1967 July

1st  The Orioles lose to Cleveland, 6–0. John O’Donoghue wins in relief. Mike Adamson makes his ML debut for Baltimore: he is the first draftee to bypass the minors and go straight to the majors, though he’ll make it to the minors next year.

      Baltimore’s Jim Palmer gives up a grand slam—but it’s in the minors. Sent to Rochester (International League) to rehabilitate from back problems, Rochester manager Earl Weaver starts the 21-year-old against Buffalo, in a game moved to Niagara Falls because of racial disturbances on Buffalo’s east side.  Palmer is given a 7–0 lead, but the Bisons score 5 runs in the 3rd, four coming home on a grand slam by Johnny Bench. Rochester hangs on to win, 10–8.

2nd  In front of a crowd of 40,000, Ferguson Jenkins (11-5) pitches the Cubs into a first-place tie with St. Louis by defeating Cincinnati 4–1. The Cubs have won 17 of 19 games.

3rd  At the launching pad in Atlanta, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Randy Hundley homer for Chicago, and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou answer for the Braves—all in the first inning, tying a major league record for homers by 2 teams in an inning. It is the first time its been done in the opening frame. Carty adds another homer later, but Glenn Beckert’s three-run shot helps put the game out of reach.  Ray Culp emerges the winner, 12–6.

      In St. Louis the fans get boxing with their baseball in the Cards, 7–3, win over the Reds.  After Bob Gibson pitched inside to Tony Perez in the 5th inning, the pair exchange words after Perez flies out. Both benches empty but there is no fighting until the Reds bullpen, led by Bob Lee, show up.  It takes 12 minutes before the police are needed to restore order.

4th  The Mets end a 19-game losing streak to Juan Marichal with their first win against the Dominican Dandy 8–7. Marichal’s win streak started in 1962. Jack Fisher is the winning pitcher.

      Philadelphia C Clay Dalrymple collects 6 walks in a 19-inning doubleheader against the Astros. The Phillies win the first 9–0 and take the nightcap 4–3 in 11 innings.

Atlanta’s Phil Niekro gets the best of rookie brother Joe as the Braves beat the Cubs, 8–3. It is the first decision between the pair and the first brother pitching duel since the Barnes brothers 41 years ago.

      In Minnesota, Mudcat Grant stops the Yankees to give the Twins an 8–3 victory. Mantle drives in all three New York runs with two homers.

      The Yankees trade 1B Ray Barker plus cash and 2 players to be named (Chet Trail and Joe Brady) to the Orioles for lefty Steve Barber. The former 20-game winner is damaged goods but will go 6–9 for the rest of the year.

5th  Red Sox P Jose Santiago loses to California, 4–3, and will not lose again this year. He wins his next 8 straight.

7th  The Giants edge the Cubs, 4–3, with Bo Belinsky getting the decision over Jenkins.  Jesus Alou’s homer off Fergie is the big blow.  The Cubs are in the midst of a 7-game losing streak.

8th  At Shea, Tom Seaver pitches the Mets to a 3–2 win over the Braves. An odd play occurs when Bud Harrelson’s looper over 3B is touched by a fan before Carty can field it, and Harrelson is awarded a ground-rule single.

9th In the bottom of the 9th inning, Willie Stargell breaks a 1–1 tie by slamming a Jim Maloney pitch over the RF roof at Forbes Field. The Bucs top the Reds, 2–1.

12th  Reds 3B Tony Perez ends the longest All-Star Game (15 innings, 3 hours and 41 minutes) with a HR off Catfish Hunter. HRs by NL 3B Richie Allen and AL 3B Brooks Robinson account for the other runs in a 2–1 NL triumph.

14th  Eddie Mathews becomes the 7th member of the 500-HR club, connecting off loser Juan Marichal as the Astros beat the Giants, 8–6.

15th  Cardinals P Bob Gibson suffers a fractured right fibula when hit by a Roberto Clemente line drive. Gibson shakes off the injury to walk one batter, retire another, and finally collapsing after throwing a ball on a 3–2 pitch. He is replaced by Al Jackson, who allows a sacrifice. Gibson will be sidelined until Labor Day. St. Louis also loses the game to Pittsburgh, 6–4.

      Kansas City pinch-running specialist Allan Lewis ties the ML record with 2 steals as a pinch runner in one inning. Lewis does his double in the 7th inning of a 3–2 loss at Minnesota.

16th At Yankee Stadium, Baltimore outlasts the Yankees to win, 2–1, in 14 innings. New York manages just 4 hits, including a solo homer by Mickey Mantle, off Bill Dillman, Moe Drabowsky and Pete Richert. Brooks Robinson hits a homer in the 9th to tie, and Curt Blefary doubles in the 14th to win.

      The second place Cubs sweep a pair from the Giants at Candlestick, winning the opener, 9-0, behind Ray Culp. Adolfo Phillips clubs a grand slam and Ernie Banks hits a 3-run homer. Ernie hits a 2-run homer in game 2 as the Cubs win, 3-2, with a run in the 9th.

18th  Harry Walker (42-42) is fired as manager of the Pirates. Danny Murtaugh is called back to finish the season.

      Matty Alou hits a grand slam, off Bob Veale, as Atlanta beats the Pirates, 6-2.

19th  The Mets sweep two from the visiting Astros, winning 8-4 and 7-2. Tommy Davis has a grand slam in the second contest.

21stBob Veale scatters three hits, 2 by Rusty Staub, as the Pirates stifle the Astros, 9-1. Roberto Clemente has a pair of triples and Manny Mota adds a four-bagger. Staub now has a 20-game hit streak.

22ndNorm Cash has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Tigers to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Willie Horton also homers for Detroit, while Mickey Mantle and Steve Whitaker hit four-baggers for New York. The Yankees have lost all 6 on this road trip.

      The first-place White Sox get Sandy Alomar and infielder Ken Boyer from the Mets in exchange for infielder Billy Southworth and catcher J. C. Martin.

23rd The Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Indians, 8-5 and 5-1, to run Boston’s win streak to 10 games, all on the road.  Joe Foy hits his second grand slam of ’67 and Yaz and Tony Conigliaro homer in game 1 to help Jim Lonborg (14-3). The Sox, now a half-game behind 1st-place Chicago, are greeted at Logan Airport by 10,000 when they return.

      At Chicago, the Giants are 5–3 winners in game 1 as Mike McCormick tops Fergie Jenkins. Jesus Alou hits his 2nd homer in 3 weeks off Jenkins and Jim Ray Hart hits a pair of homers. Hart homers in game 2, off winning starter Joe Niekro, but the Cubs get homers from Banks and Santo to win, 6-3.

24th  Chicago’s 3–1 win at St. Louis puts the Cards and Cubs even atop the NL with the best records in baseball. The Cards will proceed to go 45-20 the rest of the season and roll into the World Series.

25th  Race riots in Detroit force postponement of a Tigers-Orioles game. The games scheduled for the 26th and 27th are shifted to Baltimore.

      At Yankee Stadium, AL home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1–0 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until 2 outs in the 9th inning when Mantle clocks a ball over the 457 mark to tie the score.  The game is rained out with the score 1–1 and will be replayed on August 18.  New York will win the replay, 1–0.

      The White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland, winning both games with game-ending home runs,  a first in the AL. It has happened once in the NL.  In Game 1, J.C. Martin, a replacement catcher in the 7th, hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to make Hoyt Wilhelm the 3-1 winner in relief. Martin also homers in game 2, but it is Ken Berry’s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 16th that wins it for the White Sox, 6–5. The Sox have just 7 hits in game 2 while the Indians squander 17. This is the second time in history and the 2nd time in 5 years that a doubleheader ends with two walkoff homers. The next time will be May 28, 2004. The Sox will win a pair of consecutive games in 2010 with walkoff homers.

26th  With a NL-record-tying, 4-run-scoring sacrifice flies in one game, New York wins an 11–5 decision at San Francisco.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees play their 2nd 18-inning game of the season, losing this one 3–2 to Minnesota.  Rod Carew walks, steals 2B, continues to 3B on the catcher’s errant throw, and scores on Rich Rollins’ single.  Al Worthington wins over Thad Tillotson in 4:20.

29th  At Fenway, the Twins and Red Sox split a doubleheader. Boston wins the opener, 6–3, with the decision going to John Wyatt. In the nightcap. Boomer Scott thrills the crowd with an inside-the-park homer, but Oliva, Killebrew, Allison (2), and Uhlaender all hit HRs for the Twins. Jim Perry wins, 10–3.

      The Indians trade Rocky Colavito again, this time to the White Sox for OF Jim King and a player to be named.

30th  In the first of two at DC Stadium, Paul Casanova hits a grand slam and Frank Howard solos as the Senators trim the Angels, 11-1. Barry Moore is the winning pitcher. The Angels return the favor in game 2, winning 10-2.

31stJack Hiatt belts a pinch hit grand slam off Pittsburgh’s Elroy Face to give the Giants an 8–4 win.  Hiatt’s pinch slam is the 1200th slam in ML history.

      It didn’t take long. Playing now for the White Sox, Rocky Colavito belts a 2-run 10th inning homer of Indian starter Luis Tiant, and the White Sox win, 4-2. Chicago leads Boston by 2 games.