1954 June

1st At Milwaukee, the Dodgers’ Russ Meyer scatters 6 hits as Brooklyn beats the Braves, 2-0, to move into a virtual tie for first place.

     The Orioles release pitcher Dave Koslo and pick up pitcher Bob Chakales from Cleveland for Vic Wertz.

In the Kitty League, Jackson beats Madisonville, 10–2, for it’s first victory after 26 straight losses. The game draws only 64 fans. After the win, the Jackson Club folds and forfeits it’s next 15 games. On July 5, Central City, KY replaces the Jackson Club.

2nd  At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks tag Early Wynn for seven runs in the 1st inning without the righty recording an out. Don Mossi relieves and starting in the 2nd inning, the Yanks are held hitless against Mossi and four more relievers. Cleveland pecks away, eventually tying the game before winning in the 10th, 8–7. Hal Newhouser, who tosses the last three hitless innings, is the winner.

The Dodgers score 5 unearned runs in the 5th good for a 7–6 rain-splashed victory over the Braves, that ends after 5 innings Moments after umpire Ballafant clears the Brooklyn bench for protesting a walk to Logan on three balls, Eddie Mathews belts a grand slam in the 4th. After being banished Dodger star Jackie Robinson accidentally flings a bat into the stands, injuring a spectator.

3rd  Henry Thompson of the Giants hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8 runs in a 13–8 win against the Cardinals. Willie Mays collects the other 5 RBI on 2 HRs as Alvin Dark scores 5 runs.

4th At Mexicali, the Eagles roll over visiting Cananea, 28–5 (Arizona-Texas League). Moises Camacho goes 7-for-7, with 3 home runs, a triple, a double, 13 RBIs, and scores 5 runs.

5th  Cleveland’s Mike Garcia allows just 2 hits but has to go 11 innings to beat the A’s, 4–1. He gives up singles to DeMaestri in the 4th, who scores, and a single to Valo in the 11th. Dave Philley clouts a HR and, in the 11th, a sac fly to dead center good for 2 runs.

Ted Williams catches pneumonia, sidelining him for 3 weeks.

6th  At New York, Clint Courtney of the Orioles makes an unassisted DP in a 7–5 win against the Yankees. New York wins the nightcap, 5–2, as Mantle belts a two-run homer against Don Larsen, who is on his way to a 3–21 season.

In St. Louis, Willie Jones hits a leadoff homer for the Phils and Bobby Morgan follows in the same inning with a grand slam. The Phils hang on for an 11-8 win as the Cards mount a 17-hit attack. Bill Sarni has 4 RBIs for the Birds on 3 hits, including a homer.

Eddie Mathews hits a 3rd-inning grand slam off the Pirates Jake Thies, but Bucs’ reliever Dick Littlefield shuts out the Braves the rest of the way for a 6-4 Pirates win. Centerfielder Dick Hall leads a balanced attack with 2 hits and 2 intentional walks. He‘ll give up the outfield for pitching next year.

7th  Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, who hit a home run earlier in the game, steals home in the 12th in a 7–5 victory over St. Louis. It’s the first steal of home by a catcher since 1922, when five catchers did it.

8th  At County Stadium, Joe Adcock hits a first-inning grand slam for the Braves, but the Giants get 5 shutout innings from reliever Windy McCall, and another 2 scoreless innings from Hoyt Wilhelm to win, 6-5. Alvin Dark gets his 4th hit in the 9th inning and scores the tying run as Monte Irvin drives in 2 runs in the frame with a double.

At Busch Stadium, Wally Moon and Stan Musial each collect 4 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 10-3 victory over Brooklyn. Musial has a homer and bases-loaded triple, the 7th of his career. The seven is the NL record for triples with the sacks filled.

9th  Cards P Harvey Haddix defeats the Dodgers 3–0, the first lefty to shut them out since 1950. The Dodgers drop into a tie with the Giants for 1st place.

In the 2nd game of two against the Phils, Cubs Joe Garagiola and Bill Serena each hit pinch homers, but it is not enough as the Phils win 14–6 for a sweep of the doubleheader.

At Cincinnati, the Reds hit 4 solo HRs, one by winning pitcher Joe Nuxhall, to top Max Surkont and the Pirates, 4–3. Greengrass hits one while Gus Bell rings twice.

10th  Fred Baczewski of the Redlegs gives up 11 hits and a walk to the Phils, but shuts them out, 6–0.

At Milwaukee, Bill Taylor knocks a pinch homerun in the 10th off Gene Conley to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the Braves. It is the first time in history that a pinch solo homer accounts for all the scoring. For Taylor, a reinstated service player, it is his first ML homer.

11th  The Tigers hit 6 HRs in a game against the Athletics, winning 16–5, to get them back to the .500 level. Both 3B Ray Boone and teammate Al Kaline hit grand slams. For Kaline, it is one of just 3 grand slams he will hit in his career. Boone adds a 2nd homer, good for 2 runs, and Kaline a triple. Frank Bolling, Wayne Belardi and pitcher Ray Herbert also hit four-baggers.

The Reds hit 5 homers, including three in the 7th, en route to a 10-8 victory over the visiting Dodgers. One of the homers in the 7th is hit by pitcher Harry Perkowski, the only homer of his ML career. Brooklyn hits 2 homers in the top of the 7th and the 5 homeruns in the inning ties a ML mark.

At Wrigley, the Giants get a 9th inning homer by Ray Katt, his first in the majors, to tie the Cubs at 4 apiece. But Eddie Miksis hits the first pitch in the 10th for a catwalk HR in left to give the Cubs and Jim Davis the 5-4 win. The loser is Davis’s uncle Marv Grissom. The two teams combine for 9 errors.

12th  Jim Wilson, 32, no-hits the Phillies 2–0 before 28,218 in Milwaukee. Robin Roberts takes the loss, his first after 9 straight wins over the Braves. It is Wilson’s first start after pitching just 82⁄3 innings of relief, giving up 7 runs. Ironically, the Braves asked waivers on Wilson 2 weeks earlier, with no takers.

Behind Bob Feller, the Indians beat the Red Sox 4–3 to take undisputed possession of first place. Feller records his 2,500th strikeout in the game. The Tribe proceeds to win their next 9 games.

The Washington Senators purchase OF Jim Lemon from the Indians.

The Reds sell P Herm Wehmeier (0-3) to the Phillies. The righty, 1-6 last year, will regain his form in Philley.

13th  Cardinals LF Rip Repulski has 2 hits in each game of a doubleheader sweep against Pittsburgh, to start a string of 10 straight games in which he collects 2 or more hits. Haddix wins the opener, 5–0, for his 8th win in a row. Musial’s 21st HR of the year makes a winner out of reliever Miller, 5–3, in the nightcap.

14th Nine Cleveland batters tally 2 or more hits as Cleveland beats the Red Sox.

15th  The Giants take over undisputed possession of first place for the first and last time, when Hank Thompson hits a 3-run HR with 2 out in the 9th to beat the Redlegs, 5–3. Brooklyn drops the 2nd.

With exactly half the season remaining, former Cardinals CF Terry Moore replaces Phillies manager Steve O’Neill.

The White Sox sign bonus baby Ron Jackson, 20-years-old and 6’7″, out of Western Michigan University. He’ll hit .280 for the Sox this year.

16th  1B Ferris Fain of the White Sox hits an inside-the-park grand slam in an 11–6 victory over the A’s. Chico Carrasquel has 4 RBIs for the Sox. Bill Renna has a homer and double for the A’s.

At Omaha, the University of Missouri beats tiny Rollins College, 4-1, to win the College World Series. Mizzou had beaten MSU, 4-3, scoring a run in the bottom of the 9th to get to the championship game. MSU catcher Tom Yewcic is named Most Outstanding player, though his teammate Earl Morrall will have the outstanding career: the shortstop will play in the Rose Bowl, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, in addition to the CWS. He is the only one to accomplish that (as noted by Jim Moyes).

17th Yankee rookie Bob Grim relieves in the 5th inning and holds the White Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings. He also belts his first ML HR and a single to drive in 3 runs in the 7–6 win. Phil Cavarretta’s pinch HR in the 9th and a double by Sawatski brings in Johnny Sain to preserve the win. The Yankees are now tied for 2nd place with Chicago.

Let’s end this thing. Starting pitcher Robin Roberts scores the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Phils a 3–2 win over the Cards. The loss goes to Joe Presko who takes over after Gerry Staley goes 12 innings.

19th Capped by a pinch homer by Hoot Evers, the Giants score 4 runs in the 9th off Cards reliever Miller. Cards pitcher Tom Poholsky, who is hit on the pitching hand by a liner in the 3rd, is forced to give way to Miller after 8 innings. Poholsky will be diagnosed with a broken finger and will not win a game till August 11.

20th  Bobby Hofman, Wes Westrum, and Dusty Rhodes hit consecutive HRs in the 6th inning, as the Giants defeat St. Louis, 7–6, to stay a half game ahead of the Dodgers. The clouts by Hofman and Rhodes are pinch homers. For the 2nd day in a row, Repulski belts a triple and homer for the Birds: yesterday’s was inside-the-park. The Cards strand 17 runners, one short of the ML record.

Chicago, the Yankees use a 20-hit attack to win game 1, 16-6. Rizzuto has 4 hits and Mantle scores 4 runs, one on a homer. The Sox score 6 in the 4th and the Yankees match it in the 9th. Chicago wins the 8-inning second game, 7-3, behind Bob Keegan (10-2). The 2nd-place Sox maintain a one-game lead over the Yankees.

22nd At Ebbets Field, Bud Podbielan pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds roll by the Dodgers, 13–1.

23rd  Harvey Haddix of the Cardinals yields a run to the Pirates after 37 scoreless innings, winning 7–1. It is his 10th straight win. Repulski has 3 hits including a HR.

The White Sox top the Senators 8–6. Harmon Killebrew makes his 1st ML appearance, pinch running in the 2nd inning for Clyde Vollmer, who is hit by a pitch.

Dodger lefty Johnny Podres undergoes an appendectomy after being knocked out in 3 straight starts.

25th  The Dodgers hold the Cardinals’ hottest hitter, Rip Repulski, to a solitary single, snapping his dual hit streak at 10 games. He will hit in 5 more consecutive games before going hitless. Over the 10 games, Repulski, in 44 ABs, had 22 hits, half for extra bases.

26th At the Polo Grounds, Wes Westrum belts a 4th inning grand slam, off Chicago’s Johnny Klippstein, to pace the first-place Giants to a 6-4 win. Johnny Antonelli (10-2) is the winner. Hank Sauer hits his 23rd homer, one behind the NL leader Mays.

In a shootout in Cleveland, the Yankees score 2 in the 9th to beat the Indians, 11-9. Gene Woodling scores 4 runs and Andy Carey scores 3 on 3 hits for New York. Gil McDougald and Mickey Mantle homer for the Yanks. Bobby Avila, with 2 homers and Jim Hegan with one, each have 3 runs for the Tribe.

27th In a doubleheader split with the Red Sox, White Sox 1B Ferris Fain injures his knee in a collision at home plate and is lost for the season. Rookie Jim Brewer stops Chicago, 2–1, in the opener, and the Pale Hose use 5 Bosox errors for a 9–1 win in game 2. Virgil Trucks pitches the complete game.

29th At Pittsburgh, Herm Wehmeier, who beat the Pirates 10 straight as a Reds pitcher, continues his mastery in a Phils uniform, stopping the Bucs, 4–0.

30th  Tom Morgan of the Yankees hits 3 Red Sox—Billy Goodman (hand), Milt Bolling (back), and Ted Lepcio (hand) in the 3rd inning of a 6–1 loss. Mickey Mantle’s opposite field HR against Willard Nixon is the only Yankee tally. Nixon beat the Yanks a month ago, giving up just a solo homer to Mantle.