1st Marty Marion and Hank Thompson hit grand slams for the Cards (5–2 over Brooklyn), and the Giants (8–7 in the first of 2 at Cincinnati) respectively. The Cards lose the services of C Joe Garagiola, who separates his shoulder after tripping over Jackie Robinson covering 1B, and Tommy Glaviano, who sprains his ankle. Hitting .347 at the time, Garagiola won’t return until September 3 and will hit only 2-for-13 the rest of the season. But the grand slam, the first in Marion’s 11-year career, moves the Birds into a tie for first place with the Dodgers.
The third-place Phillies take a game-delayed win at Chicago, winning, 8-4. During the delay, Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw is knocked to the floor when the clubhouse is hit by lightning. He recovers.
At Pittsburgh, Vern Bickford coasts to a 14-2 win over the Pirates. The Braves dethrone Mel Queen with 9 runs in the first 3 innings, four coming on a grand slam by Sid Gordon.
2nd The Tiger’s George Kell hits for the cycle in the 16–5 second-game sweep of a Detroit doubleheader with the A’s. The Tigers cop the opener, 8–2, behind the pitching of Ted Gray and the home runs of Vic Wertz and Hoot Evers. Wertz has 5 RBI in the opener, and 2 more in game 2.
The last-place Browns sweep 2 from the 5th place Senators, 10–5 and 9–3. Hank Arft is 5-for-5 in the opener and with a hit in his first at bat in game 2, has 7 straight hits. In game 1, Gil Coan of the Senators fractures his skull in a collision with Owen Friend on a DP ball. Harry Dorish, the winning pitcher in game 2, has two doubles and swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Ray Coleman. He is the last AL pitcher this century to steal home.
In a rain-soaked game in St. Louis, Don Newcombe and the Dodgers trim the Birds, 8–1, to move into first place. Newk holds the Birds to 5 hits, including Marty Marion’s 3rd homer in 3 games he’s started. Duke Snider’s 2-run homer in the 6th helps drive Harry Brecheen to the showers. The Cards and Phils are a game back.
Behind the 5-hit pitching of bonus baby Bill MacDonald (2–0), the Pirates beat the Braves, 5–4, to stop a 9-game losing streak. Gene Mauch homers and drives in 3 runs for Boston, while Ralph Kiner hits his 10th of the year, off Warren Spahn. The Bucs will lose their next five.
Thanks to 5 Cincy errors, 2 passed balls, and 4 walks in the 9th inning by Willie “The knuck” Ramsdell, the Giants beat the host Reds, 7–6.
In the first inning at Fenway, Cleveland’s Bob Feller walks 5—including 3 in a row—and yields two hits before exiting. The 6 runs allows the Red Sox to romp, 11–5, behind Joe Dobson.
3rd In direct challenge to a new league rule, the St. Louis Cardinals book a Sunday night game with Brooklyn, the first in ML history.
The Braves Sid Gordon slugs his third grand slam of the season, plus a second HR, to account for 7 Braves runs in a 10–6 whipping of Pittsburgh. Gordon now leads the NL in homers with 11. Westlake hits a pair of homers, and Hank Schenz hits his first (and second career) homer of the year. Johnny Sain gives up a HR to Jethroe in winning his 8th, tops in the majors.
The Phils climb to a half game out of first place by beating the Cubs, 6–2, behind Bubba Church’s first ML win.
4th Herb Chapman of Gadsden (Southeastern League) goes hitless ending his 42-game hitting streak, the 9th longest streak ever recorded in the minor leagues. During the streak he hit .366.
5th After beating Chicago yesterday, 17–7, the Red Sox wallop Chicago again, winning 12–0. Maurice “Mickey” McDermott, who replaces Ellis in the 1st inning, allows 4 hits to win. Billy Pierce is the loser. Kinder ostensibly leaves with a bad hip, but other reports have him too drunk to pitch. His hip will recover and he will make his regular start on June 10th.
6th Is that enough, Alpha? The Cardinals stake Al Brazle to a 10 run-lead in the 1st inning and he coasts to a 13-1 decision over the Reds. Ewell Blackwell is the starter and loser for the Reds. Rookie Bill Howerton ties a NL night-game record with two doubles in the big inning. Roy Weatherly will tie it next month.
7th Junior Stephens and Clyde Vollmer each have 2 HRs and 5 RBI for the Red Sox, as they trounce the lowly Browns, 20–4, at Fenway. The Bosox tally 5 homers and 23 hits in their total. Joe Dobson is the winner.
The Cubs trade backup catcher Bob Scheffing to the Reds for veteran Ron Northey.
8th In the most lopsided score in the 20th century, the Boston Red Sox annihilate the St. Louis Browns at Fenway Park, 29–4. Bobby Doerr has 3 HRs and 8 RBI; Walt Dropo, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, and 5 runs scored, and Ted Williams, 2 HRs and 5 RBI, all collecting a round tripper in the 8th inning. Pitcher Chuck Stobbs walks 4 times in 4 innings, tying the AL record for pitchers’ walks set by Red Faber in 1915. He also adds 2 hits. Al Zarilla adds 4 doubles, including 2 in one inning, and a single—with no ribbies—as the Sox set a ML record with 58 total bases. Another mark is set of most extra bases on long hits (32) in a game, and the most extra bases on long hits in consecutive games (51). The Red Sox have 28 hits, with 4 players collecting 4 hits apiece (tying the AL mark last done by Chicago in 1936), to total a record 51 for 2 days against the woeful Browns. The infield collects 16 hits to set an AL mark. Leadoff batter Clyde Vollmer goes to the plate 8 times in 8 innings, the only time this has happened in history. Boston has now scored 104 runs in their last 7 games and a record 49 in 2 straight games. The Sox will end the year with a home batting average of .335, while on the road they will hit .259.
Al Rosen belts a first-inning grand slam for Cleveland, but the host Senators respond to beat the Indians, 7-6, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.
At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Dodgers, 4-3, as opposing pitchers Ralph Branca for Brooklyn and Cliff Chambers for Pittsburgh, each clout homers. It is the first time it has happened in the NL in the 20th century.
The Yankees score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Tigers, 11–4. Phil Rizzuto’s record string of 238 errorless chances ends when he fumbles a grounder in the 5th.
9th Commissioner Happy Chandler orders the Cardinals to cancel their Sunday night game with the Dodgers. On the advice of NL President Ford Frick, the Cards comply and reschedule it as a July 17th day/night doubleheader.
Ned Garver, the Browns best hurler, finally turns the tables on the Red Sox, winning 12–7. He is helped by a Don Lenhardt grand slam. Even though losing, the Sox set a ML scoring record for three games at 56 runs. The Browns also fire their sports psychologist, Dr. Tracy, hired by Bill DeWitt just a few days earlier.
At Wrigley, the Giants whip the host Cubs, 9-3, icing the game in the 9th with 5 runs. Wes Westrum hits a 2-run homer in the 9th, his second homer of the game. Eddie Stanky has 4 hits and a walk. It is his 10th straight game with a hit and a walk, the second time in his career that he has put together a streak like that. He is the only player in ML history with two 10-game hit/walk streaks. Jimmie Foxx is the only man to date to put together a matching streak.
At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers tie the ML record with two bases-loaded triples to whip the Yankees, 13-7. Jerry Priddy hits the first bases loaded triple in the 3rd inning, and Johnny Lipon’s triple comes in the 8-run 6th. The last team to hit a pair was the A’s in a game on May 1, 1949.
In St. Louis, Max Lanier (5-2) and Gerry Staley combine to stop the Braves, 8-5. Lanier gives up four solo homers–two by Walker Cooper–in the win. Musial is a homer shy of the cycle and Enos Slaughter hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd off loser Bob Hall (0-1). Hall helps the Birds by balking 3 times in his 3+ innings to tie the NL mark set last month by Max Lanier.
10th In a game called after five innings, the Senators Sandy Consuegra makes his first ML start and shuts out the White Sox, 6–0.
The Tigers score 8 runs in the top of the 9th at Fenway to win, 18-8, over the Red Sox. Detroit has 21 hits. Wertz and Evers hit back-to-back homer in the 7th and Johnny Groth has 5 hits.
11th At Cincinnati, the Dodgers and Reds split two, with the visitors taking game 1, 5-4, behind Don Newcombe. Roy Campanella hits an 8th inning homer in game 2, but it is not enough as the Reds win, 8-5. With the Phillies also splitting, the Cardinals lead the two contenders by two games.
12th ML baseball names Connie Mack as the Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game.
13th Chuck Stobbs allows 2 hits as the Red Sox open their road trip with an 8–1 win over the Indians. Bobby Doerr leads the offense with a pair of homers, a triple and single to chase Bob Feller. Doerr raises his average to .306, putting every Sox regular over .300.
The Cubs hit three solo homers (Ramazzotti, Cavarretta, Borkowski: 29 letters) in the 6th, all off Branca, but need Roy Smalley’s homer in a 3-run 11th to beat the host Dodgers, 6-3.
14th No it wasn’t football, as the Dodgers and Pirates game ends unfinished at curfew time with a score 19–14 in favor of Brooklyn. The game will resume August 1st. Bucs rookie Dale Coogan starts the scoring in the 1st with his first ML homer, a 3-run clout off Ralph Branca.
Mickey Vernon for Dick Weik. To make way for Luke Easter at 1B, the Indians send former batting champ Vernon to the Senators for Dick Weik, 3-12 last year. Vernon will win another batting title in Washington, while Weik will win one game for the Tribe.
15th In a rain-delayed game at Comiskey, Billy Pierce twirls a masterful one-hitter to beat the Yankees, 5–0. Billy Johnson’s single in the 5th and a walk to Jerry Coleman are the only NY base runners.
The Yankees, frustrated in late April in their aborted trade for Ostrowski with the Browns, finally get the pitcher, along with pitchers Tom Ferrick and Sid Schacht, and 3B Leo Thomas. New York sends infielder Snuffy Stirnweiss, OF Jim Delsing, pitchers Duane Pillette and Don Johnson, and $50,000. Both Ferrick and Ostrowski will prove their worth in the 1950 pennant drive. Tomorrow, the Yanks beat the Browns, 7–5, with Ferrick and Ostrowski starring in relief.
The Tigers roll over the A’s, 7–3, for their 8th win in 9 meetings with the Mackmen. Hoot Evers has his 19 game hit streak stopped but George Kell runs his to 15 straight. The winner is Freddie Hutchinson, while Bobby Shantz is the loser. Shantz will not lose again to Detroit until June 13, 1958, a string of 12 straight wins.
16th Pitching before a crowd of 54,086, Hal Newhouser trims the Red Sox for the 2nd time in 6 days, winning 4–1. He strikes out 8 including Pesky 4 times. Detroit keeps it’s 1 1/2 game lead over New York.
The Yankees recall Johnny Mize from Kansas City. He proceeds to wallop 25 HRs and drive in 72 runs in 90 games.
The Indians edge the A’s, 8-7, scoring two runs with the bases loaded on two errors by Philadelphia second baseman Kermit Wahl. Larry Doby has a homer and walks 4 times, Wally Moses walks 4 times for the A’s, as the two teams combine to walk 25. Gene Bearden walks 10 in just 5.2 innings.
18th After Bob Feller blanks the A’s, 7–0, on a 2-hitter, the Indians set a modern record by scoring 14 runs in the opening frame of the 2nd game. The output, done with just 6 hits, is the most in the first inning in the 20th century, a mark that will be tied in the NL. Except for pitcher Mike Garcia, all the Indians bat twice en route to a 21–2 trouncing and a record 5 players score two runs apiece. Jim Hegan piles on with a grand slam in the 3rd inning, off Carl Scheib.
In a twinbill in Boston, the Braves take the opener, 8-6, then jump on Cliff Chambers for 5 runs without making an out. Chambers, however, hits Earl Torgeson with a pitch breaking two ribs. Several weeks ago, Chambers put Sid Gordon on the disabled list with a pitch that hit his elbow. Braves pitchers respond by hitting three Pirates with pitches in a game that ends in an 8-8 tie. The Bucs score a pair in the 9th and Bob Elliot’s pinch 2-run homer ties it.
19th Pittsburgh’s Cliff Chambers, who started yesterday’s game but was knocked out in the 1st, pitches a 4-hit shutout over the Braves to beat Warren Spahn, 1-0. Chambers, who hit Earl Torgeson with a pitch yesterday, decks him in the 3rd inning before Torgy grounds out. Torgeson then rushes the mound and decks Chambers. Torgeson and teammate Gene Mauch are ejected after the fight.
20th At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges belts a grand slam in the Dodgers 6-run 3rd inning as they go on to beat the Reds, 8-2. Preacher Roe is the winning pitcher. The Dodgers now lead the Phillies and Cardinals by a game.
21st Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit, a 7th-inning single off the Indians Chick Pieretti, as the Yanks win 8–2. DiMaggio joins Luke Appling and Wally Moses as the only active players with 2,000 or more hits. Eddie Lopat is the winning pitcher, running his record against Cleveland to 25–6.
Renegade ball player Danny Gardella admits accepting a pay-off to drop his suit against baseball. After a month long tryout with the Cardinals, and one at bat Gardella had been sent to their Houston farm club where, shortly afterward, he was released. Gardella argues that he should be paid for the entire year, and he blames his release on his suit against the ML.
Phils rookie Bob Miller (6-0) continues his unbeaten streak, turning back the Pirates, 7–4. Jones, Ennis, Seminick, and Nicholson lead a HR attack, and Miller helps by starting a triple play in the 7th. Hank Borowy, obtained on waivers from the Phils, takes the loss.
Seattle pitcher Jim Wilson loses to Hollywood, 4-3, snapping his streak of 15 consecutive wins. Wilson falls one short of tying Frank Browning’s PCL record winning streak of 16.
22nd Larry Jansen of the Giants wins the first game of a doubleheader with a 3–0 shutout of the Cards, and Dave Koslo follows suit with a 5–0 two-hitter in the 2nd game, giving NY a sweep of the twin bill. Jansen has not allowed a run in 29 innings, while for Koslo it is the start of a 13-game win streak over the Cards. The Cards were last shutout in a twinbill on July 2, 1933, by the Giants.
23rd Eleven home runs (6 by NY)—a then ML record and still the AL record for a night game—drive in all the runs scored in a 10–9 Tiger win over the Yankees before 51,000 Detroit fans. Detroit has 4 HRs in the 4th inning as Dizzy Trout, Gerry Priddy, Vic Wertz, and Hoot Evers connect. Pitcher Dizzy Trout’s HR, off Tommy Byrne, is his 2nd lifetime grand slam. Hoot Evers hits another HR, an inside-the-park 2-run game winner in the 9th off Joe Page to win it. For New York, Hank Bauer connects for 2 homers, including one in the 4th inning. DiMaggio, Gerry Coleman Berra, and pinch hitter Tommy Henrich also belt round trippers. It is the first time that 9 different players connect for homers in a game.
Luke Easter has his 2nd consecutive 2-home run day to lead the Indians to a 13–4 trouncing of the visiting Senators. One of the HRs is a tremendous shot to right center. Easter had 2 yesterday in a win over New York. Al Rosen adds a single, double, and triple to back Bob Lemon’s pitching.
Coach Bibb Falk of the University of Texas leads his team to their 2nd consecutive NCAA baseball title.
Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy resigns and Steve O’Neill takes over.
24th With just 11 career homers, catcher Wes Westrum has 3 HRs and a triple today, as the Giants beat Cincinnati 12–2. The Giants belt 7 HRs (Thompson, Dark, Lockman, Irvin) in the game, with Westrum driving in four runs and scoring 5 runs. Six of the homers are solo, a NL record. Westrum is just the second NL player to hit 3 homers and a triple in a game: Les Bell, in 1928, was the first. It won’t be done again this century. Sheldon Jones is the winner, scattering 8 hits.
The first-place Dodgers lose to New York’s Sunday curfew when their game with the Pirates is halted with one out in the 8th, with Brooklyn leading 19–12. Five homers are hit including Jackie Robinson grand slam in the 8th. The game will be completed later.
The Phils top the Cubs 5–4 on two-run homers by Granny Hamner and Andy Seminick. Jim Konstanty, in relief of Russ Meyer, hurls 4 hitless innings to save the win. The Whiz Kids trail the Dodgers by a game.
In St. Louis, Billy Goodman hits a grand slam in Boston’s 6-run 3rd inning as the Red Sox roll to an 11-3 win. Ellis Kinder is the starter and winner.
Art Houtteman wins his 9th as he pitches Detroit to a 4–1 win over the Yankees. Yogi Berra’s homer is the only Yankee score, as New York loses their 4th straight and 8th in 12 games. Detroit now leads the AL by 3 games.
25th Ralph Kiner leads the Pirates to a 16–11 win at Brooklyn by hitting for the cycle, adding a second HR, and driving in 8 runs. Gil Hodges had 2 homers last year while cycling, but it’ll be another 15 years before anyone (Yaz) does it. Brooklyn is in first place by a half game over the Phils.
In the first of two in Philadelphia, Hank Sauer hammers 2 doubles and 2 homers to lead the Cubs to an 11-8 win over the Phillies. The Cubs score 7 runs in the 9th, and the Phils answer with 4. In a combined 1.1 innings of relief, Konstanty and Simmons give up 4 runs apiece. Robin Roberts wins the nitecap, 2-1.
In Cleveland, Al Rosen belts an 8th inning grand slam, off Connie Marrero, to help the Indians to a 7-6, game 1 win over Washington. The Senators respond with a 5-3 win in game 2.
The A’s Paul Lehner sets an AL record with 11 putouts in LF in a 13–4 game 2 win against the White Sox. Willie Horton will tie it in 1989. Bob Hooper is the winner, despite giving up 4 runs in the 9th inning. Lou Brissie (2-11) is the 7-6 loser in the opener when Gus Zernial bangs a 3-run homer off him.
27th Hank Majeski drives in all 3 White Sox runs but the Tigers plate 9 as Ted Gray (9-2) wins his ninth. Gray joins Joe Dobson and Curt Simmons, who both win today, Art Houtteman, Bob Lemon, Ed Lopat, Robin Roberts, Preacher Roe, Johnny Sain, and Warren Spahn as co-leaders in the ML. There will not be 10 co-leaders with 9 wins the rest of the century. At the end of June 23, 2011, there will be 12 co-leaders at 9 apiece, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
At Toledo (American Association), Marlin Stuart of Toledo pitches a 1-0 perfect game against Indianapolis, the 2nd perfect game in league history. The Tigers will recall Stuart.
28th Roy Smalley of the Cubs hits for the cycle in a 15–3 win over the Cards at Wrigley. Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko hit 3-run homers to make Doyle Lade the easy winner.
In St. Louis, the Indians thrash the Browns, 18-2, scoring 11 runs in the 7th. Cleveland collects 20 hits, including 3 homers, with 7 players having 2 or more safeties.
29th In an effort to thwart the ML’s signing of black players, Dr. J. B. Martin, the president of the Chicago Giants of the Negro American League, instructs manager, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe to sign white players. Radcliffe inks three white players, teenagers Lou Chirban, Lou Clarizio and Al Dubetts. Later in the year he will sign at least two others (Stanley Miarka and Frank Dyall). However, their Negro League careers will be brief.
In what looks like a football score, the Red Sox overpower the A’s 22–14 in Philadelphia, the 3rd time this month they’ve scored 20 or more runs. The score is 14-7 after two innings and the 36 runs establishes an AL mark for runs scored by 2 teams. Both teams match a ML record they set in 1901 for most players scoring two or more runs (Boston, 9: Phila, 4). Overall, pitchers gave up 21 walks in the debacle. Despite the high score, only one HR was hit—by Ted Williams, who compiles 6 RBIs, in a game one newspaper calls “a 2 hour and 50 minute marathon.” The previous record of 35 runs was set by the same 2 clubs in 1901: Boston 23, A’s 12. The ML mark is 49 by the Cubs and Phillies on August 25, 1922.
Whitey Ford is called up by the Yankees from Kansas City (AA).
At Milwaukee (AA), Minneapolis OF Bama Rowell lofts a 4th inning fly ball to right. As RF Bob Jaderlund awaits, two nighthawks dart in and peck the ball, altering the flight. CF Bob Addis also misses the ball, and Rowell ends up with a double, then scoring what will be in the winning run as the Brewers win, 5–4 (as noted by historian Bob O’Neal). Rowell was also involved in a odd play in a 1946 game at Ebbets Field when he busted the Bulova clock, an incident that would later appear in The Natural.
30th Joe and Dom DiMaggio both homer in the 10–2 Red Sox victory over New York in the nightcap of a doubleheader. It has been 15 years since two brothers homered in an American League game. New York takes the opener, 9-6, scoring 4 in the 8th.
Brownie stalwart pitcher Ned Garver loses the game because of his mental error against the White Sox. In what would have been the winning run in regulation, Garver is called out for his failure to touch 3B when rounding it. He loses 3–2 in 13 innings.
At the Polo Grounds, the Braves Sibby Sisti hits a pinch grand slam in the 9th to provide the winning margin as Boston is victorious over New York, 8–4. It is Sibby’s first homer of the year.