1953 July

1st Boston’s Mel Parnell shuts out the Yanks, 4–0, for his 100th career win. The lefty becomes the 5th pitcher to win 100 games in a Red Sox uniform (Young, Wood, Grove, Dobson).

The Red Sox send P Marv Grissom to the Giants for cash. Grissom will win 10 games in 1954 and stay with the Giants for 5 years. He will also team up in 1954 with his nephew Jim Davis, the first time this has happened.

4th At Wrigley, the Cardinals ride 9th inning homers by Peanuts Lowry and Rip Repulski to score 6 runs and beat the Cubs, 7-3. In game 2, the Cubs plate a run in the 9th to win, 5-4. Hank Sauer has 3 of the 5 Cubs hits, including a 6th inning homer.

5th At Pittsburgh, the Phils’ Robin Roberts shuts out the Pirates 2–0 for his 28th consecutive complete game over 2 seasons. Roberts double in the 10th inning helps him post his 13th win. It’s also his 13th straight win over Pittsburgh going back to August 26, 1950. The Pirates lead in the nightcap, 7–0, in a game halted by curfew, in the 7th.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants overwhelm the Dodgers with 16 hits, including 5 homers, to win, 20–6. Hank Thompson clouts two homers, including a grand slam, good for 7 runs, Alvin Dark hits a 3-run homer in the 2nd, and Bobby Thomson legs out an inside-the-park homer. Spencer’s homer in the 7th, his team-high 14th, completes the scoring, and Maglie coasts home the winner over Clem Labine. Every starter scores for New York as they plate runs in every inning but the 8th. Jackie Robinson is tossed in the 8th inning and Clem Labine, who gave up 6 runs in one inning, leaves with him. It is Clem’s last game in the majors. The loss leaves the Dodgers a game and a half ahead of Milwaukee.

The Cubs win the opener with the Reds, 8–4, then lose a slugfest, 8–6. Bubba Church wins the opener, allowing two hits through 8 innings. The Cubs hit 4 homers in the nightcap, including two by Ralph Kiner, and one by Bill Serena and Hank Sauer. Andy Seminick answers for the Reds in the 5-run 7th inning. Clyde King wins over Johnny Klippstein. Dutch Leonard, who relieves in both games, is honored in between games and receives a Cadillac and other gifts.

6th  The Giants Al Worthington shuts out the Pirates 6–0 in his first ML start.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Yankees lead in the opener 5-4, mostly on two-run homers by Phil Rizzuto and Billy Martin in the 5-run 4th. A’s lefty Frank Fanovich walks the bases loaded in the 6th to bring up lefty Irv Noren, playing in the place of the recuperating Mickey Mantle, who has missed the last 6 games. Mantle pinch hits for Noren and cranks grand slam homer out of the park. The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer both say it is 500 feet, though the ball is never found. The Yankees win, 10-5, then take game 2, by a 5-3 score.

7th  The Browns set the ML mark for consecutive home defeats, as they drop their 20th in succession, 6–3 to the Indians. The streak dates back to June 3rd.

In Philadelphia, the bus carrying the Yankees to the train station is involved in an accident, and Allie Reynolds injures his back. He will suffer chronic pain as a result.

The Dodgers establish a new NL record by hitting a HR in their 21st consecutive game, sweeping a pair from the Pirates, 5–4 and 9–5. Hodges, Snider and Robinson go deep in the opener, while game 2 features a pair of HRs by Billy Cox and a dinger from Preacher Roe. It is Roe’s only homer in his O.B. career. Preston Ward has a game 1 homer, a grand slam, while Frank Thomas hit a 3-run HR in game 2, both coming in the 9th.

8th  Cardinals rookie 3B Ray Jablonski goes 5-for-5 against the Reds in a 7–2 win.

In the White Sox 14–4 win over the Tigers, teenager Al Kaline records his first hit, a single off Luis Aloma. Aloma gets offensive help from Sam Mele, who belts a grand slam.

At Pittsburgh, Monte Irvin hits a 3-run double in the 1st inning and finishes with a grand slam in the 11th to power the Giants to a 10–7 win over the Bucs. The win goes to Jansen after starter Jim Hearn fails in his bid to win his 13th straight over Pittsburgh.

9th Robin Roberts is lifted after giving up 2 runs in the 8th inning to Brooklyn, the first time in 29 games he has failed to go the distance. Bob Miller relieves Roberts and picks up a win, 6–5, for the Phils. Roberts completed his last 8 starts in 1952 and his first 20 in 1953. Reliever Jim Hughes is the loser.

10th The Red Sox beat the A’s, 3–2, in the 12th when Mariano Fricano walks Jim Piersall with the sacks full. Piersall’s homer in the 9th ties the game. Ellis Kinder is the winner.

The first-place Dodgers set an NL record by hitting a HR in their 24th straight game, with this roundtripper by Roy Campanella coming off the Giants Sal Maglie. The Bums have hit 39 HRs in the streak. The homer is the only run Maglie allows, besting the Dodgers, 6–1, for New York’s 7th win in a row. Maglie is 18-3 against the Dodgers since returning from the Mexican League.

The Pirates and Phils combine for 10 errors, but the Phils find Pirate hurling for 12 hits in a 13–3 thrashing. Curt Simmons wins over Murry Dickson.

The Dodgers waive pitcher Ralph Branca, to the Tigers. Branca, who appeared in just 7 games this year, never recovered from an off-season pelvic injury.

11th  In his 2nd ML start, Al Worthington shuts out Brooklyn 6–0 for his 2nd shutout. Worthington stops the Dodgers’ consecutive-game HR streak. With the two whitewashes in first two games, Al ties a ML record, last accomplished by Boo Ferriss of the Red Sox in 1945. It is the first time this century it’s been done in the NL, but Karl Spooner of the Dodgers will match it next year.

12th  Braves slugger Eddie Mathews hits the first grand slam in the history of the Milwaukee franchise, as the Braves sweep 2 from the Cardinals 10–1 and 4–3 in St. Louis.

The Yomiuri and Mainichi newspaper chains inaugurate a program of regular visits by American ML clubs to Japan. The program will be sponsored by the Yomiuri chain alone from 1966.

14th  The NL wins its 4th All-Star Game in a row, 5–1 in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field behind the stellar pitching of Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn. Cardinal OF Enos Slaughter gets 2 hits, scores twice, and robs Harvey Kuenn of an extra-base blow.

16th  The Browns tie a record with 3 successive HRs—by Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski, and Jim Dyck—in the first inning, and their 5 bases-empty HRs in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It’s enough to beat the Yankees, 8–6.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits a 1st inning grand slam and adds a solo homer as the Dodgers down the Cardinals, 9-2. Duke Snider hits a homer to help Clem Labine (6-2). With Cliff Chambers on the mound in the 7th, Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. It is the second time that Chambers has been on the mound when Robbie has been nabbed trying to steal home.

In Cleveland, Al Rosen’s 4th inning grand slam is all that Mike Garcia needs as he tops the A’s and Mario Fricano, 5-3.

17th The Yankees use a triple play and 4 DPs to stop the Browns, 6–4. CF Irv Noren starts the TP with a tumbling catch in the 2nd inning. Gil McDougald scores 4 times on a single, double, triple and walk. Reynolds gets the win in relief.

The Dodgers pummel Cards starter Vinegar Bend Mizell in the 1st inning, scoring 7 runs en route to a 14-0 whitewash of the Red Birds. Billy Cox hits a grand slam in the 1st inning and Gil Hodges is 1-for-1 while scoring 4 runs. Johnny Podres applies the calcimine.

18th  Dodger backup and pinch hitter 1B Wayne Belardi scores 2 runs in the 4th inning, one on a walk and one on a grand slam. His slam is the 3rd Dodger grand slam in 3 games (Gil Hodges connected on the 16th, and Billy Cox, on the 17th). The Dodgers’ 14–6 win over the Cardinals puts Brooklyn 3 games ahead of Milwaukee.

1B Whitey Lockman, 3B Hank Thompson, and CF Bobby Thomson hit first inning HRs, as the Giants beat the Cubs 12–7 to move into 4th place.

19th  The Giants Whitey Lockman leads off the game with a HR for the 2nd day in a row, as the Giants whip the Braves 7–5. Henry Thompson’s 2-run homer in the 9th is the winner for Ruben Gomez. Dave Jolly is the loser. Milwaukee takes the nightcap, 2–1, in 5 innings as Al Worthington is scored upon for the first time in his 3 ML games. Max Surkont wins, giving up just two hits, both to Al Dark. One of Dark’s hits is a home run.

Boston lefty Mickey McDermott and relief P Ellis Kinder (1 inn.) combine for a one-hitter against host Cleveland to win, 2–0. OF Al Smith’s 4th-inning single is the only Tribe safety. Boston also takes the nightcap, 7-5, overcoming a grand slam by Ray Boone. Kinder finishes up game 2 as well. As reported by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin (Day By Day With the Red Sox), reporter Al Hirshberg alleges that Kinder was so drunk he had to be helped to the stadium and helped into his uniform. In the bullpen he fell asleep in the 103 degree heat. When manager Boudreau called the bullpen and when he was told that Kinder was asleep, yelled, “I don’t care if he’s dead. Get him up.” Kinder pitched hitless ball, went back to the bullpen and fell asleep again. He had to be awakened for his relief appearance in game 2.

21st  The 2nd-place Milwaukee Braves suffer their worst shutout loss in the short history of the franchise, losing to the Phils 10–0. Robin Roberts wins his 16th. Milwaukee wins game 2 by a 7–3 score, with Johnny Antonelli winning.

22nd Led by Hodges and Snider, the Dodgers sweep a pair from Chicago, winning 9–3 and 11–1, to lead the NL by 5 1/2 games. The pair belt 9 hits, including 3 homers, and drive in 13 runs. Podres and Erskine both win and each strike out 10 batters.

The Tigers release former ace Hal Newhouser, the only pitcher to win two consecutive MVP awards.

23rd The Browns give up on Bobo Holloman, selling the no-hit rookie to Toronto (IL). He’ll never appear in the majors again, and his 3 wins are the fewest by a no-hit pitcher since 1900.

24th  The Red Sox sweep the Browns as both Boston pitchers, Mickey McDermott and Bill Henry, hurl 6–0 and 8–0 shutouts.

Granny Hamner smashes 2 homers to give the Phils a 2–1 win over the Cardinals. St. Louis scores in the 6th when Musial steals home for the first time in his career. Cards manager Stanky fans as the lead off batter in the game, and when Hemus then singles, the Cards protest that the 2 batted out of order (the lineup card has them reversed) The umps void the hit and Musial, hitting 3rd, is called out.

25th In Brooklyn, the Braves lose to the Dodgers, 7-0, as Russ Meyer (9-4) tosses a 4-hitter. Roy Campanella has a 2-run homer and drives in 3 runs. One of his hits knuckles its way past Johnny Logan who is handcuffed by the ball. Later that night, Logan and a few teammates are having a beer when pitcher Vern Bickford says to Logan, ‘If I had been pitching when you missed that line drive, I’d kick your butt.’ A bet about who was on the mound when the hit occurred escalates into a fight outside the bar between Bickford and Logan. “It didn’t last very long, and it was very one-sided,” said Eddie Mathews. “Logan was handy. Later that night Burdette and I were sneaking into the hotel, and we saw Bickford again. He looked like he had been in a stick fight without a stick. Logan really worked him over.” (The National Pastime, 1994, as noted by Bob Buege)

26th At Briggs Stadium, the crowd of 49,717 is treated to a pair of Tiger victories over the Yankees—5–3 and 14–4—as well as a fight between Billy Martin and Detroit’s Matt Batts. Mantle connects on two homers for New York, reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nightcap.

Spencer’s 2nd homerun of the game, a grand slam in the 7th, snaps a 5-5 tie and the Giants beat the Reds, 10-6 at the Polo Grounds. It is the second grand slam of the season for Spencer, tying a Giants rookie mark set by Babe Young in 1940. Joe Nuxhall has a homer for Cincy.

27th  Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Along with them, the veterans committee enshrines Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, 19th-century manager Harry Wright, executive Ed Barrow, and umpires Bill Klem and Tom Connolly.

In the only ML game played today, the Braves scalp the visiting Giants, 13-0, behind Warren Spahn. Eddie Mathews has 3 hits including 2 homers, one a grand slam.

29th At Fenway, the White Sox spoil Ted Williams homecoming from the Marines by scoring 8 runs in the 9th to beat Boston, 8–3. Williams watches the game from the bench.

30th  The Giants Monte Irvin grounds into 3 DPs, tying a NL record, as Milwaukee wins 5–0.

At Crosley Field, the Phillies unleash an 18-hit attack as Del Ennis and Granny Hamner each have 4 hits. Ennis has a pair of homers, scores 4 runs and drives in 6. Steve Ridzik is the winner with 6 innings of relief.

The St. Louis Browns purchase veteran infielder Vern Stephens from the White Sox.

The vacant Braves Field is sold to Boston University for $500,000.

31st At St. Louis, Carl Erskine fans 11, giving him 31 in his last 3 games, as the first-place Dodgers beat the Cards, 2–1. The OF has just 3 putouts. Erskine finishes the month at 6–0.