1940 May

1st The Reds Bill Werber has just 2 hits, but his homer and double come in an 8-run 4th inning. Ernie Lombardi adds a grand slam as the Reds beat Hugh Casey and Brooklyn, 9–2.

5th The visiting Dodgers use 22 players and the Cards use 17 for a ML record 39 players in a nine-inning game. The two teams use 6 catchers, four by the Dodgers and both are records. The Dodgers score four runs in the 9th to win, 9–6.

6th Forget yesterday’s mark. Two ML records are set as Pittsburgh uses 24 players and both clubs use 40 as the Boston Bees win in 12 innings, 10–7. The Bucs have lost 6 in a row.

7th The Dodgers are drubbed by the Cardinals, 18–2 when St. Louis totals 49 bases on 20 hits. The Cards have 13 extra base hits, 7 of them HRs to set a NL mark for extra bases on long hits (29). Eddie Lake and Johnny Mize each have a pair. Brooklyn then becomes the first NL team to fly, going from St. Louis to Chicago on two planes. The Red Sox flew the same route July 30, 1936, but for reasons of cost and risk, no other teams try the airlines. The Dodgers will fly to New York from Chicago.

8th The Waner brothers, Lloyd and Paul, lose their places in the Pittsburgh OF when new manager Frank Frisch acquires Vince DiMaggio for Johnny Rizzo, who hit 23 HRs as a rookie in 1938 with Cincinnati. Vince takes over CF, flanked by Maurice Van Robays and Bob Elliott, each playing their first full season. Yesterday the Bucs sold OF Fern Bell to Toronto.

9th The press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Ruppert estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones. The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent sale will resurface on the front page several times during the next year, but it never happens.

After yesterday’s rainout at Wrigley, the Dodgers score three in the 10th to beat Larry French, 4–1. Newt Kimball is the winner.

11th The Red Sox top the Yankees 9–8 with 2 runs in the top of the 11th. Tommy Henrich hits his 2nd homer of the game in the bottom of the 11th as New York falls short. Light-hitting Lou Finney has a grand slam for the Bosox. Manager Joe McCarthy benches Frankie Crosetti, hitting .150, but New York (6–8) still loses their 8th in a row at home to drop into last place. Meanwhile, first-place Boston takes their 6th straight. With Crosetti’s benching, he ends his consecutive games played at 420, the longest current streak in the majors.

Syracuse SS Ace Parker, the IL’s leading hitter, breaks his leg sliding home in a win over Toronto. Parker will miss the rest of the baseball season but he will be the 1940 MVP in the National Football League. At the end of the year he will announce that he is giving up baseball for football.

12th Behind the six-hit pitching of Red Ruffing, the Yankees beat the Bosox, 4–0, and stop New York’s 8-game losing streak. New York (7-14) is still in last place while Boston (16-6) sits atop the AL.

The Reds (15-4) follow up yesterday’s win over St. Louis, with a doubleheader sweep, winning 7–1 and 13–4. Ival Goodman has a homer in the openers and three Reds—Frank McCormack, Lonnie Frey, and Harry Craft—come through with circuit clouts in the second game. The Cards help with seven errors in the two games.

13th In a replay of their washed-out game of April 23rd called on account of darkness, the Reds and the Cards neglect to inform the league office, and no umpires are assigned to Crosley Field. Coach Jimmy Wilson and P Lon Warneke are pressed into service as umpires before umpire Larry Goetz, at home in Cincinnati on a day off, arrives to officiate. Warneke will later become a full-time umpire, while Wilson will return to active duty at the end of the year and star in the WS. Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals hits 3 HRs, and the Reds Bill Werber has 5 hits and collects 4 consecutive doubles in a 14-inning, 8–8 tie with the Reds. Werber is the only one to do it in both leagues. Mize’s is his 3rd 3-homer game, breaking the tie for the NL record he shared with George Kelly. After 1910, there will be only 5 games this century in which active players umpire: Besides today these are: 1912: Ham Hyatt (Pit-N) and Ed Phelps (Bro-N); 1935: Jocko Conlan (Chi-A); 1941: Johnny Cooney (Bos-N) and Freddie Fitzsimmons (Bro-N); and 1978: Don Leppert (coach, Tor-A) and Jerry Zimmerman (coach, Min-A). (as noted by historian Wayne McElreavy).

Bees reliever Jim Callahan walks seven, including 5 straight Giants batters after 2 are out in the 4th. He throws 18 straight balls in the inning, though the Giants just score 2. Gumbert is the winner in relief, 11–5.

14th Boston’s Jimmie Foxx blasts a 10th inning HR off White Sox P Johnny Rigney to give first place Boston a 7-6 win. The ball goes over the LF roof, the longest poke in Comiskey Park history.

At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates spot the Giants two runs then come back to win 7-2 behind Bob Klinger. Elbie Fletcher hits a grand slam in the Bucs five-run 6th.

15th 1B Art Mahan and 2B Herman Schulte establish themselves as regulars at their positions with the Phillies. Fewer than a dozen players have been 120-or-more-game regulars in their only season in the ML, and the Phillies, again locked in last place, have 2 of them in one season. Neither Phillie will hit .250, but Schulte will top 2B in fielding.

In the Pirates 5–2 loss to the Giants, only 3 Bucs bat in the 2nd, but all reach base. Maurice Van Roblys singles and is picked off; Vince DiMaggio walks and is forced at 2B by Frankie Gustine, who is caught stealing.

17th Chicago’s Stan Hack, is struck by a foul line drive off the bat of teammate Hank Lieber and suffers a concussion. Hack was the runner at 3rd base and in foul territory when he was struck. The Cubs top the host Giants, 4–0, with Claude Passeau outdueling Hal Schumacher. Passeau allows just 2 singles, both by Joe Moore.

Ival Goodman cracks an 11th inning grand slam to pace the Reds to a 7–2 victory over the Phils in Philadelphia. Frank McCormick’s 2-run HR in the 8th tied the score.

Cleveland rolls over the Senators, 18–1, scoring 10 runs in the 1stinning.

18th After beating the Phillies 11 straight times over 2 ½ years, the Reds Paul Derringer finally loses, 8–3. The Phils collect 12 hits in 8 innings off Derringer.

The Cards collect just 7 hits off Hot Potato Hamlin, but all are for extra bases to tie an NL record. The Dodgers lose, 6–2. Five of the hits are HRs—2 each by Mize and Terry Moore. Pee Wee Reese steals his 17th base in 26 games; the Cards have just 5 stolen bases.

The Yanks vacate last place by beating the White Sox, 3–0, behind Monte Pearson’s 2-hitter.

19th At Memphis, 53-year-old manager Truck Hannah catches a doubleheader win over Nashville. Truck is forced to play because of injuries to his two catchers.

20th Behind 7–1, the Phils score 7 runs in the 9th inning to edge the Pirates, 8–7. Morrie Arnovich, with a single his first time up in the 9th, walks with the bases loaded to push across the winning run. Wally Berger’s two run single had tied the contest at 7–7.

Pinky Higgins clouts three successive homers and drives in seven runs to lead Detroit to a 10–7 victory over the leading Red Sox. Pinky’s first two clouts come off Lefty Grove, and the last off Jack Wilson, who is charged with the loss. Jimmie Foxx hits his 10thhomer of the year, a 5th inning grand slam, and Lefty Grove homers in the 2nd.

The Yankees slip back into last place, losing to the Indians, 10–2. Al Smith allows just 3 New York hits.

21st Jimmie Foxx hits a grand-slam home run for the 2nd day in a row against Detroit in an 11–8 Red Sox win. Only Ruth, twice, and Dickey have slammed in consecutive days in the AL. Williams, Doerr, and Roger Cramer also homer for Boston. Greenberg and York homer for the Bengals, while Wally Moses has a pair of triples and 2 singles.

Against his old teammates, Chicago 1B Joe Kuhel has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR, to help the White Sox beat Washington 9–8.

The Phils sign pitcher Cy Blanton when he is made a free agent by the Pirates on orders from Commissioner Landis.

23rd In front of just 793 paid customers in St. Louis, the Browns trip the Senators, 8–7, in 12 innings. Jimmy Bloodworth’s 2-run HR gives the Nats the lead in the top of the 12th, but the George McQuinn’s 2ndhomer of the day, a single, and a triple by Rip Radcliff, who scores on a sac fly gives St. Louis the win over Sid Hudson.

24th Before 22,260, the New York Giants rip the Boston Bees 8–1 in the first night game at the Polo Grounds. Harry Gumbert is the winner.

The Cleveland Indians edge the St. Louis Browns, 3–2, in the first night game at Sportsman’s Park before 24,827, the biggest crowd since 1922. Bob Feller beats Eldon Auker and his first ML homer is the margin of victory.

26th The Reds receive their 1939 World Series rings from Commissioner Landis and then beat the Cardinals 1–0 on Paul Derringer’s one-hitter. Stuart Martin’s 1st inning single is the only hit. In the stands are 21 fans who saw the 1869 champion Reds in action.

At Griffith Stadium, Johnny Welaj legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 10th to give the Senators a 4-3 win over the Athletics.

27th Brooklyn trades OF Roy Cullenbine to the Browns for OF Joe Gallagher. In 2 days the Dodgers will sell OF Gene Moore back to the Boston Bees.

30th The Giants sweep the Dodgers 7–0 and 12–5 in 12 innings dropping Brooklyn out of 1st place. The Giants tally 34 hits in the two games. In the opener, Carl Hubbell uses just 81 pitches and gives up only a 2nd inning single to Johnny Hudson, who is erased on a DP. Only Lavagetto gets to a 3–2 count. Bill Lohrman wins the 2nd game in 12 innings as the Giants score 8 runs in the top of the 12th.

In Philadelphia, the A’s score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Senators, 7-6 in the first of 2. In the second game, called on account of darkness after 7, the Senators score 9 runs in the top of the 7th to win, 14-2. Zeke Bonura hits a grand slam for the Senators, connecting in the 7th off Bill Beckmann.

The Phillies and Bees swap 5-1 decisions, with Philadelphia taking the opener. Kirby Higbe is the winner as Boston collects 5 hits. In the second game, Boston wins in 11 innings as Eddie Miller ends it with a grand slam, off Syl Johnson.