1946 June

1st In Cincinnati, Joe Beggs (5-0) pitches 10 innings as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 5-4. Starter Ed Head allows an unearned run in the 10thfor the loss. Head, who had a no-hitter in his first start this year, will injure his pitching arm this month and will not make an appearance of more than 3.2 innings again. Two one-inning appearances in late August will finish his ML career.

2nd In St. Louis, the Giants take a pair from the Redbirds, winning 1-0 and 7-6 in 11 innings. Bill Voiselle twirls a 5 hitter to win game 1 and the Giants blow a 6-0 advantage in game 2 as Walker Cooper hits a 5th inning grand slam. New York pushes across a run in the 11th to give the win to Junior Thompson in relief.

3rd The A’s release Bobo Newsom at his own request. He becomes a Senator for the fourth time 2 days later.

The Reds sell Mike McCormick to the Braves.

The Red Sox sweep another doubleheader, this time beating the White Sox 6–1 and 5–2, behind Ferris and Dobson. The Sox will win 14 doubleheaders this year, tying the mark of the 1943 Yankees and Indians, and the 1945 Senators. They won’t lose any doubleheaders, splitting the other 13 this year. In game 1 plus the 2nd game of the May 30 twinbill, Bobby Doerr sets the AL record for chances handled in 2 consecutive games with 28.

5th The Cards top the Braves 2–1 as Elvin Adams’ pinch single in the 9th drives in the winner. Rookie Joe Garagiola doubles in the 7th for his first hit in front of his hometown fans.

After beating the Browns yesterday, 9–4, behind Johnson, the Red Sox and Browns play 12 innings today before the game is called, 8–8.

6th The Cubs take a 6-0 lead into the 8th over the Giants, but New York ties with 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to send it to overtime. Frank Secory, with just his 2nd hit of the year, cracks a pinch walkoff grand slam off Dave Koslo in the 12th to win it, 10-6.

7th One hour before game time, Pirates players vote 20-16 in favor of a walkout rather than play against the Giants, in order to gain recognition of the American Baseball Guild. To strike, however, requires a two-thirds majority and so the walkout does not occur. Aims of organizer Robert Murphy are not exactly stated, but goals are sometimes identified as a minimum salary of $7,500, arbitration of salary disputes, and players sharing in 50 percent of any sale price. The Pirates top the Giants, 10–5.

In St. Louis, Frank McCormick hits a 3rd inning grand slam to give the Phils a 5-0 lead, good enough for a 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau wins his own game with a 2-run game-ending homer in the 9th inning against Brooklyn. Chicago wins, 2–0.

8th After acquiring Vince DiMaggio from the Phils in May, the Giants sell him to the San Francisco Seals (PCL).

Cardinals P Red Barrett picks up his 1st win of the season, a 7–0 one-hitter over the Phils. Barrett retires 22 straight before Del Ennis’ 8thinning single breaks up his no-hitter. Last September Barrett allowed just one baserunner in a win against the Cubs.

The Red Sox bag the Tigers, 15–4, behind Joe Dobson.

9th In a doubleheader loss in Pittsburgh 2–1 and 5–1, Giants manager Mel Ott is thrown out of each game for protesting calls, a major league first. Umps Dunn and Magerkurth do the tossing.

The Yankees draw 66,545 for a doubleheader with the Indians, and pass the one million mark in attendance, the earliest date in ML history. Cleveland spoils the party with a 9–5 win in the opener, but the Yankees salvage the nitecap, 7–4.

The Cards sell vet Danny Litwhiler to the Braves.

Boston sweeps two from Detroit, winning 7–1 and 11–6, to run their win streak to 11 games. Joe Dobson and Mickey Harriss are the winning hurlers. Ted Williams hits a homer in each game, including a 502-foot shot off Fred Hutchinson that lands on a fan’s straw hat in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 in RF. The fan Joseph A. Boucher is later quoted, “How far away must one sit to be safe in this park? They say it bounced a dozen rows higher. But after it hit my head, I was no longer interested.” The home run will be commemorated by having the seat (first, on the bleacher bench, then later on the seat) painted red. Decades later Home Run Tracker will “measure” the drive at 502 feet and would have likely have carried another 28 feet. This will remain the longest home run hit at Fenway Park: Manny Ramirez will knock one into the LF netting around the Coke bottle on June 23, 2001 and it will “measure out” at 501 feet.

11th The Red Sox clip the Indians, 10–5 behind pitcher Bob Klinger. The Sox have now won 12 in a row.

For the fourth time in three weeks, Rocky Mount pitcher Bill Kennedy strikes out 19 or more batters in a Coastal Plains League (D) game. Today, Kennedy strikes out 25 and allows 2 hits as Rocky Mount beats Goldsboro, 2-0. Kennedy struck out 18 on May 17 against Goldsboro; 19 on May 22 against New Bern; and 18 against Fayetteville on June 4th and he’ll add 21 on July 8 and 22 on August 21st. Kennedy will go 28-3 for Rocky Mount this year and make it to the AL in 1948.

12th The Red Sox 2nd long win streak early in the year—this one 12 games—is broken by Bob Feller’s 7–2 win at Boston. Jim Bagby takes the loss. This is Boston first loss of the year at home to a western team.

The Dodgers collect 15 hits in pummeling the Cardinals, 10–7. The Birds manage just 6 hits, but collect 13 walks. Rex Barney walks 9 but doesn’t give up a hit till the 7th. Pete Reiser has a single, double, triple and in the 7th makes his 5th theft of home this season.

14th Cleveland’s Allie Reynolds toils 12 1/3 innings against the Athletics before the Mackmen push across 2 runs to beat the Tribe, 5–3 at Cleveland. The Chief walks 10 and strikes out 10.

The Yankees sell veteran Hank Majeski to the A’s. Considered over the hill, Majeski will play another 9 seasons.

15th Commissioner Happy Chandler bans Mexican jumpers Max Lanier, Fred Martin, and Lou Klein. Chandler mentions a lifetime suspension for the players, but his penalty is later reduced to 5 years.

In St. Louis, Vern Stephens hits a dramatic walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning to give the Browns a 6-3 victory over the Yankees. New York had broken a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the 9th. Browns ace Jack Kramer gets the win in relief.

Minutes before the trading deadline ends, the Dodgers send veteran Billy Herman to the Braves for Stew Hofferth. Informed of the trade at 11:40 p.m., Herman catches a plane on the morning of the 16thand is in the Boston lineup for a doubleheader against the Reds. Herman contributes a double as Boston sweeps, 2-1 and 1-0.

18th The Yanks sell righty veteran Bill Zuber (0-1) to the Red Sox. Zuber will go 11–3 for the Hubmen over the next 3 years. Zuber was 5–11 last year for New York, but 7 of his losses were shutouts, a club record.

20th The Cards remain a game and a half behind the Dodgers by beating the Braves, 9–1. The Birds break up a pitching duel between Dickson and Wright by scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning. Musial has a pair of doubles in the big inning while Walker has a single and double.

A Fortune magazine story gives some rare details of baseball finances, showing the 1945 Yankees revenue of $1.6 million and profit of $306,000, cut to $201,000 after minor league losses. Of the gross income, $896,000 is from home ticket sales.

21st A federal judge rules that the Seattle club does not have to play returning serviceman Al Niemiec but it does have to pay him his $720 a month contract through the season. At mid season 143 players who had ML contracts when they went to war had been released or sent to the minors. Former ML players Van Mungo, Lou Finney, Chubby Dean, Nate Andrews, and Max Butcher are all playing in Class D leagues.

22nd Bill Veeck, head of a syndicate that includes Bob Hope and Harry Grabiner, purchases the Cleveland Indians for an announced $1,750,000. This launches Veeck on a long career as a lively promoter.

At Cleveland, Hank Edwards hits a 2-run homer in the 8th off Boo Ferriss and the Indians beat the Red Sox, 4-3. For Ferriss, it is his third loss in a row, all on the road, after starting the year 10-0.

At Ebbets Field, the second-place Cards deal a 3–1 loss to the Dodgers, whittling Brooklyn’s lead to 1 ½ games over the Cards. Howie Pollet and Rex Barney each pitch six scoreless innings, but the Redbirds send 11 batters to the plate in the 7th and five flutter across. The final is 5–1.

The 3rd-place Cubs sweep a pair from the Giants, winning the opener 5–2 behind Hank Wyse. Wyse’s shutout is broken in the 9th when Jack Graham legs out an inside-the-park homer. In the nitecap, the Bruins score six in the 7th to give an 8–5 win to reliever Hi Bithorn. Eddie Waitkus, with three hits including an inside-the-park homer, paces an 11-hit attack.

23rd At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert of the Chicago Cubs set a ML record by hitting back-to-back, inside-the-park HRs—a major league first—in the 4th inning, but the team loses 15–10 to the New York Giants. Mickey Witek counters with a grand slam in New York’s 9-run 4th. Chicago wins the second game, 9–4, as the two teams combine for 55 hits on the afternoon. Rickert and Witek each have 5 hits in the 2 games.

At Briggs Stadium, Tommy Henrich’s second homer of the game, a 2-run shot in the 11th off reliever Hal Newhouser, (12-3) gives the Yankees a hard-fought 10-8 victory at Briggs Stadium. Joe DiMaggio also has two homers, including one off Newhouser in the 9th. For Newhouser, this is his only loss amidst a streak of 11 victories in a row as a starter.

24th A bus careens off a Cascade Mountain pass road, killing 9 members of the Spokane (Western International League) club. Jack Lohrke, a young infielder, had not reboarded the bus after it stopped at a restaurant just before the accident. The restaurant owner called him as he was about to get on the bus, telling him there was a long distance phone call and that he had been sold to San Diego. He decided to return. He later exclaimed, “I guess it just wasn’t my turn, But how did the owner know we would stop in that town? And what if the call had come five minutes later?” The future Giant and Phil will be known ever after as Lucky.

In Detroit, Pat Mullin hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Boston’s Joe Dobson, but the match is called after 9 innings with the score tied at 5 apiece.

In a 13-inning 6–5 loss to the Reds, Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser grounds into a double play ending a streak of 887 at bats without hitting into one. The record began on July 21, 1941, with three years off for the Service. Reiser’s mark will last more than a half-century until the Pirates’ Tony Womack breaks it on July 27, 1998.

25th The Reds rampage 15-3 over the Dodgers in Brooklyn. Eddie Lukon is 5-for-5, with a homer and 2 doubles.

29th The Yankees not only lose 2–0 to the A’s, they lose the services of veteran Red Ruffing, who sustains a broken kneecap when he is hit by a Hank Majeski line drive. The Yanks will give the 42-year-old his release in late September and he will sign with the White Sox for the ‘47 season.

Kirby Higbe (8-0) drives in 4 runs to help the Dodgers roll by the Braves, 12–3. Dixie Walker, the league’s top hitter has one hit but drives in 3 runs. The Dodgers lead the idle Cards by 4 games.

30th The Phillies split a doubleheader with the visiting Giants, losing game 1 by an 8-1 margin when the Giants score 7 runs in the 9th. Johnny Mize has a grand slam for New York. The Phils counter with a 6-5, 10-inning win in game 2.