Phil Cavarretta of the Chicago Cubs homers off the RF foul pole against Johnny Allen of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ball is retrieved and Bill Nicholson hits the next pitch out of Wrigley Field. The result: one ball, one pitcher, two pitches, two home runs. The Cubs go on to beat the Dodgers, 13 – 2.
The Giants’ Juan Marichal fires his first shutout of the year, stopping the Pirates, 2 – 0, on five hits. Manager Alvin Dark says before the game that “Marichal will go all the way” and keeps his relief pitchers in the dugout to emphasis the point.
Former Yankees P Jim Bouton makes his 1st appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1970 at Oldtimers Day and is greeted with cheers. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing Ball Four, which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades.
The Cardinals decide they made a mistake when they sent manager Bill McKechnie to Rochester and brought up Billy Southworth; they swap them back again. Both will make the Hall of Fame for their managerial work.
In a move that will aid their pennant push, the Giants put OF Bobby Thomson at 3B to replace slumping Hank Thompson, out with an injury. Thomson, who’s been riding the bench since losing his starting job to the rookie Willie Mays, will hit .357 for the rest of the season—not to mention “the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
17-year-old Iowa farm boy Bob Feller makes his MLB debut for the Indians, pitching one inning of relief against the Senators in Washington, D.C. The hard-throwing kid allows no hits and no runs, striking out none, and walks two batters.
Freddie Fitzsimmons of the Brooklyn Dodgers wins his 200th career game, a 4-hitter over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Fat Freddy” (as he was known) will win six games each from the Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies on the way to a 16-2 won-loss mark for the season.
1948 After yielding a two-run homer to the Athletic’s Hank Majeski to tie the score, reliever Satchel Paige gets his first major league win as Larry Doby hits a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians tack on another run in the 9th to beat Philadelphia, 8 – 5.