1960 – 1969

 

1960

JANUARY

5th The Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating.

11thThe Cubs send infielders Alvin Dark and Chicago native Jim Woods, and P John Buzhardt to the Phillies for OF Richie Ashburn. Ashburn hit .259 last year while driving in a ML-record low 20 runs in 564 at bats.

14th Charles Comiskey, Jr., says Bill Veeck has turned down his offer to buy the White Sox.

16th Dick Groat scores 14 points, but the football Steelers edge the baseball Pirates 22–20 in sudden death overtime in a benefit basketball game.  The Steelers are helped by a ringer, former Pitt hoop All-American Don Hennon.

21st Stan Musial asks for, and receives, a pay cut from $100,000 to $80,000 a year. Musial says he was overpaid in 1957 and 1958, and his salary should be cut, based on his performance in 1959.

26th Boston OF Jackie Jensen, 32, announces his retirement from baseball. Jensen will later say, “Looking back, it was foolish to quit. But I thought it would answer my problems [one of which was his great fear of flying].” Jensen will return to play in 1961 before retiring again for good.

29th The Illinois Appellate Court says Dorothy Rigney, sister of Charles Comiskey, Jr., was entitled to sell her mother’s shares of White Sox stock to Bill Veeck. Her brother brought suit in an effort to gain control of the club.

FEBRUARY

4th For the 2nd straight year, the BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member. Edd Roush gets 146 votes, but 202 are necessary for election. Sam Rice (143) and Eppa Rixey (142) are next in line.

      The Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park. They will work out of a locker room until the San Francisco facility is completed.

14th In Miami,Jim Hearn wins the ML Baseball Players Golf Tournament with a 301 over 72 holes. This is the first year the tourney has used stroke play instead of match play. Hearn defeats three-time winner Alvin Dark by a stroke. When they were teammates in 1951, Dark beat Hearn 2-1 in match play to win the tourney.  Finishing third is Albie Pearson.  Eddie Kasko, last year’s winner, did not compete.  In the non-active players competition, Roy Cullenbine wins with a 292. Finishing second is ex-hurler Jack Russell with a 298.

15th  Cienfuegos completes a 6–0 sweep to give Cuba the Caribbean Series championship for the 5th straight year. Camilo Pascual wins 2, including the Series clincher against Puerto Rico.

18th  Walter O’Malley, owner of the Dodgers, completes the purchase of the Chavez Ravine area in Los Angeles by paying $494,000 for property valued at $92,000.

20th  Branch Rickey meets with officials of the proposed Western Carolinas League about pooling talent for Continental League clubs.

23rd  Demolition of Ebbets Field begins. Lucy Monroe sings the National Anthem, and Roy Campanella is given an urn of dirt from behind home plate.

27th  Al Lang dies at the age of 89. The Yankees and Cardinals delay the opening of spring training by a day so that players and team officials can attend the funeral.  More than 1,000 people will attend.

MARCH

9th  Hank Greenberg says efforts to settle the Veeck-Comiskey dispute have failed and that Charles Comiskey refuses to become a minority partner of the Veeck-Greenberg syndicate that controls the White Sox.

10th  In Scottsdale, Arizona, Red Sox OF Marty Keough and pitcher Dave Hillman are injured in an auto accident.

13th  The White Sox unveil new road uniforms with the players’ names above the number on the back, another innovation by Bill Veeck.

15th  The New Orleans Pelicans cease operation as a member of the Southern Association, and Little Rock replaces them.

16th  The Red Sox send catcher Sammy White and OF Jim Marshall to the Indians for C Russ Nixon.  The trade is later canceled when White retires.

24th  Commissioner Ford Frick says he will not allow the Continental League to pool players in the Western Carolinas League as it would violate existing major-minor league agreements.

26th  An Orioles-Reds series scheduled for Havana, Cuba, is moved to Miami by Baltimore chief Lee MacPhail. The Reds, with a farm club in Cuba, want the trip, but the Orioles fear increased political unrest in the area.

29th  The Giants send P Al Worthington to the Red Sox for OF Jim Marshall. After 6 appearances for the Bosox, the White Sox will buy him from Boston and use him in 4 games before releasing him to Minneapolis in May, his 3rd stop in the Twin City. Reportedly, Worthington disagreed with Chicago owner Bill Veeck’s use of the scoreboard to steal signs. (Dewey & Acocella).

31st  By a vote of 8–1, the Professional Baseball Rules Committee turns down a PCL proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher.

APRIL

3rd  The Orioles pickup C Clint Courtney, along with SS Ron Samford, from the Senators for 2B Billy Gardner.

4th  The White Sox send C Earl Battey and 1B Don Mincher plus cash to the Senators for 1B Roy Sievers.

5th  The Giants purchase 1B Dale Long from the Cubs.

8th  The Cubs get infielder Don Zimmer from the Dodgers in return for infielder John Goryl, OF Lee Handley, minor league P Ron Perranoski, and cash.  Perranoski, 11–10 at Ft. Worth, will develop into the top reliever in the NL.

9th  Black and white fans integrate the stands at City Park Stadium in New Orleans for an Indians-Red Sox exhibition game. Walt Bond hits 2 HRs in Cleveland’s 12–8 win.

12th  With 42,269 fans in attendance, the Giants edge the Cardinals 3–1 in the first game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Sam Jones pitches a 3-hitter, and Cardinals OF Leon Wagner hits the first HR in the $15 million stadium. In the 3rd inning, the umpires protest that the foul poles are several inches in fair territory, rather than on the foul lines: the Giants will make the correction after the season.

      Chuck Essegian’s 11th-inning pinch-hit HR beats the Cubs, 3–2, before a record Opening Day crowd (67,550) at Los Angeles. The HR is Essegian’s 3rd straight as a pinch hitter, including 2 in the 1959 WS. Don Drysdale pitches all the way, striking out 14, for the win over Bob Elston.

      In a deal that will haunt the Indians, Frank Lane sends Norm Cash to Detroit for 3B Steve Demeter. Cash will be Detroit’s regular 1B for the next 14 years and will hit 373 HRs for them. Demeter will play 4 games for Cleveland.

14th  After a 9–4 Opening Day loss to the Reds, Eddie Sawyer decides he’s had it with managing and quits the Phillies, stating, “I’m 49 and I want to live to be 50.”  He came to Philadelphia from Toronto (International League) in l948 and has managed no other ML team.  Interim manager Andy Cohen wins one game before Gene Mauch gets the job and begins a 26-year managerial career in the bigs.

      At San Francisco, the Cubs win 6–5 despite a helping hand by Cubs pitcher Moe Drabowsky.  Moe, warming up in the bullpen when teammate Frank Thomas lines a ball down the 3B line, fields the double cleanly, and the interference holds Thomas to a single. But Thomas has a wind-blown double in the 9th to win the game. Ernie Banks has a grand slam in the 3rd to counter 3 solo homers by the Giants.

16th  Sam Jones’s no-hit bid is spoiled with 2 out in the 8th by Walt Moryn’s pinch HR. The Giants beat the Cubs 6–1.

      Ed Bailey has 4 singles and a homer to lead the Reds to an 11–3 win at Pittsburgh.

17th  Start of a curse? On Easter Sunday, Frank Lane brings AL batting champ Harvey Kuenn to Cleveland and sends co-HR champ Rocky Colavito to Detroit. Colavito, an unparalleled fan favorite in Cleveland, had been a brief Spring hold out for more money. Colavito was on first base in an exhibition game in Memphis against the White Sox when manager Joe Gordon informs him of the trade. Rocky will hit 173 HRs before returning to the Tribe on January 20, 1965. Kuenn will report to Cleveland, pull a muscle, and never be the same hitter. He’ll be traded after one season.

      Eddie Mathews hits his 300th HR, off Robin Roberts, plus a double and triple, as Milwaukee beats Philadelphia 8–4. To date, only Jimmie Foxx hit his 300th at a younger age.

      Pittsburgh’s Joe Gibbon makes his ML debut in the 2nd game of a twinbill with the Reds. With the Pirates down 5–0 in the 8th, the rookie comes in to mop up. Gibbon throws 2 scoreless innings and the Bucs score 6 in the 9th for a 6–5 win. Hal Smith’s 3-run pinch homer and Bob Skinner’s 2-out, two-run homer off reliever Ted Wieand makes Gibbon the winner. The Bucs win the opener, 5–0, behind Bob Friend’s 4-hitter.

18th  In the AL opener at Washington, a week later than the NL start, President Dwight D. Eisenhower throws out the first ball, then watches Camilo Pascual strike out 15 batters to tie Walter Johnson’s record. Boston’s only run in a 10–1 loss is a Ted Williams HR.

      Trader Lane continues to swap sending another Cleveland favorite Herb Score, a lefty, to the White Sox for righty Barry Latman. Score and Colavito, traded 3 days ago, were the last two players to pre-date Lane’s arrival in Cleveland.

19th  Opening Day in Cleveland takes on added drama as Rocky Colavito makes his debut with the Tigers. He is hitless in 6 ABs and strikes out 4 times. Detroit’s Frank Lary and Cleveland’s Gary Bell each pitch 10 shutout innings. The Tigers score twice in the 11th, but Jim Piersall’s 2-run single off Jim Bunning ties the game. In the 15th, as the ML record for the longest Opening Day game is tied, Al Kaline’s 2-run single gives Detroit a 4–2 win.

      Before a home crowd of 41,661, Minnie Minoso celebrates his return to the White Sox with a 4th-inning grand slam against Kansas City. Leading off the bottom of the 9th with the score tied 9–9, Minoso hits a solo homer for his 6th RBI.

      On Patriot’s Day at Fenway Park, Roger Maris makes his debut with the Yankees a smash as he goes 4-for-5, including 2 home runs, and drives in 4 runs. No one will debut with two homers for the Yanks the rest of the century. The Yanks spoil Boston’s Opener with an 8–4 win as Jim Coates goes all the way for New York. Tom Brewer is the loser. Red Sox catcher Haywood Sullivan has his first ML hit after 5 seasons and 16 at bats. Mayor John Collins, wheel-chair bound because of polio, tosses out the first ball.

20th  Light hitting Roy McMillan has 2 home runs, 3 singles, and drives in 5 runs as the Reds top the Braves, 10–5, in 10 innings.

22nd  In the home opener at Yankee Stadium, Mantle socks a 4th inning homer off Hoyt Wilhelm, and New York beats Baltimore, 5–0.

      A record opening day crowd of 53,563 at Briggs Stadium sees the Tigers chalk up their 3rd straight win, 6–5, over the White Sox. Recently acquired Rocky Colavito blasts a HR in his first at bat in Detroit, and Eddie Yost adds a HR in the 5th.

24th  The Yankees score 8 runs against the Orioles before the first out is made, tying an AL record set by Cleveland July 6, 1954, also against Baltimore. Starter Jack Fisher gives up 6 tallies. The Orioles respond with grand slams by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus in the 8th and 9th, but New York holds on for a 15–9 triumph. Baltimore is the first team in history to have two grand slams in a losing cause (as noted by historian Tom Ruane). The O’s manage just 4 hits in 8 innings off starter Jim Coates, while the Yankees collect 14 hits.  Elston Howard has two triples and a homer for 5 RBIs, and Tony Kubek has a pair of homers.

      Lou Berberet’s first-inning grand slam off Early Wynn at Detroit is the AL’s 3rd of the day, tying the ML record for number of slams on one day in one league. The Tigers beat the White Sox 12–4, as Casey Wise has a single, triple and 2 homers to drive in 5 runs.

      Jimmie Coker’s grand slam for Philadelphia off Ted Wieand of the Reds in a 7-run 8th is the day’s 4th. This ties the ML record for most slams in one day, and gives the Phils a 9–5 win.

      George Altman of the Cubs earns a “3-ball walk,” as umpire Ken Burkhart accidentally counts a balk as a ball in Chicago’s game against the Giants. With the count 0-1, Billy Loes backs Altman off the plate, but the pitch is called a balk. The Cubs add some offense and win, 9–4, behind Don Elston. Billy Loes loses.

26th  After Earl Battey hits a grand slam in the 6th to give the Senators the lead, Jim Gentile cracks a 3-run homer in  the 8th off reliever Camilo Pascual, and the Orioles edge the Senators, 11-10.  Jim Lemon, Dan Dobbek, and Harmon Killebrew add homers for the Nats, while Gene Woodling goes deep for the O’s.

28th  The Pirates down the Phillies, 3-0, behind Bob Friend’s 4-hitter.  Friend strikes out 11, one off the club record.

29th  In St. Louis, the Cards crush the Cubs, 16–6. Stan Musial plays his 1,000th game at 1B, becoming the first player ever with that many at 2 positions (1,513 in the outfield). A bright spot for the Cubs is Ernie Banks hitting 2 homers, good for 6 RBIs, to break Gabby Hartnett’s club record of 231 homers.

      Johnny Roseboro’s grand slam is the feature of the Dodgers 8-run 5th as they down the Giants, 10-2.  Willie McCovey has a double and homer off winner Johnny Podres.

      Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio set a new Texas League record by playing 24 innings at San Antonio’s Mission Stadium. The Valley Giants score twice in the 24th, ending the 5 hour, 42 minute marathon with a 4–2 win.

30th  Pittsburgh has a 10-run 2nd inning in its 8th straight win, 12–7, at Cincinnati. Clemente hits a 3-run homer in the big inning.  Mazeroski has 4 hits, including a homer.

In Baltimore, Jim Coates scatters 8 hits, 3 by Al Pilarcik, and the Yankees do the rest demolishing Baltimore, 15-0. Roger Maris has a pair of doubles and a homer to pace the attack.

MAY

1st  The Pirates, behind Vern Law’s pitching, win their 9th game in a row, 13–2, against the Reds at Cincinnati. It’s Pittsburgh’s longest winning streak since 1945. Roberto Clemente hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Don Newcombe, and Bill Mazeroski clubs a 3-run homer in the 8th.

Orioles vet Skinny Brown hurls Baltimore to a 4–1, win over the Yankees. Browns allows just one hit, a first inning homer by Mantle. Rookie Ron Hansen matches Mantle to up his RBI total to an AL high 32.

2nd  Ron Kline’s 7-hitter gives the Cardinals a 4–3 win and ends Pittsburgh’s streak at 9 games, the club’s longest since 1945. Roy Face issues a bases-loaded walk in the 9th for his 2nd straight loss.

     At Candlestick, the Giants Mike McCormick scatters 4 hits in shutting out the Braves, 5-0. Jim Davenport homers and Willie Mays singles to run his consecutive game hitting streak from the start of the season to 16 games. Willie ended last season with a 7-game streak to give him a 23-game hitting streak overall (as noted by Trent McCotter).

      Playing at a converted football stadium because their own Russwood Park was destroyed by fire on April 17, the Memphis Chicks and Birmingham set a Southern League one-game record with 11 HRs, 6 of which clear a RF fence just 204 feet from home plate. Afterward, all drives over the RF fence are declared doubles until home plate can be moved. The Chicks move to Tobey Park in mid-July.

4th  The Cubs  make a trade—with WGN—plucking Lou Boudreau out of the broadcast booth to replace Charlie Grimm (6-11) as manager, Jolly Cholly takes Lou’s chair behind the mike. The Cubs win, 5–1, over the Pirates as Dick Ellsworth gains his first ML victory.

      The Orioles C Gus Triandos sets AL records with 3 passed balls in one inning (6th) and 4 in one game, but Hoyt Wilhelm, making a rare start, goes 7 innings and gets credit for a 6–4 Baltimore win over the White Sox. Early Wynn records his 2,000th strikeout in a no-decision effort for the Sox. Triandos’ PB mark for an inning will be tied by reserve backstop Myron Ginsberg in six days, and Tom Egan will collect 5 PBs in 1970 to erase Gus’s name.

6th  The Dodgers send veteran OF Sandy Amoros to Detroit for 1B Gail Harris.

7th  Eddie Bressoud’s 3-run HR—a 397-foot, inside-the-park shot off Harvey Haddix—highlights a 6-run rally as the Giants edge Pittsburgh 6–5 at Candlestick Park. San Francisco ties a ML record and sets a NL record by leaving just 2 men on base in 2 consecutive games (16 innings), while winning both. Haddix gives up the 3-run homer but will never allow a grand slam in 240 dingers, a NL record. Jim Palmer holds the ML and AL record.

      Siblings Larry and Norm Sherry of the Dodgers become the 10th brother battery in ML history. Catcher Norm belts an 11th-inning HR to give his relief-pitching brother Larry a 3–2 win against Philadelphia.

      Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette allows just one hit in beating the visiting Tigers, 5–0. Neil Chrisley’s double is the only safety.

      Takehiko Bessho becomes the winningest pitcher in Japan as his Tokyo Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers 6–3. Bessho has 302 wins, one more than Victor Starfin.

8th  Cal McLish gives up 4 hits in 8 innings as the Reds clip the Cardinals, 5-2. Tony Gonzalez and Vada Pinson hit homers, with Pinson’s a grand slam.

10th  Joe Ginsberg of the Orioles loses a struggle with Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckler, and ties the record set 6 days earlier by teammate Gus Triandos with 3 passed balls in one inning. Dick Williams of the A’s belts a grand slam, as the AL record of 3 on one day in one league is tied for the 2nd time in 16 days. Williams also doubles in a 9-run 5th inning. Kansas City beats Baltimore 10–0.

      Grand slams by Red Sox teammates Vic Wertz and Rip Repulski at Fenway Park give Boston a 9–7 win over Chicago. The NL-vet Repulski’s 8th-inning shot off Don Ferrarese comes on his first AL at bat. It is just the second time that Sox teammates have hit grand slams in the same game (Morgan and Walters in 1934), though Rudy York and Jim Tobin each hit two slams in a game.

11th  At San Francisco, Sam Jones hurls a 2-hitter, both wind-blown safeties, and draws a bases-loaded walk for the only run as the Giants edge the Phils, 1–0. Owens is the loser. Don Blasingame goes 0-for-4, but can be excused if his thoughts are elsewhere. The Blazer was married in the morning to Sara Cooper in a ceremony in Reno.  Sara, a former Miss American contestant from Missouri, is the daughter of Walker Cooper, Blasingame’s former Cardinal teammate.

12th  Duplicating Jones’ effort of yesterday, the Giants Jack Sanford pitches a 2-hit, 1–0 win over the Phils. He matches Jones by striking out 11 and walking 3.

At Wrigley, the Reds sink the Cubs, 14–1, by scoring 7 runs in the first inning and 6 in the 2nd.

      The Phils release P Curt Simmons, who had no decisions this year or last. The Cardinals sign the veteran, who will win 69 games for the Birds over the next 7 seasons.

      In the Florida State League, Palatka’s Michael Mattaice hurls his 2nd consecutive no-hitter, rolling over Tampa, 20–0. On the 3rd, he beat Daytona Beach 4–0.

13th  Mike McCormick’s shutout of the Dodgers is the 3rd straight by San Francisco pitchers, following 2-hitters against Philadelphia by Sam Jones and Jack Sanford. The first-place Giants have 7 straight wins.

      Pirate Dick Groat becomes the first NL player since Connie Ryan in 1953 to go 6-for-6 as Pittsburgh beats Milwaukee, 8–2.

      Philadelphia suffers its 3rd straight 1–0 shutout, losing to the Reds in Cincinnati. The Phillies, losers of back-to-back 1–0 games in San Francisco, tie the ML record for straight 1–0 losses. Jim O’Toole’s win is Cincinnati’s 9th straight. The Phils announce a trade of 1B Ed Bouchee and P Don Cardwell to the Cubs for 2B Tony Taylor and C Cal Neeman.

15th  Two days after being traded from the Phillies to the Cubs, Don Cardwell pitches a no-hitter. A brilliant, leaping catch of Carl Sawatski’s drive by RF George Altman in the 8th inning saves Cardwell’s gem and Walt Moryn ends the game with a magnificent catch of Joe Cunningham’s line drive. Jack Brickhouse calls the last out: “Watch it. . . there’s a drive on the line to leftfield. . .  C’mon Moose. HE DID IT! MORYN MADE A FABULOUS CATCH! It’s a no-hitter! A no-hitter! And what a catch that Moryn made. .  .Oh brother! What a catch he made!”  Ernie Banks’ HR paces the 4–0 win, the first no-hitter against the Cards since May 11, 1919.

      At Cincinnati, the Reds are down 9–1 when P Raul Sanchez starts a brawl by plunking 3 of 4 Phils batters in the 8th inning, the last batter being P Gene Conley. Phils manager Gene Mauch then charges the mound to tackle Sanchez. Both dugouts empty with fights all around. The most cinematic is 2B Billy Martin, 5’11” taken on the 6’9″ Conley, though future Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Robin Roberts is a close second. It takes 12 minutes to restore order. The Phils romp 14–3, then lose 5–1 in the doubleheader.

17th  At County Stadium, Frank Howard poles a one-out 8th inning grand slam and reliever Larry Sherry follows an out later with a solo homer as the Dodgers down the Braves, 6-4.

      The Boston Red Sox trade lanky 1B Ron Jackson, acquired last November, to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for vet Ray Boone.

19th  The Yankees send SS Andy Carey to the A’s for slugger Bob Cerv. Cerv had been with the Yanks for 5 years before going to KC where he banged 38 HRs in 1958 and was chosen as the AL left fielder over Ted Williams. Cerv will be claimed in the expansion draft in 1960 and the Yanks will again reacquire him.

       Reds use three hits in the 9th inning, including a run-off triple by Vada Pinson to top Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 5-4. Koufax fans 10. Jim Brosnan (1-0) in relief is the winner. Catcher Johnny Roseboro gets credit for a straight steal of home in the 4th as the Dodgers take a 4-0 lead. The Reds announce the purchase of P Bob Grim from the Indians.

20th  At Comiskey Park, Ted Kluszewski drives in 4 runs, 2 on a HR off Whitey Ford, to lead the White Sox to a 5–3 win, the 9th in a row at home for Chicago. Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 9th inning 2-run shot off Early Wynn, the winner. After giving up no stolen bases in the last two years, Ford allows one by Minoso.  Chicago leads Cleveland in the AL by 1 1/2 games.

      The Pirates stretch their NL lead to 1 1/2 games by edging the Giants, 5–4, on Roberto Clemente’s single in the 12th inning. Clemente has 3 hits to raise his average to .378. Willie McCovey’s homer in the 9th tied it for San Francisco, and a score in the 12th puts them ahead. But Don Hoak’s single and a run-scoring double by Dick Groat sets the stage for Clemente.

      Love that home cooking. The Cards, 2–17 on the road, win their 10th in 13 decisions at home, beating the Reds and starter Jim O’Toole, 6–1. With the bases loaded, Stan Musial hits a line drive back at Cincy reliever Joe Nuxhall, who deliberately drops the ball in order to start a DP. The umps rule Nuxhall did it on purpose and Musial is out. The runners return to their bases. Jackson is the winner.

22ndWith Colavito on the bench because of poor hitting, the Tigers sweep the visiting Red Sox, 6–2 and 5–2. Boston has now lost 9 straight and extend that to 10 games before winning.  Bunning and Aguirre notch the wins, as the Hubmen strand 15 runners in the nightcap.

       Cleveland Stadium, the Indians and Orioles go just 5 innings, as the O’s edge the Tribe, 7-6. Earl Battey has a grand slam for Cleveland.

25th  George Crowe’s ML-record 11th pinch-hit HR, off Don McMahon, gives the Cardinals a 5–3 win over the Braves. Crowe began the season tied with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial in career pinch HRs.

27th  Pittsburgh acquires 29-year-old lefty Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell from the Cardinals, along with LF Dick Gray, for minor leaguers Julian Javier and Ed Bauta. Javier will start at 2B for the Cards for a dozen years, but Mizell will help solidify the starting rotation.

      Since there is no rule limiting the size or shape of the catcher’s mitt, Baltimore manager Paul Richards combats the passed-ball problem while catching Hoyt Wilhelm (38 in 1959; 11 so far this year) by devising an oversized mitt to gather in Hoyt’s fluttering knuckler. It is half again as large as the standard glove and 40 ounces heavier. Wilhelm goes the distance in beating New York 3–2 at Yankee Stadium. Courtney has no passed balls behind the plate.

      Ed Bailey snaps a 5–5 tie with a 9th inning grand slam as the Reds defeat the visiting Braves, 9–5. Pinson’s 2nd triple of the game set up 2 intentional walks and set the table for Bailey.

      Camilo Pascual strikes out 13 but Washington loses to the Red Sox, 4–3, his 3rd loss to Boston this year.

28th  Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus and high fever and will miss 13 games. New York goes 7-6 under interim manager Ralph Houk. Today the Yanks top the Senators, 5–1, behind Jim Coates’ 5th straight win.  The game is scoreless until Mantle cracks a 5th inning opposite field homer off Jim Kaat, who then walks three, hits two batters, and a serves up a Gil McDougald 2-run triple good for 3 runs.  Later Mantle homers again, and Maris, leading the AL, also homers, the first time the two have hit round trippers together in a game.

      At Wrigley Field, a tired Sandy Koufax pitches 13 innings as the Dodgers lose to the Cubs, 4-3 in 14 innings. Koufax, in the longest outing of his career (he’ll have another 13 inning outing this year)  walks Ed Bouchee and Ernie Banks to start the 14th and is replaced by Ed Roebuck. Bouchee then steals 3B, his first steal since 1958, setting up an intentional walk.  Chicago’s 4th hit of the game, by Don Zimmer, gives Chicago the win.

      At Forbes Field in the 8th inning, Clemente is on 3B and Smith on 1B with 2 outs, when Mazeroski fans on a ball that hits in the front of the plate. The ball then hits Umpire Al Barlick on the right knee and bounces back toward Phillies pitcher, Jim Owens. Maz doesn’t move as Smith jogs to 2B. .Clemente races in from 3B then stops.  Owens fields the ball and goes after Clemente ignoring pleas from the Phils’ bench to simply throw to 1B. In the run-down, Clemente knocks the ball out of Jim Coker’s glove and scores the tying run on the catcher’s error (the photo has been widely published). The Pirates win, 4–2 in the 13th on Don Hoak’s 2-run HR.

30th  At the Stadium, the Yanks earn a split with the Senators when, in game 2, Yogi Berra belts a two-run homer in the 8th inning.  When Mantle makes a catch for the final out, he is surrounded by a group a fans, one of whom punches him in the face as he races for the dugout. Because of the incident, the Yankees announce that ushers using ropes—a tactic used at one point with DiMaggio—will escort Mantle off the field.

      At Kansas City, the Athletics take a pair from the Tigers, winning 7-6 and 8-2.  Hank Foiles pinch single in the 11th drives in the winning run in game 1, while homers do the damage in game 2.  Whitey Herzog has a 3-run homer and Marv Throneberry belts a grand slam.

31st In Los Angeles, Norm Sherry becomes the second Sherry to hit a grand slam this month as he connects in an 8-3 win over the Cardinals.  Brother Larry earns the save today.

       Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Reds, 4-3, in 11 innings when Roberto Clemente singles home the winner following Dick Groat’s 5th hit of the game.  Two weeks ago Groat had a 6-hit game.

JUNE

1st Mickey Mantle hits a one-out HR in the first inning, a 400-foot blow on an 0–2 pitch, for the only Yankee hit against Baltimore’s Hal Brown. The Baby Birds win 4–1 and sweep the three game series with the Yankees to move into first place (27-15). New York leaves Baltimore in 4th place (19-19).

2nd   At Fenway, the Senators twice veto the Red Sox, winning, 8-3 and 8-7. Billy Gardner homers in game 1 and scores 3 times, then hits a grand slam in the nightcap.  Marv Throneberry’s 10th inning triple in game 2 drives in the winning run.

4th  Detroit’s Chico Fernandez strokes a 10th-inning triple against Cleveland, and then swipes home for the final run in a 7–4 win. Rocky Colavito breaks out of his slump with a solo HR in the 4th and a 2-run HR in the 10th, off Stigman.

      In Los Angeles, Wally Moon lines an inside-the-park grand slam in the 7th as the Dodgers come from behind to whip the Cubs, 12-6. Moon drives in 5 runs and Ed Roebuck (3-1) pitches 5 innings of relief.

5th  The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox, taking the opener on homers by Mantle and Maris. Roger’s blow is a 3 run shot to give New York a 5–4 victory. Art Ditmar is the CG winner in the nightcap, winning 8–3.

      Russ Kemmerer and Frank Baumann each toss 2-0 shutouts as the White Sox win a pair from Kansas City.

8th  Bob Turley tosses a 3-hit shutout against the White Sox, and Mantle adds his 9th and 10th homers of the season as the Yankees win, 6-0. His 2nd homer, in the 8th, is followed by Maris’s 16th of the year, matching his season total last year with KC. It is the first time the M Boys have hit back-to-back homers.

      At Fenway, the Indians sweep two games from the Red Sox, winning 8-7 and 5-2.  Pumpsie Green hits a grand slam in the opener off starter Jim Perry, but Johnny Klippstein pitches 3 innings of hitless relief to preserve the win.  Woodie Held’s grand slam in the nightcap is all the scoring Cleveland needs.

9th  George Strickland’s 2-run homer in the 6th is the winning margin in Cleveland’s 3–2 win over the Red Sox.  With the Orioles losing a pair to Detroit, Cleveland stretches its AL lead to 1 1/2 games. After the game, the Red Sox send outfielder Gene Stephens to the Orioles for OF Willie Tasby.

10th  In New York, Mantle cracks his 3rd homer in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland’s Dick Stigman. The 8th inning solo shot gives New York a 4–3 win.

Dutch treat. Reds catcher Dutch Dotterer hits a grand slam home run off the Dodgers Sandy Koufax to account for all of Cincy’s scoring. They win, 4–3. For Dutch, it is one of his 5 career dingers and his only slam.

      The Red Sox fire manager Billy Jurges, who left the team on June 8 reportedly because of illness. Del Baker will be the interim manager. Tomorrow, the Sox will hire Pinky Higgins as the regular manager. It’ll be Pinky’s second tour of duty as Sox skipper.

11th  At Fenway, the White Sox set an AL record with just 7 assists in a twi-night doubleheader split against the Red Sox, losing 5–4 and winning 8–4. With 2 assists in the first game and 5 in the 2nd, Chicago also sets an AL record for fewest assists in 2 consecutive games. Don Buddin hits a leadoff HR in the day game off Early Wynn, who allows just one more hit till the 6th. After a Runnels single, Wynn knocks down Williams with an inside pitch. Ted then belts his 497th homer, a 450-foot shot. Wertz follows a walk to Williams in the 8th with a HR.

12th  In a record-tying 3 hour and 52 minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey’s pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves. Cepeda and Mays each have 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, while Bob Schmidt is 4-for-4 including 2 doubles. For Milwaukee, Joe Adcock is 4-for-4 while Hank Aaron has two doubles and a homer and scores 4 runs.

      The Tigers and Senators combine for 11 homers in their DH split, with the Nats hitting 8 roundtrippers. Jim Lemon hits 3 homers, one in game 1, an 8–2 win, and a pair in the nightcap loss, 12–5. Colavito has a pair in the nightcap for Detroit and winning pitcher Frank Lary also goes deep.

13th The Indians trade C Russ Nixon and OF Carroll Hardy to the Red Sox for Marty Keough and P Ted Bowsfield. Nixon had been traded in March to the Red Sox for Sammy White, but the deal fell through when White refused to report. Hardy once pinch hit for Maris in Cleveland, and will do the same for Ted Williams this year, the only time Williams will ever have a pinch hitter.

14th  New York beats KC, 6–2 behind Jim Coates and Roger Maris. Maris drives in 5 runs with a HR, double, and single. The Yankees have now 7th straight, all since Stengel returned from the hospital, and now are in a virtual tie with the Indians and Orioles for 1st place.

      Bunning strikes out 13 in 7 innings, but gives up a HR to Ted Williams, #498, and is losing before Norm Cash bats for him and hits a 2-run homer.  Detroit beats Boston, 2–1.

      The Cubs sign Danvars, Mass. high school superstar Danny Murphy (.489: 11-0) to a $130,000 contract, making him the highest paid player of the bonus era so far.  In 4 days, the 17-year-old will start in the outfield at Crosley Field when the Reds Jay Hook stops the Cubs, 7–1.  Murphy will hit just .120 this year and after three seasons drop to the minors. He’ll resurface as a pitcher with the White Sox in 1969, one of the few players to make the majors as a position player and pitcher.

      In Juarez, Mexico, actress Lorraine Day obtains a divorce from Leo Durocher. The two wed on January 20, 1947.

15th  Mexico City and Poza Rico combine to hit 12 HRs in one game, a Mexican League record.

      Philadelphia sends Wally Post back to Cincinnati, along with OF Harry Anderson and 1B Fred Hopke, for outfielders Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls. Gonzalez will be a reliable starter for 9 years in Philley and, in 1962, will be the first CF to field 1.000.

      The Dodgers send another Brooklyn veteran packing when Clem Labine goes to the Tigers for P Ray Semproch.

16th  At Candlestick, the first-place Pirates take a 10-2 lead into the 9th and hold on for a 10-7 victory over the Giants. Starter Mizell loses his vinegar and gives up 3 singles in the 9th before Elroy Face replaces him.  Bob Skinner has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs, and Don Hoak has a pair of triples and scores 3 runs.

17th  A 2-run HR off Wynn Hawkins at Cleveland Municipal Stadium makes Ted Williams the 4th player in ML history to hit 500 HRs. The Red Sox win 3–1 behind Frank Sullivan’s 12 strikeouts.

      In Chicago, Bill Veeck’s new $300,000 exploding scoreboard is silent as no Sox players hit homers.  However, when Clete Boyer bangs one in the 2nd inning, all the Yankees light sparklers and greet the third baseman on the dugout steps. Berra leads the sparklers in the bullpen. Mantle’s 8th inning homer prompts another round of sparklers as the Yanks win, 4–2.

18th  New York continues the fireworks in Chicago with long home runs by Mantle, Maris and Skowron to win 12–5 and sweep the 4-game series in Chicago. The Mantle home run is over the CF fence and is followed by Maris’s clout to the upper deck in right.

      The Giants, a big favorite to win the pennant in a preseason poll of writers taken by The Sporting News,change managers, replacing Bill Rigney with Tom Sheehan. Horace Stoneham’s team is 33-25 and trails only Pittsburgh. At 66 years, 2 months, and 18 days, Sheehan is the oldest rookie manager in ML history.

19th  In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, the Orioles Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Tigers. Wilhelm allows 2 hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Bunning, and Pappas allows 3 hits in winning the nightcap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Gentile and Hansen homer in the opener as Clint Courtney, using the big glove, is twice charged with batter interference, the first loading the bases in the 4th.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Pirates Dick Stuart hits a grand slam off Sandy Koufax but the Dodgers hang on for an 8-6 win. Ed Roebuck, in relief of a wild Koufax, earns the W.

      At Omaha, the top-ranked Minnesota, consisting of all Minnesota natives, beats USC, 2-1, in 10 innings to win the NCAA championship. Jim Rantz goes the distance for the Gophers. Rantz will sign with the Senators, eventually moving to the front office where he will become director of miner-league operations for the Twins, retiring from that job at the age of 75, in 2012.

21st  Whitey Ford outduels Yankee Killer Frank Lary to give New York a 6–0 win in Detroit. Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 homers off Lary.

      Despite 2 HRs and a single by Ted Williams, driving in 4 runs, the Red Sox lose to KC, 11–7. Jerry Casale puts the Sox in the hole by giving up hits to the first 6 batters.

Reno (California League) beats visiting Stockton, 8–3, as legendary fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 19 Silver Sox batters.

23rd  The Braves acquire Alvin Dark from the Phils for infielder Joe Morgan and cash. The cash they keep; Morgan they sell to the Indians in August.

24th  Willie Mays hits 2 HRs, singles, steals home, and makes 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5–3 win at Cincinnati. Mays has 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

At Municipal Stadium, the Orioles score a run in each of the final 6 innings to edge the A’s, 6-5.  Jerry Lumpe has a grand slam for the Athletics.

26th  Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to 2 players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.

      At Forbes Field, Cubs rookie Ron Santo, making his ML debut, leads Chicago to a sweep of the first place Pirates. Santo is 3-for-7 and drives in 5 runs as the Cubs win 7–5 and 7–6.

      At Municipal Stadium, Jim Gentile of the Orioles drives in 7 runs as the O’s win, 9-2,  Gentile has 3 hits including two homers, one a grand slam.

      Ernie Broglio is 1-1 on the day pitching in relief as his Cardinals split a pair with the Phillies.  Broglio comes into game 1 in the 11th in relief of Larry Jackson and surrenders a 12th inning walkoff homer to Tony Gonzalez.  John Buzhardt pitches 12 innings to win, 3-2. In the nightcap, Broglio pitches 3 shutout innings and is the beneficiary when Hal Smith hits a 9th inning 3-run homer off Chris Short as the Cards win, 4-3.

27th  In an American Association game in Denver, the hometown Bears hit four consecutive homeruns after two outs in the first inning against Louisville. Steve Boros, Jim McDaniel, Larry Osborne and Ozzie Virgil connect. Denver adds three more homers in the game and Louisville connects for three to total 10 roundtrippers.

28th  At Connie Mack Stadium, rookie Dallas Green makes his first ML victory a nifty one as he stops the Dodgers, 2-0, on 3 hits.  Successive doubles in the 1st net a run for Philadelphia, and Pancho Herrera’s 6th inning homer completes the scoring.  Herrera has now hit in 20 consecutive games.

30th  Dick Stuart blasts 3 consecutive HRs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in 7 runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the 2nd Pirate to hit 3 HRs in a game at Forbes Field. Jack Sanford pitches a 3-hit shutout to give the Giants an 11–0 first-game win. With the 11–6 nightcap victory, Pittsburgh is 3 ahead of the 2nd-place Braves.

      The Braves lose to the Cubs in Chicago, 11–5, as Cubs pitcher Don Cardwell cards 4 hits.

      New York beats up on their cousins from Kansas City by banging out 5 homers to win 10–5.  Skowron leads with 2 HRs, with one each from Mantle, Maris and Kubek.

      At Memorial Stadium, Jim Gentile drives in 5 runs to pace the Orioles to a 9-1 win over Cleveland. Hal Brown is the winner. Gentile hits a pinch homer and adds another, just the 4th major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

      At Fenway, SS Don Buddin pulls some fancy footwork to lead the Bosox to a win against the Tigers.  With the score tied in the 8th, Buddin is caught in a rundown between 3B and home, but he eludes Detroit catcher Red Wilson to score. Wilson argues that Buddin left the baseline, and earns a rejection by Red Flaherty for his views. The Red Sox score 3 more runs and win, 11–7. Ted Williams has a HR, off Bunning, and Colavito answers with 2 homers.

JULY

1st  A first-refusal option for chief minority stockholder H. Gabriel Murphy to buy the holdings of Washington owner Calvin Griffith expires. Murphy will lose 2 court decisions in efforts to keep Griffith from moving the Senators to Minnesota.

      Cards reliever Ernie Broglio is nothing but efficient, tossing a total of 2 1/3 innings of relief in two games with the Braves. Ernie wins both. The Cards blow a 7–0 lead in the opener before winning in the 10th, 8–7. They blow a 5–0 lead in the nightcap, but win 7–5. Fellow reliever Lindy McDaniel gets rapped in both games. Broglio will win 21 games this year, starting 24 games and relieving in 28, and he will break the record set by Chief Bender in 1913 of most relief appearances for a 20-game winner.

2nd  Before their game with the Indians, the Senators hand out 2,000 rabbits feet and buttons saying “Beat Mudcat.” They also have boy scouts dressed as Indians perform an exorcism dance on the mound.  All this effort is to stop Mudcat Grant, who is 13-0 against Washington. Camilo Pasqual, 1-11 against Cleveland, goes against the Indian’s ace and it is no contest as the Tribe collects 18 hits and a 12-2 victory. Grant drives in 3 runs in the win.

      At Wrigley Field, the Reds down the Cubs, 13-8. Wally Post bangs a pinch homer in the 5th and adds another in the 8th, just the 5th player in history to do so: Jim Gentile did it 5 days ago. Post drives in 4 runs as does Ernie Banks for the Cubs.

3rd  Before 50,556 fans in New York, the Yankees sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7–6 and 6–2. In the opener, Ryne Duren fans Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th.  Detroit is ahead 2–1 in the nightcap when Norm Cash argues at length about a call at first base, and finally gets tossed. When play resumes, Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run homer to Mantle, batting righty.  The Yankees are 23–5 since June 5 and lead the AL by 3 games.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox use an 8-run 7th to sink the A’s, 13-2.  The big blows in the 7th are a 3-run homer by Vic Wertz and a grand slam by Willie Tasby. Ted Williams has a 2-run homer in the 5th off starter and loser Dick Hall.

      A day after his wedding in Chicago, Jim O’Toole pitches and loses, as the Cubs pound him for 7 runs and 9 hits in less than 5 innings. Chicago wins, 7–5, as Ron Santo hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off the groom.   An unsympathetic manager Hutchinson says, “It was his turn to pitch. I didn’t tell him to get married.”

4th  Mickey Mantle’s 3-run first-inning HR off Hal Woodeshick is the 300th of his career. Mantle becomes the 18th player to join the 300 club, but the Yankees drop a 9–8 decision to Washington. In the 2nd inning the Senators make all three outs on the basepaths, an oddity that will occur just 5 more times this century.

6th  At Crosley Field, Bob Skinner cracks a grand slam in the Pirates’ 5-run 8th as first-place Pittsburgh downs the Reds, 5-2.  Cincy’s scoring comes on homers by Gus Bell and Ed Bailey.

      Yogi Berra and Roger Maris hit homers and Bobby Richardson has 4 hits as the Yankees whip the Indians, 11-6.  Al Downing (4-1) strikes out 14 in 7+ innings for the win.

      At Wrigley Field, the Cubs, behind Glen Hobbie, go long to beat the Cardinals, 10-1.  Ernie Banks belts a 3-run homer off Bob Gibson, and George Altman hits two 3-run homers.

8th  The Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro brings an end to Havana’s International League team. The Sugar Kings relocate in Jersey City, marking that city’s return to the IL after a 10-year absence. Poor attendance at Roosevelt Stadium prompts the parent Reds to cease the minor-league operation there following the 1960 season.

9th  Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins, and 14 straight over two seasons, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6–5. The Sox are led by Vic Wertz, who slugs a HR, double and single to drive in 4 runs. Coates’ ML record is 17–2.

10th  At Fenway, Willie Tasby has 5 hits, including a leadoff homer off Ralph Terry, and drives in 4 runs as Boston whips the Yankees, 9-5.  Vic Wertz adds a 2nd-inning grand slam off Whitey Ford.  Bill Skowron hits two homers for New York.

11th  One-hit shutout pitching by Bob Friend and HRs by Ernie Banks and Del Crandall pace the NL to a 5–4 win over the AL at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium in the first of 2 All-Star Games. Friend has notched 2 of the NL’s last 3 All-Star wins. Willie Mays has a single, double and triple.

12th  In a two-car collision that kills three people, Cardinals pitcher Bob Duliba suffers five broken ribs, a concussion, and kidney and knee injuries. The crash occurs near Columbia, Missouri as Duliba and his wife are driving to Kansas City for the wedding of teammate Ray Sadecki. One of the fatalities is a nine-month-old child, the daughter of a neighbor of Sadecki’s, who is riding in the Duliba’s car. Duliba will return to pitch for the Cards in 1962.

13th  Vern Law becomes the 2nd Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game, working 2 scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the NL bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game HR. Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 6–0 NL win, the 3rd shutout in All-Star Game history. Mays adds two singles as he has six hits in the two all-star games, including a single, double, triple and homer.

      Mark Scott, actor, broadcaster, and creator and host of Home Run Derby dies at age 45 of a heart attack. Scott had been the announcer for the Hollywood Stars (PCL) before the team left the city in 1957. In December 1959 filming started on Home Run Derby, which featured 19 major league sluggers. Hank Aaron won the only contest; the series died with Mr. Scott.

15th  San Francisco fog plays havoc with a Giants-Dodgers game. Willie McCovey’s invisible triple prompts umpire Frank Dascoli to halt play for 24 minutes. Los Angeles wins 5–3.

      At Briggs Stadium, Mantle cracks a three-run homer of Don Mossi, but Detroit rallies to win 8–4.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Braves stake Warren Spahn to a 7-0 lead and the ace hangs on for a 7-5 victory.  Joe Adcock slugs a grand slam for the Braves while Pancho Herrera punches two homers good for 4 RBIs for the Phils.

      Ernie Broglio strikes out 14 Cubs and allows one hit, a second inning single by Ed Bouchee, as the Cardinals whip the visiting Cubs, 6-0.

      Brooks Robinson goes 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle, to lead the Orioles to a 5–2 win over the White Sox.  With 3 hits yesterday, Robinson has 8 straight hits. His 9th inning triple off reliever Turk Lown, seals the win for Milt Pappas over starter Billy Pierce.

16th  At Briggs Stadium, Bob Turley (6-1) gives up 4 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 1st to Charlie Maxwell, as the Yankees roll to an 11-2 win over the Tigers.  Yogi Berra has 5 RBIs, 4 on a grand slam, and Roger Maris hits a 2-run homer in New York’s 5-run 9th inning.

17th  The Senators, losers of 10 straight to the Indians, sweep a pair from the Tribe, 3–2 and 5–3. The opening win is over Mudcat Grant, who had never lost to the Senators in 14 straight victories.

      In Detroit, the first-place Yankees drop a pair to the Tigers, losing  12-2 and 3-2, managing just 8 hits in each game. Yankee-killer Frank Lary stifles the Bombers in game 1, and is backed by a grand slam from Norm Cash and a 2-run homer from Rocky Colavito in Detroit’s 7-run 2nd inning. Colavito singles in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning of game 2 as Dartmouth’s Pete Burnside goes the distance. The Yankees maintain a 1 1/2 game lead over the Indians, swept in two games by the Senators.

      At Pittsburgh, the Reds tattoo 16 hits—10 off starter and loser Vern Law—to beat the Pirates, 6-5. Dick Groat has 4 hits for the Bucs and Rocky Nelson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs.  Watching Don Newcombe warm up for game 2, Pitt manager Danny Murtaugh notices that Newk’s sleeve lengths are different and calls it to the attention of the umps. Newk takes the mound but is told to change uniforms, becomes angry, and is tossed before even appearing in the game. Cal McLish is shoved in as the starter and gives up a run in the 1st, the only score young Tom Cheney needs as he allows 4 hits and wins, 5-0.

      Batting just .244 and not hitting for power, Willie McCovey, 1959 NL Rookie of the Year, is sent down to Tacoma (Pacific Coast League).

18th  The NL votes to expand to 10 clubs if the Continental League does not join organized baseball. The new NL clubs would invade CL territories.

      At Comiskey Park, Chicago’s Herb Score registers just one strikeout but beats the Red Sox, 9-1.  Roy Sievers pushes his consecutive hit streak to 21 games, longest in the majors this year.

      The Yanks score 5 runs in the 3rd off Dick Stigman, and Whitey Ford coasts to a complete game 9–2 victory over the Indians.

19th  In a spectacular ML debut, Giant Juan Marichal pitches no-hit ball until Clay Dalrymple pinch-hit singles with 2 out in the 7th. Marichal winds up with 12 strikeouts and a one-hit 2–0 win against the Phillies. Marichal is the first NL hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter.

      Roy Sievers’ 21-game hit streak, the longest for any player in 1960, ends, but White Sox teammate Luis Aparicio’s inside-the-park HR and Billy Pierce’s shutout beat Boston, 6–0.

      Senators ace Pedro Ramos pitches a one-hitter, bating Detroit, 5–0.  Colavito’s leadoff single in the 8th, a grounder that eludes SS Jose Valdivielso, is the lone safety.

      The Yankees outslug the Indians, 13–11, behind the slugging of Bill Skowron. Skowron follows a Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11–8 lead. Moose then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Maris hits his 30th HR and Piersall homers for the Tribe.

20th  At Municipal Stadium, with Cleveland in the lead 8–2, Mantle golfs a Gary Bell pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in RF, matching Luke Easter as the only players to reach that spot. It is Mantle’s 23rd of the year. Roger Maris hits his 31st of the season as both clangers come off Gary Bell. Cleveland holds on for an 8–6 win.  Vic Power has a pair of hits to run his consecutive hit streak to 20 games.

21st  Robin Roberts pitches his 3rd career one-hitter, and the 3rd one-hitter of the season in new Candlestick Park. Felipe Alou spoils Roberts’ no-hit bid in the 5th inning of a 3–0 Philadelphia win when 3B Joe Morgan fields the hit, but falls down and cannot make a throw.

22nd  At Fenway the Red Sox down the Indians 6–4. Vic Wertz has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs. Ted Williams also homers and, in the 7th inning, steals 2B. Williams sets a ML record as the only player to steal bases in 4 consecutive decades: he’ll be match by Rickey Henderson in 2000. Jimmy Piersall homers twice, both off winner Ike Delock.

      The Yankees purchase 33-year-old P Luis Arroyo from Jersey City (IL). He will be a key to New York’s 1960 pennant and a star in 1961.

23rd  Kansas City OF Whitey Herzog hits into the only all-Cuban triple play in ML history. The 3rd-inning action goes from Washington P Pedro Ramos, who snags a line drive by Herzog, to 1B Julio Becquer, to SS Jose Valdivielso. The win, however, goes to reliever Chuck Stobbs (7-2) as the Nats take an 8–3 decision. Killebrew has a 2-run homer.

      In an effort to distract Ted Williams during his at bats in the 6th and 8th innings, the Indians CF Jimmy Piersall goes into a war dance. Piersall gets tossed for his efforts and manager Joe Gordon is also ejected for arguing Jimmy’s case. It is Piersall’s 6th ejection of the season. Gordon had previously announced that any more ejections would cost Piersall $500 each, but he thinks today’s thumbing is unwarranted and waives the fine. AL president Joe Cronin is less forgiving and fines Piersall $100. The Indians win, 4–2, behind Jim Perry’s pitching and the first ML HR of Mike de la Hoz.

24th  Chicago’s 3rd straight win at Yankee Stadium and 8th straight overall, 6–3 behind Billy Pierce, gives the Sox a 2-game lead atop the AL. Eli Grba beats Herb Score 8–2 in the 2nd game to give New York a twin-bill split.

25th  The Bucs return to first place as Bob Friend defeats the Cardinals 4–2 in St. Louis. Pittsburgh will remain atop the NL for the rest of the season.

      The Reds spot the Cubs a 5–0 lead after 6 innings, then come back to win, 6–5, at Wrigley.

26th  After 38 consecutive scoreless innings over 4 games, the Phils push over a run in the 6th inning against the Cubs, and go on to win 4–3.  Philadelphia was coming off 3 straight shutouts at the hands of the Dodgers.

27th  William Shea, chairman of Mayor Robert Wagner’s New York baseball committee, announces the formation of the Continental League. The 5 founding cities are New York, Houston, Toronto, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

28thWith relief help from Bobby Shantz, Whitey Ford, who leaves with an upset stomach, picks up a 4–0 win over the Indians.  Kubek, Mantle, and Boyer homer for the pinstripers. The Yanks sweep, winning the nightcap, 9–2, and take over 1st place by 3 percentage points.

      The Red Sox, losers of 9 straight to the White Sox, beat Chicago 4–2, knocking the Pale Hose out of 1st. Boston OF Gary Geiger (.302), who homered yesterday against Chicago, suffers a collapsed lung and is out for the rest of the season.

      Felipe Alou’s third hit of the game drives in the winning run in the 10th and breaks up a pitching duel between Warren Spahn (11-7) and Juan Marichal (3-0). The Braves lose, 3-2, dropping them two games behind the Pirates.

      Big Frank Howard drives in 6 runs, four in the 1st inning on a grand slam, to lead the Dodgers to an 8-6 victory over the visiting Reds. Larry Sherry is the winner with 5 innings of relief.

29th  At Candlestick, the Giants edge the Reds, 2-1, as all the runs are scored on sac flies.

30th  Just as he predicts, Philadelphia P Art Mahaffey, just called up from Buffalo, picks off the first batter to get a hit against him.  Then with the next batter to get a hit, he does it again. Curt Flood and Bill White are the base runner victims, but St. Louis still wins 6–3. In his next game, the first batter to get a hit off Mahaffey will be Jim Marshall, and Mahaffey will pick him off as well. In the 1980s, Tippy Martinez will pick off 3 runners in one inning.

      At Wrigley Field, Glen Hobbie scatters 7 hits as the Cubs beat the first-place Pirates, 6-1.  Bob Friend gives up 2 runs in 6 innings and the Cubs then jump on Elroy Face for 4 runs in the 7th, 3 on a homer by George Altman. Pittsburgh now leads the NL by 2 games.

In a game that features 8 homeruns, the visiting Braves outlast the Dodgers to win, 8-7, in 11 innings.  Tommy Davis has a solo homer and a grand slam for LA, while Lew Burdette, the 5th pitcher for the Braves, cracks a homer off Larry Sherry in the 11th to win his own game.

31st  At Yankee Stadium, the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by 3B Hector Lopez to top New York, 5–2, in the first of two.  Art Ditmar rights the ship by shutting out the A’s, 6-0, in game 2.

      At Washington, the White Sox sweep two from the Senators, winning 5-2 behind Early Wynn and 9-5 behind Bob Shaw.  Minnie Minoso has a 2-run homer in game 1 and another homer in game 2 as he goes 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and scores 3 runs. The Sox now lead the AL by 1 1/2 games.

      At Memorial Stadium, Brooks Robinson clouts a 1st-inning grand slam as he collects 3 hits and drives in 5 runs in the Orioles 6-5 triumph over the Indians.

      Bill White has 3 hits, including a grand slam off Gene Conley (3-1), to pace the Cardinals to a 9-2 win over the Phils in game 1.  Curt Simmons pitches in with 2 hits and 2 runs. White has a 2-run homer in game 2, as Stan Musial and Joe Cunningham also homer for the Birds in a 5-3 win.

      A game between Memphis and Chattanooga (Southern Association) is postponed because the 94-degree weather is too much for the spectators in Memphis’s roofless Tobey Field.

AUGUST

2nd  In an agreement with the major leagues, the Continental League abandons plans to join the AL and NL. Walter O’Malley, chairman of the NL Expansion Committee, says, “We immediately will recommend expansion and that we would like to do it in 1961.” Braves owner Lou Perini proposes a compromise that 4 of the CL territories be admitted to the current majors in orderly expansion. Branch Rickey’s group quickly accepts. The Continental League ends without playing a game.

3rd  Frank Lane trades managers with Detroit’s GM Bill DeWitt. The Indians Joe Gordon (49-46) is dealt to the Tigers for Jimmy Dykes (44-52). For one game, until the pair can change places, Jo-Jo White pilots the Indians and Billy Hitchcock guides the Tigers. Lane had once fired Joe Gordon but then was forced to rehire by the club president.

4th  Believing that Chicago’s Jim Brewer is throwing at him, the Reds 2B Billy Martin throws his bat toward the mound. Then, advancing to retrieve it from Brewer, who has picked it up the two exchange words and Martin launches a hard overhand right that fractures the orbital bone of Brewer’s right eye. Both benches empty and Martin continues swinging, decking Frank Thomas. Brewer requires surgery and will be out of action for a month. The Cubs win, 5–3, on Ernie Banks’ homer at Wrigley. Martin will be fined $500 for the punch and Brewer and the Cubs will sue the combative infielder on August 22nd for $1,000,000. Years later, when the courts award Brewer $100,000, Martin’s comment will be, “How can they ever collect it? I haven’t got that kind of money.”

6th  At Forbes Field, a tired starter Vernon Law gives up a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th to the Giants Dale Long and another 2-run homer in the 10th to Orlando Cepeda, but the Pirates respond with 3 in the bottom of the 10th to win, 8-7. Dick Groat’s single drives home the winning run. The Pirates will win again tomorrow for their 10th straight victory over the Giants.

      The first-place Yankees whip the Athletics 16-4 behind a 19-hit attack. Roger Maris belts two homers and drives in 6 runs, while Mickey Mantle totals 4 singles and Tony Kubek scores 4 runs.

7th  The White Sox win a pair from the Senators, with reliever Gerry Staley picking up two victories.  Staley will be 13–8, all in relief, with both wins and losses topping the AL relievers. This is the 3rd time he has won two games in relief in one day: he did it in 1948 and 1950.

      Hook and Cook.  Jay Hook (8-12) benefits from a 21-hit attack by the Reds as they power their way to an 18-4 victory over the host Cardinals in game 1. Cliff Cook has 5 hits and 4 RBIs and Jerry Lynch adds a pinch grand slam. Wally Post has 3 doubles and scores 3. Before the start of game 2, the 1930 NL champion Cardinals team is introduced. The inspired 1960 Cards then win, 4-2, behind Ernie Broglio’s (13-5) 3 innings of hitless relief.

8th  Before a day crowd of 48,323, the largest day crowd ever at Comiskey Park, cheer Billy Pierce’s 4-hit victory over the Yankees, 9–1.  Pierce faces just 31 batters.

9th  With fine relief pitching of Lindy McDaniel in the opener and a 5-hitter by Curt Simmons in the nightcap, the Cards sweep the Phils, 5–4 and 6–0. Phillie Tony Taylor ties a ML record for 2B by going the entire doubleheader (18 innings) without a putout, the first to achieve the feat since Connie Ryan of the Phillies, June 14, 1953. For the second time in two at bats against rookie Al Neiger, Ken Boyer hits a homer. He did it on July 31st, Neiger’s only two homers served up.

      At Forbes Field, Vinegar Bend Mizell scatters 5 hits as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 7-1. For Mizell, it is his 10th straight win over Chicago.

      Ted Williams blasts his 19th HR and 511th of his career, off Perry, but the Red Sox lose to the Indians, 6–3. Ted’s 5th inning HR ties him with Mel Ott for 3rd on the all-time list. Francona and Power homer for the Tribe to back Perry (14-5). Power’s hit ricochets off the top of the RF fence in Cleveland toward Lu Clinton. The ball hits Clinton’s foot and is “kicked” over the fence. Umpire Hal Smith rules the hit a HR, since the ball never touched the ground.

10th  Ted Williams hits a pair of homers and a double to pace the Red Sox to a 6–1 win over the Indians. Ted has 21 homers for the season. The 1st of the two today, #512, moves Ted past Mel Ott into 4th place on the all-time list. After the game, Williams announces that he will retire at the end of the season.

11th  At Chicago, the Cubs score 5 runs in 4 innings to knock Sandy Koufax out of the game, but they do no scoring against three relievers as the Dodgers win, 7-5 in 11 innings. Don Cardwell goes 7 innings for the Cubs and drills his 5th homer of the year.  He’s now hit 12 career homers and been walked just once, in 1959.

12th  In Cleveland, Charlie Maxwell bangs a pair of 2-run homers, the second coming in the 10th inning, to give the Tigers a 6-4 victory over the Indians. This is Maxwell’s 4th extra-inning grand slam this year, breaking the AL mark set by Gehrig in 1935 and tying the ML mark set by Willie Mays in 1955.  Three National Leaguers (Gant, McGwire and Chipper Jones) will tie Mays this century but not till 2001 (Jim Thome) will an AL hitter club 4 in extra innings. But Paw Paw Maxwell is not through, hitting another 11 days from now.

14th  The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from 2nd-place St. Louis to take a 6-game lead in the NL pennant race. Don Hoak’s RBI single in the 11th inning gives Pittsburgh a 3–2 win in the nightcap, following a 9–4 win in the opener. The Cards Bill White connects for the cycle in the opener.

      The Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington and fall to 3rd place in the AL, a half game behind the Orioles and White Sox. Pitcher Camilo Pascual’s grand slam is the difference in a 5–4 first-game win. In the 2nd, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3B. The Senators turn a DP, with New York’s Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B.  Maris will miss 18 games as a result. Mantle is heavily booed, and Casey Stengel replaces him with Bob Cerv. The clubs set a ML record by using 17 pinch hitters—9 by the Yankees—in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing a ML record 24 errorless innings.

15th  Behind Art Ditmar’s 5-hitter and Mickey Mantle’s 2 homers, off Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, New York cops a 4–3 win and first place in the AL. The second HR comes after C Clint Courtney drops a Mantle foul pop-up. Baltimore’s loss is only its 2nd in the last 15 games. Baltimore and Chicago now trail by a half-game.

      In the first of 2 games at Crosley Field, Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews exchange punches after Robbie slides in hard at 3B in the 7th inning. Robbie comes out on the short end with a swollen eye, bloody nose, and jammed thumb, but comes back in the nightcap with a double and homer to lead the Reds to a 4–0 win.  Bob Purkey wins the shutout, despite allowing 11 hits.

17thClem Labine, picked up yesterday after being released by Detroit, pitches 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball for Pittsburgh to save a 5–3 win over the Phils.

      At Wrigley, Ernie Banks hits a one-out game-ending HR in the 9th off Don Drysdale to give the Cubs a 1-0 win. Glen Hobbie is the victor.

18th  Facing just 27 batters, Lew Burdette pitches a 1–0 no-hitter against the Phillies. Tony Gonzalez, the only Phil to reach base, is hit by a Burdette pitch in the 5th inning but erased on a DP. The Milwaukee pitcher also scores the only run of the game.

      Bob Sprout sets a Midwest League record with 22 strikeouts, and pitches a 7-inning no-hitter as Decatur defeats Waterloo 3–0. The 18-year-old lefty needs a dropped foul ball for his chance at the record. Sprout will pitch just one game in the ML, with the Angels in 1961.

20th  Ted Williams draws the 2,000th walk of his career in the Red Sox’ split of a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore. Williams joins Ruth as the only batters to collect 2,000 walks. The Splendid Splinter also clouts HRs 514 and 515 and drives in 6 runs in game 1, an 8–6 Boston win. The O’s win the nightcap, 6–0, behind Brown, but drop into 3rd place, 2 games behind the 1st-place Yankees.

      At Busch Stadium, the Dodgers score two runs in the 9th inning to edge the Cardinals, 2-1. Reliever Larry Sherry is the victor over starter Curt Simmons.  After Jim Gilliam and Tommy Davis single, Gil Hodges drives them in with a double.  For Davis, his safety gives him 20 game hit streak.

21st  Gus Triandos cracks a 4th inning grand slam off Ike Delock as Orioles down the host Red Sox, 10-4, and move into a 2nd-place tie in the AL. Triandos will hit another grand slam in 4 days.

22nd  For Billy Martin’s fight on August 5th, Jim Brewer and the Cubs hit back with a $1,040,000 law suit.  The claim will be settled in court and Martin will be liable for $25,000 in damages.

23rd  Following up his no hitter, Lew Burdette fires his 3rd shutout in a row, pitching the Braves to a 7–0 win over the Dodgers.  The Braves stroke 5 homers, including Aaron’s 33rd and Mathews 29th.

       Baltimore, Charlie Maxwell has 3 hits, including an 11th-inning 2-run homer, to give the Tigers a 5-3 victory over the Orioles. For Maxwell, it is his ML record 5th extra-inning homer this season. It won’t be matched this century. Paw Paw equaled Willie Mays’s record of 4 extra-inning homers 11 days ago.

24th  Despite Roy Sievers 2 homers and a double, the Yankees beat the White Sox, 3–2, dropping Chicago 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a 2nd place tie with the Orioles. Art Ditmar is the winner over Herb Score.

25th  Boston’s Vic Wertz’s 2nd career slam, off Don Newcombe, as a pinch hitter ties the record set by Bill Skowron in 1957. For Wertz, it is his third grand slam of the season. Ted Williams adds his 516th HR in a 10–7 Boston win over Cleveland.

      Baltimore breaks a 3-3 tie with visiting Detroit, scoring 6 runs in the 8th inning to win, 9-3. Gus Triandos belts his second grand slam of the week. Chuck Estrada wins his 14th on his way to an league-high 18 victories.

      At Candlestick, the Giants score 7 runs in the 2nd inning to knock Reds rookie Claude Osteen out of the game and hand him his only ML decision this year, an 8-5 loss. A grand slam by Willie Mays is the knockout punch.  Sam Jones (14-14) is the winner.

      Glenn Hobbie picks a good time to hit his first ML HR, connecting off Vinegar Bend Mizell with 2 out in the 9th to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Pirates.

26th  The Yanks crash 5 solo homers and 4 pinch hits, the latter tying an AL record, to top the Indians 7–6. Berra’s 2nd homer gives New York the win in the 11th. In game 2, the Yankees win 7–5 with Bob Cerv’s 3-run HR the big blow.

      Baltimore sweeps a pair from Kansas City, winning 2-1 and 11-3.  All the runs in the opener score on sacrifice flies.

27th  After pitching 32 2⁄3 innings without allowing a run, Braves P Lew Burdette gives up a Felipe Alou HR as San Francisco defeats Milwaukee 3–1.

      At Busch Stadium, Stan Musial hits a two-out walkoff homer off Elroy Face in the 9th as the Cardinals beat the first-place Pirates, 5-4. It is the second win in a row against Pittsburgh where Musial breaks a tie with a homer. Musial will rest tomorrow but the Cards still beat the Pirates, 5-4, to pull within 5 1/2 games of first place.

28th  In a battle of New York’s chief rivals for the AL pennant, Baltimore’s Milt Pappas has Chicago down 3–0 in the 8th. An apparent 3-run HR by Ted Kluszewski is nullified because umpire Ed Hurley calls time just before Pappas delivers. Hurley spotted Floyd Robinson and Earl Torgeson warming up along the RF sideline. The Sox argue for 15 minutes, with Nellie Fox and Al Lopez being tossed, before Klu hits again and lines out. The O’s prevail 3–1 and take over 2nd place, 2 games behind the Yankees, and the Sox are 3 1/2 back.

      In New York, the Yankees snap a 3–3 tie when Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and Berra follows with a solo shot.  The Yanks top the Tigers, 8–5, in game 2. The Tigers take game 1 by a 6-2 score when Frank Bolling hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Rocky Colavito follows with a solo homer, both off Eli Grba.

      Following Cleveland’s 9-1 trouncing of the host Senators, two of the game’s umpires, Ed Runge and Bill McKinley visit the Gaiety Supper Club, a strip joint in Baltimore (as noted by Mark Armour in his biography of Joe Cronin). From there, they take two strippers to a motel in Hyattsville, Maryland. “The four had just settled in when two men burst into the room and took a photograph, later demanding $5,000 to keep them from sending the picture to the press and to Cronin.  When the umpires refused, the men asked that the umps instead conspire to influence the outcome of a ballgame.  Runge and McKinley called the police, and authorities set a trap for the men at the Baltimore airport.  Preparing for the encounter, one detective said to the umpires, ‘When you meet them, I want you to act scared, and act broke.’ Runge responded, “I am scared, and I am broke.” Two men and one of the dancers were arrested and charged in the case.” Runge and McKinley were granted leaves of absence for the balance of the 1960 season and returned the next year.  McKinley worked five more seasons, Runge ten.

      In Los Angeles, the Reds drop 9 runs—6 unearned—on the Dodgers in the 1st inning, then get shut out the rest of the way. The Reds win, 9–3, behind Bob Purkey. Roseboro’s 2 run HR in the 5th followed by Irv Noren pinch solo are all the Dodger scoring.

30th  Boston 2B Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7, as the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 5-4, in the 15-inning opener of a twin bill. His 15th-inning double brings Frank Malzone home with the winning run. Runnels has 3 more hits in the nightcap victory, 3–2 in 10 innings. His 6 hits are the most in an AL game since July 8, 1955. With 9-for-11 in the doubleheader, Runnels ties the ML record.

      At San Francisco, Sam Jones strikes out 14 Phillies and drives in the winning run in the 5th to beat Robin Roberts, 2–1.

      At Memorial Coliseum, Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente belt 5th inning homers as the Pirates beat the Dodgers knock out Sandy Koufax, 5-2. Koufax (6-11) will state in Sport Magazine in 1965  that Clemente’s hit was “the longest ball I ever saw hit to the opposite field. . .  not just over the fence, he knocked it way out.”

31st   Bill Stafford (2-0) fires a 4-hit shutout to beat Kansas City, 1-0, in the first of 2 at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s 6th inning triple, a 440 foot shot to CF, drives in Yogi Berra with the lone run off Ray Herbert. The Yanks manage 5 hits off Herbert. Ned Garver (2-7) then allows 4 hits in the nightcap as the A’s win, 5-0.

      Hal Brown, with 8 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, pitches the Orioles to a 6-3 win over Cleveland. Gene Woodling supplies all the scoring the O’s need with a 3rd inning grand slam. The Orioles trail the Yankees by one game.

SEPTEMBER

1st   The 3rd-place White Sox acquire two veteran pitchers, signing Mike Garcia as a free agent and getting Al Worthington from the Red Sox for future considerations. Worthington will drop out of baseball after this season, turned off by the White Sox stealing signs from their CF scoreboard.  Worthington considers sign stealing of that type as immoral and will confront the manager and owner. When Veeck tells him to listen to Al Lopez, Worthington will decide to go to college instead After two years of pitching minor-league ball, he’ll comes back with the Reds in 1963.

2nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, Ted Williams homers off Don Lee of the Senators. Williams had homered against Lee’s father, Thornton, 20 years earlier. Boston sweeps, winning the first, 4–1, and the 2nd game, 3–2.

      Milt Pappas stops New York on 3 hits—2 by Kubek—to give Baltimore a 5–0 lead in the first of a 3-game showdown. The Orioles now trail New York by .003.

3rd  A battle of lefthanders features Sandy Koufax of the LA Dodgers against Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants. Felipe Alou’s HR gives McCormick a 1–0 win, his 2nd 1–0 win against Los Angeles in 1960.

      After Milwaukee scores 6 runs in the top of the 7th, the Reds answer with 5 of their own, as Gus Bell solos and Vada Pinson hits a grand slam. Milwaukee finally wins in 12 innings pushing across a run against reliever Joe Nuxhall (1-8). Lew Burdette pitches the final 3 innings for his 16th win. Hank Aaron is 1-for-2 with 5 walks.

      The Orioles hand the Yankees a second straight shut out winning 2–0 and replacing the Yanks in 1st place by a game. Robinson has both RBIs to back Jack Fisher’s 7-hitter. During the game in Baltimore, plate umpire Larry Napp is struck by foul balls 3 times. Charley Berry finishes the game behind the plate, as Napp is carried off the field.

Al Cicotte of the Toronto Maple Leafs (IL) pitches an 11-inning no-hitter against Montreal.

4th  After a ML record 798 consecutive games at 2B, the White Sox’ Nellie Fox is hospitalized with a virus. Fox would have gone 1,072 straight games had manager Marty Marion not rested him on August 5, 1955. Billy Goodman replaces Fox as the Sox split a doubleheader with the Tigers, losing 6–4 before winning 5–4.

      After 30 straight scoreless inning, the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to 7 by topping New York again, 6–2. With 2 outs in the 7th, Yankee 1B Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada’s no-hitter, but Wilhelm, in relief, preserves the win.

      Woodie Held hits 2 homers and a double and drives in 6 runs to pace the Indians to a 10-2 win over the A’s. Jimmy Piersall also homers.

5thThe first-place Pirates split with the Braves, winning 9–7 before losing, 7–1. The Bucs rout Spahn in the opener scoring 7 runs in the 4th after the Braves had knocked out starter Bob Friend. Bob Buhl is the winner in the nightcap, scattering 7 hits. Chuck Cottier has 3 doubles and 3 RBIs to back Buhl. Haddix is the loser and gives way to Diomedes Olivo, who makes his ML debut in relief. At age 41, or thereabouts, Olivo is the oldest rookie in ML history except for Satchel Paige. The IL MVP pitches 2 runless innings.

6th  Pittsburgh’s All-Star SS Dick Groat suffers a broken wrist when hit by a Lew Burdette pitch. The Pirates captain, 2nd in the batting race, will be sidelined until the final weekend of the season. Dick Schofield, his replacement, has 3 hits, as the Bucs rally for a 5–3 win. Schofield will hit .414 for the rest of the year. Roy Face finishes a Pittsburgh win for the 30th time in 1960.

      In his final game at Yankee Stadium, Ted Williams thumps his 518th career homer to lead Boston to a 7–1 win.  Billy Muffett’s shut out is ruined when he serves up a homer to Mantle with 2 outs in the 9th.

      At Philadelphia, the Reds score 5 runs in the 10th to beat the Phillies, 6–1. The Reds scored in the 1st inning when Vada Pinson stole 2B and then, on  the front end of a triple steal with Frank Robinson and Ed Bailey, stole home. It is Bailey’s only steal this year.

7th  At Crosley Field, Frank Robinson homers in the 15th inning as the Reds edge the Dodgers, 4–3, Marshall Bridges is the winner in relief, pitching 6 innings of shutout, and allowing 2 hits while striking out 7.

10th  In Detroit, Mantle unloads a cannon shot for 3 runs in the 6th inning, the ball clearing the RF roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pins a 5–1 loss on Paul Foytack that moves them a half game in first place ahead of Baltimore, losers today. In June, 1985, Mantle’s blow was retroactively measured at 643 feet, and will be listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.

11th  At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers sweep the Senators, winning 8-3 and 8-5.  Al Kaline, who triples in game 1, connects for a grand slam in game 2.  Harmon Killebrew homers in game 1 for the Nats, then hits 2 more as he drives in all 5 runs in game 2.

12th  A crowd of more than 20,000 sees the first-place Pirates dump the Giants, 6–1, and set a new Pittsburgh home attendance record of 1,521,251—4,230 more than the old mark set in 1948.

13th  Eighteen-year-old OF Danny Murphy becomes the youngest Cub to hit a HR when he clouts a 3-run homer off Bob Purkey, but the Reds win 8–6 in Cincinnati. Murphy will play just 49 games for the Cubs from 1960 to 1962. He will come back as a pitcher for the White Sox in 1969 and 1970.

      Nellie Fox hits a 2-out HR in the 11th to give the visiting White Sox a 6-5 win over the Senators. It is Nellie’s second HR of the year.

      Dick Williams belts a 3-run homer off Whitey Ford in the 1st inning and the Athletics down the Yankees, 12-3. Williams has 6 RBIs in the game. The Yankees still lead the O’s by a game as Detroit beats Baltimore.

14th  At Municipal Stadium, the A’s Andy Carey belts a 9thinning leadoff homer, off Art Ditmar, to give the Athletics a 2-1 victory over the Yankees. Roger Maris drives in the lone New York run. For Maris, it is his 27thRBI against the team that traded him, a record for ribbies  for a player in his first year against his old team. With the Orioles beating the Tigers, 11-10, New York is in a virtual tie for first place with Baltimore.

15th  At Connie Mack Stadium, Willie Mays ties the modern ML record with 3 triples in a game against the Phillies. His 3-bagger off Turk Farrell gives the Giants an 8–6 win in 11 innings. Mays also strokes a double and single. The last National Leaguer to hit 3 treys in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958. Eddie Bressoud also triples: the four triples in a game by the Giants will not be matched until 2015.

16th  Warren Spahn, 39 years old, notches his 11th 20-win season with a no-hitter against the Phillies winning 4-0. Spahn also sets a Milwaukee club record with 15 strikeouts in handing the last-place Phils their 90th loss of the year.

      The Orioles (83-58) and Yankees (82-57) open a crucial 4 games series with the O’s just .002 in back of New York. But Lopez and Maris crack homers to back Whitey Ford’s 4–2 win over the Birds. The 2 runs off Ford were the first the Birds have scored off him at the Stadium in 33.2 innings. Shantz rescues Whitey in the 9th.

17th  With Ty Cobb among the 49,055 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium, Mantle cracks a 2-run homer, his 35th, off the O’s Chuck Estrada to give New York a 2–0 lead in the first. Berra adds a HR. In the last of the 8th, Bobby Richardson’s hit off Estrada’s glove drives in 2 runs for a 5–3 New York win.

      The surprising 4th-place Senators fall to a game above .500 when Ted Williams’ 2-run HR off Pedro Ramos gives Boston a 2–1 win. Muffett allows just 3 hits, including Jim Lemon’s 38th HR, in a quick 1 hr: 40 minute win. A late collapse—15 losses in the final 18 games—will drop Washington to 5th place, but that will still be the club’s best finish in 7 years. The club will continue its improvement in Minnesota.

18th  Don Zimmer, Ron Santo, and George Altman hit 6th-inning HRs as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 5–2, at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s biggest HR threat, Ernie Banks, sets a record by drawing his 27th intentional walk of the year.

      Pittsburgh’s Vern Law joins the 20-win circle with a complete-game 5–3 win in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field.

      Before 53,876 fans, the Yankees sweep the Orioles, winning, 7–3 and 2–0. The Yankees sweep the 4-game series and the faltering Birds, now 4 back, will end up in 2nd place, 8 games back. Ralph Terry’s 2 hitter in the nightcap beats Milt Pappas, and Art Ditmar wins his 15th in the opener. Ditmar’s 15 wins is the most on the Yankees, and the lowest total yet for a leader of an AL winner. The last pennant winner with a top pitcher at 15 wins was the 1952 Dodgers and before that it was Bill Hallahan on the 1930 Cardinals. Jim Palmer will match it in 1966.

19th  Chicago’s pennant hopes are damaged with a nightcap 7–6 loss to the Tigers, after they win the opener, 8–4.  Pinch hitter Norm Cash scores the decisive run in game 2. Cash thus ends his year by grounding into no double plays, the first ALer since league records on this were started in 1940. Teammates Dick McAuliffe and Roger Repoz will duplicate this in 1968.

      At Wrigley, Eddie Fisher has 3 hits but does most of his work on the mound, beating the Cubs, 11-4, in a first-game win. Willie Kirkland helps with a pair of homers. Bob Schmidt hits a grand slam in game 2 for all the Giants’ scoring as they win, 4-1. Billy O’Dell scatters 3 hits, two by Don Zimmer, to win his 8th.

20th  Boston OF Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Ted Williams, who is forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his ankle and grounds into a DP. It is the only time Williams has been pinch hit for; Hardy also pinch hit for Maris when both were at Cleveland. The Orioles win 5–4 when Brooks Robinson pulls away from a pitch and accidentally bloops an RBI single in the 8th.

       Milwaukee, Jay Hook gives up just 2 hits as the Reds win, 8–0, and chill the Braves pennant hopes.

      First-place Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the Phillies, winning 7–1 and 3–2. The Bucs lead by 6 games.  Bob Friend wins the opener and sets a new club record for strikeouts, beating Hendrix’ mark of 176 set in 1912.

23rd  At Wrigley, Bill White has a homer and 4 RBIs and Ernie Broglio wins his 21st as the Cardinals top the Cubs, 5-1 in the first of two. Broglio will lose his next two decisions.  Game 2 ends in the same results,  but in 7 innings.

24th  Mickey Mantle’s 11th-inning homer off Ted Wilks gives New York a 6–5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway.  Mantle had driven in the game’s second run with a drag bunt in the first to bring home Roger Maris, who had tripled.

      At Briggs Stadium, Marv Throneberry hits a pinch grand slam off Bob Bruce in Kansas City’s 6-3 win over Detroit. It is Throneberry’s second slam of the season. Rocky Colavito connects for two solo homers for the Motormen.

25th  For the first time since 1927, the Pirates are headed for the WS. While the Bucs lose 4–2 to the Braves, the 2nd-place Cardinals are mathematically eliminated by 20-game loser Glen Hobbie’s 5–0 win for the Cubs. A gigantic torch light victory parade in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle at midnight celebrates the pennant.

      Ralph Terry clinches the Yankees’ 25th pennant with a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. Luis Arroyo saves the win. It is Casey Stengel’s 10th pennant in 12 years at New York.

      The Giants outslug the Dodgers, winning 13-9 on 16 hits.  Kirkland and Davenport homier to support Juan Marichal (5-2), who struggles through 6 innings. Willie Davis has a 3-run homer off Marichal, and Tommy Davis has 4 hits, including a homer. Jim Gilliam is 0-for-1 but has 4 walks and scores 4 runs. It will be 10 years before anyone scores 4 runs with no hits.

27th  Pancho Herrera’s 135th strikeout sets an NL record, even though the Phils beat the Braves 5–3.

28th  At Fenway, in his final ML plate appearance, against Baltimore’s Jack Fisher (12-11), Ted Williams picks out a 1-1 pitch and drives it 450 feet into the right-CF seats behind the Boston bullpen. It is Williams’ 521st and last HR, putting him 3rd on the all-time list. Williams stays in the dugout, ignoring the crowd’s cheers, but when he trots out to LF in the 9th, he is replaced immediately by Carroll Hardy. The Splendid Splinter retires as a standing crowd roars. The Sox rally for 2 runs in the 9th, featuring a double by Vic Wertz, to give the 7th-place Red Sox a 5–4 victory. Wertz ends the year with 103 RBI, and just 49 runs scored: this is the fewest runs for anyone with 100 RBI. Only 10,454 fans are on hand despite the fact that there is no television airing of the game.

      The Yanks win their 12th of 15 straight, taking a 6–3 victory over the Senators. Mantle swats homers 39 and 40, off Chuck Stobbs, to insure his home run title over Maris. Since August 15th, Mick has hit 13 to Roger’s 4.

30th  The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6–5, and set an new AL record for homers with 192. Tony Kubek and Jesse Gonder hit the homers today as the Bombers win their 13th straight.

OCTOBER

1st  The Yankees win their 14th straight, beating the Red Sox, 3–1 behind 3 pitchers. Jim Coates (13–3) is the winner. Chet Nichols is the loser for the Bosox, while Tracy Stallard, in relief, fans Roger Maris. Maris’s next at bat against Stallard will be a momentous one a year from now.

      The Cubs score a pair of unearned runs in the 14th to defeat the Dodgers, 10–8, in a 4 hour: 54 minute marathon. Future Hall of Famer Billy Williams hits his first ML homer, off the Dodgers’ Stan Williams, in the 9th. Zimmer also homers for Chicago as the win goes to Glen Hobbie (16–20). Maury Wills has 5 hits for the Dodgers.

      The Series-bound Pirates trip the Braves, 7-3, as Dick Groat has 2 hits and 2 RBIs, his first hits since being injured September 5. Groat’s .325 will lead the NL and he is the last shortstop this century to lead the Senior Circuit in hitting.

2nd  Washington drops a 2–1 decision to Baltimore in the last game ever played by the original-franchise Senators. Pedro Ramos takes the loss for Washington.  The O’s clinch 2nd place.

      Gaylord Perry has 2 hits and an RBI and pitches the Indians to a 4–0 win over the White Sox. It is Perry’s 18th victory, tying him for the AL high with Chuck Estrada. The game has its strange moments. When Vic Power takes his time getting into the batter’s box to lead off the 2nd, home plate ump Paparella orders Early Wynn to throw a pitch. Instead of calling an automatic strike, Paparella calls it a ball.  Sox catcher Carreon starts jawing at the ump and gets tossed, prompting Al Lopez to say he is playing the game under protest.  Jimmy Piersall caps off an 0-for-5 game by striking out in the 9th, taking one strike as a righty and 2 as a lefty. He then punts his batting helmet into the dugout and, following the game, tosses his cap into the stands behind the dugout.

      Dale Long hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to give the Yankees an 8–7 win over Boston. The Yankees go into the WS with a 15-game win streak, the most ever.

3rd  The Yankees head into the WS with a 15-game winning streak, the 8th longest streak in the AL this century, after Dale Long’s 2-run 9th-inning HR gives them an 8–7 win over the Red Sox. New York’s 193 HRs are an AL record, 3 better than the 1956 Yanks. RBI leader Roger Maris drives in 3 runs, but falls one HR short of Mickey Mantle’s league-high 40. Mantle, Maris and Skowron finish 1-2-3 in extra base hits, the last time this century that three teammates will accomplish that.

      Joe Gordon (26-31) resigns as manager of the Tigers, blaming interference by club president Bill DeWitt. Gordon will be named manager of the KC Athletics, replacing Bob Elliott.

5th  In a portent of things to come, Bill Mazeroski’s 2-run 5th-inning HR off Jim Coates is the difference as Pittsburgh beats New York, 6–4, in its first WS win since 1925. Roy Face survives a 2-run 9th-inning. Elston Howard homers to preserve Vern Law’s victory.

6th  Mickey Mantle’s 2 HRs highlight New York’s 16–3 victory at Forbes Field, evening the WS. A 7-run 6th inning overwhelms Pittsburgh.

8th  Bombing continues in the Bronx in Game 3. Yankee Bobby Richardson’s 6 RBI, including a grand slam off reliever Clem Labine in a 6-run first inning, and Whitey Ford’s 4-hitter give the Yanks a 10–0 win and a 2-1 WS lead, spoiling Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh’s 43rd birthday.

9th  Vern Law wins again, thanks to his own RBI single and Bill Virdon’s 2-run hit. Roy Face retires the final 8 batters in order. Pittsburgh’s 3–2 win evens the WS.

10th  Bill Mazeroski stars again. His 2-run double stakes Harvey Haddix to a 3–0 lead. Roy Face is called on once more for another hitless effort to preserve a 5–2 win and 3-2 WS lead for the surprising Pirates.

11th  Radio-television executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of the Tigers, giving one man control of the team for the first time since Walter Briggs died in 1952. He offers club president Bill DeWitt a job as his assistant.

12th  Whitey Ford preserves the Yankees hopes with a 7-hit shutout at Pittsburgh. Bob Friend is bombed again as New York coasts 12–0. Bobby Richardson’s 2 run-scoring triple gives him a WS record of 12 RBI.

13th  In a 9–9 tie, Bill Mazeroski leads off the last of the 9th and hits what is arguably the most dramatic home run in Series history, off Ralph Terry, to give Pittsburgh a 10–9 win and the World Championship. An oddity in this game: it is the only WS game this century with no strikeouts recorded; it won’t be until 2002 that even one team (the Angels) has a game without a strikeout. Despite Maz’s heroics, Bobby Richardson is the Series MVP, as the Yanks outscore the Bucs, 52 to 27.

14th  The Braves release veteran infielder Red Schoendienst. Red will sign next March with the Cardinals and hit .300 and .301 as a backup the next two years.

17th  The NL votes to admit Houston and New York to the league in 1962, the first structural change since 1900, and to go to a 10-team league.

18th  Instituting a mandatory retirement age of 65, New York Yankee co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb relieve Casey Stengel (1,149-696) as manager. Stengel: “I wasn’t retired—they fired me.”

20th  Coach Ralph Houk, 41, is named to succeed Stengel. He briefly led the Yankees in 1960 when Stengel was hospitalized.

22nd  The San Francisco Giants lose to their Tokyo counterparts 1–0 in the first of a 16-game exhibition series. They lose again 2–1 to the Japan All-Stars the next day, but finish the series with 11 wins, 4 losses, and one tie.

25th  The Houston Colts announce that the team has hired Gabe Paul as GM. Paul will clash with majority owner Roy Hofheinz and will leave the following spring for Cleveland.

27th  Trying to jump ahead of the NL, the AL admits Los Angeles and Minneapolis to the league with plans to have the new clubs begin competition in 1961 in the new 10-team league. Calvin Griffith is given permission to move the existing Washington Senators franchise to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. League president Joe Cronin says the AL will play a 162-game schedule, with 18 games against each opponent.  The National League will balk, saying the two expansions are not analogous and that the AL was not invited to move into LA.

31st  The Giants trade IF Andre Rodgers to the Braves for SS Alvin Dark, then they sign Dark to a 2-year contract as manager. Dark does not plan to be a playing manager.

NOVEMBER

1st  Baltimore SS Ron Hansen is voted AL Rookie of the Year, getting 22 of 24 votes. The other 2 votes go to teammates Chuck Estrada and Jim Gentile.

2nd  Roger Maris nips Mickey Mantle for the AL’s Most Valuable Player award, 225-222, the 2nd-closest vote ever, after the DiMaggio-Williams race in 1947.

      Hank Greenberg asks for AL dates at the Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the NL Dodgers. Greenberg and Bill Veeck are expected to run the new LA club in the AL.

      George Weiss, recently turned 66, resigns as GM of the Yankees.

3rd  Pittsburgh’s Vern Law is voted Cy Young Award winner. He outpolls Warren Spahn 8-4.

15th  A $3.5 million offer for the Athletics is accepted from a St. Louis group and the sale of the 52% stock by the widow of the late Arnold Johnson is expected tomorrow.  A sale of the remaining minority stock is expected.

16th  NL batting champion Dick Groat is named league MVP, outpolling Pirate teammate Don Hoak 276-162.

17th  The new Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada, Washington native, W W II hero, and head of the Federal Aviation Agency.

      Hank Greenberg drops out of the bidding to run the new AL franchise in Los Angeles.

18th  Charlie Finley, 42-year-old insurance tycoon from Gary, IN, makes a formal bid for the new Los Angeles club.

19th  Mickey Vernon is hired as the first manager of the new Washington team.

21st  Bob Scheffing signs to manage the Tigers after the job is turned down by Casey Stengel.

22nd  The AL proposes that both leagues expand to 9 teams in 1961 and begin inter-league play. It will delay entering the Los Angeles market if the NL agrees.

23rd  Dodger OF Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of the Year with 12 of 24 votes.

26th  Minnesota Twins is the new name chosen for the club transplanted from Washington to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It “was given the name by club officials because of the united effort behind major league baseball in Minnesota.”

28th  The Cleveland Indians select Valmy Thomas from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 major league draft. For Valmy it is his 5th (and last) ML team in his 5 years, a ML record for changing uniforms.

DECEMBER

3rd  Cleveland trades OF Harvey Kuenn to San Francisco for OF Willie Kirkland and P Johnny Antonelli.

5th  President Joe Cronin suggests that if the NL starts its new New York franchise in 1961, the AL will stay out of Los Angeles until 1962. The NL turned down the suggested compromise of November 22nd because Houston will not be ready in 1961.

6th  A group headed by movie star Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds is awarded the new AL Los Angeles Angels. Fred Haney will be GM. Finley withdraws his bid for Los Angeles and offers to purchase control of the Kansas City Athletics.

7th  Detroit trades 2B Frank Bolling and a player to be named later (OF Neil Chrisley) to Milwaukee for OF Billy Bruton, 2B Chuck Cottier, C Dick Brown, and P Terry Fox.

14th  The Angels and new Senators each select 28 players from a pool of AL talent. Among Los Angeles selections are P Dean Chance, SS Jim Fregosi, 1B Ted Kluszewski, and RF Albie Pearson. Washington selections include P Bobby Shantz, LF Chuck Hinton, OF Gene Woodling, and P Hal Woodeshick.

15th  The Reds acquire pitchers Joey Jay and Juan Pizarro from the Braves for SS Roy McMillan and a player to be named later.  Cincy then trades Pizarro and P Cal McLish to the White Sox for 3B Gene Freese. The 2 pitchers will win 24 games between them for the Sox in 1961, while Freese will have one good year in Cincy.

      The biggest trade in history? The Phils lose more than 2 1/2 inches when they acquire P Frank Sullivan from the Red Sox for 6′ 9″ Gene Conley. In the next 2 years, Conley will win 26 games for the Sox, the 3rd Boston team he will play for: Conley started with the Boston Braves in their last year before moving to Milwaukee, and played several seasons with the Celtics as Bill Russell’s backup.

20th  Charlie Finley buys the 52 percent of the A’s in the late Arnold Johnson’s estate.

21st  Cubs owner P. K. Wrigley says Chicago will have no manager, but will use a college of coaches.

23rd  Rip Collins is added to Chicago’s college of coaches.

 

 

1961

JANUARY

1st  Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium.

3rd  Frank Lane quits as GM of the Indians to take the same post with the Athletics.

7th  At Martinez de la Torre in the  Mexican Roberto Avila League, Eduardo Serrano of Martinez de la Torre pitches 9 1/3 hitless innings, before losing to Coatzacoalos, 2-0, in 10 innings.

9th  Leo Durocher joins the Dodgers as 3B coach.

      The new Minnesota Twins and the American Association finally agree on a $500,000 indemnity payment to the minor league for the Minneapolis/St. Paul territory, ending 2 months of negotiation.

12th  Charlie Grimm and Verlon Walker (brother of Rube Walker) are named the 6th and 7th members of the Cubs coaching staff.

24th  The A’s trade outfielders Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder to the Orioles for IF Wayne Causey, P Jim Archer, outfielders Bob Boyd and Al Pilarcik, and Clint Courtney. Boyd, with the Orioles since 1956, leaves with a .301 average with the Birds, a team career mark that won’t be topped this century.

26thThe Reds send Joe Nuxhall to the KC A’s for pitchers John Tsitouris and John Briggs. Nuxhall first pitched for the Reds in 1944 when he was 15 years old.

28th  The International League Board of Directors unanimously votes to move the Montreal franchise to Syracuse, NY.

29th  Billy Hamilton and Max Carey are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

30th  Albie Pearson shoots a 73 to win the Southland Baseball Players Golf Tournament at California’s Yorba Linda Golf Course.  Peanuts Lowry is second with a 76, followed by Gene Mauch and Hank Sauer with 77s. In the inactive players bracket, Johnny Lindell and Bill Hairston card 74s to tie for the lead.

31st  Houston voters approve a bond to finance a luxury domed stadium, the final hurdle standing between the city and ML baseball.

FEBRUARY

7th  Jackie Jensen, out of baseball in 1960, signs a $40,000 deal to come back with the Red Sox.

9th  Willie Mays signs for $85,000, currently the biggest contract in ML baseball.

16th  Charlie Finley purchases the outstanding 48 percent of the Athletics stock to become their sole owner.

23rd  Peanuts Lowrey makes a clean sweep of the Florida baseball golf tournaments by shooting a 3-under 68 to win the Bill Cody Memorial Golf Tourney, named after the former St. Petersburg golf writer,  This comes on the heels of Peanuts’ win in the Miami players tourney.  Finishing tied for second with 71s are Phillies manager Gene Mauch and his coach Al Vincent. Roy Cullenbine wins the inactive players group with a 72, a stroke ahead of the new national seniors champ Jack Russell.

MARCH

3rd  Frank Robinson is indicted in Cincinnati for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested on February 8 when he was discovered to be carrying a .25 caliber pistol.  The discovery occurred after an incident in a restaurant where Robinson was eating with two friends.  He was fined $250 for it.

14th  George Weiss is lured from retirement to become president of the New York Mets.

24th  The New York State Senate approves $55 million for a new baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens.

In Mesa, LF Orlando Cepeda gives the Cubs 2 runs then hits a 3-run HR as the Giants shave the Cubs, 13–12.

27th  In a spring training game Cardinals P Larry Jackson suffers a broken jaw when hit by a fragment of Dodger Duke Snider’s broken bat. Jackson will be sidelined 4 weeks.

29th  Powel Crosley’s will directs the Reds to stay in Cincinnati and be run under nonprofit ownership. The late Crosley’s daughter and husband, Stanley Kess, will head the foundation.

31st  A Pacific Coast League proposal to use a designated batter for the pitcher is voted down 8-1 by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee. The committee also rules that every club must designate a manager within 30 minutes of game time, a move prompted by the Cubs’ college of coaches.

      The Milwaukee Braves send infielders Andre Rodgers and Daryl Robertson to the Cubs for pitchers Moe Drabowsky and Seth Morehead.

 

APRIL

3rd  Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia is sold to J. Schleifer Properties. The park is to be torn down after the 1963 season and replaced by bowling alleys.

4th  The Yankees reacquire P Duke Maas, trading INF Fritz Brickell to the Angels in exchange. The Angels had paid the Yanks $75,000 for Maas in the 1960 expansion draft.

6th  Vedie Himsl is designated as head coach of the Cubs for the first 2 weeks of the season.

10th  After President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball, the new Washington team loses its first regular-season game, 4–3, to the White Sox. Former Sox pitcher Dick Donovan, picked up in the expansion draft, is the loser, though he will end the season with a league-leading 2.40 ERA.

11th  Robin Roberts ties Grover Cleveland Alexander’s NL record with a 12th-straight Opening Day start, but Philadelphia loses 6–2 to Don Drysdale and the Dodgers.  Roberts is 5–6 on Opening Day.

      Ted Kluszewski’s two HRs highlight the AL Los Angeles Angels first win, as Eli Grba beats Baltimore 7–2.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds score all their runs in 4+ innings against Cubs starter Glen Hobbie as they beat the Cubs, 7-1. Andre Rodgers hits a homer off Jim O’Toole to account for the only Bruin run, while Wally Post and Frank Robinson homer for the Reds. Second baseman Jim Baumer for Cincinnati goes 0-for-4 in his first ML game since 1949.  He is the only ML player to play in the 40’s and 60’s but not the 50’s.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees, led by new manager Ralph Houk, are shut out by Minnesota’s Pedro Ramos, 6–0. Ramos has a two-run single and allows just three singles in beating Whitey Ford.  Ford, however, will finish the season at 25–4.

      The wine of victory turns sour for the Giants in their home opener when Bill Virdon clouts a 2-out 3-run HR off reliever Mike McCormick to give the Pirates an 8–7 win.

      At Fenway, Kansas City’s Ray Herbert surrenders Carl Yastrzemski’s first ML hit, but beats Bill Monbouquette, 5–2.

13th  Alvin Dark pulls all the right strings to give the Giants a 6–5 win over the Pirates. Joey Amalfitano, hitting for cleanup man McCovey in the 8th, singles in Mays for a 4-4 tie; new catcher Hobie Landrith homers in the 11th to tie at 5 apiece, and Kuenn’s single in the 12th wins it.

14th  Joe McClain earns the new Senators’ first win, defeating Cleveland 3–2. He also collects his first ML hit and manager Mickey Vernon records his first ML win. It won’t happen again this century.

      At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Reds Wally Post lines a tape measure shot off the Budweiser sign atop the scoreboard in the Reds, 7–3 win. If the ball had not hit the sign, some estimate the shot could have traveled close to 600 feet.

      At Briggs, Frank Lary pitches a one-hitter as the Tigers down the White Sox, 7-0. Jim Landis’s 5th inning infield single is the Sox lone safety. Lary has 2 hits, an RBI and a run as the Tigers score 7 runs in the first 3 innings.

15th  The Dodgers and Pirates tie a ML record by turning 9 DPs (Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 4) in a 9-inning 4–1 Buc home win. It is the only the 2nd time (July 3, 1929) that 9 DPs have been turned in a NL game.

      At Wrigley, the Cubs heist a game from the Braves when Al Heist hits a 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 9th off reliever Don Nottebart to give the Cubs a 9-5 win. Ron Santo also has 4 RBIs on 3 hits, including a homer.

      Clint Courtney, part of the large trade in January between Kansas City and Baltimore, is returned to the Orioles, his third tour of duty with the team.  Courtney will be scrapped in July.

16th  Orioles starter Chuck Estrada exits in the 1st inning after he gives up 3 walks, a homer and double to the Twins, as Minnesota downs Baltimore, 10-5.  Bob Allison belts a grand slam and adds a 3-run homer for 7 RBIs.

17th  The Cards Darryl Spencer drives in a run in the Birds 3-run 8th, then bangs a grand slam in the 9th as St Louis wins in Los Angeles, 9–5. Joe Cunningham has 4 hits, including a homer. The Dodgers Duke Snider hits his 370th HR over the LF screen, taking 7th place on the all-time list. But in his next at bat, the Duke suffers the consequences, sustaining a broken elbow when hit by Bob Gibson pitch. He’ll miss a month.

      At Yankee Stadium, 1,947 fans braves the freezing rain to watch Whitey Ford shut out Kansas City, 3–0.  Mantle drives in all 3 Yankee runs, connecting a solo shot off Jerry Walker in the first inning.

19th  Washington’s Marty Kutyna pitches brilliantly in relief, yielding 4 hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to ruin Chicago’s home opener, 7–2. As in Washington’s opener, JFK throws out first ball—but this JFK is from Oak Lawn, near Chicago. Eddie Gaedel and 7 other midgets act as vendors in the box seat sections. This is Veeck’s response to complaints that vendors were blocking the view of fans.

22nd  The Red Sox snap a 13-game losing streak in Comiskey Park by edging the White Sox, 7–6, on Pumpsie Green’s 11th-inning homer. Jim Rivera, pinch-running for Chicago, fractures his thumb at third base. It will be his last appearance for the White Sox; when he recovers he’ll be handed his release.

      Ryne Duran serves up a 2-run homer to Gus Triandos in the 8th inning and the Orioles down the Yankees, 5-3, in the first of two. Bill Skowron hits a grand slam in game 2 and Jackie Brandt clubs two homers for Baltimore as the Yanks and Orioles play to a 7-inning 5-5 tie.

23rd  Art Mahaffey fans a batter in each inning and 17 in all, a Phillies’ record, while beating the Cubs, 6–0.  The Phils win the first game 1-0 behind Frank Sullivan’s pitching and a game-ending homer by Bobby Smith off Dick Ellsworth.

24th  The Indians clip the Orioles, 5-1, behind Jim Perry (2-0). Bubba Phillips hits a grand slam, off Milt Pappas, for all the runs that Perry needs.

25th  Two weeks after the Celtics win the NBA Championship, Celtics reserve center Gene Conley tosses his first AL victory for the Red Sox, a 6–1 win over the visiting Senators. Conley, obtained from the Phils over the winter, beats Pete Burnside. Conley is of course, the only man to play for the Boston Braves, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.

       Norm Bass, in his first ML start, picks up the CG  win for the Kansas City Athletics in a 20–2 rout of the visiting Twins. Norm’s brother Dick will pick up 1,000 yards this year for the Los Angeles Rams. Haywood Sullivan is 4-for-4 with a pair of triples and 5 RBIs.  Bill Tuttle has a triple and 4 RBIs.  Twins rookie Fred Bruckbauer gives up 3 runs without retiring a batter to start and finish his ML career with a ERA of infinity.

26th  Roger Maris hits his first HR of 1961 off Paul Foytack of Detroit, and Mickey Mantle adds HRs from both sides of the plate (for the 8th time), as New York wins 13–10 at Tiger Stadium.  Mantle’s 2nd homer, a 2-run shot off Hank Aguirre, snaps a 10–10 tie in the 10th.

      Cincinnati’s Jerry Lynch becomes the 6th player in NL history to hit 2 consecutive pinch-hit HRs. This one today is not enough as Chicago wins 3–2.

27th  The Angels draw a disappointing crowd of 11,931 for their home opener against the Twins at LA Wrigley Field. The Twins Camilo Pascual spoils the opener by winning 4–2, sending the Angels to their 8th loss in 9 games. A very ill Ty Cobb attends the game to fulfill a promise he had made to his friend Fred Haney, the Angels GM who had played for Cobb as a utility infielder. Cobb throws out the first ball.  He stays for two innings before he left on his cane with assistance from the a park attendant.  This was the last game Cobb sees as he dies in less than three months.

Following a dispute with management, Gabe Paul resigns as GM of the Houston Colt 45s for the same job at Cleveland. He replaces Frank Lane.

      The Reds trade C Ed Bailey to the Giants for Don Blasingame, C Bob Schmidt, and P Sherman Jones. Bailey immediately replaces Haller behind the plate.

28th  Five days past his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn becomes the 2nd-oldest ML pitcher (after Cy Young) to hurl a no-hitter, blanking San Francisco 1–0. Hank Aaron drives in the only run off loser Sam Jones, who strikes out 10. It is Spahn’s 290th win and 52nd shutout. Spahn faces just 27 men, following each walk by starting a DP.

29th  At Wrigley, Frank Howard crushes two homers off Dick Ellsworth, the 2nd a grand slam in the 5th. Howard drives in 6 runs as the Dodgers belt the Cubs, 9-4. Johnny Podres (3-0) goes the distance for the win.

      In Kansas City, the White Sox battle back with 4 in the 8th to tie the Athletics, 9-9, but Haywood Sullivan hits a 3-run double in the bottom of the frame and the A’s win, 13-9.  Marv Throneberry has 5 RBIs for KC, four coming on a 3rd-inning grand slam off Herb Score.

      The Tigers use the pitching of Frank Lary (4-0) and the long ball to drive over the visiting Red Sox, 9-4.  Dick Brown, with a grand slam, Jake Wood with a 3-run homer, and a solo from Rocky Colavito, are the power sources.

30th  Frustrated by a poor start, Jackie Jensen jumps the Red Sox for 8 days.

      Using Joey Amalfitano’s bat, Willie Mays becomes the 9th player in ML history to enjoy a 4-HR game, and his 8 RBI pace the Giants to a 14–4 win at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Led by Willie’s 4, the Giants total a record tying 8 homers (and 13 in 2 games) as Orlando Cepeda (2), Felipe Alou, and Jose Pagan also homer. Willie’s 6th inning homer clears the LF bleachers at County Stadium. Hank Aaron collects a pair for the Braves for all the scoring.  Billy Loes is the winning pitcher, and it marks the 4th time he has been in uniform at a game where a player has hit 4 homers: Loes was with the Dodgers in ’50 and ’54 when Gil Hodges and the Braves Joe Adcock connected, and with the Orioles in ’59 when Rocky Colavito collected four.

      Jim Gentile, Gus Triandos, and Ron Hansen hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning for the Orioles, as they beat Detroit 4–2 to split a twin bill. The O’s had 1 hit in the first 6 innings off Foytack. The Tigers win the opener, 8–2, after going scoreless in 6 innings against young Steve Barber.

      Philadelphia and St. Louis tie a ML record, and set a NL mark, by using 8 pinch hitters in the 8th inning. The Phils finally win in 10 innings, 11–7.

MAY

2ndIn their first appearance in Minnesota, the Yankees top the transplanted Washington team, 6–4. Mantle’s grand slam in the 10th inning off Camilo Pascual, is the big blow. Luis Arroyo picks up the save after the Twins score 2. Mick’s extra inning grand slam is the 6th by a Yankee, joining Pipp (1923), Ruth (1925), Meusel (1929), and DiMaggio and Henrich (1948).

      Don Cardwell and the Cubs top the Giants, 9–4, though Willie McCovey’s 2-run homer in the 9th gives San Francisco a record-tying total of 14 homers in 3 games. Billy Williams paces the Chicago attack going 4-for-4, including a grand slam, and driving in 5 runs.

3rd  Another brilliant Warren Spahn performance is spoiled when LF Mel Roach’s misplay costs the Milwaukee ace a 2nd no-hitter in a row. He settles for a 2-hitter in topping the Dodgers 4–1.

      In an International League game at Toronto, the home town Maple Leafs score 10 runs in the 8th inning to win 15–3. Leaf switch hitter Ellis Burton homers twice in the big inning, once from each side of the plate.  His 2nd homer is a grand slam over the RF fence. Teammate Sparky Anderson scores on both HRs after reaching base on walks.

4thAt Crosley Field, Reds pitcher Joey Jay pitches a one-hitter to beat the Phils, 4–0. Johnny Callison’s 1st-inning single is the only hit.

      At County Stadium, Gil Hodges hits a solo homer in the 10th to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, but the Braves tie it on a single by Eddie Mathews and win it on a walkoff grand slam by Joe Adcock.

      The Phils send P Dick Farrell and SS Joe Koppe to the Dodgers for 3B Charlie Smith and OF Don Demeter. Demeter will give the Phils 3 solid years.

      Mantle homers and extends his hitting streak to 16 games, as the Yankees top the Twins, 5–2. New York sweeps all 3 games in Minnesota.

6th  In Cleveland, the Indians Woodie Held loses a first inning grand slam when rain washes out the game with the Senators after two innings.

7th  At LA’s Wrigley Field, the Angels draw their largest day crowd (19,722) and beat the Yankees, 5–3.  The Angels take two out of three from New York to drop the Yankees 2 1/2 games behind Detroit.

      The first-place Tigers sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 8-6 and 5-3. In game 1, the Tigers come from behind with a 5-run 7th to overcome 6 RBIs by Roy Sievers. Sievers has a 2-run homer and a grand slam. Phil Regan goes the distance in game 2.

      In Minnesota, Chuck Schilling has a 2-run double and a grand slam as the Red Sox hold off the Twins, 11-9.  Harmon Killebrew has a pair of homers for the Twins.

      Trailing Milwaukee, 4-0 after 7 innings, the Reds unleash the fire power. They score 3 runs in the 8th on homers by Frank Robinson and Wally Post, and two more in the 9th, on homers by Leo Cardenas and Gordy Coleman, to win 5–4.

      The Phils outhit the Giants, but first place San Francisco wins, 7–0, behind Billy Loes. Three of the Giants six hits off Robin Roberts are HRs.

      The Indians and Senators split a pair, with Cleveland taking the opener, 4-2, behind rookie Wynn Hawkins.  Johnny Temple goes hitless in game 1, ending his 19-game-hitting streak from the start of the season. Temple ended last year with a 4-game streak, giving him a combined 23-game hit streak (as noted by Trent McCotter).

8th  The Angels trade P Tex Clevenger and OF Bob Cerv to the Yankees for P Ryne Duren, P Johnny James, and OF Lee Thomas. For Cerv, it is his 3rd tour of duty in pinstripes.

      The new NL entry is New York is officially named the “Mets.”  Not Metropolitans, just Mets. At a ceremony at the Savoy Hilton, owner Joan Payton swings a bottle of champagne and after three unsuccessful whacks turns the job over to a waiter who uses a bottle opener. The “Mets” was the choice among the 10 finalists: Continentals, Burros, Mets, Skyliners, Skyscrapers, Bees, Rebels, NYBs, Avengers, and Jets. The original list was 644 names from 9,613 suggestions.

9th  Jim Gentile of Baltimore becomes the 3rd player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings (Tony Lazzeri in 1936, Jim Tabor in 1939: Rudy York in 1946 also hit 2 grand slams, but not in consecutive innings) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the first and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His 8 RBI in consecutive innings sets a ML record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice fly to give him a club record 9 RBI in the 13–5 drubbing of the Twins.

      The Indians tie a ML record with just 23 official at bats as Chicago’s Herb Score pitches a 2-hit 4–2 win.

10th  The Cardinals tie a ML record when 3 pinch hitters—Charlie James, Don Taussig, and Alex Grammas—strike out in the 9th inning against the Reds. Cincinnati’s Bill Henry pitches just the 9th to save the 3–2 win, the Reds’ 9th in a row.

      The White Sox purchase Wes Covington from the Braves. Covington will play for 4 teams in 1961, before settling in with solid years for the Phillies.

      The Reds trade 2B Jim Baumer to the Tigers for 1B Dick Gernert.

      The Twins trade OF Ernie Oravetz and cash to the Dodgers for Joe Altobelli and Ed Palmquist. The 5’4” Oravetz hit .262 in 1955-56 for the Senators. Oravetz will see no more ML action, while the pair of Twins will play briefly.

      Mike McCormick fires his 2nd 3-hit shutout of the year, stopping the Pirates, 3–0.  The Giants are 3-up, 3-down in 8 of the 9 innings, but score 3 in the 5th, 2 on McCormick’s single.

11th  At Briggs Stadium, the Senators whip the first-place Tigers, 9-4, doing most of the damage in the 6-run 5th.  Billy Klaus hits a grand slam in the frame and, a batter later, Gene Woodling clouts a 2-run homer.

12th  Bill Monbouquette’s 17 strikeouts for the Red Sox are a club record and the most yet by an AL pitcher in a night game. He beats Washington 2–1.

      At Minnesota, Angels P Eli Grba hits a 5th-inning solo HR off P Pedro Ramos, who then returns the favor in bottom of the inning. Ramos wins 5–4.

      In the 8th inning at Yankee Stadium, Tiger OF Rocky Colavito goes into the stands behind 3B after a drunken fan who has been heckling Rocky’s wife and father. Colavito is ejected, but the Tigers win in the 9th on pitcher Frank Lary’s homer. For Lary, it is his 25th win over the Yankees against just 8 losses.

13th  Rocky Colavito returns to the Tigers lineup and rocks the Yankees with a 4–for-5 game, including two homers. The Tigers win, 8–3.

      Wondrous Willie Mays clouts 2 HRs, one a grand slam in the 3rdoff Buhl, to drive in 6 runs as the Giants whip the Braves, 8–5.

14th  Senators pinch hitters tie a ML record by drawing 3 walks in the 9th inning of the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. The Nats edge Boston 2–1 to sweep. Joe McClain shuts out the Red Sox 3-0 in the lidlifter and also doubles and scores a run.

      The Yankees win a pair from Detroit, taking the opener with Jim Coates pitching the 11th inning for the win. Coates pitches another 5 innings of relief to win the nightcap as well.

      The Indians top the Orioles, 1–0, in 15 innings, scoring the lone run on a wild throw by 2B Jerry Adair.  Perry and Funk combine on the shutout. The Tribe completes the sweep with a 6–4 win in the nightcap.

15thThe Alou brothers and Cepeda lead an 18-hit attack as San Francisco overpowers the Cubs, 14–1. Dick Ellsworth gives up 6 runs in the 1st without retiring a batter. Cepeda hits 2 homers and a double and drives in 5 runs, while Felipe hits his first grand slam and brother Matty his first ML homer. Matty will combine with Jesus in 1965 to homer in the same game.  Mike McCormick is the easy winner.

17th  Rogers Maris connects for his 4th homer, and his first of the year at Yankee Stadium, against the Senators as Washington holds on to beat the Yankees, 8-7.  Roger will hit an incredible 24 homers in his next 38 games.

18th  Ryne Duren comes in for the Angels and notches 4 strikeouts in the 7th inning against the White Sox. He fans Minnie Minoso, Roy Sievers, J. C. Martin, and Sammy Esposito to tie the ML record. One pitch eludes C Del Rice and results in the winning run. Chicago takes it 6–4.

      Ray Kendrick ties the California League record with 19 strikeouts in Fresno’s 12–3 defeat of Stockton.

19th  In Minnesota, Dan Dobbek has a solo homer and a grand slam and Billy Gardner is 4-for-4 as the Twins roll by the A’s, 11-1.  Jack Kralick is the complete game winner.

20th  Ed Bouchee hits a game-ending homer in the 9th to break up a scoreless pitching duel between the Cubs Dick Ellsworth and the Cardinals Larry Jackson. The Cubs win 1-0 at Wrigley, their 2nd 1-0 win in a row. Bouchee also ties a ML fielding record when he handles 22 chances at 1B; 19 PO and 3 assists. Ellsworth allows 3 hits and throws 101 pitches.

21st  At Metropolitan Stadium, the Indians twice shutout the Twins, winning 9-0 and 2-0.  Wynne Hawkins allows 3 hits and Mudcat Grant just 2.

23rd  Norm Cash, Steve Boros, and Dick Brown hit consecutive HRs for the Tigers in a 5–2 win over Minnesota.

      At Chicago, Ernie Banks makes his debut in left field and goes 1-for-4 with no errors. But the Cubs lose, 2–1, in 10 innings to the Phillies.

27th  At Jacksonville in South Atlantic League, Benjamin Grills pitches 9 2/3 hitless innings, but loses, 1- to Greenville in 12 innings. He gives up only three hits.

28th  The Yanks lose the first game at home to Chicago, 14-9, as Wes Covington hits a grand slam for the Chisox and Bob Cerv answers in the 6th with a game-tying pinch grand slam. Floyd Robinson extends the Chicago lead when belts a 3-run homer in the 9th. The Yankees take the nightcap 5–3 with the help of a Roger Maris HR. Maris’s 9th HR of the season is one of 27 hit in today’s 7 AL games—a record. Twelve more in 4 NL games make a total of 39, a one-day ML record for 11 games in the 2 leagues.

      Ernie Banks clouts a 2-out grand slam in the bottom of the 8th to tie the Giants at 4–4, but 1st-place San Francisco wins over the Cubs, 6–5.

29th  At Fenway, Ike Delock outduels Whitey Ford to beat the Yankees, 2–1. New York’s scoring is Mantle’s first homer in two weeks.

30th  Third baseman Gene Freese hits 2 HRs, and Joey Jay and the Reds both win their 6th straight game, 8–7. Cincinnati completes a sweep of the Los Angeles, moving into a first-place tie with the Giants. Cincinnati will spend the rest of the season in first place.

Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, and Moose Skowron each belt 2 HRs, tying the ML record for most players (one club) with multiple HRs in a 9-inning game. Berra adds a homer as New York wins over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 12–3.

      The first place Tigers split with the visiting A’s, winning 5-3 before losing 9-3. Norm Cash belts an 8th inning grand slam in the opener as the Tigers come from behind.  Norm Siebern has a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs in the nightcap.

      The Indians sweep a pair from the Twins, winning, 4–3 and 7–5. They end Lenny Green’s 24-game hit streak in the opener. Cleveland scores the winning run in the opener on a bunt by Piersall, who reaches 2B on a wild throw by 1B Mincher. On a foul out, Piersall dashes for 3B, then scores on a sac fly.

      The Dodgers trade IF Bob Lillis and OF Carl Warwick to St. Louis for IF Daryl Spencer.

31st  Mantle and Maris again homer as New York edges Boston, 7–6. Mantle’s is #14, two ahead of Roger. In the 8th inning, Carroll Hardy pinch hits for rookie Carl Yastrzemski: last year he pinch hit for Ted Williams, making him the only player to go in for both future Hall of Famers.

JUNE

1st  Veteran Vic Wertz hits his first triple in 6 years as he leads the Red Sox to a 7–5 win over Bob Turley and the Yankees. Since June 14, 1955, Wertz has played in 596 games and collected 537 hits, but no 3-baggers.

      Kansas City swaps veteran Bill Tuttle with a player to be named (Paul Giel) to the Minnesota Twins for Reno Bertoia, and a player to be named later.  Kansas City takes the cash instead on June 10.

2nd  The Cubs Ernie Banks ties a ML record with 3 run-scoring sacrifice flies in one game as Chicago beats the Reds 7–6. Cincinnati scores 5 in the 9th to make it close.

      In Los Angeles, Tommy Davis cracks a 10th inning walkoff grand slam to culminate the scoring in the Dodgers 6-2 win over the Giants. Ron Fairly hits a pinch homer and Willie Davis a solo shot for LA. Jack Sanford does all he can for the Giants, pitching 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and hitting a homer.

      At Griffith Stadium, the Senators batter the Athletics, 12-4.  Winning pitcher Dick Donovan has 3 hits, 2 run and 2 RBIs, while Dale Long has 2 hits, including a homer, a 5 RBIs.  Marty Keough, subbing in CF for Willy Tasby, has 2 hits, including a triple. Tasby asked to be scratched before the game because of his fear of lightning. Manager Mickey Vernon says, “Willie told me he wouldn’t be any good anyway if he played” (The Sporting News, June 14, 1961). While with Baltimore two years ago, Tasby finished one game shoeless because he feared lightning striking a puddle in the outfield.

5th  In the first of two games at the Stadium, Mantle hits an 8th inning homer to help New York top the Twins 6–2.  Mantle, Maris, and Colavito each have hit 15. The Yankees take the nightcap, 6-1.

      Bill White hits a grand slam in the Cardinals 6-run 7th as the Birds come from behind to beat the Cubs, 10-8. Mickey McDermott, the last of four Cardinal pitchers, picks up the win, his final ML victory.

6th  Cleveland’s 8th straight win, a 14–3 rout of Washington, moves the Tribe into first place.

      At San Francisco, Robin Roberts wins his 1st game of the year, 3–2, after 7 straight defeats. Pancho Herrera’s 3-run homer decides it. Roberts will finish the year 1–10, the worst record ever for a Hall of Fame pitcher.

      Ken Hunt belts a 1st inning 3-run homer for the Angels, and Lee Thomas cracks a grand slam in the 2nd, both off Milt Pappas, as Los Angeles beats the Orioles, 7-3. Eli Grba is the winner.

      Twins manager Cookie Lavagetto is given a week’s vacation by owner Calvin Griffith. Coach Sam Mele temporarily replaces Lavagetto.

7th  The O’s trade OF Gene Stephens to the A’s for 1B Marv Throneberry.

      The Twins lose to the Yankees, 5–1, for their 13th straight loss. They’ll win tomorrow but will reach 14 losses in a row in 1982. Ralph Terry allows the Twins a run in the 1st on 2 hits, then pitches hitless ball for the next 8 innings. Berry and Mantle homer off Pascual in the 3rd; it is a record setting 31 homers in the last 16 consecutive games.

      Behind Mudcat Grant (7-0) the Indians pummel the Senators, 11-0. Catcher John Romano has a hit and 2 RBIs to run his consecutive game batting streak to 22 games.

8th  Milwaukee sets a ML record with 4 consecutive HRs in the 7th inning against the Reds. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back HRs off Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another HR, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their ML careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose 10–8.

      The Kansas City Athletics hit 3 consecutive triples in a 5-run 3rd inning while trimming the Yankees 9–6 after a first-game loss 6–1. Skowron has a homer in the opener, the 17th straight game the Yanks have homered, for a total of 32. The Bombers are beaten in the nightcap by Jim Archer, who goes the distance. Hank Bauer and Jim Pignatano each have 3 hits for KC.

9th  Ryne Duren sets an AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against the Red Sox as he fans 11 batters in a 5–1 win for the Angels. The previous AL record of 6 straight strikeouts was shared by six pitchers and accomplished most recently by Bob Kuzava, in 1949.

      At Wrigley Field, the Braves, trailing all game, take a 10-9 lead in the 9th inning on a Lee Maye grand slam. But Warren Spahn, the 6th pitcher for Milwaukee, allows 2 runs and the Cubs win, 11-10. All the Braves scoring comes on 4 homers, while Chicago hits none. Bob Anderson (3-5) is the winning pitcher.

      In a rain-interrupted game in New York, Mantle’s 3-run homer in the 3rd is the difference in a 8–6 win over Kansas City. Maris also homers, the third time this year the two have gone deep in the same game.

10th  The Braves tie the NL record with 14 HRs in 3 straight games (at least one in each game) as they outscore the Cubs at Wrigley 9–5.

      At New York, ex-Yank Hank Bauer hits a inside-the-park homer over Mantle’s head to the CF monuments, but Mantle’s homer in the bottom of the 8th off rookie Bill Kunkel cements New York’s 5–3 win over Kansas City.

      Pitchers Ray Herbert and Don Larsen, 3B Andy Carey, and OF Al Pilarcik of the A’s go to the White Sox for pitchers Bob Shaw and Gerry Staley and outfielders Wes Covington and Stan Johnson.

11th  The Yankees sweep two the Angels, winning the opener, 2–1 behind Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter.  Yogi Berra clouts a pair of solo homers.  In the nightcap, Mantle’s 1st inning homer, #19, gives him the AL lead, but Maris adds a pair of home runs, his 19th and 20th, as New York wins 5–1. The Yanks have won 10 of 11 games.

12th  An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in the White Sox to Arthur Allyn, a minority partner. Allyn also buys Hank Greenberg’s stock to acquire a controlling interest. Greenberg remains as GM.

13th The White Sox get excellent pitching from Cal McLish and Juan Pizarro and beat the Angels, 2-1 and 10-2. Floyd Robinson’s 2-run homer in the opener trumps Leon Wagner’s solo shot, and Al Smith hits a grand slam in the nightcap.

14th  Sound familiar? The KC A’s ship P Bud Daley, their top winner the past 2 seasons, to the Yankees for P Art Ditmar and OF Deron Johnson. The Yanks then send P Danny McDevitt to the Twins for infielder Billy Gardner.

15th  Undefeated Ralph Terry’s 11-inning 3–2 win at Cleveland moves the Yankees into first place. Mantle’s homer ties the score at 1–1 and Johnny Blanchard’s pinch single in the 11th wins it.

      The expansion Senators are 30–30 after winning today, 5-2, over Baltimore. It is the latest date an expansion team will be at .500.  Washington will lose their next 10 games.

Scoreless after 4 innings, the Red Sox get a grand slam from Vic Wertz in the 5th and roll to a 10-1 win over Detroit. The Tigers manage just 4 hits off Bill Monbouquette (6-6).

      The Braves trade SS Johnny Logan to the Pirates for OF Gino Cimoli.

16th  Detroit’s Phil Regan beats New York 4–2 at home, as the Tigers take first place.

At Candlestick, the Cubs double the Giants, 12-6, as George Altman has a homer and 3 RBIs and Billy Williams clubs a grand slam.  Giants reliever Jack Sanford hits a homer, his 2nd in his last 4 appearances.

      Kansas City bonus baby Lew Krausse, Jr., who just graduated from high school, debuts with a 3-hit 4–0 shutout of the Angels before 25,869 fans at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. His father ended his brief ML career with the Philadelphia A’s in 1932 with a shutout.

      At Omaha, the University of Michigan edges Santa Clara, 5-4, in 15 innings to win the NCAA college world series.  

17th  With 2 out and 2 on in the 9th, Mickey Mantle homers off Paul Foytack into the RF upper deck. Elston Howard follows with a HR, but Detroit hangs on to win 12–10 over the 3rd-place Yanks.

18th  Pittsburgh takes the first game 5–3 as Don Leppert makes his ML debut with a HR in his first at bat, off Curt Simmons. The Cards salvage a split with a 7–3 nightcap win.

      Milwaukee’s Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas hit consecutive HRs in a 10–2 triumph at Los Angeles. Adcock adds another to drive in 4 runs against the Dodgers.

      In Kansas City, Del Rice hits a pinch homer off Norm Bass in the 9th for the Angels to tie the game, then hooks Bass for a 2-run homer in the 11th to beat the tired A’s starter, 5-3. Rice is just the 6th major leaguer to hit a pinch homer + another in a game.

      In the first of two, the Indians edge the Orioles, 2-1, on Bob Nieman’s pinch RBI single in the 9th. Jim Perry wins. The second game is an 8-5 win for Baltimore with the O’s doing all their scoring in the 2ndinning and the Tribe plating their runs in the 1st.  Dick Hall allows 2 hits in 8 superb innings of relief to pick up the save for Wes Stock. No pitcher the rest of the century will have an 8-inning save.

      It is comeback time at Fenway as the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Senators.  In game 1, Washington scores 5 runs in the top of the 9thto take a 12-5 lead. Willy Tasby belts a grand slam in the inning off Ted Wills. Led by a game-tying grand slam by Jim Pagliaroni, off Dave Sisler, the Sox storm back with 8 runs to win, 13-12.  Game 2 goes 13 innings before Pagliaroni hits his second homer of the day, off Tom Sturdivant, to give Boston a 6-5 win. Tasby also homers in game 2.

      St. Louis Browns midget Eddie Gaedel dies of a heart attack following a mugging in Chicago. He was 36.  The only major leaguer who will be at his funeral is Bob Cain, the pitcher who walked Gaedel in his only ML game.

19th  Charlie Finley makes his first managerial change, booting the recently-hired Joe Gordon (26–33) in favor of Hank Bauer.

      Led by 3B Gene Freese, the Reds sweep the Phils, winning 7–2 and 10–0.  Freese is 7-for-8.

20th Al Kaline plays 3B for the first time in his career. His 2 hits and 2 RBIs lead the Tigers to a 5–4 win over the Senators.  Kaline will return to the OF and play 3B just once more in his career, in 1965.

      For the second time this season, Sandy Koufax takes a no-hitter into the 7th against the Cubs, before Ernie Banks singles with two outs.  Koufax (10-3) allows another single as he and the Dodgers win, 3-0.  On May 12th, Billy Williams doubled in the 7th to break up the no-hitter. Amazingly, Sandy will do it one more time this year against the Cubs (August 29) only to have Dick Bertell single in the 7th.

21st The White Sox go on the offense to sweep a pair from the Indians, 15-3 and 11-1.  Roy Sievers comes off the bench in game 1 to collect 7 RBI with a pinch grand slam and 3-run homer. He is just the 7th major leaguer to hit a pinch homer + another in a game: Del Rice did it 3 days ago. Minoso also homers. Sievers has another homer in game 2 as he scores 4 times. Al Smith has 4 RBI on 2 homers.

22nd  Roger Maris leads the Yankees on an 8–3 thrashing of the A’s by belting his 27th homer of the year. He adds two doubles and a single. Maris has now hit 20 homers in the past 30 days (May 24 – June 22) to tie the mark set by Ralph Kiner in 1947.

23rd  Ernie Banks voluntarily takes the bench as a sore knee brings his 717 consecutive-games-played streak to an end.  The streak started August 26, 1956.  The Bank-less Cubs still win 5–3 over the Braves at Wrigley. Joe Adcock, who applied the hidden ball trick last August 31 to George Altman, nabs another Cub, Billy Williams in the 8th.

      At home, the Cards win 10–5 over the Giants. With two HRs, one a grand slam, Stan Musial passes Lou Gehrig on the all-time list for extra-bases hits. Babe Ruth remains first. Musial has 7 RBIs in the game.

      Cookie Lavagetto (4-6) is fired as manager of the Twins. Sam Mele again takes control of the club.

      Louisville’s (AA) Howie Bedell goes hitless against Dallas-Fort Worth, ending his 43-game batting streak, the longest in the minor leagues since Mejias, in 1954. Bedell goes 66-for-197 (.340) during the streak, and ties the American Association record set in 1935

      Down 9–0, then 11–2, the Phillies score 4 in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to top the Pirates 12–11 at Pittsburgh.

25th  Vic Power is the base runner on 1B in the bottom of the 9th, when Chuck Essegian pinch-hits a single. Power, thinking it is a HR, waits to shake hands with Essegian, and is forced at 2B. Detroit and Jim Bunning win, 6–3, then Cleveland takes the nightcap, 4–3.

      Baltimore outlasts the Angels in 14 innings to win, 9-8 on Ron Hansen’s homer. Each team uses 8 pitchers to set a ML record of 16. Albie Pearson collects 5 walks and 2 safeties for the O’s.

26th  At LA’s Wrigley Field, Angel reliever Art Fowler, who has allowed just one hit in his last 12 innings, serves up a 9th inning HR to Bill Skowron as New York wins 8–6. Mantle adds an earlier homer, off Ken McBride, and Ford wins his 13th.

      Don DiChiara sets a NYP league record with 4 consecutive HRs in Batavia’s 14–9 loss to Jamestown.

27th  Gene Green, Willie Tasby, and Dale Long hit consecutive HRs for the Senators, as they trim Cleveland 8–5. The win snaps a 10-game losing streak.

      The Twins win a pair from the visiting Red Sox, 6-5 and 6-3.  Minnesota twice comes from behind in game 1, and Bob Allison’s 6th inning grand slam in game 2 snaps a scoreless tie.

28th  The Phillies and Giants play for 5 hours and 11 minutes, but the 15 inning contest ends in an 7–7 tie. Both teams score 3 in the 15th in the longest night game to date.

      Ryne Duren goes 8 innings and strikes out 12 former teammates to give the Angels a 5–3 win over New York. Mantle drives in all 3 Yankee runs, two on a home run.

29th  With 3 round-trippers at Philadelphia—one a 10th-inning shot to win 8–7—Willie Mays becomes the 4th ML player with 3 or more HRs twice in one season. Manager Gene Mauch’s efforts to conceal his starting pitcher and force Al Dark’s hand has a Phillie lineup including hurlers Don Ferrarese (batting leadoff, playing CF), Jim Owens (3rd, RF), Chris Short (7th, C), and Ken Lehman (9th, P) against San Francisco. When Dark sends lefty Billy O’Dell to the mound for one batter, Mauch replaces Ferrarese, Short and Owen. Dark then replaces Billy O’Dell with Sam Jones. Mauch replaces Lehman with Dallas Green after 2 batters. All the maneuvering takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Giants then take the nightcap, 4–1, as Mays triples and doubles home 2 runs and completes a DP with a throw home.

30thWhitey Ford (14–2) tops the Senators 5–1 to give the 2nd place Yankees their 22nd win of the month. Maris drives in 3 runs and Mantle lines a shot over CF Willie Tasby’s that rebounds for an inside-the-park HR.

      At Wrigley Field, rookie catcher Jimmie Schaeffer hits a grand slam in the 1st inning to power the Cardinals to an 11-4 victory over the Cubs. Ray Sadecki is the winner. This is Schaeffer’s first ML homer: his next will come in 1963 when he’s with the Cubs.

JULY

1st  The Senators stake rookie Carl Mathias to a 3–0 lead over New York, but a Mantle solo shot, a few feet left of the 456-foot sign in left at Yankee Stadium, puts New York on the board. The Nats up the score to 5–1, but Mantle then bangs a 3-run homer to make it 5–4 and knock out Mathias [who in his 11 ML games will give up 3 homers to Mantle]. In the 9th, Maris poles a 2-run homer, his 28th, to give New York a 7–6 victory.

      Harmon Killebrew has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs to lead the Twins to a 9-3 win against the Athletics.  His 9th inning grand slam completes the scoring for Minnesota.

      At Milwaukee, Gordy Coleman collects 8 hits and leads the Reds to a sweep over the Braves. The Reds win the opener, 8–5, as Coleman collects 5 hits, including a 3-run homer in the 13th off Warren Spahn. Gordy chips in with 3 more hits in the nightcap, a 4–3 Reds win.

2ndThe Yankees hit 5 homers—#28 by Mantle and #’s 29 and 30 by Maris—to easily beat the Senators 13–4. Mantle is 1-for-1 with 4 walks, while Elston Howard has 3 hits, including a homer, and 3 runs. Bud Daley goes 8 innings for the win.

      The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 7–6 and 9–0.  Sore-armed Vern Law, making his 1st start in more than 3 weeks, is lifted in the 6th and Haddix wins in relief. Bobby Shantz pitches a 5-hitter to win the nightcap as the Bucs score 6 unearned runs off Marichal.  The Giants, 2 1/2 games back yesterday, will be 9 out on the evening of July 8.

      Jim Gentile’s 3rd-innng grand slam is the big blow as the Orioles double down the first-place Tigers, 6-3. Chuck Estrada (6-5) and Billy Hoeft combine for the win.

      Pitcher Glen Hobbie and Tony Taylor each hit a pair of homers for the Cubs, and pinch hitter Richie Ashburn’s bases-loaded single in the 8th brings home the deciding run. The Cubs edge the Cardinals, 10–9.

3rdAt Metropolitan Stadium, Bob Allison clouts a 7th inning grand slam and the Twins hold on for a 7-6 win over the White Sox.

4th  Before 74,246—the largest crowd at the Stadium since 1947—the Yankees split with the Tigers, winning the opener 6–2, before losing 4–3 in 10 innings. Whitey Ford (15-2) bests Don Mossi (9-2) in the opener. Frank Lary (12-4) is the victor in game 2 with the help of a 9th inning triple steal. Frank Fernandez swipes home, with Al Kaline and Billy Bruton stealing. Roger Maris hits his 31st for New York.

      At Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener 6–4 when Julio Becquer hits a 9th inning grand slam as a pinch hitter, connecting off veteran Warren Hacker. Four pitchers are each charged with a run on the slam. Cal McLish shuts out the Twins in game 2 until the 8th inning when the Twins score 4 runs, 2 on Harmon Killebrew’s only career inside-the-park-HR, off Cal McLish. Appropriately, it is the Metro’s first IPHR. The Twins win, 4–2, behind Jack Kralick.

      At Chicago, the Giants close out their road trip by rolling to a 19–3 win in game 1, collecting 22 hits including a homer by Orlando Cepeda that is one of the longest in Wrigley history. The Cubs come back in the nightcap to win, 3–2, overcoming Willie Mays’ 300th homer. At the half way mark, the Giants are in 3rd place, 5 1/2 games in back of the first-place Reds.

      Johnny Antonelli returns to the Braves as the Indians sell the veteran back to where he started as an 18-year-old pitcher.

5th  At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris cracks a 7th inning solo HR against the Indians, and also is credited—erroneously, as it turns out—with a 3rd inning RBI on a single. The 2 RBIs are officially recorded, though just one appears in the game’s box score, and the error will not be noted until 1995.  With the correction, Maris and Jim Gentile become co-leaders in RBIs for the season.

6th  Solly Hemus (33-41) is fired as manager of the Cardinals and replaced by coach Johnny Keane.

7th  For the second time in a week, Jim Gentile clouts a grand slam for the Orioles as they beat the Athletics, 6-2 in the opener of a twinbill.  Gentile’s pinch hit salami in the 6th breaks a 2-2 tie.  Hal Brown’s 4-hitter in the nightcap is good for a 5-0 win.

Pittsburgh puts Vern Law on the retired list, on doctor’s orders, to rest his sore right arm.

8th  At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford tops the Red Sox 8–5. Mantle hits a HR in the 4th, off Tracy Stallard, for his 10th roundtripper this year in support of Ford.

9th  Sherm Lollar’s 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam, off Frank Funk, for the White Sox crushes Cleveland 7–5. It is the 5th pinch slam in the AL this season—two by the Sox—and ties the ML record. The Sox also win a 2nd game 9–8. Over the afternoon 8 HRs are hit.

      The Tigers take over 1st place with a doubleheader sweep of the Angels. Frank Lary’s. 13th victory in the opener, a 1–0 three-hitter, is followed by Jim Bunning’s 6–3 win in the nightcap.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yankees split a pair. New York wins the opener, 3–0, on Rollie Sheldon’s 5-hitter.  Roger Maris hits his 33rd homer of the year. All-star-bound rookie Don Schwall wins the nightcap, 9-6, after his teammates stake him to a 7-0 lead by the 4th. Gary Geiger and Carl Yastrzemski pull off a double steal and Jim Pagliaroni hits a long fly to Yogi Berra in LF. Yogi catches it but stumbles and both runners score. Bobby Richardson has 3 hits, including a 3-run HR, for New York.

      At Los Angeles, Frank Robinson has a pair of homers, a double and single to drive in 7 runs and the Reds coast over LA, 14–3. Vada Pinson scores 5 runs.

11th  Strong winds dominate the first All-Star Game of 1961. A capacity crowd sees P Stu Miller blown off the mound in the 9th inning at Candlestick Park. A balk is called, and it enables the AL to forge a 3–3 tie before losing 5–4 in 10 innings.

13th  Mack Jones of the Braves ties the NL record with 4 hits—3 singles and a double—in his ML debut, a 6–5 triumph over St. Louis.

      Chicago’s Early Wynn gets an early departure as he retires just two Yankees in the first inning.  Then Mantle (30th) and Maris (34th) belt back-to-back homers to send the vet to the showers. For Mantle, it is the 13th homer in his career off Wynn, his favorite target. New York wins, 6–2.

      Ted Lepcio belts a 1st-inning grand slam and Harmon Killebrew adds a 2-run homer in the 9th as the Twins outlast the host Indians, 9-6. Lepcio was signed in June after the White Sox released him May 20th.

14th  Willie Kirkland whacks his fifth HR in 3 games to help the Indians down the Angels 7–5 at Cleveland. His first 4 were in consecutive at bats before and after the All-Star break and tied the ML record. He now has 16 en route to 27 for the year.

      At Candlestick, the Pirates come from behind to beat the Giants, 6-4. Roberto Clemente’s 8th in grand slam is the big blow.

      At Los Angeles, the Phils top the Dodgers 7–5 in 10 innings. Phils’ reliever Jack Baldschun pitches in his 8th straight game to pick up the win.

16th  Detroit regains first place with two complete game victories from Phil Regan and Don Mossi. Mossi homers in the first game, an 11-1 rout, and Rocky Colavito  belts 2 homers, good for 5 RBIs,  in the 7-3 game 2 victory.

      New York edges 3rd place Baltimore, beating Steve Barber 2–1. Mantle drives home both runs.

17th  Following a year-long illness, Ty Cobb succumbs to cancer at age 74 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

      Bill White goes 8-for-10 in a doubleheader, as the Cards sweep the Cubs 10–6 and 8–5 at Busch Stadium. In game 1, the Cards are scoreless until the 7th. Al Heist has 3 doubles off Curt Simmons, who last 8 innings for the win. Ernie Broglio is the victor in game 2 as Julian Javier matches White’s 4 hits.

      Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 HRs in a 154-game schedule in 1927 “cannot be broken unless some batter hits 61 or more within his club’s first 154 games.”

      The Yankees top the O’s, 5–0, behind Whitey Ford’s 13th straight win. Mantle (#33) and Skowron hit long HRs at Baltimore. Ford is now 17-2. The nightcap goes into the 5th when, with 2 outs and the Yanks up 4–1, a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling the game, thus washing out homers by Maris and Mantle and two others.

      Norm Cash belts a 1st inning grand slam off Joe Nuxhall and the Tigers go on to beat the White Sox, 7-4. Paul Foytack earns the win.

18th  Bill White and the Cards continue to beat up on the Cubs, sweeping 8–3 and 7–5. White goes 3-for-4 in each game and ties Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old record of 14 hits in consecutive twin bills.

      Following a double steal in the 6th inning by Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock of the Braves, Joe Torre follows an out with a bases-loaded walk. The three then combine to startle the Reds battery of Jim Maloney and John Edwards with a triple steal. For Aaron, it is his first steal of home; for Adcock, they are his only two steals of the year. The Braves win, 12-8.

      Mantle poles two homers, off rookie Joe McLain, to pace New York to a 5–3 win over the Senators.  In pre-game ceremonies, Mantle teamed with New York Congressman Eddie Dooley to win the homer-hitting contest against other Congressional-player duos.

19thThe Yanks and Senators split, with Washington winning the nightcap 12–2. Dick Donovan is the winner. Mantle belts a 500 foot homer in the 4th over the RF wall.

      Ford Frick, an old friend of Babe Ruth’s, announces that should Ruth’s record be beaten after 154 games, the record will carry an asterisk. When asked about the ruling, Maris replies, “A season is a season.”

21st  With each team stranding 15 base runners, the Angels and Senators tie the ML record for runners left on base by 2 clubs in a 9-inning game. Los Angeles wins 16–5.

      Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris slam back-to-back HRs in the first inning for New York, but it takes a 2-out, 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard to finally subdue the Red Sox, 11–8, at Fenway. The pinch slam is the AL’s 6th of the season, a new record.

      The Cardinals sell Mickey McDermott to Kansas City shortly after new manager Johnny Keane, in front of the entire team, rips the veteran pitcher for his training habits. As McDermott tells the Phoenix New Times in 1991, I replied, “Well, John, if you feel that way, I’ll take off my uniform and leave.”  McDermott’s stay with the Royals will last just three weeks before they release him.

      House returns home. The Orioles and Tigers swap catchers as Baltimore receives Harry Chiti in exchange for Frank House. House originally signed with the Tigers in 1948 for a bonus of $75,000 and two cars. He debuted with Detroit in 1950.

22nd  John Blanchard does it again with a solo pinch-hit HR to start a 3-run 9th-inning Yankee rally to tumble the Red Sox 11–9. Blanchard ties the existing mark for pinch homers in consecutive appearances.

23rd  Using 21 pitchers, the Tigers (11) and A’s (10) set an AL record for most hurlers used in an 18-inning doubleheader. At 3 hours, 54 minutes, the 2nd game is the longest 9-inning contest in AL history. The entire doubleheader lasts 6 hours, 50 minutes, a ML record. The Tigers sweep 6–4 and 17–14, taking first place by one percentage point.

      The Braves sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 11-4 and 5-4.  Joe Torre and Eddie Mathews each have 4 hits, with Mathews including a homer. Hank Aaron homers as well as Bob Buhl takes the win.  Mathews and Aaron each score 2 runs in game 2, as Lee Maye drives in 3. Rocky Nelson, with 2 hits in the opener, has a pinch single in game 2. It is the last hit for the veteran who will go 0-for-29 the rest of the season to close out his career.

24th  At Kansas City, Detroit P Frank Lary collides with rookie 3B Steve Boros, and both players leave the game with injuries.  Lary does not miss a start but Boros’ collarbone is broken and he will not return. He has 53 RBIs to date.

      At Yankee Stadium, 50,000 fans, on hand for the Yankees exhibition game with the Giants, save their biggest cheer for Willie Mays.  Willie delivers a 2-run single in the 4–1 victory. The only score for the Yanks is a Mickey Mantle homer.

25th  Roger Maris hits 4 HRs, tying the AL record for a twin bill as New York beats Chicago 5–1 and 12–0. Mickey Mantle also homers off Frank Baumann in the first game. He ends the day with 38 HRs to 40 for Maris.

      At Wrigley, Ken Boyer hits a first inning grand slam, off Jack Curtis, and the Cardinals hold on for a 6-5 win over the Cubs.

26th  John Blanchard ties a ML record by hitting his 3rd and 4th HRs in 4 at bats over 3 games. He drives in 4 of the Yankee runs in a 5–2 victory over the White Sox at the Stadium. New York manages just 6 hits but 4 are homers, including one by Mantle following Blanchard’s first-inning clout.  Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats, the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 at bats.

      Norm Larker belts an 8th inning grand slam and the visiting Dodgers down the Phillies, 6-1. Don Drysdale improves to 8-6 and Willie Davis contributes 4 hits.

      At Milwaukee, the first-place Reds muscle 3 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Braves, 3–2. Gus Bell rings a pinch homer and Frank Robinson clubs a two-run homer for the Reds.

27th  Vada Pinson gives the Reds a 2–1 win over the Braves when he swipes home in the 9th inning. Pitcher Carlton Willey’s throw beats Pinson but he kicks the ball out of the glove of C Sammy White.

      The Giants Juan Marichal fires his first shutout of the year, stopping the Pirates, 2–0, on 5 hits. Manager Dark says before the game that “Marichal will go all the way” and keeps his relief pitchers in the dugout to emphasis the point.

28th  The Yanks buy 1B Bob Hale from Cleveland. This will make vet Earl Torgeson, signed on June 17, expendable.  They’ll release Torgy as a player in early September and sign him as a coach.

29th  Duke Snider’s pinch HR and Ron Fairly’s RBI hit give Los Angeles a 5–4 win at Pittsburgh. The Dodgers take over first place from the Reds.

      The Giants Orlando Cepeda hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Don Ferrarese, to give the Giants a 4–3 win over the Phils.  The Phillies will lose 23 straight before another victory.

30th  Behind Jack Kralick, the Twins shut out the Tigers, 4-0. Kralick allows 8 singles, including one to Al Kaline to extend his hitting streak to 22 games.

31st  The 2nd All-Star Game of 1961 ends in a 1–1 tie at Fenway Park. Rocky Colavito homers for the AL run, connecting off starter knuckleballer Bob Purkey in the 1st. Heavy rains end the exhibition after 9 innings.

AUGUST

2nd  New York beats Kansas City 12–5 with Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Maris are both at 40 homers.

      At Chicago, Hank Aaron has a grand slam for Milwaukee and Frank Thomas adds 4 hits, including a homer.  For the Cubs, Billy Williams belts two homeruns and Ernie Banks hits one.  But it is a standoff that ends in a 10 inning, 7-7 tie.

      Juan Marichal fires a one-hitter—a Tommy Davis single—at the Dodgers, winning 6–0. Felipe Alou has 3 hits, including 2 HRs, to pace the Giants win over the league leaders.

3rd   Pittsburgh beats St. Louis so hard their kids will come out shaking. The 19–0 rout of St. Louis matches the most lopsided shutout in modern NL history. The first had been achieved by the Cubs against the Giants on June 7, 1906. Harvey Haddix is the easy winner over Al Cicotte as Dick Stuart has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Smoky Burgess belts two homers and drives in 6 runs. The Bucs pepper three pitchers for 24 hits.

At Cleveland Stadium, the White Sox overcome a 1st-inning grand slam by Bubba Phillips to beat the Indians, 8-6. The Sox score 2 unearned runs in the 9th for the victory margin.

4th  With a little help from George Altman, the Cubs Bob Anderson outpitches Sandy Koufax, and beats the Dodgers, 4–2. Altman hits two homers off Koufax, the first time anyone has done that off the Dodgers lefty.

      At Candlestick, Warren Spahn wins his 299th game, 2–1, over the Giants. He gets a bit of help from Hank Aaron who leads off the 7th and 9th with homers off Mike McCormick. The Giants scoring is a Cepeda homer in the 5th.

6th  Maury Wills’ first HR in 1,167 ML at bats and a double, triple, and HR by Frank Howard give the Dodgers an 11–4 win against Chicago and first place by a half game in the NL. Wills has 3 hits and scores 4 runs, while Podres gives up ten hits, but goes the distance to win. Wally Moon drives in 3 runs with 3 hits.

      Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins, going 5-for-9 with 3 home runs and a double. His 4 RBIs gives him an even 100 for the year and his homer total is now 43. In the opener, Mantle’s had 2 home runs off his favorite pitcher Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard’s homer in the 10th that ties the game at 6–6. In the 15th, Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beat the throw at first to give the Yanks the win. The Yankees win the nightcap by a run as well, when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2–2 tie. New York now leads Detroit by 2 1/2 games.

8th  At Fenway, the Twins Camilo Pascual gives up an inside-the-park grand slam to Gary Geiger in the 3rd, the first in Sox history, and a solo shot to Don Buddin in the 7th, but wins, 6–5. Pascual drives in his first 3 runs of the year to snap the Twins 8-game losing streak.

9th  Cincinnati wins its 16th straight game against Philadelphia as Joey Jay blanks the Phils 5–0. It is the 13th loss in a row for the Quakers, their longest string of defeats since 1936: they’ve won just one in 19 games. Elio Chacon hits his first ML homer, off Don Ferrarese.

      The Cards beat the Pirates, 4–0, with all the Birds scoring coming on a grand slam by Julian Javier, who is celebrating his birthday today. Joe Gibbon serves up the salami. Curt Simmons and Ed Bauta combine on the shutout.

      The Dodgers win their 17th out of 20 to stay a game ahead of the Reds, beating the Braves 8–3,  Pitcher Don Drysdale hits a grand slam, off Don Nottebart in the 2nd, and allows just 4 hits while striking out 11.  Two of the 4 hits are homers by Joe Adcock.

10th  The Orioles shut out Kansas City, 8-0, behind Milt Pappas, and 41-year-old Dave Philley collects his 21st pinch hit of the year, a new AL mark.  The old AL record was set in 1936 by Ed Coleman. Starter Bill Kunkel gives up 5 runs while recording one out.

      At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford wins his 14thin a row as the Yankees beat the Angels, 3-1. Ford is now 20-2. Richardson, Berra and Skowron solo for the New York scores.

      Playing for Pawtucket (International L) Dwayne Hosey connects for two homers in the third inning against Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader, hitting one from each side of the plate.  One homer is a grand slam, the other a two-run homer. He adds a third homer in the game.

11th  Warren Spahn’s 2–1 victory against the Cubs makes him the 13th 300-game winner.

      In a classic pitching duel, White Sox lefty Billy Pierce and KC’s Jim Archer walk none and neither go to 3–2 in the count. Luis Aparicio’s HR is the only score as the Sox win 1–0 in 1 hour, 32 minutes.

      Mantle (44) and Maris (42) belt homers off reliever Pete Burnside to lead New York to a 12–5 pasting of the Senators.

      Vancouver (PCL) steals 9 bases in one inning of a 10–2 win against Salt Lake City.

12th  At Griffith Stadium, Roger Maris belts his 43rd homer, off Dick Donovan, but its New York’s only score as they lose, 5–1, the Yanks first loss in 10 games.  For Washington it is their first win in 8 games. Gene Green’s pinch grand slam off Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.

13th  In the first of two with the Senators, Maris belts his 44th homer to tie Mantle. An inning later, Mantle, hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th, but that’s all Daniels allows, winning 12–2. Maris adds his 45th homer in the 1st inning in game 2 as the Yanks win, 9–4.

      In Cleveland, Joe Koppe has 3 hits, including a 7th inning grand slam, to pace the Angels to an 8-7 win over the Indians. Frank Funk (11-9) gets no outs in relief, but does get the loss when he tees up the slam. Willie Kirkland drives in 4 for the Tribe.

      Bill Tuttle has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs to lead the Twins to a 13-5 win over the Tigers. The loss drops Detroit 3 1/2 games in back of the Yankees.

14th  The Phillies lose their 17th straight game, 9–2 to the Cubs Dick Ellsworth. It is the 11th straight complete game pitched against Philadelphia.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Cards Ernie Broglio allows just 5 Dodger hits in shutting out Los Angeles, 5–0.  Don Drysdale takes the loss. For the Dodgers, this will be the start of a ten-game losing streak.

      The Reds purchase Darrell Johnson from the Phils.

15th  Maris hits his 46th homer, off Chicago’s Juan Pizarro, for New York’s only run in a 2–1 loss to the visiting White Sox. Pizarro allows just 4 hits. Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win.

      Frank Malzone is 5-for-5 with a pair of homers in the Red Sox, 8–0 shellacking of the Indians. Gene Conley throws the shutout and hits a homer. Jackie Jensen and Carroll Hardy hit back-to-back HRs in the 5th.

      At L.A., the 2nd-place Reds Joey Jay (17-7) gives up 3 singles and 2 runs in the first and just 3 hits after that in subduing the first-place Dodgers, 5–2. Losing pitcher Sandy Koufax (13-8) almost adds another hit but is thrown out at 1B by RF Frank Robinson.  Announcer Vin Scully says, “Sandy forgot to run.”

16th  Cincinnati takes the NL 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 4 hits and Jim O’Toole just 2 in handing the Dodgers their 1st twinbill whitewash since July 18, 1935.

      Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th HR in his 6th straight game, as New York beats Chicago 5–4 in the 9th inning. His two blasts off Billy Pierce give him 48, three more than Mickey Mantle.

17thIt takes the Phils 11 innings at County Stadium, but they finally lose to the Braves, 7–6 when Al Spangler singles home the winner. For Philadelphia, it is their 20th loss in a row, a modern ML record.  The Phils lose a 6–4 lead in the 8th when Joe Adcock slams a 2-run homer off Art Mahaffey to tie.

      The Indians edge the Red Sox in the 14th inning, 4–3, when Mike Fornieles walks in the winning run in the 14th inning. Cleveland ties the game in the 9th on John Romano’s 2-run homer into the upper deck.

      Charles Finley denies he plans to move the Kansas City Athletics to Texas. “I have no plans to move. We are a Kansas City team, and besides, we have no place to move to.”  He said he put out no feelers to other cities about moving the A’s.

      Chuck Weatherspoon hits his 7th grand slam of the season for Wilson (Carolina League) in a game against Winston-Salem.

18th  Ron Kline, purchased from the Angels on August 10, blanks the Red Sox on 4 hits to give the Tigers a 5–0 win.  Bill Monbouquette fails for the 9th time to win his 9th, lasting just 4 innings and gives up homers to Billy Bruton and Rocky Colavito.

19th  The Phils rally in the 9th, but strand 11 and lose, 4–3 to Milwaukee. For the hapless Quakers, it is their 22nd loss in a row. For the Braves, it is their 9th win in a row. The Phils have 13 hits off Tony Cloninger, the winner, while Frank Sullivan allows just 7.  The Braves score all their runs in the 3rd, the big blow being Frank Thomas’ 2-run homer.

The Reds surge to a 3-game lead in the NL by topping the Cards, 3–1, behind Joey Jay. They now lead by 3 games. The Reds get on the board in the 6th on Wally Post’s homer, his 16th. He has now homered this year in every NL park.

      The Red Sox top the Tigers, 5–3, as the two teams combine to hit into 8 double plays, tying the ML record for 9 innings.

20th  After losing game 1, 5-2, Philadelphia’s modern NL-record 23-game losing streak ends when John Buzhardt beats Milwaukee 7–4 in the 2nd of 2 games. Clay Dalyrumple is 3-for-3 and will run his consecutive hit streak to 9 straight on the 24th. The win snaps Milwaukee’s 10-game win streak. The Phils lose game 1, 5-2.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

      The Cubs and Pirates tie an NL record by playing their 3rd straight extra-inning game. The Cubs take this one 1–0. Chicago wins two of the three 11-inning games.

      The Twins outslug the Angels to win, 9-7, and do it with two homers from two pitchers—a 1st in the AL and the last time it happens in the 20th century.  Lennie Green starts the offense with a leadoff HR, the first of 2 he hits, and starter Jack Kralick homers. Al Schroll who pitches 4+ innings for the win, also homers. Earl Averill hits a pair for the Haloes.

      At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, both Mantle and Maris homer in the twinbill sweep. Mantle’s first inning 3-run homer, his 46th, and Maris’s in the 3rd inning, his 49th make it easy for Ralph Terry. In the nightcap, Bill Skowron hits his 21st in the 2nd inning and the Yanks win 5–2.  In the 6th, after Bell allows a single and then hits Gardner and Maris, Mantle collects his 101st walk to force home a run.

      The Tigers remain 3 games behind New York by sweeping a pair from the visiting Red Sox, 6–1 and 7–6. Lary wins his 18th in the opener, with the help of 5 DPs. Boston pulls off 3 DPs of their own. Fox, in relief of Bunning, is the game 2 winner.

      Satchel Paige is the big attraction, winning pitcher and MVP in the Negro American League all-star game before 7,245 fans at Yankee Stadium.  Paige pitches the first three innings for the West giving up no runs and allowing a scratch single to Fred Green. It is the only hit the East gets, as Don Poindexter and Dick Hemphill allow no hits in their three-inning stints as the West wins, 7-1. Governor Nelson Rockefeller tosses out the first pitch, a throw with the same speed and trajectory as Paige’s hesitation pitch thrown for a strike to Gideon Jarvis.

21st  In their first appearance in Boston since moving to Milwaukee, the Braves defeat the Red Sox, 4–1. Spahn pitches the first inning, striking out rookies Chuck Schilling and Carl Yastrzemski. The exhibition game is for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.

22nd  Frank Lane’s short tenure as GM of the A’s ends when Charlie Finley replaces him with Pat Friday.

      Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th HR in the month of August, as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4–3 (Ruth and Foxx hit #50 on September 4th). Ken McBride tees up the gopher ball in the 6th inning with one on.

      The hot Giants sweep a pair from the NL-leading Reds, winning 12–2 and 5–3. Visiting SF features 20 hits in the opener to back Mike McCormick. Orlando Cepeda’s 35th HR, NL high, starts the scoring in the nightcap, as Sam Jones and Stu Miller combine. Mays has his 32nd and 33rd homers in the twinbill.

23rd  Third-place San Francisco pulls within 4 games of first place with a 14–0 rout of the Reds, putting the game away with a record-tying salvo of 5 HRs in the 12-run 9th inning. HRs by 6 different Giants tie the ML record for a 9-inning game. San Francisco’s 27 total bases in the 9th inning are a modern ML record. Juan Marichal is the winner in the cakewalk, his 7th straight win.

      The Pirates overcome a grand slam by Lee Maye to edge the Braves, 7-6.  Bob Skinner ties the game with an 8th inning liner over 1B that eludes Maye for an inside-the-park homer, and Dick Stuart singles home the winner in the 9th.

24th  Ageless Satchel Paige signs with Portland (PCL). In 25 innings for the Beavers, he will have a 2.88 ERA.

      Boston OF Jackie Jensen’s fear of flying gets the best of him and he refuses to fly to Los Angeles.  The Sox say they will not pay him for games he misses because of the flying fear.

25thJim Bunning (15-9) allows just 2 hits while blanking the Senators, 6–0, in a game called after 8 innings because of rain.  The win keeps the Tigers 2 games ahead of the Yankees.

      At the friendly confines of LA’s Wrigley Field, the Red Sox outslug the Angels, 12-6. Frank Malzone has a pair of doubles and a homer, good for 4 RBIs, Carroll Hardy cracks a grand slam and Pumpsie Green adds two solo shots. Gene Conley (8-11) is the winner.

      In the Orioles 5–2 win over the Twins, O’ Dave Phillips sets a ML record for pinch hits. His swinging bunt down the 3B line is his 23rd hit, breaking the record set by the Giants Sam Leslie in 1932. Phillips is 23 for 63 this season.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils and Braves split a doubleheader with the Phils taking the opener, 9-4, and the Braves winning by the same score in game 2. Every Milwaukee starter has multiple hits in game 2 except winning pitcher Tony Cloninger with one hit.  For the Phils, Elmer Valo hits the last homer of his career, a pinch hit solo blast.

26th  Roger Maris belts #51, off KC’s Jerry Walker. Roger’s homer in the 6th follows a Tony Kubek blast. Bill Stafford allows just one hit till the 9th inning as the Yanks win, 5–1.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds close a 10-1 gap with a grand slam by Vada Pinson, but the Dodgers prevail, 10-6. Johnny Podres (16-4) goes 6 innings for the victory which puts the Dodgers 1 1/2 games in back of first-place Cincinnati.

      Ed Short becomes GM of the White Sox, replacing Hank Greenberg.

      San Diego (PCL) pitcher Al Worthington throws a no-hitter against Hawaii.

27th  With first place on the line after the Dodgers have won two games from them, Cincinnati rallies from a 5–1 deficit to a 6–5 first-game win over Los Angeles. Gene Freese hits a 3-run homer in the 7th and Wally Post adds a 2-run double in the 8th. Rookie Ken Johnson is an 8–3 winner in the nightcap as the Reds pound Don Drysdale. The sweep gives the Reds a 3 1⁄2 game lead in the NL.

      At Philadelphia, the Braves and Phils split a pair with Milwaukee prevailing in game 1, 11-10, in  12 innings. Joe Adcock has a 3 run homer for  the Braves, while Charlie Smith has 3 hits, including a grand slam, good for 5 RBIs for the Phils. Johnny Callison is 4-for-5. Art Mahaffey wins the nightcap, 3-0.

      Detroit’s Rocky Colavito ties an AL record with 4 HRs—three in the 2nd game, in a doubleheader pummeling of the Senators 7–4 and 10–1 at Washington.

      The Orioles Milt Pappas is the whole show as he blanks the Twins, 3–0. He allows just two hits while belting 2 homers. Eddie Robinson adds a homer.

28th At LA’s Wrigley Field, Baltimore takes advantage of the friendly confines to hit 5 HRs and beat the Angels 11–5. Jack Fisher has a CG win, despite allowing 12 walks. The game is the last for Paul Richards as the manager for Baltimore.

       Washington, Rocky Colavito and Al Kaline belt 1st-inning homers as Detroit wins, 7–3 to cut New York’s lead to 1 1/2 games. Rocky now has 39 homers and 120 RBIs. Jake Wood hits a 6th inning grand slam to complete the scoring for Detroit.

29th  At Milwaukee, the Braves take over 3rd place from the Giants with a 13-inning, 7–6 victory.  Eddie Mathews ends the game with his 26th homer. For SF, Willie McCovey cracks his 16th homer for his 3rd hit of the game, and the 20th hit in 45 at bats since his return to the Giants lineup.  The Braves recognize a hot bat when they see one and, with 1st base open in the 11th, walk McCovey to get to Mays. Mays earlier drove in his 100th run, but grounds out to end the inning.

      At Wrigley, Sandy Koufax (15-9) takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning only to have Dick Bertell single for the first hit. This is the third time this season that Koufax has had a no-hitter broken up by a Cubs hitter in the 7th. He ends with a 2-1 two-hit win, beating Don Cardwell, who allows 3 hits in 8 innings.

30th  Mantle connects for #47, off the Twins Jim Kaat, as the Yanks win, 4–0. He’ll hit #48 tomorrow, off Jack Kralick, in the Twins, 4–3 win.

31st  In the first of two at Los Angeles, the Athletics pummel the Angels, 17-3. Leo Posada has 4 hits and drives in 4 while Wayne Causey adds a grand slam in the A’s 7-run 7th.  Jerry Walker allows 5 hits in the win.  The A’s use a 2-run 9th inning to edge the Haloes 6-5 in game 2.  Good-hitting pitcher Joe Nuxhall contributes an RBI single in the frame.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The AL’s biggest crowd of the year, 65,566, sees Whitey Ford and Don Mossi duel at Yankee Stadium as a weekend battle for first place begins. Two-out, 9th-inning hits by Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, and Bill Skowron give New York a 1–0 win over the Tigers.

Paul Richards (38-57) resigns as manager of the Orioles to become GM of the new Houston NL club. Coach Lum Harris takes over.

      Cubs 30-year-old rookie Cuno Barragan, sidelined since spring training when he broke his ankle, finally gets his first at bat and hits his only ML HR.  His clout comes off Giants P Dick LeMay, but the Cubs lose 4–3 in 14 innings.

2nd  Against Detroit’s Frank Lary, Maris doubles and takes 3B on a misplay. Mantle, hurting from a pulled muscle in his forearm, lays down a perfect drag bunt to score Roger. Maris then blasts homers his next two trips to the plate, and Elston Howard adds a three-run homer, for a 7–2 win.

      Milwaukee manager Chuck Dressen (71-58) is axed and executive vice president Birdie Tebbetts becomes the new skipper.

      Don Larsen (6-1) is the winner as the White Sox trounce the Senators, 12-7. Larsen is 3-for-4 and goes 6 innings. For the Senators, Danny O’Connell has a pair of doubles and drives in 4 runs. The third pitcher for the Nats is Carl Bouldin, who gives up a run in 2 innings in his ML debut.  Bouldin graduated in June from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a starter on the NCAA champions Bearcats basketball team.

3rd  After taking the first two games against Detroit, New York is down 5–4 in the 9th when Mantle ties the game with his 2nd homer of the day. Elston Howard wins it with a 3-run drive into the LF stands and Detroit leaves town 4 1/2 games in back of New York. Mantle is now at 50 home runs, with Maris at 53, the first teammates in history to hit 50.

4th  Mantle misses the Labor Day doubleheader with a painful and swollen forearm, but the Yanks don’t need him as they sweep a pair from the Senators, 5–3 and 3–2. The sweep moves the Yanks 6 games up on the slumping Tigers, who lose 6–3 to the Orioles and trail 4–1 in a game suspended.  Mantle’s replacement John Blanchard breaks a 3–3 tie in the opener with an 8th inning homer.

      After losing, 4–3, the Royals outkick the Angels, 13–7 in game 2, using an 11-run 6th inning. KC collects 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 errors and a stolen base for their big inning. Norm Siebern and winning pitcher Joe Nuxhall homer in the frame.

      At Busch Stadium, Bill White hits a grand slam, off Al McBean, to back Ray Sadecki’s 13th win. The Cardinals beat the Pirates, 9-4.

      In Minnesota, the White Sox and Twins split a pair of 9–5 decisions in a day-nite DH.  Killebrew hits his 39th homer in the opener to back Schroll’s 6 innings of spotty pitching. Al Smith has 4 hits and 4 ribbies in the nightcap. Numberless rookie Joe Horlen makes his ML debut in relief and picks up the win.  The only road uniform available has no number on it (as noted by Maxwell Kates).

      At LA, Don Drysdale stops the Giants, 4–0, allowing just 2 hits. The Dodgers are now 2 games in back of the first-place Reds.

5th  Los Angeles’s Lee Thomas ties the ML record with 9 hits in a doubleheader, 5 in the first game and 4, including 3 HRs, in the 2nd. One is a grand slam. Thomas ties the AL record with 19 total bases in a doubleheader. But Kansas City wins both games from the Angels, 7–3 and 13–12.

      The Yanks top Washington, 6–1, sending the Senators to their 20th defeat in their last 21 games.  Mantle’s homers for his 51st. The Yanks win, coupled with a Detroit doubleheader loss, puts New York ahead by 7 1/2 games.

6th  Roger Maris connects for #54, off Tom Cheney of the Senators, as the Yankees win, 8–0, behind Whitey Ford’s 5-hitter. Ford is now 23–3. John Blanchard hits a pair of homers, each time following a walk to Mantle, and Moose Skowron and Bob Hale also homer.

      The Dodgers come from behind to defeat the Giants for the 4th straight time, winning, 8–5, and moving within a game of first place.

7th  Maris lays down a bunt and also belts his 55th homer of the year in the 3rd inning as New York beats the Senators, 7–3.  All of Washington’s scores come in the 6th on an inside-the-park homer by Tito Francona, off Ralph Terry. When asked by a writer after the game why he bunted, a testy Maris replies, “Trying to win the game, you stupid cocksucker. Why do you think.”

8th  The Yanks rout the Indians 9–1 as Mantle hits #52, off Gary Bell. The Yanks win for their 9th straight while Detroit loses their 8th in a row to drop 10 games in back. The Tigers purchase vet Vic Wertz from the Red Sox to shore up the offense.

9thOn Whitey Ford Day at Yankee Stadium, Maris hits his 56th homer, off Cleveland’s Mudcat Grant, as the Yanks come from behind to win, 8–7. New York scores 4 in the 9th to enable Luis Arroyo to pick up his 12th relief win in a row, a one season AL record for consecutive wins.

      No doubt. The two Thomases power the Angels to a 6-2 win over the White Sox. Lee Thomas hits a solo homer and George Thomas clubs a grand slam. Eli Grba pitches a 4-hitter for the win.

10th  The Yankees sweep the Indians, 7–6 and 9–3 , their 12th win in a row at home and the Indians 20th loss in a row at Yankee Stadium. Mantle gets number 53 in the nightcap, while Maris, homerless, stays at 56. The official scorecard credits Mantle with 2 runs scored: it will be discovered in 1995 that one of the runs should go to Bill Skowron. In the 2nd game, Clete Boyer sends a Jim Perry pitch into the LF corner that hits the lower deck of the grand stand and bounces back into play. While home plate ump Joe Linsalata calls it a HR, the other two umps agree with Tribe CF Jimmy Piersall who contends the ball is in play. Boyer’s home run trot is interrupted at 3B with a tag out. Piersall’s contribution in game one is fighting with a fan who climbed onto the field.

      The Reds Bob Purkey allows just 2 hits in beating the visiting Cards, 5–2. The Reds lead the Dodgers by 4 games.

      At Chicago, the Phillies score 7 in the 7th, including Don Demeter’s grand slam, and notch 6 more in the 8th to beat the Cubs, 14–6. There is some solace for the Cubs as introduce a pair of gems: Ken Hubbs debuts with 2 hits and 2 runs and Lou Brock has one hit, one run and a pair of errors.

      At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn pitches his 10th straight complete game as the Braves edge the Pirates, 4-3, with a tally in the 9th. For Spahn it is his 19th win and he helps his own cause with his 4th homer of the year.

12thThe Phillies drive Koufax from the mound in a 9-run 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Dodgers, 19–10. The loss drops LA 4 1/2 games behind the Reds. The big gun for the Phils is ex-Dodgers Don Demeter, who hits a 2-run homer in the 1st, singles in a run in the 2nd, adds a 3-run HR in the 7th and a solo in the 9th. He scores 5 runs Two other Phils homer while 4 Dodgers go deep.

      At Milwaukee, the Reds Joey Jay beats his old team, 1–0, for his 20th victory of the year. He’s the Reds 1st 20-game winner since Blackwell in 1947.

14th  The Cardinals and Cubs set a NL record by using 72 players in a doubleheader (more than 18 innings). St. Louis leads the way with 37 players and wins twice 8–7 and then 6–5 in 11 innings.  Ken Boyer climaxes a 7-for-11 day by hitting for the cycle in the nightcap, completing it by belting his 22nd HR of the year in the 11th inning. He is the first hitter in history to cap off a cycle with a walkoff homerun. The Cards have won all 11 games with the Cubs at Busch this year.

      At Los Angeles, Duke Snider caps a 4-run 9th inning by drilling a dramatic 3-run homer on a 2-strike count. The HR gives the Dodgers a 7–6 win and cuts the Reds lead to 5 games.

15th  With 10 strikeouts in an 11–2 win against the Braves, the Dodgers Sandy Koufax has 243 strikeouts, most ever for a NL lefty.

      The Yankees set a new AL record for most homers in a season (222), as they split a doubleheader in Detroit, winning 11–1 and losing 4–2.  Circuit blows by Skowron and Berra in the opener help Whitey Ford win his 24th and increase New York’s homer total to 222 This breaks the old mark set by the 1947 Giants and tied by the 1956 Reds. Cash and Steve Boros homer in the nightcap to back Ron Kline’s 7-hitter.

16thAt Detroit, Roger Maris connects for #57, off Frank Lary, to stay a game ahead of Ruth’s 1927 pace.  But Lary wins his 21st, 10–4, over Ralph Terry, with help from Norm Cash, who belts a homer, his 37th, and a triple. Al Kaline adds 4 hits and a sac fly.

      In Los Angeles, the Dodgers edge the Braves, 8-7, in 11 innings. Ron Fairly’s 4th hit of the game drives in the winning run. Fairly makes an out in the 1st inning on a fielder’s choice, on of three outs that inning that the Dodgers make on the basepaths.  The oddity won’t happen again in the NL this century.

      The Senators acquire Claude Osteen from the Reds for 1B Dave Sisler and cash.

17th  In Detroit, Roger Maris triples off Terry Fox in the 7th to put the Yanks ahead, Detroit ties it and, then in the 12th, Maris faces Fox again with Kubek on 2B.  Maris steps out of the box to watch a long skein of Canadian geese fly over Tiger Stadium, then steps in and belts the first pitch for his 58th homer of the year. The Yankees win, 6-4.  Rookie Steve Boros walks five times in the game for Detroit.

      Al Smith’s 4th inning grand slam is all the scoring the White Sox need as the whip the Angels, 8-1.  Luis Aparicio swipes his 49th and 50th bases.

19th  The Giants clobber Warren Spahn for 4 home runs, one of them a grand slam by Willie Mays, and then rally in the 8th and 9th to top the Braves, 11–10. The two teams combine for 8 home runs and 57 total bases, but the short ball wins it—Kuenn’s tie breaking single in the 8th, and Ed Bailey’s sacks full single in the 9th. Reliever Stu Miller picks up his 14thwin, tops on the Giants in a rare instance of a reliever leading his team in victories (as noted by Pete Ridges).

20th  The Yankees’ 154th game of 1961 (including a tie) is Roger Maris’ last chance to beat the Babe, in compliance with Commissioner Ford Frick’s statement that, for the record to be broken, Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris’ 59th HR of the year, off Milt Pappas, is short of the record, but helps New York beat Baltimore 4–2, clinching its 26th AL pennant.  In 1998, Pappas will state that he told Maris the night before that, if the game’s outcome is not on the line, he would throw him nothing but fastballs.

21stAt New York, Maris is held hitless in 4 at bats, as the Orioles win, 5–3, behind Bill Fisher’s 3-hitter. All the runs off him are unearned.  Maris is the only Yankee regular to play the entire game.

22nd  Jim Gentile’s 5th grand slam of 1961 ties the ML single-season record in Baltimore’s 8–6 win over Chicago: Each of his slams comes with Chuck Estrada pitching for the Orioles. Gentile will hit 46 homers—15 in Estrada’s 29 starts, driving in 47 runs—this season with a total of 46 runners on base, the most in a season since Ruth hit homers with 48 runners on bases in 1921. Chicago’s Floyd Robinson makes the game close with a 9th inning grand slam of his own, the seventh Sox slam of the year, a club record.

      The Giants Billy O’Dell stops the first-place Reds, 6–0, at Cincinnati, reducing the Reds lead to 4 games.

23rd  An ailing Mickey Mantle’s career-high 54th HR, his last of the regular season, helps New York beat Boston 8–3. Whitey Ford leaves the game in the 5th inning, but wins his 25th.

      Its good to be King. Jim King clubs a grand slam and Bud Zipfel adds a solo HR as the Senators edge the Twins, 6-4, in game 1. Harmon Killebrew hits his 44th homer in game 2, and Camilo Pascual allows just 2 hits as the Twins win, 10-0.

      The Phils Wes Covington hits a solo homer in the 16th inning to top Pittsburgh’s Elroy Face, 5–4. Face also gives up an extra inning homer to Felipe Alou on the 11th. Malkmus earlier homered for the Phils. Jack Baldschun pitches 7 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the win.

24th  At Cincinnati, the Giants stage a 9-run 4th to rip the Reds, 12–5. Cepeda hits his 45th homer of the year, a grand slam, to climax the frame. Cepeda will hit one more HR this year and finish with 39 walks, the first NL player with more than 40 homers and fewer than 40 walks. Hal Trosky has done it in the AL.

      In the first of two at Milwaukee, Warren Spahn wins his 20th, 8-0, allowing only two hits, both to Billy Williams of the Cubs. It is the first of a record-tying four times that Williams will have the only hits in a game: he will be the only one to have multiple hits in each contest. Joe Torre has a homerun for the Braves and Spahn chips in with three hits. The Cubs take game 2, 4-2, as Billy Williams and Ernie Banks hit homers.

      Minnesota’s Joe Altobelli hits a one-out 7th-inning homer, the only hit off Washington’s Dick Donovan, who wins, 4–1. Jim Kaat loses his 16th.

      A dropped fly ball by Hunt in the 10th gives the Tigers 2 runs and a 7–5 win over the Angels. Hunt had tied the game in the 8th with a HR. Rookie Howie Koplitz wins his first ML game, after going 23-3 with a no hitter for Birmingham (SA). Koplitz will wins his first 7 decisions in the Bigs over 4 years but an arm injury will limit him to a 9–7 record.

      Hank Aaron hits a homer and the Braves edge the Cardinals, 2-1, behind Carlton Willey.  St. Louis scores a run in the 9th, then ends the game when Clete Boyer tries to score on a passed ball and is thrown out, 2-1.

26th  In New York’s 159th game, Roger Maris rips a Jack Fisher fastball into the RF seats at Yankee Stadium for his 60th HR. New York beats Baltimore 3–2. There are fewer than 8,000 fans on hand to view this historic event.

      Cincinnati clinches its first NL pennant since 1940. Homers by Frank Robinson and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch, a tie breaker in the 8th, give the Reds a 6–3 win at Chicago.

      At County Stadium, Lew Burdette and the Braves clip the Cardinals, 9-2. Burdette goes to 18-10 for the year. Ray Sadecki takes the loss, giving up a 3-run homer in the 1st to Joe Adcock and a solo to Eddie Mathews in the 3rd. The Cardinals turn 3 double plays, including an unassisted DP by Birds first sacker Bill White. It is his NL-record 8th of the year, breaking the 1924 mark (tied in 1934 by Suhr) of 7 by Cards first baseman Jim Bottomley. Bottomley still holds the AL record of 8, made in 1936 with St. Louis.

27th  Sandy Koufax (18-13) fans 7 Phils in the course of a 2–1 loss to set a NL record for strikeouts in a season: 269. This surpasses Christy Mathewson’s 267 in 1903, which was accomplished in 367 innings pitched, as opposed to Koufax’s remarkable 255. Both runs off Sandy are unearned.

      Minnesota’s Al Schroll take a no-hitter into the 9th inning against Cleveland, but pinch hitter Don Dillard’s single with no outs is the spoiler. Schroll then walks 2 and gives up a triple to Tito Francona, who scores on a ground out. Harmon Killebrew hits his 45th as the Twins win, 10–4. Jim Perry takes the loss.

28th  Who’s your daddy? Leon Wagner has a pair of doubles and a grand slam to drive in 8 runs as the Angels wallop the Senators, 13-4. Eli Grba earns the victory.

      Pedro Ramos doesn’t make it out of the first inning as the Indians trounce the Twins, 12-5. Woodie Held has a double and two homers to drive in 5 runs. Ramos suffers his 20thloss of the year and, for the fourth straight season, leads the AL in losses. No one will match that mark until Phil Niekro does it in the NL.

29th  Johnny Blanchard singles and homers to drive in both runs in the Yanks 2–1 win over the Red Sox. The Bomber handyman hits his 21st homer and singles in Roger Maris in the 9th to pin the loss on Bill Monbouquette. Whitey Ford pitches 4 scoreless innings for New York, and finishes the year having no stolen bases off him in 243 innings, a record.

      Leon Wagner, with 8 RBIs yesterday, drives in another pair today on a homerun as the Angels win over the Indians, 6-4.  Buck Rodgers grand slam is the big blow for the Haloes.

      Casey Stengel, 71, agrees to come out of retirement to manage the NL expansion New York Mets next year. Stengel mulled over the offer for 2 months before accepting. When he dons the uniform he will become the only man to wear the uniforms (as a player, coach or manager) of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees and Mets.

30th  In a battle of tail-enders, the Cubs beat the Mets, 5–1, behind Bob Buhl. Willard Hunter is the loser as the two teams total 99 victories.

      For the first time in major league history there are no triple plays made in either league. The mark will be tied in 1974.

OCTOBER

1st  Roger Maris’ torturous, season-long race against Babe Ruth ends in a dramatic at bat against Boston’s Tracy Stallard. Maris’ classic lefthanded swing sends home run number 61 into the RF stands in “The House That Ruth Built.” (Sal Durante, one of 23,154 fans in attendance, grabs the historic HR ball which he sells for $5,000). New York’s 1–0 win gives the Yanks 109 wins, one short of the club’s 1927 record. It is New York’s ML record 240th homer of the year.

      Setting another ML record, the Cubs and Dodgers use 11 pinch hitters in one 9-inning game, seven of which are sent up by the Cubs. Stan Williams continues his Wrigley dominance, winning 8–2, with 9 strikeouts. Williams has 207 K’s, 2nd to Koufax in the NL. He also has 3 of the Dodgers’ 15 hits.

      In Los Angeles, Cleveland wins the final major league game played at Wrigley Field, 8-5, before 9,868. Appropriately, it is Steve Bilko who hits the last home in Wrigley, a pinch-hit smash over the left field wall with two out in the ninth inning. Walter Bond has 2 singles, a triple and a grand slam for the Tribe.  It is the 48th grand slam hit in the AL this season, a league record that won’t be topped this century even with more teams.

4th  Whitey Ford’s 3rd straight WS shutout, with HRs by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron, gives New York a 2–0 win in the opener against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.

5th  Joey Jay’s 4-hitter, Gordy Coleman’s 2-run HR, and 2 RBI hits by Johnny Edwards lead Cincinnati to a 6–2 win and even the WS.

      The Indians trade CF Jim Piersall to Washington for P Dick Donovan, OF Gene Green, and IF Jim Mahoney. Donovan will respond will 20 wins and lead the AL in shutouts with 5.

6th  In a Mexico-Northern Autumn League at Reynosa, Reynosa’s Luis Tiant strikes out 20 Montemorelos Blues batters in a 6-3 win.

7th  John Blanchard’s pinch-hit HR ties the game in the 8th, and Roger Maris’ 9th-inning HR off Bob Purkey is the difference in a 3–2 New York win for Luis Arroyo in game 3 of the WS.

8th  Five more scoreless innings by Whitey Ford and 4 by Jim Coates silence the Reds. Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer each drive in 2 runs for a 7–0 win. Ford breaks Babe Ruth’s WS record of 2923consecutive scoreless innings, running his streak to 32.

9th  Super-subs Johnny Blanchard and Hector Lopez spark a 5-run first inning and 13–5 win for New York. Both hit HRs, and Lopez drives in 5 runs. Bud Daley’s long relief effort wraps up the Series, as Ralph Houk becomes the 3rd rookie pilot to guide a WS winner.

10th  An expansion draft to stock the new NL clubs takes place in Cincinnati. Selecting 1st, Houston takes Giants SS Eddie Bressoud; the Mets take 31-year-old Giant C Hobie Landrith. Second choices are Bob Aspromonte (45s) and Elio Chacon. Other Houston selections include Bobby Shantz, Ken Johnson, Dick Farrell, and Bob Lillis. New York takes Roger Craig, Gil Hodges, Don Zimmer, Gus Bell, Jay Hook, among others. Also, Cards C Chris Cannizzaro, out much of this year due to an appendectomy.

      Billy Hitchcock takes the place of Lum Harris (17-10) as manager of the Orioles.

11th  Kazuhisa “Iron Man” Inao of the Nishitetsu Lions lives up to his nickname and notches his 42nd win of the season, tying the all-time world record since 1893 set by Victor Starfin of the Yomiuri Giants in 1939. He also sets a season strikeout record by fanning 353.

12th  Ralph Houk is given a 2-year contract extension to manage the Yankees.

      The Texas League makes two franchise shifts, moving the Ardmore, OK team to Albuquerque, NM and the Victoria, TX team to El Paso.

14th  The Mets purchase 31-year-old P Johnny Antonelli, 1–0 with the Braves this season. Anty elects to retire rather than report. New York also purchases another lefty, Ken Mackenzie (6–4 with Louisville) from the Braves. In 2 days, the Mets sell Jim Marshall to the Cubs.

16th Veteran pitchers Robin Roberts and Billy Loes are purchased by the Yankees and Mets respectively. Roberts will be released in April without ever pitching an inning for the Yanks.

18th  The Houston Colt 45s purchase P Hal Woodeshick from the Tigers.

28th  Ground is broken for the Flushing Meadows stadium, the future home of the New York Mets.

31st  A federal judge rules that Birmingham, AL, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal, eliminating the last barrier against integration in the Southern Association.

NOVEMBER

8th  Whitey Ford is voted the Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn.

14th  John Fetzer’s purchase of the outstanding one-third interest in the Tigers makes him sole owner of the club.

15th  Roger Maris is voted AL MVP with 202 votes to 198 for Mickey Mantle and 157 for Jim Gentile.

16th  Cleveland trades 2B Johnny Temple to Baltimore for 1B Ray Barker, C Harry Chiti, and minor leaguer Art Kay.

22nd  RF Frank Robinson is the first Reds player in 21 years to win the NL MVP, taking 219 of 224 possible votes.

26th  The Professional Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball. Only NL supervisor of umpires Cal Hubbard votes in favor.

27th  The White Sox again trade fan favorite Minnie Minoso, this time to St. Louis for OF/1B Joe Cunningham.

28th  Philadelphia sends P John Buzhardt and IF Charlie Smith to the White Sox for 1B Roy Sievers. The Sievers trade is announced after the Cunningham trade, by the Sox, who don’t want to appear to need a first baseman.

      The Braves trade slugger Frank Thomas to the Mets for a player named later. The player is Gus Bell and reported $125,000.

30th  The Giants acquire pitchers Don Larsen and Billy Pierce from the White Sox for pitchers Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, and Verle Tiefenthaler and 1B Bob Farley. The swap is a steal for the Giants, one of their best trades since moving to California.  Pierce, another Chicago favorite, will win 16, while Larsen will win 5 and save 11 for the pennant winners.

      Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of the Year. Joe Torre finishes second.

DECEMBER

2nd  The ML clubs vote to curb bonuses. All first-year players not on ML rosters, except one minor leaguer, can be drafted by any other club for $8,000. Clubs are expected to be unwilling to pay large bonuses for players who will be subject to a draft for just $8,000.

8th  The Mets purchase OF Richie Ashburn from the Cubs for a reported $50,000.

13th  Mickey Mantle signs a 1962 contract for $82,000. Only Joe DiMaggio has been paid more by the Yankees.

14th  Roger Maris’ request for a $75,000 contract is denied by Yankee GM Roy Hamey. Hamey trades C Jess Gonder to the Reds for lefty Marshall Bridges.

15th  Charles Comiskey, Jr., sells his 46 percent interest in the White Sox to a group of 11 investors.

      The Braves send veteran minor league 3B Ed Charles, C Joe Azcue and Manny Jimenez to the Athletics for Bob Shaw and Lou Klimchock. With Mathews at 3B, Charles was expendable. He will hit .288 with 17 HRs in 1962, his rookie year.

      The Reds reacquire P Johnny Klippstein, along with OF Marty Keough, from the Senators. Washington gets C Bob Schmidt and P Don Stenhouse.

      The Mets continue spending, sending Lee Walls and $100,000 to the Dodgers for Charlie Neal. Neal, the 5th ex-Dodger on the roster, was downed by the measles in the spring and a knee spur later on.

18th  Bill DeWitt is elected president of the Reds, and Stanley Kess, chairman of the board.

26th  The Mets purchase reliever Howie Nunn (2–1, 3.55 ERA) from the Reds.

 

 

•1962

JANUARY

3rd  Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.

7th  The 61-year-old Three-I League (B) is disbanded by the 6 remaining clubs.

8th  Commissioner Ford Frick denies charges that Carl Furillo has been blacklisted by the ML because of a 1959 salary dispute with the Dodgers.

22nd  Jackie Jensen again announces his retirement from baseball. This time he means it.

23rd  Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

      Lawyer Melvin Belli wins a breach-of-warranty suit against the San Francisco Giants on the grounds that his box seat at Candlestick Park is too cold. Belli’s suit contends that the seat he bought in 1960, at the cost of $1,597, was supposed to have radiant heating.

24th  The Southern Association, which lost New Orleans and Memphis in the last two years and with attendance lagging, suspends operation.

26th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle sign contracts with Columbia Pictures to star in Safe at Home!,a movie that is to be shot during spring training.

28th  Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie are added to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

30th  The Milwaukee Braves sign Peter Marchegiano, brother of former heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano, to a minor league contract.

      The Mets sign 1B Gil Hodges for $33,000. The veteran had been languishing on the Dodger bench for the past 2 seasons.

31st  Willie Mays signs the biggest contract in baseball, a reported $90,000 for 1962. They also sign another slugger—Ralph Kiner joins Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy in the announcing booth.

FEBRUARY

1st  The NL releases its first 162-game schedule.

7th  The Red Sox hire former Indianapolis Clowns OF Ed Scott as their first full-time black scout.

      Melvin Belli obtains a writ laying claim to Willie Mays—among other assets—unless the Giants pay him the judgment awarded by a jury in January. Belli claims the club failed to file a motion for a new trial before the deadline.

8th   The Federal Trade Commission accuses Topps Chewing Gum of illegally monopolizing the baseball picture-card industry. In 1980, a court decision will open the door to competition.

18th   On the concluding day of the National Baseball Players Golf Tournament, Alvin Dark shoots a 43-36 to finish at 298 and win his fourth tourney victory. He matches Wes Ferrell who won four times.  Dark recovers from a dismal front 9 to beat the defending champ Peanuts Lowrey by two strokes at the Miami Springs Golf Course.  He is the first player to win both match and stroke play. Former Phils pitcher John Gray is third at 304 with outfielder Jackie Brandt fourth at 305 after carding a 79 today.  Mantle plays two rounds, carding a 79 and 81, before leaving to work on his movie “Safe At Home” with Roger Maris. Robin Roberts hits a hole in one on the 4th hole. In the inactive division, Roy Cullenbine tallies a 284 to win, with Augie Bergamo second at 291, the only two under 300.  In the Hall of Fame division, there are just two players: Jackie Robinson with a 308 and Paul Waner (324). The last hour of play is shown on NBC.

27th  An architect offers a proposal to encase Candlestick Park in a plastic screen—“saran cloth”—to shield it from the wind.

MARCH

3rd  Cincinnati 3B Gene Freese, 28, suffers a severe right ankle fracture and torn ligaments sliding into 2B in the Reds first intrasquad game. He will not return until August 17th and his play will suffer as a result of the injury.

6th  St. Louis voters approve a bond issue that will fund the improvements necessary to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals.

10th  Because it does not allow black guests, the Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel and move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, FL.

21st  Philadelphia retires P Robin Roberts’ uniform number 36.

22nd  A former Giant—requesting anonymity—reveals that Bobby Thomson’s HR in the 1951 playoffs against the Dodgers was helped by a sign-stealing clubhouse spy. The spying is claimed to have gone on for the last 3 months of the season. Thomson, along with former manager Leo Durocher, vehemently deny that he received help, but a source close to the team confirms the spy operation.

23rd  William DeWitt buys the Reds from the Crosley Foundation for $4.625 million.

24th  The Phillies trade holdout 3B Andy Carey and IF Lou Vassie to the White Sox for P Cal McLish. Chicago then trades Carey to the Dodgers for IF Ramon Conde and Jim Koranda.

      The Red Sox swap P Tom Borland for 18-year veteran Dave Philley, who was picked by the Houston Colt 45’s in the expansion draft.

25th  Elvin Tappe will be this season’s first head coach for the Chicago Cubs, who have operated without a manager since 1960.

APRIL

1st  University of Detroit basketball star Dave DeBusschere, also a pitcher, signs with the Chicago White Sox.

2nd  The Twins trade P Pedro Ramos to Cleveland for 1B Vic Power and P Dick Stigman.

8th  Bob Sadowski hits three homeruns for the White Sox in an exhibition game against the Reds.

9th  President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball to open the 1962 baseball season at new District of Columbia Stadium. Despite rain, a record Washington crowd of 42,143 shows up to see Bennie Daniels stop Detroit with a 5-hit, 4–1 win in the new park. This is a switch for Daniels, who had lost the last games played at both Ebbets Field, in 1957, and Griffith Stadium, last year.

10th  The Houston Colt 45s begin play before 25,271 fans at Colt Stadium, a temporary facility, adjacent to the land for the Astrodome. Roman Mejias hits two 3-run HRs, and Bobby Shantz pitches Houston to an 11–2 win over the Cubs.

      Dodger Stadium, the first ML arena privately financed since Yankee Stadium in 1922-23, opens in Chavez Ravine. With 52,564 fans on hand, the Dodgers inaugurate the $22 million facility with a 6–3 loss to the Reds. Wally Post hits the first homer in the new stadium, a 3-run shot over the CF fence in the 7th.

      Everything is friendly in the Pirates home opener as they stop the Phillies, 6-0. Bob Friend throws a 5-hit shutout and Roberto Clemente belts a grand slam.

      At Comiskey Park, the White Sox win their Opener, 2-1, edging the Angels.  Winning pitcher Juan Pizarro has 2 hits while batterymate Sherm Lollar has 4 hits and drives in the winning run in the 9th inning. Lollar also sets an AL record by recording 6 outs on foul flies. Ryne Duren takes the loss, the first of 4 the Sox will hand him this year.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mantle, Maris, and Skowron, the three Yankees who combined for 143 homers last season, hit Opening Day homers to lead New York to a come-from-behind 7–6 win over Baltimore. Moose’s is a 2-run shot to dead center that he legs out for an inside-the-park homer, while Mantle hits his in the 8th inning to tie the game, and Maris hits a 3-run shot in the 5th. Johnny Temple, in his first game for the O’s, has three hits, including a HR.  Starters Billy Hoeft and Whitey Ford are gone after six innings, and the win goes to Ralph Terry, while Skinny Brown takes the loss.

11th  Carroll Hardy breaks up a scoreless duel with a 12th inning grand slam for a 4–0 Boston victory over Cleveland.  This is first loss for Tribe’s manager Mel McGaha who started with a win yesterday. Bill Monbouquette is the complete game winner, allowing just 4 hits.

12th  Pete Richert of the Dodgers, in his ML debut, fans the first 6 batters he faces against the Reds, tying Karl Spooner’s record set on September 22, 1954 (as noted by Dave Smith). This includes 4 straight swinging strikeouts (a passed balls allows Coleman to reach 1B) in the 3rd inning. He wins in relief, of Stan Williams, lifted in the 2nd frame after allowing 4 runs. Richert sparkles, giving up no hits or walks and fanning 7 in 3 1⁄3 innings. While not noted, Richert undoubtedly holds the ML record for strikeouts to start his career.

      Jose Pagan has 3 hits and 4 RBIs to back Jack Sanford as the Giants double up the Braves, 8-4. Joe Adcock accounts for Milwaukee’s scores with a grand slam.

13th  Just 12,447 Mets’ fans welcome the return of NL baseball to New York. Sherman Jones drops a 4–3 decision to the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, which sparkles after a $350,000 face-lift.

      Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run—a new NL record. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 8–5 in 15 innings.

      In a 5–3 win against the Yankees, Tigers P Frank Lary pulls a muscle while running out a triple in the 7th and is forced to leave the game. The injury will subsequently create arm problems that will end his career. Lary will win just 2 games this after notching 23 wins in 1961.

16th  At Philadelphia, the Cards and Phillies each plate 6 runs in the first inning, but that’s all the scoring for the hosts. The Cards add 6 more to win, 12–6. Starters Cal McLish and Bob Gibson each last less than an inning. Ernie Broglio earns the win with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

      Welcome to the bigs, kid.  The Dodgers outhit the Giants, but San Francisco wins, 19-8, as 8 players score 2 runs or more.  Harvey Kuenn scores 4 times. The 4th Dodger pitcher, Willard Hunter, making his ML debut, gives up 10 runs in 2 innings, but doesn’t take the loss.

      At Chicago, 42-year-old rookie Diomedes Olivo picks up his first ML win as the Pirates take their 5th straight, 6–5. For the Cubs it is their 6th straight loss.

      The Yankees release vet Robin Roberts, signed in October. The Orioles will sign Roberts on May 21st.

17th  The Cubs use 5 pitchers in the 8th inning of a 10–6 loss to Pittsburgh, tying an NL mark. Rookie Ken Hubbs is 5-for-5.

      White Sox pitcher Joel Horlen scatters 7 hits in beating the host Twins, 8-0, for his first win of the year.  Floyd Robinson provides the offense with 7 RBIs on a single, two doubles and a homer.

18th  At Crosley Field, the Reds roll over the Dodgers, 14–0. Jim O’Toole tosses a 4-hitter for the win, while Joe Moeller, making his first ML start is kayoed in the 2nd.  Vada Pinson has 5 RBIs.

      The Orioles Milt Pappas, who had an emergency appendectomy during spring training, allows two hits through six innings before being relieved by Hoyt Wilhelm, who combines on a 1-0 win.  The only score comes when Pappas hits a homer in the 5th inning off the Yankees’ Bill Stafford.  

19th  Mantle’s homer in the 4th, off Chuck Estrada, starts the Yanks to a 3–1 win over the Orioles. Mantle has 2 runs, 2 walks and a triple to go along with the HR.

      After the first four White Sox batters single, Twins starter Jim Kaat exits, but the Sox pile on for 9 runs in the 1st inning and win, 10-3. Leadoff batter Jim Landis hits a grand slam in the opening frame to make it easy for pitcher John Buzhardt.

      At Fenway, Lu Clinton blasts a grand slam off former Bosox Jerry Casale and then adds a triple as the Red Sox pound the Tigers, 9-5.

      The Pirates win their 9th straight, beating the Phils, 8–3.  This is a new club record, breaking the mark at the beginning of the 1938 season. Clemente’s 2-run single and Maz’s 2-run homer are the big blows.

21st  In a Carolina League game, future Red Sox Jim Gosger of Winston-Salem totals 10 RBIs.

22nd  The Pirates win their 10th straight game, edging the Mets 4–3, and matching the 20th century ML record to start a season, while the Mets tie a NL record by opening 0–9.

      The Cubs, 1–9 before today, hand the Cards their first defeats of the year, sweeping the Birds, 11–5 and 5–1. Banks hits a 3-run HR to start the scoring in the opener.

23rd  Jay Hook gives the New York Mets their first regular-season victory, a 5-hit 9–1 win at Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is now 10–1 for the season, but will lose 13 of its next 17 games.

24th  Sandy Koufax ties the modern ML record he shares with Bob Feller by fanning 18 Cubs in 9 innings. The Dodgers win 10–2.

      Reds rookie Sammy Ellis wins his first ML game, beating the Mets, 7–3.  Ellis goes 6 innings and allows just one hit, but walks 11 and is replaced by Moe Drabowsky.

      Mets manager Casey Stengel is fined $500 by Commissioner Ford Frick for allowing his picture to appear in a beer ad.

      Warren Spahn pitches Milwaukee to a 2–1 win over the Phillies. For Spahn it is his 11th straight win over Philadelphia, breaking his own Braves team record stretching back to May 13, 1959.

      In a South Atlantic League game at Macon, the Peaches beat Greenville, 32–5. Peaches 2B Pete Rose is 6-for-8 with a home run, triple and 6 RBIs. Seven Spinner pitchers walked 19 batters, as the Peaches batted around 4 times.

25th Chiti traded for himself. Cleveland sends C Harry Chiti to the Mets for a player to be named later.  On June 15, the Mets will sell Chiti back to Cleveland.

      At Colt Stadium, Houston and St. Louis battle to a 17-inning 5-5 tie in a game halted by curfew. The time of the game is 5 hours and 13 minutes, setting a record for a night game.

27th  At D.C. Stadium, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning and beat the Senators, 10-8.  Elston Howard has a 2 run homer in the 4th and Clete Boyer clubs a grand slam. Pete Burnside gives up 7 runs in 3+ innings to take the loss.

28th  Consecutive HRs by Frank Thomas, Charlie Neal, and Gil Hodges in the 6th inning are among a club-record 5 hit by the Mets against Philadelphia. Neal adds a 2nd homer as the Mets win 8–6 at the Polo Grounds. For Thomas, it is the fifth time in 8 years he has combined with teammates for three consecutive HRs. The Phils belt 4 homers of their own, two by Don Demeter, as the two teams come up a homer short of the NL mark of 10 (May 11, 1923; Aug 11, 1947). That will be topped this decade.

      Don Mincher has a pinch homer in the 2nd for Minnesota, stays in the game and belts a game-tying 7th inning grand slam. But the Indians push across a run in the bottom of the 7th and beat the Twins, 8-7. Mincher is just the 8th player to hit a pinch homer + another in the same game.

      Willie Mays cracks a grand slam, off Al Lary, in the Giants 6-run 2nd inning, and Juan Marichal coasts to an 11-2 win over the visiting Cubs.

29th  The Twins tie a ML record with 6 solo homers against the Indians in the 2nd game of a Minnesota sweep. The Indians add a solo homer to set a ML record, since tied, of 7 solo homers in a game. The Twins down the Indians 8–4 and 7–3.

      At Kansas City, Orioles’ starter Milt Pappas hits his 2nd homer of the season, but is not around to get the decision, an 8-3 Orioles win over the Royals.  The Birds plate 6 runs in the 7th, as pinchhitter Russ Snyder hits a homer and a single. Jim Gentile, who homered in the 6th, adds a 3-run four-bagger in the frame.

      At Tiger Stadium, Dean Chance is knocked out of the box early as the Tigers roll to a 13-6 win over the Angels.  Dick Brown and Jake Wood each drive in 3 runs. Albie Pearson has 3 doubles for LA, giving him 6 extra base hits in 3 games.

      The Yankees sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 3-2 and 11-6. Whitey Ford (2-0) allows two solo homers in the opener but drives in the third New York run with a sac fly. In game 2, Roger Maris has three doubles and a 3-run homer to pace New York. Bobby Richardson has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Clete Boyer and Bill Skowron homer.  Harry Bright and Johnny Schaive, who both homered in game 1, do so in game 2.

      In the Mets’ 7-run 4th inning, Frank Thomas is twice hit by pitches, from Art Mahaffey and Frank Sullivan of the Phils. Two plunks in an inning is the ML record set in April 1959 by Reds pitcher Willard Schmidt. Brady Anderson will also join this club. The Mets win 8–0, then lose the 2nd game 10–2.

      Billy Pierce and Jack Sanford each toss 3-hitters as the Giants twice shut out the Cubs, 7-0 and 6-0.

30th  The Phils finally beat Warren Spahn, 6–4, after losing to the Braves lefty 11 games in a row.

      The Braves trade Bob Buhl to the Cubs for P Jack Curtis. Buhl, coming off his first losing season since 1954, will be a solid starter over the next 4 years for the Cubs, winning 51 games. He also establish a ML mark as a batter going 0-for the season, going to the plate 70 times without a hit.

MAY

1st  At LA, Camilli singles in a run in the bottom of the 16th to give the Dodgers a 6–5 win over the Cubs.  Both teams score 2 in the 15th with Jim Gilliam making the 3rd out on an attempted steal of home.

      At Washington, the Senators snap a 13-game losing streak by edging the Red Sox, 2–1. Pete Burnside twirls a 4-hitter.

      The Yankees use three pitchers—Bill Stafford, Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges—to beat the White Sox, 6–1 on a combined two hitter.  Chicago’s first hit doesn’t come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox hits a lead off base hit.

2nd  At Minnesota, Baltimore’s Boog Powell hits his first 2 ML homers, off Jim Kaat and Ted Sadowski, to help the O’s to a 6–5 win.

3rd    Don Mincher hits his second grand slam in a week, Bernie Allen belts a 3-run homer, and pitcher Jack Kralick adds a solo—all off  Milt Pappas, as the Twins win over the Orioles, 8-4. Pappas doesn’t make it out of the 3rd inning.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies survive a barrage by Hank Aaron to beat the Braves, 9-8. Aaron has a double, triple and two homers driving in three runs and scoring three. Joe Adcock and Mack Jones also homer. But Clay Dalrymple’s RBI single in the bottom of the 9th is the game winner.

4th  The first-place Giants win their 10th straight game, beating the Cubs 11–6.  Billy Pierce wins his 4th straight and gives up a run after 17 2/3 innings of shut out pitching.  The 10 wins is the longest winning streak since they moved west.

      The Red Sox stage a 12-run uprising in the 5th inning to defeat the White Sox, 13–6. Bressoud and Yaz have 2 hits in the frame as does pinch hitter Russ Nixon. Nixon is the second pinchhitter in a week to have 2 hits in an inning.

      Arthur Allyn becomes sole owner of the White Sox by purchasing the 46-percent share held by an 11-man Chicago syndicate.

5th  Angels rookie Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter against the Orioles, the organization from which the cocky lefty was drafted last year. Belinsky has 9 strikeouts and beats Steve Barber 2–0.

      Kansas City and Cleveland split with the A’s winning in dramatic fashion in the opener, 18-6. Norm Siebern has 5 hits and scores 5 runs. Jim Perry settles the A’s down in game 2, winning 5-2 for his first win of the year.

6th  Mickey Mantle hits HRs right- and lefthanded for the 9th time, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, as the Yankees win 8–0 over the Senators at the Stadium. His first homer follows a Maris round-tripper. The shutout is Jim Bouton’s first win in the majors. In the opener, a 4–2 Nats win, Mantle accounts for both Yankee runs with a lefthanded homer.

      At Cincinnati, the Cards salvage a nightcap win, 3–0, when Stan Musial blasts a 3-run HR in the 9th off Drabowsky. Gibson is the winner. The Reds win the opener, 5–4. Musial also sets a record for most games played, appearing in his 2,786th and 2787th.

      Lee Thomas has 5 hits to lead a 19-hit attack by the Angels as they beat the Orioles, 15–7, to sweep the 3-game series. Brooks Robinson hits a grand slam to tie the game at 7–7 in the 5th.

      The Mets acquire Vinegar Bend Mizell from the Pirates for Jim Marshall, then send Don Zimmer to Cincinnati for P Bob Miller and infielder Cliff Cook. Zimmer was 2-for-48 since having three hits in his first three games. He had a hit two days ago and Stengel says they traded him “while he was hot.”

7th  Former baseball executive Frank Lane signs on as GM of the Chicago Packers of the National Basketball Association.

8thThe Red Sox sell pitcher Ted Wills to the Reds.

9th  Brooks Robinson becomes the 6th major leaguer this century to hit grand slams in back-to-back games, as he hits one against Kansas City’s Ed Rakow. Baltimore wins 6–3 at home. Brooks hit a grand slam on the 6th.

      The Orioles ship Marvelous Marv Throneberry to the Mets for C Hobie Landrith and cash.

10th  Minnesota Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back HRs off Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game, tying a ML record. Cleveland comes back to win 9–4. It’ll be another nine years before two leadoff batters in the AL belt homers, and it will be Perry teeing up those as well.

11th  Minnie Minoso of the Cardinals suffers a fractured skull and broken wrist running into the outfield wall while chasing a Duke Snider triple. The Dodgers win 8–5. Minnie will be out of action until July 19th, then go back on the DL on August 18th when Craig Anderson hits him with a pitch breaking his left forearm.

      The Phils whip the Cubs 12–2 behind Don Demeter’s grand slam and 6 RBIs.

      With 2 outs in the 6th, the Senators explode for 11 runs to rout the Orioles, 12–1. Woodling’s grand slam is the big blow, but Chuck Cottier has 2 doubles in the inning. Dave Stenhouse (2–0) pops out to end the inning,

      Bo Belinsky wins his 5th straight as the Angels beat the White Sox, 4–2. Bo strikes out 11.

12th  New York Mets reliever Craig Anderson wins both games of a doubleheader against the Braves to go 3–1. He will not win another game in the ML, losing his next 19 decisions, 16 of them this season. Ninth-inning game-ending HRs win the games as Hobie Landrith pops a 250 foot 2-out dinger against Warren Spahn in the opening 3–2 win and the furious Braves ace waits by home plate as Landrith crosses it. Gil Hodges closes a game-two 9–8 victory with a homer. It is the first time in history that a doubleheader has ended with two walkoff homers. The next will be July 25, 1967.

      Mantle goes 3-for-3 with 3 runs score and a homer to pace New York to a 9–6 victory at Cleveland.

      At Busch, Bob Gibson beats Don Drysdale, though both are relievers in the Cardinals, 6-5 win over the Dodgers in 15 innings. Tommie Davis has a pair of homers for LA, and Larry Burright’s third hit of the game, a 9th inning 2-run homer, ties the match at 5 apiece.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds’ Joey Jay and the Pirates’ Al McBean match goose eggs for 9 innings before the Bucs push across 2 runs in the 10th. The Reds come back with 3 runs to win, 3–2. Frank Robinson drives in the winning run with a single.

13th  Minnesota powers its way to a 10-3 win over the Athletics as Vic Power has a grand slam and 5 RBIs.  Bernie Allen has a single, 2 doubles and a homer for the Twins as Joe Bonikowski is the complete game winner.  Norm Bass (0-5) takes the loss.

15th  Cubs P Barney Schultz ties Roy Face’s ML record by relieving in his 9th consecutive game for Chicago. Today’s effort doesn’t help as the Cubs lose, 6–5 in 13 innings against the Mets. Chicago hits 4 homeruns, two by George Altman.  Roger Craig, en route to a 10–24 year, is the winner, while Tony Balsamo loses to notch his only career decision.

      At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Braves, 5-4, in 10 innings as Harvey Haddix picks up the win in relief. Denis Menke hits a grand slam to account for the Milwaukee runs.

18th  Mickey Mantle suffers a pulled groin muscle, tears muscles in his right thigh, and injures his left knee trying for an infield hit that becomes the final out of New York’s 4–3 loss to Minnesota. He will miss one month.

      The Cubs use 5 homers—2 by George Altman—to beat the Phillies, 11-8. Dick Ellsworth stars in relief to earn the win.

      ML owners approve a Player Development Plan that will ensure the survival of at least 100 minor league clubs for 1963.

      The minor leagues are reorganized into 4 classes rather than 7. Classes B, C, and D are grouped as Class A, Classes AA and A become Class AA, and Class AAA remains the same, along with the rookie classification. The reclassification will take effect after the season. In 1963 the Rookie leagues will begin operating and in 1965 there will be added Short Season class A for rookies. .

19th  Stan Musial gets hit number 3,431, to break Honus Wagner’s recognized NL record of 3,430 (since revised to 3,418), as St. Louis downs the Dodgers 8–1. Musial’s 9th-inning single comes off Ron Perranoski.

20th  The Indians tie the ML record for most HRs in 6 straight games—21—set by the Giants in July 1954. They win the first game over Detroit 7–6, then lose 8–6 in the nightcap.

      At Philadelphia, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader, winning 6–4 and 11–2 behind the hitting of young Lou Brock and rookie 2B Ken Hubbs. Brock’s 2nd-inning grand slam is the difference in game one, while Hubbs collects 8 singles in the afternoon, 3-for-5 in the first game and 5-for-5 in game 2, his second 5-hit game of the year.

21st  The Tribe keeps pounding but lose 10–7 to Baltimore. Three more Cleveland HRs set a since-topped AL record for most HRs (26) over 8 straight games. The also go in the record books with 9 straight games with 2 or more homers.

      Bill Virdon and Dick Groat each have 4 hits as the Pirates beat the last-place Cubs, 8-4.  In Pittsburgh’s 4-run 2nd inning, Bill Mazeroski hits a bases-loaded double that goes through an open window in the Forbes Field scoreboard. When the Cubs request that the scoreboard be emptied, red-faced pitcher Roy Face walks out. The Cubs promptly accuse him of sign stealing.

      The Orioles sign veteran Robin Roberts, released by the Yankees on April 30. Roberts will win 42 games for Baltimore before going to Houston.

22nd  Roger Maris, who went all of 1961 without receiving an intentional walk, gets 4 in a 12-inning 2–1 win against the Angels to set an AL record. Maris receives 5 walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford, Jim Coates, Bud Daley, and Bob Turley) combine to give up just one hit in 12 innings. Ford leaves with a no-hitter after 7 innings because of back spasms, and Coates gives up the lone hit, a one-out 9th-inning single to Bob Rodgers. It is the second time this month that a Yanks combination attempt at a no hitter gets spoiled in the 9th. All the runs today come on sacrifice flies, with Elston Howard driving in both Yankee runs.

23rd  Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in AL history to hit 2 HRs in one inning. New York’s 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13–7.

24thThe Tigers score their first 4 runs on homers, then score the winner on a passed ball in the 11th to beat the Orioles, 5–4.  Charlie Lau misses a Wilhelm knuckler to allow McAuliffe to score. Bunning pitches the first 9 innings for Detroit and is accused by O’s manager Billy Hitchcock of notching the ball with his belt buckle.

25th  Ernie Banks is beaned by Moe Drabowsky and taken from the field on a stretcher, as Cincinnati beats Chicago 2–1. The Reds manage just 2 hits off Cal Koonce. Frank Robinson hits a 4th inning double to drive in both runs. George Altman’s 10th homer of the year is the Cubs lone score.

      At Busch Stadium, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to an 11-8 victory over the Cardinals. Hank Aaron has a double and two homers to drive in 5 runs, while brother Tommy has a single, three doubles and a walk. Lew Burdette, the 4th pitcher for the Braves, earns his first win of the year despite giving up 3 runs in 2+ innings.

26th  In New York, Al Kaline suffers a broken right collarbone while making a diving, game-saving catch off Elston Howard’s bat to seal Detroit’s 2–1 win against the Yankees. He will be out until June 23rd. Hank Aguirre pitches the Tigers to its 5th straight win, giving up a single run on Bill Skowron’s HR.

      Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 batters to lead the Dodgers to a 6–3 victory over the Phillies. Dennis Bennett takes the loss.

      In Kansas City, Gino Cimoli strokes an RBI-single in the 9th inning to give the Athletics an 8-7 win over the Angels. Leon Wagner had tied the game in the top of the 9th with a homer.  Lee Thomas has a pair of homers for the Haloes and Ed Charles belts a grand slam for KC.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds play long ball to beat the Cubs, 11-6. Wally Post hits a 3-run homer and Johnny Edwards belts a 4-run homer.

      At Busch, Bob Shaw of the Braves beats Bob Gibson as Milwaukee edges St. Louis, 4-3. Shaw is help by 4 double plays, three started by 1B Tommie Aaron, which ties the NL record set in 1930 by Don Hurst. One of the 3 is unassisted.

 

28th  Reds pitcher Joey Jay drives home 4 runs with a homer and 2 singles to beat Houston, 9–6.

      Former Dodger hurler Don Newcombe signs with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League.

29th  Ernie Banks makes a spectacular return from his May 25th beaning with 3 homers and a double against the Braves at Wrigley Field. Three teammates hit HRs, but the Cubs lose to the Braves, 11–9. Samuel hits his first ML homer and Torre and Adcock also connect. The Cubs outhit the Braves, 15–8, but a Rodgers error in the 3rd opens the way for 6 unearned runs.

      The Angels get P Don Lee from the Twins for Jim Donohue.  Lee, 3–3 with the Twins, will go 8–8 with LA.

30th  Light-hitting SS Maury Wills becomes the 7th player in ML history to sock HRs from each side of the plate in one game. The Dodgers sweep the Mets 13–6 and 6–5 in New York.

      In a doubleheader in Baltimore, the Orioles and the Indians swap 7-0 shutouts. Pedro Ramos is all that the Tribe needs in game 1 as he hurls a 3-hitter, starts a double play and belts two homers, one a grand slam, both off Chuck Estrada. Hal Brown gets two hits in the nightcap and, with relief help from Hoyt Wilhelm, shuts out the Indians.

      At Milwaukee, the Reds edge the Braves, 4–3, in 16 innings. Don Blasingame’s infield single scores the winning run.

31st  Kansas City scores an unearned run in the 9th when Ed Charles scores on RF Joe Hick’s error. It results in a hard-luck 1-0 loss for Steve Hamilton, with the win going to Jerry Walker. Walker contributes a single in the win, the 11th straight game (September 27, 1961) he’s had a hit while pitching.  He’s gone hitless as a pinch hitter. Walker will be matched by Gary Peters but no pitcher since 1956 will top him.

JUNE

1st  The Dodgers sweep Philadelphia, 11–4 and 8–5, for a Los Angeles record 13 straight wins. Don Drysdale and Stan Williams pitch the Bums into a first-place tie with the Giants. It is also Drysdale’s 13th straight win over the Phils, but they will beat him in his next 9 straight decisions against them. He won’t beat the Phillies again until August 27, 1965.

      At the Polo Grounds, Willie McCovey hits two homers and Willie Mays hits one, all off Roger Craig, and Jim Davenport adds a grand slam as the first-place Giants top the Mets, 11-6. Billy Pierce improves his record to 8-0.

2nd Dennis Bennett finally stops the Dodgers’ win streak at 13, giving up 4 hits, while pitching the Phils to a 7–0 win. It is Bennett’s first ML win. In an effort to save his bull pen, Dodger skipper Walter Alston tries to pinch hit Andy Carey for reliever Joe Moeller in the 8th, and then have Carey take the mound in relief. However, home plate umpire Ken Burkhart, in consultation with Jocko Conlan, informs Alston that Carey can’t pitch because he was not listed as a pitcher on the roster. Moeller ends up batting for himself and pitching the bottom of the 8th. The NL office will later tell all the umpires that there was no restriction on any player on the active roster from pitching in a game (as noted by Bob Timmerman).

3rdThe Senators trade outfielder Willie Tasby to the Indians for pitchers Steve Hamilton and Don Rudolph.

6th  Cal McLish and Art Mahaffey pitch Philadelphia to a sweep of the Mets, 2–0 and 2–1, giving New York 17 straight losses. Craig and Jackson are the losing pitchers.

7th  The first-place Giants have their lead cut to a half-game over the Dodgers when Billy Pierce loses his first game of the year. The little lefty had won 8 straight before the Cubs top him, 4–3.

8th  The Cardinals Bob Gibson tops the Giants 8–4, dropping San Francisco to 2nd place in the NL.

10th  In the first of two at Colt Stadium, the Dodgers collect 17 hits, 4 each by Willie Davis and Ron Fairly, and Don Drysdale (10-3) does the rest. Los Angeles wins, 10-3.  In game 2, Norm Sherry has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Dodgers win, 9-7, to move 2 1/2 games ahead of SF.  Don Buddin has a grand slam for Houston, the first in Colts history. It is his second and last for the 45’s, as Houston will sell him next month to Detroit.

      The 4th-place Angels move to 2 games in back of the league-leading Yankees by taking two games from Kansas City, winning 14-6 and 6-5.  Billy Moran knocks in 6 runs on 3 hits in the opener and Leon Wagner and winning pitcher Ken McBride (6-3) each have 3 hits. Art Fowler wins the nightcap in relief of Bo Belinsky.

11th  With the bases loaded in the 3rd against the Indians, Boston pitcher Earl Wilson is about throw when Tito Francona, the runner on 1B, yells, “Hold it, Earl.”  Wilson holds the ball, then stumbles off the mound, balking home the game’s first run. The Indians plate 9 more in the game to win, 10–0, behind Jim Perry. Willie Kirkland drives in 5 runs with a HR and double.

12th  The Braves beat the Dodgers, 15–2, as the Aaron brothers—Hank and Tommie—hit HRs in the same game for the first time. They’ll do it twice more this year. Hank has three hits and drives in three runs before retiring in the 7th for a pinch-hitter, Lee May. May is the first of six hitters who will pinch for Aaron.

      Wally Post belts a two-run pinch homer in the 9th inning to give the Reds a 3–2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley.

      The Yankees trade INF Billy Gardner to the Red Sox for Tommy Umphlett and cash.

13thSandy Koufax smacks his first ML home run, and it comes off another future Hall of Famer, Warren Spahn. It is the winning blow in the 2–1 Dodger win at Milwaukee. Sandy will hit one more career round tripper.

14th  Join the club. The Orioles Charlie Lau ties an AL record with 3 passed balls in the 8th inning, and a total of 4, but Baltimore beats Boston 7–4.  Lau now shares the team (and AL) record with Myron Ginsberg and Gus Triandos for most passed balls in inning, all catching Hoyt Wilhelm. The 20th century mark is 4 in an inning, set by the Giants Ray Katt in 1954. No surprise who was on the mound then—Wilhelm.

15th  The Phils score 10 in the 3rd, their biggest one-inning outburst since 1950, and hold on to beat the Reds, 13–8. Art Mahaffey allows all 8 runs in the win.  Roy Sievers has two hits, including a grand slam, to knock in 5 runs in the big 3rd.

      At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs for Milwaukee but Roberto Clemente almost matches him with 2 hits, including a grand slam in the 7-run 8th, as Pittsburgh ekes out a 9-8 win over the Braves.

16th  A limping Mickey Mantle returns after a one-month absence to crack a 3-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th to give New York a 9–7 lead against Cleveland. The Tribe comes back to win it 10–9 in the 9th on Jerry Kindall’s 2-run HR. Tito Francona and scores 2 runs. Cleveland now leads the 3rd-place Yankees by a game and will sweep the 4-game series.

17th  Lou Brock of the Cubs hits a HR into the right-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460-470 feet from home plate, in the first game of a Chicago doubleheader sweep, 8–7 and 4–3. He is the 2nd player to reach those bleacher seats; Joe Adcock was the first. In the nightcap, the Cubs win on Santo’s HR in the 9th.

      At Kansas City, the A’s outslug the Twins to win, 10-6. Norm Siebern has a pair of homers, Ed Charles has a double and homer and catcher Joe Azcue has a double, triple and a straight steal of home. Dave Wickersham (8-2) is the victor.

      Mets 1B Marv Throneberry hits an apparent triple, but misses both 1B and 2B, and is called out on an appeal play. The Cubs eke out an 8–7 win.

      Before a crowd of 70,916, the Indians sweep a pair from the Yankees, 6–1 and 6–3, and boost their lead over the Twins to 2 games. Donovan becomes the ML’s first 10 game winner in the opener.  In the nightcap, the Indians hit 3 straight homers in the 2nd off Jim Stafford. Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips and Jim Maloney connect.

18th  Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds with a long drive, the 2nd player to find the CF bleachers in 2 days and only the 3rd ever. It scores 4 as Aaron notches his second grand slam in 3 days. The Braves win 7–1 over the Mets.

      At LA, Tommy Davis hits a game-ending HR off Bob Gibson to give the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Cards. Sandy Koufax is the winner. It is the 3rd time Koufax has won a game 1-0 on a Tommy Davis HR.

20th  The Braves sweep a pair from the Mets, winning 9–4 and 3–2 in 6 innings, with rain ending the game. In the nightcap, Willard Hunter tosses a 2-hitter for the Mets but, unfortunately, both hits are homers by Hank Aaron.

      At Candlestick, Juan Marichal serves up 2 homers—one a grand slam to Norm Larker—but leaves after 6 innings and gets a no decision as the 45’s shoot down the Giants, 9-5. Reliever Dean Stone pitches 5+ innings for the win.

      Cleveland sweeps a pair from the host Red Sox, 6-3 and 3-0.  Jim Perry wins the opener and Barry Latman applies the whitewash in game 2.  Mike Fornieles is the loser in game 2, departing in the 4th inning when he hands out a walk and a wild pitch. The Indians will remember Fornieles, however, as he plunks the first two batters in the game, then has an HBP in both the 2nd and 3rd innings.

22nd  Playing 4 hours and 2 minutes, the Braves outscore the Giants 11–9 in the NL’s longest 9-inning night game.

      At the Polo Grounds, Richie Ashburn’s leadoff homer is all that Al Jackson needs as he pitches a one-hitter to beat Houston, 2-0, in the first of two. Joey Amalfitano’s 1st inning single is the only safety. Houston explodes in game 2, hitting 5 homers and winning 16-3. Jim Golden is the winning pitcher and contributes a pair of triples. He is the last ML pitcher this century to hit a pair of triples in a game.  Don Larsen, in 1954, was the last.

      Stan Musial becomes the all-time total-base leader, raising his total to 5,864, in the first game against the Phillies. St. Louis wins the opener 7–3 but loses the nightcap 11–3.

23rd  Larry Doby, retired from the Cleveland Indians, signs on with the Chunichi Dragons to become, with Don Newcombe, the first former ML players to play for a Japanese team. His season BA will be a mediocre .225.

      After hitting a pinch single in game 1, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup in game 2 and homers against Paul Foytack. But it is not enough as Detroit wins, 5–4. The Yankees win the opener 8-4 as Yogi Berra bangs a grand slam. The Yankees trail the first-place Indians by 3 1/2 games.

24th  A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when Jack Reed’s HR—his only one in the ML—gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9–7 victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers, Phil Regan takes the loss and Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours, the game is the longest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.

      Led by a grand slam from Hank Foiles and 4 RBIs on 2 homers from Frank Robinson, the Reds outslug the Dodgers, 12–10 at Dodgers Stadium.

25th  The Tigers trade Charlie Maxwell to the White Sox for OF Bob Farley.

26th  Earl Wilson pitches a no-hitter, his first ML shutout, as Boston beats the Los Angeles Angels 2–0. The righthander also hits a HR off loser Bo Belinsky, who pitched his no-hitter 6 weeks earlier.

      The Indians stay in first place, a game ahead of the Twins, as the earn a doubleheader split with the Tigers.  Al Luplow’s 4th hit of the game, a 2-run homer in the top of the 12th off starter Sam Jones, gives the Tribe a 3-1 win. Detroit wins the opener, 6-0, behind Jim Bunning’s 4-hitter. Dick McAuliffe hits a 2-run homer and Rocky Colavito adds a grand slam for the Tigers scoring.

      Ed Bailey cracks a 7th inning pinch grand slam for the Giants and Jim Davenport’s solo homer in the 8th ties the match with the Reds.  After McCovey singles in the bottom of the 10th, Orlando Cepeda hits a  long “sayonara” single to score pinch runner Felipe Alou from 1st base.

27th  The Cards receive a pair of shutouts from Larry Jackson and Ray Sadecki to sweep the Cubs, 4–0 and 8–0. Jackson yields 4 hits in game 1 and Sadecki allows 5 hits in the nightcap.  Sadecki hits a 9th inning homer and Javier and Flood hit back-to-back homers off Bob Anderson.

28th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a 0–0 tie in the 4th with back-to-back HRs to lead the Yanks to a 4–2 win over the Twins.

      At Dodgers Stadium, LA brings reliever Larry Sherry in to pitch in the 8th inning with brother Norm behind the plate. Larry goes 2/3’s of an inning and is lifted, and the Dodgers top the Mets 5–4 in 13 innings. The Sherrys are the first brother battery since the Baileys started for the Reds in 1959.

29th  At Fenway, the Red Sox break away from the Athletics when Lu Clinton connects for a 6th inning grand slam, then adds a 2-run homer in the 8th as Boston wins, 9-3.  Bill Monbouquette (7-7) is the winner.

30th  With the aid of 13 strikeouts and a Frank Howard HR, Sandy Koufax no-hits Bob Miller and the Mets 5–0 in Los Angeles. Sandy starts off the game by fanning the side on 9 pitches in the first inning, the first NL pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, in 1924.

      At Busch Stadium, the Pirates douse Ray Washburn with 8 runs in 2 innings and roll to a 17-7 win over the Cardinals.  Smoky Burgess has a double and 2 homers and drives in 7 runs, while Roberto Clemente has 4 hits and drives home 5.  Bob Skinner has a pair of doubles and scores 4 runs to make it easy for Vernon Law (6-3).

      At Houston, the game between the Colts and the Reds is called on account of fog after 7 innings.  Houston is leading 7–3 when the fog rolls in.  It is so thick that the outfielders can’t see home plate.

JULY

1st  Albie Pearson becomes the first player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a doubleheader (both 9-inning games). Los Angeles splits with the Yankees, losing 6–3 before winning 12–5. Reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nightcap by driving in 4 runs on a pair of singles.  The Yanks take over 1st place.

      The White Sox drop Cleveland to 3rd place while winning a pair 5–4 and 7–6. In the 2nd game they also set a ML record with 3 run-scoring sacrifice flies in the 5th inning when they score 6 runs. Indian RF Gene Green makes the first put out of the 6th inning, but then muffs two other fly balls, both of which are credited as sacrifice flies, the scorer assuming the runners on 3rd could have scored anyway.

2nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, P Johnny Podres of the Dodgers ties the modern NL record with 8 consecutive strikeouts in a 5–1 win. Willie Davis supplies the offense with a grand slam. Stan Williams is the game 2 winner 4–0, and also hits a homer as the Dodgers sweep Philadelphia and move into first place.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mantle deposits a 6th inning homer halfway up the third tier in right to lead New York to a 8–4 win over the A’s.  Mick walks his other three times up.

      At Busch Stadium, Eddie Mathews has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Braves top the Cardinals, 7-3.  Lew Burdette is the winner.

      At Cincinnati, Reds 1B Gordy Coleman hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Cubs, 4–3.

3rd  The Yankees need all 5 home runs—2 each by Mantle and Maris, plus one by Bobby Richardson—to edge the A’s, 8–7. Mantle’s 2nd homer, in the 8th, is the tiebreaker.

      The Cardinals and Braves split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 6-5. Ray Washburn is the winner, driving in 2 runs, with relief help from Lindy McDaniel. McDaniel earns the save but gives up a run, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings at 29.2. Game 2 is suspended with the score tied at 5 apiece, but Eddie Mathews will finish it tomorrow with a 2-run 9th inning homer to give the Braves a 7-5 win. Mathews has 4 RBIs.

4th  The Angels win for the 14th time in 20 games and move into first place by sweeping Washington 4–2 and 4–1 in DC.  Leon Wagner and Felix Torres hit 2-run homers in game 1, and Ken McBride wins the nightcap with help from Dean Chance.

      The Indians sweep a pair of extra-inning games with the visiting Tigers, winning 1-0, in 10 innings in game 1, then winning in the 13th in game 2, 6-2, when Don Dillard cracks a grand slam.  Jim Perry outduels Hank Aguirre in the opener and scores the winning run. Doc Edwards extends game 2 with a 10th-inning homer.

      The Yanks and A’s split in New York, with Kansas City winning the opener, 11–1 on five Yankee errors. In the nightcap, Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th to tie the game, and the Yanks score 5 in the 6th inning to ice it, 7–3. In the 6th, Mantle adds another homer, his 389th, to move into 7th place on the all-time list, just ahead of Duke Snider.

      The combination of Mays and McCovey is too much for the Mets as the Giants win at home, 11-3 and 10-4.  McCovey is 3-for-3, with 2 homers in game 1 and drives in 7 runs. Mays has a single and triple to score 2 and drive in 2.  Mays continues in the nightcap with 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

      The San Francisco Giants sign Santa Clara College P Bob Garibaldi for a $150,000 bonus. Garibaldi was the MVP of the college world series despite losing two games.

5th  At Cleveland, Rocky Colavito belts 3 homers good for 5 RBIs, but his Tigers fall short, 7-6. John Romano and Al Luplow drive in 3 runs apiece and Luplow’s replacement in LF, Don Dillard, hits a walkoff homer in the 9th for the win.

6th  The Indians regain first place from the Angels, as Ruben Gomez beats Early Wynn and the White Sox 5–3.

      The Yankees edge the Twins 7–5 in Bloomington, as Mantle and Maris each hit a pair of home runs.  The M&M boys hit back to back homers in the 1st inning, off Camilo Pascual (12–4), the 3rd time in 4 games they’ve hit back-to-back shots. New York is a half-game in back of Cleveland.

      The Kansas City Athletics come back from a 4-run deficit to score 7 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Senators, 12-9.

      At the Polo Grounds, Rod Kanehl hits the first grand slam in Mets history, off Bobby Shantz, in a 6-run 8th inning as the Mets trounce the Cardinals, 10-3. Felix Mantilla is 4-for-4 for New York.

7th  The Athletics again spot the Senators a 4-run lead and score 5 runs in the 8th inning, off reliever Dave Stenhouse, and edge the Senators, 9-8. Bobby Del Greco’s 2-run homer is the big blow in the frame. Not until the Yankees, on July 30 and 31st, 2005 against the Twins will an AL team come back in consecutive games trailing by 4 runs.

      At Dodger Stadium, Don Schwall (3-10) takes the win as the Red Sox edge the Angels, 5-4. Jim Pagliaroni helps with a 3-run homer. Eddie Yost picks up a base on balls as a pinch hitter, the last walk in his remarkable 18-year career. He’ll finish this his last year hitting .240 with a .412 OBP and post career numbers of .254/.394. His base on balls total of 1614 is surpassed only by Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Mel Ott (other players will subsequently push him lower on the list).

8th  The Yankees complete a 3-game sweep in Minnesota, winning 9–8 to regain first place. They will remain there the rest of the way.

      The Dodgers take first place as Don Drysdale saves Sandy Koufax’s 13th win 2–0 against San Francisco. Los Angeles will remain in first until the final day of the season.

      With HRs in his first 3 at bats, 41-year-old Stan Musial of the Cardinals not only becomes the oldest player to hit 3 in a game but also ties the ML record of 4 straight HRs, as the Cards whip the Mets 15–1. His HR in the 2nd game the day before won the game 3–2.

      Cincinnati uses 9 pitchers to win the 13-inning 2nd game against the Houston Colt 45s 12–11. This sets an NL record and ties the ML mark. Houston scores once in the 13th and Cincy scores twice to win. Frank Robinson has a grand slam and scores 3 runs, while Gordy Coleman has 3 runs and 3 RBIs.  The Reds also win the first game 12–8, battling back from an 8–3 deficit.

9th  At a meeting held in conjunction with the All-Star Game, the ML players request a reduced schedule for the 1963 season. They also vote unanimously to continue playing 2 All-Star Games each year.

10th  Roberto Clemente has 3 hits as the NL wins 3–1 in the first All-Star Game of 1962, at DC Stadium. Don Drysdale allows no runs in the first 3 innings, but the win goes to Marichal, pitching the 4th and 5th.  The AL scores its only run off knuckler Bob Purkey.

12thFor the first time since 1938, when the Waner brothers pulled the trick, brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron homer in the same inning. Both are hit in the last of the 9th, and Hank’s grand slam provides the winning margin in an 8–6 Braves win over the Cards.

      The Senators send 1B Dale Long to the Yankees for OF Don Lock. Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.

13th  In Kansas City, the Red Sox outlast the A’s, 11–10, in 15 innings. Boston collects 21 hits to KC’s 20. Lou Clinton wins the marathon with an RBI single and adds the cycle as he goes 5-for-7. Dick Radatz is the winner over Ed Rackow.  KC catcher Haywood Sullivan is 4-for-4 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 10th.

      Orioles C Charley Lau hits 4 doubles in a 10–3 victory over Cleveland to tie a ML record.  Charlie’s average jumps to .294.

      Cubs rookie Cal Koonce (8-2) stops the Reds on one hit, a single by Don Blasingame, to win, 1–0. It is the first of four times that the Dixie Blazer will collect the only hit in a game (the ML record is five). The Cubs only run is unearned off Bob Purkey (14-3).

16th  Johnny Logan’s first homer of the year is a grand slam off Ray Sadecki as the Pirates top the Cardinals, 5-2.

17th  Sandy Koufax leaves after one inning of a 7–5 loss at Cincinnati. The 14-game winner has a circulatory problem in the index finger and palm of his pitching hand and will be sidelined until late September.

      At Los Angeles, Ken McBride (10–3) wins his 9th straight, beating Detroit, 1–0, on a 3-hitter. Bilko singles and scores the only run off Aguirre in the 4th.  LA takes over 2nd place in the AL.

18th  Minnesota is the first 20th-century club to hit 2 grand slams in one inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew connect in a team-record, 11-run first inning, against Cleveland. Barry Latman and Jim Perry serve the grand gophers. The Twins coast home, 14–3.

19th  John W. Cox, the owner of the General Packaging Company, as well as the owner of Yankee Stadium, donates the facility “lock, stock and barrel” to Rice University, his alma mater.  Cox has owned the Stadium since 1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the Stadium, while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice will relinquish ownership in 1971, when the city of New York will acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university $2.5 million as compensation.

20th  Mantle homers in the first inning off Washington starter Steve Hamilton to propel New York to a 3–2 victory.  Mantle goes 3-for-4 and his on-base percentage is now .516.

21st  The Angels Ken McBride (11–3) wins his 10th in a row stopping Cleveland, 5–0, on 4 hits. McBride has thrown 21 straight scoreless innings, but this is his last win of the year.

      Houston P Dick Farrell admits to having thrown a spitball to Stan Musial in the previous day’s game against the Cardinals.

      The Reds purchase pitcher Joe Nuxhall from San Diego (PCL). For Nuxhall, it is his 3rd tour of duty with the Reds.

22nd  Floyd Robinson of the White Sox goes 6-for-6, all singles, as Chicago defeats Boston 7–3 at Fenway Park. Robinson raises his average 12 points, to .319 and ties for 1st in RBIs with 71.

23rd  Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

      At Cincinnati, Reds pitcher Jim O’Toole loses his no hit bid when Bob Skinner doubles in the 8th inning.  O’Toole finishes with a 3–0 one-hitter against the Pirates.

25th  Stan Musial becomes the NL’s all-time leader in runs batted in with 1,862, driving in both of the Cardinal runs in a 5–2 loss to the Dodgers.

      With Frank Robinson going 4-for-4 the Reds pound out 21 hits in defeating the Pirates, 13–6. Smoky Burgess has a pair of homer for the Bucs.

      At County Stadium, Eddie Mathews and Joe Adcock each hit two homers to lead the Braves to an 11-5 victory over the Mets. Adcock’s 2nd homer is a grand slam.

26th  In New York, P Gene Conley and IF Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear after a 13–3 loss to the Yankees. Conley is the loser in the game, pitching 2 2/3 inning, and walking in 2 of the 8 earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play.  Bouton is the winner, shutting out the Hubmen for 6 innings. They leave the team bus in traffic to use a rest room in a bar and fail to return before the bus drives off. As Conley relates years later in the Boston Globe, “So we got off and went in this bar, and when we came back out, Pumpsie said, `Hey, that bus is gone,’ and I said, `We are, too!'” Green rejoins the team the next day in Washington, D.C., but Conley takes a hiatus during which he attracted media attention in attempting to fly to Jerusalem. As told by Conley, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkeyfined him $1,500 with the promise he would refund the money at the end of the season if Conley rededicated himself to the team, with Yawkey fulfilling the promise in September.

      Warren Spahn hits his 31st career homer, off Craig Anderson, setting an NL record for pitchers, in a 6–1 win over the Mets. The Mets suffer their 11th straight loss.

27th  The last-place Washington Senators pummel the Red Sox, winning 11-2 and 14-1. The Senators hit 4 homers in the opener, as Dave Stenhouse (10-4) scatters 13 hits, then hit 3 more homers in the nightcap as they total 20 hits in support of Don Rudolph.  Ken Hamlin has a grand slam and 5 RBIs in game 2. Galen Cisco is the losing pitcher in game 2 as he gives up 16 hits and 13 runs in just 5+ innings.

28th  On Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, White Sox knuckleballer Eddie Fisher loses a 3–0 shut out when he surrenders 7th inning homers to Mantle and Blanchard and loses, 4–3.

      Pumpsie Green returns to the Red Sox and is fined.

29th  Gene Conley contacts manager Mike Higgins by telegram, stating that he is “mostly tired,” and has “other plans.” He will return the next day to the Red Sox and will be fined $2,000.

      Don Drysdale pushes his record to 19–4 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants, winning 11-1. Howard has a HR and 3 singles to drive home 5 runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a HR.  Los Angeles now leads the Giants by 4 games.

      The Tigers and Angels split a pair in Detroit, with the Bengals winning game 1, 7-6, behind Jim Bunning (11-6). Game 2 is a barrage as the two teams combine for 8 homers, in a 12-8 Los Angeles win. LA hits five: Bilko, Felix Torres, Albie Pearson, Leon Wagner, and George Thomas.  For Detroit, Dick Brown, Norm Cash and Colavito go deep. In Cash’s case, he goes very deep, hitting his AL-high 30th homer over the right-field roof, the second time in three days he’s done it and the third time this year. Bob Botz serves up the blast today, while teammate Eli Grba did the honors on the 27th.  On May 11, it was Don Schwall with the honors.

30th  Homers by Leon Wagner, Pete Runnels, and Rocky Colavito power the AL past the NL 9–4 in the 2nd All-Star Game of 1962.

31st At D.C. Stadium, Mantle is on the bench with a wrenched knee, but Bill Skowron supplies the power with a grand slam. New York wins, 9–5.

      The NL rejects Commissioner Ford Frick’s proposal for inter-league play in 1963.

AUGUST

1st  Nothing less than Bill Monbouquette’s no-hitter is necessary to defeat Early Wynn and the White Sox, 1–0. Monbo walks one and K’s 7. With 2 outs in the 9th, Aparicio seemingly strikes out but the umpire calls it a ball. Little Looie returns to the plate and in a gentlemanly gesture waves at a 3rdstrike rather than attempting to hit it. The Red Sox pitcher improves his record to 9-10.

      Hey, I’m not Jim Konstanty! Veteran shortstop Grannie Hamner pitches in both games for the Athletics against Detroit, taking the loss in game 1 and allowing 5 runs (2 earned) in 2 innings in game 2. The Tigers sweep, winning the opener, 6–5, with 3 runs in the 9th, then taking the nightcap, 9–1 behind Howie Koplitz’s (1–0) complete game effort. Drawing a combined 32 bases on balls in a doubleheader, the Tigers (20) and A’s (12) tie an AL record. Hamner contributes 4 walks as he finishes his ML pitching career with a loss in each league.

      At the Polo Grounds, the Phillies use an 18-hit attack to subdue the Mets, 11-9.  Tony Gonzalez has 4 hits and 3 RBIs to pace the Quaker offense.  A red-hot Frank Thomas has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, and 6 RBIs for New York.

      The Yankees start August with a 6 game lead in the AL and sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 6-4 and 5-2 in 11 innings. Jim Bouton wins the opener and Whitey Ford takes the nitecap with a 10-inning effort.  The Yankees score 3 in the 11thoff Dave Stenhouse for the win.  Besides the victory, Ford picks up his first career steal (his first attempt).

2nd Phils P Art Mahaffey gives up 2 HRs to Frank Thomas and 2 more to Marv Throneberry, but negates those with a grand slam of his own in the 3rd inning. Mahaffey tops the Mets 9–4 at New York.

3rd  With a pair of HRs for the 3rd straight game, the Mets Frank Thomas becomes the 2nd player in NL history with 6 homers in 3 consecutive games. Cincy ace Joey Jay tees up the two solos for Thomas today, as the Reds win, 8–6.

      In Baltimore, the Orioles score 6 runs in the 7th to knock out Angels ace Ken McBride (11-4) and win, 6-3. McBride had thrown 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings.  He won’t pitch again for 7 weeks.

      At Los Angeles, the Dodgers top the Cubs, 8–3, behind Don Drysdale. Cal Koonce takes the loss.  Maury Wills helps with a 4th inning triple and then steals home.

4th  After a double header loss to the Mets, 9–1 and 3–2 in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds, Reds manager Fred Hutchinson stays in the dugout instead of joining his players in the club house. He then calls the clubhouse and tells the players to be out of there in 15 minutes. They do. Hutch has tickets for Zero Mostel’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” but doesn’t use them. For the second game in a row, Charlie Neal, Choo Choo Coleman and Marv Throneberry hit homers in the game 1 win. Vada Pinson has 5 hits in the second game loss.

      At Milwaukee, winning pitcher Bob Hendley hits a 2-run homer and Joe Adcock contributes a 3-run shot as the Braves trump the Phils, 6-2 in game 1. In the second set, Adcock is 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs before leaving for pinch runner Tommy Aaron. Aaron stays in the game and hits a walk off grand slam in the 9th for a 7-3 Braves win.

      At Visalia (California League) Visalia’s William Dawson sets a league record, striking out 21 Silver Sox batters. Visalia beats Reno, 7–4.

5th  The Twins score 6 runs in the 11th inning against Detroit to give starter Jim Kaat (12–9) the win. Kaline homers with 2 out in the 9th and a man on to send the game into overtime. Rollins homers and Tuttle triples in the 11th for the Twins, while Colavito homers for the Tigers.  In the nightcap, Jackie Collum fails to get through the 2nd inning for the 2nd day in a row, and the Tigers win, 5–3. For Collum, it is the last start of his career: Minnesota will sell him to the Indians.

6thAt Houston, reliever Johnny Klippstein belts a home run in the 13th inning to give the Reds a 1–0 win over the Colts.  Klippstein relieved starter Bob Purkey in the 11th.  Only two other pitcher have hit extra-inning homers (Tom Hughes, 1906: Red Ruffing, 1932) and both those came in the 10th innings.

      At Candlestick, the second-place Giants total 17 hits to swamp the Phils, 9-2. Billy Pierce (10-3) is backed by Willie Mays who goes 5-for-5, with 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

      Steve Boros is 3-for-3 with 3 solo homers as his Tigers lose to the host Indians, 5-4. Boros’s first homer is followed by a solo shot by Dick Brown. Boros is walked after his first two solos. He will strike out in his first AB tomorrow, then hit another solo homer.

7th  Yankees SS Tony Kubek, in his first at bat after returning from military service, homers in a 14–1 Yankee win over the Twins. Elston Howard is 4-for-4 and Tom Tresh has a pair of homers.

8th  After Harmon Killebrew hits his 30th HR to tie the A’s in the top of the 9th, the A’s win it, 4-3, in the bottom of the 9th when Ed Charles steals home. The bases are loaded with 2 outs when Charles swipes his 13th of the year with Ray Moore on the mound. (as noted by Jan Larsen)

10th In the first of 3 games with the Dodgers at Candlestick, Bill O’Dell coasts to an 11-2 win over Johnny Podres. The loss cuts the Dodger lead to 4 games.

      The Phillies lose their 8th in a row, when the Cardinals twice come from behind to win, 7–4. Bobby Shantz is the winner with 4 shutout innings of relief. He also singles in a run. Phils 1B Frank Torre is caught stealing for the 1st time in career, a NL record of 592 games without being caught. He has stolen 4 bases since ‘56.

      At Buffalo (IL), Columbus beats Buffalo 6–5, in 12 innings. Bob Veale of Columbus strikes out 22 Bison batters in nine innings to set an IL record.

11th The Dodgers protest the wetting down of the field at Candlestick, a tactic they claim is to stop Maury Wills. Billy Pierce then hands 21-game winner Don Drysdale his 5th loss, and the first after 11 straight wins, as the Giants win 5–4 to take the 2nd game in their series. Willie McCovey’s pinch-homer with two on is the big blow off Drysdale. The watering ploy earns Giants manager Alvin Dark the sobriquet “The Swamp Fox.”

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers and Yankees split a doubleheader. Detroit wins the opener, 7-2, as Rocky Colavito drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and a double, all off Ralph Terry (16-10).  Hank Aguirre (9-5) is the winner.  New York recovers in game2, winning 3-2 in 10 innings.  Roger Maris has a homer and drives in the winning run with a single to give Marshall Bridges (6-0) the win in relief.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep a day-night pair from Baltimore, winning 3–0 and 7–3. Ike Delock shuts out the Orioles, giving the Red Sox their 3rd shutout in a row. Gene Conley and Bill Monbouquette had previously whitewashed the Indians. Whitey Herzog’s HR in the 6th of game 2 ends the Sox sting of 32 2/3 scoreless innings.

      The Pirates score 9 runs in the 6th inning at Wrigley and beat the Cubs, 10-6.  Donn Clendenon scores 3 runs and has 3 hits, including a 6th inning grand slam off Dave Gerard.

      The White Sox score 7 in the 4th and beat Kansas City, 11-2. Joe Cunningham and Jim Landis each collect a single, double and triple, with Cunningham’s extra base hits coming in the 4th.

12th Juan Marichal completes a 3-game Giant sweep of the Dodgers by beating Stan Williams 5–1.  The Dodgers lead over the Giants is now down to 2 games.

      Cal McLish (8-2) and the Phillies stop the Cardinals, 8-3 in the first of two at Busch, then the Phils complete the sweep with a 9-7 game 2 victory.  The Phils have to come back after Fred Whitfield belts a grand slam homer in the 6th. Whitfield drives in 5 runs.

13th  The 3rd-place Reds win their 9th in a row, clipping the Braves, 10-2, behind Jim O’Toole (13-12). O’Toole strikes out 12.  Frank Robinson supplies the fire power, driving in 5 runs on a double and a grand slam.

      The Reds sell Moe Drabowsky to the A’s.

      Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (Florida State League) pitches ambidextrously in a relief appearance. Facing Ft. Lauderdale, Campy throws lefty to lefthanders, and switches when righthanders come up.

14th  For the 3rd and last time the Aaron brothers hit homers in the same game, when Tommy breaks a 3-3 tie in the 6th and Hank homers in the 7th. The Braves beat the Reds, 5–4.

      The Mets Al Jackson loses a heartbreaker to the Phillies, 3-1, in 15 innings. Jackson goes the distance allowing just 6 singles. The Mets waste an opportunity in the 13th when Charlie Neal hits a leadoff triple but is stranded.

      Al Kaline has a single, triple and homer to drive in 6 runs, and Billy Bruton knocks in 4 to lead the Tigers to a 13-10 victory over the Orioles.  Jerry Adair scores 4 runs for the O’s and hits a HR. Kaline and Adair homer in game 2 and Norm Cash belts a 3-run homer in the 1st as Detroit wins, 5-4.

15th  Pinch-hit HRs by the Mets Choo Choo Coleman (6th inning) and Jim Hickman (8th) tie the ML record for pinch HRs by one club in one game, but the Mets still lose to the Phils, 8–7, in 13 innings. Winning pitcher Chris Short singles and scores the winning run. The Phils cop the opener, 9–3 behind a Callison homer and two by Don Demeter, both off Bob Millers. The first Miller serves up a homer in the 3rd and the other Bob Miller in the 9th.

      Trailing 1-0 going into the 9th, the White Sox score 10 runs on 6 hits, a walk and an error in the and win, 10-2. Only the 1912 Reds have scored 10 runs in the 9th inning of a game.  Cleveland comes back in the nightcap to win, 3-2, as Jim Perry bests Early Wynn.

16th Rick Wise tosses a shutout, the Phillies’ 4th in a row, to beat Houston 7–0. The streak ends tomorrow in the 1st inning when Houston’s Sandy Valdespino steals home.

For the 2nd night in a row, Frank Robinson clouts 2 homers to power the Reds to a 7–1 win over the Braves. Robby now has 9 homers in 8 games 11 in the last 12.  Lee Maye’s HR off Maloney is the only Braves’ score.

      At Metropolitan Stadium, Bobby Richardson cracks a 9th inning 2-out grand slam as the Yankees tie the Twins at 8 apiece. Minnesota wins it in the 10th, 9-8, when Bernie Allen bloops an RBI single. It is his 4th hit of the game.

18th  Kansas City tops the Yanks for the 2nd day in a row, 5–4. Again, Mantle homers in the losing cause as Whitey Ford allows 16 hits and 5 earned runs.

19th  Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey, and Billy Bryan of the Athletics hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning, but Elston Howard has 2 HRs and 8 RBIs; Bill Skowron, a HR and 4 RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a grand slam and 7 RBIs, and Skowron 4 RBIs as the Yankees rout the A’s, 21–7. Mantle adds 2 stolen bases before Jack Reed takes over CF and has 2 at bats.

      In a slam-bang twinbill, the Tigers and White Sox split, with the Sox taking game 1, 11-5 and Detroit notching game 2, 8-3. Charlie Maxwell has a double and grand slam in the opener to drive in six Sox scores. Bill Bruton hits a grand slam in game 2 and Rocky Colavito adds his second homer of the afternoon.

      Cleveland Indians President Mike Wilson dies at age 74.

20th  At Crosley Field, Frank Robinson connects for a grand slam in the 10th inning as the Reds defeat the Dodgers, 7–3. It is his second in a week.

21st At Dodger Stadium, the Angels score in the 9th to tie the Yankees at 4-4, but New York scores 7 times in the 10th to win, 11-4. Roger Maris has a grand slam in the 10th as Ryne Duran (2-9) allows 3 runs without recording an out.

      At Wrigley, the Reds Marty Keough breaks up a scoreless tie with an 8th inning inside-the-park homer to right field, good for 2 runs.  Jim Maloney (8-4) allows 3 hits in 8 innings for the victory. Bill Henry finishes up the shutout.

      Boog Powell belts a grand slam and Robin Roberts (8-6) scatters 7 hits as the Orioles whip the White Sox, 9-1.

22ndAt Wrigley, the Reds trail the Cubs 5–1 after 6 innings, but score 4 in the 7th to tie.  They win it in the 10th, 9–5, when Eddie Kasko hits a grand slam off Dave Gerard. It is the second salami the rookie Gerard has served up this month. Joey Jay wins his 19th with two hitless innings of relief.

23rd  Steve Boros matches the AL record for most errors in an inning by a 3B with 4, but Detroit beats Cleveland 8–5, as Al Kaline hits 2 HRs.

      The Reds rack up 21 hits in routing the Cubs, 14–3. Vada Pinson and Gordy Coleman each have 3 hits, including a homer.

24th  Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds before a game. An emergency intravenous injection of adrenaline saves his life.

      The Reds Bob Purkey wins his 20th game, defeating Houston, 4–2.

Billy O’Dell (15-11) scatters 5 hits and the Giants whip the Phils, 5-0, defeating Cal McLish (8-4). Orlando Cepeda has 5 hits, including 2 homers, and drives in 4 runs. Harvey Kuenn adds a solo HR. The Giants are in 2nd place, 2 1/2 games behind LA, and a half game in front of the Reds.

      At Dodgers Stadium, the White Sox whip the Angels, 7-1, behind Ray Herbert (14-7). Herbert gives up a run in the 6th inning to stop his consecutive scoreless streak at 29 innings.

      At Tiger Stadium, Steve Boros belts a 1st inning grand slam and the Tigers beat the Senators, 11-1. Colavito adds a 2-run homer in the 2nd and Bruton a 3-run shot in the 6th.

25th  Winning for the 18th time in 21 games—over Houston, 7–6—the Reds move within 3 games of first place. Joey Jay wins his 20th game.

     In Baltimore, the Orioles sweep a pair from New York, winning 8-6 and 4-3. Hoyt Wilhelm picks up a win and a save. Brooks Robinson has 4 hits, including a homer, and 3 RBIs in game 2.

      Pirates players call off a threatened strike. They had objected to a rained-out game being rescheduled as a night game the day before a doubleheader.

26th  The Twins Jack Kralick no-hits the A’s and wins, 1–0, on Lenny Green’s sacrifice fly off Bill Fischer. A 3–2 walk to George Alusik with one out in the 9th spoils the bid for a perfect game. Alusik had beaten Kralick with a 2-run HR on August 8.  Fischer, meanwhile, walks no one as his walkless streak continues.

      Robin Roberts, discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees, beats Whitey Ford 2–1 on HRs by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sagging Yankees. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.

      At Chicago, Dick Ellsworth stops the Braves, 4–1, and stops Hank Aaron’s hitting streak of 25 games. The Cubs tie a ML record and set an NL mark with 3 straight sacrifice bunts in the 6th inning following a bunt single by Ellsworth. Hubbs lays down the first sac bunt, and is safe on a fielder’s choice.

      After the Indians beat the Red Sox, 10–5 in game 1, Cleveland’s Dick Donovan holds the Red Sox homerless in the nightcap to win, 4–0. It is Donovan’s 100th ML win. The Sox had hit homers in 13 straight games.

28th  Angels’ thumpers Lee Thomas, Leon Wagner, and Bob Rodgers hit consecutive HRs in the 4th inning of a 10–5 trouncing of Kansas City.

      At Dodger Stadium, Johnny Podres stops the Reds, 8-1. Tommy Davis and Duke Snider hit homers and Johnny Roseboro steals home in the 8th with Jim Gilliam swiping 2B.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mantle connects for a 2-run shot in the 4th off Mudcat Grant to give the Yanks a 2–1 win over the Indians.

30th  San Francisco’s 3–2 win over the Braves ties a ML record, as all 5 runs score on homers. Frank Bolling and Warren Spahn homer for the Braves, while Jim Davenport, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda go deep for the Giants.

      Roy Sievers and Clay Dalrymple hit back-to-back homers in the 7th for the Phils, and they add 5 more in the 8th—4 on a Don Demeter grand slam—to come from behind and beat the Mets, 8-7.  Jim Hickman has a single, double and upper deck homer for the Mets.

31st  The Indians Dick Donovan (18-7) hits a pair of homers to pace the Tribe to a 9–6 win over the Orioles. Both homers come off losing pitcher Robin Roberts.  Donovan had another two-homer game on May 18 to account for this year’s total.

SEPTEMBER

1stThe Reds Vada Pinson has 4 singles and a double in a 10–5 win at San Francisco. It is Pinson’s second 5-hit game in a month.

2nd  Stan Musial’s 3,516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb, but the Mets beat the Cards 4–3. Although The Man will continue on to 3,630 hits, he cannot overtake Cobb and, in time, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.

      Light-hitting Leo Burke hits a 3-run homer in the 6th inning as the Angels down the Senators, 4-2.  The homer snaps Don Rudolph’s consecutive scoreless streak of 32 innings.

3rd  At Los Angeles, Jack Sanford of the Giants wins his 20th game and 14th straight, 7–3, over the Dodgers.

4th  Houston finally defeats Philadelphia, 4–1, in their final meeting of the season. The Phillies had won all 17 previous contests.

      In Los Angeles, the first-place Dodgers edge the 2nd-place Giants, 5-4. Catcher Johnny Roseboro pulls off a straight steal of home after tripling in the 4th. It is his second steal of home in a week.

5th  Ken Hubbs of the Cubs sets ML records at 2B for consecutive games without an error (78) and consecutive chances accepted (418) without an error. His streak ends with a 4th-inning throwing error as Cincinnati beats Chicago, 4–1, in game 2. In the opener, Gordy Coleman belts a 2-run homer in the 10th for a 7-5 Reds win. Don Blasingame is 5-for-5 in game 1.

      Washington’s John Kennedy pinch hits against the Twins and becomes the 9th AL player to debut with a HR in his first at bat.  His blow breaks up a no-hit bid by Dick Stigman, and the Nats rally to tie the game at 7–7 in the 9th, The Twins win 9–7 in 11 frames, then drop the nightcap, 3–0, as Claude Osteen fires a 3 hitter.  The split leaves the Twins  2 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

6th  Commissioner Ford Frick announces that any transfer of Bo Belinsky to the Athletics as part of the Dan Osinski deal will be voided due to a technicality in the rules.

The Giants score 4 in the 9th to beat the Dodgers 9–6 and put San Francisco just 112games out of first.

7th  Four steals bring Maury Wills’ season total to 82, one better than Bob Bescher’s 1911 mark and a modern NL record. But Pittsburgh beats Los Angeles 10–1, cutting the Dodger lead to one-half game. Bill Mazeroski has a grand slam and 6 RBIs for the Bucs. In a streak of 6 games, from September 6th to the 11th, Maury will swipe 13 bases.

      With a three-game lead, the Yankees purchase some insurance—righty Hal Brown from the Orioles.

8th  At Candlestick, the Cubs outhit the Giants but lose 7-2. With the Dodgers beating the Pirates, the Giants remain a half game in back of Los Angeles.

9th  Boston’s Lou Clinton makes 4 stellar grabs in the outfield and adds a homer, triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 9–3 in 16 innings at the Stadium. Dick Radatz takes over for Hal Kolstad and pitches 9 innings of relief before leaving in the 16th for a pinch hitter. Tony Kubek is 5-for-7 in the game.

      At Milwaukee, pitcher Chris Short, a career .126 hitter, has 4 hits against Warren Spahn as the Phillies top the ace left hander, 4–2.

      The Cardinals do all their scoring in the 9th inning to beat the Reds, 5-3.  Carl Sawatski’s pinch hit walkoff grand slam, off reliever Jim Brosnan, is the big blow.

10th  Against Hank Aguirre, Mantle clouts a 4th inning homer run, the 400th of his career, to tie the game 1–1.  The Yanks score 2 in the 9th off Aguirre to beat Detroit 3–1. The victory, combined with a Minnesota loss, gives the Yanks a 3 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place, 4 games back.

      The Angels Dean Chance loses his no-hit bid when Zoilo Versalles singles in the 8th inning for the only Twins hit. Chance wins, 5–0.

      Tommy Davis has 5 RBIs and clubs a grand slam off starter Dick Ellsworth (8-1) as the Dodgers clip the Cubs, 8-1.  Don Drysdale wins his 24th. Maury Wills has 4 hits, 3 runs, and 3 steals. The Dodgers maintain their half-game lead over the persistent Giants.

12th  Washington’s Tom Cheney sets a remarkable ML mark with 21 strikeouts in a 16-inning game at Baltimore. Bud Zipfel’s 16th-inning HR off O’s reliever Dick Hall gives the Senators a 2–1 win. Cheney throws 228 pitches and at several points refuses to come out for a reliever.

      In Cleveland, Whitey and Mickey lead the way to a Yankee win, 5–2. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos, his 2nd favorite all-time cousin (12 homers allowed).

      In the dugout in Cincinnati, Willie Mays collapses from nervous exhaustion. He is taken to the hospital and will miss 4 games. The Giants lose 4–1 and will lose their next 6 to take them apparently out of the race.

13th  Washington OF Jim Piersall is arrested for going into the stands after a heckling fan prior to a game against Baltimore. He is charged with disorderly conduct, but later cleared. Hicks replaces Jimmy in the 7–1 loss to the Orioles. O’s winning pitcher Chuck Estrada clouts one of the 3 Birds homers.

      In Kansas City’s 5–4 win over the Angels, 17-year-old Ed Kirkpatrick pinch hits in the 9th for LA. He is the youngest in the AL since Jim Derrington, in 1956, and no one younger will debut this century in the AL.

14th  Jim Piersall is knocked unconscious by a revolving door in his hotel in Baltimore, shortly after the hearing on his arrest. Piersall will be back in the lineup for the Senators on the 18th.  Washington could have used him today as they collect just 3 hits in losing to the White Sox, 2-0. Joel Horlen allows 2 hits in 8 innings, as Chicago has just 4 hits.

      The Phillies top St. Louis 2–1 on Johnny Callison’s 9th inning HR. Callison also hit a game-winning HR in last night’s 2–1 win over Milwaukee.

15th  The Pirates beat Jack Sanford 5–1, the first loss by the Giant hurler after 16 straight wins. Bob Bailey, in his ML debut, hits a 2-run triple to ice it.

      Harmon Killebrew hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs as the Twins crush the Indians, 12-2. Jim Kaat wins his 17th. Killebrew will hit another 5 homers over the next week, with no other hits, the first player to have 7 homers in a row with no other hits.  It will be topped.

      At Wrigley Field, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6–4, with a little help from Frank Howard.  Hondo is 4-for-4 with a homer, and has 2 assists from right field. He’ll end the year with 19 assists. The Dodgers score two runs in the 9th inning, the first on a triple steal with Tommy Davis on the front end with Tim Harkness and John Roseboro. Harkness then scores on a wild pitch.

16th Mays celebrates his return to the lineup by cracking a 3-run HR in the 8th inning, his 44th of the year, to tie the Pirates 4–4. Pittsburgh tops the Giants in the 10th inning when Smoky Burgess hits a 2-run HR.

      Nelson Mathews hits his first ML homer, a 1st-inning grand slam off Stan Williams, and Bob Buhl takes it from there for a 5-0 Cubs victory of the Dodgers. For the veteran Buhl, it is his lone shutout of the year. With San Francisco losing, Los Angeles maintains a 4 game lead in the NL.

18th  At Washington new ball park D.C. Stadium, Mantle clouts the first home run there, and adds another, both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 7–1 win.  Mick has 5 RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win, the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win, combined with a Twins loss, leaves New York (90–63) in 1st place by 4 games.

      The Mets drop a pair to the visiting Colts 45s, 6–2 and 8–6, and also break the ML record for homers allowed. Ranew and Roberts connect for the Colts, the 188th and 189th homers allowed, breaking the A’s mark set in 1956. Bob Aspromonte of the Colts sets an NL record for 3B with his 57th straight errorless game. One bright spot for the Mets is a triple steal in game 2 with Elio Chacon, Frank Thomas and  Joe Christopher teaming up.  It is the second triple steal in 4 days in the NL.

      At LA, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to a 10–5 pounding of the Dodgers, and cutting the Dodger lead over the idle Giants to 3 1/2 games. Hank hits his 40th homer and Tommie accounts for 3 RBIs with 3 hits.

      Charlie Finley is denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

19th  Walter Bond and John Romano twice hit back-to-back HRs for the Indians to help beat the Athletics, 10–9. They both hit doubles as well—a ML first when added to the back-to-backs—as Bond collects 6 RBIs and Romano 4. Dick Donovan gains his 20th win, though he is chased in the 6th. Jerry Lumpe has 3 hits and 3 runs for KC to run his consecutive game-hitting streak to 20 games.

      Vic Power hits a grand slam and Harmon Killebrew adds a pair of homers as the Twins tame the visiting Tigers, 12-5.

20th  At the Polo Grounds, the Houston Colt 45’s take a pair from the lowly Mets, winning 7-2 and 5-4 in 12 innings. Russ Kemmerer picks up a save and a win in the DH, while Ken Aspromonte has 5 hits in game 2, the first Houston player to do so.  Frank Thomas has a pair of homers for New York in game 2.

21st Charlie James cracks a 1st-inning grand slam, off Sandy Koufax, and the Cardinals plate another 7 runs in the 6th to roll to an 11-2 victory over the front-running Dodgers. Koufax doesn’t last the 1st inning as his record goes to 14-6. Curt Simmons evens his record at 9-9.

23rd  A 12–2 Dodger loss at St. Louis is enlivened by Maury Wills, who ties Ty Cobb’s long-standing ML single-season record of 96 steals by swiping 2B after singling in the 3rd, and breaks it with a repeat performance in the 7th.

      At Houston, Billy O’Dell beats the Colts 10–3 to move the Giants 3 games behind the front-running Dodgers.

25th  Whitey Ford beats Washington 8–3, as the Yankees clinch the AL pennant. Ralph Houk becomes the 5th manager to capture pennants in each of his first 2 seasons.

The Giants move to 2 games back as Billy Pierce beats St. Louis 6–3. Pierce runs his record at Candlestick to 11–0.

      The Dodgers, hosting 8th-place Houston, lose in 10 innings 3–2. Dick Farrell hands 10-game winner Ed Roebuck his 1st loss of the year. The Dodgers now lead by just 2 games.

26th  The Orioles Dave McNally makes his first ML start and shuts out the Royals, 3–0.

Pittsburgh’s Earl Francis (9-8) gives up 2 hits in 10 innings in beating the Reds, 1–0. Jim Maloney matches him for 9 innings. Bob Friend pitches the 11th to earn his 1st save of the year after Mazeroski and Stargell double home the winning run.  Bucs vet Bill Virdon steals his 5th base to go along with his 13 caught steals, tying him for NL high with Maury Wills.

      The Cubs lose their 101st, but the good news is that only 903 fans are on hand at Wrigley to see it. The Phils win, 5–3, their 18th win in 23 games.  The Phils will win tomorrow, 8–0, behind Dennis Bennett, and only 607 fans will see that one.

27th The Cardinals sidetrack the Giants, 7–4, as Gene Oliver contributes a 3-run HR and Stan Musial goes 5-for-5, all singles.

      The Dodgers’ hopes for clinching a tie for the pennant are dashed when Sandy Koufax, making his 2nd start since returning to action, lasts just 5 innings against Houston. Reliever Ron Perranoski is the loser, 8–6.

28th The Giants are rained out and the Dodgers are reined in by the Cardinals 3–2.  Larry Jackson gives up 12 hits but pitches a complete game win. The loss shrinks the Dodgers lead to 1 1/2 games. Maury Wills’ swipes second in the 3rd for his ML record 104th of the year.  He also ties for the NL lead with Bill Virdon for times caught stealing (13).

      At Chicago, the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox, 7–3, spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win. It is Wynn’s 100th start against the Yankees. Only Walter Johnson (105 vs Detroit) and Warren Spahn (115 vs St. Louis; 108 vs NY) have started against another team 100 times in their careers (as noted by Tom Ruane).

Only 595 fans show up at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs turn back the Mets, 3–2. Toth beats Galen Cisco.

29th  The Indians and Angels set an AL record with 40 K’s in a doubleheader (18 innings). Los Angeles pitchers account for 23 of the strikeouts. The Angels clinch 3rd place in the opener as Belinsky and Chance combine for 14 K’s in the 4–1 win. Grant strikes out 10 for Cleveland in the nightcap 5–1 victory. Bond has a pair of homers for the Tribe in game 2.

      The Giants have a chance to tie for the lead with a makeup doubleheader with Houston. Jack Sanford wins his 24th as the Giants take the opener 12–5. Houston then manages a split behind Bob Bruce’s 4–2 victory to leave San Francisco one game back.

      The Dodgers (101–59) send Don Drysdale against the Cardinals, but Ernie Broglio wins the pitching duel, 2–0. The Dodgers lead by one game with one to play.

      Cubs game attendance climbs to 2,870 but the Mets beat the Cubs, 2–1, handing Dick Ellsworth his 20th loss of the year. Marv Throneberry drives in the winning run. Bob L. Miller (1-12) completes his first game in 21 starts and snaps a 12-game losing streak. He allows just a homer to Ernie Banks, his 37th.

30th  Willie Mays’s 47th HR, an 8th-inning blast off Dick Farrell (10-20), leads the Giants to a critical 2–1 win. They then stay in the clubhouse to hear results of the Dodger game.

      Gene Oliver’s dramatic 9th-inning HR off Johnny Podres gives Curt Simmons and St. Louis a 1–0 win against the Dodgers and a three-game sweep at Chavez Ravine. The heartbreaking loss for LA forces the 4th playoff in NL history. The Giants won 5 of their last 7 games, but only 7 of their last 17, while the Dodgers manage just 3 wins in their last 13 games.

      Pitcher Bill Fischer of the Athletics concludes a ML record string of 841⁄3 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls, a record that tops Christy Mathewson’s mark. Fischer walks Bubba Morton on 4 straight pitches and loses a 6–1 decision to Detroit. During his walkless streak his record was 2-10.  His streak started on August 3 when he walked leadoff batter Bubba Phillips, then pitched 8 walkless frames.

      In the 2nd of two, Red Sox 1B Don Gile, hitting 1-for-40 on the year (his one hit came in game 1) breaks a 1–1 tie with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Washington’s Jack Jenkins. The homer comes in his last ML at bat and gives Bill Monbouquette the win, 3–1. The Yawkeymen lose the opener by the same score as Cheney fans 12. Don Lock drives in all 3 runs. Runnels sits out the games and ends the season with the AL batting crown at .326.

      At Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Ray Herbert tops New York, 8–4. Mantle, batting leadoff to give him needed at bats, is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a HR,  giving him 8 straight seasons of 30+ homers.

      At Wrigley, the Cubs turn a triple play and beat visiting New York, 5–1, a 20th-century ML record 120th loss for the Mets. Catcher Joe Pignatano of the Mets hits into the triple play in the 8th inning, his last at bat in the major leagues. Ken Hubbs starts the play catching a sure single, which goes 4–3–5. Richie Ashburn plays his only game at 2B, going the distance, making an error, but starting a 4–3 DP.  After the game, manager Casey Stengel tells his team, “Don’t feel bad, it was a team effort all the way.” The battle between the bottom two teams in the NL draws 3,960 fans. The Cubs total of 609,802 fans is the lowest in the league and the only time the Cubs will have the worst attendance. As a result the NL owners will ask P.K. Wrigley to install lights, but that switch won’t be flipped for several decades.

      Camilo Pascual draws a tough assignment in rookie Bob Miller, but beats the Orioles, 1–0, on 3 hits to earn his 20th win. Miller allows 2 hits to the Senators.

      With manager Mel McGaha fired for next season, Indians pitching coach Mel Harder guides the Tribe to a sweep of a twinbill of the Angels, winning 4–3 and 6–1. Harder, 1–0 last year, completes his managerial career at 3–0. Mel McGaha, a guard with the 1948-49 NY Knickerbockers of the BAA, didn’t play major league baseball, but will come back to manage the A’s in 1964-65.

OCTOBER

1st  San Francisco wins the first of the best-of-3 NL playoff games as Billy Pierce takes his 12th straight at Candlestick Park, a three-hit, 8–0 victory. Willie Mays hits 2 HRs, giving him 49 in 1962, one more than AL leader Harmon Killebrew. Koufax, making just his 3rd start since returning from his hand injury, is the loser.

2nd  Just 25,321 fans are on hand at Dodger Stadium to see Drysdale (25–9) and Sanford (24–7) square off. After 35 straight scoreless innings, the Dodgers break through for 7 runs in the 6th to lead San Francisco by 2. The Giants score twice in the 8th, but a 9th-inning sacrifice fly by Ron Fairly sends Maury Wills home with the winning run, 8–7. The Giants tie an NL record by using 8 hurlers in a 9-inning game. At 4 hours and 18 minutes, the game is the longest 9-inning affair in NL history.

3rd  A crowd of 45,693, giving the Dodgers a ML-record season attendance of 2,755,184, attends the deciding game of the NL season. In the 6th, Tommy Davis hits a 2-run homer to give LA the lead.  The four bagger gives Davis 153 RBIs, 118 coming with runners in scoring position, a NL record since 1950 and one that won’t be topped in the 20thcentury (according to Joe Taxiera’s A Unique Look at Big League Baseball). In the 7th, Maury Wills collects his 4th single of the day, and his 103rd and 104th steals of the year. But the Giants score 4 in the 9th to win 6–4 and put themselves in the WS.

4th  At Candlestick Park, in game one of the WS, Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning, 2-run double. Only RF Felipe Alou’s leaping effort keeps Maris’ drive in the park. Whitey Ford’s record consecutive-shutout-inning streak ends at 3323innings when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer’s 7th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 6–2 win, the last of a record 10 WS victories for Ford.

5th  Jack Sanford’s 3-hitter handcuffs New York and knots the WS. Matty Alou’s RBI grounder and Willie McCovey’s HR off Ralph Terry account for San Francisco’s 2–0 win.

7th  At Yankee Stadium in game 3, Bill Stafford and Billy Pierce match goose eggs for 6 innings. Ed Bailey’s 2-run 9th-inning HR ruins Stafford’s shutout, but his 4-hitter downs the Giants 3–2.

8th  Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a WS-tying win, 7–3. Haller’s 2-run HR puts the Giants in front, and Hiller’s surprising grand slam, the first in World Series history, is the margin of victory.  In the evening Hiller appears on the television show I’ve Got A Secret.

10th  Following a rainout, New York overcomes 2 San Francisco leads, and Tom Tresh’s 3-run 8th-inning HR off Jack Sanford gives the Yankees and Ralph Terry a 5–3 win.

15th  After one day of travel and 3 of rain, Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter for a 5–2 Giants win of game 6. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

16th  New York scores the game’s only run, as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th, with 2 outs and Matty Alou on 1B, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but great fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right, but 2B Bobby Richardson gloves it, giving the Yankees a 1–0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry is named WS MVP.

17th  Pitchers Larry Jackson and Lindy McDaniel and C Jimmie Schaffer are traded by St. Louis to the Cubs for P Don Cardwell, OF George Altman, and C Moe Thacker.

27th  The Detroit Tigers begin a 17-game tour of Japan.

29th  Branch Rickey rejoins the Cardinals as a senior consultant for player development.

      The Yankees sell Bob Turley (82-52 in 8 years with New York) to the LA Angels. The former ace was just a 3-game winner in each of his last two seasons.

NOVEMBER

6th  Answering rumors that senior consultant Rickey wants Stan Musial to retire, Cardinals owner August Busch says The Man will play until it is time to become a club vice president. Further, Bing Devine is still running the club.

8th  Charlie Metro, head coach of the Cubs college of coaches from June 4th to season’s end (43-69), is fired.

14th  Bob Kennedy joins the Cubs coaching staff as its eighth and final member.

15th  Don Drysdale wins the Cy Young Award, outpolling Jack Sanford 14-4.

      The White Sox release Early Wynn so that the 299-game winner will be free to deal with other clubs, and earn his 300th. He’ll sign with Cleveland.

16th  John McHale and six former stockholders of the White Sox purchase the Milwaukee Braves from the Perini Corporation for $6,218,480.

19th  The Cards send newly acquired Don Cardwell, along with SS Julio Gotay, to the Pirates for Dick Groat and P Diomedes Olivo. Groat, the MVP in 1960, will be the All-Star SS for the next 2 years, and anchor the Cards’ infield.

20th  Sale of the Cleveland Indians is completed as Bill Daley and Gabe Paul take control.

      Mickey Mantle is named the AL Most Valuable Player for the third time.

21st  Pittsburgh trades 1B Dick Stuart and P Jack Lamabe to Boston for P Don Schwall, last year’s Rookie of the Year Award winner, and C Jim Pagliaroni.

23rd  Dodgers SS Maury Wills is named the NL’s Most Valuable Player.

25th  Boston trades AL batting champ Pete Runnels to Houston for OF Roman Mejias.

26thThe Yankees say good-bye to Moose Skowron, trading him to the Dodgers for P Stan Williams.  Williams wins 9 for the Yanks, but Moose is little help to the Dodgers.

      The Reds draft 32-year-old veteran pitcher Al Worthington from Indianapolis (AA).  Worthington led the AA with a 15-4 record.

27thThe Braves swap aging slugger Joe Adcock and P Jack Curtis to the Indians for P Frank Funk, outfielders Don Dillard and Ty Cline. With the addition of the 35-year-old slugger Adcock, 1B prospect Walt Bond will spend another year in the minors. Bond hit .380 with 6 HRs in 50 at-bats for Cleveland in September.

28thThe Chicago Cubs trade pitcher Bob Anderson to Detroit for light-hitting outfielder Steve Boros. Anderson was 33-45 in his 5 years in Chicago.

29th  ML officials and player representatives agree to return to a single All-Star Game in 1963. The players’ pension fund will receive 95 percent of the one game’s proceeds (rather than 60 percent of the 2 games).

      After 61 years, the American Association (AAA) folds, with some of the franchises being absorbed by the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The PCL adds the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO and Oklahoma City, OK Clubs and drops the Vancouver, BC club. The International League adds the Indianapolis, IN and Little Rock, AK clubs. As a result, both leagues became ten club leagues.

DECEMBER

1st  A complete overhaul and reduction of the minor league classifications is made. The Eastern and South Atlantic Leagues are promoted from Class A to Class AA. Classes B, C and D are abolished with those leagues being promoted to Class A. The Class B leagues were the Carolina and Northwest Leagues; The Class C leagues were the California, Mexican Center, Northern and Pioneer Leagues. The Class D leagues were the Florida State, Georgia-Florida, Midwest, New York-Pennsylvania and Western Carolina Leagues. The Appalachian League moves from Class D to Rookie classification.

3rd  Former players Frank Crosetti and John Schulte file suit to halt any increased ML pension benefits that fail to include old-time players.

7th  J. G. Taylor Spink, longtime publisher of The Sporting News,dies at age 74 in St. Louis.

11thThe Red Sox send P Tracy Stallard, and infielders Pumpsie Green and Al Moran to the Mets for infielder Felix Mantilla.  Tomorrow they will ship Carroll Hardy to Houston for Dick Williams.

15thThe San Francisco Giants trade pitchers Stu Miller and Mike McCormick, along with C Johnny Orsino, to Baltimore for pitchers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft, and C Jim Coker.

22nd  Harris County voters approve a bond issue to complete the financing of an all-weather stadium to house the Houston Colt 45s.

31st  The state of Ohio withdraws a suit against the Reds when owner Bill DeWitt agrees in writing that the club will stay in Cincinnati for 10 years.

 

 

1963

JANUARY

5th  Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby dies at age 66 of a heart ailment.

10th  The Cubs hire retired Air Force Colonel Robert V. Whitlow as athletic director.

14th  The White Sox trade SS Luis Aparicio and OF Al Smith to the Orioles for P Hoyt Wilhelm, OF Dave Nicholson, 3B Pete Ward, and SS Ron Hansen.

26th  The ML Rules Committee votes to expand the strike zone, restoring it to pre-1950 standards: from the top of the shoulders to the bottom of the knees.

27th  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee votes in Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, and John Clarkson. Rixey reacts to the news, observing, “They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!”

29th  James M. Johnston, James H. Lemon, and George M. Bunker purchase 80 percent of the Senators, buying out 5 of the original owners, including club president Pete Quesada. Johnston is elected chairman of the board.

FEBRUARY

17th  Former pitcher Jim Hearn wins the National Professional Baseball Players golf tourney in Miami by carding a 72 hole total of 301.  He is the 12th pitcher in 23 tourneys to win the top prize.  Finishing second with a 302 is Boston coach Billy Herman. Finishing third with a 303 is the defending champion Alvin Dark.  Reds manager Freddie Hutchinson is fourth with a 304. The Dodger quintet of Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider, Maury Wills and Willie Davis all finish between 338 – 360. Don Cardwell wins the driving contest with a 293-yard drive. Cardwell says, “In ’61 I couldn’t get anyone out but I hit six homers.”

20th  Bob Kennedy is named manager of the Cubs, putting an end to the short-lived college of coaches.

27th  Cleveland trades OF Chuck Essegian to the A’s for P Jerry Walker.

MARCH

22nd  The Mets purchase P Carl Willey from the Braves.

10th  In Tampa, non-roster player Pete Rose makes his first appearance with the Reds, doubling twice in two at bats against the White Sox.  Rose enters in the 9th inning, and hits in the 11th and 14th, scoring the game’s only run.

25th  Philadelphia purchases P Johnny Klippstein from the Reds.

APRIL

1st  The Mets bring the Duke back to New York, purchasing Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000.

2ndThe Pirates steal young OF Manny Mota from the Colt 45’s, which had acquired him in December, sending Houston OF Howie Goss and cash. For 5 years, Mota will be a solid 4th outfielder for the Bucs and a pinch hitter extraordinaire.

7th  A public stock offering of 115,000 shares in the Milwaukee Braves is withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors.

8th  With John F. Kennedy in attendance at the Opener in Washington D.C., young Steve Barber starts the season for the O’s against the Washington Senators. In the Nats lineup is Barber’s high school teammate, Tom Brown, who goes on to football fame. Jim Gentile and Boog Powell homer for the Birds, who win 3–1.

      The Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for the $25,000 waiver price.

9th  In the Opener at Kansas City, Ralph Terry pitches a complete game 8–2 win for the Yankees. Led by Joe Pepitone’s two homers and a double, New York collects 13 hits. Elston Howard adds a homer off starter Diego Segui.

      Mays, McCovey, Cepeda and Felipe Alou all homer but the batting star is pitcher Jack Sanford with 3 RBIs in the Giants, 9-2 win over the Colt 45’s.

10th  The Yankees follow a 8–2 opening day victory yesterday with a 5–3 victory today at Kansas City.  The 45-degree weather takes its toll, as Yankee starter Bill Stafford leaves in the 7th inning with a twinge in his right arm, and will never be quite the same. Mantle homers but pulls a muscle in his last at bat, that he will re-injure on the 13th, sidelining him for 2 weeks.

      At Colt Stadium, Ed Bailey clubs an 8th inning pinch grand slam, off reliever Don McMahon, to give the Giants a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the 45’s.

11th  Warren Spahn’s Opening Day, 6–1, victory over the Mets is his first win of the season and the 328th of his career. He thus moves ahead of yesteryear’s great Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest lefthander. Except for Duke Snider’s HR, no Met gets past 2B.

      Tom Cheney fires a one-hitter and Don Leppert belts three homers and drives in 5 runs as the Senators whitewash the Red Sox, 8-0.  Eddie Bressoud’s 4th inning single provides Boston with its only baserunner. Cheney strikes out 10 and walks none.

      Baltimore’s Milt Pappas spoils New York’s home opener, beating them, 4–1. The only Yankee score is a Mantle homer.

13th  After 11 hitless at bats, Cincinnati 2B Pete Rose records his first ML hit, a triple off Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend. Increased enforcement of the balk rule produces a ML record 7 in the Pirates’ 12–4 trouncing at Cincinnati. Friend is called for 4 balks.

      Red Sox rookie Dave Morehead shuts out the Senators, 3–0, in his first ML start.  He’s the first Red Sox pitcher to debut with a shutout since Boo Ferriss in 1945.

14th  Phillies reliever Jack Baldschun picks up both wins today as the Phils sweep a doubleheader from the Cards, 4–3 and 5–4. Baldschun pitches the 10th inning of the opener and another two innings of the nightcap.

16th  In a 13-inning, 11–10 loss at Minnesota, the Angels use 9 pitchers, tying the ML record for an extra-inning contest.

      At Busch, the Cardinals score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9thto beat the Pirates, 4-3. Duke Carmel hits a pinch homer and Curt Flood follows with a double, then scores on an error.  The win goes to reliever Harry Fanok, in his ML debut. Also in his ML debut is Phil Gagliano, who pinch runs for Sawatski. Gagliano is a Memphis high school teammate of Tim McCarver, who has 2 hits today.

17thJohnny Edwards has a grand slam and a sac fly to drive in all the runs in the Reds 5–0 victory over the Mets at Crosley Field. Jim O’Toole is the shutout victor over Carl Willey.

      At Candlestick, the Astros use a triple steal and a homer to edge the Giants, 2-1, in 13 innings. Jim Campbell’s homer caps the scoring and a triple steal–with Bob Aspromonte, Carroll Hardy following Howie Goss—starts it. Ken Johnson is the winner with 12 innings of 5-hit ball.

20thAt Comiskey, Dave Nicholson drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam, as the White Sox hold off the Twins, 10-7. Frank Baumann is the winner in relief.

      At Fenway, the Tigers squander a 12-inning pitching performance by Jim Bunning and a 2-run lead in the 15th to lose to the Red Sox, 4-3, in 15 innings.  Ramon Mejias hits a 2-run double for the winning runs in the 15th and Dick Radatz, with a 7-inning relief effort, is the victor.

21st  Playing at Little Rock, C Rico Carty of the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) hits two home runs in one at bat. With one on in the top of the second, the catcher’s first blast is nullified because it’s ruled time had been called—so 4 pitches later Carty hits a second shot over the fence.  The victimized pitcher is Ferguson Jenkins of the Little Rock Travellers, who loses the game, 5-1.

      At the Polo Grounds, the Mets sweep the Braves in 2 games, winning 8-5 and 9-2.  Jim Hickman clubs a grand slam in the Mets’ 5-run 8th inning in game 1, then he doubles and hits another 8th inning homer in game 2.  Charlie Neal his 2 hits and 3 RBIs in each game for New York.

      Cincinnati P Jim Owens sets a NL record as the first hurler in NL history charged with 3 balks in one inning (the 2nd) in a 7–0 loss at Los Angeles.

      The Senators acquire P Jim Coates from the Yankees in exchange for P Steve Hamilton. The Yanks sell P Hal Brown to Houston.

22nd  Not used to starting, Skip. At Connie Mack Stadium, Mets rookie Don Rowe makes his one career start and gives up 3 runs and 3 balks in 4+ innings, as the Mets lose to the Phillies, 8-6. His 3 balks won’t be matched by a Met until Mike Pelfrey in 2009. Jay Hook takes the loss in relief.

24th  At Tiger Stadium, Al Kaline hits a walk off homer, his 3rd hit of the game, in the 15th to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over the Angels.  LA’s little Albie Pearson is 1-for-2 with 5 walks.

26th  At D.C. Stadium, the Kansas City Athletics push across 2 runs in the 13th to top the Senators, 12-10. Wayne Causey and Ed Charles each have 4 hits for KC, including a homer. The win goes to Bill Fischer with 5 innings of relief.  Norm Bass pitches 4 innings for KC, allowing 4 runs in his final ML appearance. The Athletics will release Bass, his ML career over at 24 because of rheumatoid arthritis. Bass will make a one-game appearance as a defensive back with the Denver Broncos (AFL) but even with cortisone shots and aspirin regimen, he will be unable to compete. But at age 61, Bass will win a medal as a paralympic table tennis player.

      Behind Bob Bruce’s one-hitter, the 45’s down the visiting Reds, 2-0. Vada Pinson’s first inning single is the only hit for Cincy.

27th  Jump ball. Pro basketballers Gene Conley of the Celtics and Dave DeBusschere of the Knicks oppose each other as Red Sox and White Sox pitchers. Conley hurls 4+ innings for Boston, while DeBusschere relieves for two-thirds of the 4th inning for Chicago. Boston wins the tip-off at Fenway 9–5.

      At Washington, Dan Pfister pitches the Kansas City Athletics to a 7–3 win over the Senators. The Nats treat Pfister’s batterymate, Billy Bryan, like Babe Ruth, intentionally walking him 3 times, tying a ML record. Bryan hit .158 and .149 the past 2 seasons, and will improve to .169 this year.

      At Yankee Stadium, Clete Boyer hits an 8th inning grand slam to ice the 8-1 victory for the Yankees over the Indians. Ralph Terry (3-1) is the winner.

28th  Whitey Ford gives up 2 hits in 7 innings and hits his 3rd and last career homer as the Yankees down the Indians, 5-0. Hector Lopez has 3 hits and drives in 3 runs.

MAY

1stGeorge Thomas cracks a 1st-inning grand slam off Ralph Terry and Bo Belinsky allows just 4 hits as the Angels trip the visiting Yankees, 5-3.

      Ernie Banks has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to lead the Cubs to a 13-8 victory over the host Cardinals. Dick Ellsworth pitches a scoreless 1st but, after running out a grounder in the 2nd, is replaced by an ineffective Cal Koonce.

2nd  At Crosley Field, Milwaukee’s Bob Hendley twirls a 3-hit shutout, winning 8–0.  All three hits are by  Leon Cardenas, who smacks a double and 2 singles.

      The Indians go on the warpath with an 18-hit attack to down the host Athletics, 15-6.  Tito Francona has 3 doubles, Woody Held hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs, and Vic Davalillo drives in 4 runs.  Barry Latman, with 7 innings of relief, is the winner.

      Joe Pepitone has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Yankees roll over the host Angels, 7-0. Whitey Ford tosses the complete-game shutout on his way to leading the AL in innings pitched.

      The Twins trade P Jack Kralick (1–4) to Cleveland for P Jim Perry (0-0). Kralick was 13—11 and 12–11 in his last two years, and will finish with a 13–9 record this year for Cleveland. Perry will spend more than a decade with the Twins, posting two 20-win years to tie Pascual for a club record. He’ll return to Cleveland in 1974.

3rd  In his first and only at bat as an Oriole, pitcher Les “Buster” Narum homers against Detroit’s Don Mossi, a 2-run shot in the 4th inning of an 8-5 O’s victory. Six days later, Narum is optioned to Rochester but will return to the majors next year with Washington where he’ll hit two more. Narum is the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season, but he’ll be matched on September 2 by Ed Hobaugh, and in 1992 by Dave Eiland.

      The Reds Pete Rose hits his first ML homer, connecting off Cards ace Ernie Broglio. In a 6–0 win for the Reds.

4th  The Braves Bob Shaw shatters the existing balk record when he is called for 5 in a 7–5 loss to the Cubs. Shaw is penalized 3 times in the 3rd inning alone, tying the ML record set the previous week by Jim Owens. He walks Billy Williams who scores following the three straight balks. Shaw has ML record 8 balks so far this season. He will make it to the 5thinning before he is tossed for arguing.

      At the Polo Grounds, the visiting Giants pound the Mets, 17-4, hitting 5 homers.  Orlando Cepeda and Ed Bailey have 2 apiece and Jim Davenport hits 2 singles, a triple and a homer to drive in 5 runs. Norm Sherry’s 3-run homer is the lone bright spot for the Mets.

      The Yankees edge the Twins, 3–2, beating Jim Kaat on 3 solo homers. Elston Howard hits two, and Mantle adds one.

5th  At Crosley Field, the Reds and Cardinals split a doubleheader, with the Reds taking game 1 by a 5-4 margin. Jim O’Toole (6-1) is the winner with Al Worthington chipping in with 3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals take game 2 in 10 innings, 7-4, with 4 unearned runs in the 10th. Frank Robinson steals home on the front end of a triple steal while Pete Rose is caught trying to steal home. Gene Freese was caught in game 1 trying to swipe home.

      At Comiskey Park, Ray Herbert (3-1) throws his third straight home shutout, stopping the Senators, 8-0, in the first of two.  Dave Nicholson and Ron Hansen hit homers off Tom Cheney (4-1). Washington shocks the Sox with 5 runs in the 9thof game 2 to win, 8-7. Chuck Hinton clubs a 3-run homer off Hoyt Wilhelm to complete the scoring.

      The White Sox trade P Dom Zanni to the Reds for P Jim Brosnan.

7th  The major leagues approve a $50,000 grant to the National Collegiate Baseball Foundation to operate the new Central Illinois Collegiate League.

8th  Pirates LF Willie Stargell’s first ML homer and Cubs P Bob Buhl’s first ML hit in 88 at bats highlight a 9–5 Chicago win over Pittsburgh.

      Stan Musial homers against the Dodgers, giving him 1,357 extra-base hits, surpassing Babe Ruth’s ML record. He will get 20 more and permanent possession of 2nd place lifetime. The Cards lose, 11–5, as Willie Davis has a triple and 2 homers and Jim Gilliam adds a 3-run homer.

      An 8-run 7th inning gives the White Sox an 8–3 win, a sweep of the A’s, and the AL lead.

      Washington’s Don Rudolph pitches 13 innings, giving up just 4 hits, and appears to be the hard-luck 3-1 loser going into the bottom of the 13th.  But Don Lock belts a grand slam off Ron Nischwitz to give the Senators a 6-3 win.  It is the second gopher ball thrown by Nischwitz this year.

      The Braves acquire Chico Fernandez from the Tigers for Lou Johnson and cash, then turn around and swap him to the Mets for Larry Foss.

9th  Ernie Banks becomes the first NL 1B to register 22 putouts (and 23 chances) in a game, as the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 3–1 on Dick Ellsworth’s 2-hitter. Singles in the 2nd and 9th are the only Buc safeties, as they pound Ellsworth’s slider into the ground. Both teams’ infields combine to handle a NL-record tying 45 chances.

      Bill White hits a grand slam in the Cards 7-run 5th inning as the Birds down the Dodgers, 10-7. Dick Groat and Charlie James each have 4 hits: James’s includes a 3-run homer in the 8th.

      At Comiskey, Ray Herbert throws his 4thstraight home shutout as the White Sox top the Yankees, 2-0.  Herbert (4-1) allows 2 hits.

      Led by Frank Robinson’s 7 RBIs, the Reds belt visiting Houston, 13–3. Robinson has 5 hits, including a homer and 2 doubles.

10th  At Tiger Stadium, Phil Regan tosses a 3-hitter and belts his lone career homerun as the Tigers top the Indians, 14-0.  Dick McAuliffe has a grand slam and 6 RBIs, and Al Kaline collects 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

      George Altman belts a 9th inning 2-out homer off Bob Friend and the visiting Cardinals edge the Pirates, 1-0. Curt Simmons (5-0) goes the distance for the win. The Cards are a game behind the first-place Giants.

11th  Sandy Koufax’s comeback from a circulatory ailment in his left index finger continues with a no-hitter against the visiting first place Giants. He walks 2 and fans 4 to run his record to 4–1. Wally Moon homers off loser Juan Marichal in the Dodgers’ 8–0 victory.

      The Yankees trounce the Orioles, 13–1, beating Milt Pappas. Mantle and Maris each homer, the first time this year they’ve done it together. Each drives in 3 runs.

Houston sweeps a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning 5-3 and 1-0.  Dick Drott has one of two Houston hits in the nightcap and scores the lone run. Drott limits his former team to 4 hits.

      Kansas City pitcher Ted Bowsfield takes a no hitter into the 9th against Minnesota, but a walk to Versalles is followed by the Twins first hit, a single by Vic Power. Bowsfield allows another hit, but wins, 5–1. Jerry Lumpe’s 3-run homer provides the offense.

12th  At the Polo Grounds, the Mets win a see saw battle with the Reds, 12–11 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The Reds battle back from a 5–0 deficit in the 3rd to tie the game at 6 apiece in top of the 5th. The Mets score 5 runs to go ahead 11–6, but Cincy plates 6 runs in the 6th to go ahead 12–11. The Mets score twice in the 8th to win. In the opener, the Reds win, 3–0, on a 3-run inside-the-park homer run by Leo Cardenas. The scoring comes off Galen Cisco and makes Bob Purkey a winner.

      The Phillies edge the visiting Braves twice, winning 4-3 in 11 innings and 6-5 in 12 innings. But the Braves give it a good try using an NL-record 13 pitchers in the doubleheader (tied in 1994). Lew Burdette, the starter in game 1 is the loser in relief in game 2.

      At Fenway, Dave Morehead pitches a one-hitter in game 2 to give the Sox a 4–1 win over Washington. Chuck Hinton homers for the Nats’ lone hit. Chuck Hinton’s homer in the 14th inning of game 1 gives the Nationals a 3-2 win.

14th  The crackdown on balks by NL pitchers ends with a directive that umpires need not enforce the one-second stop from the stretch position.

      Love that home cooking. Ray Herbert throws his fifth straight home shutout as the White Sox beat the Tigers, 3-0.

15th  Down 4–0 to the Twins, Mickey Mantle hits a two-run homer off Pedro Ramos to put the Yankees on the board.  Mantle later scores the winning run as New York wins, 4–3.

16thThe Reds sell aging slugger Wally Post to Minnesota.

17th  Don Nottebart pitches the first no-hitter in Houston’s ML history with a 4–1 win against the Phils. Carl Warwick goes 4-for-4 with a HR to back Nottebart, now 5–1 for the 9th-place Colt 45s.

      At Cleveland, the Twins Bob Allison cranks out 3 consecutive home runs and drives in 6 runs to lead Minnesota to an 11–4 win over the Indians.

      When a doubleheader between the Tigers and Senators is washed out in the 2nd inning of the first game, the Nats’ Bobo Osborne loses a grand slam. Al Kaline also loses a homerun to the rain, the second time this has occurred. Kaline will end his career with 399 homers.

18th  At Wrigley, the Braves overcome a 4-1 deficit with a 6-run 7th inning to whip the Cubs, 10-6. Hank Aaron has a grand slam in the outburst and drives in 5 runs in the game.

19th  Billy Bruton ties a ML record for doubles in one game with 4 straight, and Bill Faul pitches a 3-hitter at Washington in his first ML start for Detroit, a 5–1 winner.

      The Cubs beat the Braves, 3–2, behind Dick Ellsworth. Aaron’s 2-run HR in the 8th breaks his shutout.

      The White Sox and Orioles trade 4-3 wins at Memorial Stadium.  Chicago’s Ray Herbert gives up a homer to John Orsino in the 3rd inning of game 2, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 38 innings (beginning on May 1). Orsino does it again in the 5th as he drives in all 3 runs for the O’s. Herbert goes 8 innings as the Sox win in 10 innings. Herbert will give up 22 runs in his next 4 starts.

      Indians vet Pedro Ramos pitches 8+ innings to beat the Twins, 6-4 in game 1.  Minnesota scores 2 in the 9th of the nightcap on a 2-run homer by Lenny Green to edge the Tribe, 7-6.  Joe Adcock supplies most of the offense for Cleveland with a pair of homers and 6 RBIs.

21st  Jim Maloney ties the modern ML record with 8 consecutive strikeouts, from the 1st to the 4th innings, against the Braves. Maloney finishes with 16 strikeouts in the 2–0 win, but needs relief help from Bill Henry, who retires the last 2 batters.

      At Kansas City, Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Maris follows with another homer and New York wins, 7–4.

22nd  The all-time shortest managerial career ends after one game—a loss—when Eddie Yost, who replaced Mickey Vernon (14-26) as the Senators pilot, is replaced by Gil Hodges. Hodges was acquired today from the Mets, who receive veteran Jimmy Piersall.

      With Tom Haller hitting a grand slam, the first-place Giants score 7 runs in the 4th to coast to a 10-2 win over the visiting Phillies.

      Los Angeles’ Don Drysdale beats the Mets, 7–3, allowing just two hits—homers by Duke Snider and Tim Harkness.

.     At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7–0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2–2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit,” Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, was still rising when it struck a foot below the top.  It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the facade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands,” Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

23rd  Baltimore vet Robin Roberts two-hits the Senators to win 6–0.  Both hits are by weak-hitting Eddie Brinkman.

      Pittsburgh trades OF Bob Skinner to the Reds for OF Jerry Lynch.

24th  Harmon Killebrew has a grand slam and 5 RBIs before being replaced in LF by Jimmie Hall.  Hall then delivers a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th for an 8-6 Twins win over the White Sox.

      At Wrigley, the Colt 45’s gun down the Cubs, 6-5, in 12 innings.  Al Spangler reaches base in the 12th with his 4th hit of the game and a wild pitch and single scores him.  Hal Woodeshick pitches 5+ innings of scoreless relief for the win. Ken Hubbs has 4 hits and Dick Bertell 5 hits for the Cubs.

25th The Indians acquire C Joe Azcue and SS Dick Howser from the A’s for C Doc Edwards and $100,000.

26th  Cleveland C John Romano suffers a fractured finger, which will keep him out of the lineup for 5 weeks, and the Indians compound the fracture by losing twice to the first-place Orioles 10–6 and 6–1. Baltimore reliever Wes Stock picks up both victories in the doubleheader with 5 innings of work.

      The Cardinals and Mets split a doubleheader at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis takes the opener, 7-4, as Bill White and Clete Boyer combine to go 9-for-9. Charlie James cracks a 3-run pinch homer in the Birds 4-run 8th.  New York wins the second game, 3-2 in 11 innings by scoring the winning run on 2 errors and no hits.

      The Phillies sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 10-4 and 3-0.  Roy Sievers hits an 8th inning grand slam to put away game 1, and Ray Culp spins a 3-hitter in game 2.

28th  The first-place Orioles win their 9th straight game, a Robin Roberts 4–2 victory over the A’s.

      At Comiskey, the Indians beat the 3rd-place White Sox, 3-2, pinning the loss on starter Ray Herbert. Herbert gives up a run in the 5th, the first score at home after a ML-record run of 53 scoreless innings (4 in 1962). He had thrown 5 straight shutouts at Comiskey.

      Called out at 1B on a close play for the 2nd time, Roberto Clemente inadvertently strikes umpire Bill Jackowski. Clemente is ejected, fined $250, and suspended for 5 days. The Pirates lose 5–1 to the Phils.

      At Milwaukee, the Dodgers score 6 runs in the top of the 9th as Sandy Koufax wins, 7-0, over the Braves.  On a double steal in the 9th, Dodger catcher Johnny Roseboro steals home while Dick Tracewski swipes 3B. It is Roseboro’s 4th steal of home.

      Howie Goss has a triple and two homers to drive in 6 runs, but he is most of the Houston offense as they fall to the Cardinals, 8-7. Bill White has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs while Curt Flood’s 4th hit of the game drives in pinchrunner Tim McCarver with the winning run in the 10th.

29th Vic Power has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Earl Battey adds a 3-run homer as the Twins paste the Senators, 10-1. Dick Stigman pitches a 2-hitter for the win.

30th At the Polo Grounds, Larry Jackson strikes out 10 as the Cubs whitewash the Mets, 12-0, in game 1. Ron Santo has 5 hits for the Cubs. The Mets come back in game 2 to win, 2-1, on Jay Hook’s 2-hitter.

31stKansas City pitcher Orlando Pena allows 3 solo homers but trumps that with his first career homer, a grand slam, as the Athletics whip the Senators, 9-3.

      Wes Covington’s swinging bunt in the 5th inning is the only Phillie hit off Dick Ellsworth as the Cubs righty wins, 2–0.

      Veteran pitcher Early Wynn signs with the Indians. The Tribe gives him uniform # 38, rather than his old #24. 

JUNE

1stThe Reds beat Sandy Koufax and the visiting Dodgers, 1–0. Joey Jay notches the victory.

      The Boston Red Sox release pitcher Ike Delock and recall pitcher Wilbur Wood from Seattle.

2nd  In St. Louis, Willie Mays belts 3 homers as the Giants hold off the Cardinals, 6-4.

3rd  Chicago White Sox 1B Joe Cunningham is sidelined until Labor Day after fracturing his right collarbone in a collision with Angels 1B Charlie Dees.  The Sox are a 1/2 game ahead of New York.  Cunningham, who hit .295 last year with 101 walks, will never be the same player after the injury.

      The Braves make their first appearance in Boston since moving in 1953, losing a 5–3 exhibition game to the Red Sox.  The game is for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.

4th  Oriole ace Steve Barber tops New York, 3–1. Mantle accounts for the only New York score with an opposite field homer into the RF bleachers.

5th  Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence at Baltimore chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. The Mick will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas 4–3, as the Yankees return to first place.

6th  With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th, Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel picks Willie Mays off 2B and then strikes out Ed Bailey. McDaniel then hits a leadoff HR in the bottom of the 10th, off reliever Billy Pierce, to win 3–2. It was Lindy’s first hit of the season. Chicago moves into a 3-way, first-place tie with St. Louis and San Francisco, its first taste of the lead since May 1958.

8th  In Philadelphia, Jim O’Toole gives the Reds their 2nd 1–0 victory in a week when he beats the Phils today.

      Baltimore P Chuck Estrada is finished for the season, with bone chips and a spur in his right elbow.

9th  The Colt 45s beat the Giants 3–0 in the major leagues’ first Sunday night game. The exception is made because of Houston’s oppressive daytime heat.

      Catcher Tim McCarver of the Cards hits an inside-the-park 8th-inning grand slam against the Mets to help give St. Louis an 10-4 game 2 win. New York notches just 6 hits in game 1, but wins, 8-7.

      The Phils score 5 runs in the 9th inning on homers by Don Demeter, Jim Lemon and Johnny Callison to tie the Reds 7–7. Philadelphia scores again in the 10th inning to win 8–7.

      Ernie Banks bangs solo homers off Sandy Koufax in the 2nd and the 5th at Wrigley, and the Cubs kayo the ace with 6 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. But Sandy gets no decision as the Dodgers outslug the Cubs, 11–8. Despite giving up a 2-run homer in the 9th to Banks,  Larry Sherry is the winner over Cubs ace Dick Ellsworth, who has his worst outing of the year.

11th  At the Polo Grounds, Jim Maloney strikes out 12 batters to give the Reds an 8–3 victory over the Mets.

      At Colt Stadium, Bob Aspromonte belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10th off Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel to give the Colts a 6-2 victory.

      After the Braves score a run in the 10th, the Phils respond with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to win, 8-7. Mack Jones has 4 steals for the Braves, who are one of 9 teams trailing the Cardinals by 8 games or less.

12th  Rookie OF Vic Davalillo, batting .304, suffers a broken arm when hit by a Hank Aguirre pitch in Cleveland’s 12–6 win against the Tigers.

      After John Buzhardt pitches a 3-hit, 3-1 win for Chicago, the Angels Bob Turley tops that with a 5-0 one-hitter. Pete Ward’s 6th inning single is the lone hit.  Leon Wagner is 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs to back Turley.  For the veteran Turley, this is his last victory as an Angel: he’ll be released in July. The White Sox Dave Nicholson ties the ML record with 7 strikeouts in the doubleheader. The mark was set by the Chisox Fat Pat Seerey in 1948.

      At Candlestick, Bob Bolin allows 4 hits and strikes out 14 as the Giants beat the Cubs, 3-1.  Willie McCovey’s two homers off Bob Buhl account for all the scoring.

13th  At Candlestick, Willie Mays breaks up a pitching duel between Dick Ellsworth and Bill O’Dell by belting a one-out 10th inning HR to give San Francisco a 2-1 win over Chicago. Felipe Alou accounts for the other Giant run with a homer, as the two collect all 4 of their team’s hits.The Giants leave one on base.

14th  Cleveland wins a 19-inning, 3–2 game 2 win over the Senators as Willie Kirkland blast two extra-inning homers. in the 11th and 19th. He matches Vern Stephens’ ML record as the second ML player to accomplish the feat. The 19 innings matches the longest game ever played in Cleveland.

      The Giants win their second in a row by a 2-1 score, winning with the same formula: one left on base.  Tom Haller has a homer, one of three SF hits. The 2 men left on base ties the record for fewest left on base in two consecutive games. The NL mark was set by the Giants in 1960, also in two wins.

15th  St. Louis trades C/1B Gene Oliver and minor league P Bob Sadowski to the Braves for P Lew Burdette. In 13 seasons with the Braves, Burdette and Warren Spahn won 443 games between them.

       Braves trip the visiting Phillies, 5-3. Starter Denny Lemaster hits a homer, but the win goes to reliever Tony Cloninger.  Mack Jones draws 4 walks, including a ML-record tying 3 intentional. Tommy Aaron, batting after Jones, draws 3 walks as the Phils hand out 11.

      Al Downing’s 9–2 win against Detroit puts the Yankees in first place.

      Juan Marichal becomes the first Giants P to hurl a no-hitter since Carl Hubbell (5/8/29), and the first Latin American to toss one in the ML. Eighth-inning doubles by Jim Davenport and Chuck Hiller provide the only score in the Giants 1–0 win at Candlestick.

      Ernie Banks, with 15 HRs up till now, will hit just 3 after this date. He is diagnosed with sub clinical mumps, a disease that stays in his blood and leaves him rundown and sick.

16th  After Los Angeles loses game 1 by an 8-3 score, Dodger rookie Nick Wilhite debuts with a 2–0 shutout over the Cubs.

      The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Orioles, winning 8-1 and 12-5. Roman Mejias has three homers in the two games and Carl Yastrzemski scores 5 runs in game 2. Dick Stuart homers in game 1, his fifth straight game with a homer. The Birds score a pair of runs against Dick Radatz in game 2, snapping his consecutive scoreless-innings streak at 33.1.

      The league-leading Giants maintain their half-game margin over the Cubs by splitting a pair with Houston. Houston takes the opener, 3-0, then loses, 4-3. Houston catcher Jim Campbell has a record tying 3 assists in the 3rd inning of game 2, the first NLer since Bruce Edwards in 1946.

      Aberdeen (Northern League) 1B Jim Rouse turns an unassisted triple play in a 14–7 loss to Duluth-Superior.

17th  Bob Scheffing (24-36) is axed as manager of the Tigers. Dodgers scout Charlie Dressen replaces him.

      Willie Stargell snaps a 3-3 tie with a 7th inning 3-run homer against the Braves’ Tony Cloninger. Stargell adds another 3-run homer in the 9th and the Pirates win, 9-3.

      An 8th inning two-base error by Washington pitcher Jim Duckworth puts Cleveland’s Dick Howser on base. A sac gets him to 3B, where Duckworth balks him home for the game’s only run.  Jack Kralick is the winner, allowing 5 hits, 3 by Minnie Minoso.

19th Gates Brown becomes the AL’s 11th player to hit a HR in his first at bat. Brown’s blow is a pinch-hit blast in the 5th against Boston’s Bob Heffner at Fenway in a 9–2 Tiger loss.

      Tom McCraw and Floyd Robinson each hit two homers as the White Sox trounce the Twins, 12-4.  Nellie Fox has 5 hits to pace a 19-hit attack.

      Bill White hits his second grand slam of the season, connecting in the 4th inning as the Cardinals down the visiting Mets, 9-4. White has 5 RBIs in the game.

20th  Larry Jackson allows just 4 Houston hits, and Billy Williams cracks 2 homers and a double, as the Cubs win, 5–0. Former Cub Dick Drott is the loser.

      Behind Jim O’Toole (13–3), the Reds whip the visiting Phillies, 13–3. O’Toole will lose his next 6 decisions and finish 17–14. The Cubs and Reds are tied for 4th place, 3 1/2 games behind the first place Cardinals.

      Max Alvis hits a grand slam, off Stu Miller, and Joe Azcue, who had a walkoff homer yesterday, has 2 homers and 4 RBIs and the Indians come from behind to win over the Orioles, 11-8. Jerry Walker (6-1) beats his old team in relief.

      In an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium, the Mets top the Yankees, 6-2, in the first meeting between the two teams.

22nd  Philadelphia CF Tony Gonzalez plays his 200th straight errorless game to help rookie Ray Culp beat Roger Craig and the Mets 2–0.

23rd  Dropping a 4–0 shutout to Bob Purkey in the first of 2 games at Cincinnati, the Colt 45s tie a ML record with their 4th straight shutout loss. Houston finally breaks a 40-inning scoreless drought in the 2nd inning of the nightcap, but still loses 8–1. O’Toole and Maloney threw shutouts before Purkey.

      Jimmy Piersall of the New York Mets hits the 100th HR of his ML career—and his only one in the NL—and celebrates by running around the bases backwards. Dallas Green of the Phillies, who gave up the HR, is not amused. Neither is Commissioner Ford Frick, who is in the stands. Nor are the Mets who will hand Jimmy his walking papers in a few days. The Mets whip the Phils twice, 5–0 and 4–1, behind Carlton Willey and Tracy Stallard.

      A ML fielding record is set by Boston’s 1B Dick Stuart as “Dr. Strange Glove” handles 3 first-inning grounders and tosses to P Bob Heffner for all the putouts. Stuart’s teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees beat the Sox, 8–0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have 3 putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record 3 POs.

25th  Robin Roberts (6-7) tosses a 4-hitter and contributes 2 RBIs as Baltimore rolls over the Angels, 9-0.  Jim Gentile drives in 6 runs on two doubles and a homer.

26th  At New York, the Cubs break a 4–4 tie in the 14th when Billy Williams lines a 2-run inside-the-park home run. The 6–4 lead dissolves in the bottom of the inning when the Mets Tim Harkness hits a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs off of Cub reliever Jim Brewer. Brewer, in to relieve Paul Toth, walks Sammy Taylor to load the bases before Harkness homers to right. Cisco is the winner.

27th  Detroit’s Norm Cash achieves a rarity by playing an entire game at 1B without a chance, as the Twins win 10–6.

      The Phillies Ray Culp (10-5) beats the Pirates 13–4, but CF Tony Gonzalez’s streak of 205 straight errorless games ends with a 7th-inning muff.  Johnny Callison hits for the cycle for the only time in his career. Callison adds a walk and a throw from RF to catcher Dalrymple in the 4th that nips a runner. Dalrymple homers in the 8th.

      Chicago’s Ray Herbert allows 5 Yankee singles to beat the Yankees, 6–0, and give the Sox a virtual tie for 1st.  The Sox assault youthful pitching star Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their runs in the first 5 innings.

      A meager crowd of 6,497 fans at Fenway sees one of park’s great catches. Cleveland OF Al Luplow races full tilt for Dick Williams’s drive to right-CF, reaches over the fence, and gloves the ball while flipping over the barrier into the bullpen. Cleveland wins, 6–4.

28thAt Los Angeles, the Braves Warren Spahn beats Don Drysdale, three-hitting the Dodgers, 1-0. It was the first time Spahn had beaten the Dodgers on their home grounds since Aug. 21, 1948 (15 years). He’d lost 14 straight: 9 at Ebbets; 4 at Memorial Coliseum; and one at Chavez Ravine.

JULY

1st  The Reds send C Jesse Gonder and cash to the Mets for 3B Charlie Neal and C Sammy Taylor. Cincinnati also sells 2B Don Blasingame to Washington.

2nd  Nipping Curt Simmons and St. Louis, 1–0, Don Drysdale puts the Dodgers into first place for good.

      In a classic pitching matchup in San Francisco between the 2 Hall of Famers, the Braves Warren Spahn gives up 9 hits in 15 1/3 innings, while Juan Marichal allows 8 hits in 16 innings while striking out 10. With the score tied at the end of 15, When asked by his manager at then end of 15 if he could go another inning Juan Marichal said, “If that old guy in the Braves dugout can do it, so can I.” Willie Mays’s round-tripper off Spahn at 12:31 a.m. in the bottom of the 16th gives Marichal a 1–0 win, the NL’s longest win ended by a HR. Both pitchers go the distance in one of the greatest matchups ever.

      The first-place Yankees whitewash the White Sox, 3-0, behind Al Downing’s nifty one-hitter.  The only safety for the Sox is a 7th-inning single by Cam Carreon.

3rd  At Houston, the Reds John Tsitouris allows just 2 hits in beating Houston, 2–1. Cincy collects just 2 hits in the win, scoring the first run on Johnny Edwards homer and the 2nd when Rusty Staub misses a pickoff throw from Hal Woodeshick and Pete Rose scores from 1B.

      In a split with the Orioles, Minnesota SS Zoilo Versalles ties an AL mark by making 5 errors. The Twins win 7–5, then lose 4–3.

4th  The Reds drop a pair to Houston, losing 5–2 and 6–2.  Rusty Staub has a homer and 3 RBIs in game 1 and Jim Campbell breaks a 2-2 tie in game 2 with an 8th-inning grand slam off of Joey Jay (3-12). A bright spot for the Reds is Vada Pinson, who extends his batting streak to 23 games.

      The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 6th, 4 on a grand slam by Ken McMullen, all with no outs as they down the Cardinals, 10-7. Jim Gilliam chips in with 4 RBIs. The Cardinals now trail the 1st-place Dodgers by 2 1/2 games.

5th  At Candlestick Park, the Giants edge the Cardinals, 6-5, in 11 innings. Catcher Tim McCarver steals home for the Cards in the 5th inning on the front end of a double steal with Julian Javier.

6th  Bob Radovich of Spokane no hits Hawaii, 18-0, in a game that needs league officials at the end.  PCL President Dewey Soriano calls Islanders pinch runner Stan Palys, who had deliberately allowed himself to be hit by a two-out 9th inning ground ball, out for interference.  Otherwise, the play would have gone into the books as an automatic base hit as well as the final out.

7th  Third sacker Jim Ray Hart debuts with the Giants singling and doubling during a 15-inning, 4–3 squeaker over the Cards at Candlestick. In the 2nd game, Hart ignores Willie Mays’ advice not to dig in against Bob Gibson. Gibson’s first pitch dusts him and the second pitch breaks his collarbone, as the Cards prevail, 5-0, over Juan Marichal. Gibson drives in 2 runs and Stan Musial has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer.

      The Senators are in session, sweeping a pair from the visiting Angels, 7-3 and 6-4.  Don Zimmer has a pair of doubles in the opener and drives in 3 runs. He continues in the nightcap with a 1st-inning grand slam, off Paul Foytack.

8th  Reports of Charlie Finley’s intention to move the Kansas City A’s to Oakland surface during the All-Star break at Cleveland.

9th  Willie Mays is held to a single, but dominates a 5–3 NL win in the All-Star Game. He also walks, steals twice, scores twice, bats in a pair, and makes a great catch. It is Stan Musial’s 24th All-Star appearance, a record. Musial’s teammates comprise the starting infield for the NL: 1B Bill White, 2B Julian Javier, SS Dick Groat, and 3B Ken Boyer.  Javier was chosen as the replacement for Pittsburgh’s injured 2B, Bill Mazeroski.

11th  Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in pitching the Reds to a 7–3 second-game win over the visiting Cubs. In the opener, the Cubs win 7–0, scoring 7 runs in the 11th inning.

13th  At Kansas City in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Cleveland’s Early Wynn leaves with a lead after struggling through 5 innings. Four scoreless relief innings by Jerry Walker enables Wynn to score his 300th career victory 7–4. It has taken Wynn six tries—three with the Sox and three with the Indians—to cop his 300th career win. He’ll make 15 more appearances for the Tribe without gaining another victory.

14th  The Red Sox and the Angels split a pair in LA, with the Haloes taking the opener, 10-8. The Red Sox make a go of it as Lu Clinton hits a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Paul Foytack, the second slam off Foytack in a week.  Chet Nichols earns his only win of the year in the 5-0 Boston victory in game 2.

      In Minnesota, the Twins sweep a doubleheader with the Indians, winning 5-3 and 8-2.  Earl Battey has a 3-run homer in game 1 to back Jim Kaat.  In game 2, Harmon Killebrew hits his 20th homer, two behind the leader Bob Allison,  and Don Mincher his first.  Mincher’s is a 1st-inning grand slam.

15th  At Comiskey Park, White Sox pitcher Gary Peters throws a brilliant one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking none, as he subdues the Orioles, 4-0. The only baserunner is opposing pitcher Robin Roberts, who singles in the 3rd inning.

      Just here for my bat, skip. Mets pitcher Carl Willey goes 5 innings in game 1 and records a win, as the Mets beat the Colts, 14-5. Willey, a career .099 hitter, helps his cause with a grand slam. Don Nottebart allows 3 hits as Houston takes game 2, 8-0.  The 45’s shoot down Roger Craig (2-15) with a 5-run 1st inning.

16th In Philadelphia, the Dodgers take game 1 of a twinbill, 5-2, behind Sandy Koufax (16-3). The Phils score in the 7th inning to snap Koufax’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 33. The Phils rebound in game 2 to win 10-2 behind Dallas Green. Johnny Callison is 4-for-4 including a pair of homers.

17th Gus Triandos belts a grand slam in the Tigers 6-run 8th as Detroit puts away Baltimore, 9-1. Hank Aguirre is the winner.

      At Kansas City, Charlie Lau hits a 3-run 1st-inning homer and George Alusik adds an 8th-inning pinch grand slam as the Athletics down the Red Sox, 8-1.  Diego Segui allows one run in 8 innings for the win.

19th With one out and a man on in the 9th, Roy Sievers hits his 300th career HR to give the Phils a 2–1 win over the Mets. Roger Craig is the victim, his 13th straight loss.

       Harper drives in all the runs in the Reds 5–2 win over the Giants. Harper has two home runs and a single for Cincinnati. Willie McCovey has an RBI-single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 24.

20th  Both the Giants and Reds cancel batting practice (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder in Redleg Journal) because of a total eclipse of the sun. The Reds then win, 3–2, over the visiting Giants.

21st  Jerry Lynch’s ML record-tying 14th pinch-hit HR, a 3-run shot off the Cubs Lindy McDaniel in the 9th inning, ties the game. The Bucs total 22 hits and win game 2, 6–5, in 14 innings. The Cubs take the opener 5–1.

      At County Stadium, the Braves sweep the first-place Dodgers, winning 7-2 and 13-7.  Bob Sadowski wins his first of the year in the opener, while Tony Cloninger is the winner in game 2 with 5 innings of relief.  Joe Torre drives in 4 runs in the nightcap to pace a balanced attack. Ron Fairly is most of the Dodger offense in game 2 with 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

      The NL sets a 20th century mark for most hits today with 183.

22ndDiomedes Olivo, who will split his time between the Cards (5–6 in 1963) and Atlanta (International League) pitches a 1–0 no-hitter for Atlanta over Toronto. At “45 something” Olivo is likely the oldest pitcher in OB to toss a no-hitter.

23rdAt Wrigley, Jim Maloney pitches a one hitter as the Reds edge the Cubs, 1–0. Ellis Burton’s single in the first inning is the only hit for Chicago.

      The Tigers take two from the White Sox, winning 5-1 and 6-4.  In game 1, Norm Cash’s 8th inning grand slam snaps a 1-1 tie and Hank Aguirre wins his 9th. Cash adds another homer in game 2 off losing pitcher Dave DeBusschere. Al Kaline has 3 hits and 3 RBIs in game 2. The two losses leave the Sox in a 4-way tie for 2nd place, 9 games out.

24th  The Royals sweep a pair at Fenway, winning 5–2 and 7–6. The A’s Ken Harrelson homers over Red Sox bullpen in right CF, a rare feat for RH hitter.

      Minnie Minoso’s 2nd-inning grand slam gives the Senators a 4-0 lead over the Orioles, but Jackie Brandt hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the frame and the Birds fly to an 8-5 victory.

      The Twins win over the Indians as Dick Stigman and Jim Kaat toss shutouts. The Twins take game 1, 9-0, as Don Mincher hits 2 of Minnesota’s 4 homers. In game 2, Dick Donovan matches Kaat for 8 innings but the Twins score 5 in the 9th to win, 5-0. Kaat hits a 3-run homer for the coup de grace.

      Bob Turley, released today by the Angels, signs with the Red Sox.

26th  The Colts chase Tracy Stallard in the 1st inning, scoring 7 runs with 4 coming on a grand slam by Bob Aspromonte. It is his 2nd of the year as Houston beats the Mets, 7-3.  Galen Cisco pitches 7+ innings in relief of Stallard (3-9).

27thThe Mets hand Jimmy Piersall his release and the veteran outfielder will immediately sign with the Angels. New York then loses to Houston, 1–0, as Bob Bruce shuts them out. Mets 1B Frank Thomas pulls a hidden ball trick on Jimmy Wynn. Piersall, who had been acquired by the Mets from Washington for Gil Hodges, had a 3-hit game for New York and one for Washington. He will have a 4-hit game for the Angels in his brief stop there, the only Met this century to have a 3-hit game for three different teams in the same season.

28th The Mets’ 8–2 loss at Houston is their 22nd straight away from the Polo Grounds, and matches the ML record by the 1890 Pirates.

      Orlando Pena tosses a 2-hitter as the Athletics take game 1 against the Indians, 3-0. On a pair of homers, the Indians score 7 in the 6th inning of game 2 to win, 12-7. Al Luplow solos and Johnny Romano slams.

      In the first of two at Chicago, Dick Ellsworth strikes out 10 Cardinals, including Stan Musial 3 times, in a 5–1 win. The wind shifts in game 2 as the two teams combine for 9 homeruns, one shy of the current NL record (10 have been hit in 5 different games: 11 will be hit in 1967). Lou Brock is the only player to hit two, and he adds a triple for 5 RBIs for the Cubs as they win, 16-11. Lindy McDaniel earns the win with 3 shutout innings of 1-hit ball.

29thChicago’s Joel Horlen flirts with a no-hitter against the Senators, going 8 /13 innings before giving up a bouncing single up the middle to Chuck Hinton. One out later, Don Lock keys a 2–1 Washington win with a home run.

      Dean Chance evens his record (10-10) with a nifty 2-hitter, striking out 12 as the Angels crush the Indians, 11-0. Felix Torres has a double and, in the 8-run 3rd inning, a grand slam.

30thThe Phillies tally 11 hits off the Giants Billy O’Dell, but the Digger shuts them out, 5–0.

31st  The Indians become the first AL club to hit 4 straight HRs. Number 8 hitter Woody Held begins with a 2-out blast off Paul Foytack, pitcher Pedro Ramos follows with his second of the game, Tito Francona makes it 3 straight, and rookie SS Larry Brown’s first ML 4-bagger finishes the string. Foytack sets a dubious ML record—the only pitcher to give up 4 straight HRs and there won’t be another reliever who surrenders 4 in an inning until Embree in 2001. The Indians win, 9–5, in the second of 2 with the Angels as Ramos strikes out 15 batter in 8 1/3 innings.  Fred Whitfield, who has a grand slam in game 2, hits a solo homer in game 1 off Newman for the only score. Barry Latman is the winner.

      Ralph Terry of the Yankees, uses just 75 pitches in a five-hitter, winning, 3–2, over the Kansas City A’s.  Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.

AUGUST

1st  Ellis Burton becomes the 8th player to hit HRs left- and righthanded in the same game, helping the Cubs bury the Braves 10–2.

2ndVada Pinson hits a 3-run homer, off Don Cardwell, for the only scoring as the 5th-place Reds beating the visiting Pirates. Jim Maloney is victorious.

      The Cubs edge the Giants, 12–11 in ten innings. The Cubs score 6 in the 8th to tie and win it in the 10th on Ron Santo’s double and a single by Jimmy Schaffer.

4thAfter missing 61 games, Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10–9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golfs a line drive in the seats to tie the game at 10.  The emotional Yankees win it, 11–10, after the O’s take the opener, 7–2.

      Dodger P Johnny Podres’ bid for a no hitter is broken up with one out in the 9th inning by Johnny Temple who singles. Podres ends with a one-hit 4–0 win over Houston.

6thIn the first of two, the Senators beat the Yankees, 8-5, as light-hitting Chuck Cottier has 2 homers and 4 RBIs. In game 2 Stan Williams of the Yankees one-hits the Senators, giving up a double to Don Blasingame, as he bests Bennie Daniels, 1-0.

7thAt Chicago, Sandy Koufax lock horns for the 2nd time this year with Dick Ellsworth, a battle that ends in a 1–1 draw. Koufax is removed with one out in the 10th inning, while Ellsworth is replaced after the 10th. The Dodgers go on to win, 3–1 over the Cubs with neither starter getting a decision.

      In the Mets 7–3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Jim Hickman hits for the cycle, doing it in order.  Both are firsts for the New York Mets.

8th  Vern Law (4-5) is placed on the retired list with a sore arm. He will come back in 1964.

      At Baltimore, Dick Donovan tosses a 2-0 3-hit shutout as the Indians clip the Orioles, 2-0.  Batterymate Joe Azcue plates both runs, scoring in the 7th on a double steal with Tito Francona, and doubling in the 9th and scoring on a single by Francona. It is Azcue’s second steal of home in two years.

      In the 5th inning, Frank Howard and Moose Skowron pinch-hit back-to-back HRs for the Dodgers, only the 2nd time this has ever occurred in the NL. Cub pitchers Bob Buhl and Don Elston are the victims. But the Cubs hold on to win, 5–4, at Wrigley.

9th  Roger Craig’s NL record-tying 18-game losing streak (broken by teammate Craig Anderson) ends thanks to Jim Hickman’s 9th-inning walkoff grand slam off Lindy McDaniel. New York beats the Cubs 7–3.  Craig (3-20) will be on the wrong end of a shutout 9 times this year: only Bugs Raymond (11 in 1908) and Walter Johnson (10 in 1909) have had more shutouts thrown at them in a year. For McDaniel, it is the second walkoff slam he has served up this year, tying a mark set by Satchel Paige in 1952.

      The longest game in 12 years, again at Forbes Field, takes place between the Colt 45’s and the Pirates. Rain delays the start of the two games by an hour, then Houston outlasts the Bucs, 7–6, in 15 innings. The 2nd game is another struggle, this time the Pirates winning, 7–6, in 11 innings, on a bases loaded single by Clemente. Only 300 fans are on hand when the curtain comes down at 2:30 a.m.

10th  In the A’s 6–3 win, A’s pinch-hit star George Alusik suffers a broken wrist when hit by the Indians’ Pedro Ramos’s pitch.

      Benched for poor hitting, Brooks Robinson’s streak of 463 straight games at third is stopped.  Brooks pinch hits in the 8th inning, however, as the Senators edge the Orioles 6–5. Boog Powell smashes three homers in a losing cause.

11thIn a New York-Penn League game at Batavia Auburn edges Batavia, 10-9. Paul Alspach of Auburn strikes out 24 Pirate batters.

12th  Stan Musial announces he will retire at the end of the year.

      Back in action for the first time since being beaned by Bob Gibson, the Giants’ Jim Ray Hart returns to the hospital after Curt Simmons plunks him in the head. Simmons had an 0–2 count in the 9th on Hart during an easy 13–0 Cardinal win at San Francisco.

13thAt Crosley Field, the Reds and Giants deal aces as Jim Maloney outpitches Juan Marichal to win, 4–0. Maloney allows just 2 hits.

14thAt County Stadium, the Braves score 5 runs in the 7th against Don Drysdale and the Braves beat the Dodgers, 5-3. Hank Aaron’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.  Bob Sadowski wins his second of the year. The Dodgers are 3 games up on the Giants and 4 ahead of the Cardinals.

15thAt Fenway, Johnny Blanchard hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Earl Wilson, who records just one out, as the Yankees roll to a 10-2 victory.  Blanchard adds a 2-run homer off the recently acquired Bob Turley in the 8th.

17th  Oriole Dick Hall’s perfect inning of relief against the Athletics gives him 28 consecutive batters retired since July 24th (5 appearances). The Orioles win, 6–1.

18th  At Municipal Stadium, the Athletics pound Robin Roberts for 4 runs in the 1stinning and withstand an assault in the 8thand 9thto beat the Orioles, 5-4. Boog Powell has 4 hits and Brooks Robinson belts a 3-run homer in the 8th.  A’s manager Eddie Lopat is tossed in the 9thafter the first two Birds single and it takes 3 A’s pitchers to hold Baltimore to a run. Reliever Moe Drabowsky is told by the umps to stop warming up after he tosses two balls onto the field in support of Lopat.

19th  At Fenway, Max Alvis hits 3-run homers in the 4th and 5th innings, both off Arnold Earley, as the Indians whip the Red Sox, 8-3. Arnold exits early but takes the loss with Pedro Ramos (6-5) going the distance.

20th  Mets 22-year-old rookie Grover Powell beats the Phils with a 4–0 shutout in his first ML start. In his next start he’ll be hit on the cheek by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh’s Donn Clendenon and never win another game.

      For the second time in two weeks, Don Blasingame is the only thing between the Senators and a no-hitter.  Blasingame’s single off the A’s Moe Drabowsky is the only hit for the Nats in a 9–0 game 1 loss. It is Moe’s second one-hitter. The A’s complete the sweep with a 7–5 victory in game 2 as Jerry Lumpe’s 4thhit of the game, a 2-run homer in the 14th, wins it.  Dave Wickersham is the winner.

21st  Jerry Lynch’s ML-record 15th pinch-hit HR gives the Pirates a 7–6 win in Chicago.

      Al Downing and Stan Williams give the Yankees a pair of 3-1 wins over Cleveland as New York moves out to a 10-game lead in the AL. Downing allows 3 hits while Williams strikes out 9 and walks none. 

      In the Orioles sweep of the Angels, Orioles SS Luis Aparicio becomes the first ML player since George Case in 1945 to reach 300 career steals. The O’s win, 7–4 and 3–2.

22ndJohnny Blanchard hits his 2nd grand slam in a week but that is all the Yankee scoring as the Indians prevail, 7-4.

      After two straight losses to the Dodgers, the Cardinals break through and beat Don Drysdale, 3–2.  Ernie Broglio is the winner.

      At Wrigley Field, the Pirates break open the game with the Cubs by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th to win, 9-3. Roberto Clemente belts a grand slam to finish the scoring.

      At Fenway, Eddie Bressoud has a grand slam and 6 RBIs to pace the Red Sox to an 11-2 win over the White Sox. Frank Malzone scores 4 runs and Dick Stuart hits his league-leading 33rd homer.

      Juan Marichal surrenders a grand slam to Joe Torre but goes the distance to win his 19th as the Giants top the Braves, 8-6.

23rd  First baseman Lee Thomas of the Angels ties a ML record by participating in 6 DPs in a 17–0 romp at Washington. 3B Felix Torres starts 4 of them to tie a ML record. Ken McBride is the recipient of the 19-hit outburst while Steve Ridzik is the loser.

      Warren Spahn’s 601st start is a modern NL record. Grover Alexander had the previous record of 600. The Braves beat the Dodgers, 6–1. The Dodgers 19-year-old rookie Dick Calmus (2-1) makes his first start and is lit up for 2 runs and 4 hits in the 1st.  The next 19-year-old LA starter will be will be Julio Urias, in 2016: Urias is two months older.

25th  Cleveland batters suffer an AL-record 27 strikeouts in a doubleheader (24 innings) split against the Red Sox. The 44 strikeouts for both teams are also an AL record, with Dick Stuart chipping in with 6. Stuart now has 123 for the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx’s Sox record of 119.  Bill Monbouquette fans 11 Indians in the opener and Bob Heffner 12 more in the nightcap, but the Tribe still manages a split, winning 2–1 in 15 innings after an 8–3 loss. Tito Francona has 4 hits and rives in both runs for Cleveland.

      The Reds dent the Giants pennant hopes when Frank Robinson belts an 8th inning grand slam off Gaylord Perry, and the Reds win, 8-7.  Willie Mays hits his 31st homer and doubles home 2 in the bottom of the 9th as the Giants fall short.

27th  Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Felipe Alou hit consecutive round-trippers in the 3rd inning of San Francisco’s 7–2 win against St. Louis.

      Jim Bouton (18-6) of the Yankees takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Red Sox, but PH Russ Nixon leads off with a single to break up the no-no. Bouton allows a 2nd single in winning, 5–0. Ralph Terry follows in game 2 with a 3-0 shutout.

28th  Tony Cloninger (9-8) allows 3 Houston hits and Gene Oliver belts a 2-run homer and a grand slam as the Braves whip the Colt 45’s, 9-1.

29th  Minnesota matches the AL record with 8 HRs in a 14–2 opener with Washington, then wins the nightcap 10–1. In game 1, reliever Dwight Siebler makes his first ML start for the Nats. Harmon Killebrew has a pair of homers and Vic Power has 2 homers and 4 of the 20 Twins hits.

30th  The Twins’ power continues in a 5–3 win over the White Sox. Minnesota has 19 HRs in 5 straight games, tying the ML record set by the Giants in 1954.

      Don Zimmer hits his second grand slam of the year, in the 5th inning off Bob Heffner, and the Senators beat the Red Sox, 7-0.  Claude Osteen scatters 5 hits in the shutout.

      Ken Boyer’s three-run homer leads the Cardinals to an 11–6 win over host Philadelphia, and start the Birds on a 9-game win streak.  St. Louis will win 19 out of 20 to end up a game behind the Dodgers.

31st Trailing Houston 5–1 entering the 9th, Chicago’s Ellis Burton clouts a dramatic 2-out grand slam off Hal Woodeshick to give the Cubs a 6–5 victory.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Yankees CF Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to hit HRs left- and righthanded in one game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5–4. A tired Mantle, who had partied the night before, adds a pinch homer in the 8th, jumping on the first pitch from Mike McCormick.

      At Pittsburgh, Bill Virdon hits a 2-out game-ending grand slam to give the Bucs a 6-4 win over the Reds.

      Tim Harkness cracks a 2-run game ending homer in the 16th to give the Mets a 6-4 win over the Braves. It is Harkness’s 2nd homer of the game.

Cleveland takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 6-3 and 3-1. Mike De la Hoz hits a first inning grand slam in game 1 for the margin.

      Pitcher Curt Simmons of the Cardinals drives in a run with a triple in the 2nd and then steals home on an aborted squeeze play. He also knocks in another run and beats the Phils, 7–3.  Simmons, who in his 20-year career will steal just 2 bases, is on 3rd base when a squeeze play goes awry, and beats a wide throw to home from P Chris Short. It is the last steal of home by a pitcher until 1983, and just the 4th in the NL in the last 40 years. Harry Dorish in 1950 stole home, the last time an AL pitcher pulled off a theft.

2ndWith the Senators ahead 5–3 on 4th-inning homers by Don Zimmer and Ed Brinkman, Nats starter Ed Hobaugh hits his only career home run in the same frame off Cleveland’s Jerry Walker.  The Tribe knocks out Hobaugh but the Senators hold on to win, 8–7.  Hobaugh’s homer comes on his last official at bat: in his one additional plate appearance, he draws a walk (as noted by Bill Deane). Hobaugh joins Buster Narum this year as the first pitchers to have more homers than wins in a year. It’ll be matched this century by Dave Eiland in 1992.

      At San Francisco, the Cubs sweep a pair, winning 7-5 and 6-0. Dick Ellsworth wins his 20th in the opener, as Billy Williams has 3 RBIs and Ron Santo has 2.  Santo belts a grand slam and a solo HR, both off Jack Fisher, in the nightcap as Glen Hobbie pitches a 2-hit shutout.

      The Cardinals sweep a pair from Pittsburgh, winning 6-1 and 6-2. Bob Gibson wins the opener and matches homeruns with Roberto Clemente. In game 2, George Altman is 3-for-3 with a homer and combines on the back end of a double steal with Tim McCarver.  For McCarver it is his second steal of home this year.

      In game 2 of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 Mets and Pete Rose hits the first pitch of the game from Jay Hook for a leadoff homer. It’s the only score as the Reds win, 1–0. It is the first time in 29 years that a leadoff homer on the first pitch is the only score in a game. The next batter to hit a first-pitch homer in a 1-0 game will be Carlos Garcia, in 1993, in a rain-shortened Pittsburgh win over the Marlins.  In 2013, Rose’s feat will be repeated.  The Mets win the opener, 5–3.

3rd  Cubs 3B Ron Santo ties the modern NL record for errors in an inning at 3B with 3 to help the Giants beat Chicago, 16–3. Juan Marichal (20-8) drives in 2 runs before Tom Haller pinch hits for him in the 7th and bangs a homer.

4th  At Cleveland, Luis Aparicio hits a 6th inning grand slam to give the Orioles the lead and they hang on the beat the Indians, 6-5.

5th  At Busch Stadium, the Cards Curt Simmons (13-7) is efficient in shutting out the Mets, 9-0. Tim McCarver has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Curt Flood is 5-for-5.

6th  Baseball historian Lee Allen says the Indians-Senators game is the 100,000th in ML history. Bennie Daniels celebrates by beating the Tribe 7–2.

      At Comiskey, the Twins overcome a grand slam by Dave Nicholson to edge the White Sox, 9-8. Earl Battey hits a 3 run homer in the 8th and Bob Allison and Vic Power go deep in the 9th.  Harmon Killebrew hits his 37th homer in the 1st inning to tie Dick Stuart for the AL lead.

7th  In the Reds, 4–2 win, Frank Robinson suffers a spike wound requiring 30 stitches when Mets 2B Ron Hunt lands on his left arm.

8th  Braves P Warren Spahn (20-5) ties Christy Mathewson’s NL record with his 13th 20-win season by notching a 3–2 victory in Philadelphia. Gene Oliver’s 2-run HR in the 8th, off Dallas Green, is the deciding blow. At 42, Spahn becomes the oldest 20-game winner.

10th  Stan Musial hits a HR in his first at bat as a grandfather, and Bob Gibson (17-8) blanks the Cubs 8–0.

      At New York, the Giants trail 3–0 after 7 innings when manager Alvin Dark sends up consecutive Alous to bat in the 8th. Pinch hitter Jesus grounds out, pinch hitter Matty strikes out, and leadoff hitter Felipe bounces back to P Carlton Willey. The Giants lose, 4–2. McCovey’s 38th homer and Cepeda’s 29th account for the SF scoring.

11th  Angel’s pitcher Aubrey Gatewood beats the Red Sox 4–1 for his first ML win. Gatewood was drafted by the Angel in the 1960 AL expansion draft, then drafted by the Mets a year later in the NL draft.

      Earl Battey hits his 25th homer of the year and Harmon Killebrew hits his 38th, a grand slam, as the Twins whip the Indians, 9-3. Lee Stange is the winner despite giving up a pair of homers to Fred Whitfield.

      Whitey Ford tops the host A’s, 8–2, as Mantle’s homer in the first provides all the scoring Whitey needs.  Mantle is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds score 9 runs in the 4th en route to a 14–3 thrashing of the Braves. Don Pavletich, batting 6th, hits a 2-run homer in the big inning as the Reds bat around. The bases are loaded when its his turn to bat again, but he’s lifted for pinch hitter Gordy Coleman, who belts a grand slam.

12th  At the Polo Grounds, Juan Marichal hits a homerun and pitches a shutout as the Giants beat the Mets, 6-0.

      John Roseboro’s first-inning grand slam, off Bob Friend, propels the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Pirates. Johnny Podres is the victor. The Dodgers’ lead remains 3 games over the Cards.

13th  The Dodgers split in Philadelphia and lead the Cards by 2 1⁄2 games. Chris Short tops Sandy Koufax, 3–2, in the opener, before Ron Perranoski wins the nightcap, 2–1.

Jim Bouton’s 20th win, 2–0 at Minnesota, clinches the Yankees 28th pennant.

16th  The Dodgers and Cardinals begin a first-place showdown before 32,442 fans at Busch Stadium. Ron Perranoski saves a 3–1 win for Johnny Podres and the Dodgers.

17th  Sandy Koufax gets his 11th shutout, a modern ML season record for a lefty. His 8 strikeouts give him 306, an NL record, as the Dodgers top the Cards 4–0.

      At Polo Grounds, Frank Thomas and Joe Hicks hit pinch HRs for the Mets, but they still lose to the Reds, 4–3.

18th  Rookie Dick Nen crushes St. Louis’s pennant hopes with a 9th-inning game-tying HR off reliever Ron Taylor. Ron Perranoski wins 6–5 in 13 innings for a 3-game sweep of the threatening Cards. Nen’s HR is his only hit in 8 at bats with the Dodgers.

      The last ML game at the Polo Grounds draws 1,752 fans to see Philadelphia beat New York 5–1. Jim Hickman hits the final New York HR in the historic park, and Chris Short beats Craig Anderson.

19th At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, 476 lonely fans watch the Angels and Orioles game. The Angels win, 7–2, behind Bo Belinsky.

20th  The Yankees edge the Athletics, 5–4 in 13 innings. Rookie 2B Pedro Gonzalez helps the win by pulling the hidden ball trick in the 11th frame and tagging out A’s OF Ken Harrelson, who had advanced to 2B after a single and a sac bunt. As noted by Bill Deane, Gonzalez plays only 7 games in the field this year.

      The Dodgers use a triple steal to help subdue the Pirates, 2-0. Tommy Davis, Willie Davis and Ken McMullen pull off the steal in the 2nd inning and Buc  catcher Jim Pagliaroni is tossed for arguing the safe call at home.

21st  Minnesota’s Harmon Killebrew ties an AL record with 4 HRs in a doubleheader, a split with the Red Sox. Minnesota loses 11–2 after winning the opener 13–4. The Killer has 3 homers in the lid lifter. In game 2, Boston is led by Roman Mejias, who clubs two homers and drives in 7 runs.

      Kansas City beats New York, 5–3, despite homers by Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. For Yogi, it is his 358th and last home run.

      In Detroit, Denny McLain makes his ML debut, beating the White Sox, 4-3, and hitting his first homerun.  Billy Bruton and Norm Cash also homer for the Bengals.

22nd  For the first time, all three Alou brothers share the outfield. In the seventh inning, Matty is in LF, Felipe replaces Willie Mays in CF, and Jesus is in RF.  In the 8th, the three are retired, 1, 2, 3.  But the offense comes from Willie McCovey who hits three homers as the Giants whip the Mets, 13–4. McCovey takes over the NL lead in homers with 43, one more than Hank Aaron, and the two will end up sharing the home run title with 44 apiece. It is the third year in a road that a different Giant has led the NL in four baggers. It will happen again with the Rockies and the Orioles.

24th  The idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd Los Angeles pennant when Chicago’s Lindy McDaniel beats Bob Gibson and the Cards 6–3.

      The Yankees tune up for the World Series with an efficient 8-1 spanking of the Angels at Yankee Stadium.  Whitey Ford (24-7) throws 7 scoreless innings, and Elston Howard has two triples and 3 RBIs.  The Angels lone tally is Leon Wagner’s 26th homer of the year in the 9th inning; 24 of his homers have come on the road, the greatest disparity for any hitter (Donn Clendenon will hit 25/3 in 1966, and Goose Goslin was 17/0 in 1926).

      The White Sox make it easy for pitcher Ray Herbert, bashing the Orioles 15–0. Herbert allows 2 hits while the Sox collect 16. For Herbert, it is his first shutout this year on the road after six at home. The 7 whitewashes leads the AL this year.

      At Milwaukee, Jim Maloney strikes out 14 in winning his 23rd game of the year. The Reds beat the Braves, 4–2.

25th  Stan Musial is named a vice president of the Cardinals by owner August Busch. His number 6 is retired.

      Ken Johnson goes 8+ innings as Houston  edges the visiting Pirates, 2-1. With a pair of runs in 7th inning the Colt 45’s set an ignominious ML mark of having 63 games this season in which they have not scored in the first 5 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They are, however, in the midst of compiling a 15-5 record in the last 20 games of the season.

27th  Using a lineup of 9 rookies the Colt 45s lose, 10–3, to the Mets. The lineup includes P Jay Dahl, 17 (debut); C Jerry Grote, 20; 1B Rusty Staub, 19; 2B Joe Morgan, 20; 3B Glenn Vaughan, 19; SS Sonny Jackson, 19 (debut); and outfielders Brock Davis, 19, Aaron Pointer, 21, and Jim Wynn, 21. Dahl loses his only ML game at 17 and will die in an auto accident at 19. Houston 2B Joe Morgan will play 22 years, and 1B Rusty Staub, 23. Aaron Pointer singles for his only hit this year: his sisters will do better with a top-10 hit of “Fire,” by Bruce Springsteen. Joe Hoerner and Danny Coombs follow Dahl to the mound in their ML debuts. 20-year-old P Larry Yellen debuted yesterday and 18-year-old OF Ivan Murrell debuts tomorrow.

      At St. Louis, the Reds John Tsitouris pitches a 2-hit, 3–0 shutout over the Cardinals. Gary Kold triples in the 2rd and Dick Groat singles in the 9th. In his last 3 starts, Tsitouris has pitched 3 shutouts and allowed 8 hits.

28th  Chicago’s Dick Ellsworth wins his 22nd game, allowing 5 hits to beat Milwaukee, 4–1.

29th  On Stan Musial Day in St. Louis, The Man has 2 hits, giving him an NL career total of 3,630. Remarkably, Musial has 1,815 on the road and 1,815 at home. His first hit is a 4th inning single past 2B Pete Rose.  After his 2nd hit off Jim Maloney, driving in his 1,951st run, Musial retires for a pinch runner as 27,576 roar their approval. Rose has 3 hits in the game but the Cards beat the Reds in 14 innings, 3–2. Winning pitcher Ernie Broglio scores in the 14th.

      Dave Nicholson suffers his 174th and 175th strikeouts, a ML record, as Washington beats Chicago, 9–2.

      At Baltimore, Denny McLain (2-1) scatters 10 hits as the Tigers top the Orioles, 7-3.  Brooks Robinson has a hit and RBI, playing in his 161st game of the year, tops in the AL.  For the first time since 1910 no AL player appears in all his team’s games.

      Houston’s run of successful debuts by young rookies is capped by OF John Paciorek, 18, who goes 3-for-3 in his only ML appearance, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4. Brother Tom will do much better (1970-87) with 1162 hits and his brother Jim will collect 23.  The Colt 45’s beat the Mets, 13–4.

30th  Infielder Phil Linz appears on the TV show I’ve Got A Secret with his mom. His secret?: earlier in the year he hit her with a foul ball.

OCTOBER

1st  The season ends, and there are no full-schedule players in the AL for the first time since 1910. Brooks Robinson played in the most games, 161, missing only one. Ron Santo, Vada Pinson, and Bill White play the full schedule in the NL.

2nd  In the WS Opener, Sandy Koufax fans the first 5 batters he faces en route to a WS record 15. John Roseboro’s 3-run HR is the difference, as Los Angeles beats the Yankees 5–2 at New York.

3rd  In game 2, Johnny Podres scatters 7 hits, Tommy Davis ties a WS record with 2 triples, Willie Davis drives in 2 runs, Moose Skowron homers, and Los Angeles beats Al Downing 4–1 to go 2 up.

4th  The Red Sox release veteran Chet Nichols, who led the NL in ERA as a rookie with the Boston Braves in 1951.  The Reds will sign Nichols, then release him in May of 1964.

5th  Fans attending the first WS game at Dodger Stadium see a pitching duel between Don Drysdale and Jim Bouton. A first-inning run is all Los Angeles needs to take a 3-0 WS lead.

6th  Sandy Koufax beats the Yanks again 2–1 for a shocking WS sweep for the Dodgers. Whitey Ford gives up only 2 hits, both by Frank Howard, who crashes a long HR in the 5th to start the LA scoring. The Bronx Bombers bat just .171 and score only 4 runs, the 2nd lowest total in WS history.

8th  Frank Lane sues Charlie Finley for $144,166 for breach of contract.

10th  The Mets take 1B Bill Haas from the Dodgers and P Jack Fisher from the Giants, while Houston grabs P Claude Raymond from the Braves in a supplemental draft for the expansion teams. In the draft, each of the 8 original clubs was required to make available 4 players from their roster of August 31st (the Reds list 5 players). Houston and the Mets can pay $30,000 for each of the players chosen.  Haas will never reach the majors, and the two pitchers chosen will make contributions: the other players go unchosen. Paul Richards, Houston GM, who had originated the idea of the draft, had second thoughts after seeing the players made available.

12th  In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game, the NL team beats the AL 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier, Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out 6 in 4 innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in 2 against loser Pedro Ramos.

22nd  Roy Hamey retires as GM of the Yankees. His surprise replacement is Ralph Houk, who steps up from manager (309-176) after winning 3 pennants in as many seasons.

24th  Yogi Berra is appointed manager of the Yankees.

Sandy Koufax is the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award.

30th  Sandy Koufax wins again, outpolling Pittsburgh’s Dick Groat 237 to 190 for the NL MVP award.

NOVEMBER

4th  The Cards acquire P Roger Craig from the Mets for OF George Altman and P Bill Wakefield. Craig was the NL’s top loser the past 2 seasons with the lowly Mets, dropping 24 and 22 games.

7th  C Elston Howard becomes the first black ever voted AL MVP. New York’s Howard tops Detroit’s Al Kaline 248 to 148.

18th  Detroit sends OF Rocky Colavito, P Bob Anderson, and a reported $50,000 to Kansas City for 2B Jerry Lumpe and pitchers Dave Wickersham and Ed Rakow.

19th  Coach Hank Bauer is named to replace Billy Hitchcock (86-76) as manager of the Orioles.

26th  Cincinnati 2B Pete Rose is a landslide winner of NL Rookie of the Year honors, taking 17 of 20 votes.

27th  Chicago P Gary Peters edges teammate 3B Pete Ward and Minnesota OF Jimmie Hall for AL rookie honors.

      The A’s acquire 1B Jim Gentile and $25,000 from the Orioles for 1B Norm Siebern.

DECEMBER

1st  ML owners agree to allow the expansion clubs 4 protected first-year players who can be optioned to the minors without being subject to a draft.

2nd  The Angels trade OF Leon Wagner to Cleveland for P Barry Latman and a player to be named later, who turns out to be Joe Adcock.

      The Houston Colt 45s draft minor league pitcher Jim Ray from Rochester (Baltimore Orioles).

      The ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher’s mitts, effective in 1965.

      The Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises are transferred from the International League to the Pacific Coast League. The International League is reduced to eight clubs and the Pacific Coast League membership raised to 12 clubs.

3rd  OF Felipe Alou, C Ed Bailey, P Billy Hoeft, and a player to be named are sent by the Giants to the Braves for C Del Crandall and pitchers Bob Shaw and Bob Hendley.

4th  Cleveland trades OF Willie Kirkland to the Orioles for OF Al Smith and an estimated $25,000.

      Detroit P Jim Bunning is traded to the Phillies with C Gus Triandos for OF Don Demeter and P Jack Hamilton. Not a smart move for Detroit as Bunning will win 75 games for Philley over the next 4 seasons.

10th  Chicago’s 2B Nellie Fox is traded to the Colts for cash, P Jim Golden, and OF Danny Murphy.

12th  Minnesota LF Harmon Killebrew undergoes knee surgery.

14thThe Pirates swap Harvey Haddix to the Orioles for infielder Dick Yencha and cash.

19thThe Indians sell 27-year-old 1B/OF Walt Bond to Houston. Bond spent most of the last two seasons in AAA, but did hit .380 for Cleveland in 12 games this year.

1964

JANUARY

 

3rdThe Reds announce that manager Fred Hutchinson has chest cancer. He will begin two months of radiology treatment in Seattle and will make spring training with the team.

6th  Charlie Finley signs a 2-year pact to move the A’s, pending AL approval, from Kansas City to Louisville, KY.

      The White Sox introduce powder-blue road uniforms.

15th  ML baseball executives vote to hold a free-agent draft in New York City. A new TV pact is also signed.

      Willie Mays, the highest-paid player in baseball, signs for $105,000.

16th  AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley’s Louisville proposal. Finley is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise.

28th  Reds CF Vada Pinson is cleared of assault charges stemming from a September 5, 1963, incident when Cincinnati sportswriter Earl Lawson does not pursue charges further.

29th  Pitcher-writer Jim Brosnan is given permission by the White Sox to make his own deal with another team. His in-season writing has been censured by owner Ed Short.

30th  The United States Senate Subcommittee on Monopolies begins hearings on baseball.

FEBRUARY

2nd  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee tabs Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, and Miller Huggins for induction, the biggest veterans class ever. Keefe and Ward were teammates and brothers-in-law, with Ward married to the famous actress Helen Dauvrey and Keefe married to her sister Clara Gibson.

15th  Cubs 2B Ken Hubbs, 22, dies when his private plane crashes near Provo, UT, while en route to Colton, CA. As a rookie in 1962, Hubbs had played in 78 consecutive games without making an error.

17th  Former White Sox SS Luke Appling is voted into the Hall of Fame by a special vote. In 1953, Appling’s first year of eligibility for Cooperstown, the Sox great received just 2 votes.

23rd  Charlie Finley gives in to AL pressure and signs a 4-year lease with the municipal government to keep the A’s in Kansas City. Finley wanted 2 years. His exasperated AL colleagues voted 9-1 that KC’s offer was reasonable.

      The San Francisco Giants sign P Masanori Murakami, 3B Tatsuhico Tanaka, and C Hiroshi Takahashi—the first Japanese ever to play for American teams. All 3 are assigned to the Magic Valley Cowboys (Pioneer League).

      For the second time, Albie Pearson wins the professional baseball players golf tourney at Miami’s LeJeune course, this time copping the crown by 7 strokes. The Angels outfielder shoots a 223 for 54 holes, with one day of play rained out. In second place is Ken Harrelson with 231 while Ralph Terry, who started the last round tied with Pearson, is third with a 234. Former Tiger star Roy Cullenbine wins in the inactive division with a 218.

MARCH

5th  Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., says he has a verbal commitment from a ML baseball club to move there if a stadium is ready by 1965. A $15 million stadium is approved the next day by the city Board of Aldermen.

9th  The ACLU charges the White Sox with violating the rights of P-writer Jim Brosnan.

15th  The Ronald Encyclopedia of Baseballis published. In it editor Joe Reichler names his all-time Cubs team (1876-1962) including: Bill Lange, Jimmy Ryan, Jimmy Sheckard, outfielders; Cap Anson, Johnny Evers, Ernie Banks, Stan Hack, infielders; Gabby Hartnett, C; Three Fingered Brown, Hippo Vaughn, pitchers. The manager is Frank Chance.

21stYou were adopted, too. Umpire Bill Haller calls his brother Tom out twice on strikes in a Giants spring training game. It is the only time Bill will call his brother out on strikes.

31stThe Senators send young prospect Lou Piniella to the Orioles for Buster Narum and cash.  Piniella will play briefly for the O’s before going to minors until the resurfacing with the Indians in 1968. The Seattle Pilots will draft him in 1969 and trade him to Kansas City where Sweet Lou, with his 5th team, finally wins Rookie of the Year honors.

APRIL

1st  Cleveland manager Birdie Tebbetts suffers a heart attack and will be sidelined until July 5th.  Coach George Strickland will manage the Indians in Tebbetts’ absence.

3rd  P Carl Willey of the Mets suffers a broken jaw when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Gates Brown during a spring training loss. He will be out until June 6th but his career will be effectively ended.

8th  Houston P Jim Umbricht dies of cancer at age 33. He was 4-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 1963.  His #32 will be the first uniform retired by Houston.

9th  The Tigers purchase P Larry Sherry from the Dodgers.

10th Demolition begins on the Polo Grounds to clear the way for a housing project.

14th  San Francisco’s 5 HRs match the mark for Opening Day round-trippers. Juan Marichal beats Warren Spahn and the Braves 8–4.

      Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk as he beats St. Louis 4–0 in his only start as an Opening Day pitcher.

      The Giants purchase Duke Snider from the Mets, answering the trivia question: Who played for the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers, the Giants, and the Mets?

15th  Work begins on an $18 million stadium in Atlanta.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford pitches 11 innings in losing to the Red Sox, 4–3.  Bob Tillman, with three singles, triples in the 11th, and pinch runner Roman Mejias scores on wild pitch. Mickey Heffner pitches the bottom of the 11th, with Dick Radatz getting the win.

17th  Before 48,736 fans the Pirates defeat the Mets 4–3 in the first game played at Shea Stadium. Bob Friend is the winner over Cuban righty Ed Bauta. Friend was also the winning pitcher in the last game ever played at the Polo Grounds before the Giants moved west.

      The wind picks up at Wrigley Field and, in the 5th inning, the Phils loft 3 HRs and the Cubs 2. The Phillies win the derby, 11–8.

      At Fenway Park, in a JFK memorial game, the Red Sox top the White Sox, 4–1.

18th  Jim Maloney tosses 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers, before leaving with a pulled muscle. John Tsitouris relieves and pitches hitless ball until two are out in the 9th inning when Frank Howard beats out an infield single. Sandy Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches in the 3rd inning, becoming the first NL pitcher to do it twice (and matching Lefty Grove), but Cincinnati wins, 3–0, on Deron Johnson’s 3-run homer.

19th  One day after Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches,Bob Bruce strikes out the Cardinals in order on 9 pitches in the 8th inning of a 6-1 Houston loss. Bob Gibson is the winner allowing 4 hits and striking out 8.

20thYankee rookie Bob Meyer makes his ML debut at Fenway Park, in a 4–0 loss to the Red Sox. Meyer is the last Yankee rookie pitcher this century to open in Boston. Ralph Terry made his debut there in 1956.

      At Los Angeles, Braves pitcher Bob Sadowski notches a 7–1 win and sets a Braves franchise record of striking out 5 times in a regulation game.  The only other Braves to whiff five times was Harry Stovey, who did it in extra innings in 1891.

21st  Eleven runs score on homers as the Pirates win, 8–5, at windy Wrigley Field. Homeruns by 9 different players ties the ML record. The only runs not driven in by four baggers are two by Maz who scores on singles by Pagliaroni. Gene Freese completes the Buc shots with a 3-run pinch homer in the 9th to break a tie, the only one of the 9 homers that is not solo. In the 8th, Pirates reliever Roy Face pulls off an unassisted double play that starts with a wind-swept pop-up by Andre Rodgers that falls in fair territory near the first base bag. Face grabs it and touches 1B to double up Ron Santo.

23rd  Houston’s Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher ever to hurl a 9-inning no-hitter and lose as Cincinnati wins, 1–0. Two errors in the 9th, the second by 2B Nellie Fox on Vada Pinson’s grounder, allows Pete Rose to score the only run. Joe Nuxhall wins with a 4-hitter.

      The Mets swap Chico Fernandez and minor leaguer Bobby Catton to the White Sox for Charley Smith.

24th  Willie Mays paces the Giants attack hitting a HR and scoring 5 runs as the Giants down the Reds, 15-5. Juan Marichal is the winner.

28th  At Fenway, the Orioles score 2 runs in the top of the 11th to take a 4-2 lead. Boston comes back in the bottom of the 11th to load to bases for Dick Stuart, who promptly ends the game with a grand slam.

      In a see-saw battle in Minnesota, John Romano hits his second homer of the game in the 9th inning to give the Indians the lead, but Jimmie Hall answers in the bottom of the 9th with a homer to tie. Minnesota wins in the 10th, 9-8.  Bob Allison has 3 hits and 2 walks and will finish the season with the best AL batting average at home with .342 (.241 on the road).

MAY

1st  The visiting Cubs make it look easy, scoring 10 runs in the first inning to shoot down the Colt 45s 11–3. Billy Williams has a grand slam and a single for 5 RBIs (a club record) in the big inning, and adds a run-scoring double in the 8th to lead Chicago.

      Earl Battey has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Twins double the Athletics, 10-5.

      Whitey Ford allows just two hits and the Yankees edge the Senators, 1-0.

2nd  Minnesota becomes the 3rd club to hit 4 consecutive HRs in one inning. Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, and Harmon Killebrew do the damage in an 11th-inning explosion that gives the visiting Twins a 7–3 win at Kansas City. The first three clouts are served up by Dan Pfister, and the last by Vern Handrahan. The Twins total 6 homers in the win.

3rd  Reliever John Wyatt picks up two wins for the A’s in a sweep of the Twins. Wyatt totals 3 2/3 innings of work.

      Trailing the Mets 5–1 in the 7th at Crosley Field, pinch hitter Marty Keough belts a 3-run homer and Hal Smith adds a  2-run pinch single in the 8th for a 6–5 Reds win.

      At Boston, Carl Yastrzemski has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs as the Red Sox outslug the Tigers, 11-7.

      Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits 4 HRs in one 9-inning game against the Hanshin Tigers to set a Japanese record, and tie the American ML record held by 7 players.

4th  Leon Wagner has 5 RBIs and breaks a 3-3 tie in the 7th with a grand slam as the Indians trip the host Red Sox, 7-5. Rookie Bill Spanswick allows all the Tribes’ runs.

      Bob Allison hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs but that’s it for the Twins scoring as they lose to the host White Sox, 10-5.

5th  To foil Sadaharu Oh, the Hiroshima Carp use an exaggerated shift that places all fielders in right and center, leaving LF unguarded. Oh responds by hitting a 400-foot HR to RF.

6th  The Yanks hit 4 home runs—two by Hector Lopez and one apiece by Mantle and Maris—to back Jim Bouton’s 9–2 opening win over the Senators. Washington comes back from a 4–0 deficit to win the nightcap, 5–4, despite a 3 -run Mantle homer off starter Claude Osteen.

7th  Tony Oliva collects 4 hits, including 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs as the Twins beat the Angels, 9-1.  Jim Kaat is the winner giving up a single run on a Joe Adcock homer.

8thIn Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but New York supplies damage when Mantle cracks a 3-run homer off Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead New York to a 10–3 win.

      Charlie Lau hits a pinch homer in the top of the 10th as Kansas City edges the Twins, 6-5. Nelson Mathews contributes a 3-run double for KC and Jimmie Hall has a 3-run homer for Minnesota. LF Harmon Killebrew throws out Ed Charles at home in the 9th to send it into overtime.  It is the Killer’s only assist this year as he plays the outfield exclusively.

9th  At Cleveland, Pedro Ramos gives up 4 home runs to New York–Tony Kubek, Mantle, Pepitone, and Hector Lopez—as the Yankees win 6–2.

11th  Fred Whitfield hits a 4th inning grand slam and Larry Brown adds a 3-run homer in the 8th as Cleveland takes a 10-run lead into the 9th against Boston. The Red Sox put a scare into the Tribes with a 6-run 9th, all after 2 are out, and Cleveland wins, 11-7.

12th  The Cardinals Curt Simmons continues to beat up on the Phillies, winning 4–2, with relief help from Roger Craig.  Since the Phillies released him in 1960, Simmons is 13–2 against them.

      Gary Geiger’s recurring ulcer problems forces his retirement from the Red Sox for this year.

13th  The Reds buy Ryne Duren from the Phillies.

14th  Don Zimmer belts a 2nd-inning grand slam off Robin Roberts to provide all the scoring as the Senators beat the Orioles, 4-1.  Buster Narum wins his first of the year.

15th  Filling in for Bill White, whose consecutive-game streak ends at 284 because of a muscle strain, Jeoff Long hits a towering drive that bounces off the top of the scoreboard in left field, over 400 feet away to snap a 6-6 tie between the Cards and Braves. The two-run shot, Long’s only major league homer, comes off knuckleballer Bobby Tiefenauer. St. Louis wins, 10-6, over the visiting Braves. Julian Javier hits grand slam in the 1st inning off Denny Lemaster.

      Diego Segui scatters 9 hits and walks two as the Kansas City cutie shuts out the Yankees, 11-0.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Mantle hits his 13th homer of the year, off Joe Grzenda, and New York pounds the A’s, 10–6.

17thMickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st starts the scoring and New York outslugs the A’s, 11–9, in the first of two. Mantle scores 3 times. Tom Tresh has a 3-run homer and Hector Lopez 3 RBIs. Dick Green hits two triples and has 3 RBIs for the A’s. In the nightcap, Whitey Ford scatters 4 hits and Joe Pepitone has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and 4 RBIs.  The sweep puts the Yanks in a tie for first place.

      In game 2 at Fenway, Harmon Killebrew hits a grand slam and Earl Battey adds a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th as the Twins edge the Sox, 6-5. It is Killebrew’s 5th homer in 5 games.  The Sox use a 6-run 7th in the opener to win, 6-2.

18thAt Colt Stadium, the Phillies Jim Bunning fires a one-hitter, giving up a single in the 5th inning to Jimmy Wynn.  The Phils top the Colts, 4-0.

20th  Led by Johnny Callison’s 5-for-5, the Phillies snap Juan Marichal’s 12-game win streak and beat the Giants in San Francisco, 7–2.

      At Crosley Field, Joe Torre belts a 9th inning grand slam as the Braves top the Reds, 7-3. Torre has 3 hits and 5 RBIs for the game.

      Three straight singles in the 8th score a run for the Cardinals as the Birds edge the Cubs, 1-0, behind Bob Gibson. Gibson strikes out 12 and retires the last 17 batters. Larry Jackson takes the loss.

21st  Manny Jimenez cracks an 8th inning grand slam for the Athletics, but Kansas City falls short, losing to the Orioles, 7-6.

22nd  Baltimore edges the Twins 6–5, scoring 2 runs in the 9th for the victory. Twins reliever Jerry Arrigo allows a 2-out HR to Sam Bowens, his 2nd HR of the game, then throws three balls to John Orsino before being lifted for Bill Fischer. Fischer throws a strike to Orsino who then hits his next pitch for the winning HR. It is Fischer’s last ML throw: on the 24th he is placed on the voluntarily retired list.

23rd  At New York, Bobby Knoop has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Angels to a 9-5 win over the Yankees. This is the 2nd game this season that the injury-plagued Yanks have started their regular outfield of Mantle, Maris and Tresh. Mantle will pull a muscle on the 26th, keeping him out of the lineup for 2 weeks, but today he has a homer and double off Haloes starter Bo Belinsky.

      White Sox P John Buzhardt has 3 RBIs, 2 in the 9-run 2nd inning, as the Sox roll up the Senators, 14-2. Pete Ward has a grand slam in the 2nd and collects 5 RBIs.

24th  Seven shutouts in both leagues tie the ML record for blankings in one day.

Cubs speedster Lou Brock steals home for the first time, combining with Billy Williams on a double steal in the 1st inning of game one at Cincinnati. But the Reds win, 6–5 and 12–4.

      Dick Stuart is the difference today as the Red Sox sweep a pair from Kansas City.  In game 1, Stuart clubs a grand slam off Moe Drabowsky in the 8th inning to break a tie and give the Sox a 6-2 victory.  In game 2, his 4th inning 2-run homer breaks a tie as Boston wins, 3-1. Rookie Ed Connally notches his first ML victory.

      Mantle hits his second homer, off Fred Newman, in two days to start the scoring for New York. The Yanks top the Angels, 8–5.

25th  Ground is broken for a new stadium in St. Louis.

26th  Washington’s Jim King hits for the cycle against Boston pitcher Earl Wilson, but it is not enough as the Red Sox win, 3–2.

      In Chicago, the Mets set 6 club records in overwhelming the Cubs, 19–1.  Coming off 20 straight scoreless innings in Houston, the Mets jump on Bob Buhl, and 5 relief pitchers for 23 hits, including 17 singles.  Dick Smith becomes the first Met to notch 5 hits in a game as every Met in the lineup has a hit and RBI.  Jack Fisher is the easy winner.

      Vernon Law and the Pirates subdue the Phillies, 13–4. Cookie Rojas has an inside-the-park HR for Philadelphia and Johnny Callison hits one outside. But Jim Pagliaroni has a grand slam for Pittsburgh.

      The Indians complain that Whitey Ford is defacing the ball with his wedding ring, which is wrapped in tape, and after he removes the ring, he exists with one out in the 9th and the game tied at 2–2. Pete Mikkelson is the victor when Bobby Richardson singles home the winner, 3–2. Richardson has a pair of triples and Roger Maris hits a HR.

27thThe first two leadoff batters for the Giants—Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider—belt homers off Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson. That’s all the scoring the Giants get, but it’s enough as they win, 2–1.

      Bunting practice tomorrow, Skip?  In a Cubs win over the visiting Mets, two Cubs batters are called out for running into their own bunts in fair territory (as noted by Tom Ruane). Frank Thomas in the 1stand Ron Santo in the 7thare called out for the running errors.  The Cubs win, 7-1, behind Dick Ellsworth’s complete game.

29th  The Reds and Dodgers play 17 innings before the game is a called at 2–2. All 4 runs come in the 12th inning. NL rules state that no inning may start after 12:50 a.m.

      In Detroit, Pete Ward’s 6th inning grand slam off Dave Wickersham provides all the Sox scoring as Chicago wins, 4-1. John Buzhardt is the victor.

31st  Before 57,037 at the Polo Grounds, the Mets and Giants square off in a Memorial Day doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. and doesn’t conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal’s 5–3, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 6–1 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for 5 to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher’s 3-run homer that bounces off Mays’ glove over the fence. Mays ends the game at shortstop. Eventually, with 2 out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 8–6 after 7 hours and 22 minutes—a record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. In the 14th, the Giants put two runners on and the Mets respond with a triple play, the latest in ML history.  It is the 6th pulled off in the NL and the last ML triple play this century in extra innings. There have been no extra-inning triple plays in the AL (one in the FL). Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of 9 hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York’s 22 K’s in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.

      At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers score a pair in the 8th to break a tie and beat the Pirates, 6-4.  Sandy Koufax goes 7 innings for the win, surrendering a long homer to Roberto Clemente in the 3rd. After retiring, Sandy mentions the hit in his autobiography: “Roberto Clemente hit an outside fastball that was still rising when it hit against the light tower in left center field, 450 feet away from home plate. And on a 1-2 pitch at that.”        

JUNE

2nd  Dave McNally blanks the A’s as the Orioles take first place with a 4–0 win.

      The Cards trade P Lew Burdette to the Cubs for P Glen Hobbie.

      Giants OF Matty Alou suffers a fractured wrist, as Pittsburgh’s Bob Veale beats the Giants 3–1. Alou will miss 5 weeks.

3rd  In Los Angeles, the Angels sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 2-0 and 9-8. The Sox outhit the Haloes 10-4 in game 1 but Fred Newman shuts out Boston. Bob Lee gets a save, then another in game 2 as the win goes to Don Lee.  The Angels plate 2 in the 8th to overcome a grand slam by Tony Conigliaro.

4th  Sandy Koufax becomes the 4th pitcher to hurl three no-hitters by blanking the NL-leading Phillies 3–0 at Connie Mack Stadium. Koufax strikes out 12 and walks one.

      At Milwaukee, Frank Robinson bangs a three-run homer in the 9th as the Reds beat the Braves, 6–3.

      At Minnesota, the Yankees get 3-run homers from Roger Maris and Joe Pepitone to top the Twins, 9-7. Bobby Richardson is 5-for-5 for the second time this season.

      The Angels trade OF Lee Thomas to the Red Sox for OF Lu Clinton.

5th  At Crosley field, the Reds plate 4 runs in the 9th inning to edge the Cards, 5–4.  Deron Johnson drives home the tying and winning run with a single.

      Dick Stuart hits his second grand slam in 10 days and the Red Sox score 9 in the 2nd as they pummel the Athletics, 14-7.

7th  Deron Johnson again leads the Reds to a win over the Cards as he collects a homer, double and 3 singles.  Johnny Edwards hits a grand slam as the Reds win, 11–6.

11th  After a 2-week absence, Mickey Mantle is back in the lineup and clouts 2 HRs at Fenway off Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win easily, 8–4.

      Charlie Finley fires Ed Lopat (17-35) as manager of the A’s, replacing him with Mel McGaha, former manager of the Cleveland Indians.

      Bob Aspromonte hits his third career grand slam to lead Houston to a 5-3 win over the Reds.

12thThe Mets knock Phils starter Dennis Bennett out in the 3rd inning—but its not the last New York will see of the Bennett family. Brother Dave, in his only appearance in the majors, pitches the 9th, allowing 2 hits and a run.  The Mets roll over the Bennetts, 11–3.

      The Yankees sell rookie lefty Bob Meyer (0-3) to the Angels, who will sell him to the Royals July 29.

      The Cubs manage just 4 hits but one is a grand slam by Joey Amalfitano, as they beat the Pirates, 7-1.

13th  In a 4-2 loss to Washington, second baseman Bernie Allen of the Twins is hurt in a collision with Don Zimmer. He will be out until August 4th.

      Mantle is 3-for-3, including a homer, to lead New York to a 6–3 win over the first place White Sox.  Mantle is hitting .331 and leading the Yanks in homers with 11.

14th  The Yankees complete a 5-game sweep of the White Sox with two victories 8–3 and 4–3 (in 10) at the Stadium. Chicago falls to 2nd place behind the Orioles.

15th  In one of the infamous trades of all time, St. Louis acquires OF Lou Brock, with pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, from the Cubs for pitchers Bobby Shantz and former 20-game winner Ernie Broglio and OF Doug Clemens. Broglio, 28, has a 3–5 record, while Brock, a part-time OF with Chicago, is hitting .251. Brock will blossom in St. Louis hitting .348 while swiping 33 bases.  Broglio’s arm will lock up in August and he will have off-season surgery, but his career is essentially finished.  In 2011, Broglio will contend that the Cards knew he had elbow problems requiring regular cortisone shots. He says that an indication was the three wild pitches he threw in a game on May 19thagainst the Cubs. He believes the Cards knew they were trading “damaged goods” to the Cubs.

      The White Sox send 1B Joe Cunningham and a player to be named later to Washington for 1B Bill Skowron and pitcher Carl Bouldin. The player named later is P Frank Kreutzer, who is shipped on July 28.

      Cleveland sends P Jim Grant to Minnesota for P Lee Stange and 3B/OF George Banks.

16thFor the second time in his career, Ken Boyer hits for the cycle to pace the Cardinals to a 7–1 win over Houston. Curt Simmons is the winning pitcher.

17th  The Red Sox lead New York, 3–1, in the 8th when Mantle reaches Dick Radatz for a homer into the RF bleachers. New York scores again in the 9th to tie, but the Bosox win in 12 innings, 4–3. Radatz is the winner, his 4th straight over New York.

20th  The A’s use a 6-run 1st inning to down the Senators, 8-2.  Nelson Mathews grand slam is the big blow in the inning.  Washington scores on Bill Skowron’s 2-run homer in the 4th off Diego Segui.

21st  On Father’s Day at Shea Stadium, Jim Bunning fans 10, drives in 2 runs, and pitches the first perfect game (excluding Don Larsen’s 1956 WS effort and Harvey Haddix’s 1959 overtime loss) since Charlie Robertson’s on April 30, 1922. Philadelphia beats the Mets 6–0. He also becomes the first pitcher to win no-hitters in both leagues, and Gus Triandos becomes the first C to catch a no-hitter in each league. Bunning throws just 90 pitches in winning his 2nd no-hitter. The next time Bunning faces the Mets he will shut them out, the first no-hit pitcher this century to do that. The Mets don’t fare much better in the nightcap as 18-year-old rookie Rick Wise wins his 1st game and gives up just 3 hits for an 8–2 win. Johnny Klippstein comes on in the 9th. The Phils increase their NL lead to 2 games over the Giants.

      The Yankees move into first place by 8 percentage points over Baltimore, as they outpitch the White Sox to win 2–0 and 2–1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard HRs win it 2–0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro, and an error wins the nightcap 2–1 in the 17th. The Yankees sweep 4, giving up just one run in 41 innings, and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.

22nd  In Cincinnati, Willie McCovey belts a grand slam as the second-place Giants whip the Reds, 6-2.

23rd  Charlie Lau ties a ML record with 2 pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore’s 9–8 win over the Yankees. The O’s, losing, score 7 runs in the inning after 2 are out. Yanks manager Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill Sheldon, who was leading 7–2, having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O’s move into first place.

      In the nightcap of 2, Len Gabrielson’s 6th inning single is the only hit the Cubs manage off Phils’ Ray Culp, who wins 9–0. Dick Ellsworth tosses a 2-0, 5-hit shutout for Chicago in the opener.

      Dick McAuliffe’s grand slam in the 8th helps Detroit earn a split on the day as the Tigers win, 9-3, in game 2. Kansas City takes game 1, 2-1.

24th   Max Alvis has two homers, including a grand slam, to pace the Indians to a 12-3 scalping of the Twins in game 1. The Twins rebound to win game 2 by a 3-2 score. Dick Stigman strikes out 12.

      University of Wisconsin star slugger Rick Reichardt signs with the Angels. He receives the biggest bonus ever, an estimated $200,000.

25th  Steve Barber’s 3-hit 3–1 win gives the Orioles a 3-game sweep of the Yankees and first place in the AL.

      At Minnesota, Max Alvis has a 2-run homer and scores 3 times as the Indians pound the Twins, 8-1. Following the game, the Indians board a flight to Boston where Alvis complains about a headache and calls the team trainer Wally Bach in the middle of the night.  Alvis is rushed to a hospital where is diagnosed with spinal meningitis. “They diagnosed it pretty quickly,” he recalled. “They gave me a combination of three really powerful drugs intravenously. That was it. Back then, I probably came back and shouldn’t have,” Alvis said. “But, I wanted to bounce back and be able to play. I probably would have been better off laying off about a year and getting my strength back in my system. I didn’t feel like I was quite as strong as I was after I came back. I don’t know if I would have been a better ballplayer after that. It’s hard to judge that kind of thing.” Alvis will make the All-star team next year.

26th  Twins P Jerry Arrigo just misses a no-hitter when Chicago’s Mike Hershberger laces a 9th-inning single with no outs, as the Twins beat the Sox, 2–0. Arrigo will toss another one-hitter while pitching for the Reds.

      At County Stadium, the Mets score 8 runs—6 off Warren Spahn—in the 2nd inning and beat the Braves, 8-4. Joe Christopher has a grand slam for the Mets, off Bob Sadowski.

      Bo Belinsky and Bob Meyer combine to throw shut outs against the Athletics, winning 1-0 and 6-0.  Each get relief help. It is the first doubleheader shutout in franchise history.

27th  New York edges Detroit, 5–4, beating Denny McLain.  Mantle’s homer in the 4th inning makes it 4–1.

28th  Dodger catcher John Roseboro tags out Willy Mays trying to steal second base! With Duke Snider at bat with a 2-2 count in the 3rd, Mays tries to steal second base. But Roseboro calls for a pitchout and when Mays sees he can’t make it to second safely, he stops.  Roseboro races towards him, after Mays makes a stab at trying to get back to first, and tags him out. The Giants push across the only run of the game in the 8th off Don Drysdale to give Ron Herbel the 1-0 win.

      Tom Tresh has 5 RBIs and belts an 8th inning grand slam as the Yankees come from behind to beat the visiting Tigers, 8-6, in the first of two.  Don Demeter has a pair of homers for the Tigers.  Detroit wins the nightcap, 6-5.

29th  Bob Aspromonte hits a 1st-inning grand slam, his second slam of the month, and Houston tops the visiting Phillies, 6-1. Bob Bruce (8-4) is the winner.

30th  At Wrigley Field, the Reds’ Joey Jay allows just 2 hits but loses to the Cubs, 1–0. Larry Jackson does him one better, allowing just one hit and driving in the lone run with a single. Jackson’s no-hit bid is stopped in the 7th when Pete Rose singles for the Reds only baserunner.

      In Cleveland, the White Sox spot the Indians a run, then score 12 runs before the Tribe answers.  Juan Pizzaro (10-4) scatters 11 hits while his batterymate Jerry McNertney has a grand slam in the 7-run 5th inning. The Sox win, 12-3.

JULY

1stIt’s “Taxi Day” at Yankee Stadium and nearly 5,000 cabbies and their families are on hand as Kansas City runs up the meter to win, 5–4.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Cubs, 5–5. Pete Rose ends the game with a 10th inning homer.

2nd  At Memorial Stadium, the Angels Willie Smith has 4 hits, including a 9th inning tie-breaking grand slam, as he drives in 6 runs. Jackie Brandt has a pair of homers good for 4 RBIs for the Orioles.

3rd  Birdie Tebbetts returns to limited duty as manager of the Indians.

4th  Manny Jimenez, who went the entire 1963 season without a HR, hits 3, and goes 4-for-4 for Kansas City against Baltimore. The game ends in a 6–6 tie when halted by a special curfew so a fireworks display can take place in Baltimore.

      With an 11-inning 5-2 win over the host Giants, the Phillies take over first-place from San Francisco.  Jim Bunning (9-2) goes 10 innings for the win. The Giants runs come in the 1stinning on a 2-run homer by Duke Snider, the last of his career. It is #407. Fittingly, it comes on July 4. The future Hall of Famer is the all-time leader for homeruns on July 4thwith 9.

      In New York, Minnesota is leading 5–4, when Mickey Mantle parks a 3-run shot off Al Worthington in the 8th to win it, 7–5. Joe Pepitone garners a walk; he won’t walk again till September 9.

      The Red Sox hand Earl Wilson a 9-run first and he coasts to a 13-5 victory over the visiting Angels. Lee Thomas belts a grand slam in the opening frame to start the scoring.

5th  Dennis Bennett beats Juan Marichal, 2–1, to give the Phillies a 3-game sweep of the Giants at Candlestick. The Phils hold a 1 1⁄2 game lead at the All-Star break.

      At Comiskey, the White Sox twice shut out the Indians, winning2-0 behind Juan Pizarro and 5-0 behind Joel Horlen.

6th  The NL and its umpires settle on a contract lasting until December 1969. The league provides increased pension and insurance payments.

7th  Johnny Callison’s 9th-inning 3-run HR off Dick Radatz caps a 4-run rally and gives the NL a 7–4 win in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. This evens the series at 17.

10th  Jesus Alou becomes the first Giant with 6 hits in a game in almost 40 years, as San Francisco beats the Cubs 10–3. All 6 hits are against different pitchers.

11th  Vic Power of the Angels is fined $250 and suspended 10 days for spitting on ump Jim Honochick after a close play during a doubleheader loss to the White Sox 7–4 and 6–1 the previous day.

12th  In Kansas City, Pete Ward belts a homer in the game 1 victory as the White Sox beat the Athletics, 3-1.  Ward adds a grand slam and 5 RBIs in game 2 as the Sox come back from a 4-2 deficit to win, 11-4. Manny Jimenez has a pair of roundtrippers for KC.

13th  The Yankees clout 4 homers in Cleveland to top the Tribe, 10–4. Tom Tresh has a pair, and Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer chip in as well.

14th  Jack Sanford of the Giants undergoes arm surgery.

Oriole Bob Johnson’s 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter sets an AL mark, but the Yankees win 4–3.

15th  Whitey Ford’s 2–0 win over the Orioles raises the Yankees to first place.

      In the first of 2 with Cleveland, Wes Stock wins his 12th straight game, all in relief, winning 5–3. The A’s take the nightcap 3–2 in KC.

      Minnesota’s Mudcat Grant tosses a 6–0 shutout against the Senators, despite allowing 13 Nat hits.  The record for most hits allowed in a 9–inning shutout is 14, done twice before.

16th  Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6–1 outing against the Yankees and Jim Bouton.

17th  The first-place O’s win again as Robin Roberts shuts out Detroit 5–0, despite giving up 11 hits.

      The Phillies regain first place with a 7–5 win against the Pirates. They will hold the lead until September 27th.

18th  Ken Boyer, with a grand slam, Bill White, and Tim McCarver of the Cards hit consecutive 8th-inning HRs in a 15–7 bombing of the Mets. The Birds score 11 runs in the frame and almost make it four homers in a row when Mike Shannon hits a double high off the LF wall. White adds two doubles and a single.

      The Reds Pete Rose hits the only grand slam of his career as he drives in 6 runs in the Reds’ 14–4 home win against the Phillies. His grand slam is served up by Dallas Green.

      At Fenway, the battery of Earl Wilson and Bob Tillman assault the Senators, driving in 8 runs as the Red Sox prevail, 12-6. Wilson and Tillman each hits 2-run homers and Tillman adds a grand slam.

19th  Luis Tiant debuts with a 4-hit, 11 strikeout, 3–0 win for Cleveland at Yankee Stadium, just the third pitcher in history to win at Yankee Stadium in his ML debut. Clem Dreisewerd, in 1944, was the last. The losing pitcher is Whitey Ford. Tiant was brought up yesterday after a 15–1 record at Portland (AAA).

      Chicago edges the A’s, 3–2, in 13 innings when pitcher Gary Peters socks a pinch homer.

      Joe Adcock drives in 4 runs as the Angels use a 14-hit attack to whip the Twins, 8-6, in the first of two games. Rich Rollins has a grand slam for the Twins.  Adcock clubs a pair of solo homers in game 2, and Lu Clinton also solos as Dean Chance shuts down the Twins, 4-0.

21st  Norm Cash and George Thomas each belt two homers off Bill Monbouquette, but the Red Sox prevail over the Tigers, 7-5. Dick Stuart’s 3-run homer in the 8th is the big blow.

      Jerry Lynch’s 5th-inning grand slam, off Ray Sadecki, is the difference as the Pirates double the Cardinals, 8-4.

22nd  Led by Willie Stargell, who hits for the cycle, the Pirates roll over the Cards 13–2. Bob Veale is the winner.

23rd  A’s rookie Bert Campaneris helps send Minnesota to defeat 4–3 with 3 hits, including 2 HRs, in his ML debut. The first comes on the first pitch thrown to him, by Jim Kaat, just the second AL player to debut like that. The 21-year-old Cuban joins Bob Nieman as the only player since 1900 with 2 HRs in his first ML game. Doc Edwards seals the win with an 11thinning solo homer.

      Just here for my bat, Skip.  Reliever Jack Baldschun, a lifetime .090 hitter, hits a 2-out 10th inning single to start a 3-run scoring outburst for the Phils. Baldschun is then replaced by Dennis Bennett, who pitches a scoreless 10th for a 13-10 win over the Braves.  Johnny Callison has 2 homers and 5 RBIs for the Phils.

      Led by Lew Burdette’s 2 singles, triple and homer, the Cubs down the Giants, 13-4. Len Gabrielson adds a 3-run homer and Billy Williams a 2-run shot. Burdette’s 4-hit game is the second of his career: no pitcher in the last half of the 20th century will match that.

24thHank Aguirre gives up 5 runs on three homers to New York in the first 4 innings, but the Tigers overcome a 5–2 deficit to win 10–5.

      Gene Oliver and Lee Maye each drive in 3 runs as the Braves top the Mets, 8-5.  For New York, Larry Elliot homers in his 4th straight game.

25th  The Twins tie an AL record by using 9 pitchers in a 13-inning game they lose 6–5 to the White Sox. Gerry Fosnow (0-1) is the loser; Don Mossi (2-1)—the 5th Chicago pitcher—is the winner.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, Ken Boyer hits two homers, including his second grand slam of the week, as the Cardinals take a comfortable 10-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th. The Phillies then plate 7 runs, ending the game when John Herrnstein hits a sac fly that turns into a DP with an out at 2B. Alex Johnson debuts for the Phils with 3 hits.

26th  In Cleveland, the Red Sox sweep a pair but pay a penalty when  LF Tony Conigliaro suffers a broken arm in game 2 when he is hit by a Pedro Ramos pitch. Ed Connolly pitches 6 scoreless innings in the 3-1 win. In game 1, Conigliaro hits his 20th homer to back Earl Wilson’s 4-hit, 6-1 victory.  Conigliaro was not through breaking things as he gets fined $250 by manager Johnny Pesky for breaking curfew. It is the third time this season he’s broken curfew.

      In Philadelphia, the first-place Phils drop a doubleheader to St. Louis and two lefty pitchers. Rookie Gordon Richardson tops the Phils 6–1 in his first ML start, then Ray Sadecki beats them 4–1 in the nightcap.

      The Braves sweep the Mets in a doubleheader at Shea, but Atlanta uses 11 pitchers to do it.  The Mets also use 11 pitchers, a two-team record, as the Braves win 11–7 and 15–10. Game 2 features 39 hits. Rico Carty drives in 5 runs and Hank Aaron finishes the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 9th.  Both wins go to Chi Chi Olivo who toils just 2 2/3 innings.

      The Reds and Pirates split a pair with the Bucs taking the opener, 7-2 and the Reds coming back for a 5-1 win. Willie Stargell homers in each game and Leo Cardenas hits a grand slam in game 1.

27th  Reds manager Fred Hutchinson enters a Cincinnati hospital for further cancer treatment. Dick Sisler takes the helm.

28th  The Angels Jim Fregosi hits for the cycle to assure a 3–1 win over the Yankees. New York’s only score is a Mantle homer over the CF fence at Chavez Ravine, one of only two hits off Dean Chance. It’s the first homer given up by Chance in 69 innings.

31st  The Giants take advantage of 3 errors by Bill Mazeroski and 2 by Bob Bailey to tip the bumbling Bucs, 8–6.  Maz’s last error, on a potential DP ball in the 9th, helps the Giants score 3 runs. Willie Mays has 3 singles and 3 runs to lead the attack. The Giants remain 1 1/2 games in back of the Phils, but learn that Juan Marichal has back spasms and will not pitch again until August 25th.

      At Philadelphia, 24,197 see Chris Short, with help from Jack Baldschun, stop the Dodgers, 6–1.  John Callison starts the Phils scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st, off Ron Moeller. Tommy Davis hits an 8th inning double that caroms off 2B Tony Taylor’s mouth, kayoing both Taylor and Chris Short. Maury Wills has 4 singles and drives in the lone run.

      The Cards send down Glen Hobbie and bring up knuckleballer Barney Schultz.

AUGUST

2nd  Detroit P Larry Sherry suffers a fractured left foot when struck by a liner off the bat of Leon Wagner in Cleveland’s doubleheader sweep, 6–1 and 2–1. Sherry is out for rest of the year.

      In Baltimore’s 8–7 win over Kansas City, Brooks Robinson hits a ball that strikes the LF pole at KC and it is ruled in play by John Rice. Brooks is thrown out at 3B. Later Rice admits he made a mistake.

3rd In St. Louis, the Pirates score in each of the first six innings to give Harvey Haddix a 19-0 lead. He makes it hold up, pitching a 4-hit shutout. Roberto Clemente has 5 hits and 4 runs scored, Bob Skinner scores 4 times, Dick Stuart has a grand slam and 5 RBI, and Smoky Burgess clubs 2 homers.

4th  Fred Hutchinson returns to manage the Reds. They respond by sweeping a pair 5–2 and 4–2 from the Braves.

      A’s starter John O’Donoghue gives up his 3rd homer to Mantle this year, but that’s all he allows, as Kansas City tops visiting New York, 5–1.

5th  After weeks of negotiating, Ford Frick tells the league presidents and club owners he will not run for another term as commissioner.

      At Kansas City, the A’s touch up Al Downing for 8 runs in 5 innings en route to a 10-1 victory.  Rocky Colavito has a single, 2 doubles and a homer, scoring 3 runs and driving in 3, while Nelson Mathews clouts a grand slam. Joe Pepitone’s homer off Orlando Pena is New York’s lone tally.

7th  Steve Barber and Harvey Haddix beat the Yankees 2–0 to boost the Orioles back into first place.

      The 10th-place Mets send 1B Frank Thomas to the NL-leading Phils (1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants) for P Gary Kroll, OF Wayne Graham, and cash. Thomas, seemingly the answer to the Phils’ 1st base problem, rode the Mets’ team bus to Philadelphia, then found out he was traded. He then drives in 2 runs as the Phils top the Mets 9–4. The Phils will take the next two games with Thomas collecting 5 RBIs in the sweep.

8th  The Angels sign a contract to move to Anaheim in 1966.

9th  Phillies P Jim Bunning, who pitched a no-hitter in his last start against the Mets, throws another 5 innings of hitless ball against New York before Joe Christopher beats out a 2-out bunt. Bunning wins the game 6–0.

      At Busch Stadium, Cardinal pitcher Ray Sadecki (13-9) stops Houston, 8-2, while his batterymate Tim McCarver is 3-for-3 with a steal of home. It is the third steal of home in two years for the catcher.

11th  At Crosley Field, Joey Jay strikes out 13 Dodgers as the Reds win, 4–2.

      Johnny Callison collects two doubles and a grand slam and scores 4 runs as the Phillies roll over the host Cubs, 13-5.

12th  Mickey Mantle homers from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th and final time, a ML record, and New York beats Chicago 7–3 at Yankee Stadium. Mel Stottlemyre, in his major league debut, is the winner, scattering 7 hits.

13th  CBS buys 80 percent of the Yankees, effective November 2.

      A day after the team and fans celebrate his birthday, ailing Fred Hutchinson again takes a leave of absence as manager of Reds. Dick Sisler again takes charge. Hutch will enter a hospital for further treatments.

14th  Bo Belinsky is suspended by the Angels after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer. Four days later Belinsky is assigned to Hawaii (Pacific Coast League), then suspended for the season when he refuses to report.

15th  Mayor Daley declares “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago and 26,000 fans cheer the Cubs’ slugger.  Banks then goes hitless as Pittsburgh wins 5–4.

16th  Sandy Koufax (19-5) pitches a 3–0 win against St. Louis, but he will miss the rest of the season because of a elbow injury suffered when he slid back into 2B against Milwaukee on August 8. In the nightcap, Curt Simmons matches Koufax with a 4–0 shutout of the Dodgers. Card CF Curt Flood has 8 straight hits in the doubleheader split.

17th  General manager Bing Devine and business manager Art Routzong of the Cardinals are fired by owner August Busch. The popular Devine, who was engineered the Brock trade, leaves with the Cardinals in 5th place. Bob Howsam is hired to take Devine’s place

18th  Joey Amilfitano hits a homer in the 8th and a 2-run double in the 16th as the Cubs top the first-place Phils, 4-3, at Connie Mack Stadium. Clay Dalrymple’s solo homer in the bottom of the 16th, off winner Freddie Burdette, completes the scoring.  This is Burdette’s lone ML decision.

      At Tiger Stadium, the Tigers and Angels swap 1-0 shutouts. Dean Chance wins the opener as Vic Power’s homer, off Hank Aguirre, is the only score. Chance allows two hits. Mickey Lolich wins game 2, allowing just three hits, all in the 1st inning.

19th  At Shea, Jim Hickman provides all the Mets scoring with a 6th-inning grand slam off Vern Law as New York beats Pittsburgh, 4-2. Bill Virdon’s 9th inning 2-run homer off starter Tracy Stallard plates all the Bucs runs.

20th  On the New York team bus following a 5–0 White Sox win, Phil Linz begins to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on his harmonica. Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop, then slaps the instrument out of his hands when he continues playing. The incident is reported as indicating dissension on the club and Berra’s lack of control, as well as the level of Linz’s humor.

       LF Boog Powell fractures his right wrist in a collision with the outfield fence in Baltimore’s loss at Boston. He will be sidelined until September 5th.

21stIn LA, Reds reliever Billy McCool pitches 6 2/3 innings of stellar relief to beats the Dodgers, 3–2. McCool allows one hits and strikes out 9.

      Behind Bob Heffner’s second career shutout, the Red Sox down the visiting Yankees, 7-0. Batterymate Bob Tillman clouts a 7th-inning grand slam off reliever Stan Williams to put the game out of reach.

22nd  The Yankees lose the first game to Boston, 5–3, extending their losing streak to 6 games.  Boston scores 3 runs in the 8th inning to win it.  In the nightcap, New York wins, 8–0, as Mantle and John Blanchard both homer, and Maris drives in 3 runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd game in a row since being recalled from Richmond.  The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles, with the White Sox in 2nd place, 1 1/2 games back.

      Cleveland sweeps a pair from the visiting Angels, winning 1-0 and 5-1. Sonny Siebert allows 5 its and tosses the shutout in game 1, besting Dean Chance. Dick Donovan allows 4 hits in game 2 as the Tribe win, 5-1. Catcher John Romano has a steal of home in the 6th inning.

23rd  Mets pitcher Willard Hunter picks up half his career wins (4) today as New York sweeps the Cubs, 2–1, in 10 innings, and 5–4 in the nightcap.  No one has ever won a pair more efficiently as he totals 1 2/3 innings of work.  Bob Buhl and Don Elston pick up losses. The Cubs lose Ernie Broglio, who woke up with a locked elbow and will need surgery to repair the ulnar lateral ligament damage in his elbow. He’ll be 1–6 in 1965.

      The Twins and Tigers split, with Minnesota coming from behind to win game 1, 6–5, on Don Mincher’s grand slam in the 8th. Detroit takes game 2 by a 5-2 score on a pair of homers by Bill Freehan and a two-run HR by Gates Brown.

      The first-place Phils rout the Pirates, 9-3, on Dick Allen’s 4 RBIs and Jim Bunning’s 14th win of the year.

      At San Francisco, the Giants edge the Cardinals, 3–2, in 10 innings on Dal Maxvil’s error. The Giants are tied with the Reds for 2nd place, with the Cardinals (65-58) in 4th place.

      New York tops host Boston, 4–3, as Mantle starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning off Earl Wilson.  New York will win 26 of their next 33 games.

24th  In a 113 page document the FTC rules that the Topps Gum Company has a monopoly on baseball cards.  They forbid Topps to enforce any existing contract after November 31, 1966.

25th  Whitey Ford (13-5) wins his first game in 6 weeks.  Ford throws 100 pitches in 8 innings and Al Downing strikes out 3 in the 9th as the 3rd-place Yankees beat Washington, 4-1.

27th  Joe Adcock belts his 300th career home run, off Diego Segui, to pace the Angels to a 7-1 victory over host Kansas City. Adcock is the 23rd player to reach the mark. He has 17 homers this year, 15 on the road. In the 6th he receives congratulations from Rocky Colavito, who reaches 1B on a single. Rocky has 299 homers.

      At Comiskey, the Twins score 3 in the 9th to snap a tie and beat the White Sox, 5-2. The loss drops Chicago to 2nd place in the AL.  For the third game in a row against Minnesota, Don Buford grounds into a double play.  Buford will finish his career as the toughest batter in history to double up (1 in 138 at bats).

29th  On Elston Howard Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston 10–2 and 6–1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 HRs, including a grand slam, and Roger Maris’s 6 singles lead the offense. Mickey Mantle hits HR number 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1,330) in the nightcap.

30th  Milwaukee (8) and San Francisco (7) combine to use a ML-record 15 pinch hitters in 2 nine-inning games. The Giants win the opening marathon 13–10, then lose 7–4. Jim Ray Hart homers in each game, as does Rico Carty, who has 5 hits in game 2. Gene Oliver belts a grand slam in game 1 for the Braves. The Milwaukee refreshment stands, down to $13 in pennies, drop their prices; beer goes from 31 cents to 30 cents, hot dogs from 26 cents to 25 cents, hot sandwiches from 62 cents to 60 cents.

31st  Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of next year’s California Angels.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Southpaw relief P Masanori Murakami becomes the first ML player from Japan. He debuts in a 4–1 San Francisco loss at New York. His first 11 innings will be scoreless ones.

      The Phillies top Houston 4–3 on 3 solo HRs in the 7th inning. John Callison, Wes Covington, and Frank Thomas supply the power outages.

      The Cardinals move past the faltering Giants into 3rd place with a 5–4 win over the Braves. Former Brave, now Cardinals utility C, Bob Uecker hits his first HR of the year, then singles in the winning run in the 9th to win it for the Birds.  St. Louis is 7 1/2 in back of the first-place Phils.

      At Crosley Field, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in the Reds 2–1 win over Chicago.

2nd  Lee Stange ties a ML record with 4 strikeouts in the 7th inning, as the Indians beat Washington 9–0.

      Milt Pappas keeps Baltimore in first place with a one-hit 2–0 win against Minnesota. Zoilo Versalles gets the single in the 8th for the only hit.

      Boston’s Bill Monbouquette pitches a one-hitter, but loses 2–1 to Minnesota. Versalles spoils a no-hitter for the second time in one week with a 6th-inning HR.

4th  The batting glove makes its debut. The Yankees overcome two homers, the first a 450-foot shot, by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s, 9–7, in 10 innings.  Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. Harrelson, a platoon player, gets the start when the Yankees put in Whitey Ford. Harrelson has a blister from 36 holes of golf in the morning, so he wears his red golf glove at bat, the first time any player has worn a golf glove. Tomorrow, Mickey Mantle has the club house boy buy 20 red golf gloves which the Yankees wear in batting practice. They whistle at Harrelson, calling him “Mrs. Harrelson” and “don’t let your skirts get dirty”, but within two years golf gloves will be a common sight. In spring training 1983 Franklin Sports will team up with Mike Schmidt to perfect batting gloves and the company’s invention will become an MLB licensee in 1988. With the Orioles losing today, Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are virtually tied for first, with New York (77-56) three games back.

      The Red Sox collect 17 hits in beating the Senators, 14-8. Dick Radatz wins his 16thgame in relief, striking out 2 in 3 innings. Radatz finishes the year with 181 strikeouts, the third year in a row that he notches 125 strikeouts (next year he will reach 121) without starting a game. He is the first to do it. The next pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with 125 K’s and no starts will be Ron Dibble.

5th  Blue Moon Odom makes his ML debut, and Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field homer in the first inning.  New York hangs on to win, again by a 9–7 score.

Ernie Banks belts a double and homer in the same inning, and the Cubs use the big score to beat the Cards, 8–5.  Mike Cuellar takes the loss against Larry Jackson.

      Frank Thomas hits a 2-run homer in the Phillies 4-run 1st inning, and Gus Triandos cracks a 5th-inning grand slam as Jim Bunning (16-4) tops the Giants, 9-3,  The Phillies stay in first place by 6.5 games.

      Mickey Lolich gives up 4 hits as Detroit hands the Senators their record-tying fourth straight shutout.  Detroit wins, 4-0.

      Sound familiar? The Yanks acquire veteran P Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Indians get 2 players to be named later: Ralph Terry on October 12, and Bud Daley on November 27.

6th  For the second time in 4 days and the 3rd time in his career, Zoilo Versalles has the only hit for the Twins. His 2-run homer in the 6th is the lone hit off Boston’s Bill Monbouquette but it is good enough for a Twins win, 2–1.

      At Comiskey Park, pitching is the word of the day. Jack Kralick scatters 4 hits in game 1 as the Indians triumph, 2-0.  In game 2, Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 6 scoreless innings of relief as the White Sox rebound for a 3-2 win in 13 innings. When Vic Davilillo is thrown out at home in the 2nd inning of game 2, he becomes the 3rd Cleveland player that inning to make an out on the basepaths. It’ll next be done by the Yankees on August 12, 1975.

      At Philadelphia,Giants’ ace Juan Marichal strikes out 13 Phillies, including 7 in a row, to win 4–3. The Phils lead is cut to 5.5 games.

      The Red Sox sell pitcher Wilbur Wood to the Pirates. The knuckleballer was 0–5 last year and had no decision in 4 appearances this year. The Bucs will pass Wood along to the White Sox in 1967 where he’ll blossom.

7th  Completing a 12-3 home stand, the Cards sweep a Labor Day doubleheader from the Reds 3–2, 3–2, and move into a 2nd-place tie with Cincinnati.

      The Pirates roll out 11 pitchers but still loses two to the Giants, 6–4 and 9–6.

      The 9th place Senators take a pair from the White Sox, 3-0 and 6-2, and drop the Sox out of first place behind Baltimore and a game ahead of the Yankees.

      In a morning game, the New York Yankees beat the Senators, 5-4, in 11 innings. The night game is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd game in a row, and scores the winning run in the 11th.  Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.

      The Cubs Ellis Burton hits a pair of homers, one righty and one lefty, accomplishing this for the second time in his career. But it is not enough as the visiting Braves win, 10–9.

8th Phils’ first baseman Frank Thomas fractures his right thumb sliding back into 1B in the 3–2 loss to the Dodgers. The Phils are six games ahead, but Thomas’s loss will be felt keenly when the Phils begin to slide. Art Mahaffey takes the loss, lasting just a 1/3 of an inning. Thirty-six-year-old Jim Brewer wins his first ML start.

9th  The Dodgers whip the Giants, 8-1, behind Don Drysdale.  Tommy Davis has a HR, while Willie Davis has a grand slam. Big Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hendley, the 8th homer he’s clubbed off him in 20 at bats, including 4 consecutive last year (not in the same game).

      Lou Brock’s 5 hits leads a Cardinal 20-hit attack as the whip the Phillies, 10-5 in 11 innings.

      The Seattle Post-Intelligenterreports that Cleveland GM Gabe Paul has requested economic surveys of the Seattle market in anticipation of a possible Indians’ move to the Northwest.

10th  The Phils split a 2-game series with the Cards and build a 6-game lead in the NL on Chris Short’s 5–1 win.  Short strikes out 12 throwing no curves to win his 16th.  A pivotal play is 3B Dick Allen’s stop and throw out of Javier’s sharp grounder with 2 men on in the 2nd.

      Baltimore tops the Senators 12–5, despite Brooks Robinson hitting into his 2nd triple play.  Brooks will hit into a record 4 TPs by the time he hangs up his glove.

11th  The Phils Dennis Bennett stops the Giants, 1–0, defeating Juan Marichal.  Ruben Amaro’s double scores the lone run and keeps the Phils 6 game ahead of the Cards.

Bob Gibson holds the Cubs to 2 hits, and the Cards win, 50.  Ken Boyer’s 22nd homer starts the Birds’ scoring.

      Angels reliever Bob Lee fractures his right hand punching a heckling sailor in Boston. But he is the only Angel connecting as Bill Monbouquette shuts out the Haloes, 3–0.

      After rookie Wally Bunker (16-4) gives the Orioles a 5–2 win, KC’s bonus baby Blue Moon Odom stops the O’s, 8–0, on 2 hits. The split shaves the Orioles lead to a half-game over the White Sox. The O’s will get one hit tomorrow.

      In a pitching duel between the Braves Denny Lemaster and the Reds Jim Maloney, Milwaukee scores a run in the 8th to win, 1–0. Gene Oliver doubles, the 2nd hit of the game off Maloney, and scores after a double steal and fly out.  Leo Cardenas has the only hit off Lemaster.

12th  The Orioles’ Frank Bertaina and the A’s Bob Meyer duel in the ML’s 5th double one-hitter, and the only all-rookie one. Bertaina prevails 1–0, his 1st ML win and only decision of the year. Johnny Orsino’s 8th inning double and Doc Edwards 5th inning two-bagger account for the only hit for each team. Baltimore sets a major-league record for fewest at-bats in a 9-inning game (8 times at bat) with 19, and both clubs go to the plate just 46 times. The last battle of matching one-hitters was June 21, 1956.

      Orlando Cepeda hits a 2-run homer and grand slam to lead the Giants to a 9-1 victory over the faltering Phillies. The Phils lead the Giants and Cardinals by 6 games.

      The Indians score 6 in the 1st, and outlast the White Sox, 11–10.  For 2nd-place Chicago, it is their 4th loss in 6 games.  The loss goes to starter Ray Herbert, with Sam McDowell the victor.

13th  St. Louis becomes the first NL club to score in each inning since the Giants did it on June 1, 1923. They coast, 15–2, at Wrigley Field with Curt Simmons improving his record to 15–9.  Dick Ellsworth goes to 14-15 for Chicago. Julian Javier, Lou Brock, and Mike Shannon homer for the Birds.

16th  The White Sox move into a first-place tie (88-61) with Baltimore by besting Detroit 4–1, while the Orioles lose to Minnesota 2–1. The Yanks are one point behind.

      In Los Angeles, the Pirates top the Dodgers, 7-5. Willie Crawford, who turned 18 nine days ago, debuts for the Dodgers and pops out pinch hitting.  Crawford is the youngest player to debut with the team in LA.

      In Cleveland, the Indians sweep a pair from Washington, winning 3-1 and 3-2. Game 1 is held up for 10 minutes in a rules dispute after Don Zimmer bangs a ball off the padding and OF Chico Salmon kicks it through a hole in the wall.  Nats manager Gil Hodges wants a homerun, but Zim just gets a double out of it.

17th  The Yankees whip the Angels 6–2 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle each have 3 hits. Mantle’s include his 2,000th career hit and his 450th HR, his 31st of the year. The Yankees have won 2 in a row and will run their win streak to 11 games. Only twice in the first 17 years have the Yankees failed to be in first place on this date—1948 and 1954.

      Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning (17-4), starting on 2 days rest after pitching 10 innings in Houston, loses to the Colt 45s, 6–5. Bunning had won 8 in a row.

19th  The Colt 45s drop Harry Craft (61-88) as manager. He is replaced by Lum Harris.

      The Dodger-Phils matchup in Los Angeles goes 15 innings, when with 2 outs in the bottom of the 16th, Willie Davis singles, steals 2nd, and takes 3rd on a wild pitch. With rookie reliever Morrie Steevens making his first ML appearance, Davis swipes home to give the Dodgers the 4–3 win. His steal of home is the latest in any game in the NL and ties Hal Trosky’s 16th-inning swipe of home in a 1944 game.  The Phils now lead by 5 1/2.

      Juan Marichal wins his 19th and Willie Mays hits his 44th HR as San Francisco beats Pittsburgh, 13-2. Mays scores 5 runs on 2 hits, the second time this year and the third time in his career he has plated 5 runs.

      In the first game of a doubleheader, the Reds stun the Cardinals 7–5 when Frank Robinson connects for a 3-run 9th inning HR off Bob Gibson. The Cards take the 2nd, 2–0, scoring both runs on C Don Pavletich’s throwing error on a double steal.  Ray Sadecki wins his 18th.

      The Yanks move a half game ahead of the rained-out O’s by defeating the A’s, 8–3.  Mantle and Maris homer and Ralph Terry pitches effectively in relief of Al Downing.

20th  Jim Bunning, in relief, strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the 9th to preserve the Phils 3–2 win in Los Angeles.  The win comes after 2 straight losses and leaves the 1st place Phils in front of the NL by 6 1/2 games with 12 to play.  When they return to Philley in the early morning, 2,000 fans including Mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.

      Jim Bouton faces 28 batters, allowing 2 hits, as the Bulldog stops Kansas City, 4-0. The Yankees stay in first, a game ahead of Baltimore, who split with the Angels.

21st  John Tsitouris hurls a 1–0 shutout for the Reds over Art Mahaffey and the first-place Phillies, launching a 10-game Phils’ losing streak.  Rookie Chico Ruiz scores the only run when, with Frank Robinson at bat, he steals home with 2 out in the 6th inning.

22nd  The Yankees sweep Cleveland, winning 5–3 and 8–1. In the doubleheader, the Yanks get home runs from Mantle, Pepitone, Maris, and Phil Linz.

      The Giants spoil Larry Dierker’s 18th birthday party by chasing the rookie in the 3rd inning as they beat Houston, 7-1. Dierker was making his ML debut.

23rd  The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row, defeating the Tribe, 4–3 in 11 innings and 6–4. Elston Howard’s homer off Louie Tiant snaps a tie in the opener.  John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York.  Ramos, however, will not be eligible for the WS.

      The slumping Phils (90-63) drop their 3rd in a row to the Reds, 6–4.  Vada Pinson has two homers, good for 4 runs, to lead the Reds over the 1st-place Quakers. The Reds (86-66) trail by 3 1/2 games, with the Cards and Giants 5 back.

      The Mets surprise the Cards and Roger Craig, 2–1, scoring the winner on an error.            The Cards only run is Bill White’s homer off Galen Cisco.  Cards manager Johnny Keane is quoted as saying he has no idea whether he will be asked to return as Cards manager next year.

      Washington’s Don Loun makes his first mound appearance and shuts out the Red Sox, 1–0 for his only ML win.  Loun will lose his next and last start.

25th  Dean Chance beats the Twins’ Jim Kaat 1–0 to become the Angels first 20-game winner. Chance’s five 1–0 wins in 1964 ties the ML record held by 4 pitchers (Reb Russell; W. Johnson; Bush; Hubbell).

      The 1st-place Phils, just 3 1/2 games in the lead after dropping 3 games at home to the Reds (9–2 and 6–4) throw Jim Bunning at the Braves. Bunning lasts 6 innings but the Braves topple the host Phils, 5–3, as Joe Torre belts two triples to drive home three runs. In the 2nd contest, the woes continue as the Phillies lose 7–5 in 11 innings. Christ Short goes 8 innings for Philley before exiting with a 3–3 tie.  Torre slams a two run homer in the 10th, but the Phils match it, before losing it in the 11th.  Torre had three hits in the nightcap with 3 RBIs.

      At Shea, Jim Maloney fires a one-hitter in the Reds, 3–0, win over the Mets. Joe Christopher’s 2nd-inning single is the only hit.

26th  At Shibe Park, the Braves and Phillies set a ML record by using 43 players in a 9-inning game. The Braves’ 25 match the 9-inning high mark for NL clubs. Eight of the 25 are pitchers, tying a league mark, but still the stumbling Phils drop their 6th in a row 6–4.  The topper is Rico Carty’s 3-run triple in the top of the 9th against reliever Bobby Shantz, in for starter Art Mahaffey. Torre again has three hits for Milwaukee, which shaves the Phils’ lead to a half-game.

      Behind rookie Mel Stottlemyre’s 2-hitter, the Yankees roll over the Senators, 7–0, for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with a ML-record-tying 5 hits, the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher this century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game, he’s had 6 hits in a row.

      The Reds belt the Mets, 6–1, for their 7th straight win, the longest in the NL this season. Marty Keough drives in half the runs with a single and double. The Reds are now a half-game in back of the Phils.

27th  Despite 3 HRs by Johnny Callison, the Phils are 14–8 losers to the Braves, who complete a 4-game sweep at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phils’ 7th straight loss drops them out of first, which they had held for 73 days. Milwaukee tallied 22 hits—10 against Jim Bunning in 4 innings—and four relievers. Joe Torre has two hits including his 20th homer.

      The Reds are winners of 9 straight as they sweep 2 against New York, winning 4–1 and 3–1, to take a one-game lead over the faltering Phils. Philadelphia is now just a half-game ahead of the charging Cardinals, winners of 8 straight games. Even the Giants, losers of a doubleheader against the Cubs, are just 4 1/2 games in back of the Reds, and will not be eliminated until October 3.

      Chicago dents the Giants pennant hopes with a double sweep, winning 4-1 on a 3-hitter by Larry Jackson (23-10) and 4-2 behind Cal Koonce (2-0). Ron Santo has a 3-run homer in game 1, off Juan Marichal, and Ernie Banks hits a grand slam in game 2. 

      In the final game at Colt Stadium, Bob Bruce pitches 12 scoreless innings for the Colt 45’s in a 1-0 gem over the Dodgers. Bruce allows 5 hits.  LA starter Don Drysdale allows 3 hits in 10 innings before giving way to Ron Perranoski, who allows an RBI-single to Jim Wynn to end the game. Bruce (15-9) is the only Colt 45 with a winning career record.

28th  The Phils drop to 3rd place when they lose in St. Louis, 5–1. Bob Gibson is the winner over a tired Chris Short.

      Sadaharu Oh hits his 55th HR of Yomiuri’s 130-game season. It is his highest total and a Japanese record.

29th  The Cards’ 4–2 win over the Phils moves them into a first-place tie with the Reds, who lose to the Pirates.  Ray Sadecki posts his 20th win for the Cards.

30th  The Phillies lose their 10th straight game as Curt Simmons of the Cards beats Jim Bunning 8–5.  The Phils now trail by 2 1/2 games with just 2 to play, but have a glimmer of hope since the Cardinals have 3 games left against the 10th-place Mets.

      A total of 36 strikeouts, 19 by Pittsburgh batters, ties the NL record for whiffs in the Pirates’ 1–0 squeaker against the Reds in 16 innings. Jerry Mays’s squeeze bunt scores the lone run. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place with 3 games left.

      In his first ML at bat, pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer, the only one of his brief ML career. Even so, the Tigers lose to New York 7–6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd off Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York takes the nightcap 11–8 for a sweep.

      In a rarity at Fenway, the Indians shut out the Red Sox in a doubleheader winning 5–0 and 3–0. Rookie Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell go the distance in applying the whitewash.

OCTOBER

1st  Detroit’s Dave Wickersham, in a bid for his 20th win, is ejected by umpire Bill Valentine in the 7th inning of his final start. Wickersham gets the heave-ho for trying to get Valentine’s attention by grabbing his shoulder during an argument with Norm Cash. Mickey Lolich enters the 1–1 tie and earns a 4–2 win.

      Danny Murtaugh (80-82) resigns as manager of the Pirates for health reasons.

      At County Stadium, Ed Bailey belts a 1st-inning grand slam as the Braves top the Mets, 7-3. Denny LeMaster wins his 17th.

      Dave McNally’s one-hitter keeps Baltimore in the pennant race, 2 1⁄2 games behind the Yankees. Don Lock’s double is the only safety in the O’s 2-0 win over the Senators.

2nd  The Mets end an 8-game St. Louis win streak when Al Jackson beats Bob Gibson 1–0, but the Cards remain a half game in front of the Reds.

      With first place on the line, the Phils win 4–3 in Cincinnati with the help of their 3rd triple play of the season, and snap their 10-game loss streak. The three triple plays is a NL season record. The Phils score 4 runs in the 8th off Jim O’Toole with the rally starting after a routine fly ball drops between Leo Cardenas and Pete Rose. Cardenas and O’Toole exchange angry words after the game and then start swinging. The 4th-place Giants stay in the chase when Bob Bolin shuts out the Cubs, 9–0.

      The Orioles score 6 runs in the 2nd to beat Detroit 10–4 in a fog-bound game. Detroit outfielders lose 2 routine fly balls in the O’s big inning.

3rd  The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant, and 29th in the club’s history, by defeating Cleveland, 8–3.

      The Cardinals lose 15–5 to the Mets and fall into a first-place tie with the idle Reds. Ed Kranepool has 4 RBIs and one of the five New York homers.

      The Phils are also idle while the Cubs finally eliminate the Giants by beating them 10–7.

      Boston fires manager Johnny Pesky (70-90). Billy Herman takes over for the final game of season.

4th  Larry Jackson’s 9–2 victory over the Giants is his 24th win for the Cubs, the most ever for an 8th-place team. He also sets a ML record for pitchers by fielding 109 chances during the season without an error.  Walter Johnson fielded 103 chances without an error in 1913.

      The Phils bomb the Reds 10–0 as both teams finish one game behind St. Louis. The 2 teams then sit in the visitor’s clubhouse and hope that New York’s Galen Cisco (6–18) can stop the Cards. The Mets take a 3–2 lead into the 5th inning, but St. Louis scores 3 runs to regain the lead. The Mets score once more but the Cardinals complete their scoring with 3 in the 8th to win 11–5. Bob Gibson wins in relief.  For St. Louis, it is their first pennant since 1946.

      Vic Davilillo’s bunt single in the 13thleads to a run as the Indians edge the Yankees, 2-1.  New York sets a ML record that won’t be topped this century by playing in 1,537 innings.

      With one game left, Alvin Dark (90-72) is fired as manager of the Giants and replaced by Herman Franks. The Giants will finish in 4th places 3 games off the pace. Dark survived a media storm in the summer when interviewer Stan Isaacs quoted him as saying the trouble with the Giants was “because we have so many Negro and Spanish-speaking players on the team. They are just not able to perform up to the white player when comes to mental alertness. You can’t make most Negro and Spanish players have the pride in their team that you get from the white players.”  Dark  will contend that he was misquoted, and, indeed, several black ballplayers will come to his defense. Jackie Robinson later said, “I have known him for many years and I have found him to be a gentleman and, above all, unbiased.” What does in the bible-quoting Dark, married with 4 children, is his affair with airline hostess Jackie Rockwood (whom he would later marry).

7th  Ailing Whitey Ford struggles as St. Louis wins the WS opener 9–5 at Busch Stadium. Mike Shannon homers in a 4-run, St. Louis 6th inning. Tom Tresh loses Flood’s triple in the rally. Ray Sadecki and Barney Schultz combine for the win.

8th  Rookie Mel Stottlemyre beats Bob Gibson 8–3 to even the WS. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.

9th  Charlie Finley says he lost $834,356 in Kansas City this year, a prelude to renewed efforts to move the A’s somewhere else.

10th  After Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons battle to a 1–1 tie through 8 innings, Mickey Mantle homers on Barney Schultz’s first pitch in the 9th, and the Yankees win 2–1.

11th  Ken Boyer’s grand slam in the 6th inning off Al Downing gives the Cards a 4–3 win in game 4.

12th  Tim McCarver’s 3-run HR pins a 5–2 loss on Pete Mikkelsen and gives St. Louis a 3-2 WS lead.

14th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit HRs on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons, and Joe Pepitone belts Gordie Richardson for a grand slam. New York wins 8–3 at St. Louis and evens the WS.

      The Braves say they have a firm lease offer from Atlanta.

15th  St. Louis takes an early lead in the deciding WS game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6–0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer, and Phil Linz homer for New York, but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7–5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers, Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees, homer in their last WS appearance, a first in ML history.

16th  The Board of Directors of the Indians votes to keep the club in Cleveland.

17th  A WS loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.

19th  AilingFred Hutchinson (60-49) resigns as manager of Reds.

Harry Walker is named manager of the Pirates.

      Branch Rickey is fired from his $65,000 per year consulting job with the Cardinals.

20th  Johnny Keane pulls another shocker by signing to manage the Yankees.

Red Schoendienst is appointed manager of the Cards.

21st  After just 11 years in Milwaukee, the Braves Board of Directors votes to ask the NL for permission to move to Atlanta. Milwaukee County officials sue to block the move.

30th  Joe Stanka of the Nankai Hawks wins the Pacific League MVP award. With a season record of 26-7, Stanka pitched his team to 3 straight victories over the Yomiuri Giants to win the Japan Series. In his career with the Hawks (1960-65), and later with the Taiyo Whales (1966), he will win 100 games, the record for an American pitcher.

NOVEMBER

3rd  Philadelphia voters approve $25 million to build a new sports stadium.

7th  With their home attendance below 800,000 for the past 2 seasons, the NL orders the Braves to stay in Milwaukee in 1965, but permits a move to Atlanta in 1966.

10th  The Braves sign a 25-year lease to play in the new Atlanta stadium.

12th  Former Cincinnati manager Fred Hutchinson, 45, dies of cancer in Florida.

18th  Baltimore 3B Brooks Robinson is voted AL MVP, outpolling Mickey Mantle 269 to 171.

23rd  The Mets purchase P Warren Spahn from the Braves. The Future Hal of Famer, now 43, slumped to a 6–13 record in 1964, after winning 23 the year before.

24th  3B Ken Boyer of the Cardinals is voted NL MVP, with 243 votes to 187 for Philadelphia OF Johnny Callison.

29th  The Phils trade P Dennis Bennett to the Red Sox for 1B Dick Stuart.

DECEMBER

1st  The White Sox trade P Ray Herbert and 1B Jeoff Long to the Phillies for OF Danny Cater and SS Lee Elia.

      The Indians obtain OF Chuck Hinton from Washington for 1B Bob Chance and IF/OF Woody Held.

      The Houston club officially changes its name from the Colt 45s to the Astros.

3rdIn what is fine move by the Angels, California unloads P Bo Belinsky to the Phillies for minor-league pitcher Rudy May and first baseman Costen Shockley.

4th  Baseball approves a free-agent draft. At their winter meetings in Houston, the minor league and major league organizations establish a system, basically like that of professional football, which will take effect in January 1965 and be held every four months thereafter. Choices will be exercised by clubs in inverse order of their previous year’s standing. Draftees must be included in their club’s 40-man roster or be susceptible to claim at the waiver price the following season.

      The majors also restore to the commissioner’s office all powers rescinded after Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s death in 1944. Principally, they waive their right to take legal action in the event of disagreements with the commissioner and grant him authority to judge whether actions taken by the owners in concert are, automatically “in the best interests of baseball.” Voting for the annual All-Star teams is turned back to the fans.

      The Dodgers trade OF Frank Howard, P Phil Ortega, P Pete Richert, and 3B Ken McMullen to the Senators for P Claude Osteen, IF John Kennedy, and cash.

      Minnesota acquires versatile Cesar Tovar from the Reds for P Jerry Arrigo. Tovar will play 8 seasons in Minnesota.

14th  St. Louis trades P Roger Craig and OF Charlie James to the Reds for P Bob Purkey.

15th  Tigers owner John Fetzer announces a 2-year television pact between ML baseball and ABC-TV. The network pays $12.2 million to telecast games on 25 Saturdays, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

      The Cards purchase OF Tito Francona from the Indians.

26th  Bob Lemon is named manager of the Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

 

1965

JANUARY

5th  James M. Johnston and James H. Lemon purchase the remaining 40 percent of Senators stock to acquire complete control of the club.

15thThe Mets trade Of George Altman back to his original team, the Cubs, for OF Billy Cowan.

20th  Rocky Colavito returns to Cleveland in a 3-way deal that sends outfielders Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger and P Fred Talbot from the White Sox to Kansas City; C Johnny Romano, OF Tommie Agee, and P Tommy John from Cleveland to Chicago; and C Cam Carreon from the White Sox to the Indians. The Colavito curse continues as Agee will win Rookie of the Year honors and John will notch another 286 wins.

31st  Pud Galvin is chosen for Hall of Fame induction by the Special Veterans Committee.

      Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player in the major leagues, says he will not return to the Giants in 1965.

FEBRUARY

1st  The NL clubs adopt an emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster.

      Catcher Ed Bailey moves from the Braves to the Giants for P Billy O’Dell.

3rd  Braves officials propose a $500,000 payment to county officials if the club’s lease to play in Milwaukee can be terminated a year early. The offer is refused.

11th  Braves officials propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket sold to a fund for the purpose of bringing a new ML team to Milwaukee. Teams, Inc., a civic group, accepts the offer, buys out the park for Opening Day, and stages Stand Up for Milwaukee Day.

17th  Commissioner Ford Frick suspends U.S.-Japan baseball relations until the dispute over Masanori Murakami’s contract with the Giants is resolved.

      In Miami, Ken Harrelson wins the professional baseball players golf tournament carding a 72-hole total of 301. Finishing second two strokes behind is defending champion Albie Pearson. Five-time winner Alvin Dark finishes third with a 312.

MARCH

1st  As Pittsburgh’s training camp opens, Roberto Clemente is absent and suffering from malaria. He will report to camp a month late and struggle until mid-May.

7th  Tigers manager Chuck Dressen suffers a mild coronary occlusion. He will be sidelined until May 19th. Coach Bob Swift will be acting manager.

17th  Jackie Robinson is signed as a member of the ABC-TV baseball broadcast team, becoming the first black to receive a network position broadcasting baseball. ABC provides the first-ever nationwide baseball coverage with weekly Saturday broadcasts on a regional basis.

19th  Cubs radio announcer Jack Quinlan is killed in Arizona when he loses control of his  car and slams into the back of a truck.  Quinlan was returning from a golf outing.

25th  Pittsburgh 2B Bill Mazeroski suffers a broken bone in his right foot. He will not start until May.

30th  The Yankees sell P Stan Williams to the Indians.

APRIL

9th  President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome). The Astros win an exhibition with the Yankees 2–1 in 12 innings on a Nellie Fox single. Mickey Mantle hits the first HR in the new park.

12th  President Johnson throws out the first ball, then watches as the Red Sox beat the Senators in DC, 7–2. Five Boston HRs tie a ML record for an opener and 7 total HRs set a ML record.

      Don Drysdale slugs his second opening day homer, this one a 2-run shot off New York’s Al Jackson. LA wins, 6–1, at Shea Stadium.

      Ed Bailey hits a game-ending HR to give Bob Veale and the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Giants. Juan Marichal serves up the 9th inning homer. Bailey is the first major leaguer to hit an Opening Day walkoff homer in a game that was scoreless to that point. Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker will match it in 2014.

      In Minnesota, the Yankees drop their second straight 11th inning opener, as the Twins win, 5–4.  Twins starter Jim Kaat, stranded because of the ice and snow, is brought to Metropolitan Stadium by helicopter. Kaat is matched by Jim Bouton, who goes five innings, giving up two earned runs. Bob Allison’s wind-blown fly ball in the 11th drops untouched for a three-base error by Hector Lopez, one of eight errors the two teams combine for. Cesar Tovar’s 2-out single scores the winner off Pedro Ramos.

      On opening day in Chicago, the Cards hand Bob Gibson a 5-run lead in the 1st inning against Larry Jackson. But the wind is blowing out and the game ends after 11 innings called because of darkness. The standoff is 10–10.  For the Cubs, Roberto Pena makes 3 errors in 7 chances but is 3-for-6 with HR and double. Ernie Banks hits the only other HR.

13th  At Crosley Field, Reds rookie Tony Perez connect for his first homer, a grand slam off Braves hurler Denny LeMaster, to help the Reds win, 8–3.

      At Dodger Stadium, Ralph Terry sets down the Angels on 4 hits and the Indians win, 7-1.  The Tribe does their scoring against three of the four California pitchers, including Dick Wantz in his only ML appearance.  The 25-year-old will be dead in a month from a brain tumor. Wantz had a 2-7 record as a reliever for Hawaii in the Pacific Coast League last year, but had a strong spring showing.

14th  In a banner finish, Al Spangler stars for the Astros by swiping home with the winning run in the 11th to give the Astros a 7–6 win over the Mets.

      In Washington, pitcher Earl Wilson gives the Senators a 2-0 lead with a 3rd inning homer off Buster Narum.  Narum retaliates with a 5th inning solo shot off Wilson as Buster emerges the winner in the 6-4 decision. Dick Radatz takes the loss.

15th  Gordy Coleman cracks a 5th-inning homer off former Red Bob Purkey as the Reds down the Cardinals, 10-4. Vada Pinson adds a 3-run homer off Purkey, who allows 9 runs. 

17th  In his first full ML game, Orioles LF Curt Blefary hits 2 HRs, as Baltimore loses 12–9 in Boston’s home opener. Yaz hits his first homer of the year and Frank Malzone drives in 4 runs.

      Don Drysdale ties a ML record by striking out 4 Phils—Wes Covington, Tony Gonzalez, Dick Stuart, and Clay Dalrymple—in order in the 2nd inning, but also gives up 2 HRs to lose 3–2. It is the 8th straight time the Phillies have beaten big Don.

      In Kansas City, the Yanks top the A’s, 5–2, with all of New York’s scoring coming via home runs. With NY ahead, 2–1, in the 8th, Maris walks and Mantle follows with his first homer of the year.

18th  California Angels rookie Rudy May has a no-hitter ruined in the 8th inning of his ML debut by Jake Wood’s double. The Angels lift him after 9 innings of one-hit ball, and Detroit wins in 13 innings.

19th  At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because the sun’s glare makes fielding fly balls hazardous. Outfielders had been wearing batting helmets in preseason games because of the glare. Painting the skylights will reduce the lighting by nearly 40% and create the need for lights. But the lack of sunlight will cause the grass to die and spur the introduction of artificial turf.

      Jim Maloney pitches a one hitter as the Reds top the Braves, 2–0.  The only hit is Denis Menke’s single in the 8th inning.

20th At Boston, Felix Mantilla busts a 1st-inning grand slam off Buster Narum to power the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over Washington.

21st  At Yankee Stadium, Mantle puts New York ahead with a two-run homer in the first off Camilo Pascual, but the Twins come back to win 7–2.

25thAt Yankee Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre and California’s Rudy May lock up in a pitching duel until Mickey Mantle scores the only run of the game with a 4th inning solo shot into the left field bleachers.

27th The Phils set a team record with 6 HRs but still lose to the Giants 14–13. Dick Allen has 4 hits, including 2 homers, and scores 4 times. Willie McCovey has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for the Giants, who score the winning run in the 9th on a walkoff homer by Matty Alou.

      The Twins unload seven runs in the first inning and coast to an 11–1 win over the Indians.  The big blow is Camilo Pascual’s grand slam off Stan Williams, the 2nd grand slam of his career.  Pascual makes it easy as he tosses a two-hitter.

28th  Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson broadcasts the Mets-Astros game at the Astrodome from a hanging gondola, 208 feet above 2B. He sees plenty of action as Houston wins, 12–9.

29th  At Cincinnati, Pete Rose collects a homer, double and 3 singles as the Reds beat the Mets, 6–1.

      Masanori Murakami agrees to stay with the Giants in 1965 if he can return to Japan in 1966.

30th  The Mets Ron Swoboda loses a grand slam at Crosley Field in the 1st inning when his long drive to CF hits the temporary plywood wall atop the concrete fence and bounces back to Vada Pinson. The concrete is in play while the plywood is a homer. Second base umpire Frank Secory rules that the ball in in play, slicing the salami to a single. Coach Yogi Berra is ejected for arguing the call and after the game utters a classic line: “Anyone who can’t hear the difference between wood and concrete must be blind.” Pete Rose has five hits, including a homer in the 6th off Warren Spahn to knock him out of the box, as the Reds win, 6-1.

MAY

1st  Dodgers LF Tommy Davis suffers a fractured ankle sliding into 2nd base in a 4–2 win over the visiting Giants. Davis will not reappear until October 3rd.

      In a 9–8 loss at Detroit, Boston’s Chuck Schilling ties a ML record with his 2nd straight pinch-hit HR in back-to-back games. But Boston loses both.

3rdThe Indians claim minor-league OF Joe Rudi on waivers from the KC Athletics.

      The Yankees trade John Blanchard (.147) and P Roland Sheldon to Kansas City for C John Edwards. Edwards will replace the injured Elston Howard.

4th  Masanori Murakami arrives in San Francisco from Japan to rejoin the Giants as a relief pitcher, ending a bitter contract dispute between the Giants and his home team, the Nankai Hawks. Murakami will have a good season; appearing in 45 games, winning 4 and losing one, and saving 8 He gives up 57 hits in 74 innings, fans 85, and walks only 22 while posting an ERA of 3.50.

      To take the place of the injured Tommy Davis, the Dodgers bring up 31-year-old Lou Johnson from Spokane. The veteran will hit .259 in Dodger blue.

5th  Elston Howard undergoes elbow surgery. The Yankees catcher is out until June 4th.

      In a great matchup in New York, the Phillies Jim Bunning hits a HR and beats Warren Spahn, 1–0. For Bunning, it is his 6th complete game victory against the Mets in 6 starts, 3 of them shutouts. He has 6 assists, including a pickoff at 2B.

7th  The Cardinals Bob Gibson is sensational as he one-hits the Phillies to win, 2-0. Johnny Callison’s single to start the 4th is the lone hit. Lou Brock has 4 hits for the Birds.

8th  Elmira (Eastern League) beats Springfield 2–1 in 27 innings, a new (but broken June 14, 1966) record for organized baseball’s longest game. The attendance is 386 fans as the game runs 6:24. Fred Beene picks up the win, pitching the last 12 innings. The game is scoreless for 25 innings, with both teams scoring in the 26th, and finally Elmira breaks through in the 27th.  Elmira is managed by Earl Weaver.

      A ML-record streak of 438 chances accepted without an error and 89 straight errorless games by Baltimore 2B Jerry Adair ends with his 8th-inning fumble in a 4–3, 15-inning loss to the Tigers.

      In the nightcap of a Carolina League game at Hampton, pitcher John Keller of the Peninsula Grays has his skull fractured by a bat during an on field fracas between the Grays and the Porstmouth Tides. Keller was on the bench when the fight started and Portsmouth winning, 15-4.

9th  In the 2nd game, Cleveland (5) and Boston combine for 9 double plays, tying an AL record. Cleveland sweeps the pair, 9-4 and 10-7, as Fred Whitfield has 7 hits and 6 RBI for the Tribe. In game 2, Rocky Colavito and pitcher Sonny Siebert homer.

      The Mets win 5-4 in the 9th after losing the opener to the visiting Braves, 8–2. With his mother in the stands for Mother’s Day, Joe Torre has 6 hits including 3 homers for the afternoon. He sits the last 2 innings of the opener as Denis Menke’s 3-run homer and Mack Jones’ 2-run homer give Tony Cloninger all the support he needs.

      Quincy (Midwest League) pitcher Jim Ellis does it all as he pitches a one-hitter and goes 5-for-6 at the plate, including three homers, one a grand slam as his team downs Dubuque, 25-0. The Cub farmhand will have a cup of coffee in Chicago, going 1-1, but arm trouble will stay his career.  Today’s game is played in Dyersville, Iowa because of flooding in the two ball parks.

10th  At Fenway Park, the 9th place Yankees lose again, 3–2, when Yaz outhits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yastrzemski hits a pair of homers and sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3-for-4 with a homer. After Mantle doubles with two outs in the 9th, starter Jim Lonborg is lifted and Dick Radatz gets the final out. It is Lonborg’s first major league win. Before the game the Yankees trade INF Pedro Gonzalez to Cleveland in exchange for 1B Ray Barker. Barker will help fill in for the injured Maris.

11thMel Stottlemyre stops the Red Sox, 5–3, and Mantle reaches base 4 times, once on his 6th homer of the year.

      The Pirates put Elroy Face on the DL, and he’ll remain there till August 24.

13th  Twenty-five-year-old Angels P Dick Wantz dies following brain surgery for a brain tumor. He appeared in one game, April 13th, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2 in one inning pitched against Cleveland.

      The Angels top the White Sox, 7-3, with the win going to reliever Dean Chance, who works 3 innings. In the 2nd inning, the Sox make all their outs on the basepaths.

14th At Fenway, the Tigers score 4 runs in the 10th inning off reliever Dick Radatz to win 12–8.  Terry Fox is the winner. For the 2nd game in a row, Willie Horton clouts 2 HRs and drives in 5 runs for Detroit. For Boston, Yaz hits for the cycle, and adds a 2nd homer to drive in 5 runs.

15th  Haywood Sullivan replaces Mel McGaha as skipper of the A’s.

      Cubs P Dick Ellsworth throws a one-hitter at the Dodgers, but unfortunately the only hit is a three-run pinch HR by Al Ferrara in the 8th inning that gives Los Angeles a 3–1 win.

      At D.C. Stadium, the Indians and Senators each hit three homers as Washington prevails, 9-7. Chuck Hinton has a grand slam for the Tribe.

      At Memorial Stadium, Mantle slices an opposite field homer in the 8th inning off Dick Hall to give New York a 3–2 win over the Orioles.

      Dick Stuart hits a 3rd-inning grand slam to put the Phillies in the lead and they hold on to beat the Braves, 6-4.

16th  Oriole teenager Jim Palmer picks up his first major league win, topping the Yankees, 7–5.  Palmer also bangs his first major league homer, a two-run drive off Jim Bouton, to give himself the victory margin.

      In the first of two, Ken McMullen hits an 11th inning walkoff homer off reliever Dick Donovan as the Senators edge the Indians, 8-7. Frank Howard has a homer and 4 RBIs for the Nats. In game 2, Fred Whitfield cracks a pinch grand slam and Luis Tiant beats the Senators, 7-3.

17th  At Chavez Ravine, Don Mincher cracks a pinch homer to tie the game at 4–4, but the Angels push across a run in the 10th to top Minnesota, 5–4. Bob Lee is the winner.  Mincher’s homer will be the only Twins round tripper this year at Chavez.

18th  At Tiger Stadium, the Senators win a slugfest, 15-9, as Frank Howard has a grand slam and Willie Kirkland a homer and 4 RBIs. Dick McAuliffe is a double shy of the cycle for the Bengals.

      At Yankee Stadium, Tom Tresh hits an RBI-triple in the 12th off Dick Radatz to give the Yanks a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

20th  At Fenway, Felix Mantilla drives in all 5 runs as the Red Sox beat the Senators, 5-2. Four come in on Felix’s grand slam in the 1st inning.

      At County Stadium, Eddie Mathews hits a 5th-inning grand slam, off Warren Spahn, as the Braves beat the Mets, 7-1. Ron Swoboda’s RBI-single is the only hit off Wade Blasingame.

21stVic Davalillo, with a single, double and HR, has 6 RBIs to pace the Indians to an 11-6 win over the visiting Red Sox.

      In an 8-1 Giants win over Houston, Willie McCovey leads the way with 4 RBIs. Ron Herbel (3-3) has an RBI single for his first career hit after 55 at bats without a safety.

22nd The Pirates and Giants trade infielders, Dick Schofield going to San Francisco and Jose Pagan to Pittsburgh. The Pirates come out ahead on the trade as Pagan will spend 7 years with the Bucs.

23rd  The Dodgers score 2 in the 1st off Bob Buhl, but then are shut out for the next 15 innings by Cubs pitching. Chicago scores in the 6th and 9th and finally in the 16th on a bases loaded walk to George Altman. Dick Ellsworth is the winner over Howie Reed in the longest game of the year.

      The Braves trade OF Lee Maye to the Astros for P Ken Johnson and OF Jim Beauchamp.

      At County Stadium, the Pirates score 6 runs in the 9th to pull away from the Braves, 10-1. Andre Rodgers has a grand slam to cap the scoring.

24th  At Yankee Stadium, Joe Pepitone cracks a grand slam and Phil Linz and Clete Boyer have 3 hits and 3 runs apiece as the Yanks swamp the Indians, 15-5. Mel Stottlemyre allows 14 hits in the victory.     

      Bill Freehan hits two homeruns, including a grand slam, as the Tigers down the host first-place White Sox, 8-3. Mickey Lolich (6-2) is the winner.

25th  Nine different players–Twins (5) and Red Sox (4)–hit HRs, tying a ML record. Earl Battey has a homer and 5 RBIs as Minnesota wins the slugfest, 17–5. Boston’s Gerry Moses, age 18 years and 9 months, goes into the record books when he pinch hits his first homer, off Mudcat Grant.  Moses is the youngest player to ever pinch hit a round tripper.

      In a matchup of aces, Don Drysdale and the Dodgers top Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 2-0. It is Gibson’s first loss after 8 wins. Drysdale allows just one hit—a leadoff single by Curt Flood.

26th  In St. Louis, Sandy Koufax deliberately hits Lou Brock with a pitch in the 3rd inning after Brock’s 1st inning play against the Dodgers. Brock bunted safely in the 1st, then stole 2B and 3B before scoring on a sacrifice fly. “In the dugout, Don Drysdale told rookie Jim Lefebvre, ‘Frenchie, I feel sorry for that man.’ (Jane Leavy’s “Sandy Koufax, A Lefty’s Legacy.”). Years later, Koufax will admit that this was the first and only time he deliberately hit a batter.  Brock answers by stealing 2B, then leaves the game in the 5th inning. Bob Uecker scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as the Cardinals win, 2-1, behind Curt Simmons.

29th  OF Harvey Kuenn, P Bob Hendley and C Ed Bailey are traded from the Giants to the Cubs for C Dick Bertell and 1B/OF Len Gabrielson.

      Orioles club president Joe Inglehart sells his 32 percent holding in the club to National Brewing Company President Jerry Hoffberger and club treasurer Zanvyl Krieger.

      Mickey Lolich’s 10-inning win is Detroit’s 2nd straight 2-hit 1–0 win against Cleveland.

      Dick Allen cranks a 529-foot home run over the left CF roof at Connie Mack Stadium in the 1st inning off Chicago’s Larry Jackson. The Phils win, 4–2.

      Lou Johnson hits 2 HRs to back Don Drysdale’s pitching and give the Dodgers a 5–3 win over the Braves.

30th  Mickey Mantle’s 4th inning homer off Gary Peters opens the scoring for New York, and they win, 3–2 over host Chicago.

31st  Chuck Dressen is back managing the Tigers after a preseason heart attack.

JUNE

1st  Bob Veale sets a Pittsburgh record with 16 strikeouts and beats Philadelphia 4–0, the 12th straight win for the 7th-place Pirates.

4th  The A’s receive $100,000, P Jesse Hickman, and 2B Ernie Fazio from Houston for 1B Jim Gentile.

5thAt Yankee Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre goes 10 innings to win, 4–3, over the White Sox.  Stottlemyre also clouts a 4th inning homer, off Gary Peters, for the first Yankee score in 24 innings. Mantle adds a homer in the 6th off Peters, and Elston Howard, recovering from elbow surgery a month ago, wins the game with a single in the 10th.

      The Braves get a 1st-inning grand slam from Mack Jones enrout to a 9-1 pounding of the first-place Dodgers. Tony Cloninger wins his 7th.

6th In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, the Phils Johnny Callison hits 3 HRs at Wrigley Field to give the Phils a 10–9 victory over Chicago. Eight homers are hit in the contest. The Phils do enough to win the opener as well, 2–1.

      At New York, Whitey Ford allows 4 hits and a run in 7 innings as the Yankees paste the White Sox, 6-1, in game 1. New York piles on in game 2 winning 12-0 behind Al Downing’s 3-hitter.  Tom Tresh has a single and 3 homers to drive in 5 runs. The Sox drop 3.5 games behind the first-place Twins.

      Gene Oliver has a pair of homers to pace the Braves to a 6-4 win over the first-place Dodgers. Denny Lemaster gets the win with a save from Billy O’Dell, who also plays 1B in the 7th.  Bob Sadowski comes in to pitch to Lou Johnson, who singles in a run. O’Dell goes to 1B, then returns to finish the game.

8th  Arizona State star sophomore Rick Monday, selected by the Athletics, is the first player chosen in the initial ML free-agent draft of high school, college, and sandlot players. Four days after the draft, Monday will lead the Sun Devils to the NCAA championship, homering against Ohio State in a 2-1 win. He then signs a $104,000 bonus contract. Picking 2nd, the Mets take P Les Rohr (who will two games). Joe Coleman, Jr. is taken 3rd by the Senators. On the 10th round the Mets finally take Nolan Ryan. Cincinnati picks Johnny Bench in the 2nd round after taking Bernie Carbo in the 1st. The Phils take pitcher Mike Adamson with the 18th pick, but fail to sign him. Adamson will sign with the Orioles in 1967 and go directly to the majors. Steve Arlin, OSU sophomore, is taken in the 12th round by Detroit, but he’ll sign next year with the Phils. The Cubs take Ken Holtzman in the 4th round.

      Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Gene Oliver hit 10th-inning HRs, as the Braves win 8–2 at Chicago. It sets the ML record for most HRs in an extra inning. Three of the homers are consecutive.

      Pete Richert and Ron Kline combine on a 4-hitter as the Senators stop the Orioles, 2-0.  Stu Miller tosses a shutout inning for the Birds to run his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 31 2/3 innings.

10th  In the College World Series, Ohio State’s Steve Arlin pitches 15 innings, a CWS record, to beat Washington State, 1–0.  Arlin strikes out a record 20 batters. The Buckeyes will lose in the final, 2–1, to Arizona State.

11th  Lou Klein replaces Bob Kennedy as head coach of the Cubs. Kennedy becomes assistant to GM John Holland. It doesn’t help today as the Cubs lose, 4–3, to the Reds at Wrigley. Gordy Coleman’s 2-run homer in the 9th inning is the winner.

      St. Louis trades pitchers Ron Taylor and Mike Cuellar to the Astros for P Hal Woodeshick.

12th  In Washington, Don Lock hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Joel Horlen, and the Senators trip the 2nd-place White Sox, 7-6.

14th  No-hit pitching and 18 strikeouts, tying the NL extra-inning record, net Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney a 0–0 tie with the last-place Mets through 10 innings. Johnny Lewis’s 11th-inning lead off HR gives New York and Larry Bearnarth, in relief of Frank Lary, a 1–0 win and a heartbreaking loss for Maloney. Maloney allows one other hit and is the 10th pitcher to lose a no-hitter in extra innings; Harvey Haddix was the last, in 1959. Maloney walks one to go with his 18 strikeouts.

15th  Tigers P Denny McLain makes a first-inning relief appearance and fans the first 7 batters he faces, setting a ML record. He has a remarkable 14 strikeouts in 623innings, tying the NL relief record (Marquard, 1911, 8 innings) and one shy of Walter Johnson’s ML record (15 in 11 1/3 innings, 1913). His 7 consecutive strikeouts ties the AL mark set by Duran in 1961 (Nolan Ryan will break it). Behind Willie Horton’s 3-run homer in the 8th, Detroit rallies to beat Boston 6–5 as Bill Freehan records a record-tying 19 putouts at catcher.

      At County Stadium, the Braves collect 21 hits in beating the Phillies, 12-7. Felipe Alou has a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs.

16th  Cleveland’s Luis Tiant beats the visiting Senators, 5-0, allowing just one hit, a 2nd inning single by Woodie Held. Leon Wagner drives in 4 runs, 3 on a 3-run homer.

17th  Julian Javier suffers a broken finger when hit by a Vern Law pitch. The St. Louis 2B will be out 7 weeks. Pittsburgh’s Law wins the game 4–1.

      At Dodger Stadium, Claude Osteen stops the Giants, 3-0, allowing just one hit, a 2nd inning single by Jack Hiatt. Los Angeles leads the NL by 3.5 games.

18th  The Yankees rout the first-place Twins 10–2 on 4 homers. Mickey Mantle cracks a grand slam in the first inning, and his replacement Ross Moschitto adds his first and only ML HR. New York is still 10 back in 7th place.

20th  The Atlanta-bound Braves ban sportswriter Lou Chapman from the clubhouse for his “stories of a negative nature” and their “disquieting” effect on players and management. The ban is rescinded a day later upon protest by Milwaukee BBWAA members.

      In the opener of 2 in Kansas City, the Tigers rally from an 8-run deficit in the 2nd inning to win 12–8. Al Kaline collects his 1,000 RBI with a 2-run single.  Detroit loses the 2nd game to snap their 8-game win streak.

      In the opener at Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax one-hits the Mets to win, 2-1. Jim Hickman’s 4th-inning homer is the Mets scoring. The Mets beat Drysdale in the nightcap, winning 3-2.

      Jay Dahl, who pitched 3 innings in Houston’s all-rookie lineup in September 1963, is killed in a car crash. Dahl had won a game yesterday for Salisbury (Western Carolina League) to up his record to 5–0. At 19, he is the youngest ex-major leaguer to die.

22nd  Ray Barker’s ML-record-tying 2nd consecutive pinch-hit HR is wasted in a first-game, 6–2 Yankees loss to the A’s. Mickey Mantle adds a HR in the opener, but in the 4–2 nightcap win he tries to score from 2nd on a wild pitch and snaps a upper-thigh hamstring. He will be out for 3 weeks. The June 21st Sports Illustratedcover features Mantle with the prescient title “New York Yankees: End of an Era?”

24th  In LA, Willie Stargell bangs a double and three homers to drive in 6 runs as the Pirates batter Don Drysdale for 5 runs in 3+ innings. Don Cardwell is the winner as the Bucs shoot down first place Los Angeles, 13-3.

25th  Sandy Koufax (12-3) strikes out 12 as the Dodgers trip the Pirates, 4-1. Bob Friend takes the loss.

      The Giants Bob Shaw allows just one hit—a 2nd inning homer by Wes Covington—in stopping the Phils, 4-1. Bob Belinsky takes the loss.

26th  At Chicago, the Orioles score a pair of unearned runs in the 14th to shade the White Sox, 2-0. Stu Miller earns the win with 5 scoreless innings.

27th  In the 15th inning of game 1, Chuck Hinton hits a 3-run homer, his 4th hit of the game, to give the host Indians a 10-7 victory over the Athletics. Cleveland comes from behind in the nightcap to win, 11-7. Sonny Siebert pitches three scoreless innings and knocks in the last two runs. Cleveland is tied for 2nd in the AL, a half game behind the Twins.

      The second-place Reds sweep a pair from the Braves in Milwaukee, winning 10-9 and 10-2.  Frank Robinson’s homer in the 9th breaks a tie in game 1, and in game 2 Vada Pinson hits a grand slam in the 6-run 4th for the Reds.

28th  In a matchup of aces, Juan Marichal and the Giants top Don Drysdale and the Dodgers, 5-0. Marichal strikes out 5 while Drysdale allows an earned run and fans 12.

      The White Sox spot the host Twins a 3-run lead before they score in the 5th inning on Tom McCraw’s grand slam. That opens the floodgates as the Sox win, 17-8, compiling 19 hits. Eddie Fisher (9-2), with 4+ innings of shutout relief, is the winner. The Sox remain tied for 1st with the Indians.

29th  Indian P Ralph Terry’s 8–5 win at Boston gives Cleveland the AL lead.

      The Yankees lose Roger Maris for 49 games with bone chips in the heel of his right hand.

      The 2nd-place Reds split a pair in Pittsburgh, losing 2-1 in 16 innings, and then winning 7-5 in regulation. The first game is scoreless until the 13th when both teams score. Roberto Clemente drives in the winning run. Joe Nuxhall is the victor in game 2, helping out with a pair of RBIs.

JULY

3rd  Pre-game horseplay between Phillies teammates Frank Thomas and Richie Allen turns serious when Thomas swings a bat at Allen. Allen recovers enough to hit a 3-run triple in the 7th and Thomas hits a pinch homer to tie the game in the 8th inning. But the Reds prevail, 10–8. Following the game, the Phils release Thomas, who has had a history of irritating players before the incident with Allen, and he signs with Houston.

      Denny McLain (6-3) allows one hit—a 4th inning single by Don Lock—as his Tigers edge the Senators, 1-0. Pete Richert allows 4 hits in the loss. There are just 3 runners left on base by the two teams.

4th  Tony Oliva hits a 3-run homer and Harmon Killebrew adds a 2-run shot in the 9th as the Twins top the A’s, 5-2, and remain tied for first place with the Indians. Reliever Johnny Klippstein pitches 4 hitless innings for the win

5th  Jim Maloney pitches the Reds to a 7–5 win against the Dodgers, as Cincinnati takes the NL lead.

      Minnesota takes an AL lead it will not give up, as Dave Boswell and Jim Perry pitch the Twins to a 6–2 and 2–0 sweep of the Red Sox. The Sox win just one of 18 games with the Twins this year.

6th  Don Demeter of the Phillies plays his record 226th consecutive game without an error in the OF.  Finishing his string in the AL, Demeter will play 266 games without an error, a ML record, but his 226 mark will subsequently be broken in the NL by Doug Dascenzo.

7th  The Reds move into first place with a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers. Leo Cardenas homers in the 9th for Cincy.

8th  Joe Morgan is the first Houston player with 6 hits in a game, but the Braves beat the Astros 9–8 in 12 innings, thanks to Mike De La Hoz.  De La Hoz hits a pinch homer in the 8th inning, ties the game in the 9th with a single when the Braves score 3 runs, and singles and scores the winning run to end the game. Morgan and Felipe Alou each have two homers.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, Gaylord Perry pitches the Giants to a 10-2 victory in game 1. Perry allows 5 hits in beating Lew Burdette, who allows 8 runs in 4+ innings. Homeruns account for the scoring in game 2, a 4-2 win for the Phillies. Willie Mays and Willie McCovey hit homers for the Giants, while Dick Allen belts a grand slam for the Quakers.

9th  Senators LF Frank Howard ties a ML record with 7 strikeouts in Washington’s twin-bill split with the Red Sox.

10th  San Francisco’s Juan Marichal’s 14th win of the year is his 7th shutout, as he 2-hits the Phils 7–0.

      Ron Fairly drives in 4 runs as the Dodgers double the host Pirates, 8-4, and stay a half game behind the Reds. Roberto Clemente hits a double to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games.

      At Metropolitan Stadium, Jim Perry (6-0) scatters 4 hits in 8 innings as the Twins beat the Yankees, 4-1, in the first of two. In game 2, Clete Boyer hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Johnny Klippstein, and the Yankees earn a split, 8-6.

11th  Winning by 6-0 scores, the Cubs twice shut out the Cardinals. Chris Krug slugs a 3-run homer in the opener as Larry Jackson is the winner, and Ernie Banks hits a 3-run shot in the nightcap, won by Cal Koonce.

13th  Willie Mays’s HR, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored pace the NL to a 6–5 All-Star Game victory in Minnesota. Juan Marichal pitches 3 scoreless innings to earn game MVP.

15th  Mickey Mantle’s 5th inning homer, off Phil Ortega, ties the game 1–1, and host New York goes on to top the Senators, 2–1.

17th  Los Angeles returns to first place, as Claude Osteen beats the Cubs 7–2.

      Football?  Johnny Briggs has 3 hits, including a homer, and drives in 5 runs, while Johnny Callison adds a grand slam in the Phils 14-7 victory over the Reds. The Phillies amass 22 hits.

18th  Twins manager Sam Mele is fined $500 and suspended 5 days following an altercation with umpire Bill Valentine in Minnesota’s doubleheader split with the Angels.

20th  Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees becomes the first pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam since DeaconPhillippediditforthePiratesin1910. Stottlemyre’s bases-loaded drive in the 5th at Yankee Stadium, off Bill Monbouquette, assures him a 6–3 victory over the Red Sox.

      Seven is a lucky number for the Braves as they score 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Mets, 7–1. Hank Aaron’s 2-run homer, off Larry Miller, is the capper on the scoring.

      At Crosley Field Bob Bailey has 3 hits, including a homer, to drive in 5 runs, and Roberto Clemente homers as the Pirates edge the Reds, 8-6.

22nd  Ed Bailey hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs, as the Cubs beat the Phillies 10–6 at Wrigley Field.

23rd  Dick Stuart homers in a ML-record 23rd different park when he connects at Shea Stadium in Philadelphia’s 5–1 win.  His park mark will be topped.

      Bob Friend allows one hit—a 4th inning single by Don Landrum—in beating the Cubs, 6-0. The Pirates club three homers off Dick Ellsworth.

24thIn game 2 at the Astrodome, Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall loses his no hitter when Bob Lillis singles in the 8th inning.  Nuxhall finishes with a 2–0 one hitter, striking out 11. Houston takes the opener, 4-2.

25thJohn Romano hits a 6th inning grand slam in the White Sox 10-6 victory over Detroit in game 1 of a twinbill. Tommy John (9-3) is the winner with 5 innings thrown, while Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 3 scoreless frames. Don Demeter has a pair of homers for the Tigers. In game 2, Norm Cash homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings as the Tigers take an 11-1 lead after 3 innings.  Denny McLain (9-3) coasts to a 13-2 victory.

27th  The Braves use 15 hits in downing the host Astros, 7-1. Tony Cloninger is the victor, helping himself with a triple. For the second game in a row, Felipe Alou leads off with a homerun.

      At Boston, the Royals rake a pair from the Red Sox, winning 7-3 and 10-8. Young Tony Conigliaro has a pair of homers for Boston in game 1 and a grand slam in game 2.

      Jim Gilliam has two intentional walks, a double, homer and 4 RBIs as the Dodgers outslug the 2nd-place Reds, 9-7. Maury Wills extends his hit streak to 20 straight games.

      The Orioles waive veteran Robin Roberts, who was dissatisfied with not being a starting pitcher.

      The official number of foreigners permitted on each Japanese team is lowered from 3 to 2. The Yomiuri Giants announce they will henceforth have no foreigners—a policy that lasts until 1975, when they sign 2B Davey Johnson.

28th  RF Tony Conigliaro suffers a broken left wrist when hit by a Wes Stock pitch in a 6–0 Boston win over visiting Kansas City. He will miss 24 games.

      At DC Stadium, Tony Oliva has his second 5-hit game in a week and Killebrew homers to pace the Twins to an 8-1 win over the Senators.

      The Reds Sammy Ellis outpitches Sandy Koufax, as he beats the Dodgers, 4–1, striking out 12 batters.

30th  Milwaukee manager Bobby Bragan says his pitchers threw 75 to 80 spitballs in a 9–2 loss to the Giants. Bragan says he ordered the spitters to prove rules against them are not being enforced.

31st  Bob Buhl drives in 2 runs and picks up his 12th win as the Cubs edge the Pirates, 7-6.  Willie Stargell makes it close with a 9th inning grand slam off Buhl.

AUGUST

2nd  Harmon Killebrew suffers a dislocated left elbow in a collision with Baltimore’s Russ Snyder. The Twins slugger will miss 48 games. Killebrew is leading AL in homers with 22 and RBIs at 70.

3rd  Cleveland leads Detroit 6-2 when the wheels come off in the 6thas Detroit scores 9 runs. The Tigers eventually win, 12-7. Indians rookie starter Steve Hargan allows 5 runs in 4 innings and throw 4 wild pitches, 2 in the 5th. The 4 wild pitches in a debut game is a ML record for post-1900 play.

      Judge Roy Hofheinz purchases 53 percent of Bob Smith’s holdings in the Astros, giving Hofheinz a controlling 86 percent of the club’s stock.

6th  After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox, Mantle loops a homer off Mickey Lolich but Detroit tops the visiting Yankees, 5–4. New York will win tomorrow and Mick will add another homer.

8th  Recently released by the Mets, Warren Spahn wins his 361st victory and first as a Giant. San Francisco beats the Cards 6–4.

      In New York, the Cubs score 6 runs in the 9th inning to whip the Mets, 14–10. Chris Krug is not much help in the 9th, as the Cubbie strikes out twice. It’s the first time since 1922 a Cub has K’ed twice in one inning.

      The Reds show no mercy in pasting the Dodgers, 18–0 in the NL’s most lopsided shutout in twenty years.  Jim Maloney coasts to the win, while Don Drysdale takes the loss.

10thAt New York, Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankee fielding and Minnesota scores 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees, 7–3.

      In the 2nd of two at Fenway, the O’s Brooks Robinson hits a ball that appears to hit the net above the Green Monster, but is ruled in play by Lou DiMuro. Robinson reaches third with a triple, and then adds a homer in the 7th.  Brooks lost another homer last year.  The O’s win 12–4 after losing the opener, 15–5.

11th  After the Senators win the opener, 5-2, White Sox hurler Juan Pizarro stops them in game 2 on one hit to win,  Woodie Held hits a 5th-inning single for the lone safety.

      The Tigers sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning the opener, 6-2. The big blow is Dick McAuliffe’s grand slam, off Catfish Hunter.  Detroit wins the nightcap, 6-5, in 10 innings when Jack Aker hits two batters and gives up an RBI-single.  The Tiger batters are hit 5 times in the game.

12th  The Giants split a pair with Pittsburgh, losing game 2 by a 5–2 score after winning the opener, 4–3. In the win, Matty and Jesus Alou hit homers, the first time two Alous have homered in the same game since Matty and Felipe did it on May 15, 1961.

     Don Demeter drives in 7 runs with a single, triple and grand slam as the Tigers roll over Kansas City, 11-1.

      Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc. applies for a NL franchise. The nonprofit group has been formed to find a replacement team for the soon-to-be-departing Braves.

15th  Washington 3B Ken McMullen ties an AL record by starting 4 DPs in a 4–2 win, as the Senators complete a 3-game sweep of Baltimore.

      Pinch-hit HRs by Max Alvis in the 9th inning and Leon Wagner in the 11th give Cleveland a 6–4 win against Minnesota. Two pinch-hit homers in one game ties the ML record.

      At Candlestick, Jim Ray Hart hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Ray Culp, to pace the Giants to a 15-9 pasting of the Phillies. Philadelphia makes it respectable with a 5-run 9th. The Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick to honor the first Japanese player to have reached the American major leagues. Ordinarily a reliever, Murakami makes his first ML start.

      In a Northern League at Duluth, Raymond Goodwin of Huron pitches 10 hitless innings against Duluth-Superior. Goodwin gives up three hits in the 11th inning and loses, 1-0.

16th  At Fenway, Earl Wilson is most of the Boston offense as he bangs a pair of home runs. But the righty still takes the loss to the White Sox, 5–4.

     Eddie Mathews has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 6 runs as the Braves trip the Cardinals, 10-8. Tim McCarver collects a grand slam for the Birds.

      Chris Short beats the Dodgers for the 5th time this season as the Phils win, 6-1. Only Jim Lefebvre’s 9th inning homer stops Short from a shutout. Maury Wills has 2 stolen bases as the Dodgers’ lead over the Braves shrinks to a half game.

18th  The Braves take first place when Tony Cloninger beats St. Louis, 5–3. Hank Aaron of the Braves hits a HR off Curt Simmons, but has it nullified when umpire Chris Pelekoudas says Aaron stepped out of the batter’s box when he made contact.

      In a 3–2 Orioles’ win over the Red Sox, Brooks Robinson hits into his third triple play, tying the record of George Sisler, who banged into triple plays in 1921, 1922, and 1926.

      At Dodger Stadium, the Phillies score 3 unearned runs in the 12th and knock the Dodgers out of first place with a 6-3 win. Dick Stuart drives in 4 runs for the Quakers and Gary Wagner pitches 5+ innings of scoreless relief for the win.

      Houston, down 8-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, puts a scare into the Pirates by scoring 6 runs. After the first 4 runners in the 9th reach base against starter Bob Veale, Al McBean relieves.  When Joe Morgan comes to the plate, McBean goes to LF and lefty Frank Carpin comes in. Carpin strikes out Morgan, and McBean returns to the mound.

19th  In a magnificent performance, Reds P Jim Maloney’s a 10-inning no-hit effort, winning 1-0. It is 0–0 duel through 9 innings, until Reds SS Leo Cardenas homers off the LF foul pole in the 10th at Wrigley Field. Maloney sets a no-hit record by allowing 10 walks, and fans 12 in Cincinnati’s win. Larry Jackson is the losing pitcher.

      At San Francisco, Don Drysdale faces Warren Spahn in the start of a critical four-game series.  Drysdale last longer than Spahn, allowing five runs through 11 innings and leaves with the game tied. The Dodgers win it in 15 innings, 6–5.

20th  Eddie Mathews hits his 28th HR as the Braves win 4–3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, 1954-65, becomes the top HR tandem in ML history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 HRs while playing together.

      Detroit All-Star SS Dick McAuliffe is lost for the season with a broken bone in his left hand suffered diving into 1B, as the 3rd-place Tigers sweep a doubleheader at Boston. The Tigers win, 2–0 and 3–2.

22nd  San Francisco’s Juan Marichal, batting against LA’s Sandy Koufax, complains that C John Roseboro’s return throws are too close. He then turns and attacks Roseboro with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensues before Koufax, Willie Mays, and other peacemakers can restore order. Roseboro suffers a considerable cut on the head. Marichal is suspended 8 playing days and levied a NL-record $1,750 fine.

24th  In Milwaukee, Tommy Harper cracks a two-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning as the Reds beat the Braves, 3–2. Billy O’Dell is the pitcher serving up Harper’s homer.

      Tony Conigliaro hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 9-4 win the first of two games with Washington. Rico Petrocelli adds a homer, then hits two more in the 2nd game, an 8-5 Washington victory.

25th  Braves reliever Bill O’Dell sees Red again as he is victimized for the 2nd day in a row by a 9th inning Cincy homer. This time it is Tony Perez doing the damage by hitting a 3-run homer to defeat the Braves, 7–4.

      Boston’s Earl Wilson fans 13 batters in beating the Senators, 8–3.

      Moonlight Graham dies in Chisholm, MN. Graham played in one ML game, for the 1905 Giants, and did not get to bat. His character in W.P. Kinsella’s ShoelessJoe, later played by Burt Lancaster in the movie Field of Dreams,made him a baseball household name.

26th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates power their way to an 8-0 win over the Giants.  Bob Veale strikes out 12 over 9 innings, Bill Mazeroski is 4-for-4 with a homer and Donn Clendendon and Bob Bailey each hit 3-run homers.  With Marichal suspended, the Giants resort to using Matty Alou to chew up a few innings of relief: the outfielder allows 3 hits but no runs in 2 innings before his brother Jesus pinchhits for him.

27th Dodger P Don Drysdale wins in Philadelphia, but the Phils don’t make it easy. Drysdale wins 9–8, to end his 9-game losing streak to the Phillies. He last beat them on June 1, 1962, which was his 13th straight victory over the Phils.

      At County Stadium, Billy Williams hits a grand slam in the Cubs 5-run 5th as they beat the Braves, 5-3. Bob Buhl (13-9) is the winner over his old team.

28th After Houston scores 3 in the top of the 1st, Willie Stargell answers with a grand slam. But the Bucs offense sputters as Dave Guisti throws three hitless innings and the Astros win, 9-6.

29th  Willie Mays sets a NL record for HRs in one month with his 17th of August, 41st overall, as San Francisco beats the Mets, 8–3. Mays tops Ralph Kiner, who slugged 16 for Pittsburgh in September 1949.

      The White Sox take a pair from Boston by 3–2 scores with rookie Bob Locker saving both games. Shortstop Ron Hansen handles 28 chances in the 2 games, a ML record, and his 18 chances in the 14-inning opener ties the ML record for extra innings.

30th  Following his doctor’s advice, Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the Mets. He will head up Mets scouting in California. Stengel ends a 25-year managerial career that included 10 pennants with the Yankees, followed by a dismal 175-404 with the expansion Mets. The 75-year-old Stengel has been in professional baseball since 1910.

31st  Boston C Russ Nixon ties a ML record with 3 run-scoring sacrifice flies in the 2nd game at Washington. Boston wins 8–5 after taking the opener, 4–0.

      Sudden Sam McDowell stops the A’s on one hit—a 4th inning single by Dick Green—as the Indians win the first of two, 8-1. Leon Wagner has 4 hits and McDowell has 2.  Green scores the winning run in game 2, an 11-inning 3-2 win for the A’s.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale lose as the Pirates sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 3–2 and 2–1, at Pittsburgh. The Pirates are now in 5th place, just 2 1/2 games out of first place.

      Cincinnati sweeps the Braves, 7–6 and 2–0, to regain first place, while the Giants and Phils are rained out. Jim Maloney strikes out 12 in tossing the shutout for the Reds.

2nd  The Cubs beat St. Louis, 5–3, at Wrigley Field, as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run, a three-run shot off Curt Simmons, in the 3rd. Simmons teed up the 400th HR of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 HRs and 106 RBI. Ron Santo and Billy Williams will also knock in over 100 runs, the only team this year with 3 such sluggers, but the Cubs will finish 8th.

      The Dodgers Claude Osteen tops the Pirates, 7–1, beating 14-game winner Bob Veale. The Bucs will next lose a pair to the Braves to drop Pittsburgh from the race.

      Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with 2 on as New York scores 5 runs on their way to an 8–1 win over the Angels.  Whitey Ford is the winner.

      The Tigers beat the Twins, 5-4, as Don Wert drives in 4 runs.  Detroit hands a golden sombrero to Bob Allison, who strikes out 5 times, all against Joe Sparma.

3rd  Preparing a move to Anaheim, the Angels change their name from Los Angeles to California.

      The Mets top the Cards 6–3 behind the slugging of Jim Hickman, who cranks 3 home runs off Birds’ pitcher Ray Sadecki. Hickman is the first Mets player to hit 3 HRs in a game.

      The Reds score 7 in the 8th and roll over the visiting Phils, 16–7.

4th  At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees, winning 1–0 and 7–2.  Mantle’s homer in the 2nd game, off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th, Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch, the second time he’s struck out bunting against the Monster.

      The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th to edge the Phillies, 5–4. Deron Johnson drives in the last 2 runs with a single.

      Washington pitcher Jim Duckworth (7 ip) and Ron Kline combine to stop Detroit, 1-0. Duckworth (1-0) strikes out 11 in 7 innings—including 10 in the first 4 innings–to beat Dave Wickersham.

5th  The Reds edge the Phillies, 10–9, despite the slugging of Phils first sacker Dick Stuart.  Stuart clouts a grand slam, the 9th of his career, in the 1st inning, then hits a 2-run homer in the 7th. The Reds remain a game back of the winning Dodgers, while the Giants are 2 games back and the Braves 3 back.

      Curt Blefary hits homers in the 6th and 7th innings, the second a grand slam, to pace the Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Indians.

6th  At Los Angeles, Drysdale and the newly signed Spahn face each other again, but both are gone by extra innings. Drysdale lasts 8 innings, but Spahn exits after a 1+ inning ripping. The Giants win, 7–6, in 12 innings on Jim Davenport’s hit, and move a game behind the first-place Dodgers. Marichal, who hit Roseboro over the head with a bat 15 days ago, is banned from the trip.

      The Phils split with the Cards, taking the 2nd game 10-5 behind Chris Short. Curt Simmons, who had won 17 of 20 from the Phils since they released him, is the loser. Rookie Adolfo Phillips has three doubles and his first ML homer to pace the attack. In the opener, the Cards win, 10–3 behind the spark of Curt Flood, who singles home a run, steals his 56th base, and hits a 3-run homer.  He adds a 2-run homer in the nightcap.

      In game 1 at Kansas City, the A’s Wayne Causey walks 5 times in an 8-6 loss to the Twins. The A’s rebound in game 2 scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on a sac fly.  Catfish Hunter, with an inning of relief is the winning pitcher.

7th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to come from behind and beat the White Sox, 9-5. Chico Salmon clubs a grand slam in the 5th, off Juan Pizarro.

8th  Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions against the Angels in a promotion to hype poor attendance at Kansas City. When Campy takes the mound in the 8th inning, the first batter he faces is his cousin Jose Cardenal, who pops out. Campy allows one run, and leaves the game in the 9th after a collision with Angels C Ed Kirkpatrick at home plate when Campy is catching. Rene Lachemann replaces Campy as catcher. The Angels win it in the 13th inning 5–3, with the win going to Campy’s batterymate Aurelio Monteagudo. Playing RF for KC is Lu Clinton, who gives way to Campy when he takes over the position for an inning. Clinton was claimed off waivers by Kansas City but, because of a prior claim by the Indians, was not a valid member of the team.  He moves on to Cleveland after this game (as noted by Don Mankowski).

      The Giants take over 1st place for the first time this season as reliever Masanori Murikami win 3–1 in Los Angeles, dropping the Dodgers to 2nd place by .002 percentage points. The Giants have now won 4 straight and will win their next 10.

9th  In LA, a duel between Dodger Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Cubs is perfect until Dodger LF Lou Johnson walks in the 5th. Following a sacrifice, Johnson steals 3B and scores on C Chris Krug’s wild throw. Johnson later gets the game’s only hit, a 7th-inning single. Koufax’s 4th no-hitter in 4 years is a perfect game. One hit by 2 clubs in a completed 9-inning game is also a ML record, as is the one runner left on base. The 2 base runners in a game is a ML record. For Chicago pitchers, it is the 2nd one-hitter they’ve thrown against LA this year and lost. Ellsworth lost on May 15, 1965.

      The Angels waive Lu Clinton and both the Indians and the Athletics claim him. Since the rule on waivers is that the team lowest in the standings gets first dibs, Clinton joins the Athletics (as noted by Merritt Clifton).  He arrives in mid-game and appears as a pinch-hitter, striking out, as California beats the A’s, 7–2.  He and the Athletics then learned after the game that Clinton has been awarded to the Indians because the Athletics’ claim was filed after the 24-hour claiming period had expired. Charlie Finley knew this before Clinton reported to the Athletics, but manager Haywood Sullivan, fed up with Finley’s second-guessing, didn’t answer the telephone during the game, and therefore didn’t find out.

10th Phils rookie Ferguson Jenkins debuts with 4 1/3 innings of relief against the Cardinals and picks up his first victory. Philadelphia wins 5–4 in 12 innings. It is the Phillies 10,000th game decision since 1900.

     Willie McCovey clouts a pinch grand slam, off Ted Abernathy, and the first-place Giants maintain their half-game lead with a 5-2 win over the Cubs.

      The Orioles sweep a pair from Kansas City, 5–2 and 10–5. In game 2, the O’s get consecutive HRs by in 8th from Brooks Robinson, Blefary, and Adair.

11th  Tony Cloninger’s one-hit, 9–0 win is Milwaukee’s 2nd straight one-hitter against the Mets, tying a ML mark set 48 years ago. Wade Blasingame, Billy O’Dell, and Phil Niekro combined the day before for a 3–1 win.  In today’s win, Aaron has two hits, a stolen base, RBI, and run scored before leaving for pinch hitter John Blanchard. Cloninger has a homer and 3 RBIs and will finish the season with an unusual stat: a batting average (.162) higher than his on-base percentage (.159).

12th  Washington’s Brant Alyea debuts with a pinch-hit HR on the first pitch from Rudy May in his first ML at bat. Yes, it ties major-league record. In Washington, 840 fans watch the Senators beat the Angels 7–1.

      In his second ML start, Dick Selma (2-0) pitches 10 innings as the Mets beat the Braves, 1-0. Charley Smith’s RBI single in the 10th, off starter Bob Sadowski, plates the winner. Selma strikes out 13 and allows 4 hits, Sadowski just 5.

13th  Willie Mays’s 500th HR (off Don Nottebart) and Juan Marichal’s 22nd victory beat Houston 5–1. The win is the Giants 11th straight and gives them a  2 1⁄2 game lead.

14th  Five days after pitching against each other, the Cubs Bob Hendley and LA’s Sandy Koufax hook up again.  No no-no this time as Hendley allows 4 hits and wins, 2–1.

16th  An eventful day in Boston includes the firing of GM Mike Higgins and a no-hitter by Dave Morehead as Boston beats Cleveland 2–0. Afterwards, owner Tom Yawkey rewrites Morehead’s contract giving the 22-year-old a $1,000 bonus. Morehead lost a no-hitter against Cleveland in 1963 on Fred Whitfield’s bad-hop single in the 8th. Replacing Higgins is Dick O’Connell, who is named chief of operations.

      Bob Bolin’s 5–1 win at Houston gives the Giants 14 straight wins, the longest NL streak since 1951.

      Claude Osteen launches a Dodgers’ winning streak as he shuts out the Cubs, 2–0. The Dodgers will win their next 3, all by shutouts, in St. Louis. Osteen helps his own cause in the 2-run second inning by lining a hit off the shoe of Cubs pitcher Bill Faul.  Faul, who says he goes into a trance to make his pitches invisible to batters, exits. Sandy Koufax, who lost on the 13th, 2-1, on Billy Williams’ 2-run HR, earns the save in the ninth by retiring 3.  A crowd of 550 pays at Wrigley earning the Dodgers a visitors’ share of the gate of $151.25.

17th The 1st place Giants lose for the first time in 15 games as Phil Niekro outpitches Juan Marichal. The Braves win, 9–1. The Giants will then win their next 3 games to push their lead to 4 games over Los Angeles.

18th  On Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium, 50,180 fans see Mantle play his 2,000th game.  Joe DiMaggio and Bobby Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat, Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins, 4–3, with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.

      Larry Jackson of the Cubs beats the Mets, 4–3, for his 11th straight win over New York.

19th  Bob Veale allows one hit—a 2-out 6th inning single to Tony Taylor—in pitching the Pirates to a 1–0, 10-inning win over the visiting Phillies. Roberto Clemente’s 2-out single in the 10th off Jack Baldschun, in relief of Chris Short, drives home the winner.

20th  Just 812 see the soon-to-be Atlanta Braves lose to the Phils, 4–1, in Milwaukee.

Fewer fans (537) see the A’s Jim “Catfish” Hunter beat Jim “Mudcat” Grant, 8–2, in Minnesota. Both contests are makeup games.

      In Cleveland’s 5–4 win, Pedro Gonzalez of the Indians swings a bat at P Larry Sherry of the Tigers following a Sherry brushback pitch. Gonzalez is fined $500 by AL President Joe Cronin the following day.

21st  Before 5,169 fans at County Stadium, Don Drysdale wins his 21st and also collects 2 hits and an RBI as the Dodgers whip the Braves, 3-1. The Dodgers remain 3 game behind the Giants.

      Horace Clarke has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to help the Yankees to a 9-4 victory over the Indians. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 19th.  Ralph Gagliano, 18-year-old brother of Phil, makes his lone NL appearance as a pinch runner for the Tribe.

      Gates Brown’s grand slam in the 3rd inning puts the Tigers in the lead as they beat the White Sox, 6-2.

22nd  Before 12,577 fans, the Braves end a 13-year stay in Milwaukee against the Dodgers. Despite a Frank Bolling grand slam off Sandy Koufax in the 2nd, the Braves lose 7–6 in 11 innings.

23rd  A 20-game winner in 1964, Larry Jackson loses his 20th game of 1965, as the Phillies sweep a twin bill from the Cubs, 11–5 and 7–4. Jackson is the first pitcher since Murry Dickson of the 1951-52 Pirates to follow a 20-win season with 20 losses.

      Dick Nen hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Washington, but Kansas City fights back with 2 runs in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to win, 8-7.

24th At Candlestick, Tony Cloninger throws a 4-hitter to give the Braves an 8–2 win over the Giants.  In Southern California, the Dodgers win 4–3 over the Cards to reduce the Giants lead to one game.

25th  Sandy Koufax blanks the Cardinals 2–0 to win his 24th. He fans 12 along the way, raising his record season total to 356. His 2–0 shutout of St. Louis keeps Los Angeles a game behind the Giants.

      Another Kansas City publicity stunt makes the great Satchel Paige baseball’s oldest performer. At 59, Paige hurls the first 3 innings, garners one strikeout, and allows just one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski, in his first ML appearance since 1953. The Red Sox break a 2-2 tie in the 8th to pin the loss on reliever Don Mossi with a 5–2 win. Before the game, Paige poses for pictures while sitting in a rocking chair on the field. In his lap is 19-year-old Catfish Hunter.

      The first-place Giants top the Braves, 7–5, led by Willie Mays’s 50th HR of the year.

      The Twins Mudcat Grant one hits the Senators to win, 5–0. Don Blasingame’s double in the 3rd is the only hit for Washington; it is the 4th time that Blasingame has collected the only hit for his team. Grant becomes the first 20-game winner in the AL. Zoilo Versalles has 4 hits for the Twins, including a triple and a 2-run homer. Minnesota completes the sweep with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Washington starter Jim Duckworth strikes out 13 batters in 7.1 innings, but the loss goes to reliever Mike McCormick.

      In Houston, the Reds Jim Maloney allows 2 hits in beating Houston, 1–0.

26th  Minnesota gains its first AL pennant by defeating Washington 2–1. Jim Kaat (17-11) wins the clincher.

      The Braves overcome Juan Marichal to beat the Giants 3–2. Drysdale shuts out the Cards, 1–0, topping the 200 mark in strikeouts for a NL record 6th straight season. The Giants and Dodgers are now deadlocked with 7 games to play.

27th Tom Haller clouts 2 HRs to give the Giants an 8–4 win over the Cards as veteran Warren Spahn makes his ML-record 115th start against St. Louis. Spahn has also started against New York 108 times, the only pitcher to start against two teams 100 times or more. Frank Linzy (9-3) wins in relief but the Dodgers keep pace by defeating the Reds 6–1.

      A week after sending veteran Ken Boyer to the Mets, St. Louis trades SS Dick Groat, 1B Bill White and C Bob Uecker to the Phillies for P Art Mahaffey, OF Alex Johnson and C Pat Corrales.

28th  Former Giant Bill White has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer, to lead the Cards to a 9–1 beating of the Giants. The only run for the Giants is Willie Mays’ 51st homer of the year, off Larry Jaster. Warren Spahn mops up for San Francisco, allowing 2 runs in his second to last appearance. At Dodger Stadium, the Reds and Dodgers battle into the 12th before Lou Johnson hits a walkoff homer off Joey Jay to give LA a 2-1 win.  It is Johnson’s 4th hit.  Don Drysdale pinch hits for Johnny Roseboro in the 10th—unsuccessfully—and Maury Wills steals his 93rd base.

      At Shea, Mets rookie Dennis Ribant makes his second ML start a good one throwing 11 shutout innings against the Pirates. New York scores a run in the 12th when Ron Hunt hits a bases-loaded two- out single against Elroy Face to give Darrell Christopher the win in relief.

29th  Phillies C Pat Corrales sets a ML record by reaching base twice on catcher’s interference in one game and 6 times in one season. The Phils beat Chicago 7–6. Banks, Williams and Santo homer for the Cubs while Adolfo Phillips has a pair for the Phils.

      In a pitcher’s duel between 2 future Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson aids his cause by smacking a grand slam off Gaylord Perry in the 8th inning to lift the Cards to a 8–6 win over the Giants. It is Gibson’s 5th HR of the year and the first of 2 career slams he’ll hit.  Gibson has three hits and scores three runs. The Giants score all their runs in the 9th inning, three on a homerun by Jim Davenport to knock out Gibson.

      In Los Angeles, the Dodgers roll on, defeating the Reds 5–0 on Koufax’s 2 hitter. The Dodgers now lead by 2 games.

      California is not much of a draw at Fenway, attracting 409 fans. They see Boston win, 2–1. Yesterday the two teams played before a crowd of 461.  The lowest attendance at Fenway was 356 fans on September 28, 1917, according to Boston historian Bill Nowlin.

30th  Don Drysdale (23-12) pitches a 3-hitter and blanks the Braves 4–0. Los Angeles has now won 13 straight games, 7 by shutouts.

      Jim Kaat and Zoilo Versalles homer off Milt Pappas as the Twins beat the Orioles, 7-6. Zoilo’s is a grand slam in the 5th while Kaat’s is his first of the year.

OCTOBER

1st The Dodgers finally lose as Denny LeMaster and the Braves stop them 2–0. The Giants fail to capitalize as they are bombed by the visiting Reds, 17–2, on 21 hits.

2nd  Sandy Koufax’s 2–1 win against the Braves clinches the NL pennant for the Dodgers. With 13 strikeouts, Koufax ups his modern ML single season record to 382. He leads the NL in wins (26), ERA (2.04), complete games (27), and innings pitched (33523).

Willie Mays sets a Giants record with his 52nd HR, as Ron Herbel beats the Reds 3–2. Johnny Mize had hit 51 for the Giants in 1947.

      At Forbes Field, Don Cardwell allows just one hit—a single by Cubs catcher Vic Roznovsky—in the Pirates 3-0 win.  It is the 18th one-hitter of the year in the majors, with a NL-record 13 coming in the senior circuit.

      Another Mets’ marathon twin bill features an 18-inning scoreless tie in which Philadelphia’s Chris Short (18–11) fans 18 batters in the 15 innings he pitches. Mets rookie Rob Gardner doesn’t come up short in his second start, throwing 15 innings, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 7. In ML history there has been one other 18-inning scoreless tie and a record 19-inning scoreless tie. New York loses the first game 6–0 to Jim Bunning (19–9), setting ML records with 27 scoreless innings and 31 strikeouts in an overtime twin bill. Bunning’s win is his 7th shutout of the year, the most by a Phillie pitcher since Alexander in 1918.

3rd  The Cubs tie a ML record with their 3rd triple play of the season—1B Ernie Banks to SS Don Kessinger—but Pittsburgh wins 6–3 at Forbes Field. Bill Faul is on the mound during each triple play. Submariner Ted Abernathy suffers the loss to Roy Face, but concludes a record season for appearances (84) and consecutive errorless games (84) for a pitcher. He has 31 saves.

      Knuckleballer Eddie Fisher of the White Sox sets an AL record with his 82nd appearance, one more than John Wyatt in 1964, as the Sox beat young Catfish Hunter and the A’s, 3–2.

      The Yanks win, 11-5, at Boston as Tony Kubek goes 3-for-4 and clouts a 9th inning homer off Dick Radatz in his final major league at bat. The 29-year-old will be diagnosed over the winter as having three crushed vertebrae, the result of a childhood football injury. He will quit rather than risk further injury,

      Six Dodgers pitchers, a ML shutout record, combine to blank the Braves, 3–0.

      “Sudden” Sam McDowell (17–11) loses a 2–1 decision to Baltimore’s Steve Barber, but the 22-year-old Tribe southpaw wraps up the AL lead in ERA (2.18) and strikeouts (325). Rocky Colavito plays his 162nd consecutive errorless game (274 chances), a ML season record.

      In a 6-3 loss to the Giants Vada Pinson collects a hit in his 27th straight game. This is the 2nd longest streak in Reds’ history. He’ll start the next season by hitting in his first four games.

4th  Dick Sisler is released as manager of the Reds.

      Boston trades P Bill Monbouquette to Detroit for OF George Thomas and IF George Smith.

6th  Minnesota’s 6-run 3rd inning routs Dodger Don Drysdale, subbing for Koufax, and sparks an 8–2 Twins win in the first game of the WS. Jim Grant gets the win allowing just one hit, a HR by Ron Fairly. Mincher and Versalles homer for the Twins. Koufax sits out the opener because it is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

7th  Jim Kaat gives Minnesota a 2-0 WS lead by driving in 2 runs, defeating Sandy Koufax 5–1 at Metropolitan Stadium.

9th  Dodgers P Claude Osteen, 5-0 versus Minnesota while with the Senators, remains perfect against the Twins, winning 4–0 in game 3 at Chavez Ravine.

10th  In game 4 Don Drysdale evens the WS with a 5-hit 7–2 win. Wes Parker and Lou Johnson hit HRs, as the Dodgers beat Jim Grant.

11th  Sandy Koufax’s 4-hit, 7–0 win against the Twins puts Los Angeles one win from the championship. Maury Wills ties a WS record with 4 doubles and scores twice.

12th  Washington trades OF Woodie Held to Baltimore for C John Orsino.

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc. applies for an AL franchise to replace the Braves.

13th  The Twins’ Mudcat Grant does it all himself, hitting a 3-run HR and pitching a 5–1 win at Minnesota to knot the WS with the Dodgers.

14th  Working on two days rest, Sandy Koufax pitches a 3-hitter and blanks Minnesota 2–0, giving the Dodgers a 2nd World Championship in 3 years. He is named WS MVP.

15th  Fritz Brickell, 30, dies in Wichita, Kansas. Brickell was in the starting lineup opening day for the 1961 expansion L.A. Angels.

19th  The Mets purchase C Jerry Grote from Houston.

      NBC wins a ML television package, including prime-time, All-Star, and WS games.

20th  St. Louis trades 3B Ken Boyer to the Mets for P Al Jackson and 3B Charlie Smith.

25th  Leo Durocher becomes manager of the Cubs, replacing head coach Lou Klein (48-58).

26th  Don Heffner is named manager of the Reds. Dick Sisler (89-73) is out.

27th  C Bob Uecker, 1B Bill White, and SS Dick Groat are traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia for P Art Mahaffey, OF Alex Johnson, and C Pat Corrales.

NOVEMBER

3rd  Sandy Koufax is named Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote.

      Athletics P Lew Krausse enjoys one of the finest performances in winter league history, throwing a one-hitter for Caracas against Lara and establishing the following still unsurpassed marks: most strikeouts in a 9-inning game (21), most consecutive strikeouts (10), most strikeouts in 2 consecutive games (33).

4th  Al Lopez resigns as manager of the White Sox.

10th  Willie Mays is named NL MVP, receiving 224 votes to 177 for Sandy Koufax.

17th  Retired Air Force Lieutenant-General William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball. The unknown 56-year-old is appointed to a seven-year term at $65,000 per year, succeeding Ford Frick who leaves office after 14 years. Owner Charlie Finley later exclaimed, “we wound up with a guy nobody knew, who knew nothing about sports. That’s when I began to realize I was sitting with a bunch of dummies” (quoted by Brian McKenna in his SABR biographical profile).

18th  Zoilo Versalles is named AL MVP. The Minnesota SS gets 275 votes to 174 for OF teammate Tony Oliva.

      Wes Westrum is named the Mets manager for 1966.

22nd  Baltimore OF Curt Blefary edges Angels P Marcelino Lopez for AL Rookie of the Year honors.

26th  Dodger 2B Jim Lefebvre is voted NL Rookie of the Year.

28th  Haywood Sullivan (54-82) resigns as A’s manager to become director of player personnel for the Red Sox. Alvin Dark replaces him.

29thThe Yankees trade Phil Linz to the Phillies for INF Ruben Amaro. Linz’s BA had decline in each of past 5 seasons.

30thThe Red Sox trade Ed Bressoud to the Mets for Joe Christopher. Bressoud will be the only former New York Giant to play for the Mets besides Willie Mays, who will close out his years there.

DECEMBER

1st  The KC Athletics, which waived young Joe Rudi to the Indians in May, got him back, along with backup C Phil Roof. The Indians receive veteran OF Jim Landis and P Jim Rittwage.  Rudi hit .254 at Dubuque this past season.

      The Giants send Matty Alou, coming off a .231 season, to the Pirates for P Joe Gibbon and infielder Ossie Virgil.  Alou will rebound to lead the NL in hitting and have 4 straight seasons over .331.

2nd  P Lindy McDaniel and OF Don Landrum are traded by the Cubs to the Giants for C Randy Hundley and P Bill Hands.

      Baltimore sends 1B Norm Siebern to the Angels for OF Dick Simpson.

4th  Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract with the Giants, signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000.

6th  Baltimore sends OF Jackie Brandt and P Darold Knowles to the Phillies for P Jack Baldschun.

9th  OF Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and OF Dick Simpson. The Reds Bill DeWitt defends the trade by labeling Robinson “an old 30,”a concept that Robinson will quickly prove wrong.

      While giving a speech in Columbus, MO, Branch Rickey collapses and dies a few days short of his 84th birthday. Player, manager, an extraordinary judge of baseball talent, and a shrewd trader, he became perhaps the game’s most influential executive.

10th  The Pirates trade long-time Buc P Bob Friend to the Yankees for P Pete Mikkelson and cash.

12th  Roy Hofheinz fires manager Lum Harris (65-97). Grady Hatton takes over the Astros.

14th  Eddie Stanky is signed to manage the White Sox.

15th  Detroit trades P Phil Regan to the Dodgers for IF Dick Tracewski. Regan will lead the NL in saves in 1966 while winning 14 of 15 decisions.

 

 

1966

JANUARY

14thCleveland trades OF Lu Clinton to the Yankees for vet backup Doc Edwards, who won’t return to the majors until 1970, with the Phillies.

16thIn Cuba, Centrales pitcher Aquino Abreau tosses a no-hitter over the visiting Occidentales of Santa Clara, winning, 10-0. It is the first no-hitter in Cuba in six years. The visitors help with six errors.  Abreau threw 19.1 innings in December in a losing cause.

20th  The BBWAA voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. Williams receives 282 of a possible 302 votes.

25th  In Havana, Cuba Centrales pitcher Aquino Abreau pitches his second straight no-hitter against the mighty Industriales team, winning, 7-0 (as noted by Cuban historian Peter Bjarkman).

      Yankee veteranTony Kubek announces his retirement owing to a back ailment.

27th  Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W. Roller rules that the Braves must stay in Milwaukee, or the NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for the 1966 season.

      Judge Robert Cannon of Wisconsin is named a full-time administrator of the Players’ Association at a $50,000 salary.

FEBRUARY

23rd  In Miami, Ken Harrelson wins the professional baseball players golf tournament for the second year in a row, taking the top spot by a record 17 strokes over second-place Ralph Terry. Harrelson cards a 290 on the municipal course. Davey Johnson is third with a 312, a stroke ahead of former champ Albie Pearson, and two ahead of Alvin Dark. Harrelson flew into Miami on the 20th having finished a distant second to Peanuts Lowrey in a celebrity-baseball player tourney in Las Vegas.

28th  Seeking an unprecedented 3-year, $1.05 million contract to be divided evenly, the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout.

MARCH

5th  Player representatives elect Marvin Miller, assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers, as executive director of the ML Players’ Association.

8th  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee waives election rules and inducts Casey Stengel, recently retired manager of the Mets.

17th  Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale escalate their threat of retirement by signing movie contracts.

30th  Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively.

APRIL

3rd  Tom Seaver, University of Southern California pitcher, signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus. A selection of the Braves in the January free-agent draft, Seaver was signed by Atlanta’s Richmond farm club a month later, after USC had begun its baseball schedule. The violation netted Richmond a $500 fine and forbade Atlanta from signing Seaver for 3 years. However, Seaver was also declared ineligible at the college level, so an unprecedented special draft is held. Three clubs willing to match Richmond’s $40,000 contract—the Indians, Phillies, and Mets—participate. New York’s name is drawn from a hat as the winner.

5th  Don Larsen, last active member of the old St. Louis Browns, is released by the Orioles.

10th  The Colt 45’s trade Walt Bond to the Twins for Ken Retzer. Bond spent most of the past season in Denver after Houston acquired him, while Retzer’s ML years are brief and behind him.

11th  A crowd of 44,468, including Vice President Hubert Humphrey, attends a historic opener at Washington. Emmett Ashford becomes the ML’s first black umpire in Cleveland’s 5–2 win against the Senators.

      For the first time since 1913, the Reds are rained out of their Opener. The rain will continue for three days and the Reds will open on the road, losing 2–1 to the Phils on April 15. It is the first time the team has opened on the road since 1890.

12th  The Braves and Tony Cloninger lose their first game in Atlanta 3–2 to Pittsburgh in 13 innings, with 50,761 fans on hand. Both Atlanta runs come on homers by Joe Torre, who opened the 1965 Milwaukee Braves season with 2 homers against the Reds.

      Rookie OF Tommie Agee ties the season opener in the 7th inning with a 2-run HR, and the White Sox add another to top the Angels, 3–2.

      At Yankee Stadium, 40,006 fans watch the Tigers edge the Yankees, 2–1. The Yankees only score is Joe Pepitone’s 5th inning homer off Mickey Lolich, who strikes out 10 Yankees. Lolich, with a career average of .075, leads off the 9th with a single, which opens the door for the Tiger’swinning run off Whitey Ford.

      At Minnesota, Catfish Hunter, who turned 20 four days ago, becomes the youngest Opening Day starter when he takes the mound for Kansas City. Hunter is the hard luck loser in the 2-1 battle with Mudcat Grant. Sandy Valdespino drives in both Twins runs, the second coming in the bottom of the 9th.  The previous youngest starter was Bob Feller, also 20 years five months, who opened the 1939 season.

      In his first AL at bat, Frank Robinson is hit by a pitch from Boston’s Earl Wilson. Brooks Robinson then follows with a homer. Frank will later add a homer as the visiting O’s win in 13 innings, 5–4, on a walk by Jim Lonborg.

      At Chicago, the Angels lose 3–2 to the White Sox in 14 innings.

13thThe Robinsons—Frank and Brooks—hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to lead the Orioles to an 8–1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway.

15th  Bob Gibson’s 9–2 win at Forbes Field is the 18th straight for St. Louis in Pittsburgh. St. Louis ties the ML record set by the Dodgers against the Phillies in 1945-46 for consecutive road wins against one club.

      The Tigers win their fourth straight, 8-3, over the Senators as Dick McAuliffe hits a grand slam and Al Kaline a solo shot.

      Cleveland scores 6 runs in the 6th and pushes one across in the 12th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-7. Jack Kralick is the winning pitcher.  George Scott strikes out 5 times for the Sox while Vic Davalillo has 5 walks, one intentionally, for the Tribe.

16th  Reds fireballer Jim Maloney strikes out 13 Phillies in a 4–0 shutout at Philadelphia.

17th  The Senators score 6 runs in the 7th to deflate the Tigers, 10-4. Bob Chance hits a pinch grand slam and Ken McMullen adds a 2-run homer, both off Julio Navarro, in the frame. Navarro gets no outs. This will be Navarro’s lone appearance this year and he won’t be back in the majors until 1970.

19th  In the first regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, California drops a 3–1 decision to the White Sox before 31,660 fans. Rick Reichardt hits the Angels’ first regular-season HR in the new facility.

      Tommie Sisk finally gives Pittsburgh a home win, topping the Cardinals, 5–3.

20th  Hank Aaron clouts homers 399 and 400 to lead the Braves to a victory, 8–1, over the Phillies. The first shot is off starter Ray Culp in the 1st inning, and number 400 comes in the 9th inning, off Bo Belinsky.

21st  The 1–7 Cubs trade veteran pitchers Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl to Philadelphia for young P Ferguson Jenkins, OF Adolfo Phillips, and 1B/OF John Herrnstein. “It’s the best deal we could’ve made,” says Phils manager Gene Mauch. “I think it complemented our staff exactly the way we wanted.”  Jenkins was 2–1 for the Phils in 1965 after being brought up from Arkansas (PCL), but he’ll go into the Hall of Fame as a Cub.

      The White Sox edge the Angels, 8-6, as Tommie Agee scores 5 runs. Agee has 2 hits and a HR.

      The Braves trip the Phils, 5–4, as Chris Short’s wild pitch past Bob Uecker allows the winning run to score. Eddie Mathews sets a ML record by playing his 2009th game at 3B, topping Eddie Yost’s mark.

23rd  Two days after putting on a Cubs uniform, Ferguson Jenkins hits his first major league homer, off Don Sutton, drives in a second run, and shuts out the Dodgers to win, 2–0.  For rookie Sutton, it is the first of 13 straight losses the Cubs will hand him.

      In Boston, Vic Davilillo’s third hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the 9th for the Indians, and Max Alvis then grounds into a 6-4-3-2 triple play to finish the Tribe’s tally, but Boston fails to score in the 9th and loses, 5-4.

24th  Pete Richert enters the ML record books with 7 consecutive strikeouts against the Tigers. Richert still loses a 4–0 decision as the Tigers sweep a pair at Washington. The Nats drop game 2, 4-1.

      Atlanta’s 5–2 win at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader is an NL-record 18th straight home win against the Mets. “Home” for 17 of those wins was Milwaukee.

26th  In New York, the Red Sox score 4 in the top of the 9th, only to see the Yankee retaliate with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame to win, 7-6. In the 3rd inning, rookie George Scott booms a shot against the Whitey Ford that is one of the longest home runs in the history of the Stadium. Whitey later recalls that it was the longest he ever surrendered.

27th  The Reds overcome two 5th-inning homers by the Giants—one a grand slam by Willie McCovey—to beat the host Giants, 8-6. Vada Pinson has 2 singles, a double and triple and scores 3 times.

28th  Cleveland ties the modern ML record with its 10th straight win since Opening Day. Sonny Siebert defeats the Angels, 2–1.  Cleveland will lose tomorrow to the White Sox’s Gary Peters, 4-1.

      Don Wert hits a grand slam, Jerry Lumpe and Al Kaline add 3-run homers, and Jim Northrup chips in with a 2-run homer as Detroit tops Kansas City, 13-6.

29thIn a 5–1 win over Chicago, Phils star Dick Allen dislocates his right shoulder while sliding.  The Phils will go 11-13 while he is out of lineup.

30th  Rick Reichardt hits a record-tying 2 HRs in the 8th inning, pacing a 16–9 California rout of Boston at Fenway. Teammate Bobby Knoop chips in with a double and HR in the same inning.

      Mel Stottlemyre wins his first of the year, shutting out Kansas City, 6-0. He drives in 2 of the runs. Roy White has 2 stolen bases, one a steal of home, while catcher Jake Gibbs has a steal of home on the front end of a double steal with White.  It is the first steal of home by a Yankee catcher.

MAY

1st  In his 2nd start, Sam McDowell has to settle for a one-hitter. Don Buford’s 3rd-inning double is Chicago’s only hit in Cleveland’s 1–0 win. McDowell becomes the first pitcher since Whitey Ford (September 1955) to pitch back-to-back one-hitters.

      In the first of two games today, the Angels and Red Sox combine for 9 DPs, setting an AL record, and tying the ML mark. Boston and the Twins will match it for a regulation game in 1990. California wins, 6–1, then loses the nightcap, 9–1.

      After Rollie Sheldon tops Whitey Ford, 1-0, the Yankees rebound in game 2 with a 10-4 win over the A’s. Roger Maris hits his first of the year, Roy White hits his 3rd and New York throws in a triple steal with Tom Tresh swiping home. It is the third steal of home by a Yankee in this series.

      The Orioles set a club record with their 10th straight win, beating Detroit, 4–1.

3rd  Cleveland regains first place when Luis Tiant (3–0) hurls his 3rd straight shutout and blanks the Yanks, 1–0.

4th  Willie Mays hits a NL record 512th HR—topping another Giant, Mel Ott—and the Giants beat the Dodgers 6–1.

      Tribe SS Larry Brown and LF Leon Wagner are both hurt in a severe collision at Yankee Stadium. Brown suffers a fractured skull, cheekbone, and nose. Wagner receives a broken nose and slight concussion. Cleveland wins, 2–1, behind starter Sonny Siebert.

      The Mets Jack Hamilton just misses a no-hitter as he beats the Cardinals, 8–0.  The only Bird bingle is a 2-strike bunt by pitcher Ray Sadecki that catches Mets 3B Ken Boyer playing back.

5th The Astros edge the Cubs, 4–3, in 13 innings as Frank Carpin gets his only ML win without throwing a pitch. With two out and Adolfo Phillips on second base and Glenn Beckert on first, Carpin comes in to pitch. The Cubs promptly pull a successful double steal. As Carpin again prepares to pitch, an emboldened Phillips tries to steal home and is out. When the Astros score in the bottom of the 13th, Carpin is the victor without facing a batter.

6th With the score deadlocked at 3–3, the Pirates score 4 in the 11th, then watch the Phillies come back with 5 runs to win 8–7. The 9 runs scored is a ML record for the 11th inning.

7th  With the Yankees winning only 4 of the first 20 games, GM Ralph Houk fires Johnny Keane and installs himself as Yankees manager. New York will win 13 of the next 17 under Houk.

      San Francisco sets a modern NL record (for the inning) by scoring 13 runs in the 3rd inning en route to a 15–2 win at St. Louis. The 13 runs are also the most scored in the 3rd inning by two teams. Orlando Cepeda clubs a grand slam in the frame, and Juan Marichal (6-0) collects two hits in the inning, for the second time in his career. Herm Wehmeier is the only other pitcher since 1900 to twice collect 2 hits in an inning (Mark Portugal will od it, according to historian Mike Emeigh).  For the Cards, it is the third time in their history they’ve been burned for 13 runs in a frame. It will happen again on August 24, 1993.

      Dodger Jim Lefebvre hits HRs right- and lefthanded in the same game, as Los Angeles routs Cincinnati 14–2. On June 5th, teammate Wes Parker will match Lefebvre. The Dodgers hit 6 homers, including one by Don Drysdale.

8th  Orioles RF Frank Robinson hits the first ball ever hit completely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, a 451-foot shot, ending Luis Tiant’s scoreless-innings streak at 27. Baltimore wins 8–3 and ties Cleveland for first place.

      In a controversial trade for San Francisco, St. Louis acquires popular 1B Orlando Cepeda from the Giants for P Ray Sadecki. Sadecki will go 3-7 in 1966, and Cepeda will win the MVP in St. Louis in 1967.

      In the first of two, Rico Petrocelli has three hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Red Sox whip the Twins, 8-1. Earl Wilson goes 5+ innings for the victory. Boston sweeps, winning the nightcap 4-1.

      In the last game at old Busch Stadium, San Francisco slugs out a 10–5 win over St. Louis.

9th  At Minneapolis, the Yankees (6–20) edge the Twins, 3–2. Maris, Mantle, and Pepitone, with the game-winner in the 9th inning, hit homers for New York.

10th  The Tigers purchase P Johnny Podres from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

11thThe Yankees purchase SS Dick Schofield from the Giants: they’ll trade him to the Dodgers on September 10.

12th  The Cardinals open new Busch Memorial Stadium with a 12-inning, 4–3, win over the Braves.

13th  Giant Jim Davenport’s 17th-inning HR beats the Mets 5–4 before 56,658 fans, the largest night crowd ever at Shea Stadium. The first-place Giants (22-7) now have 12 straight wins.

15th  Rocky Mount (Carolina League) teammates Dick Drago and Darrell Clark each pitch 7-inning no-hitters against Greensboro, Drago winning 5–0 in the opener, His roommate Clark wins 2–0 in the nightcap.

16th  Chuck Dressen suffers his 2nd heart attack in 2 years. Coach Bob Swift again takes the helm of the Tigers.

17th  Reds ace Jim Maloney allows 2 hits in shutting out the Mets, 4–0, at Shea.

      Rico Petrocelli hits his second grand slam in 9 days, off Gene Braebender, but the Red Sox fall to the second-place Orioles, 8-6.

19th  In the 5th inning, Cubs C Randy Hundley triples off P Dick Farrell and steals home against his replacement Gary Kroll.  The  Cubs beat Houston, 5–1.

25th  At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks maul the Angels 11–6.  Mantle has two homers, one off Dean Chance and the other coming off reliever Lew Burdette.

      The Cardinals break open their game with the Cubs, scoring 7 in the 8th to win, 9-1. Ted Abernathy gives up 6 runs in the inning, including a grand slam to Curt Flood.

26th  The Giants Juan Marichal pitches all 14 innings in a 1–0 win over Philadelphia. Jim Bunning matches him for 11 innings before being relieved. Marichal is 9-0.

27th  The White Sox trade 1B/OF Danny Cater to the A’s for IF Wayne Causey.

Washington’s Phil Ortega becomes the 2nd Senators hurler to fan 7 straight batters, tying the AL record for consecutive strikeouts and winning a 3–2 decision against the Red Sox.

28th  Boston leads Washington, 6-0, after 7 innings, but Washington makes it close when Jim King hits a grand slam in the 8th. The final is 6-5.

29th  Ron Santo’s 10th-inning HR gives the Cubs a 3–2 win over Atlanta. The day before, he beat the Braves with a 3-run, 12th-inning HR in an 8–5 win. The back-to-back walkoff hits will not be matched by any other Cub until 2015.

      Don Lock hits a 3-run HR in the first for all the Washington scoring against Boston but Phil Ortega makes it hold up for a 3-2 win. Ortega strikes out 7 batters in a row.

30th  Denny McLain pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the month. Phil Roof’s 5th-inning double is Kansas City’s only safety in Detroit’s 5–2 win.

      John Buzhardt outduels Earl Wilson as the White Sox edge the Red Sox, 1-0, in the first of 2.  Jack Lamabe does even better in game 2 as Chicago wins, 1-0, on a one-hitter. Joey Foy’s 8th inning single in the lone hit.

31st  California’s Rick Reichardt ties the ML strikeout record for extra-inning games with 6 K’s in a 17-inning, 7–5 loss to the Indians.

      Chicago’s Ron Santo sets a NL record by appearing in his 364th straight game at 3B, as the Cubs win 2–1 at Pittsburgh.

JUNE

1st At Comiskey, Juan Pizzaro loses his shutout in the 9th when Mantle homers into the CF bullpen. New York scores another but the White Sox win, 6-2.

2nd  Boston trades P Dick Radatz to the Indians for pitchers Don McMahon and Lee Stange.

      Houston erupts for 8 runs in the 12th inning at Cincinnati to win 11–4. The clubs combine to tie a NL record by scoring 9 runs in the 12th. Reds manager Don Heffner tries to win earlier, sending up three pinch hitters in the 8th: all three—Tony Perez, Gordy Coleman, and Art Shamsky—strike out. In the 9th, P Billy McCool bats for himself and grounds out with the sacks filled. The next reliever, Jack Baldschun, is jumped on for all 8 runs in the 12th, an outing that increases his ERA for the year from 4.15 to 5.49

3rd  White Sox SS Ron Hansen undergoes surgery for a ruptured spinal disk. He is disabled the rest of the season.

4th  The Cubs beat the Reds, 6–4, as Ron Santo hits 2 homers and a single. Deron Johnson makes a great catch to rob Santo of a 4th hit.

      Jim Gosger hits a game ending 3-run homer in the 16th off Dooley Womack to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees.

5th  In a 10–5 Bucs win over Houston, Willie Stargell goes 5-for-5, giving him 9 consecutive hits in 2 days.

      At Cincinnati, Reds SS Leo Cardenas hits four homers, two in each game—in a double header split with the Cubs. The Reds win the opener, 8–3, hitting three Bills freely—Bill Hands, Bill Connor and Bill Hoeft. The Reds then drop the nightcap, 9–5, as the Cubs plate 5 runs in the top of the 9th.  Cardenas drives in 8 runs.

      In the first of two at Shea, the Dodgers pound to Mets, 14-3, collecting 4 homers, 2 by Dave Parker.  Tommy Davis is 5-for 5 and light-hitting Sandy Koufax (10-1) has 2 hits in the 7-run 7thinning.  Koufax is a lifetime .097 hitter. Parker has another homer in game 2, but the Dodgers lose, 3-2.

6th Phillies P Jim Bunning strikes out 14 Reds en route to a 5–1 win, his 8th victory in a row.

7th  Bob Gibson (6-5) ties the ML record with 4 strikeouts in one inning (4th), but the St. Louis ace is gone by the end of a 9–1 loss at Pittsburgh. The Bucs nick him for 11 hits and 5 runs in 7+ innings.

       New York Mets, picking first in the June free-agent draft, pass up Arizona State OF Reggie Jackson to select C Steve Chilcott. Chilcott will retire after 6 years in the minors and will be the only number-one pick to never play in the major leagues. The A’s take Jackson with the 2nd pick.

8th  Bob Saverine of the Senators sets an AL record by coming to bat 12 times in a doubleheader (more than 18 innings) without a hit. One or two couldn’t hurt as Baltimore wins, 6–5 in 14 innings, and 7–8.

      At Shea, Hank Aaron has a single, double and a pair of homers—one a grand slam—as the Braves edge the Mets, 8-7.

      Randy Hundley belts a grand slam as the Cubs score 8 runs against Don Drysdale and beat the Dodgers, 8-1.

9th  Minnesota rocks Kansas City with a 5-HR inning. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles connect off Catfish Hunter, along with successive roundtrippers by Tony Oliva, Don Mincher (off Paul Lindblad) and Harmon Killebrew (off John Wyatt) in the 7th inning to give the Twins a 9–4 victory.

10th  Sonny Siebert pitches a no-hitter against the Senators. Leon Wagner homers off loser Phil Ortega, as first-place Cleveland wins 2–0.

      The Mets Dick Rustek makes his first ML start and shuts out the Reds, 5–0, for his only major-league victory.  He’ll lose two more decisions this year.

      San Francisco sells P Bob Shaw to the Mets.

      In need of arms with Bouton and Ford sidelined, the Yankees New York acquire P Fred Talbot and C Billy Bryan from Kansas City in exchange for pitchers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco, and promising OF Roger Repoz. Repoz would not pan out.

11th  Ernie Banks ties a modern ML record with 3 triples, as Chicago wins 8–2 in the Astrodome. Chicago OF Adolfo Phillips also ties an ML record by striking out 9 straight times in 2 consecutive games (more than 18 innings).   

      In a Western Carolinas League at Greenville, Greenville beats Statesville 8-0, as Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and allows 4 hits. He’ll top it September 1. The crowd at the game is 1,103.

12th  Batting leadoff, Eddie Mathews hits two homers, one a grand slam, but the Braves fall to the Pirates, 11-8. Jose Pagan and Roberto Clemente each have a pair of triples for the host Pirates, who will once again lead the NL in the category.

      Denny McLain (9-3) stops the Yankees, 7-5, in the first game of a twinbill. Ray Barker’s 2-run homer sends Denny to the showers in the 9th.  In game 2, the Yankees outslug the Tigers to win, 12-10. Lou Clinton and Elston Howard hit 3-run homers, two of the 5 homers New York hits. Joe Pepitone hits homers in each game. Jim Northrup and Norm Cash homer, while Jake Wood has 4 hits and 3 RBIs.

13th  The White Sox trade P Eddie Fisher to the Orioles for 2B Jerry Adair and OF John Riddle.

      Orioles pitchers Jim Palmer (6–3) and Eddie Watt combine to blank the Yankees 8–0 and give Baltimore an AL lead it will not relinquish.

      The Red Sox acquire P John Wyatt, P Rollie Sheldon, and OF Jose Tartabull from the A’s for P Ken Sanders, P Guido Grilli, and OF Jim Gosger.

14th  Detroit acquires P Earl Wilson and OF Joe Christopher from Boston for OF Don Demeter and P Julio Navarro. Navarro made one appearance for Detroit, recording no outs, and will not appear for the Red Sox.

     In game 1, Fred Whitfield has a homer and 5 RBIs to pace the Indians to an 8-7 victory over the Red Sox. After Rocky Colavito’s 8th inning grand slam ties the Red Sox, Boston uses two homers in the 9th, including George Scott’s second of the game, to beat Cleveland, 11-7 in game 2.

      Miami ekes out a 4–3 triumph over St. Petersburg (Florida State League), managed by Sparky Anderson, in 29 innings. It finishes at 2:29 a.m., the longest game not interrupted by a suspension of play in the history of organized ball (The Pawtucket marathon in 1981 is the longest). At two o’clock the umpires announcement that the game will not continue past 30 innings is greeted by jeers of “more! more!” by the 150 fans still up.

15th  Cincinnati trades P Joey Jay back to the Braves for P Hank Fischer.

      The Yankees sell veteran P Bob Friend to the Mets.

16th  In New York, Rocky Colavito robs Mantle of a 1st inning homer by making a great catch at the bullpen gate. Mantle then hits a 3rd inning homer to the opposite field off Sam McDowell, and New York goes on to top the Indians, 7–6.

      Led by the hitting and pitching of Tony Cloninger, the Braves roll over the Mets, 17–1.  Cloninger has 5 RBIs, the first pitcher to drive in that many since Lew Burdette on July 10, 1958.

      In the first of two, Tom McCraw scores 3 runs as the White Sox trip the Athletics, 6-4. In the nightcap, McCraw drives in all 5 runs with a grand slam and solo homer as Chicago wins, 5-2.

21st  In the first game of a twinbill, There are 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning when Frank Robinson makes a spectacular catch against New York’s Roy White, diving into the stands over the short right field fence and disappearing from view. He emerges with the ball and it is ruled a catch, preserving a 7–5 Baltimore victory, rather than 8-7 defeat. Robby will do it again on August 11th.

      Satchel Paige makes his final pro pitching appearance, going the first 2 innings for Peninsula (Carolina L) against Greensboro. Satch gives up 2 runs. As noted by historian Bill Deane, Peninsula’s regular catcher, Johnny Bench, took the night off.

22ndWillie Horton has 3 hits, including a grand slam as Detroit crushes the Senators, 12-2. Winning pitcher Mickey Lolich has a hit and 2 RBIs.

      The Cardinals sell aging veteran Curt Simmons (1-1) to the Cubs. Simmons will go 4-7 with Chicago.

23rdAt Yankees Stadium, Jim Palmer beats the Yankees, 5–2, for an Oriole victory. Brooks Robinson hits 2 of the 4 Oriole homers, while Mantle and Pepitone go deep for the Yanks. The O’s lead the Tigers by 2 games.

24th  Elston Howard collects a double and an 8th inning grand slam to give the host Yankees a 5-2 win over the White Sox. Steve Hamilton (5-1), with 6 innings of relief, takes the victory.

25th  Houston 2B Joe Morgan, batting .315, suffers a broken kneecap when hit by a line drive during batting practice. He will miss 40 games, and Houston, in 4th place, will lose 28 of their next 31 games.

26th  Sandy Koufax (13-2) matches his NL record of 7 consecutive strikeouts in consecutive 9-inning appearances on his way to a 2–1 win in Atlanta.

      Chicago’s Ron Santo singles in the first and his next time up is struck in the face by a Jack Fisher pitch that fractures his cheek. Before Santo’s at bat, the Mets Ron Hunt and the Cubs Adolfo Phillips had both been hit by pitches.  Santo will be operated on tomorrow but will return to action in a week. The injury ends his consecutive game streak at .390, but his hitting streak continues.

      Joe Foy jump starts the Red Sox with a 1st-inning grand slam, off Phil Ortega, and the Red Sox roll to a 13-7 win against the Senators in game 1. Washington rebounds with a 9-3 victory in game 2.

28th  At Fenway, the last place Red Sox cash in 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors, 5–3. All of New York’s scoring comes from Mantle, who blasts a 2-run homer in the 1st and an opposite field homer on the LF screen in the 8th.

29th  At Fenway Park, Mantle opens the scoring in the first inning with a 3-run shot, then sandwiches a homer between round trippers by Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone in the 3rd inning in New York’s 6–5 win.  The consecutive trifecta was last done for the Yankees in 1947, when Keller, DiMaggio, and Lindell connected.  Richardson is 5–for-5 in the game.  Mantle’s two homers today, his 37th and 38th, will be his last in Boston, and ties him with Babe Ruth for most homers by a Sox opponent at Fenway.

JULY

1st At Washington, Mantle homers in the first inning off Phil Ortega, as New York edges the Senators. 8–6. Mick scores another run when Joe Pepitone cracks a 2-run homer.

      At Shea, Woody Fryman (6-3) allows only a leadoff single, to Ron Hunt, who is thrown out stealing, as Pittsburgh stomps the Mets, 12-0.  Fryman walks none and strikes out 8 while facing just 27 batters.  Pagan, Mazeroski, Stargell and Clendenon homer for the Bucs.

2nd  Frank Howard, Don Lock, and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning, and Mike McCormick pitches a complete game, as Washington defeats a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees, 10–4. McCormick is the winner for Washington, giving up 5 hits including a Mantle homer, his 14th, in the 9th. Neither team draws a walk and there is only one strikeout recorded, Whitey Ford in the 5th.

3rd  Pitcher Tony Cloninger hits 2 grand slams and drives in 9 runs, as the Braves rout the Giants at Candlestick Park 17–3. Cloninger is the first NL player to slam two in a game, and the first pitcher ever, and his 9 RBIs are a ML record for pitchers, breaking Vic Raschi’s mark of 7. The National League record for pitchers was 5, held by several: the last hurler to collect 5 RBIs in a game is Cloninger, who had 5 on June 16th against the Mets (as noted by Tom Zocco). Cloninger spreads the wealth by allowing a homer to opposing pitcher Ray Sadecki.  It’ll be 24 years before that happens again.

      Mickey Mantle hits a first-inning homer, and for the 2nd time this week has hit three home runs in consecutive times at bat. New York blows a 5–0 lead in the 8th as the Senators storm back. Bobby Richardson homers in the 11th to give New York a 6–5 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Paul Casanova is on first when a sac bunt moves him to 2B. He overruns the bag and decides to head to 3B where he knocks the ball away from Tom Tresh. He then continues to home where he is thrown out by a mile.

      Jim Perry allows 2 runs and hits his first career homer, off Dave McNally. But after he leaves in the 7th, the Orioles score 2 runs to beat the Twins, 4-2.

      With the temperature a record 107 at LaGuardia, the Pirates and Mets play two at Shea. In the first game, Eddie Bressoud hits a grand slam for the Mets, but the Pirates negate that with three homers off reliever Darrell Sutherland, who gives up 5 runs in 3 innings. Pittsburgh wins, 8-7. New York reciprocates in the second game, overcoming a pair of 2-run homers by Willie Stargell and a 3-run homer, off Bob Friend, by Bill Mazeroski, to win, 9-8.

4th  Returning from missing seven games due to a double fracture of his cheekbone after he was hit by a pitch, Ron Santo sets a modern-day Cubs’ record when he hits in his 28th straight game, as the Cubs lose the opener to the Pirates 7–5. The Cubs win the nightcap 6–4, but Santo is held hitless.  In between the first and second game of the streak, the opener of a twinbill on June 1, Santo had no official at-bats. He received 4 walks and is HPB. The day before, however, he was 1-for-3, which counts as the actual start of the streak. Santo’s mark will be topped by Jerome Walton in 1989.

      The first-place Cardinals split with the Giants, beating Juan Marichal, 6–2 in the opener. Ray Washburn is the winner. The Giants rebound in the second game to win, 3–2, behind Gaylord Perry (12-1). Mike Shannon homers in both games for the Birds.

      The visiting Mets sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 8–1 and 9–6. Al Luplow has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs in the opener as Jack Fisher goes all the way. The Mets knock our Ray Culp in the 2nd frame. Ron Swoboda has 5 RBIs on a triple and a homer in game 2 to offset two triples by Bill White and a homer by Dick Allen. Mets catcher Jerry Grote goes into the Phils dugout for a popup drops the ball when his arm is jostled by Phils manager Gene Mauch. No interference is called because there is no rule covering it. After the season a rule change will make it illegal to interfere with a defensive player going into the dugout. This rule will be amended in 2006 and a defensive player will only be allowed to reach into the dugout, not enter it.

5th  At Wrigley Field, Woody Fryman allows three hits to the Cubs, all by Billy Williams, as the Pirates win, 6-0.  It is the third time that Williams has collected the only hits in a game: he’ll do it once more, on July 25, 1970.  Jose Pagan drives in 2 runs on three hits and Donn Clendenon homers to move the Bucs to 1 1/2 games behind the Giants.

      The Cubs give up on Ernie Broglio releasing him outright to Tacoma (PCL).

6th  Despite a doubleheader record 11 RBIs by Boog Powell, the Orioles can only split with the A’s. They drop the nightcap, 9–8, after winning, 11–0, behind Steve Barber and 4 RBIs by Boog. Powell hits a 2 run homer and a grand slam in the 11-inning nightcap, while Larry Stahl has 4 hits and 4 RBIs, including the game-winner, for the A’s.

      The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, 5–3 and 5–4, with reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 inning in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns Dave Davenport in 1916, who threw two CG victories. Yaz has an inside-the-park home run off Jim Bouton, the only one of his career.

7th  At Yankee Stadium, New York scores 2 runs to tie Boston 2–2 in the bottom of the 9th. Then with 2 on and 2 out, Mantle breaks a 1-for-17 slump with a 3 run shot into the RF stands.

8th  In New York, the Senators win the opener, 7–6, then blow a 4-run lead in the nightcap to lose, 7–5.  Mantle is 5-for-8 in DH, including a homer in each game.  The 2nd homer, off Jim Hannan, is a 461 foot sky shot over the monuments into the CF bleachers. Mick follows with a sure double in the 5th but tears a hamstring muscle rounding first and will be sidelined for two weeks.

      At Candlestick, Juan Marichal (14-4) allows 3 hits and Jim Davenport belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th as the first-place Giants beat the Reds, 7-2.

      The 2nd-place Pirates sweep a pair from the visiting Mets, winning 9-2 and 10-2.  Willie Stargell has 3 hits, including a homer, in each game and totals 7 RBIs for the day. Bill Mazeroski hits a grand slam in game 2.

9th  Felipe Alou hits 2 HRs off Sandy Koufax, the 3rd and last time that Sandy gives up 2 homers to one batter in a game.  Atlanta beat the Dodgers, 5–2.

      At Candlestick, the first-place Giants score 2 in the 9th on Willie McCovery’s 2-run homer 9th to tie the Reds, then score 2 in the 12th on Tom Haller’s 2-run homer to win, 8-7. McCovery has a single, double and 2 homers to drive in 6 runs.  For the Reds, it is their 11th straight loss.

10thGeorge Smith clouts a 10th inning grand slam to give the Red Sox a 10–6 victory over the White Sox.

12th  St. Louis hosts a hot midsummer All-Star classic. Maury Wills’ 10th-inning single scores Tim McCarver, as the NL wins 2–1 in 105-degree heat. Brooks Robinson’s stellar game (3 hits, 8 chances) earns him the game MVP. Asked about the new ball park, Casey Stengel remarks, “it holds the heat well.”  On field temperature is 113 degrees.

13th  Manager Don Heffner (37-46) is fired by the Reds and replaced by coach Dave Bristol.

14th  Interim Detroit skipper Bob Swift is hospitalized, and 3B coach Frank Skaff takes over. Under Swift the Tigers were 32-25; under Chuck Dressen, the team started 16-10. The Tigers will go 40-39 under Skaff.

16th  At Municipal Stadium, Horace Clarke belts a 10th-inning grand slam, off Jack Aker, as New York beat the Athletics, 9-5.

17th  Pittsburgh regains the NL lead by sweeping a doubleheader 7–4 and 7–1 from the Giants.

      The Cubs clip the Cardinals, 7–2, behind the pitching of Ken Holtzman and the slugging of Billy Williams, who hits for the cycle.

      The Indians collect 34 hits, including 9 homers, to sweep a pair from the Tigers, 7–3 and 15-2. Seven of the homers come in game 2.  Chuck Hinton has 3 homers and a triple for the day, with 2 of the homers coming in game 2. Each time he homers, Rocky Colavito follows with a homer as the two go back-to-back twice in the game. Hinton now has 5 homers for the year.

      At Comiskey Park, the White Sox and Orioles split a pair. Chicago takes the opener, 5-1, behind Gary Peters, who scatters 5 hits including a homer by Andy Etchebarren. Peters has a hit and scores a run; it is the 11th straight game that he’s carded a hit while pitching, although he’s gone hitless pinchhitting. Jerry Walker, in 1962, was the last pitcher to card 11 straight. Jim Palmer (13-4) is the victor in game 2, a 3-2 decision.

      After the A’s beat the Red Sox in game 1 by a 3–2 score in 10 innings, the Sox return the favor. The A’s win on Hershberger’s triple with 2 outs and a passed ball.  Boston wins the nightcap when Joe Foy hits an inside-the-park homer.

19thAt Chicago, Cubs Byron Browne strikes out 5 times against Reds starter Jim Maloney, who fans 12 in 10 innings. The Reds finally win, 3–2, in 18 innings, with Nuxhall victorious over Fergie Jenkins when Don Pavletich belts a homer in the 18th inning. In tomorrow’s Reds win over the Cubs, Browne will K another 3 times to set a NL record for two games on his way to leading the NL in strikeouts with 143.

      The Cards edge the Braves, 10–9, with the win going to reliever Nels Briles. Redbird starter Tracy Stallard gets no decision in his last ML appearance, but gives up 7 runs in 3+ innings. Stallard is 0-for-1 at bat and sets a ML record for his 7-year career by receiving no walks in 245 plate appearances. Joe Torre reaches Stallard for a grand slam in the 1st, then hits another HR in the 7th to give the Braves a 9–7 lead. Charlie Smith’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning knots the score. Smith’s single in the 12th drives in the game winner.

20thOriole reliever Moe Drabowsky retires all 12 batters in 4 scoreless innings, striking out 8 including 5 straight, as Baltimore wins, 8–7 over Detroit. Boog Powell crushes a 2-run HR in the 6th to put the Birds ahead.

21st  Minnesota P Jim Merritt beats the Senators 1–0 and ties an AL record with 7 straight strikeouts.

22nd  Gaylord Perry sets a San Francisco record with 15 strikeouts and beats the Phillies 4–1. Clay Dalrymple’s one-out 8th-inning single is the first hit against Perry. The Giants (57-39, .594) are two percentage points behind the first-place Pirates (56-38, .596).

      Norm Cash hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Tigers double up the host Indians, 10-5. Chuck Hinton homers and drives in 4 runs for the Tribe.

      Mets veteran Bob Friend scatters 8 singles in shutting out the host Dodgers, 3-0. He gets some breathing room when Ron Swoboda hits a 2-run home run in the 8th  off Claude Osteen just after reading on the scoreboard that his wife gave birth to his son, Chipper.

23rd  Bob Allison of the Twins suffers a broken left hand when hit by a Jim Lonborg pitch during Minnesota’s 10–4 win over the Red Sox.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks celebrate Old-timers’ Day but lose to the Angels, 7–6, despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam, off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey’s 9th.  He ties Babe Ruth—not in home runs, but in games played as a Yankee.

24th  The Yankees beat the Angels, 9–1, in game one, and Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days.  The roundtripper, his 493rd, ties him with Gehrig for 6th place on the all-time list. Joe Pepitone has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer, and Tom Tresh hits a grand slam. Tresh hits a pinch homer in game 2, a 4-1 Yankee win. 

      At Dodger Stadium, Joe Moeller and Don Drysdale each toss shutouts against the Mets, as the Dodgers win, 5-0 and 6-0.

26th  Willie Horton is 4-for-4 and drives in all the Tiger runs as they down the White Sox, 3-1.  In relief for the Sox, Hoyt Wilhelm celebrates his 44th birthday with 4 strikeouts in 2 innings. He’ll celebrate his 47th and 48th birthdays on the mound as well.

      Catfish Hunter, Kansas City’s top winner, undergoes an appendectomy.

27th  In Los Angeles, Jim Bunning and Sandy Koufax battle for 11 innings before both exit with score locked at 1–1. Koufax allows 4 hits and fans 16, while Bunning gives up 6 hits and K’s 12. L.A. eventually tops the Phillies, 2–1, in 16 innings.

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision and holds that the state lacks legal jurisdiction to stop the Braves from moving to Atlanta.

      At D.C. Stadium, Fred Valentine drives in 5 runs on a double and grand slam as the Senators top the Angels, 7-5.

28th  Rick Reichardt, California’s young hitting star, is sidelined with a kidney ailment. He will have a kidney removed in 2 weeks.

      Jimmie Coker hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Curt Simmons, and the Reds hold on for a 7-5 win over the visiting Cubs.

29thThe Yankees edge the White Sox, 2–1, on Mantle’s 14th homer in 24 games. Mick moves ahead of Gehrig into 6th place on the homer list with the blast.

      At Cincinnati, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in the Reds 4–3 win over Houston.

30th  Chicago’s Gary Peters shuts down the Yankees, 6–0, facing just 29 batters. The efficient Peters uses just 75 pitches.

      The Twins Dave Boswell allows just a 7th inning single to Snyder in beating the Orioles, 7–0.

AUGUST

1st  Houston’s Jim Wynn suffers a fractured left wrist, hand, and elbow slamming into the CF fence at Philadelphia. Done for the season, the Toy Cannon will still lead the Astros with 18 HRs. Houston also loses, 6–5, when Dick Allen legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 10th.  It is the first extra inning walkoff homer since Enos Slaughter did it in 1942. There will be another tomorrow.

2nd  Ossie Virgil drives in 3 runs and Juan Marichal, making his first relief appearance of the year, picks up his 17th win, as the Giants edge the Mets, 5–4. The win moves the Giants (63-44) back ahead of the Dodgers and Pirates by a game.

      At Anaheim, Paul Schaal hits an inside-the-park homer to CF in the 11th to give the Angels a 6-5 win over the Yankees. It is the second extra-inning walkoff IP homer in two days.

      In Minnesota, Jimmie Hall hits a game-ending grand slam, off Don McMahon, to give the Twins a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

3rd  Tom Haller has a pair of homers and Jim Ray Hart adds a grand slam as the Giants stop the Mets, 11-1. Larry Elliot’s homer off Gaylord Perry (16-2) is the only Mets tally as the Giants stay in first place by a game.

      Johnny Callison has 4 hits and 3 runs and Bill White hits a grand slam as the Phils beat the visiting Astros, 7-6.

      The Reds push across 2 runs in the 16th and beat the Cardinals, 3-1. The Birds only score is an unearned run off starter Jim Maloney.

4th  Pinch-hit HRs by Mets John Stephenson and Ron Swoboda make the difference in New York’s 8–6 defeat of the Giants at Shea Stadium. With the Pirates stopping LA, 8-1, Pittsburgh and San Francisco are virtually tied for 1st with Los Angeles 2 games back.

7th  Lee Bales (also listed as Wes Bales) gets off to a shaky ML start, striking out 4 times, as the Braves beat the Phillies 3–0. Bales equals the NL record first set by Billy Sunday (May 22, 1883) for most initial-game K’s.

8th  The Reds beat the Giants, 10–6, and Cincy OF Tommy Harper stretches his consecutive hits streak to 24 games.

      The Red Sox–Cleveland game at Fenway is stopped 4 times because of fog. The Red Sox eventually win, 31.

9th  The Braves fire Bobby Bragan (52-59) and install coach Billy Hitchcock as their new manager.

      In Atlanta, 52,270 watch as Felipe Alou hits a leadoff HR off Sandy Koufax.  The Dodgers tie it, but Eddie Mathews adds a 9th inning solo HR to beat the Dodgers’ ace 2–1. Alou will lead off tomorrow’s game with a HR as well.

10th  Chuck Dressen dies of a heart attack in Detroit, age 67. He had managed the Tigers earlier in the season.

11th  In game 1 at Wrigley, the Cubs down Houston, 9–8, in 11 innings. The Cubs are led by C Randy Hundley who hits for the cycle and drives in 3 runs. Bob Aspromonte hits a grand slam for Houston, Lee Maye has 5 hits including a homer, and Rusty Staub hits a homer for the second game at Wrigley. Staub will hit 13 homers this year, with 6 coming against the Cubs. Five will be at Wrigley. In game 2, Houston is ahead 8–5 at the end of 7 innings when the game is suspended on account of darkness. It’ll be completed on August 26, with Houston winning, 9–8, holding on as the Cubs score 3 in the 9th.

      It is deja vu all over again, as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer, preserving a 6-5 Orioles’ win. Robby did it two months earlier.

12th  At Crosley Field, long-ball lovers enjoy 11 HRs in one game, tying the most in any contest and setting a ML record for an extra-inning contest. Art Shamsky hits 3 consecutive for Cincinnati, including two in extra innings. But Pittsburgh prevails 13–11, scoring 3 in the 13th inning. Shamsky, who did not enter the game until the 8th, when he hits a 2-run homer to put the Reds up 8–7. His solo homer in the 10th ties the score at 9-9, as does his 2-run homer in the 11th. Shamsky’s pair of extra-inning homers is a first in the NL, and just the 3rd time ever in the Majors (Vern Stephens, 1943: Willie Kirkland, 1963). Also going deep are Rose, Deron Johnson, Bob Bailey (2), Clemente, Jesse Gonder, and Jerry Lynch. For Lynch, it is his 18th pinch-hit HR, a ML record.

      In Los Angeles, Ken Holtzman and the Cubs edge the Dodgers’ Don Sutton, 2–1.  The Cubs will hand Sutton another loss in two days, beating him in the nightcap of two, 12–10 in 10 innings.

      Willie Mays hits a game-ending HR to give Juan Marichal and Giants a 1-0 win over Houston. Mike Cuellar serves up the 9th inning homer.

13th  Dave Giusti one-hits the Giants for a 1–0 Houston win. Cap Peterson’s 2nd inning single is the only hit and the only baserunner for the Giants.

      Mercy rule. The Reds beat the Pirates, 11-0, in a game called after 5 innings because of rain.

      Restaurateur Vernon Stouffer buys a controlling interest in the Indians.

      At Fenway, Earl Wilson pitches and bats the Tigers to a 13-1 pasting of the Red Sox. Wilson scatters 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam. Wilson will hit 7 homers this year and drive in 22 runs.

14th Art Shamsky hits his 4th consecutive HR, tying the ML record, but the Reds lose again to the Pirates 4–2. Shamsky did not play yesterday, and did not come in today until the 7th inning when his 2-run homer puts the Reds up, 2–1. The homer streak will end tomorrow in Los Angeles, when he delivers a pinch single against Bob Miller.

      The Yanks sweep two from the Indians, winning the nightcap, 6–4. The Indians help in the 2nd game by making six errors in one inning, one short of the record. Mantle helps with a homer, off lefty Jack Kralick, but he’ll sit the next 12 days after reinjuring his knee.

15th The Red Sox trade two players to be named (Roland Sheldon and Dick Stigman) to the Reds for Hank Fischer (0-6).

16th  Willie Mays hits his 534th homer, matching Jimmie Foxx’s record for right-handed batters, as Gaylord Perry beats the Cardinals 3–1.

17th  Willie Mays takes 2nd place on the all-time HR list with a 4th-inning blast off Ray Washburn. San Francisco is one-half game out of first place after beating the Cards 4–3.

      For the 2nd successive day, the Orioles score 5 runs in the 9th to defeat the Red Sox. Today the score is 8–4; yesterday was 6–4.

      The Mets spot the Pirates a 7-1 lead, then roar back to win, 8-7. Hawk Taylor’s pinch grand slam is the big hit in the 5-run 5th.

      Pete Rose has 4 hits as the Reds top the 3rd-place Dodgers, 5-1. Sandy Koufax, bidding for his 20th win, is knocked out of the box in the 5th. Sammy Ellis is the winner.

18th  Pittsburgh 3B Jose Pagan ties the modern NL record for errors in an inning with 3—four for the game—as first-place Pittsburgh drops a 9–5 decision to the Mets. Mets starter Rob Gardner gives up four solo homers—two to Bill Mazeroski—but still manages to win, pitching 5 1/3 innings. The Mets tally no homers and just three earned runs.

19th  St. Louis hurler Larry Jaster (8-3) shuts out the Dodgers for the 4th time this season, beating them, 4-0, on five hits. Claude Osteen (13-10) is the loser.

      At Fenway, the Tigers take a pair from the Red Sox to move into a tie for second place in the AL, 8 games back. Denny McLain allows 3 hits in the opening 2-0 win, and Dave Wickersham beats Earl Wilson, 3-2, in game 2. The Tigers lose Dick McAuliffe when the all-star collides with Wilson on a play at 1B. He will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand.

20th  Gaylord Perry is the first 20-game winner of 1966, pitching the Giants into first place with a 6–1 win against the Braves.

      Birdie Tebbetts (66-57) resigns as manager of the Indians. George Strickland is named interim boss.

21st  Houston’s Dave Giusti does it all today as he blanks to Reds 11–0 and drives in six runs on two bases-loaded doubles.

22nd  At a private party for the Orioles, Frank Robinson falls into a swimming pool and is saved from drowning by Andy Etchebarren, who dives in to rescue his teammate.

23rd At Washington, Rich Rollins hits a grand slam in game 1 and Jim Kaat wins his 19th as the Twins down the Senators, 7-0. The Nats use the long ball in game 2 to win, 4-3, when Willie Kirkland hits an 8th-inning tie-breaking homer.

24th  Vada Pinson hits two doubles and a grand slam as the Reds beat the Giants, 9-4, putting San Francisco in a tie for 1st place with the Pirates.  Gaylord Perry (20-3) gives up 8 runs in 4 innings.

25th  Whitey Ford (2-5) undergoes surgery for a circulatory problem in his left shoulder. He last pitched on August 17th facing three batters in relief.

      The owners approve a 55 percent raise in contributions to the players’ pension fund. It will come from television, WS, and All-Star Game money. Some money will also go to pay the salary of the Players’ Association executive director.

26th  With Baltimore trailing Boston 2–0 in the 9th inning, Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell sting starter Lee Stange with back-to-back pinch-hit HRs to tie the game. This is just the 4th time in baseball history that back-to-back pinch homers have occurred, and the 2nd time in the AL. Baltimore wins in the 12th, 3–2.

      Detroit’s Earl Wilson, winner of six straight, hits an 8th inning homer to give himself a 5–3 lead over New York. But the Yankees, batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th, tally one run on a Clete Boyer single, and win it, 6–5, when Mantle clouts a pinch homer over a leaping Al Kaline in RF. The win still leaves New York (57–72) in last place.

      After the Astros complete a 9-8 win over the Cubs in a game suspended on August 11, they beat the Cubs, 7-4, in the regular match on Bob Aspromonte’s walkoff grand slam off Cal Koonce. In the completed game, Aspromonte had a triple and 3-run homer.

      Against the Dodgers, Giants fireballer Bob Bolin ties a ML record by fanning the first 5 batters in the game.  But the Dodgers win the game, 4–0, and are now 1.5 games behind in 3rd place.

      In a Northern League game between Bismarck-Mandan and Sioux Falls, future major-leaguers Scipio Spinks (20) and Gary Nolan (17) struck out 37 batters between them. Neither is around to get a decision, though, as Bismarck scores the game’s lone run in the 10th inning. A total of 41 men struck out in the game.

27th  At Dodger Stadium, Juan Marichal outduels Don Drysdale to give the Giants a 4–2 win.

28th At Yankee Stadium, Steve Whitaker connects for a grand slam as the Yankees deflate the Tigers, 8-1.

      In Chicago, the White Sox edge the Twins twice in extra innings, winning the opener, 4-3, in 15 innings and taking the nightcap, 7-6, in 11 innings.  Jerry Adair’s homer ends game 2, while Harmon Killebrew hits homers in each game.

29th Detroit’s Denny McLain tosses 229 pitches, gives up 8 hits, walks 9 and strikes out 11 Orioles to win his 16th victory as the Tigers win, 6-3. Willie Horton has 5 RBIs on two homers.

      Chicago Cubs veteran Robin Roberts, acquired recently from Houston, wins the final victory of his career, beating the Atlanta Braves, 4–2 in 11 innings, with two scoreless innings of relief. Roberts has now beaten the Braves in all three locations: 12–6 vs. Boston: 21–24 vs. Milwaukee: 1–0 vs. Atlanta (as noted by Joe Mackay). Roberts will retire having giving up 505 HRs, the only one above 500.

30th  Pete Rose becomes the 12th in ML history to hit HRs left-and righthanded in one game, as the Reds win 6–4 over the Cards.

31st  Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson, 31, announces his retirement.

SEPTEMBER

1st  In an Eastern League at Williamsport, PA, Pawtucket edges Williamsport, 2-1, in 10 innings when Don Gadbury steals home. Williamsport’s Nolan Ryan strikes out 21 in the loss.

2nd The Pirates take over 1st place by topping the Cubs 7–5 on a Roberto Clemente HR, his 2000th career hit. Clemente’s HR gives him 101 RBIs for the year, the first time he’s topped 100. Bob Veale is the winner over Fergie Jenkins.

      Phillies ace Jim Bunning continues his whammy over the Mets by shutting them out, 6–0.  It’s Bunning’s 8th complete game in as many starts against them, and his 5th shutout.  The Mets have scored a total of 4 runs off Bunning.

      The White Sox edge the visiting Orioles, 9-8, in 11 innings winning on two straight hit by pitches by Stu Mille (8-3). After Tommy McCraw doubles and Don Buford is given a pass, Miller plunks Al Weis with a pitch, then follows by hitting Tommie Agee to drive in the winning run. Agee has 5 RBIs for the game. Miller will total just 4 HBPs this year.

3rd Charlie Vaughan, 18-year-old Braves pitcher, beats the Astros 12–2 for his first and only ML win. Vaughan will make one other major league appearance, in relief, in 1969.

      In Minnesota, Harmon Killebrew has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Twins to a 6-1 victory in game 1. In game 2, Tom Tresh connects for 2 homers and drives in 4 runs as New York wins, 7-4.

4thChris Short shuts out the Mets, 5–0, the 5th complete-game win in a row for the Phillies’ pitchers.

5thIn game 1 at Forbes Field, the Pirates are led by Bill Mazeroski in a 13-5 pasting of the Braves. Celebrating his birthday, Maz drives in 6 runs on two homers, one a grand slam off reliever Phil Niekro. Vern Law cops the win.  In game 2, the Pirates score 4 in the 9th but come up short, losing 7-5. Denis Menke and Hank Aaron homer for Atlanta to back Tony Cloninger. The Pirates lead the NL by 1.5 games.

6thThe Giants pepper Don Drysdale for 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings and beat the Dodgers, 6–0.  Ray Sadecki fires the shutout.

7th The Braves acquire veteran pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Priddy from the Angels in exchange for minor league prospects Mickey Rivers and Clint Compton.  It will only Hoyt for a little while as the Braves will waive the knuckleballer to the Cubs in September 1970.

8th  The Red Sox fire manager Billy Herman (64-82) and Pete Runnels is named interim pilot. Herman will sign on as a scout for the California Angels.

10th The Cards score 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 6-5 and give Bob Gibson his 19th win of the year. Pittsburgh stays in first place by a half game.

11th  John Miller becomes the first Yankee to ever hit a homer in his first ML at bat. He contributes 2 runs in a 4–2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway. It will be Miller’s only homer in pinstripes, but as a Dodgers in 1969, he will hit a homer in his last ML at-bat.

      Los Angeles regains first place, winning 4–0 and 1–0 behind Sandy Koufax and Larry Miller as Houston suffers its 3rd and 4th consecutive shutouts against the Dodgers.

12th  Ron Perranoski of the Dodgers fans the first 6 batters he faces and earns a 3–2 win over the Mets and Tug McGraw. With the help of 2B Ron Hunt, Mets rookie SS Bud Harrelson picks off Lou Johnson with the hidden ball trick in the 6th.

      Jim Fregosi has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Angels to a 6-5 win over the Orioles. Frank Robinson hits his 44th homer for the O’s.

15th  Tom Phoebus of Baltimore begins his ML career with a 2–0 shutout of the Angels in the first of two. Baltimore takes the second game, 4-3, to move to 9.5 games in first place.

      Seven pitchers are used by Al Dark’s A’s in an 11-inning, 1–0 shutout of the Indians. Kansas City wins its 7th straight game.

      Don Drysdale (10-16) gives up two HRs in the 9th, to Roberto Clements and Willie Stargell, with 2 outs, but holds on to give the Dodgers a 5–3 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers now lead the Bucs by 2 1/2 games.  The Bucs and Dodgers will split the next 2 games.

      Dick McAuliffe has two doubles and a homer and Jim Northrup belts a grand slam as the Tigers outslug the Twins, 8-5. Dave Wickersham wins with 5 innings of relief as the Tigers stay a distant second in the AL.

16th  The Mets (5) and Giants (3) tie a ML record by using 8 pinch hitters in the 9th inning as the Mets win, 5–4. Willie McCovey hits a 500-ft HR, judged the longest ever at Candlestick Park. The Giants are now 4 games behind LA.

     At the Astrodome, Chuck Harrison hits a grand slam to lead the Astros to a 6-4 win over the Phillies.  Sonny Jackson is 5-for-5 and Ron Davis 4-for-4 as Houston collects 18 hits.

      In a game suspended in the 3rd inning because of light failure and completed on the 18th, Kansas City wins, 3–0, topping Washington. Lew Krausse starts today on the 18th and gets 1.2 innings of relief help from Jack Aker to pitch the shutout.

17th  Cleveland pitchers set an AL record by fanning 19 batters in the first 9 innings of a 10-inning 6–2 win at Detroit.

18th  Kansas City and Washington battle with the Washington winning 1–0 behind Phil Ortega. John “Blue Moon” Odom blanks the Senators for 8 1⁄3 innings  to run the A’s scoreless string to 45 1⁄3 innings. The AL record of 47 was set by Cleveland in 1948.

      The Twins beat the Yankees 5–3 in 10 innings on Bob Allison’s pinch three-run homer, sending the Yankees to the cellar in the AL. In his last plate appearance of the year, Mantle whiffs and becomes the first player to strike out 1,500 times in his career.

19th  Dan Topping sells his 10 percent stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as club president. CBS executive Mike Burke succeeds him.

      Drysdale stops the Phils, 6–1, for a needed Dodgers win. Los Angeles leads the NL by 1.5 games.

      At Candlestick in the 11th inning, Roberto Clemente leads off with a solo homer and Bob Bailey adds a grand slam, both off Frank Linzy, and the second place Pirates down the Giants, 5-1. The Giants now trail the Dodgers by 4 games.

20th  Orioles P Tom Phoebus hurls his 2nd straight shutout in his 2nd ML game, blanking the A’s 4–0 in Kansas City. Karl Spooner was the last rookie to start with 2 shutouts.

      Vern Law shuts out the Giants, 6–0, to keep the Pirates 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers. Pittsburgh turns 4 double plays in the game and will end the year with an NL-record 215.

21st  The players almost outnumber the fans at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs draw just 440 for a game with the Reds. Chicago wins, 9–3, behind Ken Holtzman, with Sammy Ellis taking the loss.

      The Pirates stay 1 1/2 games in back of the Dodgers, who lose 3-2 to the Phillies Rick Wise. Pittsburgh loses, 6-5, when Juan Marichal hits a game-winning homer off Elroy Face in the 9th. Marichal wins his 23rd.

      At Detroit, Willie Horton clubs a 2-out 2-run HR off Dean Chance in the 9th inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory.

      At Kansas City, the Orioles spot the Athletics a 6-1 lead after 6 innings, then score 2 in the 7thand 7 in the 8thto win, 10-8. Frank Robinson has 2-run home runs in the 7thand 8th.  Baltimore reliever Moe Drabowsky tries to help out the A’s by calling their bull pen and, imitating manager Jim Dark, ordering his former teammate Lew Krausse to warm up in relief of starter Jim Nash. Drabowsky, who pitched for the A’s in 1965, remembered the bull pen number. [this anecdote has been told with Nash pitching a shutout—he was not—and, in another circumstance, Drabowsky imitating Earl Weaver and calling the O’s bull pen.]

22nd  The Orioles beat the host Kansas City A’s 6–1 to clinch their first AL pennant. Both Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson have 2 RBI. Frank Robinson will end the year as the Triple Crown winner, the first to achieve the feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956. He clinches with a batting average of .316, 49 HRs, and 122 RBI. Jim Palmer wins his 15th, tops on the staff. Palmer matches Art Ditmar of the 1960 Yankees as the second AL pitcher to win 15 as the top pitcher on a pennant winner.

      A crowd of 413, a record low for Yankee Stadium, sees the White Sox beat New York 4–1. Yankee Broadcaster Red Barber insists that TV cameras show the empty seats, a decision that will cost the legendary play-by-play man his job.

23rd The Dodgers Don Drysdale (12-16) pitches his 3rd complete game in a row, shutting out the Cubs, 4-0, in game 1. The Dodgers complete the sweep with a 4-2 win in game 2 as John Roseboro belts a 2-run homer in the 9th, off Cal Koonce. Phil Regan (14-1) picks up the win with 2+ innings of relief. The Dodgers pick up a half game on the Pirates and now lead the NL by 2.5 games.

      At Crosley Field, Reds ace Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in a 7–0 win over the Mets.

      The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees, 2–1, pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre.

      Denny McLain serves up a 1st inning grand slam to Don Mincher and a 3rd inning homer to Tony Oliva as his Tigers fall to the Twins, 12-4.

24thIn  relief of veteran Bob Shaw, Bob Friend makes his final appearance, giving up 2 runs in one inning and taking the loss as the Mets lose to the Reds, 4-3. Friend ends his ML career at 197-230, one of the few pitchers to lose 200 games and not win 200. Chick Fraser ended his career at 175-212.

25thIn a matchup of Jewish pitchers, each of whom attended Yom Kippur services yesterday, the Cubs Ken Holtzman outduels Sandy Koufax, to win 2–1. The Dodgers go hitless over the first 8 innings, before Dick Schofield notches the first hit with no outs in the 9th. Holtzman, who spent much of the season in military service, will finish the year at 9–0, the first pitcher since Howie Krist (10–0) in 1940 to win that many without a loss.

      Tony Oliva hits a game-ending homer to break up a scoreless duel between Detroit’s Earl Wilson and the Twins ace Jim Kaat. Kaat wins his 25th, 1-0.

      The Senators sweep a pair from the White Six, winning 6-4 and 2-1 in 11 innings.  Mike McCormick (11-14) wins the nightcap with 3 innings of relief, while the loss goes to Hoyt Wilhelm, who toils 5+ innings. Wilhelm contributes a double, his first double since 1953, a span of 13 years.

27th  At St. Louis, the Dodgers win as Don Drysdale pitches his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Cardinals, 2-0, on a four-hitter.

28th  Larry Jaster (11–5) blanks the Dodgers for the 5th time this season, pitching the Cards to a 2–0 win at St. Louis. Jaster is the first pitcher to accomplish this feat since Grover Cleveland Alexander whitewashed the Reds 5 times in 1916. Jaster twice beat the Dodgers, by 2–0 and 4–0 scores.  The Dodger whitewashings are Jaster’s only shutouts of the year, but they are enough to lead the league.  He will pitch another five years in the majors, recording just two more shutouts.

      The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Phillies, 2–1 and 4–2, and move back within 1 1⁄2 games of the Dodgers. Donn Clendenon homers in game 1, cracking his 28th homer of the year: 25 of those have been on the road.

      In New York, the Cubs split a doubleheader, losing the second game to Bob Shaw, 1-0. It is Chicago’s 100th loss of the year, matching their 100th loss in 1962.  They won’t lose a hundred a year till the next century.

      The Red Sox appoint Dick Williams as manager.

29th  The DodgersSandy Koufax pitches a 4-hitter and beats the Cards 2–1, allowing a homer to Curt Flood He becomes the first ML pitcher to achieve a third 300-strikeout season since Amos Rusie in 1890–92. The Dodgers now lead the NL by 2 games.

30th  The White Sox tip the Yankees 6–5 in 11 innings at Comiskey, pinning the loss on reliever Mel Stottlemyre It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last Yankee to lose 20 games was Sam Jones, who lost 21 in 1925. New York took the lead in the 9th inning on Roger Maris’s 2-run pinch homer, his 13th of the year. The ball hits the RF foul pole. But the Sox scored in the bottom of the 9th to tie it up. The Yanks will win their next 2 but finish in 10th place one-half game behind the Red Sox.

      For the 2nd time in a week, a pitcher takes a no hitter into the 9th inning only to lose it on a leadoff hit. This time it is the Mets’ Ed Bressoud breaking up a bid by Houston’s Larry Dierker. Dierker wins, 1–0, over Jack Fisher.

OCTOBER

1st  Behind Juan Marichal and Bob Bolin, the Giants sweep in Pittsburgh 5–4 and 2–0 to move into 2nd place two games behind the idle Dodgers. The double loss eliminates the Pirates who finish 3rd.

2nd  With the Pirates ahead of the Giants by 2 runs at the end of 8 innings, ex-Buc Ozzie Virgil ties the score with his last major league hit, a pinch single. The Giants bullpen holds and Willie McCovey’s monster (estimated at 500 feet) pinch homer in the 11th wins it, 7–4. The Giants use every player except Gaylord Perry, held out in case he is needed to pitch against the Reds. With the Dodgers winning, the Giants finish 1 1⁄2 behind, and a San Francisco rainout will not need to be rescheduled. Matty Alou of the Pirates ends the season with a .342 average to lead the NL, but drives in just 27 runs.  This is a record low for a batting leader.

      Sandy Koufax clinches the 3rd Los Angeles pennant in 4 years, working with just 2 days rest for a 6–3 win at Philadelphia. Koufax sets Los Angeles records with 27 wins and a 1.73 ERA. Philadelphia wins the first game, beating reliever Don Drysdale, behind Christ Short’s 20th victory, 4–3.  Short is the first Philley lefty to win 20 games since Eppa Rixey in 1916. The Dodgers go 6-6 in their last 12 games to gasp into the NL title. Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen and Sutton combine for 154 starts: Moller adds 8.  The Dodgers are the first team since the 1904 Red Sox to go through a season using just 5 starters. Seattle will do it in 2003.

      Cards rookie Jim Cosman makes his first ML appearance, shutting out the Cubs, 2–0. St. Louis OF Curt Flood concludes the season with his 159th consecutive errorless game, the most by an NL outfielder in one campaign. Flood handled 396 chances without a miscue.

3rd  Mayo Smith signs a 2-year contract to manage the Tigers.

      Former Indian Joe Adcock will retire from active play and become manager of the Tribe.

5th  With first-inning HRs by Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson and 11 strikeouts from relief P Moe Drabowsky, the Orioles win game one of the WS, 5–2. Drabowsky breaks the relief record of Jesse Barnes set in the 1921 WS of 10 strikeouts. He also ties the mark of Reds starting pitcher Hod Eller (1919) with 6 consecutive strikeouts. Jim Barbieri strikes out as a Dodger pinch hitter, making him the first player to appear in a Little League World Series and a ML World Series. He appeared in the 1954 Little League series.

6th  Los Angeles OF Willie Davis commits 3 errors on two successive 5th-inning plays, as Baltimore scores 3 runs and wins 6–0.

8th  In game 3, Paul Blair’s HR and Wally Bunker’s 6-hit pitching give the Orioles a 1–0 win, as the WS moves to Baltimore.

9th  Dave McNally wraps up Baltimore’s brilliant pitching display, and a World Championship, with a 4-hit, 1–0 win. Frank Robinson’s HR off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore are a WS record.

12th  The White Sox send sore-armed Juan Pizarro to the Pirates for knuckleballer Wilbur Wood, who spent the 1966 season with Columbus (International).

13th  Lee MacPhail is named GM of the Yankees.

17th  Bob Swift, 51, dies at Detroit, losing a bout with cancer. He is the 2nd Tigers manager to pass away this year.

18th  Youth movement. The Angels release vets Frank Malzone, Jim Piersall and Joe Adcock.

NOVEMBER

1st  Sandy Koufax becomes the first 3-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the 2nd-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both of the MLs.

4th  Maury Wills leaves the Los Angeles club touring Japan, complaining that his injured right knee needs immediate treatment in the U.S.  But Maury stops off in Hawaii and a few days from now is spotted in a nightclub there playing banjo. On December 1, the Dodgers will send Maury to Pittsburgh.

8th  Frank Robinson of the Orioles is the unanimous choice as AL MVP. He is the first player to win the award in both leagues. Teammates Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell follow in the voting, the third time this has happened in MVP voting.

12th  The Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record, the most losses ever for a ML club touring the Far East.

14th  George Weiss resigns as Mets president and is succeeded by Bing Devine.

16th  Pirate OF Roberto Clemente is named MVP in the NL. He edges Koufax by 10 votes.

18th  Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to increasing pain in his arthritic left elbow.

23rd  Chicago OF Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of the Year, gathering 16 of the 18 votes. Kansas City P Jim Nash gets the other 2. Agee had been brought up briefly the past 4 seasons before finding a permanent spot this year.

25th  Cincinnati IF Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of the Year.

28th  The Pirates purchase P Juan Pizarro from the White Sox, completing a deal that sends P Wilbur Wood to Chicago. The knuckleballing Wood was 14–8 for Columbus in 1966 after going 1–3 for the Pirates over the previous 2 years. He will appear in 578 games for the Sox winning 163 games.

29th  The Mets trade 2B Ron Hunt and OF Jim Hickman to the Dodgers for 2-time batting champ Tommy Davis and OF Derrell Griffith.

      The Yankees trade 3B Clete Boyer to the Braves for OF Bill Robinson and 39-year-old pitcher Chi Chi Olivo.

      A circuit court jury in Chicago awards Jim Brewer $100,000 in damages stemming from his 1960 on-field fight with Billy Martin.

DECEMBER

1st  Dodgers SS Maury Wills is traded to the Pirates for SS Gene Michael and 3B Bob Bailey. A deal has been expected since he bolted the Los Angeles trip to Japan.

2nd  California trades P Dean Chance and a player to be named to the Twins for OF Jimmie Hall, 1B Don Mincher, and P Pete Cimino.

3rdThe Senators bring Camilo Pascual, along with Bernie Allen, back to Washington sending Minnesota P Ron Kline in exchange.

5th  Bill DeWitt sells the Reds to a group of Cincinnati investors, headed by Francis Dale,  for an estimated $7 million. In two weeks, they hire Bob Howsam away from the Cardinals to be GM.

7th  The Cubs trade P Dick Ellsworth to the Phils for P Ray Culp and cash.

8th  Five years after breaking Ruth’s record, the Yankees trade OF Roger Maris to the Cardinals for journeyman 3B Charlie Smith. In 2 days, the Yanks send Pedro Ramos the Phils for P Joe Verbanic.

12th  By a 4–3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin’s suit to prevent the Braves’ move to Atlanta, thereby retaining baseball’s “umbrella” under antitrust laws.

13th  The Giants trade P Bob Priddy and OF Cap Peterson to the Senators for P Mike McCormick. McCormick will win the Cy Young in 1967.

14thThe Cards send Walt “no neck” Williams and P Don Dennis to the White Sox for C John Romano and P Lee White. Williams hit .330 in each of the past 2 seasons at Tulsa.

15thThe Reds trade Jim O’Toole to the White Sox for OF Floyd Robinson. O’Toole won 94 games with the Reds in 10 seasons, but there is not much gas left in the tank. He’ll go 4-3 in 15 games with the Sox and call it quits at 30.

20th  The Yankees acquire SS Dick Howser from Cleveland for minor leaguer Gil Downs and cash.

31st  After 15 seasons with the Braves in 3 different cities, 3B Eddie Mathews is traded to the Astros, with P Arnie Umbach and a player to be named, for P Bob Bruce and OF Dave Nicholson.

 

 

1967

 

JANUARY

4th  The Indians acquire Lee Maye and former ML catcher Dave Retzer from the Astros for catcher Doc Edwards, OF Jim Landis and pitcher Jim Weaver. Landis will be traded for Larry Sherry in June, while Maye will have a solid but itinerant five years in the AL.

6th  Former Yankee’s manager Johnny Keane, 55, dies of a heart attack at Houston. It is the third death of a 1966 manager.

23rd  Stan Musial is named GM of the Cards and, in his only year as GM, will help guide them to a WS win.

29th  Branch Rickey and Lloyd Waner are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Special Veterans Committee.

FEBRUARY

16th  Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election, since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January.

23rd  In Miami, Reds pitcher Sammy Ellis sinks an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the National Baseball Golf Tournament with a 300 over 72 holes.  Runner-up four strokes behind is Alvin Dark, who bogeys the 18th. Ken Harrelson, who won the past two years, is third with a 306.  Augie Bergamo wins the inactive major league flight with a 305.

25th  The Atlanta Braves trade veteran Eddie Mathews, along with Arnold Umbach and a player to be named later (Sandy Alomar) to the Houston Astros for Dave Nicholson and Bob Bruce (December 31, 1966).  Mathews, a future Hall of Famer, is the only man to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, and the Atlanta Braves.

MARCH

3rd  The White Sox are given permission to use a semi-designated hitter in training camp. With home club permission, clubs will be allowed to use a designated pinch hitter twice in the same game.

9th  in Tampa, Reds LH pitcher Ted Davidson is shot twice by his estranged wife, Mary. One shot hits him in the right shoulder and the other on the left side of the abdomen.  He will be on the critical list but return to limited action in June.

16th  In one of the highest scoring spring training games ever, the Red Sox tally ten earned runs in the 9th inning to upend the Mets, 23–18. Boston outhits the Mets 23 to 17 and Jim Lonborg is the eventual winner over Jack Hamilton.

24thThe Astros trade infielder Sandy Alomar to the Mets for infielder Derrell Griffith.

30th  The Dodgers Willie Davis suffers a broken bone in his ankle that will hamper his performance throughout the season.

APRIL

1st  Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall retires and begins his career as the team’s radio broadcaster. He will pitch batting practice when the team is on the road.

      The Mets trade Ed Bressoud, Danny Napoleon and cash to the Cardinals for Don Kirkwood, John Verhoeven and John Flannery.

12th In 40 degree weather at Fenway, Boston takes its season opener with the White Sox, 5–4,  as righty Jim Lonborg wins with the help of a 3-run Rico Petrocelli HR. A pre-season poll picks the Red Sox to finish 9th.

10th  At D.C. Stadium, LBJ tosses out the first ball to open the season. But the Senators manage just two hits off Mel Stottlemyre as the Yankees win, 8–0. New York jumps on starter Pete Richert for 7 runs in the 3rd inning, collecting six straight hits, to put it away.

12th  The Senators beat up on Fritz Peterson, scoring a run in the 1st and 9 in the 2nd to down the Yankees, 10-4. Ken McMullen’s grand slam is the big blow in the 2nd.

14th  At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox rookie Bill Rohr debuts and startles everyone by taking a no-hitter into the 9th inning. But Elston Howard lines a 3-2 pitch for a single to right-center with two outs. Carl Yastrzemski had kept the no-hitter alive with a spectacular grab of a Tom Tresh drive to deep LF to open the 9th. The Red Sox win 3–0, beating Whitey Ford, who allows a lead off homer to Reggie Smith and a two-run homer to Foy. Luis Tiant was the last pitcher, in 1964, to make his ML debut at the Stadium and be victorious; Ford was the loser then. Besides Rohr, catcher Russ Gibson debuts and has a pair of hits. There won’t be two batterymates debuting in the same game until August 2018.

15th  In his first ML appearance, Reds rookie Gary Nolan strikes out the side in the 1st inning on his way to a 7–3 win over visiting Houston.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, Tony Gonzalez has three hits, including a 1st inning grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the Mets. Jim Bunning is the winner.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, The Red Sox and Yankees struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it, 7–6, in a game that lasts 5 hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have 5 hits for the Sox, but it is Joe Pepitone’s two-out single that beats Lee Stange.  Al Downing is the winner.

      Washington and Chicago struggle for 16 innings before the White Sox win, 4-3 in the bottom of the 16th on 3 straight walks.  Two intentional walks load the bases and a non-intentional forces home the winner.

      Larry Jackson hurls a complete-game shutout as the Phillies top the Mets, 2-0. Bill Denehy takes the loss in his ML debut but sets a club record with 8 strikeouts in a debut. Tom Sever will match it and Matt Harvey will top it.

      In California, the Orioles earn a doubleheader split when Steve Barber flirts with a no-hitter before allowing a 9th inning one-out double to Jim Fregosi. It is the only hit Barber allows, winning 3-0. In game 1, the Angels win 5–4 in 10 innings on Fregosi’s RBI single. Lew Burdette (1–0), in relief notches the last decision of his career. When he’s released in September, the veteran will finish at 203-144.

18th  The Cubs Adolpho Phillips drops a fly ball to allow 3 runs to score but homers and triple to help beat the Phillies, 8–4. Bill Hands is the winner over Chris Short.

      Rain in LA. The Dodgers-Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium is rained out, the first rainout in Los Angeles Dodger history. It comes after 737 games.

21st At Fenway, rookie Bill Rohr again tops the Yanks, beating Mel Stottlemyre, 6–1. Elston Howard’s 8th-inning single drives in the only Yankee score. Rohr will return to the minors after the Gary Bell acquisition and resurface with the Indians next year.

22nd  At Candlestick, the Giants take a 4-3 lead when Willie McCovey hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Denny LeMaster. Clete Boyer’s 2-run homer in the 9th gives the lead back to Atlanta. But SF plates 2 in the 9th to win, 6-5.

25th  Los Angeles 3B Jim Lefebvre contributes 3 errors in the 4th inning to help Atlanta win 7–1.

      Whitey Ford beats the White Sox, 11–2, at Yankee Stadium giving up 8 hits to go 2–1 on the season. It will be his last ML win.

      In a Florida State League at Lakeland, J. Rick Young of Lakeland pitches 10 1/3 hitless innings against Winter Haven, enroute to a 1-0 win in 12 innings.

27th  Reds P Mel Queen provides a royal effort, pitching 5 2/3 innings of no hit relief as the Reds beat Houston, 7–2.

28th  After Jimmy Wynn hits a homer in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game, the Astros win it in the 13 when Eddie Mathews hits a triple off Joe Niekro and scores on a sac fly. The Cubs lose, 5-4.

      Curt Blefary hits a first inning grand slam and Dave McNally wins his first of the year as the Orioles trip the Tigers, 5-3.

29th  Yankee pitcher Fred Talbot allows two Angel hits in topping California 5–2 at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle, playing first base, hits a 2-run homer and drives in 3 runs for New York.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox have the offensive answers to the Athletics and edge them, 11-10 in 15 innings.  When Dick Green hits a 3rd inning grand slam and the Athletics score 5 runs, the Sox score 6 in the bottom of the frame; when Rick Monday homers in the top of the 15th, the Sox score 2 runs to win. The Sox and Yankees are tied for 1st place.

30th  San Francisco concludes its first 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, as Bob Bolin beats Don Drysdale 5–1.

      Orioles Steve Barber and Stu Miller combine to pitch a no-hitter but lose 2–1 to the first-place Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Barber walks 10 in his 8 2⁄3 innings, but in the 9th two runs come in on a wild pitch and an error by Mark Belanger, who drops the ball on a potential DP that would end the game. Miller walks none. In his first start of the year, Barber held the Angels hitless for 8 1⁄3 innings. Just 2 hits today matches the AL record for fewest safeties by 2 clubs in one game. Three catchers are used by Baltimore, a ML record of sorts for a no-hitter.

      In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Mantle breaks a 1–1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4–1 win. California takes the 2nd game 4–2 despite Mantle cracking a pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2,215, one more than Joe DiMaggio.

      Cesar Tovar’s single is the only hit for the Twins against the Senators Barry Moore. Washington wins, 3–0.

MAY

1stDennis Bennett gives the Red Sox a 4–0 win over California and Jorge Rubio. Bennett homers in his own cause and George Scott homers as well.

2nd  Washington and Kansas split a pair, each by 1-0 scores. Pete Richert is the winner for Washington in the opener, beating Lew Krausse.  Catfish Hunter returns the compliment, topping Jim Hannan in game 2.

6th  Washington’s Darrell Knowles beats California, 2–0, with the winning margin coming on homers by Bob Chance and Paul Casanova.

9th  At Wrigley, Ron Santo is 5-for-5 and Glenn Beckert has a HR and 3 RBIs as the Cubs thrash the Giants, 10-2. Ray Culp and Bill Hands combine on the win.

10th  In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron drives a ball to deep CF and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.

      Adolpho Phillips steals home to help the Cubs edge the Giants, 5–4.

      The Mets acquire 3B Ed Charles from the Athletics for infielder Bob Johnson.  Charles will be the oldest starter for the Mets.

12th  At Yankee Stadium, the Orioles apply an old-fashioned whomping on the Yankees, beating them, 14-0, on Jim Palmer’s one hitter. Horace Clarke, with a leadoff single in the 7th, is New York’s only baserunner. Frank Robinson has 3 hits and 4 RBIs and Paul Blair 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Andy Etchebarren has 4 hits. Whitey Ford gives up just a run before departing after three innings, but the runs quickly come after that. Ford had beaten the Orioles 30 times, the most wins by any pitcher over the Birds.

13th  At Fenway, the Tigers outslug the Red Sox, 10–8, with the victory going to Moose Korince.  Moose will end his career this year at 1-0, the only undefeated Canadian pitcher in the majors.

14th  Mickey Mantle becomes the 6th member of the 500-HR club in New York’s 6–5 win against Baltimore. Mantle connects batting left-handed off Stu Miller.

      A 62-year-old AL mark is broken when Don Demeter’s 8th-inning double in the 2nd game becomes the 28th extra-base hit in the Red Sox’s 8–5 and 13–9 victories over Detroit. Fifty hits bombard Fenway, 26 by the Tigers. Each team has 6 homers. The Sox have 9 doubles, plus a triple, while the Tigers add 6. The barrage erases the former record of 27 set by the Red Sox and A’s in 1905. The Cards and Cubs established the ML high mark in 1931 with 35.

      In the first of two at Dodger Stadium, Don Drysdale (2-3) drives in a run and pitches 10 innings as the Dodgers top the Cubs, 2-1. In Game 2, Ken Holtzman (4-0) hurls 11 innings and starts the scoring in the 3-run 11th with a single as the Cubs top the Dodgers, 6-3.

15th  Roberto Clemente clubs three homers to drive in all 7 runs for Pittsburgh—but it’s not enough.  The Reds win, 8–7.

16th  Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.

On the field, the Phillies tie a NL record with their 11th straight errorless game. But they still lose 4–3 to St. Louis.

17th  The Orioles become the 8th club in AL history with 4 or more HRs in one inning when Andy Etchebarren, Sam Bowen, Boog Powell, and Dave Johnson connect in a 9-run 7th.  Also homering for Baltimore is Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Paul Blair, the only time 7 teammates have each homered. Those HRs make the difference in a 12–8 Baltimore win over the Red Sox. Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski hits 2 homers, one coming in the bottom of the 7th; the total of 5 in one inning equals the ML record. Rounding out the round trippers is Don Demeter for Boston. The 9 homers by different players ties the AL mark.

      Philadelphia defenders record just one assist in a 7–1 victory over the Reds. This ties the NL record for fewest assists in a 9-inning game. Jim Bunning is the winning pitcher.

      At Atlanta, the Braves trip the Mets and Tom Seaver, 4-3, using homers from Denis Menke, Hank Aaron and a walkoff homer in the 9th by Joe Torre. But the Braves lose starting pitcher Bob Bruce. According to a later account, noted by historian Craig Wright, Seaver liked to dig a hole by the rubber with his toe. Bruce, in pitching to Seaver in the 6th dips his toe in the hole, gets it caught under the rubber, and breaks a rib which separates from the cartilage. Bruce will be in pain for several weeks, and come back for a few ineffective innings next month before ending his ML career.

      Behind 8–2 to the Indians, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning.  The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the RF bleachers. New York falls short, losing, 8–7.

      Mantle, Tresh and Pepitone all homer off Cleveland’s Steve Hargan, but the Tribe answers with a grand slam by Leon Wagner and a 2-run homer by Fred Whitfield to edge the Bombers, 8-7.

      Willie Horton belts two homers and Jim Northrup adds a grand slam as the 2nd-place Tigers whip the Senators, 8-1. Joe Sparma improves his record to 4-0.

19th  Detroit’s Mickey Lolich stops the Yankees on five hits to win, 4–2. Mantle has a homer and drives in both New York runs.

20th  At Wrigley, the Cubs pound Los Angeles, 20–3 to give Ken Holtzman (5–0) a win before he leaves tomorrow for a 6-month tour of duty in the Army. The hitting stars are Adolpho Phillips with 6 RBI, Randy Hundley with a grand slam, and Glenn Beckert with a double and an inside-the-park HR. Rounding out the scoring is Ted Savage’s steal of home. In the Dodger dugout in 7th inning, Don Drysdale waves a white handkerchief of surrender. Holtzman will pitch on weekend passes and tack on another 4 wins without a loss.

      At Tiger Stadium, Denny McLain beats the Yankees, 3–1. New York’s only score is a tremendous homer by Mickey Mantle into the deep seats in right center.

      Mets reliever Jack Hamilton hits his only ML homer, a grand slam off Al Jackson, but it is not enough as the Cardinals win, 11–9. St. Louis scores 7 unanswered runs in the last 3 innings.

21st  Earl Wilson gives Detroit its 3rd straight win over the Yankees, 9–4. Mantle hits his 5th homer in 6 games but it falls short for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last ML game.

      At Philadelphia, the Phils win an 18-inning marathon with the Reds, 2–1, when Don Lock hits a 2-out RBI single off Darrell Osteen.

24th  Tommy McCraw belts 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs, as the first-place White Sox bury the Twins 14–1 at Minneapolis.

      The Yankees top Baltimore, 2–0.  Mantle’s 3rd inning drive to the wall is caught by Frank Robinson but the ball pops out and over the fence for a home run.

      Matty Alou belts a 2-run homer in the 5th, one of the 3 hits off Bob Gibson, as the Braves top the Cardinals, 2-0. Denny LeMaster allows just a single by Lou Brock in the win.

25th  In his second ML start Cards rookie Dick Hughes allows two hits in stopping the Braves, 2-0, in Atlanta.  Hughes strikes out 12.

      At Tiger Stadium, Jim Northrup hits his second grand slam in 8 days and drives in 5 runs as the Tigers stop the Red Sox, 9-3. Earl Wilson (6-3) is the winner. Detroit is a game in back of the idle White Sox.

27th  The Reds defeat the Pirates, 6–1, ending their streak of five one-run games in a row.  Their next 11 will all be one-run games, a ML record. The Reds also hold the record for most one-run victories (1940) with 41 and most one-run defeats (1946) with 41.

      The Angels honor Jimmy Piersall with a special night, presenting him and his family with gifts, including a $1000 bond for each of his nine children. Joe Horlen (6-0) and the first-place White Sox then stop the Angels, 3-1.

28th  New York beats Cleveland, 5–0, and Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days, and his 11th of the season. Mel Stottlemyre is the winning pitcher.

29th  In Cincinnati, the Reds hold on to first place by splitting with the Cardinals in a pair of tight games. St. Louis takes the opener, 2-1, in 11 innings as Bob Gibson goes the distance, striking out 12.  Mel Queen pitches the first 9 innings for the Reds.  McCarver and Javier hit doubles in the 11th for the final tally. Curt Flood has 3 hits and 5 RBIs for the Birds in the second game, but the Reds prevail, 7-6. Cincy scores in the bottom of the 9th after Tony Perez hits a leadoff triple.  Tommy Helms and Pete Rose each have three hits as Rose extends his hitting streak to 25 games. It’ll end tomorrow.

      Orioles 1B Mike Epstein and P Frank Bertaina are traded to the Senators for P Pete Richert.

30th  At Crosley Field, the Reds edge the Cardinals 2-1, thanks in good measure to a game-ending triple play. Cards pitcher Dick Hughes retires the first 21 batters before the Reds score a pair in the 8th on 3 hits. With Cards on 1B and 2B in the 9th with no outs, Don Nottebart relieves Jim Maloney and hits a grounder to SS Cardenas who starts a 6-4-3 for two outs; Orlando Cepeda, running hard from 2B, tries to score and Deron Johnson’s throw to Johnny Edwards completes the TP.

     The Senators use the long ball to sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning 6-2 and 4-3 in 11 innings. Frank Howard drives in all the Washington runs in the opener with two homers, one a grand slam, and Cap Peterson clubs a walkoff homer in the 11th of game 2 to cap a 4-3 win.

      The Tigers move into first place with a pair of wins over the White Sox, 4-2 and 4-3.  Fred Gladding picks up a save in each game.

      Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st, but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played in only 7 games this season.

JUNE

1st  At Tiger Stadium, Cleveland’s John O’Donoghue makes his first start of the year, scattering 4 hits over 7+ innings to earn his first decision of the year in an 8-2 win over Detroit. He also clubs his first homer of the year, a grand slam, to ice the game.

      Call me Whitey. At West Palm Beach (Florida State League, West Palm’s Wenty Ford hurls a 1-0 perfect game against Fort Lauderdale. Ford makes just 84 pitches and no batter receives a 3-ball count. The attendance is 194 fans.

2nd The Red Sox pick up infield help when they get 2B Jerry Adair from the White Sox for reliever Don McMahon and a minor leaguer. Adair, hitting .204, will hit .291 after changing Sox. The White Sox are a game out of 1st place, 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston.

3rd. At San Francisco, the Mets and Giants split a pair. The Giants take the opener, 11-2, behind Juan Marichal, who gives up 13 hits and one earned run. It is his 10th consecutive complete game. The Giants also make 13 hits, including HRs by Ollie Brown and Willie Mays, as Jack Fisher pitches 4 2/3 innings and allows 11 runs (9 earned); not till 2006 will a Mets pitcher allow as many runs. The Mets win game 2 in 11 innings, 2-1, as Bob Shaw allows 4 hits and goes the distance. Tom Haller’s HR is the Giants only score.

4th  The longest game in modern Orioles history—19 innings—features 21 Washington strikeouts, as the Birds win, 7–5. Washington is the 3rd AL club to strike out 21 times in an extra-inning game. Andy Etchebarren finally ends it with a homer after Brooks Robinson singles to lead off the bottom of the 19th.

      Curt Flood’s record string of 568 straight chances without an error ends when he drops a fly ball during a 4–3 win over the Cubs at St. Louis. The Cardinals CF had played a NL-record 227 straight games without an error beginning September 3, 1965.

      Cleveland sends Gary Bell to Boston for OF Don Demeter and 1B Tony Horton.  Bell, a 16-game winner last year, is 1–5 in 1967, but he’ll win 12 games for Boston during their pennant drive. Cleveland then beats the Red Sox, 3-0, behind Steve Hargan.

      Joe Pepitone and Bill Robinson hit homers to back Al Downing’s pitching and the Yankees beat the visiting Tigers, 5-0, in game 1 of a twinbill. Game 2 is an extra inning affair that ends when Dick McAuliffe clubs a grand slam in the top of the 13th off Dooley Womack as the Tigers emerge with an 11-7 victory.

      At Candlestick, the Giants twice shut out the Mets, winning 7-0 and 5-0.  Joe Gibbon and Mike McCormick are the winners.  Willie McCovey and Tito Fuentes in game 1, and Olli Brown in game 2, club 3-run homers.

      Rampaging Roberto Clemente personally dismantles Don Drysdale and the Dodgers, driving in all of Pittsburgh’s runs with a pair of homers in a 4-1 victory before 39,741 fans, the biggest turnout of the season at Dodger Stadium. Clemente ties the score in the 5th with his 11th home run, a 400-foot smash into the centerfield seats, and two innings later clears the fence again with Matty Alou and Maury Wills on base to raise his batting average to a .374. His second homer follows a brushback pitch from Drysdale.

5th  Playing his first game for the Senators, Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the LF line for an inside-the-park homer, off New York rookie Thad Tillitson.  Mantle breaks a 2–2 tie in the 8th with a homer of Darold Knowles, and New York wins, 4–2.

6th Baltimore blasts California 16–4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Curt Blefary leads the charge with 3 homers, including a grand slam, and driving in 7 runs. The Birds continue the action in game 2, winning 11–1 behind Tom Phoebus (5–1). Phoebus is 3-for-4 at the plate, scores 3 runs, and hits a 2-run homer, his first in the majors, off reliever Jim Coates.

      Mike Cuellar allows 6 hits, including one by Lou Brock for his 20th game in a row, as Houston downs St. Louis, 3-2. Jim Wynn homers and John Bateman hits a 2-run homer to put the Astros in the lead.

7th  At Crosley Field, Reds P Gary Nolan strikes out 15 Giants, including Willie Mays 4 times. But her still loses, 4–3.  Willie McCovey belts a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the game, and reliever Bob Lee allows the last run to score to pin the loss on Nolan.  This is the 11th one-run game in a row that for the Reds, a ML record. They won 7 of them.  The closest any team has come to matching the Reds is Brooklyn, in 1927, the Cardinals in 1920, and the Giants of 1910.

      The last-place Yankees have the first pick in the free-agent draft and use it to take Ron Blomberg. With the next pick, the Cubs tap SS Terry Hughes, who will have just 86 ML at bats. All 20 first-round picks are high school players, and only 11 will eventually reach the major leagues, including John Mayberry (#6, Astros), Jon Matlack (Mets), Wayne Simpson (#8, Reds), Ted Simmons (#10, Cards), and Bobby Grich (#19, Orioles). The O’s take high school football star Don Baylor with their 2nd pick, then in the secondary phase, select P Mike Adamson. Adamson will leap directly to the O’s, debuting July 1, the first player in draft history to bypass the minors. Other selections today include Jerry Reuss (2nd round, Cards), Dusty Baker (26th round, Braves), Jon Matlack (1st round, Mets), Steve Yeager (3rd round, Dodgers) and Richie Zisk (3rd round, Pirates), The Phils strike out as none of their picks will reach the majors.

      The Phils and Braves swap catchers, with Bob Uecker going to Atlanta for Gene Oliver.

8th Gary Bell wins his Red Sox debut, 7–3 to give Boston a doubleheader split with the White Sox.  Yastrzemski had 6 hits for the day. Yaz, of whom Chicago manager Eddie Stanky said two days earlier, “he may be an All-Star, I suppose, but only from the neck down, ” hits his 12th HR. As he rounded the bases, Yaz tips his cap to Stanky.

9th  Cal Ermer, who played only one game in the majors, replaces Sam Mele (25-25) as manager of the Twins.  The Twins are in 6th place.

      At Fenway, Yaz earns standing ovations as he makes 2 great catches and poles two HRs in the Red Sox 8–7 win over the Senators. Teammate Joey Foy hits a pinch homer then adds another, just the 9th player in ML history to hit a pinch homer + another in the same game.

      Chuck Dobson and Catfish Hunter combine to whitewash the Indians, 2-0 and 6-0. Kansas City’s Jim Gosger hits a 2-run homer in the opener in support of Dobson.

11th  Adolfo Phillips blasts 4 HRs in a doubleheader, 3 of them in consecutive at-bats in the 2nd game, as the Cubs sweep the Mets at Wrigley Field 5–3 and 18–10. The total of eleven HRs in the 2nd game sets a NL record for 2 clubs in 9 innings and the 2 teams tie a NL mark when they total 40 extra bases on long hits (Chi-26, NY-14). The mark was set on July 31, 1954. Adolpho has 6 hits and 8  RBIs on the day, 7 of the RBIs in game 2.

      Before the largest AL crowd of 1967, 62,582 at Yankee Stadium for Bat Day, the White Sox regain first place from the Tigers by sweeping a twin bill from New York 2–1 and 3–2. They will stay in first until August 12.

      At Crosley Field, Don Pavletich belts a pinch walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds an 8–4 win over Houston.

      The Twins Dean Chance tosses a one-hitter at the Royals in winning, 8–0. The only hit is Danny Cater’s single in the 4th.

12th  A week after the Senators play a 19-inning game, they and White Sox match up in the longest night game (22 innings, 6 hours, and 38 minutes) in ML history. Washington wins 6–5 when Paul Casanova, who has caught the entire game, singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 22nd. The Nats lose Bernie Allen for 10 days when he fractures his thumb in a collision in the 17th inning.

      Minnesota scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning as they down the visiting Tigers, 11-5. Rich Rollins’ grand slam is the big blow in the frame.  Harmon Killebrew also homers and drives in 4 runs to back Jim Merritt’s (4-0) complete game.

13th  Willie Mays, the all-time leader in extra inning homers, belts a grand slam off Astros P Barry Latman in the 10th to power the Giants to a 6–2 win. For Willie, it is his 19th homer in extra frames, and his first grand slam.

14th  Tim McCarver belts a 1st-inning grand slam and Bob Gibson scatters 11 hits as the Cardinals top the Pirates, 7-4.  With the Reds losing to the Mets, St. Louis is 1.5 games in back of Cincinnati.

      Atlanta unleashes a 16-hit attack, including 4 homers, to beat the host Phillies, 16-7. Clete Boyer has a grand slam and Hank Aaron a 3-run homer.

15th  At Fenway, starters Bruce Howard (7IP) and Gary Waslewski (9IP) throw goose eggs before the White Sox break through in the 11th on an RBI single by Ken Berry.  Red Sox OF Tony Conigliaro answers with a game-ending two-run HR in the bottom of the 11th. Berry’s single extends his hitting streak to 20 games.

      In Houston, Jimmy Wynn hits three solo homers and Mike Cuellar strikes out 10 in 9 innings as the Astros beat the Giants, 6-2.

      Mickey Mantle breaks a scoreless tie with a long drive off Washington’s Frank Bertaina in the 6th, and visiting New York wins, 2–0. Mel Stottlemyre is the victor.

16th  In a 3–2 Reds’ win over the Dodgers, Cincinnati SS Leo Cardenas suffers a broken finger when hit with a pitch by Dodgers P Bill Singer. Cardenas is out until August 15th.

17th  A 9-hour and 5-minute doubleheader between the Tigers and Athletics is the longest ever. The first game includes a rain delay, and the 2nd goes 19 innings before a Dave Duncan HR wins it 6–5 for the A’s. Detroit takes the opener 7–6.

18th  The blazing fastball of the Astros Don Wilson overpowers Atlanta with 15 strikeouts in a no-hit 2–0 victory.

      A 4–1 St. Louis win at San Francisco gives the Cards a lead in the NL they will not relinquish.

19th  Steve Hargan of the Indians and the A’s Chuck Dobson lock up in a scoreless duel until, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Hargan hits his only career home run for the 1–0 win.

      In the Cardinals 5–4 11-inning win over Houston, St. Louis CF Curt Flood pulls off an unassisted DP. It is the first by a NL center fielder since Danny Taylor in 1933. The Cards plate the winner when Roger Maris drives home Tim McCarver. Julio Gotay is 5-for-5 for the Astros.

20th The Phillies Larry Jackson gives up just one hit, a 2nd-inning double to Tommy Davis, in topping the Mets 4–0. It is Jackson’s 18th.

      At Yankee Stadium, Boston’s Joe Foy hits a 5th-inning grand slam to help the Red Sox top the Yankees, 7-1. Foy, who lives in the Bronx, arrived the night before to find his house on fire. As noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin, Foy’s sister and parents were okay, but Foy was up most of the night. The Red Sox are tied for 4th place in the tight AL pennant race: no team is 10 games back.

21st Must be in the front row. Bob Uecker drives in 5 runs and hits a grand slam, off Ron Herbel, in the Braves’ 7-run 4th as the Braves top the Giants, 9-2. Pat Jarvis (6-2) is the winner.

      In one of the greatest college games in Arizona history, ASU and the University of Arizona meet in Phoenix for a one-game playoff to determine the Southern division WAC winner.  Three days after throwing a 4-hit shutout over Arizona, Gary Gentry pitches 15 innings, striking out 18, to give the ASU squad the title. Gentry will pitch a 14-inning win against Stanford in the NCAA tourney to help ASU to eventually win the national title.

24th  Mantle breaks a 3–3 tie in the 9th with a home run off Detroit’s Fred Gladding to give 9th place New York a 4–3 win.

      With relief help from Bob Humphries, Camilo Pascual (7-4) and the Senators stop the Orioles, 7-4.  Mike Epstein belts a 1st-inning grand slam off Bill Dillman.

The Mets purchase veteran Dennis Bennett from the Red Sox.

25th  Ernie Banks slams two 2-run homers to back rookie Joe Niekro’s 3-hitter, and the Cubs win 8-0 over the Astros to sweep. Bill Hands hurls a 5-hitter in the opener to win, 4–1. Banks’ first blast breaks up a pitching duel with Bo Belinsky and his second caps a 5-run 7th.

      Rick Reichardt hits a 1st inning inside-the-park grand slam off Blue Moon Odom and the Angels beat KC, 4–3.

      Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight.  “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy,” he said from his training camp.  “Look at Joe Pepitone.  He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.”  Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.

27th  Detroit RF Al Kaline breaks his hand jamming his bat into the bat rack after striking out against Sam McDowell, as the 2nd-place Tigers lose to Cleveland 8–1. Kaline will miss 28 games. Chico Salmon’s homer and 2 doubles helps send the Tigers to their 14th loss in 19 games.

      Baltimore RF Frank Robinson is hurt in a 2B collision with Al Weis, as the first place White Sox beat the Orioles 5–0. Robinson suffers double vision and will miss 28 games.

      Hank Aaron hits a grand slam and a 2-run homer to lead the Braves to a 13-5 win over the Astros.  Aaron now leads the NL in homers with 20.

28th  Relief ace Hoyt Wilhelm of the White Sox extends his ML record for consecutive errorless games to 247. The White Sox win, 3–2, at Baltimore.

29th  The Reds jump on Don Drysdale on their way to a 14–0 pasting of the Dodgers.

30th Losing 12–3 in the 2nd game against the Giants, the Phils send in utility man Cookie Rojas to pitch the 9th. Rojas throws a scoreless inning and has now played all 9 positions since arriving in the big leagues in 1963.

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.

AUGUST

2nd  With homers from both sides of the plate, Pete Rose leads the Reds to a 7–3 win over the Braves. It’s a second time for Rose.

3rd  Reports of rowdyism on an Athletics flight reach owner Charlie Finley and will result in the release of outfielder Ken Harrelson and firing of manager Alvin Dark.

      The Red Sox acquire C Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and 2 players to be named (Ron Klimkowski and Pete Magrini). Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. With the deal, the Sox will sell C Bob Tillman to the Yankees on August 8.

4th  At Kansas City, the A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, as all the runs score on sac flies.

      John Fetzer, president of the ML television committee, announces a $50 million, 3-year deal with NBC to televise the WS, All-Star Game, and 28 weekly telecasts.

6th  Against Chicago in game 2, Brooks Robinson of the Orioles hits into the fourth triple play of his career for a ML mark. It happens in the 5th inning going Boyer (3B) to Buford (2B) to McCraw (1B). Robinson has a pair of hits as the Orioles down the White Sox, 4-0, behind Tom Phoebus. Russ Snyder’s pinch 3-run homer in the opener gives the Birds a 5-2 win.

      Minnesota’s Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter for 5 innings against the Red Sox before the game is called. Chance wins 2–0.

7th  The Cubs sell vet Curt Simmons to the Angels, where he will go 2-1. California will give Curt his release at the end of the season, ending his 20-year ML career.

8thAt Crosley Field, Reds P Milt Pappas allows 2 hits in beating Houston, 5–0.

9th  Minnesota’s 20-inning 9–7 loss to the Senators is the longest game in Twins history. Ken McMullen’s 20th-inning HR wins it for Washington. Dave Baldwin is the winner with 3 innings pitched.

      In a definition of manager’s hell, the Carolina League (Class A) Burlington team plays a 7-inning game against Raleigh, and Burlington batters hit into a double play in each inning.

      The Cubs and Pirates split a pair. Chicago takes the opener, 6-0, behind Fergie Jenkins.  Adolfo Phillips gets a pair of intentional walks from Bob Veale and scores 2 runs. Phillips will lead the NL in IBB this year with 29. Pittsburgh plates 4 runs in the top of the 9th in game 2 to win, 10-6.

11th  In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader, Al Downing of the Yankees strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5–3, then win 4-1 in game 2 as Mickey Mantle drives in the go-ahead run in the 3-run 9th.

      The Braves edge the Astros, 6-5, in 16 innings, winning on a game-ending HR by Joe Torre.  Both teams score once in the 13th and Mack Jones cuts down Staub trying to score a 2nd run for Houston. Felipe Alou ties it up with a pinch HR.

      The Mets Danny Frisella picks up his first ML win, but he’s long gone when the W is posted.  Frisella pitches 6 2/3 innings before being lifted, then races the airport to catch a plane to take him to an Air National Guard meeting in California. Don Shaw picks up the save in the 3–2 win over the Pirates.

13th  Completing a 3-game sweep of the White Sox, Jim Merritt pitches the Twins into first place with a 3–2 win.

14th  Despite a 2–1 loss to the Twins, the Angels are within 112games of first place.

After whipping the Mets 8 straight times, Jim Bunning finally loses to the New Yorkers. The Mets beat Philadelphia 8–3.

16th  Reds P Jim Maloney retires all 19 batters he faces, but has to leave the game with one out in the 7th when he steps in a hole and injures his ankle. Reliever Billy McCool allows 2 hits and the Reds win, 2–0, in Pittsburgh.

17thCalifornia’s Jim Weaver gives up Reggie Jackson’s first ML homer but holds on to beat Kansas City, 4–3.

      The Tigers trade P Fred Gladding and cash to the Astros for veteran Eddie Mathews. Gladding was 26-11 with a 2.70 ERA in his 7 years in Detroit. He will pitch another 6 years in Houston, while Mathews will play just 67 games in two years for the Tigers.

18th  A baseball tragedy occurs when Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox is beaned by the Angels Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone, just below the eye socket, Conigliaro will miss the rest of 1967 and all of 1968. He was hitting .267 with 20 HRs and 67 RBI in 95 games.  Despite the loss of Tony C, the Red Sox win today, 3-2, and will sweep the 4-game series with the Angels. The sweep will still leave Minnesota in 1st place, with Boston, Detroit, and Chicago all within 2 games.

      Lew Krausse of the A’s is suspended by owner Charlie Finley for rowdyism on a team flight and conduct unbecoming a ML player.

19th  The Red Sox continue winning, beating California, 12–11.  Norm Siebern hits a pinch triple with the bases loaded and Yaz has 4 hits, including his 29th homer.

20th  Within 24 hours, Alvin Dark (52-69) is fired, rehired, and fired again as manager of the A’s. Luke Appling becomes interim manager.

      At Fenway, Red Sox Reggie Smith joins the ranks of Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, and others by hitting HRs left- and righthanded in a game with California. Yaz adds two three-run homers, one in each game of the doubleheader. The Sox win the nightcap, 9–8 after trailing 8–0.

      The Tigers take a pair from Cleveland, winning 4-2 and 4-0, as reliever John Hiller tosses a shutout in his first start. Al Kaline homers in each game.

21st  Jim Maloney, who gave up 9 hits on the 16th. allows just 2 hits, as the Reds beat the Giants, 2–0.  Maloney pitches hitless ball over the past 7 innings.

      Charlie Finley releases Ken Harrelson, making him baseball’s first free agent. Harrelson is quoted as calling Finley a menace to baseball.

22nd  Charlie Finley lifts his suspension of Lew Krausse.

      Indian pitcher Luis Tiant has 16 strikeouts in a 3–2 win over California.

23rd   At Cleveland Stadium, Rick Reichert leads a 25 hit attack as California scalps the Tribe, 16-5. Reichert hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs. Hawk Taylor has 4 hits, including a homer, and Jim Fregosi is 4-for-4 with 4 runs.

24th  While pushing a car, Philadelphia’s Richie Allen suffers a severe injury when he pushes his hand through the headlight. It will sideline him for the remainder of the season and the Phils will go 14–21 without him.

25th In the first of two, Dean Chance pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the month, a 2–1 victory and the Twins sweep Cleveland to take the AL lead. Chance allows a run in the first on two walks and a wild pitch. The victory gives Chance a 17-9 record and lowers his ERA to 2.42.

      The Tigers trip KC, 3–0, as John Hiller records his second straight shutout in his first two ML starts. Homers by Mathews, McAuliffe and Freehan provide the scoring as the 4th place Tigers stay 1 1/2 games out of first.

      Houston’s Don Wilson strikes out 10 Reds, including Pete Rose 4 times, but loses to Cincy, 2–1.

26th Houston splits a pair with the Reds, losing 6-1 before winning, 8-6. This is the last scheduled day-night doubleheader, since the 1968 Basic Agreement will outlaw the scheduling of Day-Night doubleheaders.

27thIn a critical game with the White Sox, Boston RF Jose Tartabull makes a great throw home in the 9th to Elston Howard to nail Ken Berry trying to score from 3B. Boston wins, 4–3 behind 2 homers by Yaz. Chicago comes back to win the nightcap, 1–0, as Gary Peters (15-7) pitches 11 shutout innings. Rocky Colavito walks with the bases loaded to drive in the lone run.

28th  Boston signs free-agent OF Ken Harrelson. Harrelson reportedly receives a $75,000 bonus and salary package for 1967 and 1968. Harrelson will homer in his first Boston at bat but will hit just .200 for the Red Sox.

       In the Reds 3–2 loss to the Phils, catcher Johnny Bench makes his debut. He goes 0-for-3 before Chico Ruiz pinch hits for him in the 9th with a runner on 2B.

29th  The Red Sox tie an AL record it originally set on July 4, 1905, by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader. Boston wins the first against the Yankees 2–1, then drop the nightcap in 20 innings 4–3.  The winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in 20th, off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning single. The game lasts 5:15 and is the 3rd game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.

      The Reds collect only two hits, but it’s enough to beat the Jim Bunning and the Phils, 1–0.  Vada Pinson doubles in the 7th, and scores on a ground out and fly out.

      Clete Boyer hits an 8th inning grand slam off Elroy Face as the Braves come from behind to beat the visiting Pirates, 7-3. Hank Aaron solos in the 1st inning.

      Bert Campaneris bangs out three triples for Kansas City, but Cleveland still wins, 9–8, in 10 innings.  Campy is the first to have 3 triples in an AL game since Ben Chapman in 1939.

31stBefore a crowd of 4,992 at Wrigley Field, rookies Tom Seaver and Rich Nye battle for 10 innings to a 1–1 tie. In the bottom of the 11th, the Cubs put 2 aboard with no outs and Ted Savage attempts to bunt. With the count 1–2, Durocher lifts Savage for Al Spangler, who slaps a single to give the Cubs a 2–1 win over the Mets. Pinch runner Fergie Jenkins scores the run.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Cincinnati’s Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 1–0 victory at Crosley Field. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1, 1918, a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st, 2–0. Gaylord Perry, with 9 one-run losses during the season, pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball, with Frank Linzy going the last 5. Mel Queen tosses 9 1/3 inning for the Reds.

      The Cubs start a streak of four straight doubleheaders by beating the Mets, 8–2, behind Fergie Jenkins 17th win. Former Cub Don Cardwell wins the nightcap, 3–0, striking out 11.

      Alan Foster of Spokane pitches his PCL-record second no-hitter of the year. Both no-nos are 1-0 games against Seattle.

2nd  Minnesota takes the AL lead on Dave Boswell’s 5–0 victory over Denny McLain and Detroit.

      Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1–0 lead to the Yankees when Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York wins, 2–1. Stottlemyre is the winner, allowing 6 hits and no walks.  For Mantle, it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year, 8 of them home runs.

      After rookie Joe Niekro shuts out the Mets, 5–0, the Cubs blow a nightcap lead to lose, 5–4.

      At Atlanta Stadium, the Astros score 3 in the 10th to beat the Braves, 6-3. Jim Wynn has a homer and drives in 3 for Houston. In his ML debut, Dusty Baker grounds out hitting for Phil Niekro. Baker, a 4-sport star in high school was signed on the 26th round last year, and is one of the first three from that draft class to make it to the majors.  He is the lowest draftee to do so.

3rd Before a Twins crowd of 43,494, Detroit’s Earl Wilson pitches a 5–0 shutout to narrow the Twins lead to 1/2 game over the Tigers. The win is Wilson’s 19th.

      The Cubs, in their 3rd straight doubleheader, sweep a pair from the Mets, 4–0 and 6–3. Bill Hands tosses the shutout with the help of back-to-back homers from Williams and Santo, off rookie Bill Graham. Ken Holtzman, on a weekend leave from National Guard summer training, wins the nightcap.

4thIn the opener of two, Cubs rookie Rich Nye allows no hits through 6 innings and is one out away in the 9th from a 1–0, 3-hit win. But Lou Johnson homers for the Dodgers to tie.  In the 11th, Ernie Banks homers off reliever Don Sutton to give Chicago the win. Don Sutton is now 0–7 against Chicago. Cubs pitcher Chuck Hartenstein allows 4 hits in the 9th of the nightcap and the Dodgers rally for 5 runs to win, 8–6.

6th  After the Tigers sweep the A’s 8–5 and 6–3, and the White Sox down the Angels 3–2, the top 4 AL teams are separated by a single percentage point. Chicago and Minnesota are 78-61 for .561; Boston and Detroit are 79-62 for .560.

7th  The Giants tie their own NL record by using 25 players in a 15-inning 3–2 win over the Astros.

8th  The Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Twins, as Eddie Mathews and Jim Northrup hit HRs, and Mickey Lolich beats Tommy John, 4–1, at Chicago.

      Despite a brilliant relief effort by Dick Kelley, the Braves lose a 4–1 decision at Philadelphia. Kelley ties the NL record for relievers with 6 consecutive strikeouts.

      At KC, Tony Horton hits a 1st-inning grand slam to lead the Indians to a 6-3 win over the A’s.

9th  Sox starter Gary Peters takes a 3–0 lead into the 9th inning, but a 7-run 9th keeps Detroit tied for first place with the Twins with a 7–3 win at Chicago. Chicago is now in 4th place, two games in back, with the Red Sox in 3rd place just a half-game behind.

10th  Joel Horlen revives Chicago AL pennant hopes with a 5–0 no-hit win against the Tigers. Detroit hits only two balls to the outfield. Behind the pitching of Cisco Carlos with help from Wilhelm and Bob Locker, the Sox win game 2 by a 4–0 score to move a game behind the 2nd-place Red Sox.

     At Dodger Stadium, Bill Singer allows 4 hits in 8 innings as the Dodgers beat Houston, 4-1. In game 2, the two teams go 11 innings before the Astros push across a run to win, 1-0. Bob Belinsky pitches 9 shutout innings for Houston, while Jim Brewer and Ron Perranoski combine for 10 innings for LA.  Bob Miller (2-9) takes the loss.

      Minnesota leads the tight AL race after edging the Orioles 4–2 at Baltimore.

      Jim Bunning wins his 16th and Cookie Rojas hits his third homer of the year, a grand slam, as the Phils double the Braves, 10-5.

11th  A’s players agree to drop a grievance filed with the National Labor Relations Board against Charlie Finley. Finley agrees, in writing, that he will not coerce or intimidate his players, or discriminate against them for the threatened action.

      Houston ties the NL record by using 8 pitchers in one 9-inning game, defeating Chicago 11–10 at the Astrodome.

12th  The Reds rout the Pirates, winning 15–7.

14th  At Chicago, White Sox rookie Cisco Carlos scatters 5 hits and Don Buford belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning, off Orlando Pena, as the Sox win, 4-0, over the Indians. Carlos (2-0) was brought up from the minors three weeks ago and combined on a shutout on the 10th.

      Walter Bond, who played for the Indians, Astros, and Twins, dies of leukemia at age 29. Bond never fulfilled his promise and had been released by the Twins this year and was with Jacksonville (IL) when he went on the inactive list because of the disease.

15th There are just two runs scored in the Phils-Dodgers doubleheader, and Los Angeles scores both, winning 1–0 in each game. Bill Singer and Don Drysdale are the winning pitchers. In game one, Phils OF Tony Gonzalez is 2-for-4, giving him 30 hits for his last 55 at bats.

16th  Norm Cash drives in 5 runs and John Hiller goes the distance, enabling Detroit to take the AL lead with a 9–1 win over the Yankees.

      The Phils top the Dodgers, 8–4 in 11 innings, when Rick Joseph hits a pinch walkoff grand slam to end it. It is his first ML homer.

      The White Sox use a AL record (since tied) 4 pinch runners in the 9th inning and score 4 runs to beat the Twins and knock them out of first place in the AL. The Twins make 2 errors in the inning to aid the Sox victory.

18th  Bob Gibson pitches St. Louis to a 5–1 win and its 2nd pennant of the decade.

      Boston rallies to beat the 1st place Tigers in Detroit. A Yaz HR, his 40th, ties the game 5–5 in 9th inning and a solo HR by Dalton Jones wins it in the 10th. Hours later, Detroit will receive another blow when Denny McLain leaps off a couch and sprains his left ankle.  He will not pitch until the last game of the year.

      Minnesota keeps pace by beating Kansas City 2–0 behind Jim Kaat’s 6-hitter.  The White Sox lose 3–2 to the Angels when Rick Reichardt hits a 9th inning RBI single. Boston, Detroit, and Minnesota are now tied for 1st, with Chicago in 4th place, a half-game back.

19th  Wes Westrum (57-94) resigns as manager of the Mets following a 4–3 loss to the Dodgers. Coach Salty Parker takes over and will be 4-7 for the rest of the season. Two days later the board of directors announces it will try to obtain Gil Hodges as manager.

      Boston rallies again to beat Detroit 4–2, scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning.  Jose Santiago (10–4) wins for the 2nd time in 2 days. The loss drops Detroit from 1st place down to 4th.  Dave Boswell throws a 2-hitter to give the Twins an 8–2 win over the Royals. Joel Horlen wins his 18th game, a 3–0 blanking of the Angels, to leave the Sox in 3rd place, a half-game behind the co-leaders, Boston and the Twins.

      At Houston, the Pirates rally for 6 runs in the top of the 9th to top the Astros, 11-6. Pinchhitter Manny Mota has a record tying two hits in the inning. Elroy Face takes the win in relief.

20th  Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 16 batters, including 7 in a row, in 8 innings but still loses 3–1 to Chris Short and the Phillies.

      The Red Sox, down 2–0 in Cleveland, rally on Yaz’s 41st HR and a 3-run HR by Rico Petrocelli to win 5–4. Yaz, with 4 hits in the game, is now leading the AL with a .316 average, and is first in RBIs and HRs. The Twins, Tigers and White Sox all keep pace.  The Twins win 6–2 as Dean Chance K’s 13 for his 18th victory. Detroit routs the Yankees 10–1, while Chicago tops the Angels 6–4.

      In the Reds 9–4, win over the Braves, Johnny Bench hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off Jim Britton in Atlanta.

21st Gary Bell beats his old team Cleveland to give Boston a 6–5 win.

22nd The Tigers sweep two from Washington, 8–3 and 4–0, to stay a half-game behind the leading Twins. Earl Wilson cops his 22nd in the opener while Lolich takes the nightcap.  The White Sox lose to Cleveland, 2–1, in 13 innings, while Boston splits a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore, losing 10–0, then winning 10–3 behind Jose Santiago.

      At Shea, the Astros and Mets split a doubleheader. Houston wins the opener, 8-0, behind Mike Cuellar’s 15th win, while New York rebounds in the nightcap, winning 8-5 in 10 innings.  Jerry Buchek’s second three-run homer of the game decides it.

      Tom Haller hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off Pittsburgh’s Al McBean to give the Giants Ray Sadecki a 1-0 victory.

      The Phillies hand pitcher Dallas Green his release.

23rd  Three straight sacrifice bunts by the Phillies tie a ML record in a 4–0 win at Los Angeles.

      The White Sox move to a half game out of 1st place on the strength of Joel Horlen’s 3–hitter, an 8–0 whitewash of Cleveland. The Red Sox are in 3rd place, also a half game out, after dropping a 7–5 decision to Baltimore.  Yaz’s 42nd HR had given the Red Sox a 5–4 lead, but a Brooks Robinson HR in the 8th inning won it for the O’s.

      Willie McCovey belts a grand slam, off Juan Pizarro, as the Giants score 7 times in the 8th inning to beat the Pirates, 8-4.

24th The Twins crunch the Yankees 9–2 as Dean Chance scatters 9 hits for his 20th victory. The White Sox hold off the Indians 5–1, while Boston racks up 18 hits in an 11–7 win over the Orioles. The Tigers lose and tough one. Going in to the bottom of the 9th in Washington, Detroit nursed a 4–2 lead, only to lose it 5–4.  The loss drop Detroit to 4th, 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota, Chicago a game back, and Boston a half game.

25th In an afternoon game, the Angels top the leading Twins, 9–2 in Minnesota, to move the idle Red Sox into a 1st-place tie.  Detroit loses, 2–0, to Yankee lefty Al Downing.

      At Forbes Field, the Reds Jim Maloney pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Pirates, 3–0. All the scores come on solo homers—2 by Mack Jones and one by Lee May.

26th Cleveland’s Luis Tiant beats the Red Sox 6–3 despite Yaz’s 43rd HR of the season. The Twins top the Angels 7–3 behind 2 monster HRs by Harmon Killebrew, his 42nd and 43rd of the season. Lolich blanks the Yanks, 1–0, for Detroit to tighten the pennant race.  The Twins (91–68) lead with Chicago (89–68) and the idle Red Sox (90–69) a game back, and Detroit (89–69) 1 1/2 back.

27th  Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning loses a ML-record-tying fifth 1–0 decision, as Houston’s Mike Cuellar outlasts the veteran in 11 innings.

     Willie McCovey hits his second grand slam in four days, and Willie Mays solos as the Giants top the visiting Mets, 7-2. Mike McCormick wins his 21st.

      In afternoon games, Cleveland tops Boston 6–0, while the Twins drop a 5–1 decision to California. In their last games in Kansas City before moving to Oakland, the 10th place A’s sweep a doubleheader from Chicago, beating the AL’s ERA leaders Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Peters loses the opener 5–2, and Horlen the nightcap 4–0, to rookie Catfish Hunter. Jim Gosger leads the way for KC by going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader.  The two losses on this “Black Wednesday” drops Chicago to 4th place with only a hope of a tie for the pennant.

28th The Senators score a run in the 1st inning, and P Phil Ortega makes it stand up to top the White Sox 1–0. The loss eliminates Chicago.

      Behind Rick Wise, who pitches into the 9th, the Phillies edge the Giants, 2-1. Gaylord Perry (15-17) strikes out 9 in the loss. Perry is the first pitcher since Ed Walsh in 1910 to have a losing record, an ERA under 2.75, and at least 220 strikeouts.  Ben Sheets in 2004 will be the next pitcher.

30th  Manager Billy Hitchcock (77-82) is fired by the Braves.

      Jim Davenport sets an NL record with his 64th straight errorless game—137 chances—at 3B for the Giants.  San Francisco wins a pair over the Phils, 3-2 and 1-0.

      Boston beats the Twins 6–4 to tie Minnesota for first place. Carl Yastrzemski’s 3-run HR gives him the AL-lead with 44th, but Killebrew answers with his 44th for the losers.

      Meanwhile, Detroit, which had games rained out on the 28th and 29th, plays 2 with the Angels.  Lolich wins the opener, 5–0, his 3rd straight shutout,  and Detroit takes a seemingly safe 6–2 lead into the 8th inning of the nightcap. The Angels then bat around, scoring 6 runs, to hand Detroit a devastating 8–6 loss. Detroit now trails Minnesota and Boston by a half-game.

OCTOBER

1st  Boston clinches the AL pennant with a 5–3 win over Minnesota, Jim Lonborg besting Dean Chance. Carl Yastrzemski goes 4-for-4 and has 10 hits in his final 13 at bats to grab the Triple Crown (.326, 44, 121). Detroit, which could tie for the lead with a sweep, beats California in the opener 6–4. They then drop the 2nd game 8–5 despite sending 8 Tiger pitchers to the mound. The 4 teams combined for 6–12 record over the final week, while Boston won the pennant with .568 winning percentage, the lowest in league history.

      In a 4–3 loss to the Yankees and Mel Stottlemyre, Dave Duncan hits the last homer for the Kansas City Athletics. The team is relocating to Oakland.

      Pittsburgh RF Roberto Clemente ends his season with a flourish, winning his 4th batting title with a .357 average by going 2-for-5 with a triple and his 23rd HR, as the Pirates wallop the Astros 10–3.

      Joe Adcock (75-87) is fired as manager of the Indians.

2nd  Ground is broken for a new stadium in Philadelphia.

4th  Cardinals LF Lou Brock has 4 hits, 2 stolen bases, and scores twice, as St. Louis edges Boston 2–1 to open the World Series at Fenway Park. Bob Gibson has 10 strikeouts and outduels Jose Santiago, whose HR is Boston’s only score. Santiago is the only pitcher to lose a WS game in which he hits a homerun.

5th  Jim Lonborg pitches the 4th one-hitter in WS history and Yaz (Carl Yastrzemski) hits 2 HRs in Boston’s 5–0 win to even the Series.

7th  In game 3 in St. Louis, Nelson Briles swings the WS toward the Cards with a 7-hit 5–2 win. Lou Brock has 2 more hits, and Mike Shannon homers off loser Gary Bell.

Lum Harris is named manager of the Braves.

8th  Bob Gibson is overpowering again in a 5-hit 6–0 win in Game 4. Roger Maris and Tim McCarver each have 2 RBI for St. Louis.

      The Braves trade P Denny LeMaster and SS Denis Menke to the Astros for SS Sonny Jackson and 1B Chuck Harrison.

9th  Roger Maris homers for the Cardinals in the 9th, but Jim Lonborg’s 3–1 win sends the WS back to Boston. Lonborg allows three hits in the win, the only pitcher in the 20thcentury to have consecutive post-season games allowing three hits or less (as noted by Pete Ridges).

10thThe Reds swap Deron Johnson to the Braves, getting P Jay Ritchie, and outfielders Mack Jones and Jim Beauchamp.

11th  A WS record 3 HRs in one inning—consecutively, by Yaz, Reggie Smith, and Rico Petrocelli—power Boston to an 8–4 win that evens the Series at 3 each.

12th  The Cardinals earn their second World Championship of the decade with a 7–2 victory. Bob Gibson notches his 3rd WS win with a 3-hitter, 10 strikeouts, and a 5th-inning HR. Lou Brock has 2 hits and steals 3 bases for a record 7 thefts in a 7-game WS. Jim Lonborg gives up 10 hits in the loss.

13th  Larry Shepard is named manager of the Pirates.

18th  The AL approves the Athletics’ shift to Oakland, California. Kansas City is promised a new team by 1971. When Senator Stuart Symington and Kansas City Mayor Davis threaten action against the move, AL President Joe Cronin reopens talks, and the expansion deadline is moved to 1969.

19th  Senator Stuart Symington blasts A’s owner Charlie Finley on the floor of the United States Senate, calling him “one of the most disreputable characters ever to enter the American sports scene.”

20th  Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy the first manager of the Oakland A’s.

22nd  Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive vice president of the A’s by Charlie Finley.

30th  Arthur Allyn announces that his White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968. Chicago will become the first AL team to play regular season games outside its own city since 1905.

31st  San Francisco’s Mike McCormick is the NL Cy Young Award winner, as pitchers are honored in each league for the first time.

NOVEMBER

3rd  Boston’s Jim Lonborg is named AL Cy Young Award winner.

7th  Orlando Cepeda of the Cards is the first unanimous selection as NL MVP.

8th  The Reds trade OF Art Shamsky to the Mets for IF Bob Johnson.

13th  Following a meeting of NL owners, President Warren Giles says the league will not stand in the way of AL expansion to Seattle and Kansas City.

15th  Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski is the overwhelming selection as the AL’s MVP. The Triple-crown winner misses unanimity by one vote, which goes to Cesar Tovar (.267, 6 HR, 47 RBI).

20th  Mets P Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of the Year.

21st  Cleveland acquires OF Tommy Harper from the Reds for 1B Fred Whitfield and P George Culver.

22nd  Minnesota 2B Rod Carew (.292) is the runaway choice for AL Rookie of the Year.

27th  The New York Mets trade P Bill Denehy and $100,000 to the Senators for Washington’s manager, Gil Hodges.  Denehy (1-7) set a Mets record with 8 K’s in his debut. In a related move, Jim Lemon is named manager of the Senators.

28th  The Twins send SS Zoilo Versalles and P Jim Grant to the Dodgers for C John Roseboro and pitchers Bob Miller and Ron Perranoski.

29th  The White Sox reacquire SS Luis Aparicio, with OF Russ Snyder and 1B/OF John Matias, from Baltimore for pitchers Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson and IF Don Buford.

      The Indians trade OF Chuck Hinton to the Angels for OF Jose Cardenal.

30thThe Yankees purchase Gene Michael from the LA Dodgers.

      The Cubs give up on pitcher Ray Culp and ship him to the Red Sox for minor leaguer Rudy Schlesinger and cash. A steal for the Sox, Culp will develop a palm ball and win 64 games for them in the next 4 seasons.  Chicago also sends pitcher Paul Popovitch to the Dodgers in a deal to reacquire Lou Johnson.

DECEMBER

1st  Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc. is awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise. The team will play in Seattle.

2ndThe Twins trade P Ron Kline to the Pirates for infielder Bob Oliver, Kline was 7–1 in 1967 and will post a 12–5 record in relief for the Bucs in 1968.

5th  Stan Musial resigns as GM of the Cardinals and is replaced by Bing Devine. Musial remains a senior veep.

7th  The Yankees trade C Bob Tillman and P Dale Roberts to the Braves for minor leaguer Bobby Cox.

10th  In Puerto Rican League game, San Juan beats Arecibo, 6–3 behind Pat Dobson. The Detroit rookie strikes out 21 Arecibo batters.

15th  Pittsburgh acquires P Jim Bunning from the Phillies for pitchers Woody Fryman, Bill Laxton, and Harold Clem, and IF Don Money.

      The Mets trade OF Tommy Davis, P Jack Fisher, P Billy Wynne, and C Dick Booker to the White Sox for OF Tommie Agee and IF Al Weis.

      The Red Sox trade C Mike Ryan and cash to the Phillies for P Dick Ellsworth and C/1B Gene Oliver.

24th  Red Sox star Jim Lonborg falls while skiing and injures his knee. The 1967 Cy Young winner, 22–9 this past season, will fall to 6–10 in 1968.

 

1968                                             

JANUARY

8thJose Lizandro of Marlboro (Panama) pitches a 3-0 no-hitter against Novatos. It is the first no-hitter in Panama since 1948.

11th  Ewing Kauffman becomes owner of the new Kansas City club of the AL.

      The Cardinals trade OF Alex Johnson to the Reds for OF Dick Simpson.

23rd  Joe Medwick is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

28th  Goose Goslin and Kiki Cuyler are admitted into the Hall of Fame by unanimous vote of the Special Veterans Committee.

FEBRUARY

6th  Voters in King County (Washington) approve by 62 percent a $40 million bond issue to build a domed, multipurpose stadium.

8th  The Reds trade C Johnny Edwards to the Cardinals for IF Jim Williams and C Pat Corrales.

13th  The White Sox trade SS Ron Hansen and pitchers Dennis Higgins and Steve Jones to Washington for pitchers Bob Priddy and Les Narum and IF Tim Cullen. For Hansen it is more of a rental as the Sox will get him back in August.

      The Giants trade C Tom Haller and P Frank Kasheta to the Dodgers for infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver. This is the first trade between the 2 clubs since 1956 when Jackie Robinson was sent to the Giants but retired instead.

21st  The first basic agreement between players and owners is ratified. The agreement runs from January 1, 1968 to December 31, 1969.

      The minimum ML player’s salary is raised to $10,000. Meal money during the season will be $15 a day (up from $12), and players will get $40 a week for training-camp expenses (up from $25).

22nd  At Miami’s Doral Country Club Ken Harrelson wins the Professional Baseball Players golf tournament for the third time, carding a 307, seven strokes ahead of Indians pitching coach Jack Sanford.  Defending champ Sammy Ellis is third with a 315, followed by Indians manager Alvin Dark at 316. In the inactive players category, Jack Russell wins easily with a 310.

29th  Former major league player and manager Lena Blackburne dies. Blackburne has been the source for his eponymous rubbing mud, used by umpires in both leagues to rub down new balls. He leaves the mud business to his boyhood friend, John Haas.

MARCH

21st  Royals is chosen as the name of the new Kansas City AL franchise.

23rd  In a spring training game, Cubs P Jim Ellis creates the “Lip Pass” by going to his mouth on a 3-and-1 count to issue an intentional walk. Cubs manager Durocher, who was opposed to the new strict enforcement of the rule preventing pitchers from going to their mouth while on the rubber, is warned not to repeat the Lip pass or he’ll be fined. He doesn’t, but the rule is relaxed.

31st  The name for Seattle’s AL club is the Pilots.

APRIL

2nd  Tony Conigliaro returns to Boston with vision trouble. He will miss the 1968 season.

9th  Opening Day is postponed because of the funeral today for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated on April 4th. Six games are affected over two days.

10th  In Washington, Hubert Humphrey throws out the first ball to start the Senators–Twins game, while soldiers patrol the streets around D.C. Stadium to prevent rioting in the wake of the King funeral. Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit homers off Camilo Pascual and the Twins win, 2-0. Dean Chance pitches a 4-hitter. Humphrey is the seventh vice president to toss out the first ball and the last to do so this century.

      At Detroit, Dick Ellsworth pitches the Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Tigers. Carl Yastrzemski clubs a pair of homers, one of them inside-the-park. There won’t be another opening day inside-the-park homerun for 41 years. The last was hit by Bill Skowron, in 1962.

      In Chicago, Cleveland whitewashes the White Sox, 9-0, behind Sonny Siebert’s two-hitter.  Batterymate Duke Sims scores 3 runs and drives in 3 on a pair of homers. Max Alvis adds a solo shot.

      In New York, just 15,744 show up for the opener at the Stadium between the Yanks and California.  Poet Marian Moore tosses out the first ball and rookie catcher Frank Fernandez catches it. Fernandez then belts a home run off George Brunet and Mel Stottlemyre wins, 1–0.  Fernandez has one of three hits off Brunet, while Stottlemyre allows just four hits. This is one of four shutouts (out of ten games) pitched on Opening Day.

      In Baltimore, the Orioles open against the Oakland Athletics with Tom Phoebus winning over Catfish Hunter, 3–1. Hunter, at age 20, is the youngest opening day starter ever. Reggie Jackson homers for the A’s only run, while Brooks Robinson homers for Baltimore.

14th  New York suffers a 4–3 loss to Minnesota and loses OF Joe Pepitone with a fractured left elbow.

      Jim Bunning’s first win with Pittsburgh, 3–0 at Los Angeles, is his 40th career shutout and includes his 1,000th NL strikeout, making him the first pitcher since Cy Young with 1,000 in each league.

15th  Three records are smashed when the Astros score an unearned run in the 24th inning to squeeze by the Mets 1–0 after 6 hours and 6 minutes. It is the longest NL game played to completion, the longest ML night game, and the first 23 innings are the longest ML scoreless game. Oddly, the records erased for longest night and scoreless games are less than a year old (June 12 and September 1, 1967). The game ties the AL’s longest complete game: A’s 4, Red Sox 1, on September 1, 1906.

17th  With a 13–1 rout of the Senators, the Twins are 6-0 and lead the AL.

      The A’s debut at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum by losing 4–1 to Baltimore. Dave McNally fires a two-hitter to beat Lew Krausse. During the game, the dirt covering a shallow metal dome under the pitching mound, is kicked aside exposing the steel frame, so the mound is covered between innings.

       Boston, Carl Yastrzemski hits his 4th homer and Dick Ellsworth stops the White Sox, 2–0. After Yaz’s homer, Chicago pitchers give him 3 straight intentional walks.

19th  The NL owners approve expansion, pending unanimous approval of 2 new teams.

Nolan Ryan of the Mets becomes the 6th pitcher in NL history to strike out the side on 9 pitches. But Los Angeles wins 3–2 at Shea Stadium.

20th  In a match-up of future Hall of Famers, the Cubs Fergie Jenkins three-hits the Cardinals to beat Bob Gibson, 5–1.

      At Pittsburgh, Willie Mays cracks a 2nd inning triple and then scores on a balk by Bob Veale.  It is the only run as San Francisco wins, 1-0, behind Ray Sadecki. On July 17, another balk will result in a 1-0 game.

21st Behind complete-game wins by Earl Wilson and Denny McLain, the Tigers beat the White Sox, 4–1 and 2–1, to stretch their win victory streak to 9 games.  The Sox have yet to win.

      The Dodgers win a pair from the Mets behind reliever Phil Regan, who picks up both wins. It’ll earn him a trip to Chicago in two days.

23rd  Jim Davenport starts the scoring with a 6th-inning grand slam and he drives in 5 runs in the Giants 7-1 road victory against the Phillies. Juan Marichal (3-0) is the victor.

      The Cubs make a canny trade acquiring P Phil Regan and OF Jim Hickman from the Dodgers for OF Ted Savage and P Jim Ellis.

24th Steve Hargan wins his first of the year as Cleveland beats Detroit, 2-0. Detroit manages just one hit off Hargan, a 3rd-inning single by Jim Northrup.

25th After losing their first ten games, the White Sox finally win, topping Minnesota in the Dome, 3–2.

      At Chicago, the Cubs are 5–2 winner over the Braves, with Ferguson Jenkins beating Ken Johnson. Felipe Alou homers for the Braves.

27th  Tom Phoebus, the Orioles’ top pitcher last year, throws a 6–0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. Brooks Robinson drives in 3 runs and makes a great stab to rob Rico Petrocelli of a hit in the 8th. Behind the plate is Curt Blefary, catching his fourth game.

29th  The Giants Jim Davenport plays his 97th consecutive errorless game at 3B in a 7-2 loss to the Braves. Ron Reed pitches a three-hitter for his first win of the year. The Braves score 7 runs and 12 hits against Marichal, who exits after giving up a leadoff homer in the 8th to Terry Francona, his 4th hit of the game.

      In Houston, the Astros get swamped by the Reds, 17–2. Led by Pete Rose’s 4 hits and 4 runs, every Cincy position player has at least 2 hits as they score in every inning except the 8th. Perez has a triple and homer to go with his 5 RBI.  Jim Maloney is an easy winner and exits after 5 innings.

MAY

1st  Sudden Sam McDowell of Cleveland strikes out 16 batters and defeats Oakland, 3–1.

2nd  During a 3-0 loss to the Mets, Phillies reliever John Boozer is ejected in the 7th by umpire Ed Vargo at Shea Stadium for throwing spitballs during his warm-up pitches. After the first time he goes to his mouth, the umpire Ed Vargo calls a ball, even though the batter was not in the box. Vargo cites a rule put into place this spring that prohibits a pitcher from putting his hand near his mouth within the 18-foot mound circle. Manager Gene Mauch comes out to argue and orders Boozer to go to his mouth on the next two pitches as well, earning both Boozer and Mauch ejections. Mauch protests the game. Boozer is only the 2nd ML pitcher to be ejected from a game for throwing spitballs. Dick Hall, who replaces Boozer with a 3-0 count on Bud Harrelson, gets him to ground out. Nolan Ryan notches his second career win. Tomorrow, National League President Warren Giles will rule that a pitcher shouldn’t be charged with a ball while warming up.  If a pitcher touches his mouth while warming up, he would be required to dry his fingers before delivering a pitch to the batter.

4th  At Candlestick, the first-place Cardinals overcome a solo HR by Willie Mays and a grand slam by Willie McCovey to down the Giants, 11-6. Dick Schofield has 4 hits and 3 RBIs and Julian Javier has 3 hits and 3 runs scored.

5th  In Los Angeles, Johnny Bench hits an RBI double in the 16th inning as the Reds edge the Dodgers, 3–2.

      At Comiskey, Gary Peters wins his first of the season, batting and pitching the White Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees in game 1 of two. Peters strikes out 9, walks none and clubs a grand slam. The Yankees earn a split with a 4-1 win in game 2.

6th  In a 10–2 loss to Houston, Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets a NL record with his 225th consecutive errorless game. The veteran hurler has handled 108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964.

      Baltimore’s Dave Leonhard shuts out the Tigers, 4–0, as Detroit manages just 23 at bats, tying an AL record, in the 9-inning game. Jim Northrup’s 2-out single in the 7th is the only safety, the second time in two weeks he’s had Detroit’s only hit. Leonard walks 7 and hits 2 batters but the O’s pull of 3 double plays, 3 Tigers are caught stealing and one is caught in a rundown.

7th  Tom McCraw cracks a 3rd inning grand slam and the White Sox beat the Angels, 6-4. Joe Horlen win his first of the year.

8th  Oakland’s Catfish Hunter pitches a perfect game against the Twins, winning 4-0. The 22-year old righthander hurls the first American League regular season perfecto in 46 years. He strikes out 11, including Harmon Killebrew three times, and drives in three of the A’s four runs, the other coming on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to 1B Danny Cater in the eighth inning.

9th  At DC Stadium, the Senators play small ball in beating the Red Sox, 3-1. Winning pitcher Phil Ortega has the Nats only extra base hit, a double, to knock in a run. Washington opens the scoring in the 2nd when Ed Stroud bunts for single, steals 2B, is balked to 3B by Jerry Stephenson, and he scores on wild pitch.

10th  Denny McLain wins 12–1 at Washington, as the Tigers pass the first-place Orioles. Detroit will remain in the lead for the rest of the season.

12thThe Indians Luis Tiant shuts out Baltimore, 2–0, for his 4th straight shutout, a club record. Luis stopped Washington, 2–0, April 28; 2–0 vs. Minnesota, May 4; 8–0 vs. New York on May 7.

13th  University of Denver defeats the Air Force Academy 33–29, establishing a NCAA record for most runs by a losing team and the most total bases in a game (104).

14th  Dodger P Don Drysdale shuts out the Cubs, 1–0. It is the 5th game in a row that the Dodgers have scored but one run, tying a ML record held by 4 other teams.  LA will score 3 tomorrow in a loss to the Cubs.

15th  The first AL game played in Milwaukee is a 4–2 California win against Chicago before 23,403 fans. Rain shortens the game to five innings. This is the first of the 9 games the White Sox will play in Milwaukee in 1968.

16th  With his third 2-HR game in 4 games, Senators LF Frank Howard ties the AL record for most HRs (7) in 4 straight games (at least one in each). Washington wins, 4–1 at Cleveland.

      In Los Angeles, the Cubs Rich Nye tops Don Sutton, 1–0, starting the Dodgers on another one-run per game run, as they will score one run in 4 of their next 5 games.

      In a rainy see-saw battle at Fenway, the Red Sox score 6 runs in the 8th inning and come from behind to edge the Yankees, 11-10.  Ken Harrelson has a 3-run homer for the Sox while Frank Fernandez does him one better with a grand slam for New York in a 6-run 3rd.

17th  Joe Sparma takes a one-hitter into the 9th against the Senators, but Frank Howard homers to give the Nats a 3–2 lead.  In the bottom of the inning, Jim Northrup wins the game, 7–3, with a grand slam, one of five he will hit this season.Howard homers for the 5th straight game; it is his 8th and the most anyone has hit in a 5-game span.

      The Phils Woodie Fryman strikes out 9 and allows 5 hits in 10 innings in beating Bob Gibson (3-3) and the Cardinals, 1-0. Fryman scores with 2 outs in the 10th after opening the frame with a single.

18th  Frank Howard ties the AL record with a HR in his 6th consecutive game to lead Washington to an 8–4 win over Detroit. His 10 HRs in the 6 games are the most of all the record holders. Howard’s 10 HRs (in 20 at bats) are also the most ever in one week (Sunday through Saturday). Earl Wilson will stop him tomorrow. For Detroit, Al Kaline belts a pinch-HR off Steve Jones It is Kaline’s 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg’s 306 in a Tiger uniform.

      Don Drysdale posts his 2nd consecutive shutout, 1–0, over Houston.

      Pirate Bill Mazeroski plays his 392nd straight game, a record for NL 2B, in an 8–3 loss to the Reds.

20th  in Anaheim, Angels SS Jim Fregosi joins a small group of players by hitting for the cycle a 2nd time. California beats Boston 5–4 in 11 innings.

21st  The Cubs climb above the .500 mark the first time all season with a 6–5 win over the Phillies. Chicago’s Billy Williams sets a record for outfielders by playing his 695th straight game.

22nd  The Cards fall 2–0, as the Dodgers Don Drysdale’s streak reaches 3 consecutive scoreless games. Bob Gibson is the loser.

      With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, the Pirates come from 4 runs down to defeat the Cubs, 13-6. Willie Stargell has 3 homers and just misses a 4th when his drive bounces off the bleacher railing for a double. Willie adds a single for 15 total bases as he drives in 7 runs.

25th  Detroit OF Al Kaline is hit by the A’s Lew Krausse’s pitch and suffers a broken arm. He will be out until June 30th. The Tigers win, 2–1, behind Denny McLain, who scores the game’s first run in the 8th. The A’s run in the 9th is unearned.

26th  Los Angeles downs Houston 5–0 behind Don Drysdale’s 4th straight shutout, tying the NL record. It’s Drysdale’s 5th win of the year—all shutouts. Drysdale drives in the 1st run of the game with a single.

      The Yankees sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning 5-1 behind Mel Stottlemyre and take game 2, 7-6, with Bill Monbouquette the winner.  In the opener, P Gary Peters bats 6th, but goes 0-for-2, as the Sox manage just 4 hits. Tresh and Cox hit HRs for the Yanks.

      After a Jack Aker pitch hits Detroit’s Jim Northrup on the batting helmet, a 15-minute fight erupts in Oakland. Aker is injured in the brawl and leaves the game, but Oakland wins in 10 innings, 7–6.

27th  Montreal and San Diego are awarded NL franchises after a 10-hour meeting of league owners.

28th  The AL owners agree to the following divisional alignment for 1969: Eastern: Boston, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington, Detroit; Western: Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Seattle, Oakland, California.

      Suffering his 4th straight defeat, Cardinal Bob Gibson (3-5) drops a 3–1 decision to Gaylord Perry and the Giants.

      Jim Maloney fires a one-hitter at the Dodgers, as the Reds win 7–0. A single in the 5th inning by Zoilo Versalles is the only LA hit.  It is a record-tying 4th times that Versalles has had the only hit in a game.

29thThe Reds spot the Dodgers a 5–0 lead after three innings, then come back to win, 6–5.

30thNew York and Washington split, with the Yankees winning the opener, 13–4, and the Senators the nightcap, 6–2. In the first game, Mantle goes 5-for-5 with two home runs, and 5 RBIs for New York. He sits out the 2nd game. Mantle’s last 5-for-5 game was on May 24, 1956.

31st  Don Drysdale’s shutout streak apparently ends when Dick Dietz is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs in the 9th inning, but umpire Harry Wendelstedt rules Dietz did not try to avoid the pitch. Coach Herman Franks argues the call so long that he is tossed by Wendelstedt. Dietz then pops out, and the next two batters make out. Los Angeles wins, 3–0, and Drysdale’s 5th straight shutout ties the ML record set in 1904 by Doc White.

      St. Louis P Larry Jaster retires the first 23 Mets before Greg Goosen singles. The lefty settles for a 2-hitter, beating Tom Seaver, 2–0.

JUNE

1st  The Cards edge the Mets, 6–5, with the win going to reliever Joe Hoerner. Hoerner ties the NL record for relievers with 6 consecutive strikeouts.

      The Twins Dean Chance loses his no-hit bid against the White Sox when light hitting Bill Voss hits a one-out single in the 9th. Two singles follow and Chance loses the game, 1–0. Wilbur Wood is the winner, allowing 4 hits.

2nd  Sweeping a doubleheader 6–3 and 3–2 at New York’s Shea Stadium, the Cardinals take first place. They will remain atop the NL the rest of the season.

      The Yankees and Tigers split a pair in Detroit, with New York winning the first, 4-3, with a run in the 9th. The Tigers take game 2, 8-1, as Mickey Stanley hits a grand slam for the Bengals. The Tigers lead the AL by 3 games over the Orioles, winners of a 4-3 match in Boston that goes 5 1/2 innings.

3rd Ron Perranoski throws a hitless 3+ innings of relief as the Twins edge the Yankees, 4-3. Dooley Womack finishes up for the Yankees and starts a 1-5-3 triple play, the last the Yankees will pull of this century.

4th  With his 6th consecutive shutout, 5–0 over the Pirates at Los Angeles, Don Drysdale establishes two new ML records. He tops Doc White’s 64-year-old mark of 5 shutouts, and with 54 scoreless innings he breaks Carl Hubbell’s NL string by 413, set in 1933.

     At Yankee Stadium, Jim Merritt allows 4 hits in beating the Yankees, 3-0. All of the Twins’ runs come on sac flies—2 by Harmon Killebrew and one by Tony Oliva.

      At Wrigley, the Mets Jerry Koosman strikes out the leadoff Cub for his 7th straight strikeout, then wins 2–0.

      Ewing Kauffman signs a 4-year lease for the Royals to play in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

      Fresco Thompson succeeds Buzzie Bavasi as general manager of the Dodgers. Bavasi will run the new NL club in San Diego.

5th  At Yankee Stadium, Joe Pepitone hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Dean Chance, to back Mel Stottlemyre’s 7-2 win over the Twins. Oliva and Killebrew homer for Minnesota.

      Davey Johnson has a grand slam for Baltimore as the Orioles beat the Angels, 7-1, and stay 2.5 games behind the Tigers.

6th  With the assassination of Robert Kennedy at midnight in Los Angeles last night, six MLB games are postponed.

     Tim Foli is the top choice in the regular phase of the free-agent draft. The A’s take Pete Broberg with the 2nd pick, but he opts to attend Dartmouth instead. Cecil Cooper lasts until the 27th round and Paul Splittorff till the 25th. The big winners are the Dodgers, who, in the January draft and the regular and secondary June drafts pick 71 players, 14 players of whom end up in the ML. Among them: Davey Lopes, Geoff Zahn, Bill Buckner (#25 overall in the 2nd round), Joe Ferguson, Tom Paciorek, Bobby Valentine, Steve Garvey, and Ron Cey.

      Behind Bob Gibson’s 3-hitter, the Cards beat the Astros, 4–0, for their 9th straight win. The Reds will beat them tomorrow.

      Blue Moon Odom walks 3 Oriole batters in the 1st but doesn’t allow a hit until, with 2 outs in the 9th, Davey Johnson singles for Baltimore. The Athletics beat Baltimore, 6–1.  In game 2, Jim Nash shuts out the Birds, 6–0.

7th  The A’s Blue Moon Odom’s bid for a no-hitter is spoiled by Davey Johnson, who singles with two outs in the 9th inning. Odom tops Baltimore, 6–1.

      The 8th place Yankees split a doubleheader with the Angels. New York wins the opener and California takes the nightcap, 8-4. Tomorrow’s game will be postponed because of the memorial to the slain Bobby Kennedy.

8th  The Mets’ game at San Francisco is postponed at the demand of New York players in the aftermath of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. Commissioner William Eckert orders all games delayed until evening. He also orders games at New York and Washington postponed.

      Don Drysdale works 4 scoreless innings against Philadelphia before finally allowing a run, after 58 2⁄3 shutout innings, on Howie Bedell’s sacrifice fly. Bedell has no other RBI in 1968. Drysdale breaks the ML record of 56 consecutive scoreless innings set by Walter Johnson in 1913. The Dodgers win, 5–3.

10th Mourning for Robert Kennedy continues. Astros Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte are fined for not playing. Pittsburgh’s Maury Wills also refuses to play and is reportedly punished.

      George Brunet tosses a 2-hitter as the Angels top the visiting Twins, 3-0, in the first of two. Minnesota rebounds in game 2 to win, 6-5. Twins catcher Johnny Roseboro steals home in the 6th for the Twins, his 5th steal of home, unofficially a ML 20th C record for steals by a catcher.

11th  The Reds send pitchers Milt Pappas and Ted Davidson, and IF Bob Johnson to the Braves for pitchers Tony Cloninger and Clay Carroll and IF Woody Woodward. Davidson, who made 54 relief appearances in 1966, has never been the same since his estranged wife shot him in the stomach prior to the 1967 season.

      Russ Snyder has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for the White Sox to offset homers by Mantle and Tresh for the Yankees as visiting Chicago beats New York, 9-5.

13th  Two days after hitting a grand slam, Russ Snyder is traded by the White Sox to the Indians for OF Leon Wagner.

15th  Following a doubleheader split in Los Angeles, Gene Mauch (27-27) is fired as manager of the Phillies. He will be replaced briefly by coach George Myatt for the two games remaining in LA, and then by Bob Skinner, manager of the San Diego farm team.

”Doc” Young, the black sports columnist of the Chicago Defender, will subsequently write that Richie Allen was not the reason that Mauch had been fired, despite the reported long-standing problems between the star and manager. “Meanwhile, Richie Allen IS a team problem Possessed of tremendous talent, Richie obviously is prone to controversy. . . .  In his fourth major league season, he was paid $75,000–and no other major leaguer has zoomed so far up the financial ladder in so short a time.  But, Richie lacks the ideal
temperament. Philadelphia fans boo him unmercifully every game. His teammates accuse him of malingering. In Los Angeles, during a recent trip, Richie allegedly attempted to
force the Philadelphia management to trade him.  He played very little, was lackadaisical in practice, and allegedly went to sleep on the bench during a game with the Dodgers.  It is, however, more difficult to replace a Richie Allen than it is to hire a new manager.  Richie met with Carpenter a few days before Mauch was let out and Carpenter said their problems had been resolved.  Under new manager, Bob Skinner, we’ll see.  Allen has confessed that ‘I can do it all–except obey.’  If Skinner is to do any good with the ball club, Richie Allen must take orders.  And that is a form of obedience” (as noted by David Kaiser).

      The Yankees sign outfielder Rocky Colavito after his release by the Dodgers. In another deal, New York sells P John Wyatt, acquired last month, to the Tigers. They also sell sore-armed Jim Bouton to the Seattle Pilots for next season: Bouton goes to the Seattle Angels (PCL) in the meanwhile.

      Chicago’s Tommy John becomes the 9th AL pitcher to hit 4 batters in one game, as he nails 4 Tigers in a 7–4 White Sox win. The Tigers hit 3 homers but Ken Berry clubs a grand slam for the Chisox.

18th  Grady Hatton (23-38) is fired as manager of the Astros. He will be replaced by Harry Walker.

      Pete Rose has 5 hits—3 doubles and 2 singles—as the Reds top the Braves, 7–5, in Atlanta.

20th  Dodger rookie Jim Fairey makes his first ML homer a good one, a blast off Pittsburgh’s Elroy Face to give LA a 3–2 win.  The loss snaps Pittsburgh’s 9-game win streak.

       The Cubs lose to the Cardinals, 1–0, for their 5th shutout loss in a row. During the streak, Fergie Jenkins allows one run in 18 innings, and comes away with a loss and a no decision.

21st  It’s been a bad week for the Cubs, but they end their scoreless streak at 48 innings and setting a ML record of 48 straight scoreless innings, beating the Reds, 3–2, behind Joe Niekro. George Culver is the losing pitcher, allowing the Cubs first score in the 3rd inning when he gives up a walk with the sacks full. The five straight shutout losses also ties a league mark. The streak started on June 15; the final 8 innings of a loss to Atlanta; 1–0 loss to Phil Niekro in 11 inn; 1–0 loss to Cards Nels Briles; 4–0 one hitter to Steve Carlton; 1–0 loss to Bob Gibson. During the drought, Fergie Jenkins allows 1 run in 18 innings and records a loss and no decision. The AL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 43 by the Browns in 1913.

23rd  Cleveland’s Luis Tiant tosses his 5th shutout in six games, topping the Tigers, 3–0 on 9 strikeouts.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds tip the Cubs, 9–8, when Don Pavletich hits a 2-out, 2-run double in the 9th inning.

24th  Detroit RF Jim Northrup becomes the 6th AL player to hit 2 grand slams in one game, connecting in the 5th inning off Eddie Fisher and in the 6th off Billy Rohr, as the Tigers bomb Cleveland 14–3. Northrup misses a chance when strikes out in the 1st inning with the bases loaded. Denny McLain is the victor. First baseman Willie Smith pitches the last 3 innings, walking just one and allowing one hit and no runs. Detroit’s Don Wert is taken to the hospital following a 6th inning beaning, which shatters his batting helmet. He will miss just a few games.

25th  San Francisco rookie Bobby Bonds becomes the 2nd player to debut with a grand slam, as Ray Sadecki blanks the Dodgers 9–0. Bonds connects on his 3rd at bat off John Purdin. The only other player to hit a grand slam in his first major league game was William Duggleby of the Philadelphia Nationals, who achieved the feat in 1898. The Giants have hit all the grand slams  (3) in the NL this year.

26th  The ML Executive Council decides that both the AL and NL will play 162-game schedules in 1969 and operate two 6-team divisions.

      Cardinal Bob Gibson pitches his 5th straight shutout in the first game of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh, winning 3-0. Pittsburgh wins the 2nd game 3–1, although the Cardinals stop Maury Wills’ 24-game hitting streak.

28th  After reacquiring Lou Johnson seven months ago, the Cubs trade him to Cleveland for pitcher Willie Smith.

29th  Jim Northrup’s 3rd grand slam ties the ML record for slams in a month (Rudy York, May 1938), and sets a ML record for slams in a week. The Tigers win 5–2 over Chicago, as Denny McLain tallies his 14th victory.

      The Red Sox finally score on Luis Tiant, but Cleveland tops Boston 8–1.  Tiant strikes out 13 in the win.

      In the first game of a doubleheader at the Stadium, Mantle ties the score with a 2-run homer in the 6th, but rookie Reggie Jackson breaks the tie in the 8th with his 9th homer of the year. The A’s win, 5–2. Mantle’s pinch double in game 2 drives in 2 runs as the Yankees win, 5-4.

      In San Francisco, Reds pitcher Gary Nolan hurls a 4-hit shutout and hits a 3-run homer as the Reds win, 4–0. “Only” Nolan’s homer, off Ray Sadecki, is the only one of his big league career.

30th  The White Sox use an all-out attack to drub the Tigers, 12-0, behind Tommy John’s (7-0) 5-hitter. Light-hitting Bill Voss hits a grand slam, and Sandy Alomar has 4 hits, 4 runs, and 3 steals. The Tigers still lead the AL by a comfortable 7.5 games.

JULY

1st A first inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson’s streak of 4723innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits) The Cards beat the Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles 8–1. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.

3rd  Luis Tiant registers 19 K’s in 10 innings, as Cleveland beats Minnesota 1–0. Tiant sets two modern ML records—most strikeouts in a 10-inning game; 32 strikeouts in consecutive games—and ties the modern ML record of 41 strikeouts in 3 successive appearances. He will top the AL in ERA with 1.60.

4th Ed Stroud pounds two doubles and two triples and his fellow Senators add 2 singles to beat the Yankees, 4–2. Jim Hannan is the winning pitcher.

      In Detroit, it is home run derby as the Tigers score 9 runs in the 2nd and hold on for a 13-10 victory over the California Angels. Andy Messersmith makes his ML debut to stop the Tigers in the third, but Norm Cash Willie Horton and Bill Freehan all homer in the frame. Jim Northrup, who triples in the 3rd, adds 2 homers and 5 RBIs, while Cash hits a 2nd homer. Don Mincher, with 2, and Jim Fregosi, homer for the Angels.

5th Bill Freehan has 2 homers and 6 RBI to lead Detroit to an 8-5 victory over Oakland.  Catfish Hunter is driven out in the 4th inning and take the loss.

6th The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, sinking the Bucs, 6-1 and 10-2. Fergie Jenkins is the complete game winner in game 1 as Ron Santo homers. Jenkins strikes out 6 to tie for the NL with Marichal (128). In game 2, rookie Gary Ross goes 9 innings for his only win in a Cubs uniform.

7th  Denny McLain, the major leagues’ winningest pitcher with 16, helps Detroit take a 9 1⁄2 game lead in the A.L. at the All-Star break, as the Tigers sweep the A’s 5–4 and 7–6. McLain wins the opener when Willie Horton clubs a 3-run homer, and Al Kaline matches that in the nightcap.

     The Indians and Angels split a pair, with Cleveland taking the opener,  behind Luis Tiant (14-5) and Vincente Romo (sv).  California takes the nightcap 9-7, holding on as the Indians score 3 in the 9th. Jose Cardenal triples in two runs, then ends the game trying to score on a passed ball. He is thrown out, 2-1.

      Phil Regan picks up two wins in relief for the second time this season as the Cubs sweep the Pirates, 5–4 and 4–3, edging Bob Veale and Elroy Face.  Regan won a pair on April 21st for the Dodgers, and no reliever has ever won a pair twice in a season.  The Vulture will the top the NL with 12 relief wins and 25 saves. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam in game 1 while Jose Arcia adds his lone ML homer.

      Completing a 7-game West Coast winning streak, the Cardinals take a 10-game lead into the All-Star break, as they beat the Giants, 2-0, behind Larry Jaster and Ron Willis.  Lou Brock scores both runs as he collects a triple and 3 steals.

9th  Fittingly, pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays, playing in place of injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the first inning against AL starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the day—the first All-Star effort to end 1–0. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed, and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to 3 hits.

10th  Hank Bauer is fired as manager of the Orioles, but the Birds win today, beating the Detroit, 5–3. Pitcher Dave McNally has his 1st hit in 42 at bats, a 2-run homer that is the difference in the 5–3 win.

      The NL breaks down its 2 divisions for 1969 thus: Eastern: New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Chicago, St. Louis; Western: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta.

11th  Groundbreaking takes place for Kansas City’s $43 million Jackson County Sports Complex.

      Earl Weaver, who never played in the majors, replaces Hank Bauer as manager of the Orioles. The O’s will win 11 of the first 15 games under Weaver.

      Minnesota rookie Rick Renick is the 16th AL player to hit a HR in his first ML at bat. The Twins beat the Tigers 5–4.

      Chicago Cubs P Bill Hands strikes out for the 14th straight at bat in the 2–0 Cubs win in the nightcap at New York. The 14 strikeouts in consecutive at bats (as opposed to plate appearances) are a ML record. The Mets win the first game, 1-0, as Dick Selma beats Fergie Jenkins.

12th  Eddie Stanky is fired as manager of the White Sox and replaced by Al Lopez.

      The Giants trade P Lindy McDaniel to the Yankees for P Bill Monbouquette.

      The Cardinals beat the Astros, 8–1, but Houston scores a run on Bob Gibson, who wins his 9th straight. Denis Menke’s bloop double, fair by inches, drives home the lone run. Houston reliever Tom Dukes ties the ML record with his 9th straight relief appearance for the Astros. Curt Flood has 4 hits for the Birds.

13th At Pittsburgh, the Phils take their 4th straight from the Bucs, winning 3–2 in 16 innings. It’s the 8th straight loss the Pirates.

      The Cubs win, 2–1, over the Mets when Glenn Beckert, stretching his hit streak to 18 games, singles in the 11th.  Santo homers in the 4th for the Cubs other run. Koonce takes the loss, relieving Seaver who throws 10 innings. Phil Regan (7–2) is the winner.

      At Comiskey, Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees top the White Sox, 4-2. Catcher Jake Gibbs steals home on the front end of a double steal, the second time he has done this and the only Yankee catcher to do it. He stole home in 1966 while catching Stottlemyre.

14th  Houston’s Don Wilson fans 18 batters in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati, tying the ML record set by Bob Feller. Wilson (6-11) fans Johnny Bench to end the game. He also ties the ML record with 8 strikeouts in a row, striking out the side in the first three innings. A one-out walk to Alex Johnson in the 1st is the only interruption. Wilson also fans the side in the 5th.  The Astros win the opener, 5–4.

      In front of 57,011 at bat day at Shea, the Phils take 2 to stretch their win streak to 6. Rick Wise wins, 5–3, and then Grant Jackson fans 13 to win, 9–2, in his first complete game ever. Richie Allen knocks in 3 runs in each game with a pair of homers.  John Briggs belts a pair in the nightcap.

      The 2nd-place Braves win 4–2 behind Hank Aaron’s 500th career homer, off the Giants’ Moose McCormick. Aaron is the 8th player to reach 500.  Reed (9-4) is the winner.

      Backed by Billy Williams’’ grand slam, Joe Niekro wins his 8th of the year as the Cubs trip the Pirates, 6-2.

15th  The Yankees sign veteran Rocky Colavito, just released by the Dodgers.

16th  Cleveland CF Jose Cardenal becomes the 4th OF in ML history with 2 unassisted DPs in one season as he helps the Tribe to a 2–1 win over the Angels. He also pulled one off on June 8th versus the Tigers.

      Glenn Beckert runs his hit streak to 21 games when he hits a 12th inning double to drive in the winning run in a 4–3 victory over the Phils. Regan (8-2) is the winner in relief of Holtzman.

      Tom Haller has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, and drives in 4 runs, while Ron Fairly belts a grand slam and drives home 5 in the Dodgers 9-5 victory over the Reds. Don Drysdale bests Jim Maloney.

17th  Led by Ernie Banks, who drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and a single, the Cubs take the opener from Philadelphia, 8–4. White hits his 200th homer for Philley in game 1.The Phils come back in the nightcap to win, 8–0, behind James’ 1st ML shutout. Beckert hits in both games to run his streak to 23 games. Bill Hands is the winning pitcher in the opener, and is 1-for-3 at the plate.

      At Comiskey Park, the Orioles edge the White Sox, 1-0, when Tom Phoebus balks in Tom McCraw with the game’s only run. Joel Horlen is the winning pitcher.

      The Cards win their 13th in 14 games behind Briles and Brock, beating the Giants, 6–1. Briles allows 3 hits while Brock has 3 hits and 3 stolen bases.

20thAt San Francisco, aging speedster Willie Mays scores from 1B on a Jim Ray Hart single. It’s the only tally as the Giants beat Houston, 1–0.

22nd  At St. Louis, the Mets and the league-leading Cardinals exchange shutouts, with St. Louis winning the opener 2–0, behind Bob Gibson’s 7th whitewash of the year.  It is Gibson’s 32nd, tying the franchise mark set by Spittin’ Bill Doak. Gibson (13–5) strikes out 13 in recording his 10th straight win. He has allowed 2 runs in 88 innings. Koosman (13–5) bests Nels Briles in the nightcap, 1–0, on Martin’s RBI single.

23rd  Al Lopez undergoes an emergency appendectomy. Les Moss will serve as White Sox manager during his 36-game absence.

24th  Hoyt Wilhelm’s 907th game breaks Cy Young’s record for ML pitching appearances, but he loses a 2–1 decision to Oakland.

      Don Drysdale walks 2 batters in the 5th, hits Brand with a pitch and then plunks opposing pitcher Don Wilson with an offspeed pitch to force in a run.  Houston wins, 1–0.

25th  Reds pitchers George Culver and Clay Carroll allow 13 hits between them but still shut out the Pirates, 2–0. Culver allows 8 hits in 6 innings and Carroll gives up 5 hits in 3 innings.

26th  Leaving with a strained knee after  5 innings of pitching Earl Wilson of the Tigers earns a 4–1 win in the opener of three games with the Orioles. Rookie Daryl Patterson provides spectacular relief coming in with the bases loaded in the 6th and striking out the side. Powell’s homer in the 8th is the only tally for the O’s. The win increases the Tigers lead over the O’s to 6 1/2 games.

27th In Baltimore, Denny McLain (20–3) shuts out the Orioles 9–0 for his 20th win of the season for the first-place Tigers. McLain is only the 3rd pitcher in history to win his 20th this early: Rube Marquard on July 19, 1912 and Lefty Grove on July 25, 1931 were the others. The Tigers club 5 homers, two by Willie Horton.

      Tom Tresh’s 1st-inning grand slam is the difference as the visiting Yankees top the Indians, 6-3.

28th  Dave McNally outduels Mickey Lolich to give Baltimore a much-needed win over the Tigers, 5–1.

      Ken Holtzman and the Cubs beat the Dodgers Don Sutton, 1–0. It is Sutton’s 2nd straight 1–0 loss to Chicago; he is now 0-10 against the Cubs, and Holtzman will top him the next three times they face each other.

      At Shea Stadium, Reds pitchers Jim Maloney and Clay Carroll combine on a one hit, 5–3, victory.  Maloney gives up a run-scoring double to Cleon Jones in the first inning and then is lifted in the 6th after walking 3 batters. Carroll gives up two run-scoring grounders, but pitches 4 hitless frames.

      Pitcher Al McBean scatters 13 hits and belts a grand slam to pace the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the first-place Cardinals.

29th  The Reds George Culver overcomes an upset stomach and an ingrown toenail to pitch a no-hitter against the Phillies, winning 6–1. A 2-base error, ground out and sac fly give the Phils a run in the 2nd.

30th  In the first inning, Washington SS Ron Hansen turns the 8th unassisted triple play in ML history and the first in 41 years. Cleveland’s Joe Azcue hits a liner to Hansen, who steps on 2B to double Dave Nelson, and tags Russ Snyder sliding into 2B for the 3rd out. Hansen’s effort is not enough, as Washington loses, 10–1.

31st  Chicago’s Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Jim Hickman hit 4th-inning HRs as Fergie Jenkins (12-10) beats the Astros 6–1 at Wrigley Field.

      The first-place Tigers keep rolling as Denny McLain (21-3) shuts out the Senators on 4 hits to win, 4-0.  Dick McAuliffe scores all 4 runs on 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer. It is the last time this century that a player scores all 4 runs in a victory; Matt Kemp will do it for the Dodgers in 2010.

AUGUST

1st Against the Red Sox, Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters, the most ever by a Yankee rookie, in posting his first ML shutout, 1–0. His mark will last 30 years until “El Duque” Hernandez K’s 13 batters. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh, a steal, and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off Morehead.

      At Tiger Stadium, the Senators hit three homers, including a grand slam by Ron Hansen, to down the first place Tigers, 9-3.

2nd   Three days after completing an unassisted triple play and a day after he hit a grand slam against the Tigers, the Senators trade SS Ron Hansen back to the White Sox for IF Tim Cullen. 

4th  In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him, Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinal teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances.  The crowd of 47,445 then watches as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 11 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. The Cubs win, 6–5. Gibson goes 11 but his streak of consecutive complete games ends at 13.

      The Red Sox top the Angels, 5–1, on the strength of Ken Harrelson’s grand slam.

5th  The Phils edge the Giants, 6-4, when Tony Gonzalez belts a 2-run homer in the 10th off reliever Mike McCormick. Juan Marichal is lifted after pitching 9 innings, ending his consecutive complete game streak at 16.

7th  Oakland’s Joe Keough makes his ML debut with a pinch hit HR in a 2nd-game 4–3 win over the Yankees. New York wins the opener, 3–0.

8th  Jarry Park is grudgingly approved by Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by the Expos. Montreal officials tell NL President Warren Giles that a new stadium will be ready by 1972.

      The Cubs trip the Braves, 4–0, behind Bill Hands, with relief help from Phil Regan. Ump Chris Pelakoudas goes the mound to inspect the cap and glove of Cubs Phil Regan. When the game continues, Pelakoudas accuses Regan of 3 illegal pitches nullifying a fly out, a K, and changing a strike to a ball.  Wrigley fans toss garbage on field. Durocher, Hundley, and Al Spangler get tossed as well. NL prexy Giles after a special hearing, says umps should have better evidence before calling pitches illegal.

9th  California pitchers plunk Baltimore batters 3 times in the 7th inning at Memorial Stadium, tying the AL record for hit batsmen in one inning. Baltimore wins, 3–0.

      In Detroit, Joe Foy hits an 8th inning grand slam as the Red Sox come from behind to top the front-running Tigers, 5-3.

10th  On Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, the Twins stop the Yankees, 3–2. New York’s only scores are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt.  It is the Mick’s 46th 2-homer game.

      Houston cores 5 in the 1st and 5 in the 8th as they blast the Pirates, 16-3, in the first game of a twinbill. Norm Miller hits a grand slam, off Elroy Face, for Houston in the 8th. The Bucs rebound in game 2 with a 7-4 victory as Ron Kline (10-1) wins in relief.

11th  Satchel Paige, 62 years or so old, and needing 158 days on a ML payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by the Braves. He will not pitch a regular-season game for Atlanta and will become a coach on September 30th and stay for another year.

      Gates Brown wins the opener for the Tigers by poling a pinch homer—one of two pinch homers the Tigers hit—in the 14th to beat the Red Sox, 5–4.  In the nightcap, he singles home the winning run as the Tigers score 4 in the 9th to win, 6–5.

13thPitching 7 2/3 innings, Tom Hall gains his first ML win as the Twins beat the Senators, 8–4. Washington’s Jim Hannan (7-3) takes the loss and doesn’t help himself at bat, striking out for the 13th straight time since July 24.

14th  Montreal officially becomes a member of the NL.

      Don Lock’s 3rd-inning grand slam, off Denny Lemaster provides all the scoring for the Phillies in a 4-3 win over the Astros. Christ Short wins his 12th.

15th  At Oakland, the Yanks edge the A’s, 4–3.  Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tom Tresh, a walk, then serves up a three-run homer to Mantle for the difference.

      The first-place Cardinals score 8 runs in the 1st two innings against the Cubs, and you could’ve gone home there, as the final is 8-0. Nelson Briles shuts out Chicago for his 16th.  The Cards hit 3 doubles in the 1st for 4 runs off Ken Holtzman, and Mike Shannon belts a grand slam in the 2nd, off Bill Stoneman.

16th  Detroit’s Denny McLain is 16-0 on the road after blanking the Red Sox 4–0 in Boston. Tigers C Bill Freehan is hit by a pitch on 3 consecutive at bats, painfully tying a ML record.  He will be hit a record tying 24 times this season.

      Philadelphia’s Richie Allen ties an NL record by drawing 5 bases on balls in one game, but the Dodgers win 7–5.

18th  In the opener of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, umpire Chris Pelekoudas calls 3 illegal pitches on Cubs P Phil Regan, twice allowing a retired batter to hit again. Pete Rose singles after a called 3rd strike. Pelekoudas can’t find any evidence on Regan and bases his calls on “the flight of the ball.”  The Cubs, who lose both games, 2–1 and 6–3, protest the ump’s calls.  The next day Warren Giles meets with Cubs’ officials and orders Pelekoudas to apologize to the church-going Regan, whom he calls a “fine Christian gentleman.”  However, at the ML winter meetings, the Rules Committee will further amend the spitball rule to allow an ump to call an illegal pitch based on the flight of the ball.

      Pitching for Hawaii (PCL) Bo Belinsky twirls a no-hitter, defeating Tacoma, 1–0.  Bo will fail next year in a comeback attempt with the Cardinals.

19th Bob Gibson pitches the Cardinals to a 2–0 win over the Phillies. Gibson strikes out 11 batters including Dick Allen 4 times, the 7th time this season the Phils’ slugger has K’ed 4 times. He will strike out a career-high 161 times this season. For Gibson, it is his club record 10th shutout of the year and his 15th straight win. His ERA is an even 1.00.

      For the 2nd time this year, the Mets lose a marathon 1–0 game, this time losing to the Giants, 1–0, in 17 innings. Ron Hunt’s single, off Taylor, drives in Lanier with the lone run. Koosman and Bolin go 12 and 11 innings as starters, with the win going to Linzy. The Mets lost 1–0 in 24 innings on April 15.

20th The Tigers split a doubleheader with the White Sox, winning game one, 7-0, on John Hillers one-hitter. Ron Hansen’s leadoff single in the 5th is the lone safety. In game 2, the Sox club Denny McLain (25-4) for 9 runs (2 earned) in 5+ innings to win, 10-2. Pete Ward clubs a grand slam in the 6th against the Tiger ace.  Jerry McNertney adds 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

21st  Monte Irvin is named special assistant to Commissioner William Eckert.

22nd  Jim Merritt loses his shut out in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle parks a pinch homer in Minneapolis, his #534 homer. The Twins win, 3–1. Mick’s homer ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd place on the all-time list.

23rd  Stan Bahnsen outpitches Earl Wilson to give the host Yankees a  2–1 win over Detroit. The two teams then battle for 19 innings, before the 2nd game is suspended by curfew with the score 3–3. The game will be finished tomorrow. In the long tie, Lindy McDaniel retires 21 straight Tiger batters, six on strikeouts.  In his last three relief appearances, he has retired 30 batters in a row.

24th  New York’s Mel Stottlemyre tops the Tigers ace Denny McLain, 2–1.

25th  The Tigers, ahead 5–0, fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Kaline and Horton and tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other appearance, in 1958, he also faced Kaline, and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last this century. Robinson and Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the AL record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over 4 appearances.  New York sweeps, winning 6–5 and then topping Lolich, 5–4. The four losses in New York leaves the Tigers just 5 games ahead of the Orioles.

      After 5 hours: 27 minutes, the Orioles defeat the Red Sox, 3–2, in 18 innings when Brooks Robinson drives in Boog Powell. Roger Nelson pitches the last 7 innings for the win over Stephenson.

26th  There is a record tying mark of 7 shutouts thrown today in the 16 games played. It’s the 5th times it’s happened, and the mark will be topped in 1972.

      Playing the last of 9 games in Milwaukee, the White Sox draw a crowd (42,808) but lose to Earl Wilson and the first-place Tigers, 3–0. Wilson is hit by a pitch in the 2nd with the bases loaded to bring home the first run.

      In their first of two straight doubleheaders, starter Dave McNally makes it easy in the opener by belting a first-inning grand slam, off the A’s Chuck Dobson. The O’s score 7 runs in the inning and beat the A’s. 8–2.  The A’s come back in the nightcap, winning 2–0 behind Catfish Hunter and Segui.

      The Phils take a 5–0 lead over the Reds in the 3rd on Dick Allen’s grand slam, only to lose, 6–5. Jim Beauchamp hits a run-scoring single in the 7th for the winner.

      At Candlestick Park, Gaylord Perry allows one baserunner—Glenn Beckert who singles in the 7th—as the Giants down the Cubs, 3-0. Willie Mays has three hits, including a homer, and scores twice.

      At D.C. Stadium, Tim Cullen’s RBI-single in the 13th inning gives the Senators a 1-0 win over the Twins. Jim Perry pitches 9 scoreless innings for Minnesota and Frank Bertaina goes 11 for the Nats. Each allows just two hits.

27th  Sweeping a doubleheader from Oakland 5–3 and 7–2 at Memorial Stadium, the Orioles stay 4 games in back of first-place Detroit.

29th  Reggie Smith has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Joe Foy hits a pair of homers as the Red Sox pound the host Athletics, 11-2.

30th In the showdown in Detroit, 53,575 fans cheer as P Earl Wilson pitches a 4-hit 9–1 victory over 2nd place Baltimore. Wilson adds 4 RBIs on 2 hits, including his 5th HR of the year.

      At Wrigley, Ron Santo belts 2 homers, both off starter Larry Dierker, and drives in all 5 runs as the Cubs beat the Astros, 5-3. Fergie Jenkins wins his 16th.

      At Shea, Nelson Briles gives up 7 runs—one earned—as the Cardinals fall to the Mets, 8-2.  Art Shamsky hits a grand slam in support of Tom Seaver.

31st  Steve Blass gets the first out against the Braves, and then moves to LF as Roy Face relieves. Face retires Felix Millan and ties Walter Johnson’s ML record of 802 pitching appearances with one club. Blass comes back to pitch and the Pirates go on to win 8–0. Blass will not get credit for the shutout but will still lead the NL in shutouts with 7. Late in the game, the Pirates announce the sale of Elroy Face to the Detroit Tigers. It is a tough month for Mets P Jim McAndrew, as he takes his NL-tying 5th shutout loss. Steve Carlton wins for the Cards 2–0.  McAndrew gave up just 6 runs in the 4 losses, losing 2–0 to Bob Gibson on July 21, and to the Dodgers and Mike Kekich, 2–0 on August 4. On August 10th and 17th, he narrowed the margin to 1–0 losses, to the Giants and Houston respectively. The 4 losses are McAndrew’s first ML decisions.

      Baltimore’s Dave McNally wins his 10th straight, topping the first-place Tigers, 5–1. Paul Blair homers and triples in the win. The Tigers lead the AL by 6 games.

      Joe Foy hits his second grand slam of the month, connecting off Frank Bertainia in the 5th, as the Red Sox clip the visiting Senators, 6-4.

 

SEPTEMBER

1st Denny McLain notches his 27th win of the season beating the Orioles 7–3. McLain helps the Tiger cause by starting a 3rd inning triple play.

2nd With Julian Javier hitting a homer in the 10th, the Cardinals defeat the Reds, 1–0. Bob Gibson picks up his 12th shutout and 20th win. Gary Nolan pitches the first 9 innings for the Reds, with Abernathy taking the loss in relief.

      In the last PCL game played in Seattle, Jim Bouton of the Seattle Angels (a combined PCL team of the Pilots and California Angels) tops Spokane, 4–1.

4th  The Dodgers Don Sutton allows just 3 hits and strikes out 12 to beat the Phils, 3–0.

      The Cardinals complete a stretch of 50 straight (one record book says 56) days of baseball with an 8-3 loss to the Reds. This equals the 1926 Reds as the second longest instance of originally scheduled consecutive days of play since 1901. The longest skein is 60 days in a row played by the 1930 Tigers.

5th  Gene Mauch is named manager of the new Montreal NL club, which is officially named the Expos.

6th  Denny McLain notches win number 28, beating the Twins, 8–3. The first-place Tigers score 4 runs off Jim Kaat before the first out is recorded. Minnesota rookie Graig Nettles hits his first homer, off Denny.

7th  Jim Nash and the Oakland A’s beat the Indians, 2-0.  Sam McDowell takes the loss but not before he strikes out 7 in 7 innings.  In Sudden Sam’s 53 innings against the A’s this year he has struck out 70 batters, a ML record against one team surpassing the 66 by Feller and Bunning (as noted by Pete Palmer).

9th  The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 2nd inning—4 on a grand slam by Bill Sudakis—to down the first place Cardinals, 10-1. St. Louis leads by 11.5 games.

      Joe Gordon is hired to manage the Royals.

10th  Billy Williams hits 3 HRs in a game for the first time in his career. It’s all the Cubs’ scoring, as they beat the Mets 3–1 behind Bill Hands. Added to two HRs on September 8th, Williams has a ML-record-tying 5 over two straight games.

      Don Wilson, who struck out 18 Reds on July 14, fans 16 Reds today while pitching the Astros to a 3–2 win in game 1. The Reds win the nightcap, 4–3.

11th  New York’s Jim McAndrew finally wins one, beating the Cubs, 1–0, on 2 hits. It is Fergie Jenkins’ (17-14) fifth 1–0 loss of the season, which ties a ML record. Despite the loss, Jenkins will win 20 for the 2nd straight year, using a club record-tying 40 starts to do it. Alexander, in 1920, had 40 starts.

13th  In Washington, the Yankees sweep two from the last-place Senators, winning 4-2 and 2-1. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 20th in the opener, besting Joe Coleman. Mantle and Frank Fernandez each drive in 2 runs.  Center fielder Del Unser has a triple and single and throws out Tresh at 2B in the 1st to complete his 10th double play of the year, tops in the AL. Stan Bahnsen wins his 16th in game 2, topping Jim Hannan.

14th  Denny McLain becomes the first 30-game winner since Dizzy Dean in 1934, as the Tigers beat the A’s 5–4.  Reggie Jackson’s homer in the 4th puts the A’ s ahead 2–0 but Norm Cash answers with a 3-run shot. Reggie hits another in the 6th, but the Tigers push across two in the 9th to win. Kaline, pinch hitting for McLain, walks and scores the tying run. Denny (30–5) gives up 6 hits and strikes out 10.

      Pittsburgh’s Bob Veale shuts out the Mets, 6–0, on 8 hits and is backed by two home runs from Roberto Clemente.

15th  The Cardinals clinch the NL pennant with a 7–4 win at Houston. Roger Maris hits his 275th, and last, regular-season HR, off Don Wilson in the 3rd, and Curt Flood racks up 5 hits.

16th  AL President Joe Cronin fires umpires Al Salerno, an 8-year veteran, and Bill Valentine, with 7 years. They say they have been fired for activities related to starting an umpires union.

      At Fenway, Don Buford belts a grand slam and Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell add homers as the Orioles are victorious over the Red Sox, 8-1. The O’s remain a distant 10.5 games in back of the Tigers.

17th  Gaylord Perry hurls a no-hitter at Candlestick, as the Giants edge the Cards and Bob Gibson, 1–0. Ron Hunt’s solo HR backs Perry, who evens his record at 14-14.

      Yankee SS Gene Michael polls a hidden ball trick on Tom Matchick in the 7th, but Detroit clinches the AL pennant with a 2–1 win. Detroit is ahead 1–0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger GM Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles, clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard, fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th and the fans tear down the left field screen.

18th  Sixteen hours after Perry’s feat, Ray Washburn of the Cards makes ML history by hurling a 2nd consecutive no-hitter in one park. Run-scoring hits by Mike Shannon and Curt Flood at Candlestick down the Giants, 2–0.

19th  Denny McLain’s 31st win is overshadowed by Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer in the 8th inning. McLain calls C Jim Price out and tells him to inform Mantle he’s throwing the slugger nothing but weak fastballs. The homer gives Mantle undisputed hold of 3rd place on the all-time HR list replacing Jimmie Foxx. It is his 42nd in Detroit, his favorite visitors’ park. Mantle tips his cap to Denny as he rounds 3B and McLain claps in tribute to Mantle. Pepitone, the next batter, signals where he would like the ball, and McLain dusts him. The Tigers win the game, 6–2, the 12th straight complete game for the Tigers staff. After the game, McLain protests to reporters, “You don’t think I’d deliberately throw him a home-run ball, do you? There’d be a scandal and an immediate investigation of baseball.” Despite some criticism that McLain demeaned the sport with his move, he has a defender in columnist Red Smith who writes a few days later. “It is simply not possible to pitch a home run on purpose. Lob a cantaloupe and tell the batter it is coming and it is a playable 5 to 1 he will pop it up or miss altogether.” Harry Markson, director of boxing at Madison Square Garden, is quoted by Smith: “When a guy has bought 534 drinks in the same saloon, he’s entitled to one on the house.” McLain, in his later autobiography, will relate the story but misremember that it was Freehan behind the plate.

      Bobby Bonds hits a pair of homers and scores 4 times, and Jim Ray Hart adds a grand slam as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 11-5. Nelson Briles loses his 11th, while Rich Robertson wins his second.

20th  At Yankee Stadium, Boston’s Jim Lonborg tosses just his 3rd complete game of the year to beat New York, 4–3. Yastrzemski has three hits, including a homer, to raise his average to .306. Mantle hits homer number 536, the last of his career, for New York.

21st  At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox pitcher Ray Culp fires his 3rd successive shutout, stopping the Yankees on one hit, 2–0. Roy White’s single in the 7th is the only hit. It’s Culp’s 15th win of the year.

      Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis pitches a complete game win over the Cubs, winning 5–1. Phil Niekro allows 4 runs to take the loss. Cubs reliever Jophrey Brown goes 2 innings, allowing the other run, in his only ML appearance. His next appearance will be in the opening scene of the movie Jurrasic Parkwhen he is eaten by a raptor. As noted by Scott Flatow, Brown tossed 2 no-hitters in the minors, losing them both.

22nd  Cesar Tovar becomes the 2nd player to play every position in a game as Minnesota’s all-purpose star leads the Twins to a 2–1 win over the Oakland A’s. Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A’s was the first to pull off this stunt in 1965. Tovar starts the game on the mound and the first batter he faces is Campaneris. Tovar strikes out Reggie Jackson in his one inning.

      Behind the pitching of Don Sutton (10-15) the Dodgers score 2 earned runs in beating Bob Gibson (21-9) and the Cardinals, 3–2. Their last run, in the 8th, scores on an error by RF Hague.  It is Gibson’s 9th loss of the year, despite compiling a 2.14 ERA in the nine losses. He has not been knocked out of the box all year.

24th  Manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack during New York’s game with the Braves. He is hospitalized, and Rube Walker takes the helm for the rest of the season. The Aaron brothers, Tommie and Hank, pull off a double steal for the Braves, with Hank scoring. The pair combine for 5 hits in a 7–3 win over the Mets.

      Steve Blass records his 3rd shutout in a row, defeating the Reds, 2–0, and beating Gary Nolan.  For Nolan, it is his first defeat after 7 straight wins, while Blass wins his 9th straight for the Pirates.

      The Giants beat the Astros, 5–4 with Willie Mays driving in 3 runs. Mays hits a solo homer in the 1st and drives in the tying and winning runs in the 8th with a perfect bunt. With runners on 2B and 3B, Mays bunts and Doug Rader attempts a barehanded pickup but misses the ball.

25th  In Mantle’s last appearance at Yankee Stadium, he slices a two-out first inning single off Cleveland’s Luis Tiant, the only hit for the Yankees. Tiant tosses his 9th shutout of the year, tops in the AL, to win, 3–0. El Tiante’s ERA drops to 1.60; the previous low for an Indian pitcher was Stan Coveleski’s 1.87 in 1917.

      The Red Sox beat Washington, 1–0, as Sox P Ray Culp throws his 4th straight shut out, a total of 39 scoreless innings.

      Ron Santo belts a no-out walkoff grand slam in the 9th inning off starter Bill Singer as the Cubs come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 4-1.  Phil “Vulture” Regan wins his 11th with an inning of relief.

27th  A 1–0 win and 11 strikeouts against the Astros enables the Cardinal Bob Gibson to lower his ERA to 1.12, a new NL season mark. His phenomenal campaign includes 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts, and 13 shutouts.

      For the 2nd time in two years, the Cards sign free-agent P Barney Schultz to enable him to qualify for pension time.  Schultz was released last October 8.

      Facing Lee Stange at Fenway Park, Mantle flies out in his final plate appearance, before being replaced by Andy Kosko. Kosko’s homer ties the score in the 8th and Pepitone’s HR in the 9th gives New York a 4–3 win.

      At Detroit, Frank Howard snaps a 1–1 tie with his 44th homer, and the Senators beat the Tigers, 3–1. Howard’s run is his 89th, and he’ll finish the year with that, compiling the most homers in history without scoring 90 runs.

28th  Seeking his 32nd win, Denny McLain pitches 7 scoreless innings against Washington and leaves with a 1–0 lead.  But the Senators score 2 in the 9th off McMahon to win, 2–1.

29th  On the season’s last day, The Senators defeat the Series-bound Tigers, 3–2, behind Barry Moore. But the Tigers win the season series against all nine league opponents, the first team to accomplish that since the 1955 Dodgers.

      In a 3–0 loss to the Giants, the Reds Pete Rose goes 1-for-3 to take his first NL batting title with a .335 average. Rose was 5-for-5 yesterday against Gaylord Perry.  Matty Alou goes 0-for-4 to finish at .332. Jim Maloney fires the shutout, beating Ray Sadecki, who allows 2 runs in 7 innings. It is the eighth loss for Sadecki this year in games in which the Giants are shut out; in five other games the Giants scored one run.

      Carl Yastrzemski is 0-for-5 but maintains a .3005 BA, to win his 2nd straight batting crown with the lowest championship average ever. Yaz is the AL’s only .300 hitter: Oakland’s Danny Cater is 2nd with .290. The Red Sox lose to the Yankees, 4–3. Ray Culp’s string of 39 scoreless innings is snapped by the Yankees with a score in the 1st.

      White Sox relief P Wilbur Wood ends his season with a 7–6 win at California and a ML record 88 appearances.

      Phils OF Dick Allen ends the year with a bang, hitting 3 homers, including a grand slam, to drive in 7 runs at New York.  Philadelphia wins, 10–3.

      Bob Kennedy is fired as Oakland manager.

30th  AL and NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires. They will strike in the spring of 1969 unless Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are reinstated by the AL.

Cal Ermer is dismissed as manager of the Twins.

OCTOBER

2nd  or the first time in history, two soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other. St. Louis Bob Gibson is nearly untouchable with a WS-record 17 strikeouts and a 4–0 win over Denny McLain. Detroit manager Mayo Smith moves Gold Glove CF Mickey Stanley to SS, improving his offense by opening a spot for Al Kaline.

3rd  Detroit’s Mickey Lolich evens the Series with a 6-hitter and his first ML HR to defeat St. Louis, 8–1.

5th  Tim McCarver’s 3-run HR off loser Earl Wilson and Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run shot off Don McMahon power St. Louis to a 7–3 win and 2–1 WS lead.

6th  In Game 4 St. Louis dumps Detroit 10–1. Bob Gibson, fanning 10, earns his 7th straight Series victory. Denny McLain gives up 4 runs, and is relieved in the 3rd after a rain delay. Lou Brock shines with a double, triple, HR, 4 RBI, and a steal that gives him 7 in 4 games.

7th  Mickey Lolich saves Detroit, 5–3, with an unlikely assist from Lou Brock. On 2B in the 5th, Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier’s single and is gunned down by Willie Horton’s one-hop throw. Al Kaline’s bases-loaded single off Joe Hoerner in the 7th scores 2 for the winning margin. Jose Feliciano’s modern rendition of the National Anthem before the game stirs controversy.

9th  Denny McLain returns to form, scattering 9 singles, as Detroit evens the WS with a 10-run 3rd inning and 13–1 win at St. Louis.

10th  Mickey Lolich bests Bob Gibson and brings Detroit its first WS championship since 1945. The hefty lefty hurls a 5-hitter, giving Detroit a 4–1 win.

11th  Joe Schultz is named manager of the Seattle Pilots.

      Clyde King is named Herman Franks’ replacement as manager of the Giants.

      Billy Martin is named manager of the Twins.

      The Cards trade OF Bobby Tolan and P Wayne Granger to the Reds for OF Vada Pinson.

14th  In the NL expansion draft, the Expos choose 30 players, including Maury Wills, Jim Grant, Donn Clendenon, and Manny Mota. San Diego’s 30 selections include Dave Giusti, Nate Colbert, Zoilo Versalles, Al McBean, and Clarence Gaston.

15th  Roger Nelson is the initial choice of the Royals in the AL expansion draft. Don Mincher is the Pilots’ first choice. Other Seattle selections include Tommy Harper, Tommy Davis, Gary Bell, and Lou Piniella. Kansas City chooses Wally Bunker, Moe Drabowsky, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Joe Foy.

21st  The Expos purchase 3B Bob Bailey from the Dodgers.

      Elston Howard, after 2 seasons with the Red Sox, announces his retirement.

28th  Bob Gibson wins his first Cy Young Award, receiving all 20 votes.

NOVEMBER

1st  Denny McLain is the unanimous AL winner of the Cy Young Award.

3rd  Cardinal broadcaster Harry Caray is struck by a car while crossing a street in St. Louis, and he suffers two broken legs, a broken shoulder, and a broken nose.

5th  Denny McLain is the unanimous choice as AL MVP.

13th  Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win the NL MVP award.  Fittingly in the year of the pitcher, it is the only year in which both MVPs are hurlers.

19th  Yankees P Stan Bahnsen, who was 17-12, is named AL Rookie of the Year.

21st  Cincinnati trades SS Leo Cardenas to the Twins for P Jim Merritt.

22nd  Cincinnati C Johnny Bench is named NL Rookie of the Year, getting 1012votes to edge out New York’s Jerry Koosman who had 912. One voter splits his vote giving a half vote to each. Bench is the 3rd Reds’ player in 6 years to be named the top rookie.

DECEMBER

3rd  Robert E. Short, Democratic National Committee treasurer, buys the Senators for $10 million. Jim Lemon will retain 15–20 percent.

      The Baseball Rules Committee moves to increase offense with new measures to lower the pitching mound, shrink the strike zone, and enforce rules against illegal pitches.

4thThe Dodgers trade P Mike Kekich (2–10) to the Yankees for OF Andy Kosco.

      The Astros trade 3B Bob Aspromonte, who lost his job to Doug Rader, to the Braves for infielder Orlando Martinez.  Aspro was the last original Colt 45 on Houston’s roster, and when he retires, he will be the last original Brooklyn Dodger.

      Houston also swaps P Mike Cuellar, and infielders Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for outfielders Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar, 811 this past season, will average 20 wins a year for 5 years in Baltimore. Except for the Frank Robinson trade, this ranks as the best for the O’s.

6th  William Eckert resigns as commissioner.

12th  The Kansas City Royals complete their first trade, sending P Hoyt Wilhelm to the Angels for 2 outfielder/catchers, Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke.

15thThe Dodgers send C Jim Campanis, son of Dodger executive Al, to the Royals for 2 minor leaguers.

17th  The owners announce they will increase contributions to the players’ pension fund by $1 million to $5.1 million per year. Players vote down the proposal 491–7.

 

 

1969

JANUARY

4th  Attorney Jack Reynolds, administrator of the new umpires union, says an economic agreement has been worked out between the AL and umpires that will avert a strike in 1969.

6th  Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine file a grievance against the AL and its president, Joe Cronin. The grievance is filed by the new umpires union with the National Labor Relations Board.

11th  The Cubs obtain veteran reliever Ted Abernathy from the Reds for 3 minor leaguers, C Bill Plummer, OF Clarence Jones, and P Ken Myette.

21st  Stan Musial and Roy Campanella are voted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA members.

22nd  The Expos trade 1B Donn Clendenon and OF Jesus Alou to Houston for OF/1B Rusty Staub. Clendenon, however, refuses to report to Houston and announces that he is retiring instead. A few days later, Clendenon will decide that he would be willing to go to one of several other teams, a move that outrages the Astros.  It will be April before the issues are resolved. Montreal will keep Clendenon and complete the deal by sending pitchers Jack Billingham and Skip Guinn, and cash to compensate the Astros. Montreal will finally peddle Clendenon on the trade deadline.

29th  Washington manager Jim Lemon is fired.

31stThe National Association approves the use of the Designated Hitter for the International, Eastern, Texas and New York-Pennsylvania Leagues. The rules vary slightly for each league. The Texas League will be the fir67777st to use the DH, in April.

      The 2 major leagues agree to try an experimental rule change in spring training using a designated pinch hitter, but they don’t agree on the implementation (as noted by John Lewis) The American League tells the teams to use the designated PH when they are the home team; the National League gives the home manager the choice of which rules to use, but the visiting manager has to agree. The NL had three rules: Rule A allows for a pinch-hitter to bat for the pitcher twice in a game with the pitcher remaining in the game. The pitcher could be used to bat for himself at anytime. An example is a PH batting for the pitcher the first time and fourth time; the pitcher could bat the second at bat; another PH could bat the third time. A pinch-hitter could play defensively, if he took the field the next half-inning after batting. The pitcher would bat in the replaced player’s spot. Rule B is the DH rule that will eventually be the standard in the AL, except the player could not go in defensively later. Rule C allows for a pinch-runner only twice in a game for the pitcher or PH in rule A or DPH in rule B. The PR can enter defensively at any time, even though he appeared twice as a runner. The Mets, Giants, and Cardinals say that they will not use the rules, and the Astros and Reds follow suit.

FEBRUARY

2nd  Pitchers Stan Coveleski and Waite Hoyt are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

3rd  To show strength in their bid for a better pension plan, 125 players meet in New York City.

4th  Attorney Bowie Kuhn is a compromise choice for commissioner of baseball and is elected on a pro-tem basis.

21st  Ted Williams returns to baseball full-time, signing a 5-year contract to manage the Senators.

22nd  With a 45-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff, Sammy Ellis defeats Ken Harrelson to win the Professional Baseball Players Golf Championship. It is the second win for Ellis. Both had carded 306 for 72 holes on the Miami Springs Municipal golf course. George Culver finishes third with a 308, followed by Jim Hardin at 314 and Alvin Dark at 315.  Only 26 active players entered the tournament and crowds were down to 600 from previous years’ totals of several thousand, causing the City of Miami to reassess continuing the tournament.

25th  A pension plan for baseball is agreed on, with players to get $5.45 million per year. They also get a reduction in the years necessary to qualify for a pension from 5 to 4, retroactive to 1959; a percentage of television revenues; lowered minimum age for drawing a pension from 50 to 45; and other benefits.

28th  First baseman Donn Clendenon announces his retirement. It won’t last long.

MARCH

1st  The Yankees’ Mickey Mantle retires.

6th  Two spring training games today use experimental rules. DPHers Ty Cline (Expos) and George Spriggs (Royals) both bat ninth and go 0 for 4 in Fort Myers. John Orsino (Yankees) bats 6th (1 for 4) and Jim French (Senators) bats 9th (0 for 3) in Pompano Beach. Orsino has the first hit as a DPH. Five of the nine games on March 7 use the DPH. The Angels’ Dick Stuart reaches base 4 times against the Padres and the box score has 3 different pinch-runners for him(none scored). Boog Powell is the Orioles’ DPH(hit 9th) and doubles in the 5th. The PR, Stanley Martin, scores, and Powell singles in the winning run in the 7th to beat the Twins, 2-1. The DPH idea will be dropped on March 26.

8th  NL President Giles and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn say the Rusty Staub deal stands, that Clendenon belongs to the Expos, and that Montreal and Houston will have to come to agreement on further compensation.

13thIn addition to this year’s lower mound and tightened strike zone, the majors try an experiment ball with 10% more resiliency for a spring training game between the Mets and Tigers in Lakeland.  It has an all-rubber center instead of a cork and rubber core, and the seams are higher than the regular ball. The Mets’ Don Cardwell surrenders 3 homers in the 4th to Dick McAuliffe, Norm Cash, and Gates Brown in the Tigers’ 7-4 win. Tomorrow, in Phoenix, the same ball is used in the Giants 13–1 win over the Angels, with Bobby Bonds hitting the only two homers (off George Brunet). The players agree the ball is definitely livelier and sounded louder coming off the bat.

16th A plane crash in Maracaibo kills 155 passengers including Carlos Santeliz, the Venezuelan League Rookie of the Year, on his way to the Braves spring training camp. Another fatality is Nestor Chavez, en route to the Giants camp. Chavez (1–0) was 12–5 with Waterbury in 1967, including 7 shutouts. Pablo Torrealba was also scheduled to take the flight, but missed it, and took a later one.

17th  St. Louis trades 1B Orlando Cepeda to Atlanta for C/1B Joe Torre. Torre will knock in 100 RBIs in each of the next 3 seasons topping it off with the MVP Award in 1971.

26th  An indemnity of $540,000 is paid to the Pacific Coast League for the ML invasion of San Diego and Seattle.

28thThe Cubs purchase Charley Smith from the Giants, which had acquired the well-traveled third sacker last December 6. Smith will reinjure his knee and retire after a few at bats.

APRIL

1st  The Seattle Pilots trade minor league OF Lou Piniella to the Royals for OF Steve Whitaker and P John Gelnar.

3rd  Donn Clendenon ends his retirement and joins the Expos, signing for $50,000 per year.

      The Phils send 1B Bill White back to the Cards for infielders Jim Hutto and Jerry Buchek.

7th  Bill Singer of the Dodgers is credited with the first official save, as Los Angeles defeats Cincinnati 3–2, scoring once in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd off Gary Nolan. All the Cincy scoring came in the opening inning when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan hit Don Drysdale’s first two pitches for home runs.  They’ll hit leadoff homers again in August.

      The Expos get SS Bobby Wine from the Phils as a replacement for P Larry Jackson, who retired instead of going to Montreal in the expansion draft. Wine will play regularly for 3 years.

      At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans, including President Richard Nixon, look on as Ted Williams makes his managerial debut for the Senators. The Yanks spoil it, winning 8–4, pinning the loss on Camilo Pascual, and routing him in the third inning with back-to-back homers by Jerry Kinney and Bobby Murcer. Playing for the old Senators, Pascual lost the ’56 opener to New York, and the ’57 opener to the Orioles. He won the 1960 Opener against the Red Sox and, for the new Washington Senators, lost last year’s Opener to the Twins. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd straight opening complete game, despite giving up 14 hits.  Stottlemyre will notch 5 wins this month, just the 2nd pitcher (Bob Lemon, 1955) in history to record 5 wins in April.  Vida Blue, in 1972, will be the first to win 6.

8th  Expansion teams Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Pilots make things look easy by winning their first regular-season games. The Expos win by scoring 11 runs against the Mets to win 11–10. Pitcher Dan McGinn cracks the Expos first (and only) homer, off Tom Seaver, to help keep the Mets winless for Openers. The host Royals edge the Twins in 12 innings, 4–3.  Seattle wins, 4–3, at Anaheim. Hegan hits the first Pilots’ HR, a 1st inning solo shot off McGlothlin.

      In the Padres opening night 2–1 victory over Houston, the leadoff batter at Jack Murphy Stadium is Astro outfielder Jesus Alou. Brother Matty, with the Pirates, was the first batter up at the opening of Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium on April 12, 1966, and Brother Felipe, playing for Atlanta, was the first batter up when Busch Stadium opened in St. Louis a month later.

      In Atlanta, Phil Niekro strikes out 7 as Atlanta drops the Giants, 10-2. Felix Millan belts a 6th inning grand slam, off Gaylord Perry.

      In a move to resolve the aborted Staub–Clendenon trade, Montreal keeps Clendenon and completes the deal by sending pitchers Jack Billingham and Skip Guinn, and an estimated $100,000 to compensate the Astros. Montreal will finally peddle Clendenon on the trade deadline date.

      After a long recovery following an August, 1967 beaning, Tony Conigliaro starts his first game for Boston. His dramatic 2-run 10th-inning HR gives the Red Sox a brief lead, and his 12th-inning run wins it, 5–4 over the O’s at Baltimore.

      St. Louis drops their home opener to the Pirates, 6–2, in 14 innings when reliever Mel Nelson gives up 5 straight hits and 4 runs. Bob Gibson goes 9 innings and strikes out 10.

      In the Opener at Wrigley Field, the Cubs trail the Phillies 6–5 with one on in the 11th when Willie Smith hits a pinch homer into the RF bleachers to give Chicago the 7–6 win. The Cubs will not drop out of first place for 155 days. Ernie Banks has a pair of homers for Chicago and is matched by Don Money’s pair.

9th  Billy Williams ties the ML record for doubles in a game with 4 straight in Chicago’s 11–3 win against the Phillies.

      The Royals, who debuted with a 4–3 win over the Twins in 12 innings, travel further to win by the same score in 17 frames. The Twins final run comes with the score tied 2–2 in the 5th inning, when with Roger Nelson pitching, Rod Carew steals home for the first time in his career. Billy Martin and Carew had worked on the play in spring training, where Carew had twice swiped home. Carew will be 6–6 on attempts before being caught at home.

      Johnny Podres, out of baseball in 1968, makes a brilliant start for San Diego, allowing 2 hits in 7 innings in a 2–0 win over Houston. Sisk finishes the shutout as Larry Dierker takes the loss.

10th  Bill Freehan smashes two homers—one with the sacks full—to lead the Tigers to a 12–3 win over the Indians.  Mickey Lolich beats Sam McDowell.

      At Shea Stadium, Gary Gentry comes within one out of throwing a complete game in his ML debut, but he picks up the victory as the Mets beat the Expos, 4-2. Tommie Agee hits a pair of solo homers off Larry Jaster; the first one is the longest homer ever hit at Shea (according to Phil Lowry’s GreenCathedrals).

      Frank Howard bangs a pair of homers, giving him 4 in 3 games, in the Senators 9–6 win over the Yankees. Fritz Peterson gives 10 hits and 6 runs in taking the loss.  For the Yanks, Frank Fernandez hits a pair of homers, one a grand slam.

11th  Before 14,993, Seattle successfully inaugurates ML baseball at Sicks Stadium, as Gary Bell defeats Chicago 7–0. The Pilots attract 17,850 today and will draw just 678,000 for the season. Scoop Jackson throws out the first ball and will do the same in the Mariners opener, in 1977.

      Paul Flesner is baseball’s first DH, going to bat in a Texas League game between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Amarillo. He is 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs as the visiting Amarillo Sonics win 8–5 in 11 innings.

12th  With the temperature at 39 degrees at Cleveland, the Red Sox chill the Indians, 5–3.  Allowing one hit in 4 innings of relief, Landis wins his 3rd of the season.

      At Detroit, the Yanks Mel Stottlemyre allows just one hit—a 4th inning double by Bill Northrup—in beating Denny McLain and the Tigers, 4–0. For the 3rd time in 2 years, Northrup saves the Tigers from being the victims of a no hitter.

      The Royals split a pair with the Athletics, taking the opener, 4–1 as Mike Fiore hits the first homer in the Royals’ history. Butler wins over Blue Moon Odom. Nash shuts out the Royals in the nightcap, 3–0, with Reggie Jackson and Dick Green supplying homers.

13thAfter two years of arm and back trouble, the O’s Jim Palmer shuts out the Senators, 2–0, on a four-hitter. It is Palmer’s first appearance for the Orioles since September 19, 1967. Frank Robinson supplies the scoring with a 2-run homer.  Tom Phoebus follows suit with a 2-hit shutout in game 2, as the O’s win, 9-0.

      Mike Fiore hits the first HR in history of KC Royals as they beat the Athletics, 4–1, in game 1 of a twinbill.  But the A’s take the nightcap, 3–0, as Butler has assistance from Moe Drabowsky in the opener, while Jim Nash fires the shutout in the nightcap.

14th  Montreal nips St. Louis 8–7, as ML baseball comes to Canada. Dan McGinn is the winner at Jarry Park. Dal Maxvill hits a grand slam for the Cards in a 7-run 4th inning. Mack Jones has a triple and HR for the Expos, and drives in 5 runs.

15th  At Cincinnati, the Reds and Giants battle for 12 innings before the Reds win, 11–10.  The game is 5–5 at the end of 8 innings, and teams score 3 in the 9th and 2 runs in the 10th. Johnny Bench’s bases-loaded single off Gaylord Perry ends it in the 12th.

      Claude Osteen allows 3 hits as the Dodgers run up a football-like score of 14-0 over the Padres.  Andy Kosco has a grand slam and 6 RBIs and Tom Haller adds a 3-run homer. Johnny Podres takes the loss for the Pods.

16th  The Orioles take first place in the AL East with an 11–8 win at Boston, in a game stopped in the last half of the 8th because of rain. Baltimore will remain in 1st place the rest of the season. Billy Conigliaro, playing in place of his brother, smashes a pair of homers for his first ML hits, but Buford, Blair and Brooks Robinson answer for the O’s.

      Fergie Jenkins outduels Steve Carlton and the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 1-0.  The benches almost clear in the 7th inning when Mike Shannon knocks over Glenn Beckert at 2B with a hard slide.  Beckert holds on to the ball for the out, but leaves the game on a stretcher.  Shannon, complaining of dizziness, leaves the game the next inning.

      Sal Bando hits the first grand slam in Oakland’s history to lead the A’s to a 6–1 victory over the Angels.

17th  Bill Stoneman’s first win as a starter is a no-hitter for Montreal at Philadelphia. Rusty Staub’s HR, 3 doubles, and 3 RBI pace a 5–0 win.

      Bobby Murcer starts the Yankee scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and Joe Pepitone finishes it with a 10th inning grand slam, off Dennis Higgins. The Yankees beat visiting Washington, 7-3.

18th  At Boston, Cleveland ace Luis Tiant ties an AL record set in 1901 (Dale Gear) by allowing 10 extra base hits as the Red Sox outslug the Indians, 10-7. Tiant (0-3), a 21-game winner last season, allows 5 doubles and 5 homers in 5 2/3 innings. Ken Harrelson has a pair of homers.

      The American Association opens the season using the DPH rule, which the major leagues dropped near the end of spring training. The DPH will als