2nd Rookie OF Hal Jeffcoat has 2 doubles in the Cubs’ 7-run 8thinning as Chicago rolls over Cincinnati 13–4. Peanuts Lowrey goes 4-for-5 in the game.
The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader, Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 9–6 in the opener, then losing, 2–0, to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a HR, triple and single in the opener, while Duke Snider hits his first 2 ML homers—the first, inside-the-park—a triple and a single, good for 4 RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap, Furillo’s 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman, wh o pitches a 4-hitter.
5th Against the Tigers, Red Sox P Mel Parnell has 2 balks called on successive pitches. He scatters 10 hits and gets no decision as reliever Ellis Kinder is the 4–3 winner. SS Vern Stephens participates in 5 DPs with Boston getting another going Williams to Tebbetts.
6th At Philadelphia, the A’s top the Indians, 8-5. Cleveland gets four runs in the 3rd inning on Ken Keltner’s grand slam.
7th At Chicago, the Dodgers use 8 hits, 3 errors and 1 4 walks to subdue to Cubs, 9–5. Preston Ward’s bases-loaded triple off Ralph Hamner following 3 walks is the key blow. Hugh Casey wins with 5 innings of shutout relief.
8th An infield single by rookie Johnny Blatnik of the Phillies in the 7th prevents a perfect game by Harry Brecheen of the Cardinals. Brecheen will become the NL ERA leader with 2.24 and the winning percentage leader on a 20-7 record. The Cards win 5–0 and Brecheen scores his 3rd straight shutout.
At Griffith Stadium, Larry Doby pounds a 408-foot homer to CF, which hits the loudspeakers 35 high, to help the Indians top the Senators, 6–1. Larry’s ball bounces back onto the field and was initially declared in play. The 8th-inning three-run homer is the longest HR in the Stadium since Ruth’s shot in 1922, and is the first of Doby’s four career inside-the-park homers. World War 2 veteran Gene Bearden makes his first start, allowing just three Nat hits. He walks 4 in the 9th inning to allow the lone run, as Washington finally scores after three straight shutouts.
At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers edge the Yankees 3-2 in the first of two, then lose, 9-1, in the nitecap. They also lose George Kell for the month when the third sacker fractures his wrist when hit by a Vic Raschi pitch.
The A’s win their 6th straight, pull off a triple play, and batter the White Sox, 16–1. Winning pitcher Carl Scheib puts the game away with an 8th-inning grand slam, and the A’s are now tied for the AL lead with the Indians.
The A’s purchase 37-year-old P Nels Potter from the Browns for $20,000.
9th In the 2nd game of the Sunday doubleheader between the Pirates and the Dodgers, the umpire continues the game through a 7 p.m. curfew because he believes Pittsburgh to be stalling with a 5–4 lead. The Dodgers pass the Pirates for a 7–5 score, but Ralph Kiner’s two homers carry Pittsburgh to a 10–8 victory. Kiner hits a 2-run homer in the 5th, off Clyde King, and a 3-run homer in the 6th, off Ralph Branca. The Pirates are fined $100 for violating the curfew and Kiner will end up tying Mize with 40 home runs. The Dodgers take game 1 by a 14-2 score, plating 11 runs in the last 2 innings to pull away. Pee Wee Reese has a grand slam for the Dodgers.
The Phils take 2 from the Reds, dropping Cincinnati into the NL basement. Curt Simmons wins his first ML decision, 14–2, in the opener, and Ken Heintzelman applies a 8–0 whitewash in the nitecap. Heintzelman has thrown 22 scoreless innings in a row. Ennis has 5 RBIs in the opener on 3 hits, while Sisler is 4-for-4. Sisler adds 3 more hits in the nitecap. Rookie Johnny Blatnik chips in with 6 hits and 7 runs for the afternoon.
The Indians sweep a pair at Fenway, beating the Red Sox, 4–1 in 10 innings, and 9–5. A Ted Williams homer in the opener is the only Sox score, while Ken Keltner belts a pair of homers. They both add another in the nitecap, but Doby clouts a monstrous 2-run shot to dead center for the Tribe. He’ll add another in a win tomorrow as Cleveland stays percentage points ahead of the A’s.
12th At Cincinnati, the Reds score 3 in the 9th but come up short, losing to Brooklyn, 9–7. Reds starter and loser Johnny Vander Meer doubles in the 5th and doesn’t advance when Glenn Corbitt bounces a single over Billy Cox’s head (as noted by Bill Deane). Reese retrieves the ball and keeps it, pulling off a hidden ball trick on Vandy when he wanders off 2B. Taking no chances, the Reds pinch hit for Vandy in the 6th.
14th Andy Pafko hits a homer in the 8th inning to break up a pitching duel between the Cubs Meyer and the Reds Kent Peterson. Chicago wins, 1–0.
15th At Brooklyn, Russell’s first inning HR is the only score as Boston’s Warren Spahn beats Rex Barney, 1–0. It’s the 3rd shutout in a row for Brave hurlers.
The Pirates score 2 runs in the 6th inning to snap Harry Brecheen’s consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 32 2/3 from the start of the year. The lefty still wins his 4th without a loss, 8–3.
In a PCL game, Seattle’s Dick Barrett stops Sacramento, 2–0, with a 7-inning perfect game.
16th At Wrigley, the Cubs spot the Reds an 8–1 lead in the 2nd inning, then roar back to win, 13–11, in 10 innings. Andy Pafko has a perfect day with 2 homers, a double and 2 singles in 5 trips to the plate. Johnny Wyrostek opens the 10th with a triple and scores on a long fly ball. Galan plates the final run after a walk, error, and single.
Pete Gray, one-armed OF with the Browns in 1945, starts his comeback at Elmira after a year out of baseball. He will hit .290 in 82 games.
18th The lowly Cubs edge the Phillies, 3–2, as Johnny Schmitz outduels young Curt Simmons. Four Phillie errors let in all three Cub runs.
An International League game in Jersey City draws less than 1,700 on a night a Giants’ first nght telecast is being received in 600 bars in Jersey. The minor leagues, especially in the East, are getting testy over the impact of the major leagues open television policy.
19th The first-place Cards blast Dodger pitchers for a 14–7 victory. Stan Musial leads the way with 5 hits including a triple and double and scores 5 runs. All his hits come with two strikes. The 2 teams combine to set a since-tied NL record (for night games) of 28 runners left on base, 14 each.
A three-run 9th gives the Tigers a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Detroit. Hal Newhouser is the starter and winner, helping his own cause with an AL record-tying 4 double plays.
20th At Chicago, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs, as the Yanks coast, 13–2. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit, but left fielder Ralph Hodgin snares it at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi’s pitching over Orval Grove, who lasts 5 innings. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle and the last this century to do it on the road. DiMag last cycled in 1937, when he also added a 2nd homer: He’s the only player to do that twice.
In a 13–4 Cleveland win, the Indians collect 18 bases on balls against the Red Sox to tie the AL record set in 1916. Handing out the free passes are two Mickeys—Harris and McDermott (11 in 6 2/3 IP). Bob Lemon, Jim Hegan, and Ken Keltner all collect RBIs without the benefit of a hit.
Musial and the Cards continue slugging the Dodgers, winning 13–4, as The Man has 4 hits, including a HR and 2 doubles. Musial is 11-for-15 in the series. Enos Slaughter chips in three hits as Howie Pollet (4-0) wins over Joe Hatten, who gives up 7 runs in 5 innings. Hugh Casey continues his ineffectiveness and will shortly be put on the 60 day DL after a fall down the stairs in his house.
The Pirates batter the Braves, 13–0 behind Elmer Riddle’s 4-hitter. The Bucs tally 8 runs in the 4th inning, with the scoring started by Ralph Kiner’s 9th HR of the season, off the scoreboard. He adds a double in the inning. Kiner’s last homer, on the 18th, splattered neon when it struck the ‘passed ball’ lights.
21st Frankie Gustine is 5-for-5 to lead Pittsburgh to an 8–4 win over the Dodgers.
At Wrigley, the Giants drop an 8–3 decision to the Cubs. New York rookie Les Layton, in his first ML at bat, hits a pinch homer in the 9thoff Johnny Schmitz. Les will have one more career HR.
22nd At Wrigley Field, Sid Gordon hits a 2nd inning grand slam, one of four homers for the Giants, as New York rolls to an 11-0 pasting of the Cubs. Ray Poat tosses the shutout.
23rd Bill Veeck’s attempt to set an attendance record for a doubleheader is derailed by bad weather, but the game against New York still attracts a crowd of 78,431 in Cleveland. Veeck himself has to steal out of the hospital where he has been recovering from his 14th leg operation. Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs for the New York Yankees in a 6–5, first-game win against the Indians. The first 2 home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black, the Indians take the nightcap, 5–1, to preserve first place.
In the first of two at Philadelphia, the Cardinals combine 17 safeites with 12 walks to whomp the Phillies, 18-3. Nippy Jones drives in 6 runs with a homer, double and a single as the Birds score in every inning but the 5th. The Cards win the nightcap, 4-1, as Jim Hearn allows 5 hits, including a homer by Johnny Blatnik, who homered in the opener. Enos Slaughter stretches his hitting streak to 17 games.
At Briggs Stadium, Virgil Trucks walks pinch hitter Early Wynn with the bases loaded in the 9th to give the Senators a 1-0 win over the Tigers. Walt Masterson tosses the shutout for the Nationals.
24th At Shibe Park, Walt Dubiel allows 3 hits as the Phils top the Cardinals, 6-2. Red hot Quaker rookie Johnny Blatnik has a double and a triple and is hitting .408. He’ll finish at .260.
25th After a ML-record 28 games (one tie) of not scoring in the first inning, the Chicago White Sox finally push across a run against the A’s Carl Scheib. But they still lose, 4–3.
26th Johnny Schmitz wins his 4th in a row as the Cubs beat Brooklyn, 4–1. Gil Hodges hits a homer for the Dodgers’ run.
27th Recently retired slugger Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland club, becoming the Indians 2nd-largest stockholder.
The Yankees pound 14 hits to the A’s 7, but come up short, 6–5. It is the first-place A’s 7th straight win. A hit and run single in the 8thscores Sam Chapman all the way from 1B. Phil Rizzuto and Hank Majeski match home runs.
Bob Lemon keeps the Indians a game in back of the A’s by stopping the White Sox, 4–0, on 4 hits. Lemon, who shut out Washington 4 days ago, has not been scored on in 23 innings.
29th Richie Ashburn hits his first ML homer, a leadoff inside-the-park HR, off Thornton Lee’s 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn’s hit streak to 18 games but it’s the Phils only run, as the Giants win, 7–1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings with hits, while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-AL hurler, Walt Dubiel.
30th The Reds beat the Cubs and Johnny Schmitz, 6–1, as Grady Hatton’s grand slam in the 8th accounts for the first score for Cincy. The Reds take game 2, 8–3.
In Chicago, the Indians split a pair with the White Sox to remain a game in back of the A’s for the AL lead. Chicago wins the opener, 4-2, but Cleveland scores 9 runs in the 8th inning of game 2 to win handily 14-8. Al Clark has a pair of pinch hits in the inning to tie the AL mark.
In Pittsburgh, the first-place Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, losing 9-3 and 7-6. Ron Northey’s grand slam in game 2 ties it for the Birds, but the Bucs score 2 in the 7th for the lead.
31st At Wrigley Field, the Cubs set a Wrigley paid attendance record when 46,965 pass through the turnstiles for a doubleheader with the Pirates. The Cubs take the opener, 4–3 behind reliever Bob Rush, then drop the nitecap, 4–2 to Elmer Riddle. Andy Pafko is the hitting star, pounding out five hits, including a homer in each game.
In Cincinnati, the Reds sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Cards, 4–3 and 7–0. In the nitecap, Ken Raffensberger tosses a one-hitter, allowing just an 8th inning single by Nipsy Jones. Hank Sauer’s homer in the opener breaks a tie. The Reds scoring in the nitecap is paced by homers from Augie Galan and Ted Kluszewski. The twin loss drops the Cards to second place as the Giants split a pair with the Dodgers.
The Senators, fresh from four wins over the Red Sox, drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62,626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener, 10–0. The Yanks collect 16 hits, including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap, 5-4, as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes 7 straight hits in the two games, making out his first and last at-bats.
The Indians drub the Browns, 8–3, then lose, 6–0, to stay in 2nd place behind the A’s. In the opener, Lou Boudreau hits a grand slam and Jim Hegan homers in the 5-run 6th inning. Gene Bearden is the winner. In the nitecap, Cliff Fannin allows just 4 hits to win.
The last place White Sox and 4th-place Tigers split a pair in Detroit. The Bengals take the opener, 5–4, with Dizzy Trout the winner over Orval Grove. The Sox take the nitecap, 9–3, with veteran Ike Pearson picking up the win. Ike will finish the year at 2–3 to close out his career at 13–50; his .206 winning percentage is the worst in ML history for a pitcher with 50 losses.
A lefthander for Schenectady (Canadian-American League) named Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in a 15-inning game against Amsterdam.