IN THE NEWS: After carrying out the scorecard to the umpires, Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself "for the good of the team." He is batting .143 with one RBI. His consecutive-game string stops at 2,130. Babe Dahlgren, his replacement, has a homer and double, as the Yankees rout Detroit 22–2. New York bats around in three innings to make it easy for Red Ruffing. Ballyhooed Tiger teenager Fred Hutchinson makes his major league debut and the Yankees light him up for eight runs in 2/3 of an inning. Hutch gives up four hits and walks five.
In New York, Mel Ott's three run homer with two out in the 9th gives New York a dramatic 8–7 win over Cincy. Ott's blow is hit off Cincy righty Gene Thompson.
It's showtime in Hollywood as Gilmore Field premieres with the Stars (PCL) losing to the Seattle Rainiers, 8–5. The stars are in the stands as well including a number who own stock in the team: Gracie Allen, Gene Autry, George Burns, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, George Raft, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Robert Taylor, and the owner's wife Gail Patrick (Mrs. Bob Cobb).
IN THE NEWS: In Detroit, Ted Williams belts two homers for the first time in his career to lead the Red Sox to a 7–6 win over the Tigers. Off Bob Harris, Williams thumps one homer over the right-field roof, the first ever hit out over the double deck at Briggs Stadium.
IN THE NEWS: Joe Gordon smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15–4 hosing of the White Sox. Red Ruffing is again the easy winner; in his last outing the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.
After seven straight road wins, the Red Sox lose to the Browns, 6–3, and drop to 2nd place. Bobo Newsom's 7-hitter stops Boston. The Yankees take over first place, and remain there the rest of the season.
Before 36,005 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants crush the Cubs, 10–3. Mel Ott has a triple double, and two singles, while ex-Cubbies Billy Jurges and Frank Demaree have two hits apiece. Cliff Melton is the winner for the Giants, now 8-8.
IN THE NEWS: In a 4–2 Cubs win at the Polo Grounds, Cubs first sacker Phil Cavarretta breaks his leg sliding into a base. He'll be out of action until July 25, and will appear in just seven more games this year, all as a PH.
Chuck Klein hits a pinch triple with the bases loaded off the Reds Johnny Vander Meer, and the Phils win 8–7.
At Ebbets Field, Cards veteran Pepper Martin breaks up a pitching duel between Brooklyn's Red Evans and Bob Weiland by swiping home in the 6th inning. Martin's two-out steal is the only run of the game as the Cards win, 1–0.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees set down the Browns, 10–8, jumping on rookie Ewald Pyle for three hits before he exits. Pyle is subbing for Bobo Newsom, out with a skinned finger. Russ Van Atta, the Fresno Flinger follows, and the Yanks score nine runs in four innings to put the game out of reach. Bill Dickey has three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Lou Gehrig does not play, but takes infield practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now leads by one 1/2 games.
Ted Lyons hurls the White Sox to a 3–2 win over Boston, handing rookie Woodrow Rich his first loss. Chicago makes just four hits. Jimmie Foxx hits his 5th homer, a solo in the 9th, for Boston.
The Boston Bees collect 13 hits off the Cubs 33-year-old rookie Vance Page, but manage just two hits in losing 6–2. Billy Herman's bases-loaded triple in the 9th seals it. Poor base running contributes to the loss, the worst example coming in the 4th when Eddie Miller singles and stops at 3B on a drive down the 1B line by Elbie Fletcher. Fletcher is caught trying to stretch the hit to a triple.
IN THE NEWS: Making his first appearance since elbow surgery in August 1938, Carl Hubbell pitches New York to a 2–1 win over the Phillies. Catcher Ken O'Dea hits a 10th inning home run to win it for King Carl.
Next time, say it with flowers. Bob Feller's mother travels from Iowa to watch her son pitch against the White Sox. It is the first time she's seen him play in the majors, and she is given a box along the 1B line at Comiskey Park. Sox 3B Marv Owen then lines a Feller fast ball that knocks Mrs. Feller unconscious. She revives and, with a few stitches, is none the worse. The Indians win, 9–4.
IN THE NEWS: The first baseball game ever televised, Princeton against Columbia at Baker Field, Columbia's home field, is seen by a handful of viewers via W2XBS in New York City. Bill Stern announces, as Princeton wins 2–1 in 10 innings. The 2nd game of the doubleheader is not televised. Reviewing the game the next day, the New York Times sniffs, "it is difficult to see how this sort of thing can catch the public fancy."
Brooklyn and Chicago play a 19-inning 9–9 tie game at Wrigley Field.
IN THE NEWS: In his last three at bats against the Red Sox Emerson Dickson, Cleveland's Ken Keltner belts three homers in an 11–0 romp at Fenway. It's the 11th time that an American League batter has hit three successive homers. Feller makes it easy, pitching a one-hitter for the win.
IN THE NEWS: Robert Joyce, who gave up two home runs to New York's George Selkirk yesterday, relieves for the A's. Selkirk hits two more home runs off Joyce, giving him four home runs in four at bats against the same pitcher in two successive games. Yankees win, 9–5. The Yanks release vet Wes Ferrell, who never came back after arm surgery over the winter. Ferrell will appear with the Dodgers in '40 and the Braves in 1941.
IN THE NEWS: In an attempt to spruce up their appearance, National League umpires wear white gabardine trousers with blue jackets.
Pittsburgh's Johnny Rizzo drives in nine runs, a Pirate record, to give the visiting Pirates a 14–8 victory over St. Louis in game 2. Rizzo includes homers in the 5th, off Clyde Shoun, and the 9th, off Bob Bowman, in the barrage. The Cardinals win the opener, 7–2.
At Boston, the Red Sox and Yankees split a Memorial Day doubleheader. The Sox double the Yanks, 8–4 in the opener, before the New Yorkers roar back to win the nitecap, 17–9. Ted Williams hits a long home run off Red Ruffing, that after retirement he says it is hardest hit ball he ever had.