» August 14, 1945:
Giants rookie Sal Maglie makes his first ML start, beating the Reds, 5–2. It is Cincy's 11th straight loss. They'll lose a pair tomorrow before winning.
» March 30, 1946: A holdout from the Browns, SS Vern Stephens signs a 5-year deal with the Pasquel brothers to play in Mexico. The Giants dismiss Roy Zimmerman, George Hausmann, and P Sal Maglie for dickering with the Pasquels, and the trio departs for Mexico. One day later Mickey Owen of the Dodgers signs to manage the Mexican club in Torreón. Stephens will play a couple of games in Mexico, then jump back. Owen announces he will return and then changes his mind again.
» June 5, 1949:
Commissioner Happy Chandler lifts the ban on all players who jumped to Mexico, starting in 1946. Only Sal Maglie will make a significant mark after the exile. Lou Klein will be the first jumper to make a major-league box score, successfully pinch-hitting on June 16.
» August 6, 1950: Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen of the Giants both hurl shutouts, winning 3–0 and 5–0 respectively, against the Pirates.
» August 16, 1950: At the Polo Grounds, Henry Thompson of the Giants hits two HRs, both inside-the-park, as the Giants pummel the Dodgers, 16–7. Thompson is the first to do this since Terry Moore hit two for the Cardinals at Forbes Field on this same date in 1939. Don Mueller adds a grand slam. The Giants jump on Erskine in the first inning as 13 of the first 14 batters reach first safely. Sal Maglie is the winner despite giving up two homers, good for six runs, to Gil Hodges. The win leaves the Dodgers in third place, seven games out and the Giants in fifth, 10 games in back of the Phils.
» August 30, 1950: Eddie Stanky of the Giants walks twice in the sixth inning against the Pirates for a total of seven straight times over two games, tying the major-league record set by Billy Rogell and Mel Ott. The Giants win 4–0 behind Sal Maglie.
» September 4, 1950: Giant hurlers Jim Hearn and Sal Maglie hurl twin shutouts over the Phils, winning 2–0 and 9–0. Coupled with a shut out loss to the Giants yesterday, the Phils have not scored in three games at home.
» September 9, 1950: Sal Maglie of the Giants hurls his fourth consecutive shutout, tying a major-league record, and beats the Dodgers 2–0. Alvin Dark’s two HRs provide the runs.
» September 13, 1950: Sal Maglie’s string of scoreless innings ends at 45, but he beats the Pirates 3–1 in a rain-shortened seven-inning game. Pirate Gus Bell’s 257-foot fly ball barely clears the RF wall at the Polo Grounds. For Maglie, it is his 11th straight win.
» September 28, 1950: The Phils lose their second doubleheader in a row at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie tops them in the opener 3–1, and Sheldon Jones outmatches Roberts to win 3–1 in the second game.
» April 30, 1951:
The Giants break an 11-game losing streak with an 8–5 win over the Dodgers. New York scores six runs in the first inning as Chris Van Cuyk lasts exactly 11 pitches before Earl Mosser, making his ML debut, takes over. After three walks, Mosser leaves for Joe Hatten, the 3rd of six pitchers. Sal Maglie wins, with relief help from Sheldon Jones.
» June 26, 1951: Fresh from a doubleheader loss on the 24th at Forbes Field, the Dodgers get further bad news at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie shuts out Brooklyn on three hits, and Preacher Roe takes his first loss after ten wins. Eddie Stanky and Whitey Lockman hit homers.
» June 30, 1951: The Braves make it easy for new manager Tommy Holmes' first appearance in front of the home crowd. Boston tallies eight runs in the seventh inning and seven runs in the eighth inning, to squash to Giants 19–7. Backing Vern Bickford's pitching, Earl Torgeson racks up seven RBIs in the two innings, including a grand slam off Sal Maglie, the first time the Barber's been clipped for a slam.
» July 4, 1951: In a wild doubleheader featuring a double ejection of manager Charlie Dressen, the first-place Dodgers sweep the Giants, winning 6–5 in 11 innings, and 4–2. The Dodgers drive out Sal Maglie in the opener after the Giants built a lead on homers by Mueller and Mays. Brooklyn counters in the eighth with a pinch homer by Campanella, a homer by Reese, and a tying single from Hodges. Bobby Thomson's homer in the 11th puts the Giants ahead by one, but Preacher Roe wins it with a squeeze bunt. Ralph Branca wins the nitecap with homer help from Hodges and Snider. Dressen is tossed in the second inning of game two for protesting pitch calls; after he takes a seat behind the dugout umpire Robb tosses him a second time. The victories put Brooklyn six 1/2 games up.
» July 29, 1951: In game one at Cincinnati, Willie Mays steals the first of 338 bases. Then P Willie Ramsdell picks him off 2B. But the Giants win, 3–1, behind Sal Maglie. New York takes the nitecap as well, 6–4, as Irvin (2) and Mays both swipe bases.
» August 12, 1951: The Giants (59-51) start the day 13 games behind first place Brooklyn (70-36). On Wes Westrum Day at the Polo Grounds, Sal Maglie wins the first game against the Phillies 3–2, and rookie Al Corwin takes the 2nd game 2–1. Eddie Stanky returns to the lineup after a week's absence and has five walks in the two games while leading off. The sweep launches a 16-game win streak and a spurt of 39 wins in 47 games.
» August 16, 1951: Sal Maglie outpitches Don Newcombe, 2–1, to cut the Dodger lead over the Giants to nine 1/2 games. Maglie allows four hits, including Billy Cox's 300-foot homer, in winning his 17th. The Giants score the winner in the 7th when Bobby Thomson scores on a wild pitch. Reese goes hitless, ending his 22-game streak.
» August 26, 1951:
At the Polo Grounds, Chuck "The Rifleman" Connors clubs his 2nd and last ML homer, a three-run shot off Sal Maglie in the 9th to give the visiting Cubs a temporary 4–4 tie. Wes Westrum then answers with his 2nd homer of the game, off reliever Walt Dubiel, and New York wins, 5–4. New York takes the nitecap, 5–1, to run their victory streak to 14 games. Jim Hearn tops Cal McLish. Mays electrifies the crowd in the 6th by singling, advancing on a balk and a short fly, and stealing home. The Giants trail by six games.
» September 1, 1951: OF Don Mueller hits three home runs in an 8–1 Giants' win over the Dodgers. His first homer comes against Ralph Branca, coming off two consecutive shutouts, and Mueller hits his 3rd home run, a two-run shot off Phil Haugstad. Sal Maglie is the winner, giving up seven singles and hits Robinson on the wrist in the 3rd to force home the only Dodger run. Whitey Lockman gets plunked twice for New York. Al Dark and Eddie Stanky combine in the 5th on a triple play off a liner by Reese. The Dodgers' lead over the Giants is now down to six games.
» September 5, 1951: After a day off, the Giants sweep two games in Boston, winning 3–2 and 9–1. In the opener, Sheldon Jones scatters six hits to beat Warren Spahn. Spahn allows just five hits in his attempt to become the National League's first 19-game winner. The Giants tally 13 hits in the second game to help Sal Maglie win his first-ever victory against Boston.
» September 9, 1951: Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2–1 win over the Dodgers' Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin's two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring, The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Snider and a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground, tags Robby, and throws to first for a DP. The Dodgers still lead the Giants by five 1/2 games.
» September 13, 1951: The Cards play a rare doubleheader—the first in the 20th century—with two different teams, defeating the Giants 6–4 in the first game in the afternoon when they score six runs against Sal Maglie in the 2nd inning. In the nitecap, against the Braves, the Cards manage just one hit—by pitcher Al Brazle—in losing to Warren Spahn, 2–0. The Cards total attendance is 8,865—4,160 for the Giants and 4,705 for the Braves.
» September 16, 1951:
The visiting—and rampaging—Giants sweep the Pirates, 7–1 and 6–4. Larry Jansen wins his 19th and Sal Maglie collects his 23rd. It is Maglie's 11th straight win over the Bucs. The Giants collect 29 hits in the two games, including six by Al Dark, in handing losses to Howie Pollet and reliever Murry Dickson. The Dodger lead of four 1/2 is their slimmest since July 4th.
» May 14, 1952: Despite eight interruptions by Reds manager Luke Sewell asking the umps to examine the ball, Sal Maglie records his 6th straight win, 6–3, at the Polo Grounds. After the last play stoppage, an angry Maglie heaves the ball over the umps head, but manager Leo Durocher calms the sizzling Sal down. Bobby Thomson starts the scoring with a triple and a steal of home in the 1st.
» May 23, 1952:
Sal Maglie wins his 8th without a loss, stopping the Braves, 5–3. Maglie tires in the 9th, giving up three hits, including a 2-run homer by Ebba St. Claire. Al Dark's 2-run homer in the 5-run 4th is the big blow for the Giants, who stay a half-game in back of the Dodgers.
» May 10, 1953: Pittsburgh IF Eddie O'Brien and Johnny O'Brien become the first twins to play for the same team in the same game, when Johnny enters the nitecap of a Giants game on defense and Eddie later pinch runs. But the Giants take the twinbill, 4–0, behind Sal Maglie's 3-hitter, and 3–2. In game 2, Jim Hearn comes within two outs of his 13th straight over the Pirates, but falters and Frank Hiller wins in relief. Bobby Hofman's pinch home run in the 9th wins it.
» April 25, 1954: Giants pitchers Sal Maglie and Johnny Antonelli shut out the Phils in a twin bill 3–0 and 5–0. The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the Phils with all shut outs.
» April 30, 1954: Willie Mays homers in the 14th inning off Cubs lefty Warren Hacker to give Sal Maglie and the Giants a 4–2 victory.
» July 26, 1954:
Brooklyn defeats Giant stalwart Sal Maglie in Ebbets Field, roughing him up for six runs on 11 hits. Since coming into the NL in 1945, the "Barber" had recorded 10 straight victories in the Brooklyn ball park.
» July 31, 1955:
The Giants sell P Sal Maglie (9-5) to the Cleveland Indians.
» May 15, 1956:
The Dodgers buy P Sal Maglie from the Indians, who are eager to unload the veteran.
» October 3, 1956:
Sal Maglie and the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 6-3
in the first game of the WS.
» October 8, 1956:
Series history is made by Don Larsen of the Yankees,
who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2-0
in Game 5. He requires only 97 pitches. Sal Maglie
matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.
» June 14, 1958:
The Cardinals obtain P Sal Maglie (1–1) from the Yankees for Joe McClain and $25,000. For Maglie, who will go 3–7 for the Cards, this will be his 4th straight year of pitching in both leagues, a ML record.
» August 31, 1992:
Minnesota sends pitcher Bill Krueger to Montreal for Darren Reid. It is the third season that Krueger has split between the AL and the NL: only Sal Maglie has done it more often.