Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and cracks a grand slam off the Boston Braves’ Al Javery to break a tie. The Phillies win, 6 – 5, but it takes them 12 innings. For Rowe, it is his second career grand slam.
Eddie Sawyer resigns as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies just one day into the new season. Sawyer, the manager of the National League champion “Whiz Kids” of 1950, is replaced with Gene Mauch, who begins a 26-year managing career in the major leagues.
The Phillies sell P Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher “Reindeer” Bill Killefer to the Cubs for P “Iron” Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. The Phils owner later admits he made the trade because, “I needed the money.”
24-year-old Grover Alexander, winning a rookie-record 28 games, pitches the Phillies to a 1 – 0 win over Boston Rustlers (Braves) 44-year-old Cy Young. Alex gives up just one hit, and his 31 complete games, 367 innings pitched, and 7 shutouts lead the National League.
1948 Richie Ashburn, rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies, hits his first major league home run‚ a leadoff inside-the-park job‚ off the game’s third pitch. It runs Ashburn’s hitting streak to 18 games but it’s the Phils’ only run‚ as the Giants win‚ 7 – 1.
1936 The Phillies reacquire “The Clouting Kraut” Chuck Klein, from the Cubs, along with P Fabian Kowalik and a reported $50,000, for P Curt Davis and OF Ethan Allen. Klein is hitting .294 this year for the Cubs.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Schoolboy Rowe is sent up to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and cracks a grand slam off the Boston Braves’ Al Javery to break a tie. The Phillies win, 6 – 5, but it takes them 12 innings. For Rowe, it is his second career grand slam. He hit one in 1939 while with…