1971 August

1st  After homering yesterday off Dave Giusti, rookie Dave Kingman, in his 2nd ML game, clouts 2 homers for the Giants to help sweep a pair from the first-place Pirates, 11–7 and 8–3. McCovey adds a 3-run homer and Mays a bases-loaded double. Stargell has a pair of homers for the Pirates to go over the 100 RBI mark.

With have 2 runners on base after scoring 3 times in the 12th, the Cards file a protest against the Phillies for failing to get the field in playing condition after 2 rain delays, one 31 minutes and the other 49 minutes.  The Phils say their Zamboni broke down and the score reverts a 3–3, 11 inning tie.

The Cards protest will be upheld and the game replayed on September 7.

Hitless in his first 6 at bats, Jim Northrup homers in the 16th to give the Tigers a 4–3 win over the Angels. Joe Niekro is the winner in relief.

2nd  Houston’s Don Wilson allows just two hits in beating the Cubs and Fergie Jenkins, 2–1.

Lee pitches tremendous relief, allowing just 2 hits in 8 1/3 innings, and the 2nd-place Red Sox come back to beat the AL East first-place Orioles, 7–4. The Birds get all their runs off in the 1st.

4th   Bob Gibson wins his 200th game, a 7–2 victory over the Giants at St. Louis.

     Sal Bando hits a 3rd-inning grand slam for Oakland as the AL West leaders beat Milwaukee, 6-5.

Tom Walker of Fort Worth (Texas League) pitches a 15-inning, 1–0 no-hit win over Albuquerque, the 2nd longest no-hitter in baseball history. The Dukes Tom Haller matches Walker, scattering 9 hits in 14 innings before exiting. Enos Cabell’s run-scoring double ends it. Only Fred Toney’s 17-inning no-hitter in 1909 is longer.

5th The Pirates power to a 7–2 win at Montreal, but lose 3B Jose Pagan when his arm is fractured by a pitch in the 5th by Strohmeyer. He will return to be a World Series hero. Pagan, Stargell and Oliver homer for the Bucs and Gene Alley adds 2 triples.

Rico Carty, the 1970 NL batting champion comes of the disabled list where he has a been since March.  He’ll go back on it in 9 days without playing a game. Carty suffered a severe ankle injury in winter ball in the D.R. and will miss the entire 1971 season. He will return to hit .277, a drop from his 1970 average of .366.

6thThe Yankees kayo Pat Dobson in the 4th, beating the Orioles 12–3. The loss ends Dobson’s win streak of 12 games, his 9 consecutive complete games, and his consecutive scoreless inning streak of 23. Fritz Peterson is the complete game winner.

Jay Johnstone solos and Mike Andrews hits a grand slam, both off Blue Moon Odom, as the White Sox kayo the A’s, 7-0. Tom Bradley allows 2 hits in the win.

The Phillies edge the NL East leading Pirates, 3-2, as the two teams combine to use a ML-record 7 third basemen.  The Pirates use 5, including pitcher Bill Wilson who plays 3B for one batter before returning to the mound.

7th  Vida Blue becomes the first 20-game winner in the major leagues this season with a 1–0, 3-hit gem over the White Sox. Joel Horlen balks in Dick Green in the 5th inning with the game’s only run. Three years ago Horlen won a 1-0 decision when Tom Phoebus balked in the only run.

In Atlanta, the Mets pound four Braves pitcher for 21 hits as they trounce Atlanta 20-6.  Ken Boswell has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and is one of four players to score 3 runs.  Nolan Ryan goes 8 innings for the victory.

8th  Behind Lee May’s 2 homers and 5 RBIs, the Reds beat the visiting Montreal Expos, 6–3. His 2nd homer is a 3-run shot in the 9th.

9th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 5th inning to beat the Cubs 13–5 in the annual Hall of Fame game. Earlier, the Hall had inducted Satchel Paige and the 7 others selected in January.

Despite belting 6 home runs—3 by Bill Freehan, 2 by Horton, one by Rodriguez—at Fenway Park, the Tigers lose to the Red Sox, 12–11. The Sox have only one homer, a grand slam by Bob Montgomery. Rico Petrocelli’s pinch single with 2 outs in the 9th drives home the winner.

10th  Harmon Killebrew becomes the 10th player to amass 500 HRs, and adds his 501st, but the Orioles beat the Twins 4–3.  Mike Cuellar picks up the win.

The Giants Juan Marichal pitches the 50th shutout of his career, a 1–0 squeaker over Montreal. He leads all active hurlers in this category.

Sixteen baseball researchers at Cooperstown form the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), with founder Robert Davids as president.

11th  It’s not my fault.  Skip Lockwood accounts for the only Brewer tally when he homers off Detroit’s Joe Niekro. Each starter goes 7 innings in Detroit’s 2-1 victory. The next homer by a Brewer pitcher will come when Milwaukee is in the NL.

13th  Reds pitchers Don Gullett and Wayne Granger combine on a one-hitter, beating the visiting Cubs, 8–2.  The lone Cub safety is a 2-out double by Cleon Jones in the 8th inning. Granger pitches a hitless 9th.

14th  Before 30,678 Pittsburgh fans, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson, 35, hurls the first no-hitter of his career, an 11–0 shellacking of the Pirates. The Cards make it easy for Gibson by scoring 5 runs in the top of the first inning. Gibson walks 3 and strikes out 10, and paces the offensive with 3 RBIs. Gibson said after the game, “This was the greatest game I’ve ever pitched anywhere.” The win, Gibson’s 48th career shutout, improves his record to 11–10 and moves St. Louis to just 5 games behind the first-place Pirates.

The Braves purchase infielder Tony LaRussa from the Oakland A’s.

15th  Vida Blue raises his record to 22-4 as the A’s beat the Yankees, 6–4.  Blue scatters 10 hits and scores the tie breaking run on a wild pitch.

16th  Harmon Killebrew, who has a higher percentage of his hits (28.6%) go for home runs than any other player, collects his annual triple in a 11–2 win over the Indians. It marks his 8th season when he will hit exactly one three bagger.

17th Houston tops the Pirates, 6–5, as Bucs 2B Bill Mazeroski records his 2,000th career hit.

At Tacoma, Tacoma’s Burt Hooton ties a PCL record when he strikes out 19 in a 5–1 win over Eugene.

18th Johnny Callison hits an 8th inning homer off Braves starter Phil Niekro, and the Cubs win, 7-2. Milt Pappas wins his 15th.

20th  Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th, beating Houston 3–2. The win pulls the Cubs to 4 1/2 behind Pittsburgh. But following 2 losses to Houston, Leo Durocher and the players will square off in a clubhouse meeting on the 23rd. Durocher accuses Santo of demanding that the team give him a day, and the third sacker has to be restrained from going after Leo. Leo will finally lip an “I quit,” but stay on through the season in a frosty relationship with the team.

21st Mickey Lolich allows 6 hits as Detroit beats the Brewers 7–2. It is Lolich’s 20th win of the year.

Pitching in relief, the Reds Jim Merritt (1-11) records his only win of the year. A 20-game winner last season, Merritt, started the year with 11 straight losses, one short of the NL record. His 1-11 mark after a 20-game year is the worst on record.

Tommy John serves up a grand slam to Roy Foster in his one-inning start and the Indians defeat the White Sox, 9-4.

22ndOakland book ends solo homers to defeat the Red Sox, 2–1. Bert Campaneris leads off the game with a shot and, with 2 out in the 9th inning, Reggie Jackson ends the game with an inside-the-park homer over the head of CF Billy Conigliaro.

Lou Brock has 2 hits and 3 walks and scores 5 runs in the Cardinals, 13-4, win over the Braves.

23rd At Parc Jarry, Boots Day has a homer and 4 RBIs and Rusty Staub adds a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Expos double the Dodgers, 12-6.

24th  Padre Ed Acosta makes his ML pitching debut and shuts out the Phillies 2–0. He’s the first Padre to debut with a shutout.

Braves OF Rico Carty announces he has suffered permanent damage to his right eye from an altercation with 3 policemen in Atlanta.

At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits his 512th and final home run, connecting off the Reds Jim McGlothin in the 4th inning. Ernie moves past Mel Ott into an 8th place tie with Eddie Mathews on the all-time list. Chicago beats Cincy, 5–4. The Cubs will lose 10 of their next 12, however, to drop out of contention.

27th  Detroit’s Willie Horton is struck in the eye by a pitch from Chicago’s Rich Hinton, sidelining him for 28 games. Hinton, in his first ML start, last 2 2/3 innings in taking the 4-2 loss. Joe Coleman wins.

Pinch hitter Jimmy Stewart leads the Reds to a win as he hits a 9th inning bases-loaded triple against the Cardinals, then scores on Pete Rose’s sac fly. The Reds score 5 in the 9th to win, 8–7.

28th  Phillies hurler Rick Wise hits 2 HRs, including a grand slam off Don McMahon, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Wise beats the Giants 7–3. Wise also hit 2 HRs in his June no-hitter.

With 34,988 looking on, the Braves spoil “Ron Santo Day” at Wrigley Field by beating Ferguson Jenkins and the Cubs, 4–3. Santo is 1-for-3 with a run scored. He thanks the crowd and publicly acknowledges that he has diabetes.  More than $75,000 is raised for diabetes research.

Sal Bando clubs his second grand slam of the month and drives in 5 runs as Oakland beats Washington, 10-6. Chuck Dobson (14-3) is the winner.

Vada Pinson hits a 3-run homer and Ray Fosse belts a grand slam as the Indians edge the Twins, 9-8. Rich Reese has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs for Minnesota.

In the 25th Little League World Series, Taiwan defeats Gary, Indiana in the final to win, 12-3. Lloyd McClendon hits a 1st-inning 3-run homer for Gary, and then is walked intentionally in his remaining 3 at bats. The future Reds player hit 5 consecutive homers in the LLWS competition, all on the first pitch.

31stDon Mincher hits a 6th inning grand slam off rookie Roger Hambright but the Senators need an unearned run in the 9th to edge the Yankees, 6-5.  The A’s score 3 runs in the 8th to beat the Angels, 4-1. The Angels set a hapless Ml record for fewest runs scored in the month of August with only 63 in 27 games. It won’t be topped this century.

The A’s trade Frank Fernandez, along with Adrian Garrett, to the Cubs for Bill McNulty.  Fernandez will drive in 4 runs for the Cubs in September, all on solo homers, but will end his career leading the list of players with more walks than hits (164/145).