1955 June

1st  At Ebbets Field, Duke Snider of the Dodgers hits 3 HRs and just misses a 4th when it bounces off the top of the fence for a double. The Dodgers set a club record with six 4-baggers, as Campanella, Reese, and Robinson add homers to outlast the Braves 11–8.

2nd  Andy Seminick’s first-inning grand slam, off Warren Hacker, powers the Phils to an 8-4 decision over the Cubs. Ernie Banks has his 13th homer for the Cubs.

Dave Pope has three hits, including a grand slam, in the Indians, 9-3 victory over the Orioles. Herb Score strikes out 10 in the win.

3rd  Stan Musial hits the 300th HR of his career, a 5th-inning, a 3-run shot against Brooklyn’s Johnny Podres. The Cards use a NL-record 8 pitchers but still lose 12–5.

The Cards trade veteran C Del Rice to the Braves for OF Pete Whisenant and C Charlie White.

At Comiskey Park, Chicago’s Jack Harshman gives up a solo homer to Mantle, but gets the Yankee slugger to ground out in the 7th inning with the bases loaded. Mantle’s shot hits the left-centerfield facing of the 2nd deck. The White Sox win, 3–2.

4th For the 2nd time, Willie Mays blasts an extra-inning homer off the Cub’s Warren Hacker, this time in the 12th inning. It is his 2nd homer of the game, but it’s not enough as the Cubs win, 9–8. On April 30th of last year Willie hacked one in the 14th. Davey Williams has 3 hits for the Giants, including a grand slam, while Jim King has a 3-run homer and Eddie Miksis a 2-run shot for Chicago.

5th The Yankees split today’s doubleheader with Chicago, winning the nightcap 3–2 in 10 innings. Facing Billy Pierce in the 4th inning, Mantle clouts a tape measure shot to left the clears the roof and, according to the Tribune tomorrow, “bounced on 34th Street to shatter the windshield of a car.” Eyewitnesses say the ball does not hit the roof, but clears it on the fly, some 550 feet, and compare it to the shot Foxx launched on June 16, 1936. In the first game, the Sox jump on Tommy Byrne for 5 runs in the 1st inning as Jim Rivera hits a grand slam and Sherm Lollar adds a solo homer. The Sox win, 5-3. The Yankees now lead the AL, four games in front of Cleveland.

6th  The White Sox trade veteran P Harry Dorish to the Orioles for C Les Moss.

At Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 9th as the Dodgers top the Cardinals, 5-4. Starter Luis Arroyo takes his first loss after 6 straight wins. Rookie Ken Boyer is thrown out twice trying to steal 3B and home: his 17 caught steals this year will lead the NL (Retrosheet has 16).

At Briggs Stadium, the Yankees blast four homers to beat the Tigers and Bob Miller, 7–5. Eddie Robinson connects for a pair of two-run homers, while Billy Hunter, Gil McDougald and Mantle add round trippers. Mantle’s blow is to dead center, 440 feet away.

7th  The White Sox reacquire speedster CF Jim Busby from the Senators for C Clint Courtney, OF Johnny Groth, and P Bob Chakales.

At Briggs Stadium, Fred Hatfield greets Tom Sturdivant with a one-out 12th inning walkoff homer as Detroit beats the Yankees, 5-4. Ned Garver goes 12 innings for the victory.

8th The Red Sox edge the Indians, 5-4, in 12 innings as Gene Stephens connects for a 3-run homer off Bob Lemon, and CF Jim Piersall has 4 hits and makes an unassisted DP, catching Larry Doby off 2B in the 2nd inning. It is the only unassisted outfield DP made in the 50‘s. Cleveland has 3 homers.

     The Dodgers option P Tommy Lasorda to Montreal to make room on the roster for bonus baby Sandy Koufax, who has been on the injury list.

9th  The Redlegs trade OF Bob Borkowski and cash to the Dodgers for 1952 Rookie of the Year pitcher Joe Black.

11th  The Dodgers win their 6th in a row, beating the Cubs, 4-3, to increase their lead to 10 1⁄2 games. The lead will not dip below 10 games for the remainder of the season. Warren Hacker serves up solo homers to Gilliam, Campanella, Hodges and Snider.

12th  After winning 10 in a row, Dodger P Don Newcombe suffers his first defeat of the season, 9–5 to the Cubs. Clem Labine (5-0) wins the nightcap, 6–2, for da Bums.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies outlast the Reds to win, 12-8. Del Ennis has a 3-run homer for the Phils, and Stan Lopata adds a grand slam. Joe Nuxhall homers for the Reds, but takes the loss. Curt Simmons wins with 4 innings of relief.

The Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yanks, 10-2 and 7–3, before a Cleveland crowd of 69,352 is the largest ML crowd of the season. Early Wynn (8-1) is the victor in the opener, and clouts one of the four homers given up by Bob Turley. In game 2, Bob Lemon is the winner over Whitey Ford, pitching in relief. New York is now just 2 1⁄2 in front of Chicago.

14th Led by Jack Bryant’s 3 doubles, Wake Forest beats Western Michigan University, 10–7. Wake also steals a record 7 bases. Wake will beat the Broncos again, 7–6, to win the College World Series.

15th  The Tigers buy Earl Torgeson from the Phillies to replace Ferris Fain at 1B.

The Orioles trade OF Gene Woodling and IF Billy Cox to the Indians for outfielders Wally Westlake and Dave Pope. When Cox announces his retirement, the Indians get more cash.

The Indians pick up Ted Gray who had just been released by the White Sox. He’ll pitch in just 2 games before being released and the Yanks will sign him June 30 before he goes on to Baltimore. Gray will play for a record-tying 4 teams this year, but appear in just 14 games.

17th At Comiskey, Mickey Mantle ties the game at one apiece by hitting a Dick Donovan pitch 10 rows up in the top tier of the RF stands. New York scores another to win, 2–1.

At Wrigley, Curt Simmons is the winner, 3–2, when batterymate Stan Lopata hits a 2-out homer in the 9th off starter Bob Rush. For Rush it is his 14th straight loss to the Phils, the longest losing skein to a single team for any Cubs pitcher (as noted by historian Ed Hartig).

18th Behind Jim Finigan’s double, 2 triples, 3 runs and 3 RBIs, the A’s lash the Senators, 9-4. Vic Raschi is the winning pitcher and almost pulls off a rare double steal by a battery, but he is thrown out at 2B. Catcher Joe Astroth steals home on the throw out for one of his six career swipes.

19th  Giants Leo Durocher benches Willie Mays for 2 days for a “rest” and starts Whitey Lockman. The Braves win, 8–7.

In the doubleheader opener at Wrigley Field the Phillies push over a run in 15th inning to win 1–0 over the Cubs. Willie Jones doubles home Blaylock for the score to give the win to reliever Jack Meyer. In the nightcap, the Cubs win 8–7 in 7 innings as darkness falls.

20th  At Cincinnati, Willie Mays watches from the stands as his Giants lose to the Reds, 5-3. Mays was benched yesterday. Dusty Rhodes and Bill Taylor hit pinch homeruns for the Giants.

21st In the first inning at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle launches a shot off the A’s Alex Kellner that lands in Cooperstown. The home run is the first ever to reach the centerfield bleachers, 461 feet from home, since the Stadium opened in 1923. New York wins, 6–2. New York will win tomorrow, 6–1, with Mantle clouting another homer, off Art Ditmar.

At Boston, Ted Williams hits a 3–0 pitch for a 3-run homer off Ned Garver and the Sox come from behind in the 8th inning to beat Detroit, 5–4. It is the Splinter’s 9th in 19 games since rejoining the team, and his 22nd RBI. Boston has won 12 of 14.

23rd The Yanks Bob Turley shuts out the Athletics 4–0 on 3 hits to end his 5-game losing streak.

Frank Sullivan allows two hits and Jackie Jensen hits a grand slam as the Red Sox down the Tigers, 7-0. Norm Zauchin adds a 2-run homer and Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with three walks.

The Redlegs purchase OF Sam Mele from the Red Sox.

24th  Washington bonus baby Harmon Killebrew boots a Kaline grounder in the 5th as the Tigers take a 13–0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Killebrew silences the boos by crushing his first major league HR, off Billy Hoeft. The Tigers coast to the win, 18–7.

25th  Miseries plague the Dodger pitching staff. Russ Meyer goes on the disabled list with a broken collarbone, and Carl Erskine has arm trouble. Still, they win today, beating Milwaukee, 5-3, behind Don Newcombe (13-1).

26th  In the first of two at Griffith, Dean Stone goes 10 innings in losing to the visiting Tigers, 6-4. With 2 on and one out in the 8th the Senators pinch hit for rookie Harmon Killebrew (lifetime .256 hitter)—with pitcher Mickey McDermott (lifetime .252 hitter)–who flies out to CF. The Killer shows no hard feelings, hitting his second ML homer in game 2 as McDermott goes the distance to win, 12-4. Roy Sievers has 2 triples and 4 RBIs for the Nats.

27th  The Orioles trade 2B Bobby Young to the Indians for IF Hank Majeski.

Boston’s young star 1B Harry Agganis dies of complications following a bout with pneumonia. The “Golden Greek” was hitting .313 this season in 25 games. His last appearance was in a May 15 doubleheader when he stroked 5 hits.

29th  Willie Mays hits the first grand slam of his career, off Clem Labine, and accounts for all the RBIs in a 6–1 Giant win over Brooklyn. Roy Campanella has a broken spur in his knee and will miss 2 weeks.

30th  At Washington, Joe Cronin declares his Red Sox are only playing today because it is a Red Cross benefit game. In deference to the Sox, the Senators move the game’s start from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. so it does not coincide with the burial of Harry Agganis in Lynn, MA. Also, the Sox players don’t participate in the pre-game antics such as the egg-tossing contest, the phantom infield practice and the blindfolded wheelbarrow race, won by Camilo Pascual. Finishing off the day is a post-game dressage exhibition by Arthur Godfrey: his horse spends the game grazing by the visitors’ bullpen. After a 15-minute tribute to Agganis, the Senators beat the Red Sox, 3-2. Frank Shea, who sung “You Gotta Have Heart,” from “Damn Yankees,” with Mickey McDermott before the game (“Shea only sang the “heart”) strikes out Norm Zauchin with the bases loaded to end the game.

The Dodgers come back three times to beat the Giants, 6-5. On the front end of a double steal with Dusty Rhodes in the 7th, Wayne Terwilliger scores to put New York up, 3-2. Brooklyn scores in the 9th to tie it up. Mays hits a 2-run homer in the 10th and Brooklyn again comes back to tie, Durocher uses 4 pitchers to pitch to 4 batters in the 11th but Brooklyn scores to win, 6-5. The Dodgers press Dixie Howell into service when Rube Walker is injured in the 8th in a collision with Mays: Campanella is out with a knee injury.