1952 September

1st In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in St., Louis, the Indians lose a critical game, 2–1, in 5 innings when rain halts the game for the 2nd and last time. The Indians are ahead in the 6th, but a porous tarp turns the infield into a quagmire, washing out their three runs. The Indians protest the game, saying Bill Veeck told the grounds crew to work slowly, but Will Harridge will reject the protest.

In Cincinnati, Hal Rice hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Bubba Church and the Cardinals win, 6-0, over the Reds. Vinegar Bend Mizell tosses the shutout. In the second game, both teams score 2 in the 1st inning, but the Reds score a run in the 6th to make Harry Perkowski the 3-2 winner.

2nd  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Washington’s Mike Fornieles makes his ML debut and pitches a one-hit, 5–0 shutout against the A’s. Joe Astroth’s 2nd inning single is the only hit off the young Cuban, just brought up from Havana (Florida International L. class B). Washington takes the opener, 3–2, in 10 innings. The Nats collect just 3 hits in each game.

Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman and Ewell Blackwell shut out the Red Sox 5–0 and 4–0 in a doubleheader.

3rd  Dick Littlefield of the Browns 2-hits the White Sox, but loses, 1–0. Sam Mele’s homer is one of the safeties. Saul Rogovin scatters 7 hits or the win.

Harry Byrd of the Philadelphia Athletics one-hits the Yankees, 3–0. Irv Noren’s double is the only safety. Bullpen coach Al Bender, the Chippewa Chief, is honored before the game

Bob Feller and Hal Newhouser square off for the last time in their careers, but neither starter is around for the finish. The Tigers top the Indians, 11–8, as Don Kolloway hits a grand slam for Detroit.

4th Mike Garcia notches his 18th win, stopping the Tigers, 2–0 on 5 hits. Luke Easter belts his 25 homer to help keep the Indians 3 1/2 games in back of the Yankees.

The Yanks sign vet Charlie Keller for the remainder of the season, but they don’t need him today as they crush the A’s, 12–2. Gil McDougald has two homers and 5 RBIs and the Yanks chase Shantz with 7 runs in the 7th. The lefty was trying for his 23rd win. Chief Reynolds wins his 17th, spoiling Chief Bender night at Shibe Park. The former A’s ace receives a check for $6,000, gifts, and a scroll with 150,000 names. On hand are former teammates Frank Baker, Rube Oldring, Lena Blackburne, and Ira Thomas.

Stu Miller, who debuted with a 1–0 win over the Cubs August 12, repeats his performance against Chicago. Again, it is Schoendienst scoring the only run. Warren Hacker is the unfortunate loser.

5th  Raul Sanchez of the Senators pitches a 2–0 whitewash against the Red Sox in the first start of his career. It is the 2nd shutout in 4 days for a Nats’ Cuban rookie making his first start. Until this week both Sanchez and Mike Fornieles, the other rookie pitcher, were playing for Havana.

Vinegar Bend Mizell strikes out 11 batters in topping the Pirates, 4–0. Pittsburgh’s 18-year-old Bill Bell, a triple-no-hit winner in Class D, loses in his major-league debut. Mizell extends the Redbirds consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 25 with the win.

Luke Easter clouts a 3-run homer and Early Wynn wins his 19th, 3–0 over the White Sox. Cleveland now trails the Yankees by 2 1/2 games.

Clint Hartung’s 2-run pinch blast in the 8th lifts the Giants to a 5–4 win over the Phils. Bobby Thomson also connects to back Al Corwin’s win. The Giants are 6 games in back of the Dodgers as the two teams start their series.

6th  Sid Gordon of the Braves goes 5-for-8 in the first game of a doubleheader that goes 17 innings, as Boston loses 7–6 at Philadelphia. Phils’ starter Robin Roberts, trailed 6–2 after 8 innings, but stays the distance pitching 17 innings for the win. Del Ennis ends the game with a leadoff homer in the 17th. This is the third 17-inning effort in 2 years.

For the third game in a row, Luke Easter homers as the Indians win, 8–3 over the Browns. Big Luke clouts two to back Bob Lemon’s 19th win, and Larry Doby hits his 30th.

The Giants sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 6–4 and 7–3, to cut the Brooks lead to 4 games. the first game goes 3 hours and 38 minutes as the Dodgers fumble the win away. Jim Hearn holds Da Bums to 4 hits in the nightcap.

7th  The Yankees Johnny Mize’s pinch-hit grand slam gives the Yanks a 5–1 win at Washington. He has now homered in each one of the 15 ML parks, including Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis while in each league. Mize joins Jeff Heath as the only players to homer in every park in their league in one season; Mize also connected in each NL park in 1937, 1940, and 1947.

In Cleveland, the Indians take a pair from the Browns, winning 4-0 behind Mike Garcia and 3-1 on the pitching of Steve Gromek. Cleveland has now won five straight with the Browns at home and will sweep the 11-game series in Cleveland in 1953 and 1954. The 27 straight wins, one club, at home is the AL record.

Don Grate of Chattanooga sets a record for a long toss of a baseball in Chattanooga’s Engel Stadium, with a throw of just one inch better than 434 feet, breaking a 42-year-old mark set by Larry LeJeune on October 9, 1910. Grate will improve his own record to 443 feet 31⁄2 inches on August 23, 1953. While playing in the PCL, Rocky Colavito attempts to break the record on July 1, 1956, but tops out at 435, 10 inches.

In the Tri-State League playoffs against Anderson, Charlotte’s Dean Stone follows teammate Bob Danielson’s no-hitter with one of his own, winning 5–0. Danielson won 1–0 on the 3rd. For Dean, it is his 2nd no-hitter of the year.

8th  An umpire ejects Giants P Larry Jansen for throwing a ball in the 9th inning of game one that nips Bobby Cox on the hip. Giants manager Leo Durocher is also suspended and fined $100. Jansen is fined just $25 because of his “excellent conduct record.” Brooklyn splits the doubleheader, winning the opener 10–2 and losing the nightcap 3–2 to reliever Sal Maglie. The Dodger lead stays at 5 games.

Hollywood pitcher Johnny Lindell, a former ML outfielder, is presented with the PCL trophy for Most Valuable Player. He then knuckles down to beat Seattle, 8-3, for his 23rd victory. His good season will earn him a promotion to the woeful Pirates.

9th  The Cardinals Stan Musial gets his 2,000th hit, off the Phils Curt Simmons, as the Cardinals lose 4–2.

In Philadelphia, Early Wynn of Cleveland bests Bobby Shantz, 6-1. The A’s send up three pinchhitters in the 9th and all three strike out, to tie a record.

10th Although errors by Smalley and Jackson account for 7 unearned runs, the Cubs loose a 15-hit attack to beat the Dodgers, 11–7. Bob Rush wins his 4th against Brooklyn with no defeats. The Brooks margin is now 3 1/2 games over the Giants. Hank Sauer drives in 3 runs with 3 hits, including his 37th homer of the year. Hammerin’ Hank is leading the NL, but his homer today is his last. Ralph Kiner will tie Sauer for the NL homer title.

11th Overcoming Andy Pafko’s grand slam, the Cubs score 7 runs in the 4th inning at Ebbets Field and defeat the league-leading Dodgers, 11-7. Hank Sauer hits his NL-leading 37th homer to back Bob Rush’s 15th win.

12th Braves pitcher Ernie Johnson is given 16 runs by his Boston teammates, as he coasts to a 16–0 nightcap win against the Pirates. The Bucs win the opener, 8–1, behind Bob Friend and Ralph Kiner. Kiner blasts his 35th and 36th homers, each with a man on, to stay one back of Sauer of the Cubs.

After the Reds lose, 4-2, to Al Corwin and the Giants, they rebound in game 2 to edge New York, 8-7. With the sacks full, Johnny Temple hits a fly ball down the LF line at the Polo Grounds that hits the foul pole just above the fence for a 280-foot grand slam. It is Temple’s first ML homer. The Reds need to plate a run in the 9th to win it.

The Indians win their 9th in a row behind Early Wynn’s 21st win, a 4–0 whitewash of the Red Sox. Wynn is pitching on two days rest, but allows just 3 hits.

The Yankees (83-57) subdue the White Sox, 6–4, to remain a half game ahead of the Indians. Tom Gorman is the winner over Hal Brown.

13th  Braves ace Warren Spahn strikes out 6 Pirates in a row en route to an 8–0 win in Boston.

OF Frank Carswell of the Buffalo Bisons wins the International League batting title with a .344 average. He also leads the league in HRs with 30 and has 101 RBI.

14th  Enos Slaughter of the Cardinals walks twice in the 5th inning, and teammate Stan Musial chips in with a HR and a double in the frame, as St. Louis scores 11 runs against Dave Koslo. The Giants pitcher loses the game 14–4, his first loss to St. Louis after 13 straight wins since June 11, 1950.

At Cleveland, 73,609 cheer the 2nd place Indians in their final meeting of the year with the first place Yanks. Cleveland, winners of 9 of their last 10 games, has Mike Garcia, 4–0 this year vs. New York, against Eddie Lopat. Garcia, who had not given up a run in his last 28 innings pitched, allows 4 runs in the first 4 innings. Reliever Lou Brissie serves up Mantle’s 20th homer in the 5th to put New York up 5–0. Reynolds relieves a tired Lopat and New York wins 7–1, to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Tribe.

In Boston, the Braves and Cubs split a pair. Max Surkont wins the opener, 1-0, when Eddie Mathews hits a 9th inning HR off Johnny Klippstein. The Cubs win, 3-2, in the 10th in game 2.

At Brooklyn, the Reds red-hot rookie Jim Greengrass, hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, to account for all the scoring as the Reds trim the Dodgers, 4–0. Herm Wehmeier is the winner. Greengrass is the 2nd Reds rookie in 3 days to slam his first ML homer: Johnny Temple hit a grand slam on the 12th against the Giants. Greengrass will hit another homer tomorrow in a loss to the Dodgers.

15th  The Dodgers tie a club record by hitting 5 HRs to defeat the Reds, 11–5, and stay 3 games ahead of the Giants. Robinson and Snider hit 2 apiece, while Hodges hits a solo for his 100th RBI. A crowd of 2,612 is the smallest at Ebbets Field since 1934.

In a Cold War move reported in the New York, the Russians decry the American game of baseball by citing their own game of “lapka” as being the progenitor of baseball. They call American players “slaves.” The State Department links the Soviet claim as the founders of baseball as part of its “Hate America” campaign.

16th  Robin Roberts wins his 25th, the most in the NL since 1939. The Phils ace stops the Reds, 9–5.

Joe Gordon, former All-Star 2B for the Yankees and Indians and now manager of Sacramento (PCL), inserts himself as a pinch hitter in each game of a twin bill with Los Angeles and homers on both occasions. The first one is a grand slam that wins the game 4–1.

17th Behind Mantle’s two doubles and a homer in the Yanks win, 12–3, at Detroit, for New York’s 6th straight win. Mantle, hitting lefty against Bill Wight, drills his line drive homer just below the RF roof. Bauer adds a homer off starter Virgil Trucks, while Walt Dropo clubs his 28th for Detroit. Bob Kuzava is the winner. New York maintains its 2 1/2 game lead.

The Indians top the Senators, 6–1, behind Bob Lemon’s 20th win. The Indians remain 2 1/2 in back of New York.

In front of a home crowd of 1.250, the Browns collect 16 hits, including a 3-run homer by Bob Nieman, in routing the Red Sox, 10–4. Sox manager Lou Boudreau starts George Schmees on the mound, and the outfielder allows 2 runs and 4 hits in 2 innings in his major league mound debut. Ike Delock, who relieves in the 3rd with the score 2–2, takes the loss.

Jim Hearn of the Giants shuts out the Cubs, 2–0, on a 5-hitter and the Giants move to within 3 games of 1st place. Bob Rush takes the loss.

19th At Yankee Stadium, the A’s Bobby Shantz wins his 24th of the year, stopping the Yankees on 4 hits to win, 2-0. Vic Raschi is the losing pitcher.

20th Behind Spec Shea (11-6), the Senators top the Red Sox, 10–6, and pin the loss on Mel Parnell, his first defeat to the Nats since May 28, 1948. Parnell had won 17 straight against Washington but the portsider does not survive the 4th inning. Shea has 2 hits and 2 RBI to help his win. Mickey Vernon hits a 3-run inside-the-park homer and Yost has 4 hits. Pete Runnels has 2 hits and 2 walks, but is cut down trying to steal in the 3rd inning. Runnels is now 0-for-10 trying to steal, the worst record in history for anyone with 10 attempts.

In a well-pitched game, Eddie Lopat of the Yankees allows 4 hits in downing the A’s, 2-0. Alex Kellner allows 5 hits in the loss. The A’s Dave Philley grounds into his 29th DP of the year, setting an AL record for a switch hitter.

21st A’s rookie Harry Byrd loses a heartbreaker to New York and Allie Reynolds, 1–0. Byrd will be named the AL Rookie of the Year. Reynolds strikes out 8 to move ahead of Shantz 153 to 152 for the AL lead.

In their last game in Boston before moving to Milwaukee next season, the Braves lose to Brooklyn, 8–2. Joe Black beats Jim Wilson and allows 3 hits in winning his first ML start and giving the Dodgers at least a tie for the NL pennant. Roy Campanella hits the last homer at Braves Field. The game draws a crowd of 8,822, the second largest crowd this year for the Braves.

22nd Before a Municipal Stadium crowd of just 3,054, the smallest at the park since 1946, the Indians beat the Tigers, 6-3, for their sixth win in a row. Cleveland has now won 15 of their last 17 games and are a game behind the idle Yankees for first place. Early Wynn notches his 23rd victory and with 7 strikeouts is tied for the AL lead with Allie Reynolds.

Oakland reliever Milo Candini makes his only start of the year to set a PCL record for most appearances in a season with 69. He breaks the league mark set by Portland’s Irv Higginbotham in 1914.

23rd The Dodgers beat the Phils, 5–4, to clinch the NL gonfalon, the first time in 4 years the winner is not determined until the last game. All the Phils scoring comes via a grand slam by Granny Hamner.

The New York Times reports that the St. Louis Cardinals might be headed to Milwaukee because of disagreements regarding their lease of Sportsman’s Park which is owned by the St. Louis Browns.

24th At Fenway, New York’s Johnny Sain relieves in the 10th for a 3–2 win in the opener, then relieves in the nightcap to preserve an 8–6 win. Mantle leads the way with a homer, triple, 2 doubles and a single on the afternoon, driving in 6 runs. His triple in the 10th wins the opener, and his 4th inning homer in the nightcap, off Mel Parnell, gives New York a 7–0 lead. Boston comes back to cut the lead to one run in the 8th inning when they score two runs off Bob Kuzava. In the 9th, Mantle misses on a sac bunt attempt, then doubles home Rizzuto with another run. New York now leads Cleveland by 2 games with 4 to play.

Cleveland keeps pace with the Yankees by beating the White Sox, 6–0, behind Bob Lemon’s 3-hitter. Lemon wins his 23rd and pitches his 21st complete game, both AL highs. He has now pitched 309.2 innings, the only pitcher in the 1950s to pitch 300 innings in a year.

25th  Hal Newhouser of the Tigers wins his 200th game, defeating the Browns, 3–2. Newhouser goes the distance, allowing 6 hits. It is his last win for Detroit, who will release him in early 1953.

At Sportsman’s Park, rookie reliever Ed Yuhas catches a break after giving up 2 runs to the Reds in the top of the 9th to tie. The Cards score the winning run in the bottom of the frame to win, 4-3, and give Yuhas his 10th win in a row. The win today is his last in the ML as he finishes 12-2 for the season. Yuhas will hurt his arm in spring training, make two appearances in 1953, and be finished. His 10 wins in a row is a ML rookie record, topping Joe Pate’s 9 set in 1926.

26th  The Yanks clinch their 4th straight pennant with an 11-inning 5–2 win at Philadelphia behind Ed Lopat and Johnny Sain. Billy Martin’s two out, two run single in the 11th clinches it. The loser is starter Harry Byrd, who gives up early solo homers to Mantle and Irv Noren. Gus Zernial’s 2-run homer is all the A’s offense.

27th  The Braves Eddie Mathews hits three homers, off Joe Black and Ben Wade, as visiting Boston breaks a 10-game loss streak and beats Brooklyn, 11–3. No rookie will match Mathews feat the rest of this century. Virgil Jester wins, his last in the majors and the last victory for the Boston Braves franchise. Black (15-4) has 14 wins as a reliever and leads to Dodgers in victories, a rare occurrence. Carl Erskine also has 14 wins, with one coming as a reliever.

Cleveland scores 10 runs in the first 2 innings to coast to an 11–6 win at Detroit. Bob Chakales, with relief help, wins his first of the year. The 2 teams combine for 9 double plays to tie an AL record set in 1925.

28th  The Braves play a 12-inning, 5–5 tie in Brooklyn in their last game as the Boston Braves. The Dodger pitching staff sets a NL record for most strikeouts in a season with 773 when Jim Hughes fans Sid Gordon in the 12th.

Stan Musial makes his only ML pitching appearance. With his 6th batting title wrapped up, he takes the mound against the Cubs Frank Baumholtz, the runner-up in the batting race in a confrontation agreed upon before the game. Baumholtz, batting righthanded, reaches base on an error by 3B Solly Hemus, and Harvey Haddix, who had shifted to RF, comes back for Musial. The Cubs win 3–0 behind Paul Minner. Musial has one hit to finish the year at .336: a hitless Baumholtz closes at .325.

The Phils Robin Roberts wins his 28th game, the most in the league since 1935, a 7–4 win before 5,933 at the Polo Grounds. It is Roberts’ 30th complete game. Roberts is backed by homers from Willie Jones and Swish Nicholson, while the Giants Hank Thompson goes deep.