1948 June

1st Barney DeForge, pitcher-manager in the Carolina League, and Ed Weingarten, an official of clubs in the Tri-State and Blue Grass Leagues, are barred from baseball for life on charges of bribery, gambling, and game-throwing.

2nd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees open the series with Detroit with a 1–0 win behind Vic Raschi, but lose left fielder Charley Keller who breaks his hand. Johnny Lindell will move in as the regular LF. Art Houtteman takes the loss, running his record to 0-7.

In an unpopular trade in Chicago, the White Sox acquire slugger Pat Seerey and P Al Gettel from Cleveland for 3B Bob Kennedy.

4th At Philadelphia, the A’s edge the White Sox, 4–3, as Lou Brissie picks up the win. The Sox score 3 runs in the 3rd on a bases-loaded single by newly acquired Pat Seerey. Lupien, running on a 3–2 count, scores from 1B.

5th Richie Ashburn of the Phillies hits safely in a 6–5 nitecap win at Chicago. It is his 23rd consecutive game starting May 9, a 20th-century NL record for a rookie (Jimmy Williams had streaks of 27 and 26 games in 1899). Alvin Dark will tie it this year and Mike Vail will match it in 1975. The Phils also take the opener, 4–2.

In an Interstate League game at Wilmington, pitcher Robin Roberts strikes out 18 in a 4–1 win over visiting Trenton. The effort earns him a call-up to the Phils.

Enos Slaughter’s grand slam is the highlite of a 6-run 3rd inning as the Cardinals beat the visiting Dodgers, 9-6. Red Schoendienst has 4 hits, including three doubles.

Appearing at Yale Field just ten weeks before his death, Babe Ruth presents a copy of his biography to Yale first baseman and captain George Bush.

6th Erv Dusak, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, and Nippy Jones homer in the 6th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Phillies 11–1 in the first of two. Phils pitcher Charlie Bicknell gives up 18 total bases in the inning. The Cards take the 2nd game, 2–0, on Al Brazle’s 5-hitter. Schoendienst bangs 5 doubles and a homer for the afternoon, after clouting 3 doubles yesterday, and ties a record for most extra base hits in two consecutive games with 7. Only 2 other players in history (Earl Sheely, 1926: Ed Delahanty, 1896) have tallied 7 extra base hits in 2 games (Joe Adcock, in 1954, will become the 4th). His 8 doubles in three games is a NL record.

The Pirates score 4 runs in each game as they split with the Giants, losing 16-4 and winning 4-3. New York scores in just 3 innings in the first game. Sid Gordon contributes his 2nd grand slam of the year. The split drops the Giants a half game behind the first place Cards.

Ted Williams, Stan Spence, and Vern Stephens hit successive HRs for the Red Sox against Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers. It is the 2nd 3-straight-HR game by the Bosox during the season, with Spence, Stephens, and Bob Doerr having accomplished the feat off Phil Marchildon of the A’s on April 19. The Sox win a pair, 5–4 and 12–4.

7th The Braves Jim Russell hits one HR batting lefty and another batting righty, the second National Leaguer to do so, in a 9–5 win over the Cubs. He also hits 2 doubles and drives in 5 runs. Playing for the Dodgers on July 26, 1950, he’ll hit another pair from each side of the plate, the first player to do so twice. Reliever Red Barrett is the winner over McCall, the first of four Cubs pitchers. The Cubs do stop Tommy Holmes 17-game hit streak.

The Phils Dutch Leonard knuckles down the Cards, 5–1, dropping St. Louis into 2nd place. Dick Sisler homers for the Phils, while Musial’s homer is the only Cards tally.

The Giants take over first place, pounding the Pirates for 13 hits, 9 for extra bases, to win, 9–5. The Giants score 2 runs in each of the 8thand 9th innings to win. Wes Westrum and Bobby Thomson homer, while Whitey Lockman adds a pair of triples. Larry Jansen (7–0) starts, but is not around for a decision.

8th In a game that Ted Williams later recalls as one of the most important of the year, the visiting Indians trip the Red Sox, 2–0, behind Gene Bearden’s 6th win. Lou Boudreau’s controversial 2-run homer in the 4th inning off Mel Parnell is all the scoring. The seemingly foul ball drops into the RF corner stands and is called fair by 1st-base umpire Charley Berry. The Sox are now 11 games behind.

10th At Fenway, the Red Sox score 8 runs in the 3rd and down the first-place Indians, 15-7. Joe Tipton of the Indians quietly runs his consecutive hitting streak to 9 straight, a skein he started in game 1 on May 30 (as noted by Trent McCotter). Tipton will hit .289 in 90 at bats.

11th The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees, 10–8, as reliever Bob Feller fans Sherm Lollar with the bases full to end the game. DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlites include Yogi Berra getting tossed by Cal Hubbard and young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th by George Stirnweiss, a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out—his first K in 42 games. The game—interrupted by rain and a fans’ missile barrage—ends at 12:20 a.m.

In Philadelphia, the Browns score 5 runs in the first inning off Phil Marchildon, but that’s all the scoring they can muster as they lose to the A’s, 6-5. Brownie rookie Andy Anderson connects for his first ML homer, a grand slam.

At Griffith Stadium, Art Houtteman drives in the winning run with a 10th inningle single as the Tigers edge the Senators, 7-6. Houtteman (1-8) earns the win with 3.2 innings of relief. George Kell has 4 hits for the Bengals. Hard Luck Houtteman will pitch a 5-hit 10-inning win in his next outing, but finish the season at 2-16 with a 4.66 ERA.

12th In an afternoon double header before 68,586 at the Stadium, Cleveland takes two from the Yankees, winning 7–5 and 9–4. The Tribe has now won three games from New York in 24 hours. Joe Gordon leads the way over his ex-teammates by hitting a two-run homer in the first game, and belting two more round-trippers in the nitecap. Allie Reynolds and Spec Shea take the losses. The Indians have now won 3 games from NY in less than 24 hours.

At St. Louis, the Giants overcome the Cards, 7–5, by scoring five runs in the 7th, and regain first place. The Cards make 13 hits and rout Larry Jansen, but John Mize, with a homer, double and single, leads the New Yorkers. Sheldon Jones is brilliant in relief.

The Reds sweep a twinbill with the Braves, winning 3-2 and 11-9. In the first inning of game 2, 31-year-old Hank Sauer poles a grand slam to pace the offense.

13th The Yankees retire Babe Ruth’s No. 3 jersey in the Babe’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium on the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium. A Silver Anniversary crowd of 49,641 cheers as Mel Allen introduces the Babe. After the ceremonies and a two inning game between Old-timers in which the team of 1923 defeats a team of all-stars from later years, 2–0, the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5–3. Joe DiMaggio belts two triples and Rizzuto and Berra add homers to back Lopat’s pitching. Lopat is now 13–3 lifetime versus the Tribe.

The host Reds and Braves play their second straight doubleheader, with Boston scoring late to sweep both, 8-7, and 10-5. Boston scores 4 in the 9th of the opener and 5 in the 8th of game 2. Hank Sauer continues his hot hitting with two homers and a triple in game 2, while Virgil Stallcup has 2 triples, a double and two singles on the afternoon. This is the Reds last game on their homestand and, apparently not liking the food on the road, Stallcup will go 1-for-49, including an 0-for-35.

The Giants and Cardinals split a pair in St. Louis, with the Giants taking the opener, 8-7, and dropping the second game, 3-2. The scorer gives the Giants win to Clint Hartung, who faces 2 batters, but a few days later the NL will disagree and give his W to Larry Jansen, who throws 4 innings and allows 2 runs. Game 2’s winner also goes just 3 innings as starter Red Munger leaves after jamming his finger diving back into 1B following a single (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

A day after a split between the Browns and Athletics, a furious Connie Mack hands veteran pitcher Nels Potter his unconditional release. Potter relieved for Lou Brissie in the 8th of game 1 and got lit up for 2 runs, as the Browns scored 6 and won, 7-5. A questionable outfield throw over the catcher’s head helped dig Potter’s grave. When Mack cools down, he tries to sign Potter, but Nels holds him to his first statement, and will sign with the Braves in a week. Potter has always felt that he would do better in the NL because he throws low pitches and would get the calls there. He’ll go 5-2 for Boston this year with a 2.33 ERA and make it into the WS.

15th The Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4–1 before a crowd of 54,480 in the first night game at Briggs Stadium. The Tigers are the last AL team to install lights. Hal Newhouser gives up just two hits and is backed by 8th inning homers by Dick Wakefield and Pat Mullin. Former Tiger Barney McCosky, now with the A’s, crashes into the outfield wall and is taken off on a stretcher, but recovers.

Behind Johnny Sain, the Braves beat the Cubs 6–3 to take a one-game NL lead. It is the first game to be telecast in the Boston area; the Red Sox will follow a week later after they return from a road trip.

Cleveland picks up pitcher Sam Zoldak from the Browns for Bill Kennedy and a magnanimous $100,000. Kennedy will win 7 for the Browns in 1948, while Zoldak will be 9-6 for the Tribe.

16th Ted Williams raises his average to .408 with a single, 2 doubles, and a homer to lead the visiting Sox to a 7–5 win over the first-place Indians. The Sox will win tomorrow to sweep the 3-game series.

17th Braves reliever Bill Voiselle wins a pair today over the Cubs, 7–6 and 8–7. Cliff Chambers and Jess Dobernic take the losses.

18th The Pirates spoil Robin Roberts debut, beating the Phils’ rookie 2–0. Roberts was called up after a 9–1 start at Wilmington (Interstate League).

19th In St. Louis, the 3rd-place Yankees score 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Browns, 10-5. Billy Johnson connects for a grand slam and a 2-run homer while driving in 7 runs.

Andy Pafko has his second 5-hit game of the year to lead the Cubs to a 5-2 win over Brooklyn. Bill Nicholson adds a 2-run homer in the 8thinning to back Bob Rush’s win.

20th Joe DiMaggio smashes three homers to lead the Yanks to a 4–2 and 6–2 sweep of the Browns. Vic Raschi wins his 8th in a row in the opener, besting Fred Sanford. DiMag’s two homers in the nitecap, a solo shot in the 8th and a 3-run homer in the 9th, give Red Embree the win. The double victory puts the Yanks in 2nd place 3 ½ games behind Cleveland.

Cleveland draws 82,781 for a doubleheader win over the A’s, a ML record for a regular season game that will be broken by the same club in 1954. The Indians will attract 2.6 million for the season, surpassing the Yankees, 1947 attendance. The two losses, 4–3 to Feller (6-7) and 10–0 to Lemon (10-5), drop the faltering A’s into 3rdplace. Lemon hits his third homer of the season in his shutout.

After being shut out, 9–0, by the Phillies Dutch Leonard, the Pirates come back to win the nitecap of the Sunday twinbill, 7–5, behind Ralph Kiner’s 18th and 19th homers. Kiner will hit homers every Sunday for 8 successive weeks in May and June. For the year he will hit 17 round trippers in 38 Sunday games. The Phils are paced in the opener by Eddie Miller, who drives in 5 runs on 3 singles. Ashburn makes 4 hits then adds 3 more in the nitecap.

Murry Dickson is 1-1 for the day, winning the opener as the Cards trim the Giants, 7-2, hitting three homers off Monte Kennedy. Dickson goes the distance. In game 2, Johnny Mize, Willard Marshall, and Sid Gordon of the Giants hit consecutive HRs in the 8th inning, all off Dickson in relief, in a 6–4 win. Mize’s is a 2-run homer, his second 2-run shot of the game.

Luke Appling, in the his first game at 3B, breaks a 47-year-old AL record by making 10 assists in an 8–5 Sox win over Washington. Before the game, the opener of a twinbill with the Senators, “Old aches and pains” had complained that his arm was stiff and he couldn’t possibly throw from third. Appling also makes 3 hits. Next year, Luke will return to SS. The Senators win game 2, 4-2, behind Sid Hudson.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers honor Eddie Bettan, who is known as the “Dodgers Number One Fan.” He receives several gifts, including a new-fangled television. In the last game of the 1941 season at Ebbets, Eddie ran out on the field in tuxedo tails and a top hat, grabbed a bat, and stood at the plate. He was quickly taken away. Eddie doesn’t have much to cheer about today as his Dodgers lose to the Cubs, 6-3, though Pee Wee Reese goes 4-for-4.

22nd Stan Musial is 5-for-5 to lead the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the host Braves. Harry Brecheen picks up the victory.

23rd Tommy Henrich’s grand slam in the top of the 11th breaks up a pitching duel between Indians starter Don Black and Ed Lopat. The Yanks win, 5–1, to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2 ½ games.

24th The Yankees Vic Raschi scatters 6 hits to beat the Indians, 6–0 and earn his 9th straight win. Feller also allows six hits but three are HRs—by McQuinn, Lindell, and DiMaggio.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jackie Robinson cracks a walkoff grand slam in the opener and Rex Barney allows just 3 hits in the 8-inning game 2 win.

25th For the second time in two years, Yale is in the College World Series championship at Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, MI. Southern Cal, riding an 18-game winning streak, takes a 3–1 lead before Yale loads the bases with no outs in the 9th inning. With George Bush the on-deck batter, Jerry Breen hits into a triple play to end it.

26th Yale wins the second game of the CWS, 8–3, behind the pitching of Frank Quinn, as Southern Cal strands 14 runners. George Bush has a single and two RBIs for the Eli. In the second game, USC jumps to a 6–0 lead and coasts home, 9-2. Southern Cal’s Gail Henley signs with the Giants and doesn’t bother returning to California, heading for Minneapolis instead. Frank Quinn signs a bonus with the Red Sox and will appear in nine games. The USC bat boy is Sparky Anderson.

28th At Sportsman’s Park, Browns announcer Dizzy Dean pitches 3 innings for the Ft. Wayne GE team, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs to the Kansas City Monarchs who win, 4-3. In the opener, former Pirate Bill Brandt shuts out the Monarchs, 2-0.

The only action today for the Browns is claiming Don Lund off waivers from the Dodgers.

29th At Detroit, the Indians Bob Feller outpitches the Tigers’ Hal Newhouser to give Cleveland a 6–2 win. Feller allows just one run through the first 8 innings.

At Boston, Sid Gordon belts an 8th-inning grand slam, his 3rd of the season, as the Giants top the first-place Braves, 11-3. The Braves lead the Cards by a half game.

At Crosley Field, the Reds push across a run in the 14th to beat the Pirates, 6-5. After the Pirates score 3 in the 9th to take the lead, the Reds strike back, scoring 3 runs, The first 2 batters in the 9th homer off starter Elmer Riddle but the fault might be in the pitch calls by his 42-year-old brother Johnny Riddle, who enters in the 9th. Johnny, at 42, is the oldest player in the NL, but he does manage to throw out a would-be base stealer. In fairness it is slow-footed slugger Hank Sauer.

30th In his first full season as a pitcher, Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, in front of 49,628 at Briggs Stadium. Lemon has only two scares: Dale Mitchell makes a miraculous catch of a George Kell drive in the 4th and Ken Keltner makes a great stop behind 3B in the 5th. This is the first no-hitter pitched at night.

An 18-year-old lefthander from Rochester, NY, Johnny Antonelli, gets a $75,000 contract from the Braves. Shortly afterwards, the Tigers will pay a similar sum to another teenager, catcher Frank House.