1944 July

1st The Yankees make 4 errors in the 9th to wrest defeat from victory, losing to the White Sox, 3–2. Hank Borowy takes the loss. New York’s first score comes in the 1st inning on Snuffy Stirnweiss’s steal of home.

The Cards outhit the Dodgers, 18–4, to win, 8–3. Marty Marion starts a triple play by snagging a popup with his back to the infield, wheeling and throwing to Verban at 2B.

2nd The Yankees, who made 4 errors in the 9th yesterday, make 3 in the 10th today in a 7-3 first-game loss to the visiting White Sox. Gordon Maltzberger (8-1) wins in relief and Thurman Tucker, with 3 hits, continues to lead the AL with a .376 average. This is his high point as he will end up at .287. New York wins the second game, 7-6, scoring 2 in the 9th.

4th Sig Jakucki, the Browns 31-year-old rookie, throws his third shutout in 4 games, blanking the Athletics, 4–0. Sig has given up 1 run in 27 innings. The win keeps the Browns 1 ½ games ahead of Boston. The A’s win the nitecap, 8–3, behind Hot Potato Hamlin, who strands 10 runners. Frankie Hayes has a HR to tie for the AL lead with 9.

After Arnold Carter downs the Dodgers, 6-2, in the first of two at Cincinnati, Harry Gumbert goes 10 innings to complete the sweep with a 2-1 win. Veteran Gee Walker belts a first-game grand slam off Cal McLish, just 18 years old.

Baltimore’s Oriole Park, erected in 1914 for the Federal League, burns down. The team moves to the city’s unroofed Municipal Stadium. It will be used this way until a second tier is added when the St. Louis Browns move in for the 1954 season.

6th At Fenway, Tex Hughson (13–3) benefits from 20 Red Sox hits to coast to a 13–3 win over the Tigers. Every Sox batter collects a hit, led by Bobby Doerr, the AL’s 2nd leading batter, with 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Veteran Sox left fielder Bob Johnson hits for the cycle and scores 4 runs before giving way in the 7th to rookie Tom McBride.

On Mueller night in Cincy, 636 people named Mueller are guests of the Reds and watch the Dodgers suffer their 10th straight loss, losing to the Reds, 10–4. Bucky Walters wins his 14th while his batterymate Ray Mueller establishes a NL record by catching in his 134th straight game. He’ll finish the season catching all 155 Reds games, as will Frankie Hayes of the A’s. It is the first time in the 20th century that catchers will play in all their team’s games. Deacon McGuire (1895-Washington. 132 games) was the last to do it. (as noted by Chuck Rosciam). The loss goes to young Ralph Branca, who combines with Clyde King to give up 13 hits—4 to Gee Walker.

At Philadelphia, the first-place Browns top the A’s, 5–0, behind Bob Muncrief’s 4-hitter. Vern Stephen’s 3-run HR in the 1st is the big offensive blow. Woody Wheaton, 1943 player-manager at Lancaster, takes the loss. Wheaton started the season in the outfield.

In an Eastern League doubleheader at Wilkes-Barre, Hartford wins the opener, 6-3, then complets the sweep with a 28-3 trouncing in game 2. The Bees score 18 runs in the 4th inning, with 17 coming in after 2 outs.

8th At Boston, the Indians stake Allie Reynolds to a 4–0 lead in the top of the 1st, but the Chief allows the 1st 4 batters to reach base and exits with a 3–0 count on Bobby Doerr. Calvert then serves up a HR to Doerr, and the Hubmen add another 6 runs off Calvert in the 2ndto complete their scoring for a 11–7 tally The win goes to Terry and the loss goes to Calvert under the existing rules. Tribe outfielder Paul O’Dea throws 3 shutout innings of relief. Fox has 4 hits for Boston, while Seerey, Keltner, and Boudreau (2) homer for Cleveland.

At Washington, the Browns edge the Nationals, 5–4, behind Sig Jakucki. Sig walks 7, including 3 intentional walks to Stan Spence. Johnny Niggeling gives up 10 hits and strikes out 10 in losing to the league-leaders.

9th Cardinals Mort Cooper and Harry Brecheen each throw shutouts over the Braves, winning, 1–0, and 9–0.

11th At Forbes Field, Phil Cavarretta of the Cubs sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base 5 successive times on a triple, single, and 3 walks, as the NL romps 7–1. Ken Raffensberger is the winner over Tex Hughson, who gives up four runs in the 5th. The AL manages just six hits—all singles—and five come off Bucky Walters in the first three innings.

At Albany, the Philadelphia A’s top the Albany club, 13–5, in a rain delayed game that finally starts at 9:50 p.m. Because of the rain, the entire infield is covered with sawdust to soak up the water. Connie Mack is given a pen and pencil set by the Elks before the game.

The major leagues approve an unlimited number of night games for any clubs, with the exception of Sunday when they need the approval of the visiting club. Only Washington, at present, plays all its weekday games under the lights.

13th A .300 hitter as a rookie for the Tigers in 1943, Dick Wakefield finishes Navy air training and then is released from the service pending assignment. He rejoins the Tigers and will hit .355 the rest of the season, pushing Detroit near the flag despite the loss of 12 of its first 13 home games. In the first week after the All-Star Game, Wakefield homers twice, and goes 9-for-24.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks whip the White Sox, 10-1, behind Mel Queen in game 1. Russ Derry adds a grand slam. In the second game, the White Sox pile up a 10-0 lead after 3 ½ innings and coast to an 11-3 win for Orval Grove.

15th In St. Louis, the Cards rack up 7 runs in the first inning against the Reds and former teammate Harry Gumbert, turn a triple play in the 2nd, and coast to a 12–1 win. Emil Verban, who started the triple play, is the winner. The Cards also reeled off a triple play on July 1 against the Dodgers, and the 2 in a season ties the mark of the 1911 Red Sox and 1924 Tigers. St. Louis now leads the NL by 11 ½ games.

16th In the first of two games, the Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against the Braves to win 8–5 and break their 16-game losing streak. Curt Davis is the winner. They will lose another 5 in a row. The 16 straight is the longest losing streak in the NL since the Reds of 1914 lost 19.

18th Bill Voiselle allows just three hits as his Giants top the Pirates, 5-2. New York scores all its runs in the 3rd, four on a grand slam by Phil Weintraub.

20th In St. Louis, the Browns stretch their lead with a 7–3 win over the Yankees after Mike Chartak clubs a 7th inning pinch 3-run homer, his only roundtripper of the year. A walk and a 2-run homer by George McQueen seals it. The game is marked by a wild display among fans after ump Cal Hubbard banishes Browns hurler Nelson Potter in the 5th inning for blowing on his hands. The game is held up for 15 minutes. The Browns start the spitcalling in the 4th inning, accusing Yanks Hank Borowy of loading up a ball and ump Cal Hubbard told each pitcher to cut it out. Potter is banished for 10 days for allegedly “putting an illegal substance on the ball,” and go home. He will miss two starts but will return to win 19 games for St. Louis. A child is born 9 months later and Potter laughingly will say they did not named Cal Hubbard Potter.

21st The Senators score 4 in the 8th and one in the 9th, but Detroit comes back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win, 6–5. Dizzy Trout picks up his 13th win and homers in the process. Chuck Hostetler, has 3 hits and drives in the winning run in the 9th. The 40-year-old rookie is now 3rd in the league in batting.

23rd After hitting 4 consecutive HRs in two games (one in his last at bat yesterday, and three in the opener today, a 7–4 Cubs win over the Giants), Bill Nicholson of the Cubs is given the ultimate compliment. He comes to bat with the Cubs down 10-7 in the 8th of game 2 with the Giants and is given an intentional walk forcing in a run. The strategy backfires as the Cubs tie the score at 10–10, but the Giants score twice in their half of the 8th with Joe Medwick driving home the winner. The Giants win, 12–10 Nicholson has hit 6 HRs within 48 hours (one on Friday night, one on Saturday, and the 4 today). Nicholson is the first batter since Ott and Lajoie to get a bases loaded free pass. Nicholson and Mel Ott, who homered in game one, are tied for the NL lead with 23 homers. Each team uses seven pitchers in the slugfest; the 14 hurlers is a ML record.

In game 1 of a doubleheader in St. Louis, the Red Sox score 7 runs in the 2nd inning to win going away, 12-1. Tex Hughson, on his way to an 18-5 season, is the winner. Vern Stephens hits a grand slam in game 2 as the Browns salvage a split, 9-3, and maintain their 2 ½ game lead in the AL.

25th Pirate hurler Max Butcher chops up the Giants, 15–0. The Bucs back Max with 20 hits and a 9-run second inning. Reliever Seward gives up 17 of the hits in 7.2 innings. Bob Elliott is the big Buc with 6 RBIs, 3 coming on a 9th inning homer.

In Cleveland, Ken Keltner belts a grand slam in the Indians’ 5-run 1stinning as the Tribe rolls to a 1-0 shutout of the visiting Yankees. Steve Gromek is the winner.

27th The first-place Cards sweep a doubleheader from Philadelphia to push their lead over Cincinnati to 14 ½ games. Mort Cooper runs his record to 11–1 by winning 5–0 in the nitecap as he allows two singles. Harry Brecheen opens with an 8–7 win in the first game, after being staked to an 8-0 lead.

29th At Ebbets Field, the Cardinals push their NL lead to 15 games with a sweep of the Dodgers, winning 14-2 and 12-7. St. Louis has now won 9 straight. Danny Litwhiler has a grand slam in the first game.

At Kenosha, lefty Anabelle Lee of Minneapolis hurls a perfect game to bury the Comets, 18 to 0. Not a Kenosha batter reached first base and only three balls are hit to the outfield. This is the only perfect no-hitter in women’s professional baseball league history. Lee is the aunt of future ML pitcher Bill Lee.

30th The 4th straight bad start by Bucky Walters of Cincinnati will deprive him of the ERA title. Bucky is batted out for the 4th straight time and gives up 27 runs in 24 innings after a brilliant start of the season. He will recover to win 23 games and finish with an ERA of 2.40, but teammate Ed Heusser will be the ERA champ with 2.38. The Giants Rube Fischer beats Walters, 8–0, and Gumbert gives the Reds a 9–3 nitecap win.

The Cards finally lose after 9 straight wins as Brooklyn upends them 10–4 in a doubleheader opener. St. Louis takes game 2, 9–7, in 11 innings when Stan Musial steals 3rd and scores the winning run on a Mickey Owens’ wild throw. The win is the Birds’ 26th of the month, their winningest month ever. Musial and Ray Sanders each have a homer and 3 RBIs in the game. Dodger rookie Tommy Warren is one and one for the afternoon, pitching a complete game win in the opener, then losing the second game with 2.2 innings of relief. Harry Brecheen (10-2) is the winner in relief.

31st The last place Dodgers beat the Cards Mort Cooper, 5–1, for only their 5th win of the month. ‘Da Bums’ are 31 ½ game out of 1st.