1945 May

1st Skeeter Webb’s bouncing single over 2B in the 3rd deprives Chicago’s Joe Haynes of a perfect game. No other Tiger runner reaches base as the White Sox win, 5–0, on Haynes one-hitter.

2nd The first-place Giants take a 7–0 lead over the host Phillies, then hold on for a 9–8 win.

6th Boston’s Boo Ferriss pitches his 2nd straight shutout, blanking the Yankees 5–0, matching a mark last accomplished by Johnny Marcum in 1933.

Tiger pitchers Hal Newhouser and Al Benton shut out the Browns in a doubleheader. Prince Hal wins 3–0 and Benton follows with a 1–0 victory. Roy Cullenbine hits a 9th inning HR in game 2 off Tex Shirley for the win. He did it also last year while with the Indians.

Phils P Ken Raffensberger is inducted into the Navy, while Card C Walker Cooper joined the Navy on May 1.

8th It’s a good day for the Skaffs. Playing for Baltimore (International League), he has 4 hits, including a double and 2 homers, scores 3 times and has 6 RBIs. Teammate and brother Frank has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, scores 4 runs and drives home 5.

The Cardinals re-acquire Buster Adams from the Phillies in exchange for John Antonelli and Glenn Crawford. Adams, with 8 RBIs for Philadelphia, will drive in 101 runs this year for St. Louis. Adams will have his career year this season, compiling 109 RBI, good for 5thin the league, nearly half (249) of his career total.

9th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Reds, 6–1, before a crowd of 26,077. Feldman is the winner and Hausmann and Ott homer. For Ott it is #494.

In an 8-inning Interstate League game, the host Wilmington Blue Rocks beat Hagerstown, 33-13. The Blue Rocks collect 15 hits to go along with 22 walks,

11th Behind Phil Cavarretta’s 4 hits, the Cubs beat the hapless Phils, 7–1. Cavarretta is hitting .365.

The Giants defeat the Reds, 4–3, for their 6th win in a row, but New York CF Johnny Rucker goes hitless for the first time in 19 games. Rucker is a nephew of great Dodger southpaw Nap Rucker.

12th In Boston, the Braves take a 10-3 lead over the Cubs but Chicago storms back with 6 runs in the 7th inning, the last 4 scoring on Phil Cavarretta’s grand slam, to tie the game at 12 apiece. Bill Nicholson homers in the 9th inning to give the Cubs the hard-earned 13-12 win. The effort will seemingly exhaust the Cubs and they will drop their next six games to go 10-13, 9 games in back of the Giants.

In a Carolina League game, the host Danville Leafs whips Raleigh, 30-5. In the 5th inning they send 22 batters to the plate, scoring 17 runs.

13th Rookie phenom Boo Ferriss reaches 22 shutout innings before allowing a run versus the Tigers in an 8–2 Red Sox win. This sets an AL record for scoreless innings at the start of a ML career. Ferriss strikes out 1B Rudy York 4 times, all on called 3rd strikes. Detroit earns a split with a 2-0 win in game 2, behind Al Benton’s pitching. Benton has now allowed one earned run in his last 45 innings.

The Yankees Atley Donald is victorious over the Indians, 1–0, in 10 innings when New York breaks through against pitcher Red Embree. A walk, a bunt single, a sac bunt and a sac fly by Denny plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe, with his only loss coming on August 21, 1941 when Feller won, 2-0. Cleveland wins the second game, 4-2, behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter.

14th Ex-serviceman Mel Bosser makes his ML debut with the Reds and walks 10 Phillies before being relieved in the 8th inning by Beck. Bosser, whose only pro experience is pitching in Class D, allows 8 hits and gets credit for the 5–4 win.

In the second high-scoring game in the Carolina League this week, Greensboro beats host Martinsburg, 26-10. The hosts help with 10 errors.

16th Mort Cooper goes AWOL from the Cardinals, returning to St. Louis. A 20-game winner for 3 previous seasons, Cooper, along with his brother, has had his salary frozen at $12,000 for three years, and is in a salary dispute with owner Breadon. Without Cooper, the Cards drop a pair to the Braves, losing 5–4 in 14 innings, and 4–1.

17th The Giants score six runs in the 8th to vanquish the Cubs, 8–5 and a sweep of the 4-game series. For New York, it is their 12th win in 13 games. Rookie Al Gardella starts at 1B for New York, and his brother Danny is announced as a pinch hitter in the 8th, but is switched for Billy Jurges.

Trying for their 12th win in a row, the 2nd-place Dodgers are scuttled by the Pirates, 12–3. Nick Strincevich stops the Dodgers, who fall three games behind the Giants. Olmo’s hit streak is also stopped at 14 games.

For the 4th day in a row, all AL games are postponed because of rain.

18th A wet AL record. The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics both have 7 straight games postponed because of rain in the past 4 days. In the AL, every game between the 14th and the 17this rained out.

In a 15–12 Dodgers’ victory over the Cubs, Brooklyn’s Luis Olmo ties a record when he hits a triple and HR, each with the bases loaded. No 20th century ML player will match this until Adam Kennedy does it in 2000. Olmo adds a double for good measure. Former OF Ben Chapman is the winning pitcher.

Jimmie Foxx hits the 2nd pinch grand slam of his career, off Ken Burkhart, to give the Phils an 8–7 lead. But St. Louis rallies in the 9thto win 11–8.

In St. Louis, the Browns manage just 4 hits off Hank Borowy, but one is a Vern Stephens grand slam, as the Browns beat the Yankees, 4-1. Jack Kramer is the winner.

19th The Indians, in last place, sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 4–0 and 2–1. Allie Reynolds tosses the shutout in game 1, while Steve Gromek wins the second match. One-eyed outfielder Paul O’Dea hits a solo homer off Don Black to provide the margin of victory. It is O’Dea’s lone ML homerun. According to Bob Feller’s book Strikeout Story, O’Dea sustained his eye injury in 1940 when he was standing near the batting cage during batting practice, talking to a teammate. He was struck in the right eye by a vicious foul and his eye was permanently damaged.

20th In St. Louis, Pete Gray stars, as the Browns sweep the Yankees 10–1 and 5–2. Gray has 2 RBI on 3 hits in the opener, and in the nightcap he scores the winning run and hauls in 7 fly balls, 3 on spectacular catches.

Before 51,340 fans at the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Pirates split a doubleheader. Bill Voiselle wins his 8th straight to give the Giants a 5–1 win in the opener. Medwick and Lombardi homer for New York. Preacher Roe then shuts out the Giants in game 2. New York ends the day atop the NL by 3 ½ games.

At Philadelphia, the Cardinals and Phils split a pair. The Birds win the opener, 6-2, and lead 3-0 in game 2 when Vince DiMaggio hits a 4th inning grand slam. The Cards tie it up at 6 apiece, with the Phillies ending it with a run in the bottom of the 9th.

At Boston, the Reds build an 8–1 lead over the Braves behind the pitching and hitting of Bucky Walters, who belts a pair of homers. Bucky then holds on for a 10–8 win, allowing 15 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

21st After a twinbill yesterday in New York, the two teams play today in Pittsburgh with Pirates winning their 2nd straight, 5–2. Ernie Lombardi hits two homers for the Giants scores.

23rd Mort Cooper is traded by the Cardinals to the Braves. The three-time 20-game winner has twice jumped the club in a salary hassle. Threatening to run out again unless his contract is increased from $12,000 to $15,000, Cooper is swapped by owner Sam Breadon to the newly affluent Braves for Red Barrett and $60,000 cash. Cooper will develop arm trouble while Barrett, 9–16 in 1944, will win 21 games for the Cards this season.

24th The visiting Giants beat the Reds 7–6 on a pinch homer by colorful Danny Gardella. Gardella had started the day by leaving a suicide note in his hotel room for his roommate Nat Reyes. When Reyes returned to the room a minute or two later, he noticed the open window and read the note. Horrified, he rushed to window only to see the grinning face of Gardella, who had been hanging from the window ledge several stories over the street.

The Tigers lose Al Benton, who has 5 wins and 3 shutouts, when he is hit on ankle in the 4th frame by a line drive off the bat of Bobby Estalella. He’ll be out till July 1. The A’s score 4 in the 5th to win, 7–2.

25th Red Sox CF Leon Culberson makes an unassisted DP when he catches a short looper and continues on to 2B to nab Vern Stephens before he can return. Despite the play, the Red Sox lose to the Browns, 5–0. Nels Potter records the shutout.

At St. Louis, Brooklyn scores 4 in the 1st inning but starter Tom Seats sits down after giving the 4 runs back and retiring one batter. Curt Davis relieves and finishes the game, allowing 4 runs, 3 on a homer by Ray Sanders, as the Dodgers lose 9-7. Clyde Sukeforth catches for the Dodgers, making the Davis-Sukeforth battery the first in ML history of 40-year-olds.

26th In St. Louis, Luis Olmo hits his second grand slam in 8 days as Brooklyn downs the Cards, 11-2.

27th The White Sox get only 3 hits total in a doubleheader loss to the Red Sox. Boo Ferriss allows only a single—by Tony Cuccinello in the 2nd—in the opener to win, 7–0, for his 6th straight victory and 4thshutout. Emmett O’Neill gives up 2 singles in the nitecap to win, 2–1. The three hits allowed in a double header equals the 1934 record set by the Dean brothers, when Paul Dean tossed a no-hitter in game 2.

After losing 9 straight to the Browns over 2 seasons, the Yanks brush aside the jinx to sweep a pair, winning 10–9 and 3–1. The Browns blow a 8–2 lead in the first game and lose in the 14th inning. The nitecap is called after 8 innings because of darkness.

30th Before the biggest Wrigley crowd—42,565 paid—in 7 years, the Giants top the host Cubs, 8–6 in the opener, and Mel Ott passes Honus Wagner’s career total of 4,888 total bases to set an NL record. Wagner’s has since been adjusted to 4868 and both players’ totals have been passed. Slim Emmerich is the winner over Ray Prim. The Cubs take the nitecap, 11–2 behind Bob Chipman’s 3-hit win over Bill Voiselle. Andy Pafko clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd. It’s Voiselle’s 2nd straight pounding after winning his first 8 games.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates take the first of two games, 13-5, before losing game 2 to the Dodgers, 14-10, snapping the Bucs 9-game winning streak. The win skein won’t be matched by a Pirate team until 1960.