» July 17, 1948:
The Dodgers down the Reds, 84 and 104 for their 12th win in 14 games. Ralph Branca wins the opener as Jackie Robinson clouts a 3-run homer in the 8th. Paul Minner wins his first ML game in the nitecap with six innings of relief. During an argument with Frank Dascoli, Reds catcher Dewey Williams grabs the ump. Willliams will be fined $100 and suspended for five games. However, with catcher Ray Mueller on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Reds appeal the suspension, stating they have only one catcher, Ray Lamanno. Ford Frick, National League prexy, will rule that Williams will serve the suspension in the Reds clubhouse, while dressed in full uniform. If anything happens to Lamanno, Williams can substitute, and a game will added to the suspension.
» July 18, 1950: At Chicago, the Phils split with the Cubs, winning the nitecap 83 as Bubba Church beats big Bob Rush. Chicago wins the opener, 52, with Paul Minner besting Robin Roberts. The Phils now share the top spot in the NL with Boston and the Cards.
» August 24, 1951: At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers Ralph Branca outduels Cubs pitcher Paul Minner to win 10. Branca strikes out 10 Cubs, walks none, and gives up three hits.
» September 15, 1951:
The Giants trim the Dodger lead to five games when they cash in homers by Thomson, Mays, and Mueller for a 52 win over Chicago. Sheldon Jones tops Paul Minner.
» May 5, 1952: Paul Minner allows just four hits but loses his 7th straight to the Giants, 32. He has never beaten them. Reliever Monte Kennedy allows just one hit in six 1/3 innings for the win.
» September 29, 1952:
Stan Musial makes his only ML pitching appearance.
With his 6th batting title wrapped up, he takes the
mound against the Cubs Frank Baumholtz, the runner-up
in the batting race. Baumholtz, batting righthanded,
reaches base on an error, and Harvey Haddix relieves
Musial. The Cubs win 3-0 behind Paul Minner.
» April 13, 1954:
Hitting against the Cubs Paul Minner, Cardinal rookie Wally Moon homers in his first ML AB. But Minner homers to back his own pitching, as the Cubs win 134. Tom Alston becomes the first black to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.
» May 2, 1954:
At Chicago, the Cubs and Pirates split. Chicago's Paul Minner outguns Vern Law in the opener, 53, and the Pirates outhit Chicago to win the nitecap, 1810 in eight innings. Frank Thomas has seven straight hits on the afternoon for Pittsburgh, before fanning. Hank Sauer hits three homers for Chicago, two in the nitecap, when he goes 4-for-4: Hammerin' Hank will belt 13 homers this year against the Piratesa major-league record (set by Jimmie Foxx and since tied by Joe Adcock, in 1956) for home runs against one team. Bob Skinner has three hits to drive in five runs for the Bucs in game 2, as they score 15 runs in the first four innings. Winning pitcher Bob Friend also drives in three runs to win his first of the year. With homers in both games today, the Cubs set an National League mark of 13 straight games in which they've homered since the start of the season.
» May 30, 1955:
Cubs rookie slugger Bob Speake homers in both games of a doubleheader against the Cards to finish the month with 10 homers. His homer breaks a 3-3 tie in the 11th inning of the nightcap to help the Cubs sweep in St. Louis, 95 (10) and 43 (11). Paul Minner and Howie Pollet are the winners for Chicago, while Brooks Lawrence and Bobby Tiefenauer take the losses. Speake will hit just two more homers the rest of the season. In game 2, the Cards get stopped in the 9th by an interference call. Wally Moon attempts to steal 3B but C Harry Chiti's throw hits the bat of Red Schoendienst. Red is called out and Moon must return to 2B. Stan Musial then grounds out.
» April 28, 1956:
Redlegs rookie LF Frank Robinson hits the first
HR of his 586 lifetime blasts, off Cub P Paul Minner
in Crosley Field. The Cubs lose the opener 9-1.
Cincinnati OF Wally Post hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
sweep for the Redlegs.
» May 31, 1956: The Cubs and Braves keep banging on each other like rented mules, with Milwaukee coming out on top, 158. Lew Burdette is the winner, while Paul Minner absorbs his 12th loss in a row to the Braves, a streak that started August 29, 1951.