1952 May

1st With one out in the 8th inning, the A’s Skeeter Kell, brother of George, beats out an infield hit to break up Joe Dobson’s no hitter. The A’s Dave Philley adds a solid single in the 9th as Dobson and the White Sox win, 3–0.

2nd After allowing no hits through 8 innings, the Cubs Turk Lown cracks under the strain and gives up 3 hits and loses to the Dodgers, 3–1. Billy Loes is the winner in relief. The Cubs score in the first on a double steal by Bob Addis and Frankie Baumholtz.

At Fenway, the Red Sox score 9 times in the 6th inning on their way to a 13-6 drubbing of the Browns. Walt Dropo clouts a grand slam in the frame.

The A’s draw just 3,679 who view a see saw battle with the White Sox, with the A’s winning 13–12. “We kicked the extra point,” quips Jimmy Dykes afterwards. The A’s score 5 in the 1st on one hit and 4 walks, but the Sox rally and take a 12–7 lead in the 6th on Lollar’s 3-run HR. A 5-run 7th knots it and Majeski single in the 9th scores Zernial.

3rd  The Red Sox beat the Browns 5–2 in Fenway though odd occurrences interrupt the game. In the bottom of the first, 2 fraternity boys dressed in baseball uniforms run onto the field and start throwing a rubber ball around. Two innings later a one-legged man on crutches jumps onto the field to talk to Browns SS Marty Marion and P Earl Harrist. He then shakes hands with Red Sox base runner Don Lenhardt before being hurried off the field.

The Indians lose, but go down swinging as they use a record 23 players including the first black battery in AL history. 39-year-old Negro League veteran Quincy Troupe is behind the plate when reliever Sam Jones comes in. Bob Chakales loses it for the Tribe with 2 outs in the 9th. Jones and Troupe are the battery tomorrow as Jones will pick up a 9–6 win against the Red Sox in relief. Troupe’s single today will be his only ML hit.

The New York Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen, along with OF Archie Wilson, P Spec Shea, and SS Jerry Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding OF Irv Noren and infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill before going over it, while Jensen, the former heir to DiMaggio’s spot, will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an all-star.

4th  Boston rookie 1B Faye Throneberry hits his 2nd grand slam of the season off Early Wynn of the Indians, but the Tribe wins, 9–6. The Red Sox have accounted for all 4 of the AL’s grand slams thus far, as the infielder joins teammates Walt Dropo and Don “Footsie” Lenhardt.

At Shibe Park, the A’s sweep a timely doubleheader from the Tigers, winning the first game, 10-6, and the nightcap, 2-1. Eddie Joost has a pair of homers in game 1 and Hank Majeski drives in 4 runs. Majeski drives in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th of game 2, two minutes before the 7 p.m. curfew would have ended the game.

5th Paul Minner allows just 4 hits but loses his 7th straight to the Giants, 3–2. He has never beaten them. Reliever Monte Kennedy allows just one hit in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

Mickey Mantle’s father dies of Hodgkin’s Disease and Mantle will miss six games attending the funeral and seeing to family matters in Oklahoma. Mickey’s grandfather died eight years earlier of the same disease.

10th  Hank Bauer of the Yankees goes 5-for-6 in an 18–3 romp over Boston. The Bombers score 11 runs in the 7th inning. The Sox come away with a record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning (Retrosheet records nine) as they rack up 18 assists. The 10 in one inning was last done on August 17, 1921.

Behind Spec Shea, Washington beats the A’s 3–1. A’s pitcher Morrie Martin, 11–4 last year, suffers a broken finger and won’t appear in a game until May 2 1953.

In a Southwest International League game, all El Centro needs is Herb Johnson. He has 10 RBIs to lead El Centro to a 13-6 win over Las Vegas.

13th  In his first ML start since returning from 19 months in the army, the Phils Curt Simmons allows just 2 hits while fanning 12 to beat the Cubs, 2–0. Joe Hatten is the loser.

Bobby Thomson has a HR and double to drive in 5 runs to power the Giants to a 7–4 win over the Reds. Elliott and Mays also homer as Larry Jansen wins his 10th straight over the Reds going back to August 29, 1948.

Pitcher Ron Necciai of Bristol (Appalachian League) no-hits Welch and strikes out 27 batters, including four in one inning, to win, 7–0. In his next start he will strike out 24 while giving up 2 hits. Necciai will later compile a career 1-6 mark with the Pirates.

The Cardinals send OF Wally Westlake and SS Eddie Kazak to the Reds for Dick Sisler and Virgil Stallcup.

14th Despite 8 interruptions by Reds manager Sewell asking the umps to examine the ball, Sal Maglie records his 6th straight win, 6–3, at the Polo Grounds. After the last play stoppage, an angry Maglie heaves the ball over the umps head, but manager Durocher calms the sizzling Sal down. Bobby Thomson starts the scoring with a triple and a steal of home in the 1st.

15th  After pitching four no-hitters in the minors, 33-year-old Virgil “Fire” Trucks of Detroit pitches his first in the ML, a 1–0 blanking of the Senators. Vic Wertz’s dramatic two-out HR in the 9th off Bob Porterfield wins the game at Briggs Stadium.

17th Behind the spectacular pitching of Ben Wade, the Dodgers coast to a 12–7 win over the Pirates. Wade strikes out 6 batters in a row and does not allow a hit until rookie Tony Bartirome’s single in the 6th when the Corsairs plate 6 runs. The Brooks get 11 hits including a bases-loaded triple by Snider. Campanella is hit on the hand by a pitch from Kline but x-rays reveal no fracture.

Vet Hank Edwards, replacing the slumping John Wyrostek in RF, is 5-for-5, including 2 doubles and a triple, as the Reds defeat the Phils, 7–3.

19th  Senators’ owner Clark Griffith sells his nephew, C Sherry Robertson, to the A’s. Robertson will return to the Senators’ front office in 1953, and from 1958 to 1970, will serve as farm director.

20th  Washington’s Connie Marrero outduels the Browns Tommy Byrne to win, 2-0. Connie’s infield records no assists, tying a ML mark.

Playing center field and batting third, Mickey Mantle displays his switch-hitting skills by collecting two singles from each side of the plate. His first two hits are against righty Ken Holcombe, while the last two come off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Johnny Sain scatters six White Sox hits to win, 4-3.

21st  In his first start following his no-hitter, Detroit’s Virgil Trucks and Dick Littlefield combine to two-hit the Athletics, 5–1.

After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell, the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a NL record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Records are set for most runs in the 1st inning, most runs with 2 outs, no one on, plate appearances in an inning (Reese, Snider, Cox). Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely 3 times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B, and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame, and coast at home, 19–1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four—two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith, while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.

22nd  At Ebbets Field, the Reds Joe Adcock hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Clem Labine, but the Dodgers score 4 in the 8th for an 8-7 victory. Rookie Joe Black is the winner in relief, his first ML decision. Black will go 15-4 and be named the NL Rookie of the Year.

In the U.S. Senate, the Celler committee finds legislation for government control of baseball to be unnecessary. It says that the sport can solve its own problems, and opposes legislation exempting the reserve clause from antitrust laws.

23rd  The Dodgers jar the Phils, 5–1, as Campanella drives in all five runs. Campy has two homers (#99 and #100) in his first two at bats, including a grand slam. In his final at bat yesterday against the Reds, Campy also homered. Ben Wade wins over Karl Drews.

Sal Maglie wins his 8th without a loss, stopping the Braves, 5–3. Maglie tires in the 9th, giving up three hits, including a 2-run homer by Ebba St. Claire. Al Dark’s 2-run homer in the 5-run 4th is the big blow for the Giants, who stay a half-game in back of the Dodgers.

The Phillies send P Bubba Church, 15–11 last year, to Cincinnati for OF Johnny Wyrostek, an all-star the past 2 years, and P Kent Peterson.

24th  Jimmy Piersall and New York’s Billy Martin first exchange insults before a game in Boston, then exchange punches in the tunnel under the stands. It takes coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo, along with starter Ellis Kinder, to break the fight up. Piersall goes to the clubhouse to change his bloody shirt and gets into another brawl with teammate Maury McDermott. He sits as Ellis Kinder stops the Yanks, 5–2.

Andy Seminick swats a grand slam as the host Reds beat the Cardinals, 11-5. Harry Perkowski is the winning pitcher.

25th Marv Grissom and Joe Dobson each toss shutouts as the White Sox whitewash the Tigers, 1-0 and 3-0.

26th Bill Bell, only 18, a Bristol (Appalachian League) teammate of Ron Necciai, hurls his 2nd consecutive no-hitter, beating Bluefield 4–0.

28th Willie Mays is 0-for-4 in his last game as a civilian, but the Giants top the Dodgers, 6–2, beating Billy Loes.

29th  Boston’s Maury McDermott faces 27 batters and fires a one-hitter to beat the visiting Senators, 1–0. Mel Hoderlein’s 4th inning single is the only hit and he is erased on the basepaths. Maury walks one batter who is also doubled up. The Senators leave no runners on base today and combined with 2 they left on base on the 27th set a new ML low for fewest left on base, two consecutive games. It will be matched in both leagues.

The Giants Willie Mays enters the army. Although Mays is hitting just .236, the Giants are 2 1/2 games in first place. They will lose 8 of their next 10 games.

At Detroit, the Indians score 2 in the 7th to snap a tie and 5 in the 8th to put the game away, beating the Tigers, 11-4. Harry Simpson connects for a grand slam for the Tribe.

Meanwhile, the Giants lose another young Birmingham player as Braves scout Dewey Griggs signs Henry Aaron to a contract. The Indianapolis Clowns receive telegram offers from both clubs, and Aaron, thinking he’ll have a better chance to make the team, prefers the Braves.

30th At New York, Mantle’s homer in the 3rd is all the scoring the Yanks can muster against Bobby Shantz, as the “Mighty Molecule” strikes out 11 on Memorial Day. Mantle doubles off Shantz in the 14th, but the A’s hold on for a 2–1 victory. Dave Philley knocks home the winner. In game 2, Bob Hooper loses a shutout with 2 out in the 9th, but wins, 4–2.

The Senators and Red Sox split a pair, Washington taking the opener, 5–2, and Boston the nightcap, 5–3. Ferrick beats Kinder in game 1 behind Yost’s 3-run homer, while in game 2 Mel Parnell wins his 17th in a row against Washington. Parnell last lost to Washington on May 28, 1948. Kinder (vs. Chicago) and Parnell are tied for Red Sox record for consecutive wins against an opponent, but Kinder will move ahead on June 1. The Senators will run up a streak of their own winning their next 9 vs. Boston.

Over the protests of manager Paul Richards, White Sox GM Frank Lane swaps fleet CF Jim Busby, along with Mel Hoderlein, to Washington for Sam Mele. Busby’s loss leaves a defensive hole in the outfield, which the Sox will fill when they acquire Jim Rivera in July.

In front of 35,999 at Wrigley, Big Bob Rush shuts out the Reds on 2 hits and the Cubs light up Bud Byerly and Joe Nuxhall for 15 hits and 11 runs. Dee Fondy has a double and triple to drive home 3 runs. Rush walks none, strikes out ten, and does not give up a hit until Grady Hatton doubles with 2 out in the 7th. He has now pitched 29 straight scoreless innings on his way to 32 scoreless innings, and a 7–0 record, between May 3 and June 4. He’s 5–0 for May.

In a Memorial Day doubleheader in St. Louis, 13,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park cheer as the Browns split a pair with Chicago. Satchel Paige (4–1) picks up a 3-2 win in the opener over Virgil Trucks (0-5), and Dizzy Trout (1-5) pitches 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Chicago wins in 12 innings, 8–5.

31st  Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of the Boston Braves. Holmes will sign on with the Dodgers as a pinch hitter, but hit just .111.