|Monday 5/1/1948: Overmire (NYY) and Schmitz (PHI) win monthly pitcher award|
Winner of this months American League Pitcher of the Month award is New York (A)'s Stubby Overmire. He started 8 games in April, going 5-2 and compiling an ERA of 3.00 in 72 innings. Stubby fanned 28 hitters. Stubby also fired a shutout. Philadelphia (N)'s pitcher Johnny Schmitz is the National League winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in April. His record of 5-2 in 7 was among the leagues best this month. In 61.1 innings of work he allowed just 50 hits while striking out 30, compiling an ERA of just 3.23. Johnny got two complete game shutouts as well!
|Monday 5/1/1948: Robinson (BOS) and Kluszewski (BOS) win monthly award|
The Batter of the Month award in the American League goes to Boston (A)'s Eddie Robinson this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Eddie was on fire, hitting .314 with 13 homeruns and 28 RBI. The Batter of the Month award in the American League goes to Boston (A)'s Ted Kluszewski this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. In 74 at bats he hit .405 with 12 HR and 27 RBI.
|Monday 5/1/1948: Overmire (NYY) and Gordon (CIN) win P.O.W. award|
New York (A)'s pitcher Stubby Overmire had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. Stubby went 2-0 with an ERA of 2.00, while fanning 9 in 18 innings of work. He hurled a shutout as well. Opposing players hit .213 against Stubby this season. While posting an ERA of 3.00 he went 5-2 in 8 starts, fanning 28 and walking 20 hitters. He has 7 complete games and one shutout. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 1st in wins! Joe Gordon from Cincinnati wins his 8th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. He hit .609 with 10 RBI and slugged 1.000 in 23 at bats. Joe managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
|Friday 4/28/1948: Johnny Schmitz fires 2-hitter against Boston (N)|
PHILADELPHIA (N) - All you need to win is a dominating pitching performance. And Philadelphia (N)'s Johnny Schmitz did so today, in a 2-hit shutout against Boston (N). 'I really like to play baseball, and I love the way I was able to play it today.' Schmitz (5-2) struck out 8 and walked 5, throwing 80 of 136 pitches for strikes. The hitting star for Philadelphia (N) was centerfielder Charlie Keller, he went 1 for 3, stroking a double. Philadelphia (N) scored 1 run on 5 hits.
|Thursday 4/27/1948: Sam Nahem turns in great performance against Pittsburgh|
CINCINNATI - With his best stuff going, Cincinnati's Sam Nahem overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Pittsburgh had no chance, collecting just 2 hits against the right-hander. 'Hey, that's my job! Everytime I take the mound I give the best I can. And my best stuff was too much for them today.' Nahem (4-2) struck out 2 and walked 3, throwing 68 of 106 pitches for strikes. Joe Gordon provided Cincinnati with the offense Nahem needed as he collected 3 hits in 3 trips to the plate, doubling once, scoring 2 runs with 3 RBI. Cincinnati scored 8 runs on 12 hits.
|Thursday 4/27/1948: Ted Williams unloads, hits number 600|
ST. LOUIS (N) - Chicago (N)'s Ted Williams showed a smile on his face after he belted his 600th career homerun against St. Louis (N) on Thursday. The historic drive, a two-run homerun off Rube Melton in the 4th inning, landed an estimated 332 feet from home plate. In 9 years of big league action so far, Ted has compiled a batting average of .380, along with 1594 hits and 1525 RBI. Ted has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 9 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 8 times. 'My firends always told me that I will do it one day. I never believed it. Good that I was wrong!' The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
|Monday 4/24/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Robinson and Thompson|
Jackie Robinson wins his 6th Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Jackie was on fire, hitting .520 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Philadelphia (N)'s second baseman Hank Thompson had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. He hit .538 with 6 RBI and slugged 1.115 in 26 at bats. His season numbers are: .393 AVG, 33 hits, 5 doubles, no triples and 8 bombs, along with 16 RBI and 23 runs scored. He's 5th in the National League in batting!
|Saturday 4/22/1948: Johnny Rigney blanks Chicago (N) with a 2-hitter|
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Johnny Rigney took the mound and never left. And Chicago (N) hitters couldn't touch him at all. Philadelphia (N)'s right-hander gave up just 2 hits in his 1st shutout of the season. He now has 7 career shutouts in 280 games started. 'Today I just felt fine. I had a good feeling while warming up.' Rigney (3-3) fanned 9 and walked 2, throwing 100 pitches. Charlie Keller helped Rigney at the plate, he finished with 3 hits in 3 AB, homering twice, stroking a double, with three runs scored with 4 RBI. Philadelphia (N) scored 11 runs on 14 hits.
|Thursday 4/20/1948: Ray Sanders on fire, laces five hits|
CLEVELAND - Washington's first baseman Ray Sanders accomplished a difficult feat in a 8-3 win over Cleveland, drilling five hits to improve his career batting average to .287! Number 1 in the 2nd inning, a shot estimated at 413 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. A 383 foot drive to right field marked his 4th hit, a GRAND SLAM off Dick Mauney in the 7th inning. A pitch from Andy Lapihuska in the 9th inning left his bat for a RBI double. He collected singles in the 3rd inning (one RBI) and in the 6th inning . Ray scored 2 runs, and he collected 7 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .316. The final score of the game was 8-3.
|Monday 4/17/1948: Washington's Kluszewski wins Player of the Week award|
It's the 2nd time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Washington's leftfielder Red Schoendienst. He had an on base percentage of .680 and hit .636, while driving in 8 runs. The Player of the Week award in the American League goes to Washington's Ted Kluszewski this time, as the first baseman displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. He hit .500 with 11 RBI and slugged 1.222 in 18 at bats. Kluszewski has hit 8 homeruns this year while batting .442. He adds one double, along with 11 runs scored. He's 2nd in the American League in RBIs and 2nd in homeruns!
|Tuesday 4/11/1948: Boston (N)'s Danny Litwhiler unloads three times|
BOSTON (N) - Danny Litwhiler powered Boston (N) to a 15-3 win over Brooklyn. He did it in style by homering three times. His 1st blast, a solo homerun off Russ Meyer in the 2nd inning, landed an estimated 378 feet from home plate. His 2nd shot, off Russ Meyer in the 8th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right-center. A pitch from Joe Beggs in the 8th inning left his bat for a GRAND SLAM, landing 369 feet from home plate in left field. Danny went 3 for 5, scoring three runs and driving in 6 runs. On 10/10/1947, Gil Hodges was the last player to hit 3 dingers in a single game.
|Monday 4/10/1948: Rudy York ropes 500th career homerun|
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's catcher Rudy York already had some highlights in his career, and today he added a historic one, unloading for his 500th career homerun. A 421 foot drive to right-center marked his 500th career bomb, a two-run homerun off Tex Shirley in the 6th inning. In 14 years of big league action so far, Rudy has compiled a batting average of .265, along with 1418 hits and 1379 RBI. Rudy has managed to hit 30+ homeruns in a season 9 times, and he topped 40 homeruns 6 times. 'You dream about that as a kid, but when you reach such a milestone it's hard to believe. Fantastic.' The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
|Monday 4/10/1948: Kiner (WAS) and Doby (PIT) win P.O.W. award|
Ralph Kiner from Washington wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. He hit .381 with 12 RBI and slugged 1.286 in 21 at bats. He now has homered in 5 consecutive games as well! Larry Doby wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .385 and hit .348, while driving in 15 runs.
|Saturday 4/1/1948: Tex Shirley pitches his 1st shutout of the season|
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Boston (A)'s offense is struggling, and Philadelphia (A)'s Tex Shirley didn't help them. The right-hander fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. 'Giving my team a chance to win is the most important thing for me. I was able to do it today.' Shirley (1-0) struck out 3 and walked 2, throwing 66 of 110 pitches for strikes. Gene Woodling helped Shirley at the plate, he finished with 3 hits in 4 AB, hitting two dingers, scoring three runs and collecting 3 RBI. Philadelphia (A) scored 9 runs on 12 hits.