IN THE NEWS: Rookie OF Hal Jeffcoat has two doubles in the Cubs' 7-run 8th inning as Chicago rolls over Cincinnati 134. Peanuts Lowrey goes 4-for-5 in the game.
The Phillies and Dodgers divide a doubleheader, Brooklyn outslugging the Blue Jays 96 in the opener, then losing, 20, to Ken Heintzelman. Furillo has a home run, triple and single in the opener, while Duke Snider hits his first two ML homersthe first, inside-the-parka triple and a single, good for four RBIs. Ben Chapman starts Dutch Leonard but after one out brings in Curt Simmons against the lefty Dodger lineup. In the nitecap, Carl Furillo's 2-out single in the 7th is the first hit off Heintzelman, who pitches a 4-hitter.
IN THE NEWS: At Chicago, the Dodgers use eight hits, three errors and one four walks to subdue to Cubs, 95. Preston Ward's bases loaded triple off Ralph Hamner following three walks is the key blow. Hugh Casey wins with five innings of shutout relief.
IN THE NEWS: An infield single by Johnny Blatnik of the Phillies in the 7th prevents a perfect game by Harry Brecheen of the Cardinals. Brecheen will become the National League ERA leader with 2.24 and the winning percentage leader on a 20-7 record. The Cards win 50 and Brecheen scores his 3rd straight shutout.
At Griffith Stadium, Larry Doby pounds a 408-foot homer to CF, which hits the loudspeakers 35 high, to help the Indians top the Senators, 61. Larry's ball bounces back onto the field and was initially declared in play. The 8th-inning three-run homer is the longest home run in the Stadium since Babe Ruth's shot in 1922, and is the first of Doby's four career inside-the-park homers. World War two veteran Gene Bearden makes his first start, allowing just three Nat hits. He walks four in the 9th inning to allow the lone run, as Washington finally scores after three straight shutouts.
The A's win their 6th straight, pull off a triple play, and batter the White Sox, 161. Winning pitcher Carl Scheib puts the game away with an 8th-inning grand slam, and the A's are now tied for the American League lead with the Indians.
The A's purchase 37-year-old P Nels Potter from the Browns for $20,000.
IN THE NEWS: In the 2nd game of the Sunday doubleheader between the Pirates and the Dodgers, the umpire continues the game through a seven P.M. curfew because he believes Pittsburgh to be stalling with a 54 lead. The Dodgers pass the Pirates for a 75 score, but Ralph Kiner hits a 3-run home run to carry Pittsburgh to a 108 victory. The Pirates are fined $100 for violating the curfew and Kiner will end up tying Johnny Mize with 40 home runs.
The Indians sweep a pair at Fenway, beating the Red Sox, 41 in 10 innings, and 95. A Ted Williams homer in the opener is the only Sox score, while Ken Keltner belts a pair of homers. They both add another in the nitecap, but Doby clouts a monstrous 2-run shot to dead center for the Tribe. He'll add another in a win tomorrow as Cleveland stays percentage points ahead of the A's.
IN THE NEWS: At Cincinnati, the Reds score three in the 9th but come up short, losing to Brooklyn, 97. Reds starter and loser Johnny Vander Meer doubles in the 5th and doesn't advance when Glenn Corbitt bounces a single over Billy Cox's head (as noted by Bill Deane). Pee Wee Reese retrieves the ball and keeps it, pulling off a hidden ball trick on Vandy when he wanders off 2B. Taking no chances, the Reds pinch hit for Vandy in the 6th.
IN THE NEWS: The lowly Cubs edge the Phillies, 32, as Johnny Schmitz outduels young Curt Simmons. Four Phillie errors let in all three Cub runs.
An International League game in Jersey City draws less than 1,700 on a night a Giants' telecast is being received in 600 bars in Jersey. The minor leagues, especially in the East, are getting testy over the impact of the major leagues open television policy.
IN THE NEWS: The first-place Cards blast Dodger pitchers for a 147 victory. Stan Musial leads the way with five hits including a triple and double. The two teams combine to set a since-tied National League record (for night games) of 28 runners left on base, 14 each.
IN THE NEWS: At Chicago, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs, as the Yanks coast, 132. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit, but left fielder Ralph Hodgin snares it at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi's pitching over Orval Grove. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle. DiMag last cycled in 1937.
Stan Musial and the Cards continue slugging the Dodgers, winning 134, as The Man has four hits, including a home run and two doubles. Musial is 11-for-15 in the series. Enos Slaughter chips in three hits as Howie Pollet wins over Joe Hatten.
The Pirates batter the Braves, 130 behind Elmer Riddle's 4-hitter. The Bucs tally eight runs in the 4th inning, with the scoring started by Ralph Kiner's 9th home run of the season. He adds a double in the inning.
IN THE NEWS: Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive home runs for the New York Yankees in a 65, first-game win against the Indians. The first two home runs are off Bob Feller. Behind Don Black, the Indians take the nightcap, 51, to preserve first place.
IN THE NEWS: Recently retired slugger Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland club, becoming the Indians 2nd-largest stockholder.
The Yankees pound 14 hits to the A's 7, but come up short, 65. It is the first-place A's 7th straight win. A hit and run single in the 8th scores Sam Chapman all the way from 1B. Phil Rizzuto and Hank Majeski match home runs.
Bob Lemon keeps the Indians a game in back of the A's by stopping the White Sox, 40, on four hits. Lemon, who shut out Washington four days ago, has not been scored on in 23 innings.
IN THE NEWS: Richie Ashburn hits his 1st ML homer, a leadoff inside-the-park home run, off Thornton Lee's 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn's hit streak to 18 games but it's the Phils only run, as the Giants win, 71. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings with hits, while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-American League hurler, Walt Dubiel.
IN THE NEWS: At Wrigley Field, the Cubs set a paid attendance record when 46,965 pass through the turnstiles for a doubleheader with the Pirates. The Cubs take the opener, 43 behind reliever Bob Rush, then drop the nitecap, 42 to Elmer Riddle. Andy Pafko is the hitting star, pounding out five hits, including a homer in each game.
In Cincinnati, the Reds sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Cards, 43 and 70. In the nitecap, Ken Raffensberger tosses a one-hitter, allowing just an 8th inning single by Nipsy Jones. Hank Sauer's homer in the opener breaks a tie. The Reds scoring in the nitecap is paced by homers from Augie Galan and Ted Kluszewski. The twin loss drops the Cards to second place as the Giants split a pair with the Dodgers.
The Senators, fresh from four wins over the Red Sox, drop a pair to the host Yankees before 62,626. Spec Shea allows just two hits in coasting in the opener, 100. The Yanks collect 16 hits, including homers by Tommy Henrich and George McQuinn. The Yanks take the nitecap, 5-4, as Red Embree makes a rare start. Bobby Brown makes seven straight hits in the two games, making out his first and last at-bats.
The Indians drub the Browns, 83, then lose 60, to stay in 2nd place behind the A's. In the opener, Lou Boudreau hits a grand slam and Jim Hegan homers in the 5-run 6th inning. Gene Bearden is the winner. In the nitecap, Cliff Fannin allows just four hits to win.
The last place White Sox and 4th-place Tigers split a pair in Detroit. The Bengals take the opener, 54, with Dizzy Trout the winner over Orval Grove. The Sox take the nitecap, 93, with veteran Ike Pearson picking up the win. Ike will finish the year at 23 to close out hs career at 1350; his .206 winning percentage is the worst in ML history for a pitcher with 50 losses.