1942 May

1st  Before 3,620 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the Giants to win, 13-9. The Giants have two homers, both by pitchers, as Hugh East and Harry Feldman hit their first major league homers, both off Cubs starter Jake Mooty. Peanuts Lowry homers for the Cubs.

2nd Cleveland beats the Senators 12–3 in Washington behind Jim Bagby’s 5th straight win. The win gives the first-place Indians (12-3) 13 straight victories. The Red Sox will end the streak tomorrow.

For the second straight game, Ted Williams cracks a 9th-inning HR, this time off Eldon Auker, to give the Red Sox a 10-10 tie with the visiting Browns, as they overcome a Chet Laabs grand slam in the 3rd inning. Bobby Doerr’s RBI double wins it, 11–10, as Johnny Pesky pulls off a hidden ball trick in the 9th, but it is for naught as Doerr, unaware of the ruse, calls time out before the play. Eldon Auker goes the distance allowing 17 hits in the loss.

The Reds sell OF Ernie Koy to the Phils and Frank Secory to Milwaukee (AA).

3rd The Tigers edge the A’s, 8–7 in game 1 of a twinbill. Rudy York, who clouted 2 homers yesterday, hits 2 more in the opener, one short of Cobb’s AL record for 2 straight games. Phil Marchildon allows 2 hits in game 2 to stop the Tigers, 1–0.

The Giants score 5 runs in the first two innings against the host Reds, then hang on as Cincinnati scores 3 runs in the 9th. New York wins, 5-4. Reds rookie Hank Sauer, listed at 23 (born 3/17/1919), hits his first ML homer. Decades later his birth year will be corrected to 1917, relieving his younger/older brother Ed who was born in January 1919.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Dodgers, winning a wild one, 14-10, and a 6-inning 4-2 nitecap. The Cards take a 10-2 lead in the opener before the Dodgers tie it at 10-10. Ken O’Dea drives in 7 runs with a first-inning grand slam, off Whitlow Wyatt, and a bases-loaded double in the 7th. Young Cliff Dapper is 0-for-3 in the second game for the Dodgers but finishes his month-long ML career having gone 8-for-17, good for a .471 batting average. This is the highest one season career BA for someone with 8 hits or more. With two catchers in place, the Dodgers will return Dapper to the minors; the same thing happened with Brooklyn in 1935 they gave Vince Sherlock 26 at-bats, and he hit .462. He never played again in the majors. Dapper will next make the news in 1948 while at Montreal when he is traded for Atlanta announcer Ernie Harwell.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates and Boston split a pair with the Bucs taking the opener, 6-2. Boston rebounds with a 12-3 win in the second game. Eddie Miller contributes a grand slam in the 4th, off Rip Sewell.

4th The Reds score 12 runs—on 6 hits, 4 walks a hit by pitch, and 3 errors—in the 4th inning and coast to a 15–4 win over the visiting Giants.

5th In Boston, the Red Sox pound the Indians, 13-3, behind Ken Chase as Ted Williams and Jim Tabor each go 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Williams homers in the 4th and then in the 6th, with the score 10-2, he lays down a bunt single against the 38-year-old Clint Brown.

6th At Boston, White Sox vet Ted Lyons loses to Joe Dobson, 3–1, in 10 innings. Bobby Doerr is the difference for Boston, hitting homers in the 8th and 10th innings. The White Sox have given Lyons (1–3) just 2 runs in his 4 decisions.

8th At Ebbets Field, in the first twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top the Giants 7–6 with Dolph Camilli’s 7th inning home run onto Bedford Avenue the big blow. With more than 24,000 fans on hand, nearly $60,000 is raised for the Navy Relief Fund, as all the proceeds are donated. Everyone, including the ball players and umps, pay their way into the park. The Dodgers also debut a celebrated rookie—Gladys Gooding, who plays the “Victory Calliope”, the second organ played in a ML stadium. Gooding was discovered by Larry MacPhail at a hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Besides the Rangers, Gladys later is the organist for the Knickerbockers, and will write the Dodgers’ theme song “Follow the Dodgers.” Gooding will play for the Dodgers until 1958 when the team moves west.

10th A double bagel. The Reds Ray Starr and Bucky Walters both pitch shutouts over the Cardinals. Starr wins the opener, 1–0, allowing 9 hits, and Bucky coasts, 3–0, on a 4-hitter.

12th At Boston, the Cubs outslug the Braves, 9–8, as rookie Ed Hanyzewski wins his only game of the year. Bill Nicholson has a 2ndinning homer off loser Lou Tost, while Braves pitcher Jim Tobin hits a pinch homer.

13th Pitcher Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves slams 3 successive HRs—two off Jake Mooty and one off Hi Bithorn—to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6–5, at Braves Field, the only ML pitcher ever to hit 3 straight in a game. Tobin is the only 20th century pitcher to hit 3 in a game. His last, in the 8th, breaks a 4–4 tie. Bithorn takes the loss. Bill Nicholson returns the compliment, clouting a 2-run homer off Tobin in the 6thinning, Tobin now has five homers for the season and is just two homers behind the NL leader.

14th The Giants score 10 runs in the 8th inning to whip the Pirates 12–6 at the Polo Grounds. Pinch hitter Babe Young bangs a double and a triple in the rally to tie the NL mark for an inning.

17th Pitching his first of 8 consecutive Sunday doubleheader first games, Ted Lyons beats the visiting Senators, 7–1. Thirteen of his 20 starts this year will be on Sunday.

19th The Phillies attempt at duplicating the Dodgers’ charity effort fails, as only 3,366 fans show up for the mid-week twilight game with the Pirates. Little money is raised for the Army and Navy relief funds, but the Phils come away with a 5–4 win.

Where are the frequent flyer miles? The Cubs sell Babe Dahlgren to the Dodgers, six days after they sold the Babe to the Browns on a conditional basis. The condition was that he hit, and after pinch hitting in two games, the Browns sent him back.

20th Brooklyn’s Whit Wyatt loses 1–0 to the Cards Mort Cooper, the first loss for Wyatt after 8 straight wins. Cooper allows just 2 hits. The Cards score on Walker Cooper’s triple and a fly ball in the 5th.

Rookie Ray Lamanno hits a grand slam in the 3rd, off Ike Pearson, in the Reds 10–3 win over host Philadelphia.

21st In Detroit, 31-year-old rookie Buddy Blair cracks a grand slam as the A’s down the Tigers, 11-3. This is Blair’s only season in the majors as the U.S. armed services will take four A’s starters at the end of the season—Sam Chapman, Benny McCoy, Blair and Crash Davis. Two A’s starting pitchers, Phil Marchildron and Dick Fowler will enter the Canadian armed forces before the 1943 season.

24th At Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, one of the most memorable games in Japanese League history takes place, a 28-inning marathon (4-4 tie) between Nagoya and Taiyo. It takes three hours and 47 minutes and both starters, Michio Nishizawa of Nagoya and Jiro Noguchi of Taiyo, go all the way: Nishizawa 311 pitches; Noguchi 344. Games are not allowed to end in a tie because the league has to show off their fighting spirit, according to historian Yoichi Nagata. Because this is the last day of the spring schedule in the three-part season (spring, summer and fall), closing ceremonies and awards are scheduled, so officials order the umpire to end the game. Nagoya uses only 9 players, and Taiyo, 10. Despite the war, the game is noted in The Sporting News.

25th A pulled muscle ends a 652-game playing streak for Cincinnati 1B Frank McCormick as the Reds’ Paul Derringer stops the Pirates, 6–1. Hank Sauer plays 1B.

27th At Wrigley Field, Gee Walker hits a grand slam for the Reds off Johnny Schmitz. Cincinnati wins, 10–1, with all of the gate receipts going to the Army-Navy Relief Fund. The game is preceded by a match between the Great Lakes (Navy) and Camp Grant (Army). The Navy wins the battle, 4–1.

29th New York’s Lefty Gomez, self-described as the worst-hitting pitcher in baseball, bangs out 4 hits in pitching a 4-hit, 16–1 victory over Washington. They are his last ML hits. Buddy Hassett adds 4 hits as well.

The Red Sox move a game above .500 with a 14-2 pasting of the host Athletics. Ted Williams hits a grand slam in the 5-run 8th ton ice the game.

30th The Reds split a twinbill with the Cardinals but lose 3 outfielders to injuries in the process. After Johnny Vander Meer wins the opener, 3–2, the Cards take the nitecap 10–5. Mike McCormick breaks his leg sliding into 2B in game 1 and Harry Craft and Gee Walker are knocked out when they collide in the 8th inning of game 2.

31st Against the Pirates, the Reds Clyde Vollmer chops a home run on the first ML pitch he sees, the 5th major leaguer to do so. Pitcher Max Butcher is the instant loser as the Reds go on to win 3–0 in this 2ndgame of a doubleheader. The Reds win game 1, 8-2. Vollmer’s next homer won’t come until 1947.

In game 1 of a twinbill sweep at Brooklyn, Dixie Walker of the Dodgers is credited with an inside-the-park grand slam as the Braves aging Paul Waner searches for the ball under the bullpen bench. Walker follows Pee Wee Reese, Pete Reiser, and Arky Vaughan across the plate. The Dodgers win, 10–2. Brooklyn wins the nitecap, 3–1, behind Whit Wyatt’s 10th straight win over Boston.

Before 22,000 at Griffith Stadium, Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat the Dizzy Dean All-Stars, 8–1. Dean pitches just the first inning, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. Private Cecil Travis plays 3B. The game a week earlier, in which Paige won 3–1 at Wrigley Field, drew 29,000. Judge Landis will prohibit a scheduled July 4th matchup because the first 2 games outdrew ML games.

At Fenway, the Red Sox jump on Bobo Newsom for 6 runs in the 1stinning and coast to an 11-1 win over the Senators in the first of two. Oscar Judd records the victory while Ted Williams collects his 41stRBI of the month, a team record. In game 2, the Senators score 2 runs in the 6th inning, but could have scored more after pitcher Bill Sober hits a leadoff double. The next batter fouls a ball into the stands but the fan who recovers the ball refuses to toss it back. When other fans start booing, Sober watches the proceedings and is tagged out on a hidden ball trick by Johnny Pesky. The Sox win 4-3 in a game called in the 8th inning.