1948 July

2nd The Senators beat the Yankees, 2–1, in 12 innings as Walt Masterson allows 3 hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the since-tied AL record for putouts in left field in extra innings. The Yanks drop 2 games behind first-place Cleveland and 1 ½ games behind the A’s.

3rd Dick Lane, CF of Muskegon (Central League), hits 5 HRs in a game against Fort Wayne. Lane, who will get a trial with the White Sox in 1949, will hit only 7 other HRs during the year and only 18 in a 4-year minor league career.

4th Ted Williams faces 3 pitchers in the 7th inning, a first in AL history, as Boston snaps a 5–5 tie by scoring 14 runs on 14 RBIs to beat the visiting Philadelphia Athletics, 19-5. A’s rookie pitcher Charlie “Bubba” Harris (3-1) retires two batters in 14 and cough up 12 runs, before Bill McCahan takes over. Williams, who makes the final out in the inning, and Bobby Doerr tie records by drawing two walks apiece. Five Sox players score 2 runs each in the inning, an AL record. The 14 runs in the 7th inning is also a record, but 5 years later the Sox will do even better with 17 in one inning. Williams has no hits in the 20-hit barrage and his average drops below .400. Every other Sox batter has at least 2 hits, with Ellis Kinder collecting 3 and Billy Goodman 4. Johnny Pesky has a homer and 5 RBIs and Bobby Doerr scores 4 runs.

Braves rookie Johnny Antonelli, 18, makes his debut in the 8th inning of a 7–2 loss to the Phils, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. The Phils also win game 2 of the doubleheader.

Led by Roy Campanella’s first 2 ML homers, the host Dodgers edge the Giants, 13–12, in a wild game lasting 3 ½ hours. 37 players see action, 20 by Brooklyn, as both teams score 4 times in the 9th. Ralph Branca gives up two homers in the 9th as the Giants outhit the Dodgers, 20 to 10.

5th Ralph Kiner hits 3 HRs for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the visiting Reds, while teammate Stan Rojek hits the first of his 2 ML homers, connecting off rookie Herm Wehmeier in the 10–3 first game win. In Game 2, Kiner teams up with Johnny Hopp and Wally Westlake in the outfield for a record 19 putouts and a record 20 chances. Nine more POs in game 1 give the Bucs a record 27 putouts and 28 chances for a doubleheader. The Reds score 3 in the 9th to take the nitecap, 6–4.

The Cards Gerry Staley picks up a pair of wins in relief over the Cubs, winning 6–3 and 5–2 over Ralph Hamner and Johnny Schmitz. Staley pitches 2 innings in the opener and 2 2/3 innings in the nitecap. It is the 2nd time in three weeks that the Cubs have lost a doubleheader to a single reliever.

Despite a hitless day by Ted Williams, the Red Sox sweep the Yankees, winning 6–5 and 8–7. Denny Galehouse wins the opener, then saves the win in game 2. But his 9th inning sac bunt results in his tripping over 1B and he will be out of action for 3 weeks.

7th The Indians stun the baseball world by signing Satchel Paige, fabulous veteran Negro League pitcher. The move is ridiculed by some as a Bill Veeck publicity stunt, and A.G. Spink in The Sporting News editorializes, “Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity. . . . To sign a hurler at Paige’s age is to demean the standards of baseball in the big circuits.” The 42-year-old Paige will answer the critics in tomorrow, getting a relief decision in a 8–6 win over New York in a DH sweep. He will finish the season at 6–1. Paige is the oldest player to debut in the majors, but not the first 40-year-old: Chuck Hostetler in 1944 was 40.

8th The Reds Ewell Blackwell strikes out 13 Cubs at Wrigley Field, as Cincinnati wins, 4–0.

At Ebbets Field, Boston’s Jim Russell breaks a 2-2 tie with an 8thinning grand slam as the first-place Braves top the Dodgers, 7-4.

At Yankee Stadium, Tommy Henrich’s second grand slam in as many weeks pulls the Yankees to a 5-5 tie in the 7th. The Bombers then score a run in the 8th to beat the A’s, 6-5.

9th At Boston, Johnny Sain becomes the NL’s first 11-game winner, beating Robin Roberts and the Phils, 13–2. Alvin Dark has 3 hits running his hit streak to 21 games. In the 4th inning Dark triples off the reliever Ken Heintzelman, then steals home.

On the train from Boston to Philadelphia, Ted Williams tears some rib cartilage rough housing with Sam Mele. The injury will sideline Williams for a critical 15 games as well as putting Mele in the doghouse (as noted by historian Bill Nowlin). Without Williams, the Sox lose today, 8-7, as the A’s score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

10th For the 6th time this year, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox hit back-to-back homers as Boston beats the 2nd-place A’s, 4–0. Jack Kramer scatters 9 hits in the shutout to win his 7th straight. Ted Williams sits out the game with a damaged ligament, the result of being hit in the ribs while playfully sparring with Sam Mele on the train down from Boston yesterday.

11th The Reds Ken Raffensberger allows just one hit—a single by Marty Marion in the 4th—in shutting out the Cardinals, 1–0, in St. Louis. It’s his 2nd one-hitter against St. Louis this year.

At the Polo Grounds, little-used Jack Conway hits his only ML homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. The walkoff blast is a short fly that hits the facing of the upper deck in left field as George Shuba is waiting to catch it. Writing in The New York Times, Louis Effrat calls it “one of the most anemic homers ever hit in a park noted for ‘cheap’ circuit swats” (as noted by historian Stew Thornley). Conway’s reward for the game-ending homer is three more at bats this month and then his release.

Branch Rickey of the Dodgers buys the contract of Sam Jethroe from the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes for $5,000.

13th Vic Raschi of the Yankees drives in the winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the 4th inning and is the winning pitcher as the AL again tops the NL 5–2 in the All-Star Game at Sportsman’s Park. Box seat prizes for the game are $4.00. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, George Kell, and Hal Newhouser miss places in the lineup due to injuries.

15th The Braves stop the host Cubs, 2–1, behind Johnny Sain, then battle to a 1–1 tie in 13 innings in the nitecap. Dark’s hitting streak of 23 games is stopped in the opener, but he has 2 hits and scores the run in game 2. Bob Rush pitches all 13 innings for the Bruins.

Lowell Grosskopf of the Sheboygan Indians (Wisconsin State League, class D), fires his second no-hitter of the season, stopping the Green Bay Bluejays. Grosskopf threw a no-hitter against the Appleton Papermakers on July 29th.

16th There are 3 managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was “not fired” saying “I’d like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.”) and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer, with no ML experience as player or manager, will get the job after Cooke goes 8–6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O’Neill of the Tigers will be released.

The Browns frustrate the third-place Yanks, whipping Allie Reynolds, 10–4. Bob Dillinger leads the way with a bases-loaded triple, three singles, two stolen bases and 5 RBI. Cliff Fannin holds the Yanks scoreless until Phil Rizzuto’s homer in the 8th.

Ordered by Bill Veeck to pass up the All-Star game, a well-rested Bob Feller is shelled from the mound with only one out in the first inning by the A’s. The A’s score first when Feller absent-mindedly goes into a windup with two on, and Coleman and McCosky pull a double steal. The Mackmen then jump on Bob Muncrief and roll to a 10–5 win over the AL-leading Indians. Lou Brissie wins his 4th straight. Joe Coleman will shut out the Tribe, 5–0, tomorrow to split the series.

Rookie Granny Hamner drives in 7 runs to lead the Phils to an 11–10 squeaker over the Cardinals. Hamner has a pair of doubles and a single to go along with spectacular fielding, starting DPs in the 8thand 9th. Ken Heintzelman, who relieves Blix Donnelly after Stan Musial’s grand slam in the 2nd, is the winner.

17th At Pittsburgh, a Bobby Thomson pinch single drives home the winning run in the Giants’ managerial debut of Leo Durocher. The Giants win, 6–5, overcoming a three-run homer by Ralph Kiner.

The Dodgers down the Reds, 8–4 and 10–4, for their 12th win in 14 games. Ralph Branca wins the opener as Jackie Robinson clouts a 3-run homer in the 8th. Paul Minner wins his first ML game in the nitecap with 6 innings of relief. During an argument with Frank Dascoli, Reds catcher Dewey Williams grabs the ump. Williams will be fined $100 and suspended for five games. However, with catcher Ray Mueller on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Reds appeal the suspension, stating they have only one catcher, Ray Lamanno. Ford Frick, NL prexy, will rule that Williams will serve the suspension in the Reds clubhouse, while dressed in full uniform. If anything happens to Lamanno, Williams can substitute, and a game will added to the suspension.

In St. Louis, Stan Musial hits a 2nd-inning grand slam, and the Cards outhit the Phillies, but they still lose, 11-10, to the Philadelphians.

Ed Lopat scatters 11 hits to beat the Browns, 4-0. It is the Yankee hurler’s 2nd shutout in a row and his 3rd this year.

In a rare loss, the Tigers Virgil Trucks stops the Red Sox, 3–1. Ellis Kinder takes the loss.

18th Pat Seerey, chunky Sox left fielder, hits 4 HRs, the last in the 11thinning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 12–11 victory over the Athletics in Philadelphia. Seerey is the 5th ML player to accomplish the feat and is the only player in ML history to twice reach 15 or more total bases in a game, having totaled 15 bases in 1945. Three of the homers are in successive innings, just the 3rd to do that. Fat Pat’s first shot is over the LF bleacher roof off Carl Scheib, the next two—off Scheib and Bob Savage—are on the roof, and the last, off Lou Brissie, into the upper LF stands. Brissie, the 5th pitcher, is the loser against Howie Judson, as the Sox outhit the A’s 24-12. The A’s take the 2nd game, 6–1, in five innings as Seerey is 0-for-2. On the 24th, Seerey will become the first player to strike out 7 times in a doubleheader.

The Cards beat the Dodgers, 6–3, in 11 innings, then drop the nitecap, 13–4. In the 2nd inning, 17 Dodgers reach base against the Cardinals with 9 hits, 6 walks, a fielder’s choice, and an error before P Hank Behrman whiffs to end the inning. The other outs are on the bases.

The Braves move 8 games in the NL lead by taking a pair from the Pirates, 10-2 and 3-1. Nels Potter and Vern Bickford pick up the wins. Potter is helped by a 5-run 1st inning, highlighted by a grand slam from veteran Jeff Heath. Heath, purchased from the Browns in December, will hit 20 homers, bat .319 with an OPS of .986.

At Yankee Stadium, the 3rd-place Yankees earn a split with the Tigers by pummeling them 12-4 in game 2. The game is called after 6 ½ innings. The Tigers win the opener, 5-3, getting a grand slam in the 5th from Hoot Evers.

In the first of two before 39,623, the Chicago Cubs beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 3–2. With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 9thinning, rookie Robin Roberts hits Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko on the back with successive pitches to force home the winner. Chicago’s Johnny Schmitz allows just 4 hits, three by Johnny Blatnik. The Jays (as they are still occasionally referred to in print) win the nitecap, 6–4, collecting 17 hits, including a homer by Del Ennis. Schoolboy Rowe evens his record at 5–5, beating Russ Meyer.

19th At Boston, Mel Parnell wins stopping the Browns, 4–1, as his infielders tally 11 assists. The Sox score all their runs in the 1st on Bobby Doerr’s grand slam.

20th An unprecedented 10-game suspension and $500 fine of an umpire, the veteran Bill McGowan, is announced by AL President Will Harridge following a confrontation in the Washington-Cleveland game. Tired of Senator pitcher Ray Scarborough continually complaining about strike calls, McGowan had thrown a ball-and-strike indicator at him. After that he ejects Nats manager Joe Kuhel and several coaches. Kuhel also lodged a protest after yesterday’s 11th inning loss when Ed Stewart was thrown out at home in the 10th. When Stewart argued the call with plate ump Paparella, McGowan threw a ball at Stewart.

21st At Yankee Stadium, the first-place Indians win a hard-fought split of a doubleheader by taking the second game, 12-8. The Tribe scores 3 in the 7th and 5 in the 8th, 4 on a grand slam by Jim Hegan. The Yankees take the opener, 7-3.

At Wrigley Field, the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 9-3 and 7-1. In the opener, Brooklyn scores a pair in the 9th before Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. Cliff Chambers is on the mound.

22nd The Yankees take the rubber game of the series with the Indians as Vic Raschi earns the decision over Bob Feller, 6–5. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam is the big blow for the Bombers: he has hit 4 homers and a triple in Feller’s 4 starts against New York. His 8 RBIs in the 3 games with Cleveland gives him a league-leading 82.

Denny Galehouse returns to the Red Sox lineup and stops Chicago, 3–0. Vern Stephens clouts a 2-run homer. In the 2nd game, a 5–3 win, Stephens adds a homer to take over the AL RBI lead with 83. The winner is Ellis Kinder, the first of 18-straight wins over Chicago (through June 1, 1952).

23rd After missing 15 games with a torn rib cartilage, Ted Williams is 2-for-4 to help the Red Sox down the White Sox, 13–1. Bobby Doerr collects his 18th homer and adds a double and single to back Mickey Harris. Boston has now won nine straight to pull within a game-and a half of the first-place Indians.

Larry Jansen’s 5-hitter gives the Giants a 5–0 win over the Cubs. John Mize’s first inning homer off Russ Meyer provides all the scoring the Giants need.

24th Four members of the Duluth club in the Northern League are killed, and 14 are injured, 7 critically, in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. All told, five are dead including manager George Treadwell, three players, and the driver of the truck. The injured include Mel McGaha, future ML manager, and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of the Cardinal infielder, Red.

25th In the tight 4-team AL race, Joe DiMaggio leads the Yanks to a sweep over the White Sox, 5–3 and 7–3. Joe D is 3-for-3 in game 1 to back Ed Lopat, then adds a triple and 2 doubles in the nitecap. His 3 RBIs in game 2 gives him an AL-high 86. Pat Seerey sets an AL mark when he strikes out 7 times in the doubleheader.

The Reds pound the visiting Phillies, winning 11-8 and 9-2. Frankie Baumholtz contributes a grand slam in game 2, connecting off former Reds pitcher Ed Heusser in the 6th inning.

In Boston, the other DiMaggio makes 2 spectacular catches against the Indians as well as homering off Satchel Paige. The Red Sox beat Cleveland, 3–0 for their 15th win in 16 games. Joe Dobson tops Steve Gromek to leave the Sox percentage points ahead of the 2nd place A’s. Cleveland and New York are each 1 ½ games back. With the Braves in 1st place, it is the first time since 1916 that both Boston teams are at the top spot.

In Pittsburgh, the Dodgers split a pair with the Pirates to remain in 2nd place, 5 games in back of the Braves. Brooklyn takes the opener, 7-6, then lose game 2, 7-4, in 8 innings. Danny Murtaugh cracks a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th for the Bucs victory.

PCL homerun leader Jack Graham, of the San Diego Padres, is beaned during a doubleheader with the L.A. Angels at Wrigley Field. Graham, with 46 homers, had a good shot at topping Tony Lazzeri’s PCL record of 60. He will miss a month and manage just two more homers in the final month.

26th Ruth makes his last public appearance, at the New York premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story. He will die 3 weeks later.

Leo Durocher makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants, but a turnaway crowd is disappointed as the Dodgers lose, 13–4. Preacher Roe is the losing pitcher while Sheldon Jones takes the victory. The temperature is 100 degrees in New York.

27th In his ML debut with the Browns, St. Louis native Hank Arft bangs a triple and a HR off Frank Hiller, the first major leaguer to debut with these long hits. Arft drives in 3 runs as the host Browns top New York, 4–0. Tomorrow’s cheers of “Arft, Arft” will give Hank his nickname “Bow Wow.”

A Tiger-record night crowd of 54,609 see Ellis Kinder and the Red Sox top Hal Newhouser, 8–0.

In Cleveland, the Indians top the A’s, 10-5, to remain a game-and-a-half behind the Red Sox in the AL race. Sam Chapman accounts for 4 runs for the A’s with a grand slam.

At Philadelphia the Cubs tip the Phillies, 3–2, with the win going to Hank Borowy in relief. Cubs 2B Gene Mauch helps by nabbing Dick Sisler with a hidden ball trick in the 2nd inning.

28th Detroit’s Dizzy Trout shuts out the Red Sox, 13–0, to stop Boston’s win streak at 13 games. Hoot Evers paces the 18-hit attack with 4 hits.

29th In Boston, Big Bill Voiselle pitches the first-place Braves to a 2–1 win over the Pirates, and collects his 5th hit of the year. Voiselle raises his average to .097 average, a point higher than his uniform number. Voiselle has the highest uniform number ever in the majors in honor of his North Carolina home town of Ninety Six.

The Giants win their 3rd straight shutout, stopping the Reds, 5–0, behind Dave Koslo. Jansen and Hartung threw the other two shutouts. Walker Cooper’s grand slam, off Ken Raffensberger, is the big blow.

The Red Sox rout the Tigers, 8–1, behind Jack Kramer’s 10th straight win. Billy Goodman’s grand slam, along with homers by Kramer and Bobby Doerr, pace the attack. The victory extends the Red Sox AL-lead to a half-game over the idle A’s.

30th At Cleveland, the Red Sox are victorious, 8–7, for their 25th win of the month, a club record.

At Comiskey Park, Tommy Henrich hits his 3rd grand slam of the year, but the White Sox prevail, 8-7. The loss leaves the Yanks tied for 3rd place with the Indians.

At Ebbets Field, Wally Westlake hits for the cycle to pace the Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Dodgers.

In Detroit, George Kell cracks a grand slam in the Tigers 17-2 driveby of the A’s. The loss puts the second-place A’s 1 ½ games behind Boston.

31st With a 7–6 win over the Cards, the Braves lengthen their lead over the Pirates and the Dodgers in the NL.

The Giants just miss racking up their fourth straight shutout, three over the Reds, when a 2-out 9th inning collision allows the Cubs to score a run. The Sporting News describes the collision as follows: “With Giants only one putout away from their fourth straight shutout victory [second baseman Jack] Conway ran into [right fielder Les] Layton chasing Nicholson’s fly in ninth and Cubs counted a run to break New Yorkers’ 36-inning skein while going down to defeat, 9 to 1.  Layton had reached the drive by Nicholson and had the ball in his glove when Conway crashed into him, the clout going for double.”  Conway will make one more appearance before being handed a ticket for Minneapolis. (as noted by David Skelton).