1940 July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils hand Wally Berger his unconditional release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dodgers buy Pete Reiser from Montreal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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