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Friday 9/1/1948: Chicago (N)'s Day named Pitcher of the Month
The best month of August in the American League certainly had Philadelphia (A)'s right-hander Tex Shirley, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He started 7 games in August, going 6-1 and compiling an ERA of 2.28 in 59.1 innings. Tex fanned 34 hitters. His ERA of 2.87 helped him to a 24-9 record this year. He struck out 188 and walked 92 in 294.1 innings. He has 30 complete games and 4 shutouts. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 1st in wins! Chicago (N)'s pitcher Leon Day is the National League winner of the Pitcher of the Month award in August. He went 5-1 in August and finished the month with an ERA of 2.85. He struck out 63 in 60 innings. Leon pitched a shutout as well. His ERA of 5.30 helped him to a 13-14 record this year. He struck out 223 and walked 142 in 236 innings. He has 15 complete games and one shutout.
 
Friday 9/1/1948: St. Louis (A)'s Gardella earns Batter of the Month award
Danny Gardella of St. Louis (A) wins his 1st Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. In 82 at bats he hit .378 with 10 HR and 48 RBI. He has hit 24 bombs while batting .323 this season. His 116 hits and 40 walks add up to a .390 on-base percentage. Arky Vaughan of Cincinnati wins his 5th Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the National League. He hit .423 with 29 RBI and slugged .663 in 104 at bats. His season numbers are: .365 AVG, 176 hits, 48 doubles, 5 triples and 18 bombs, along with 113 RBI and 117 runs scored. He's 2nd in the National League in batting and 4th in RBI!
 
Tuesday 8/29/1948: Lee Howard shuts out Boston (N) on one hit
NEW YORK (N) - Lee Howard had some fun again. Boston (N) hitters did not. New York (N)'s left-hander gave up just one hit in his 2nd shutout of the season. He now has 2 career shutouts in 36 games started. Howard (18-5) struck out 9 and issued 1 BB, throwing 66 of 107 pitches for strikes. 'Today I just felt fine. I had a good feeling while warming up.' Damon Phillips provided New York (N) with the offense Howard needed as he finished with 1 hit in 2 AB, hitting a homerun. New York (N) improved its record to 78-53, scoring 1 run on 3 hits.
 
Tuesday 8/29/1948: Leon Day pitches his 1st shutout of the season
PITTSBURGH - Great days are rare. But not for Chicago (N)'s right-hander Leon Day. Pittsburgh found out the hard way that he is among the leagues top pitchers, getting just one hit. It's his 1st shutout this season, and the 12th time he has done it in his career. Day (13-14) struck out 9 and walked 5, throwing 72 of 128 pitches for strikes. 'I had a good grip on the ball today and I was able to put it where I wanted. That kept them out of balance.' Bonnie Serrell helped Day at the plate, he collected 4 hits in 5 trips to the plate, hitting a double, scoring 2 runs with 2 RBI. Chicago (N) scored 9 runs on 16 hits.
 
Monday 8/28/1948: Johnny Mize stars with 700th career homerun
ST. LOUIS (N) - St. Louis (N)'s first baseman Johnny Mize was in good mood after the game against Cincinnati, and he had every reason as he made baseball history while collecting his 700th career homerun. In 12 years of big league action so far, Johnny has compiled a batting average of .330, along with 2342 hits and 1881 RBI. Johnny hit 30+ homeruns in a season 13 times, hitting 40 bombs 12 times. 'I guess I'll celebrate a bit today. But the most important thing is winning, and my whole career I gave everything I could to help my team.' The historic drive, a two-run homerun off Lyman Linde in the 9th inning, landed an estimated 361 feet from home plate. The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
 
Monday 8/28/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Evers and Schmitz
It's the 1st time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to New York (A)'s leftfielder Hoot Evers. He had an on base percentage of .516 and hit .483, while driving in 5 runs. Evers has hit 5 taters this year while batting .321. He adds 24 doubles, along with 30 runs scored. The National League's best player of the week was Philadelphia (N)'s Johnny Schmitz, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.00 while going 2-0. He pitched two shutouts! Opposing players hit .238 against Johnny this season. While posting an ERA of 4.10 he went 19-13 in 34 starts, fanning 162 and walking 153 hitters. Johnny has pitched 7 shutouts and 25 complete games. He's 5th in the National League in ERA and 3rd in wins!
 
Friday 8/25/1948: Chicago (A)'s Robinson severely injured, out for season
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A)'s shortstop Jackie Robinson will miss the rest of the season. He injured himself running the bases in the game between Chicago (A) and Cleveland. The injury didn't seem to be serious the moment it happened. But suddenly Robinson collapsed in pain and had to be carried off the field. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Broken Ankle. Jackie has gone 177 for 521 (.340) this season, hitting 20 taters and driving in 69 runs. He has scored 120 runs on his own. He's 3rd in the American League in batting!
 
Monday 8/21/1948: Chicago (A)'s Nicholson wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Bill Nicholson, Chicago (A)'s starting rightfielder. Bill pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .421 with 6 HR and 15 RBI while slugging 1.368. Nicholson has hit 44 longballs this year while batting .321. He adds 33 doubles, along with 114 runs scored. He's 7th in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 1st in RBI! The National League's best player of the week was Boston (N)'s Bob Dillinger, who wins the award for the 1st time in his career. Bob went 16 for 32 (.500), while hitting 1 HR and collecting 5 RBI.
 
Saturday 8/19/1948: Eddie Robinson (BOS) will miss 6 weeks
BOSTON (A) - Being hit with a pitch is no fun at all. Especially when you get injured. Boston (A)'s first baseman Eddie Robinson will miss about 6 weeks after being hit by Charlie Gassaway in the 7th inning of the game between Boston (A) and Philadelphia (A). After being taken to a local hospital, Robinson was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Fractured Wrist. Robinson has hit 36 bombs this year while batting .303. He adds 20 doubles, along with 87 runs scored. He's 8th in the American League in RBIs and 5th in homeruns!
 
Saturday 8/19/1948: Ken Johnson pitches his 1st shutout of the season
DETROIT - Cleveland's hitters were dominated by Detroit's Ken Johnson. He gave up just 2 hits in recording his 1st shutout of the season. 'I didn't feel that I had good stuff while warming up. But it got better the more I threw the ball. I guess I was lucky.' Johnson (15-8) did not have perfect control, walking 6. He struck out 4. Al Rosen provided Detroit with the offense Johnson needed as he stroked 2 hits in 4 AB, doubling once, with 2 RBI. The final score of the game was 8-0.
 
Friday 8/18/1948: St. Louis (N)'s Gillespie out for the season
ST. LOUIS (N) - St. Louis (N)'s catcher Paul Gillespie suffered a season ending injury he was bowled over in a collision at home plate. Gillespie laid unconscious on the field for several minutes and had to be carried off the field. He will miss the entire season. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Broken Wrist. Gillespie has hit 13 taters this year while batting .261. He adds 21 doubles, along with 51 runs scored.
 
Thursday 8/17/1948: Boston (A)'s Eddie Robinson clears fence three times
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Eddie Robinson was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Boston (A) to a 6-2 win over Philadelphia (A) by homering three times. His 1st shot, off Stuart Jones in the 1st inning, was a two-run homerun and cleared the fence in center field. Number 2 in the 3rd inning, a shot estimated at 449 feet, cleared the wall in center field. A pitch from Stuart Jones in the 5th inning left his bat for a solo homerun, landing 448 feet from home plate in center field. Eddie finished with 3 hits in 3 AB, scoring three runs and driving in 5 runs.
 
Thursday 8/17/1948: Chicago (A) has no chance in a 2-hitter by John Dagenhard
ST. LOUIS (A) - St. Louis (A)'s right-hander John Dagenhard will never forget this day. The 31-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against Chicago (A) on Thursday. Dagenhard (6-6) fanned 4 and walked 6, throwing 121 pitches. 'I had my stuff going. Everything I tried worked. What a day!' Don Gutteridge provided St. Louis (A) with the offense Dagenhard needed as he stroked 2 hits in 3 AB, homering once, and driving in 3 runs. St. Louis (A) scored 7 runs on 13 hits.
 
Wednesday 8/16/1948: Dick Mulligan pitches 2-hit shutout against Boston (A)
CLEVELAND - With his best stuff going, Cleveland's Dick Mulligan overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Boston (A) had no chance, collecting just 2 hits against the lefty. Mulligan (17-11) struck out 4 and walked none, throwing 80 of 118 pitches for strikes. 'I'll have to give a lot of credit to my catcher. He put all the right fingers down today.' Harlond Clift provided Cleveland with the offense Mulligan needed as he finished 1 for 3, blasting a homerun. Cleveland improved its record to 68-51, scoring 2 runs on 4 hits.
 
Monday 8/14/1948: Gardella (SLA) and Vernon (NYN) win P.O.W. award
St. Louis (A)'s leftfielder Danny Gardella had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Player of the Week. In 21 at bats he hit .333 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Mickey Vernon from New York (N) wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the National League. Mickey pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .500 with 3 HR and 7 RBI while slugging 1.222. Vernon has hit for a .320 average this season. He has 58 extra base hits along with 236 total bases, resulting in a .590 slugging percentage.
 
Monday 8/7/1948: Barrett and Keller win Player of the Week award
Red Barrett of New York (A) wins his 5th Player of the Week award for dominating American League's hitters the entire week. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 1.00 while going 2-0. He hurled a shutout as well. Philadelphia (N)'s centerfielder Charlie Keller had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Keller helped his team with an average of .455 and 9 RBI in 22 at bats. Charlie has gone 93 for 348 (.267) this season, hitting 29 homeruns and driving in 82 runs. He has scored 67 runs on his own.
 
Thursday 8/3/1948: Detroit's Dick Wakefield slams five hits
DETROIT - Dick Wakefield is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. His 1st hit, a solo homerun off Willie Ramsdell in the 2nd inning, landed an estimated 367 feet from home plate. A pitch from Rex Cecil in the 6th inning left his bat for a RBI double. His 5th hit was a RBI double off Mack Stewart in the 8th inning. He collected singles in the 3rd inning and in the 5th inning (one RBI). Dick scored 2 runs, and he collected 4 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .376. The final score of the game was 10-1.
 
Wednesday 8/2/1948: Larry Doby punishes Chicago (N) with three dingers
PITTSBURGH - Larry Doby was in a groove, and the results spoke for themselves. He powered Pittsburgh to a 12-11 win over Chicago (N) by homering three times. Number 1 in the 1st inning, a shot estimated at 404 feet, cleared the wall in right-center. His 2nd shot, a two-run homerun off Bob Rush in the 2nd inning, cleared the fence in left field. His 3rd shot, off Bob Feller in the 4th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in left-center. Overall he got 3 hits in 6 AB, scoring three times with 6 RBI. So far this season he is batting .342 with 32 homers and 103 RBI. Jackie Robinson was the last player to hit 3 homeruns in a game, doing it 6/23/1948.
 
Wednesday 8/2/1948: Max West (PHI) will miss 6 weeks
PHILADELPHIA (N) - Philadelphia (N)'s Max West suffered a serious injury Wednesday in a game against Brooklyn. West fell down while running the bases and couldn't get up without help. He will miss probably 6 weeks. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Broken Foot. Surgery will be performed next week. He has hit 23 longballs while batting .353 this season. His 129 hits and 62 walks add up to a .450 on-base percentage. He's 3rd in the National League in batting, 9th in homeruns and 5th in RBI!
 
Tuesday 8/1/1948: Shirley (PHA) and Podgajny (NYN) win monthly pitcher award
Tex Shirley pitched like a legend in July, and the American League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He had an ERA of just 3.00 in 60 innings of work in which he struck out 35 hitters. His record in July is 5-2. Tex got two complete game shutouts as well! In 27 starts this year Tex struck out 154 batters in 235 innings of work. His ERA is 3.03, his record 18-8. Tex has pitched 4 shutouts and 24 complete games. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 1st in wins! Johnny Podgajny pitched like a legend in July, and the National League named him Pitcher of the Month for his extraordinary performance. He went 5-1 in July and finished the month with an ERA of 3.10. He struck out 12 in 49.1 innings. Johnny pitched a shutout as well. In 26 starts this year Johnny struck out 62 batters in 200.2 innings of work. His ERA is 4.31, his record 13-8. He has 9 complete games and one shutout. He's 6th in the National League in ERA and 8th in wins!
 
Tuesday 8/1/1948: Brooklyn's Mullin named Batter of the Month
St. Louis (A)'s first baseman Stan Musial had some reason to celebrate, as the league named him the American League Batter of the Month. He had an on base percentage of .446 and hit .385, while driving in 32 runs. While compiling an on base percentage of .477, Stan hit .369 and slugged .771. He has collected 110 runs batted in this year. He's 2nd in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! The National League Batter of the Month award goes to Pat Mullin, Brooklyn's starting leftfielder. Pat pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .367 with 9 and 31 RBI while slugging .811. His season numbers are: .324 AVG, 123 hits, 35 doubles, one triple and 22 homeruns, along with 93 RBI and 74 runs scored. He's 4th in the National League in RBIs and 10th in homeruns!
 
Monday 7/31/1948: George Myatt punishes Chicago (N) with six hits
CHICAGO (N) - George Myatt led Cincinnati to a 12-9 win over Chicago (N) by squeezing six hits out of his bat. He collected singles in the 2nd (two RBIs) , in the 3rd inning (one RBI) , in the 6th , in the 7th , in the 9th inning George did drive in 3 while scoring 2 runs on his own. He is hitting .277 this season, with 2 HR and 40 RBI.
 
Monday 7/31/1948: Sam Chapman hits for the cycle against Detroit
DETROIT - Sam Chapman is a pretty good hitter, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself considering that the hits added up to the cycle, one of the most difficult things to accomplish in baseball. A single in the 1st off Al Veigel accounted for his 1st hit. A single in the 3rd off Al Veigel accounted for his 2nd hit. His 3rd hit, a solo homerun off Al Veigel in the 4th inning, landed an estimated 422 feet from home plate. Number 4 in the 6th inning accounted for a double. His 5th hit was a two-run triple off Bill Harman in the 8th inning. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! Sam scored 3 runs, and he collected 3 RBI as well! His 5 hit performance increases his batting average to .229. 85 players in league history have so far hit for the cycle, including Sam. On 6/2/1948, Granny Hamner was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Monday 7/31/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Musial and Doby
The American League's best player of the week was St. Louis (A)'s Stan Musial, who wins the award for the 13th time in his career. Musial helped his team with an average of .429 and 13 RBI in 28 at bats. Stan has gone 127 for 348 (.365) this season, hitting 35 taters and driving in 108 runs. He has scored 109 runs on his own. He's 2nd in the American League in batting, 1st in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! Pittsburgh's second baseman Larry Doby had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Larry pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .481 with 2 HR and 10 RBI while slugging .815. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. While compiling an on base percentage of .425, Larry hit .343 and slugged .674. He has collected 97 runs batted in this year. He's 6th in the National League in batting, 4th in homeruns and 2nd in RBI!
 
Friday 7/28/1948: Dan Bankhead (BOS) will miss 10 weeks
BOSTON (A) - Boston (A)'s right-hander Dan Bankhead suffered a severe injury on Friday and will be out for at least 10 weeks. In the 1st of the game against New York (A) he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. Bankhead was rushed to an hospital near the ballpark, where doctors took x-rays. Those revealed the serious injury, Strained Tricep Muscle. Opposing players hit .230 against Dan this season. While posting an ERA of 4.12 he went 11-10 in 28 starts, fanning 147 and walking 133 hitters. Dan has pitched one shutout and 15 complete games.
 
Monday 7/24/1948: Boston (N)'s Furillo wins Player of the Week award
Bobby Thomson wins his 3rd Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. He had an on base percentage of .565 and hit .500, while driving in 13 runs. Bobby has gone 90 for 341 (.264) this season, hitting 21 taters and driving in 73 runs. He has scored 60 runs on his own. He's 7th in the American League in RBIs and 9th in homeruns! It's the 1st time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Boston (N)'s rightfielder Carl Furillo. Furillo helped his team with an average of .529 and 10 RBI in 17 at bats.
 
Monday 7/17/1948: Rosen (DET) and Williams (CHC) win P.O.W. award
Al Rosen wins his 2nd Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Al pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .321 with 5 HR and 16 RBI while slugging .964. This year Rosen drove in 59 and scored 66 runs while batting .264 with 22 homeruns. Ted Williams wins his 31st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Ted was on fire, hitting .524 with 4 HR and 8 RBI. Williams has hit 27 longballs this year while batting .331. He adds 19 doubles, along with 72 runs scored. He's 9th in the National League in batting!
 
Thursday 7/13/1948: Philadelphia (A)'s Dimaggio severely injured, out for season
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A)'s rightfielder Vince Dimaggio will miss the rest of the season. He injured himself running the bases in the game between Philadelphia (A) and New York (A). The injury didn't seem to be serious the moment it happened. But suddenly Dimaggio collapsed in pain and had to be carried off the field. After being taken to a local hospital, Dimaggio was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Torn Back Muscle. His season numbers are: .265 AVG, 50 hits, 18 doubles, one triple and 5 homeruns, along with 23 RBI and 32 runs scored.
 
Wednesday 7/12/1948: Mel Bosser shuts out Boston (A) on 2 hits
BOSTON (A) - Boston (A)'s hitters were dominated by Washington's Mel Bosser. He gave up just 2 hits in recording his 2nd shutout of the season. Bosser (13-6) struck out 2 and issued 1 BB, throwing 55 of 88 pitches for strikes. 'I was hitting my spots. Now I'll start concentrating on my next start, and hopefully it will work again.' Washington's rightfielder Ralph Kiner finished with 2 hits in 4 AB, hitting a homerun, scoring 2 runs. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Bosser. Washington improved its record to 45-42, scoring 4 runs on 6 hits.
 
Tuesday 7/11/1948: Cleveland's Lambert out for 5 weeks
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's ace Gene Lambert suffered a severe injury on Tuesday and will be out for at least 5 weeks. In the 3rd of the game against Chicago (A) he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. Cleveland wasted no time and rushed him to an hospital. Team officials were informed later that Lambert had suffered a Pulled Tricep Muscle. Opposing players hit .248 against Gene this season. While posting an ERA of 3.97 he went 5-8 in 24 starts, fanning 46 and walking 51 hitters.
 
Monday 7/3/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Hughson and Mullin
Tex Hughson of Washington wins his 3rd Player of the Week award for dominating American League's hitters the entire week. Hughson was overpowering all week long, going 2-0 with an ERA of 1.00. Along the way he struck out 8 in 18 innings. He hurled a shutout as well. Pat Mullin wins his 1st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. In 20 at bats he hit .500 with 3 HR and 10 RBI. Pat managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
 
Saturday 7/1/1948: Pitcher of the Month award winners announced
The best month of June in the American League certainly had Philadelphia (A)'s right-hander Tex Shirley, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He had an ERA of just 2.57 in 63 innings of work in which he struck out 43 hitters. His record in June is 6-0. This season Shirley compiled an ERA of 3.03, going 13-6 in 20 starts. He fanned 119 while giving up 151 hits in 175 innings. Tex has pitched 2 shutouts and 18 complete games. He's 1st in the American League in ERA and 1st in wins! Lee Howard couldn't have pitched much better than he did in June, and the National League thought so as well, naming the left-hander Pitcher of the Month. He struck out 39 hitters in his 6 starts, putting together a record of 5-0 while pitching 39 innings. His ERA in June was 1.42. Lee also fired a shutout. Opposing players hit .210 against Lee this season. While posting an ERA of 2.61 he went 9-3 in 14 starts, fanning 82 and walking 25 hitters. Lee has pitched one shutout and 3 complete games. He's 1st in the National League in ERA and 9th in wins!
 
Saturday 7/1/1948: Red hot Dimaggio and Gordon win Batter of the Month award
It's the 4th time that the American League Batter of the Month award goes to Philadelphia (A)'s centerfielder Joe Dimaggio. Joe pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .411 with 9 and 23 RBI while slugging .768. Dimaggio has hit for a .364 average this season. He has 49 extra base hits along with 207 total bases, resulting in a .685 slugging percentage. He's 2nd in the American League in batting, 6th in homeruns and 4th in RBI! The Batter of the Month award in the National League goes to Boston (N)'s Sid Gordon this time, as the centerfielder displayed the best offensive perfomance in his league. Gordon helped his team with an average of .343 and 31 RBI in 99 at bats. Gordon has hit 18 longballs this year while batting .321. He adds 16 doubles, along with 68 runs scored. He's 7th in the National League in RBIs and 8th in homeruns!
 
Monday 6/26/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Thomson and Gordon
It's the 2nd time that the American League Player of the Week award goes to Detroit's third baseman Bobby Thomson. He had an on base percentage of .548 and hit .517, while driving in 11 runs. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 8 games. It's the 4th time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to Boston (N)'s centerfielder Sid Gordon. Sid went 12 for 26 (.462), while hitting 5 HR and collecting 13 RBI. Sid managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week.
 
Friday 6/23/1948: Chicago (A)'s Jackie Robinson slams three taters
NEW YORK (A) - Hitting homeruns is one of the most difficult things in sports. To hit three of them in one game is almost sensational. Chicago (A)'s shortstop Jackie Robinson accomplished that feat in a 13-2 win over New York (A). In the 1st inning he unloaded a solo homerun off Red Barrett. His 2nd shot, a two-run homerun off Red Barrett in the 4th inning, cleared the fence in left field. A pitch from Red Barrett in the 5th inning left his bat for a two-run homerun, landing 526 feet from home plate in center field. Jackie stroked 3 hits in 4 AB, scoring three times and driving in 5 runs. His homerun total this year is 17, along with 45 RBI. Chicago (A) scored 13 runs on 20 hits.
 
Thursday 6/22/1948: Larry Jansen shuts out St. Louis (N) on 2 hits
PITTSBURGH - It was a great day for Pittsburgh's right-hander Larry Jansen. The 27-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 2-hitter, against St. Louis (N) on Thursday. Jansen (5-6) fanned 5 and walked 1, throwing 118 pitches. 'They took some ugly cuts at my breaking stuff, so I kept throwing it. Fortunately they were not able to adjust in time.' Harl Maggert helped Jansen at the plate, he finished 4 for 4, and driving in 2 runs. Pittsburgh improved its record to 38-34, scoring 6 runs on 11 hits.
 
Monday 6/19/1948: Ralph Kiner socks five hits for Washington
CLEVELAND - Ralph Kiner led Washington to a 5-4 win over Cleveland by squeezing five hits out of his bat. His 2nd hit, a two-run homerun off Stan Ferens in the 3rd inning, landed an estimated 420 feet from home plate. His 3rd hit, off Stan Ferens in the 5th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right field. His 4th hit was a RBI double off Stan Ferens in the 7th inning. He collected singles in the 1st and in the 9th . Ralph did drive in 4 while scoring 2 runs on his own. His 5 hit performance increases his batting average to .312.
 
Monday 6/19/1948: Keltner and Snider win Player of the Week award
Ken Keltner wins his 15th Player of the Week award. American League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Keltner helped his team with an average of .440 and 9 RBI in 25 at bats. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Duke Snider, St. Louis (N)'s starting rightfielder. Snider helped his team with an average of .500 and 11 RBI in 20 at bats. While compiling an on base percentage of .399, Duke hit .261 and slugged .517. He has collected 57 runs batted in this year. He's 6th in the National League in RBIs and 10th in homeruns!
 
Monday 6/12/1948: Bill Wright out for 4-5 weeks
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's players were scared when they had to watch Bill Wright suffer a serious injury when he dove for a ball in the game against Cincinnati. He collapsed in pain and was helped off the field. Wright will probaby miss 4-5 weeks. Doctors examined him after the game and diagnosed a Broken Ulna which will require surgery. Wright has walked 18 times this year and posts a .418 OBP. While batting .354, 58 for 164, he has driven in 23 runs.
 
Monday 6/12/1948: New York (N)'s Berra wins Player of the Week award
Sam Jethroe from Chicago (A) wins his 1st Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Sam was on fire, hitting .429 with 4 HR and 8 RBI. Jethroe has hit 9 bombs this year while batting .303. He adds 13 doubles, along with 51 runs scored. It's the 1st time that the National League Player of the Week award goes to New York (N)'s catcher Yogi Berra. Yogi was on fire, hitting .550 with 6 HR and 12 RBI. Yogi managed to drive in at least one run in every game he played this week. He now has homered in 5 consecutive games as well! His season numbers are: .302 AVG, 67 hits, 16 doubles, no triples and 16 homeruns, along with 43 RBI and 53 runs scored.
 
Sunday 6/11/1948: Jeff Heath ropes 2000th career hit
ST. LOUIS (A) - Detroit's Jeff Heath showed a smile on his face after he got his 2000th career hit against St. Louis (A) on Sunday. He hit a double in the 3rd off Red Embree for number 2000. Along with his 2000 hits, Jeff collected 453 homeruns and 1423 RBI in 11 seasons. 'Baseball is a great game, and adding something to it's history is smething I've always wanted. What a great day!'
 
Saturday 6/10/1948: Marius Russo pitches 2-hit shutout against Pittsburgh
CINCINNATI - Pittsburgh's hitters looked uncomfortable, and Cincinnati's Marius Russo didn't help them. The lefty fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. Russo (3-5) was overpowering, fanning 10 while walking 2, throwing 122 pitches. 'Well, the ball went where I wanted it. I was able to hit the corners with all of my pitches.' Birdie Tebbetts helped Russo at the plate, he finished with 2 hits in 4 AB. The final score of the game was 6-0.
 
Thursday 6/8/1948: Pittsburgh's Mccosky out for 6 weeks
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's Barney Mccosky suffered a serious injury Thursday in a game against Philadelphia (N). Mccosky fell down while running the bases and couldn't get up without help. He will miss probably 6 weeks. After being examined by several specialists the diagnosis is clear: Fractured Knee. Mccosky has hit for a .314 average this season. He has 29 extra base hits along with 108 total bases, resulting in a .574 slugging percentage.
 
Monday 6/5/1948: Boston (N)'s Hamner wins Player of the Week award
The American League Player of the Week award goes to Bill Nicholson, Chicago (A)'s starting rightfielder. Nicholson helped his team with an average of .545 and 15 RBI in 22 at bats. He now has homered in 4 consecutive games as well! Granny Hamner wins his 1st Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Hamner helped his team with an average of .519 and 6 RBI in 27 at bats. His season features a batting average of .366 (78 hits in 213 AB), 15 doubles, 5 triples and 10 bombs. Hamner collected 46 RBI and 50 runs as well. He's 3rd in the National League in batting and 6th in RBI!
 
Friday 6/2/1948: Boston (N)'s Granny Hamner hits for the cycle
CHICAGO (N) - Boston (N)'s shortstop Granny Hamner once again displayed his tremendous ability to make contact with that little white ball. He tore up Chicago (N)'s pitching staff with a 5 hit performance on Friday. A single in the 1st off Verdell Mathis accounted for his 1st hit. His 2nd hit was a triple off Verdell Mathis in the 2nd inning. His 3rd hit, off Verdell Mathis in the 4th inning, was a solo homerun and cleared the fence in right field. In the 6th inning he belted a RBI double off Verdell Mathis. That drive completed the cycle, causing a smile on his face! In the 8th inning he unloaded a solo homerun off Joe Coleman. Granny scored 3 runs, and he collected 4 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .369. He becomes the 84th player in league history collect at least a single, double, triple and a homerun in a single game. On 7/26/1947, Jackie Robinson was the last player to hit for the cycle.
 
Thursday 6/1/1948: Veigel (DET) and Rigney (PHI) win monthly pitcher award
The best month of May in the American League certainly had Detroit's right-hander Al Veigel, earning him the Pitcher of the Month award. He went 4-0 in May and finished the month with an ERA of 2.40. He struck out 19 in 45 innings. Al has a record of 8-4 this season, with an ERA of 3.52. In 110 Innings he was able to strike out 45 batters. He's 4th in the American League in ERA and 6th in wins! Philadelphia (N)'s Johnny Rigney had a terrific May, and it earned him the National League Pitcher of the month award. He went 6-2 in May and finished the month with an ERA of 3.21. He struck out 61 in 70 innings. Johnny also fired a shutout. His ERA of 3.04 helped him to a 10-5 record this year. He struck out 114 and walked 47 in 130.1 innings. He has 13 complete games and 2 shutouts. He's 1st in the National League in ERA and 1st in wins!
 
Thursday 6/1/1948: St. Louis (A)'s Musial earns Batter of the Month award
Stan Musial of St. Louis (A) wins his 3rd Batter of the Month award for putting up the best numbers in the American League. Stan pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .422 with 13 and 32 RBI while slugging 1.024. Musial has hit for a .379 average this season. He has 34 extra base hits along with 142 total bases, resulting in a .840 slugging percentage. He's 3rd in the American League in batting, 3rd in homeruns and 3rd in RBI! It's the 2nd time that the National League Batter of the Month award goes to New York (N)'s centerfielder Wally Judnich. Wally went 39 for 92 (.424), while hitting 10 HR and collecting 34 RBI. Wally has gone 65 for 188 (.346) this season, hitting 17 homeruns and driving in 58 runs. He has scored 40 runs on his own. He's 8th in the National League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 1st in RBI!
 
Wednesday 5/31/1948: Larry Doby nabs five hits against St. Louis (N)
ST. LOUIS (N) - Larry Doby is among the best pure hitters in the game, but his 5 hit performance seemed to surprise even himself. His 1st hit, off Baby Ortiz in the 1st inning, was a two-run homerun and cleared the fence in right-center. A pitch from Bill Ayers in the 6th inning left his bat for a RBI triple. He had singles in the 3rd , in the 4th (two RBIs) and in the 7th inning . Larry did drive in 5 while scoring 4 runs on his own. He now has a total of 56 hits this season, accounting for a .331 batting average. Pittsburgh improved its record to 29-24, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits.
 
Monday 5/29/1948: Cincinnati's Vaughan wins Player of the Week award
Stan Musial from St. Louis (A) wins his 12th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Stan was on fire, hitting .464 with 5 HR and 15 RBI. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 12 game hitting streak right now. He has hit 19 taters while batting .384 this season. His 63 hits and 42 walks add up to a .507 on-base percentage. He's 2nd in the American League in batting, 2nd in homeruns and 3rd in RBI! The National League Player of the Week award goes to Arky Vaughan, Cincinnati's starting shortstop. Arky went 15 for 29 (.517), while hitting 3 HR and collecting 8 RBI. Arky is hitting .354 this year, with 63 hits in 178 at bats. He has driven in 39 runs, slugging .601. He's 3rd in the National League in batting!
 
Sunday 5/28/1948: Cincinnati's Wilson out for 5-6 weeks
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati is without its right-hander Jack Wilson for at least 5-6 weeks. He injured himself while throwing a pitch to Gene Hermanski in a game against St. Louis (N). His face showed signs of pain immediately after the ball left his hand. After x-rays were taken the diagnosis did not surprise many: Pulled Tricep Muscle. Surgery will be performed next week. Jack has a record of 6-5 this season, with an ERA of 3.90. In 108.1 Innings he was able to strike out 55 batters. Jack has pitched one shutout and 8 complete games. He's 5th in the National League in ERA and 8th in wins!
 
Sunday 5/28/1948: Lefty Wallace pitches his 1st shutout of the season
BOSTON (N) - It was a great day for Boston (N)'s left-hander Lefty Wallace. The 26-year old recorded his first career shutout, a 1-hitter, against New York (N) on Sunday. Wallace (5-3) struck out 8 and walked 1, throwing 63 of 106 pitches for strikes. 'Pitching a great game is always a good thing. And it doesn't get much better than today.' Boston (N)'s centerfielder Sid Gordon finished with 2 hits in 4 AB, hitting a double, and driving in 2 runs. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Wallace. The final score of the game was 4-0.
 
Wednesday 5/24/1948: Bill Nicholson unloads, hits number 500
CHICAGO (A) - Chicago (A)'s rightfielder Bill Nicholson was in good mood after the game against Detroit, and he had every reason as he made baseball history while collecting his 500th career homerun. Perhaps his best year so far was 1944 where he hit .325 with 78 homeruns and 163 RBI. Bill hit 30+ homeruns in a season 8 times, hitting 40 bombs 7 times. 'I still remember my first hit. But the one today is something special. I'll definitely keep that ball!' The historic drive, a solo homerun off Cookie Cuccurullo in the 7th inning, landed an estimated 378 feet from home plate. The Hall of Fame already has reserved a place for this great player.
 
Monday 5/22/1948: Player of the Week honors go to Keltner and Judnich
Ken Keltner from Cleveland wins his 14th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Keltner helped his team with an average of .313 and 10 RBI in 16 at bats. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 8 game hitting streak right now. The National League Player of the Week award goes to Wally Judnich, New York (N)'s starting centerfielder. He hit .667 with 8 RBI and slugged 1.389 in 18 at bats. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
 
Thursday 5/18/1948: Orval Grove turns in great performance against Boston (N)
CINCINNATI - Boston (N)'s hitters looked uncomfortable, and Cincinnati's Orval Grove didn't help them. The right-hander fired his 1st shutout of the season, a 2-hitter. 'That was one of the best games of my career. I had my stuff working very well today.' Grove (7-1) struck out 7 and issued 1 BB, throwing 60 of 97 pitches for strikes. Joe Gordon provided Cincinnati with the offense Grove needed as he finished with 4 hits in 4 AB, hitting a homerun, scoring twice with 3 RBI. The final score of the game was 12-0.
 
Monday 5/15/1948: Philadelphia (A)'s Shirley wins Player of the Week award
The American League's best player of the week was Philadelphia (A)'s Tex Shirley, who wins the award for the 3rd time in his career. He was in a zone all week, compiling an ERA of 0.00 while going 2-0. He hurled a shutout as well. New York (N)'s centerfielder Wally Judnich had some reason to celebrate as well, as the league named him the National League Player of the Week. Judnich helped his team with an average of .522 and 11 RBI in 23 at bats. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 7 games. His season features a batting average of .317 (44 hits in 139 AB), 13 doubles, 2 triples and 11 taters. Judnich collected 42 RBI and 27 runs as well. He's 2nd in the National League in RBIs and 7th in homeruns!
 
Saturday 5/13/1948: Tex Shirley quiets St. Louis (A) bats with shutout
PHILADELPHIA (A) - Philadelphia (A)'s right-hander Tex Shirley is clearly one of the best pitchers in the game. St. Louis (A) found out the hard way, getting just 2 hits. Shirley 2nd shutout this season was a masterpiece, as he was almost untouchable. He has now hurled 13th shutouts in his career. Shirley (6-4) fanned 2 and walked 1, throwing 107 pitches. 'I had my stuff going. Everything I tried worked. What a day!' The hitting star for Philadelphia (A) was centerfielder Joe Dimaggio, he stroked 2 hits in 4 AB. The final score of the game was 1-0.
 
Monday 5/8/1948: Earl Johnson dominates Boston (A), gives up just 2 hits
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's Earl Johnson overmatched the opposing hitters all day long. Boston (A) had no chance, collecting just 2 hits against the lefty. Johnson (4-4) struck out 8 and walked 5, throwing 71 of 125 pitches for strikes. 'That was one of the best games of my career. I had my stuff working very well today.' Cleveland's centerfielder Carden Gillenwater finished 3 for 5, hitting a homerun, stroking a double, scoring 2 runs with 3 RBI. That was enough to support the brilliant performance of Johnson. Cleveland improved its record to 18-15, scoring 8 runs on 14 hits.
 
Monday 5/8/1948: Dimaggio (PHA) and Thompson (PHI) win P.O.W. award
Joe Dimaggio from Philadelphia (A) wins his 19th Player of the Week award for putting up the best numbers this week in the American League. Joe pounded opposing pitchers, hitting .480 with 2 HR and 12 RBI while slugging .920. He got at least one hit each game this week and is on a 8 game hitting streak right now. Joe is hitting .375 this year, with 48 hits in 128 at bats. He has driven in 37 runs, slugging .688. He's 3rd in the American League in batting, 8th in homeruns and 2nd in RBI! Hank Thompson wins his 5th Player of the Week award. National League pitchers couldn't figure out how to retire this guy all week long. Hank went 14 for 23 (.609), while hitting 2 HR and collecting 5 RBI. He hit in every game this week and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. His season numbers are: .439 AVG, 54 hits, 8 doubles, no triples and 11 homeruns, along with 23 RBI and 34 runs scored. He's 1st in the National League in batting!
 
Sunday 5/7/1948: Brooklyn's Naktenis out for 4-5 weeks
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's lefty Pete Naktenis suffered a severe injury on Sunday and will be out for at least 4-5 weeks. In the 1st of the game against Cincinnati he experienced pain in his throwing arm and had to leave the game. After being taken to a local hospital, Naktenis was examined by specialists. The diagnosis revealed the sad truth, a Strained Bicep Muscle. In 9 starts this year Pete struck out 47 batters in 45.1 innings of work. His ERA is 4.37, his record 4-0. He's 9th in the National League in ERA and 7th in wins!
 
Wednesday 5/3/1948: Willard Marshall punishes New York (N) with five hits
NEW YORK (N) - Philadelphia (N)'s first baseman Willard Marshall accomplished a difficult feat in a 18-1 win over New York (N), drilling five hits to improve his career batting average to .308! In the 2nd inning he unloaded a solo homerun off Virgil Trucks. His 2nd hit was a RBI double off Red Bullock in the 4th inning. A pitch from Pep Rambert in the 6th inning left his bat for a double. He had singles in the 7th (one RBI) and in the 9th . Willard scored 4 runs, and he collected 3 RBI as well! He's having a very good season so far, batting .340. The final score of the game was 18-1.
 
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.
 

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