1955 September

2nd  After sitting out since August 7th with a broken rib, SS Alvin Dark of the Giants falls and breaks his shoulder in a game against the Phillies. The Phils win, 5–3, as Robin Roberts wins his 22nd.

Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle celebrate Billy Martin’s return from the army; Ford throws 6 innings of no-hit ball against Washington before Carlos Paula spoils it in the 7th with Washington’s only hit. The Yanks win 4–2 as Mantle hits his 36th HR, a 3-run shot, off Bob Porterfield. Mantle is 10 HRs ahead of rivals Al Kaline and Ted Williams. New York stays a half game behind the White Sox, winners over the 3rd-place Indians. Billy Martin will hit .300 in September, and New York will go on a 17-6 tear to win the pennant by 3 games.

Ernie Banks belts his 40th homer to set a new ML record for shortstops. The previous record of 39 was held by Vern Stephens. Teammates Randy Jackson and Walker Cooper also homer to help Paul Minner win 12–2 over the Cards. Wally Moon homers for St. Louis and Tom Poholsky is the losing pitcher.

3rd Sandy Koufax hurls his 2nd consecutive shutout, topping the Pirates 4–0 on 5 hits.

At Yankee Stadium, both leadoff hitters belt homers—Eddie Yost for the Senators and Hank Bauer for New York. Mickey Vernon has 4 hits for Washington and the Nats score 5 runs in the 8th inning to win, 10-5.

In a Sooner State League at Lawton, OK, Lawton beats Ardmore like a rented mule, winning 28-5. The Braves 31-hit attack is led by third baseman William Dennis, who goes 7-for-7 with 3 home runs, a triple and 12 RBIs.

4th  Mickey Mantle’s first-inning 3-run HR allows Bob Turley to coast to an 8–3 win over Washington. Pedro Ramos is the losing pitcher.

After hitting a 3-run HR in the 1st, Phils C Stan Lopata collapses in the dugout. The Giants win, 7–4. Lopata’s collapse is believed to be a delayed reaction to a beaning he received on September 2 against the Giants. He’ll return to action on the 9th.

5th  Pitcher Don Newcombe wins his 20th game of the season, 11–4, over the Phillies. Newk hits his 7th HR of the season to set a new NL record for HRs by a pitcher. He will collect 74 total bases this year, while slugging .632.

7th  Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his AL-record 2nd consecutive one-hitter, beating the A’s 2–1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A’s only hit. Ford is the 7th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters beginning with One Arm Daily in 1884. Arnie Portocarrero is the hard-luck loser.

At Pittsburgh, Bob Friend (11-9) allows just one baserunner as he beats the Cubs, 2-0. Frankie Baumholtz, with a single in the 4th, is the only Cub to get on base against the Pirate ace.

Cleveland’s Early Wynn stops the Orioles on 5 hits and wins, 6–0. It is his 200th career win on the way to 300. Larry Doby supplies the offense with a pair of homers.

8th  Brooklyn clinches the pennant by beating the Braves 10–2 for their 8th straight win. They break their own ML record for the earliest clinching, set in 1953. Second place Milwaukee is 131⁄2 games back.

9th  Brooklyn loses in the opener to the Cubs, 11–4, as Chicago collects 15 hits, 9 for extra bases. Bob Rush beats Don Newcombe, who was trying for win 21. The Dodgers win the nightcap 16–9 as pitcher Clem Labine gets his 3rd HR of the year. Labine has just 3 hits all year, but all 3 are dingers. Don Zimmer has two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as each team hits 4 homers. The Dodgers lead is now 16 1⁄2 games.

10th  OF Hank Bauer of the Yankees, pressed into emergency service as a catcher, permits a passed ball, setting up the winning run in a 9–8 loss to the White Sox.

11th  With Herm Wehmeier on the mound, Del Crandall belts a 2-out grand slam in the 9th inning to climax a 5-run rally and give the Braves a 5–4 win over the Phils. It is Crandall’s 3rd slam of the season. Milwaukee takes the nightcap, 9–1, behind Humberto Robinson, whose wildness in the final frame prevents a shut out. He hits 18-year-old bonus baby Fred Van Dusen with a pitch in what will be Van Dusen’s only ML plate appearance.

RF Enos Slaughter of the A’s plays in his 2,000th ML game, getting a pinch single in a 4–3 victory over the Orioles.

In a move to shore up their pitching down the stretch, the Yankees buy Gerry Staley from the Reds for the waiver price.

12th Antonelli does it all. The Giants Johnny Antonelli collects four hits against the Braves—two singles, a double and a home run and four runs batted in. He also pitches a complete game 9-1 win.

13th  In game 1 at Baltimore, Ray Moore shuts out the White Sox, 2-0, Jimmy Dyke gives the O’s a 4-0 lead in game 2 with a 1st-inning grand slam, but Baltimore blows a 6-3 lead in the 9th as the White Sox score 6 runs to win 9-6. Three walks to start the 9th don’t help. The split leaves the Sox in 3rd place, 4 1/2 games back.

14th  Herb Score of the Indians breaks Grover Cleveland Alexander’s rookie record of 227 strikeouts, but the Senators win, 3–2, beating reliever Ray Narleski. Score finishes the season with 245 K’s.

At Fenway, Gus Zernial has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs as the A’s defeat the Red Sox, 7-3. Art Ditmar (1-12) is the winner.

16th  The Yankees, trailing the Indians by a half-game with 11 games to play, open a critical series with the Red Sox. The Yankees take a 3–0 lead, but are behind 4–3 in the 9th. Hank Bauer then hits a HR off reliever Ellis Kinder to tie it, and with 2 outs, Yogi Berra cracks the game-winning HR to win it 5–4. When Detroit beats Cleveland, 3-0, the Yanks move in first to stay. Slugger Mickey Mantle tears a hamstring muscle running out a bunt. He will make just 2 pinch-hit appearances in September, and he will go to bat in the WS just 10 times.

At Baltimore the Orioles edge the Senators twice, winning 5-4 and 8-7. Roy Sievers hits a grand slam for the Nats in game 2, driving in 5 runs.

Kansas City scores 7 runs in the first inning and rolls to a 13-7 win over the faltering White Sox. The 3rd place Sox lose their 10th in 17 games. Hector Lopez hits a 3-run homer in the first to start the scoring and later in the game Joe Astroth adds a 3-run homer. George Kell and Chico Carrasquel homer for the Sox. In the 8th, 16-year-old shortstop Alex George debuts for Kansas City, handling two chances in the field flawlessly and making out in his one at bat. George will go 1-for-10 in this his only ML season.

17th  Future Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson goes 2-for-4 in his first game as the O’s top the Senators, 3–1.

Rizzuto and Cerv pull off a 1st inning double steal, but the Scooter is knocked unconscious in the 4th by a pitch from George Susce. Byrne’s 4-hitter gives New York a critical, 4–1, win, as the Indians bow to the Tigers. New York’s woes continue: following an out, Moose Skowron kicks a water cooler and breaks his toe.

18th  In a 7–5 loss to Brooklyn, Willie Mays hits his 9th HR of the year at Ebbets Field to tie Joe Adcock’s 1954 mark at Ebbets.

The Tigers deal the Indians a crushing 10–3 defeat, the 3rd loss in a row to Detroit. Cleveland now trails the Yanks by 2 games.

Gus Zernial hits his second grand slam in 4 days and drives in 5 runs and the Athletics pound the slumping White Sox, 8-1. Art Ditmar evens his record at 12-12.

Reliever Bob Grim pitches 7 hitless innings to enable the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox, 3–2. Nemesis Nixon is handed the defeat.

19th  Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his 5th grand slam of the season, off Lindy McDaniel, to set a new ML mark (since topped), but the Cubs lose 6-5 in 12 innings, to the Cardinals. Rip Repulski’s homer off Jim Davis is the winner. For Banks, it is number 44.

Superfan Bill Sherwood, perched on top of a flag pole since June 23rd, finally descends after the Braves end their chance to win 7 straight games. Sherwood vowed to stay aloft until the Braves won 7 in a row; they were able to win 6 in a row three times, but never reached 7. They don’t play today, but the Braves will win tomorrow, beating the Reds, 7–0, behind Lew Burdette.

20th  Brooklyn sweeps a pair from the Phils, winning 6–3 and 6–1 over Murry Dickson and Robin Roberts. In game 2, reserve 1B Frank Kellert’s HR in the 4th is the Dodgers 200th of the season, making them the first team to hit 200 or more in a season more than once. They did it with 208 in 1953. Robin Roberts surrenders a 2nd homer, to George Shuba, making it 40 for the season, a ML record (he’ll serve up one more). The previous mark set in 1948, by game 1 loser Dickson.

Giants slugger Willie Mays poles 2 HRs against the Pirates, giving him 50 for the year, making him only the 7th player in history to accomplish this. The Giants sweep the doubleheader, winning 11–1 and 14–8. Both of Mays’ homers are against Vernon Law and gives him 5 against the Pirate pitcher this year. His four-bagger in the 2nd game is his 7th in 6 consecutive games.

In his first ML start, Red Sox rookie Frank Malzone is 6-for-10 in a doubleheader loss against Baltimore. His 6 hits are consecutive. The O’s win 3–2 in 10 innings, and 7–4, to stretch their win streak to 6 games.

The Scooter returns to action and bats 9th behind Don Larsen as the Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, 6–3 and 9–7. The Bombers now lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games with 5 to play.

21st Gus Bell makes it easy for P Johnny Klippstein by driving in 8 runs to pace the Reds to a 14–5 win over Milwaukee. Bell has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to raise his RBI total to 102. Ted Kluszewski chips in with 4 hits including his 47th homer of the year as just 1,503 watch in Cincinnati. The offense for Milwaukee is mostly Johnny Logan’s grand slam.

Cubs rookie Bob Speake makes a game-saving catch of an Alex Grammas drive in the 11th, but fractures his wrist when he slams into the wall. He is carried off on a stretcher. The Cubs score 4 in the 13th, 3 on a Jackson triple with the sacks full, to win, 7–5.

23rd  After losing the first game, 8–4, the Yanks clinch the pennant by beating the Red Sox, 3–2. Don Larsen, with Whitey Ford in a sparkling relief effort, notches the win. Ford gets Williams to ground into a DP with the sacks full. Jackie Jensen has a homer in each game, tying Ted Williams’ team record by hitting a homer in 4 straight games against the Yankees.

After a running feud with owner Charlie Comiskey, Jr., Frank Lane resigns as GM of the White Sox. He had been GM for 7 years.

24th  The Giants fail to renew manager Leo Durocher’s contract. He resigns and is replaced by Bill Rigney. Durocher will take a job as a broadcaster.

The Washington Senators lose their 99th and 100th games of the season, the first time the franchise has ever reached the century mark. The Orioles do the damage 1–0 and 8–5.

25th  In Durocher’s last game as manager, Bobby Hofman underscores the tone of the season for the Giants as he lines into a 9th inning season-ending triple play against the Phillies in a 3–1 loss. Seemingly wanting to end the season quickly, the Giants hit into double plays in the 7th and 8th. The Giants win the opener, 5–2, as Willie Mays belts his 51st HR of the year. Mays ties John Mize for the team record.

The Dodgers close out the regular season with a 4–0 whitewash of the Pirates. Russ Meyer gets the victory. The Dodgers win the season series against all 7 opponents.

Detroit OF Al Kaline is 0-for-1 but becomes the youngest batting champ in history, as he takes the AL crown at age 20 with a .340 average. The Tigers top the Indians, 6–2.

Billy Pierce (15-10) stops the Athletics on three singles and the White Sox win, 5-0. Nellie Fox is 4-for-4 to run his consecutive hit streak to 9 straight (as noted by historian Trent McCotter).

Wally Moon homers, off the Braves Chet Nichols, to run the league home run total to a since-topped NL record 1,263. The Cardinals win, 8–5. The homer comes on Moon’s last at bat against the Braves this year, matching what he did against them in 1954.

The Red Sox and Yankees split a WS tune-up, as Stengel uses 17 players in each game. New York wins, 9–2, then loses 8–1 to Susce. Williams is 1-for-1 in each game and is replaced with a pinch runner. He finishes the season at .356, well ahead of Kaline’s .340, but he does not have enough at bats to win the batting title. The same thing happened in 1954. Williams was walked 136 times in 1954 and 71 times (an AL-leading 17 were intentional) this year. A rule change will be made to recognize plate appearances, not times at bat. The Throneberry brothers face in other for the first time in the opener with New York’s Marv collecting 2 hits to Faye’s 0. Haywood Sullivan and Frank Sullivan, the losing pitcher, are the Boston battery in game 1, but they aren’t related.

28th  The Yanks win the first game of the WS, as Whitey Ford beats Don Newcombe, 6–5. In a controversial play with Frank Kellert at bat, Jackie Robinson steals home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run of a tie. Films later disclose that Robinson is out by a whisker, but Yankee C Yogi Berra actually balked on the play, receiving Whitey Ford’s pitch before Kellert could swing at it.

In the last game at Minneapolis’ Nicollet Park, the Millers (American Association) clip the Rochester Red Wings (International League) 9–4 in the 7th game of the Junior World Series. The win gives the Millers their first-ever Jr. WS Championship.

29th  In Game 2 of the WS, lefty Tommy Byrne defeats Dodger Billy Loes 4–2 to go 2 games up. The pitcher’s 2-run single caps a 4-run 4th for the Yanks. Byrne becomes the only lefty to hurl a complete game against Brooklyn in 1955.

30th  The Dodgers Johnny Podres defeats Bob Turley who fails to last 2 innings against the Bums. C Roy Campanella leads the attack with 3 hits and 3 RBI, as Brooklyn wins 8–3 behind the strong effort of lefty Johnny Podres.

31st  The Series evens up with an 8–5 win. Campanella and Gil Hodges give the Dodgers a 4–3 lead, and Snider’s 3-run shot in the 5th insures the victory.