1957 July

st Cincinnati fans threaten to sue Commissioner Ford Frick unless Bell, Crowe, and Post are restored to the All-Star team.

With 45,276 on hand in Baltimore for “George Kell Night,” the O’s tie the Yankees 2–2 in the 9th when Billy Goodman singles in a run against Whitey Ford. In the 10th, Mantle greets the new “Z” battery of P George Zuverink and teen catcher Frank Zupo with his 22nd homer of the year to give Ford his first win since April. The Z-duo will team up one more time.

2nd  At Wrigley Field, Cubs OF Lee Walls hits for the cycle, but the Reds win in the 10th inning, 8–6, on a grand slam by Wally Post, his second in two weeks.

At Busch Stadium, teenage phenom Von McDaniel retires the first 18 batters he faces before Billy Bruton singles in the 7th. McDaniel (4-0) is lifted in the 8th but earns a 4-2 decision over Warren Spahn. The Cards are third place, a game in back of the first-place Reds, with the Braves in second by a half game.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union charges that baseball has become “beerball,” since so many broadcasts are sponsored by breweries.

3rd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees win a 10–0 laugher over the Red Sox, as Yogi Berra drives in eight runs. Yogi has a homer and two singles; the second single is his 1,000th hit.

4th  George Crowe of the Reds goes 5-for-5 and drives in 6 runs against his old Braves teammates, but Milwaukee wins 10–7.

At Kansas City, the A’s go into the 9th down 4-0 against the White Sox, then score 5 runs to win, 5-4. Joe DeMaestri slides across home with the winner. The A’s won’t duplicate this until 2005.

At Yankee Stadium, pinchhitter Mickey Vernon hits a 2-out, 2-run homer to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win in game 1. Vernon’s homer in game 2, off Don Larsen, is the Bosox only score as the Yankees win, 4-1.

8th  The owners decide to re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick to another 7-year term when his present contract is up in 1958.

9th  At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the AL nips the NL 6–5 in the 24th All-Star Game. Both teams score 3 in the 9th inning, but Minnie Minoso’s running catch with the bases loaded chokes off the NL’s last-half rally.

11th  In Pittsburgh, Braves IF Felix Mantilla and OF Billy Bruton collide while chasing a pop fly. Mantilla will miss 19 games while Bruton will suffer knee damage and be out almost a year. Logan replaces Mantilla and knocks in 3 runs in Milwaukee’s 7–2 win.

At Kansas City, Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th, then wins it in the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers, and is hitting ,370 for the first-place Yanks. Chicago trails by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow, 4–2, with Mantle hitting another homer.

In a 5–4 Dodger win at Ebbets Field, a brawl takes place in the 7th when Jim Gilliam is decked by a pitch from Reds pitcher Raul Sanchez. The pair start trading punches and when Reds 3B Don Hoak rushes over, he is felled by Brooklyn’s Charlie Neal. The 4 get tossed and Acker, who replaces Sanchez, then walks Roseboro, batting for Gilliam. Snider follows with his 2nd homer of the game. With Gilliam out of the game, Gil Hodges plays 2B for the first time in 13 years.

12th At Jersey City, Gino Cimoli hits a 2-run triple in the 8th on a 3–0 pitch from Klippstein and the Dodgers, win, 3–1. The Reds have lost 7 straight and Brooklyn replaces them in 4th place.

14th  Bill Skowron of the Yanks hits an AL-record 2nd pinch-hit grand slam of the season, off Jim Wilson of the White Sox, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Skowron’s hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score 6 runs to win 6–4. The White Sox take the first game 3–1.

In game 1 of a DH, Billy Hoeft of the Tigers hits 2 HRs and a single against the Orioles Skinny Brown, as Detroit wins, 10–2. Hoeft will hit one more HR, his last, this year for a career total of 3. Possibly fearing the hitting of the Detroit pitchers, the Orioles issue an intentional walk to reliever Hal Sleater in game 2 with the score at 6-6. It comes in 9th inning with Kaline on 2B, and it brings to bat Harvey Kuenn, who has a single and 2-run homer in the game. The strategy works as Kuenn and Bolling pop out, but the Tigers win in the 10th, 7-6. Sleater is the winning pitcher.

In a game featuring 6 home runs, Willie Mays hits a 3-run shot in the 12th to give the Giants an 8–6 win over the visiting Cubs. Lockman has a pair, along with a solo by Bobby Thomson, while Dale Long and PH Bob Speake go deep for the Cubs.

Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell retires on the day he becomes a 10-year man.

15th At Philadelphia, the Phils top the Cardinals 6–2 and tie for first place in the N.L. Jack Sanford (12-2) goes the distance for the victory.

At Ebbets Field, Don Drysdale (7-6) hits a homer and coasts to a 20-4 victory over the Braves. Charlie Neal has a pair of homers and Duke Snider golfs a homer over the RF scoreboard. Sandy Amoros drives in 3 runs and scores 3, while Jim Gilliam has 4 hits and score 4. The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 8th inning, all off Taylor Phillips, who sees his ERA balloon from 4.50 to 5.55 with his one inning of work. The loss puts the Braves in 3rd place, a game in back of the Phillies and Cardinals.

17th After losing 12 straight to the Dodgers’ Don Newcombe, the Cards end the righty’s domination, beating him, 7–3. Jones is the victor allowing the Cards to slip back into 1st place. Only 2 games separate the first five teams. The Cards last beat Newk on August 23, 1951.

18th  In what will later be revealed as false testimony, Kansas City A’s owner Arnold Johnson denies before the Celler committee that he had any ties to the Yankee ownership or has favored them in any trades.

Ernie Banks and Chuck Tanner of the Cubs both hit inside-the-park homers at spacious Forbes Field. But the Cubs still lose to Pittsburgh, 6–5.

Horace Stoneham says that the Giants will quit New York after the season. He says he has not heard anything more from San Francisco and that his move is not contingent on that of the Dodgers. He sees a new stadium or joint occupancy with the Yankees as the only reason for the Giants to stay in New York.

Dodger slugger Gil Hodges hits his 12th career grand slam to tie the NL record of Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner, as the Dodgers edge the Cards, 10–9 in 11 innings. The slam comes against the Cardinals Wilmer Mizell in the bottom of the 9th after the Cards had plated 7 runs to take a 9-4 lead. Pinchhitter Joe Cunningham has a record tying two hits in the Birds flutter. The loss drops St. Louis a game behind the Braves.

Gene Woodling of the Indians throws out 2 Washington runners from LF in the first inning, tying a ML record. Washington wins 4–0.

19th  Testifying before the Celler committee, PCL President Leslie O’Connor holds that 90 percent of all good ballplayers are monopolized through the farm teams. He adds that the major leagues may control as many as 1,098 players.

20th With Bruton, Aaron and Pafko out with injuries, the Braves use catcher Del Crandall in RF against the Giants. He drops an 8th inning fly ball and the Giants score 5 unearned runs, but Milwaukee wins 7–5, when Wes Covington hits a 2-run HR in the 9th.

Chicago’s Dick Donovan tosses his 2nd one-hitter of the year, beating the Red Sox, 4–0. Ted Williams single in the 4th is the only Boston safety.

Brooklyn also wins 7–5, over the Cubs, as Duke Snider hits his 300th homer and his 8th in 10 games since the All-Star break. Drysdale is the winner, with Labine in relief, despite giving up a pair of homers to Ernie Banks. The Dodgers stay a game in back of the Braves.

21st   Hank Sauer’s pinch single in the bottom of the 9th drives in two runs as the Giants edge the Braves, 5-4. Milwaukee returns the serve in the nightcap at the Polo Grounds, scoring all their runs in the last 3 innings to win, 7-4. With the Dodgers splitting with the Cubs, the Braves stay a game ahead of Brooklyn.

Before the start of the doubleheader at Forbes Field, Stan Musial announces that he will sit out game 2, ending his consecutive games played streak at 862 games, the fourth longest in history (at the time). Stan plays the first game and goes hitless, though he does figure in the 4 runs scored in the 10th inning as the Cards win, 7-3. Musial sits out the nightcap, which is called with one out in the 9th and the Cardinals up, 11-2, and scheduled for completion August 27. Musial’s streak seems secure at 862, but historian Bob Davids notes in The Sporting News that if Musial plays in the completed game his streak will inflate by 33 games to 895. Manager Freddie Hutchinson, with a sense of history, pinch runs Musial in the completion. Musial sits the regular August 27 game.

At Cleveland, the Yankees split, winning the opener and losing the nightcap, 7–4. Mantle pops out in the 7th of the nightcap after reaching base 10 straight times. He has a single, walk and homer off Ray Narleski in game 2, after collecting a single and four walks in the opener. He concluded yesterday’s game with two walks.

Sacramento (PCL) native Cuno Barragan has 3 hits in an 8-5 loss to Seattle and snaps a streak of 46 times at bat without a hit. Cuno will hit .193 this season for the Solons, but in 63 games for the Chicago Cubs in the early 60s will improve to .202.

23rd  Before 42422 at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle, the first in the AL since 1952, and adds a stolen base, against Chicago’s Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10–6. Bobby Murcer in 1972 will be the next Yankee to cycle.

At Wrigley, the Cubs 20-year-old flame-thrower Dick Drott fans 14 en route to a 4–0 shutout of the Giants.

26th  Jim Bunning of the Tigers 2-hits New York 3–2, but one of the hits is Mickey Mantle’s 9th left-handed HR, his 33rd of the season and the 200th HR of his career.

At County Stadium, the Braves nip the Giants in the 11th inning, 6-3, when Nippy Jones belts a three-run walkoff homer. Red Schoendienst has 2 hits to run his streak to 24 straight games. The Giants scoring comes on solo homers by Hank Sauer, Eddie Bressoud and pitcher Ruben Gomez. With the Cardinals winning in extra innings as well, the two teams remain in a virtual tie for first place.

Joe Durham belts a 3-run homer in the Orioles 5-run 1st inning as Baltimore beats the White Sox, 5-2, in the first of 2. Chicago takes the second game, 1-0, as the Orioles manage just 2 hits. O’s teenage catcher Frank “Noodles” Zupo gets ejected though he’s not in the lineup. While warming up the pitcher, Zupo fakes a throw at an umpire and gets tossed. At 17, he is the youngest player to be ejected in ML history.

PCL ace reliever Leo Kiely of San Francisco suffers his first relief loss after 14 straight wins, losing to Seattle, 5-4. He also has 11 saves.

28th Ted Williams is 4-for-4 with a homer, double and 2 singles in a 9–8 win against the Indians. His 3rd hit is the 2,300 of his career. Wertz (5) and Colavito (3) account for all the Cleveland runs, as both hit homers.

Young Von McDaniel, 18, fires a brilliant one-hitter to stop the visiting Pirates, 4-0, in the first of two games. Gene Baker, with a 2nd-inning double, is the only baserunner for the Bucs against McDaniel (5-2). McDaniel is the youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter or a one-hitter. The second game is also a thriller as the Cardinals score 3 runs in the 9th inning to tie, then win in the 11th when Joe Cunningham hits a walkoff homer for a 9-8 victory. Hoyt Wilhelm wins his only game as a Cardinal.

In Cincinnati, Carl Furillo has a grand slam to pace the Dodgers to a 7-2 win over the Reds. Ted Kluszewski hits a pinch homer for the Reds, who drop a game in back of the 3rd-place Dodgers in the tight NL race.

After the Tigers edge the Yankees 6-5 in regulation, the two teams battle until the 15th inning of game 2 before Bill Skowron triples home Mickey Mantle to end the contest, 4-3. The losing pitcher is a tired Billy Hoeft who goes the distance. It is the Yankees 11th straight extra-inning win.

30th  The Phils sign Ron Northey in the afternoon and that night the veteran hits a 2-run 8th inning pinch homer to help give the Phils an 8–5 win over the Reds. For Northey, it is his 9th career pinch homer, which ties the ML record.

With relief help from Clem Labine, Sal Maglie clips the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field in the first of two games. For Maglie it is his 10th straight win over Chicago going back to 1954. The Cubs rebound with a 4-3 win in game 2, beating Cubs nemesis Don Newcombe, who holds the 20th century mark for consecutive wins (11) over Chicago.

At Busch Stadium, Joe Cunningham belts a walkoff pinch grand slam in the 9th, off Ruben Gomez, to give the Cardinals a 7-3 win over the Giants. It is Cunningham’s second walkoff homer in three days. The win keeps the Birds in first place in the NL.

31st  The Pirates lose to the Braves, in first place by 1/2 game, and Bob Buhl 4–2. Bucs manager Bobby Bragan is ejected in the bottom of the 5th for making obscene gestures. Before he departs, he strolls onto the field sipping an orange drink through a straw and offers the umpires a sip. Two days later Bragan will be fired by the Pirates.

In the first of two game at Kansas City, Bob Turley doesn’t allow a runner past 2B in pitching New York to a 2–0 win. Mantle hits a 3rd inning solo shot, off Wally Burnette, for an insurance run.

The Dodgers Ed Roebuck wins a deuce, beating the Cubs 3–2 and 2–1. Roebuck beats Bob Rush in the opener with two innings of relief, then tops Don Elston with another inning in the nightcap.

Pinch hitter Joe Nuxhall singles home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Reds a 6–5 win over the Phillies.