1956 September

1st Sparked by Warren Spahn’s 2-hit pitching and the clutch hitting of Adcock, the Braves beat the Cards, 3–1. Adcock has 3 RBIs. Despite the win, the Braves lead is cut to 2 games as the Dodgers sweep a pair from the Giants.

3rd  The Braves set a home night-game record by drawing 47,604 to see a doubleheader split with the Redlegs, winning the first 3–2 and losing the second 7–5.

In Washington, the Red Sox wallop the Senators 16–0 in the 2nd game after taking game one 7–5. In the nightcap, the Sox bang out 20 safeties with every starter getting a hit. The easy winner on his birthday is Tom Brewer (18-7), who beat the Nats a year ago by the same score. Jim Piersall has 8 RBIs, 5 in the opener, while Lepcio adds 5 ribbies.

5th  The Reds pound Warren Spahn and beat the Braves, 12–2, to move to 1 1/2 games off the lead. The Reds take 3 out of 4 in the crucial series.

7th In St. Louis, Vinegar Bend Mizell holds the Reds to two hits, and the Cards win 1–0 on Ken Boyer’s home run off Joe Nuxhall. It is Mizell’s 5th win this year over the Reds.

The Giants and Dodgers split a pair with New York winning the opener, 6–2, on a pair of home runs by Willie Mays. Brooklyn takes the nightcap, 3–1, on Carl Furillo’s 2-out homer in the 11th. Don Newcombe wins his 23rd, the most by a Dodger since Dazzy Vance in 1924. The win gives Brooklyn a tie for 2nd with the Reds.

Behind the pitching of Sam Jones, the Cubs beat the leading Braves, 5-0. Sad Sam Ks 7 and his 148 strikeouts now leads the NL.

8th The Senators hold Mantle to an infield single but the Yanks dismantle Washington, 16-2. Five Yankees have 3 hits apiece, led by Hank Bauer with a double, triple and homer.

The Dodgers edge the Giants, 4–3, on pitcher Don Bessent’s 8th inning sac fly. Gil Hodges loses his glove in the 7th and, despite the public announcement request for help in finding it, the glove doesn’t reappear till the 9th when an offer is made to swap it for a new glove. The trade with a fan happens seconds later with no questions asked.

Young Moe Drabowsky pitches the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Braves. Brooklyn now trails Milwaukee by a half game. Milwaukee will sweep a pair from the Cubs tomorrow.

9th The Hollywood Stars (PCL) sweep a pair from the LA Angels, 6-4 and 12-3, but Angel Steve Bilko belts his 54th home run. Only Tony Lazzeri, with 60 in 1925, is ahead of Bilko.

10th The Red Sox sign 2B Gene Mauch after he was released by Los Angeles (PCL). Mauch hit .348 in 144 games for L.A.

The White Sox sign 16-year-old California pitcher Jim Derrington to a bonus of $50,000-$60,000. The bonus baby will have to stay on the Sox roster for 2 years. He will debut this month.

11th  Yogi Berra ties the ML career record for HRs by a catcher in the Yankees’ 9–5 victory over Kansas City. His 236th—and the Yankees’ 177th of the season—tie him with Cub great Gabby Hartnett. Hank Bauer hits a leadoff homer; he’ll do it again tomorrow to tie a ML mark.

Frank Robinson ties the NL record for HRs by a rookie with 38 in an 11–5 Redlegs win over New York. Ed Bailey hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Joe Margoneri, for the Reds.

12th In Brooklyn, the Braves edge the Dodgers, 8–7, to break a first-place tie. Bob Buhl, who lost yesterday to the Dodgers, gets the decision in relief, his club-record 8th win over the Dodgers this year and the first National Leaguer since Tex Carleton in 1936 (vs. Boston) to accomplish the feat. Buhl’s mark is a ML record for season wins against the pennant winner. Joe Adcock belts his 13th homer against the Dodgers this season, tying a ML mark set by Jimmie Foxx and tied by Hank Sauer, in 1954 of homers against one club. Billy Bruton’s single is the game winner. Bobby Thomson, who is unsuccessful on a steal of home is fined $100 for the unauthorized attempt.

13th Mantle breaks out of a September slump with two hits, including a homer, as New York beats Tom Gorman and the A’s, 3–2.

In both ends of a doubleheader, Hank Aaron has the game-winning hit as the Braves sweep a pair from the Phillies, 3–2 in 13 innings, and 4–3 in 12 innings. Warren Spahn is the winner in the nightcap, his 200th career victory. The sweep moves Milwaukee 2 games ahead of Brooklyn and 3 games up on Cincinnati.

14th In a 5–1 win at Detroit, Yogi Berra hits his 29th homer of the year and the 236th of his career, passing Gabby Hartnett’s mark for catchers. Don Larsen scatters 4 hits for the victory.

In Philadelphia, the Phils beat up on the first-place Braves, winning 13-1. Richie Ashburn has 4 hits, Elmer Valo collects 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Solly Hemus has 3 hits including a grand slam. Del Crandall accounts for the only Braves run with a homer off Harvey Haddix (13-6).

In Cleveland, Herb Score wins his 17th as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 10-2, in the opener of 2. Rocky Colavito has a homer and scores 3 runs, while Bobby Avila has a grand slam. Ted Williams is 2-for-2 with a homer. In game 2, Williams hits a 2-run pinch double as the Sox score 3 times in the 9th to win, 4-3.

15th Elmer Valo has his second 3-hit game in a row to pace the Phils to a 6-5 win over the Braves. Hank Aaron has a 3-run homer for Milwaukee, but the Braves are now tied for 1st place with the idle Dodgers.

16th In Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Mantle explodes an 8th inning shot, his 49th of the year, off the RF upper deck, matching a shot of Ted Williams earlier in the year, but Early Wynn hangs on for a 4–3 Indians’ 2nd-game win. But the Yankees win the opener, 10–3, to clinch a tie and eliminate the Tribe from the AL race. Bob Lemon loses his bid for his 20th win.

Long-time PCL manager Lefty O’Doul makes his final appearance as a player, pinch-hitting for Vancouver in a game against Sacramento. The opposing manager pulls his outfielders in close and the 59-year-old O’Doul lines a triple over the center fielder’s head. He puffs into 3B with a triple and later scores.

17th  Against the Dodgers, Ed Bailey and Ray Jablonski hits back-to-back homers with 2 outs in the 9th as the Reds score 3 times to tie at 4-4. But Carl Furillo answers in the 10th with a leadoff homer off 19-game winner Brooks Lawrence to give Brooklyn the 5-4 win. The Reds lost yesterday 3-2. The victory puts Brooklyn a game ahead of Milwaukee and drop the Reds to 4 games back.

18th  Mickey Mantle hits his 50th HR, only the 8th to do so, in the 11th off of Chicago’s Billy Pierce, as New York wins 3–2 to clinch another pennant. The Yanks had tied it in the 9th when Berra knocked in Billy Martin. New York has now hit 182 homers to tie the AL record set by the 1936 Yankees. Stengel will now bench Mantle, who pulled a muscle, for four days to rest the slugger for the Series.

Cleveland sweeps a doubleheader from Washington behind Herb Score and Mike Garcia, 1–0 and 6–0. Tribe pitchers applied the double calcimine on July 29 to the Orioles.

Ray Boone’s 3rd inning grand slam provides Paul Foytack with all the scoring he needs as Detroit beats Baltimore, 6-2.

The Braves edge the Pirates, 6–4, to move within .001 of Brooklyn. Warren Spahn saves the game with a 9th inning relief appearance and Billy Bruton makes a spectacular catch to preserve the win with 2 on.

At Ebbets Field, the Cards Ken Boyer homers with Musial on and 2 out in the 9th to defeat Brooklyn, 6–5. The Cards collect just 5 hits, including Musial’s 350th home run.

19th  In a rain-shortened game stopped with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th, Bob Lemon of the Indians wins 6–0 over the Senators for his 20th victory of the year. It’s his 7th season with 20 wins. Only 365 fans showed up in Cleveland on a cold, rainy day. It is the third straight shutout for Cleveland, all against Washington: They won’t have three straight shutouts again until 2017.

Against visiting Boston, Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson hit 8th inning homers as Kansas City tops Boston, 8-1. Pisoni’s is a 2-run homer and Suitcase’s is a grand slam, Simpson’s second in two months.

For the third time in his career, P Don Newcombe hits 2 HRs in one game in a 17–2 laugher over the visiting Cardinals. It is Newk’s 25th win and 8th straight over St. Louis and puts the Dodgers a half game in front of the Braves. Musial and Dark homer for the Cards only scores. Don Demeter hits his first ML homer, Sandy Amoros adds an inside-the-park round tripper, and 18-year-old Brooklyn native Bob Aspromonte strikes out in his only appearance in the 1905s. But it will him to be the last active Brooklyn Dodger when he finishes his career in 1971.

20th Second year Orioles catcher Tommy Gastall, 24, is killed when the small plane he is flying crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The $40,000 bonus baby had been a quarterback at Boston College and his premature death is eerily similar to that of Harry Agganis, a quarterback at Boston University, who died in his 2nd year with the Red Sox, in 1955.

Bob Friend holds the Braves to 4 hits and the Pirates edge the Braves, 2–1, in 10 innings.

21st First baseman Bill Skowron has 5 hits, but the series-bound Yankees have a ML-record 20 base runners left on base in losing to the Red Sox in Boston, 13–7. Three times they leave the bases loaded. The NL record is 18 runners left on base. Against a favorite cousin Frank Sullivan, Mickey Mantle has two singles and sends a 480-foot HR into the CF bleachers to the right of the flagpole that hits the brick wall about a foot from the top. It is one of the longest home runs ever hit at Fenway. His 3 hits raise his average to .353, 3 points behind Ted Williams, who collects two hits today. Billy Klaus has 5 RBIs to lead the Sox.

The Athletics purchase fireballer Ryne Duren from the Orioles.

22nd At Fenway, the Yankees Don Larsen experiments for the first time with a no windup delivery. He allows just 4 hits, including a Ted Lepcio homer, in beating the Red Sox, 2–1. Tommy Byrne gets Ted Williams for the last out.

23rd  Pittsburgh and Brooklyn draw the largest crowd, 44,932, in Forbes Field history. Curfew stops the game with 2 outs in the 9th and Brooklyn leading 8–3. Helped by two homers from Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe goes to 26-6. The postponement leaves Milwaukee 1⁄2 game ahead of the Dodgers.

In Milwaukee, Billy Bruton has 4 hits, including his first grand slam, as the Braves beat the Cubs, 7–6. Bob Buhl (18-8) is the winner.

Detroit’s Frank Lary wins his 20th, firing a 2-hitter to beat the Indians and Bob Lemon, 11–1. Lary doesn’t allow a hit until Bobby Avila singles with one out in the 8th. It is the 7th straight win for the righty, who is 16–3 since starting the year 4-10.

24th  NL President Warren Giles waives the 12:50 a.m. curfew for games that may affect the outcome of the pennant race. Brooklyn wins the postponed game, but loses the regular game to Pittsburgh, 6–5.

The White Sox run up an 11–0 lead after 3 1/2 innings at Detroit, then hold on for a 14–11 win. Chicago collects 22 hits, including 2 homers by Lollar and one by Doby. Detroit answers with 2 homers by Ray Boone, another by Wilson and a grand slam by Charlie Maxwell.

25th  At Ebbets Field, Sal Maglie of the Dodgers no-hits the Phils 5–0 for his 12th win against 4 losses. The win keeps Brooklyn a half game behind the Braves who beat Cincinnati, 7–1. The Phils hand Duke Snider his 26th intentional base on balls, tops in the NL, as the NL teams combine to intentionally walk 504 batters, a NL mark for 8 teams.

In the wake of the Ted Williams spitting incident, the Massachusetts State Legislature passes a bill to fine fans for profanity during a game. The bill is later killed. Meanwhile, Williams drives in 4 runs with a 3-run homer and a bases loaded walk as Boston vetoes Washington, 10-4.

In the first game of a doubleheader split at Wrigley Field, the Cards pull off an unusual triple play. After Solly Drake lines out to Stan Musial at 1B, the Cards double off Hobie Landrith at 2nd. They then throw the ball around the infield and back to the pitcher McDaniel, before they realize that Gene Baker, who had been a runner on 3B, is in the dugout. They then complete the tri-killing. The Cards win, 5-1, then lose game 2, 6-2.

At Cleveland, Early Wynn wins his 20th, 4–1 over the A’s, with help from Preston Ward and Colavito. Ward’s pinch HR in the 9th ties the game, and Rocky’s 3-run HR in the 10th wins it.

26th  Vic Wertz of the Indians hits 4 doubles and a single in an 8–4 win against the Athletics.

Jim Lemon of the Senators sets a ML record for strikeouts by a batter in one season with 138. This surpasses Larry Doby’s mark of 121, set in 1953. The Senators lose to the Red Sox 8–4.

In his first ML start, Charlie Beamon of the Orioles throws a 1–0, 4-hit shutout against the Yanks to thwart Whitey Ford’s bid for his 20th win. Ford won’t win 20 until 1961.

27th The Cards Murry Dickson collects 3 hits and yields just 5, but loses in 13 innings to the Cubs, 3–2. Solly Drake’s RBI-single in the 13th off the 40-year-old makes a winner of reliever Jim Brosnan.

Bucky Harris resigns as manager of the Tigers effective at the end of the season.

28th  In the opener of 3 games with visiting Boston, the Yanks top the Sox 7–2. Williams is 0-for-3, and needs 6 at bats to qualify for the batting title. Mantle goes 1-for-4, but his one hit is a homer off Bob Porterfield. It is Mantle’s last homer—and last hit—of the season.

29th  The Cincinnati Redlegs tie the 1947 Giants record of 221 homers in a season in beating the Cubs, 9–6. Smoky Burgess hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th for the Reds, who score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to win. Ernie Banks laces an inside-the-park three-run homer in the 3rd, and adds a single and triple.

The Dodgers sweep a pair from the Pirates 6–2 and 3–1, as Milwaukee loses to St. Louis in 12 innings. The Dodgers now lead by one game with just one game to go. The Dodgers hit 3 homers in the opener to back Sal Maglie’s 6-hitter. Clem Labine allows 7 hits in winning the second game. In game 2, Roy Campanella is 2-for-2, including his 20th homer. He is the first catcher in history to play more than 100 games, hit 20 homers and slug less than .400 (.219/.333/.394).

In a 7-5 Boston win in 13 innings, the Yanks and the Red Sox use a record 44 players in the game: the 26 used by New York sets a new ML mark. Williams has 6 at bats in the extra inning battle, but manages just a single, to take him out of the running for the hitting crown. Suffering from a pulled groin muscle, Mantle pinch hits and walks with the bases loaded.

At Griffith Stadium, 1129 fans watch the Senators down the Orioles, 7-1, behind rookie Evelio Hernandez’s only career win. For the Orioles, 18-year-old George Werley pitches the 9th inning and allows a run in his lone ML appearance. Jim Lemon is 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. In game 2 tomorrow, he’ll strike out 4 times to lock up the AL lead in strikeouts with 138.

30th  Sandy Amoros and Duke Snider each hit 2 HRs, as the Brooklyn Dodgers win, 8–6, over Pittsburgh to cop the pennant on the last day of the season, finishing a game ahead of the Braves. Snider belts his 42nd and 43rd homers to help Newcombe win his 27th.

Mantle does not start against the visiting Red Sox, but when Stengel hears that Kaline knocks in 2 runs in Detroit, he sends Mick in with the bases jammed, and he drives in a run on a grounder. Mantle wins the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 HRs, and 130 RBI. The Red Sox win, 7-4, in 10 innings.

The Braves, losers of the first 2 games in the series, beat the Cards, 4–2, to finish a game ahead of the 3rd-place Reds.

In the first of two games, the Giants beat Robin Roberts and the Phils, 8–3. Roberts serves up homers to pitcher Al Worthington, who hits his only ML homer, and a pair to Bill White and has now thrown 46 gophers, a new ML record. He also fails in his bid to win 20 for the 6th straight year. White’s pair gives him the Giants rookie record with 22. In the nightcap, Giants 2B Red Schoendienst gets the 2,000th hit of his ML career, but the Giants lose 5–2. Schoendienst also finishes the season with a .9934 fielding average, a mark that will last for 30 years until Ryne Sandberg breaks it.

Al Lopez, manager of the Indians since l951, resigns and is replaced by Kirby Farrell. Lopez, who won 470 while losing 354 for a .570 percentage, had one pennant and five 2nd-place finishes in his 6 years at the helm.

White Sox hurler Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. At the age of 16 years and 10 months, he loses to Kansas City, 7–6. The $50,000 bonus baby gives up 3 runs in 6 innings, then 3 more before being lifted in the 7th. He also singles, the youngest person to get a hit in the 20th century.

Veteran Joe Frazier closes out his career with great style by punching out 5 hits, good for 10 bases, in a doubleheader against the Senators. In the nightcap, Frazier doubles in the 8th off Ted Abernathy, just the 2nd hit the submariner allows, and then homers in the 9th to pace the Orioles to a 6–3 win. The HR comes on Joe’s last ML at bat.

At Cleveland, Detroit manager Harris brings in Billy Hoeft to relieve in the 4th inning and enables the southpaw to get credit for his 20th win, 8–4 over the Indians. Following a pre-arranged plan, Hoeft takes over for Garver, pitching for the first time since July 26, with a 4–0 lead. Foytack throws the last 2 frames. Harvey Kuenn drives in 3 runs to give him 88 for the year, 85 RBIs from the leadoff position. This sets a new ML record for leadoff hitters that will be broken in 1997, by Garciaparra. Kaline is 1-for-3 with a 6th inning triple. The loss goes to Bob Feller (0–4), who pitches a complete game in his last ML appearance. The Tigers have a team batting average of .305 for the month (27 games), and will not top .300 any month the rest of the century.