1953 May

1st  The Pirates defeat the Reds, 8–3, for their 3rd win in a row, their longest win streak since August 24-26, 1951. Bonus baby Paul Pettit is the winner in his first ML start, with relief help. It’ll prove to be his only ML win. Pete Castiglione has 2 HRs and a single.

The U.S. Court of Appeals denies the $450,000 suit of former pitcher Boyd Tepler made in 1951 against organized baseball, the Cubs, and William Wrigley for an arm injury suffered in 1944. He had contended that negligent coaching, in effect, ended his career prematurely.

2nd  Pirates OF Carlos Bernier hits 3 consecutive triples in a 12–4 win over the Redlegs, the Corsairs 4th straight win. Bernier adds a single and a stolen base. Kiner and Jim Greengrass match homers. In a stretch of 11 at bats, Carlos will hit 4 triples, 2 doubles, and 2 singles.

3rd Johnny Lindell, the converted outfielder, pitches the Pirates to their 5th straight win, beating the Cards, 6–2. Lindell drives in the 4th run with a double to beat Harvey Haddix and earn his first win since 1942.

4th  Busch Stadium bans bottles from the park during a game due to fans tossing soda bottles during a 7–6 Browns loss to the Yankees on April 28th. Meanwhile, at Pittsburgh, the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell shuts out the Bucs, 5–0.

At a slugfest at the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Reds split a pair. New York wins the opener, 12-4, as Daryl Spencer leads a 19-hit attack with a single, triple and grand slam, good for 5 runs. Larry Jansen is 3-for-3 and his replacement Hoyt Wilhelm is 1-for-1. Gus Bell, who homered in game 1, goes 4-for-5 with a grand slam in game 2 as the Reds rebound, 9-5. He has 8 RBIs in the 2 games.

5th  Pitcher Bob Porterfield of the Senators hits his first ML homer, a 4th inning grand slam off Bill Wight of Detroit, and the Nats add six more in the 8th to roll to a 14–4 win.

In Cleveland, the Yanks send 13 batters to the plate in the 4th and score 8 to roll to an 11–1 win over Bob Lemon. Winner Whitey Ford scores two runs and is lifted in the 8th after Wally Westlake spoils his shutout with a homer. The loss drops the Indians a half game behind the leading Yanks.

6th  Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitches a no-hitter in his first ML start—his 5th appearance, only the 3rd rookie to do so, in a 6–0 win over the A’s Morris Martin. Bobo also drives home three runs on a pair of singles, his only 2 ML hits. Within 3 months he will be out of the majors for good, the winner of just 3 games, the fewest by a no-hit pitcher.

The NY Giants tie the NL record for the fewest number of assists in a 9-inning game with just one, in a 8–5 win over Chicago. Al Corwin takes the win over Bob Kelly.

8th After 13 straight losses to New York, the Red Sox win a dramatic 11-inning 2–1 thriller at Fenway. Billy Goodman’s homer off starter Sain gives starter Brown the win. Gernert’s 2nd inning HR is the other Boston score. In Boston’s last win over New York, August 9, 1952, all the scores came on solo homers.

9th At Boston, the first place Yanks beat the Red Sox, 6–4. Mantle hits one homer off Bill Werle and is robbed of another when Jimmy Piersall makes a sensational catch at the Sox bullpen in right-center field.

10th  Pittsburgh IF Eddie and Johnny O’Brien become the first twins to play for the same team in the same game, when Johnny enters the nightcap of a Giants game on defense and Eddie later pinch runs. But the Giants take the twinbill, 4–0, behind Sal Maglie’s 3-hitter, and 3–2. In game 2, Jim Hearn comes within 2 outs of his 13th straight over the Pirates, but falters and Hiller wins in relief. Bobby Hofman’s pinch HR in the 9th wins it.

In St. Louis, the Indians are held scoreless for the first 7 innings by Virgil Trucks but break out for 12 runs in the final two innings to win, 12-3. Dave Hoskins wins in relief and Ray Boone hits a grand slam.

Behind Billy Loes and Roy Campanella the Dodgers move into first place with 5–0 win over the Phillies. Loes tosses his only shutout of the year, while Campy drives in all 5 runs with a double and homer. Campanella collects 44 RBIs in his first 30 games: not until Tino Martinez in 1997, will anyone else reach 40 in the first 30.

Vic Raschi makes his first relief appearance in 2 years, limiting the Red Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings, as the Yankees win, 7–4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for 3 weeks, when Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Duffy. Against Raschi, Del Wilber hits his 2nd consecutive pinch homer in the 8th to tie a ML record; his first came on May 6th off Billy Pierce. Both came on the first pitch he saw. In an exhibition game in New York tomorrow, Wilbur will hit a homer against the Giants on the first pitch he sees.

12th  Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees allows only rival pitcher Early Wynn’s infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians 7–0. New York increases its lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Indians.

In Boston, P Ellis Kinder walks 2 White Sox batters in the 10th inning, and they come around to score. The Red Sox lose 9–7, as Kinder sustains his first loss to Chicago after 18 straight victories, stretching back to June 24, 1948. His 18 straight wins over one club is a Red Sox record. Chico Carrasquel’s grand slam in the 2nd inning gives the Pale Hose a brief 4-2 lead

After 10 straight losses to Bobby Shantz going back to May 15, 1951, the Browns top the A’s lefty, 7–3. Rookie Don Larsen, with 7+ innings of relief and an RBI triple, is the winner.

At age 36, Red Sox outfielder Dom “the Little Professor” DiMaggio retires. The younger DiMaggio hit .294 last year, but had just three pinch-hitting appearances this year.

The White Sox pick up P Sandy Consuegra from the Senators for cash. Consuegra, who had winning seasons in each of his 3 years with Washington, will post a 16–3 record in 1954 and pitch in the All-Star game.

13th The Senators pick up Johnny Schmitz on waivers from the Yankees.

15th At St. Louis, the Cardinals pound Preacher Row for 6 runs in the 2nd en route to a 9–3 win over the Dodgers. It is the Cards first win against Roe after 10 straight losses: they last beat him August 28, 1950. Last night they beat Erskine after losing 7 straight to the lefty.

16th   At Yankee Stadium, White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5–3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.

After the Braves’ Billy Bruton’s leadoff single in the first, Phillies P Curt Simmons retires the next 27 batters to win, 3–0 at Milwaukee. The loss snaps the Braves six-game win streak.

17th  In a 10-inning 6–5 win over the visiting Browns, the Yanks and Browns use 41 players to set a new ML record. New York uses 23. The 3 hr.: 33 minute game necessitates the nite game being called after 3 1/2 scoreless innings. The Browns jump on Whitey Ford, threatening to hand the lefty his first defeat ever as a starter, but 3 relievers bail him out. Don Larsen goes 9 1/3 for the Browns, with Blyzka losing.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Reds outslug the Dodgers, 13–5. In game 2, Carl Erskine of the Dodgers allows only one hit—Gus Bell’s 6th-inning bunt single—in a 10–0 victory over the Redlegs.

18th  Redlegs P Bud Podbielan walks 13 batters in 10 innings against Brooklyn, but holds on to win 2–1 on a Ted Kluszewski homer off starter Preacher Roe. No one has walked 13 in the NL since 1918. The Dodgers strand 18 against the former Dodger pitcher, tying the NL mark. Podbielan allows 6 hits and hits a batter as he throws 178 pitches to get the win.

The Tigers and Red Sox split a pair, with Detroit winning the opener 5–2 behind Ned Garner. Walt Dropo has a single, double and triple against his old teammates. His first inning single, off the Green monster, drives in his AL-leading 26th run. The Sox win the nightcap, 8–5 behind Mel Parnell (5-0) and Ellis Kinder.

19th At Milwaukee, the Dodgers down the Braves, 4–1, before a crowd of 36,439, the largest paid attendance for any sports event in Milwaukee history. The Braves have drawn 279,227 for 12 home dates, surpassing last year’s attendance in Boston.

20th Paced by Red Schoendienst’s 6 RBIs, on a HR, 2 doubles, and a single, the Cards sink the Pirates 11–6. Solly Hemus scores 5 runs for the Birds, as Joe Presko beats Bob Friend.

21st At Fenway, Bosox C Del Wilber hits his 3rd pinch homer of the year, this one a 14th inning solo homer to beat the reliever Don Larsen and the Browns, 3–2. Former Red Sox Don Lenhardt takes Skinny Brown downtown with a CF shot just left of the flagpole and the last upright of the screen.

22nd  Yanks OF Irv Noren ends the game by lining back to P Bob Porterfield, who starts a triple play, as the Senators beat the Yankees 12–4. The Nats score five in the 1st inning off Allie Reynolds. Washington tallies 18 hits including a 3-run homer and 2-run double by Clyde Vollmer. Johnny Mize hits pinch single in the 9th, his 5th pinch single in a row, breaking a mark set by Cleveland’s Les Fleming in 1947. Mize has had a walk and been hit by a pitch in his last 7 pinch appearances.

The Red Sox add two more 3–2 wins to move within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees. Unbeaten Mel Parnell wins his 6th in the opener against the A’s as George Kell homers and singles in the winner. The Red Sox take the nightcap in 12 innings as Hersh Freeman beats Carl Scheib.

24th  A year and 3 days after scoring 15 runs in an inning, the Dodgers explode again. Against the Phillies they score 12 runs in the 8th inning before making an out. Their two bases-loaded triples in the 8th ties a ML record for a game and sets it for an inning. The half inning takes 44 minutes to play. The final score is 16–2.

At Cleveland, Ray Boone hits his 2nd grand slam of the month in the 4th inning, and the Indians edge the Browns, 9-8. St. Louis makes it close with 3 runs in the 9th inning.

25th  The Yankees and Red Sox play the longest 9-inning game to date, lasting 3 hours and 52 minutes. Boston lefty Mickey McDermott take 2 hours, 45 minutes to pitch 6 of the innings, as Boston outlasts New York, 14–10. Mantle hits an opposite field homer off McDermott.

At St. Louis, the Browns try a new way of losing as they use 23 players in the game, ten of them in the 9-spot in the order. As noted in Retrosheet, they use 6 pitchers, 6 pinch hitters, three third basemen and three pinch runners. Chicago wins, 7-5.

At Wrigley Field, the Cardinals jump on Bob Rush for 6 runs in 3 innings en route to a 14-3 victory. Little Joe Presko, with relief help from Al Brazle, is the winner. Stan Musial drives in 6 runs with a pair of homers and a single, and Red Schoendienst has 4 of the Birds 18 hits.

Ralph Kiner becomes just the 12th player to hit 300 HRs with a blast at Forbes Field against the Giants. He has played only 7 1⁄3 seasons. The Giants win anyway, 6–3.

Russ Meyer of the Dodgers is fined $100 and suspended 3 days for obscene gestures and abusive language picked up by TV close-ups. NL President Warren Giles and Commissioner Ford Frick oppose dugout shots by TV cameras.

The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will review all the antitrust suits under the Sherman Act with regard to baseball, with the focal point being the reserve clause.

Max Surkont of the Braves fans 8 Reds in a row, establishing a new ML mark, as the Braves win 10–3 in game 2 of a doubleheader. Surkont strikes out 7 in a row before rain delays the game and then he strikes out Andy Seminick to start the 5th. Surkont fans 13 on the way to his 6th straight win. The Braves take the opener, 5–1, behind Don Liddle.

27th Eddie Lopat beats the Senators for the 8th straight time as he allows 3 hits in a 3–1 Yankee win. Collins, Martin, and Berra hit solo homers for New York. Vernon has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The win starts the Yankees on an 18-game winning streak, the 3rd longest AL streak of the century.

28th Bob Elliott drives in 6 runs—4 on a grand slam—to lead the Browns to a 7–5 win over the Indians. Paige picks up his 2nd save in 2 nights.

Steve Bilko ties his 2nd ML record in less than 24 hours. Bilko struck out 5 times in a row at Cincy last night, and today hits a record-tying 2 doubles (last done by the Braves Thorpe last season) in Cards 10-run 4th inning against the Braves. Gerry Staley still needs help in the 9th to win, 11–7.

29th  3B Bob Elliott lines a double in the Browns 6-run 11th inning, as they beat the Tigers, 11–5. For Elliot it is his 2,000th ML hit. Harry Brecheen (1–6) wins his first.

30th  Boston and Washington split a doubleheader, with Boston taking the opener, 4-3. Maurie McDermott win his 5th game in the opener, though he goes 0-for-3 while batting 6th. The Senators take the nightcap, breaking a 1-1 9th inning tie when Wayne Terwilliger’s pop fly with the bases loaded falls in front of CF Jimmy Piersall for an error, The Senators win, 2-1. Attendance is 16,000 as baseball draws 175,000 total today.