1951 July

1st  Veteran Bob Feller pitches the 3rd no-hitter of his career, tying the record of Cy Young and Larry Corcoran, as he beats Detroit’s Bob Cain 2–1. Feller loses his shutout in the 4th when Johnny Lipon reaches on an error, swipes 2B, goes to 3B on an errant pickoff, and scores on a fly. Rookie Bob Chakales shuts out the Tigers in the nightcap, 2–0, for Cleveland’s 10th straight win over Detroit. Detroit has scored 8 runs in the ten losses.

Philadelphia’s Russ Meyer and Jim Konstanty hold Brooklyn to one hit but lose anyway 2–0. Pee Wee Reese’s 2-run triple follows 2 walks in the 3rd and accounts for all the hits and runs.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, the Browns’ Ned Garver, en route to a 20-game season, limits the White Sox to 2 hits, winning, 3–1. The loss drops the Sox out of the AL lead. Chicago wins the opener, 2–1 in 11 innings on Minoso’s 400-foot homer to left center. Minnie’s blow breaks up a pitching duel between loser Duane Pillette and Ken Holcombe.

Before 58,815 at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the Red Sox, 5–2, behind Eddie Lopat’s 6-hitter. The win moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by 4 percentage points. Jerry Coleman homers off Mel Parnell, while Johnny Pesky connects for the Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2,000th career hit.

Elmer Valo belts three homers to help the A’s sweep the Senators, 10–7 and 3–2. Two of his homers come in the first game, when teammate Gus Zernial hits his 18th homer. Irv Noren has a pair of doubles and a homer for the Nats.

2nd  Bill Veeck gets the necessary 75 percent of outstanding stock on the last day of his option to buy the St. Louis Browns from Bill and Charlie DeWitt.

3rd  Former Dodger pitcher Hugh Casey, 37, kills himself with a shotgun blast to the neck.

Bill DiBenedetto of the Class D Hornell Dodgers walks 21 in a 5–1 loss to Corning. This record number of walks breaks the 36-year-old record of Harry Harper of the Minneapolis Millers.

Giants rookie Willie Mays blasts a 13th inning solo homer off the Phillies Jocko Thompson to give New York a 9-8 win. New York scores a pair in the 14th. It is Willie’s 2nd extra inning homer in two weeks: he’ll hit another on July 7th, against the Braves George Estock.

4th In a wild doubleheader featuring a double ejection of manager Charlie Dressen, the first-place Dodgers sweep the Giants, winning 6–5 in 11 innings, and 4–2. The Dodgers drive out Sal Maglie in the opener after the Giants built a lead on homers by Mueller and Mays. Brooklyn counters in the 8th with a pinch homer by Campanella, a homer by Reese, and a tying single from Hodges. Bobby Thomson’s homer in the 11th puts the Giants ahead by one, but Preacher Roe wins it with a squeeze bunt. Ralph Branca wins the nightcap with homer help from Hodges and Snider. Dressen is tossed in the 2nd inning of game 2 for protesting pitch calls; after he takes a seat behind the dugout umpire Robb tosses him a 2nd time. The victories put Brooklyn 6 1/2 games up.

After Bob Friend and the Pirates top the Reds, 4-1, Pittsburgh unleashes consecutive 7-run innings to rack up their biggest score of the year, 16-4, in just 6 innings. Ralph Kiner has a record-tying 7 RBIs in the two innings, the second time the mark has been matched in a week. Bill Werle is the recipient of the scoring. The Pirates haven’t scored 17 runs in a game since 1943.

5th At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 27th HR of the year to lead the Dodgers to a 8–4 win over the Giants. Andy Pafko also homers, off Larry Jansen. Don Newcombe notches his 12th win, giving up 7 hits. After sweeping the Giants in the 3-game series, Dodger manager Chuck Dressen declares, “We knocked ’em out. They won’t bother us anymore.” The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 7 1⁄2 games.

6th At the Polo Grounds, the Braves smack 2 HRs (Willard Marshall and Walker Cooper) in the top of the 3rd, only to have the Giants answer with 3 HRs—by Westrum, Thomson, and Mueller—in the bottom of the inning. The 5 in the frame ties a league mark. The Giants outslug the Braves for the game 12–10.

7th  OF Hoot Evers of the Tigers goes 5-for-5 and scores 5 runs against the Indians as the motormen roll, 13–3. Bob Cain is the victor with batterymate Myron Ginsberg driving in 5 runs on 4 hits.

At Fenway, the Yankees lose to the Red Sox, 10–4 with the Sox being led by Clyde Vollmer’s grand slam in the first inning. Vollmer, inserted as a starter on July 4, had a 2-run triple in yesterday’s 6–2 win over the Yankees. Mantle, a late inning defensive replacement, hits a 9th inning HR off Ellis Kinder, the complete game winner.

8th  The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in 2nd inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the first, Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he had already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees, 6–3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a 2-run homer.

Red Schoendienst hits a HR from each side of the plate in game 2, as the Cards beat Pittsburgh 9–8 after losing 6–2.

9th  At a joint meeting between players and owners, agreement is reached on night curfews and the retention of the reserve clause.

10th  Exploding for a record 4 HRs, the NL trounces the AL 8–3 at the annual All-Star Game, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Pittsburgh slugger Ralph Kiner hits an all-star HR for the 3rd year in a row.

The Giants bring up 2B Davey Williams, hitting .280 at Minneapolis, and also pitcher Al Corwin. Williams is expected to shore up 2B with Eddie Stanky.

12th  At Cleveland, Allie Reynolds of the NY Yankees no-hits Cleveland 1–0 for the first of his two no-hitters this season. Gene Woodling’s 7th inning HR off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1–0 game. It is the 3rd game in a row that a Woodling homer has beaten Cleveland and the third shutout for Reynolds this year over his former team. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson in 1928. It is the only Yankee no-hitter on the road this century besides Sam Jones’s no no in 1923. New York takes the nightcap behind Vic Raschi as Joe DiMaggio cinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.

Paced by a grand slam by Gus Zernial off Dick Starr, the A’s outslug the Browns, 9-7. Zernial’s homer gives him 22 to lead the AL; 10 of the homers have come off St. Louis pitching, and 4 of those are served up by Starr. The 10 roundtrippers in a season hit against one team is an AL record.

The Red Sox and White Sox draw a record crowd of 52,592 for a twi-night doubleheader at Comiskey. Boston wins the opener, 3–2. In the 2nd game, Saul Rogovin of the White Sox goes the route in a 17-inning contest, overcoming a two-run HR by Doerr, only to lose 5–4, on Clyde Vollmer’s sac fly. Ellis Kinder of Boston pitches 10 scoreless innings in relief for the win. The wins move the Red Sox into first place.

13th  In a game that ends at 1:17 the Red Sox and White Sox play 19 innings under the lights, tying a ML record. Mickey McDermott pitches the first 17 innings for Boston, as Chicago wins this marathon, 5–4. Clyde Vollmer has a homer and 2 singles for the Bosox and 3B Vern Stephens plays the entire game (18 1/3 innings) without a putout. Boston scores twice in the top of the 19th, but Chicago strike back with 3 runs, two on a pinch single by Ed Stewart. The 5 runs in the 20th is an AL record. For the second night in a row, the two teams set a record for the longest night game and the 36 innings in two successive games is a AL mark. Tomorrow the Sox will set a ML mark when they pull off their 14th DP in 4 games.

Cleveland outslugs New York to win, 11-8 Four homeruns are hit, including a grand slam by Joe Collins and a 3-run HR by Jim Hegan.

Chuck Dressen is quoted in the Washington Post as saying his Dodgers are “the greatest in team history” and better than the ’41 team. Da Bums prove it today with 8 runs in the 1st two innings against Chicago en route to an 8-6 win. Chicago has 5 homers, 2 by Ransom Jackson. Brooklyn gets a leadoff homer—his 2nd in two days—by Carl Furillo on the first pitch, and a first inning homer from Dick Williams, his ML first.

Both Wes Westrum and Davey Williams of the Giants hit grand slams, as the Giants beat St. Louis 14–4 at the Polo Grounds. The win moves New York into 2nd place.

14th Clyde Vollmer singles in 2 runs in the 9th inning and the Red Sox tip the White Sox, 3–2.

15th  Athletics lefty Sam Zoldak pitches a one-hitter against the White Sox, winning 5–0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Carrasquel has the lone safety, a dribbler between SS and 3B. Zoldak also drives in 2 runs. Bob Hooper is the winner for the A’s in game 1, helping the cause with a 3-run HR. The A’s lose Ferris Fain when he grounds out in game 1 and, in disgust, kicks 1B breaking his foot. Fain is leading the AL with a .337 average. He’ll return on August 21.

Happy Chandler completes his contract as baseball commissioner, but fails to win the owners’ support for a contract renewal.

16th While in Detroit, the Yanks option rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle, plagued with strikeouts—3 on the 13th—and in a slump, will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues, before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him August 20th. Art Schallock takes Mickey’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2.3 innings in today’s 8–6 win.

17th  LF Joe Adcock is 4-for-4 and throws out a runner at home in the 9th to lead the Reds to a 9–8 win over the host Phillies in the first of two. Jocko Thompson then wins, 10-0, for the Phils.

After pitching for Bill Veeck in Cleveland in 1948, Satchel Paige rejoins him with the St. Louis Browns. He’ll start tomorrow night as the Browns lose to the Senators, 7-1.

Bob Feller overcomes a 4-run 9th to beat the Red Sox, and move Cleveland a game and a half behind Boston. In the 9th, Feller gives up a roundtripper to Lou Boudreau and a pinch homer to Charlie Maxwell, his first ML homerun.

The White Sox beat the Yankees, 4-3, to move a half game behind the leading Red Sox. But they discover that starting catcher Gus Niarhos has an arm fracture, sustained in yesterday’s game. The Sox call up former Negro Leaguer Sam Hairston as a catching replacement.

In the 8th inning at New York, with the Cubs ahead 5-0, Hal Jeffcoat of the Cubs swipes 3B and home on successive pitches. Willie Mays has a 2-run homer in the 8th but the Cubs win 7-4. The Jeffcoat steals are ordered by Cubs manager Frisch (as noted in a story in the New York Times regarding the tension between Frisch and manager Durocher).

18th  The Pirates Ralph Kiner drives in 7 runs hitting 3 HRs, including his 10th grand slam, in a 13–12 slugfest win over the Dodgers. His final homer, a solo shot of Erv Palica in the 8th, breaks a 12–12 tie. Manager Chuck Dressen berates Palica, publicly questioning the pitcher’s courage by clutching his throat in a choke signal. In Kiner’s final at bat, in the 9th, Carl Furillo pulls down the slugger’s long drive near the CF gate. Garagiola and Bell also homer for the Bucs, while Campanella and Robinson homer for Brooklyn.

Congressman Emanuel Celler says that President Harry Truman backs his probe of the reserve clause and sports status under the antitrust legislation.

The Reds purchase OF Hank Edwards from the Dodgers.

19th Despite a pair of homers by Clyde Vollmer, the Indians edge the Red Sox, 5–4 in 11 innings. Bobby Avila scores the winner from 1B on a single as Ted Williams holds the ball. Cleveland’s win moves them 1 1/2 games in back of Boston.

Cleveland picks up OF Paul Lehner from the Browns for the waiver price. For Lehner, the Tribe is the 4th team he plays for this year: not since Frank Huelsman in 1904 has an AL player moved so much in a year. Ted Gray, in 1955, will match it.

20th In a move that will aid their pennant drive, the Giants put OF Bobby Thomson at 3B to replace the slumping Hank Thompson, out with a spike injury. Thomson, who’s been riding the bench since losing his starting job to the rookie Mays, will hit .357 for the rest of the season.

Detroit’s Marlin Stuart (1-0), filling in for the injured Hal Newhouser, beats Boston, 6–1, in his first start of the year. Chuck Stobbs takes the loss.

The Senators edge the White Sox, 21 scoring a run in the 9th and 10th innings. The Indians down the A’s, 1–0, in 10 innings behind Mike Garcia’s 4-hitter. The Yankees beat the Browns, 1–0, with Tom Morgan besting Ned Garver. After 87 games, the dust settles with Boston, New York, Cleveland, and Chicago all within a half-game of first place.

21st The Cubs fall to the host Phillies and Robin Roberts, 5-0. With the Cubs 10 games under .500 at 35-45, Phil Cavarretta replaces Frankie Frisch (141-196) as manager. They will go 27-47 the rest of the way to finish in last place.

In the Braves 11-6 win over Pittsburgh, Bob Elliot scores 5 runs.

The Reds purchase Hank Edward from the Dodgers and sell Barney McCosky to the Indians.

At Comiskey, the Senators take an 8-0 lead on the White Sox and double them, 10-5. Cass Michaels has a grand slam for the Nats. The loss puts the Sox in 4th place, but just a game behind first-place Boston.

22nd At Sportsman’s Park, the Yankees take a pair from the Browns, winning the opener, 9-0, behind Allie Reynolds’ 4-hitter. Bobby Brown has a 3-run homer off Satchel Paige in the 5th. Heralded rookie Frank Saucier debuts with St. Louis after not playing any baseball this year as he pursued oil interests in Texas. Saucier hit .446 in 1949 at Wichita Falls and was the Big State League MVP. He followed that by winning TSN’s Minor League Player of the Year with a .343 for San Antonio. A belated “July spring training” leaves Saucier with a sore shoulder, limiting him to just two starts after his game 1 appearance today: in one of those he is lifted for Eddie Gaedel in the 1st inning. Saucier’s ML career will be just 1-for-14: he will be in the Navy from 1952-54 and pursue business interests after that.

23rd At Cooperstown, the Dodgers rally to beat the A’s, 9–5, in the 10th annual Hall of Fame game.

Topeka (Western Association) unloads three consecutive homerun plus a grand slam in the 8th to rout Salinas, 18-5. Manager Butch Nieman, Don Annen and Dick McConnell start the inning with homers, and later Solly Drake hits a grand slam.

26th  At Fenway, Clyde Vollmer knocks in 6 runs on 3 homers to lead the Red Sox to a 13–10 win over the sliding White Sox. His last homer, a 3-run shot, breaks a 10–10 tie.

27th  The White Sox, now 3 1⁄2 games behind New York and Boston, open a 4-game series in New York. Trailing 3–1 in the 9th, the Sox make it 4–3 before rain and the Yankees delay the game. Gil McDougald is thrown out for stalling, and Casey Stengel uses 5 pitchers in the inning. Finally, the score reverts to the 8th inning and the Yanks win as the game is called after 30 minutes.

After two shutouts over the Cards, Bubba Church gives the Phils staff their 3rd in a row, stopping Chicago, 2–0. It is Church’s 8th straight over the Cubs and Chicago’s 9th straight loss at Wrigley.

28th  Charlie Gehringer succeeds Billy Evans as GM of the Detroit Tigers.

Clyde Vollmer, who started the month on the bench, continues his explosive fireworks against the Indians. He singles in the tying run in the 15th and then in the 16th hits a grand slam off reliever Bob Feller for an 8–4 Red Sox win. The grand slam is the latest hit in a game in ML history. Mickey McDermott pitches all 16 innings for the Sox, striking out 15 and walking one. Vollmer has 13 homers, including 2 slams, in 24 games since July 4

Pitcher Russ Meyer hurls a 1–0 shut out over the Cubs, the 4th shutout in a row for the Phillies staff. Robin Roberts, Ken Johnson and Bubba Church pitched the earlier shutouts.

The Giants go 7–0 at Crosley Field this year by defeating the Reds, 3–1. Willie Mays has his 3rd homer in 6 days and Larry Jansen wins to go 15–2 against the Rhinelanders.

29th  Before a Stadium crowd of 70,972, the Yankees sweep the White Sox, 8–3 and 2–0. DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener, and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nightcap. With yesterday’s game rained out, the Sox are now 6 1⁄2 out of first place.

In game 1 at Cincinnati, Willie Mays steals the first of 338 bases. Then P Willie Ramsdell picks him off 2B. But the Giants win, 3–1, behind Sal Maglie. New York takes the nightcap as well, 6–4, as Irvin (2) and Mays both swipe bases.

Against the visiting Phillies, Cubs player-manager Phil Cavarretta earns his money by driving home 3 runs in a first game win, 5–4, snapping the Cubs 10-game home losing streak. His triple in the 6th off Robin Roberts ends the Cubs’ scoreless inning skein of 31 innings, and the consecutive scoreless innings by Phils pitchers at 41. Cavarretta takes the bench in game 2 but inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 7th when Roberts relieves, and hits a pinch grand slam home run as the Cubs sweep, winning the nightcap, 8–6. The nightcap loss goes to Bubba Church, who put 2 runners on before giving way to Roberts. It is Church’s 1st and only career loss to Chicago after 8 straight wins.

30th  Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes “peons” of baseball players. National Association President George Trautman testifies, denying that minors hampered independent teams.

Joe DiMaggio makes a rare mental error against Detroit, catching a Steve Souchock fly ball in deep CF and, thinking it’s the 3rd out, begins trotting in. It’s only the second out, and George Kell scores from 2B to make the score 4–2 in the 8th. Despite the lapse, the Yanks win, 5–4, with DiMag knocking in the winning run in the 9th.

31st In an 8–6 Red Sox loss to the Browns, Clyde Vollmer doubles to finish the month with 13 homers, 4 doubles and a triple among his 31 hits. “Big Un” knocks in 40 runs with his outburst.

The White Sox lose their 10th out of 11 games, dropping a 4–2 decision to the A’s. Alex Kellner is the winner as Hank Majeski has 3 hits and 3 runs. The Sox are now 7 1/2 games out.

The Dodgers win their 10th in a row, defeating the host Pirates, 8–3. Don Newcombe earns his 15th win and 9th in a row. Newk also collects 3 of the Flatbushers 16 hits.

The Browns acquire Cliff Mapes from the Yankees, sending Bobbie Hogue, Kermit Wahl, Tom Upton and Lou Sleater to New York. The trade frees up an outfield spot for Mantle’s return as well as Mapes #7 uniform.