IN THE NEWS: Carl Hubbell wins his 5th straight, topping the Cardinals 71. Mel Ott's two homers, one a grand slam eases the way for the vet. In the nightcap, Dick Bartell's 9th inning error paved the way for Billy Southworth's squeeze bunt, and the Cards win, 32. Mort Cooper allows four hits in winning his 13th.
At Detroit, the Tigers sweep a pair from the Red Sox, 84 and 62, to knock Boston out of 2nd place. Dizzy Trout wins the opener, helping himself with a 3-run home run. Virgil Trucks wins the nitecap, giving up a 9th inning home run to Ted Williams. Along with Jim Tabor, CF Dom DiMaggio has a homer in the opener, then adds an unassisted DP in the nitecap.
At Yankee Stadium, Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith combine to pitch a one-hit shutout over the New York Cubans (Negro League). The Monarchs win, 90. In the first game of the twinbill, the Philadelphia Stars conquer the Baltimore Elite Giants, 74. Henry Spearman's grand slam sparks the Philley attack.
IN THE NEWS: A military relief game at the Polo Grounds with the Dodgers attracts a Polo Grounds record crowd of 57,303. The Giants, losing 74, have two on and no out in the 9th when the game is called. A government order mandates that lights must be turned out at 9:14. Giants President Horace Stoneham states that twilight games would be terminated since "playing against the clock was too tough."
IN THE NEWS: The Giants-Dodgers game ends in a 11 tie as Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of the 9th is wiped out. As was the case the day before, the game is called because of the government's 9:14 curfew on lights. It is the last twilight game played at the Polo Grounds. The Dodgers have held the National League lead for 144 days. The margin over the Cardinals is 10 games. Until the season's end, Brooklyn will win 17, lose 18.
Braves pitcher Jim Tobin clubs his 6th homer of the year, tying the NL record for homers by a pitcher, but he loses to the Phils, 42.
A dim out in the 10th inning cancels Pee Wee Reese's grand slam. The score reverts to the 9th inning resulting in a 11 tie between Brooklyn and the Giants.
IN THE NEWS: White Sox 1B Don Kolloway's 2-out steal of home in the 5th inning is the only run of the game against Tiger lefty Hal Newhouser. Sore-armed Thornton Lee is the winner. There are seven games played today, and five end in shutouts.
IN THE NEWS: An editorial in The Sporting News argues for segregation on the diamond. The column states that members of each race "prefer to draw their talents from their own ranks and both groups know their crowd psychology and do not care to run the risk of damaging their own game."
IN THE NEWS: A bean ball salvo between Manny Salvo of the Braves and Whit Wyatt of the Dodgers ends in a 20 Boston victory. Only two batters are hit, but many pitches are close and the hurlers almost come to blows twice. Salvo gets fined $50 and Wyatt $75. Wyatt also tosses a bat. For Wyatt (8-1), it is his first loss after 10 straight wins over the Braves.
IN THE NEWS: The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 108 in 18 innings at Cincinnati. The Reds tie the score in the 9th, 10th, and 12th innings before the Cubs hang on. Stan Hack collects five hits and three runs for Chicago. Both teams combine to notch 25 base on balls for the match, and the Cubs strand 23 runners, while the Reds leave 21, a major-league record until 1974. Each team uses six pitchers, a ML record. The Reds take game two by a 21 score.
As a warm-up to the upcoming series at St. Louis with Brooklyn, the Cardinals win their 7th straight, a 72 win over Pittsburgh behind rookie Johnny Beazley.
IN THE NEWS: At Cleveland, in the first game of a twi-nighter, Indian P Al Milnar has a no-hitter until Doc Cramer singles with two out in the 9th. But the duel with Detroit's Tommy Bridges ends in a 14-inning scoreless tie because the rules state the game cannot be continued under the lights. Milnar allows just two hits and his catcher Gene Desautels catches the entire game without a putout (no strikeouts) or assist.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees turn a ML-record seven DPs in an 112 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down two runners following third strikes, three are started by the DP combo of Rizzuto and Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates one. The seven DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190, just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark they set last season of 194.
IN THE NEWS: With two outs and two strikes in the last of the 9th, Dolf Camilli hits a 2-run homer to give the Dodgers a 54 win over the Braves. With the homer, his 20th, Camilli takes over the National League lead.
Despite Bill Nicholson hitting three homers, two doubles and a single, the Cubs lose two games to the Pirates, 85 and 87, the nitecap in 11 innings.
At Fenway the Sox sweep a pair from the Senators, winning each by one run. In the opening 21 win, Ted Williams 2-run homer backs Tex Hughson's 9th straight win and 15th overall. The 76 nitecap win goes the Broadway Charlie Wagner, whose last six wins, since June 7, have all been by one run, including a pair of 10 wins. Lou Finney drives in the tying and winning runs with a triple.
IN THE NEWS: After going 16 before the All-star break, Carl Hubbell posts his 8th straight win, beating the Braves 102. The 39-year-old veteran is backed by Mel Ott's three hits, including a home run into the LF stands at the Polo Grounds.
IN THE NEWS: Seven of 16 games played today are shutouts. A near-miss is by White Sox veteran Ted Lyons. Taking a regular Sunday start, he wins his 256th career game, a 3-hitter 31 complete game victory over Cleveland.
Walter Johnson pitching to Babe Ruth is the pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for the New York-Washington game at Yankee Stadium that provides $80,000 for Army-Navy relief. Ruth hits the fifth pitch into the right-field stands, and then adds one more shot before circling the bases. Sixteen relief games contribute $523,000 during the season. In the doubleheader between the Senators and the Yankees, the Senators win the opener, 76 and New York cops the nitecap, 30, in five 1/2 innings.
At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers sweep two from their cross-town rivals. In the first game, the Giants took a 42 lead in the 10th on Johnny Mize's 2-run home run, only to see Dolf Camilli hit reliever Harry Feldman's 1st pitch for a grand slam and give Dem Bums a 64 win. The 2nd game, the Dodgers score two in the 5th to take a 75 lead in a game halted by darkness. The Dodgers now lead St. Louis by seven 1/2 games.
IN THE NEWS: The Dodgers open a 4-game series in St. Louis with Larry French (131) on the mound for the front-runners. Terry Moore scores four runs for the Birds as they coast to a 71 victory behind Max Lanier's 14th victory.
IN THE NEWS: The largest night crowd in St. Louis history, watch two aces deal, the Dodger Whit Wyatt and the Cardinals Mort Cooper, go scoreless for 12 innings. Both teams score in the 13th, and the Cards win it in the 14th, 21, on Walker Cooper's solo shot. The win by Mort Cooper cuts the Dodgers lead over St. Louis to five 1/2 games.
IN THE NEWS: Johnny Beazley wins his 16th game of the year, 21 over the Dodgers in 10 innings. The win caps a sweep of Brooklyn, with Max Lanier having edged Larry French in the opener two days before.
IN THE NEWS: Brooklyn salvages a win, 41, to leave St. Louis with a five 1/2 game lead.
With the score tied 44 in the 11th at Wrigley, the Reds load the bases with no outs. Chicago then turns a triple playMcCullough, Merullo, and Cavarretta. Bill Nicholson poles a homer in the bottom of the frame for a 54 win.
IN THE NEWS: Larry MacPhail seeks insurance for the Dodger pennant run by buying Bobo Newsom from the Senators for $25,000. The purchase had been rumored for weeks. The veteran will respond by shutting out Cincinnati 20 in three days. [Blanking the Reds is not difficult. Bill McKechnie's team will hit .231 for the season, the lowest in the ML since the Highlanders hit .229 in 1914 and Brooklyn .229 in 1910.]