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1953 Full Season Replay
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june1373_lg.jpegAs I mentioned in my introduction post, I am beginning a replay of the full 1953 season. The team to beat is the powerhouse Brooklyn team who, as history would have it, did get beat by the Yankees in the World Series; perhaps they can finally claim their championship in this replay. The pennant races for '53 were basically non-existent but perhaps this replay will yield something different; this is why we roll the bones!

I'm also looking forward to seeing if Al Rosen can claim the Triple Crown he just missed out on. Part of me also wants to play Ted Williams for the entire season and see if he can bring the Sox to the playoffs, but I want to stay true to the season. At some point I'll play a mini season with him.

I am doing this using cards and dice. I have always played a modified basic game (basic with catcher/OF arms, stressed pitchers, advanced bunting, etc) so I should be able to get through games fairly quickly.

The schedule will follow the historical '53 schedule.

All players will start on their opening day teams. Those not on the roster will get inserted into the lineup when the historical transaction log says so (i.e., Ted Williams on 8/16) and trades will go through when the log states as much. For guys who got sent down/released during the season, their SOM counterpart will follow suit. I will not follow historical injuries and will let those play out organically.

Players will get days off according to the SOM guidelines/methods so as to mirror their historical appearances. I'm hoping that works out.

I will provide a weekly (historical, not present day) 1953 recap here with notes on the week that was, who is hot/not, notes, etc. I will also provide the standings. I am also keeping track of all this on my website (houseofoglethorpe.com/som) which will also include team stats, individual stats, and leaders.

I hope you all will enjoy this as much as I am anticipating it. Onwards!



-- Edited by Casey on Tuesday 17th of March 2015 12:05:49 PM

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musial_stan-388With the sun shining, the gloves dusted off, and the arms stretched out, Spring Training is in full swing for the sixteen Major League ball clubs. Optimism is always high during March and April as each team is sharpening their skills for the upcoming season. New faces have arrived through trades and promotion from within the ranks, while some familiar faces are missing, some due to retirement while others are fulfilling their patriotic duty, serving in the armed forces over in Korea. 1953 is a new year and the players are looking to put their stamp on the season.

Let us look at some notes for the upcoming season.*

AMERICAN LEAGUE

It May Be More Than a Two-Team Race

For the last two seasons, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians have fought it out for the championship, with the other six clubs far behind. Last year the Yanks finished two games ahead of the Indians, but 14 in front of the third place Chicago White Sox. In '51 the Yankees beat out the Indians by five games, with the Boston Red Sox 11 games out. In a slight shifting of power, the White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics have moved into the first division. The Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have dropped into the second flight. Indications are that the White Sox and Athletics may show even more improvement this year. Most of the clubs have lost players to military service, but those losses are being countered by the return of athletes who have done their bit under the draft program. The A.L. now leads the N.L in world series play, 32 to 17.

American League club owners blocked the efforts of the St. Louis Browns to move to Baltimore for the 1953 season. Five of the eight teams voted against the project of Bill Veeck, the colorful Browns' owner, while the balloting in the National League for the transfer of Boston to Milwaukee was unanimous in the affirmative.

How They Shape Up for 1953

NEW YORK -- A formidable team with a wise old manager, Casey Stengel...Biggest problem is the physical condition of Phil Rizzuto, the great little shortstop...Waiting in the wings is Andy Carey, who had a good season at Kansas City...Great pitching trio of Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat to be strengthened by the return from military service of Whitey Ford...Mickey Mantle, Gene Woodling, and Hank Bauer form a great outfield trio...Yogi Berra a solid citizen behind the plate...World champions will look at a flock of newcomers, chiefly Bill Skowron, one-time Purdue football player and named Rookie of the Year by Sporting News...He's an outfielder...Also up from the Kansas City Blues for a trial is pitcher Jim Russell.

CLEVELAND -- How long does it take a team with championship potential to break through and win? Certainly this describes the Indians...They had marvelous pitching from three hurlers last year--23 victories by Early Wynn, 22 each by Bob Lemon and Mike Garcia...But Bob Feller tailed off to 9-13...The defense, especially in the infield, was weak and the offense was not consistent...Ray Boone slumped at short and George Strickland proved fine stopgap late in season...Outfielders Dave Pope and Jim Fridley of Indianapolis among young prospects.

CHICAGO -- Here's a team always trying to better itself...The White Sox moved into the first division--fourth place--in 1951...They bettered it by a single notch in '52 and manager Paul Richards is shooting for the top this time...He's a shrewd manager who gets the best of his material...In biggest off-season deal, Sox traded first baseman Eddie Robinson to Philadelphia for Ferris Fain, first baseman and league bat champion last two years...Chicago has solid pitching, great defense, but may be inadequate in making runs...Mike Fornieles, youthful hurler obtained from Washington for Chuck Stobbs, may be a sensation.

PHILADELPHIA -- Eddie Robinson gives the Athletics a left-handed power hitter to go along with Gus Zernial, fence buster who bats from the right side...Classy pitching staff headed by Bobby Shantz, the little lefty who won 11 in a row at the start of last campaign...Big worry is whether 38-year old shortstop Eddie Joost will hold up...Manager Jimmie Dykes one of smartest pilots in baseball.

WASHINGTON -- The Senators' 83-year old president, Clark Griffith, old-time pitcher, wants not just one more pennant--but several!...He has an able manager, Bucky Harris, and an improving cast...Spec Shea, Bob Portfield, Conrardo Marrero, and Chuck Stobbs are able hurlers...Jackie Jensen and GIl Coan are good hitting outfielders...Leroy Dietzel, up from Chattanooga, may play third base...Hope for good year from Eddie Yost and Mickey Vernon...Pete Runnells good hitter, but was not too steady at shortstop.

BOSTON -- This club is trying to spend its way back to top...Paid out almost half a million dollars in bonuses to youngsters last year...Infield Billy Goodman is the star...Red Sox pitching staff went sour last year and Mel Parnell, 12-12, was top winner...Dom DiMaggio slowing up, may be shifted from center to left or right...Will look at CHarles Maxvell, long ball hitting outfielder from Louisville.

ST. LOUIS -- Owner Bill Veeck counts that day lost when he does not make a trade...His constant swapping of players appears to be getting results...Browns' Clint Courtney one of best catchers in game...Vic Wertz and Johnny Groth, former Tiger stars, will team up with Dick Kokos, back from army, in outfield...Club paid estimated $150,000 to Brooklyn for shortstop Bill Hunter, with Forth Worth last year...Top hurlers are Duane Pillette, Bob Cain, and Dick Littlefield.

DETROIT -- New strength must be built around a good pitching staff which includes Art Houtteman, Ted Gray, Hal Newhouser, and Billy Hoeft...Harvey Kuenn, former University of Wisconsin athlete, looks sure-fire at shortstop...Outfielder Bob Nieman, obtained from Browns, will supply power...Big Walt Dropo long ball hitter at first base.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cards or Phillies Could Land on Top

The National League race of late has been Brooklyn versus New York, but a couple of interlopers, St. Louis and Philadelphia, may cut themselves in this season. Last year the Dodgers took the lead from the Giants on June 1 and never surrendered it, beating out the New Yorkers by four and a half games. The St. Louis Cards, in third place, were seven and a half games out and the fourth place Phils eight and a half. The Dodgers won the pennant by slaughtering the second division clubs, winning 54 out of 65 from the Cincy Reds, the Braves, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Against their three first division rivals the men of Flatbush on only 29 and lost 37. Brooklyn, in losing to the Yankees in the world series, lost its sixth time in six tries in the classic. The Dodgers won the first, third, and fifth games of the series, but couldn't win the seventh. The Dodgers led the league at the gate with 1,088,704, while the Braves had a distressing 281,278, lowest in the majors. In one of the biggest post-season deals the Dodgers sold outfielder Andy Pafko to the Braves for $75,000 and Roy Hartsfield, an infielder.

How They Shape Up for 1953

BROOKLYN -- Hurling of two youngsters, Joe Black and Billy Loes, may decide fate of the defending champions this summer...They are still the team to beat, even though some of the stars--Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Gil Hodges are getting along in years...Duke Snider on of the top outfielders and Roy Campanella best catcher in the league...Junior Gilliam, International League's most valuable player, a second baseman, brightest of club's rookies...Club has good depth, but pitching is questionable.

NEW YORK -- The Giants survived the loss of two fine outfielders--Monte Irvin and Willie Mays--without too disastrous results last season...Irvin was hurt in spring training and will be back, Mays, spectacular afield, is in the army...Back miseries to Sal Maglie and Larry Jansen cut down the efficiency of the mound corps, else the Giants might have repeated as champs...Daryl Spencer, rookie shortstop from Minneapolis, may be so good Al Dark will be moved to second base...Tookie Gilbert, minor league phenom, gets last chance to make good at first base after fair year in Oakland.

ST. LOUIS -- Sports News voted Eddie Stanky of Cards the Manager of the Year in his rookie season as skipper...He's bringing back Cards' traditional fiery play...Game's greatest player is Stan Musial...All-around solid team with the likes of Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Dick Sisler, Hal Rice, and Solly Hemus...Wilmer Mizell, Stu Miller, and Ed Yuhas talented young hurlers...Al Brazle strong relief pitcher...Third baseman Ray Jablonski from Rochester and first baseman Grant Dunlap from Shreveport, Texas League bat champ, top rookies.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phils won 58 of 90 games last year under Steve O'Neill when he replaced Eddie Sawyer as manager, gaining eight games on Brooklyn in that span...With some added punch they could win the flag...Robin Roberts, first big league pitcher to win as many as 28 games since Dizzy Dean, signed for $37,500, highest all-time salary for a Philadelphia player...He won 17 of his last 18 games...Bought Tommy Glaviano, third baseman, from Cards...Bob Greenwood highly touted rookie hurler to bolster fine staff.

CHICAGO -- After two cellar seasons, Cubs finally moved up to fifth place by playing .500 baseball on the nose...Pitching staff coming along with Warren Hacker, Bob Rush, and Ed Minner...Hope to get good serviec from Sheldon Jones, pichter obtained from the Braves...Two new catchers, slugging Carl Sawatski from army and Clyde McCullough, veteran from Pirates...Preston Ward, first baseman, returns from army to tussle with Dee Fondy for job...Roy Smalley still a question mark at short...Hank Sauer, 1952 most valuable player in league, and Frankie Baumholtz, lead the attack.

CINCINNATI -- Many experts claim Red's Roy McMillan is best shortstop in league...Manager Rogers Hornsby excited over Jim Greengrass, rookie outfielder...Also looks for big things from Gus Bell, outfielder obtained from Pittsburgh in a trade...Veteran Ken Raffensberger, 17-13 last year, heads weak staff...Reds shortened right field sector 24 feet to help their southpaw sluggers.

MILWAUKEE -- Braves added right-handed punch by buying veteran Andy Pafko from Brooklyn...They look for another exciting performance by 21-year-old Ed Mathews, who as rookie third baseman last season walloped 25 homers...Ed Bruton, negro speedster from last year's Brewers, may supplant Sam Jethroe in center field...Jethroe and Earl Torgeson, first baseman, slumped last year...Charlie Grimm the manager.

PITTSBURGH -- Cagy Branch Rickey is trying like mad to build a fire under his cellar Pirates and brought in Fred Haney as the skipper...May lose spectacular shortstop, Dick Groat, to service, but Danny O'Connell, tabbed as terrific third baseman, slated to return after army duty...Ralph Kiner slumped to .245 and 87 runs batted in last year...A rookie outfielder who may need seasoning is Vic Janowicz, former Ohio State football star...Gail Henley may surprise in outfield.

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*Taken from Brown-Forman's 1953 Baseball Schedule


-- Edited by Casey on Wednesday 18th of March 2015 10:29:02 AM

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Hi Casey,

 

Looking forward to this.  Nice writeup/intro to start your replay!

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Wonderful start to the replay - loved your preview summaries. Looking forward to this.

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BRAVES ROUT REDLEGS IN SEASON OPENER

71492Over 30,000 souls filed into Crosley Field in Cincinnati to watch their recently renamed Redlegs host the newly relocated Milwaukee Braves, formerly of Boston.

Redlegs hurler Bud Podbielan was ineffective in the opener, getting tagged for five runs in two and two-thirds innings. Relief was nowhere to be found in Cincinnati as the Braves continued their offensive onslaught, tallying 14 runs on 17 hits, including long balls by Joe Ad****, Eddie Matthews, Johnny Logan, and Del Crandall.

Milwaukee starter Max Surkont was equally shoddy in his first start of the year, giving up four runs in as many innings. Reliever Ernie Johnson came in and shut down the Redlegs, surrendering no runs and three hits over the last five innings, earning his, and the teams, first win on the year.

MILWAUKEE BRAVES (14) AT CINCINNATI REDS (4)

MILWAUKEE BRAVES     AB  R  H BI  CINCINNATI REDS      AB  R  H BI
Bill Bruton           6  2  2  0  Rocky Bridges         3  0  1  0  
Johnny Logan          6  2  2  1  Bobby Adams           4  1  1  0  
Eddie Mathews         6  3  3  3  Gus Bell              4  0  1  0  
Sid Gordon            4  2  2  1  Ted Kluszewski        4  0  0  1  
Andy Pafko            4  2  2  1  Jim Greengrass        4  1  2  0  
Joe Ad****            5  2  3  5  Willard Marshall      3  1  0  0  
Jack Dittmer          5  0  1  0  Andy Seminick         4  1  1  2  
Del Crandall          5  1  2  1  Roy McMillan          4  0  2  0  
Max Surkont           2  0  0  0  Bud Podbielan         1  0  0  0  
 Sibby Sisti          0  0  0  1   Bob Marquis          1  0  0  0  
 Ernie Johnson        2  0  0  0   Grady Hatton         1  0  0  0  
                                   Hobie Landrith       1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               45 14 17 13  TOTALS               34  4  8  3

MILWAUKEE BRAVES              005 231 021 -- 14 
CINCINNATI REDS               021 100 000 -- 4  

LOB--MILWAUKEE BRAVES 8, CINCINNATI REDS 6. ERR--Bobby
Adams, Gus Bell, Rocky Bridges. 2B--Bill Bruton 2 (2), Sid
Gordon (1), Eddie Mathews (1), Bobby Adams (1), Gus Bell (1), Jim
Greengrass (1), Roy McMillan (1). HR--Joe Ad**** (1), Del Crandall (1),
Johnny Logan (1), Eddie Mathews (1), Andy Seminick (1). SACF--Sibby
Sisti.

 MILWAUKEE BRAVES                     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Max Surkont                         4.00    5    4    3    3    3    1
Ernie Johnson (W, 1-0)              5.00    3    0    0    0    2    0
 CINCINNATI REDS            
Bud Podbielan (L, 0-1)              2.67    5    5    5    2    1    2
Frank Smith                         1.33    2    2    2    0    0    2
Clyde King                          2.00    4    4    1    1    1    0
Eddie Erautt                        3.00    6    3    2    0    2    0

PB--Del Crandall. SO--Joe Ad****, Bill Bruton, Ernie
Johnson, Max Surkont, Gus Bell, Ted Kluszewski, Bob Marquis,
Willard Marshall, Bud Podbielan. BB--Sid Gordon 2, Andy
Pafko, Rocky Bridges 2, Willard Marshall.

DEFENDING CHAMPS NEED EXTRA INNINGS; LOSE RIZZUTO

38954_599x1026The New York Yankees, defending champions of the previous three seasons, traveled to Washington to kick off their season against Bucky Harris' Senators. A pitcher's duel from the start, Washington starter Bob Porterfield cracked first, surrendering an RBI single to Hank Bauer in the fourth. Scoring was scarce on both sides until the bottom of the seventh when Washington pushed across a run thanks to a gaff by Gil McDougald.

The teams needed two extra frames to decide a winner, with Yank catcher Yogi Berra hitting one over the wall in right in the top of the eleventh. Tom Gorman, who entered the game with one out in the seventh, shut down the Senator offense and picked up the win. Tough luck for Porterfield for the hometown nine, who gets the no-decision in a nine inning, four-hit effort.

The win was bittersweet for New York as they lost their All-Star second baseman Phil Rizzuto to injury. Team doctors estimate that he will miss 15 games and not return until the start of May.

NEW YORK YANKEES (2) AT WASHINGTON SENATORS (1)

NEW YORK YANKEES     AB  R  H BI  WASHINGTON SENATORS  AB  R  H BI
Gil McDougald         4  1  0  0  Eddie Yost            3  0  1  0  
Joe Collins           3  0  1  0  Pete Runnels          4  0  1  0  
Hank Bauer            5  0  1  1  Mickey Vernon         5  0  0  0  
Yogi Berra            5  1  3  1  Jackie Jensen         5  1  1  0  
Mickey Mantle         5  0  0  0  Jim Busby             4  0  0  0  
Gene Woodling         5  0  0  0  Wayne Terwilliger     5  0  1  0  
Billy Martin          4  0  0  0  Mickey Grasso         5  0  0  0  
Phil Rizzuto          3  0  0  0  Ken Wood              3  0  1  0  
 Loren Babe           1  0  1  0  Bob Porterfield       3  0  0  0  
Whitey Ford           3  0  0  0   Floyd Baker          1  0  0  0  
 Tom Gorman           0  0  0  0                                    
TOTALS               38  2  6  2  TOTALS               38  1  5  0

NEW YORK YANKEES              000 100 000 01 -- 2  
WASHINGTON SENATORS           000 000 100 00 -- 1  

LOB--NEW YORK YANKEES 7, WASHINGTON SENATORS 9. ERR--Gil
McDougald, Mickey Grasso. 2B--Yogi Berra (1), Eddie Yost (1).
3B--Jackie Jensen (1). HR--Yogi Berra (1). SACB--Tom Gorman.

 NEW YORK YANKEES                     IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Whitey Ford                         7.33    3    1    0    4    3    0
Tom Gorman (W, 1-0)                 3.67    2    0    0    1    4    0
 WASHINGTON SENATORS        
Bob Porterfield                     9.00    4    1    0    2    4    0
Al Sima                             1.00    1    0    0    1    0    0
Julio Moreno (L, 0-1)               1.00    1    1    1    0    1    1

SO--Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Gil McDougald, Phil Rizzuto
(2), Jim Busby, Jackie Jensen (2), Bob Porterfield, Pete
Runnels, Wayne Terwilliger, Eddie Yost. BB--Joe Collins (2),
Gil McDougald, Jim Busby, Pete Runnels, Ken Wood, Eddie Yost
(2).


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OUCH!

Tough break for The Scooter.



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More tough Yankee breaks!! Ugh ugh... Looks like a grest replay, I'm excited to gollow along!

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Love Opening Day! Tough break for Scooter.

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DODGERS EXPLODE IN THE 6TH TO ROLL IN SEASON OPENER

Billy CoxThe Brooklyn Dodgers looked sharp against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their season opener on Friday at Ebbets Field. Getting the nod for Brooklyn was staff ace Carl Erskine, who tossed eight effective innings of two-run ball. His counterpart, Murry Dickson, fared far worse for the Pirates, lasting five and two-thirds before getting yanked by skipper Fred Haney.

The Dodgers wasted little time in hitting the veteran right-hander, scoring a pair of runs in the first thanks to a Roy Campanella double. Pittsburgh battled back, scoring two runs over the next five innings, thanks to an RBI single by Eddie O'Brien in the second and a sacrifice fly by Ralph Kiner in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brooklyn exploded for five runs, thanks in large part to a three-run moonshot by Billy Cox. Pee Wee Reese capped off the inning with an RBI single, knocking in rookie second baseman Jim Gilliam.

The Pirates were unable to solve Erskine and when reliever Joe Black came in for the ninth, the writing was on the wall. Brooklyn sent its fans home happy, picking up a 7-2 victory. However, the Dodgers learned that it will be without the services of right fielder Carl Erskine for a couple of days due to the rolled ankle he suffered in the fourth.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (2) AT BROOKLYN DODGERS (7)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES   AB  R  H BI  BROOKLYN DODGERS     AB  R  H BI
Cal Abrams            5  1  2  0  Jim Gilliam           4  2  3  0  
Johnny O'Brien        5  0  3  0  Peewee Reese          4  0  1  1  
Ralph Kiner           3  0  0  1  Duke Snider           4  1  1  0  
Frank Thomas          3  0  1  0  Jackie Robinson       4  0  1  1  
Danny O'Connell       4  0  0  0  Roy Campanella        4  1  2  1  
Paul Smith            4  1  1  0  Gil Hodges            4  1  2  1  
Mike Sandlock         3  0  0  0  Carl Furillo          2  0  0  0  
Eddie O'Brien         4  0  2  1   Don Thompson         2  1  2  0  
Murry Dickson         3  0  0  0  Billy Cox             4  1  1  3  
 Dick Cole            1  0  0  0  Carl Erskine          3  0  0  0  
                                   Bill Antonello       1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               35  2  9  2  TOTALS               36  7 13  7

PITTSBURGH PIRATES            010 010 000 -- 2  
BROOKLYN DODGERS              200 005 00x -- 7  

LOB--PITTSBURGH PIRATES 10, BROOKLYN DODGERS 5. 2B--Johnny
O'Brien (1), Paul Smith (1), Frank Thomas (1), Roy Campanella 2 (2), Jim
Gilliam (1), Don Thompson (1). HR--Billy Cox (1). SACF--Ralph Kiner.

 PITTSBURGH PIRATES                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Murry Dickson (L, 0-1)              5.67   12    7    7    0    1    1
Johnny Hetki                        2.33    1    0    0    0    0    0
 BROOKLYN DODGERS           
Carl Erskine (W, 1-0)               8.00    8    2    2    3    4    0
Joe Black                           1.00    1    0    0    0    0    0

SO--Murry Dickson, Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Paul
Smith, Duke Snider. BB--Ralph Kiner, Frank Thomas, Mike
Sandlock.

BAUMHOLTZ BLAST PROVIDES INSURANCE FOR CUBBIES

Frank BaumholtzFresh off an embarrassing loss to the Braves, Cincinnati looked to bounced back against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Toeing the rubber for Cincy was big lefty Ken Raffensberger, a 17-game winner the season before. The Cubs were quick to touch up the 6'2" southpaw, plating a trio of runs in the second thanks to a 2-RBI triple by Bob Rush who would cross the plate himself thanks to a single by Frank Baumholtz. The Cubs added another run in the third and sixth, the latter one thanks to a solo home run by Baumholtz.

The Redlegs had no answer for Chicago ace Bob Rush, a giant of a man at 6'4", who tossed 7 scoreless innings before serving up a long ball to slugger Ted Kluszewski in the eight. With his arm tiring, manager Phil Cavarretta pulled Rush in the ninth, replacing him with reliever Sheldon Jones. Cincy quickly jumped all over the shaky reliever, tagging him for two runs before chasing him from the game. With two on and two out, the Cubs asked 44-year old veteran pitcher Dutch Leonard to try to stymie the mighty Kluszewski. The crafty vet dug into his back of tricks and got Big Klu to smoke a line out to third baseman Randy Jackson to end the game.

CINCINNATI REDS (3) AT CHICAGO CUBS (5)

CINCINNATI REDS      AB  R  H BI  CHICAGO CUBS         AB  R  H BI
Grady Hatton          5  1  1  1  Frank Baumholtz       5  1  2  2  
Bobby Adams           5  0  2  0  Eddie Miksis          4  0  1  0  
Gus Bell              5  0  1  1  Dee Fondy             4  0  2  0  
Ted Kluszewski        4  1  2  1  Hank Sauer            4  0  0  0  
Jim Greengrass        4  0  1  0  Randy Jackson         4  1  1  0  
Willard Marshall      3  0  0  0  Clyde McCullough      4  1  3  1  
Andy Seminick         3  1  1  0  Roy Smalley           4  0  1  0  
Roy McMillan          3  0  0  0  Hal Jeffcoat          2  1  0  0  
Ken Raffensberger     2  0  1  0  Bob Rush              3  1  1  2  
 Bob Marquis          1  0  0  0   Bill Serena          1  0  0  0  
 Wally Post           1  0  1  0                                    
TOTALS               36  3 10  3  TOTALS               35  5 11  5

CINCINNATI REDS               000 000 012 -- 3  
CHICAGO CUBS                  031 001 00x -- 5  

LOB--CINCINNATI REDS 10, CHICAGO CUBS 8. ERR--Randy Jackson.
2B--Ted Kluszewski (1), Randy Jackson (1), Clyde McCullough (1).
3B--Grady Hatton (1), Bob Rush (1). HR--Ted Kluszewski (1), Frank
Baumholtz (1).

 CINCINNATI REDS                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Ken Raffensberger (L, 0-1)          6.00   11    5    5    2    1    1
Frank Smith                         2.00    0    0    0    0    2    0
 CHICAGO CUBS               
Bob Rush (W, 1-0)                   8.00    7    1    1    3    1    1
Sheldon Jones                       0.67    3    2    2    1    0    0
Dutch Leonard (S, 1)                0.33    0    0    0    0    0    0

SO--Andy Seminick, Dee Fondy, Bill Serena, Roy Smalley.
BB--Ted Kluszewski, Willard Marshall, Roy McMillan, Andy
Seminick, Hal Jeffcoat (2).

JABLONSKI GRAND SLAM SPOILS MILWAUKEE HOME OPENER

Ray JablonskiMilwaukee's brand new County Stadium opened its turnstiles for the first time, allowing a capacity crowd the chance to see their very own Braves team host the Cardinals of St. Louis, led by Stan "The Man" Musial. After the inaugural festivities died down, it was time for Braves master hurler Warren Spahn to spin his magic and bring Milwaukee their first home win.

And for the first four innings Spahn was masterful, pitching perfect ball; twelve up, twelve down. The Cards were also tossing their ace, Gerry Staley, into the mix and the righty was nearly as effective. Milwaukee scored a run in the third thanks to a Bill Bruton RBI single, but were silent until the sixth. By that time, though, the Cards' bats had awoken.

After only giving up a single hit through five, the Cards started the sixth with three straight singles. With the bases loaded and no outs, scrappy second baseman Red Schoendienst smacked an RBI single to tie the ball game. Spahn settled down to get Musial and Enos Slaughter to weakly fly out before facing first Ray Jablonski. The rookie third baseman took the Spahn offering to deep left field; a grand slam for the kid and his first major league ht. Jablonski's round-tripper  put an end to Spahn's day, as Lew Burdette came in to stop the bleeding.

The Braves answered with two solo home runs by Bill Bruton and Eddie Mathews, but it was too little, too late for Milwaukee as Cards reliever Al Brazzle pitched three scoreless to record the save.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (5) AT MILWAUKEE BRAVES (3)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS  AB  R  H BI  MILWAUKEE BRAVES     AB  R  H BI
Solly Hemus           4  1  1  0  Bill Bruton           5  1  3  2  
Red Schoendienst      4  1  3  1  Johnny Logan          4  0  0  0  
Stan Musial           4  0  0  0  Eddie Mathews         4  1  3  1  
Enos Slaughter        4  0  0  0  Sid Gordon            4  0  0  0  
Ray Jablonski         4  1  1  4  Andy Pafko            4  0  2  0  
Steve Bilko           4  0  1  0  Joe Ad****            4  0  0  0  
Rip Repulski          4  0  0  0  Jack Dittmer          4  1  1  0  
Del Rice              4  1  1  0  Walker Cooper         4  0  1  0  
Gerry Staley          2  1  1  0  Warren Spahn          2  0  0  0  
 Dick Sisler          1  0  0  0   Lew Burdette         1  0  0  0  
                                   George Crowe         1  0  1  0  
TOTALS               35  5  8  5  TOTALS               37  3 11  3

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS           000 005 000 -- 5  
MILWAUKEE BRAVES              001 002 000 -- 3  

LOB--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 3, MILWAUKEE BRAVES 7. 2B--Jack
Dittmer (1), Eddie Mathews (2), Andy Pafko (1). HR--Ray Jablonski (1), Bill
Bruton (1), Eddie Mathews (2).

 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Gerry Staley (W, 1-0)               6.00    6    3    3    0    4    2
Al Brazle (S, 1)                    3.00    5    0    0    0    1    0
 MILWAUKEE BRAVES           
Warren Spahn (L, 0-1)               5.67    6    5    5    0    4    1
Lew Burdette                        3.33    2    0    0    0    1    0

SO--Steve Bilko, Stan Musial, Rip Repulski, Enos Slaughter,
Gerry Staley, Joe Ad****, Lew Burdette, Sid Gordon (2),
Eddie Mathews.

ROBERTS GOES THE DISTANCE

Robin RobertsA year may have passed since Robin Roberts' major league leading 28 wins, but it was business as usual for the hard-throwing pitcher as the Phillies hosted the New York Giants.

The Fightin' Phils of Philadelphia struck early thanks to a defensive gaffe by Giants second baseman Davey Williams, followed by an Earl Torgeson double that scored Richie Ashburn. The Phils added a second run in the third, courtesy of Torgeson's RBI single off of Larry Jansen. Meanwhile, Roberts kept the Giants off-balance for most of the game, scattering five hits through six.

Roberts did not help himself out in the seventh though, booting a routine ground ball which ultimately crossed home plate for New York's one and only run. Roberts did redeem himself in the bottom of the inning, smacking a double that would end being driven home by Connie Ryan. Philadelphia added one more run in the eight, a home run by Del Ennis.

Jansen pitched well but Roberts took center stage with nine innings of seven-hit ball and no earned runs.

NEW YORK GIANTS (1) AT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (4)

NEW YORK GIANTS      AB  R  H BI  PHILADELPHIA PHILLIE AB  R  H BI
Davey Williams        4  0  1  1  Connie Ryan           4  0  2  1  
Al Dark               4  0  0  0  Richie Ashburn        3  2  1  0  
Hank Thompson         3  0  0  0  Earl Torgeson         4  0  2  2  
Monte Irvin           4  0  3  0  Del Ennis             4  1  2  1  
Whitey Lockman        4  0  1  0  Granny Hamner         4  0  0  0  
Don Mueller           4  0  1  0  Smoky Burgess         4  0  0  0  
Bobby Thomson         4  1  0  0  Johnny Wyrostek       4  0  0  0  
Wes Westrum           2  0  0  0  Willie Jones          3  0  0  0  
Larry Jansen          2  0  1  0  Robin Roberts         3  1  1  0  
 Bobby Hofman         1  0  0  0                                    
TOTALS               32  1  7  1  TOTALS               33  4  8  4

NEW YORK GIANTS               000 000 100 -- 1  
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES         101 000 11x -- 4  

LOB--NEW YORK GIANTS 9, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 6. ERR--Davey
Williams, Willie Jones, Robin Roberts. 2B--Monte Irvin 2 (2),
Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (1), Earl Torgeson (1), Connie Ryan (1).
HR--Del Ennis (1). SACF--Davey Williams. SACB--Larry Jansen.

 NEW YORK GIANTS                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Larry Jansen (L, 0-1)               6.67    7    3    2    0    1    0
Hoyt Wilhelm                        1.33    1    1    1    1    1    1
 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES      
Robin Roberts (W, 1-0)              9.00    7    1    0    3    5    0

SO--Al Dark (2), Whitey Lockman (2), Bobby Thomson, Smoky
Burgess, Johnny Wyrostek. BB--Hank Thompson, Wes Westrum
(2), Richie Ashburn.

WASHINGTON WALKS AWAY WITH A WIN

Eddie YostPatience at the plate was the key to Washington's success today against the Boston Red Sox as the Senators traveled to Fenway Park.

Scoring started early with each team plating a run in the first. Boston added to their lead in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly from Milt Bolling and an RBI single by pitcher Mel Parnell. Washington responded in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Mickey Vernon RBI double, cutting the lead to one.

Fatigue and control issues flared up for Parnell in the seventh as he walked the first four batters. Manager Lou Boudreau was slow to yank his ace and Parnell surrendered three more runs. The Senators scored one more in the eighth off of reliever Ike Delock and starting pitcher Walt Masterson went the distance to secure the win.

Washington's ability to wait out the Boston staff paid off, with the team drawing ten base on balls. Human walk machine Eddie Yost finished the day with four walks and three runs scored.

WASHINGTON SENATORS (8) AT BOSTON RED SOX (3)

WASHINGTON SENATORS  AB  R  H BI  BOSTON RED SOX       AB  R  H BI
Eddie Yost            1  3  0  0  Billy Goodman         5  1  1  0  
Pete Runnels          3  1  1  2  Jim Piersall          4  0  0  0  
Mickey Vernon         4  2  1  2  Hoot Evers            3  0  0  0  
Jackie Jensen         4  0  1  2  George Kell           3  1  1  1  
Jim Busby             4  0  1  0  Dick Gernert          3  1  1  0  
Wayne Terwilliger     5  0  1  2  Sammy White           4  0  1  0  
Mickey Grasso         5  0  0  0  Tom Umphlett          3  0  1  0  
Ken Wood              2  0  0  0  Milt Bolling          3  0  0  1  
 Floyd Baker          1  2  1  0  Mel Parnell           2  0  1  1  
Walt Masterson        2  0  0  0   Ike Delock           1  0  0  0  
                                   Clyde Vollmer        1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               31  8  6  8  TOTALS               32  3  6  3

WASHINGTON SENATORS           100 010 420 -- 8  
BOSTON RED SOX                100 200 000 -- 3  

LOB--WASHINGTON SENATORS 8, BOSTON RED SOX 7. ERR--Dick
Gernert. 2B--Jackie Jensen (1), Pete Runnels (1), Mickey Vernon (1),
Billy Goodman (1), George Kell (1), Sammy White (1). SACF--Milt Bolling.
SACB--Walt Masterson (2).

 WASHINGTON SENATORS                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Walt Masterson (W, 1-0)             9.00    6    3    3    4    9    0
 BOSTON RED SOX             
Mel Parnell (L, 0-1)                6.67    4    6    5    9    1    0
Ike Delock                          2.33    2    2    2    1    3    0

SO--Mickey Grasso, Jackie Jensen, Wayne Terwilliger, Mickey
Vernon, Milt Bolling (3), Ike Delock, Hoot Evers, Jim
Piersall (2), Tom Umphlett, Clyde Vollmer. BB--Floyd Baker,
Jim Busby, Jackie Jensen, Pete Runnels (2), Mickey Vernon,
Eddie Yost (4), Hoot Evers, Dick Gernert, George Kell, Tom
Umphlett.

DOBY'S GRAND SLAM, MITCHELL'S TWO HOME RUNS OVERPOWER CHICAGO

Larry DobyLarry Doby and the Cleveland Indians wasted no time in asserting their dominance over the Chicago White Sox on opening day. Billy Pierce quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first and subsequently served up a long ball to slugger Doby, the third grand slam of his major league career.

Bob Lemon kept the Chicago nine in check for most of the afternoon, allowing two runs through the first six, including a solo shot by Sherm Lollar. The Indians' left fielder Dale Mitchell launched his own solo home run in the fifth and followed it up with a three-run fence-clearer in the sixth.

Chicago tried to rally back in the eight, scoring two runs, but the deficit was more than they could handle and Lemon closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth for his first win. Doby and Mitchell were responsible for all of Cleveland's eight runs, driving in four runs each.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (4) AT CLEVELAND INDIANS (8)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX    AB  R  H BI  CLEVELAND INDIANS    AB  R  H BI
Nellie Fox            4  1  1  1  Bobby Avila           2  1  1  0  
Ferris Fain           3  0  1  0  Bill Glynn            5  2  2  0  
Minnie Minoso         4  1  1  0  Dale Mitchell         4  3  2  4  
Jim Rivera            4  0  3  1  Al Rosen              4  1  0  0  
Sam Mele              4  0  1  0  Larry Doby            4  1  3  4  
Sherm Lollar          4  1  2  1  Harry Simpson         4  0  0  0  
Vern Stephens         4  0  0  0  George Strickland     4  0  1  0  
Chico Carrasquel      4  0  0  0  Jim Hegan             3  0  0  0  
Billy Pierce          2  0  0  0  Bob Lemon             4  0  1  0  
 Fritz Dorish         1  1  1  0                                    
TOTALS               34  4 10  3  TOTALS               34  8 10  8

CHICAGO WHITE SOX             100 010 020 -- 4  
CLEVELAND INDIANS             400 013 00x -- 8  

LOB--CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4, CLEVELAND INDIANS 8. 2B--Jim
Rivera (1). 3B--Nellie Fox (1). HR--Sherm Lollar (1), Larry Doby (1), Dale
Mitchell 2 (2).

 CHICAGO WHITE SOX                    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Billy Pierce (L, 0-1)               5.33    9    8    8    5    4    3
Fritz Dorish                        2.67    1    0    0    1    1    0
 CLEVELAND INDIANS          
Bob Lemon (W, 1-0)                  9.00   10    4    4    1    6    1

SO--Ferris Fain, Sherm Lollar, Sam Mele, Billy Pierce (2),
Vern Stephens, Larry Doby, Jim Hegan, Harry Simpson (2),
George Strickland. BB--Ferris Fain, Bobby Avila (3), Jim
Hegan, Dale Mitchell, Al Rosen.

LATE INNING HEROICS OVERSHADOWED BY BERRA INJURY

Andy CareyThe New York Yankees won their second game, and first at home, today thanks to pinch hitter Andy Carey's big bat. The celebration was tempered, though, as the team learned that it would be without All-Star catcher Yogi Berra who left the game in the bottom of the third after getting hit in the wrist. Team doctors estimate that ol' Yogi will be out for ten games, joining "Scooter" Rizzuto on the disabled list.

Harry Byrd kept a potent Yankee lineup in check for most of the game, limiting New York to two runs over seven. After serving up a solo home run to Hank Bauer with one out in the eight, Byrd's day was over and so too was his chance at a victory. Reliever Bob Scheib finished out the inning.

On the flip side, Eddie Lopat did his share, limiting the Athletics to three runs over seven innings.

With the game tied, Philly called upon one-time Yankee and twenty-year veteran pitcher Bobo Newsom to pitch the ninth. Rallying behind their injured catcher, New York's Billy Martin and Loren Babe each reached on a single. Manager Casey Stengel signaled for the 21-year old Andy Carey to pinch hit for pitcher Bob Kuzava and promptly deposited the ball over the left field wall for a walk-off three-run home run, the first of his career.

Gus Zernial left the game in the top of the first after coming up lame running to first. He is expected to return for tomorrow's game.

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS (3) AT NEW YORK YANKEES (6)

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETI AB  R  H BI  NEW YORK YANKEES     AB  R  H BI
Joe DeMaestri         5  2  3  0  Gil McDougald         4  0  1  0  
Dave Philley          4  0  0  0  Joe Collins           3  0  1  0  
Eddie Robinson        4  0  2  2  Hank Bauer            4  1  2  1  
Gus Zernial           1  0  0  0  Yogi Berra            1  0  0  0  
 Elmer Valo           3  0  0  0   Charlie Silvera      2  0  1  0  
Cass Michaels         4  1  2  0  Mickey Mantle         4  1  1  0  
Pete Suder            4  0  2  0  Gene Woodling         4  1  1  0  
Ed McGhee             4  0  1  0  Billy Martin          4  1  3  2  
Ray Murray            4  0  0  0  Loren Babe            3  1  1  0  
Harry Byrd            3  0  0  0  Eddie Lopat           2  0  0  0  
 Eddie Joost          1  0  0  0   Bill Renna           1  0  0  0  
                                   Andy Carey           1  1  1  3  
TOTALS               37  3 10  2  TOTALS               33  6 12  6

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS        100 011 000 -- 3  
NEW YORK YANKEES              020 000 013 -- 6  

LOB--PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS 7, NEW YORK YANKEES 6. 2B--Joe
DeMaestri (1), Hank Bauer (1), Gene Woodling (1). 3B--Joe DeMaestri 2 (2).
HR--Hank Bauer (1), Andy Carey (1).

 PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Harry Byrd                          7.33    9    3    3    3    2    1
Carl Scheib                         0.67    0    0    0    0    1    0
Bobo Newsom (L, 0-1)                0.00    3    3    3    0    0    1
 NEW YORK YANKEES           
Eddie Lopat                         7.00    9    3    3    0    0    0
Bob Kuzava (W, 1-0)                 2.00    1    0    0    0    2    0

WP--Eddie Lopat. SO--Cass Michaels, Elmer Valo, Hank Bauer,
Eddie Lopat, Mickey Mantle. BB--Loren Babe, Yogi Berra, Joe
Collins.

BROWNS PREVAIL IN THE NINTH

Satchel PaigeIn what could be the last opening day at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park, the Browns hosted the Detroit Tigers. Owner Bill Veeck has made it clear his plans to move the franchise, but his vision will have to wait one more year as the Browns are slated to start and finish their season in St. Louis.

The teams traded a run each through the first four frames, as Detroit's Billy Hoeft and St. Louis' Virgil Trucks each pitched well. The Browns, though, cracked first, as Detroit scored a run in both the fifth and sixth. A defensive lapse prohibited the Tigers from holding their lead as rookie shortstop Harvey Kuenn committed a throwing error that led eventually led to two runs.

With one in the bottom of the ninth and runners on first and third, starter Hoeft was lifted for Hal Erickson. After getting Johnny Groth to ground out, Erickson walked Dick Kokos, his third of the game, to load the bases for Jim Dyck, who promptly laced a single to right to win the game.

Ex-Negro League star Satchel Paige pitched beautifully in relief, tossing two hitless innings while striking out three and picking up a victory.

DETROIT TIGERS (3) AT ST. LOUIS BROWNS (4)

DETROIT TIGERS       AB  R  H BI  ST. LOUIS BROWNS     AB  R  H BI
Harvey Kuenn          4  0  1  0  Johnny Groth          5  0  0  0  
Johnny Pesky          4  0  0  0  Dick Kokos            2  0  0  0  
Fred Hatfield         3  1  1  0  Jim Dyck              5  0  2  1  
Walt Dropo            4  0  1  0  Vic Wertz             4  0  0  0  
Bob Nieman            4  0  1  1  Dick Kryhoski         4  2  2  1  
Jim Delsing           3  1  1  0  Clint Courtney        4  0  0  0  
Matt Batts            4  1  1  0  Bobby Young           4  1  1  0  
Don Lund              3  0  2  2  Billy Hunter          4  1  3  1  
Billy Hoeft           1  0  0  0  Virgil Trucks         2  0  0  0  
                                   Don Lenhardt         1  0  1  1  
                                   Bob Elliott          1  0  1  0  
TOTALS               30  3  8  3  TOTALS               36  4 10  4

DETROIT TIGERS                001 011 000 -- 3  
ST. LOUIS BROWNS              010 000 201 -- 4  

LOB--DETROIT TIGERS 4, ST. LOUIS BROWNS 9. ERR--Harvey
Kuenn. 2B--Walt Dropo (1), Don Lund 2 (2), Bob Nieman (1), Jim Dyck (1),
Billy Hunter (1), Dick Kryhoski (1). 3B--Matt Batts (1). HR--Dick
Kryhoski (1). SACB--Billy Hoeft (2).

 DETROIT TIGERS                       IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Billy Hoeft (L, 0-1)                8.33    9    4    2    2    2    1
Hal Erickson                        0.33    1    0    0    1    0    0
 ST. LOUIS BROWNS           
Virgil Trucks                       7.00    7    3    3    2    1    0
Satchel Paige (W, 1-0)              2.00    1    0    0    0    3    0

SO--Walt Dropo, Fred Hatfield, Billy Hoeft, Harvey Kuenn,
Johnny Groth, Virgil Trucks. BB--Jim Delsing, Fred Hatfield,
Dick Kokos (3).


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Rough start for the Yankees.

First, Rizzuto. Now, Berra.

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seajaw wrote:

Rough start for the Yankees.

First, Rizzuto. Now, Berra.


 Couldn't happen to a better team!



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Casey wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Rough start for the Yankees.

First, Rizzuto. Now, Berra.


 Couldn't happen to a better team!


 Amen! wink



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Ouch!! Rizzuto and Berra. We'll see if NY can weather this in the early going.



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PIRATES SPLIT SERIES WITH DODGERS

Johnny LindellDespite control issues, Pittsburgh starter Johnny Lindell managed to keep Brooklyn hitters off-balance. Over the course of eight innings, Brooklyn rapped out seven hits and displayed enough patience in the box to draw five walks but Lindell was crafty enough to keep most of the base runners from crossing home. There were a couple of hiccups as Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella each hit their first home run of the season, but the damage was limited to a run each on each long ball.

Russ Meyer, on the mound for Brooklyn, has tagged early, giving up two first inning runs. Pittsburgh added two more in the third and fourth innings which would be enough for Lindell. Reliever Johnny Hetki came in for the ninth lock down the win, despite a one-out double by pinch hitter Rube Walker.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (4) AT BROOKLYN DODGERS (2)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES   AB  R  H BI  BROOKLYN DODGERS     AB  R  H BI
Cal Abrams            5  1  2  0  Jim Gilliam           4  0  0  0  
Johnny O'Brien        4  0  1  0  Peewee Reese          5  0  1  0  
Johnny Lindell        4  0  1  1  Jackie Robinson       3  1  1  1  
Ralph Kiner           3  2  1  0  Duke Snider           4  0  2  0  
Danny O'Connell       4  0  2  1  Roy Campanella        3  1  1  1  
Paul Smith            3  0  1  2  Gil Hodges            4  0  1  0  
Ed Fitzgerald         4  0  0  0  Billy Cox             4  0  1  0  
Eddie O'Brien         4  0  1  0  George Shuba          3  0  0  0  
Carlos Bernier        3  1  1  0  Russ Meyer            2  0  0  0  
                                   Rube Walker          1  0  1  0  
TOTALS               34  4 10  4  TOTALS               33  2  8  2

PITTSBURGH PIRATES            201 100 000 -- 4  
BROOKLYN DODGERS              000 001 100 -- 2  

LOB--PITTSBURGH PIRATES 6, BROOKLYN DODGERS 9. ERR--Ed
Fitzgerald. 2B--Johnny Lindell (1), Duke Snider (1), Rube Walker (1).
HR--Roy Campanella (1), Jackie Robinson (1). SACF--Paul Smith.

 PITTSBURGH PIRATES                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Johnny Lindell (W, 1-0)             8.00    7    2    2    5    2    2
Johnny Hetki (S, 1)                 1.00    1    0    0    0    0    0
 BROOKLYN DODGERS           
Russ Meyer (L, 0-1)                 9.00   10    4    4    2    6    0

SO--Carlos Bernier, Johnny Lindell (2), Eddie O'Brien,
Johnny O'Brien (2), Jim Gilliam, Duke Snider. BB--Carlos
Bernier, Ralph Kiner, Roy Campanella, Jim Gilliam, Russ
Meyer, Jackie Robinson, George Shuba.

CUBS CRUISE BEHIND HACKER

Warren HackerChicago's Warren Hacker started his '53 campaign with a bang, throwing eight innings of three-hit ball. Cincinnati looked to tag Hacker early with a Bobby Adams solo home run in the first, but were quickly shut down over the next five innings. Jim Greengrass deposited a second Cincy solo home run in the seventh but that would be the last hit they would get off the sharp righty.

Two runs were not going to be enough for Cincy today. Cubbie first baseman Dee Fondy launched a towering fly ball into the right field stands for a two-run home run in the first. Frank Baumholtz and Eddie Miksis each contributed an RBI in the fourth and Hal Jeffcoat hit a wall ball double in the fifth to score Clyde McCullough.

The five runs were enough for Chicago as reliever Dutch Leonard dashed the hope of a Cincinnati rally, inducing a 5-4-3 double to end the game. The Redlegs have opened the season with three straight losses.

CINCINNATI REDS (2) AT CHICAGO CUBS (5)

CINCINNATI REDS      AB  R  H BI  CHICAGO CUBS         AB  R  H BI
Rocky Bridges         4  0  0  0  Frank Baumholtz       3  1  1  1  
Bobby Adams           4  1  1  1  Eddie Miksis          5  0  1  1  
Gus Bell              3  0  0  0  Dee Fondy             4  1  1  2  
Ted Kluszewski        4  0  1  0  Hank Sauer            3  0  0  0  
Jim Greengrass        4  1  1  1  Randy Jackson         4  0  0  0  
Willard Marshall      3  0  1  0  Clyde McCullough      3  1  1  0  
Hobie Landrith        3  0  0  0  Roy Smalley           3  1  1  0  
Roy McMillan          3  0  0  0  Hal Jeffcoat          4  0  1  1  
Harry Perkowski       2  0  0  0  Warren Hacker         2  1  1  0  
 Grady Hatton         1  0  0  0   Bill Serena          1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               31  2  4  2  TOTALS               32  5  7  5

CINCINNATI REDS               100 000 100 -- 2  
CHICAGO CUBS                  200 210 00x -- 5  

LOB--CINCINNATI REDS 3, CHICAGO CUBS 9. ERR--Ted Kluszewski,
Eddie Miksis. 2B--Willard Marshall (1), Hal Jeffcoat (1). HR--Bobby
Adams (1), Jim Greengrass (1), Dee Fondy (1).

 CINCINNATI REDS                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Harry Perkowski (L, 0-1)            7.00    7    5    5    5    1    1
Clyde King                          1.00    0    0    0    1    0    0
 CHICAGO CUBS               
Warren Hacker (W, 1-0)              8.00    3    2    2    1    5    2
Dutch Leonard (S, 1)                1.00    1    0    0    0    0    0

SO--Bobby Adams, Rocky Bridges, Ted Kluszewski, Harry
Perkowski (2), Dee Fondy. BB--Gus Bell, Frank Baumholtz (2),
Warren Hacker, Clyde McCullough, Hank Sauer, Roy Smalley.

ANTONELLI TWIRLS A BEAUTY; BLANKS CARDS

Johnny AntonelliJohnny Antonelli, back after missing two seasons due to military service, gave the Milwaukee fans their first win at County Stadium, pitching a six-hit shutout against a dangerous St. Louis Cardinals lineup.

The Cards certainly had opportunities against the lefty, getting a man on in seven of the nine innings but failed to plate a single run. Their biggest change came in the third, as they loaded the bases with one out. Antonelli, though, reared back and struck out Enos Slaughter and Ray Jablonski to end the threat. St. Louis ended up leaving ten runners stranded and the great Stan Musial went hitless for the second straight game.

Joe Ad**** and Jack Dittmer each contributed with a two-run home run which proved to be more than enough for the Braves. Ad****'s four-bagger was his second of the young season and his seven RBI's are best in the majors.

Antonelli's shutout was the third of his young career and his eight strikeouts are a personal best for the New York native.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (0) AT MILWAUKEE BRAVES (4)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS  AB  R  H BI  MILWAUKEE BRAVES     AB  R  H BI
Solly Hemus           5  0  0  0  Bill Bruton           4  0  1  0  
Red Schoendienst      4  0  2  0  Johnny Logan          4  0  1  0  
Stan Musial           2  0  0  0  Eddie Mathews         4  0  1  0  
Enos Slaughter        4  0  0  0  Sid Gordon            3  1  1  0  
Ray Jablonski         4  0  0  0  Andy Pafko            3  0  0  0  
Steve Bilko           4  0  0  0  Joe Ad****            3  2  2  2  
Rip Repulski          4  0  1  0  Jack Dittmer          3  1  1  2  
Del Rice              3  0  1  0  Del Crandall          3  0  0  0  
Harvey Haddix         3  0  1  0  Johnny Antonelli      3  0  0  0  
 Hal Rice             1  0  1  0                                    
TOTALS               34  0  6  0  TOTALS               30  4  7  4

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS           000 000 000 -- 0  
MILWAUKEE BRAVES              020 002 00x -- 4  

LOB--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 10, MILWAUKEE BRAVES 3. ERR--Ray
Jablonski, Joe Ad****. 2B--Hal Rice (1), Red Schoendienst (1), Joe
Ad**** (1). HR--Joe Ad**** (2), Jack Dittmer (1).

 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Harvey Haddix (L, 0-1)              8.00    7    4    4    1    4    2
 MILWAUKEE BRAVES           
Johnny Antonelli (W, 1-0)           9.00    6    0    0    3    8    0

SO--Steve Bilko, Harvey Haddix, Solly Hemus, Ray Jablonski
(2), Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter (2), Johnny Antonelli,
Del Crandall, Sid Gordon, Eddie Mathews. BB--Stan Musial
(2), Del Rice, Sid Gordon.

PHILS RALLY TWICE IN WILD ENDING

Johnny WyrostekConnie Mack Stadium née Shibe Park saw not one, but two desperation rallies today by the hometown Phils as they hosted the Giants. Jim Hearn and Curt Simmons each tossed seven innings of three-run ball and gave their respective teams a chance for the win but it was the bullpens that would decide their fate.

In the top of the eight, catcher Sal Yvars laced a two-run single to give the Giants a 5-3 lead heading into the final frames. Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was given the ball to finish out the win but ran into some trouble in the ninth. After walking Johnny Wyrostek with one out, Wilhelm's knuckler, instead of fluttering, hung out over the plate allowing Willie Jones to hit it over the fence in straight away center to tie the ballgame.

After trading zeros in the tenth and eleventh, the Giants' bats came alive in the twelfth. Bobby Hofman led off with a double and would score on a Bobby Thomson single to put New York up by one. The Giants added some insurance runs thanks to a three-run, two-out home run by pinch hitter Dusty Rhodes.

The four run lead should have been safe but the Phils had plenty of fight left in them going into the bottom of the inning. After scoring three runs on four hits, the Phils were within a single run of tying the ballgame. With a man on third, reliever Bill Connelly walked Eddie Waitkus to put runners on the corner with one out. With one out, Johnny Wyrostek took the beleaguered reliever to deep right for a game-winning walk-off home run.

NEW YORK GIANTS (9) AT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (11)

NEW YORK GIANTS      AB  R  H BI  PHILADELPHIA PHILLIE AB  R  H BI
Davey Williams        5  1  1  0  Connie Ryan           4  1  3  2  
Al Dark               5  0  2  1  Richie Ashburn        6  1  2  1  
Monte Irvin           6  2  3  2  Smoky Burgess         5  1  1  0  
Bobby Hofman          5  2  1  0  Del Ennis             6  0  0  1  
Bobby Thomson         5  0  2  1  Granny Hamner         6  1  1  1  
Don Mueller           5  0  1  0  Eddie Waitkus         5  2  1  0  
 Hank Thompson        1  0  0  0  Johnny Wyrostek       5  3  3  3  
Whitey Lockman        6  1  0  0  Willie Jones          4  2  2  3  
Sal Yvars             5  2  3  2  Curt Simmons          1  0  1  0  
Jim Hearn             1  0  0  0   Stan Lopata          1  0  0  0  
 Daryl Spencer        0  0  0  0   Tommy Glaviano       0  0  0  0  
 Hoyt Wilhelm         1  0  0  0   Kent Peterson        1  0  0  0  
 Dusty Rhodes         1  1  1  3                                    
TOTALS               46  9 14  9  TOTALS               44 11 14 11

NEW YORK GIANTS               000 120 020 004 -- 9  
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES         001 020 002 006 -- 11 

LOB--NEW YORK GIANTS 10, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 7.
ERR--Granny Hamner. 2B--Bobby Hofman (1), Monte Irvin (3), Sal
Yvars (1), Connie Ryan (3). 3B--Richie Ashburn (1), Granny Hamner (1).
HR--Monte Irvin (1), Dusty Rhodes (1), Willie Jones (1), Johnny
Wyrostek (1). SACF--Willie Jones. SACB--Jim Hearn (2), Curt
Simmons.

 NEW YORK GIANTS                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jim Hearn                           7.00    7    3    3    1    2    0
Hoyt Wilhelm (BS, 1)                4.00    2    2    2    4    2    1
Bill Connelly (L, 0-1)              0.33    5    6    6    1    0    1
 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES      
Curt Simmons                        7.00    6    3    3    4    3    1
Andy Hansen                         2.00    4    2    2    2    1    0
Kent Peterson (W, 1-0)              3.00    4    4    4    1    2    1

SO--Jim Hearn, Don Mueller (2), Bobby Thomson, Hank
Thompson, Hoyt Wilhelm, Del Ennis, Granny Hamner, Kent
Peterson, Eddie Waitkus. BB--Al Dark, Bobby Hofman, Daryl
Spencer, Bobby Thomson, Davey Williams (2), Sal Yvars, Smoky
Burgess, Tommy Glaviano, Eddie Waitkus, Johnny Wyrostek,
Connie Ryan (2).

BOSTON WINS FIRST AT HOME

Mickey McDermottThe Fenway faithful got their first taste of victory this season as Mickey McDermott and the Boston Red Sox came away with a victory over the Washington Senators.

McDermott was solid, if somewhat erratic today, scattering six hits over nine innings. His five strikeouts where offset by six walks, but the Senators' bats clearly had taken the day off.  Washington stranded twelve runners on base and could only manage one run.

The Boston lumber was only marginally better. The bottom third of the lineup provided all the offense, rapping out five hits and driving in all three runs, one of which was courtesy of the Red Sox pitcher himself. Center fielder Tom Umphlett finished the day perfect at the plate with three singles.

McDermott gets his first win of the season and Chuck Stobbs got the loss.

WASHINGTON SENATORS (1) AT BOSTON RED SOX (3)

WASHINGTON SENATORS  AB  R  H BI  BOSTON RED SOX       AB  R  H BI
Eddie Yost            4  0  1  0  Billy Goodman         4  0  0  0  
Pete Runnels          4  0  1  1  Jim Piersall          4  0  1  0  
Mickey Vernon         4  0  1  0  Hoot Evers            4  0  0  0  
Jackie Jensen         3  0  0  0  George Kell           4  0  0  0  
Jim Busby             4  0  0  0  Dick Gernert          3  2  1  0  
Wayne Terwilliger     4  0  1  0  Sammy White           4  1  1  0  
Mickey Grasso         4  0  1  0  Tom Umphlett          3  0  3  0  
Floyd Baker           3  1  0  0  Milt Bolling          2  0  1  2  
Chuck Stobbs          4  0  1  0  Mickey McDermott      3  0  1  1  
TOTALS               34  1  6  1  TOTALS               31  3  8  3

WASHINGTON SENATORS           000 000 001 -- 1  
BOSTON RED SOX                010 101 00x -- 3  

LOB--WASHINGTON SENATORS 12, BOSTON RED SOX 6. ERR--Hoot
Evers, George Kell. 2B--Sammy White (2). SACF--Milt Bolling.

 WASHINGTON SENATORS                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Chuck Stobbs (L, 0-1)               8.00    8    3    3    1    2    0
 BOSTON RED SOX             
Mickey McDermott (W, 1-0)           9.00    6    1    1    6    5    0

SO--Jackie Jensen, Chuck Stobbs (2), Mickey Vernon, Eddie
Yost, Hoot Evers, Mickey McDermott. BB--Floyd Baker, Jackie
Jensen (2), Pete Runnels, Mickey Vernon, Eddie Yost, Dick
Gernert.

ATHLETICS' 14 HITS LEAD TO WIN

Joe AstrothGus Zernial and Joe Astroth, in for Jim Murray who left the game in the third with a lower back injury, combined for seven of the fourteen hits the A's smacked against Yanks pitcher Johnny Sain.

Philly scored early and often, plating runs in six of nine innings. Called into play, Astroth filled in nicely in the three-spot, knocking in two runs on three hits. Philly also got RBI contributions from DeMaestri, Philley, Valo and Clark. Cass Michaels also collected three hits.

The Yanks, without Rizzuto and Berra, struggled to find much consistency in the batter's box. A's southpaw Alex Kellner limited the depleted NY lineup to six hits and one run. Mickey Mantle, moved up into the cleanup spot, had a pair of singles. The loss is New York's first of the young season.

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS (6) AT NEW YORK YANKEES (1)

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETI AB  R  H BI  NEW YORK YANKEES     AB  R  H BI
Joe DeMaestri         5  1  1  1  Gil McDougald         4  0  0  0  
Dave Philley          5  2  1  1  Hank Bauer            4  0  2  0  
Ray Murray            2  0  0  0  Gene Woodling         3  0  0  1  
 Joe Astroth          3  0  3  2  Mickey Mantle         4  0  2  0  
Gus Zernial           5  1  4  0  Don Bollweg           3  0  0  0  
Eddie Robinson        5  0  0  0  Charlie Silvera       4  0  0  0  
Cass Michaels         5  0  3  0  Billy Martin          4  0  0  0  
Elmer Valo            1  0  0  1  Loren Babe            4  0  1  0  
Allie Clark           5  0  2  1  Johnny Sain           2  0  0  0  
Alex Kellner          3  1  0  0   Bill Renna           1  1  1  0  
 Eddie Joost          1  0  0  0                                    
*Ed McGhee            0  1  0  0                                    
TOTALS               40  6 14  6  TOTALS               33  1  6  1

PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS        010 020 111 -- 6  
NEW YORK YANKEES              000 000 010 -- 1  

LOB--PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS 14, NEW YORK YANKEES 7. ERR--Joe
DeMaestri, Billy Martin. 2B--Joe DeMaestri (2), Cass Michaels (1),
Dave Philley (1), Bill Renna (1). SACF--Joe DeMaestri. SACB--Alex
Kellner.

*McGhee pinch ran for Elmer Valo
PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS IP H R ER BB SO HR Alex Kellner (W, 1-0) 8.00 6 1 1 2 5 0 Carl Scheib 1.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEW YORK YANKEES Johnny Sain (L, 0-1) 8.00 14 6 5 5 8 0 Bill Miller 1.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 SO--Allie Clark, Joe DeMaestri, Alex Kellner, Cass Michaels, Ray Murray, Eddie Robinson (3), Don Bollweg, Mickey Mantle, Gil McDougald, Johnny Sain, Charlie Silvera. BB--Dave Philley, Elmer Valo (4), Don Bollweg, Gene Woodling.

GARVER OUTDUELS LARSEN IN ST. LOUIS

Ned GarverThose in attendance for today's game in St. Louis were treated to a magnificent pitching duel between Ned Garver and Don Larsen. It was a shame that there had to be a loser, but Detroit's Garver was just a little more sharp on the mound today.

Garver and Larsen traded zeros through the first six innings with Garver retiring the first twelve Browns he faced. The Detroit pitcher ran into some trouble in the fifth, giving up a lead-off three-bagger to Dick Kryhoski, but retired the next three batters to get out of the inning unscathed.

Larsen, who was pitching splendidly, cracked in seventh, allowing a lead-off double by Jim Delsing and an RBI single by Matt Batts. That was all the scoring the Tigers would need, and would get, as Garver shut down the Browns for the remainder of the game.

Garver, who is being counted on this season to help carry the staff, ended the game tossing nine innings of four-hit scoreless baseball. He struck out one and walked none. After the game, St. Louis sent pitcher Bob Turley down to their Texas League affiliate, the San Antonio Missions.

DETROIT TIGERS (1) AT ST. LOUIS BROWNS (0)

DETROIT TIGERS       AB  R  H BI  ST. LOUIS BROWNS     AB  R  H BI
Harvey Kuenn          4  0  1  0  Johnny Groth          4  0  0  0  
Johnny Pesky          4  0  1  0  Don Lenhardt          4  0  0  0  
Walt Dropo            4  0  2  0  Vic Wertz             3  0  1  0  
Bob Nieman            4  0  0  0  Dick Kryhoski         3  0  1  0  
Jim Delsing           4  1  1  0  Les Moss              3  0  0  0  
Matt Batts            4  0  2  1  Bobby Young           3  0  1  0  
Don Lund              4  0  0  0  Billy Hunter          3  0  0  0  
Jerry Priddy          3  0  1  0  Jim Dyck              3  0  0  0  
Ned Garver            3  0  0  0  Don Larsen            2  0  0  0  
                                   Bob Elliott          1  0  1  0  
TOTALS               34  1  8  1  TOTALS               29  0  4  0

DETROIT TIGERS                000 000 100 -- 1  
ST. LOUIS BROWNS              000 000 000 -- 0  

LOB--DETROIT TIGERS 6, ST. LOUIS BROWNS 2. 2B--Jim Delsing (1),
Walt Dropo (2). 3B--Dick Kryhoski (1).

 DETROIT TIGERS                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Ned Garver (W, 1-0)            9.00    4    0    0    0    1    0
 ST. LOUIS BROWNS           
Don Larsen (L, 0-1)            9.00    8    1    1    0    2    0

SO--Ned Garver, Johnny Pesky, Don Larsen.


-- Edited by Casey on Thursday 26th of March 2015 04:37:14 PM

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