1947 July

2nd At Pittsburgh, the Reds do all their scoring in the 5th inning to beat the Pirates, 8–6.

3rd At Ebbets Field, the Giants do all their scoring in the first 4 innings as they take a 19-0 lead over Da Bums, then hold on for a 19-2 final. Walker Cooper has a grand slam for New York.

4th New York’s Spud Chandler defeats the Senators, 7–3, for his final major league victory. Bone chips in his pitching arm will sideline the 39-year-old vet, but he’ll end the year with the loop’s 2nd best ERA (2.46). Joe Haynes will top the A.L. with a 2.42 ERA. The Yanks take game 2 of the holiday twinbill, 4-2.

At St. Louis, the White Sox win the opener, 6-3, then lose the nightcap, 10-2, as Jeff Heath hits a grand slam for the Browns.

5th Two days after his contract is purchased from Newark, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first black to play in the AL. He strikes out as a pinch hitter, as the Chicago White Sox edge the Indians 6–5. Tomorrow, he will go 1-for-5 in his first full game at 1B.

Johnny Mize hits 2 homers, his 23rd and 24th, and Clint Hartung shuts out the Phils, 4–0. The New York Giants have now hit 37 home runs in 16 straight games, an NL record. The Giants will homer in 18 straight games to set a NL record, since broken.

6th Cards pitchers Jim Hearn and Murry Dickson combine for shut out wins over the Reds. St. Louis wins 3–0 and 2–0. Hearn allows 3 safeties and Dickson, 4.

At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep a pair with the Senators, winning the first contest, 7-4. The win goes to starter Mickey Harris, who is 2-for-2 with a triple, but only goes three innings. Three relievers divide 6 innings, with Mel Parnell allowing 2 runs. Boston wins game 2, 10-1, behind Denny Galehouse. Dom DiMaggio has a single, double and triple to drive in 3 runs. Parnell gets sent to Louisville after the game and on July 9, in a game against Minneapolis, he shatters a finger on his pitching hand when he is hit by a line drive. He pitches two more innings, even hitting a homerun, but he will play no more in ’47. The line drive is off the bat of former Sox field hand Andy Gilbert, who once fractured his neck in the low minor leagues, but battled back.

8th Clutch pinch hits by Luke Appling and Stan Spence lead the AL to a 2–1 win over the NL in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. Schoolboy Rowe pinch-hits for Johnny Sain, becoming the first player to appear for each side. Rowe pitched 3 innings for the AL in 1936. The winning pitcher is Spec Shea. The Naugatuck Nugget is the first rookie ever to win an All-Star game.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks batter the parent Philadelphia Phillies, 7–4. Starter Oscar Judd gives up 11 hits in the exhibition.

10th In a rain-interrupted game before 47,871, Don Black of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Athletics 3–0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It is the largest crowd ever to see a no-hitter and it is the first at Municipal Stadium. Black, waived from the A’s in 1945, walks six, but retires the last 10 batters. Bob Feller wins the nitecap, 2–1, for his 11th victory.

At Boston, the umpires fail to show for a doubleheader with the Reds and veteran Reds pitcher Bucky Walters takes over umping. Boston takes game 1, 6-4 before losing 2-1 in the nitecap. Walters umped before, in 1942.

James “Stormy” Davis, 20-year-old outfielder for Ballinger (Longhorn League), dies as a result of being hit in the head by a pitched ball in a game against Sweetwater on July 3. He was hitting .333 with 19 HR in 48 games.

In St. Louis, Yankee relief P Joe Page stops the Browns and hits a 9th-inning HR to win the game 4–3.

12th Murry Dickson allows just one hit, a 2nd inning single by Ernie Lombardi, as the Cards beat the Giants, 4-0, at the Polo Grounds in the first of two. St. Louis does all its scoring in the 9th inning. Harry Brecheen follows with an 11-3 win to give the Cards a sweep.

13th Holy Cow! Phil Rizzuto hits a grand slam at Comiskey Park as the Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 10-3 and 6-4. New York scores 2 runs in the top of the 9th in game 2. It is the Scooter’s second and last grand slam.

Making his 14th ML uniform switch, Bobo Newsom joins the Yanks. His 7-5 record the rest of the way will help the Yankees to the title. The next season Newsom will join the Giants. To make room for Newsom, the Yanks sell P Mel Queen to the Pirates.

14th At Ebbets Field, the Reds Bud Lively allows just one hit in setting down the Dodgers, 9–1. Spider Jorgensen doubles in the 2ndfor the only hit.

15th At Ebbets Field, the last-place Pirates jump on the first-place Dodgers, winning 12-4 and 9-3. Preacher Roe is the winner in relief in game 1, while Jim Bagby starts and wins game 2. Wally Westlake hits his 2nd grand slam in three weeks.

Frenchy Bordagaray, manager of the Greenville Spinners (SALLY), is fined $50 and suspended for the remainder of the season for striking an umpire and spitting in last night’s game against Augusta. League president Earl Blue says that Frenchy struck umpire Dallas Blackiston and then spit on him during a dispute after a call at 1B. Blue says that the fine and suspension is the maximum he can impose by league rules (Hartford Courant). This prompts Bordagaray’s famous reply, “I know I was wrong but that’s more than I expectorated.” The amiable Bordagaray will join the Dodgers in early March 1948 as a pinch hitter, but will fail to make the team.

16th In a Yankee uniform for just 2 days, Bobo Newsom records his 200th victory, a 3–1 win over Cleveland. It is New York’s 17th straight win. Vic Raschi adds another win with a 7–2 victory in the nitecap.

17th The Yankees sweep a doubleheader against Cleveland 3–1 and 7–2 to extend their winning streak to an AL record-tying 19 games. The streak matches that of the 1906 White Sox. New York began the streak on June 29, game 2, when they were 3 ½ games in front; they now lead by 11 ½.

Hank Thompson plays 2B for the Browns, the first black player in the franchise’s history. He goes 0-for-4 in the Browns 16–2 loss to the A’s.

Queen tops King as the Pirates rookie Mel beats the Dodgers’ Clyde, 7–1. Kiner (#23, a club tying record), Greenberg, and Bloodworth hit solo homers in the 4th.

18th Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8–0, stopping the Bombers record winning streak at 19. Hutch adds a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the 2nd-place Tigers, now 10 ½ back.

Willard Marshall of the New York Giants hits 3 consecutive HRs to help Larry Jansen beats the visiting Reds, 8–3. Marshall drives home 5 to give him the majors’ leadership with 73. Thomson and Mize add circuit clouts for the Ottmen, who move into 2nd place ahead of the Braves.

The first 5-for-5 game of his career moves Ted Williams among the top hitters in the AL, but his Red Sox lose, 9–8, to the Browns. Ted has 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

Ralph Branca takes a no-hitter into the 8th at Ebbets Field before Enos Slaughter’s line single breaks it up. Brooklyn beats the Cards, 7–0, on the 1-hitter.

19th Anybody gonna end this? Sanford pitcher Bernard Lake pitches a 19-inning shutout against DeLand (Florida State League) and hits a homer in the final inning to win the game.

20th The choice rhubarb of the year occurs at Brooklyn in the top of the 9th with the Cardinals leading 2–0. Ron Northey hits a long fly ball that 3B umpire Beans Reardon signals has gone into the stands—but 1B ump Larry Goetz rules the ball in play. Northey jogs around the bases only to discover Dodger catcher Bruce Edwards awaiting him with the ball. With Northey’s homer nullified, the Dodgers then score three runs in the bottom of the inning to win, 3–2. The Cardinals protest and on the 26th NL Prexy Ford Frick upholds the protest and the homer is good. But he allows the Dodger scores to remain and the game is ruled a tie, even though the Cards are an out short. The Dodgers will win the replay, the 2nd game of a day-night doubleheader on August 18.

In the lidlifter against Boston, Hank Thompson plays 2B and Willard Brown is in CF for the St. Louis Browns against the 3rd-place Red Sox, marking the first time that 2 black players appear in the same ML lineup. The highlite for the Browns, however, is an inside-the-park grand slam by Paul Lehner, the second in the majors in three weeks (Ferris Fain hit one on June 29) to lead the Browns to 4–3 win. The Browns edge the Sox, 7–6, in the nitecap with Heath driving home 3 runs. Sam Mele has 4 ribbies for Boston, now 45-40.

23rd Ralph Kiner hits homers 24 and 25, breaking the Pirate record of 23 by Johnny Rizzo in 1938 and tied by rookie Kiner last year. Behind HR king Johnny Mize 14 to 3 at the end of May, Kiner will have 25 to Mize’s 31 by the end of July. The Pirates defeat the Phils, 6–2.

At Wrigley, the Braves rough up Cubs starter Hank Wyse scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning en route to a 12-4 victory. Bob Elliott clubs a grand slam for Boston.

Washington’s Ray Scarborough celebrates his 30th birthday by shutting out the Tigers, 6–0. He also stops Bengal first baseman Roy Cullenbine’s streak of 22 consecutive games in which he was walked, a ML record that started on July 2nd. The switch-hitting Cullenbine will walk 137 times this season, a Detroit team record. But he’ll collect just 104 hits in compiling a .224 average, and Detroit will let him go, ending his career.

After edging the White Sox yesterday, 3-2, in 10 innings, Boston takes 14 innings to beat them again, 8-7. Don Gutteridge’s bases-load bunt brings in Bobby Doerr with the winning run. The Red Sox will go 10-2 at home against the White Sox this year, their best record against any team.

24th At Forbes Field, the Pirates answer the Phillies 4-run 1st inning by scoring 7 in the bottom of the frame. A grand slam by Clyde Kluttz is the big blow. The Bucs hang on to win, 8-6.

25th At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell is battered for 13 hits, but wins his 16th straight game defeating the Phils, 5–4. The Whip fans 9 and issues no walks, the only walkless game in his win streak. He has gone all 9 innings in each of the 16 wins.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals move ahead of the Braves into 2nd place as they beat Boston, 5-1. Howie Pollet is the winner and helps out with a pair of triples, the only Cardinal pitcher in the 20th Century to hit two three baggers in a game (as noted by Tom Zocco).

26th At Forbes Field, the first-place Dodgers score 2 runs in the top of the 9th for a 6-4 win over the Pirates. In the 6th, with Preacher Roe on the mound, Jackie Robinson is nabbed trying to steal home. Roe makes the putout in the rundown.

27th When Jake Jones of the Red Sox hits a foul ball along the 3B line in the 6th, Browns P Fred Sanford throws his glove at the ball to prevent it from rolling into fair territory. Umpire Cal Hubbard awards Jones a triple on the basis of the rule about intentionally thrown gloves. In 1954 the rule is changed so that it only applies to fair balls. But it’s too late for the Browns as Jones scores after his triple and the Red Sox win, 4–3. Boston takes the nitecap, 11–2, to move 2 games ahead of 3rd place Detroit. Winning hurler Boo Ferriss has 3 hits and score twice.

At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers scuttle the Pirates twice, winning 8–4 and 11–4, to extend their lead to 7 games. Robinson and Reese homer in the nitecap and Frankie Gustine has 2 hits in each game to extend his hit streak to 20 games.

30th The New York Giants edge the Cincinnati Reds 5–4 in 10 innings, ending Ewell Blackwell’s winning streak at 16 games, a NL record for right-handers. All the games were complete games and five were shutouts. The Giants tie in the 9th on Willard Marshall’s 27th homer.

In St. Louis, the Dodgers take a 10–0 lead over the Cards after 3 ½ innings, then hold on to win, 11–10 in 10 innings In the 10th, Slaughter is at bat with a 3–1 count, when Musial attempts to steal 2B and is thrown out to end the game. Musial has 4 hits in the game.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks spot the Tigers a 3-0 lead, and then score 5 runs in the 3rd en route to an 8-5 victory. Yogi Berra’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.

31st The Reds top the Giants 8–7 despite a HR by Walker Cooper, the 55th of the month for the Giants, an NL record. The Twins will tie this mark in May 1964.

Brooklyn stretches its win streak to 13 games with a 2–1 win in St. Louis. Pee Wee Reese hits a 9th inning triple to give the victory to Vic Lombardi over Howie Pollet. The Dodgers lead the NL by 10 games.