Baseball in 1941
|January 8||The BBWAA in TSN poll names the 1940 All Star team: Hank Greenberg‚ LF; Joe DiMaggio‚ CF; Ted Williams‚ RF; Frank McCormick‚ 1B; Joe Gordon‚ 2B; Luke Appling‚ SS; Stan Hack‚ 3B; Harry Danning‚ C. The pitchers are Bob Feller‚ Bucky Walters‚ and Paul Derringer.|
|January 21||Bob Feller signs with the Indians for a reported $30‚000.|
|January 31||Paul Waner‚ released by Pittsburgh in December 1940‚ signs with Brooklyn. He’ll play 11 games before moving onto the Braves‚ but he’ll return to Brooklyn in 1943.|
|February 8||The Tigers release OF Earl Averill and sign OF Hoot Evers‚ out of the University of Illinois. Averill will be released by Detroit‚ signed by the Braves‚ then released April 29.|
|February 14||The entire Dodger squad leave New York to train in Havana‚ Cuba for most of the spring. Babe Phelps‚ a reluctant traveler and still unsigned‚ will leave the team in Miami‚ rather than take a boat‚ and return to Maryland.|
|February 25||Days after the start of spring training‚ the Yankees sell Babe Dahlgren‚ the man who took over 1B from Lou Gehrig in 1939‚ to the Braves. The deal is questioned since no replacement seems apparent. McCarthy claims they would have won another pennant had not Babe Dahlgren made a costly error at first late in the season.|
|February 28||The Dodgers and Giants open the spring training schedule with a 4-3 Brooklyn win in Havana. Paul Dean takes the loss.|
|March 2||In Havana‚ the Dodgers complete a 3-game sweep of their rival Giants. During the regular 1940 season the Giants held a 16-6 advantage over Brooklyn.|
|March 4||Grace Comiskey‚ widow of J. Louis Comiskey‚ is elected president of the Chicago White Sox. Her husband died on July 18‚ 1939.|
|March 5||Dodger president Larry MacPhail issues instructions that all Dodger players must live in Brooklyn. MacPhail is also campaigning for visiting teams to stay in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan.|
|March 7||At Havana‚ the Dodgers roll over the Cleveland Indians 15-0. Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick use a batting helmet designed by two Johns Hopkins doctors with the help of Larry MacPhail. The two Dodgers‚ victims of HBPs last year‚ pronounce the helmets satisfactory. Brooklyn P Van Lingle Mungo celebrates the win a little too hard and when tomorrow’s game is rained out‚ he continues to party. The result is that manager Durocher sends him a note informing Mungo he’s been reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp in Macon. Mungo will pitch just 2 innings for Brooklyn this year.|
|March 8||Phillies P Hugh Mulcahy becomes the first big leaguer drafted into the Armed Forces for W.W.II. Mulcahy‚ an All Star in 1940 while leading the NL in losses for the 2nd time‚ will pitch less than 100 innings when he returns after the war. More than 100 major leaguers will be drafted within the next two years‚ and two-Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill-will be killed in action.|
|March 15||In Monterrey‚ Mexico‚ 6000 fans watch the Browns top the Boston Bees‚ 6-3. Chet Laabs‚ fighting to win the RF spot‚ hits a 400-fit homer in the 7th.|
|March 23||Joe DiMaggio‚ a hold out and late arrival in spring training‚ plays his first Grapefruit League game.|
|March 27||The Yankees sell P Steve Sundra to the Senators. Sundra‚ 11-1‚ in 1939‚ slipped in 1940 to 4-6.|
|March 30||Giants manager Bill Terry says he turned down a 3-team deal‚ which would have sent Dodgers 2B Pete Coscaret and Cubs holdout Hank Lieber to the Giants. Chicago would get Giant C-OF Harry Danning‚ while Brooklyn would get 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs. Brooklyn will still get Herman‚ but not till May 6.|
|April 11||At the Bee Hive‚ the Red Sox beat the Bees‚ 11-6‚ pinning the loss of wes Ferrell. Sibby Sisti hits a HR.|
|April 13||In the final pre-season tune-up game with Brooklyn‚ the Yankees win their 3rd in a row at Ebbets Field‚ 3-0‚ on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers had come into the series with an 11-game winning streak‚ including 4 with the Yanks on the way North.|
At Fenway‚ the Bees take the 2nd game in a 2-game set against the Red Sox‚ winning 10-3. Babe Dahlgren and Max West homer.
|April 14||With the only game scheduled in sweltering Washington‚ writers for The Sporting News selecting Cincinnati to repeat in the NL and Cleveland to win the AL. Franklin Roosevelt tosses out the first ball‚ and then the Yankees score single runs in the 1st‚ 4th‚ and 5th innings off Dutch Leonard to win‚ 3-0. Mario Russo allows three hits and drives in a run with a double to win. Phil Rizzuto‚ like Russo a graduate of New York’s Richmond Hills High School‚ is hitless in his debut‚ but fields flawlessly.|
|April 15||Cubs SS Lou “second” Stringer makes 4 errors in his debut‚ a NL record for a player in his first game. Stringer does better on offense adding 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Chicago beats the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 behind Claude Passeau and a clutch HR by Bill Nicholson. The win is the first for Jimmie Wilson‚ making his managerial debut.|
The Cardinals top the defending champion Reds 7-3‚ benefiting from homers by Ernie Koy‚ Enos Slaughter‚ and John Mize.
Bob Feller walks 7 White Sox batters‚ hits 2‚ and allows 5 hits as Chicago edges Cleveland‚ 4-3. One of Feller’s walks forces in the winning run. A crowd of 46‚064 breaks the Municipal Stadium record for an opener.
|April 19||In the annual Patriot’s Day doubleheader in Boston‚ the Dodgers sting the Bees‚ winning 8-0 in each game. Luke Hamlin and Whit Wyatt apply the whitewashings.|
|April 20||At Shibe Park‚ the Yankees bombard the A’s‚ 19-5‚ with Joe DiMaggio driving in 6 runs‚ 4 on a grand slam. Red Ruffing is down‚ 4-2‚ to Chubby Dean after 4 innings‚ but the New Yorkers notch 8 runs in the 5th. Joe Gordon has 2 home runs good for 5 RBIs.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants draw 56‚314 to date the biggest crowd ever to view a single game. They get their money’s worth as the Dodgers shade the Giants‚ 10-9. Mel Ott has 2 of the 5 homers hit in the game. The Dodgers score the winning run in the 9th when Dolph Camilli scores from 2B after Babe Young‘s throw hits Kampouris‚ running from 1B‚ in the head. Reiser has 4 hits for Brooklyn and Hugh Casey wins in relief.
At the direction of Larry MacPhail‚ the Dodgers start to wear liners designed by Dr. Walter Dandy in their caps. This is in response to the numerous beanball wars of 1940 that hospitalized Joe Medwick‚ Billy Jurges‚ and others‚ and the cap will “save” Pete Reiser when he is beaned by the Phil’s Ike Pearson. In August‚ Dr. Dandy will apply for a patent on the cap but will turned down because the Patent Office has already granted one to MacPhail. An accommodation will be reached between the two granting Dandy the patent with royalties going to the Majors. The Dandy cap will get only occasional use until 1949‚ when it is discarded.
A syndicate of 12 Bostonians buys 73 percent of the Braves‚ formerly the Bees‚ for $350‚000 from the Charles F. Adams estate.
|April 21||33-year-old vet Wes Ferrell beats the Phillies‚ 8-1‚ in a complete game win for the Braves. He also has an RBI single‚ but it is his last ML win. He’ll be released May 8‚ but end up managing in the minors and winning two batting titles (the Virginia L in 1942‚ when his 31 HRs will lead the league: the Western Carolina L in 1948). His lifetime minor league average will end up at .349.|
|April 23||With Ted Williams on the bench‚ having reinjured his ankle yesterday‚ the Red Sox fall to the Yankees‚ 4-2‚ in 11 innings. Joe DiMaggio is hitless‚ but Phil Rizzuto provides the offense by hitting his first ML homer‚ a 2-run shot off Charlie Wagner in the 11th‚ to win the contest.|
Phillies sidearmer Ike Pearson beans Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser on the cheek. Pearson lasts 7 innings in losing‚ 4-0‚ to Whit Wyatt.
In a PCL game‚ Hollywood’s Babe Herman pinch hits in the 9th with 2 out and hits a grand slam to beat Los Angeles‚ 10-6. It’s the Babe’s 2nd PH homer this year.
Hank Greenberg‚ baseball’s highest paid star‚ is ordered to report to his draft board on May 7th.
|April 26||The Chicago Cubs are the first team to install an organ within a ballpark. With Roy Nelson at the keyboard‚ the Cubs hit sour notes‚ losing 6-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals‘ Max Lanier. Nelson has to stop playing at 2:30 when the radio pregame shows began. Rules at the time forbade songs from the ASCAP song publishing service from being played over the radio–even in the background–without compensation.|
|April 29||At their stockholders meeting‚ the new owners of the Boston Nationals abandon the Bees nickname in favor of the Braves. Bob Quinn‚ retained as president‚ instituted the name change in January‚ 1936‚ by appealing the public for suggestions.|
|April 30||The Dodgers‚ down 3-0‚ score 4‚ including a run in the 9th to beat Vander Meer and the Reds. For the Dodgers‚ it is their 9th straight win‚ but they drop to 2nd place behind the Cards.|
|May 1||Reds P Bucky Walters stops the Dodgers‚ 2-1 in 11 innings. The Dodgers load the bases in the 11th‚ but Durocher and Babe Phelps strike out to end the game. Curt Davis takes the loss.|
Cecil Travis raises his average to .571 with a homer and 2 doubles to pace the Senators to a 7-0 win over the White Sox. Dutch Leonard twirls the shutout.
|May 3||Hank Gornicki of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches a one-hitter in his big-league debut‚ beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0. Stan Benjamin‘s single is the lone hit. It is the Cards’ 8th straight win.|
|May 4||The Indians win their 10th in a row‚ 12-4‚ over Washington. Al Smith is the winner.|
In St. Louis‚ Lefty Grove wins his 294th victory‚ 11-4‚ over the Browns. The Red Sox back Lefty with 15 hits.
|May 5||Bobo Newsom and the Tigers trounce the Yankees 10-1 in Detroit. Joe DiMaggio is held hitless and has gone 7-for-43 in his last 12 games.|
|May 6||The Dodgers snag veteran 2B Billy Herman from the Cubs for OF Charlie Gilbert‚ IF Johnny Hudson‚ and $65‚000. Herman‚ the premier 2B in the league‚ is hitting just .194‚ but will replace the journeyman Pete Coscarart. In his first game as a Dodger‚ Herman is 4-for-4 to lead Brooklyn to a 7-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh.|
The newly renamed Braves beat the Cards‚ 5-4‚ to snap the Redbirds 10-game win streak (12 on the road). All the runs come in the 5th and are unearned. It’s the Cards first loss away from St. Louis since losing in spring training March 29th. Since then they’d won 25 straight-exhibition and regular-away from home.
Playing in his last game before induction into the Army tomorrow‚ Hank Greenberg hits 2 HRs to lead Detroit to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. Each time he teams with Bruce Campbell to go back-to-back‚ the 2nd time in his career he’s done it. Rudy York and he teamed up. A few days later OF Joe Gallagher of the Dodgers is drafted. No other regular ML player will be drafted during the season‚ but several others on training rosters will‚ as contemporary writers phrase it‚ “join the colors.”
|May 7||At Philadelphia‚ Cubs pitcher Bill Lee cracks a pair of homers while pitching Chicago to an 11-2 win over the Phils. Bill Crouch takes the loss.|
At the Polo Grounds‚ Reds SS Eddie Joost accepts a record 19 chances as Cincinnati edges New York‚ 1-0. In addition to his 10 assists and 9 putouts‚ Joost has a throwing error and the game’s only stolen base. Ernie Lombardi‘s homer accounts for the only run as Bucky Walters is the winner over Prince Hal Schumacher in a battle of veterans. Both pitchers keep the ball down and each outfield accounts for a single flyout‚ tying the ML mark for fewest chances by 2 teams.
The Pirates send veteran Lloyd Waner to the Braves‚ where he will be reunited with his brother‚ in exchange for P Nick Strincevich. Waner will play just a month in Boston before being swapped to the Reds for John Hutchings. Waner will play 77 games for 3 teams this year and not strike out.
|May 12||Love that home cooking. At Boston‚ its Lefty against Lefty as Grove stops the Yankees Gomez‚ 6-4 for the southpaw’s 20th straight win at Fenway Park. It is his 295th career victory. Jimmie Foxx helps with a 2-run homer.|
|May 14||Browns hurlers walk 19 Athletics. Starter Bob Harris issues 8 of the passes‚ but the Browns win anyway 10-5.|
The Cubs finally give up on Dizzy Dean. Diz gets his release the same day that brother Paul is sent to the minors by the Giants. Diz will sign on as a coach.
The Giants sell Ernie Koy to the Reds and send P Harry Gumbert to the Cardinals for P “Fiddler Bill” McGee. Gumbert will go 11-5 for the Cards in 1941 and pitch another 10 years.
|May 15||Joe DiMaggio gets a single in 4 at bats against Ed Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D’s hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees lose‚ 13-1. Taffy Wright homers and drives in 4 White Sox runs‚ the 8th straight game he’s driven in a run.|
A single by Jimmie Bloodworth in the 7th is the only hit for the Senators as they lose to the Browns Denny Galehouse‚ 7-0.
Rip Radcliff‚ one of the top AL batters in 1940 for the Browns‚ is waived to the Tigers as a result of a sudden batting decline.
The Browns trade P Vern Kennedy to the Senators for vet Rick Ferrell. The Senators release vet P Danny MacFayden.
|May 16||The Yankees bench Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Priddy‚ putting back Gordon and Crosetti. New York then rally in the 9th to beat the White Sox‚ 5-4.|
|May 17||The city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania declare a legal holiday to honor the A’s manager on Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park. Connie declines to agree to a name change for Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. George M. Cohan sings a new baseball song and then the Tigers put a damper on the day’s festivities with a 6-5 come-from-behind win. Frank Croucher has three hits‚ including a triple‚ for Detroit.|
The Phils Johnny Podgajny outduels the Reds Bucky Walters to win‚ 2-1.
Myril Hoag‘s clutch hitting paces the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Yankees‚ as Chicago wins the rubber game in the 3-game series.
|May 18||The Cards rally to beat the Phils‚ 6-5‚ but they lose rookie C Walker Cooper who fractures a scapula bone and dislocates a collar bone. Cooper is bowled over by Harry Marnie‚ who scores in the 5th.|
|May 19||Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau hits a grand slam off Hugh Casey as the Cubs score 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Chicago coast to a 14-1 win at home. Brooklyn manager Durocher protests the game claiming the Cubs are over the 25-man limit‚ but the protest is tossed out. The Cubs will be fined $500 for the infraction. Brooklyn also protests that the mound is several inches over the 15 inch height allowed: at the suggestion of the umps‚ Casey pitches from several inches in front of the rubber‚ but it doesn’t help.|
|May 20||OF Taft Wright of the Chicago White Sox doubles to drive in a run and sets an AL record by driving in at least one run in 13 consecutive games. Wright has 22 RBI in the streak‚ although in 6 of the games he knocked in a run without a hit.|
With the Phils down 4-0‚ the Phils George Jumonville hits a pinch homer‚ his only HR in the majors‚ and the Phils come back to top the Cards in 11 innings‚ 6-4. It is Jumonville’s last ML at bat.
At Crosley Field‚ the Reds score 6 runs in the 9th to defeat the Braves‚ 9-6. Frank McCormick finishes the scoring with a 3-run homer.
|May 22||A smart play by the Reds Lonny Frey helps Cincy to a 6-4 win over the Giants. With one out and the sacks full in the 1st‚ Chuck Aleno hits a DP grounder to short. Frey‚ running from 2B‚ allows the ball to hit him for an out‚ stopping play and putting Aleno on 1B. Ernie Lombardi then hits a grand slam. Frank McCormick adds a 2-run HR in the 3rd.|
|May 24||Selma Cloverleaf (Southeastern L) pitcher Hal Toenes relieves in the top of the ninth inning against the Jackson Mississipians with a runner on 1B and 2 out (as noted by historian Bill Hickman). Without throwing a pitch‚ he picks the runner off 1B. Selma‚ 4 runs down‚ scores 6 runs to give Toenes the pitchless win.|
|May 25||Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. His run to be the first since Bill Terry in 1930 to exceed the magic number will be marked in newspapers throughout the season‚ although it will often give way to the batting streak by Joe DiMaggio. DiMag singles today‚ off Boston’s Lefty Grove. Grove thus joins two of baseball’s most famous streaks-Joe’s current hitting streak and Ruth’s 60 homers in 1927. Lefty served up a gopher on September 27‚ 1927.|
Pete Reiser hits his only career grand slam to pace the Dodgers to an 8-4 win over the Phils. Reiser’s HR comes off Ike Pearson‚ who had beaned him just a month earlier.
|May 27||At the Polo Grounds the score 1-1 between the Giants and Braves when umpire Jocko Conlan calls time in the 7th. The crowd and the two teams then listens for 45 minutes while President Roosevelt’s radio message about the war in Europe is heard on the loudspeakers. When play resumes‚ the Braves lift Jim Tobin for Manny Salvo‚ while the Giants take out starter Hal Schumacher‚ replacing him with Carl Hubbell. Hubbell’s single wins it for New York‚ 2-1.|
Joe DiMaggio is 4-for-5 with three runs and three ribbies to pace the Yankees to a 10-8 win over the Senators.
|May 28||The New York Yankees edge the Washington Senators‚ 6-5‚ before 25‚000 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium. George Selkirk twinkles with a pinch grand slam‚ and DiMaggio triples against Sid Hudson.|
|May 29||The Cards nip the Reds 10-9 for their 10th straight win. The last five are one run victories. The Reds almost pull the game out‚ scoring 3 in the 9th‚ but Marty Marion snags a Ernie Lombardi line drive and doubles up Ernie Koy at 2B.|
Ted Williams is 3-for-5 and scores a pair in the Red Sox 6-4 win over the A’s. Ted will score 2 or more runs for the next 7 games giving him 8 in a row.
Despite scoring 5 runs in the top of the 6th‚ the Yanks and Senators tie 2-2 in a game called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has a hit and a strikeout‚ just his 3rd this year.
|May 30||With Brooklyn 3 games in back of the Cards‚ 59‚487 jam the Polo Grounds to watch the Dodgers and Giants. Whitlow Wyatt shuts a out the Giants to win the opener‚ and Brooklyn overcomes a 2-1 deficit in the nitecap to score 5 runs in the 9th and win 6-2.|
The Red Sox and Yanks split‚ New York winning the opener and Boston trouncing New York in the nitecap‚ 13-0. The Sox cap it off with a triple steal. Williams laces 6 hits in the doubleheader‚ while Joe DiMaggio hits in both games to run his streak to 16. It is not a good day for the DiMag‚ suffering from a cold‚ as he commits an error in the opener and 3 more in the nitecap.
The Cards run their win streak to 11 in a row by defeating the Reds‚ 4-1‚ in the opener. The Reds win game 2 by a 3-2 score.
|June 1||After losing 6 straight games in mid-May‚ the Dodgers begin to show the results of the trades by Larry MacPhail and Leo Durocher. They win their 9th-straight game‚ beating the ailing Cards‚ 2-1‚ and are now tied first place. Kirby Higbe is a winner over Lanier. Suffering Red Birds include Mize‚ out with a broken finger for 30 games‚ and Walker Cooper‚ suffering from a broken shoulder blade‚ who will be out two months.|
Mel Ott’s 2-run homer‚ the 400th of his career and his 1‚500th RBI‚ gives the Giants a 3-2 win over the Reds.
|June 2||New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig died at his home in the Bronx. From that time on‚ the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig‘s Disease.|
In Cleveland‚ the Indians defeat the Yankees‚ 7-5‚ behind Bob Feller. Feller had been unscored upon in 31 innings before New York got to him. DiMaggio has a single and double‚ improving his consecutive hit streak to 19 games‚ and also robs Ken Keltner of an extra base hit with a running catch in center.
The Cards move back into sole possession of first with a 5-4 victory over Brooklyn. Johnny Hopp triples‚ then scores the winner in the 9th.
The Senators beat Bill Dietrich, 8-3, to drop the White Sox from first place. Buddy Lewis records two hits to reach the 1,000 level at age 24. However, he’ll barely make 1500 hits because of three and a half years lost to military service.
|June 3||The Phils top the Cubs 7-0 on a one-hitter by P Tommy Hughes. Lou Novikoff‘s single to lead off the 8th is the only hit.|
Brooklyn tops the Cards 6-0 as Whitlow Wyatt tosses another shutout‚ beating Mort Cooper. Reiser homers in the 1st‚ and Dolf Camilli adds another roundtripper in the 4th.
|June 6||The Giants use plastic batting helmets for the first time against the Pirates but lose a doubleheader to the Bucs 5-4 and 4-3. In game 2‚ Pittsburgh P Rip Sewell sets an NL record by handling 11 assists.|
Danny Litwhiler‘s 2nd inning infield single is the only hit given up by Johnny Vander Meer as the beats the Phils‚ 7-0. The Reds SS has both hands on Litwhiler’s grounder but fumbles it and it is ruled a hit.
|June 7||The Yankees scores 5 in the 9th to beat host St. Louis 11-7. DiMaggio has 3 hits and King Kong Keller belts a grand slam to back reliever Charley Stanceau.|
The Cards regain the NL lead by pounding out 19 hits and beating the Giants‚ 11-3. Jimmy Brown‚ Coaker Triplett‚ and Terry Moore each collect four hits.
|June 8||Yankee C Bill Dickey pulls off the only unassisted DP of his career in the first of two with the Browns. Dickey catches Bob Swift‘s pop foul along the first base line and tags first to double off the straying runner‚ Johnny Berardino. The Yanks sweep the Browns‚ 9-3 and 8-3. DiMaggio collects 7 RBIs on the afternoon‚ with 2 homers in the opener and 2 hits in the nitecap. He has now hit in 24 straight. From today’s 2nd game to July 26th‚ Joe will jolt 11 homers without striking out.|
At Chicago‚ Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove (4-1) goes 10 innings topping the Pale Hose‚ 4-1. It is Lefty’s 297th win.
|June 9||At Crosley Field‚ the Reds spot the Dodgers 4 runs after 7 innings‚ then win 9-7 on Lonnie Frey’s game tying 2-run homer and game winning 2-run double.|
|June 10||Cardinal starter Lon Warneke yields a single to Phils lead off hitter Emmett Mueller‚ then gives up no more safeties as he wins‚ 3-0. It’s the 2nd one-hitter against the Phils in 4 days.|
|June 12||Babe Phelps‚ who skipped spring training‚ misses the Dodger train to St. Louis and returns to New York claiming he’s “ill.” A furious Durocher declares he’s “through” with the hypochondriac catcher‚ fines him $500 and puts Herman Franks behind the plate for the Cards’ series. Phelps returns to Maryland and will not play the rest of the season.|
A month after joining the two Waner brothers together‚ the Braves ship Lloyd (.412) to the Reds for pitcher Johnny Hutchings. The Waners will team up together on the Dodgers in 1944.
|June 13||Dodger ace Whitlow Wyatt continues his mastery of the Cards‚ winning 1-0 in the series opener.|
|June 14||Brooklyn takes the 2nd game against the Cards‚ scoring 7 runs in the 6th to win 12-5.|
|June 15||In St. Louis‚ Brooklyn and the Cards split‚ with the Dodgers winning the 1st game 8-1‚ and St. Louis taking the 2nd game 3-0. Pete Reiser is hit twice by pitches during the doubleheader.|
|June 17||Joe DiMaggio is credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to short bounces up and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder. Chicago beats the Yankees 8-7.|
|June 18||The Giants play an 11-inning tie in Pittsburgh because of a regulation that states that no inning can be started after 11:50 P.M. The game is held up in the 4th inning so that the fans can listen to a broadcast of the title fight between local favorite Billy Conn and Joe Louis.|
|June 21||At Boston‚ Lefty Grove finally loses at Fenway after 20 consecutive wins at home‚ as the Browns pound the Red Sox‚ 13-9. Grove is knocked out in 2nd inning. Harland Clift leads the day’s slugging with 2 doubles and a triple‚ good for 4 RBIs. Grove’s streak began on May 3‚ 1938 and went through May 12th. He’ll end this year with a record of 55-17 (1934-41)‚ and his .764 winning percentage is the highest ever for a lefty at Fenway.|
|June 22||Edging the Tigers‚ 5-4‚ the Yankees set an AL mark for homers in consecutive games at 18. The Tigers set the mark last year with 17. Joe DiMaggio homers and doubles to extend his hit streak to 35.|
|June 23||Brooklyn’s Fred Fitzsimmons beats the Pirates‚ 9-4‚ for his 13th straight win over the Bucs‚ stretching back to June 16‚ 1939. It’s his last decision against Pittsburgh.|
Cleveland SS Lou Boudreau pulls off a hidden ball trick on Boston’s Skeeter Newsome in the 2nd inning‚ but the Sox shrug it off to win‚ 13-2.
|June 25||At Boston‚ Red Sox veteran Lefty Grove pitches 9 innings to win‚ 7-2‚ over Cleveland for his 5th win of the year and the 298th of his career.|
In the top of the 13th inning‚ the White Sox pull off a triple steal against the Senators and score 2 runs to win‚ 2-0. Joe Kuhel is on the front end of the AL’s only extra-inning triple steal. The Sox manage only 5 hits off Sid Hudson‚ while Sox starter Johnny Rigney allows 6 in 13 frames.
In Newton‚ Mass. 700 fans pay $1 each to watch Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth play golf. Cobb wins 3-2‚ but Ruth will beat him in 2 days. A third match will be played later this summer.
47-year-old spitballer Snipe Conley pitches a 9-inning 11-7 win for Dallas (Texas League) over San Antonio. Conley‚ who holds the Texas League record for consecutive wins (19)‚ last pitched in 1928.
|June 26||Yankee P Mario Russo loses a no hitter in the 7th inning when the Browns’ George McQuillan-a future Yankee-homers. Henrich homers for New York to extend New York’s consecutive homer streak to 21 games. Then in the 8th‚ Henrich bunts Red Rolfe to 2B to give the hitless DiMaggio another at bat. Joe doubles on the first pitch off Eldon Auker to run his streak to 38 games. New York wins‚ 4-1‚ and takes over first place.|
Although knocked out of the box‚ Bob Feller wins his 16th‚ beating the Red Sox‚ 11-8.
|June 28||White Sox rookie Don Kolloway does it all. He steals 4 bases‚ including a record-tying 2nd‚ 3rd‚ and home in the 9th‚ and hits 2 HRs and a single in a 6-4 win over the Indians. He came into the game hitting .168.|
Players act as umpires after Casey Stengel receives a telegram from umpire Babe Pinelli that he other the two other umps Al Barlick and Lee Ballanfant are fogbound on a nightboat from New York. Stengel picks Johnny Cooney to ump behind the plate while Manager Leo Durocher picks Freddy Fitzsimmons. There are no beefs in the first inning‚ though Boston plates one run‚ and when the regularly assigned umpires finally run on the field just before the second inning‚ the fans greet them with foghorn imitations. Boston wins‚ 3-2.
DiMaggio has two hits and a walk off Johnny Babich of the A’s‚ to extend his streak to 40 games‚ second longest in the AL. New York wins‚ 7-4‚ as Keller homers‚ the 23rd game in a row the Yanks have gone deep. The 2nd-place Yankees will win their next 13 games.
|June 29||Joe DiMaggio lines a double against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the 6th inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler‘s AL consecutive-game hit record of 41. In game 2 he collects a 7th-inning single off Red Anderson to set the record at 42 games. In the first game‚ the Yankees notch a homer by Henrich and one from Charlie Keller in the nitecap‚ the 25th straight game the Bombers have homered‚ for a new ML record. New York sweeps‚ winning 9-4 and 7-5.|
|June 30||The Browns score 9 runs in the 7th to drive Bob Feller out of the box and beat the Indians‚ 12-6. Joe Grace has a double in homer in the big inning.|
The Giants score 3 runs in the 12th to break up a scoreless pitching duel between the Braves Manuel Salvo and New York’s Cliff Melton. Salvo loses his 10th in a row.
Pete Reiser triples on the 1st pitch of the game and the next time up hits the 1st pitch for a HR as the Dodgers whip the Phillies‚ 9-2. Whit Wyatt wins his 12th‚ allowing 6 hits. The win gives the Dodgers a first-place tie with the Cards.
|July 1||Despite the 95 degree weather‚ 52‚832 are on hand at Yankee Stadium to watch Joe DiMaggio lead a sweep of the Red Sox‚ 7-2 and 9-2. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the first game‚ off Mike Ryba‚ and one in the 2nd‚ off Jack Wilson‚ to tie Willie Keeler‘s ML batting streak of 44 games. The Yankees have 25 hits in the 2 games but fail to add a HR among their 15 hits in the first game. This ends their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one HR. The previous record‚ set by the Tigers in 1940‚ was 17 games and the Tigers will take back the record in 1994. During the streak the Bombers have connected for 40 homers‚ 9 by DiMaggio.|
The Cleveland Indians suspend OF Roy Weatherly for sulking. Manager Peckinpaugh will keep Weatherly in his doghouse‚ benching him for an August 10 twinbill and leaving him in Cleveland when the Tribe makes a short swing to St. Louis and Detroit after that.
|July 2||At Yankee Stadium‚ Joe DiMaggio extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 45 by hitting a HR‚ his only hit of the game‚ off Boston’s Dick Newsome‚ surpassing Willie Keeler‘s all-time record. Newsome started in place of Lefty Grove‚ who asked for the day off because of the 95 degree heat. New York wins‚ 8-4.|
|July 3||At Philley‚ the Red Sox win‚ 5-2‚ over the A’s as Lefty Grove scatters 10 hits to win. For Lefty (6-2)‚ it is his 299th win. Ted Williams hits his 16th homer.|
|July 4||At Chicago‚ the Cards drop a doubleheader to the Cubs‚ 6-5 and 5-2‚ to drop a full game in back of the rained-out Dodgers.|
In front of 6‚013 in Boston‚ Manuel Salvo breaks his 10-game loss streak‚ beating the Braves‚ 4-3. Jim Tobin allows 2 hits in shutting out the Phils in game 2‚ 2-0.
|July 5||Joe DiMaggio hits his 19th homer to run his hit streak to 46 games. Charles Keller adds his 18th and 19th homers as the Yankees beat the A’s‚ 10-5. Red Rolfe wins his 6th in a row.|
Although outhit‚ the Indians beat the White Sox‚ 5-3. Sox manager is tossed because of remarks to the umps and he will be suspended indefinitely tomorrow by the AL prexy.
The Cards manage only 4 hits off the Reds Johnny Vander Meer in losing their 4th straight‚ 2-1. Vandy ties a ML mark with 3 assists in the 4th inning‚ throwing out Slaughter‚ Marion‚ and Mancuso.
|July 6||A crowd of 60‚948 watch as the Yankees defeat the visiting A’s‚ 8-4 and 3-1. DiMaggio has 4 hits in the first game and 2 in the nitecap.|
The Reds Elmer Riddle (9-0) allows 3 hits in shutting out the Cardinals‚ 3-0. Lon Warneke is the loser.
Ted Lyons win his 8th of the year and 241st overall as the White Sox defeat the Indians‚ 9-4.
Dizzy Dean resigns as coach of the Cubs to take a broadcasting job with the Cardinals.
|July 8||At the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium‚ Ted Williams‚ hitting .405 at the break‚ homers off Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau with two out and 2 on in the 9th inning to give the AL a dramatic 7-5 victory. Williams’ 4 RBIs are matched by NL SS Arky Vaughan‚ who hits HRs in the 7th and 8th. Vaughan is the first player to homer twice in the classic.|
Warren Spahn‚ 19‚ pitches his 4th shutout in a row as Evansville (Three I) edges Madison‚ 1-0.
|July 9||Any pitchers here? In a Arizona-Texas League game‚ the Tucson Cowboys beat the Bisbee Bees‚ 30-15‚ collecting 31 hits. Tucson won yesterday’s match by a score of 16-14.|
|July 11||Lefty Grove allows just 6 hits in 8 innings‚ but the Tigers beat the Red Sox veteran‚ 2-0.|
|July 13||In Chicago‚ the Yankees sweep two‚ winning 8-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings‚ to run their win streak to 14. Joe DiMaggio continues his streak with three singles in the opener and another in the nitecap off Thornton Lee. New York’s lead in the AL is 5 games.|
Elmer Riddle (10-0) tosses his 2nd straight shut out as the Reds beat 4-0 in game 1 of a twinbill. The Braves then beat All-star hurler Paul Derringer with 2 runs in the 9th to win‚ 6-5.
Former ML player Eddie Mayo‚ playing for Los Angeles (Pacific Coast League)‚ is accused of spitting in the face of umpire Ray Snyder during an argument. PCL President W. C. Tuttle suspends Mayo for one year. Mayo protests that he never spat and‚ after a series of hearings with minor-league czar Judge Brabham‚ he will be reinstated on September 5 and finish the season with the Angels. Burleigh Grimes‚ managing Grand Rapids in the Michigan State League last year‚ was banned for a year for a similar offense.
|July 15||Pitching for the Paragould Browns in the Northeast Arkansas League (Class D)‚ Hooks Iott pitches 16 innings against Newport‚ the eventual league champs‚ and strikes out 30 batters. Hooks’ total is an organized ball record. Hooks struck out 22 Jonesboro batters on June 26 and 25 batters earlier to break Burley (sic) Grimes’ 1937 league mark.|
|July 16||DiMaggio is 3-for-4 as the Yanks pummel the Indians‚ 10-3. Joe’s streak is now at 56 games.|
Chet Laabs has a record-tying 4 long hits-2 homers‚ a triple and double-to pace the Browns to an 11-2 win over the A’s. Bob Muncrief is the winner.
|July 17||In front of more than 60‚000 fans at Cleveland’s League Park‚ Joe DiMaggio‘s hitting streak is ended at 56 games (94 hits). Indian pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby‚ plus sensational plays by 3B Ken Keltner‚ stop the Yankee Clipper. But New York edges the Indians 4-3‚ for their 17th win in 18 games to stretch their lead to 7 games.|
At Detroit‚ Bobo Newsom stops another hitting streak-Cecil Travis‘s 24 gamer-and stops the Senators‚ 7-1. Sid Hudson is pounded for the loss.
At Chicago‚ the other DiMaggio-Dom-cracks a triple and home run to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the White Sox. Another streak is stopped as starter Thornton Lee is lifted after 16 straight complete games for Chicago. Herb Newsome is the winner.
The Reds unbeaten Elmer Liddle (11-0) gives up 10 hits to the Giants‚ but wins his 11th straight‚ 5-4. The Reds are in 4th place‚ 12 games behind Brooklyn.
In a 16-inning 1-1 tie‚ Hooks Iott of Paragould (Northeast Arkansas ) fans 30 against Newport. His 229 strikeouts in 143 innings will earn him a call up to the Browns in September.
|July 18||The White Sox top Boston‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Lefty Grove‚ trying for his 300th win‚ goes all the way to take the loss.|
|July 19||The Browns take two from the visiting Red Sox‚ 9-3 and 4-3. George McQuinn hits for the cycle in game 1 for St. Louis.|
|July 20||Joe DiMaggio collects 3 doubles and a HR as the Yankees go 17 innings with the Tigers before winning 12-6 at Detroit. Also homering are fellow outfielders Keller and Henrich.|
|July 22||In the 2nd inning‚ with one out and 1B open‚ the Cards intentionally walk the Giants Dick Bartell to get to Billy Jurges. The hot Jurges‚ with 9 hits in his last 9 official at-bats‚ pops out. In his next 2 at bats‚ Jurges has a homer and double‚ but the Giants lose‚ 7-6.|
|July 23||After 11 straight wins‚ Elmer Riddle loses to the Dodgers‚ 5-4. The Reds give Elmer a 4-run lead‚ off Higbe‚ but he fails to hold it. Frank McCormick is beaned by Higbe and taken off the field on a stretcher. McCormick has played 349 straight games.|
Dick Wakefield‚ University of Michigan star‚ plays his first pro game‚ going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts for Winston Salem. Wakefield was signed by the Tigers for $52‚000 and a car. He’ll get into seven ML games in 1941‚ hitting just .143.
|July 25||Forty-one-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th game as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 10-6 before a Fenway Ladies Day crowd of 16‚000. The score is tied 6-6 when Williams cracks a 2-run homer to put the Sox ahead. Jim Tabor contributes 2 homers‚ and Foxx adds a 2-run triple. The loser is Al Milnar in relief of Mel Harder. Grove throws 120 pitches and loses 8 pounds in the effort. He will make 6 more starts‚ but this will be his last career win.|
|July 26||The Yankees roll over the White Sox‚ 11-3‚ collecting 14 hits. But Sox reliever Johnny Hallett strikes out Joe DiMaggio in the 6th‚ the first K for Joe since June 8.|
The Cards Ernie White wins his 4th game in 5 days‚ a 20th century ML record‚ stopping the Braves‚ 9-2. His other wins‚ all in relief‚ were over the Giants on July 22‚ 23‚ and 24‚ also a record.
|July 31||In the first game of a twinbill‚ the Browns outlast the Red Sox 16-11‚ scoring 6 runs in the 9th. The game takes 3 hours and 11 minutes‚ the longest regulation AL game up to this time. Roy Cullenbine has 2 official at bats‚ but scores 5 runs and knocks in 5. He hits a grand slam as does Ted Williams for Boston. In game 2‚ the Sox win‚ 4-1 in a game called after 7 1/2 innings because of a thick mist covering the field.|
|August 1||Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees pitches a 9-0 shutout over the visiting St. Louis Browns despite walking 11 batters‚ the most ever issued in a shutout. He allows 5 hits and walks Roy Cullenbine 4 times. A ML record-tying 15 Brownie base runners are left stranded‚ matching a mark done twice before in shut outs (May 22‚ 1913; July 29‚ 1931). Not until the Cardinals on May 24‚ 1994‚ will the mark be surpassed. The Browns will set a AL record this year‚ with 1334 left on base. Henrich leads the Yanks with 4 hits‚ including 2 homers. For Gomez‚ it is his 8th straight win.|
|August 2||Marv Breuer shuts out the Browns on 3 hits to win‚ 2-0. It is the Yankees 3rd shutout in a row. Denny Galehouse gives up 8 hits‚ including a double to DiMaggio. This extends DiMag’s new hit streak to 16 games.|
|August 3||Browns knuckler Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio’s streak of 74 games in reaching base. DiMag is 0-for-8 on the afternoon‚ as the first place Yanks lose two to the Browns‚ 6-2 and 5-0. Niggling wins the opener and Harris allows 2 hits in the game 2 whitewash.|
Braves pitchers Jim Tobin and Johnny Hutchings toss shutouts over the Reds‚ winning 5-0 and 3-0.
The first-division A’s draw their largest crowd in history‚ 40‚200 (30‚613 paid) for a twinbill with the Indians. Another 15‚000 are turned away. In game 1‚ Bob Feller finally wins his 20th‚ 6-3‚ allowing 3 hits and walking 7. In the nitecap‚ the A’s score a run in the 9th off Clint Brown to win‚ 4-3.
In a rarity‚ Ken Heintzelman starts both ends of a doubleheader against the Giants‚ as the Pirates sweep a pair in Pittsburgh‚ 5-4 and 10-5. Heintzelman gets neither win as the victories go to Dutch Dietz and Bob Klinger.
|August 4||In the 3rd inning‚ C Mickey Owens catches 3 foul flies‚ the first time in the ML that feat’s been recorded. His Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6th and 7th to whip the Giants‚ 11-6.|
|August 6||In the 3rd inning against the Indians‚ Detroit P Al Benton collects 2 sacrifices bunts‚ a ML record‚ as the Tigers send 17 men to the plate. Detroit scores a ML record-tying (for the inning) 11 runs on 6 hits‚ 7 walks‚ and 2 errors. That’s all the scoring needed‚ as Detroit rolls‚ 11-2‚ for a Benton victory.|
In a mid week doubleheader at Boston‚ the Red Sox and Yankees split‚ New York taking the lidlifter‚ 6-3‚ and the Sox the nitecap‚ 3-1. Williams is 1-for-6 but Pete Fox has a pair of hits in each game for Boston. In his last 5 games‚ Fox has collected 2 triples‚ 6 doubles‚ and 6 singles.
In the Giants-Dodgers game‚ Bill Klem umps his first game of the year. Klem is filling in for Larry Goetz‚ whose arm was fractured when a foul ball hit him.
|August 7||The Cards retake 1st place over the idle Dodgers by edging the Reds‚ 3-2 in 11 innings. Mort Cooper retires the last 2 Reds with the bases loaded.|
Bob Feller goes down to defeat for the 4th time in his last 5 starts as the Tigers beat the Cleveland ace‚ 4-3‚ in 13 innings after Clarence Campbell’s 3-run pinch homer ties it for the Tribe in the 9th after 2 pinch hitters reach safely. The 3 pinch runners scoring ties the league and ML mark for an inning. In a rare triple-double‚ Feller strikes out 13‚ walks 11‚ and gives up 13 hits.
|August 8||Cubs rookie Paul Erickson wins his first ML game‚ pitching a nifty one-hitter to beat the Pirates Johnny Lanning‚ 1-0. The Cubs collect 10 hits while Bob Elliott’s hit in the 7th is the lone Buc shot.|
The White Sox roll over the Browns‚ 16-2. Taffy Wright paces the 15-hit attack with 2 homers and a double to drive in 6 runs.
|August 10||At Wrigley Field‚ 18‚739 fans cheer for “Charlie Root Day.” The popular pitcher‚ whose retirement was announced‚ receives a check‚ a station wagon paid for by the fans‚ and a pig for his farm. The Reds are unimpressed and hand Root and the Cubs a 3-1 defeat. Johnny Vander Meer gets the win.|
The Yanks flay the A’s twice‚ 11-2 and 4-1‚ to increase their margin to 14 games. Knott gives up 17 hits in losing the opener to Mario Russo‚ while Bill Dickey‘s 9th inning triple with 2 on decides the nitecap. DiMaggio has a pair of hits in the opener‚ but goes hitless in the nitecap‚ the 5th game in the last 8 that he’s been collared.
The Dodgers match the Cards by sweeping a doubleheader‚ topping the Braves‚ 14-4 and 4-0. Hamlin wins the opener and Freddy Fitzsimmons (5-0) takes the nitecap. In the 5th inning of game 1‚ reliever Dick “Leif” Errickson hits Medwick on the right elbow and follows by hitting Camilli in the head. When he plunks Reiser‚ the fans start tossing cushions. The 3 HBP are one short of the record.
|August 11||At Sportsman’s Park‚ a first in Cubs’ history occurs in the 5th inning when Phil Cavarretta‚ Stan Hack‚ and Bill Nicholson hit consecutive homers. It’s not enough as the Cards win 7-5‚ but it’s a costly victory as they lose Enos Slaughter for the season. Chasing a line drive‚ Enos tries to avoid colliding teammate Terry Moore and he hits the RF wall breaking his collarbone.|
Pitcher Kirby Higbe leads the Dodger charge against the Giants‚ as he collects three singles and a double‚ good for 4 RBIs. Brooklyn wins‚ 15-7.
|August 12||The Senators Dutch Leonard wins his 7th in a row‚ 9-3‚ over the A’s. The A’s also lose LF Wally Moses for 3 weeks when he steps on a corn cob while retrieving a hit. Lewis has a pair of homers for the visiting A’s.|
|August 13||3B coach Leo Durocher admits to napping as the Phils Bobby Bragan nabs Dixie Walker at 2B with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers still win‚ 7-2‚ behind Davis.|
|August 15||Because of rain‚ the game between the Red Sox and the Senators is stopped in the 8th inning‚ with Washington ahead 6-3. After a 40-minute wait the game is called. But because of Washington’s failure to cover the field in case play is resumed‚ Boston manager Joe Cronin protests the game. On August 28th‚ the protest is upheld by league president Will Harridge‚ who calls it “the case of the missing grounds keeper‚” and the forfeit goes to Boston. Per the rules‚ there are no pitcher wins or losses.|
|August 17||In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia‚ the Phils top the Giants 18-2. Joe Marty leads the attack with 5 hits and 5 RBIs while Lee Grissom wins his 1st after 11 straight defeats. The Phils also take the opener‚ 6-2.|
In the nitecap of 2‚ Brooklyn’s Whit Wyatt loses a perfect game when the Braves C Phil Masi hits a one-out single in the 9th. Whit then retires 2 pinch hitters to win‚ 3-0. The Dodgers win the opener‚ 5-1‚ as Kirby Higbe wins his 17th. He also collects 4 hits off loser Jim Tobin‚ the 2nd straight start he’s had 4 hits‚ though he’ll hit but .188 for the year. The crowd of 35‚329 is the biggest for Boston this year.
The Browns and Tigers split a pair. Bobo Newsom wins the opener for Detroit‚ 8-1‚ allowing 5 hits. Caster then wins for the Browns‚ 6-1‚ on 3 hits. In game 2‚ Harland Clift drives in all 6 St. Louis runs with a grand slam and 2-run double.
|August 18||The Dodgers notch win over the Pirates‚ 6-5‚ despite 6 errors. Pete Reiser‘s homer in the 9th. wins it for reliever Casey‚ and increases the Brooks lead over the idle Cardinals to one game.|
The Reds sweep a pair from the bumbling Phillies‚ winning 13-5 and 5-4. In the first game‚ the Reds build a 10-1 lead after 2 innings and are helped in the win by the Phillies’ 8 errors‚ which ties a team record set in 1922 (a record the Phils list as a post-1911 one). Bill Werber has 3 hits and 5 RBIs.
|August 19||Pittsburgh Pirates manager Frankie Frisch is ejected (and fined $50) by umpire Jocko Conlan from the 2nd game of a doubleheader when he appears on the field with an umbrella to protest the playing conditions at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. The rainy argument is later portrayed in a famous oil painting by Norman Rockwell. The Dodgers sweep‚ winning 9-0 and 6-2‚ behind Curt Davis and Hugh Casey.|
In game 2 at Detroit‚ Joe DiMaggio jams his spikes sliding into 2B on a double and sprains his ankle. He will be out till September 19th. The Yanks win‚ 8-3‚ after losing the opener‚ 12-2‚ to Hal Newhouser.
White Sox pitchers Thornton Lee and John Humphries each throw shut outs against the A’s. Lee wins‚ 4-0 and Humphries ‚ 1-0. McCrabb and Babich are the losing pitchers.
|August 20||Larry MacPhail stages a fashion show before a Ladies Day crowd at Ebbets Field. Such promotions‚ as well as the Dodgers pennant race‚ will push the home gate to over one million fans. The Dodgers also pick up Larry French for the waiver price of $7‚500. The Cubs consider the amiable lefty over the hill after he hurt his thumb and slipped to 5-14.|
In Boston‚ the Cards suffer another injury when OF Terry Moore is beaned behind the ear by a pitch from Art Johnson‚ and carried off on stretcher. He’ll be released from a Boston hospital in 10 days and flown to St. Louis‚ where he’ll be hospitalized for several more days. He won’t return to the lineup until September 14. However‚ the Cards slice the Dodger lead to 1 1/2 games by sweeping a pair 2-0 and 3-2. Ernie White (15-4) wins the opener and Howie Pollet (21-3 at Houston) follows with a 4-hitter in his ML debut.
Elmer Riddle (14-2) and Johnny Vander Meer each toss shutouts for the Reds over the Phillies. Cincy wins 2-0 and 3-0.
The Dodgers acquire P Larry French (5-14) from the Cubs on waivers. He will go 15-4 next year for the Dodgers. On the 25th Brooklyn will pick up Augie Galan for cash from the Cubs.
|August 24||At Ebbets Field‚ the Dodgers split with the Cardinals‚ losing the opener 7-3‚ then taking the nitecap‚ 3-2. The split leaves the Cards 1 1/2 games in back of the Dodgers. In game 2‚ with darkness setting in pitcher Whit Wyatt drives home the winner with one out in the 9th off young Howie Pollet. The games are enlivened by the music of a pickup band‚ that generates a good response from the crowd. The musicians will come to be call the Dodger Sym-phony.|
Harry Craft hits two homers and a double to lead the Reds to a 13-9 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Craft has 6 RBIs.
|August 26||In the nitecap of a DH at Shibe Park‚ Dom Dellasandro drives in 7 runs on 4 hits to give the Cubs an 11-3 win over the Phils. The Cubs win the opener‚ 5-4.|
Can’t be too careful. Cleveland’s Jim Bagby walks Ted Williams 4 times but loses to the Red Sox‚ 9-4. Williams is 1-for-1.
|August 27||Charlie Root uses his arm and then his bat‚ hitting a clutch single with the sacks full in the Cubs 3-run 9th inning‚ to win his 200th game. The Braves get one back but the visiting Cubs win 6-4. The 42-year-old Root had taken over in the first inning from Ken Raffensberger. Root will win one more and his 201 wins is the all-time Cub mark. He will also hold the club record for games (605) and innings pitched (3137.1).|
Pitching to Detroit leadoff hitter Tuck Stainback‚ Boston’s Lefty Grove pulls a muscle in his side and is out for a month. Wilson then relieves and allows just 5 hits but loses to Gorsica‚ in relief of Newhouser‚ 6-3.
In a night game at Ebbets Field‚ Kirby Higbe outpitches the Reds Johnny Vander Meer to win‚ 4-2. Higbe walks and singles his 1st 2 at bats‚ giving him 9-for-10 in his last 3 games. With 2 outs in the 4th‚ Ernie Lombardi swipes 2nd: it is his first steal‚ or attempted steal‚ since August 10‚ 1937‚ when he also stole against the Dodgers Mickey Owens.
|August 30||The Cardinals Lon Warneke no-hits the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 in the nitecap with only 3 balls hit to the outfield‚ as the Cards sweep two. It is Warneke’s 15th victory of the season and‚ with the Dodgers’ doubleheader loss to the Giants‚ puts St. Louis in first place by 2 percentage points. The 5th place Giants beat Brooklyn 4-3 and 5-1 at the Polo Grounds.|
White Sox pitcher Johnny Humphries gets knocked out of the box by the Browns ending his skein of 3 straight shutouts and 34 consecutive scoreless innings. The Browns score 5 runs in the 6th on their way to a 10-1 win. Humphries will finish the year at 4-2 with all 4 wins coming on shutouts. The only other pitcher to have all his wins on shutouts was Fred Fitzsimmons‚ in 1935.
|August 31||White Sox starter Ted Lyons is lifted against the Browns in St. Louis after 7 innings and 15 hits. It is his last incomplete game in the majors. He will finish 3 more in 1941‚ all 20 in 1942‚ and after serving in the Armed Forces‚ complete all 5 starts in 1946. The Browns win 12-8‚ then take the nitecap‚ 5-4 when Walt Judnich hits a bases loaded triple in the 9th.|
|September 1||Rudy York wallops 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs for the Tigers as the Tigers beat the Browns‚ 9-5 in game 1 in Detroit. The Tigers rattle 20 hits in the nitecap to win‚ 16-8.|
In the first of two this Labor Day‚ Dolph Camilli hits the 200th HR of his career against the Braves to put the game into extra innings. Camilli then gives the Dodgers a 6-5 victory in the 15th inning with his 5th hit of the game. Camilli’s 29th HR of the year tied the game in the 8th‚ his double in the 10th with 2 on kept the Dodgers alive‚ and a 2-out single in the 15th won the game. Game 2 is cut short at 2-2 with Al Javery on the mound for Boston; he’ll get no rest tomorrow as he is the loser in a 9-2 Brooklyn win.
At Fenway‚ the Red Sox sweep 2 from the Senators‚ 13-9 and 10-3. Williams has only 5 official at bats‚ but has 3 hits-all homers-to take over the AL lead from Charlie Keller. Ted walks 4 times.
|September 3||The Dodgers split with the Phillies and drop .004 behind the rained-out Cards. Brooklyn wins the opener‚ 4-1‚ behind Whit Wyatt‘s 19th win. The Phils win the nitecap by the same score behind Lefty Hoerst’s 4-hitter. Rookie Danny Murtaugh‚ brought up in mid-season‚ swipes 3 bases in the 2 games to tie for the lead league with 17. His 18 will lead the NL.|
Reds manager Bill McKechnie jumps on a plane at the Chicago airport thinking he is bound for Pittsburgh. He ends up in Detroit instead. His Reds lose‚ 3-2‚ at Forbes Field.
|September 4||The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 behind Atley Donald to clinch the AL pennant‚ the earliest date in ML history. The Yankees need only 136 games‚ giving them a 91-45 record. Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks and is hitting .411. Mississippi State prospect Boo Ferriss pitches batting practice for the Sox.|
|September 6||The Reds Johnny Vander Meer fires a 2-hitter‚ striking out 14‚ to beat the Cards‚ 2-0‚ in St. Louis. He strikes out 5 in the 2nd and 3rd innings‚ walks a man‚ and records another K.|
The Dodgers beat the Giants‚ 4-1‚ to increase their NL lead to 2 games. With Reese‚ Medwick‚ and Lavagetto benched‚ Camilli hits his 30th homer to pace the attack.
|September 7||Washington rookie Early Wynn wins the 1st of his 300 victories‚ topping the A’s‚ 4-2‚ on 6 hits. Wynn won 16 games for last-place Springfield (Eastern) this year. In the opener‚ the Senators win‚ 3-2‚ behind Marchildon.|
With Durocher again at SS‚ the Dodgers‚ roll over the Giants‚ 13-1‚ behind Higbe’s 20th win of the year. Camilli hits 2 homers as the Brooks pound Carl Hubbell and 2 relievers. Brooklyn wins the nitecap‚ 4-3 in 10 innings.
How do you score this? In the 4th of game 2‚ Boston batter Max West picks up a short passed ball and flips it to Phils C Livingston who throws to P Tom Hughes who relays back to the catcher to nail Frank Demaree coming in from 3B. In the next inning‚ West is hit in the mouth by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout and taken to the hospital. West has 3 hits in game 1 as the Braves win twice‚ 17-6 and 10-1.
|September 8||The Dodgers embark on a 17-game road trip with a three-game lead in the NL.|
|September 9||The Reds purchase 3B Bert Haas from the Cards.|
The Indians release Mel Harder‚ who has been plagued with arm problems.
|September 10||In Chicago‚ Johnny Schmitz makes his pitching debut and notches a victory by throwing only one pitch in the 9th inning‚ hit for a double play by Cookie Lavagetto. The Cubs then rally for 3 runs and win 5-4 over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Cubs win the nitecap‚ 5-3‚ and the two losses‚ combined with the Cards sweep of the Phils‚ cut Brooklyn’s lead to one game.|
|September 11||The Dodgers collect a 3-run homer from Dolph Camilli to tie the Cards 4-4 in regulation. They push across two runs in the 11th on Dixie Walker’s single‚ and Hugh Casey‚ in relief of veteran Fred Fitzsimmons‚ picks up the save. Brooklyn leads the Cards by 2 games.|
|September 12||The Cards take a 2-0 lead over Brooklyn and hold on to win 4-3. Estel Crabtree‚ filling in for the injured Slaughter‚ triples and scores the winning run and also makes a perfect throw to cut down a run at the plate. Rookie Howie Pollet and lefty Max Lanier combine to beat Curt Davis.|
|September 13||The Dodgers Whit Wyatt beats the Cards Mort Cooper 1-0 in St. Louis before 33‚691‚ the largest paid attendance in St. Louis since June 18‚ 1927. Dixie Walker’s double in the 8th is the first Dodger hit. Walker then relays a stolen sign to Billy Herman‚ who singles him home. The Dodgers again lead the NL by 2 games.|
The beat goes on. Indians manager Peckinpaugh announces he has fined and suspended Roy Weatherly for not hustling in series with the Senators. Weatherly will be paid off for the rest of the season and removed from the roster‚ but he will be back with the Tribe next year.
|September 14||The Cards move 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers by sweeping the Giants in a Sunday twinbill. In the opener‚ Lon Warneke outpitches Hubbell‚ 1-0‚ and in the nightcap‚ reliever Howard Krist (10-0) wins 6-5 in 10 innings. Krist’s 10-0 year‚ except for Tom Zachary in 1929 (12-0)‚ is the best season without a loss.|
In Cincinnati‚ five hundred fans arrive from Louisville aboard “The Pee Wee Reese Special.” The Dodger SS responds with 3 hits in a 7-5 Dodger win. MacPhail announces after the game that World Series ticket applications will be accepted.
Boston increases its second place margin over the White Sox by sweeping a pair‚ 9-2 and 5-1‚ In game 1‚ Jimmie Foxx starts the Boston scoring with a grand slam in the 1st inning off Ted Lyons. Dom DiMaggio‚ Finney‚ and Williams continue to pummel the vet‚ as the Sox collect 14 hits. In game 2‚ the Fenwaymen thwart Thornton Lee‘s bid for a 20th win. In game 1‚ Ted Williams draws a walk for the 19th consecutive game stretching back to August 24. This is a new ML record that will be quietly broken by Roy Cullenbine in 1947. Williams total for the 19 games is 36 walks. He is walkless in game 2‚ but triples in 4 at bats.
The Senators turn a unusual 3-6 triple play in the 2nd inning‚ as Vernon turns Higgins’s liner into a TP and beat the Tigers‚ 2-0. Pitcher Sid Hudson allows 4 hits and scores both runs in beating the Tigers for the 6th time this year.
|September 15||After 16 scoreless innings‚ the Dodgers score 5 in the top of the 17th and beat the Reds 5-1. Johnny Allen‚ acquired on waivers from the Browns‚ pitches 15 innings for Brooklyn‚ allowing just one hit in the first 9 innings‚ before he’s lifted for a pinch runner with the score 0-0. A tired Reds starter Paul Derringer finally gives up a 17th-inning homer to Pete Reiser‚ and is lifted after two more hits. Hugh Casey wins in relief as the umps order the Reds to forget about stalling to get the game called on account of darkness. The Dodgers now lead by 2.|
The Red Sox hammer the White Sox‚ 6-1‚ winning for the 16th time in 22 meetings. Mickey Harris is the winner over Johnny Rigney. Ted Williams hits his 35th of the year‚ with 6 of the homers coming off Johnny Rigney to tie a ML record.
|September 16||NL Prexy Ford Frick warns the Reds and Dodgers that any repeat of the slowdown of yesterday will result in fines. The two teams play normally and the Reds come away with a 4-3 11-inning win over the league leaders. Werber drives in all Reds runs.|
The Cardinals-Giants game ends in a 1-1 tie called on account of darkness.
A’s rookie Elmer Valo hits his first homer‚ off Johnny Niggeling of the Browns. The Czech-born Valo‚ who hit .348 in six games last year‚ will improve to .420 in 50 at bats this September to earn a starting job for 1942.
|September 17||In Pittsburgh‚ the Dodgers win 6-4 behind Curt Davis.|
Before just 3‚585 fans in St. Louis for a double header with the Braves‚ the Cards take the opener‚ 6-1‚ behind Howie Pollet. In game 2‚ another rookie makes his debut as Stan Musial goes 2-for-4‚ hitting a 2-run double off knuckler Jim Tobin. St. Louis wins‚ 3-2‚ on Estel Crabtree‘s homer. Musial‚ who started the season in the Western Association (Class C)‚ will hit .426 in 12 games.
|September 18||The Pirates‚ losing 5-4 in the 8th against the Dodgers‚ score 2 runs to win 6-5. Hugh Casey balks in the tying run on a questionable call by George Magerkurth‚ then gives up a game-winning triple to the weak-hitting SS Alf Anderson. Durocher is tossed by Magerkurth for arguing too ferociously‚ and the ump will later be verbally accosted by a five Dodgers. The fivesome and The Lip will all receive fines from the NL. Starter Freddie Fitzsimmons leaves in the 4th after allowing 4 runs‚ but does not get the loss‚ preserving his streak of 13 straight wins over the Pirates.|
Meanwhile‚ the 2nd place Cards‚ with Musial batting cleanup‚ not only lose 4-1 to the Braves but lose slugger Johnny Mize again. Big John tears ligaments in his right arm and will sidelined for the rest of the year. The Cards are still just a game out.
|September 19||While the Dodgers have Friday off in Philley‚ Durocher uses the time off to get into an argument with sportswriter Ted Meier. Meier and Leo end up in a fight and Meier gets knocked down twice. A lawsuit results that will be settled out of court next year.|
At St. Louis‚ the Cards top the Cubs‚ 3-1‚ as Musial goes 3-for-3 with a walk. Harry Gumbert wins his 5th game in a row and his 11th of the year. Paul Erickson‚ the Cubs most effective pitcher of late‚ takes the loss. The Cards (92-52) are a half game behind the Dodgers.
|September 20||Leading 3-1 going into the 9th‚ the Cards give up 6 runs to the Cubs in the 9th to lose 7-3. In the 9th‚ reliever Howie Crist’s first pitch to rookie Bob Scheffing is hit for a grand slam.|
The Dodgers sweep two from the Phils‚ winning 3-1 and 6-1. Whit Wyatt‚ with Hugh Casey in relief‚ and Kirby Higbe are the winning pitchers‚ each recording their 21st wins of the year.
Washington’s Dutch Leonard wins a tight game‚ 1-0‚ over 30-year-old Roger Wolff‚ making his ML debut for the A’s. Dutch allows 4 hits while Wolff allows 3.
Thornton Lee wins his 20th for the White Sox‚ beating the Tigers‚ 4-3. Bobo Newsom loses his 19th.
|September 21||The Cardinals sweep a Sunday doubleheader from the Cubs‚ 6-5 and 7-0‚ as Musial goes 6-for-10. In the opener‚ Musial scores the winning run in the 9th inning‚ racing home from 2B on a topped ball that’s fielded by C Clyde McCullough.|
35‚909 fans are on hand at Shibe Park‚ many traveling from Brooklyn to cheer for the Dodgers. Brooklyn wins the opener‚ 8-3‚ behind Johnny Allen‚ and the Phils win the nitecap 6-3. Phils outfielder Danny Litwhiler hits a 1st inning grand slam off Luke Hamlin to start the scoring. The Dodgers now lead by a game.
In their last home game of the year‚ the Red Sox beat the Yankees‚ 4-1‚ behind Harris and clinch 2nd place. Williams is 1-for-3‚ hitting his 36th homer. Joe Cronin adds a homer and triple.
|September 22||Because of a waiver rule violation‚ Commissioner Landis cancels the September 10th deal in which the Cardinals sold P Hank Gornicki to the Cubs for $7500. Gornicki made one appearance for Chicago before going back to the Birds. Undeterred‚ the Cards will sell Gornicki to Pittsburgh in December.|
The Dodgers Curt Davis shuts out the Phils‚ 5-0‚ to boost Brooklyn’s lead to 1 1/2 games over the idle Cards.
|September 23||With the Dodgers idle‚ the Cardinals lose the critical opener of two to the Pirates‚ dropping St. Louis two games back. Pirate hurler Ken Heintzelman allows just 6 hits. The Birds win the nitecap‚ 9-0‚ as Musial has three hits‚ including his first homer‚ off Luke Sewell.|
A triple by Eddie Collins, Jr. triggers a two-run ninth inning rally as the A’s beat the Yankees, 9-8. Red Ruffing takes the loss, despite hitting a homer, triple and single and driving in 3 runs. Four errors by NY, three by second baseman Joe Gordon, help the A’s. Joe Dimaggio homers and collects two RBI in his RBI race with idle Charlie Keller. Bill Dickey plays four innings to set a ML record of catching 100 games in each of 13 seasons, breaking the previous standard of 12 set by Gabby Hartnett and Ray Schalk.
|September 24||The Cardinals top the Pirates‚ 4-0 behind Harry Gumbert‚ as Musial drives in 3 runs. But the Cards have just 3 games left.|
At Boston‚ the Dodgers maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Cards by beating the Braves‚ 4-2. Celebrating his birthday‚ Dixie Walker’s 7th inning triple drives home three Dodger runs‚ and Kirby Higbe wins his 22nd.
At Washington, the Red Sox take a pair from the Senators, winning 7-2 and 5-4 as Dom DiMaggio has a grand slam in the opener. Ted Williams has a hit in game two, but goes hitless in game one. However, he receives two walks which never get credited in his year-end totals, according to research in 2002 by Herm Krabbenhoft. Williams’s base on balls total for the year should read 147.
The Yanks down the A’s, 7-2, as Joe DiMaggio hits #29 and #30, the fifth year in a row he’s reached the 30 mark. His three RBIs moves him close to idle Charlie Keller.
|September 25||Whitlow Wyatt throws a 5-hit shutout to stop the Braves 6-0. Bama Rowell‚ Boston 2B‚ helps by making 3 errors in the 3rd inning‚ tying the NL mark. As Wyatt takes the mound in the 9th‚ the scoreboard flashes the news that the Pirates had beaten the Cards. He completes the inning with 9 pitches and the Dodgers clinch their first pennant in 21 years. For Wyatt‚ it is his 22nd victory. The Dodgers have a wild celebration on the train ride back from Boston and‚ reaching New York‚ they are greeted by thousands of jubilant fans at Grand Central Station.|
The Pirates top the Cardinals‚ 3-1‚ scoring two runs on Elbie Fletcher‘s inside-the-park homer. Rookie SS Billy Cox scores another after hitting a triple.
At Crosley Field‚ Ray Starr two-hits the Cubs to win‚ 6-0.
|September 26||Rick Ferrell’s bunt single-intended as a sac bunt-in the 5th inning is the only hit against Bob Feller as Cleveland edges St. Louis 3-2. It is Feller’s 25th win and his 5th one-hitter. The Browns win the opener‚ 6-5‚ in 11 innings.|
New York’s Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits‚ but is out dueled by Ed Stein‚ who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
|September 27||After going 1-for-7 in the twinbill on the 24th‚ Ted Williams starts the day with a .401 batting average and refuses a suggestion by Boston manager Joe Cronin that he sit out the season to preserve his average. Against the A’s he hits one single in 4 at bats and his average drops to .3995. Dom DiMaggio‘s 3-run double helps the Sox win‚ 5-1.|
Catcher George Pfister makes his debut behind the plate for the Dodgers in 7-3 loss to the Phils. The league rules Pfister‚ who never signed a Brooklyn contract‚ is the property of Montreal (IL)‚ and his name is removed from the box score. But his 0-for-2 will stay in the encyclopedias. Despite the loss‚ the Dodgers stay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cards‚ 6-5 losers to the Cubs.
Cleveland’s Al Smith homers in the 9th inning to beat the Browns‚ 4-3. His teammates don’t help much‚ making 7 errors behind him. Jeff Heath hits his 20th triple of the year and will finish with over 20 doubles‚ triples‚ and HRs. It will be 38 years before George Brett will duplicate the feat in the AL.
Cy Slapnicka, GM of the Cleveland Indians since November 1935, resigns saying, “I simply decided that after six years on the job I preferred a change.”. Oddly, Oscar Vitt, storm center of the Indians in 1940, resigns today as the manager of Portland (PCL).
In Pittsburgh, the Reds outslug the Pirates to win, 15-9. The victory goes to sensational rookie Elmer Riddle (19-4), who benefits from a 7-run 7th.
The Yankees tune-up for the World Series with a 4-3 loss to the Senators. Charlie Keller finally plays, going 0-for-4, while Joe Dimaggio has 2 RBIs to take the lead 123 to 122 over Keller. The Senators will shutout New York tomorrow, 5-0.
|September 28||Ted Williams collects 4 hits in 5 at bats in the 12-11 first-game slugfest victory in Philadelphia to bring his average to .404. He goes 2-for-3 in game 2 against rookie Fred Caligiuri‚ who beats Lefty Grove 7-1. Grove gives up 4 hits in the 1st inning and leaves the game‚ his last ML appearance. Williams will finish the season with a .406 batting average‚ the first .400 hitter in the AL since Harry Heilmann in 1923. Joe Cronin estimates that Williams hit 14 sacrifice flies in 1941‚ one of the years in which any fly advancing a runner is charged as a time at bat. Bobby Doerr drives in 3 runs in game 1‚ giving him 8 RBIs in his last 4 games‚ and 93 RBIs for the year. The Red Sox finish with all 4 infielders over 90 RBIs (Foxx‚ 105; Tabor‚ 101‚ Cronin‚ 95)‚ 2nd to the 1934 Tigers and just the 2nd and last team this century to reach the mark. All four infieldershave hit 20 home runs‚ the only time this century that this has been accomplished. The Texas infield of 2004 will be the second team to reach this.|
A jubilant crowd at Ebbets Field watches as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 5-1‚ handing the Phils their 111th loss‚ a club record. For Brooklyn‚ it is their club-record 100th win. The crowd sets a new season attendance record at 1‚215‚253.
|September 29||A crowd estimated at one million jams downtown Brooklyn to cheer the Dodgers in a parade.|
|September 30||Thirteen ML clubs draft 17 minors leaguers. The winners are the Giants taking Sal Maglie (Buffalo); Braves taking C Clyde Kluttz (Sacramento); Cubs taking Hi Bithorn (Hollywood).|
|October 1||Red Ruffing pitches the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in the opening game of the WS. Joe Gordon chips in with a HR and RBI single.|
|October 2||Dodgers ace Whit Wyatt trims the Yankees in a 3-2 Brooklyn win in game 2.|
Buffalo’s Freddie Hutchinson wins the International League MVP. Hutch‚ who won the PCL MVP in 1938‚ won 26 games on the mound. He also hit .385 in 72 games.
|October 4||In the 7th inning of a scoreless tie‚ Yankees pitcher Marius Russo breaks P Fred Fitzsimmons’ knee with a line drive off the kneecap. The ball caroms to Reese who throws him out to end the inning. The Yankees score 2 in the 8th off Hugh Casey to win 2-1. Fitzsimmons will pitch in just one game in 1942 before retiring to the coaching ranks.|
|October 5||With 2 out in the 9th inning‚ Dodger C Mickey Owen drops a 3rd strike on Tommy Henrich‚ which would have given Brooklyn a 4-3 victory over New York. The Yankees then rally for a 7-4 win in the 4th game of the WS. Keller has 2 singles and 2 doubles to lead Yanks.|
The White Sox top the Cubs‚ 6-0‚ to sweep the 3-game Windy City series. The Cubs have lost 11 straight series to the Southsiders.
The attraction of Bob Feller versus Satchel Paige draws a crowd of 10136 to Sportsman’s Park as the Miguel Gonzalez All-Stars play the Kansas City Monarchs. The two aces retire half way through‚ with Feller ahead 4-1. Frank Crespi and Johnny Lucadello have the hits to drive in the runs off Paige. The final is 5-1 with Al Barlick umping.
|October 6||The New York Yankees top the Brooklyn Dodgers 3-1 to take the WS in 5 games. P Ernie Bonham of the Yankees retires the side on 3 pitches in the 7th inning.|
|October 23||In Havana’s La Tropical Stadium‚ Venezuela wins the IBA World Championship‚ 3-1‚ over Cuba. In the classic matchup‚ Chino Canonico bests Connie Marrero‚ who gives up all 3 runs in the first inning. The 2 aces will face each other next year in a rematch.|
|November 25||Lou Boudreau is named player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. Boudreau‚ at 24 years‚ 4 months‚ and 8 days‚ is the youngest manager appointed this century. Scotland-born Jim McCormick managed Cleveland in 1879 at the age of 23.|
|November 26||The Phillies name Hans Lobert as their new manager‚ replacing Doc Prothro. At age 60 years and a month‚ Lobert is the oldest rookie manager ever. The Phils finished last under Doc and will finish last under Hans.|
|November 27||Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. His 56-game hitting streak edges out Ted Williams and his .406 batting average for the award (291 votes for DiMaggio and 254 for Williams). The NL winner is Dolf Camilli with Dodgers teammates Pete Reiser and Whit Wyatt finishing 2nd and 3rd.|
|December 2||The Giants name the popular Mel Ott as player-manager replacing Bill Terry‚ who moves up to the GM spot.|
|December 8||A day after Pearl Harbor‚ AL owners deny permission to St. Louis Browns owner Don Barnes to move his failing franchise to Los Angeles.|
|December 9||Star pitcher Bob Feller enlists in the Navy.|
|December 10||The Reds sell 3B Bill Werber to the Giants.|
|December 11||Cardinals GM Branch Rickey‚ possibly motivated by a clause in his contract that gives him 20% of the team’s profits‚ trades slugger Johnny Mize to the Giants for three players-Bill Lohrman‚ Ken O’Dea‚ and Johnny McCarthy — as well as $50‚000. Mize’s home run production had fallen from 43 to 16 in 1941‚ but he will adjust to the Polo Grounds and lead the National League in 1947-48. Yesterday Rickey sold C/OF Don Padgett to Brooklyn for $30‚000. Padgett will enter the Navy without playing a game for the Dodgers‚ and Brooklyn will try unsuccessfully to get their money back from the Cards.|
|December 12||The Pirates send All-Star SS Arky Vaughan to Brooklyn for P Luke Hamlin‚ C Babe Phelps‚ OF Jimmy Wasdell‚ and 2B Pete Coscarart.|
|December 13||The Red Sox send P Jack Wilson and infielder Stan Spence to the Senators for Ken Chase and Johnny Welaj.|