1953 September

1st The Cards hit 5 HRs, all of them solo shots, but lose to the Dodgers’ Preacher Roe, 12–5. The Dodgers collect 17 hits in the win. The 5 solo HRs—one each by Musial, Harry Elliot, and Rip Repulski, and 2 by Steve Bilko—tie a NL record.

Chicago’s Virgil Trucks surrenders a homer to Mantle in the 7th that proves to be the game-winner, as the White Sox lose to the Yankees, 3–2.

2nd The Cardinals overcome a 3-run inside-the-park homer by SS Ted Kazanski to beat the Phillies, 10–7. Rip Repulski hits his 20th HR, breaking the team’s rookie record set by John Mize in 1936. The Cards hammer 10 hits off Robin Roberts to hand him his 12th loss.

At Forbes Field, Preston Ward has three hits including a double and grand slam, good for 6 RBIs to lead the Pirates to an 8-1 victory over the Cubs. Hank Sauer hits his 14th homer, off Bob Friend, for Chicago’s score. Bob Friend scatters 7 hits for the victory.

4th  Despite consecutive homers by Wes Westrum, Al Corwin, and Whitey Lockman in the 3rd, the Giants lose to the Dodgers 8–6 in a game marred by beanballs and disagreements on calls. Following a Clem Labine brushback on Giants IF Bobby Hofman, Larry Jansen throws at Duke Snider and Roy Campanella in the 8th.

Vic Wertz hits a 5th inning grand slam as the Browns score 10 runs in the frame against Detroit. Don Larsen coasts to a 14-6 decision.

5th  Dick Kokos breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Bob Turley and Ralph Branca by hitting a homer in the 12th to give the Browns a 1-0 win over Detroit.

6th  The feuding continues, as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6–3 but lose Carl Furillo, the NL’s leading hitter at .344, for the rest of the regular season. Furillo is hit on the wrist by a Ruben Gomez pitch in the 2nd and, is restrained from charging the mound. He goes to first base and, with a 3-2 count on the next batter, Furillo races from 1B into the dugout to swing at Leo Durocher, who ordered the beaning. In the melee, a Giants player steps on Furillo’s left hand, breaking a finger. Furillo will not play again till the World Series, but his .344 will lead the NL in hitting. Roy Campanella homers in the 2nd inning and sets the ML mark for HRs by a catcher. His 38th tops the NL high of 37 hit by Cubs C Gabby Hartnett in 1930.

The Cubs take a pair from the Redlegs, winning 7-6 and 7-2. Dee Fondy has one of the 4 homers in game 1, then finishes with a two-out two-strike steal of home in 9th with former Cub Bob Kelly on the mound. Ransom Jackson also homers and Ralph Kiner and Hank Sauer go back-to-back.

7th  Campanella sets the ML record for RBI by a catcher when he smacks a 3-run HR in a 6–3 Dodgers’ win over the Phils. Campy’s 125 breaks Yogi Berra’s ML record of 124 set in 1950, and he will finish the season with 142.

In Detroit, the Tigers sweep two from the White Sox, winning 6-2 and 4-2. In game 2, Detroit plates 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th after Bill Hoeft strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the top of the inning.

The Senators sweep a pair from the A’s, 13-2 and 6-3. Eddie Yost scores 5 runs in the opener.

In Boston, Mel Parnell surrenders a homer to Mickey Mantle but the Red Sox ace tops New York, 7–4. in the first game of a doubleheader. New York comes back to win the nightcap, 5-3.

At New York, the Pirates sweep a doubleheader for the first time this year, beating the Giants, 9–7 and 5–3. Eddie Pellagrini has 4 hits, including a HR, to back Bob Friend in the opener. Paul LaPalme is the winner in the nightcap as the Bucs beat Jim Hearn for the first time after 12 straight defeats to him. His last loss to Pittsburgh was exactly 6 years ago today.

9th  Mantle’s 2-run HR off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as New York wins 9–3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th, Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum company.

At Cincinnati, the Dodgers score 6 runs against former teammate Bud Podbielan as they top the Reds, 6-0. Pee Wee Reese scores 4 with a grand slam. Starter Johnny Podres is lifted in the 1st inning after retiring one batter and allowing two hits. Bob Milliken then throws 8 1/3 innings of hitless ball.

10th Giants rookie Al Worthington walks 11 Cardinals to lose, 7–6, his 8th straight loss since winning his first two games by shutouts. Enos Slaughter’s homer helps the Cards score 3 in the 8th inning to win.

At Crosley Field, Andy Seminick collects a walkoff base on balls in the 11th as the Reds edge the Dodgers, 6-5. Frank Smith (6-1) is the winner over Clem Labine. Gus Bell has 5 hits and scores twice for the Reds while Jim Gilliam has 4 hits and 2 runs for Brooklyn.

11th At Crosley Field, Ted Kluszewski hits his 39th HR, off Robin Roberts, to give the Reds a 6–5 win over the Phils.

Bob Porterfield, of the 5th place Senators, becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner, beating the Indians, 4–3. He’s the first 20-game winner for the Nats since Wolff in 1945 and he will be the last Senator pitcher to win 20.

12th  Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5–2, as the Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other NL team (see 9/9/36) in history. Da Bums will break their own record in 1955.

At New York, the Yankees take a 4–3 lead into the 7th inning, then score 8 runs to coast past Detroit, 13–4. The inning’s big blow is Mantle’s 20th homer of the year, a 3-run shot off Billy Hoeft that is rising when it hits the LF upper deck.

13th  The White Sox lose the Red Sox, 7–6, when Harry Dorish walks in a run with the sacks full. Sullivan is the winner in relief of Parnell. Red Sox C Sammy White makes an unassisted DP.

At Wrigley Field, Warren Hacker pitches 10 innings as the Cubs win, 3-2, on a fielder’s choice. Duke Snider has a single to stretch his batting streak to 27 games, tops in the NL.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks increase their lead to 12 games over Cleveland with a 6-3 win over the Indians. New York matches Larry Doby’s 2 homers with 3 of their own to give Vic Raschi (13-5) to win over Mike Garcia (17-9). Yankee infielder Jerry Coleman starts his first game in nearly 2 years after serving in the Air Force. Coleman grounds out his first time up and is replaced by Billy Martin. Coleman will play 8 games this season after playing in 11 last year.

Pitcher Bob Trice becomes the first black to appear in a ML game for the Philadelphia Athletics, but his debut is spoiled by the Browns, winners 5–2 in the opener of 2. Trice goes 8 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in losing to Don Larsen. Larsen helps with a homer. Harry Byrd (11–19) wins the nightcap for the A’s, 2–0, his first win after 9 straight defeats.

14th  The Yanks clinch their 5th straight pennant, spotting the Indians 5 runs before winning, 8–5. Billy Martin has 4 RBI, and Berra chips in with a two-run homer.

Johnny Klippstein of the Cubs stops Duke Snider’s hitting streak at 27 consecutive games, the longest in the NL in 1953. The Cubs top the Series-bound Dodgers, 3–1, for their 10th win in a row.

15th  The Indians edge the Yankees, 1-0, behind Bob Lemon’s 20th win of the year. Lemon allows 4 hits and starts two double plays, giving him an AL-record 15 DPs. Eddie Rommel had the previous mark with 12. Rookie Steve Kraly (0-2) takes the loss in his final ML appearance.

16th A special American League committee studying the Browns financial status recommends the franchise be transferred to another city.

17th  In a 2-1 win over the Tigers, Ellis Kinder of the Red Sox sets the AL record for most appearances with 67, breaking Ed Walsh’s 1908 record. The Red Sox win on Ted Williams HR, his 13th since returning on August 6.

Bob Porterfield wins his 21st, 3–2 over the White Sox. It’s the most wins by a Nats pitcher since Crowder (24) and Whitehill (22) for the 1933 pennant winners.

Nine days after he signs a contract, Ernie Banks becomes the first black player for the Cubs, but goes 0-for-3 and makes an error in his first ML game, as the Phillies win 16–4. Banks replaces Roy Smalley, sidelined with a rib injury, and starts his streak of 424 straight games played.

With a record of 64-82, the Cincinnati Redlegs fire Rogers Hornsby as their manager with 8 games left in the season. Coach Buster Mills replaces him for the remainder of the year.

Ferris Fain of the White Sox is sued for $50,000 for his part in an August brawl in a Maryland café.

18th  The St. Louis Cardinals appeal the U.S. claim for $215,025 in back taxes from 1947-49.

19th  Pirates 3B Danny O’Connell hits safely in his 26th game, a 4–1 loss to the Giants. He’ll be stopped tomorrow. His 26 games breaks Charlie Grimm’s club mark of 25 to start the 1923 season.

Lefty Mel Parnell shuts out the Yankees, 3–0, at Fenway Park to win his 20th of the year. It is Parnell’s 3rd shut out over the Yankees this year. Raschi loses to the Sox for the 1st time since September 5, 1951.

Negro righty Bob Trice wins his first ML game as the A’s outslug the Senators, 13–9. Zernial socks his 40th and 41st homers and Eddie Robinson drives in 5 runs. Both sluggers pass the 100 mark in RBIs.

20th  Ernie Banks of the Cubs hits his first ML HR, against Gerry Staley, but the Cards win 11–6.

At the Polo Grounds, Cal Abrams hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Ruben Gomez, as the Pirates score 6 runs. The final is 8-4 with Bob Friend the winner.

22nd  The Dodgers tie the record for the most wins in a home park, beating Pittsburgh 5–4. They go an incredible 60-17 at Ebbets Field, tying the record of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942. Only the 61 wins of the San Francisco Giants in 1962 in an 81-game home season will surpass the mark. The Dodgers will also lead the majors in scoring for the 3rd straight year: the Red Sox of 2003-05 will be the next team to do that.

Satchel Paige celebrates his official 46th birthday by starting against the Tigers and going 7 innings to win, 7–3, in what will be his final ML victory. Paige gives up a Hatfield HR in the 1st, then holds the Bengals hitless until the 8th, when he’s kayoed. Don Larsen saves it for Satch. The loss goes to Tigers bonus baby Bob Miller, making his 1st start. Miller leaves in the 5th inning after being hit on the head by a Les Moss line drive. Coach Bob Swift is activated and plays in his 1,000th game. He’ll make an appearance in one more.

23rd The Phillies light up Giants starter Larry Jansen for 5 hits and 4 runs as the former ace exits having recorded just one out. Jansen (10-16) loses his 9th straight as the Phillies beat the Giants, 9-3. Curt Simmons is the winner.

25th Bob Porterfield, named TSN‘s pitcher of the year, posts his 22nd win and 9th shutout in hurling the Nats to a 1–0 win over the A’s. Three singles in the 9th beats Fricano.

Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox win 5-0 behind Mel Parnell’s 4th shutout of the Yankees this year. It is the lefty’s 21st win and his 5th this year against New York. Not since Walter Johnson, in 1908, has anyone whitewashed the Bombers four times in a season. The Big Train did it on September 4, 5, and 7 at New York and October 7 at Washington.

26th  Billy Hunter becomes the last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game. The Browns lose anyway 6–3 to Chicago.

In Philadelphia, Curt Simmons scores the winning run in the 10th inning on Ted Kazanski’s triple as the Phils top the Dodgers, 2-1. Dick Williams accounts for the only Brooklyn score with a homer. Jim Gilliam picks up his 100th walk to set a NL rookie record: The previous record was set by Jack Crooks in 1890 with 96. The Dodgers finish tomorrow with a .366 OBA, a NL record.

27th  Washington’s Mickey Vernon goes into the last game of the season still fighting for the batting title with Cleveland’s Al Rosen. Near the end of the game, a 9–2 loss to the A’s, Vernon is hitting .337 when word arrives that Rosen’s game is over and Vernon is ahead by .0011 points. The possibility of Vernon coming up to bat again and maybe losing a point is scotched when his teammates contrive to make an out to end the game. Rosen just misses beating out an infield hit in his last at bat in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers. Rosen will top the AL in RBIs with 105, the lowest leading total ever in the American League.

The St. Louis Browns play both their last game in Sportsman’s Park and the last game in the franchise’s 52-year history. Fittingly, they lose, 2–1, to Billy Pierce and the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings for their 100th defeat of the season. Reserve 1B Ed Mickelson drives in Johnny Groth in the 4th inning for the last run of the Browns franchise. The losing pitcher is Duane Pillette, who goes the distance.

Now pitching, Al Dark. The Giants shortstop makes his lone pitching appearance, starting the game against Pirates. Dark goes one inning, giving up a 2-run homer to Frank Thomas, and avoids the loss as the Pirates win, 6-4, scoring 2 runs in the 9th on a 2-run homer by Preston Ward. Dark had been promised 2 innings on the mound, but needed just one to convince Leo Durocher to remove him. “Al Dark will be my captain and shortstop in 1954,” Durocher says. Dark goes to third base after pitching, collects a single to raise his average to .300, and is replaced by Wes Westrum, in his only non-catching appearance of his career.

The AL owners convene at the Hotel Commodore in New York to vote on the transfer. It ends after 10 hours in a (4 to 4) tie, effectively denying Bill Veeck approval to move the Browns to Baltimore. Washington, not wanting to alienate its Maryland fans, votes this time for the move to Baltimore. Tomorrow, the owners convene and Miles puts an offer of $2,475,000 on the table for control of Veeck’s 79 percent of the Browns stock.

29th  The AL adopts a constitutional amendment calling for expansion to 10 teams.

A Baltimore syndicate headed by Baltimore Mayor Tom D’Alesandro buys Bill Veeck’s interest in the Browns for $2.475 million. The AL then approves the shift of the Browns to Baltimore without Bill Veeck.

The Reds name Birdie Tebbetts as their new manager, replacing the fired Hornsby.

30th  The Yanks defeat Brooklyn 9–5 in the first game of the WS. Carl Erskine is ineffective, walking the first 3 batters, and all score on a Hank Bauer triple. The Dodgers tie it up 5–5, and Clem Labine gets the loss in relief.