1949 September

1st Washington’s Dick Weik should change his name to Walk as he hands out 13 base on balls in nine innings, losing to the White Sox, 3–0. He matches Tommy Byrne’s largesse earlier in the year and he’ll close out his career in 1954 with more walks than innings pitched. Randy Gumpert is the winner today as both pitchers allow 4 hits apiece.

At the Polo Grounds, the Giants whip the Pirates, 9-3, as Andy Hansen wins in relief of Hank Behrman. Ralph Kiner hits a grand slam in the 3rd for the Bucs.

At Cleveland, the Indians win their 4th extra inning game in their last 6 matches and stretch their ML-record win streak of extra-inning games to 17, edging the A’s, 2-1, in 11 innings. An error by A’s starter Carl Scheib opens the door for an unearned run. Bob Lemon goes the distance for his 17th win. The record streak won’t be matched till 2013.

3rd In Philadelphia, Andy Seminick cracks a 1st-inning grand slam to pace the Phils to a 10-4 win over the Braves.

In St. Louis, a local curfew ends the Cardinals-Reds match after 15 innings of a 9-9 tie. The two teams leave 40 baserunners and the tie leaves the Cards two games in front of the Dodgers, 6-3 losers to the Giants.

Columbus (AA) hurler Cot Deal, acquired from Louisville earlier in the year, pitches 20 innings against the Colonels to win, 4–3. Deal collects 4 hits along the way.

4th At Philadelphia, the Phils battle back into 3rd place by taking two from the Braves, 9–8 and 8–7. The Braves take an 8–5 lead in the opener on Tommy Holmes 2-run homer in the 5th, and Ennis matches him to start the comeback. Between August 3 (2) and today, Holmes has hit 10 homers without striking out.

The Cubs score 8 runs in the 4th—half coming on a grand slam by Andy Pafko—as they defeat the visiting Pirates, 11-7.

The Yankees sign Hugh Casey, who was released by the Pirates in early August.

Former Mexican Leaguers Lanier and Martin, each go the route as the Cards sweep a pair from the Reds, 6–4 and 11–2, and increase their lead over the Dodgers to 2 ½ games. The nitecap is a replay of yesterday 15-inning marathon which ended 9–9. The Cards plate 8 runs in the 4th inning of game 2, highlighted by Glaviano’s grand slam.

5th Before 32,844 fans in Philadelphia, the Yankees sweep a holiday twinbill from the A’s, winning 13–4 and 5–2. Raschi easily wins his 18th in the opener as DiMaggio drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam off Lou Brissie. Billy Johnson follows with his 8th homer of the year. In the nitecap, DiMaggio leaves in the 2nd inning with leg cramps, but the Yankees win behind Tommy Byrne and Joe Page in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. The Yankees return to NYC having won 8 of 14 road games, but have just 4 away games in their remaining 25. New York is 1 /12 games ahead of Boston.

7th At Yankee Stadium, Allie Reynolds walks the first 3 Red Sox batters before Bobby Doerr singles home two runs. But that is all the scoring the Sox can manage. The Yankees come back to take a 3–2 lead and, after Doerr triples in the 8th, Joe Page relieves to save the game for Reynolds. The final is 5–2, with the hitting provided by Bobby Brown (2-run homer) and Billy Johnson with two triples.

8th Hurling a 3-hitter, Harry Brecheen continues his mastery over the Cubs as the first-place Cards win, 8–0. Brecheen, 3-0 this year against Chicago, is 26-6 lifetime. Schoendienst starts the game with a single and stolen base, then scores on Musial’s safety. The steal is the Cards 17th and last this year, a ML record for fewest steals.

At Boston, Russ Meyer tosses a one-hitter for the Phils to give the Braves their 9th straight loss, 3–1. Connie Ryan’s RBI double is the only safety for the Hubmen. It is Meyer’s 2nd one-hitter, having thrown one with the Cubs. The crowd of 5,856 is the smallest in Boston nite history.

The Dodgers pound the Giants to win, 12-7, at Ebbets Field. Snider and Furillo hit 4th inning homers, while Bobby Thomson has 4 hits and 4 RBI for Nw York. Roy Campanella has 2 hits and scores 3 while left fielder Bruce Edwards has no hits and scores 3. The Dodgers trail the Cardinals by a game.

Detroit sweeps a pair from Cleveland, winning 10-0 and 4-1, to move into a 3rd-place tie with the Tribe. In the lidlifter, Hal Newhouser allows only a Lou Boudreau single to lead off the 7th while the Bengals pound Wynn to give him an early exit. Ted Gray wins the nitecap, allowing a solo homer to Bob Feller.

9th The Giants score 6 in the 7th to rip the Dodgers, 10–1 and end the Dodgers 6 game win streak. The Giants rap Roe, Branca and Barney for 13 hits, including homers by Bobby Thomson and Hank Thompson. Despite terrorizing the NL with baserunning, Jackie Robinson is picked off base by Dave Koslo, the 4th time this year Giants pitchers have nabbed Robby.

At St. Louis, Johnny Vander Meer wins just his 5th game, stopping the NL-leading Cards, 6–1. The Cards still lead the Dodgers by a game. Al Brazle (14–7) takes the loss.

The Cubs crush the host Pirates, 8–1, behind Walt Dubiel’s three-hitter. Andy Pafko’s second grand slam in five days climaxes a 7-run 5th inning, while Ralph Kiner’s 44th homer in the 9th is the Bucs’ only score.

At Yankee Stadium, Ellis Kinder wins his 19th victory and his 9thstraight, as Boston wins, 7–1. The Yanks manage just 4 hits, while Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr pound homers off Ed Lopat. Pesky has hit two homers this season, both at Yankee Stadium. Hugh Casey makes his AL debut, allowing two unearned runs in two innings. The loss cuts the Yanks lead to 1 ½ games over the Red Sox.

10th At Philadelphia, Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell tops the A’s, 9–1, for his 22nd victory of the year.

Stan Musial’s 29th homer, coming with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th, gives the Cardinals a 6–5 win over the Reds, protecting their one game lead. The Cards collect just 5 hits off Howie Fox, but use 6 walks and 3 errors.

At Boston, Mark Rickert drives in the lone run and Warren Spahn shuts out the Phillies, 1-0, to snap the Boston Braves 9-game losing streak. The Braves won’t lose 9 in a row again until 2010.

11th In the first of two games at Yankee Stadium, the Senators hand out 17 base on balls, including a ML record 11 walks in the 3rdinning, when the Yanks plate 12, the AL record for number of runs in a 3rd inning. Another mark is set as four different Yankees collect 2 walks apiece in the bottom of the 3rd. The Nats hand out 13 walks in the first three innings. Buzz Dozier, who pitches the last 5 1/3 innings, the most generous with 8 walks. Allie Reynolds (16-4) is the benefactor in the 20–5 romp. New York takes the 2nd game, 2–1, in 5 ½ innings behind Sanford, with relief help from Page.

With Musial poling 3 homers, the Cards sweep a pair from the Reds, 7–5 and 7–4, and increase their lead over the Dodgers to 1 ½ games. Gerry Staley, with relief help, and Howie Pollet are the winners. Kluszewski, 0-for-8, ends his 18-game hit streak.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers snap a 4-4 tie with the Giants by scoring 6 runs in the 7th to win, 10-5. Carl Furillo’s grand slam is the big hit in the 7th.

Cleveland drops to 4th place, 6 games in back of the lead, when the Browns trip them, 5–4.

13th For the 2nd time in his career, Ralph Kiner hits HRs in 4 consecutive at bats, over 2 games. He performed the same feat in 1947. The 2 HRs today are numbers 33 and 34, and the first is a grand slam in the Pirates 6-run first. He has 4 hits altogether, good for 6 RBIs as Cliff Chambers beats the Phils, 11–6. Kiner’s 1949 total will include 25 on the road, 29 at Forbes Field, 14 of them in the bullpen enclosure still known as Greenberg Gardens. Today’s grand slam, his 4th of the year, ties a ML mark held by 6 players. Big Ralph will hit 16 homers this month, a record for September.

Red Munger pitches the Cards to 1–0 win against the Giants in New York. He faces 28 batters, with only a 2nd inning single by Sid Gordon preventing a no-hitter.

14th Ellis Kinder wins his 20th game for the Red Sox, shutting out the Tigers, 1–0, at Fenway for his 10th straight victory. Kinder joins teammate Mel Parnell, the last time this century that the Sox will have a pair of 20-game winners in a year.

At Pittsburgh, Robin Roberts and the Phillies coast to a 12-4 win over the Pirates. Phillies rookie Ed Sanicki hits a homer run in his first ML at bat, off reliever Rip Sewell. Sanicki will have two more hits this year, both homers.

15th Pirates P Ernie Bonham dies following an appendectomy and stomach surgery, just 18 days after his last pitching performance, an 8–2 win over the Phillies. Mrs. Bonham will receive the first benefits under the players pension plan, $90 a month for 10 years.

16th When Browns’ C Les Moss catches a pop foul, Red Sox base runner Birdie Tebbett’s starts for 2nd drawing the throw. Lou Stringer, the baserunner on 3rd, then scores. Stringer has 4 hits, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored as the Red Sox roll, 12–4. Mel Parnell is the easy winner at Fenway. With the Yanks beating the Tigers, Boston remain 2 ½ games in back.

18th The injury plagued Yankees receive another blow when Joe DiMaggio is stricken with a form of pneumonia. He remains in Elysee Hotel while the Yankees win, 7–3, with Joe Page tossing the last 3 innings against Cleveland. Bauer has a single, double, and triple to pace the Yankees. Dale Mitchell hits his 23rd triple of the year for the Tribe, the most since Pittsburgh’s Adam Comorosky had the same number in 1930. It ties the AL record set by Earl Combs. No one will hit 23 again this century, though Curtis Granderson will hit 23 in the next century. Mitchell will total just 16 doubles for the season.

The Red Sox remain 2 ½ behind the Yankees with an 11–5 rout of the visiting White Sox. Ellis Kinder wins his 21st and 11th straight. It is also his 7th win this year against the White Sox. He is backed by two homers (his 39th and 40th) and six RBIs from Ted Williams. Ted now has 153 RBIs. Vern Stephens clouts his 40th as well, giving him 150 RBIs for the year.

In Philadelphia, the A’s sweep the Browns, 7-5 and 7-4. Pete Suder hits a grand slam in the Mackmen’s 6-run burst in the 1st inning of game 1, as Alex Kellner picks up his 7th win of the year against the Browns.

At Cincinnati, Ted Kluszewski belts a 1st inning grand slam, off Vern Bickford, and the Reds hang on for a 7-6 win over the Braves. Game 2 ends in a 9-inning tie called on account of darkness.

The Cardinals unload 18 hits in winning, 15-3, over Philadelphia and maintain their 2 ½ game lead over Brooklyn. Ron Northey, with a grand slam, and Musial, with a 3-run HR, pace the attack.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants and Pirates split a pair. New York takes the opener, 13-4 with the Bucs taking game 2 in six innings, 7-5. Pittsburgh scores 5 in the bottom of the 6th, 4 on a grand slam by Wally Westlake.

19th The Yankees stretch the lead to 3 games ahead of the idle Red Sox with a 6–0 win over the Indians. Eddie Lopat is the winner.

At Forbes Field, Ralph Kiner hits his 50th homer, off Kirby Higbe, but the Giants beat the Pirates, 6–4. Davey Williams two-run homer in the 10th off Randy Gumbert is the winner. Sheldon Jones picks up the win.

20th Jackie Robinson steals home in a 5–0 Dodger win against the Cubs. It is his 5th steal of home this year—the 2nd against the Cubs—and the 13th in his 3 years in the NL. That is the most career home swipes in the ML since Ben Chapman stole his 15th and last in 1940, his 11th season.

The Yankees edge the White Sox, 3–1, with Joe Page preserving the win for Allie Reynolds (17-5).

At Griffith, the Browns bomb the Senators, 15-6. Roy Sievers drives in 6 runs on a single, 2 doubles and a 3-run homer.

The Red Sox rally to beat the Indians, 6–5, after Boston manager Joe McCarthy complains that Indian pitcher Bob Lemon, who allows no hits in the first 5 innings, was fingering the peak of his cap between pitches. Ordered to replace the sweat-stained hat, Lemon then loses his no-hitter when pitcher Mel Parnell slaps a 6th inning single to ignite a 5-run Sox rally. Parnell wins his 24th.

21st The Red Sox overcome a 3–1 deficit to beat the Indians 9–6. Williams hits his 41st homer, off Steve Gromek, as starter Ellis Kinder (22–5) pitches the last 3 innings in relief for his 12th straight victory. The Sox have two games off before the decisive game on Saturday with New York.

In New York, the Yankees take an 8–1 lead against Chicago, only to see Chicago rally for a 9–8 win. Gus Zernial clouts a 3-run homer in the 9th off Joe Page for the victory. Yank starter Tommy Byrne takes a no hitter into the 6th inning, gives up a double and one out later leaves with a sore shoulder. New York now leads by 2 games.

In the first of a day-night twinbill, Hal Lanier twirls a 5-hitter as the Cards beat the Dodgers, 1–0, with a run in the 9th to increase their lead to 2 ½ games in the NL. Enos Slaughter, with 3 hits, scores the only run, and takes over the batting lead from Robinson. Robby gets tossed by ump Stewart for arguing a strike call. Preacher Roe stops the Cards in game 2, 5–0, as Brooklyn uses a 5-run 4th to move to 1 ½ games behind St. Louis. The Cards draw 63,877 for the 2 games.

22nd Combining 19 hits and 13 walks off 6 Cardinal pitchers, the Dodgers blast a 19–6 win over the host Birds and climb to half-game behind them. Furillo sets the pace with 7 runs batted in on 3 doubles and 2 singles. Hodges drives in 5 runs and Snider and Robinson each score 4. Joe Hatten goes all the way for his 10th win and his first in his last 7 decisions against the Cards. Enos Slaughter, hitless for the night, relinquishes the batting lead to Jackie Robinson, 2-for-5. Stan Musial belts his 32nd homer of the year, and his 21st against lefties. This is a record for a left-handed batter that will be matched by Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1996 and 1998.

At Cincinnati, the Reds and Giants split a pair, with New York winning game 1, 3-1 and losing the second game, 8-4. Sammy Meeks hits his first two ML homers, one in each game for the Reds. Monte Kennedy (3-9) wins the opener.

23rd With yesterday’s rainout, New York plays a doubleheader with the Senators. Washington takes the opener, 9–8, in 10 innings when Sid Hudson’s pop fly off Joe Page falls between Tommy Henrich and 2B George Stirnweiss. Fred Sanford salvages the 2nd game for New York, winning 7–1.

24th At Boston, Ellis Kinder (15-1 at Fenway Park) pitches a 6-hitter and Williams lines his 42nd HR to beat the Yankees 3–0 and pull the Red Sox within a game of New York. Kinder has now won 13 straight games and is 4–0 against New York. Kinder never allows more than a hit an inning as he wins for the 3rd time in the last four Sox games. All this with a hangover from an evening of drinking with buddy Ralph Houk of the Yankees, as historian Bill Nowlin notes (Day by Day with the Red Sox), “Mr. Houk did his part for the cause,” says Casey Stengel years later (quoted by Mike Vaccaro).

At New York Bob Elliott hits 3 successive HRs for Boston, as the Braves down the Giants 6–4. Spahn, who wins his 20th, the first NL hurler to reach the mark this year, also homers. Elliott will end the decade with 903 RBIs, tops for the span. Though his years were interrupted by military service, Ted Williams will finish 2nd with 893 RBIs for the 1940s.

Don Newcombe receives a car and other gifts before the game, then chalks up a 4-hit, 8–1, win over the Phillies. The win keeps Brooklyn a half game behind the Cards.

25th The Cardinals, in first place for 2 months, win their final home game, 6–1, over the Cubs and the Dodgers lose, 5–3, to Philadelphia, stretching the Cards to a 1 1⁄2 game lead. WP Harry Brecheen collects 4 of the 12 safeties for the Birds as they rout their old nemesis Johnny Schmitz.

Despite 71 injuries that kept players out of games, Casey Stengel and his Yankees have been in first place all season. But today the Red Sox (93-55) move into a tie for first place with a 4–1 victory over Allie Reynolds. Ted Williams hits his 43rd HR, and Mel Parnell allows just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the season. The lefty is 16–3 at Fenway this year, while the Red Sox have won their last 21 games at home. Joe DiMaggio listens to the game from a hospital, bedridden with pneumonia. The Yankees return to New York and are greeted at Grand Central Station by a huge crowd of fans, including Mrs. Babe Ruth, who predicts, “Whoever wins tomorrow should go all the way.”

At Cleveland, the 3rd place Indians beat Detroit, 7–1, but the biggest cheers from the 34,000 fans are for flagpole sitter Charley Lupica, who finally descends from his perch. Lupica had been atop the flagpole since the Indians were in 7th place and vowed to stay there until the Indians were first or out of contention. He kisses home plate, kisses his wife and kisses his fourth son, Charles Jr, born August 7, when Charley was on top of the flagpole. He receives a new car from Veeck.

Against Portland, Oakland shortstop Artie Wilson is 0-for-3 in his final game of the year and finishes the season with a league-leading .348 batting average. He’s the first PCL batting champ since Maurice Rath in 1917 to not hit a homer.

26th Before 67,434 at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox survive a rhubarb-filled, 7–6 win when Johnny Pesky scores on a disputed squeeze play. The Sox, down 6–3 in the 5th when Joe Page comes in, score 4 in the 8th to win. The winning score comes in when Bobby Doerr drops a surprise squeeze bunt in front of Tommy Henrich, playing 3B, and Pesky slides under Houk’s tag at home. Ump Bill Grieve disagrees with every fan in the park by calling Pesky safe, and three Yanks—Cliff Mapes, Stengel, and Houk—are fined for a post-game confrontation with the ump. Leading by one game, the Sox move on to Washington for a 3-game series before the last 2 games of the year with the Yankees.

27th The Red Sox, winners of 16 out of the last 19 with the Senators, win the series opener in Washington 6–4, collecting 12 hits in the drizzling rain.

At Yankee Stadium, New York’s Vic Raschi beats the A’s, 3–1, for his 20th win. Raschi allows just 4 hits.

The Cards lead is cut to a game over the idle Dodgers, as the Pirates defeat the league leaders, 6–4. The Bucs score 5 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, capped by rookie Tom Saffell’s grand slam. Bill Werle (12-12) evens his record as the Cards have now gone 10 straight games at Pittsburgh without scoring more than 4 runs.

28th The Yankees take a 4-run lead over the A’s on homers by Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing, but the A’s come back to take a 5–4 lead in the 7th. New York score three runs in the last of the 7th, the go ahead on Phil Rizzuto’s squeeze bunt, and reliever Allie Reynolds holds on to beat Alex Kellner, 7–5. DiMaggio, down 18 pounds because of the pneumonia, takes batting practice.

In Washington, the Red Sox score a run against Ray Scarborough, the Nats’ top pitcher, and lead 1–0 going into the 9th. But Washington scores twice to win, the second run coming in when reliever Mel Parnell, facing Buddy Lewis, bounces a 1–2 wild pitch in the dirt past C Birdie Tebbetts. The Red Sox drop into a tie for first place.

Called up from Toronto in mid-September, Eddie Sanicki of the Phils gets his 3rd hit of the season. All 3 are homers as he goes 3-for-13 with a .924 SA. On September 14 Sanicki homered on his first big-league at bat with 2 men, against Rip Sewell of the Pirates.

29th The Cardinals lose to former Redbird Murry Dickson, now with the Pirates, 7–2. It is Dickson’s 5th win against St. Louis this year.

The visiting Dodgers take 2 from the Braves, 9–2 and 8–0, and stay in front with a half-game lead. In the 5th and last inning of game two, Braves infielder Connie Ryan protests against playing in the rain by kneeling on the on-deck circle with his raincoat on. Umpire George Barr ejects Ryan from the game. Meanwhile, his teammates kindle a fire in the dugout as a guiding beacon for returning batsmen. Preacher Roe wins the opener and Newcombe coasts in game 2. Spahn is tagged with the loss in game 1 when the Brooks pound out 5 runs in the 4th, featuring a 3-run homer by Snider. Furillo hits a 3-run homer in the 6th. In the nitecap, the Dodgers route Sain with 5 runs in the 1st inning.

Both the Red Sox and Yankees have the day off.

30th Boston benefits from 14 walks and outlasts Washington, 11–9, to move into New York for the showdown for the AL pennant. The Nats outhit the Sox an astounding 18–5 in the game, but leave 11 stranded. The Nats score 2 in the 9th against Ellis Kinder, who relieved in the 8th and struck out the side, but Sam Mele grounds into a game-ending DP.

Earle Mack, A’s assistant manager and son of Connie, plans to start sore-armed Phil Marchildon against the Yankees, but changes his mind when he receives a flood of critical telegrams. Mack goes with Dick Fowler, who twirls a 4-hitter to beat the Yankees, 4–1. Ferris Fain’s 3rd inning 3-run homer off Eddie Lopat is the big blow, while Ben Chapman adds a solo HR. Eddie Joost is 1–3 with a walk to end his season with more walks (149–not an AL high) than hits (138). In 1947 he had 114 walks, 111 hits, while hitting for a .206 average.

Ralph Kiner hits his 54th homer and 16th in September, as the Pirates beat Herm Wehmeier and the Reds, 3–2. The monthly total eclipses Cy Williams’ 1923 NL mark. Kiner’s blow is a tremendous drive over the scoreboard in LF at Pittsburgh.