1950 July

1st At Boston, Tommy Byrne takes the loss for the Yankees, but reliever Whitey Ford does little to help. In his ML debut, Ford throws 4 2/3 inning, allowing 7 hits, 6 walks, and 5 earned runs. Boston rolls, 13–4. Rookie Walt Dropo hits a grand slam for the Bosox to dump the Yanks into 3rd place.

Behind unbeaten rookie Bob Miller, the first-place Phils trip the Dodgers, 6–4. Jim Konstanty makes his 30th relief appearance to help Miller win his 7th straight. Mike Goliat and Willie Jones homer to pace an 11-hit attack. By winning their second straight game from Brooklyn, the Whiz Kids move .002 ahead of St. Louis and a game and a half ahead of Brooklyn.

The Reds’ Ewell Blackwell has to go ten innings but finally beats the Cubs, 5–3, striking out 14 and allowing just two hits. One of the hits is Andy Pafko’s 3-run home run in the 9th.

2nd  Indians great Bob Feller wins his 200th ML game, 5–3, over Detroit in the 2nd game of a doubleheader split. Detroit wins the opener, 8–5, for their only win in the 4 game series.

The Yankees gain a split of their 4-game series in Boston by trouncing the Red Sox 15–9. Big John Mize plays first and contributes a HR and a single.

After Johnny Sain gives the Braves an 11-5 win at the Polo Grounds in game 1, the Braves take game 2, winning, 6-3, scoring 4 runs in the 9th. Three come in on Sid Gordon’s 3-run homer.

At Crosley Field, Monk Dubiel makes his 4-hitter hold up as the Cubs win 16–0 over the Reds. Andy Pafko drives in 5 runs with a double, triple and HR, Bill Serena adds a 3-run homer, and Hank Edwards has 3 RBIs on 4 hits.

3rd  With rookie Joe Collins not hitting and Tommy Henrich still injured, Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1B in an experiment. In the 7–2 loss he handles 13 chances cleanly but is clearly not happy with the move. After this one-game experiment, Joe returns to the outfield.

4th  Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties the ML record (held by 6) for season grand slams with 4 when he hits one against the Phillies ace Jim Konstanty in the 9th. Boston’s 12–9 win in game 2 gives the two teams a total of 40 runs, 55 hits, and 90 total bases for the day. The Phils win the opener, 14–8, helped by Andy Seminick’s grand slam in the first inning. Robin Roberts is handed a 9–0 lead after 4 innings and coasts home.

Before 49,316 at the Polo Grounds, the Dodgers and Giants split a pair. Brooklyn loses their 6th straight in the opener, 5–4, before coming back to win, 5–3. Newcombe takes the loss in game 1, despite hitting his first ML HR. Alvin Dark has a homer in each game. A tragic note occurs when a 56-year-old fan named Bernard Doyle is struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside the stadium. The New York Daily News reports tomorrow that after his body is removed the standing-room-only crowd fights over the vacant seat. The fatal bullet was fired by a 14-year-old a mile away.

In Philadelphia, the Phils and Braves combine for 55 hits in a two-game split. The Phils win, 14-5 before losing, 12-9. Andy Seminick hits his second grand slam of the season. With the Cards sweeping a pair in Chicago, the Phils trail St. Louis by a game. The Cubs, tied for 5th place, are just 7.5 game behind the leader.

At Cleveland, the Browns score 4 in the 9th of game 1 but come up short as the Indians win, 8-7. The Browns come back in game 2 for an 8-3 win behind the pitching of Don Johnson. Ken Wood has a grand slam for the Brownies.

At Washington, the Yankees explode for 12 runs in the final 3 innings to beat the Senators, 16–9 in the first of 2 games. Mickey Vernon and Joe DiMaggio match bases-loaded triples to tie the AL mark for sack-fill triples by 2 teams; it’s the last time it is done this century. Bob Kuzava and Ed Lopat battle to a 9 inning 3-3 tie in the nightcap

5th In a sloppy game that features 18 walks, Cliff Mapes drives in 5 runs with a homer and single to pace the Yankees to a 12–8 win over the Athletics. Tommy Byrne (9-3) is the winner despite giving up 6 hits and 6 walks in 5 innings (he walks 2 in the 6th). He also hits 4 batters to tie the ML record. Kellner pitches 4 innings, giving up 6 runs in the loss. The A’s lose Eddie Joost who tears ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Mapes at 2B in the 7th.

6th Is that enough, Alpha? The Cardinals stake Al Brazle to a 10 run-lead in the 1st inning and he coasts to a 13-1 decision over the Reds. Ewell Blackwell is the starter and loser for the Reds. Rookie Bill Howerton ties a NL night-game record with two doubles in the big inning. Roy Weatherly will tie it next month.

7th The Reds Connie Ryan steals home in the 11th to give Cincinnati a 5–4 win over Chicago.

8th  Red Schoendienst of the Cards goes 5-for-5 against Pittsburgh, but the Cards lose 7–6, to drop the Birds into 2nd place, a game behind the Phillies. The Bucs win in the 9th when they load the bases and Jack Phillips’ long fly ball is seemingly snagged by Stan Musial, but then drops into Greenberg Gardens for a pinch grand slam. Kiner and Rojek also homer for the Corsairs.

9th  At Briggs, the Indians deflate the Tigers, 6-2 and 5-2, collecting 12 hits in each game. Bob Lemon wins the opener and Early Wynn, with 5 hitless innings in relief of Mike Garcia, wins the nightcap. George Kell fails to reach base in game 2, ending his consecutive game streak at 57 games. This ties him with 19th century stars Cupid Childs and Jake Stenzel. The only players with longer streaks in the 20th century are Ted Williams (twice) and Joe DiMaggio, and Bill Joyce, Fielder Jones and George Van Haltran in the 19th. Duke Snider will top Kell by a game in 1954.

10th  The Giants pick up P Jim Hearn on waivers from St. Louis.

11th  Making a leaping, off-the-wall catch of a Ralph Kiner drive in the first inning, Ted Williams fractures his left elbow in the All-Star game at Chicago. Remaining in the game, he puts the AL ahead, 3–2, with an RBI single. Kiner’s 9th-inning HR ties the game, and Red Schoendienst’s blast in the 14th wins it. Williams later states he was never the same after this injury.

13th  Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams’ elbow in a 75-minute operation. He will be sidelined until mid-September. But he will go on to hit .350 for the rest of 1950 and .336 throughout the rest of his career, including .388 and .328 to lead the AL in 1957 and 1958 respectively.

14th  The Red Sox produce a second 11-run inning of the year, as they score 11 in the 2nd inning against the White Sox to win at home, 13–1. Vern Stephens hits his 19th homer and now leads the AL in RBI with 84, one ahead of teammates Dropo and Williams.

The Waterbury (Colonial League) club has a franchise but no players when the 12-man squad is fired after refusing to board the team bus for 2 scheduled games at Kingston, NY. Strike issues are several: the players claim that the team bus is unsafe; the bus is scheduled to bring them home after the first game and return for the second rather than lay over; 6 players claim that the club reneged on the promise of a pay raise if they were still on the roster on June 2.

15th  The Colonial League ceases its operation, citing the competition of TV and radio as the cause of their failure. Poughkeepsie is leading the league with a 43-26 record.

16th  The ML players connect for 37 homers today for a new record. Leading the offense today is Cincinnati with two wins over the Giants, 16–4 and 11–10. In the AL, the Red Sox and Indians hit 7 HRs in their doubleheader split: Moose Dropo collects 3 homers.

The Cubs knock the Phillies out of a tie for first place, sweeping 8–0 and 10–3. The Cubs lose Cavarretta when he is hit by a Johnson pitch in game 1, fracturing his forearm. Hank Sauer takes over 1B. Walt Dubiel fires the shutout and Doyle Lade is the CG winner in game 2. The loss goes to Bob Miller in game 2, the first defeat for the rookie after 8 straight wins. Ex-Bruin Russ Meyer loses the first game after defeating the Cubs 5 straight times (as noted by Ed Hartig). The Mad Monk, the greatest ever Cubs killer, will win his next 17 decisions against Chicago before losing on May 11, 1955.

At Griffith Stadium, the Senators and Browns split a pair. Sid Hudson (9-7) is the 5-1 winner in the opener and Jim Delsing is 3-for-3 with 3 RBI in the Browns 10-8 victory in game 2. Mickey Grasso, Washington’s rookie catcher, is thrown out of game 2 for protesting a ball-strike call. Grasso set a PCL record last year when he was thumbed out 23 times. The Majors, however, unlike the Coast, make the players pay the fines.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates and Braves split a pair. Boston takes the opener, 9-5, as Vern Bickford wins his 10th. Pittsburgh comes back in the nightcap, winning 6-5 on Earl Turner’s walkoff homer. Gus Bell has a pair of homers for the Pirates, and Ted Beard hits a monster shot that clears the RF fence. He’s the first to do it since Babe Ruth, in 1935.

17th Yankee rookie Whitey Ford wins his first ML game, beating the visiting White Sox, 4–3. Tom Ferrick finishes for New York.

18th At Chicago, the Phils split with the Cubs, winning the nightcap 8–3 as Bubba Church beats big Bob Rush. Chicago wins the opener, 5–2, with Paul Minner besting Robin Roberts. The Phils now share the top spot in the NL with Boston and the Cards.

Virgil Stallcup’s 3rd-inning HR is the only tally as the Reds beat the visiting Giants, 1–0. Reds second baseman Connie Ryan helps out by nabbing P Monte Kennedy in the 7th with a hidden ball trick.

19th  The Yankees obtain their first black players, OF Elston Howard and P Frank Barnes. They purchase them from the Kansas City Monarchs and assign them to Muskegon (Central League).

Southpaw Ed Lopat of the Yanks wins 16–1 over the Browns, throwing a 2-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. New York also wins the second game by a more reasonable 4-3 score.

At Fenway, Vern Stephens crashes a 3-run HR, his 200th career homer, in the first off Red Hutchinson. Detroit wins 9–5 with a little help in the 9th from ump Boyer, Boyer calls time just before PH Wright triples to CF. In his do-over, Wright grounds out. Stephens joins 5 other active players with more than 200 homers: DiMaggio, Mize, Williams, Gordon, and Nicholson.

Frank E. McKinney resigns as president of the Pirates. He sells interests in the club to John Galbreath and T. Johnson, with Galbreath assuming the presidency. Vice President Bing Crosby retains his minority interest.

At Wrigley Field, Johnny Klippstein notches his first ML win as he pitches the Cubs to an 11-3 win over the Braves. Klippstein also hits his first ML homer, off Bob Chipman.

The Pirates purchase 3B Bob Dillinger from the Athletics for $35,000.

20th  The Giants beat St. Louis 13–3 with an 8-run 3rd inning. Roy “Stormy” Weatherly has a double and triple in the inning to tie a record.

22nd  Red Sox manager “Old Marse” Joe McCarthy leaves the team, citing ill health as the reason. Steve O’Neill replaces him. The Red Sox whip the Browns, 11–2, for their 12th win in 13th meetings with St. Louis. Maurice McDermott pitches the complete game win, pulling the Bosox to within 6 1/2 of first-place Detroit.

The Phils split a pair with the Reds to retain a tie for the NL lead with the Cardinals. Robin Roberts wins his 11th in the opener, stopping the Reds, 2–0, on 4 hits. Willard Ramsdell takes the loss. In game 2, Howie Fox shuts out the Phils till the 9th to win, 6–1.

The Giants Jim Hearn pitches his second straight complete game since being purchased from the Cards, and the Durochermen stop the Cubs, 7–0.

In a battle of diminutive southpaws, Chicago’s Billy Pierce outduels the A’s Bobby Shantz to win, 6–1. Consecutive homers by Dave Philley and Phil Masi in the 6th do in Shantz, pitching on three days rest.

23rd  Tigers pitcher Saul Rogovin hits a 2nd inning grand slam off Yankees P Eddie Lopat as the first-place Bengals nip the onrushing New York Yankees, 6–5.

Sheldon Jones of the NY Giants pitches a one-hitter against the Cubs, winning 3–0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Rube Walker’s hit in the 8th is the only safety. Larry Jansen takes the first, 5–3.

24th At the annual Hall of Fame game in Cooperstown, the Red Sox beat the Giants, 8–5. Dick Littlefield goes all the way for Boston.

25th  Phillies pitchers Bubba Church and Robin Roberts shut out the Cubs 7–0 and 1–0 in a doubleheader sweep. The wins put the Phils in 1st-place by a half-game over St. Louis.

After 10 straight losses at Ebbets Field dating back to 1949, the Cards win 9–5.

26th  Brooklyn beats the Cardinals 7–5 as the Dodgers’ Jim Russell switch-hits HRs, making him the first switch-hitter in history to do it more than once. Stan Musial hits in his 30th straight game, the longest streak of the decade. He is en route to a .346 BA for the season and his 4th batting title. The Cards, currently 11⁄2 games behind Brooklyn, will begin a slow and steady descent to 5th place.

27th  Former Dodger great Kirby “Koiby” Higbe hurls a no-hitter for the Minneapolis Millers American Association against the Columbus Clippers.

Philadelphia’s Del Ennis cracks a double in the 7th and a grand slam in the 8th inning to drive in 7 runs against the Cubs as the Phils win 13–3 at home. The 7 runs in two innings is a NL mark. Philadelphia will win 11 of their next 15 games to hold 1st place by 4 games over the Braves.

Stan Musial goes hitless to end his 30-game hit streak. But everyone else in the Cards lineup has a safety as St. Louis dusts the Dodgers, 13–3.

28th  The Indians’ Larry Doby, Al Rosen, and Luke Easter connect for consecutive HRs in the 3rd in a 13–1 whipping of the visiting Red Sox.

The visiting Athletics edge the Tigers, 7-6, scoring 2 in the 9th off reliever Hal White. Vic Wertz paces Detroit with a pair of homers, a double and a walk, after flying out in the 2nd inning.

29th  At Brooklyn, Andy Pafko has a double and two homers and scores 4 times as the Cubs beat the 4th-place Dodgers, 12-5.

Vic Wertz continues his hot hitting, going 3-for-3, including 2 doubles and a homer, as Detroit whips the A’s, 8-5. Wertz also walks twice.

30th  Del Ennis of the Phils hits his 2nd grand slam in 3 days in a 10–0 pasting of Pittsburgh. He adds a two-run homer as the Phils take the 2nd game, 4–2, and helps the Phils boost their lead to 3 games over St. Louis. His 7 RBIs in 2 games gives him 41 for the month, a new Phils record.

In the Tigers’ 12-10 win over the A’s, Vic Wertz homers in the 1stinning to complete a streak of 7 consecutive extra base hits, tying the ML record of Elmer Smith (1921) and Earl Sheely (1926). This streak was overlooked until 2015 when historian Trent McCotter discovered it. Wertz flies out in his next at bat but doubles in the Tigers’ 8-run 5th inning. Winning pitcher Fred Hutchinson also doubles and George Kell and Johnny Groth double twice. Hutchinson is the second reliever after starter Saul Rogovin walks the leadoff batter and is lifted. Rogovin, suffering the effects of a spring training sore arm, will go to Toledo for the rest of the year. A split by the Yankees leaves the Tigers tied with New York for first place in the AL.

The Cards stop the Giants, 6–3, to end New York’s win streak of 9 games. Gerry Staley wins his 10th on a 7-hitter and is back by Enos Slaughter’s single, double, and triple. Red Schoendienst’s wide toss to 3rd in the 9th ends his streak of 57 games without an error. He had handled 323 chances without an error.