1st Wally Post laces a 2-run single in the 16th to give the Reds an 8–6 win over the host Phillies.
The Cubs send 1B Dee Fondy and 2B Gene Baker to Pittsburgh for 1B Dale Long and OF Lee Walls. Fondy hits .300 but will be traded, while Walls and Long will knock out 45 HRs for the Cubs this season.
2nd Robin Roberts strikes out 13 Cubs en route to a 4–2 Phillies win. No Phils infielders record an assist in the game.
At Comiskey Park, Walt Dropo hits a grand slam, off Chuck Stobbs (0-4) as the White Sox top the Senators, 6-1. Roy Sievers solos off Dick Donovan (1-0) for the Nats lone score.
At the Polo Grounds, Don Hoak drives in 5 runs to lead the Reds to a 9–7 win over the Giants.
3rd At Jersey City, Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe shuts out the Cards, 6–0, for his 9th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to 1951.
Reds pinch hitter Pete Whisenant pops a 3-run homer in the 9th to beat the Giants, 11–10
5th In the 2nd game of a 3–1 and 4–1 doubleheader sweep of the Phils, the Cardinals Wally Moon begins a 24-game hitting streak, the longest of the season in the NL.
6th In Kansas City, the A’s jump on Chuck Stobbs (0-5) for 6 runs in the first inning and go on to beat the Senators, 8-2. Jim Pisoni has a grand slam in the big inning to back Ned Garner’s win. Garver, batting 8th, is 1-for-3 while vet shortstop Joe DeMaestri, in the 9 spot, is 3-for-4.
7th Gil McDougald of the Yankees hits a wicked line-drive that strikes Cleveland’s Herb Score in the right eye. Score, with a broken nose and lacerations, is carried off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game, 2–1. Score will return the following year but his pitching will not be the same.
At Kansas City, the Athletics edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 10 innings as Vic Power hits a leadoff homer and finishes the game with a walkoff homer. Both come off O’s starter Hal Brown. Virgil Trucks (4-0) is the winner in relief of starter Ryne Duren. Power is the only player in the 20th century to start and end a game with a homer: Billy Hamilton did it in 1893 (courtesy of David Vincent).
8th At Comiskey, Boston slugger Ted Williams hits 3 HRs, all off Bob Keegan, and drives in all the runs as the Red Sox stop Chicago, 4–1.
At Ebbets Field, Don Hoak’s 7th-inning grand slam, off Don Newcombe, snaps a 3-3 tie and the Reds hang on for a 7-6 win over the Dodgers. George Crowe has a pair of homers, both off Newk, while Gil Hodges hits a 3-run homer for the Dodgers in the 8th. Cincinnati has now won 9 in a row.
The Indians clout 3 homers to back Early Wynn’s 10–4 win over the Yankees. Mantle has a homer and 3 RBIs for New York.
10th Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco confers with Horace Stoneham on a possible shift of the Giants franchise to the West Coast.
11th The Cards and Phils trade outfielders, St. Louis getting Glen Gorbous and Philley taking Chuck Harmon.
12th At Baltimore, 3B Andy Carey hits 2 homers for New York, while Mantle’s tie-breaking clout in the 8th gives them a 4–3 win over the O’s.
In Cleveland, Hal Smith of the Athletics belts a grand slam in the 7th to cap the scoring as Kansas City wins game 1 of a twinbill, 9-2. Virgil Trucks (5-0) wins in relief. Starting pitcher Mickey McDermott, batting 8th for KC, is walked intentionally by Wynn in the 4th to get to Joe DeMaestri (who is pinch hit for). McDermott is the third pitcher this century to receive an IBB (as noted by Brian Wood), following Rowe and Hutchinson. It will occur again this July. Cleveland cops the nightcap, 7-4, as Rocky Colavito drives in 4 runs on 3 hits, one a homer.
The Reds win their 12th straight on the road, defeating the Cubs, 7–1 as Don Gross fires a 4-hitter. The win streak, all on the road, has taken Cincinnati from 6th place to the top of the NL.
14th Winners of 12 straight on the road, the Reds, return home and lose to the Phillies, 10–8. Ed Bouchee hits a 2-run HR in the 9th to give the Phils their winning margin. Bob Thurman, who made his ML debut 2 years ago at the age of 37, hits a 3-run homer for the Reds in the 5th inning. Thurman is the first ML player to homer on his 40th birthday.
.15th At Baltimore, the Indians rap Mike Fornieles for 5 hits and 3 runs in the 16th to defeat the Orioles, 11–8. The Tribe had scored 3 in the 8th after an error by Gardner and 3 more in the 14th after an error by Causey. Gardner steals home in the 14th for one Bird run and the 3rd run scores on Nixon’s wild throw.
The Yankees top Kansas City, 30, behind Tom Sturdivant. Tomorrow is supposed to be an off day, but a rained out game with the A’s is rescheduled. But a group of Yankees go ahead anyway with a planned party and celebrate Billy Martin’s 29th birthday in a raucous fashion. An ensuing fight at Manhattan’s Copacabana Club leads to $5,500 in fines and the eventual trade of Billy to Kansas City. Hank Bauer allegedly starts the fight by hitting a patron, although Bauer denies it. The Yanks fine Ford, Bauer, Berra, Mantle and Martin $1,000 each and Johnny Kucks $500.
With the May 15 deadline to cut rosters to 25 players, a number of veterans are handed their walking papers. Among them are: pitchers Ellis Kinder and Jim McDonald, OF Bob Kennedy (White Sox), 1B Preston Ward (Indians), 1B Eddie Robinson (Tigers).
16th The Yankees top Kansas City 3–0 behind Bob Turley’s four-hit shutout. Mantle has a single, two walks, and a homer to back Bob Turley’s 4-hit 3–0 shutout over the A’s. Turley helps his cause by starting a triple play. The Yanks now trail the White Sox by a half game.
At Fenway, Jim Bunning outduels Bob Porterfield as the visiting Tigers win, 2-1. Bunning strikes out 8, including Ted Williams three times (as noted by SI). It is the only time a pitcher has struck out Teddy Baseball three times. He does have a double his other time at bat.
18th Seconds before the 10:20 p.m. curfew will end the White Sox-Orioles game, the Birds Dick Williams cracks a game-tying bases-empty homer off Paul LaPalme. The game ends 4–4.
19th At Yankee Stadium, New York knocks out Bob Lemon and tops Cleveland 6–3. Mantle hits a homer in the 6th inning rally, his 6th off the future Hall of Famer.
In the first of two at Baltimore, Tito Francona has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs to lead the Orioles to a 10-5 win over Kansas City. George Kell also homers for the Birds. Game 2 is a 5 1/2 scoreless duel between the O’s Hal Brown and Rip Coleman of KC. Coleman will receive credit for a shutout, though his record for the season will be 0-7.
The Reds Tom Acker wins a pair from the Pirates, pitching an inning of relief in the first game and two more in the nightcap. The Reds win 8–7 and 5–4 to extend their win streak over the Pirates to 15 games.
20th The Senators claim veteran infielder Rocky Bridges off waivers from the Reds.
21st Boston baseball writers reaffirm their decision to bar women from the press box and refuse to allow Doris O’Donnell, a Cleveland feature writer traveling with the Indians, to sit in the Fenway Park press area. The Globe’s Bob Holbrook allows that “the vote here was close, because she’s rather an attractive girl.” (as noted by Bill Nowlin, Red Sox historian). The Indians win today, 8-2, as Chico Carrasquel has 3 hits, including a grand slam. Early Wynn (5-3) has 2 RBIs.
At Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Ray Moore does all he can to win, hitting a 3rd inning homer and allowing just one run in 15 innings, but the Tigers prevail, 2-1, in 16 innings. Jim Bunning pitches 13 frames but the win goes to Paul Foytack, who starts the 16th inning with a single off Mike Fornieles and then scores an unearned run.
For his part in the Copacabana incident, Yankee OF Hank Bauer is arraigned. He is eventually cleared and threatens to sue the alleged victim, Edward Jones, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw. In today’s game, Berra, Martin, and Ford are benched, while Bauer bats 8th. The White Sox win, 3–1.
22nd The Red Sox set an AL record by smashing 4 HRs in the 6th inning in an 11–0 win over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone do the honors. All of these come on the first 16 pitches from Cal McLish. Williams had set the record with Jimmie Foxx, Joe Cronin, and Jim Tabor in l940. Williams also sets a personal-best record by tossing a bat an estimated 225 feet down the LF line at Fenway.
23rd At Ebbets Field, the Yanks top the Dodgers, 10–7, in the Mayor’s Trophy game. Al Cicotte allows 2 hits in 6 innings, and smacks two himself. Mantle is 4-for-5.
24th In his first two ML at-bats, Cubs rookie Frank Ernaga hits a solo HR in the 2nd inning and follows with a run-scoring triple in the 4th, both against Warren Spahn. The Cubs beat the Braves 5–1 at Wrigley Field. Ernaga is the second NL rookie to debut with a triple and homer; he will add just one more HR to his ML career total, though in his next game against Spahn he’ll hit a single and double to complete the cycle.
The Boston Herald Traveler reports today that Sox outfielder Ted Williams has shot 40 pigeons at Fenway Park. Confirming the report, writer George Sullivan recalls that as a 15-year-old bat boy for the Red Sox in 1949, he came to Fenway on a Monday off-day and heard gun fire coming from the RF visitors bullpen. There, clad in street clothes was Ted Williams, who was shooting pigeons. When he finished he asked Sullivan to fill up a barrel with the dead birds that were strewn around the field. “I learned to swear that day,” said Sullivan. “Ted had shot pigeons before and I think Yawkey had even joined him on occasion.”
25th White Sox pitcher Dick Donovan stops Cleveland, 4–0, on one hit, a 2nd-inning double by Eddie Robinson. Nellie Fox and Minnie Minoso club homers for Chicago.
26th At Wrigley Field, rookie Dick Drott, 20, of the Cubs strikes out 15 Braves, including Hank Aaron and Billy Bruton 3 times, en route to a 7–5 victory in game one. Drott’s 15 K’s is a Cubs 20th C. mark for 9 innings (to be broken by Kerry Wood) and one shy of John Clarkson’s 1886 club mark. His 15 wins this year are the most for a Cub rookie since Pat Malone won 18 in 1928. Chicago sweeps, winning the nightcap, 5–4.
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Senators build a 6–0 lead over the Yankees and hold on to win 9–7. Jim Lemon and Roy Sievers each have 3 RBIs. Mickey Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days at the Stadium. The Yankees take the nightcap, 7-6, on Yogi Berra’s RBI fly in the 9th inning.
Reds relief pitcher Hal Jeffcoat snaps a 6–6 tie with an 8th inning homer to beat the Cards, 7–6. Jeffcoat reached the majors as an outfielder before converting to the mound. Stan Musial drives in 5 runs for the Cardinals, 4 on a grand slam in the top of the 8th off Jeffcoat. Not until Madison Bumgarner in 2016, will another pitcher serve up a grand slam and hit a homer in the same inning.
27th Down 6-4 going into the 7th at Fenway, the Yankees explode for 13 runs in 2 innings and beat the Red Sox, 17-8. Hank Bauer hits 2 of his 3 doubles in the 7th, Mantle has no hits but 4 walks and scores twice, Bill Skowron has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs. Johnny Kucks gives up 6 runs in 6 innings but notches the win.
28th The NL approves the proposed moves of the Dodgers and the Giants to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1st and move at the same time.
Reds pitcher Don Gross has his no-hitter snapped in the 8th inning when Milwaukee’s Bobby Thomson triples. Frank Torre singles home Thomson and the Braves win, 1–0. Warren Spahn is the winning pitcher.
At the Polo Grounds, Johnny Antonelli (3-6) faces 5 Philley batters without recording an out as Philadelphia blasts the Giants, 16-6. Reliever Bob Miller pitches 7+ innings for the win and contributes a homer and 3 RBIs. Three other hitters have 3 RBIs each and Richie Ashburn collects 4 hits. Red Schoendienst hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning to knock out Phils starter Jack Sanford.
29th Tough talking NY Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants and Dodgers about the proposed move, but that the city will not be “blackjacked” into anything.
Four PCL teams may seek as much as $6.7 million in indemnities if both the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Seals withdraw from the league.
At Washington, Camilo Pascual gives up two solo homers, to Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer, but the Senators win 6–2. Pascual will groove 43 gopher balls this year.
30th Before a crowd of 40,944 at Briggs Stadium, the Tigers sweep a pair from the A’s, winning 6-5 and 3-2. Pitcher Lou Sleater wins the opener with his first ML homer, a game-ending homer off Burnette. Kuenn opened with a HR, but homers by Gus Zernial and Mickey McDermott gave the A’s a 5–3 lead going into the 9th. Bolling has a pair of homers in the nightcap.
Walter O’Malley rejects a Queens group’s offer to buy the Dodgers.
The Ohio legislature passes a bill to aid the Cincinnati Redlegs in building a new stadium.
31st At Comiskey, Sherm Lollar, with a 2-run homer, and Walt Dropo, with a grand slam, account for the White Sox scoring in a 6-0 win over Detroit. Bob Keegan allows just 4 hits.
At County Stadium, Lindy McDaniel and the Cardinals defeat the Braves, 4-3. Eddie Kasko is 4-for-4 while Wally Moon hits in his 24th straight game.