1943 September

2nd The Tigers take a pair from St. Louis, winning 5-4 and 8-5. Dizzy Trout racks up his 16th win in game 1 and Hal Newhouser snaps a personal 9-game losing streak by winning game 2, though he needs relief help in the 9th. With an RBI in each game, Rudy York is the first ALer to reach 100. Tiger rookie Joe Hoover has a pair of sacrifices in game 1 and another in game 2 as he bunts his way to a ML rookie record 28 sacs. Jackie Robinson will tie the mark.

4th At Brooklyn, the Dodgers edge the Giants, 4-3, in 17 innings, scoring when Mickey Witek throws wildly to 1B on a DP ball. It is the only error of the game.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals increase their NL lead to 14 ½ games beating the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings. A triple by Stan Musial, his 4thhit of the game, drives in the winning run. Howie Krist is the winner over Joe Beggs.

5th Attempting to tie the 1912 Giants ML record of winning 14 straight series, the Yankees drop two to the Senators, earning just a four-game-split. Washington takes the opener, 3-2, behind Dutch Leonard and rookie Charlie Roberts lines an inside-the-park homer in the 8th to break a 2-2 tie; it is his first ML homerun. In the second game, Bobo Newsom departs in the 5th with a sore stomach but takes a 2-1 lead. Sherry Robertson hits a 3-run HR and the Senators win, 5-1.

6th Woody Williams of the Cincinnati Reds collects his 10th straight hit in 2 games, as Cincy romps in the opener, 10–1. He is finally stopped by the Cubs Eddie Hanyzewski, in relief of loser Lon Warneke. Prior to the run, Williams had only 39 ML hits. Williams is the 8th National Leaguer to accomplish this hit feat. The Reds also take the nitecap, 3–1, in 10 innings, as Johnny Vander Meer tops Claude Passeau.

Pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics becomes the youngest player to appear in an AL game at age 16 years, 248 days (A’s 2B Jim Curry, in 1909, is listed in some encyclopedias as being younger). He gives up 2 hits in 1/3 of an inning and retires the side but takes the loss, an 11–2 defeat in the 2nd game against the Yankees.

8th In a 3–2 Giants loss at the Polo Grounds, rookie Buddy Kerr hits a homer in his first ML at-bat, off the Phillies Bill Lee.

11th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Jim Tobin serves up a homer run to Mel Ott as the Giants win, 10–2. It is Ott’s 18th and last homer of the year. All 18 have come at the Polo Grounds, second only to Gavvy Cravath’s 1914 ML mark of hitting all 19 at home.

12th Bob Elliott’s 8th inning double is the Pirates only hit, as the Reds Elmer Riddle stops them, 1–0, in the first of two. The Pirates come back to shut out the Reds, 7-0, behind the pitching of Xavier Rescigno. Jim Russell hits a 3-run homer.

Fenway, the Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox to sweep the five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Sox for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy Johnson hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankee’s comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.

16th In game 1 of a pair with Boston, Coaker Triplett has a double and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs as the Phils win, 9-2. Al Javery then wins his 15th for Boston, beating the Phils, 8-0, on a one-hitter. A single by Ray Hamrick is the only hit for the Quakers.

18th The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant with a double win over the Cubs, 2–1 and 5–0. Max Lanier wins the opener, scattering 7 hits as Lou Klein drives home both runs. Klein will player every inning of every game this year. Howie Pollet, Max Lanier, and Mort Cooper will rank 1-2-3 in NL ERA, and Al Brazle at 1.53 and Harry Brecheen at 2.27 are near the same level. For hitting, Redbirds prime with George Kurowski, Walker Cooper, and Stan Musial, who in his 2ndseason hits .357 and has 220 hits, 347 total bases, 48 doubles, 20 triples.

19th The Cubs snap an 11-game losing streak as Bill Nicholson has a single, 2 doubles, and a homer to pace them to 6–0 win over the Series-bound Cards. Hank Wyse allows 7 Card safeties in beating Harry Gumbert. Musial has a pair of doubles for St. Louis and Peanuts Lowrey has 3 for Chicago. In the 2nd game, a 10-9 Cubs win, Nicholson hits his 24th homer and has 6 RBIs for the day. He’ll lead the NL in both HRs and RBIs. Musial has 7 hits for the afternoon.

In front of 41,683 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants twice come from behind to beat the Dodgers, 3–1 and 7–4. Ace Adams makes his 66thappearance in the opener to tie Ed Walsh’s ML record set in 1908. Buddy Kerr has a 3-run HR in game 2.

The American Association champion Milwaukee Brewers take a pair from Kansas City and set a season attendance record of 332,600.

The Birmingham Black Barons clinch the Negro American League title with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Giants. Johnny Hubar fires a one-hitter.

At Yankee Stadium, 45,000 watch as the NYC Sanitation team beats the Police, 4–3, with a 3-run 8th.

The Braves take a pair from the visiting Phillies, winning 3-2 and 6-5 in 14 innings. Butch Nieman’s HR in the 14th wins it for Al Javery, who goes the distance as does Newt Kimball.

The Pirates Rip Sewell avenges a 1–0 loss to Elmer Riddle a week ago by beating the Reds pitcher, 10–3, as the Bucs solve Riddle in 2 innings. It is Rip’s 21st win of the year, high in the NL. He also has a steal to finish the year with 7 stolen bases, just 6 off the NL high for the year. The Pirates take game 2 of the twinbill, 2–1, beating Johnny Vander Meer, who gives up 4 hits in 8 innings and 4 more in the 9th.

22nd The Senators win game 1 of their twinbill with the Browns, then drop game 2 to finish one game shy of tying the AL record for consecutive home wins of 17 (Detroit 1909). Johnny Niggeling pitches a 2-hit shutout in game 1 to win, 4-0. The Browns explode for a 9-1 win in game 2 as Al Zarilla has a triple, double and 2 singles.

23rd The Giants knock out Johnny Vander Meer in the 9th, but lose 3-2 to the Reds. Clyde Shoun is the winning pitcher. Vander Meer scores a run on a steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 5th.

24th A crowd of 314, the smallest in Wrigley Field history, sees Andy Pafko make his Cubs debut. Pafko drives in 4 runs with a double and a single in 3 at bats, as the Cubs top the Phillies 7–4. Mercifully, the game is called after five innings because of the downpour.

25th The Yankees clinch the AL flag with a 2–1 win over the Tigers in 14 innings. Spud Chandler is the victor with his 20th win of the year, the first in the AL to reach 20. He brings his ERA down to 1.69. The Yanks clinch one week after the Cardinals sew up the NL gonfalon.

26th The White Sox make it an easy 15–3 win over the Senators by scoring 13 runs in the 4th, an AL record (also for 2 clubs) for the inning. It is also the most the Sox have scored in an inning. The Nats shrug off the loss to win game 2, 5–2, as George Case has three hits and 3 steals to regain the AL theft lead with 56. The Sox will play an AL-record 44 doubleheaders this year, winning 11, losing 10 and splitting 23. The Phillies, with 43 doubleheaders, will set the NL mark this year (11-14-18).

The Reds whitewash the Braves twice as Elmer Riddle, with his 21stwin, stops them, 2–0 in the opener, and Johnny Vander Meer wins the nitecap, 1–0, when Gee Walker homers with 2 outs in the 9th. It is the first game-ending homer in 29 years. It is the 4th doubleheader shutout in the NL this season and the second time in 4 years that these two pitchers have combined for shutouts in a DH.

The Giants beat the Pirates, 5-0, and then lose game 2 in the 10th, 4-3. It is their 91st loss, a 20th century record for New York. Frankie Gustine has a steal in each including a swipe of home in game 2.

27th In Philadelphia, the A’s and Browns split a doubleheader with the A’s taking the opener, 9-4 as two rookie starters make their pitching debut, the first time that has happened since 1914. Al LaMacchia of the A’s gets lit up, allowing 9 hits and 6 runs in 4 innings, while Charlie Bowles allows no earned runs as he goes the distance in his debut (he made an earlier pinch hitting debut). The Browns overcome a 6-0 deficit in game 2 to win, 7-6. Frank Skaff, who had a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1935, hits his only ML homer, a grand slam off the Browns Al Hollingsworth in game 2. Just four grand slams are hit in the AL in 1943, the lowest total since 1918.

At Yankee Stadium, Hank Borowy pitches the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Indians, beating Allie Reynolds. Gene Woodling, just up from Wilkes-Barre, hits his first ML homer off Borowy, who gets support from Nick Etten with a homer and 3-run double. The umps toss Roy Cullenbine and Al Smith for heckling them from the bench and then have a fan in the CF bleachers tossed out of the stadium for flashing a mirror in the batters’ eyes.

29th St. Louis SS Vern Stephens sets a ML record by hitting 2 homers in extra innings—the 11th and 13th – in a 4–3 win over Boston. Game 2 is stopped at 3–3. His feat will not be topped, and the next player to match him will be Willie Kirkland, in 1963. For Boston, it is their AL-record 31st extra inning game this season. They’ve gone 15-14-2. The NL record will be set tomorrow by the Braves, who play in 27. The Dodgers will match them in 1963.

The Cards recall Preacher Roe from Columbus and sell him to the Pirates.

30th Stubby Overmire and Hal White combine to shut out the A’s, 6-0. Joe Hoover belts a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Lum Harris, to start Detroit’s scoring. For Harris, it is his 13th loss in a row and his 21st of the year.

Andy Pafko has 4 hits and Bill Nicholson a pair of triples to pace the Cubs to a 6-5 10-inning win over the Braves at Wrigley. Nate Andrews loses his 20th for the Braves, despite driving in 3 runs on 2 hits. It is Boston’s 27th extra inning game this year, a NL record.

On leave from the Army in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio boards a cable car and drops five pennies in the fare box, inadvertently including his lucky penny. “There goes my homerun penny—a 1905 Indian Head. Get it out.” Conducterette MaryGriffin explains the coin box is locked, but the Municipal Railway officials emerge from a mountain of pennies in three days with the lucky coin.