1956 May

10th At Yankee Stadium, Bob Lemon gives Cleveland a 7–2 win over the Yankees. Mantle has a solo homer in the 6th for New York. For Mantle, it is his 20th homer of May, a new record. The slugger adds a double and two singles and is hitting .425 with 50 RBIs.

11th  If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The Cards trade pitchers Harvey Haddix, Stu Miller, and Ben Flowers to Philadelphia for P Herm Wehmeier and Murry Dickson. Wehmeier, who lost to the Cards two days ago, has never beaten St. Louis, losing his first game to them on July 3, 1949. The string of 14 losses to one team ties the ML record. The Cards also trade 2B Solly Hemus for SS Bobby Morgan in a separate deal.

Catcher Danny Kravitz hits a game-ending grand slam in the 9th to give the Pirates a 6-5 win over Philadelphia. Jack Meyer serves up the no-out gopher pitch.

Los Angeles (PCL) edges San Francisco, 6-5, as starter Dick Drott fans 14 in seven+ innings and relievers Marino Pieretti and Bob Anderson strike out 5 more. The 19 K’s ties the league mark set in 1905.

12th  Carl Erskine pitches his 2nd no-hitter for the Dodgers 4 years after his first, a 3–0 wipeout of the Giants. Two walks gave New York their only base runners.

Dick Gernert has 6 RBIs for Boston but they still fall to the Senators, 12-9. Russ Snyder has 5 RBIs on a double, triple and homerun for the Nats.

Orioles lefty Don Ferrarese allows no hits through eight innings against the Yankees, but Andy Carey and Hank Bauer open the 9th with singles. Ferrarese holds on for a two-hit, 1–0, victory.

13th  The Braves destroy the Redlegs 15–0 and 6–1. In game one, Warren Spahn homers as his offensive contribution to the win.

At Brooklyn, Duke Snider hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 6–4. Furillo’s homer provides the other score. It is the Duke’s first slam at Ebbets. With the bases loaded in the 8th and Hoyt Wilhelm on the mound, Jackie Robinson is caught trying to steal home. It is the 12th and last time he’s been caught trying to swipe home.

14th Bob Lemon tops the Yankees for the 2nd time in four days to give the Indians a 3–2 win at Cleveland. New York’s only score come in 4th when McDougald and Mantle hit back-to-back homers.

15th  The White Sox send infielder Jim Brideweser and 3B Bob Kennedy to Detroit for infielder Fred Hatfield and outfielder Jim Delsing.

The Dodgers buy P Sal Maglie from the Indians, who are eager to unload the veteran.

16th  In Jersey City, Cards RF Wally Moon hits the first ML HR, but St. Louis loses 5–3 to the Dodgers. The Dodgers score 5 unearned runs in the 4th.

On a blustery day in Cleveland, the Yankees top the Indians, 4–1. Mantle hits a homer, off Bud Daley, while his pal Billy Martin is benched for the first time. Bobby Richardson takes his place at 2B.

The Pirates trade 1B Preston Ward to the Indians for C Hank Foiles.

The Reds send Chuck Harmon to the Cardinals for infielder Alex Grammas and OF Joe Frazier.

17th  Pittsburgh continues swapping by sending OF Bobby Del Greco and P Dick Littlefield to St. Louis for OF Bill Virdon. Virdon, the 1955 Rookie of the Year, was hitting just .211 for the Cards when GM Frank Lane unloads him. Virdon will hit .334 the rest of the year for Pittsburgh.

18th  Mickey Mantle hits HRs from both sides of the plate for the 3rd time in his career, eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and the Dixie Howell, the 2nd tying the game. Mantle and Berra, the AL’s top home run hitters, combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 8–7 in 10 innings.

19th  In the Pirates 7–4 win, slugger Dale Long hits a 9th-inning HR against the Cubs for the first of a string of 8 HRs in 8 games.

20th The Pirates draw their biggest crowd in 5 years—32,326—and sweep a pair from the Braves, 6–5 and 5–0. Dale Long hits a homer in each game and drives in 7 runs. Friend wins the opener and Ron Kline fires the 6 hitter in the nightcap.

At Comiskey Park, Boston catcher Pete Daley has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-5 win in game 1. Boston takes game 2 when Jackie Jensen hits a 9th inning homer, his 2nd of the afternoon, and the Sox win, 2-1. Mickey Vernon has a 4th inning homer for Boston as Ike Delock and Chicago’s Bob Keegan go all the way.

Detroit sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 4-2 and 7-1 behind Paul Foytack and Steve Gromek. Gromek is helped by a 1st inning grand slam by Bill Tuttle and a 2nd inning 3-run shot by Bob Kennedy.

21st The White Sox send 3B George Kell, OF Bob Nieman, and pitchers Mike Fornieles and Connie Johnson to the Orioles for P Jim Wilson and OF Dave Philley. Kell will play solid 3B until Brooks Robinson is ready, while Johnson will lead the Birds’ starters in wins in 1957.

At Kansas City, Mantle clouts a drive over the second and more distance fence in RF to help the Yankees win, 8–5. The drive, off Moe Burtschy, matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.

22nd Detroit’s Red Wilson belts a two run HR in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers a 3–2 win against the Yankees. The loss goes to Whitey Ford, his first following 6 wins. Ford had given up just 5 earned runs through 54 innings before today.

A’s rookie Troy Herriage allows 3 hits as he beats the Senators, 6-1, for his first ML win. It will prove to be his only win as he will finish the year at 1-13. As noted by J.G. Preston, Herriage will make 16 starts for his one victory, a number exceeded only by Milt Thompson (1-15) and Jack Nabors (1-25).

23rd The A’s score 2 in the 9th to tie the Senators at 5 apiece, the score another 2 runs in the 17th to win, 7–6. The tying run scores on a wild pitch by Camilo Pascual and the winner is a homerun by Jim Finigan.

24th  Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in an 11–4 win against the Tigers. Mantle is hitting .421. He combines with Joe Collins for back-to-back homers, off Duke Maas. Eddie Robinson adds a grand slam for New York.

25th  Bob Cerv’s 3rd inning grand slam paces the Yankees offense as New York beats the host Orioles, 10-2. Johnny Kucks is the complete game winner.

26th  Three Redlegs pitchers—Johnny Klippstein, Hersh Freeman and Joe Black—combine to no-hit the Braves for 9 2⁄3 innings. Klippstein walks 8 in 7 hitless innings before giving way to Freeman for one inning. Black walks two in his stint and finally gives up a 2-out double to Jack Dittmer in the 10th and 2 more hits in the 11th to lose, 2–1. Aaron’s triple and 2 intentional walks sets up a Frank Torre single. This is the 8th no-hitter to be lost in extra innings, and the only combined-effort one. Starter Ray Crone doesn’t give up a run until 2 out in the 9th when Wally Post’s RBI double in the 9th provides the Reds with their only run. Torre has 2 RBIs, including the winner.

27th  Thanks to a dropped 3rd strike by C Hobie Landrith, P Jim Davis of the Cubs fans 4 straight Cardinals in the 6th inning. Wally Moon leads off the inning with a double and then steals 3B. The knuckler then K’s Hal Smith and Jackie Brandt. His 3rd strike on Lindy McDaniel eludes Landrith, and the pitcher reaches first while Moon scores. Don Blasingame then strikes out for the 4th strikeout in the inning. Not since Guy Morton, in 1916, has a pitcher fanned 4 in one inning. But the Cubs still lose, 11–9. The Cards pummel the Cubs in the 2nd game as well, winning 12–2.

28th  Dale Long of the Pirates connects against the Dodgers Carl Erskine at Forbes Field for his 8th HR in 8 games, a record that will stand until the Yankees Don Mattingly equals it in 1987. Pittsburgh wins, 3–2, behind Bob Friend’s 2-hitter. Alter his homer, Long takes what is baseball’s first curtain call. Veteran Branch Rickey says he’s never seen anything like it. The next curtain call is likely Roger Maris after his 61st homer.

White Sox SS Luis Aparicio hits his first ML HR, off Kansas City’s Tom Lasorda, to open the Sox scoring in the 5th. With the score tied 4–4 in the 9th, reliever Billy Pierce walks Lopez, and Enos Slaughter then wins the game with a home run.

The White Sox buy P Gerry Staley from the Yankees. Staley pitched two innings last September for New York and had one appearance this year. The Sox will convert him to a full-time reliever and he will win another 40 games and save 43 (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

29th  For the second time in two years, Gus Bell of the Redlegs hits 3 homers—all consecutive—going 5-for-5 in a 10–4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. Bell drives in 7 runs. Brooks Lawrence coasts to his 6th straight win.

Dodgers P Don Newcombe beats the Pirates 10–1 and blanks Dale Long in 4 ABs, stopping his home run streak. Newk has a 3-run double off Kline in the 2nd to help clinch his 7th win.

At Yankee Stadium, Mantle’s walk in the 7th is the first base runner against Willard Nixon, and Mantle’s 2-out 9th inning homer deprives the Boston righty of a shutout. Boston wins 7–3 at the Stadium.

30th  The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning HRs against the Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the ensuing fight. The Cubs plate 3 in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run, but the Braves lose the first game 10–9. Thomson has 5 RBIs in game 2 as the Braves hold on to win, 11–9. Fifteen HRs in the 2 games, including four by Thomson, sets a ML-record in a doubleheader. All but 3 of the homers are solo. Harry Chiti hits a single, triple and 2-run homer in game 2. Harry’s RBI triple comes on an intentional walk from Ray Crone (4-1). Chiti reaches out and slaps the ball for a hit and chugs his way to 3B.

Mickey Mantle hits one of the most memorable HRs in his career, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators. He tags a pitch from Camilo Pascual that comes within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium, something never accomplished by any major leaguer. The ball was still climbing when it caromed off the upper-stand facade, about 396 feet from home plate. Estimates are that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. It is Mantle’s 20th HR of the season; no one else has ever hit 20 HRs before June. Mantle also homers in the opener, off Pedro Ramos, with 2 on as New York sweeps, 4–3 and 12–5.

Gus Bell, Ted Kluszewski, and Frank Robinson hit consecutive homers for the Reds against the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell. The homers do little however, as they come with two outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing, 9–0.

A ML record is tied (April 8, 1933) for most players with 2 or more homers (8 clubs) as Vic Wertz, Preston Ward, Les Moss, Hank Bauer and Bobby Thomson twice all have two homers today.

31st The Cubs and Braves keep banging on each other like rented mules, with Milwaukee coming out on top, 15–8. Lew Burdette is the winner, while Paul Minner absorbs his 12th loss in a row to the Braves, a streak that started August 29, 1951. Minner gives up 7 runs while recording just 3 outs. Warren Hacker, his replacement is not much better, allowing 8 runs in 5 innings. Joe Adcock has a double and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs, and Bobby Thomson drives home 4.