1955 July

1st  At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer, Ransom Jackson, and Gene Baker all homer in the 2nd inning against the Cardinals. Baker’s is a grand slam. Ernie Banks adds another homer later to help Chicago win 11–7.

At Cleveland, Early Wynn hurls his 3rd straight shutout, handing the White Sox their 6th straight defeat, 1–0. Billy Pierce takes the loss. Wynn has now thrown 29 straight scoreless innings, but will give up a 1st inning HR on July 5 to Joe DeMaestri.

4th The Red hot Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees at Boston, winning 4–2 and 10–5. Jackie Jensen, with a grand slam, and Norm Zauchin, with a 3-run homer, pace the Hubmen in the nightcap. Russ Williams has a double and HR in the opener to lead the offense. Willard Nixon, with relief help from Ike Delock, wins the opener: Delock strikes out 4 Yankees in the 9th. Reliever Tom Hurd wins the nightcap.

5th In Cincinnati, manager Birdie Tebbetts complains to Jocko Conlin about the delaying tactics of Cards catcher Bill Sarni, and Cards manager Harry Walker soon joins the discussion. The talk escalates to punches and the two managers end up on the ground wrestling. Both bloodied skippers are tossed and will get fines of $100. Sarni gets a $25 slap. The Redlegs tally twice in the 9th to win, 5–4.

6th In his first ML start, Sandy Koufax goes 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates at Forbes Field. He gives up just three hits but walks 8 while fanning 4. He gets no decision as the Bucs win, 4–1.

7th  Dick Donovan (10-2) pitches the White Sox to a 12-1 win over the Tigers, allowing a homer to Fred Hatfield. Walt Dropo drives in 5 runs for the Sox, four on a grand slam. It is Moose’s second grand slam of the year.

8th  Light-hitting Joe DeMaestri of the Athletics goes 6-for-6 in an 11-inning, 11–8 loss to the Tigers.

Spahn and Burdette each win their 7th game to give the Braves a doubleheader win as the Braves beat the Reds, 4-2 and 5-3. For the offense, Mathews and Aaron have two-run homers for the afternoon. Gus Bell has 3 hits and a homer in the nightcap to run his hit streak to 21 games. It stops here.

9th  Chicago newspaperman Arch Ward, the originator of the All-Star Game, dies at age 58 as he is leaving to cover his 22nd mid season classic.

At Busch Stadium, Tom Poholsky tops Warren Hacker, 4-2, as all the scoring comes via homeruns. Jim King and Hank Sauer go deep for the Cubs and Stan Musial answers with a grand slam.

Giants P Jim Hearn does it all, hitting 2 HRs and single and drives in 4 runs in whipping the Dodgers 10–2 at the Polo Grounds. For Hearn, it is his 3rd and 4th HRs of the year.

10th  Despite giving up two solo homers to Mantle, the Nat’s Dean Stone holds on for a 6–4 win in Washington in the 1st of a twinbill. Carlos Paula homers the 5th off Whitey Ford for the first Washington hit, then later adds a double. In the nightcap, Mantle homers off Ted Abernathy to help New York win, 8–3.

12th  In the All-Star Game in Milwaukee, the AL takes a 5-run lead on a 3-run shot by Mickey Mantle off Robin Roberts, only to see the NL tie it. Braves P Gene Conley strikes out the side in the 12th, and Stan Musial of the Cards homers off Frank Sullivan of the Red Sox to win it.

13th  The Orioles deal OF Hoot Evers to the Indians in exchange for P Bill Wight.

14th  The Indians sign 2-time batting champ Ferris Fain as a free agent. Fain was released by the Tigers.

The Reds storm the Bastille, scoring in 7 different innings and stomping the Pirates, 19–1. Wally Post scores 5 runs.

17th  In what would be their most important move of the season, the Brooklyn Dodgers bring up rookie pitchers Roger Craig and Don Bessent from the minor leagues. They immediately pay dividends as they beat the Reds in both ends of a doubleheader. Craig wins, 6–2, and Bessent matches it, 8–5.

At Connie Mack Stadium, Phils reliever Russ Meyer walks and scores the winning run in the 11th in picking up the victory, 12-11, over the Cubs. Del Ennis has 4 hits for the Phils, and teammate Bobby Morgan has a homer and 5 RBIs. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs for Chicago, which led 11-4 in the 6th inning. This is all part of a disastrous 1–12 road trip in July for Chicago.

Earl Torgeson steals home with 2 outs in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The steal comes with Bob Turley on the mound and Detroit sweeps three from New York.

Vern Law pitches 18 innings, giving up just 9 hits and 2 runs while fanning 12. Law gives up a homer to Eddie Mathews in the 1st and another run in the 4th. He gets no decision as his Pirates beat Milwaukee, 4–3, in 19 innings. The win goes to reliever Bob Friend, who allows a run in the 19th, but the Pirates score twice. This is the longest pitching effort since Les Mueller 10 years earlier, and no one will match him the rest of this century.

18th  Newly acquired Jim Wilson of Baltimore 2-hits the White Sox, 3–0.

19th  Playing like the real Babe, Detroit’s Babe Birrer pitches 4 innings of shutout relief, and hits two 3-run homers in a 12–4 win over Baltimore. They are his only career ribbies and home runs.

Chattanooga (SA) OF Jim Lemon clouts 4 home runs in the league’s all-star contest, as the all-stars defeat the first-place Birmingham club, Lemon has 7 RBIs.

20th Boston P George Susce Jr., son of A’s coach George Susce, yields a 1st inning single to KC’s Vic Power, and that’s it. Susce’s one-hitter over his dad’s team gives the Sox a 6–0 win.

21st The Redlegs Gus Bell hits 3 solo homers, but the Phils win, 5–3, to register their 10th straight win. This extends the Phils’ 20th century club record win streak, which they set yesterday.

      Warren Spahn, Braves lefty, hits a 3-run homer to beat the Pirates 5–3.

22nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, the Phillies beat the Cardinals, 5–3. The win completes an 11-game winning streak, extending a team record, with all the wins coming at home. They drop the nightcap, 8–1. Harvey Haddix wins the nightcap over Herm Wehmeier, who has never beaten St. Louis in his career.

A day after he collects his 2,000th hit, Pee Wee Reese is given at birthday party at Ebbets Field (his birthday is the 23rd, correct, though after his career he reveals he shaved a year or 2). Fans are asked to bring something to light up and 33,000 fans comply. Pee Wee celebrates by collecting two doubles and a single, and the Dodgers beat Gene Conley and the Braves, 8–4. The 2nd place Braves now trail by 14 1/2 games.

23rd  LF Del Ennis of the Phillies hits 3 HRs and drives in all 7 runs—one short of George Kelly’s NL mark, set in 1924—as the Phils beat the Cards, 7–2. Robin Roberts wins his 16th and 6th in a row.

In the 9th inning at Kansas City, Yankee pinch hitter Bob Cerv homers off Alex Kellner and Elston Howard adds a pinch homer off Tom Gorman. The back-to-back pinch homers in the same inning by teammates is a ML record first, and the two pinch homers ties an AL mark set on May 26, 1937. The two homers tie the game, but KC wins in 11 innings, 8–7.

24th Pitching for Seattle, Elmer Singleton fires his 2nd PCL no-hitter, beating San Diego, 2-0, in 7 innings. Singleton pitched a 12-inning no-hitter in 1952, only to give up 3 hits in the 13th and lose. He joins Skeeter Fanning as the only PCL hurler with 2 no-hitters. In 2 days, former Dodger Chris Van Cuyk will pitch another PCL no-hitter, beating LA, 2–0, in 7 innings for Oakland.

     Canadian native and veteran minor-leaguer Jean-Pierre Roy, 3-3 in the Quebec Provincial League this year, finishes his career with an unusual stunt in Montréal as the Royals play the Havana Sugar Kings in a doubleheader (as noted by Rory Costello). From 11 A.M to 5:45 P.M., throughout the twinbill, the 35-year-old throws an estimated 2,835 pitches in the bullpen, finally quitting because of blisters. One of his two weary catchers is the great NHL goalie Jacques Plante.

25th In his third year of eligibility, Joe DiMaggio is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining “Joltin’ Joe” are catchers Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk, Frank “Home Run” Baker and pitchers Dazzy Vance and Ted Lyons.

26th The Yankees release pitcher Ted Gray, who will be signed by Baltimore, his 4th AL team this year. Just 2 other players have played for 4 AL teams in one season.

27th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs win a two-game battle with the Giants, sweeping the twinbill, 4-2 and 9-8. Paul Minner (8-4) is victorious in the opener with help from Gene Baker, who has 3 hits including a two-run homer. In game 2, the Cubs overcome two homers by Willie Mays and a grand slam by Dusty Rhodes to win 9-8. Baker has another 3 hits, Dee Fondy clubs 2 homers and Ernie Banks hits one as Chicago plates 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to come back.

The Cardinals break a 1-1 tie with 5 runs in the 8th, four on a grand slam by Wally Moon, off Pirate starter Elroy Face to win, 6-1. Harvey Haddix allows 3 hits.

28th  The White Sox overcome Mantle’s triple and 2-run homer in the 9th to nip New York at the Stadium, 3–2. Connie Johnson is the winner.

29th  Redlegs C Smoky Burgess connects for 3 HRs—one a grand slam—and collects 9 RBIs in a 16–5 pounding of the Pirates. Teammate Bob Thurman also hits a grand slam.

In a 3-2 win over the Athletics, Whitey Ford takes Vic Raschi deep in the 7th to put the Yanks in the lead, 2-1. It is Ford’s first ML homer. Each team scores another run and Ford (12-5) is the complete game winner, 3-2.

30th  The Orioles get P Ed Lopat from the Yankees for P Jim McDonald and cash. New York waives the veteran to make room for Don Larsen.

Led by Elmer Valo’s HR and three doubles and a single, double and triple by Hector Lopez, the A’s pound the Yankees, 12-2, to spoil Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. With 20 of the 34 living Hall of Famers on hand, the pre-game contest is more popular than the regularly scheduled one. Led by Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee old-timers (DiMaggios) whip the Hall of Famers, 7-3. Tommy Henrich paces the charge with an inside-the-park grand slam, and DiMaggio drives in the other runs with a pair of doubles.

Bob Porterfield scatters 7 hits as the Senators top the first-place White Sox, 1-0, to end the Nats 12-game losing streak. Billy Pierce allows 5 hits in the loss. It is the fourth 1-0 loss for the Sox this month, a goose egg feat that no AL team will match the rest of the century.

31st  Happy Anniversary, Joe. On the anniversary of his 4-HR game, Braves 1B Joe Adcock has his arm broken by a pitch from the Giants Jim Hearn. He will be out for the season. Adcock’s replacement, George Crowe, homers in the 7–3 loss to the Giants. Mays starts the scoring with a HR off Spahn in the 1st.

In today’s first game, New York’s Don Larsen wins 5–2. Kansas City’s Cloyd Boyer, who had 3 of his first 8 pitches hit for HRs—by Bauer, Mantle, and Berra—takes the loss. The A’s rebound in game 2 to win, 7-1, behind Art Ditmar, as the two teams collaborate for 9 DPs, with the New Yorkers turning 6. The 9 ties an AL record (topped in 1990), and the 12 for both games, also matches the AL mark.

Using the long ball, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Tigers at Fenway, 7–3 and 3–2. Ted Williams thumps his 12th career grand slam in opener, part of a 6-run 4th inning. Frank Sullivan is the CG winner. Piersall’s leadoff homer in the 9th of game 2 ends that contest and makes a winner of young Frank Baumann, relieving in his ML debut. A highlite of the nightcap is Harvey Kuenn’s moving background in the 7th inning to distract Williams. On the first pitch by Hoeft, the SS crosses over to the 2B side of the bag, and Williams protests to Ed Rommel, who did not see the move. On the next pitch, Kuenn bluffs a move and Rommel orders him to stop. That starts an argument by Billy Hitchcock and Fred Hatfield, who are promptly tossed out of the game by 3B ump Frank Umont. Kuenn moves again on the 6th pitch and Williams fouls out. The umps then warn Detroit manager Bucky Harris that Kuenn will be gone if he tries to distract another batter. Afterwards, Kuenn defended himself, saying, “I was just moving with the pitch.”

Led by Johnny Temple’s 7 hits, the Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 6–5 and 7–4.

A day after the Braves pound him out of the game in the 1st inning, the Giants sell P Sal Maglie (9-5) to the Cleveland Indians.

The AL-leading White Sox suffer a great blow as their top pitcher, Dick Donovan (13–4), undergoes an emergency appendectomy. He will miss 3 weeks.

Ty Cobb is a guest on the television show WHAT’S MY LINE.