1950 September

2nd At Philadelphia, Mel Parnell registers his 9th straight win over the A’s as the Red Sox win 9–3.

Phil Cavarretta leads off the 9th with a single, the Cubs lone hit against the Reds Ewell Blackwell. The Whip strikes out 10 in winning, 5–1. It is the third time that Cav has had the lone hit for the Cubs.

3rd  In a slugfest at Forbes Field, the Pirates emerge with a 12-11 victory over the Cardinals in 10 innings. St. Louis scores a run in the 9th to tie at 9 apiece and 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the lead. Pittsburgh responds with solo homers Pete Castiglione and Bob Dillinger, both off Harry Brecheen, to tie. With two outs and the bases empty, the Cards give an intentional walk to slugger Ralph Kiner, who hit two homers in earlier. The strategy backfires when rookie Gus Bell doubles Kiner home. Wally Westlake has a 3rd-inning grand slam for the Bucs.

Havana (Florida International League) wins its 5th straight pennant. Miami, managed by Pepper Martin, finishes 2nd.

4th  Giant hurlers Jim Hearn and Sal Maglie hurl twin shutouts over the Phils, winning 2–0 and 9–0. Coupled with a shut out loss to the Giants yesterday, the Phils have not scored in 3 games at home. But they lead the Dodgers by 7 games.

Reds OF Johnny Wyrostek drives in 8 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Cardinals, 5–4 and 8–4.

Behind Vern Bickford and Warren Spahn, the Braves sweep the Dodgers, 11-4 and 3-2. Rex Barney makes his last appearance for the Dodgers in relief. The 24-year-old fireballer never fully recovered from a broken leg sustained on the last day of the season two years ago when he slid into 2B during a game.

Don Bessent of LaGrange (Georgia-Alabama League) pitches a 14-0 playoff no-hitter over Carrollton.

5th  In a curious waiver deal, the Yankees acquire 1B Johnny Hopp, who is 2nd in the NL in hitting with a .340 mark, from the Pirates for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Yanks believe Hopp will provide late season pennant insurance, though he will be ineligible for the WS.

Phils lefty Curt Simmons is the first player inducted into the Army as a result of the Korean conflict. He will get one more start before reporting.

Purdue Athletic Director Red Mackey criticizes the Yankees for signing his 19-year-old star P/SS Bill Skowron, who was also expected to be the starting right halfback on the Boilermakers’ football squad.

6th  Don Newcombe tries for a doubleheader victory against Philadelphia. After winning the first game 2–0, he pitches the 2nd game but leaves in the 7th inning trailing 2–0. But the Dodgers rally to win 3–2 and hand the first-place Phillies their 5th defeat in a row.

At Fenway, the hot Red Sox roll over the Yankees, 11-2, as Mel Parnell goes to 15-8. It is Boston’s 17th win in 18 games. Vern Stephens has 4 hits for Boston, including a triple and a homer. Ed Lopat (15-8) allows 6 runs in 6 innings and reliever Whitey Ford coughs up 5 runs in 2 innings. Years later, Phil Rizzuto recalls the game. “I’ll never forget September 6th, 1950. I got a letter threatening me, Hank Bauer, Yogi Berra and Johnny Mize. It said that if I showed up in uniform against the Red Sox, I’d be shot. I turned the letter over to the FBI and told my manager Casey Stengel about it. You know what Casey did? He gave me a different uniform and gave mine to Billy Martin. Can you imagine that! Guess Casey thought it’d be better if Billy got shot.” Ted Williams works out with the Sox but does not play; he will accompany the team on their western swing.

7th  Tiger OF Hoot Evers hits for the cycle, adds another triple, and knocks in 6 runs in a 13–13, ten-inning tie with Cleveland. The game, ended because of darkness, leaves Detroit in first place by a few percentage points ahead of New York. Al Rosen and Bob Feller both hit early 2-run homers as the Indians blow three leads in the game.

8th Russ Meyer snaps the Phils’ 5-game losing streak with a 4–3 victory over the Dodgers.

9th  Sal Maglie of the Giants hurls his 4th consecutive shutout, tying a ML record, and beats the Dodgers 2–0. Alvin Dark’s 2 homers provide the runs.

The Red Sox advance to within a half-game of the 2nd place Yankees by walloping the A’s, 8–3 and 11–3. All the Boston runs in the opener are unearned. In game 2, a 7-run 2nd inning allows Walt Masterson to coast home as Zarilla, Stephens, and Doerr all homer. Dom DiMaggio steals his 15th: his 15 stolen bases will lead the AL, the lowest total in history.

At Chicago, Detroit’s Art Houtteman has a single and a triple as he shuts out the White Sox, 7-0. Houtteman will rack up 21 complete games and 4 saves, both highs for the Tigers. Three other pitchers this season (Lou Brissie, A’s; Larry Jansen, Giants; Ewell Blackwell, Reds) will also lead their team in CG and saves. 

10th  Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit 3 HRs in one game at spacious Griffith Stadium, as the Yanks beat Washington 8–1. Joe also adds an RBI double, to pass the 100-ribbie mark for the 9th time. The Senators lead the 2nd game 6–2 when rain washes it out in the 4th. New York is now a half-game in back of the leaders with Boston a half game behind the Yankees.

The Red Sox win their 22nd in a row at home from the Athletics, 6–2, a streak dating back to 1949. The Red Sox won all 11 games two years in a row.

The Tigers and White Sox finally finish a game that started in April. The game was originally scheduled as the nightcap of a doubleheader, April 30, but was halted by darkness after 9 innings deadlocked at 7-7. Rescheduled for August 10, the contest was halted in the 7th with the score 1–1. Hal Newhouser finally ends it with a 1–0, 12 inning win. Hoot Evers triples and scores on a single by Johnny Groth off Randy Gumpert, who also toils 12 innings. The league leaders fail to cash in by losing the nightcap, 5–4, cutting their lead to a half game over New York and a game ahead of Boston.

San Francisco (PCL) lefty Al Lien throws a 17-inning, 1–0, shutout over the Hollywood Stars.

11th The Yanks move back in first with a twin win over the Senators, 5–1 and 6–2. Rookies Ford and Jensen lead the way in the opener as Whitey wins his 6th straight. Jensen has 3 hits including his first ML HR. Lopat wins his 16th in game 2.

12th  The Yankees blow a 6-run lead as Cleveland scores 4 in the 9th inning off Allie Reynolds to win, 8–7. Luke Easter’s 3-run walkoff HR—his 2nd of the game—is the big blow, as the Yankees skid to 2nd place, a half game behind Detroit and a half game ahead of Boston.

Ewell Blackwell gives up just one hit, a run-scoring double in the 4th to Gene Hermanski, but the Dodgers whip the Reds ace, 2–1. Carl Erskine allows three hits, including a double by Blackwell and a home run by Ted Kluszewski. Hermanski and Snider drive in the two runs for Brooklyn.

13th  Sal Maglie’s string of scoreless innings ends at 45, but he beats the Pirates 3–1 in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. Pirate Gus Bell’s 257-foot fly ball barely clears the RF wall at the Polo Grounds. For Maglie, it is his 11th straight win.

14th  Pinch-hitter Ted Tappe homers in his first ML at bat, off Erv Palica, but the Reds lose 6–2 to Brooklyn. Reds also drop the 2nd game, 5–2. The Dodgers trail the leading Phils by 6 games.

‘Puddin head’ Jones single in the 9th inning gives the Phils and reliever Jim Konstanty a 3–2 win over the Cardinals. The Cards collect 9 hits and 10 walks but have 18 runners left on base to tie the ML record. The Phils strand 10 to tie the NL night-game record for 2 teams set in 1948.

In Detroit, Vic Raschi posts his 20th win of the season to give New York a hard-fought 7–5 win. Raschi walks in two runs in the opening inning as Detroit tallies 4 runs, but New York comes back as DiMaggio cracks his 29th HR and Mize follows a walk to Bauer with his 10th HR. New York takes over 1st place by a half game.

The Browns stretch their win streak to 8 games by beating the Red Sox, 6–3, for their 2nd win over the Millionaires in 20 games. Brown wins his 4th straight. The 8-game streak is the longest since 1944. The defeat drops the Bosox 2 games behind the Yanks. His fractured elbow now healed, Ted Williams pinch hits in the 8th a doubles.

15th  For a ML-record 6th time, Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game, but the Yankees lose 9–7 at Detroit. Mize matches Ruth’s mark of doing it in both leagues, but the Babe only had 2 three-homer games. With the victory, the Tigers recapture first place from New York.

Ted Williams returns to the Red Sox lineup and raps a HR and 3 singles in a 12–9 defeat of the Browns. The Red Sox will come within 2 games of the first place Yankees this week, but will end up in 3rd place, behind both New York and Detroit.

In game 2, Eddie Waitkus of the first-place Phils gets 5 hits for the 3rd time this season, as the Phillies beat the Reds 8–7 in 19 innings. Teammate Del Ennis goes 5-for-10. The Reds lead 5–0 after 5 innings, but the Phils tie it up in regulation. Jim Konstanty pitches 10-innings of relief as he makes 17 relief appearances this year of 3 or more innings. Both teams score twice in the 18th, and the Phils score in the 19th on a bases-loaded hit by Del Ennis. The Phils win the lid lifter, 2–1, and move to 7 1/2 over the Dodgers.

Cloyd Boyer, the Cardinals’ scheduled starter against Brooklyn, injures his arm during his warm-ups and has to depart, getting credit for the game start although he never faces a batter. Red Munger replaces Boyer and goes the distance, being awarded a complete game for his effort, a 6–2 Cards win. The loser is Don Newcombe, who had beaten the Redbirds 4 straight this year.

16th Rookie Whitey Ford tosses a 6-hitter to give the Yankees the rubber game in Detroit, 8–1 and move them back into first place. DiMaggio hits his 30th HR and the Yanks score 7 runs in the 9th as Ford drives to his 7th win without a loss. The Red Sox will follow the Yankees into Detroit and sweep three from the Tigers.

At Ebbets Field, Reds rookie Ted Tappe pinch hits in the 8th and homers in his first major league at bat. The round tripper, off Erv Palica, helps cement a 6–3 win over Brooklyn. Tappe will hit 4 more homers, all as a member of the Cubs.

Pirate pitcher Cliff Chambers and Boston’s Vern Bickford each hurl 11 scoreless innings before Bickford blinks in the 12th. Two walks, a wild pitch, and 4 singles give the Pirates the 4–0 win and keeps Bickford at 19 wins.

13th With relief help from Ellis Kinder in the 9th, Mel Parnell wins his 9th in a row to give the Red Sox a 3–2 win over the Tigers. With the Yankees splitting with St. Louis, Boston is now 1 1/2 games behind the league leaders, and a half game behind 2nd place Detroit.

In St. Louis, the Yankees score the tying run in the 9th inning of game 1 against Stubby Overmire, but the Browns plate a run in the bottom of the frame to win, 6-5. In game 2, the Yankees score 5 runs in the top of the 9th—4 on a grand slam by Johnny Hopp—to win, 6-1. Starter Allie Reynolds (14-12) is the winning pitcher.

The A’s take a 9–0 lead on Cleveland, then finally defeat the Indians, 10–9, in 11 innings when rookie OF Jim Lemon throws to the wrong base. The throw allows Wahl to score from 1B on Mike Guerra’s single.

18th  At Ebbets Field, Dodgers leadoff hitter Tommy Brown hits 3 HRs in his team’s losing effort. He is the 3rd Dodger this year to clout 3 homers in one game and the first leadoff hitter to hit 3 homers. The Cubs Ron Northey hits his third lifetime pinch grand slam—a ML record since tied—to give Chicago a 9–7 win.

19th  Stan Musial hits a homer to pace the Cards to an 8–7 win against Boston. Musial will finish the year at .346 to win his 4th batting title.

20th  Thrashing the Cubs 9–6 at Philadelphia, the Phils open a 7 1⁄2 game lead, their biggest so far. Jim Konstanty, appearing for the 68th time, wins his 16th, thanks to 2 homers by Mike Goliat, Boston and Brooklyn are tied for 2nd place with 79-61 records: The Phils are at 87-54.

At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges puts the Dodgers on the board with a grand slam in the 1st inning as the Dodgers down the Pirates, 7-2. Carl Erskine (5-5) is the winner.

The Red Sox pennant hopes are jolted by the Indians who take a doubleheader sweep, 6–3 and 7–1. The losses drop the Yawkeymen out of a 2nd place tie with Detroit. Bob Lemon wins his 21st in the opener, and Early Wynn cops his 17th in game 2. Easter and Gordon homer to give the Tribe a club-record 156. Billy Goodman, hitting .357, is 2-for-8 to go over 400 at bats and qualify for the hitting title. He is leading George Kell by 14 points.

21st Warren Spahn of the Braves wins his 21st game, hurling a 2-hit, 5–0 win over the Cards.

22nd In the top of the 9th in Cleveland, Detroit’s Don Kolloway cracks a 2-run HR off Bob Feller to tie the game at 3–3. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Gordon takes Hal Newhouser downtown to hand the Tigers a heartbreaking 4–3 loss. The loss pushes the Bengals back into 2nd place, a half game behind idle New York. Feller now stands 8–2 against the Tiger ace stretching back to 1940. The two will face off once more in a no-decision contest in 1952. Cleveland is the only team that holds a winning edge over Detroit this year (13–9).

23rd  The Athletics erupt for 12 runs against the Senators in the 6th inning to win 16–5. Reserve catcher Joe Astroth hits his first homer, a grand slam off Julio Moreno, and a single and knocks in a since-topped ML record 6 runs in the big inning (It is the since-tied AL mark). Astroth had 22 RBIs in 104 games prior to today.

In what amounts to a political and monetary act of leverage, Brooklyn’s Branch Rickey offers to sell his 25 percent interest to real estate mogul William Zeckendorf.

The Braves’ Johnny Sain fails in his attempt to win his 20th game, but hits his first ML HR, off Larry Jansen in the 8th, in a 4–3 loss to the visiting Giants. With two outs in the 10th, Sam Jethroe loses Don Mueller’s fly ball in the sun and Mueller legs out a triple. Hank Thompson’s single wins it for Larry Jansen. A Saturday crowd of 5,535 watch the Tribe drop out of 2nd place, while the Giants move to within three games of the Phils.

Don Newcombe outpitches Robin Roberts to give Brooklyn a 3–2 against the 1st-place Phils.

The Yankees, a half-game up for 1st place over the Tigers and 2 games ahead of Boston, open a crucial series with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio’s 1st inning HR off Mel Parnell is all the scoring needed, as the Bombers win 8–0. Ed Lopat gives up 5 hits, including a leadoff triple to Dom DiMaggio, in posting his 100th career win.

Mike Garcia and the Indians hand the Tigers a crushing 10–2 defeat to leave Detroit in 2nd place at the end of the day. Larry Doby has a grand slam off Art Houtteman and Luke Easter hits a 3-run double.

24th  Pitcher Erv Palica of the Dodgers is the star today pitching a 2-hitter in an 11-0 win over Philadelphia, and hitting a 5th inning grand slam—his only career homerun– off Bubba Church of the Phils. The win cuts the Phillies’ lead to 5 games. The Phils will win 2 out of 3 in Boston to put the Braves out of the race.

Mental lapses crush Tiger hopes. Due to heavy smoke from a Canadian forest fire, Detroit puts on the lights in a Sunday afternoon contest with the Indians. Cleveland’s only score in 9 innings is pitcher Bob Lemon’s HR in the 4th, as the match is tied 1–1 on Johnny Lipon’s HR. Lemon opens the 10th with a triple, and 2 intentional walks follow. With the bases loaded and one out, C Aaron Robinson thinks he has a shot at a DP by just stepping on home. Because of the haze, he did not see 1B Don Kolloway remove the force after fielding the ball hit by slugger Luke Easter, and the Indians win 2–1, to sweep the Bengals.

66,924 fans are on hand for Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees top the fading Red Sox 9–5 to go 4 games up on Boston and 2 1⁄2 ahead of Detroit. Rizzuto contributes a single, double, and HR, while Berra adds 4 hits including a triple. DiMag’s hit streak reaches 15. New York will win 5 of their next 7, while the Tigers will manage to go 4–3.

Camilo Pascual makes his ML debut and matches fellow Cubans on the Senators—Marrero, Consuegra, and Moreno—by notching a victory, beating the A’s, 3–1. For 19-year-old Carlos, this is his lone ML win, but his brother Camilo will fare better. Kucab, making his first ML start after 2 relief appearances, is the loser.

After the Reds win the opener against Pittsburgh, 7–1, behind Ewell Blackwell, the Bucs take the nightcap, 3–2, on Wally Westlake’s steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 6th inning. Murry Dickson is the winner.

25th  Both Mel Parnell and rookie Harry Taylor of the Red Sox shut out Philadelphia, winning 8–0 and 3–0. Parnell throws a 3-hitter, and Taylor allows only 2 hits in the nightcap to win his first ML game.

26th Phils’ relief ace Jim Konstanty makes his 71st appearance, a ML record, in the Phils’ 8–7 win over the Braves in front of 1,987 Boston fans.

27th  The Phils rally for 5 runs in the 8th to tie, but the Giants win in 10 innings 8–7. Monte Irvin, sliding across the plate with the winning run, injures catcher Andy Seminick, limiting his effectiveness. He will play the next day and all through the WS, later to find out that he has a bone separation. In the nightcap, Bobby Thomson’s 1st inning inside-the-park grand slam is all the Giants need as Jim Hearn wins 5–0. The Dodgers split with the Braves cutting the Phillies lead to 2 games.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers and Braves split two with Brooklyn coming from behind to win 9-6 in the opener. Bob Elliot cracks a 3rd inning grand slam, off Erv Palica, to provide all the scoring Johnny Sain needs in the nightcap as Boston wins, 4-2.

Against the A’s, Whitey Ford relieves and loses his first game after 9 wins. The Yanks lose, 8–7.

28th  The Phils lose their 2nd doubleheader in a row at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie tops them in the opener 3–1, and Sheldon Jones outmatches Roberts to win 3–1 in the 2nd game.

The Tigers 3 out of 4 game in their series with the Browns, but only have one winning pitcher—Hal White. He relieves in all 4 games, winning three straight to set the AL record, since tied. The Tigers lose game 1 on the 26th, 4–1, with the defeat going to Newhouser. White relieves Trout in the nightcap and wins, 5–3, after hurtling one inning. He replaced Art Houtteman yesterday in the 9th and threw one pitch and won 5–4. Today he relieves in the 10th and the Tigers score in the 12th to win, 4–3.

29th  The idle Yankees clinch their 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel, as Cleveland’s Bob Lemon sets down Detroit 12–2 for his 23rd win.

The Cardinals name Marty “Mr. Shortstop” Marion as their player-manager for 1951.

The Dodgers win a pair from Boston 7–5 and 7–6, shaving the idle Phils lead to 2, with 2 head-to-head games at Ebbets Field remaining.

30th  Before 23,879 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn pulls within one game of the lead, as Erv Palica wins 7–3 over the Phillies. The Brooks rout rookie Bob Miller and then Duke Snider and Roy Campanella pound homers off Jim Konstanty. It is the Phillies 5th loss in a row, their 8th in 10 games. The red-hot Dodgers have now won 13 of their last 16 games. For the 2nd year in a row, the pennant race will come down to the last game. If the Dodgers win tomorrow, the race will end in a three-way tie.

Pitchers Gerry Staley and George Munger combine for a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs when the Cards win 2–0 and 4–0.

Eddie Robinson hits a grand slam and Gus Zernial adds a 2-run homer as the White Sox defeat the Browns, 8-2. Billy Pierce (12-16) is the winner.