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Steve Gromek from the Chronology
May 13, 1955 - It's Friday the 13th and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the first time. In all Mantle has 3 HRs the first two lefty against starter Steve Gromek and the third off Bob Miller all to the deep reaches of the right centerfield bleachers. Mick adds a single good for 5 RBIs as New York beats Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins Lazzeri (1927) Ben Chapman (1932) and Dickey (1939) as the only Yanks to hits three homers in a game at Yankee Stadium.
Apr 17, 1955 - Twenty-year-old Al Kaline of the Tigers hits 3 HRs in Briggs Stadium including 2 in the 6th inning to drive in 6 runs. The Tigers rout the A's 16-0 behind Steve Gromek's pitching. Kaline is the first American Leaguer since DiMaggio in 1936 to hit 2 homers in an inning and he is the first Tiger to do so.
Jul 26, 1953 - At Briggs Stadium the crowd of 49717 is treated to a pair of Tiger victories over the Yankees-5-3 and 14-4-as well as a fight between Billy Martin and Detroit's Matt Batts. Mantle connects on two homers for New York reaching Al Aber in the first game and Steve Gromek in the nitecap.
Jun 18, 1953 - Red Sox rookie OF Gene Stephens becomes the only AL player to get 3 hits in the same inning as Boston tallies 17 runs in the 7th inning in a 23-3 romp over Detroit. The Red Sox send 23 to the plate in the 7th getting 14 hits and 6 walks 20 runners in succession before 3B George Kell flies out to end it. Steve Gromek making his first appearance for Detroit Dick Weik and Earl Harrist are the offending Tiger pitchers but the loss goes to Ned Garver who exits before the 7th. Ellis Kinder picks up the win and contributes two singles and 2 RBI in the big inning the second time that Kinder has accomplished this: he was hitless last year. Dick Gernert and Walt Dropo hit the only homers for Boston but the Red Sox set a slew of records including the following:
Jun 15, 1953 - The Tigers trade pitchers Art Houtteman and Bill Wight C Joe Ginsberg and infielder Owen Friend to Cleveland for 3B Ray Boone and pitchers Steve Gromek Al Aber and Dick Weik. Weik developed a sore arm in spring training and has not yet made an appearance.
Jul 17, 1952 - Before 51114 the Indians scalp the Chief Allie Reynolds for 6 runs in the first two innings and coast to an 11-6 victory in the opener of doubleheader at the Stadium. Mantle connects for a homer off Steve Gromek his 4th homer in 5 days.
Sep 21, 1949 - The Red Sox overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Indians 9-6. Williams hits his 41st homer off Steve Gromek as starter Ellis Kinder (22-5) pitches the last 3 innings in relief for his 12th straight victory. The Sox have two games off before the decisive game on Saturday with New York.
Oct 9, 1948 - Before a record WS 81897 the Indians take a 3-1 Series lead as Steve Gromek outpitches Johnny Sain. The first HR of the Series by Larry Doby is decisive. Merv Rickert also homers for the Braves.
Sep 11, 1948 - Behind Steve Gromek and Bob Lemon the Indians sweep two from the Browns 4-1 and 9-1. Lemon wins his 20th the first AL hurler to reach the mark. Cleveland now trails the Yanks by a half-game and the Red Sox by 3 1/2.
Aug 8, 1948 - In Cleveland 73484 fans watch the Indians and Yankees square off for 2 games. Trailing in the opener an ailing Lou Boudreau hits a bases loaded pinch single in the 7th to tie the game and Satchel Paige wins it in relief 8-6. Steve Gromek goes 7 innings in the nitecap to give the Indians a 2-1 win over rookie Bob Porterfield making his ML debut. The Indians and the A's are now tied for 1st (60-39) with the Yankees 2 games back and Red Sox in 4th place 2 1/2 out.
Jul 25, 1948 - In Boston the other DiMaggio makes 2 spectacular catches against the Indians as well as homering off Satchel Paige. The Red Sox beat Cleveland 3-0 for their 15th win in 16 games. Joe Dobson tops Steve Gromek to leave the Sox percentage points ahead of the 2nd place A's. Cleveland and New York are each 1 1/2 games back. With the Braves in 1st place it is the first time since 1916 that both Boston teams are at the top spot.
May 6, 1946 - In Washington's 7-4 win Cecil Travis gets his 6th straight hit over 2 games before being stopped by Cleveland's Steve Gromek. A prewar hitting star Travis has few other starring moments as a player after suffering frozen feet in combat in Europe.
Sep 26, 1945 - The first-place Tigers gain a doubleheader split with the Indians when Hal Newhouser shuts out the Tribe 11-0. The Bengals fail to clinch as they lose the nitecap 3-2 to Steve Gromek. The split leaves Detroit a game ahead of the idle Senators with 2 games left in St. Louis.
Jul 13, 1945 - At Yankee Stadium Cleveland outfielder Pat Seerey slugs three HRs the 2nd a grand slam and a triple for a 15 base total as the Indians go on a batting spree to win 16-4. Seerey hits his homers off starter Atley Donald Monk Dubiel and Steve Roser. Fat Pat will top his total in 1948 the only player to ever have two games with 15 or more total bases. Heath adds a pair of homers and pitcher Steve Gromek collects 4 hits to win his 10th game and 4th straight over New York. The Yanks' Donald is going in the other direction and this will be his last career start. His hex over the Indians is broken as well; after going 13-1 against Cleveland he's lost to them twice in 10 days.
Jul 4, 1945 - In the first game against Cleveland the Indians tie a ML record with no assists a first ever for a 9-inning game in beating the Yankees 4-2. Sidearmer Steve Gromek allows just 5 hits including a Russ Derry homer in winning as the outfield pulls down 15 flyballs. Two years ago the Browns went 8 innings without an assist: the Mets will be the next team to pull it off on June 25 1989. New York takes the nitecap 3-2 as Al Gettel beats Allie Reynolds.
May 13, 1945 - The Yankees Atley Donald is victorious over the Indians 1-0 in 10 innings when New York breaks through against pitcher Red Embree. A walk a bunt single a sac bunt and a sac fly by Denny plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe with his only loss coming on August 21 1941 when Feller won 2-0. Cleveland wins the second game 4-2 behind Steve Gromek's 7-hitter.
Aug 27, 1944 - The Indians sweep a pair from the White Sox winning 4-3 and 1-0. Steve Gromek shuts out the Sox in game 2 and wins when Roy Cullenbine hits a HR in the bottom of the 9th off Johnny Humphries.