1955 May

1st  In a masterful performance, Bob Feller one-hits the Red Sox 2–0, with Sammy White’s single in the 7th spoiling his bid for a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. It is his ML-record 12th one-hitter. In the nightcap, Cleveland’s Herb Score fans 16 Boston hitters in a 2–1 win, missing Bob Feller’s strikeout record by 2. Score fans 9 of the first 12 batters and 12 through the first 5 frames.

In the Giants 2–1 win over the Reds, the 2 teams toil 16 innings combining for a NL record-tying 10 double plays. The only other time 10 were turned was 30 years ago, when the Reds and Braves made 10 DPs in 12 innings. An alert Don Mueller starts the rally in the 16th when the Reds are trying to intentionally walk him. He hits an outside 4th-ball pitch for a pop single, sending Lockman to 3B. Johnny Antonelli pitches all 16 innings for the win.

Felipe Montemayor must’ve had the right breakfast today as the Pirate hits a 2-run HR in each game of a DH against the Cards. They are the only two homers of his career. The Cards take the opener, 4-3, and the Bucs are victorious in the nightcap, 7-0, behind Ron Kline. George Freese puts the game away with an 8th inning inside-the-park grand slam.

A little excessive, Bobby. Hollywood (PCL) manager Bobby Bragan, upset by a call, sends eight pinchhitters to the plate in the 9th inning to bat for pitcher Lino Donoso. The Stars lose to Los Angeles, 7-5. Bragan admits that he did it to show up the umps and, according to the May 4 Long Beach Independent, Bobby will be fined $50.

2nd At Ebbets, Carl Furillo raps his 8th HR with Robinson on base in the 12th inning to give the Dodgers a 2–0 win over the Braves. Carl Erskine wins his 4th straight, beating Conley, as both pitchers go the distance.

3rd Mantle’s homer in the 6th off Mike Garcia gives New York a 4–3 lead, but Cleveland wins it 5–4 at home. Garcia last year allowed just six homers in 258 innings, the best mark of the 1950s.

4th  Against host Oakland (PCL), Los Angeles slugger Steve Bilko clouts a homerun that lands on top of a building 552 feet away from home plate. LA wins, 9-6.

5th  In his first ML start, Dodger southpaw Tom Lasorda throws 3 wild pitches in the same inning, to tie a record. He also receives a spike wound from Wally Moon of the Cardinals in a play at the plate. Lasorda later blames his wildness on his catcher, Roy Campanella, but the Dodgers go on to win the game, 4–3. Before the game, Don Newcombe refuses to pitch batting practice for the 2nd time this week and Walt Alston tells him he’s suspended. The two will settle their differences tomorrow and Newk will finish up the Dodgers, 6–4, 12 inning win over the Phils.

6th At Fenway, Mantle lines a first inning solo shot into the Yankee bullpen, and Bob Turley shuts out Boston the rest of the way for a 6–0 New York win. Frank Sullivan is the losing pitcher.

White Sox veteran Virgil Trucks shuts out his old team, Detroit, winning 1–0 over Ned Garver. It is Trucks’ 10th 1–0 victory.

7th  Backed by Elston Howard’s first ML homer, and Mickey Mantle’s tie breaker to dead CF in the 8th, the visiting Yanks overpower the Red Sox, 9–6. The Yanks spot Boston a 5–0 lead before roaring back with three in the 9th.

Behind Carl Erskine, the Dodgers beat Robin Roberts and the Phils, 6–3, for their 9th straight win. All the Phils scoring is on solo homers—two by Jones and one by Ennis. For the Phils, it is their 8th loss in a row while the Brooks have now won 20 out of 22 games. The game is almost forfeited in the 7th after plate ump Art Gore chases Roberts, Earl Torgeson, and Jack Meyer from the Phils bench. Fans rain dozens of beer cans down on Gore and fellow ump Jocko Conlin.

The White Sox nip the Tigers, 1–0, behind Dick Donovan’s 2nd shutout.

8th  Duke Snider hits a grand slam in the top of the 8th to give the Dodgers a comfortable 9-2 lead over the Phillies, but the Quakers respond with 6 runs in the final two frames for a close 9-8 Brooklyn victory. Brooklyn (21-2) is 9 games up on Milwaukee.

10th  Dodger ace Don Newcombe one-hits the Cubs 3–0. Gene Baker, who singles in the 4th and is caught stealing, is the only base runner. It is Newk’s 11th straight win over the Cubs, tying him with Cy Young (1893-96) who reeled off 11 straight over Chicago. Dwight Gooden will win 12 straight over the Cubs.

Gene Freese hits a grand slam in the Pirates 8-run 8th inning as they defeat the Braves in Milwaukee, 9-6. Gene’s brother George hit a grand slam on May 1.

11th  The Cubs click off 5 DPs in a come from behind 10–8 win over Brooklyn, snapping the Dodgers’ 11-game winning streak. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam, the 1st of 5 he’ll hit this year. And Dee Fondy adds a 3-run homer. The loss goes to Russ Meyer, who had beaten the Cubs 17 straight times and 22 times in his last 23 decisions against Chicago.

The Tigers buy OF Charlie Maxwell from the Orioles.

The A’s continue to wheel and deal as they purchase OF Harry Simpson from the Indians and P Ray Herbert from the Tigers. They give cash and P John “Sonny” Dixon to the Yankees in exchange for RF Enos Slaughter and P Johnny Sain.

At Yankee Stadium, Early Wynn survives solo homers by Andy Carey and Mickey Mantle to give Cleveland a 4–3 victory.

12th  Sam “Toothpick” Jones of the Cubs no-hits the Pirates 4–0, fanning the last 3 batters in the 9th after walking the bases loaded. It is the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since the double no-hitter of 1917, and the first no-hitter in the ML by a African-American pitcher. The Cubs lace 15 hits against Nellie King and Vernon Law, including a double and homer by batterymate Ted Tappe. TV announcer Harry Creighton joked in a pre-game interview with Jones that he’d give him a gold toothpick if he pitched a no-hitter. Creighton keeps his word.

The Braves Gene Conley stops the Dodgers, 2–1, ending Brooklyn’s streak from the start of the season of 25 straight games in which they’ve led at some point in the game. The mark will be topped by the 2005 White Sox.

Washington 3B Eddie Yost’s streak ends at 838 straight games because of tonsillitis as teammate Maury McDermott 4-hits the Indians for a 3–0 win.

13th  It’s Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all, Mantle has 3 HRs, the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek, and the third off Bob Miller, all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single, good for 5 RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5–2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Lazzeri (1927), Ben Chapman (1932), and Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.

14th  In Cincinnati, the Dodgers toy with the Reds, building a 13-0 lead as Duke Snider has 4 hits, including a homer, and Carl Furillo adds a grand slam. Wally Post’s 2-run homer in the 9th, off Johnny Podres, makes the score 13-2.

15th  In the first of two games, Bobby Shantz walks 9 batters and allows 6 hits but Kansas City still prevails, 4-3, over the Yankees. Bill Wilson has a 3-run homer in the 1st. In the nightcap, New York’s Irv Noren hits an inside-the-park grand slam in an 8–4 victory over the A’s. Mantle is 4-for-9 for the afternoon and is hitting .311.

Chicago’s Dick Donovan tosses his 3rd shutout of the season, beating the Senators, 3–0.

After the Braves win the lidlifter with the Phils, 6–5, Philadelphia comes back in the nightcap to win, 9–1, and break their 13-game losing streak. Robin Roberts is the victor. Bruton’s leadoff HR is the only run off Roberts.

17th Paced by Joe Adcock’s 4 hits, including a HR, the Braves defeat the Giants, 9–4. Gene Conley is the winner, despite giving up HRs to Mays and Thompson, but he does stop Don Mueller’s 24-game hit streak.

The Tigers stake Steve Gromek to a 16-0 lead after 6 innings and he makes it hold for a 16-0 shutout. Harvey Kuenn has 3 doubles and a single and Al Kaline 4 hits, including 3 homers and 6 RBIs. Frank House has a homer and 4 RBIs.

At St. Louis, Cards rookie Larry Jackson hands the Dodgers their first shutout, stopping the league leaders, 3–0. St. Louis takes advantage of the removal of the screen from the RF pavilion by banging 2 homers—by Schoendienst and Boyer—into the sector, 310 feet away.

18th  Cleveland scores 11 runs in the 5th to whip the Red Sox, 19–0, and give Herb Score an easy win over Willard Nixon. Vic Wertz’s grand slam is the big blow in the inning: he drives in 5. It is the worst shutout pasting ever by Boston and the most runs ever in a shutout for the Tribe.

Milwaukee slugger Eddie Mathews undergoes an appendectomy and is lost for 2 weeks.

At the Stadium, Mantle’s 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox, 11–6. In the play before Mantle’s blast, a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd, leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.

20th  At Crosley Field, Smoky Burgess homers in the 1st inning and adds a grand slam in the Reds 6-run 8th as they beat the Cardinals, 10-7.

21st  In Milwaukee, Cubs pitcher Warren Hacker loses his no-hitter when he gives up a one-out 9th-inning HR to George Crowe. Hacker holds on to win 2–1.

In a game marked by a fight between Maury McDermott and Jackie Jensen, the Senators top the Red Sox, 1–0, in 12 innings. In the 12th, Jensen is trapped off 1B but his way back to the bag is obstructed by first baseman Vernon: it is called by 2B ump Ed Runge but he makes no gestures and Jensen continues back to 1B. McDermott, waiting to put the tag on, is knocked over by Jensen, and Hank Soar at 1B calls the runner out. Soar is overruled and then the fight starts between Jensen and the pitcher and both are tossed. Pedro Ramos, who succeeds McDermott, draws a walk and scores the winning run.

22nd  The 2nd game of a Giants-Pirates doubleheader is called at the top of the 9th due to rain, 28 minutes short of the Sunday curfew, with the Giants leading 5–3. If the rain had started before the end of the 8th, the game would have gone to the Pirates by a score of 3–2. The umpires almost ruled it a suspended game rather than a called game, because they felt they had to wait at least half an hour before calling a game, which would set the time 2 minutes after the curfew. But a Giants vice president finds the rule that puts weather and similar conditions first when determining whether a game is called or suspended.

24th  After losing 11 straight games, the Pirates rout the Dodgers 15–1, their highest score in 172 games. Tomorrow they will sink to the cellar. Friend, who pitches the last 4 1/3 innings in relief of starter Vern Law, is the winner. Preston Ward has a single, triple and HR to pace the Corsairs.

25th  In an Appalachian League at Welch, third baseman Waldo Gonzales of Kingsport pulls off an unassisted triple play in the 9th inning against Welch. But Welch prevails, 10-7, in 10 innings.

26th  Dodgers P Don Newcombe becomes the only NL pitcher of the decade to steal home when he hits a triple and swipes home in the 9th inning in Pittsburgh. Newk has two RBIs as he wins 6–2 over Kline (2-6). Following Fred Hutchinson in 1947, he is the only pitcher to triple then swipe home.

Despite a single by Ted Williams in his first appearance of the season, Boston loses to the Senators, 5–3. The Senators score 5 in the 6th when McDermott starts the scoring with a HR.

27th  In just the first 5 innings, Norm Zauchin hits 3 homers, one a grand slam, and a double and drives in 10 runs as the Red Sox slaughter the Senators 16–0. Pitcher Tom Brewer coasts for the win. The next Bosox to hit 3 homers in a game will be Jim Rice, in 1977.

Bobby Hofman of the Giants hits his 3rd pinch-hit HR of the year, and 9th of his career, tying him with Cy Williams for the record. The Giants trip the Dodgers 3–1.

At Detroit, Frank House’s HR is the only score as Bill Hoeft beats the White Sox, 1–0. In the 9th, Bill Tuttle runs down a 415 ft. drive by Rivera that Schoolboy Rowe calls “the greatest catch since White’s robbery of Martin in the ’34 Series.”

28th  Johnny Groth bangs 4 extra bases hits—2 HRs and 2 doubles— as the White Sox wallop the Tigers, 16–4. Every Sox starter has at least a hit and a run. The Sox take over 3rd place from the Bengals.

Harry “the Hat” Walker replaces Eddie Stanky as manager of the Cardinals with the team in 5th place with a record of 17-19.

After starting the season on the retired list, Ted Williams of the Red Sox becomes “unretired.” He joins the team and collects a single in his first at bat, but the Red Sox bow to the Senators, 5–3. Pascual is the starter, but receives a warning from the ump when the Cuban Cutie twice hits Sammy White with pitches. His replacement, Maurie McDermott, ignites a 5-run 6th with a HR.

29th  Larry Doby of the Indians hits the first ML HR over the outer wall in Kansas City, an estimated 500-foot clout in the 6th. The Indians win 4–2 behind Herb Score, who is replaced in the 9th after singles by C Wilmer Shantz and PH Slaughter. Wilmer’s brother Bobby Shantz is the loser.

At Forbes, Robin Roberts and the Phils top the Pirates, 5-2, in the first of 2. Earl Torgeson has 4 hits for Philadelphia. The Buccaneers respond in game 2 with a 21-hit attack, led by Dick Groat’s 4 hits and Roberto Clemente’s 5. The game is suspended is suspended after 7 innings and completed July 8.

Ernie Banks hits his second grand slam of the month, and Randy Jackson clubs a 3-run homer to pace the Cubs to a 9-6 win over the Braves. Hal Jeffcoat (6-0) is the winner in relief.

30th  For the 2nd time this season, Dodger ace Don Newcombe homers twice in the same game, posting his 8th straight win, beating Pittsburgh, 8–3. The Brooks win the opener, 8–4 behind Russ Meyer. Newk gives up 12 hits but fans 9 and starts 2 DPs.

Senators P Mickey McDermott beats the Yankees, 3–2, with a pinch-hit single in the 10th.

Cubs rookie slugger Bob Speake homers in both games of a doubleheader against the Cards to finish the month with 10 homers. His homer breaks a 3-3 tie in the 11th inning of the nightcap to help the Cubs sweep in St. Louis, 9–5 (10) and 4–3 (11). Paul Minner and Howie Pollet are the winners for Chicago, while Brooks Lawrence and Bobby Tiefenauer take the losses. Speake will hit just 2 more homers the rest of the season. In game 2, the Cards get stopped in the 9th by an interference call. Moon, attempts to steal 3B but C Harry Chiti’s throw hits the bat of Red Schoendienst. Red is called out and Moon must return to 2B. Musial then grounds out.

The Orioles waive Bob Kennedy to the White Sox.