1949 June

st Bob Feller, making his first start in 2 weeks following a siege of arm trouble, loses his 4th of the year as the Red Sox top the Indians, 3–1. Mickey Harris is the winner, allowing 9 hits.

2nd Against the Reds, the host Philadelphia Phillies hit 5 HRs in the 8th inning, tying the ML mark set by the 1939 Giants and turn a 3–2 deficit into a 12–3 win. The Phillie phive includes Del Ennis, Andy Seminick (2), Puddin’ Head Jones, and pitcher Schoolboy Rowe. Jones adds a stand up triple which just misses a HR, and Granny Hamner’s double jumps the extra base total to 18, a ML record. The 26 total bases ties the 20th C. mark. Seminick has a 3rd inning HR to total 3 for the game.

3rd The Senators pound out 14 hits to beat Ned Garver and the Browns, 12–3. Paul Calvert (6–3) is the complete game winner, but will lose his next 14 decisions and the Senators will waive him to Detroit over the winter. The 14 straight losses is the 4th worst ever in the AL, and will be matched by Howie Judson this year.

4th The Reds beat the Giants, 6–3, in New York. All the Giants’ scoring is in the 6th inning when Whitey Lockman, Sid Gordon, and Willard Marshall pole consecutive HRs.

5th Commissioner Happy Chandler lifts the ban on all players who jumped to Mexico, starting in 1946. Only Sal Maglie will make a significant mark after the exile. Lou Klein will be the first jumper to make a ML box score, successfully pinch-hitting on June 16.

8th New York knuckler Tommy Byrne walks 13 Tigers in 11 innings, a Yankee club record and the most passes handed out since 1935. Dick Weik will match it in September and, as a Brown, Byrne will actually top it in an extra-inning game in 1951. The 2nd-place Tigers manage just 4 hits, but finally score with 2 out in the 11th to win, 3–2. Virgil Trucks gives up 3 hits in the win. The Yankees pitching staff will surrender 812 bases on balls this year, the second-most of any team in ML history (the most ever was 827 by the 1915 Philadelphia A’s).

The Reds outhit the Braves, 21 to 12, but lose to Boston in 15 innings, 8-7. Ray Mueller leads the Reds with 5 hits. Nels Potter, in relief of Sain, pitches 9.1 innings for the win, allowing a run. The Reds won’t collect 21 hits in a losing effort until 2008. With the win, the Braves are tied for 2nd place, a half game out.

9th The Phillies tip the Pirates 4–3 in 18 innings in Philadelphia. No Phillies reach base via a walk in the game and each team has the same line: 68 at bats; 16 hits; 21 assists; and three errors.

Athletics P Dick Fowler records 9 putouts in a 12-inning 1–0 win over the White Sox. Bill Wight allows just 6 hits, including 2 by 1B Chuck Kress, acquired from the Reds yesterday. Luke Appling’s 2-base error paves the way for the winning run.

10th Frank Frisch, who began the season as coach of the Giants, replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the last-place Cubs. Frisch was the first choice of Grimm, who goes into the front office as a vice president after tomorrow’s games. According to Grimm, “the Cubs have never had a fighting manager of the Frisch type for forty years. The last manager who’d compare with Frisch in my book is Frank Chance.”

12th The Cubs (19–31) split a doubleheader with the Braves, winning the opener 6–2, then losing 2–0, to teenager Johnny Antonelli. 39-year-old Dutch Leonard is the loser to the 19-year-old bonus chucker. Cub fans give a standing ovation to manager Charlie Grimm in his last appearance in the coaching box.

Red hot Andy Seminick clubs 3 homers to help the Phils split a pair with the Cards, Seminick is 7-for-8 in the 2 games and is in the middle of a streak that will produce 9 homers, 25 RBIs in 14 games. Harry Brecheen is the 7-3 winner in game 1, while Robin Roberts is victorious in game 2, 8-3.

The Dodgers run roughshod over the Reds, winning 20–7. Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges and the Reds Grady Hatton both hit grand slams as Hodges has 8 RBIs with 3 homers. Billy Cox also homers twice and drives in 6 runs. The 2 teams combine for 15 runs (Reds-5) in the 5thinning to set a since-tied NL record for the frame.

At Sportman’s Park, the Browns and A’s split a pair with the Brownies taking the opener, 6-4. Game 2 is a slugfest with the A’s winning, 13-10, on 19 hits. Elmer Valo drives in 4 runs and scores 4. Hank Majeski scores 4 runs while Pete Suder drives in 5 runs on 5 hits. Alex Kellner (8-3) wins with 5 innings of relief.

In a Carolina League game, Reidsville Luckies slugger Muscle Sholes (sometimes incorrectly listed as Shoales) goes 5-for-5 with three homers, just missing a 4th homer that hits the top of the wall for a double. Sholes will lead the league with 137 RBIs, 55 homers, and miss the Triple Crown by two points on his batting average.

13th The Giants trade veteran C Walker Cooper to Cincinnati for C Ray Mueller.

14th Bob Feller wins his 2nd of the year as the Indians route the Red Sox at Boston, 10–5. The Tribe scores 6 runs in the 1st off Joe Dobson, who does not retire a batter. Joe Gordon’s grand slam is the big blow. The inning is marred by a rhubarb with both teams milling around the mound after Dobson hits Boudreau, who is playing 1B for the first time. The Sox allow Ken Keltner as a courtesy runner for the Indians skipper, who returns after an inning. Keltner, who had scored earlier in the inning, scores again for Boudreau. He’s the last courtesy runner this century.

Despite a Cards’ triple play in the 1st inning on a Hodges line drive, the Dodgers win, 7–2, for their 8th straight win. The Brooks increase their lead to 3 games in the NL.

After hitting a homer, triple and single, Wally Westlake adds a 2-out RBI double in the 9th to complete the cycle and give the Pirates a 4–3 win against visiting Boston. It is the second time he’s hit for the cycle.

Behind the 4-hit pitching of Larry Jansen, the Giants hand the Reds their 7th straight loss, 2–0. Walker Cooper, making his first appearance for the Reds, grounds into a DP to end the game. Cooper’s replacement behind the plate for the Giants, Wes Westrum, is 1-for-4. Westrum set an IL record with 5 grand slams, playing in just 51 games before being recalled.

Following a 4–1 Phils victory at Wrigley Field, Eddie Waitkus, 1B of the Phillies, is shot by 19-year-old Ruth Ann Steinhagen at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel. The shooting occurs just before midnight. Steinhagen, obsessed with Waitkus, is registered at the hotel under the name Ruth Ann Burns. The bullet punctures Waitkus’s lung and lodges near his heart. Waitkus battles for his life and will undergo 4 operations. He’ll come back to play the following season, though he will not be the same ball player. With a .304 batting average, Waitkus is currently leading the NL All-star voting for 1B.

15th  Rookie OF Dino Restelli joins the Pirates from San Francisco (PCL) and in his second game hits a pair of home runs off Warren Spahn to beat the Braves, 8–7. His first homer, with a man on, comes in the 7th and his 2nd, a 2 run shot in the 9th of Spahn, is part of a 4-run inning. Restelli will hit 7 HRs in his first 39 at bats and will finish with 12, hitting .250 in 72 games. He’ll be out of the league next year. One suggestion for his slowdown in ’49 is his having his wisdom teeth removed.

In a swap of outfielders, Cincinnati sends Frankie Baumholtz and Hank Sauer to the Cubs for Peanuts Lowrey and Harry Walker. The Reds will shortly send both on to St. Louis, Lowrey for cash and Walker swapped a 2nd time for Ron Northey. Both Baumholtz and Sauer will flourish in Wrigley’s friendly confines: in his first 40 games, Big Hank will hit 15 homers and drive in 40 runs, something no other traded player has done in the 20th Century. Manny Ramirez will hit 14 in 2008 and Yoenis Cespedes will match Sauer in 2015.

Ed Sauer, brother of Hank, is also swapped today. First the Pirates purchase the catcher from the Cardinals, then trade him to the Braves for C Phil Masi and cash.

At Sportsman’s Park, Nippy Jones has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 6 runs as the Cardinals whip the Dodgers, 9-5.

16th The Braves bring up 19-year-old Del Crandall from Evansville (IN) and make him their regular catcher.

At Wrigley, the Phillies crush the Cubs, 9-2, as Andy Seminick has his third homer in three days and drives in 4 runs for the second straight day. He has driven in 11 runs in 3 games and has an RBI in 5 straight games.

19th The Tigers roll over the Senators in a twinbill as Virgil Trucks wins, 9–0 and Freddie Hutchinson follows with a 7–0 victory.

21st Lou Brissie allows 4 hits and Elmer Valo bangs a grand slam as the A’s defeat the visiting Indians, 8-2. Catcher Jim Hegan pulls off a bases loaded unassisted double play in the 3rd when he picks up a little squibber by Brissie, tags the plate, then tags Valo coming in from 3B.

At St. Louis, the Giants ride a grand slam by light-hitting first sacker Joe Lafata to 6-5 win over the Cardinals. New York pushes across a run in the 11th for the winning tally.

22nd The Braves and Cubs use 10 pitchers, who hand out 24 hits and 13 walks, as Chicago beats the visiting Bostonians, 9–8. Herman Reich has a 3-run HR, his 1st in the majors, for Chicago, and Sauer and Adkins also homer. Bob Elliott socks one for Boston. Reich has one assist at 1B, on his way to 83 assists in 85 games, high in the NL. This is the fewest games ever in which a player has led his position in assists (according to Mike Emeigh). Dom DiMaggio, in 1940, led AL outfielders in assists while playing just 94 games.

Vic Lombardi drives in 3 runs and pitches the Pirates to a 12-3 win over the Phillies. Bucs rookie Dino Restelli has his second 2-homer game, the first player in ML history to have two 2-homer games in his first 10 games played. Mark Quinn, in 1999, will match Dino.

At St. Louis, the Cards overcome a 7-run deficit to rally and beat the Giants, 11–8. The win moves the Cards a half game behind the front-running Dodgers. Musial hits his 14th HR to help the Cards win their 23rd in 30 starts.

24th Boston bangs out 25 hits against the Browns and rolls to a 21–2 pasting. Ellis Kinder is the winner. Ted Williams drives in 7 runs on 3 hits, including a pair of homers. Ted scores 4 times and adds a stolen base, his only one of the year. Goodman has 5 hits and also scores 4.

The Pirates manage just 2 hits—both by Ralph Kiner—off three Dodger pitchers, but Pittsburgh wins 4-2. Kiner’s 3-run homer off Rex Barney in the 1st is the big hit.

25th In a shootout at Forbes Field, The Pirates out homer the Dodgers, 5–4, but lose the game 17–10. Gil Hodges leads the Flatbushers’ 17-hit attack with a cycle that includes two homers, triple, double, and single. The game features 9 home runs, one short of the record set August 16, 1947.: Kiner and Hodges, 2 each, Westlake, Stevens, Restelli, Robinson, and Furillo The win moves the Dodgers back into first place, as the Cards lose.

The Cards drop a 10–6 nite game to the visiting Braves, as Johnny Sain wins his 5th game. Sibby Sisti homers, one of 18 Boston hits.

Hank Sauer belts a homer to lead the last-place Cubs to a 4–1 win over the slumping Giants, losers of 13 out of their last 17.

The 3rd-place Phils win their 9th in 12 games, beating the Reds, 6–5. The Jays, as the are stilled called in the papers, get successive homers from Del Ennis and Stan Lopata to back Ken Heintzelman’s win over Ewell Blackwell. Robin Roberts relieves for the Phillies. Granny Hamner scores from 2B in the 6th on a Stan Lopata fly ball to RF Harry Walker.

The Red Sox, winners of 9 of their last ten games, again crush the Browns, 12–2. Al Zarilla has a single, triple and HR to pace the Millionaires. The Sox are in 4th place, 5 ½ games behind the Yankees.

Led by Jim Shamblin’s CWS-record 5 hits, the University of Texas beats Wake Forest, 10–3, to win the college World Series. Shamblin’s mark will be tied by Ron Hassey in 1976, and subsequently by a number of players.

26th At Yankee Stadium, Pat Mullin hits 3 HRs to pace the Detroit Tigers to 12–4 romp in game 2. Raschi (11–2) is cuffed for 7 hits in 2 innings. The Yanks win the opener, 6–2, behind Ed Lopat.

The Cards Red Munger holds the Braves to 4 hits and clouts his first ML homer, off Glenn Elliot in the 5th, to win, 2–0.

27th DiMag goes hitless but plays without pain against the Giants in the Mayor’s Trophy game. At this point the Yankees have played 65 games without DiMaggio, but are in first place by 4 ½ games over the A’s and 5 ahead of Boston.

28th After missing the first 69 games of the season because of an ailing heel, Joe DiMaggio awoke in early June to find the pain has disappeared. He returns to the Yankee lineup with a single and a HR that help the Bombers beat the Red Sox 6–4 in a night game at Fenway before 36,228, the largest night crowd in Fenway history. Hank Bauer’s 3 run homer in the 2nd inning off young lefty Maurice McDermott jump starts the Yanks, who now lead the race by 4 ½ games.

29th Mickey Owen and Luis Olmo rejoin the Dodgers from Mexican League exile.

At Fenway, The Yankees spot the Red Sox a 7 run lead before roaring back against Ellis Kinder. Joe DiMaggio hits a 3-run homer in the 5th, off Kinder, and clouts a 2nd HR in the 8th, off Earl Johnson, breaking a 7–7 tie. New York wins 9–7, with Joe Page victorious in relief.

Ralph Kiner, featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post out today, drives in 5 runs with a grand slam and a double to lead the Bucs to a 7–3 win over the Reds. Lombardi gets the win. Virgil Stallcup’s 3-run homer is the scoring for Cincy.

30th DiMaggio’s 4th HR in 3 games, a 3-run shot off the LF light tower, gives the Yankees 6–3 win, and a sweep of 5th place Boston. Vic Raschi (12–2) picks up the win over Mel Parnell (10–4). The Yanks leave Boston with a 5 ½ game lead over the A’s.

Behind Hank Edwards offense, the Cubs down the Cardinals, 11-2. Edwards has 2 homers, 4 RBIs, and scores 5 runs.

At the Polo Grounds, the Braves take 2 from the Giants, 3–0 and 6–2. In the twi-nite game, Alvin Dark and Bob Elliott have inside-the-park-homers for Boston. Lockman’s muff of a fly ball with the sacks full allows 2 runs to score. Bill Voiselle wins the opener and Glenn Elliott the nitecap.

In a National Girls Baseball League DH in Chicago, Josephine Severs sets league marks with 7 RBIs in game 1, 11 RBIs for the DH, while going 7-for-9 with 13 total bases, also a league mark for a DH. Her Bloomer Girls beat the Cardinals, 13-2 and 10-3.

In Chicago, Ruth Ann Steinhagen is arraigned for shooting Eddie Waitkus. Waitkus, in a wheel chair, testifies at the hearing. A jury finds her criminally insane and by early afternoon she is on her way to Kankakee State mental hospital. She’ll remain there till April 17, 1952.