1949 July

2nd Whoops. Cubs Andy Pafko is tagged out in the dugout after his line drive had been dropped. Andy thought the ball was caught and headed for a seat. It’s no wonder the Pirates win, 8–3, as Tiny Bonham outpitches Monk Dubiel.

At the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers score 5 runs in the last two innings to down the Giants, 13-8. Gene Hermanski has a grand slam for Brooklyn.

In Cleveland, the Browns score 3 in the 9th, then hold off the Indians to win, 4-2. The game is noteworthy because it is the last use of a courtesy runner, which will be outlawed by rule 3.04 enacted after the season. When Cleveland’s Ray Boone is hit by a pitch a runner is needed, and Browns manager Zach Taylor allows slow-footed Jim Hegan to be put in as a courtesy runner, even though Hegan is already in the game. Boone returns to the field and Hegan continues behind the plate. There had been more than 70 times in ML history that a courtesy runner was used, but this is the last.

3rd Giants P Monte Kennedy hits a 7th inning grand slam and shuts out the Dodgers, 16–0. The Giants amass 20 hits, batting around in the 1st and 7th. John Mize and Willard Marshall each have four hits as every starter collects at least a hit. Ralph Branca (10-2) exits early but takes the loss. It is a club record for the biggest shutout win that will stand until May, 2000.

Ralph Kiner’s 21st homer, off Warren Hacker, helps the Pirates down the host Cubs, 7–3. Vic Lombardi goes the rout for his 3rd win.

The Cards move to within a game of the leading Dodgers, by beating the Reds, 8–1. Gerry Staley pitches the complete game win, and batterymate Joe Garagiola poles a homer, off starter Herm Wehmeier, who will never win a game against St. Louis.

4th The Dodgers increase their lead to 2 games over the Cardinals by winning 2 from the Phillies. Brooklyn takes the morning game, 7–1, behind Preacher Roe, then win the afternoon encounter, 8–4, behind Newcombe. Robinson’s triple in the opener kayoes Simmons and Hodges greets Konstanty with his 12th homer. Da Bums score a pair in the 7th on Cox’s homer and Hodge’s RBI single with Robinson scoring from 1st. Jones homers in the 9th for the Phils. Reese, Edwards, and Furillo homer in the nitecap.

The Redbirds divide with the Cubs, winning 9–4, Freddie Martin over Johnny Schmitz, then losing 5–0 as Bob Chipman tops Al Brazle.

At New York, the Yankees sweep 2 games from Boston, thanks in part to the weather. The 3–2 and 6–4 losses extend the Red Sox losing streak to 8 games. In the opener, the Sox entered the 9th trailing by a run despite homers by Dom DiMaggio and Vern Stephens. When Raschi walks Stephens to load the bases with one out, dark clouds suddenly block the sun and a violent wind blows dust that obscures the outfielders. Boston batter Al Zarilla then lines a single to LF, but Johnny Pesky, the runner on 3rd, can’t see if the ball is caught or not by Cliff Mapes. The perfect throw home forces Pesky, and Doerr pops out. In game 2, Joe DiMaggio’s 5th homer ties the game at 4-all in the 5th, and Billy Johnson’s bases loaded single in the 7th off Mel Parnell decides it. Darkness halts the 2nd game–delayed 48 minutes because of rain–after 7 ½ innings, leaving New York leading Boston by 12 games. The Yanks have drawn 1,005, 343 for 35 home games.

The second place Athletics take a pair from the Senators, winning 9-7 and 8-0. Sam Chapman hits a grand slam in the A’s 6-run 7th in game 1. Bobby Shantz allows 10 hits in the game 2 whitewash.

6th At Cincinnati, the Reds bang out 26 hits and roll over the Cubs, 23–4. Walker Cooper, acquired on June 13th from the Giants, collects a (20th C.) record-tying 6 hits in 7 at bats, including 3 homers, and scores 5 times. Cooper ends the day with 10 RBIs and 15 total bases. Ken Raffensberger wins the laugher over Warren Hacker.

7th Pitcher Dave Koslo hits the first 2 homers of his career—he’ll hit one more—and drives in 5 runs while beating the Phils 11–3 at the Polo Grounds. Mize also homers for the Jints.

8th Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson, brought up from Jersey City 3 days earlier, are the first blacks to play for the Giants. Thompson, who was also the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns in 1947, starts at 2B, and Irvin pinch-hits in the 8th for Hartung. When Thompson steps in against Don Newcombe, it is the first time in ML history that a black pitcher and a black hitter have faced off. The Dodgers win, 4–3.

At Shibe Park, the Phils tie the Braves with 2 outs in the 9th when Granny Hamner doubles home Ashburn to knot the game 1–1. Both teams score twice in the 11th, and in the 13th Boston baserunner Alvin Dark is knocked unconscious by a ball thrown by Hamner. Dark is carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to Temple University Hospital. Del Crandall’s sac fly in the 16th off Schoolboy Rowe wins it 4–3 for Boston. The game ends at 1:01 a.m., the latest game to date in the N.L.

At Sportman’s Park, the Indians hold off the Browns to win, 6-5. Clevealnd pulls off 4 double plays, three started by Lou Boudreau, a ML record for third basemen.

12th The NL commits 5 errors, allowing the AL to record an 11–7 triumph in the All-Star Game at Ebbets Field. The contest marks the first appearance of black players—Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe in the NL lineup and Larry Doby among the AL stars.

15th Cleveland nips the Tigers 4–3 as Bob Feller bests Hal Newhouser.

The Cards, losers last nite to the Phils, 1–0, come back to win, 1–0, today behind Howie Pollet. Pollet drives in the only score.

16th At Boston, Warren Spahn hits a 2-run homer and hurls the Braves to a 6–1 win over the Cubs. Pete Reiser paces the 12-hit attack on the Bruins with 4 hits. Jeff Heath, making his first appearance since fracturing his ankle last September, is 1-for-5.

The Reds win for the first time in 9 games at Ebbets Field, winning 7–6 in 10 innings. Walker Cooper’s 2nd homer of the game, a 2-run shot in the 10th off reliever Rex Barney, is the margin of victory. Cooper’s first homer, in the 2nd inning, opened the scoring and the Dodgers retaliated in the same frame, scoring on a triple steal executed by Robinson, Hodges, and Cox.

17th Before a crowd of 73,599 in Cleveland the Tribe and Red Sox split a doubleheader, with the Sox winning the opener, 4–2, on Early Wynn’s homer in the 8th. Vern Stephens breaks a 1-1 tie in game 2 with a solo homer. Stephens has a 2-run homer in the opener and drives in all 4 Sox runs.

In game 2 in Boston, the Reds’ Kent Peterson outpitches Johnny Antonelli to win 3–2. It is Peterson’s first road win in his career after 18 straight road losses dating back to 1947. This is a ML record to start a career (to be topped by Dewon Brazleton who finishes his road career 0-23). The Braves win the opener 5-4 on Ed Sauer’s 2-out 9th inning single.

In Detroit, the Athletics drop a pair to the Tigers and are now 1-9 in their last 10 games. Detroit wins, 8-0, on Ted Gray’s 3-hitter and a grand slam by Paul Campbell in game 1. Game 2 is an 11-inning 5-4 decision to the Bengals.

At Philadelphia, 500 fans greet Eddie Waitkus at the airport upon his return from Chicago. Still suffering the effects of being shot, Waitkus is headed for the hospital.

18th Speaking out against racial discrimination, Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. That night he scores twice, once on a steal of home in the 6th with Bob Rush on the mound, to lead the Dodgers past the Cubs, 3–0.

Elmer Valo has 3 hits, including his ML-record 3rd bases loaded triple this season, to pace the A’s to a 13-8 win over the Tigers. He drives in 4 runs as does Sam Chapman. Johnny Groth has a pair of 3-run homers for Detroit.

19th At New York, the Giants use a 20-hit attack to score in every inning as they beat the Reds, 13–3. Lockman and Marshall each have 4 hits. In tomorrow’s 5–1 win against the Reds, the Giants score in each of the first three innings; combined with yesterday’s effort of scoring in the last 3 frames against the Cards, the Giants match the 1894 Pittsburgh team (July 31-August 2) and top the 20th century mark of 12 set by the 1922 Giants. The mark will next be matched by the Colorado Rockies. The ML record of 17 innings is held by the Boston Americans, September 15-17, 1903.

For the second time this year, Ken Heintzelman of the Reds shuts out the Cubs, 1-0. Doyle Lade takes the loss.

At Boston, Lou Klein doubles in 2 runs in the 10th as the Cardinals top the Braves, 6-4. Red Schoendienst has his 8th stolen base of the year, which will be tops on the Cardinals; the next best is 3 steals. St. Louis will total 19 steals, a record NL low.

21st Walker Cooper’s grand slam against his old teammates is overshadowed by Bobby Thomson who has a pair of homers good for 6 runs. The Giants whip the Reds, 9–5.

In St. Louis, the Browns score 11 runs in the 6th inning of the opener to down the A’s, 15-2. Roy Sievers’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame. The A’s salvage a split with a 3-2 win in game 2.

23rd In the Cards 3–1 win over the Dodgers, St. Louis rookie 3B Eddie Kazak fractures his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. The palindromic young star, a starter in the All-star game, is hitting .304. Kazak will never be a starter again.

In St. Louis, the Red Sox mount a 19-hit attack to beat the last-place Browns, 16-5. Ralph Winegarner, a 40-year-old reliever for St. Louis, hits a homerun off starter and winner rookie Chuck Stobbs. Winegarner has been out of the major leagues for 12 years.

24th The Cards, with Musial hitting for the cycle, trounce the Dodgers 14–1. This win gives St. Louis 3 straight victories at Ebbets Field, as they take over the lead Brooklyn has held through most of the season.

It is Frankie Frisch Day at the Polo Grounds and the former Giants star, now the manager of the Cubs, is feted with two tv sets and numerous other gifts from New York friends. His Cubs then add their presents, beating the Giants twice, 5–3 and 6–1. The Cubs have 5 double plays in the opener and 2 in the nitecap. Andy Pafko has a homer in the opener. In game 2, Hal Jeffcoat drives in 2 runs in the 2nd with a double and later steals home. Bob Rush and Doyle Lade are winners.

26th  Vern Stephens of the Red Sox smacks a homer and double in the 8th inning as Boston breaks up a tight game with a 10-run inning and tops the White Sox, 11–2. Maury McDermott, with two RBIs, is the winner.

In a 5–4 win over St. Louis, A’s vet Wally Moses gets his 2,000th hit, off Joe Ostrowski of the Browns.

27th Three homers are lost in a rain-shortened game at Yankee Stadium (as noted in Retrosheet) In the bottom of the first, Tommy Henrich homers off Cleveland’s Bob Feller with two on and no one out. In the top of the second, Joe Gordon bangs a solo shot with one out off Ed Lopat. One inning later, Cleveland pitcher Sam Zoldak hits a solo homer with one out off Lopat. Zoldak loses his only career homer with the washout.

28th At Wrigley Field, Gene Hermanski’s grand slam in the 6thbreaks up a pitching duel between Ralph Branca and Bob Rush as the Dodgers win, 7-1. A 12-for-25 run raises Jackie Robinson’s NL-leading average to .364. Jackie will tail off from that mark but will win the batting title at .342.

Detroit pitcher Dizzy Trout hits a 9th inning grand slam against the Senators Al Gettel to help the Tigers to a 13–7 victory.

31st Sid Gordon of the New York Giants blasts 2 HRs in the 2nd inning of game 2, as the Giants sweep the Reds 10–0 and 9–0 behind Larry Jansen and Adrian Zabala. The 19 runs to zero in a twinbill sets a NL mark, 7 runs behind the AL record.

Ted Gray and Freddie Hutchinson each toss shutouts as the Tigers win two from the A’s, 3–0 and 6–0. For Hutchinson, it is the 2nd time in 5 weeks he’s teamed up on a doubleheader shutout.