IN THE NEWS: Stan Musial hits five home runs in a doubleheader with the Giants in St. Louis. In attendance is 8-year-old Nate Colbert, who will be the only other player in history to accomplish this feat. The Cards win the first game 106 when Musial's three-run homer in the 8th off Jim Hearn. Stan's first two homers are served up by Johnny Antonelli. The Cards hit five homers in the opener, while the Giants hit three, including back-to-back blows by Wes Westrum and Whitey Lockman. In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Don Mueller goes 5-for-5, and the Giants win, 97, with eight runs in the 4th inning. Musial totals a since-topped record 21 bases in the two games, going 4-for-4 with a walk in game 1, and 2-for-4 with a walk in game 2. Don Mueller has six hits for New York.
The Dodgers bench C Roy Campanella, who is hitting only .167, but the game in Milwaukee is rained out. Tomorrow, he will undergo surgery for the removal of bone chips from his left hand.
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.
At Yankee Stadium, Detroit's Bill Hoeft pitches a 5-inning one hitter to win 40. A 5th inning double by Andy Carey is the only safety for the Yanks as rain shortens to contest. The Yanks take the opener, 124, scoring six runs in the 3rd inning. Allie Reynolds is the winner with six innings of relief.
IN THE NEWS: Athletics C Wilmer (Billy) Shantz, brother of P Bobby Shantz, hits a grand slam, the first homer of his professional career. It comes off former A's pitcher Harry Byrd, now with the Yanks. Shantz will hit just one more ML home run. Wilmer's slam is all the offense as the Yankees win, 74. The nitecap ends 11 after nine innings.
IN THE NEWS: With a pin in his shoulder, Ted Williams returns to action after breaking his collarbone in spring training and is hitless in two at bats against Baltimore. The O's win, 21, behind Joe Coleman.
IN THE NEWS: The Indians sweep the A's 127 and 60 to take over first place. This begins a streak of 11 wins in a row.
The Orioles draw a record Memorial Stadium crowd of 46,796 for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Allie Reynolds wins the opener for New York, 20, on three hits, before Don Larsen stops the Yankees, 62 in the nitecap.
Ted Williams is back, though grimacing with each swing, and goes 8-for-9 with two home runs and seven RBI in a doubleheader against the Tigers. Williams has three hits in game one, a 76 loss. He goes 5-for-5 in the nightcap, including both home runs, but Boston loses 98 in 14 innings.
IN THE NEWS: The Phils apologize to 2B Granny Hamner for having him followed by Charles Leland, a detective. Phils owner Robert Carpenter, suspecting that some players were not ready physically and mentally, had hired Leland to follow them. Hamner noticed Leland and reported him to the police, who promptly arrested the detective. Carpenter's apology comes with the Phils tied for 2nd place, a game behind St. Louis.
IN THE NEWS: Boston rookie Frank Sullivan makes his first start and beats the Yankees at the Stadium, 63. Sullivan strikes out Mickey Mantle three times before Mickey clocks one over the auxiliary scoreboard into the right-CF bleachers.
IN THE NEWS: At Yankee Stadium, Allie Reynolds tosses a 7-hit shutout over the Red Sox to win 70. Mickey Mantle is the offense, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Mick will knock in 10 runs in the 3-game series against the Red Sox.
IN THE NEWS: In a unique Birdie Tebbetts' shift against the Cards Stan Musial, the Redlegs enlist a "4th" OF in place of regular SS Roy McMillan. This causes a box score irregularity because left-handed Nino Escalera is officially listed as a left-handed SS. After all that, Art Fowler strikes out Musial as the Reds win 42.
IN THE NEWS: Cards rookie sensation Wally Moon swipes four bases in the Cards, 94, win over the Cubs. Stan Musial has a single, double, and triple to back Haddix's pitching.
Warren Spahn tops the Reds, 31, for his 10th straight win over Cincy. He helps his own cause with a homer, off loser Herm Wehmeier. It is the Braves 8th win in a row.
At New York, the Giants explode for 11 runs in the 8th inning to overwhelm the Pirates, 214. The Buccos score three in the top of the 8th for a National League record for the frame. Led by Whitey Lockman's grand slam, the Giants score five in the 7th, then collect eight hits in the 8th, including two homers. Johnny Antonelli has his 6th win and hits his first ML home run. Davey Williams has a single and home run in the 8th.
Billy Pierce and Virgil Trucks combine to give the White Sox a 42 win over the Indians, and stop Cleveland's 11-game win streak. Bob Lemon takes the loss. Cleveland's Al Smith steals a base off Sherman Lollar, the last base runner to swipe one this year. The Sox catcher will throw out the next 18 base runners who try.
IN THE NEWS: At Washington, President Eisenhower presents a silver bat to Mickey Vernon for winning the batting title last year. Vernon goes hitless today but the Nats score six unearned runs to beat the Yankees, 73.
It's the managers' day for the bicarb, as White Sox (14) and Oriole (18) pitchers combine to hand out 32 walks in a doubleheader. In the first game, the Birds send up an American League record eight pinch hitters (the Sox use one for a new ML-record 9). But all is for naught as the White Sox win both, 116 and 148. Gene Michaels clubs a grand slam in the lidlifter to help reliever Jack Harshman win his first ML game.
At Boston, Joe Collins 9th inning walkthe 20th of the gameturns into the winning run in the 9th as New York beats the Red Sox, 109. The Yanks overcome a grand slam by Jackie Jensen.
IN THE NEWS: At Boston, Mickey Mantle belts his 2nd homer in two days to tie the game at 11 in the 6th. But that's all the scoring off Willard Nixon as the Red Sox win, 31.
Ex-outfielder Hal Jeffcoat (20) makes his first mound start and gains a 75 win over the Reds at Wrigley. He goes eight innings and gives up four hits before leaving because of a blister on his finger. Cincy wins the nitecap, 65, in a game called after eight innings because of darkness.
Gil Hodges, given a 2nd chance when Whitey Lockman drops his foul pop, belts a 3-run inside-the-park homer in the 1st to lead the Dodgers to a 53 victory over the host Giants. Roy Campanella, out of action since May 4th with a wrist injury, is 0-for-4.
IN THE NEWS: The Dodgers send Joe Black, their 1952 relief ace and Rookie of the Year, to their Montreal farm club. His ERA is 11.57 in five appearances.
In Game One against the A's, the Red Sox pound out 18 hits to win, 2010. Jim Piersall and Milt Bolling each collect 4. Bill Henry completes the sweep with a 90 shutout in game 2. Harry Agganis drives in four runs with a home run and 2B.