1st The 2nd place Cardinals match Brooklyn by recalling OF Irv Dusak. Cards’ owner Sam Breadon responds, “They can have their Newsom, but I’d rather have Dusak. He has been one of the most sought-after players in the minor leagues.” Dusak, however, hits just .185.
After going 24-9 in July and 25-8 in August, the Cardinals are still 3 ½ games behind Brooklyn. Brooklyn beats Pittsburgh today, 4–2.
A story in the Chicago Tribune reports that player-manager Parnell Woods of the Negro AL Cleveland Buckeyes, and two teammates have been invited to try out with the Indians at the start of the 1943 season. The two teammates are Eugene Bremmer and Sam Jethroe, who is leading the league in hitting with a .450 average.
In an Eastern League game at Wilkes-Barre, Allie Reynolds of Wilkes-Barre pitches 10 2/3 hitless innings against Elmira. Reynolds tires in the 11th inning and loses, 1-0. The effort by the Chief (18-7), will earn him a call up to the Indians.
2nd At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees take two from the Browns, winning 3-2 and 6-0. Spud Chandler (15-4) goes the distance in game 1 which ends in the 10th inning on Charlie Keller’s HR, his third hit of the game. Hank Borowy (11-3) tosses a one-hitter in the second game as Buddy Hassett collects 4 hits. The lone hit for the Browns is Harlond Clift’s single.
4th At Fenway, the Red Sox continue to roll as Bill Butland stops the Tigers, 3–0, on 4 hits. It is Boston’s 22nd win in 25 games and they’ve cut the Yankee lead from 13 to 7 ½ games.
5th With help from the Babe, the Giants edge the Dodgers, 7-6, at the Polo Grounds. Babe Young contributes a 5th-inning grand slam. The Dodgers lead is now three games as the Cards edge the Reds, 3-2.
6th Hank Gornicki shuts out the Cubs, 6–0, in the opener and Pirate teammate Luke Hamlin follows and shuts out the Cubs in the nitecap, 5–0. Stan Hack has a hit in each game for the Cubs to run his consecutive-game batting streak to 24 games.
7th In the first game of a doubleheader, the Pirates erupt for 11 runs in the 6th inning against the Cards to win, 11–6. They won’t have an inning in double figures again until June, 1989. The Cards bounce back in the nitecap, 6–4, behind Johnny Beazley’s 19th win.
A traffic accident in Geneva, Ohio claims the lives of Negro Leaguers Buster Brown and Smokey Owens. Teammates on the Cleveland Buckeyes, Eugene Bremmer and Lefty Watts, are hospitalized. The accident occurs when their car in rear-ended while they are changing a flat tire. The players were returning home following a series against the New York Black Yankees.
8th The Dodgers move 3 games ahead of the idle Cards by beating the Pirates, 4–0. Ed Head allows just 4 hits.
9th In St. Louis, Joe Gordon belts a first-inning grand slam and the first-place Yankees top the Browns, 8-3.
10th Brooklyn, with a slim 3-game lead in the NL, loses to Chicago’s Lon Warneke, 10–2. Across the river at the Polo Grounds, left Howie Pollet gives the Cards a 5–1 win over New York. Hubbell was the announced starter, but in pre-game warm ups he was hit on the head by an errant throw from Musial. Hal Schumacher was inserted as the starter but gave up 3 first inning runs to earn an early shower.
11th Eddie Freed of the Philadelphia Phillies collects a single, two doubles, a triple and an intentional walk in his ML debut, a Phils team record. But the Reds win 8–5 in 11 innings on Ray Lamanno’s HR. The 5’6” Freed will total only 10 hits during his brief ML career as he is drafted in January 1943 for three years. Only 393 fans are on hand for today’s game, as the last-place Phils will draw just 230,183 this season.
At Ebbets Field, Mort Cooper, wearing Coaker Triplett’s #20 uniform, scatters 3 hits to shut out the Dodgers 3–0, and become the year’s first 20-game winner. The shutout is his 8th of the year. The Cardinals, now just a game in back of Brooklyn, order World Series tickets to be printed.
Before a night game crowd of 4,127, the Indians down the A’s, 5–4, in 13 innings. The win goes to reliever Phil Marchildon, his 17th. Making his debut at 2B for the Indians is 18-year-old Ted Sczepkowski, who goes 1-for-5.
12th Brooklyn fandom’s worst fears are realized as the Cardinals again beat the Dodgers, 2–1. The win by Max Lanier leaves both teams tied for 1st at 94–46.
13th Chicago Cub SS Lennie Merullo makes a ML record 4 errors, all on consecutive plays, in the 2nd inning of the nightcap against the Boston Braves. The Cubs win 12–8 after losing the first game 11–6. Merullo, who made an error in the opener, is comforted by his DP partner Lou Stringer, who made 4 errors in his ML debut a year ago [he makes 2 in game 2 today]. Merullo has a son born this morning and his teammates press him to nickname him “Boots.”
In Philadelphia, the Cards blow a 1–0 lead in the 9th and lose 2–1, then win the 2nd game 3–2. The Dodgers blow their opportunity by losing twice to Reds. Bobo Newsom, who had planned to pitch both games of the doubleheader, loses the first game 6–3. Durocher then went with Curt Davis in the second game and the Phils won again 4–1. The Dodgers are now in 2nd place.
At Chicago, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Pale Hose, winning 6–1 and 5–0. Bill Butland wins the opener on 4 hits, while Tex Hughson wins his 19th in game 2. Ted Williams homers in game 1, the 12thstraight game in which he’s had an RBI, tying Joe Cronin’s team record. Ted scores 2 in the nitecap, but has no ribbies.
14th In the Negro League WS, Leon Day, pitching for the Homestead Grays, fans 12 in beating Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs 4–1 in Game 4. The Monarchs protest, contending that Day and 3 other players were picked up from other teams. Day’s win is disallowed, and the Monarchs sweep the 4 games.
The red-hot Cardinals score 4 in the 9th to beat the Phillies, 6–3.
With all the NL hubbub, the Yankees go about their lofty business, clinching the flag against Cleveland, 8–3. Ernie Bonham wins his 20thgame, and DiMaggio strokes 4 hits.
15th The visiting Cards trips the cellar Phils, 3-2 in 14 innings when reliever Murry Dickson doubles and scores on Jimmy Brown’s single off Si Johnson. Johnson goes the distance for the Phils in losing his 7th of the year to the Cards. St. Louis starter Mort Cooper gives up a tying homer to Nick Etten in the 8th. After coach Chuck Klein pinch hits and bounces out to end the game, manager Hans Lobert races to the second deck to confront a fan who had been heckling him throughout the game, especially after his decision to insert the little-used Klein. Lobert is restrained from punching the fan by Klein.
16th Ben Chapman, pitcher/manager for Richmond (Piedmont League) punches out umpire I.H. Case and will be suspended from playing the entire 1943 season for the assault. He’ll return to pitch for the Dodgers in 1944.
17th Pete Coscarart slaps a two-run single to give the Pirates a 3–2 win over the slumping Dodgers. The Cardinals score 5 runs in the 9thinning to beat the Braves 6–4. St. Louis now leads Brooklyn by 3 games.
18th In the PCL, SF pitcher Sad Sam Gibson beats the Padres, 10-4 for his 20th win of the season and his 200th in the PCL. Ferris Fain backs him with a grand slam.
19th Mel Ott belts a 7th inning grand slam and the visiting Giants beat the Braves, 7-6. Ott will lead the NL in homers with 30, RBIs with 109 and runs (118).
21st New York’s Ernie Bonham wins his 21st game of the year, topping the Senators, 4–1. His 21–5 record will lead the AL in winning percentage (.808) and he will lead in shutouts (6).
22nd In St. Louis, the Cards spot the Pirates 3 runs, then score 6 runs in the 5th, to win 9-3. Stan Musial’s first career grand slam, off Rip Sewell, is the big blow. The Cards maintain a 2 ½ game lead over the Dodgers, winners today over the Giants.
23rd In Brooklyn, Larry French, 35, pitches a brilliant one-hitter, allowing just Nick Etten’s 2nd inning infield hit, and beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6–0. Etten is retired on a DP as French faces just 27 batters in his 197th and last career win (197-171, with 40 shutouts). There are 13,346 fans on hand, 8,647 of which are admitted free by bringing with them 10 pounds of iron for the war effort. French finishes the year at 15–4 with a 1.83 ERA, and after a brief relief stint on the 26th, he’ll enlist in the Navy. He’ll be stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, but his petition to the Navy to allow him spot starts with the Dodgers will be denied. “I still need three winning games to paste 200 in my scrapbook,” says French. “I want them, and I won’t be satisfied with my career until I get them.” Despite his disappointment, French will stay in Navy, rise through the ranks and retire in 1969 with the rank of captain. Larry MacPhail, the 52-year-old Dodger president, also announces today that he is quitting at the end of the season to reenter the army.
At St. Louis, the Cards maintain their two-and-a-half game lead as Johnny Beazley stops the Reds, 4–2, on 2 hits. It is his 20th win.
24th Mort Cooper tosses his 10th shutout of the year to give the Cardinals a 6–0 two-hit victory over the Reds. Cooper’s 22nd win of the year clinches at least a Cardinal tie for the pennant.
25th With the Giants’ 3rd-place finish secure, OF Hank Lieber pitches a complete-game 9–1 loss against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He yields 9 hits and strikes out 5 in his only ML pitching appearance. He had been a pitcher at the U. of Arizona. The Phils score 5 of their runs without a hit. The Giants take the opener, 6–3, behind Hal Schumacher.
26th Youngsters, admitted free for bringing scrap metal to aid the war effort, get restless and invade the field at the Polo Grounds in the 8th inning of the 2nd game with the Giants leading 5–2. Umpire Ziggy Sears forfeits the game 9–0 to the Braves. Boston P Warren Spahn is not charged with a decision, although he was losing at the time of the forfeit. But he is given credit for a complete game, his only one in 4 appearances for the year. Carl Hubbell wins the opener, 6–4.
The Dodgers win their 7th straight, 8–3, over the Phils and gain a half-game on the idle Cards. Dolph Camilli drives in 4 runs and is the front man on a triple steal. Larry French (15–4) wins in relief.
27th It is Tony Lupien Day at Fenway, and the Red Sox Tex Hughson wins his 22nd to tie Mort Cooper for the ML lead, as the Red Sox edge the Yankees, 7–6. A Fenway Park crowd of 26,166—including 4,293 youngsters who gained free admission by bringing 29,000 pounds of scrap metal—watches Hughson scatter 11 hits in going all the way. Johnny Murphy, one of 4 Yank hurlers, takes the loss. Ted Williams has a single in three at bats to finish the season at .356 and wins his second straight batting title. Teammate Johnny Pesky is 2nd at .331. Williams also leads the ML in HRs (36), RBI (137), runs (141), and walks (145). Williams, Pesky, and Dom D play their last games before entering the service. DiMaggio finishes the year with 439 PO and 19 Assists to lead the AL: His brother Vince leads the NL in the same categories with 383 and 20.
On the last day of the season, the Cardinals, winners of 9 games out of 10, have a 1 ½ game lead over the Dodgers, winner of 7 straight. The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant by winning the first game of a doubleheader from the Cubs, 9–2. Billy Southworth benches his regulars for game 2, but the Cards still win, 4–1, giving Johnny Beazley his 21st win of the year. Lou Novikoff, who led 4 minor leagues in hitting in consecutive years but was a bust with the Cubs in 1941, gets a “gift hit” when Beazley lets a light grounder come to a stop so that Lou can maintain a .300 batting average for the season. Novikoff is 1-for-8 today.
Kirby Higbe wins for the Dodgers, 4–3, at Shibe Park in a meaningless win. Brooklyn finishes with 104 victories, the most for a runner-up team since the 1909 Cubs won that many. Phils outfielder Danny Litwhiler completes his 151st errorless game of the season in a loss to the Dodgers. Litwhiler becomes the first OF to avoid an error the entire season. He has 308 putouts and 9 assists on the year. The Dodgers are victorious but their hopes of a Cub sweep of a doubleheader with St. Louis are smashed as the Cards take both games. Brooklyn’s 104 wins leaves them 2 games in back of the Birds.
28th In a City Series battle between the Cubs and Sox, 41-year-old Ted Lyons (14-6) shuts out the Northsiders on 3 hits and no walks in just 1 hour: 18 minutes. Lyons then leaves to enlist as a private in the Marine Corps.
30th Down 7–0 to Red Ruffing in the World Series opener, the Cardinals storm back for four 9th-inning runs, not enough to win but enough to portend the result of the WS.
As he did last year to open the Windy City Series, Ted Lyons tosses a shutout as the White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-0. The Sox will win the series, four games to two, The Sox have not lost a city series to the Cubs since 1930, having taken 8 in a row.