1st Jimmie Foxx crosses leagues, waived by the Red Sox to the Cubs for “considerations more than the waiver price.”
Connie Mack sends his regular catcher, Frankie Hayes, to the Browns for P Bob Harris and C Bob Swift. Hayes had been a spring holdout but will return to the A’s in February 1944. Visiting injured soldiers at Walter Reed hospital on June 21, 1945, Mack will respond to a question about the trade by saying the A’s needed a catcher with a lot of chatter. “Hayes can catch day after day but he doesn’t talk much,” says Mack.
Army-Navy relief games by each team are publicized war efforts by organized baseball. The game at Ebbets Field contributes $60,000 from a crowd of 43,000, but the Phillies’ game at Shibe Park draws only 2,000 fans and $3,000.
2nd Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator but he will finish the season with the Sox as will many other players who enlist or await draft, which moves slowly despite the early discouragements of the war. Among AL regulars of 1941 who are now in the service: Johnny Rigney, Joe Grace, John Berardino, Cecil Travis, Bob Feller, Pat Mullin, Buddy Lewis, Sam Chapman, Johnny Sturm.
Ted Williams hits 5 HRs in a week, but players are bemoaning a low-voltage ball. HRs will be down for the season by more than 25 percent, and the NL will average less than 4 runs a game per team for the first time since 1920.
3rd At Wrigley Field, Rip Russell sinks Tom Sunkel with a first-inning grand slam as the Cubs down the Giants, 6-2. Claude Passeau is the winner.
4th Muskogee (Western Association) OF Allen McElreath is declared permanently ineligible by minor league head George Trautman for attempting to induce a teammate to throw a game.
5th The A’s and Browns battle for 15 scoreless innings before St. Louis scores in the 16th to win, 1–0. For the white elephants, it is their longest 1–0 loss.
6th Against White Sox P Orval Grove, the Red Sox hit for the cycle, including a leadoff home run by Dom DiMaggio. But those are the only 4 hits that Grove allows as he is victorious, 3–1.
Red Ruffing wins his 250th game, stopping the Indians on 4 hits. The Yankees win, 3–0. He’ll win his 251st in 8 days defeating the Browns.
7th At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks and Indians split a pair, with Cleveland scoring a run in the 9th to take game 1, 5-4. In game 2, New York plates 8 runs in the 8th, four on a grand slam by Joe Gordon, to win, 13-1. Spud Chandler is the victor.
8th Despite 2 homers by Jeff Heath and 5 hits by Ken Keltner, the Indians lose 11–10 to the Yankees in 11 innings. Tom Ferrick’s wild throw to 3B allows DiMaggio to score the winning run. Jim Bagby gives up 6 runs in 1 inning while Atley Donald allows the same in 1+ innings. Joe Gordon singles in the 10th to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, and Buddy Hassett’s 2 singles extends his hit streak to 20 games.
10th The visiting Giants, behind Bill Lohrman, top the Reds, 3–1. The Reds only run is a homer by prized rookie catcher Ray Lamanno, one of five Reds hits. Lonnie Frey has three singles. Lamanno’s homer, his 7th, lands on the roof of a laundry across the street from the left field wall. The Giants also make five hits in beating Gene Thompson.
13th The Cubs Bill Fleming allows just one hit—a 6th inning single by Tommy Holmes—as he stops the visiting Braves, 1-0, at Wrigley Field. The Cubs push across the winning run in the 8th inning.
14th The first-place Yankees sweep a pair from the Browns, winning, 6-1, behind Red Ruffing (7-2), then 5-4 behind Tiny Bonham (9-1). Joe Gordon goes hitless in game 2 to snap his consecutive game batting streak at 29 games.
15th In a rare twi-light game at Ebbets Field, Claude Passeau and the Cubs stop the first-place Dodgers, 6–0 before a crowd of 15,159.
16th At the Polo Grounds, Enos Slaughter belts a 10th inning homer—his second of the game—to give the 2nd-place Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Giants.
17th In a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Braves vet Paul Waner is 0-for-4 in game 1, and collects his 2,999 hit in game 2. He hits a grounder off the glove of SS Eddie Joost that is ruled a hit—his 3,000th—but Waner shakes his head and the ruling is changed to an error.
The Tigers Dizzy Trout stops the Yankees, 1–0. It is New York’s first shutout since last year.
18th Another brawl between the Cards and the Dodgers at Ebbets Field leads to ejection and fines for Joe Medwick and Frank Crespi. Medwick’s spikes high slide into Marion at 2B precipitated the brawl. The Dodgers win 5–2 when Larry French doubles in 2 runs in the 8thwith 2 out and keeps on running till he’s tagged out at 3B. The time of the out is 9:03 with the rule that no inning can start after 9:05. Brooklyn leads the NL lead is 7 1⁄2 games.
19th At Forbes Field, Paul Waner, now with the Boston Braves, joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only NL players with 3,000 hits, with a single off Rip Sewell. Two days earlier, Waner’s grounder bounced off an infielder’s glove and had been ruled a hit. Waner, who did not want his 3000th hit to be a tainted one, signaled to the scorekeeper that it was an error, and the ruling was changed. Bob Elliott hits 2 HRs to help the Pirates win 7–6 in 11 innings.
With Ernie White on the mound, Pete Reiser steals home in the 4th, and the run is the difference as the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 4–3.
At Chicago, Dom DiMaggio’s 5th inning inside-the-park home run is the only score as the Red Sox top the White Sox, 1–0. The ball rolls under the Red Sox bullpen bench and Dom circles the bases before RF Wally Moses can recover it. Charley Wagner is the winner over hard luck Eddie Smith (1-11), who loses his 3rd 1-0 game this season.
20th Cleveland’s Al Smith allows just one Yankee hit—a second inning double by Joe DiMaggio in beating New York, 1–0. Ernie Bonham takes the loss. The New Yorkers have lost 5 of their last six games—two by 1–0 scores—but still lead the AL by 9 ½ games.
The Dodgers stop the Cardinals, 9–4, pounding out fifteen hits. Joe Medwick, the NL’s leading hitter (.350) has four hits to stretch his consecutive hit streak to 23 games. Hugh Casey, who came on in the 3rd and allows just two hits, is the winner.
At Bolden’s Bowl, Josh Gibson leads the Homestead Grays (Negro League) to a 7–2 win over the host Philadelphia Stars. Gibson clouts his second homer in two games.
21st Ted Lyons (5-5) wins his 250th career game, 6–5 over Boston’s Dick Newsome. A week from now he will beat New York’s Red Ruffing to match the Yankee hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season 14–6 with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA, then enter the Marine Corps at age 42.
At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs and Giants split a doubleheader. New York takes the opener, 5-0, behind Cliff Melton, while the Cubs rebound with a 7-2 win in game 2. Dom Dallessandro hits a grand slam to back Hi Bithorn’s pitching.
24th Johnny Humphries scatters 8 hits as the White Sox shut out visiting Washington, 6-0. Tom Turner hits his first ML homer, a grand slam off of Early Wynn in the 8th inning.
25th At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers knock Ray Starr (10-3) for 4 runs in 2+ innings as they beat the Reds, 4-0. Johnny Allen tosses the shutout. Joe Medwick has a hit to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27 games, but it stops here.
26th Jimmie Foxx signals his return to Boston by hitting his first NL homer, a 2 run homer in the top of the 9th to give the Cubs a 6–4 win over the Braves. Double X has a 2-run single in the 3rd. Paul Waner and Max West homer for Boston.
Harlond Clift has a 3-run HR and Chet Laabs a 3-run double as the Browns beat the Senators, 6–5. Nats P Buck Newsom bats lefty in his 2nd AB against Auker and singles. He resumes his natural righty at bat on his next turn and makes out.
At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers score in the bottom of the 10th to top the Reds, 5-4. Brooklyn now leads the idle Cardinals by 9.5 games, an increase of 5 games in 10 days.
27th Gene Stack, a White Sox pitcher who never made a mound appearance for Chicago, dies after pitching for an army team in Michigan City, Indiana. Stack was the first player from a ML roster in a service uniform.
With 2 outs in the 9th, Reds rookie Ray Lamanno cracks a 3-run pinch homer to give the Reds a 3–1 win over the Dodgers. Johnny Vander Meer wins his 1st game at Ebbets since his 1938 no-hitter.
28th Ernie Koy’s 15th inning single scores the winning run as the Phils beat the Cards, 2–1. Tommy Hughes is the winner, despite collapsing in the dugout in the 10th after running from 1B to 3B. He revives to complete the game. Johnny Beazley matches Hughes for 12 innings before Howie Krist relieves. Krist loses his 1st game in 2 years after 13 straight wins. The Cards take the nitecap, 3–1, behind Lon Warneke’s 5-hitter.