1953 June

3rd  Congress cites the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright “founded” baseball and not Abner Doubleday. His 1947 book Bat, Ball and Bishopdocuments Cartwright’s contributions to the origins of the game of baseball.

4th  After batting practice at Forbes Field the Pirates and Cubs announce a shocking trade. Pittsburgh sends slugger Ralph Kiner, along with C Joe Garagiola, P Howie Pollet, and OF Catfish Metkovich to Chicago for C Toby Atwell, P Bob Schultz, 1B Preston Ward, 3B George Freese, OF Bob Addis, OF Gene Hermanski, and $150,000. The Pirates defeat the Cubs, 6–1, with Kiner getting a double in four at bats for the Cubs.

Phillies P Curt Simmons cuts off part of his left big toe with a power lawn mower. He will not make a pitching start for a month, but will still win 16 games.

At Cleveland, the Indians rough up Mel Parnell and beat the Red Sox, 8-1, behind Bob Lemon. Larry Doby has a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

At Chicago, Mantle’s homer in the 4th, off Billy Pierce, gives the Yankees a 5–0 lead, but Chicago comes back to tie. Mick’s leadoff single in the 10th inning ignites a New York rally, and they win 9–5.

5th The Giants use a Caribbean battery in their 11–1 win over the Cubs. Cuban Ray Noble is behind the plate while Puerto Rican Ruben Gomez is on the mound. Gomez drives in 2 runs as well as picking up the win.

The Yankees beat up on rookie Bobo Holloman, beating the Browns, 5–0. Mantle’s two-run centerfield homer at Sportsman’s Park is the big blow for New York, and extends Mickey’s hitting streak to ten games.

Wayne Terwilliger’s grand slam in Washington’s 5-run 2nd inning propels the Nats to an 8-4 victory over the host White Sox.

Gus Bell hits 2 homers and a double to pace the Reds to a 7–4 win over Pittsburgh. Herm Wehmeier posts his only 1953 win.

6th The Pirates score 6 runs in the 8th to tie the Reds, 7–7, but Cincinnati notches 8 runs in the top of the 9th to win, 15–7. Gridder Vic Janowicz makes his O.B. debut behind the plate, but leaves in the 5th after being bowled over by Seminick.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 2nd homer of the game in the 9th, following singles by Robinson and Campanella as the Dodgers edge the Cardinals, 5-4. Starter and loser Stu Miller gives up the walkoff homerun.

7th In St. Louis, the Yanks overcome the Browns, winning 9-2 and 7-2 behind the pitching of Ed Lopat and Whitey Ford. The Yankees do all their scoring in game 2 in the 7th inning. Yogi Berra has a grand slam.

9th The refusal of the NL owners to allow the Pirates to remove Greenberg Gardens after the trade of Ralph Kiner proves a boon to the Bucs in their 7–4 win over the Cards. Eddie Pellagrini belts a 3-run pinch HR into the shortened gardens in the 8th, and P Dick Hall chips a solo shot in the 4th into the same spot.

At Shibe Park, the Cubs have 16 hits but come up empty as Del Ennis hits a walkoff homer in the 9th inning, off Dutch Leonard, and the Phils prevail, 10-9. Chicago’s Dee Fondy has 5 RBIs on 2 homers, a double and single. The Phils total 10 hits.

10th  RF Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox goes 6-for-6 (5 singles—3 infield—and a double) against 5 different pitchers to tie a ML mark in a 11–2 win over the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader. The Sox welcome Lanier to the AL by handing him his first loss. Piersall is hitless in game 2, a 3–2 Sox win, and gets decked by Satchel Paige. Piersall made fun of Satchel during a game last year.

11th Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds, first-place New York beats Detroit 6–3 to run their win streak to 14 games. New York gets a game winner from Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games, but will go hitless tomorrow, when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today, Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.

12th The Cubs acquire Cub-killer Bubba Church, winner of his last 10 decisions versus Chicago, from the Reds for P Fred Baczewski and Bob Kelly.

13th The Yankees overwhelm the Indians, 9–4, for their 16th straight win. The Tribe now trails by 8 1/2 lengths. Eddie Lopat is on his way to his 7th straight win when the Yankees rout Bob Feller in the 4th inning, running the ace’s record to 29-37 versus New York, the only team against whom he has a losing record.

Burdette relieves Spahn as the Braves edge the Pirates, 5-4, and move into a first-place tie with the Dodgers. Spahn goes 6 innings and gives up 10 hits, including a pair of homers to Danny O’Connell. Burdette (5-0) pitches scoreless frames.

At Detroit, Jim Delsing hits a 3rd inning grand slam for the Tigers and they hold on to beat the Senators, 7-6.

At Comiskey, Boston’s Maury McDermott has just one bad inning, the 5th, as Mike Fornieles and the White Sox win, 5-2. Sherm Lollar hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.

14th  White Sox hurlers Billy Pierce and Sandy Consuegra throw shutouts at the Red Sox in a doubleheader, winning 6–0 and 1–0. Pierce’s gem is a 2-hitter. Chicago also picks up 2 players from the Browns, getting veterans 3B Bob Elliott and P Virgil Trucks for P Lou Kretlow, C Darrell Johnson, and $75,000. St. Louis had obtained Trucks only 6 months ago from Detroit.

The Yankees sweep the Indians 6–2 and 3–0 before 74,708 to extend their winning streak to 18 games. Berra paces the pinstripers with a homer in the opener and a triple in game 2. New York has now won 18 straight and leads the Indians by 10 1/2 games.

In Detroit, Spec Shea and the Senators whip the Tigers, 6-1. Washington shortstop Pete Runnels is thrown out trying to steal for the16th straight time, a ML record. It is also the 16th time he’s thrown out to start a career.

At Brooklyn, the Cubs Ralph Kiner belts a 2-out 9th inning grand slam to tie the Brooks, 6–6. The game is called after 9 because of darkness. The Dodgers win the opener, 6–3, but the tie drops them out a deadlock for 1st place with the Braves. Kiner’s slam is his 12th, tying him with Hornsby for the NL record.

The Phils and Reds split a pair at Philadelphia, with the Reds managing just 4 hits off Robin Roberts in the opener, but winning, 2–1. Ken Raffensberger is the winner. Grady Hatton hits a leadoff homer off Roberts (10-4), and adds a HR in the nightcap, a 4–1 win by Karl Drews. Phils 2B Connie Ryan plays the entire 18 innings without a putout, tying a ML mark.

15th The Tigers trade pitchers Art Houtteman and Bill Wight, C Joe Ginsberg, and infielder Owen Friend to Cleveland for 3B Ray Boone and pitchers Steve Gromek, Al Aber, and Dick Weik. Weik developed a sore arm in spring training and has not yet made an appearance.

Braves drop to second place behind the idle Dodgers when reliever Lew Burdette plunks Danny O’Connell to force in the winning run. The Pirates win 4–3 in the 10th inning, as Cal Abrams tallies the winner. Bob Friend goes all the way for his first win in his last 8 decisions, beating Earl Wilson.

The Giants sell catcher Sal Yvars to the Cards for $30,000, then beat the Redbirds, 3–2. Some of the Giants don’t know Yvars is gone till they see him in a Redbirds uniform. Jim Hearn is the winner for New York, giving up 6 hits including a Solly Hemus homer.

16th  With relief help from Satchel Paige, Duane Pillette of the Browns ends the Yankee win streak at 18 games and the Browns team record 14-game losing streak with a 3–1 victory at Yankee Stadium (The 14 straight losses ties the team record). Johnny Mize becomes the 93rd player in baseball history to get 2,000 hits when he singles in the lone Yankee run in the 5th.

17th The Red Sox wallop Detroit, 17–1, collecting 20 hits. Dick Gernert has two homers and four RBIs, while Tom Umphlett and Billy Goodman combine for 7 hits to beat Dick Marlowe. The Tigers finally score in the 9th to stop Willard Nixon’s consecutive streak of 21 innings without allowing a run.

18th  Red Sox rookie OF Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston tallies 17 runs in the 7th inning in a 23–3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the 7th, getting 14 hits and 6 walks, 20 runners in succession, before 3B George Kell flies out to end it. Steve Gromek, making his first appearance for Detroit, Dick Weik and Earl Harrist are the offending Tiger pitchers, but the loss goes to Ned Garver, who exits before the 7th. Ellis Kinder picks up the win, and contributes two singles and 2 RBI in the big inning, the second time that Kinder has accomplished this: he was hitless last year. Dick Gernert and Walt Dropo hit the only homers for Boston, but the Red Sox set a slew of records, including the following:

in an inning: most hits (14); most runs (17); most batters reaching 1B (20) tied the ML record for an inning: most batters facing a pitcher (23); most batters facing a pitcher 3 times (5); most batters reaching 1B (3); most singles (11); most runs in an inning (3, by Sammy White).

At Yankee Stadium, Ed Lopat and Jim McDonald of the Yanks shut out the hapless St. Louis Browns 5–0 and 3–0 in a doubleheader. Mantle cracks a two-run HR in the opener, off Bob Cain, for all the scoring Lopat needs.

19th  At Wrigley, the 2nd-place Dodgers salvage a split with the Cubs by winning 7-1 after losing the lidlifter, 11-8. Randy Jackson hits a grand slam in the 5th inning of game 1 and the Dodgers claim the ball hits the screen in front of the catwalk in left field and should be ruled a double. The umps say in cleared the screen and bounded back and they toss Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider for arguing. Sauer and Kiner also homer for Chicago. Jackson’s homer in the second game is the only run off Russ Meyer. The temperature at game time today is 103.

21st In the opener of a twinbill, Mantle hits a first inning homer, off Hal Newhouser, to break out of his hitting slump. The Yanks win 6–3 and Mantle will add another four hits on the afternoon, but the Yankees will lose game 2 by a score of 10–3. This loss is the first in a streak of nine straight.

22nd  Senators C Ed Fitzgerald pulls off an unassisted DP against Cleveland in a in the first game of a doubleheader. The Tribe win both games by the same 5–2 scores as Lemon, Doby, and Mitchell smash HRs in the 6th of the nightcap. Doby also homers in the opener. Lemon wins the nightcap, beating Masterson, who had a string of 22 straight scoreless innings.

23rd At Chicago, the Yanks lose to the White Sox, 11–3. Mantle starts the scoring in the first when he muscles an inside pitch from Virgil Trucks for a home run, but the Yanks do little more.

Grady Hatton’s 2-run pinch homer in the 9th gives the Reds a 3–2 win over the Dodgers.

The Cardinals use two 7-run innings to club the visiting Giants, 15-8. Winning pitcher Harvey Haddix hits a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and Del Rice contributes a grand slam in the 4th inning off Al Corwin.

24th The Braves add $20,000 bonus baby Joey Jay to their roster. The 18-year-old pitcher is the first Little League player to make it to the majors.

The Dodgers get beat in the 9th inning again as Gus Bell hits a 3-run homer to give the Reds a 7–4 win.

25th  White Sox manager Paul Richards uses ML-record 5 first basemen in beating the Yankees 4–2. He brings in Harry Dorish to face 2 batters, moving lefty pitcher Billy Pierce to 1B. The combined 6 first baseman in a game sets a ML mark, while Pierce gets credit for starting and finishing a game. The Sox 3-game sweep still leaves New York 9 games up on the Indians and 9 1⁄2 on Chicago.

The Giants get 6 RBIs from two pinchhitters as they down the host Cardinals, 9-4. Bobby Hofman hits a pinch grand slam and Don Mueller adds a 2-run pinch single. Stan Musial is 3-for-3 including a homer for the Birds.

The Dodgers pound the Reds, 12–3, hitting 5 home runs in the process.

26th Stu Miller allows three singles and Stan Musial has two homers and drives in 5 runs to lead the Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the visiting Phillies.

27th The White Sox beat the Red Sox, pinning the loss on reliever Ellis Kinder. It is Kinder’s 3rd loss in three games; he lost to Cleveland on the 25th and 26th. In his 3 appearances, “Ol Folks” pitches just 4 2/3 innings.

The Reds drop 10 runs on the Pirates in the 7th inning to sink the Bucs, 15–5.

30th  Braves slugger Eddie Mathews has 5 straight hits in a 10 inning 6–4 win over the Redlegs.

At New York, the Pirates get a leadoff inside-the-park homer from Cal Abrams and go on to beat the Giants, 3–1. Murry Dickson wins the 6-hitter over Preston Gomez.

At Shibe Park, Bob Porterfield shuts out the A’s and hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th, off Alex Kellner, as the Senators top the A’s, 3-0. Pete Runnels scores 2 runs and steals his first ML base after being thrown out a ML-record 16 straight times from the start of his career.