1st Jack Lohrke hits a homer against the Braves, number 183 for the season for the Giants, breaking the 1936 ML record held by the Yankees. Mel Ott’s club had hit 5 HRs in a doubleheader against the Cubs August 24 to break Chicago’s 1929 NL record. The Giants will finish with 221 HRs, led by Johnny Mize, Walker Cooper, Willard Marshall, and rookie Bobby Thomson.
In the nitecap 7–4 loss, A’s 1B Ferris Fain participates in 6 DPs to tie the ML record. Washington takes the opener as well, 4–0, on Mickey Haefner’s 7-hitter.
3rd Rookie Bill McCahan of the Philadelphia Athletics no-hits the Washington Senators 3–0, as Elmer Valo drives home 2 runs. 1B Ferris Fain allows the only baserunner when his toss to McCahan on an easy grounder in the 2nd inning goes wide. McCahan, the former Duke University star, was the losing pitcher when Don Black threw his no-hitter July 10th. The Senators have not suffered a no-hitter since Ernie Shore pitched his 26-out perfect game in 1917. They did not go easily today as manager Ossie Bluege put up three lefty pinch hitters in the 9th. The A’s win snaps their 7-game loss streak.
At Fenway, the Yankees notch 18 hits, all singles, off three pitchers to stop the Red Sox, 11–2 in game one. Bobo Newsom wins his 10th. Specs Shea, with relief help from Joe Page, wins the nitecap, 9–6, to extend the Yankees lead to 12 ½ games over Boston. DiMaggio has 6 hits in the twinbill to raise his average to .319, while Ted Williams, the AL’s leading hitter is 5-for-9 to push his average to .328. Bobby Doerr hits his 16th homer in the nitecap.
The Cards gain a half-game on the first place Dodgers by trouncing the Cubs, 11–1. Red Munger pitches the first 8 innings for the win. Ron Northey leads the offense with a pinch grand slam in the 6-run 9th inning and Stan Musial is 5-for-6, including a triple. Musial was 4-for-4 in game 2 of the September 1 sweep of the Pirates.
Ewell Blackwell hangs up his 21st win, defeating the Pirates, 13–6 before an overflow crowd of 37,299 at Forbes Field. Blackwell K’s 7 of the first 12 batters, and 12 overall, and is not scored upon till the Reds build a 7–0 lead. He allows just two hits, including Ralph Kiner’s 41st homer. Eddie Miller and Benny Zientara homer for Cincy.
6th Let’s end this, fellas. Harry Brecheen taps a bunt single in the 13th and comes around to score when Stan Musial walks with the bases loaded as the Cards beat the Reds, 4-3, in St. Louis. Brecheen pitches the complete game for his 15th win.
7th Starting P Johnny “Ox” Miller of the Cubs hits a 2nd inning grand-slam HR, off Kirby Higbe, in a 4–3 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates. But Ox does not go the required 5 innings and Doyle Lade is the victor. For Ox, these are the only RBIs of his career.
8th Bob Feller, in relief of Bob Lemon in the 9th, keeps the Yankees scoreless to save a 4–3 Cleveland win. George McQuinn, who earlier hit two homers, bloops a single with a man on to chase Lemon. Bobo Newsom, who wilts in the 8th, is the loser, but New York is still 12 games in front.
9th For the second game in a row the Cubs win a 4–3 game and hit a grand slam. Today it is rookie Cliff Aberson’s pinch slam in the 9thinning that beats the Dodgers. Aberson will give up the NFL for the Cubs.
It is Bucky Walters Night in Cincinnati and the veteran celebrates by shutting out the Braves, 2-0, on 4 hits. It is Bucky’s 198th and last win as he will fall short of the 200-victory mark.
10th Al Brazle hurls the Cards to their 9th win in 10 games, stopping the Phils, 4–1, on 4 hits, 3 by Adams. Dutch Leonard takes the loss. In the 9th, Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits for Walker, the league’s leading hitter, but flies out.
11th Ralph Kiner hits 3 successive solo HRs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 1 and 4 on the afternoon to lead the Pirates to a double win over Boston, 4–3 in 13 innings, and 10–8. Despite Kiner’s 3 homers, it is pitcher Kirby Higbe’s game-ending homer in the 13th that wins it. Kiner hit 2 on the 9th against the Giants Larry Jansen, as the Pirates lost, giving him a ML record tying 6 in 3 days. His slugging today gives him 47 and a tie with Mize.
In the start of a crucial series in St. Louis, Ralph Branca, 21, wins his 20th as the Dodgers clip the Cardinals, 4–3. A tense battle ignites after Joe Garagiola spikes Jackie Robinson at 1B in the 2nd inning. Coming to bat in the 3rd, Robinson has words with Garagiola (“a teeth to teeth exchange” Time) and the two are finally separated by coach Clyde Sukeforth. It is the first time that Robinson has reacted on the field.
12th Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games to pass Johnny Mize in the HR race as Pittsburgh tops the Boston Braves, 4–3. The rain of HRs exceeds the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. Kiner has now hit 20 home runs in the past 30 days—from August 14 through today—to set a record: Maris will tie the mark in 1961, and Sosa will top it in 1998. On the 18th Kiner will again pass Mize in the homer derby by belting his 50th of the season. Mize will get his 50thtwo days later. Kiner will get number 51 on September 23 against Jim Hearn of the Cards, and Mize will tie it up 2 days later off Johnny Sain of Boston. Both players have until the season finales on September 28 to break the tie, but neither will succeed.
The Cards bounce back to defeat the Dodgers, 8–7 with 13 of the runs counted in the last 3 frames. The Flatbushers score 4 in the 9th, 2 on rookie Lund’s 1st ML homer, but the Cards answer when Enos Slaughter drives in 2 runs with a double to win. Ted Wilks is the winner in relief, his 12th win in a row. He began the streak on September 3, 1945.
13th It is the Dodgers turn to win, 8–7, before 33,510, the largest crowd of the year at Sportsman’s Park. The game features 36 hits and extends to Dodgers’ lead to 5 ½ games with 16 to play. For St. Louis, this is the first of six straight losses.
14th Rookie Vic Wertz hits for the cycle and scores 5 runs to lead the Tigers to a 16–6 win over the Senators in game 1. Kell and Evers have 4 hits as well. Wertz score 2 more in the nitecap, 8–4 win.
In Philadelphia, Sam Chapman cracks a grand slam as the A’s score 9 runs in the 8th inning and hang on for an 11-9 victory against Cleveland. Game 2 ends in a 9-inning 4-4 tie.
15th The Sox—Red and White—combine for an AL record-tying 12 double plays in their doubleheader split today. Chicago wins the opener, 6–3, then loses 7–5.
16th At Fenway, Denny Galehouse twirls a 6-hit shutout as Boston beats Chicago, 5-0 in the opener of two. The White Sox rebound in game 2 as Jack Wallaesa hits his 2nd grand slam of the year, a 9thinning blow to give the Pale Hose an 8-3 win.
Ralph Branca wins his 21st as the first-place Dodgers roll to a 7-3 victory over the Reds at Crosley Field. Branca allows 12 hits, twice the Brooklyn total, and K’s 5. Pete Reiser and Gene Hermanski homer for the Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson adds his 28th sacrifice bunt, tying a ML rookie record set four years ago by Joe Hoover.
17th Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News 2 weeks before the season is over. At the year’s end he has hit .297, led the league in stolen bases and sacrifices. He has 14 bunt hits, and in a game against the Cubs in June he scored from 1B on a sacrifice.
Second place Boston splits with the Browns, losing 9–4, then winning 4–0 on Joe Dobson’s 1-hitter. Judnich’s single is the only hit.
20th In the first of 2 games at Briggs, Bob Feller loses his bid to win his 20th as he gives up an unearned run in the 10th and the Tigers win, 3-2. Freddie Hutchinson is the starter and winner for Detroit, and is given an intentional walk in the 10th inning to get to Eddie Lake (who is pinch hit for). Hutch is the second pitcher this year (Rowe) to receive an IBB. The second game ends in a 9-inning 5-5 tie.
Thanks, Ted. In the first of two at Fenway, the Senators score 3 runs in the 9th against reliever Boo Ferris to give Early Wynn a 6-2 cushion. Pesky hits a leadoff single for Boston, and Dom DiMaggio flies out. Then, oddly, Ted Williams lays down a sacrifice bunt to move Pesky to 2B, where he scores on a hit. The final, 6-3. Williams, who is leading the AL in homers, runs, batting average and RBI, does no bunting in game 2, going 3-for-3 with a pair of triples as the Sox win, 7-2. Pesky is 2-for-4 in each game to reach 202 hits on this season, surpassing the 200-hit mark for the third year in a row (1942, 1946, 1947). He is the first AL player to accomplish the feat.
21st Braves ace Warren Spahn delays the Dodgers’ clinching the pennant by shutting them out 4–0 for his 20th win.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pound homers in their 17th and 18thconsecutive games to set a NL record. Philadelphia wins the opener, 3–2, in 11 innings when Del Ennis homers for the Blue Jays. In the nitecap, rookie Larry Jansen wins his 20th game, beating the Phillies, 6–4. Schoolboy Rowe takes the loss.
23rd Working 5 innings in a Series tune-up, Joe Hatten wins his 17thgame and his first against a first-division team, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 6–1. Dan Bankhead finishes. In a pre-game ceremony, Jackie Robinson receives a car, TV set, $500 watch, and other gifts.
24th In the closest pennant race in PCL history, LA manager Bill Kelly takes a chance and starts Don Carlson in a critical match with Sacramento. Carlson, just recalled from the Texas League, pitches into the 9th inning as LA wins, 4-2 (as noted by PCL historian John Spalding).
25th Giants rookie Larry Jansen wins his 21st game of the season, beating the Braves Red Barrett, 3–1. It is Jansen’s 10th win in a row, all complete games. Walker Cooper and Johnny Mize club homers. Mize is now tied with Kiner for the NL lead with 51, and is high in RBIs and runs.
27th Cards rookie Ken Johnson makes his first start a dandy, stopping the Cubs 3–1 on one hit, a single by Eddie Waitkus in the 8th. Ralph Hamner is the loser.
28th On the season’s last day, the Browns, desperate for a ticket seller, bring announcer Dizzy Dean in to pitch against the White Sox. Diz gives up only 3 hits in 4 innings and laces a clean single in his only at bat, but a pulled leg muscle forces his retirement. The White Sox score all their runs in the 9th to win 5–2. Even with Diz, the game draws less than 16,000, and the Browns finish the year with only 320,000 attendance, less than half that of 1946. Three days before the finale a Browns’ game drew only 350.
29th Joe McCarthy, who led the Yankees to 9 pennants, is coaxed out of retirement and signs to manage the Red Sox. Joe Cronin will become general manager of Tom Yawkey’s team.
Following the first year-ending tie in PCL history, Los Angeles defeats San Francisco, 5-0, before a crowd of 22,996 to take the one-game playoff. Cliff Chambers (24-9) is the winning pitcher. Tomorrow the Cubs will purchase his contract.
30th Hitless the first 4 innings against Brooklyn’s Ralph Branca, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 5th inning when 6 straight runners reach base, and they win the World Series opener 5–3. A record WS crowd of 73,365 at the Stadium pays $325,828.