1946 September

2nd Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss (24-4) win his 12th straight game in the opener and his 24th of the year as Boston sweeps two from the Yankees, 5–2 and 3–1. It is the Bosox 10th straight win over New York this year and their 14th twinbill sweep. Boston split 13 doubleheaders on the year and lost none. Dom DiMaggio and Nick Etten have HRs today. Ferriss, who earlier in the season had a 10-game win streak, joins Walter Johnson (10 and 14 in 1913) as the only pitchers with 2 winning streaks of 10 or more games in one season.

It’s a first as manager Mel Ott lifts himself for a pinch hitter in the 7that Boston. Righty Sid Gordon goes into pinch hit against lefty reliever Ernie White and grounds out. Ott manages the Giants to an 8–3 win.

The Cardinals win a pair from the Reds, 6–4 and 8–7, as Al Brazle wins both in relief. He toils 5 2/3 innings in the opener and another 3 in the nitecap. It is the 2nd time in a month that a reliever has won a pair. Enos Slaughter leads the attack with a 2-run homer in game 1 and 2 HRs, a double and single in game 2. St. Louis now leads the Dodgers by 2 ½ games.

5th The Tigers jump on an overworked Bob Feller, chasing him with 9 runs in the 4th inning. The highlight is Hank Greenberg 30thhomer, a three-run shot. Fred Hutchinson wins, 10–0.

6th The Giants collect 19 hits, including a 2nd-inning grand slam by Ernie Lombardi, off Oscar Judd, to whip the visiting Phillies, 16-2.

8th With the Red Sox running away with the AL race, attention closes in on Bob Feller’s strikeout pace. After a 4–1 Browns opening win, Feller tops the Browns, 3–2, on six hits and 8 strikeouts and reaches 300 today, a number reached by Walter Johnson and Rube Waddell twice each. Can Feller beat Waddell’s 347 of 1904? Boudreau finds plenty of innings for Feller to work as the season comes to an end and statisticians discover an error in the Aug. 24th box score that shorted the fireballer one strikeout against the A’s. Counting that one, Feller ends with 348. Alas! Waddell’s old record of 347 was apparently based on the compilations of George Moreland, an early baseball historian, and listed in Little Red Book. The Sporting Newsresearchers later revise Waddell’s total to 349. Feller’s 348 strikeouts will lead the AL, while Johnny Schmitz will lead the NL with a pedestrian 135. The 213 K difference between the 2 league leaders is a ML record that will not be topped this century.

Dodger Pete Reiser, even though still as injury-prone as he was before the war, accounts for 3 of the Dodgers 7 steals, including home, in an 11–3 Dodger victory over the Giants. It is his 7th steal of home this year. He will lead the ML with 34 steals despite missing more than 30 games due to injuries.

The Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 2–1 and 9–8, both in extra innings. Yankee manager Bill Dickey makes his last ML at bat a good one, lining a pinch single in the 8th inning.

In the minor leagues, Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount (Coastal Plain League) will be credited with 456 strikeouts, breaking the former mark of 418 set by Virgil Trucks in the Alabama-Florida League in 1938.

9th The Giants lose to Phils 5–4 as Bobby Thomson debuts with 2 hits. Del Ennis’ 3-run HR is the big blow for the Phils.

11th The Reds and Dodgers set a ML record by playing the longest scoreless tie game in history, 19 innings, at Ebbets Field, before darkness ends it. The previous record was 18 innings, set in 1909. The Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer pitches the first 15 innings, striking out 14, with Harry Gumbert pitching 4 innings. For Brooklyn, Hal Gregg pitches the first 10 innings, followed by Hugh Casey (5 innings), Art Herring (3 innings), and Hank Behrman (1 inning). Dixie Walker’s throw to the plate in the top of the 19th nails Clay and preserves the tie. Later, the Dodgers will win the playoff, 5–3.

At Detroit, Hank Greenberg hits a 3-run homer in the 1st inning off Boo Ferriss, who lasts just the first frame. Detroit pins the loss on Boo, winning 7-3, his sixth loss, all on the road. Ted Williams has 4 hits, including a homer.

The Cubs and Braves battle to a 3–3 tie after 17 innings. Chicago gets 13 hits to Boston’s 8, though the Braves manage just one hit over the last 12 1/3 innings. Hank Borowy, who pitched yesterday, pitches the final 7 hitless frames. Carden Gillenwater makes 12 putouts in center for the Braves, tying a NL record for the position.

12th The Dodgers, a game and a half out despite winning 9 of their last 10, host St. Louis for a three game series. But the Cardinals rip Brooklyn, 10–2, behind Howie Pollet’s 5-hitter, in the series opener. The Cards light up Kirby Higbe in the first inning for 5 runs, highlighted by Joe Garagiola’s 3-run homer.

13th The Boston Red Sox clinch the AL pennant, edging the Cleveland Indians 1–0 on Ted Williams’ inside-the-park HR, the only one of his career. Williams lines the ball to left center over the shift when LF Pat Seerey pulls in behind the SS position, and Ted outlegs Fat Pat who eventually runs the ball down. Tex Hughson stops the Indians on 3 hits beating Red Embree, who allows just two hits. The Boston margin at the season’s end will be 12 games.

It’s the Dodgers turn as they score 4 runs in the 1st inning against Red Munger and hold on to top the Cardinals 4–3. The Dodgers now trail St. Louis by 1 ½ games.

In Boston, the Pirates win game 1 scoring 2-run in the 14th to win, 4-2. Chuck Workman hits a solo homer in the frame off tired Braves starter Mort Cooper. Pittsburgh completes the sweep with a 10-1 win in game 2. Ralph Kiner hits his 20th homer, two behind NL leader Johnny Mize, and veteran Burgess Whitehead has 3 hits, including a triple, and drives in 3.

Johnny Mize returns to the Giants’ lineup for the first time since breaking his hand on August 5th in the Mayor’s Trophy game when he was hit on the hand by a Joe Page pitch. But it won’t last long. Still the NL leader in homers with 22, Mize goes 0-for-2 before breaking his toe as the Reds win, 4-1.

14th Roy Hamey, president of the American Association, is named general manager of the Pirates by its new owners.

Leo Durocher starts young Ralph Branca against the Cardinals lefty lineup with the intention of lifting the 20-year-old after one batter and putting in lefty Vic Lombardi. But Branca looks good and goes the route to win 5–0 and move the Dodgers a half-game in back of St. Louis. The gate of 32,960 gives the Dodgers 1,509,755 attendance for the season, a NL record topping the Cubs of 1929.

Ewell Blackwell blanks the Giants to give the Reds a 4–0 win. It is Blackwell’s 6th shutout. He’ll finish with a 9-13 record, a 2.45 ERA, and allow just one HR in 190 innings.

15th Gnat in my house. After dropping the opener, 4–3, in 10 innings, the Brooklyn Dodgers are stinging the Chicago Cubs, 2–0, at the end of the 5th inning when a swarm of gnats descends upon Ebbets Field and causes the game to be called off early. The Dodgers take the win away as Kirby Higbe allows just one hit, a second inning safety by Mickey Livingston.

Ernie Lombardi of the Giants slams the ball 483 feet under the stairway in right-center of the Polo Grounds, but barely makes 3B. It is the 3rd triple in 7 years for Schnozz and the last of his career. The Cardinals still sweep 2 from the Giants, but at a cost. After Murry Dickson’s 3–0 win in the 1st game, Howie Pollet preserves the Cards’ 7–4 victory in 2nd game, but suffers some arm pain when he doesn’t warm up sufficiently.

At Detroit, Senators’ reliever Early Wynn smacks a grand slam home run against Detroit’s Johnny Gorsica as the Nationals roll by Detroit, 15–5. Wynn wins over Dizzy Trout.

The A’s Bill McCahan makes his first ML start and blanks the Indians, 2–0, in a game called after 7 innings. The Browns Fred Sanford also makes his first start a shutout, stopping the Yankees, 1–0, in the first of two. St. Louis takes game 2 by a 2-1 score.

At Chicago, Red Sox pitcher Dave “Boo” Ferriss notches his 25th win, beating the White 4–1 in the first of two. Johnny Rigney then applies the whitewash to the Red Sox to win the nitecap, 6–0, on 3 hits.

16th The Dodgers drop two games in back of the idle Cardinals as the Cubs trounce them, 10-7, at Ebbets Field. Bill Nicholson connects for a grand slam for Chicago, off Paul Minner.

17th The Cards Howie Pollet wins his 20th victory, 10–2, over the Giants, despite allowing 11 hits.

18th Brooklyn P Ralph Branca wins his 3rd game of the year, a 3–0 shutout over the Pirates.

Washington’s Sherry Robertson leads off with a home run against Cleveland. It is his 2nd consecutive leadoff HR, having connected yesterday in Detroit. Robertson has 3 hits and scores 3 as the Nats win, 8–1 behind Mickey Haefner. The mark was last accomplished by Harry Hooper in 1913.

20th George Kell is 6-for-7 to pace the Tigers 22-hit attack against Cleveland. The Tigers roar, 15–1, with Fred Hutchinson getting the easy win over Allie Reynolds, allowing just a run on Eddie Robinson’s HR.

21st Bill Zuber beats the Senators, 7–5, in 11 innings as the Red Sox notch their 100th win of the season.

In 11 innings, Detroit beats the Indians, 5–3, in the last ML game played at Cleveland’s League Park. Bob Kuzava makes his debut, giving up an earned run in 8 innings, but the win goes to Dizzy Trout, who pitches a complete game for his 16th win. The event goes unheralded as the Indians are not yet sure if they will continue to split their games between the two parks. The attendance is just 2,772.

22nd At Municipal Stadium, Detroit tops Cleveland, 3–0, as Newhouser beats Feller for the first time. The battles between the two will result in Feller winning 8 of 10 decisions. Feller complains after the game that, except for Dick Wakefield, all the Tiger hitters were chopping at the ball to avoid striking out. He K’s 7 to Newhouser’s 9. The Tigers win the nitecap, 4–3.

In a sweep of the A’s, rookies Yogi Berra and Bobby Brown debut for the Yankees. Shortstop Brown has a single and Yogi belts a two-run homer, off Jesse Flores. New York wins, 4–3 and 7–4.

In his second ML start, St. Louis rookie Fred Sanford records his second shutout, stopping the White Sox, 2-0, in the first half of a doubleheader. Sanford allowed 2 runs in 3 relief appearances in 1943. Chicago rebounds for an 8-5 win in game 2.

Larry Jansen of San Francisco (PCL) wins his 30th game, a 7-3 decision over Portland. He finishes with an ERA of 1.57, just off the league record of 1.56 set by Slim Love of Los Angeles in 1914. Jansen’s efforts will land him with the New York Giants where he will post a 21-5 mark next year.

24th Disappointing on the field, the Yankees nevertheless finish their home season with a 2,309,029 attendance, the first team to reach two million. The best previous draw was the 1929 Cubs at 1,485,166. Total ML attendance was 18.5 million, 80 percent more than 1945.

Led by Hank Greenberg’s three homers, the Tigers roll by the Browns, 4–3 and 10–1. The veteran slugger was benched on August 22nd but now has 41 homers. Hutchinson and Trout are the winners.

Mickey Harris gives up a pair of homers to Johnny Lindell but wins his 17th as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 5-4, at Fenway.

Ted Wilks, in relief of Munger, notches a 2–1 win for the Cardinals. Johnny Vander Meer takes the loss for the Reds; he’ll win his next start, 1–0. For the Reds, it is the ML record 41st one-run loss this season. Six years ago they set the mark for one-run wins with 41.

25th In a loss that will haunt the Dodgers at the season’s end, the Phils score 5 in the 9th to beat Brooklyn, 11–9. Leo Durocher sends in eight pitchers in an effort to stave off the final Phils’ rally, setting an NL record and tying the ML mark (Washington vs. Boston, in an end of the season farce game, October 4, 1913). In the first inning, Eddie Stanky cashes his 133rd walk, off Oscar Judd, but the pitcher ties the score in the 3rd with his only homer of the year, and drives in two more in the 4th off reliever Hal Gregg. Brooklyn scores three in the bottom of the 3rd when 2B Emil Verban makes two errors, and Phils 1B Frank McCormick makes his first error of the season after a ML record 131 straight errorless games. Ron Northey also misjudges a fly ball into a double by Bruce Edwards. In the 8th inning, Dodger pitcher Hank Behrman throws an inside pitch to Del Ennis, striking the young slugger on the wrist. Ennis retires with a possible broken wrist and the enraged Quakers charge it was deliberate. Two more singles chase Behrman and it is 9–6 going into the 9th. A walk, strikeout, and bad hop single brings in reliever Vic Lombardi. A single and walk brings in Art Herring, the 7th Dodger pitcher, who throws 4 balls to Frank McCormick and leaves, Kirby Higbe enters with the score tied, and Dee Moore’s long fly scores Johnny Wyrostek to make the score 10–9. Emil Verban’s double drives in the last run to make Tom Hughes the winner over Lombardi.

The Reds’ Bucky Walter blanks the Cardinals, 6–0, but St. Louis stays a game in front of Brooklyn.

At Wrigley, the Pirates outlast the Cubs to win, 6-5, in 16 innings. Bob Elliot and Ralph Kiner hit back-to-back homers in the 8th off Russ Meyer as the Bucs score 4 runs to tie. Kiner takes over the NL lead with his 23rd homer.

Come on down! Bill Veeck offers free admission to the fans and 12,600 show up. The White Sox throw a damper on the party by beating the Indians, 4–1.

Handling 13 chances without an error against the Braves in an 8–0 loss, Giants SS Buddy Kerr runs his errorless streak to 254 chances, breaking Eddie Miller’s 1940 record.

26th The Dodgers beat the Phils 8–2 to move with a half-game of the idle Cardinals. Dodger RF Pete Reiser fractures his leg sliding back into 1B and is out for the year. Reiser was hitting .277 with 73 RBI.

27th For the 2nd time in 5 days, the Cubs shell Howie Pollet. The Cubs score 3 runs in the 4th inning to chase the Cardinal ace and win 7–2. St. Louis and Brooklyn are now tied for 1st place.

In Detroit, Feller pitches 5 innings, striking out 6 Tigers. Feller now has 343 strikeouts for the year. Bob Kuzava takes over and gets the win, 9–8.

At Fenway, Tex Hughson notches his 20th as the Red Sox win, 5–4, over Washington. It is Boston’s 104th win of the year.

28th Brooklyn shells Braves’ 20-game winner Johnny Sain and wins, 7–4. Meanwhile, Cardinal P Harry Brecheen quiets the Cubs, 4–1, to leave St. Louis tied for 1st place with a game to play.

29th  Former Cardinal P Mort Cooper pitches Boston to a masterful 4–0 win over Brooklyn. The Cards can’t capitalize on the Dodger loss, however, as Cubs’ lefty Johnny Schmitz beats them, 8–3, with Chicago coming from behind. The Cardinals and the Dodgers end the season tied for the NL lead. Both are 96-58. The first-ever championship playoff series will start in 2 days.

With 3,749 loyal fans on hand at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ SS Buddy Kerr plays in his 52nd game without an error, breaking Leo Durocher’s NL record set in 1931. Kerr handles 274 chances without an error. The last-place Giants whip the Phils, 3–1, jumping on 20-year-old Dick Koecher, making his first ML appearance. The Phils have now used 24 pitchers this year to set a NL record.

Feller and Newhouser hook up again, with Newhouser going for his 27th win, but this time Feller and the Indians beat Detroit, 4–1. Not till Newhouser strikes out does Feller register a K. Feller will strike out 5 Tigers to end the season with 348, believed to be the new record. Subsequent research will credit Waddell with 349 K’s in 1904. Feller ends the year with a no-hitter, two one-hitters, and 10 shutouts in 371 innings.

Johnny Vander Meer pitches a game 1 shutout, beating the Pirates, 1–0. Bob Usher drives in the lone run. In the nitecap, outfielder Al Libke starts on the mound and pitches 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and 4 hits in his last ML appearance. The former minor league pitcher gets no decision but the Reds win, 3-2, to close out their season.

At Shibe Park, the Yankees sweep a pair from the hapless Athletics as Philadelphia ends their season with a 10-game losing streak. Spud Chandler tosses a 6-0 shutout in game 1 to record his 20th win of the year. Rookie Vic Raschi (2-0) is a 2-1 winner in game 2, ended after 7 innings, likely because of a mercy rule.

30th In a great trade for Boston, the Braves send 2B Billy Herman and 3 players (P Elmer Singleton, OF Stan Wentzel, INF Whitey Wietelman) to Pittsburgh for 3B Bob Elliott and C Hank Camelli. The Pirates want Herman to manager and in his only season, 1947, he’ll guide them to a last-place finish. But Elliot will win the NL MVP in Boston.