1938 June

1st  In Philadelphia, Bob Johnson’s first inning grand slam, off Mel Harder, is the difference as the A’s down the Indians, 9-5.

3rd  NL President Ford Frick orders the May 14th game at Sportsman’s Park replayed, upholding the Reds protest of the Cardinals’ 7–6, 10-inning win. Dusty Cooke’s disputed triple is ruled a HR for the Reds OF. One umpire had signaled Cooke’s hit a HR, and Cooke slowed down, only to be tagged out.

Bill Lee of the Cubs blanks the Boston Bees, 4–0, for his 3rd straight shutout, and Chicago moves to within 1 1⁄2 games of the Giants, who lose their 4th straight to the Pirates. Lee will run his string to 32 scoreless innings, and pitch 47 straight innings in which he allows one unearned run and one extra base hits.

Don Padgett’s 7th inning grand slam breaks a 2-2 tie, but the Cards still need a two-out 9th inning single with the bases loaded by Mickey Owen to edge the visiting Phillies, 8-7.

Washington’s Rick and Wes Ferrell each double in runs as Wes beats the White Sox, 5–1. Al Simmons adds a double and HR for the Nats.

4th In Elkton Maryland, Yankee rookie Joe Gordon, on leave from the team, marries Dorothy Crum.

5th  The Cubs take first place, beating the Phillies, 7–1, behind Tex Carleton. Meanwhile, the Reds top the Giants.

6th  The Reds get Wally Berger from the Giants for Alex Kampouris.

7th  At Fenway, umpire Bill McGowan—who had tossed Johnny Allen on Opening Day—orders the Cleveland pitcher to cut off part of a shirt sleeve which is dangling as he pitches, distracting the batter. Allen refuses and walks off the mound. He is fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt, who makes a pitching change to avoid a forfeit. The Indians win the game, 7–5. Tribe owner Alva Bradley hurries to Boston and buys the shirt for $250; the shirt is then displayed at Higbee’s Department Store, owned by Bradley’s brother. The shirt later makes its way to the Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown, NY.

8th  New York regains the lead with a double win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, winning 4–2 in 10 innings, then taking the nightcap, 4–1. Harry Gumbert beats Larry French in the first game while Carl Hubbell is the victor in game 2, beating Bryant. French will lose 19 games for the Cubs, one shy of the league leader in the category.

In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, the White Sox and Yankees combine for 51 hits as the Sox take the pair, 11-10 in 11 innings, and 10-6 in regulation. Lou Gehrig has a homer, the 7th consecutive June 8 date that he’s done so (1932-38).

9th  Rookie Dario Lodigiani hits a 6th inning grand slam to help the A’s down the visiting Tigers, 8-5.

10th  Red Sox rookie lefty pitcher Lefebvre, who graduated from Holy Cross yesterday, hits an opposite field homer in his first ML at bat, on the first pitch. and his only plate appearance for the season, off Monty Stratton of the White Sox in the 8th inning. But Lefebvre is hammered by Chicago in a 15–2 loss, giving up 6 runs in 4 innings of relief. He is the first AL rookie to homer in his first bat and the first AL player to homer in his only season at-bat. Itt will be his only ML homer, though he will finish with a .276 career average and lead the AL in pinch-hits in 1944. Stratton, the winning pitcher, helps his cause in the 2nd inning when he connects for a grand slam off starter Charlie Wagner.

11th  Cincinnati lefthander Johnny Vander Meer pitches a no-hitter against Boston, winning 3–0. Vander Meer, in his first full season, strikes out 4 to increase his league-leading total to 56. Danny MacFayden is the losing pitcher. Boston manager Casey Stengel sends up three pinch hitters in the 9th.

Cardinals OF Terry Moore sustains a concussion after crashing into a cement wall at Sportsman’s Park. The mishap occurs just a few feet from where Earle Combs crashed into the wall 4 years ago and suffering a concussion and broken collarbone. The game with the Giants ends in a rained out 8-inning 2–2 tie.

12th  The A’s beat the Browns 8–3, as Bob Johnson bats in all the runs with 3 HRs, one a grand slam, and a single. This ties a ML mark set by George Kelly in 1924. It’s Johnson 2nd grand slam this month: before today’s performance, Johnson had hit 8 homers in his last 14 games, and had gone 7-for-9 in the first two games of the series with St. Louis. By knocking in all 8 runs for his team, “Indian Bob” ties a ML record of George Kelly (1924). Buck Ross is the winning pitcher. In the second game of the twinbill, Bud Thomas defeats the Browns Lefty Mills, 1-0, in a game called after 5 innings. Harlond Clift has the only hit for St. Louis.

The Yankees spot the Indians six runs, then score 7 runs in the 6th inning to win, 7–6.

In the first of two at Wrigley, the Cubs score 9 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Dodgers, 9-3. Brooklyn comes back in game 2 to win, 6-0, on Fred Fitzsimmons’ four-hitter. Dolph Camilli backs Freddie with a grand slam. The split leaves the Cubs in 2nd place by two games.

The Pirates spot the Phillies four runs then rally to down their cross-state rivals, 11-5. Johnny Rizzo contributes a grand slam in the 6th, off Johnny Rizzo.

The Senators jump in front of the Tigers, 11–1, a seemingly insurmountable lead with Wes Ferrell in the mound. But after a long rain delay, Gehringer leads off the 6th with a HR for the Tigers and they plate 10 in the frame, and they knock out Ferrell en route to an 18–12 win, scoring 7 runs in the 9th against Pete Appleton.

13th  In a stellar move for Cincinnati, Philadelphia’s Bucky Walters is sold to the Reds for $55,000 plus players Virgil Davis and Al Hollingsworth.

15th  Johnny Vander Meer stuns baseball by pitching his 2nd successive no-hitter, defeating the Dodgers and Max Butcher, 6–0. Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectators Babe Ruth and several hundred fans from Vandy’s home town of Midland Park, NJ. Vandy strikes out 7 and walks 8, including three one-out walks in the 9th. A force out at home on a grounder by Ernie Koy and a fly ball by Leo Durocher ends the game. In a pregame event, Koy, with a 10-yard start but running in his Dodgers’ uniform, beats Olympic champion Jesse Owens in the 100-yard dash.

At Chicago, the Yankees beat the White Sox, 6-4, to stay a half game back of the Indians, winners over Washington by the same score. Gehrig hits his 8th homer of the year and rookie Joe Gordon has 2 hits and 2 intentional walks. The walks come in his 19th game, and the 2 hits raises his average to .234. Gary Sanchez, in 2016, will be the next Yankee rookie to receive 2 intentional walks so early in his career.

16th  R-E-S-P-E-C-T. After hitting number 19 yesterday, Jimmie Foxx is walked a ML-record 6 consecutive times by four Browns pitchers. One is intentional and one semi-intentional. But the visiting Red Sox win anyway, 12–8, before 1,028 paying customers. Johnny Marcum wins over Ed Linke. Foxx is the first player this century to walk 6 times in a game; Walt Wilmot, in 1891, first did it and Andre Thornton, in 1984 will be the next.

17th  At Detroit, the Tigers and Senators split a pair, but neither team goes away easily. The Senators take the opener, 12-10, but Chet Laabs hits a grand slam in the Tigers 5-run 9th. The Senators score 3 runs in the 9thof the nitecap but lose, 4-3.

Hank Lieber powers a 5th inning grand slam as the Giants down the visiting Cardinals, 10-3. With the Cubs losing a pair to Boston, the Giants increase their first-place lead to 3 games.

18th  Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season. He is in uniform for batting demonstrations the following day.

White Sox P Ted Lyons makes his first error since 1934. The streak covers 84 games, 32 putouts and 140 assists. He also loses to Boston, 4–3, in 15 innings, as Lefty Grove goes the distance for the win.

Lefty Mills picks a good spot to throw his career shutout as the Browns edge the Yankees, 1-0. New York is now tied for 2nd with Boston, a game behind Cleveland. Ethan Allen plays his last game and collects 2 hits. His next venture comes next month when he makes a MLB film about Johnny Vander Meer. Allen will also invent a table-top baseball game, similar to the later Stratomatic.

19th  After walking the leadoff hitter, Elbie Fletcher, on 4 pitches, the Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless innings to 21 2/3 (including the final out in the game before Vandy’s 1st no-hitter) before Debs Garms singles for Boston in the 4th. Vandy coasts home, 14–1, allowing 3 hits. Vandy falls short of the record of 23 scoreless innings set by Cy Young in 1908. Young is one of 34,511, on hand for today’s game at Brave’s Field.

21st  Red Sox 3B Pinky Higgins extends his consecutive-hit string to 12, with 8 hits in a doubleheader split with Detroit. He is 4-for-4 in each game, a Boston win in the opener, 8–3. Detroit wins the nitecap, 5–4. with Rudy York catching both games. Tomorrow, Pinky will strike out against Vern Kennedy in his first at bat ending the streak.

22nd  Chicago’s Hank Steinbacher gets 6 hits—five singles and a double—in 6 at bats as the White Sox pound Washington 16–3.

23rd The Cubs sweep two at home against the Giants, winning 7–4 and 3–1. Bill Lee is the victor in the opener, topping Harry Gumbert, while Dizzy Dean bests Hal Schumacher in game 2.

25th  At Baker Bowl, veteran catcher Spud Davis belts a 2-out solo homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Reds. Joe Cascarella serves up homer.

26th  Carl Hubbell wins his 200th game, as the Giants beat the visiting Cubs 5–1 and stretch their lead over the 2nd-place Reds to 2 games. Larry French takes the loss. Newly acquired Bob Seeds, up from Newark, leads the way with a 470-foot inside-the-park homer to the Eddie Grant memorial in dead center.

In the Phils-Reds split, Reds leadoff hitter Lonnie Frey bangs out 8 hits, just the third Reds player to collect 8 hits in a twinbill (Kiki Cuyler, 7/30/36 and Dusty Miller 10/9/1898). Frey is 5-for-5 in game 2 as the Reds win 8–5 behind Derringer. Claude Passeau wins the opener, 10–3 for the Phils. Jordan has 4 hits and Weintraub and Klein hit homers.

In St. Louis, the Senators sweep a pair winning, 9-1 and 7-2. In game 2, Al Simmons’ 4th inning grand slam, off Bobo Newsom, is the only score till the 9th inning.

At Yankee Stadium, four Negro League teams play a 4-team doubleheader to benefit the Great New York fund. In game 1, the Philadelphia Stars beat the Baltimore Elite Giants and the Pittsburgh Crawfords win over the New York Black Yankees. It is the first appearance in New York this year for the Black Yankees, who are still looking for a home field (as noted by Christopher Hauser). A possible venue, Dykeman Oval, was torn down earlier this year and made into a parking lot (it is now Dykeman Houses).

27th  At League Park, the Indians jump on Red Sox starter Lefty Grove (11-3) for 6 runs as they beat Boston, 7-3. Bob Feller (9-2) strikes out 10 in the win. Rollie Hemsley is 4-for-4 and Hal Trosky has a 2-run homer for the Tribe.

29th  In a night game at Brooklyn, the Boston Bees overcome a pair of homers by Dolf Camilli to beat the Dodgers, 7-6. In a post-game exhibition, Tuck Stainback of the Phillies wins an 80-yard race with teammate Hershel Martin finishing second. Boston’s Elbie Fletcher and Vince DiMaggio finish behind them. The race was run after the game due to the late arrival of the Phillies, who lost a doubleheader to the host Giants.

30th  The Phillies play their final game in the Baker Bowl, losing 14–1 to the Giants They will play future games in A’s-owned Shibe Park. Hank Leiber, with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, hits the last homer in the park, while Slick Castleman is the last winning pitcher.