On September 14, 1948, in the midst of a pennant race, the Boston Post publishes a four-line poem by Gerry Hern calling on pitchers Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain to bear the pitching burden, resting on off days and – if luck is with the Braves – when it rains. The rhyme is shortened by Braves fans to “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.”
Cincinnati takes the National League lead for good with a shutout sweep, 6 – 0 and 8 – 0, at Los Angeles before 72,140, a record crowd for a NL doubleheader. Bob Purkey gives up four hits and Jim O’Toole just two in handing the Dodgers their first twinbill whitewash since July 18, 1935.
August 16, 1961
2018 – In a three-team trade, the Dodgers send two prospects, P Trevor Oaks and IF Erick Mejia, to the Royals in return for relievers Scott Alexander and Joakim Soria. They then turn around and flip Soria, along with fellow reliever Luis Avilan, to the White Sox for minor league IF Jake Peter.
January 4, 2018
1936 – The Brooklyn Dodgers “sell” Frenchy Bordagaray, Dutch Leonard, and Jimmy Jordan to the St. Louis Cardinals. The exchange is understood to be a continuation of the September 7th transaction which brought the Dodgers Tom Winsett and Eddie Morgan from the Cardinals’ Double-A farm team.
December 3, 1936