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Dick Wakefield from the Chronology
May 25, 1950 - The Oakland Oaks of the PCL buy recalcitrant OF Dick Wakefield from the Yanks. New York will not allow him to buy out his own contract.
Apr 28, 1950 - The Yankees sell OF Dick Wakefield to the White Sox for OF John Ostrowski and cash. Wakefield a hot hitter in 1943 who has since lost his sparkle refuses to report unless the Sox restore a $5500 salary cut inflicted by the Yankees. Wakefield says the Yankees talked him into signing for $17500 with the "guarantee" that he'd earn $5000 as a World Series share. New York refuses to return Ostrowski and the Sox refuse Wakefield's request. Happy Chandler rules in favor of the Sox and Ostrowski and Wakefield return to their teams.
May 9, 1949 - At Detroit the Tigers set back the first-place Yankees 4-1 behind the five-hit pitching of Ted Gray. Vic Raschi also allows just five hits including a homer by Dick Wakefield in taking the loss.
Sep 19, 1948 - At Detroit Ted Williams homers in the 9th to draw the Red Sox even with the Tigers at 3-3. But Detroit wins in the 12th on pitcher Stubby Overmire's broken bat single his only hit of the year. Detroit repeats in the nitecap winning 8-6 in 8 innings as Dick Wakefield hits his 2nd homer of the day. The 2 losses leaves Boston a half-game ahead of Cleveland and one ahead of New York.
Jun 15, 1948 - The Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4-1 before a crowd of 54480 in the first night game at Briggs Stadium. The Tigers are the last AL team to install lights. Hal Newhouser gives up just two hits and is backed by 8th inning homers by Dick Wakefield and Pat Mullin. Former Tiger Barney McCosky now with the A's crashes into the outfield wall and is taken off on a stretcher but recovers.
Apr 23, 1947 - At Detroit the Tigers use consecutive solo homers in the 8th from Roy Cullenbine Dick Wakefield and Hoot Evers to beat the White Sox 7-4. Cullenbine adds an earlier homer and Eddie Lake adds a 5th Bengal blast to back Fred Hutchinson's win over Eddie Lopat.
Sep 22, 1946 - At Municipal Stadium Detroit tops Cleveland 3-0 as Newhouser beats Feller for the first time. The battles between the two will result in Feller winning 8 of 10 decisions. Feller complains after the game that except for Dick Wakefield all the Tiger hitters were chopping at the ball to avoid striking out. He K's 7 to Newhouser's 9. The Tigers win the nitecap 4-3.
May 22, 1946 - At the refurbished stadium in Detroit, the Yankees overcome a first inning three-run homer by Hank Greenberg to subdue the Tigers, 5-3. The Yanks stop an 8th inning rally with a triple play, started on a grounder to 1B by Dick Wakefield. The all-tag TP is the first in Briggs Stadium history. The Tigers turn four DPs to keep the game close.
Jul 13, 1944 - A .300 hitter as a rookie for the Tigers in 1943 Dick Wakefield finishes Navy air training and then is released from the service pending assignment. He rejoins the Tigers and will hit .355 the rest of the season pushing Detroit near the flag despite the loss of 12 of its first 13 home games. In the first week after the All-Star Game Wakefield homers twice and goes 9-for-24.
Aug 1, 1943 - The White Sox tighten their hold on second place with a double win 5-1 and 15-9 over the host A's. Wally Moses is the hitting star stealing his 30th base in the opener and connecting for a homer two triples and a single in the two games. Luke Appling in the batting race with Dick Wakefield is hitless in the opener but is 4-for-4 in the nitecap. Buck Ross (8-4) wins the opener the 3rd former Mackman this week to top the A's. Haynes takes the nitecap over Harris.
Jul 23, 1941 - 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 $52000 and a car. He'll get into seven ML games in 1941 hitting just .143.