1940 June

1st Filling in for Leo Durocher, rookie Pee Wee Reese gets beaned by Cubs pitcher Jake Mooty. Chicago edges the Dodgers, 4–3, in 12 innings, as Mooty is the winner over Tot Pressnell.

2nd Bucky Walters wins his 9th in a row, 11–1 over the Bees, then Boston stings the Reds in game 2, winning 2–0. Dick Erickson applies the whitewash, though he is nearly matched by ex-Bee Jim Turner. Turner face just 18 batters in the first six innings. Brooklyn takes a pair from the Cubs to move two games in back of the first place Reds.

The Red and White Sox split a doubleheader in Boston. Ted Lyons wins the opener, 6–0, for his 225th career victory. It is his 4th win this season. The Red Sox come back in the nitecap, 10–8, when Jimmie Foxx cracks his 13th homer of the year in the 9th inning into the LF screen with Ted Williams on base. Boston stays two games ahead of Cleveland, which split today with the A’s.

3rd The Cubs get waivers from all 15 teams and send Dizzy Dean to Tulsa (Texas League). Dean has submitted to a number of treatments, including teeth extraction, but his arm has not responded, and the Cubs hope the Texas League sun will help. He will pitch moderately well and is a great ticket seller.

Chicago loses to Brooklyn, 3–2, when Dolph Camilli homers off Claude Passeau.

4th The Pirates rout the Boston Bees 14–2 in the first night game at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. 20,319 Pirate fans look on.

At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals play their first home night game, losing 10–1 to the Dodgers. The Browns lost their 1st home night game at Sportsman’s Park 10 days earlier. Brooklyn scores 5 in the first inning, led by Pete Coscarart’s three-run homer. Ducky Medwick goes 5-for-5 for the Cardinals.

5th Jimmy Bloodworth hits a 5th inning grand slam to help the Senators top the visiting Indians, 6-1. Walt Masterson is the winning pitcher.

7th With the Cardinals starting badly (14-24), owner Sam Breadon fires Ray Blades as manager. Bill Southworth is brought back from Rochester to replace him. Mike Gonzales is the interim manager until Southworth arrives.

After 9 straight wins, Bucky Walters suffers his first defeat as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 4–2, in 11 innings.

8th At Cincinnati, reliever Carl Doyle of the Dodgers gives up 16 hits and 14 runs in just 4 innings, as the Reds pound out 27 hits in a 23–2 win, regaining 1st place. Cincy is paced by Harry Craft, who hits for the cycle, scores 4 runs and drives in 7. Craft does not bat in the 1stor the 9th but goes to the plate in the 2nd through the 8th. Results: double, triple, single, home run, hit-by-pitch, walk, single. Teammate Frank McCormick scores 5 runs. Doyle also manages to throw 2 wild pitches and hit 4 Cincinnati batters in the game to help set a bitter tone to the Cincinnati-Dodgers rivalry, which will continue through the decade. Doyle won’t be around though as Brooklyn ships him to the Cards in four days. His 4 hit batsmen ties an NL record. However, the loser is Fred Fitzsimmons (4-1).

In Philadelphia, the last-place Browns roll to a 15-1 victory over the A’s. Roy Cullenbine has a grand slam.

11th In the 2nd of two, Paul Dean debuts with the Giants and beats the Cubs, 3–1, on 4 hits. Joe Moore runs his hitting streak to 14 games when he belts an 8th inning homer off Claude Passeau. The Giants win the opener, 4–0, behind Bill Lohrman to pull within 1 ½ games of the Reds and Dodgers. Bill Lee is the losing Cubs hurler in that one.

In Boston, the Indians chase Bob Feller, 9–2, on homers by Williams and Cronin. Williams adds a triple, while Finney has four hits including a pair of doubles. During the game, Tribe manager Oscar Vitt openly criticizes Feller, saying “Look at him. He’s supposed to be my ace. How am I supposed to win a pennant with that kind of pitching.” The Boston win keeps the Sox a game ahead of Detroit and Cleveland.

12th In a sweet trade for Brooklyn, GM Larry MacPhail perfects his outfield and gets one pitcher: Joe Medwick and 37-year-old Curt Davis, a 22-game winner last year, are acquired from the Cardinals for Ernie Koy, P Carl Doyle, minor leaguers Bert Haas and Sam Nahem, and $125,000. Medwick is hitting .338.

The first place Red Sox club veteran Indians’ P Mel Harder for a 9–5 win, handing the Tribe their 8 loss in 13 games. Cleveland’s Ossie Vitt, in lifting Harder, snarls, “It’s about time you won one, the money you’re making.” The criticism, plus the same type of remarks made earlier about Feller, will prompt Harder to request a meeting with Cleveland owner Alva Bradley tomorrow morning in Cleveland.

13th At Cooperstown, Ted Williams hits 2 homers against the Cubs, but Chicago counters with 4 round trippers to win the 7-inning exhibition, 10–9.

The Cleveland players petition owner Alva Bradley to remove Oscar Vitt as manager. “Sometimes it seems he’ll drive us all nuts,” says Bob Feller. “Maybe it’s just his nervousness.” Bradley declines, stating that the club is just 2 games behind Boston. The Indians tip the Tigers, 3–2, in 11 innings, winning on Charlie Gehringer’s throwing error. Cleveland has their best month of the year, settling into first place, which they will hold until the final 2 weeks of the season.

14th In the Bees 4–2 win over the Cubs, Boston 1B Buddy Hassett fouls out in the 8th inning after hitting safely in 10 straight at bats over 3 games. He walked once in the streak. Before the game, Boston sends C Al Lopez to Pittsburgh for C Paul Burris and cash.

Luke Hamlin holds the Reds to two hits and Brooklyn wins, 2–0, to take over first place from the Reds. Joe Medwick’s safety drives in the first run, and Vosmik Joe adds another.

In his first appearance as Ray Blades successor, new Cardinal manager Billy Southworth wins a 6–2 verdict over the Phillies. New Card Ernie Koy has two hits to lead a 9 hits attack for Bob Bowman.

Gordon Cobbledick breaks the story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the players’ mutiny against Oscar Vitt. Vitt meets with owner Bradley but declines to comment on the mutiny. He will stay on and today the players hand him an 8–0 win over Detroit. Johnny Allen tosses a two-hitter.

15th Harry Danning hits for the cycle, as the Giants beat visiting Pittsburgh. Danning’s HR is an inside-the-park hit that lands 460 feet on the fly in front of the Giants’ clubhouse. It lodges behind the Eddie Grant memorial, and CF Vince DiMaggio cannot extricate the ball in time. Danning is the last player this century to include an IPHR in his cycle. The Giants win, 12-1, their 8th straight win.

The Reds send recently acquired Johnny Rizzo to the Phillies for OF Morrie Arnovich.

16th The Reds manage just two hits off Wyatt but beat the Dodgers, 1–0, at Ebbets Field. Lonny Frey’s unusual home run in the 9th settles the game: Frey’s hit strikes the top of the RF wall, bounces straight up, and settles on a ledge on top of the wall next to the scoreboard.

Cleveland fans cheer manager Oscar Vitt and boo the “crybabys,” Hal Trosky and Bob Feller. Feller answers with a 3-hit win over the A’s, striking out 12 in the 4–2 game. Al Milnar takes the nitecap by the same score.

After Boston scores 2 runs in the 9th to tie, Ted Williams cracks a 12thinning HR to give first-place Boston a 4–3 win over the White Sox in game 1. Ted thumps another in the 14–5 nitecap win at Comiskey Park. Winning P Jack Wilson clubs a pair of homers (he last hit one in 1935 and will total 3 for his career), as does Joe Cronin. Jimmie Foxx homers as well as the Sox total 20 hits.

17th Not a single assist is recorded by any of the Boston Bee infielders in the first game of a doubleheader versus Pittsburgh. Boston wins, 5–3, then takes the nitecap, 5–1.

Citing upset nerves, Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak quits the team. Pytlak, who had been a holdout all spring training, will be dealt to the Red Sox in December. The Indians bring up young Jim Hegan from Wilkes-Barre.

18th Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for 6 days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Allegedly, Medwick had been tipped off by 3B coach Chuck Dressen, who had stolen the sign, to expect a curve. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 7–5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.

The Browns top the Red Sox 11–7 in St. Louis when Johnny Berardino cracks a grand slam off Jim Bagby in the 10th inning.

19th In a night game following the Medwick beaning, the Cards make 7 errors in an 8–3 loss to Brooklyn. Slick-fielding Cardinal SS Marty Marion makes 3 errors in the 7th inning.

20th The Yankees lose to the White Sox 1–0 in 11 innings, their 6thstraight loss, then protest a “catch” by Sox LF Moose Solters, contending he dropped the ball in the 2nd inning when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld. The game will be replayed September 18, but, for several years, all of today’s records count including Monte Pearson’s loss and Johnny Rigney’s win, will count. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19, 1935 in extra innings to 2 pitchers, Stewart and Brown.

Boston loses a pair—and the 4 game series—to the Browns, 2–1 and 11–4, and drops out of first place. The Indians take over 1st with a 12–1 drubbing of the Senators. The new issue of The Sporting Newsheadlines “’I’ll be Nice if I Can,’ says Vitt of Tribe Truce.”

21st Washington rookie Sid Hudson takes a no-hitter into the 9thinning, but the Browns Rip Radcliff hits a pop fly double down the RF line with no outs. A passed ball puts him on 3rd, but Hudson retires 3 for a 1–0 win. He’ll beat the A’s on a one-hit shutout in August.

22nd After winning 1-0 yesterday, the Senators trip the Browns, 11-10. The Browns take an early lead on Harlond Clift’s grand slam and two homers by Johnny Berardino, the 2nd with 2 men on.

The Cardinals squash the Boston Bees, 9-2 with a 7 run 6th inning. Boston contributes 8 errors including 3 in the Birds’ big frame. Stuart Martin reaches base twice on errors in the 6th, the only NL player to do so this century.

23rd With 52,657 in attendance at the Polo Grounds, the Giants Billy Jurges is hit on the head by a pitch thrown by Bucky Walters of the Reds He leaves the field on a stretcher. A shaken Walters then allows 2 runs and is lifted. The Giants have a 4–2 lead with 2 out in the 9th, but the Reds score 5 runs on 6 hits to win 7–4. Cincy takes the 2ndgame 2–0. Jurges will stay in the hospital 6 days and the Giants will go 39–61 and tailspin from 2nd place to 6th after his injury.

In Cleveland, 56,659 watch the Indians split with Boston. Cleveland wins the opener 4–1 for their 8th win in a row, then Boston wins the nitecap 2–0 on two Jim Tabor HRs. In game 1, Ted Williams and Doc Cramer collide chasing a fly ball. Williams is knocked unconscious and the ball goes for an inside-the-park home run.

Bobo Newsom wins his 9th in a row, stopping the Yankees on 4 hits. The Tigers move to a game and a half in back of the 1st place Indians.

25th The Cubs score 5 times in the 13th to beat the Dodgers, 8–3. Claude Passeau pitches 4 innings of relief for the win. It’s the Dodgers 7th loss in 9 games.

26th Sam Chapman is 5-for-5 including a grand slam to lead the A’s to a 9-4 win over the Browns.

27th Buck Newsom (10–1) wins his 10th in a row as the 2nd place Tigers whip St. Louis 2–1. Detroit manages just 3 hits, but 2 are homers by Greenberg and Gehringer.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers honor Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” Norworth penned the lyrics 32 years ago, but this is the first baseball game he’s ever seen. Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, waited 20 years to see his first game (according to columnist Hal Lebovitz). The Dodgers manage a 5–4 win over the Cubs to move a game and a half behind the first place Reds.

28th     Pepper Martin applies the icing to the Cards’ cake as he hits a 9th-inning grand slam, off Dick Lanahan, to help beat the host Pirates, 8-2. The Cardinals score 5 runs in the frame.

Johnny Vander Meer, plagued with control problems, is optioned by the Reds to Indianapolis. Vandy was ineffective in the Reds pennant drive last year and was knocked out in his only 2 starts this year.

29th Bob Feller fans 11 White Sox in gaining his 12th win of the year, 7–3. Lee takes the loss. The Tribe now lead the AL by 2 ½ games.

In St. Louis, the Tigers score 6 runs in the 1st inning, four on a grand slam by Hank Greenberg, to whip the Browns, 9-5. Game 2 ends in a 9-inni9ng 9-9 tie.

The Dodgers stay a half game behind the Reds, winners in Chicago, as they score 4 runs in each of their last two at-bats to beat Boston, 10-4. Dixie Walker accounts for half with a grand slam.

30th The Cardinals and Pirates swap shutouts in Pittsburgh, with St. Louis taking the opener, 1-0, behind Mort Cooper. Bob Klinger takes the tough loss. Max Butcher chops up the Birds in game 2, winning 2-0.

In Philadelphia, the Phils and Giants divide a pair, with the Quakers taking the opener, 7-4. Heinie Mueller hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th. New York wins the second game, 7-3, to stay in 3rd place.

The first-place Reds sweep the visiting Cubs in an exciting doubleheader, winning 7-4 and 7-6. Chicago’s Jim Gleeson hits a 4thinning grand slam to tie the first game, but the Reds score 3 times in the 7th to win it, 7-4. Eddie Joost’s bases-loaded hit in 9th of game 2 gives the Reds a 7-6 win.

In St. Louis, the Browns and Tigers split two as the Browns take the opener, 7-6, in 11 innings. Roy Cullenbine hits his 2nd grand slam of the month for St. Louis in the 4th inning. Detroit wins the nightcap, 10-1, in 7 innings. The split leaves the Tigers 2 games in back of Chicago.