st Joe DiMaggio has a single, double, and 2 HRs, one a grand slam, to drive in 5 runs and lead New York to an 11–9 win over Cleveland. Al Lyons wins his only decision for NY this year, beating Bob Lemon.
4th Pee Wee Reese clubs a 2nd-inning grand slam to start Brooklyn’s scoring. Against the Pirates. In the 5th inning at Ebbets Field, Dodgers OF Pete Reiser crashes into the fence and is knocked unconscious. He still manages to hold onto the long fly by Cully Rickard to help the Dodgers win over Pittsburgh, 9–4. In the clubhouse a priest administers the last rites of the Catholic Church to Reiser, who will be hospitalized for 10 days. Because of the injury to Reiser, Branch Rickey will call off a trade of Dixie Walker to the Pirates made during the day.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants power by the Cincinnati Reds, 9–3. Whitey Lockman, Sid Gordon, and Willard Marshall hit consecutive homers in the 6th inning for New York.
The Giants send 3B Babe Young to the Reds for pitcher Joe Beggs.
5th The second place Yankees slice the Tigers lead to one game by beating Detroit, 7–0. Spud Chandler tosses a three-hitter while Tommy Henrich paces the drive with two homers. Ralph Houk and Fred Hutchinson are tossed after a flare-up in the 4th inning involving 5 players.
The Senators Early Wynn hurls a 3–0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Sherry Robertson and Al Evans club homers to decide the issue. Cleveland also loses Lou Boudreau who tears some muscles in his lower back and will be idle a few days. For the Tribe, Les Fleming has a pinch hit single to set the AL record for consecutive pinch hits with 4. Hornsby has the NL mark with 5. Both will be topped.
The Dodgers vault over the Cubs and Giants, who split a twin bill, by defeating the Pirates, 3–0. The Dodgers sweep the 4-game series. Jackie Robinson has three hits, including a homer, while Bruce Edwards adds a single, double and triple to pace the Dodgers 10-hit attack. Rookie Harry Taylor allows just two hits, both to Wally Westlake, in winning his 3rd straight.
Muskogee (Western Assoc.) outfielder Marion McElreath is banned for life by George Trautman, association president, after he allegedly approached another player about betting on a game. Trautman says that in a game on May 4 against St. Joseph, McElreath deliberately missed a fly ball with the bases loaded, and later deliberately missed on a hit-and-run.
6th At Ebbets Field, the first-place Dodgers win their 5th in a row, defeating the Cubs, 6–2. Robinson has a single in the first two innings, driving home 2 runs.
8th On Luke Appling Day at Comiskey Park, the Senators take the lidlifter of two edging the White Sox 1–0 in 18 innings on Al Evans’ triple and Sherry Robertson’s long ﬂy. It is the 4th 1–0, 18-inning game in history. Frank Papish tosses 13 scoreless innings for the Sox, giving him 27 straight scoreless frames.
9th Walker Cooper hits a 2-run HR in the 8th inning and a 3-run HR in the 9th to help give the Giants a 13–10 win over Pittsburgh. Pinch hitter Sid Gordon adds a single and double in the 8-run 8th inning: the two pinch hits in an inning ties a NL record. Kerr, Lohrke, and Witak also hit for the circuit. Larry Jansen pitches one inning for the win.
At Philadelphia, the Phils and Cards split a doubleheader, St. Louis taking the opener 4–2 and losing the nightcap in 15 innings 2–1. Del Ennis drives in the winner in the 15th. Schanz, the Phils 5th pitcher is the winner. Starter Schoolboy Rowe pitches 6 innings but leaves after being hit on the elbow by a piece of flying wood from Stan Musial’s broken bat. Red Schoendienst sets a doubleheader record (24 innings) for futility by going 0-for-12.
At Boston, Red Barrett tosses a one hitter, winning 1–0 over the Cubs. Cubs pitcher Hank Borowy has the only hit, a 6th inning single. Barrett hands out one walk, his first in 3 games.
Good timing. The Reds Benny Zientara belts his first ML homer—a 3-run clout in the 8th, to beat the Dodgers, 9–6.
The 2nd place Yankees drop a 9–8 decision to the woeful White Sox. Allie Reynolds issues 8 passes, and Bill Bevens adds 3 more. Joe Page walks none in the 9th but Aaron Robinson lets a pop up drop in front of the plate for a single, and two hits later, the Sox score the winner. Johnny Lindell and Luke Appling match homers.
11th Mel Ott makes his last appearance as a player when he pinch hits for pitcher Ken Trinkle in New York’s 8–7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The future Hall of Famer pops to short.
12th In an 8-2 win at Seattle, Oakland OF Vince DiMaggio hits homers over the LF and RF barriers, the first hitter to do that in one game at Sick Stadium.
13th The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 5–3 before 34,510 “first nighters” in the first night game at Fenway Park. After the game, the White Sox trade 1B Jake Jones to the Red Sox for Rudy York. Jones is a WW2 flying ace (he shot down 7 confirmed Japanese zeroes, according to The Sporting News, April 12, 1945.
Mort Cooper joins his brother on the Giants as the Braves trade the veteran pitcher to New York for former 20-game winner Bill Voiselle. The Braves will give Voiselle uniform #96 since the pitcher is from Ninety Six, NC.
14th The Reds swipe pitcher Ken Raffensberger and C Hugh Poland from the Phillies for C Al Lakeman. Lakeman won’t hit his weight (195 pounds) in 2 seasons in Philadelphia while Raffensberger will win 89 games in a Reds uniform.
15th Just-traded Jake Jones homers in the first of two, a 7–3 Boston win over Chicago. In the nitecap, Jones singles home 2 runs to tie the nitecap, and wins it with a 2-out 9th inning walk off grand slam, 8–4. He adds a steal to his 6 ribbies in game 2. Rudy York meanwhile goes 2-for-4 in game 2, after an 0-for-4 game 1.
18th Ewell Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds no-hits the second-place Boston Braves at Crosley Field 6–0. The Braves had pounded out 55 hits in their previous 4 games. The Whip walks 4 and strikes out 3. The offense is led by newcomer Babe Young who blasts two three-run homers for Cincy. Rookie Frankie Baumholtz, who played in the NBA the previous winter, collects 4 hits and scores twice, while Grady Hatton adds 4 walks, a single and 2 runs scored.
19th You’d think he’d learn. In a Texas League game, Fort Worth beats Beaumont, 6–5, in 12 innings. Fort Worth centerfielder Maurice Santomauro throws out Charles Glunt at the plate three times.
20th Yale bests Clemson 7–3 in the first game of the NCAA East Regional. Eli 1B George Bush has a single in 4 at bats and steals a base. Winning pitcher Frank Quinn will sign a $50,000 bonus with the Red Sox but never win a ML game.
The Browns sell P Denny Galehouse to the Red Sox, the team that traded to St. Louis in 1938. Galehouse, 1–3 with the Browns this year, will go 11–7 with the Sox.
21st The Red Sox jump on Bob Feller for 4 runs in the 1st and get 4 more in the 4th on a grand slam by Bobby Doerr en route to a 9-1 win over the visiting Indians. Joe Dobson is the winning pitcher. The victory, coupled with a Yankee sweep, leaves Boston 1 ½ games in back of New York.
22nd Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Brooklyn Dodgers singles with one out in the 9th inning. Stanky’s hit ends Blackwell’s hitless-inning skein at 19. Blackwell then gets Al Gionfriddo before Jackie Robinson bangs out a single. Blackwell wins, 4–0, his 9th straight win to improve to 11–2. Joe Hatten hurls hitless ball for 4 2/3 innings before walking 4 in the 4th and the Reds score 3 in the 8th to chase him. In the nitecap, the Dodgers win 9–8 as Carl Furillo drives in 7 runs. His grand slam in the 4th caps a six-run inning.
The Yankees increase their lead to two games over the Red Sox by defeating the Tigers, 6–5, as the Red Sox split with the Indians. Yogi Berra’s grand slam in the first inning is the big blow, sending the Tigers to their 9th straight loss. Detroit is now in 5th place.
24th The Dodgers win 4–2 over the host Pirates, as Jackie Robinson swipes home in the 5th (Ostermuller pitching) for the first of 19 times in his career. Reese hits his 8th homer to back Ralph Branca’s pitching.
At Shibe Park, Vern Stephens hits a grand slam for the last-place Browns as they pummel the A’s, 12-3.
26th Ewell Blackwell posts his 10th straight victory, whipping the Cards, 6–3. But the Birds snap the consecutive inning scoreless streak of the elongated Ewell, scoring in the 2nd frame when Galan misjudges a fly, an infield hit and a fly.
Hooks Iott, picked up from the Browns on waivers 2 days ago, pitches the Giants to a 11–0 win over the Cubs. Hooks allows 2 hits while striking out 8. The Giants collect 13 hits, including 2 homers.
Carl DeRose, Kansas City (AA) righthander, tosses the first perfect game in AA history, beating Minneapolis, 5–0. DeRose, who has been out a month with a sore arm and still pitches with pain, throws just 93 pitches in retiring all 27 batters. He’ll pitch just twice more this year.
27th At the Polo Grounds, Skeeter Newsome’s 2nd inning grand slam proves the difference as the Phillies edge the Giants, 6-5. It is the veteran’s 8th homer in 12 years.
In the first ever College World Series, played on the home field of Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, MI, Commissioner Happy Chandler throws out the first ball for the game between Yale and California. Yale’s 4-2 lead is protected by Frank Quinn, who throws 5 scoreless innings before running into trouble in the 7th. The Bears take a 6-4 lead and when Quinn in lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, Cal rolls to a 17-4 win.
28th Walker Cooper of the Giants hits a HR in his 6th consecutive game to tie a record set by George Kelly in 1924. Cooper had 2 HRs in the first game of the streak, and his shot today helps his brother Mort win 14–6 over the Phils, his first win as a Giant. Jurisich goes all the way for the Phils, prompting a protest by Horace Stoneham. Phils manager Ben Chapman counters that he had no other pitchers available because of injuries and tomorrow’s twinbill. It’ll be Schoolboy Rowe’s turn to take one for the team when the Phils vet gives up 14 hits in a 9-inning loss to Brooklyn on the 30th.
For the second day in a row, Whitey Kurowski has a walk-off hit to give the Cards a win. Today, Kurowski hits the first pitch from reliever Harry Gumbert for a two-run homer and an 8-7 win over the Reds. Stan Musial is on 3rd base with a triple. Yesterday, Kurowski’s 2-run single in the 11th was the game winner.
In Kalamazoo, California wins the CWS with an 8-7 victory over Yale. Cal freshman pitcher Jackie Jensen, who later stars in the majors, is staked to a 7-3 lead, but is relieved by Virgil Butler after a bout of wildness. Yale 1B George Bush has no hits in the two games, but scores a run and makes 17 putouts with no errors.
29th In game 2 at Philadelphia, Ferris Fain lines an inside-the-park grand slam in the 5th inning as the A’s top the Red Sox, 6–5. The A’s take the opener as well, 3–2, behind solo HRs by Chapman and Suder.
The Cards split with the Reds, losing the opener to Cincinnati 9–7, then slugging their way to a 17–2 victory in the nightcap. Enos Slaughter is the big Bird with 10 RBIs for the day, 7 in game 2.
At Wrigley Field, Wally Westlake starts the Pittsburgh scoring with a 3rd inning grand slam off Claude Passeau as the Pirates win, 10-4. Kirby Higbe is the winning pitcher.
30th At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell strikes out 11 Cubs en route to a 6–4 win. Blackwell has now won 10 in a row.