1943 July

1st The Sporting News switches to a tabloid format from a standard metro layout as a means of saving newsprint.

2nd In a 3–2 loss to Washington, White Sox 30-year-old rookie Guy Curtwright has his 26-game hitting streak stopped. It’s an AL rookie record but Curtwright falls one game short of the club record set by Luke Appling. He will hit .291 in this his only season, and his rookie hitting streak will last until Nomar Garciaparra, in 1997.

The Indians score in just one inning—the 3rd—against the Yankees, but they tally 12 runs, and Allie Reynolds gives up just 3 hits to win, 12–0.

3rd In a night game in Cleveland, Leon Culberson cycles to lead the Red Sox to a 12–4 win over the Indians. Culberson also walks with the bases loaded. Joe Dobson starts for the Red Sox, but 41-year-old Al Simmons pinch hits for him in the 6th, and Mike Ryba then wins in relief as the Sox pile on with 7 runs in the 9th. Culberson is the 4thAL rookie—and the 3rd Sox rookie—to hit for the cycle. It is also the first night cycle in ML history.

In Detroit, the royalty have the day, as the Tigers sweep a pair from New York. “Prince Hal” Newhouser pitches the opener, a 6–5 win. In the nitecap, the Tigers win a 10–9 slugfest. Reliever Hank “Prince” Oana, brought up last month, wins his first ML decision and belts a 3-run homer, his only ML dinger, off losing pitcher Atley Donald. The Hawaiian-born Oana came up briefly with the Phillies in 1934 as an outfielder but converted to pitching last year, and went 16–5 with Ft. Worth (Texas League).

5th Brooklyn moves two games behind the Cardinals by sweeping a pair from the Cubs, winning 6-3 and 8-2. Augie Galan has a grand slam for the Dodgers.

7th Chicago’s Wally Moses swipes home in the 14th inning to give the White Sox a 3–2 win over the Red Sox. It is the second steal of home in extra innings for Moses (1940), and a record three times he’s accomplished the feat. A walkoff steal was last accomplished on June 1 by Hank Geary.

In an Interstate League game at Hagerstown, PA, Lancaster beats Hagerstown, 28-5. The Red Roses unleash a 30-hit attack and score 14 runs in the top of the 9th. Every Red Rose hitter collects at least 2 hits.

8th At Comiskey Park, Chicago RHP Orval “Righty” Grove has a no-hitter against the Yankees until, with 1 out to go, Joe Gordon doubles. Grove gets the next batter for a 1–0 win.

Phils P Dick Barrett, acquired two days ago from the Cubs, goes 14 innings to top the Reds, 1–0. Pinky May singles with 2 outs in the bottom of the 14th to drive home the lone run.

10th  Today’s Dodger game is almost anticlimactic to a pregame attempted strike by the players following Leo Durocher’s 3-game suspension of P Bobo Newsom, the team’s leading pitcher with 9 wins, for insubordination. Minutes before the game, SS Arky Vaughan handed his uniform to Durocher and refused to play. Durocher calls for volunteers to play, but by game time he has just a battery of Curt Davis and Bobby Bragan. Branch Rickey intervenes, and Vaughan and the others agree to play. Vaughan and Durocher will never make up and Vaughan will sit out the next 3 seasons, ostensibly to help the war effort by farming, rather than play for The Lip. Only with Durocher’s suspension in 1947 will the future Hall of Famer return to the Dodgers. Newsom, 9-4, will be traded to the Browns on July 15th. When the game, designated “Kitchen Fat Day” to allow women a free ticket if they bring one pound of fat to the game (5,002 pounds of fat are collected for the war effort) finally starts, the Dodgers wallop the Pirates 23–6, scoring the most runs they will in a game the rest of this century. Only twice in team history have they scored more: 25, on May 20, 1896 and September 23, 1901. Billy Herman has 3 of the 20 hits, driving in 7 runs.

Homestead Grays owner Rufus “Sonnyman” Jackson is jailed after a confrontation with Mexicans trying to sign his players. Jackson will retain his players and win the Negro League World Championship.

Lum Harris allows 3 hits and an unearned run as the A’s stop the Tigers, 6-1. It is the 5th win in a row for Harris, but things will get glum for Lum from here on out. Starting July 31, he’ll lose 13 straight.

12th In Boston, a team of Armed Forces all-stars managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays the Braves in a fund-raising effort. Ruth pinch-hits in the 7th and flies out to right. Ruth’s all-stars win, 9–8, on a Williams homer.

13th The AL edges the NL 5–3 at Shibe Park in the first All-Star Game played under the lights. Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox is the hitting hero with a 3-run HR off Mort Cooper in the 2nd inning. Cooper loses his 2nd straight All Star game, the only pitcher to ever do so. Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates has a single, triple and HR in 3 trips. Doerr also handled 6 fielding chances. At the All-Star break he had handled 307 errorless chances, dating back to May 20th. His AL streak will end at 349 chances, a record he will break in 1948.

The four-team Twin Ports League folds, noteworthy because it was the only Class E minor league in existence. Established by the National Association in December 1937 as competition for the successful Semi-pro National Baseball Congress, the league was not successful, The four teams—three in Duluth and one in Wisconsin—played between 15 and 19 games. None of the players had played pro ball.

15th The Dodgers send the suspended Bobo Newsom to the Browns for Fritz Ostermueller and Archie McKain. Bobo will last just 7 weeks in St. Louis, going 1–6, before being sold to the Senators.

18th Playing as if neither team wanted the win, the Giants and Phillies strand 30 base runners, tying the major league record set in 1893. The Giants tally 19 hits to the Phils 15, while the 2 staffs combine for 11 walks. New York wins, 10–6. In the nitecap, the Phils strand another dozen while the Giants leave 6.

21st Boston 2B Bobby Doerr drops an Appling pop fly, for the first error in 349 chances over 59 games. Boston loses the White Sox, 8–6, with Orval Grove winning his 9th straight. Boston wins the opener, 3-2.

At Cincinnati, the Reds and Dodgers split a twinbill. Frank McCormick’s grand slam in the 4th, off Johnny Allen, is the big blow in the opener while the Dodgers come back in game 2, taking the lead with 4 runs in the 7th and win, 9-7.

22nd  In a doubleheader split with the Cubs at Wrigley, the Braves lose 1B Johnny McCarthy when he fractures his leg in game 1. McCarthy had 2 hits before his injury, was hitting .304, and was second in the NL in doubles. He will briefly come back after the war.

23rd  Outfielders Luis Olmo, Augie Galan, and Frenchy Bordagaray of the Dodgers account for record 18 putouts in a game against Cincinnati. Whitlow Wyatt is the Dodger pitcher, winning 2–0, on 4 hits.

At Fenway, Boston rallies with runs in the 8th, 9th and 10th to edge the White Sox, 8-7 in the first game of a twinbill. Chicago responds with a 5-1 victory in game 2, highlighted by a grand slam by rookie Vince Castino off of Dick Newsome. It is Castino’s first ML homer.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Los Angeles (PCL) uses 15-year-old local high school catcher Bill Sarni. Sarni hits a homer in his first at bat and will play in 33 games hitting .229. He will make his ML debut in 1951.

24th Browns pitcher Bobo Newsom is struck on the head by a liner off bat of Red Sox pitcher Oscar Judd. Bobby Doerr goes deep off Bobo, the 3rd straight day that Doerr has homered as the Sox win, 5-3.

25th The Cubs shut out the Giants twice by 2–0 scores. Hi Bithorn wins game 1 and Ed Hanyzewski matches him in the nitecap.

At Yankee Stadium, the 2nd game of a twinbill with the White Sox is interrupted by the announcement that “Mussolini has resigned. The crowd cheers wildly. On the field the Yankees take game 2 by a 6–3 score after losing the opener, 2–1. For the White Sox, it is their 6thstraight doubleheader.

26th Brooklyn keeps its fading pennant hopes alive with a dramatic 10-6 victory at Forbes Field. The Dodgers push across the tying run in the 9th inning, then Arky Vaughan cracks a 10-inning grand slam for the 10-6 victory. Brooklyn is 8 ½ games in back of the Cards.

27th In St. Louis the Cards sweep a pair from the Phillies, 6–2 and 5–2, to drop Philadelphia to 7th place. Murry Dickson and Howie Crist pitch for the Redbirds, now winners of 11th straight. Al Gerheauser suffers his 10th defeat, while Dick Conger takes the nitecap loss. Dixie Walker, with four hits in the 2nd game, and Stan Musial with a homer, are the hitting stars.

The Phillies new owner Bill Cox, 33, fires manager Bucky Harris. who was hired prior to the season, and replaces him with Brooklyn P Freddie Fitzsimmons. Harris learns of the firing when a reporter calls him. In New York, Cox makes the announcement without ever mentioning Harris.

28th The Phillies threaten to strike, rather than take the field for a game with the Cardinals, the proceeds of which are earmarked for the War effort. The players are upset because they learn about Harris’s firing by reading of it in the newspaper. Cox averts the strike by telling the players in the locker room that the firing had “nothing to do with Bucky’s abilities.” The Phils then agree to play, and snap the Cardinals’ 11-game win streak. A few days later, Cox and Harris get into a public name-calling fight, and Harris deals the final blow by telling reporters that Cox bet on games, a charge that will culminate in Cox being forced to sell the team.

In a charity game for the Red Cross at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth heads a team of former Yankees against Ted Williams’ team, which consists of the University of North Carolina Cloudbusters. Johnny Sain walks the Babe in his one plate appearance, as the old time Yanks lose, 8–5.

29th The White Sox make a fine acquisition signing up Tony Cuccinello, recently released by the Braves. Cooch will just miss winning the batting title in 1945, then return as a Sox coach in 1957.

30th Phil Cavarretta of the Chicago Cubs homers off the RF foul pole against Johnny Allen of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 3rd inning. Because of wartime conservation, the ball is retrieved, and Bill Nicholson then hits next pitch out of Wrigley Field. The result: one ball, one pitcher, 2 pitches, 2 homers. The Cubs go on to beat the Dodgers, 12–3.

At Forbes Field, the Giants stake Cliff Melton to a 12-0 lead and he makes it hold up, winning 13-7 over the Pirates. Light hitting Bill Baker hits his first ML homer off of Melton, connecting for a grand slam in the 6th inning.

31st Dodger Dolph Camilli, the league’s MVP in 1941, is traded with Johnny Allen to the Giants for Bill Sayles, Bill Lohrman, and Joe Orengo. Camilli declines to report his new team and retires to a California ranch for the season: next year he will manage in the PCL and in 1945 will return briefly to the Red Sox. Allen goes to the Giants for the $7500 waiver price.