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1940 August 24: Boston Red Sox hitting great Ted Williams makes an appearance as a pitcher in a 12-1 loss to the Tigers. His line reads 2.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks and 1 strikeout (Rudy York). Career ERA of 4.50.
1940 September 24: Jimmy Foxx connects for career home run number 500 against Philadelphia A's pitcher George Caster.
1941 May 14: Browns pitchers walk 19 A's batters, but the Browns win the game 10-5.
1941 May 15: Joe DiMaggio goes 1 for 4 against White Sox pitcher Ed Smith. This marks the first game of his 56 consecutive game hit streak.
1941 May 27: With the score tied 1-1 and Hal Schumacher on the mound, umpire Jocko Conlan calls time. The crowd then listens for 45 minutes while President Roosevelt's radio message about the war in Europe is heard on the Polo Grounds loudspeakers.
1941 July 2: Joe DiMaggio breaks Willie Keeler's most consecutive games hit streak of 44 with a 5th inning blast off Red Sox pitcher Heber Newsome. His 45th consecutive game with a hit also helps produce a Yankees win 8-4.
1941 July 17: In front of more than 60,000 fans at Cleveland, Joe DiMaggio's hit streak comes to an end at 56 games. Indians pitcher Al Smith and Jim Bagby, plus sensational plays by third baseman Ken Keltner, stop the amazing streak. Yankees pulled out a win though 4-3
1941 August 1: Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees tosses a shutout against the St. Louis Browns.. However, he walked 11 batters, a major league mark for most walks issued during a shutout. Browns leave 15 men on the bases.
1941 August 19: Pirates manager Frankie Frisch is ejected by Jocko Conlan from the second game of a doubleheader when he appears on the field with an umbrella to protest the playing conditions at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field.
1941 September 28: Ted Williams goes 4 for 5 in a 12-11 first game victory over Philadelphia to lift his average to .404. He goes 2 for 3 in game 2 against rookie Fred Caligiuri, who beats Lefty Grove 7-1. Williams finished the season with a .406 average.
1942 May 13: Pitcher Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves slams 3 successive home runs to beat the Chicago Cubs at Braves Field.
1942 June 19: Braves outfielder Paul Waner collects his 3,000 hit off Pirates hurler Rip Sewell. Pirates win the game 7-6 in 11 innings.
1942 August 14: The Yankees turn a major league record seven double plays in a game versus the A's.
1942 September 25: With the Giants third place finish secure, outfielder Hank Leiber, pitches a complete 9-1 loss against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He yields 9 hits and fans 5 in his only major league appearance. The Phils score 5 of their runs without a hit.
1943 Night baseball was banned for the entire season due to blackout restrictions during World War II.
1943 April 20: The season starts, two weeks later than customary due to war efforts.. Star players Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Mize are gone among 60 players that could be classified as 'regulars'.
1943 May 30: The Cubs play 32 games before hitting a home run. Bill Nicholson hits the first Cubs blast of the year against the Braves in the clubs 1,120th at bat of the season.
1943 June 17: Player/manager Joe Cronin of the Red Sox hits two 3 run pinch home runs, one in each game of a doubleheader as they split a pair with the Browns.
1943 July 10: Brooklyn scores 10 runs in the first and fourth innings as they beat the Pirates 23-6.
1943 July 30: Phil Cavaretta of the Cubs hits a home run off the right field foul pole against pitcher Johnny Allen of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ball is retrieved and put back in play. The next batter Bill Nicholson deposits the next pitch (same ball) out of Wrigley Field. The next day Allen is traded to the Giants.
1943 August 7: The Giants strand 18 runners in a 9-6 loss to the Phillies. Mel Ott's team leaves two runners on in each inning.
1943 September 6: Woody Williams of the Reds collects his 10th straight hit in 2 games. He is stopped by the Cubs Eddie Hanyzewski. Prior to the run, Williams had only 39 major league hits.
1943 September 24: A crowd of 314, the smallest in Wrigley Field history sees Andy Pafko makes his debut. Pafko has a single and a double, and drives in 4 runs in 3 at bats. The Cubs won the game 7-4 in a rain shortened 5 innings.
1944 April 20: The major league career of Mike Kosman, ends after a 30 yard dash. Sent in to pinch run for Steve Mesner at third base for the Reds, Kosman is thrown out at the plate and never appears in another box score.
1944 April 27: Boston knuckleballer Jim Tobin hits a home run and no hits the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 before a mid-week crowd of 1,984 at Braves Field. Tobin walks Paul Waner to lead off the game, then retires 26 consecutive batters before again walking Waner with two outs in the 9th inning.
1944 May 26: The Red Sox defeat the Browns 4-2 in 11 innings, although Browns pitcher Nels Potter retires the first 23 batters he faces.
1944 May 31: Al Unser hits his only home run of the season, a pinch hit grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to help the Tigers beat the Yankees 6-2.
1944 May 31: John McKelvey, last surviving member of the National Association (1871-1875), dies at Rochester, New York. At the age of 96, he was the oldest former major league player.
1944 June 11: The Giants take a doubleheader from the Phillies by identical scores of 6-5. In the first game, the Giants use 22 players including 5 pitchers, 3 catchers, 3 2nd baseman, 3 pinch hitters and 2 pinch runners.
1944 June 26: One of baseballs strangest games was played as a wartime fund raiser.. The New York Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers met in a three way, six inning contest before a standing room only crowd at the Polo Grounds. Each team played successive innings against the other two, then sat out an inning. Final score, Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
1944 July 16: The Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against the Braves to win 8-5 and break their 16 game losing streak.
1944 August 10: Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches and shuts out the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. The game lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes, the shortest night game ever.
1944 September 1: The Giants lose to Brooklyn 8-1, as Giant Joe Medwick is hit on the elbow and leaves the game for treatment. With both teams out of the race, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher agrees to allow Medwick to re-enter the game if Durocher can pick the pinch runner for him. He selects slow footed Gus Mancuso, who is promptly erased on a double play ball.
1945 Boo Ferriss of the Red Sox sets the current American League record for most consecutive shutout innings pitched to start their career with 23.
1945 Major League Baseball cancels the All Star Fame due to 'travel restrictions' during the war. However the quality of baseball had diminished with all the stars being overseas, the major leagues didn't have enough stars to represent the leagues.
1945 April 18: Pete Gray, the one armed outfielder, plays his major league game with the St. Louis Browns. He singles once in four at bats and has no chances in the outfield.
1945 July 1: The first of the superstars returns from the war. Hank Greenberg gone for 4 years, homers in his first game after his release from the Army. The blast is off A's pitcher Charlie Gassaway.
1945 July 8: To fill the wartime roster, the Dodgers bring back Babe Herman who retired in 1937, pinch hits against the Cardinals and trips over first base on a hit.
1945 August 8: The Senators Joe Cleary pitches to 9 men and gets one strike out, his only out in his only major league appearance.
1945 August 19: In game 2 of a doubleheader against the Reds, 37 year old Philadelphia slugger Jimmie Foxx earns his only major league decision
1945 September 4: Long time Yankee batting practice pitcher Paul Schreiber, who last pitched in the major leagues in 1923, and in the minors in 1931, relieves for the Yankees in a Tiger rout. Schreiber gives up no hits in 3 1/3 innings but Dizzy Trout wins 10-0.
1946 May 20: Claude Passeau of the Cubs makes his first error since September 21, 1941, ending his streak with a record of 273 consecutive errorless chances.
1946 July 2: The Yankees nip the Red Sox 2-1 before a crowd 69,107. Spud Chandler walks 9 in the first four innings but takes a no hitter into the 9th, before Bobby Doerr hits a one out single.
1946 July 27: Rudy York of Boston hits grand slams home runs in the 2nd and 5th innings off Browns pitcher Tex Shirley as the Red Sox win 13-6. York adds a 2 run double and knocks in 10.
1946 September 13: The Boston Red Sox clinch the American League pennant by beating the Indians 1-0. The Red Sox run comes off an inside the park home run by Ted Williams, the only one of his career.
1947 Tigers Roy Cullenbine walks in a major league record 22 straight games.
1947 May 16: Johnny Mize of the Giants scores a run in a record 16th straight game, helping his team beat the Cubs 5-3. The record will stand for only 7 years.
1947 June 22: Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back to back no hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Dodgers singles with one out in the 9th inning. Jackie Robinson adds another hit but Blackwell still wins 4-0.
1947 July 18: Freddie Hutchinson of the Tigers shuts out the Yankees 8-0 stopping their winning streak at 19 games.
1947 September 3: Rookie Bill McCahan of the A's no hits the Senators 3-0. This was the first time the Senators had been no hit since July 10, 1917 by Ernie Shore.
1947 September 28: On the season's last day, the Browns desperate for ticket sales, bring announcer Dizzy Dean in to pitch. Dean hasnít pitched since 1941. He allows only 3 hits in 4 innings and goes 1 for 1 with a single. The White Sox score all their runs in the 9th to win 5-2.
1948 May 20: In a 13-4 Cleveland win, the Indians collect 18 walks from Red Sox pitchers to tie the American League record.
1948 July 4: Ted Williams of the Red Sox faces 3 pitchers in the 7th inning, a first in AL history as the Red Sox score 14 runs and beat Philadelphia 20-8.
1949 May 1: Elmer Valo hits 2 bases loaded triples, a first in the American League. He leads the A's to a 15-9 victory.
1949 July 3: Giants pitcher Monte Kennedy hits a grand slam and shuts out the Dodgers 16-0.
1949 August 9: Dom DiMaggio's 34 game hitting streak is on the line against Vic Raschi and the Yankees. Hitless in his first 4 at bats, he hits a sinking line drive in the 8th, that his brother Joe catches at his shoe tops. The Red Sox win 6-3 as the streak ends.
1949 September 29: In the 5th inning against the Dodgers, the Braves Connie Ryan protests playing in the rain by kneeling on the on deck circle with his raincoat on. He is promptly ejected by umpire George Barr.
1949 October 2: In a promotional stunt, the Browns use a different pitcher in each of 9 innings against the White Sox. Detroit wins 4-3.