1943 October

2nd The Yankees take 2 from the Browns, 5–1 and 7–6, for their 14thsweep of a doubleheader, an AL mark. Bud Metheny hits a HR in the opener and Joe Gordon homers in the nitecap for the Yankees 100throundtripper of the season. The Bombers set a record for 154-game season of 19 years in a row (1925-43) of reaching the 100-homer plateau.

The season finishes with attendance off some 13 percent from the year before. The Dodgers and Tigers, both good for a million in contending years, each drop below 700,000. Only the Phils, under new ownership, have a significant increases, from 230,000 to 467,000. NL attendance falls from 8.9 million to 7.7 million.

3rd At Pittsburgh, Phils rookie, Rogers Hornsby McKee, makes his first start becoming the youngest pitcher to win a game in the 20thcentury (born 9/16/1926) at 17 years, 17 days. White Sox 16-year-old Jim Derrington will be the youngest starter when he loses in 1956. McKee pitches a complete game, an 11-3 win, driving in a run as the Phils sweep two. Philadelphia takes the first game, 3–1. McKee’s closest call is a line drive off his knee by Cuban Tony Ordenana, who is 2-for-4 in his only ML game. McKee will make one more ML appearance next year and be out of the bigs at 18.

5th Many ML players have gone into the war, including several key Yankees and Cardinals players. Nevertheless, both these clubs are back in the Series. New York wins the opener at Yankee Stadium 4–2 behind Spud Chandler, who will later be named 1943 AL MVP. Joe Gordon homers off Max Lanier.

6th Robert Cooper, father of P Mort Cooper and C Walker Cooper, dies at his home in Independence, MO, but both players decide to play in the WS. Mort is 1-for-3 and goes on to beat the New York Yankees 4–3, resurrecting memories of 1942 when the Yankees lost 4 straight after winning the opener. Marty Marion solos and Ray Sanders’ hits a two run homer. Mort leaves for home after the game: Walker will follow on October 11.

7th The attendance is nearly 70,000 as the Yankees take the lead on a 6–2 win helped by four Cardinal errors. Billy Johnston’s three-run triple in the 8th is the big blow off Al Brazle.

10th Marius Russo, of little use during the season, pitches and bats the Yankees to a 2–1 win. He allows just 7 hits and his double knocks in the winner.

11th Bill Dickey’s 2-run HR off Mort Cooper in the 6th gives the Yanks the championship. Spud Chandler gives up 10 hits but strands 11 in the 2–0 victory. Chandler won 2 games and compiled an 0.50 ERA. A full share is worth $6,139 to the New York players; the Cards get $4,321 each. The Series grosses $1.1 million at the gate, receives $100,000 for broadcast rights, and donates $308,000 to War Funds.

The Tigers swap OF Rip Radcliff to the A’s for C Bob Swift and 2B Don Heffner. Radcliff enters the Navy instead, finishing his ML career at 10 years, and the Tigers complete the deal with cash.

25th Dodger manager Leo Durocher signs his 1944 contract, which calls for a base salary of $20,000 plus $5,000 for every 100,000 fans over 600,000.