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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 1951

FINAL EDITION Including final results of all ball games


VOL. 1, No. 30

Brissie Vanquishes Washington With Second Straight Complete Game Win

NEW YORK The opponents are the same for Lou Brissie. Its the results that have changed. Brissie, acquired on April 30 as pennant insurance by the Cleveland Indians, won his second start in as many tries for his new team, throwing a seven-hitter Monday night in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. Brissie has now defeated the Senators at home and the Yankees in the Bronx as a member the Tribe. Interestingly, he lost to the Senators at home and to the Yankees in the Bronx in his two starts with the Philadelphia Athletics before the trade. It wasnt an efficient effort Monday. In addition to the seven hits, Brissie walked seven. But he made big pitches when had to, inducing the Bombers into two double play grounders. In addition, right fielder Sam Chapman, Brissies old As teammate, threw out a runner at the plate to end the second inning. Meanwhile, the Indians pecked away at New York starter Eddie Lopat. Al Rosen broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Harry Simpson followed with a run-scoring ground out to give Cleveland a 20 lead. Brissie walked in a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 2-1. But Larry Dobys runscoring ground out restored the two-run lead in the top of the eighth. Brissie (2-2) finished strong, retiring 12 of the final 16 batters after his bases-loaded walk. Lopat (3-1) took the loss, snapping a personal 10-game win streak against Cleveland. He allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. The game also featured the return of Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio, who last started a game on April 29. DiMaggio went 0for-3, dropping his average to .179. AROUND THE HORN Elsewhere in the American League: Bostons Bill Wight tossed a complete game eight-hitter as the Red Sox defeated Washington, 5-1, at Griffith Stadium. Wight now has two complete games (both against the Nats), and his 1.83 ERA ranks fourth in the American League. Lou Boudreau gave Boston a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first. Vern Stephens stroked a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning, scoring two runs for a 3-1 Boston lead. Washington scored a run in the seventh, but the Sox responded in the eighth with an RBI single by Ted Williams and Boudreaus run scoring double play grounder. Losing pitcher Julio Moreno (1-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits in seven innings for Washington.

Major League Standings

AMERICAN Cleveland Chicago Boston New York Detroit Philadelphia Washington St. Louis W 17 12 12 12 10 11 10 7 L 5 9 10 13 11 13 12 18 PCT. .773 .571 .545 .480 .476 .458 .455 .280 GB --4 5 6 6 7 7 11 NATIONAL New York Brooklyn Philadelphia Boston St. Louis Pittsburgh Chicago Cincinnati W 19 14 15 14 11 11 9 7 L 9 10 11 12 12 13 15 18 PCT. .679 .583 .577 .538 .478 .458 .375 .280 GB --3 3 4 5 6 8 10

Mondays American League Results

Cleveland 3, New York 1 Boston 5, Washington 1 (Only games scheduled)

Mondays National League Results

(No games scheduled)

Todays Probable Starting Pitchers

Chicago (Judson 0-0) at Boston (Nixon 1-1), 1 p.m. Detroit (Newhouser 2-2) at Washington (Consuegra 2-1), 7:30 p.m. St. Louis (Starr 0-0) at Philadelphia (Shantz 1-1), 8 p.m. (Only games scheduled)

Todays Probable Starting Pitchers

Brooklyn (Newcombe 3-0) at Chicago (Rush 1-0), 1:30 p.m. New York (Spencer 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Chambers 33 or Law 2-0), 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia (Meyer 2-2) at St. Louis (Poholsky 13), 8:30 p.m. Boston (Bickford 3-3) at Cincinnati (Blackwell 1-5), 8:30 p.m.

Cards Get Johnson In Swap With Yanks

ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals, back home Monday after a trying 7-10 road trip, moved to strengthen their shaky infield by buying third baseman Billy Johnson from the New York Yankees and recalling first baseman Nippy Jones from their Rochester (International League) farm. The Cardinals turned over Billy Johnson first baseman Don Bollweg and $15,000 in cash to the Yankees for Johnson and sent infielder Don Richmond to Rochester for Jones. The Yankees immediately sent Bollweg to their Kansas City farm.

Johnson, a right-handed hitter, hit .189 in limited action with the world champions this year. A sound fielder but a slow runner, he will see immediate action with the flu-ridden Cardinals, who hope he will be the long-range righthanded hitter they have been searching for since Whitey Kurowskis retirement. Johnson never hit more than 12 home runs in any season with the Yankees but should find more favorable targets in the National League. Three men have started at third base for the Cardinals this season Richmond, Eddie Kazak and Peanuts Lowery and none has panned out. Steve Bilko has been given every opportunity at first this year, after flunking out last season. Yet he is hitting a measly .222. He probably will be sent back to the minors if Jones proves effective.

Players of the Week

Williams, Jethroe Earn Weekly Recognition

Ted Williams elbow is clearly on the mend. Not coincidentally, so is his batting average. The Boston Red Sox star, who began the week with a two-homer, eight-RBI game against St. Louis, ended it by being named the American League Player of the Week for games ending Sunday. Boston Braves fly chaser Sam Jethroe earned his second National League honor of 1951 after batting .563 with two homers and nine runs scored. He also extended his hit streak to 17 games, longest in the majors this season. A week ago Monday morning, Williams average sat at a lowly .268, far below his career mark of .350 coming into the season. It was enough to fuel speculation that the Splendid Splinter was still bothered by the left elbow he broke crashing into the fence at Comiskey Park in last summers All-Star game. Two days after that game, surgeons removed seven bone fragments from his arm, some as big as a dime, in what was termed a successful procedure. He returned to action in September, batting .303 for the month. Still, the Sox went easy on Williams during spring training, and he claimed to feel swell. But his hitting at the beginning of the season was sporadic. His five-hit game against the Browns, however, led to a week in which he batted .538 as Boston won three of four games. Jethroe helped his Boston team do even better than that. The Braves reeled off four wins without a loss to climb two games above .500 and into the first division in the National League. Even more impressive than Jethroes performance the past week has been his performance week-to-week this season. He has batted .417 or better in all four weeks, scoring nine or more runs three times. Then theres the matter of his hit streak. His 17-game effort is tied for 10th longest in Braves history, 20 games shy of Tommy Holmes team record of 37. But then, a fellows got to have something to shoot for in the weeks ahead.

Notes on the Scorecard

Major League Leaders

AMERICAN Lipon, Det. Coleman, St.L Doby, Cle. Valo, Phi.
Goodman, Bos.

Old-Timers to Celebrate ALs First Day of Play

BOSTON Six of the players who figured in the American Leagues first box score on April 24, 1901, will be among the 30 old-timers who reunite today to help the Red Sox celebrate the leagues golden anniversary. They are Bill Hoy, Bill Sullivan and Roy Patterson of the Chicago White Stockings, and Oliver Pickering, Bill Bradley and Bill Hoffer of the Cleveland club. Also appearing will be such 1901 Red Sockers as Charlie Hemphell, Winford Kellum, Fred Mitchell, Harry Gleason and the immortal Cy Young. Starting at 9 a.m., these old-timers will give Boston fandom a nostalgic thrill by parading from their Back Bay hotel to the state house and city hall in antique tallyho and 1901vintage automobiles. Pirates manager Bill Meyer may not be around to handle the reigns for tonights game against the Giants. Meyer entered Presbyterian Hospital on Monday for a checkup; he has been bothered by a stomach disorder since he recovered from an illness in the east. Coach Milt Stock will be in charge of the Bucs in Meyers absence.

G 21 22 22 23 22 25 20 22 24 22

AB 72 86 79 89 90 105 73 86 89 102

R 16 14 18 18 18 18 17 20 17 22

H 29 33 29 32 31 36 25 29 30 34

AVG. .403 .384 .367 .360 .344 .343 .342 .337 .337 .333

NATIONAL Jethroe, Bos. Musial, St.L Furillo, Bro. Slaughter, St.L

Gordon, Bos. Hatton, Cin. Sisler, Phi.

G 26 21 24 22 25 23 25 27 28 24

AB 109 82 93 85 92 89 96 99 103 94

R 35 17 17 16 19 9 17 15 23 15

H 49 30 32 29 31 29 31 31 32 29

AVG. .450 .366 .344 .341 .337 .326 .323 .313 .311 .309

Berra, N.Y. Stephens, Bos. Yost, Was. Jensen, N.Y. DiMaggio, Bos.

Stanky, N.Y. Irvin, N.Y. Snider, Bro.

HR: Mantle (N.Y.) 11; Doby (Cle.) 7; Robinson (Chi.) 7; Yost (Was.) 6; Stephens (Bos.) 5; Wertz (Det.) 5. RBI: Williams (Bos.) 22; Mantle (N.Y.) 20; Zarilla (Chi.) 19; Coleman (St.L) 19; Doby (Cle.) 19; Stephens (Bos.) 19. Wins: Scheib (Phi.) 4-1; Pierce (Chi.) 4-1; Feller (Cle.) 3-0; several tied with 3-1. Strikeouts: Raschi (N.Y.) 32; Wynn (Cle.) 22; Newhouser (Det.) 21; Garcia (Cle.) 21; Gray (Det.) 21. ERA: Morgan (N.Y.) 1.26; Feller (Cle.) 1.57; Cain (Chi.) 1.64; Wight (Bos.) 1.83; Newhouser (Det.) 2.21.

HR: Campanella (Bro.) 8; Jethroe (Bos.) 8; Pafko (Chi.) 8; Thomson (N.Y.) 8; Lockman (N.Y.) 6; Snider (Bro.) 6. RBI: Gordon (Bos.) 25; Jones (Phi.) 24; Thomson (N.Y.) 24; Lockman (N.Y.), 24; Campanella (Bro.) 23; Pafko (Chi.) 23. Wins: Maglie (N.Y.) 5-0; Hearn (N.Y.) 4-0; Roe (Bro.) 4-0; Konstanty (Phi.) 4-0; Jansen (N.Y.) 4-2. Strikeouts: Blackwell (Cin.) 28; Maglie (N.Y.) 27; Queen (Pit.) 26; Wehmeier (Cin.) 22; Jansen (N.Y.) 22. ERA: Jansen (N.Y.) 1.53; Roe (Bro.) 1.64; Newcombe (Bro.) 2.27; Heintzelman (Phi.) 2.30; Wehmeier (Cin.) 2.38.

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 1951

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