1941 July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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