1946 July

2nd The Yankees nip the Red Sox, 2–1, before a Stadium crowd of 69,107. Spud Chandler walks 9 in the first 4 innings but takes a no-hitter into the 9th before Bobby Doerr hits a one-out single.

At Ebbets Field, the first-place Dodgers win their 7th straight, beating the Phils, 3–2, with 3 shutout innings of relief pitching from Art Herring (5-1). Herring pickles the ball going 2-for-2 at the plate, including a double. It is his first double since 1931, a record span of 15 years. The previous record was 14 years, by Eddie Onslow (as noted Mike Carminati). Jamie Moyer will top Herring in 2007.

The Cardinals drop their 4th in a row, as the Reds beat St. Louis, 7–5, with all the Cincy runs unearned. Brooklyn now leads St. Louis by 7 ½ games.

3rd St. Louis pitcher Ken Burkhart rolls to a 16–0 shut out over the Reds, after the Cardinals score 10 runs in the 4th inning. Burkhart allows 10 hits but strands 14. Enos Slaughter has 6 RBIs.

4th In Boston, Oscar Judd allows 9 hits but shuts out the Braves, 7-0. The game is scoreless until the 8th when Ron Northey hits a grand slam as the Phils score 6 runs. The Phils take a mulligan in game 2, winning 3-2 behind Dick Mulligan.

5th The first place Dodgers lose to the last-place Giants, 7–6, as Goody Rosen drives in the winning run, but not before Bums manager Durocher makes his famous, “nice guys finish last” remark to reporters. In a pre-game interview with Red Barber, the announcer calls Giants manager Ott “a nice guy.” The Lip retorts, “A nice guy? I’ve been in baseball a long time. Do you know a nicer guy in the world than Mel Ott? He’s a nice guy. In last place. Where am I? In first place. The nice guys are over there in last place, not in this dugout.”

The Cards Harry Brecheen wins a brilliant pitching duel, 1–0, over the Cubs Claude Passeau, who allows just 2 hits.

6th Cubs twirlers Johnny Schmitz and Hank Wyse each toss shutouts at the Reds, as Chicago wins, 2–0 and 1–0. Joe Beggs loses to Schmitz in the 12-inning opener when he gives up a 2-run pinch homer to Frank Secory: exactly a month ago Secory hit a walkoff grand slam. Harry Gumpert is the hard-luck loser in the nitecap.

The Cards ship Blix Donnelly to the Phils for cash. When removed from a game earlier this year, Donnelly vowed to hit Birds manager Eddie Dyer between the eyes with a ball if he lifted him again.

8th A special meeting of clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5,000 minimum salary, $25-per- week training-camp expenses, a fixed period for spring training, 25 days for post-season barnstorming, maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by WS broadcast rights and net proceeds from All-Star Games. Each league will have a player rep to baseball councils. The first player reps named are Yankees P Johnny Murphy and Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.

9th With 7 Red Sox teammates on the AL squad, Ted Williams stages a power show with 2 HRs, 2 singles, a walk, 4 runs scored, and a record 5 RBI to lead the AL to a 12–0 laugher over the NL at Fenway Park. The NL squad manages just three hits, 2 of them infield safeties off Bob Feller. The highlight of the All-Star Game is Williams’ 3-run HR off a Rip Sewell blooper pitch in the 8th. The Red Sox came into today’s contest with a 7 ½ game lead in the AL. Today’s All-Star game is the first in two years, with last year’s game called off because of wartime travel restrictions.

11th The Giants jump on newly activated pitcher Johnny Grodzicki and the oft-injured Howie Krist to beat the host Cardinals, 13–3. Grodzicki was the Cards best minor league hurler in 1941, winning 31 games for Houston (Texas League), but was severely injured by shrapnel in WW2 and never regained his effectiveness.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks roll by the Indians, 9-1. Aaron Robinson’s 5th inning grand slam is the big blow. The Yankees sell INF Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45, but lost his job when the vets returned.

12th Johnny Sain just misses a perfect no-hitter when Grady Hatton’s 1st inning pop fly drops among three Braves behind 3B for a double. No one else gets on as the Braves win 1–0 in Cincinnati. Ewell Blackwell takes the loss.

Howie Pollet allows 3 hits in beating the Giants 2–1 in St. Louis in the first of 2 games. Pollet then comes out of the bullpen in the night cap to protect a 5–4 lead in the 9th inning. With runners on 1st and 3rdand no outs, Pollet gets Mize on a short fly, then gets a DP ground ball. Red Barrett picks up the win, just his 3rd. Barrett won 23 games in 1945.

13th Al Zarilla of the St. Louis Browns legs out 2 triples, tying the ML record, in the 4th inning as the Browns beat the A’s 11–4 at Shibe Park. Zarilla’s accomplishment is just the 2nd time since 1900 that this has been done.

14th Player-manager Lou Boudreau of Cleveland hits 4 doubles and one HR, but Ted Williams wallops 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs, as the Boston Red Sox top the Indians 11–10. Boudreau’s 5 extra base hits is a since-tied ML record (20th century), but he is the first American Leaguer to hit 5 in a game. The Kid’s homers include a grand slam with the Tribe ahead 5–0, a 3 run homer, and a game-tying solo shot in the 8th. In the Sox 2nd-game win, the famous Boudreau Shift is born. Boudreau shifts all his players, except the 3B and LF, to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift and the Red Sox win, 6–4.

The Dodgers lead shrinks to 2 ½ games following a doubleheader loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis. St. Louis takes the opener, 5–3 when Enos Slaughter drives a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Slaughter has 4 RBI in the game. In the nitecap, Musial, who scored the tying run in the 8th after a triple, hits a 12th-inning HR off starter Vic Lombardi for the Cardinal sweep.

The Braves Warren Spahn wins his first ML game, topping the Pirates, 4–1.

15th On Red Schoendienst Night, a delegation from his hometown of Germantown, Illinois cheer as the Cardinals pound the Dodgers, 10–4. Dodger manager Durocher blows his top when a catch by Pete Reiser is ruled a trapped ball, allowing a Redbird run to score. Umpire Al Barlick tosses Durocher and he receives a fine and 5-day suspension for his lip. Outfielder Joe Medwick, forced to play 1B, makes two critical errors for the Dodgers.

16th Pinch-hitter Erv Dusak fails on a sacrifice attempt, then hits a dramatic 3-run HR in the 9th gives the Cards a 5–4 win over Brooklyn and a sweep of their 4-game series. The win, Howie Pollet’s 10th of the year, moves St. Louis to within a half game of the first place Dodgers. The four games, including a doubleheader, brings 87,027 to Sportsman’s Park.

At Fenway, Bob Feller tops Tex Hughson and the Red Sox, 6–3. Feller lost to Hughson, 1–0, in their last meeting, but wins his 16th today, fanning 7. Ken Keltner belts two homers and Pat Seerey adds one, his 14th, off Tex. Heinz Becker, in his first AL game, adds two doubles and a single. Ted Williams, in 5 at-bats against the “Williams Wall,” is 2-for-5, trickling a single into left and smashing a line-drive triple past Seerey in RF. Boston remains in first place by 11 games.

The Phils manage just 4 hits off Ewell Blackwell, but hand the Reds pitcher a 2–0 defeat. Schoolboy Rowe gives up 5 hits in winning his 9th.

At Ogdensburg (Border League), Ogdensburg rolls over Granby, 35–14, as the Maples outhit the Red Sox, 32-21. Maples playing-manager Bob Dill pickles the ball going 6-for-6 with 2 home runs, a triple, 3 doubles, and 10 RBIs.

17th The Phillies stop the hot Cardinals, winning 10-7 in St. Louis. The Birds score 6 runs in the last 2 innings to make it close. Andy Seminick has a grand slam for the Phillies.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks take a pair from the Browns, winning 3-2 and 8-4. New York scores a run in the 9th to win the opener. Charlie Keller’s 3rd inning grand slam is the difference in game 2.

18th The Cards top the Phillies 5–4, while the Dodgers lose their 6thstraight. St. Louis moves into 1st place ahead of the Brooklyn.

19th In a Boston-Chicago game, umpire Red Jones issues a warning to the Sox pitcher after a beanball is thrown at Ted Williams. Hearing razzing from the Sox dugout, Jones tosses the alleged perpetrator OF Ralph Hodgin and 3 others. When the jeering keeps up, 3 more Sox are tossed. The wisecracks continue and the incensed Jones clears the bench, ejecting a total of 14 White Sox in all, leaving only the starters. The White Sox lose the game as well, 9–2.

Helped by a 5th inning grand slam from Pat Seerey, Mel Harder pitches Cleveland to a 6-1 victory over the host A’s.

21st Lew Flick of Little Rock (Southern Association) gets 9 straight hits in a 19-inning game. Flick gets 3 more hits in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Teammate Kerby Farrell collects 8 hits in the first game. Both players will make it to the majors.

In a doubleheader sweep against the visiting Browns, Ted Williams collects 7 straight hits, including hitting for the cycle in the nitecap. Boo Ferriss wins his 15th in the opener, 5–0, for his 5th shutout of the year, while Williams is 3-for-4. Williams starts the nitecap with a 2nd-inning homer, off loser Cliff Fannin, his 27th homer of the year. In the 3rd, Ted follows with a line drive that hits the bullpen wall in right center, then caroms off center fielder Walt Judnich’s thigh, and Williams has a triple. Joe Dobson, with relief help from Bob Klinger, is the winner, 7–4.

24th Bob Feller wins his 18th, stopping the A’s on three hits, 1–0. Feller K’s nine to run his season total to 220. Hank Edwards homer, off Bob Savage, is the only score.

Scoring both runs in the first, the Dodgers top the Cubs, 2–1, and move back into the NL lead. Rookie Joe Hatten is the winner as his teammates dice Hank Wyse for 11 hits.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants drop the Cards out of first place when Johnny Mize belts a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants Dave Koslo wins, 3–1. He also scores the first run on a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd.

After being tied with the Cards for 5 days, the Dodgers take over undisputed 1st place with a 2–1 win over the Cubs. Joe Hatten is the winner.

Washington’s well-traveled Bobo Newsom stops Detroit’s Dizzy Trout, 1–0, handing Trout his 5th shutout loss of the year. Cecil Travis’ single scores Stan Spence, who has a 4-for-4 afternoon.

The Reds Bucky Walters wins his 6th straight victory, stopping Boston, 2–1. The Braves Johnny Hopp, the NL’s leading hitter, maces three hits, one driving in Boston’s lone run.

25th The Reds score an unearned run in the 8th to beat Boston’s Johnny Sain, 1–0. Johnny Vander Meer wins his 6th straight.

26th In a move that foreshadows Bill Veeck’s use of Eddie Gaedel, the Indians try and use a midget at third base. With Ted Williams about to step in the batters box at Fenway, the Indians move into the Williams shift. Three-foot tall Marco Songini runs onto the field and takes over the empty third base spot. The umps then wave him off. The Red Sox win, 5–1.

Monty Stratton, who lost a leg in a hunting accident in 1938, wins his 14th game for Sherman (East Texas League). He will finish with 18 victories for the second-division team.

At Chanute (Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League), Chanute beats Iola, 14–3, as Ross Grimsley of Chanute strikes out 18 batters. Grimsley will have a cup of coffee with the White Sox in 1951, but his son will star for the Orioles.

27th Rudy York of Boston hits grand-slam HRs in the 2nd and 5thinnings off Tex Shirley of the St. Louis Browns, as the first-place Red Sox win 13–6. Only Tony Lazzeri and Jim Tabor have accomplished this feat before York. York also adds a 2-run double to knock in 10 runs. York leaves a runner in the 7th when he strikes out and two more in the 9th, when he hits in a double play. He had 5 RBI against the Browns yesterday.

Hal Newhouser wins his 20th and his 11th start in a row (he lost once in relief) as the Tigers beat the visiting A’s, 4-2.

The Dodgers take a pair of 4-3 wins over the Pirates and move to 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, 5-2 losers to the Braves and Warren Spahn. Reliever Preacher Roe is the loser in the first game, allowing a run-scoring single to Eddie Stanky in the bottom of the 9th. For Roe, it is his last appearance in a disappointing 3-8 season. Still suffering from the effects of an off-season concussion, Roe will go home to rest.

28th Cleveland’s Bob Feller shuts out the Senators, 2–0, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 10. Allie Reynolds completes the sweep with a 7–4 win in the nitecap.

29th After failing as a pinch hitter in the opening 2–1 loss to Walt Masterson, Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hits his first home run, off Washington’s Early Wynn, a future teammate in an 8–4 nitecap loss. Lemon will hit another 36 to finish one behind former Indian Wes Ferrell on the homer list for pitchers.

31st Cleveland’s Bob Feller wins his 20th, shutting out the Red Sox on one hit while striking out 9. Bobby Doerr’s single in the 2nd inning is Boston’s lone hit, the 2nd time he has had a hit to break up a Feller no-hitter. Feller’s two-run triple is half the offense as the Indians prevail, 4–1.

In Philadelphia, the Reds sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 4-3 and 2-0. In game 2, Ewell Blackwell is lifted with one out in the 9th, and Harry Gumbert finishes the shutout. Blackwell, who will end the season with 9 wins, is often given credit for today’s shutout, which would give him 6 for the year. Only Fred Norman, in 1972, will notch 6 shutouts with fewer than 10 wins.

The Cubs beat the Giants, 8–1, behind Claude Passeau’s 3-hitter. Johnny Gee takes his first loss since returning to the Giants after a year’s retirement.