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Old 05-13-2019, 10:08 AM   #21
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At St. Louis (June 3, 4, and 5)

Veeck’s bold experiment was starting to work, and the idea spread. Word soon reached the Phillies that the Senators had integrated the American League by signing Juan Vargas and Leon Day from their Negro League teams. The Giants and Athletics followed suit over the next week. Even beyond the Phillies, baseball was forever changed.

Meanwhile, as the team waited on the doctors to figure out Paige’s injury, they readied themselves for the series in St. Louis. In other road games, the Phillies had marveled at the outpouring of support from black baseball fans, but in St. Louis the effect was even greater. The Cardinals kept their ballpark segregated, but the black section was filled to bursting as many more gathered outside the park to celebrated the event they had long dreamed of.

Dave Barnhill took the mound in the first game against the Cards’ 7-2 hurler, Mort Cooper. A sac fly gave the Cardinals the lead in the second and they added four more in the third on Litwhiler’s grand slam after Barnhill walked the bases loaded. Cooper was nearly unhittable, and remained so for the whole game, shutting out the Phillies 6-0.

Some good news followed the loss: the trainers pronounced Paige’s injury as just a strain, and said he should miss no more than one start. Verdell Mathis pitched the following day against Harry Breeden, whom the Phillies had beaten once before. Both pitchers had their best stuff that night, and the teams were locked in a scoreless tie until the sixth, when Leonard singled to right to drive in Wells and Brown. Mathis worked efficiently, pounding the strike zone and avoiding walks. He worked out of a jam in the eighth to maintain the shutout and induced a double play to win it in the ninth, taking down the league leaders 2-0.

Si Johnson faced Max Lanier in the final match the next day. A Cardinal error led to a Phillies run in the first, and Johnson knocked in another with a single up the middle in the third. Musial scored on Litwhiler’s triple in the fourth to cut the lead to one, and Ray Sanders drove him in to tie it. Musial, inevitably, got to Johnson again, knocking in a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Sanders drove Musial and Litwhiler in with a home run to right, and that was it for Johnson. Musial added two more with a massive opposite field shot off Hilton Smith in the seventh. That was all she wrote for the Phillies, who fell 8-2 to the mighty Redbirds.
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At New York (June 12 and 13)

The long road trip continued, but some off days gave the team a chance to catch a breather. Looking at the standings, they had shown some serious improvement. At 18-22, they weren’t where they wanted to be, but they had stayed in fourth place and looked to improve with a four-game set at New York. The vagaries of scheduling and rainouts meant that they would play all four games in two days.

Paige started the first one. His opponent, Cliff Melton, got off on the wrong foot, walking Dandridge to start the came, then giving up a classic Polo Grounds home run to Willie Wells right down the left field line. Paige, perhaps still ailing, gave up a three-run shot to Mel Ott in the bottom of the inning. Paige gave up one more in the third and another in the fourth, and Ruth lifted him for a pinch hitter in the fifth. With Tiant on the mound, the Phillies fought their way back in the seventh, including an RBI triple by Cool Papa Bell (pictured below.) The game was tied at five and in the hands of the bullpens. In the bottom of the seventh, Schoolboy Rowe gave up a 450-foot bomb to Babe Barna to put the Giants ahead. Murtaugh’s single tied it up again in the eighth and in the top of the ninth, Home Run Brown hit one that many on the team said was the longest they’d seen in a long time. It put the Phillies up 8-6. Beck pitched a scoreless ninth, and the game belonged to the visitors.

Johnson took the mound in the nightcap. Facing them was Bill Harvey, formerly of the Baltimore Elite Giants, making this the first time the Phillies had faced a black player on the other side of the field. Harvey, like most of the black Phillies, was a rookie in name only, and handled the visitors well to start. In the fourth, though, Brown hit a ball even farther than the one in the first game, one said to rival Gibson’s famous blast that nearly left Yankee Stadium in 1930. Ennis knocked in two more in the eighth to make it 3-0 as Johnson continued to hold the Giants hitters in check. The Giants finally got a run in the eighth, but that was all as the Phillies took both games that day.

Next day was another two-fer, with Barnhill on the bump against Van Mungo. The Giants scattered a couple runs over the first six, but the Phillies could only put up goose eggs. Down 3-0 in the ninth, they rallied to tie the game with four base hits including another clutch pinch hit by Bell. The rally meant pinch hitting for Barnhill, and when Rowe came in in the ninth, a bases loaded single gave the game to the Giants, 4-3.

Mathis, coming off the shutout in St. Louis, pitched the second game. The Phillies scored early to take a 3-0 lead. Ennis added another with his first homerun off the year in the fourth inning. Mathis was sharp, allowing no runs and two hits through five. Leonard sent a moon shot into the seats in the fifth to make it 5-0, his third hit already that day. Mathis’s luck finally caught up with him when he surrendered three in the sixth, but the Phillies still held the lead. After an hour-long rain delay, Rowe relieved Mathis in the seventh and held the line. He allowed a few baserunners, but no runs, and the Phillies won it 5-3, taking three of four in the road series.

The seventeen-game road trip had been a slog for the Phillies, but they made the best of it, winning eleven of the games. The also brought integrated baseball to new cities and new fans, showing more of the world that black and white men could play baseball—good baseball—on the same field.
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Boston (June 15, 16, and 17)

Back in the friendly confines of Shibe Park, the Phillies met the Braves for five games in three days. Paige took the mound against Boston’s Harry Kimberlin, who was appearing in his first major league game since 1939. The game started out low-scoring: Boston’s Eddie Joost got the first hit for either side in the fourth inning. The Phillies did not get their first hit until the sixth, but it was a big one: a home run by Brown to take a 1-0 lead. Then everything fell apart for Boston as the Phillies had a four-run inning. That was all they scored, but it was enough for Paige, who completed the shutout and looked to have returned to his old form.

The second game saw Johnson on the mound against Boston’s ace, Al Javery. The Phillies scored first in the third inning when Dandridge doubled to left and Wells drove him in with a single. Lenny Merullo tied the score with an RBI single in the fifth, helped by an error on Ennis. The Braves went ahead in the sixth after four straight singles. They scored twice more in the inning to make it 4-1, all without a hard-hit ball. That was all the scoring that day, and the Braves took the late game.

The next day was just one game, for a change. Barnhill, at 3-6 on the year, hoped to turn things around. Boston tried to keep that from happening, scoring a run in the first, but the Phillies batted around in their half of the inning, scoring five off Jim Tobin. Both teams got their share of hits after that, but the Phillies maintained a lead and even increased it to 10-3 on Benson’s three-run home run in the fourth. Barnhill was not sharp, but the hitters spotted him such a lead that it didn’t much matter. He gave up 12 hits over nine innings, but won it 14-4.

Dandridge had strained his Achilles tendon in the game, but gamely took the field the next day in the first game of the doubleheader that would close out the series. Verdell Mathis started against Red Barrett. They were scoreless until the third, when Mathis surrendered a grand slam over the right field fence to Chuck Workman. The Phils got two back in the fourth on Gibson’s bases-loaded single, and another in the sixth when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Leonard. Ron Northey came up big in the eighth: pinch hitting with the bases loaded, he pounded a triple off the right field wall to put the Phillies on to 6-4. Ennis scored him to make it 7-4. Mathis struck out the last two Braves in the ninth to win it, and the Phillies pulled their record up to 24-24.

The rubber-armed Paige came in to pitch the final game on just a day’s rest. Paige gave up a run in the first, but Brown scored Dandridge with a double in the third to even it, 1-1. Wells put them ahead the following inning with a long home run to left center, but Eddie Joost helped the Braves pull even again in the fifth with an RBI double, and a single scored him to go ahead 3-2. In the seventh, Campanella’s fly to the deep center field corner (yes, Shibe Park’s center field narrows to a point) scored Murtaugh to tie it up again. The game went to extras, as though five games in three days was not enough baseball for the Philadelphia fans. Buck Leonard’s single in the tenth ended it, though, winning the game 4-3 and giving the Phillies four wins in the five-game series.
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At Brooklyn (June 18 and 19)

As soon as the Braves series wrapped up, the Phillies were back on the train to New York for two games against the Dodgers. The Dodgers tagged Si Johnson for four in the first while Bobo Newsom kept the Phillies in check early on. Johnson allowed runners in every inning, and was lucky to get through five with the score only 5-0. Gibson got the visitors on the board with a seventh-inning home run, but they went down quietly, losing 7-2.

Barnhill went the next day. Brooklyn scored early again, taking a 3-0 lead in the first. Kirby Higbe dominated the rest of the way, and the Phillies could not put anything together. They lost 5-1. After the hot streak they had been on, losing felt unfamiliar and even more unpleasant. They were happy to get back on the train and leave town.
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At Boston (June 20, 22, 23, and 24)

Mathis started the first game of a doubleheader at spacious Braves Field in Boston. While the Braves scored three runs in the first three innings, the Phillies’ offensive woes continued. Red Barrett shut them out through seven. They got two on in the eighth, but sharp defense by the Braves meant that the rally came to naught. They got one in the ninth when Leonard tripled and Gibson singled him home, but no more. They lost 3-1, their third straight defeat.

In the late afternoon game, Johnson faced Kimberlin. The Phillies scored first for the first time in a while, putting up two in the first. They scored one more in the second, but gave it right back on Chuck Workman’s solo home run. Two Phillie errors let the Braves tie it up in the third. Campanella scored on Wells’s single in the fourth to go ahead 4-3. Johnson continued to struggle, but Ennis knocked in two in the seventh to go up 7-4 and bring himself out of a long cold streak. They scored a couple more and won it 9-4, snapping the losing streak and getting back to their good-hitting ways. The Phillies’ four errors in the game managed not to come back to bite them.

Pinky May’s hamstring strain left them a man short, so on the off day Veeck purchased the contract of a rising star on the Newark Eagles, Lennie Pearson. Pearson’s eighteen home runs led the Negro Leagues and would hopefully help in the National League, where Gibson’s nine homers made him tied for the top spot.

The next day, Paige matched up against Al Javery in a battle of aces. Both hurlers lived up to the billing. The game was still scoreless in the ninth when Benson singled in Leonard from third to make it 1-0. That was all Paige needed. He hurled a five-hit shutout, striking out eight and providing a much needed road win for the team.

Another doubleheader followed, with Barnhill facing Tobin in game one. Dandridge scored in the first, but hurt his hand sliding and had to leave the game. They added one more in the inning, but Barnhill gave up one in the first and left the bases loaded. They touched Tobin for four more in the third, thanks in part to two Braves errors. Gibson hit one 400 feet over the center field fence for his league-leading tenth home run of the year, and the Phillies took a 7-1 lead. That was it for Tobin. Boston got two back in the fifth on Phil Masi’s home run and another unearned run made it 8-4. After another run in the seventh, Rowe relieved Barnhill. In the next inning, Leonard pulled a ball down the right field line and into the bleachers to increase the lead to 10-5. Rowe cruised through the remaining innings to lock down the win. The game was sloppy—the teams combined for eight errors—but most of the bounces went the Phillies’ way.

Martin Dihigo started at third in the second game that day while Johnson took the mound. The Braves scored first on a sac fly in the fourth to make it 1-0. That was the limit of the scoring. Johnson was effective, but the Phillies could do little against Red Barrett, who shut them out on four hits.

Dandridge’s injury turned out to be a broken finger, and the trainers thought he would miss about five weeks. With May already injured, that left them with no good option at third base. Veeck filled the gap in his usually flamboyant fashion, bringing in the Cuban-born star third baseman, Bobby Estalella, from the Senators in exchange for Schoolboy Rowe and several minor leaguers. It left the team with a smaller bullpen, but they had rarely come close to using all five relievers in one game before, so Veeck figured four ought to do the trick just as well.

They had one last game at Boston, with Mathis on the mound. The Braves starter, Kimberlin, had a tough go of it, as the Phillies scored three in the first, including one on a balk. Boston finally got on the board in the fourth to make it 4-1. Mathis seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Wells put one in the seats in the ninth to make it 5-1. That was the final. Mathis picked up the complete game win and the Phillies took four of six in the road series.
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Brooklyn (June 25, 26, and 27)

Paige opened the homestand against the Dodgers. The Dodgers scored first with two in the second while the Phillies struggled to get hits off of Whit Wyatt. They finally scored when Paige, shocking everyone on the Phillies bench, tripled to deep right center and later scored on an error. Leonard tied it in the seventh with a long drive over the right field fence, and Lennie Pearson hit a double down the line for his first major league hit—and the go-ahead RBI. In the bottom of the inning, Paige walked the bases loaded, but got out of it with no damage, and the score remained 3-2. They scored one more in the eighth to win it 4-2, another good start for the Phillies’ ace pitcher.

The win put the Phillies in third place at 30-28, but still way back on the league-leading Cardinals—15 games back, to be exact. Si Johnson hoped to keep it up the next day, but surrendered a run even before the Phillies came to bat in the first. Kirby Higbe, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher, singled in one more in the second. The Phillies did not get a hit until the fifth, when Bobby Estalella picked up his first base hit in his new uniform. They scored one before Johnson bunted into a double play ad ended the inning. The Phils added one run in the eighth to make it 4-2, but that was the final score.

The next day was a double header, with the lefty Verdell Mathis starting the early game. The Dodgers scored first again, with one in the first. Ruth moved Estalella to the leadoff spot in a continuing attempt to fill Dandridge’s role there. It looked like a good move when he singled and scored in the first to tie the game. Benson knocked in one more on a Dodger error to take an early lead. Leonard hit one out of the park in the third to go up 4-1, and to take the league lead in homers with 11. Jack Graham hit one to about the same spot in the sixth to bring the visitors within one. Arky Vaughan singled in a run to tie it 4-4 in the seventh. The Phillies went up again in the eighth on Wells’s single, and that was enough to sneak past the Dodgers. Mathis pounded the strike zone all day and it paid off.

Barnhill started the second game and worked a clean first inning while the Phillies jumped on Brooklyn’ starter, Bobo Newsom. Leonard launched his league-leading twelfth home run to give the home team a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Estalella knocked in two more in the second inning, and an RBI single by Leonard a few batters later made it 6-0. Newsom hit the showers after that, working just an inning and two-thirds. The Phillies kept on scoring, with RBI hits from Campanella and Estalella in the fifth making it 9-0. Barnhill scattered five hits over the first six innings, but did not give up a run until Dodger right fielder Carden Gillenwater’s first round-tripper of the year left the yard in the seventh. Barnhill went the distance and a few bench players got a little playing time as the Phillies rolled to an easy win, 9-1.
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Very cool.

I recently read Satchel - great bio of Satchel Paige - and a few Buck O'Neil books.

Interestingly in Perfect Team, I build a team around the Negro League card set (the Barnstormers - see below). I acquired 18 of the 25 cards from the card set and filled out the roster with other players like Campanella and Aaron who played in both the Negro Leagues and MLB.

Won a title with the team and went to game 7 in the final the next season. (I recently expanded the team to also include pre-1947 MLB players as pickings for cards became slim the more I moved up.)

How do you get Negro League players into OOTP? Is it a mod?
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Outstanding thread that you have created here. Combining just enough game information with interesting photo's, has created a marvelous fictional account of your replay.
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How do you get Negro League players into OOTP? Is it a mod?
No mod, I just unchecked the color line setting and had the Phillies purchase the players.
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Pittsburgh (July 1 and 2)

Rain and the schedule gave the Phillies three days off to end June, which gave them a chance to look around the league at their competition. With seven home runs in June, Buck Leonard was named NL batter of the month, and was one off of the league lead in homers with twelve, just behind Cincinnati’s Frank Kelleher. In RBI, Josh Gibson stood two back of the league leader, Bill Nicholson of the Cubs, and as a team, the Phillies stood near the top in most offensive categories. In the standings, their 32-29 record sat them securely in third place, but fifteen games still separated them from the Cardinals.

They were back in action on the first of July in a doubleheader against the Pirates at Shibe Park. Paige started the first game. The Phillies scored first of Pirates starter Max Butcher when Ennis doubled in Gibson in the second. Ennis knocked in Gibson again in the fourth to go up 2-0 as Paige continued to cruise through the Pittsburgh lineup. He finally surrendered a hit in the fifth, but kept the shutout intact until the sixth, when Jim Russell’s home run cut the Phillies lead to one. Ennis got his third hit of the day in the bottom of that inning: a home run to dead center field, where the fence was 468 feet from home plate. Ennis’s fourth hit of the day knocked in a fifth run in the eighth and Paige drove in two more to make it 7-1. It was more than enough for the staff ace, who finished the game easily.

Johnson had the second game and this time the Pirates got the scoring started with a run in the first. He settled down after that and Leonard tied things up in the fourth with an RBI single. The Murtaugh’s bases-loaded triple broke things open to give the home team a 4-1 lead. Roy Campanella (pictured below) had to leave the game after hurting his knee sliding into third, but the Phillies—still in the fourth inning—loaded the bases again and scored two on Wells’s single to right. Brown struck out to finally end a seven-run inning. The Pirates could barely touch Johnson for the rest of the afternoon. After the hit in the first, they didn’t get another until the ninth. The Phillies won it, 8-1, a great eighteen innings of baseball for the fans that day.

Verdell Mathis started the third and final game the next day. He struggled with control, walking in a run in the first. Although he scattered a few more walks and hits, he shut out the Pirates the rest of the way. Hank Gornicki did the same to the Phillies, however, and when Mathis left the game after eight, the score was still 1-0. Johnny Lanning pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Pittsburgh and the visitors narrowly avoided a sweep.
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Chicago (July 3 and 4)

The Cubs came to town the next day for three games, including a July 4 doubleheader. Paige started the July 3 game. Both Paige and the Cubs’ Roy Prim went through the first three innings scorelessly, surrendering just a hit a piece. The Cubs finally broke the tie in the sixth when Phil Cavarretta stroked an RBI double to right. The Phillies came back in the bottom of the inning with three runs, including two on Leonard’s triple to deep center field. The Cubs scored two in the ninth to tie it, and the gave went into extra frames. Paige stayed out there for eleven innings, until Ron Northey’s pinch hit triple won it in the 11th, 4-3.

Barnhill started game one of the Independence Day doubleheader. With the war still raging, the patriotic ceremonies took on added meaning to players and spectators. Peanuts Lowrey tripled and scored in the first to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Both lineups seemed to wilt in the afternoon heat, but the pitchers were unaffected. The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth, but Barnwell got out of it without a run and the Phillies batted in the bottom of the ninth, still trailing 1-0. Northey lofted a long drive toward the right field corner with two away, but it was not to be. Nicholson hauled it in and the Phillies went down to defeat.

With Johnson on the mound that afternoon, the Cubs went up early again, this time on Phil Cavarretta’s solo shot to right in the third. The Cubs did not score anymore off of Johnson, but he labored constantly and Ruth pulled him from the game in the fifth with the score still 1-0. Beck was effective in relief, but the Phillies still failed to score. Fans were near-riotous as the team went down to defeat again without scoring a run—eighteen straight shutout innings. They needed to get right quickly: the Cardinals were coming town tomorrow.
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St. Louis (July 5 and 6)

Verdell Mathis took the mound in the first game of a second straight doubleheader with the Phillies players trying to get the thought of yesterday’s shutouts out of their heads. Del Ennis finally gave the Phillies a run—and the lead—when he scored from second on Murtaugh’s single to right. With that off their minds, Gibson sent a two-run shot to the upper deck in the next inning to make it 3-0. Buster Adams hit one out for the Cards in the seventh, but that was the only time they got to Mathis that inning as he continued to cut through the powerful lineup. The Phillies got the run back with pure hustle as Ennis singled, stole second, stole third, and scored when the throw to third went into left field. The Cards loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, and Ruth pulled Mathis for Tiant. The old lefty through three pitches and struck out Lou Klein to end it, a huge win against the league leaders.

Paige started the second game on short rest as the Phillies hoped to sweep the day’s games. The Cards got three on a long home run by Whitey Kurowski in the fourth, but that was the limit of the scoring early on. Max Lanier pitched brilliantly for the Cardinals, and the Phillies were shut out for the third time in four games, losing 3-0.

While the team was on the field, Veeck was working the phones. With Pinky May about to return from the disabled list, Estalella manning the position admirably, and Dandridge due back in a few weeks, the Phillies had too many third basemen. So Veeck put the feelers out and found that the Cubs were looking to deal starting pitcher Claude Passeau. Passeau was miserable in Chicago and complained bitterly to team owner Phil Wrigley about the loafing players that were dragging the team down. Passeau wanted out, and Veeck—who knew Wrigley well from his Chicago days—was happy to oblige. They signed a deal to send May to the Cubs and send Passeau to the Phillies.

He was on the train that day and started at Shibe Park on July 6. Passeau had pitched for the Phillies from 1936 to 1939 and was happy to return, especially since the team had left the tiny Baker Bowl in that time and moved into the more pitcher-friendly Shibe Park.

Maybe the train trip tired him, because Passeau uncharacteristically gave up three runs in the first inning. The Phils got one back on Leonard’s RBI triple to the right field corner later that inning, but the Cards answered with two more in the third. Gibson came to the rescue in the bottom of the inning, stroking a bases-loaded triple that just missed being a grand slam. A worn-out Passeau left the game after five with the score 5-4. In the sixth, the Phillies tied it up when Gibson scored on Ennis’s sacrifice fly. Estalella singled to score Murtaugh that same inning and the Phillies took the lead for the first time that day. The lead vanished in the seventh as Dave Barnhill gave up a two-run shot to former Phillie Danny Litwhiler. 7-6 was the final score as the Cardinals took two out of three from the Phillies.
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Cincinnati (July 8, 9, 10, and 11)

The Phillies’ last five games before the All-Star break were against the team one spot ahead of them in the standings: the Cincinnati Reds. Si Johnson started in the first day’s game. Johnson got shelled in the first, giving up runs on extra base hits by Frankie Kelleher, Frank McCormick, and Eddie Miller to make it 4-0. Ron Northey, getting a start in left, doubled home Murtaugh, then scored on Wells’s single to cut the lead in half. The next batter, Buck Leonard, put one over the center field fence to tie the game. The Reds went up 5-4 in the fifth, and that was it for Johnson. That didn’t stop the bleeding, nor did it help the Phillies score. They went down to defeat, 9-4.

The next day was a doubleheader, with Paige taking the first game. This time, the Phillies got the jump on scoring, with Murtaugh coming home when a pickoff throw went wild. Leonard mashed his fourteenth home run of the season to right field in the third to make it 3-0. Two innings later, Buck sent one the other way for number 15 and a 5-0 lead. The Reds got two in the seventh, but Paige knocked one in himself in the eighth to take a 7-2 lead. It ended up 9-2, as the Phillies won easily.

Mathis took the hill in the nightcap, and pitched out of trouble in the first. In the second, the Phillies jumped all over Reds starter Johnny Vander Meer, scoring seven runs on eight hits while sending twelve men to the plate. Vander Meer had entered the game with a 1.38 ERA, but was bounced in the second inning this time. Mathis held the lead, but labored. He struck out ten, but also gave up twelve hits, which led to three runs before Beck relieved him in the eighth. Boom-Boom defied his nickname and held the lead for a 7-3 win and a sweep of the doubleheader.

Passeau was on the mound the next day, hoping to rebound from his last appearance. He started out strong, but so did the Reds’ 14-win pitcher, Bucky Walters. When rain briefly delayed the game in the third, it was still 0-0. While Passeau was holding the Reds to just one hit over the first six innings, Leonard broke the tie with a home run to right center to make it 1-0. The Reds put two on with nobody out in the seventh, but Passeau worked out of it to preserve his shutout. Gee Walker finally got to him in the eighth and tied the game with a home run. The game stayed 1-1 through nine. Wells, who was slumping, looked as though he would make the final out in the tenth with a fly ball to right, but Walker misplayed it into a two-base error. Leonard did not let the opportunity pass, and singled to left to score Wells and walk-off with the 2-1 win.

The All-Star rosters were announced before the final doubleheader before the break. Although many saw Paige’s exclusion as a snub, the Phillies could not be altogether displeased with the roster, which included Gibson, Leonard, Wells, Benson, Brown, and Passeau. Not a bad showing, and real proof that the rest of the league recognized the talent of these players.

Paige started the early game on July 11, and Sam Jethroe got a start at second, with Murtaugh moving to shortstop. Two doubles to lead off the first gave the Reds their first run, but Paige retired the side after that. It turned into another pitchers’ duel. Kelleher knocked in one more to make it 2-0 Reds in the sixth and the Reds picked up three more that inning to take a five-run lead. The Phillies could not get anything going off of Elmer Riddle, and dropped game one 5-0.

Verdell Mathis took the second game against Cincinnati’s Luke Hamlin. Frankie Kelleher got the Red on the board first with a solo home run in the fourth. Willard Brown doubled and scored in the bottom of the inning to tie it up again. The Reds went up 2-1 in the sixth, but Estalella knocked in Brown in the bottom of the inning to draw even once again. Estalella tripled off the wall in the eighth to score Brown from second, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead, and got one more when he scored on Benson’s single. Mathis came back out to pitch the ninth and put two men on with two outs after surrendering a run. Si Johnson relieved him and walked two to force in a run, tying the game at 4. The Phillies put a man on third in the ninth, but stranded him there and went to extra innings. Beck gave up a triple off the wall to Eric Tipton in the top of the 13th, and he scored on a ground out. In their half of the inning, Estalella scored on a sac fly from Mickey Livingston, and they continued to play into the 14th. On and on it went. Cy Blanton let the Reds load the bases in the 19th but wiggled out of it with the score still tied 5-5. The game, now the second-longest in Phillies history, stretched into the 20th, when Blanton gave up a bases loaded single to make it 6-5. Tiant, still nagged by a forearm injury, relieved him and surrendered two more before retiring the side. The Phillies could stave off defeat no longer and lost 8-5 in twenty innings. The game took six hours which, on top of the two and a half hours in the first game, gave the fans their money’s worth that day.
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All-Star Break

All of the Phillies had hits in the All-Star Game except Wells, who continued to struggle. The National Leaguers lost anyway as the junior circuit dominated them 8-0.

Here's how things looked around the league at the halfway point. A vast improvement over 1942, but the Phillies still had a long way to climb to beat the ferocious Cardinals.
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New York (July 15, 17, and 18)

The team ace was on the mound as the season resumed with the Giants visiting the Phillies for five games. While the Giants still looked for their first hit, Murtaugh knocked in Ennis in third to give Philadelphia the 1-0 lead. New York got a hit in the fourth and a couple of runs in the sixth when Mel Ott finally broke up Paige’s shutout with a two-run homer to right. Estalella tied it up in the bottom half of the inning with a double to right that drove in Leonard. Giants pitcher Bill Sayles walked Del Ennis to load the bases, but Paige shocked everyone with a 3-run triple to the alley in right center that made the game 5-2. They scored one more in the inning, but when the Giants drew nearly even at 6-5 in the eighth, manager Ruth pulled Paige and sent in Si Johnson. Johnson uncorked two wild pitches and let another run come across. Gibson came to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, and singled to give the Phillies back the lead. Hilton Smith (pictured below) finished the game, and the Phillies eked out a 7-6 win.

Their next action was a doubleheader, with Passeau starting game one. Gibson’s three-run bomb of Bill Harvey in the first gave the Phillies a comfortable early lead. They scored one more in the fourth and another in the sixth as Passeau dominated the New Yorkers. Two errors by Estalella in the ninth kept the Phillies from slamming the door, put Passeau stayed in there and closed out the win for the home team, 5-4.

In the second matchup, Mathis faced Cliff Melton. Mathis was in and out of trouble all game, but kept the Giants from scoring. Melton shut the Phillies down, as well, and the game remained scoreless until the eighth, when the Giants scored on a sacrifice fly to take the lead. The Phillies tied it up on Brown’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning. In the ninth, Willie Wells—still mired in a slump—poked a single to right that moved Murtaugh to third. When Gibby Brack’s throw in from the outfield went wild, Murtaugh came around to score and the Phillies walked off with a 2-1 win.

The next day was another doubleheader, so the two tired teams hauled themselves back onto the field on a warm July afternoon. In the first, Gibson slugged one into the upper deck in left to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Barnhill went through the Giants’ lineup the first time without giving up a hit. They finally got a hit and a run in the fourth, when Mel Ott doubled and scored, but Gibson knocked in Murtaugh in the fifth to get the lead back to two. Walks kept Barnhill in trouble, and he gave up another run in the seventh to make it 3-2 and one more in the eighth to tie it. They went to extra innings. Beck gave up a run in the top of the 13th, but Gibson proved to be the hero once again, launching a two-run bomb to left to win it for the Phillies, 5-4.

Paige started the second game of the day as the Phillies looked to sweep. Estalella drove in a run in the first to start things off, but the scoring for both teams was minimal. The Giants tied it up 1-1 in the sixth. Paige himself doubled down the line in the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wells to take a 2-1 lead. He pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the win, the fifth straight for the Phillies, making a sweep of the Giants and elevating their record to 44-37.
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At Pittsburgh (July 20, 21, 22, and 23)

After the long and successful homestand, the Phillies hit the road for five games in Pittsburgh. They had swept the Pirates on their last visit to Forbes Field, and hoped for more of the same this time around.

The Phillies scored one in the second inning of the first day’s game but the Pirates quickly answered back with four runs off of Claude Passeau. Five singles in the fifth inning gave the Phillies three runs to tie it, and they kept going from there. They scored two in the seventh, two in the eighth, and three in the ninth, with the big blow coming on a long home run by Gibson. That was more than enough for Passeau, who held on through 8⅓ to claim the 11-6 win. It was the Phillies’ sixth straight, and despite the long odds, the team was feeling pretty good about closing the gap with the Cardinals.

Mathis was on the mound the next day. The Pirates scored without a hit in the third when an error and two sacrifices brought Al Lopez home to make it 1-0, but Ennis scored on Brown’s sac fly the next inning to tie it up again. Benson knocked in one more to give the visitors the lead. Mathis got sloppy in the fourth and gave up five runs to make it 6-2. The Phillies bullpen took over in the sixth, including an appearance by Andy Lapihuska, who was called up from Utica when Si Johnson was injured. The Phillies got one run back in the eighth, but could not overcome the deficit and lost 6-3.

In the first game of the next day’s doubleheader, Wells scored Estalella in the second to give the Phillies an early lead. Paige, meanwhile, kept the Pirates baffled in the early innings. Leonard, though nagged by an elbow injury, hit one off the center field wall to score two more in the seventh. Paige scattered nine hits but never let the Pirates score and the Phillies cruised to victory, 6-0.

Jim Tobin, who had started the year in Boston, pitched for the Pirates in the second game and the Phillies jumped on him for two runs in the first. The Pirates again scored without a hit in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a walk by Barnhill and an error on Benson in center field. Three more for the Phillies in the fifth made it 5-1. Barnwell let in a few more, but Campanella’s first homer of the year made it 7-3 just before stretch time. Barnwell loaded the bases in the ninth and was pulled from the game, but the Phillies held on to win it, 9-5.

Passeau started the final game of the five-game series against the Pirates’ Bob Klinger. The game remained scoreless until the fifth, when Frankie Gustine’s bases-clearing triple gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead. The Phillies finally got on the board in the seventh when a Pirate error made it 3-1. The Phillies outhit the Pirates 10 to 4, but could not make the hits count, and they went down to a 4-1 defeat. They took three of the five games in Pittsburgh, raising their record to 47-39, but gained just half a game on the Cardinals, who were now 16˝ games ahead of the Phillies.
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