1950 May

1st  The Red Sox bring up slugger Walt Dropo from their Louisville farm club to replace the injured Billy Goodman at 1B.

3rd  Yankee Vic Raschi, troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before delivery with men on base, balks 4 times, an AL record and 2 fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless, he wins, 4–3, over the White Sox. He’ll finish the season with 6 balks to tie (John Boehling, 1915) the since-topped AL mark.

In Washington, Sid Hudson beats Ned Garver as the Senators top the Browns, 4-3. Gil Coan accounts for all the Nats scoring with a 7th inning grand slam.

4th  The White Sox, helped by Bob “Sugar” Cain’s 5-hitter, embarrass the Yankees 15–0 at the Stadium. The score ties the Yank’s team record, set in 1907, for the most runs in a shutout loss. One bright spot for the Yankees in the humiliating defeat is Phil Rizzuto’s 3 hits.

In a 9–6 win at St. Louis, Phillies’ OF Dick Sisler raps 5 hits in a row. He has a HR and 4 singles to drive in 5. He starts the next game with 3 hits in a row before making an out.

5th Giants rookie Tookie Gilbert, signed for $50,000 in 1946, debuts with a 3-run HR and single, but the Pirates win, 5–4. Reliever Bill Werle stops NY in the 9th when the Giants put runners at 2B and 3B with no out.

Rookie Ransom Jackson picks a good spot for his first ML homer, a 10th inning walkoff solo, as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 7-6. Hank Sauer supplies a 3-run, 2-out homer in the 9th to tie it. Johnny Vander Meer wins his first of the year.

6th  The Boston Braves hit 5 HRs in a 15–11 trouncing of the Reds. This gives them a NL record 13 HRs in 3 consecutive games, breaking the Giants’ mark of 12 set on July 1, 2, 3, 1947. Luis Olmo, Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott, Willard Marshall, and Sid Gordon hit the five today. Hatton and Northey hit consecutive HRs for the Reds.

At Forbes Field, Bobby Thomson of the Giants and Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner each hit grand slams in the Giants 9-8 victory over the Bucs.

7th  The Cards humble the Braves 15–0 behind Howie Pollet’s 4-hitter. Slaughter had a triple and 3 singles to drive in 4 runs.

In Washington, the Senators double the Indians, 10-5, overcoming two homeruns by Tribe rookie Al Rosen, his first two in the ML. Connie Marrero serves up the homers. Washington wins in the 7th on Gil Coan’s grand slam off Bob Lemon hit into the new LF stands at Griffith Stadium. The temporary stands in left and left-center were put up to take advantage of the Senators’ new power hitters, but they will come down in two days. Coan is the only Nat to reach the stands but nine visitors hit homers there prompting the take down. The stands hold 854 customers but no one sits there while the stands are up.

8th The Senators send Clyde Vollmer to Boston for SS Merrill Combs and OF Tom O’Brien. Tomorrow the Sox will sell P Harry Dorish to the Browns.

9th  Ralph Kiner of the Pirates hits his 2nd grand slam in 3 days—and the 8th of his career—and adds a 3-run homer to drives in 7 runs as the Pirates beat Brooklyn 10–5.

10th  The Reds trade veteran C Walker Cooper to the Braves for second baseman Connie Ryan.

11th  Commissioner Happy Chandler voids the Dick Wakefield deal between the Yankees and the White Sox. The Yanks immediately suspend the outfielder.

At Fenway, the Tigers sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 13-4 and 5-3. Ted Williams hits a grand slam for the only Boston scores in the opener, then gives three runs back in game 2 on an 8th inning error. Detroit plates 2 in the 9th for the win. Williams gets the full treatment from the fans for his 2nd game error, which follows one he made in game 1 that prompted him to give a “one-finger salute” (Boston Herald headline) to the Fenway faithful.

Connecticut House member Abraham Ribicoff introduces legislation for observance of National Baseball Day.

Airplane travel is still a baseball rarity, but a railroad strike forces five clubs—the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and Reds—to fly home or away to play their next scheduled games. The Senators, with short hops in the prospect, will take the bus.

12th  Before today’s game, Red Sox star Ted Williams apologizes through a front office statement to the hometown fans for “insulting gestures” he made in response to catcalls prompted by his 2 errors in a doubleheader loss (13–4 and 5–3) to Detroit yesterday. Williams’ 2nd bobble allowed the Tigers eventual winning run to score. The Sox waive Frank Quinn to the Senators.

The Cubs beat the Pirates, 6-3, using 4 extra base blows in the 4th. Two are homers, by Preston Ward and Andy Pafko. The Pirates also lose OF Ted Beard, who breaks his right wrist sliding.

Hans Stoever, pitching for Rochester’s (NY) Rush High School strikes out 30 batters in a 12-inning 6-2 win over Scottsville HS. His opponent, Gail Rhineland, who has only one hand, pitched a no-hitter the previous week.

At Miami Beach Bill Tanner of Ft. Lauderdale (Florida International League) pitches a 2-0, 11-inning no-hitter against Miami Beach.

13th The Red Sox release Piper Davis, their first black minor leaguer. Davis hit .378 last season with the Birmingham Black Barons and was the leading hitter on the Scranton (Eastern L) team when the Sox released him.

14th  The Pirates Johnny Hopp goes 6-for-6, including 2 HRs, in a 16–9, 2nd-game victory as the Pirates sweep the Cubs. The Pirates take the opener, 6–5.

Roy Sievers’ first inning grand slam, off Hal Newhouser, is all the scoring Cliff Fannin needs as the Browns beat the Tigers, 7-3.

15th  St. Louis bound. The Yankees sell veteran OF Johnny Lindell to the Cardinals and P Clarence “Cuddles” Marshall to the Browns.

16th  At Cleveland, the Indians launch a 20-hit attack to down the A’s, 15-4. Early Wynn gets the victory and Larry Doby helps with a grand slam, triple and single to drive in 6 runs.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score 8 runs in the 8th inning and Allie Reynolds coasts home with an 11-0 win. Bill Johnson has a grand slam for New York in the 8th.

17th  After 11 straight losses to Max Lanier, the Dodgers finally top the Cardinal lefty 6–2 for the first time since 1943. Don Newcombe is the winning pitcher. Lanier helps his downfall with 3 balks, to tie the NL-record set last year by Adrian Zabala. The Braves’ Bob Hall will tie it in three weeks. Lanier will balk 5 times this month to set a NL season record.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score 3 runs in the top of the 9th to break an 8-8 tie and hold on for an 11-9 win over the Browns. Sherm Lollar has a 4th inning grand slam for the Browns.

In a 4-1 Pittsburgh win at Braves Field, Cliff Chambers hits Sid Gordon with a pitch on the elbow, sidelining the third baseman for two weeks. It also sets the stage for some more action between Chambers and the Braves next month.

The Yankees reinstate Dick Wakefield, but he is not asked to rejoin the team.

The Giants cut down on their Muellers, selling catcher Ray Mueller to Pittsburgh and buying infielder Spider Jorgenson from the Dodgers.

18th  Playing in a light rain, Cards third baseman Tom Glaviano makes three errors on successive plays in the 9th—2 wild throws and a boot—that let in 4 runs in a 9–8 loss. Glaviano also had an error in the 6th. The Dodgers trail by an 8–0 score in the game, close to 8–5 in the 9th and have the bases jammed when Glaviano experiences his nightmare. The Dodgers Billy Cox had 3 errors in an inning last year and Bob Brenley will notch 4 miscues in an inning in 1986 to set the post-1900 mark. Ralph Branca picks up the win in relief to give the Dodgers a sweep of the three game series with the visiting Birds. Billy Loes makes his ML debut in relief, walking 5 in 2 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, Rube Walker poles a grand slam in the 6th inning for the Cubs. In the bottom of the inning, Monte Irvin hits a grand slam for the Giants, the first time in history that each team has slammed in the same inning. The game is called on account of rain after 6 innings, and the Giants win, 10–4, behind Clint Hartung. Johnny Schmitz, the first of four pitchers, is the loser.

19th  The Tigers send 14 batters to the plate and score 10 runs in the 5th to beat the Athletics, 14–8. Kell and Wertz each have 2 hits in the frame. Tigers ace Virgil Trucks, a 19-game winner in 1949, hurts his arm and is lost for the season. Fred Hutchinson relieves Trucks in the 3rd and picks up the win.

20th  The Dodgers move back into first place with a twinbill sweep of the visiting Pirates, winning 3-2 and 4–3. Hodges doubles with the bases loaded in the 8th to provide the game 1 margin. In the nightcap, 3 Dodger relief hurlers, Ralph Branca, Jack Banta, and Dan Bankhead, combine to pitch 92⁄3 innings of no-hit ball, as Brooklyn beats Pittsburgh 4–3 in 11 innings. Bill Werle goes the distance for the Corsairs in the 2nd game.

The Tigers second baseman Jerry Priddy starts a record 5 DPs in the first 5 innings to lead the Tigers to a 5–3 win over the A’s. Shortstop Johnny Lipon participates in all the DPs to tie an AL mark.

The Giants sweep a pair from the Reds, 8–0 and 4–3, with Monte Kennedy starting both games for New York. Durocher lifts Kennedy after one batter in the opener, and Dave Koslo allows 2 hits the rest of the way. Kennedy then goes the route in the nightcap, allowing 4 hits. Ken Heintzelman in 1941 was the last National Leaguer to start both games in one day.

21st In St. Louis, the Browns top the A’s, 7-6, and the A’s respond with an 8-3 win in game 2. Wally Moses has a 9th inning grand slam in game 2 as Philadelphia scores 6 runs.

In Cleveland, the Yankees outmuscle the Indians, winning 14-5 and 12-4. The Bombers score in 7 different innings in each game. Joe DiMaggio has a grand slam for New York.

23rd Pittsburgh’s first bonus baby Bill MacDonald (13–11 at New Orleans in 1949) makes his first ML start and shuts out the Phillies, 6–0. MacDonald will finish the season at 8–10 for the last-place Bucs before going into the service in 1951. He’ll win just one more ML game after that. MacDonald gets a happy meal from Wally Westlake, who poles a grand slam.

25th  The Red Sox outhit the Browns, 19–15, and out score to win, 15–12. Boston scores 10 runs in the last 3 innings. Walt Dropo drives in 6 runs, 4 with a grand slam in the 8th. It is his 10th HR since joining the Sox on May 3.

In Detroit, Yogi Berra’s grand slam in the 5th completes the Yankee scoring and they hold on to tame the Tigers, 6-4.

The Athletics make some changes. Connie Mack’s son, Earle, who had been assistant manager, assumes the duties of chief scout. Earle, who had hoped to succeed his father as manager, is replaced by Jimmie Dykes. Mickey Cochrane is named general manager. It doesn’t help today as the Yanks extend their winning streak to 9 games by defeating the A’s, 2–0, behind Ed Lopat and Joe Page.

The Oakland Oaks of the PCL buy recalcitrant OF Dick Wakefield from the Yanks. New York will not allow him to buy out his own contract.

26th  After a miserable 8–22 start, the last-place White Sox fire Jack Onslow, replacing him with interim manager Red Corriden.

Randy Jackson hits a grand slam off Mel Queen for all the Cubs scoring as Chicago beats Pittsburgh, 4-0. Frank Hiller, on his way to a 12-5 record, throws the shutout.

27th  At the Polo Grounds, Andy Seminick belts a grand slam in the Phils’ 6-run 3rd inning as they win over the Giants, 8-5. The Phillies take over first place from the Dodgers, losers today.

28th  Joe Garagiola belts a first inning grand slam off Ewell Blackwell as the Cardinals beat the host Reds, 7-2, to sweep a pair from Cincinnati. Starter Max Lanier is the winner in game 2 of the twinbill. St. Louis wins the opener, 6-2, behind Al Brazle.

29th  White Sox P Howie Judson, loser of 15 straight games—14 last year and 1 this year—breaks his string of reverses with a 12–8 relief win over the Browns.

Pueblo (Western League) announces that its players will don shorts during the summer.

30th  The Dodgers Duke Snider hits 3 consecutive HRs in the 2nd-game, 6–4 win of a doubleheader sweep of the Phils at Ebbets Field. His 4th drive hits the top of the RF screen and he is held to a single. Brooklyn wins the a.m. game, 7–6 in 10 innings. Konstanty takes the loss in relief of Robin Roberts.

The Cards sweep a pair from Pittsburgh with Gerry Staley winning both games in relief, 17–13 and 8–5. The Cards explode in the 8th in both games, plating 7 in game 1 and 6 in game 2. Staley also won a pair in 1948, the first reliever to ever accomplish the feat twice. For the Bucs, Fernandez hit HRs in the 8th and 9th of game 1. In game 2, Musial has his only hit in 10 at bats today when he hits a 9th-inning liner for an inside-the-park HR. Each team uses 34 players in the doubleheader: the 68 players used is an NL record, since topped.

In St. Louis, the White Sox paste the Browns, winning 14-2 and 12-9. Dave Philley of the Sox sets an AL record with 13 at bats in the doubleheader.

31st Washington sends 1B Eddie Robinson, P Ray Scarborough and Al Kozar to the White Sox for P Bob Kuzava, second baseman Cass Michaels and OF John Ostrowski. Robinson will set a club record in 1951, since broken, with 29 homers.

With their record 8–25 and in last place, the Browns fire Dr. David Tracy. Tracy, a New York psychologist, had been hired to help the players overcome their losers’ complex.