Baseball from 1940 to 1949 Chronology

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1940
Jan 14Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.Ref: 4
Apr 16Bob Feller's pitches an Opening Day no-hitter (the first of three no-hitters he pitched for the Indians). No one has ever opened the season with a no-no.Ref: 85
Apr 23NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.Ref: 4
Apr 30Dodgers tie major league mark for consecutive wins from the begining of the season with style as James 'Tex' Carleton no-hits the Reds, 3-0 for the team's ninth straight win since Opening Day.Ref: 98
May 07The Brooklyn Dodgers become the first National League team to fly when they travel by air to Chicago from St. Louis.Ref: 98
May 08In a 23-2 rout of Brooklyn, the Reds' Harry Craft hits for the cycle (a home run, a triple, a double and two singles) as Cincinnati pounds out 27 hits.Ref: 98
May 14Boston's Jimmie Foxx homerun goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof.Ref: 4
May 24First night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2).Ref: 4
May 24First night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1).Ref: 4
Jun 04First NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1).Ref: 4
Jun 04First night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2).Ref: 4
Jun 12In a trade which stuns the baseball world, the Dodgers obtain Ducky Medwick and pitcher Curt Davis from the Cardinals for outfielder Ernie Koy, pitcher Carl Doyle, two minor leaguers and $125,000; the deal signals the emergence of Brooklyn as a serious contender.Ref: 98
Jun 13The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs were the first two major-league baseball teams to play at Doubleday Field at Cooperstown, NY in the Hall of Fame Game.Ref: 3
Jun 18Dodger Ducky Medwick, traded less than a week ago is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher; Brookyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.Ref: 98
Jul 09At Sportsman's Park, five National League hurlers combine to throw the first shutout in All-Star history. Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell three-hit the junior circuit, 4-0, with the help of Max West's three-run homer.Ref: 98
Aug 03Cincinnati Reds' backup catcher Willard Hershberger commits suicide in a Boston hotel, the first big leaguer ever to take his own life.Ref: 85
Aug 05In a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over the Tigers, Silent John Whitehead of the St. Louis Browns pitches a six inning no-hitter.Ref: 98
Aug 24In the Tigers 12-1 victory at Fenway Park, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams pitches the last two innings against Detroit allowing one run on three hits. 
Sep 24At Shibe Park, Red Sox Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career HR against A's pitcher George Caster. It was one of four HRs hit in the inning setting an AL mark.Ref: 98
Sep 27Floyd Giebells, first game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller.Ref: 4
Oct 08After winning their second NL pennant in a row, the Cincinnati Reds grab the World Championship, defeating the Detroit Tigers, four games to three.Ref: 85
Oct 24Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball.Ref: 4
Nov 12Unwilling to yield to the players' demands during the season, Alva Bradley finally fires Indian manager Oscar Vitt and replaces him with Roger Peckinpaugh. It is Peckinpaugh's second time as Cleveland's field boss.Ref: 98
Dec 20A's manager Connie Mack, for a reported $42,000, buys a controlling interest in the club from the Shibe family.Ref: 98
Dec 24The Senators trade Ben Chapman to Cleveland for pitcher Joe Krakauskas.Ref: 98
1941
Mar 08Hugh Mulcahey is the first professional baseball player to be drafted for WWII.Ref: 4
May 02Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in the year he hit over .400.Ref: 4
May 12After five years of being called the Bees, the National League franchise in Boston is once again known as the Braves.Ref: 98
May 15Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak begins with a single off Edgar Smith in a 13-1 loss vs. Chicago at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 85
May 17Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack.Ref: 4
May 24'Big Poison' Paul Waner is signed by the Braves after being released by Brooklyn. The former Dodger joins his brother 'Little Poison' Lloyd on the Boston roster.Ref: 98
Jun 01Mel Ott's 400th HR and his 1500th career run helps to beat the Reds, 3-2.Ref: 98
Jun 06The NY Giants become the first team to wear protective headwear as they don plastic helmets in a game against the Pirates.Ref: 98
Jun 12The Braves break up the Waners' brother act sending Lloyd to the Reds for pitcher Johnny Hutchings; ŒBig Poison¹ Paul will stay in Boston.Ref: 98
Jun 19Joe DiMaggio goes 3-for-3 against the White Sox to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32.Ref: 98
Jun 25Breaking the record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897, Joe DiMaggio runs his hitting streak to 45 consecutive games, with a home run off of Red Sox hurler Heber Newsome.Ref: 98
Jun 29Joe DiMaggio gets a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. DiMaggio passed George Sisler’s record for consecutive games with base hits (set in 1922).Ref: 3
Jul 08At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Pittsburgh's Arky Vaughan becomes the first player to hit two home runs in an All-Star Game, cracking a pair of two-run homers in the National League's 7-5 loss.Ref: 85
Jul 16Joe Dimaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game.Ref: 4
Jul 17Thanks to the outstanding defefensive work of Indian third baseman Ken Keltner, Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland in front of 67,000 fans. DiMaggio then hits in the next 16 straight games to give him hits in 72 of 73 games.Ref: 98
Jul 20Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17.Ref: 4
Jul 25In his third try, 41-year old Lefty Grove joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank to achieve 300 career wins. The Red Sox lefthander gives up 12 hits beating the Indians, 10-6.Ref: 98
Aug 01Yankee Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 walks in a 9-0 victory over the Browns.Ref: 98
Aug 06Tiger pitcher Al Benton becomes the only major leaguer to have two sacrifice bunts in one inning as 17 batters come to bat in the third frame of a 11-2 rout of the Indians.Ref: 98
Aug 08Les Brown and His Band of Renown paid tribute to baseball’s ‘Yankee Clipper’, Joe DiMaggio of the NY Yankees, with the recording of Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio on Okeh Records. From that time on, DiMaggio adopted the nickname, Joltin’ Joe.Ref: 3
Aug 30St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cin Reds, 2-0.Ref: 4
Sep 04The NY Yankees won their 12th American League baseball pennant. This was the earliest any American League team had clinched the title.Ref: 3
Sep 17In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, twenty-year old Stan Musial makes his major league debut against the Braves going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.Ref: 98
Sep 25With a 6-0 win over the Braves combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years.Ref: 98
Sep 28On the final day of the season, Ted Williams collects 6 hits in 8 ABs to finish the season with a .406 BA; this is the last time a MLer has batted .400 for the season. 
Sep 28Phillies lose club record 111th game.Ref: 4
Nov 25With only three years of major league experience, Lou Boudreau is named as the Indian player-manager. At the age of 24 years, four months, and eight days, the Cleveland shortstop becomes the youngest skipper to pilot a team this century.Ref: 98
Dec 02Bill Terry is replaced by Mel Ott as the manager of the Giants. The former skipper will now direct NY's farm system.Ref: 98
Dec 08The Chicago Cubs donate their recently purchased lighting materials to the War Department in wake of Pearl Harbor bombing.Ref: 85
Dec 09Two days after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians, last year's AL leading pitcher with 27 victories, becomes the first major leaguer to enlist.Ref: 98
Dec 11The Giants trade hurler Bill Lohrman, catcher James O'Dea, first baseman Johnny McCarthy and $50,000 to the Cardinals to obtain first baseman Johnny Mize.Ref: 98
Dec 12The Dodgers obtain Arky Vaughn from the Pirates for Luke Hamlin, Jimmy Wasdell and Babe Phelps.Ref: 98
Dec 27Braves' mascot Chief Nokahoma is born.Ref: 98
Dec 28Braves' mascot Chief Nokahoma is born.Ref: 98
1942
Jan 04With 78 percent of the vote, Rogers Hornsby becomes the14th player selected to the Hall of Fame. Frank Chance (58%) and Rube Waddell (54%) are not elected this year.Ref: 98
Jan 06Indian Bob Feller reports to Norfolk to begin his World War II enlistment in the Navy.Ref: 98
Jan 15Cubs, drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WWII.Ref: 4
Feb 03Owners agree to permit each team to have as many as 14 night games this up-coming season.Ref: 98
Feb 05The Yankees trade Tommie Holmes to the Braves for Gene Moore and Buddy Hassett. Holmes will play ten seasons hitting over .300 for Boston and will set a NL record with a 37 consecutive game hitting streak until it is broken by Pete Rose in 1978.Ref: 98
Feb 07The Reds trade catcher Ernie Lombardi to the Boston Braves for cash.Ref: 98
Feb 09One of the all-time great moves in sports took place on this winter day. The Philadelphia National League baseball team decided to change its nickname from the Phillies to the Phils. The name, the Phillies, had been in use since the 1880s. We know the team as both the Phillies and the Phils.Ref: 3
Feb 19Unable to find relief from migraine headaches, Indian first baseman Hal Trosky retires from baseball.Ref: 98
Feb 19The New York Yankees announces that they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen free to each of their home ball games during the coming season.Ref: 3
Mar 01Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough.Ref: 4
Mar 17Manager Jimmy Dykes allows two blacks, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, to work out in the White Sox Pasadena training camp but dismisses both players. 
Apr 18Due to the fear of a Japanese attack, west coast military leaders ask the Pacific Coast League to limit crowds to 3,000 fans.Ref: 98
May 13Braves' pitcher Jim Tobin, enroute to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs, becomes the first hurler to hit three HRs in one game. The only out he makes is a fly ball which is caught against the right field fence.Ref: 98
May 22Ted Williams is sworn into the US Navy, but will remain with the Red Sox until he is called for active duty.Ref: 98
May 30Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1.Ref: 4
May 31Clyde Vollmer of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch (second game).Ref: 11
Jun 19Boston Brave Paul Waner singles off Pirate Rip Sewell to collect 3000 hits; he is the seventh MLer to accomplish this feat and the first to do it since 1925. 
Sep 11Paul Gillespie of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 13Cubs shortstop Leonard Merullo makes 4 errors in 1 inning.Ref: 4
Sep 27St Louis Cards win NL pennant on last day of the season.Ref: 4
Oct 05Behind the outstanding pitching of rookie Johnny Beazley, the Cardinals stun the baseball world by beating the Yankees, 2-1 to win the World Series in five games.Ref: 98
Oct 29Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers.Ref: 4
1943
Jan 01Josh Gibson suffers a mental breakdown and is hospitalized. The black 'Babe Ruth' will be released in time for spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas.Ref: 98
Jan 05Teams agrees to start season later due to WWII.Ref: 4
Jan 25The Boston Braves buy Lefty Gomez from the Yankees. He will be released before playing a game and will sign with the Senators in May.Ref: 98
Feb 02Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest.Ref: 4
Feb 17Giving no notice to the Yankees, Joe DiMaggio enlists in the army.Ref: 98
Feb 18William D. Cox, a New York lumberman, buys the Phillies.Ref: 98
Feb 24The Texas League announces it will cease operations for the duration of the war.Ref: 98
Apr 21The Browns win their seventh consecutive Opening Day game in front of a reduced crowd of 4000 due to war-time travel restrictions.Ref: 98
May 04National League's Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier.Ref: 4
May 09Due to poor grade of rubber cement used to make baseballs because of wartime rubber shortages, a different type of baseball is put into play today with dramatic results. In eight games, six HRs are hit compared to a total of nine homers tallied in the season¹s first 72 games.Ref: 98
May 21The White Sox defeat the Senators, 1-0, in 89 minutes making the contest the fastest nine-inning game in AL history.Ref: 98
May 31Cardinals Mort Cooper pitches first of back-to-back one-hitters.Ref: 4
Jun 04St Louis Card Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter.Ref: 4
Jul 13Thanks to a three-run HR by Red Sox Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All Star game, 5-4. Pirate Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit hitting a single, triple and home run.Ref: 98
Aug 07The Giants leave eighteen runners on base, exactly two each inning in a 9-6 loss to the Phillies.Ref: 98
Sep 05The youngest player to appear in an American League game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics.Ref: 3
Sep 08Buddy Kerr of the New York Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 08New York Giants player Ace Adams pitched his 62nd game, and set a major-league baseball record for number of games worked by a pitcher in a single season.Ref: 3
Oct 11NY Yankees beat Cards 4 games to 1, in 40th World Series, 10th WS win NY Yankees become first team to win 10 World Series.Ref: 4
Oct 19Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon announces retirement (hates NY).Ref: 4
Nov 23Phils owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for betting on his own team.Ref: 25
Dec 22Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core.Ref: 4
Dec 30In a trade of the Babes in Pennslyvania, the Phillies send first baseman Babe Dahlgren (the player who replaced Lou Gehrig) to the Pirates for catcher Babe Phelps and cash.Ref: 98
1944
Jan 04Joe Dugan, an AL infielder, is slightly injured as he hit by a car crossing a street in Boston.Ref: 98
Jan 08Bill Terry announces his retirement from baseball and plans to start a cotton business.Ref: 98
Jan 27Casey Stengel resigned as manager of the Boston Braves, a position he had held since 1938. He became manager of the New York Yankees in 1948. Here are some famous Stengelisms: “The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day -- just two out of three.”; “The secret of managing a club is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five guys who are undecided.”; and “You have to draft a catcher, because if you don’t have one, the ball will roll all the way back to the screen.”Ref: 3
Feb 02Baseball meets in New York NY to discuss postwar action.Ref: 4
Feb 12After managing in the minors for twenty-three years, Bob Coleman is named as manager of the Boston Braves.Ref: 98
Feb 18Fifteen year old Joe Nuxhul signs a contract with the Reds just one day after playing a high school basketball game.Ref: 98
Apr 19Mel Ott hits the first NL HR of the season, the 464th of his career, helping the Giants defeat Braves, 2-1.Ref: 98
Apr 21After hitting just one HR in 297 games, Browns' outfielder Mike Kreevich hits two round-trippers to beat the White Sox, 5-3.Ref: 98
Apr 23Hack Wilson of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat (second game).Ref: 11
Apr 27In Boston, Jim Tobin not only tosses a no-hitter to defeat the Dodgers, 2-0, the Braves' hurler also hits a HR.Ref: 5
Apr 30In the first game of a doubleheader split, first baseman Phil Weintraub gets 11 RBIs and player-manager Mel Ott scores 6 runs drawing 5 walks as the Giants rout the Dodgers, 26-8. Brooklyn wins the nightcap 5-4 in a game shorten due to darkness.Ref: 98
May 09Joe McCarthy returns as Yankee manager after an illness..Ref: 4
May 15Cincinnati Reds' Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0.Ref: 4
May 19Garey Ingram of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
May 23Polo Grounds host first NYC night game since 1941.Ref: 4
Jun 07Future Tiger Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser walks nine in six innings helping the White Sox to beat Detroit, 3-1.Ref: 98
Jun 10Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major-league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Ref: 3
Jun 26At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the three NY major league teams played against each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consective innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning). The contest, which was played to raise money for war bonds ended with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.Ref: 98
Jul 03Oriole Park (minor league baseball stadium) burns down in Baltimore.Ref: 4
Jul 20The Browns' Nels Potter, banned for ten days, is the first pitcher ever to be suspended for throwing a spitball.Ref: 98
Jul 23Cub Bill Nicholson hits four HRs in a doubleheader including three consecutive shots in the second game. Cubs win the first game, 7-4, but the Giants prevail in the nightcap,12-10.Ref: 98
Aug 10Brave Charles 'Red' Barrett threws only 58 pitches in beating the Reds, 2-0.Ref: 4
Aug 17Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game. 
Oct 01St Louis Browns win their only AL pennant.Ref: 4
Oct 04The St Louis World Series-Cards vs Browns St Louis Browns win first World Series game in their only appearance (World Series #41).Ref: 4
Oct 09St Louis Cards beat St Louis Browns, 4 games to 2 in 41st World Series.Ref: 4
Nov 28Hal Newhouser (29-9, 2.22,187) edges his Tiger teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 2.12, 144) by four votes and is named the AL's MVP; the future hall of Hall of Famer had only won 34 games in the last four years.Ref: 98
Dec 14Major-league baseball representatives, who were meeting in New York City, decided to allow ball clubs to play night games any day except Sundays and holidays, providing the visiting team agreed. They also agreed to prohibit the scheduling of any football games before the home team’s baseball season ended.Ref: 3
1945
Jan 07Cuban Almendares outfielder Roberto Ortiz violently attacks homeplate umpire Bernardino Rodriguez and knocks him unconsciousRef: 98
Jan 10Baseball writers do not elect a new HOFer this year; Frank Chance, Rube Waddell and Ed Walsh get the most votes but fall short of the necessary three-forths of the ballots.Ref: 98
Jan 25Dan Topping, Del Webb and Larry MacPhail purchase the Yankees for $2,800,000 from the estate of the late Col. Jacob Ruppert. MacPhail replaces Ed Barrow as President and General Manager.Ref: 85
Feb 14After forty-five years in professional baseball, Braves president Bob Quinn retires as the team's general manager. John, his son, will take his place.Ref: 98
Mar 15Bert Shepard (1 legged WWII veteran) tries out as a pitcher for Senators.Ref: 4
Apr 18In a 7-1 victory over the Tigers, the Browns' Pete Gray, an one-arm outfielder, makes his major league debut with one hit in four at-bats.Ref: 98
Apr 24Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner.Ref: 4
May 07Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, consisting of six teams.Ref: 3
May 17Every game on the American League schedule is rained out for the fourth consecutive day.Ref: 98
May 18Tigers & A's both have 7 straight games postponed due to rain.Ref: 4
May 23The Cardinals trade three time 20-game winner Mort Cooper to the Braves for pitcher Red Barrett. Cooper was dissatisfied with his salary in St. Louis and had threaten to leave.Ref: 98
Jul 05Whitey Lockman of the New York Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Aug 01At the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott hits his historic 500th career HR off of Boston Brave hurler Johnny Hutchings during a 9-2 Giant victory. Master Melvin is the third major leaguer to accomplish this career milestone.Ref: 98
Aug 20Dodger Tommy Brown becomes the youngest player (17 years, 8 months. and 14 days) in major league history to hit a HR. 'Buckshot', who started his career as a 16 year-old high school student, connects off of Pirate hurler Preacher Roe.Ref: 98
Aug 28Baseball commissioner Branch Rickey and future baseball great Jackie Robinson met. They discussed the difficulties Robinson, a black athlete, would face in major league baseball. Robinson received $600 a month and a $3,500 signing bonus to play for Montreal of the International League. He would quickly move up and enjoy a brilliant career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.Ref: 3
Sep 09Jimmie Foxx hits his 534th & final HR. 
Sep 09In the second game of the a doubleheader, Philadelphia A's Dick Fowler tosses a 1-0 no-hitter against the Browns.Ref: 98
Sep 13Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.Ref: 1
Sep 30Hank Greenberg's final day HR wins the pennant for the Tigers. 
Oct 10Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 in 42nd World Series.Ref: 4
Oct 23Dodger President, Branch Rickey, announces that Jackie Robinson has signed to play with Brooklyn's Triple A team in Montreal. The 26-year old Negro League star will be the first black player to play in organized baseball since 1884.Ref: 98
1946
Jan 02The Senators sell pitcher Alex Carrasquel and shortstop Fred Vaughn to the White Sox.Ref: 98
Jan 05The Giants buy catcher Walker Cooper from the Cardinals for $175,000. It is the largest amount ever paid for a single player.Ref: 98
Jan 27The NY Yankees announced that they were to be the first major-league baseball team to travel by airplane during the entire 1946 season.Ref: 3
Feb 101st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum.Ref: 4
Feb 15Edith Houghton, age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies; the first female scout in the major leagues.Ref: 3
Feb 15Hank Greenberg signs a Tiger contract for $60,000; three days later he will marry New York department store heiress, Coral Gimbel.Ref: 98
Feb 19Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is first major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League.Ref: 4
Feb 26Bucky Harris is signed by the Phillies to manage the club. Philadelphia is the fourth team he has piloted.Ref: 98
Apr 18Jackie Robinson plays his 1st game in the International League. 
Apr 19Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out.Ref: 4
Apr 201st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs.Ref: 4
Apr 21Cleveland's Frank Hayes plays the last of his 1,312th consecutive games as a catcher. The streak started as a player with the Browns on October 12, 1943.Ref: 98
Apr 22Eddie Pellagrini of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Apr 23Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0.Ref: 4
Apr 26Giant pitchers Harry Feldman and Ace Adams defect to the Mexican League.Ref: 98
Apr 30Striking out 11 batters, Indian hurler Bob Feller's throws his second career no-hitter edging the Yankees, 1-0; Frankie Hayes' 9th inning HR proves to be the difference.Ref: 98
May 04Washington Senator's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped.Ref: 4
May 08Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 gameRef: 1
May 10Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yankees 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam.Ref: 1
May 11First night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1).Ref: 4
May 22Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers' 5-3.Ref: 4
May 24Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager.Ref: 4
May 28The first night game is played at Yankee Stadium and the Yankees suffer a 2-1 loss vs. Washington before 49,917 fans.Ref: 85
May 30Braves Bernard Malamud homerun shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field.Ref: 4
Jun 09Mel Ott is the 1st manager to be thrown out of both games of a double-header. 
Jun 26After batting only .048 (2 for 48), Mel Ott decides to stop playing and only manage the Giants.Ref: 98
Jul 09At Boston's Fenway Park, hometown favorite Ted Williams hits two homers, two singles and has five RBIs in the most one-sided game in All-Star history as the American League soundly defeats the National League , 12-0.Ref: 98
Jul 27Rudy York hits two grand slam home runs in the same game.Ref: 33
Aug 09First time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night.Ref: 4
Aug 20Prior to the start of the game against the Senators in Washington, using the US Army's Sky Screen Chronograph, Bob Feller's fastball is clocked at 98.6 miles-per-hour breaking Richard Donald's speed record of 94 mph.Ref: 98
Sep 02Johnny Neun replaces Bill Dickey as Yankee manager. 
Sep 27In Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Indian fireballer Bob Feller ties Rube Wadell's strikeout mark with his 343rd K of the season. Future research, however, will show Rube Waddell had struck out 349 in 1904.Ref: 98
Sep 29First time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards & Dodgers).Ref: 4
Oct 01The first baseball play-off game for a league championship featured the St. Louis Cardinals beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2. St. Louis wins 2 games to 0.Ref: 3
Oct 01Bob Feller 348th strikeout of the season.Ref: 4
Dec 06Except for choosing the pitchers, major league baseball agrees to return the selection of the All-Star teams back to the fans.Ref: 98
1947
Jan 11Baseball great Honus Wagner signed his 36th professional contract by agreeing to coach the Pittsburgh Pirates. His claim to the Baseball Hall of Fame was a .329 21-year career batting average. He also wore the title of ‘The Flying Dutchman’, earned by stealing bases.Ref: 3
Jan 18Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000).Ref: 4
Jan 25Five players in the Class D Evangeline League who allegedly bet on the 1946 playoffs are made ineligible. Included in this group, and later reinstated, is the all-time minor league winningest pitcher, Bill Thomas (383 wins).Ref: 98
Mar 24During a four-hour hearing with Commissioner Chandler at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Leo Durocher admits to playing occassional card games for money with Kirby Higbe.Ref: 98
Apr 09Dodger skipper Leo Durocher is suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball.Ref: 98
Apr 10During the sixth inning of an exhibition game at Ebbet's Field against their minor league team, the Montreal Royals, Dodger president Branch Rickey issues a two sentence statement to the press which will forever change the game; it reads "The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately.".Ref: 98
Apr 11Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in baseball when he plays for the Brooklyn DodgersRef: 61
Apr 15In his NL debut, Hank Greenberg has the lone RBI in the Pirate's 1-0 win over the Cubs.Ref: 5
Apr 15Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut playing first base against the Boston Braves at Ebbetts Field in front of 26,623. Robinson goes 0 for 3 in a 5-3 Dodger win. He is the 1st black player in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. 
Apr 17Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.Ref: 1
Apr 24Giants' Johnny Mize homers thee times against Johnny Sain and the Braves becoming the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in one game five different times.Ref: 98
Apr 27A crowd of 58,000, attending Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium to honor the ailing legend, is treated to a pitching duel as the Senator hurler Sid Hudson edges Spud Chandler, 1-0.Ref: 98
May 01Cleveland Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stadium.Ref: 4
May 08A movement among Card players to protest its first meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam BreadonRef: 1
May 18A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error.Ref: 4
May 18Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson makes his Chicago debut before largest single-game paid attendance in Wrigley Field history (46,572), but Dodgers beat Cubs 4-2.Ref: 85
May 21Joe DiMaggio and five other Yankees are slapped with $100 fines for not fulfilling contract requirements to do promotional duties for the Bronx Bombers.Ref: 98
Jun 13The 1st night game is played at Fenway Park and the Red Sox beat the White Sox 5-3.Ref: 50
Jun 15First night game at Detroit Briggs Stadium (Tigers 4, Athletics 1).Ref: 4
Jun 18Reds' hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Boston Braves, 6-0.Ref: 98
Jun 22After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Reds, Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter with one out in the ninth against the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Jul 03Larry Doby becomes the first black to play in the American League when the Indians purchase him from the Newark Eagles.Ref: 98
Jul 05Striking out as a pinch hitter in an Indian 6-5 loss to the White Sox, Larry Doby becomes the first black to play in the AL.Ref: 98
Jul 10Cleveland Indian Don Black no-hits Phila A's, 3-0.Ref: 4
Jul 16Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, first as a Yankee & Yanks 18th straight. In the nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19.Ref: 4
Jul 18Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game win streak.Ref: 4
Jul 27Yogi Berra starts record 148 game errorless streak.Ref: 4
Jul 30Ewell Blackwell's 16-game winning streak ends as the Reds are defeated by the Giants in ten innings, 6-5; during the streak 'the Whip' completes every game and throws five shutouts including a no-hitter.Ref: 98
Aug 21The 1st Little League World Series is played. 
Aug 26Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major-league baseball. The Brooklyn Dodger hurler helped his own cause by slamming a home run in his first appearance at the plate but doesn't do well as a relief pitcher giving up ten hits and six runs in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates.Ref: 11
Sep 12Pirate outfielder Ralph Kiner hits a record eight HRs in four games; Tony Lazzeri had hit seven round-trippers in four games in 1936.Ref: 98
Sep 17Jackie Robinson is the 1st player named Rookie of the Year. 
Sep 26Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series.Ref: 4
Sep 30The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3.Ref: 3
Oct 02In Game 3 of the the Fall Classic, Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history. The Dodgers, however, rally to win the game defeating the Yankees, 9-8.Ref: 98
Oct 03With only 1 out to go, Yankee Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his world series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs & he lost the game (World Series #44).Ref: 4
Oct 05Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of most historic catches in World Series history as he robs Joe DiMaggio with two men on base in the sixth; Giofriddo's heroics helped to preserve a 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic.Ref: 98
Nov 18The Browns trade All-Star shortstop Vern Stephens and pitcher Jack Kramer to the Red Sox for six players and $310,000. The dealing will continue tomorrow as Ellis Kinder and Billy Hitchcock also go to Boston in exchange for three more St. Louis players and $65,000 making the total number of players traded 13 (4 Browns, 9 Red Sox) with $375,000 going to the cash deprived Browns.Ref: 98
Nov 24The Cleveland Indians renewed the managerial contract of Lou Boudreau for an additional two years.Ref: 3
Nov 27Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343, 32, 162) is edged out by the Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the AL MVP by one point.Ref: 98
Dec 11Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected.Ref: 4
1948
Feb 24The White Sox trade Ed Lopat to the Yankees for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight and Fred Bradley.Ref: 98
Mar 29Yankees & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training gameRef: 4
Apr 04Phillie manager Connie Mack, who is 84-years-old, challenges Clark Griffith, the 78-year-old owner of the Senators, to a foot race from home plate to first base. The contest ends in a photo finish tie.Ref: 98
Apr 16WGN-TV broadcasts its first big-league game, with Jack Brickhouse calling White Sox's 4-1 win vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field.Ref: 85
Apr 19The Red Sox become the first team to hit three consecutive homers (Spence, Stephens and Doerr) on Opening Day, but the long ball isn't enough as the A's beats Boston in 11 innings, 5-4.Ref: 98
Apr 20George Vico of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 11
Apr 21Returning after a one-year suspension, Dodger manager Leo Durocher uses 24 players in a 9-5 loss to the Giants.Ref: 98
Apr 24In a 7-4 Cleveland victory, Indian second baseman Larry Doby ties a major league record by stiking out five times in one game.Ref: 98
Apr 29Cardinal relief pitcher Ted Wilks loses his first game in 77 consecutive appearances dating back to September 8,1945. He was 12-0 during the streak which included four starts.Ref: 98
May 21Les Layton of the New York Giants hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
May 21Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle as he delivers two home runs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees beat the White Sox, 13-2.Ref: 98
May 23Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive HRs (first two off Bob Feller) as Yankees defeat Indians, 6-5.Ref: 98
May 30Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game.Ref: 4
May 31Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings).Ref: 4
Jun 05At Wrigley Field, Phillie outfielder Richie Ashburn extends his consecutive hitting streak to 23 games tying the major league rookie record.Ref: 98
Jun 06Phillies' pitcher Charlie Bicknell gives up four homers (Dusak, Schoendienst, Slaughter and Jones) in the sixth inning of a 11-1 loss to the Cardinals.Ref: 98
Jun 06For the second time this season, the Red Sox hit three consecutive homers (Spence, Stephens and Williams) in one inning becoming the first team to accomplish this feat twice in one season.Ref: 98
Jun 13With the crowd of 49,641 singing 'Auld Lang Syne' to the Babe, the Yankees celebrate the silver anniversity of Yankee Stadium by holding 'Babe Ruth Day'. With members of the 1923 team (the first team to play in the stadium) looking on, the dying superstar's uniform number 3 is retired and sent to Cooperstown.Ref: 98
Jun 15The 1st night game in Tigers' Briggs Stadium is played. 
Jun 17Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader.Ref: 4
Jun 18Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates.Ref: 4
Jul 03Muskegon's Dick Lane hits five homers in a Fort Wayne Central League game.Ref: 98
Jul 08Indians signed forty-two year old Negro League star Satchel Paige, Though viewed as a publicity stunt, the crafty veteran will finish the season 6-1.Ref: 98
Jul 09Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inn for Cleveland.Ref: 4
Jul 10After yielding a two-run homer to A's Hank Majeski tying the score, reliever Satchel Paige gets his first major league win when Larry Doby hits two-run homer and Indians tack on another in the ninth to beat Philadelphia, 8-5.Ref: 98
Jul 13At Sportsman Park, the American League defeats theNational League for 11th time in 15 All Star contests, 5-2. Vic Raschi pitches three scoreless innings to pick up the win and hits a two-run single as well.Ref: 98
Jul 16Former Dodger manager Leo Durocher becomes the Giants' manager replacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton takes 'The Lip's' place in Brooklyn.Ref: 98
Jul 18Pat Seerey was a one-man wrecking crew for one game at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. The portly left fielder became the only White Sox player to hit four home runs in a game, a 12-11, 11-inning Chicago victory. Seerey dented the roof twice, cleared it once and punctuated the day with a game-winning blast in the 11th inning.Ref: 85
Jul 24Six days after hitting four HRs in one game, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey again makes the record book becoming the first major leaguer to strike out 7 times in a doubleheader.Ref: 98
Jul 26Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time as he attended the NY City premiere of the the motion picture, The Babe Ruth Story.Ref: 3
Aug 03Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his Major League debut going seven innings leading Indians over the Senators, 5-3. 
Aug 12The Indians set a Major League record as 14 different players get a hit as the Tribe with a total of 29 hits rout the Browns, 26-3. 
Aug 13Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Satchel Paige threw his first complete game in the major leagues in a five hit, 5-0, shutout against the Chicago White Sox. 
Aug 17Phillies commit 8 errors in a game. 
Aug 21Cleveland's streak of victories (8) shutouts (4) and scoreless innings (47) ends in the ninth inning when Bob Lemon walks Pat Seerey and yields HRs to Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.Ref: 98
Aug 29In St. Louis, Jackie Robinson hits for the cycle, drives in two runs, scores three times and steals a base helping the Dodgers to beat the Cardinals, 12-7.Ref: 98
Sep 09At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0.Ref: 98
Sep 13While batting, 32-year old Indian pitcher Don Black suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The hurler will survive, but his major league career is over.Ref: 98
Sep 16Joe DiMaggio hits his 300th career HR joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg as the only major leaguers to reach this milestone.Ref: 98
Sep 20Mexican Baseball league disbanded.Ref: 4
Sep 26Boston Braves win first NL championship since 1914.Ref: 4
Oct 04In a one-game playoff, the Indians, behind rookie Gene Bearden, beat the Red Sox for the AL flag, 8-3. It is the young knuckleballer's 20th victory of the season.Ref: 98
Oct 06In Game 1, the Boston Braves manage only two hits but beat Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians, 1-0 to take the early World Series lead.Ref: 98
Oct 08Facing only thirty batters, Indian rookie pitching sensation Gene Bearden five-hits the Braves for a 2-0 victory in front of 70,000 fans in Cleveland. The Tribe takes a 2-1 World Series game lead.Ref: 98
Oct 10The largest crowd ever to attend an American League game, 86,288 fans, jam Cleveland's Municipal Stadium to witness Boston Brave hurler Warren Spahn beat Bob Feller and the Indians, 11-5 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.Ref: 98
Oct 11In Game 6, the Indians beat the Braves, 4-3 to win the World Series. Bob Lemon gets the win with Gene Bearden pitching the final one and two-thirds innings to get the save.Ref: 98
Oct 12The Yankees announce that Casey Stengel will replace Bucky Harris as manager.Ref: 85
Nov 11The Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, undergoes surgery to remove bone spurs on his right heel at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.Ref: 98
Nov 26National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male.Ref: 98
Nov 30Baseball's Negro National League disbands.Ref: 4
Dec 02Stan Musial is picked National League MVP.Ref: 4
Dec 14It's a busy day for the Phillies as the team purchases Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trade pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first baseman Eddie Waitkas and pitcher Hank Borowy. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a female fan totally obsessed with former Cub Waitkas, is very upset with the trade and will try to kill him upon his return to Chicago as a Phillie.Ref: 98
Dec 14The Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon to the Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Haynes and Eddie Klieman.Ref: 98
1949
Jan 11The Story Quarry site is selected as the site for the new Milwaukee County Stadium; construction will begin October 19, 1950.Ref: 98
Jan 25Lou Boudreau signs a two-year $65,000 contact with the World Champion Indians to remain the team's player-manager.Ref: 98
Feb 07Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player ever to make $100,000 in one season.Ref: 98
Mar 01The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals.Ref: 4
Apr 19Monuments honoring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins are unveiled in centerfield during Opening Day ceremonies held at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 98
May 01A's Elmer Valo is first American League'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game.Ref: 4
May 02Don Newcombe, first start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0.Ref: 4
May 05Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 4
May 11Scoring in every inning, the White Sox beat the Red Sox, 12-8.Ref: 98
May 31Charley Lupica begins stay on 4-foot-square platform platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, and he comes down 117 days later).Ref: 4
Jul 05NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their first blacks.Ref: 4
Jul 25St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1.Ref: 4
Aug 06Chicago White Sox baseball star Luke Appling played in the 2,154th game of his 19-year, major-league career.Ref: 3
Aug 20Cleveland’s Indians and Chicago’s White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd to see a nighttime major-league baseball game: 78,382.Ref: 3
Aug 21NY Giants beat Phillies on a forfeit, due to fan's throwing debris.Ref: 4
Sep 13For the second time in his career, Ralph Kiner hits four consecutive homers. After homering in his last two at-bat in the previous game (Sept.11) he goes deep in his first two at bats in today's contest.Ref: 98
Sep 14Ed Sanicki of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 11
Sep 18Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit.Ref: 4
Oct 01Alex Kellner becomes the first 20 game winner for the A's since Lefty Grove accomplished the feat in 1933.Ref: 98
Oct 02St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3.Ref: 4
Oct 02Yanks & Red Sox, tied for first place, play the final game of the season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16.Ref: 4
Oct 09NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series.Ref: 4
Oct 16Brooklyn does not renew Branch Rickey's contract as president of the Dodgers.Ref: 98
Oct 19Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds.Ref: 4
Oct 29The A's trade Nellie Fox to the White Sox for catcher Joe Tipton.Ref: 98
Nov 18Jackie Robinson (.342, 16, 124) becomes the first black player to win the MVP Award.Ref: 98
Nov 25Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams (.343, 43, 159), who barely lost the Triple Crown when his average was .0002 below that of Tiger third baseman George Kell, is selected as the AL MVP by an overwhelming vote.Ref: 98
Dec 12American League votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball.Ref: 4
Dec 13The American League voted down a proposal to revive the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920. Gaylord Perry and others didn’t much give a hoot. They tossed the spitter anyway.Ref: 3
Dec 24Suffering from alcoholism and epilepsy, Hall of Fame hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander is found unconscious in an alley in Hollywood.Ref: 98
1984
Sep 30NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg.Ref: 4
Sep 30California Angel's Mike Witt becomes the 13th pitcher in big league history to pitch a perfect game when he retires 27 straight Texas Rangers at Arlington Stadium.Ref: 85
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