1st The Yankees purchase Sal “the Barber” Maglie from the Dodgers, but he is ineligible for WS play. Maglie is the last to play for all three New York teams.
Baltimore signs veteran Eddie Robinson as a player/coach, making it his third AL team this year. The slugger has played for every AL franchise except Boston. His playing career is over in a month but he will stay with Baltimore as a coach for two more years.
2nd The Braves sweep the Cubs, 23–10 and 4–0, collecting a franchise record 26 hits in the opening win. The 23 runs is also a franchise mark, as is the 33 runs for 2 clubs. The 26 hits allowed by the Cubs is the most they will give up the rest of the century; The Brewers will toast them for another 26 hits in 2010. Milwaukee takes the 2nd game, 4–0, behind Bob Trowbridge’s 3-hitter. The Braves’ Bob Hazle, who started the game at .500 (35-for-70) is 4-for-7 in the first game, and teammate Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the ML record. Hank Aaron and Wes Covington each knock in 6 runs. The Braves score 13 in the 1st 3 frames but starter Lew Burdette gets knocked out and the win goes to Ernie Johnson. Bob Rush appears in game 2 after losing the opener with a 1/3 inning of work.
3rd The Dodgers play their last game at Roosevelt Field in Jersey City, as Don Drysdale loses to Philadelphia 3–2 in 12 innings. Brooklyn ends with an 11-4 mark in New Jersey.
Warren Spahn of the first-place Braves hurls his 41st shutout, the most by a NL lefthander, as he beats Chicago, 8–0. Spahn allows 6 hits but no runners advance past 2B. Hank Aaron has three hits, including a homer, and drives in 4 runs.
5th Stengel allows pitcher Bob Grim to hit with 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 9th, and Grim comes through with his first hit of the season, a 3-run game-ending home run. The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 5–2. Russ Nixon takes the loss.
Minor league baseball in Los Angeles comes to an end as the Hollywood Stars close out their season with a 6–0 win over the San Francisco Seals. A friendly crowd of 6,354 is on hand at Gilmore Field to watch Jayne Mansfield, Miss Hollywood Stars, present president Bob Cobb with a new car before the game.
6th In Milwaukee, the Cubs edge the Braves, 5–4, handing the league leaders their 3rd straight defeat. the Braves still lead by 6 1/2 games.
In St. Louis, Pirate pinch hitter Jerry Lynch swats a 6th inning 2-run homer off Cards reliever Willard Schmidt to give Pittsburgh a 5–3 win. The loss ends Schmidt’s 10-game winning streak.
7th Warren Spahn (19-8) wins his 10th in a row as the first-place Braves overwhelm the Cubs, 7–2. Spahn gives up two solo homers and the Braves answer with three homers.
10th Tied at the end of regulation, the Cards strand 11 runs in extra innings before Boyer singles in a run in the 14th. St. Louis wins, 4–3, tagging reliever Robin Roberts with his 20th loss.
11th The Athletics and Orioles split a doubleheader, with the A’s taking the opener, 7-3, and the Birds bouncing back in game 2 to win, 6-2. Ralph Terry wins the opener, defeating Ray Moore who last just 3 innings. Veteran Dizzy Trout, in relief, gives up hits to all 4 batters he faces. This is Trout’s last appearance in the majors; he had been signed last month after going 0-2, 0.84 ERA for Vancouver, who signed him after Dizzy starred in a PCL old-timers game.
12th The first-place Braves are beneficiaries of 2 disputed DPs to defeat the Dodgers, 2–1. Joe Adcock returns to action for the first time since June 23. Wes Covington hits into a DP in the 9th but ump Boggess had called time. He then singles.
14th The Cubs split a doubleheader with the O’Brien twins, primarily infielders throughout their careers. In the opener, Eddie pitches a complete game victory, a 3–1 Pirate win, for his only ML decision. In the nightcap, a 7–3 win for the Cubs, Johnny O pitches one inning in relief and is charged with the loss, his last ML decision (1–3 lifetime).
In Baltimore, the Orioles and Tigers divide a twinbill, with Detroit losing 3-1, then scoring 2 in the 9th to win game 2, 4-3. Bill O’Dell (3-10) is the victor in the opener as George Kell goes 0-for-3 for the O’s in the final game of his career. His average drops below .300 (.297). Harvey Kuenn’s RBI double in the 9th of game 2 provides the winning margin.
At a free-for-all at Fenway, each team scores 4 runs in the 1st inning, 4 in the 2nd, 1 run in the 3rd and none in the 4th. Cleveland goes ahead with a run in the 5th but that is all the scoring they can muster as the Red Sox outscore them to win, 13-10. Joe Caffie has 4 hits for Cleveland, while Vic Wertz drives in 7 runs on a 1st inning grand slam and a 2nd inning 3-run homer, his 7th of the year at Fenway Park. Dick Gernert matches him with 7 RBIs, hitting a double and 3-run ground-rule homer, while Frank Malzone and Jackie Jensen each have 3 hits and 3 runs. It is the only time since 1920 (and likely earlier) that two opponents have each driven in 7 runs; it won’t be matched this century. Both Wertz and Gernert played for Reading High School and Gregg Post Legion teams.
15th The slumping Braves drop their 8th in 11 games, losing to the Phillies, 3–2, in 10 innings. The Braves lead in the NL is down to 2 1/2 games.
In Baltimore, Cleveland’s Joe Caffie hits a 2-out homer in the 9th to tie and then the Tribe pulls off a triple play in the bottom of the 9th to keep the game at 4-4. But Orioles reliever Ken Lehman leads off the bottom of the 16th with a double and then scores on an error for 5-4 Orioles win. In game 2, Gene Woodling’s homer in the 4-run 4th inning helps the O’s to a 4-3 victory.
16th The Los Angeles City Council approves a 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for a Dodger stadium if the club will finance a public recreation area.
17th Making his first appearance since being sidelined with a heavy chest cold September 1, Ted Williams clouts an 8th inning pinch homer off Tom Morgan for the Red Sox to start a streak of 16 consecutive times on base. The Sox score 2 runs in the inning to win 9–8 over the A’s.
18th A news wire story suggests that, if the Dodgers remain in Brooklyn, the Indians might move to L.A. Hank Greenberg denies the story saying, “as far as I know, there has been absolutely no talk in league councils about anybody moving anywhere.”
20th The Yankees top the Red Sox, 7–4, despite a pinch homer by Ted Williams in the 9th inning, off Bob Grim. In his last at bat, Williams hit an 8th inning solo shot on the 17th, both times pinch hitting for Murray Wall.
At Chicago, Warren Spahn and the Braves defeat the Cubs, 9–3. Spahn wins his 20th, and will lead the NL in winning percentage with .667.
21st At the Stadium, Ted Williams makes his first start in a month and poles a second inning grand slam, his 3rd homer in three consecutive games. Williams walks in his other 3 at bats as the Red Sox win, 6–3. Williams is hitting .380, 13 points ahead of Mantle, who has a single and a walk before being lifted for rest. Mickey Vernon also homers to back Russ Nixon’s 12th win.
Gail Harris is the last player to hit a HR as a New York Giant, as they beat the Pirates 9–5 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Ruben Gomez gains the last New York Giants’ victory.
Jerry Lynch hits a 2-out pinch homer in the 9th to tie the game, and Roy McMillan hits his only HR of the year with 2 out in the 10th, off Herm Wehmeier to enable the Reds to beat the Cards, 9–8. The Cardinals tie a record by using 8 pitchers in the game, and slip 5 games off the pace. The Redlegs set the NL mark with their 11th pinch-hit HR of the year. McMillan’s homer is hit off his landlord: during the season he rents a house in Westwood, owned by Wehmeier (as noted by Greg Rhodes).
At Memorial Stadium, Roy Sievers bangs two homers, one a grand slam, as the Senators top the Orioles, 8-1. Little-used Bob Wiesler (1-0) is the winner.
The Indians purchase Hoyt Wilhelm (1-4) from the Cardinals.
22nd In the 4th inning, Ted Williams hits his 4th HR in 4 games and four at bats to tie the ML record for consecutive homers He adds a single, going 2-for-2 with two walks, but the Yankees top the Red Sox at the Stadium, 5–1, as starter Tom Sturdivant (15–6) is the winner over Dave Sisler (7–7). With the victory, the Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant.
Duke Snider’s 39th and 40th HRs are the last that will be hit at Ebbets Field. The Duke of Flatbush ties Ralph Kiner’s NL mark of hitting at least 40 HRs in 5 consecutive seasons and is the first major leaguer to reach the 40-homer mark without driving in 100 runs: he’ll finish with 94. Phillie Robin Roberts, who will serve up 19 homeruns to Snider in their careers, is the loser, 7–3. When the Duke goes west next season, his power will go south. His high as an LA Dodger will be 23 homers.
In Chicago, the Braves close in on the pennant by topping the Cubs, 9–7, in the 10th inning on Bob Hazle’s HR. Hazle has 21 RBIs since hitting his first on July 31st. Turk Lown gives up the homer and takes the loss. Don McMahon is the winner.
23rd The Milwaukee Braves clinch the pennant by beating the Cardinals 4–2 on Hank Aaron’s 11th-inning HR. Billy Moffett serves up the pitch, his only gopher ball all season. The homer, Aaron’s 43rd, comes with 2 outs and Johnny Logan on base.
At Washington, with VP Nixon in attendance, Ted Williams reaches base 5 times to run his consecutive on base streak to a record 16 in the Red Sox 9–4 win. He has two singles, 4 consecutive (at bat) homers, 9 walks, and a hit by pitch in the skein. Williams is near the end of a second-half batting spree where he will hit .453. The Splinter engages in a pre-game hitting contest with AL homer leader Roy Sievers.
24th Hal Griggs of the Senators gets Ted Williams to ground out in the 1st, breaking the Red Sox slugger’s streak of reaching base 16 consecutive times. Williams homers off Gregg in the 4th to help win the game, 2–1.
In the last game at Ebbets Field, 6,702 fans watch Dodgers lefty Danny McDevitt prevail over the Pirates, 2–0. Gil Hodges has the last RBI. Sandy Koufax, in relief, gets a chance to hit for the 12th time this year and strikes out for the 12th straight time, a NL record.
The Yankees clinch their 23rd pennant and 8th under Casey Stengel, as Kansas City tips the White Sox 6–5. The Athletics will have no pitchers who qualify for the ERA title; the next team to match that will be the 1995 Cardinals.
In a 6–1 win over St. Louis, the Braves Hank Aaron hits his first grand slam. It is Hank’s 44th of the year to lead the NL. He’ll also lead in runs scored with 118 and RBIs with 132. Warren Spahn goes to 21-10.
25th In a 7-5 loss to the Cubs, Reds relief pitcher Dave Skaugstad pitches 4 shutout innings in his first ML appearance. At 17 years, 8 months, he is the second youngest pitcher in Reds history. Another Reds teenager, Curt Flood, has his only hit as a Reds player—a homerun. It is one of 3 homers hit off winning pitcher Moe Drabowsky.
27th Walter O’Malley says he will waive the oil rights to Chavez Ravine.
In a desperate move, New York City Council President Abe “Hit Sign, Win Suit” Stark says the Dodgers should be urged to enlarge and modernize Ebbets Field.
Owner Paul I. Fagan agrees to rent Seals Stadium to the Giants until Candlestick is ready. Fagan will pay $125,000 in annual taxes, in exchange for the parking concession, against 5 percent of the gross revenue.
Ernie Banks goes 5-for-5 against the Cardinals in a 3–2 Cub victory. Jim Brosnan is the winner for Chicago, while loser Lynn Lovenguth records his only decision of the year.
At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies edge the Dodgers, 3-2, as Jack Sanford loses his shutout when Sandy Amoros belts a 2-out 9th inning HR for Brooklyn. Bill Harris pitches commendably in his ML debut for Brooklyn. His next appearance will be for the Dodgers in one game in Los Angeles in 1959.
28th Ed Roebuck gets the last Brooklyn victory, an 8–4 win over the hometown Phils. He goes 4 innings in relief of starter Rene Valdez. Sandy Amoros has 3 hits and is credited with a steal of home when SS Chico Fernandez holds the ball on a single that sends Sandy to 3B. Ransom Jackson hits the last Brooklyn Dodgers home run, a 3-run shot, just his 2nd homer of the year. In his next at bat, in the 9th, Randy is lifted for 17-year-old Rod Miller, who strikes out in his lone ML appearance, the youngest player ever to debut and finish his ML career in the same game. Phils backup 1B Marv Blaylock gets his first hit since June 15th, a pinch homer in the 6th against Valdez. The HR comes in Marv’s last ML at bat and knocks Valdez out of his final ML game.
Johnny Klippstein of the Reds one-hits the Braves, 6–0, with Bob Hazle getting the only safety—a single with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
29th With 1895 manager Jack Doyle among the 11,606 looking on, the Giants lose their last game at the Polo Grounds 9–1. Pirate P Bob Friend defeats Johnny Antonelli. Bucs rookie Johnny Powers hits a HR in the top of the 9th, the last homer and RBI at the Polo Grounds.
The Brooklyn Dodgers lose their final game before moving west, a 2–1 loss to host Philadelphia. Roger Craig starts and Koufax relieves as Gilliam scores the only Dodger run.
Ernie Banks has 5 hits, including 3 doubles, as the Cubs complete a 3-game sweep of the Cardinals, 8–3. Chicago finishes in a tie for 7th.
In the final game of the year for the Reds and Braves, Cincinnati scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3-2 lead, but Red Schoendienst slaps an RBI single to tie and Felix Mantilla follows with a game-winning single for the 4-3 win. For Schoendienst, it is his 200th hit of the year: he is the only major leaguer to reach that mark. Jay Hook, Cincy’s starter throws 5 hitless innings before being lifted for 17-year-old Dave Skaugstad, who debuted 4 days ago. This is his last ML appearance as he finishes with 6 IP and a 1.59 ERA.
The Phillies Ed Bouchee, TSN’s rookie of the year, ends his freshman season with a 2-run homer as the Phils edge Brooklyn, 2–1. Rookie Seth Morehead wins his first ML victory in his only start this year.
At Griffith Stadium, the Orioles score 4 in the 10th to trip the Senators, 7-3. Chuck Stobbs, in relief, loses his 20th of the year. Roy Sievers draws a pinch intentional walk but finishes the year with an AL-high 114 RBIs for the last-place Nats.
At Fenway, the Red Sox down the Mantle-less Yankees, 3-2. Ted Williams is 2-for-2 to finish the year at .388, tops in the majors. He also leads in OBP at .526 and slugging (.731). Williams also sets a ML record for the highest batting average after the All-star break with a lusty .457 mark.
Bobby Bragan signs with Cleveland to replace manager Kirby Ferrell, released two days ago.