IN THE NEWS: Bucky Walters wins his 9th in a row, 111 over the Bees, then Boston stings the Reds in game 2, winning 20. Dick Erickson applies the whitewash, though he is nearly matched by ex-Bee Jim Turner. Turner faces just 18 batters in the first six innings. Brooklyn takes a pair from the Cubs to move two games in back of the first place Reds.
The Red and White Sox split a doubleheader in Boston. Ted Lyons wins the opener, 60, for his 225th career victory. It is his 4th win this season. The Red Sox come back in the nitecap, 108, when Jimmie Foxx cracks his 13th homer of the year in the 9th inning into the LF screen with Ted Williams on base. Boston stays two games ahead of Cleveland, which split today with the A's.
IN THE NEWS: The Cubs get waivers from all 15 teams and send Dizzy Dean to Tulsa (Texas League). Dean has submitted to a number of treatments, including teeth extraction, but his arm has not responded, and the Cubs hope the Texas League sun will help. He will pitch moderately well and is a great ticket seller.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates rout the Boston Bees 142 in the first night game at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. 20,319 Pirate fans look on.
At Sportsman's Park, the Cardinals play their first home night game, losing 101 to the Dodgers. The Browns lost their 1st home night game at Sportsman's Park 10 days earlier. Brooklyn scores five in the first inning, led by Pete Coscarart's three run homer. Ducky Medwick goes 5-for-5 for the Cardinals.
At Cincinnati, reliever Carl Doyle of the Dodgers gives up 16 hits and 14 runs in just four innings, as the Reds pound out 27 hits in a 232 win, regaining 1st place. Cincy is paced by Harry Craft, who hits for the cycle and adds a single and scores four runs. Teammate Frank McCormick scores five runs. Doyle also manages to throw two wild pitches and hit four Cincinnati batters in the game to help set a bitter tone to the Cincinnati-Dodgers rivalry, which will continue through the decade. Doyle, however, won't be around as Brooklyn ships him to the Cards in four days. His four hit batsmen ties an National League record.
IN THE NEWS: In the 2nd of two, Paul Dean debuts with the Giants and beats the Cubs, 31, on four hits. Joe Moore runs his hitting streak to 14 games when he belts an 8th inning homer off Claude Passeau. The Giants win the opener 40 behind Bill Lohrman to pull within one 1/2 games of the Reds and Dodgers. Bill Lee is the losing Cubs hurler in that one.
In Boston, the Indians chase Bob Feller, 92, on homers by Ted Williams and Joe Cronin. Williams adds a triple, while Finney has four hits including a pair of doubles. During the game, Tribe manager Oscar Vitt openly criticizes Feller, saying "Look at him. He's supposed to be my ace. How am I supposed to win a pennant with that kind of pitching." The Boston win keeps the Sox a game ahead of Detroit and Cleveland.
The first place Red Sox club veteran Indians' P Mel Harder for a 95 win, handing the Tribe their eight loss in 13 games. Cleveland's Ossie Vitt, in lifting Harder, snarls, "It's about time you won one, the money you're making." The criticism, plus the same type of remarks made earlier about Feller, will prompt Harder to request a meeting with Cleveland owner Alva Bradley tomorrow morning in Cleveland.
IN THE NEWS: At Cooperstown, Ted Williams hits two homers against the Cubs, but Chicago counters with four round trippers to win the 7-inning exhibition, 109.
The Cleveland players petition owner Alva Bradley to remove Oscar Vitt as manager. "Sometimes it seems he'll drive us all nuts," says Bob Feller. "Maybe it's just his nervousness." Bradley declines, stating that the club is just two games behind Boston. The Indians tip the Tigers, 32, in 11 innings, winning on Charlie Gehringer's throwing error. Cleveland has their best month of the year, settling into first place, which they will hold until the final two weeks of the season.
IN THE NEWS: In the Bees 42 win over the Cubs, Boston 1B Buddy Hassett fouls out in the 8th inning after hitting safely in 10 straight at bats over three games. He walked once in the streak. Before the game, Boston sends C Al Lopez to Pittsburgh for C Paul Burris and cash.
Luke Hamlin holds the Reds to two hits and Brooklyn wins, 20, to take over first place from the Reds. Joe Medwick's safety drives in the first run, and Vosmik Joe adds another.
Gordon Cobbledick breaks the story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the players' mutiny against Oscar Vitt. Vitt meets with owner Bradley but declines to comment on the mutiny. He will stay on and today the players hand him a 80 win over Detroit. Johnny Allen tosses a two-hitter.
IN THE NEWS: Harry Danning hits for the cycle, as the Giants beat visiting Pittsburgh. Danning's home run is an inside-the-park hit that lands 460 feet on the fly in front of the Giants' clubhouse. It lodges behind the Eddie Grant memorial, and CF Vince DiMaggio cannot extricate the ball in time. Danning is the last player this century to include an IPHR in his cycle. The Giants win 12-1, their 8th straight win.
IN THE NEWS: The Reds manage just two hits off Wyatt but beat the Dodgers, 10, at Ebbets Field. Lonny Frey's unusual home run in the 9th settles the game: Frey's hit strikes the top of the RF wall, bounces straight up, and settles on a ledge on top of the wall next to the scoreboard.
Cleveland fans cheer manager Oscar Vitt and boo the "crybaby's," Hal Trosky and Bob Feller. Feller answers with a 3-hit win over the A's, striking out 12 in the 42 game. Al Milnar takes the nitecap by the same score.
Ted Williams cracks a 12th inning home run to give Boston a 43 win over the White Sox in game 1. Ted thumps another in the 145 nitecap win. Winning P Jack Wilson clubs a pair of homers, as does Joe Cronin. Jimmie Foxx homers as well as the Sox collect 20 hits.
IN THE NEWS: Not a single assist will be recorded by any of the Boston Bee infielders in the first game of a doubleheader versus Pittsburgh. Boston wins 53, then takes the nitecap, 51.
Citing upset nerves, Cleveland catcher Frank Pytlak quits the team. Pytlak, who had been a holdout all spring training, will be dealt to the Red Sox in December. The Indians bring up young Jim Hegan from Wilkes-Barre.
IN THE NEWS: Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for six days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 75, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees lose to the White Sox 10 in 11 innings, their 6th straight loss, then protest a "catch" by Sox LF Moose Solters, contending he dropped the ball in the 2nd inning when he was reaching for his cap. Umpire George Quinn apparently missed the error and the protest is upheld. The game will be replayed September 18, but, for several years, all of today's records count including Monte Pearson's loss and Johnny Rigney's win, will count. It is the first time since 1919 that the Yankees have been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher: they lost on May 19, 1935 in extra innings to two pitchers, Stewart and Brown.
Boston loses a pairand the four game seriesto the Browns, 21 and 114, and drops out of first place. The Indians take over 1st with a 121 drubbing of the Senators. The new issue of The Sporting News headlines "'I'll be Nice if I Can,' says Vitt of Tribe Truce."
IN THE NEWS: Washington rookie Sid Hudson takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but the Browns Rip Radcliff hits a pop fly double down the RF line with no outs. A passed ball puts him on 3rd, but Hudson retires three for a 10 win. He'll beat the A's on a one-hit shutout in August.
IN THE NEWS: With 52,657 in attendance at the Polo Grounds, the Giants Billy Jurges is hit on the head by a pitch thrown by Bucky Walters of the Reds He leaves the field on a stretcher. A shaken Walters then allows two runs and is lifted. The Giants have a 42 lead with two out in the 9th, but the Reds score five runs on six hits to win 74. Cincy takes the 2nd game 20. Jurges will stay in the hospital six days and the Giants will go 3961 and tailspin from 2nd place to 6th after his injury.
In Cleveland, 56,659 watch the Indians split with Boston. Cleveland wins the opener 41 for their 8th win in a row, then Boston wins the nitecap 20 on two Jim Tabor home runs. In game 1, Ted Williams and Doc Cramer collide chasing a fly ball. Williams is knocked unconscious and the ball goes for an inside-the-park home run.
Bobo Newsom wins his 9th in a row, stopping the Yankees on four hits. The Tigers move to a game and a half in back of the 1st place Indians.
IN THE NEWS: Johnny Vander Meer, plagued with control problems, is optioned by the Reds to Indianapolis. Vandy was ineffective in the Reds pennant drive last year and was knocked out in his only two starts this year.