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Ernie Bonham from the Chronology
Sep 15, 1949 - Pirates P Ernie Bonham dies following an appendectomy and stomach surgery just 18 days after his last pitching performance an 8-2 win over the Phillies. Mrs. Bonham will receive the first benefits under the players pension plan $90 a month for 10 years.
Aug 27, 1949 - At Philadelphia the Pirates use 5 Blue Jay errors and Ralph Kiner's 8th homer in his last 14 games to beat the Phils 8-2. Ernie Bonham is the complete game winner in his last appearance in the ML. Bonham will die September 15th of complications from an emergency appendectomy.
Jul 21, 1945 - The Yankees bomb the White Sox into 6th place 12-3 with the help of three homers. Nick Etten connects with the bases full and Herschel Martin and Bud Metheny connect as well. Ernie Bonham wins his 2nd of the year as the Yankees chase Earl Caldwell in the 1st inning.
Sep 12, 1943 - At Fenway, the New York Yankees sweep a pair from the Red Sox to sweep the five-game series and finish at 17-5 against the Sox for the year. The Yanks won’t sweep another 5-gamer in Boston until 2006. Ernie Bonham wins the opener, 1-0, and drives in the lone run off Joe Dobson with a single in the 8th. In game 2, the Sox blow a 5-1 lead as Billy Johnson hits a 2-run homer to spark the Yankees comeback. Atley Donald allows one hit over the last 5 innings.
Apr 22, 1943 - After a day's delay because of rain the Yankees open at the Stadium with a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Senators. Johnny Murphy who relieves starter Ernie Bonham in the 9th and tosses just one pitch is the victor. Roy Weatherly filling in for DiMaggio in center field drives home the tying and winning runs with a double off Owen Sheetz. Mickey Haefner is the losing pitcher. Joe Gordon has the game's only homer an 8th-inning shot off starter Early Wynn that gives the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Because of the meat shortage no vendors walk among the fans selling hot dogs though there are hot dogs available at the concession stands.
Sep 21, 1942 - New York's Ernie Bonham wins his 21st game of the year topping the Senators 4-1. His 21-5 record will lead the AL in winning percentage (.808) and he will lead in shutouts (6).
Jun 20, 1942 - Cleveland's Al Smith allows just one Yankee hit-a second inning double by Joe DiMaggio in beating New York 1-0. Ernie Bonham takes the loss. The New Yorkers have lost 5 of their last six games-two by 1-0 scores-but still lead the AL by 9 1/2 games.
Feb 8, 1942 - At California's Folsom prison the annual game between major leaguers and the prison team is stopped when it's discovered that two prisoners have escaped. With the pros leading 24-5 at the end of 7 innings the game ends and guards go after the two lifers who are found 3 hours later. The major leaguers include Ernie Lombardi Ernie Bonham Gus Suhr Joe Marty and Johnny Babich.
Sep 26, 1940 - The Yankees stay in contention by sweeping a pair from the A's 5-4 and 2-0. New York winners of 8 straight are now 2 1/2 games behind Detroit and a half game behind Cleveland. Red Ruffing wins the openers with home run support from Joe Gordon and Bill Dickey. For Gordon it is his 30th homer of the year. Ernie Bonham allows 4 hits in the nitecap.
Sep 11, 1940 - In a doubleheader the Yankees' first-game win at Cleveland puts them atop the AL as Ernie Bonham beats Bob Feller 5-3. A 2nd game loss 5-3 aided by Babe Dahlgren's costly error drops them out of first and they will never reach first again. Joe McCarthy will hold this error against Babe contending that it cost them the pennant. He whispers to many that Dahlgren is a marijuana user and will trade him after the season. The Dahlgren family will for years maintain that McCarthy essentially blackballed him out of the game and defamed him though his .253 over 5 seasons might have played a part.