1940 Bobo Newsom (10-1) wins his 10th in a row as the 2nd place Tigers whip the St. Louis Browns, 2 – 1. Detroit manages just three hits, but two are homers by Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer. Newsom’s streak will go to 13 consecutive wins.
In an 18 – 7 loss to the Tigers, Senators 18-year-old rookie third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run off Billy Hoeft. “Killer” will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.
Red Sox rookie Wade Boggs hits his first MLB home run in the bottom of the 11th to give Boston a 5-4 win over the Tigers. Boggs enters the starting lineup for good after tomorrow’s game, in which regular 3B Carney Lansford severely sprains his ankle. Boggs will hit .390 in Lansford’s absence and .349 for the year.
Ted Lyons wins his 250th career game, 6-5, over the Red Sox. A week later, he will beat the Yankees Red Ruffing to match that hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA, then enter the Marines at age 42.
Don Sutton of the California Angels pitches a three-hitter for his 300th career victory as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 5 – 1. The 41-year-old right-hander becomes the 19th pitcher to win 300 games, and will land in the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds stuns the baseball world by pitching his second successive no-hitter in five days, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6 – 0, as Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectator Babe Ruth, Vander Meer strikes out seven and walks eight.
In Boston‚ St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck fires manager Rogers Hornsby saying‚ “I made a mistake. I thought Hornsby had mellowed.” That afternoon‚ the players present Veeck with a trophy for freeing them from Rajah’s tyranny. The Browns name Marty Marion as their player-manager.
The St. Louis Browns outhit the Philadelphia Athletics, 18 to 14, but lose, 11 – 9. Both starters, Rube Walberg and Milt Gaston, are knocked out in the 3rd inning. Ty Cobb has three runs and a stolen base for the Athletics, while George Sisler has three steals and is 4 for 4 for the Browns.