1942 July

1st The 1st 7 batters in the first inning score for Cleveland and the Tribe wins 7–2 over the host White Sox. Five hits, a walk and an error send Orval Grove to a quick shower. His replacement Jake Wade gives up an RBI single but only allows 2 hits the rest of the way. Al Smith is the winner. Smith will win 10 games this year, as will Al Hollingsworth, the top number of victories for a lefty in 1942.

4th The Dodgers (51-20) stretch their first-place lead to 9.5 games with a twinbill win at Philadelphia. Kirby Higbe wins the opener, 14–0, and Johnny Allen takes the nightcap, 5–4.

In the only single game played today, Bucky Walters of the Reds shuts out the Pirates, 2–0.

At Boston, the first-place Yankees split a pair with the second-place Red Sox. Red Ruffing wins the opener, 6–3, and Tex Hughson is the victor in the nitecap for the Sox, 6–4. Johnny Pesky helps Tex by nabbing Tommy Henrich in the 8th inning with a hidden ball trick.

In the 8th inning of an 8–4 Negro League victory over the Newark Eagles at Yankee Stadium, Baltimore Elite Giants spitball ace Bill Byrd beans Eagles manager Willie Wells. Wells is carried from the field, and the incident causes him to design a batting helmet. When he steps into the batter’s box Thursday he will be wearing a modified construction worker’s hardhat.

5th Peanuts “Nyassas” Davis pitches and bats the Cincinnati Clowns to a 7–4 victory over the Baltimore Grays in the new Negro Major League. Davis’s receiver Pepper Bassett catches the last inning in a rocking chair.

6th First-inning HRs by Lou Boudreau and Rudy York off Mort Cooper lead the AL to a 3–1 triumph over the NL in the All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds. Mickey Owen’s pinch HR is the NL’s only score: he does not hit a single HR during the regular schedule. Johnny Vander Meer pitches 3 shutout innings for the NL, striking out 4. The game, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and end promptly at 9:10, is delayed a half hour because of showers. The curfew is reset to 9:30, just minutes after the game ends, and the post-game press interviews are conducted in darkness.

7th A military all-star team, captained by Mickey Cochrane, that includes Bob Feller, Cecil Travis, Sam Chapman, Benny McCoy, Johnny Sturm, and Frank Pytlak loses 5–0 to the AL stars in a night game at Cleveland in front of 62,094 fans. Jim Bagby wins against his Indian teammate Feller. The winner is Military relief which receives $160,000.

8th The Cards sell veteran P Lon Warneke (6–4) to the Cubs. The Arkansas Hummingbird was 17–9 last year, but in answer to the fans protests, Breadon says, “We let Warneke go because it was apparent that he had lost some of his stuff.” Maybe so. Lon will be 21-24 in Chicago.

9th The Bucs Rip Sewell battles the Phils Rube Melton for 6 innings, before the latter gives up a run in the 7th and retires for a PH in the 8th. The Pirates drop 8 runs on the relievers to win, 9–0. In a pregame race, Phils OF Stan Benjamin wins the 100 yard dash beating Ernie Koy, Danny Murtaugh, Johnny Barrett and Stu Martin in 10.2 seconds.

11th Pittsburgh downs the visiting Phillies, 12-5, as Elbie Fletcher contributes a grand slam.

12th After losing a doubleheader yesterday to the Dodgers, the Reds beat up on the Phillies, winning 2-0 and 2-1. Johnny Vander Meer gives up 3 hits while striking out 13 in the opener. Elmer Riddle wins the second game as the Phils manage 6 hits.

In a Western Association twinbill, Joplin and Hutchinson split, with the Miners winning 12–7, then losing 11–10. Jess Hamm wins game 1 then loses game 2, while Bill Stearkel for Hutchinson loses the opener and wins the nitecap.

14th The Reds Ray Starr allows just 3 hits but loses, 2–1, to the Phils when outfielders Harry Craft and Gee Walker collide on a fly ball hit by opposing P Rube Melton. Both fielders are knocked unconscious. Melton gets the inside-the-park home run—the only HR of his career—and the win.

15th “There is no rule, formal or informal, against the hiring of Negro players,” says Judge Landis in response to an editorial in the New York Daily Worker newspaper.

At Wrigley, Lou Novikoff and Jimmie Foxx homer for the Cubs, but ex-Cubs Kirby Higbe and Hugh Casey pitch the Dodgers to a 10–5 win. The game is enlivened in the 5th inning when Chicago P Hi Bithorn is relieved. He whirls on the mound and fires a high hard one at Dodger manager Leo Durocher standing in the dugout. He’s off mark, as he’s been all day. The loss, however, goes to Claude Passeau.

In Philadelphia, Chet Laabs starts the scoring in the 2nd inning when he connects for his 2nd grand slam of the season as the Browns top the A’s, 7-4. Laabs will finish second in the AL in homers with a career-high 27.

The Newark Bears outhit the Orioles just 14–13, but beat Baltimore 23–3 to tie a club scoring record. The Little Yankees score 7 runs in the 3rd on only one hit—a HR by Kelleher. Newark ties a league mark with 7 HRs, 3 by Hank Majeski.

16th The Reds trade pitcher Jim Turner, along with Joe Abreau, and cash to the Yankees for minor leaguer Frank Kelleher. Kelleher is leading the IL in HRs with 23. Behind Buck Ross, the White Sox top the Red Sox, 3-2, at Fenway. Dom DiMaggio has a hit to extend his consecutive-game batting streak to 22 games.

Chattanooga’s Joe Engel since pro ball’s only Chinese player, George Ho. Ho is a junior at St. Johns in New York and hit .380 in two years of semipro ball in NYC.

17th The Browns, under Luke Sewell, achieve an 8-game win streak with doubleheader victories 4–2 and 11–1 over the A’s. Chet Laabs blasts HRs in both games. During the 8-game streak, Laabs hits 7 HRs, including a grand slam on the 15th. He will finish 2nd to Ted Williams in the AL with 27 HRs.

The Yankees crush the Indians 8–1, getting a first inning grand slam from Phil Rizzuto. Red Rolfe also homers.

18th The Dodgers and Cardinals split a pair with the Red birds chasing starter Larry French in the opener and winning 7–4. French loses his first of the year after 10 straight wins. The Dodgers also lose Hugh Casey when the reliever is hit on the finger by a smash off the bat of Stan Musial. The fracture will cost Casey 3 weeks. Brooklyn wins the nitecap, 4–3, behind lefty Max Macon, who wins with relief from Curt Davis.

19th The Brooklyn lead of 8 games is cut as the Cards win 3 of 4. The larger blow, however, is a concussion suffered by Pete Reiser after crashing into an OF wall at Sportsman’s Park chasing an Enos Slaughter 11th-inning fly. Reiser drops the ball upon impact, and Slaughter scores an inside-the-park HR for a 7–6 Cards’ win. Hitting .379 at the time, Reiser will see his average fall to .310 after the injury. His 20 stolen bases will still lead the NL, and he will finish the year not having grounded into a DP.

Playing without Williams and Doerr, the Red Sox drop a doubleheader against the Indians at Fenway Park, losing 10–7 in 12 innings, and 4–0 in a 7-inning nitecap. Boudreau has 3 hits in each game to lead his charges. Sox pitcher Mike Ryba catches in both games, as the third backstop in the opener, and the starter (0-for-2) in the nitecap before Doerr pinch hits for him in the 7th. Mel Harder allows 3 hits in game 2 to win.

In Washington, the Browns sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 5-3 and 6-3. In the opener, Eldon Auker allows a run in 5 innings and scores 2 runs, but the win goes to reliever George Caster (6-1). Auker comes to the plate using a bat with a cupped end (“A depression in the business end” writes the Washington Post and noted by historian John Schwartz). Umpire Ed Rommel allows it. St. Louis takes the second game, pinning the loss on starter Early Wynn.

The first-place Yankees take two from the White Sox, winning the opener 9-2 behind Hank Borowy (9-1). Red Rolfe and Joe DiMaggio hit 1st inning homers. The second game is even more of a rout as Red Rolfe allows 4 hits and whitewashes the Pale Hose, 12-0. Rolfe has 3 hits, including a homer and drives in 4 runs. Batterymate Rollie Hemsley has 3 hits and 3 runs.

21st At Forbes Field, the Monarchs (Negro League) Satchel Paige performs one of his legendary feats. Years earlier, Paige told Josh Gibson that one day he would strike him out with the bases loaded. With a man on, 2 outs, and Gibson third up, Paige walks the next 2 Grays to bring Gibson up. Satchel tells the crowd what is going to happen. “Three fastballs, Josh,” Paige tells him, then proceeds to strike him out.

22nd Ted Williams is handed a $250 fine by manager Joe Cronin for loafing.

23rd After giving up a lead-off bloop single, Newark Eagles Leon Day strikes out 18 Baltimore Elite Giants to set a Negro League record.

25th The Giants purchase vet Van Lingle Mungo (11-3) from Minneapolis (AA) to replace the ailing Cliff Melton.

26th Clyde McCullough hits 3 consecutive HRs, but the Chicago Cubs lose 4–3 to Philadelphia Phillies in game one. The Phils also take the nitecap, 6–1. McCullough will end the year with 5 homers.

27th The New York Daily Worker announces that Pittsburgh Pirates owner Benny Benswanger will arrange a tryout for Roy Campanella, Sammy T. Hughes, and David Barnhill. In August, Campanella and Hughes will jump their team during a tight pennant race to “showcase” for the ML.

29th Van Lingle Mungo makes his debut in a Giants uniform, but gets poor support and loses to the Cubs, 4–2. Mungo gives up 7 hits in 7 innings in losing to Hi Bithorn. Mungo leaves after giving up Bill Nicholson’s 10th homer. Dick Bartell and Babe Young homer in the nitecap, a 3–1 win for Dick Lohrman.

For the second time this season, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning, 6-5 in 11 innings, and 7-5. Joe DiMaggio has a triple and single in the opener and a triple and homer in game 2 to raise his batting average to .302. The first game started at 5:15. Despite the loss, New York leads Boston by 12 games.

Outhit by the Cards 9 to 6, the Dodgers win 4–3 behind Whit Wyatt at Ebbets Field. Mort Cooper is the loser, dropping the Cards eight games behind the Dodgers The game ends at 9:14, the first major league contest to be stopped because of the Army’s dim-out rule. There is one out in the home half of the 7th when the game is stopped.

Vern Stephens has 5 hits, including a HR and 2 doubles, but it is not enough as the Browns lose 11–10 to the Senators. The Nats collect 20 hits off 6 Brownie pitchers.

30th The Phillies defeat the visiting Reds, 4–2, with SS Bobby Bragan catching all 9 innings. Bragan caught part of the game on the 24thand for the rest of his career will be behind the plate most often.

The Tigers snap a 5-5 tie with 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th to top the A’s, 11-6. Pinky Higgins has a grand slam in the big frame.

31st Pitching for the Newark Eagles (Negro Leagues), Leon Day strikes out 18 in beating the Baltimore Elite Giants. The only Giants hit is a bloop single by Pee Wee Butts (as noted by Christopher Hauser).