1952 July

1st At bat in the 1st inning in Boston, Braves Earl Torgeson’s back swing hits Giants C Sal Yvars on the shin guard. After an exchange of pleasantries, Torgeson singles and is on base when Yvars breaks Torgeson’s bat. After the side is retired, Torgeson then goes into the Giants’ dugout after Yvars. Torgy is ejected after punching the catcher in the face, and Vern Bickford, yesterday’s winner, joins him for yelling at the umpire that Yvars ought to be thumbed as well. The Giants then win 6–3. Torgeson and Yvars will mix it up again on July 18, 1954.

The Indians Larry Doby walks 5 times in a 19-inning, 4–3, win at St. Louis. The Tribe answers the Browns score in the 19th with 2 runs, but they loses SS Ray Boone when he suffers torn ligaments in his right knee covering 2nd base on a pickoff attempt. Brissie wins his first, beating Paige (6–3), who walks 9 in 11 innings.

3rd The Giants beat the Dodgers for the 6th time in a row, tipping Brooklyn 4–3. Don Mueller drives in two runs off Billy Loes with a triple, then scores, and his throw in the 8th nips the tying run. The Dodgers outhit the Giants, 8-4, but Jim Hearn, with relief from Wilhelm, gets the win.

The White Sox take two from the Browns, 6–3 and 12–3, to gain 2nd place in the AL. The first game, a completion, of an April 27 game takes 4 innings, with Chuck Stobbs emerging the winner. Stobbs gets a save in the nightcap, taking over for Marv Grissom. Eddie Robinson knocks in 7 runs in the pair, including two 3-run homers in the nightcap.

At Brunswick (Georgia-Florida League), Cordele beats Brunswick, 14–2. In the 4th inning, Ralph “Froggy” Betcher of Cordele bats with the bases loaded. A wild pitch and 2 of the Pirates 6 errors on the day empty the bases. Betcher then hits his first and only home run of the season.

4th  Early Wynn and Bob Lemon take care of the Tiger hitters and Cleveland rolls to a 11-0 and 10-1 sweep in Detroit. Joe Tipton contributes a grand slam to the offense.

The Cardinals sweep a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning 13-7 and 4-1. in the opener, Hal Rice chips in with a grand slam, off Johnny Klippstein.

5th  The Tigers fire their manager, Red Rolfe, replacing him with the popular veteran pitcher Freddie Hutchinson.

At Shibe Park, Mantle ties the game with a 5th inning homer off Alex Kellner, and the Yanks go on to top the A’s, 3–1.

6th  Dodgers starter Ben Wade homers twice, off Warren Spahn, in an 8–2 win over the Braves in Boston. It is Brooklyn’s 13th win in a row over the Braves.

In the 1st game of a doubleheader with the A’s, Mickey Mantle and Gil McDougald both double and homer off 14-game winner Bobby Shantz, as New York wins 5–2. It’s Mantle’s 3rd homer of the season off Shantz. The A’s take the nightcap, 7-6, on Ferris Fain’s double in the 9th.

8th  The NL defeats the AL 3–2 behind the pitching of Phils Curt Simmons and Cubs Bob Rush in Philadelphia. The game is ended after 5 innings because of rain with Bob Lemon the losing pitcher. Hank Sauer’s homer with Stan Musial aboard in the 4th proves to be the deciding run. Shantz strikes out the side in the 5th, whiffing Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson, and Stan Musial. Lon Warneke umps his first All-Star game after pitching in three in the 1930s.

10th The A’s top the Indians, 11-1 behind Alex Kellner’s 4-hitter and the 3-for-3 hitting by Elmer Valo, who drives in 4 runs. Ferris Fain runs his hitting streak to 22 games.

11th CF Richie Ashburn picks up 3 assists throwing out Cardinal runners at the plate, as the Phils win 4–3. The loss stops the Cards win streak of ten games. Robin Roberts scatters 14 hits—4 by Hemus and 3 each by the 2 Rices—to win.

At Fenway, the Red Sox take two from Detroit, winning 16-6 and 5-3. Hoot Evers hits a grand slam in game one.

12th In New York, Browns bespectacled backstop Clint Courtney lives up to his nickname of “Scrap Iron” when he slides hard into New York’s Billy Martin in a 2nd-inning play. In the 6th inning, Courtney tries to knock over Berra in a play at home, and in the 8th he gets tagged in the face by Billy Martin, again at second base. Both dugouts empty as he and Martin start fighting and Courtney is decked. Courtney is the only player ejected, but the AL hands out a record (since topped) $850 in fines. The Yankees prevail, 5–4, in 11 innings, as Allie Reynolds goes the distance to beat Satchel Paige.

Bob Lemon stops the A’s, 5–1, although Ferris Fain extends his hitting streak by doubling and scoring in the 9th inning. Lemon does slip a called 3rd strike past Fain in the 4th, just the 4th K this year for the A’s first baseman.

White Sox’ shortstop Sam Dente, attempting to field a soft grounder by Senators’ pitcher Julio Moreno in the 5th, falls down after stepping on the glove of opposing shortstop Pete Runnels. Moreno is credited with a single, and a walk, error, and hit by Jackie Jensen scores Washington two runs and ultimately the game, 2-1. Jensen has two hits as the Nats manage just 3 against Chuck Stobbs and Harry Dorish in the victory (as noted by Bill Deane).

13th  Before 26,770 fans, Mike Garcia of the Indians blanks Washington 1–0 on 2 hits in the first game of a doubleheader. Cleveland takes game 2, 2-1.

The A’s diminutive ace Bobby Shantz shuts out the White Sox, 6-0, in the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia. The Sox respond with 18 hits in game 2 to win, 7-4. Gus Zernial accounts for 4 runs for the A’s with a grand slam.

In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Vic Raschi gives up only one hit as the Yankees rout the Tigers 11–1. The lone hit is a Joe Ginsberg HR. Mantle is 4-for-5, including a 5th inning homer off Marlin Stuart. In the nightcap, Mantle homers in the 1st inning off Hal Newhouser, for his 5th straight hit of the afternoon, and the Yankees roll again, 12–2.

14th  At Yankee Stadium, Tigers slugger Walt Dropo goes 5-for-5 against New York in an 8–2 win. All 5 hits are singles. Billy Hoeft starts and records his 1st ML win.

15th  Walt Dropo continues his streak in game one going 4-for-4 against the Senators Walt Masterson. In game 2 he gets a single, double, and triple in his first 3 at bats to run his streak to 12 straight hits. He goes 4-for-5, fouling out in the 7th, with 5 RBI, but Washington wins both games, 8–2 and 9–8. Moose’s 13 hits in 3 games ties Joe Cronin’s AL record as does his three straight four-hit games.

Mel Clark starts the game’s scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam, off Howie Pollet, and the Phils roll to a 10-3 victory over the Pirates. Curt Simmons picks up the victory.

The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores, Larry Doby goes to 3rd, and Luke Easter, in his only ML theft, goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs, including a tape measure shot by Mantle to deep right center, but tops the Yankees, 7–3.

The A’s take a pair from the Browns, winning the opener, 7-6, when Eddie Joost hits a game-ending grand slam with the A’s down by 3. Reliever Satchel Paige gets no one out and gives up 4 hits in the inning. Joost hits another homer in game 2 as Bobo Newsom wins, 11-3.

Still going strong. Johnny Vander Meer, 37, of Tulsa (Texas League) pitches a no-hitter, beating host Beaumont, 11-0. In 1938 he pitched 2 consecutive ML no-hitters, still a record.

At St. Louis, the Giants Dave Koslo wins his 12th straight victory over the Cards, 6–3. Koslo, hitless in 29 AB this year, contributes 2 hits, 2 RBIs, and a run.

16th  Walt Dropo gets 2 more hits, giving him 15 in 4 games, which ties another AL record by Joe Cronin. Dropo scores 3 runs in the 9–0 win at Washington. Bill Wight allows just 4 hits in the shutout.

17th Before 51,114, the Indians scalp the Chief, Allie Reynolds, for 6 runs in the first two innings and coast to an 11–6 victory in the opener of doubleheader at the Stadium. Mantle connects for a homer off Steve Gromek, his 4th homer in 5 days.

18th  Billy Johnson caps the Cards’ scoring with a 5th inning grand slam, off Max Surkont, as St. Louis tops Boston, 7-2. Harry Brecheen notches the victory.

19th  Pee Wee Reese knocks an 8th inning grand slam as the first-place Dodgers hand the Pirates their 66th loss (25-66). Carl Erskine is the inning pitcher.

Red Sox GM Joe Cronin announces that rookie Jim Piersall, following his erratic behavior, will take an indefinite leave of absence. This is based on advice from doctors.

The visiting Fitzgerald club (Georgia State League) sends up 12-year-old batboy Joe Relford to bat as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning of a game with Statesboro. The black batboy, who broke the league’s color barrier, grounds out, but makes a fine catch in the outfield when he stays in the game. Umpire Ed Kubick, who approved the move, will be fired by the league the next day and Fitzgerald manager Charlie Ridgeway will also be given his walking papers. Joe Relford? He’ll be fired as well.

20th At Crosley Field, Andy Seminick hits a pinch grand slam in the 5th inning and then doubles and scores on a single in the 10th off Curt Simmons as the Reds beat the Phillies, 6–5. The Phils take the nightcap, 4–3.

League Presidents Will Harridge and Warren Giles become directors of the Hall of Fame.

22nd  Detroit’s Virgil Trucks gives up leadoff single on his first pitch to Eddie Yost, but that is the only hit he allows in beating Washington, 1–0.

The visiting Reds score 4 runs in the 10th inning, but Brooklyn comes back with 5 runs to win, 7–6.

At Boston, the Braves top the Cubs, 6-4, behind Vern Bickford. The Cubs only scoring comes on a grand slam by Dee Fondy.

Dave Koslo masters the Cardinals, 3–2, for his 13th straight win over the Birds going back to June 11, 1950. Dusty Rhodes and Hank Thompson homer off Gerry Staley. Rhodes, who joined the team on the road, hits the first pitch he sees at the Polo Ground for a HR.

25th Mantle has two singles but his homer off Art Houtteman is the only New York scoring. Detroit wins, 2–1 as Yankee castoff Steve Souchock homers in the 9th.

26th Mantle again supplies the Yankees fire power, hitting a grand slam into the left-CF upper deck at Briggs Stadium off Ted Gray, but again New York loses. Detroit wins 10–6 in 11 innings and again it is Steve Souchock supplying the firepower, this time with a pinch grand slam. Bob Hogue loses to Gray.

Hitless in his last 19 at bats, Dick Groat breaks out of his slump going 5-for-5 to help the Pirates down the Braves, 6-4. All five hits come off rookie Virgil Jester, giving Groat 8-for-8 in his 8 at bats against Jester. He was 3-for-3 against Jester in a game on June 13.

The Giants trip the Reds 7–2 on Hank Thompson’s grand slam. Larry Jansen wins his 12th win in a row over Cincy, as New York routs Herm Wehmeier. Jansen last lost to the Reds on August 29, 1948.

28th  Rogers Hornsby, after being fired by the St. Louis Browns, replaces another former Brownie manager, Luke Sewell, as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Sewell firing is announced today. Hornsby will look over the Reds’ minor league teams for a week and coach Earle Brucker will coach in the interim.

On Satchel Paige Night at Sportsman’s Park, the aged reliever makes his first start of the year and, with relief help from Bob Cain, notches a 6-3 win over the Senators. The Brownies score 4 in the 1st for Satch, who is showered with gifts, including a boat and fishing equipment, during a pre-game ceremony.

29th In Chicago, the first place Yankees, having lost 6 of their last 7 games, look like they’ll lose another as the White Sox build a 7–0 lead through 6 innings behind Billy Pierce. New York scores 3 in the 7th to cut the lead, then score 3 in the 9th off Harry Dorish. Dorish loads the bases for Mantle, who goes downtown with his 2nd grand slam in three days. Reynolds then shuts out the Sox to give New York a 10–6 win. Jim Rivera has two hits in his Sox debut and will homer in tomorrow’s win.

30th  Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

Journeyman hurler Lou Kretlow fashions his 2nd consecutive 2-hitter, as the White Sox down New York 7–0.

31st At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs score 9 runs in the top of the 7th, then watch as the Giants score 3 runs in the 7th and 4 runs in the 8th to make it close. Starter Paul Minner is not around at the end but picks up the win, 11-8. Dusty Rhodes hits an 8th inning grand slam for New York.