1950 January

6th  Charlie “Jolly Cholly” Grimm resigns as vice president of the Cubs to sign a 3-year contract, for a record $90,000, to manage Dallas (Texas League). Grimm comments, “These hands were never intended to carry a brief case.”

10th  The Cleveland Indians fire coach George C. “Good Kid” Susce when his son, George D., signs with the Red Sox.

23rd  Ignoring the fact that the century is only half way along, the Associated Press picks the “Miracle Braves” of 1914 as the greatest sports upset in the 20th century.

24th Jackie Robinson signs a contract for $35,000, reportedly making him the highest paid Brooklyn player in history.

31st  The Pirates sign high school pitcher Paul Pettit for a record $100,000 after buying his contract from film producer Frederick Stephani, who had signed him to an exclusive agreement as an athlete/actor (scouts are barred from doing so prior to graduation under major league baseball’s “high-school rule”). Stephani retains the acting representation. Unfortunately, with an eventual 1-2 career ML mark, Pettit will prove not to be worth the trouble.

1950 February

2nd The TV show WHAT’S MY LINE premiers with Phil Rizzuto as the very first mystery guest.

7th  Red Sox slugger Ted Williams becomes the highest paid player in history, by signing for $125,000.

9th  The White Sox purchase catcher Phil Masi from the Pirates. He will finish his career with three strong years in Chicago.

10th  The Reds sell Johnny “double-no-hit” Vander Meer to the Cubs for an undisclosed amount of cash.

11th Red Sox coach and former player Kiki Cuyler dies of a heart attack.

16th  Writers fail to name anyone to the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Mel Ott and Bill Terry top the list for enshrinement.

San Francisco Seals (PCL) owner Paul Fagan starts a controversy by announcing that the team will ban the sale of peanuts in the shell. “We lose five cents for every bag of peanuts sold at the ball park, That’s $20,000 a year.” Fagan complains that it costs more the clean the shells up than he makes on a bag of peanuts. “The goober has got to go.” When fans, rival owners and newspapers come to the defense of the peanut, Fagan relents, saying, “I know when I’m wrong.”

25th  Pete Harris repeats as the winner of the National Professional Baseball Players golf tourney, beating Dizzy Dean, 3 to 2 in match play. Harris, who last played in the minors in 1930, has dominated the tourney and his success prompts a change in the rules for next year when there will be two flights. One flight will be for active major leaguers and the other for executives, former major leaguers and minor leaguers. The players also vote to stay in Miami and turn down the offer from Orlando to move the tournament there.

27th  The National Baseball Congress criticizes the bonus rule that keeps young players on a ML bench for 2 seasons.

1950 March

2th After losing yesterday, 5-3, the Indians tomahawk the Giants, 18-6, at Tucson in a game in which 8 balks are called. The series between these two teams started in 1934 and coming in to this season the Indians held an 88-83 advantage.

14th At Vero Beach, the Dodgers collect only two hits—both by Wayne Belardi—but beat their Mobile farm hands, 4-1. All four runs are unearned.

15th The first grand slams of the Grapefruit League season are struck by Gerry Coleman and Joe Collins in the Yankees 23-6 win over the Phillies in Clearwater.

26th The Red Sox sell pitcher Jack Kramer to the Giants for $25,000. Kramer will charge the Sox with railroading him out of the league because of his differences with manager Joe McCarthy. Kramer will go 1-3 for the Giants before they release him on May 19, and the Yankees will pick him up 9 days later. He’ll match his 1-3 mark before being released on August 30th.

In Florida, Cardinals pitcher Ted Wilks advocates widening the plate from 17 inches to 20 inches. “What happens now? We come up with curves, sliders, knucklers and floaters and sometimes we miss by an inch or two. When the count gets to 3 balls and 2 strikes a pitcher must cut the next one pretty fine. He can’t miss the plate or it means a walk for the batter, and at the same time he’s leveling for those short home run fences.”

It’s a knockout as the Portland Beavers (PCL) edge Hollywood, 4-3, in 10 innings. Hollywood ties it in the 9th when Bob Bundy attempts to score from 3B on a sac fly, banging into Portland catcher Jim Gladd and jarring the ball loose. He also knocks himself out, laying a scant foot from home plate while Gladd searches for the ball. Bundy revives briefly, rolls onto the plate to tie the score, and passes out again.

1950 April

st  No joke. The Hollywood Stars (PCL) open their season against Portland clad in shorts, rayon shirts, and knee socks. “These suits will give us more speed,” predicts manager Fred Haney. But the outfits are used only occasionally during the season.

4th When the train carrying the Indians pulls out of the El Paso station, a 22-caliber bullet shatters the compartment window of Al Simmons and Oscar Melillo. Neither coach is hurt.

10th  Based on his 22 wins for Baltimore (IL) in 1949, St. Louis Browns P Al Widmar quits the team. He threatens a suit against baseball unless the team grants him a pay raise. He will sign within the week.

11th  The Texas League Opener between Dallas and Tulsa is staged in the Cotton Bowl. The Dallas starters taking the field include Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Tris Speaker, Dizzy Dean, Travis Jackson, Frank Baker, Charlie Gehringer as well as Duffy Lewis and Dallas manager, Charlie Grimm, the two non-Hall of Famers. After Dean throws one pitch, the squad is replaced by the regular Dallas Eagles team. 53,578 fans, the largest paid crowd (since surpassed) in minor-league history, cheer.

12th  New York State governor Thomas Dewey vetoes a bill that would have prohibited separate-admission doubleheaders.

16th  In Los Angeles, Steve Souchock of Sacramento (PCL) homers in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings in a 19–6 win. The last homer is a grand slam as Souchock drives in 9 runs. With a chance to homer in his second at bat in the 9th, he hits a single. The veteran will bang 30 homers this year and be back in the majors in 1951.

18th  The first night Opening-Day game in history is played in St. Louis with the Cardinals defeating the Pirates, 4–2, behind the 6-hit pitching of Gerry Staley. Musial and Schoendienst contribute home runs.

President Harry Truman throws out 2 balls at the Washington opener—one left-handed and the other right-handed—then watches the Senators beat the A’s, 8–7. When rain starts falling in the 6th, he puts on a raincoat and remains to the end.

At the Polo Grounds, Sam Jethroe becomes the first African-American to play for the Boston Braves. In his ML debut, he goes 2-for-4, including a HR to lead the Braves to an 11–4 beating of the Giants. Spahn is the winner. Jethroe will go on to become NL Rookie of the Year.

The Indians open their season in front of 65,744, but lose to the Tigers, 7-6, in 10 innings, quickly ending Cleveland’s ML record streak of 17 straight wins in extra-inning games. Detroit knocks Bob Lemon out with 4 runs in the 7th to take a 6-4 lead. Reliever Jesse Flores arrives on the mound in a red jeep, the first to use a bull pen car. The Tribe tie Al Rosen belts a 2-run homer off Fred Hutchinson in the 8th. Doby also homers, and Dale Mitchell collects 5 hits. Aaron Robinson homers for Detroit. The Indians also announce the release of veteran Ken Keltner. He signs with the Red Sox the same day but is released on June 6th.

At Fenway, Happy Chandler gives Ted Williams his MVP Award, and then Governor Paul Dever tosses out the first ball. To the delight of 31,822 fans, Boston rips starter Allie Reynolds with a five-run 4th inning to drive the Chief from the game and take a 9–0 lead over the Yankees. But the Yanks score 4 in the 6th off Mel Parnell and then, down 10–4, New York unloads for nine runs in the 8th against 5 pitchers. Second baseman Billy Martin (2-for-2) becomes the first player in history to get two base hits in one inning in his first ML game. He doubles against Mel Parnell on his first at bat in the 8th inning, and singles off Al Papai. Walt Masterson gives up Tommy Henrich’s second triple of the game before giving way to four more Sox hurlers: he’s the third and last MLer this century to hit 2 triples in an Opener. Boo Ferriss, pitching in his last game, allows the last two runs in the 9th inning as the Yanks chalk up a 15–10 win, the biggest blown lead the Sox have ever had at Fenway (June 4, 1989, they’ll blow a 10-run lead at home). DiMaggio, Berra, Vern Stephens, and Doerr each have three hits. Don Johnson is the winner, his last one for New York, with Joe Page pitching a perfect 8th and 9th in relief. Henrich’s two triples are the 4th and last time this century that a player has done it on Opening Day.

19th  Sid Gordon of the Braves hits the first NL grand slam of the season, as Boston beats the Giants, 10-6, at the Polo Grounds. Gordon drives in 5 runs against his old team. There will be 35 grand slams in the league this year, a NL single-season record, later topped. Giants first sacker Jack Harshman hits his first homer, off Johnny Sain, but it’s not enough. Harshman, who hit 40 homers last year in the American Association, will hit 47 homers and collected 144 RBIs in the Southern Association next year, but the Giants will let him go. He will remake himself into a pitcher and return with the White Sox.

At Wichita, Pueblo beats Wichita (Western L), 13–5. Winning pitcher Daniel Stupur of Pueblo sets a league record by issuing 15 walks.

21st  Boston’s Vern Stephens slugs a 9th-inning grand slam off the A’s Harry Byrd to lead the Red Sox to an 8–2 romp. Stephens will go to plate 45 times this year with the bases loaded, the highest number of bases-loaded PAs in Retrosheet’s database. The second highest number is 41, set by Stephens last season. The slam is the first of 33 AL grand slams in 1950. The ML season total of 68 is a record up to this point. In 1995, the number will exceed 100 slams for the first time. For the Sox (2-2), this is their fourth straight game with 6 runs or more scored, the most prolific start in team history. They will match it again this century in 1985.

In Boston, Sam Jethroe makes his home debut, the first black man to play for the Braves. He goes 1-for-3 in a 2–2 tie with the Phillies. The game is called when a thunderstorm hits.

At Ebbets Field, Roy Campanella hits a 3rd inning grand slam as the Dodgers roll to an 8-1 victory over the Giants.

In Cleveland, before 79,570 fans, the 4th largest paid attendance to date, the Yankees take two from the Indians, winners of 9 out of their last 11. In the opener, DiMaggio drives in 6 runs on 2 homers, one a grand slam, and the Yankees roll 14–5. New York collects 19 hits in the nightcap to win easily, 12–4. Eddie Lopat and Allie Reynolds each win their 4th of the year, as the Yankees now pace the AL by 2 1/2 games.

22nd In a 9-2 win over the visiting Reds, Pittsburgh’s Ralph Kiner belts the longest left field homerun in Forbes Field history, a 520-foot blast. The distance will be matched by Dick Stuart in 1959 and Frank Howard the next year. Ruth’s 1935 homer to CF was 540-feet, the longest hit there (according to homerun historian Dan Jenkinson).

23rd In the second of two games, the Braves and the host Phillies start the match in daylight and finish under the lights, a first in the majors. The National League voted this year to let teams to turn on lights to allow a day game to continue. The AL will follow suit and the first instance of it occurring will come on August 29. The Phils win the lighted game, 6–5. Johnny Sain hurls the Braves to a 4–3 win in the opener.

In St. Louis, the Indians overcome leads in both games to beat the Browns twice, 9-6 and 7-5 in 7 innings. Dick Kokos has a grand slam in the second game for the Browns.

In the first of two at Shibe, Bobby Shantz wins his first of the year as the A’s beat the Red Sox, 9-4. Johnny Pesky is 2-for-2 for the Sox, and is hit twice by Shantz. The second game goes 6 innings before possibly a mercy rule is put into effect, but that’s all Boston needs as they win, 12-2, behind Mel Parnell, who chips in with 3 RBIs. Hank Wyse gives up 8 runs and Les McCrabb allows 7 singles and 4 runs in his first inning in the majors since 1942. That last outing, also against the Red Sox, resulted in 14 runs in 4 innings. McCrabb will have one more appearance next month before hanging it up, having pitched in the majors in three decades.

24th In a pitching duel with vet Ken Raffensberger, Max Lanier drives in the only run to give the Cards a 1–0 win over the Reds.

25th Joe Hatten gives the Dodgers (51) their fifth straight win, stopping the Braves 3–0 on two hits. Vern Bickford loses to Brooklyn for the first time after 3 wins. Jackie Robinson is 3-for-3 with a walk, to pace an 8-hit attack.

27th  At Ebbets Field, Willie Jones belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Preacher Roe, as the Phillies top the Dodgers, 8-1. Robin Roberts is the winning pitcher.

28th  Before 18,862 at Griffith Stadium, the Senators edge the Yankees, 5-4, behind Steve Nagy. The former Pirate is helped in the 3rd inning by a 9-3-2 triple play. Nagy then wins his own game with an 8th inning inside-the-park homerun off reliever Joe Page. Berra bobbles a relay throw from Rizzuto that allows Nagy safe passage. Nagy is now 2-0, with both decisions complete-game victories this week over the Yankees. But after five straight losses, the Nats will trade him in late June to San Francisco (PCL) for Elmer Singleton.

The Yankees sell OF Dick Wakefield to the White Sox for OF John Ostrowski and cash. Wakefield, a hot hitter in 1943 who has since lost his sparkle, refuses to report unless the Sox restore a $5,500 salary cut inflicted by the Yankees. Wakefield says the Yankees talked him into signing for $17,500 with the “guarantee” that he’d earn $5,000 as a World Series share. New York refuses to return Ostrowski and the Sox refuse Wakefield’s request. Happy Chandler rules in favor of the Sox and Ostrowski and Wakefield return to their teams.

Catcher Jim Martin of Pampa (West Texas-NM League) is struck by lightning in the second inning of a game at Abilene. The blast knocks both the field lights and Martin out and hurls his mask 85 feet. But he is back in the game the next day.

The Red Sox option P Boo Ferriss to Birmingham. The former ace pitched one inning, allowing 2 runs in his last ML appearance.

30th  The A’s are pummeled by the Red Sox in a doubleheader, 19–0 and 6–5. First-game highlights are an 11-run 4th inning and a 17-hit barrage, which includes HRs by Ted Williams (2), Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr. Dom DiMaggio scores 5 runs. A’s pitcher Bobby Shantz ends the slaughter with 4-plus innings of relief, as Joe Dobson is the winner for Boston.

At St. Louis, the Cards Del Rice hits a HR in the bottom of the 13th to break up a pitching duel between the starters Johnny Schmitz and Harry Brecheen. The Cards win over the Cubs, 1–0. Rice also has a double as Schmitz gives up just 4 hits and retires 20 batters in a row.

1950 May

1st  The Red Sox bring up slugger Walt Dropo from their Louisville farm club to replace the injured Billy Goodman at 1B.

3rd  Yankee Vic Raschi, troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before delivery with men on base, balks 4 times, an AL record and 2 fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless, he wins, 4–3, over the White Sox. He’ll finish the season with 6 balks to tie (John Boehling, 1915) the since-topped AL mark.

In Washington, Sid Hudson beats Ned Garver as the Senators top the Browns, 4-3. Gil Coan accounts for all the Nats scoring with a 7th inning grand slam.

4th  The White Sox, helped by Bob “Sugar” Cain’s 5-hitter, embarrass the Yankees 15–0 at the Stadium. The score ties the Yank’s team record, set in 1907, for the most runs in a shutout loss. One bright spot for the Yankees in the humiliating defeat is Phil Rizzuto’s 3 hits.

In a 9–6 win at St. Louis, Phillies’ OF Dick Sisler raps 5 hits in a row. He has a HR and 4 singles to drive in 5. He starts the next game with 3 hits in a row before making an out.

5th Giants rookie Tookie Gilbert, signed for $50,000 in 1946, debuts with a 3-run HR and single, but the Pirates win, 5–4. Reliever Bill Werle stops NY in the 9th when the Giants put runners at 2B and 3B with no out.

Rookie Ransom Jackson picks a good spot for his first ML homer, a 10th inning walkoff solo, as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 7-6. Hank Sauer supplies a 3-run, 2-out homer in the 9th to tie it. Johnny Vander Meer wins his first of the year.

6th  The Boston Braves hit 5 HRs in a 15–11 trouncing of the Reds. This gives them a NL record 13 HRs in 3 consecutive games, breaking the Giants’ mark of 12 set on July 1, 2, 3, 1947. Luis Olmo, Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott, Willard Marshall, and Sid Gordon hit the five today. Hatton and Northey hit consecutive HRs for the Reds.

At Forbes Field, Bobby Thomson of the Giants and Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner each hit grand slams in the Giants 9-8 victory over the Bucs.

7th  The Cards humble the Braves 15–0 behind Howie Pollet’s 4-hitter. Slaughter had a triple and 3 singles to drive in 4 runs.

In Washington, the Senators double the Indians, 10-5, overcoming two homeruns by Tribe rookie Al Rosen, his first two in the ML. Connie Marrero serves up the homers. Washington wins in the 7th on Gil Coan’s grand slam off Bob Lemon hit into the new LF stands at Griffith Stadium. The temporary stands in left and left-center were put up to take advantage of the Senators’ new power hitters, but they will come down in two days. Coan is the only Nat to reach the stands but nine visitors hit homers there prompting the take down. The stands hold 854 customers but no one sits there while the stands are up.

8th The Senators send Clyde Vollmer to Boston for SS Merrill Combs and OF Tom O’Brien. Tomorrow the Sox will sell P Harry Dorish to the Browns.

9th  Ralph Kiner of the Pirates hits his 2nd grand slam in 3 days—and the 8th of his career—and adds a 3-run homer to drives in 7 runs as the Pirates beat Brooklyn 10–5.

10th  The Reds trade veteran C Walker Cooper to the Braves for second baseman Connie Ryan.

11th  Commissioner Happy Chandler voids the Dick Wakefield deal between the Yankees and the White Sox. The Yanks immediately suspend the outfielder.

At Fenway, the Tigers sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 13-4 and 5-3. Ted Williams hits a grand slam for the only Boston scores in the opener, then gives three runs back in game 2 on an 8th inning error. Detroit plates 2 in the 9th for the win. Williams gets the full treatment from the fans for his 2nd game error, which follows one he made in game 1 that prompted him to give a “one-finger salute” (Boston Herald headline) to the Fenway faithful.

Connecticut House member Abraham Ribicoff introduces legislation for observance of National Baseball Day.

Airplane travel is still a baseball rarity, but a railroad strike forces five clubs—the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and Reds—to fly home or away to play their next scheduled games. The Senators, with short hops in the prospect, will take the bus.

12th  Before today’s game, Red Sox star Ted Williams apologizes through a front office statement to the hometown fans for “insulting gestures” he made in response to catcalls prompted by his 2 errors in a doubleheader loss (13–4 and 5–3) to Detroit yesterday. Williams’ 2nd bobble allowed the Tigers eventual winning run to score. The Sox waive Frank Quinn to the Senators.

The Cubs beat the Pirates, 6-3, using 4 extra base blows in the 4th. Two are homers, by Preston Ward and Andy Pafko. The Pirates also lose OF Ted Beard, who breaks his right wrist sliding.

Hans Stoever, pitching for Rochester’s (NY) Rush High School strikes out 30 batters in a 12-inning 6-2 win over Scottsville HS. His opponent, Gail Rhineland, who has only one hand, pitched a no-hitter the previous week.

At Miami Beach Bill Tanner of Ft. Lauderdale (Florida International League) pitches a 2-0, 11-inning no-hitter against Miami Beach.

13th The Red Sox release Piper Davis, their first black minor leaguer. Davis hit .378 last season with the Birmingham Black Barons and was the leading hitter on the Scranton (Eastern L) team when the Sox released him.

14th  The Pirates Johnny Hopp goes 6-for-6, including 2 HRs, in a 16–9, 2nd-game victory as the Pirates sweep the Cubs. The Pirates take the opener, 6–5.

Roy Sievers’ first inning grand slam, off Hal Newhouser, is all the scoring Cliff Fannin needs as the Browns beat the Tigers, 7-3.

15th  St. Louis bound. The Yankees sell veteran OF Johnny Lindell to the Cardinals and P Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall to the Browns.

16th  At Cleveland, the Indians launch a 20-hit attack to down the A’s, 15-4. Early Wynn gets the victory and Larry Doby helps with a grand slam, triple and single to drive in 6 runs.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score 8 runs in the 8th inning and Allie Reynolds coasts home with an 11-0 win. Bill Johnson has a grand slam for New York in the 8th.

17th  After 11 straight losses to Max Lanier, the Dodgers finally top the Cardinal lefty 6–2 for the first time since 1943. Don Newcombe is the winning pitcher. Lanier helps his downfall with 3 balks, to tie the NL-record set last year by Adrian Zabala. The Braves’ Bob Hall will tie it in three weeks. Lanier will balk 5 times this month to set a NL season record.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score 3 runs in the top of the 9th to break an 8-8 tie and hold on for an 11-9 win over the Browns. Sherm Lollar has a 4th inning grand slam for the Browns.

In a 4-1 Pittsburgh win at Braves Field, Cliff Chambers hits Sid Gordon with a pitch on the elbow, sidelining the third baseman for two weeks. It also sets the stage for some more action between Chambers and the Braves next month.

The Yankees reinstate Dick Wakefield, but he is not asked to rejoin the team.

The Giants cut down on their Muellers, selling catcher Ray Mueller to Pittsburgh and buying infielder Spider Jorgenson from the Dodgers.

18th  Playing in a light rain, Cards third baseman Tom Glaviano makes three errors on successive plays in the 9th—2 wild throws and a boot—that let in 4 runs in a 9–8 loss. Glaviano also had an error in the 6th. The Dodgers trail by an 8–0 score in the game, close to 8–5 in the 9th and have the bases jammed when Glaviano experiences his nightmare. The Dodgers Billy Cox had 3 errors in an inning last year and Bob Brenley will notch 4 miscues in an inning in 1986 to set the post-1900 mark. Ralph Branca picks up the win in relief to give the Dodgers a sweep of the three game series with the visiting Birds. Billy Loes makes his ML debut in relief, walking 5 in 2 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, Rube Walker poles a grand slam in the 6th inning for the Cubs. In the bottom of the inning, Monte Irvin hits a grand slam for the Giants, the first time in history that each team has slammed in the same inning. The game is called on account of rain after 6 innings, and the Giants win, 10–4, behind Clint Hartung. Johnny Schmitz, the first of four pitchers, is the loser.

19th  The Tigers send 14 batters to the plate and score 10 runs in the 5th to beat the Athletics, 14–8. Kell and Wertz each have 2 hits in the frame. Tigers ace Virgil Trucks, a 19-game winner in 1949, hurts his arm and is lost for the season. Fred Hutchinson relieves Trucks in the 3rd and picks up the win.

20th  The Dodgers move back into first place with a twinbill sweep of the visiting Pirates, winning 3-2 and 4–3. Hodges doubles with the bases loaded in the 8th to provide the game 1 margin. In the nightcap, 3 Dodger relief hurlers, Ralph Branca, Jack Banta, and Dan Bankhead, combine to pitch 92⁄3 innings of no-hit ball, as Brooklyn beats Pittsburgh 4–3 in 11 innings. Bill Werle goes the distance for the Corsairs in the 2nd game.

The Tigers second baseman Jerry Priddy starts a record 5 DPs in the first 5 innings to lead the Tigers to a 5–3 win over the A’s. Shortstop Johnny Lipon participates in all the DPs to tie an AL mark.

The Giants sweep a pair from the Reds, 8–0 and 4–3, with Monte Kennedy starting both games for New York. Durocher lifts Kennedy after one batter in the opener, and Dave Koslo allows 2 hits the rest of the way. Kennedy then goes the route in the nightcap, allowing 4 hits. Ken Heintzelman in 1941 was the last National Leaguer to start both games in one day.

21st In St. Louis, the Browns top the A’s, 7-6, and the A’s respond with an 8-3 win in game 2. Wally Moses has a 9th inning grand slam in game 2 as Philadelphia scores 6 runs.

In Cleveland, the Yankees outmuscle the Indians, winning 14-5 and 12-4. The Bombers score in 7 different innings in each game. Joe DiMaggio has a grand slam for New York.

23rd Pittsburgh’s first bonus baby Bill MacDonald (13–11 at New Orleans in 1949) makes his first ML start and shuts out the Phillies, 6–0. MacDonald will finish the season at 8–10 for the last-place Bucs before going into the service in 1951. He’ll win just one more ML game after that. MacDonald gets a happy meal from Wally Westlake, who poles a grand slam.

25th  The Red Sox outhit the Browns, 19–15, and out score to win, 15–12. Boston scores 10 runs in the last 3 innings. Walt Dropo drives in 6 runs, 4 with a grand slam in the 8th. It is his 10th HR since joining the Sox on May 3.

In Detroit, Yogi Berra’s grand slam in the 5th completes the Yankee scoring and they hold on to tame the Tigers, 6-4.

The Athletics make some changes. Connie Mack’s son, Earle, who had been assistant manager, assumes the duties of chief scout. Earle, who had hoped to succeed his father as manager, is replaced by Jimmie Dykes. Mickey Cochrane is named general manager. It doesn’t help today as the Yanks extend their winning streak to 9 games by defeating the A’s, 2–0, behind Ed Lopat and Joe Page.

The Oakland Oaks of the PCL buy recalcitrant OF Dick Wakefield from the Yanks. New York will not allow him to buy out his own contract.

26th  After a miserable 8–22 start, the last-place White Sox fire Jack Onslow, replacing him with interim manager Red Corriden.

Randy Jackson hits a grand slam off Mel Queen for all the Cubs scoring as Chicago beats Pittsburgh, 4-0. Frank Hiller, on his way to a 12-5 record, throws the shutout.

27th  At the Polo Grounds, Andy Seminick belts a grand slam in the Phils’ 6-run 3rd inning as they win over the Giants, 8-5. The Phillies take over first place from the Dodgers, losers today.

28th  Joe Garagiola belts a first inning grand slam off Ewell Blackwell as the Cardinals beat the host Reds, 7-2, to sweep a pair from Cincinnati. Starter Max Lanier is the winner in game 2 of the twinbill. St. Louis wins the opener, 6-2, behind Al Brazle.

29th  White Sox P Howie Judson, loser of 15 straight games—14 last year and 1 this year—breaks his string of reverses with a 12–8 relief win over the Browns.

Pueblo (Western League) announces that its players will don shorts during the summer.

30th  The Dodgers Duke Snider hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 2nd-game, 6–4 win of a doubleheader sweep of the Phils at Ebbets Field. His 4th drive hits the top of the RF screen and he is held to a single. Brooklyn wins the a.m. game, 7–6 in 10 innings. Konstanty takes the loss in relief of Robin Roberts.

The Cards sweep a pair from Pittsburgh with Gerry Staley winning both games in relief, 17–13 and 8–5. The Cards explode in the 8th in both games, plating 7 in game 1 and 6 in game 2. Staley also won a pair in 1948, the first reliever to ever accomplish the feat twice. For the Bucs, Fernandez hit HRs in the 8th and 9th of game 1. In game 2, Musial has his only hit in 10 at bats today when he hits a 9th-inning liner for an inside-the-park HR. Each team uses 34 players in the doubleheader: the 68 players used is an NL record, since topped.

In St. Louis, the White Sox paste the Browns, winning 14-2 and 12-9. Dave Philley of the Sox sets an AL record with 13 at bats in the doubleheader.

31st Washington sends 1B Eddie Robinson, P Ray Scarborough and Al Kozar to the White Sox for P Bob Kuzava, second baseman Cass Michaels and OF John Ostrowski. Robinson will set a club record in 1951, since broken, with 29 homers.

With their record 8–25 and in last place, the Browns fire Dr. David Tracy. Tracy, a New York psychologist, had been hired to help the players overcome their losers’ complex.

1950 June

1st  Marty Marion and Hank Thompson hit grand slams for the Cards (5–2 over Brooklyn), and the Giants (8–7 in the first of 2 at Cincinnati) respectively. The Cards lose the services of C Joe Garagiola, who separates his shoulder after tripping over Jackie Robinson covering 1B, and Tommy Glaviano, who sprains his ankle. Hitting .347 at the time, Garagiola won’t return until September 3 and will hit only 2-for-13 the rest of the season. But the grand slam, the first in Marion’s 11-year career, moves the Birds into a tie for first place with the Dodgers.

The third-place Phillies take a game-delayed win at Chicago, winning, 8-4. During the delay, Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw is knocked to the floor when the clubhouse is hit by lightning. He recovers.

At Pittsburgh, Vern Bickford coasts to a 14-2 win over the Pirates. The Braves dethrone Mel Queen with 9 runs in the first 3 innings, four coming on a grand slam by Sid Gordon.

2nd  The Tiger’s George Kell hits for the cycle in the 16–5 second-game sweep of a Detroit doubleheader with the A’s. The Tigers cop the opener, 8–2, behind the pitching of Ted Gray and the home runs of Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers. Wertz has 5 RBI in the opener, and 2 more in game 2.

The last-place Browns sweep 2 from the 5th place Senators, 10–5 and 9–3. Hank Arft is 5-for-5 in the opener and with a hit in his first at bat in game 2, has 7 straight hits. In game 1, Gil Coan of the Senators fractures his skull in a collision with Owen Friend on a DP ball. Harry Dorish, the winning pitcher in game 2, has two doubles and swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Ray Coleman. He is the last AL pitcher this century to steal home.

In a rain-soaked game in St. Louis, Don Newcombe and the Dodgers trim the Birds, 8–1, to move into first place. Newk holds the Birds to 5 hits, including Marty Marion’s 3rd homer in 3 games he’s started. Duke Snider’s 2-run homer in the 6th helps drive Harry Brecheen to the showers. The Cards and Phils are a game back.

Behind the 5-hit pitching of bonus baby Bill MacDonald (2–0), the Pirates beat the Braves, 5–4, to stop a 9-game losing streak. Gene Mauch homers and drives in 3 runs for Boston, while Ralph Kiner hits his 10th of the year, off Warren Spahn. The Bucs will lose their next five.

Thanks to 5 Cincy errors, 2 passed balls, and 4 walks in the 9th inning by Willie “The knuck” Ramsdell, the Giants beat the host Reds, 7–6.

In the first inning at Fenway, Cleveland’s Bob Feller walks 5—including 3 in a row—and yields two hits before exiting. The 6 runs allows the Red Sox to romp, 11–5, behind Joe Dobson.

3rd  In direct challenge to a new league rule, the St. Louis Cardinals book a Sunday night game with Brooklyn, the first in ML history.

The Braves Sid Gordon slugs his third grand slam of the season, plus a second HR, to account for 7 Braves runs in a 10–6 whipping of Pittsburgh. Gordon now leads the NL in homers with 11. Westlake hits a pair of homers, and Hank Schenz hits his first (and second career) homer of the year. Johnny Sain gives up a HR to Jethroe in winning his 8th, tops in the majors.

The Phils climb to a half game out of first place by beating the Cubs, 6–2, behind Bubba Church’s first ML win.

4th Herb Chapman of Gadsden (Southeastern League) goes hitless ending his 42-game hitting streak, the 9th longest streak ever recorded in the minor leagues. During the streak he hit .366.

5th After beating Chicago yesterday, 17–7, the Red Sox wallop Chicago again, winning 12–0. Maurice “Mickey” McDermott, who replaces Ellis in the 1st inning, allows 4 hits to win. Billy Pierce is the loser. Kinder ostensibly leaves with a bad hip, but other reports have him too drunk to pitch. His hip will recover and he will make his regular start on June 10th.

6th Is that enough, Alpha? The Cardinals stake Al Brazle to a 10 run-lead in the 1st inning and he coasts to a 13-1 decision over the Reds. Ewell Blackwell is the starter and loser for the Reds. Rookie Bill Howerton ties a NL night-game record with two doubles in the big inning. Roy Weatherly will tie it next month.

7th  Junior Stephens and Clyde Vollmer each have 2 HRs and 5 RBI for the Red Sox, as they trounce the lowly Browns, 20–4, at Fenway. The Bosox tally 5 homers and 23 hits in their total. Joe Dobson is the winner.

The Cubs trade backup catcher Bob Scheffing to the Reds for veteran Ron Northey.

8th  In the most lopsided score in the 20th century, the Boston Red Sox annihilate the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park, 29–4. Bobby Doerr has 3 HRs and 8 RBI; Walt Dropo, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, and 5 runs scored, and Ted Williams, 2 HRs and 5 RBI, all collecting a round tripper in the 8th inning. Pitcher Chuck Stobbs walks 4 times in 4 innings, tying the AL record for pitchers’ walks set by Red Faber in 1915. He also adds 2 hits. Al Zarilla adds 4 doubles, including 2 in one inning, and a single—with no ribbies—as the Sox set a ML record with 58 total bases. Another mark is set of most extra bases on long hits (32) in a game, and the most extra bases on long hits in consecutive games (51). The Red Sox have 28 hits, with 4 players collecting 4 hits apiece (tying the AL mark last done by Chicago in 1936), to total a record 51 for 2 days against the woeful Browns. The infield collects 16 hits to set an AL mark. Leadoff batter Clyde Vollmer goes to the plate 8 times in 8 innings, the only time this has happened in history. Boston has now scored 104 runs in their last 7 games and a record 49 in 2 straight games. The Sox will end the year with a home batting average of .335, while on the road they will hit .259.

Al Rosen belts a first-inning grand slam for Cleveland, but the host Senators respond to beat the Indians, 7-6, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Dodgers, 4-3, as opposing pitchers Ralph Branca for Brooklyn and Cliff Chambers for Pittsburgh, each clout homers. It is the first time it has happened in the NL in the 20th century.

The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Tigers, 11–4. Phil Rizzuto’s record string of 238 errorless chances ends when he fumbles a grounder in the 5th.

9th  Commissioner Happy Chandler orders the Cardinals to cancel their Sunday night game with the Dodgers. On the advice of NL President Ford Frick, the Cards comply and reschedule it as a July 17th day/night doubleheader.

Ned Garver, the Browns best hurler, finally turns the tables on the Red Sox, winning 12–7. He is helped by a Don Lenhardt grand slam. Even though losing, the Sox set a ML scoring record for three games at 56 runs. The Browns also fire their sports psychologist, Dr. Tracy, hired by Bill DeWitt just a few days earlier.

At Wrigley, the Giants whip the host Cubs, 9-3, icing the game in the 9th with 5 runs. Wes Westrum hits a 2-run homer in the 9th, his second homer of the game. Eddie Stanky has 4 hits and a walk. It is his 10th straight game with a hit and a walk, the second time in his career that he has put together a streak like that. He is the only player in ML history with two 10-game hit/walk streaks. Jimmie Foxx is the only man to date to put together a matching streak.

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers tie the ML record with two bases-loaded triples to whip the Yankees, 13-7. Jerry Priddy hits the first bases loaded triple in the 3rd inning, and Johnny Lipon’s triple comes in the 8-run 6th. The last team to hit a pair was the A’s in a game on May 1, 1949.

In St. Louis, Max Lanier (5-2) and Gerry Staley combine to stop the Braves, 8-5. Lanier gives up four solo homers–two by Walker Cooper–in the win. Musial is a homer shy of the cycle and Enos Slaughter hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd off loser Bob Hall (0-1). Hall helps the Birds by balking 3 times in his 3+ innings to tie the NL mark set last month by Max Lanier.

10th In a game called after five innings, the Senators Sandy Consuegra makes his first ML start and shuts out the White Sox, 6–0.

The Tigers score 8 runs in the top of the 9th at Fenway to win, 18-8, over the Red Sox. Detroit has 21 hits. Wertz and Evers hit back-to-back homer in the 7th and Johnny Groth has 5 hits.

11th  At Cincinnati, the Dodgers and Reds split two, with the visitors taking game 1, 5-4, behind Don Newcombe. Roy Campanella hits an 8th inning homer in game 2, but it is not enough as the Reds win, 8-5. With the Phillies also splitting, the Cardinals lead the two contenders by two games.

12th  ML baseball names Connie Mack as the Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game.

13th Chuck Stobbs allows 2 hits as the Red Sox open their road trip with an 8–1 win over the Indians. Bobby Doerr leads the offense with a pair of homers, a triple and single to chase Bob Feller. Doerr raises his average to .306, putting every Sox regular over .300.

The Cubs hit three solo homers (Ramazzotti, Cavarretta, Borkowski: 29 letters) in the 6th, all off Branca, but need Roy Smalley’s homer in a 3-run 11th to beat the host Dodgers, 6-3.

14th No it wasn’t football, as the Dodgers and Pirates game ends unfinished at curfew time with a score 19–14 in favor of Brooklyn. The game will resume August 1st. Bucs rookie Dale Coogan starts the scoring in the 1st with his first ML homer, a 3-run clout off Ralph Branca.

Mickey Vernon for Dick Weik. To make way for Luke Easter at 1B, the Indians send former batting champ Vernon to the Senators for Dick Weik, 3-12 last year. Vernon will win another batting title in Washington, while Weik will win one game for the Tribe.

15th In a rain-delayed game at Comiskey, Billy Pierce twirls a masterful one-hitter to beat the Yankees, 5–0. Billy Johnson’s single in the 5th and a walk to Jerry Coleman are the only NY base runners.

The Yankees, frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Ostrowski with the Browns, finally get the pitcher, along with pitchers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht, and 3B Leo Thomas. New York sends infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss, OF Jim Delsing, pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson, and $50,000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow, the Yanks beat the Browns, 7–5, with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.

The Tigers roll over the A’s, 7–3, for their 8th win in 9 meetings with the Mackmen. Hoot Evers has his 19 game hit streak stopped but George Kell runs his to 15 straight. The winner is Freddie Hutchinson, while Bobby Shantz is the loser. Shantz will not lose again to Detroit until June 13, 1958, a string of 12 straight wins.

16th  Pitching before a crowd of 54,086, Hal Newhouser trims the Red Sox for the 2nd time in 6 days, winning 4–1. He strikes out 8 including Pesky 4 times. Detroit keeps it’s 1 1/2 game lead over New York.

The Yankees recall Johnny Mize from Kansas City. He proceeds to wallop 25 HRs and drive in 72 runs in 90 games.

The Indians edge the A’s, 8-7, scoring two runs with the bases loaded on two errors by Philadelphia second baseman Kermit Wahl. Larry Doby has a homer and walks 4 times, Wally Moses walks 4 times for the A’s, as the two teams combine to walk 25. Gene Bearden walks 10 in just 5.2 innings.

18th  After Bob Feller blanks the A’s, 7–0, on a 2-hitter, the Indians set a modern record by scoring 14 runs in the opening frame of the 2nd game. The output, done with just 6 hits, is the most in the first inning in the 20th century, a mark that will be tied in the NL. Except for pitcher Mike Garcia, all the Indians bat twice en route to a 21–2 trouncing and a record 5 players score two runs apiece. Jim Hegan piles on with a grand slam in the 3rd inning, off Carl Scheib.

In a twinbill in Boston, the Braves take the opener, 8-6, then jump on Cliff Chambers for 5 runs without making an out. Chambers, however, hits Earl Torgeson with a pitch breaking two ribs. Several weeks ago, Chambers put Sid Gordon on the disabled list with a pitch that hit his elbow. Braves pitchers respond by hitting three Pirates with pitches in a game that ends in an 8-8 tie. The Bucs score a pair in the 9th and Bob Elliot’s pinch 2-run homer ties it.

19th  Pittsburgh’s Cliff Chambers, who started yesterday’s game but was knocked out in the 1st, pitches a 4-hit shutout over the Braves to beat Warren Spahn, 1-0. Chambers, who hit Earl Torgeson with a pitch yesterday, decks him in the 3rd inning before Torgy grounds out. Torgeson then rushes the mound and decks Chambers. Torgeson and teammate Gene Mauch are ejected after the fight.

20th  At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges belts a grand slam in the Dodgers 6-run 3rd inning as they go on to beat the Reds, 8-2. Preacher Roe is the winning pitcher. The Dodgers now lead the Phillies and Cardinals by a game.

21st  Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit, a 7th-inning single off the Indians Chick Pieretti, as the Yanks win 8–2. DiMaggio joins Luke Appling and Wally Moses as the only active players with 2,000 or more hits. Eddie Lopat is the winning pitcher, running his record against Cleveland to 25–6.

Renegade ball player Danny Gardella admits accepting a pay-off to drop his suit against baseball. After a month long tryout with the Cardinals, and one at bat Gardella had been sent to their Houston farm club where, shortly afterward, he was released. Gardella argues that he should be paid for the entire year, and he blames his release on his suit against the ML.

Phils rookie Bob Miller (6-0) continues his unbeaten streak, turning back the Pirates, 7–4. Jones, Ennis, Seminick, and Nicholson lead a HR attack, and Miller helps by starting a triple play in the 7th. Hank Borowy, obtained on waivers from the Phils, takes the loss.

Seattle pitcher Jim Wilson loses to Hollywood, 4-3, snapping his streak of 15 consecutive wins. Wilson falls one short of tying Frank Browning’s PCL record winning streak of 16.

22nd  Larry Jansen of the Giants wins the first game of a doubleheader with a 3–0 shutout of the Cards, and Dave Koslo follows suit with a 5–0 two-hitter in the 2nd game, giving NY a sweep of the twin bill. Jansen has not allowed a run in 29 innings, while for Koslo it is the start of a 13-game win streak over the Cards. The Cards were last shutout in a twinbill on July 2, 1933, by the Giants.

23rd  Eleven home runs (6 by NY)—a then ML record and still the AL record for a night game—drive in all the runs scored in a 10–9 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51,000 Detroit fans. Detroit has 4 HRs in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz, and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Dizzy Trout’s HR, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Hoot Evers hits another HR, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page to win it. For New York, Hank Bauer connects for 2 homers, including one in the 4th inning. DiMaggio, Gerry Coleman Berra, and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that 9 different players connect for homers in a game.

Luke Easter has his 2nd consecutive 2-home run day to lead the Indians to a 13–4 trouncing of the visiting Senators. One of the HRs is a tremendous shot to right center. Easter had 2 yesterday in a win over New York. Al Rosen adds a single, double, and triple to back Bob Lemon’s pitching.

Coach Bibb Falk of the University of Texas leads his team to their 2nd consecutive NCAA baseball title.

Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy resigns and Steve O’Neill takes over.

24th  With just 11 career homers, catcher Wes Westrum has 3 HRs and a triple today, as the Giants beat Cincinnati 12–2. The Giants belt 7 HRs (Thompson, Dark, Lockman, Irvin) in the game, with Westrum driving in four runs and scoring 5 runs. Six of the homers are solo, a NL record. Westrum is just the second NL player to hit 3 homers and a triple in a game: Les Bell, in 1928, was the first. It won’t be done again this century. Sheldon Jones is the winner, scattering 8 hits.

The first-place Dodgers lose to New York’s Sunday curfew when their game with the Pirates is halted with one out in the 8th, with Brooklyn leading 19–12. Five homers are hit including Jackie Robinson grand slam in the 8th. The game will be completed later.

The Phils top the Cubs 5–4 on two-run homers by Granny Hamner and Andy Seminick. Jim Konstanty, in relief of Russ Meyer, hurls 4 hitless innings to save the win. The Whiz Kids trail the Dodgers by a game.

In St. Louis, Billy Goodman hits a grand slam in Boston’s 6-run 3rd inning as the Red Sox roll to an 11-3 win. Ellis Kinder is the starter and winner.

Art Houtteman wins his 9th as he pitches Detroit to a 4–1 win over the Yankees. Yogi Berra’s homer is the only Yankee score, as New York loses their 4th straight and 8th in 12 games. Detroit now leads the AL by 3 games.

25th  Ralph Kiner leads the Pirates to a 16–11 win at Brooklyn by hitting for the cycle, adding a second HR, and driving in 8 runs. Gil Hodges had 2 homers last year while cycling, but it’ll be another 15 years before anyone (Yaz) does it. Brooklyn is in first place by a half game over the Phils.

In the first of two in Philadelphia, Hank Sauer hammers 2 doubles and 2 homers to lead the Cubs to an 11-8 win over the Phillies. The Cubs score 7 runs in the 9th, and the Phils answer with 4. In a combined 1.1 innings of relief, Konstanty and Simmons give up 4 runs apiece. Robin Roberts wins the nitecap, 2-1.

In Cleveland, Al Rosen belts an 8th inning grand slam, off Connie Marrero, to help the Indians to a 7-6, game 1 win over Washington. The Senators respond with a 5-3 win in game 2.

The A’s Paul Lehner sets an AL record with 11 putouts in LF in a 13–4 game 2 win against the White Sox. Willie Horton will tie it in 1989. Bob Hooper is the winner, despite giving up 4 runs in the 9th inning. Lou Brissie (2-11) is the 7-6 loser in the opener when Gus Zernial bangs a 3-run homer off him.

27th Hank Majeski drives in all 3 White Sox runs but the Tigers plate 9 as Ted Gray (9-2) wins his ninth. Gray joins Joe Dobson and Curt Simmons, who both win today, Art Houtteman, Bob Lemon, Ed Lopat, Robin Roberts, Preacher Roe, Johnny Sain, and Warren Spahn as co-leaders in the ML. There will not be 10 co-leaders with 9 wins the rest of the century. At the end of June 23, 2011, there will be 12 co-leaders at 9 apiece, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

At Toledo (American Association), Marlin Stuart of Toledo pitches a 1-0 perfect game against Indianapolis, the 2nd perfect game in league history. The Tigers will recall Stuart.

28th  Roy Smalley of the Cubs hits for the cycle in a 15–3 win over the Cards at Wrigley. Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko hit 3-run homers to make Doyle Lade the easy winner.

In St. Louis, the Indians thrash the Browns, 18-2, scoring 11 runs in the 7th. Cleveland collects 20 hits, including 3 homers, with 7 players having 2 or more safeties.

29th  In an effort to thwart the ML’s signing of black players, Dr. J. B. Martin, the president of the Chicago Giants of the Negro American League, instructs manager, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe to sign white players. Radcliffe inks three white players, teenagers Lou Chirban, Lou Clarizio and Al Dubetts. Later in the year he will sign at least two others (Stanley Miarka and Frank Dyall). However, their Negro League careers will be brief.

In what looks like a football score, the Red Sox overpower the A’s 22–14 in Philadelphia, the 3rd time this month they’ve scored 20 or more runs. The score is 14-7 after two innings and the 36 runs establishes an AL mark for runs scored by 2 teams. Both teams match a ML record they set in 1901 for most players scoring two or more runs (Boston, 9: Phila, 4). Overall, pitchers gave up 21 walks in the debacle. Despite the high score, only one HR was hit—by Ted Williams, who compiles 6 RBIs, in a game one newspaper calls “a 2 hour and 50 minute marathon.” The previous record of 35 runs was set by the same 2 clubs in 1901: Boston 23, A’s 12. The ML mark is 49 by the Cubs and Phillies on August 25, 1922.

Whitey Ford is called up by the Yankees from Kansas City (AA).

At Milwaukee (AA), Minneapolis OF Bama Rowell lofts a 4th inning fly ball to right. As RF Bob Jaderlund awaits, two nighthawks dart in and peck the ball, altering the flight. CF Bob Addis also misses the ball, and Rowell ends up with a double, then scoring what will be in the winning run as the Brewers win, 5–4 (as noted by historian Bob O’Neal). Rowell was also involved in a odd play in a 1946 game at Ebbets Field when he busted the Bulova clock, an incident that would later appear in The Natural.

30th  Joe and Dom DiMaggio both homer in the 10–2 Red Sox victory over New York in the nightcap of a doubleheader. It has been 15 years since two brothers homered in an American League game. New York takes the opener, 9-6, scoring 4 in the 8th.

Brownie stalwart pitcher Ned Garver loses the game because of his mental error against the White Sox. In what would have been the winning run in regulation, Garver is called out for his failure to touch 3B when rounding it. He loses 3–2 in 13 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves Sibby Sisti hits a pinch grand slam in the 9th to provide the winning margin as Boston is victorious over New York, 8–4. It is Sibby’s first homer of the year.

1950 July

1st At Boston, Tommy Byrne takes the loss for the Yankees, but reliever Whitey Ford does little to help. In his ML debut, Ford throws 4 2/3 inning, allowing 7 hits, 6 walks, and 5 earned runs. Boston rolls, 13–4. Rookie Walt Dropo hits a grand slam for the Bosox to dump the Yanks into 3rd place.

Behind unbeaten rookie Bob Miller, the first-place Phils trip the Dodgers, 6–4. Jim Konstanty makes his 30th relief appearance to help Miller win his 7th straight. Mike Goliat and Willie Jones homer to pace an 11-hit attack. By winning their second straight game from Brooklyn, the Whiz Kids move .002 ahead of St. Louis and a game and a half ahead of Brooklyn.

The Reds’ Ewell Blackwell has to go ten innings but finally beats the Cubs, 5–3, striking out 14 and allowing just two hits. One of the hits is Andy Pafko’s 3-run home run in the 9th.

2nd  Indians great Bob Feller wins his 200th ML game, 5–3, over Detroit in the 2nd game of a doubleheader split. Detroit wins the opener, 8–5, for their only win in the 4 game series.

The Yankees gain a split of their 4-game series in Boston by trouncing the Red Sox 15–9. Big John Mize plays first and contributes a HR and a single.

After Johnny Sain gives the Braves an 11-5 win at the Polo Grounds in game 1, the Braves take game 2, winning, 6-3, scoring 4 runs in the 9th. Three come in on Sid Gordon’s 3-run homer.

At Crosley Field, Monk Dubiel makes his 4-hitter hold up as the Cubs win 16–0 over the Reds. Andy Pafko drives in 5 runs with a double, triple and HR, Bill Serena adds a 3-run homer, and Hank Edwards has 3 RBIs on 4 hits.

3rd  With rookie Joe Collins not hitting and Tommy Henrich still injured, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1B in an experiment. In the 7–2 loss he handles 13 chances cleanly but is clearly not happy with the move. After this one-game experiment, Joe returns to the outfield.

4th  Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties the ML record (held by 6) for season grand slams with 4 when he hits one against the Phillies ace Jim Konstanty in the 9th. Boston’s 12–9 win in game 2 gives the two teams a total of 40 runs, 55 hits, and 90 total bases for the day. The Phils win the opener, 14–8, helped by Andy Seminick’s grand slam in the first inning. Robin Roberts is handed a 9–0 lead after 4 innings and coasts home.

Before 49,316 at the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers and Giants split a pair. Brooklyn loses their 6th straight in the opener, 5–4, before coming back to win, 5–3. Newcombe takes the loss in game 1, despite hitting his first ML HR. Alvin Dark has a homer in each game. A tragic note occurs when a 56-year-old fan named Bernard Doyle is struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside the stadium. The New York Daily News reports tomorrow that after his body is removed the standing-room-only crowd fights over the vacant seat. The fatal bullet was fired by a 14-year-old a mile away.

In Philadelphia, the Phils and Braves combine for 55 hits in a two-game split. The Phils win, 14-5 before losing, 12-9. Andy Seminick hits his second grand slam of the season. With the Cards sweeping a pair in Chicago, the Phils trail St. Louis by a game. The Cubs, tied for 5th place, are just 7.5 game behind the leader.

At Cleveland, the Browns score 4 in the 9th of game 1 but come up short as the Indians win, 8-7. The Browns come back in game 2 for an 8-3 win behind the pitching of Don Johnson. Ken Wood has a grand slam for the Brownies.

At Washington, the Yankees explode for 12 runs in the final 3 innings to beat the Senators, 16–9 in the first of 2 games. Mickey Vernon and Joe DiMaggio match bases-loaded triples to tie the AL mark for sack-fill triples by 2 teams; it’s the last time it is done this century. Bob Kuzava and Ed Lopat battle to a 9 inning 3-3 tie in the nightcap

5th In a sloppy game that features 18 walks, Cliff Mapes drives in 5 runs with a homer and single to pace the Yankees to a 12–8 win over the Athletics. Tommy Byrne (9-3) is the winner despite giving up 6 hits and 6 walks in 5 innings (he walks 2 in the 6th). He also hits 4 batters to tie the ML record. Kellner pitches 4 innings, giving up 6 runs in the loss. The A’s lose Eddie Joost who tears ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Mapes at 2B in the 7th.

6th Is that enough, Alpha? The Cardinals stake Al Brazle to a 10 run-lead in the 1st inning and he coasts to a 13-1 decision over the Reds. Ewell Blackwell is the starter and loser for the Reds. Rookie Bill Howerton ties a NL night-game record with two doubles in the big inning. Roy Weatherly will tie it next month.

7th The Reds Connie Ryan steals home in the 11th to give Cincinnati a 5–4 win over Chicago.

8th  Red Schoendienst of the Cards goes 5-for-5 against Pittsburgh, but the Cards lose 7–6, to drop the Birds into 2nd place, a game behind the Phillies. The Bucs win in the 9th when they load the bases and Jack Phillips’ long fly ball is seemingly snagged by Stan Musial, but then drops into Greenberg Gardens for a pinch grand slam. Kiner and Rojek also homer for the Corsairs.

9th  At Briggs, the Indians deflate the Tigers, 6-2 and 5-2, collecting 12 hits in each game. Bob Lemon wins the opener and Early Wynn, with 5 hitless innings in relief of Mike Garcia, wins the nightcap. George Kell fails to reach base in game 2, ending his consecutive game streak at 57 games. This ties him with 19th century stars Cupid Childs and Jake Stenzel. The only players with longer streaks in the 20th century are Ted Williams (twice) and Joe DiMaggio, and Bill Joyce, Fielder Jones and George Van Haltran in the 19th. Duke Snider will top Kell by a game in 1954.

10th  The Giants pick up P Jim Hearn on waivers from St. Louis.

11th  Making a leaping, off-the-wall catch of a Ralph Kiner drive in the first inning, Ted Williams fractures his left elbow in the All-Star game at Chicago. Remaining in the game, he puts the AL ahead, 3–2, with an RBI single. Kiner’s 9th-inning HR ties the game, and Red Schoendienst’s blast in the 14th wins it. Williams later states he was never the same after this injury.

13th  Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams’ elbow in a 75-minute operation. He will be sidelined until mid-September. But he will go on to hit .350 for the rest of 1950 and .336 throughout the rest of his career, including .388 and .328 to lead the AL in 1957 and 1958 respectively.

14th  The Red Sox produce a second 11-run inning of the year, as they score 11 in the 2nd inning against the White Sox to win at home, 13–1. Vern Stephens hits his 19th homer and now leads the AL in RBI with 84, one ahead of teammates Dropo and Williams.

The Waterbury (Colonial League) club has a franchise but no players when the 12-man squad is fired after refusing to board the team bus for 2 scheduled games at Kingston, NY. Strike issues are several: the players claim that the team bus is unsafe; the bus is scheduled to bring them home after the first game and return for the second rather than lay over; 6 players claim that the club reneged on the promise of a pay raise if they were still on the roster on June 2.

15th  The Colonial League ceases its operation, citing the competition of TV and radio as the cause of their failure. Poughkeepsie is leading the league with a 43-26 record.

16th  The ML players connect for 37 homers today for a new record. Leading the offense today is Cincinnati with two wins over the Giants, 16–4 and 11–10. In the AL, the Red Sox and Indians hit 7 HRs in their doubleheader split: Moose Dropo collects 3 homers.

The Cubs knock the Phillies out of a tie for first place, sweeping 8–0 and 10–3. The Cubs lose Cavarretta when he is hit by a Johnson pitch in game 1, fracturing his forearm. Hank Sauer takes over 1B. Walt Dubiel fires the shutout and Doyle Lade is the CG winner in game 2. The loss goes to Bob Miller in game 2, the first defeat for the rookie after 8 straight wins. Ex-Bruin Russ Meyer loses the first game after defeating the Cubs 5 straight times (as noted by Ed Hartig). The Mad Monk, the greatest ever Cubs killer, will win his next 17 decisions against Chicago before losing on May 11, 1955.

At Griffith Stadium, the Senators and Browns split a pair. Sid Hudson (9-7) is the 5-1 winner in the opener and Jim Delsing is 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the Browns 10-8 victory in game 2. Mickey Grasso, Washington’s rookie catcher, is thrown out of game 2 for protesting a ball-strike call. Grasso set a PCL record last year when he was thumbed out 23 times. The Majors, however, unlike the Coast, make the players pay the fines.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates and Braves split a pair. Boston takes the opener, 9-5, as Vern Bickford wins his 10th. Pittsburgh comes back in the nightcap, winning 6-5 on Earl Turner’s walkoff homer. Gus Bell has a pair of homers for the Pirates, and Ted Beard hits a monster shot that clears the RF fence. He’s the first to do it since Babe Ruth, in 1935.

17th Yankee rookie Whitey Ford wins his first ML game, beating the visiting White Sox, 4–3. Tom Ferrick finishes for New York.

18th At Chicago, the Phils split with the Cubs, winning the nightcap 8–3 as Bubba Church beats big Bob Rush. Chicago wins the opener, 5–2, with Paul Minner besting Robin Roberts. The Phils now share the top spot in the NL with Boston and the Cards.

Virgil Stallcup’s 3rd-inning HR is the only tally as the Reds beat the visiting Giants, 1–0. Reds second baseman Connie Ryan helps out by nabbing P Monte Kennedy in the 7th with a hidden ball trick.

19th  The Yankees obtain their first black players, OF Elston Howard and P Frank Barnes. They purchase them from the Kansas City Monarchs and assign them to Muskegon (Central League).

Southpaw Ed Lopat of the Yanks wins 16–1 over the Browns, throwing a 2-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. New York also wins the second game by a more reasonable 4-3 score.

At Fenway, Vern Stephens crashes a 3-run HR, his 200th career homer, in the first off Red Hutchinson. Detroit wins 9–5 with a little help in the 9th from ump Boyer, Boyer calls time just before PH Wright triples to CF. In his do-over, Wright grounds out. Stephens joins 5 other active players with more than 200 homers: DiMaggio, Mize, Williams, Gordon, and Nicholson.

Frank E. McKinney resigns as president of the Pirates. He sells interests in the club to John Galbreath and T. Johnson, with Galbreath assuming the presidency. Vice President Bing Crosby retains his minority interest.

At Wrigley Field, Johnny Klippstein notches his first ML win as he pitches the Cubs to an 11-3 win over the Braves. Klippstein also hits his first ML homer, off Bob Chipman.

The Pirates purchase 3B Bob Dillinger from the Athletics for $35,000.

20th  The Giants beat St. Louis 13–3 with an 8-run 3rd inning. Roy “Stormy” Weatherly has a double and triple in the inning to tie a record.

22nd  Red Sox manager “Old Marse” Joe McCarthy leaves the team, citing ill health as the reason. Steve O’Neill replaces him. The Red Sox whip the Browns, 11–2, for their 12th win in 13th meetings with St. Louis. Maurice McDermott pitches the complete game win, pulling the Bosox to within 6 1/2 of first-place Detroit.

The Phils split a pair with the Reds to retain a tie for the NL lead with the Cardinals. Robin Roberts wins his 11th in the opener, stopping the Reds, 2–0, on 4 hits. Willard Ramsdell takes the loss. In game 2, Howie Fox shuts out the Phils till the 9th to win, 6–1.

The Giants Jim Hearn pitches his second straight complete game since being purchased from the Cards, and the Durochermen stop the Cubs, 7–0.

In a battle of diminutive southpaws, Chicago’s Billy Pierce outduels the A’s Bobby Shantz to win, 6–1. Consecutive homers by Dave Philley and Phil Masi in the 6th do in Shantz, pitching on three days rest.

23rd  Tigers pitcher Saul Rogovin hits a 2nd inning grand slam off Yankees P Eddie Lopat as the first-place Bengals nip the onrushing New York Yankees, 6–5.

Sheldon Jones of the NY Giants pitches a one-hitter against the Cubs, winning 3–0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Rube Walker’s hit in the 8th is the only safety. Larry Jansen takes the first, 5–3.

24th At the annual Hall of Fame game in Cooperstown, the Red Sox beat the Giants, 8–5. Dick Littlefield goes all the way for Boston.

25th  Phillies pitchers Bubba Church and Robin Roberts shut out the Cubs 7–0 and 1–0 in a doubleheader sweep. The wins put the Phils in 1st-place by a half-game over St. Louis.

After 10 straight losses at Ebbets Field dating back to 1949, the Cards win 9–5.

26th  Brooklyn beats the Cardinals 7–5 as the Dodgers’ Jim Russell switch-hits HRs, making him the first switch-hitter in history to do it more than once. Stan Musial hits in his 30th straight game, the longest streak of the decade. He is en route to a .346 BA for the season and his 4th batting title. The Cards, currently 11⁄2 games behind Brooklyn, will begin a slow and steady descent to 5th place.

27th  Former Dodger great Kirby “Koiby” Higbe hurls a no-hitter for the Minneapolis Millers American Association against the Columbus Clippers.

Philadelphia’s Del Ennis cracks a double in the 7th and a grand slam in the 8th inning to drive in 7 runs against the Cubs as the Phils win 13–3 at home. The 7 runs in two innings is a NL mark. Philadelphia will win 11 of their next 15 games to hold 1st place by 4 games over the Braves.

Stan Musial goes hitless to end his 30-game hit streak. But everyone else in the Cards lineup has a safety as St. Louis dusts the Dodgers, 13–3.

28th  The Indians’ Larry Doby, Al Rosen, and Luke Easter connect for consecutive HRs in the 3rd in a 13–1 whipping of the visiting Red Sox.

The visiting Athletics edge the Tigers, 7-6, scoring 2 in the 9th off reliever Hal White. Vic Wertz paces Detroit with a pair of homers, a double and a walk, after flying out in the 2nd inning.

29th  At Brooklyn, Andy Pafko has a double and two homers and scores 4 times as the Cubs beat the 4th-place Dodgers, 12-5.

Vic Wertz continues his hot hitting, going 3-for-3, including 2 doubles and a homer, as Detroit whips the A’s, 8-5. Wertz also walks twice.

30th  Del Ennis of the Phils hits his 2nd grand slam in 3 days in a 10–0 pasting of Pittsburgh. He adds a two-run homer as the Phils take the 2nd game, 4–2, and helps the Phils boost their lead to 3 games over St. Louis. His 7 RBIs in 2 games gives him 41 for the month, a new Phils record.

In the Tigers’ 12-10 win over the A’s, Vic Wertz homers in the 1stinning to complete a streak of 7 consecutive extra base hits, tying the ML record of Elmer Smith (1921) and Earl Sheely (1926). This streak was overlooked until 2015 when historian Trent McCotter discovered it. Wertz flies out in his next at bat but doubles in the Tigers’ 8-run 5th inning. Winning pitcher Fred Hutchinson also doubles and George Kell and Johnny Groth double twice. Hutchinson is the second reliever after starter Saul Rogovin walks the leadoff batter and is lifted. Rogovin, suffering the effects of a spring training sore arm, will go to Toledo for the rest of the year. A split by the Yankees leaves the Tigers tied with New York for first place in the AL.

The Cards stop the Giants, 6–3, to end New York’s win streak of 9 games. Gerry Staley wins his 10th on a 7-hitter and is back by Enos Slaughter’s single, double, and triple. Red Schoendienst’s wide toss to 3rd in the 9th ends his streak of 57 games without an error. He had handled 323 chances without an error.

1950 August

1st  The Dodgers complete a suspended game of June 24th with the Pirates, by scoring 2 more runs in the 8th to post a 21–12 win, outhitting the Pirates 25 to 8. Roe is the winner over Bill Werle. Twelve extra base hits are made by the 2 teams, including 5 HRs. Jackie Robinson hits his 2nd career grand slam as the Dodgers score 7 runs in both the 3rd and 8th innings. In the regular contest, Erv Palica gives the Brooks a 3–1 win.

Acting on the suggestion of Florida International League President Johnny Burroughs, the last-place St. Petersburg Saints players elect their own manager. Their choice, by a near unanimous vote to succeed Jim Pruitt, who resigned, is recently acquired RF Roxie Huberson. He is the team’s 4th manager this season.

2nd  Andy Pafko of the Cubs hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, but the Cubs lose both to the Giants, 11–1 and 8–6. Wes Westrum has a grand slam for the Giants.

Larry Doby hits 3 HRs in a game as Cleveland beats Washington 11–0. Besides tossing the shutout, Indians hurler Bob Lemon hits a HR. Lemon has now won 9 in a row.

Elmer Valo hits for the cycle as the A’s thrash the White Sox, 10–3.

3rd  The Pirates sell Hank Borowy to the Tigers, and the Indians waive Gene Bearden to the Senators.

4th  In a slugfest in the Mound City, the A’s down the Browns, 12-9. Sam Chapman has a grand slam to pace the Mackmen, while Don Lenhardt has a single, triple and HR to drive in 4 Brownies.

At Comiskey, Chico Carresquel singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 23 games, and then scores the winning run on Joe Erautt’s pinch single. Boston argues unsuccessfully that Chico’s bat hit the ball twice. In a rare instance of a glove on the field interfering with a play, Nellie Fox bloops a ball into CF in the 3rd inning and it glances off his own glove for a double.

5th  Jim Hearn gives up a leadoff single to Bob Dillinger, then throttles the Pirates the rest of the way for a 5–0 win at the Polo Grounds. It is his second win since joining the Giants on July 10.

After getting married in Brookline, Cubs SS Roy Smalley is hitless as the Cubs beat the host Braves, 4-2, in 13 innings. Andy Pafko and Carmen Mauro hit homers in the 13th,, off Bob Hogue, for Chicago. Paul Minner goes 13 innings for the win.

6th  Boston pitcher Ellis Kinder hits a grand slam off White Sox ace Billy Pierce, and totals 6 RBIs in the game. Kinder’s HR comes after an intentional pass to Birdie Tebbetts. For “Old Folks,” it is his first and only career homer. The Red Sox roll, 9–2. Kinder also stops rookie Chico Carrasquel’s consecutive game batting steak of 24 games. Joe Dobson gives up 7 hits in the nightcap and wins, 4–3, to give the Bosox a sweep.

The visiting Yankees roll over the Indians, 9-0, behind Tommy Byrne. Phil Rizzuto is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and Billy Martin hits a 3-run homer.

Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen of the Giants both hurl shutouts, winning 3–0 and 5–0 respectively, against the Pirates.

7th  Police bar 3 white players—Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, and Frank Doyle, and all of the Chicago American Giants—from playing in the Negro American League against the Birmingham Black Barons, who sweep a doubleheader.

9th At Boston, Bob Chipman tosses a 4-hitter to beat the Giants, 3–2, ending their 8-game win streak and handing them their 2nd loss in 19 games. After 3 wins, Jim Hearn loses his first game as a Giant after being acquired from St. Louis. Bob Elliot has a pair of doubles for Boston, driving in the tying run and scoring the winning run. Elliot shrugs of the distracting techniques of Eddie Stanky, who stands near 2B and waves his arms as Dave Koslo delivers.

10th In the 2nd game of a twinbill, Washington pitcher Gene Bearden bats 8th with batterymate Len Okie in the 9th spot. Bearden picks up a hit but loses the game, 4–3, to Boston’s Walt Masterson. Masterson swipes a base, the first stolen base by a Red Sox pitcher this year.

11th  Boston P Vern Bickford no-hits the Dodgers in Boston before 29,008 fans, allowing just 4 walks and throwing 97 pitches. Bickford has lost only once to Brooklyn since joining Boston in 1948 and has given up 18 hits in 36 innings against Brooklyn this year. Bob Elliot has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. The win puts Boston just 5 games behind the first-place Phillies.

Hitting just .279, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career. He is currently languishing in a 4-for-38 slump. His sub, Cliff Mapes, wallops a 7th-inning HR to give the Yankees a 7–6 win over the A’s.

RF Ken Wood of the Browns nails two Tiger runners in the 8th inning of the 2nd game of a DH, tying a ML mark. The Browns prevail 2–1, after winning game 1, 4–3, in 10 innings. The split keeps the Tigers 3 games ahead of Cleveland and 3 1/2 ahead of New York.

12th  The Giants Eddie Stanky is banished by umpire Lon Warneke for refusing to stop waving his arms in an attempt to distract Phillies batter Andy Seminick. This is a reprise of a shuffle Stanky initiated on August 9. In the 4th, Stanky moves over behind 2B and goes into a windup the same time as the pitcher. Giants manager Leo Durocher had agreed to await a league ruling on the tactic, but after Seminick knocks Hank Thompson unconscious in a collision at 3B, Durocher turns Stanky loose. In the 4th, Seminick reaches base on an error, then on a force at 2B he puts a linebacker block on Bill Rigney, Stanky’s replacement, and both dugouts empty for a brawl. The Phils go on to win 5–4 in 11 innings, on Stan Lopata’s triple and a sac fly by Waitkus. The Giants protest Stanky’s ouster to no avail.

Allie Reynolds hits a bases loaded single and hurls the Yanks to a 7–2 win over the A’s. The loss goes to Scheib, but Bobby Shantz pitches the last 6.2 innings and clouts his only career homer, off the Chief.

13th The Giants earn a split with the Phils as Jim Hearn shuts out the Whiz Kids, 2–0. But the Phils will take 11 of their next 14 games to hold a 7-game edge over 2nd-place Brooklyn.

At Rochester (International League), Rochester edges Jersey City 3–2 in 22 innings. Pitchers Tom Poholsky of Rochester and Andy Tomasic of Jersey City go all the way.

14th  NL President Ford Frick reproaches Giant Eddie Stanky and bans his tactics, disallowing the Giants’ protest. He also fines Andy Seminick and Bill Rigney for the incident.

The Reds plate 11 runs in the 3rd inning as they beat the host Pirates, 13–8.

Before 60,120, the Indians turn back the Tigers, 3–2, in 10 innings, and reduce Detroit’s 1st-place advantage to 2 1/2 games. Al Rosen had tied the game in the 9th with a 2-out HR. RF Bob Kennedy helps the Tribe’s cause by starting a triple play from the outfield, recalling Tribe LF Charlie Jamieson’s 2 triple plays of 1928.

15th  The Red Sox defeat the Athletics 8–3 and 9–4 to begin a streak in which they reel off 27 of 30, propelling themselves back into the pennant race. Walt Dropo is hospitalized, however, after being beaned by the A’s Hank Wyse.

At Cleveland, Johnny Groth hits a 1st-inning grand slam to provide all the scoring for the Tigers as they best the Indians, 4-1. Art Houtteman is the winning pitcher.

16th  Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers denies news reports that Jackie Robinson, last year’s MVP, will be traded. The latest tempest was started by the second baseman’s comments after he was removed from the lineup on August 12th by Burt Shotton after making an error. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I was traded,” Jackie was quoted as saying.

At the Polo Grounds, Henry Thompson of the Giants hits two HRs, both inside-the-park, as the Giants pummel the Dodgers, 16–7. Thompson is the first to do this since Terry Moore hit two for the Cardinals at Forbes Field on this same date in 1939. Don Mueller adds a grand slam. The Giants jump on Erskine in the first inning as 13 of the first 14 batters reach first safely. Sal Maglie is the winner despite giving up two homers, good for six runs, to Gil Hodges. The win leaves the Dodgers in 3rd place, 7 games out and the Giants in 5th, 10 games in back of the Phils.

Boston wins its second doubleheader in two days, beating the A’s again, 11-3 and 12-7. Bobby Doerr has a grand slam off Joe Coleman for the Bostonians. Coleman hits a homer in game 1, but allows 14 Boston hits and takes the loss.

The Phils polish off the 2nd place Braves, 5–1 on Robin Roberts’ three-hitter. The Phils score 4 in the 4th off Vern Bickford, concluding the scoring with Del Ennis’ 26th homer.

17th The AL’s first Ladies Night Game draws more than 7,000 women who see the Red Sox top the A’s, 10–6, at Fenway. It is the 19th straight loss for the A’s at Fenway Park, stretching back to a win on September 12, 1948.

Reliever Steve Gromek (7-6) allows a hit in 6 innings, and Early Wynn delivers a pinch single to drive in the winning run the 12th as the Indians edge the visiting Browns, 5-4.

18th A’s lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last 5 innings, but it’s a critical one. With the score 2–2 in the top of the 9th, DiMaggio, cracks his 22nd HR of the year to give the 3rd place New Yorkers a 3–2 win and hand the Mackmen their 6th straight loss.

19th  The Gillette Safety Razor Co. pays $800,000 for TV rights to the WS. Radio rights will add another $175,000 more.

The Pirates outslug the Cubs, 13–9, for their 6th win in 7 games. Ralph Kiner slugs two homers to put him seven days and nine games ahead of last year, when he hit 54. He has rapped 8 this month and 4 in the last 5 games. Clyde McCullough adds a bases-loaded triple, sac fly, and two-run double, while Johnny Hopp homers. The Cubs answer with homers by Hank Sauer, Mickey Owen, and Roy Smalley, but its not enough. Reliever Bob Rush loses to Murry Dickson.

22nd The first-place Dodgers sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 4–3 and 8–7. Reliever Clyde King is the winner in both games.

At Wrigley Field, the Giants score 5 runs in the 6th inning to edge the Cubs, 6-5. Eddie Stanky walks twice in the frame, the second time this year (June 27) he has had two base on balls in one inning. It is the only season it has happened in the NL in this century.

23rd At Forbes Field, the Dodgers keep pace with the 1st-place Phillies by edging the Pirates, 7-5, in 17 innings. Gene Hermanski’s homer in the 17th is the game-winner. Both teams score a run in the 14th.

24th Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Red Sox tie it off ace Ned Garver before SS Vern Stephens hits a grand slam against the Browns for a 6–2 win. The Sox have now won 10 straight. The Sox have whipped the Browns 18 times in 19 games this year, with Garver notching the only Brownie win against Boston.

25th The Cubs win 7-6 over Braves, as reliever Dutch Leonard tops Warren Spahn.

The Red Sox win their 11th straight, beating the leading Tigers, 6–2, behind Mel Parnell. Boston, in 4th place, is just 3 1/2 games in back of Detroit.

26th  Roy Campanella of the Dodgers hits 3 HRs in a 7–5 win over the Reds at Crosley Field.

At Wrigley Field, Walker Cooper hits a grand slam to lead Boston to a 12-4 win over the Cubs and a split of their 4-game series.

At Fenway, Fred Hutchinson relieves Hal White in the 1st with no outs and 2 runs in and pitches 8 innings as the Tigers come back to beat the Red Sox, 8-6. The win snaps the Sox’ 11-game win streak. Detroit leads the Yankees and Indians by 1.5 games, and the Red Sox by 4.5 games.

27th  Yankee Allie Reynolds hurls a 2-hitter in a 2–1 win over the White Sox.

The Indians Ray Boone and Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox match grand slams today. Boone’s comes in the 7-run 3rd to give Bob Feller a 7–0 cushion. Vollmer’s pinch slam against Al Benton in the Sox 6-run 7th helps Boston to an 11–9 win. It is the Red Sox 9th slam of the season.

28th  Earle and Roy Mack, Connie’s sons by his first marriage, purchase 54 percent interest in the Athletics from Connie Mack, Jr., their younger brother from a 2nd marriage. Earle, Roy and Connie Mack now own 1,198 shares out of 1,500. “As long as dad wants to manage,” the two announce, “he will continue to manage.”

At Fenway the Red Sox come back from 10–0 and 12–1 deficits to beat the Indians 15–14. Bob Feller is the loser, this time in his only relief appearance of the season, coming in for starter Bob Lemon, the AL’s winningest pitcher. Dom DiMaggio’s 2 triples and a single pace the offense. It is the 2nd day in a row the Tribe has blown a big lead, losing a 7 run lead yesterday.

The White Sox top the Yankees, 6-4, who remain a game in back of the first-place Tigers. Gus Zernial homers for the Sox, giving them a club-record 75 on the year. The 1935 team hit 74 homers.

At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer socks three consecutive home runs, off Curt Simmons, as the Cubs edge the Phillies 7–5 in game 1. Sauer will connect for 3 homers off Simmons once more, in 1952. Knuckleballer Dutch Leonard, in his only start of the year, is today’s winner. The Phils then take the nightcap, 9–5, to move 5 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers.

30th  Eddie Stanky of the Giants walks twice in the 6th inning against the Pirates for a total of 7 straight times over 2 games, tying the ML record set by Billy Rogell and Mel Ott. The Giants win 4–0 behind Sal Maglie.

The Tigers drop out of first place for the first time since June 10 when they split a pair with the Senators, losing 3–2 in 11 innings, then taking the nightcap, 10–8.

31st  Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hits 4 HRs and a single, driving in 9 runs in the Dodgers 19–3 rout of the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field. Hodges’ 17 total bases is the most since 1894. Gil’s first homer is a 2-run shot off loser Warren Spahn in the 2nd inning, then a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Norman Roy, another 2-run homer off Bob Hall in the 6th, and a 2-run shot off Johnny Antonelli in the 8th. Carl Furillo is on base for each of the home runs. Erskine is the winner of the rout. Hodges had 4 long hits on June 25 last year, the first Dodger to twice have 4 extra base hits in a game.

1950 September

2nd At Philadelphia, Mel Parnell registers his 9th straight win over the A’s as the Red Sox win 9–3.

Phil Cavarretta leads off the 9th with a single, the Cubs lone hit against the Reds Ewell Blackwell. The Whip strikes out 10 in winning, 5–1. It is the third time that Cav has had the lone hit for the Cubs.

3rd  In a slugfest at Forbes Field, the Pirates emerge with a 12-11 victory over the Cardinals in 10 innings. St. Louis scores a run in the 9th to tie at 9 apiece and 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the lead. Pittsburgh responds with solo homers Pete Castiglione and Bob Dillinger, both off Harry Brecheen, to tie. With two outs and the bases empty, the Cards give an intentional walk to slugger Ralph Kiner, who hit two homers in earlier. The strategy backfires when rookie Gus Bell doubles Kiner home. Wally Westlake has a 3rd-inning grand slam for the Bucs.

Havana (Florida International League) wins its 5th straight pennant. Miami, managed by Pepper Martin, finishes 2nd.

4th  Giant hurlers Jim Hearn and Sal Maglie hurl twin shutouts over the Phils, winning 2–0 and 9–0. Coupled with a shut out loss to the Giants yesterday, the Phils have not scored in 3 games at home. But they lead the Dodgers by 7 games.

Reds OF Johnny Wyrostek drives in 8 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Cardinals, 5–4 and 8–4.

Behind Vern Bickford and Warren Spahn, the Braves sweep the Dodgers, 11-4 and 3-2. Rex Barney makes his last appearance for the Dodgers in relief. The 24-year-old fireballer never fully recovered from a broken leg sustained on the last day of the season two years ago when he slid into 2B during a game.

Don Bessent of LaGrange (Georgia-Alabama League) pitches a 14-0 playoff no-hitter over Carrollton.

5th  In a curious waiver deal, the Yankees acquire 1B Johnny Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark, from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance, though he will be ineligible for the WS.

Phils lefty Curt Simmons is the first player inducted into the Army as a result of the Korean conflict. He will get one more start before reporting.

Purdue Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers’ football squad.

6th  Don Newcombe tries for a doubleheader victory against Philadelphia. After winning the first game 2–0, he pitches the 2nd game but leaves in the 7th inning trailing 2–0. But the Dodgers rally to win 3–2 and hand the first-place Phillies their 5th defeat in a row.

At Fenway, the hot Red Sox roll over the Yankees, 11-2, as Mel Parnell goes to 15-8. It is Boston’s 17th win in 18 games. Vern Stephens has 4 hits for Boston, including a triple and a homer. Ed Lopat (15-8) allows 6 runs in 6 innings and reliever Whitey Ford coughs up 5 runs in 2 innings. Years later, Phil Rizzuto recalls the game. “I’ll never forget September 6th, 1950. I got a letter threatening me, Hank Bauer, Yogi Berra and Johnny Mize. It said that if I showed up in uniform against the Red Sox, I’d be shot. I turned the letter over to the FBI and told my manager Casey Stengel about it. You know what Casey did? He gave me a different uniform and gave mine to Billy Martin. Can you imagine that! Guess Casey thought it’d be better if Billy got shot.” Ted Williams works out with the Sox but does not play; he will accompany the team on their western swing.

7th  Tiger OF Hoot Evers hits for the cycle, adds another triple, and knocks in 6 runs in a 13–13, ten-inning tie with Cleveland. The game, ended because of darkness, leaves Detroit in first place by a few percentage points ahead of New York. Al Rosen and Bob Feller both hit early 2-run homers as the Indians blow three leads in the game.

8th Russ Meyer snaps the Phils’ 5-game losing streak with a 4–3 victory over the Dodgers.

9th  Sal Maglie of the Giants hurls his 4th consecutive shutout, tying a ML record, and beats the Dodgers 2–0. Alvin Dark’s 2 homers provide the runs.

The Red Sox advance to within a half-game of the 2nd place Yankees by walloping the A’s, 8–3 and 11–3. All the Boston runs in the opener are unearned. In game 2, a 7-run 2nd inning allows Walt Masterson to coast home as Zarilla, Stephens, and Doerr all homer. Dom DiMaggio steals his 15th: his 15 stolen bases will lead the AL, the lowest total in history.

At Chicago, Detroit’s Art Houtteman has a single and a triple as he shuts out the White Sox, 7-0. Houtteman will rack up 21 complete games and 4 saves, both highs for the Tigers. Three other pitchers this season (Lou Brissie, A’s; Larry Jansen, Giants; Ewell Blackwell, Reds) will also lead their team in CG and saves. 

10th  Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium, as the Yanks beat Washington 8–1. Joe also adds an RBI double, to pass the 100-ribbie mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the 2nd game 6–2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York is now a half-game in back of the leaders with Boston a half game behind the Yankees.

The Red Sox win their 22nd in a row at home from the Athletics, 6–2, a streak dating back to 1949. The Red Sox won all 11 games two years in a row.

The Tigers and White Sox finally finish a game that started in April. The game was originally scheduled as the nightcap of a doubleheader, April 30, but was halted by darkness after 9 innings deadlocked at 7-7. Rescheduled for August 10, the contest was halted in the 7th with the score 1–1. Hal Newhouser finally ends it with a 1–0, 12 inning win. Hoot Evers triples and scores on a single by Johnny Groth off Randy Gumpert, who also toils 12 innings. The league leaders fail to cash in by losing the nightcap, 5–4, cutting their lead to a half game over New York and a game ahead of Boston.

San Francisco (PCL) lefty Al Lien throws a 17-inning, 1–0, shutout over the Hollywood Stars.

11th The Yanks move back in first with a twin win over the Senators, 5–1 and 6–2. Rookies Ford and Jensen lead the way in the opener as Whitey wins his 6th straight. Jensen has 3 hits including his first ML HR. Lopat wins his 16th in game 2.

12th  The Yankees blow a 6-run lead as Cleveland scores 4 in the 9th inning off Allie Reynolds to win, 8–7. Luke Easter’s 3-run walkoff HR—his 2nd of the game—is the big blow, as the Yankees skid to 2nd place, a half game behind Detroit and a half game ahead of Boston.

Ewell Blackwell gives up just one hit, a run-scoring double in the 4th to Gene Hermanski, but the Dodgers whip the Reds ace, 2–1. Carl Erskine allows three hits, including a double by Blackwell and a home run by Ted Kluszewski. Hermanski and Snider drive in the two runs for Brooklyn.

13th  Sal Maglie’s string of scoreless innings ends at 45, but he beats the Pirates 3–1 in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. Pirate Gus Bell’s 257-foot fly ball barely clears the RF wall at the Polo Grounds. For Maglie, it is his 11th straight win.

14th  Pinch-hitter Ted Tappe homers in his first ML at bat, off Erv Palica, but the Reds lose 6–2 to Brooklyn. Reds also drop the 2nd game, 5–2. The Dodgers trail the leading Phils by 6 games.

‘Puddin head’ Jones single in the 9th inning gives the Phils and reliever Jim Konstanty a 3–2 win over the Cardinals. The Cards collect 9 hits and 10 walks but have 18 runners left on base to tie the ML record. The Phils strand 10 to tie the NL night-game record for 2 teams set in 1948.

In Detroit, Vic Raschi posts his 20th win of the season to give New York a hard-fought 7–5 win. Raschi walks in two runs in the opening inning as Detroit tallies 4 runs, but New York comes back as DiMaggio cracks his 29th HR and Mize follows a walk to Bauer with his 10th HR. New York takes over 1st place by a half game.

The Browns stretch their win streak to 8 games by beating the Red Sox, 6–3, for their 2nd win over the Millionaires in 20 games. Brown wins his 4th straight. The 8-game streak is the longest since 1944. The defeat drops the Bosox 2 games behind the Yanks. His fractured elbow now healed, Ted Williams pinch hits in the 8th a doubles.

15th  For a ML-record 6th time, Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game, but the Yankees lose 9–7 at Detroit. Mize matches Ruth’s mark of doing it in both leagues, but the Babe only had 2 three-homer games. With the victory, the Tigers recapture first place from New York.

Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox lineup and raps a HR and 3 singles in a 12–9 defeat of the Browns. The Red Sox will come within 2 games of the first place Yankees this week, but will end up in 3rd place, behind both New York and Detroit.

In game 2, Eddie Waitkus of the first-place Phils gets 5 hits for the 3rd time this season, as the Phillies beat the Reds 8–7 in 19 innings. Teammate Del Ennis goes 5-for-10. The Reds lead 5–0 after 5 innings, but the Phils tie it up in regulation. Jim Konstanty pitches 10-innings of relief as he makes 17 relief appearances this year of 3 or more innings. Both teams score twice in the 18th, and the Phils score in the 19th on a bases-loaded hit by Del Ennis. The Phils win the lid lifter, 2–1, and move to 7 1/2 over the Dodgers.

Cloyd Boyer, the Cardinals’ scheduled starter against Brooklyn, injures his arm during his warm-ups and has to depart, getting credit for the game start although he never faces a batter. Red Munger replaces Boyer and goes the distance, being awarded a complete game for his effort, a 6–2 Cards win. The loser is Don Newcombe, who had beaten the Redbirds 4 straight this year.

16th Rookie Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit, 8–1 and move them back into first place. DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford drives to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Yankees into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.

At Ebbets Field, Reds rookie Ted Tappe pinch hits in the 8th and homers in his first major league at bat. The round tripper, off Erv Palica, helps cement a 6–3 win over Brooklyn. Tappe will hit 4 more homers, all as a member of the Cubs.

Pirate pitcher Cliff Chambers and Boston’s Vern Bickford each hurl 11 scoreless innings before Bickford blinks in the 12th. Two walks, a wild pitch, and 4 singles give the Pirates the 4–0 win and keeps Bickford at 19 wins.

13th With relief help from Ellis Kinder in the 9th, Mel Parnell wins his 9th in a row to give the Red Sox a 3–2 win over the Tigers. With the Yankees splitting with St. Louis, Boston is now 1 1/2 games behind the league leaders, and a half game behind 2nd place Detroit.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score the tying run in the 9th inning of game 1 against Stubby Overmire, but the Browns plate a run in the bottom of the frame to win, 6-5. In game 2, the Yankees score 5 runs in the top of the 9th—4 on a grand slam by Johnny Hopp—to win, 6-1. Starter Allie Reynolds (14-12) is the winning pitcher.

The A’s take a 9–0 lead on Cleveland, then finally defeat the Indians, 10–9, in 11 innings when rookie OF Jim Lemon throws to the wrong base. The throw allows Wahl to score from 1B on Mike Guerra’s single.

18th  At Ebbets Field, Dodgers leadoff hitter Tommy Brown hits 3 HRs in his team’s losing effort. He is the 3rd Dodger this year to clout 3 homers in one game and the first leadoff hitter to hit 3 homers. The Cubs Ron Northey hits his third lifetime pinch grand slam—a ML record since tied—to give Chicago a 9–7 win.

19th  Stan Musial hits a homer to pace the Cards to an 8–7 win against Boston. Musial will finish the year at .346 to win his 4th batting title.

20th  Thrashing the Cubs 9–6 at Philadelphia, the Phils open a 7 1⁄2 game lead, their biggest so far. Jim Konstanty, appearing for the 68th time, wins his 16th, thanks to 2 homers by Mike Goliat, Boston and Brooklyn are tied for 2nd place with 79-61 records: The Phils are at 87-54.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges puts the Dodgers on the board with a grand slam in the 1st inning as the Dodgers down the Pirates, 7-2. Carl Erskine (5-5) is the winner.

The Red Sox pennant hopes are jolted by the Indians who take a doubleheader sweep, 6–3 and 7–1. The losses drop the Yawkeymen out of a 2nd place tie with Detroit. Bob Lemon wins his 21st in the opener, and Early Wynn cops his 17th in game 2. Easter and Gordon homer to give the Tribe a club-record 156. Billy Goodman, hitting .357, is 2-for-8 to go over 400 at bats and qualify for the hitting title. He is leading George Kell by 14 points.

21st Warren Spahn of the Braves wins his 21st game, hurling a 2-hit, 5–0 win over the Cards.

22nd In the top of the 9th in Cleveland, Detroit’s Don Kolloway cracks a 2-run HR off Bob Feller to tie the game at 3–3. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Gordon takes Hal Newhouser downtown to hand the Tigers a heartbreaking 4–3 loss. The loss pushes the Bengals back into 2nd place, a half game behind idle New York. Feller now stands 8–2 against the Tiger ace stretching back to 1940. The two will face off once more in a no-decision contest in 1952. Cleveland is the only team that holds a winning edge over Detroit this year (13–9).

23rd  The Athletics erupt for 12 runs against the Senators in the 6th inning to win 16–5. Reserve catcher Joe Astroth hits his first homer, a grand slam off Julio Moreno, and a single and knocks in a since-topped ML record 6 runs in the big inning (It is the since-tied AL mark). Astroth had 22 RBIs in 104 games prior to today.

In what amounts to a political and monetary act of leverage, Brooklyn’s Branch Rickey offers to sell his 25 percent interest to real estate mogul William Zeckendorf.

The Braves’ Johnny Sain fails in his attempt to win his 20th game, but hits his first ML HR, off Larry Jansen in the 8th, in a 4–3 loss to the visiting Giants. With two outs in the 10th, Sam Jethroe loses Don Mueller’s fly ball in the sun and Mueller legs out a triple. Hank Thompson’s single wins it for Larry Jansen. A Saturday crowd of 5,535 watch the Tribe drop out of 2nd place, while the Giants move to within three games of the Phils.

Don Newcombe outpitches Robin Roberts to give Brooklyn a 3–2 against the 1st-place Phils.

The Yankees, a half-game up for 1st place over the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston, open a crucial series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio’s 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win 8–0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits, including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio, in posting his 100th career win.

Mike Garcia and the Indians hand the Tigers a crushing 10–2 defeat to leave Detroit in 2nd place at the end of the day. Larry Doby has a grand slam off Art Houtteman and Luke Easter hits a 3-run double.

24th  Pitcher Erv Palica of the Dodgers is the star today pitching a 2-hitter in an 11-0 win over Philadelphia, and hitting a 5th inning grand slam—his only career homerun– off Bubba Church of the Phils. The win cuts the Phillies’ lead to 5 games. The Phils will win 2 out of 3 in Boston to put the Braves out of the race.

Mental lapses crush Tiger hopes. Due to heavy smoke from a Canadian forest fire, Detroit puts on the lights in a Sunday afternoon contest with the Indians. Cleveland’s only score in 9 innings is pitcher Bob Lemon’s HR in the 4th, as the match is tied 1–1 on Johnny Lipon’s HR. Lemon opens the 10th with a triple, and 2 intentional walks follow. With the bases loaded and one out, C Aaron Robinson thinks he has a shot at a DP by just stepping on home. Because of the haze, he did not see 1B Don Kolloway remove the force after fielding the ball hit by slugger Luke Easter, and the Indians win 2–1, to sweep the Bengals.

66,924 fans are on hand for Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox 9–5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1⁄2 ahead of Detroit. Rizzuto contributes a single, double, and HR, while Berra adds 4 hits including a triple. DiMag’s hit streak reaches 15. New York will win 5 of their next 7, while the Tigers will manage to go 4–3.

Camilo Pascual makes his ML debut and matches fellow Cubans on the Senators—Marrero, Consuegra, and Moreno—by notching a victory, beating the A’s, 3–1. For 19-year-old Carlos, this is his lone ML win, but his brother Camilo will fare better. Kucab, making his first ML start after 2 relief appearances, is the loser.

After the Reds win the opener against Pittsburgh, 7–1, behind Ewell Blackwell, the Bucs take the nightcap, 3–2, on Wally Westlake’s steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 6th inning. Murry Dickson is the winner.

25th  Both Mel Parnell and rookie Harry Taylor of the Red Sox shut out Philadelphia, winning 8–0 and 3–0. Parnell throws a 3-hitter, and Taylor allows only 2 hits in the nightcap to win his first ML game.

26th Phils’ relief ace Jim Konstanty makes his 71st appearance, a ML record, in the Phils’ 8–7 win over the Braves in front of 1,987 Boston fans.

27th  The Phils rally for 5 runs in the 8th to tie, but the Giants win in 10 innings 8–7. Monte Irvin, sliding across the plate with the winning run, injures catcher Andy Seminick, limiting his effectiveness. He will play the next day and all through the WS, later to find out that he has a bone separation. In the nightcap, Bobby Thomson’s 1st inning inside-the-park grand slam is all the Giants need as Jim Hearn wins 5–0. The Dodgers split with the Braves cutting the Phillies lead to 2 games.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers and Braves split two with Brooklyn coming from behind to win 9-6 in the opener. Bob Elliot cracks a 3rd inning grand slam, off Erv Palica, to provide all the scoring Johnny Sain needs in the nightcap as Boston wins, 4-2.

Against the A’s, Whitey Ford relieves and loses his first game after 9 wins. The Yanks lose, 8–7.

28th  The Phils lose their 2nd doubleheader in a row at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie tops them in the opener 3–1, and Sheldon Jones outmatches Roberts to win 3–1 in the 2nd game.

The Tigers 3 out of 4 game in their series with the Browns, but only have one winning pitcher—Hal White. He relieves in all 4 games, winning three straight to set the AL record, since tied. The Tigers lose game 1 on the 26th, 4–1, with the defeat going to Newhouser. White relieves Trout in the nightcap and wins, 5–3, after hurtling one inning. He replaced Art Houtteman yesterday in the 9th and threw one pitch and won 5–4. Today he relieves in the 10th and the Tigers score in the 12th to win, 4–3.

29th  The idle Yankees clinch their 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel, as Cleveland’s Bob Lemon sets down Detroit 12–2 for his 23rd win.

The Cardinals name Marty “Mr. Shortstop” Marion as their player-manager for 1951.

The Dodgers win a pair from Boston 7–5 and 7–6, shaving the idle Phils lead to 2, with 2 head-to-head games at Ebbets Field remaining.

30th  Before 23,879 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn pulls within one game of the lead, as Erv Palica wins 7–3 over the Phillies. The Brooks rout rookie Bob Miller and then Duke Snider and Roy Campanella pound homers off Jim Konstanty. It is the Phillies 5th loss in a row, their 8th in 10 games. The red-hot Dodgers have now won 13 of their last 16 games. For the 2nd year in a row, the pennant race will come down to the last game. If the Dodgers win tomorrow, the race will end in a three-way tie.

Pitchers Gerry Staley and George Munger combine for a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs when the Cards win 2–0 and 4–0.

Eddie Robinson hits a grand slam and Gus Zernial adds a 2-run homer as the White Sox defeat the Browns, 8-2. Billy Pierce (12-16) is the winner.

1950 October


1st  In Robin Roberts’ third start in 5 days, Dick Sisler’s dramatic homerun off Don Newcombe in the 10th clinches the pennant 4–1 for the Whiz Kids. It is the Phillies’ first pennant in 35 years. In the play that sets the stage for Sisler’s heroics, CF Richie Ashburn, playing shallow, throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say, “I think they should have held me at 3rd,” while Dodgers’ skipper Burt Shotton, commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away, “I should have bunted. If you don’t believe me, look in the newspapers.” Brooklyn’s only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park HR. Roberts wins his 20th, the first 20-game winner for the Phils since Pete Alexander in 1917.

Gus Zernial of the White Sox hits one homer in a 4-3 first-game win over the visiting Browns. He adds three more in the nightcap, a 10-6 loss, to tie an AL record for a twinbill and set a club record with 29 homers, 10 of which came against St. Louis. Zeke Bonura held the Sox homer record with 27, set in 1934, and tied by Kuhel in 1940. Zernial also sets the AL mark for homers in October. Bill Wight bests Ned Garver in the opener, going hitless while doing it and ending the year with 61 hitless at bats, an AL record. For a while he will hold the ML record until Bob Buhl tops him in the NL.

Ted Williams has 4 hits to lead the Red Sox to a 7–3, win over the Series-bound Yankees. Williams has three RBIs to finish with 97 in 89 games. With many regulars sitting out, rookie Ernie Nevel gives up 4 runs in three innings to take the loss. Lou Burdette gives up a run in the 4th before Lopat and Eddie (not Whitey yet) Ford also appear. Buddy Rosar’s two-run homer, off Ford, completes Boston’s scoring. Harry Taylor goes the distance for his 2nd win. Goodman, who hasn’t played since pinch hitting twice in a twinbill loss to Washington 4 days ago, wins the AL batting title with a .354 average. The Sox have the solace of leading the majors in scoring for the third straight year: the next AL team to do that will be the Red Sox of 2003-05. They also set a ML record for OBP with a startling .385.

2nd  Dom DiMaggio of the Red Sox is the AL leader in steals with 15, the lowest figure ever recorded and a reflection of the emphasis on heavy hitting throughout the season. The younger DiMag made his contribution there as well, batting a career-high .328, tying for the lead with 11 triples, and leading the AL with 131 runs. His brother Joe led with a .585 slugging percentage despite his August slump. For the second straight year, two Red Sox tie for the top spot in RBIs, as Vern Stephens and Walt Dropo drive in 144 apiece. Last year, Stephens tied with Williams for the lead at 159. Dropo drives in his 144 in just 136 games, the first player to top 100 with more ribbies than games played.

3rd  Baseball rules that Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in the WS despite his being on furlough from the Army.

4th  Relief ace Jim Konstanty of the Phils starts and loses to Vic Raschi and the Yankees in Philadelphia 1–0 in Game 1 of the WS. Bobby Brown doubles and comes around on 2 long flies to score the lone run.

The Columbus Clippers (AA) win the Little World Series 4 games to 1 with a 6–3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (IL).

5th  Allie Reynolds and the Yankees win again over ace Robin Roberts 2–1 in 10 innings in Philadelphia. Joe DiMaggio’s leadoff HR in the 10th inning is the game winner.

6th  Tom Ferrick and the Yanks go up 3 games to none, with a 3–2 win over Russ Meyer and the Phils at Yankee Stadium.

7th  Whitey Ford wins his first WS game, 5–2, over Bob Miller at the Stadium. The 4-game sweep gives the Yankees their 13th World Championship. Infielder Jerry Coleman is named the MVP of the Series.

9th  Yankees manager Casey Stengel signs a 2-year pact estimated at between $65,000 and $80,000 a year.

10th  The Chicago White Sox hire Seattle Rainiers (PCL) manager Paul Richards as their manager for 1951 ushering in the era of the “Go Go” Sox. Chicago, which stole an ML-low 19 bases in 1950, will top the majors next year with 99.

With Hodges their first baseman for the next decade, the Dodgers trade two minor league first basemen, Dee Fondy and Chuck Connors, to the Cubs for veteran catcher Hank Edwards and cash. Edwards will be waived to the Reds on July 21, while Fondy will win the first base job with Chicago. Connor will end up with LA (PCL) and soon start his movie career.

11th  Oakland (PCL) trades Ray Noble, Artie Wilson and Al Gettel to the New York Giants for Bert Haas, Joe Lafata, Bill Ayers, Wes Bailey and $125,000. Wilson is a former PCL and Negro League batting champion who was a mentor to Willie Mays.

16th  The Brooklyn Dodgers fail to renew Branch Rickey’s contract as president.

Manager Eddie Dyer is out after 5 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He will return to off-season oil and real estate businesses in Houston.

18th  Connie Mack retires after an amazing 50 years as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. Jimmy Dykes replaces him. Mack maintains his position as president of the club.

26th  The Baseball Writers of America select Yankee SS Phil Rizzuto as the AL MVP. Billy Goodman is a distant second.

Branch Rickey resigns as president of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Walter O’Malley succeeds him. Rickey sells his 25 percent interest in the club for a reported $1.05 million.

1950 November

2nd  The baseball writers select Phillies relief P Jim Konstanty as the NL’s MVP.

6th  Branch Rickey signs a 5-year contract as executive vice president/GM with the Pirates.

8th  The Baseball Writers Association of America announces that slugging 1B Walt Dropo of the Boston Red Sox is the Rookie of the Year in the AL.

Commissioner Happy Chandler and player reps agree on the split of the TV-radio rights from the WS.

9th  The Associated Press chooses Phillie skipper Eddie Sawyer as Manager of the year.

The baseball writers name Sam Jethroe of the Boston Braves as the NL Rookie of the Year.

The White Sox release Luke Appling, who has been with the Sox since 1930, so he can become the manager of the Memphis Chicks (SA). He accepted the job with the Chicks on November 1. He’ll be named minor league manager of the year, by The Sporting News, in 1952.

10th  After 9 years at the helm, the Indians fire their manager, Lou Boudreau, amid the howls of fan protest. Although Boudreau’s overall winning percentage is a moderate .529, he won 92 games in a 4th-place finish, his best showing since 97 in the championship year of l948. Al Lopez, who has piloted Minneapolis (AA) since l948, takes over with a 2-year contract.

16th  League presidents Ford Frick and Will Harridge vote to deposit $950,000 received for WS TV-radio rights into the player’s pension fund.

20th  Pirate GM Roy Hamey resigns to make way for Branch Rickey.

26th  The Gillette Safety Razor Co. signs a 6-year deal, worth an estimated $6 million, with ML baseball for the TV-radio rights for the WS.

27th  The Red Sox sign former Cleveland SS great Lou Boudreau as a player to a 2-year contract worth an estimated $150,000.

28th  Having ousted Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley now fires Burt Shotton as manager. Oakland (PCL) manager Chuck Dressen is his replacement.

1950 December

5th  Mel Ott, who has been working in the Giants farm system, hires on for 2 years in the Oakland managerial spot vacated by Dressen.

11th  At the winter meeting, held in St. Petersburg, FL, ML owners vote 9-7 against renewing Commissioner Happy Chandler’s contract for a new term, starting in 1951. The Cardinals’ Fred Saigh led the opposition to Chandler, who had jeopardized the reserve clause and ordered investigations of the alleged gambling activities of several owners. The owner also rescind the Bonus Baby rule, but will bring it back in a different form in 1952.

14th  The baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as rapidly as possible.

18th  Yankee great Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich calls it a career as a player. He accepts a coaching position with the Yankees.

1951 January

23rd  Guido Rujo sells his interest in the Braves to copartners Lou Perini and Treasurer Joe Many.

26th  The baseball writers vote Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx into the Hall of Fame.

29th  Baseball signs a 6-year All-Star Game pact for TV-radio rights calling for $6 million. A number of owners criticize lame duck Commissioner Happy Chandler, stating that in a couple of years the broadcast rights would be worth much more than a million per annum.

1951 February

5th  California Governor Earl Warren denies he is a candidate for baseball commissioner.

9th  The St. Louis Browns sign Satchel Paige, 45. He had been out of ML baseball since last pitching for the Indians in l949.

18th  In Miami, Al Dark shoots a 76 to defeat teammate Jim Hearn and win the active players Baseball Players Golf Tournament. Winning in the inactive division with a 73 is former minor leaguer Pete Harris, who won it the last two seasons as well.

21st  The South Carolina House introduces a resolution urging that “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, who was banished from baseball because of his part in the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, be reinstated.

1951 March

9th  The St. Louis Browns seek a $600,000 loan to help them stay in St. Louis.

10th  The Browns reveal plans to possibly move the club to Milwaukee because of poor attendance.

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover reports that he declined the post of baseball commissioner.

12th  Happy Chandler loses his fight to stay in office by a 9-7 vote.

15th  In a 6-5 spring training win over the Phillies at St. Petersburg, the Giants lose two veterans to injuries. Eddie Stanky takes a line drive off his wrist and Roy Weatherly fractures his jaw when hit by a pitch. The 36-year-old Weatherly will finish up his career in the minors.

19th  Detroit player rep Fred Hutchinson asks that players be allowed a say in choosing the new commissioner.

In Hollywood, the Yankees lose to the PCL Hollywood Stars, 6-3. The big blow is a 3-run homer in the 6th by Frank Kelleher off Wally Hood.

In Burbank, the Browns beat the PCL Portland Beavers, 9-6, for their first exhibition win in 8 games.

21st Pittsburgh’s lefty first baseman Dale Long makes his first appearance as a catcher in an exhibition game against San Diego.

23rd  The Brooklyn Dodgers sign a 21-year lease with the city of Vero Beach, FL, for use of their spring training facilities there.

26th In an exhibition game at USC, heralded rookie Mickey Mantle propels a homer estimated at 654 to 660 feet. The shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. Mantle has two homers, a bases-loaded triple, and drives in 7 runs as the Yankees flunk the collegians, 15–1.

31st Chuck Connors ties a Los Angeles (PCL) record when he hits 3 homers and drives in 7 runs in a 12–1 win over San Francisco.

1951 April

1st  The Browns trade infielder George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss and SS Merrill Combs to Cleveland for 3B Fred Marsh and $35,000.

2nd  Boston slugger Walt Dropo, the 1950 AL Rookie of the Year, breaks his wrist, but will be back in action on the 17th in Yankee Stadium.

12th  Cincinnati President Warren Giles proposes Gen. Douglas MacArthur, recently deposed commander of UN forces in Korea, as the new commissioner.

A UPI poll picks the Red Sox and Giants to win the pennant. An AP poll picks Brooklyn and the Red Sox.

17th  Rain cancels yesterday’s presidential opener in Washington, washing out the debut of rookie Tom Morgan. Morgan would have been the first Yankee rookie ever to start an opener. Clad in an army uniform, Whitey Ford tosses out the first pitch today at Yankee Stadium, and Vic Raschi scatters six singles to shut out the Red Sox, 5–0. Bill Wight gives up all the Yankee runs, including a two-run homer to Jackie Jensen in the 3rd inning. Mickey Mantle, making his debut before 44,860, has one hit and scores a run. Also debuting is public address announcer Bob Sheppard who won’t miss a Yankee opener until 2006.

The Athletics play the first home Opening Day night game in AL history, losing to Washington 6–1. Forty-year-old Connie Marrero is the winner as batterymate Mickey Grasso homers.

18th   At Pittsburgh, the Bucs Murry Dickson goes 6 innings, allowing 3 runs in the first inning, to get the victory, 5–4, over the Cards. Dickson cracks a homer and Wally Westlake also homers for the game winner. Tom Poholsky, the first Cardinal rookie to ever start an opener, pitches 7 innings and takes the loss.

In the pregame ceremonies at Wrigley Field, Sam Snead tees off from home plate and hits a golf ball off the CF scoreboard, the only ball ever to reach the structure. The Cubs follow suit in their home opener, slamming the Reds 8–3 and beating Cub nemesis Ken Raffensberger. Rookie 1B Dee Fondy hits a 2nd-inning bases-loaded triple, off Ken Raffensberger, in his first ML at bat, one of his 3 hits.

Cold weather, including snow in Pittsburgh, holds the opening day attendance for the eight games to 171,678. Last year it was 252,700.

20th The A’s win their first game at Fenway since September 12, 1948, beating the Sox, 6–3, after a string of 22 straight losses. Making it sweeter is besting Mel Parnell, winner of 10 straight over Philadelphia. The A’s break a 3-3 tie in the 8th with 3 runs to make Alex Kellner the winner, just the 3rd lefty since 1948 to go the distance in Fenway.

The Artie Wilson Shift! In the 7th inning against the Giants, manager Chuck Dressen puts on a shift for New York pinch hitter Artie Wilson. Dressen, a former PCL manager, knows the lefty Wilson, the 1949 PCL batting champion (no homers), does not hit to right field and puts Reese and Cox closer to 3B, moves Robinson 10 feet to the 3B side of 2B, and brings Furillo in to play Robbie’s 2B position. Centerfielder Snider plays left center and Don Thompson hugs the LF line with RF empty. Wilson grounds back to Don Newcombe as the Giants lose, 7-3. Wilson will return to the PCL next month.

21st  Gil Coan of the Senators gets two triples in the 6th inning at Washington, the last major leaguer this century to collect 2 triples in an inning. The Senators score 7 runs in the frame, but that’s it as they lose to the Yankees, 8–7. Tom Ferrick is the winner.

22nd Led by Gus Bell, who belts a homer, 3 doubles and a single, the Pirates defeat the Reds, 7–5. The second game of the twinbill is postponed because of a sloppy Crosley Field.

24th  At Fenway, Washington’s Bob Kuzava goes the distance as the Senators beat the Red Sox, 7-5. Irv Noren and Gene Verble each have 3 RBI. Ted Williams has a homer, just one of 31 he hits in his career in the month of April, and the only one off a lefty. Williams will have 521 career homers (as noted by Erv Cope).

25th  Former Braves pitcher 33-year-old Jim Prendergast contests the reserve clause. His lawyer, Frederic Johnson, who was the attorney for Danny Gardella, files a $150,000 suit, alleging that his client’s trade from Syracuse to Beaumont in the Texas League constitutes a breach of the nation’s antitrust laws.

Right fielder Bob Usher of the Reds throws out 2 runners in the 5th inning in a 4–3 win against the Cubs.

In the opening game, a 8–6 win over the Browns, Eddie Robinson becomes the 8th player, but the first White Sox to hit a ball over the RF grandstand, added 26 years ago, at Comiskey. His blast comes off Al Widmar. Also leaving the park are Delsing and Wood for St. Louis, and Zarilla for the Sox. Browns ace Ned Garver beats Marv Rotblatt, 7–4, in the nightcap

26th Connie Marrero of Washington allows just one hit—a homer by the A’s Barney McCosky—in topping Philadelphia, 2–1. Joe Coleman is the loser, serving up solo homers to Mickey Vernon and Gil Coan.

28th  Bob Lemon, who lost his last outing to the Browns, tops host St. Louis, 12-4. Dale Mitchell helps with a 4th inning grand slam.

29th  El Paso owner Jack Corbett seeks a writ to prevent Commissioner Happy Chandler from removing records pending outcome of his antitrust suit.

30th  In a complex 3-way deal, the White Sox get OF/3B Minnie Minoso from the Indians and OF Paul Lehner from the Athletics. Philadelphia sends P Lou Brissie to Cleveland and gets OF Gus Zernial and Dave Philley from Chicago and P Sam Zoldak and C Ray Murray from Cleveland. Hard-luck lefty Lou Brissie, who led the A’s in saves (8) and CG (15) is considered the plum in the proceedings. Rookie Minoso, who hit .339 at San Diego (PCL) last year is leading all Indian hitters with a .461 mark.

The Giants break an 11-game losing streak with an 8–5 win over the Dodgers. New York scores 6 runs in the first inning as Chris Van Cuyk lasts exactly 11 pitches before Earl Mosser, making his ML debut, takes over. After three walks, Mosser leaves for Joe Hatten, the third of six pitchers. Sal Maglie wins, with relief help from Sheldon Jones.

Jim Prendergast, formerly of the Syracuse Chiefs, sues major league baseball for $150,000 to test the legality of the reserve clause. The 33-year-old lefty contends the reserve clause is monopolistic and violates anti-trust laws.

1951 May

1st  The Yankees’ new phenom, Mickey Mantle, connects for his first ML HR, off Randy Gumpert of the White Sox. Minnie Minoso becomes the first black to play for the White Sox. He plays 3B and, facing Vic Raschi in his first ML at bat, rips a HR to CF. The Yankees win 8–3, with Mantle collecting 3 RBIs.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants collect 5 hits—3 by Alvin Dark—to beat the Cubs, 5-3. Dark’s big hit is a grand slam in the 6th. He also starts a nifty DP in the 7th when, with 2 on and no out, Terwilliger lines off Jim Hearn’s ankle and the carom is fielded by Dark. With Chicago in the field in the 4th, Umpire Frank Dascoli banished the entire bench of Cubs players (11 of them) to the clubhouse, apparently for calling him “Rabbit Ears.” Later, two of the players, Bill Serena and Smoky Burgess, were recalled for pinch hitting duties.

The A’s (2-12) score a record 8 runs in the 11th inning to beat Detroit, 9–1, and end their 10-game losing streak. Dave Philley, in his first day as an Athletic, hits a bunt single and triple in the big frame. Lou Limmer’s bases-loaded triple off Gene Bearden starts the scoring.

University of New Mexico pitchers walk 21 Arizona batters in college baseball.

2nd Before 4,976 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 6 runs in the 7th to defeat the Cubs, 8–1. George Spencer, who won the final game of the 1950 season, makes his 1951 debut a successful one, allowing six hits. Johnny Schmitz takes the loss for Chicago. Ray Noble has two ribbies for New York. Noble is playing for Wes Westrum, who broke his finger yesterday when he was hit by a foul tip.

3rd  In St. Louis, Gil McDougald hits a grand slam and a triple in the 9th, as the Yanks score 11 runs in the inning to rout St. Louis, 17–3. McDougald, destined to be Rookie of the Year, racks up 6 RBIs in the frame. Jackie Jensen follows McDougald’s triple with one of his own, then homers after Gil’s grand slam. The Yankees collect a record 7 extra base hits in the frame. Allie Reynolds is the winner.

At Boston, Andy Pafko hits a grand slam off starter Max Surkont to pace the Cubs to a 9-3 victory over the Braves. His four-bagger snaps a 1-1 tie and helps give rookie Bob Schultz his first ML win.

4th  NY Representative Emanuel Celler, citing the case of Danny Gardella, plans a probe of ML baseball for antitrust violations.

In St. Louis, the Yanks pummel the Browns, 8–1, behind Eddie Lopat. Mantle, again batting leadoff and playing RF, connects for his 2nd HR, off Duane Pillette, a 450-shot in the 6th inning.

5th At the Polo Grounds, Al Dark’s second grand slam in a week gives the Giants the lead as they top the Pirates, 8-3.

In a Western International League at Victoria, visiting Salem wins 1-0 in 23 innings. Victoria’s losing pitcher Roland Smith hurls the entire game.

6th  Pirate P Cliff Chambers throws a no-hitter at the Boston Braves in Boston, winning 3–0, in the 2nd of 2 games. He walks 8 and throws one wild pitch but hangs on to record only the second no-hit game in Pirate history. Chambers, hitting .429, drives in Wally Westlake with the 3rd run in the 8th. The loser is George Estock, a Braves reliever making his only ML start and the loss is his only ML decision. For Chambers, it is his last win in a Pirates’ uniform before he’s traded to St. Louis. Warren Spahn takes game 1 this afternoon, beating the Bucs, 6-0.

The Cardinals take sole possession of first place with an 11-7 win at Ebbets Field. The Birds plate 6 runs in the 8th inning after Pee Wee Reese hit a 7th-inning grand slam for Brooklyn.

The Reds and Giants split a pair at the Polo Grounds, with the Reds taking the opener, 4–3, in 10 innings. Reds second baseman Connie Ryan nabs Whitey Lockman in the 10th with the hidden ball trick, the 2nd time in 2 years that he’s pulled it off against New York. The Giants take the nightcap, 8–5, behind Dave Koslo’s 1st win of the year.

Boom Boom Beck, 46-year-old coach for the Toledo Mud Hens, takes the mound in the game 1 of a twinbill against Minneapolis (AA) and wins 10–2. The victory gives the former major leaguer an overall pro mark of 236-236.

7th In Cleveland, the Senators score 5 runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings and hold on to edge the Indians, 11-10. The Nats set a since tied AL mark with 8 consecutive singles in the 4th.

8th Bobby Shantz, A’s lefty, wins his first game of the season, stopping the White Sox, 9–4, on 12 hits. Ferris Fain and Eddie Joost hit consecutive homers for the A’s.

9th With 13 players on the sick list with the flu, the Cards bow to the Giants, 17–2. New York has now won 8 out of 10 games after suffering an 11-game losing streak. Noble, Dark, and Lockman each have 4 hits with Dark collecting 2 doubles and a triple. Maglie is the easy winner allowing 5 hits. Bill Sarni makes his debut, taking over for Garagiola behind the plate. Sarni caught for the 1943 LA Angels at the age of 15.

10th The A’s send veteran Sam Chapman to Cleveland for second baseman Lou Klein and OF Allie Clark.

12th  Although Boston’s Dom DiMaggio begins his 27-game hitting streak, the longest of the season in the AL, with 3 hits against the Senators, Washington wins 5–4.

In the 2nd game of a double header, Stan Musial, on the Cards bench because he has flu, pinch hits in the 8th inning and blasts a 3-run homer into the RF stands at Crosley Field. Teammate Bill Howerton had earlier hit a 2-run pinch homer, only the 4th time in NL history that two pinch hitters have hit four-baggers (it will happen 4 more times in the 1950s). The Cards win 8–6, after dropping the opener, 7–2.

13th At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Mantle hits his first righty homer, off Alex Kellner, in the majors, then makes the last out by popping up his bunt attempt with the tying run on 3rd. The A’s win 5–4, then win the nightcap as well. Mantle has no homers in the 2nd game loss, but misses 2nd base on a hit.

The Dodgers spot the Braves 6 runs, then roar back to win, 12–6 and take over the NL lead. Erv Palica gives up just two hits over the last 7 innings for his first win. Brooklyn scores five runs off Max Surkont in the 3rd and 4th innings, and Carl Furillo adds a three-run homer in the 5th off Dave Cole.

At Ft. Worth, ex-Dodger Rex Barney walks 16 Houston batters in 7 2/3 innings to set a Texas League record. Barney faces 41 batters and is behind on all but 7 off them, and adds 2 wild pitches. He leaves with a 2–1 score after walking across a run in the 8th, and ends up losing 6–2 to Vinegar Bend Mizell.

At Comiskey Park, Al Rosen belts a game 1 grand slam to pace the Indians to an 11-2 scalping of the White Sox. The Sox staunch the scoring with a 9th inning 1-6-3 triple play. Game 2 ends in a 9-inning 4-4 tie to allow the Indians to catch a train.

15th  At Fenway Park, the Red Sox celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first AL game in Boston. On hand are 29 old-timers who played, managed, or umpired in the AL in that first year including Connie Mack, Dummy Hoy, Cy Young, Hugh Duffy, Clark Griffith, Tom Connolly, Billy Sullivan Sr., Wid Conroy, Bill Bradley, and Ollie Pickering. Eight of the 29 participated in the first AL game, played in Chicago on April 24, 1901.The game that follows the ceremony features dramatic home runs as Ted Williams hits the 300th of his career in the 4th inning against Chicago’s Howie Judson. With Williams up in the 8th inning, White Sox manager Paul Richards moves reliever Harry Dorish to 3B and brings in Billy Pierce to pitch to Ted. Williams pops up against the lefty, and Dorish then returns to the mound. Boston ties the game against Dorish at 7–7, but little Nellie Fox, playing in his 6th season, cracks his first major league homer in the 11th to give Dorish a 9–7 victory. Ray Scarborough is the loser. The Sox will win their next 13 games.

At Crosley Field, Braves P Vern Bickford pitches a 2-hitter, but Ewell Blackwell bests him by allowing one hit, as the Reds win, 1–0. Connie Ryan’s 6th inning hit is the first off Bickford, and Johnny Pramesa’s homer in the 7th is the other. The only Boston hit is a 5th inning double by Bob Elliott. The Reds tie the NL record (set in 1911) for 9 innings by going to bat just 24 times.

At Wrigley Field, Duke Snider cracks a 7th-inning homerun to give the Dodgers the lead as they double the Cubs, 8-4.

At Shibe, Don Lenhardt has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer off Bobby Shantz, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Browns to an 11-8 win over the A’s. Gus Zernial has a pair of homers, including the first inside-the-park four bagger for the slugger. He’ll hit another in 1953.

In a fine trade for Chicago, the White Sox send lefty Bob Cain to the Tigers for hurler Saul Rogovin. Rogovin will lead the AL in ERA this season.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Mantle drives in four runs and scores three as New York routs the Indians, 11–3. Mantle connects for the first of his 206 homers at the Stadium, the blast coming off Dick Rozek.

17th  Gus Zernial hits his 7th HR in 4 successive games to tie the ML record set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936, as his A’s beat the Browns 7–6. Yesterday, in a 10–9 loss to the Browns, Big Gus hit 2 homers to equal Lazzeri’s mark of 6 home runs in 3 games (and tied by Kiner in 1947). Zernial will hit 10 homers against the Browns this year, a league record.

The Browns trade C Les Moss to the Red Sox for C Matt Batts, P Jim Suchecki, Jim McDonald, and $100,000.

The Cards trade Erv Dusak and 1B Glenn “Rocky” Nelson to the Pirates for SS Stan Rojek.

18th  Catcher Walker Cooper of the Braves goes 5-for-5 in a 12–3 route of the Pirates. Max Surkont (5–1) is the winner, scattering 10 hits and giving up late inning HRs to Kiner and Westlake.

At Yankee Stadium, White Sox vet Bud Stewart cracks an 8th inning grand slam as the Sox top New York, 7-4. Billy Pierce is the winner.

At Wrigley, the Cubs outslug the Phillies and score 7 runs in the 4th inning to win, 18-9. Jack Cusick lines an inside-the-park grand slam to account for four of the runs. For Cusick, who hit his first homerun on the 13th, it will be his last ML homer.

Dave Philley hits a 5th inning grand slam to give the A’s a 6-3 lead over the Tigers, but Detroit scores 6 times in the top of the 9th for a 9-6 victory. Bob Cain is the victor in relief.

19th  In a 9-4 loss to Boston, Cleveland’s Al Rosen hits his 2nd grand slam in a week. He hit one on the 13th against the White Sox.

20th  Before 42,088 at Wrigley, Dutch Leonard wins a pair, beating the Braves, 4–3 and 5–4. Dutch tosses two innings in each game as the Cubs beat Chet Nichols and Vern Bickford. The Cubs are now a game back of the front-running Dodgers.

The Phils defeat the Pirates 17–0 and 12–4, as Richie Ashburn gets 4 hits in each game. Russ Meyer tosses the shutout in the first game pasting over Murry Dickson. Robin Roberts is the winner in game 2.

22nd  Les Moss cracks a grand slam for Boston as they defeat the Tigers, 6-3, behind Maury McDermott.

At Forbes Field, the Dodgers score 7 in the 7th and 5 more in the 9th as they beat the Bucs, 17-8. Gil Hodges contributes a grand slam, his 5th, in the keelhauling.

Pitching for the Great Falls Electrics against the Boise Pilots of the Class C Pioneer League, one-armed Bob Lightbody allowed only three hits in a 7-0 shutout (as noted by J.G. Preston). Manager Buck Elliott, who is also the Electrics’ regular catcher, calls Lightbody “the most courageous athlete I have ever known.” Lightbody, who is missing his left hand, will be sent down to Class D and close out his short career there.

23rd  Mel Parnell gives up 4 hits in shutting out the Browns, while stroking 4 hits himself. Ted Williams walks 5 times in the 12–0 win. Vern Stephens sets an assist record for third baseman, with an assist from SS Johnny Pesky. On the last out of the game, a grounder to Pesky, he flips to Stephens, who fires to 1B to set the record at 10 assists. Malzone will equal the record in 1957 and Ken McMullen will top it, in 1966.

In Pittsburgh, the first-place Dodgers continue to use the big inning to thrash the Pirates, 11-4. Billy Cox hits Brooklyn’s 2nd grand slam in two days as he connects in the 6-run 5th inning.

24th  Cleveland whips the Senators, 16–0, with Bob Feller pitching a 2-hitter. Larry Doby has a homer and 4 RBIs to lead the Tribe.

Mantle is 0-for-5 but reaches base twice after striking out on a wild pitch. The 2nd time, in the 6th inning, he reaches 2B before Detroit C Joe Ginsberg can retrieve the ball, and DiMaggio follows with a homer to deep left field. New York wins, 11–1, behind Joe Ostrowski.

25th  Giants rookie Willie Mays, who was hitting .477 with Minneapolis, goes 0-for-5 in his ML debut against the Phils. He strikes out in his first at bat, against Bubba Church. New York wins, 8–5.

Following an intentional walk, the Reds Connie Ryan clouts an 11th-inning grand slam to beat the Cardinals, 5–1, in St. Louis. This is the first extra-inning grand slam in Reds history.

26th  The Dodgers use 12 different players in the number 9 slot, 7 of them pitchers, in losing to the Braves 12–10. In attendance is General Douglas MacArthur, who was proposed as the new baseball commissioner last month by Reds prexy Warren Giles.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the A’s, 8–5, with Mantle belting a bases-loaded triple off Dick Fowler that bounces off the bleacher railing in CF.

27th  At Fenway, the Red Sox do all their scoring in the 3rd as they top the Senators, 7-1. Ted Williams has a four-run homer for the Sox.

28th  After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his first ML hit, a HR off Braves P Warren Spahn. The Giants lose the game 4–1.

Newly acquired White Sox hurler Saul Rogovin 2-hits the Browns in a 4–2 win.

29th  The Indians sign high school star Billy Joe Davidson for a reported $150,000, eclipsing the $100,000 the Pirates paid to Paul Pettit in 1949. Several teams sought the services of the tall lefty, alleged to be the best Indians prospect since Bob Feller.

Indians hurler Bob Lemon one-hits the Tigers 2–1. The only Bengal hit is Vic Wertz’s homer to lead off the 7th inning.

30th In a doubleheader loss with Boston, Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle strikes out 3 times in the opener, and twice more to start the 2nd game: Stengel lifts the slugger in the middle of the game for Cliff Mapes. In the opener, Ted Williams scores from 2B on a sacrifice bunt, and then ties the game with a HR. Vern Stephens 15th-inning homer, his 5th hit of the game and his second homer, off Specs Shea wins it for Boston, 11–10. Stephens connects in the 1st inning for a 3-run homer off Ed Lopat: the 14-inning spread between homers is unmatched in the 20th century. In the game 2 contest, Williams ties the match with a double and Stephens’ single drives him home with the game winner as Boston triumphs, 9–4. Ray Scarborough and Bill Wight are today’s winners. The loss drops the Yanks into 2nd place, where they’ll stay for a month.

The first place White Sox beat the Browns, 5–2 behind Billy Pierce. But in game 2, Randy Gumpert (3–0) stops Chicago’s 14-game winning streak, beating the Sox, 8–1. Eleven of the wins come on the road. Gumpert has 2 hits and 2 runs batted in. Al Widmar is the loser.

1951 June

1st  The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th to beat the host Dodgers, 6–5. Joe Adcock drives home 2 of the runs in the final frame with a single.

The Pirates waive 1B Dale Long to the Browns, who ship him to San Francisco (PCL). Long will be back in Pittsburgh for the 1955 season.

2nd  The 7th place A’s hand the White Sox a 5–1 defeat, Chicago’s first since May 13th. The first-place Sox had won 14 straight. Bob Hooper tops Joe Dobson, who made the mistake of serving up a grand slam to Gus Zernial.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants roar back from a 3-2 deficit by scoring 6 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings to defeat the Pirates, 14-3. Jim Hearn, who goes the distance for the win, has 3 hits including a 2-run homer in the 7th. Mays, batting 8th, and Alvin Dark have 2-run triples in the 8th. Eddie Stanky has 4 walks for New York.

The Red Sox send 1950 AL Rookie of the Year Walt Dropo to San Diego (PCL) to regain his form.

In an Alabama-Florida League (Class D) game, Dothan OF Ottis Johnson, 24, is struck in the head by a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton of Headland. Johnson dies on June 10 of the skull fracture.

3rd  The Phillies take a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 11-3 and 8-2. Granny Hamner has a grand slam for the hosts.

4th  In Philadelphia, Pirates OF Gus Bell hits for the cycle in a 12–4 win over the Phillies.

In Cleveland, in an effort to defeat their Yankee nemesis, the Indians distribute 15,000 lucky rabbits feet for Beat Eddie Lopat Night. Lopat recalled later, “While I was warming up, before the game, a drunk came on the field and threw a black cat at me and it clung to my uniform jersey.” It works, as Cleveland plates five runs in the first inning—three on a Bob Kennedy homer—on the way to an 8–2 win. It is Lopat’s first defeat to the Indians after 11 straight wins.

At Boston, the Reds are down 7–0 after 7 innings, but score 3 in the 8th and 7 in the 9th to beat the Braves, 10–7. Sid Schacht, recently acquired, gives up 4 runs and takes the loss. He will make a couple more appearances and then leave the majors with a 14.34 ERA, the highest 20th Century ERA for pitchers in 20+ innings (21.1).

In St. Louis, Lou Limmer’s grand slam is the difference as the A’s edge the Browns, 7-6.

At Comiskey, the first-place White Sox increase their lead to 3 1/2 games by sweeping a pair from the Red Sox, winning 2-0 and 8-2. Billy Pierce twirls the shutout while Saul Rogovin wins his 2nd decision since coming over from Detroit. The Red Sox turn double plays in both games to run their consecutive games with DPs to an AL-record 25: 38 DPs. It won’t be matched in either league the rest of the century.

The White Sox trade Don Lenhardt and the recently acquired Paul Lehner to the Browns for Kermit Wahl and cash.

5th  The Pirates rookie knuckler Paul LaPalme hurls a 8–0 shutout against the Boston Braves in his first ML start. Pittsburgh collects 21 hits and has 18 runners left on base to tie the ML record. The Bucs won’t leave 18 on base again until 2016.

The Gants Sal Maglie scores what will turn out to be the winning run in the 8th inning as he beats the Reds, 3-2, for his 9th straight win. He will drop his next two decisions.

8th  The Indians repeat history when they stop Dom DiMaggio’s 27-game hitting streak, just as they ended his brother Joe’s record 56-game streak 10 years before. The Tribe wins, 7–1, behind Bob Feller. Dom’s streak of 27 is the third longest this century for Boston: Speaker hit in 30 straight in 1912 and Dom set the team record with 34 in 1949. Garciaparra will reach 30 in 1997.

Before 53,940 at Comiskey Park, Vic Raschi and the Yankees edge the Sox, 4–2. Mantle, leading the Yankees with 33 RBIs, ties the game with a single and throws out Nellie Fox, who tries to score from 3B on Minoso’s fly to right.

9th  In St. Louis, the Browns overcome a first-inning grand slam by Washington’s Sam Mele and defeat the Senators, 8-7, in 11 innings. Lou Sleater wins his lone game of the year: he’ll finish 1-9.

13th  Oklahoma wins the College WS in Omaha, defeating Tennessee in the final game 3–2.

15th  Happy Chandler says that his resignation will become effective on July 15th.

Just before game time at Wrigley Field, the Cubs and the first-place Dodgers make another trade this one 4-for-4: OF Andy Pafko, P Johnny Schmitz, C Rube Walker, and IF Wayne Terwilliger go to Brooklyn for C Bruce Edwards, OF Gene Hermanski, IF Eddie Miksis, and P Joe Hatten. To the surprise of fans, the 8 appear in their new uniforms. The Cubs get the best today as Bruce Edward knocks in 4 runs, three on a homer, off Carl Erskine, and Miksis fields well. Pafko hits his 13th homer in a losing cause and will incur an injury in this series that will sideline for three weeks in July. But the New York Post expresses the sentiment of most, calling it “the most barefaced swindle in years.”

Pittsburgh sends Cliff “no hit” Chambers and OF Wally Westlake to the Cards for C Joe Garagiola, P Howie Pollet, P Ted Wilks, OF Bill Howerton, and 2B Dick Cole. Chamber is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and be traded in the same season.

The Yanks swap pitchers, sending Tommy Byrne to the Browns for Stubby Overmire: New York adds $25,000 to the deal. The Yanks also deal three RH pitchers—Bob Porterfield, Tom Ferrick, and Fred Sanford—to the Senators for needed lefty Bob Kuzava. Porterfield will blossom into the Nats ace over the next five years, but Kuzava will save the final World Series game in 1951 and 1952.

At Pittsburgh, Wes Westrum belts a grand slam to pace the Giants to an 11-6 victory over the Pirates.

In Philadelphia, the first-place White Sox drop a pair to the A’s, losing 4-3 in 11 innings and 12-5 in regulation. Gus Zernial has a grand slam in the second game for the A’s.

16th Andy Strong, 23, outfielder of Crowley (Evangeline), is killed during a game at Alexandria, La., when struck by a bolt of lightning. The game was suspended because of a thunderstorm, and then when the storm abated, play was resumed. Strong took his position in center to start the 6th when the bolt struck him dead.

17th In Boston, the Dodgers win the first of two, 3–1, behind Carl Erskine’s 2-hitter. Gil Hodges hits his 34th homer in support. The Braves jump on Johnny Schmitz for 3 runs in the first inning and take the nightcap, 4–3. Jackie Robinson leaves 13 base runners in the 2 games.

The Giants top the Phils, 8–5, with reliever George Spencer earning the win. Al Dark and Wes Westrum each collect 4 hits to edge New York is nine games in back of Brooklyn.

In the 2nd game of a DH with the A’s, White Sox righty reliever Luis Aloma wins, 9–0. It is the only start in Aloma’s career, making him the 2nd pitcher this century to throw a shutout in his only start (as noted by historian Walt Wilson.) Don Fisher in 1945 was the first. The Sox win the opener in Philadelphia, 4-1, behind Randy Gumpert.

18th Preacher Roe (16-2) returns after a 10-day absence and subdues the Braves, 5–3. Jackie Robinson snaps a 2–2 tie with a homer in the 8th off Chet Nichols.

In a matchup of aces at Shibe Park, Larry Jansen defeats Robin Roberts, 2–0. Jansen’s 4-hitter gives the Giants their 8th straight win and the Phils their 7th straight loss.

19th  Following the Cubs 3–0 shutout of the Braves by Bob Rush, Tommy Holmes replaces Billy Southworth as the Boston manager.

Before 61,596 at Yankee Stadium, Mantle, batting leadoff, has 2 homers and 4 RBIs, but misses two catchable balls. He has a 3-run homer to match Yogi Berra, as the Yankees top the White Sox, 11–9 in the first of 2 games. In the nightcap, Mantle is 1-for-1 with a homer, before being replaced in CF by Gene Woodling. But the first-place Sox take a 5–4 win. Eddie Stewart has a 3-run homer and Phil Masi collects 3 hits and a homer.

Wally Yonamine, an American of Japanese descent (a Nisei) born in Hawaii, plays his first game with the Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo. He will become the first genuine American star in Japanese baseball, winning batting titles in 1954, 1956, and 1957. In 1957 he will also be the Central League MVP. From 1963 to 1986 he will be active with various teams as a coach or manager.

Willie Jones cracks a pair of homers, one with the bases loaded, to drive in 6 runs as the Phils roll over the host Pirates, 9–2. Jones’ first homer comes in the first inning with Ashburn on base, and his second is an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th inning. Every Philley batter collects a hit including winning hurler Russ Meyer. Murry Dickson is chased early with Ted Wilks, in his first appearance for the Pirates, relieving.

20th  Cleveland IF Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs going 5-for-6 against the Red Sox. His 15 total bases will stand as a team record until surpassed by Rocky Colavito in l959. Before today, Avila had hit just one homer against the Bosox. Cleveland outslugs Boston to win 14–8, as Early Wynn earns the complete game win.

Tommy Holmes’s first win as Braves manager is a breeze as Warren Spahn shuts out the Cubs, 9–0, and is 3-for-4 at the plate, including a HR.

21st  In Pittsburgh, Tommy Brown’s first-inning grand slam jump starts the Phils to a victory, 10-5, over the Pirates. Robin Roberts is the winner.

Bill Veeck gets an option to buy the St. Louis Browns from the DeWitts.

At Chattanooga, Mobile outscores the hosts 28-7. Bears 1B Wayne Belardi goes 4-for-7 with 2 home runs—including a grand slam—a double and 10 RBIs. Every Bear hitter scores at least two runs. Belardi’s outburst will earn him another call-up to the Dodgers.

22nd  Willie Mays, 20, hits a 10th-inning HR, the first of his 22 extra-innings HRs, off 42-year-old Dutch Leonard of the Cubs. It is a 3-run shot that gives the Giants a 9–6 win.

A power failure at Forbes Field delays the start of the game with Dodgers by 2 hours. Rain holds up play in the 6th inning by another 36 minutes, pushing the ending to 1:56 a.m., the latest game played to date. Brooklyn has no power problems as Jackie Robinson’s homer helps Da Bums to an 8–4 win. Of the 24,966 on hand at the start, 10,000 are still on hand at the end.

23rd Don Newcombe gives up a first-inning single to Ralph Kiner in beating the Bucs on a one-hitter, 13–1. The Dodgers jump on Bill Werle (3–1) and successors for 16 hits, including homers by Carl Furillo and Rocky Bridges.

In a 7-6 loss to the Yankees, Cleveland’s Al Rosen hits his 3rd grand slam of the season. With grand slams at Fenway and at Yankee Stadium, Rosen is the last slugger this century to connect in each park in the same season.

25th The Phillies gain a measure of revenge for their 2–1 City Series loss to the A’s 2 months ago, by beating their rivals today, 5–1. A pre-game show features Lisa Kirk, star of Kiss Me Kate.

26th Fresh from a doubleheader loss on the 24th at Forbes Field, the Dodgers get further bad news at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie shuts out Brooklyn on three hits, and Preacher Roe takes his first loss after ten straight wins. Eddie Stanky and Whitey Lockman hit homers.

27th  Former Cubs farmhand Boyd Tepler brings a $450,000 suit against baseball, the Chicago Cubs, and William Wrigley, citing an arm injury he suffered in 1944. His suit contends that “negligent” coaching allowed him to continue with flaws in his pitching motion that resulted in damage to his arm and the end of his promising career.

The 3rd-place Red Sox score 3 runs in the 7th to beat the A’s, 6–5. Sox pitcher Ray Scarborough gets beaned with an errant pickoff throw and is knocked unconscious and reliever Nixon earns the win.

Behind three-run homers by Andy Pafko and Duke Snider, Don Newcombe and the Dodgers coast to an easy 10-4 win over the Giants.

28th Monty Irvin clubs two homers off Ralph Branca as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 5–4. The second homer, a three-run shot in the 8th, gives the win the reliever Sheldon Jones. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 5 games.

The Cubs Frank Hiller faces just 27 batters in pitching a one-hitter over the Cards, winning 8–0. Enos Slaughter has a 5th-inning single but is erased on a DP. Randy Jackson poles his 7th homer in the 7th and the Cubs pull off a double steal in the 9th when they add 4 runs. Jack Cusick swipes home, with Hiller stealing third base.

The Yankees shut out the Senators for a second day in a row, winning, 3-0, behind Tom Morgan (8 IP) and Joe Ostrowski. Joe DiMaggio picks up a double when his line drive hits his mitt in the field.

The singer Helen Traubel sells her estimated 5,000 shares in the Browns to Bill Veeck and urges her fellow stock holders to do the same.

29th Richard J. Conway, 19, catcher of the Twin Falls (Pioneer) club, dies at John Affleck Park in Ogden, Utah, after being struck over the heart by a thrown ball during pre-game practice. (as noted by Joey Beretta). He is the 3rd minor leaguer to die this month during play.

30th The Braves make it easy for new manager Tommy Holmes’ first appearance in front of the home crowd. Boston tallies 8 runs in the 7th inning and 7 runs in the 8th inning, to squash to Giants 19–7. Backing Vern Bickford’s pitching, Earl Torgeson racks up a record-tying 7 RBIs in the 2 innings, including a grand slam off Sal Maglie, the first time the Barber’s been clipped for a slam.

1951 July

1st  Veteran Bob Feller pitches the 3rd no-hitter of his career, tying the record of Cy Young and Larry Corcoran, as he beats Detroit’s Bob Cain 2–1. Feller loses his shutout in the 4th when Johnny Lipon reaches on an error, swipes 2B, goes to 3B on an errant pickoff, and scores on a fly. Rookie Bob Chakales shuts out the Tigers in the nightcap, 2–0, for Cleveland’s 10th straight win over Detroit. Detroit has scored 8 runs in the ten losses.

Philadelphia’s Russ Meyer and Jim Konstanty hold Brooklyn to one hit but lose anyway 2–0. Pee Wee Reese’s 2-run triple follows 2 walks in the 3rd and accounts for all the hits and runs.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, the Browns’ Ned Garver, en route to a 20-game season, limits the White Sox to 2 hits, winning, 3–1. The loss drops the Sox out of the AL lead. Chicago wins the opener, 2–1 in 11 innings on Minoso’s 400-foot homer to left center. Minnie’s blow breaks up a pitching duel between loser Duane Pillette and Ken Holcombe.

Before 58,815 at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the Red Sox, 5–2, behind Eddie Lopat’s 6-hitter. The win moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by 4 percentage points. Jerry Coleman homers off Mel Parnell, while Johnny Pesky connects for the Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2,000th career hit.

Elmer Valo belts three homers to help the A’s sweep the Senators, 10–7 and 3–2. Two of his homers come in the first game, when teammate Gus Zernial hits his 18th homer. Irv Noren has a pair of doubles and a homer for the Nats.

2nd  Bill Veeck gets the necessary 75 percent of outstanding stock on the last day of his option to buy the St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt.

3rd  Former Dodger pitcher Hugh Casey, 37, kills himself with a shotgun blast to the neck.

Bill DiBenedetto of the Class D Hornell Dodgers walks 21 in a 5–1 loss to Corning. This record number of walks breaks the 36-year-old record of Harry Harper of the Minneapolis Millers.

Giants rookie Willie Mays blasts a 13th inning solo homer off the Phillies Jocko Thompson to give New York a 9-8 win. New York scores a pair in the 14th. It is Willie’s 2nd extra inning homer in two weeks: he’ll hit another on July 7th, against the Braves George Estock.

4th In a wild doubleheader featuring a double ejection of manager Charlie Dressen, the first-place Dodgers sweep the Giants, winning 6–5 in 11 innings, and 4–2. The Dodgers drive out Sal Maglie in the opener after the Giants built a lead on homers by Mueller and Mays. Brooklyn counters in the 8th with a pinch homer by Campanella, a homer by Reese, and a tying single from Hodges. Bobby Thomson’s homer in the 11th puts the Giants ahead by one, but Preacher Roe wins it with a squeeze bunt. Ralph Branca wins the nightcap with homer help from Hodges and Snider. Dressen is tossed in the 2nd inning of game 2 for protesting pitch calls; after he takes a seat behind the dugout umpire Robb tosses him a 2nd time. The victories put Brooklyn 6 1/2 games up.

After Bob Friend and the Pirates top the Reds, 4-1, Pittsburgh unleashes consecutive 7-run innings to rack up their biggest score of the year, 16-4, in just 6 innings. Ralph Kiner has a record-tying 7 RBIs in the two innings, the second time the mark has been matched in a week. Bill Werle is the recipient of the scoring. The Pirates haven’t scored 17 runs in a game since 1943.

5th At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 27th HR of the year to lead the Dodgers to a 8–4 win over the Giants. Andy Pafko also homers, off Larry Jansen. Don Newcombe notches his 12th win, giving up 7 hits. After sweeping the Giants in the 3-game series, Dodger manager Chuck Dressen declares, “We knocked ’em out. They won’t bother us anymore.” The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 7 1⁄2 games.

6th At the Polo Grounds, the Braves smack 2 HRs (Willard Marshall and Walker Cooper) in the top of the 3rd, only to have the Giants answer with 3 HRs—by Westrum, Thomson, and Mueller—in the bottom of the inning. The 5 in the frame ties a league mark. The Giants outslug the Braves for the game 12–10.

7th  OF Hoot Evers of the Tigers goes 5-for-5 and scores 5 runs against the Indians as the motormen roll, 13–3. Bob Cain is the victor with batterymate Myron Ginsberg driving in 5 runs on 4 hits.

At Fenway, the Yankees lose to the Red Sox, 10–4 with the Sox being led by Clyde Vollmer’s grand slam in the first inning. Vollmer, inserted as a starter on July 4, had a 2-run triple in yesterday’s 6–2 win over the Yankees. Mantle, a late inning defensive replacement, hits a 9th inning HR off Ellis Kinder, the complete game winner.

8th  The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in 2nd inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the first, Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he had already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees, 6–3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run homer.

Red Schoendienst hits a HR from each side of the plate in game 2, as the Cards beat Pittsburgh 9–8 after losing 6–2.

9th  At a joint meeting between players and owners, agreement is reached on night curfews and the retention of the reserve clause.

10th  Exploding for a record 4 HRs, the NL trounces the AL 8–3 at the annual All-Star Game, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Pittsburgh slugger Ralph Kiner hits an all-star HR for the 3rd year in a row.

The Giants bring up 2B Davey Williams, hitting .280 at Minneapolis, and also pitcher Al Corwin. Williams is expected to shore up 2B with Eddie Stanky.

12th  At Cleveland, Allie Reynolds of the NY Yankees no-hits Cleveland 1–0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season. Gene Woodling’s 7th inning HR off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1–0 game. It is the 3rd game in a row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland and the third shutout for Reynolds this year over his former team. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson in 1928. It is the only Yankee no-hitter on the road this century besides Sam Jones’s no no in 1923. New York takes the nightcap behind Vic Raschi as Joe DiMaggio cinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.

Paced by a grand slam by Gus Zernial off Dick Starr, the A’s outslug the Browns, 9-7. Zernial’s homer gives him 22 to lead the AL; 10 of the homers have come off St. Louis pitching, and 4 of those are served up by Starr. The 10 roundtrippers in a season hit against one team is an AL record.

The Red Sox and White Sox draw a record crowd of 52,592 for a twi-night doubleheader at Comiskey. Boston wins the opener, 3–2. In the 2nd game, Saul Rogovin of the White Sox goes the route in a 17-inning contest, overcoming a two-run HR by Doerr, only to lose 5–4, on Clyde Vollmer’s sac fly. Ellis Kinder of Boston pitches 10 scoreless innings in relief for the win. The wins move the Red Sox into first place.

13th  In a game that ends at 1:17 the Red Sox and White Sox play 19 innings under the lights, tying a ML record. Mickey McDermott pitches the first 17 innings for Boston, as Chicago wins this marathon, 5–4. Clyde Vollmer has a homer and 2 singles for the Bosox and 3B Vern Stephens plays the entire game (18 1/3 innings) without a putout. Boston scores twice in the top of the 19th, but Chicago strike back with 3 runs, two on a pinch single by Ed Stewart. The 5 runs in the 20th is an AL record. For the second night in a row, the two teams set a record for the longest night game and the 36 innings in two successive games is a AL mark. Tomorrow the Sox will set a ML mark when they pull off their 14th DP in 4 games.

Cleveland outslugs New York to win, 11-8 Four homeruns are hit, including a grand slam by Joe Collins and a 3-run HR by Jim Hegan.

Chuck Dressen is quoted in the Washington Post as saying his Dodgers are “the greatest in team history” and better than the ’41 team. Da Bums prove it today with 8 runs in the 1st two innings against Chicago en route to an 8-6 win. Chicago has 5 homers, 2 by Ransom Jackson. Brooklyn gets a leadoff homer—his 2nd in two days—by Carl Furillo on the first pitch, and a first inning homer from Dick Williams, his ML first.

Both Wes Westrum and Davey Williams of the Giants hit grand slams, as the Giants beat St. Louis 14–4 at the Polo Grounds. The win moves New York into 2nd place.

14th Clyde Vollmer singles in 2 runs in the 9th inning and the Red Sox tip the White Sox, 3–2.

15th  Athletics lefty Sam Zoldak pitches a one-hitter against the White Sox, winning 5–0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Carrasquel has the lone safety, a dribbler between SS and 3B. Zoldak also drives in 2 runs. Bob Hooper is the winner for the A’s in game 1, helping the cause with a 3-run HR. The A’s lose Ferris Fain when he grounds out in game 1 and, in disgust, kicks 1B breaking his foot. Fain is leading the AL with a .337 average. He’ll return on August 21.

Happy Chandler completes his contract as baseball commissioner, but fails to win the owners’ support for a contract renewal.

16th While in Detroit, the Yanks option rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle, plagued with strikeouts—3 on the 13th—and in a slump, will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues, before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August 20th. Art Schallock takes Mickey’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2.3 innings in today’s 8–6 win.

17th  LF Joe Adcock is 4-for-4 and throws out a runner at home in the 9th to lead the Reds to a 9–8 win over the host Phillies in the first of two. Jocko Thompson then wins, 10-0, for the Phils.

After pitching for Bill Veeck in Cleveland in 1948, Satchel Paige rejoins him with the St. Louis Browns. He’ll start tomorrow night as the Browns lose to the Senators, 7-1.

Bob Feller overcomes a 4-run 9th to beat the Red Sox, and move Cleveland a game and a half behind Boston. In the 9th, Feller gives up a roundtripper to Lou Boudreau and a pinch homer to Charlie Maxwell, his first ML homerun.

The White Sox beat the Yankees, 4-3, to move a half game behind the leading Red Sox. But they discover that starting catcher Gus Niarhos has an arm fracture, sustained in yesterday’s game. The Sox call up former Negro Leaguer Sam Hairston as a catching replacement.

In the 8th inning at New York, with the Cubs ahead 5-0, Hal Jeffcoat of the Cubs swipes 3B and home on successive pitches. Willie Mays has a 2-run homer in the 8th but the Cubs win 7-4. The Jeffcoat steals are ordered by Cubs manager Frisch (as noted in a story in the New York Times regarding the tension between Frisch and manager Durocher).

18th  The Pirates Ralph Kiner drives in 7 runs hitting 3 HRs, including his 10th grand slam, in a 13–12 slugfest win over the Dodgers. His final homer, a solo shot of Erv Palica in the 8th, breaks a 12–12 tie. Manager Chuck Dressen berates Palica, publicly questioning the pitcher’s courage by clutching his throat in a choke signal. In Kiner’s final at bat, in the 9th, Carl Furillo pulls down the slugger’s long drive near the CF gate. Garagiola and Bell also homer for the Bucs, while Campanella and Robinson homer for Brooklyn.

Congressman Emanuel Celler says that President Harry Truman backs his probe of the reserve clause and sports status under the antitrust legislation.

The Reds purchase OF Hank Edwards from the Dodgers.

19th Despite a pair of homers by Clyde Vollmer, the Indians edge the Red Sox, 5–4 in 11 innings. Bobby Avila scores the winner from 1B on a single as Ted Williams holds the ball. Cleveland’s win moves them 1 1/2 games in back of Boston.

Cleveland picks up OF Paul Lehner from the Browns for the waiver price. For Lehner, the Tribe is the 4th team he plays for this year: not since Frank Huelsman in 1904 has an AL player moved so much in a year. Ted Gray, in 1955, will match it.

20th In a move that will aid their pennant drive, the Giants put OF Bobby Thomson at 3B to replace the slumping Hank Thompson, out with a spike injury. Thomson, who’s been riding the bench since losing his starting job to the rookie Mays, will hit .357 for the rest of the season.

Detroit’s Marlin Stuart (1-0), filling in for the injured Hal Newhouser, beats Boston, 6–1, in his first start of the year. Chuck Stobbs takes the loss.

The Senators edge the White Sox, 21 scoring a run in the 9th and 10th innings. The Indians down the A’s, 1–0, in 10 innings behind Mike Garcia’s 4-hitter. The Yankees beat the Browns, 1–0, with Tom Morgan besting Ned Garver. After 87 games, the dust settles with Boston, New York, Cleveland, and Chicago all within a half-game of first place.

21st The Cubs fall to the host Phillies and Robin Roberts, 5-0. With the Cubs 10 games under .500 at 35-45, Phil Cavarretta replaces Frankie Frisch (141-196) as manager. They will go 27-47 the rest of the way to finish in last place.

In the Braves 11-6 win over Pittsburgh, Bob Elliot scores 5 runs.

The Reds purchase Hank Edward from the Dodgers and sell Barney McCosky to the Indians.

At Comiskey, the Senators take an 8-0 lead on the White Sox and double them, 10-5. Cass Michaels has a grand slam for the Nats. The loss puts the Sox in 4th place, but just a game behind first-place Boston.

22nd At Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees take a pair from the Browns, winning the opener, 9-0, behind Allie Reynolds’ 4-hitter. Bobby Brown has a 3-run homer off Satchel Paige in the 5th. Heralded rookie Frank Saucier debuts with St. Louis after not playing any baseball this year as he pursued oil interests in Texas. Saucier hit .446 in 1949 at Wichita Falls and was the Big State League MVP. He followed that by winning TSN’s Minor League Player of the Year with a .343 for San Antonio. A belated “July spring training” leaves Saucier with a sore shoulder, limiting him to just two starts after his game 1 appearance today: in one of those he is lifted for Eddie Gaedel in the 1st inning. Saucier’s ML career will be just 1-for-14: he will be in the Navy from 1952-54 and pursue business interests after that.

23rd At Cooperstown, the Dodgers rally to beat the A’s, 9–5, in the 10th annual Hall of Fame game.

Topeka (Western Association) unloads three consecutive homerun plus a grand slam in the 8th to rout Salinas, 18-5. Manager Butch Nieman, Don Annen and Dick McConnell start the inning with homers, and later Solly Drake hits a grand slam.

26th  At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer knocks in 6 runs on 3 homers to lead the Red Sox to a 13–10 win over the sliding White Sox. His last homer, a 3-run shot, breaks a 10–10 tie.

27th  The White Sox, now 3 1⁄2 games behind New York and Boston, open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3–1 in the 9th, the Sox make it 4–3 before rain and the Yankees delay the game. Gil McDougald is thrown out for stalling, and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally, the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.

After two shutouts over the Cards, Bubba Church gives the Phils staff their 3rd in a row, stopping Chicago, 2–0. It is Church’s 8th straight over the Cubs and Chicago’s 9th straight loss at Wrigley.

28th  Charlie Gehringer succeeds Billy Evans as GM of the Detroit Tigers.

Clyde Vollmer, who started the month on the bench, continues his explosive fireworks against the Indians. He singles in the tying run in the 15th and then in the 16th hits a grand slam off reliever Bob Feller for an 8–4 Red Sox win. The grand slam is the latest hit in a game in ML history. Mickey McDermott pitches all 16 innings for the Sox, striking out 15 and walking one. Vollmer has 13 homers, including 2 slams, in 24 games since July 4

Pitcher Russ Meyer hurls a 1–0 shut out over the Cubs, the 4th shutout in a row for the Phillies staff. Robin Roberts, Ken Johnson and Bubba Church pitched the earlier shutouts.

The Giants go 7–0 at Crosley Field this year by defeating the Reds, 3–1. Willie Mays has his 3rd homer in 6 days and Larry Jansen wins to go 15–2 against the Rhinelanders.

29th  Before a Stadium crowd of 70,972, the Yankees sweep the White Sox, 8–3 and 2–0. DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener, and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nightcap. With yesterday’s game rained out, the Sox are now 6 1⁄2 out of first place.

In game 1 at Cincinnati, Willie Mays steals the first of 338 bases. Then P Willie Ramsdell picks him off 2B. But the Giants win, 3–1, behind Sal Maglie. New York takes the nightcap as well, 6–4, as Irvin (2) and Mays both swipe bases.

Against the visiting Phillies, Cubs player-manager Phil Cavarretta earns his money by driving home 3 runs in a first game win, 5–4, snapping the Cubs 10-game home losing streak. His triple in the 6th off Robin Roberts ends the Cubs’ scoreless inning skein of 31 innings, and the consecutive scoreless innings by Phils pitchers at 41. Cavarretta takes the bench in game 2 but inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 7th when Roberts relieves, and hits a pinch grand slam home run as the Cubs sweep, winning the nightcap, 8–6. The nightcap loss goes to Bubba Church, who put 2 runners on before giving way to Roberts. It is Church’s 1st and only career loss to Chicago after 8 straight wins.

30th  Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes “peons” of baseball players. National Association President George Trautman testifies, denying that minors hampered independent teams.

Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error against Detroit, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it’s the 3rd out, begins trotting in. It’s only the second out, and George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4–2 in the 8th. Despite the lapse, the Yanks win, 5–4, with DiMag knocking in the winning run in the 9th.

31st In an 8–6 Red Sox loss to the Browns, Clyde Vollmer doubles to finish the month with 13 homers, 4 doubles and a triple among his 31 hits. “Big Un” knocks in 40 runs with his outburst.

The White Sox lose their 10th out of 11 games, dropping a 4–2 decision to the A’s. Alex Kellner is the winner as Hank Majeski has 3 hits and 3 runs. The Sox are now 7 1/2 games out.

The Dodgers win their 10th in a row, defeating the host Pirates, 8–3. Don Newcombe earns his 15th win and 9th in a row. Newk also collects 3 of the Flatbushers 16 hits.

The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes from the Yankees, sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes #7 uniform.

1951 August

1st  Congressman Celler denies the accusation that his committee wants a 3rd ML. He states that some changes with regard to territorial rights will have to be made.

The Cubs’ Eddie Miksis lines a ball to Willie Mays in CF, which caroms off his head for a double, as the Cubs nip the Giants, 3–2. Cal McLish wins over Larry Jansen. The Giants come back in game 2 behind the shut out pitching of Al Corwin to top the Cubs, 2–0. Bob Kelly is the losing pitcher, while Al Corwin wins his first ML game.

Pittsburgh, the Dodgers take a 7–2 lead against Murry Dickson, then make 2 hits off 4 relievers and lose, 12–9. The Pirates score 4 in the 4th and 4 more in the 8th, including Ralph Kiner’s 27th homer, to win and snap the Dodgers victory streak at 10 games.

2nd Ray Scarborough and Chuck Stobbs are victorious for the Red Sox as they beat the visiting Browns, 12-1 and 11-6. Boston is tied for 2nd place with Cleveland, a game behind the Yankees.

3rd At Cincinnati, the Dodgers take a 4-3 lead in the 14th, but Hank Edwards ties the game in the bottom of the inning with a RBI double, goes to 3B on a wild pitch and scores on a passed ball for the 5-4 win. Willard Ramsdell goes the 14 innings for the win.

5th  Roy Campanella hits a 6th inning grand slam and the Dodgers outlast the Reds, 9-8. Cincinnati scores 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to make it close. Starter Johnny Schmitz is the winner. The second game is a low scoring affair, 2-0, with Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca twirling the shutout.

In the first game of a doubleheader in Forbes, Bubba Church (13-6) allows just one hit—a homer by Ralph Kiner—as the Phils beat the Pirates, 5-1. It is the third time the Pirate star has had the only hit in a game for the Bucs. Kiner adds two more homers in game 2 but the Phils launch a 16-hit attack to win, 13-7. Richie Ashburn has 4 hits and leads the NL in that category. Kiner is tied with Hodges with 31 homers.

6th  Lame duck Commissioner Happy Chandler testifies in front of the Senate committee, urging that baseball expand out of its eastern area. He adds that some owners see sport only as big business.

7th  The Phils shut out the Braves 1–0 in 15 innings in the 2nd game of a doubleheader as reliever Ken Heintzelman bests Warren Spahn, also in relief. The Phils capture the opener, 3–1, on Robin Roberts’ 15th win.

In a day-night doubleheader the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Giants, taking the first game 7–2 behind the solid relief of Carl Erskine. Hodges, Snider and Furillo homer. Brooklyn takes the nightcap, 6–5, in 10 innings after jumping on Maglie for a 5–1 lead. Snider and Furillo homer again, while Bobby Thomson goes deep for the Giants. Cox’s RBI single wins it, giving the Dodgers an 11 1/2 game margin, the greatest lead in Brooklyn history.

Senator Edwin C. Johnson backs the reserve clause in his testimony, citing his bill to exempt baseball from antitrust legislation.

Bobby Doerr suffers a severe sacroiliac pain that forces the future Hall of Famer into early retirement. The Red Sox regular 2B for 13 seasons, Doerr will become a Red Sox coach.

9th With possible baseball commissioner Douglas MacArthur looking on, the Dodgers top the Giants again, 6–5, for their 12th win in 15 games between the two rivals. The two teams combine for a NL record 24 walks. Campanella hits two homers, but sustains an injury in the 9th inning when Whitey Lockman crashes into him: “The hardest I’ve ever been hit in a ball game.” Campy will miss four days but the bone chips will hamper him the rest of the season. Clyde King wins his 2nd win in two days and shortstops Pee Wee Reese (19) and Alvin Dark (17) keep their hitting streaks alive. The Dodgers lead by 12 1/2 games.

In the Braves 5–4 win over the Phillies, catcher Ebba St. Claire participates in 3 double plays to tie the ML record. The record will be topped in the AL, but not till 1999 will another NL backstop be in 3 DPs in a game.

11th  In Philadelphia, the Giants lose to the Phils, as Robin Roberts shuts them out, 4–0, for his 16th win. Putsy Cabellero hits his 1st major league homer, off George Spencer for the 3rd place Phils (57-52), now just 1 1/2 games behind New York.

The Dodgers take the 1st of 2 games against the Braves, winning 8–1 behind Ralph Branca. Brooklyn now leads the NL by 13 1/2 games with 49 games to play. The Braves take the nightcap, 8–4, behind Max Surkont and a home run by Sid Gordon. With Red Barber and Connie Desmond making the calls, the doubleheader is the first ML game to be telecast in color.

Behind the four-hit pitching of Early Wynn, the Indians defeat the White Sox 2–1 in front of a Ladies Night crowd of 70,119. Wynn’s homer in the 7th gives the Tribe (68-39) and negates 2nd-inning homers by Eddie Robinson and Al Rosen. It’s the Tribes 9th straight win to stay deadlocked with the Yankees for first place. Loser Joe Dobson, who has beaten Wynn twice this year, gives up just 6 hits.

Eddie Joost homers in the 9th for the A’s, who tie the Yanks 4–4, but the Yanks win in 11, 7–4. Sloppy fielding and a two-run single by Berra account for the scoring. The win goes to reliever Bob Kuzava, late of the Senators, while Alex Kellner takes the loss.

12th  The Giants (59-51) start the day 13 games behind first place Brooklyn (70-36). On Wes Westrum Day at the Polo Grounds, Sal Maglie wins the first game against the Phillies 3–2, and rookie Al Corwin takes the 2nd game 2–1. Eddie Stanky returns to the lineup after a week’s absence and has 5 walks in the 2 games while leading off. The sweep launches a 16-game win streak and a spurt of 39 wins in 47 games.

Campanella breaks up a pitching duel between Newcombe and Boston’s Johnny Sain with a 3-run homer, his 2nd of the game, and the 3rd time in 9 games he’s collected a pair of homers. Campy’s 5 ribbies give the Dodgers a 7–2 win. Don Newcombe wins his 16th, while Sain goes 4–13.

The Yankees, tied for first place with Cleveland, lose a pair to the A’s. The A’s use 17 hits to win the opener, 9–5. then use Pennsylvania’s Sunday Blue Law at 6:59 (AL Rule is 7:00 with no inning starting after 6:44) to win the nightcap, 7–4. The Yanks start an 8th inning 5-run rally at 6:37 and take a 9–7 lead, but the curfew wipes it out before Pete Suder can hit. Beginning next year, the AL will adopt the 40-year-old suspended game policy of the NL.

13th  Where’s Steve Sax when you need him? At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers offer up one of the odder promotions in “Music Depreciation Night,” and every fan with a musical instrument is admitted free. 2,426 fans take advantage of the offer, including one with a piano. The Dodgers have a motive in countering the local musicians’ union, which wants to silence the non-union Sym-Phoney. The Dodgers outplay the Braves, 7–6, as Gil Hodges belts a 3-run homer in the 8th, following an intentional walk to Campanella, who had earlier homered.

The Giants keep pace with a 5–2 win over the Phils. Larry Jansen, pitching for the first time in 8 days, wins his 15th. Whitey Lockman hits a 3-run homer.

14th   In a night game at the Polo Grounds—the last of 14 night games this year—the Giants righty George Spencer beats the Dodgers, 4–2. Erv Palica takes the loss, as the Giants jump on him early. Al Dark doubles and comes home on Don Mueller’s homer. An out later, Whitey Lockman homers and Palica doesn’t make the 2nd inning. The Dodgers score in the 8th on successive homers by Cox and Snider.

Ted Williams hits 2 HRs to take the AL lead, and the Red Sox pull off a triple play to beat the A’s, 7–4. With his 25th HR, Ted reaches 100 RBIs.

15th  Giants P Jim Hearn defeats the Dodgers 3–1 as Willie Mays makes a miraculous play in the 8th. With the score 1–1 and Billy Cox on 3rd, Mays makes a running catch of a Carl Furillo drive in deep right CF and whirls counterclockwise to throw out the astonished Cox at home. Wes Westrum’s 2-run homer off Ralph Branca in the 8th provides the two-run margin. Hearn allows just six hits, all singles, as the Giants move to 10 1/2 behind Brooklyn.

Al Rosen belts a first inning grand slam to jump start the Indians to a 9–4 win over the Browns, their 13th in a row. For Rosen, it is his 4th slam of the year, tying the ML record, and just the 9th player to accomplish the feat. It was last accomplished by Tommy Henrich in 1948 (since topped). Ned Garver gives up 7 runs in the first inning in losing to Early Wynn.

At Crosley, the Reds Ken Raffensberger tops the Cubs, 1–0, on Ted Kluszewski’s home run in the 4th off Cal McLish.

16th Sal Maglie outpitches Don Newcombe, 2–1, to cut the Dodger lead over the Giants to 9 1/2 games. Maglie allows 4 hits, including Billy Cox’s 300-foot homer, in winning his 17th. The Giants score the winner in the 7th when Bobby Thomson scores on a wild pitch. Reese goes hitless, ending his 22-game streak.

The Browns end the Indians win streak at 13 when Tommy Byrne pitches and bats St. Louis to a 4–0 win. Byrne allows two hits in 7 innings and drives in all the runs before retiring with back spasms. Mike Garcia loses to drop the Indians lead to 1 1/2 games over the Yankees.

The Cards score 6 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Pirates, 9–6. Murry Dickson, trying for his 17th win, takes the loss. Stan Musial hits a 3-run homer in the 6th to start the scoring for St. Louis. His inside-the-park homer is his first hit in 13 at bats, and his 2nd inside-the-park homer in 4 days.

At Elmira, New York, minor-leaguer Don Zimmer marries Jean Carol Bauerle under a canopy of crossed bats at home plate. Teammate Ed Roebuck is supposed to make it a double wedding, but opts for a church instead.

18th  In Pittsburgh hits a first-inning grand slam for the Cubs as they beat the Pirates, 11-5.

Ewell Blackwell beats the Cardinals, 1-0, to give the Reds their 3rd one-run victory this month. Ken Raffensberger has two of the whitewashes: on the 15th and on the 1st.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Browns break a 9-9 tie in the 7th with an 11-run outburst and beat the Tigers, 20-9. Veteran righthander Hank Borowy walks three batters with the bases loaded and faces 9 batters without recording an out, the first ML pitcher to face 9 batters without recording an out. The last three baserunners score after Fred Hutchinson relieves Borowy and gives up two singles. Hank Arft has a 3-run homer off Borowy and drives in 5 runs, while Matt Batts has 4 hits, scores 4 and knocks in 4. The 20 runs scored is a Browns record [the 11 runs in the 7th falls short of the Al record of14.] The Detroit Free Press reporter predicts Borowy “to be cut adrift soon by the Tigers” but he will make five more appearances.

19th  In his most interesting promotional stunt, Bill Veeck signs a 3’7″ midget, Eddie Gaedel, who goes to bat wearing the Browns uniform of 9-year-old batboy Bill DeWitt, Jr. with the number 1⁄8 in the first inning of the nightcap with the Tigers. Lefty Bob Cain laughingly walks him on 4 pitches, the last 2 thrown underhand. Jim Delsing then pinch runs, but the Tigers win, 6–2, after winning 5-2. Two days from now the ML bars Gaedel from appearing in any more games.

In Boston, the Braves score 5 in the 6th and roll over the Dodgers, 13–4. Warren Spahn picks up his 15th win and his 21st complete game. A 2nd-inning homer by Willard Marshall, off Ralph Branca, starts the scoring.

In Philadelphia, the Giants overcome a 4-run deficit to win, 5–4, and cut Brooklyn’s lead to 8 games. Al Corwin wins in relief, after Bobby Thomson’s 2-run homer gets the Giants on the board. The Giants have won 9 in a row, with tomorrow a day off.

21st Baseball owners elect General “Rosey” O’Donnell as the new baseball commissioner, but President Truman overrules the decision. Truman says that O’Donnell is needed in his present job—not a talk show host, but Air Force commanding general of bombing in Korea.

The Giants manage just one runs in 7 innings off Reds knuckleballer Willard Ramsdell, but the wheels come off “The Knuck” in the 8th: Eddie Stanky belts a leadoff homer, Lockman adds a 2-run shot, and Westrum finishes with a 3-run roundtripper off reliever Frank Smith. Spencer (9-4) wins in relief, 7–4. With their 10th straight win, the Giants move to 7 1/2 behind the rained-out Brooks.

Bob Feller wins his 20th, stopping the Senators, 4–0, and keeping the Indians a game ahead of the Yankees. Feller is the AL’s first 20-game winner.

22nd  The Dodgers sweep a pair of 10-inning games from St. Louis, with Clyde King picking up both come-from-behind victories. King goes 3 innings in game 1 and one inning in game 2. Jackie Robinson is 5-for-6 in the nightcap including a 2-out single in the 10th off Al Brazle. Andy Pafko has a homer in the nightcap, while Stan Musial hits his 29th in game 1. Furillo has 3 hits on the afternoon and a pair of assists in game 1, bringing his season total to 21. The Dodgers have now won 14 straight from the Cards.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants win their 11th straight, again coming from behind to top the Reds, 4–3. Irvin homers in the 2nd off Ewell Blackwell, but it is Whitey Lockman’s double in the 8th that wins it for reliever Sheldon Jones.

Tommy Byrne keeps walking them and the Red Sox keep stranding them as St. Louis and Boston battle for 13 innings before the Sox win, 3–1. Making 248 pitches, Brownie Byrne walks 16 Sox batters, tying the AL walk record set by Bruno Haas in 1915 (Haas walked 16 in a loss to the Yanks, his only ML decision) and setting the ML mark for an extra-inning game. Boston strands 22 runners: the AL record for stranded runners is 24, set by the Indians in 18 innings on July 10, 1932. Byrne breaks his personal record of 13 walks in a game he set in 1949. The Brownies don’t help him much, stranding 14.

23rd At Ebbets Field, the Cards finally beat the Dodgers, 4–2. Max Lanier allows 7 hits, including Campanella’s 27th homer, in beating Don Newcombe. Newk won’t lose again to the Birds till 1957, winning 12 straight.

24th  In another of Bill Veeck’s legendary PR stunts, “Fans Managers’ Night,” the Browns defeat the Athletics 5–3. The Browns coaches hold up placards for 1115 fans, who vote “yes” or “no” on the options given them. Manager Zack Taylor sits in a box behind the dugout with 2 fans who monitor the voting. Adding to the festivities is Max Patkin, the clown prince of baseball, who coaches at 1B for several innings. Sherm Lollar voted in behind the plate instead of Matt Batts, has three hits including a homer, and Hank Arft, also voted in, knocks home two. Gus Zernial’s 28th HR, off Garver, accounts for all the A’s runs. When the stunt was announced on August 15th, A’s GM Art Ehlers bitterly denounced it as “farcical.”

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers Ralph Branca outduels Cubs pitcher Paul Minner to win 1–0. Branca strikes out 10 Cubs, walks none, and gives up 3 hits. Brooklyn scores a run in the 1st when Cubs 1B Chuck Connor charges and misses Jackie Robinson’s sac bunt which rolls into RF for a double.

At Detroit, light-hitting veteran Mike McCormick hits his only AL homer, a 3rd inning grand slam, as the Senators down the Tigers, 10-7.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants tie the Cards in the 9th on 3 singles, and with the bases loaded, Bobby Thomson scores the winner on a fielder’s choice play at the plate. New York wins, 6–5, its 12th in a row and 4th in a row in coming from behind.

Against Cleveland’s Early Wynn, Gene Woodling cracks his 3rd homer off the Tribe ace this year, as the Yanks win, 2–0, to move 2 games behind the Tribe. Woodling went deep on Wynn on June 24th, July 24th and today. Mickey Mantle makes his first appearance since his recall from the minors.

Gus Bell’s grand slam, off Jocko Thompson, is all the scoring Murry Dickson needs as the Pirates beat the Phils, 4-1. In games that Dickson starts this year, Bell will ring up ten homers, according to Tom Ruane of Retrosheet.

25th Before 66,110 at Cleveland, Mantle belts an opposite field 2-run homer off Mike Garcia to help the Yankees win, 7–3. New York (77-46) moves to a game in back of the Tribe.

In a rain-shortened contest, the Dodgers come out on the short end of a 5–1 decision with the Cubs. Rookie Bob Kelly is the winner in 8 innings as Cavarretta drives in 4 runs. Chicago might have scored more except for Furillo’s 2 assists, bringing his total to 25. Brooklyn leads by 7 games.

Stan Musial homers to give the Cards a 3–1 lead over the Giants, but rain washes out the game after Thomson hits his 24th, in the 3rd.

26th  Rookie hurler Niles Jordan of the Phillies blanks the Reds 2–0 in his first ML start. Jordan gives up three hits, the same number allowed by loser Willard Ramsdell. The Reds win the opener, 4–2, as Ewell Blackwell bests Robin Roberts.

In the 2nd game against the Yanks, veteran infielder Bert Haas hits a pinch homer in the 6th for the White Sox, his last ML at bat. The Sox will release the 37-year-old tomorrow. The Yanks win 8–6, to remain a game behind the Indians. The Sox take the opener, 3–2, behind Saul Rogovin. Eddie Robinson homers in both games, while Joe DiMaggio hits a four bagger in the opener, and Yogi Berra does the same in game 2.

At the Polo Grounds, Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors clubs his 2nd and last ML homer, a three-run shot off Sal Maglie in the 9th to give the visiting Cubs a temporary 4–4 tie. Wes Westrum then answers with his 2nd homer of the game, off reliever Walt Dubiel, and New York wins, 5–4. New York takes the nightcap, 5–1, to run their victory streak to 14 games. Jim Hearn tops Cal McLish. Mays electrifies the crowd in the 6th by singling, advancing on a balk and a short fly, and stealing home. The Giants trail by six games.

The Pirates club the Dodgers, 12–11 to win the opener of two with the league leaders. Brooklyn chases Howie Pollet and takes a 9–2 lead but the Bucs roar back with 8 runs in the 7th inning. Light-hitting Pete Castiglione does the early damage with a 2-run homer and solo shot before the 8-run 7th. Clyde King, unscored on in his last 8 games, is the loser. The Dodgers load the bases in the 9th, and Murry Dickson walks PH Cal Abrams to force in a run and make the score 12–11. But Furillo and Reese fail to deliver. Brooklyn wins the second game, 4–3, when Jackie Robinson homers in the 10th, off Ted Wilks. Andy Pafko homers in the 8th, off Bob Friend, and Preacher Roe (17-2) goes all the way.

27th  At Shibe Park, light-hitting reserve C Del Wilber of the Phillies hits 3 HRs in 3 at bats to provide Ken Johnson with all the support he needs, as the Phils win, 3-0. The 3 solo homers, all off the Reds Ken Raffensberger, in a shutout is a league record (since tied) for a team. Wilber is the only player to have done this. Jocko Thompson shuts out Cincinnati 2–0 in the first game. Wilber went back to the minors in 1949 to manage in the Texas League.

“The two fine Italian arms of Branca and Furillo had a no-hitter running for eight innings” writes columnist Dick Young; in the 3rd inning Ralph Branca’s no-hitter seems broken by a one-hop shot to RF by pitcher Mel Queen, but Carl Furillo guns him out at first. Branca, pitching on 2 days rest, finally gives up 2 Pirate hits in the 9th before winning, 5–0. In the nightcap the Pirates jump on Erv Palica for 3 runs in the first inning and hold on for a 5–3 win behind Bill Werle and Vern Law. Clyde McCullough is the “Big Un” with a two-run double and a two-run homer. The Pirates continue to be the only team with a season edge on the Dodgers.

The Giants win two more from the Cubs, including a 5–4, twelve-inning complete game victory for Larry Jansen. It is his 17th win. The Cubs score in the top of the 12th, but the Giants score two off Dutch Leonard to win. Behind Al Corwin’s pitching and homers by Stanky and Irwin, the Giants take the nightcap, 6–3.

28th  At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates Howie Pollet (5-14) shuts out the Giants 2–0 on 6 hits—3 by Thomson—to end New York’s 16-game winning streak, best in the NL since 1935. Errors in the 8th by Stanky and Mueller do in Sheldon Jones.

The Dodgers edge the visiting Reds, 3–1, behind rookie Clem Labine. Duke Snider provides the offense off Howie Fox with a single and two-run homer, the latter breaking a tie in the 8th.

The Indians triumph over the A’s, 1–0, on Bob Kennedy’s homer off Sam Zoldak. It is Sam’s 2nd 1–0 loss to the Tribe. Early Wynn wins his 15th to keep the Indians a game ahead of New York, 7–5 winners in 10 innings at St. Louis.

The Braves sell P Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000 and a young pitcher named Lew Burdette. It is another late-season insurance measure for the New Yorkers.

29th The Yankees pick on the lowly Browns for a 15–2 win at Sportsman’s Park. Mantle has four RBIs including a three-run homer in the 9th off Satchel Paige. Ned Garver (15-9) is the loser.

Pitching on 2-days rest, the Giants Jim Hearn tops 17-game winner Murry Dickson, 3–1. It is Hearn’s 8th straight over Pittsburgh stretching back to 1949. The Giants gear up by recalling Hank Thompson from Minneapolis.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers roll to a 13–1 win over the Reds behind Don Newcombe. Gil Hodges drives in 7 runs and hits his 35th and 36th homers to tie Ralph Kiner for the homer lead. He also sets a Dodger club record. Reese has 3 RBIs to run his total to 77.

30th The Giants move to an 8–1 lead after 5 inning over the Pirates behind two homers by Willie Mays. But George Spencer wilts in the heat and gives up homers to Frank Thomas—his first in the majors—and pinch hitter Gus Bell. After Pete Castiglione and Bill Rigney match homers, Ralph Kiner powers one in the 9th inning to give Pittsburgh a 10–9 victory. For Kiner, it is his 37th.

Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe, with relief help from Clyde King, stops the Reds, 3–1, for his 18th win.

The A’s topple the Indians, 6–2, beating Bob Feller and knocking the Tribe into 2nd place, a half game behind the idle Yankees. Morrie Martin and Carl Scheib combine for the win.

1951 September

1st  OF Don Mueller hits 3 HRs in an 8–1 Giants’ win over the Dodgers. His first homer comes against Ralph Branca, coming off two consecutive shutouts, and Mueller hits his 3rd HR, a two-run shot off Phil Haugstad. Sal Maglie is the winner, giving up 7 singles and hits Robinson on the wrist in the 3rd to force home the only Dodger run. Whitey Lockman gets plunked twice for New York. Al Dark and Eddie Stanky combine in the 5th on a triple play off a liner by Reese. The Dodgers’ lead over the Giants is now down to 6 games.

2nd  Don Mueller hits 2 more HRs, giving him 5 in 2 days, to tie an ML mark. His 2nd homer, again off Phil Haugstad, comes a minute after he learns he is a new father. Bobby Thomson adds his 25th homer and Jim Hearn beats the Dodgers 11–2. After Mueller’s 2nd homer, Haugstad decks Thomson and hits Mays with a pitch, evoking a warning from Al Barlick. Barlick had earlier thumbed Branca and Dick Williams in the 5th inning, Newcombe in the 6th when he objected to a call, and Jackie Robinson and rookie Clem Labine. Dressen then clears his bench to avoid any more thumbings. The Giants move to 5 games behind Brooklyn. The Dodgers are suspicious of the losses at the Polo Grounds, and later there are revelations about signs being flashed to Giant batters from the CF scoreboard. Did it happen? Sal Yvars later said, “yes,” while Mueller remarked, “as for my home runs and the sign stealing, this has been much talked about and I would prefer not to comment.” On the Dodgers side, Buzzie Bavasi denied it occurred, but Clyde Walker concluded, “it did happen.”

The Cleveland Indians Harry Simpson, Al Rosen and Luke Easter hit consecutive HRs in the first inning, as Cleveland beats the Browns 5–1.

Ken Raffensberger fires a one-hitter at the Cubs to win 7–0 and gain a split for the Reds. The only hit is a 3rd-inning scratch single by Eddie Miksis that arguably would have rolled foul. Bob Rush shuts out the Reds in the nightcap to top Howie Fox, 3–0.

Tony Ponce of the Phoenix Senators (Southwest International League) hurls his 38th consecutive complete game in beating Yuma 4–2 for his 25th win of the season.

3rd  In a Labor Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Phils Robin Roberts stops New York, 6–3, in the opener. The Giants blow a 3–0 1st inning lead when homers by Ashburn and Swish Nicholson bring the Phils back. Dave Koslo salvages a 2nd game, winning 3–1 over Niles Jordan. Willie Mays makes another rookie error in the 2nd. After an apparent inside-the-park HR, Phils 3B Tommy Brown appeals, and Mays is called out for failing to touch 3B. He is credited with a double.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep the Braves, winning both games 7–2, behind Carl Erskine and Clem Labine. Roy Campanella collects 6 straight hits, including his 30th and 31st homers, one a grand slam, before being stopped. The Dodgers (84–47) lead is six games over the Giants (79–54).

Newly acquired pitcher Johnny Sain tosses a 5-hitter to beat the A’s, 3–1. The A’s top the Yankees in the nightcap, 3–2.

5th  After a day off, the Giants sweep two games in Boston, winning 3–2 and 9–1. In the opener, Sheldon Jones scatters six hits to beat Warren Spahn. Spahn allows just 5 hits in his attempt to become the NL’s first 19-game winner. The Giants tally 13 hits in the second game to help Sal Maglie win his first-ever victory against Boston.

Ralph Branca, despite twinges in his arm, pitches the Dodgers to a 5–2 win over the Phillies. Gil Hodges drives home 4 runs on a grand slam off Ken Johnson. It is Gil’s 37th homer of year, setting a new Dodger record.

The A’s Ferris Fain goes 5-for-5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Washington, as the A’s sweep a pair, 4–1 and 9–7. Fain is 6-for-9 and is hitting .341.

7th  In an 18-inning game with the Cubs, the Reds Lloyd Merriman records 12 putouts in CF, tying the NL mark. The Reds prevail, 7–6. The game is tied at 3–3 after regulation, but both teams score 3 runs in the 15th inning. Dixie Howell’s sac fly with the sacks full drives in the winner.

Bobby Thomson goes 5-for-5 against the host Braves, as the Giants win 7–3. Larry Jansen is the winner, scattering 10 hits, over Max Surkont. Monte Irvin drives in the first three runs, hitting a homer estimated at 500 feet. He now has 101 RBIs.

Preacher Roe walks six Phils, but pushes his record to 19–2, as the Dodgers win 11–6 over Robin Roberts. Carl Furillo hits two homers, Andy Pafko adds #22, and Billy Cox drives in 4 runs with a bases-loaded triple and two doubles.

The A’s split a pair with the Red Sox, losing 8–5 to Bill Wight, before winning, 11–4. Bosox reliever Ellis Kinder makes his 54th appearance in the opener, breaking Wilcy Moore’s club record set in 1931. Billy Hitchcock has 2 triples and double in game 2 good for 5 RBIs as Boston slips in the AL race to 4 games back.

Warren Hacker, pitching for LA (PCL), pitches a no-hitter against Seattle, winning, 4–0.

8th  The pennant race heats up, as Dodger ace Don Newcombe 2-hits the Giants, 9–0, beating Jim Hearn. Jackie Robinson has 3 hits and 3 runs, scoring one run from 3B when he provokes Jim Hearn into wild pitching. Giants pitchers contribute 10 walks.

At an Old-timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium, former manager Joe McCarthy is honored. With the game scoreless in the 7th inning, Mantle belts a Bob Porterfield pitch into the last row of the RF bleachers, some 460 feet away to break the scoreless tie. Ed Lopat shuts out the Senators for 4–0 Yankee win.

9th Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2–1 win over the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin’s two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring, The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Snider and a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground, tags Robby, and throws to first for a DP that prompted Durocher to say, “That’s the greatest play I’ve ever seen a third baseman make.” The Dodgers still lead the Giants by 5 1/2 games.

The Yanks hit 5 homers—4 off the Nats’ Dick Starr—to win, 7–5. Mantle’s leadoff homer on the first pitch, which starts the scoring, slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the right field stands. Vic Raschi then wins the nightcap, 2–0, in a game called after the 6th inning because of “darkness.” Though Yankee Stadium has lights, unlike the NL, these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yanks manage just 4 hits, hitting for the cycle (single, double, triple, HR) to win. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).

The Indians use three 9th-inning bunts to edge the Browns, 4–3. Hegan leads off with a bunt that rolls foul, but then drives a single past the pulled-in 3B Jack Maguire. Two more bunts and a sac fly give Mike Garcia his 19th win. Reliever Satchel Paige takes the loss.

11th Clem Labine blanks the Reds on 2 hits as the visiting Dodgers win, 7–0. Pafko drives in three runs on three singles.

In St. Louis, New York’s Dave Koslo wins the opener of a twinbill, 10–5, ending the Cards’ 7-game win streak. Bobby Thomson has three hits and Monte Irvin has a double and his 5th steal of home this year. He has 13 steals overall. Leading 6–4 in the 9th, Wes Westrum breaks an 0-for-20 skein and delivers a grand slam. The Cards win the nightcap, 4–3, behind Cliff Chambers to leave the Giants 6 games in back of the Dodgers.

12th  The last Giant game of the season in St. Louis is rained out, and the NL reschedules it for tomorrow afternoon as part of a doubleheader with two teams.

In Cincinnati, Lloyd Merriman hits a bases-loaded triple in the 7th, off Carl Erskine, to give the Reds a 6–3 win. Dodger starter Don Newcombe leaves in the 1st inning with a pulled muscle in his pitching arm and Erskine takes the loss. The Dodgers are now 5 1/2 ahead of the idle Giants.

13th  The Cards play a rare mixed doubleheader—the only one in the 20th century—with 2 different teams, defeating the Giants 6–4 in the first game in the afternoon when they score six runs against Sal Maglie in the 2nd inning. The Giants contest is a makeup game. In the nightcap, against the Braves, the Cards manage just one hit—by pitcher Al Brazle—in losing to Warren Spahn, 2–0. The Cards total attendance is 8,865—4,160 for the Giants and 4,705 for the Braves.

Yankees leadoff hitter Mickey Mantle drives a Virgil Truck’s pitch deep into the RF upper deck to start the Yankee scoring. Witnesses say that if Mantle had hit it more to CF, the ball would’ve traveled 600 feet. Mantle then K’s 3 times, as Virgil Trucks drives over New York for a 9–2 Detroit win. Trucks adds a pair of RBIs.

14th  Browns rookie Bob Nieman hits 2 HRs in his first 2 ML at bats, a record unequaled. They come against Mickey McDermott of the Red Sox, but Boston still wins 9–6. Boston has homers by Dom DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Walt Dropo.

Aided by 5 Cubs errors, Giant P Jim Hearn picks up his 15th win, 7–2. Bob Rush is the loser. Al Barlick tosses Wes Westrum for arguing a safe call at the plate. He’ll get a fine and 3-day suspension. For the 4thtime this season, Eddie Stanky has 4 walks.

Preacher Roe wins his 20th game against just 2 losses, as the Dodgers edge the Pirates, 3–1. Andy Pafko hits his 14th homer for Brooklyn, still 6 games ahead of the Giants.

At the Stadium, the Yanks move a half game behind the idle Indians with a 5–2 win over the Tigers. Yogi Berra has a first inning grand slam for the Yanks.

15th  The 7th-place Pirates rise up and collect 15 hits to whip the first-place Dodgers, 11–2. Rookie Jack Merson drives home 6 runs on a triple, double, and 2 singles.

The Giants trim the Dodger lead to 5 games when they cash in homers by Thomson, Mays, and Mueller for a 5–2 win over Chicago. Sheldon Jones tops Paul Minner.

The Cardinals take 11 walks, a record-tying 5 by Solly Hemus, and beat the Braves 10–1. Boston’s starter Dave Cole walks the first 3 batters he faces, then hits Enos Slaughter to force in Hemus.

The first game of the first Dominican WS (Los Grandes Finales) is played between Licey and Escogido in Santiago. Behind the hitting of Alonzo Perry (.400 series average) and the pitching of Marion “Sugar” Caine, Licey wins the opener 8–0 and goes on to take the series 4-1 to become the first champion of Dominican Professional Baseball.

16th In Chicago, the Dodgers beat up on the Cubs, winning, 6–1, behind rookie Clem Labine. Rookie Bob Kelly takes the loss, allowing 6 hits, including Gil Hodges #38.

The visiting—and rampaging—Giants sweep the Pirates, 7–1 and 6–4. Larry Jansen wins his 19th and Sal Maglie collects his 23rd. It is Maglie’s 11th straight win over the Bucs. The Giants collect 29 hits in the two games, including 6 by Al Dark, in handing losses to Howie Pollet and reliever Murry Dickson. The Dodger lead of 4 1/2 is their slimmest since July 4th.

At the Stadium, Joe DiMaggio’s long triple off Bob Feller scores two runs in the 5th and Allie Reynolds holds on for a 5–1 New York win. The Yanks take over first place for good by a margin of .003 points over Cleveland.

17th In Chicago, ex-Dodger Gene Hermanski clouts a pinch homer off Clyde King as the Cubs rally for a 5–3 win over Brooklyn. The Dodgers also lose Campanella, who leaves the field on a stretcher after being struck in the head by a pitch from Turk Lown. Campy will remain in a Chicago hospital when the Dodgers leave for St. Louis. He will rejoin the team in Brooklyn Friday night.

At St. Louis, Brown cracks a homer in the 10th, off starter Al Brazle, as the Phils win, 2–1. Robin Roberts goes all the way for his 20th win.

The Yanks break a 1–1 tie in the bottom of the 9th when, with the bases loaded, Rizzuto squeezes home DiMaggio with the winning run. Rizzuto’s obituary in the New York Times describes the play as follows: “DiMaggio was on third base. Rizzuto took Lemon’s first pitch, a called strike, and argued the call with the umpire. That gave him time to grab his bat from both ends, the sign to DiMaggio that a squeeze play was on for the next pitch. But DiMaggio broke early, surprising Rizzuto. Lemon, seeing what was happening, threw high, to avoid a bunt, aiming behind Rizzuto. But with Joltin’ Joe bearing down on him, Rizzuto got his bat up in time to lay down a bunt. ‘If I didn’t bunt, the pitch would’ve hit me right in the head,’ Rizzuto said. ‘I bunted it with both feet off the ground, but I got it off toward first base.’ DiMaggio scored the winning run. Stengel called it ‘the greatest play I ever saw.’ As the winning run scored, Lemon angrily threw both the ball and his pitching glove into the stands.” The score, off Lemon, gives Eddie Lopat his 20th win of the year. The Yanks now lead Cleveland by a game and Boston by 2 1/2 games.

18th  In St. Louis, the Cardinals cuff Ralph Branca for a 7–1 win over the Dodgers. It is Brooklyn’s 4th loss in 7 road games. Adding insult to injury, Musial and Slaughter pull off a double steal with Stan scoring.

After a day off, the Giants edge the Reds, 6–5, in Cincy, though Dave Koslo is touched for 13 hits. Mays has 2 of the 3 Giants errors, but George Spencer saves the game in his 55th appearance.

In the first of two games today, Browns pitcher Tommy Byrne hits a grand slam off the Senators Sid Hudson in the 9th inning to ice the game, 8-0. It’s the first grand slam for the Browns this year. In the nightcap, Byrne cracks a 10th-inning pinch single to give the Browns a 3–2 victory,

Cleveland beats Boston, 6–4, as Mike Garcia wins his 20th. With the Yanks losing to Billy Pierce and Chicago, 7–1, the Indians and Yankees are tied for first place. This is the 10th time the 2 teams have been in a tie for first place, surpassing the ML record of 9 set in the NL race of 1889 and the Fed League race of 1914.

19th  Larry Doby of the Indians walks 5 times in a 15-2 cakewalk over the Red Sox in Boston. Early Wynn picks up his 20th win. Cleveland now returns home for with 5 of 6 games against Detroit; their record is 16–1 against the Tigers.

The Yankees are victorious when Mickey Mantle hits a 3-run homer off Chicago’s Lou Kretlow to win, 5–3. A small crowd of 12,127 watch the game at the Stadium. The 2 teams have been tied now for 11 days. The Yanks now have 9 games left, 8 against Boston.

In St. Louis, Preacher Roe is given a Cadillac by his neighbors from the Ozarks, then pitches a 3–0 five hitter over the Cards. Roe is now 21–2. Filling in for the ailing Campanella, backup catcher Mickey Livingston has 2 RBI.

At Wrigley Field, the Phils Bubba Church (15-10) defeats the Cubs, 5–1, for his 9th win over the Cubs in his 2 years with Philadelphia. Bob Rush takes the loss.

20th  Following a day off in Cincinnati, Ken Raffensberger beats the Giants, 3–1, with reliever Blackwell striking out Westrum and Hank Thompson in the 9th with 2 runners on base. Jim Hearn is the loser.

Carl Erskine pitches the Dodgers to a 4–3 win over the Cardinals. Brooklyn’s magic number is reduced to 5.

The owners elect NL President Ford Frick as the 3rd commissioner of baseball for a 7-year term at $65,000 per annum. Warren Giles withdraws on a vote deadlock to open the way for Frick, who has been NL prexy since 1934.

21st  Rookie P Jackie Collum of the Cardinals hurls a 6–0 two-hitter against the Cubs in his first start.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers keep a woozy Campanella on the bench, preferring to rest him for the WS. Rookie Clem Labine ignores Dressen’s orders to take a full windup, preferring to pitch out of the stretch with the bases jammed in the 1st. Phils 3B Willie Jones then hits a grand slam and Labine ends up in Dressen’s doghouse. The Phils win, 9–6, behind Robin Roberts.

22nd  Larry Jansen stops the Braves on 4 hits, and wins his 20th game, 4–1. The Giants score 3 in the 8th off Warren Spahn to win it.

It is “Charlie Dressen Night” in Brooklyn and the manager is given an oil portrait identifying him as the manager of the “National League Champions 1951.” The Phils have other ideas as they pound Don Newcombe for 10 hits in 6 innings to beat the Dodgers, 7–3, who now lead the Giants by just 3 games. Karl Drews his only victory of the year and also singles, breaking a string of 77 hitless at bats stretching back to May, 1947 (as noted by writer Kerry Keene).

OF Irv Noren of the Senators records 11 putouts in CF in a 9-inning, 9–1 win over the A’s, tying the AL record.

23rd In New York, it is Sal Maglie Day and Maglie responds by winning his 22nd game in beating the Braves 4–1, despite allowing 13 hits. It is the most victories by a Giant since Hubbell in 1937.

Roy Campanella has 4 hits, including a homer off 15-game winner Bubba Church, and the Dodgers top the Phillies 6–3. Preacher Roe is the winner, his record going to an amazing 22–2. For Roe, this is his 10th win in a row, the second streak of that length this season. Only Boo Ferriss (1946) and Walter Johnson (1913) have posted two win streaks of 10 or more in a season (as noted by Ron Liebman).

     Pittsburgh’s Murry Dickson wins his 20th game, a 3–0 whitewash of the Reds. Dickson’s 20 wins will account for nearly a third of the Pirates’ 64 victories, and helps the Bucs finish a game ahead of the last place Cubs.

24th The Giants score with 2 outs in the 9th inning to edge the Braves Chet Nichols, 4–3. Eddy Stanky drives home the winner with a single off 3B Sibby Sisti’s glove Dave Koslo wins in relief.

25th The Dodgers continue to slide. After the Dodgers lose 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia, Boston sweeps 2 from Brooklyn. Warren Spahn wins the opener 6–3 over Branca, his 4th straight loss, and Jim Wilson coasts to a 14–2 three-hit win in the 2nd game. Earl Torgeson drives in 6 runs in the nightcap. Meanwhile, the Giants win 5–1 over Robin Roberts and the Phils to move a single game in back of the Dodgers.

Crosley Field, Reds catcher Johnny Pramesa clouts a grand slam in the 14th inning to defeat the Cardinals, 7–3.

26th The Giants stay one game behind the Dodgers as Jim Hearn tops the Phillies 10–1 and the Dodgers crush the Braves 15–5. Campanella drives home 3 runs in the first inning and Newcombe coasts to his 19th win. With a 13–3 lead in the 8th inning, Robinson steals home against rookie P Lew Burdette, infuriating the Braves.

27th  Monte Irvin clouts a 3-run homer in the 1st inning off Phils righty Andy Hansen and Larry Jansen picks up his 21st win, 10–1.

Trying for his 23rd win, Preacher Roe loses just his 3rd game, 4–3, to Chet Nichols and the Braves. The Dodgers now lead New York by 1/2 game. Future Hall of Fame NBA basketball player Bill Sharman becomes the only man in history to be thrown out of a ML baseball game without ever having played in one. With the score tied at 3-3 in the 8th inning, umpire Frank Dascoli clears the entire Brooklyn bench after a home plate call by him results in a violent protest. Sharman, up from St. Paul (AA) at the end of the season, is one of the players thrown out. Dascoli’s safe call at home on Bob Addie’s score results in the winning run.

Gabe Paul replaces the newly elected NL President Warren Giles as GM of the Cincinnati Reds.

28th  Allie Reynolds pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season, defeating the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium 8–0. It is his 7th shutout of the year. With 2 outs in the 9th, Ted Williams hits a foul pop that catcher Yogi Berra drops. Williams then hits another foul fly that Berra grabs for the last out. The Chief is the first AL hurler with two no-hitters in a season; Vander Meer’s pair in 1938 is the only other time a pitcher has thrown two in a season. In the 2nd game, the Yankees clinch their 3rd straight pennant under Casey Stengel as Vic Raschi wins 11–3 for his 21st victory. Mantle drives home three runs with a pair of doubles and Joe DiMaggio belts the final homer of his career—a three run shot. The Yankees are 3 1⁄2 games ahead of slumping Cleveland with 2 to play. For the remarkably consistent Raschi, this is his third straight year winning 21 games, and his fourth straight year of winning 19 or more. No Yankee pitcher the rest of the century will win 19 or more in three straight years.

In Philadelphia, Campanella belts his 33rd homer but Brooklyn blows a 3–0 lead to lose 4–3 as the Phils score the winner in the 9th inning. The Phils tie the game in the 8th on Andy Seminick’s 2-run homer, his 1st in 7 weeks. The race is now tied (94-58) between the Giants and the Dodgers.

29th The Giants and Dodgers both win on shutouts to stay tied. New York tops the Warren Spahn and the Braves 3–0 on Maglie’s 23rd win and Don Newcombe shuts out the Phillies, 5–0, for his 20th victory. Campy and Pafko homer as Robin Roberts takes the Phils loss.

At Cleveland, Luke Easter hits a 6th inning grand slam and the Indians eke out a 7-6, 11-inning win over Detroit. Despite the victory, the Tribe drops to 4 games in back of the Yankees, winners of two today with Boston. The Yankees finish the year with 5 straight wins over the Red Sox.

30th  Larry Jansen (22-11) of the Giants holds on to defeat the Braves 3–2 in Boston as Bobby Thomson hits his 30th HR of the year, and Don Mueller and Monte Irvin each drive home a run. Willard Marshall completes the season without an error to break Wildfire Schulte’s 1908 NL fielding record of ,994, set in 102 games in 1908.

Jackie Robinson hits an upper deck HR in the 14th inning off Robin Roberts, who came on in the 8th, to give the Dodgers a critical 9–8 win over the Phils. Robbie saves the game in the 13th by making a great catch of an Eddie Waitkus line drive and throwing to 2B for a DP. In the process, he injures his elbow. Reliever Bud Podbielan is the winner, the victory keeping Brooklyn in a first place tie with the Giants. Catcher Andy Seminick of the Phils walks 5 times, the first Phillie to do so in a game. The Dodgers overcome a 6–1 deficit to win and set the stage for a playoff with the Giants.

Preceding the Browns’ season closer, the Harlem Globetrotters defeat a team led by baseball clown Max Patkin. The basketball game is played on a wooden court set up behind 3B. Then St. Louis ace Ned Garver (20-12) cops his 20th game of the season, defeating the White Sox, 9–5. He breaks a 4-4 tie with a home run. Garver becomes the only player to win 20 for a last-place team that loses 100 games, as the Browns win just 32 other times. The last 20-game winner for a last place team was Hollis Thurston in 1924, with the White Sox (66-87).

The Tigers drive over the slumping Tribe, 2–1, behind Virgil Trucks 13th win of the year. Cleveland rookie Sam Jones makes his first start and suffers the loss after an intentional walk loads the bases in the 7th, and Trucks laces a 2-run single.

At Pittsburgh, Ralph Kiner hits a 425-foot grand slam in the 11th inning to give the Pirates an 8-4 win over the Reds. It is Kiner’s league-leading 42nd homer. He also walks once to increase his NL lead in that department to 137. His 137 is a club record. His OBP of .452 is the NL high as well.

In Chicago, the Cubs and Cardinals split a pair. In the opener, the Cubs come back from a 6-1 deficit and score 5 runs in the 8th to win, 7-6. Hank Sauer’s 30th home run with 2 on is the big blow in the 8th. Gerry Staley tosses a 4-hitter in game 2 to beat the Cubs, 3–0. Musial sits out last game at the suggestion of Marty Marion ending a streak of 121 straight games played. Starting next season he’ll play 744 in a row. Had he played game 2 he would notch a streak of 865, better than Gus Suhr’s NL 822 consecutive games played.

The triumphant Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3–0, behind Frank Shea’s 9-hitter. It is the 3rd shutout in a row for the Yankees staff as they sweep the visiting Red Sox in 5 games, outscoring them 29–4.

1951 October

1st  In the NL’s first best-of-three play-off since 1946, Ralph Branca of the Dodgers loses to Jim Hearn and the Giants 3–1. Branca serves up HRs to Bobby Thomson and Monte Irvin. It is the first game ever to be broadcast live coast-to-coast. With both the Dodgers and Giants tied 96–58 at the end of regulation, Brooklyn wins the coin toss and elects to play the first game of the playoffs at home. The next 2 games will be played at the Polo Grounds.

2nd  The Dodgers bounce back as rookie Clem Labine evens the playoff with a 10–0 win, besting the Giants’ Sheldon Jones. Home runs are smashed by Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Andy Pafko, and Rube Walker. Willie Mays grounds into 3 DP.

3rd  The Giants’ Bobby Thomson hits the most famous home run in history, off Ralph Branca. His “shot heard round the world” with 2 runners on and trailing 4–2 in the bottom of the 9th defeats Brooklyn 5–4 and sends the jubilant Giants into the WS. For Branca, it is his 6th loss of the season against the Giants, who have now hit 11 HRs off him this year. Whitey Lockman sets up Thomson’s blast by hitting a double off Newcombe with Al Dark on 3B and Don Mueller on 1B. Mueller breaks his ankle sliding into 3B and is carried off the field.

4th  In the opening game of the WS, Monte Irvin steals home in the first inning and collects 4 hits. The Giants defeat Allie Reynolds and the Yankees 5–1 with Dave Koslo going all the way at Yankee Stadium. With the injured Mueller missing the WS, Bobby Thomson switches the 3B and the Giants field the first black outfield of Thompson, Irvin and Mays.

5th  The Yanks and Eddie Lopat even up the WS by winning 3–1 over Larry Jansen. Lopat scatters 5 hits, three by Monte Irvin. Irvin has now hit safely 7 straight times in two games. Mickey Mantle is injured in the 5th inning when he steps on an exposed water sprinkler while chasing a Willie Mays fly ball. Mantle is taken off the field on a stretcher and the injury to his knee will plague him throughout his career. He will undergo the first of 6 knee operations.

In a fine pickup, the Reds send OF Bobby Usher and C Johnny Pramesa to the Cubs for OF Bob Borkowski and C Smoky Burgess.

  1. Iijima of the Daiei Stars (later the Lotte Orions) gets 11 RBI in a single game for a Japanese record. The U.S. ML record is 12, set by Jim Bottomley of St. Louis in 1924; Iijima ties Tony Lazzeri of the NY Yankees who knocked in 11 in 1936.

6th  Back at the Polo Grounds, the Giants win 6–2, as Whitey Lockman homers with 2 on in the 5th. The Giants score 5 in the inning after Eddie Stanky kicks the ball out of Phil Rizzuto’s glove on a tag play at 2B.

8th  The Yankees even up the WS with a 6–2 win, with Allie Reynolds going the distance. Hitless in 11 at bats, DiMaggio collects a homer and single.

The two major leagues rescind the rule controlling radio and television broadcasts into minor league territories. Television has badly damaged the gate in minor league cities; the PCL was down 18 percent in 1952.

9th  Gil McDougald becomes the first rookie to hit a grand slam in the WS, as the Yankees win in a romp, 13–1. Ed Lopat wins his 2nd game.

In New York, Browns owner Bill Veeck, Jr. hires Rogers Hornsby to a three-year contract to manage the Browns. The Rajah, who last managed in the majors in 1937 as skipper of the Browns, was fired by Bill Veeck, Sr. in 1932 when Hornsby managed the Cubs. Hornsby chooses the Browns offer over a similar one by the Cardinals, who just let Marty Marion go as manager.

10th  Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple propels the Yankees to a 4–3 win and their 3rd straight championship. Just before the game, Leo Durocher turns over a letter he received to Ford Frick that offers the Giants manager a $15,000 bribe “if the Giants manage to lose the next 3 games.”

15th  Minor league executive Leslie O’Connor testifies before the Celler committee that ML control over the farm system is harmful to players and the minor leagues. He adds that the majors-minors council plans a pact to speed a West Coast bid for higher status.

16th  In a letter written to ML officials, the St. Louis Browns P Ned Garver offers a pay plan that would ameliorate the ill effects of the reserve system he supports. He would have the salaries of players on consistent tail-enders be determined by a rating system by the owners. If the club does not match the “average” salary, then that player should be traded to some other club that can afford his services. Garver adds that he “doesn’t care where I play, as long as I get a ‘fair’ salary.”

17th  The Yomiuri Giants win the Japan Series over the Nankai Hawks. Incredibly, they will win the pennant 19 times in the next 23 years, including 9 in succession (1965-73).

20th  Joe DiMaggio accompanies Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars on a tour of Japan. They will win 13 of the 15 games.

23rd  Branch Rickey contends that the farm system saved baseball during the Depression. He asks Congress for legislation that will protect it from monopoly suits.

The AP picks Giant manager Leo Durocher as Manager of the Year.

24th  UPI names Casey Stengel as Manager of the Year.

Larry MacPhail calls for 4 new major leagues, including a Pacific Coast League.

1951 November

1st  The NL votes Brooklyn C Roy Campanella the league’s MVP for what will be the first of 3 such awards.

2nd  The National Labor Relations Board files unfair labor practices charges against the Indians on a claim the club fired a ticket seller at the union’s request. This is the first case against baseball under the Taft-Hartley Act.

6th  Dodgers President Walter O’Malley denies the farm system constitutes a monopoly. He cites the Dodgers’ deficit in 1950.

7th  Representative Emanuel Celler’s committee issues financial data from 1945-49 that differs with Walter O’Malley’s numbers. According to Celler, the Dodgers made a profit of 2.364 million dollars from 1945-49; the Dodgers’ “loss” of $129,318 in 1950 included a $167,000 loss due to the promotion of the Brooklyn Dodgers professional football team. In his continuing investigation into antitrust violations, Celler says that evidence in his committee suggests altering the reserve clause in that it does limit players.

8th  Catcher Yogi Berra of the NY Yankees wins the first of his 3 MVP awards, edging out Browns pitcher Ned Garver. Initially, Garver was phoned and told that he had won the award, but a recount showed that Yogi was the winner with Garver in second.

The White Sox send P Randy Gumpert and OF Don Lenhardt to the Red Sox for P Chuck Stobbs and infielder Mel Hoderlein.

10th in Tokyo, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American all-star team battles a Central League all-star team. Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. HR in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1–1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI-triple in the 9th and scores to give the Americans a 3–2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied one.

13th  Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Ferris Fain, and Billy Martin, lose 3–1 to a Pacific League all-star team—only the 2nd time since 1922 that an American professional team has lost to Japan, and the first time to professional players.

15th  The baseball writers name Gil McDougald as AL Rookie of the Year. The White Sox object to McDougald’s accolade, offering the statistical accomplishments of their superlative rookie, Minnie Minoso. McDougald garners 13 votes to Minoso’s 11, but in the MVP voting, Minnie will get 120 votes (4th place) while Gil will get 63 (9th place).

In a game that starts at 11 p.m. in Honolulu and finishes in the next morning a team of Hawaiian semi-pros defeats Lefty O’Doul’s All-stars, 8-6. the game gets a late start because Joe and Dom DiMaggio, Mel Parnell and Ferris Fain are late because of engine trouble with their plane. Eddie Lopat allows four runs in one inning, while Bobby Shantz and Bill Werle each allow two runs in two inning apiece. Mel Parnell is not scored upon in his one inning of work. Joe DiMaggio fans on three pitches in his one plate appearance. (as noted by Mike Lynch).

18th  Former Cub 1B and future TV star of The Rifleman Chuck Connors is the first player to oppose the ML draft. Currently the 1B of the LA Angels (PCL), Connors wants to stay in California, instead of going to whatever team might draft him for the ML. The PCL views his refusal in a positive manner, allowing them to ask higher prices for players than what the ML usually offers.

23rd The Yankees send young C Clint Courtney to the Browns for P Jim McDonald. Courtney, the first major league catcher to wear glasses, appeared in one game for New York.

27th The Browns send C Sherm Lollar, P Al Widmar, and infielder Tommy Upton to the White Sox for C Gus Niarhos, P Dick Littlefield, 1B Gordy Goldsberry, Joe DeMaestri, and OF Jim Rivera. Rivera, a favorite of Browns manager Hornsby, who managed the Seattle Raniers last season where Rivera won the MVP of the PCL. Rivera, who served five years in prison on rape charges, will return to the Sox in 8 months after Hornsby is fired.

28th  The Browns trade C Gus Niarhos, acquired yesterday, to Boston for catcher Les Moss and Tom Wright. The team also signs SS Marty Marion, former Cardinal manager.

1951 December

8th  The AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting the NL’s suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games.

10th  The Cards trade lefty Max Lanier and OF Chuck Diering to the Giants for 2B Eddie Stanky, who becomes the team’s player-manager. The Reds trade C Smoky Burgess, 2B Connie Ryan and P Howie Fox to the Phillies for C Andy Seminick, infielder Eddie Pellegrini, OF Dick Sisler and P Niles Jordan. The Reds will regret letting the burly catcher go and will reacquire him, again exchanging Seminick, in 3 years.

11th  Joe DiMaggio officially retires as a member of the New York Yankees with 361 HRs and an average of .325 after 13 seasons. His 56-game, consecutive-game hitting streak in l941 will stand as one of the all-time best diamond achievements.

1952 January

1st Former major leaguer Hi Bithorn, 35, dies in mysterious circumstances in northern Mexico when he is shot by a policeman. The police say he was trying to sell his car, but Bithorn had $2,000 on him. A stadium in Puerto Rico will be named after Bithorn, who last pitched in the majors in 1947.

4th Ex-Reds pitcher Lee Grissom is acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from a bar room fight on July 30, 1950 when he struck a 27-year-old truck driver. Grissom was 12–17 for the last-place Reds in 1937.

9th  As the Korean War drags on, the Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty. He’ll be recalled on May 1st.

16th  The U.S. Standardization Board clears the way for Stan Musial to get a salary increase to $85,000. Prior to this relaxation of the rules, there was a wage freeze in effect due to the Korean War. Under the new rules, a team is free to raise individual salaries, as long as they do not exceed a complicated formula, based on total team salaries for any one year, from 1946-50, plus 10 percent.

17th  Detroit owner Walter O. “Spike” Briggs dies at the age of 74 in Miami Beach. His son will succeed him in the presidency.

18th  The Chicago White Sox accept Vice President Charlie A. Comiskey, Jr.’s resignation. Comiskey’s request for more money was refused.

26th  Because of poor attendance, the Canadian-American League suspends operations for its 1952 season. This is one of 7 minor leagues that will not operate this year, dropping the total from 50 to 43. The Korean War military obligation is the primary reason.

31st  Harry Heilmann with 203 votes and Paul Waner with 195 become the newest members of the Hall of Fame. For Waner, it is his sixth try. The 3,000-hit players not

elected in their first year prior to Waner’s election were Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, and Napoleon Lajoie. Every other 3,000 hit player will make the Hall on their first try until Rafael Palmeiro is turned away in 2010.

The Phils settle their damage suit with former P Art Lopatka out of court. He contends that the Phils made him pitch with a fractured index finger, resulting in damage to his arm. He further contends that when he was no longer of use, the Phillies released him as damaged “goods” in 1947.

A U.S. federal jury awards Mexican owner Jorge Pasquel $35,000 for breach of contract by former Dodger star, Mickey Owen.

1952 February

1st  The Dodgers report a $24,000 shortfall in 1951 revenue, sparking a New York district attorney probe. There is a possible error in the WS and post-season play-off revenues.

7th  North American P Bill Samson achieves an undistinguished winter league record by walking 14 Vargas batters in 6 innings while pitching for Cerveceria Caracas of the Venezuelan League. This negative feat also matches the ML record set in 1906 by Henry Mathewson of the New York Giants, who needed 9 full innings for an equal display of pitching wildness.

14th The Browns pick up 1B Dick Kryhoski and pitchers Gene Bearden and Bob Cain from Detroit. The Tigers receive C Matt Batts, OF Cliff Mapes, P Dick Littlefield, and 1B Ben Taylor.

16th  Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires after 40 years as a ML player and coach. He receives a pension from the Pirates, with whom he spent most of those years.

17th  They oughta name a stadium after him. In Miami, former player Jack Russell wins the Professional Baseball Players Golf Tournament, defeating Tiger coach Dick Bartell, 3-2, in match play. Russell lost the tourney in 1936 to Paul Waner and 1937 to Wes Ferrell. Last year’s winner Alvin Dark is eliminated by Lew Kretlow, who drove the 355-year 9th hole and eagled. Ken Yount takes the minor leaguer’s division. In the qualifying round, Dizzy Trout shot a 66, 2 behind Sam Snead and Tommy Bolt, who played in December’s Miami Open.

21st  Tommy Fine, North American righthander who posted only 4 ML decisions with the Red Sox and Browns, pitches the only no-hit, no-run game in the history of the Caribbean Series. Fine, hurling for Club Havana (Cuba) against Cervecería Caracas (Venezuela), wins 1–0 in the 4th Serie del Caribe at Panama City.

26th  The Army swears in Dodger P Don Newcombe.

1952 March

5th  Norman Bel Geddes, after designing a 5,000 seat complex for the Dodgers in Vero Beach, FL, states that Walter O’Malley has asked for a stadium design for Brooklyn. It is to have a retractable dome, garage, automatic hotdog vending machines, and artificial turf that can be painted in different colors.

8th  The Cubs play their first game in Mesa, AZ, beating the Indians, 5–4, before 4,000 fans at Rendezvous Park. The Cubs spent the past 30 spring training seasons (1921-51) on Catalina Island before relocating. Mesa community leader Dwight “Pat” Patterson is the moving force in convincing the Cubs to sign a two-year contract to play in Mesa. In 1991, the field at HoHoKam Park will be named after him.

24th Cardinal minor league pitcher Bobby Slaybaugh is hit in the left eye by a line drive, necessitating an operation to remove the eye. Slaybaugh, 17-10 last year at Goldsboro, will pitch briefly in the minors in 1953-54 and then retire.

26th The Cardinals purchase infielder Gene Mauch from the Yankees.

27th At Bradenton, Sam Jethroe’s 7th inning bunt single spoils a combined no-hit bid by the Dodgers Ben Wade and Johnny Schmitz as the Dodgers beat the Braves, 3-0. Attendance is 3,481.

1952 April

st The PCL institutes a new rule that prohibits players from leaving their mitts on the field between innings. They are allowed to drop them in foul territory. The Majors will go to a similar rule in 1954.

2nd  Giants slugger Monte Irvin breaks his ankle sliding into 3B in an exhibition game against the Indians in Denver. He will play just 46 games in 1952.

9th The Braves send one-time MVP Bob Elliott to the Giants for P Sheldon Jones and $50,000.

11th In an pre-season game in Columbus, Ohio, the Tigers lose to the Tigers, 5–0, and lose CF Hoot Evers when a pitched ball breaks his right thumb.

A promotional stunt by radio station KVEN in San Francisco gets fowled up. Because of a Western Union strike, the station planned to use homing pigeons to send the inning by inning accounts to the station from Ontario, where Fresno and Ventura (PCL) were playing an exhibition game. The station would then recreate the game. Alas, only the second inning pigeon arrived and by the evening of the 12th, only two more pigeons completed their missions. Hopelessly lost and tired, the first inning pigeon shows up in Santa Monica on the 15th.

15th  In the last home opener in Braves Field in Boston, 4,694 fans watch Warren Spahn lose 3–2 to Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe. Campanella’s bases-loaded single in the 5th gives the Dodgers the go-ahead run.

Led by Hank Sauer’s grand slam, the Cubs beat the host Reds, 6–5 in 10 innings It is the only opening day slam in Cubs history.

Shibe Park, Hank Bauer and Mickey Mantle lead a 14-hit attack against Alex Kellner and Carl Scheib as the Yankees beat the A’s, 8–1. Vic Raschi allows two hits in 8 innings and wins his 2nd opener in a row. Bauer had two hits and a homer, while Mantle has three hits, two RBIs, and a stolen base.

16th  The Dodgers Duke Snider goes 5-for-6 in a 14–8 win over the Boston Braves. Campy drives in 5 runs with a double and homer as the Dodgers amass 20 hits.

Rain postpones two openers today, but at Washington, Mel Parnell, batting 7th ahead of Lepcio and Niarhos, pitches a 3–0 win, allowing 3 hits.

17th  Umpire Bill Summers turns in 7 members of the White Sox and Indians for “fraternizing” before a game, won by the Indians 7–3. The AL fines the unnamed players $5 each for violating the 1951 rule.

At Washington, the Red Sox take a 7-0 lead with a 6-run 6th inning and top the Senators, 9-2. Faye Throneberry hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off the Nats’ Don Johnson, in the 6th.

18th In their home Opener before 29,874, Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend shuts out the Reds, 5–0, on 5 hits. It is the 2nd win in a row for the Pirates, and they won’t have a win streak longer than two games all season, a 20th century ML record low.

19th  Eddie Mathews of the Boston Braves hits his first ML homer, off Ken Heintzelman of the Phillies in Philadelphia. The Braves win 4–0.

Against the Pirates Mel Queen, the first two Reds batters– and Bobby Adams—belt homers, the 5th time in history it’s happened. The Reds go on to win, 9–3, behind Herm Wehmeier.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers (5-0) belt the Giants, 11-6. Carl Furillo has a grand slam for Da Bums.

In a Patriot’s Day twinbill at Fenway, the Red Sox take 2 from the A’s, 11–2 and 6–1, to sweep the series. The A.M. game draws 8,598 who see Don Lenhardt footsie his way around for an inside-the-park grand slam, after hitting a ball off the fence in left CF against Dick Fowler. It is the first IP grand slam at Fenway. Harry Taylor is the winner, notching his only victory of the year for Boston. Maury McDermott is the winner over Morrie Martin in the nightcap, which draws 23,541. A’s 3B Hank Majeski ties the AL mark with 10 assists in game 2. Ferris Fain, the AL bat champ last season, is hitless so far, going 0-for-19.

20th Ted Kluszewski leads the Reds as Cincy turns back the Pirates, 8–6 and 12–2. Klu has a two-run homer in the opener, off Murry Dickson, and then knocks in 7 runs in the nightcap with a grand slam and two triples. Joe Adcock belts a pair of homers to back Harry Perkowski’s complete game. The Reds are now a game in back of Brooklyn.

Sal Maglie allows two hits and the Giants top the Dodgers, 6–0. The shutout is the first by a visiting pitcher at Ebbets since 1949. The Brooks last shutout anywhere was on June 26, 1951 when Maglie beat them at the Polo Grounds. Davey Williams and Hank Thompson belt homers for New York.

21st  In New York, Mantle’s first-inning homer off Bobby Shantz starts the Yankees to a 5–1 win over the A’s. The Yanks tie a ML mark when they pull off their 12th double play in 3 games; tomorrow they go to 14 in 4 games, tying a mark set by the White Sox last year.

22nd  A federal grand jury cites Cardinal owner Fred Saigh with income tax evasion.

23rd  Future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm of the New York Giants wins his first ML game pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief in a 9–5 win. In his first at bat he cleans a pitch from the Braves’ Dick Hoover for a homer. It will be Wilhelm’s only ML HR in 1,070 games. He’s one of three Hall of Famers to hit a homer in his first ML at bat: Cleveland’s Earl Averill and the A’s Ace Parker, who will go into the Football HOF. The loser is rookie Gene Conley.

Vinegar Bend Mizell, the Cards highly touted rookie, allows just 5 hits in his ML debut, but he is shaded by the Reds Ken Raffensberger, who wins, 2–1. The game was marred by ejections of Stanky, Hemus and Brazle. Stanky’s banishment, his first as a manager, follows a strike call by ump Scotty Robb. The NL will fine and reprimand Robb for pushing Stanky. Stanky and Hemus also receive fines.

Bob Cain of the Browns and Bob Feller of the Indians each pitch a one-hitter, with the Browns prevailing 1–0 and moving into first place. The game ties a ML record for the fewest hits by two teams (last done in 1915) and sets the AL record. The last double one-hitter was July 4, 1906. The Browns Bobby Young hits a triple in the first inning and scores the lone run on an Al Rosen error on Marty Marion’s grounder. The Indians only hit is a single by Luke Easter. For Feller, it is the 4th time he’s tossed a one-hitter against the Brownies and his 11th career one-hitter. It’ll be 35 years before another Tribe tosser, Tom Candiotti, pitches a one-hit loss.

24th  Leo Durocher charges that the umpires are ignoring the “quick pitch” rule.

Shades of Harvey Haddix. Elmer Singleton of San Francisco (PCL) pitches a no-hitter for 12 innings against Sacramento. A tired Singleton is touched for 3 hits in the 13th and loses, 1–0.

University of Arizona SS Hugh McMullan throws a ball a record 427 feet ¼ inch as part of the Helms Athletic Foundation of LA competition (as noted by J.G. Preston).

26th  Leave it to the catcher, Art. Detroit’s Art Houtteman easily wins, 13–0, against Cleveland and almost pitches a no-hitter in the process. He gives up a hit to Suitcase Simpson with 2 outs in the 9th on the only pitch he calls all day.

28th  The St. Louis Browns lend 2 black minor league players, 3B John Britton and P Jim Newberry, to the Hankyu Braves of the Japanese Pacific League, making them the first team to send players outside of the U.S. Abe Saperstein, owner and coach of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, negotiates this special example in “lend-lease” for both sides.

29th  Cleveland OF “Big Jim” Fridley goes a (20th c) record-tying 6-for-6 in a 21–9 romp over the host Philadelphia A’s. Al Rosen chips in with 3 HRs and 7 RBI, as both teams total 43 hits, 2 hits short of the AL mark. The Indian outfield collects 12 hits to tie the AL record, last tied in 1917. The two teams combine for an AL record 96 at bats (Cleveland 51: Phil 45) in the 9-inning game. The Indians had been shut out in 3 out of their past 4 games, and held to a single hit in 2 of them. Starter Bob Feller records the win over Alex Kellner who gets jumped for 6 runs in the 1st inning.

30th  Before 24,767 at Ted Williams Day at Fenway Park, the Red Sox slugger plays in his final game before going to Korea as a Marine fighter pilot. It is also his first start since pulling a muscle on opening day. In his last at bat, Williams hits a game-winning two-run HR in the 7th against Detroit’s Dizzy Trout to give the Red Sox a 5–3 win.

After an AL-record 7 straight postponements, the refreshed Senators drop a pair to the White Sox losing 7–4 and 4–3 in 11 innings. In the nightcap, Bobo Newsom, making his 2nd appearance, loses his first in relief. Bobo was signed before the season for a record 5th tour of duty with the Nationals. He’ll even his record, then be waived to the Browns.

At Sportsman’s Park, Gerry Staley coasts to a 14-2 victory over the Dodgers. Red Schoendienst backs him with a grand slam, off Bud Podbielan.

In the first of two at Yankee Stadium, Bob Cain (3-0) gives up a single, double and homer to Mickey Mantle but the Browns lefty beats the Yanks, 9–4. Marty Marion has a pair of doubles and Leo Thomas 3 RBIs. Satchel Paige pitches 3 innings of scoreless ball in relief of Cain. New York’s Allie Reynolds wins game 2, 4-1. Jerry Coleman has 2 hits in each for New York, his final games this season. The WW2 air force vet leaves for the Korean War where he will fly 63 missions in a single seat Chance Vought F4U Corsair. He tells the New York Times, “Speaking only for myself, the reasons seem pretty simple. For an experienced flier, it takes only about two months to get back in harness. Starting with a youngster who has not flown before, it would take about two years before he would be ready for combat duty.” Coleman played 11 games this year and his 1953 season will consist of 8 games in September when he returns from the Marines.

1952 May

1st With one out in the 8th inning, the A’s Skeeter Kell, brother of George, beats out an infield hit to break up Joe Dobson’s no hitter. The A’s Dave Philley adds a solid single in the 9th as Dobson and the White Sox win, 3–0.

2nd After allowing no hits through 8 innings, the Cubs Turk Lown cracks under the strain and gives up 3 hits and loses to the Dodgers, 3–1. Billy Loes is the winner in relief. The Cubs score in the first on a double steal by Bob Addis and Frankie Baumholtz.

At Fenway, the Red Sox score 9 times in the 6th inning on their way to a 13-6 drubbing of the Browns. Walt Dropo clouts a grand slam in the frame.

The A’s draw just 3,679 who view a see saw battle with the White Sox, with the A’s winning 13–12. “We kicked the extra point,” quips Jimmy Dykes afterwards. The A’s score 5 in the 1st on one hit and 4 walks, but the Sox rally and take a 12–7 lead in the 6th on Lollar’s 3-run HR. A 5-run 7th knots it and Majeski single in the 9th scores Zernial.

3rd  The Red Sox beat the Browns 5–2 in Fenway though odd occurrences interrupt the game. In the bottom of the first, 2 fraternity boys dressed in baseball uniforms run onto the field and start throwing a rubber ball around. Two innings later a one-legged man on crutches jumps onto the field to talk to Browns SS Marty Marion and P Earl Harrist. He then shakes hands with Red Sox base runner Don Lenhardt before being hurried off the field.

The Indians lose, but go down swinging as they use a record 23 players including the first black battery in AL history. 39-year-old Negro League veteran Quincy Troupe is behind the plate when reliever Sam Jones comes in. Bob Chakales loses it for the Tribe with 2 outs in the 9th. Jones and Troupe are the battery tomorrow as Jones will pick up a 9–6 win against the Red Sox in relief. Troupe’s single today will be his only ML hit.

The New York Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen, along with OF Archie Wilson, P Spec Shea, and SS Jerry Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding OF Irv Noren and infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it, while Jensen, the former heir to DiMaggio’s spot, will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an all-star.

4th  Boston rookie 1B Faye Throneberry hits his 2nd grand slam of the season off Early Wynn of the Indians, but the Tribe wins, 9–6. The Red Sox have accounted for all 4 of the AL’s grand slams thus far, as the infielder joins teammates Walt Dropo and Don “Footsie” Lenhardt.

At Shibe Park, the A’s sweep a timely doubleheader from the Tigers, winning the first game, 10-6, and the nightcap, 2-1. Eddie Joost has a pair of homers in game 1 and Hank Majeski drives in 4 runs. Majeski drives in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th of game 2, two minutes before the 7 p.m. curfew would have ended the game.

5th Paul Minner allows just 4 hits but loses his 7th straight to the Giants, 3–2. He has never beaten them. Reliever Monte Kennedy allows just one hit in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

Mickey Mantle’s father dies of Hodgkin’s Disease and Mantle will miss six games attending the funeral and seeing to family matters in Oklahoma. Mickey’s grandfather died eight years earlier of the same disease.

10th  Hank Bauer of the Yankees goes 5-for-6 in an 18–3 romp over Boston. The Bombers score 11 runs in the 7th inning. The Sox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning (Retrosheet records nine) as they rack up 18 assists. The 10 in one inning was last done on August 17, 1921.

Behind Spec Shea, Washington beats the A’s 3–1. A’s pitcher Morrie Martin, 11–4 last year, suffers a broken finger and won’t appear in a game until May 2 1953.

In a Southwest International League game, all El Centro needs is Herb Johnson. He has 10 RBIs to lead El Centro to a 13-6 win over Las Vegas.

13th  In his first ML start since returning from 19 months in the army, the Phils Curt Simmons allows just 2 hits while fanning 12 to beat the Cubs, 2–0. Joe Hatten is the loser.

Bobby Thomson has a HR and double to drive in 5 runs to power the Giants to a 7–4 win over the Reds. Elliott and Mays also homer as Larry Jansen wins his 10th straight over the Reds going back to August 29, 1948.

Pitcher Ron Necciai of Bristol (Appalachian League) no-hits Welch and strikes out 27 batters, including four in one inning, to win, 7–0. In his next start he will strike out 24 while giving up 2 hits. Necciai will later compile a career 1-6 mark with the Pirates.

The Cardinals send OF Wally Westlake and SS Eddie Kazak to the Reds for Dick Sisler and Virgil Stallcup.

14th Despite 8 interruptions by Reds manager Sewell asking the umps to examine the ball, Sal Maglie records his 6th straight win, 6–3, at the Polo Grounds. After the last play stoppage, an angry Maglie heaves the ball over the umps head, but manager Durocher calms the sizzling Sal down. Bobby Thomson starts the scoring with a triple and a steal of home in the 1st.

15th  After pitching four no-hitters in the minors, 33-year-old Virgil “Fire” Trucks of Detroit pitches his first in the ML, a 1–0 blanking of the Senators. Vic Wertz’s dramatic two-out HR in the 9th off Bob Porterfield wins the game at Briggs Stadium.

17th Behind the spectacular pitching of Ben Wade, the Dodgers coast to a 12–7 win over the Pirates. Wade strikes out 6 batters in a row and does not allow a hit until rookie Tony Bartirome’s single in the 6th when the Corsairs plate 6 runs. The Brooks get 11 hits including a bases-loaded triple by Snider. Campanella is hit on the hand by a pitch from Kline but x-rays reveal no fracture.

Vet Hank Edwards, replacing the slumping John Wyrostek in RF, is 5-for-5, including 2 doubles and a triple, as the Reds defeat the Phils, 7–3.

19th  Senators’ owner Clark Griffith sells his nephew, C Sherry Robertson, to the A’s. Robertson will return to the Senators’ front office in 1953, and from 1958 to 1970, will serve as farm director.

20th  Washington’s Connie Marrero outduels the Browns Tommy Byrne to win, 2-0. Connie’s infield records no assists, tying a ML mark.

Playing center field and batting third, Mickey Mantle displays his switch-hitting skills by collecting two singles from each side of the plate. His first two hits are against righty Ken Holcombe, while the last two come off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Johnny Sain scatters six White Sox hits to win, 4-3.

21st  In his first start following his no-hitter, Detroit’s Virgil Trucks and Dick Littlefield combine to two-hit the Athletics, 5–1.

After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell, the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a NL record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Records are set for most runs in the 1st inning, most runs with 2 outs, no one on, plate appearances in an inning (Reese, Snider, Cox). Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely 3 times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B, and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame, and coast at home, 19–1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four—two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith, while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.

22nd  At Ebbets Field, the Reds Joe Adcock hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Clem Labine, but the Dodgers score 4 in the 8th for an 8-7 victory. Rookie Joe Black is the winner in relief, his first ML decision. Black will go 15-4 and be named the NL Rookie of the Year.

In the U.S. Senate, the Celler committee finds legislation for government control of baseball to be unnecessary. It says that the sport can solve its own problems, and opposes legislation exempting the reserve clause from antitrust laws.

23rd  The Dodgers jar the Phils, 5–1, as Campanella drives in all five runs. Campy has two homers (#99 and #100) in his first two at bats, including a grand slam. In his final at bat yesterday against the Reds, Campy also homered. Ben Wade wins over Karl Drews.

Sal Maglie wins his 8th without a loss, stopping the Braves, 5–3. Maglie tires in the 9th, giving up three hits, including a 2-run homer by Ebba St. Claire. Al Dark’s 2-run homer in the 5-run 4th is the big blow for the Giants, who stay a half-game in back of the Dodgers.

The Phillies send P Bubba Church, 15–11 last year, to Cincinnati for OF Johnny Wyrostek, an all-star the past 2 years, and P Kent Peterson.

24th  Jimmy Piersall and New York’s Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston, then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo, along with starter Ellis Kinder, to break the fight up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks, 5–2.

Andy Seminick swats a grand slam as the host Reds beat the Cardinals, 11-5. Harry Perkowski is the winning pitcher.

25th Marv Grissom and Joe Dobson each toss shutouts as the White Sox whitewash the Tigers, 1-0 and 3-0.

26th Bill Bell, only 18, a Bristol (Appalachian League) teammate of Ron Necciai, hurls his 2nd consecutive no-hitter, beating Bluefield 4–0.

28th Willie Mays is 0-for-4 in his last game as a civilian, but the Giants top the Dodgers, 6–2, beating Billy Loes.

29th  Boston’s Maury McDermott faces 27 batters and fires a one-hitter to beat the visiting Senators, 1–0. Mel Hoderlein’s 4th inning single is the only hit and he is erased on the basepaths. Maury walks one batter who is also doubled up. The Senators leave no runners on base today and combined with 2 they left on base on the 27th set a new ML low for fewest left on base, two consecutive games. It will be matched in both leagues.

The Giants Willie Mays enters the army. Although Mays is hitting just .236, the Giants are 2 1/2 games in first place. They will lose 8 of their next 10 games.

At Detroit, the Indians score 2 in the 7th to snap a tie and 5 in the 8th to put the game away, beating the Tigers, 11-4. Harry Simpson connects for a grand slam for the Tribe.

Meanwhile, the Giants lose another young Birmingham player as Braves scout Dewey Griggs signs Henry Aaron to a contract. The Indianapolis Clowns receive telegram offers from both clubs, and Aaron, thinking he’ll have a better chance to make the team, prefers the Braves.

30th At New York, Mantle’s homer in the 3rd is all the scoring the Yanks can muster against Bobby Shantz, as the “Mighty Molecule” strikes out 11 on Memorial Day. Mantle doubles off Shantz in the 14th, but the A’s hold on for a 2–1 victory. Dave Philley knocks home the winner. In game 2, Bob Hooper loses a shutout with 2 out in the 9th, but wins, 4–2.

The Senators and Red Sox split a pair, Washington taking the opener, 5–2, and Boston the nightcap, 5–3. Ferrick beats Kinder in game 1 behind Yost’s 3-run homer, while in game 2 Mel Parnell wins his 17th in a row against Washington. Parnell last lost to Washington on May 28, 1948. Kinder (vs. Chicago) and Parnell are tied for Red Sox record for consecutive wins against an opponent, but Kinder will move ahead on June 1. The Senators will run up a streak of their own winning their next 9 vs. Boston.

Over the protests of manager Paul Richards, White Sox GM Frank Lane swaps fleet CF Jim Busby, along with Mel Hoderlein, to Washington for Sam Mele. Busby’s loss leaves a defensive hole in the outfield, which the Sox will fill when they acquire Jim Rivera in July.

In front of 35,999 at Wrigley, Big Bob Rush shuts out the Reds on 2 hits and the Cubs light up Bud Byerly and Joe Nuxhall for 15 hits and 11 runs. Dee Fondy has a double and triple to drive home 3 runs. Rush walks none, strikes out ten, and does not give up a hit until Grady Hatton doubles with 2 out in the 7th. He has now pitched 29 straight scoreless innings on his way to 32 scoreless innings, and a 7–0 record, between May 3 and June 4. He’s 5–0 for May.

In a Memorial Day doubleheader in St. Louis, 13,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park cheer as the Browns split a pair with Chicago. Satchel Paige (4–1) picks up a 3-2 win in the opener over Virgil Trucks (0-5), and Dizzy Trout (1-5) pitches 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Chicago wins in 12 innings, 8–5.

31st  Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of the Boston Braves. Holmes will sign on with the Dodgers as a pinch hitter, but hit just .111.

1952 June

1st The Red Sox top the White Sox, 3–2, with reliever Ellis Kinder winning his Boston club record 18th straight over Chicago. Saul Rogovin is the loser.

Led by Pete Naton’s CWS-record 11 total bases, Holy Cross rolls by Western Michigan, 15–3. Holy Cross will beat Missouri, 8–4, for the NCAA championship.

2nd At Fenway, Don Lenhardt clouts a 10th inning grand slam, his second of the year, to give the Red Sox a 6–2 victory over the White Sox. Footsie’s reward will be a new uniform tomorrow. His clout came after Chicago had taken a 2-1 lead in the 10th and Dom DiMaggio’s RBI single had tied it up.

3rd  After several games in right, Mantle returns to centerfield and celebrates with four singles and scores two runs off Billy Pierce. The 4th place Yankees beat the visiting Pale Hose, 4–3, in 13 innings

At Crosley Field, Frank Smith hurls 6 shutout innings of relief, allowing one hit, as the Reds edge the Phils, 2–1.

In his 2nd straight game, ancient Satchel Paige pitches 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Senators, goes 3-for-3 and drives in the winning run in top of 17th inning for his 5th victory. The Browns win, 3–2. Paige will finish the year with a .128 average. Browns starter Dave Madison goes 4 1/3 innings and starts the trend by going 2-for-2 at the plate: he’ll finish the year with a .105 average.

In a blockbuster trade between Detroit and Boston, the Red Sox send Walt Dropo, Don Lenhardt, Johnny Pesky, Fred Hatfield, and Bill Wight to the Tigers for 3B George Kell, Hoot Evers, Dizzy Trout, and SS Johnny Lipon, who will lead the league in fielding. Asked if manager Red Rolfe had made a good trade, Tigers owner Spike Briggs snaps, “It better be.” Rolfe won’t last the season.

4th  Billy Goodman of the Red Sox goes 5-for-5 in a 13–11 slugfest with Cleveland. The Indians Larry Doby hits for the cycle.

The Giants push across 2 runs—one earned—in the 4th inning against the Cubs Bob Rush to stop his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 32. Rush (8–2) is still victorious, 6–2, and now leads the NL in strikeouts.

The Reds purchase veteran OF Willard Marshall from the Boston Braves.

5th In the Reds 5–3 win over the visiting Phillies, Peanuts Lowrey bangs out his 7th consecutive pinch hit to set the ML record. The NL mark was 5 set by Rogers Hornsby in 1934, while the AL mark is 4 set by Les Fleming in 1947. Dave Philley will break the mark with 9 in the 1958-59 season.

In St. Louis, the Braves stake Warren Spahn to a 7-run lead in the 1st inning and the Braves go on to win, 8-3. Ben Thorpe has a pair of doubles in the 1st to tie a NL night-game mark.

6th The Cubs top the Braves, 7–2, behind Hank Sauer’s bat. The MVP-bound Sauer, hitting .350, drives in his 49th and 50th runs of the year.

Bucky Walters succeeds Charlie Grimm as manager of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers after the latter had accepted the Braves job.

7th  The Indians knock out Alex Kellner with 7 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 2nd as they pound the A’s, 14-0. Mike Garcia twirls the shutout and Luke Easter has a 1st inning grand slam. Kellner will come back tomorrow to beat the Tribe.

8th At Yankee Stadium, Browns P Tommy Byrne hits a 4th inning fly ball behind 3B that New York’s Gil McDougald chases. A fan catches the ball but the umpire rules interference and calls the batter out. Browns manager Rogers Hornsby, coaching third, doesn’t disagree. However, Browns owner Bill Veeck, listening on the radio in St. Louis, phones Hornsby and orders him to protest, which Hornsby reluctantly does, but too late anyway. The Yanks win 5–2, then take the nightcap as Vic Raschi shuts out St. Louis. That night, Hornsby calls Veeck and tells him to stop meddling, a call that will cost him his job.

In Cincinnati, Brooklyn’s Carl Furillo belts a grand slam to pace the first-place Dodgers to an 11-7 win over the Reds.

In Chicago, Sam Jethroe hits the last grand slam in the history of the Boston Braves, as the Braves win the 2nd game of a doubleheader, 7–6. The Cubs take the opener, 7-5.

9th A week after being traded from the Red Sox, Don Lenhardt hits another grand slam—his 3rd of the season– and drives home 5 but Detroit loses to Boston, 9–8. Dropo and Piersall homer for the Hubmen. Lenhardt’s second slam for two teams in 8 days is a ML mark that will last till 2017 when Curtis Granderson does it within five days.

10th  After an absence of 5 months, Charlie Comiskey, Jr., rejoins the White Sox as vice president after he was reelected to the board.

In Boston, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck fires manager Rogers Hornsby saying, “I made a mistake. I thought Hornsby had mellowed.” That afternoon, the players present Veeck with a trophy for freeing them from Rajah’s tyranny. The Browns name Marty Marion as their player-manager.

Sam Mele of the White Sox hits a 3-run HR and a 3-run triple in the 4th inning of a game at Philadelphia, as Chicago romps 15–4. Chicago plates 12 runs, 6 unearned, in the frame, a record for the 4th inning. Mele’s 6 RBIs in an inning ties the AL mark.

The Red Sox send pitchers Randy Gumpert and Walt Masterson to Washington for pitcher Sid Hudson.

11th  Hello, cuz. Hank Sauer hits 3 homers off Curt Simmons at Wrigley Field to account for all the scoring as the Cubs, behind Turk Lown, beat the Phillies 3–2. It is Hammerin’ Hank’s 2nd three-homer game: the first came in 1950, also off Curt Simmons. Sauer is now leading the NL in HR (18), RBIs (58), and batting average (.352), but he’ll go hitless in his next 24 at bats, striking out 10 times, and his average will drop 32 points in a week.

At Fenway Park, Bosox catcher Sammy White clouts a 9th inning grand slam with one out to defeat the Brown’s Satchel Paige, 11-9. Paige (5-2) takes a 9–5 lead into the 9th. White completes his home run trot by rounding 3B and crawling from half way home and kissing the plate. Another rookie provides entertainment to start the inning as Piersall, leading off, announces to Paige that he is going to bunt. He does just that and beats Paige to 1B, where upon he starts mirroring Satchel’s moves and yelling “oink, oink, oink.” Evers beats out an infield hit and Piersall continues his antics at 2B. A now distracted and annoyed Paige walks Kell, and one out later, forces in a run by walking Goodman. A single by Lepcio sets up White’s slam. After the game, Browns C Clint Courtney opines, ‘I believe that man is plumb crazy. Yeah, he’s nuts altogether. I never saw a man do those things. Anywhere.”

12th  The AL suspends Browns manager Marty Marion indefinitely for pushing umpire Bill McGowan in the previous night’s loss to Boston. It was Marion’s first game as manager.

14th  What’s a guy gotta do. Warren Spahn of the Braves ties the NL record of Jim Whitney (set on this date 68 years ago) with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in a 15-inning complete game effort. Hal Jeffcoat’s 2-run triple wins it, 3–1, for the Cubs, while Spahn’s HR is the only Boston score. The Braves manage just 4 hits.

Little Bobby Shantz scores his 11th victory in 12 starts, and 10th in a row, with a 9–2 win over the 7th-place Browns. However, the A’s lose 21-year-old third baseman Hal Bevan, purchased last month from the Red Sox, who breaks his leg sliding home. Bevan is out for the year and will next appear with the ’55 Kansas City A’s.

15th  The Cardinals, down 11–0 after 3 innings, rally to defeat the Giants, 14–12. All the Redbird scores come in the last 4 innings (7+3+2+2) as Solly Hemus ties the game with an 8th-inning HR and adds another in the 9th. The Giants end the game with the bases loaded. The comeback is a NL record: the AL record was set on June 18, 1911. The Giants allow no rallies in game two and win 3–0 behind Dave Koslo. Wes Westrum’s three-run homer is the game’s scoring.

Before 69,468 at Municipal Stadium, New York scores 6 runs in the 2nd inning off Bob Lemon en route to an 8–2 win. Mantle’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the inning.

In 100 degree weather in St. Louis, the Browns take 5 hours: 38 minutes to sweep a pair from the A’s, 6–3, and 7–6 in 11 innings. Ned Garver, having lost to the A’s several weeks ago, resumes his winning ways with his 11th win in 12 decisions over the Quakers. In the nightcap, the A’s prolong it with a hidden ball trick in the 6th: after a conference on the mound and with runners on 1B and 3B, third baseman Billy Hitchcock returns to his position and tags out lead runner Darryl Johnson.

16th  In New York, Bobby Thomson greets reliever Willard Schmidt by hitting his first pitch for a ultimate grand slam to give the Giants an 8-7 9th inning win over the Cardinals. It is the Jints 4th homer in the game.

17th  In Detroit, the Yanks come back from a 6–1 deficit as Mantle clouts a homer to the upper deck of left center off Bill Hoeft in the 6th. But Detroit pushes over a run in the 11th to win, 7–6. Pat Mullin’s grand slam in the 3rd gave the Motormen the 6-1 lead.

The Holy Cross Crusaders defeat the University of Missouri 8–4 to win the NCAA College Baseball title.

18th In Boston, the Braves Warren Spahn strikes out 11 Reds, but loses 3–1. In his last outing, Spahn struck out 18 and lost.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Jim Hearn beats the Pirates for the 10th straight time, winning 5–2. His record against Pitt is 15–2. Hank Thompson hits an IPHR that hits the top of the RF bull pen wall, 450 feet away, and caroms towards CF. Bobby Thomson adds his 4th HR in 3 days.

19th  After 4 straight losses to the Cubs, Carl Erskine of the Dodgers no-hits them 5–0, topping Warren Hacker. The only base runner is relief P Willard Ramsdell, who Erskine walks in the 3rd. Erskine is now 6-1 for the first-place Dodgers.

The A’s Bobby Shantz wins his 11th in a row, stopping the White Sox, 4–1 while batting in 2 runs. It is his 12th win in 13 starts. The 11 wins is the longest streak in the AL since Johnny Rigney had 11 wins in a row for the 1939 White Sox. Shantz is 22-3 since last July.

20th The A’s nip the visiting Tigers, 8–7, in the first of 2, then stall their way to a 3–3 tie in the nightcap. Joe Astroth’s single in the 9th drives home the winner. For the fourth time as an Athletic (and the 2nd this year), Billy Hitchcock pulls a successful hidden ball trick, nabbing Fred Hatfield after a triple. In game 2, the Bengals score a pair in the top of the 10th to go ahead, but the A’s stall until the 6:59 curfew and the game reverts to its 9th inning score.

Like kissing your sister. The host Browns and the A’s play to an 18-inning 5-5 tie. There is no scoring in the last 10 innings and both teams finish without a sacrifice, an AL record.

The Braves drop 10 runs on the Cardinals in the 6th inning to take an 11-0 lead into the 7th. Paced by a grand slam from Solly Hemus off starter Jim Wilson, St. Louis scores 7 runs in the 7th, but comes up short, 12-7. Wilson is the winner.

21st  As a publicity stunt, Harrisburg of the Inter-State League signs a woman player, Eleanor Engle, but she does not get into a game. Female ball players are officially banned by minor league President George Trautman shortly after.

Vinegar Bend Mizell twirls his first ML shutout, a 4-hit, 9–0 whitewash of the Braves in Boston.

22nd At Chicago, Bob Kuzava shuts out the White Sox, 3–0, for New York. Yogi Berra homers for the Yanks. In the nightcap at Comiskey Park, Mantle provides New York’s only scoring with a homer, as Marv Grissom wins for Chicago, 2–1.

23rd At Detroit, 12 straight Red Sox reach base as they score 11 runs in the 4th inning to defeat the Tigers, 12–6. Sammy White hits a homer and drives in 4 runs, while Walt Dropo also homers.

The Athletics waive C Joe Tipton to Cleveland.

24th Bobby Shantz’s 11-game win streak comes to an end as the Indians edge the A’s, 2–1. Al Rosen’s 2-run homer trumps Allie Clark’s solo shot to Early Wynn the win .

25th White Sox SS Chico Carrasquel fractures his little finger in a 10-inning Sox loss, which drops Chicago 4 games out of 1st place. He’ll reinjure it July 9 and be out of the lineup till August 19. The injury to Carrasquel, the starting SS in the All-star game in 1951, 1953, and 1954, is key as the Sox will finish in 3rd.

Playing for Laredo (Gulf Coast), Armando Flores connects for two grand slams in the 8th inning, just the 2nd player ever in organized ball to accomplish the feat.

27th  Two years after guiding the Whiz Kids to the World Series, Phils manager Eddie Sawyer is fired, and Steve O’Neill replaces him.

At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle unloads a first inning homer off Bob Hooper, and the Yankees roll to a 10–0 rout of the A’s.

The Red Sox purchase veteran pitcher Al Benton from San Diego (PCL). Benton will go 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA for Boston and by pitching to Mantle this year will become the answer to the question ‘who pitched to both Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle?’

28th  Stan Musial tops the All-Star balloting for the 2nd year in a row. The Man will have his 23-game hit streak stopped tomorrow by rain and the Pirates.

The White Sox buy back Willie Miranda from the Browns, which had acquired the SS from Chicago 2 weeks ago. Miranda will fill in for the injured Carrasquel.

At New York, the 6th-place A’s wallop the AL-leading Yankees, 12–0 behind Bobby Shantz’s 13th win, tops in the majors. Shantz allows 2 hits. Gus Zernial belts 2 homers and single to drive in 5 runs. Shantz’s ERA drop to 1.50.

The Red Sox ship Jimmy Piersall to Triple-A Birmingham. In 3 weeks, he’ll enter Westborough State Hospital for psychiatric treatment and stay there 6 weeks for treatment.

29th  The NL suspends manager Leo Durocher for 4 days for misconduct.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Kansas City Blues slam 10 homers against St. Paul to set an American Association record for most HRs by one team and tie the record for most by 2 teams. The Blues total 53 bases, and hit 6 home runs in the third inning, both AA marks, en route to a 17-4 win. Roy Partee has 3 homers, including two in the big inning. Vic Power, Kal Segrist, and Bill Renna have two apiece, and Andy Carey hits one. St. Paul hits none.

The Dodgers’ Tommy Holmes, fired as Braves manager a month ago, hits a pinch single in the 7th against his old club, to help Brooklyn to a 6–5 win over the Braves. The Dodgers have now whipped the Braves 11 straight in 1952.

Down 8–2 with 2 outs and no one on in the 9th inning of game 1, the Cubs rally for 7 runs and beat the Reds 9–8 in game one. Ex-Red Johnny Pramesa knocks home the winning run, as the Cubs set an NL record with the biggest two-out, none-on, 9th inning rally in history. (also a since tied NL—in 2001—record for most runs in the 9th with 2 out) The effort exhausts the Cubs as they drop the nightcap, 9–1.

30th  Satchel Paige is named to the All-Star team.

1952 July

1st At bat in the 1st inning in Boston, Braves Earl Torgeson’s back swing hits Giants C Sal Yvars on the shin guard. After an exchange of pleasantries, Torgeson singles and is on base when Yvars breaks Torgeson’s bat. After the side is retired, Torgeson then goes into the Giants’ dugout after Yvars. Torgy is ejected after punching the catcher in the face, and Vern Bickford, yesterday’s winner, joins him for yelling at the umpire that Yvars ought to be thumbed as well. The Giants then win 6–3. Torgeson and Yvars will mix it up again on July 18, 1954.

The Indians Larry Doby walks 5 times in a 19-inning, 4–3, win at St. Louis. The Tribe answers the Browns score in the 19th with 2 runs, but they loses SS Ray Boone when he suffers torn ligaments in his right knee covering 2nd base on a pickoff attempt. Brissie wins his first, beating Paige (6–3), who walks 9 in 11 innings.

3rd The Giants beat the Dodgers for the 6th time in a row, tipping Brooklyn 4–3. Don Mueller drives in two runs off Billy Loes with a triple, then scores, and his throw in the 8th nips the tying run. The Dodgers outhit the Giants, 8-4, but Jim Hearn, with relief from Wilhelm, gets the win.

The White Sox take two from the Browns, 6–3 and 12–3, to gain 2nd place in the AL. The first game, a completion, of an April 27 game takes 4 innings, with Chuck Stobbs emerging the winner. Stobbs gets a save in the nightcap, taking over for Marv Grissom. Eddie Robinson knocks in 7 runs in the pair, including two 3-run homers in the nightcap.

At Brunswick (Georgia-Florida League), Cordele beats Brunswick, 14–2. In the 4th inning, Ralph “Froggy” Betcher of Cordele bats with the bases loaded. A wild pitch and 2 of the Pirates 6 errors on the day empty the bases. Betcher then hits his first and only home run of the season.

4th  Early Wynn and Bob Lemon take care of the Tiger hitters and Cleveland rolls to a 11-0 and 10-1 sweep in Detroit. Joe Tipton contributes a grand slam to the offense.

The Cardinals sweep a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning 13-7 and 4-1. in the opener, Hal Rice chips in with a grand slam, off Johnny Klippstein.

5th  The Tigers fire their manager, Red Rolfe, replacing him with the popular veteran pitcher Freddie Hutchinson.

At Shibe Park, Mantle ties the game with a 5th inning homer off Alex Kellner, and the Yanks go on to top the A’s, 3–1.

6th  Dodgers starter Ben Wade homers twice, off Warren Spahn, in an 8–2 win over the Braves in Boston. It is Brooklyn’s 13th win in a row over the Braves.

In the 1st game of a doubleheader with the A’s, Mickey Mantle and Gil McDougald both double and homer off 14-game winner Bobby Shantz, as New York wins 5–2. It’s Mantle’s 3rd homer of the season off Shantz. The A’s take the nightcap, 7-6, on Ferris Fain’s double in the 9th.

8th  The NL defeats the AL 3–2 behind the pitching of Phils Curt Simmons and Cubs Bob Rush in Philadelphia. The game is ended after 5 innings because of rain with Bob Lemon the losing pitcher. Hank Sauer’s homer with Stan Musial aboard in the 4th proves to be the deciding run. Shantz strikes out the side in the 5th, whiffing Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson, and Stan Musial. Lon Warneke umps his first All-Star game after pitching in three in the 1930s.

10th The A’s top the Indians, 11-1 behind Alex Kellner’s 4-hitter and the 3-for-3 hitting by Elmer Valo, who drives in 4 runs. Ferris Fain runs his hitting streak to 22 games.

11th CF Richie Ashburn picks up 3 assists throwing out Cardinal runners at the plate, as the Phils win 4–3. The loss stops the Cards win streak of ten games. Robin Roberts scatters 14 hits—4 by Hemus and 3 each by the 2 Rices—to win.

At Fenway, the Red Sox take two from Detroit, winning 16-6 and 5-3. Hoot Evers hits a grand slam in game one.

12th In New York, Browns bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of “Scrap Iron” when he slides hard into New York’s Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th inning, Courtney tries to knock over Berra in a play at home, and in the 8th he gets tagged in the face by Billy Martin, again at second base. Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is decked. Courtney is the only player ejected, but the AL hands out a record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail, 5–4, in 11 innings, as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.

Bob Lemon stops the A’s, 5–1, although Ferris Fain extends his hitting streak by doubling and scoring in the 9th inning. Lemon does slip a called 3rd strike past Fain in the 4th, just the 4th K this year for the A’s first baseman.

White Sox’ shortstop Sam Dente, attempting to field a soft grounder by Senators’ pitcher Julio Moreno in the 5th, falls down after stepping on the glove of opposing shortstop Pete Runnels. Moreno is credited with a single, and a walk, error, and hit by Jackie Jensen scores Washington two runs and ultimately the game, 2-1. Jensen has two hits as the Nats manage just 3 against Chuck Stobbs and Harry Dorish in the victory (as noted by Bill Deane).

13th  Before 26,770 fans, Mike Garcia of the Indians blanks Washington 1–0 on 2 hits in the first game of a doubleheader. Cleveland takes game 2, 2-1.

The A’s diminutive ace Bobby Shantz shuts out the White Sox, 6-0, in the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia. The Sox respond with 18 hits in game 2 to win, 7-4. Gus Zernial accounts for 4 runs for the A’s with a grand slam.

In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11–1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg HR. Mantle is 4-for-5, including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nightcap, Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser, for his 5th straight hit of the afternoon, and the Yankees roll again, 12–2.

14th  At Yankee Stadium, Tigers slugger Walt Dropo goes 5-for-5 against New York in an 8–2 win. All 5 hits are singles. Billy Hoeft starts and records his 1st ML win.

15th  Walt Dropo continues his streak in game one going 4-for-4 against the Senators Walt Masterson. In game 2 he gets a single, double, and triple in his first 3 at bats to run his streak to 12 straight hits. He goes 4-for-5, fouling out in the 7th, with 5 RBI, but Washington wins both games, 8–2 and 9–8. Moose’s 13 hits in 3 games ties Joe Cronin’s AL record as does his three straight four-hit games.

Mel Clark starts the game’s scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, off Howie Pollet, and the Phils roll to a 10-3 victory over the Pirates. Curt Simmons picks up the victory.

The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores, Larry Doby goes to 3rd, and Luke Easter, in his only ML theft, goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs, including a tape measure shot by Mantle to deep right center, but tops the Yankees, 7–3.

The A’s take a pair from the Browns, winning the opener, 7-6, when Eddie Joost hits a game-ending grand slam with the A’s down by 3. Reliever Satchel Paige gets no one out and gives up 4 hits in the inning. Joost hits another homer in game 2 as Bobo Newsom wins, 11-3.

Still going strong. Johnny Vander Meer, 37, of Tulsa (Texas League) pitches a no-hitter, beating host Beaumont, 11-0. In 1938 he pitched 2 consecutive ML no-hitters, still a record.

At St. Louis, the Giants Dave Koslo wins his 12th straight victory over the Cards, 6–3. Koslo, hitless in 29 AB this year, contributes 2 hits, 2 RBIs, and a run.

16th  Walt Dropo gets 2 more hits, giving him 15 in 4 games, which ties another AL record by Joe Cronin. Dropo scores 3 runs in the 9–0 win at Washington. Bill Wight allows just 4 hits in the shutout.

17th Before 51,114, the Indians scalp the Chief, Allie Reynolds, for 6 runs in the first two innings and coast to an 11–6 victory in the opener of doubleheader at the Stadium. Mantle connects for a homer off Steve Gromek, his 4th homer in 5 days.

18th  Billy Johnson caps the Cards’ scoring with a 5th inning grand slam, off Max Surkont, as St. Louis tops Boston, 7-2. Harry Brecheen notches the victory.

19th  Pee Wee Reese knocks an 8th inning grand slam as the first-place Dodgers hand the Pirates their 66th loss (25-66). Carl Erskine is the inning pitcher.

Red Sox GM Joe Cronin announces that rookie Jim Piersall, following his erratic behavior, will take an indefinite leave of absence. This is based on advice from doctors.

The visiting Fitzgerald club (Georgia State League) sends up 12-year-old batboy Joe Relford to bat as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning of a game with Statesboro. The black batboy, who broke the league’s color barrier, grounds out, but makes a fine catch in the outfield when he stays in the game. Umpire Ed Kubick, who approved the move, will be fired by the league the next day and Fitzgerald manager Charlie Ridgeway will also be given his walking papers. Joe Relford? He’ll be fired as well.

20th At Crosley Field, Andy Seminick hits a pinch grand slam in the 5th inning and then doubles and scores on a single in the 10th off Curt Simmons as the Reds beat the Phillies, 6–5. The Phils take the nightcap, 4–3.

League Presidents Will Harridge and Warren Giles become directors of the Hall of Fame.

22nd  Detroit’s Virgil Trucks gives up leadoff single on his first pitch to Eddie Yost, but that is the only hit he allows in beating Washington, 1–0.

The visiting Reds score 4 runs in the 10th inning, but Brooklyn comes back with 5 runs to win, 7–6.

At Boston, the Braves top the Cubs, 6-4, behind Vern Bickford. The Cubs only scoring comes on a grand slam by Dee Fondy.

Dave Koslo masters the Cardinals, 3–2, for his 13th straight win over the Birds going back to June 11, 1950. Dusty Rhodes and Hank Thompson homer off Gerry Staley. Rhodes, who joined the team on the road, hits the first pitch he sees at the Polo Ground for a HR.

25th Mantle has two singles but his homer off Art Houtteman is the only New York scoring. Detroit wins, 2–1 as Yankee castoff Steve Souchock homers in the 9th.

26th Mantle again supplies the Yankees fire power, hitting a grand slam into the left-CF upper deck at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray, but again New York loses. Detroit wins 10–6 in 11 innings and again it is Steve Souchock supplying the firepower, this time with a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue loses to Gray.

Hitless in his last 19 at bats, Dick Groat breaks out of his slump going 5-for-5 to help the Pirates down the Braves, 6-4. All five hits come off rookie Virgil Jester, giving Groat 8-for-8 in his 8 at bats against Jester. He was 3-for-3 against Jester in a game on June 13.

The Giants trip the Reds 7–2 on Hank Thompson’s grand slam. Larry Jansen wins his 12th win in a row over Cincy, as New York routs Herm Wehmeier. Jansen last lost to the Reds on August 29, 1948.

28th  Rogers Hornsby, after being fired by the St. Louis Browns, replaces another former Brownie manager, Luke Sewell, as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Sewell firing is announced today. Hornsby will look over the Reds’ minor league teams for a week and coach Earle Brucker will coach in the interim.

On Satchel Paige Night at Sportsman’s Park, the aged reliever makes his first start of the year and, with relief help from Bob Cain, notches a 6-3 win over the Senators. The Brownies score 4 in the 1st for Satch, who is showered with gifts, including a boat and fishing equipment, during a pre-game ceremony.

29th In Chicago, the first place Yankees, having lost 6 of their last 7 games, look like they’ll lose another as the White Sox build a 7–0 lead through 6 innings behind Billy Pierce. New York scores 3 in the 7th to cut the lead, then score 3 in the 9th off Harry Dorish. Dorish loads the bases for Mantle, who goes downtown with his 2nd grand slam in three days. Reynolds then shuts out the Sox to give New York a 10–6 win. Jim Rivera has two hits in his Sox debut and will homer in tomorrow’s win.

30th  Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

Journeyman hurler Lou Kretlow fashions his 2nd consecutive 2-hitter, as the White Sox down New York 7–0.

31st At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs score 9 runs in the top of the 7th, then watch as the Giants score 3 runs in the 7th and 4 runs in the 8th to make it close. Starter Paul Minner is not around at the end but picks up the win, 11-8. Dusty Rhodes hits an 8th inning grand slam for New York.

1952 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Boston Red Sox sell Ray Scarborough to New York Yankees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1952 September

1st In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in St., Louis, the Indians lose a critical game, 2–1, in 5 innings when rain halts the game for the 2nd and last time. The Indians are ahead in the 6th, but a porous tarp turns the infield into a quagmire, washing out their three runs. The Indians protest the game, saying Bill Veeck told the grounds crew to work slowly, but Will Harridge will reject the protest.

In Cincinnati, Hal Rice hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Bubba Church and the Cardinals win, 6-0, over the Reds. Vinegar Bend Mizell tosses the shutout. In the second game, both teams score 2 in the 1st inning, but the Reds score a run in the 6th to make Harry Perkowski the 3-2 winner.

2nd  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Washington’s Mike Fornieles makes his ML debut and pitches a one-hit, 5–0 shutout against the A’s. Joe Astroth’s 2nd inning single is the only hit off the young Cuban, just brought up from Havana (Florida International L. class B). Washington takes the opener, 3–2, in 10 innings. The Nats collect just 3 hits in each game.

Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman and Ewell Blackwell shut out the Red Sox 5–0 and 4–0 in a doubleheader.

3rd  Dick Littlefield of the Browns 2-hits the White Sox, but loses, 1–0. Sam Mele’s homer is one of the safeties. Saul Rogovin scatters 7 hits or the win.

Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees, 3–0. Irv Noren’s double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al Bender, the Chippewa Chief, is honored before the game

Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser square off for the last time in their careers, but neither starter is around for the finish. The Tigers top the Indians, 11–8, as Don Kolloway hits a grand slam for Detroit.

4th Mike Garcia notches his 18th win, stopping the Tigers, 2–0 on 5 hits. Luke Easter belts his 25 homer to help keep the Indians 3 1/2 games in back of the Yankees.

The Yanks sign vet Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season, but they don’t need him today as they crush the A’s, 12–2. Gil McDougald has two homers and 5 RBIs and the Yanks chase Shantz with 7 runs in the 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd win. Chief Reynolds wins his 17th, spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace receives a check for $6,000, gifts, and a scroll with 150,000 names. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker, Rube Oldring, Lena Blackburne, and Ira Thomas.

Stu Miller, who debuted with a 1–0 win over the Cubs August 12, repeats his performance against Chicago. Again, it is Schoendienst scoring the only run. Warren Hacker is the unfortunate loser.

5th  Raul Sanchez of the Senators pitches a 2–0 whitewash against the Red Sox in the first start of his career. It is the 2nd shutout in 4 days for a Nats’ Cuban rookie making his first start. Until this week both Sanchez and Mike Fornieles, the other rookie pitcher, were playing for Havana.

Vinegar Bend Mizell strikes out 11 batters in topping the Pirates, 4–0. Pittsburgh’s 18-year-old Bill Bell, a triple-no-hit winner in Class D, loses in his major-league debut. Mizell extends the Redbirds consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 25 with the win.

Luke Easter clouts a 3-run homer and Early Wynn wins his 19th, 3–0 over the White Sox. Cleveland now trails the Yankees by 2 1/2 games.

Clint Hartung’s 2-run pinch blast in the 8th lifts the Giants to a 5–4 win over the Phils. Bobby Thomson also connects to back Al Corwin’s win. The Giants are 6 games in back of the Dodgers as the two teams start their series.

6th  Sid Gordon of the Braves goes 5-for-8 in the first game of a doubleheader that goes 17 innings, as Boston loses 7–6 at Philadelphia. Phils’ starter Robin Roberts, trailed 6–2 after 8 innings, but stays the distance pitching 17 innings for the win. Del Ennis ends the game with a leadoff homer in the 17th. This is the third 17-inning effort in 2 years.

For the third game in a row, Luke Easter homers as the Indians win, 8–3 over the Browns. Big Luke clouts two to back Bob Lemon’s 19th win, and Larry Doby hits his 30th.

The Giants sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 6–4 and 7–3, to cut the Brooks lead to 4 games. the first game goes 3 hours and 38 minutes as the Dodgers fumble the win away. Jim Hearn holds Da Bums to 4 hits in the nightcap.

7th  The Yankees Johnny Mize’s pinch-hit grand slam gives the Yanks a 5–1 win at Washington. He has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks, including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937, 1940, and 1947.

In Cleveland, the Indians take a pair from the Browns, winning 4-0 behind Mike Garcia and 3-1 on the pitching of Steve Gromek. Cleveland has now won five straight with the Browns at home and will sweep the 11-game series in Cleveland in 1953 and 1954. The 27 straight wins, one club, at home is the AL record.

Don Grate of Chattanooga sets a record for a long toss of a baseball in Chattanooga’s Engel Stadium, with a throw of just one inch better than 434 feet, breaking a 42-year-old mark set by Larry LeJeune on October 9, 1910. Grate will improve his own record to 443 feet 31⁄2 inches on August 23, 1953. While playing in the PCL, Rocky Colavito attempts to break the record on July 1, 1956, but tops out at 435, 10 inches.

In the Tri-State League playoffs against Anderson, Charlotte’s Dean Stone follows teammate Bob Danielson’s no-hitter with one of his own, winning 5–0. Danielson won 1–0 on the 3rd. For Dean, it is his 2nd no-hitter of the year.

8th  An umpire ejects Giants P Larry Jansen for throwing a ball in the 9th inning of game one that nips Bobby Cox on the hip. Giants manager Leo Durocher is also suspended and fined $100. Jansen is fined just $25 because of his “excellent conduct record.” Brooklyn splits the doubleheader, winning the opener 10–2 and losing the nightcap 3–2 to reliever Sal Maglie. The Dodger lead stays at 5 games.

Hollywood pitcher Johnny Lindell, a former ML outfielder, is presented with the PCL trophy for Most Valuable Player. He then knuckles down to beat Seattle, 8-3, for his 23rd victory. His good season will earn him a promotion to the woeful Pirates.

9th  The Cardinals Stan Musial gets his 2,000th hit, off the Phils Curt Simmons, as the Cardinals lose 4–2.

In Philadelphia, Early Wynn of Cleveland bests Bobby Shantz, 6-1. The A’s send up three pinchhitters in the 9th and all three strike out, to tie a record.

10th Although errors by Smalley and Jackson account for 7 unearned runs, the Cubs loose a 15-hit attack to beat the Dodgers, 11–7. Bob Rush wins his 4th against Brooklyn with no defeats. The Brooks margin is now 3 1/2 games over the Giants. Hank Sauer drives in 3 runs with 3 hits, including his 37th homer of the year. Hammerin’ Hank is leading the NL, but his homer today is his last. Ralph Kiner will tie Sauer for the NL homer title.

11th Overcoming Andy Pafko’s grand slam, the Cubs score 7 runs in the 4th inning at Ebbets Field and defeat the league-leading Dodgers, 11-7. Hank Sauer hits his NL-leading 37th homer to back Bob Rush’s 15th win.

12th Braves pitcher Ernie Johnson is given 16 runs by his Boston teammates, as he coasts to a 16–0 nightcap win against the Pirates. The Bucs win the opener, 8–1, behind Bob Friend and Ralph Kiner. Kiner blasts his 35th and 36th homers, each with a man on, to stay one back of Sauer of the Cubs.

After the Reds lose, 4-2, to Al Corwin and the Giants, they rebound in game 2 to edge New York, 8-7. With the sacks full, Johnny Temple hits a fly ball down the LF line at the Polo Grounds that hits the foul pole just above the fence for a 280-foot grand slam. It is Temple’s first ML homer. The Reds need to plate a run in the 9th to win it.

The Indians win their 9th in a row behind Early Wynn’s 21st win, a 4–0 whitewash of the Red Sox. Wynn is pitching on two days rest, but allows just 3 hits.

The Yankees (83-57) subdue the White Sox, 6–4, to remain a half game ahead of the Indians. Tom Gorman is the winner over Hal Brown.

13th  Braves ace Warren Spahn strikes out 6 Pirates in a row en route to an 8–0 win in Boston.

OF Frank Carswell of the Buffalo Bisons wins the International League batting title with a .344 average. He also leads the league in HRs with 30 and has 101 RBI.

14th  Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals walks twice in the 5th inning, and teammate Stan Musial chips in with a HR and a double in the frame, as St. Louis scores 11 runs against Dave Koslo. The Giants pitcher loses the game 14–4, his first loss to St. Louis after 13 straight wins since June 11, 1950.

At Cleveland, 73,609 cheer the 2nd place Indians in their final meeting of the year with the first place Yanks. Cleveland, winners of 9 of their last 10 games, has Mike Garcia, 4–0 this year vs. New York, against Eddie Lopat. Garcia, who had not given up a run in his last 28 innings pitched, allows 4 runs in the first 4 innings. Reliever Lou Brissie serves up Mantle’s 20th homer in the 5th to put New York up 5–0. Reynolds relieves a tired Lopat and New York wins 7–1, to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.

In Boston, the Braves and Cubs split a pair. Max Surkont wins the opener, 1-0, when Eddie Mathews hits a 9th inning HR off Johnny Klippstein. The Cubs win, 3-2, in the 10th in game 2.

At Brooklyn, the Reds red-hot rookie Jim Greengrass, hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, to account for all the scoring as the Reds trim the Dodgers, 4–0. Herm Wehmeier is the winner. Greengrass is the 2nd Reds rookie in 3 days to slam his first ML homer: Johnny Temple hit a grand slam on the 12th against the Giants. Greengrass will hit another homer tomorrow in a loss to the Dodgers.

15th  The Dodgers tie a club record by hitting 5 HRs to defeat the Reds, 11–5, and stay 3 games ahead of the Giants. Robinson and Snider hit 2 apiece, while Hodges hits a solo for his 100th RBI. A crowd of 2,612 is the smallest at Ebbets Field since 1934.

In a Cold War move reported in the New York, the Russians decry the American game of baseball by citing their own game of “lapka” as being the progenitor of baseball. They call American players “slaves.” The State Department links the Soviet claim as the founders of baseball as part of its “Hate America” campaign.

16th  Robin Roberts wins his 25th, the most in the NL since 1939. The Phils ace stops the Reds, 9–5.

Joe Gordon, former All-Star 2B for the Yankees and Indians and now manager of Sacramento (PCL), inserts himself as a pinch hitter in each game of a twin bill with Los Angeles and homers on both occasions. The first one is a grand slam that wins the game 4–1.

17th Behind Mantle’s two doubles and a homer in the Yanks win, 12–3, at Detroit, for New York’s 6th straight win. Mantle, hitting lefty against Bill Wight, drills his line drive homer just below the RF roof. Bauer adds a homer off starter Virgil Trucks, while Walt Dropo clubs his 28th for Detroit. Bob Kuzava is the winner. New York maintains its 2 1/2 game lead.

The Indians top the Senators, 6–1, behind Bob Lemon’s 20th win. The Indians remain 2 1/2 in back of New York.

In front of a home crowd of 1.250, the Browns collect 16 hits, including a 3-run homer by Bob Nieman, in routing the Red Sox, 10–4. Sox manager Lou Boudreau starts George Schmees on the mound, and the outfielder allows 2 runs and 4 hits in 2 innings in his major league mound debut. Ike Delock, who relieves in the 3rd with the score 2–2, takes the loss.

Jim Hearn of the Giants shuts out the Cubs, 2–0, on a 5-hitter and the Giants move to within 3 games of 1st place. Bob Rush takes the loss.

19th At Yankee Stadium, the A’s Bobby Shantz wins his 24th of the year, stopping the Yankees on 4 hits to win, 2-0. Vic Raschi is the losing pitcher.

20th Behind Spec Shea (11-6), the Senators top the Red Sox, 10–6, and pin the loss on Mel Parnell, his first defeat to the Nats since May 28, 1948. Parnell had won 17 straight against Washington but the portsider does not survive the 4th inning. Shea has 2 hits and 2 RBI to help his win. Mickey Vernon hits a 3-run inside-the-park homer and Yost has 4 hits. Pete Runnels has 2 hits and 2 walks, but is cut down trying to steal in the 3rd inning. Runnels is now 0-for-10 trying to steal, the worst record in history for anyone with 10 attempts.

In a well-pitched game, Eddie Lopat of the Yankees allows 4 hits in downing the A’s, 2-0. Alex Kellner allows 5 hits in the loss. The A’s Dave Philley grounds into his 29th DP of the year, setting an AL record for a switch hitter.

21st A’s rookie Harry Byrd loses a heartbreaker to New York and Allie Reynolds, 1–0. Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year. Reynolds strikes out 8 to move ahead of Shantz 153 to 152 for the AL lead.

In their last game in Boston before moving to Milwaukee next season, the Braves lose to Brooklyn, 8–2. Joe Black beats Jim Wilson and allows 3 hits in winning his first ML start and giving the Dodgers at least a tie for the NL pennant. Roy Campanella hits the last homer at Braves Field. The game draws a crowd of 8,822, the second largest crowd this year for the Braves.

22nd Before a Municipal Stadium crowd of just 3,054, the smallest at the park since 1946, the Indians beat the Tigers, 6-3, for their sixth win in a row. Cleveland has now won 15 of their last 17 games and are a game behind the idle Yankees for first place. Early Wynn notches his 23rd victory and with 7 strikeouts is tied for the AL lead with Allie Reynolds.

Oakland reliever Milo Candini makes his only start of the year to set a PCL record for most appearances in a season with 69. He breaks the league mark set by Portland’s Irv Higginbotham in 1914.

23rd The Dodgers beat the Phils, 5–4, to clinch the NL gonfalon, the first time in 4 years the winner is not determined until the last game. All the Phils scoring comes via a grand slam by Granny Hamner.

The New York Times reports that the St. Louis Cardinals might be headed to Milwaukee because of disagreements regarding their lease of Sportsman’s Park which is owned by the St. Louis Browns.

24th At Fenway, New York’s Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3–2 win in the opener, then relieves in the nightcap to preserve an 8–6 win. Mantle leads the way with a homer, triple, 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon, driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener, and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap, off Mel Parnell, gives New York a 7–0 lead. Boston comes back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th inning when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th, Mantle misses on a sac bunt attempt, then doubles home Rizzuto with another run. New York now leads Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.

Cleveland keeps pace with the Yankees by beating the White Sox, 6–0, behind Bob Lemon’s 3-hitter. Lemon wins his 23rd and pitches his 21st complete game, both AL highs. He has now pitched 309.2 innings, the only pitcher in the 1950s to pitch 300 innings in a year.

25th  Hal Newhouser of the Tigers wins his 200th game, defeating the Browns, 3–2. Newhouser goes the distance, allowing 6 hits. It is his last win for Detroit, who will release him in early 1953.

At Sportsman’s Park, rookie reliever Ed Yuhas catches a break after giving up 2 runs to the Reds in the top of the 9th to tie. The Cards score the winning run in the bottom of the frame to win, 4-3, and give Yuhas his 10th win in a row. The win today is his last in the ML as he finishes 12-2 for the season. Yuhas will hurt his arm in spring training, make two appearances in 1953, and be finished. His 10 wins in a row is a ML rookie record, topping Joe Pate’s 9 set in 1926.

26th  The Yanks clinch their 4th straight pennant with an 11-inning 5–2 win at Philadelphia behind Ed Lopat and Johnny Sain. Billy Martin’s two out, two run single in the 11th clinches it. The loser is starter Harry Byrd, who gives up early solo homers to Mantle and Irv Noren. Gus Zernial’s 2-run homer is all the A’s offense.

27th  The Braves Eddie Mathews hits three homers, off Joe Black and Ben Wade, as visiting Boston breaks a 10-game loss streak and beats Brooklyn, 11–3. No rookie will match Mathews feat the rest of this century. Virgil Jester wins, his last in the majors and the last victory for the Boston Braves franchise. Black (15-4) has 14 wins as a reliever and leads to Dodgers in victories, a rare occurrence. Carl Erskine also has 14 wins, with one coming as a reliever.

Cleveland scores 10 runs in the first 2 innings to coast to an 11–6 win at Detroit. Bob Chakales, with relief help, wins his first of the year. The 2 teams combine for 9 double plays to tie an AL record set in 1925.

28th  The Braves play a 12-inning, 5–5 tie in Brooklyn in their last game as the Boston Braves. The Dodger pitching staff sets a NL record for most strikeouts in a season with 773 when Jim Hughes fans Sid Gordon in the 12th.

Stan Musial makes his only ML pitching appearance. With his 6th batting title wrapped up, he takes the mound against the Cubs Frank Baumholtz, the runner-up in the batting race in a confrontation agreed upon before the game. Baumholtz, batting righthanded, reaches base on an error by 3B Solly Hemus, and Harvey Haddix, who had shifted to RF, comes back for Musial. The Cubs win 3–0 behind Paul Minner. Musial has one hit to finish the year at .336: a hitless Baumholtz closes at .325.

The Phils Robin Roberts wins his 28th game, the most in the league since 1935, a 7–4 win before 5,933 at the Polo Grounds. It is Roberts’ 30th complete game. Roberts is backed by homers from Willie Jones and Swish Nicholson, while the Giants Hank Thompson goes deep.

1952 October

1st  In Game 1 of the WS, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 4–2 at Ebbets Field behind relief ace Joe Black, who started only 2 games during the season.

2nd  The Yanks tie up the WS behind the masterful 3-hit pitching of Vic Raschi, who defeats Carl Erskine 7–1. Raschi strikes out 9.

3rd  Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe wins in Yankee Stadium 5–3. Brooklyn scores 2 runs in the 9th on Yogi Berra’s passed ball.

4th  The Yankees draw even at home 2–0 behind the shutout pitching of Allie Reynolds. Johnny Mize, inserted at 1B, clubs a HR, single, double, and walk in 4 at bats.

In the famed Little World Series, the Rochester Red Wings (IL) defeat the Kansas City Blues (AA) 4–3.

5th  At Yankee Stadium, the seesaw WS battle continues as Brooklyn wins 6–5 in 11 innings when Duke Snider doubles home Billy Cox. Carl Erskine goes all the way for the win.

6th  At Ebbets Field, the Yankees even it up for the 3rd time, as Raschi and Reynolds combine for a 3–2 win in Brooklyn. Berra’s homer ties the game in the 7th and Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 8th becomes the winner. At age 20, Mickey is the youngest player to hit a homer in the post-season, a mark that will stand for 44 years. RF Carl Furillo robs Johnny Mize of a HR in the 9th.

7th  In Game 7 the Yankees take their 4th consecutive WS championship, as Allie Reynolds, one of 3 relievers, defeats Joe Black 4–2. Billy Martin saves the day by snaring a 2-out, bases-loaded IF pop off the bat of Jackie Robinson. Gil Hodges goes hitless again and is 0-for-21 in the Series. Each Yank will receive a winners’ share of $6,026, and each Dodger, a losers’ share of $4,200.

14th Welcome to the Bigs. The Giants recall Gail Henley from Tulsa and trade him to the Reds for P Frank Hiller. Tomorrow, Cincy will bundle Henley with Cal Abrams and C Joe Rossi and trade the trio to Pittsburgh for 22-year-old OF Gus Bell. Pittsburgh will then pack Henley back to the minors, bringing him up for 14 games in 1954.

23rd  The PCL announces a 176-game schedule for 1953.

1952 November

12th  The baseball writers name Philadelphia P Bobby Shantz as the AL MVP. He was 24-7 for the 79-75 A’s.

The White Sox place OF Jim Rivera on a one-year probation after he is cleared of a rape charge. Rivera claims that it was consensual.

19th  AL President Will Harridge says there will be greater fines for managers who use abusive language while arguing with umpires.

20th  In a controversial vote, the writers name Cubs slugger Hank Sauer as the NL MVP. The Cubs finished in 5th place, despite Sauer’s 37 HRs and 121 RBIs. “Yeah, I’m surprised,” says Hank. “But I can tell you this, I’m sure tickled pink. I thought maybe the other guy, Roberts, would win it.” Sauer has 226 points in the voting, while Robin Roberts is 2nd with 211, and Joe Black is 3rd with 208.

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick states that he thinks the PCL will eventually reach ML status.

21st  Dodgers P Joe Black, who had a record of 15-4, is easily voted NL Rookie of the Year.

22nd  The writers vote Harry Byrd of the Athletics as the AL Rookie of the Year. Byrd, with 9 points, just beats out Clint Courtney with 8.

25th  The St. Louis Cardinals seek payment from the New York Giants for 2 televised games in an effort to determine the TV and radio rights of visiting teams for revenue.

28th  IL President Frank Shaughnessy reveals plans to form 2 new major leagues by merging the top teams in the American Association and the top teams from the International League. He thinks that in 5 to 6 years, ML baseball will elevate these two leagues, along with the Pacific Coast League, which nearly has ML status now.

30th  On a local TV program, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charges that the New York Yankee management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player. George Weiss of the Yanks denies the allegations.

1952 December

2nd  Dodger executive Buzzie Bavasi dismisses the Yankees reaction to Jackie Robinson’s charges. Commissioner Ford Frick plans no action against Robinson.

3rd  Former Cub catcher Clyde McCullough is reacquired by Chicago from Pittsburgh. The Bucs get cash and pitcher Dick Manville. McCullough will play three years as a solid backup and, when Cavarretta is fired in the spring, Clyde will be the only member on the team from the 1945 pennant winner.

4th  Detroit trades P Virgil Trucks, who tossed two no-hitters during the year, along with P Hal White and OF Johnny Groth, to the Browns in exchange for 2B Owen Friend, OF Bob Nieman, and OF/C J.W. Porter.

5th  ML attendance figures show an 11 percent drop.

6th The AL approves a 2-league waiver rule curbing inter-league trading after June 15th.

At the 1952 meetings a new bonus rule is approved, replacing the one that was instituted in 1946 and repealed in 1950. This new rule sets the bonus limit at $4,000 or the player could be lost though the draft. “Under the rule adopted, a bonus player is any free agent with less than 90 days’ professional experience, who signs for more than $4,000 with a major league club ($5,000 if the player is retained in the majors), $4,000 by minor clubs higher than Class B and $3,000 by B, C, and D. A bonus player in the minors must pass through a draft period before he can be transferred in any manner, except by outright release, and a major bonus player must be retained for two years, unless waivers area asked for his unconditional release.” Such waivers are irrevocable. This second bonus rule lasts until abolished at the 1957 winter meeting in Colorado Springs.

11th  Pittsburgh names Fred Haney as its manager for 1953 replacing Billy Meyer, the Bucs manager since 1947.

12th  Peter J. McGovern becomes president of the Little League, succeeding Charles Durban, who resigns because of ill health. The Little League began in 1939 with 8 teams in 2 leagues and has grown to over 1,800 leagues in 44 states and several foreign countries.

18th  In a shake-up of the Cleveland Indians, Hank Greenberg stays on as GM, while Ellis W. Ryan resigns as president after losing a showdown. Mike Wilson, who buys Ryan’s share, will be the Indians new president.

23rd The Washington Post predicts that the St. Louis Browns, not the Cardinals, will be moving to Milwaukee within the next two or three years. Merry Christmas, Baltimore.

1953 January

8th  The Cleveland Indians bar night games with the Browns due to St. Louis owner Bill Veeck’s refusal to share receipts of the telecasts.

17th  The Dodgers sell Wisconsin native Andy Pafko to the Braves for Roy Hartsfield and $50,000. The veteran Pafko hit .287 for Brooklyn and will up that by 10 points in Milwaukee.

Martin Aarjan Jole, a Dutch player, gets a tryout with a Reds farm club in Columbia, SC. The 22-year-old, reputed to be a power hitter, wrote to Rogers Hornsby, the new Reds manager, asking for a tryout.

19th The Augusta, GA club (South Atlantic League) announces that it is changing its nickname from the Tigers to the Ikes. Because of fans nixing the presidential name, it will changed again on February 9 to the Rams.

21st  The Hall of Fame passes over Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility and elects P Dizzy Dean and OF Al Simmons to Cooperstown. Dean gathers 209 votes while Simmons’ total of 199 is one more than needed. Also joining DiMag, who finished 8th in the voting, are in order Bill Terry, Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, Dazzy Vance, Ted Lyons, Chief Bender (9th) and Gabby Hartnett (10th). All will eventually make it.

22nd  U.S. Immigration Commissioner Mackey warns that alien players who jump U.S. pro contracts face deportation under the McCarran-Walter Act.

27th In another deal that GM Lane pulls over the protests of Paul Richards, the White Sox send slugging 1B Eddie Robinson along with OF Ed McGhee and SS Joe DeMaestri to the A’s for two-time batting champ Ferris Fain and infielder Robert Wilson.

28th  Owner Fred Saigh of the Cardinals is found guilty of income tax evasion and is sentenced to a 15-month jail term. He plans to sell the club. Cardinal Vice President W. Walsingham, Jr., is the acting president until Saigh can divest himself of his stock.

30th  The Little League names Peter J. McGovern as its first full-time president. Its office is moved to Williamsport, PA.

31st  New York, Cleveland, and Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games. Veeck takes his plan to the AL office to make them pay. The plan is rejected.

1953 February

10th The White Sox send pitchers Marv Grissom, Bill Kennedy and Hal Brown to the Red Sox for 33-year-old infielder Vern Stephens. A perennial All-Star in the 1940s, Stephens’ best years are behind him.

13th  The Athletics change the name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, in honor of their longtime owner and manager.

15th  With 2,500 looking on at Miami Springs golf course Allie Reynolds defeats Al Dark to win the National Baseball players golf championship. The Chief does it one up in match play, shooting a 73 to Dark’s 75. Perennial favorite Jim Hearn wins the consolation round. Heinie Manush wins the senior division title, while Ken Yount wins the minor leaguers division for the fourth straight time.

16th In four-team trade, the Braves send 1B Earl Torgeson to the Phils for P Russ Meyer. They then send Meyer to Brooklyn for Rocky Bridges and Jim Pendleton, and complete the day’s activities by sending Bridges to the Reds for slugger Joe Adcock.

Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet after flying a combat mission in Korea. The plane was hit by enemy fire.

17th The Reds sell veteran pitcher Johnny Schmitz to the New York Yankees. It’s his second time in pinstripes.

20th  August A. Busch buys the Cardinals from Fred Saigh for $3.75 million and pledges not to move the team from St. Louis. The Washington Post reports tomorrow that an unidentified group of Milwaukee investors [the New York Times of January 30th says that one of the interested investors is Milwaukee brewer Fredrick C. Miller] had offered Saigh $4 million two weeks ago. Saigh was apparently close enough to accepting the Milwaukee offer that Cardinal front office employees had been told that if they wished to move with the club to Milwaukee their moving expenses would be paid by the team. In order to keep the team in St. Louis, Saigh ended up accepting a slightly lower offer of $3.75 million from Anheuser Busch, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals rules that organized baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling. This effectively dismisses the antitrust suits of Jack Corbett and former Dodger farm hand Walter Kowalski. The $300,000 suit of Corbett, the owner of the Texas League El Paso club, is based on his belief that he lost money when ML baseball prohibited him from signing several players suspended for participation in the Mexican League. Kowalski’s $150,000 suit is based on the general principles of the antitrust and restraint-of-trade laws. Their lawyer in these cases is Frederic Johnson, who also represents Danny Gardella in his suit against ML baseball.

21st The Dodgers sell infielder Tommy LaSorda to the Browns

1953 March

3rd  The Boston Braves, who own the Milwaukee minor league franchise, block the Browns’ attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee. Lou Perini, Braves owner, invokes his territorial privilege, stating he has not been offered enough.

11th  Lou Perini, the owner of the Braves, proposes a ban on the move of any ML franchise to that of a minor league city until October 1st.

13th  The NL weighs the offer by the Braves to move its franchise to Milwaukee.

Baltimore Mayor Tom D’Alesandro reports that negotiations with Veeck are underway to move the Browns to Maryland.

14th  Mayor Joseph Darst of St. Louis vows to fight the move of the Browns to Baltimore.

16th  The AL rejects Veeck’s request to move the Browns to Baltimore because he is in control of the team. Spearheaded by Washington owner Clark Griffith, the vote is 6–2 against. The rejection is designed to force Veeck out of the AL.

17th  Veeck says that he will accept an offer of $2.475 million for his 80 percent of the stock. Baltimore Mayor D’Alesandro seeks a syndicate to buy Veeck out. The group will eventually purchase 206,250 shares at $12 per share, a total purchase price of $2,475,000.

The Braves club gets the use of Milwaukee County Stadium at a low rental.

18th  The Boston Braves become the Milwaukee Braves, the first franchise shift in baseball since 1903 when Baltimore moved to New York. The Braves have been in Boston for 77 years. Milwaukee assumes Pittsburgh’s place in the Western Division for scheduling purposes and night games. The Brewers move to Toledo.

20th  Senator Edwin C. Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole right to ban radio-TV broadcasts of ML games in their own territory. The Antitrust Division of the Justice Department outlawed this practice in 1949. Johnson believes that it started the decline of baseball in small towns and cities throughout the country. His bill will restore the equity between large communities and the small areas.

24th  Larry Raines, on leave from military service, plays his first game for the Hankyu Braves. He will stay for the 1954 season, return in 1962, and will end his Japanese career with a batting average of .302.

25th The Browns sign free agent Bob Elliott. The veteran third baseman will play just 48 games before being dealt to the White Sox.

1953 April

4th At San Diego, Hollywood (PCL) beats San Diego, 6–5, as Ted Beard of Hollywood drives in all the runs with 4 consecutive home runs. Beard spent the past five seasons splitting his time between the Pittsburgh Pirates and AAA.

5th  In the 6th inning of a PCL game against Hollywood, San Diego Padres OF Herb Gorman suffers a heart attack and dies on the way to the hospital. He was 2-for-2, both doubles, in the game before suffering the fatal blood clot. Gorman was 1-for-1 last year with the St. Louis Cards. The 2nd game of the DH is postponed (as noted by Joey Beretta).

9th  August Busch buys Sportsman’s Park for $800,000 from Browns owner Bill Veeck. Busch gives a 5-year lease to the Browns, turning the tables in a manner of speaking, since the Cardinals had been tenants of the Browns since 1920. Busch initially renames the stadium Budweiser Park, but in response to protests about the commercialization of his ballpark, he renames Budweiser Park, Busch Stadium. The following season his company comes out with a new beer, Busch Bavarian Beer.

In an exhibition game at Forbes Field, Mickey Mantle crunches a Bill MacDonald curve and hits it over the RF roof, joining the Babe and Ted Beard as the only hitters to accomplish that since the upper deck was added in 1925. Ruth’s homer over the roof was the 714th and last of his career.

The Cincinnati club officially changes its name from Reds to Redlegs, in response to McCarthy era pressure. The name “Reds” will not appear on the uniforms again until 1956, although fans, announcers and writers will continue to use it interchangeably.

11th  At Fenway the Red Sox top the Milwaukee Braves, 4–1, before 9,000, but the Braves receive more applause than the Sox. In the match tomorrow the Braves will reverse today’s score.

13th  In Cincinnati, over 30,000 see the Milwaukee Braves win their first game, 2–0, behind Max Surkont’s 3-hitter. Rookie Billy Bruton singles, steals 2B, and scores the first run. The Reds won’t be whitewashed in an opener until 2014.

Rain cancels the presidential opener in Washington with the Senators facing the Yankees.

14th  In a 3–2 victory, Braves Billy Bruton, generously listed as 24-years-old, hits the first ML HR in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, in the 10th inning off Gerry Staley of the Cards. Bruton had hit a triple and scored earlier in the game, but the Cards score a pair in the 9th off Spahn to tie. Bruton’s homer tips off Enos Slaughter’s glove and is first ruled a double: Bruton won’t homer again for a year and a half. This is the first game for the home crowd since 1901 when the Milwaukee Brewers were charter members of the AL.

In the opener at Cleveland, Bob Lemon of the Indians one-hits the White Sox, 6–0. Minnie Minoso’s single in the first is the only safety for Chicago. Jim Rivera almost breaks the shutout in the 2nd frame when he walks, steals 2B, reaches 3B on a ground out and is out at home on an attempted steal. Avila homers as does WP Lemon, both off Rogovin, who lasts 4 innings.

In Philadelphia, the A’s Alex Kellner shuts out the Yankees, 5–0, on five singles. Catcher Ray Murray and Allie Clark hit 5th inning HRs for the A’s. Vic Raschi pitches six innings and takes the loss.

In his first start for the Browns, Virgil Trucks fires a 4-hitter to stop his old team, the Tigers, 10–0. The loss goes to former Brownie, Ned Garver. The Opener, seen by 11,804, is the first night opener in Browns history.

16th  Connie Ryan has 6 consecutive hits, but the Phils lose 14–12 to Pittsburgh. The Phillies score 9 runs in the top of the 5th, and the Pirates come back with 6 in the bottom to tie the NL record for runs in the inning. Ryan will be 5-for-5 against the Bucs on the 26th.

In the home opener at Comiskey, lefty Billy Pierce of the White Sox throws a one-hitter against the Browns. Bobby Young’s double in the 7th is the only St. Louis safety in the 1–0 shutout. Young also had the lone hit last year against Feller. In his Browns debut, Harry Brecheen allows the White Sox just 2 hits in losing.

At Washington, President Dwight Eisenhower tosses out the first ball and then watches as the Senators lose, 6–3, to the Yankees in a scheduled day-night DH. The night game is canceled because of cold weather. Sain is the winner over Bob Porterfield.

17th  In New York’s 7–3 win, Mickey Mantle clouts the longest HR in Griffith Stadium history, a 565-feet shot off lefty Chuck Stobbs of the Washington Senators. The 5th inning blow, with Berra on first base, clears the stadium in left center, just ticking off the huge Ballantine scoreboard, standing 60 feet higher than the grand stand bleachers. The ball lands in the backyard of Perry Cool, a block away from the ball park. The Mick adds a stolen base to his day’s total.

The Milwaukee Braves drop their first game, losing 10–9 to the Reds. Rookie Billy Bruton has 3 hits for the Braves, and is 8-for-14 for the short season.

With the temperature at 36 degrees in St. Louis, the Browns chill the White Sox, 6–4.

18th The White Sox collect 4 hits, one more than the Indians, but the 2 teams combine for 26 walks, 4 short of the ML record set on May 9, 1916. Ray Boone leads with 4 walks. Six errors and 2 HBP indicate something was in the air. The Tribe loses 7–6 and also loses slugger Luke Easter who breaks his foot when he is hit by a pitch from starter Lou Kretlow. Lucious will be out until June 18 and will hit just 7 homers in 68 games. The Tribe are just a game behind the Yankees today but will be 11 1/2 out when he returns.

The Browns sweep a pair from the Tigers, winning 8–7 in 11 innings and 3–2 in Detroit. Vic Wertz ties the opener, 6–6, with a 2-out 2-strike 3-run homer in the 9th. Rookie Don Larsen makes his ML debut in the opener, and at the plate is 2-for-2, without the decision. Larsen will later have a streak of 7 straight hits.

19th Alex Kellner of the A’s blanks the Yankees, 3–0 on 2 hits. Kellner shut out the Bombers on Opening Day and is the first pitcher to shutout New York on consecutive starts since Schoolboy Rowe in 1934.

20th At Boston first baseman Dick Gernert raps 3 homers in a twin sweep of the Senators, 4–2 and 11–4. He hits 2 homers in the a.m. Patriot’s Day game, the home opener in Boston, then another + 3-run double off the CF flagpole in the afternoon game. Parnell runs his record to 19–3 vs. Washington in the opener. McDermott beats Porterfield in the p.m. game.

22nd Making his first start since breaking his finger March 16, Hank Sauer hits a HR, triple and single off Max Surkont, but the Braves still beat the Cubs, 15–6. Eddie Mathews has a double and a pair of homers, good for 6 RBIs. Jack Dittmar homers and Sid Gordon follows Mathews 2nd HR with another round tripper.

The Giants Bobby Hofman, subbing at 3B, hits a single, double and 2 HRs to give Jim Hearn his 12th straight win over the Pirates, 4–2. Hearn last lost to the Bucs, September 7, 1948. Hoyt Wilhelm saves in the 9th.

The Red Sox sell veteran Clyde Vollmer back to the Senators.

23rd At Yankee Stadium, Mantle breaks a 3–3 with a two out 9th-inning three-run homer off Red Sox relief ace Ellis Kinder.

Frank Thomas hits a grand slam, off Dave Koslo, to provide the edge for the Pirates as they beat the visiting Giants, 6-5. Howie Pollet is the winning pitcher.

24th  Jackie Robinson walks twice in the 6th inning as the Dodgers score 6 runs en route to a 12–4 pasting of the Giants.

25th Browns pinch hitter Dick Kryhoski belts a grand slam off Chicago reliever Harry Dorish, but it is not enough as the Browns lose 6–4. Nellie Fox has a 2-run dinger for the Chisox.

26th  Feasting again on Pirates pitching, the Phillies Connie Ryan goes 5-for-5 in a 7–5 win in the first game of a doubleheader. Robin Roberts celebrates his “Day” with a win.   The ace is given a Cadillac and other gifts by Delaware fans. The Phils take the nightcap, 8–1, behind Karl Drews to stretch the league leaders win streak to 8 games.

At Cleveland, the Indians edge the Tigers 2-1 in the first of two games. Taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th of game 2 it seems headed for the same conclusion, but the Tribe drops a 9spot on the Tigers to win, 12-3. Al Rosen contributes a grand slam.

28th  A wild fight occurs after Browns Clint “Scrap Iron” Courtney lines a ball off the wall and comes into to 2B spikes high on Phil Rizzuto in the 10th inning in St. Louis. In the brawl, umpire John Stevens dislocates his collarbone. Six players are fined for their actions. Courtney retaliated after being knocked over in the top of the 10th when Gil McDougald scored the go-ahead run in an eventual 7–6 Yankee win. New York took a 5–0 lead on a 3-run homer by Mantle off Bob Cain in the 3rd, a moon shot that cleared the LF wall of the newly renamed Busch Stadium. The Browns tie the game at 6–6 to set the stage for the brawl that ends with a shower of bottles from angry fans. Outside the stadium, the Yankees need a police escort to board their bus. Courtney will be fined $250 for the fisticuffs, with five other players receiving lesser fines. The total of $850 in fines is the most ever for a brawl.

At Philadelphia, Harvey Haddix goes 7 innings as the Cardinals edge the Phils, 6-5. Ed Yuhas relieves in the 8th and gives up 2 runs before being replaced. It is the second ineffective outing for Yuhas, and his last professional appearance, finished at age 28. In his rookie year last season, he won his last ten games.

29th  Joe Adcock becomes the first ML player to homer into the CF bleacher seats in the Polo Grounds, over 475 feet away. His homer in the 3rd, with Pafko on, comes off a Jim Hearn fast ball. Luke Easter, in a 1948 Negro League game, and Schoolboy Rowe, in batting practice before a 1933 exhibition game, also accomplished the feat. Lou Brock and Hank Aaron will match it is as well in 1962. The Braves win the game 3–2 on a 9th-inning knuckler by Hoyt Wilhelm that eludes Sal Yvars for a wild pitch. Billy Bruton’s perfect throw cuts down Monte Irvin for the final out. After the game, manager Charlie Grimm buys Adcock’s homer for $25 from the fan who caught it.

An 11th inning double by Billy Johnson, along with an error, allows the Cards to beat the first-place Phils, 1–0. Curt Simmons is the loser, despite allowing just three hits. Joe Presko pitches 9.1 innings, with Al Brazle the winner.

30th  The Little-Bigger League changes its name to the Babe Ruth League.

At Chicago, the Yankees beat the White Sox, 6–1, as Mantle takes Gene Bearden deep. The ball might not have cleared the fence except for a fan’s interference, and Paul Richards protestations about it earn him a shower. Bill Renna adds his first ML homer, a triple, and single to back Whitey Ford.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Sal Maglie stops the Braves, 1–0, as Bobby Thomson’s 9th inning 280-foot homer off Vern Bickford is the only score. Thomson’s clout hits the screen on the LF foul pole.

1953 May

1st  The Pirates defeat the Reds, 8–3, for their 3rd win in a row, their longest win streak since August 24-26, 1951. Bonus baby Paul Pettit is the winner in his first ML start, with relief help. It’ll prove to be his only ML win. Pete Castiglione has 2 HRs and a single.

The U.S. Court of Appeals denies the $450,000 suit of former pitcher Boyd Tepler made in 1951 against organized baseball, the Cubs, and William Wrigley for an arm injury suffered in 1944. He had contended that negligent coaching, in effect, ended his career prematurely.

2nd  Pirates OF Carlos Bernier hits 3 consecutive triples in a 12–4 win over the Redlegs, the Corsairs 4th straight win. Bernier adds a single and a stolen base. Kiner and Jim Greengrass match homers. In a stretch of 11 at bats, Carlos will hit 4 triples, 2 doubles, and 2 singles.

3rd Johnny Lindell, the converted outfielder, pitches the Pirates to their 5th straight win, beating the Cards, 6–2. Lindell drives in the 4th run with a double to beat Harvey Haddix and earn his first win since 1942.

4th  Busch Stadium bans bottles from the park during a game due to fans tossing soda bottles during a 7–6 Browns loss to the Yankees on April 28th. Meanwhile, at Pittsburgh, the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell shuts out the Bucs, 5–0.

At a slugfest at the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Reds split a pair. New York wins the opener, 12-4, as Daryl Spencer leads a 19-hit attack with a single, triple and grand slam, good for 5 runs. Larry Jansen is 3-for-3 and his replacement Hoyt Wilhelm is 1-for-1. Gus Bell, who homered in game 1, goes 4-for-5 with a grand slam in game 2 as the Reds rebound, 9-5. He has 8 RBIs in the 2 games.

5th  Pitcher Bob Porterfield of the Senators hits his first ML homer, a 4th inning grand slam off Bill Wight of Detroit, and the Nats add six more in the 8th to roll to a 14–4 win.

In Cleveland, the Yanks send 13 batters to the plate in the 4th and score 8 to roll to an 11–1 win over Bob Lemon. Winner Whitey Ford scores two runs and is lifted in the 8th after Wally Westlake spoils his shutout with a homer. The loss drops the Indians a half game behind the leading Yanks.

6th  Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitches a no-hitter in his first ML start—his 5th appearance, only the 3rd rookie to do so, in a 6–0 win over the A’s Morris Martin. Bobo also drives home three runs on a pair of singles, his only 2 ML hits. Within 3 months he will be out of the majors for good, the winner of just 3 games, the fewest by a no-hit pitcher.

The NY Giants tie the NL record for the fewest number of assists in a 9-inning game with just one, in a 8–5 win over Chicago. Al Corwin takes the win over Bob Kelly.

8th After 13 straight losses to New York, the Red Sox win a dramatic 11-inning 2–1 thriller at Fenway. Billy Goodman’s homer off starter Sain gives starter Brown the win. Gernert’s 2nd inning HR is the other Boston score. In Boston’s last win over New York, August 9, 1952, all the scores came on solo homers.

9th At Boston, the first place Yanks beat the Red Sox, 6–4. Mantle hits one homer off Bill Werle and is robbed of another when Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Sox bullpen in right-center field.

10th  Pittsburgh IF Eddie and Johnny O’Brien become the first twins to play for the same team in the same game, when Johnny enters the nightcap of a Giants game on defense and Eddie later pinch runs. But the Giants take the twinbill, 4–0, behind Sal Maglie’s 3-hitter, and 3–2. In game 2, Jim Hearn comes within 2 outs of his 13th straight over the Pirates, but falters and Hiller wins in relief. Bobby Hofman’s pinch HR in the 9th wins it.

In St. Louis, the Indians are held scoreless for the first 7 innings by Virgil Trucks but break out for 12 runs in the final two innings to win, 12-3. Dave Hoskins wins in relief and Ray Boone hits a grand slam.

Behind Billy Loes and Roy Campanella the Dodgers move into first place with 5–0 win over the Phillies. Loes tosses his only shutout of the year, while Campy drives in all 5 runs with a double and homer. Campanella collects 44 RBIs in his first 30 games: not until Tino Martinez in 1997, will anyone else reach 40 in the first 30.

Vic Raschi makes his first relief appearance in 2 years, limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings, as the Yankees win, 7–4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for 3 weeks, when Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Duffy. Against Raschi, Del Wilber hits his 2nd consecutive pinch homer in the 8th to tie a ML record; his first came on May 6th off Billy Pierce. Both came on the first pitch he saw. In an exhibition game in New York tomorrow, Wilbur will hit a homer against the Giants on the first pitch he sees.

12th  Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees allows only rival pitcher Early Wynn’s infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians 7–0. New York increases its lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Indians.

In Boston, P Ellis Kinder walks 2 White Sox batters in the 10th inning, and they come around to score. The Red Sox lose 9–7, as Kinder sustains his first loss to Chicago after 18 straight victories, stretching back to June 24, 1948. His 18 straight wins over one club is a Red Sox record. Chico Carrasquel’s grand slam in the 2nd inning gives the Pale Hose a brief 4-2 lead

After 10 straight losses to Bobby Shantz going back to May 15, 1951, the Browns top the A’s lefty, 7–3. Rookie Don Larsen, with 7+ innings of relief and an RBI triple, is the winner.

At age 36, Red Sox outfielder Dom “the Little Professor” DiMaggio retires. The younger DiMaggio hit .294 last year, but had just three pinch-hitting appearances this year.

The White Sox pick up P Sandy Consuegra from the Senators for cash. Consuegra, who had winning seasons in each of his 3 years with Washington, will post a 16–3 record in 1954 and pitch in the All-Star game.

13th The Senators pick up Johnny Schmitz on waivers from the Yankees.

15th At St. Louis, the Cardinals pound Preacher Row for 6 runs in the 2nd en route to a 9–3 win over the Dodgers. It is the Cards first win against Roe after 10 straight losses: they last beat him August 28, 1950. Last night they beat Erskine after losing 7 straight to the lefty.

16th   At Yankee Stadium, White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5–3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.

After the Braves’ Billy Bruton’s leadoff single in the first, Phillies P Curt Simmons retires the next 27 batters to win, 3–0 at Milwaukee. The loss snaps the Braves six-game win streak.

17th  In a 10-inning 6–5 win over the visiting Browns, the Yanks and Browns use 41 players to set a new ML record. New York uses 23. The 3 hr.: 33 minute game necessitates the nite game being called after 3 1/2 scoreless innings. The Browns jump on Whitey Ford, threatening to hand the lefty his first defeat ever as a starter, but 3 relievers bail him out. Don Larsen goes 9 1/3 for the Browns, with Blyzka losing.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Reds outslug the Dodgers, 13–5. In game 2, Carl Erskine of the Dodgers allows only one hit—Gus Bell’s 6th-inning bunt single—in a 10–0 victory over the Redlegs.

18th  Redlegs P Bud Podbielan walks 13 batters in 10 innings against Brooklyn, but holds on to win 2–1 on a Ted Kluszewski homer off starter Preacher Roe. No one has walked 13 in the NL since 1918. The Dodgers strand 18 against the former Dodger pitcher, tying the NL mark. Podbielan allows 6 hits and hits a batter as he throws 178 pitches to get the win.

The Tigers and Red Sox split a pair, with Detroit winning the opener 5–2 behind Ned Garner. Walt Dropo has a single, double and triple against his old teammates. His first inning single, off the Green monster, drives in his AL-leading 26th run. The Sox win the nightcap, 8–5 behind Mel Parnell (5-0) and Ellis Kinder.

19th At Milwaukee, the Dodgers down the Braves, 4–1, before a crowd of 36,439, the largest paid attendance for any sports event in Milwaukee history. The Braves have drawn 279,227 for 12 home dates, surpassing last year’s attendance in Boston.

20th Paced by Red Schoendienst’s 6 RBIs, on a HR, 2 doubles, and a single, the Cards sink the Pirates 11–6. Solly Hemus scores 5 runs for the Birds, as Joe Presko beats Bob Friend.

21st At Fenway, Bosox C Del Wilber hits his 3rd pinch homer of the year, this one a 14th inning solo homer to beat the reliever Don Larsen and the Browns, 3–2. Former Red Sox Don Lenhardt takes Skinny Brown downtown with a CF shot just left of the flagpole and the last upright of the screen.

22nd  Yanks OF Irv Noren ends the game by lining back to P Bob Porterfield, who starts a triple play, as the Senators beat the Yankees 12–4. The Nats score five in the 1st inning off Allie Reynolds. Washington tallies 18 hits including a 3-run homer and 2-run double by Clyde Vollmer. Johnny Mize hits pinch single in the 9th, his 5th pinch single in a row, breaking a mark set by Cleveland’s Les Fleming in 1947. Mize has had a walk and been hit by a pitch in his last 7 pinch appearances.

The Red Sox add two more 3–2 wins to move within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees. Unbeaten Mel Parnell wins his 6th in the opener against the A’s as George Kell homers and singles in the winner. The Red Sox take the nightcap in 12 innings as Hersh Freeman beats Carl Scheib.

24th  A year and 3 days after scoring 15 runs in an inning, the Dodgers explode again. Against the Phillies they score 12 runs in the 8th inning before making an out. Their two bases-loaded triples in the 8th ties a ML record for a game and sets it for an inning. The half inning takes 44 minutes to play. The final score is 16–2.

At Cleveland, Ray Boone hits his 2nd grand slam of the month in the 4th inning, and the Indians edge the Browns, 9-8. St. Louis makes it close with 3 runs in the 9th inning.

25th  The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date, lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott take 2 hours, 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings, as Boston outlasts New York, 14–10. Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.

At St. Louis, the Browns try a new way of losing as they use 23 players in the game, ten of them in the 9-spot in the order. As noted in Retrosheet, they use 6 pitchers, 6 pinch hitters, three third basemen and three pinch runners. Chicago wins, 7-5.

At Wrigley Field, the Cardinals jump on Bob Rush for 6 runs in 3 innings en route to a 14-3 victory. Little Joe Presko, with relief help from Al Brazle, is the winner. Stan Musial drives in 6 runs with a pair of homers and a single, and Red Schoendienst has 4 of the Birds 18 hits.

Ralph Kiner becomes just the 12th player to hit 300 HRs with a blast at Forbes Field against the Giants. He has played only 7 1⁄3 seasons. The Giants win anyway, 6–3.

Russ Meyer of the Dodgers is fined $100 and suspended 3 days for obscene gestures and abusive language picked up by TV close-ups. NL President Warren Giles and Commissioner Ford Frick oppose dugout shots by TV cameras.

The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will review all the antitrust suits under the Sherman Act with regard to baseball, with the focal point being the reserve clause.

Max Surkont of the Braves fans 8 Reds in a row, establishing a new ML mark, as the Braves win 10–3 in game 2 of a doubleheader. Surkont strikes out 7 in a row before rain delays the game and then he strikes out Andy Seminick to start the 5th. Surkont fans 13 on the way to his 6th straight win. The Braves take the opener, 5–1, behind Don Liddle.

27th Eddie Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows 3 hits in a 3–1 Yankee win. Collins, Martin, and Berra hit solo homers for New York. Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak, the 3rd longest AL streak of the century.

28th Bob Elliott drives in 6 runs—4 on a grand slam—to lead the Browns to a 7–5 win over the Indians. Paige picks up his 2nd save in 2 nights.

Steve Bilko ties his 2nd ML record in less than 24 hours. Bilko struck out 5 times in a row at Cincy last night, and today hits a record-tying 2 doubles (last done by the Braves Thorpe last season) in Cards 10-run 4th inning against the Braves. Gerry Staley still needs help in the 9th to win, 11–7.

29th  3B Bob Elliott lines a double in the Browns 6-run 11th inning, as they beat the Tigers, 11–5. For Elliot it is his 2,000th ML hit. Harry Brecheen (1–6) wins his first.

30th  Boston and Washington split a doubleheader, with Boston taking the opener, 4-3. Maurie McDermott win his 5th game in the opener, though he goes 0-for-3 while batting 6th. The Senators take the nightcap, breaking a 1-1 9th inning tie when Wayne Terwilliger’s pop fly with the bases loaded falls in front of CF Jimmy Piersall for an error, The Senators win, 2-1. Attendance is 16,000 as baseball draws 175,000 total today.

1953 June

3rd  Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright “founded” baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947 book Bat, Ball and Bishopdocuments Cartwright’s contributions to the origins of the game of baseball.

4th  After batting practice at Forbes Field the Pirates and Cubs announce a shocking trade. Pittsburgh sends slugger Ralph Kiner, along with C Joe Garagiola, P Howie Pollet, and OF Catfish Metkovich to Chicago for C Toby Atwell, P Bob Schultz, 1B Preston Ward, 3B George Freese, OF Bob Addis, OF Gene Hermanski, and $150,000. The Pirates defeat the Cubs, 6–1, with Kiner getting a double in four at bats for the Cubs.

Phillies P Curt Simmons cuts off part of his left big toe with a power lawn mower. He will not make a pitching start for a month, but will still win 16 games.

At Cleveland, the Indians rough up Mel Parnell and beat the Red Sox, 8-1, behind Bob Lemon. Larry Doby has a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

At Chicago, Mantle’s homer in the 4th, off Billy Pierce, gives the Yankees a 5–0 lead, but Chicago comes back to tie. Mick’s leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a New York rally, and they win 9–5.

5th The Giants use a Caribbean battery in their 11–1 win over the Cubs. Cuban Ray Noble is behind the plate while Puerto Rican Ruben Gomez is on the mound. Gomez drives in 2 runs as well as picking up the win.

The Yankees beat up on rookie Bobo Holloman, beating the Browns, 5–0. Mantle’s two-run centerfield homer at Sportsman’s Park is the big blow for New York, and extends Mickey’s hitting streak to ten games.

Wayne Terwilliger’s grand slam in Washington’s 5-run 2nd inning propels the Nats to an 8-4 victory over the host White Sox.

Gus Bell hits 2 homers and a double to pace the Reds to a 7–4 win over Pittsburgh. Herm Wehmeier posts his only 1953 win.

6th The Pirates score 6 runs in the 8th to tie the Reds, 7–7, but Cincinnati notches 8 runs in the top of the 9th to win, 15–7. Gridder Vic Janowicz makes his O.B. debut behind the plate, but leaves in the 5th after being bowled over by Seminick.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 2nd homer of the game in the 9th, following singles by Robinson and Campanella as the Dodgers edge the Cardinals, 5-4. Starter and loser Stu Miller gives up the walkoff homerun.

7th In St. Louis, the Yanks overcome the Browns, winning 9-2 and 7-2 behind the pitching of Ed Lopat and Whitey Ford. The Yankees do all their scoring in game 2 in the 7th inning. Yogi Berra has a grand slam.

9th The refusal of the NL owners to allow the Pirates to remove Greenberg Gardens after the trade of Ralph Kiner proves a boon to the Bucs in their 7–4 win over the Cards. Eddie Pellagrini belts a 3-run pinch HR into the shortened gardens in the 8th, and P Dick Hall chips a solo shot in the 4th into the same spot.

At Shibe Park, the Cubs have 16 hits but come up empty as Del Ennis hits a walkoff homer in the 9th inning, off Dutch Leonard, and the Phils prevail, 10-9. Chicago’s Dee Fondy has 5 RBIs on 2 homers, a double and single. The Phils total 10 hits.

10th  RF Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox goes 6-for-6 (5 singles—3 infield—and a double) against 5 different pitchers to tie a ML mark in a 11–2 win over the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader. The Sox welcome Lanier to the AL by handing him his first loss. Piersall is hitless in game 2, a 3–2 Sox win, and gets decked by Satchel Paige. Piersall made fun of Satchel during a game last year.

11th Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds, first-place New York beats Detroit 6–3 to run their win streak to 14 games. New York gets a game winner from Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games, but will go hitless tomorrow, when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today, Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.

12th The Cubs acquire Cub-killer Bubba Church, winner of his last 10 decisions versus Chicago, from the Reds for P Fred Baczewski and Bob Kelly.

13th The Yankees overwhelm the Indians, 9–4, for their 16th straight win. The Tribe now trails by 8 1/2 lengths. Eddie Lopat is on his way to his 7th straight win when the Yankees rout Bob Feller in the 4th inning, running the ace’s record to 29-37 versus New York, the only team against whom he has a losing record.

Burdette relieves Spahn as the Braves edge the Pirates, 5-4, and move into a first-place tie with the Dodgers. Spahn goes 6 innings and gives up 10 hits, including a pair of homers to Danny O’Connell. Burdette (5-0) pitches scoreless frames.

At Detroit, Jim Delsing hits a 3rd inning grand slam for the Tigers and they hold on to beat the Senators, 7-6.

At Comiskey, Boston’s Maury McDermott has just one bad inning, the 5th, as Mike Fornieles and the White Sox win, 5-2. Sherm Lollar hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

14th  White Sox hurlers Billy Pierce and Sandy Consuegra throw shutouts at the Red Sox in a doubleheader, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Pierce’s gem is a 2-hitter. Chicago also picks up 2 players from the Browns, getting veterans 3B Bob Elliott and P Virgil Trucks for P Lou Kretlow, C Darrell Johnson, and $75,000. St. Louis had obtained Trucks only 6 months ago from Detroit.

The Yankees sweep the Indians 6–2 and 3–0 before 74,708 to extend their winning streak to 18 games. Berra paces the pinstripers with a homer in the opener and a triple in game 2. New York has now won 18 straight and leads the Indians by 10 1/2 games.

In Detroit, Spec Shea and the Senators whip the Tigers, 6-1. Washington shortstop Pete Runnels is thrown out trying to steal for the16th straight time, a ML record. It is also the 16th time he’s thrown out to start a career.

At Brooklyn, the Cubs Ralph Kiner belts a 2-out 9th inning grand slam to tie the Brooks, 6–6. The game is called after 9 because of darkness. The Dodgers win the opener, 6–3, but the tie drops them out a deadlock for 1st place with the Braves. Kiner’s slam is his 12th, tying him with Hornsby for the NL record.

The Phils and Reds split a pair at Philadelphia, with the Reds managing just 4 hits off Robin Roberts in the opener, but winning, 2–1. Ken Raffensberger is the winner. Grady Hatton hits a leadoff homer off Roberts (10-4), and adds a HR in the nightcap, a 4–1 win by Karl Drews. Phils 2B Connie Ryan plays the entire 18 innings without a putout, tying a ML mark.

15th The Tigers trade pitchers Art Houtteman and Bill Wight, C Joe Ginsberg, and infielder Owen Friend to Cleveland for 3B Ray Boone and pitchers Steve Gromek, Al Aber, and Dick Weik. Weik developed a sore arm in spring training and has not yet made an appearance.

Braves drop to second place behind the idle Dodgers when reliever Lew Burdette plunks Danny O’Connell to force in the winning run. The Pirates win 4–3 in the 10th inning, as Cal Abrams tallies the winner. Bob Friend goes all the way for his first win in his last 8 decisions, beating Earl Wilson.

The Giants sell catcher Sal Yvars to the Cards for $30,000, then beat the Redbirds, 3–2. Some of the Giants don’t know Yvars is gone till they see him in a Redbirds uniform. Jim Hearn is the winner for New York, giving up 6 hits including a Solly Hemus homer.

16th  With relief help from Satchel Paige, Duane Pillette of the Browns ends the Yankee win streak at 18 games and the Browns team record 14-game losing streak with a 3–1 victory at Yankee Stadium (The 14 straight losses ties the team record). Johnny Mize becomes the 93rd player in baseball history to get 2,000 hits when he singles in the lone Yankee run in the 5th.

17th The Red Sox wallop Detroit, 17–1, collecting 20 hits. Dick Gernert has two homers and four RBIs, while Tom Umphlett and Billy Goodman combine for 7 hits to beat Dick Marlowe. The Tigers finally score in the 9th to stop Willard Nixon’s consecutive streak of 21 innings without allowing a run.

18th  Red Sox rookie OF Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston tallies 17 runs in the 7th inning in a 23–3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the 7th, getting 14 hits and 6 walks, 20 runners in succession, before 3B George Kell flies out to end it. Steve Gromek, making his first appearance for Detroit, Dick Weik and Earl Harrist are the offending Tiger pitchers, but the loss goes to Ned Garver, who exits before the 7th. Ellis Kinder picks up the win, and contributes two singles and 2 RBI in the big inning, the second time that Kinder has accomplished this: he was hitless last year. Dick Gernert and Walt Dropo hit the only homers for Boston, but the Red Sox set a slew of records, including the following:

in an inning: most hits (14); most runs (17); most batters reaching 1B (20) tied the ML record for an inning: most batters facing a pitcher (23); most batters facing a pitcher 3 times (5); most batters reaching 1B (3); most singles (11); most runs in an inning (3, by Sammy White).

At Yankee Stadium, Ed Lopat and Jim McDonald of the Yanks shut out the hapless St. Louis Browns 5–0 and 3–0 in a doubleheader. Mantle cracks a two-run HR in the opener, off Bob Cain, for all the scoring Lopat needs.

19th  At Wrigley, the 2nd-place Dodgers salvage a split with the Cubs by winning 7-1 after losing the lidlifter, 11-8. Randy Jackson hits a grand slam in the 5th inning of game 1 and the Dodgers claim the ball hits the screen in front of the catwalk in left field and should be ruled a double. The umps say in cleared the screen and bounded back and they toss Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider for arguing. Sauer and Kiner also homer for Chicago. Jackson’s homer in the second game is the only run off Russ Meyer. The temperature at game time today is 103.

21st In the opener of a twinbill, Mantle hits a first inning homer, off Hal Newhouser, to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6–3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon, but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10–3. This loss is the first in a streak of nine straight.

22nd  Senators C Ed Fitzgerald pulls off an unassisted DP against Cleveland in a in the first game of a doubleheader. The Tribe win both games by the same 5–2 scores as Lemon, Doby, and Mitchell smash HRs in the 6th of the nightcap. Doby also homers in the opener. Lemon wins the nightcap, beating Masterson, who had a string of 22 straight scoreless innings.

23rd At Chicago, the Yanks lose to the White Sox, 11–3. Mantle starts the scoring in the first when he muscles an inside pitch from Virgil Trucks for a home run, but the Yanks do little more.

Grady Hatton’s 2-run pinch homer in the 9th gives the Reds a 3–2 win over the Dodgers.

The Cardinals use two 7-run innings to club the visiting Giants, 15-8. Winning pitcher Harvey Haddix hits a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and Del Rice contributes a grand slam in the 4th inning off Al Corwin.

24th The Braves add $20,000 bonus baby Joey Jay to their roster. The 18-year-old pitcher is the first Little League player to make it to the majors.

The Dodgers get beat in the 9th inning again as Gus Bell hits a 3-run homer to give the Reds a 7–4 win.

25th  White Sox manager Paul Richards uses ML-record 5 first basemen in beating the Yankees 4–2. He brings in Harry Dorish to face 2 batters, moving lefty pitcher Billy Pierce to 1B. The combined 6 first baseman in a game sets a ML mark, while Pierce gets credit for starting and finishing a game. The Sox 3-game sweep still leaves New York 9 games up on the Indians and 9 1⁄2 on Chicago.

The Giants get 6 RBIs from two pinchhitters as they down the host Cardinals, 9-4. Bobby Hofman hits a pinch grand slam and Don Mueller adds a 2-run pinch single. Stan Musial is 3-for-3 including a homer for the Birds.

The Dodgers pound the Reds, 12–3, hitting 5 home runs in the process.

26th Stu Miller allows three singles and Stan Musial has two homers and drives in 5 runs to lead the Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the visiting Phillies.

27th The White Sox beat the Red Sox, pinning the loss on reliever Ellis Kinder. It is Kinder’s 3rd loss in three games; he lost to Cleveland on the 25th and 26th. In his 3 appearances, “Ol Folks” pitches just 4 2/3 innings.

The Reds drop 10 runs on the Pirates in the 7th inning to sink the Bucs, 15–5.

30th  Braves slugger Eddie Mathews has 5 straight hits in a 10 inning 6–4 win over the Redlegs.

At New York, the Pirates get a leadoff inside-the-park homer from Cal Abrams and go on to beat the Giants, 3–1. Murry Dickson wins the 6-hitter over Preston Gomez.

At Shibe Park, Bob Porterfield shuts out the A’s and hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th, off Alex Kellner, as the Senators top the A’s, 3-0. Pete Runnels scores 2 runs and steals his first ML base after being thrown out a ML-record 16 straight times from the start of his career.

1953 July

1st Boston’s Mel Parnell shuts out the Yanks, 4–0, for his 100th career win. The lefty becomes the 5th pitcher to win 100 games in a Red Sox uniform (Young, Wood, Grove, Dobson).

The Red Sox send P Marv Grissom to the Giants for cash. Grissom will win 10 games in 1954 and stay with the Giants for 5 years. He will also team up in 1954 with his nephew Jim Davis, the first time this has happened.

4th At Wrigley, the Cardinals ride 9th inning homers by Peanuts Lowry and Rip Repulski to score 6 runs and beat the Cubs, 7-3. In game 2, the Cubs plate a run in the 9th to win, 5-4. Hank Sauer has 3 of the 5 Cubs hits, including a 6th inning homer.

5th At Pittsburgh, the Phils’ Robin Roberts shuts out the Pirates 2–0 for his 28th consecutive complete game over 2 seasons. Roberts double in the 10th inning helps him post his 13th win. It’s also his 13th straight win over Pittsburgh going back to August 26, 1950. The Pirates lead in the nightcap, 7–0, in a game halted by curfew, in the 7th.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants overwhelm the Dodgers with 16 hits, including 5 homers, to win, 20–6. Hank Thompson clouts two homers, including a grand slam, good for 7 runs, Alvin Dark hits a 3-run homer in the 2nd, and Bobby Thomson legs out an inside-the-park homer. Spencer’s homer in the 7th, his team-high 14th, completes the scoring, and Maglie coasts home the winner over Clem Labine. Every starter scores for New York as they plate runs in every inning but the 8th. Jackie Robinson is tossed in the 8th inning and Clem Labine, who gave up 6 runs in one inning, leaves with him. It is Clem’s last game in the majors. The loss leaves the Dodgers a game and a half ahead of Milwaukee.

The Cubs win the opener with the Reds, 8–4, then lose a slugfest, 8–6. Bubba Church wins the opener, allowing two hits through 8 innings. The Cubs hit 4 homers in the nightcap, including two by Ralph Kiner, and one by Bill Serena and Hank Sauer. Andy Seminick answers for the Reds in the 5-run 7th inning. Clyde King wins over Johnny Klippstein. Dutch Leonard, who relieves in both games, is honored in between games and receives a Cadillac and other gifts.

6th  The Giants Al Worthington shuts out the Pirates 6–0 in his first ML start.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Yankees lead in the opener 5-4, mostly on two-run homers by Phil Rizzuto and Billy Martin in the 5-run 4th. A’s lefty Frank Fanovich walks the bases loaded in the 6th to bring up lefty Irv Noren, playing in the place of the recuperating Mickey Mantle, who has missed the last 6 games. Mantle pinch hits for Noren and cranks grand slam homer out of the park. The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer both say it is 500 feet, though the ball is never found. The Yankees win, 10-5, then take game 2, by a 5-3 score.

7th  The Browns set the ML mark for consecutive home defeats, as they drop their 20th in succession, 6–3 to the Indians. The streak dates back to June 3rd.

In Philadelphia, the bus carrying the Yankees to the train station is involved in an accident, and Allie Reynolds injures his back. He will suffer chronic pain as a result.

The Dodgers establish a new NL record by hitting a HR in their 21st consecutive game, sweeping a pair from the Pirates, 5–4 and 9–5. Hodges, Snider and Robinson go deep in the opener, while game 2 features a pair of HRs by Billy Cox and a dinger from Preacher Roe. It is Roe’s only homer in his O.B. career. Preston Ward has a game 1 homer, a grand slam, while Frank Thomas hit a 3-run HR in game 2, both coming in the 9th.

8th  Cardinals rookie 3B Ray Jablonski goes 5-for-5 against the Reds in a 7–2 win.

In the White Sox 14–4 win over the Tigers, teenager Al Kaline records his first hit, a single off Luis Aloma. Aloma gets offensive help from Sam Mele, who belts a grand slam.

At Pittsburgh, Monte Irvin hits a 3-run double in the 1st inning and finishes with a grand slam in the 11th to power the Giants to a 10–7 win over the Bucs. The win goes to Jansen after starter Jim Hearn fails in his bid to win his 13th straight over Pittsburgh.

9th Robin Roberts is lifted after giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning to Brooklyn, the first time in 29 games he has failed to go the distance. Bob Miller relieves Roberts and picks up a win, 6–5, for the Phils. Roberts completed his last 8 starts in 1952 and his first 20 in 1953. Reliever Jim Hughes is the loser.

10th The Red Sox beat the A’s, 3–2, in the 12th when Mariano Fricano walks Jim Piersall with the sacks full. Piersall’s homer in the 9th ties the game. Ellis Kinder is the winner.

The first-place Dodgers set an NL record by hitting a HR in their 24th straight game, with this roundtripper by Roy Campanella coming off the Giants Sal Maglie. The Bums have hit 39 HRs in the streak. The homer is the only run Maglie allows, besting the Dodgers, 6–1, for New York’s 7th win in a row. Maglie is 18-3 against the Dodgers since returning from the Mexican League.

The Pirates and Phils combine for 10 errors, but the Phils find Pirate hurling for 12 hits in a 13–3 thrashing. Curt Simmons wins over Murry Dickson.

The Dodgers waive pitcher Ralph Branca, to the Tigers. Branca, who appeared in just 7 games this year, never recovered from an off-season pelvic injury.

11th  In his 2nd ML start, Al Worthington shuts out Brooklyn 6–0 for his 2nd shutout. Worthington stops the Dodgers’ consecutive-game HR streak. With the two whitewashes in first two games, Al ties a ML record, last accomplished by Boo Ferriss of the Red Sox in 1945. It is the first time this century it’s been done in the NL, but Karl Spooner of the Dodgers will match it next year.

12th  Braves slugger Eddie Mathews hits the first grand slam in the history of the Milwaukee franchise, as the Braves sweep 2 from the Cardinals 10–1 and 4–3 in St. Louis.

The Yomiuri and Mainichi newspaper chains inaugurate a program of regular visits by American ML clubs to Japan. The program will be sponsored by the Yomiuri chain alone from 1966.

14th  The NL wins its 4th All-Star Game in a row, 5–1 in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. Cardinal OF Enos Slaughter gets 2 hits, scores twice, and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base blow.

16th  The Browns tie a record with 3 successive HRs—by Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski, and Jim Dyck—in the first inning, and their 5 bases-empty HRs in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It’s enough to beat the Yankees, 8–6.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits a 1st inning grand slam and adds a solo homer as the Dodgers down the Cardinals, 9-2. Duke Snider hits a homer to help Clem Labine (6-2). With Cliff Chambers on the mound in the 7th, Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. It is the second time that Chambers has been on the mound when Robbie has been nabbed trying to steal home.

In Cleveland, Al Rosen’s 4th inning grand slam is all that Mike Garcia needs as he tops the A’s and Mario Fricano, 5-3.

17th The Yankees use a triple play and 4 DPs to stop the Browns, 6–4. CF Irv Noren starts the TP with a tumbling catch in the 2nd inning. Gil McDougald scores 4 times on a single, double, triple and walk. Reynolds gets the win in relief.

The Dodgers pummel Cards starter Vinegar Bend Mizell in the 1st inning, scoring 7 runs en route to a 14-0 whitewash of the Red Birds. Billy Cox hits a grand slam in the 1st inning and Gil Hodges is 1-for-1 while scoring 4 runs. Johnny Podres applies the calcimine.

18th  Dodger backup and pinch hitter 1B Wayne Belardi scores 2 runs in the 4th inning, one on a walk and one on a grand slam. His slam is the 3rd Dodger grand slam in 3 games (Gil Hodges connected on the 16th, and Billy Cox, on the 17th). The Dodgers’ 14–6 win over the Cardinals puts Brooklyn 3 games ahead of Milwaukee.

1B Whitey Lockman, 3B Hank Thompson, and CF Bobby Thomson hit first inning HRs, as the Giants beat the Cubs 12–7 to move into 4th place.

19th  The Giants Whitey Lockman leads off the game with a HR for the 2nd day in a row, as the Giants whip the Braves 7–5. Henry Thompson’s 2-run homer in the 9th is the winner for Ruben Gomez. Dave Jolly is the loser. Milwaukee takes the nightcap, 2–1, in 5 innings as Al Worthington is scored upon for the first time in his 3 ML games. Max Surkont wins, giving up just two hits, both to Al Dark. One of Dark’s hits is a home run.

Boston lefty Mickey McDermott and relief P Ellis Kinder (1 inn.) combine for a one-hitter against host Cleveland to win, 2–0. OF Al Smith’s 4th-inning single is the only Tribe safety. Boston also takes the nightcap, 7-5, overcoming a grand slam by Ray Boone. Kinder finishes up game 2 as well. As reported by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin (Day By Day With the Red Sox), reporter Al Hirshberg alleges that Kinder was so drunk he had to be helped to the stadium and helped into his uniform. In the bullpen he fell asleep in the 103 degree heat. When manager Boudreau called the bullpen and when he was told that Kinder was asleep, yelled, “I don’t care if he’s dead. Get him up.” Kinder pitched hitless ball, went back to the bullpen and fell asleep again. He had to be awakened for his relief appearance in game 2.

21st  The 2nd-place Milwaukee Braves suffer their worst shutout loss in the short history of the franchise, losing to the Phils 10–0. Robin Roberts wins his 16th. Milwaukee wins game 2 by a 7–3 score, with Johnny Antonelli winning.

22nd Led by Hodges and Snider, the Dodgers sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 9–3 and 11–1, to lead the NL by 5 1/2 games. The pair belt 9 hits, including 3 homers, and drive in 13 runs. Podres and Erskine both win and each strike out 10 batters.

The Tigers release former ace Hal Newhouser, the only pitcher to win two consecutive MVP awards.

23rd The Browns give up on Bobo Holloman, selling the no-hit rookie to Toronto (IL). He’ll never appear in the majors again, and his 3 wins are the fewest by a no-hit pitcher since 1900.

24th  The Red Sox sweep the Browns as both Boston pitchers, Mickey McDermott and Bill Henry, hurl 6–0 and 8–0 shutouts.

Granny Hamner smashes 2 homers to give the Phils a 2–1 win over the Cardinals. St. Louis scores in the 6th when Musial steals home for the first time in his career. Cards manager Stanky fans as the lead off batter in the game, and when Hemus then singles, the Cards protest that the 2 batted out of order (the lineup card has them reversed) The umps void the hit and Musial, hitting 3rd, is called out.

25th In Brooklyn, the Braves lose to the Dodgers, 7-0, as Russ Meyer (9-4) tosses a 4-hitter. Roy Campanella has a 2-run homer and drives in 3 runs. One of his hits knuckles its way past Johnny Logan who is handcuffed by the ball. Later that night, Logan and a few teammates are having a beer when pitcher Vern Bickford says to Logan, ‘If I had been pitching when you missed that line drive, I’d kick your butt.’ A bet about who was on the mound when the hit occurred escalates into a fight outside the bar between Bickford and Logan. “It didn’t last very long, and it was very one-sided,” said Eddie Mathews. “Logan was handy. Later that night Burdette and I were sneaking into the hotel, and we saw Bickford again. He looked like he had been in a stick fight without a stick. Logan really worked him over.” (The National Pastime, 1994, as noted by Bob Buege)

26th At Briggs Stadium, the crowd of 49,717 is treated to a pair of Tiger victories over the Yankees—5–3 and 14–4—as well as a fight between Billy Martin and Detroit’s Matt Batts. Mantle connects on two homers for New York, reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nightcap.

Spencer’s 2nd homerun of the game, a grand slam in the 7th, snaps a 5-5 tie and the Giants beat the Reds, 10-6 at the Polo Grounds. It is the second grand slam of the season for Spencer, tying a Giants rookie mark set by Babe Young in 1940. Joe Nuxhall has a homer for Cincy.

27th  Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Along with them, the veterans committee enshrines Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, 19th-century manager Harry Wright, executive Ed Barrow, and umpires Bill Klem and Tom Connolly.

In the only ML game played today, the Braves scalp the visiting Giants, 13-0, behind Warren Spahn. Eddie Mathews has 3 hits including 2 homers, one a grand slam.

29th At Fenway, the White Sox spoil Ted Williams homecoming from the Marines by scoring 8 runs in the 9th to beat Boston, 8–3. Williams watches the game from the bench.

30th  The Giants Monte Irvin grounds into 3 DPs, tying a NL record, as Milwaukee wins 5–0.

At Crosley Field, the Phillies unleash an 18-hit attack as Del Ennis and Granny Hamner each have 4 hits. Ennis has a pair of homers, scores 4 runs and drives in 6. Steve Ridzik is the winner with 6 innings of relief.

The St. Louis Browns purchase veteran infielder Vern Stephens from the White Sox.

The vacant Braves Field is sold to Boston University for $500,000.

31st At St. Louis, Carl Erskine fans 11, giving him 31 in his last 3 games, as the first-place Dodgers beat the Cards, 2–1. The OF has just 3 putouts. Erskine finishes the month at 6–0.

1953 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1953 September

1st The Cards hit 5 HRs, all of them solo shots, but lose to the Dodgers’ Preacher Roe, 12–5. The Dodgers collect 17 hits in the win. The 5 solo HRs—one each by Musial, Harry Elliot, and Rip Repulski, and 2 by Steve Bilko—tie a NL record.

Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner, as the White Sox lose to the Yankees, 3–2.

2nd The Cardinals overcome a 3-run inside-the-park homer by SS Ted Kazanski to beat the Phillies, 10–7. Rip Repulski hits his 20th HR, breaking the team’s rookie record set by John Mize in 1936. The Cards hammer 10 hits off Robin Roberts to hand him his 12th loss.

At Forbes Field, Preston Ward has three hits including a double and grand slam, good for 6 RBIs to lead the Pirates to an 8-1 victory over the Cubs. Hank Sauer hits his 14th homer, off Bob Friend, for Chicago’s score. Bob Friend scatters 7 hits for the victory.

4th  Despite consecutive homers by Wes Westrum, Al Corwin, and Whitey Lockman in the 3rd, the Giants lose to the Dodgers 8–6 in a game marred by beanballs and disagreements on calls. Following a Clem Labine brushback on Giants IF Bobby Hofman, Larry Jansen throws at Duke Snider and Roy Campanella in the 8th.

Vic Wertz hits a 5th inning grand slam as the Browns score 10 runs in the frame against Detroit. Don Larsen coasts to a 14-6 decision.

5th  Dick Kokos breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Bob Turley and Ralph Branca by hitting a homer in the 12th to give the Browns a 1-0 win over Detroit.

6th  The feuding continues, as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6–3 but lose Carl Furillo, the NL’s leading hitter at .344, for the rest of the regular season. Furillo is hit on the wrist by a Ruben Gomez pitch in the 2nd and, is restrained from charging the mound. He goes to first base and, with a 3-2 count on the next batter, Furillo races from 1B into the dugout to swing at Leo Durocher, who ordered the beaning. In the melee, a Giants player steps on Furillo’s left hand, breaking a finger. Furillo will not play again till the World Series, but his .344 will lead the NL in hitting. Roy Campanella homers in the 2nd inning and sets the ML mark for HRs by a catcher. His 38th tops the NL high of 37 hit by Cubs C Gabby Hartnett in 1930.

The Cubs take a pair from the Redlegs, winning 7-6 and 7-2. Dee Fondy has one of the 4 homers in game 1, then finishes with a two-out two-strike steal of home in 9th with former Cub Bob Kelly on the mound. Ransom Jackson also homers and Ralph Kiner and Hank Sauer go back-to-back.

7th  Campanella sets the ML record for RBI by a catcher when he smacks a 3-run HR in a 6–3 Dodgers’ win over the Phils. Campy’s 125 breaks Yogi Berra’s ML record of 124 set in 1950, and he will finish the season with 142.

In Detroit, the Tigers sweep two from the White Sox, winning 6-2 and 4-2. In game 2, Detroit plates 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th after Bill Hoeft strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the top of the inning.

The Senators sweep a pair from the A’s, 13-2 and 6-3. Eddie Yost scores 5 runs in the opener.

In Boston, Mel Parnell surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle but the Red Sox ace tops New York, 7–4. in the first game of a doubleheader. New York comes back to win the nightcap, 5-3.

At New York, the Pirates sweep a doubleheader for the first time this year, beating the Giants, 9–7 and 5–3. Eddie Pellagrini has 4 hits, including a HR, to back Bob Friend in the opener. Paul LaPalme is the winner in the nightcap as the Bucs beat Jim Hearn for the first time after 12 straight defeats to him. His last loss to Pittsburgh was exactly 6 years ago today.

9th  Mantle’s 2-run HR off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as New York wins 9–3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th, Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum company.

At Cincinnati, the Dodgers score 6 runs against former teammate Bud Podbielan as they top the Reds, 6-0. Pee Wee Reese scores 4 with a grand slam. Starter Johnny Podres is lifted in the 1st inning after retiring one batter and allowing two hits. Bob Milliken then throws 8 1/3 innings of hitless ball.

10th Giants rookie Al Worthington walks 11 Cardinals to lose, 7–6, his 8th straight loss since winning his first two games by shutouts. Enos Slaughter’s homer helps the Cards score 3 in the 8th inning to win.

At Crosley Field, Andy Seminick collects a walkoff base on balls in the 11th as the Reds edge the Dodgers, 6-5. Frank Smith (6-1) is the winner over Clem Labine. Gus Bell has 5 hits and scores twice for the Reds while Jim Gilliam has 4 hits and 2 runs for Brooklyn.

11th At Crosley Field, Ted Kluszewski hits his 39th HR, off Robin Roberts, to give the Reds a 6–5 win over the Phils.

Bob Porterfield, of the 5th place Senators, becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner, beating the Indians, 4–3. He’s the first 20-game winner for the Nats since Wolff in 1945 and he will be the last Senator pitcher to win 20.

12th  Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5–2, as the Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other NL team (see 9/9/36) in history. Da Bums will break their own record in 1955.

At New York, the Yankees take a 4–3 lead into the 7th inning, then score 8 runs to coast past Detroit, 13–4. The inning’s big blow is Mantle’s 20th homer of the year, a 3-run shot off Billy Hoeft that is rising when it hits the LF upper deck.

13th  The White Sox lose the Red Sox, 7–6, when Harry Dorish walks in a run with the sacks full. Sullivan is the winner in relief of Parnell. Red Sox C Sammy White makes an unassisted DP.

At Wrigley Field, Warren Hacker pitches 10 innings as the Cubs win, 3-2, on a fielder’s choice. Duke Snider has a single to stretch his batting streak to 27 games, tops in the NL.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks increase their lead to 12 games over Cleveland with a 6-3 win over the Indians. New York matches Larry Doby’s 2 homers with 3 of their own to give Vic Raschi (13-5) to win over Mike Garcia (17-9). Yankee infielder Jerry Coleman starts his first game in nearly 2 years after serving in the Air Force. Coleman grounds out his first time up and is replaced by Billy Martin. Coleman will play 8 games this season after playing in 11 last year.

Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black to appear in a ML game for the Philadelphia Athletics, but his debut is spoiled by the Browns, winners 5–2 in the opener of 2. Trice goes 8 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in losing to Don Larsen. Larsen helps with a homer. Harry Byrd (11–19) wins the nightcap for the A’s, 2–0, his first win after 9 straight defeats.

14th  The Yanks clinch their 5th straight pennant, spotting the Indians 5 runs before winning, 8–5. Billy Martin has 4 RBI, and Berra chips in with a two-run homer.

Johnny Klippstein of the Cubs stops Duke Snider’s hitting streak at 27 consecutive games, the longest in the NL in 1953. The Cubs top the Series-bound Dodgers, 3–1, for their 10th win in a row.

15th  The Indians edge the Yankees, 1-0, behind Bob Lemon’s 20th win of the year. Lemon allows 4 hits and starts two double plays, giving him an AL-record 15 DPs. Eddie Rommel had the previous mark with 12. Rookie Steve Kraly (0-2) takes the loss in his final ML appearance.

16th A special American League committee studying the Browns financial status recommends the franchise be transferred to another city.

17th  In a 2-1 win over the Tigers, Ellis Kinder of the Red Sox sets the AL record for most appearances with 67, breaking Ed Walsh’s 1908 record. The Red Sox win on Ted Williams HR, his 13th since returning on August 6.

Bob Porterfield wins his 21st, 3–2 over the White Sox. It’s the most wins by a Nats pitcher since Crowder (24) and Whitehill (22) for the 1933 pennant winners.

Nine days after he signs a contract, Ernie Banks becomes the first black player for the Cubs, but goes 0-for-3 and makes an error in his first ML game, as the Phillies win 16–4. Banks replaces Roy Smalley, sidelined with a rib injury, and starts his streak of 424 straight games played.

With a record of 64-82, the Cincinnati Redlegs fire Rogers Hornsby as their manager with 8 games left in the season. Coach Buster Mills replaces him for the remainder of the year.

Ferris Fain of the White Sox is sued for $50,000 for his part in an August brawl in a Maryland café.

18th  The St. Louis Cardinals appeal the U.S. claim for $215,025 in back taxes from 1947-49.

19th  Pirates 3B Danny O’Connell hits safely in his 26th game, a 4–1 loss to the Giants. He’ll be stopped tomorrow. His 26 games breaks Charlie Grimm’s club mark of 25 to start the 1923 season.

Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees, 3–0, at Fenway Park to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell’s 3rd shut out over the Yankees this year. Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5, 1951.

Negro righty Bob Trice wins his first ML game as the A’s outslug the Senators, 13–9. Zernial socks his 40th and 41st homers and Eddie Robinson drives in 5 runs. Both sluggers pass the 100 mark in RBIs.

20th  Ernie Banks of the Cubs hits his first ML HR, against Gerry Staley, but the Cards win 11–6.

At the Polo Grounds, Cal Abrams hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Ruben Gomez, as the Pirates score 6 runs. The final is 8-4 with Bob Friend the winner.

22nd  The Dodgers tie the record for the most wins in a home park, beating Pittsburgh 5–4. They go an incredible 60-17 at Ebbets Field, tying the record of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942. Only the 61 wins of the San Francisco Giants in 1962 in an 81-game home season will surpass the mark. The Dodgers will also lead the majors in scoring for the 3rd straight year: the Red Sox of 2003-05 will be the next team to do that.

Satchel Paige celebrates his official 46th birthday by starting against the Tigers and going 7 innings to win, 7–3, in what will be his final ML victory. Paige gives up a Hatfield HR in the 1st, then holds the Bengals hitless until the 8th, when he’s kayoed. Don Larsen saves it for Satch. The loss goes to Tigers bonus baby Bob Miller, making his 1st start. Miller leaves in the 5th inning after being hit on the head by a Les Moss line drive. Coach Bob Swift is activated and plays in his 1,000th game. He’ll make an appearance in one more.

23rd The Phillies light up Giants starter Larry Jansen for 5 hits and 4 runs as the former ace exits having recorded just one out. Jansen (10-16) loses his 9th straight as the Phillies beat the Giants, 9-3. Curt Simmons is the winner.

25th Bob Porterfield, named TSN‘s pitcher of the year, posts his 22nd win and 9th shutout in hurling the Nats to a 1–0 win over the A’s. Three singles in the 9th beats Fricano.

Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox win 5-0 behind Mel Parnell’s 4th shutout of the Yankees this year. It is the lefty’s 21st win and his 5th this year against New York. Not since Walter Johnson, in 1908, has anyone whitewashed the Bombers four times in a season. The Big Train did it on September 4, 5, and 7 at New York and October 7 at Washington.

26th  Billy Hunter becomes the last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game. The Browns lose anyway 6–3 to Chicago.

In Philadelphia, Curt Simmons scores the winning run in the 10th inning on Ted Kazanski’s triple as the Phils top the Dodgers, 2-1. Dick Williams accounts for the only Brooklyn score with a homer. Jim Gilliam picks up his 100th walk to set a NL rookie record: The previous record was set by Jack Crooks in 1890 with 96. The Dodgers finish tomorrow with a .366 OBA, a NL record.

27th  Washington’s Mickey Vernon goes into the last game of the season still fighting for the batting title with Cleveland’s Al Rosen. Near the end of the game, a 9–2 loss to the A’s, Vernon is hitting .337 when word arrives that Rosen’s game is over and Vernon is ahead by .0011 points. The possibility of Vernon coming up to bat again and maybe losing a point is scotched when his teammates contrive to make an out to end the game. Rosen just misses beating out an infield hit in his last at bat in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers. Rosen will top the AL in RBIs with 105, the lowest leading total ever in the American League.

The St. Louis Browns play both their last game in Sportsman’s Park and the last game in the franchise’s 52-year history. Fittingly, they lose, 2–1, to Billy Pierce and the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings for their 100th defeat of the season. Reserve 1B Ed Mickelson drives in Johnny Groth in the 4th inning for the last run of the Browns franchise. The losing pitcher is Duane Pillette, who goes the distance.

Now pitching, Al Dark. The Giants shortstop makes his lone pitching appearance, starting the game against Pirates. Dark goes one inning, giving up a 2-run homer to Frank Thomas, and avoids the loss as the Pirates win, 6-4, scoring 2 runs in the 9th on a 2-run homer by Preston Ward. Dark had been promised 2 innings on the mound, but needed just one to convince Leo Durocher to remove him. “Al Dark will be my captain and shortstop in 1954,” Durocher says. Dark goes to third base after pitching, collects a single to raise his average to .300, and is replaced by Wes Westrum, in his only non-catching appearance of his career.

The AL owners convene at the Hotel Commodore in New York to vote on the transfer. It ends after 10 hours in a (4 to 4) tie, effectively denying Bill Veeck approval to move the Browns to Baltimore. Washington, not wanting to alienate its Maryland fans, votes this time for the move to Baltimore. Tomorrow, the owners convene and Miles puts an offer of $2,475,000 on the table for control of Veeck’s 79 percent of the Browns stock.

29th  The AL adopts a constitutional amendment calling for expansion to 10 teams.

A Baltimore syndicate headed by Baltimore Mayor Tom D’Alesandro buys Bill Veeck’s interest in the Browns for $2.475 million. The AL then approves the shift of the Browns to Baltimore without Bill Veeck.

The Reds name Birdie Tebbetts as their new manager, replacing the fired Hornsby.

30th  The Yanks defeat Brooklyn 9–5 in the first game of the WS. Carl Erskine is ineffective, walking the first 3 batters, and all score on a Hank Bauer triple. The Dodgers tie it up 5–5, and Clem Labine gets the loss in relief.

1953 October

1st  The Yankees go 2 up as Eddie Lopat beats Preacher Roe 4–2, despite the Dodgers’ 9–5 edge in hits. Mantle’s 2-run shot in the 8th inning breaks a 2–2 tie.

Bill Veeck resigns as Browns president.

2nd  The WS moves to Ebbets Field as Carl Erskine establishes a new Series strikeout record by fanning 14 Yanks, including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins 4 times each. Roy Campanella breaks a 2–2 tie with a game-winning solo HR in the 8th for a 3–2 Brooklyn win

3rd The Dodgers even up the WS at 2 games apiece, as Duke Snider drives in 4 runs in a 7–3 victory.

4th  In Game 5, Mickey Mantle hits a 3rd-inning grand slam off Russ Meyer, and the Yanks hold on to win 11–7 in a game that features 25 hits and 47 total bases.

5th  The Yanks end the WS in 6 as Billy Martin’s 12th WS hit, a record-breaking single to CF in the bottom of the 9th, gives the Yankees their 5th championship in a row. Carl Furillo had tied it up in the 9th with a 2-run HR.

7th  Bill Veeck tells stockholders that he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block the move to Baltimore. The Browns stockholders will drop their suit against Veeck.

8th  Cuba defeats Venezuela 4–0 before 32,000 partisan fans in Caracas’s University Stadium.

The city of Birmingham, AL, bars Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there. Robinson gives in and drops the white players from his group.

13th  The Yankees buy the contracts of black players Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club, while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.

14th  The Dodgers force Charley Dressen’s resignation as manager when he refuses to sign anything less than a two-year contract. The club reportedly offered him a $7,500 raise, but on the insistence of his wife he tried for a 2-year contract and lost. Dressen immediately signs to manage the Oakland Oaks in the PCL.

17th  Bill Veeck wastes no time getting a new job. He becomes a special adviser to Phil Wrigley of the Cubs.

18th  The Orioles agree to pay the International League $48,749 for its territorial rights in Baltimore.

The Giants leave on a one-month tour of Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

22nd  Red Sox pitcher Mickey McDermott opens a two-week singing engagement at Stauban’s dining and dance spot in downtown Boston. The tenor gets paid $300 a week.

28th  The “Old Redhead,” Red Barber, resigns from the Dodger broadcast booth and takes a job with the rival New York Yankees.

31st  After touring Japan with the Giants, Commissioner Ford Frick says that Japanese baseball is the equivalent of Class A in the U.S.

1953 November

3rd  The rules committee restores the 1939 rule, which says a sacrifice fly is not charged as a time at bat. Also, the committee votes for “no gloves on the field rule.” Hank Greenberg, who proposed the change, says “Aside from the possibility of hindering the play, gloves on the field look sloppy.” The committee also makes a rule that any runner will be called out for deliberately running the bases backwards or even taking a lead off the base in the wrong direction. A new balk rule is instituted which gives the batter an option; if he gets a hit after a balk is called, he has the option of accepting the outcome of the pitch, instead of being limited to the advance of the runner(s). Rule suggestions rejected, as noted by Bob Timmerman, include: the legalization of the spitball, two bases for an intentional walk, and the option of declining ball four.

4th  Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.

9th  The U.S. Supreme Court decides 7-2 that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving Yankee farmhand George Toolson, who refused to move from AAA to AA.

10th  The Giants end their tour of Japan. It is reported that each player received just $331 of the $3,000 they were promised.

11th  Jimmy Dykes, recently released as the manager of the Athletics, succeeds Marty Marion as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

17th  The St. Louis Browns’ name officially becomes the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc. The Baltimore franchise board officially changes its name to the “Orioles.”

24th  The Dodgers sign the relatively unknown Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for 1954.

27th  Indians 3B Al Rosen is unanimously named the AL’s MVP with a record 336 votes. In the NL, Dodger C Roy Campanella is named MVP.

30th  The player reps reject Commissioner Ford Frick’s plan for a conference on their pension after he bars their attorney’s presence.

Don’t have to change apartments. The Cubs sell C Carl Sawatski to the White Sox.

1953 December

1st  The Red Sox trade for hard-hitting Jackie Jensen, sending Mickey McDermott and Tom Umphlett to Washington. Jensen will average 25 HRs a year for his 7 seasons in Fenway, lead the AL in RBIs 3 times, and win the MVP in 1958. A fear of flying will end his career early.

9th  The leagues meet and adopt a resolution to set up a committee to weigh ending the pension fund in November of 1955. Hank Greenberg and John Galbreath are on the committee. Broadcast revenues from WS and All-Star games are in dispute.

The leagues raise the minimum salary to $6,000.

10th  Dodgers President Walter O’Malley unveils plans for a new stadium in Brooklyn.

The Reds trade OF Willard Marshall to the White Sox for infielders Rocky Krsnich, Connie Ryan and P Saul Rogovin. The Sox also pick up Cass Michaels from the A’s

14th  Detroit’s Harvey Kuenn is voted AL Rookie of the Year. Kuenn hit .308 for the season.

16th In a ten-player trade, the Yankees send 1B Vic Power, infielders Jimmy Finigan and Don Bollweg, OF Bill Renna, C Jim Robertson, and P John Gray to the A’s. Philadelphia packs veteran !B Eddie Robinson, Loren Babe, P Harry Byrd, and outfielders Tom Hamilton and Carmen Mauro to New York. Byrd, who won 26 games in 2 years for the A’s, will never match his wins in New York. The stylish Power, the American Association batting leader in 1953, will win 7 Gold Gloves and make the All-Star team 4 times.

17th  In a tax-avoidance scheme, the NY Yankees sell Yankee Stadium and Kansas City properties for $6.5 million in a deal with Johnson Corp and the Knights of Columbus, who immediately lease the property back to the Yanks.

22nd  Jack Dunn III, whose family successfully owned and operated the Orioles for years in the International League, officially turns the old team name over to the Baltimore Orioles.

23rd  Dodgers 2B Jim “Junior” Gilliam easily wins NL Rookie of the Year honors over Harvey Haddix and Ray Jablonski. Satchel Paige remains unclaimed on the AL waiver list.

28th Pittsburgh sends flashy infielder Danny O’Connell to Milwaukee for 3B Sid Gordon, OF Sam Jethroe, P Max Surkont, and minor league pitchers, Fred Waters, Curt Raydon, and Larry Lasalle. They also get $100,000 from the Braves. According to historian Sean Lehman, this is the only six-for-one trade in major league history and surpassed only by the 7-for-1 deal that will send Vida Blue from Oakland to San Francisco in 1978.

1954 January

12th The International League makes 2 franchise shifts as the Baltimore team is transferred to Richmond, and the Springfield, MA team moves to Havana, Cuba.

13th  The Pirates trade workhorse Murry Dickson to the Phils for P Andy Hansen and IF Jack “Lucky” Lohrke. Dickson led the league in losses the past 2 years and will lead it again in 1954.

14th  Former Yankee great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco.

20th The Indians and Senators swap catchers with Joe Tipton going to Washington for Mickey Grasso.

1954 February

1st The Milwaukee Braves send pitchers Johnny Antonelli, Don Liddle, infielder Billy Klaus, and C Ebba St. Claire to the New York Giants for OF Bobby Thomson and C Sam Calderone. Giant fans will howl in protest at the loss of Thomson, but will quiet down when Antonelli posts a sparkling 21–7 record.

2nd Mantle has his second operation since the end of last season, this one to remove a cyst behind the right knee.

5th In a swap of vets, the Orioles trade OF Johnny Groth and SS Johnny Lipon to the White Sox for OF Sam Mele and SS Neil Berry. Lipon will go to the Reds on April 18th for Grady Hatton and then retire after one NL at bat.

14th  Happy Valentine’s Day, Lou. Freddy Hutchinson, manager of the Tigers, wins the Baseball Players’ Golf tournament in Miami by beating Lou Kretlow, 2-up in match play. Kretlow upset Alvin Dark and then beat John Grey to make the finals, while Hutch beat Eddie Lopat. Ken Yount is winner in the minor league division, beating Carden Gillenwater, and he also has the lowest score of the tourney with a 73. Alvin Dark cards a 74 in the qualifying round, tops for active major leaguers. The low score was Maury McDermott, 101. Heinie Manush beats Paul Waner to win the senior division.

18th  The Washington Senators get Roy Sievers from the Orioles for Gil Coan.

23rd  The Cards purchase Vic Raschi from the Yankees for $85,000.

1954 March

1st  In his first spring practice, Red Sox slugger Ted Williams breaks his collarbone and will be out until May 15th. The injury occurs when Williams dives for a line drive.

12th  In Arizona, the Giants win 13-5 from the Indians, pounding Mike Garcia for 10 runs in the first three innings. New York will win the next two from the Tribe as well.

13th  Newly acquired Bobby Thomson of the Braves breaks his ankle sliding into 2B under Woodie Held in a 3-2 exhibition loss to the Yankees at Al Lang Field. The injury, a trimalleor fracture, will keep Thomson out of action until July 14th, but it will open the way for Henry Aaron to start in the left field. Ironically, Aaron will suffer a fracture in September.

16th The O’s purchase veteran first baseman Eddie Waitkus from the Phillies for a reported $40,000.

The Cardinals conclude their first visit to the West Coast in 29 years with a resounding 9-7 victory over the Cubs. Stan Musial doubles with the bases loaded for the biggest hit as St. Louis sweeps four straight from the Cubs. The two teams played two games in LA, one in Fresno and the last in Mesa, AZ.

20th The Cubs send SS Roy Smalley to the Braves for P Dave Cole, opening up the shortstop job for Ernie Banks.

21st Roy Campanella, in attempting to break up a DP in an exhibition game against the Yankees, catches his spikes and chips the bone in his left hand. Though he hits 2 homers on Opening Day, he will have surgery in early May for the bone chips, returning May 30. As noted by Bill Deane, The Sporting News will surmise that the injury started earlier than the sliding mishap, occurring when Campy was hit on the hand in the 1953 WS.

28th  The Braves manage 5 hits in losing to their Atlanta farm team, 2–1. Joey Jay wild pitches in the winner in the 9th. Hank Aaron’s 7th inning homer is the only score for the Braves.

29th  When the Cubs go 5–15 in spring training, Phil Cavarretta gives Cubs owner Phil Wrigley an honest assessment of the team’s chances, and is fired for his “defeatist attitude.” He’s the first manager to be given the gate during spring training. Stan Hack replaces him. Cavarretta is right; the Cubs will drop to 7th.

30th  The Braves dispose of the Savannah Indians (Sally League) 27-0. Starter Lew Burdette pitches 6 innings and has 3 hits including a homer. On April 4, Savannah will take a 4-run lead against the Yankees into the 9th and with 2 outs and the bases empty, the Bombers explode to win, 11-9.

1954 April

th The Orioles pick up veteran Dave Koslo from the Giants.

9th In Milwaukee, Warren Spahn and the Braves beat the Red Sox, 3-1.

In a Southern Association game at Mobile, pinch hitter Nat Peeples of Atlanta makes his league debut. Peeples is the first black player ever to appear in a league game. He grounds out in the fifth inning and after 2 games is sent to Jacksonville (South Atlantic League).

11th  To make room for promising rookie OF Wally Moon, the Cardinals trade long-time great Enos Slaughter to the Yankees for Mel Wright and 4 players to be named. In what turns out to be a good deal for both teams, the Cardinals get CF Bill Virdon, P Mel Wright, and OF Emil Tellinger in return. Virdon will become the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955, following Wally Moon, and Slaughter will help the Yankees to win 103 games.

At Indianapolis, the Giants and Indians conclude their spring competition with New York winning, 5-4, in 10 innings on Mays’s triple. The Giants win the 21-game spring series, 13-8, in what will be a prelude to the World Series.

The Phillies top the A’s, 1-0, in the Philadelphia city series.

At Wrigley Field, the Cubs whip the White Sox 12-9, as the Sox help with 4 errors. Hank Sauer has a 3-run homer.

13th  Henry Aaron of the Braves makes his ML debut, going hitless in 5 trips to the plate in a 9–8 loss to the Redlegs. Cincy LF Jim Greengrass bangs 4 doubles to tie an opening day record. Andy Pafko takes a hit when he’s beaned by Joe Nuxhall. Because of the extra seats set up to accommodate the overflow crowd, 12 of the 13 doubles hit in the game are of the ground rule variety. With the rule change, players take their mitts with them at the end of each inning, rather than leaving them on the playing field.

In the presidential opener in Washington, President Dwight D. Eisenhower is thrilled by Mickey Vernon’s 10th inning 2-run game-ending homer off Allie Reynolds which beats the Yankees 5–3. Chuck Stobbs and Whitey Ford start the game, but the winning Nats pitcher is reliever Sonny Dixon. Hank Bauer, with two singles, drives in all three Yankee runs. Ike skipped last year’s opener, which was rained out, and the political hue and cry was so great he made sure he tossed out the first ball today, exchanging a few throws with Senators’ catcher Gonzalo “Cholly” Naranjo. Naranjo will appear tomorrow on “I’ve Got a Secret” after which the Senators will reveal their secret: you’re going to the minors.

The Giants, fresh from a Cactus League season where they beat the Indians 13 out of 21 meetings, trip the Dodgers, 4–3. Back in CF after 2 years in the army, Willie Mays of the Giants hits a 2-run shot that beats Brooklyn.

Hitting against the Cubs Paul Minner, Cardinal rookie Wally Moon homers in his first ML AB. But Minner homers to back his own pitching, as the Cubs win 13–4. Tom Alston becomes the first black to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pittsburgh opens at home for the first time in 61 years and defeats the Phils, 4–2, before 32,294. Curt Roberts, the Bucs’ first black player, hits a triple against Robin Roberts in the first inning.

The brand new Baltimore Orioles open in Detroit and lose, 3–0. Don Larsen takes the loss against Steve Gromek. The Tigers start fast and will win 12 of their first 18 games.

Rookie Spook Jacobs, in his first ML game, gets 4 hits while Bill Renna and Gus Zernial bang homers in the A’s 6–4 victory over the Red Sox. Bobby Shantz is the winner, but leaves in the 6th because of a pulled muscle which will take several years to completely heal. He won’t pitch again this year ending the season today at 1–0. Mel Parnell goes 6 innings for the loss.

In Boston, Braves Field is renamed BU Field by its new owners, Boston University.

14th The Baltimore Orioles win their first game, tipping the Tigers, 3–2 behind pitcher Duane Pillette.

Don Newcombe, back from the army and starting his first game since his playoff with the Giants in 1951, stops the Polo Grounders on 6 hits. The Dodgers win, 6–4, and Newk has 2 RBIs in going 9 innings.

15th  The Orioles Clint Courtney hits the first HR in Memorial Stadium. Following a 90-minute parade, they draw an Opening Day record crowd of 46,354 in a 3–1 afternoon win against the White Sox. Bob Turley strikes out nine in besting Virgil Trucks. Vern Stephens and Clint Courtney homer for the O’s.

At Wrigley Field, Gus Bell hits a 3-run homer and Jim Greengrass blasts a grand slam, off Turk Lown, as the Reds roll by the Cubs, 11-5. Johnny Temple has 3 RBIs for the Reds.

Vic Raschi makes his NL debut but the host Braves knock the Cardinal vet out of the game. Harvey Haddix, in relief, takes the loss, 7–6, with Warren Spahn the winner for the Braves. Hank Aaron has his first hit as he goes 2-for-5.

17th  The wind is blowing out at Wrigley, as the Cards lose 23–13 to the Cubs in a NL record 3 hour and 43 minute game. The two teams combine for 35 hits, including five homers. Bruce Edwards walks twice in the 5th, when the Cubs score 10 runs. Cubs 3B Randy Jackson has 4 hits, including a HR that hits an apartment building on Waveland Avenue. Jim Brosnan is the winner over Gerry Staley in the highest scoring game ever between these two rivals.

Joe Coleman of the Orioles loses a 3-hitter to the Tigers 1–0. Ned Garver allows 5 hits in winning.

Nino Escalera becomes the first black to play for the Cincinnati Redlegs when he hits a pinch single in a 5–1 loss to the Braves. In the 7th, another black rookie, Chuck Harmon, follows, pinch hitting for Corky Valentine and popping out. Art Fowler relieves for the Reds and is the first major leaguer to debut 25 years after his brother’s last appearance: Jesse Fowler pitched briefly Roger Hornsby’s Cardinals. Lou Burdette is the winning pitcher today with the help of two homeruns from Johnny Logan.

18th  The White Sox acquire IF Grady Hatton from the Redlegs.

After Philley pitchers had thrown 32 scoreless innings, P Curt Simmons makes a 6th inning error to allow the Pirates to score, but the Phils win the doubleheader nightcap 7–1. Del Ennis drives in 5 runs with two homers. Robin Roberts throws the first game shutout, winning, 6-0. He’s helped by Earl Torgeson, who hits a 3-run homer.

At Milwaukee, Jim Greengrass drives in 6 runs with 2 singles, double, and a HR to help the Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, 6–4 and 5–3.

19th On Patriot’s Day in Boston, The Yankees sweep both games from the Red Sox. New York wins the morning game, 2–1, on Jim MacDonald’s one hitter. Harry Agganis has Boston’s only hit, a second inning bloop single. In the afternoon game, the Yankees top Mel Parnell, 5–0 behind Jim McDonald, as Mickey Mantle belts his first homer of the year.

Eddie Yost hits a lead off homer in the 9th to give the Senators a 4–3 win over the A’s. The win goes to reliever Camilo Pascual, who matches the ML total of his brother Carlos.

20th  Philadelphia’s Alex Kellner allows only a Wayne Terwilliger 8th-inning single in defeating Washington 7–0.

21st At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle belt back-to-back homers in the 3rd, off Leo Kiely, and Gil McDougald adds a solo blast to key the Yankees to a 5–1 win over the Red Sox.

In the first night game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Bob Turley has a no-hitter against Cleveland when, with one out in the 9th, Al Rosen singles and Larry Doby homers. Turley strikes out 14, but loses, 2–1.

23rd  At Sportsman’s Park, Henry Aaron hits the first of his 755 ML HRs, a solo shot off Vic Raschi of St. Louis. The Braves win in 14 innings 7–5 on an error by Hemus. Card rookie Wally Moon is 5-for-5.

Jackie Robinson steals 2B and 3B, then swipes home on the front end of a triple steal with Gil Hodges and Sandy Amoros in the 6th against the Pirates. The Dodgers win 6–5 in 13 innings, when Robinson doubles home Junior Gilliam.

24th  In the 3rd inning of a 6–1 Boston win, Mickey McDermott of the Senators fractures former teammate Boston P Mel Parnell’s left forearm with a pitch. A pinch runner for Parnell, a walk, and then a popped bunt is nabbed by McDermott, who starts a triple play. Parnell will be out till August 1st when he returns to beat the Senators.

At Crosley Field, Wally Post belts a 2-out home run in the 9th inning with a man on to give the Reds a 6–5 win against the Cubs. Kiner and Sauer belt back-to-back HRs for the Cubs in the 7th.

Marv Grissom and the Giants shut out the Phils, 1-0, at the Polo Grounds. Whitey Lockman’s 300-foot HR off Robin Roberts is the only score.

The White Sox spoil Vern Bickford’s AL debut chasing him after 4 innings and winning 14–4. Ferris Fain has 3 hits and 5 RBIs, and Bill Wilson hits his first ML homer. The O’s use 3 relievers including former Negro Leaguer Jay Heard, making his ML debut. Heard is the first black player for the Orioles. He’ll be heard from one more time. On September 10, African-American OF Joe Durham will make his debut as the second black Oriole.

25th  Giants pitchers Sal Maglie and Johnny Antonelli shut out the Phils in a twin bill 3–0 and 5–0. The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the Phils with all shut outs.

In a 12-inning, 7–6 loss to the Cardinals, Braves rookie Hank Aaron goes 5-for-6. Stan Musial has 4 hits and 3 runs for the Birds.

27th In a slugfest featuring back-to-back homers 3 times, the Reds edge the Pirates, 8–7. Ted Kluszewski bangs a pair of 2-run homers, both off cousin Max Surkont: he’ll make Max mad on June 25, hitting two more off him. Jim Greengrass follows Klu’s first homer with one of his own. Toby Atwell and Jerry Lynch go back-to-back in both the 6th and 8th innings for the Buccos, the only Pirates to accomplish the feat in the 20th century. Corky Valentine, with relief help from Smith, gains his first ML victory.

28th The Reds Jackie Collum allows one hit in 6 /13 innings of shutout relief in an 8–4 win over the visiting Pirates.

PCL outfielder Ted Beard completes a string of 12 straight hits (and a walk) in 13 plate appearances, equaling the PCL record set by Mickey Heath in 1930. Beard’s skein was accomplished over four games (April 24, 25, 26, 28). Beard hit .203 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in brief appearances from 1948 to 1953.

30th  Willie Mays homers in the 14th inning off Cubs lefty Warren Hacker to give Sal Maglie and the Giants a 4–2 victory.

The Cubs purchase 1B Steve Bilko from the Cardinals for $12,500, but will let the slugger go at the end of the year. Bilko will then lead the PCL in homeruns three straight years before returning to the majors.

1954 May

1st  Red Sox IF Billy Goodman’s single in the 6th spoils Virgil Trucks’s bid for another no-hitter. Trucks, now with the White Sox, wins 3–0.

In Cincinnati, the Dodgers pay respect to Ted Kluszewski but it is Johnny Temple’s RBI-single in the 11th that wins it for the Reds, 7-6. After Big Klu homers in the 8th, the Dodgers give him a bases empty walk in the 9th and another intentional walk in the 11th with 1B filled. Duke Snider has a single, double and homer for the Dodgers.

2nd  Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader with the Giants in St. Louis. In attendance is 8-year-old Nate Colbert, who will be the only other player in history to accomplish this feat. The Cards win the first game 10–6 when Musial’s three-run homer in the 8th off Jim Hearn. Stan’s first two homers are served up by Johnny Antonelli. The Cards hit 5 homers in the opener, while the Giants hit three, including back-to-back blows by Westrum and Lockman. In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Don Mueller goes 5-for-5, and the Giants win, 9–7, with 8 runs in the 4th inning. Musial totals a since-topped record 21 bases in the two games, going 4-for-4 with a walk in game 1, and 2-for-4 with a walk in game 2. Don Mueller has 6 hits for New York.

The Dodgers bench C Roy Campanella, who is hitting only .167, but the game in Milwaukee is rained out. Tomorrow, he will undergo surgery for the removal of bone chips from his left hand.

Chicago’s Connie Johnson tosses a 2-hitter at the A’s to win, 4–0, before losing to the A’s, 2–1. Elmer Valo’s pinch single in the 9th wins the nightcap for reliever Marion Fricano.

At Chicago, the Cubs and Pirates split. Chicago’s Paul Minner outguns Vern Law in the opener, 5–3, and the Pirates outhit Chicago to win the nightcap, 18–10 in 8 innings. Frank Thomas has 7 straight hits on the afternoon for Pittsburgh, before fanning. Hank Sauer hits three homers for Chicago, two in the nightcap, when he goes 4-for-4: Hammerin’ Hank will belt 13 homers this year against the Pirates—a NL record (since tied by Joe Adcock, in 1956) for HRs against one team. Bob Skinner has 3 hits to drive in 5 runs for the Bucs in game 2, as they score 15 runs in the first 4 innings. Winning pitcher Bob Friend also drives in three runs to win his first of the year, even though he gives up 10 runs in the victory. Not until Vida Blue, in 1979, will anyone allows 10 runs in a win. With homers in both games today, the Cubs set an NL mark of 13 straight games in which they’ve homered since the start of the season.

At Yankee Stadium, Detroit’s Bill Hoeft pitches a 5-inning one hitter to win 4–0. A 5th inning double by Andy Carey is the only safety for the Yanks as rain shortens to contest. The Yanks take the opener, 12–4, scoring six runs in the 3rd inning. Allie Reynolds is the winner with six innings of relief.

3rd  Sandy Consuegra gives up 3 runs on just two hits as the White Sox pound the A’s, 14–3. The Sox pitchers have given up just 5 hits in the last 3 games.

4th  The Phils and Cards set a ML record, later broken, by using 42 players in an 11-inning, 14–10 victory for Philadelphia. The Cards use 8 pitchers and the Phillies use 7. Richie Ashburn and Earl Torgeson score 7 runs between them and Del Ennis has a homer and 4 RBIs.

At Griffith Stadium, the White Sox down the Senators, 8-6, behind Billy Pierce. Pierce also singles in 2 runs following a double steal by Cass Michaels and Johnny Groth. Minnie Minoso adds a grand slam, off Mickey McDermott, for Chicago. Roy Sievers has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for the Nats.

5th  The Senators Roy Sievers draws a bases-loaded walk to beat the White Sox 1–0. Bob Porterfield, who tossed 9 shutouts last year, beats Bob Keegan.

Walks do in the Browns Bob Turley, who gives up 2 hits in losing to the Yankees, 4–2. It’s Turley’s 2nd 2-hit loss of the season; The Indians beat him on April 21.

7th At New York, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra crash back-to-back homers in the 7th to pin a 2–0 loss on the A’s Morrie Martin.

9th  Athletic C Wilmer (Billy) Shantz, brother of P Bobby Shantz, hits a grand slam, the first homer of his professional career. It comes off former A’s pitcher Harry Byrd, now with the Yanks. Shantz will hit just one more ML HR. Wilmer’s slam is all the offense as the Yankees win, 7–4. The nightcap ends 1–1 after 9 innings.

10th  At Cleveland, the Indians knock out Whitey Ford in the 1st inning as they score 8 runs, 4 on a grand slam by Dave Philley. The Yankees return the favor and knock out Bob Lemon in the 2nd inning but the Tribe hangs on for an 8-7 victory.

At Baltimore, the Orioles score 4 runs in the 9th to edge the A’s, 7-6. Bob Trice, who had won his first 4 decisions this year, loses for the 2nd day in a row. Dick Kryhoski has 3 hits and 4 RBIs to pace the O’s.

12th  The Dodgers option LF Sandy Amoros to Montreal because of weak hitting. They will recall him later in the season.

Tom Brewer of the Red Sox loses a 1–0 three-hitter to the White Sox when he walks 4 in the first. Connie Johnson wins with a 2-hitter, the 2nd Sox 2-hitter in 10 days.

The Reds Harry Perkowski faces just 27 batters in 9 innings, but loses, 2-1, to the Giants. He allows just 2 hits and a walk through 8 innings. After a walk in the 9th, PH Bobby Hofman, the 27th batter Perky faces, hits a game-ending homer.

Dodger Gil Hodges’ HR in the 5th spoils Lew Burdette’s bid for a no-hitter in the Braves 5–1 win.

Rookie CF Wally Moon of the Cards has his 2nd 5-hit game and scores 5 runs in a 13–5 rout of Pittsburgh.

In a PCL contest, Oakland’s Al Gettel and Hollywood’s Bob Hall each pitch 21 innings. Each team scores a run in the first and the Oaks score 4 more in the top of the 21st to win, 5-1.

13th  Bobby Adams of the Redlegs hits a lead-off HR against Phillies P Robin Roberts. Roberts then retires the next 27 batters to win, 8–1.

14th After 12 straight defeats at Ebbets Field, stretching over 2 years, the Cards finally top the Dodgers, 10–1, behind Vic Raschi. Homers by Musial and Alston pace the Birds attack.

At Cleveland, George Strickland’s 1st inning grand slam powers the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Senators. Bob Lemon (5-0) is the winner.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Reds’ 31-year-old rookie Art Fowler shuts out the Phils, 1-0. Fowler’s brother, Jesse, born in 1898, and 24 years older than Art, pitched in the majors in 1924.

15th With a pin in his shoulder, Ted Williams returns to action after breaking his collarbone in spring training and is hitless in two at bats against Baltimore. The O’s win, 2–1, behind Coleman.

16th  The Indians sweep the A’s 12–7 and 6–0 to take over first place. This begins a streak of 11 wins in a row.

The Orioles draw a record Memorial Stadium crowd of 46,796 for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Allie Reynolds wins the opener for New York, 2–0, on 3 hits, before Don Larsen stops the Yankees, 6–2 in the nightcap.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges powers a 6th inning grand slam and Preacher Roe (1-2) wins his first game of the year, beating the Reds, 4-2.

The Cubs connect for 17 hits, including 8 by the battery of Paul Minner and Joe Garagiola (5), as they whip the Pirates, 12-3, in the first of 2. This is one hit short of the total made by Bob Miller and Smoky Burgess total last August 9. The Cubs manage just 4 hits off Jake Thies in game 2 as the Pirates win, 5-1. It is the first ML victory for Thies.

Ted Williams is back, though grimacing with each swing, and goes 8-for-9 with 2 HRs and 7 RBI in a doubleheader against the Tigers. Williams has 3 hits in game one, a 7–6 loss. He goes 5-for-5 in the nightcap, including both HRs, but Boston loses 9–8 in 14 innings. Bill Tuttle has a pair of triples in game 1 and in game 2 Ray Boone hits a pair of homers, including a walkoff roundtripper in the 14th.

17th  At Forbes Field, Big Hank Sauer has 3 hits, including a grand slam in the Cubs’ 7-run 5th inning as Chicago tops the Pirates, 10-6. Hank adds his first stolen base of the year. Dee Fondy and Ernie Banks homer for Chicago.

19th  The Phils apologize to Granny Hamner for having him followed by Charles Leland, a detective. Phils owner Robert Carpenter, suspecting that some players were not ready physically and mentally, had hired Leland to follow them. Hamner noticed Leland and reported him to the police, who promptly arrested the detective. Carpenter’s apology comes with the Phils tied for 2nd place, a game behind St. Louis.

At Ebbets Field, the Cubs do all their scoring in the 8th inning, beating Carl Erskine and the Dodgers, 9-3. The Dodgers help with 3 errors as the Cubs collect just 3 hits in the frame, one a 3-run homer by Dee Fondy. Chicago won’t do that again till 1918 when they score 8 runs on 3 hits against the Nationals on April 12.

21st Boston rookie Frank Sullivan makes his first start and beats the Yankees at the Stadium, 6–3. Sullivan strikes out Mantle three times before Mickey clocks one over the auxiliary scoreboard into the right-CF bleachers.

At Sportsman’s Park, Jim Greengrass hits a 3-run homer in the 2nd for the Reds but Stan Musial trumps that with a grand slam in the 7th. After the Reds take a one-run lead in the 10th, Musial scores his 3rd run of the game as the Cards plate 2-runs on singles off reliever Joe Nuxhall to win, 7-6.

22nd At Yankee Stadium, Allie Reynolds tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Red Sox to win 7–0. Mantle is the offense, going 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs. Mick will knock in 10 runs in the 3-game series against the Red Sox.

In a unique Birdie Tebbetts’ shift against the Cards Stan Musial, the Redlegs enlist a “4th” OF in place of regular SS Roy McMillan. This causes a box score irregularity because left-handed Nino Escalera is officially listed as a left-handed SS. After all that, Art Fowler strikes out Musial to end the game as the Reds win 4–2.

Robert Rivich of Stockton (California League) drives in 11 runs in 5 innings to pace his team to a 16-3 win over Bakersfield.

23rd  At New York, Mantle’s three run homer in the 3rd ties the game, but Mickey strikes out for the final out of the game, and Boston wins, 10–9.

The White Sox announce that they are sending SS Grady Hatton and $100,000 to the Red Sox for perennial All-Star 3B George Kell. After changing Sox, Kell, 32, will continue to post solid numbers.

25th Cards rookie sensation Wally Moon swipes 4 bases in the Cards, 9–4, win over the Cubs. He is just the 2nd National Leaguer in the last 30 years to steal 4 bases in a game. Musial has a single, double, and triple to back Haddix’s pitching.

Warren Spahn tops the Reds, 3–1, for his 10th straight win over Cincy. It is a team record that will be broken by Spahn in 10 years. He helps his own cause with a homer, off loser Herm Wehmeier. It is the Braves 8th win in a row.

At New York, the Giants explode for 11 runs in the 8th inning to overwhelm the Pirates, 21–4. The Buccos score 3 in the top of the 8th for a NL record for the frame. Led by Lockman’s grand slam, the Giants score 5 in the 7th, then collect 8 hits in the 8th, including 2 homers. Johnny Antonelli has his 6th win and hits his first ML HR. Davey Williams has a single and HR in the 8th. Willie Mays scores 5 runs.

Billy Pierce and Virgil Trucks combine to give the White Sox a 4–2 win over the Indians, and stop Cleveland’s 11-game win streak. Bob Lemon takes the loss. Cleveland’s Al Smith steals a base off Sherman Lollar, the last base runner to swipe one this year. The Sox catcher will throw out the next 18 base runners who try.

26th  Robin Roberts of the Phils stops a personal 7-game losing streak to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field with an 8–6 win over Brooklyn.

The Senators collect three straight 2-out singles in the 9th and defeat Yankee lefty Eddie Lopat for the first time in 3 years, 2–1. The Junkman had won 12 straight over Washington.

Slugger Gus Zernial hits the last grand slam in the history of the Philadelphia Athletics franchise, as the A’s down the Red Sox 6–5.

27th At Washington, President Eisenhower presents a silver bat to Mickey Vernon for winning the batting title last year. Vernon goes hitless today but the Nats score 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees, 7–3.

28th  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants whip the Dodgers 17–6 with a 6-HR barrage. Four of the HRs come in the 8th as Davey Williams, Alvin Dark, Monte Irvin, and Billy Gardner connect off Ben Wade. Whitey Lockman, in the 1st, and Willie Mays, in the 2nd account for the other two. Brooklyn scores a run in the 6th when Giants P Marv Grissom balks home Rube Walker from 3B. Catcher Ray Katt is at fault, having called a time out when Grissom is in his windup.

It’s the managers’ day for the bicarb, as White Sox (14) and Oriole (18) pitchers combine to hand out 32 walks in a doubleheader. In the first game, the Birds send up an AL record 8 pinch hitters (the Sox use 1 for a new ML-record 9). But all is for naught as the White Sox win both, 11–6 and 14–8. Cass Michaels clubs a grand slam in the lidlifter to help reliever Jack Harshman win his first ML game.

At Boston, Joe Collins 9th inning walk—the 20th of the game—turns into the winning run in the 9th as New York beats the Red Sox, 10–9. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Jackie Jensen.

29th Before a record Milwaukee crowd of 40,001, the Cardinals beat the Braves 13–7, snapping the Braves 10-game win streak.

At Wrigley Field, Walker Cooper starts the Cubs scoring with a grand slam in the 4th off Fred Baczewski, and the Cubs down the Reds, 6-0. Howie Pollet scatters 4 hits for the win.

At Fenway, Yogi Berra has a grand slam and 6 RBIs as the Yankees pound out 17 hits in downing the Red Sox, 10-2. Mantle has 3 runs on 3 hits, including a homer. The Sox manage just 2 hits, one a homer by Ted Williams, off Harry Byrd in 6 innings. Johnny Sain adds 3 hitless innings and collects 2 hits.

30th At Boston, Mickey Mantle belts his 2nd homer in two days to tie the game at 1–1 in the 6th. But that’s all the scoring off Willard Nixon as the Red Sox win, 3–1.

Ex-outfielder Hal Jeffcoat (2–0) makes his first mound start and gains a 7–5 win over the Reds at Wrigley. He goes 8 innings and gives up 4 hits before leaving because of a blister on his finger. Cincy wins the nightcap, 6–5, in a game called after 8 innings because of darkness. They score 3 in the 8th.

Gil Hodges, given a 2nd chance when Lockman drops his foul pop, belts a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the 1st to lead the Dodgers to a 5–3 victory over the host Giants. Campanella, out of action since May 4 with a wrist injury, is 0-for-4.

Baltimore snaps its 10-game losing streak by snapping the White Sox’s 8-game win streak, 5-2. Jim Fridley and Eddie Waitkus homer to back Don Larsen’s win.

The Senators and A’s split a pair, with the Nats taking the opener, 6-0, behind the pitching of Maury McDermott, who bats 6th. He goes 0-for-4, but Wayne Terwilliger, the 9th hitter, homers in the 9th. Jim Busby scores on 3 errors: he reaches base on a E by Jim Finigan, steals 2B and Billy Shantz’s throw goes into the OF. Vic Power’s relay throw goes into the grandstand. Mickey Vernon has a homer in both games for Washington, which loses the nightcap 6-5 on Ed McGhee’s pinch double with the bases loaded in the 9th inning.

31st  In a Memorial Day nailbiter at Shibe Park, the Dodgers edge the Phillies, 5-4, in 12 innings. The Phils take a 4-3 lead in the 8th when Smoky Burgess clubs a 3-run pinch homer, but the Dodgers tie it in the 9th 4-4. In the 12th, Gil Hodges puts the Dodgers ahead, 5-4, with a homer off tired starter Bob Miller. With two outs in the 12th, two pinch hitters walk and Willie Jones cracks what looks like a homerun to deep left center but Duke Snider scales the wall at the 405-ft mark to snag the line drive. Ralph Branca later says, “He ran right up that wall. I later went out there and looked at the spike marks and they were up to my shoulders.” Duke will call it, “the greatest catch of my life.”

     The Dodgers send Joe Black, their 1952 relief ace and Rookie of the Year, to their Montreal farm club. His ERA is 11.57 in 5 appearances.

In game 1 against the A’s, the Red Sox pound out 18 hits to win, 20–10. Jim Piersall and Milt Bolling each collect 4 hits. Two of Bolling’s hits are homers, as he drives in 5. Bill Henry completes the sweep with a 9–0 shutout in game 2 as Harry Agganis drives in 4 runs with a HR and double.

The White Sox lose to Cleveland, 6-3, and fall a game in back of the AL-leading Indians.

At Wrigley, the Cubs maul the Cardinals, 14-4, behind Paul Minner (5-2). Minner clubs his second homer of the year, Hank Sauer hits 2 homers, while Ernie Banks and Bill Serena belt 2-run homers, all in the first four innings. Ralph Kiner chips in with a single, double, and triple, and Randy Jackson drives in 4 runs. Sauer now leads the majors in homers with 16. The Cubs are in 7th place in the NL, but just 4.5 games behind the leader, the Braves.

Gotta have a car. Reading and Allentown play a day-night doubleheader (one in Allentown and one in Reading). The first game in Allentown is won by Reading, 9-5, with Hank Aguirre getting the win. The second game in Reading also is won by the home team, 5-2. The father of future major leaguer Frank Tanana (Frank Tanana Sr.) hits his only homerun of the year in the game. Reading and Allentown are about 30 miles apart

1954 June

1st At Milwaukee, the Dodgers’ Russ Meyer scatters 6 hits as Brooklyn beats the Braves, 2-0, to move into a virtual tie for first place.

     The Orioles release pitcher Dave Koslo and pick up pitcher Bob Chakales from Cleveland for Vic Wertz.

In the Kitty League, Jackson beats Madisonville, 10–2, for it’s first victory after 26 straight losses. The game draws only 64 fans. After the win, the Jackson Club folds and forfeits it’s next 15 games. On July 5, Central City, KY replaces the Jackson Club.

2nd  At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks tag Early Wynn for seven runs in the 1st inning without the righty recording an out. Don Mossi relieves and starting in the 2nd inning, the Yanks are held hitless against Mossi and four more relievers. Cleveland pecks away, eventually tying the game before winning in the 10th, 8–7. Hal Newhouser, who tosses the last three hitless innings, is the winner.

The Dodgers score 5 unearned runs in the 5th good for a 7–6 rain-splashed victory over the Braves, that ends after 5 innings Moments after umpire Ballafant clears the Brooklyn bench for protesting a walk to Logan on three balls, Eddie Mathews belts a grand slam in the 4th. After being banished Dodger star Jackie Robinson accidentally flings a bat into the stands, injuring a spectator.

3rd  Henry Thompson of the Giants hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8 runs in a 13–8 win against the Cardinals. Willie Mays collects the other 5 RBI on 2 HRs as Alvin Dark scores 5 runs.

4th At Mexicali, the Eagles roll over visiting Cananea, 28–5 (Arizona-Texas League). Moises Camacho goes 7-for-7, with 3 home runs, a triple, a double, 13 RBIs, and scores 5 runs.

5th  Cleveland’s Mike Garcia allows just 2 hits but has to go 11 innings to beat the A’s, 4–1. He gives up singles to DeMaestri in the 4th, who scores, and a single to Valo in the 11th. Dave Philley clouts a HR and, in the 11th, a sac fly to dead center good for 2 runs.

Ted Williams catches pneumonia, sidelining him for 3 weeks.

6th  At New York, Clint Courtney of the Orioles makes an unassisted DP in a 7–5 win against the Yankees. New York wins the nightcap, 5–2, as Mantle belts a two-run homer against Don Larsen, who is on his way to a 3–21 season.

In St. Louis, Willie Jones hits a leadoff homer for the Phils and Bobby Morgan follows in the same inning with a grand slam. The Phils hang on for an 11-8 win as the Cards mount a 17-hit attack. Bill Sarni has 4 RBIs for the Birds on 3 hits, including a homer.

Eddie Mathews hits a 3rd-inning grand slam off the Pirates Jake Thies, but Bucs’ reliever Dick Littlefield shuts out the Braves the rest of the way for a 6-4 Pirates win. Centerfielder Dick Hall leads a balanced attack with 2 hits and 2 intentional walks. He‘ll give up the outfield for pitching next year.

7th  Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, who hit a home run earlier in the game, steals home in the 12th in a 7–5 victory over St. Louis. It’s the first steal of home by a catcher since 1922, when five catchers did it.

8th  At County Stadium, Joe Adcock hits a first-inning grand slam for the Braves, but the Giants get 5 shutout innings from reliever Windy McCall, and another 2 scoreless innings from Hoyt Wilhelm to win, 6-5. Alvin Dark gets his 4th hit in the 9th inning and scores the tying run as Monte Irvin drives in 2 runs in the frame with a double.

At Busch Stadium, Wally Moon and Stan Musial each collect 4 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 10-3 victory over Brooklyn. Musial has a homer and bases-loaded triple, the 7th of his career. The seven is the NL record for triples with the sacks filled.

9th  Cards P Harvey Haddix defeats the Dodgers 3–0, the first lefty to shut them out since 1950. The Dodgers drop into a tie with the Giants for 1st place.

In the 2nd game of two against the Phils, Cubs Joe Garagiola and Bill Serena each hit pinch homers, but it is not enough as the Phils win 14–6 for a sweep of the doubleheader.

At Cincinnati, the Reds hit 4 solo HRs, one by winning pitcher Joe Nuxhall, to top Max Surkont and the Pirates, 4–3. Greengrass hits one while Gus Bell rings twice.

10th  Fred Baczewski of the Redlegs gives up 11 hits and a walk to the Phils, but shuts them out, 6–0.

At Milwaukee, Bill Taylor knocks a pinch homerun in the 10th off Gene Conley to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the Braves. It is the first time in history that a pinch solo homer accounts for all the scoring. For Taylor, a reinstated service player, it is his first ML homer.

11th  The Tigers hit 6 HRs in a game against the Athletics, winning 16–5, to get them back to the .500 level. Both 3B Ray Boone and teammate Al Kaline hit grand slams. For Kaline, it is one of just 3 grand slams he will hit in his career. Boone adds a 2nd homer, good for 2 runs, and Kaline a triple. Frank Bolling, Wayne Belardi and pitcher Ray Herbert also hit four-baggers.

The Reds hit 5 homers, including three in the 7th, en route to a 10-8 victory over the visiting Dodgers. One of the homers in the 7th is hit by pitcher Harry Perkowski, the only homer of his ML career. Brooklyn hits 2 homers in the top of the 7th and the 5 homeruns in the inning ties a ML mark.

At Wrigley, the Giants get a 9th inning homer by Ray Katt, his first in the majors, to tie the Cubs at 4 apiece. But Eddie Miksis hits the first pitch in the 10th for a catwalk HR in left to give the Cubs and Jim Davis the 5-4 win. The loser is Davis’s uncle Marv Grissom. The two teams combine for 9 errors.

12th  Jim Wilson, 32, no-hits the Phillies 2–0 before 28,218 in Milwaukee. Robin Roberts takes the loss, his first after 9 straight wins over the Braves. It is Wilson’s first start after pitching just 82⁄3 innings of relief, giving up 7 runs. Ironically, the Braves asked waivers on Wilson 2 weeks earlier, with no takers.

Behind Bob Feller, the Indians beat the Red Sox 4–3 to take undisputed possession of first place. Feller records his 2,500th strikeout in the game. The Tribe proceeds to win their next 9 games.

The Washington Senators purchase OF Jim Lemon from the Indians.

The Reds sell P Herm Wehmeier (0-3) to the Phillies. The righty, 1-6 last year, will regain his form in Philley.

13th  Cardinals LF Rip Repulski has 2 hits in each game of a doubleheader sweep against Pittsburgh, to start a string of 10 straight games in which he collects 2 or more hits. Haddix wins the opener, 5–0, for his 8th win in a row. Musial’s 21st HR of the year makes a winner out of reliever Miller, 5–3, in the nightcap.

14th Nine Cleveland batters tally 2 or more hits as Cleveland beats the Red Sox.

15th  The Giants take over undisputed possession of first place for the first and last time, when Hank Thompson hits a 3-run HR with 2 out in the 9th to beat the Redlegs, 5–3. Brooklyn drops the 2nd.

With exactly half the season remaining, former Cardinals CF Terry Moore replaces Phillies manager Steve O’Neill.

The White Sox sign bonus baby Ron Jackson, 20-years-old and 6’7″, out of Western Michigan University. He’ll hit .280 for the Sox this year.

16th  1B Ferris Fain of the White Sox hits an inside-the-park grand slam in an 11–6 victory over the A’s. Chico Carrasquel has 4 RBIs for the Sox. Bill Renna has a homer and double for the A’s.

At Omaha, the University of Missouri beats tiny Rollins College, 4-1, to win the College World Series. Mizzou had beaten MSU, 4-3, scoring a run in the bottom of the 9th to get to the championship game. MSU catcher Tom Yewcic is named Most Outstanding player, though his teammate Earl Morrall will have the outstanding career: the shortstop will play in the Rose Bowl, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, in addition to the CWS. He is the only one to accomplish that (as noted by Jim Moyes).

17th Yankee rookie Bob Grim relieves in the 5th inning and holds the White Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings. He also belts his first ML HR and a single to drive in 3 runs in the 7–6 win. Phil Cavarretta’s pinch HR in the 9th and a double by Sawatski brings in Johnny Sain to preserve the win. The Yankees are now tied for 2nd place with Chicago.

Let’s end this thing. Starting pitcher Robin Roberts scores the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Phils a 3–2 win over the Cards. The loss goes to Joe Presko who takes over after Gerry Staley goes 12 innings.

19th Capped by a pinch homer by Hoot Evers, the Giants score 4 runs in the 9th off Cards reliever Miller. Cards pitcher Tom Poholsky, who is hit on the pitching hand by a liner in the 3rd, is forced to give way to Miller after 8 innings. Poholsky will be diagnosed with a broken finger and will not win a game till August 11.

20th  Bobby Hofman, Wes Westrum, and Dusty Rhodes hit consecutive HRs in the 6th inning, as the Giants defeat St. Louis, 7–6, to stay a half game ahead of the Dodgers. The clouts by Hofman and Rhodes are pinch homers. For the 2nd day in a row, Repulski belts a triple and homer for the Birds: yesterday’s was inside-the-park. The Cards strand 17 runners, one short of the ML record.

Chicago, the Yankees use a 20-hit attack to win game 1, 16-6. Rizzuto has 4 hits and Mantle scores 4 runs, one on a homer. The Sox score 6 in the 4th and the Yankees match it in the 9th. Chicago wins the 8-inning second game, 7-3, behind Bob Keegan (10-2). The 2nd-place Sox maintain a one-game lead over the Yankees.

22nd At Ebbets Field, Bud Podbielan pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds roll by the Dodgers, 13–1.

23rd  Harvey Haddix of the Cardinals yields a run to the Pirates after 37 scoreless innings, winning 7–1. It is his 10th straight win. Repulski has 3 hits including a HR.

The White Sox top the Senators 8–6. Harmon Killebrew makes his 1st ML appearance, pinch running in the 2nd inning for Clyde Vollmer, who is hit by a pitch.

Dodger lefty Johnny Podres undergoes an appendectomy after being knocked out in 3 straight starts.

25th  The Dodgers hold the Cardinals’ hottest hitter, Rip Repulski, to a solitary single, snapping his dual hit streak at 10 games. He will hit in 5 more consecutive games before going hitless. Over the 10 games, Repulski, in 44 ABs, had 22 hits, half for extra bases.

26th At the Polo Grounds, Wes Westrum belts a 4th inning grand slam, off Chicago’s Johnny Klippstein, to pace the first-place Giants to a 6-4 win. Johnny Antonelli (10-2) is the winner. Hank Sauer hits his 23rd homer, one behind the NL leader Mays.

In a shootout in Cleveland, the Yankees score 2 in the 9th to beat the Indians, 11-9. Gene Woodling scores 4 runs and Andy Carey scores 3 on 3 hits for New York. Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle homer for the Yanks. Bobby Avila, with 2 homers and Jim Hegan with one, each have 3 runs for the Tribe.

27th In a doubleheader split with the Red Sox, White Sox 1B Ferris Fain injures his knee in a collision at home plate and is lost for the season. Rookie Jim Brewer stops Chicago, 2–1, in the opener, and the Pale Hose use 5 Bosox errors for a 9–1 win in game 2. Virgil Trucks pitches the complete game.

29th At Pittsburgh, Herm Wehmeier, who beat the Pirates 10 straight as a Reds pitcher, continues his mastery in a Phils uniform, stopping the Bucs, 4–0.

30th  Tom Morgan of the Yankees hits 3 Red Sox—Billy Goodman (hand), Milt Bolling (back), and Ted Lepcio (hand) in the 3rd inning of a 6–1 loss. Mickey Mantle’s opposite field HR against Willard Nixon is the only Yankee tally. Nixon beat the Yanks a month ago, giving up just a solo homer to Mantle.

1954 July

1st  Joe Cunningham of the Cards hits 2 HRs, both off Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn, giving him 3 for his first 2 days in the ML, a record unequaled since. In his first seven at bats, he has 9 RBI. Cardinal ace Harvey Haddix (13–4) stops a Joe Adcock liner with his knee; Haddix never fully recovers during the season from this injury. The win goes to Gerry Staley with 5+ innings of relief. Stan Musial chips in with two HRs, his 25th and 26th.

The first-place Giants beat the Dodgers, 5–2, to complete a 3-game sweep and move 4 games ahead of the Brooks. Dusty Rhodes, who won the opening game of the series with a pinch hit, drives in 2 today with a pinch single in the 8th. The Dodgers had tied in the 7th on back-to-back HRs by Campanella and Furillo.

Yankee infielder Bobby Brown retires at age 29 to pursue his medical degree. Brown will later be president of the AL.

2nd Robin Roberts makes his first relief appearance of the year to nail down a 7–6 Phils win over the Dodgers. Roberts gives up a triple to Snider but gets Gilliam to pop out and fans Hoak. Curt Simmons starts but is knocked out after giving up a homer to Cox and a triple to Don Zimmer in his first ML at bat. Del Ennis hits a 3-run HR off starter Clem Labine in the 8th for the win.

3rd With Doby hitting a homer in each game to lead the offense, Bob Feller and Early Wynn hurl the Indians to a sweep of the White Sox, 3–2 and 5–4. The Sox pennant hopes receive a jolt when 3B George Kell wrenches his knee and will be for out for 5 weeks.

At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle’s opposite field three-run homer is the game-winner as the Yankees beat Bob Porterfield and the Senators, 3–2. Mantle has a 12-game hitting streak and is hitting .320.

4th  In a near no-hitter, Indians Mike Garcia, Ray Narleski, and Early Wynn, in a rare relief role, shut down the White Sox 2–1, only allowing Minnie Minoso’s 9th-inning single. Minnie’s single off Wynn comes with 2 outs in the 9th, and he is then caught stealing. Red hot Larry Doby drives in both runs.

The Red Sox, behind lefty Leo Kielty, down the A’s, 8-0. The A’s have no putouts in the game.

The Yankees purchase 35-year-old reliever Marlin Stuart from the Orioles.

5th  Indians reserve 1B Billy Glynn hits 3 HRs, including a grand slam, in a row and drives in 8 runs in a 13–6 win over Detroit. In his 4th at bat, with the bases loaded, Glynn hits a sac fly to deep CF. He had 1 homer and 3 RBIs in his first 81 ABs. Boone and Belardi hit back to back HRs for Detroit. Detroit takes the nightcap, 1–0, in 11 innings with George Zuverink allowing 3 hits and going all the way for the victory. Don Mossi goes the distance in the loss, allowing just 3 hits until Harvey Kuenn ends it with a one-out HR.

In the opener at Griffith Stadium, the Red Sox trounce the Senators, 14-0 behind Russ Nixon. Ted Lepcio has a single, triple and grand slam good for 5 RBIs. Jackie Jensen also has 5 RBIs on 3 hits, including a homer. Ted Williams is 2-for-2, both doubles, and three walks. In the nightcap, Lepcio’s homer, off Chuck Stobbs, is the Sox lone score as the Senators win, 7-1. Roy Sievers has a grand slam for the Nats.

After splitting their last 13 doubleheaders, the Yankees sweep the A’s, winning 7–4 and 11–2. The Yanks collect 29 hits, 12 for extra bases. In the opener, Joe Collins and Mickey Mantle hit back-to back homers off Arnie Portocarrero, as Joe Collins has 4 hits, including 2 doubles. Irv Noren has a pair of HRs and 5 RBIs in the nightcap.

Right fielder Stan Musial outpolls all other NL players in the All-Star balloting.

6th Before any batters are retired, the Indians score 8 runs, a ML record, against the Orioles. They’ll tally 3 more in the inning and win, 11–3. Bill Glynn has a lead-off homer and single and Larry Doby a pair of hits in the frame. Early Wynn allows no hits through 7 innings before tiring, but earns his 10th win.

The Phillies pound out 17 hits but manage to score just 3 runs as they beat the visiting Pirates, 3-0, behind Curt Simmons. They leave 13 runners on base. Not till 2013, when they score 3 runs on 16 hits, will they approach this team record.

7th At New York, the Yankees outslug the Red Sox, 17–9. Mantle has three hits, including his 12th homer, off Tom Brewer.

8th  Behind Willie Mays’ 29th and 30th HRs, good for 5 RBIs, the Giants win, 11–2, complete a 3-game sweep of the Dodgers in Ebbets Field to up their lead in the NL to 61⁄2 games. Preston Gomez allows 2 unearned runs.

9th  In St. Louis, Gene Baker has 4 hits, including a double and homer, and drives in 4 runs to lead the Cubs to a 6-4 win over the Cards in 11 innings. Jim Davis gets the win in relief. Red Schoendienst has a pair of hits to run his hitting streak to 28 games.

10th  Bob Rush of the Cubs stops Cardinal 2B Red Schoendienst’s hitting streak at 28 games, the longest batting streak in 1954. But the Cards win, 2–1, scoring 2 in the 9th.

At the Polo Grounds, Alvin Dark hits a grand slam in the Giants’ 7-run 3rd inning, but that is all their scoring as they lose to the Pirates, 10-7. Rookie George O’Donnell pitches 5 scoreless innings of relief for the win, and completes the Pittsburgh scoring with a 2-run homer in the 6th. It is O’Donnell’s only ML homer and RBIs. Hoyt Wilhelm (8-3), the third of seven Giant pitchers, takes the loss, while former football All-American and now bonus baby Paul Giel makes his ML debut by striking out the side in the 9th. His third strikeout is another football All-American Vic Janowicz. He is the first to debut with a 3 K inning since 1918.

11th  In the opener of a doubleheader, Giants OF Don Mueller hits for the cycle, getting his hits off 4 different pitchers in a 13–7 rout of the Pirates. His last hit, off Paul LaPalme, is his first homer of the year. Five other HRs are added, 3 in the 3rd as Monte Irvin, Whitey Lockman, and Alvin Dark connect. The two teams combine for 9 homers with Bob Skinner leading the Buc shots with a homer and triple good for 5 RBIs. Nine players hit the homers, tying an NL mark. The Bucs win the second game, 4-1, as Dick Littlefield allows no earned runs in 9 innings.

The Red Sox whip the lowly Athletics, 18–0, for one of the worst shutouts in AL history. Frank Sullivan, the victor over Bob Trice, is the beneficiary of the 22-hit attack. Jackie Jensen and Grady Hatton each drive home 4 runs and Ted Williams adds a 3-run homer and scores 4 times. In the nightcap, the Sox lighten up to win, 11–1. Not a good day as A’s slugger Gus Zernial breaks his collarbone diving for a ball and is out of the lineup until late August.

Despite Jim Command collecting his first ML hit—a grand slam off Carl Erskine—the Phils drop the opener to the Dodgers, 8–7. It is Command’s only ML HR. Brooklyn counters with 2 homers by Gil Hodges and one by Carl Furillo. Herm Wehmeier, with help from Robin Roberts, wins the nightcap, 3–1.

12th In Cleveland, representatives of all 16 teams meet to form the Major League Baseball Players Association. The Association hires Norman Lewis to negotiate with the owners and to seek increases in the pension plan.

The Giants release former ace Larry Jansen, who won 120 games for New York. He’ll win a pair for the Reds in 1956.

13th  In the All-Star Game, the AL breaks the NL’s 4-game winning streak with an 11–9 win. Larry Doby’s pinch HR in the 8th, followed by Nellie Fox’s 2-run single, ends the highest scoring All-Star Game in history. The 2 teams combine for 31 hits, with the AL amassing 17. The Indians Al Rosen has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs; a homer by Ray Boone follows his 3rd inning homer. Cincy stars Ted Kluszewski and Gus Bell also hit homers for the NL. Dean Stone is the winner, despite throwing just 2 pitches and retiring no batters. He relieves Bob Keegan in the 8th, with Red Schoendienst on third and Alvin Dark on first. With a one-and-one count on Snider, Schoendienst tries to steal home and Dean’s throw is in time to get Red. Schoendienst argues it’s a balk. The AL scores 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and Virgil Trucks throws a scoreless 9th to make Stone a cold winner. Gene Conley is the loser.

14th  In Milwaukee, the Dodgers beat Lew Burdette and the Braves, 2-1, but it takes them 12 innings to do it. Jim Hughes pitches 4 hitless innings for the win. Duke Snider drives in both runs with sac flies, but he fails to reach base, ending his consecutive game streak of reaching base at 58. The only players with longer streaks are Ted Williams (twice) and Joe DiMaggio in the 20th century and Bill Joyce, Fielder Jones and George Van Haltran in the 19th. Orlando Cabrera, in 2006, will reach base in 63 straight games, and Barry Bonds will tie Duke in 2003.

15th  At Crosley Field, Phillie CF Richie Ashburn walks 5 times in a 2–1 loss to the Redlegs.

A day after the temperature in St. Louis hit a city record 115 degrees, the Cardinals lose, 4-0, to the visiting Giants. Wes Westrum has 3 RBI and hits a 2-run homer off losing pitcher Harvey Haddix. Don Liddle tosses the shutout.

16th Gus Bell drives in 6 runs to give the Reds a 9–6 win over the Phils.

17th For the first time in ML history, a majority of a team’s starting lineup are black players. Against Milwaukee, the Dodgers start Don Newcombe with Campanella catching, Junior Gilliam at 2B, Jackie Robinson at 3B, and Cuban-born Sandy Amoros in the OF. The Braves win, 6–1.

18th  In St. Louis, Phils rookie Bob Greenwood has a 8–1 lead over the Cardinals going into the 5th inning in a game stopped several times because of rain. St. Louis manager Eddie Stanky then starts stalling, twice changing pitchers. With the rules prohibiting turning on lights in the middle of a game, umpire Babe Pinelli reacts to Stanky’s call for a 3rd pitcher by calling a forfeit. Greenwood loses his first ML win and will not notch his first victory—his only one—till July 31. The NL awards a forfeit victory over the Cards to the Phils for a stall that follows a brawl featuring Phils manager Terry Moore and 1B Earl Torgeson, and Cards C Sal Yvars. The Cardinals are under the impression that local ordinances prevent lights being turned on to continue a game. Down 8–1 in the 5th inning of game 2, St. Louis begins stalling. Ump Babe Pinelli calls the forfeit. Cards manager Stanky gets slapped with a five-day suspension and a fine, while Yvars and Torgeson each get a two days suspension. Game 1 is a 10 inning Phillies victory, 11–10.

After winning 13 in a row, the Yankees lose the 2nd game of a doubleheader to Detroit 8–6. They now trail Cleveland by a 1⁄2 game. After winning the opener, 6–0, behind Byrd, the Yankees were in first place.

In his first ML start after 5 relief appearances, Red Sox hurler Russ Kemmerer fires a one-hitter at the visiting Orioles to win 4-0. The only hit is Sam Mele’s drive in the 7th that just misses being a HR. The Birds bounce back in the nightcap to win, 4–1, behind Duane Pillette.

At Wrigley Field, Walker Cooper hits a grand slam for the Cubs, and Ernie Banks adds a homer, but the Dodgers win, 12-6. Campanella, Furillo and Snider belts homers for Da Bums.

At Washington, the Indians lose the opener to the Senators, 8–3, to drop out of first place. But they win the nightcap, 7–4, to regain the AL lead. In game 1, Eddie Yost raps a double, triple, and homer.

19th The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 9–7, on Mickey Owen’s 9th inning walkoff grand slam, his only homer of the year. Owens entered the game in the 8th inning as a pinch runner. The Sox score 6 runs in the 9th, two on Piersall’s double, to come back. In the second game, Piersall has another 4 RBIs and Ted Williams adds a homer to go with his first-game shot. Frank Bolling homers and Jackie Jensen adds two, all 3 off Don Larsen (2-11).

Hobie Landrith’s 12th inning homer off Al Corwin at Crosley Field gives the Reds a dramatic 1–0 win over the New York Giants. Harry Perkowski goes all the way for Cincinnati, allowing just 3 hits. Landrith will have 5 extra base hits this year, all homers.

20th It’s the Giants turn today as they trip the Reds, 2–1, in 13 innings, pushing their lead over the Dodgers to 7 games. Two errors let in the winning run. Johnny Antonelli goes all the way for New York. The Giants use 5 players at second base, a record and the Reds use two for a two-team mark.

It’s like kissing your sister, as the Red Sox and Indians play a 17-inning 5–5 tie at Fenway. Don Mossi pitches the last 7 shutout innings for the Tribe and he’s matched by Sid Hudson and Ellis Kinder. Bobby Avila has 2 homers for Cleveland, both off starter Russ Nixon.

Alex Kellner records one out but the Tigers score 9 runs in the 1st inning and whip the A’s, 12-0. Harvey Kuenn has a double and grand slam in the inning. Steve Gromek goes 9 innings for the win and is almost matched by Ted Gray, who pitches 8 2/3 innings of relief.

21st Coming in to relieve in the 1st, Oriole pitcher, Don Larsen has 2 triples and a single off Camilo Pascual, but still loses to Washington, 6–5. An error by Jim Bridewiser in the 9th allows an unearned run to score.

22nd  In today’s doubleheader with the White Sox, Stengel switches players in an effort to get more power in the Yankee lineup as they chase the first-place Indians. After 4 pinch hitters, Phil Rizzuto plays 2B and Mickey Mantle comes in to play SS. Mantle ties the opener 3–3 in the 8th, then solos in the 10th with his 20th homer. The Yankees easily win the nightcap, 11–1, behind Harry Byrd’s 5-hitter. Chicago falls 6 1/2 games in back of the Indians, who sweep 2 from Boston, while New York is just a half game back of the Tribe.

The Yankee sign free agent Ralph Branca. He’ll appear in 5 games this year.

24th  After Casey Stengel pulls Phil Rizzuto in the 8th for a pinch hitter, he brings in Mickey Mantle again at SS. Mantle plays short with Willie Miranda at 2B against lefthanded hitters. Against righties, Miranda and Mantle switch positions. But Cleveland wins 5–4 on Larry Doby’s 2-run homer in the 10th, his 3rd homer in 2 days at Yankee Stadium. Sam Dente fills in at SS for George Strickland, sidelined with a broken jaw. The Tribe go 21⁄2 games up on New York.

In St. Louis, Wally Moon connects for a grand slam for the Cardinals, but the Dodgers plate 2 runs in the 9th inning to win, 7-6.

25th  White Sox P Jack Harshman sets a team record by striking out 16 in a 5–2 win over Boston. The Pale Hose sweep by taking the nightcap, 4–2.

26th  Brooklyn defeats Giant stalwart Sal Maglie in Ebbets Field, roughing him up for 6 runs on 11 hits. Since coming into the NL in 1945, the “Barber” had recorded 10 straight victories in the Brooklyn ball park.

28th  Giants OF Dusty Rhodes hits 3 consecutive HRs at the Polo Grounds to back Johnny Antonelli’s 10–0 whipping of St. Louis. It is Antonelli’s 10th consecutive win. Willie Mays smacks his 36th HR, a 447 foot clout to LF.

29th  After George Zuverink tames the A’s, 4-2, Detroit completes the sweep with a 7-3 win in game 2. Harvey Kuenn has 2 runs on 4 hits and Bob Nieman connects for a grand slam.

30th  Against Allie Reynolds, 3B Bob Kennedy hits the first grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles, as they blast the Yankees, 10–0, behind Don Larsen. The loss is the Chief’s first after 10 wins. The Orioles surpass the top season attendance the Browns had in their 52 years, as they draw 27,385 for the game, giving them 7,000 more than the 712,918 St. Louis drew in 1922.

31st  Using a borrowed bat, Dodger killer Joe Adcock hits 4 HRs, off 4 different pitchers, and a double for 18 total bases in the Braves’ 15–7 victory at Ebbets Field. The 18 total bases is a ML mark (topped by Shawn Green in 2002) and, combined with the 7 total bases from the day before, gives him a 2-day tally of 25. The 2-game total ties him with Ty Cobb. Adcock scores 5 runs. Joining in on the fun is Eddie Mathews who adds two homers which, for those keeping score, is a HR record for an infield. Another ML mark is set for extra bases on long hits (40), with the Braves contributing 27.

1954 August

1st  Dodgers Clem Labine beans Joe Adcock in the 4th. His helmet apparently saves him from a serious injury, but he is taken out of the game as a precautionary measure. He will appear in the starting lineup tomorrow. Gene Conley reciprocates by knocking down Jackie Robinson in the 6th and Robinson ends up scrapping with Eddie Mathews. The Braves win 14-6, their 10th win in a row, as Conley runs his record to 10-5. The Braves set a ML mark for extra bases on long hits in 2 consecutive games (44).

2nd Johnny Antonelli (16-2) wins his 11th straight, beating the Reds 9–4 in the first game of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds.

The 55-game hitting streak of Waco (Big State) OF Roman Mejias ends. He batted .435 during the streak (97 for 223) and will the end the year at .354. The streak, the 3rd longest ever in the minors, will earn him a promotion to the Pirates.

3rd  The Dodgers bench Roy Campanella again for his ailing left hand. He plays only sparingly for the rest of the season.

At Forbes Field, Reds manager Birdie Tebbetts starts lefty Bud Podbielan, but Fred Haney counters with an all-lefty Pirate lineup. Birdie then lifts Podbielan after one batter and brings in righty Joe Nuxhall. The ploy works and the Reds, 7–2.

Bubba Church, pitching for Los Angeles (PCL) throws a no-hitter against Portland, winning 3–0.

4th At Comiskey, veteran Phil Cavarretta slugs a 1st inning grand slam and the White Sox take a 5-0 lead over Boston into the 8th. But Billy Pierce tires and the Red Sox score 3 in the 8th on a Ted Williams homer and 2 in the 9th to tie. Matt Batts settles affairs with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th for a 6-5 win. Chicago is in 3rd place, 6 games in back of Cleveland.

5th In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 49,483 in Cleveland, New York beats the front runners, 5–2 behind Bob Grim. Mantle starts the scoring with a 4th inning solo shot off Early Wynn, then follows an 8th inning homer by Joe Collins by connecting on the next pitch with his 23rd homer of the year. Both are served up by Ray Narleski. Larry Doby’s 2-run homer off Johnny Sain in the 8th is his 24th HR of the year, putting him back in the AL lead. New York trails the Indians by 1 1/2 games.

At Brooklyn, Stan Musial smashes 2 homers and a sac fly to drive in 7 runs and pace the Cards to a 13–4 rout of the 2nd place Dodgers. The Man’s first HR, with 2 on, is off Preacher Roe, who takes his first loss to the Cards at Ebbets in 4 years. Musial now has 101 RBIs, the highest in the ML.

6th The Reds knock Antonelli out of the box in the 4th and hand the ace his first loss after 11 straight wins. The Giants lose, 6–5.

In Baltimore, Ted Williams slugs a 2-run homer in the 10th as the Red Sox prevail, 3-1, over the Orioles.

At Briggs Stadium, Gil McDougald hits an 8th inning grand slam and the Yankees win over the Tigers, 4-2.

8th  The Dodgers score an NL record 13 runs in the 8th ( a record for the 8th: the Reds add one run to tie the 2-team mark set earlier in the year) off Cincinnati in Ebbets Field to win 20–7. Twelve of the runs are unearned and an NL-record 12 are tallied with two outs and no one on. The rally starts when reliever Howie Judson intestinally walks Campanella with the bases empty (was this payback for a bases-empty intentional walk the Dodgers gave to Klu back on May 1?). Gil Hodges gets a triple and a HR in 3 at bats in the inning, while Clem Labine, who has a career .100 BA, walks twice. Jackie Robinson drives in 3 runs with a single as Snider scores from 1B. Campanella, Gilliam, and Don Hoak, with a grand slam, all homer for Brooklyn in the game to pin the loss on Karl Drews.

The Yankees spot the host Tigers a four-run lead, tie it up, then watch as Detroit wins it 10–8 in 10 innings. Mantle has one homer, off Billy Hoeft, and just misses on a titanic opposite field drive that curves foul before leaving the stadium.

10th Boston’s Mel Parnell, who fractured his arm in April, posts his first win of the year, beating the Senators, 4–0.

Bob Grim becomes the first Yankee rookie to win 15 games since Borowy in 1942, hurling a 5–2 win over the A’s. The Bombers pull to 3 games in back of the Indians.

12th  At Boston, Chuck Stobbs beats his former team for the 5th straight time, winning 9–5. Mickey Vernon has 4 hits. But ex-Red Sox Maury McDermott then loses, 5–0, to Frank Sullivan. Eddie Yost of the Senators draws his 100th walk for the 5th year in a row.

13th  In a brilliant pitcher’s duel, Chicago’s Jack Harshman and Detroit’s Al Aber go head to head for 16 innings before the Sox win it on a one-out run scoring triple by Minnie Minoso. Nellie Fox scores from 1st. Harshman strikes out 12 and has now pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings. Wayne Belardi, who enters in the 13th inning, bats out of turn in the 15th and bats in his regular turn in the next inning successfully bunting.

The A’s break their 8-game losing streak by edging the Senators, 3-2, on Jim Finigan’s steal of home in the 8th.

14th  Dodgers slugger Duke Snider fans twice in the 6th inning of a game against the Giants, as the Dodgers score 4 in the 6th on Carl Furillo’s grand slam to come back and win, 6–5.

After a two-inning Old-Timer’s game, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3–1. The win goes to Ralph Branca, his first and only decision in a Yankee uniform. The Old-Timers match features 18 Hall of Famers, and is won by the AL on Joe DiMaggio’s 3-run homer off Carl Hubbell. Mel Ott has a homer for the NL, which is helped by Ted Williams who goes 1-for-1.

A story issued by the Associated Negro Press and printed in today’s Philadelphia Independent says: “Abe Saperstein of the fabulous Harlem Globetrotters stated this week in a press interview that baseball magnate Bill Veeck had intended to use a baseball trick back in 1942 which would have upset the thinking in the major league, had it materialized. ‘I’ll tell you one thing about Veeck,’ said Saperstein, ‘something that few people know. In 1942 the Phillies were for sale and Veeck attempted to buy them. But Bill Cox raised more money and got the club. Do you know what Veeck planned to do? He was going to take the Phils to spring training in Florida and then—on the day the season opened—dispose of the entire team. Meanwhile, with a team composed entirely of Negroes, who would have trained separately, he could have opened the National League season. I don’t think there was a team in either league, back in 1943, that could have stopped the team he was going to assemble.’”

15th Gene Conley wins his 9th straight game beating the Cubs 2–1 in Milwaukee. The Braves are now 3 1/2 games out of 1st, the closest they will get this year.

At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle takes Boston’s Hal Brown downtown, hitting his 11th homer against the Red Sox this year, to pace New York to a 14–9 win. Harry Agganis hits his first ML grand slam for Boston.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Reds unload successive home runs by Gus Bell, Ted Kluszewski, and Jim Greengrass, all of Cot Deal. But it’s a case of too little, too late, as the Cardinals win, 14–12.

16th  In a throwing contest between Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays before a Red Sox-Giants charity game in Boston, Piersall hurts his arm. He starts the game but leaves midway. He wakes up the following morning with a sore arm that stays with him a year, and he will never throw quite as well again.

17th  At Philadelphia, the Yankees break open with 6 runs in the 9th inning to beat the A’s, 11-1. Bill Skowron has a grand slam in the frame as Harry Byrd records the win over his old mates.

The Cubs sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 5-0 and 6-1 behind Howie Pollet and Paul Minner. Ralph Kiner and Hank Sauer hit homers in game 1 while Clyde McCullough belts a grand slam in game 2.

20th  The Cards execute 6 DPs against the Redlegs to tie the NL record, but the Redlegs win 3–2. Alex Grammas participates in 5 of the DPs.

Giants lefty Don Liddle shuts out the Pirates to win, 4–0, with all the New York scoring coming on Don Mueller’s grand slam in the 5th inning. Willie Mays hits safely in his 21st straight game, but he’ll go hitless tomorrow.

21st The rampaging Indians top the Orioles, 4–1, to move to 4 1/2 games in back of the Yankees. Larry Doby paces the Tribe with a bases-loaded triple and has now driven in 100 runs. Pitcher Bob Lemon helps the cause by starting a triple play in the 4th inning after catching a line drive off the bat of Jim Fridley.

At Boston, Footsie Lenhardt’s 2-out single in the 12th gives the Bosox a 10–9 win over the Yankees. The loss drops the Bombers 4 1/2 games in back of Cleveland. Gene Woodling of the Yanks crashes into the wall, breaking a thumb and is lost for the season. Behind Williams 4 ribbies, the Sox will win tomorrow to sweep the 3 game series.

22nd  Rookie Spook Jacobs of the A’s steals 4 bases in a 3–2 triumph over the Senators.

The Yankees pick up relief pitcher Jim Konstanty from the Phillies for cash. The former MVP will be a valuable contributor in 1955.

“Hank Sauer Day” is celebrated at Wrigley Field as the popular slugger receives a hunting dog and a sports car. The game is delayed several minutes when RF bleacher fans shower Hank with packages of chewing tobacco. Hank’s a winner, but the Cubs lose to the Braves, 12–6.

24th  Robin Roberts is lifted in the 7th as the Braves finally knock out the Phillies ace, winning 5–1. Roberts had pitched 13 straight complete games against the Braves over 3 years, with a 12–1 record. His only loss came when Jim Wilson threw his June 12, 1954 no-hitter.

25th  The Dodgers hit 9 HRs in a 2-day sweep of the host Redlegs, winning 12–4 yesterday and 13–2 today. They have hit 38 in 18 games with Cincy. Gil Hodges of the Dodgers has 2 homers today, as does Rube Walker, to knock in 100 runs for the 6th consecutive season. Furillo, with a homer, drives in 5 runs, and Walker 4. Billy Loes wins his 8th straight as the Dodgers move to 3 1/2 games behind New York.

27th  In an 11–0 White Sox win, Chicago 3B Cass Michaels has his skull fractured by a pitch from A’s Marion Fricano. Michaels is sidelined the rest of the year, and the injury will effectively end his 12-year ML career.

The Reds pull off a triple play in the 6th to stop a Pirate threat, and Ted Kluszewski hits a HR in the 9th for the game winner, as the Reds win, 3–2. Kluszewski’s homer comes off Max Surkont, the 6th time this year that Klu has left the park against him: this ties the ML record set by George Kelly, off Vic Aldridge, in 1923 and tied by Ted Williams, off Johnny Rigney, in 1941. No one else this century will match the mark. Big Klu starts a streak of 17 straight games in which he scores a run. Jack Shepard’s 2nd ML homer in two games accounts for the Bucs scoring.

In the championship game of the Little League WS, Schenectady, NY, defeats Colton, CA, 7–5. Future NL Rookie of the Year, Cub 2B Ken Hubbs leads Colton, while future major leaguers Jim Barbieri and Billy Connors starred for the New Yorkers. This team later becomes the subject of a best-selling book by Martin Ralbovsky, Destiny’s Darlings.

28th  At Fenway, the Red Sox edge the Orioles, 3-2, when Sam Mele drives in a 11th inning run with his 3rd hit of the game. Mele homered in the 1st inning off Don Larsen. For the third time in a month Ted Williams is walked 4 times in a game. Williams will lead the AL with 136 walks, all in 117 games. It is the 5th time that Williams will receive more walks than games played. Of the 7 players to accomplish that feat so far, only Babe Ruth and Williams have done it multiple times.

At Yankee Stadium, Allie Reynolds pitches 3 scoreless innings in relief of Harry Byrd (9-7) as the Yankees trip the Tigers, 4-2. Al Aber takes the loss and is the last pitcher this century to throw a complete game and not record a strikeout or walk. With Cleveland beating Washington, the Yankees stay 3.5 games in back.

29th  Giants Dusty Rhodes ties a record with 6 extra base hits—2 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 HRs—in a doubleheader, as the Giants split with the Cardinals, winning 5–4 in 11 innings, and losing 7–4. Rhodes hits his triples in two at-bats in the opener. The split leaves the Giants just 1 1/2 games ahead of Brooklyn.

Tiger catcher Red Wilson has a double and two homers, one a grand slam, as he drives in 6 runs in a 14-3 win over the A’s. The Tigers score 9 runs in the 3rd inning to make it easy for Steve Gromek (15-14). A Wilson homers in game 2—Bill Wilson for the A’s—as Detroit sweeps with a 2-1 win. Billy Hoeft is the winning pitcher.

Orioles bespectacled C Clint Courtney goes 5-for-5, as Baltimore defeats the Senators 5–0.

A disappointed crowd of 45,922 at Milwaukee’s County Stadium sees the Dodgers take 2 from the Braves, 12–4 and 11–4. In game one, the Dodgers break a tie with a ML record 8 runs in the 11th. The Braves establish a new NL attendance mark of 1,841,666 on their way to a season total of 2,131,388.

30th  In beating St. Louis 4–1 on 4 hits, Johnny Antonelli becomes the first lefty to win 20 games for the Giants since Carl Hubbell and Cliff Melton in 1937.

Hank Majeski hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 7th off Ellis Kinder and the Indians edge the Red Sox, 5-4. The Tribe will go 20-2 against the Sox, winning all 11 games at Fenway, the first such road sweep since the Yankees blanked St. Louis Browns in 1927.

31st  The Indians beat the Yanks, 6–1, to record their 26th win of the month, tying the 1931 A’s for most wins in a month. The Tribe is 5.5 games ahead of the Yankees. Dave Philley has a 3-run homer in the 8th off starter Bob Grim, and Early Wynn records his 19th win of the year.

At Crosley Field, Redlegs Ted Kluszewski hits 2 HRs to break his own club mark of 40 HRs. He will wind up with 49 for the season. Despite the Klu clouts, Cincinnati loses to Philadelphia’s Herm Wehmeier, 9–3.

1954 September

1st   Ted Kluszewski has 4 hits and 3 RBIs to pace the Redlegs to a 9-7 win over the Giants. Alvin Dark makes it closer with a 2-run homer in the 9th. In a pre-game stunt, Reds catcher Hobie Landrith catches a ball dropped out of a helicopter hovering some 500-600 feet over the field.

Del Ennis crashes a 1st-inning grand slam off Brooks Lawrence and Murry Dickson makes it hold up for a 5-2 Phils win over the Cardinals.

2nd  Dodger Russ Meyer beats the Cubs, 10–2, for his 16th consecutive win over Chicago, dating back to 1950.

Mickey Vernon of the Senators gets his 2,000th hit. He also hits his 19th HR (he will add one more before the end of the season) for a team record for left-handers. Teammate Roy Sievers also sets a team record by hitting his 23rd HR. He will hit one more before the end of the season.

Before 39,494 at New York, the Yankees snap Bob Lemon’s 11-game win streak to beat the Indians 3–2 in the rubber game of the series and move to 31⁄2 games from first place. Mantle’s gigantic blast into the RF upper deck in the 1st starts the Yankee scoring. Whitey Ford picks up his 16th win.

3rd At Philadelphia, Ted Williams of the Red Sox hits his 362nd HR to put him in 5th place on the all-time list. His drive comes in the 3rd off Arnie Portocarrero and breaks a 1–1 tie. The Sox beat the A’s, 11–1.

4th The first place Giants top the 2nd place Dodgers, 13-4, as Ray Katt and Hank Thompson each homer and drive in 4 runs. Thompson’s all come on a grand slam. The Giants lead by 5 games.

5th With Dittmer and Mathews clouting 2 homers apiece, the Braves outslug the Reds in both games to win 11–8 and 9–7. Hank Aaron goes 5-for-5 for the day but breaks his ankle in the 2nd game while sliding into 3B on a triple. He is lost for the remainder of the season. Spahn starts the first game and goes 5.1 innings and then relieves in game 2. He gives up a 3-run HR to Kluszewski in game 2, which puts the Reds ahead 7–1, but the Braves roar back to give Spahnie his 18th win.

Joe Bauman of the Roswell Rockets (Class C Longhorn League) clouts his 70th, 71st, and 72nd homers, an organized ball record. He ends the season with a .400 batting average, .916 slugging average and 224 RBIs.

6th  After losing 10 straight, the Pirates sweep the Dodgers in Ebbets Field on “Back the Dodgers Day,” winning 9–6 in 12 innings and 9–7. It is their first doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers since 1950 and drops Brooklyn to 3rd. Bob Skinner has a grand slam in game 1 and Dick Hall, has 3 hits. The Bucs jump on Don Newcombe in game 2, scoring 5 runs and making one out in the 1st before Newk is lifted. The Dodgers respond with three homers but fall short as Frank Thomas answers with a 2-run homer off Tommy Lasorda.

Eddie Mathews leads the Braves in 2 wins, 13–2 and 6–1, over the Cubs. Mathews has 8 straight hits before lining out in his last at bat (he had a hit in his last AB yesterday for 9). He reaches base 9 straight times and steals a base. He and Crandall homer in the lidlifter, while Bruton hits an inside-the-park HR in the nightcap. The attendance of 43,207 pushes the Braves over 2 million, the first club in NL history to top 2 mil. The double win moves the Braves into 2nd place ahead of Brooklyn and just 4 behind the Giants.

Cuban OF Carlos Paula, the first black to play for the Senators, debuts with a 2-for-4 day as the Nats win 8–1 in the first of 2 against the A’s. He’s hitless in game 2, a 3–2 win by the A’s. Spook Jacobs has 3 hits and 3 steals in the nightcap.

The Yanks only split a pair with the Red Sox, but it is not for lack of trying on Stengel’s part. Casey uses a (since tied) record ten pinch hitters in the two games, including pitcher Tommy Byrne for Phil Rizzuto. The Sox use 4 sub hitters for an AL record 14. Pinch hitter Joe Collins wins the opener for Jim Konstanty, 6–5, with a homer—one of five hits in the game. The Yanks blow a 6–0 lead in the nightcap to lose, 8–7.

7th  The Senators and Athletics draw just 460 paid to a game, the smallest crowd in Griffith Stadium history. The Senators win, 5–4.

8th With the count 3-2, Richie Ashburn fouls off 14 straight pitches from Cincinnati’s Corky Valentine before walking. The Reds top the Phils, 9–3.

The Giants purchase catcher Joe Garagiola from the Cardinals. He’ll hit .273 in 5 games, then retire to pursue a broadcasting career.

9th  The Yanks Enos Slaughter spoils a no-hitter for the 3rd time by getting a single off Orioles P Joe Coleman, who finishes with a one-hitter and a 1–0 shutout.

Hank Thompson’s surprise squeeze bunt in the 9th with the bases loaded and 2 outs, allows the Giants to slip past the Cubs, 7–6 in the opener against the Cubs. Bob Rush and 2 relievers then combine on a 3–0 win in the nightcap to keep the Giants 4 games ahead of the Braves. Giants rookie Bob Lennon, who hit 64 HRs at Nashville, is 0-for-1 make his ML debut as a pinch hitter in game 2.

10th Braves 1B Joe Adcock’s tenth HR against the Dodgers in Ebbets Field breaks the NL mark of 9 HRs hit on the road against one club. Adcock’s HR is the Braves only hit, as Billy Loes one-hits the Braves 2–1 in a 41⁄2 inning game halted by rain. NL prexy Warren Giles rules from his home after 2 am. that it is an official game, after ump Goetz declined to rule whether the game was official or suspended. The loss ends the Braves 10-game win streak, their third 10-game win skein of the year.

Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckleball against the Redlegs, C Ray Katt of the Giants sets an ML record with 4 passed balls in the 8th inning. Wilhelm faces just 5 batters in the frame, yielding a single and two walks, as passed balls allow two runners to score. When Wilhelm winds up with 2 out and Bobby Adams on 3B, Adams races home, expecting Katt to make his 5th passed ball. Roy McMillan swings and misses, and Katt holds on and tags out the red-faced Adams. Cincinnati wins 8–1.

11th  Whitey Lockman of the Giants gets a pinch-hit grand slam to beat the Redlegs 7–5. Don Mueller hits in his 21st straight game, duplicating Mays’s streak, which ended August 20th. He’ll go hitless tomorrow.

The Yanks lose to the White Sox 6–5, dropping New York 61⁄2 out of first, the largest deficit in Casey Stengel’s years.

Again, the Dodgers go after Joe Adcock as Don Newcombe plunks the Dodgers nemesis on the right hand. The broken hand ends Adcock’s season. The Dodgers then win their first game in 6 tries against Gene Conley, winning 5–3 to regain 2nd place ahead of the Braves.

12th A major-league record crowd of 86,587 jams Cleveland’s Memorial Stadium to see the Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks, 4–1 and 3–2, behind Bob Lemon and Early Wynn. Al Rosen’s two-run double is the key blow in the opener. In the nightcap, Wally Westlake’s double in the 5th is the big hit. This is the first three-game losing streak of the season for New York. It is the latest in a season the Bombers will ever have their first 3-game lose streak. They now trail Cleveland (104-40) by 8 1/2 games.

In a double header at Pittsburgh, Ted Kluszewski drives in 9 runs to lead the Reds to a sweep. In the 11-5 opening win, Klu drives in 6 runs with a pair of homers. He knocks in 3 more in the 13–2 nightcap win.

The White Sox get their 89th and 90th victories, the first time this has happened since 1920. They will win 94 for the season. They sweep the Red Sox 5–3 and 7–5, stealing 7 bases in the opener to overcome a Williams homer. Minoso starts the scoring in game 2 with a 3-run homer in the 1st.

The Hollywood Stars (PCL) Roger Bowman fires a 7-inning perfect game to beat Portland, 10–0, and force a one game playoff with San Diego for the PCL pennant. But San Diego will win their 102nd game and the championship.

13th  Redlegs slugger Ted Kluszewski scores a run in a 6–5 loss to the Pirates. Big Klu has scored in 17 consecutive games, coring 24 runs, tying the ML record of 17 straight games set by Rogers Hornsby in 1921. (This earlier mark was discovered in 2003 by researcher Trent McCotter) Tomorrow Brooklyn’s Johnny Podres will shut the Reds out, 4–0.

14th  Willie Mays hits a 1st inning double and scores the only run in a 1–0 win over the Cards. It is Johnny Antonelli’s 21st win of the year. Mays’s hit is his 82nd extra-base hit, breaking Mel Ott’s team record.

Chicago White Sox manager Paul Richards makes the stunning announcement that he is leaving immediately to accept the dual role of manager and GM of the Baltimore Orioles. Coach Marty Marion will manage the team for the remaining games.

At Cleveland Stadium, Mike Garcia wins his 18th as the Indians beat the Senators, 4-2. Cleveland has now won all 11 home games against the Senators this year; they earlier posted the same home record against the Orioles and the same road record against Boston.

16th  Phillie Robin Roberts beats the Giants 5–4 in 10 innings and becomes the first NL pitcher since Carl Hubbell to win 20 games 5 years in a row. Hubbell did it in 1933-37.

In a 9–3 Reds win at Ebbets Field, watched by a chilly rain-soaked 522 paying fans, Ted Kluszewski belts his 49th homer of the year. Joe Nuxhall wins his 2nd this year at Ebbets Field, the only lefty opponent to do so.

17th Bob Lemon wins his 23rd game, beating the Tigers 6–3 and ensuring the Indians at least a tie for the pennant. Bobby Avila breaks a 2–2 tie with a 7th inning grand slam.

18th  The Giants Don Mueller collects his 200th hit an inside-the-park HR, making him the first Giant to get 200 hits since Joe Moore in 1936. Willie Mays also has an inside-the park-HR, as the Giants beat the Phils 8–1.

In rainy Detroit, the Indians clinch their 3rd pennant in history and the first since 1948 with a 3–2 win over the Tigers. Early Wynn is the winner, while Jim Hegan and pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell belt homers.

Marty Marion wins his first game as White Sox manager as Chicago tops Baltimore, 6–3, behind Billy Pierce (8-10). Don Larsen loses his 20th and will finish at a 3–21 season.

19th Detroit’s Harvey Kuenn, en route to his 2nd year of 200 hits, goes 5-for-5 in a game which the Tigers lose 4–2 to the Indians.

Before a sparse crowd of 1,715, the A’s play their final game at Shibe Park, losing to the Yankees, 4–2. For the Yankees, it is their 100th win of the season and for Stengel it his first 100-win season in 6 years with NY. For the A’s, it is off to Kansas City for the 1955 season.

20th The Giants clinch the pennant as Sal Maglie beats the Dodgers 7–1 in the opener of a series with the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Mays has three hits to take over the NL lead with a .344 average. The Giants now get ready for the Indians, a team they beat 13 out of 21 times in spring training.

Behind Bob Feller (13-3) the Indians beat the White Sox, 7-4, to complete their second 11-game win streak of the year. No team will match that the rest of the century. Each first baseman, Wertz and Cavarretta, has 4 hits.

At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn of the Braves beats the Reds, 6–2, to notch his 20th win. Spahn has now won 20 games 6 times.

21st In front of just 1,912 fans, a Yankee Stadium low, Yankees rookie Bob Grim wins his 20th, a four-hit, 3–1 win over Washington. Freshman Dean Stone takes the loss. The victory gives the Yanks 101 wins, and makes Grim only the 2nd Yankee rookie in history to win 20. His 20 wins in less than 200 innings (199) makes him the most efficient 20-game winner ever. He is the first pitcher to win 20 games in fewer than 30 starts. The Yankees will finish with 103 victories, just one under the ML record for 2nd place, held by the 1909 Cubs and 1942 Dodgers.

The White Sox come back from a 7–4 deficit to win, 9–7, ending the Indians’ 11-game win streak. The Tribe makes five costly errors, and the Sox score three runs on a wild pick-off throw, wild pitch and passed ball. Chicago now holds an 11–10 edge in the season series and have twice snapped a Cleveland 11-game win skein.

Before an Ebbets Field crowd of 4,467 the New York Giants top the Dodgers, 5–2, behind a combined five-hitter by Ruben Gomez and Jim Hearn. Bobby Hofman, playing 3B for the injured Thomson, hits a first-inning grand slam. In the batting race, Mays and Mueller are both 2-for-3, while Snider is 1-for-4.

At Boston, the Red Sox win a pair from the A’s by 4–3 scores. Jackie Jensen’s 10th inning single wins the opener and his three-run homer in the nightcap clinches it. Billy Goodman adds seven hits in the two games. Jensen’s full day includes grounding into his 32nd DP in the opener, breaking the major league record set by Bobby Doerr in 1949: Jensen will lead the majors again in 1956-57. The mark will finally be topped by another Sox player, Jim Rice, with 36 in 1984. In a ceremony preceding the game, Jensen receives a new car from station WBZ, for winning the station’s contest to decide the team’s MVP.

22nd  Recently called up from Fort Worth, Karl Spooner of the Dodgers pitches a 3–0 shutout, fanning 15 Giants in his first ML start. Six of the strikeouts are consecutive, in the 6th and 7th innings. The 15 is a new ML rookie record breaking the mark set by Cliff Melton on April 25, 1937. Roy Campanella calls Spooner “the greatest young pitcher I’ve ever seen. His fastball is the damnest thing. It even amazes the umpire.” Gil Hodges drives in a run with a sac fly, his 19th of the year, to set the ML mark. Andre Dawson will have 18 in 1983.

In the top of the 9th, the Redlegs have runners on 1B (Wally Post) and 2B (Gus Bell) when Bob Borkowski strikes out on a WP. Braves C Del Crandall retrieves the ball and throws to 3B in a futile try to catch Bell. Borkowski takes off for 1B illegally, since 1B is already occupied and there are less than 2 outs. He draws a throw from 3B Ed Mathews, which hits him in the back and rolls into RF, and both Bell and Post score. The umpires decide that Borkowski and Post are both out, the former for drawing an illegal throw. Milwaukee wins 3–1 and the Reds protest. Because the standings of 5 teams are affected by the outcome, Warren Giles will uphold the protest, even though he believes the umpires made the correct decision. The protested game, started from the point where Temple is batting with 2 outs in the 9th, will be played in 2 days and the Braves will win 4–3.

The Indians beat the White Sox, 3–1, for their 110th win of the season. Don Mossi takes the victory with a 5-hitter.

Aided by a triple play in the 6th (Skowron to Coleman), the Yankees Tommy Byrne hurls a 3–0 win over the Senators.

24th  The Tigers stall the Indians pennant clinch, topping the Tribe, 6–4. Ted Gray is the winner over Bob Lemon. Jim Delsing and Ray Boone homer for Detroit, while Cleveland’s George Strickland hits his first homer since early in the season.

Arnie Portocarrero stops the A’s 15-game losing streak to the Yankees by winning, 5–1, at Yankee Stadium. Arnie fans 11, including 3 straight pinch hitter—Berberet, Triandos, and Leja—in the 9th. Littrell hits a 3-run homer for his first ML HR.

Phillie Murry Dickson loses his 20th game of the season 1–0 to New York’s lefty Don Liddle. It marks the 3rd consecutive season he leads the NL in losses. The Phils then take the nightcap, 4–2, routing Windy McCall.

In an odd doubleheader with three teams playing, the Milwaukee Braves finish a protested game against the Cincinnati Reds by replaying the game from the protested point in the 9th inning. With runners on 2B and 3B, Temple singles against Jolley, who is in for Spahn, and when Bruton misplays the ball, both runners score to tie the game at 3 all. The Braves then score in the 9th, winning, 4-3. Milwaukee takes the regularly scheduled game against the Cardinals, winning 4-2. Spahn, who finished the protested game 2 days ago, wins the second game, his 21st win of the year.

The Senators sweep the Red Sox, winning the opener 1–0 in 11 innings. Chuck Stobbs allows 7 hits in winning. The Nats complete the sweep with a 6–4 victory in the nightcap.

The Orioles spoil Virgil Trucks bid for his 20th win, stopping the White Sox, 2–1. The win goes to bonus baby Digger O’Dell, who notches his first ML win.

25th  Duke Snider joins teammate Gil Hodges in the 40-HR club, giving the Dodgers two 40-HR sluggers in 2 straight seasons. The Dodgers win 10–5 over Pittsburgh, as Carl Furillo with 2 homers and Sandy Amoros with one drive in three runs apiece. Hodges drives in a run with his 19th sacrifice fly, setting a ML record. Carl Erskine wins his 18th.

Early Wynn takes a no hitter into the 9th before allowing two hits in beating the Tigers’ George Zuverink, 11–1. It is his league-leading 23rd win as the Indians notch their 111th victory, a new AL record eclipsing the 110 wins of the 1927 Yankees.

Making his first ML pitching appearance, Al Lary, along with reliever Jim Davis, hold the Reds to 3 hits as the Cubs win, 4–2. Hank Sauer belts a 2-run HR. For Lary, it is his cup of coffee (he pinch ran on the 6th), and he won’t be back in the majors till 1962. His younger brother Frank debuted on September 14 in a 1-inning mop-up in Detroit’s 11–0 loss to the Yankees.

Although they lose 100 games, the same as in the previous season when the club was in St. Louis, the Orioles draw over a million fans. Billy Pierce pins the 100th loss on the O’s, allowing 5 hits in the White Sox 11–0 trouncing.

26th  In his 2nd start, rookie Brooklyn lefty Karl Spooner shuts out Pittsburgh 1–0 on a Gil Hodges HR in the 8th. He fans 12 for a total of 27 strikeouts in his first 2 ML games, establishing a new record. One of his strikeouts in the 9th is against Dusty Rhodes: “Before I went up to hit against him, I told the boys I’d kiss every one of them if he struck me out. Just call me Liberace.” Gil Hodges’ 8th-inning HR, his 25th at Ebbets Field (a new club record), gives him 42 for the season, tying him with Duke Snider for the most by a Dodger. Hodges also finishes the year with 18 sacrifice flies, a ML record that won’t be topped the rest of the century.

At Milwaukee, Cards rookie Wally Moon hits an 11th-inning 2-run homer to break a scoreless tie. For Moon it is his last at bat for the year; he started the year with a HR in his first at bat.

Going into the last day of the NL season, Don Mueller leads in hitting with .3426; Duke Snider is 2nd at .3425, followed by Willie Mays at .3422. The Giants win, 3–2, in 11 innings over the Phillies Robin Roberts, as Mays garners a single, double, and triple in 4 ABs. He finishes at .345 while Mueller, going 2-for-6, slips to .341, the same as the hitless Snider. Richie Ashburn plays in his 730rd straight game, stretching back to June 7, 1950.

The Yankees try to set a record for most wins by a runner-up. In Casey Stengel’s “power line-up,” Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3B in his career; Mickey Mantle plays SS again; Moose Skowron is at 2B, with Eddie Robinson at 1B. But Art Ditmar of the Athletics defeats the Yanks 8–6 in the last game the franchise will play as the Philadelphia A’s before moving to Kansas City. First baseman Vic Power helps by starting 3 DPs, a record for a first baseman.

The Indians lose their last game, 8–7, in 13 innings to Detroit. Bobby Avila is 1-for-2 with a HR before being lifted and wins the batting title with a .341 average. Ted Williams, batting 2nd in today’s 11-2 win over Washington, is 1-for-4 to finish at .344. Teddy Ballgame is 14 at bats short of qualifying for the title (adding the 14 in gives him a .333) but drew 136 walks in 117 games.

28th  Two days after firing Bucky Harris, the Senators sign Chuck Dressen to a 2-year deal to manage in 1955.

29th  In Game 1 of the WS, Willie Mays of the Giants makes one of the greatest catches in history when he races back to deep CF in the Polo Grounds to make an over-the-head catch of Indian Vic Wertz’s 462-foot drive in the 8th with the score tied at 2–2. Wertz drove in the 2 runs in the first with a triple, the first of his 4 hits. But in the 10th, Dusty Rhodes hits a pinch-hit, 3-run, 260-foot HR off Bob Lemon to give the Giants a 5–2 victory. With Mays in the Giants lineup, and Avila in Cleveland’s, it marks just the 3rd time that the league batting champs have faced each other in the WS.

30th  With lefty Johnny Antonelli going the distance, the Giants defeat Early Wynn and the Indians, 3–1, in game 2. Dusty Rhodes drives in two of the Giants runs with a pinch-hit single and a solo HR, and Antonelli drives in the other. It is the last post-season RBI by a Giant pitcher until 2010. The Indians’ only score is a first-pitch HR by leadoff hitter Al Smith.

The Cubs sell 3B Bill Serena to the White Sox. Tomorrow the Cubs send pitchers Johnny Klippstein and Jim Willis to the Reds for P Harry Perkowski, and outfielders Jim Bolger and Ted Tappe.

1954 October

1st  Dusty Rhodes gets his 3rd pinch hit of the WS, driving in 2 runs in the 3rd. He is hitting for OF Monte Irvin, who ironically had 11 hits in the 1951 Series. The Giants’ Ruben Gomez easily bests Indians P Mike Garcia, 6–2.

2nd  In game 4 the Giants sweep the AL team with the best record in history, as they score 4 runs in the 5th to take a 7–0 lead. The final is 7–4 as Don Liddle defeats Bob Lemon.

12th The AL owners today approve the shift of the Athletic franchise to Kansas City. Roy and Earl Mack now five days to sell the team to Arnold Johnson. Johnson’s bid for the franchise is $3,375,000 for the team and stadium, which he said he will sell to the Phillies for $1,675,000. One of the offers for the team is from a wealthy Texas group that proposes to move the A’s to Los Angeles.

The Pirates release 36-year-old Eddie Pellagrini. The Boston native will move on to coach baseball at Boston College for 31 years, retiring in 1988. The college will rename the ball park in his honor.

14th  The Phils name Mayo Smith to succeed interim manager Terry Moore as their manager for 1955.

20th  Shoichi Kaneda of the Tokyo Swallows strikes out his 350th batter, surpassing the American season record of 348, set by Bob Feller in 1948. Kaneda already holds the single-game strikeout record in Japan with 15 in 1952 and 1954 and will go on to hold almost every Japanese pitching record before retiring in 1969.

28th  Despite a last-minute plea by Connie Mack, the ML owners vote down the sale of the Athletics to a Philadelphia syndicate. The A’s, plagued by debt—even their 1954 team uniforms have not been paid for—have little choice as the Philadelphia group, in Mrs. Mack’s words “dilly-dallied.” A week later, Arnold Johnson buys a controlling interest in the Athletics from the Mack family for $3.5 million and moves the team to Kansas City.

1954 November

3rd  The Yankees tour Japan and draw a record crowd of 64,000 when they play the first game against the All-Japan Stars in Osaka. Andy Carey slugs 13 HRs, and Elston Howard bats .468 on the 25-game tour.

17th  The Cubs trade Ralph Kiner to the Indians for $60,000 plus OF Gale Wade and P Sam Jones. Cleveland GM Hank Greenberg, and old friend and teammate of Kiner’s, engineered the dealt. Kiner’s HR total fell to 22 in 1954, though he hit .285.

18th  The Athletics give manager Eddie Joost his unconditional release and hire Lou Boudreau to replace him.

In an enormous two-part trade begun on November 14, the Yankees and Orioles exchange 17 players. Included are 1B Dick Kryhoski, pitchers Bob Turley and Don Larsen, and SS Billy Hunter from Baltimore. To the Orioles go OF Gene Woodling, SS Willie Miranda, pitchers Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald, and catchers Gus Triandos and Hal Smith. The trade will help both teams.

22nd The Pirates draft young Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers farm system. Clemente hit just .257 at Montreal and Brooklyn assumed he would not be noticed.

1954 December

6th  The Tigers trade 1B Walt Dropo with P Ted Gray and OF Bob Nieman to the White Sox for 1B Ferris Fain and Jack Phillips.

The Orioles conclude their second large trade in 3 weeks sending C Clint Courtney, SS Jim Brideweser, and P Bob Chakales to the White Sox for C Matt Batts, infielder Fred Marsh, and pitchers Don Johnson and Don Ferrarese. Courtney batted .270 in 397 at bats, and struck out an AL-low 7 times, the league’s lowest since Joe Sewell hung up his spikes in 1933.

8th  The Cardinals send veteran pitcher Gerry Staley, who had won 84 games for St. Louis in the past 6 seasons, along with All-star 3B Ray Jablonski to the Reds for Frank Smith (5–8 in 1954). The Cards have the good-fielding Ken Boyer in the wings, making the bad-fielding Jabo expendable. He’ll be back in the minors within a year. After a year in St. Louis the Cards will waive good-bye to Smith and Cincinnati will sign him back.

11th With the Athletics poised to move to Kansas City, the Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium.

13th The Dodgers shed part of an era, sending P Preacher Roe and 3B Billy Cox to Baltimore for 2 unknowns and cash. The O’s will complete this deal next March by sending OF Frank Kellert to Brooklyn for P Erv Palica.

1955 January

3rd  The Orioles purchase veteran OF Hoot Evers from the Tigers.

11th  Before an exhibition game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Willie Mays and teammate Ruben Gomez get into a brawl. It starts when Gomez slips into the batting catch ahead of Mays, and batting practice pitcher Milt Ralat then refuses to throw. The sulking Gomez sits down on the plate, and Mays then steps to the side and directs the pitcher to throw to him there. Ralat then throws an insulting slow pitch which Willie barehands and fires back. He and Ralat exchange words and when Mays walks towards the mound, Gomez, brandishing a bat, attempts to interfere. Mays drops him with a right. The two later apologize to each other.

The Cards trade P Ben Wade to Pittsburgh for P Paul LaPalme.

1955 Februray

12th  Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit crucial HRs to lead Santurce (Puerto Rico) to a 4–2 win over Venezuela in the Caribbean Series. Mays’s HR comes in the 11th.

13th  In the 15th annual baseball players golf championship in Miami Springs, Alvin Dark tops Cleveland manager Al Lopez to win the tourney, though it takes him 22 holes to do it. Wind conditions lead to Dark shooting an 11 over in the finals. Lopez stayed in contention with an eagle 3 on a 470-yeard hole. Dark won the tourney in 1955 and 1951. Dark was runner-up in the medalist round with a 76 to John Grey’s 75. George Saab defeats Steve Shuba in the minor league division. Jack Russell wins the title for inactive major leaguers, defeating George Abrams. Perennial contender Pete Harris, competing in the minor league division, had the lowest score with 71.

14th  On the West Coast, former Seattle manager Jerry Priddy shoots a 73 to win the Southern California Hot Stove league golf championship at the Clock Country Club. Priddy beats pre-tourney favorite Peanuts Lowry by a stroke. The day’s best score is shot by Hal Gregg, now retired, who cards a 71. Al Zarilla loses his title as worst golfer, coming home at an even 100, while Herm Besse carded a 110.

17th  The Orioles get P Erv Palica from the Dodgers for 1B Frank Kellert and cash. This replaces the Preacher Roe deal, which fell through when the Brooklyn lefty announced his retirement.

28th The NL fines the Braves $500 for opening their spring training camp before the official March 1 date.

1955 March

7th  Commissioner Ford Frick states that he favors legalization of the spitter, “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.

Mexican millionaire Jorge Pasquel dies in a private plane crash. Pasquel and his brother started a fight with MLB in 1946 when he signed major leaguers like Danny Gardella, Sal Maglie and Mickey Owen to play in the Mexican League. The league dissolved in 1953 and its remnants merged into organized baseball.

10th In Clearwater, Robin Roberts throws the ceremonial first pitch before the first game at Jack Russell Stadium, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, before a crowd of 4,209 fans. The cozy park is named for a former major league pitcher and city commissioner.

19th The Cubs sell P Dave Cole to the Phillies. Apprised of the sale, Cole remarks, “That’s too bad. They’re the only team I can beat.”

In a spring training match at Los Angeles’s Wrigley Field, Willie Mays hits three home runs on consecutive at bats in a 4-2 Giant win over the Indians. Mays first shot was over the 345-foot sign in left center, the second was into the right-centerfield bleachers and the third over the screen in right field.

20th While the Cubs are in Arizona beating their LA farm team, 7–0, major league baseball is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. In a rematch of last year’s World Series, the Giants beat the Indians again, 7–3. Mays and Rhodes hit homers for New York, while Ralph Kiner’s 9th inning homer is the first score for Cleveland. A crowd of 24,434 is on hand.

22nd At Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Pirate rookie Roberto Clemente reveals the future when he lines a 425-foot triple off White Sox vet Morrie Martin in the 3rd. Clemente tries to stretch it to a homer and is an easy out.

30th  The Yanks sell P Ewell Blackwell and Tom Gorman, plus reserve IF Dick Kryhoski, to the Kansas City Athletics, now in the AL, for $50,000.

1955 April

11th  After President Eisenhower tosses out the first ball, the Senators open the season with a 12–5 win over the Orioles. Bob Porterfield is the complete-game winner.

12th  In a 4–2 win over the Reds, Milwaukee, rookie Chuck Tanner hits an 8th-inning pinch-homer on the first pitch in his first ML AB. The homer comes off of Gerry Staley and ignites a 3-run rally. A NL record Opening Day crowd of 43,640 watch at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.

     Dee Fondy has 2 hits and 5 RBIs as the Cubs score 11 runs in the first 2 innings to clip the Cardinals, 14-4. Hank Sauer has 4 hits as every Cubs starter except Gene Baker hits safely. Paul Minner is the winner.

After a huge civic parade, the Athletics open their first season in Kansas City with Ex-President Harry Truman throwing out the first ball. Bill Wilson hits the first-ever homer for KC and Bob Wilson for the Tigers answers. Alex Kellner, with relief from Ewell Blackwell, making his first appearance since 1953, picks up the victory in the 6–2 A’s win. Ned Garver is the Tigers’ loser.

13th  The Dodgers open what will be their only World Championship season in Brooklyn by beating Pittsburgh, 6–1. Carl Erskine is the winner.

At Philadelphia, Robin Roberts holds the Giants hitless until, with one out in the 9th, Alvin Dark singles after Rhodes reaches 1B on an error. After Mays strikes out, Irvin doubles in 2 runs. Ashburn and Ennis, injured in an exhibition game collision, sit out the opener. Ashburn’s consecutive-games played streak is stopped at 731.

In the Opener at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks rout the Senators 19–1. Winner Whitey Ford gets 3 hits and only allows 2, as he knocks in 4 runs. Mickey Mantle and Bob Cerv also drive home 4 runs. Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Bill Skowron crack homers, while Cerv and Andy Carey add triples. Mantle has 3 hits and gets hit by a pitch for the first time in his career; he will end up with just 13 HBPs in his 18-year career. Mickey McDermott, in 3+ innings of work, is the loser, as the Yanks register the biggest margin of victory in an opener. The most runs scored in an opener was by the Indians, 21–14 over the Browns in 1925.

The Braves sell pitcher Jim Wilson to the Orioles. Along with Chet Nichols, Wilson is the only man to play for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves and the Milwaukee Braves.

14th  In the home opener at St. Louis, Cards reliever Frank Smith pulls a Merkle boner in the 10th inning depriving the Birds of a winning run. With 2 outs, Smith reaches 1B, sending Stephenson to 3B. Moon’s single seemingly scores Stephenson, but Smith turns back without touching 2B. Aaron’s throw to O’Connell forces him for the 3rd out. Virdon takes Smith off the hook in the 11th with a HR off Dave Koslo to win, 8–7. The Cards have 6 homers in the game.

Elston Howard becomes the first black player to wear the Yankee uniform. He singles in his first at bat, against the Red Sox, as the Yanks lose, 8–4.

      Brooklyn P Don Newcombe hits 2 HRs, off Maglie and Wilhelm, in a 10–8 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Newk will have two games this season in which he hits a pair of homers, and another next year to set the NL mark. His 7 homers this season also sets a ML mark.

15th The clouting Cubs beat the Reds, 6–4, when Jackson and Banks hit back-to-back homers in the 10th. Hal Jeffcoat, who hit a HR in the 9th, is the winner.

16th  En route to losing their first 5 games, the Redlegs hit 5 solo HRs but lose to the Braves 9–5. The Braves Johnny Logan goes 5-for-5, and Del Crandall, Johnny Logan, and Joe Adcock slug solo homers for Milwaukee. Cincy’s 5 solo shots—2 by Ray Jablonski—and just 5 runs scored ties a ML record.

In St. Louis, the Cubs hit 6 homers, including consecutive homers by Randy Jackson, Ernie Banks and Dee Fondy in the 2nd inning, but the Cards win in 14 innings, 12–11. Wally Moon’s bloop single is the winner after Sarni’s bloop double drops when Sauer and Banks do an Alphonse-Gaston number. Jackson has a 2nd HR in the 3rd, and Banks and Fondy hit back-to-back consecutive homers in the 12th, tying a ML record for doing it twice in a game, but Moon’s 2-run HR deadlocks at 11 apiece.

Jim Hearn hits one of five Giants homers while beating the Phillies, 10-3. Davey Williams has a pair of homers, Whitey Lockman adds a 2-run homer, and Don Mueller has a 3-run blast, off Steve Ridzik. Hearn scatters 10 hits while striking out one batter, Jim Westlake, in his only ML appearance. Jim is the brother of Wally.

At Comiskey Park, Walt Dropo hits a grand slam as the White Sox score 6 runs in the 5th inning to defeat the Indians, 9-4.

17th  Twenty-year-old Al Kaline of the Tigers hits 3 homers in Briggs Stadium, including 2 in the 6th inning to drive in 6 runs. The Tigers rout the A’s 16–0, behind Steve Gromek’s pitching. Kaline is the first American Leaguer since DiMaggio in 1936 to hit 2 homers in an inning, and he is the first Tiger to do so.

After the Cubs edge the Cards, 6–5, in the opener, St. Louis scores 10 in the first inning and go on to rout the Cubs, 14–1, in the nightcap.

Roberto Clemente makes his debut for the Pirates and goes 1-for-4 against Johnny Podres. The visiting Dodgers win, 10–3.

18th  In what can be described as a rare “pitcher’s cycle,” Pirate hurler Al Grunwald allows a single, double, triple, and HR for 4 runs in one-third of an inning in his first ML game. Grunwald relieves in the 4th with the Giants ahead 3–0, and gives up a single to Don Mueller, a double to Monte Irvin, a triple to Mays, and a HR to Whitey Lockman. The Giants score 8 runs in the inning, 4 off Grunwald, to win 12–3. A bright spot for the Bucs is Roberto Clemente’s first ML homer, an inside-the-park hit off of Don Liddle that makes the score 11-1.

Mantle’s 2-run homer in the 3rd off Harry Byrd provides all the scoring Whitey Ford needs, as the lefty tosses a 3-hitter against the Orioles. New York tops the O’s, 6–0.

The Orioles release veteran 3B Vern Stephens, who will sign with the White Sox on May 2.

20th  At Wrigley Field, Lew Burdette gives up 13 hits, including a triple and homer to Dee Fondy, but the Braves prevail, 9-5. Bobby Thomson has 5 RBIs, 4 on a grand slam off Sam Jones.

21st  Brooklyn wins its 10th in a row, trouncing Robin Roberts of the Phils, 14–4. This sets a new ML record for consecutive wins to start a season, later topped by Atlanta and Oakland. Don Zimmer has 4 hits, including two doubles and a homer, Carl Furillo collects 4 singles, and three other Dodgers homer.

In Detroit, George Kell belts a 3rd-inning grand slam to lead the White Sox to a 9-1 win over the Tigers. Al Kaline’s homer, off Mike Fornieles (2-0), is the only run for the Bengals.

22nd  Though the Dodgers take a 3–0 lead into the 8th, their streak ends as the Braves’ Max Surkont beats Johnny Podres 5–4. Don Zimmer is called out at home on a squeeze play by Jackie Robinson that would have tied the game. Alston vehemently protests the call and gets sent to the showers for his efforts.

In a rundown play between home and 3rd, Yankee 2B Jerry Coleman breaks his collarbone. The Yanks beat the visiting Red Sox 3–0, but Coleman is out for three months. Ford notches his 2nd straight shutout, while Berra and Bauer hit homers.

In their home debut before a standing-room only crowd of 32,147, the Kansas City A’s beat the Detroit Tigers, 6–2.

23rd The visiting White Sox erupt for 29 hits in a 29–6 ripping of Kansas City. C Sherm Lollar becomes the only man in the decade to get 2 hits in one inning twice in the same game. Lollar’s feat comes in the 2nd and 6th innings. Chico Carrasquel goes 5-for-6 as the White Sox pound out 7 HRs. Bob Nieman has 7 RBIs to pace the Sox offensive attack with 2 homers; Lollar (2), Walt Dropo, pitcher Jack Harshman, and Minnie Minoso also homer. Chico Carrasquel and Minoso each score 5 runs. The Sox match the Yankees (June 28, 1939) with 7 starters each getting 3 hits or more. Pitcher Jack Harshman has 3, but not Hall of Famers Fox and Kell. KC gets homers from Vic Power and Bill Renna. Bobby Shantz takes the loss.

In a celebrated fight with the Dodgers, Alvin Dark takes on Jackie Robinson after the latter bowls over pitcher Sheldon Jones, covering first on a bunt. Jones injures his back in the incident. Brooklyn wins 3–1.

24th The Giants and Dodgers go at it again, this time with bats. The Giants score 6 runs in the 10th inning to seemingly put the game away, but Brooklyn answers with 5 runs, only to lose, 11–10. Alvin Dark scores the decisive run in the 11th when Carl Furillo catches Thompson’s fly and, thinking it made the 3rd out, he jogs in with the ball. The 11 runs in the 10th is a NL record for the inning and for extra innings.

26th  Bob Turley of the Yanks fires a one-hitter, fanning 10 in beating the White Sox 5–0. Sherm Lollar’s single in the 2nd is the lone hit.

Leave it to the catcher, Art. Detroit’s Art Houtteman easily wins, 13–0, over Cleveland and almost pitches a no-hitter in the process. He gives up a hit with 2 outs in the 9th on the only pitch he calls all day.

27th Hank Bauer and Andy Carey, the first two Yankee hitters, hit homers to deflate White Sox pitcher Virgil Trucks. But the Sox knock the wheels off Ford and 3 relievers for 14 hits to win 13–4 and regain first place in the AL.

Jim Delsing has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Frank House hits a grand slam as the Tigers claw the Orioles, 11-3.

At Cleveland Stadium, Bobby Avila’s sac fly in the 17th inning gives the Indians a 6-5 win over the Senators. Art Houtteman pitches 4 scoreless innings for the win.

28th  The Kansas City Athletics sign P Vic Raschi, who has just been released by the Cardinals.         The Athletics purchase P Lou Sleater from the Yankees for cash. Neither pitcher is any help today as New York thrashes the A’s, 11–4 at Municipal Stadium. Mantle hits a homer for the 5th run off losing pitcher Charlie Bishop.

29th  White Sox pitcher Dick Donovan, in his 5th trial in the majors, shuts out the Red Sox on 4 hits to win his first big league game, 7–0.

Before a crowd of 33,471 at Kansas City, little Bobby Shantz shuts down the Yankees on three singles, and the A’s win, 6–0.

30th  One-time Cub Russ Meyer of the Dodgers continues his mastery over the Bruins, winning his 17th consecutive game against Chicago, 7–5. Meyer has not lost to the Cubs since July 16, 1950, a Cubs record for consecutive losses to one pitcher. The Dodgers lead 2nd Milwaukee and the Phillies by 5 games.

Bob Lemon (5-0) of the Indians beats the Baltimore Orioles, 5–2. Lemon is the first ML pitcher to ever win 5 games in April.

At New York, the Cards defeat the Giants, 6–2, as Paul LaPalme throws 8 innings of scoreless relief.

Harvey Kuenn of the Tigers goes 5-for-5 in an 11–7 win over the Senators.

The Phillies trade C Smoky Burgess, P Steve Ridzik, and OF Stan Palys to the Redlegs for OF Jimmy Greengrass, C Andy Seminick, and OF Glen Gorbous. Then the Phillies buy SS Roy Smalley from the Braves.

1955 May

1st  In a masterful performance, Bob Feller one-hits the Red Sox 2–0, with Sammy White’s single in the 7th spoiling his bid for a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. It is his ML-record 12th one-hitter. In the nightcap, Cleveland’s Herb Score fans 16 Boston hitters in a 2–1 win, missing Bob Feller’s strikeout record by 2. Score fans 9 of the first 12 batters and 12 through the first 5 frames.

In the Giants 2–1 win over the Reds, the 2 teams toil 16 innings combining for a NL record-tying 10 double plays. The only other time 10 were turned was 30 years ago, when the Reds and Braves made 10 DPs in 12 innings. An alert Don Mueller starts the rally in the 16th when the Reds are trying to intentionally walk him. He hits an outside 4th-ball pitch for a pop single, sending Lockman to 3B. Johnny Antonelli pitches all 16 innings for the win.

Felipe Montemayor must’ve had the right breakfast today as the Pirate hits a 2-run HR in each game of a DH against the Cards. They are the only two homers of his career. The Cards take the opener, 4-3, and the Bucs are victorious in the nightcap, 7-0, behind Ron Kline. George Freese puts the game away with an 8th inning inside-the-park grand slam.

A little excessive, Bobby. Hollywood (PCL) manager Bobby Bragan, upset by a call, sends eight pinchhitters to the plate in the 9th inning to bat for pitcher Lino Donoso. The Stars lose to Los Angeles, 7-5. Bragan admits that he did it to show up the umps and, according to the May 4 Long Beach Independent, Bobby will be fined $50.

2nd At Ebbets, Carl Furillo raps his 8th HR with Robinson on base in the 12th inning to give the Dodgers a 2–0 win over the Braves. Carl Erskine wins his 4th straight, beating Conley, as both pitchers go the distance.

3rd Mantle’s homer in the 6th off Mike Garcia gives New York a 4–3 lead, but Cleveland wins it 5–4 at home. Garcia last year allowed just six homers in 258 innings, the best mark of the 1950s.

4th  Against host Oakland (PCL), Los Angeles slugger Steve Bilko clouts a homerun that lands on top of a building 552 feet away from home plate. LA wins, 9-6.

5th  In his first ML start, Dodger southpaw Tom Lasorda throws 3 wild pitches in the same inning, to tie a record. He also receives a spike wound from Wally Moon of the Cardinals in a play at the plate. Lasorda later blames his wildness on his catcher, Roy Campanella, but the Dodgers go on to win the game, 4–3. Before the game, Don Newcombe refuses to pitch batting practice for the 2nd time this week and Walt Alston tells him he’s suspended. The two will settle their differences tomorrow and Newk will finish up the Dodgers, 6–4, 12 inning win over the Phils.

6th At Fenway, Mantle lines a first inning solo shot into the Yankee bullpen, and Bob Turley shuts out Boston the rest of the way for a 6–0 New York win. Frank Sullivan is the losing pitcher.

White Sox veteran Virgil Trucks shuts out his old team, Detroit, winning 1–0 over Ned Garver. It is Trucks’ 10th 1–0 victory.

7th  Backed by Elston Howard’s first ML homer, and Mickey Mantle’s tie breaker to dead CF in the 8th, the visiting Yanks overpower the Red Sox, 9–6. The Yanks spot Boston a 5–0 lead before roaring back with three in the 9th.

Behind Carl Erskine, the Dodgers beat Robin Roberts and the Phils, 6–3, for their 9th straight win. All the Phils scoring is on solo homers—two by Jones and one by Ennis. For the Phils, it is their 8th loss in a row while the Brooks have now won 20 out of 22 games. The game is almost forfeited in the 7th after plate ump Art Gore chases Roberts, Earl Torgeson, and Jack Meyer from the Phils bench. Fans rain dozens of beer cans down on Gore and fellow ump Jocko Conlin.

The White Sox nip the Tigers, 1–0, behind Dick Donovan’s 2nd shutout.

8th  Duke Snider hits a grand slam in the top of the 8th to give the Dodgers a comfortable 9-2 lead over the Phillies, but the Quakers respond with 6 runs in the final two frames for a close 9-8 Brooklyn victory. Brooklyn (21-2) is 9 games up on Milwaukee.

10th  Dodger ace Don Newcombe one-hits the Cubs 3–0. Gene Baker, who singles in the 4th and is caught stealing, is the only base runner. It is Newk’s 11th straight win over the Cubs, tying him with Cy Young (1893-96) who reeled off 11 straight over Chicago. Dwight Gooden will win 12 straight over the Cubs.

Gene Freese hits a grand slam in the Pirates 8-run 8th inning as they defeat the Braves in Milwaukee, 9-6. Gene’s brother George hit a grand slam on May 1.

11th  The Cubs click off 5 DPs in a come from behind 10–8 win over Brooklyn, snapping the Dodgers’ 11-game winning streak. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam, the 1st of 5 he’ll hit this year. And Dee Fondy adds a 3-run homer. The loss goes to Russ Meyer, who had beaten the Cubs 17 straight times and 22 times in his last 23 decisions against Chicago.

The Tigers buy OF Charlie Maxwell from the Orioles.

The A’s continue to wheel and deal as they purchase OF Harry Simpson from the Indians and P Ray Herbert from the Tigers. They give cash and P John “Sonny” Dixon to the Yankees in exchange for RF Enos Slaughter and P Johnny Sain.

At Yankee Stadium, Early Wynn survives solo homers by Andy Carey and Mickey Mantle to give Cleveland a 4–3 victory.

12th  Sam “Toothpick” Jones of the Cubs no-hits the Pirates 4–0, fanning the last 3 batters in the 9th after walking the bases loaded. It is the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since the double no-hitter of 1917, and the first no-hitter in the ML by a African-American pitcher. The Cubs lace 15 hits against Nellie King and Vernon Law, including a double and homer by batterymate Ted Tappe. TV announcer Harry Creighton joked in a pre-game interview with Jones that he’d give him a gold toothpick if he pitched a no-hitter. Creighton keeps his word.

The Braves Gene Conley stops the Dodgers, 2–1, ending Brooklyn’s streak from the start of the season of 25 straight games in which they’ve led at some point in the game. The mark will be topped by the 2005 White Sox.

Washington 3B Eddie Yost’s streak ends at 838 straight games because of tonsillitis as teammate Maury McDermott 4-hits the Indians for a 3–0 win.

13th  It’s Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all, Mantle has 3 HRs, the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek, and the third off Bob Miller, all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single, good for 5 RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5–2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Lazzeri (1927), Ben Chapman (1932), and Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.

14th  In Cincinnati, the Dodgers toy with the Reds, building a 13-0 lead as Duke Snider has 4 hits, including a homer, and Carl Furillo adds a grand slam. Wally Post’s 2-run homer in the 9th, off Johnny Podres, makes the score 13-2.

15th  In the first of two games, Bobby Shantz walks 9 batters and allows 6 hits but Kansas City still prevails, 4-3, over the Yankees. Bill Wilson has a 3-run homer in the 1st. In the nightcap, New York’s Irv Noren hits an inside-the-park grand slam in an 8–4 victory over the A’s. Mantle is 4-for-9 for the afternoon and is hitting .311.

Chicago’s Dick Donovan tosses his 3rd shutout of the season, beating the Senators, 3–0.

After the Braves win the lidlifter with the Phils, 6–5, Philadelphia comes back in the nightcap to win, 9–1, and break their 13-game losing streak. Robin Roberts is the victor. Bruton’s leadoff HR is the only run off Roberts.

17th Paced by Joe Adcock’s 4 hits, including a HR, the Braves defeat the Giants, 9–4. Gene Conley is the winner, despite giving up HRs to Mays and Thompson, but he does stop Don Mueller’s 24-game hit streak.

The Tigers stake Steve Gromek to a 16-0 lead after 6 innings and he makes it hold for a 16-0 shutout. Harvey Kuenn has 3 doubles and a single and Al Kaline 4 hits, including 3 homers and 6 RBIs. Frank House has a homer and 4 RBIs.

At St. Louis, Cards rookie Larry Jackson hands the Dodgers their first shutout, stopping the league leaders, 3–0. St. Louis takes advantage of the removal of the screen from the RF pavilion by banging 2 homers—by Schoendienst and Boyer—into the sector, 310 feet away.

18th  Cleveland scores 11 runs in the 5th to whip the Red Sox, 19–0, and give Herb Score an easy win over Willard Nixon. Vic Wertz’s grand slam is the big blow in the inning: he drives in 5. It is the worst shutout pasting ever by Boston and the most runs ever in a shutout for the Tribe.

Milwaukee slugger Eddie Mathews undergoes an appendectomy and is lost for 2 weeks.

At the Stadium, Mantle’s 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox, 11–6. In the play before Mantle’s blast, a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd, leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.

20th  At Crosley Field, Smoky Burgess homers in the 1st inning and adds a grand slam in the Reds 6-run 8th as they beat the Cardinals, 10-7.

21st  In Milwaukee, Cubs pitcher Warren Hacker loses his no-hitter when he gives up a one-out 9th-inning HR to George Crowe. Hacker holds on to win 2–1.

In a game marked by a fight between Maury McDermott and Jackie Jensen, the Senators top the Red Sox, 1–0, in 12 innings. In the 12th, Jensen is trapped off 1B but his way back to the bag is obstructed by first baseman Vernon: it is called by 2B ump Ed Runge but he makes no gestures and Jensen continues back to 1B. McDermott, waiting to put the tag on, is knocked over by Jensen, and Hank Soar at 1B calls the runner out. Soar is overruled and then the fight starts between Jensen and the pitcher and both are tossed. Pedro Ramos, who succeeds McDermott, draws a walk and scores the winning run.

22nd  The 2nd game of a Giants-Pirates doubleheader is called at the top of the 9th due to rain, 28 minutes short of the Sunday curfew, with the Giants leading 5–3. If the rain had started before the end of the 8th, the game would have gone to the Pirates by a score of 3–2. The umpires almost ruled it a suspended game rather than a called game, because they felt they had to wait at least half an hour before calling a game, which would set the time 2 minutes after the curfew. But a Giants vice president finds the rule that puts weather and similar conditions first when determining whether a game is called or suspended.

24th  After losing 11 straight games, the Pirates rout the Dodgers 15–1, their highest score in 172 games. Tomorrow they will sink to the cellar. Friend, who pitches the last 4 1/3 innings in relief of starter Vern Law, is the winner. Preston Ward has a single, triple and HR to pace the Corsairs.

25th  In an Appalachian League at Welch, third baseman Waldo Gonzales of Kingsport pulls off an unassisted triple play in the 9th inning against Welch. But Welch prevails, 10-7, in 10 innings.

26th  Dodgers P Don Newcombe becomes the only NL pitcher of the decade to steal home when he hits a triple and swipes home in the 9th inning in Pittsburgh. Newk has two RBIs as he wins 6–2 over Kline (2-6). Following Fred Hutchinson in 1947, he is the only pitcher to triple then swipe home.

Despite a single by Ted Williams in his first appearance of the season, Boston loses to the Senators, 5–3. The Senators score 5 in the 6th when McDermott starts the scoring with a HR.

27th  In just the first 5 innings, Norm Zauchin hits 3 homers, one a grand slam, and a double and drives in 10 runs as the Red Sox slaughter the Senators 16–0. Pitcher Tom Brewer coasts for the win. The next Bosox to hit 3 homers in a game will be Jim Rice, in 1977.

Bobby Hofman of the Giants hits his 3rd pinch-hit HR of the year, and 9th of his career, tying him with Cy Williams for the record. The Giants trip the Dodgers 3–1.

At Detroit, Frank House’s HR is the only score as Bill Hoeft beats the White Sox, 1–0. In the 9th, Bill Tuttle runs down a 415 ft. drive by Rivera that Schoolboy Rowe calls “the greatest catch since White’s robbery of Martin in the ’34 Series.”

28th  Johnny Groth bangs 4 extra bases hits—2 HRs and 2 doubles— as the White Sox wallop the Tigers, 16–4. Every Sox starter has at least a hit and a run. The Sox take over 3rd place from the Bengals.

Harry “the Hat” Walker replaces Eddie Stanky as manager of the Cardinals with the team in 5th place with a record of 17-19.

After starting the season on the retired list, Ted Williams of the Red Sox becomes “unretired.” He joins the team and collects a single in his first at bat, but the Red Sox bow to the Senators, 5–3. Pascual is the starter, but receives a warning from the ump when the Cuban Cutie twice hits Sammy White with pitches. His replacement, Maurie McDermott, ignites a 5-run 6th with a HR.

29th  Larry Doby of the Indians hits the first ML HR over the outer wall in Kansas City, an estimated 500-foot clout in the 6th. The Indians win 4–2 behind Herb Score, who is replaced in the 9th after singles by C Wilmer Shantz and PH Slaughter. Wilmer’s brother Bobby Shantz is the loser.

At Forbes, Robin Roberts and the Phils top the Pirates, 5-2, in the first of 2. Earl Torgeson has 4 hits for Philadelphia. The Buccaneers respond in game 2 with a 21-hit attack, led by Dick Groat’s 4 hits and Roberto Clemente’s 5. The game is suspended is suspended after 7 innings and completed July 8.

Ernie Banks hits his second grand slam of the month, and Randy Jackson clubs a 3-run homer to pace the Cubs to a 9-6 win over the Braves. Hal Jeffcoat (6-0) is the winner in relief.

30th  For the 2nd time this season, Dodger ace Don Newcombe homers twice in the same game, posting his 8th straight win, beating Pittsburgh, 8–3. The Brooks win the opener, 8–4 behind Russ Meyer. Newk gives up 12 hits but fans 9 and starts 2 DPs.

Senators P Mickey McDermott beats the Yankees, 3–2, with a pinch-hit single in the 10th.

Cubs rookie slugger Bob Speake homers in both games of a doubleheader against the Cards to finish the month with 10 homers. His homer breaks a 3-3 tie in the 11th inning of the nightcap to help the Cubs sweep in St. Louis, 9–5 (10) and 4–3 (11). Paul Minner and Howie Pollet are the winners for Chicago, while Brooks Lawrence and Bobby Tiefenauer take the losses. Speake will hit just 2 more homers the rest of the season. In game 2, the Cards get stopped in the 9th by an interference call. Moon, attempts to steal 3B but C Harry Chiti’s throw hits the bat of Red Schoendienst. Red is called out and Moon must return to 2B. Musial then grounds out.

The Orioles waive Bob Kennedy to the White Sox.

1955 June

1st  At Ebbets Field, Duke Snider of the Dodgers hits 3 HRs and just misses a 4th when it bounces off the top of the fence for a double. The Dodgers set a club record with six 4-baggers, as Campanella, Reese, and Robinson add homers to outlast the Braves 11–8.

2nd  Andy Seminick’s first-inning grand slam, off Warren Hacker, powers the Phils to an 8-4 decision over the Cubs. Ernie Banks has his 13th homer for the Cubs.

Dave Pope has three hits, including a grand slam, in the Indians, 9-3 victory over the Orioles. Herb Score strikes out 10 in the win.

3rd  Stan Musial hits the 300th HR of his career, a 5th-inning, a 3-run shot against Brooklyn’s Johnny Podres. The Cards use a NL-record 8 pitchers but still lose 12–5.

The Cards trade veteran C Del Rice to the Braves for OF Pete Whisenant and C Charlie White.

At Comiskey Park, Chicago’s Jack Harshman gives up a solo homer to Mantle, but gets the Yankee slugger to ground out in the 7th inning with the bases loaded. Mantle’s shot hits the left-centerfield facing of the 2nd deck. The White Sox win, 3–2.

4th For the 2nd time, Willie Mays blasts an extra-inning homer off the Cub’s Warren Hacker, this time in the 12th inning. It is his 2nd homer of the game, but it’s not enough as the Cubs win, 9–8. On April 30th of last year Willie hacked one in the 14th. Davey Williams has 3 hits for the Giants, including a grand slam, while Jim King has a 3-run homer and Eddie Miksis a 2-run shot for Chicago.

5th The Yankees split today’s doubleheader with Chicago, winning the nightcap 3–2 in 10 innings. Facing Billy Pierce in the 4th inning, Mantle clouts a tape measure shot to left the clears the roof and, according to the Tribune tomorrow, “bounced on 34th Street to shatter the windshield of a car.” Eyewitnesses say the ball does not hit the roof, but clears it on the fly, some 550 feet, and compare it to the shot Foxx launched on June 16, 1936. In the first game, the Sox jump on Tommy Byrne for 5 runs in the 1st inning as Jim Rivera hits a grand slam and Sherm Lollar adds a solo homer. The Sox win, 5-3. The Yankees now lead the AL, four games in front of Cleveland.

6th  The White Sox trade veteran P Harry Dorish to the Orioles for C Les Moss.

At Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 9th as the Dodgers top the Cardinals, 5-4. Starter Luis Arroyo takes his first loss after 6 straight wins. Rookie Ken Boyer is thrown out twice trying to steal 3B and home: his 17 caught steals this year will lead the NL (Retrosheet has 16).

At Briggs Stadium, the Yankees blast four homers to beat the Tigers and Bob Miller, 7–5. Eddie Robinson connects for a pair of two-run homers, while Billy Hunter, Gil McDougald and Mantle add round trippers. Mantle’s blow is to dead center, 440 feet away.

7th  The White Sox reacquire speedster CF Jim Busby from the Senators for C Clint Courtney, OF Johnny Groth, and P Bob Chakales.

At Briggs Stadium, Fred Hatfield greets Tom Sturdivant with a one-out 12th inning walkoff homer as Detroit beats the Yankees, 5-4. Ned Garver goes 12 innings for the victory.

8th The Red Sox edge the Indians, 5-4, in 12 innings as Gene Stephens connects for a 3-run homer off Bob Lemon, and CF Jim Piersall has 4 hits and makes an unassisted DP, catching Larry Doby off 2B in the 2nd inning. It is the only unassisted outfield DP made in the 50‘s. Cleveland has 3 homers.

     The Dodgers option P Tommy Lasorda to Montreal to make room on the roster for bonus baby Sandy Koufax, who has been on the injury list.

9th  The Redlegs trade OF Bob Borkowski and cash to the Dodgers for 1952 Rookie of the Year pitcher Joe Black.

11th  The Dodgers win their 6th in a row, beating the Cubs, 4-3, to increase their lead to 10 1⁄2 games. The lead will not dip below 10 games for the remainder of the season. Warren Hacker serves up solo homers to Gilliam, Campanella, Hodges and Snider.

12th  After winning 10 in a row, Dodger P Don Newcombe suffers his first defeat of the season, 9–5 to the Cubs. Clem Labine (5-0) wins the nightcap, 6–2, for da Bums.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies outlast the Reds to win, 12-8. Del Ennis has a 3-run homer for the Phils, and Stan Lopata adds a grand slam. Joe Nuxhall homers for the Reds, but takes the loss. Curt Simmons wins with 4 innings of relief.

The Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks, 10-2 and 7–3, before a Cleveland crowd of 69,352 is the largest ML crowd of the season. Early Wynn (8-1) is the victor in the opener, and clouts one of the four homers given up by Bob Turley. In game 2, Bob Lemon is the winner over Whitey Ford, pitching in relief. New York is now just 2 1⁄2 in front of Chicago.

14th Led by Jack Bryant’s 3 doubles, Wake Forest beats Western Michigan University, 10–7. Wake also steals a record 7 bases. Wake will beat the Broncos again, 7–6, to win the College World Series.

15th  The Tigers buy Earl Torgeson from the Phillies to replace Ferris Fain at 1B.

The Orioles trade OF Gene Woodling and IF Billy Cox to the Indians for outfielders Wally Westlake and Dave Pope. When Cox announces his retirement, the Indians get more cash.

The Indians pick up Ted Gray who had just been released by the White Sox. He’ll pitch in just 2 games before being released and the Yanks will sign him June 30 before he goes on to Baltimore. Gray will play for a record-tying 4 teams this year, but appear in just 14 games.

17th At Comiskey, Mickey Mantle ties the game at one apiece by hitting a Dick Donovan pitch 10 rows up in the top tier of the RF stands. New York scores another to win, 2–1.

At Wrigley, Curt Simmons is the winner, 3–2, when batterymate Stan Lopata hits a 2-out homer in the 9th off starter Bob Rush. For Rush it is his 14th straight loss to the Phils, the longest losing skein to a single team for any Cubs pitcher (as noted by historian Ed Hartig).

18th Behind Jim Finigan’s double, 2 triples, 3 runs and 3 RBIs, the A’s lash the Senators, 9-4. Vic Raschi is the winning pitcher and almost pulls off a rare double steal by a battery, but he is thrown out at 2B. Catcher Joe Astroth steals home on the throw out for one of his six career swipes.

19th  Giants Leo Durocher benches Willie Mays for 2 days for a “rest” and starts Whitey Lockman. The Braves win, 8–7.

In the doubleheader opener at Wrigley Field the Phillies push over a run in 15th inning to win 1–0 over the Cubs. Willie Jones doubles home Blaylock for the score to give the win to reliever Jack Meyer. In the nightcap, the Cubs win 8–7 in 7 innings as darkness falls.

20th  At Cincinnati, Willie Mays watches from the stands as his Giants lose to the Reds, 5-3. Mays was benched yesterday. Dusty Rhodes and Bill Taylor hit pinch homeruns for the Giants.

21st In the first inning at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle launches a shot off the A’s Alex Kellner that lands in Cooperstown. The home run is the first ever to reach the centerfield bleachers, 461 feet from home, since the Stadium opened in 1923. New York wins, 6–2. New York will win tomorrow, 6–1, with Mantle clouting another homer, off Art Ditmar.

At Boston, Ted Williams hits a 3–0 pitch for a 3-run homer off Ned Garver and the Sox come from behind in the 8th inning to beat Detroit, 5–4. It is the Splinter’s 9th in 19 games since rejoining the team, and his 22nd RBI. Boston has won 12 of 14.

23rd The Yanks Bob Turley shuts out the Athletics 4–0 on 3 hits to end his 5-game losing streak.

Frank Sullivan allows two hits and Jackie Jensen hits a grand slam as the Red Sox down the Tigers, 7-0. Norm Zauchin adds a 2-run homer and Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with three walks.

The Redlegs purchase OF Sam Mele from the Red Sox.

24th  Washington bonus baby Harmon Killebrew boots a Kaline grounder in the 5th as the Tigers take a 13–0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Killebrew silences the boos by crushing his first major league HR, off Billy Hoeft. The Tigers coast to the win, 18–7.

25th  Miseries plague the Dodger pitching staff. Russ Meyer goes on the disabled list with a broken collarbone, and Carl Erskine has arm trouble. Still, they win today, beating Milwaukee, 5-3, behind Don Newcombe (13-1).

26th  In the first of two at Griffith, Dean Stone goes 10 innings in losing to the visiting Tigers, 6-4. With 2 on and one out in the 8th the Senators pinch hit for rookie Harmon Killebrew (lifetime .256 hitter)—with pitcher Mickey McDermott (lifetime .252 hitter)–who flies out to CF. The Killer shows no hard feelings, hitting his second ML homer in game 2 as McDermott goes the distance to win, 12-4. Roy Sievers has 2 triples and 4 RBIs for the Nats.

27th  The Orioles trade 2B Bobby Young to the Indians for IF Hank Majeski.

Boston’s young star 1B Harry Agganis dies of complications following a bout with pneumonia. The “Golden Greek” was hitting .313 this season in 25 games. His last appearance was in a May 15 doubleheader when he stroked 5 hits.

29th  Willie Mays hits the first grand slam of his career, off Clem Labine, and accounts for all the RBIs in a 6–1 Giant win over Brooklyn. Roy Campanella has a broken spur in his knee and will miss 2 weeks.

30th  At Washington, Joe Cronin declares his Red Sox are only playing today because it is a Red Cross benefit game. In deference to the Sox, the Senators move the game’s start from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. so it does not coincide with the burial of Harry Agganis in Lynn, MA. Also, the Sox players don’t participate in the pre-game antics such as the egg-tossing contest, the phantom infield practice and the blindfolded wheelbarrow race, won by Camilo Pascual. Finishing off the day is a post-game dressage exhibition by Arthur Godfrey: his horse spends the game grazing by the visitors’ bullpen. After a 15-minute tribute to Agganis, the Senators beat the Red Sox, 3-2. Frank Shea, who sung “You Gotta Have Heart,” from “Damn Yankees,” with Mickey McDermott before the game (“Shea only sang the “heart”) strikes out Norm Zauchin with the bases loaded to end the game.

The Dodgers come back three times to beat the Giants, 6-5. On the front end of a double steal with Dusty Rhodes in the 7th, Wayne Terwilliger scores to put New York up, 3-2. Brooklyn scores in the 9th to tie it up. Mays hits a 2-run homer in the 10th and Brooklyn again comes back to tie, Durocher uses 4 pitchers to pitch to 4 batters in the 11th but Brooklyn scores to win, 6-5. The Dodgers press Dixie Howell into service when Rube Walker is injured in the 8th in a collision with Mays: Campanella is out with a knee injury.

1955 July

1st  At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer, Ransom Jackson, and Gene Baker all homer in the 2nd inning against the Cardinals. Baker’s is a grand slam. Ernie Banks adds another homer later to help Chicago win 11–7.

At Cleveland, Early Wynn hurls his 3rd straight shutout, handing the White Sox their 6th straight defeat, 1–0. Billy Pierce takes the loss. Wynn has now thrown 29 straight scoreless innings, but will give up a 1st inning HR on July 5 to Joe DeMaestri.

4th The Red hot Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees at Boston, winning 4–2 and 10–5. Jackie Jensen, with a grand slam, and Norm Zauchin, with a 3-run homer, pace the Hubmen in the nightcap. Russ Williams has a double and HR in the opener to lead the offense. Willard Nixon, with relief help from Ike Delock, wins the opener: Delock strikes out 4 Yankees in the 9th. Reliever Tom Hurd wins the nightcap.

5th In Cincinnati, manager Birdie Tebbetts complains to Jocko Conlin about the delaying tactics of Cards catcher Bill Sarni, and Cards manager Harry Walker soon joins the discussion. The talk escalates to punches and the two managers end up on the ground wrestling. Both bloodied skippers are tossed and will get fines of $100. Sarni gets a $25 slap. The Redlegs tally twice in the 9th to win, 5–4.

6th In his first ML start, Sandy Koufax goes 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates at Forbes Field. He gives up just three hits but walks 8 while fanning 4. He gets no decision as the Bucs win, 4–1.

7th  Dick Donovan (10-2) pitches the White Sox to a 12-1 win over the Tigers, allowing a homer to Fred Hatfield. Walt Dropo drives in 5 runs for the Sox, four on a grand slam. It is Moose’s second grand slam of the year.

8th  Light-hitting Joe DeMaestri of the Athletics goes 6-for-6 in an 11-inning, 11–8 loss to the Tigers.

Spahn and Burdette each win their 7th game to give the Braves a doubleheader win as the Braves beat the Reds, 4-2 and 5-3. For the offense, Mathews and Aaron have two-run homers for the afternoon. Gus Bell has 3 hits and a homer in the nightcap to run his hit streak to 21 games. It stops here.

9th  Chicago newspaperman Arch Ward, the originator of the All-Star Game, dies at age 58 as he is leaving to cover his 22nd mid season classic.

At Busch Stadium, Tom Poholsky tops Warren Hacker, 4-2, as all the scoring comes via homeruns. Jim King and Hank Sauer go deep for the Cubs and Stan Musial answers with a grand slam.

Giants P Jim Hearn does it all, hitting 2 HRs and single and drives in 4 runs in whipping the Dodgers 10–2 at the Polo Grounds. For Hearn, it is his 3rd and 4th HRs of the year.

10th  Despite giving up two solo homers to Mantle, the Nat’s Dean Stone holds on for a 6–4 win in Washington in the 1st of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit, then later adds a double. In the nightcap, Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win, 8–3.

12th  In the All-Star Game in Milwaukee, the AL takes a 5-run lead on a 3-run shot by Mickey Mantle off Robin Roberts, only to see the NL tie it. Braves P Gene Conley strikes out the side in the 12th, and Stan Musial of the Cards homers off Frank Sullivan of the Red Sox to win it.

13th  The Orioles deal OF Hoot Evers to the Indians in exchange for P Bill Wight.

14th  The Indians sign 2-time batting champ Ferris Fain as a free agent. Fain was released by the Tigers.

The Reds storm the Bastille, scoring in 7 different innings and stomping the Pirates, 19–1. Wally Post scores 5 runs.

17th  In what would be their most important move of the season, the Brooklyn Dodgers bring up rookie pitchers Roger Craig and Don Bessent from the minor leagues. They immediately pay dividends as they beat the Reds in both ends of a doubleheader. Craig wins, 6–2, and Bessent matches it, 8–5.

At Connie Mack Stadium, Phils reliever Russ Meyer walks and scores the winning run in the 11th in picking up the victory, 12-11, over the Cubs. Del Ennis has 4 hits for the Phils, and teammate Bobby Morgan has a homer and 5 RBIs. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs for Chicago, which led 11-4 in the 6th inning. This is all part of a disastrous 1–12 road trip in July for Chicago.

Earl Torgeson steals home with 2 outs in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The steal comes with Bob Turley on the mound and Detroit sweeps three from New York.

Vern Law pitches 18 innings, giving up just 9 hits and 2 runs while fanning 12. Law gives up a homer to Eddie Mathews in the 1st and another run in the 4th. He gets no decision as his Pirates beat Milwaukee, 4–3, in 19 innings. The win goes to reliever Bob Friend, who allows a run in the 19th, but the Pirates score twice. This is the longest pitching effort since Les Mueller 10 years earlier, and no one will match him the rest of this century.

18th  Newly acquired Jim Wilson of Baltimore 2-hits the White Sox, 3–0.

19th  Playing like the real Babe, Detroit’s Babe Birrer pitches 4 innings of shutout relief, and hits two 3-run homers in a 12–4 win over Baltimore. They are his only career ribbies and home runs.

Chattanooga (SA) OF Jim Lemon clouts 4 home runs in the league’s all-star contest, as the all-stars defeat the first-place Birmingham club, Lemon has 7 RBIs.

20th Boston P George Susce Jr., son of A’s coach George Susce, yields a 1st inning single to KC’s Vic Power, and that’s it. Susce’s one-hitter over his dad’s team gives the Sox a 6–0 win.

21st The Redlegs Gus Bell hits 3 solo homers, but the Phils win, 5–3, to register their 10th straight win. This extends the Phils’ 20th century club record win streak, which they set yesterday.

      Warren Spahn, Braves lefty, hits a 3-run homer to beat the Pirates 5–3.

22nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, the Phillies beat the Cardinals, 5–3. The win completes an 11-game winning streak, extending a team record, with all the wins coming at home. They drop the nightcap, 8–1. Harvey Haddix wins the nightcap over Herm Wehmeier, who has never beaten St. Louis in his career.

A day after he collects his 2,000th hit, Pee Wee Reese is given at birthday party at Ebbets Field (his birthday is the 23rd, correct, though after his career he reveals he shaved a year or 2). Fans are asked to bring something to light up and 33,000 fans comply. Pee Wee celebrates by collecting two doubles and a single, and the Dodgers beat Gene Conley and the Braves, 8–4. The 2nd place Braves now trail by 14 1/2 games.

23rd  LF Del Ennis of the Phillies hits 3 HRs and drives in all 7 runs—one short of George Kelly’s NL mark, set in 1924—as the Phils beat the Cards, 7–2. Robin Roberts wins his 16th and 6th in a row.

In the 9th inning at Kansas City, Yankee pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner and Elston Howard adds a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The back-to-back pinch homers in the same inning by teammates is a ML record first, and the two pinch homers ties an AL mark set on May 26, 1937. The two homers tie the game, but KC wins in 11 innings, 8–7.

24th Pitching for Seattle, Elmer Singleton fires his 2nd PCL no-hitter, beating San Diego, 2-0, in 7 innings. Singleton pitched a 12-inning no-hitter in 1952, only to give up 3 hits in the 13th and lose. He joins Skeeter Fanning as the only PCL hurler with 2 no-hitters. In 2 days, former Dodger Chris Van Cuyk will pitch another PCL no-hitter, beating LA, 2–0, in 7 innings for Oakland.

     Canadian native and veteran minor-leaguer Jean-Pierre Roy, 3-3 in the Quebec Provincial League this year, finishes his career with an unusual stunt in Montréal as the Royals play the Havana Sugar Kings in a doubleheader (as noted by Rory Costello). From 11 A.M to 5:45 P.M., throughout the twinbill, the 35-year-old throws an estimated 2,835 pitches in the bullpen, finally quitting because of blisters. One of his two weary catchers is the great NHL goalie Jacques Plante.

25th In his third year of eligibility, Joe DiMaggio is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining “Joltin’ Joe” are catchers Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk, Frank “Home Run” Baker and pitchers Dazzy Vance and Ted Lyons.

26th The Yankees release pitcher Ted Gray, who will be signed by Baltimore, his 4th AL team this year. Just 2 other players have played for 4 AL teams in one season.

27th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs win a two-game battle with the Giants, sweeping the twinbill, 4-2 and 9-8. Paul Minner (8-4) is victorious in the opener with help from Gene Baker, who has 3 hits including a two-run homer. In game 2, the Cubs overcome two homers by Willie Mays and a grand slam by Dusty Rhodes to win 9-8. Baker has another 3 hits, Dee Fondy clubs 2 homers and Ernie Banks hits one as Chicago plates 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to come back.

The Cardinals break a 1-1 tie with 5 runs in the 8th, four on a grand slam by Wally Moon, off Pirate starter Elroy Face to win, 6-1. Harvey Haddix allows 3 hits.

28th  The White Sox overcome Mantle’s triple and 2-run homer in the 9th to nip New York at the Stadium, 3–2. Connie Johnson is the winner.

29th  Redlegs C Smoky Burgess connects for 3 HRs—one a grand slam—and collects 9 RBIs in a 16–5 pounding of the Pirates. Teammate Bob Thurman also hits a grand slam.

In a 3-2 win over the Athletics, Whitey Ford takes Vic Raschi deep in the 7th to put the Yanks in the lead, 2-1. It is Ford’s first ML homer. Each team scores another run and Ford (12-5) is the complete game winner, 3-2.

30th  The Orioles get P Ed Lopat from the Yankees for P Jim McDonald and cash. New York waives the veteran to make room for Don Larsen.

Led by Elmer Valo’s HR and three doubles and a single, double and triple by Hector Lopez, the A’s pound the Yankees, 12-2, to spoil Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. With 20 of the 34 living Hall of Famers on hand, the pre-game contest is more popular than the regularly scheduled one. Led by Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee old-timers (DiMaggios) whip the Hall of Famers, 7-3. Tommy Henrich paces the charge with an inside-the-park grand slam, and DiMaggio drives in the other runs with a pair of doubles.

Bob Porterfield scatters 7 hits as the Senators top the first-place White Sox, 1-0, to end the Nats 12-game losing streak. Billy Pierce allows 5 hits in the loss. It is the fourth 1-0 loss for the Sox this month, a goose egg feat that no AL team will match the rest of the century.

31st  Happy Anniversary, Joe. On the anniversary of his 4-HR game, Braves 1B Joe Adcock has his arm broken by a pitch from the Giants Jim Hearn. He will be out for the season. Adcock’s replacement, George Crowe, homers in the 7–3 loss to the Giants. Mays starts the scoring with a HR off Spahn in the 1st.

In today’s first game, New York’s Don Larsen wins 5–2. Kansas City’s Cloyd Boyer, who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for HRs—by Bauer, Mantle, and Berra—takes the loss. The A’s rebound in game 2 to win, 7-1, behind Art Ditmar, as the two teams collaborate for 9 DPs, with the New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990), and the 12 for both games, also matches the AL mark.

Using the long ball, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Tigers at Fenway, 7–3 and 3–2. Ted Williams thumps his 12th career grand slam in opener, part of a 6-run 4th inning. Frank Sullivan is the CG winner. Piersall’s leadoff homer in the 9th of game 2 ends that contest and makes a winner of young Frank Baumann, relieving in his ML debut. A highlite of the nightcap is Harvey Kuenn’s moving background in the 7th inning to distract Williams. On the first pitch by Hoeft, the SS crosses over to the 2B side of the bag, and Williams protests to Ed Rommel, who did not see the move. On the next pitch, Kuenn bluffs a move and Rommel orders him to stop. That starts an argument by Billy Hitchcock and Fred Hatfield, who are promptly tossed out of the game by 3B ump Frank Umont. Kuenn moves again on the 6th pitch and Williams fouls out. The umps then warn Detroit manager Bucky Harris that Kuenn will be gone if he tries to distract another batter. Afterwards, Kuenn defended himself, saying, “I was just moving with the pitch.”

Led by Johnny Temple’s 7 hits, the Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 6–5 and 7–4.

A day after the Braves pound him out of the game in the 1st inning, the Giants sell P Sal Maglie (9-5) to the Cleveland Indians.

The AL-leading White Sox suffer a great blow as their top pitcher, Dick Donovan (13–4), undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will miss 3 weeks.

Ty Cobb is a guest on the television show WHAT’S MY LINE.

1955 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1955 September

2nd  After sitting out since August 7th with a broken rib, SS Alvin Dark of the Giants falls and breaks his shoulder in a game against the Phillies. The Phils win, 5–3, as Robin Roberts wins his 22nd.

Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin’s return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington’s only hit. The Yanks win 4–2 as Mantle hits his 36th HR, a 3-run shot, off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stays a half game behind the White Sox, winners over the 3rd-place Indians. Billy Martin will hit .300 in September, and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.

Ernie Banks belts his 40th homer to set a new ML record for shortstops. The previous record of 39 was held by Vern Stephens. Teammates Randy Jackson and Walker Cooper also homer to help Paul Minner win 12–2 over the Cards. Wally Moon homers for St. Louis and Tom Poholsky is the losing pitcher.

3rd Sandy Koufax hurls his 2nd consecutive shutout, topping the Pirates 4–0 on 5 hits.

At Yankee Stadium, both leadoff hitters belt homers—Eddie Yost for the Senators and Hank Bauer for New York. Mickey Vernon has 4 hits for Washington and the Nats score 5 runs in the 8th inning to win, 10-5.

In a Sooner State League at Lawton, OK, Lawton beats Ardmore like a rented mule, winning 28-5. The Braves 31-hit attack is led by third baseman William Dennis, who goes 7-for-7 with 3 home runs, a triple and 12 RBIs.

4th  Mickey Mantle’s first-inning 3-run HR allows Bob Turley to coast to an 8–3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.

After hitting a 3-run HR in the 1st, Phils C Stan Lopata collapses in the dugout. The Giants win, 7–4. Lopata’s collapse is believed to be a delayed reaction to a beaning he received on September 2 against the Giants. He’ll return to action on the 9th.

5th  Pitcher Don Newcombe wins his 20th game of the season, 11–4, over the Phillies. Newk hits his 7th HR of the season to set a new NL record for HRs by a pitcher. He will collect 74 total bases this year, while slugging .632.

7th  Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record 2nd consecutive one-hitter, beating the A’s 2–1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only hit. Ford is the 7th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters beginning with One Arm Daily in 1884. Arnie Portocarrero is the hard-luck loser.

At Pittsburgh, Bob Friend (11-9) allows just one baserunner as he beats the Cubs, 2-0. Frankie Baumholtz, with a single in the 4th, is the only Cub to get on base against the Pirate ace.

Cleveland’s Early Wynn stops the Orioles on 5 hits and wins, 6–0. It is his 200th career win on the way to 300. Larry Doby supplies the offense with a pair of homers.

8th  Brooklyn clinches the pennant by beating the Braves 10–2 for their 8th straight win. They break their own ML record for the earliest clinching, set in 1953. Second place Milwaukee is 131⁄2 games back.

9th  Brooklyn loses in the opener to the Cubs, 11–4, as Chicago collects 15 hits, 9 for extra bases. Bob Rush beats Don Newcombe, who was trying for win 21. The Dodgers win the nightcap 16–9 as pitcher Clem Labine gets his 3rd HR of the year. Labine has just 3 hits all year, but all 3 are dingers. Don Zimmer has two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as each team hits 4 homers. The Dodgers lead is now 16 1⁄2 games.

10th  OF Hank Bauer of the Yankees, pressed into emergency service as a catcher, permits a passed ball, setting up the winning run in a 9–8 loss to the White Sox.

11th  With Herm Wehmeier on the mound, Del Crandall belts a 2-out grand slam in the 9th inning to climax a 5-run rally and give the Braves a 5–4 win over the Phils. It is Crandall’s 3rd slam of the season. Milwaukee takes the nightcap, 9–1, behind Humberto Robinson, whose wildness in the final frame prevents a shut out. He hits 18-year-old bonus baby Fred Van Dusen with a pitch in what will be Van Dusen’s only ML plate appearance.

RF Enos Slaughter of the A’s plays in his 2,000th ML game, getting a pinch single in a 4–3 victory over the Orioles.

In a move to shore up their pitching down the stretch, the Yankees buy Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price.

12th Antonelli does it all. The Giants Johnny Antonelli collects four hits against the Braves—two singles, a double and a home run and four runs batted in. He also pitches a complete game 9-1 win.

13th  In game 1 at Baltimore, Ray Moore shuts out the White Sox, 2-0, Jimmy Dyke gives the O’s a 4-0 lead in game 2 with a 1st-inning grand slam, but Baltimore blows a 6-3 lead in the 9th as the White Sox score 6 runs to win 9-6. Three walks to start the 9th don’t help. The split leaves the Sox in 3rd place, 4 1/2 games back.

14th  Herb Score of the Indians breaks Grover Cleveland Alexander’s rookie record of 227 strikeouts, but the Senators win, 3–2, beating reliever Ray Narleski. Score finishes the season with 245 K’s.

At Fenway, Gus Zernial has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs as the A’s defeat the Red Sox, 7-3. Art Ditmar (1-12) is the winner.

16th  The Yankees, trailing the Indians by a half-game with 11 games to play, open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3–0 lead, but are behind 4–3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a HR off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it, and with 2 outs, Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning HR to win it 5–4. When Detroit beats Cleveland, 3-0, the Yanks move in first to stay. Slugger Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September, and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.

At Baltimore the Orioles edge the Senators twice, winning 5-4 and 8-7. Roy Sievers hits a grand slam for the Nats in game 2, driving in 5 runs.

Kansas City scores 7 runs in the first inning and rolls to a 13-7 win over the faltering White Sox. The 3rd place Sox lose their 10th in 17 games. Hector Lopez hits a 3-run homer in the first to start the scoring and later in the game Joe Astroth adds a 3-run homer. George Kell and Chico Carrasquel homer for the Sox. In the 8th, 16-year-old shortstop Alex George debuts for Kansas City, handling two chances in the field flawlessly and making out in his one at bat. George will go 1-for-10 in this his only ML season.

17th  Future Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson goes 2-for-4 in his first game as the O’s top the Senators, 3–1.

Rizzuto and Cerv pull off a 1st inning double steal, but the Scooter is knocked unconscious in the 4th by a pitch from George Susce. Byrne’s 4-hitter gives New York a critical, 4–1, win, as the Indians bow to the Tigers. New York’s woes continue: following an out, Moose Skowron kicks a water cooler and breaks his toe.

18th  In a 7–5 loss to Brooklyn, Willie Mays hits his 9th HR of the year at Ebbets Field to tie Joe Adcock’s 1954 mark at Ebbets.

The Tigers deal the Indians a crushing 10–3 defeat, the 3rd loss in a row to Detroit. Cleveland now trails the Yanks by 2 games.

Gus Zernial hits his second grand slam in 4 days and drives in 5 runs and the Athletics pound the slumping White Sox, 8-1. Art Ditmar evens his record at 12-12.

Reliever Bob Grim pitches 7 hitless innings to enable the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox, 3–2. Nemesis Nixon is handed the defeat.

19th  Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his 5th grand slam of the season, off Lindy McDaniel, to set a new ML mark (since topped), but the Cubs lose 6-5 in 12 innings, to the Cardinals. Rip Repulski’s homer off Jim Davis is the winner. For Banks, it is number 44.

Superfan Bill Sherwood, perched on top of a flag pole since June 23rd, finally descends after the Braves end their chance to win 7 straight games. Sherwood vowed to stay aloft until the Braves won 7 in a row; they were able to win 6 in a row three times, but never reached 7. They don’t play today, but the Braves will win tomorrow, beating the Reds, 7–0, behind Lew Burdette.

20th  Brooklyn sweeps a pair from the Phils, winning 6–3 and 6–1 over Murry Dickson and Robin Roberts. In game 2, reserve 1B Frank Kellert’s HR in the 4th is the Dodgers 200th of the season, making them the first team to hit 200 or more in a season more than once. They did it with 208 in 1953. Robin Roberts surrenders a 2nd homer, to George Shuba, making it 40 for the season, a ML record (he’ll serve up one more). The previous mark set in 1948, by game 1 loser Dickson.

Giants slugger Willie Mays poles 2 HRs against the Pirates, giving him 50 for the year, making him only the 7th player in history to accomplish this. The Giants sweep the doubleheader, winning 11–1 and 14–8. Both of Mays’ homers are against Vernon Law and gives him 5 against the Pirate pitcher this year. His four-bagger in the 2nd game is his 7th in 6 consecutive games.

In his first ML start, Red Sox rookie Frank Malzone is 6-for-10 in a doubleheader loss against Baltimore. His 6 hits are consecutive. The O’s win 3–2 in 10 innings, and 7–4, to stretch their win streak to 6 games.

The Scooter returns to action and bats 9th behind Don Larsen as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, 6–3 and 9–7. The Bombers now lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games with 5 to play.

21st Gus Bell makes it easy for P Johnny Klippstein by driving in 8 runs to pace the Reds to a 14–5 win over Milwaukee. Bell has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to raise his RBI total to 102. Ted Kluszewski chips in with 4 hits including his 47th homer of the year as just 1,503 watch in Cincinnati. The offense for Milwaukee is mostly Johnny Logan’s grand slam.

Cubs rookie Bob Speake makes a game-saving catch of an Alex Grammas drive in the 11th, but fractures his wrist when he slams into the wall. He is carried off on a stretcher. The Cubs score 4 in the 13th, 3 on a Jackson triple with the sacks full, to win, 7–5.

23rd  After losing the first game, 8–4, the Yanks clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox, 3–2. Don Larsen, with Whitey Ford in a sparkling relief effort, notches the win. Ford gets Williams to ground into a DP with the sacks full. Jackie Jensen has a homer in each game, tying Ted Williams’ team record by hitting a homer in 4 straight games against the Yankees.

After a running feud with owner Charlie Comiskey, Jr., Frank Lane resigns as GM of the White Sox. He had been GM for 7 years.

24th  The Giants fail to renew manager Leo Durocher’s contract. He resigns and is replaced by Bill Rigney. Durocher will take a job as a broadcaster.

The Washington Senators lose their 99th and 100th games of the season, the first time the franchise has ever reached the century mark. The Orioles do the damage 1–0 and 8–5.

25th  In Durocher’s last game as manager, Bobby Hofman underscores the tone of the season for the Giants as he lines into a 9th inning season-ending triple play against the Phillies in a 3–1 loss. Seemingly wanting to end the season quickly, the Giants hit into double plays in the 7th and 8th. The Giants win the opener, 5–2, as Willie Mays belts his 51st HR of the year. Mays ties John Mize for the team record.

The Dodgers close out the regular season with a 4–0 whitewash of the Pirates. Russ Meyer gets the victory. The Dodgers win the season series against all 7 opponents.

Detroit OF Al Kaline is 0-for-1 but becomes the youngest batting champ in history, as he takes the AL crown at age 20 with a .340 average. The Tigers top the Indians, 6–2.

Billy Pierce (15-10) stops the Athletics on three singles and the White Sox win, 5-0. Nellie Fox is 4-for-4 to run his consecutive hit streak to 9 straight (as noted by historian Trent McCotter).

Wally Moon homers, off the Braves Chet Nichols, to run the league home run total to a since-topped NL record 1,263. The Cardinals win, 8–5. The homer comes on Moon’s last at bat against the Braves this year, matching what he did against them in 1954.

The Red Sox and Yankees split a WS tune-up, as Stengel uses 17 players in each game. New York wins, 9–2, then loses 8–1 to Susce. Williams is 1-for-1 in each game and is replaced with a pinch runner. He finishes the season at .356, well ahead of Kaline’s .340, but he does not have enough at bats to win the batting title. The same thing happened in 1954. Williams was walked 136 times in 1954 and 71 times (an AL-leading 17 were intentional) this year. A rule change will be made to recognize plate appearances, not times at bat. The Throneberry brothers face in other for the first time in the opener with New York’s Marv collecting 2 hits to Faye’s 0. Haywood Sullivan and Frank Sullivan, the losing pitcher, are the Boston battery in game 1, but they aren’t related.

28th  The Yanks win the first game of the WS, as Whitey Ford beats Don Newcombe, 6–5. In a controversial play with Frank Kellert at bat, Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. Films later disclose that Robinson is out by a whisker, but Yankee C Yogi Berra actually balked on the play, receiving Whitey Ford’s pitch before Kellert could swing at it.

In the last game at Minneapolis’ Nicollet Park, the Millers (American Association) clip the Rochester Red Wings (International League) 9–4 in the 7th game of the Junior World Series. The win gives the Millers their first-ever Jr. WS Championship.

29th  In Game 2 of the WS, lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4–2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.

30th  The Dodgers Johnny Podres defeats Bob Turley who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. C Roy Campanella leads the attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI, as Brooklyn wins 8–3 behind the strong effort of lefty Johnny Podres.

31st  The Series evens up with an 8–5 win. Campanella and Gil Hodges give the Dodgers a 4–3 lead, and Snider’s 3-run shot in the 5th insures the victory.

1955 October

1st  Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5–3 win. Two HRs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider, who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS, becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.

2nd  The Yanks kayo lefty Karl Spooner, a surprise pick by manager Alston, in the first with 5 runs on 2 walks, 2 singles and Moose Skowron’s HR. Ford goes all the way for the 5–1 victory. It is Spooner’s last ML appearance, the victim of an arm injury in spring training.

3rd  No more “wait till next year” as Brooklyn, behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres, brings its first WS championship to Brooklyn in 8 tries. Sixth-inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in LF to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on. Amoros turns and fires to SS Pee Wee Reese who throws a bullet to Gil Hodges at 1B for the DP on Yankee base runner Gil McDougald. Brooklyn pulls off 12 DPs in the WS, a new record.

6th  The Cards name Frank “Trader” Lane as their new GM, succeeding Richard Meyer, who doubled as a Card official and an executive with Anheuser-Busch. Meyer is named Executive veep. Yesterday, Vice-President Bill Walsingham resigned after 29 years with the team. He was the nephew of one-time owner Sam Breadon.

9th Pitcher Howie Fox, out of the majors in 1955, is knifed to death in a bar fight in San Antonio, Texas. The 34-year-old was 1–2 in 1954.

12th  The Cardinals give manager Harry Walker his hat and replace him with Fred Hutchinson. With the departure of Walker, who pinch hit for the Cards during the season, the 1956 season will be the first one in NL history without a player-manager. The AL first went to all bench managers in 1930, then repeated in 1951.

18th Home run slugger and future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner calls it quits. Kiner hit just 18 homers for the Indians in 1955.

25th  Baseball great Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates and moves into an advisory role with the Pirates. Joe L. Brown, son of the actor, replaces him.

With Luis Aparicio waiting in the wings, the White Sox trade SS Chico Carrasquel and Jim Busby to the Indians for Larry Doby.

27th Hall of Fame pitcher Clark Griffith dies at the age of 85. Griffith had been owner and president of the Washington Senators since 1919.

1955 November

2nd  The Pirates name Bobby Bragan as their new field manager, replacing Fred Haney.

5th Bert Wilson, the radio voice of the Chicago Cubs on station WIND since 1943, dies at the age of 44. The cause was high blood pressure.

8th  The Senators trade stalwarts Mickey Vernon, Bob Porterfield, Johnny Schmitz and Tom Umphlett to the Red Sox for 5 young players: P Dick Brodowski, P Truman Clevenger, P Al Curtis, and outfielders Neil Chrisley and Karl Olson.

21st  In an obvious power struggle for control, the principal founding father of Little League, Carl Stotz, sues the organization for breach of contract. The suit will be settled out of court.

28th  The Cubs trade P Hal Jeffcoat to the Redlegs for C Hobie Landrith. They also draft veteran Monte Irvin from the Giants organization.

1955 December

1st  The Tigers bring back P Virgil Trucks in a trade with the White Sox for 3B Bubba Phillips

5th  The Cardinals buy 41-year-old Ellis Kinder from the Bosox. He will team up with the like-aged Walker Cooper to form just the second 40+ battery. Curt Davis and Clyde Sukeforth, in 1945, are the other duo.

Little League founder Carl Stotz plans to set up a rival Little League of his own.

8th  Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins his third NL MVP, matching the record of Stan Musial. Campy just beats out teammate Duke Snider, 226-221, but a clerical error, discovered later by Sid Keener of The Sporting News, may have cost Snider a share of the award. Campy is named on all 24 ballots cast, while Duke is named on 23. But on the ballot that fails to mention Snider, Campy is listed twice—for 1st place and 6th place. If the ballot is invalidated, Snider wins; if the assumption is made that the writer made an error and meant to vote Snider in 6th place, the two teammates tie at 226 points apiece.

In the American League, Yankee catcher Yogi Berra wins his second straight MVP award.

Two days after the death of Cy Young at the age of 88, Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 81, dies in Carnegie, PA.

9th  The Dodgers send OF Walt Moryn, Don Hoak and P Russ Meyer to the Cubs for P Don Elston, 3B Ransom Jackson. Brooklyn expects Jackson to take over 3B from the ageing Jackie Robinson. Meyer has the best record in history against the Cubs, at one point going 22-1 against them.

The Phils purchase veteran CF Frankie Baumholtz from the Cubs. Frankie will play in 76 games next year without an extra base hit, a NL record that will be topped. Red Sox Mike McNally, in 1916, played in 87 games without an long hit, a record Luis Gomez will break in 1989 (as noted by Lee Sinins).

The Reds trade pitcher Frank Smith to the Cards for 3B Ray Jablonski.

15th The Cards sign C Walker Cooper who started his career with St. Louis in 1940.

1956 January

6th  A federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group. He initiated the suit because he felt the league had grown too big, and that increasing team rosters to 15 players was preventing less able players from getting any real playing time.

The Boston Red Sox sell their Louisville farm club to a Cuban cartel led by Havana businessman Edward F. Wheeler.

18th  The Reds release veteran Sam Mele, who will sign with the Indians for a year.

19th  The City of Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring the achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field in the New Jersey city.

27th  The New York Giants football team of the NFL switches its home games to Yankee Stadium, leading to speculation that the baseball team will soon vacate the Polo Grounds as well.

31st The Reds send Jackie Collum to the Cards for pitchers Brooks Lawrence and Sonny Senerchia. Lawrence, who finished the year at 5–1 after spending time in the minors, will open the 1956 season with 13 straight victories.

1956 February

4th  The AL says it will test the automatic intentional walk during spring training. The Major Leagues vote to establish the Cy Young Memorial Award for outstanding pitcher of the year.

5th  New York Mayor Robert Wagner and Brooklyn Borough President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build a $30 million sports center in downtown Brooklyn.

The ML owners reject the players’ request for an increase in the minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,000.

6th  Dodger President Walter O’Malley backs the Wagner-Cashmore plan, vowing to buy $4 million worth of bonds.

8th  The legendary Connie Mack dies at age 93. He began his career with Washington in 1886 as a catcher. After managing the NL Pittsburgh club from 1894-96, he became a prominent figure in Ban Johnson’s Western League and a founder of the AL and its Philadelphia franchise in l901. In 50 years as the Athletics pilot he won 9 pennants and 5 World Championships, but also finished last 17 times.

The Senators send P Mickey McDermott and SS Bob Kline to the Yankees in exchange for C Lou Berberet, infielder Herb Plews, pitchers Dick Tettlebach and Bob Wiesler and a player to be named later (Whitey Herzog).

9th  The Cubs sign Ben Banks, 22-year-old brother of Ernie, recently discharged from the military. The ex-Monarch will not make it out of the minors.

Jim Hearn wins the third annual Early Wynn golf Tournament with a 5-over 221 on the 54-hole Bobby Jones course in Sarasota. He beats pitcher John Gray by 6 strokes. Tied for third are Al Lopez, Paul Waner, and Billy Goodman. Defending champ Heinie Manush played just two rounds before withdrawing. Manush has been laid up with illness for several months. Goodman, Gray, Freddie Hutchinson and Lew Burdette showed off their water-skiing skills during the three-day event.

On the West Coast Vern Stephens wins the first annual Winter League golf championships, held in Long Beach. Finishing tied for second are Bob Lemon and former minor leaguer Daroll Shimer.

15th  Exhibition games in Birmingham, AL are called off because of the race laws of that city. The Dodgers-Braves game of April 6 and the Pirates-A’s games of March 31st and April 1st are affected. All four teams have black players. The Dodgers and Braves will play their match in Chattanooga, TN, while the Bucs-A’s go to New Orleans. Meanwhile, a bill in the Alabama legislature that would prohibit the mixing of races in a ball game dies in committee. This is the second year the bill has failed to pass.

16th  The courts award Dr. Samuel Shenkman $5,000 in his suit against Dodger C Roy Campanella for surgery on Campy’s injured hand on October 20, 1954. Campanella says the doctor never informed him that the charge would be $9,500, a price the catcher considered excessive.

ML owners announce that the players’ pension fund will receive 60 percent of WS and All-Star Game radio and TV revenues.

Three days after winning Early Wynn’s golf tourney, Jim Hearn adds the Cavalcade of Champions trophy to his trophy case shooting a 233 over 54 holes at Lake Worth. He also wins the driving event with a 284-yard blast. Former QB Otto Graham wins the Celebrity division with a 227 score.

19th  In the Baseball Players’ Golf Tournament in Miami, A’s pitcher Lou Kretlow defeats Alvin Dark, 2-1, to win. Kretlow, a runner-up in 1954, defeated Bobby Thomson, Tommy Byrne and John Grey to reach the finals. Jim Hearn wins the 18-hole medal play for losers with a 71, with John Grey second at 74. Grey did sink a hole in one in special play, but it was two hours before the hole in one contest for a car. Jack Russell, who won in 1952 when it was an open, won the inactive ML players championship, beating Augie Bergamo. Russell also won last year. Art Sommerfield wins the minor league division. Competing in the active players’ division, Yogi Berra plays one hole by hitting two drives righthanded, and a wedge shot and putt lefthanded. Jim Hearn, who won two tourneys in the past two weeks, shoots a 78 to finish back.

27th  The Piedmont League disbands after 37 years in operation.

1956 March

3rd  In an effort to keep the Giants in New York, Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium over the New York Central railroad tracks, on a 470,000-foot site stretching from 60th to 72nd streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The estimated cost of $75 million for the stadium eventually dooms the project and will be a major factor in Horace Stoneham’s decision to move to San Francisco.

The Giants and Indians cancel an exhibition game in Meridian, MS, because of racial violence in neighboring Alabama.

7th  The player reps accept the owners’ decisions on minimum pay and the WS TV pact. They seek workman’s compensation coverage. The player reps rehire J. M. Lewis as their representative.

11th At Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, there are no maybes about it as Mickey Mantle hits a Grapefruit League pitch from Larry Jackson over the left field wall into the bay. The Yanks top the Cards 4–3. Musial contends, “no home run has ever cleared my head by as much as long as I can remember.” He’ll hit another at Al Lang Field on March 20th off Bob Mave to that also lands in the water. Mantle will clock a 500-foot shot in Miami on the 24th against the Dodgers.

14th  Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League) at age 50 to play and manage.

24th  The Indians sign OF/1B Sam Mele, just released by the Red Sox.

30th The Cubs send former MVP slugger Hank Sauer to the Cardinals for OF Pete Whisenant and cash.

1956 April

7th  In an exhibition match, the Detroit Tigers are outhit but down Houston (Texas League), 10-1, as Al Kaline hits two grand slams.

Call it the lemonfruit league. Jim Lemon of the Washington Senators matches Kaline of the Tigers with 8 RBIs in a 16-12 win over the Reds in grapefruit league play. He gets walked his first three times up, then hits a double, triple and grand slam.

9th  The Braves trade 1B George Crowe to the Redlegs for OF Bob “Hurricane” Hazle and righthander Corky Valentine.

10th  Why don’t these count? Mel Parnell pitches a 4-hitter in Greenville, SC as his Red Sox kick the Phillies, 21-1.

16th  The Athletics purchase OF Johnny Groth from the Senators. The A’s also trade Lee Wheat and Tom Saffel plus cash to the Dodgers for Tim Thompson. Neither will play in Brooklyn, while Thompson will have a backup role in Kansas City.

17th  President Eisenhower throws out the first ball in Washington—actually two balls, both replicas of Spalding’s 1876 ball, and the Yanks and Senators each hit 3 HRs, the only time this has happened on Opening Day. Hitting LH, Mickey Mantle has 2 tape measure CF blasts over 500 feet off Camilo Pascual, as the Yanks win easily, 10–4. Berra is 4-for-4 with a double and homer and 5 RBIs to ease the way for winner Don Larsen. Camilo Pascual takes the loss. Karl Olson has two homers for Washington, the only time in history a Senator has gone deep twice on opening day, and rookie Dick Tettelbach hits another, his only major league round tripper. All but Mantle take advantage of the new shortened dimensions of Griffith Stadium. For the 3rd consecutive opener, President Dwight D. Eisenhower throws out the first ball and stays for 9 innings.

Oops. When fans are directed to stand for the National Anthem at Ebbets Field, there is a long silence before singer Everett McCooey asks over the loud speaker, “who’s going to raise the flag?” The flag and the championship flag are then hoisted. It is better than the Opener in 1913 at Ebbets Field when everyone forgot to bring a flag. The Dodgers then lose to the Phils, 8-6. Jim Gilliam has an inside-the-park homer for the Brooks, the last on opening day this century in the NL.

Despite 2 HRs by Dale Long, Pittsburgh loses to New York 4–3 when Willie Mays scores from 2B in the 8th inning on Daryl Spencer’s groundout to 2B. Bob Friend loses to Johnny Antonelli, who also clubs a HR. With the Dodgers opening in Brooklyn, this is the last time till 2013 that two teams open in New York on the same day.

Frank Robinson makes his ML debut with a double, off Vinegar Bend Mizell, in his first at bat. But the Cards beat the Reds, 4–2, when Musial hits a 2-out, 2-run 9th inning homer.

At Milwaukee, Lew Burdette shuts out the Cubs, 6-0, and gets help from Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock, who hit homers.

At Fenway, Ted Williams crosses up the “Williams Shift” by rapping 2 doubles to left and a single to CF to lead the Red Sox to an 8–1 win over the Orioles. Piersall also has 3 hits. Frank Sullivan is the winner allowing 8 hits and an unearned run and helping the offense with an unusual DP for an RBI. With the bases loaded in the 3rd, Sullivan flies to RF with Piersall scoring from 3B and Sammy White thrown out at 2B by RF Dave Philley. The pitcher hits into a DP, gets an RBI, and has no time at bat.

The White Sox, losers of their last 10 exhibition games, edge the visiting Indians, 2-1, on Bob Lemon’s bases-loaded walk. Jim Busby, traded by the Sox over the winter, accounts for the only Tribe tally with a home run.

Gus Zernial hits a pinch double to drive in 2 runs and spoil the one-man effort of Detroit’s Frank Lary. The A’s win, 2–1. Lary hurls a 6-hitter and accounts for the only run with an inside-the-park HR off Alex Kellner as Harry Simpson misses a shoestring catch. It is Lary’s only ML homer.

19th  Despite the cold weather, a crowd of 12,214 watches the Dodgers nip the Phillies 5–4 in 10 innings at Jersey City in the first of the 7 NL games the Dodgers will play here in 1956. The Phils take the lead in the top of the 10th, 4–3, but Brooklyn scores twice to win. Roy Campanella sparks the rally with a double, his 1,000th hit.

At Crosley Field, the Reds spot the Cardinals an 8–3 lead, then tie the game with 5 runs in the 7th inning. Four of the runs come on Ray Jablonski’s grand slam. The Cards score a run in the 10th, but the Reds score twice in the bottom of the frame to win the slugfest, 10–9.

In a dramatic southpaw duel, Chicago’s Jack Harshman and Cleveland’s Herb Score each fire 2-hitters, with the White Sox prevailing, 1–0. The Sox score in the 7th without a hit. On June 21, Harshman will win a one-hitter battle, 1–0.

20th In the Yankees home opener, Mantle clouts a three run homer and Whitey Ford goes all the way, allowing 5 Red Sox hits. New York wins, 7–1.

21st  Art Ditmar of the Athletics limits the White Sox to one hit—an Earl Battey single in the 3rd—winning 15–1, as the A’s score a ML record 13 runs in the 2nd inning. Two errors by 2B Spook Jacobs allows Battey to score.

Mickey Mantle homers for the 2nd day in a row against the Red Sox, to lead New York to a 14–10 shoot out at the Stadium. Mantle’s is one of seven homers hit. Mantle, playing with his thigh wrapped tightly after straining a muscle yesterday, is 3-for-5. Pete Daley hits his first ML homer, off Jim Konstanty.

The Orioles buy 2B Billy Gardner from the Giants for $20,000. Gardner will be a starter for the Birds over the next four seasons.

22nd  Yankee P Don Larsen slams a HR with the bases loaded off Frank Sullivan of the Red Sox, as New York wins 13–6. Larsen is lifted in the 5th and the win goes to Bob Grim.

In Philadelphia, The Phils manage just 3 hits in the opener, but one is a 3-run homer by Ted Kazanski as Robin Roberts wins, 3-1, over Johnny Antonelli. New York takes the nightcap, 9-7, when Willie Mays belts a 9th inning 3-run homer. When the Phillies bat in the bottom of the 9th, fans start throwing bottles and cans on the field. RF Whitey Lockman calls time, and returns with a helmet. “”I wouldn’t mind getting hit by a regular bottle, but when they break off the tops and throw them at you, that’s too much,” he says later. Outside police are called in to stop the bottle tossers. Beer is not sold at Connie Mack Stadium, but fans can bring bottles and cans into the park.

After starting the fireworks with a single in the 6th, Musial climaxes the 8-run frame with a grand slam to pace the Cards to a 10–4 win over the Braves in the 1st of 2. Ray Crone coasts to a 12–5 Braves win in game 2 for the first place Braves.

23rd Rookie Don Drysdale makes his first ML start a dandy by striking out the side in the first inning. He strikes out 9 as Brooklyn beats the Phils, 6–1.

24th  AL umpire Frank Umont is the first to wear glasses in a regular season game, between Detroit and Kansas City. The former NFL tackle (New York Giants) still presents an intimidating appearance to most players and fans. Tuttle, Boone, and Bertoia rap homers as the Tigers win, 7–4. Boone and Bertoia’s homers come in the 8th inning against Bill Bradford, pitching his only ML inning.

25th  At Connie Mack Stadium, the Pirates score a pair of runs in the 7th and beat the Phillies, 6-5. Phils rookie Angelo LiPetri makes his ML debut by striking out the side in the 9th inning, matching the mark of Paul Giel two years ago.

26th In his 8th game for the Indians, Chico Carrasquel has a double and a grand slam and 7 RBIs to lead them to a 14-2 scalping of the Kansas City Athletics. Bobby Avila has a homer and 4 RBIs as Early Wynn (2-0) allows 4 hits in the victory.

27th At Yankee Stadium, Mantle hits a shot to dead center that hits the bleachers and rebounds back onto the playing field. Red Sox CF Jimmy Piersall plays the ball and fires to 3B to hold the hustling Mantle to a triple. Stengel charges out to argue that the ball is a home run and gets tossed for his efforts. The Sox win, 6–4.

Following a ruling by PCL president Leslie O’Connor that the stripes on Portland’s shirts did not distract batters, Sacramento players appear on the field with white polka dots on their shirts. Umpire Chris Pelekoudas disallows them saying they are sewn on.

28th  Redlegs rookie LF Frank Robinson hits the first HR of his 586 lifetime blasts, off Cubs Paul Minner in Crosley Field. The Cubs lose, 9–1 to Brooks Lawrence.

29th  For the 3rd time in his career, Phillies LF Del Ennis spoils a no-hitter, this time singling off the Giants Ray Monzant, who wins the one-hitter 8–1 anyway in the 2nd game of a doubleheader.

The Reds take a pair from the Cubs winning 5–4 and 8–4 behind Hersh Freeman and Art Fowler. Turk Lown and Sam Jones take the losses. Wally Post is most of the offense, hitting 2 home runs in each game and driving in 8 runs for the afternoon. The Reds sweep all 4 games with Chicago.

In an exhibition game at Jersey City, the Indians nip the Dodgers, 1–0, in 10 innings. Sal Maglie pitches 4 scoreless innings for the Tribe, and the Dodgers are so impressed they will acquire The Barber on May 15th. He’ll provide 13 wins, including a no-hitter for Brooklyn.

1956 May

10th At Yankee Stadium, Bob Lemon gives Cleveland a 7–2 win over the Yankees. Mantle has a solo homer in the 6th for New York. For Mantle, it is his 20th homer of May, a new record. The slugger adds a double and two singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.

11th  If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The Cards trade pitchers Harvey Haddix, Stu Miller, and Ben Flowers to Philadelphia for P Herm Wehmeier and Murry Dickson. Wehmeier, who lost to the Cards two days ago, has never beaten St. Louis, losing his first game to them on July 3, 1949. The string of 14 losses to one team ties the ML record. The Cards also trade 2B Solly Hemus for SS Bobby Morgan in a separate deal.

Catcher Danny Kravitz hits a game-ending grand slam in the 9th to give the Pirates a 6-5 win over Philadelphia. Jack Meyer serves up the no-out gopher pitch.

Los Angeles (PCL) edges San Francisco, 6-5, as starter Dick Drott fans 14 in seven+ innings and relievers Marino Pieretti and Bob Anderson strike out 5 more. The 19 K’s ties the league mark set in 1905.

12th  Carl Erskine pitches his 2nd no-hitter for the Dodgers 4 years after his first, a 3–0 wipeout of the Giants. Two walks gave New York their only base runners.

Dick Gernert has 6 RBIs for Boston but they still fall to the Senators, 12-9. Russ Snyder has 5 RBIs on a double, triple and homerun for the Nats.

Orioles lefty Don Ferrarese allows no hits through eight innings against the Yankees, but Andy Carey and Hank Bauer open the 9th with singles. Ferrarese holds on for a two-hit, 1–0, victory.

13th  The Braves destroy the Redlegs 15–0 and 6–1. In game one, Warren Spahn homers as his offensive contribution to the win.

At Brooklyn, Duke Snider hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 6–4. Furillo’s homer provides the other score. It is the Duke’s first slam at Ebbets. With the bases loaded in the 8th and Hoyt Wilhelm on the mound, Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. It is the 12th and last time he’s been caught trying to swipe home.

14th Bob Lemon tops the Yankees for the 2nd time in four days to give the Indians a 3–2 win at Cleveland. New York’s only score come in 4th when McDougald and Mantle hit back-to-back homers.

15th  The White Sox send infielder Jim Brideweser and 3B Bob Kennedy to Detroit for infielder Fred Hatfield and outfielder Jim Delsing.

The Dodgers buy P Sal Maglie from the Indians, who are eager to unload the veteran.

16th  In Jersey City, Cards RF Wally Moon hits the first ML HR, but St. Louis loses 5–3 to the Dodgers. The Dodgers score 5 unearned runs in the 4th.

On a blustery day in Cleveland, the Yankees top the Indians, 4–1. Mantle hits a homer, off Bud Daley, while his pal Billy Martin is benched for the first time. Bobby Richardson takes his place at 2B.

The Pirates trade 1B Preston Ward to the Indians for C Hank Foiles.

The Reds send Chuck Harmon to the Cardinals for infielder Alex Grammas and OF Joe Frazier.

17th  Pittsburgh continues swapping by sending OF Bobby Del Greco and P Dick Littlefield to St. Louis for OF Bill Virdon. Virdon, the 1955 Rookie of the Year, was hitting just .211 for the Cards when GM Frank Lane unloads him. Virdon will hit .334 the rest of the year for Pittsburgh.

18th  Mickey Mantle hits HRs from both sides of the plate for the 3rd time in his career, eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and the Dixie Howell, the 2nd tying the game. Mantle and Berra, the AL’s top home run hitters, combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 8–7 in 10 innings.

19th  In the Pirates 7–4 win, slugger Dale Long hits a 9th-inning HR against the Cubs for the first of a string of 8 HRs in 8 games.

20th The Pirates draw their biggest crowd in 5 years—32,326—and sweep a pair from the Braves, 6–5 and 5–0. Dale Long hits a homer in each game and drives in 7 runs. Friend wins the opener and Ron Kline fires the 6 hitter in the nightcap.

At Comiskey Park, Boston catcher Pete Daley has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-5 win in game 1. Boston takes game 2 when Jackie Jensen hits a 9th inning homer, his 2nd of the afternoon, and the Sox win, 2-1. Mickey Vernon has a 4th inning homer for Boston as Ike Delock and Chicago’s Bob Keegan go all the way.

Detroit sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 4-2 and 7-1 behind Paul Foytack and Steve Gromek. Gromek is helped by a 1st inning grand slam by Bill Tuttle and a 2nd inning 3-run shot by Bob Kennedy.

21st The White Sox send 3B George Kell, OF Bob Nieman, and pitchers Mike Fornieles and Connie Johnson to the Orioles for P Jim Wilson and OF Dave Philley. Kell will play solid 3B until Brooks Robinson is ready, while Johnson will lead the Birds’ starters in wins in 1957.

At Kansas City, Mantle clouts a drive over the second and more distance fence in RF to help the Yankees win, 8–5. The drive, off Moe Burtschy, matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.

22nd Detroit’s Red Wilson belts a two run HR in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers a 3–2 win against the Yankees. The loss goes to Whitey Ford, his first following 6 wins. Ford had given up just 5 earned runs through 54 innings before today.

A’s rookie Troy Herriage allows 3 hits as he beats the Senators, 6-1, for his first ML win. It will prove to be his only win as he will finish the year at 1-13. As noted by J.G. Preston, Herriage will make 16 starts for his one victory, a number exceeded only by Milt Thompson (1-15) and Jack Nabors (1-25).

23rd The A’s score 2 in the 9th to tie the Senators at 5 apiece, the score another 2 runs in the 17th to win, 7–6. The tying run scores on a wild pitch by Camilo Pascual and the winner is a homerun by Jim Finigan.

24th  Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in an 11–4 win against the Tigers. Mantle is hitting .421. He combines with Joe Collins for back-to-back homers, off Duke Maas. Eddie Robinson adds a grand slam for New York.

25th  Bob Cerv’s 3rd inning grand slam paces the Yankees offense as New York beats the host Orioles, 10-2. Johnny Kucks is the complete game winner.

26th  Three Redlegs pitchers—Johnny Klippstein, Hersh Freeman and Joe Black—combine to no-hit the Braves for 9 2⁄3 innings. Klippstein walks 8 in 7 hitless innings before giving way to Freeman for one inning. Black walks two in his stint and finally gives up a 2-out double to Jack Dittmer in the 10th and 2 more hits in the 11th to lose, 2–1. Aaron’s triple and 2 intentional walks sets up a Frank Torre single. This is the 8th no-hitter to be lost in extra innings, and the only combined-effort one. Starter Ray Crone doesn’t give up a run until 2 out in the 9th when Wally Post’s RBI double in the 9th provides the Reds with their only run. Torre has 2 RBIs, including the winner.

27th  Thanks to a dropped 3rd strike by C Hobie Landrith, P Jim Davis of the Cubs fans 4 straight Cardinals in the 6th inning. Wally Moon leads off the inning with a double and then steals 3B. The knuckler then K’s Hal Smith and Jackie Brandt. His 3rd strike on Lindy McDaniel eludes Landrith, and the pitcher reaches first while Moon scores. Don Blasingame then strikes out for the 4th strikeout in the inning. Not since Guy Morton, in 1916, has a pitcher fanned 4 in one inning. But the Cubs still lose, 11–9. The Cards pummel the Cubs in the 2nd game as well, winning 12–2.

28th  Dale Long of the Pirates connects against the Dodgers Carl Erskine at Forbes Field for his 8th HR in 8 games, a record that will stand until the Yankees Don Mattingly equals it in 1987. Pittsburgh wins, 3–2, behind Bob Friend’s 2-hitter. Alter his homer, Long takes what is baseball’s first curtain call. Veteran Branch Rickey says he’s never seen anything like it. The next curtain call is likely Roger Maris after his 61st homer.

White Sox SS Luis Aparicio hits his first ML HR, off Kansas City’s Tom Lasorda, to open the Sox scoring in the 5th. With the score tied 4–4 in the 9th, reliever Billy Pierce walks Lopez, and Enos Slaughter then wins the game with a home run.

The White Sox buy P Gerry Staley from the Yankees. Staley pitched two innings last September for New York and had one appearance this year. The Sox will convert him to a full-time reliever and he will win another 40 games and save 43 (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

29th  For the second time in two years, Gus Bell of the Redlegs hits 3 homers—all consecutive—going 5-for-5 in a 10–4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bell drives in 7 runs. Brooks Lawrence coasts to his 6th straight win.

Dodgers P Don Newcombe beats the Pirates 10–1 and blanks Dale Long in 4 ABs, stopping his home run streak. Newk has a 3-run double off Kline in the 2nd to help clinch his 7th win.

At Yankee Stadium, Mantle’s walk in the 7th is the first base runner against Willard Nixon, and Mantle’s 2-out 9th inning homer deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. Boston wins 7–3 at the Stadium.

30th  The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning HRs against the Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the ensuing fight. The Cubs plate 3 in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run, but the Braves lose the first game 10–9. Thomson has 5 RBIs in game 2 as the Braves hold on to win, 11–9. Fifteen HRs in the 2 games, including four by Thomson, sets a ML-record in a doubleheader. All but 3 of the homers are solo. Harry Chiti hits a single, triple and 2-run homer in game 2. Harry’s RBI triple comes on an intentional walk from Ray Crone (4-1). Chiti reaches out and slaps the ball for a hit and chugs his way to 3B.

Mickey Mantle hits one of the most memorable HRs in his career, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators. He tags a pitch from Camilo Pascual that comes within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium, something never accomplished by any major leaguer. The ball was still climbing when it caromed off the upper-stand facade, about 396 feet from home plate. Estimates are that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. It is Mantle’s 20th HR of the season; no one else has ever hit 20 HRs before June. Mantle also homers in the opener, off Pedro Ramos, with 2 on as New York sweeps, 4–3 and 12–5.

Gus Bell, Ted Kluszewski, and Frank Robinson hit consecutive homers for the Reds against the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell. The homers do little however, as they come with two outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing, 9–0.

A ML record is tied (April 8, 1933) for most players with 2 or more homers (8 clubs) as Vic Wertz, Preston Ward, Les Moss, Hank Bauer and Bobby Thomson twice all have two homers today.

31st The Cubs and Braves keep banging on each other like rented mules, with Milwaukee coming out on top, 15–8. Lew Burdette is the winner, while Paul Minner absorbs his 12th loss in a row to the Braves, a streak that started August 29, 1951. Minner gives up 7 runs while recording just 3 outs. Warren Hacker, his replacement is not much better, allowing 8 runs in 5 innings. Joe Adcock has a double and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs, and Bobby Thomson drives home 4.

1956 June

1st In a game that features three 2-run homers—Duke Snider, Ernie Banks and Gene Baker—Baker saves his for the 15th inning as the Cubs beat the visiting Dodgers, 4-2. Starter Jim Brosnan goes 6 innings but hurts his arm and will miss a month.

Yankee pitcher Tommy Byrne has 2 hits, a run and RBI, but he gives up a grand slam to Bob Kennedy as the Yanks lose, 6-3, to Detroit.

2nd  The Indians massacre the Senators, 15–0. Jim Hegan has a grand slam while Same Mele has a single, double, and homer, good for 4 RBIs. Herb Score allows 3 hits, walks none and strikes out 13, the third time this season that he’s reached that number.

3rd  CF Richie Ashburn of the Phils goes 5-for-6 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Cards, a 9–3 win by former Red Bird Harvey Haddix. One run scores on Red Schoendienst’s 1st error of the year. Former Phil Murry Dickson wins the opener, 2–1.

At Wrigley, Bonus Baby Sandy Koufax makes his first start of the season, trimming the Cubs, 4–3, on 5 hits. Koufax K’s 5.

At Baltimore, a pair of former Orioles take revenge on the O’s as the White Sox win, 12–0 and 9–2. Dick Donovan wins the lidlifter as ex-O Dave Philley raps 4 hits. Erv Palica is the loser. Nellie Fox is hit by a pitch on the seat of the pants by reliever Johnny Schmitz, but ump Hank Soar rules he didn’t try to get out of the way and calls a ball. Schmitz then hits him again, and Fox gets 1B. In the nightcap, Jim Wilson hurls a 4-hitter to beat his former teammates.

4th  The Cards pick up relief P Jim Konstanty, who was released by the Yankees.

5th A’s manager Lou Boudreau comes up with the “Mantle Shift” —moving the infielders around when Mantle bats lefty with the bases empty (left fielder plays deeps 3B, SS takes over 2B position, and 2B moves to short RF). Mantle K’s twice trying to bunt, and hits a 2-run homer when the shift is not on, as KC wins 7–4.

7th The Red Sox strand a near-record 17 base runners, including 13 in the first 5 innings, but finally beat the Tigers, 6–5 in 10 innings. Mickey Vernon’s 4th hit drives in the winner. The Millionaires collect 18 hits, 4 walks, an error and a hit batsman.

8th Was it something I said? At Fenway, Russ Nixon and the Red Sox stop the White Sox, 5-3. Nixon gives up 6 hits and hits Sherm Lollar three times with pitches.

9th At Crosley Field, the Dodgers break a 5-5 tie with three runs in the top of the 9th. Clem Labine, who wins in relief, is 2-for-2 with a 9th inning RBI and Ted Kluszewski has a grand slam for the Reds. The Reds remain in 1st place in the NL while the 5th-place Dodgers are just 3 games back.

11th In Milwaukee, Stu Miller and the Phils stop the Braves, 6-2. Catcher Stan Lopata steals home in the 6th on a double steal with Del Ennis.

The discussion over the cork-center base ball continues. At this point, there have been 745 homers in the majors, hit by 192 players; at this point in the 1927 season, there were 320 homers, hit by 140 ball players. NL President Warren Giles will retort that bigger players, not livelier balls, account for the present-day hitting feats.

12th Whitey Ford allows just 4 hits—all in one inning—as the Yankees edge the White Sox, 3–2.

13th  Milwaukee’s Danny O’Connell ties a record when he hits 3 straight triples as the Braves trim the Phils, 8–6. All are off Robin Roberts (5–8).

Vic Power and teammate Tim Thompson of the Athletics each go 5-for-6 in a 13–4 win against the Senators.

The Yankees and the White Sox tie a ML mark by using 9 pinch hitters in their game. The Sox prevail 7–5.

14th  The University of Minnesota Gophers defeat Arizona 12–1 at the NCAA finals in Nebraska. In their 13–5 win against Mississippi on June 11, Gopher Jerry Kindell became the first and only player ever to hit for the cycle in the College World Series.

Cards GM Frank Lane trades future Hall of Famer 2B Red Schoendienst, C Bill Sarni and P Dick Littlefield to the Giants for SS Alvin Dark, OF Whitey Lockman, C Ray Katt and P Don Liddle.

The New York Yankees trade Eddie Robinson and Lou Skizas to the Kansas City Athletics for Moe Burtschy, Bill Renna and cash. Robinson and Renna were involved in the trade that sent Robinson to the Yankees. Burtschy and Renna go to the minors. The 36-year-old Robinson hit 16 homers last year in just 173 at bats, driving in 42 runs.

At Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Jim Wilson loses a shutout when Mickey Mantle hits a two-out homer in the 7th to tie the White Sox, 1–1. The Yankees then roll to a 5–1 win.

16th Before 40,964 at the Stadium, New York trips the Tribe, 3–1. Mantle hits a two-run game winner off rookie Herb Score for his third homer in three days. Yesterday’s shot came off Mike Garcia in a 6–2 Yankee victory.

Following a loss to the Dodgers, Charlie Grimm resigns as Braves manager and Fred Haney takes over.

17th  In Fred Haney’s first games managing the Braves, Joe Adcock hits 3 of his NL record 13 Ebbets Field HRs in a doubleheader win over Brooklyn before 34,394 fans. In the first game, his game-winning 9th-inning HR off Ed Roebuck lands on the roof, making him the only slugger in history to accomplish this. The ball left the field at the 350-foot mark in LF, clearing the 83-foot wall. The Braves win, 5–4 and 2–1. Under Grimm’s platoon system, Adcock started only against lefties, and last started June 12. He hit a pinch HR yesterday.

At the Polo Grounds, the Reds jump on Jim Hearn for 5 runs, three coming on a homer by Gus Bell in the 2nd inning, but the Giants come back to win, 7-6. Reliever Paul LaPalme gives up 3 solo homers to take the loss. In game 2, Joe Nuxhall fires a 2-hitter as the Reds edge the Giants, 1–0. Ruben Gomez is the tough-luck loser, allowing 4 hits in 8 innings. He does hit Frank Robinson with a pitch: Robby will lead the NL in HBP and set a NL rookie record with 20.

18th At Briggs Stadium, the score is 2–2 in the 8th when Mantle takes a Paul Foytack fastball over the RF roof onto Trumbull Avenue for a HR to lead the Yankees to a 7–4 win.

19th Musial and Morgan hit 2-run homers in the first inning, off Sandy Koufax, as the Cards beat the Dodgers, 6–0. Murry Dickson pitches a shutout, his first win over Brooklyn after 8 straight defeats. His last win over the Brooks was also 6–0, on August 22, 1954.

20th  In the 7th and 8th innings at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle poles 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into the right CF bleachers, something no other player had done since the bleachers were added in the late 1930s. New York wins, 4–1. Mantle is now leading in the Triple Crown race. Johnny Kucks (9-3) is the winner with Whitey Ford in relief.

21st For just the 3rd time this century, and the 4th ever, opposing pitchers throw one-hitters, as Jack Harshman of the White Sox beats the combined efforts of Orioles Connie Johnson (7 IP) and George Zuverink (1 IP) to win, 1–0. Harshman gives up a 7th inning double to Gus Triandos. The Sox score in the first on a walk, stolen base, and a double by Nellie Fox. For Harshman, it is his 3rd shutout of the year and he has now thrown 20 straight scoreless innings.

At Kansas City, Washington’s Dean Stone gives up 3 runs in the 1st inning and 4 in the 2nd without recording an out, as the Athletics roll to a 15-6 victory over the Nats. Harmon Killebrew has a pinch grand slam for Washington in the 7th. Kansas City Star reporter Dick Wade says that his stopwatch proves that there were only 9:55 minutes of actual “action” in the game. Wade calculated the time the ball was in play, allowing a second for each pitch that was taken or fouled off.

22nd At Ebbets Field, Brooks Lawrence allows just 2 hits as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 6–0.

At Comiskey, Billy Martin slaps an 8th inning double for the Yankees first hit off Dick Donovan (and the second hit the Sox staff has given up in 18 innings). The Yankees tie the score at 2-2 and take a 4-2 lead in the 11th. The Sox use 4 hits to tie it and leave the sacks full when Doby grounds out. Rookie Sammy Esposito has a tying double in the 11th and a game winning RBI single in the 12th as the Sox win, 5-4. A crowd of 48,345 is on hand, the largest of the season.

The White Sox purchase knuckleballer Paul LaPalme from the Reds for the waiver price. He’ll go 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA.

23rd  In the 4th inning at Ebbets Field, Hal Jeffcoat of the Cincinnati Reds hits Dodger SS Don Zimmer in the face with a pitch, breaking his cheekbone. This is the second time that Zimmer suffers a beaning that nearly ends his career, and he is out for the season [When retelling this beaning years later, Zim says it followed a homerun by Gil Hodges; in fact it followed a single by Hodges.] The Dodgers win, 7–6, overcoming a Gus Bell homer over the CF scoreboard, and homer by Frank Robinson. Hodges has a pair of homers off Jeffcoat, and Campanella adds one.

At Philadelphia, the Phils down the Cardinals, 8-3, as Stan Lopata hits a solo HR and Del Ennis adds a third-inning grand slam.

At Comiskey, Jim Wilson shuts out the Yankees, 2-0, to move the White Sox three games behind the AL leaders. Dave Philley gets tossed in the 6th inning when he gets hit on the shoulder by a pitch and charges Bob Grim on the mound. The two swing before being engulfed by players from both teams. Philley gets fines $250, his second fine in 2 weeks. He was fined $100 on June 14 at Yankee Stadium for refusing to return to the batter’s box after a 2-strike call by ump Charlie Berry. He reluctantly returned to the batter’s box and Berra called for a quick pitch from pitcher Bob Grim. The pitch was high and outside but Berry called it a strike, further infuriating Philley and the Sox. Two players were fined $50 for throwing bats and gloves from the dugout.

24th  Ed Bailey of the Reds hits 3 HRs, and Kluszewski adds another, in a 10–6 first-game win against the Dodgers. The Reds win the nightcap 2–1, on homers by Bob Thurman, off young Don Drysdale and rookie Frank Robinson, off loser Clem Labine.

The Braves get superb pitching from Lew Burdette and Gene Conley and take 2 from the Giants, 6–2 and 7–1. The first-place Braves have now won 10 straight and are 2 games ahead of the Reds. Burdette allows just 4 hits in the opener, while Conley allows 4 hits in 7 innings in the nightcap. Reliever Dave Jolly allows 3 more, including a Dusty Rhodes homer. In the first game, Danny O’Connell’s 3-run homer off Jim Hearn is the big blow. It is Danny’s 2nd homer of the year and his 2nd in two days.

At Comiskey, the White Sox complete a four-game sweep by taking two from the Yankees to move a game behind the AL leaders. The Sox knock Whitey Ford out of game 1 after an inning enrout to a 14-2 laugher behind Billy Pierce (11-2). Dave Philley and Larry Doby have four hits apiece and combine to score 7 runs, Sherm Lollar drives in 4. In game 2, Gerry Staley (2-0) wilts in the 6th, but the Sox win, 6-3. Doby drives in 3 and Minnie Minoso, who fractured his toe when hit by a pitch on the 19th, homers and scores 2.

At Kansas City, Harry Simpson has a triple and a long home run over the RF wall to lead the A’s to a 5-2 win over the Red Sox. Ted Williams and Jackie Jensen homer for Boston. Simpson duplicates the feat of Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby who hit homers over the 40 foot wall since KC joined the AL.

25th The Orioles purchase OF Dick Williams from the Dodgers, and tomorrow buy OF Joe Frazier from the Reds

The Braves break a 5–5 tie with 3 runs in the 9th to beat the Phils. Spahn saves the game for Bob Buhl to give new manager Fred Haney a record of 11–0.

Before 20,602 at Jersey City, Cubs pitcher Don Kaiser loses to the Dodgers Carl Erskine, 3–2.

26th  Robin Roberts and the Phillies hand the Braves a 4–2 loss. It was the first loss for the Braves after 11 wins under new manager Fred Haney.

At Chicago, Jack Harshman has his 20 innings of scoreless ball snapped in the 1st, but he defeats the Red Sox, 4–1. For the Pale Hose, it is their 9th straight win.

27th Unbeaten Brooks Lawrence wins his 10th, beating Pittsburgh 10–2 when the visiting Reds score 9 runs in the 8th inning. Gus Bell, Stan Palys, and Frank Robinson each drive in two runs against Bob Friend in the 8th. Infielder Johnny O’Brien makes his first pitching appearance, hurling a scoreless 9th and striking out Frank Robinson and Roy McMillan. The win moves the Reds to a half-game in back of the Braves.

The Braves lose, 4–3, to the Phils in 11 innings. Stan Lopata’s tape-measure homer in the bottom of the 11th is the game-winner. Willie Jones and Andy Seminick also homer for the Phils, while Johnny Logan and Hank Aaron do likewise.

The Red Sox blow a 7-run lead but outlast the White Sox, 11–9, ending Chicago’s 9-game win streak. The Bosox collect 15 hits, including 4 singles that Ted Williams blasts through “the shift.” Chicago reliever Dixie Howell hits his first ML homer to tie the game at 8–8, but then allows 3 runs in the 8th inning to lose.

29th Against the Senators, Mantle walks four times and Bob Grim allows just two hits as New York wins, 3–1. Pedro Ramos takes the loss.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers hit three consecutive homer in the 9th to stun the Phillies, 6-5. Snider, Ransom Jackson and Hodges go back to back to back.

1956 July

1st  Mickey Mantle, who failed to hit a homer in 11 games since June 20, switch-hits HRs in the same game for the 4th time in his career. The Yankees win 8–6 over Washington in the 2nd game for a doubleheader sweep. The 2nd homer, off Bud Byerly, is a 2 run shot in the 9th inning to win it. Pedro Ramos holds the Bombers to 3 hits in the opener, but one is a 2-run HR by Joe Collins in the 8th that wins it for New York, 3–2. The Nats rap Ford for 12 hits, but he picks 2 runners off base and is helped by 4 DPs.

The Cardinals use all 12 pitchers but they still drop a doubleheader to the Reds, 19–15 and 7–1. In the 10-inning first game, which lasts 3 hours: 47 minutes, 43 hits are tallied, including 8 homers. Reds slugger Ted Kluszewski accounts for 3 of the homers, while scoring 4 runs. Frank Robinson has 3 hits including a triple and homer as the Reds collect 20 hits. St. Louis outdoes that with 23 hits as Stan Musial and Don Blasingame each have 4. Wally Moon contributes a grand slam and 2 singles. The Reds win the 2nd game, 7-1, behind Don Gross (1-0). Stan Musial, who had a HR in game 1, hits one in game 2. The Reds and Braves are in a statistical tie for first place in the NL.

Before a PCL game at Lane Field in San Diego, Rocky Colavito takes aim at Don Grate’s throwing record of 443+ feet. Rocky tops out on a throw over the CF fence at 435 feet, 10 inches. Grate will improve his mark to 445 feet 1 inch on Fan Appreciation Night in Minneapolis. He’ll take 6 steps before each throw (as noted by historian Bill O’Neal).

2nd  Ted Williams is 4-for-5 raising his average to .372 as the Red Sox come from behind to beat the Senators, 3–2.

Gillette pays $16.25 million for the TV-radio rights to the All-Star Game and the WS for 5 years; $3,250,000 a year. The players’ pension fund will get 60 percent of the revenues.

5th At Detroit, the Tigers, after losing 14 straight games at home since June 15, explode for a 13–7 win over Cleveland. The Indians start strong with a 1st inning grand slam by Jim Busby, but Frank Lary allows just 4 other hits, including a Rosen 3-run homer in the 6th.

6th  Unlikely slugger Jim Busby of the Indians hits his second grand slam in as many days as the Tribe beats the A’s 4–2. Busby is the first to slam in consecutive games since Jimmie Foxx in 1940 and just the 5th this century.

Ford Frick inaugurates the Cy Young Award, to honor to outstanding pitcher each year. The BBWAA will do the voting. Only one pitcher will be honored each year until 1967, when a pitcher in each league will be selected.

7th At Chicago, the Tigers blast 3 successive homers off Dick Donovan in the 5th as they defeat they Sox, 12–8. Kuenn, Torgeson, and Maxwell connect in the 6-run 6th. Kaline had earlier homered to start the scoring.

8th  The Giants connect for a team-record 7 HRs in a 11–1 home win over the Pirates. Willie Mays, Daryl Spencer, and Wes Westrum each connect for 2. Hank Thompson, Westrum, and Spencer hit consecutive HRs in the 4th inning and Westrum and Spencer repeat the back-to-back homers to tie a ML record.

At Milwaukee, the Cubs score 5 runs in the 9th inning, 4 on Monte Irvin’s grand slam, off Gene Conley, to beat the Braves, 10-6. Hobie Landrith hits a 6th inning 3-run homer for Chicago. Eddie Mathews hits a homer for the Braves, and Joe Adcock hits 2.

Boston’s Ted Williams becomes the 12th player to drive in 1,500 runs when he hits a single in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Orioles. The Red Sox sweep, winning, 9–0, and 8–4.

10th  In the All-Star Game, the first-place Reds vote five starters on the team—and three runner-ups—all the result of an enthusiastic get-out-the vote campaign by Cincy radio stations and newspapers. Next year the issue will come to a head. In the game, Ken Boyer of the Cardinals makes 3 sparkling plays at 3B and gets 3 hits as the NL defeats the AL 7–3. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial all homer. Mays’s pinch-hit 2-run HR off Whitey Ford is his 7th straight hit against the Yankee lefty.

11th  The White Sox purchase Cardinal relief P Ellis Kinder.

12th Jimmy Piersall puts on a show for a camera crew at Fenway, there to film a few scenes before the game for his biopic “Fear Strikes Out.” When they finished filming, the crew asks Piersall to hit a home run, to which he says he’ll try. With the score tied 1-1 in the 9th, and Dick Gernert on 1B, Jimmy smashes a Jack Harshman pitch into the net in LF to beat Chicago, 3–1. Piersall also robs Lollar of a hit to keep the game tied.

At Yankee Stadium, the first-place Bombers ride Hank Bauer’s pinch grand slam to a 9-5 win over the Indians. Al Smith has a homer and 3 RBIs for Cleveland, but his 22-game hit streak will end here. Johnny Kucks (12-4) is the victor.

13th Joe Adcock raps 2 homers, one with the bases full, to help the Braves sweep a pair from the Dodgers, 8–6 and 6–5. The sweep moves the Braves back into 1st place ahead of Brooklyn.

At Chicago, Ernie Banks plays in his 394th straight game to tie Al Simmons mark for consecutive games after breaking in as a rookie. Banks hits a single to drive in the winning run as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 7–6.

14th  Boston lefty Mel Parnell pitches a no-hitter against the White Sox at Fenway Park, winning 4–0. Parnell makes the last putout unassisted. It is only Parnell’s 3rd win against 2 losses and is the 6th straight loss—it’ll reach 11—for 2nd-place Chicago. The no-hitter is the first for the Red Sox since 1923. Parnell will go 4-4 before a torn muscle in his pitching arm ends his career as the Red Sox’ winningest southpaw.

At the Stadium, New York edges the Indians in 10 innings in Cleveland, 5–4. Mantle deposits a Herb Score fast ball into the Indians bull pen in the 3rd inning.

Playing for Wichita Falls (Big State League) against visiting Beaumont, Danny Ozark hits four consecutive home runs good for six RBIs.

15th  Wally Burnette of Kansas City shuts out Washington 8–0 in his first start. Joe DeMaestri has 4 hits including a homer, and Gus Zernial adds 3 RBIs on 3 hits. DeMaestri has a homer in game 2, but the Senators jump on reliever Bobby Shantz for 6 runs in 2+ innings and win, 7-3.

At Wrigley, Carl Furillo has 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-8, over the Cubs. For Chicago, Gene Baker hits a grand slam and Don Hoak belts a 3-run homer. The 3rd-place Dodgers are now 5 games behind the Braves.

Hank Aaron of the Braves hits in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Pirates, the Braves winning 3–2 and 4–1. This is the start of a 25-game hit streak for Aaron, the longest of the season.

Tito Francona has a homer in each game as the Orioles sweep the Tigers, 7-2 and 6-3. His 7th inning homer in game 2 is a grand slam that gives the O’s the lead.

The second-place Reds sweep a pair of extra-inning games from the Giants, winning the first in 10 innings and the nightcap in 11. Herschel Freeman wins both games by 4–3 scores in relief.

16th  A group headed by Fred Knorr and John Fetzer buys the Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record $5.5 million.

17th In the 2nd inning in Milwaukee, the Braves Joe Adcock gets hit as Giants Ruben Gomez gets him on the wrist. Adcock takes a few steps towards 1B, shouts at the pitcher, then chases Gomez. The pitcher then fires another ball, hitting the first baseman on the thigh, before taking off for the safety of the Giants dugout. Braves 3B coach Johnny Riddle misses a tackle on Gomez who reaches his teammates, and makes it to the clubhouse where he finds an ice pick. He is finally wrestled to the floor before he can return to the field. Both players are tossed by Bill Jackowski, and the NL fines Adcock $100 and Gomez $250 + a three-game suspension. The last-place Giants eventually win, 8–6, ending the league-leading Braves 7-game win streak.

At Cincinnati, Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence wins his 13th straight, stopping the Dodgers, 4–3. Lawrence (13–0), who doubles in the 9th and scores the winning run, has not lost as a Red. He’ll sputter now, however, and finish the season at 19–10. Furillo drives in all 3 runs for the Brooks and Frank Robinson hits his 20th HR to tie the Reds rookie mark. Sandy Koufax wears the golden sombrero as he strikes out 4 times. Sandy is still looking for his first hit.

Red Sox pitchers Tom Brewer and Bob Porterfield sweep the KC Athletics 10–0 and 1–0. Ted Williams homer, his 400th, off Tom Gorman, is the only run in the nightcap, a record-setting 4th time he’s hit a HR for the only run in a game. He’ll do it a 5th time. After hitting it, Ted glares up at the press box and makes a motion as if to spit. Three days later in a game against the Tigers, he’ll make the same gesture and follow through. For Brewer (12–4) it extends his scoreless streak against KC to 35 innings.

Johnny Kucks wins his 4th game in 10 days—2 starts and 2 relieves—beating the Tigers, 4–0. It extends the Yanks win streak to 11 games and gives Kucks his 14th win—high in the majors. The Yanks will lose a pair tomorrow.

18th  Detroit sweeps a doubleheader against the Yankees at the Stadium, winning 8–4 and 4–3. Kaline saves the nightcap game with a leaping catch of a Mantle drive in the 9th inning. Mantle had homered in the first game, off Paul Foytack. Norm Siebern records an unusual triple in the opener when his drive hits the right-CF bleacher screen and drops dead on the ledge above the auxiliary scoreboard. The ground rules state the ball is still in play.

In what Gabe Paul calls a “deliberate act of vandalism” before the Dodgers-Reds game, Brooklyn pitcher Sal Maglie breaks the scoreboard clock by throwing balls at it until it stops ticking. The Dodgers then clock the Reds, 6-3.

19th  Hot-hitting Joe Adcock is 4-for-4 with two homers—one a 3-run shot and the other and grand slam—as he drives in 8 runs for the Braves. That is enough for Warren Spahn (9-7) as he tops the Giants, 13-3. Starter Jim Hearn is the loser, giving up 5 runs without recording an out. This is the start of a record 8 straight games with 2 or more homers for the Braves.

20th In a 6–2 Yankees win over the Athletics, Whitey Ford ties the AL record by striking out 6 successive batters.

21st  Junior Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers makes 12 assists at 2B to tie the ML record of Monte Ward, set in 1891. Dodger captain Pee Wee Reese gets his 2,000th ML hit, one of 5 active major leaguers to reach the mark. But St. Louis wins, 13–6, launching a 20-hit attack led by Ken Boyer, who is 4-for-4. The Cards plate 5 runs in the 8th inning, when Hank Sauer, Stan Musial and Hal Smith hits homers off Ken Lehman. Pitcher Herm Wehmeier snaps his 0-for-28 hitless streak with a pair of singles. He’ll have a homer and single in his next outing. Dodger pitcher Roger Craig goes hitless in two at bats to extend his streak to 0-for-39. He’ll get a single in August and end the year at .016.

Eddie Yost has a single, double and grand slam, off Dick Donovan, to lead the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the White Sox. Yost had two homers in his last game and will hit another tomorrow. Pedro Ramos wins with 5 innings of relief.

Brooks Lawrence has his 13-game winning streak snapped when Roberto Clemente hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 9th. The Pirates edge the Reds, 4–3, with Elroy Face winning in relief.

22nd  In the second game in KC, against the “Mantle Shift”, Mickey beats out a bunt in the 6th, then clouts a 2-run homer in the 7th. But Kansas City tops New York, 7–4.

The Braves take a pair from the Phillies, winning 8-7 and then 16-5. Eddie Mathews and Joe Adcock have homers in each game, while Bobby Thomson and Stan Lopata each hit a pair in game 2. Thomson adds a triple. The Phils finally turn to SS Granny Hamner to pitch in the 9th and he responds by getting a fly ball out and striking out two. Danny O’Connell says that, “he had a knuckleball and a slider. Not bad ones either, when he got them over.”

The Hall of Fame announces special rules governing elections. Writers should vote every 2 years, alternating with the veterans committee; because of criticism, this will revert back in 1962. To be eligible players must have been retired as a player for 5 years.

23rd  Joe Cronin and Hank Greenberg are officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY.

24th  New York City Mayor Robert Wagner appoints Charles J. Mylod as chairman and R. E. Blum and C. A. Allen as members of the newly created Brooklyn Sports Center Authority. He reveals plans for a 50,000-seat stadium bounded by Warren Street and Fourth, Flatbush and Fifth Avenues. Robert Moses prefers a different Brooklyn site.

At Ebbets Field, the 3rd-place Dodgers gain on the Reds with a 10-5 win over Cincinnati. Sandy Amoros has a single and 2 triples to drive in 5 runs, and Duke Snider adds a pair of homers to back Sal Maglie (3-3).

25th  At Roosevelt Field in Jersey City, the Dodgers clip the Reds, 2–1 when Duke Snider hits a homer to dead CF in the 9th inning. Snider’s HR, his 3rd in 2 days, pins the loss on Brooks Lawrence. Newcombe wins and is even with Lawrence in victories (14). Frank Robinson also homers, while Furillo hits safely in his 18th straight game.

At the Polo Grounds, Bob Buhl (13-4) stops the Giants, 7-4, for the first-place Braves. He’s backed by Bobby Thomson’s grand slam and Eddie Mathews, who has 4 hits and 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

At Comiskey, Whitey Ford scatters 4 hits and the Yankees blast the White Sox, 10-1. After the game Bill Skowron is feted by friends at the Old Heidelberg in Chicago, where he is presented with a wrench from plumbers local 130. Skowron had worked for several off-seasons as a plumber, but reveals that he has taken a job next winter with a meat-packing firm in Austin, Minnesota.

At Pittsburgh, the Cubs score 7 runs off Bob Friend and Roy Face in the 8th inning to take a 7–4 lead. But after Turk Lown loads the bases, Roberto Clemente belts Jim Brosnan’s first pitch off the LF light tower and, with the ball still in play, circles the bases for an inside-the-park game-ending homer to win, 8–7. It is the 2nd ultimate grand slam for Pittsburgh this year. Dale Long also homers, his 20th, the most ever by a Buc left hander.

26th The Braves win their 9th straight at the Polo Grounds, defeating the Giants, 11–0, and increasing their NL leads to 5 1/2 games. Elongated righty Gene Conley is the winner. Aaron, and Thomson hit homers, the 8th straight game the Braves have had 2 or more homers.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Cards amass 15 hits, including 4 homers, to beat the Phillies, 14-9. Reliever Herm Wehmeier allows 5 walks and is cuffed around for 4 runs in 4 innings, but gets the win. The Cards break a 7-7 tie when Wehmeier hits a leadoff homer in the 7th. He also singles in the 6-run frame, the second time (1948) he has had 2 hits in an inning. He is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat (as noted by Mike Emeigh) with Juan Marichal being the next pitcher to match him.

27th  3B Hector Lopez and 1B Vic Power of the Athletics each have 5 hits in a 14-inning 10–9 loss to New York. Kansas City collects 26 hits in the loss. For Power, it is his second 5-hit game this year.

Gil Hodges scores from 2B on a bunt by Campanella to clip the Cubs 4–3 in 10 innings, as the Dodgers move to 5 games behind the Braves. Campy’s bunt is trapped by 3B Hoak, who throws him out at 1B. The Cubs then get Amoros, who had been on 1B in a rundown, and Hodges scores. The Cubs had worked the play successfully in the 9th.

28th Paul Foytack sets a Tiger club record with 15 strikeouts, but Washington wins, 6–5. Foytack allows 7 hits and walks 6.

White Sox lose the 17th in their last 20 games as the Red Sox clobber them, 13–1. Boston has 19 hits, with everyone in the lineup garnering at least one. Russ Nixon is the easy winner, losing his shutout in the 9th. Boston is now a game and a half behind the 2nd-place Chicagoans.

29th  Herb Score and Hank Aguirre of the Indians sweep Baltimore 3–0 and 4–0.

Larry Doby drives in 8 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the White Sox over Boston, 11-2 and 6–3. Billy Pierce wins his ML-high 16th in the lidlifter, when Doby drives in 5 runs with a pair of homers. Walt Dropo also drives in 5 runs. Reliever Paul LaPalme wins the nightcap.

The Dodgers purchase veteran Dale Mitchell from the Indians.

30th  Facing Bob Lemon, Mantle socks his 1st grand slam of the year, and drives in 6 runs, to lead New York to a 13–6 drubbing of the Indians in Cleveland. Mantle follows by hitting his only career homer against reliever Bob Feller. The Yankees now lead the AL by ten games.

The Tigers beat Boston’s Frank Sullivan, 4–1, after 11 straight losses to him stretching back to May 16, 1954. Virgil Trucks is the winner, firing a 3-hitter.

31st  In front of 26,141 fans, including 1,000 standees, at Jersey City, Jackie Robinson drives in all the Dodger runs in a 3–2 win over the Braves. Robinson plays 3B, his third infield position since joining the Dodgers. The Braves scoring comes on a home run, the 22nd game in a row that Milwaukee batters have homered. The Braves have hit 39 homers in the stretch, a ML record for the most homers in that number of consecutive games. The Dodgers hold the NL record of 24 straight games, in 1953, a stretch that saw them hit 39 dingers.

1956 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1956 September

1st Sparked by Warren Spahn’s 2-hit pitching and the clutch hitting of Adcock, the Braves beat the Cards, 3–1. Adcock has 3 RBIs. Despite the win, the Braves lead is cut to 2 games as the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Giants.

3rd  The Braves set a home night-game record by drawing 47,604 to see a doubleheader split with the Redlegs, winning the first 3–2 and losing the second 7–5.

In Washington, the Red Sox wallop the Senators 16–0 in the 2nd game after taking game one 7–5. In the nightcap, the Sox bang out 20 safeties with every starter getting a hit. The easy winner on his birthday is Tom Brewer (18-7), who beat the Nats a year ago by the same score. Jim Piersall has 8 RBIs, 5 in the opener, while Lepcio adds 5 ribbies.

5th  The Reds pound Warren Spahn and beat the Braves, 12–2, to move to 1 1/2 games off the lead. The Reds take 3 out of 4 in the crucial series.

7th In St. Louis, Vinegar Bend Mizell holds the Reds to two hits, and the Cards win 1–0 on Ken Boyer’s home run off Joe Nuxhall. It is Mizell’s 5th win this year over the Reds.

The Giants and Dodgers split a pair with New York winning the opener, 6–2, on a pair of home runs by Willie Mays. Brooklyn takes the nightcap, 3–1, on Carl Furillo’s 2-out homer in the 11th. Don Newcombe wins his 23rd, the most by a Dodger since Dazzy Vance in 1924. The win gives Brooklyn a tie for 2nd with the Reds.

Behind the pitching of Sam Jones, the Cubs beat the leading Braves, 5-0. Sad Sam Ks 7 and his 148 strikeouts now leads the NL.

8th The Senators hold Mantle to an infield single but the Yanks dismantle Washington, 16-2. Five Yankees have 3 hits apiece, led by Hank Bauer with a double, triple and homer.

The Dodgers edge the Giants, 4–3, on pitcher Don Bessent’s 8th inning sac fly. Gil Hodges loses his glove in the 7th and, despite the public announcement request for help in finding it, the glove doesn’t reappear till the 9th when an offer is made to swap it for a new glove. The trade with a fan happens seconds later with no questions asked.

Young Moe Drabowsky pitches the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Braves. Brooklyn now trails Milwaukee by a half game. Milwaukee will sweep a pair from the Cubs tomorrow.

9th The Hollywood Stars (PCL) sweep a pair from the LA Angels, 6-4 and 12-3, but Angel Steve Bilko belts his 54th home run. Only Tony Lazzeri, with 60 in 1925, is ahead of Bilko.

10th The Red Sox sign 2B Gene Mauch after he was released by Los Angeles (PCL). Mauch hit .348 in 144 games for L.A.

The White Sox sign 16-year-old California pitcher Jim Derrington to a bonus of $50,000-$60,000. The bonus baby will have to stay on the Sox roster for 2 years. He will debut this month.

11th  Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for HRs by a catcher in the Yankees’ 9–5 victory over Kansas City. His 236th—and the Yankees’ 177th of the season—tie him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett. Hank Bauer hits a leadoff homer; he’ll do it again tomorrow to tie a ML mark.

Frank Robinson ties the NL record for HRs by a rookie with 38 in an 11–5 Redlegs win over New York. Ed Bailey hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Joe Margoneri, for the Reds.

12th In Brooklyn, the Braves edge the Dodgers, 8–7, to break a first-place tie. Bob Buhl, who lost yesterday to the Dodgers, gets the decision in relief, his club-record 8th win over the Dodgers this year and the first National Leaguer since Tex Carleton in 1936 (vs. Boston) to accomplish the feat. Buhl’s mark is a ML record for season wins against the pennant winner. Joe Adcock belts his 13th homer against the Dodgers this season, tying a ML mark set by Jimmie Foxx and tied by Hank Sauer, in 1954 of homers against one club. Billy Bruton’s single is the game winner. Bobby Thomson, who is unsuccessful on a steal of home is fined $100 for the unauthorized attempt.

13th Mantle breaks out of a September slump with two hits, including a homer, as New York beats Tom Gorman and the A’s, 3–2.

In both ends of a doubleheader, Hank Aaron has the game-winning hit as the Braves sweep a pair from the Phillies, 3–2 in 13 innings, and 4–3 in 12 innings. Warren Spahn is the winner in the nightcap, his 200th career victory. The sweep moves Milwaukee 2 games ahead of Brooklyn and 3 games up on Cincinnati.

14th In a 5–1 win at Detroit, Yogi Berra hits his 29th homer of the year and the 236th of his career, passing Gabby Hartnett’s mark for catchers. Don Larsen scatters 4 hits for the victory.

In Philadelphia, the Phils beat up on the first-place Braves, winning 13-1. Richie Ashburn has 4 hits, Elmer Valo collects 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Solly Hemus has 3 hits including a grand slam. Del Crandall accounts for the only Braves run with a homer off Harvey Haddix (13-6).

In Cleveland, Herb Score wins his 17th as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 10-2, in the opener of 2. Rocky Colavito has a homer and scores 3 runs, while Bobby Avila has a grand slam. Ted Williams is 2-for-2 with a homer. In game 2, Williams hits a 2-run pinch double as the Sox score 3 times in the 9th to win, 4-3.

15th Elmer Valo has his second 3-hit game in a row to pace the Phils to a 6-5 win over the Braves. Hank Aaron has a 3-run homer for Milwaukee, but the Braves are now tied for 1st place with the idle Dodgers.

16th In Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Mantle explodes an 8th inning shot, his 49th of the year, off the RF upper deck, matching a shot of Ted Williams earlier in the year, but Early Wynn hangs on for a 4–3 Indians’ 2nd-game win. But the Yankees win the opener, 10–3, to clinch a tie and eliminate the Tribe from the AL race. Bob Lemon loses his bid for his 20th win.

Long-time PCL manager Lefty O’Doul makes his final appearance as a player, pinch-hitting for Vancouver in a game against Sacramento. The opposing manager pulls his outfielders in close and the 59-year-old O’Doul lines a triple over the center fielder’s head. He puffs into 3B with a triple and later scores.

17th  Against the Dodgers, Ed Bailey and Ray Jablonski hits back-to-back homers with 2 outs in the 9th as the Reds score 3 times to tie at 4-4. But Carl Furillo answers in the 10th with a leadoff homer off 19-game winner Brooks Lawrence to give Brooklyn the 5-4 win. The Reds lost yesterday 3-2. The victory puts Brooklyn a game ahead of Milwaukee and drop the Reds to 4 games back.

18th  Mickey Mantle hits his 50th HR, only the 8th to do so, in the 11th off of Chicago’s Billy Pierce, as New York wins 3–2 to clinch another pennant. The Yanks had tied it in the 9th when Berra knocked in Billy Martin. New York has now hit 182 homers to tie the AL record set by the 1936 Yankees. Stengel will now bench Mantle, who pulled a muscle, for four days to rest the slugger for the Series.

Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader from Washington behind Herb Score and Mike Garcia, 1–0 and 6–0. Tribe pitchers applied the double calcimine on July 29 to the Orioles.

Ray Boone’s 3rd inning grand slam provides Paul Foytack with all the scoring he needs as Detroit beats Baltimore, 6-2.

The Braves edge the Pirates, 6–4, to move within .001 of Brooklyn. Warren Spahn saves the game with a 9th inning relief appearance and Billy Bruton makes a spectacular catch to preserve the win with 2 on.

At Ebbets Field, the Cards Ken Boyer homers with Musial on and 2 out in the 9th to defeat Brooklyn, 6–5. The Cards collect just 5 hits, including Musial’s 350th home run.

19th  In a rain-shortened game stopped with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th, Bob Lemon of the Indians wins 6–0 over the Senators for his 20th victory of the year. It’s his 7th season with 20 wins. Only 365 fans showed up in Cleveland on a cold, rainy day. It is the third straight shutout for Cleveland, all against Washington: They won’t have three straight shutouts again until 2017.

Against visiting Boston, Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson hit 8th inning homers as Kansas City tops Boston, 8-1. Pisoni’s is a 2-run homer and Suitcase’s is a grand slam, Simpson’s second in two months.

For the third time in his career, P Don Newcombe hits 2 HRs in one game in a 17–2 laugher over the visiting Cardinals. It is Newk’s 25th win and 8th straight over St. Louis and puts the Dodgers a half game in front of the Braves. Musial and Dark homer for the Cards only scores. Don Demeter hits his first ML homer, Sandy Amoros adds an inside-the-park round tripper, and 18-year-old Brooklyn native Bob Aspromonte strikes out in his only appearance in the 1905s. But it will him to be the last active Brooklyn Dodger when he finishes his career in 1971.

20th Second year Orioles catcher Tommy Gastall, 24, is killed when the small plane he is flying crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The $40,000 bonus baby had been a quarterback at Boston College and his premature death is eerily similar to that of Harry Agganis, a quarterback at Boston University, who died in his 2nd year with the Red Sox, in 1955.

Bob Friend holds the Braves to 4 hits and the Pirates edge the Braves, 2–1, in 10 innings.

21st First baseman Bill Skowron has 5 hits, but the series-bound Yankees have a ML-record 20 base runners left on base in losing to the Red Sox in Boston, 13–7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. The NL record is 18 runners left on base. Against a favorite cousin Frank Sullivan, Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot HR into the CF bleachers to the right of the flagpole that hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353, 3 points behind Ted Williams, who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.

The Athletics purchase fireballer Ryne Duren from the Orioles.

22nd At Fenway, the Yankees Don Larsen experiments for the first time with a no windup delivery. He allows just 4 hits, including a Ted Lepcio homer, in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Tommy Byrne gets Ted Williams for the last out.

23rd  Pittsburgh and Brooklyn draw the largest crowd, 44,932, in Forbes Field history. Curfew stops the game with 2 outs in the 9th and Brooklyn leading 8–3. Helped by two homers from Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe goes to 26-6. The postponement leaves Milwaukee 1⁄2 game ahead of the Dodgers.

In Milwaukee, Billy Bruton has 4 hits, including his first grand slam, as the Braves beat the Cubs, 7–6. Bob Buhl (18-8) is the winner.

Detroit’s Frank Lary wins his 20th, firing a 2-hitter to beat the Indians and Bob Lemon, 11–1. Lary doesn’t allow a hit until Bobby Avila singles with one out in the 8th. It is the 7th straight win for the righty, who is 16–3 since starting the year 4-10.

24th  NL President Warren Giles waives the 12:50 a.m. curfew for games that may affect the outcome of the pennant race. Brooklyn wins the postponed game, but loses the regular game to Pittsburgh, 6–5.

The White Sox run up an 11–0 lead after 3 1/2 innings at Detroit, then hold on for a 14–11 win. Chicago collects 22 hits, including 2 homers by Lollar and one by Doby. Detroit answers with 2 homers by Ray Boone, another by Wilson and a grand slam by Charlie Maxwell.

25th  At Ebbets Field, Sal Maglie of the Dodgers no-hits the Phils 5–0 for his 12th win against 4 losses. The win keeps Brooklyn a half game behind the Braves who beat Cincinnati, 7–1. The Phils hand Duke Snider his 26th intentional base on balls, tops in the NL, as the NL teams combine to intentionally walk 504 batters, a NL mark for 8 teams.

In the wake of the Ted Williams spitting incident, the Massachusetts State Legislature passes a bill to fine fans for profanity during a game. The bill is later killed. Meanwhile, Williams drives in 4 runs with a 3-run homer and a bases loaded walk as Boston vetoes Washington, 10-4.

In the first game of a doubleheader split at Wrigley Field, the Cards pull off an unusual triple play. After Solly Drake lines out to Stan Musial at 1B, the Cards double off Hobie Landrith at 2nd. They then throw the ball around the infield and back to the pitcher McDaniel, before they realize that Gene Baker, who had been a runner on 3B, is in the dugout. They then complete the tri-killing. The Cards win, 5-1, then lose game 2, 6-2.

At Cleveland, Early Wynn wins his 20th, 4–1 over the A’s, with help from Preston Ward and Colavito. Ward’s pinch HR in the 9th ties the game, and Rocky’s 3-run HR in the 10th wins it.

26th  Vic Wertz of the Indians hits 4 doubles and a single in an 8–4 win against the Athletics.

Jim Lemon of the Senators sets a ML record for strikeouts by a batter in one season with 138. This surpasses Larry Doby’s mark of 121, set in 1953. The Senators lose to the Red Sox 8–4.

In his first ML start, Charlie Beamon of the Orioles throws a 1–0, 4-hit shutout against the Yanks to thwart Whitey Ford’s bid for his 20th win. Ford won’t win 20 until 1961.

27th The Cards Murry Dickson collects 3 hits and yields just 5, but loses in 13 innings to the Cubs, 3–2. Solly Drake’s RBI-single in the 13th off the 40-year-old makes a winner of reliever Jim Brosnan.

Bucky Harris resigns as manager of the Tigers effective at the end of the season.

28th  In the opener of 3 games with visiting Boston, the Yanks top the Sox 7–2. Williams is 0-for-3, and needs 6 at bats to qualify for the batting title. Mantle goes 1-for-4, but his one hit is a homer off Bob Porterfield. It is Mantle’s last homer—and last hit—of the season.

29th  The Cincinnati Redlegs tie the 1947 Giants record of 221 homers in a season in beating the Cubs, 9–6. Smoky Burgess hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th for the Reds, who score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to win. Ernie Banks laces an inside-the-park three-run homer in the 3rd, and adds a single and triple.

The Dodgers sweep a pair from the Pirates 6–2 and 3–1, as Milwaukee loses to St. Louis in 12 innings. The Dodgers now lead by one game with just one game to go. The Dodgers hit 3 homers in the opener to back Sal Maglie’s 6-hitter. Clem Labine allows 7 hits in winning the second game. In game 2, Roy Campanella is 2-for-2, including his 20th homer. He is the first catcher in history to play more than 100 games, hit 20 homers and slug less than .400 (.219/.333/.394).

In a 7-5 Boston win in 13 innings, the Yanks and the Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle, but manages just a single, to take him out of the running for the hitting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle, Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded.

At Griffith Stadium, 1129 fans watch the Senators down the Orioles, 7-1, behind rookie Evelio Hernandez’s only career win. For the Orioles, 18-year-old George Werley pitches the 9th inning and allows a run in his lone ML appearance. Jim Lemon is 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. In game 2 tomorrow, he’ll strike out 4 times to lock up the AL lead in strikeouts with 138.

30th  Sandy Amoros and Duke Snider each hit 2 HRs, as the Brooklyn Dodgers win, 8–6, over Pittsburgh to cop the pennant on the last day of the season, finishing a game ahead of the Braves. Snider belts his 42nd and 43rd homers to help Newcombe win his 27th.

Mantle does not start against the visiting Red Sox, but when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit, he sends Mick in with the bases jammed, and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 HRs, and 130 RBI. The Red Sox win, 7-4, in 10 innings.

The Braves, losers of the first 2 games in the series, beat the Cards, 4–2, to finish a game ahead of the 3rd-place Reds.

In the first of two games, the Giants beat Robin Roberts and the Phils, 8–3. Roberts serves up homers to pitcher Al Worthington, who hits his only ML homer, and a pair to Bill White and has now thrown 46 gophers, a new ML record. He also fails in his bid to win 20 for the 6th straight year. White’s pair gives him the Giants rookie record with 22. In the nightcap, Giants 2B Red Schoendienst gets the 2,000th hit of his ML career, but the Giants lose 5–2. Schoendienst also finishes the season with a .9934 fielding average, a mark that will last for 30 years until Ryne Sandberg breaks it.

Al Lopez, manager of the Indians since l951, resigns and is replaced by Kirby Farrell. Lopez, who won 470 while losing 354 for a .570 percentage, had one pennant and five 2nd-place finishes in his 6 years at the helm.

White Sox hurler Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. At the age of 16 years and 10 months, he loses to Kansas City, 7–6. The $50,000 bonus baby gives up 3 runs in 6 innings, then 3 more before being lifted in the 7th. He also singles, the youngest person to get a hit in the 20th century.

Veteran Joe Frazier closes out his career with great style by punching out 5 hits, good for 10 bases, in a doubleheader against the Senators. In the nightcap, Frazier doubles in the 8th off Ted Abernathy, just the 2nd hit the submariner allows, and then homers in the 9th to pace the Orioles to a 6–3 win. The HR comes on Joe’s last ML at bat.

At Cleveland, Detroit manager Harris brings in Billy Hoeft to relieve in the 4th inning and enables the southpaw to get credit for his 20th win, 8–4 over the Indians. Following a pre-arranged plan, Hoeft takes over for Garver, pitching for the first time since July 26, with a 4–0 lead. Foytack throws the last 2 frames. Harvey Kuenn drives in 3 runs to give him 88 for the year, 85 RBIs from the leadoff position. This sets a new ML record for leadoff hitters that will be broken in 1997, by Garciaparra. Kaline is 1-for-3 with a 6th inning triple. The loss goes to Bob Feller (0–4), who pitches a complete game in his last ML appearance. The Tigers have a team batting average of .305 for the month (27 games), and will not top .300 any month the rest of the century.

1956 October

2nd  The Comiskey Park broadcast booth catches fire, causing damage estimated at $100,000.

3rd  Sal Maglie and the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 6–3 in the first game of the WS.

4th  Rain delays Game 2 of the WS.

5th  The Dodgers come back from a 6–0 deficit in Game 2 to win 13–8 behind the sterling relief pitching of Don Bessent. Yankee C Yogi Berra becomes the first player in WS history to hit a grand slam in a losing cause as he sends one over the RF screen off Don Newcombe in the 2nd.

Owner Clark Griffith of the Senators says the club is considering moving to the West Coast because of the delay in building a new Washington stadium.

6th  The Yanks regroup at home and defeat Brooklyn 5–3 in Game 3, with Whitey Ford going the distance and Enos Slaughter hitting a 3-run HR.

7th  In Game 4, the Yanks even the WS at two apiece with a 6–2 win in Yankee Stadium. Righty Tom Sturdivant holds Brooklyn to 6 hits.

8th  Series history is made by Don Larsen of the Yankees, who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2–0 in Game 5. He requires only 97 pitches. Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.

9th  The Dodgers bounce back. Clem Labine comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1–0 victory in 10 innings. Enos Slaughter misjudges Jackie Robinson’s fly ball, and Jim Gilliam scores from 2B.

10th  In Game 7, the Yankees win their first WS championship in 3 years as Johnny Kucks sets down the Bums 9–0. Yogi Berra hits a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron hits a grand slam, a first in WS history. There won’t be another player hitting a grand slam in a game with a player hitting 2 homers until 1998. Don Newcombe takes the loss, his 4th in Series competition.

11th  AL President Will Harridge bars the shift of the Senators to the West Coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners.

Cubs owner William Wrigley announces that GM Wid Mathews and manager Stan Hack have resigned. He names John Holland as GM and Charlie Grimm, who was fired as manager of the Braves in earl 1956, will return to the Cubs as vice president. Bob Scheffing, manager of the LA farm team, is named the new Cubs manager.

The Phillies buy Jim Hearn from the Giants and send Stu Miller to the Giants farm club in Minneapolis.

17th  The Senators announce they will study bids from Louisville and San Francisco.

18th  The Brooklyn Dodgers begin an exhibition tour of Japan.

19th  Playing below par after their 7-game WS loss to the Yankees, the Dodgers lose the first game of an exhibition series in Japan to the Yomiuri Giants 5–4. Nonetheless, the Dodgers will win 14, lose 4, and tie one in the series.

24th  The AP names Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbetts as its NL Manager of the Year.

25th  White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez is the new manager.

30th  The Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961.

1956 November

13th The Cubs send P Warren Hacker, 3B Don Hoak and OF Pete Whisenant to the Reds for 36-year-old P Elmer Singleton, 18–8 with Seattle in 1956, and 3B Ray Jablonski.

In Japan, the touring Dodgers win the last game of their exhibition trip to finish with 14 wins, 4 losses, and a tie.

14th  Mickey Mantle is named the AL’s MVP. Mantle gets 203 points in the voting, while Ted Williams is 2nd with 209, and Roy Sievers 3rd with 205.

The Pittsburgh Pirates say the franchise may have to move unless a new municipal stadium is built to replace Forbes Field.

19th  The Cardinals trade OF Rip Repulski and SS Bobby Morgan to the Phillies for OF Del Ennis.

20th The ML Rules committee adopts a new requirement of 477 plate appearances instead of the 400 official times at bat.

21st  Don Newcombe, who won the l949 Rookie of the Year Award, wins the NL MVP and the first-ever Cy Young Award. Newcombe gets 223 points for MVP, easily outdistancing Sal Maglie with 183 points. Newk gets 10 votes for the Cy Young Award, with Maglie picking up 4.

27th Charlie Peete, given a good shot at being the first black starter on the Cardinals, is killed in a plane crash in Caracas, Venezuela. Peete, who had appeared in 23 games for St. Louis in 1956, was returning from playing winter ball.

28th Kerby Farrell is named to manage the Cleveland Indians.

1956 December

1st  Cincinnati slugger Frank Robinson is unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio is voted AL Rookie of the Year with 22 points, beating out Oriole Tito Francona and Indian Rocky Colavito.

In front of a crowd estimated at 100,114 at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, a U.S. Army team beats an Australian all-star team 11–5 in an Olympic exhibition game. Sergeant Vance Sutton hits a grand slam.

3rd  The Tigers send pitchers Ned Garver, Gene Host, and Virgil Trucks, 1B Wayne Belardi and $20,000 to the Athletics for pitchers Bill Harrington, Jack Crimian, 1B Eddie Robinson, and 3B Jim Finigan.

10th  The AL club owners vote for a 3-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. The AL reelects Will Harridge to a new ten-year term as president.

The Cubs buy perennial backup C Charlie Silvera from the Yankees. They also trade pitchers “Sad Sam” Jones and Jim Davis, IF Eddie Miksis, and C Hobie Landrith to the Cardinals for pitchers Tom Poholsky and Jackie Collum, C Ray Katt, and a minor league pitcher.

Mrs. Grace Comiskey, president of the White Sox, dies of a heart attack in Washington.

11th  A players organization is established with Bob Feller as president.

The Major Leagues vote at a joint meeting to reduce player limits to 28 by Opening Day.

13th  The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the Giants for P Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Robinson retires rather than accept the trade.

18th  Former Yankee SS Phil Rizzuto signs as a Yankee radio-TV announcer.

28th The NY Board of Estimate votes $25,000 for a survey regarding the Dodgers’ proposed new stadium for downtown Brooklyn.

1957 January

4th  The Dodgers buy a 44-passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000, which they will use to transport the club during the season. They are the first team to own their own plane.

5th  Jackie Robinson retires, voiding the December deal with the Giants.

10th  Commissioner Ford Frick rules that singer Bing Crosby can keep his “token” stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

15th  The Brooklyn Dodgers extend their 5-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new 3-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter, who bought the field in 1953.

26th  Joseph F. Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as president of the Braves.

29th  With the advent of coast-to-coast air travel, ML baseball weighs a plan for a player pool to be used in the event of an air disaster.

1957 February

1st  Club owners approve a new 5-year player pension plan, effective April 1st. It offers more liberal benefits and includes all players, coaches, and trainers eligible for the 1947 plan. The owners reject the players’ request to raise the minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,500.

4th  The BBWAA elects manager Joe McCarthy and Detroit’s Wahoo Sam Crawford to the Hall of Fame

14th  The Georgia Senate unanimously approves Senator Leon Butts’ bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites. Religious gatherings are the only exceptions to this bill.

15th  A Boston newspaper claims that Ted Williams never paid his $5,000 fine for spitting at the crowd. It refers to him mockingly as the “Splendid Spitter.”

17th  Alvin Dark wins the Baseball Players golf tournament in Miami for the third time, defeating Al Lopez, 5-4. Dark’s drive on the par-3 18th hole, 250-yards long, rolls to within 8 inches of the cup. Dark and Lou Kretlow shot 75’s in the qualifying round. Jack Russell wins the inactive players title for the third year in a row by defeating Augie Bergamo. Jimmy Piersall wins a set of silverware in the hole in one competition.

19th The Kansas City Athletics ship pitchers Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz, and Jack McMahan, and infielders Clete Boyer, Curt Roberts and Wayne Belardi to the Yankees. In return they receive pitchers Maury McDermott, Tom Morgan, Gary Coleman, and Jack Urban, OF Irv Noren, plus infielders Billy Hunter and Milt Graff. Roberts doesn’t go to NYC till May 4, while Boyer goes a month later. Hunter and Urban don’t switch until April 5. The veteran Shantz and Boyer will be valuable pickups for New York, with Shantz leading the AL in ERA this year, and Boyer a tough defensive third sacker for 8 years in pinstripes. The A’s will eventually admit that when they signed Boyer for a $40,000 bonus in 1955, it was on behalf of the Yankees, with the understanding that they’d later ship him to New York.

21st  In an ominous development for Brooklyn, Walter O’Malley “trades” minor league franchises with Phil Wrigley of the Cubs, giving up the Dodgers’ Ft. Worth (Texas) club in return for the Cubs’ Los Angeles Angels (PCL).

22nd  Walter O’Malley says the Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958.

25th  The U.S. Supreme Court decides 6-3 that baseball is the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws. The issue arises when pro football seeks similar protection from the laws.

26th The New York Giants ship knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cardinals and reacquire 1B Whitey Lockman, who went to St. Louis in June 1956.

27th Giants’ catcher Bill Sarni suffers a heart attack and collapses while playing pepper in spring training. At 28, his career is over as a player but Horace Stoneham offers him a job as a coach as soon as he is well enough.

1957 March

6th  The Dodgers Walter O’Malley confers with Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson and other officials of the city.

2nd  Today’s edition of the Saturday Evening Post features a baseball cover entitled “The Rookie”, by Norman Rockwell. The gawky rookie appears to be Mickey McDermott, while the veterans are Sammy White, Frank Sullivan, Jackie Jensen and Billy Goodman, all of whom posed for Rockwell. Also pictured Is Ted Williams, who allowed his likeness to be used but did not pose. Ironically, McDermott was traded to the Senators for Jensen.

11th  Representative Emanuel Celler, whose committee investigated baseball, calls Ford Frick a “czar” who wishes to “gag” officials; Frick had cautioned ML owners about commenting on the recent Supreme Court decision on pro football coming under antitrust rules.

18th  In what is believed to be the largest offer for a player ever made, the Indians reject a million-dollar offer for lefty Herb Score from Red Sox GM Joe Cronin. Cleveland GM Hank Greenberg refuses, saying that the team is interested in building for the future, not in selling its best ballplayers.

21st  Television Age reports that the major leagues will get $9.3 million for TV-radio rights in 1957.

23rd At LA’s Wrigley Field, Willie Mays belts two homers to lead the Giants to a 9–3 Cactus League win over the Indians. Bill Rigney fines Hank Thompson $150 for missing last night’s exhibition win over the Indians in San Diego.

1957 April

1st Like kissing your sister. At West Palm Beach, the Athletics and Pirates play 18 innings without a score before the game is called.

5th The Phils ship Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Ben Flowers, minor leaguer Mel Gaho, and $75,000 to Brooklyn for the promising Chico Fernandez. Fernandez will be the first black player for the Phils when he plays on the 16th, five days before ex-Negro Leaguer John Kennedy makes his appearance for the Phils.

8th In a harbinger of games to come, the Braves beat the Dodgers, 8–5, for the 4th straight time in spring training. The win at Oklahoma City leaves the Braves (18-8) atop the Grapefruit League ahead of the Pirates (17-8).

13th The Red Sox claim pitcher Russ Meyer off waivers from the Reds. The vet will be released a month from now and finish out with a win for the Royals in 1959.

15th In the opener in Washington, the Baltimore Orioles top the Senators, 7–6, in 11 innings.

16th  The Phillies set an Opening Day record at Connie Mack Stadium as 37,667 fans pay to see the Dodgers Gino Cimoli hit a 12-inning HR to win the game, 7–6.

At Yankee Stadium, Andy Carey’s bases-loaded fly ball single in the 9th gives the Yankees a 21 win over the Senators, as Whitey Ford bests Chuck Stobbs. Yogi Berra accounts for the other Yankee run with a 7th inning homer. The 0–2 Senators will lose 16 of their next 20 games.

The Giants pack off P Dick Littlefield and OF Bob Lennon to the Cubs for 2 veterans named Ray—Katt and Jablonski.

In the season opener at Cincinnati, Stan Musial raps out 4 hits, including 2 doubles, to lead the Cardinals to a 13–4 win. Cards’ rookie B.G. Smith debuts with a HR and a single to back former Reds P Herm Wehmeier’s win.

Braves ace Warren Spahn retires the last 14 Cubs en route to a 4–1 Opening Day victory over host Chicago. The loss win spoils the managerial debut of Cubs skipper Bob Scheffing as well as the debut of the Cubs new blue pinstriped uniforms, their first pin stripes in 25 years.

In a duel of ace southpaws, Cleveland’s Herb Score gives up 2 walks and a single in the 11th to lose to Chicago’s Billy Pierce, 3–2. Score walks 11.

17th At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle leads New York to a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. Mantle hits his first homer of the year, off Tom Brewer. Then when Pete Daley lines a ball off the wall in left center, Mantle plays the carom perfectly and throws the runner out at 2B.

18th  At Detroit, Cleveland rookie Roger Maris hits his first ML homer, a grand slam in the 11th, to pace the Tribe to an 8–3 win over the Tigers. Jack Crimian walks 3 before Maris connects.

About 150 black fans reject seats in the segregated section of Durham Athletic Park in the Carolina League after being denied seats in the non-segregated section.

New York Parks Commissioner Robert Moses proposes a new 78-acre tract in Flushing Meadows as a site for a new NL stadium. The plan, submitted to Mayor Robert Wagner, includes a 50,000-seat stadium with a plastic dome, to be built by the Parks Department.

Portland manager Bill Sweeney, a PCL skipper for 17 seasons, dies in a San Diego hospital following an operation for a perforated stomach ulcer. Sweeney took ill during last night’s Padres game but refused to leave the coach’s box till the game was over.

19th  Harvey R. Hansen succeeds Fred Knorr as president of the Detroit Tigers.

20th  In a slugfest at Fenway, the Yankees top the Sox, 10–7. Moose Skowron drills two homers, one a tape-measure shot to the right of the CF flag pole out of the park. Mantle is 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs.

The Cubs send OF Jim King to the Cards for OF Bobby Del Greco and P Ed Mayer.

21st  Don Hoak, the Reds’ baserunner on 2B, with Gus Bell on at 1B, breaks up a DP by fielding a Wally Post ground ball and flipping it to Braves SS Johnny Logan. The umpire calls Hoak out for interference but Post is given a single on the play. Post will pull the same thing in St. Louis, in a day, letting an Ed Bailey grounder hit him. Johnny Temple pulled the play off yesterday, letting a Gus Bell grounder hit him The major leagues will subsequently rule that both the runner and batter are out in this situation. The Braves still win 3–1. In yesterday’s 5–4 loss to the Braves, baserunner Johnny Temple let Gus Bell’s ground ball hit him with the same result; Temple out for interfering and Bell awarded a single.

White Sox P Earl Wilson comes within 2 outs of pitching his 2nd no-hitter, but his bid is spoiled by Hector’s Lopez’s single in the 9th. He yields 2 more singles but wins, 1–0, in 10 innings over the A’s Tom Morgan. Lollar, batting for Wilson, hits a game-winning sac fly.

At Baltimore, a power failure ends the nightcap between the Orioles and Senators after five innings. With the Senators leading 2–1, a short circuit prevents the lights from being turned on. It is a first in ML history. The Orioles win the lidlifter, 11–9, in 10 innings. Bob Boyd hits a pinch triple, then stays at 1B and adds a homer and double, to pace the offense.

22nd  John Irwin Kennedy becomes the first African-American to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, making them the last NL team to integrate. (Black Cuban Chico Fernandez debuted on the 16th) Kennedy pinch runs for Hemus in the 5–1 loss to Brooklyn in the Jersey City Opener at Roosevelt Field before 11,629. He will play only briefly in 5 games, 2 at 3B, and will go hitless.

At the Polo Grounds, Willie Mays has a 3-run homer and Ruben Gomez has his 2nd CG win as the Giants beat the Pirates, 3–1. Hank Foiles has a 425-ft triple and a 258-ft homer which hits the RF foul pole.

The Reds notch their first victory of the year, beating the Cards, 10–6. For the 3rd game in a row a Redleg runner is called out when hit by a batted ball: Bailey’s liner nicks Wally Post.

The visiting Yankees overwhelm the Senators, 15–6, with Mantle hitting his first homer of the year, off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Hank Bauer belts a grand slam in the 7-run 6th inning, which also features a triple steal by Martin (on the front end), Berra, and Skowron. The Senators strand 16 while the Yankees have 10 LOB.

23rd  At Fenway, Ted Williams belts a CF homer and a single to drive in 2 runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 3–1. Frank Sullivan allows 4 hits in winning. The Sox Gene Mauch hits into an unusual DP with Dick Gernert on 3B. Mauch grounds to 1B George Kell, who steps on 1B and throws home. Mauch throws up his hands and deflects the throw. Gernert is ruled out on the interference call.

24th  Chicago Cubs pitchers walk 9 Reds in the 5th inning, an NL record, as Cincinnati wins 9–5. Moe Drabowsky starts with 4 walks, Jackie Collum adds 3 and Jim Brosnan has 2 passes. The Reds plate 7 runs with just one hit, a two-run single by George Crowe. Possibly Drabowsky was wild because of an injury in the 2nd inning when he claimed to be hit on the foot by a pitch from Joe Nuxhall. Teammate Dick Drott rushed out with a portable wheel chair and wheeled Moe to first base. Drott was ejected for his humanitarian effort (his only ML ejection) and Drabowsky returned to the plate to strike out.

At the Stadium, Mantle drills an 8th inning solo shot off Baltimore’s Connie Johnson to give the Yankees a 3–2 win. He earlier scored on a Yogi Berra homer.

The New York Board of Estimates fails to act on the Robert Moses plan as outlined by Mayor Wagner.

25th  Ted Williams raises his average to .455 with a double, 2 singles, and 3 walks, to pace the Red Sox to a 12–7 victory over the Senators.

ML baseball hastily adopts a rule that prohibits a base runner from interfering with a batted ball in any way. This is a result of the recent Reds’ actions in an April series last week against the Braves.

26th  Walter “Spike” Briggs of the Detroit Tigers resigns as executive vice-president, GM and director after a row with the front office. He is the last member of the Briggs family to hold an official position with the team.

27th  The AL finally concedes and suspends the game of April 21 when the Senators and Orioles were interrupted by a power failure at the end of the 5th inning.

28th The Tigers Al Aber goes 1–1 against the Indians today, winning the opener, 2–0, with 2 innings of relief. The loser is Early Wynn, who allows one hit in the first 8 innings as he matches rookie Don Lee (7 IP) 0–0. Wynn, who homered off Lee’s father, is 0-for-2 at the plate. Aber loses the nightcap, 3–2, when House makes an error in the 10th inning, juggling the ball at the plate with Busby scoring. Aber had made the putout at 1B on a 3–1 play and 3B coach Stanky waved Busby around from 2B. Avila and Colavito homer for the Tribe while Bolling connects for Detroit.

29th The Senators trade pitchers Dean Stone and Bob Chakales to the Red Sox for OF Faye Throneberry, 2B Milt Bolling, and P Russ Kemmerer.

30th At Brooklyn, Don Zimmer caps a battle homers by connecting in the 10th for Brooklyn’s 5th dinger of the game. The Dodgers win over the Cubs, 10–9, with all of Chicago’s scores coming by way of homers. Gene Baker homers, Walt Moryn hits a grand slam and Bob Lennon hits a 3 run homer, off Sal Maglie. For Lennon, who hit 64 homers for Nashville in 1954, it will be his only ML round tripper. Campanella adds a pair for the Brooks, and Hodges and Amoros hit HRs as well.

1957 May

1st Wally Post laces a 2-run single in the 16th to give the Reds an 8–6 win over the host Phillies.

The Cubs send 1B Dee Fondy and 2B Gene Baker to Pittsburgh for 1B Dale Long and OF Lee Walls. Fondy hits .300 but will be traded, while Walls and Long will knock out 45 HRs for the Cubs this season.

2nd Robin Roberts strikes out 13 Cubs en route to a 4–2 Phillies win. No Phils infielders record an assist in the game.

At Comiskey Park, Walt Dropo hits a grand slam, off Chuck Stobbs (0-4) as the White Sox top the Senators, 6-1. Roy Sievers solos off Dick Donovan (1-0) for the Nats lone score.

At the Polo Grounds, Don Hoak drives in 5 runs to lead the Reds to a 9–7 win over the Giants.

3rd At Jersey City, Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe shuts out the Cards, 6–0, for his 9th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to 1951.

Reds pinch hitter Pete Whisenant pops a 3-run homer in the 9th to beat the Giants, 11–10

5th  In the 2nd game of a 3–1 and 4–1 doubleheader sweep of the Phils, the Cardinals Wally Moon begins a 24-game hitting streak, the longest of the season in the NL.

6th  In Kansas City, the A’s jump on Chuck Stobbs (0-5) for 6 runs in the first inning and go on to beat the Senators, 8-2. Jim Pisoni has a grand slam in the big inning to back Ned Garner’s win. Garver, batting 8th, is 1-for-3 while vet shortstop Joe DeMaestri, in the 9 spot, is 3-for-4.

7th  Gil McDougald of the Yankees hits a wicked line-drive that strikes Cleveland’s Herb Score in the right eye. Score, with a broken nose and lacerations, is carried off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game, 2–1. Score will return the following year but his pitching will not be the same.

At Kansas City, the Athletics edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 10 innings as Vic Power hits a leadoff homer and finishes the game with a walkoff homer. Both come off O’s starter Hal Brown. Virgil Trucks (4-0) is the winner in relief of starter Ryne Duren. Power is the only player in the 20th century to start and end a game with a homer: Billy Hamilton did it in 1893 (courtesy of David Vincent).

8th  At Comiskey, Boston slugger Ted Williams hits 3 HRs, all off Bob Keegan, and drives in all the runs as the Red Sox stop Chicago, 4–1.

At Ebbets Field, Don Hoak’s 7th-inning grand slam, off Don Newcombe, snaps a 3-3 tie and the Reds hang on for a 7-6 win over the Dodgers. George Crowe has a pair of homers, both off Newk, while Gil Hodges hits a 3-run homer for the Dodgers in the 8th. Cincinnati has now won 9 in a row.

The Indians clout 3 homers to back Early Wynn’s 10–4 win over the Yankees. Mantle has a homer and 3 RBIs for New York.

10th  Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco confers with Horace Stoneham on a possible shift of the Giants franchise to the West Coast.

11th The Cards and Phils trade outfielders, St. Louis getting Glen Gorbous and Philley taking Chuck Harmon.

12th At Baltimore, 3B Andy Carey hits 2 homers for New York, while Mantle’s tie-breaking clout in the 8th gives them a 4–3 win over the O’s.

In Cleveland, Hal Smith of the Athletics belts a grand slam in the 7th to cap the scoring as Kansas City wins game 1 of a twinbill, 9-2. Virgil Trucks (5-0) wins in relief. Starting pitcher Mickey McDermott, batting 8th for KC, is walked intentionally by Wynn in the 4th to get to Joe DeMaestri (who is pinch hit for). McDermott is the third pitcher this century to receive an IBB (as noted by Brian Wood), following Rowe and Hutchinson. It will occur again this July. Cleveland cops the nightcap, 7-4, as Rocky Colavito drives in 4 runs on 3 hits, one a homer.

The Reds win their 12th straight on the road, defeating the Cubs, 7–1 as Don Gross fires a 4-hitter. The win streak, all on the road, has taken Cincinnati from 6th place to the top of the NL.

14th Winners of 12 straight on the road, the Reds, return home and lose to the Phillies, 10–8. Ed Bouchee hits a 2-run HR in the 9th to give the Phils their winning margin. Bob Thurman, who made his ML debut 2 years ago at the age of 37, hits a 3-run homer for the Reds in the 5th inning. Thurman is the first ML player to homer on his 40th birthday.

.15th At Baltimore, the Indians rap Mike Fornieles for 5 hits and 3 runs in the 16th to defeat the Orioles, 11–8. The Tribe had scored 3 in the 8th after an error by Gardner and 3 more in the 14th after an error by Causey. Gardner steals home in the 14th for one Bird run and the 3rd run scores on Nixon’s wild throw.

The Yankees top Kansas City, 30, behind Tom Sturdivant. Tomorrow is supposed to be an off day, but a rained out game with the A’s is rescheduled. But a group of Yankees go ahead anyway with a planned party and celebrate Billy Martin’s 29th birthday in a raucous fashion. An ensuing fight at Manhattan’s Copacabana Club leads to $5,500 in fines and the eventual trade of Billy to Kansas City. Hank Bauer allegedly starts the fight by hitting a patron, although Bauer denies it. The Yanks fine Ford, Bauer, Berra, Mantle and Martin $1,000 each and Johnny Kucks $500.

With the May 15 deadline to cut rosters to 25 players, a number of veterans are handed their walking papers. Among them are: pitchers Ellis Kinder and Jim McDonald, OF Bob Kennedy (White Sox), 1B Preston Ward (Indians), 1B Eddie Robinson (Tigers).

16th  The Yankees top Kansas City 3–0 behind Bob Turley’s four-hit shutout. Mantle has a single, two walks, and a homer to back Bob Turley’s 4-hit 3–0 shutout over the A’s. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game.

At Fenway, Jim Bunning outduels Bob Porterfield as the visiting Tigers win, 2-1. Bunning strikes out 8, including Ted Williams three times (as noted by SI). It is the only time a pitcher has struck out Teddy Baseball three times. He does have a double his other time at bat.

18th Seconds before the 10:20 p.m. curfew will end the White Sox-Orioles game, the Birds Dick Williams cracks a game-tying bases-empty homer off Paul LaPalme. The game ends 4–4.

19th At Yankee Stadium, New York knocks out Bob Lemon and tops Cleveland 6–3. Mantle hits a homer in the 6th inning rally, his 6th off the future Hall of Famer.

In the first of two at Baltimore, Tito Francona has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs to lead the Orioles to a 10-5 win over Kansas City. George Kell also homers for the Birds. Game 2 is a 5 1/2 scoreless duel between the O’s Hal Brown and Rip Coleman of KC. Coleman will receive credit for a shutout, though his record for the season will be 0-7.

The Reds Tom Acker wins a pair from the Pirates, pitching an inning of relief in the first game and two more in the nightcap. The Reds win 8–7 and 5–4 to extend their win streak over the Pirates to 15 games.

20th  The Senators claim veteran infielder Rocky Bridges off waivers from the Reds.

21st  Boston baseball writers reaffirm their decision to bar women from the press box and refuse to allow Doris O’Donnell, a Cleveland feature writer traveling with the Indians, to sit in the Fenway Park press area. The Globe’s Bob Holbrook allows that “the vote here was close, because she’s rather an attractive girl.” (as noted by Bill Nowlin, Red Sox historian). The Indians win today, 8-2, as Chico Carrasquel has 3 hits, including a grand slam. Early Wynn (5-3) has 2 RBIs.

At Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Ray Moore does all he can to win, hitting a 3rd inning homer and allowing just one run in 15 innings, but the Tigers prevail, 2-1, in 16 innings. Jim Bunning pitches 13 frames but the win goes to Paul Foytack, who starts the 16th inning with a single off Mike Fornieles and then scores an unearned run.

For his part in the Copacabana incident, Yankee OF Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim, Edward Jones, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today’s game, Berra, Martin, and Ford are benched, while Bauer bats 8th. The White Sox win, 3–1.

22nd  The Red Sox set an AL record by smashing 4 HRs in the 6th inning in an 11–0 win over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone do the honors. All of these come on the first 16 pitches from Cal McLish. Williams had set the record with Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, and Jim Tabor in l940. Williams also sets a personal-best record by tossing a bat an estimated 225 feet down the LF line at Fenway.

23rd At Ebbets Field, the Yanks top the Dodgers, 10–7, in the Mayor’s Trophy game. Al Cicotte allows 2 hits in 6 innings, and smacks two himself. Mantle is 4-for-5.

24th  In his first two ML at-bats, Cubs rookie Frank Ernaga hits a solo HR in the 2nd inning and follows with a run-scoring triple in the 4th, both against Warren Spahn. The Cubs beat the Braves 5–1 at Wrigley Field. Ernaga is the second NL rookie to debut with a triple and homer; he will add just one more HR to his ML career total, though in his next game against Spahn he’ll hit a single and double to complete the cycle.

The Boston Herald Traveler reports today that Sox outfielder Ted Williams has shot 40 pigeons at Fenway Park. Confirming the report, writer George Sullivan recalls that as a 15-year-old bat boy for the Red Sox in 1949, he came to Fenway on a Monday off-day and heard gun fire coming from the RF visitors bullpen. There, clad in street clothes was Ted Williams, who was shooting pigeons. When he finished he asked Sullivan to fill up a barrel with the dead birds that were strewn around the field. “I learned to swear that day,” said Sullivan. “Ted had shot pigeons before and I think Yawkey had even joined him on occasion.”

25th White Sox pitcher Dick Donovan stops Cleveland, 4–0, on one hit, a 2nd-inning double by Eddie Robinson. Nellie Fox and Minnie Minoso club homers for Chicago.

26th  At Wrigley Field, rookie Dick Drott, 20, of the Cubs strikes out 15 Braves, including Hank Aaron and Billy Bruton 3 times, en route to a 7–5 victory in game one. Drott’s 15 K’s is a Cubs 20th C. mark for 9 innings (to be broken by Kerry Wood) and one shy of John Clarkson’s 1886 club mark. His 15 wins this year are the most for a Cub rookie since Pat Malone won 18 in 1928. Chicago sweeps, winning the nightcap, 5–4.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Senators build a 6–0 lead over the Yankees and hold on to win 9–7. Jim Lemon and Roy Sievers each have 3 RBIs. Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days at the Stadium. The Yankees take the nightcap, 7-6, on Yogi Berra’s RBI fly in the 9th inning.

Reds relief pitcher Hal Jeffcoat snaps a 6–6 tie with an 8th inning homer to beat the Cards, 7–6. Jeffcoat reached the majors as an outfielder before converting to the mound. Stan Musial drives in 5 runs for the Cardinals, 4 on a grand slam in the top of the 8th off Jeffcoat. Not until Madison Bumgarner in 2016, will another pitcher serve up a grand slam and hit a homer in the same inning.

27th  Down 6-4 going into the 7th at Fenway, the Yankees explode for 13 runs in 2 innings and beat the Red Sox, 17-8. Hank Bauer hits 2 of his 3 doubles in the 7th, Mantle has no hits but 4 walks and scores twice, Bill Skowron has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs. Johnny Kucks gives up 6 runs in 6 innings but notches the win.

28th  The NL approves the proposed moves of the Dodgers and the Giants to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1st and move at the same time.

Reds pitcher Don Gross has his no-hitter snapped in the 8th inning when Milwaukee’s Bobby Thomson triples. Frank Torre singles home Thomson and the Braves win, 1–0. Warren Spahn is the winning pitcher.

At the Polo Grounds, Johnny Antonelli (3-6) faces 5 Philley batters without recording an out as Philadelphia blasts the Giants, 16-6. Reliever Bob Miller pitches 7+ innings for the win and contributes a homer and 3 RBIs. Three other hitters have 3 RBIs each and Richie Ashburn collects 4 hits. Red Schoendienst hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning to knock out Phils starter Jack Sanford.

29th  Tough talking NY Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move, but that the city will not be “blackjacked” into anything.

Four PCL teams may seek as much as $6.7 million in indemnities if both the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Seals withdraw from the league.

At Washington, Camilo Pascual gives up two solo homers, to Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer, but the Senators win 6–2. Pascual will groove 43 gopher balls this year.

30th  Before a crowd of 40,944 at Briggs Stadium, the Tigers sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 6-5 and 3-2. Pitcher Lou Sleater wins the opener with his first ML homer, a game-ending homer off Burnette. Kuenn opened with a HR, but homers by Gus Zernial and Mickey McDermott gave the A’s a 5–3 lead going into the 9th. Bolling has a pair of homers in the nightcap.

Walter O’Malley rejects a Queens group’s offer to buy the Dodgers.

The Ohio legislature passes a bill to aid the Cincinnati Redlegs in building a new stadium.

31st  At Comiskey, Sherm Lollar, with a 2-run homer, and Walt Dropo, with a grand slam, account for the White Sox scoring in a 6-0 win over Detroit. Bob Keegan allows just 4 hits.

At County Stadium, Lindy McDaniel and the Cardinals defeat the Braves, 4-3. Eddie Kasko is 4-for-4 while Wally Moon hits in his 24th straight game.

1957 June

1st  Braves pitchers Warren Spahn and Gene Conley stop Wally Moon’s 24-game streak, but Cards 40-year-old Murry Dickson wins 7–1.

The Reds pummel the Cubs, winning 22–2 behind 22 hits and 7 home runs. Frank Robinson (2), Ed Bailey, Gus Bell, Don Hoak, Hal Jeffcoat, and Wally Post wield the lumber. Don Hoak has 4 RBIs on 4 hits, while Johnny Temple scores 4 runs on 4 hits.

2nd  Moe Drabowsky of the Cubs ties a NL record by hitting 4 batters in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds. The Reds hit back as Bob Thurman belts and grand slam and George Crowe hits a solo HR. The Cubs lose 6–4. Bob Rush gives the Cubs a 4–2 win in the nightcap.

Bill Wight stops the Yankees on three hits as the Orioles edge the Yankees 3-2 at the Stadium. In game 2, Mantle and Berra, back to back off Skinny Brown, and Elston Howard all homer in the first inning for a 4–0 lead. The fans could’ve left then, because that’s the way the game ends.

3rd In the 8th inning at Washington, Ted Williams wallops a 3-run homer off starter Pedro Ramos to carry the Red Sox to a 5–3 win over the Senators. An inning earlier, Jackie Jensen hit a solo homer. As researched by David Vincent, Ramos will give up 17 homers this June, a ML record for homers served up in one month.

The Pirates beat the visiting New York Giants, 6–5. Hank Foiles and Johnny O’Brien each score twice and each have triples. Willie Mays scores twice and runs down a line drive by Roberto Clemente, making the catch against the screen surrounding the light tower 440 feet from home plate. Mays will call this the best catch he ever made.

4th  In Chicago, Billy Pierce of the White Sox wins 1–0 in a 10-inning masterpiece before 38,490, against the Red Sox. Chicago maintains its 5-game lead over New York.

5th  In Jersey City, Don Drysdale pitches the first of his 49 ML shutouts, as the Dodgers win 4–0 over the Cubs.

Behind Gil McDougald’s two homers and Mantle’s solo shot, the 2nd place Yankees storm by the Indians, 13–3 in Cleveland.

6th  Umpires wait in vain for fog-drenched Ebbets Field to clear. With the Dodgers ahead 1–0, Cubs LF Bob Speake loses sight of a fly ball, and batter Charlie Neal gets a double. After a delay of an hour and 26 minutes the game is called, the first time ever because of fog.

7th Phillies rookie Jack Sanford strikes out 13 Cubs to win 1–0. Sanford allows 3 hits while his opponent Dave Hillman gives up 4.

8th At Ebbets Field, Johnny Podres stops the Reds, 9-2, and the Dodgers move into first place in the NL a half game ahead of the Reds. Batterymate Rube Walker has 3 hits, scores 3 runs and knocks in 3 with a homer. Jim Gilliam has a triple and 3 RBIs.

The Cubs claim Chuck Tanner off the waiver list after the Braves waived him.

10th Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning homer to Mantle in Detroit, but still beats the Yankees, 9–4. Mantle now leads the AL with 13 homers: Williams is 2nd with 10.

In Jersey City, the Braves Bob Buhl beats Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe, 3–1.

11th  In a 7–2 loss to the Braves, Dodger C Roy Campanella hits his 237th career HR, off Ray Crone (3-1), surpassing career marks of Gabby Hartnett and Yogi Berra. Joe Adcock and Gino Cimoli match solo homers while Bobby Thomson hits a four-run homer for Milwaukee. The Braves move 1⁄2 game behind the leading Reds.

12th  At Comiskey Park, Mickey Mantle again hits HRs from both sides of the plate, and drives in 4 runs, but the Yankees lose to Chicago 7–6. Jack Harshman is the winner, after losing 6 straight to New York. Chicago now leads the Yankees by 5 games.

The University of California wins the NCAA championship, defeating Penn State, 1–0, in the final game.

Cardinal Stan Musial plays in his 823rd game for a new NL consecutive-game streak, beating Gus Suhr’s record. Larry Jackson beats the Phils 4–0 to improve his record to 8-2; he has now beaten every NL team this season.

13th  For the 2nd time this year, Ted Williams hits 3 HRs—off Early Wynn and Jim Lemon—in a 9–2 Boston win over the Indians. Williams is the first to do this in the AL. Ted was so disgusted with his pregame hitting that he tossed his bat 50 feet in the air.

The Tigers send 1B Earl Torgeson to the White Sox in exchange for OF Dave Philley and cash.

The Indians send CF Jim Busby to the Orioles for OF Dick Williams.

In a Central Mexican League at Fresnillo, Jose “Diablo” Nunez of Fresnillo has 4 home runs, a double and 10 RBIs to lead Fresnillo to a 23-7 victory over Durango.

14th The Red Sox send two-time batting champ Billy Goodman to the Orioles for P Mike Fornieles, who will develop into a fine relief P in Boston.

With the bases loaded. Jim Gilliam swipes home with the winning run in the 10th inning to give to Dodgers a 2–1 win over the Cardinals. Don Newcombe wins his 11th straight over the Cards stretching back to 1951.

15th  At Kansas City, the Yankees win 9–2 over the A’s, beating Virgil Trucks. In more fallout over the Copacabana incident, the Yankees then trade Billy Martin to Kansas City with SS Woodie Held and OF Bob Martyn for P Ryne Duren, 2B Milt Graff and outfielders Harry Simpson and Jim Pisoni.

The Giants send 2B Red Schoendienst to the Braves and receive OF Bobby Thomson, infielder Danny O’Connell, and P Ray Crone. A fine trade for Milwaukee, as Schoendienst will lead the NL in hits while anchoring the infield.

16th  In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the White Sox rally to defeat the Senators 8–6, as relief pitcher Dixie Howell clubs 2 HRs in 3 1/3 innings, and allows no runs for the win. Pete Runnels and Milt Bolling steal bases for the Nats, who will set a slow-footed ML record this year with just 13 stolen bases. Minoso and Rivera homer in game 1 off Pedro Ramos to help the Sox to a 4-2 win. Chicago now leads the AL by 3.5 games.

In Philadelphia, Braves P Lew Burdette gives up just one hit, but loses 1–0 to the Phils in the nightcap of 2. Curt Simmons is the winner on Joe Lonnett’s double and score in the 6th. The Braves win the opener, 3–2, as Schoendienst makes his Braves debut with a triple and single. Juan Pizarro is the winner allowing 5 hits, including 2 homers. The Braves club Roberts for 7 hits in 2.2 innings, but the loss goes to Miller.

In the Indians 6–0 loss to the Red Sox, Roger Maris gets hit in the eye in the 9th inning when the return throw by Sox C Sammy White nails him. Maris is lifted and Eddie Robinson finishes his at bat by striking out. White and Piersall homer to back Frank Sullivan’s 4-hitter.

18th  At Wrigley Field, the Phillies use the longball to subdue the Cubs, 7-6. Rip Repulski clouts a 3-run homer and rookie Harry Anderson hits a grand slam to back reliever Jim Hearn’s winning effort.

20th In a 4–1 loss to the Orioles, the first place White Sox lose C Sherm Lollar when he is hit on the wrist by a Billy Loes’ pitch. The broken wrist will sideline the All-Star catcher for 6 weeks and the Sox will ultimately finish 2nd.

Gus Bell homers to start the Reds 4th inning and, after Ed Roebuck replaces Roger Craig, Wally Post smacks a grand slam for the Reds. Cincinnati beats the visiting Dodgers, 6-1. Duke Snider’s homer is the only run given up by Brooks Lawrence. The Reds are in 3rd place in the NL, 2.5 games in back and a game ahead of the Dodgers and Phillies.

21st  One month after graduating from high school, Cardinals P Von McDaniel, 18, 2-hits the Dodgers in his first ML start, 2–0. He holds the Dodgers hitless until the 6th inning.

In an exciting finish at Wrigley Field, the Giants score 5 runs in the 9th inning, four on a grand slam by Andre Rodgers, but the Cubs score 4 in their half to tie a 10 runs each. The Giants score a pair in the 10th on homers by Danny O’Connell and Bobby Thomson to win, 12-10.

22nd The Yankees win their 9th game in a row, topping the White Sox, 6–5, at Yankee Stadium. Mantle’s homer in the first starts the scoring, and Berra’s homer in the 13th ends it. The Yankees now lead the White Sox by a half game.

At St. Louis, Stan Musial homers in the 8th to tie the score, but the Dodgers score 2 in the 9th on back to back triples by Reese and Snider off Mizell to win, 6–4. Gil Hodges has a 3-run homer for the Brooks. Don Newcombe holds on for his 12th straight win over the Cards going back to 1951, but the Cards hold on to 1st place by a game.

At Wrigley Field, Sacramento pitcher Roger Osenbaugh gives up a PCL-record 9 homeruns in a 22-5 loss to Los Angeles. Five of the homers come in one inning as Bert Hamric (2), Bobby Dolan, Steve Bilko and Jim Baxes go deep. Hamric had three homers in the game. Osenbaugh had not pitched due to illness and his manager Tommy Heath explained, “I figured a stiff workout would sharpen him up.”

23rd  Prime Minister Kishi of Japan, wearing a Yankees cap, is one of 63,787 fans at Yankee Stadium to see New York split with Chicago, winning the first 9–2 behind Bobby Shantz (9–1) and dropping the 2nd game 4–3. Mickey Mantle goes 6-for-9 as the Yankees maintain their half-game lead over Chicago. Mantle is leading the AL in hitting, HRs and is one behind the Senators’ Roy Sievers in RBIs.

Oriole Skinny Brown blanks the Tigers 6–0 to start a string of 4 shutouts for the O’s staff.

Wally Post’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th gives the Reds a 6–3 win over the Pirates.

25th  At Yankee Stadium, Don Mossi (5-1) scatters 8 hits to beat the Yankees, 11-2. A two run homer by Andy Carey accounts for New York’s runs. Rocky Colavito drives in 5 runs for Cleveland, 4 coming on a 9th inning grand slam. With the White Sox winning in Boston, the Yankees fall a half game behind Chicago for the AL lead.

26th  At Baltimore, the A’s Arnie Portocarrero and the Orioles Connie Johnson each toss three-hitters, but Jim Busby’s homer gives the O’s a 1-0 win.

27th  At Griffith Stadium, the Senators dispatch Tigers pitcher Paul Foytack in the 2nd inning on their way to a 7-2 win over Detroit. Tex Clevenger’s 3+ hitless innings preserves the win for Camilo Pascual. Tom Yewcik pinch hits for Detroit in his one ML appearance.  Yewcik was quarterback for MSU’s 1954 Rose Bowl winner and played in the AFL for the Boston Patriots.

28th  By stuffing the ballot box, Cincinnati fans elect 8 Redlegs as starters in the All-Star Game. Over protests from Reds fans, Commissioner Ford Frick names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron to replace Reds Gus Bell, George Crowe, and Wally Post in the starting lineup. In the final vote tally, Musial is the only non-Redleg who would have started. Bell will be added as a substitute.

Ray Moore blanks Cleveland 6–0 as the Orioles pitching staff hurls its 4th consecutive shutout, for a new AL mark.

Ponca City and Greenville (Sooner State League) turn triple plays in successive half innings. Greenville turns theirs in the bottom of the first, while Ponca City follows with one in the top half of the 2nd.

29th  At Fenway, Frank Malzone has a grand slam in the 1st inning and adds 2 more RBIs on a double and single and scores 3 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-4 win over Tigers.

NL President Warren Giles proposes that fan All-Star voting be limited to those actually attending a game.

30th  At County Stadium, the Braves sweep a doubleheader from Pittsburgh 7–4 and 6–5 to take a lead half-game over the 2nd-place Reds. Both games are come from behind wins. They win game 1 with a 5-run outburst in the 7th inning and take game 2 in the 13th inning when Eddie Mathews clubs a walkoff two-run homer after Hank Aaron’s 4th hit of the game.

The Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 10-3, hitting a grand slam for the second game in a row. Jackie Jensen drives in 4 runs with a 3rd inning homer, and Ted Williams hits his 20th homer, one of his 3 hits, as he drives in 3 runs.

1957 July

st Cincinnati fans threaten to sue Commissioner Ford Frick unless Bell, Crowe, and Post are restored to the All-Star team.

With 45,276 on hand in Baltimore for “George Kell Night,” the O’s tie the Yankees 2–2 in the 9th when Billy Goodman singles in a run against Whitey Ford. In the 10th, Mantle greets the new “Z” battery of P George Zuverink and teen catcher Frank Zupo with his 22nd homer of the year to give Ford his first win since April. The Z-duo will team up one more time.

2nd  At Wrigley Field, Cubs OF Lee Walls hits for the cycle, but the Reds win in the 10th inning, 8–6, on a grand slam by Wally Post, his second in two weeks.

At Busch Stadium, teenage phenom Von McDaniel retires the first 18 batters he faces before Billy Bruton singles in the 7th. McDaniel (4-0) is lifted in the 8th but earns a 4-2 decision over Warren Spahn. The Cards are third place, a game in back of the first-place Reds, with the Braves in second by a half game.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union charges that baseball has become “beerball,” since so many broadcasts are sponsored by breweries.

3rd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees win a 10–0 laugher over the Red Sox, as Yogi Berra drives in eight runs. Yogi has a homer and two singles; the second single is his 1,000th hit.

4th  George Crowe of the Reds goes 5-for-5 and drives in 6 runs against his old Braves teammates, but Milwaukee wins 10–7.

At Kansas City, the A’s go into the 9th down 4-0 against the White Sox, then score 5 runs to win, 5-4. Joe DeMaestri slides across home with the winner. The A’s won’t duplicate this until 2005.

At Yankee Stadium, pinchhitter Mickey Vernon hits a 2-out, 2-run homer to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win in game 1. Vernon’s homer in game 2, off Don Larsen, is the Bosox only score as the Yankees win, 4-1.

8th  The owners decide to re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick to another 7-year term when his present contract is up in 1958.

9th  At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the AL nips the NL 6–5 in the 24th All-Star Game. Both teams score 3 in the 9th inning, but Minnie Minoso’s running catch with the bases loaded chokes off the NL’s last-half rally.

11th  In Pittsburgh, Braves IF Felix Mantilla and OF Billy Bruton collide while chasing a pop fly. Mantilla will miss 19 games while Bruton will suffer knee damage and be out almost a year. Logan replaces Mantilla and knocks in 3 runs in Milwaukee’s 7–2 win.

At Kansas City, Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th, then wins it in the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers, and is hitting ,370 for the first-place Yanks. Chicago trails by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow, 4–2, with Mantle hitting another homer.

In a 5–4 Dodger win at Ebbets Field, a brawl takes place in the 7th when Jim Gilliam is decked by a pitch from Reds pitcher Raul Sanchez. The pair start trading punches and when Reds 3B Don Hoak rushes over, he is felled by Brooklyn’s Charlie Neal. The 4 get tossed and Acker, who replaces Sanchez, then walks Roseboro, batting for Gilliam. Snider follows with his 2nd homer of the game. With Gilliam out of the game, Gil Hodges plays 2B for the first time in 13 years.

12th At Jersey City, Gino Cimoli hits a 2-run triple in the 8th on a 3–0 pitch from Klippstein and the Dodgers, win, 3–1. The Reds have lost 7 straight and Brooklyn replaces them in 4th place.

14th  Bill Skowron of the Yanks hits an AL-record 2nd pinch-hit grand slam of the season, off Jim Wilson of the White Sox, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score 6 runs to win 6–4. The White Sox take the first game 3–1.

In game 1 of a DH, Billy Hoeft of the Tigers hits 2 HRs and a single against the Orioles Skinny Brown, as Detroit wins, 10–2. Hoeft will hit one more HR, his last, this year for a career total of 3. Possibly fearing the hitting of the Detroit pitchers, the Orioles issue an intentional walk to reliever Hal Sleater in game 2 with the score at 6-6. It comes in 9th inning with Kaline on 2B, and it brings to bat Harvey Kuenn, who has a single and 2-run homer in the game. The strategy works as Kuenn and Bolling pop out, but the Tigers win in the 10th, 7-6. Sleater is the winning pitcher.

In a game featuring 6 home runs, Willie Mays hits a 3-run shot in the 12th to give the Giants an 8–6 win over the visiting Cubs. Lockman has a pair, along with a solo by Bobby Thomson, while Dale Long and PH Bob Speake go deep for the Cubs.

Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell retires on the day he becomes a 10-year man.

15th At Philadelphia, the Phils top the Cardinals 6–2 and tie for first place in the N.L. Jack Sanford (12-2) goes the distance for the victory.

At Ebbets Field, Don Drysdale (7-6) hits a homer and coasts to a 20-4 victory over the Braves. Charlie Neal has a pair of homers and Duke Snider golfs a homer over the RF scoreboard. Sandy Amoros drives in 3 runs and scores 3, while Jim Gilliam has 4 hits and score 4. The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 8th inning, all off Taylor Phillips, who sees his ERA balloon from 4.50 to 5.55 with his one inning of work. The loss puts the Braves in 3rd place, a game in back of the Phillies and Cardinals.

17th After losing 12 straight to the Dodgers’ Don Newcombe, the Cards end the righty’s domination, beating him, 7–3. Jones is the victor allowing the Cards to slip back into 1st place. Only 2 games separate the first five teams. The Cards last beat Newk on August 23, 1951.

18th  In what will later be revealed as false testimony, Kansas City A’s owner Arnold Johnson denies before the Celler committee that he had any ties to the Yankee ownership or has favored them in any trades.

Ernie Banks and Chuck Tanner of the Cubs both hit inside-the-park homers at spacious Forbes Field. But the Cubs still lose to Pittsburgh, 6–5.

Horace Stoneham says that the Giants will quit New York after the season. He says he has not heard anything more from San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the Yankees as the only reason for the Giants to stay in New York.

Dodger slugger Gil Hodges hits his 12th career grand slam to tie the NL record of Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner, as the Dodgers edge the Cards, 10–9 in 11 innings. The slam comes against the Cardinals Wilmer Mizell in the bottom of the 9th after the Cards had plated 7 runs to take a 9-4 lead. Pinchhitter Joe Cunningham has a record tying two hits in the Birds flutter. The loss drops St. Louis a game behind the Braves.

Gene Woodling of the Indians throws out 2 Washington runners from LF in the first inning, tying a ML record. Washington wins 4–0.

19th  Testifying before the Celler committee, PCL President Leslie O’Connor holds that 90 percent of all good ballplayers are monopolized through the farm teams. He adds that the major leagues may control as many as 1,098 players.

20th With Bruton, Aaron and Pafko out with injuries, the Braves use catcher Del Crandall in RF against the Giants. He drops an 8th inning fly ball and the Giants score 5 unearned runs, but Milwaukee wins 7–5, when Wes Covington hits a 2-run HR in the 9th.

Chicago’s Dick Donovan tosses his 2nd one-hitter of the year, beating the Red Sox, 4–0. Ted Williams single in the 4th is the only Boston safety.

Brooklyn also wins 7–5, over the Cubs, as Duke Snider hits his 300th homer and his 8th in 10 games since the All-Star break. Drysdale is the winner, with Labine in relief, despite giving up a pair of homers to Ernie Banks. The Dodgers stay a game in back of the Braves.

21st   Hank Sauer’s pinch single in the bottom of the 9th drives in two runs as the Giants edge the Braves, 5-4. Milwaukee returns the serve in the nightcap at the Polo Grounds, scoring all their runs in the last 3 innings to win, 7-4. With the Dodgers splitting with the Cubs, the Braves stay a game ahead of Brooklyn.

Before the start of the doubleheader at Forbes Field, Stan Musial announces that he will sit out game 2, ending his consecutive games played streak at 862 games, the fourth longest in history (at the time). Stan plays the first game and goes hitless, though he does figure in the 4 runs scored in the 10th inning as the Cards win, 7-3. Musial sits out the nightcap, which is called with one out in the 9th and the Cardinals up, 11-2, and scheduled for completion August 27. Musial’s streak seems secure at 862, but historian Bob Davids notes in The Sporting News that if Musial plays in the completed game his streak will inflate by 33 games to 895. Manager Freddie Hutchinson, with a sense of history, pinch runs Musial in the completion. Musial sits the regular August 27 game.

At Cleveland, the Yankees split, winning the opener and losing the nightcap, 7–4. Mantle pops out in the 7th of the nightcap after reaching base 10 straight times. He has a single, walk and homer off Ray Narleski in game 2, after collecting a single and four walks in the opener. He concluded yesterday’s game with two walks.

Sacramento (PCL) native Cuno Barragan has 3 hits in an 8-5 loss to Seattle and snaps a streak of 46 times at bat without a hit. Cuno will hit .193 this season for the Solons, but in 63 games for the Chicago Cubs in the early 60s will improve to .202.

23rd  Before 42422 at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle, the first in the AL since 1952, and adds a stolen base, against Chicago’s Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10–6. Bobby Murcer in 1972 will be the next Yankee to cycle.

At Wrigley, the Cubs 20-year-old flame-thrower Dick Drott fans 14 en route to a 4–0 shutout of the Giants.

26th  Jim Bunning of the Tigers 2-hits New York 3–2, but one of the hits is Mickey Mantle’s 9th left-handed HR, his 33rd of the season and the 200th HR of his career.

At County Stadium, the Braves nip the Giants in the 11th inning, 6-3, when Nippy Jones belts a three-run walkoff homer. Red Schoendienst has 2 hits to run his streak to 24 straight games. The Giants scoring comes on solo homers by Hank Sauer, Eddie Bressoud and pitcher Ruben Gomez. With the Cardinals winning in extra innings as well, the two teams remain in a virtual tie for first place.

Joe Durham belts a 3-run homer in the Orioles 5-run 1st inning as Baltimore beats the White Sox, 5-2, in the first of 2. Chicago takes the second game, 1-0, as the Orioles manage just 2 hits. O’s teenage catcher Frank “Noodles” Zupo gets ejected though he’s not in the lineup. While warming up the pitcher, Zupo fakes a throw at an umpire and gets tossed. At 17, he is the youngest player to be ejected in ML history.

PCL ace reliever Leo Kiely of San Francisco suffers his first relief loss after 14 straight wins, losing to Seattle, 5-4. He also has 11 saves.

28th Ted Williams is 4-for-4 with a homer, double and 2 singles in a 9–8 win against the Indians. His 3rd hit is the 2,300 of his career. Wertz (5) and Colavito (3) account for all the Cleveland runs, as both hit homers.

Young Von McDaniel, 18, fires a brilliant one-hitter to stop the visiting Pirates, 4-0, in the first of two games. Gene Baker, with a 2nd-inning double, is the only baserunner for the Bucs against McDaniel (5-2). McDaniel is the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter or a one-hitter. The second game is also a thriller as the Cardinals score 3 runs in the 9th inning to tie, then win in the 11th when Joe Cunningham hits a walkoff homer for a 9-8 victory. Hoyt Wilhelm wins his only game as a Cardinal.

In Cincinnati, Carl Furillo has a grand slam to pace the Dodgers to a 7-2 win over the Reds. Ted Kluszewski hits a pinch homer for the Reds, who drop a game in back of the 3rd-place Dodgers in the tight NL race.

After the Tigers edge the Yankees 6-5 in regulation, the two teams battle until the 15th inning of game 2 before Bill Skowron triples home Mickey Mantle to end the contest, 4-3. The losing pitcher is a tired Billy Hoeft who goes the distance. It is the Yankees 11th straight extra-inning win.

30th  The Phils sign Ron Northey in the afternoon and that night the veteran hits a 2-run 8th inning pinch homer to help give the Phils an 8–5 win over the Reds. For Northey, it is his 9th career pinch homer, which ties the ML record.

With relief help from Clem Labine, Sal Maglie clips the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field in the first of two games. For Maglie it is his 10th straight win over Chicago going back to 1954. The Cubs rebound with a 4-3 win in game 2, beating Cubs nemesis Don Newcombe, who holds the 20th century mark for consecutive wins (11) over Chicago.

At Busch Stadium, Joe Cunningham belts a walkoff pinch grand slam in the 9th, off Ruben Gomez, to give the Cardinals a 7-3 win over the Giants. It is Cunningham’s second walkoff homer in three days. The win keeps the Birds in first place in the NL.

31st  The Pirates lose to the Braves, in first place by 1/2 game, and Bob Buhl 4–2. Bucs manager Bobby Bragan is ejected in the bottom of the 5th for making obscene gestures. Before he departs, he strolls onto the field sipping an orange drink through a straw and offers the umpires a sip. Two days later Bragan will be fired by the Pirates.

In the first of two game at Kansas City, Bob Turley doesn’t allow a runner past 2B in pitching New York to a 2–0 win. Mantle hits a 3rd inning solo shot, off Wally Burnette, for an insurance run.

The Dodgers Ed Roebuck wins a deuce, beating the Cubs 3–2 and 2–1. Roebuck beats Bob Rush in the opener with two innings of relief, then tops Don Elston with another inning in the nightcap.

Pinch hitter Joe Nuxhall singles home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Reds a 6–5 win over the Phillies.

1957 August

1st  Gil Hodges hits his 13th career grand slam to establish a new NL record as the Dodgers wallop the Cubs, 12–3, at Wrigley. This is the last grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers franchise. Koufax fans 11 and gives up 4 hits, including a 3-run homer to Ernie Banks.

Stan Musial hits 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs as the Cards defeat the Giants, 8–0. Jones is the winner over Antonelli. The homers give Musial 1,140 extra base hits, moving him into 3rd place on the all-time list behind Ruth and Gehrig.

Roy Sievers has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Senators edge the White Sox, 5-4. Larry Doby’s grand slam, off Chuck Stobbs (5-14), provides the Pale Hose with all their scoring. The Sox fall 4 games in back of the idle Yankees in the AL race.

Former ML OF Glen Gorbous of Omaha breaks Don Grate’s record toss with a heave of 445 feet 10 inches before a home game. Gorbous has a 6-step running start and earns $200 for his effort. Sheldon LeJeune of the Reds reached 426 feet 9 1/2 inches in 1910.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi take a no hitter into the 7th inning before McDougald and Mantle hit one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.

3rd  The news that Danny Murtaugh will succeed Bobby Bragan as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates is leaked to the press, and Bragan hears it on the radio before Joe L. Brown can inform him.

Washington defeats Detroit 4–3 when the Senators Roy Sievers hits his 30th HR in the 17th inning, It is his 6th HR in 6 games, to tie an AL record held by Ken Williams and Lou Gehrig.

4th  for the second game in a row, Willie Mays has two homers, and adds a triple, as the Giants down the Reds, 7-6 in 14 innings in the opener of two. Ray Katt’s DP grounder in the 14th scores the go ahead run. Mays’s 2nd homer of the game comes in the 12th inning, and Ed Bailey matches him. Frank Robinson and Wally Post hit back-to-back homers in the 5th. The Reds take the 2nd game, 3-2.

5th  The Brooklyn Sports Authority gets an engineering report on a 50,000-seat stadium in the downtown area. It will cost an estimated $20.7 million, including the land site. Indications are that there will be trouble finding a market for the bond issue.

Denver Bear (American Association) Rance Pless slugs his 4th grand slam in a little over a month. In his debut with Denver on July 3rd, he connected for a slam, then repeated the feat on July 6th and July 30th.

6th At St. Louis, Bob Rush wins his 2nd game against 12 losses, as the Cubs beat the Cards, 8–2, to knock them out of first place. Rush allows 6 hits, including a HR by Musial to beat former teammate Sam Jones. Chicago will win the next 2 in St. Louis to dent the Cards pennant hopes.

7th  Hank Bauer of the Yanks hits his 2nd consecutive lead-off HR, against Washington, as the first-place Yankees lose 3–2. The Yankees’ other score is Mantle’s 3rd inning homer to RF off starter Tex Clevenger.

In front of 23,472 at Jersey City, the Giants outslug the Dodgers, 8–5, when veteran Hank Sauer clubs a 3-run homer in the 9th inning.

8th  Ardmore player-manager J.C. Dunn is shot during a Sooner State League game at Ponca City. In the second inning, one of the spectators, a hotel porter, pulls out a .38 pistol and fires several shots at a member of the visiting Ardmore team. The shots miss the player for whom they were intended, but two struck Dunn, one in the ribs under his left arm and the other in his right leg. The game is suspended immediately and Dunn is taken to a hospital. Apparently, the porter got into an argument the night before and was badly beaten by some of the Ardmore players. With their hard-hitting manager out of action, the Cardinals will see their ten-game lead begin to evaporate. Dunn will limp back into the lineup 18 days later, but Ardmore lost the flag to Paris by half a game. However, Dunn will make up for lost time in the playoffs, batting a phenomenal .592 in seven games to lead his club to the post-season title.

9th The red-hot Braves top the Cardinals 13–2. Bob Hazle, brought up in late July to replace the injured Bruton, goes 4-for-5 with 2 RBI.

10th The Braves roll over the Cards, 9–0, as Hurricane Bob Hazle knocks in 3 runs on 3 hits.

At Baltimore, Mantle hammers his 31st homer and adds 3 singles to lead the Yanks to a 6–3 win over the O’s. Mantle’s homer is the first to clear the CF hedge, some 30 feet beyond the 425 foot sign in center. Mantle is now hitting .380, and the Yanks are leading Chicago by 5 games.

11th  The Red Sox take a pair from the Senators, winning 8–5 and 4–3 in 11 innings. In the nightcap, starter Dick Hyde intentionally walks pinch hitter Ted Williams, the 27th time this year the slugger has been handed a free base. Williams will be intentionally walked 33 times this year, the highest AL total since the league started compiling this statistic in 1955. Gene Stephens hits an RBI triple in the 11th to win it.

Ned Garver fires a 2-hitter and Vic Power has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Athletics top the Indians, 7-0, in Cleveland in the first of two. In game 2, Gus Zernial clubs a pair of homers, Lou Skizas hits one and Woody Held adds a 5th inning grand slam as the Athletics hold on for a 9-8 win and complete the sweep.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Phils trade shutouts. New York takes the opener, 5-0, behind Curt Barclay’s 3-hitter. Danny O’Connell hits a 3-run HR off Harvey Haddix, and Willie Mays bangs a pair of triples. Willie has 15 so far and will top the 20 mark this year in doubles, triples and homers, just the 4th player in history to accomplish that. George Brett will join the list in 1979, the last 20th century player to do so. In game 2 today, Mays has 2 of the 3 hits off Jack Sanford, who stops the Giants, 2-0.

At St. Louis, the Braves complete a 3-game sweep of the reeling Cards with a 5–1 win by Gene Conley. The Braves now lead the Cards by 5 1/2 games. Eddie Mathews completes the Braves scoring with a CF homer in the 5th, off reliever Schmidt, and Boyer accounts for the Cards score with a HR in the 9th.

13th  Pitcher Lew Burdette of the Braves hits his first 2 career homers and beats the Redlegs 12–4. He’ll have a 2nd two-homer game next July 10.

Before Boston’s largest crowd of the season, 35,647, Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs as the Yankees edge the Red Sox 3–2. Mantle improves his average to .384 while Ted Williams, with 1-for-2, is at .388. A week later Mantle will injure himself when he angrily swings a golf club at a branch and gouges his shinbone. This will effectively take him out of the running for a 2nd-straight triple crown.

14th The first place Braves roll over the Redlegs, 13–3, as Bob Hazle goes 3-for-4 and Wes Covington belts a grand slam in the 8-run 9th inning. George Crowe and Johnny Logan homer to back Bob Buhl (16-6).

15th In Chicago, the Cubs complete their 2nd three-game sweep of the Cardinals in the past 9 days by whipping the Red Birds, 4–1, behind Moe Drabowsky. The Cards, in first place on August 5, have now lost 9 straight.

In Cleveland, the Indians score 5 runs in the 7th and top the White Sox, 5-4. Chico Carrasquel hits his second grand slam of the year for the Tribe.

Bob Hazle has another 3 hits, including a homer, as Milwaukee tops Cincy again, 8–1. Aaron has a pair of homers and Eddie Mathews a solo shot as the Braves extend their winning streak to 10 games and their lead to 8 1/2. It is Milwaukee’s 14th win in 16 games with the Reds and, for Warren Spahn, it extends his record to 44–14 over the Reds. Cincy’s only run is unearned.

16th At Jersey City, Johnny Podres beats the Pirates, 4–1, for the Dodgers.

In front of 45,537 at County Stadium, the Cards defeat the Braves, 8–2, snapping their 9-game losing streak, and ending the Braves skein at 10 games. St. Louis was in 1st place on August 4.

17th  In the Phils 3–1 win over New York, Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at bat. The first foul breaks her nose, and the 2nd one hits her while she is being removed from her seat on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, the sports editor of the PhiladelphiaBulletin.

The Tigers overcome a first inning grand slam by Minnie Minoso and edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 10 innings. The Sox stake 18-year-old Jim Derrington to a 5-0 lead but the Bengals plate 3 in the bottom of the 2nd to chase the teenager. Jim Rivera misplays Charley Maxwell’s single into a double in the 10th and Johnny Groth singles him home with the winner.

18th  At Washington, Roy Sievers puts the Senators on board with a grand slam in the 5th as the Nats top the Red Sox, 6-4.

19th  As Horace Stoneham cites poor attendance as the reason for the Giants’ move, the Giants board of directors votes 8-1 to move to California in 1958, as San Francisco promises a new stadium in the Bayview area. The only dissenting vote is by M. Donald Grant.

20th  Using a new slow delivery, 35-year-old Bob Keegan of the White Sox pitches a 6–0 no-hitter over Washington, walking just 2. Chuck Stobbs loses his 16th game en route to a league-leading 20 losses. The Sox lose the opener, 5–4, to the last place Nats, but pick up a half game on New York, now 7 games ahead of Chicago.

Yankee Bob Turley pitches a 2-hitter against Kansas City, but loses 1–0, to former Yank Ralph Terry. Both A’s hits come in the 6th when Tim Thompson drives in Held with a single. Thompson won yesterday’s 1–0 game with a single.

Mantle suffers a severe gash to his left leg that will hamper his run for the Triple Crown. The cause is attributed to any number of reasons, and only years later does the truth come out: after losing in golf to Tom Sturdivant, Mantle is so angry he bashes his putter over a tree limb and it comes around and gouges his leg almost to the bone. He will hit just .268 with one homer the rest of the year.

21st In the Tigers 9–3 loss to the Orioles, Detroit pitcher Lou Sleater hits a 3-run homer, his third of the year. He had a 3-run homer on the 17th, his last pitching appearance. Al Pilarcik and Joe Durham match him with three-run homers of their own.

22nd  Stan Musial, swinging at a 4th-inning pitch, tears a muscle and chips a bone, ending his consecutive-game streak. Four days later he will pinch-run in a game suspended on July 21st, officially giving him 895 consecutive games played. The Redbirds win today, 6–5, with the win being given to Cards reliever Billy Muffett with 4 innings of shut out ball. Larry Jackson was leading when replaced by Muffett, who pitches brilliantly and is rewarded by the scorer with the win. NL Prexy Giles will reverse the ump’s decision and give the win back to Jackson.

In Kansas City, Harry Simpson hits a grand slam in the Yankees 6-run 3rd inning as New York rolls to an 11-4 win over the Athletics. Yogi Berra scores 3 runs and hits a 2-run homer in the 7th for the 1st-place Bombers.

23rd  Angel Macias, a 12-year-old righthander from Monterrey, Mexico, hurls a perfect 12-inning game over La Mesa, striking out 11 to win the Little League Championship in Williamsport, PA. In the tourney before Williamsport, Macias pitched a game lefthanded.

24th  The Dodgers use 8 pitchers in one game, tying the NL record, in a 13–7 loss to first-place Milwaukee, as the Braves take two of the three games in Brooklyn. Johnny Podres leaves after giving up 3 HRs in the 4th. Hank Aaron hits the first grand slam of his career.

25th The Braves top the Phillies 7–3 behind the Warren Spahn. The ace left hander posts his 219th career win and cracks his 18th career homer, good for 6th (tie with Schoolboy Rowe) on the career list. The Braves are also paced by the hitting of Bob Hazle, who contributes two 3-run HRs and a single in the win. Since being recalled from Wichita, “Hurricane” Hazle is hitting .526.

A baseball game is played in Little America, Antarctica (as reported by Paul Dalyrumple). A team of Seabees tops a team of civilians, 11–6, in 2 innings. The temperature at game time is minus 40 degrees.

26th  For the 2nd time this season, the Red Sox hit 4 HRs in an inning. They hit the 4 in the 7th scoring 10 runs and go on to rip the Athletics 16–0. Willard Nixon is the beneficiary of the blasts by Frank Malzone, Norm Zauchin, Ted Lepcio and Jim Piersall. Malzone has 4 hits, including 2 homers, and scores 4, and Nixon, a decent hitter, has 2 safeties.

In New York, Yankee-killer Frank Lary stops New York as Detroit wins 5–2. Lary allows just a 2-run homer in the first inning to Mantle that reaches the upper deck in CF. The New York lead is now down to 31⁄2 games, as they start a crucial series in Chicago. They will win all 3 games with the Sox.

27th In a day game in Detroit, Jim Bunning allows just two hits, but one of them is a home run to Ted Williams. That’s all Frank Sullivan needs as he pitches a shutout and the Red Sox win, 1–0. For Williams, it is a record 5th time he has homered in a 1–0 game.

28th At Municipal Stadium, the Senators edge the Athletics, 3-2, behind a four-hitter by Pedro Ramos (10-12). Julio Becquer has a triple and scores twice for the Nats, who make just 5 hits. Becquer also has his 3rd stolen base; his three steals will lead the Senators this year, the lowest number for any team leader in history. The slow-footed Nats total just 13 steals, also a ML record, and they will be caught 38 times. The AL record for fewest steals was 19 by the 1945 Indians (147 games) and tied by the 1950 White Sox (156 games). The NL low water mark was the 1949 Cardinals, with 17.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Braves 12–6, with an 8-run 3rd inning. The loss leaves the Braves 7 games in front of the Dodgers, who take 2nd place ahead of the Musial-less Cards.

29th In New York, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer, but the Sox tie the game at 1–1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter in the 11th inning is hammered for the game winner, New York winning, 2–1.

30th At Yankee Stadium, Chuck Stobbs stops the Yanks to give Washington a 4–2 victory. Mantle hits his 34th homer and scores both New York runs. Mick is a half point behind Williams, 39 today, in hitting at .3764, and tied with Washington’s Roy Sievers at 90 RBIs. Sievers has an RBI today.

31st  At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles top the Red Sox, 4–1 behind Gus Triandos’ inside-the-park homer, the only one of his career. Triandos lines an apparent single over 3B in the 5th inning, and when the ball caroms off the wall past Ted Williams, Gus lumbers around to score the first run of the game.

Steve Dalkowski, legendary minor league fastballer pitching for Kingsport (Appalachian League), strikes out 24, walks 18, hits 4 batters, and throws 6 wild pitches in a row. He loses 9–8.

1957 September

1st  The Yankees purchase Sal “the Barber” Maglie from the Dodgers, but he is ineligible for WS play. Maglie is the last to play for all three New York teams.

Baltimore signs veteran Eddie Robinson as a player/coach, making it his third AL team this year. The slugger has played for every AL franchise except Boston. His playing career is over in a month but he will stay with Baltimore as a coach for two more years.

2nd  The Braves sweep the Cubs, 23–10 and 4–0, collecting a franchise record 26 hits in the opening win. The 23 runs is also a franchise mark, as is the 33 runs for 2 clubs. The 26 hits allowed by the Cubs is the most they will give up the rest of the century; The Brewers will toast them for another 26 hits in 2010. Milwaukee takes the 2nd game, 4–0, behind Bob Trowbridge’s 3-hitter. The Braves’ Bob Hazle, who started the game at .500 (35-for-70) is 4-for-7 in the first game, and teammate Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the ML record. Hank Aaron and Wes Covington each knock in 6 runs. The Braves score 13 in the 1st 3 frames but starter Lew Burdette gets knocked out and the win goes to Ernie Johnson. Bob Rush appears in game 2 after losing the opener with a 1/3 inning of work.

3rd  The Dodgers play their last game at Roosevelt Field in Jersey City, as Don Drysdale loses to Philadelphia 3–2 in 12 innings. Brooklyn ends with an 11-4 mark in New Jersey.

Warren Spahn of the first-place Braves hurls his 41st shutout, the most by a NL lefthander, as he beats Chicago, 8–0. Spahn allows 6 hits but no runners advance past 2B. Hank Aaron has three hits, including a homer, and drives in 4 runs.

5th Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th, and Grim comes through with his first hit of the season, a 3-run game-ending home run. The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 5–2. Russ Nixon takes the loss.

Minor league baseball in Los Angeles comes to an end as the Hollywood Stars close out their season with a 6–0 win over the San Francisco Seals. A friendly crowd of 6,354 is on hand at Gilmore Field to watch Jayne Mansfield, Miss Hollywood Stars, present president Bob Cobb with a new car before the game.

6th  In Milwaukee, the Cubs edge the Braves, 5–4, handing the league leaders their 3rd straight defeat. the Braves still lead by 6 1/2 games.

In St. Louis, Pirate pinch hitter Jerry Lynch swats a 6th inning 2-run homer off Cards reliever Willard Schmidt to give Pittsburgh a 5–3 win. The loss ends Schmidt’s 10-game winning streak.

7th Warren Spahn (19-8) wins his 10th in a row as the first-place Braves overwhelm the Cubs, 7–2. Spahn gives up two solo homers and the Braves answer with three homers.

10th Tied at the end of regulation, the Cards strand 11 runs in extra innings before Boyer singles in a run in the 14th. St. Louis wins, 4–3, tagging reliever Robin Roberts with his 20th loss.

11th The Athletics and Orioles split a doubleheader, with the A’s taking the opener, 7-3, and the Birds bouncing back in game 2 to win, 6-2. Ralph Terry wins the opener, defeating Ray Moore who last just 3 innings. Veteran Dizzy Trout, in relief, gives up hits to all 4 batters he faces. This is Trout’s last appearance in the majors; he had been signed last month after going 0-2, 0.84 ERA for Vancouver, who signed him after Dizzy starred in a PCL old-timers game.

12th The first-place Braves are beneficiaries of 2 disputed DPs to defeat the Dodgers, 2–1. Joe Adcock returns to action for the first time since June 23. Wes Covington hits into a DP in the 9th but ump Boggess had called time. He then singles.

14th The Cubs split a doubleheader with the O’Brien twins, primarily infielders throughout their careers. In the opener, Eddie pitches a complete game victory, a 3–1 Pirate win, for his only ML decision. In the nightcap, a 7–3 win for the Cubs, Johnny O pitches one inning in relief and is charged with the loss, his last ML decision (1–3 lifetime).

In Baltimore, the Orioles and Tigers divide a twinbill, with Detroit losing 3-1, then scoring 2 in the 9th to win game 2, 4-3. Bill O’Dell (3-10) is the victor in the opener as George Kell goes 0-for-3 for the O’s in the final game of his career. His average drops below .300 (.297). Harvey Kuenn’s RBI double in the 9th of game 2 provides the winning margin.

At a free-for-all at Fenway, each team scores 4 runs in the 1st inning, 4 in the 2nd, 1 run in the 3rd and none in the 4th. Cleveland goes ahead with a run in the 5th but that is all the scoring they can muster as the Red Sox outscore them to win, 13-10. Joe Caffie has 4 hits for Cleveland, while Vic Wertz drives in 7 runs on a 1st inning grand slam and a 2nd inning 3-run homer, his 7th of the year at Fenway Park. Dick Gernert matches him with 7 RBIs, hitting a double and 3-run ground-rule homer, while Frank Malzone and Jackie Jensen each have 3 hits and 3 runs. It is the only time since 1920 (and likely earlier) that two opponents have each driven in 7 runs; it won’t be matched this century. Both Wertz and Gernert played for Reading High School and Gregg Post Legion teams.

15th The slumping Braves drop their 8th in 11 games, losing to the Phillies, 3–2, in 10 innings. The Braves lead in the NL is down to 2 1/2 games.

In Baltimore, Cleveland’s Joe Caffie hits a 2-out homer in the 9th to tie and then the Tribe pulls off a triple play in the bottom of the 9th to keep the game at 4-4. But Orioles reliever Ken Lehman leads off the bottom of the 16th with a double and then scores on an error for 5-4 Orioles win. In game 2, Gene Woodling’s homer in the 4-run 4th inning helps the O’s to a 4-3 victory.

16th  The Los Angeles City Council approves a 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for a Dodger stadium if the club will finance a public recreation area.

17th Making his first appearance since being sidelined with a heavy chest cold September 1, Ted Williams clouts an 8th inning pinch homer off Tom Morgan for the Red Sox to start a streak of 16 consecutive times on base. The Sox score 2 runs in the inning to win 9–8 over the A’s.

18th   A news wire story suggests that, if the Dodgers remain in Brooklyn, the Indians might move to L.A. Hank Greenberg denies the story saying, “as far as I know, there has been absolutely no talk in league councils about anybody moving anywhere.”

20th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 7–4, despite a pinch homer by Ted Williams in the 9th inning, off Bob Grim. In his last at bat, Williams hit an 8th inning solo shot on the 17th, both times pinch hitting for Murray Wall.

At Chicago, Warren Spahn and the Braves defeat the Cubs, 9–3. Spahn wins his 20th, and will lead the NL in winning percentage with .667.

21st  At the Stadium, Ted Williams makes his first start in a month and poles a second inning grand slam, his 3rd homer in three consecutive games. Williams walks in his other 3 at bats as the Red Sox win, 6–3. Williams is hitting .380, 13 points ahead of Mantle, who has a single and a walk before being lifted for rest. Mickey Vernon also homers to back Russ Nixon’s 12th win.

Gail Harris is the last player to hit a HR as a New York Giant, as they beat the Pirates 9–5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Ruben Gomez gains the last New York Giants’ victory.

Jerry Lynch hits a 2-out pinch homer in the 9th to tie the game, and Roy McMillan hits his only HR of the year with 2 out in the 10th, off Herm Wehmeier to enable the Reds to beat the Cards, 9–8. The Cardinals tie a record by using 8 pitchers in the game, and slip 5 games off the pace. The Redlegs set the NL mark with their 11th pinch-hit HR of the year. McMillan’s homer is hit off his landlord: during the season he rents a house in Westwood, owned by Wehmeier (as noted by Greg Rhodes).

At Memorial Stadium, Roy Sievers bangs two homers, one a grand slam, as the Senators top the Orioles, 8-1. Little-used Bob Wiesler (1-0) is the winner.

The Indians purchase Hoyt Wilhelm (1-4) from the Cardinals.

22nd  In the 4th inning, Ted Williams hits his 4th HR in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for consecutive homers He adds a single, going 2-for-2 with two walks, but the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium, 5–1, as starter Tom Sturdivant (15–6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7–7). With the victory, the Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant.

Duke Snider’s 39th and 40th HRs are the last that will be hit at Ebbets Field. The Duke of Flatbush ties Ralph Kiner’s NL mark of hitting at least 40 HRs in 5 consecutive seasons and is the first major leaguer to reach the 40-homer mark without driving in 100 runs: he’ll finish with 94. Phillie Robin Roberts, who will serve up 19 homeruns to Snider in their careers, is the loser, 7–3. When the Duke goes west next season, his power will go south. His high as an LA Dodger will be 23 homers.

In Chicago, the Braves close in on the pennant by topping the Cubs, 9–7, in the 10th inning on Bob Hazle’s HR. Hazle has 21 RBIs since hitting his first on July 31st. Turk Lown gives up the homer and takes the loss. Don McMahon is the winner.

23rd  The Milwaukee Braves clinch the pennant by beating the Cardinals 4–2 on Hank Aaron’s 11th-inning HR. Billy Moffett serves up the pitch, his only gopher ball all season. The homer, Aaron’s 43rd, comes with 2 outs and Johnny Logan on base.

At Washington, with VP Nixon in attendance, Ted Williams reaches base 5 times to run his consecutive on base streak to a record 16 in the Red Sox 9–4 win. He has two singles, 4 consecutive (at bat) homers, 9 walks, and a hit by pitch in the skein. Williams is near the end of a second-half batting spree where he will hit .453. The Splinter engages in a pre-game hitting contest with AL homer leader Roy Sievers.

24th  Hal Griggs of the Senators gets Ted Williams to ground out in the 1st, breaking the Red Sox slugger’s streak of reaching base 16 consecutive times. Williams homers off Gregg in the 4th to help win the game, 2–1.

In the last game at Ebbets Field, 6,702 fans watch Dodgers lefty Danny McDevitt prevail over the Pirates, 2–0. Gil Hodges has the last RBI. Sandy Koufax, in relief, gets a chance to hit for the 12th time this year and strikes out for the 12th straight time, a NL record.

The Yankees clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel, as Kansas City tips the White Sox 6–5. The Athletics will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that will be the 1995 Cardinals.

In a 6–1 win over St. Louis, the Braves Hank Aaron hits his first grand slam. It is Hank’s 44th of the year to lead the NL. He’ll also lead in runs scored with 118 and RBIs with 132. Warren Spahn goes to 21-10.

25th  In a 7-5 loss to the Cubs, Reds relief pitcher Dave Skaugstad pitches 4 shutout innings in his first ML appearance. At 17 years, 8 months, he is the second youngest pitcher in Reds history. Another Reds teenager, Curt Flood, has his only hit as a Reds player—a homerun. It is one of 3 homers hit off winning pitcher Moe Drabowsky.

27th  Walter O’Malley says he will waive the oil rights to Chavez Ravine.

In a desperate move, New York City Council President Abe “Hit Sign, Win Suit” Stark says the Dodgers should be urged to enlarge and modernize Ebbets Field.

Owner Paul I. Fagan agrees to rent Seals Stadium to the Giants until Candlestick is ready. Fagan will pay $125,000 in annual taxes, in exchange for the parking concession, against 5 percent of the gross revenue.

Ernie Banks goes 5-for-5 against the Cardinals in a 3–2 Cub victory. Jim Brosnan is the winner for Chicago, while loser Lynn Lovenguth records his only decision of the year.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies edge the Dodgers, 3-2, as Jack Sanford loses his shutout when Sandy Amoros belts a 2-out 9th inning HR for Brooklyn. Bill Harris pitches commendably in his ML debut for Brooklyn. His next appearance will be for the Dodgers in one game in Los Angeles in 1959.

28th  Ed Roebuck gets the last Brooklyn victory, an 8–4 win over the hometown Phils. He goes 4 innings in relief of starter Rene Valdez. Sandy Amoros has 3 hits and is credited with a steal of home when SS Chico Fernandez holds the ball on a single that sends Sandy to 3B. Ransom Jackson hits the last Brooklyn Dodgers home run, a 3-run shot, just his 2nd homer of the year. In his next at bat, in the 9th, Randy is lifted for 17-year-old Rod Miller, who strikes out in his lone ML appearance, the youngest player ever to debut and finish his ML career in the same game. Phils backup 1B Marv Blaylock gets his first hit since June 15th, a pinch homer in the 6th against Valdez. The HR comes in Marv’s last ML at bat and knocks Valdez out of his final ML game.

Johnny Klippstein of the Reds one-hits the Braves, 6–0, with Bob Hazle getting the only safety—a single with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

29th  With 1895 manager Jack Doyle among the 11,606 looking on, the Giants lose their last game at the Polo Grounds 9–1. Pirate P Bob Friend defeats Johnny Antonelli. Bucs rookie Johnny Powers hits a HR in the top of the 9th, the last homer and RBI at the Polo Grounds.

The Brooklyn Dodgers lose their final game before moving west, a 2–1 loss to host Philadelphia. Roger Craig starts and Koufax relieves as Gilliam scores the only Dodger run.

Ernie Banks has 5 hits, including 3 doubles, as the Cubs complete a 3-game sweep of the Cardinals, 8–3. Chicago finishes in a tie for 7th.

In the final game of the year for the Reds and Braves, Cincinnati scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3-2 lead, but Red Schoendienst slaps an RBI single to tie and Felix Mantilla follows with a game-winning single for the 4-3 win. For Schoendienst, it is his 200th hit of the year: he is the only major leaguer to reach that mark. Jay Hook, Cincy’s starter throws 5 hitless innings before being lifted for 17-year-old Dave Skaugstad, who debuted 4 days ago. This is his last ML appearance as he finishes with 6 IP and a 1.59 ERA.

The Phillies Ed Bouchee, TSN’s rookie of the year, ends his freshman season with a 2-run homer as the Phils edge Brooklyn, 2–1. Rookie Seth Morehead wins his first ML victory in his only start this year.

At Griffith Stadium, the Orioles score 4 in the 10th to trip the Senators, 7-3. Chuck Stobbs, in relief, loses his 20th of the year. Roy Sievers draws a pinch intentional walk but finishes the year with an AL-high 114 RBIs for the last-place Nats.

At Fenway, the Red Sox down the Mantle-less Yankees, 3-2. Ted Williams is 2-for-2 to finish the year at .388, tops in the majors. He also leads in OBP at .526 and slugging (.731). Williams also sets a ML record for the highest batting average after the All-star break with a lusty .457 mark.

Bobby Bragan signs with Cleveland to replace manager Kirby Ferrell, released two days ago.

1957 October

2nd  Whitey Ford wins 3–1 over Warren Spahn in Game 1 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium.

NL President Warren Giles says that the 1958 schedule has no provision in it for a New York team.

3rd  In Game 2 Lew Burdette defeats Yankee Bobby Shantz 4–2.

5th  The Yankees score 5 in the 7th to cap a 12–3 win, as Don Larsen, in relief of Bob Turley, defeats Bob Buhl. Tony Kubek of the Yankees becomes only the 2nd rookie in WS history to hit 2 HRs in a WS game.

6th  With the score tied at 5–5, Eddie Mathews of the Braves evens the WS at 2 games with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 10th. In the WS first famous “shoeblack incident,” pinch hitter Nippy Jones convinces umpire Augie Donatelli that Tommy Byrne’s pitch hit him on the foot.

7th  Lew Burdette wins his 2nd against New York—a brilliant 1–0 shutout—to give Milwaukee a 3-2 Series lead.

The Los Angeles City Council approves the Chavez Ravine site for Dodger Stadium by a vote of 10 to 4.

8th  The Yankees stay alive as Hank Bauer homers off the foul pole in LF to give the Yankees a 3–2 win behind the 4-hit pitching of Bob Turley. The WS is even at 3 apiece.

9th  With Warren Spahn stricken by the flu, Lew Burdette, pitching with 2 days rest, achieves his 3rd complete game and 2nd shutout to beat New York 5–0 The Braves win their first WS championship since the “Miracle Braves” of 1914 beat Connie Mack’s Athletics.

15th  The Giants trade their Minneapolis franchise to the Red Sox for the San Francisco Seals—franchises only, not the players.

16th  Bill Rigney signs a 2-year deal to manage the San Francisco Giants.

In Cleveland, Hank Greenberg is fired by the owners of the Indians. Greenberg, one of the architects of the strong Cleveland teams of the early 1950s, will be replaced by Frank “Trader” Lane, but will continue as a minority shareholder in the team.

21st  The Giants purchase the Class A Phoenix team and will convince the PCL to accept the city as a location for the Seals.

The Senators reject the initial overtures of Minneapolis and St. Paul to move the team there.

22nd The National Association turns down a request by the Florida State League to allow them to reduce the 3 strikes-4 balls rule to 2 strikes-3 balls.

24th  The Cincinnati Redlegs decline to move their franchise to Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.

28th  Crooner Bing Crosby seeks to sell his stock in the Pirates to his son, while he investigates purchasing additional stock in the Detroit Tigers.

29th  The Dodgers sign former manager Charley Dressen as a coach.

31st  Yogi Berra says that the Yankees returned the money collected in fines to the players involved in the Copacabana fight.


1957 November

1st  The Nishitetsu Lions sweep the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese WS.

7th  The AP poll names Phillies P Jack Sanford its NL Rookie of the Year with 16 votes, beating out teammate 1B Ed Bouchee.

12th  Frank Lane resigns as GM of the Cardinals, who replace him with Bing Devine.

14th  The AP names Henry Aaron as the 1957 NL MVP with 239 votes. Stan Musial is a close 2nd with 230, and Red Schoendienst is 3rd with 221.

20th  Shigeo Nagashima, a star at Rikkyo University, signs with the Yomiuri Giants for a record bonus of $69,000. He will go on to have one of the great careers in Japanese baseball.

The KC Athletics trade infielder Billy Martin, outfielders Gus Zernial and Lou Skizas, pitchers Maury McDermott and Tom Morgan, and C Charlie Thompson to Detroit. In exchange, the Tigers send outfielders Bill Tuttle, Jim Small, pitchers Duane Maas and John Tsitouris, C Frank House, SS Kent Hadley, and a player to come later.

22nd  Mickey Mantle edges Ted Williams 233 to 209 votes to win the AL MVP. Williams, at 39 years of age, led the league in hitting with a .388 average, hit 38 HRs, and compiled a slugging average of .731. Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey brands the voting “incompetent and unqualified,” noting that 2 Chicago writers listed Williams in the 9th and 10th places on their ballots.

NL umpire Larry Goetz is unwillingly “retired” after 36 seasons in the ML.

26th  Yoshio (Kaiser) Tanaka, an American citizen of Japanese descent, is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers. He is the first American to manage a Japanese ML team.

28th  Warren Spahn of the Braves wins the Cy Young Award as ML Pitcher of the Year almost unanimously. His only competition for the title is the White Sox, Dick Donovan, who received one vote.

29th  Mayor Robert Wagner forms a 4-member committee to find a replacement for the Dodgers and Giants in New York City.

1957 December

2nd The Hollywood, (PCL) franchise moves to Salt Lake City, and the Los Angeles (PCL) team moves to Spokane. The San Francisco franchise (PCL) transfers to Phoenix, AZ.

3rd Al Lopez, who traded Larry Doby when he was managing, Cleveland, does it again in Chicago. The Orioles swap P Ray Moore, Billy Goodman, and OF Tito Francona to the White Sox for Doby, pitchers Jack Harshman and Russ Heman, and infielder Jim Marshall.

4th  The White Sox send fan-favorite Minnie Minoso and infielder Fred Hatfield to the Indians for P Early Wynn and OF Al Smith. Wynn coming off his 1st losing season, will rebound with the White Sox, topping the AL in wins and innings in 1959. The trade was the first for the new Indians’ GM Frank Lane.

ML baseball kills the bonus rule and raises the minimum salary to $7,000.

5th  The minor leagues threaten to sue ML baseball if it televises Sunday games in their territory.

The AL purchases a $1.8 million group accident policy to help clubs buy new players in case of a major disaster.

Taylor made. The Cubs send veteran Bob Rush and 2 players to the Braves for C Sammy Taylor and P Taylor Phillips.

The Cards turn down the Phillies offer of Richie Ashburn and Harvey Haddix for Ken Boyer, trusting that Boyer will turn into a good 3B. Then, in one of their best trades ever, the Cardinals acquire outfielders Curt Flood and Joe Taylor from the Reds for pitchers Marty Kutyna, Ted Wieand and Willard Schmidt. The 19-year-old Flood, who appeared in 8 games for Cincinnati over the past 2 seasons, will anchor the St. Louis OF for the next 12 years.

7th  The AP votes Tony Kubek of the Yanks as the Rookie of the Year. Frank Malzone of the Red Sox, who was declared ineligible, receives one vote. Malzone, with better offensive numbers, will later claim that he was robbed by New York writers, when the BBWA changes the minimum number of at-bats during the season, thus excluding him.

11th  U.S. Congressman Emanuel Celler and Senator Kenneth Keating, both of New York, hint that there might be antitrust action against ML baseball if it televises games as planned, because it jeopardizes the minor leagues.

The Phillies purchase veteran OF Dave Philley from Detroit.

16th  The Reds land their fifth pitcher of the month when they acquire Harvey Haddix from the Phillies for OF Wally Post. In a good move a week ago they swapped pitchers with the Pirates, picking up veteran Bob Purkey for Don Gross.

17th  The Pasadena City Board confers with the Dodgers on the possible temporary use of the Rose Bowl.

19th  In a continuing family squabble, Charlie Comiskey, Jr. denies his sister’s, Mrs. Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, allegation that he used the “rule or ruin” tactic to gain control of the club.

25th  With the backing of Representatives Keating and Celler, the minor league executives urge that ML baseball compensate them for this infringement on their territorial rights.

28th  In a swap of first basemen, the Pirates trade Dee Fondy to the Reds for oft-injured slugger Ted Kluszewski.

CBS states that it will not broadcast baseball into any area at the time a minor league game is scheduled.

1958 January

6th  Willie Mays’s $65,000 contract is a record high for the Giants.

10th In Mexico’s PCL Mazatlan whips visiting Navojoa-Guaymas, 26–10. Deer 1B Angel Castro has 3 HRs, a single, 2 walks and 11 RBIs. Castro has 2 home runs during an 11-run 1st inning; his second home run is a grand slam.

11th  Representatives Kenneth Keating and Patrick Hillings drop their plan to bring baseball under the nation’s antitrust laws.

13th  Spokane, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix join the PCL.

Congressman Keating of New York proposes a ban within 100-mile radius on telecasts into minor-league territories.

15th  In a deal worth over a million dollars, the Yankees announce that they will televise 140 games in the 1958 season. Six days later, the Phillies agree to televise 78 games into the New York City area.

23rd  In a good trade for both, the Washington Senators trade SS Pete Runnels to the Red Sox for 1B Norm Zauchin and minor league OF Albie Pearson. Runnels hit just .230 last year but will rebound to win Comeback Player of the Year. He will win two batting titles, in 1960 and 1962, and just miss by 6 points in 1958. Pearson will win Rookie of the Year honors.

28th  The Tigers trade 3B Jim Finigan and $25,000 to the Giants for IF Ozzie Virgil and 1B Gail Harris. Virgil is the first black player in a Tiger uniform.

The Athletics sign P Murry Dickson as a free agent.

29th  Dodgers C Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island. His spinal column is nearly severed and his legs are permanently paralyzed.

The Indians buy 1B Mickey Vernon from the Red Sox for the waiver price.

Stan Musial signs with the Cardinals for an NL record $100,000.

30th  Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than the fans, will vote for the All-Star teams this year.

In New York, auto theft charges against Hank Thompson are dismissed after Thompson asserts that he just borrowed the car. According to the Giants third sacker, when he arrived at a garage where his car was he found 12 cars blocking his exit. He took a car belonging to a Willie Jones and then loaned it to two friends.

1958 February

st   Paul Richards of the Orioles is unsuccessful in his attempt to coax infielder George Strickland out of retirement. Richard s got the approval of the Indians, but then was unable to talk Strickland into an O’s uniform.

2nd  In Scranton, a team of major leaguers defeats the North End Lumber team, 94-91, in an exhibition basketball game. Leading the ball players are Robin Roberts, with 22 points, and Curt Simmons with 14.

3rd  The Reds announce that they will be experimenting with air condition caps during spring training. The caps, supplied by the McGregor Company, have an aluminum head band and special sponges.

4th  The Hall of Fame fails to elect any new members for the first time since 1950.

6th  Ted Williams signs with the Red Sox for $135,000, making him the highest paid player in ML history.

7th  The Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.

16th In the National Baseball Players’ Golf Tournament, Senators rookie Albie Pearson beats Phillies pitcher John Grey on the 19th hole to win the tourney. Pearson had upset defending champ Alvin Dark to reach the finals. Two days ago, Don Bessent of the Dodgers made the tourney’s first hole in one in history, hitting a 5-iron on the 11th hole. Bessent opines approvingly about the Dodgers move the LA: “Brooklyn isn’t a very good place to live. It was okay when I was single, but not so hot when you have a family.”

18th Cleveland sends veteran C Jim Hegan and P Hank Aguirre to Detroit for C-OF J.W. Porter and P Hal Woodeshick. Aguirre will pitch 10 years for Detroit.

20th  The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves a 2-year pact for use of its facility by the Dodgers.

21st  Phillies 1B Ed Bouchee pleads guilty to a series of sex offenses, such as indecent exposure, involving young girls. He will receive a 3-year probationary sentence and enter a rehabilitation program until the end of May.

1958 March

3rd Roy Sievers ends his holdout and signs with the Senators for $35,000, the highest contract in franchise history. The slugger hit 39 homers and drove in 108 runs last year. Bucky Harris had signed a 3-year managerial contract with the Nats for $100,000.

4th  Another holdout folds his cards as Bob Cerv agrees to terms with the Kansas City Athletics for a reported $32.500.

5th  Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, FL, as they try to beat a 12:30 a.m. curfew. This is the third accident in 2 months involving Dodger players; Jim Gilliam and his family had an accident shortly after Roy Campanella’s.

11th  Starting this season, AL batters will be required to wear batting helmets.

18th  In a move to change their image, the Dodgers announce that clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958.

20th  The Phillies acquire 1B Joe Collins from the Yankees. He decides to retire rather than report, thereby canceling the deal.

21st  The White Sox obtain OF Don Mueller from the Giants for cash. Mueller hit .298 in his 10 years with the Giants.

25th  Led by 5 RBIs from Ernie Banks, the Cubs score 12 runs in the 1st inning against the Indians in a Mesa, AZ, Cactus League game. Dale Long has a pair of doubles as Chicago beats up Don Mossi, Don Schaeffer and Hal Woodeshick. The final is 13-8.

31st  The Indians trade OF Gene Woodling, the versatile Dick Williams, and P Bud Daley to the Orioles for OF Larry Doby and LHP Don Ferrarese. For Doby, Williams, and Woodling, it is their second tour of duty with their new teams.

Milwaukee purchases P Dick Littlefield from the Cubs. The well-traveled pitcher will be wearing his 10th and last ML uniform, as he goes 0–1 for the Braves.

1958 April

3rd  The Cubs send OF Bob Speake and cash to San Francisco for veteran Bobby Thomson.

5th  Shigeo Nagashima, a rookie phenom, makes his pro debut with the Yomiuri Giants. He is fanned 4 times, but will go on to win the Central League batting title and have one of the distinguished careers in Japanese baseball.

6th  The International League votes to open its season in Havana, unless the political and social strife in Cuba worsens.

7th  The Dodgers erect a 42-foot screen in LF at the Los Angeles Coliseum to cut down on HRs, since it is only 250 feet down the line.

12th  On a recommendation from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a friend of Branch Rickey’s, the Pirates sign Preston Bruce, the son of the doorkeeper at the White House, and send him to Lincoln (Western League).

13th  Buffalo refuses to play in Havana despite an IL vote and assurances.

14th In the presidential opener in Washington, the Red Sox lose to the Senators, 5–2. The Sox are playing without Ted Williams, sidelined because of food poisoning attributed to eating bad oysters yesterday on the train from Richmond. The game today is the first played under the new AL rules that batters must wear a protective helmet.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejects the plan to move the proposed site for a new stadium from Bayview to downtown.

15th  The San Francisco Giants defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first ML game played at Seals Stadium, with Ruben Gomez pitching an 8–0 shutout. Giants SS Daryl Spencer hits the first HR, off Don Drysdale. The Giants set an attendance record for Seals Stadium by drawing 23,192 fans.

OF Bill Tuttle of the Athletics records 2 assists in the 2nd inning, tying a ML record. The A’s win, 5–0, and beat Herb Score in his first appearance following his injury. Score lasts 3 innings.

In the opener at Fenway Park, 35,223—the largest Red Sox crowd ever for an opener—watch Don Larsen and the Yankees win, 3–0. Governor Foster Furcolo tosses out the first ball. Yogi Berra’s two run homer in the 7th is the first score for New York off Russ Nixon, and Berra’s 4th successive opening day homer. This one is a 302-foot drive down the RF foul line.

16th In the first Giants night game at Seals Stadium, the Dodgers spoil the evening with a 13–1 pasting. Johnny Podres is the winner and Duke Snider adds a 425 foot shot over the RF wall.

17th  At Fenway, the Yankees beat Bud Daley and the Red Sox 3–1. Mantle hits a homer off Daley and throws him out at 2B after playing a ball off the left-center wall.

The Athletics trade P Arnold Portocarrero to Baltimore for P Bud Daley.

18th  Following a downtown parade in the morning, the Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles sets a NL single-game record with 78,682 fans in attendance, as the Dodgers prevail 6–5. Hank Sauer hits 2 HRs for the Giants, including the first at the Coliseum.        After Giant Jim Davenport scores what would have been the tying run in the 9th, he is called out for failing to touch 3B. Carl Erskine is the winner over Al Worthington.

At Connie Mack Stadium, Bob Buhl allows five hits and Johnny Logan hits a grand slam as the Braves top the Phillies, 4-2.

In his 2nd major league game, Vada Pinson, 19, (Total Baseball, SABR and Retrosheet will list Pinson’s birth year as 1938: Macmillan and Bill James Abstract will list it as 1936) belts a grand slam to account for all the Reds scoring in a 4–1 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field.

20th The Giants rout the Dodgers 12–2 behind the 2 homers by Danny O’Connell and Mays’s hitting. Willie has 3 hits, including a HR, scores 3 and knocks in 3.

With a double and triple in regulation, Roy Sievers belts a HR in the 10th to give the Senators a 6–5 win over the visiting Red Sox. Sievers homered yesterday after going homerless during spring training and the first 3 regular games.

21st  The A’s Frank House scores 2 runs as a pinch hitter in an 8-run 8th inning, as the Athletics trim the Indians 9–4. House’s feat is only the 6th occurrence in the ML. He scores his second run after clouting a grand slam.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox put 16 runners on base, scoring just one as the Yanks win their 5th straight, 4–1. Don Larsen, with 5 innings of runless ball, is the winner. Ted Williams has his first hits of the year, a single and homer for Boston.

23rd  In an ongoing dispute with soap operatic properties, a Chicago Court orders Mrs. Dorothy Comiskey Rigney to distribute stock from her mother’s estate, so she can not effectively bar her brother Charles A. Comiskey from sitting on the White Sox Board.

Herb Score strikes out 13 and allows 3 hits as Cleveland beats the White Sox, 2–0. Billy Pierce takes the loss.

Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR and Pee Wee Reese plays in his 2,000th game, but the Dodgers lose 7–6 to the Cubs, coughing up 3 runs in the 9th. Duke Snider injures his arm before the game trying to throw a ball over the 106-foot wall of the Los Angeles Coliseum. Unamused Dodger officials dock him a day’s pay ($273). Snider attempted to throw 5 balls over the wall, feeling a sharp twinge in his arm on the last toss. Don Zimmer and Ed Roebuck are also fined $25 (Zimmer for throwing and Roebuck for batting) for a similar offense.

24th Giants veteran Hank Sauer clubs 2 homers, including a two-run shot in the 9th, to edge the Cardinals 6–5. Sauer becomes the first NL slugger to homer in 12 parks.

In Los Angeles, Lee Walls drives in 8 runs on 3 homers as the Cubs paste the Dodgers, 15-2. Rookie Gene Fodge goes the distance to win his lone ML game. Don Drysdale (0-3) takes the loss. A sore-armed Duke Snider is back in the lineup.

25th  The Dodgers set a record for most fans at a regular season night game as 60,635 attend a game at the Coliseum. Los Angeles beats St. Louis, 5–3.

The Indians roll to a 12–2 win over the Tigers behind the 6-hit pitching of Ray Narleski. 40-year-old Mickey Vernon drives in 5 runs with a grand slam and sac fly.

26th Mays hits his first homer in San Francisco, a solo HR off Chicago’s Glen Hobbie, to help Johnny Antonelli win his first game of the year, 3–1. It is Willie’s 188th homer.

29th  Horace Stoneham of the Giants rejects Westinghouse’s proposal to televise their games on a non-profit basis.

30th  Ted Williams homers and becomes the 10th ML player to get 1,000 extra-base hits. The A’s beat Boston 11–4, as Bob Cerv hits 2 homers and drives home 5.

The Yankees go down to their first defeat at home, losing to Detroit and Frank Lary, 10–1. The Motor City men wallop Ford for 7 runs in 7 innings.

Johnny Antonelli wins his second, 10–1 over the Phils as the Giants belt 5 home runs. Jim Davenport leads with 2, and Cepeda, Spencer and Bob Schmidt chip in with one each.

1958 May

2nd  In what nearly turns into a TV war, the Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the NL goes ahead with its plans to allow other broadcasts, especially those of the Dodgers and Giants, into New York territory.

At St. Louis, George Crowe drives in 6 runs in a 7–3 Reds win over the Cardinals.

4th  At Seals Stadium, light-hitting OF Roman Mejias of the Pirates hits 3 HRs in the opener with San Francisco to lead Pittsburgh to a 6–2 win. Mejias will hit just 5 homers this year. SF’s two runs come on homers by Orlando Cepeda. The Giants win the nightcap 4–3 in 10 innings.

5th  Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Giants trail Pittsburgh 11–1, but rally for 9 runs. Giants rookie 1B Orlando Cepeda’s 3rd HR in 3 games ends the scoring, and pinch hitter Don Taussig pops out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Giants send up a (since tied) record 5 pinch hitters in the inning, and 3 score, tying the ML mark.

6th  Giant pitcher Mike McCormick, 19, shuts out Pittsburgh 7–0 on 3 infield singles. Orlando Cepeda’s first-inning HR helps put the game away.

7th  Pirates Bob Skinner, Ted Kluszewski and Frank Thomas hit HRs in the 5th inning at Seals Stadium, but the Giants win 8–6.

Camilo Pascual gives up 5 runs in the 1st inning, 4 on a grand slam by Reno Bertoia, as the Senators lose to Detroit, 5-1. Frank Lary gives up 13 hits in the win.

8th  At Wrigley Field, the Reds score 8 runs in the 9th inning to overcome an 8–2 deficit and beat the Cubs, 10–8. Cincy’s last 3 runs come on a homer by Smoky Burgess.

The Pirates purchase P Bob Porterfield from Boston.

9th  After six straight home rainouts, the Yanks play their first home night game of the year, against Washington. Mantle breaks a 2–2 tie in the 3rd with an inside-the-park solo homer off Pedro Ramos that just eludes Albie Pearson. New York rolls to a 9–5 win.

In the 12th inning, Pittsburgh’s Ted Kluszewski breaks up a scoreless tie between starters Robin Roberts and Ron Kline by belting a game-ending homer to give the Bucs a 1-0 win over the Phils.

The Tigers pick up P Herm Wehmeier from the Cards for cash.

11th  Washington P Truman “Tex” Clevenger gets both the assist and the putout in retiring Yankee batter Elston Howard. Clevenger is hit by a line drive and the ball bounces off his leg into foul territory near 1B. Tex then covers 1B to receive the toss from 1B Norm Zauchin.

In the Phils 10–4 loss in the lidlifter with Pittsburgh, Phils OF Richie Ashburn pulls a muscle. He sits out the 2nd game, ending his consecutive game streak at 473. Bob Friend wins the opener, overcoming back-to-back first inning HRs by Repulski and Hamner. In game 2, AL castoff Bob Porterfield wins a brilliant pitching duel with Curt Simmons, winning, 1–0, in 11 innings.

Despite 14 walks by Cards pitchers in game 1, the Cubs lose 8–7, then drop a 6–5 decision. Musial has a HR and 4 singles to come within 2 hits of 3,000: the Man will finish May with a .431 batting average. No player the rest of the century will start so fast. The Cards use a NL record 10 pinch hitters in the regulation DH: they will tie the record in a DH on July 13 vs. Pittsburgh.

12th  Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in the history of the San Francisco Giants and adds another HR as Los Angeles loses 12–3. Daryl Spencer belts a pair of homers as well.

The Reds farm out Vada Pinson, who was in the Cincy starting lineup on Opening Day. Vada will hit .343 at Seattle (PCL) and return next year.

13th  With his pinch double in Wrigley Field off Moe Drabowsky, Stan Musial of the Cardinals becomes the 8th hitter in history to get 3,000 hits. The last to reach the mark was Paul Waner in 1942. The Cards win, 5–3.

At Griffith Stadium, the Red Sox top the Senators, 9-6, as Jackie Jensen drives in 5 runs on 3 hits, one a grand slam. Pete Runnels has 3 hits and 3 runs and Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks. Bob Smith (2-0) allows 3 earned runs in the victory.

Willie Mays goes 5-for-5 against the Dodgers, as the Giants win 16–9. Mays has another 2 HRs, plus 2 triples, and 4 RBIs to compete with Daryl Spencer’s 2 HRs, triple, double, and 6 RBIs. The Giants pound out 26 hits, while the Dodgers collect 11, the longest being Charlie Neal’s HR over the distant RF fence at the Coliseum. Neal adds a second homer. The Giants set a ML-record (since 1900) as 5 players (Mays, Cepeda, Spencer, Schmidt, O’Connell) collect 4 hits apiece.

14th The Senators sell OF Whitey Herzog to the A’s and buy P Al Cicotte from the Yankees.

18th  The Indians’ Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Roger Maris in the 11th inning and smacks a 3-run HR off Chicago’s Billy Pierce to pace the Tribe’s 7–4 win. It is his first ML homer. The former NFL star will also pinch-hit for Ted Williams in 1960. Hardy caught 12 passes for the 49’s in 1955, four for touchdowns. Game 2 is delayed 39 minutes by a rain delay in the bottom of the 1st and both starters, Jack Fischer and Bob Kelly, leave in the 2nd inning. The Indians use another pinch three-run homer, this one from Russ Nixon, to help win, 10-6.

The Yanks score 5 in the 4th off Pedro Ramos to top the Senators, 5–2. The big blows in the inning are a solo homer by Mickey Mantle and a three-run homer by pitcher Sal Maglie. Maglie’s other ML homer came with the Giants, in 1951.

20th  In Chicago, New York coast to a 5–1 win over the last-place Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Kucks. Mantle’s line drive between Al Smith and Jim Rivera goes for his 2nd inside-the-park homer of the year. The Yankees have now won 7 in a row. Mantle will hit three inside-the-park this year, and a Yankee-record six during his career.

The Cards trade SS Alvin Dark to the Cubs for relief P Jim Brosnan.

21st At Cincinnati, Willie Mays belts a 10th inning HR off Hal Jeffcoat to give the Giants a 5–4 win.

22nd Ted Williams hits his 16th career grand slam to provide the Red Sox with the margin in an 8–5 win over the A’s. Ted’s 4th inning blast, off Jack Urban, ties him with Ruth for 2nd place on the career slam list.

24th The Tigers buy Hurricane Hazle from the Braves. Hazle, hitting .170, became expendable when Billy Bruton returned to action today. Bruton, who last played on July 11, appeared in the 9th of the Braves 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

The Tigers snap a nine-game losing streak and break the Yankees 10-game win streak with a 3-2 win behind Frank Lary. Lary is now 11-4 against the Bronx Bombers.

In Cincinnati, NL umpire Jocko Conlan criticized batting helmets, saying, “in my opinion helmets are an inviting target for pitchers to throw at. Last season at least seven helmets were cracked in our league by bean ball pitches, intentional or not.”

26th Murry Dickson pitches brilliant relief for the A’s and clouts his 3rd career HR in the 10th, a game ending clout to beat the Orioles, 5–4. The veteran pitches 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Jim Busby provides all the Birds scoring with a grand slam off Ralph Terry.

30th  Cubs Walt Moryn hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game at Wrigley Field as the Cubs sweep the Dodgers 3–2 and 10–8. Moose hits a RBI double in game 1 in the 9th to tie, and then scores the winning run. In game 2 Moose goes back to back with Banks in the 4th and Tanner in the 7th, and his 2-run HR in the 9th tags Koufax with his 1st loss.

31st  Braves Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Wes Covington homer in succession off Ron Kline of the Pirates in an 8–3 win. The same trio hit successive HRs on June 26th last year. Spahn coasts to his 8th win.

1958 June

1st In cold and windy Wrigley Field, Stan Williams makes his first ML start (3 IP previously) and allows just 2 hits as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 1-0. A crowd of 3674 watch.

In Boston, Bob Turley wins his 8th, 10-4, for the first-place Yankees. He allows 5 Red Sox hits, 3 by Billy Klaus, as Andy Carey helps with 5 straight hits.

It’s a bad outing for Billy Loes (0-5). The Orioles pitcher allows 3 runs in the 5th inning against Washington in the 5-2 loss and fails to catch Ken Aspromonte who scores in a rundown. Loes protests to umpire Larry Napp saying he tagged him, and after bumping the ump, fires the ball away allowing another run to score. He gets tossed and the errant throw will earn him a $100 fine and suspension from the O’s. “If he (Paul Richards) don’t like me he can trade me,” says Loes. Richard reprimanded Loes for baiting umpires in Boston two weeks ago when several times he pretended to spit on the ball while on the mound.

Al Kaline homers to lead off the bottom of the second inning against Chicago’s Ray Moore but the game is rained out after 3 innings. This washed-out homer would have given Kaline 400 for his career, and also would have made him the first American Leaguer with 3,000 hits and 400 homers. Yastrzemski will be the first.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Reds take game 1 of a twinbill, 2-1, behind Bob Purkey (6-1). Game 2 is a wild affair that is suspended in the 9th inning with one out and Steve Bilko on 1B with his 3rd hit. The score is 11-11 when the 7:00 p.m. blue law kicks in. It will be concluded on August 11th and the Reds will win it 12-11, in 13 innings. The Reds collect 16 hits to the Phils 21 safeties. Johnny Temple cracks an inside-the-park grand slam in the 6th inning, off Seth Morehead, as he drives in 5 runs. Willie Jones has 4 hits for the Phils, while Harry Anderson totals 4 RBIs.

In the Negro League’s first appearance at Yankee Stadium in 12 years, the Detroit Clowns and Memphis Red Sox split a doubleheader, 13-3, and, 7-6, in 6 1/2 innings called because of darkness. The talent showcase draws a crowd of 9,506 including six scouts and Yankee co-owner Dan Topping. James Farley, former postmaster general, throws out the first ball. The stars of the game include Johnny Childress, 19, for Detroit who pitches a 2-hitter in game 1 and collects three triples, a double and single. Bernard Porter, 19, has a homer in each game, and Lonnie Harris, 24, has 5 stolen bases, including a steal of home.

2nd  Brooks Robinson, in a 2–1 Orioles loss to the Washington Senators, hits into the first triple play of a record 4 of his career. The Birds also lose hot-hitting Bob Nieman who, while standing on 3B, is hit by a line drive off the bat of Bob Boyd. It will slow him for 2 months.

Yankee P Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record as he shuts out the White Sox 3–0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just 6 hits but three—2 by Bauer and one by Mantle—are out of the Stadium. On a botched hit-and-run attempt, Luis Aparicio is thrown out at 2B ending his streak of 26 consecutive steals.

3rd  Led by Mantle’s 3-run homer in the first, the Yanks jump on Dick Donovan, who does not retire a batter. New York rolls to an easy 13–0 win over the White Sox, as Mantle, McDougald and Kubek all knock in 3 runs. Johnny Kucks allows just 2 hits in the win.

The Dodger referendum passes by a slim margin 24,293 votes. The proposition allows the city to sell 300 acres of Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers for their stadium. The NL president had stated that the Dodgers should vacate Los Angeles if the bill failed.

Stan Musial and Ken Boyer hit homers, both off Ron Kline, as the Cards top the Pirates, 6-3. Jim Brosnan goes 7 innings for the win. Pittsburgh catcher Hank Foiles, the first player to wear contacts, returns to spectacles and goes 0-for-3 with a walk. “Hank Foiles has discarded his contact lenses in favor of regular glasses. Said he gave it until June 1 but when he wasn’t hitting, decided to return to glasses.”(TSN June 25, 1958). Foiles won’t improve and will hit a career low .205 this year. (as noted by J.G. Preston).

4th After 32 scoreless innings, the White Sox score in the 3rd, and go on to win 7–4 over first place New York. Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot to Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The drive is measured at 478 feet.

Against the Giants, Wes Covington hits a 2-out 3-run homer against reliever Pete Burnside to tie the game for Milwaukee. After the Braves score a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, Giant pinch hitters Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt connect for back-to-back homers off Ernie Johnson. The back to back pinch homers are the first in the National League (Cerv and Howard, July 23, 1955 in AL). Warren Spahn hits an RBI-pinch single in the 11th, then shuts down the Giants to win, 10-9.

5th The Giants again top the Braves in extra innings, 5–4. In the 12th, Jim Finigan doubles after Mays singles, but Willie is thrown out at the plate by Hank Aaron. Orlando Cepeda, with 3 hits already, then hits a Gene Conley fastball for the game-winning home run. Cepeda also helps in the field, nabbing Wes Covington in the 9th with a hidden ball trick.

In Baltimore, Ray Boone hits a grand slam in the 7th as the Tigers come from behind to clip the Orioles, 6-3. Hank Aguirre pitches 8 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just 2 hits, in the win.

In the opener of two, the Yanks rout Sox starter Early Wynn for a 12–5 win at the Stadium. In the 3rd, Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park homer in a month. The Sox take the nightcap, edging New York, 3–2.

6th  Ozzie Virgil, acquired from the Giants in January, becomes the first black player to appear in a Tiger game. He goes 1-for-5 in the 11–2 win over Washington.

In New York, Mantle homers in the first against Indians P Dick Tomanek, then ties the game at 4–4 with a 3-run tomahawk off the Tribe starter. New York wins, 6–5.

The Little League announces that 4 foreign teams will play in its World Series.

8th  Moe Drabowsky of the Cubs beats the Pirates 4–0. Ted Kluszewski’s broken bat single in the 2nd inning is the only Pittsburgh hit.

At Boston, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning the first game, 6–5, in 10 innings despite being outhit 19-6. No team the rest of the century will be outhit by 14 hits and win. Billy Goodman has 5 hits for Chicago, Sherm Lollar has 4 and losing pitcher Billy Pierce has 3. The Red Sox get homers from Don Buddin, Dick Gernert and two 2-run homers from Jackie Jensen. His 2nd homer is a walkoff clout in the 10th off Pierce. Boston takes the nightcap, 4–1, behind Dave Sisler and homers by Gene Stephens and Jim Piersall.

10th  The Tigers fire manager Jack Tighe, replacing him with Bill Norman.

11th  On his birthday, Frank Thomas hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs as the Pirates wallop the Giants 14-6. Bill Mazeroski contributes a 3-run homer to back Vern Law’s pitching.

Joe Adcock belts a first inning grand slam and it proves the difference as the Braves top the Cubs, 10-7. Neither starter, Taylor Phillips for the Cubs and Bob Rush for the Braves, get the decision.

12th The A’s and Indians swap shortstops, the Tribe getting Bill Hunter and the A’s taking Chico Carrasquel. Hunter is six months younger.

13th  At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle connects off Detroit lefty Billy Hoeft and the Yankees win, 4–2.

In a home game between his Columbus (GA) Foxes and the Graceville Oilers (Alabama-Florida League), Tom Kanapkey hits HRs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to lead a 22–3 romp. He finishes with 5 hits.

14th  P Shoichi Kaneda of the Kokutetsu Swallows wins 7–1 over the Yomiuri Giants, his 28th victory in only 70 days. He wins 20 games or more for his 8th consecutive season.

The Cardinals obtain P Sal Maglie (1–1) from the Yankees for Joe McClain and $25,000. For Maglie, who will go 3–7 for the Cards, this will be his 4th straight year of pitching in both leagues, a ML record.

In the 2nd inning at Wrigley Field, Reds manager Birdie Tebbetts reacts to a sac bunt situation by switching second baseman Johnny Temple and 1B George Crowe. Crowe continues to wear his first baseman’s mitt while at 2B. Temple charges the plate, catching Johnny Briggs popped up bunt, and throws to Crowe at second for a double play. Cubs’ manager Bob Scheffing protests the move, but when the Cubs win, 4-3, he withdraws the protest. The next day, NL president Warren Giles rules that a first baseman switching to another position must discard his mitt in favor of a glove (as noted by Cliff Blau).

15th  At New York, Yankee killers Jim Bunning and Frank Lary sweep New York 2–0 and 3–0 in a Detroit twin bill. Lary gives up 4 hits and Bunning 3.

Break up the A’s. At Fenway, Kansas City sweeps the Red Sox, winning 17-6 and 9-4. In the opener, Chico Carrasquel has 5 hits and 4 RBIs, while Hector Lopez drives in 4 runs. Joe DeMaestri has two singles in the A’s 8-run 9th. Jackie Jensen has 3 hits, including a homer, for the Sox. In game 2, Bob Cerv has another 3 hits and scores 3 runs for the A’s, and Vic Power has a hit to run his consecutive hitting streak to 22 games, a high in the majors this year.

On the last day of trading, the Yanks send 1954 Rookie of the Year P Bob Grim and OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson to the Athletics for P Virgil Trucks and RHP Duke Maas. Simpson came from the A’s a year ago.

The White Sox send OF Tito Francona and P Bill Fischer to the Tigers for 3B Ray Boone and P Bob Shaw. Shaw will lead the AL in win percentage in 1959.

The Indians trade OF Roger Maris, 1B Preston Ward, and LHP Dick Tomanek to the Athletics for 1B Vic Power and SS Woodie Held. Insiders fear the worst: that A’s president Arnold Johnson will follow script and put Maris in Yankee pinstripes. Will Harridge puts off the inevitable by ruling that the A’s can’t trade Maris to the Yankees for 18 months (as noted in Jim Reisler’s The Best Game Ever). The A’s will wait 18 months and a couple of days.

Dick Donovan and Jim Wilson of the White Sox sweep the Orioles 4–0 and 3–0 in a double header. Wilson allows only 2 hits.

16th  The Cincinnati Reds acquire Dodger P Don Newcombe. Newk was 0-6 this year with LA, but will go 7-7 for the Reds.

17th  In his Briggs Stadium debut, Tigers 3B Ozzie Virgil goes 5-for-5 against Washington as Detroit wins 9–2. Frank Bolling adds 4 hits to back Hoeft.

19th  The University of Southern California wins the College WS in Omaha, defeating the University of Missouri, 8–7, in 12 innings. It is their first of 10 titles under coach Rod Dedeaux.

At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn has 3 hits including a homer, for the Braves, but loses 5-4 to the Cubs, as he gives up four solo homers, two by Walt Moryn. Spahn will serve up 13 gopher balls to the Cubs this year, tying Warren Hacker’s NL record for homers allowed to one club in a season.

Early Wynn of the White Sox hurls a 2-hitter—his 2nd of the year—in beating Boston, 4–0.

20th At Detroit, Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 7–1, Detroit’s 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mantle and Howard each fan 3 times.

At Milwaukee, the first-place Braves score all their runs via homers as Eddie Mathews, Johnny Logan and Hank Aaron go deep in a 7-3 win over the Cards. Aaron’s homer is a grand slam. Bob Rush (5-2) is the victor.

At Pittsburgh, rookie Red Witt (1-0) records his first ML win as he tops Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 2-1. Koufax goes 4 innings while Witt totals 9 innings. The Pirates are a game out of 2nd place.

21st  White Sox lefty Billy Pierce hurls a 2-hitter against the Orioles, winning 1–0 over Billy Loes. It’s the Sox 5th shutout in the last 6 games.

Frank Lary pitches his 3rd straight shutout, beating the Yankees Duke Maas, 1–0. Kaline throws out Maas at the plate and hits his 7th HR to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.

22nd  Willie Kirkland unloads a 14th inning HR to give SF a 5–4 win over the Phils. Johnny Antonelli, in relief, tosses 6 shutout innings for the victory. The nightcap is called after 6 innings with the Giants ahead, 1–0. When play is resumed July 23rd, the Phils will win, 3–2.

In Cincinnati, Gus Bell hits a grand slam in game 1 against the Cubs and the Reds win, 6-2 behind Joe Nuxhall. Chicago responds in game 2 by scoring 3 runs in the 9th to break a 5-5 tie. Frank Robinson’s solo homer in the bottom of the frame makes the final, 8-6.

In Detroit, the Yankees score 6 in the 1st inning and keep their feet on the accelerator by score 9 in the last two innings to smother the Tigers, 15-0. Don Larsen allows 2 hits in the rout. Gil McDougald has 4 hits and Elston Howard homers.

A game between Olean (New York-Penn League) and Erie is rescheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. But the Erie Sailors don’t get the word and arrive at the Olean ball park 50 minutes after the 4:00 p.m. starting time, and the umpires forfeit the game to Olean.

23rd  Carl Willey of the Braves pitches a 7–0 shutout against the Giants in his first ML start. Another noted starter is Joe Adcock, playing LF for the 1st times since 1952, who climbs the fence to snag a ball. Willey gives up 6 hits, including Willie Mays’s 1,000th career hit.

The White Sox bring former Cubbie Turk Lown back to Chicago, buying him from the Reds. Lown will prove a valuable addition, going 9–2 for the Sox in 1959. The Reds claim P Alex Kellner from the waiver list where the A’s had put him. Tomorrow, the Reds will buy White Sox 1B Walt Dropo.

24th The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the Sox 6–2 at Comiskey. Mantle’s clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning, followed by a single, walk and Jerry Lumpe’s first ML HR, and a HR by Norm Siebern. Ryne Duren K’s 6 of the last 9 batters to preserve Bob Turley’s win.

26th  Hector Lopez of the Kansas City Athletics hits 3 HRs in a 8–6, 12-inning home win against Washington. His 3rd homer is a 2-run shot to win the game. Roy Sievers almost matches Lopez with 2 homers.

Joe Gordon takes over for Bobby Bragan as manager of the Cleveland Indians, signing a contract through 1959.

      The Braves fall to the Dodgers, 4–1, and cut their lead over St. Louis to 11⁄2 games.

27th  In a bid for a perfect no-hitter, Billy Pierce of the White Sox retires 26 Washington Senators in a row before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald loops a double to become the only base runner. Pierce then fans Albie Pearson to win, 3–0. It is Pierce’s 3rd straight shutout.

At Cincinnati, Johnny Temple drills a 2-out triple in the 9th inning to drive in 2 runs as the Reds beat the Giants, 6–5.

Connie Mack Stadium, Cardinals RF Gene Green poles a 1st-inning grand slam off Curt Simmons and the Birds go on to defeat the Phillies, 8-1. Sal Maglie gives up just 5 hits, one a homer to Carl Sawatski.

29th  Left fielder Del Ennis of the Cards throws out 2 Phillie runners in the 3rd inning, tying a ML record. But the Phils win in the 13th, 5–4, on a double by Harry Anderson. The nightcap is suspended in the 8th with the Phils leading, 4–2.

At County Stadium, Hank Aaron clouts his second grand slam in 9 days as he collects 4 hits and 5 RBIs to pace the Braves to a 10-6 victory over the Dodgers. Bob Rush goes 8 innings for the win, giving up a pair of homers to Charlie Neal and one to Carl Furillo. Del Crandall homers for Milwaukee.

At Comiskey Park, the Senators twice score 7 runs in an inning but come away with a doubleheader split with the White Sox. The Nats take the opener, 12-0, scoring 7 runs in the 9th off reliever Bob Keegan, who gives up 3 homers. Pedro Ramos twirls the shutout. The Nationals score another 7 in the 5th inning of the nightcap, but the White Sox outlast them to win, 12-11, in 11 innings. Ray Moore pitches a hitless 3 innings to win. Jim Lemon has 9 RBIs, 4 in the nightcap, as he hits homers in each game. Faye Throneberry has a homer in each game as well. Billy Goodman has his second five-hit game of the season in the nightcap for Chicago.

In Cleveland, the Orioles sweep a pair from the Tribe, winning 11-6 and 5-2. Bob Boyd is 5-for-5 in the opener, scoring 4 runs for Baltimore. Bob Lemon has a pinch single for Cleveland in the nightcap, the final one of his career. His career batting average of .284 as a pinch hitter is the highest for any pitcher with 100 at bats.

Former Yankee Ralph Terry gets 12 runs from his KC teammates to top New York, 12–6. Mantle gets his first hit in his last 17 at bats against the A’s, a 3rd inning homer.

30th  In a 7-6 win against the A’s, the Tigers pull off a triple steal in the 2nd inning with Billy Martin on the front end of Red Wilson and Frank Bolling. Martin did the same last year with the Yankees. Martin later gets picked off 2B.

1958 July

1st  The Cubs Tony Taylor hits a ball inside the 3B line that falls into the rain gutter in fair territory at Wrigley Field. San Francisco rookie OF Leon Wagner chases the ball, but is fooled by Cubs relief pitchers staring intently under the bench. Wagner neglects to look for the ball in the gutter 40 to 50 feet further down. Taylor reaches home with the inside-the-park drive to help the Cubs win 9–5.

The Orioles and Yankees split, the O’s winning the opener, 7–5 and New York taking the nightcap, 2–1. Mantle has a homer in each game, including the game two winner with 2 out in the 8th inning off Jack Harshman.

2nd  The Dodgers split a doubleheader with St. Louis, winning 3–2 before dropping the nightcap 6–4. A crowd of 66, 485 see the game at the Coliseum. This puts the Dodgers over the one million mark in just 35 home dates.

Behind the slugging of Jackie Jensen and Ted Williams, the Red Sox rout the Senators, 10–3. The two have combined to slug 9 homers in the past 5 games and have driven in 20 runs.

Cleveland hands a release to pitcher Bob Lemon. The future Hall of Famer was 0-1 this year.

ML baseball reinstates 1B Ed Bouchee of the Phils, who was suspended on a morals charge.

3rd At Griffith Stadium, Mantle homers twice off Russ Kemmerer to lead New York to an 11–3 veto of the Senators. The first clears the 31-foot high wall over the 372-foot marker in right CF and is still rising when it leaves the ball park. Whitey Ford coasts to his 12th straight win.

4th In the first of a twinbill, Bosox P Frank Sullivan beats the Orioles, 5–1, for the 7th straight time. He last lost to the O’s on September 7, 1956. The O’s take the nightcap, 5–3.

Bob Cerv, sidelined with a fractured toe, hits a pinch homer off Turk Lown to give KC a sweep of the DH with Chicago, 6–5 and 4–3. The A’s are in 2nd place, 10 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

The Braves score one run in 18 innings, losing 5–1 and 4–0 to the Phils, and see their NL lead drop to 1 1/2 games over the idle Cards. Curt Simmons wins the opener over Rush, while Carl Sawatski, obtained recently from the Braves, has a HR, double, and 2 singles. Felix Mantilla’s HR is the only Braves tally. Sanford beats Spahn in the nightcap. A critical loss to the Braves occurs when Red Schoendienst fractures his finger in game 1. He’ll play just 106 games this year, but will still lead the NL in fielding.

5th At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox take a 5–3 lead in the top of the 11th, only to watch the Yankees stall in their at bats until the 11:59 p.m. curfew is reached. The outcome then reverts to the 10th inning 3–3 tie. Mantle has a game-tying homer in the 9th, off Dave Sisler.

6th  Cubs pitchers Dick Drott and Don Elston combine on a 1-hit, 6–2 win over the Dodgers. Jim Gilliam’s’ single in the 7th, off Drott, is the only Los Angeles safety.

Against Cards starter Jim Brosnan, Whitey Lockman and Willie Kirkland hit homers to start the game. St. Louis comes back to tie but with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 9th inning, Cards reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with a pitch to hand the Giants a 5–4 win. With the sacks full in the 9th yesterday, Jackson walked Willie Kirkland to lose 5–4.

At the Stadium, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle match homers, but the Bosox win 10–4. Mantle has now hit 5 homers in 4 games.

7th  At the NL meeting, William Shea outlines plans for a $12 million stadium at Flushing Meadows, the eventual site of Shea Stadium. NL President Warren Giles appoints a committee to study the possible expansion of the league to 10 teams.

8th  The AL edges the NL 4–3 in the All-Star Game played at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The Yankees Gil McDougald singles to score Boston’s Frank Malzone with the deciding run. Billy O’Dell of Baltimore pitches perfect ball for 3 innings and gets the save. This is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.

In front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly, the Senators—U.S., that is—are treated to a long, rambling discourse on baseball and America by Casey Stengel, a small part of which follows:

“Well, I started in professional ball in 1910. I have been in professional ball, I would say, for forty-eight years. I have been employed by numerous ball clubs in the majors and in the minor leagues. I started in the minor leagues with Kansas City. I played as low as class D ball, which was at Shelbyville, Ky., and also class C ball, and class A ball, and I have advanced in baseball as a ballplayer.

I had many years that I was not so successful as a ballplayer, as it is a game of skill. And then I was no doubt discharged by baseball in which I had to go back to the minor leagues as a manager, and after being in the minor leagues as a manager, I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged, we call it “discharged,” because there is no question I had to leave. (Laughter). And I returned to the minor leagues at Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Oakland, Calif., and then returned to the major leagues.

In the last ten years, naturally, in major league baseball with the New York Yankees, the New York Yankees have had tremendous success and while I am not the ballplayer who does the work, I have no doubt worked for a ball club that is very capable in the office. I must have splendid ownership, I must have very capable men who are in radio and television, which is no doubt you know that we have mentioned the three names — you will say they are very great.

We have a wonderful press that follows us. Anybody should in New York City, where you have so many million people. Our ballclub has been successful because we have it, and we have the Spirit of 1776. We put it into the ball field and if you are not capable of becoming a great ballplayer since I have been in as a manager, in ten years, you are notified that if you don’t produce on the ball field, the salary that you receive, we will allow you to be traded to play and give your services to other clubs.

The great proof was yesterday. Three of the young men that were stars and picked by the players in the American League to be in the all-star game were Mr. Cerv, who is at Kansas City; Mr. Jensen, who was at Boston, and I might say Mr. Triandos that caught for the Baltimore ball club, all three of those players were my members and to show you I was not such a brilliant manager they got away from me and were chosen by the players and I was fortunate enough to have them come back to play where I was successful as a manager.

If I have been in baseball for forty-eight years there must be some good in it. I was capable and strong enough at one time to do any kind of work but I came back to baseball and I have been in baseball ever since. I have been up and down the ladder. I know there are some things in baseball, thirty-five to fifty years ago that are better now than they were in those days. In those days, my goodness, you could not transfer a ball club in the minor leagues, class D, class C ball, class A ball. How could you transfer a ball club when you did not have a highway? How could you transfer a ball club when the railroads then would take you to a town you got off and then you had to wait and sit up five hours to go to another ball club?”

When Stengel finally finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and he replies, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” The Yankees return to New York and thrash the Indians, 13–2.

Senator Carl Mundt offers legislation to curb franchise shifts.

10th Pitcher Lew Burdette of Milwaukee hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and a NL record-tying (for pitchers) 5 RBIs and beats the Dodgers 8–4. (Tony Cloninger will tie Burdette’s mark in 1966, then set the NL mark.) Burdette was the last pitcher to hit 2 homers (August 13, 1957). He’ll total 12 for his career.

In the 4th inning at Fenway, Gene Stephens raps a 2-run homer and Jackie Jensen hits a grand slam as the Red Sox trim the White Sox, 11-2. For Jensen, it is his 2nd grand slam of the season. Frank Sullivan (7-2) is the winner.

11th In New York, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range to the RF upper deck, as New York tops Cleveland 11–3. Vic Power homers for Cleveland, also off Bob Turley (13-3).

Dick Stuart hits a grand slam and Frank Thomas a two-run homer as the Pirates down the Cubs, 7-2. Ernie Banks has a homer off Ron Kline (8-9). The loss goes to young fireballer Moe Drabowsky who feels a tear in his arm while striking out Bob Skinner to end the 4th. The arm injury will affect his career and Moe will end up in the bull pen.

12th  Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run HR off Warren Spahn gives the Giants a 5–3 win and pulls San Francisco to within a half game of the Braves.

In the first of two at Fenway, catcher Sherm Lollar of the White Sox clouts two homers, one a grand slam, to help beat the Red Sox, 7-4. Jim Landis adds a 2-run homer to back Dick Donovan’s pitching. Landis also homers in game 2 and backup catcher Earl Battey belts two homers and drives in 5 runs as Chicago wins, 13-5.

13th  Orlando Cepeda’s 3rd HR in 3 days and Felipe Alou’s run-scoring hit in the 9th, give the Giants a 6–5 win over the Braves. San Francisco now leads the Braves by a half game.

14th  Superior Court Judge Praeger voids the Chavez Ravine pact, stating the city cannot sell its land to private concerns. Los Angeles will appeal Judge Praeger’s ruling.

15th Frank Lary survives Mantle’s 8th homer of the month and Detroit drives by New York, 12–5. Lary’s record this year against the Yankees is 5–0.

16th  Testifying before the Senate subcommittee on Anti-monopoly, Commissioner Ford Frick asks the Senate to approve legislation to curb television and radio broadcasts of baseball games. “Minor league baseball towns are being wrecked,” he says. “We have got to be able to handle this problem or within 10 years there will be no television problem because there will be no baseball.” When asked about the possibility of the Washington franchise shifting cities, Frick replies, “Removal of the club from Washington would be catastrophic. Baseball cannot afford not to be in Washington.”

At Baltimore, after Dick Donovan gives the White Sox a 6–1 win in the lidlifter, pitcher Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs in a 6–5 win in the nightcap.

The Braves crash four solo homers—Billy Bruton, Eddie Mathews (2) and Hank Aaron—to edge the Cardinals, 6-5. Ken Boyer matches the four with a grand slam but it is not enough. Recently acquired Chuck Stobbs takes the loss.

18th  At Griffith Stadium, Chicago’s Al Smith hits two doubles and a grand slam, all off John Romanowsky, as the White Sox veto the Senators, 9-2. Early Wynn is the victor.

At Fenway Park, Frank Malzone belts an 8th inning grand slam to break a 5-5 tie with Detroit. He has 5 RBIs altogether and they are all needed as Boston nips the Tigers, 11-9. Pete Runnels has 5 hits, including 3 doubles for the Bosox, who outhit the Tigers, 18-15. Reliever Murray Wall gives up 4 runs on 8 hits in 2.2 innings, but limps away with the win.

19th  The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month, against the Athletics, but New York loses 6–4.

The Red Sox beat the Tigers 7–6 at Fenway Park on a Ted Williams 2-run homer in the bottom of the 12th. The Sox scored 2 in the 9th, one on a homer by Sammy White, to tie at 5-5.

At Los Angeles, Sandy Koufax starts the 2nd successive game for the last place Dodgers. He does better than yesterday, when he walked 4 in the 1st and was lifted, but still loses to Robin Roberts and the Phils, 6–2. Post’s homer in the 8th with a man on breaks up a 2–2 tie. Gilliam makes 3 errors for LA.

20th  Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Red Sox and fans 12. Only 2 walks and a hit batsman mar Bunning’s performance as he wins his 6th game in 7 decisions (8-6). In game 2, Ike Delock wins his 10th straight, 5–2, for Boston. Delock (10-0) will finish at 14-8.

22nd  The Phillies replace manager Mayo Smith with Eddie Sawyer, who had managed the club l948-52.

23rd  Dodger Norm Larker hits a ball just inside the 1B line, which the Pirates believe to be foul. When umpire Vic Delmore signals it fair, P Bob Porterfield picks up the ball from where it had rolled into the bullpen. Though not playing, Porterfield is ejected for intentional interference with a ball in play. Larker is safe on 2B. The Dodgers still lose 11–3 in the doubleheader opener and are now in last place. Bob Friend wins his 12th in the nightcap, 6–3.

In Detroit, the Yankees finally defeat Frank Lary, beating up on the Tigers 16–4. It’s their first win in ’58 against Lary after 5 losses. Berra and Mantle hit back-to-back homers in the 9th off reliever Bill Fischer. Art Ditmar has 3 hits and wins his 6th against a loss.

The Sawyer-led Phils sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 3–2 and 2–0. Harry Anderson clubs a three-run homer to help Robin Roberts win a suspended game, and rookie Ray Semproch shuts out the Giants, knocking them out of the NL lead.

The Braves regain first place on Joey Jay’s 2-hit, 6–0 win over the Cards. A 3-run homer by Eddie Mathews supplies the Braves punch.

24th  It’s McDougald and Mantle today hitting back-to-back shots, in the 9th, as New York outlasts Detroit, 10–7. Paul Foytack is the reliever today. Mantle is 3-for-4 as the Yanks sweep the Tigers.

Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at the Boston fans again.

At Wrigley, Ed Bailey hits a 2-run homer in the 8th to give the Reds the 4–3 win over the Cubs.

For the 2nd time in a week, a Dodger pitcher makes successive starts in a game. Stan Williams, who pitched 2 innings yesterday, loses his 2nd in a row at Pittsburgh, 5–3. Dick Stuart’s 2-run HR in the 4th kayos Williams.

25th In the first of two at County Stadium, Sammy Taylor’s 8th inning solo shot snaps a 4-4 tie and the Cubs edge the first-place Braves, 5-4. In game 2, Juan Pizarro, 9-10 at Wichita this year, makes a successful return to the Braves with a 4-1 win. Possibly thinking he was 9-for-10 at Wichita, the Cubs hand Juan an intentional walk in the 6th to pitch to Casey Wise, a wise move as the shortstop grounds out. Pizarro is the first National League pitcher to be given an intentional walk: four AL pitchers have gotten an IBB.

Rookie Curt Raydon hurls his only shutout as the Pirates wallop the Giants, 10-0. San Francisco is a game behind the first-place Braves. On a pitching staff that will bat just .097 this year, Raydon will be the worst, hitting .026 with one hit.

26th The White Sox beat Boston, 11-6 and hand P Ike Delock (10-1) his first loss after 13 straight wins going back to last season. Sherm Lollar has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBI for the Pale Hose.

27th  At Cleveland, the Indians take a pair from the first-place Yankees by identical 7-2 scores. Cal McLish allows 8 hits in the opener and Mudcat Grant gives up just 3 in game 2. Rocky Colavito homers in both games, a solo in game 1 and a grand slam in game 2.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Giants, 2-1, in 14 innings in game 1. Bob Skinner’s 19th inning game-tying homer sets the stage for the victory. Game 2 goes is called in the 8th with the game locked at 3 runs apiece. It will be complete September 9th with a Bucs’ win. Bill White draws a walk in his first appearance for the Giants after a year and a half in the Army, With Cepeda starting at first base, and 20-year-old Willie McCovey in the minors, the heavy betting is that White will be traded.

28th  For the 6th time in his career, Mickey Mantle hits HRs from both sides of the plate. New York beats the Athletics 14–7. New York picks up a game on Boston and now leads the AL by 15 games. Mantle and KC’s Bob Cerv are one behind Jackie Jensen (29) in the home run race.

In an exhibition game in Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Indians, 4-3. Rocky Colavito takes the mound for two innings, striking out 5 batters while giving up a run and two hits.

29th  Ted Williams hits his 17th career grand slam, tying him for 2nd place with Babe Ruth, and behind Lou Gehrig, who had 23. Williams also adds a 3-run HR in the top of the 11th, as Boston beats Detroit 11–8.

30th At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn defeats the Dodgers for the first time in nearly 7 years, beating them, 4–3. His last victory against them was September 25, 1951, though in fact he had not faced them since June 5, 1955, when they beat him. Eddie Mathews 21st HR in the 8th inning decides the game and puts the Braves back in first place ahead of the Giants.

In Chicago, the White Sox edge the Senators, 11-9, behind homers by Luis Aparicio and Al Smith. Eddie Yost hits the big blow for the Nats, a 4th-inning grand slam off Gerry Staley.

The Reds Bob Purkey stops the Giants, 5–1, though San Francisco stops his scoreless inning streak against them at 46 innings. Spencer’s single in the 5th drives in the run; The Giants last scored on Purkey on May 7, 1955.

31st In a game delayed 40 minutes by rain, the Cubs push across an unearned run in the top of the 8th to take a 5-4 lead. The Pirates fail to answer and the game ends after another long rain delay. Banks takes the NL homerun lead with his 29th, one more than Frank Thomas.

1958 August

1st At Wrigley, Robin Roberts wins his 200th game with a flourish, allowing just 3 hits, as the Phillies win, 3–1. Dale Long’s HR is the only score for Chicago. Roberts wins his 11th this year, one more than he did last year.

At San Francisco, Lew Burdette allows 11 hits, but fans 8 and hits a bases-loaded single in the Braves 4–2 win over the Giants. The win increases the Braves lead to 2 games over SF. Burdette has now won 10 in a row over the Giants since September 1954.

2nd At Tiger Stadium, Willie Miranda hits a solo homer in the 3rd inning off Jim Bunning and with 2 outs in the same frame, Gus Triandos belts a grand slam, also off Bunning. But it is not enough as the Orioles fall, 8-7, to Detroit.

3rd Pulling away in the race, the Braves twice beat the faltering Giants, 4–3 and 6–0, to sweep the 4-game series. Trowbridge, with 7 innings of hitless relief, wins the opener, and Spahn allows 4 hits in the nightcap shutout. It is Spahn’s 43rd shutout to increase the Braves’ lead to 5 games.

The Cards Larry Jackson fans 12, including the last 5 batters, to beat the Dodgers, 3–2. It is Jackson’s 8th straight against the Dodgers, who now replace the Cards in last place. The Cards finally score a run in the 2nd—after 32 scoreless innings against Pittsburgh—to beat Podres. Rookie catcher Gene Green homers for the winning run: Green is now exclusively catching, but as of June 18, when he registered his 12th outfield assist to lead the NL, he was in RF.

At Municipal Stadium, the Athletics and Senators split a pair, with the A’s rambling in the opener, 12-0 and Washington winning, 4-3, in 15 innings. Roger Maris goes on a tear in game 1 to back Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter. Maris cracks an IPHR in the 3rd, leads off the 6th with a triple, then later adds a grand slam in the inning. An 8th inning double gives him four extra bases hits. Maris is just the third player in history (Jocko Fields, 1890: Charley Gehringer, 1930) to hit an IPHR and a grand slam in the same game. It won’t be done again this century, according to David Vincent, homerun historian) Pedro Ramos (10-9) is the winner in game 2, pitching 7 scoreless innings of relief before Eddie Yost’s RBI single off Murry Dickson in the 15th gives Washington the lead. The A’s put runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the bottom of the 15th, but pinch runner Joe DeMaestri apparently misses a sign and is out at home to squelch the rally.

4th The Dodgers sell veteran Ransom Jackson to Cleveland. Jackson hit the last homer for the Brooklyn Dodgers in a win against the Phillies.

5th At Memorial Stadium, New York tops the Orioles, winning 4–1. For the 2nd day in a row, Mickey Mantle leads the charge with a homer.

8th At Wrigley Field, Del Ennis hits a 6th inning grand slam and an inning later Curt Flood adds a solo HR as the Cardinals whip the Cubs, 6-2. Vinegar Bend Mizell (8-9) tops Dick Drott (4-9).

9th Yankee Stadium has its biggest crowd in 7 years, 67,916 for Old Timers’ Day, but they are disappointed as Boston takes a 7–0 and holds on for a 9–6 win. Mickey Mantle has 4 RBIs on 3 hits, including his 31st homer.

At Briggs Stadium, Sherm Lollar has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox whip the Tigers, 9-3. Dick Donovan win his 9th.

Behind Harry Bright’s first ML HR, the Pirates beat the Reds, 5–2. Curt Raydon wins his 6th but gives up 2 runs in the 5th, breaking the Pirate pitchers scoreless streak at Forbes of 45 2/3 innings.

10th  The Pirates complete a 4-game sweep of the Reds, beating them 3–2 and 4–3. Relievers Gross and Face are the winners. In the nightcap, Pirates CF Bill Virdon records 2 assists in the 7th, tying a ML mark.

12th New York tops the O’s, 7–2 in New York. Mantle’s 33rd homer, off a Ken Lehman knuckler, gives him the AL lead.

Behind the 2-hit pitching of Witt, the rampaging Pirates top the Braves, 10–0, and move into 2nd place, 5 games behind Milwaukee. Pirates attracts 36,867 to see them win their 17th in the last 22 games.

13th Dodger P Fred Kipp relieves in the 9th and throws one pitch to retire Walt Moryn, then wins his 5th when Elmer Valo hits a pinch double to beat the Cubs, 6–5.

The Indians drop the opener of a twinbill to the visiting Tigers, 6-2, then call in Rocky Colavito from right field to relieve in game 2 with score tied 2-2 in the 7th. Rocky gives up a sac fly but allows no runs in 3 innings in his ML pitching debut (he pitched in an exhibition game two weeks ago). Despite his success, it will be another ten years before Rocky makes his second appearance. The Tigers win 3-2 with the loss going to Hoyt Wilhelm (2-6). Cleveland will give up on Wilhelm after one more start and sell him to the Orioles in 10 days.

At Comiskey Park, the Athletics and White Sox divide a doubleheader, with each team winning in the final frame. The A’s take the opener, 2-1, when Harry Simpson cracks an 11th inning homer off starter Dick Donovan. Ned Garver goes 11 innings for the win. Hal Smith has a hit to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. Billy Goodman’s RBI single in the 9th knocks in the winner as the Sox win, 6-5. Roger Maris has his second grand slam of the month for the A’s.

Despite allowing two 3-run pinch homers to Rip Repulski and Bob Bowman, the Pirates hold on to edge the Phillies, 10-9. Roberto Clemente has a pair of homers, Mazeroski has one, and Kluszewski hits a double and triple.

14th  Vic Power steals home in the 8th inning and again in the 10th to give the Indians a 10–9 win over Detroit. Power becomes the first AL player since l927 to steal home twice in the same game. He will have only 3 steals all season.

Manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Reds resigns. Jimmy Dykes takes over as interim manager.

The 7th place Dodgers draw just 6,195, the smallest regular-season crowd in LA history, as Don Drysdale tops the Cubs 7–3 at the Coliseum. Duke Snider and Jim Gilliam hit HRs for the winners. The smallest Dodger Stadium crowd, 6,559, will show up on September 13, 1976.

16th  Pirates slugger Frank Thomas clouts 3 consecutive HRs in a 13–4 pasting of the Reds. Pittsburgh is now 7 games behind Milwaukee.

17th Curt Flood and Gene Freese, the first two Cardinal batters, blast home runs off Dodger Sandy Koufax, who lasts but 1 1/3 innings. It’s the 5th time in NL history the first 2 batters in a game have homered. The clouts propel the Cards to a 12–7 win, but the Dodgers come back to win the nightcap, 9–3.

At Milwaukee, the Braves sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 5-1 and 4-1. Frank Torre belts a grand slam in the opener to back Juan Pizarro’s win over Don Cardwell. Lew Burdette (13-8) bests Ray Semproch (13-9) in the nightcap. The Braves lead is now 8 games over the Pirates.

19th  Giants hurler Johnny Antonelli hits the 1st homer by as pitcher at Seals Stadium, and also tosses a 4–3 win in 10 innings over the Reds.

In an oddity, each starting player of the Douglas Copper Kings team hits a HR in a 22–8 rout of the Chihuahua Dorados (Arizona-Mexican League).

20th Phils’ 3B Willie Jones hits a pair of 3-run HRs, a double and single and drives in 8 runs as the Phils beat the Cardinals 12–2. Musial has 2 hits including a double, and is now tied with Mel Ott with 2,165 on the all-time list.

Out of catchers, the Cubs put left-handed 1B Dale Long behind the plate in the opener against the Pirates. He is the first lefty backstop since 1905 when Homer Hildebrand donned the tools of ignorance. The Cubs lose 4–2, then win the nightcap 5–1 with Long back at 1B.

22nd  Kansas City pitcher Ralph Terry throws a masterful one-hitter, beating Washington, 1-0, on Bob Cerv’s triple and a passed ball. A third inning single by opposing pitcher Russ Kemmerer gives Washington its only baserunner.

Cleveland Indians Chairman William Daley rejects a $4 million bid for his team.

Monterrey, Mexico repeats as Little League WS champions, beating the Kankakee, IL, Yankees, 10–1. Hector Torres pitches a 3-hitter for the victory.

The pipeline is working, as Kansas City, just 2 1/2 games out of 4th place, ships Murry Dickson, their second biggest winner, to the Yankees for a player to be named later: it turns out to be minor leaguer Zeke Bella. Dickson will provide unneeded pennant insurance for the Yankees and, not surprisingly, will return to KC next May. The Yanks win today, topping Chicago, 8–5.

23rd  Dodgers P Don Drysdale hits 2 HRs in a 10–1 clipping of the Cards, and has now homered in each of his last 3 starts. He has 7, tying Don Newcombe’s 1955 total for a pitcher. Veteran Gil Hodges hits the 14th grand slam of his career, a new NL record. It is also the first slam in the history of the Dodgers on the West Coast.

Ray Boone has a double and homer and 4 RBIs to pace the White Sox to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Pierce tops Whitey Ford. Nellie Fox has 2 hits and scores twice but strikes out for the first time since May 14. a ML-record 89 straight games. Fox will lead the AL in fewest strikeouts from 1952 to 1962.

The Orioles purchase Hoyt Wilhelm (2–7) from the Indians. The knuckleballer will lead the AL in ERA in 1959.

24th  In the first of two at Wrigley, the Phillies outslug the Cubs to win, 13-8. Ed Bouchee has a triple and grand slam and drives in 5 runs and Rip Repulski hits a pinch 3-run homer. Jim Marshall has a pair of homers, his first two of the year, for Chicago and Dale Long adds a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th. Bouchee and Marshall both homer in the nightcap, while Willie Jones has his 2nd three-hit game of the day as the Phillies prevail, 5-3.

27th  Owner Cal Griffith says that the Senators will probably accept a good offer from Minneapolis/St. Paul, if one is made. President Dwight D. Eisenhower says that the Senators should improve the team and stay in Washington, DC.

In Los Angeles, Pete Whisenant poles a 5th inning pinchhit grand slam and the Reds hold on for an 8-7 win over the Dodgers. Carl Furillo, Don Demeter and Steve Bilko homer for LA, while Roy McMillan cashes in for the Reds.

The Braves Bob Trowbridge walks Orlando Cepeda with the bases full in the 12th to give the Giants a 4–3 win. It is the Giants first win in the last 9 games against the Braves.

30th  The Orioles Dick Williams plays all 3 OF positions without a single PO or assist in a 7–2 win against Boston.

In Kansas City, Larry Doby gives the Indians a brief lead in the 8th inning with a solo homer, then clouts 2-run homer in the 14th as the Indians edge the Athletics, 8-6. Rocky Colavito has a 3-run homer in the 1st for the Tribe. Veteran Morrie Martin, picked up on waivers, is the winner.

31st  Sandy Koufax doesn’t get out of the first inning as he walks four and gives up a grand slam to Bob Schmidt as the Giants crush the Dodgers, 14-2. Schmidt drives in 6 runs and Willie Mays has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer. Stu Miller is the winning pitcher.

1958 September

1st The Cardinals Vinegar Bend Mizell beats the Reds, 1–0, while walking a NL record (for a shutout) 9 batters. The Reds also swipe 5 bases. Mizell allows 4 hits, the same number as his opponent Joe Nuxhall, who loses on an unearned run. The Reds come back to win the 2nd game of the doubleheader, 9–3. Alex Kellner is the winner with 8 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

In San Francisco, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Dodgers (and 5 of 6 in the Labor Day series) by taking the 1st in an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, 8–6. Mays is 5-for-5 with 2 doubles and a HR to drive in 5 runs. It is his 2nd 5-hit game of the year. The nightcap is a memorable 4 hour: 35 minute marathon. The Giants tie in the 9th on Schmidt’s homer, and the Dodgers go ahead, 5–4, in the 16th on Furillo’s RBI. Whitey Lockman’s HR in the bottom of the 16th ties it, then a bunt single by Ray Jablonski is followed by another bunt by P Ruben Gomez. Errors by Roseboro and Furillo follow allowing Jabo to score the winning run, 6–5. Mays is 11-for-20 for the series, with 4 homers. San Francisco Police Chief Frank Ahern, sitting behind home plate, dies of a heart attack at the climax of the 2nd game.

Bob Buhl, sidelined by shoulder ailments, makes his first appearance since May 13, beating the Cubs, 2–1 for the first-place Braves. He beats Bob Anderson. The Cubs rout former teammate Bob Rush in the nightcap to win 9–3. Glenn Hobbie picks up his 3rd win of the year against the Braves and his 10th overall.

2nd  At Yankee Stadium, New York snaps a scoreless tie with Boston when Berra and Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year of Sisler. New York wins, 6–1. Mantle, with 38 homers, leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together, and homer in the same game 50 times before they are through.

The Red Sox take an 8-0 lead after 2 innings at Fenway but the Orioles manage to come back and win, 11-10, scoring 5 runs in the last 2 innings. Bob Boyd, George Kell and Bob Nieman each have 3 of the Orioles 16 hits. The Sox total 8. Jackie Jensen has a single, double and bases-loaded triple as he drives in 5 for Boston. The triple is his third bases-loaded triple of the year, tying an American League mark reached by Elmer Valo and Shano Collins. It won’t be matched this century.

Minneapolis approves a $9 million bond issue to expand Metropolitan Stadium to 41,000 seats. City alderman Byron Nelson predicts it is a “dead cinch” that Washington will move there.

3rd The Yankees spot Boston a 5–3 lead before Mantle homers in the 8th and Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8–5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.

In Philadelphia, the Braves do all their scoring in the last two innings as they trounce the Phillies, 11-5. Joe Adcock accounts for half the runs in the 8th inning with a 3-run homer and Rip Repulski completes the scoring with a grand slam off Warren Spahn (18-10) in the 9th.

4th At the Coliseum, the Giants score 8 in the 1st inning off Johnny Podres and Stu Miller then coasts to a 13–3 win. The Giants take the season series from the Dodgers, 16–6.

5th At St. Louis, the Dodgers manage only 3 hits but bunch the safeties in the 2nd inning off Mizell to win, 2–1. In the 8th with 2 outs, Junior Gilliam tries steal to steal home on a 3–1 pitch to Hodges, but he is tagged out on what is called a ball: Hodges, though he is credited with a walk, never goes to first.

At Pittsburgh, Bill Virdon hits a 10th inning HR to break up a brilliant pitching duel between the Braves Carlton Willey and Red Witt. The Pirates win, 1–0.

6th  At Yankee Stadium, Roy Sievers hits his 36th homer, a three-run shot in the Senators 6-run 6th, as Washington tops the Yankees 8-3. Camilo Pascual is the winner. Clint Courtney lines into a 9th inning triple play for the Nats.

8th  In a special meeting of AL owners in Chicago, Washington owner Calvin Griffith succumbs to pressure from other AL owners and that night advises Minneapolis officials that he is staying in Washington.

The Pirates RF Roberto Clemente hits a record-tying 3 consecutive triples in a 4–1 win over Cincinnati. Rookie pitcher Curt Raydon (8-4) collects his only ML hit (now hitting .026) in the 5th to ignite a 3-run rally. This is also his last ML decision.

9th  Athletics 1B Preston Ward hits 3 solo HRs in a row in an 8–6 win against Baltimore. Also homering are Gus Triandos and Bob Nieman for the O’s, and Bill Tuttle and Bob Cerv for KC.

Russ Nixon has a double and two homers to pace the Indians to a 9-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Mickey Mantle hits his 40th homer to account for both pinstripe scores.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs, 8–7, with Jim Brosnan earning the win over his old team. Don Elston takes the loss. Ernie Banks hits his 45th of the year and 1st HR in St. Louis in 2 years while light-hitting Eddie Kasko cracks a grand slam for the Cards. Gene Freese hits a leadoff homer for the Birds.

10th In Cleveland, 50,021 fans turn out for “Back the Indians” night. It is Cleveland’s largest crowd since 1955, but the Yankees dampen the enthusiasm with an 8–3 win.

Dick Stuart clouts a 10th inning homer to give Bob Friend his 20th win of the year as the Pirates beat the Giants, 6–4.

At Briggs Stadium, Clint Courtney hits a double and homer to drive in 4 runs as the Senators deflate the Tigers, 5-4. Charley Maxwell provides all the scoring for Detroit with a grand slam.

11th  Orioles manager Paul Richards lists 3 pitchers in his starting lineup, hoping for a scoring chance in the first inning, at which point he can remove the extra pitchers for a batter of his choice. O’Dell, batting 9th at P; Harshman in CF, batting 5th; Pappas at 2B, batting 7th. Only O’Dell bats as he goes to 14–11, losing to KC’s Ned Garver, 7–1. The A’s plate 5 in the 8th, paced by Bob Cerv’s 33rd HR.

12th  The Giants sweep the Phillies 5–2 and 19–2 as Mays has 6 hits to raise his average to .333. Jim Davenport tops him with 7 hits, including a 3-run inside-the-park HR in the first inning of game 2, and scores 7 runs.

Rocky Colavito bangs his 35th homer of the year, a 7th inning grand slam off Murray Wall, as Cleveland edges the Red Sox, 5-4.

13th  The Braves Warren Spahn becomes the first lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times, as he beats St. Louis 8–2. Eddie Plank and Lefty Grove each won 20 games 8 times.

At Kansas City, Clint Courtney hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Senators to an 8-5 victory over the A’s.

14th  The Yankees win their 24th pennant, and 9th under Casey Stengel, winning game 1 against the A’s, 5–3. This ties Stengel for first with Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. New York completes the sweep with a 12–7, 14-inning win in game 2. Virgil Trucks allows 2 hits over the last 6 innings for the win.

15th  Former American League infielder and the 1945 batting champion Snuffy Stirnweiss dies when the passenger train on which he is riding plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. 48 people are killed, including the 39-year-old Stirnweiss.

16th  The Pirates keep their slim pennant hopes alive as they win a suspended game from the Cards, 2-1, then take the regular game, 3–1, behind Ron Kline. In the opener, young George Witt (9-2) picks up where he left off when the game was suspended 6 weeks ago, winning his 8th straight game. For Witt, plagued with arm troubles all year, it is his last appearance of the year, as he leaves on the 24th to finish his senior year at Long Beach State. Witt’s 1.61 ERA in 106 innings is the NL’s best. Alas, he’ll go 0-7 next season with a 6.96 ERA.

Yankee killer Frank Lary is the 3rd pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same season, as the Tiger star defeats them, 4–2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the others. But Lary sets the AL record for most wins in a season against the pennant winner. The NL record is 8, by Bob Buhl in 1956.

Former AL batting champion George Stirnweiss is killed in a train wreck in Red Bank, NJ.

17th Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium, Mantle poles a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue, some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the Bunning allows as the Tigers win 5–2.

In Kansas City, the Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader, with the Athletics winning the opener, 6-3, and Boston holding serve in game 2, 4-2.   Harry Chiti’s grand slam is the big blow in game 1, as the Red Sox answer with homers by Ted Williams and Pete Runnels. Bill Monbouquette wins his third game in game 2.

18th For the second time in a month, the first two leadoff hitters homer. This time it is KC’s Bill Tuttle and Roger Maris connecting off Boston’s Ted Bowsfield as the A’s win, 4–1. Bob Cerv hits #37 for the A’s and Pete Daley homers off winner Bud Daley for Boston’s score.

20th  Orioles P Hoyt Wilhelm, in a rare start (he is 0-6 this year when starting), pitches a 1–0 no-hitter, the first in O’s history, against Don Larsen of the Yankees, fanning 8. Larsen allows one hit through 6 innings. The Orioles acquired Wilhelm in August for the $20,000 waiver price. The win, Wilhelm’s first ML complete game, and his only this year for the O’s, improves his record to 3-10. The winning margin is Gus Triandos’ 30th HR, off reliever Bobby Shantz.

The Giants Ruben Gomez gives up 3 hits, all to Bobby Gene Smith, as the Giants beat St. Louis 5–1. Willie Mays’s 3 hits raises his average to .340, and he steals his 30th base, the first to steal 30 three times since Kiki Cuyler in 1930.

21st  The Braves clinch their 2nd straight pennant, beating the Reds, 6–5. Spahn wins his 21st.

The Cubs 1B Dale Long, a lefty, catches in the 9th inning in a 2–1 loss to the Dodgers. This time he wears a lefty catcher’s mitt, not a 1B glove. The Cubs strand 15 runners as Sandy Koufax tops Bob Anderson: each pitch 7 innings before relief.

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox complete a three game sweep of the Senators, all by 2–0 shut outs. The Boston winning pitchers were Tom Brewer, Frank Sullivan and Ike Delock. Today’s win was marred when Ted Williams, in a fit of anger, flings his bat over the Yankee dugout into the stands striking Joe Cronin’s housekeeper, Gladys Heffernan, in the face. She is not badly hurt, and Williams is very apologetic. But AL President Will Harridge will fine Ted Williams for the bat-throwing incident.

22nd  The Pirates set strikeout records in their twinbill loss, 3–2 and 1–0, to the Phillies. Starting pitcher Ronnie Kline of the Pirates fans 5 times in a 14-inning game, as 3 Phillies pitchers strike out ML-record 21 Bucs. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, the Phillies Jack Sanford fans 6 Bucs in a row to help his team fan 10 for the game, and a ML record 31 for the day. Ashburn regains the bat lead going 6-for-10 to move to .343.

At Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Hal Brown shuts out the Senators, 2-0, handing woeful Washington its fourth shutout in a row, tying the AL mark. The last team to go four consecutive games without scoring was the 1913 Browns.

23rd  For the 2nd time in 1958, P Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits 2 HRs, in a 3–2 win over the Senators. He adds a double to go 3-for-3, the only three extra base hits for the Birds. His 10 total bases ties the AL mark for a pitcher.

Billy Pierce (14-8) scatters 6 hits, including a Bill Skowron homer, as the White Sox beat the first-place Yankees, 7-1, pinning the loss on Whitey Ford (14-7). Ray Boone drives in 4 runs and Nellie Fox has 2 hits and 2 runs. Fox also strikes out for the first time in 98 games.

24th The Red Sox close out their home schedule with a 7–5 loss to the Yankees. Mantle cracks his 42nd homer of the year to put him 3 ahead of Colavito, who will finish at 42 HRs.

26th  After today’s doubleheader sweep of the Senators, Red Sox teammates Ted Williams and Pete Runnels are exactly tied for the AL batting leadership at .32258. Williams is 130-for-403, while Runnels is 180-for-558. Williams is 2-for-3 in the opener, with a HR, then sits in game 2. Runnels is 2-for-9 on the afternoon. The Nats lose, 6–4 and 3–1, to run their loss streak to 11.

Corpus Christi (Texas League) agrees not to use black players in the Dixie Series with the Southern Association.

27th The Red Sox drill a 9–5 win over Washington as Runnels and Williams each have 3 hits, but Ted has 2 less at bats to move ahead in the bat race. The 2 sluggers hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th, off Romanosky.

At County Stadium, the Braves down the Reds, 6-1, as Warren Spahn goes 6 innings for his 22nd win. Backup shortstop Casey Wise is 1-for-1 with three walks, a stolen base and he is caught stealing. It is only the 8th Braves runner caught stealing this year, a ML record. Braves runners only steal 26 bases.

28th  In a 6–4 Boston win over Washington, Ted Williams wins the AL batting title with a .328 mark, edging out teammate Pete Runnels by 6 points. Williams goes 2-for-4 against Washington with a HR and 2B against Pedro Ramos while Runnels is hitless. Williams hit .403 in his last 55 games. The Nationals finish the season with 13 straight losses.

Two sons of former stars shine in the White Sox’ 11–4 win over Kansas City. New Trier High School star Chuck Lindstrom, son of Fred, walks his first time up, then triples in his only ML at bat after being tipped off to the pitch by catcher Frank House. Pitcher Hal Trosky, Jr., making his 2nd ML appearance, relieves in the 6th for the win. It is the last appearance for both players. KC second sacker Lou Klimchock (18 years, 347 days) hits a leadoff homer off Stover McIwain (19 years, 6 days), who allows one run in 4 innings. Stover will make a last ML appearance next September, while Klimchock will last 12 ML seasons as a bench player.

In the Phillies 6–4, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh, Richie Ashburn clinches the batting title going 3-for-4 to finish at .3495. Ashburn leads the league in hits, walks and triples, the only player this century to do so. Mays, leading off in SF’s win over St. Louis, is 3-for-5 to finish at .3466. Dave Philley sets a ML record for consecutive pinch hits when he doubles in the 7th for his 8th straight pinch hit. Peanuts Lowrey had 7 straight pinch hits in 1952.

29th The Cardinals fire manager Fred Hutchinson (69-75 and a 5th-place finish), replacing him with Solly Hemus, who will be a player-manager. Hemus was just acquired today from the Phillies for Gene Freese.

Minneapolis (American Association) wins the Little WS, defeating the IL champs, the Montreal Royals, in 4 straight games. This is the 4th time in a row the AA has won the title.

Mayo Smith signs as the new Reds manager, replacing Birdie Tebbetts, who resigned on August 14th.

1958 October

st  In the WS, the Braves pick up where they left off the previous year, defeating the Yankees behind Warren Spahn 4–3 in 10 innings.

2nd  The Braves erupt for 7 runs in the first and go on to defeat the Yankees 13–5. Lew Burdette is shaky but beats New York for the 4th consecutive time. He also chips in with a 3-run HR.

The Orioles acquire OF Dick Williams from Kansas City for SS Chico Carrasquel.

3rd The Cardinals ship OF Del Ennis, SS Eddie Kasko, and P Bob Mabe to the Reds for George Crowe, P Alex Kellner and SS Alex Grammas.

4th  Yankee pitchers Don Larsen and Ryne Duren combine for a shutout as New York wins 4–0. Yankee OF Hank Bauer accounts for all 4 runs, including a 2-run homer in the 7th.

A Tokyo schoolboy star named Sadaharu Oh is signed by the Yomiuri Giants for a bonus of Y13,000,000 (about $55,000). Oh will become one of the most famous players in baseball, setting many world hitting records.

The Sporting News names Washington OF Albie Pearson and Yankee P Ryne Duren as its AL Rookies of the Year; the Giants 1B Orlando Cepeda and P Carl Willey of the Braves as its NL Rookies of the Year.

5th  Milwaukee goes up 3 games to one with a 3–0, 2-hit shutout by Warren Spahn, who allows just 2 hits. The Braves stop Hank Bauer’s 17-game WS hitting streak, dating back to 1956.

6th  The Yankees finally solve Lew Burdette, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th and winning 7–0 behind the 5-hit pitching