American League National League

BEARDEN BLANKS MACKMEN, BOUDREAU AND WILLIAMS BID FOR .400 BATTING MARK.
Philadelphia, Aug 31- Gene Bearden baffled the Philadelphia Athletics en route to his twelfth victory as Cleveland won its third straight contest, 3-0. Mackmen slabman Dick Fowler also limited Tribe to six hits. Manager Lou Boudreau raised his average to .402 with a pair of hits including RBI triple in sixth to open the scoring. Eddie Robinson capped the Warriors' scoring with his fourteenth clout of campaign. Cleveland maintained its two and half game lead over Boston with victory as Red Sox nipped Tigers, 2-1, at Fenway Park. Ted Williams took lead in batting title race with .405 average with three hits driving in both runs. Mel Parnell (14-4) outduled Bengals Art Houtteman and was effective at plate with a pair of hits and scoring both Boston runs.

In New York, Browns Cliff Fannin earned his thirteenth victory in twenty decisions with 7-3 win. Bob Dillinger slapped five hits in six at-bats for visitors as Browns evened the season series at nine game apiece. In Washington, Ike Pearson and Orval Grove combined on two-hit shutout for White Sox in 2-0 win. 41 year old Luke Appling goes perfect five for five to lift his average to .327. Senators drop game and half into cellar with third straight defeat.

 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Cleveland            0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  2 -  3   6   0
Philadelphia         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  0   6   0


Cleveland             AB  R  H BI  Avg  Philadelphia          AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Mitchell LF          3  1  1  0 .284  E Joost SS             1  0  1  0 .274
W Judnich RF           4  0  0  0 .210  B McCosky LF           4  0  0  0 .300
 T Tucker RF           0  0  0  0 .321  S Chapman CF           3  0  0  0 .231
L Boudreau SS          4  0  2  1 .403  H Majeski 3B           4  0  1  0 .313
J Gordon 2B            4  0  0  0 .261  E Valo RF              4  0  2  0 .282
K Keltner 3B           4  0  1  0 .260  F Fain 1B              4  0  1  0 .290
L Doby CF              4  1  1  0 .311  B Rosar C              4  0  0  0 .289
E Robinson 1B          4  1  1  2 .251  P Suder 2B             3  0  1  0 .274
J Hegan C              3  0  0  0 .260  D Fowler P             2  0  0  0 .077
G Bearden P            2  0  0  0 .151
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                32  3  6  3       Totals                29  0  6  0


Cleveland                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
G Bearden (W 12-6)        9.0   6   0   0   5   3  35   0   2   0   0  3.32
Totals                    9.0   6   0   0   5   3  35   0   2   0   0

Philadelphia               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
D Fowler (L 10-10)        9.0   6   3   3   2   6  35   0   0   1   1  4.49
Totals                    9.0   6   3   3   2   6  35   0   0   1   1


Left On Base: Cleveland 5, Philadelphia 8
Double Plays: Cleveland 2, Philadelphia 0
Doubles: E Joost (26); F Fain (18)
Triples: L Boudreau (3)
Home Runs: E Robinson (14)
RBIs: L Boudreau (83); E Robinson 2(76)
Stolen Bases: D Mitchell (11); L Doby (8)
Caught Stealing: H Majeski (3)
Hit by Pitch: none
Ground into Double Play: B McCosky (11)

Notes:
L Boudreau has hit in 12 straight games

ANOTHER BRAVES RALLY BUILDS LEAD TO FIVE OVER REDBIRDS.

Cincinnati, Aug 31 - The Boston Braves wom their third consecutive game building their league lead to five games over St. Louis with a 7-4 victory over Cincinnati. The Braves took an early 4-1 lead before the Rhinelanders rallied late to tie with Ted Kluszewski's two run double in the seventh. Tribe responded promptly in the following stanza with Alvin Dark's two run double snatching the lead back from the home team. Red Barrett, lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth, was credited with his seventh victory after Clyde Shoun held Reds scoreless in final two frames.

In St. Louis, Philadelphia's Del Ennis stole the thunder from Enos Slaughter Night. Ennis drove in five runs as the Blue Jays marched out to an 8-0 lead before the crowd of 20,998, including League President Frick, could settle in their seats. Slaughter, who received two automobiles and numerous other gifts in pre-game ceremonies, clouted his 14th homer of season in a late-inning rally that fell short in Phillies' 8-4 win. Stan Musial maintains his triple crown pace with a .412 average, 31 homers and 96 RBI. In Chicago, Ralph Branca returned to the Brooklyn rotation for the first time in two weeks with an impressive four hitter, 4-1, in nightcap at Wrigley Field. Branca wore a shin guard to protect his injured ankle and went the distance. In the lidlifter, Bill Nicholson and Bob Scheffling each homered and drove in three runs in Cubs' 7-4 victory. In Pittsburgh, a crowd of 30,386 which raised Pittsburgh's home gate to 1,291,558 watched Buccaneers prevail in extra frames over Giants, 6-5. Sid Gordon's twentieth homer, a three run clout, leads Polo Grounders in comeback, but Danny Murtaugh's infield smash to third with bases juiced is enough to score Eddie Bockman in the twelfth.

                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Boston               1  2  0  1  0  0  0  3  0 -  7  16   0
Cincinnati           1  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0 -  4  14   0


Boston                AB  R  H BI  Avg  Cincinnati            AB  R  H BI  Avg
T Holmes RF            5  0  2  2 .317  F Baumholtz RF         5  0  3  0 .307
A Dark SS              5  1  2  3 .311  C Corbitt 2B           4  1  0  0 .278
M McCormick LF         4  1  3  1 .324   D Litwhiler PH        1  0  0  0 .308
 C Shoun P             0  0  0  0 .167   K Raffensberger P     0  0  0  0 .056
B Elliott 3B           5  0  1  1 .269  J Wyrostek CF          5  2  3  0 .322
F McCormick 1B         5  0  0  0 .271  G Hatton 3B            4  0  3  1 .257
C Conatser CF          5  0  2  0 .250  T Kluszewski 1B        5  1  2  2 .252
P Masi C               4  1  2  0 .265  H Sauer LF             5  0  1  1 .264
S Sisti 2B             5  3  2  0 .295  R Lamanno C            3  0  1  0 .290
R Barrett P            2  0  1  0 .129  V Stallcup SS          3  0  1  0 .232
 J Heath PH LF         2  1  1  0 .324  K Peterson P           1  0  0  0 .056
                                         W Cress P             0  0  0  0 .538
                                         H Schultz PH          1  0  0  0 .174
                                         K Burkhart P          0  0  0  0 .500
                                         H Gumbert P           1  0  0  0 .063
                                         B Adams PH 2B         1  0  0  0 .309
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                42  7 16  7       Totals                39  4 14  4


Boston                     IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
R Barrett (W 7-4)         7.0  11   4   4   2   3  34   0   4   1   0  4.30
C Shoun (Sv 6)            2.0   3   0   0   0   0   8   0   0   0   0  4.85
Totals                    9.0  14   4   4   2   3  42   0   4   1   0

Cincinnati                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
K Peterson                3.2   8   4   4   2   3  21   0   2   0   0  4.37
W Cress                   0.1   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  4.15
K Burkhart                1.0   3   0   0   0   1   6   0   0   0   0  3.31
H Gumbert (L 8-9)         3.0   4   3   3   0   1  13   0   0   1   0  4.54
K Raffensberger           1.0   1   0   0   0   0   4   0   0   0   0  4.65
Totals                    9.0  16   7   7   2   5  45   0   2   1   0


Left On Base: Boston 11, Cincinnati 11
Double Plays: Boston 1, Cincinnati 0
Doubles: M McCormick (14); B Elliott (26); J Wyrostek (28); G Hatton (19);
     T Kluszewski (19); R Lamanno (17)
Triples: A Dark (5); T Kluszewski (2)
Home Runs: none
RBIs: T Holmes 2(58); A Dark 3(27); M McCormick (41); B Elliott (91);
     G Hatton (49); T Kluszewski 2(41); H Sauer (73)
Stolen Bases: none
Caught Stealing: none
Hit by Pitch: none
Ground into Double Play: D Litwhiler (9)

Notes:
B Elliott has hit in 14 straight games, his longest of the season
In other action... In other action...
  • Detroit's Eddie Lake is out for season as a result of injuries suffered in a game at Philadelphia, August 24. The second sacker broke his finger on his left hand in two places when he took a throw on a force play at second base. In other Detroit news, 16 persons were arrested for disturbing the peace outside of Briggs Stadium on August 21 where they were picketing against "Jim Crowism". Police said they were distributing literature attacking Tiger management for not hiring Negro players.
  • Admitting that booing to which he was subjected at Cleveland for five years "gets under your skin a little", Pat Seerey said, in an interview over the ABC network, he found White Sox followers "the finest and fairest for whom I ever played." He referred to his frequent whiffing and declared: "If I could remedy this, I surely would be all right now." Seerey is batting .263 with 12 home runs and 81 strikeouts in 84 games.
  • The Dodgers rolled out of Pittsburgh for the last time this sason on the night of August 25, loaded down with a protested ball game and three summons issued under unprecedented circumstances. Coach Clyde Sukeforth was served at the railroad station just before the Brooklyn train pulled out for Cincinnati. Authorities were unable to find Harold Parrott, Dodger traveling secretary, and 20 year old infielder Tom Brown, who was accused of slugging AP photographer Danny Jacino during the final game. Jacino, who came to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn a year ago, had words with Brown in the seventh inning, and Brown threw a punch and Jacino leaped into the Dodger dugout where a free-for-all was in the making. Brooklyn lost the game 7-4.
  • Tex Rickard, Ebbets Field announcer, was so excited at the double-header with the Braves, August 21, that he announced: "Al Lyons batting for Red Barber." He meant Red Barrett. Red Barber, announcer for Dodgers' games, was still convalescing from his illness, but was expected to be behind the microphone after Labor Day.
  • Brooklyn rolled a lucky seven in their 9-1 defeat of the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field on August 23. The Flatbushers turned seven double plays, and the goat of the day was Boston catcher Phil Masi who hit into a double play in all four of his at-bats.

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