» July 18, 1948:
In the first of two before 39,623, the Chicago Cubs beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 32. With two outs and the bases loaded in the 9th inning, rookie Robin Roberts hits Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko on the back with successive pitches to force home the winner. Chicago's Johnny Schmitz allows just four hits, three by Johnny Blatnik. The Jays (as they are still occasionally referred to in print) win the nitecap, 64, collecting 17 hits, including a homer by Del Ennis. Schoolboy Rowe evens his record at 55, beating Russ Meyer.
» July 23, 1948:
Larry Jansen's 5-hitter gives the Giants a 50 win over the Cubs. John Mize's first inning homer off Russ Meyer provides all the scoring the Giants need.
» August 18, 1948:
The Pirates halt the Cubs, 74, behind rookie Bob Chesnes. Chesnes helps his own cause with two singles in the Bucs' 6-run 8th inning to pin the loss on Russ Meyer. Stan Rojek has four hits for the Pirates, while Pafko drives home three runs on three hits for Chicago.
» June 24, 1950:
The Phils top the Cubs 54 on two-run homers by Granny Hamner and Andy Seminick. Jim Konstanty, in relief of Russ Meyer, hurls four hitless innings to save the win. The Whiz Kids trail the Dodgers by a game.
» July 16, 1950:
The Cubs knock the Phillies out of a tie for first place, sweeping 80 and 103. The Cubs lose Phil Cavarretta when he is hit by a Ken Johnson pitch in game 1, fracturing his forearm. Hank Sauer takes over 1B. Walt Dubiel fires the shutout and Doyle Lade is the CG winner in game 2. The loss goes to Bob Miller in game 2, the first defeat for the rookie after eight straight wins. Ex-Bruin Russ Meyer loses the first game after defeating the Cubs five straight times (as noted by Ed Hartig). The Mad Monk, the greatest ever Cubs killer, will win his next 17 decisions against Chicago before losing on May 11, 1955.
» September 8, 1950: Russ Meyer snaps the Phils' 5-game losing streak with a 43 victory over the Dodgers.
» October 6, 1950: Tom Ferrick and the Yanks go up three games to none, with a 32 win over Russ Meyer and the Phils at Yankee Stadium.
» May 20, 1951:
The Phils defeat the Pirates 170 and 124, as Richie Ashburn gets four hits in each game. Russ Meyer tosses the shutout in the first game pasting over Murry Dickson.
» June 19, 1951: Willie Jones cracks a pair of homers, one with the bases loaded, to drive in six runs as the Phils roll over the host Pirates, 91. Jones' first homer comes in the first inning with Ashburn on base, and his second is an inside-the-park grand slam in the eighth inning. Every Phils batter collects a hit including winning hurler Russ Meyer. Murry Dickson is chased early with Ted Wilks, in his first appearance for the Pirates, relieving.
» July 1, 1951: Philadelphias Russ Meyer and Jim Konstanty hold Brooklyn to one hit but lose anyway 20. Pee Wee Reese's 2-run triple follows two walks in the third and accounts for all the hits and runs.
» July 28, 1951: Pitcher Russ Meyer hurls a 10 shut out over the Cubs, the fourth shutout in a row for the Phillies staff. Robin Roberts, Ken Johnson and Bubba Church pitched the earlier shutouts.
» February 16, 1953: The Braves send 1B Earl Torgeson to the Phils for P Russ Meyer. They then send Meyer to Brooklyn for Rocky Bridges and Jim Pendleton, and complete the day's activities by sending Bridges to the Reds for slugger Joe Adcock.
» May 25, 1953:
Russ Meyer of the Dodgers is fined $100 and suspended three days for obscene gestures and abusive language picked up by TV close-ups. National League President Warren Giles and Commissioner Ford Frick oppose dugout shots by TV cameras.
» September 2, 1954:
Dodger Russ Meyer beats the Cubs for the 16th consecutive
time, dating back to 1950.
» May 11, 1955: The Cubs click off five DPs in a 108 win over Brooklyn, snapping the Dodgers' 11-game winning streak. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam, the 1st of five he'll hit this year. The loss goes to Russ Meyer, who had beaten the Cubs 17 straight times and 22 times in his last 23 decisions against Chicago.
» May 30, 1955: For the 2nd time this season, Dodger ace Don Newcombe homers twice in the same game, posting his 8th straight win, beating Pittsburgh, 83. The Brooks win the opener, 84 behind Russ Meyer. Newk gives up 12 hits but fans nine and starts two DPs.
» June 25, 1955:
Miseries plague the Dodger pitching staff. Russ Meyer goes on the disabled list with a broken collarbone, and Carl Erskine has arm trouble.
» December 9, 1955: The Dodgers send P Russ Meyer to the Cubs for P Don Elston and cash. Meyer has the best record in history against the Cubs, at one point going 22-1 against them.
» May 30, 1956: The wind is still blowing out at Wrigley as Braves Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Bobby Thomson hit consecutive first-inning home runs against the Cubs Russ Meyer. Meyer then hits the next batter, Billy Bruton, with a pitch, and when Bruton charges the mound, both he and Meyer are ejected in the ensuing fight. The Cubs plate three in the 1st and reliever Turk Lown homers in the 2nd for his first ML roundtripper. Thomson adds another home run, but the Braves lose the first game 109. They hold on to win the 2nd, 119. Fifteen home runs in the two games, including four by Thomson, sets a ML-record in a doubleheader. All but three of the homers are solo.
» April 16, 1959: Phillie Dave Philley, who ended 1958 with eight consecutive pinch hits, starts 1959 with a pinch-hit double in his first pinch at bat to extend his ML record. Despite Philley's new mark, Lew Burdette and the Braves win 73. Burdette allows just six hits in beating Russ Meyer.