beat the hapless Phils, 7–1. Cavarretta is hitting .365.

The Giants defeat the Reds, 4–3, for their 6th win in a row, but New York CF Johnny Rucker goes hitless for the first time in 19 games. Rucker is a nephew of great Dodger southpaw Nap Rucker.

12th In Boston, the Braves take a 10-3 lead over the Cubs but Chicago storms back with 6 runs in the 7th inning, the last 4 scoring on Phil Cavarretta’s grand slam, to tie the game at 12 apiece. Bill Nicholson homers in the 9th inning to give the Cubs the hard-earned 13-12 win. The effort will seemingly exhaust the Cubs and they will drop their next six games to go 10-13, 9 games in back of the Giants.

In a Carolina League game, the host Danville Leafs whips Raleigh, 30-5. In the 5th inning they send 22 batters to the plate, scoring 17 runs.

13th Rookie phenom Boo Ferriss reaches 22 shutout innings before allowing a run versus the Tigers in an 8–2 Red Sox win. This sets an AL record for scoreless innings at the start of a ML career. Ferriss strikes out 1B Rudy York 4 times, all on called 3rd strikes. Detroit earns a split with a 2-0 win in game 2, behind Al Benton’s pitching. Benton has now allowed one earned run in his last 45 innings.

The Yankees Atley Donald is victorious over the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings when New York breaks through against pitcher Red Embree. A walk, a bunt single, a sac bunt and a sac fly by Denny plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe, with his only loss coming on August 21, 1941 when Feller won, 2-0. Cleveland wins the second game, 4-2, behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter.

14th Ex-serviceman Mel Bosser makes his ML debut with the Reds and walks 10 Phillies before being relieved in the 8th inning by Beck. Bosser, whose only pro experience is pitching in Class D, allows 8 hits and gets credit for the 5–4 win.

In the second high-scoring game in the Carolina League this week, Greensboro beats host Martinsburg, 26-10. The hosts help with 10 errors.

16th Mort Cooper goes AWOL from the Cardinals, returning to St. Louis. A 20-game winner for 3 previous seasons, Cooper, along with his brother, has had his salary frozen at $12,000 for three years, and is in a salary dispute with owner Breadon. Without Cooper, the Cards drop a pair to the Braves, losing 5–4 in 14 innings, and 4–1.

17th The Giants score six runs in the 8th to vanquish the Cubs, 8–5 and a sweep of the 4-game series. For New York, it is their 12th win in 13 games. Rookie Al Gardella starts at 1B for New York, and his brother Danny is announced as a pinch hitter in the 8th, but is switched for Billy Jurges.

Trying for their 12th win in a row, the 2nd-place Dodgers are scuttled by the Pirates, 12–3. Nick Strincevich stops the Dodgers, who fall three games behind the Giants. Olmo’s hit streak is also stopped at 14 games.

For the 4th day in a row, all AL games are postponed because of rain.

18th A wet AL record. The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics both have 7 straight games postponed because of rain in the past 4 days. In the AL, every game between the 14th and the 17this rained out.

In a 15–12 Dodgers’ victory over the Cubs, Brooklyn’s Luis Olmo ties a record when he hits a triple and HR, each with the bases loaded. No 20th century ML player will match this until Adam Kennedy does it in 2000. Olmo adds a double for good measure. Former OF Ben Chapman is the winning pitcher.

Jimmie Foxx hits the 2nd pinch grand slam of his career, off Ken Burkhart, to give the Phils an 8–7 lead. But St. Louis rallies in the 9thto win 11–8.

In St. Louis, the Browns manage just 4 hits off Hank Borowy, but one is a Vern Stephens grand slam, as the Browns beat the Yankees, 4-1. Jack Kramer is the winner.

19th The Indians, in last place, sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 4–0 and 2–1. Allie Reynolds tosses the shutout in game 1, while Steve Gromek wins the second match. One-eyed outfielder Paul O’Dea hits a solo homer off Don Black to provide the margin of victory. It is O’Dea’s lone ML homerun. According to Bob Feller’s book Strikeout Story, O’Dea sustained his eye injury in 1940 when he was standing near the batting cage during batting practice, talking to a teammate. He was struck in the right eye by a vicious foul and his eye was permanently damaged.

20th In St. Louis, Pete Gray stars, as the Browns sweep the Yankees 10–1 and 5–2. Gray has 2 RBI on 3 hits in the opener, and in the nightcap he scores the winning run and hauls in 7 fly balls, 3 on spectacular catches.

Before 51,340 fans at the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Pirates split a doubleheader. Bill Voiselle wins his 8th straight to give the Giants a 5–1 win in the opener. Medwick and Lombardi homer for New York. Preacher Roe then shuts out the Giants in game 2. New York ends the day atop the NL by 3 ½ games.

At Philadelphia, the Cardinals and Phils split a pair. The Birds win the opener, 6-2, and lead 3-0 in game 2 when Vince DiMaggio hits a 4th inning grand slam. The Cards tie it up at 6 apiece, with the Phillies ending it with a run in the bottom of the 9th.

At Boston, the Reds build an 8–1 lead over the Braves behind the pitching and hitting of Bucky Walters, who belts a pair of homers. Bucky then holds on for a 10–8 win, allowing 15 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

21st After a twinbill yesterday in New York, the two teams play today in Pittsburgh with Pirates winning their 2nd straight, 5–2. Ernie Lombardi hits two homers for the Giants scores.

23rd Mort Cooper is traded by the Cardinals to the Braves. The three-time 20-game winner has twice jumped the club in a salary hassle. Threatening to run out again unless his contract is increased from $12,000 to $15,000, Cooper is swapped by owner Sam Breadon to the newly affluent Braves for Red Barrett and $60,000 cash. Cooper will develop arm trouble while Barrett, 9–16 in 1944, will win 21 games for the Cards this season.

24th The visiting Giants beat the Reds 7–6 on a pinch homer by colorful Danny Gardella. Gardella had started the day by leaving a suicide note in his hotel room for his roommate Nat Reyes. When Reyes returned to the room a minute or two later, he noticed the open window and read the note. Horrified, he rushed to window only to see the grinning face of Gardella, who had been hanging from the window ledge several stories over the street.

The Tigers lose Al Benton, who has 5 wins and 3 shutouts, when he is hit on ankle in the 4th frame by a line drive off the bat of Bobby Estalella. He’ll be out till July 1. The A’s score 4 in the 5th to win, 7–2.

25th Red Sox CF Leon Culberson makes an unassisted DP when he catches a short looper and continues on to 2B to nab Vern Stephens before he can return. Despite the play, the Red Sox lose to the Browns, 5–0. Nels Potter records the shutout.

At St. Louis, Brooklyn scores 4 in the 1st inning but starter Tom Seats sits down after giving the 4 runs back and retiring one batter. Curt Davis relieves and finishes the game, allowing 4 runs, 3 on a homer by Ray Sanders, as the Dodgers lose 9-7. Clyde Sukeforth catches for the Dodgers, making the Davis-Sukeforth battery the first in ML history of 40-year-olds.

26th In St. Louis, Luis Olmo hits his second grand slam in 8 days as Brooklyn downs the Cards, 11-2.

27th The White Sox get only 3 hits total in a doubleheader loss to the Red Sox. Boo Ferriss allows only a single—by Tony Cuccinello in the 2nd—in the opener to win, 7–0, for his 6th straight victory and 4thshutout. Emmett O’Neill gives up 2 singles in the nitecap to win, 2–1. The three hits allowed in a double header equals the 1934 record set by the Dean brothers, when Paul Dean tossed a no-hitter in game 2.

After losing 9 straight to the Browns over 2 seasons, the Yanks brush aside the jinx to sweep a pair, winning 10–9 and 3–1. The Browns blow a 8–2 lead in the first game and lose in the 14th inning. The nitecap is called after 8 innings because of darkness.

30th Before the biggest Wrigley crowd—42,565 paid—in 7 years, the Giants top the host Cubs, 8–6 in the opener, and Mel Ott passes Honus Wagner’s career total of 4,888 total bases to set an NL record. Wagner’s has since been adjusted to 4868 and both players’ totals have been passed. Slim Emmerich is the winner over Ray Prim. The Cubs take the nitecap, 11–2 behind Bob Chipman’s 3-hit win over Bill Voiselle. Andy Pafko clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd. It’s Voiselle’s 2nd straight pounding after winning his first 8 games.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates take the first of two games, 13-5, before losing game 2 to the Dodgers, 14-10, snapping the Bucs 9-game winning streak. The win skein won’t be matched by a Pirate team until 1960.

1945 June

1st In St. Louis, Giants manager Mel Ott fines Bill Voiselle $500 for a fat pitch to Cards hitter Johnny Hopp. Voiselle has a 3–1 lead with one on, one out in the bottom of the 9th, then on an 0–2 pitch, Hopp triples for a RBI, and then a rainstorm interrupts the game for an hour. Voiselle returns to the mound and gives up a single to Ray Sanders and a triple to Whitey Kurowski to lose it, 4–3. Ott fines the pitcher for not wasting one. He later rescinds the fine, but relations between the two will remain cool.

2nd The Phils Vince DiMaggio hits a pinch grand slam against his old teammates, but the Pirates win 7–6. Vince will hit another slam on June 27.

3rd The Browns Tex Shirley pitches 13 scoreless innings against the A’s, but to no avail. The game ends 0–0.

5th After a losing road trip, the Giants play the Dodgers before 42,926 at the Polo Grounds, losing a 6–3 decision in 14 innings. Goodie Rosen hits a 2-run homer in the 14th to seal the win for Brooklyn.

6th In the first of 2 at Boston, Boo Ferris scatters 14 hits in beating the A’s, 5–2. Ferris is 8–0 on the year to tie the AL mark held by Chicago’s John Whitehead for wins at the start of a career. Boston completes the sweep, winning the nitecap, 3–2. Ferriss pinch hits in the nitecap, hitting into a DP.

Senator Langer, Republican of SD, introduces a bill in Congress that would require that 10% of ML rosters be made up of war veterans missing an arm, leg, foot or hand. “Congress has the right to do this because it controls interstate congress,” he says, adding, “I’m serious about this.” The bill doesn’t get to first base.

Dorothy Arnold is awarded a divorce decree from Joe DiMaggio, whom she married in 1939. She retains custody of Joe, Jr, 2.

7th Van Lingle Mungo and the Giants beat Brooklyn, 10–5, with a little help from Da Bums, who make 8 errors.

8th Buster Adams has 5 hits and Red Schoendienst has 4 as the Cardinals edge the visiting Pirates, 4-3, in 13 innings.

Tiny Bonham drives in 3 runs for the Yankees and holds Boston scoreless for 5 innings, but the Red Sox come back to win, 6-4. George Metkovich hits a 2-run homer in the 7th and makes an unassisted DP for Boston. With the loss, the Yankees drop out of first place.

9th Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher allegedly using brass knuckles, slugged him after an Ebbets Field cop hit him and broke his jaw, then pinned back his arms. The fan, John Christian, had been loudly berating the Dodgers and, after the 6thinning, the policeman was escorting the fan beneath the stands when the incident occurred. The case will come to trial next April and the all-male jury will take just 38 minutes to find the policeman and Durocher not guilty. In a separate settlement of a civil suit before the trial, Durocher paid Christian $6,750.

10th In Detroit, the Tigers split two games with the White Sox, winning 3-2 before losing 9-4. Paul Richards lone career grand slam accounts for the Bengals scoring in game 2. With the Yankees beating Boston, New York moves in front of the Tigers by a half-game.

13th In Boston, the Phils lose the 1st game 8–3 for their club-record 16th loss in a row. In game 2, the Braves contribute 8 errors to help the Phils win, 5–4, but it takes them 15 innings to do it.

14th The Giants send Ducky Medwick and lefty Ewald Pyle to the Braves for catcher Clyde Kluttz.

15th At Griffith Stadium, the Senators and Red Sox play 27 innings of baseball in a doubleheader that finally concludes at 1:02 a.m. Boston wins the opener in 14 innings, then the two teams struggle through a 13-inning tie before time is called. This is the first post-midnight game recorded in the majors.

The Phils send Johnny Peacock to the Dodgers for outfielder-turned-pitcher Ben Chapman, who will manage the team in the last half of the season.

16th Boo Ferriss loses to the Yankees 3–2 after starting his career with 8 victories—4 of them shutouts—for the Red Sox.

19th Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower, just back from Europe, is given a tremendous round of applause from fans at the Polo Grounds. The Braves then beat New York, 9–2 behind Jim Tobin’s pitching and 3 RBIs.

At Crosley Field, Joe Bowman pitches a 13-inning shutout over the Cards, winning 1-0. Red Barrett goes all the way to take the tough loss. During the game a rat runs up the leg of a woman seated behind the Reds dugout and 18-year-old infielder Ralph Kraus jumps into the stands and stomps the rat to death. That is the only action the Cincy native will get as the Reds will soon send him down without his ever getting into a game (as noted in Redleg Journal).

At St. Louis, in what will be dubbed the “Battle of the Dugouts”, the 8th inning produces fireworks as the White Sox score 4 runs to eventually win, 4-1. After reliever George Caster is lifted, he fires the ball into the White Sox dugout, prompting manager Jimmie Dykes to come out and protest. Browns catcher Gus Mancuso tells Dykes to shut up Karl Scheel, a Sox bench jockey who has been mercilessly “riding” the Browns. When Dykes says you can find him in the dugout, a few Browns, led by Sig Jakucki and Ellis Clary, do just that, giving a Scheel a “most brutal (Dykes)” pounding. The ex-Marine requires first aid but travels with the team to Cleveland. About 100 spectators mill on the field to try and see the action. In Cleveland, Dykes sends a telegram to Will Harridge accusing Browns manager Luke Sewell with instigating the riot.

21st Making his last start before answering the Army’s induction, the Cubs Hank Wyse wins his 6th straight stopping the Pirates, 5–4.

At Boston, the Yankees pound rookie star Boo Ferriss for 10 runs and score 13 in the 5th on their way to a 14-4 win.

24th The Giants sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 7–6 and 5–1. Bill Voiselle, making his 2nd start in 2 days, is the winner in the opener. Voiselle was slapped for 6 runs in the first inning yesterday in the Giants, 9–8, 11-inning loss. It is also Voiselle’s first win since being slapped with a $500 fine by manager Ott. Voiselle also made 2 consecutive starts last season, on September 2/3, winning the second game.

26th The Bainbridge (MD) Naval Training Center beats the St. Louis Cards, 9–6. The Sailors are led by former Card pitcher Ken Raffensberger, who scatters 10 hits, and Dick Sisler, who collects 4 safeties. Meanwhile, at Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago, the Bluejackets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, behind Bob Feller. Feller strikes out 9 to beat Boston’s Randy Hefflin.

27th The Phillies score 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Cardinals, 8-3, in the first of two games. Four runs tally on Vince DiMaggio’s grand slam, his third of the year. The Cards take the second game, 6-0, as Blix Donnelly pitches a one-hitter, allowing just a safety to rookie Vance Dinges.

28th Behind the pitching of Hal Newhouser, he Tigers move into 1stplace to stay with a 5-2 victory over the Senators at Briggs Stadium.

Sig Jacucki and the Browns knock the Yankees out of 1st place with a 9-4 victory. Len Schulte has 3 hits and 3 RBI to lead the 14-hit attack.

29th Ben Chapman replaces Fred Fitzsimmons, who resigns as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The club recently lost a team-record 16 straight. Chapman was acquired as a pitcher from the Dodgers on June 15th, but is better known as the Yankee outfielder and base-stealing star. Chapman will be the NL’s first player-manager since Jimmy Wilson (1934-39) when he appears in three games. Fitzsimmons final game is a 9–1 loss to the Cards at Shibe Park. Del Rice has three hits, three runs and three RBIs to pace the Birds.

The Senators jump on Stubby Overmire for 5 runs in the first inning and topple the first-place Tigers, 8–3. The Tigers lead the Yankees by a half-game.

Boo Ferriss pitches and bats the Red Sox to a 4–2 win over the White Sox. Ferriss has a run scoring single and a two-run homer in the 9thto snap a 1–1 tie.

Bucky Walters and the Reds stop the Braves, 4–1. Boston’s only score is Chuck Workman’s 10th homer. Tommy Holmes has two hits to stretch his hit streak to 25 games and is the first player to reach 100 hits.

1945 July

1st The first of the superstars returns from the war. Hank Greenberg, gone for 4 years, homers in his first game following his release from the Army before 47,700 in a Sunday game at Briggs Stadium. Rudy York adds a 3-run homer as the Tigers win the opener over the A’s, 9–5. Without Greenberg, Detroit takes the nitecap, 5–3, to lead the Yankees by 3 1⁄2 games with Chicago and Boston following.

Led by Tommy Holmes, the Braves win twice to sweep the three-game set with the 2nd place Cards, 6–3 and 8–7. Holmes is 7 for 10 in the series, including 4 homers and a triple, and stretches his hit streak to 28 games.

2nd Mike Kreevich is the batting star as the Browns sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 7-1 and 3-2. Kreevich has a 3rd inning grand slam in the opener and winning pitcher Jakucki adds a solo blast. In game 2 the Browns rally for a pair of runs in the 9th on Kreevich’s double off Randy Heflin. Heflin, making his pitching debut after two years in the Navy, allows just 3 hits going into the 9th.

Before 15,000 Marines at Cherry Point, NC, the league-leading Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Flying Leathernecks, 8-3. Mouse Halsell hits a leadoff homer but the Marines are no match for the clowning Dodgers.

Former major leaguer and NFL player Frank Grube dies after being shot on the steps of his Manhattan brownstone yesterday. Grube last played in 1941.

3rd At Braves Field, the Cubs tie a ML record when Phil Cavarretta, Don Johnson, and Stan Hack each score 5 times as Chicago pummels the Braves 24–2. For Chicago, it is the most runs scored this century. Johnson has 5 hits, as does Cavarretta, who adds 5 ribbies: it is the first time in ML history that two teammates have collected 5 hits in 7 at bats in a 9-inning game. Starter Claude Passeau is the beneficiary of all the infield (16 runs scored) support. Tommy Holmes, hitting in his 30th straight game, is 3-for-4 to raise his average to .402. On his second hit, Holmes splits the bat he has been using, a 1932 one that had been used by Johnny Fredericks. Holmes switches to his own bat for hit #3 (BRJ 1972). The Cubs will sweep the next three games from Boston, and Holmes will go 5-for-14.

4th The Cards total 36 hits and sweep two from the Giants at the Polo Grounds, winning 8–4 and 19–2. The losses drop the Giants from 2ndplace to 4th, with the Cards moving into third place. Augie Bergamo leads the way with 9 RBI, 8 of the RBIs coming in the 2nd game. Augie has 3 hits, including a triple, in the opener, then tops it with 5 hits in game 2. Two of the hits are homers, including a grand slam.

In the first game against Cleveland, the Indians tie a ML record with no assists, a first ever for a 9-inning game, in beating the Yankees, 4–2. Sidearmer Steve Gromek allows just 5 hits, including a Russ Derry homer, in winning, as the outfield pulls down 15 fly balls. Two years ago, the Browns went 8 innings without an assist: the Mets will be the next team to pull it off, on June 25, 1989. New York takes the nitecap, 3–2, as Al Gettel beats Allie Reynolds. Frankie Hayes sits out the nitecap after getting hit by a pitch in the head during game 1. The catcher ends his consecutive games played streak at 225.

At Chicago, Harlond Clift leads a Senators sweep by hitting 3 homers and driving in 9 runs. One of his homers come in 9th inning of the opener, a 5-4, 12-inning win with Marino Pieretti (9-4) going the distance. In the 11-2 nitecap win, Clift belts 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 7. These are the final 3 homers of his career.

The A’s snap a 14-game losing streak, beating the Browns, 3–2, in the lid lifter. They almost win the nitecap, but the Browns rally in the 9thto win, 6–5. Pete Gray’s bases-loaded single drives in the tying and winning runs.

At Boston, the Cubs move into 2nd place by sweeping two from the Braves, winning 5-3 and 7-5. Bob Logan loses both games, dropping the opener as a starter and losing game 2 in relief. Bill Nicholson has 2 homers in game 2, good for 3 RBI, and Andy Pafko homers and drives in 3.

5th At the Polo Grounds, Giants Whitey Lockman, 19, homers in his first ML at bat, off George Dockins, but the Cards prevail, 7–5.

Cleveland beats New York, 3–2, in 11 innings as Jeff Heath homers to break up a pitching duel between Tiny Bonham and Babe Klieman. Klieman has 3 assists and an AL record 6 putouts in the win. New York drops to 3rd with the loss.

6th Despite homers by Pete Coscarart and Jim Russell to lead off the game against Don Hendrickson, the Braves sweep the Pirates 13–5 and 14–8. For the winners, Butch Nieman connects for a pinch grand slam in the opener. In the 2nd game, Tommy Holmes has two first-pitch doubles to hit in his 34th consecutive game to pass Rogers Hornsby’s NL record of 33 set in 1922.

The Cardinals jump on Vic Lombardi for 7 runs in the 2nd inning en route to a 15-3 win over the first-place Dodgers. Ray Sanders leads a 19-hit attack with 4 hits and 6 RBIs.

The Cubs move a game behind the Dodgers with an 11-3, 5-1 sweep of the Phillies. In the first game, the Cubs spoil Don Grate’s ML debut scoring 5 runs in his inning and a third. Grate, a basketball all-American at OSU, skipped the minor leagues, but that is where he will spend most of his career as an outfielder. In 1952, he will set a long-throw mark of 434 feet, one inch. Veteran Ray Prim wins the first game in relief and goes 3-for-3. Chicago manages 15 hits in game 2.

Pitcher Phil Marchildon rejoins the Athletics. In the Canadian Air Force, he was shot down and held in a German prison camp for 9 months.

Mobile (Southern Association) catcher Harry Chozen, with a 33-game hitting streak, is in the on deck circle when he is hit by an errant bat and knocked unconscious. Chozen, who had walked his only time at bat, leaves the game but league Prexy Billy Evans rules that Chozen’s hit streak is still intact. It will eventually reach 49 games, breaking the Southern League record of 46 set by Johnny Bates in 1925. In the last 4 games of the streak, Chozen will pinch hit, getting a hit each time.

7th White Sox outfielder Wally Moses leads off the 1st inning with a walk, moves to 3B, and swipes home when A’s pitcher Luther Knerr goes into a slow windup. That’s all the scoring Chicago pitcher Bill Dietrich needs for the 1–0 win.

8th The Dodgers lose a pair to the visiting Cardinals by 6-4 scores. Brooklyn’s scoring in game 2 is a grand slam by Dixie Walker. Filling wartime rosters requires going deeper into the bag and the Dodgers bring back Babe Herman from California. He pinch-hits twice against the Cardinals, tripping over 1B on a hit. Guy Bush, Clay Touchstone, and Hod Lisenbee, contemporaries of Babe Herman in the 1920s, will get their chances on the mound. The Babe will go 9-for-34, mostly as a pinch-hitter, sock one HR, and be a popular gate attraction in Brooklyn.

The Cubs maintain the NL lead by winning 2 from the Phillies, 12–6 and 9–2. Phil Cavarretta has 4 hits and 4 RBIs in the opener, as Ray Prim beats Whit Wyatt. Led by Vance Dinge’s 4 hits, The Phils outhit the Cubs in the opener, 17–12. The Cubs never relinquish first place, despite losing 16 of 22 games to the Cards. They lead at the mid-term break by a game over the Dodgers, with the 7th place Cincinnati Reds just 9 back.

9th With tomorrow’s All-Star Game at Fenway Park canceled because of travel restrictions, seven inter-league games are played on July 9 and 10 for war charity during the schedule break. All the games are arranged geographically. Plans for a USO-sponsored all-star game in Europe do not materialize, although the war in Germany is over and fighting in the Pacific will be over in 6 weeks.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox edge the Cubs, 5-4, in ten innings, before Chicago’s biggest crowd (47,144) since 1941. At Cleveland, the Reds blanked the Indians, 6-0. At New York’s Polo Grounds, Hershel Martin’s grand slam helped the Yankees trounce the Giants, 7-1, in a rain-shortened game. At Philadelphia, slugger Jimmie Foxx is the starting pitcher for the Phillies (or Blue Jays) as they defeat the Athletics, 7-6.

At St. Louis, the Browns avenge their 1944 World Series loss to the Cardinals with a 3-0 triumph. The Browns use nine different pitchers with each hurling one inning, while the Cards have four pitchers work two innings apiece. Despite the 11 pitching changes, the game took only one hour, 31 minutes to play!

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox topped the Braves, 8-1, in the only day-game of the series. Boo Ferriss, discards plans to pitch both right- and left-handed in the game, stays with his right in subduing the Braves. The Sox’ Jack Tobin singles off his brother, Jim, while Tommy Holmes has a hit for the Braves. Holmes reaches the All-Star break with a .401 average and a NL-record 37-game hitting streak, but the skein will be snapped the day the regular schedule resumes.

At Washington, the Senators defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3, in a game marred by the career-ending knee injury suffered by Brooklyn’s rookie pitcher, Lee Pfund. Ironically, the game’s winning pitcher is Bert Shepard, who had lost a leg in military service. Shepard pitches 4 innings and gives up two runs.

The games played today raise a total of $244,778 for charity. The Boston game, though it has the third-lowest attendance of the games, contributes the most: $73,000. The reason: 44 box seats were sold at the price of $1,000 each. The New York and Chicago games each net $50,000+.

11th Aaron Robinson, Yankees catcher, returns from the military. Red Ruffing is back too, and so are Hugh Mulcahy and Buddy Lewis. Charlie Keller will follow, and a couple of dozen former ML players will be in uniform before the season is over.

12th The Chicago Cubs stop Tommy Holmes’ modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games, beating the Boston Braves 6–1 behind Hank Wyse for their 11th victory in a row. The Braves take game two 3–1, as Claude Passeau loses his first after 9 straight wins. Holmes hits .433 during the streak and will finish at .352, 2nd in the NL. His 9 strikeouts coupled with 28 HRs and 47 doubles is unparalleled for making contact and hitting for average and power.

A’s pitchers Bobo Newsom and Jesse Flores toss back to back shutouts over the Browns, winning 4–0 and 11–0.

13th At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey slugs three HRs, the 2nd a grand slam, and a triple for a 15 base total as the Indians go on a batting spree to win, 16–4. Seerey hits his homers off starter Atley Donald, Monk Dubiel, and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948, the only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Heath adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over New York. The Yanks’ Donald is going in the other direction, and this will be his last career start. His hex over the Indians is broken as well; after going 13-1 against Cleveland, he’s lost to them twice in 10 days.

The Philadelphia Phillies are skippered by two managers as they beat the Pirates, 11–9. With Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons managing, the game was started on June 3, but suspended after 6 innings because of Pennsylvania’s Blue Law. The Phils were in the lead, 11–9. Under the leadership of Ben Chapman, who took over for Fitzsimmons on June 29, Andy Karl shuts out the Pirates today for the last 3 innings and the Phils win, 11–9. For Karl it is one of his 15 saves on the year, high in the NL. In later years, most record books will credit the win to manager Fitzsimmons, though Neft & Cohen will give it Chapman.

15th Before 43,803 fans at Wrigley, the Cubs sweep the Giants, 5–3 and 7–2 to extend their lead to 4 games. Hy Vandenberg allows 3 hits in winning the opener, and Hank Wyse takes the nitecap. The Cubs will take 3 out of 4 from the Giants.

Detroit manager Steve O’Neill sends in pitcher Zeb Eaton to hit with the bases loaded in the 4th against the Yankees Hank Borowy. Eaton rewards his confidence with his first ML homer, a pinch grand slam, but the Yanks win, 5–4, when rookie Walter Wilson walks a batter with the sacks full in the 6th.

In the first-game loss to the Reds, the Phils Charley Schanz hits 4 batters to tie the NL record. Bucky Walters wins, 6–1. It is the 3rdtime in 8 seasons that Reds batters have tied the record of 4 hit batsmen in a game. The Reds take the nitecap, 3–1, as vet Vern Kennedy beats his old teammates.

The Pirates skewer the visiting Dodgers, beating them 9–1 and 15–3. Rip Sewell and Ken Gables are the winning pitchers over Vic Lombardi and Hal Gregg. In game 2 Bob Elliot hits for the cycle and Pete Coscarart scores 5 runs. The one bright spot for the Brooks is an 8th inning pinch homer in game 2 by Babe Herman in his first ML at bat since 1937. The former turkey farmer has not played any baseball this year but was signed by the Dodgers a week ago.

19th Secretary of the Navy Forrestal and Admiral Nimitz asked baseball commissioner Happy Chandler today to make arrangements to send the World Series winner “on a tour (90 days) of the Pacific Ocean to play Army and Navy teams at advance bases.” Mr. Forrestal is so enthusiastic that he adds in a letter to Chandler: “It may persuade more Japs to surrender because the one thing they all want to know is: ‘who’s leading the leagues?’ Connie Mack voices approval saying, “It will do the boys in service a world of good to see the 1945 world champions in person on the diamond.” But the war will end in less than a month and the tour never takes place.

Cubs pitcher Hank Wyse wins his 7th straight, and 13th of the season, setting down the Dodgers, 3–1 on five hits. The league leaders have now won 20 games against 5 defeats since June 27th.

The Reds win the opener against the Braves, 4–3 in the ninth on a single by Woody Williams, Boston wins the nitecap in 10 innings, 6–5. Butch Nieman’s three run homer ties the game in the 7th and he scores the winning run in the 10th on Carden Gillenwater’s single. After the nitecap, umpire George Magerkurth gets into a fight with a fan, but players break up the fisticuffs.

The Pirates win 4–0 over the Giants, as Bill Salkeld climaxes the scoring with a three-run homer in the 8th. Rip Sewell wins his 11th of the year, while Harry Feldman is the loser. Salkeld hits his homer off Ace Adams, who relieves Feldman in the 8th.

21st The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics battle to a 1–1 tie in 24 innings. with the A’s pulling off a DP with the sacks full to finish the contest. Les Mueller hurls the first 19 2⁄3 innings, scattering 13 hits and walking 5 for the Tigers. Dizzy Trout pitches the rest. Mueller’s outing is the longest since George Uhle and Ted Lyons went head-to-head in 1929, and no hurler has matched Mueller’s endurance feat since; Mueller later estimated he threw 370 pitches against 74 batters. He is helped by Jimmy Outlaw, who throws a runner out at home in the 10th after the A’s make 3 singles. The A’s use just two hurlers: Russ Christopher (13) and Joe Berry, the final 11. This is the last time that two pitching teammates will each throw more than 9 innings in a game. The top hitter is Bobby Estalella who goes 5-for-10. The match last an AL-record 4 hours and 48 minutes before umpire Bill Summers calls it at 7:48 p.m. because “he couldn’t see the ball.” (an AL rule prevents the lights being turned on during a scheduled day game). The AL’s longest previous match was 4 hours: 47 minutes on Sept. 1, 1906.

The Yankees bomb the White Sox into 6th place, 12–3, with the help of three homers. Nick Etten connects with the bases full, and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny connect as well. Ernie Bonham wins his 2nd of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1stinning.

Chief Specialist Bob Feller hurls a perfect no-hitter as his Great Lakes Naval Training team trims the visiting Ford All-Stars, 13–0, before 10,000 sailors. Feller’s catcher Walker Cooper belts a two-run homer to key a five-run 4th inning.

Assault charges against umpire George Magerkurth are dismissed. The ump and a fan got into a fight three days ago after a doubleheader in Cincinnati. The ump complained that the fan, Tom Longo, had been riding him all season, but Longo contended that Magerkurth had confused him with the real heckler. The two shook hands.

22nd Red Sox rookie star Boo Ferris picks up his 17th win in beating the Browns 3–2. Skeeter Newsome is 3-for-3. 34,810 fans jam Fenway Park, and thousands are turned away.

Making his first start since the 1942 WS, New York’s Red Ruffing beats the Athletics, 13–4, despite tiring in the 7th and being relieved by Gettel. Red gives up no runs and just 2 hits until the 7th.

25th Harry Chozen of Mobile (Southern) goes hitless ending his batting streak of 49 games. Chozen had pinch hits in his last 4 games to keep his streak alive.

27th Hal Newhouser shuts out the White Sox as first-place Detroit, wins, 1-0. Eddie Mayo hits a 9th inning walk-off homer off Johnny Humphries for the victory; it is the 2nd time in two years Humphries as served up a 9th inning homer to lose a shutout.

The Cubs purchase P Hank Borowy, 27, from the New York Yankees in an unexpected waiver deal, confounding fans and the other AL teams. Borowy, 10-5 with the Yankees, was put on waivers, apparently to solve a roster problem, and was passed over by all 7 AL teams who assumed the Yanks would pull him back if claimed. The Cubs snatch him for $97,500, and he will help the Cubs win the pennant with an 11-2 record, including 3 wins over the Cardinals down the stretch. Yanks owner Larry MacPhail had a simple explanation, according to Lyle Spatz in Yankees Coming, Yankees Going. MacPhail had been in the park on June 15 when Borowy had yielded the longest home run of the season at Yankee Stadium to Detroit pitcher Zeb Eaton, a pinch grand slam. It was the fourth of five consecutive starts that Borowy had failed to complete. The possessor of an even more mercurial personality than later Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, MacPhail supposedly decided right then that Borowy was finished as a Yankee.

29th Needing 2 hits to reach 2,000, Boston’s Bob Johnson collects 4 to lead the Red Sox to an 8–4 win over the Senators.

The Cardinals largest home crowd of the year, 24,782, sees a dandy as Red Munger and the Phillies Bill Lee hook up. The veteran Lee goes 10 innings for the 1-0 win.

The first-place Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Reds, winning 4-1 and 3-2, to complete a four-game sweep. It is the fourth 4-game sweep for the Cubs this season, something they won’t do again until 2015. Hank Wyse wins his 15th in the opener and Hank Borowy chalks up his first Cubs win in game 2.

31st The Reds split a pair with the Cards, losing 4-3 in game one, then shutting out the Birds, 2-0, in the second game. However, winning pitcher Bucky Walters hurts his arm and will appear in just two games the rest of the season.

1945 August

1st Mel Ott hits the 500th HR of his career, a total exceeded only by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. He will hit 10 more this season and one on Opening Day of 1946 to finish with 511. Ott leads the Giants to a 9–2 win over the Braves at the Polo Grounds.

Paced by Johnny Hopp’s grand slam off Hod Lisenbee, the Cardinals score 8 runs in the 2nd inning en route to a 15-3 pasting against the visiting Reds. Hopp’s homer goes over the RF pavilion at Sportsman’s Park.

In Detroit, the first-place Tigers go into the bottom of the 9th on the short end of an 8-5 score, but rally for 4 runs to top the Browns, 9-8. The Browns took a 5-0 lead in the 5th inning when Lou Finney hit a grand slam.

2nd Pat Seerey hits a grand slam in Cleveland’s 8-run 3rd inning as the Indians top the visiting White Sox, 13-7. It is Fat Pat’s 2nd grand slam in three weeks.

3rd The Dodgers recall 17-year-old infielder Tommy Brown from St. Paul. Brown debuted a year ago on this date.

4th Tom McBride of the Boston Red Sox drives in ML-record tying 6 runs in the 4th inning of the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Senators, as the Sox score 12 runs. He doubles and triples off Santiago Ullrich and Joe Cleary, each time with the bases loaded. The Sox bat around against Cleary, who gives up 7 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Cleary, the last major leaguer born in Ireland, gets one out, on a strikeout, but this is his only ML appearance and he’ll finish with a 189. ERA. The Senators then call on Bert Shepard, who remarkably pitches 5 1/3 innings giving up one run on 3 hits. For Shepard, who was wounded in WW2 and lost a leg, this too will be his only major league appearance. The Sox win, 15–4, after losing the opener, 4-0. Rookie reliever Wally Holborow, 32, throws a 2-hitter for his first ML win in his first ML start. He’ll win another pitching for the A’s in 1948.

At Crosley Field, the Reds edge the Cubs, 4-3, behind the pitching of Ed Heusser. It is Cincy’s only victory against Chicago this year as they will go 1-21 against the Cubs. Only the Cubs in 1909 vs. Braves (Pirates vs. Braves 1909. are close with a 1-20 mark), the Yankees (1927 vs. Browns) and the 1937 Pirates (vs. Reds) have matched this. No pre=expansion team has been swept in a season series.

At Pittsburgh, Pirate catcher Bill Salkeld is 5-for-5, including hitting for the cycle, and drives in all 5 runs, but his Bucs lose, 6–5, to the Cardinals reliever Harry Brecheen. Salkeld hits his only triple of the year in the cycle, half his career total. His offensive effort offsets a curious defensive stat: he has no putouts or assists in the game.

5th The Cubs bang out 22 hits in game 1 of a pair to overwhelm the Reds, 12–5. Hack has 3 doubles and a single, and Cavarretta has 5 hits for the second time in a month and 5 RBI. The Cubs take the nitecap, 2–1, behind Claude Passeau’s 6-hitter. Chicago has won 17 of their last 18 games.

The Senators sweep a pair from the Red Sox, winning 5-4 in 14 innings and 5-1 in regulation. George Myatt has 4 hits and 4 runs in game 1. Washington moves just a half game behind the AL leading Tigers.

6th At Comiskey Park, the Tigers and White Sox split two. Detroit wins the opener, 6-2, behind Al Benton. Benton has made 15 consecutive starts (one relief appearance) while allow 2 or fewer runs; it won’t be matched till 2010 when Mat Latos does it. Chicago takes the second game, 7-0, behind Johnny Humphries. Oris Hockett has 4 stolen bases in game 2, the first American Leaguer to do that since 1931. Hockett will swipe 10 this year, while getting caught 9 times.

8th The Tigers split a pair with the Red Sox, winning 5–2 before losing 7–4 in 12 innings. The Tigers tie the game in the bottom of the 9th when pitcher Zeb Eaton belts his second pinch homer of the year, a 2-run shot. It is also Zeb’s second and last ML homer. In the 10thframe of the 2nd game, a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Hank Greenberg fractures the head of Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher Jim Wilson, necessitating a 2-hour operation. Wilson will return to pitch 11 more years, but won’t win another ML game till 1951.

9th The lowly Boston Braves sell veteran pitcher Jim Tobin (9-14) to the AL-leading Detroit Tigers. Tobin, a good-hitting pitcher will go 4-5, and pitch in the World Series this year before retiring.

10th At Philadelphia, the Pirates and Phils split a doubleheader. The Bucs take the opener, 10-2, as Bob Elliot clubs a grand slam. Oscar Judd tosses a 4-hitter for a 6-1 Phillies victory in the nightcap.

At Detroit, the Red Sox snap a scoreless tie with the first-place Tigers by scoring 7 runs in the 6th to knock out Al Benton. Only one of the runs is earned but the splurge is the first start this season that Benton has allowed more than 2 runs. The 15 starts since the start of the season with 2 runs or fewer allowed is a major league record. Dodger starter Ryu in 2019 will notch 13 straight to come the closest. The final today is 9-0 Boston, with the shutout pitched by Randy Hefflin for his first ML win.

Richard Muckerman buys out Don Barnes’ interest in the Browns and now controls 50 percent of the club.

11th Chicago’s Claude Passeau limits the Braves to two hits—both coming with 2 out in the 8th—as the Cubs win, 8–0. The Cubs score 6 in the 9th after starter Logan is lifted.

12th Mel Ott leads the Giants to a pair of wins over the Reds, 3–2 and 6–5. Ott hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap after his homer and another by Danny Gardella leads the way in opener. The Reds Bill McKechnie, desperate for hitting, selects P Joe Bowman to pinch-hit for Vern Kennedy in game 1. Bowman is 0-for-42. He will hit .088 for the season.

Phils baserunner Fred Daniels collides with Cubs 1B Phil Cavarretta, sidelining the Cubs star for 25 of the next 27 games. The Cubs manage to win two from the Phils, 4–3 and 12–6. Stan Hack has hits in each game to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 25 matches.

In the lid lifter at Briggs Stadium, pitcher Jim Tobin, acquired on waivers, pitches 3 scoreless innings against New York and clubs a 3-run game-ending homer in the bottom of the 11th to win, 9–6. Another former Brave, Jim Turner, serves up the homer. The Tigers win the nitecap, 8–2, behind Hal Newhouser’s 18th win.

13th  At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers score 3 runs in the 8th and one in the 9th to tie the visiting Cardinals, at 10 apiece. But the Cardinals push across a run in the 15th on Ken O’Dea’s RBI double to win, 11-10. With the Cubs winning, 4-1, the Cards stay 6 games behind.

Branch Rickey becomes the principal stockholder of the Dodgers. He and associates Walter O’Malley and John Smith acquire the 50 percent interest of the Ebbets estate for a reported price of $750,000.

14th Cleveland’s Lou Boudreau suffers a broken right ankle in a collision at 2B with Dolph Camilli, but the Tribe beats the Red Sox, 3–0 behind Jim Bagby’s 3-hitter.

At Boston, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 7-5 in 10 innings, and 6-2. The Pirates score 3 times in the 10th in game 1. Johnny Barrett has a 1st inning grand slam in game 2.

Giants rookie Sal Maglie makes his first ML start, beating the Reds, 5–2. It is Cincy’s 11th straight loss. They’ll lose a pair tomorrow before winning.

15th The Cubs rack up 19 hits, including 2 homers by Paul Gillespie, one with the bases full in the 2nd inning off Art Herring, to swamp the Dodgers, 20–6. Gillespie drives in 6. Chicago scores 8 in the 4thinning with the first 8 batters reaching base before an out is recorded. Hank Borowy coasts to the win.

Commissioner Happy Chandler sells WS radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette. Ford had been the WS sponsor since 1934, paying $100,000 annually.

Umpire Ernie Stewart is canned by AL President Will Harridge for “disloyalty.” Stewart had complained about the pay and taken his case to Chandler. Bill McGowan is the top-paid umpire in the league at $9,000.

18th Scheduled demonstrations at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off.

19th In game 2 of a doubleheader against the Reds, 37-year-old slugger Jimmie Foxx makes his first ML start, pitching, the first 7 innings for the Philadelphia Blue Jays. He leaves with a 4–1 lead, and Andy Karl saves Foxx’s only ML decision, a 6–2 final. Double X’s ERA in 10 ML appearances is 1.52. Foxx’s opponent is Howie Fox, who started yesterday’s game as well. The lidlifter goes the Phils as well, 5–0, though they are mathematically eliminated from a 1st place finish.

The Yankees win the first of 2 with the White Sox, 4–2, to break their 9-game losing streak, the longest under McCarthy. Chicago takes the nitecap, 20, as Lefty Grove gives up just 5 hits, 3 by Metheny.

20th At the age of 17, SS Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers is the youngest player to hit a ML homer. Brown belts his homer off Pirates southpaw Preacher Roe into the upper LF section at Ebbets Field. Seven Dodger errors make it easy for Pittsburgh to win, 11-1.

Detroit’s Hal Newhouser shuts out the A’s, 4–0, for his 20th win of the year. Greenberg has his 15 game hitting-streak stopped, but Roy Cullenbine and Doc Cramer add HRs.

Washington double bagels the host Cleveland Indians as Marino Pieretti wins 7–0 and Alex Carrasquel follows with a 6–0 shutout. George Binks contributes a grand slam off Pete Center.

21st At Ebbets Field, the Pirates score 7 times in the 1st inning against the faltering Dodgers, and win, 12-1. Pete Coscarart has a grand slam in the opening frame, off Hal Gregg.

24th Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from the Navy and attracts a home crowd of 46,477, who watch him strike out 12 and yield only 4 hits in a 4–2 win over Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. He will get 9 starts during the remainder of the year, and his 5 wins will include a one-hitter and two 4-hitters. With the war now over, fans are clamoring for entertainment and it is clear Feller is still baseball’s number one ticket seller.

25th The Tigers Joe Hoover will swipe only 19 bases in his career, but the most valuable one comes today. On the front end of a 3rd inning double steal, Hoover steals home against the Browns for the game’s only run.

At Ebbets Field the Dodgers sweep two from the Giants, winning, 8-6 and 13-3. Ed Stevens has a homer and double to drive in 5 runs in game 1, and Dixie Walker leads Da Bums in game 2 with 6 RBIs.

26th Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss wins his 20th game, beating the A’s 4–3 and doubling home the game winner in the 10th inning. The Sox take the nitecap, 4–3, on an 8th inning RBI by Boston native Byron La Forest. The rookie has 5 hits for the day, including two homers and a double.

Before a standing-room only crowd of 42,998 at Wrigley, the Cardinals down the Cubs, 5–1 behind Red Barrett’s 5 hitter, and cut Chicago’s lead to 2 ½ games. A week ago the Cubs lead the Cards by 7 ½.

In St. Louis, the 3rd-place Browns sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 3-2 and 4-1. In game 1 Gene Moore legs out a run-off inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning.

In the first of two at Forbes Field, the Pirates plate 7 in the 2nd inning and hold on the beat the Reds, 10-7. Jim Russell has a 3-run homer in the big frame. The Bucs complete the sweep with a 2-1 win in the second game. Rookie Ken Gables (10-4) goes the distance. After 3 hits in game 1, Reds OF Ken Libke goes hitless ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 20.

27th The Browns overcome a 6-run 7th by the White Sox to edge to Sox, 8-7. Oris Hockett has a grand slam for Chicago.

28th Against the Phillies, Brooklyn’s teenage SS Tommy Brown hits a triple and then steals home sliding under a high pitch by Rene Monteagudo. At 17, he is the youngest to pull off a home steal. The Dodgers win, 7–1, for their 13th win in 14 games.

29th At Sportsman’s Park, the Browns edge the 1st-place Tigers, 5-4, to tighten the AL race. The Senators are a game in back of Detroit while Cleveland and New York are tied for 4th place, 6 games back.

30th Stan Hack of the Cubs becomes No. 82 in the 2,000-hit club when he collects a first inning single off Pirate pitcher Preacher Roe. Earlier in the season the Senators’ Joe Kuhel and Red Sox OF Bob Johnson made the list. Hack scores after his safety, but the Pirates win, 6–4 over the first-place Cubs.

Yankees rookie Floyd Bevans, 28, retires the first 18 Red Sox batters before giving up a walk and a double to Bob Johnson, the only hit for the Sox. Bevans wins, 7–1, defeating Boo Ferriss who was trying for his 21st win. Johnson had the lone hit for his team twice in June 1937.

At Raleigh, Charles Timm sets a Carolina League record by striking out 20 batters as his Raleigh Capitals beats Martinsville, 7-3.

31st The Senators again muff a chance to go into first place, dropping a pair to the Yankees, 3–2 and 3–1. In between games, Nats pitcher Bert Shepard receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in WW2. Shepard lost his leg in battle.

Browns pitcher Sig Jacucki, who was hammered out of the box in the win over Detroit two days ago, arrives hammered at Union Station in St. Louis for the 8 a.m. train to Chicago (as noted in Bill Mead’s Only The Browns). According to trainer Bob Bauman, manager Sewell tells Sig, “You’re not getting on that train. You’re through.” “No I’m not,” Sig retorts and starts drunkenly swinging. Somehow, Jacucki boards the train but the police take him off at suburban Delmar station. Undaunted, Jacucki hops a freight train and reaches the team hotel in Chicago around midnight, and ends up sleeping in the lobby. It is all for naught as owner Bill Dewitt tells the pitcher he is finished. Sig, 12-10 this year, ends his career at 25-22.

1945 September

1st The Phils beat the Braves 8–3 in Boston, as Vince DiMaggio hits his 4th grand slam of the year, tying a major league mark. An injury will shortly end the season for the senior DiMaggio.

Detroit’s Hal Newhouser wrenches his back pitching against the Indian’s Bob Feller. Newhouser leaves the game in the 7th and will stay behind when the team leaves for New York, but will rejoin them on the 7th. The Tigers win, 5–4, behind Jim Tobin’s 2 innings of relief and are just 1 ½ games ahead of the 2nd place Senators. For the second time in a month, Red Borom has 5 hits for Detroit.

2nd Before 34,939 paid customers, the largest crowd at Sportsman’s Park since August 13, 1939, the Cardinals split with the Cubs, losing 4-1 in 10 innings and winning, 4-0. The Cards lose the opener on Al Secory’s 3-run pinch double then turn the ball over to Red Barrett for game 2. Lennie Merullo, leading off the 3rd with a single, is the only baserunner for the Cubs, and he is cut down attempting to steal. Barrett faces just 27 batters in the win, his 20th of the year. The split leaves the Cards two game behind the Cubs for the NL lead.

3rd In game 1 of a Labor Day doubleheader in Chicago, Andy Pafko hits a grand slam off Ed Heusser in the 1st inning as the Cubs beat Reds, 7-2. Paul Derringer is the winner over Heusser. Chicago wins the nitecap as well, 7-1, as Hy Vandenberg outpitches Vern Kennedy. Chicago is now 19–1 this year versus the Reds, and moves 4 games in front of the 2nd place Cardinals.

New York sweeps a pair from the A’s, winning 4–1, and 7–6 in 11 innings. Game 2 fireworks include George Stirnweiss’s 4 long hits—2 doubles and 2 triples, and Charlie Keller’s, double, triple, and homer. Additional fireworks come when Yank reliever Ken Holcombe strikes out in the 10th to end the frame and umpire Joe Rue and A’s catcher Charley “Greek” George get into a fist fight following much disagreement over calls. George will be suspended 90 days for hitting Rue. Once his suspension ends, Connie Mack will give him his unconditional release and George never plays again in the majors.

In sweeping a pair from St. Louis, Pittsburgh edges the Cardinals, 6–5, beating starter Ted Wilks. Wilks will not lose another game until 1948—a total of 77 appearances, all but four in relief. Bill Salkeld has 2 of the Bucs 4 homers, and Frank Gustine steals home. In game 2, a 6–2 win, Preacher Roe fans 11 while his batterymate Al Lopez catches his 1,793rd game, a ML record for catchers. He tops Hartnett.

Tom Seats of Brooklyn wins a pair against the Braves. Seats shuts out Boston, 4–0, in the opener, and wins the nitecap, 4–3 in 10 innings, with an inning of relief.

Before a crowd of 45,000 in Nuremberg, Germany, the Oise Base All Stars beat the Third Army All-star team, 2–1, to take a 2–1 lead in the Army World Series. Leon Day of the Newark Black Eagles, pitches a 4-hitter for the victory. The final two games in the series will be played in Reims, France.

4th Long-time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber, 43, who last pitched in the ML in 1923 and the minors in 1931, relieves for the Yankees against Detroit in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1⁄3 innings, but the Tigers and Dizzy Trout win, 10–0. The 22 years between ML appearances is a ML record. Schreiber will pitch again on the 8th when, in an 11-4 loss to Detroit, he gives up 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a one-inning appearance.

5th On Honus Wagner Night in Pittsburgh, the Dodgers spoil the party by winning, 5–3, in 10 innings, on Goody Rosen’s 2-run homer.

Reds rookie pitcher Mike Modak, who joined the Reds after his school year at Indiana University, shuts out the Phillies, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. The Reds manage just 3 hits against Phils rookie Dick Mauney. For Modak, this shutout is his lone ML victory (noted by J.G. Preston). The Phils take the second game, 8-6, as Andy Seminick homers and Vince DiMaggio has 3 hits.

6th       At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks take the first game of a twinbill with Detroit, winning 14-5. Rookie Aaron Robinson has his second 2-homer game of the season, driving in 4 runs. Robinson will hit all 8 of his homers at home, the only Yankee rookie to ever do that (Bobby Brown and Shelley Duncan will hit their first 5 at home). Detroit rallies in game 2 to win 5-2 and stay a game and a half ahead of Washington.

In St. Louis, the Braves use an 18-hit attack and score 6 in the 9th in game 1 to whip the Cardinals, 9-1. Ed Wright (5-2) limits the Cards to 3 hits and garners 3 hits himself. Tommy Holmes hits his league-leading 28th homer and drives in 3 runs with 3 hits. Holmes is second in the NL in hitting. He will hit no more homers this year but his 8 is good enough to top the circuit. He will also strike out just 9 times, the league’s low, and is the only leading homerun hitter in history to do so. In game 2, the Cards win, 7-3, as Buster Adams drives in 4 runs and hits his 22nd homer, tied for second in the NL.

7th Facing the Brown’s Bob Muncrief Joe Kuhel hits an inside-the-park HR into the CF corner, the only homer hit by a Senator all season at Washington’s cavernous Griffith Stadium. The Nats hit 26 more on the road. The Senators win, 3–2, behind Roger Wolff’s 4-hitter. Muncrief also tosses a 4-hitter. George Case scores the 1st run on a steal of home and also steals 2B and scores just before Kuhel’s HR in the 3rd inning.

Detroit stays 1½ game ahead of Washington by beating the Yankees 5–0 behind Newhouser’s 22nd win. Newhouser allows just 4 singles in winning as the Tigers will win five games in New York.

After winning the first of two games with the Phillies, 6-2, the Reds start 18-year-old Herm Wehmeir, a Cincinnati prep star. He doesn’t last long as he gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in one inning of the 8-6 loss. Hod Lisenbee makes his final appearance on the mound in relief: the 47-year-old is the last major leaguer born in the 19th century.

8th President Truman tosses out the first ball and then cheers the Senators to their 5th win in 6 games against the Browns. The 2ndplace Nats win 4–1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Pete Appleton, recently released by the Browns. It is the vet’s last win.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers keep a 1 ½ game lead on the Senators by belting the Yankees, 11-4, behind Dizzy Trout. Making his final ML appearance in this game is reliever Paul Schreiber, who pitched in 2 games this year for New York. He last pitched for the Dodgers in 1923—a 22-year gap between ML appearances.

9th Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics returns from 3 years with the Canadian Army and pitches a no-hitter, walking 4 and beating the St. Louis Browns, 1–0, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. A triple by Hal Peck leads to the winning run in the 9th. It is the Canadian Fowler’s first start since his return and his first ML shutout. The no-hitter is the first by an Athletic since 1916. There won’t be another no-hitter by a Canadian until 2018.

In a twinbill, Philadelphia and the Pirates split, with Pittsburgh winning 4–3 and losing 14–3. Philadelphia’s Jimmie Foxx hits a HR in each game, his 6th and 7th of the season. The second homer is the 534th and last of his career.

The Cubs sweep the Cards, 9–1 and 4–0, for their 17th doubleheader sweep this year. This ties the ML record set by the Cards last year.

10th At Yankee Stadium, Charlie Keller’s 7th inning grand slam snaps a 1-1 tie as the Yankees top Cleveland, 5-1.

12th The second-place Cardinals score three runs in the 1st inning against the Dodgers and rookie Art Lopatka, making his ML debut, makes the lead stand up, winning 3–2. It is Lopatka’s lone ML victory. He will be waived to the Phils next April and, while pitching batting practice in spring training, a Del Ennis line drive will injure his pitching hand effectively ending his ML career.

13th In his first start since returning from the Navy, Senators P Walt Masterson shuts out the Indians, 4-0, on 2 hits. Masterson’s win leaves the Senators just a half-game behind Detroit.

Maybe his #17 should be #7. At Yankee Stadium, Bill Zuber holds the White Sox hitless for 6 2/3 innings and allows just one hit through 9 scoreless innings. But the Yanks can’t score against Bill Dietrich and Zuber collapses in the 10th allowing 7 hits and 7 runs to lose, 7-0. It is the seventh time that Zuber has lost by a shutout, a Yankee record.

At Crosley Field, a crowd of 281 fans watch their Reds lose to the Giants, 3–2.

Cy Blanton, who twice led the NL in shutouts, dies in a mental institution in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 37. His career was cut short by mental illness.

15th In Washington, Detroit opens a 5-game series against the 2ndplace Senators by breaking 6th inning ties in each game to sweep a pair, 7–4 and 7–3. The losses drop the pesky Nats 2 ½ games back.

16th After 10 straight losses to Newhouser stretch back to 1943, the Senators finally beat the Detroit ace, 3–2. behind Roger Wolff’s 19thwin. The Tigers then win the nitecap 5–4, to stay at 2 ½ ahead.

At New York, the Browns and Yankees split a pair, the Bombers losing the opener, 6–2, to Bob Muncrief. Vern Stephens has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Leadoff hitter Pete Gray is 1-for-4, collecting his safety off reliever Tiny Bonham. It is the last major league hit for the one-armed outfielder as he goes 0-for-3 in the nitecap, a 5–4 win for New York. Spud Chandler, the winning pitcher, drives in 3 runs.

17th At Wrigley Field, Brooklyn’s Art Herring holds the Cubs to 3 hits in stopping the league leaders, 4–0. Ed Stevens has a 2-run double and an inside-the-park homer to pace the Dodgers. Swish Nicholson sets a NL record by making 10 putouts in RF, and he ties another mark with 11 chances accepted.

18th The Senators score 4 in the 1st inning against Dizzy Trout, pitching for the 6th time in 10 days, and beat the Tigers 12–5 on a muddy field. The 2 teams tie a ML record by using 35 players. Detroit returns home 1 ½ games ahead of the Senators.

In the Reds doubleheader split with Boston, Hank Sauer hits 3 homers, one in the first game and pair in game 2. The Reds lose the opener in 11 innings, 3–1, as Harrist and Wright each allow just 4 hits. Cincy 2B Kermit Wahl makes 3 errors in the 11th, a NL record-tying effort (but the only one to do it in extra frames). Howie Fox is the nitecap winner, 6–2.

The Cardinals give the Cubs 2 runs in the 1st on 2 hits and 2 errors, then hold on to win, 3–2, shaving the Cubs NL lead to 2 games over St. Louis. Red Barrett wins his 22nd game.

19th Bob Feller limits the Tigers to one hit—a 5th inning bloop single by Jimmy Outlaw—as the Indians beat Detroit 2–0, and cut the Bengals lead to one game over idle Washington. Heath’s 2-run homer, one of 3 hits, accounts for all the scoring. Feller has now thrown 6 one-hitters.

A pigeon gets into play in Boston as the Red Sox sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 11-10 and 3-0. In game 1 Tommy McBride mistakes a pigeon for the ball in the first half of the 3rd inning and lets Sam Chapman’s double bang against the wall at least 30 feet from him. In the bottom of the 3rd, Skeeter Newsome singles and Hal Peck’s throw strikes a pigeon deflecting off to the A’s second baseman Irv Hall, who tags out Newsome trying to stretch his hit into a double. Otis Clarke pitches the Red Sox to a 3-0 win in the nitecap

At Yankee Stadium, the Browns take a pair of 10-inning games from the Bombers, winning 6-5 and 4-3. Ruffing goes the distance for the loss in the opener, and Ox Miller beats Floyd Bevans in game 2.

At Wrigley, the Cubs score a run in the 9th to tie and 3 in the 10th to beat the Cardinals, 4–1. Borowy and Dockins match scoreless frames until the 8th. The Cards will win the rubber game tomorrow.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers edge the Gianta, 5-4, with the help of Mike Sandlock’s 3-run homer off Harry Feldman. It is Sandlock’s second and last career four bagger; his first homer came off Harry Feldman as well.

In two exhibition games in New York, the Cleveland Buckeyes, the Negro AL champs, beat the Bushwicks, 2-0, behind Roosevelt Davis’s 3-hitter. The Homestead Grays, the Negro NL champs, lose 4-2 to the New York Cubans at the Polo Grounds.

20th The Tigers lose to the Indians 6–1 while the Yankees beat the Senators by the same score. Cleveland scores 6 runs in the 8th with the help of 4 errors to rout Benton.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cards Harry Brecheen (14-3) outpitches veteran Ray Prim of the Cubs to win, 2-0 and stay 2 games in back of Chicago. The 38-year-old Prim (13-8) is 11-3 down the stretch and compiles a remarkable 1.27 ERA in his final 113.1 innings pitched. His 2.40 ERA will lead the NL, the last Cubs hurler this century to do so.

21st At New York, the Yankees again dent the Senators’ pennant aspirations, beating them 5-3 behind homers by Nick Etten and George Stirnweiss. The Nats drop to 1 ½ games behind the idle Tigers. The Senators lose Harlond Clift who is hit on the head by a batting practice pitch and suffers a concussion. Yesterday will prove to be his last ML game.

22nd The Tigers eliminate the Browns, winning 9–0 behind Hal Newhouser (23-9). Hal drives in 3 runs with a double and triple.

Roger Wolff wins his 20th for the Senators, stopping the A’s, 2–0, to keep the Nats’ hopes alive.

Red Barrett wins his 23rd, 9–4, over the Reds and the Cards move to 1 ½ games behind the idle Cubs.

23rd To make Griffith Stadium available for pro football, the Senators finish their season early, playing their last 2 games of the year in Philadelphia. The A’s tie the Nats 3–3 in the 8th, then win it in the 12th, 4–3, on a fly ball that OF Bingo Binks loses in the sun and it drops for a double. Bingo neglects to don sunglasses after the sun breaks through the clouds. Kell singles home the winner. The Senators win the night cap, 4–3, but their season ends with them one game behind the Tigers at 87-67.

The Tigers lose to Nels Potter, 5–0, garnering only 2 hits off the Browns ace. They next play on the 26th and the 30th, while the second-place Senators must sit by and watch.

After being honored in a pre-game ceremony on Andy Pafko Day, Pafko hits his 2nd slam of the month, off Preacher Roe in the 1stinning of game 1 in Chicago. The Cubs beat the Pirates, 7-3, with Hank Wyse winning over Roe. The nitecap is rained out. The win keeps the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of the Cards, winners over the Reds.

On Boo Ferriss Day at Fenway Park, the Sox ace receives numerous gifts, including an automobile, before the doubleheader with the Yankees. Ferriss pinchhits in the opener, a 6-5 14-inning win for the Sox. Already a 21-game winner, Boo starts game 2, but is on the short end of a 2-1 decision in a game called after five innings as the Sunday Law prevents further play.

The Phillies salvage a split with the Dodgers after making only one hit—by Rene Monteagudo—off Hal Gregg in a 9–0 first game loss. The Phils take the nitecap, 4–3.

NL Prexy Ford Frick presents Mel Ott with a lifetime pass to NL games in honor of his 20 years with the Giants. The Braves then sweep two from Ott’s boys, winning 4–1 and 7–3.

25th At the Polo Grounds, Goody Rosen belts a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th, off rookie Roy Lee, to give the Dodgers a 7-4 decision over the Giants. Vic Lombardi goes the distance for his 10th win, allowing 11 hits including a 2-run pinch homer by Clyde Kluttz. The Giants Ernie Lombardi—no relation—allows a passed ball, his 9th of the year, to lead the NL in that category. It is the 10th time the future Hall of Famer will lead the NL in passed balls; the AL record is 5.

26th The first-place Tigers gain a doubleheader split with the Indians when Hal Newhouser shuts out the Tribe, 11–0. The Bengals fail to clinch as they lose the nitecap, 3–2, to Steve Gromek. The split leaves Detroit a game ahead of the idle Senators with 2 games left in St. Louis.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pass the million mark in attendance for the first time ever. The draw today is a hook up between the Giants and Dodgers, but Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca beats New York righty Jack Brewer, 8–1.

The Cards whip the Cubs, 11–6, to move back to 1 ½ games behind Chicago. The Cardinals finish the season with Chicago winning 16 of their 22 meetings, a ML-record number of wins against a pennant winner. The Cubs will sweep two from the Reds tomorrow to clinch a tie for the pennant, and sweep two from Pittsburgh on the 29th to win it.

27th The Cubs sweep the Reds 3–1 and 7–4 in Cincinnati. Chicago wins 21 games against the Reds this year: their only loss to Cincy came on August 4, 4–3, at Crosley Field. The Cubs extend their ML record to 19 doubleheader sweeps in a season.

At Yankee Stadium, the 4th place Yankees whip the Athletics, 8–1. Pitcher Red Ruffing (7-3), who returned to the team in July, helps his cause with a 3-run homer off Bobo Newsom. It is the 36th (and last) homer of his career: at this point only Wes Ferrell (38) has hit more as a pitcher. For Bobo, it is his AL-high 20th loss of the season. The Yankees will lead the AL in homers with 95, the lowest total for an AL leader since New York led with 45 in 1919.

28th Four bases on balls give Eddie Stanky of the Dodgers 147 walks for the season, tying the mark held by Jimmy Sheckard of the Cubs in 1911. Brooklyn beats the Pirates, 5–2, as Luis Olmo adds a homer and 2 doubles. Olmo adds his 17th stolen base to tie for 3rd in the NL; his 13 triples will lead the league. He drives in 2 runs to give him 110 on the season, second on the team to Dixie Walker, whose 124 will lead the circuit. Olmo will total 249 RBIs in his 6-year career, with a remarkble 44% coming in 1945, a record for a player with a 100-RBI season (as noted by John Pastier). Tom Seats (10-7) is the complete-game winner with today being his last ML appearance.

The Indians finish their season with a 2-1 loss in 6 innings to the Browns, as Sam Zoldak tops Bob Feller. The Tribe finishes at 73-72 with two ties and 9 unplayed games; the 147 games played is a record for fewest games in a 154-game schedule.

29th The Cubs clinch the NL flag on Hank Borowy’s 4–3 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader. Borowy, 11-2 with the Cubs (10-5 with the Yankees) is the only pitcher this century to win 10 or more games in both the AL and NL in the same season (Joe McGinnity won 13 games in the AL, 8 in the NL in 1902, the most up till now). The final margin for Chicago is 3 games over the Cardinals. During the season, the Cubs win 20 doubleheaders a ML record. Chicago takes the nitecap 5–0, scoring all 5 runs in the 4th inning. The big blow is catcher Paul Gillespie’s 2-run homer off Rip Sewell, the hit coming in his final major league at bat (Gillespie will go 0-for-6 in the WS). The game is called after 7 innings.

30th On a rainy Sunday in St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers square off in a season-ending twinbill. Because a postponed game could not be made up after the season ended (the rule then in effect), the first game is played in a downpour. Hank Greenberg’s grand slam in the 9th inning decides it as the Tigers win 6–3 and clinches the AL pennant. Virgil Trucks, discharged 3 days earlier from the Navy, is the starter, with Newhouser relieving in the 5th and winning his 25thand his 7th over the Browns. The continuing drizzle rains out the unnecessary 2nd game after one inning. The Tigers had been assured of a tie on September 26 when Newhouser won his 24th game, an 11–0 shutout of the Indians. There were 3 off days before the season finale today. The 2nd-place Senators finished the season on the 23rd.

In a 12–2 Yankee win over Boston, George Stirnweiss gets 3 hits on the final day to raise his average to .309 (actually .30854 to Cuccinello’s .30845). The 3rd hit comes in the 8th, off Otis Clark, in his last at bat. The White Sox-Cleveland games are washed out, depriving the veteran Tony Cuccinello of a shot at the title. The only other .300 hitter playing full time is teammate Johnny Dickshot (.302). Neither Cuccinello or Dickshot ever play another game in the ML as the White Sox release the two veterans. Only Elmer Flick in 1905 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1968 ever led the AL with a lower average than Stirnweiss, but the latter also leads the AL with 195 hits, 107 runs, 22 triples, 301 TB, 33 steals, and a .476 SA. He also led the AL in at bats (632) to Cuccinello’s 402. Snuffy is also the only major leaguer to finish a season as the top hitter without ever having led at any point during the season.

Eddie Stanky draws a walk his first time at bat, his 148th walk of the year, from Hugh Mulcahy to break Jimmy Sheckard’s NL mark. The Dodgers beat the Phils 4–1 as 2,241 frostbitten Philley fans look on.

In the first of 2 at Boston, Don Fisher of the Giants shuts out the Braves, 1-0 in 13 innings, winning on Nap Reyes’ home run. It is just the 6th time in ML history that a scoreless extra inning game has been won on a solo homer (his reward? One at bat in 1950) Fisher is just the 3rd pitcher this century to fire a shutout in his last appearance, and the first of 4 this century to throw a shutout in his only start. Luis Aloma, in 1951, is the next. The second game ends in a 7-inning 2-2 tie. Tommy Holmes is 4-for-6 in game one, and needing a 3-for-4 in game 2 to overtake Cavarretta for the batting crown, he comes up short, going hitless in 2 appearances. Cavarretta is 2-for-4 in the Cubs 5–3 win over the Pirates to finish at .355. Holmes hits .352. The Bucs score 3 in the 9th and leave the tying run on base. For Chicago, it is their 22nd win in September. The Cubs in 2016 will win 22 games in August to tie the team mark.

1945 October

3rd The Tigers and Cubs meet in the WS for the 4th time. Hank Borowy pitches a 6-hitter and Hal Newhouser is roughed up for 8 runs in 3 innings, as the Cubs win 9–0.

4th Returning war vets Virgil Trucks and Hank Greenberg produce a 4–1 Detroit win. Trucks, who pitched in only 5 innings of one game at the end of the season, pitches a complete game, giving up 7 hits: he did win a game during the regular season. Greenberg’s 3-run HR in the 5th wins the game.

5th Claude Passeau of the Chicago Cubs pitches a one-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 3–0 in the 3rd game of the WS. Rudy York’s 2nd-inning single spoils Passeau’s bid for immortality. Bill Nicholson drives in the first run.

6th Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis buys a box seat for his goat for the 4th game of the WS and is escorted out of Wrigley Field. In retaliation Sianis casts a “goat curse” over the Cubs. The Tigers tie the series on Dizzy Trout’s five-hit 4–1 win. Detroit scores all its runs in the 4th, with Hank Greenberg, Roy Cullenbine, Paul Richards, and a force-out scoring the runners.

7th Hal Newhouser beats Hank Borowy 8–4. A 4-run 6th, including Hank Greenberg’s double, provides the margin. The Tigers now lead the WS 3 games to 2.

8th Stan Hack’s double takes a tricky bounce over LF Hank Greenberg’s shoulder with 2 outs in the 12th inning to give the Chicago Cubs an 8–7 win in the 6th game of the WS. Hack has 4 hits, 3 RBIs, and reaches base 6 times. Borowy pitches 4 scoreless innings in relief, while Dizzy Trout, Detroit’s 5th pitcher, is the loser. The Series is now tied at 3 games apiece. Greenberg’s homer in the 8th is one of 13 hits for Detroit; Chicago counters with 15.

10th The Tigers tally 5 runs in the first inning and rout the Chicago Cubs 9–3 behind Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10, enabling Detroit to win baseball’s most sloppy World Series, 4 games to 3. One of his strikeout victims is pinch hitter Clyde McCullough, whose last appearance was in the 1943 season. McCullough was in the Navy the past two years and was activated by the Cubs as MLB allows teams to expand their rosters for returning veterans. The winners get $6,433 a share, 2nd to the 1937 Yankees share. Each Cub gets $3,930. Total receipts of $1.6 million is a WS record.

15th Attendance in the ML was 10.28 million, breaking the 1940 record. The Tigers led with 1.28 million. The Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs also drew a million.

23rd Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Dodger organization. Robinson signs a Montreal (IL) contract for 1946. The Dodgers will also sign Black pitcher John Wright.

29th Happy Chandler, who had continued to serve in the U.S. Senate after becoming commissioner, resigns his political office. He will presently move the commissioner’s quarters to Cincinnati.

1945 November

6th Billy Southworth leaves the Cardinals to sign a 3-year contract with the Braves, who are making aggressive moves under Lou Perini and other new owners. Eddie Dyer will become the new Cardinal pilot.

8th For the second year in a row, MVP honors in the AL go to Detroit’s Hal Newhouser. Teammate Eddie Mayo finishes a distant 2nd, with George Stirnweiss a close 3rd. Newhouser is the only pitcher to ever win the honor twice in a row.

11th The Cubs Phil Cavarretta (279 points) is named the NL MVP with Boston’s Tommy Holmes finishing 2nd. The Cubs Andy Pafko finishes 4th. The Sporting News MVP Awards will go to both second place finishers: Tommy Holmes and Eddie Mayo. The newspaper will discontinue the MVP awards starting next year.

15th The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame. A runoff election is formulated as a way to qualify more players for selection, but it fails to meet its objective as no one reaches the 75 percent requirement in the runoff. Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Miller Huggins, and Ed Walsh come closest.

1945 December

10th At the annual meeting the major leagues head off the quest of the PCL for major status and more territorial protection for upper minors by a new AAA classification for the PCL, American Association, and International Leagues. The Eastern and Texas Leagues are promoted from Class A to AA. The Southern Atlantic League moves to Class A from B. For the majors, returning servicemen are given increased protection for one year and the limiting of rosters to 25 players will be delayed until June 15.

The Reds sell 1B Frank McCormick to the Phillies.

11th The Giants obtain a genuine “phenom,” pitcher/outfielder Clint Hartung, from Minneapolis for $20,000 and 3 players. Much ballyhooed, Hartung hit .358 in 66 games in 1942 for Eau Claire (Northern) while winning 3 games. He was in the military for the next 3 years, and will be for the 1946 season. The New York World Telegram’s Tom Meany writes, “Hartung’s a sucker if he reports to the Giants. All he has to do is sit at home, wait till he’s eligible, and he’s a cinch to make the Hall of Fame.”

12th Five years to the day after shipping Jim Bagby off to Cleveland, the Red Sox reacquire the vet, in exchange for P Vic Johnson and cash. Boston also sells SS Skeeter Newsome to the Phils.

The Giants and Cliff Melton sever their relations as New York sells the pitcher to San Francisco (PCL). Melton had rejected a contract calling for a salary cut and instead sat out the 1945 season. Melton won 20 games his rookie year of 1937 and won 86 in 8 years with the Giants. Suffering from an arm injury, he was 2-2 in 1944.

1946 January

1st George Trautman, head of the American Association, becomes general manager of Detroit, succeeding Jack Zeller, who retires after 25 years with the Tigers.

2nd The White Sox buy P Alex Carrasquel and SS Fred Vaughan from the Senators. Carrasquel will make only 3 appearances for Chicago before being farmed out. When the Sox acquire his nephew Chico in 1949, the Sox will swap Alex for reliever Luis Aloma, who will act as an interpreter for the young Venezuelan shortstop.

3rd The Red Sox get Rudy York from Detroit in a trade for Eddie Lake.

5th Catcher Walker Cooper goes to the Giants. The sale by the Cardinals for $175,000 is the highest cash deal ever. The Joe Cronin transaction in 1934 and the Dizzy Dean sale in 1938 were larger deals but also involved other players. Cooper was considered the best catcher in the game before his 1945 induction into the Navy following a salary dispute with the team.

6th The Red Sox announce that they have signed a working agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are managed by John Peacock, a former Boston catcher.

12th The first professional league game is played in Venezuela, launching the newly constituted 4-team Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Venezuela. The game is won by Magallanes, 5–2.

16th The Dodgers sign their second Negro League player, inking lanky Johnny Wright. Many consider the signing as a way to give Jackie Robinson someone to room with, but Wright is considered a legit prospect. He does not do well in spring training, but makes the roster of the 1946 Montreal team, appearing in two games. In late May 1946 he is demoted to Class C Three Rivers, where he will help the team win the league title by going 12-8. He will be back with the Homestead Grays in 1947, holding the distinction of being the second black ball player signed by Organized Baseball.

22nd The Red Sox sell veteran 3B Jim Tabor to the Phillies.

1946 February

5th The Phils purchase P Al Jurisich and OF Johnny Wyrostek from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals sell OF/1B Johnny Hopp to the Braves for a reported $40,000 and the transfer of infielder Eddie Joost to the Cardinals’ Rochester farm team. Hopp will play well in Boston, while the veteran Joost will break in as a regular with the A’s in 1947.

9th Pirate southpaw Preacher Roe suffers a brain concussion in an altercation with a referee in an Arkansas basketball game. Roe was coaching a high school game when he got into an argument with the ref, who then slugged him. Roe’s head hit the floor, causing the injury. When he reports to spring training in a month he will still have bouts of dizziness.

15th Detroit’s Hank Greenberg signs for $60,000 and then marries New York department store heiress Carol Gimbel 3 days later.

19th Giants OF Danny Gardella becomes the first major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the “outlaw” Mexican League, the first shot in the series of events that will dominate baseball even more than the return of all the war veterans. His attempt to return to the ML a few years later will initiate a major court battle.

25th Ted Williams, back from the service, hits the first spring training pitch he sees for a home run.

The Chicago White Sox hand out the first media guide to beat writers. Just 17 pages long, it is the creation of Marsh Samuel, according to historian Peggy Beck. The project intrigues Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians, who hires Samuel away from the Sox to create a guide for the Tribe.

28th Alex Carrasquel, White Sox pitcher, signs a 3-year contract with the Mexican League, the first shot in the event that will dominate baseball even more than the return of the war veterans.

In their first loss after 7 straight wins in Panama, the Yankees fall, 3-1, to the Canal Zone All-stars. Eddie Curtis stops them on 4 hits.

1946 March

3rd Before 4,668 in Miami, the New York Giants and Boston Braves play to a 17-inning, 4-4 tie. The game is called on account of darkness.

The New York Yankees wind up their 11-game swing through the Panama Canal Zone with a 5-4 loss to the Canal Zone All-stars. Al Jarlett, slated for the PCL, goes the distance in handing the Yankees their 3rd loss, as the All-stars score the tying and winning runs in the 9th on a throwing error by rookie SS Joe Bockman. The team leaves for Florida tomorrow.

The Browns sign veteran Joe Medwick who has been released by the Boston Braves. They will release him before the season starts and he will sign up with Brooklyn.

7th Negro Leaguer Marvin Williams, playing for Vargas against Magallanes, sets a still-standing Venezuelan League mark by driving in 8 runs on 2 homers and 2 singles. Vargas wins 16–9.

10th In Havana, Cuba, the Red Sox defeat the Washington Senators, 7–3, in a spring training game.

13th In Tampa, Reds manager Bill McKechnie starts a lineup entirely composed of ex-servicemen in a game against the Cardinals. With the exception of catcher Ray Lamanno, all the players are rookies. St. Louis, with 7 ex-servicemen in the lineup, wins, 1-0.

14th Rookie Ralph Kiner has 2 walks and 5 hits, including 2 homers, and drives in 10 runs as the Pirates maul the White Sox, 23-2, in a spring training game. Kiner’s springtime roommate Elbie Fletcher has 3 walks ad 4 hits in 7 plate appearances. Kiner will have 22 hits in his first 44 at bats in Florida.

15th A brakeman, standing atop a slow-moving train outside the West Palm Beach Park, catches a long foul ball hit by A’s first baseman George McQuinn in the 3rd inning against the Giants. McQuinn’s drive bounces over the train and the brakeman catches it as it goes by.

17th In Daytona Beach, The Dodgers take the field against their minor-league farm team, the Montreal Royals. With Jackie Robinson in the lineup for Montreal, the game marks the first appearance of an integrated team in organized baseball in this century. More than forty years later, the field will be renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

30th A holdout from the Browns, SS Vern Stephens signs a 5-year deal worth $175,000 with the Pasquel brothers to play in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Stephen asks that $5,000 be sent to his wife, but on the phone tells her to not spend any of it till he returns from Mexico. Stephens will play a couple of games in Mexico, then jump back. One day later Mickey Owen of the Dodgers signs to manage the Mexican club in Torreón. Owen announces he will return and then changes his mind again.The Giants dismiss Roy Zimmerman, George Hausmann, and P Sal Maglie for dickering with the Pasquels, and the trio departs for Mexico.

1946 April

6th In San Antonio, Vern Stephens rejoins the Browns, having jumped back from the Mexican League. Vern says he hated many things in Mexico, from the time the games start, the altitude in Mexico City, the Pasquels brothers, to gun-toting individuals. “Why the fans don’t even boo,” complains Stephen, “A good boo might make a fellow feel at home, like he was in a regular ball game. But down there when the fans see something they don’t like, they whistle.”

7th In a 10–7 exhibition loss to the Cubs, Browns pitcher Bob Muncrief breaks his toe when hit by a line drive off the bat of Al Glossup. Muncrief, 13-4 in 1945, will reverse it to 3-12 this season. Vern Stephens, who just jumped back from the Mexican League, hits a 3-run homer. The Browns also announce the release of one-time NL star Ducky Medwick.

13th Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by the defending Negro League champion Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from the field in Birmingham, AL.

The Browns edge the Cardinals, 3–2, before 16,855 in the opener of their city series. Joe Grace’s homer in the 8th is the difference. The Cardinals will win tomorrow, 4–3.

16th The Tigers, Cubs, Reds, Athletics, and Phillies retain their 1945 ticket prices. Other clubs increase admission costs. Typical: $2 to $2.50 for boxes, general admission $1.25, bleachers 60 cents. The fans respond with the 2nd highest opening day attendance to date: 236,730. Only in 1931 (249,010) was the number exceeded.

Harry Truman attends in the official Opener in Washington, resuming the tradition discontinued by Roosevelt in 1942. The Red Sox break a 3–3 tie in the 7th by pushing across three runs against starter Roger Wolff, to give Tex Hughson a 6–3 win. Ted Williams has just one hit, but it’s a 440 foot line drive HR to dead center, one of the longest shots in Griffith history. After the game, it’s revealed that 10 of the Washington players are temporarily living in the Senators clubhouse, a sign of the tight housing shortage.

In New York, UN Secretary General Trygve Lie attends his first baseball game and sees manager Mel Ott hits the last HR of his career, off Oscar Judd. The Giants defeat the Phillies (now back to their original nickname), 8–4. In the next game, Ott will injure his knee diving for a fly ball, and his playing is curtailed. Of Ott’s 511 home runs, 323 are hit at the Polo Grounds, the most any player has hit in one park. When he retires in 1947, he will have failed to hit a HR in Philadelphia after the Baker Bowl was abandoned in 1938.

At Boston, the Braves open with a 5–3 win over the Dodgers, but the win doesn’t sit well with some 5,000 fans (of 18,261) who go home with green paint on their clothes. The stadium seats were freshly painted, but the cold weather prevented all of the seats from drying completely. The Braves will run an advertisement apologizing to fans and offering to reimburse for any cleaning bills. Claims pour in from around the country and the offer will cost the Braves more than $6,000.

In Detroit, a crowd of more than 52,000 cheer as Hal Newhouser stops the Browns, 2–1, striking out 8. Hank Greenberg’s homer into the LF stands is the margin of victory.

The White Sox open at home and manage just 3 hits and no runs in losing, 1–0, to Bob Feller and the Indians. Feller strikes out 10 and his shutout is saved in the 9th when CF Bob Lemon makes a diving catch and doubles the runner off 2B. Bill Dietrich takes the tough loss.

At Shibe Park, Spud Chandler, 38, allows just 5 hits as the Yankees beat the A’s, 5–0. Chandler spent most of 1944-45 in the Army and appeared in just 5 games in two years. Joe DiMaggio has a two-run homer and Tommy Henrich a two-run double to pace the offense. A’s starter Russ Christopher allows all the runs in his six innings of work.

18th Before an Opening Day crowd of 29,825 at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers celebrate their homecoming with an 8–1 win over the Giants. Vic Lombardi is the winner, losing his shutout in the 9th. The Bums score 5 in the 3rd and 2 in the 5th when they steal 4 bases with Reiser stealing 2B and home.

At St. Louis, Stan Musial doubles and homers to drive in 2 runs as the Cards beat the Pirates, 4–2. A bright spot for the Bucs is Ralph Kiner’s first ML homer, off Howie Pollet, in the 8th. It is the first run Pollet has allowed after 35.2 consecutive scoreless innings: he finished 1943 with 3 shutouts and 28 scoreless innings. The Cards go from white to red at 3B, as Schoendienst, a left fielder last season, replaces Whitey Kurowski, rusty after his holdout.

Robert Murphy, Boston labor relations counsel, announces the formation of the American Baseball Guild, an organization for players. The organization will seek a minimum salary of $6,500, binding arbitration, and a share of any sale of a player.

Jackie Robinson debuts as 2B for the Montreal Royals (International League) and is the first recognized black in organized ball in this century. A homer and 3 singles in a 14–1 win over Jersey City starts off the season, one in which he will win the IL batting championship at .349.

19th The Yankees open at home on Good Friday, a perceived conflict that is strongly protested by the New York chapter of the Catholic War Veterans. Because of their protest Mayor William O’Dwyer (a Dodger fan) passes up the honor of throwing out the first ball. A WW II Medal of Honor winner substitutes, and Joe Page and the Yanks beat Washington, 7–6. In a switch, the Yankees watch from the first base dugout: since the Stadium opened in 1923 until this season, the home dugout was on the third base side.

The Braves send outfielder Max West to the Reds for pitcher Jim Konstanty. Konstanty will pitch just a few games for Boston before going to the International League.

20th The Reds Bucky Walters, in a tight pitching duel with the Pirates Rip Sewell, steals home in the 6th, but Sewell wins the squeaker 2–1 before 28,000 in Pittsburgh.

As a capacity crowd of 40,887 cheer at Wrigley Field, the Cubs raise the 1945 pennant, then lose their first game after 3 victories. Harry Brecheen of the Cards scatters 6 hits to win 2–0. It’s Chicago’s biggest opener since 1929.

21st Cleveland C Frank Hayes catches the last of 1,312 consecutive games as a backstop, a streak begun on October 12, 1943, when he was with the Browns. Virgil Trucks wins, 3–2, for the Tigers.

Johnny Sain and Schoolboy Rowe battle for 11 innings at Shibe before the Braves win, 3-2. Rowe has a pair of hits and in the 9thinning is issued an intentional walk to pitch to veteran Roy Hughes, who grounds out. Rowe is believed to be the first pitcher since 1900 to receive an intentional walk: he’ll get 2 in an August 1947 game, also a first. The Phillies rebound to take the 7-inning nitecap from the Braves, 3–1. It is their first win of the year with Al Jurisch getting the decision over Johnny Hutchings. Hutchings set a club record last year with 57 appearances, but this will be the last of his ML career.

At Fenway, the Red Sox win the first game of a twinbill the hard way, spotting the A’s a 7-run lead after 3 innings, then tying the contest with a 6-run 9th inning. The Hubmen push across a run in the 10th to win, 12-11. Jim Bagby, Jr. starts game 2 with a record-tying effort, walking the first four batters to match Johnny Vander Meer’s start on June 16, 1941. He’s the first AL pitcher to do so. That is the only score in the 1st but the A’s prevail, 3-0, in 6 innings.

Portland’s (PCL) Ad Liska tosses a 7-inning no hitter against Hollywood, winning 1–0. Liska last pitched in the majors in 1933.

22nd Boston’s Eddie Pellagrini homers in his first at bat in the ML, in a 5–4 Red Sox win over Washington.

The Dodgers edge the Braves, 5-4, in 10 innings. Otis Davis pinch runs in the game for Brooklyn, hurts his knee, and will never play in another major league game.

23rd Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers tosses a no-hitter at the Braves, beating Boston’s Mort Cooper, 5–0, before 30,287 at Ebbets Field. It is Head’s first ML appearance since his return from the military. He last pitched in the ML in July 9, 1944, when the Pirates knocked him out in 2 innings. Head was a left-handed pitcher until 1935 when he broke his pitching arm and he was forced to pitch right-handed.

The Permanent Committee of the Hall of Fame announces the selection of 11 old-time players to membership in the Hall of Fame. Eleven former players—Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Jess Burkett, Tom McCarthy, Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, Ed Walsh, Jack Chesbro, Clark Griffith, and Joe McGinnity—are named. At 5’9” Chesbro is the shortest pitcher in the Hall. The committee also reveals the names of 39 others—managers, executives, umpires, and sportswriters—to the new “Honor Rolls of Baseball.”

25th Leo Durocher is acquitted of assaulting a baseball fan, John Christian, under the grandstands at Ebbets Field on June 8, 1945. Christian will admit that he received $6,750 from the Dodgers for his injuries.

Despite 5 hits by rookie Marv Rickert, the Cubs lose to the Reds, 7–5. It is Cincy’s first win at Wrigley since September 17, 1944, and just their 2nd in 27 games with the Cubs.

In Boston, the 3rd-place Red Sox hammer the Yankees, 12–5 behind Joe Dobson to start a team-record win streak of 15 games. Yesterday, it was the Yanks winning by the same score.

      The Sporting News notes: “A batted ball by Rigney Bueschen of Memphis hit a flying bat during the fourth inning of the April 25 tilt with New Orleans, killing the winged mammal, but the ball was deflected into the waiting hands of Pete Layden, Pel outfielder.[and former All American football star at the University of Texas].” (noted by Willie Runquist)

26th At Fenway, Boston’s Boo Ferriss shuts out the A’s, 7–0. The Sox strand 13 runners.

Giants pitchers Ace Adams and Harry Feldman jump to the Mexican League.

In an Alabama State League slugfest, Brewton edges Ozark 30–29, by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. The two clubs rack up 46 walks, 35 hits, 6 wild pitches and 4 hit batsmen. The game takes 4:18. (note: many sources incorrectly have this game on April 27)

27th Max Lanier stops the Cubs on 4 hits and St. Louis wins, 4–0. Lanier has given up one unearned run in 27 frames.

The Dodgers sell Goody Rosen and Jack Graham to the Giants. Rosen was a Sporting News all-star last year. According to Alex Tepperman’s account in SABR’s Bioproject, Rosen found out about it on the 28th: “We’ve got two games this day with the Giants at the Polo Grounds. I’m on the subway, headed for the park, and I’m readin’ the old New York Mirror. Sports section always starts on the back page. Right across the top it says I’ve been traded to the Giants. Now, that’s the first I know about it.”

28th  A day after buying Goody Rosen and Jack Graham from the Dodgers, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from Brooklyn 7–3 and 10–4 before 56,076. Rosen is the hitting star with 5 hits and, when the Dodgers end the season in a tie with the Cardinals, fans speculate that the Dodgers traded Rosen 2 days too soon. Hal Schumacher wins the opener—his first victory since 1942—and Bob Joyce, a 31-game winner last year in the PCL, takes the nitecap for his 3rd straight win. Pee Wee Reese’s two run homer off Prince Hal does most of the Dodger damage. Jake Pike has a three run homer in the first to rout Joe Hatten. Despite the double loss, Brooklyn remains in first place.

The Red Sox take over the AL lead by sweeping two from the A’s. Tex Hughson wins, 2–1, and Mickey Harris follows suit, 5–1. Sam Chapman’s homer in the opener ruin’s Tex’s shutout.

The largest paid crowd in Detroit history—57,149—watch as Red Embree pitches and bats the Indians to a 3–1 victory over the Tigers. Embree scatters six hits and knocks in two runs in the 12th for the win. Embree had singled in the 11th, one of eight hits allowed by Stubby Overmire.

At Yankee Stadium, the Negro League Homestead Grays take a pair from the New York Black Yankees. Both games are 10–0, with the 2ndending after six innings. Shortstop Sam Bankhead leads the attack with six hits, while Josh Gibson lofts a three-run homer in the opener. Gene Smith and Harold Hairston allow just 7 hits in the two games in winning.

30th Dispelling the rumors that he had lost his fastball after nearly 4 years in the Navy, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurls his second no-hitter, beating the New York Yankees 1–0 on Frankie Hayes’ HR in the 9th inning. It is the first no hitter thrown against the Yankees. For Rapid Bob, it is his second 1-0 win this month.

Joe Dobson shuts out the Tigers, 4–0, and the Red Sox win their 5th in a row.

In his first start since coming out of the Army, Nashville pitcher Dutch McCall strikes out 17.

1946 May

1st  Boo Ferris benefits from 13 runs and the Red Sox tame the Tigers, 13–1. Catfish Metkovich has 4 hits and 4 runs, while Dom DiMaggio hits his second homer of the campaign.

About to be benched for poor hitting, Dick Whitman collects 5 hits to pace the Dodgers to a 5–1 win over the Cubs. The Cubs strand 13.

2nd In St. Louis, Giants manager Mel Ott informs C Clyde Kluttz at breakfast that he has been traded from New York to the Phillies. But Cards manager Eddie Dyer calls Kluttz at lunch to tell him not to pack; St. Louis has just made a trade for him. Kluttz is part of the trades that sends Vince DiMaggio from the Phils to the Giants and 2B Emil Verban from St. Louis to Philadelphia. The Giants then beat the Cards, 5–1, scoring 4 in the 9th. Dave Koslo tosses a 4-hitter for New York, beating Harry Brecheen. Brecheen fans three in the 3rd—Kerr, Koslo, and Rigney—all on called strikes.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks do all their scoring in the 4th to beat Cleveland, 8–2. Nick Etten cracks a grand slam and then ends the inning by lining into a DP with the bases loaded. Spud Chandler wins his 4th straight.

Ailing Ted Williams hits his 2nd homer of the year, a 10th inning blow that gives the Sox a 5–4 win over the Tigers. It is the Red Sox’ 7th straight win and keeps them two games ahead of the Yankees.

3rd In a Georgia-Florida League game at Tallassee, Cordelle pitcher Gregg Parenti strikes out 23 Indian batters as Cordelle wins, 16-2.

4th Jim Bagby beats the Indians’ Bob Feller, 6–2, as the Red Sox have now won nine straight. Williams drives in 3 runs on a double and HR.

5th Pitcher Hank Borowy hits 2 doubles and drives in 4 runs during the Cubs 11-run 7th inning for a 13–1 victory over the Phillies in the opener. Hank’s two doubles in the inning is a NL record for pitchers. Pinchhitter Tom Livingston also ties a mark with two hits in the inning. Chicago drops the nitecap, 7–1.

The Giants and Reds split a pair with New York taking the opener, 3–2. In the 7–4 Reds win, Cincinnati fans boo the substitution of Ray Mueller for C Ray Lamanno, who had 3 hits in 4 trips to the plate. Sent in for the final inning to preserve a NL record consecutive-game catching streak of 233 contests, Mueller sits out the next day. Mueller missed only 81 innings during the streak, which began July 31, 1943, and included Army service through 1945.

In a Bucs’ doubleheader sweep at Pittsburgh, the Dodgers attract an overflow crowd that spills onto the field and is held back by ropes. There are 9 “crowd doubles” as the Pirates win, 5–4 in 11 innings and 4–3. The double loss drops the Bums out of a first place tie with the Cards. In game 2, Preacher Roe relieves Nick Strincevich with 2 outs in the top of sixth with the score tied 3–3. With a 6 p.m. curfew looming, pinch runner Bob Ramazzotti tries to steal home on Roe’s 1st pitch and is tagged out by C Bill Salkeld. In the bottom of the 6th, Frankie Gustine drives in the winning run with a crowd double, and the game is called, giving Roe a one-pitch win.

6th Pinch runner Joffre Cross steals home in the 10th inning, giving the first-place St. Louis Cardinals a 9–8 victory over the Boston Braves.

The Red Sox sweep two games from the Browns in a postponed twinbill, with Boo Ferriss winning the opener 7–5 behind Ted Williams 3 RBIs. In the 8th inning of the opener, with George Metkovich on first, Johnny Pesky grounds out on a hit-and-run. He had hit safely 11 times up, one shy of Pinky Higgins ML record hitting streak. Manager Cronin said Pesky had called the play on his own, and he would have had him hitting away. In the nitecap, Williams scores the winning run in the 9th on Dom DiMaggio’s RBI single, and the Sox Joe Dobson comes away with a 5–4 win. Dom will drive in a record-tying 84 runs hitting in the leadoff spot (87 altogether). The Sox have now won 11 in a row and are 3 games in front of the Yankees.

In Washington’s 7–4 win, Cecil Travis gets his 6th straight hit over 2 games before being stopped by Cleveland’s Steve Gromek. A prewar hitting star, Travis has few other starring moments as a player after suffering frozen feet in combat in Europe.

7th The Red Sox stretch their win streak to 12 games by topping the Browns, 10–6. The Sox score 4 runs in the 7th to tie the game, and then win it in the bottom of the 14th on Leon Culberson’s grand slam off Tex Shirley. Culberson, who did not start the game, has 5 RBIs. Clem Dreiseward steams to his 2nd win during Boston’s streak.

Cleveland loses, 2–1, in 10 innings to the Senators Mickey Haefner.

8th  Hot-hitting Boston 2B Johnny Pesky becomes the first player in AL history to score 6 runs in one game, as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 14–10. Mickey Harris is the winner, despite giving up 17 hits in 8 2/3 innings. Boo Ferriss retires Taffy Wright for the last out and the Sox have now won 13 straight.

The Reds blow a 5–2 in the 9th when 1B Bert Haas trips over the bullpen mound and misses an easy pop fly by Eddie Stanky that would’ve ended the game. Stanky then walks to load the bases and Billy Herman follows with a 3-run double to tie the game. The Dodgers win it, 8-5, in the 10th on a 3-run pinch homer by Don Padgett. 2B Lonnie Frey of the Reds throws out 6 straight runners as part of an 11-assist game and adds a triple and 2 singles.

At Griffith Stadium, Detroit 2B Eddie Mayo snags a 3rd inning liner off the bat of Gil Torres to start a triple play. The ball was deflected by P Hal Newhouser, but Mayo grabbed it before it hit the ground. It is the 2nd time in a year that Mayo has started a triple play off Gil Torres: in the 2nd inning of a nitecap on July 20, 1945, Mayo grabbed a Torres line drive to start the TP.

9th At Fenway, Boston (20-3) runs its win streak to 14 by edging Chicago, 7–5. Bobby Doerr’s 2-run homer in the 4th inning is the big blow. Mickey Harris, in relief, wins his 2nd game in two days.

At Chicago, Braves first sacker Johnny Hopp swipes home in the 12thto break a 2–2 tie with the Cubs. Boston scores twice more to win, 5–2, with Lefty Wallace taking to decision over Ray Prim.

10th Before a Friday Ladies’ Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183, the first-place Red Sox take their 15th straight game, a 5–4 win over the Yankees. Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A Joe DiMaggio grand slam accounts for all the Bombers’ scoring.

11th The New York Giants top the Boston Braves 5–1 in the first night game at Braves Field. The game draws 35,945 for the Braves, who will draw 468,083 fans for 24 night games this season. All told, the 4th place Braves will pull in 969,673, nearly double the previous high of 517,803 set in 1933.

The Red Sox lose their first game after 15 straight wins, as Tiny Bonham beats Tex Hughson and Boo Ferriss, 2–0, before 52,011 at Yankee Stadium. Tommy Henrich hits a homer and accounts for both runs. The Red Sox are 21-4, 4 1⁄2 games ahead of the Yanks. The 15-game streak is still a Red Sox record.

12th A crowd of 69,401, the largest in Stadium history, watch the Yankees give the Red Sox 2 unearned runs and manage just 3 hits off Mickey Harris, and lose to Boston, 3–1. The Sox gets just 3 hits off loser Spud Chandler.

13th The Yankees become the first ML team to fly on a regular basis, as the fly United to St. Louis aboard the Yankee Mainliner. Red Ruffing and four others choose to take the train.

14th The Dodgers give away free nylons as a promotion and 31,000 show up for the match against the Cardinals. Marty Marion breaks a 5–5 tie by driving in 2 runs in the 11th and Max Lanier goes all the way to beat the Dodgers. The win leaves St. Louis a game back of Brooklyn.

Red Sox hurler Dave Ferriss uses just 78 pitches in pitching a 2-hit shutout over the White Sox, winning 3–0.

15th Fireworks occur as Brooklyn starter Les Webber brushes back Slaughter in the first inning, but the Cardinal outfielder retaliates by bunting up the 1B line and flattening Webber as he tries to field the bunt. Slaughter then silences the fans with two catches in the first inning and a throw to double off Furillo. The Cards move into first place by edging the Dodgers, 1–0, behind Howie Pollet.

Sam Zoldak and the Browns stop the Yankees, 8-2, in St. Louis. The Brownies put the game away with a 5-run 7th, highlited by a grand slam from Johnny Berardino.

Mel Harder and Steve Gromek fire back to back shutouts over the A’s as Cleveland wins two, 3–0 and 5–0.

16th Pinch runner Jeff Cross steals home in the 10th inning to give St. Louis a 9–8 win over Boston. A week ago the Braves won on an extra-inning steal of home. The Cards win their 9th of 10 road games but will lose tomorrow.

In a Wisconsin State League game at Wisconsin Rapids Oshkosh pitcher Joseph Esqueda strikes out 19 to lead the Giants to an 11-6 win over the Indians. Oshkosh helps by committing 10 errors.

17th In the first of 2 at Cleveland, Bob Feller fans 14 in shutting out the Senators, 4–0. Feller allows 5 hits while the Tribe manages just 6 off Mickey Haefner. The nitecap is stopped after 8 innings because of darkness with Walt Masterson the winner for Washington, 6–4.

William Kennedy of Rocky Mount (Coastal Plain League) strikes out 18 Goldsboro batters as Rocky Mount wins, 7-0.

18th In a great trade for Detroit, the Tigers acquire 3B George Kell from the A’s for popular hometown outfielder Barney McCosky. McCosky, back from the war, is hitting just .198. The Tigers then sell veteran 3B Pinky Higgins to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox coast to an 18–8 win over the Browns as Mickey Harris wins his 7th straight. Ted Williams, who is intentionally walked his first three at bats, hits a 5th inning grand slam for Boston, off Ellis Kinder.

After rainouts the past two days, the Giants and Cubs play the first of two games, with the Cubs rolling to a 19–3 win. Game two is washed out.

19th The oldest star to go into the military was the White Sox P Ted Lyons, who finished each of the 20 games he started in 1942. Lyons continues to pitch on the first 5 Sundays of the 1946 season. Although the 46-year-old former Marine has an ERA of 2.32, he loses 3 of his 4 starts including today’s opener to Washington, 4–3. The Nats Johnny Niggeling beats Ed Lopat in the nitecap, 7–1, as Mickey Vernon cycles for the Nationals.

20th Claude Passeau of the Chicago Cubs makes his first error since September 21, 1941, ending his streak with an all-time pitcher’s fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances. Passeau set the mark using the small glove in the NL. He received permission from the commissioner to use a modified glove because the fingers on his left hand were affected by a gunshot wound incurred as a youngster. He wins the game, however, beating Boston’s Mort Cooper, 6–4.

A state Supreme Court justice has armed the Yankees with an injunction against the raiding Mexican Leaguers, and the Dodgers and the Cardinals have also turned to the courts for protection and damages. Before any of the relief becomes permanent, however, Max Lanier, Fred Martin, and Lou Klein jump back to the Redbirds.

21st  Bob Feller retires the first 14 batters and the Indians use 9 walks to beat the Yankees, 7–2. Feller fans 8.

At Detroit, the Red Sox win an uphill battle, 6–4, over Detroit and stretch their AL lead to 6 games. Earl Johnson pitches 5 innings of hitless relief and hits 2 doubles, scoring the tying run after his 1stdouble. His second double drives in a pinch runner from 2B, subbing for Dom DiMaggio who was injured stealing.

In a Texas League game at Fort Worth, Fort Worth’s Johnny Van Cuyk strikes out 19 Buffalo batters as Ft. Worth beats Houston, 4-2. Johnny, brother of Chris, will have cups of coffee with Brooklyn over the next three seasons. Chris will do the same in the early 1950s.

22nd With the score tied 1–1 in the 10th inning at Ebbets Field, Cubs SS Len Merullo and Dodger 2B Eddie Stanky start punching each other, precipitating a brawl between the 2 teams. Claude Passeau rips off Leo Durocher’s jersey before calm is restored. The Dodgers win 2–1 in 13 innings, collecting 11 hits off Johnny Schmidt, who goes the distance. Joe Hatten gives up 4 hits in 12 innings, with Higbe pitching the last round.

At the refurbished stadium in Detroit, the Yankees overcome a first inning three-run homer by Hank Greenberg to subdue the Tigers, 5–3. The Yanks stop an 8th inning rally with a triple play, started on a grounder to 1B by Dick Wakefield. The all tag TP is the first in Briggs Stadium history. The Tigers turn four DPs to keep the game close.

23rd Police sit along the dugouts of both clubs at Ebbets Field after yesterday’s brawl but that doesn’t stop a pregame fight during batting practice between the Dodgers Dixie Walker and the Cubs Lenny Merullo. Merullo knocks out one of Dixie’s front teeth in the 10-minute brawl, with a tight phalanx of players preventing the police from interfering.. The pregame fight will cost 5 players $650, plus suspensions for Walker, Merullo and Cubs coach Red Smith. Galan gets tossed in the 4th and Durocher, Hal Gregg, Joe Hatten and Stan Rojek in the 9th. The first place Dodgers again win, 2–1, in 11 innings. Pete Reiser, back in action after being out with a shoulder injury, triples and then scores on Reese’s fly.

The Cardinals, the pre-season favorites to win the NL pennant, suffer a blow when pitchers Max Lanier and Fred Martin, and infielder Lou Klein jump to the Mexican League. Lanier was 6–0 in 6 starts this season. The 2nd-place Cards win today at the Polo Grounds behind Johnny Beazley’s 4-hitter, but will lose 3 of their next 4 starts and drop into 2nd place.

At Philadelphia, Pirates rookie Ralph Kiner hits a grand slam in the 1st inning off veteran Roy Hughes and Pittsburgh rolls to a 10-2 win over the Phils. Kiner adds a second homer and a double.

The Yankees deflate Virgil Trucks with HRs in the 5th inning by DiMaggio and Nick Etten. Joe Gordon then greets reliever Hal White with the Yankees third consecutive HR, and the Bombers drive over Detroit, 12–6. New York collects 10 hits in the inning, 8 consecutive, as they score 8 runs. Gordon adds a double and a second homer in the game. The Yankees feat of 3 consecutive homers is the 9th time it has happened in the AL.

With a threatened nation-wide train strike, and unable to schedule a plane or bus, the Indians call of tomorrow’s game in St. Louis against the Browns.

24th Ted Lyons, 45 years old, gives up the mound to replace Jimmie Dykes as Chicago White Sox skipper. He is 1-4 but has an ERA of 2.32. The last 28 games he pitched, dating back to 1941, were complete.

Co-owner and GM Larry MacPhail fires Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager, and Bill Dickey replaces him. As proof that McCarthy had lost control of his players, MacPhail cites a confrontation between the manager and Joe Page during a May 21st flight from Cleveland to Detroit. McCarthy, whose health is ailing, leaves the team with a 22–13 record.

25th The first place Dodgers whip the Phillies, 7–1, for their 14thstraight win at Shibe Park. Augie Galan has a single, double, and triple and is involved in an unusual “catcher’s balk” play. Augie is at bat when Reiser, on 3B, breaks for home on an attempted steal. Phils C Andy Seminick tips Galan’s bat on the play and umpire Al Barlick calls the balk. Reiser is awarded a steal of home and Galan gets 1B. The Dodgers will sweep a pair tomorrow at Shibe.

26th Two-for-42 and hitting .048 for the season, Mel Ott stops playing and will only manage the Giants. He’s not missed today as the Giants sweep a pair from the Braves in Boston, winning, 12-4 and 7-0. Bob Carpenter fashions the shutout in what turns out to be the last win of his career. Former Ping Pong champ Buddy Blattner has a grand slam for the Giants. Blattner toured Europe in 1936-37 as a member of the U.S. Ping Pong team.

The White Sox sweep a pair from the Tigers, 3-1 and 2-1, but lose rookie first baseman Jake Jones for the season. The WW2 flying ace fractures his left wrist and elbow when Eddie Lake runs into his outstretched arm. Even after surgery he will have trouble straightening the arm.

27th The outlaw Mexican League scuttles its competition, Mexico’s only league entry in organized baseball. There are now 43 minor leagues for 1946.

28th The Washington Senators edge the New York Yankees 2–1 before 49,917 fans in the first night game at Yankee Stadium.

Rookie Dick Sisler hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off Bob Chipman, as the Cardinals score 8 runs in the 5th inning at Wrigley Field in a 12-2 win. For Sisler, the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler, this is his lone grand slam.

29th Boo Ferriss shuts out the A’s, 2–0, as the Boston Red Sox start another win streak.

In a Kansas-Oklahoma-Kansas League game, Ross Grimsley strikes out 18 as Chanute beats Bartleville, 14-3. Grimsley will strike out 21 batters in a game on July 8, and another 18 on July 26. Grimsley will get a cup of coffee with the White Sox in 1951 and his son will later star for the Orioles.

30th In a play that anticipates a scene in The Natural by Brooklyn native Bernard Malamud, the Braves Bama Rowell smashes a double in the 7-run 2nd inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field. The ball shatters the Bulova clock high atop the right-field scoreboard at 4:25 p.m., showering glass down on the Dodgers’ RF Dixie Walker. An hour later the clock stops. The Braves win 10–8 after being shut out 5–0 by Kirby Higbe in the opener.

The Red Sox sweep two from the Senators, winning 6–5 and 7–2. Joe Dobson and Mickey Harris are the winning pitchers, as Rudy York is 5-for-8 in the two games, with 3 RBIs.

At Wrigley, the Reds lose the first game, 6-1, then in game 2 overcome a 6–1 deficit to down the Cubs, 7–6. Cincy scores 6 runs in the 9th, climaxed by a 2-run homer by Ray Mueller.

1946 June

1st In Cincinnati, Joe Beggs (5-0) pitches 10 innings as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 5-4. Starter Ed Head allows an unearned run in the 10thfor the loss. Head, who had a no-hitter in his first start this year, will injure his pitching arm this month and will not make an appearance of more than 3.2 innings again. Two one-inning appearances in late August will finish his ML career.

2nd In St. Louis, the Giants take a pair from the Redbirds, winning 1-0 and 7-6 in 11 innings. Bill Voiselle twirls a 5 hitter to win game 1 and the Giants blow a 6-0 advantage in game 2 as Walker Cooper hits a 5th inning grand slam. New York pushes across a run in the 11th to give the win to Junior Thompson in relief.

3rd The A’s release Bobo Newsom at his own request. He becomes a Senator for the fourth time 2 days later.

The Reds sell Mike McCormick to the Braves.

The Red Sox sweep another doubleheader, this time beating the White Sox 6–1 and 5–2, behind Ferris and Dobson. The Sox will win 14 doubleheaders this year, tying the mark of the 1943 Yankees and Indians, and the 1945 Senators. They won’t lose any doubleheaders, splitting the other 13 this year. In game 1 plus the 2nd game of the May 30 twinbill, Bobby Doerr sets the AL record for chances handled in 2 consecutive games with 28.

5th The Cards top the Braves 2–1 as Elvin Adams’ pinch single in the 9th drives in the winner. Rookie Joe Garagiola doubles in the 7th for his first hit in front of his hometown fans.

After beating the Browns yesterday, 9–4, behind Johnson, the Red Sox and Browns play 12 innings today before the game is called, 8–8.

6th The Cubs take a 6-0 lead into the 8th over the Giants, but New York ties with 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to send it to overtime. Frank Secory, with just his 2nd hit of the year, cracks a pinch walkoff grand slam off Dave Koslo in the 12th to win it, 10-6.

7th One hour before game time, Pirates players vote 20-16 in favor of a walkout rather than play against the Giants, in order to gain recognition of the American Baseball Guild. To strike, however, requires a two-thirds majority and so the walkout does not occur. Aims of organizer Robert Murphy are not exactly stated, but goals are sometimes identified as a minimum salary of $7,500, arbitration of salary disputes, and players sharing in 50 percent of any sale price. The Pirates top the Giants, 10–5.

In St. Louis, Frank McCormick hits a 3rd inning grand slam to give the Phils a 5-0 lead, good enough for a 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau wins his own game with a 2-run game-ending homer in the 9th inning against Brooklyn. Chicago wins, 2–0.

8th After acquiring Vince DiMaggio from the Phils in May, the Giants sell him to the San Francisco Seals (PCL).

Cardinals P Red Barrett picks up his 1st win of the season, a 7–0 one-hitter over the Phils. Barrett retires 22 straight before Del Ennis’ 8thinning single breaks up his no-hitter. Last September Barrett allowed just one baserunner in a win against the Cubs.

The Red Sox bag the Tigers, 15–4, behind Joe Dobson.

9th In a doubleheader loss in Pittsburgh 2–1 and 5–1, Giants manager Mel Ott is thrown out of each game for protesting calls, a major league first. Umps Dunn and Magerkurth do the tossing.

The Yankees draw 66,545 for a doubleheader with the Indians, and pass the one million mark in attendance, the earliest date in ML history. Cleveland spoils the party with a 9–5 win in the opener, but the Yankees salvage the nitecap, 7–4.

The Cards sell vet Danny Litwhiler to the Braves.

Boston sweeps two from Detroit, winning 7–1 and 11–6, to run their win streak to 11 games. Joe Dobson and Mickey Harriss are the winning hurlers. Ted Williams hits a homer in each game, including a 502-foot shot off Fred Hutchinson that lands on a fan’s straw hat in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 in RF. The fan Joseph A. Boucher is later quoted, “How far away must one sit to be safe in this park? They say it bounced a dozen rows higher. But after it hit my head, I was no longer interested.” The home run will be commemorated by having the seat (first, on the bleacher bench, then later on the seat) painted red. Decades later Home Run Tracker will “measure” the drive at 502 feet and would have likely have carried another 28 feet. This will remain the longest home run hit at Fenway Park: Manny Ramirez will knock one into the LF netting around the Coke bottle on June 23, 2001 and it will “measure out” at 501 feet.

11th The Red Sox clip the Indians, 10–5 behind pitcher Bob Klinger. The Sox have now won 12 in a row.

For the fourth time in three weeks, Rocky Mount pitcher Bill Kennedy strikes out 19 or more batters in a Coastal Plains League (D) game. Today, Kennedy strikes out 25 and allows 2 hits as Rocky Mount beats Goldsboro, 2-0. Kennedy struck out 18 on May 17 against Goldsboro; 19 on May 22 against New Bern; and 18 against Fayetteville on June 4th and he’ll add 21 on July 8 and 22 on August 21st. Kennedy will go 28-3 for Rocky Mount this year and make it to the AL in 1948.

12th The Red Sox 2nd long win streak early in the year—this one 12 games—is broken by Bob Feller’s 7–2 win at Boston. Jim Bagby takes the loss. This is Boston first loss of the year at home to a western team.

The Dodgers collect 15 hits in pummeling the Cardinals, 10–7. The Birds manage just 6 hits, but collect 13 walks. Rex Barney walks 9 but doesn’t give up a hit till the 7th. Pete Reiser has a single, double, triple and in the 7th makes his 5th theft of home this season.

14th Cleveland’s Allie Reynolds toils 12 1/3 innings against the Athletics before the Mackmen push across 2 runs to beat the Tribe, 5–3 at Cleveland. The Chief walks 10 and strikes out 10.

The Yankees sell veteran Hank Majeski to the A’s. Considered over the hill, Majeski will play another 9 seasons.

15th Commissioner Happy Chandler bans Mexican jumpers Max Lanier, Fred Martin, and Lou Klein. Chandler mentions a lifetime suspension for the players, but his penalty is later reduced to 5 years.

In St. Louis, Vern Stephens hits a dramatic walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning to give the Browns a 6-3 victory over the Yankees. New York had broken a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the 9th. Browns ace Jack Kramer gets the win in relief.

Minutes before the trading deadline ends, the Dodgers send veteran Billy Herman to the Braves for Stew Hofferth. Informed of the trade at 11:40 p.m., Herman catches a plane on the morning of the 16thand is in the Boston lineup for a doubleheader against the Reds. Herman contributes a double as Boston sweeps, 2-1 and 1-0.

18th The Yanks sell righty veteran Bill Zuber (0-1) to the Red Sox. Zuber will go 11–3 for the Hubmen over the next 3 years. Zuber was 5–11 last year for New York, but 7 of his losses were shutouts, a club record.

20th The Cards remain a game and a half behind the Dodgers by beating the Braves, 9–1. The Birds break up a pitching duel between Dickson and Wright by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning. Musial has a pair of doubles in the big inning while Walker has a single and double.

A Fortune magazine story gives some rare details of baseball finances, showing the 1945 Yankees revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306,000, cut to $201,000 after minor league losses. Of the gross income, $896,000 is from home ticket sales.

21st A federal judge rules that the Seattle club does not have to play returning serviceman Al Niemiec but it does have to pay him his $720 a month contract through the season. At mid season 143 players who had ML contracts when they went to war had been released or sent to the minors. Former ML players Van Mungo, Lou Finney, Chubby Dean, Nate Andrews, and Max Butcher are all playing in Class D leagues.

22nd Bill Veeck, head of a syndicate that includes Bob Hope and Harry Grabiner, purchases the Cleveland Indians for an announced $1,750,000. This launches Veeck on a long career as a lively promoter.

At Cleveland, Hank Edwards hits a 2-run homer in the 8th off Boo Ferriss and the Indians beat the Red Sox, 4-3. For Ferriss, it is his third loss in a row, all on the road, after starting the year 10-0.

At Ebbets Field, the second-place Cards deal a 3–1 loss to the Dodgers, whittling Brooklyn’s lead to 1 ½ games over the Cards. Howie Pollet and Rex Barney each pitch six scoreless innings, but the Redbirds send 11 batters to the plate in the 7th and five flutter across. The final is 5–1.

The 3rd-place Cubs sweep a pair from the Giants, winning the opener 5–2 behind Hank Wyse. Wyse’s shutout is broken in the 9th when Jack Graham legs out an inside-the-park homer. In the nitecap, the Bruins score six in the 7th to give an 8–5 win to reliever Hi Bithorn. Eddie Waitkus, with three hits including an inside-the-park homer, paces an 11-hit attack.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert of the Chicago Cubs set a ML record by hitting back-to-back, inside-the-park HRs—a major league first—in the 4th inning, but the team loses 15–10 to the New York Giants. Mickey Witek counters with a grand slam in New York’s 9-run 4th. Chicago wins the second game, 9–4, as the two teams combine for 55 hits on the afternoon. Rickert and Witek each have 5 hits in the 2 games.

At Briggs Stadium, Tommy Henrich’s second homer of the game, a 2-run shot in the 11th off reliever Hal Newhouser, (12-3) gives the Yankees a hard-fought 10-8 victory at Briggs Stadium. Joe DiMaggio also has two homers, including one off Newhouser in the 9th. For Newhouser, this is his only loss amidst a streak of 11 victories in a row as a starter.

24th A bus careens off a Cascade Mountain pass road, killing 9 members of the Spokane (Western International League) club. Jack Lohrke, a young infielder, had not reboarded the bus after it stopped at a restaurant just before the accident. The restaurant owner called him as he was about to get on the bus, telling him there was a long distance phone call and that he had been sold to San Diego. He decided to return. He later exclaimed, “I guess it just wasn’t my turn, But how did the owner know we would stop in that town? And what if the call had come five minutes later?” The future Giant and Phil will be known ever after as Lucky.

In Detroit, Pat Mullin hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Boston’s Joe Dobson, but the match is called after 9 innings with the score tied at 5 apiece.

In a 13-inning 6–5 loss to the Reds, Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser grounds into a double play ending a streak of 887 at bats without hitting into one. The record began on July 21, 1941, with three years off for the Service. Reiser’s mark will last more than a half-century until the Pirates’ Tony Womack breaks it on July 27, 1998.

25th The Reds rampage 15-3 over the Dodgers in Brooklyn. Eddie Lukon is 5-for-5, with a homer and 2 doubles.

29th The Yankees not only lose 2–0 to the A’s, they lose the services of veteran Red Ruffing, who sustains a broken kneecap when he is hit by a Hank Majeski line drive. The Yanks will give the 42-year-old his release in late September and he will sign with the White Sox for the ‘47 season.

Kirby Higbe (8-0) drives in 4 runs to help the Dodgers roll by the Braves, 12–3. Dixie Walker, the league’s top hitter has one hit but drives in 3 runs. The Dodgers lead the idle Cards by 4 games.

30th The Phillies split a doubleheader with the visiting Giants, losing game 1 by an 8-1 margin when the Giants score 7 runs in the 9th. Johnny Mize has a grand slam for New York. The Phils counter with a 6-5, 10-inning win in game 2.

1946 July

2nd The Yankees nip the Red Sox, 2–1, before a Stadium crowd of 69,107. Spud Chandler walks 9 in the first 4 innings but takes a no-hitter into the 9th before Bobby Doerr hits a one-out single.

At Ebbets Field, the first-place Dodgers win their 7th straight, beating the Phils, 3–2, with 3 shutout innings of relief pitching from Art Herring (5-1). Herring pickles the ball going 2-for-2 at the plate, including a double. It is his first double since 1931, a record span of 15 years. The previous record was 14 years, by Eddie Onslow (as noted Mike Carminati). Jamie Moyer will top Herring in 2007.

The Cardinals drop their 4th in a row, as the Reds beat St. Louis, 7–5, with all the Cincy runs unearned. Brooklyn now leads St. Louis by 7 ½ games.

3rd St. Louis pitcher Ken Burkhart rolls to a 16–0 shut out over the Reds, after the Cardinals score 10 runs in the 4th inning. Burkhart allows 10 hits but strands 14. Enos Slaughter has 6 RBIs.

4th In Boston, Oscar Judd allows 9 hits but shuts out the Braves, 7-0. The game is scoreless until the 8th when Ron Northey hits a grand slam as the Phils score 6 runs. The Phils take a mulligan in game 2, winning 3-2 behind Dick Mulligan.

5th The first place Dodgers lose to the last-place Giants, 7–6, as Goody Rosen drives in the winning run, but not before Bums manager Durocher makes his famous, “nice guys finish last” remark to reporters. In a pre-game interview with Red Barber, the announcer calls Giants manager Ott “a nice guy.” The Lip retorts, “A nice guy? I’ve been in baseball a long time. Do you know a nicer guy in the world than Mel Ott? He’s a nice guy. In last place. Where am I? In first place. The nice guys are over there in last place, not in this dugout.”

The Cards Harry Brecheen wins a brilliant pitching duel, 1–0, over the Cubs Claude Passeau, who allows just 2 hits.

6th Cubs twirlers Johnny Schmitz and Hank Wyse each toss shutouts at the Reds, as Chicago wins, 2–0 and 1–0. Joe Beggs loses to Schmitz in the 12-inning opener when he gives up a 2-run pinch homer to Frank Secory: exactly a month ago Secory hit a walkoff grand slam. Harry Gumpert is the hard-luck loser in the nitecap.

The Cards ship Blix Donnelly to the Phils for cash. When removed from a game earlier this year, Donnelly vowed to hit Birds manager Eddie Dyer between the eyes with a ball if he lifted him again.

8th A special meeting of clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5,000 minimum salary, $25-per- week training-camp expenses, a fixed period for spring training, 25 days for post-season barnstorming, maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by WS broadcast rights and net proceeds from All-Star Games. Each league will have a player rep to baseball councils. The first player reps named are Yankees P Johnny Murphy and Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.

9th With 7 Red Sox teammates on the AL squad, Ted Williams stages a power show with 2 HRs, 2 singles, a walk, 4 runs scored, and a record 5 RBI to lead the AL to a 12–0 laugher over the NL at Fenway Park. The NL squad manages just three hits, 2 of them infield safeties off Bob Feller. The highlight of the All-Star Game is Williams’ 3-run HR off a Rip Sewell blooper pitch in the 8th. The Red Sox came into today’s contest with a 7 ½ game lead in the AL. Today’s All-Star game is the first in two years, with last year’s game called off because of wartime travel restrictions.

11th The Giants jump on newly activated pitcher Johnny Grodzicki and the oft-injured Howie Krist to beat the host Cardinals, 13–3. Grodzicki was the Cards best minor league hurler in 1941, winning 31 games for Houston (Texas League), but was severely injured by shrapnel in WW2 and never regained his effectiveness.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks roll by the Indians, 9-1. Aaron Robinson’s 5th inning grand slam is the big blow. The Yankees sell INF Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45, but lost his job when the vets returned.

12th Johnny Sain just misses a perfect no-hitter when Grady Hatton’s 1st inning pop fly drops among three Braves behind 3B for a double. No one else gets on as the Braves win 1–0 in Cincinnati. Ewell Blackwell takes the loss.

Howie Pollet allows 3 hits in beating the Giants 2–1 in St. Louis in the first of 2 games. Pollet then comes out of the bullpen in the night cap to protect a 5–4 lead in the 9th inning. With runners on 1st and 3rdand no outs, Pollet gets Mize on a short fly, then gets a DP ground ball. Red Barrett picks up the win, just his 3rd. Barrett won 23 games in 1945.

13th Al Zarilla of the St. Louis Browns legs out 2 triples, tying the ML record, in the 4th inning as the Browns beat the A’s 11–4 at Shibe Park. Zarilla’s accomplishment is just the 2nd time since 1900 that this has been done.

14th Player-manager Lou Boudreau of Cleveland hits 4 doubles and one HR, but Ted Williams wallops 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs, as the Boston Red Sox top the Indians 11–10. Boudreau’s 5 extra base hits is a since-tied ML record (20th century), but he is the first American Leaguer to hit 5 in a game. The Kid’s homers include a grand slam with the Tribe ahead 5–0, a 3 run homer, and a game-tying solo shot in the 8th. In the Sox 2nd-game win, the famous Boudreau Shift is born. Boudreau shifts all his players, except the 3B and LF, to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift and the Red Sox win, 6–4.

The Dodgers lead shrinks to 2 ½ games following a doubleheader loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. St. Louis takes the opener, 5–3 when Enos Slaughter drives a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Slaughter has 4 RBI in the game. In the nitecap, Musial, who scored the tying run in the 8th after a triple, hits a 12th-inning HR off starter Vic Lombardi for the Cardinal sweep.

The Braves Warren Spahn wins his first ML game, topping the Pirates, 4–1.

15th On Red Schoendienst Night, a delegation from his hometown of Germantown, Illinois cheer as the Cardinals pound the Dodgers, 10–4. Dodger manager Durocher blows his top when a catch by Pete Reiser is ruled a trapped ball, allowing a Redbird run to score. Umpire Al Barlick tosses Durocher and he receives a fine and 5-day suspension for his lip. Outfielder Joe Medwick, forced to play 1B, makes two critical errors for the Dodgers.

16th Pinch-hitter Erv Dusak fails on a sacrifice attempt, then hits a dramatic 3-run HR in the 9th gives the Cards a 5–4 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of their 4-game series. The win, Howie Pollet’s 10th of the year, moves St. Louis to within a half game of the first place Dodgers. The four games, including a doubleheader, brings 87,027 to Sportsman’s Park.

At Fenway, Bob Feller tops Tex Hughson and the Red Sox, 6–3. Feller lost to Hughson, 1–0, in their last meeting, but wins his 16th today, fanning 7. Ken Keltner belts two homers and Pat Seerey adds one, his 14th, off Tex. Heinz Becker, in his first AL game, adds two doubles and a single. Ted Williams, in 5 at-bats against the “Williams Wall,” is 2-for-5, trickling a single into left and smashing a line-drive triple past Seerey in RF. Boston remains in first place by 11 games.

The Phils manage just 4 hits off Ewell Blackwell, but hand the Reds pitcher a 2–0 defeat. Schoolboy Rowe gives up 5 hits in winning his 9th.

At Ogdensburg (Border League), Ogdensburg rolls over Granby, 35–14, as the Maples outhit the Red Sox, 32-21. Maples playing-manager Bob Dill pickles the ball going 6-for-6 with 2 home runs, a triple, 3 doubles, and 10 RBIs.

17th The Phillies stop the hot Cardinals, winning 10-7 in St. Louis. The Birds score 6 runs in the last 2 innings to make it close. Andy Seminick has a grand slam for the Phillies.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks take a pair from the Browns, winning 3-2 and 8-4. New York scores a run in the 9th to win the opener. Charlie Keller’s 3rd inning grand slam is the difference in game 2.

18th The Cards top the Phillies 5–4, while the Dodgers lose their 6thstraight. St. Louis moves into 1st place ahead of the Brooklyn.

19th In a Boston-Chicago game, umpire Red Jones issues a warning to the Sox pitcher after a beanball is thrown at Ted Williams. Hearing razzing from the Sox dugout, Jones tosses the alleged perpetrator OF Ralph Hodgin and 3 others. When the jeering keeps up, 3 more Sox are tossed. The wisecracks continue and the incensed Jones clears the bench, ejecting a total of 14 White Sox in all, leaving only the starters. The White Sox lose the game as well, 9–2.

Helped by a 5th inning grand slam from Pat Seerey, Mel Harder pitches Cleveland to a 6-1 victory over the host A’s.

21st Lew Flick of Little Rock (Southern Association) gets 9 straight hits in a 19-inning game. Flick gets 3 more hits in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Teammate Kerby Farrell collects 8 hits in the first game. Both players will make it to the majors.

In a doubleheader sweep against the visiting Browns, Ted Williams collects 7 straight hits, including hitting for the cycle in the nitecap. Boo Ferriss wins his 15th in the opener, 5–0, for his 5th shutout of the year, while Williams is 3-for-4. Williams starts the nitecap with a 2nd-inning homer, off loser Cliff Fannin, his 27th homer of the year. In the 3rd, Ted follows with a line drive that hits the bullpen wall in right center, then caroms off center fielder Walt Judnich’s thigh, and Williams has a triple. Joe Dobson, with relief help from Bob Klinger, is the winner, 7–4.

24th Bob Feller wins his 18th, stopping the A’s on three hits, 1–0. Feller K’s nine to run his season total to 220. Hank Edwards homer, off Bob Savage, is the only score.

Scoring both runs in the first, the Dodgers top the Cubs, 2–1, and move back into the NL lead. Rookie Joe Hatten is the winner as his teammates dice Hank Wyse for 11 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants drop the Cards out of first place when Johnny Mize belts a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants Dave Koslo wins, 3–1. He also scores the first run on a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd.

After being tied with the Cards for 5 days, the Dodgers take over undisputed 1st place with a 2–1 win over the Cubs. Joe Hatten is the winner.

Washington’s well-traveled Bobo Newsom stops Detroit’s Dizzy Trout, 1–0, handing Trout his 5th shutout loss of the year. Cecil Travis’ single scores Stan Spence, who has a 4-for-4 afternoon.

The Reds Bucky Walters wins his 6th straight victory, stopping Boston, 2–1. The Braves Johnny Hopp, the NL’s leading hitter, maces three hits, one driving in Boston’s lone run.

25th The Reds score an unearned run in the 8th to beat Boston’s Johnny Sain, 1–0. Johnny Vander Meer wins his 6th straight.

26th In a move that foreshadows Bill Veeck’s use of Eddie Gaedel, the Indians try and use a midget at third base. With Ted Williams about to step in the batters box at Fenway, the Indians move into the Williams shift. Three-foot tall Marco Songini runs onto the field and takes over the empty third base spot. The umps then wave him off. The Red Sox win, 5–1.

Monty Stratton, who lost a leg in a hunting accident in 1938, wins his 14th game for Sherman (East Texas League). He will finish with 18 victories for the second-division team.

At Chanute (Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League), Chanute beats Iola, 14–3, as Ross Grimsley of Chanute strikes out 18 batters. Grimsley will have a cup of coffee with the White Sox in 1951, but his son will star for the Orioles.

27th Rudy York of Boston hits grand-slam HRs in the 2nd and 5thinnings off Tex Shirley of the St. Louis Browns, as the first-place Red Sox win 13–6. Only Tony Lazzeri and Jim Tabor have accomplished this feat before York. York also adds a 2-run double to knock in 10 runs. York leaves a runner in the 7th when he strikes out and two more in the 9th, when he hits in a double play. He had 5 RBI against the Browns yesterday.

Hal Newhouser wins his 20th and his 11th start in a row (he lost once in relief) as the Tigers beat the visiting A’s, 4-2.

The Dodgers take a pair of 4-3 wins over the Pirates and move to 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, 5-2 losers to the Braves and Warren Spahn. Reliever Preacher Roe is the loser in the first game, allowing a run-scoring single to Eddie Stanky in the bottom of the 9th. For Roe, it is his last appearance in a disappointing 3-8 season. Still suffering from the effects of an off-season concussion, Roe will go home to rest.

28th Cleveland’s Bob Feller shuts out the Senators, 2–0, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 10. Allie Reynolds completes the sweep with a 7–4 win in the nitecap.

29th After failing as a pinch hitter in the opening 2–1 loss to Walt Masterson, Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hits his first home run, off Washington’s Early Wynn, a future teammate in an 8–4 nitecap loss. Lemon will hit another 36 to finish one behind former Indian Wes Ferrell on the homer list for pitchers.

31st Cleveland’s Bob Feller wins his 20th, shutting out the Red Sox on one hit while striking out 9. Bobby Doerr’s single in the 2nd inning is Boston’s lone hit, the 2nd time he has had a hit to break up a Feller no-hitter. Feller’s two-run triple is half the offense as the Indians prevail, 4–1.

In Philadelphia, the Reds sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 4-3 and 2-0. In game 2, Ewell Blackwell is lifted with one out in the 9th, and Harry Gumbert finishes the shutout. Blackwell, who will end the season with 9 wins, is often given credit for today’s shutout, which would give him 6 for the year. Only Fred Norman, in 1972, will notch 6 shutouts with fewer than 10 wins.

The Cubs beat the Giants, 8–1, behind Claude Passeau’s 3-hitter. Johnny Gee takes his first loss since returning to the Giants after a year’s retirement.

1946 August

1st Pecky Pete Suder hits a 3rd inning grand slam for the visiting A’s, but it is not enough as the White Sox prevail, 7-6.

Future major leaguer Warren Hacker ties the knot at home plate at the Pampa Oilers Baseball Park. His bride is the former Olinda Schenke.

3rd In a game ended by rain after 5 innings, Johnny Beazley holds the Phils to one hit to win 3–1 for the 2nd-place Cards. The lone hit is a 5th inning HR by Frank McCormick.

4th Bobby Doerr leads the Red Sox offense with 2 homers—both off Hal Newhouser—and 7 RBIs as Boston beats the host Tigers, 9–4. Four of the runs come on a grand slam. For Newhouser (20-4), this is his third loss to Boston.

The Browns win a pair from the Athletics as Tom Ferrick picks up both wins in relief, 8–7 and 7–4. He goes an inning in game 1 and 2 2/3 more in the nitecap.

5th Mickey Owen quits his Mexican League team. He and Luis Olmo ask Commissioner Chandler for reinstatement 3 days later.

8th Bill Benswanger, son-in-law of Barney Dreyfuss, owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells the club to a group headed by Frank McKinney and John Galbreath. Singer Bing Crosby is among investors in the team. The Pirates are purchased for a reported $2.5 million.

A bloop single in the 7th inning by former battery mate Frank Hayes deprives Bob Feller of a no-hitter against the White Sox. Hayes was traded by Cleveland in June, just weeks after hitting a homer in Feller’s April 30th no-hitter. It is the 8th one-hitter of Feller’s career. His 10 games of less than 2 hits betters Addie Joss’s old mark of 9.

9th All games are played at night for the first time in ML history, 4 in the AL and 4 in the NL. Attendance is close to 200,000, with the Yankees at the top of the list with 63,040 at the Stadium.

The Yanks lose to the Red Sox, 4–3, as Rudy York drills a 3-run homer in the 6th inning for Boston. Boo Ferriss wins his 19th. Ted Williams continues his 1946 hitless streak at the Stadium; he is 0-for-17. However, his 14 walks gives him an OBP of .452.

11th Stan Musial gets 8 hits in 9 at bats, as the St. Louis Cardinals sweep the Cincinnati Reds 15–4 and 7–3. The Reds lose the opener despite Grady Hatton, Max West, and Ray Mueller banging consecutive homers in the 8th inning, a first in Reds history.

The Phillies sweep Brooklyn 7–6 and 6–4 to end the string of 18 consecutive Brooklyn wins in Philadelphia, a ML mark. The last Phillie victory at home against the Bums was May 5, 1945.

12th Stan Musial continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-4 to back Al Brazle’s 3-hitter against the Cubs. The Cards win 5–0. He is the first National Leaguer in 21 years to have three straight four-hit games.

Bluefield (Appalachian League) romps over Pulaski, 35–5, scoring in every inning including an 11-run 6th inning. Leading the Blue-Grays are 1B Thomas Zikmund and 3B James Orlando. Zikmund is 7-for-8 with 4 extra base hits, 5 RBIs and scores 7 runs. Orlando is 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, a triple, home run, and he is hit by a pitch. It’s not just the bats that are on fire: during the game, 4 different fires start under the grandstand.

13th Boston’s Dave Ferriss wins his 8th straight for his 20th win, defeating the Athletics, 7–5. Ferriss is the first pitcher to win 20 games in his first two seasons since Wes Ferrell in 1929-30.

In Cleveland, more than 65,000 are on hand at Municipal Stadium to see Bob Feller take on Detroit’s Dizzy Trout. Feller pitches no hit ball for 6 innings, but a walk and two singles in the 8th scores a run for Detroit, and Cleveland loses, 1-0. Feller strikes out 7 to run his total to 262.

14th The Dodgers pull in 57,224 fans for a day-night doubleheader with the Giants, the first afternoon-evening games with separate admissions. The Dodgers reward their fans by winning both games, 8–4 and 2–1.

15th Behind the timely hitting of Miksis and Walker the Dodgers win 7–1, to sweep their 4-game series with the Giants. Higbe is the winner allowing 3 hits. Catcher Bruce Edwards ties a ML record when, in the 4th inning, he makes assists on 3 consecutive plays: he is the first National League catcher to do it. Da Bums now lead the idle Cards by 2 games.

In Boston, the Phillies outslug the Braves to win game 1 of a pair by a 15-11 score. Jim Tabor hits a grand slam for the Phils, who will lead the NL with 4 slams this year. Boston wins a sedate game 2, 3-1.

20th The Pirates vote on whether to accept the Guild as their bargaining agent. The vote is 15-3 against, with 10 abstentions, effectively killing the Guild. They then blank the Dodgers, 10–0 behind Strincevich to cut the Flatbush lead to a half game.

It’s “Appreciation Day” in Boston as the Braves give away a Packard and a Ford before the game, then lose to the Cardinals, 4–1. Howie Pollet wins his 15th. Lolly Hopkins, a die-hard fan from Providence, RI, draws the winning tickets for the cars.

In Washington, the attraction is not the teams, but the pre-game exhibition of Bob Feller pitching to an army clocking–device to time his fastball. An extra 20,000 fans show up to see Feller, who had not been informed about it; he asks for and gets $700 from Griffith. Feller’s fastball is clocked at 98.6 crossing the plate (107 mph leaving his hand) on 4 pitches; his 5th pitch shatters the wooden frame of the device. Taking the mound Feller then strikes out 7 in a losing cause, as the Indians commit 4 errors. Knuckleballer Mickey Haefner is the winner, 5–4.

21st Del Ennis hits a 2-out homer in the 9th off Bauers to give the Phils a 1–0 win over the Cubs.

John Johnson of Newnan, Georgia-Alabama League (Class-D) wins both ends of a doubleheader, twice shutting out the league-leading Valley Rebels to win, 1-0 and 7-0.

22nd Clubs approve a change to a 168-game schedule, but they will rescind the decision at another meeting Sept. 16. Television is first recognized, with clubs given rights to their own games. Players jumping to outlaw leagues will not be allowed to apply for reinstatement for 5 years.

The Cardinals sweep the Phillies to tie the Dodgers for 1st place in the NL. Howie Pollet (16–6) wins the 1st game, 7–6, when Musial hits a HR in the 12th, and Harry Brecheen is the winner, 4–3, in the nightcap under the arcs.

25th Tied for first with St. Louis, the Dodgers open a 4-game series with the Cards by splitting a doubleheader. The Dodgers take the opener 2–1, handing Howie Pollet his first loss in 3 weeks. The Cardinals take the nitecap, 14–8. Musial, with a homer in game 1, has 4 hits and 3 RBI in game 2. He is hitting .380.

In the first of 2 at Fenway, Boston’s Boo Ferriss tops the Indians Red Embree, 2–1, in Boo’s final decision at home. His record at Fenway is 13–0 this season. Home runs account for all the scoring as Bobby Doerr hits 2 and Jordan hits one. There are no homers in the nitecap as the Sox complete the sweep, 13–6. Johnson is the winner in relief with starter Allie Reynolds taking the loss.

In Cincinnati, the Reds prize rookie Grady Hatton fractures his right knee cap in the dugout runway and is out for the season. Third baseman Hatton runs into a brick wall trying to avoid spiking a girl seeking autographs. He finishes the game by striking out in a 5-4 loss, but this is his last appearance this year.

26th Cardinals P Murry Dickson beats the Dodgers, 2–1, to move St. Louis into 1st place.

27th Kirby Higbe tops the Cardinals, 7–3, to give Brooklyn a split of their series.

28th Behind Paul Erickson, the Cubs edge the Dodgers 4–3, dropping the Dodgers out of first place. Hank Behrman is the loser for the visitors.

The Cardinals keep sole possession of the NL lead by sweeping two from the Giants. The Birds win the opener, 13-8, as Whitey Kurowski homers and drives in 4 runs, and Erv Dusak, taking over in LF for Sisler midway through the game, hits 2-run homers in the 7th and 8th. St. Louis wins the night cap, 3-2, on a 9th inning 2-out 2-run pinch HR by Walter Sessi. It is Sessi’s lone ML homer.

29th The Cubs beat Brooklyn 3–2 for their 2nd win in a row over Brooklyn, and their 7th overall. Hank Borowy is the winner over Vic Lombardi.

St. Louis ace Howie Pollet shuts out New York, 4–0, to give St. Louis a 2 ½ game lead over the Dodgers.

30th The Red Sox sweep a pair with the Athletics, winning, 6–0 and 6–2. Game 2 is their 90th win of the year, the earliest they’ve ever won 90 games.

31st Luke Sewell quits as manager of the Browns; Zack Taylor will finish the season.

Buddy Kerr hits into three DPs against the Dodgers, but his homer is the difference as the Giants win, 2–1. Lefty Monte Williams is the winner over Kirby Higbe. The high point of the game is at 2B when former Dodger Goody Rosen slides into Eddie Stanky with spikes high. Stanky retaliates with a hard tag in the face and the two start punching. Both are ejected. Extra police are ordered for tomorrow’s doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, a sweep by the Dodgers that puts them into a tie for first place with St. Louis.

1946 September

2nd Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss (24-4) win his 12th straight game in the opener and his 24th of the year as Boston sweeps two from the Yankees, 5–2 and 3–1. It is the Bosox 10th straight win over New York this year and their 14th twinbill sweep. Boston split 13 doubleheaders on the year and lost none. Dom DiMaggio and Nick Etten have HRs today. Ferriss, who earlier in the season had a 10-game win streak, joins Walter Johnson (10 and 14 in 1913) as the only pitchers with 2 winning streaks of 10 or more games in one season.

It’s a first as manager Mel Ott lifts himself for a pinch hitter in the 7that Boston. Righty Sid Gordon goes into pinch hit against lefty reliever Ernie White and grounds out. Ott manages the Giants to an 8–3 win.

The Cardinals win a pair from the Reds, 6–4 and 8–7, as Al Brazle wins both in relief. He toils 5 2/3 innings in the opener and another 3 in the nitecap. It is the 2nd time in a month that a reliever has won a pair. Enos Slaughter leads the attack with a 2-run homer in game 1 and 2 HRs, a double and single in game 2. St. Louis now leads the Dodgers by 2 ½ games.

5th The Tigers jump on an overworked Bob Feller, chasing him with 9 runs in the 4th inning. The highlight is Hank Greenberg 30thhomer, a three-run shot. Fred Hutchinson wins, 10–0.

6th The Giants collect 19 hits, including a 2nd-inning grand slam by Ernie Lombardi, off Oscar Judd, to whip the visiting Phillies, 16-2.

8th With the Red Sox running away with the AL race, attention closes in on Bob Feller’s strikeout pace. After a 4–1 Browns opening win, Feller tops the Browns, 3–2, on six hits and 8 strikeouts and reaches 300 today, a number reached by Walter Johnson and Rube Waddell twice each. Can Feller beat Waddell’s 347 of 1904? Boudreau finds plenty of innings for Feller to work as the season comes to an end and statisticians discover an error in the Aug. 24th box score that shorted the fireballer one strikeout against the A’s. Counting that one, Feller ends with 348. Alas! Waddell’s old record of 347 was apparently based on the compilations of George Moreland, an early baseball historian, and listed in Little Red Book. The Sporting Newsresearchers later revise Waddell’s total to 349. Feller’s 348 strikeouts will lead the AL, while Johnny Schmitz will lead the NL with a pedestrian 135. The 213 K difference between the 2 league leaders is a ML record that will not be topped this century.

Dodger Pete Reiser, even though still as injury-prone as he was before the war, accounts for 3 of the Dodgers 7 steals, including home, in an 11–3 Dodger victory over the Giants. It is his 7th steal of home this year. He will lead the ML with 34 steals despite missing more than 30 games due to injuries.

The Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 2–1 and 9–8, both in extra innings. Yankee manager Bill Dickey makes his last ML at bat a good one, lining a pinch single in the 8th inning.

In the minor leagues, Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount (Coastal Plain League) will be credited with 456 strikeouts, breaking the former mark of 418 set by Virgil Trucks in the Alabama-Florida League in 1938.

9th The Giants lose to Phils 5–4 as Bobby Thomson debuts with 2 hits. Del Ennis’ 3-run HR is the big blow for the Phils.

11th The Reds and Dodgers set a ML record by playing the longest scoreless tie game in history, 19 innings, at Ebbets Field, before darkness ends it. The previous record was 18 innings, set in 1909. The Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer pitches the first 15 innings, striking out 14, with Harry Gumbert pitching 4 innings. For Brooklyn, Hal Gregg pitches the first 10 innings, followed by Hugh Casey (5 innings), Art Herring (3 innings), and Hank Behrman (1 inning). Dixie Walker’s throw to the plate in the top of the 19th nails Clay and preserves the tie. Later, the Dodgers will win the playoff, 5–3.

At Detroit, Hank Greenberg hits a 3-run homer in the 1st inning off Boo Ferriss, who lasts just the first frame. Detroit pins the loss on Boo, winning 7-3, his sixth loss, all on the road. Ted Williams has 4 hits, including a homer.

The Cubs and Braves battle to a 3–3 tie after 17 innings. Chicago gets 13 hits to Boston’s 8, though the Braves manage just one hit over the last 12 1/3 innings. Hank Borowy, who pitched yesterday, pitches the final 7 hitless frames. Carden Gillenwater makes 12 putouts in center for the Braves, tying a NL record for the position.

12th The Dodgers, a game and a half out despite winning 9 of their last 10, host St. Louis for a three game series. But the Cardinals rip Brooklyn, 10–2, behind Howie Pollet’s 5-hitter, in the series opener. The Cards light up Kirby Higbe in the first inning for 5 runs, highlighted by Joe Garagiola’s 3-run homer.

13th The Boston Red Sox clinch the AL pennant, edging the Cleveland Indians 1–0 on Ted Williams’ inside-the-park HR, the only one of his career. Williams lines the ball to left center over the shift when LF Pat Seerey pulls in behind the SS position, and Ted outlegs Fat Pat who eventually runs the ball down. Tex Hughson stops the Indians on 3 hits beating Red Embree, who allows just two hits. The Boston margin at the season’s end will be 12 games.

It’s the Dodgers turn as they score 4 runs in the 1st inning against Red Munger and hold on to top the Cardinals 4–3. The Dodgers now trail St. Louis by 1 ½ games.

In Boston, the Pirates win game 1 scoring 2-run in the 14th to win, 4-2. Chuck Workman hits a solo homer in the frame off tired Braves starter Mort Cooper. Pittsburgh completes the sweep with a 10-1 win in game 2. Ralph Kiner hits his 20th homer, two behind NL leader Johnny Mize, and veteran Burgess Whitehead has 3 hits, including a triple, and drives in 3.

Johnny Mize returns to the Giants’ lineup for the first time since breaking his hand on August 5th in the Mayor’s Trophy game when he was hit on the hand by a Joe Page pitch. But it won’t last long. Still the NL leader in homers with 22, Mize goes 0-for-2 before breaking his toe as the Reds win, 4-1.

14th Roy Hamey, president of the American Association, is named general manager of the Pirates by its new owners.

Leo Durocher starts young Ralph Branca against the Cardinals lefty lineup with the intention of lifting the 20-year-old after one batter and putting in lefty Vic Lombardi. But Branca looks good and goes the route to win 5–0 and move the Dodgers a half-game in back of St. Louis. The gate of 32,960 gives the Dodgers 1,509,755 attendance for the season, a NL record topping the Cubs of 1929.

Ewell Blackwell blanks the Giants to give the Reds a 4–0 win. It is Blackwell’s 6th shutout. He’ll finish with a 9-13 record, a 2.45 ERA, and allow just one HR in 190 innings.

15th Gnat in my house. After dropping the opener, 4–3, in 10 innings, the Brooklyn Dodgers are stinging the Chicago Cubs, 2–0, at the end of the 5th inning when a swarm of gnats descends upon Ebbets Field and causes the game to be called off early. The Dodgers take the win away as Kirby Higbe allows just one hit, a second inning safety by Mickey Livingston.

Ernie Lombardi of the Giants slams the ball 483 feet under the stairway in right-center of the Polo Grounds, but barely makes 3B. It is the 3rd triple in 7 years for Schnozz and the last of his career. The Cardinals still sweep 2 from the Giants, but at a cost. After Murry Dickson’s 3–0 win in the 1st game, Howie Pollet preserves the Cards’ 7–4 victory in 2nd game, but suffers some arm pain when he doesn’t warm up sufficiently.

At Detroit, Senators’ reliever Early Wynn smacks a grand slam home run against Detroit’s Johnny Gorsica as the Nationals roll by Detroit, 15–5. Wynn wins over Dizzy Trout.

The A’s Bill McCahan makes his first ML start and blanks the Indians, 2–0, in a game called after 7 innings. The Browns Fred Sanford also makes his first start a shutout, stopping the Yankees, 1–0, in the first of two. St. Louis takes game 2 by a 2-1 score.

At Chicago, Red Sox pitcher Dave “Boo” Ferriss notches his 25th win, beating the White 4–1 in the first of two. Johnny Rigney then applies the whitewash to the Red Sox to win the nitecap, 6–0, on 3 hits.

16th The Dodgers drop two games in back of the idle Cardinals as the Cubs trounce them, 10-7, at Ebbets Field. Bill Nicholson connects for a grand slam for Chicago, off Paul Minner.

17th The Cards Howie Pollet wins his 20th victory, 10–2, over the Giants, despite allowing 11 hits.

18th Brooklyn P Ralph Branca wins his 3rd game of the year, a 3–0 shutout over the Pirates.

Washington’s Sherry Robertson leads off with a home run against Cleveland. It is his 2nd consecutive leadoff HR, having connected yesterday in Detroit. Robertson has 3 hits and scores 3 as the Nats win, 8–1 behind Mickey Haefner. The mark was last accomplished by Harry Hooper in 1913.

20th George Kell is 6-for-7 to pace the Tigers 22-hit attack against Cleveland. The Tigers roar, 15–1, with Fred Hutchinson getting the easy win over Allie Reynolds, allowing just a run on Eddie Robinson’s HR.

21st Bill Zuber beats the Senators, 7–5, in 11 innings as the Red Sox notch their 100th win of the season.

In 11 innings, Detroit beats the Indians, 5–3, in the last ML game played at Cleveland’s League Park. Bob Kuzava makes his debut, giving up an earned run in 8 innings, but the win goes to Dizzy Trout, who pitches a complete game for his 16th win. The event goes unheralded as the Indians are not yet sure if they will continue to split their games between the two parks. The attendance is just 2,772.

22nd At Municipal Stadium, Detroit tops Cleveland, 3–0, as Newhouser beats Feller for the first time. The battles between the two will result in Feller winning 8 of 10 decisions. Feller complains after the game that, except for Dick Wakefield, all the Tiger hitters were chopping at the ball to avoid striking out. He K’s 7 to Newhouser’s 9. The Tigers win the nitecap, 4–3.

In a sweep of the A’s, rookies Yogi Berra and Bobby Brown debut for the Yankees. Shortstop Brown has a single and Yogi belts a two-run homer, off Jesse Flores. New York wins, 4–3 and 7–4.

In his second ML start, St. Louis rookie Fred Sanford records his second shutout, stopping the White Sox, 2-0, in the first half of a doubleheader. Sanford allowed 2 runs in 3 relief appearances in 1943. Chicago rebounds for an 8-5 win in game 2.

Larry Jansen of San Francisco (PCL) wins his 30th game, a 7-3 decision over Portland. He finishes with an ERA of 1.57, just off the league record of 1.56 set by Slim Love of Los Angeles in 1914. Jansen’s efforts will land him with the New York Giants where he will post a 21-5 mark next year.

24th Disappointing on the field, the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2,309,029 attendance, the first team to reach two million. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs at 1,485,166. Total ML attendance was 18.5 million, 80 percent more than 1945.

Led by Hank Greenberg’s three homers, the Tigers roll by the Browns, 4–3 and 10–1. The veteran slugger was benched on August 22nd but now has 41 homers. Hutchinson and Trout are the winners.

Mickey Harris gives up a pair of homers to Johnny Lindell but wins his 17th as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 5-4, at Fenway.

Ted Wilks, in relief of Munger, notches a 2–1 win for the Cardinals. Johnny Vander Meer takes the loss for the Reds; he’ll win his next start, 1–0. For the Reds, it is the ML record 41st one-run loss this season. Six years ago they set the mark for one-run wins with 41.

25th In a loss that will haunt the Dodgers at the season’s end, the Phils score 5 in the 9th to beat Brooklyn, 11–9. Leo Durocher sends in eight pitchers in an effort to stave off the final Phils’ rally, setting an NL record and tying the ML mark (Washington vs. Boston, in an end of the season farce game, October 4, 1913). In the first inning, Eddie Stanky cashes his 133rd walk, off Oscar Judd, but the pitcher ties the score in the 3rd with his only homer of the year, and drives in two more in the 4th off reliever Hal Gregg. Brooklyn scores three in the bottom of the 3rd when 2B Emil Verban makes two errors, and Phils 1B Frank McCormick makes his first error of the season after a ML record 131 straight errorless games. Ron Northey also misjudges a fly ball into a double by Bruce Edwards. In the 8th inning, Dodger pitcher Hank Behrman throws an inside pitch to Del Ennis, striking the young slugger on the wrist. Ennis retires with a possible broken wrist and the enraged Quakers charge it was deliberate. Two more singles chase Behrman and it is 9–6 going into the 9th. A walk, strikeout, and bad hop single brings in reliever Vic Lombardi. A single and walk brings in Art Herring, the 7th Dodger pitcher, who throws 4 balls to Frank McCormick and leaves, Kirby Higbe enters with the score tied, and Dee Moore’s long fly scores Johnny Wyrostek to make the score 10–9. Emil Verban’s double drives in the last run to make Tom Hughes the winner over Lombardi.

The Reds’ Bucky Walter blanks the Cardinals, 6–0, but St. Louis stays a game in front of Brooklyn.

At Wrigley, the Pirates outlast the Cubs to win, 6-5, in 16 innings. Bob Elliot and Ralph Kiner hit back-to-back homers in the 8th off Russ Meyer as the Bucs score 4 runs to tie. Kiner takes over the NL lead with his 23rd homer.

Come on down! Bill Veeck offers free admission to the fans and 12,600 show up. The White Sox throw a damper on the party by beating the Indians, 4–1.

Handling 13 chances without an error against the Braves in an 8–0 loss, Giants SS Buddy Kerr runs his errorless streak to 254 chances, breaking Eddie Miller’s 1940 record.

26th The Dodgers beat the Phils 8–2 to move with a half-game of the idle Cardinals. Dodger RF Pete Reiser fractures his leg sliding back into 1B and is out for the year. Reiser was hitting .277 with 73 RBI.

27th For the 2nd time in 5 days, the Cubs shell Howie Pollet. The Cubs score 3 runs in the 4th inning to chase the Cardinal ace and win 7–2. St. Louis and Brooklyn are now tied for 1st place.

In Detroit, Feller pitches 5 innings, striking out 6 Tigers. Feller now has 343 strikeouts for the year. Bob Kuzava takes over and gets the win, 9–8.

At Fenway, Tex Hughson notches his 20th as the Red Sox win, 5–4, over Washington. It is Boston’s 104th win of the year.

28th Brooklyn shells Braves’ 20-game winner Johnny Sain and wins, 7–4. Meanwhile, Cardinal P Harry Brecheen quiets the Cubs, 4–1, to leave St. Louis tied for 1st place with a game to play.

29th  Former Cardinal P Mort Cooper pitches Boston to a masterful 4–0 win over Brooklyn. The Cards can’t capitalize on the Dodger loss, however, as Cubs’ lefty Johnny Schmitz beats them, 8–3, with Chicago coming from behind. The Cardinals and the Dodgers end the season tied for the NL lead. Both are 96-58. The first-ever championship playoff series will start in 2 days.

With 3,749 loyal fans on hand at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ SS Buddy Kerr plays in his 52nd game without an error, breaking Leo Durocher’s NL record set in 1931. Kerr handles 274 chances without an error. The last-place Giants whip the Phils, 3–1, jumping on 20-year-old Dick Koecher, making his first ML appearance. The Phils have now used 24 pitchers this year to set a NL record.

Feller and Newhouser hook up again, with Newhouser going for his 27th win, but this time Feller and the Indians beat Detroit, 4–1. Not till Newhouser strikes out does Feller register a K. Feller will strike out 5 Tigers to end the season with 348, believed to be the new record. Subsequent research will credit Waddell with 349 K’s in 1904. Feller ends the year with a no-hitter, two one-hitters, and 10 shutouts in 371 innings.

Johnny Vander Meer pitches a game 1 shutout, beating the Pirates, 1–0. Bob Usher drives in the lone run. In the nitecap, outfielder Al Libke starts on the mound and pitches 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and 4 hits in his last ML appearance. The former minor league pitcher gets no decision but the Reds win, 3-2, to close out their season.

At Shibe Park, the Yankees sweep a pair from the hapless Athletics as Philadelphia ends their season with a 10-game losing streak. Spud Chandler tosses a 6-0 shutout in game 1 to record his 20th win of the year. Rookie Vic Raschi (2-0) is a 2-1 winner in game 2, ended after 7 innings, likely because of a mercy rule.

30th In a great trade for Boston, the Braves send 2B Billy Herman and 3 players (P Elmer Singleton, OF Stan Wentzel, INF Whitey Wietelman) to Pittsburgh for 3B Bob Elliott and C Hank Camelli. The Pirates want Herman to manager and in his only season, 1947, he’ll guide them to a last-place finish. But Elliot will win the NL MVP in Boston.

1946 October

1st In the first ever NL playoff before 26,012 at Sportsman’s Park Field the Dodgers manage just 3 hits off Howie Pollet and lose 4–2. Joe Garagiola’s 3 hits pace the Cardinals as they beat Ralph Branca.

While waiting for the NL playoff to be completed, the Red Sox tune up by playing a team of AL All Stars. In the 5th, Senator P Mickey Haefner accidentally hits Ted Williams on the right elbow with a pitch. The injury will affect Williams’ play in the WS.

Johnny Neun is named the Reds manager for next year.

3rd The St. Louis Cardinals wallop the Brooklyn Dodgers 8–4 at Ebbets Field to win the NL playoffs 2-0 and advance to the WS. Erv Dusak and Enos Slaughter lead the attack, while winning pitcher Murry Dickson adds a triple. Dickson allows just two hits till the last inning, before the Dodgers score three runs off him. Harry Brecheen strikes out two batters with the bases full to end it. Joe Hatten is the loser.

6th The WS opens with a Red Sox 3–2 win as Rudy York hits a 10th-inning HR off Howie Pollet. The Sox tie the game in the 9th when an easy grounder to Marty Marion takes a freak bounce and goes through his legs.

7th Harry Brecheen gives up only 4 singles in shutting out the Red Sox 3–0. He also drives in the first run of the game.

9th Boo Ferriss records the 50th shutout in WS history. He holds the opposition to only 6 hits, as the Boston Red Sox blank the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 4–0. Rudy York’s 3-run HR in the first is the big blow. Cheering the Sox on is Ms. Calvin Coolidge, a big American League fan since her days in the White House. Getting more attention, however, is Rita Hayworth, sitting behind the former first lady.

A team of NL All-stars win in Havana, 3-2, against the Cuban National All-stars. The Major leaguers include Buddy Kerr and Sid Gordon of the Giants, and Ralph Branca and Eddie Stanky of the Dodgers.

10th Enos Slaughter, Whitey Kurowski, and Joe Garagiola each have 4 hits, and Al Brazle pitches a 12–3 complete game win. The Cards tie a WS record by racking up 20 hits.

11th The Red Sox take the Series lead with a 6–3 win, as Joe Dobson fans 8 in a complete game win. All 3 runs off of Dobson are unearned.

The Yankees send veteran Joe Gordon and Ed Bockman to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds (11–15). Columnist Dan Daniels will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but DiMaggio advised them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees championship teams while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.

13th Back in St. Louis, Harry Brecheen ties the Series again with a 4–1 win, stopping the Red Sox on 7 hits.

15th Enos Slaughter sprints all the way from 1B and slides into home with the winning run in the 8th inning on Harry Walker’s double, as the Cardinals edge the Boston Red Sox 4–3, giving St. Louis the WS 4 games to 3. Harry Brecheen wins 3 games, this one in relief, for the Cardinals, including Games 6 and 7, the only pitcher ever to win those. Brecheen ends his WS appearances (1943, 1943 and 1946) with a combined ERA of .083, the lowest ERA this century for a pitcher with 30 innings of work (32.2 IP). Billed as the duel between the 2 best hitters in baseball, the Series sees Stan Musial go 6-for-27 and Ted Williams 5-for-25. With the Series held in two small ballparks and the broadcast fees now aimed at a player pension fund, the Cardinal share of $3,748 and the Red Sox portion of $2,140 is the smallest Series payoff since 1918.

26th Columnist Westbrook Pegler writes a critical piece about the off-field relationship between Dodger manager Leo Durocher, actor George Raft and well-known gamblers. This is the first of a number of articles that will lead up to the suspension of Durocher for the 1947 season.

1946 November

1st The right foot of Cleveland owner Bill Veeck is amputated, a result of a war injury in the South Pacific 2 years before. Veeck has had a tremendous impact on promotion in a half season of ownership. A minor but typical change is the regular posting of NL scores on the Cleveland scoreboard, a departure from the long-standing practice of both leagues.

15th Ted Williams is picked as the AL MVP, finishing 27 points ahead of Hal Newhouser, the winner the past two years. A week from now the NL names Stan Musial for the honor with Dixie Walker a distant 2nd.

1946 December

4th W. G. Bramham retires as head of the minors. George Trautman will replace him.

The Reds trade pitcher Ed Heusser to Brooklyn for veteran Augie Galan.

6th The major leagues finally accept the contention that invasion of minor league territory will result in compensation for the entire league. The major league clubs agree to return the selection of the All-Star teams, except for pitchers, to a fan ballot.

7th The Indians send young OF Gene Woodling to Pittsburgh for veteran receiver Al Lopez. Lopez will play just 61 games in 1947, before taking over as manager of Indianapolis for 3 seasons. He will return to skipper the Indians in 1951.

9th The Senators sell veteran knuckleballer Dutch Leonard to the Phillies where he’ll go 17-12 in 1947 and 12-17 the next year.

The Cardinals sell veteran Red Barrett back to the Braves where he’ll rebound to an 11-12 mark in 1947 nd 7-8 in 1948. Barrett celebrating his 20th win of the ’45 season by pitching a one-hit shutout, but fell to a 3-2 mark in ’46.

10th The Yankees sign veteran 1B George McQuinn, recently released by the A’s. The 36-year-old has two good years left in him and will hit .304 with 80 RBI in 1947.

20th  With the trade for Lopez, the Indians send young catcher Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league P Gene Bearden, P Al Gettel, and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for New York after they acquired him in June. Lollar will play just 33 games in 2 years, while Mack is swapped after one game. Bearden, as a rookie knuckleballer in 1948, will win 20 games and the lead the AL in ERA.

1947 January

18th The Pirates buy 1B Hank Greenberg from the Tigers for a reported $25,000 to $35,000 (The Baseball Encyclopedia lists $75,000). The veteran Greenberg led the AL in HRs with 44 in 1946 and the Pirates will pair him with young slugger Ralph Kiner, the NL home run leader. Greenberg himself, in his 1989 autobiography with Ira Berkow, relates the following salary discussion with John Galbreath of the Pirates: “I (Greenberg) said, What am I going to get paid?”

“He said, ‘You’ll get paid whatever you want.’”

“I said I wanted $100,000, and he said, ‘You got it.’”

“I told Mr. Galbreath that since I was getting a salary of $75,000 from Detroit, I would like to get a salary of $40,000 from Pittsburgh, and I would like to buy $74,000 worth of stock in the Pittsburgh club. Then, at the end of the year, I wanted him to buy the stock back for $134,000, so I’d pay a capital gain tax on the $60,000 and income tax on the $40,000. He agreed to that, too.”

20th Famed Negro League slugger Josh Gibson, arguably the greatest slugger ever, dies of a brain tumor at age 35.

21st Bob Feller signs for “more than $80,000,” according to Cleveland owner Bill Veeck.

Dodger manager Leo Durocher marries actress Lorraine Day, after she obtains a Mexican divorce.

A rule change that allows voting only for players after 1921 produces 4 new Hall of Famers: Carl Hubbell, Frank Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove. Pie Traynor misses selection by 2 votes.

25th Five Evangeline League (Class D) players are made ineligible for allegedly betting on 1946 playoff games. The group includes P Bill Thomas (35-7 for Houma, LA, in 47 appearances), who is still the all-time win leader in the minors (with 383), 2 Houma teammates, and the Houma manager. Thomas protested, pointing out that he was 5-0 in the playoffs. He and Len Pecou will be reinstated in 1949. Thomas will win 26 games in 1950 for teams in the Evangeline and Rio Grande Valley leagues.

1947 February

1st After a meeting in New York’s Waldorf Astoria, Commissioner Happy Chandler announces the creation of a pension plan for major leaguers. Player with five years experience will receive $50 a month at age 50, and $10 a month for each o the next five years. The plan extends to coaches, players, and trainers active on Opening Day. The plan will be funded by $650,000, with the teams providing 80% and the players the remaining 20%.

1947 March

1st New managers in training camps are Billy Herman with Pittsburgh, Muddy Ruel with the Browns, Bucky Harris with the Yankees, and Johnny Neun at Cincinnati. Neun had ended 1946 as manager of the Yankees after both Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey had quit.

In anticipation of the signing of the first black players, Bill Veeck, a resident of Phoenix, had set up a spring training camp there for the Cleveland Indians. Arizona was chosen because of its relatively tolerant racial climate. During the season, Veeck will sign the first AL black player, Larry Doby, who will train at the Arizona camp. The Giants also set up camp in Arizona, while the Dodgers moved their training camp from Florida to Havana.

8th In Havana’s new Stadium del Cerro, the Dodgers, behind three pitchers, beat the Yankees in 10 innings, 1–0. Carl Furillo scores on Pete Reiser’s double, and Snuffy Stirnweiss’s 10th-inning single is the only Yankee hit. On hand to watch is Connie Zimmerman, an associate of mobster Lucky Luciano, and a racing handicapper, Memphis Engelberg. As Burt Solomon writes, “Durocher points out the men to sports writers Dick Young and Milt Gross, saying, ‘Look at that. If I had those guys in my box, I’d be kicked out of baseball. Are there two sets of rules? One applying to managers and one applying to club owners.’ When asked about if the men are his guests, Dodger GM Larry MacPhail snaps, ‘What are you. The goddam FBI?’ MacPhail calls Durocher a liar, and in a bizarre turn, later files charges against the manager with the commissioner’s office.

22nd The Phils purchase Buster Adams from the Cardinals, making it his third time with the Quakers. After the Phils traded him in 1945 to the Cards, he drove in 101 rubns for them that year. Last year he hit .185.

24th In a meeting at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Leo Durocher admits to Commissioner Happy Chandler that he sometimes bets on card games with Kirby Higbe.

26th Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau orders Johnny Price off the train at San Diego after Price lets loose two five-foot long snakes on the train from Los Angeles. A coach full of women returning from the American Bowling Congress is extremely upset by the prank. When Tribe owner Bill Veeck says that, “either the snakes go or Price goes,” the 35-year-old infielder’s days are numbered.

1947 April

1st Branch Rickey deflects pressure on Jackie Robinson by keeping him in Montreal, although it is clear the contending Dodgers can use the 1946 International League batting king.

4th The adoption of a ML pension plan is effective immediately.

8th Giants OF Whitey Lockman, in his 2nd year, breaks his leg sliding into 2B on a DP in an exhibition game against the Indians in Sheffield, AL. Lockman will miss all of the season, except for 2 pinch hitting appearances.

9th Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends manager Leo Durocher of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the entire season for incidents detrimental to baseball. Larry MacPhail and the Dodger organization are fined $2,000 each, and Yankee coach Charley Dressen is set down for 30 days. A feud involving Durocher, MacPhail, and Dodger officials rocked the training season. The Yankees’ signing of Dressen and Red Corriden, longtime Brooklyn coaches, charges of consorting with Cuban gamblers against MacPhail, and charges and counter charges that Durocher had sought—or been offered—the Yankee managerial post were included in the hearing before Chandler.

10th  During the 6th inning of the Dodgers-Royals exhibition game at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers announce that they have purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from Montreal and that “he will report immediately.” Rickey says after the game that he reached a definite decision just five minutes before he made the announcement.

14th The Yankees release two veterans, relief ace Johnny Murphy and first baseman Nick Etten. Murphy will be signed by the Red Sox while Etten, the AL home run leader in 1944 and RBI leader in 1945, will catch on briefly with the Phillies.

15th Facing Johnny Sain, Jackie Robinson goes hitless in 3 trips in his debut but handles 11 chances at 1B, a new position for him, in a 5–3 Brooklyn win over the Braves. Coach Clyde Sukeforth, interim manager and the man credited with first scouting Robinson, guides the team to 2 wins and a loss before he steps down. The Dodgers also announce the release of Ed Head, who threw a no-hitter last year, to Ft. Worth.

The Pirates sign veteran catcher Billy Sullivan, who last played in 1942, for the Dodgers. He’ll be used mostly as a pinch hitter.

In his NL debut, Hank Greenberg doubles home the only run in the 6th as the Pirates Rip Sewell wins the opener in Chicago 1–0. Hank Borowy takes the loss. Greenberg also handles 16 putouts and an assist at 1B.

With yesterday’s opener in Washington rained out, the A’s open at Yankee Stadium before 39,344. Under new manager Bucky Harris, the Yanks manage just six hits off Phil Marchildon as the A’s win, 6–1. Eddie Joost and Elmer Valo pull off a double steal in the 5th when the A’s increase their lead to 3–0. Joost scores on the swipe of home. Former A’s vet George McQuillan, playing 1B for Nick Etten, scores New York’s only run. Spud Chandler takes the loss. One switch is noted by the crowd: the Yankees move their dugout from the third base side to the first base side. This is one the changes made after the new ownership bought the team in ‘45. Others include a new press room, stadium club, redesigned locker rooms, and the move to the 1B side because that was where the new clubhouse was constructed. MacPhail commissioned the top hat logo and set up oldtimers days (according to historian Marty Appel).

In St. Louis, the Browns open as usual against Hal Newhouser and the Tigers, losing, 7–0. For Newhouser, it is his 13th straight win against St. Louis (as noted by historian Lyle Spatz). The streak will be stopped at 15 games on August 12.

16th The Cubs buy veteran Lonnie Frey from the Reds, but will keep him just 9 weeks before selling him to the Yankees.

17th The Dodgers win 12–6 over the Braves at home, as Jackie Robinson gets his first ML hit—a bunt single, off Glenn Elliot. Robinson will bunt 42 times, collecting 19 hits, during the year. The Brooklyn offense is led by fellow rookie Johnny “Spider” Jorgensen, who drives in 6 runs.

Dutch Leonard stops the Giants and the Phillies win, 11-5. Skeeter Newsome drives in 4 runs and Frank McCormick has 3 hits to drive in 3. Larry Jansen, a 30-game winner last year in the PCL, makes his debut in relief for the Giants. He’ll win 21 for New York this season.

Hank Greenberg belts his first NL homer in the 2nd, and the Pirates score 6 more in the 7th to beat the host Cubs, 7–1. Preacher Roe doesn’t allow a hit until the 7th.

18th  The Giants shell the Dodgers, 10–4, with Jackie Robinson hitting his first home run, off Dave Koslo, in the loss. In a sign of things to come this year, the Giants counter with 6 homers—2 apiece by Bobby Thomson and Bill Rigney, and one apiece by Johnny Mize and Willard Marshall. One of Rigney’s is a grand slam. Scout Burt Shotton is the surprise choice to replace Leo Durocher: he participates in the pre-game flag raising and then manages the team.

Sacramento’s Tony Freitas, 39, wins his 200th PCL game, beating Oakland, 4–2. Freitas, who set a PCL record with 6 straight 20-win seasons, will finish his career in 1950 (0-1) with 342 minor league wins and 25 in the majors. Retroactively, SABR will name him the minor league’s greatest pitcher.

19th New skipper Shotton manages the Dodgers from the dugout in street clothes, à la Connie Mack. Since he does not wear a uniform he is not allowed on the field. Johnny Mize and Bill Rigney hit homers to help the Giants edge the Dodgers, 4–3.

20th At St. Louis, Bill Nicholson clubs 2 homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs, 7–4, over the Cards. Swish’s first RBI comes in the first inning when he’s hit by a Howie Pollet pitch with the bases loaded. His slam in the 5th finishes Pollet’s pitching. Johnny Schmitz is the winner.

Pitching for Portland (PCL), former Tiger ace Tommy Bridges pitches a no-hitter against SF, winning 2–0.

22nd At Ebbets Field, the Phils test Robinson by yelling racial slurs and invectives from the dugout. Jackie keeps his cool, singles, and scores in the 8th inning. Hal Gregg allows just one hit, a double by Del Ennis, and the Dodgers win, 1–0.

Al Zarilla’s single in the 7th inning is the only hit off Bob Feller as the Indians beat the Browns, 5–0.

23rd Rudy York’s 2 hits are it for Boston as the Yankees Allie Reynolds shuts out the Hubmen, 3–0. Boo Ferriss is the loser.

In St. Louis, the Pirates improve to 6-1 as they clip the Cardinals, 8-5. The Bucs start their scoring with a 5-run 3rd inning, featuring a grand slam by Billy Cox.

At Detroit, the Tigers use consecutive solo homers in the 8th from Roy Cullenbine, Dick Wakefield, and Hoot Evers to beat the White Sox, 7–4. Cullenbine adds an earlier homer and Eddie Lake adds a 5th Bengal blast to back Fred Hutchinson’s win over Eddie Lopat.

The Yankees release veteran reliever Johnny Murphy who will sign with the Red Sox.

24th Johnny Mize of the New York Giants hits 3 successive HRs in a 14–5 loss in Boston. It is a ML-record 5th time in his career that Mize has hit 3 HRs in one game; he will do it a 6th time with the Yankees in 1950. But the Braves collect 22 hits, with Danny Litwhiler having a HR, triple and 2 singles in the attack. Winning hurler Johnny Sain is 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, as he strings together a hitting streak of 14 games as a pitcher. Sain will hit .346 this season, striking out only once in 107 at bats.

The Red Sox collect just 3 hits off Frank Shea but beat the Yankees, 1–0, on Tex Hughson’s 2-hitter.

Pat Seerey hits a homer off Johnny Rigney for the game’s only run as the Indians trip the White Sox, 1–0. Don Black is the winning pitcher.

26th Bob Feller shuts out the Tigers to give the Tribe a 6–0 win. Hal Newhouser takes the loss.

27th Today is Babe Ruth Day at all ML parks. A crowd of 58,339 at Yankee Stadium honors the ailing slugger. A frail Babe, choking back tears, tells the “kids of America” that, “the only real game in the world is baseball. In this game you have to come up from youth. You’ve got to start way down at the bottom, if you’re going to be successful like those boys over there.” pointing to the Yankee dugout. “There’s so many lovely things said about me, I’m glad I had the opportunity to thank everybody.” The program was broadcast nationwide and piped into all the ball parks. Ruth receives a bronze plaque with his image on it from the AL: the NL’s gift is a leather book with signatures of all the players in the league. The Yankees lose to Sid Hudson and the Washington Senators 1–0, but move into first place as the White Sox lose two. Hudson scores the only run after singling.

The White Sox lose the first game to the Browns, 4–2. Al Zarilla snaps a tie with a 2-run homer in the 8th. Vern Stephens wins the nitecap, 4–3, by belting a three-run homer in the 8th. In the opener, the Browns have runners on 1B (Judnich) and 3B (Witte) when the Sox turn a Berardino grounder into an unusual triple play—all 3 runners being retired on rundowns. Witte is caught between 3B and home, Judnich between 2B and 3B, and Berardino between 1B and 2B.

The cellar-dwelling Cards drop their 5th straight losing the Cubs, 3–0. The Redbirds manage just 4 hits off Johnny Schmitz.

The Reds attract their largest recorded attendance—36,961 at Crosley Field, and reward the faithful with a sweep of the Pirates, winning 6–1 and 2–1.

The Dodgers top the Giants, 9–8, for their 5th straight win. Trailing 8–4 in the 7th, the Brooks score two runs on Carl Furillo’s homer, add two more in the 8th on Cookie Lavagetto’s pinch homer and Reiser’s double, and win it in the 9th on Eddie Stanky’s squeeze bunt. Johnny Mize hits his 6th homer for the Giants.

30th In Brooklyn, the Cubs trip the Dodgers, 3–1. Jackie Robinson, nursing a sore right arm, is hitless and is 0-for-20 since April 23rd. He’ll double tomorrow in his first at bat.

In St. Louis, the Browns swamp the Yankees, 15-5, as New York manages just 5 hits off Denny Galehouse. Jeff Heath connects for a grand slam for St. Louis in the 1st and Vern Stephens has a homerun among his 4 hits. Reynolds gives up 3 homers and the 4th is served up by Italian-born Rugger Ardizoia, who mops up in the 8th and 9th. It is the only ML appearance for Ardizoia. Rugger later has the distinction of being the oldest Yankee for a while.

The Red Sox pick up their first win of the year in a 7-1 victory over the Tigers. Hal Newhouser (0-3) is the loser as rookie Mel Parnell wins his first ML game.

1947 May

1st For the first time Cleveland will play all its games at Municipal Stadium, abandoning League Park, where most weekday games have been played. New owner Bill Veeck installs an inner fence to cut power alleys from 435 to 365 feet. A more celebrated attempt to fuel HRs is at Pittsburgh where the 30-foot reduction of the LF wall is dubbed Greenberg Gardens, for the Pirates’ famous acquisition. Hank will hit only 25 HRs for the season, however, but sophomore Ralph Kiner will find the shortened distance more advantageous.

2nd Bob Feller fires his 2nd one-hitter in 10 days, stopping the Red Sox, 2–0, while striking out 10. Johnny Pesky has the only safety. Joe Gordon’s homer off Ferriss is the only run Feller needs.

Ken Myers of the Las Vegas Wranglers (Class C Sunset League) connects for two grand slams in the 3rd inning against Ontario. Pitcher Ned Klingensmith adds a 3rd slam in the inning as the Wranglers score 16 runs. Las Vegas hits 10 homers in the game to win, 30–5.

3rd At Cleveland, the Indians triple the Red Sox, winning 9-3. Joe Gordon has a grand slam for the Tribe.

The Cards trade Harry Walker to the Phillies for OF Ron Northey. Although batting only .200 with the Cards, Walker will hit .371 for the Phils in 130 games to finish the season with a league-leading .363 batting average. He will join his brother Dixie, who won the NL batting title in 1944, as the only set of brothers to win hitting titles.

The Dodgers ship pitchers Hank Behrman, Cal McLish and Kirby Higbe, and minor leaguers Gene Mauch and C Dixie Howell to the Pirates for OF Al Gionfriddo and $100,000. Behrman, with no appearances for Brooklyn this year will go 0-2 before the Bucs send him back to Brooklyn on June 14.

4th At Comiskey Park, the White Sox twice edge the A’s, winning 8-7 and 1-0. Chicago scores 6 runs in the 8th of the opener, 4 coming from an unexpected source, a grand slam by light-hitting Jack Wallaesa. The unexpected comes in game 2 as well, a shutout by Orval Grove, his only whitewash of the year. The losing pitcher is Jesse Flores.

6th Suspended manager Leo Durocher and his wife Lorraine Day are in the stands as the Dodgers win 7–6 over the Cards on a Pee Wee Reese HR. Robinson has two singles. The Dodgers have now won 10 of 11 while the Cards have lost 10 of 11.

7th Portland (PCL) pitcher Jack Salveson pitches 20 innings in beating Sacramento, 1-0. Salveson throws 171 pitches, less than 9 an inning.

8th A movement among Cardinal players to protest its first meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a clubhouse talk from owner Sam Breadon. According to a story by writer Stanley Woodward, League president Ford Frick had warned the team that if a strike occurred, any player involved would be suspended. Cardinal manager Eddie Dyer denies there was any strike talk. The Cards win, 5–1, for their 2nd win in a row.

9th Heralded Giant rookie Clint Hartung makes his first pitching appearance and throws 6 shutout innings of relief against the Braves. He will start 20 games and compile his best season at 9-7. He will also play 7 games in the OF and bat .309 for the year. But the Braves win today, 6–2, behind Warren Spahn.

In his first game outside of New York City, Jackie Robinson has two hits and scores twice in the Dodgers 6–5 loss to the Phillies. After the game, the Dodgers give their young first baseman a vote of confidence by selling Howie Schultz, Robby’s back up, to the Phils for $50,000. Tomorrow, Branch Rickey announces he’s giving up his attempts to pry Johnny Mize away from the Giants.

The Pirates sell pitcher Ken Heintzelman, 33, to the Phillies.

10th At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell whips the Cubs, 5–1, to start a 16-game winning streak. He won’t lose until July 25.

Rookie Larry Jansen, who won 30 games in the PCL last year, makes his debut as a starter and scatters 6 hits to give the Giants a 2–1 win over the visiting Braves. Willard Marshall’s 2-run HR off Red Barrett is the New York scoring. Jansen will go 21–5 this year and lead the NL in winning percentage.

11th In front of 41,660 at Shibe Park—the largest crowd to date to watch a baseball game in Philadelphia—the Phils take two from Brooklyn to take three out of 4 in the series. The Jays win 7–3 and 5–4. In the first game, the Phils score all their runs in the 3rd and 4th to give knuckler Dutch Leonard his 5th win against a defeat, and his 2nd win in three days against the Bums. Del Ennis’s first homer of the year scores 3. Schoolboy Rowe, with relief help from Ken Heintzelman wins the nitecap. He also bangs a homer, and wins his 9th straight over two seasons. Harry Walker raises his average in a Phils uniform to .406 and “closes out the nitecap with one of the most spectacular catches of the season, a catch that would have made the immortal Dode Paskert of 30 years ago doff his hat.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Cubs take over undisputed possession of first place sweeping a pair from the Reds, 6–3 and 4–3 in 10 innings. Bob Scheffing drives in 4 runs in the opener and Len Merullo’s double in the 10th wins the nitecap.

The Tigers Dizzy Trout and Virgil Trucks each toss a three-hit victory over the White Sox, winning 10–0 and 6–1. The losses drop the Sox out if a virtual tie for first down to 5th. George Kell has 3 hits, including a HR, and 4 runs in the opener, while Hoot Evers and Pat Mullin bang homers in game 2.

12th At Ebbets Field, Brooklyn snaps its losing streak, beating Boston, 8–3. Robinson has a hit and two stolen bases and is leading the NL in scoring with 20 runs.

13th Ted Williams hits 2 HRs to LF, the first to that pasture in his career at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox wallop the White Sox 19–6. Earlier in the day, Williams had promised a boy in the Malden hospital that he would hit a homer for him. Bobby Doerr cycles for the 2nd time in his career, the first Sox to do that, and has a double and single in the 9-run 8th to complete his cycle. Bill Zuber is the winner over Earl Harrist.

The Yankees pound the Browns 9–1 with Charlie Keller, DiMaggio, and Johnny Lindell combining for consecutive homers off starter Fred Sanford in the 6th inning.

At Crosley Field, 27,164 fans watch the Reds beat the Dodgers, 7–5. It is estimated that nearly 9,000 of the fans are black, attracted to the game because of Robinson. As fans head for the exits after the game, the organist plays Bye, Bye, Blackbird.

14th The Reds Ewell Blackwell whips the Dodgers, 2–0, handing Brooklyn its first shutout of the year. Jackie Robinson collects 2 of the Dodgers’ six hits to run his hitting streak to 11 games.

15th Behind Ralph Kiner’s two home runs, the Pirates beat the Dodgers, 7–3, handing Brooklyn its 8th loss in 9 games. Billy Cox also homers for the Pirates.

16th New York’s Johnny Mize scores a run in his 16th straight game, helping his team beat the Cubs 5–3. Mize, who will lead the NL in runs, eclipses the NL mark of Max Carey and Fred Lindstrom. Ted Kluszewski will better the league mark 7 years later.

At Fenway, Ted Williams smacks a 5th-inning grand slam to give the Red Sox an 11-0 lead over the Browns. Boston coasts to a 12-7 final.

The Dodgers beat the Pirates, 3–1, with Pee Wee Reese’s 2-run homer the big blow. Robinson is 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

17th A seagull flies over Fenway Park and pelts St. Louis Browns P Ellis Kinder with a 3-pound smelt, missing him by a gill. The unflappable Kinder holds on to top the Red Sox, 4–2, giving up 6 hits, including Eddie Pellagrini’s 3rd homer of the year. Mel Parnell gives up 3 runs in 4 innings for the loss.

In Philadelphia, Hoot Evers breaks up a scoreless duel between Hal Newhouser and rookie Joe Coleman by hitting a two-out two-run homer in the 9th inning. The A’s load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 9th, but score just one run.

The Dodgers outhit the Pirates 12 to 4, but the Bucs win, 4–0, behind Fritz Ostermueller. Hank Greenberg’s homer off Rube Melton in the first frame provides all the scoring until the 8th. Cookie Lavagetto has three hits, while Robinson, Furillo and Bruce Edwards collect a pair. The Dodgers have left 45 runners in five games, one reason they are 1–4 in that span.

The Yanks win a pair from the White Sox by 4–3 scores. Spec Shea wins the opener, collecting three hits a two runs scored. Joe DiMaggio’s homer in the bottom of the 9th, off Maltzberger, is the winner. Bill Dickey’s brother George has a pair of hits and a stolen base for the White Sox. In the nitecap, George McQuinn has three hits and scores the winning run in the 8th to break up the pitching duel between Spud Chandler and Chicago’s Ed Lopat.

18th At Chicago, the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson attract a crowd of 46,572—still a single game paid attendance record at Wrigley [the largest crowd—51,556-was on June 27, 1930, but only 19,748 paid. A May 31st doubleheader next year will attract 46,965 which Phil Lowry in Green Cathedrals lists as the biggest paid crowd. The New York Times confirms.] Brooklyn scores after 18 shutout innings and beats the Cubs, 4–2, extending the Cubs’ losses to 5 straight. Robinson goes 0-for-4 to stop his hitting streak at 14 games: he’ll start a 21-game streak on June 14. Joe Hatten is the winner while Cubs starter and loser Johnny Schmitz walks 8 and strikes out 9 before relief comes in.

Ewell Blackwell outpitches Mort Cooper to give the Reds a 2–1 win over the Braves. Red Barrett then outpitches Johnny Vander Meer, 3–1, to give the Braves a split for the day. Only a game and a half separate the first-place Braves from the 5th-place Pirates.

In St. Louis, the Cards drop a pair to Philadelphia, losing 6–3 and 1–0. Ken Raffensberger wins the nitecap for the Blue Jays with a brilliant complete-game shutout. Ken Heintzelman wins the opener for the Phils. Harry Walker is 5-for-10 in the two games, while Emil Verban (.337) knocks in the winning run in the 12th.

19th After 22 hitless at bats, Stan Musial sees his average drop to .140. Treated for appendicitis but avoiding surgery, Musial will not reach the .200 level until mid-June, just after the champion Cardinals get out of last place.

The Cubs drop the Dodgers, 8–7, and collar Robinson with another 0-for-4. Jackie grounds out in the 8th inning with 2 on.

20th Athletics C Buddy Rosar drops a pop-up off Walt Judnich’s bat for his first error in 147 games and 756 chances. Yogi Berra will extend the record to 148 and 950 in 1957-59, but Rosar’s 1946 single-season record of 115 games and 605 errorless chances will not be surpassed until 1997, by the Marlins’ (NL) Charles Johnson. The Browns win, 11–1, behind Red Muncrief.

22nd The Pirates beat the Braves, 4–3, as both teams combine for 22 hits—all singles. The Pirates have 12.

23rd The Yankees beat Boston, 9–0, as Allie Reynolds fires his 2ndtwo-hit shutout over the Red Sox in a month. Harry Dorish is the loser.

At Boston, John Mize hits his 7th career grand slam in New York’s 6-run 3rd inning to lead the Giants to an 8–1 win. The victory moves the Giants into 1st place ahead of the idle Cubs.

24th Matching the Chief’s game yesterday, Spud Chandler gives the Yankees a 5–0 win over Boston, allowing 2 hits.

At Brooklyn, Carl Furillo pinch-hits for LF Gene Hermanski—in the 1st inning—and clouts a 3-run homer to give the Brooks the lead over the Phillies. Skeeter Newsome’s 3rd career homer in 5 years ties the game in the 8th and the Phils win it in 10 innings, 4–3. Freddy Schmidt wins over Hugh Casey. Furillo’s pinch homer sets a ML record—it is the only pinch home run to come in the first inning. As noted by Lyle Spatz, Phils manager Ben Chapman starts righty Al Jurisch just to pitch to Brooklyn’s first two hitters: Reese and Robinson. Lefty Oscar Judd, warming up from the start, then comes in to pitch to the next three lefty hitters: Reiser, Walker, and Hermanski. Reiser and Walker bat and then Furillo hits for Hermanski, though he is not listed in the box score as a PH.

25th The Yankees edge into 3rd place ahead of the Red Sox, whipping Boston, 17–2. Ted Williams 2-run homer in the 9th off Floyd Bevans deprives the Yankees of 4 straight shutouts, George Stirnweiss scores 5 runs and King Kong Keller 4 runs in the 17 hit attack. Joe DiMaggio has 4 hits and 3 runs.

At Detroit, the Tigers and White Sox split two games with Detroit turning a close game 1 into a rout with 5 runs in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. George Kell has a grand slam in the 7th as Detroit prevails, 10-1. The Sox win game 2, 5-2.

Joe Medwick returns to the Cardinals after a 7-year absence. Signed just before the doubleheader, Medwick pinch-hits a double in the game to account for the only run in a 2–1 loss to the Reds. Ducky has lost his power from his St. Louis heyday, but he will hit .307 as PH and OF against lefthanders.

In the Giants 9–3 win over the Braves, Giant Buddy Kerr bungles a hard grounder from Bob Elliott for his first error in 384 chances and 69 games, the NL record to date for SS.

26th The largest single-game crowd to this date, 74,747, sees the Yankees win their 5th straight, defeating the Red Sox 9–3 at Yankee Stadium.

Eddie Lake’s homer is the only score as the Tigers edge the Indians, 1–0. Stubby Overmire prevails over Black.

27th Before 51,780 fans at the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers defeat the Giants, 7–3. Da Bums score in the first inning when a Dixie Walker single drives home Jackie Robinson.

30th In the first of two, Earl Torgeson of the Braves does not record a single putout at 1B, a record of idleness shared in the NL by Rip Collins (twice) and Dolph Camilli of the Phillies in 1937. Later Gary Thomasson and Len Matuszek will have zero putouts in a full game at 1B. Torgy does have one chance, but muffs a popup. Torgeson scores a pair as Warren Spahn wins his 8th in a row, 6–3. Red Barrett then shuts out the Dodgers in game 2, 3–0, dropping Brooklyn to 4thplace. The Braves pull off a double steal in each game, and each time it is Stanky’s high throw to the plate that allows it. Boston is now in 3rd place, a game behind the Giants.

The Giants cop a pair from the Phils, 7–1 and 5–3. Monty Kennedy allows just 4 hits in the first game, while Dave Koslo is the winner in game 2. Koslo, backed by two-run homers from Bobby Thomson and Joe Lafata, hands Schoolboy Rowe his first loss after 6 wins.

A’s pitchers Dick Fowler and Joe Coleman stop the Yankees, recording 2 shutouts over New York, 1–0 and 4–0. Spud Chandler loses the opener, despite allowing three hits. Bill Bevens drops the nitecap, walking Coleman to force in a run and giving up a roundtripper to Eddie Joost. Joost scores a pair in the nitecap, and the lone run in the opener.

Before a crowd of 56,367, the first-place Tigers split a pair with the Browns to move to 3 games ahead of Cleveland. Detroit wins the lidlifter, 2–1 as Hal Newhouser scatters 5 hits, but Nelson Potter tops Virgil Trucks, 8–3, to take the nitecap. Tiger rookie Johnny McHale accounts for all 3 runs in game 2 with a pair of homers.

1947 June

st Joe DiMaggio has a single, double, and 2 HRs, one a grand slam, to drive in 5 runs and lead New York to an 11–9 win over Cleveland. Al Lyons wins his only decision for NY this year, beating Bob Lemon.

4th Pee Wee Reese clubs a 2nd-inning grand slam to start Brooklyn’s scoring. Against the Pirates. In the 5th inning at Ebbets Field, Dodgers OF Pete Reiser crashes into the fence and is knocked unconscious. He still manages to hold onto the long fly by Cully Rickard to help the Dodgers win over Pittsburgh, 9–4. In the clubhouse a priest administers the last rites of the Catholic Church to Reiser, who will be hospitalized for 10 days. Because of the injury to Reiser, Branch Rickey will call off a trade of Dixie Walker to the Pirates made during the day.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants power by the Cincinnati Reds, 9–3. Whitey Lockman, Sid Gordon, and Willard Marshall hit consecutive homers in the 6th inning for New York.

The Giants send 3B Babe Young to the Reds for pitcher Joe Beggs.

5th The second place Yankees slice the Tigers lead to one game by beating Detroit, 7–0. Spud Chandler tosses a three-hitter while Tommy Henrich paces the drive with two homers. Ralph Houk and Fred Hutchinson are tossed after a flare-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.

The Senators Early Wynn hurls a 3–0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Sherry Robertson and Al Evans club homers to decide the issue. Cleveland also loses Lou Boudreau who tears some muscles in his lower back and will be idle a few days. For the Tribe, Les Fleming has a pinch hit single to set the AL record for consecutive pinch hits with 4. Hornsby has the NL mark with 5. Both will be topped.

The Dodgers vault over the Cubs and Giants, who split a twin bill, by defeating the Pirates, 3–0. The Dodgers sweep the 4-game series. Jackie Robinson has three hits, including a homer, while Bruce Edwards adds a single, double and triple to pace the Dodgers 10-hit attack. Rookie Harry Taylor allows just two hits, both to Wally Westlake, in winning his 3rd straight.

Muskogee (Western Assoc.) outfielder Marion McElreath is banned for life by George Trautman, association president, after he allegedly approached another player about betting on a game. Trautman says that in a game on May 4 against St. Joseph, McElreath deliberately missed a fly ball with the bases loaded, and later deliberately missed on a hit-and-run.

6th At Ebbets Field, the first-place Dodgers win their 5th in a row, defeating the Cubs, 6–2. Robinson has a single in the first two innings, driving home 2 runs.

8th On Luke Appling Day at Comiskey Park, the Senators take the lidlifter of two edging the White Sox 1–0 in 18 innings on Al Evans’ triple and Sherry Robertson’s long fly. It is the 4th 1–0, 18-inning game in history. Frank Papish tosses 13 scoreless innings for the Sox, giving him 27 straight scoreless frames.

9th Walker Cooper hits a 2-run HR in the 8th inning and a 3-run HR in the 9th to help give the Giants a 13–10 win over Pittsburgh. Pinch hitter Sid Gordon adds a single and double in the 8-run 8th inning: the two pinch hits in an inning ties a NL record. Kerr, Lohrke, and Witak also hit for the circuit. Larry Jansen pitches one inning for the win.

At Philadelphia, the Phils and Cards split a doubleheader, St. Louis taking the opener 4–2 and losing the nightcap in 15 innings 2–1. Del Ennis drives in the winner in the 15th. Schanz, the Phils 5th pitcher is the winner. Starter Schoolboy Rowe pitches 6 innings but leaves after being hit on the elbow by a piece of flying wood from Stan Musial’s broken bat. Red Schoendienst sets a doubleheader record (24 innings) for futility by going 0-for-12.

At Boston, Red Barrett tosses a one hitter, winning 1–0 over the Cubs. Cubs pitcher Hank Borowy has the only hit, a 6th inning single. Barrett hands out one walk, his first in 3 games.

Good timing. The Reds Benny Zientara belts his first ML homer—a 3-run clout in the 8th, to beat the Dodgers, 9–6.

The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9–8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Allie Reynolds issues 8 passes, and Bill Bevens adds 3 more. Joe Page walks none in the 9th but Aaron Robinson lets a pop up drop in front of the plate for a single, and two hits later, the Sox score the winner. Johnny Lindell and Luke Appling match homers.

11th Mel Ott makes his last appearance as a player when he pinch hits for pitcher Ken Trinkle in New York’s 8–7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The future Hall of Famer pops to short.

12th In an 8-2 win at Seattle, Oakland OF Vince DiMaggio hits homers over the LF and RF barriers, the first hitter to do that in one game at Sick Stadium.

13th The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 5–3 before 34,510 “first nighters” in the first night game at Fenway Park. After the game, the White Sox trade 1B Jake Jones to the Red Sox for Rudy York. Jones is a WW2 flying ace (he shot down 7 confirmed Japanese zeroes, according to The Sporting News, April 12, 1945.

Mort Cooper joins his brother on the Giants as the Braves trade the veteran pitcher to New York for former 20-game winner Bill Voiselle. The Braves will give Voiselle uniform #96 since the pitcher is from Ninety Six, NC.

14th The Reds swipe pitcher Ken Raffensberger and C Hugh Poland from the Phillies for C Al Lakeman. Lakeman won’t hit his weight (195 pounds) in 2 seasons in Philadelphia while Raffensberger will win 89 games in a Reds uniform.

15th Just-traded Jake Jones homers in the first of two, a 7–3 Boston win over Chicago. In the nitecap, Jones singles home 2 runs to tie the nitecap, and wins it with a 2-out 9th inning walk off grand slam, 8–4. He adds a steal to his 6 ribbies in game 2. Rudy York meanwhile goes 2-for-4 in game 2, after an 0-for-4 game 1.

18th Ewell Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds no-hits the second-place Boston Braves at Crosley Field 6–0. The Braves had pounded out 55 hits in their previous 4 games. The Whip walks 4 and strikes out 3. The offense is led by newcomer Babe Young who blasts two three-run homers for Cincy. Rookie Frankie Baumholtz, who played in the NBA the previous winter, collects 4 hits and scores twice, while Grady Hatton adds 4 walks, a single and 2 runs scored.

19th You’d think he’d learn. In a Texas League game, Fort Worth beats Beaumont, 6–5, in 12 innings. Fort Worth centerfielder Maurice Santomauro throws out Charles Glunt at the plate three times.

20th Yale bests Clemson 7–3 in the first game of the NCAA East Regional. Eli 1B George Bush has a single in 4 at bats and steals a base. Winning pitcher Frank Quinn will sign a $50,000 bonus with the Red Sox but never win a ML game.

The Browns sell P Denny Galehouse to the Red Sox, the team that traded to St. Louis in 1938. Galehouse, 1–3 with the Browns this year, will go 11–7 with the Sox.

21st The Red Sox jump on Bob Feller for 4 runs in the 1st and get 4 more in the 4th on a grand slam by Bobby Doerr en route to a 9-1 win over the visiting Indians. Joe Dobson is the winning pitcher. The victory, coupled with a Yankee sweep, leaves Boston 1 ½ games in back of New York.

22nd Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Brooklyn Dodgers singles with one out in the 9th inning. Stanky’s hit ends Blackwell’s hitless-inning skein at 19. Blackwell then gets Al Gionfriddo before Jackie Robinson bangs out a single. Blackwell wins, 4–0, his 9th straight win to improve to 11–2. Joe Hatten hurls hitless ball for 4 2/3 innings before walking 4 in the 4th and the Reds score 3 in the 8th to chase him. In the nitecap, the Dodgers win 9–8 as Carl Furillo drives in 7 runs. His grand slam in the 4th caps a six-run inning.

The Yankees increase their lead to two games over the Red Sox by defeating the Tigers, 6–5, as the Red Sox split with the Indians. Yogi Berra’s grand slam in the first inning is the big blow, sending the Tigers to their 9th straight loss. Detroit is now in 5th place.

24th The Dodgers win 4–2 over the host Pirates, as Jackie Robinson swipes home in the 5th (Ostermuller pitching) for the first of 19 times in his career. Reese hits his 8th homer to back Ralph Branca’s pitching.

At Shibe Park, Vern Stephens hits a grand slam for the last-place Browns as they pummel the A’s, 12-3.

26th Ewell Blackwell posts his 10th straight victory, whipping the Cards, 6–3. But the Birds snap the consecutive inning scoreless streak of the elongated Ewell, scoring in the 2nd frame when Galan misjudges a fly, an infield hit and a fly.

Hooks Iott, picked up from the Browns on waivers 2 days ago, pitches the Giants to a 11–0 win over the Cubs. Hooks allows 2 hits while striking out 8. The Giants collect 13 hits, including 2 homers.

Carl DeRose, Kansas City (AA) righthander, tosses the first perfect game in AA history, beating Minneapolis, 5–0. DeRose, who has been out a month with a sore arm and still pitches with pain, throws just 93 pitches in retiring all 27 batters. He’ll pitch just twice more this year.

27th At the Polo Grounds, Skeeter Newsome’s 2nd inning grand slam proves the difference as the Phillies edge the Giants, 6-5. It is the veteran’s 8th homer in 12 years.

In the first ever College World Series, played on the home field of Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, MI, Commissioner Happy Chandler throws out the first ball for the game between Yale and California. Yale’s 4-2 lead is protected by Frank Quinn, who throws 5 scoreless innings before running into trouble in the 7th. The Bears take a 6-4 lead and when Quinn in lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, Cal rolls to a 17-4 win.

28th Walker Cooper of the Giants hits a HR in his 6th consecutive game to tie a record set by George Kelly in 1924. Cooper had 2 HRs in the first game of the streak, and his shot today helps his brother Mort win 14–6 over the Phils, his first win as a Giant. Jurisich goes all the way for the Phils, prompting a protest by Horace Stoneham. Phils manager Ben Chapman counters that he had no other pitchers available because of injuries and tomorrow’s twinbill. It’ll be Schoolboy Rowe’s turn to take one for the team when the Phils vet gives up 14 hits in a 9-inning loss to Brooklyn on the 30th.

For the second day in a row, Whitey Kurowski has a walk-off hit to give the Cards a win. Today, Kurowski hits the first pitch from reliever Harry Gumbert for a two-run homer and an 8-7 win over the Reds. Stan Musial is on 3rd base with a triple. Yesterday, Kurowski’s 2-run single in the 11th was the game winner.

In Kalamazoo, California wins the CWS with an 8-7 victory over Yale. Cal freshman pitcher Jackie Jensen, who later stars in the majors, is staked to a 7-3 lead, but is relieved by Virgil Butler after a bout of wildness. Yale 1B George Bush has no hits in the two games, but scores a run and makes 17 putouts with no errors.

29th In game 2 at Philadelphia, Ferris Fain lines an inside-the-park grand slam in the 5th inning as the A’s top the Red Sox, 6–5. The A’s take the opener as well, 3–2, behind solo HRs by Chapman and Suder.

The Cards split with the Reds, losing the opener to Cincinnati 9–7, then slugging their way to a 17–2 victory in the nightcap. Enos Slaughter is the big Bird with 10 RBIs for the day, 7 in game 2.

At Wrigley Field, Wally Westlake starts the Pittsburgh scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam off Claude Passeau as the Pirates win, 10-4. Kirby Higbe is the winning pitcher.

30th At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell strikes out 11 Cubs en route to a 6–4 win. Blackwell has now won 10 in a row.

1947 July

2nd At Pittsburgh, the Reds do all their scoring in the 5th inning to beat the Pirates, 8–6.

3rd At Ebbets Field, the Giants do all their scoring in the first 4 innings as they take a 19-0 lead over Da Bums, then hold on for a 19-2 final. Walker Cooper has a grand slam for New York.

4th New York’s Spud Chandler defeats the Senators, 7–3, for his final major league victory. Bone chips in his pitching arm will sideline the 39-year-old vet, but he’ll end the year with the loop’s 2nd best ERA (2.46). Joe Haynes will top the A.L. with a 2.42 ERA. The Yanks take game 2 of the holiday twinbill, 4-2.

At St. Louis, the White Sox win the opener, 6-3, then lose the nightcap, 10-2, as Jeff Heath hits a grand slam for the Browns.

5th Two days after his contract is purchased from Newark, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first black to play in the AL. He strikes out as a pinch hitter, as the Chicago White Sox edge the Indians 6–5. Tomorrow, he will go 1-for-5 in his first full game at 1B.

Johnny Mize hits 2 homers, his 23rd and 24th, and Clint Hartung shuts out the Phils, 4–0. The New York Giants have now hit 37 home runs in 16 straight games, an NL record. The Giants will homer in 18 straight games to set a NL record, since broken.

6th Cards pitchers Jim Hearn and Murry Dickson combine for shut out wins over the Reds. St. Louis wins 3–0 and 2–0. Hearn allows 3 safeties and Dickson, 4.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep a pair with the Senators, winning the first contest, 7-4. The win goes to starter Mickey Harris, who is 2-for-2 with a triple, but only goes three innings. Three relievers divide 6 innings, with Mel Parnell allowing 2 runs. Boston wins game 2, 10-1, behind Denny Galehouse. Dom DiMaggio has a single, double and triple to drive in 3 runs. Parnell gets sent to Louisville after the game and on July 9, in a game against Minneapolis, he shatters a finger on his pitching hand when he is hit by a line drive. He pitches two more innings, even hitting a homerun, but he will play no more in ’47. The line drive is off the bat of former Sox field hand Andy Gilbert, who once fractured his neck in the low minor leagues, but battled back.

8th Clutch pinch hits by Luke Appling and Stan Spence lead the AL to a 2–1 win over the NL in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. Schoolboy Rowe pinch-hits for Johnny Sain, becoming the first player to appear for each side. Rowe pitched 3 innings for the AL in 1936. The winning pitcher is Spec Shea. The Naugatuck Nugget is the first rookie ever to win an All-Star game.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks batter the parent Philadelphia Phillies, 7–4. Starter Oscar Judd gives up 11 hits in the exhibition.

10th In a rain-interrupted game before 47,871, Don Black of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Athletics 3–0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It is the largest crowd ever to see a no-hitter and it is the first at Municipal Stadium. Black, waived from the A’s in 1945, walks six, but retires the last 10 batters. Bob Feller wins the nitecap, 2–1, for his 11th victory.

At Boston, the umpires fail to show for a doubleheader with the Reds and veteran Reds pitcher Bucky Walters takes over umping. Boston takes game 1, 6-4 before losing 2-1 in the nitecap. Walters umped before, in 1942.

James “Stormy” Davis, 20-year-old outfielder for Ballinger (Longhorn League), dies as a result of being hit in the head by a pitched ball in a game against Sweetwater on July 3. He was hitting .333 with 19 HR in 48 games.

In St. Louis, Yankee relief P Joe Page stops the Browns and hits a 9th-inning HR to win the game 4–3.

12th Murry Dickson allows just one hit, a 2nd inning single by Ernie Lombardi, as the Cards beat the Giants, 4-0, at the Polo Grounds in the first of two. St. Louis does all its scoring in the 9th inning. Harry Brecheen follows with an 11-3 win to give the Cards a sweep.

13th Holy Cow! Phil Rizzuto hits a grand slam at Comiskey Park as the Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 10-3 and 6-4. New York scores 2 runs in the top of the 9th in game 2. It is the Scooter’s second and last grand slam.

Making his 14th ML uniform switch, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Yankees to the title. The next season Newsom will join the Giants. To make room for Newsom, the Yanks sell P Mel Queen to the Pirates.

14th At Ebbets Field, the Reds Bud Lively allows just one hit in setting down the Dodgers, 9–1. Spider Jorgensen doubles in the 2ndfor the only hit.

15th At Ebbets Field, the last-place Pirates jump on the first-place Dodgers, winning 12-4 and 9-3. Preacher Roe is the winner in relief in game 1, while Jim Bagby starts and wins game 2. Wally Westlake hits his 2nd grand slam in three weeks.

Frenchy Bordagaray, manager of the Greenville Spinners (SALLY), is fined $50 and suspended for the remainder of the season for striking an umpire and spitting in last night’s game against Augusta. League president Earl Blue says that Frenchy struck umpire Dallas Blackiston and then spit on him during a dispute after a call at 1B. Blue says that the fine and suspension is the maximum he can impose by league rules (Hartford Courant). This prompts Bordagaray’s famous reply, “I know I was wrong but that’s more than I expectorated.” The amiable Bordagaray will join the Dodgers in early March 1948 as a pinch hitter, but will fail to make the team.

16th In a Yankee uniform for just 2 days, Bobo Newsom records his 200th victory, a 3–1 win over Cleveland. It is New York’s 17th straight win. Vic Raschi adds another win with a 7–2 victory in the nitecap.

17th The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3–1 and 7–2 to extend their winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29, game 2, when they were 3 ½ games in front; they now lead by 11 ½.

Hank Thompson plays 2B for the Browns, the first black player in the franchise’s history. He goes 0-for-4 in the Browns 16–2 loss to the A’s.

Queen tops King as the Pirates rookie Mel beats the Dodgers’ Clyde, 7–1. Kiner (#23, a club tying record), Greenberg, and Bloodworth hit solo homers in the 4th.

18th Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8–0, stopping the Bombers record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers, now 10 ½ back.

Willard Marshall of the New York Giants hits 3 consecutive HRs to help Larry Jansen beats the visiting Reds, 8–3. Marshall drives home 5 to give him the majors’ leadership with 73. Thomson and Mize add circuit clouts for the Ottmen, who move into 2nd place ahead of the Braves.

The first 5-for-5 game of his career moves Ted Williams among the top hitters in the AL, but his Red Sox lose, 9–8, to the Browns. Ted has 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

Ralph Branca takes a no-hitter into the 8th at Ebbets Field before Enos Slaughter’s line single breaks it up. Brooklyn beats the Cards, 7–0, on the 1-hitter.

19th Anybody gonna end this? Sanford pitcher Bernard Lake pitches a 19-inning shutout against DeLand (Florida State League) and hits a homer in the final inning to win the game.

20th The choice rhubarb of the year occurs at Brooklyn in the top of the 9th with the Cardinals leading 2–0. Ron Northey hits a long fly ball that 3B umpire Beans Reardon signals has gone into the stands—but 1B ump Larry Goetz rules the ball in play. Northey jogs around the bases only to discover Dodger catcher Bruce Edwards awaiting him with the ball. With Northey’s homer nullified, the Dodgers then score three runs in the bottom of the inning to win, 3–2. The Cardinals protest and on the 26th NL Prexy Ford Frick upholds the protest and the homer is good. But he allows the Dodger scores to remain and the game is ruled a tie, even though the Cards are an out short. The Dodgers will win the replay, the 2nd game of a day-night doubleheader on August 18.

In the lidlifter against Boston, Hank Thompson plays 2B and Willard Brown is in CF for the St. Louis Browns against the 3rd-place Red Sox, marking the first time that 2 black players appear in the same ML lineup. The highlite for the Browns, however, is an inside-the-park grand slam by Paul Lehner, the second in the majors in three weeks (Ferris Fain hit one on June 29) to lead the Browns to 4–3 win. The Browns edge the Sox, 7–6, in the nitecap with Heath driving home 3 runs. Sam Mele has 4 ribbies for Boston, now 45-40.

23rd Ralph Kiner hits homers 24 and 25, breaking the Pirate record of 23 by Johnny Rizzo in 1938 and tied by rookie Kiner last year. Behind HR king Johnny Mize 14 to 3 at the end of May, Kiner will have 25 to Mize’s 31 by the end of July. The Pirates defeat the Phils, 6–2.

At Wrigley, the Braves rough up Cubs starter Hank Wyse scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning en route to a 12-4 victory. Bob Elliott clubs a grand slam for Boston.

Washington’s Ray Scarborough celebrates his 30th birthday by shutting out the Tigers, 6–0. He also stops Bengal first baseman Roy Cullenbine’s streak of 22 consecutive games in which he was walked, a ML record that started on July 2nd. The switch-hitting Cullenbine will walk 137 times this season, a Detroit team record. But he’ll collect just 104 hits in compiling a .224 average, and Detroit will let him go, ending his career.

After edging the White Sox yesterday, 3-2, in 10 innings, Boston takes 14 innings to beat them again, 8-7. Don Gutteridge’s bases-load bunt brings in Bobby Doerr with the winning run. The Red Sox will go 10-2 at home against the White Sox this year, their best record against any team.

24th At Forbes Field, the Pirates answer the Phillies 4-run 1st inning by scoring 7 in the bottom of the frame. A grand slam by Clyde Kluttz is the big blow. The Bucs hang on to win, 8-6.

25th At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell is battered for 13 hits, but wins his 16th straight game defeating the Phils, 5–4. The Whip fans 9 and issues no walks, the only walkless game in his win streak. He has gone all 9 innings in each of the 16 wins.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals move ahead of the Braves into 2nd place as they beat Boston, 5-1. Howie Pollet is the winner and helps out with a pair of triples, the only Cardinal pitcher in the 20th Century to hit two three baggers in a game (as noted by Tom Zocco).

26th At Forbes Field, the first-place Dodgers score 2 runs in the top of the 9th for a 6-4 win over the Pirates. In the 6th, with Preacher Roe on the mound, Jackie Robinson is nabbed trying to steal home. Roe makes the putout in the rundown.

27th When Jake Jones of the Red Sox hits a foul ball along the 3B line in the 6th, Browns P Fred Sanford throws his glove at the ball to prevent it from rolling into fair territory. Umpire Cal Hubbard awards Jones a triple on the basis of the rule about intentionally thrown gloves. In 1954 the rule is changed so that it only applies to fair balls. But it’s too late for the Browns as Jones scores after his triple and the Red Sox win, 4–3. Boston takes the nitecap, 11–2, to move 2 games ahead of 3rd place Detroit. Winning hurler Boo Ferriss has 3 hits and score twice.

At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers scuttle the Pirates twice, winning 8–4 and 11–4, to extend their lead to 7 games. Robinson and Reese homer in the nitecap and Frankie Gustine has 2 hits in each game to extend his hit streak to 20 games.

30th The New York Giants edge the Cincinnati Reds 5–4 in 10 innings, ending Ewell Blackwell’s winning streak at 16 games, a NL record for right-handers. All the games were complete games and five were shutouts. The Giants tie in the 9th on Willard Marshall’s 27th homer.

In St. Louis, the Dodgers take a 10–0 lead over the Cards after 3 ½ innings, then hold on to win, 11–10 in 10 innings In the 10th, Slaughter is at bat with a 3–1 count, when Musial attempts to steal 2B and is thrown out to end the game. Musial has 4 hits in the game.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks spot the Tigers a 3-0 lead, and then score 5 runs in the 3rd en route to an 8-5 victory. Yogi Berra’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.

31st The Reds top the Giants 8–7 despite a HR by Walker Cooper, the 55th of the month for the Giants, an NL record. The Twins will tie this mark in May 1964.

Brooklyn stretches its win streak to 13 games with a 2–1 win in St. Louis. Pee Wee Reese hits a 9th inning triple to give the victory to Vic Lombardi over Howie Pollet. The Dodgers lead the NL by 10 games.

1947 August

1st In a hard-fought battle at Wrigley, Clyde McCullough hits a walkoff 2-run homer in the 9th, off Hugh Casey, to give the Cubs a 10-8 victory over the Dodgers and snapping Brooklyn’s win streak at 13 games. Bob Rush (5-1) is the winner in relief. Phil Cavarretta has 4 hits and 4 runs for Chicago. Brooklyn now leads the Giants and Cardinals by 9 games.

2nd At Wrigley, the Cubs pummel 7 Dodgers hurlers to win a second straight from the Dodgers, 12–7. Peanuts Lowrey and Eddie Waitkus, the 1st 10 hitters for Chicago, have 5 hits apiece.

The Giants hit 5 homers and set a club record of 144 in a split with the Pirates. The Ottmen take the lidlifter, 10–2, then lose, 5–4. Bobby Thomson has a pair of homers. The Pirates also tie a club record for homers with 86 as Greenberg and Gustine go deep.

3rd At Pittsburgh, the Giants overcome a Hank Greenberg grand slam to beat the Pirates, 11-8. Game 2 ends in a 6-6 tie called after 8 innings, as Greenberg adds two more homers.

At Wrigley, Johnny Schmitz has a good day, shutting out the Dodgers, 6-0, for the Cubs, and receiving the gift of an automobile from a delegation of 500 fans from Wassau, Wisconsin. Schmitz doesn’t have a driver’s license, however.

4th  At Fenway, the Tigers wallop the Red Sox, 10-3, before a crowd of 24,565, raising the attendance to 1,004,807. Hal Newhouser is the winner, helped by George Kell’s 4 hits and 4 RBIs from Hoot Evers, but the Sox hold the Mayo, stopping Eddie’s consecutive game hitting streak at 20.

The Yankees sell P Al Lyons to Pittsburgh.

5th At Wrigley Field, Cards catcher Del Rice hits a 4th inning grand slam, off Claude Passeau to pace the Birds to an 8-2 win. The Cubs pass the million mark in attendance for the fourth time, logging 1,017,167 fans with today’s crowd.

Orlando Moreno of Big Spring, TX (Longhorn) goes hitless, ending his consecutive game batting streak at 43 games.

6th Can a pinch runner drive in a run? Skeeter Webb of the Tigers takes the paths for Freddie Hutchinson against the Indians and scores. Detroit bats around, and Webb lifts a fly ball that scores a run in the 9-run 8th. Stubby Overmire wins, 13–6, in the first of 2. Detroit sweeps, winning the nitecap, 7–5, behind Fred Hutchinson.

8th At Wrigley Field, Bill Nicholson breaks up a pitching duel between Johnny Schmitz and Ewell Blackwell with an 11th inning solo homer. The Cubs whip the Reds, 2–1. Nicholson also scores the Cubs first run, an unearned tally. Chicago helps Schmitz out with a 7th inning triple play when Len Merullo snags a liner, steps on 2B, and fires to Waitkus.

9th At the Polo Grounds, Connie Ryan hits a grand slam in the Braves’ 5-run 1st inning, and the Braves coast to a 9-5 win. Johnny Sain is the victor.

At Ebbets Field, Howie Schultz hits a first inning grand slam to pace the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Dodgers. Brooklyn sold Schultz to the Phils in early May.

10th With 5 hits Stan Musial finally lifts his average over .300, and the Cardinals make a run at the Dodgers sweeping the Pirates, 5–0 and 7–5. Murry Dickson allows 4 hits in the shutout. Musial will finish at .312, and the Cards, 5 games back of Brooklyn.

11th Paced by the hitting of Grady Hatton and Augie Galan, the Reds pound the Pirates, 8-3, at Crosley Field. Galan has a grand slam while the Hatton collects 4 extra base hits: a homer, triple and two doubles.

Cardinal farmhand Harvey Haddix, pitching for Winston-Salem (Carolina) no-hits Danville, 8–0, in 7 innings. The young Kitten strikes out 14.

12th After losing the first game to Detroit, 7–1, the Browns take the nitecap 6–5, beating Hal Newhouser in relief. For Newhouser, it is his first loss to the Browns after 15 consecutive wins.

The Red Sox edge the Senators, 2-1, with the help of an unusual unassisted double play in the 5th by Sox first sacker Jake Jones. With Nats Rick Ferrell on 3B and starter Early Wynn on 2B, Joe Grace hits a sharp grounder to Jones who steps on 1B for an out. Wynn runs to 3B but Ferrell holds his ground. With both runners at 3B, Jones races across and tags them for a putout at both first and third.

13th Willard Brown of the Browns is the first black player to homer in the AL when he hits a pinch inside-the-park blow in a 6–5 game 2 win over the Tigers. Henry Thompson scores what proves to be the winning run. Hal Newhouser, in relief, is the Detroit pitcher It is the only inside-the-park homer he ever allows and it is the only homer that Brown hits in his short 21-game career. Detroit wins the opener, 7-1.

Pirates rookie catcher Dixie Howell cracks his first ML homer, a grand slam off Paul Erickson, as the Pirates down the visiting Cubs, 10-2.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks down the A’s, 8-2, behind undefeated rookie Vic Raschi (6-0). Raschi has the A’s hitting mostly popups as Rizzuto has the only two assists for New York. Larry MacPhail “unveils colored plastic ‘windows’ with which he will use to eliminate the bleacher screen if they prove practicable.” (New York Times)

15th At Shibe Park, Joe Hatten (12-7) scatters 9 hits as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 8-1. Jackie Robinson has 4 hits and a pair of stolen bases, and Bruce Edwards puts the game out of reach with a 9th-inning grand slam, off starter Schoolboy Rowe. Edwards has 5 RBIs. Rowe does obtain a measure of satisfaction as he is issued two intentional walks, the only time this century that a pitcher receives two IBB (as noted by Fred Worth). The good-hitting Schoolboy was given an intentional walk in April 1946, also the only pitcher to receive IBB in two games (as noted by Scott Schleifer).

16th Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive HRs for the host Pittsburgh Pirates, in a 12–7 win over the Cardinals in a game in which the 2 clubs bang out ML record (since topped) 10 homers. Two other Bucs, Hank Greenberg and Billy Cox, and one Cardinal (Whitey Kurowski) each contribute 2 HRs to set a ML record for most players with 2+ homers in a game. Kiner matches the ML mark of seven HRs in 4 games, six in 3 games, five in 2 games, and 4 in consecutive at bats. By the end of the month, Big Ralph will still trail Mize 39 to 43 in a head-to-head HR competition that will only be matched by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961. Starters Roger Wolff and the Cards Ken Burkhart exit in the first inning.

17th In a wild doubleheader split at Sportsman’s Park, the Indians score 5 runs in the 9th in game 1 to take 6-4 lead. Joe Gordon’s 3-run homer is the highlite. The Browns answer with a 3-run homer as Paul Lehner goes deep against Ed Klieman. Glen Moulder gives up 5 runs in 3 innings for the win. Cleveland takes the nitecap, 4-3, as pinchhitter Willard Brown makes his last appearance for the Browns. After St. Louis releases him, he returns to the Kansas City Monarchs observing, “The Browns couldn’t beat the Monarchs no kind of way, only if we were asleep. That’s the truth. They didn’t have nothing. I said, ‘Major League team?’ They got to be kidding.” (as noted by Bill Deane). Brown will later win the Puerto Rican League Triple Crown (twice) and set a league home run record with 27.

18th The Dodgers turn a scheduled single game into a day-night doubleheader, replaying the protested game of July 20. Brooklyn sweeps the pair from the Cardinals, 7–5 and 12–3. Bruce Edwards has a grand slam for Brooklyn. With the attendance of the two games at 32,781 and 33,723, the Dodgers donate all the receipts of the night game to the Brooklyn War Memorial Fund. It is the only action in the majors today.

19th Led by Eddie Miller’s grand slam and 6 RBIs, the Reds trounce the Giants 6–1. Johnny Vander Meer is the winner over Dave Koslo.

In St. Louis, Dom DiMaggio hits a 5th inning grand slam to pace the Red Sox to a 9-5 win over the Browns. The Red Sox remain a distant 2nd in the AL race.

At Winston-Salem (Carolina League), Harvey Haddix strikes out 19 batters as Winston-Salem beats Durham, 5-0.

20th The Boston Braves hit a million in attendance for the first time in their history and the fans get their money’s worth in the 34-hit slugfest. The Pirates notch 20 to outslug the Braves, 16–10. Jim Russell with a triple, double and 3 singles and Jimmy Bloodworth with 4 singles lead the Buc shots.

21st The third-place Braves take a pair from the Cubs, winning 8-2 and 6-4. Warren Spahn is victorious in the opener, giving up a 2-run homer to Bill Nicholson for the only Chicago runs. Batterymate Phil Masi has 4 hits. Johnny Sain earns a save in game 2 with 2 shutout innings and goes 1-for-2 at the plate to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 14 games. Sain will hit .346 this year.

In Philadelphia, the 2nd-place Cardinals split a pair with the Phils and drop 5 ½ games in back of Brooklyn. The Phillies take the opener, 9-2 on Howie Judd’s 5-hitter. The Cardinals rebound in game 2 to win, 13-3, as Stan Musial hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam.

The first Little League World Series tournament is held in Williamsport, PA. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport, with a tourney batting average of .625, win the WS, 16–7.

23rd The first-place Dodgers score 5 in the 1st and hang on for an 8-5 victory over the visiting Reds, but lose 2B Eddie Stanky and SS Pee Wee Reese, both of whom leave the game after being spiked. Stan Rojek and Eddie Miksis replace them for a few days.

In Cleveland, the first-place Yankees stake Allie Reynolds to an 11-0 lead after 2.5 innings and they hold on to win, 13-6. Indians first sacker Eddie Robinson hits a ball off his ankle, breaking it and ending his season.

24th The Giants break the NL record for homers in a season, held by the Cubs, with their 172nd in a 4–0 shutout by Larry Jansen. Chicago’s Hank Borowy takes the loss. The Cubs take the nitecap, 8–3, led by Eddie Waitkus’ inside-the-park grand slam. This is the 3rd IPH slam this season and that won’t be matched till 1990.

In the first game of the doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Reds score 9 runs in the 10th inning to win, 12–3. Ten batters go the plate before an out is made. The 9 runs in the 10th sets a NL record (since tied). Schoolboy Rowe wins the nitecap for Philley, 8–6, and helps the cause with a homer.

25th The Cubs Billy Jurges, shifted from coach to active player 2 days ago, smashes a 2-run homer in the 10th to give Chicago a 9–7 win over the Giants. Also homering are Scheffing and Pafko for Chicago and Marshall (31) and Thomson (24) for the Giants.

Future major leaguer Rocky Nelson is married at home plate at Lynchburg City Stadium of the (class A) Lynchburg Hillcats. His bride is the former Alberta Burns.

26th Recently signed by the Dodgers, former Memphis Red Sox (Negro League) P Dan Bankhead becomes the first black ML hurler. The Pirates rock Bankhead for 10 hits and 8 runs in 3 1⁄3 relief innings, but Bankhead joins a small list of players who homer in their first ML at bat. He is the first pitcher to homer in his first ML at bat. Bankhead’s HR, off Fritz Ostermueller, is the only one he’ll hit in the majors. Pittsburgh wins 16–3. Bankhead’s older brother Sam, a former star in the Negro Leagues, will be named manager of Farnham in the Colonial League (Class C) in 1951, becoming the first black manager of a professional integrated team.

Veteran Ray Poat, purchased from Baltimore (IL) yesterday, pitches the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. Poat helps his cause with a homer and a triple. As noted by researcher Madison McEntire, Poat’s only other hits this year will be a double and a single, giving him a season cycle, the first player to do so. The next will be Bruce Kison, in 1978.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants plate 2 runs in the 9th to edge the Cubs, 7-6. Joe Beggs (1-5) is the winner over Emil Kush (7-2). Johnny Mize has 4 hits, including a pair of homers off starter Bob Chipman, and drives in 5 runs. Mize’s 42 homers and 111 RBIs lead the NL.

29th In St. Louis, Freddie Hutchinson does it all for Detroit, whipping the Browns, 5–4. After tripling against Ellis Kinder in the 3rd, Hutch takes advantage of the pitcher’s big windup to swipe home. He is the first pitcher to triple and steal home. He also adds a single.

31st Despite a 10–4 loss to the first-place Dodgers, the Giants’ Jack Lohrke homers to set a season record for HRs by a club. The Giants have now hit 183 home runs, topping the 182 hit by the 1936 Yankees. They will end the season with 221 round trippers.

The Cubs overcome Ralph Kiner’s 39th homer of the season to defeat the Pirates, 6–3, in Chicago. Doyle Lade goes the distance. Kiner’s homer, with one aboard, gives him 101 RBIs for the year.

1947 September

1st Jack Lohrke hits a homer against the Braves, number 183 for the season for the Giants, breaking the 1936 ML record held by the Yankees. Mel Ott’s club had hit 5 HRs in a doubleheader against the Cubs August 24 to break Chicago’s 1929 NL record. The Giants will finish with 221 HRs, led by Johnny Mize, Walker Cooper, Willard Marshall, and rookie Bobby Thomson.

In the nitecap 7–4 loss, A’s 1B Ferris Fain participates in 6 DPs to tie the ML record. Washington takes the opener as well, 4–0, on Mickey Haefner’s 7-hitter.

3rd Rookie Bill McCahan of the Philadelphia Athletics no-hits the Washington Senators 3–0, as Elmer Valo drives home 2 runs. 1B Ferris Fain allows the only baserunner when his toss to McCahan on an easy grounder in the 2nd inning goes wide. McCahan, the former Duke University star, was the losing pitcher when Don Black threw his no-hitter July 10th. The Senators have not suffered a no-hitter since Ernie Shore pitched his 26-out perfect game in 1917. They did not go easily today as manager Ossie Bluege put up three lefty pinch hitters in the 9th. The A’s win snaps their 7-game loss streak.

At Fenway, the Yankees notch 18 hits, all singles, off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox, 11–2 in game one. Bobo Newsom wins his 10th. Specs Shea, with relief help from Joe Page, wins the nitecap, 9–6, to extend the Yankees lead to 12 ½ games over Boston. DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319, while Ted Williams, the AL’s leading hitter is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.

The Cards gain a half-game on the first place Dodgers by trouncing the Cubs, 11–1. Red Munger pitches the first 8 innings for the win. Ron Northey leads the offense with a pinch grand slam in the 6-run 9th inning and Stan Musial is 5-for-6, including a triple. Musial was 4-for-4 in game 2 of the September 1 sweep of the Pirates.

Ewell Blackwell hangs up his 21st win, defeating the Pirates, 13–6 before an overflow crowd of 37,299 at Forbes Field. Blackwell K’s 7 of the first 12 batters, and 12 overall, and is not scored upon till the Reds build a 7–0 lead. He allows just two hits, including Ralph Kiner’s 41st homer. Eddie Miller and Benny Zientara homer for Cincy.

6th Let’s end this, fellas. Harry Brecheen taps a bunt single in the 13th and comes around to score when Stan Musial walks with the bases loaded as the Cards beat the Reds, 4-3, in St. Louis. Brecheen pitches the complete game for his 15th win.

7th Starting P Johnny “Ox” Miller of the Cubs hits a 2nd inning grand-slam HR, off Kirby Higbe, in a 4–3 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates. But Ox does not go the required 5 innings and Doyle Lade is the victor. For Ox, these are the only RBIs of his career.

8th Bob Feller, in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th, keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4–3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn, who earlier hit two homers, bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom, who wilts in the 8th, is the loser, but New York is still 12 games in front.

9th For the second game in a row the Cubs win a 4–3 game and hit a grand slam. Today it is rookie Cliff Aberson’s pinch slam in the 9thinning that beats the Dodgers. Aberson will give up the NFL for the Cubs.

It is Bucky Walters Night in Cincinnati and the veteran celebrates by shutting out the Braves, 2-0, on 4 hits. It is Bucky’s 198th and last win as he will fall short of the 200-victory mark.

10th Al Brazle hurls the Cards to their 9th win in 10 games, stopping the Phils, 4–1, on 4 hits, 3 by Adams. Dutch Leonard takes the loss. In the 9th, Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits for Walker, the league’s leading hitter, but flies out.

11th Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive solo HRs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 1 and 4 on the afternoon to lead the Pirates to a double win over Boston, 4–3 in 13 innings, and 10–8. Despite Kiner’s 3 homers, it is pitcher Kirby Higbe’s game-ending homer in the 13th that wins it. Kiner hit 2 on the 9th against the Giants Larry Jansen, as the Pirates lost, giving him a ML record tying 6 in 3 days. His slugging today gives him 47 and a tie with Mize.

In the start of a crucial series in St. Louis, Ralph Branca, 21, wins his 20th as the Dodgers clip the Cardinals, 4–3. A tense battle ignites after Joe Garagiola spikes Jackie Robinson at 1B in the 2nd inning. Coming to bat in the 3rd, Robinson has words with Garagiola (“a teeth to teeth exchange” Time) and the two are finally separated by coach Clyde Sukeforth. It is the first time that Robinson has reacted on the field.

12th Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games to pass Johnny Mize in the HR race as Pittsburgh tops the Boston Braves, 4–3. The rain of HRs exceeds the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. Kiner has now hit 20 home runs in the past 30 days—from August 14 through today—to set a record: Maris will tie the mark in 1961, and Sosa will top it in 1998. On the 18th Kiner will again pass Mize in the homer derby by belting his 50th of the season. Mize will get his 50thtwo days later. Kiner will get number 51 on September 23 against Jim Hearn of the Cards, and Mize will tie it up 2 days later off Johnny Sain of Boston. Both players have until the season finales on September 28 to break the tie, but neither will succeed.

The Cards bounce back to defeat the Dodgers, 8–7 with 13 of the runs counted in the last 3 frames. The Flatbushers score 4 in the 9th, 2 on rookie Lund’s 1st ML homer, but the Cards answer when Enos Slaughter drives in 2 runs with a double to win. Ted Wilks is the winner in relief, his 12th win in a row. He began the streak on September 3, 1945.

13th It is the Dodgers turn to win, 8–7, before 33,510, the largest crowd of the year at Sportsman’s Park. The game features 36 hits and extends to Dodgers’ lead to 5 ½ games with 16 to play. For St. Louis, this is the first of six straight losses.

14th Rookie Vic Wertz hits for the cycle and scores 5 runs to lead the Tigers to a 16–6 win over the Senators in game 1. Kell and Evers have 4 hits as well. Wertz score 2 more in the nitecap, 8–4 win.

In Philadelphia, Sam Chapman cracks a grand slam as the A’s score 9 runs in the 8th inning and hang on for an 11-9 victory against Cleveland. Game 2 ends in a 9-inning 4-4 tie.

15th The Sox—Red and White—combine for an AL record-tying 12 double plays in their doubleheader split today. Chicago wins the opener, 6–3, then loses 7–5.

16th At Fenway, Denny Galehouse twirls a 6-hit shutout as Boston beats Chicago, 5-0 in the opener of two. The White Sox rebound in game 2 as Jack Wallaesa hits his 2nd grand slam of the year, a 9thinning blow to give the Pale Hose an 8-3 win.

Ralph Branca wins his 21st as the first-place Dodgers roll to a 7-3 victory over the Reds at Crosley Field. Branca allows 12 hits, twice the Brooklyn total, and K’s 5. Pete Reiser and Gene Hermanski homer for the Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson adds his 28th sacrifice bunt, tying a ML rookie record set four years ago by Joe Hoover.

17th Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News 2 weeks before the season is over. At the year’s end he has hit .297, led the league in stolen bases and sacrifices. He has 14 bunt hits, and in a game against the Cubs in June he scored from 1B on a sacrifice.

Second place Boston splits with the Browns, losing 9–4, then winning 4–0 on Joe Dobson’s 1-hitter. Judnich’s single is the only hit.

20th In the first of 2 games at Briggs, Bob Feller loses his bid to win his 20th as he gives up an unearned run in the 10th and the Tigers win, 3-2. Freddie Hutchinson is the starter and winner for Detroit, and is given an intentional walk in the 10th inning to get to Eddie Lake (who is pinch hit for). Hutch is the second pitcher this year (Rowe) to receive an IBB. The second game ends in a 9-inning 5-5 tie.

Thanks, Ted. In the first of two at Fenway, the Senators score 3 runs in the 9th against reliever Boo Ferris to give Early Wynn a 6-2 cushion. Pesky hits a leadoff single for Boston, and Dom DiMaggio flies out. Then, oddly, Ted Williams lays down a sacrifice bunt to move Pesky to 2B, where he scores on a hit. The final, 6-3. Williams, who is leading the AL in homers, runs, batting average and RBI, does no bunting in game 2, going 3-for-3 with a pair of triples as the Sox win, 7-2. Pesky is 2-for-4 in each game to reach 202 hits on this season, surpassing the 200-hit mark for the third year in a row (1942, 1946, 1947). He is the first AL player to accomplish the feat.

21st Braves ace Warren Spahn delays the Dodgers’ clinching the pennant by shutting them out 4–0 for his 20th win.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pound homers in their 17th and 18thconsecutive games to set a NL record. Philadelphia wins the opener, 3–2, in 11 innings when Del Ennis homers for the Blue Jays. In the nitecap, rookie Larry Jansen wins his 20th game, beating the Phillies, 6–4. Schoolboy Rowe takes the loss.

23rd Working 5 innings in a Series tune-up, Joe Hatten wins his 17thgame and his first against a first-division team, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 6–1. Dan Bankhead finishes. In a pre-game ceremony, Jackie Robinson receives a car, TV set, $500 watch, and other gifts.

24th In the closest pennant race in PCL history, LA manager Bill Kelly takes a chance and starts Don Carlson in a critical match with Sacramento. Carlson, just recalled from the Texas League, pitches into the 9th inning as LA wins, 4-2 (as noted by PCL historian John Spalding).

25th Giants rookie Larry Jansen wins his 21st game of the season, beating the Braves Red Barrett, 3–1. It is Jansen’s 10th win in a row, all complete games. Walker Cooper and Johnny Mize club homers. Mize is now tied with Kiner for the NL lead with 51, and is high in RBIs and runs.

27th Cards rookie Ken Johnson makes his first start a dandy, stopping the Cubs 3–1 on one hit, a single by Eddie Waitkus in the 8th. Ralph Hamner is the loser.

28th On the season’s last day, the Browns, desperate for a ticket seller, bring announcer Dizzy Dean in to pitch against the White Sox. Diz gives up only 3 hits in 4 innings and laces a clean single in his only at bat, but a pulled leg muscle forces his retirement. The White Sox score all their runs in the 9th to win 5–2. Even with Diz, the game draws less than 16,000, and the Browns finish the year with only 320,000 attendance, less than half that of 1946. Three days before the finale a Browns’ game drew only 350.

29th Joe McCarthy, who led the Yankees to 9 pennants, is coaxed out of retirement and signs to manage the Red Sox. Joe Cronin will become general manager of Tom Yawkey’s team.

Following the first year-ending tie in PCL history, Los Angeles defeats San Francisco, 5-0, before a crowd of 22,996 to take the one-game playoff. Cliff Chambers (24-9) is the winning pitcher. Tomorrow the Cubs will purchase his contract.

30th Hitless the first 4 innings against Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 5th inning when 6 straight runners reach base, and they win the World Series opener 5–3. A record WS crowd of 73,365 at the Stadium pays $325,828.

1947 October

1st New York’s Allie Reynolds spaces nine hits and coasts to a 10–3 victory. Tommy Henrich’s solo HR in the 5th puts the game away for the Yankees.

2nd The Dodgers squeak to a 9–8 win, jumping on Bobo Newsom and Vic Raschi in the 2nd for 6 runs. Yogi Berra becomes the first player to hit a pinch HR in WS history, hitting one off Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca in the 7th inning.

Ex-Giant Danny Gardella, suspended for 5 years for jumping to the Mexican League, files suit for $300,000 in damages. He charges that the reserve clause is “monopolistic and restrains trade.” It will be dismissed.

3rd Brooklyn pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubles home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to break up Floyd Bevens, dramatic no-hit bid and give the Dodgers a 3–2 victory over the Yankees in game 4 at Ebbets Field.

4th Frank Shea throws a 4-hitter and helps his own cause with 2 singles, as the Yankees win 2–1 in Game 5. A Joe DiMaggio HR in the 5th is the margin.

In the Negro League WS, Luis Tiant, Sr., and Pat Scantlebury pitch the New York Cubans to a 6–5 win over the Cleveland Buckeyes in the final game.

5th CF Al Gionfriddo’s magnificent catch takes a HR away from Joe DiMaggio, which would have tied the 6th game of the WS at Yankee Stadium. The Brooklyn Dodgers go on to win 8–6. There is another WS attendance record, with a crowd of 74,065 on hand to watch the game.

6th The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5–2 to win the WS in 7 games. Relief P Hugh Casey of the Dodgers appears in 6 games, winning 2 while notching an 0.87 ERA. Series heroes Bevens, Gionfriddo, and Lavagetto will not play another ML game. At the celebration following the WS victory, Larry MacPhail allegedly punches out George Weiss and then fires him. Tomorrow, a more sober MacPhail will sell his one-third interest to co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb for $2 million and then retire from baseball. Topping and Webb then rehire George Weiss as GM.

20th Radio rights for the WS sell for $475,000 for 3 years. Every franchise but Pittsburgh has sold 1948 TV rights. The Giants get $400,000 for radio-TV rights from Chesterfield.

25th Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends the Chicago White Sox from the American League in a dust-up that started when the Sox inked prep star George Zoeterman in violation of the ban against signing high school players. Sox GM Leslie O’Connor argued that Zoeterman was a private school student and therefore not covered, a position that earned him a $500 fine. O’Connor refused to pay resulting in the suspension. On November 4, owner Lou Comiskey will pay the fine and the AL will once again be 8 teams.

1947 November

14th The Pirates buy part-time infielder Stan Rojek from the Dodgers and install him as the starting shortstop.

17th In a major deal that helps the Red Sox, Boston ships Roy Partee, Jim Wilson, Al Widmar, Eddie Pellagrini, Pete Layden and Joe Ostrowski and $310,000 to the Browns for Jack Kramer and Vern Stephens. Stephens will lead the AL in RBIs in 2 of the next 3 seasons, collecting over 400 (430) RBIs in three years. No player will match that for the next fifty years.

The Pirates acquire 1B Johnny Hopp and 2B Danny Murtaugh from the Braves for C Bill Salkeld, P Al Lyons, and OF Jim Russell.

18th In their 2nd deal in two days with the Browns, the Red Sox trade Sam Dente, Clem Dreisewerd, Bill Sommers and $65,000 for pitcher Ellis Kinder and INF Billy Hitchcock. Kinder will win 23 games in 1949.

22nd The Senators swap Gerry Priddy to the Browns for Johnny Berardino, but Berardino announces that he is retiring to devote full-time to his movie career. Commissioner Chandler nullifies the deal and Berardino then un-retires. St. Louis won’t keep him for long. Priddy, who refused to sign a letter of support for manager Ossie Bluege in mid-season, will end up in St. Louis anyway when the Senators sell him for $25,000 on December 8.

25th Sam Breadon sells the Cardinal empire to Postmaster General Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh. The price is in excess of $4 million with the new owners getting the Cardinal players, physical assets, 16 minor league franchises, $2.1 million in reserve funds and payment on a new ballpark site, 4 minor league parks, and the lease on Sportsman’s Park. Breadon had first acquired an interest in the Cardinals in 1917 and bought control in 1920 for an investment of $350,000.

27th Setting off a storm of controversy, Joe DiMaggio is named American League MVP by a single point over Ted Williams. Williams, the Triple Crown winner, receives 201 points, but is completely left off the ballot of one sportswriter. Williams, in his 1959 autobiography, accuses Mel Webb of being the villain: the Boston writer and Williams had feuded over the years. But another Boston writer, Harold Kaese, says that the 71-year-old Webb did not have a vote in 1947, and the culprit was a disgruntled midwest writer. A 10th-place vote would have given Williams the needed 2 points. DiMaggio receives 8 first place votes, Williams 3, Boudreau, 1, Page 7, McQuinn 3 and Joost, who hit .206 with 110 strikeouts, receives 2. Williams is selected The Sporting News Player of the Year.

1947 December

8th In a move that will anchor The Boys of Summer, Brooklyn acquires SS Billy Cox, 33-year-old P Preacher Roe (34-47 in 4 years in Pittsburgh), and little-used infielder Gene Mauch from Pittsburgh for pitchers Vic Lombardi, 25, Hal Gregg, 26, and former batting champ, 37-year-old Dixie Walker. In the spring Walker had requested in writing to be traded, but then changed his mind. Al Abrams, sports editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, opines, “I believe they [Pirates] got the better of it in the trade.”

9th The Indians pick up John Berardino from the Browns for Catfish Metkovich and $50,000. Because of a broken finger, Metkovich will be returned to Cleveland, and the Indians will add another $15,000 to complete the deal. At the end of 1952, Berardino will drop baseball as well as the second “r” in his name, and start a successful acting career in Hollywood.

10th Cleveland sends pitcher Red Embree to the Yankees for outfielder Allie Clark. New York almost took Embree instead of Allie Reynolds in a trade a year ago.

The Reds sell Elmer Riddle to the Pirates.

11th The Reds trade 1B Bert Haas to the Phils for P Tommy Hughes.

Branch Rickey announces that the Dodgers have signed an agreement with Bud Holman and the city of Vero Beach to rent 104 acres of a former pre-war municipal airport. They will pay $1 a year and take over the maintenance. In 1952, the Dodgers will sign a new 20-year lease for $1 a year, and on March 11, 1953, a new field will be named Holman Stadium.

1948 January

15th At the second annual Southern California baseball players golf championship, held in Long Beach at the Meadowlark golf course, former players Carl Hannan and Lin Storti shoot a sub-par 70 to win the event. Last year’s winner Darol Shimer is third with a 72. Other low scores are Hollywood manager Jimmie Dykes with a 75, Jackie Robinson and Jerry Priddy with 77s, and Red Ruffing with a 78.

29th Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.

30th Herb Pennock, 53-year-old general manager of the Phillies and former star southpaw, collapses in a New York hotel lobby and dies a short time later at a local hospital.

1948 February

15th At the second annual Southern California baseball players golf championship, held in Long Beach at the Meadowlark golf course, former players Carl Hannan and Lin Storti shoot a sub-par 70 to win the event. Last year’s winner Darol Shimer is third with a 72. Other low scores are Hollywood manager Jimmie Dykes with a 75, Jackie Robinson and Jerry Priddy with 77s, and Red Ruffing with a 78.

29th Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.

30th Herb Pennock, 53-year-old general manager of the Phillies and former star southpaw, collapses in a New York hotel lobby and dies a short time later at a local hospital.

1948 March

2nd  The whacky veteran Frenchy Bordagaray joins the Dodgers in Cuidad Trujillo as a pinch hitter candidate but will fail to stick with the team.

4th Stan Musial ends his holdout and signs with the Cardinals for $31,000. The next day Harry Brecheen agrees to a St. Louis pact for $16,500.

6th In an unpopular move in Brooklyn, the Braves get veteran 2B Eddie Stanky, 32, from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell, minor leaguer Ray Sanders, and a reported $60,000. The Dodgers’ second base spot is now open for Robinson. The Dodgers will return Sanders for cash next month.

29th At St. Pete, the Yankees and Red Sox battle for 17 innings and end in a 2–2 tie. This spring training contest, one of the longest ever, takes 4 hours and 2 minutes. Two years ago in Miami the Braves and Giants played 17-innings for an NL pre-season record.

30th The PCL integrates as San Diego’s John Ritchey pinch hits against Los Angeles. Ritchey, the AL (Negro League) batting champ last year, will homer tomorrow in a starting role and hit .323 in 103 games.

With 1,948 fans in attendance at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Cards pitcher Murry Dickson pitches a Grapefruit League no-hitter against the Yankees, walking 5 and hitting a batter. The St. Petersburg Times notes that only Joe DiMaggio and Ed Stewart had hard hits off Dickson. The last spring no-hitter was by Cy Blanton in 1939 (as noted by historian Steve Smith).

1948 April

3rd Thanks, Mr. Mack. The A’s sell pitcher Russ Christopher to the Indians.

7th The Cards trade first baseman Dick Sisler to the Phillies for infielder Ralph LaPointe and cash, a trade that will work out well for the Phils.

10th Desperate for pitching help, the Giants sign the well-traveled Bobo Newsom, released by the Yankees. After an 0–4 start in 11 games, New York will pass the Buck, and he will be out of the majors until 1952.

12th The Yanks give veteran Spud Chandler his release. Chandler won 109 games in 11 seasons as a Yank, the only ML team he played for. He was 9–5 last season, and finishes his ML career with a winning percentage of .717 (109-43).

16th The White Sox beat the Cubs, 4–1, at Wrigley Field with Jack Brickhouse at the WGN-TV mike. This is the first telecast on WGN-TV: the first broadcast for the Cubs was on WBKB-TV in 1946.

In an exhibition game between the Braves and Red Sox at Braves Field, the Sox unload 24 hits to win, 19–6. Ted Williams is 3-for-5 with a HR. There are a couple more hits as it takes both teams to break up a fight between Braves Earl Torgeson and Sox Billy Hitchcock.

18th At Yankee Stadium, 62,369 fans—the largest ever for an exhibition game—watch the Dodgers edge the Yankees, 5–3.

Before 26,663 at Fenway, the Braves salvage a win in the 3-game series with the Red Sox, winning, 3–2, behind Warren Spahn.

19th At Griffith Stadium, President Harry Truman tosses out the first ball. Fans might’ve thought Truman stayed on the mound as the Yankees bat around in the opening inning against Nats starter Early Wynn. The second man up, Tommy Henrich, belts a two-run homer, and a few batters later Allie Reynolds hits his first major league homer, a three-run shot, that makes the score, 7–0. Wynn gives up 16 hits and all 12 runs before leaving in the 9th for Ramon Garcia. Reynolds wins, 12–4, allowing 11 hits, four by Leon Culberson. The Yanks like what they see in Culberson, acquiring the first baseman on May 13th, but he will never play another game in the majors.

In the 2nd inning of the Patriot’s Day doubleheader at Fenway, the Sox slug three consecutive homers off A’s pitcher Phil Marchildon. Connecting for Boston are Stan Spence, Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr. The Sox don’t do much more, though, and the A’s win the A.M. game in 11 innings, 5–4. A’s rookie LH Lou Brissie then defeats the Red Sox 4–2 on 4 hits in the afternoon game. Wounded in W W II, Brissie, who has a metal plate in one leg and wears a shin guard as protection, is hit just above the guard by a Ted Williams line drive and is downed for several minutes.

At Cincinnati, the Reds open with a 4–1 win over the Pirates in a game delayed by a shower of bottles in the 8th. The rhubarb starts when Hank Sauer hits a HR with Young on 2B and the runner collides with SS Stan Rojek. The 2 start swinging and the RF bleacherites toss bottles.

20th In the Opener at Comiskey Park, George Vico of the Tigers hits the first pitch thrown to him in the majors for a HR, a first in the AL. Chicago’s Joe Haynes is the pitcher. Mike Tresh answers for the Sox with his 2nd career homer, off Hal Newhouser; Tresh’s first career homer came back in May 19, 1940, off Dutch Leonard. The Tigers win, 5–2.

At Washington, the Senators score 5 runs in the first inning, 4 on an inside-the-park grand slam by Tom McBride off Eddie Lopat, and roll to a 9-1 victory over the Yankees. Sid Hudson is the winning pitcher. For the light-hitting McBride, this is his 2nd and last ML homer: his first came three years ago. For the Nationals, this is one of just 11 homers they’ll hit at home this year.

Red hot Murry Dickson shuts out the Reds, 4–0 in the home opener at St. Louis. In spring training, Dickson threw 2 shutouts, including a no hitter, over the Yankees.

Before an Opening Day crowd of 48,130 at the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers rally for 4 runs in the 8th to beat the Giants, 7–6. Billy Cox’s 2-run homer is the big blow. Robinson collects a 2-run double when Rhawn and Lockman collide on an easy popup. Roy Campanella makes his ML debut, coming in for Hodges behind the plate.

21st Leo Durocher, back at the helm of the Dodgers after a one-year suspension, uses 24 men, a new ML record, in a 9–5 loss to the Giants. Robinson leaves with a bone bruise after 5 innings and 3 second baseman follow.

At Griffith Stadium, the Senators overcome a DiMaggio homer to beat the Yankees, 6–3. DiMag’s blast is a 450-foot shot.

The Cards Red Munger outpitches Johnny Vander Meer to beat the Reds, 5–2. Vandy does himself in by walking 12 batters.

23rd The Cards spoil the home opener for the Cubs, nipping Chicago, 1–0, despite garnering just two hits off Johnny Schmitz. Harry Brecheen is the winner.

On the 25th anniversary of the opening of Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox spoil the ceremonies by stopping New York, 4–0, as Vern Stephens accounts for all the runs with a grand slam. A sick Babe Ruth cheers on the Yanks from the dugout.

Bob Lemon belts a homerun and goes the distance as the Indians stop the Tigers, 8-2. Ken Keltner hits a pair and Larry Doby adds one, all off losing pitcher Fred Hutchinson. Hutch will serve up 32 homers this year to break Ted Lyons’ AL record.

24th The Cubs hit 4 home runs at home in a 6–2 win over the Cards. Bill Nicholson’s HR, off Al Brazle, is to the right of the Wrigley Field scoreboard, and lands on Sheffield Avenue. It bounces off a building and reportedly lands on the hood of a southbound car.

25th Russ Meyer fires a one-hitter for the Cubs in a 3-1 win in Chicago over the Cardinals. Whitey Kurowski’s hit in the 2nd inning is the only scratch against Meyer.

The Giants sweep a doubleheader with the Braves, winning 6–2 in 10 innings, and 6–0. Bobo Newsom, pitching for his 9th team, makes his Giant debut in the first game but leaves with a injury. Sheldon Jones fires a 2-hitter in the second game and is helped by a 3rd-inning grand slam by Walker Cooper.

In game 2 at Cincinnati, Ted Kluszewski hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off Pirates P Hal Gregg, to give the Reds a brief 7–6 lead. The Pirates rally to win, 13–10, as Wally Westlake contributes a grand slam. Hank Sauer, who hit a walkoff homer in the Reds 7-6 win in game 1, adds two more homers in game 2.

At Detroit, the Indians down the Tigers, 7-4, though without much help from Larry Doby, who strikes out a record-tying 5 times, all consecutive.

26th The White Sox take an 11–9 lead over the Indians after 5 innings, but the Tribe comes back to win 12–11 in 14 innings. Cleveland scores 2 in the 9th to tie. Lou Boudreau paces a 22-hit attack with 5 safeties, including a pair of doubles and a pair of triples. Russ Christopher is the winner with 5 innings of shutout relief.

27th The Cubs score 3 in the 1st inning at Cincinnati and go on to whip the Reds, 7-2, behind the pitching of Dutch McCall (1-0). However, Dutch will lose his next 13 decisions to set a franchise record for consecutive losses.

29th Cards relief pitcher Ted Wilks bows 5–4 in 14 innings to the Cincinnati Reds on rookie Hank Sauer’s single. Sauer’s HR in the 8thhad tied the game. It is Wilks’ first loss after 77 mound appearances dating back to September, 1945. He had won 12 in a row.

At Shibe Park, Ted Williams thumps his 200th homer to lead the Red Sox to an 11–5 victory over the A’s.

Batting around in 3 innings, the Dodgers pound out 20 hits to break the Giants 6-game win streak, 17–7. Reiser has 5 RBIs—on a 3-run lefty homer and a 2-run righty triple—and Preston Ward a grand slam. The Giants continue their HR string with homers by Mize and Thomson.

30th A 5-hit game—HR, 2 doubles and 2 singles—by Stan Musial at Cincinnati is the first of 4 such performances by him during the year as The Man sparks the Cards, 13–7 win. He will do it again on May 19, June 22, and September 22. Only Cobb and Keeler have done it before. Joe Garagiola adds 3 hits including a grand slam in the 7-run 7th. Reliever Al Brazle is the winner.

In a 9–2 win over Purdue, University of Illinois pitcher Marv Rotblatt sets a Big 10 strikeout record with 18 K’s. After graduation in June, Rotblatt will pitch in 7 games for the White Sox this season.

1948 May

2nd Rookie OF Hal Jeffcoat has 2 doubles in the Cubs’ 7-run 8thinning as Chicago rolls over Cincinnati 13–4. Peanuts Lowrey goes 4-for-5 in the game.

The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader, Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 9–6 in the opener, then losing, 2–0, to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a HR, triple and single in the opener, while Duke Snider hits his first 2 ML homers—the first, inside-the-park—a triple and a single, good for 4 RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap, Furillo’s 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman, wh           o pitches a 4-hitter.

5th Against the Tigers, Red Sox P Mel Parnell has 2 balks called on successive pitches. He scatters 10 hits and gets no decision as reliever Ellis Kinder is the 4–3 winner. SS Vern Stephens participates in 5 DPs with Boston getting another going Williams to Tebbetts.

6th At Philadelphia, the A’s top the Indians, 8-5. Cleveland gets four runs in the 3rd inning on Ken Keltner’s grand slam.

7th At Chicago, the Dodgers use 8 hits, 3 errors and 1 4 walks to subdue to Cubs, 9–5. Preston Ward’s bases-loaded triple off Ralph Hamner following 3 walks is the key blow. Hugh Casey wins with 5 innings of shutout relief.

8th An infield single by rookie Johnny Blatnik of the Phillies in the 7th prevents a perfect game by Harry Brecheen of the Cardinals. Brecheen will become the NL ERA leader with 2.24 and the winning percentage leader on a 20-7 record. The Cards win 5–0 and Brecheen scores his 3rd straight shutout.

At Griffith Stadium, Larry Doby pounds a 408-foot homer to CF, which hits the loudspeakers 35 high, to help the Indians top the Senators, 6–1. Larry’s ball bounces back onto the field and was initially declared in play. The 8th-inning three-run homer is the longest HR in the Stadium since Ruth’s shot in 1922, and is the first of Doby’s four career inside-the-park homers. World War 2 veteran Gene Bearden makes his first start, allowing just three Nat hits. He walks 4 in the 9th inning to allow the lone run, as Washington finally scores after three straight shutouts.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers edge the Yankees 3-2 in the first of two, then lose, 9-1, in the nitecap. They also lose George Kell for the month when the third sacker fractures his wrist when hit by a Vic Raschi pitch.

The A’s win their 6th straight, pull off a triple play, and batter the White Sox, 16–1. Winning pitcher Carl Scheib puts the game away with an 8th-inning grand slam, and the A’s are now tied for the AL lead with the Indians.

The A’s purchase 37-year-old P Nels Potter from the Browns for $20,000.

9th In the 2nd game of the Sunday doubleheader between the Pirates and the Dodgers, the umpire continues the game through a 7 p.m. curfew because he believes Pittsburgh to be stalling with a 5–4 lead. The Dodgers pass the Pirates for a 7–5 score, but Ralph Kiner’s two homers carry Pittsburgh to a 10–8 victory. Kiner hits a 2-run homer in the 5th, off Clyde King, and a 3-run homer in the 6th, off Ralph Branca. The Pirates are fined $100 for violating the curfew and Kiner will end up tying Mize with 40 home runs. The Dodgers take game 1 by a 14-2 score, plating 11 runs in the last 2 innings to pull away. Pee Wee Reese has a grand slam for the Dodgers.

The Phils take 2 from the Reds, dropping Cincinnati into the NL basement. Curt Simmons wins his first ML decision, 14–2, in the opener, and Ken Heintzelman applies a 8–0 whitewash in the nitecap. Heintzelman has thrown 22 scoreless innings in a row. Ennis has 5 RBIs in the opener on 3 hits, while Sisler is 4-for-4. Sisler adds 3 more hits in the nitecap. Rookie Johnny Blatnik chips in with 6 hits and 7 runs for the afternoon.

The Indians sweep a pair at Fenway, beating the Red Sox, 4–1 in 10 innings, and 9–5. A Ted Williams homer in the opener is the only Sox score, while Ken Keltner belts a pair of homers. They both add another in the nitecap, but Doby clouts a monstrous 2-run shot to dead center for the Tribe. He’ll add another in a win tomorrow as Cleveland stays percentage points ahead of the A’s.

12th At Cincinnati, the Reds score 3 in the 9th but come up short, losing to Brooklyn, 9–7. Reds starter and loser Johnny Vander Meer doubles in the 5th and doesn’t advance when Glenn Corbitt bounces a single over Billy Cox’s head (as noted by Bill Deane). Reese retrieves the ball and keeps it, pulling off a hidden ball trick on Vandy when he wanders off 2B. Taking no chances, the Reds pinch hit for Vandy in the 6th.

14th Andy Pafko hits a homer in the 8th inning to break up a pitching duel between the Cubs Meyer and the Reds Kent Peterson. Chicago wins, 1–0.

15th At Brooklyn, Russell’s first inning HR is the only score as Boston’s Warren Spahn beats Rex Barney, 1–0. It’s the 3rd shutout in a row for Brave hurlers.

The Pirates score 2 runs in the 6th inning to snap Harry Brecheen’s consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 32 2/3 from the start of the year. The lefty still wins his 4th without a loss, 8–3.

In a PCL game, Seattle’s Dick Barrett stops Sacramento, 2–0, with a 7-inning perfect game.

16th  At Wrigley, the Cubs spot the Reds an 8–1 lead in the 2nd inning, then roar back to win, 13–11, in 10 innings. Andy Pafko has a perfect day with 2 homers, a double and 2 singles in 5 trips to the plate. Johnny Wyrostek opens the 10th with a triple and scores on a long fly ball. Galan plates the final run after a walk, error, and single.

Pete Gray, one-armed OF with the Browns in 1945, starts his comeback at Elmira after a year out of baseball. He will hit .290 in 82 games.

18th The lowly Cubs edge the Phillies, 3–2, as Johnny Schmitz outduels young Curt Simmons. Four Phillie errors let in all three Cub runs.

An International League game in Jersey City draws less than 1,700 on a night a Giants’ first nght telecast is being received in 600 bars in Jersey. The minor leagues, especially in the East, are getting testy over the impact of the major leagues open television policy.

19th The first-place Cards blast Dodger pitchers for a 14–7 victory. Stan Musial leads the way with 5 hits including a triple and double and scores 5 runs. All his hits come with two strikes. The 2 teams combine to set a since-tied NL record (for night games) of 28 runners left on base, 14 each.

A three-run 9th gives the Tigers a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Detroit. Hal Newhouser is the starter and winner, helping his own cause with an AL record-tying 4 double plays.

20th At Chicago, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs, as the Yanks coast, 13–2. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit, but left fielder Ralph Hodgin snares it at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi’s pitching over Orval Grove, who lasts 5 innings. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle and the last this century to do it on the road. DiMag last cycled in 1937, when he also added a 2nd homer: He’s the only player to do that twice.

In a 13–4 Cleveland win, the Indians collect 18 bases on balls against the Red Sox to tie the AL record set in 1916. Handing out the free passes are two Mickeys—Harris and McDermott (11 in 6 2/3 IP). Bob Lemon, Jim Hegan, and Ken Keltner all collect RBIs without the benefit of a hit.

Musial and the Cards continue slugging the Dodgers, winning 13–4, as The Man has 4 hits, including a HR and 2 doubles. Musial is 11-for-15 in the series. Enos Slaughter chips in three hits as Howie Pollet (4-0) wins over Joe Hatten, who gives up 7 runs in 5 innings. Hugh Casey continues his ineffectiveness and will shortly be put on the 60 day DL after a fall down the stairs in his house.

The Pirates batter the Braves, 13–0 behind Elmer Riddle’s 4-hitter. The Bucs tally 8 runs in the 4th inning, with the scoring started by Ralph Kiner’s 9th HR of the season, off the scoreboard. He adds a double in the inning. Kiner’s last homer, on the 18th, splattered neon when it struck the ‘passed ball’ lights.

21st Frankie Gustine is 5-for-5 to lead Pittsburgh to an 8–4 win over the Dodgers.

At Wrigley, the Giants drop an 8–3 decision to the Cubs. New York rookie Les Layton, in his first ML at bat, hits a pinch homer in the 9thoff Johnny Schmitz. Les will have one more career HR.

22nd At Wrigley Field, Sid Gordon hits a 2nd inning grand slam, one of four homers for the Giants, as New York rolls to an 11-0 pasting of the Cubs. Ray Poat tosses the shutout.

23rd Bill Veeck’s attempt to set an attendance record for a doubleheader is derailed by bad weather, but the game against New York still attracts a crowd of 78,431 in Cleveland. Veeck himself has to steal out of the hospital where he has been recovering from his 14th leg operation. Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs for the New York Yankees in a 6–5, first-game win against the Indians. The first 2 home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black, the Indians take the nightcap, 5–1, to preserve first place.

In the first of two at Philadelphia, the Cardinals combine 17 safeites with 12 walks to whomp the Phillies, 18-3. Nippy Jones drives in 6 runs with a homer, double and a single as the Birds score in every inning but the 5th. The Cards win the nightcap, 4-1, as Jim Hearn allows 5 hits, including a homer by Johnny Blatnik, who homered in the opener. Enos Slaughter stretches his hitting streak to 17 games.

At Briggs Stadium, Virgil Trucks walks pinch hitter Early Wynn with the bases loaded in the 9th to give the Senators a 1-0 win over the Tigers. Walt Masterson tosses the shutout for the Nationals.

24th At Shibe Park, Walt Dubiel allows 3 hits as the Phils top the Cardinals, 6-2. Red hot Quaker rookie Johnny Blatnik has a double and a triple and is hitting .408. He’ll finish at .260.

25th After a ML-record 28 games (one tie) of not scoring in the first inning, the Chicago White Sox finally push across a run against the A’s Carl Scheib. But they still lose, 4–3.

26th Johnny Schmitz wins his 4th in a row as the Cubs beat Brooklyn, 4–1. Gil Hodges hits a homer for the Dodgers’ run.

27th Recently retired slugger Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland club, becoming the Indians 2nd-largest stockholder.

The Yankees pound 14 hits to the A’s 7, but come up short, 6–5. It is the first-place A’s 7th straight win. A hit and run single in the 8thscores Sam Chapman all the way from 1B. Phil Rizzuto and Hank Majeski match home runs.

Bob Lemon keeps the Indians a game in back of the A’s by stopping the White Sox, 4–0, on 4 hits. Lemon, who shut out Washington 4 days ago, has not been scored on in 23 innings.

29th Richie Ashburn hits his first ML homer, a leadoff inside-the-park HR, off Thornton Lee’s 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn’s hit streak to 18 games but it’s the Phils only run, as the Giants win, 7–1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings with hits, while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-AL hurler, Walt Dubiel.

30th The Reds beat the Cubs and Johnny Schmitz, 6–1, as Grady Hatton’s grand slam in the 8th accounts for the first score for Cincy. The Reds take game 2, 8–3.

In Chicago, the Indians split a pair with the White Sox to remain a game in back of the A’s for the AL lead. Chicago wins the opener, 4-2, but Cleveland scores 9 runs in the 8th inning of game 2 to win handily 14-8. Al Clark has a pair of pinch hits in the inning to tie the AL mark.

In Pittsburgh, the first-place Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, losing 9-3 and 7-6. Ron Northey’s grand slam in game 2 ties it for the Birds, but the Bucs score 2 in the 7th for the lead.

31st At Wrigley Field, the Cubs set a Wrigley paid attendance record when 46,965 pass through the turnstiles for a doubleheader with the Pirates. The Cubs take the opener, 4–3 behind reliever Bob Rush, then drop the nitecap, 4–2 to Elmer Riddle. Andy Pafko is the hitting star, pounding out five hits, including a homer in each game.

In Cincinnati, the Reds sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Cards, 4–3 and 7–0. In the nitecap, Ken Raffensberger tosses a one-hitter, allowing just an 8th inning single by Nipsy Jones. Hank Sauer’s homer in the opener breaks a tie. The Reds scoring in the nitecap is paced by homers from Augie Galan and Ted Kluszewski. The twin loss drops the Cards to second place as the Giants split a pair with the Dodgers.

The Senators, fresh from four wins over the Red Sox, drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62,626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener, 10–0. The Yanks collect 16 hits, including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap, 5-4, as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes 7 straight hits in the two games, making out his first and last at-bats.

The Indians drub the Browns, 8–3, then lose, 6–0, to stay in 2nd place behind the A’s. In the opener, Lou Boudreau hits a grand slam and Jim Hegan homers in the 5-run 6th inning. Gene Bearden is the winner. In the nitecap, Cliff Fannin allows just 4 hits to win.

The last place White Sox and 4th-place Tigers split a pair in Detroit. The Bengals take the opener, 5–4, with Dizzy Trout the winner over Orval Grove. The Sox take the nitecap, 9–3, with veteran Ike Pearson picking up the win. Ike will finish the year at 2–3 to close out his career at 13–50; his .206 winning percentage is the worst in ML history for a pitcher with 50 losses.

A lefthander for Schenectady (Canadian-American League) named Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in a 15-inning game against Amsterdam.

1948 June

1st Barney DeForge, pitcher-manager in the Carolina League, and Ed Weingarten, an official of clubs in the Tri-State and Blue Grass Leagues, are barred from baseball for life on charges of bribery, gambling, and game-throwing.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees open the series with Detroit with a 1–0 win behind Vic Raschi, but lose left fielder Charley Keller who breaks his hand. Johnny Lindell will move in as the regular LF. Art Houtteman takes the loss, running his record to 0-7.

In an unpopular trade in Chicago, the White Sox acquire slugger Pat Seerey and P Al Gettel from Cleveland for 3B Bob Kennedy.

4th At Philadelphia, the A’s edge the White Sox, 4–3, as Lou Brissie picks up the win. The Sox score 3 runs in the 3rd on a bases-loaded single by newly acquired Pat Seerey. Lupien, running on a 3–2 count, scores from 1B.

5th Richie Ashburn of the Phillies hits safely in a 6–5 nitecap win at Chicago. It is his 23rd consecutive game starting May 9, a 20th-century NL record for a rookie (Jimmy Williams had streaks of 27 and 26 games in 1899). Alvin Dark will tie it this year and Mike Vail will match it in 1975. The Phils also take the opener, 4–2.

In an Interstate League game at Wilmington, pitcher Robin Roberts strikes out 18 in a 4–1 win over visiting Trenton. The effort earns him a call-up to the Phils.

Enos Slaughter’s grand slam is the highlite of a 6-run 3rd inning as the Cardinals beat the visiting Dodgers, 9-6. Red Schoendienst has 4 hits, including three doubles.

Appearing at Yale Field just ten weeks before his death, Babe Ruth presents a copy of his biography to Yale first baseman and captain George Bush.

6th Erv Dusak, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, and Nippy Jones homer in the 6th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Phillies 11–1 in the first of two. Phils pitcher Charlie Bicknell gives up 18 total bases in the inning. The Cards take the 2nd game, 2–0, on Al Brazle’s 5-hitter. Schoendienst bangs 5 doubles and a homer for the afternoon, after clouting 3 doubles yesterday, and ties a record for most extra base hits in two consecutive games with 7. Only 2 other players in history (Earl Sheely, 1926: Ed Delahanty, 1896) have tallied 7 extra base hits in 2 games (Joe Adcock, in 1954, will become the 4th). His 8 doubles in three games is a NL record.

The Pirates score 4 runs in each game as they split with the Giants, losing 16-4 and winning 4-3. New York scores in just 3 innings in the first game. Sid Gordon contributes his 2nd grand slam of the year. The split drops the Giants a half game behind the first place Cards.

Ted Williams, Stan Spence, and Vern Stephens hit successive HRs for the Red Sox against Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers. It is the 2nd 3-straight-HR game by the Bosox during the season, with Spence, Stephens, and Bob Doerr having accomplished the feat off Phil Marchildon of the A’s on April 19. The Sox win a pair, 5–4 and 12–4.

7th The Braves Jim Russell hits one HR batting lefty and another batting righty, the second National Leaguer to do so, in a 9–5 win over the Cubs. He also hits 2 doubles and drives in 5 runs. Playing for the Dodgers on July 26, 1950, he’ll hit another pair from each side of the plate, the first player to do so twice. Reliever Red Barrett is the winner over McCall, the first of four Cubs pitchers. The Cubs do stop Tommy Holmes 17-game hit streak.

The Phils Dutch Leonard knuckles down the Cards, 5–1, dropping St. Louis into 2nd place. Dick Sisler homers for the Phils, while Musial’s homer is the only Cards tally.

The Giants take over first place, pounding the Pirates for 13 hits, 9 for extra bases, to win, 9–5. The Giants score 2 runs in each of the 8thand 9th innings to win. Wes Westrum and Bobby Thomson homer, while Whitey Lockman adds a pair of triples. Larry Jansen (7–0) starts, but is not around for a decision.

8th In a game that Ted Williams later recalls as one of the most important of the year, the visiting Indians trip the Red Sox, 2–0, behind Gene Bearden’s 6th win. Lou Boudreau’s controversial 2-run homer in the 4th inning off Mel Parnell is all the scoring. The seemingly foul ball drops into the RF corner stands and is called fair by 1st-base umpire Charley Berry. The Sox are now 11 games behind.

10th At Fenway, the Red Sox score 8 runs in the 3rd and down the first-place Indians, 15-7. Joe Tipton of the Indians quietly runs his consecutive hitting streak to 9 straight, a skein he started in game 1 on May 30 (as noted by Trent McCotter). Tipton will hit .289 in 90 at bats.

11th The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees, 10–8, as reliever Bob Feller fans Sherm Lollar with the bases full to end the game. DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlites include Yogi Berra getting tossed by Cal Hubbard and young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th by George Stirnweiss, a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out—his first K in 42 games. The game—interrupted by rain and a fans’ missile barrage—ends at 12:20 a.m.

In Philadelphia, the Browns score 5 runs in the first inning off Phil Marchildon, but that’s all the scoring they can muster as they lose to the A’s, 6-5. Brownie rookie Andy Anderson connects for his first ML homer, a grand slam.

At Griffith Stadium, Art Houtteman drives in the winning run with a 10th inningle single as the Tigers edge the Senators, 7-6. Houtteman (1-8) earns the win with 3.2 innings of relief. George Kell has 4 hits for the Bengals. Hard Luck Houtteman will pitch a 5-hit 10-inning win in his next outing, but finish the season at 2-16 with a 4.66 ERA.

12th In an afternoon double header before 68,586 at the Stadium, Cleveland takes two from the Yankees, winning 7–5 and 9–4. The Tribe has now won three games from New York in 24 hours. Joe Gordon leads the way over his ex-teammates by hitting a two-run homer in the first game, and belting two more round-trippers in the nitecap. Allie Reynolds and Spec Shea take the losses. The Indians have now won 3 games from NY in less than 24 hours.

At St. Louis, the Giants overcome the Cards, 7–5, by scoring five runs in the 7th, and regain first place. The Cards make 13 hits and rout Larry Jansen, but John Mize, with a homer, double and single, leads the New Yorkers. Sheldon Jones is brilliant in relief.

The Reds sweep a twinbill with the Braves, winning 3-2 and 11-9. In the first inning of game 2, 31-year-old Hank Sauer poles a grand slam to pace the offense.

13th The Yankees retire Babe Ruth’s No. 3 jersey in the Babe’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium on the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium. A Silver Anniversary crowd of 49,641 cheers as Mel Allen introduces the Babe. After the ceremonies and a two inning game between Old-timers in which the team of 1923 defeats a team of all-stars from later years, 2–0, the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5–3. Joe DiMaggio belts two triples and Rizzuto and Berra add homers to back Lopat’s pitching. Lopat is now 13–3 lifetime versus the Tribe.

The host Reds and Braves play their second straight doubleheader, with Boston scoring late to sweep both, 8-7, and 10-5. Boston scores 4 in the 9th of the opener and 5 in the 8th of game 2. Hank Sauer continues his hot hitting with two homers and a triple in game 2, while Virgil Stallcup has 2 triples, a double and two singles on the afternoon. This is the Reds last game on their homestand and, apparently not liking the food on the road, Stallcup will go 1-for-49, including an 0-for-35.

The Giants and Cardinals split a pair in St. Louis, with the Giants taking the opener, 8-7, and dropping the second game, 3-2. The scorer gives the Giants win to Clint Hartung, who faces 2 batters, but a few days later the NL will disagree and give his W to Larry Jansen, who throws 4 innings and allows 2 runs. Game 2’s winner also goes just 3 innings as starter Red Munger leaves after jamming his finger diving back into 1B following a single (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

A day after a split between the Browns and Athletics, a furious Connie Mack hands veteran pitcher Nels Potter his unconditional release. Potter relieved for Lou Brissie in the 8th of game 1 and got lit up for 2 runs, as the Browns scored 6 and won, 7-5. A questionable outfield throw over the catcher’s head helped dig Potter’s grave. When Mack cools down, he tries to sign Potter, but Nels holds him to his first statement, and will sign with the Braves in a week. Potter has always felt that he would do better in the NL because he throws low pitches and would get the calls there. He’ll go 5-2 for Boston this year with a 2.33 ERA and make it into the WS.

15th The Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4–1 before a crowd of 54,480 in the first night game at Briggs Stadium. The Tigers are the last AL team to install lights. Hal Newhouser gives up just two hits and is backed by 8th inning homers by Dick Wakefield and Pat Mullin. Former Tiger Barney McCosky, now with the A’s, crashes into the outfield wall and is taken off on a stretcher, but recovers.

Behind Johnny Sain, the Braves beat the Cubs 6–3 to take a one-game NL lead. It is the first game to be telecast in the Boston area; the Red Sox will follow a week later after they return from a road trip.

Cleveland picks up pitcher Sam Zoldak from the Browns for Bill Kennedy and a magnanimous $100,000. Kennedy will win 7 for the Browns in 1948, while Zoldak will be 9-6 for the Tribe.

16th Ted Williams raises his average to .408 with a single, 2 doubles, and a homer to lead the visiting Sox to a 7–5 win over the first-place Indians. The Sox will win tomorrow to sweep the 3-game series.

17th Braves reliever Bill Voiselle wins a pair today over the Cubs, 7–6 and 8–7. Cliff Chambers and Jess Dobernic take the losses.

18th The Pirates spoil Robin Roberts debut, beating the Phils’ rookie 2–0. Roberts was called up after a 9–1 start at Wilmington (Interstate League).

19th In St. Louis, the 3rd-place Yankees score 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Browns, 10-5. Billy Johnson connects for a grand slam and a 2-run homer while driving in 7 runs.

Andy Pafko has his second 5-hit game of the year to lead the Cubs to a 5-2 win over Brooklyn. Bill Nicholson adds a 2-run homer in the 8thinning to back Bob Rush’s win.

20th Joe DiMaggio smashes three homers to lead the Yanks to a 4–2 and 6–2 sweep of the Browns. Vic Raschi wins his 8th in a row in the opener, besting Fred Sanford. DiMag’s two homers in the nitecap, a solo shot in the 8th and a 3-run homer in the 9th, give Red Embree the win. The double victory puts the Yanks in 2nd place 3 ½ games behind Cleveland.

Cleveland draws 82,781 for a doubleheader win over the A’s, a ML record for a regular season game that will be broken by the same club in 1954. The Indians will attract 2.6 million for the season, surpassing the Yankees, 1947 attendance. The two losses, 4–3 to Feller (6-7) and 10–0 to Lemon (10-5), drop the faltering A’s into 3rdplace. Lemon hits his third homer of the season in his shutout.

After being shut out, 9–0, by the Phillies Dutch Leonard, the Pirates come back to win the nitecap of the Sunday twinbill, 7–5, behind Ralph Kiner’s 18th and 19th homers. Kiner will hit homers every Sunday for 8 successive weeks in May and June. For the year he will hit 17 round trippers in 38 Sunday games. The Phils are paced in the opener by Eddie Miller, who drives in 5 runs on 3 singles. Ashburn makes 4 hits then adds 3 more in the nitecap.

Murry Dickson is 1-1 for the day, winning the opener as the Cards trim the Giants, 7-2, hitting three homers off Monte Kennedy. Dickson goes the distance. In game 2, Johnny Mize, Willard Marshall, and Sid Gordon of the Giants hit consecutive HRs in the 8th inning, all off Dickson in relief, in a 6–4 win. Mize’s is a 2-run homer, his second 2-run shot of the game.

Luke Appling, in the his first game at 3B, breaks a 47-year-old AL record by making 10 assists in an 8–5 Sox win over Washington. Before the game, the opener of a twinbill with the Senators, “Old aches and pains” had complained that his arm was stiff and he couldn’t possibly throw from third. Appling also makes 3 hits. Next year, Luke will return to SS. The Senators win game 2, 4-2, behind Sid Hudson.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers honor Eddie Bettan, who is known as the “Dodgers Number One Fan.” He receives several gifts, including a new-fangled television. In the last game of the 1941 season at Ebbets, Eddie ran out on the field in tuxedo tails and a top hat, grabbed a bat, and stood at the plate. He was quickly taken away. Eddie doesn’t have much to cheer about today as his Dodgers lose to the Cubs, 6-3, though Pee Wee Reese goes 4-for-4.

22nd Stan Musial is 5-for-5 to lead the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the host Braves. Harry Brecheen picks up the victory.

23rd Tommy Henrich’s grand slam in the top of the 11th breaks up a pitching duel between Indians starter Don Black and Ed Lopat. The Yanks win, 5–1, to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2 ½ games.

24th The Yankees Vic Raschi scatters 6 hits to beat the Indians, 6–0 and earn his 9th straight win. Feller also allows six hits but three are HRs—by McQuinn, Lindell, and DiMaggio.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jackie Robinson cracks a walkoff grand slam in the opener and Rex Barney allows just 3 hits in the 8-inning game 2 win.

25th For the second time in two years, Yale is in the College World Series championship at Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, MI. Southern Cal, riding an 18-game winning streak, takes a 3–1 lead before Yale loads the bases with no outs in the 9th inning. With George Bush the on-deck batter, Jerry Breen hits into a triple play to end it.

26th Yale wins the second game of the CWS, 8–3, behind the pitching of Frank Quinn, as Southern Cal strands 14 runners. George Bush has a single and two RBIs for the Eli. In the second game, USC jumps to a 6–0 lead and coasts home, 9-2. Southern Cal’s Gail Henley signs with the Giants and doesn’t bother returning to California, heading for Minneapolis instead. Frank Quinn signs a bonus with the Red Sox and will appear in nine games. The USC bat boy is Sparky Anderson.

28th At Sportsman’s Park, Browns announcer Dizzy Dean pitches 3 innings for the Ft. Wayne GE team, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs to the Kansas City Monarchs who win, 4-3. In the opener, former Pirate Bill Brandt shuts out the Monarchs, 2-0.

The only action today for the Browns is claiming Don Lund off waivers from the Dodgers.

29th At Detroit, the Indians Bob Feller outpitches the Tigers’ Hal Newhouser to give Cleveland a 6–2 win. Feller allows just one run through the first 8 innings.

At Boston, Sid Gordon belts an 8th-inning grand slam, his 3rd of the season, as the Giants top the first-place Braves, 11-3. The Braves lead the Cards by a half game.

At Crosley Field, the Reds push across a run in the 14th to beat the Pirates, 6-5. After the Pirates score 3 in the 9th to take the lead, the Reds strike back, scoring 3 runs, The first 2 batters in the 9th homer off starter Elmer Riddle but the fault might be in the pitch calls by his 42-year-old brother Johnny Riddle, who enters in the 9th. Johnny, at 42, is the oldest player in the NL, but he does manage to throw out a would-be base stealer. In fairness it is slow-footed slugger Hank Sauer.

30th In his first full season as a pitcher, Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, in front of 49,628 at Briggs Stadium. Lemon has only two scares: Dale Mitchell makes a miraculous catch of a George Kell drive in the 4th and Ken Keltner makes a great stop behind 3B in the 5th. This is the first no-hitter pitched at night.

An 18-year-old lefthander from Rochester, NY, Johnny Antonelli, gets a $75,000 contract from the Braves. Shortly afterwards, the Tigers will pay a similar sum to another teenager, catcher Frank House.

1948 July

2nd The Senators beat the Yankees, 2–1, in 12 innings as Walt Masterson allows 3 hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the since-tied AL record for putouts in left field in extra innings. The Yanks drop 2 games behind first-place Cleveland and 1 ½ games behind the A’s.

3rd Dick Lane, CF of Muskegon (Central League), hits 5 HRs in a game against Fort Wayne. Lane, who will get a trial with the White Sox in 1949, will hit only 7 other HRs during the year and only 18 in a 4-year minor league career.

4th Ted Williams faces 3 pitchers in the 7th inning, a first in AL history, as Boston snaps a 5–5 tie by scoring 14 runs on 14 RBIs to beat the visiting Philadelphia Athletics, 19-5. A’s rookie pitcher Charlie “Bubba” Harris (3-1) retires two batters in 14 and cough up 12 runs, before Bill McCahan takes over. Williams, who makes the final out in the inning, and Bobby Doerr tie records by drawing two walks apiece. Five Sox players score 2 runs each in the inning, an AL record. The 14 runs in the 7th inning is also a record, but 5 years later the Sox will do even better with 17 in one inning. Williams has no hits in the 20-hit barrage and his average drops below .400. Every other Sox batter has at least 2 hits, with Ellis Kinder collecting 3 and Billy Goodman 4. Johnny Pesky has a homer and 5 RBIs and Bobby Doerr scores 4 runs.

Braves rookie Johnny Antonelli, 18, makes his debut in the 8th inning of a 7–2 loss to the Phils, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. The Phils also win game 2 of the doubleheader.

Led by Roy Campanella’s first 2 ML homers, the host Dodgers edge the Giants, 13–12, in a wild game lasting 3 ½ hours. 37 players see action, 20 by Brooklyn, as both teams score 4 times in the 9th. Ralph Branca gives up two homers in the 9th as the Giants outhit the Dodgers, 20 to 10.

5th Ralph Kiner hits 3 HRs for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the visiting Reds, while teammate Stan Rojek hits the first of his 2 ML homers, connecting off rookie Herm Wehmeier in the 10–3 first game win. In Game 2, Kiner teams up with Johnny Hopp and Wally Westlake in the outfield for a record 19 putouts and a record 20 chances. Nine more POs in game 1 give the Bucs a record 27 putouts and 28 chances for a doubleheader. The Reds score 3 in the 9th to take the nitecap, 6–4.

The Cards Gerry Staley picks up a pair of wins in relief over the Cubs, winning 6–3 and 5–2 over Ralph Hamner and Johnny Schmitz. Staley pitches 2 innings in the opener and 2 2/3 innings in the nitecap. It is the 2nd time in three weeks that the Cubs have lost a doubleheader to a single reliever.

Despite a hitless day by Ted Williams, the Red Sox sweep the Yankees, winning 6–5 and 8–7. Denny Galehouse wins the opener, then saves the win in game 2. But his 9th inning sac bunt results in his tripping over 1B and he will be out of action for 3 weeks.

7th The Indians stun the baseball world by signing Satchel Paige, fabulous veteran Negro League pitcher. The move is ridiculed by some as a Bill Veeck publicity stunt, and A.G. Spink in The Sporting News editorializes, “Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity. . . . To sign a hurler at Paige’s age is to demean the standards of baseball in the big circuits.” The 42-year-old Paige will answer the critics in tomorrow, getting a relief decision in a 8–6 win over New York in a DH sweep. He will finish the season at 6–1. Paige is the oldest player to debut in the majors, but not the first 40-year-old: Chuck Hostetler in 1944 was 40.

8th The Reds Ewell Blackwell strikes out 13 Cubs at Wrigley Field, as Cincinnati wins, 4–0.

At Ebbets Field, Boston’s Jim Russell breaks a 2-2 tie with an 8thinning grand slam as the first-place Braves top the Dodgers, 7-4.

At Yankee Stadium, Tommy Henrich’s second grand slam in as many weeks pulls the Yankees to a 5-5 tie in the 7th. The Bombers then score a run in the 8th to beat the A’s, 6-5.

9th At Boston, Johnny Sain becomes the NL’s first 11-game winner, beating Robin Roberts and the Phils, 13–2. Alvin Dark has 3 hits running his hit streak to 21 games. In the 4th inning Dark triples off the reliever Ken Heintzelman, then steals home.

On the train from Boston to Philadelphia, Ted Williams tears some rib cartilage rough housing with Sam Mele. The injury will sideline Williams for a critical 15 games as well as putting Mele in the doghouse (as noted by historian Bill Nowlin). Without Williams, the Sox lose today, 8-7, as the A’s score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

10th For the 6th time this year, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox hit back-to-back homers as Boston beats the 2nd-place A’s, 4–0. Jack Kramer scatters 9 hits in the shutout to win his 7th straight. Ted Williams sits out the game with a damaged ligament, the result of being hit in the ribs while playfully sparring with Sam Mele on the train down from Boston yesterday.

11th The Reds Ken Raffensberger allows just one hit—a single by Marty Marion in the 4th—in shutting out the Cardinals, 1–0, in St. Louis. It’s his 2nd one-hitter against St. Louis this year.

At the Polo Grounds, little-used Jack Conway hits his only ML homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. The walkoff blast is a short fly that hits the facing of the upper deck in left field as George Shuba is waiting to catch it. Writing in The New York Times, Louis Effrat calls it “one of the most anemic homers ever hit in a park noted for ‘cheap’ circuit swats” (as noted by historian Stew Thornley). Conway’s reward for the game-ending homer is three more at bats this month and then his release.

Branch Rickey of the Dodgers buys the contract of Sam Jethroe from the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes for $5,000.

13th Vic Raschi of the Yankees drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the AL again tops the NL 5–2 in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Box seat prizes for the game are $4.00. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, George Kell, and Hal Newhouser miss places in the lineup due to injuries.

15th The Braves stop the host Cubs, 2–1, behind Johnny Sain, then battle to a 1–1 tie in 13 innings in the nitecap. Dark’s hitting streak of 23 games is stopped in the opener, but he has 2 hits and scores the run in game 2. Bob Rush pitches all 13 innings for the Bruins.

Lowell Grosskopf of the Sheboygan Indians (Wisconsin State League, class D), fires his second no-hitter of the season, stopping the Green Bay Bluejays. Grosskopf threw a no-hitter against the Appleton Papermakers on July 29th.

16th There are 3 managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was “not fired” saying “I’d like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.”) and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer, with no ML experience as player or manager, will get the job after Cooke goes 8–6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O’Neill of the Tigers will be released.

The Browns frustrate the third-place Yanks, whipping Allie Reynolds, 10–4. Bob Dillinger leads the way with a bases-loaded triple, three singles, two stolen bases and 5 RBI. Cliff Fannin holds the Yanks scoreless until Phil Rizzuto’s homer in the 8th.

Ordered by Bill Veeck to pass up the All-Star game, a well-rested Bob Feller is shelled from the mound with only one out in the first inning by the A’s. The A’s score first when Feller absent-mindedly goes into a windup with two on, and Coleman and McCosky pull a double steal. The Mackmen then jump on Bob Muncrief and roll to a 10–5 win over the AL-leading Indians. Lou Brissie wins his 4th straight. Joe Coleman will shut out the Tribe, 5–0, tomorrow to split the series.

Rookie Granny Hamner drives in 7 runs to lead the Phils to an 11–10 squeaker over the Cardinals. Hamner has a pair of doubles and a single to go along with spectacular fielding, starting DPs in the 8thand 9th. Ken Heintzelman, who relieves Blix Donnelly after Stan Musial’s grand slam in the 2nd, is the winner.

17th At Pittsburgh, a Bobby Thomson pinch single drives home the winning run in the Giants’ managerial debut of Leo Durocher. The Giants win, 6–5, overcoming a three-run homer by Ralph Kiner.

The Dodgers down the Reds, 8–4 and 10–4, for their 12th win in 14 games. Ralph Branca wins the opener as Jackie Robinson clouts a 3-run homer in the 8th. Paul Minner wins his first ML game in the nitecap with 6 innings of relief. During an argument with Frank Dascoli, Reds catcher Dewey Williams grabs the ump. Williams will be fined $100 and suspended for five games. However, with catcher Ray Mueller on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Reds appeal the suspension, stating they have only one catcher, Ray Lamanno. Ford Frick, NL prexy, will rule that Williams will serve the suspension in the Reds clubhouse, while dressed in full uniform. If anything happens to Lamanno, Williams can substitute, and a game will added to the suspension.

In St. Louis, Stan Musial hits a 2nd-inning grand slam, and the Cards outhit the Phillies, but they still lose, 11-10, to the Philadelphians.

Ed Lopat scatters 11 hits to beat the Browns, 4-0. It is the Yankee hurler’s 2nd shutout in a row and his 3rd this year.

In a rare loss, the Tigers Virgil Trucks stops the Red Sox, 3–1. Ellis Kinder takes the loss.

18th Pat Seerey, chunky Sox left fielder, hits 4 HRs, the last in the 11thinning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 12–11 victory over the Athletics in Philadelphia. Seerey is the 5th ML player to accomplish the feat and is the only player in ML history to twice reach 15 or more total bases in a game, having totaled 15 bases in 1945. Three of the homers are in successive innings, just the 3rd to do that. Fat Pat’s first shot is over the LF bleacher roof off Carl Scheib, the next two—off Scheib and Bob Savage—are on the roof, and the last, off Lou Brissie, into the upper LF stands. Brissie, the 5th pitcher, is the loser against Howie Judson, as the Sox outhit the A’s 24-12. The A’s take the 2nd game, 6–1, in five innings as Seerey is 0-for-2. On the 24th, Seerey will become the first player to strike out 7 times in a doubleheader.

The Cards beat the Dodgers, 6–3, in 11 innings, then drop the nitecap, 13–4. In the 2nd inning, 17 Dodgers reach base against the Cardinals with 9 hits, 6 walks, a fielder’s choice, and an error before P Hank Behrman whiffs to end the inning. The other outs are on the bases.

The Braves move 8 games in the NL lead by taking a pair from the Pirates, 10-2 and 3-1. Nels Potter and Vern Bickford pick up the wins. Potter is helped by a 5-run 1st inning, highlighted by a grand slam from veteran Jeff Heath. Heath, purchased from the Browns in December, will hit 20 homers, bat .319 with an OPS of .986.

At Yankee Stadium, the 3rd-place Yankees earn a split with the Tigers by pummeling them 12-4 in game 2. The game is called after 6 ½ innings. The Tigers win the opener, 5-3, getting a grand slam in the 5th from Hoot Evers.

In the first of two before 39,623, the Chicago Cubs beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 3–2. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 9thinning, rookie Robin Roberts hits Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko on the back with successive pitches to force home the winner. Chicago’s Johnny Schmitz allows just 4 hits, three by Johnny Blatnik. The Jays (as they are still occasionally referred to in print) win the nitecap, 6–4, collecting 17 hits, including a homer by Del Ennis. Schoolboy Rowe evens his record at 5–5, beating Russ Meyer.

19th At Boston, Mel Parnell wins stopping the Browns, 4–1, as his infielders tally 11 assists. The Sox score all their runs in the 1st on Bobby Doerr’s grand slam.

20th An unprecedented 10-game suspension and $500 fine of an umpire, the veteran Bill McGowan, is announced by AL President Will Harridge following a confrontation in the Washington-Cleveland game. Tired of Senator pitcher Ray Scarborough continually complaining about strike calls, McGowan had thrown a ball-and-strike indicator at him. After that he ejects Nats manager Joe Kuhel and several coaches. Kuhel also lodged a protest after yesterday’s 11th inning loss when Ed Stewart was thrown out at home in the 10th. When Stewart argued the call with plate ump Paparella, McGowan threw a ball at Stewart.

21st At Yankee Stadium, the first-place Indians win a hard-fought split of a doubleheader by taking the second game, 12-8. The Tribe scores 3 in the 7th and 5 in the 8th, 4 on a grand slam by Jim Hegan. The Yankees take the opener, 7-3.

At Wrigley Field, the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 9-3 and 7-1. In the opener, Brooklyn scores a pair in the 9th before Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. Cliff Chambers is on the mound.

22nd The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the decision over Bob Feller, 6–5. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam is the big blow for the Bombers: he has hit 4 homers and a triple in Feller’s 4 starts against New York. His 8 RBIs in the 3 games with Cleveland gives him a league-leading 82.

Denny Galehouse returns to the Red Sox lineup and stops Chicago, 3–0. Vern Stephens clouts a 2-run homer. In the 2nd game, a 5–3 win, Stephens adds a homer to take over the AL RBI lead with 83. The winner is Ellis Kinder, the first of 18-straight wins over Chicago (through June 1, 1952).

23rd After missing 15 games with a torn rib cartilage, Ted Williams is 2-for-4 to help the Red Sox down the White Sox, 13–1. Bobby Doerr collects his 18th homer and adds a double and single to back Mickey Harris. Boston has now won nine straight to pull within a game-and a half of the first-place Indians.

Larry Jansen’s 5-hitter gives the Giants a 5–0 win over the Cubs. John Mize’s first inning homer off Russ Meyer provides all the scoring the Giants need.

24th Four members of the Duluth club in the Northern League are killed, and 14 are injured, 7 critically, in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. All told, five are dead including manager George Treadwell, three players, and the driver of the truck. The injured include Mel McGaha, future ML manager, and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of the Cardinal infielder, Red.

25th In the tight 4-team AL race, Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a sweep over the White Sox, 5–3 and 7–3. Joe D is 3-for-3 in game 1 to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nitecap. His 3 RBIs in game 2 gives him an AL-high 86. Pat Seerey sets an AL mark when he strikes out 7 times in the doubleheader.

The Reds pound the visiting Phillies, winning 11-8 and 9-2. Frankie Baumholtz contributes a grand slam in game 2, connecting off former Reds pitcher Ed Heusser in the 6th inning.

In Boston, the other DiMaggio makes 2 spectacular catches against the Indians as well as homering off Satchel Paige. The Red Sox beat Cleveland, 3–0 for their 15th win in 16 games. Joe Dobson tops Steve Gromek to leave the Sox percentage points ahead of the 2nd place A’s. Cleveland and New York are each 1 ½ games back. With the Braves in 1st place, it is the first time since 1916 that both Boston teams are at the top spot.

In Pittsburgh, the Dodgers split a pair with the Pirates to remain in 2nd place, 5 games in back of the Braves. Brooklyn takes the opener, 7-6, then lose game 2, 7-4, in 8 innings. Danny Murtaugh cracks a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th for the Bucs victory.

PCL homerun leader Jack Graham, of the San Diego Padres, is beaned during a doubleheader with the L.A. Angels at Wrigley Field. Graham, with 46 homers, had a good shot at topping Tony Lazzeri’s PCL record of 60. He will miss a month and manage just two more homers in the final month.

26th Ruth makes his last public appearance, at the New York premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story. He will die 3 weeks later.

Leo Durocher makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants, but a turnaway crowd is disappointed as the Dodgers lose, 13–4. Preacher Roe is the losing pitcher while Sheldon Jones takes the victory. The temperature is 100 degrees in New York.

27th In his ML debut with the Browns, St. Louis native Hank Arft bangs a triple and a HR off Frank Hiller, the first major leaguer to debut with these long hits. Arft drives in 3 runs as the host Browns top New York, 4–0. Tomorrow’s cheers of “Arft, Arft” will give Hank his nickname “Bow Wow.”

A Tiger-record night crowd of 54,609 see Ellis Kinder and the Red Sox top Hal Newhouser, 8–0.

In Cleveland, the Indians top the A’s, 10-5, to remain a game-and-a-half behind the Red Sox in the AL race. Sam Chapman accounts for 4 runs for the A’s with a grand slam.

At Philadelphia the Cubs tip the Phillies, 3–2, with the win going to Hank Borowy in relief. Cubs 2B Gene Mauch helps by nabbing Dick Sisler with a hidden ball trick in the 2nd inning.

28th Detroit’s Dizzy Trout shuts out the Red Sox, 13–0, to stop Boston’s win streak at 13 games. Hoot Evers paces the 18-hit attack with 4 hits.

29th In Boston, Big Bill Voiselle pitches the first-place Braves to a 2–1 win over the Pirates, and collects his 5th hit of the year. Voiselle raises his average to .097 average, a point higher than his uniform number. Voiselle has the highest uniform number ever in the majors in honor of his North Carolina home town of Ninety Six.

The Giants win their 3rd straight shutout, stopping the Reds, 5–0, behind Dave Koslo. Jansen and Hartung threw the other two shutouts. Walker Cooper’s grand slam, off Ken Raffensberger, is the big blow.

The Red Sox rout the Tigers, 8–1, behind Jack Kramer’s 10th straight win. Billy Goodman’s grand slam, along with homers by Kramer and Bobby Doerr, pace the attack. The victory extends the Red Sox AL-lead to a half-game over the idle A’s.

30th At Cleveland, the Red Sox are victorious, 8–7, for their 25th win of the month, a club record.

At Comiskey Park, Tommy Henrich hits his 3rd grand slam of the year, but the White Sox prevail, 8-7. The loss leaves the Yanks tied for 3rd place with the Indians.

At Ebbets Field, Wally Westlake hits for the cycle to pace the Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Dodgers.

In Detroit, George Kell cracks a grand slam in the Tigers 17-2 driveby of the A’s. The loss puts the second-place A’s 1 ½ games behind Boston.

31st With a 7–6 win over the Cards, the Braves lengthen their lead over the Pirates and the Dodgers in the NL.

The Giants just miss racking up their fourth straight shutout, three over the Reds, when a 2-out 9th inning collision allows the Cubs to score a run. The Sporting News describes the collision as follows: “With Giants only one putout away from their fourth straight shutout victory [second baseman Jack] Conway ran into [right fielder Les] Layton chasing Nicholson’s fly in ninth and Cubs counted a run to break New Yorkers’ 36-inning skein while going down to defeat, 9 to 1.  Layton had reached the drive by Nicholson and had the ball in his glove when Conway crashed into him, the clout going for double.”  Conway will make one more appearance before being handed a ticket for Minneapolis. (as noted by David Skelton).

1948 August

1st At Cleveland, the Tribe sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 12–2 and 6–1, to move into 2nd place in the AL. Bob Lemon coasts to his 14thwin in the opener, beating Ellis Kinder. Larry Doby drives in 4 runs. Cleveland RF Edwards dislocates his shoulder crashing into the fence making a spectacular catch of Spence’s HR bid. Sam Zoldak wins the nitecap. The Sox drop from 1st to 4th place with the double loss: Cleveland, New York and Boston are each a game back of the A’s.

2nd At the Polo Grounds, Leo Durocher suffers his first defeat since taking over as Giants manager from Mel Ott, as the Giants are pummeled, 21-5, by the Cardinals ending their 7-game win streak. The Redbirds collect 20 hits, 12 for extra bases, along with 10 walks in winning. Del Wilber has 3 singles and leads the Birds with 5 runs batted in. The Giants hit 3 homers, including Whitey Lockman’s fourth in 4 games.

3rd Before 72,434 in Cleveland, ancient Satchel Paige makes his first start pitching seven innings against the Senators, before being relieved by Eddie Klieman. Paige picks up the win, 5–3, which moves Cleveland (56-38) into a four-way tie for first.

Jack Kramer leaves in the 3rd inning with a sore shoulder but still is credited with his 11th straight win as the Red Sox (58-40) pound the Browns, 15–8. Williams hits his 19th HR and Vern Stephens drives in 3 runs.

4th In St. Louis, the the Red Sox score 6 runs in the first inning, off rookie Blackie Schwamb, who gets lefted after getting one out and then gets fined $250 by Zack Taylor for talking back and showing up unfit to play. The Browns then unload for 7 runs off a fit Mel Parnell, who leaves after getting just one out. St. Louis scores 2 in the 9th off reliever Ellis Kinder to win, 9–8.

Ernie Harwell begins as an announcer for the Dodgers helping to call a 5–4 win over the Cubs. The Dodgers had to trade a player, Cliff Dapper, to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell. Brooklyn scores a pair in the 1st, one on a steal of home by Robinson with Russ Meyer on the mound. Robby tried to steal home against the Cubs 2 weeks ago (7/21) but was called out.

5th Dodger Gene Hermanski hits 3 successive HRs to offset 6 Brooklyn errors as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6–4. The win moves the Dodgers into 2nd place. Carl Erskine starts his first game and earns his 3rd win.

At Comiskey Park, the surprising A’s sweep two games from the White Sox to stay in a tie for 2nd place in the AL. Cleveland (.600) is 1st, the A’s and Yanks are in 2nd at .598, with Boston in 4th place at .596. Joe Coleman twirls a 3-0 shutout in the opener and Don White hits his only ML homer in game 2, a first-inning grand slam off Frank Papish, as the A’s win, 7-4. Philadelphia pushes across 3 runs in the 9th.

6th The Reds release Johnny Neun as manager and pick Bucky Walters to succeed him. The change doesn’t help today as Brooklyn’s Rex Barney wins, 4–1.

7th Before 66,000 fans, New York’s Vic Raschi (14-4) allows 4 singles in stopping the Indians, 5–0. DiMaggio has a pair of doubles, drives in 3 runs, and swipes home on the front end of a double steal.

8th In Cleveland, 73,484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener, an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game, and Satchel Paige wins it in relief, 8–6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2–1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield, making his ML debut. The Indians and the A’s are now tied for 1st (60-39), with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place, 2 ½ out.

11th At Brooklyn, Chicago’s Johnny Schmitz goes 11 innings to beat the Dodgers, 4–2. Schmitz scores the winning run, coming home on an Eddie Waitkus double.

In Philadelphia, the A’s remain tied for first place (.602) with an 8-3 victory over the Senators. The Elephants get a grand slam from Sam Chapman in a 6-run 7th.

12th In the 2nd game of a twin bill, after losing 8–4, the Indians wallop the Browns 26–3, coming within one run of the AL record for the most runs scored in a game. A record fourteen players have hits for the Indians in the game. Hal Peck leads with 4 hits and 4 runs, collecting two doubles in the 1st inning. Pitcher Gene Bearden, who also has 4 hits and 4 runs, is staked to 9-run lead before taking the mound. All 14 Indians who have an at bat get a hit. Bob Feller pitches the last 2 innings.

13th The promise of Satchel Paige on the mound brings 51,013 to Comiskey Park to see “Ole Satch” pitch his first ML shutout as Cleveland wins 5–0. He gives up five hits to run his record to 5–1. In his 12 appearances, Paige has attracted 201,829 fans. Teammate Larry Doby has 2 hits and 2 stolen bases.

The Phils score 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, including a ML-record 9 runs before the first out is recorded, then hold on to beat the Giants, 10–7. Rookie Curt Simmons lasts 6 innings for the win.

14th Rookie George Vico drives in 7 runs to pace the Tigers to a 10–3 win over the Browns. Vico is one better than a cycle, collecting 2 doubles, a triple and homer to back Virgil Trucks’ sparkling one-hit relief effort over 6+ innings.

In Pittsburgh, the Cardinals down the Prates, 6-3, behind Harry Brecheen. In the 4th inning, Fritz Ostermueller intentionally walks Nippy Jones to get to the weak-hitting (.204) Del Rice, who hits a grand slam.

15th Before 72,468—the largest crowd of the season at Yankee Stadium—the A’s sweep a pair from the Yanks by 5–3 scores and regain second place in the AL. The A’s win the opener in 10 innings after Joe DiMaggio ties the score with his 20th homer of the year. Joe D also triples home a run in the extra frame but Lou Brissie preserves the win for Carl Scheib. The A’s total 20 hits in the two games, including a triple and double by Sam Chapman. New York is now in 4th place, five games back.

In the first of two at Philadelphia, Ken Heintzelman tosses a one-hitter to beat the Giants 8–1. The only hit is Whitey Lockman’s 7thinning triple. The Phils take the nitecap, 7–5, as Ed Heusser pitches 5 innings of relief to win. Larry Jansen and Clint Hartung take the losses.

16th Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53 in New York. His body will be put on display at Yankee Stadium and be viewed by more than 100,000 fans.

In an Eastern League playoff game at Utica, Scranton’s Maury McDermott, 19, fires an 8-0 no-hitter against Utica. McDermott strikes out 18 Blue Sox batters.

17th Tommy Henrich hits his 4th grand slam of the season, off the Senators Sid Hudson, to join Ruth, Gehrig, and York—and, later, Al Rosen and Ray Boone—for the AL record. Henrich, who broke in with the Yankees in 1937, had never hit a grand slam before this season. Bob Porterfield wins for New York, 8–1.

Indians’ rookie Gene Bearden shuts out the Browns, 8–0, to improve his record to 12–3.

18th At Philadelphia, Rex Barney fires a one-hitter, beating the Phils, 1–0. The lone hit is a looping single by Ralph Caballero that just eludes a diving Duke Snider. Barney completes his victory by striking out the side in the 9th. The 2nd-place Bums score their lone run in the first when Robin Roberts wild pitches home Brooks from 3B.

The Pirates halt the Cubs, 7–4, behind rookie Bob Chesnes. Chesnes helps his own cause with two singles in the Bucs’ 6-run 8th inning to pin the loss on Russ Meyer. Stan Rojek has 4 hits for the Pirates, while Pafko drives home three runs on three hits for Chicago.

The Giants crush the first-place Braves, 8–2, behind Sheldon Jones. Sid Gordon hits his 24th and John Mize his 29th, both off Vern Bickford, to pace the New Yorkers. The Braves lead Brooklyn by a game.

19th In the Eastern Shore League, Ed Santulli of Rehoboth Beach pitches a 10-0 no-hitter over Federalsburg, the 3rd no-hitter in the league in 4 days. On August 16, Ed Black of Salisbury no-hit Milford. 4-0. while Gene Kern of Cambridge did the same, beating Federalsburg, 12-0.

20th The Indians draw a record 78,382 for the largest crowd to attend a night game. The Indians go on to beat the Chicago White Sox, 1–0, at Memorial Stadium as Satchel Paige blanks Chicago on 3 hits for the 4th consecutive shutout by Cleveland hurlers. Bill Wight is the hard-luck loser. Besides Paige, Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak, and Bob Lemon fired shutouts. Paige’s 3-hit pitching prompts Bill Veeck to send a telegram to A.J. Spink, owner of the Sporting News: “Paige pitching –no runs, three hits. Definitely in line for the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award. Regards, Bill Veeck.” Spink had called Paige’s signing a publicity stunt.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep two games from the Senators, 5-4, in 10 innings and 10-4. Vern Stephen hits a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9thto tie, and Stan Spence homers in the 10th for the game 1 win. In the second contest. the Hubmen plate 7 in the 2nd inning as Dom DiMaggio hits a grand slam. Williams and Doerr each hit their 21sthomers. The two wins leave the Sox in 2nd place, three games out and a game ahead of the A’s. The Yanks are close back in 4th.

21st After shutting out the White Sox for 8 innings, Bob Lemon weakens and Chicago scores 3 runs to beat the Indians, 3–2. Pat Seerey walks and Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley hit homers for Chicago. The runs break the AL-record 47-inning scoreless streak by Indians pitchers that started with the last three innings of the first game on August 15. The 1903 Cleveland team had had a run of 41 scoreless innings and Baltimore will extend the record in 1974 to 54 innings.

For the second time in a week, an intentional walk by a Pirate pitcher to a Cardinal hitter is followed by a grand slam. This time, Ron Northey connects off Kirby Higbe for a four-run homer following an intentional walk to Enos Slaughter as the Cardinals win, 9-2. St. Louis is a game behind the Braves in the NL race, but they will get no closer.

Vern Stephens hits a 4th-inning grand slam, off Dick Welteroth, to pace the Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the visiting Senators. The Sox are now 2 games in back of Cleveland.

Representatives of Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, meeting in Havana, agree to stage a 4-country round-robin 12-game tournament to be known as the Serie de Caribe (Caribbean Series) and to be launched in Cuba during February 1949. The Dominican Republic and Mexico will also later participate on a regular basis.

22nd The Dodgers steal 8 bases, including a 5th-inning triple steal with Jackie Robinson on the front end. But the Braves win 4–3 to move 2 games ahead of 2nd-place Brooklyn. In the last 19 steal attempts against the Braves, no Dodger has been thrown out.

23rd Reds pitcher Harry Gumbert clubs a game ending 10th inning homer run to beat the Phillies, 3–2. It is Gumbert’s only hit of the year in 25 at bats, and comes off Schoolboy Rowe. It is his 5th lifetime homer.

24th At Fenway, with the Red Sox trailing Cleveland 8–7, Vern Stephens crashes a 2-run homer to give the Sox a 9–8 win and move them into first place. This is Stephen’s 15th game-winning hit of the year. The Sox now trail the Tribe by a half game.

25th At Boston, it is Cleveland’s turn to take over first place as they roll 9–0 behind Bob Lemon. It is Lemon’s 8th shutout of the year.

26th The Cubs sweep two from the Braves, 5–1 and 5–2, despite a near-riot that holds up play for 20 minutes in the nitecap. The reaction by the fans comes when Jocko Conlan rules that a drive by Phil Cavarretta in the 3rd inning is a ground-rule double, not an inside the park homer. Conlan makes his call after Braves LF Jeff Heath “loses” the ball in the Wrigley vines, though it is really by his feet. The fans shower the field in protest and Conlan bawls out some of Chicago’s finest for not taking any action. When play is resumed, Andy Pafko walks and Peanut Lowrey’s hits a bases-loaded triple.

In St. Louis, the Cards sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 7-2 and 7-5, and move to 2 ½ games behind Boston. The Birds win game 2 in dramatic fashion as Stan Musial hits a 2-run walkoff homer.

The Pirates move to 4 games in back of the Braves by sweeping a pair from the Phillies, winning 4-1 and 11-4. Wally Westlake hits a grand slam in game 2, off Monk Dubiel in the 6th.

27th Hank Majeski of the Athletics hits an AL-record 6 doubles in a doubleheader against the Browns, pacing the dogged A’s to wins of 6–0 and 9–1. He is the 3rd AL player to collect 6 long hits in an afternoon and just the 2nd to do it in two regulation length games. Hal McRae, on the same date in 1974, will do it next in the AL.

Johnny Schmitz leads the Cubs to a 1–0 win over the first-place Braves at Wrigley Field. Schmitz allows just 6 hits, including two triples, but doubles and scores the game’s only run in the bottom of the 9th. Johnny Sain takes the loss.

For the second time in 4 days, the Phillies are beaten on a game-ending homer by an opposing pitcher. Today, it is Pirate pitcher Kirby Higbe who hits a 9th inning homer to win, 4–3.

28th The Phils snap their 10-game losing streak with a pair of victories over the Pirates, 9–2 and 11–7. Del Ennis and Andy Seminick homer in the opener to back Schoolboy Rowe. Ennis hits a pair in game two, Seminick adds another, as do Eddie Miller, Granny Hamner—his first of the year, and Al Lakeman. But the Phils lose star Richie Ashburn, who breaks a finger on his left hand.

The Yanks stroll into 2nd-place by edging the Indians, 3–2. Ahead 2–1, Sam Zoldak wilts in the 98 degree weather and Gene Bearden replaces him in the 9th. DiMaggio is hit, and two wild throws brings in Ed Klieman, who finishes the walk to Berra. A Brown sac bunt, and an intentional pass to Rizzuto load the bases. Mapes walks to force in a run and a grounder brings home the winner.

At Wrigley, the Braves edge the Cubs, 5-4, on Jeff Heath’s 3-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th. Cubs CF Hal Jeffcoat crashes into the wall attempting to catch the line drive and is knocked unconscious and before Peanuts Lowry can retrieve the ball Heath circles the bases. Earlier in the day, Jeffcoat’s wife gave brith to their second son.

Vern Stephens is 4-for-4 with 2 doubles to pace the Red Sox to a 6–2 decision over Chicago. Ellis Kinder (6–7) is the only starter not to collect a hit for the first-place Sox.

29th The Dodgers sweep a doubleheader, 12–7 and 6–4, against the Cardinals to take over first place ahead of the Braves by 3 percentage points. In the first game, Jackie Robinson hits for the cycle, scores 3 runs, drives in 2, and swipes 3B. The Cardinals use 42 players, a major league record, in the two games, with Brecheen and Munger taking the losses. With the Braves losing a pair to the Pirates, 6–1 and 5–2, Boston’s lead shrinks to a half-game over Brooklyn. In the AL, only 2 games separate the Red Sox, Indians, and Yankees.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers take the opener, 9-6 before the Yankees come back to win, 11-10, in game 2. Detroit loses George Kell for the season when he suffers a fractured jaw after being struck by a Joe DiMaggio grounder that takes a bad hop. Kell recovers the ball, throws out DiMaggio, and then passes out. Kell was out for the month of May after his wrist was fractured by a Vic Raschi pitch. Five days ago the Tigers lost Eddie Lake for the season when he broke a finger making a play at second base.

At Fenway, Birdie Tebbetts hits a grand slam in Boston’s 7-run 1stinning as the first-place Red Sox down the Browns, 12-4, in the first of two. Joe Dobson is the winner. Taking a page from the Sox, the Brownies plate 10 runs in the first 3 innings of game 2 en route to a 12-4 win for Ned Garver.

Playing their third doubleheader in three days, the Giants drop a pair to the Reds, both by 3-2 scores.

In a paid ad in Chicago’s newspapers, Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley apologies to the fans for the team’s poor play. The ad reads, in part, “The Cub management wants you to know we appreciate the wonderful support you are giving the ball club. We want to have a winning team that can be at the top the kind you deserve. This year’s rebuilding job has been a flop. But we are not content to just go along with an eye only to attendance. We want a winner just as you do and will do everything in our power to get one.” The last-place Cubs are idle today.

31st Before 45,531 at Wrigley Field, the last place Cubs beat the first-place Dodgers, 3–0 and 7–2. Hank Borowy stops Brooklyn on one hit in the opener—a single by Gene Hermanski in the 2nd—and faces just 27 batters. He hurls 100 pitches, while Bob Scheffing drives in all 3 runs. Doyle Lade wins the nitecap. The loss slices Brooklyn’s lead to 2 points over the Braves, 3–1 winners at Cincinnati, while the Cards and Pirates move just 2 games back.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks score 4 runs in the 8th but the Browns come back with 5 in the 9th off Joe Page to make it close. But New York prevails, 10–9. 1B Henrich has a HR and an unassisted DP to help Allie Reynolds to the win. The Yanks remain a game behind the Red Sox.

The Red Sox keep their precarious hold on 1st place with an 8–4 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell is the complete game winner. Ted Williams has 2 hits, scores 2 runs and steals a base.

1948 September

1st The host Braves split a pair with the Reds, as Johnny Vander Meer bests Warren Spahn, 3–1 in the opener. Glenn Elliott, just up from the AAA Brewers, is awarded the victory in the 11–1 nitecap, even though he pitches just 3 innings. Elliott collides with Ted Kluszewski while running to 1B and is injured after pitching his only innings of 1948. Reliever Clyde Shoun throws the last 6 innings.

2nd Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Pirates $2,000 for violating the NL bonus rule. Pittsburgh signed M. L. Lynch as a scout while offering his son Danny a $6,000-a-year contract. Chandler interprets this as an attempt to influence the young second baseman’s decision. Danny Lynch is declared a free agent and signs with the Cubs.

3rd Jeff Heath hits a 2-run HR in the 4th inning and the Braves hold on to beat the Phillies 3–1. Johnny Sain allows just three hits in winning his 17th. With the Dodgers dropping a doubleheader to the Giants, 7–5 and 6–3, the Braves move back into 1st place.

Joe Dobson allows 4 hits and outpitches young Carl Scheib to give the Red Sox a 2–0 win over the A’s.

The Yankees move a half-game in back of the Red Sox with a sweep of the Senators, 6–2 and 5–2. Joe DiMaggio, who started the day tied with Stephens at 118 RBIs leads the way by knocking in 7 runs. Joe has a pair of homers into opener, and a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the nitecap.

At Spartanburg, the host Peaches (Tri-State League) cream Ashville, 30–6. The offense is led by 3B Len Cross who sets 4 league records going 7-for-7 with 4 home runs, 19 total bases, 12 RBIs, and 6 runs. Only one of his home runs is a solo shot as 9 of his 12 RBIs came on home runs.

4th Phils vet Schoolboy Rowe outpitches Bill Voiselle to beat the Braves, 4–3. In the nitecap Vern Bickford drives in two runs and pitches the Braves to an 8–1 win.

In a Northern League game, Ken Vangilder, pitching for St. Cloud, tosses a 10-inning no-hitter against Superior. Vangilder strikes out 12, walks four while only two of the putouts are by the outfield. He wins, 1–0.

5th The Braves Red Barrett allows 5 hits in beating the Phils, 5–1. Frank McCormick drives in three runs.

DiMaggio hits his 4th homer of the series to help the Yanks top the Senators, 5–3. With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the 6th, Joe D ducks out of the way of a Sid Hudson brushback pitch and the ball hits his bat, dropping into RF for a double to start the 2-run rally.

Ted Williams collects 4 hits as the Red Sox top the A’s, 4–3 in 10 innings. The Sox and Yankees have each won 19 of their last 22 games.

Amarillo (West Texas-New Mexico League) OF Bob Crues hits 2 HRs against Lubbock to give him 69 for the season, tying Joe Hauser’s 1933 mark at Minneapolis. He sets an organized baseball record with 254 RBI in 140 games, hits a record 8 grand slams, while hitting .404.

6th The Pirates sweep two from the Cardinals, winning 2–1 and 4–1, and the two teams combine for just 2 strikeouts in the doubleheader, a major league record. The two also turn 13 double plays, 8 by Pittsburgh, to tie a ML mark for a twinbill. Pittsburgh turns a record tying 6 DPs in the lidlifter to back Chesnes 12th win as Kiner belts a 2-run homer, his 38th, for all the scoring. The two teams turn 13 double plays, a NL record. 2B Danny Murtaugh is in 5 of the DPs in game 1 equaling the mark first set by Detroit’s Charley O’Leary, July 23, 1905. Murtaugh’s hit streak is stopped at 23 games.

The Boston Braves increase its lead to 4 games as Warren Spahn lasts 14 innings to beat Da Bums, 2–1. Spahn twice picks off Jackie Robinson in his 5-hitter. In the 7-inning nitecap, Johnny Sain wins, 4–0. Salkeld and McCormick bat out of turn 3 times in game 2 and not till the latter’s single in the 5th is the irregularity noticed. The umps then rule he’s out of turn and he loses his hit; Salkeld’s 2 earlier hits stand. The crowd of 40,000 pushes the Braves attendance over the 1.3 million mark, a new high. Spahn and Sain will start 11 of the next 16 games.

After 2,423 times at bat, Cubs catcher Dutch Verban finally connects for his only major league home run. Dutch goes deep against Johnny Vander Meer in the first of two games, but that’s all the Cubs’ scoring, as the Reds win, 3–1. Dutch McCall takes the loss and serves up Hank Sauer’s 30th HR, tying a Reds’ club record. The Cubs win the 2nd game in eight innings, 6–2, as Bob Rush defeats Herm Wehmeier. Roy Smalley hits a 3-run HR.

At Philadelphia, the Giants sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 4–3 in 13 innings and 3–0 in 7 innings. In the nitecap the Phils manage just one hit in the first 6 innings but garner 10 walks off Curt Simmons walks 2 more batters in the 7th, and gives up 3 hits before exiting. No one in the NL has ever walked that many in that few innings. Clint Hartung is the winner.

In the twinbill split between the Tigers and the Browns the 2 teams set an AL mark by using 37 players in game 2, an 11–10 St. Louis win. Ted Gray wins the opener, 8–1.

At Chicago, the struggling Indians split a Labor Day DH with the White Sox, losing 3–1 before winning 1–0 in 7 innings. Bob Feller throws the shutout halted by darkness. The Tribe now trails the Yanks by 3 games and the Red Sox by 4 ½ games.

8th At Boston the Red Sox turn back the Yankees, 10–6, to lead by 3 games in the loss column. The Indians blow a 7–3 lead against the Tigers, but hold on to win, 8–7, in the 11th. Doby, with 4 hits, scores the winning run. The loss goes to Art Houtteman (2-16) who gives up the unearned run. Houtteman will finish with an ERA of 4.66, just slightly above the AL average of 4.28.

9th Hard-throwing Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers survives a one-hour rain delay plus showers in the 6th, 8th, and 9th innings and hurls a no-hitter, beating the New York Giants and Monte Kennedy, 2–0. It is Barney’s 10th win in 2 months, and keeps the 3rd-place Dodgers 31⁄2 games behind the NL-leading Braves.

The Braves are rained out in Philadelphia.

The Red Sox whip the Yankees, 9–4, scoring 8 runs in the 3rd. Williams (.367) has 2 hits to regain the AL lead over Boudreau.

10th The visiting Yankees whip first-place Boston, 11–6, on Joe DiMaggio’s 10th inning grand slam, off sidearmer Earl Caldwell. Each DiMaggios has 3 hits, but Joe has 5 RBIs. Boston’s lead is cut to 2 ½ games over New York, with Cleveland 3 ½ back of Boston after beating Detroit, 10–1, behind Gene Bearden.

The Braves are rained out again.

11th The Braves sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 3–1 and 13–2. Johnny Sain wins the opener over Schoolboy Rowe, with Bob Elliott providing the offense with a 3-run homer. Spahn wins the nitecap, hitting his first ML homer, off Charles Bicknell. Robin Roberts is the losing pitcher. Both Boston teams now lead their leagues by three games.

Ralph Kiner, benched by a stomach disorder, poles an 8th inning pinch grand slam to give the Pirates a 13–12 win over Chicago at Wrigley. It is the Bucco belter’s 39th homer. Pafko has a homer and 2 doubles, good for 5 ribbies, to pace the Bruins, while the Bucs Dixie Walker goes 4-for-4 with 2 walks. Elmer Riddle earns a save while his brother Johnny subs behind the plate. This is the last appearance for Johnny Riddle, who debuted in 1930. He appeared in just 98 games in his ML career.

Behind Steve Gromek and Bob Lemon, the Indians sweep two from the Browns, 4–1 and 9–1. Lemon wins his 20th, the first AL hurler to reach the mark. Cleveland now trails the Yanks by a half-game and the Red Sox by 3 ½.

New York hands the Senators their 11th straight loss, winning 6–3 behind Allie Reynolds.

The Red Sox maintain their pace with a sweep of the A’s, winning a day-night twinbill, 9–1 and 2–1. Denny Galehouse and Mel Parnell toss complete games.

12th The Phils almost derail the Braves express, stopping the league leaders, 6–4 in the first of two, then succumbing 2–1 in 13 innings in the nitecap. The Braves make 14 hits in the opener off Dutch Leonard, but the Phils total 13 hits, including Del Ennis’ 26th homer. Both teams score a run in the 3rd of the nitecap, but the Braves tally one in the 13th to win. Al Dark opens with a single, and races to 3B on Earl Torgeson’s sac bunt. Two intentional walks loads the bases, and Bill Salkeld’s sac fly brings Dark home. Del Ennis opens the Phils 10th with a triple, but Nels Potter relieves Bickford and intentionally passes two before striking out Miller and Seminick. Don Padgett then grounds out.

The second-place Pirates creep to within 3 games of the Braves by jolting the Cubs, 7–3. 40-year-old Rip Sewell (11-3) continues his mastery of the Bruins beating them for the 7th time this year and the 33rd of his career. Cubs pitchers help by handing out 14 walks.

At Fenway, the A’s score 6 runs in the 9th to defeat the first-place Red Sox, 10–4. Carl Scheib, 21, is the winner over Joe Dobson, notching his 13th win. The A’s are the only team so far this year with four pitchers with 13 or more wins.

The Indians stretch their winning streak to seven games as Sam Zoldak wins his 3rd in five days. The Tribe beat the Browns, 6–4, then settle for a 3–3 thirteen-inning tie. Karl Drews walks 8 in less than 4 innings to take the loss for the Browns. The Browns chase Satchel Paige in the 5th, but Zoldak nails down the win. Cleveland is in 3rdplace by 2 ½ games behind New York and Boston.

13th In a 3–2 loss, Cleveland P Don Black (2–2) suffers a cerebral hemorrhage while at bat in the 2nd inning against the Browns. Black’s life will hang in the balance for a week. He recovers, but his pitching days are over. Keltner sets a team mark with 10 assists at 3B.

14th Johnny Sain wins his 20th game of the year, beating the Cubs 10–3. It is the 3rd year in a row the Boston Braves ace has won 20 games. The Braves now lead the NL by 5 games. As noted by Dixie Tourangeau, the Boston Post runs a poem this Tuesday by sports editor Gerry Hern:

First we’ll use Spahn, then we’ll use Sain,

Then an off day, followed by rain.

Back will come Spahn, followed by Sain.

And followed, we hope, by two days of rain.

The poem will shortened in the public memory to “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”

At Cleveland, the Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5, to stay two games behind Boston, the AL leader. The Indians drop to 4 games back. For the second game in a row, Charlie Keller hits a pinch homer for New York, tying a ML record.

15th  Warren Spahn stops the Cubs, 5–2, and the Braves will have the day off tomorrow.

The White Sox score 10 runs in the 7th, 4 on a grand slam by Taffy Wright, to knock out the Red Sox, 17–10. Ted Williams, with 5 hits, leads the Red Sox, now just a game and a half ahead of New York.

16th In Detroit, Joe DiMaggio cracks his 300th homer, off Freddie Hutchinson, becoming just the 8th player to hit 300. It’s New York’s only score as they lose, 2–1. The Yankees take the nitecap, 8–4, with Joe Page the winner in relief.

Larry Doby’s grand slam in the 1st inning enables Cleveland to beat Washington, 6–3, and extends the capital crew’s losing streak to 16 games. Doby extends his hit streak to 21 games.

At St. Louis, Cliff Fannin allows 4 Boston hits through 8 innings and hangs on to beat the leading Red Sox and Mel Parnell, 3–1.

The Dodgers shrug off a first inning grand slam by Hank Sauer, off Ralph Branca, and a 4th inning solo shot by pitcher Ken Burkhart, his first ML homer, and beat the visiting Reds, 12-6. Marv Rackley has 4 singles and Jackie Robinson and Carl Furillo combine for 7 RBIs.

In Springfield, the Athletics pummel a team of Illinois amateurs, 19–3. The A’s use a new battery—P Hal Schaker and catcher Earl Brucker, a $30,000 bonus baby.

17th Six Braves, including winning pitcher Johnny Sain, drive in runs to beating the 2nd-place Pirates, 6–2. For Sain, it is his 5th win of the month and 21st of the year.

The Red Sox beat the Browns, 9–3, to hang on to first place. Bobby Doerr handles 10 chances to set a ML record of 396 consecutive chances without an error. Doerr, who returned to the lineup 2 days ago, adds a 3-run homer. Boston picks up a half game on New York, losers to Detroit.

Cleveland beats the Senators, 4–1, as Feller takes over the AL lead with 11 strikeouts.

The Phillies beat the Cubs, 6-3, pinning the loss on rookie Dutch McCall (1-13), his club-record 13th consecutive defeat. Granny Hamner hammers a 3-run homer in the 5th off Dutch and one out later, Del Ennis homers. Dutch will win his next three decisions but will be back in the minors next year.

18th Pitching with just 2 days rest, Spahn allows just 1 hit—a Johnny Hopp bounce single—through 8 innings in besting the Bucs Fritz Ostermueller, 2–1. Spahn and Bob Elliott score the runs, the latter coming home on Frank McCormick’s triple. The Bucs bunch 3 hits in the 9th for a score.

Scranton pitcher Maury McDermott tosses an 8–0 no-hitter over Utica in the Eastern League playoffs. Maury K’s 18 Blue Sox.

19th Red Barrett and Clyde Shoun combine to give the first-place Braves a 4–2 win over the Reds. Boston has 12 hits, including a homer by Bob Elliott. Eddie Stanky makes his first appearance since breaking an ankle in a collision on July 8th and pinch hits a single in the 7th. The Braves, who will be rained out tomorrow, now lead the Cards and Dodgers by six games, with the Pirates in 4th place, 8 games back.

After 18 straight losses, the 7th place Senators finally win, topping last place Chicago, 10–7 and 8–6. It is just the second time this year the Senators have reached double digits in scoring, matching last year’s futility. Leading 7-3 after 3 innings in game 2, Forrest Thompson (5-10) is lifted for relief help. When the game is called after 6 innings because of rain, Thompson is given the win, despite going 3 innings. He is the last pitcher to throw a 3-inning win in a weather-shortened game (as noted by Frank Vaccaro). After 1950, 3-inning wins in weather-shortened games are disallowed, notes Vaccaro.

For their doubleheader with the A’s, the Indians draw 75.382 to break the all-time attendance record of 2,265,512, set by the Yankees last year. The Indians don’t disappoint, sweeping the two, 5–3 and 2–0. Doby wins the opener with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th, and Gromek scatters 3 hits in the nitecap. The Indians move into 2ndplace ahead of New York, winners of 1 out of 2 in St. Louis.

At Detroit, Ted Williams homers in the 9th to draw the Red Sox even with the Tigers at 3–3. But Detroit wins in the 12th on pitcher Stubby Overmire’s broken bat single, his only hit of the year. Detroit repeats in the nitecap, winning 8–6 in 8 innings as Dick Wakefield hits his 2nd homer of the day. The 2 losses leaves Boston a half-game ahead of Cleveland and one ahead of New York.

20th In the AL, the top three teams win: Cleveland beats the visiting A’s, 6-3, behind Bearden’s 16th win of the year: he’ll win 20. Boston tops the Tigers, 7-2, at Detroit, and the Yankees hold off the Browns, 8-7, in St. Louis as second baseman Joe Gordon participates in a record-tying 5 double plays. He did it also on August 5. The Sox lead the AL with Cleveland a half game back and the Yankees a game out.

21st In New York, Johnny Schmitz wins, 3–2, in a doubleheader nitecap against the Giants when Andy Pafko crashes a dramatic three-run HR in the bottom of the 9th, off Red Webb. The win snaps a 10-game Cub losing streak. The Giants manage just two hits off Schmitz, one by Webb; batters will hit just .215 against him, the best in the NL. New York takes the opener, 3-2, as Larry Jansen registers the win.

The Braves sweep a pair from the host Cards, winning 11–3 and 4–0. Sain wins the opener, knocking in two runs and scoring a pair himself. Sain will lead the NL in sacrifice hits with 16, the only pitcher ever to do so. Vern Bickford tosses a 4-hitter in the nitecap.

After all three contenders won yesterday, the Red Sox repeat with a 10–2 win over the Tigers. Mel Parnell scatters 11 hits. Boston is a game ahead of the idle Indians and 1½ ahead of the idle Yankees.

22nd In Cleveland, 76,772 fans go wild as Bob Feller tops the Red Sox 5–2 to move Cleveland into a tie for 1st place with Boston. Ken Keltner’s 3-run HR is the margin of victory. Bill Veeck, who switched the single game from an afternoon to night game, and announces that the Indians’ share of the gate will go to ailing Don Black. The Indians and Red Sox are now tied for 1st with the Yankees just a half-game back.

The Cards slow the Braves, winning, 8–2, the first loss by Boston in 9 games. Stan Musial is a one-man wrecking crew, going 5-for-5 with a double and his 38th homer of the year as Warren Spahn takes the loss. Al Brazle is the winner. Enos Slaughter has his nose broken by a line drive off the bat of teammate Nippy Jones.

At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs and Giants play their second straight doubleheader and Chicago sweeps, winning 3-2 and 11-7. Dutch McCall emerges the winner in game 2, his first victory after a franchise-record 13 straight losses. Dutch will win his next two starts as well.

23rd In Chicago, the last place White Sox, behind thirty-year-old journeyman Frank Papish (2–8) stop the Yankees, 4–2, and defeat ace Eddie Lopat. The Sox and Indians are idle.

In Detroit, Connie Mack sends 34-year-old Wally Holborow to the mound and he almost pulls it off, giving up 16 hits and losing to the Tigers, 8-7. Sam Vico wins it on a 2-run triple in the 9th. A tired Holborow knocks in three runs but blows a 7-2 lead. His only other ML win was his first start, in 1945, with the Senators. Holborow will make one more appearance before being released and returning to semi-pro baseball.

24th The Red Sox knock out Vic Raschi in the 4th inning and Ted Williams drives in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. The pass is not record as an intentional walk with the bases loaded, but David Kaiser in his book Epic Season notes, “Technically it wasn’t intentional but everyone in the park seems to have understood what he was doing.” Bill Nowlin notes (Day by Day with the Red Sox) that The New York Times account of the game says, “Page solved the problem by walking Williams to force in one. Perhaps it was the smartest move he could made for Stephens ended the round with a foul pop up to Henrich.” But the Yankees whip the Red Sox, 9–6, scoring two gift runs when Ellis Kinder forgets to cover first base. Meanwhile, Cleveland snaps its seven game win streak when Detroit beats them, 4–3, behind Freddie Hutchinson’s 7-hitter. New York, Boston and Cleveland are now tied for 1st place in the AL with identical 91-56 records.

In Chicago, AL president Will Harridge tosses a coin and then announces the schedule should there be a three-way tie at the end of the season, just seven games away.

25th Boston’s Jack Kramer scatters seven hits and the Sox beat up on Allie Reynolds, sending the Chief to the showers in the 4th inning. The Red Sox win, 7–2.

Behind Gene Bearden’s 17th win, the Indians top the Tigers, 9–3.

The Giants Sheldon Jones allows 12 hits, including a homer by Jeff Heath, but still beats the Braves, 3–2. Jones drives in two runs with two hits to beat Sain. Heath has hit a home run in every NL park this season, something he did in the AL in 1946 and 1947 with the Browns. He is the first player to do it in both leagues: Mize will join him in 1952.

26th The Braves (87-60) clinch the NL flag by defeating the Giants 3–2 behind Bob Elliott’s three-run homer. They have six games to play, with an unplayed game against the Reds. Brooklyn (82-67) is six game back and the Cards (81-67) trail by 6 ½, each with six to play. The Braves will finish 61⁄2 games ahead of the Dodgers, but two days before the season is over the Braves will lose their best hitter, OF Jeff Heath, who breaks an ankle sliding home against Brooklyn. The broken ankle effectively ends his career, though he plays briefly next year for Boston and in 1950 for Seattle (PCL).

Bob Feller allows five hits and outduels Newhouser to give the Indians a 41 win over Detroit before 57,888 Tiger fans. Feller wins his 6th straight with the help of a two-run homer by Joe Gordon. Cleveland moves into first place this Sunday night after the Yankees top the Red Sox.

The Yankees Tommy Henrich reaches Mel Parnell for a two-run homer in the 1st inning and Joe DiMaggio adds another pair in the 4th inning on a single. Tommy Byrne stops the Red Sox to give New York a 6–2 win. But Gus Niarhos, NY’s starting catcher since early August, breaks his finger and is out for the year.

28th In Cleveland, 60,405 fans are on hand for “Joe Early Night.” Early, a night watchman, had written Bill Veeck asking why the average fan is never celebrated and Veeck took advantage of the promotional opportunity. The first 20,000 female fans at the stadium receive a Princess Aloha orchid flown in overnight from Hawaii, while Early receives a host of gifts including a convertible, appliances, easy chair, and a cocker spaniel. The Indians then take advantage of the White Sox, winning 11–0, behind Gene Bearden’s 18th win. Dale Mitchell hits his 4th homer of the year, and Allie Clark has a homer and three singles With the Yankees and Red Sox losing, the Indians now lead by two games with four to play. The Tribe have now won 17 of their last 20.

In Philadelphia, the A’s Carl Scheib outpitches Vic Raschi to beat the Yankees, 5–2. The 4th place A’s will finish the season at 84–70 and become the first AL team to finish above .500 and score fewer runs (724 to 735) than their opponents. The 1987 Twins will be the next and only AL team to do it. In the NL, the 1930 Pirates were the first team to accomplish the feat.

Meanwhile, at Fenway, the Red Sox lose, 4–2, as Washington’s ace Ray Scarborough (14–8) allows six hits. Because of injuries, Scarborough has won just one game in a month. After striking out in the 3rd, Williams answers the Fenway Boo Birds by letting his bat fly towards the end of the Boston dugout. In the 5th, Williams raises both index fingers after catching a fly.

Hank Arft’s 8th inning homer—the 32nd given up by Detroit’s Fred Hutchinson this year–enables the Browns to win, 5–3. Fred Sanford (12-20) wins despite giving up homers to rookie Johnny Groth and Hutchinson.

The Phils switch “bonus kids” Hugh Radcliffe (a $40,000 signee), Stan Hollmig ($25,000), and Rudy Rufer ($10,000) to Toronto, thus exposing them to the draft.

The Brooklyn football Dodgers ask waivers on Pepper Martin, because of a leg injury. The former major league star had been signed as a place kicker.

29th On two days rest, Bob Feller gives up ten hits and strikes out just three, but the Indians stop the White Sox, 5–2. Joe Gordon hits his 32nd homer and Ken Keltner hits his 31st to keep the Indians two games ahead.

The race stays tight as rookie righty Bob Porterfield gives New York a 4–2 win over the A’s. Fellow Rookie Hank Bauer belts his first major league homer, a three run shot off Dick Fowler.

Johnny Sain picks up his 23rd victory in the Braves 4–3 win over the Dodgers, but Boston loses star Jeff Heath, who snaps a bone 2 inches above the ankle sliding home. He is hitting .319 with 20 homers and will miss the Series. By special permission of commissioner Happy Chandler, the Braves add Marv Rickert as Heath’s replacement on the WS roster. Rickert spent the 1948 season at Milwaukee hitting .302 with 27 HRs.

Ellis Kinder gives the Red Sox a 5-1 win over the Senators. The Fenway fans also react to the news from Brooklyn that Braves star Jeff Heath had broken his ankle at home plate. The Red Sox players are less sympathetic since Heath, in a radio interview, said he hoped the Indians, not the Red Sox, won the AL pennant because their larger stadium would mean a bigger paycheck.

Detroit’s Hal Newhouser stops the Browns, 4–0, for his 20th win of the year.

30th The idle Indians watch their lead shaved to 1 ½ games as both the Red Sox and Yankees win. Mel Parnell stops the Senators, 7–3, for his 15th victory; In the rain at Shibe Park, the Yankees edge the A’s, 9–7. Vic Raschi pitches the 9th for a save.

St. Louis sinks the Pirates faint pennant hopes by sweeping two games, winning 6-1 and 4-1. Harry Brecheen wins his 20th in the nitecap, with the loss going to 41-year-old Fritz Ostermueller, making his final ML appearance. He ends his career at 114-115. The loss drops the Bucs to 4th place.

The Cardinals release Joe Medwick. It’s the 6th and last time the future Hall of Famer will be released.

1948 October

1st In the Friday opener of three games with Detroit, the Indians take a 3–2 lead into the 9th. Starter Bob Lemon picks up a swinging bunt by Eddie Mayo and then plunks the runner in the back with the throw. He strikes out a batter, then walks two to load the bases, and Russ Christopher relieves and walks in Johnny Lipon with the tying run. A dropped throw at first on a 5-2-3 possible DP leaves the door open for Jimmy Outlaw’s two-run single over Joe Gordon’s head. The Tigers win, 5–3, to slice the Tribe’s lead to a game.

2nd The Red Sox, a game in back of the Indians, host the Yankees in a critical match for both teams. Ted Williams gives Boston a two-run lead in the 1st with a HR off a Tommy Byrne fast ball, and Jack Kramer posts his 18th win in beating New York 5–1. For Kramer, it is his 5th win of the year over the Yanks. New York can now finish no better than 2nd place.

The Indians are sure of at least a tie by whitewashing Detroit 8–0 behind Gene Bearden, now 19–6. It is Bearden’s 2nd straight shutout and 6th straight victory. Larry Doby has 4 hits to lead the offense.

The Senators, using second stringers and rookies, beat the A’s, 7–1. Pitcher Carl Scheib plays LF for the A’s and goes 0-for-3. Tomorrow he’ll play RF and go 0-for-3 again, ending the year at .298. The A’s finish in 4th place (84-70) and are the first team ever to finish above .500 while scoring fewer runs than their opponents (729–735).

3rd On the last day of the regular season, Cleveland’s hopes for a Yankee win over the Red Sox are dashed when New York rookie Bob Porterfield can’t hold a 2–0 lead. With New York trailing 5–4, reliever Vic Raschi gives up HRs to Dom DiMaggio, one of his 4 hits, and Vern Stephens in the 6th inning, and Boston wins, 10–5. The other DiMaggio has two doubles, two singles and 3 RBIs for New York. Earl Johnson, in relief of Joe Dobson in the 5th, is the winner.

Detroit hitters cuff Bob Feller and 5 relievers for 15 hits to make Newhouser’s 21st win an easy 7–1 victory. It is Newhouser’s 2nd and last win over Feller in his career. Vic Wertz has three doubles for the Bengals. Despite the loss, Bill Veeck donates the club’s share from the gate receipts of 74,191 to Cleveland’s Community Chest. The Indians and the Red Sox end the year in a tie, necessitating a one-game playoff. But a philosophical Veeck observes, “We feel that no matter who pitches tomorrow for Boston, he’ll not be a Newhouser—certainly not the Newhouser we faced today.”

Johnny Vander Meer fires a 2-hit shutout to beat the Pirates, 1–0. The win keeps the Reds out of last place.

The Cubs edge the Cardinals, 4-3, but they finish in last place, a half game in back of the Reds. The win goes to Dutch McCall (4-13), his third victory in a row after losing 13 straight. Cubs OF Carmen Mauro collects his first ML hit, an inside-the-park homer in the 3rdoff Murry Dickson, but the Cubs finish last in the NL in homers for the only time this century since they’ve occupied Wrigley Field. Cards infielder/outfielder Erv Dusak pitches a scoreless 9th inning. Dusak will spend much of next year in the minors as a pitcher, returning for two seasons with the Cardinals and Pirates.

Johnny Mize hits his 40th HR of the year to again tie Ralph Kiner for the NL lead, as was the case in 1947. Kiner had hit his final 1948 HR on September 26. In 1946 rookie Kiner led with 23 to the 22 of Mize, who missed 50 games because of injury. Mize’s homer is the only NY score as the visiting Braves prevail, 11-1.

Curt Simmons, 19, runs his record to 7-13 as the Phils defeat the Dodgers, 4-2. Brooklyn starter Rex Barney breaks his leg in two places sliding into 2B. His leg will heal crooked and the young fireballer will never pitch as well again, his ML career over in 1950 at 24. This year he led the Dodgers in wins (15), strikeouts, innings pitched and starts.

Luke Easter’s grand slam highlights the Homestead Grays’ 19-hit assault on the Birmingham Black Barons in the 4th game of the Negro World Series. The Grays will win the Championship in 5 games. This will be the final Negro WS, as the Negro National League becomes a casualty of integration and folds during the winter.

Oakland (PCL) scores 16 runs in the last three innings to whip Los Angeles in a wild playoff game, 23-16. John Ostrowski hits two grand slams for the Angels.

4th In a one-game playoff for the AL pennant at Fenway Park, the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8–3 behind rookie knuckleballer Gene Bearden, who wins his 20th game. Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy ignores the well-rested rotation pitchers Ellis Kinder and Mel Parnell to go with journeyman Denny Galehouse (8-7). With the score 1–1 in the 4th, Ken Keltner hits a 3-run HR over the LF fence. Player-manager Lou Boudreau gets 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and finishes the year with just 9 strikeouts, the lowest number since 1922.

The Cubs send Bill Nicholson to the Phillies for former NL batting champ Harry Walker. The Inquirer predicts this is a forerunner of further trades with the Cubs.

The Yankees fire Bucky Harris as manager, announcing that the new manager will be named later. Several men are being considered, “not including a player active with the 1948 team.” Minor league manager Jim Turner’s name is mentioned as a possibility.

In St. Louis, Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting News writes in a Baltimore newspaper that Baltimore will have an AL team within two years. “You can put a clothespin in this: Baltimore will be in the American League, if not next year, then surely in 1950.”

6th In the WS opener in Boston, Phil Masi is called safe at 2B on a disputed call by umpire Bill Stewart on a pickoff attempt in the 8th. Masi then scores on a single by Tommy Holmes as Johnny Sain and the Boston Braves top the Cleveland Indians and Bob Feller 1–0.

7th Cleveland ties the Series on Bob Lemon’s 4–1 win over Warren Spahn. Two runs score in the 4th on hits by Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, and Larry Doby.

8th Indian Gene Bearden faces only 30 batters as he turns in a 5-hit, 2–0 win before 70,000 at Cleveland. Bearden also has two hits in beating Vern Bickford.

9th Before a record WS 81,897, the Indians take a 3-1 Series lead, as Steve Gromek outpitches Johnny Sain. The first HR of the Series, by Larry Doby, is decisive. Marv Rickert also homers for the Braves.

10th A 6-run 7th kayos Bob Feller and 2 successors for the Braves’ 11–5 victory. Satchel Paige makes his first series appearance, getting the final 2 outs in the 7th. Bob Elliott has 2 HRs, one for 3 runs, and both come of Feller. Warren Spahn, with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, is the winner. The WS crowd is even larger than the day before, 86,288, only to be exceeded in the LA Coliseum in 1959.

11th In Boston, the Cleveland Indians nip the Braves 4–3 to take the WS in 6 games. Rookie lefty Gene Bearden is the pitching hero in relief beating Bill Voiselle.

In a curious move, the Cubs sell P Russ Meyer to the Phillies for $20,000. The “Mad Monk” (10–10, with 3 shutouts) was the only starter not under .500 and one of two pitchers to win 10 games. Meyer will go 17-9 with the Phils in 1949. After the Cubs beat Meyer and the Phillies next June 5, he will go 24-2 against his old club as a member of the Phils and Dodgers.

12th The Yankees hire Casey Stengel to manage in 1949.

27th Commissioner Chandler orders free agency for 10 Detroit-owned minor leaguers for the club’s cover-up of their contracts. One of the players who will make the ML is Bill Serena, with a 6-year career.

1948 November

4th Former OF Jake Powell, 39, shoots and kills himself in a Washington, D.C., police station. Powell was arrested for writing checks on a false account. Powell was the star of the 1936 WS, going 4-for-4 in game one against Carl Hubbell and finishing the series with a .455 average and scoring 8 runs.

10th In a move that will give Chicago their mound ace for the 1950s, Detroit sends young Billy Pierce (3-0 in 1948) to the White Sox for C Aaron Robinson. The Tigers even sweeten the deal with $10,000.

22nd The White Sox trade P Joe Haynes to Cleveland for C Joe Tipton. Haynes will be swapped again in 3 weeks.

30th Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the AL MVP. Boudreau had almost been traded to the Browns earlier in the year, but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland. After the WS win, owner Bill Veeck commented, “Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make.” According to historian Pete Palmer, this year Boudreau became the last AL player in the 20th C to hit over .400 on the road. Coincidentally, Musial matched that feat in the NL this year.

1948 December

2nd Stan Musial is picked MVP in the NL. Musial led the NL in batting at .365, runs (135), RBI (131), and in doubles and triples. His 39 HRs were one short of Mize and Kiner. According to research Bill Deane, Musial is the last NL player in the 20th C to bat .400 on the road (minimum 80 hits). He went 132-for-318 away from home, good for a .415 average. Other National Leaguers to top .400 on the road include Rogers Hornsby (.405 in 1920, .419 in 1921, .401 in 1928) and Bill Terry (.404 in 1930).

8th Pittsburgh trades 2B Frankie Gustine and P Cal McLish to the Cubs for P Cliff Chambers and C Clyde McCullough.

10th The minors started 58 leagues and 438 clubs this year. All the leagues finished schedules, but when the minor leagues ask for curbs on television into their areas, the ML clubs sidestep the issue.

13th After a year in New York, Red Embree is traded, along with young C Sherm Lollar, Dick Starr and $100,000, to the Browns. Embree will slump to 3–13 in St. Louis after having his only winning ML season in NY. Lollar is the prize, and will catch in the majors through 1963. The Yankees receive Fred Sanford and Roy Partee. Partee is ticketed for the minors, but Sanford will help the Yanks as a starter/reliever in 1949.

14th At the owners meetings two deals are announced. The Indians send Eddie Klieman, Eddie Robinson, and P Joe Haynes, acquired from the White Sox 3 weeks earlier for C Joe Tipton, to Washington for Early Wynn and Mickey Vernon. Vernon will go back to the Nats in 1950 but Wynn will stay in Cleveland for 9 seasons and 163 wins.

The Cubs send Eddie Waitkus and Hank Borowy to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard. Leonard, the veteran knuckleballer, won 29 games in 2 years after being purchased from the Senators. He lost a NL high 17 games this year, despite a 2.51 ERA. Borowy slipped to 5-10 last year and Waitkus hit .296 in the PCL.

The AL and NL split on night games. The NL announces that teams can play 5 night games, up from 2, with each opponent.

15th The Dodgers trade Pete Reiser to the Braves for Mike McCormick. The marvelously talented but reckless Reiser crashed into too many outfield walls and, according to Red Smith, was carried off on a stretcher 11 times.

29th  The Sporting News names San Francisco’s (PCL) Gene Woodling the Minor League Player of the Year and names Oakland’s Casey Stengel as the Minor League Manager of the Year.

1949 January

12th The Giants are fined $2,000, and manager Leo Durocher $500, for signing Fred Fitzsimmons as a coach while he was still under contract to the Braves. Fitz gets a $500 fine and a 30-day spring training suspension.

25th Lou Boudreau is rewarded for the Indians’ championship with a 2-year, $65,000 annual contract as player-manager.

27th Fred Saigh buys out the interest of Robert Hannegan and now controls 90 percent of the Cardinals’ stock. Saigh and Hannegan had swung the deal in 1947 with only $60,300 in cash in a $4 million deal. Hannegan came out with $866,000 profit in 2 years.

28th The Giants sign their first black players, Negro Leaguers Monte Irvin and P Ford Smith. They are assigned to Jersey City. Irvin will star for the Giants but Smith never makes the major leagues.

29th The Pirates get Murry Dickson from St. Louis for $125,000.

1949 February

12th The Giants are fined $2,000, and manager Leo Durocher $500, for signing Fred Fitzsimmons as a coach while he was still under contract to the Braves. Fitz gets a $500 fine and a 30-day spring training suspension.

25th Lou Boudreau is rewarded for the Indians’ championship with a 2-year, $65,000 annual contract as player-manager.

27th Fred Saigh buys out the interest of Robert Hannegan and now controls 90 percent of the Cardinals’ stock. Saigh and Hannegan had swung the deal in 1947 with only $60,300 in cash in a $4 million deal. Hannegan came out with $866,000 profit in 2 years.

28th The Giants sign their first black players, Negro Leaguers Monte Irvin and P Ford Smith. They are assigned to Jersey City. Irvin will star for the Giants but Smith never makes the major leagues.

29th The Pirates get Murry Dickson from St. Louis for $125,000.

1949 March

1st The Browns, owners of Sportsman’s Park, move to evict the Cardinals in order to gain a rental increase.

2nd Joe DiMaggio leaves the Yankee camp to have an ailing right heel examined at Johns Hopkins hospital. He is told that no surgery is needed and he returns to Florida, but the heel will continue to bother him. The star is hitting just 7-for-31 in the Grapefruit League.

8th Max Lanier and Fred Martin, late of the Mexican League, file a $2.5 million suit against baseball. A federal judge on April 1 will deny their right to be reinstated.

13th The Cordele (GA) Dispatch reports that 2B Bill Rigney of the New York Giants has a heart attack today. It says that he is doing well and is expected to return to action by Saturday, the 19th (as noted by Bob Harris). Rigney will play in 122 games this year, his last as a starter.

17th At St. Petersburg, The Tigers and Yankees slog through 17 innings before the game is called a 2-2 tie. There are 28 walks and 42 runners left on base.

The Dodger players vote unanimously to retain the reserve clause. “The reserve clause may have some inequities,” says Pee Wee Reese, “but it is just as important for the players as it is for the owners.”

20th At Wrigley Field in Los Angeles the defending World Champion Cleveland Indians lose to the Cubs, 3-2, in 10 innings in a spring training game. The match draws 24,517 paying customers, the second greatest crowd in Los Angeles baseball history.

1949 April

8th Dissension rumors surround the NL title-holder Boston Braves after manager Billy Southworth calls a closed meeting of the club in a South Carolina hotel.

10th Veteran Max West of San Diego sets a PCL record as he goes 5-for-5 with 5 extra base hits. Max has 3 homers and a pair of doubles. On his last at bat before today he doubled, giving him 6 straight extra base hits.

12th Joe DiMaggio returns to Johns Hopkins hospital because of continuing pain in his heel. A bone spur is diagnosed and he will miss 65 games this coming season.

16th At Fenway, Tom O’Brien and Junior Stephens clout homers to give the Red Sox a 5–2 win over their Hub rivals, the Braves. Mel Parnell gives up 3 hits in 5 innings.

17th In Philadelphia, the A’s defeat the Phils 5–2 to capture their city series. Buddy Rosar hits a homer in the 7th.

The Yankees lose, 9–4, to the Dodgers, and also lose Bob Porterfield for a month. He suffers a torn muscle in his pitching arm on his last pitch of the game.

18th In Washington, the Senators open with a 3–2 win over the A’s. Ray Scarborough is the winner over Dick Fowler, both pitchers going the route.

19th At pregame ceremonies marking the season opener with the Senators in Yankee Stadium, a granite monument to Babe Ruth, who died on August 16, 1948, is unveiled in center field. Plaques honoring Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins are also presented. Mrs. Babe Ruth, Mayor William O’Dwyer, Governor Thomas E. Dewey, and the current team from St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore are at the game. Gary Simpson, the St. Mary’s captain, throws out the first ball. The Yanks, who went just 13-14-1 in spring training, tie it at 2-2 in the 7th on Berra’s 2-out pinch single. New York wins 3–2, when Tommy Henrich, hits a dramatic 9th inning two-out HR off starter Sid Hudson. Henrich will hit another HR in tomorrow’s 3–0 win. Ed Lopat gives up 8 hits—three by Gil Coan—in going the distance for New York. Gene Woodling, the PCL’s leading hitter in 1948 with a .385 average, plays CF in place of the injured Joe DiMaggio.

Before a record opening-day crowd of 34,530 in Brooklyn, the Dodgers pay tribute to Jack “Shorty” Laurice, the “number one” fan and leader of the Ebbets Field “Sym-phony” band. Laurice died in 1948. The Dodgers then trounce the Giants, 10–3, in 2 4-run innings. Campanella, Robinson, and Furillo homer to back Joe Hatten’s 10-hitter. Larry Jansen, who will serve up a league high 37 homers this year, takes the loss. Mayor William O’Dwyer is on hand, as he was for the Yankees opener in the Bronx. President Truman’s daughter Margaret is also in attendance.

At Boston, the Braves, shut out yesterday by the Phils Ken Heintzelman, are scoreless for 8 innings against Curt Simmons before scoring 4 runs in the 9th to win, 4-3.

Before 53,000 at Detroit, Tigers rookie Johnny Groth homers twice in his first 3 trips, one inside-the-park, against the White Sox, helping Hal Newhouser to a 3-hit, 5–1, victory. Batterymate Aaron Robinson also hits 2 homers. Floyd Baker has an RBI double for Chicago.

Governor Adlai Stevenson and mayor Martin Kennelly are at the opener in Chicago to see 41-year old Rip Sewell bests the Cubs again, 1–0, in a pitching duel with 39-year-old Dutch Leonard. Leonard allows 5 singles but Smalley’s fumble in the 9th on an easy grounder lets in the winning run. Sewell, who beat the Cubs 7 times last season, has now shut out the Bruins 3 times on Opening Day. It’s the first of 6 shutouts the Cubs will lose this year with Leonard starting.

20th Phils 3B Willie Jones hits a record-tying 4 consecutive doubles after walking his 1st time up, but the Braves win the game, 6–5.

At Detroit, Johnny Groth cracks an 8th inning grand slam as the Tigers come from behind to beat the White Sox, 5-2. The Sox manage just 4 hits off Virgil Trucks.

The Tigers sell veteran pitcher Al Benton to the Indians where he will set an AL record this year by throwing 39 straight scoreless innings.

21st The White Sox top the Tigers, 5–2, as Howie Judson wins his first decision of the year. He will lose his next 14 decisions, matching Washington’s Paul Calvert, who will also drop 14 straight this year.

22nd The Red Sox have a record-breaking opening-day crowd of 33,955 who see Governor Paul Dever toss out the first ball. The Yankees then win their 4th in a row, 5–3, scoring all their runs in the 6th and 7th with the help of six base on balls. Boston starter Tex Hughson hands out four in the 6th, sandwiched around a DP. Allie Reynolds follows with a single. Tommy Henrich, who won the first two Yankee games with a home run, has four walks before striking out.

Mickey Vernon, the Indians new first baseman, celebrates his 35thbirthday with a 10th inning single to give the Tribe a 4–3 win over the Tigers. Gene Bearden goes all the way for the win over reliever Dizzy Trout.

The Pirates win their home opener, beating the Reds, 5–4. Ralph Kiner’s 3rd-inning grand slam, off Howie Fox, and Clyde McCullough’s 4th-inning triple account for the scoring.

23rd At Fenway, the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 11 runs in the 4th inning as the Sox end up with an 11-8 victory. Vern Stephens has a grand slam in the 4th for the Bosox. Stephens will set a record (according to Retrosheet’s data base) by going to the plate 41 times with the bases loaded; he’ll top it next year with 45 plate appearances with the bases loaded.

Hal Newhouser goes the distance and the Tigers beat the Indians, 5-4, on a Thurman Tcuker error in the 10th. It will be the Tribe’s only extra inning loss this year in 19 contests.

24th Lloyd Merriman of the Reds gets a HR—off Hugh Casey in the 8th—and a triple, in his first ML at bat, in his first ML game, a 3–2, 10 inning win over the Pirates. Kiner’s homer sends the game into overtime. In the nitecap, Bockman’s 2 homers account for all the Buc shots, as Cliff Chambers wins his first as a Pirate, 3–1. Merriman is the second rookie to debut like this, matching Hank Arft last year.

In the 2nd game of a PCL doubleheader against Oakland, LA’s Bill Schuster steals 2B, 3B, and home in the 2nd inning. This is the second time he has done this in a game. Oakland sweeps, winning 9-3 and 11-6.

26th With the help of a triple play, Preacher Roe pitches the Dodgers into first place with a 5–2 win over the Braves and Johnny Sain. LF Gene Hermanski homers in the 1st and starts the 7-4-3 TP in the 3rdafter catching Al Dark’s short fly.

In a barnburner in Philadelphia, the Phillies come back four times from deficits to beat the Giants, 12-11, in 11 innings. Eddie Miller ties it up the first time with a 5th inning grand slam and the Phils plate 2 runs in the 9th to tie at 9 apiece. When the Giants score 2 in the 11th, the Phils again respond, scoring 3 runs to give the win to Schoolboy Rowe in relief.

27th In a wild game at the Polo Grounds, pinch hitter Pete Milne’s grand slam in the bottom of the 7th caps a 5-run inning and gives the Giants an 11–8 win over the Dodgers. The Giants lost a 6–0 lead after 4 innings. Each team uses 19 players. Milne’s homer, which eludes Snider is CF, is the 4th and last pinch slam inside-the-park this century and is unique: it is Milne’s only ML homer.

28th A New York fan charges Leo Durocher with assault after the Giants lose 15–2 to Brooklyn. Commissioner Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May 3rd. Chandler criticizes teams for lax security that allows fans on the field. Ralph Branca allows just 4 hits while the Dodgers collect 19, including 4 by Campanella.

At Detroit, Johnny Groth hits his 2nd grand slam in 8 days but the Browns outhit the Tigers 15-6 and win, 9-6. Bob Malloy wins in relief of Ned Garver: it is Malloy’s last ML win.

30th Rocky Nelson hits an “inside-the-glove” two-out, two-run HR in short LF to turn a 9th inning 3–1 Cubs’ lead into a 4–3 Cardinals’ victory. Cubs CF Andy Pafko’s tumbling catch is ruled a trap by umpire Al Barlick, and as Pafko races in holding the ball high, the runners circle the bases. Ted Wilks is the winner over Bob Rush. The loss leaves the Cubs in last place.

1949 May

1st Elmer Valo is the first AL player to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game when he leads the A’s to a 15–9 win in the first of two against the Senators. Valo will have a 3rd bases-loaded triple during the season, to set the AL mark (Shano Collins had two in 1918: the NL mark is 2). The two bases-loaded triples in a game ties the team mark last reached by Boston on August 16, 1926. The A’s take game 2, 7–3, called after 7 innings.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees manage to get in just 8 innings but that’s all Boston needs as they win, 11-2. Ted Williams caps the Sox scoring with a grand slam in the 6th.

At Sportsman’s Park, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Browns, that St. Louis does not make it easy as they rally in each game. Chicago takes the opener, 7-6, as the Browns score 5 runs in the last two innings. In game 2 the Browns turn a laugher into a close game by plating 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th to lose, 14-11. Gus Zernial drives in 4 runs in game 2 as does Cass Michaels, 3 coming in on a 3-run homer in the 8th. Despite the two wins, Manager Jack Onslow is furious with the pitch calling of Joe Tipton and the two almost come to blows.

At Brooklyn, the Phillies top Carl Erskine and the Dodgers, 4–2. As a pinch hitter for Carl Furillo in the bottom of the 9th, Chuck Connors hits into a game-ending DP in his first ML at bat and his only at bat for the Dodgers. He’ll leave for Montreal shortly.

3rd Taking advantage of the shortened fence installed by White Sox GM Frank Lane, the Senators belt 7 homers—and need them all—in beating Chicago, 14–12 in 10 innings. This is only time a team has collected 7 homers in an extra-inning contest. Clyde Vollmer leads the hit parade with 2 among his 4 hits and 4 runs, followed by Christman, Coan, Evans, Eddie Robinson, and Stewart. The Sox get homers from Joe Tipton and Gus Zernial to total 9 for the two teams.

4th White Sox infielder Floyd Baker, who will play 874 games in his 13-year ML career, hits his only HR, off Sid Hudson, into “Home Run Lane,” named for GM Frank Lane, in an 8–7 loss to Washington. The homer is short of the stands but over the wire fence 20 feet in from the stands. The homer gives the Sox a 7-0 lead, which they blow as the Senators do all their scoring in the last 3 innings. Sherry Robertson hits a 3 run homer in the 4-run 7th, and a pair of homers off reliever Ernest Groth account for 3 runs in the 9th. It is Groth’s last game in the majors: the Sox sell him to the Kansas City Blues.

The Tigers beat the Red Sox, 5–1, behind Virgil Trucks 3-hitter. The Tigers shell Bubba Harris for 14 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

5th Charlie Gehringer, star 2B of the Tigers between 1925-41, is picked for the Hall of Fame. Two days later, the Old-Timers committee will select Kid Nichols and Three-Finger Brown.

At the Polo Grounds, Johnny Mize pounds a 10th-inning homer and the Giants beat the Pirates 3–2 to sweep their three-game series. The homer, off Murry Dickson, is Big John’s 300th. Reliever Hank Behrman, in for Sheldon Jones, pitches out of tight jams in the 9thand 10th to win. Wally Westlake is stranded in the 10th after reaching Behrman for a leadoff triple.

Before the start of a series with the Yanks, the White Sox abandon their trick LF fence. The 5-foot chicken wire fence, erected to cut the distance by 20 feet, resulted in 11 HRs in 8 games, but opponents hit 7 of them. The AL will subsequently rule that fences cannot be moved more than once a season. The Yanks still win today, 7–5, to go 13–3. Tommy Henrich has the only homer, while Johnny Lindell, Yankee left fielder, twice makes catches that would’ve cleared the wire fence. Allie Reynolds, with help from Joe Page, is the winner.

At Cleveland, Bob Feller, making his first start since pitching two innings in the season opener and coming up with a sore shoulder, beats the Red Sox, 7–3. The Tribe scores six in the 2nd inning, including Ken Keltner’s three run homer off Jack Kramer. On the next pitch, Minnie Minoso making his second start, hits his first major-league homer. Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr hit 8th-inning homers for Boston, while Joe Gordon adds a homer in the 5th for Cleveland.

The Red Sox acquire outfielder Al Zarilla from the Browns for Stan Spence, who pinch-hit today, and cash.

6th Bobby Shantz makes a sensational debut, tossing nine hitless innings in relief of Carl Schieb in a 13-inning, 5–4, Athletics’ win over the Tigers. Shantz finally gives up 2 hits and a run in the 13th, but old-timer Wally Moses, now back with the A’s, saves him with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 13th.

7th In Boston, the Braves Bill Voiselle allows just two hits, but loses, 4-2. Buddy Lively is the winning pitcher as the Braves collect 10 hits.

8th In Philadelphia, the Reds score 5 in the 9th to take a 7–3 lead, but the Phils tie to go into extra innings. Cincinnati then scores 7 runs in the 12th to win, 14–7.

Behind the 2-hit pitching of Tommy Byrne, the Yanks roll over Detroit 12-0. Gene Woodling scores 5 runs.

9th At Detroit, the Tigers set back the first-place Yankees, 4–1, behind the five-hit pitching of Ted Gray. Vic Raschi also allows just five hits, including a homer by Dick Wakefield, in taking the loss.

The first-place Giants win their 7th in a row as Sheldon (Available) Jones stops the Cubs, 7–2. Aided by ten walks and homers by Sid Gordon and Willard Marshall, the Giants pin the loss on starter Ralph Hamner, who allows one hit in three innings.

Rookie Eddie Kazak hits his first ML homer, an 8th inning grand slam off Joe Hatten, as the Cardinals paste the Dodgers, 14-5, at Ebbets Field. Kazak will have a hot first half and make the All-star team as a starter, going 2-for-2, but by the end of the year injuries will slow him down and Tommy Glaviano will take over third base.

10th Longtime Cardinal owner Sam Breadon dies. Robert Hannegan, the man to whom he sold the club, will die October 6.

A’s top the White Sox, 5-0, behind Joe Coleman’s 5-hitter. Elmer Valo has no at bats, but walks 4 times and scores a run, He also picks up an RBI.

11th The White Sox score in all 8 innings they beat the Red Sox, 12–8. They are the fourth AL team to accomplish the feat, last done in 1939 by New York. No AL team in the 20th century will score in all 9 innings (being the home team).

12th The Baseball Commissioner rules that Artie Wilson, who hit .402 with the Birmingham Black Barons last season, belongs to the Yankees and not the Indians. Wilson had signed with Cleveland, gone to spring training with them, and is playing for their PCL affiliate San Diego Padres. The Yanks will assign him to the unaffiliated Oakland Oaks on the 17th, where he will room with future Yankee Bill Martin and hit a league-leading .348.

14th Roy Sievers has a double and HR to drive in 4 runs in the Browns 8–3 win over the Tigers. Slick-fielding Tiger first baseman Paul Campbell ties the ML record by making 2 unassisted DPs; while with Montreal (IL) in 1941, Campbell started 26 DPs at first base: the ML record is 18.

President Truman makes a surprise visit to the ball park and cheers on the Washington Senators to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. It is the Nats’ 10th victory in 11 games.

The Braves overcome an 8th inning grand slam by Gil Hodges and beat the visiting Dodgers, 7-6. The Dodgers take the lead in the 12thon an RBI triple by Jackie Robinson, but Boston plates 2 to win.

For the third time in four days, Luke Easter of San Diego (PCL) hits two homers as the Padres lose 8-5 to Los Angeles. Tomorrow’s doubleheader will draw a record 23,083 (according to John Spalding).

15th White Sox hurler Bill Wight coasts to a 10–0 win over the Indians, and Al Gettel follows with a 2–0 whitewash of the Tribe.

In St. Louis, the Tigers score 6 in the 7th to top the Browns, 9-3. Vic Wertz has a grand slam in the frame.

At Philadelphia, the A’s sweep a pair from the Yankees by using come-from-behind scoring. The Mackmen take the opener, 8-7, scoring a pair in the 9th and a run in the 11th to win. In game 2, a six-inning affair, the A’s score 7 in the bottom of the 6th to win, 7-6.

Boston’s Vern Bickford stops the Dodgers, 4–0, allowing just four singles. One is by Gil Hodges, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Jim Russell switch hits a homer and double to pin the loss on Morrie Martin. The Braves start Al Lakeman at 1B in place of Earl Torgeson, who separated his shoulder yesterday when he attempted to block Jackie Robinson on a double play. Torgeson will be operated on tomorrow and will be sidelined several months.

16th The Cubs pick up 2B Bob Ramazzotti from Brooklyn for $25,000 and INF Harry Schenz.

18th The Pirates trade Johnny Hopp (.218) to the Dodgers for Marv Rackley. Hopp will go 0-for-14 while Rackley will be 11-for-35 before the trade is canceled on June 7.

At Crosley Field, Grady Hatton has a triple and double but saves the best for last, hitting a walkoff grand slam in the 9th to cap a 5-run inning. The Reds outlast the Braves to win, 13-9.

21st The Dodgers break up a tight game with an 8-run 9th to trim the Cardinals, 15-6. Pee Wee Reese scores 5 runs and Jackie Robinson has 6 RBIs.

Behind Eddie Joost’s 4 hits and 6 RBIs, the Athletics bomb the Tigers, 15-7, pinning the loss on Art Houtteman, who gives up 4 unearned runs in one inning of relief. It is Houtteman’s first appearance since he fractured his skull in a traffic accident in Florida two months ago.

22nd Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe, 23, (according to the later baseball encyclopedias: 25, according to Who’s Who in Baseball). makes his first ML start a dandy, shutting out the Reds, 3–0, in Cincinnati. It’s the first shut out in a National League debut in eleven years and extends Brooklyn’s win streak at Cincinnati to 19 games going back to June 1947. Newk gives up hits to the first 2 batters, then allows just 3 more hits while walking none. He drives in 2 runs as well. Ken Raffensberger then matches Newk by firing a one-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 2–0, tossing only 83 pitches. The only hit is a leadoff single by Gil Hodges in the 8th. Raffensberger pitched two one-hitters against the Dodgers in 1948.

24th Striking out the last 6 St. Paul batters, Maurice McDermott of Louisville (American Association) fans a total of 20 for a new league record. McDermott wins, 3–1, striking out the side in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th innings.

27th The Indians start so badly, 12–17, that owner Bill Veeck arranges a “2nd Opening Day.” Behind Al Benton, the Indians make it a success, beating Chicago, 4–0. The Indians do rise to 2nd place, within 2 1⁄2 games of the top, but they will finish 3rd, 8 games back.

28th White Sox rookie LF Gus Zernial breaks his collarbone making a diving catch against Cleveland in the 10th. He will be out of action for 2 months. The Indians push across a run in the 11th to win, 3-2, for Early Wynn, who allows 4 hits and retires the last 21 batters in a row.

The A’s Lou Brissie loses a tough one, 2-1, to the Yankees in 14 innings. Yogi Berra does the most damage driving in a run in the 9thwith a double, then scoring from 1st on a double in the 14th. Joe Page is the winner.

In Don Newcombe’s Ebbets Field debut, the Dodgers stake him to a 6-0 lead over the Braves. But Boston rallies to tie it at 6 apiece, led by Pete Reiser’s 8th inning grand slam, and wins, 7-6.

29th After 44 games and 285 errorless chances, 2B Red Schoendienst of the Cardinals errs twice against the Pirates. His last E was September 15, 1948. Elmer Riddle wins, 4–2, over the Cards Harry Brecheen.

At Yankee Stadium, the A’s defeat the Yankees, 3-1, ending New York’s six-game winning streak. Phil Rizzuto contributes a neat 6-5-3 play in the loss. The New York Times describes it as follows: “Quick-thinking Rizzuto took Chapman’s rap to deep short in the fourth, saw he couldn’t throw to Phillips in time, so he flipped to [3b Billy] Johnson, whose toss arrived at first a stride ahead of the runner.”

30th Jackie Robinson hits a 13th-inning HR to give the Dodgers a 2–1 game one win at the Polo Grounds. The Giants take the nitecap, 7-4, and the Durocher-Robinson feud is fueled when Robby steals second during a timeout for a pitching change. He has to return to first and Leo gives him the “swollen head” gesture.

In Philadelphia, the Phils salvage a split with the Braves by winning game 2 by a 6-5 score in 11 innings. The Braves had scored 4 runs in the 9th to tie. Boston took the opener 7-3. The split leaves the Braves, Giants and Dodgers all tied for first place.

The Red Sox sweep a pair from the visiting Athletics, winning 10-2 and 4-3. Al Zarilla drives in 6 runs and clouts a grand slam in the Sox 6-run 6th in game 1.

31st Cleveland druggist Charley Lupica boldly climbs to a 20-foot platform atop a flagpole after announcing that he was staying there until the Indians repeat as pennant winners. The 7th-place Indians will move up to 3rd by the time Lupica descends on September 25, but the disappointed druggist will be rewarded for his loyalty with a new car from Bill Veeck.

1949 June

st Bob Feller, making his first start in 2 weeks following a siege of arm trouble, loses his 4th of the year as the Red Sox top the Indians, 3–1. Mickey Harris is the winner, allowing 9 hits.

2nd Against the Reds, the host Philadelphia Phillies hit 5 HRs in the 8th inning, tying the ML mark set by the 1939 Giants and turn a 3–2 deficit into a 12–3 win. The Phillie phive includes Del Ennis, Andy Seminick (2), Puddin’ Head Jones, and pitcher Schoolboy Rowe. Jones adds a stand up triple which just misses a HR, and Granny Hamner’s double jumps the extra base total to 18, a ML record. The 26 total bases ties the 20th C. mark. Seminick has a 3rd inning HR to total 3 for the game.

3rd The Senators pound out 14 hits to beat Ned Garver and the Browns, 12–3. Paul Calvert (6–3) is the complete game winner, but will lose his next 14 decisions and the Senators will waive him to Detroit over the winter. The 14 straight losses is the 4th worst ever in the AL, and will be matched by Howie Judson this year.

4th The Reds beat the Giants, 6–3, in New York. All the Giants’ scoring is in the 6th inning when Whitey Lockman, Sid Gordon, and Willard Marshall pole consecutive HRs.

5th Commissioner Happy Chandler lifts the ban on all players who jumped to Mexico, starting in 1946. Only Sal Maglie will make a significant mark after the exile. Lou Klein will be the first jumper to make a ML box score, successfully pinch-hitting on June 16.

8th New York knuckler Tommy Byrne walks 13 Tigers in 11 innings, a Yankee club record and the most passes handed out since 1935. Dick Weik will match it in September and, as a Brown, Byrne will actually top it in an extra-inning game in 1951. The 2nd-place Tigers manage just 4 hits, but finally score with 2 out in the 11th to win, 3–2. Virgil Trucks gives up 3 hits in the win. The Yankees pitching staff will surrender 812 bases on balls this year, the second-most of any team in ML history (the most ever was 827 by the 1915 Philadelphia A’s).

The Reds outhit the Braves, 21 to 12, but lose to Boston in 15 innings, 8-7. Ray Mueller leads the Reds with 5 hits. Nels Potter, in relief of Sain, pitches 9.1 innings for the win, allowing a run. The Reds won’t collect 21 hits in a losing effort until 2008. With the win, the Braves are tied for 2nd place, a half game out.

9th The Phillies tip the Pirates 4–3 in 18 innings in Philadelphia. No Phillies reach base via a walk in the game and each team has the same line: 68 at bats; 16 hits; 21 assists; and three errors.

Athletics P Dick Fowler records 9 putouts in a 12-inning 1–0 win over the White Sox. Bill Wight allows just 6 hits, including 2 by 1B Chuck Kress, acquired from the Reds yesterday. Luke Appling’s 2-base error paves the way for the winning run.

10th Frank Frisch, who began the season as coach of the Giants, replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the last-place Cubs. Frisch was the first choice of Grimm, who goes into the front office as a vice president after tomorrow’s games. According to Grimm, “the Cubs have never had a fighting manager of the Frisch type for forty years. The last manager who’d compare with Frisch in my book is Frank Chance.”

12th The Cubs (19–31) split a doubleheader with the Braves, winning the opener 6–2, then losing 2–0, to teenager Johnny Antonelli. 39-year-old Dutch Leonard is the loser to the 19-year-old bonus chucker. Cub fans give a standing ovation to manager Charlie Grimm in his last appearance in the coaching box.

Red hot Andy Seminick clubs 3 homers to help the Phils split a pair with the Cards, Seminick is 7-for-8 in the 2 games and is in the middle of a streak that will produce 9 homers, 25 RBIs in 14 games. Harry Brecheen is the 7-3 winner in game 1, while Robin Roberts is victorious in game 2, 8-3.

The Dodgers run roughshod over the Reds, winning 20–7. Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges and the Reds Grady Hatton both hit grand slams as Hodges has 8 RBIs with 3 homers. Billy Cox also homers twice and drives in 6 runs. The 2 teams combine for 15 runs (Reds-5) in the 5thinning to set a since-tied NL record for the frame.

At Sportman’s Park, the Browns and A’s split a pair with the Brownies taking the opener, 6-4. Game 2 is a slugfest with the A’s winning, 13-10, on 19 hits. Elmer Valo drives in 4 runs and scores 4. Hank Majeski scores 4 runs while Pete Suder drives in 5 runs on 5 hits. Alex Kellner (8-3) wins with 5 innings of relief.

In a Carolina League game, Reidsville Luckies slugger Muscle Sholes (sometimes incorrectly listed as Shoales) goes 5-for-5 with three homers, just missing a 4th homer that hits the top of the wall for a double. Sholes will lead the league with 137 RBIs, 55 homers, and miss the Triple Crown by two points on his batting average.

13th The Giants trade veteran C Walker Cooper to Cincinnati for C Ray Mueller.

14th Bob Feller wins his 2nd of the year as the Indians route the Red Sox at Boston, 10–5. The Tribe scores 6 runs in the 1st off Joe Dobson, who does not retire a batter. Joe Gordon’s grand slam is the big blow. The inning is marred by a rhubarb with both teams milling around the mound after Dobson hits Boudreau, who is playing 1B for the first time. The Sox allow Ken Keltner as a courtesy runner for the Indians skipper, who returns after an inning. Keltner, who had scored earlier in the inning, scores again for Boudreau. He’s the last courtesy runner this century.

Despite a Cards’ triple play in the 1st inning on a Hodges line drive, the Dodgers win, 7–2, for their 8th straight win. The Brooks increase their lead to 3 games in the NL.

After hitting a homer, triple and single, Wally Westlake adds a 2-out RBI double in the 9th to complete the cycle and give the Pirates a 4–3 win against visiting Boston. It is the second time he’s hit for the cycle.

Behind the 4-hit pitching of Larry Jansen, the Giants hand the Reds their 7th straight loss, 2–0. Walker Cooper, making his first appearance for the Reds, grounds into a DP to end the game. Cooper’s replacement behind the plate for the Giants, We