Brooklyn defeats #Giants stalwart Sal Maglie at Ebbets Field, roughing him up for six runs on 11 hits. Since coming into the National League in 1945, the “Barber” had recorded 10 straight victories in the #Dodgers ballpark.
Cubs Bill Nicholson hits four HR in a doubleheader, including three consecutive shots in the second game. The #Cubs win the first game, 7 – 4, but the #Giants prevail in the nightcap, 12 – 10. Nicholson is walked intentionally with the bases loaded in the 7th inning of the second game.
1941 Dick Wakefield becomes baseball’s first “bonus baby” when he signs with the Tigers for $52,000 and a new car. The University of Michigan standout will hit .143 in seven at-bats this season but he will eventually turn into a solid outfielder and All-Star for a couple seasons.
1959 At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees win a pair from the visiting White Sox, winning the nitecap, 6 – 4, on Mickey Mantle’s homer. In game 1, Yankees veteran Enos Slaughter belts a pair of homers; at age 43, he is the oldest player this century to accomplish the feat. Carlton Fisk, a few months older, will top him in 1991.
1948 The Giants remove Mel Ott as manager and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back Burt Shotton, who replaced Durocher once before. In a poll over the previous winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip.
Baseball’s largest battery plays, appropriately, for the New York Giants. Garland “Gob” Buckeye, a 260-pound pro football lineman in the off-season, makes his National League pitching debut with 250-pound Shanty Hogan behind the plate. The Giants lose to the Cardinals.
With seven Red Sox teammates on the American League squad, Ted Williams puts on a show with two homers, two singles, a walk, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI to lead the AL to a 12 – 0 laugher over the National League in the All-Star Game at Fenway. The highlight of the game is Williams’s home run off Rip Sewell’s blooper…