1945 June

1st In St. Louis, Giants manager Mel Ott fines Bill Voiselle $500 for a fat pitch to Cards hitter Johnny Hopp. Voiselle has a 3–1 lead with one on, one out in the bottom of the 9th, then on an 0–2 pitch, Hopp triples for a RBI, and then a rainstorm interrupts the game for an hour. Voiselle returns to the mound and gives up a single to Ray Sanders and a triple to Whitey Kurowski to lose it, 4–3. Ott fines the pitcher for not wasting one. He later rescinds the fine, but relations between the two will remain cool.

2nd The Phils Vince DiMaggio hits a pinch grand slam against his old teammates, but the Pirates win 7–6. Vince will hit another slam on June 27.

3rd The Browns Tex Shirley pitches 13 scoreless innings against the A’s, but to no avail. The game ends 0–0.

5th After a losing road trip, the Giants play the Dodgers before 42,926 at the Polo Grounds, losing a 6–3 decision in 14 innings. Goodie Rosen hits a 2-run homer in the 14th to seal the win for Brooklyn.

6th In the first of 2 at Boston, Boo Ferris scatters 14 hits in beating the A’s, 5–2. Ferris is 8–0 on the year to tie the AL mark held by Chicago’s John Whitehead for wins at the start of a career. Boston completes the sweep, winning the nitecap, 3–2. Ferriss pinch hits in the nitecap, hitting into a DP.

Senator Langer, Republican of SD, introduces a bill in Congress that would require that 10% of ML rosters be made up of war veterans missing an arm, leg, foot or hand. “Congress has the right to do this because it controls interstate congress,” he says, adding, “I’m serious about this.” The bill doesn’t get to first base.

Dorothy Arnold is awarded a divorce decree from Joe DiMaggio, whom she married in 1939. She retains custody of Joe, Jr, 2.

7th Van Lingle Mungo and the Giants beat Brooklyn, 10–5, with a little help from Da Bums, who make 8 errors.

8th Buster Adams has 5 hits and Red Schoendienst has 4 as the Cardinals edge the visiting Pirates, 4-3, in 13 innings.

Tiny Bonham drives in 3 runs for the Yankees and holds Boston scoreless for 5 innings, but the Red Sox come back to win, 6-4. George Metkovich hits a 2-run homer in the 7th and makes an unassisted DP for Boston. With the loss, the Yankees drop out of first place.

9th Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher allegedly using brass knuckles, slugged him after an Ebbets Field cop hit him and broke his jaw, then pinned back his arms. The fan, John Christian, had been loudly berating the Dodgers and, after the 6thinning, the policeman was escorting the fan beneath the stands when the incident occurred. The case will come to trial next April and the all-male jury will take just 38 minutes to find the policeman and Durocher not guilty. In a separate settlement of a civil suit before the trial, Durocher paid Christian $6,750.

10th In Detroit, the Tigers split two games with the White Sox, winning 3-2 before losing 9-4. Paul Richards lone career grand slam accounts for the Bengals scoring in game 2. With the Yankees beating Boston, New York moves in front of the Tigers by a half-game.

13th In Boston, the Phils lose the 1st game 8–3 for their club-record 16th loss in a row. In game 2, the Braves contribute 8 errors to help the Phils win, 5–4, but it takes them 15 innings to do it.

14th The Giants send Ducky Medwick and lefty Ewald Pyle to the Braves for catcher Clyde Kluttz.

15th At Griffith Stadium, the Senators and Red Sox play 27 innings of baseball in a doubleheader that finally concludes at 1:02 a.m. Boston wins the opener in 14 innings, then the two teams struggle through a 13-inning tie before time is called. This is the first post-midnight game recorded in the majors.

The Phils send Johnny Peacock to the Dodgers for outfielder-turned-pitcher Ben Chapman, who will manage the team in the last half of the season.

16th Boo Ferriss loses to the Yankees 3–2 after starting his career with 8 victories—4 of them shutouts—for the Red Sox.

19th Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower, just back from Europe, is given a tremendous round of applause from fans at the Polo Grounds. The Braves then beat New York, 9–2 behind Jim Tobin’s pitching and 3 RBIs.

At Crosley Field, Joe Bowman pitches a 13-inning shutout over the Cards, winning 1-0. Red Barrett goes all the way to take the tough loss. During the game a rat runs up the leg of a woman seated behind the Reds dugout and 18-year-old infielder Ralph Kraus jumps into the stands and stomps the rat to death. That is the only action the Cincy native will get as the Reds will soon send him down without his ever getting into a game (as noted in Redleg Journal).

At St. Louis, in what will be dubbed the “Battle of the Dugouts”, the 8th inning produces fireworks as the White Sox score 4 runs to eventually win, 4-1. After reliever George Caster is lifted, he fires the ball into the White Sox dugout, prompting manager Jimmie Dykes to come out and protest. Browns catcher Gus Mancuso tells Dykes to shut up Karl Scheel, a Sox bench jockey who has been mercilessly “riding” the Browns. When Dykes says you can find him in the dugout, a few Browns, led by Sig Jakucki and Ellis Clary, do just that, giving a Scheel a “most brutal (Dykes)” pounding. The ex-Marine requires first aid but travels with the team to Cleveland. About 100 spectators mill on the field to try and see the action. In Cleveland, Dykes sends a telegram to Will Harridge accusing Browns manager Luke Sewell with instigating the riot.

21st Making his last start before answering the Army’s induction, the Cubs Hank Wyse wins his 6th straight stopping the Pirates, 5–4.

At Boston, the Yankees pound rookie star Boo Ferriss for 10 runs and score 13 in the 5th on their way to a 14-4 win.

24th The Giants sweep a pair from the Phils, winning 7–6 and 5–1. Bill Voiselle, making his 2nd start in 2 days, is the winner in the opener. Voiselle was slapped for 6 runs in the first inning yesterday in the Giants, 9–8, 11-inning loss. It is also Voiselle’s first win since being slapped with a $500 fine by manager Ott. Voiselle also made 2 consecutive starts last season, on September 2/3, winning the second game.

26th The Bainbridge (MD) Naval Training Center beats the St. Louis Cards, 9–6. The Sailors are led by former Card pitcher Ken Raffensberger, who scatters 10 hits, and Dick Sisler, who collects 4 safeties. Meanwhile, at Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago, the Bluejackets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, behind Bob Feller. Feller strikes out 9 to beat Boston’s Randy Hefflin.

27th The Phillies score 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Cardinals, 8-3, in the first of two games. Four runs tally on Vince DiMaggio’s grand slam, his third of the year. The Cards take the second game, 6-0, as Blix Donnelly pitches a one-hitter, allowing just a safety to rookie Vance Dinges.

28th Behind the pitching of Hal Newhouser, he Tigers move into 1stplace to stay with a 5-2 victory over the Senators at Briggs Stadium.

Sig Jacucki and the Browns knock the Yankees out of 1st place with a 9-4 victory. Len Schulte has 3 hits and 3 RBI to lead the 14-hit attack.

29th Ben Chapman replaces Fred Fitzsimmons, who resigns as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The club recently lost a team-record 16 straight. Chapman was acquired as a pitcher from the Dodgers on June 15th, but is better known as the Yankee outfielder and base-stealing star. Chapman will be the NL’s first player-manager since Jimmy Wilson (1934-39) when he appears in three games. Fitzsimmons final game is a 9–1 loss to the Cards at Shibe Park. Del Rice has three hits, three runs and three RBIs to pace the Birds.

The Senators jump on Stubby Overmire for 5 runs in the first inning and topple the first-place Tigers, 8–3. The Tigers lead the Yankees by a half-game.

Boo Ferriss pitches and bats the Red Sox to a 4–2 win over the White Sox. Ferriss has a run scoring single and a two-run homer in the 9thto snap a 1–1 tie.

Bucky Walters and the Reds stop the Braves, 4–1. Boston’s only score is Chuck Workman’s 10th homer. Tommy Holmes has two hits to stretch his hit streak to 25 games and is the first player to reach 100 hits.