1944 May

1st George Myatt of the Washington Senators collects 6 hits (5 singles and a double) in 6 at bats, as the Nats pound out 20 hits to beat Boston, 11–4.

2nd Phillies P Charley Schanz takes a 1–0 no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a 2-run homer to Joe Medwick of the Giants, the only Giants’ hit of the day. Schanz wins his own game by clearing the bases with a triple in the 9th.

3rd Joe Cronin, making his 1944 debut at 1B, makes putouts at both ends of a double play, one out at 1B and the other at 3B. The Sox make 4 DPs and collect 15 hits in beating the Senators, 11–10. Stan Spence and Bobby Doerr each hit a HR, double, and single. The Nats have 16 hits in the loss.

4th Joe Cicero, actor Clark Gable’s cousin, hits 3 HRs, 2 of which are grand slams, for 10 RBI, as Newark beats Montreal 17–8 in the International League. Cicero, who was the first player born in the 1910 decade to debut in the majors (1929) will have a final cup of coffee with the A’s next year.

The Browns announce that they are dropping their segregation policy restricting African Americans to the bleachers. Henceforth, “Negroes” may purchase a ticket for any seat.

5th The Senators beat the Athletics 11–8, as both teams combine for 33 hits.

Charlie Grimm resigns as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in the American Association to take over the Cubs. Casey Stengel is named manager in Milwaukee.

7th The Cubs lose to the Pirates, 6–5, Chicago’s 12th loss in a row, and ruin Grimm’s 2nd debut as Cubs manager.

9th Joe McCarthy returns as Yankees manager after missing much of spring training and the early season due to illness.

10th Mel Harder wins his 200th career game as Cleveland defeats the Red Sox 5–4. He is the 50th to reach this mark.

Cardinals ace Mort Cooper picks up his first win of the season as the Cards beat the Dodgers 4–2.

11th The Cubs beat the Phillies 5–3 to snap a 13-game losing streak after Charlie Grimm gives a four-leaf clover to starting P Eddie Hanyzewski, who wore it under his cap. The Cubs are now 1-13 on the year.

Hal Trosky, making a comeback with the White Sox after having retired for 2 years because of migraine headaches, steals home in the 16th to break a 2–2 tie in a 4–2 win over the A’s. By inning, it is the latest steal of home, a feat Willie Davis will duplicate in 1964.

12th The Giants purchase 6 foot 9 inch Johnny Gee from the Pirates. Gee has a ML record of 5-8, but his chief attraction is that he is too tall for the draft. He will compile a 2-4 record for the Giants. In an interview in the September 15, 1939, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette upon joining the Pirates, Gee revealed his actual height was 6′ 6 1/2″.  He said a college press agent invented the higher figure. (Noted by Cliff Blau)

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers down the Yankees, 10-4, as Pinky Higgins has a homer and drives in 5 runs. New York’s Bill Bevens makes his debut in the 7th and the first batter he faces is Jimmy Outlaw, who welcomes him to the Bigs with a 3-run homer.

13th Joe Page, just called up from Newark, throws a 5-hitter, as the Yankees defeat the Indians, 5–1.

14th Connie Ryan singles with 2 outs in the 8th inning, as Reds P Bucky Walters fires a one-hitter against the Braves to win, 4–0. Ryan is the only baserunner. This is one of a record-tying 7 shutouts recorded today out of 16 games, a since-topped mark.

15th A day after the Reds pitch a one-hitter, Reds reliever Clyde Shoun, making his first start of the season, throws a no-hitter to nip the Boston Braves 1–0. Only 1,014 see the 32-year-old lefty top Jim Tobin, who had thrown one in April. A walk to Tobin results in the only baserunner against Shoun. Reds reserve 3B Chuck Aleno accounts for the sole run with his only 1944 HR.

Frankie Hayes hits a grand slam in the 9th inning off the Tigers Rufe Gentry, as the Athletics win, 6–2.

16th The White Sox beat the Yankees 10–4 to stop Hank Borowy’s 2-year winning streak at 11.

17th In the nitecap of a doubleheader, Bobby Doerr hits for the cycle, but last-place Boston loses to the Browns, 12–8. The loss leaves the Browns just a half game behind the Yankees. Boston outhits the Browns, 15–14, but Red Sox hurlers, including a 2-inning stint by infielder Eddie Lake, walk 14 batters. Emmett O’Neil is the loser to Jakucki. In the opener, Boston’s Tex Hughson allows 4 hits in the 5–1 win.

18th Rufe Gentry wins his own game with an RBI single in the 8thinning. The Tigers defeat the Athletics, 1–0.

20th Mel Harder of the Indians and Paul Derringer of the Cubs both win their 201st career games. Derringer’s win comes at home, 3–2 over Boston’s Nate Andrews. At Philadelphia, Harder wins his, 5–0, allowing 3 hits and finishing in 1 hour: 37 minutes. Cy Young is on hand to watch the game.

21st The Giants split with the Cardinals, losing, 10–3, and then winning the 2nd game, 7–5. Mel Ott has a HR, triple, 2 doubles and a single in the two games, and puts himself in at 3B in the nitecap. Jurges moves from 3B to short, replacing Buddy Kerr.

At Wrigley Field, the last-place Cubs plate 29 runs as they swamp the Braves, 15-1, behind Hank Wyse and 14-5 behind Bill Fleming’s first win of the year. Fleming also drives in 4 runs. Roy Hughes knocks in 5 runs in the opener on a double and triple. The Cubs won’t score as many runs in two successive games the rest of the century.

22nd The Cincinnati Clowns of the Negro American League defeat the Great Lakes Naval Center Negro team, 7–5.

23rd Wartime restrictions are eased, and Ebbets Field is the scene of the first night game in metro New York since 1941. The Giants Bill Voiselle loses a 2–1, 9th-inning lead because an apparent last-out fly ball is dropped by CF Johnny Rucker when Charles Mead runs into him. Two runners score and the Dodgers win 3–2. In other cities, there was no restriction on night play, but games could be interrupted at any time by test blackouts.

Milwaukee defeats Toledo 28–0 in an American Association game.

24th Frankie Hayes of the Athletics hits his 2nd grand slam in 10 days. This one comes against the Tigers. in an 8–4 win at Detroit and ties Hayes for the ML lead in homers with Seerey of Cleveland and Schultz of the Dodgers.

25th On Mel Harder appreciation night in Cleveland, the Indians and Harder drop a 4–2 decision to the Senators. Mel tries harder scoring both of the Indian runs.

26th The Red Sox defeat the Browns 4–2 in 11 innings, although Browns P Nels Potter retires the first 23 batters he faces.

The 1943 Negro League World Champions, the Homestead Grays, defeat the Fore River Shipyard team of the New England Industrial League, 1–0, in a game played at Fenway Park.

28th At Detroit, the Tigers and Senators split a twinbill, with the Senators winning game 1, 4-2. The Bengals unleash an 18-hit attack in the second game and win, 15-2. Jimmy Outlaw has a grand slam.

30th Dizzy Trout leads off the bottom of the 9th with a game ending HR to win his own game as the Tigers beat the Yankees, 2–1. Hal Newhouser finishes off the nightcap with a complete-game, 4–1 win.

Mel Ott hits 3 HRs, as the Giants sweep two from the Cubs, 6–5 and 5–4.

31st Al Unser hits his only 1944 HR, a pinch-hit grand slam with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, to help the Tigers beat the Yankees 6–2. Batting for Joe Hoover, Unser connects on Walt Dubiel’s first pitch. Al’s son Del will hit three consecutive pinch HRs in 1979.

Nap Reyes goes 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and 6 RBI, as the Giants beat the Cubs by a score of 8–5.

Cal McLish, 18 years old, picks up his first ML victory in a Dodgers’ 8–4 win over the Pirates.

John McKelvey, last surviving member of the National Association (1871-75), dies at Rochester, NY. At age 96, he was the oldest former ML player.