1941 June

1st After losing 6 straight games in mid-May, the Dodgers begin to show the results of the trades by Larry MacPhail and Leo Durocher. They win their 9th-straight game, beating the ailing Cards, 2–1, and are now tied first place. Kirby Higbe is a winner over Lanier. Suffering Red Birds include Mize, out with a broken finger for 30 games, and Walker Cooper, suffering from a broken shoulder blade, who will be out two months.

In Philadelphia, the Cubs sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 9-5 and 1-0. In game 1, Chicago overcomes a grand slam by the Phils Bobby Bragan, the only one of his career. Journeyman Jake Mooty applies the whitewash in game 2, throwing his lone career shutout. Dom Dallessandro knocks in the lone run with a 5th inning double.

Mel Ott’s 2-run homer, the 400th of his career and his 1,500th RBI, gives the Giants a 3–2 win over the Reds.

2nd New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig died at his home in the Bronx. From that time on, the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In Cleveland, the Indians defeat the Yankees, 7–5, behind Bob Feller. Feller had been unscored upon in 31 innings before New York got to him. DiMaggio has a single and double, improving his consecutive hit streak to 19 games, and also robs Ken Keltner of an extra base hit with a running catch in center.

The Senators drop the White Sox out of first place, winning 8–3, and beating Bill Dietrich, coming off a one-hit win over the Browns. Buddy Lewis has 2 hits to reach the 1,000 level at age 24. He’ll barely make 1500 hits because of three and a half years in the service.

The Cards move back into sole possession of first with a 5–4 victory over Brooklyn. Johnny Hopp triples, then scores the winner in the 9th.

3rd The Phils top the Cubs 7–0 on a one-hitter by P Tommy Hughes. Lou Novikoff’s single to lead off the 8th is the only hit.

In a slugfest under the lights in St. Louis, the Browns outlast the Tigers to win, 14-12. The two teams combine for 38 hits, with St. Louis collecting 20. In the 9-run 5th inning, Roy Cullenbine sets a night game mark with two extra base hits, a double and a triple.

Brooklyn tops the Cards 6–0 as Whitlow Wyatt tosses another shutout, beating Mort Cooper. Reiser homers in the 1st, and Dolph Camilli adds another roundtripper in the 4th.

6th The Giants use plastic batting helmets for the first time against the Pirates but lose a doubleheader to the Bucs 5–4 and 4–3. In game 2, Pittsburgh P Rip Sewell sets an NL record by handling 11 assists and the infield handles a record-tying 25 putouts.

Danny Litwhiler’s 2nd inning infield single is the only hit given up by Johnny Vander Meer as the Reds beats the Phils, 7–0. The Reds SS Eddie Joost has both hands on Litwhiler’s grounder but fumbles it and it is ruled a hit. Chuck Aleno hits his only ML homer, off Si Johnson, in support of Vandy, who strikes out 12. Aleno had opened the season by hitting in 17 straight games (5/15 to 5/31). This is the longest streak to start a ML career that streak-master Trent McCotter has discovered (2010).

7th The Yankees scores 5 in the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11–7. DiMaggio has 3 hits and King Kong Keller belts a 3rd-inning grand slam.

The Cards regain the NL lead by pounding out 19 hits and beating the Giants, 11–3. Jimmy Brown, Coaker Triplett, and Terry Moore each collect four hits.

8th Yankee C Bill Dickey pulls off the only unassisted DP of his career in the first of two with the Browns. Dickey catches Bob Swift’s pop foul along the first base line and tags first to double off the straying runner, Johnny Berardino. The Yanks sweep the Browns, 9–3 and 8–3. DiMaggio collects 7 RBIs on the afternoon, with 2 homers in the opener and 2 hits in the nitecap. He has now hit in 24 straight. From today’s 2nd game to July 26th, Joe will jolt 11 homers without striking out.

In game 1 at Chicago, Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove (4–1) goes 10 innings topping the Pale Hose, 4–1. It is Lefty’s 297th win. Ted Williams walks 3 times but goes hitless, ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 23 games. The Splinter is also hitless in game 2, though he scores a run in Boston’s 3-0 shutout tossed by Dick Newsome. Ted is now hitting .416. The Bosox manage just 3 hits off Thornton Lee.

9th At Crosley Field, the Reds spot the Dodgers 4 runs after 7 innings, then win 9–7 on Lonnie Frey’s game tying 2-run homer and game winning 2-run double.

10th Cardinal starter Lon Warneke yields a single to Phils lead off hitter Emmett Mueller, then gives up no more safeties as he wins, 3–0. It’s the 2nd one-hitter against the Phils in 4 days.

In Chicago, Frankie Crosetti hits a 6th inning grand slam to pace the Yankees to an 8-3 victory. Chicago scores 3 in the 9th off rookie Steve Peek but he picks up the win.

At the Polo Grounds, Hank Lieber hits a first inning grand slam off Bill McGee, recently acquired from the Cardinals, and the Cubs roll to an 11-0 shutout. Vern Olson applies the calcimine for the Cubs.

12th Babe Phelps, who skipped spring training, misses the Dodger train to St. Louis and returns to New York claiming he’s “ill.” A furious Durocher declares he’s “through” with the hypochondriac catcher, fines him $500 and puts Herman Franks behind the plate for the Cards’ series. Phelps returns to Maryland and will not play the rest of the season.

A month after joining the two Waner brothers together, the Braves ship Lloyd (.412) to the Reds for pitcher Johnny Hutchings. The Waners will team up together on the Dodgers in 1944.

13th Dodger ace Whitlow Wyatt continues his mastery of the Cards, winning 1–0 in the series opener.

14th Brooklyn takes the 2nd game against the Cards, scoring 7 runs in the 6th to win 12–5.

15th In St. Louis, Brooklyn and the Cards split, with the Dodgers winning the 1st game 8–1, and St. Louis taking the 2nd game 3–0. Pete Reiser is hit twice by pitches during the doubleheader.

16th At Cincinnati, Johnny Vander Meer’s wildness gives the Giants 2 runs in the first as they go on to beat the Reds, 6-0, behind Bill Lohrman’s 3-hitter. Vandy walks the first four batters to set an NL mark, and does it on just 21 pitches. Junior Thompson relieves and adds a 5th consecutive walk to set the NL record to start a game.

17th Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short bounces up and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beats the Yankees 8–7.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Tigers split a pair, with the Red Sox outslugging Detroit in game 1, 14-8. Rudy York hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Joe Dobson, but Boston overcomes that with an 8-run 8th. York hits a solo homer in a 4-run 6th inning of game 2, connecting off Charlie Wagner, as Detroit wins, 8-5.

18th The Giants play an 11-inning tie in Pittsburgh because of a regulation that states that no inning can be started after 11:50 p.m. The game is held up in the 4th inning so that the fans can listen to a broadcast of the title fight between local favorite Billy Conn and Joe Louis.

In a Northeast Arkansas League at Paragould, home team pitcher Clarence “Hooks” Iott strikes out 25 Batesville batters, allowing 2 hits in a 4-2 victory. Iott hits a homer at the plate. Hooks will have cups of coffee with the Browns this year and later with the Yankees.

19th The Yankees remain 3 games in back of Cleveland as they beat the White Sox, 7-2, at the Stadium. Charlie Keller hits his 2nd grand slam in two weeks for New York.

21st At Boston, Lefty Grove finally loses at Fenway after 20 consecutive wins at home, as the Browns pound the Red Sox, 13–9. Grove is knocked out in 2nd inning. Harland Clift leads the day’s slugging with 2 doubles and a triple, good for 4 RBIs. Grove’s streak began on May 3, 1938 and went through May 12th. He’ll end this year with a record of 55-17 (1934-41), and his .764 winning percentage is the highest ever for a lefty at Fenway.

22nd Edging the Tigers, 5–4, the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.

In Philadelphia, the White Sox and A’s exchange shutouts, with the Sox taking game 1 by a 14-0 margin behind Ted Lyons. Ben Chapman contributes a grand slam, the only one the Sox will have this year. Phil Marchildron tosses a 3-0 shutout in game 2, the first for the A’s this season.

23rd Brooklyn’s Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Pirates, 9–4, for his 13thstraight win over the Bucs, stretching back to June 16, 1939. It’s his last decision against Pittsburgh.

Cleveland SS Lou Boudreau pulls off a hidden ball trick on Boston’s Skeeter Newsome in the 2nd inning, but the Sox shrug it off to win, 13-2.

24th At Boston, first-place Cleveland drops a 13-3 decision to the Red Sox. Jim Tabor has a grand slam for the Bosox.

25th At Boston, Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove pitches 9 innings to win, 7–2, over Cleveland for his 5th win of the year and the 298th of his career.

In the top of the 13th inning, the White Sox pull off a triple steal against the Senators and score 2 runs to win, 2–0. Joe Kuhel is on the front end of the AL’s only extra-inning triple steal. The Sox manage just 5 hits off Sid Hudson, while Sox starter Johnny Rigney allows 6 in 13 frames.

In Newton, Mass. 700 fans pay $1 each to watch Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth play golf. Cobb wins 3–2, but Ruth will beat him in 2 days. A third match will be played later this summer.

47-year-old spitballer Snipe Conley pitches a 9-inning 11–7 win for Dallas (Texas League) over San Antonio. Conley, who holds the Texas League record for consecutive wins (19), last pitched in 1928.

26th Yankee P Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan—a future Yankee—homers. Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th, Henrich bunts Red Rolfe to 2B to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York wins, 4–1, and takes over first place.

Although knocked out of the box, Cleveland’s Bob Feller wins his 16th, beating the Red Sox, 11–8.

Indian Bob Johnson drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including two 3-run homers, to pace the Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Tigers. The defending AL champs are in 5th place.

28th White Sox rookie Don Kolloway does it all. He steals 4 bases, including a record-tying 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 9th, and hits 2 HRs and a single in a 6–4 win over the Indians. He came into the game hitting .168.

Players act as umpires after Casey Stengel receives a telegram from umpire Babe Pinelli that he other the two other umps Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are fogbound on a nightboat from New York. Stengel picks Johnny Cooney to ump behind the plate while Manager Leo Durocher picks Freddy Fitzsimmons. There are no beefs in the first inning, though Boston plates one run, and when the regularly assigned umpires finally run on the field just before the second inning, the fans greet them with foghorn imitations. Boston wins, 3-2. There will only be one more instance, in 1978, when players umpire.

DiMaggio has two hits and a walk off Johnny Babich of the A’s, to extend his streak to 40 games, second longest in the AL. New York wins, 7–4, as Keller homers, the 23rd game in a row the Yanks have gone deep. The 2nd-place Yankees will win their next 13 games.

29th Joe DiMaggio lines a double against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the 6th inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler’s AL consecutive-game hit record of 41. In game 2 he collects a 7th-inning single off Red Anderson to set the record at 42 games. In the first game, the Yankees notch a homer by Henrich and one from Charlie Keller in the nitecap, the 25th straight game the Bombers have homered, for a new ML record. New York sweeps, winning 9–4 and 7–5.

In a Sunday doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Red Sox slug out a 13-1 win in game one. Joe Cronin hits his 2nd grand slam of the year. The A’s come back in game 2 to edge the Sox, 3-2. With the Yankees winning a pair against the Senators, New York is in first place by 1 ½ games.

30th The Browns score 9 runs in the 7th to drive Bob Feller out of the box and beat the Indians, 12–6. Joe Grace has a double in homer in the big inning.

The Giants score 3 runs in the 12th to break up a scoreless pitching duel between the Braves Manuel Salvo and New York’s Cliff Melton. Salvo loses his 10th in a row.

Nels Potter is sold by Philadelphia Athletics to the Red Sox where he’ll go 2-0. The Browns will select him in the Rule 5 draft in November 1942.

Pete Reiser triples on the 1st pitch of the game and the next time up hits the 1st pitch for a HR as the Dodgers whip the Phillies, 9–2. Whit Wyatt wins his 12th, allowing 6 hits. The win gives the Dodgers a first-place tie with the Cards.