1970 – 1979

 

  • 1970

JANUARY

1st  Chub Feeney takes over as NL president, succeeding Warren Giles, who is retiring.

14th  Johnny Murphy, the Mets general manager who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the World Championship, dies of a heart attack at age 61. Murphy was a star relief pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The Reds swap pitcher Jack Fischer to the Angels for Billy Harrelson and Dan Loomer.

15thThe Oakland Athletics trade C Phil Roof, OF Mike Hershberger and pitchers Lew Krausse and Ken Sanders to the Brewers for 1B Don Mincher and infielder Ron Clark. It is the Brewers’ first trade. For Phil Roof, it is his second tour of duty in Milwaukee; he played for the Braves in 1964, the only player besides Hank Aaron to play for both the Milwaukee Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.

16th  Curt Flood, Cardinals Gold Glove outfielder, files a civil lawsuit challenging ML baseball’s reserve clause, a suit that will have historic implications. Flood refused to report to the Phillies after he was traded by the Cardinals three months ago, contending the baseball rule violates federal antitrust laws.

17th  ML teams select a record 357 players in the January phase of the annual free-agent draft, including top pick Chris Chambliss, by Cleveland, and Chris Speier. Fred Lynn, drafted by the Yankees in the first round, will not sign.

The Sporting Newsnames Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.

In the Puerto Rican League, Fred Beene of Santurce pitches a 6-0 no-hitter over Arecibo.

20th  Lou Boudreau achieves the Hall of Fame, receiving 232 of a possible 300 votes in the BBWAA election. Ralph Kiner finishes second with 167, 58 votes short.

25th  Braves ace Phil Niekro undergoes an emergency appendectomy. Niekro won’t miss any playing time, but his record will dip from 23-13 to 12-18.

29thPitcher Mike Fuentes, 20, is shot and killed during a bar fight in Loiza Aldea, Puerto Rico.  Against the A’s on October 2, 1969, Fuentes (1–3) pitched the last inning in the history of the Seattle Pilots.

FEBRUARY

1st  The Hall of Fame Special Committee on Veterans selects former commissioner Ford Frick and former players Earle Combs and Jesse Haines for enshrinement.

2ndThe Pirates trade Bo Belinsky to the Reds for Dennis Ribant.

13th  White Sox pitcher Paul Edmondson, 27, dies in an auto accident in Santa Barbara, CA. Edmundson, who debuted with a 9–1 two-hitter over California this past season, was 1–6 for Chicago.

The NL offices begin their move from Cincinnati to San Francisco, which will be completed February 23rd.

19th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the suspension of Tigers ace Denny McLain, effective April 1st, for McLain’s alleged involvement in a bookmaking operation. The suspension will last 3 months.

27th  The FBI arrests Lawrence Bankhead in Chicago, charging him with making threatening phone calls to Cubs’ star Ernie Banks.

28th  Pete Rose becomes baseball’s first singles hitter to sign a 6-figure contract, coming to terms with Reds general manager Bob Howsam for an estimated $105,000 per year.

MARCH

11th  Experimental, lively X-5 baseballs are used in all spring training games played in Arizona and Florida. The results are inconclusive.

19th  In Arizona, the Indians lose slugger Ken Harrelson when he breaks his right ankle sliding into 2B. He will be sidelined until September.

24th  Commissioner Kuhn orders a halt to the use of X-5 balls.

APRIL

1st  The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases the Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000.  Although negotiations were conducted over a period of months, it was not until March 13 when a federal bankruptcy referee declared the Pilots bankrupt. Brewers tickets go on sale tomorrow.

6thIn the last home opener at Crosley Field, the Reds whip the Expos, 5–1, behind Jim Merritt. It is the first win for manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds have 3 homers in the 4th, when Lee May, Bernie Carbo, and Bobby Tolan connect. It is Carbo’s first ML hit. Joe Sparma takes the loss.

In the traditional opener in Washington DC, Detroit’s Mickey Lolich shuts out the Senators, 5–0. Dick Bosman is the losing pitcher.

7th  ML Baseball returns to Wisconsin as the Brewers play their first game in Milwaukee, losing to California 12–0 before a crowd of 37,237.

OF Brant Alyea has 7 RBIs—a ML record for opening day—on 2 homers and 2 singles, to back Jim Perry as the Twins win their opener, 12–0, against the White Sox. Alyea will have 21 RBI in his first 12 games; in Perry’s first 4 starts Alyea will drive in 19 runs.

At Yankee Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre makes his 4th straight Opening Day start, joining Lefty Gomez and Jack Chesbro as the only Yankee hurlers to do so. The Red Sox counter with newly acquired Gary Peters, who allowed no earned runs in 32 spring training innings. Boston jumps out to a 4–0 lead in 5 innings, but the Yanks score 3 in the 6th to chase Peters. But that’s all the scoring as Boston wins, 4–3.

At LA, Gary Nolan of the Reds defeats the Dodgers, 4–0, on a 2-hitter. Both hits are by Willie Crawford, in the 4th and 9th.

8th  The Phillies acquire minor league 1B Willie Montanez as partial compensation for their loss in the October 7, 1969, deal in which Curt Flood refused to report.

9th  Baltimore OF Don Buford hits HRs from both sides of the plate during a 13–1 win over Cleveland. He’s the first O’s player to do it.

Cincinnati’s 21-year-old Wayne Simpson makes his ML debut, shutting out the Dodgers, 3–0 on 2 singles, one each in the 6th and 7th.

10th  The Cubs are down 1–0 with 2 out in 9th to Montreal when Ron Santo singles and Johnny Callison homers for the 2–1 win. The Cubs will lose tomorrow then win 11 straight to take over 1st place. During the streak, however, they will suffer the loss of Hundley when he is rammed at home by the Cards Carl Taylor. Hundley will tear his knee and will be out month, then 2 more, until July 10, with surgery.

At the Astrodome, George Stone scatters six hits and Hank Aaron bangs a grand slam as Atlanta stops the Astros, 5-0.

11th  San Francisco beats Cincinnati, 2–1, dropping the Reds one-half game out of first place. This will be the only day all season out of first for the Reds, who will set an NL record of 178 days leading the league.

13th  Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club’s home opener, but the Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation. The Athletics win today, 2–1, over the Brewers. Reggie Jackson’s 2-run single and the 3-hit pitching of Hunter and Segui is enough to beat Marty Pattin.

14th  San Francisco outslugs the Braves, 15–11, though Steve Whitaker doesn’t help much, striking out 5 times. Dick Dietz has a homer and 4 RBIs while Ken Henderson has 4 hits and 4 runs. His 9th inning grand slam breaks an 11-11 tie.

     Tony Perez, Johnny Bench and Bobby Tolan homer in the Reds 6-1 win over the Padres. Tolan’s is a grand slam.

At Wrigley Field, Ken Holtzman pitches the Cubs to a 5–4 win over the Phillies. At the end of the game, hundreds of fans swarm the field, many of them climbing over the wall in right field. The melee prompts the Cubs management to install a restraint in RF, an 18-inch wire basket jutting out at an angle from the 11-foot high wall.

15th  At Anaheim, Andy Messersmith taxes the patience of his manage, taking a one-hit shutout into the 6th inning against the Twins.  Minnesota then unloads 6 hits, including 3 homers (Cesar Tovar, Leo Cardenas, Brant Alyea), one is Alyea’s grand slam, to score 8 runs and beat the Angels, 8-2.

16th  Reds’ ace Jim Maloney suffers a severed Achilles tendon in his left leg while running the bases against the Dodgers in the 3rd inning. 19-year-old rookie Don Gullett, who earns his first ML victory, 12–2, with 5 innings of shutout ball, replaces him. Lee May collects 4 hits, including a grand slam. Maloney, 29, will never win another game in the majors.

17th  Down 5–4 to the Giants in the bottom of the 9th, the Reds tie when Hal McRae socks a pinch homer. Tony Perez ends the game with a 3-run homer in the same inning. Bench, May, and Rose also homer for Cincy.

18th  The Mets Nolan Ryan gives up a leadoff single to Denny Doyle, then shuts out the Phillies without another hit. Ryan fans 15 in the 7–0 triumph. For the light-hitting Doyle, it is the first of three one-hitters in which he has the lone hit.

The Reds score 7 runs in the 4th but the Giants roar back to win, 16–9, at Crosley Field. Ron Hunt has a grand slam for SF and Jim Johnson is the winner in his only ML decision. Ken Henderson has no hits but scores 4 runs: the last man to score 4 runs on no hits was Gilliam, in 1960.

The Twins batter the Athletics for 18 hits in winning, 11-5.  Rod Carew is 5-for-5, Tony Oliva collects 4 hits, and Rick Renick hits the Twins’ second grand slam in 3 days.  Don Mincher accounts for all the Oakland scoring with a pair of homers, both of Luis Tiant, who collects his first win as a Twin.

Bill Voss connects for a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as California stops the visiting Royals, 7-1.

19thA first-inning double by Ken Henderson is the only hit off Wayne Simpson as the Reds beat the Giants, 6–0. This is Simpson’s 2nd shutout in 3 starts.

20th  Willie Stargell belts a tremendous home run, off Jim Bouton, over the RF roof at Forbes Field to lead the Pirates to a 3–1 win over Houston.

21st The Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 different batters (Carbo (2), Bench, Rose, Concepcion, Perez, and Tolan) while the Braves counter with 3 HRs of their own  (Carty, Cepeda, Millan) in a night game slugfest won by Cincinnati, 13–8. The 10 HRs, the 6 different batters for one team and 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set NL records.

Cleveland scores 8 runs in the 5th inning and then holds on for a 10-7 win over the Red Sox.  Ray Fosse hits a grand slam in the 5th and Graig Nettles adds a pinch homer.

22nd  Tom Seaver strikes out 19 Padres, including the last 10 in succession in winning 2–1 for the Mets. Mike Corkin takes the loss. In this century, no one has ever struck out 10 in a row, a ML record.  Counting the ten whiffs yesterday, the Pads have struck out 29 times in two games, a NL record that will be topped on June 14/15, 1998 when the Astros miss 32 times in two days. Jerry Grote adds one foul fly catch to his 19 putouts via K’s.

The Yankees and Senators battle for 18 innings before the Nats win, 2–1. The winning run scores on a walk to Ed Stroud, a single by Hank Allen, and a sac fly by Mike Epstein. The run, off Ron Klimkowski, makes a winner of Joe Grzenda.

The Cubs defeat the Cards, 7–5, ending Mike Torrez’s 11-game winning streak, going back to last year. Don Kessinger has 3 hits including an inside-the-park HR, and Billy Williams drives in 3 runs. Joe Torre homers for the Cards and Leron Lee hits his first ML homer.

23rd At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron homers and Orlando Cepeda belts a grand slam, but the Braves come up short, losing 8-6 to the Pirates.

24th  At Tiger Stadium, the Senators score 6 runs in the 2nd inning off Mickey Lolich and top the Tigers, 6-2. Rick Reichardt hits a grand slam.

The Mets Jerry Koosman and the Dodgers Alan Foster match goose eggs for 9 innings before Tug McGraw (5 IP) and Jim Brewer (4IP) follow suit.  McGraw walks 6, including 5 intentionally. The Dodgers finally push across a run in the bottom of the 15th against Ron Taylor, scoring on a single, a 6th intentional walk, and another single.  Ray Lamb is the winning pitcher with 2 IP.

25th  Tiger P Earl Wilson fans for the third out in the 7th inning against the Twins. On the third strike by Jim Kaat, Twins C Paul Ratliff traps the ball in the dirt, and must either throw to 1B or tag the batter. Instead he rolls the ball back to the mound, ignoring the fact that ump John Rice has not signaled a K. As the Twins head for their dugout, Tigers 3B coach Grover Resinger yells to Wilson to start running. The pitcher is around 3B when RF Brant Alyea running in retrieves the ball and throws to SS Leo Cardenas, who is standing by home. Wilson turns back to 3B but Cardenas and Alyea run him down for a 7-6-7 out on a 3rd strike. Ratliff gets an error and Wilson pulls a hamstring on the play. He leaves the game, trailing, 2–1, and Detroit ties it up 3–3 in the 9th. But Killebrew singles home Oliva in the bottom of the 9th for the 4-3 win. After the game, Detroit catcher Bill Freehan says “If Alyea had been hustling, Earl might have made it [home]. Tell him [Alyea] to start coming in and off the field a little quicker.” (as noted by Dave Smith).

In Pittsburgh, Willie Stargell hits a homer over the RF roof, the 2nd time he’s done it in a week, to help the Pirates edge the Braves, 8–7. Eighteen balls have been hit over the RF roof at Forbes Field, 7 by Stargell.

26th  Don Buford hits a 3-run homer to give Baltimore a 10–9 victory over Kansas City. The Orioles take over first place and will not relinquish that position for the rest of the season.

Willie McCovey and Dick Dietz each hit grand slams as the Giants beat the Expos 11–1 in the first game of a doubleheader. This is a first in Giants history. McCovey adds another homer to back McCormick’s win. The Expos take the 2nd game, 3–2.  Bobby Wine chips in by catching Willie Mays with the hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

Bob Gibson strikes out 15 and allows 5 hits as the Cards beat the visiting Reds, 4–1.

The Cubs win their 10th straight, beating the Astros, 6–3, on 3 home runs. Williams and Hickman hit solos while Ron Santo belts a grand slam, off starter Larry Dierker. Fergy Jenkins (2-2) is the winner.

27thThe Cubs score an unearned run and beat Pittsburgh, 1–0, for their 11th straight win, their longest streak since 1945. Decker, with relief help in the 9th, is the winner. The Bucs will win tomorrow to stop the streak.

28thDave Marshall hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Gaylord Perry, as the Mets score 5 runs. It holds up as they beat the Giants, 5-2.

29th  Baltimore’s Paul Blair collects 3 homers and 6 RBIs in an 18–2 rout of the White Sox. Elrod Hendricks and Boog Powell also homer, each with 2 men on to back Jim Palmer.

30th  In a 9–2 loss to the Braves, the Cubs Billy Williams becomes the first player in NL history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. Rico Carty hits a pair of homers, one a grand slam, and Hank Aaron homers for the Braves.

MAY

1stAt Cincinnati, the Reds lead the Pirates, 6–4, with 2 outs in the 9th and Willie Stargell comes to the plate. Sparky Anderson then moves pitcher Wayne Granger to LF, not wanting to remove him if Stargell reaches base, and brings in Don Gullett to face the Bucs slugger. Stargell, who accounted for all the Bucs runs with a grand slam, strikes out, and the Reds win, 6–4.

2nd  During a 7–1 loss to the Giants, the Phillies lose both of their catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, with broken hands in the 6th inning. McCarver breaks his hitting when a 2-1 foul catches him. Ryan breaks his when McCovey spikes him while being tagged out at home in the bottom of the 6th. The two will miss a combined total of 197 games with both coming back in early September. Jim Hutto is hastily brought in to pinch hit and catch. The Phillies will call up the likes of Del Bates and Mike Compton and even use bullpen coach Doc Edwards, who will bat .269 in 35 games. Gaylord Perry is the CG winner, allowing a homer to Don Money. Willie McCovey has a double and homer for SF.

Kansas City edges the Indians, 4–3 in 17 innings when Jackie Hernandez singles in Jim Rooker, who comes in as a pinchrunner and stays in as the left fielder for the only time in his career. The game lasts longer than Charlie Metro, tossed in the 12th and Lou Piniella, who gets thumbed in the 16th.

4thHouston’s Jim Bouton posts the first complete-game victory of his NL career, yielding 6 hits in beating the Cubs, 7–2. Bouton (2-2) scores 2 runs.

Rico Carty sets an Atlanta club record hitting in his 23rd straight game as the Braves beat Pittsburgh, 5–3.

5th  The Indians and White Sox turn 9 double plays today, tying an AL mark. Tommy John wins the battle for Chicago over Dean Chance, 2–1.

7th  The Yankees Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 7–3 win over Oakland.

Wes Parker’s 10th-inning triple is the game winner in a 7–4 win over the Mets. With the hit, Parker ends the day having hit for the cycle, the first Los Angeles Dodger to turn the trick.

The Expos loose their biggest scoring burst in their 2-year history, topping the Giants, 15–8, on 15 hits. Jim Fairey has a homer and 4 RBIs, while Willie Mays homers for the Giants. In the first inning, RF Rusty Staub throws out the Giants Ron Hunt, 9–3.

8th  A record 30 HRs are hit by NL players in 7 games, including 2 apiece by each of five players. The 20 MPH wind at Wrigley produces 9 homers as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 10–7, snapping the Reds win streak at 8 games.  Hal McRae and Tony Perez have a pair for the Reds while Billy Williams has 2 for Chicago.

9th  The Dodgers explode for 5 runs in the 14th to beat the Phillies, 9–4.

10th  While losing 6–5 to St. Louis, the Braves Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first pitcher ever to appear in 1,000 games.

At Wrigley Field, Pete Rose clubs a 2-run homer off Fergie Jenkins in the 9th inning, as the Reds overcome the Cubs, 7–6.

Willie McCovey hits homers in the 3rd and 4th innings to lead the Giants to an 11-7 win over the Mets. His second homer is a grand slam, the second he’s hit this year.

11th  Ray Culp strikes out the first 6 Angel batters in Anaheim, but Boston loses 2–1 in 16 innings. Culp ties the AL mark for the start of a game.

12th  At Wrigley, Ernie Banks becomes the 8th member of the 500 HR club, connecting off Pat Jarvis during a 4–3 eleven-inning Cub win over the Braves. It his 1,600th career RBI. Frank Secory, an ex-Cub, is umpiring this game, and he was one of the umpires in the 1953 game in which Banks hit is first homer. Billy Williams homer in the 9th ties the game and Ron Santo’s RBI single in the 11th wins it. Atlanta’s Rico Carty, meanwhile, has 3 singles and has hit in 30 consecutive games.

13thThe Mets Gary Gentry stops the Cubs, 4–0, allowing just one hit, a single by Ernie Banks. Bill Hands is the losing pitcher.

Al Oliver’s 6th inning grand slam, off Bob Gibson, breaks a 1-1 tie as the Pirates trip the Cardinals, 5-1.

15th  After the Mets have a day off, ace Tom Seaver matches Gentry by allowing one hit in beating the Phillies and Woodie Fryman, 4–0. Rookie Mike Compton hits a single. The two consecutive one-hitters ties a ML record.

16th  The Reds Jim McGlothlin shuts out the Braves 2–0, stopping Rico Carty’s 31-game hitting streak in the process. Carty batted .451 (51-for-113) during the streak, which started April 8th.

Bill Mazeroski’s 9th inning pinch single paves the way for a Pirate win, 4–3, over the Expos. It is Maz’s first pinch hit in his career.

During the Giants 5–4 win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Alan Fish, a young fan, is struck by a foul ball. He initially reports feeling fine, but after the game he becomes disoriented and starts walking in circles. He will be hospitalized and die in four days. The parents will bring a lawsuit against the team and the doctor, but it will be concluded in 1973 in favor of the team. Fish’s death is the only example of a fan at a ML game dying after being struck by a ball or bat. According to the Hall of Fame, the other 4 incidents of fan’s deaths are in the minors: a 13-year-old Wenatchee, WA boy, Jerry Highfill, killed by a batting practice line drive prior to a Northwest League game in 1964; Leonard Handel, sports editor of the Anaheim Bulletin, killed by a foul ball while watching a Connie Mack league game in 1965; In 1906 in Spring Valley, IL, during a between Peru and Spring Valley a spectator Patrick Cosgrove was killed when the first baseman tumbled into the stands chasing a foul ball and spiked Cosgrove unintentionally in the head; In 1928, fan Walter Lawson was killed by a ball thrown into the stands by Art Shires of Waco. Shires had no intention of hurting anyone.

At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski belts a Dean Chance pitch out of the park to the right of the flagpole. Only Jimmie Foxx (twice) and Bill Skowron have done it. Ray Culp is the 6–2 winner over Cleveland.

17th  At Crosley Field, Hank Aaron collects his 3,000th hit, a first-inning infield single, and his 570th HR, off Wayne Granger, but the Reds beat Atlanta, 7–6 in 15 innings. Pete Rose’s 9th inning homer knots the game at 3–3, and the Reds score another 3 in the 10th to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Reds score in the 10th on a double by Perez and homers by Bench (who starts the game in CF) and Lee May. Don Gullett pitches the last 2 innings and drives in the winner with a single. Perez is 5-for-7 in the contest. Aaron is collared in game 1, a 5–1 Reds victory. The DH draws 33,217, the largest crowd at Crosley Field since 1947.

18th  At Parc Jarry, Bob Bailey cracks a walkoff grand slam, off Tug McGraw, and Montreal beats the Mets, 8-4. The Expos plate 5 runs in the 9th.

20th  Rod Carew hits for the cycle to lead the Twins to a 10–5 win over host Kansas City.  Carew is the first Twin to cycle. Three other Twins homer as well.

21stA generous Mel Stottlemyre hands out 11 walks to Washington in 8 1/3 innings, but the Senators are unable to score. Steve Hamilton gets the last 2 outs to preserve the 2–0 win. The 11 walks in a shutout ties Lefty Gomez, who did complete his 1941 shutout.  Danny Cater’s 2-run homer in the 5th accounts for the scoring off Dick Such, making his first ML start.

In Houston, Reds pitcher Jim McGlothlin fires a 2-hitter as Cincy wins, 3–0. Morgan and Jesus Alou have the only hits.

Cardinal Steve Carlton strikes out 16 Phillies in 8 innings, but the Cards lose, 4–3 in the 9th. In two days, teammate Bob Gibson will also fan 16 Phillies.

22nd Ken Henderson hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs to pace the Giants to a 9-4 defrocking of the Padres.

The Tigers trade pitcher Fred Lasher to Cleveland for Russ Nagelson and Billy Rohr.

23rd  Giants manager Clyde King is fired following a 15-inning 17–16 loss to San Diego in which they blow an 8–0 lead.  Charlie Fox is named as the new skipper. A 15th inning HR by Huntz, one of 9 homers in the game, ends the 5 hr: 29 minute affair.

Dick Allen belts 2 homers to drive in all the runs as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 3–1. Bob Gibson allows 4 hits and strikes out 16.

24th  Lindy McDaniel pitches 4 1/3 innings and wins two for the Yankees as the New Yorkers rally in the 8th inning of both games to beat the Indians, 6-5, and 8-7 in 11 innings. Thurman Munson has 4 hits and John Ellis collects 3, including the homer in the 8th to win the opener. Ellis has a 3-run homer in the 8th of the nightcap as New York ties up the game. New York has 3 homers while the Indians bang 6 in a losing cause. Tony Horton hits 3 and Ray Fosse hits 2. The 9 homers is 2 off the AL mark, set by the Tigers and Yankees in 1950.

The first-place Cubs split a pair of 3-1 decisions with the Mets. Bill Hands tops Tom Seaver in game 1, while Nolan Ryan is the winner in game 2 allowing 2 hits.

25th  Three pitchers on the Nishitetsu Lions are suspended from Japanese baseball for life for participating in a game-fixing scandal in the 1969 season.

26th  Tony Taylor cracks an inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning with 2 men on to give the Phils a 3–2 win at Montreal. The batter before Taylor, pinch hitter Byron Browne singled and was called out for passing baserunner Tommy Hutton, who held up to see if RF Staub had trapped Browne’s hit. Taylor gets Browne off the hook with his drive, circling the bases after CF Phillips crashes into the wall.

Claude Osteen earns the win an has 4 hits, including a HR, scores 4 runs and knocks in 3 to lead the Dodgers to a 19-3 whooping of the Giants.  Billy Grabarkewitz scores 5 runs.

29th  The Orioles Mike Cuellar strikes out 4 batters consecutively in the 4th inning of a 2–0 win over California. He allows 4 hits and Boog Powell supplies the offense with a 2-run HR.

The Reds strand 16 runners in the first 8 innings against the visiting Expos, but win, 6–4, on Bobby Tolan’s 9th inning homer. The Expos have never won a game at Crosley Field.

30th  Detroit’s Les Cain walks the first 3 batters, gives up a single and then newly acquired Roberto Pena smacks an inside-the-park grand slam to help the Brewers beat Detroit, 9–7. Northrup and Kaline collide going after Pena’s ball.

While on a rehab assignment at Iowa prior to joining an umpire crew in Boston, Cal Drummond leaves the Iowa-Oklahoma City game in the 7th and collapses on the bench. He dies in the hospital 4 hours later. The 10-year AL veteran umpire was struck by a foul trip in an Orioles game last June 10, suffered a brain clot and needed 2 operations. He recovered sufficiently to try umpiring again.

      All-Star voting is returned to the fans, as computerized punch-card ballots appear in stores and ballparks coast to coast. Since 1958 the All-Star squads had been selected by managers, coaches, and players.

31st  Chicago’s Luis Aparicio and Walt “No Neck” Williams each collect 5 hits in a slugfest with Boston. The White Sox win 22–13, with Williams scoring 5 runs. The 2 teams collect 40 hits, one short of the AL record set in 1950.

In the 8th inning of a 6-1 loss to the Angels, Paul Blair is hit by a pitch from California reliever Ken Tatum and carried off the field with a broken nose and fractures. Blair will say that he never saw the pitch and his HBP follows Boog Powell being hit with a pitch. Blair will miss three weeks of play and his hitting is never the same following the injury. The O’s lose, 6–1.

JUNE

1st  By reprimanding Astro Jim Bouton  in a private meeting for writing the controversial book Ball Four,Commissioner Kuhn helps put the book on the bestseller list and make it a classic.

2ndAt Busch Stadium, Dick Allen hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 7 runs as the Cardinals roll over the Giants, 12-1. Steve Carlton (3-6) is the winner and collects 3 of the 15 hits. The St. Louis crowd is 11,111.

4th  In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in 3 days to a $100,000 contract. He’ll play in the ML 11 years but catch only 9 games in the Bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. He’s just the 2nd player drafted who will skip the minors. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D’Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Wayne McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachary). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today while the Cards take Bake McBride on the 37th round.

Houston pulls off 4 double plays to help Tom Griffin throw a 6 hit shutout as the Astros beat the Expos, 8-0. Doug Radar hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Dan McGinn and Joe Pepitone homers in the 4-run 8th.

The Royals Jim Rooker loses his no-hit bid when the Yankees Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning with KC ahead 1-0.  Bobby Murcer doubles home Clarke with the tying run. Rooker then loses, 2-1, in the 12th on Clarke’s sac fly.

5th  In a sign of things to come, Minnesota rookie Bert Blyleven gives up a homer to the first batter he faces in the majors, Lee Maye. Blyleven settles down and allows just 4 more hits in 7 innings and beats Washington, 2–1. Blyleven was brought up from Evansville (AA) to replace the injured Tiant.

6th  Rusty Staub hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Montreal whips the host Braves, 12-4.

7th  Pinch hitter Vic Davalillo of the Cardinals, in for Bob Gibson, gets a record-tying 2 hits in the 7th inning of a 10–7 win over the Padres (only the first is considered a pinch hit). The Birds score 7 in the frame after the Padres had built a 7–1 lead against Gibson.  Ron Herbel, the 2nd of 4 pitchers in the 7th, is the loser.  Davilillo assumes he receives credit for 2 pinch hits, and that his 23rd pinch hit on August 31st ties the record of Dave Philley.  He will finish the year with 24 pinch safeties but a rule difference between the AL and NL will cost him a pinch hit today.

The rampaging Reds move to 9 games ahead in the NL West with a 10–2 walloping of the Mets.  Johnny Bench, with 5 RBIs, and Lee May crash homers to back Wayne Simpson’s 8th win.

At Wrigley Field, 8 different players hit homers as Chicago prevails over the Giants, 8-4. The Cubs clang 5 homers.

At Fenway, the Red Sox twice whip the Royals, winning 7-4 and 5-2. Rico Petrocelli hits a grand slam in game 2.

In a barnburner at RFK Stadium, the Twins edge the Senators, 10-9, in 11 innings. Minnesota scores 3 in the 11th, but the Senators come back to score 2 and leave 2 on.  Rich Reese has a pinch grand slam for the Twins in the 6th.

8th  Players and management end their labor dispute by agreeing to a new standard player contract. Among the players’ victories is a raise in the minimum salary from $10,000 to $12,000 per year.

9th  Detroit’s Willie Horton clubs 3 HRs, including a grand slam, knocking in 7 runs in an 8–3 win over Milwaukee.

10th  At Comiskey, the Red Sox win 7-6 over the White Sox in 11 innings, riding a grand slam in the 4th by Rico Petrocelli and a 2-run homer by Tony Conigliaro in the 9th for the win. For Petrocelli, it is his second slam in four days.

Batting leadoff, Joe Pepitone hits a double and grand slam off Nolan Ryan as the Astros top the Mets, 5-3. The Mets stay 4.5 games in back of the leading Cubs.

11th  Jim Northrop cracks a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th, off John O’Donoghue, to give Detroit a 6-2 victory over the Brewers.

12th  Why does the ball get larger, then smaller? Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis no-hits San Diego 2–0 in the first game of a doubleheader, walking 8 and hitting one. He gets all his support on a pair of Willie Stargell HRs. Also, as he contends after his retirement, on LSD, saying he was high when he was on the mound. The Padres take the nightcap, 5–2, behind Danny Coombs. Nate Colbert has a pair of triples and Ferrara homers.

     After losing yesterday on an 8th-inning grand slam, the Brewers do the same to the Indians, as Russ Snyder belts a grand slam off starter Rich Hand.  Milwaukee wins, 4-1, over Cleveland.

Bob Gibson homers and doubles to lead to the Cards to a 4–1 win over the Giants.  Gibson strikes out 8 while allowing 5 hits.

13thIn a 9–4 Yankee win over Kansas City, Yankee infielder Gene Michael successfully pulls the hidden ball trick on the Royals Joe Keough in 6th after Joe singles in the tying run. Michael will pull it again next month.

Houston trades Jim Beauchamp and Leon McFadden to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Culver. The Cardinals also trade Cookie Rojas to the Royals in exchange for Fred Rico.

Bob Robertson hits a 7th inning grand slam as the Pirates beat San Diego, 7-2. Steve Blass (4-8) is the winner.

15thAt Tiger Stadium, Frank Fernandez and Dick McAuliffe match grand slams as Oakland prevails, 12-7. Chuck Dobson for the A’s and Joe Niekro for Detroit, each go to 6-6.

Merv Rettenmund hits a 1st-inning grand slam, but the Orioles can’t make it hold up, losing 9-6 to Milwaukee. The Brewers score 6 in the 8th.

Thinking of the World Series, the Orioles bring back pitcher Moe Drabowsky, the finest pitcher ever to come out of Ozanna, Poland. Baltimore trade Bobby Floyd to the Royals for Moe.

16th  Mike Andrews belts a grand slam in Boston’s 5-run 9th as they beat the host Royals, 7-5. Vicente Romo coughs up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to make it close.

18th  At Parc Jarry, Ron Fairly contributes a grand slam to the Expos 6-run 8th inning, as Montreal rallies for a 10-7 win over the Braves. Hank Aaron has a single, double and homer to drive in 4 runs for Atlanta.

19th  Despite Mike Epstein’s 8 RBIs, the Senators bow to the Orioles 12–10 in the first game of a doubleheader. Epstein has two homers—one a grand slam—and a single. Boog Powell drives in 4 runs with 4 hits for the O’s. The O’s use pitching to take the nightcap, 3–2, in 13 innings. Hardin pitches 10 innings with Richert getting the win with 3 innings of relief.

At Fenway, Sonny Siebert pitches no-hit ball for 8 innings before the Yankees Horace Clarke singles to open the 9th.  A single, double and Roy White homer follow quickly but Sparky Lyle puts out the fire for a 7-4 Boston victory.

20th  Brooks Robinson’s 2,000th ML hit is a big one—a 3-run homer off Washington’s Joe Coleman in the 5th inning. The drive snaps a 2–2 tie, and the Orioles hang on for a 5–4 victory.

Behind the pitching of Bill Hands, the Cubs win, 8–3, over St. Louis. But starting with a doubleheader loss tomorrow to the Birds, the Cubs will go on a 12-game losing streak, one short of the club mark set in 1944.

21st  Cleveland wins the first game against Detroit, 2–1, but Detroit’s Cesar Gutierrez then goes 7-for-7 with 6 singles and a triple to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning 9–8 nightcap win. Mickey Stanley’s HR wins it for the Tigers, while Jim Northrop has 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Tony Horton has 4 hits for the Tribe, including a double and a grand slam. Gutierrez, wearing #7, started the game hitting .218, and was 0-for-18 before today. Gutierrez will collect just 7 hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.

22nd  Rod Carew, batting .376 for the Twins, injures his right knee during an attempted double play when Milwaukee’s Mike Hegan slides into Carew. The injury will require surgery and sideline him until September. Harmon Killebrew’s 5th inning homer with 2 on enables the Twins to beat the Brewers, 4–3 behind Jim Kaat.

24th  Before 28,027, the Reds play their final game at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, beating the Giants 5–4. Johnny Bench and Lee May hit back-to-back homers off Juan Marichal in the 8th for the win.

In a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7–2, despite Murcer’s 9th-inning HR off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2’s starter Mike Paul, hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. A walk in the 4th, then a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th, and a game-tying homer in the 8th, off Fred Lasher. New York scores in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5–4 win. Cleveland 1B Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton’s “Folly floaters.” Sensitive to fans’ booing during the season, Horton will be hospitalized, and at 25, this is his last season. Indians catcher Ray Fosse is 2-for-4 in game one to run his hitting streak to 16 games: he’ll eventually reach 23 games. In the 5th inning of game 2 Fosse is injured when a cherry bomb, thrown from the upper deck, explodes near him burning through his spikes and two socks to burn his instep.  After a 10-minute delay, he continues.

25th  Behind the Red Sox 7–0 after 5 innings, the Orioles tie the game in the 9th on a Merv Rettenmund HR and a double by Andy Etchebarren. The Orioles finally win it when they score 6 runs in the 14th inning.

26th  Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12–2 Oriole romp over the host Senators, just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally, the winning pitcher, Don Buford, and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby’s only grand slams for the O’s. The Orioles will lose C Clay Dalrymple tomorrow when he breaks his ankle in a home plate collision with the Nats Mike Epstein.

     Bob Gibson (10-3) has 3 hits while limiting the Phillies to 4 as the Cards shut out the Quakers, 6-0. Catcher Carl Taylor has a steal of home in the 1st inning on a double steal with Dick Allen.

Trailing 2-1 in the 5th, the Angels Steve Kealey comes in and induces Amos Otis to hit into a triple play (he had a double play in the 1st). Kealey is lifted for a PH in the Angels’ four-run 6th and is the winner in the Halos 5-4 victory. It’s his only win this year.

27th  The Twins’ teenage sensation Bert Blyleven fires a two-hitter in downing the White Sox, 9-1.

Baltimore loses 5-3 to the Senators and also loses catcher Clay Dalrymple for the season and post-season. Dalrymple breaks his ankle in the 7th inning in a collision with Mike Epstein, trying to score. Ellie Hendricks, no gold glover, will do the bulk of the catching.

28th  The Pirates sweep the Cubs in a doubleheader 3–2 and 4–1 in the final games at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field.

For the third time in their careers, Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan combine to belt lead off homers for the Reds. This time Houston’s Don Wilson is the victim. Tony Perez hits his 27th homer, off Wilson, in the top of the 9th for a 3–2 Reds win.

30th  A sellout crowd of 51,050 is on hand for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, rushed to completion so the Reds can host the All-Star game. There is no electricity in the refreshments areas, and the scoreboard occasionally misfires. but Hank Aaron doesn’t misfire as he hits the park’s first home run. The Braves win, 8–2.

Rick Renick hits his second grand slam of the year, a pinchhit four-bagger in the 6th inning, as the Twins score 7 unanswered runs to beat the Royals, 8-5.

JULY

1st  The return of Denny McLain following his suspension is witnessed by a gathering of 53,863 fans and 71 writers. Trailing 5-3, he is knocked out of the box in the 6th inning, but the Tigers rally to beat the Yankees in the 11th, 6–5.

The Cards trade Ted Abernathy, acquired May 29, to the Royals for P Chris Zachary. Abernathy will go 9–3 the rest of the year for KC.

The Angels Greg Garrett picks up a win without throwing a pitch. Garrett relieves with 2 out in the 6th with the Angels trailing the Brewers, 2–1. He promptly picks off Tommy Harper to end the inning, then watches as the Angels score 3 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 4-2 lead. Jack Fisher pitches the last 3 innings to preserve Garrett’s victory. Garrett’s win is similar to teammate Steve Kealey’s win on June 26.

The Reds top the Braves, 9–2, as Tommy Helms becomes the first Red player to go deep at Riverfront Stadium. Helms’ homer, which hits the LF pole just above the wall, is his only homer of the year.

2nd  Detroit’s Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning. The Tigers win 5–0. This is the third time in the month that Clarke has broken up a no-hitter, having spoiled bids by KC’s Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Boston’s Sonny Siebert (June 19th).

The Reds hand the Braves their 9th loss in 10 games, as Cincy wins, 2–1. Jim Merritt becomes the NL’s first 13-game winner and his batterymate Johnny Bench drives in both runs.

Montreal’s John Bateman drives in a team-record 7 runs to pace the Expos to a 13–10 win over the Cards.  Bateman’s first hit is a grand slam in the Expos’ six-run 1st inning.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils break their scoreless streak of 53 innings and sweep two from the Mets, 6–1 and 3–2. With successive pinch hits by Tony Taylor, Ron Stone, and Byron Browne, the Phils score 6 in the 8th inning to win the opener for Jim Bunning, then again come from behind to win the nightcap for Chris Short.  The opener is the 6,000th game played at the ancient stadium.

Cleveland edges the Orioles, 10–9, helped by Tony Horton, who hits for the cycle. Dennis Higgins is the winning pitcher.

3rd  In pregame ceremonies, California’s Clyde Wright is inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame for his pitching while at Carson-Newman College. He then hurls a no-hitter against Oakland, winning 4–0, defeating Chuck Dobson. Dobson was the opposing pitcher for the AL’s last no-hitter, in 1969 by Jim Palmer. Reggie Jackson’s 400-foot shot to dead center in the 7th is caught.

Mike Lum hits 3 homers as the Braves beat the Padres, 8–1, in the first game of a doubleheader. The Braves continue hitting in game 2 to win, 9–4.

In Boston, a Yaz homer in game one and an unearned run in the nightcap provide the Red Sox with 2–1 and 5–4 wins over Cleveland. In game 2, Indians reliever Dean Chance is told to remove a tiny flag pin on his cap by umpire Ed Runge in compliance with a rule prohibiting glass buttons and metal objects on uniforms because of their glare.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Pirates and Cubs engage in an old-fashioned slugfest, with Pittsburgh winning, 16-14.  Eight homers are hit, with Roberto Clemente and Gene Alley each hitting 2.  The score is 1-1 after the 1st, 7-7 after the 2nd, 9-9 after the 4th, and 13 apiece after 8. Billy Williams has a double and grand slam for Chicago and drives in 5; Alley and Clemente drive in 4 each for the Bucs. Pittsburgh is now tied for 1st with the Mets. Chicago is 3.5 back.

4th  The Cards send 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the 8th inning and all 3 strike out. Steve Renko of the Expos fans 10 in the game, including Jim Beauchamp, Vic Davalillo, and Leron Lee in the 8th, to give Montreal an 8–0 win.

At Fenway, Tony & Billy Conigliaro homer for the Red Sox in a 5–1 win over the Indians. Sonny Siebert is the winner.

5th  At Fenway Park, Boston’s John Kennedy makes his first ML at bat a memorable one when he pinch hits an inside-the-park homer. Kennedy bats for P Mike Nagy in the 5th inning of the 8–4 Boston win over the Indians.

Reds rookie Wayne Simpson (13–1) win his 10th straight, beating the visiting Astros, 3–1.

6th  Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 with 4 RBI to help the Braves top the Giants 12–4.

At Wrigley Field, it’s all Ron Santo today. Ron’s 2-run homer in the opener gives the Cubs a 3–2 win over the Expos. In the nightcap, Santo drives in another 8 runs on two homers, one a grand slam, and a bases-loaded walk as the Cubs win, 14–2.

Tommie Agee hits for the cycle to pace the Mets to a 10–3 win over the Cardinals. Jim McAndrew is the WP.

Sam McDowell strikes out 15 as the Indians beat the Senators, 6-4. After McDowell gives up two hits in the 8th and fires a wild pitch, he moves to second base with 2 outs and Dean Chance relieves. Eddie Leon moves from 2B to 3B, replacing Graig Nettles who made the last out in the 7th. Chance intentionally walks Frank Howard to load the bases. Rick Reichert then grounds to Leon who fired to McDowell at 2B for the force. The respite helps as Sudden Sam strikes out the side in the 9th.  McDowell is the last lefthander to earn a fielding chance at second this century (although several lefties will play 2B subsequently, none will get a fielding chance).

7th  Brooks Robinson cracks a 10th inning grand slam off New York’s Lindy McDaniel to give the Orioles a 6–2 win.

Reds starter Gary Nolan (10-4) pitches 6 innings and Clay Carroll adds 3 for a combined shutout, 3-0, of San Diego.  The Pads Chris Cannizzaro gets thrown out in the 6thinn9ng trying to steal second, and runs his streak of consecutive non-steals to 14 tries.  His last successful steal was in 1962.  Chris will keep running and have 2 successes this year.  The ML record is 16 straight caught steals, set by Pete Runnels.

8th  Jim Ray Hart ties a modern ML record with 6 RBIs in one inning (5th) with a 3-run homer and 3-run triple. The Giants score 11 in the frame. Hart also hits for the cycle as the Giants rout the Braves 13–0. Gaylord Perry is the easy winner, posting SF’s first shutout of the year. Perry will throw 4 more to lead the NL.

The Orioles again wait until the late innings to beat New York, this time striking in the 9th inning on a Frank Robinson second homer of the game and a two-out single by Don Buford. The O’s overcome an 8–6 deficit to win, 9–8.

Buddy Bradford’s grand slam caps a 5-run 8th as the Indians rally to edge the Senators, 6-5.

9th Dalton Jones of the Tigers loses a grand slam against the Red Sox when he passes teammate Don Wert on the base paths. Jones pinch hits for Jim Price and belts a 2-2 pitch from Vicente Romo into the RF upper deck for a grand slam. However, he passes Don Wert between first and second and is called out, ending up with a 3-RBI single.

Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by his cousin Chief Round-the-Horn, but the duo fails to inspire the Braves, 7–6 losers to the Giants. Bernie Carbo’s 8th inning HR breaks a 6-6 tie.

Denis Menke drives in 5 runs, 4 on a 1st-inning grand slam, as Houston tops the Dodgers, 9-5, in LA.

At Shea, Tom Seaver scatters 3 hits as the Mets beat the Expos, 7-1. Ron Swoboda hits a grand slam in support of Seaver (14-5). The Mets stay a game and a half ahead of the Pirates.

10thThe Padres launch 4 HRs in the 9th inning against LA but the power display comes too late and the Dodgers win, 9–7. Wes Parker has 2 doubles and a triple for LA. For the Padres, Murrell, Spiezio and Campbell hit solo homers off Bill Singer, and Gaston connects for a 2-run homer off Pena.  The barrage is one short of the record.

Reds SS Woodie Woodward goes deep for his first and only ML homer, off Ron Reed in Atlanta. It comes in his 684th ML game (1672 AB). It is too little as the Braves top the Reds, 11–9. The Reds take the nightcap, 3–1, scoring 2 runs when Pat Corrales hits a long drive that glances off the glove of Hank Aaron and over the fence for a HR. Rose is 5-for-5, all singles.

11thAt the Astrodome, the Astros edge the Giants, 5-4, in 14 innings. Houston collects 21 hits to San Francisco’s 9, and leaves an NL record 25 runners on base. This is a record for left on base for 14 innings as well as extra innings. The only homers in the game are by Willie Mays, in the 9thinning and Bobby Bonds in the 13th. Jim Bouton is the winner, pitching the last frame. It is his last decision for Houston who will release him a month from now.

14th  At Riverfront Stadium, the NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game, a thrilling 12-inning 5–4 victory in Cincinnati. Pete Rose crashes into Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse to score the controversial winning run on Jim Hickman’s single. Fosse, who never had the ball, hurts his right shoulder and is taken to the hospital. The game is scoreless until the 6th, with the NL  limited to 3 hits in the first 8 innings. In the 9th, the NL tees off on Catfish Hunter, driving in 3 runs to tie.  Dick Dietz hits a leadoff HR in the inning.  Claude Osteen pitches the 10th for the win.

16th  The Reds spoil the Pirates debut in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, winning 3–2. Cincinnati’s Tony Perez hits the park’s first homer, offsetting a later one by hometown Willie Stargell. The Pirates parade their new uniforms of stretchable cotton and nylon.

Chicago’s Ken Holtzman gives up two hits and two Astro runs—both unearned—and drops a 2–1 decision at Houston. Billy Williams makes a bid for a game-tying homer in the 9th but his long fly hits a Dome speaker and drops foul.

At San Diego, Byrone Browne hits a 9th inning grand slam to give the Phillies a 10-7 win over the Padres. Browne entered the game in the 7th inning.

17th  With the score tied at 5–5 and bases loaded in the 10th inning, and no outs, Brewers manager Dave Bristol inaugurates the “Bristol Shift,” bringing OF Tommy Harper in between SS and 3B. Unperturbed, George Scott hits a sac fly to win the game.

At Memorial Stadium, the first-place Twins score in each of the last 4 innings to beat the Orioles, 6-5. Third-string catcher Tom Tischinski, 2-for-2 with 3 walks, drives in the winning run in the 10th.  Harmon Killebrew hits his 475thcareer homer in the 8th.

18th  San Francisco’s Willie Mays, at the age of 39, strokes a single off Montreal’s Mike Wegener for his 3,000th hit. Mays’ safety comes in his 2,639th game and he joins Aaron, who stroked his 3,000th a month earlier. Aaron’s was hit in his 2,460th game.  The Giants coast to a 10–1 victory.

Milwaukee’s Ted Kubiak has 7 RBIs—on a single, double and grand slam—to lead the Brewers to a 10–5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway. The Red Sox blow a 5–1 lead, reached when Yaz hits a 3-run homer and Reggie Smith solos.  Sparky Lyle (0-4) is the loser allowing one run.

19th  The Phillies sweep a road doubleheader, beating the Dodgers, 9-4 and 4-2. For the second time in 4 days, a Phillie clubs a grand slam in the 9th.  This time it is Jim Hutto, who takes Jim Brewer deep with a pinch slam in the opener. The 9th is fruitful in game 2 as Mike Ryan hits a 2-run homer.

20th  The Dodgers Bill Singer, who a month earlier lost a no-hitter to Atlanta with 2 outs in the 9th, no-hits the Phillies 5–0, giving up no walks. He strikes out 10 and makes 2 miscues, one a controversial throwing error that pulls 1B Wes Parker off the base. The Phillies’ players argue, contending the soft chopper by Don Money should be a hit. Singer had spent 3 weeks in the hospital in June for hepatitis.

With the score tied 1–1 in the 9th, Chicago’s Ken Holtzman walks Hank Aaron before Tommy Aaron homers for a 3–1 Braves victory.

In St. Louis, the Reds Lee May breaks a scoreless tie with a 10th inning grand slam to account for all the scoring as the Reds win, 4–0 in game 2. The Reds take the opener, 4–3.

At Comiskey, the Orioles’ Ellie Hendricks has a double and grand slam to drive in 6 runs as the Orioles trounce the White Sox, 14-5. Mike Cuellar (13-5) goes the distance for the AL East-leading O’s.

21st  Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 innings, but with 2 outs in the 8th and trailing 1–0, Padres manager Preston Gomez lifts him for a pinch hitter Cito Gaston. Gaston fails to get a hit off Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew, and reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 2 runs in the 9th. The Padres lose 3–0. Gomez will repeat the mistake on September 4, 1974.

22nd  At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers use an 8-run 7th to subdue the Expos, 12-10.  Tom Haller has a grand slam in the frame and Von Joshua follows with a solo shot. Bob Bailey has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Expos.

23rd  At Wrigley, Milt Pappas shuts out the Reds in a Cubs, 1–0 win. It is the only shutout of the year against the Reds, tying the NL record. Jim McGlothlin takes the loss.

24thChicago’s Bill Melton ties the ML record by striking out 7 times in a doubleheader split with Detroit. Melton will strike out his first 3 times up in his next game, in Baltimore on the 28th, before flying out in the 9th. The Sox win the opener today, 5–2 with 6 straight singles and 5 runs in the 9th.  The Tigers win the nightcap, 5–4, in the 9th when Don Wert draws a walk from Wilbur Wood with the sacks full.

The Cubs pound the Braves for 16 hits and 11 runs and Ken Holtzman allows 6 hits as the Cubs roll, 11–1. Williams and Santo drive in 4 runs apiece and Beckert scores 4 times.

The Royals and Indians split a pair with Kansas City winning the opener, 5-2, behind Jim Rooker. Rooker hits a 2-run homer off Rich Hand to help his cause.  Cleveland rebounds in game 2 as Vada Pinson and Tony Horton each belt two homers, all of Wally Bunker (0-7), to pace the Tribe to a 9-6 victory. One of Horton’s homers is pinch hit, just the 10th player in history to accomplish the feat.

In a surprise move, the Mets Tommie Agee steals home with the bases loaded in the 10th to give the Mets a 2–1 win over the visiting Dodgers. Agee bunts and reaches base on an error, swipes 2B with 2 outs and goes to 3B on the throw. After two walks he takes home to pin the loss on Jim Brewer.

At Pittsburgh, Clemente celebrates Roberto Clemente night with a pair of hits but leaves after suffering a cut left knee making a sliding catch on the gravel warning track. Doc Ellis goes all the way allowing 4 hits as the Pirates trounce the Astros, 11–0.

25th  For the 4th time in his career, Billy Williams has the only hit for the Cubs, as he connects safely twice against the Braves Phil Niekro. Each time previously, Williams also had multiple hit games to spoil no-hitters. Niekro coasts to a 9–0 victory over Fergie Jenkins.

Hall beats Hall as the Orioles reliever Dick Hall tops the Twins Tom Hall, 6–5. Dick singles in the 8th for his first hit of the year and Buford follows with a game-winning HR.

The Expos spot the Giants 4 runs in the 1st, then roar back to win, 10-5. Ron Fairly hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs.

26th  Johnny Bench of the Reds hits 3 consecutive homers, all 3 off Steve Carlton, and collects 7 RBIs in the Reds 12–5 win over the Cards. Bench now has 33 homers and 95 RBIs to lead the majors.

OrlandoCepeda hits 3 homers collects 7 RBIs in the Braves 8–3 win over the Cubs in game 1.  His first 2 are solo shots, and the 3rd follows an intentional walk to Aaron to load the bases, all off Bill Hands. His last RBI comes on a single in the 9th. Hoyt Wilhelm celebrates his 48th birthday by picking up a save. He pitched on his 47th birthday last year. In the nightcap of the twinbill,  Cepeda has 3 hits but the Cubs win, 7–6. Glenn Beckert, 2-for-3 in the opener, raps 5 straight hits in game 2 to lead Chicago.

Boog Powell drives in 6 runs to lead the Orioles to an 11–1 win over the Twins. Boog hits a single and homer, both with the sacks full, and takes over the AL lead in ribbies with 86.  Dave McNally loses his shut out on a homer by P Jim Perry.

27th  The Yankees beat California, 5–2, behind Mel Stottlemyre, who is helped by Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied, Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.

The Expos beat the White Sox 10–6 in the annual Hall of Fame game, following the induction ceremonies for Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines.

28th  A bad day for Angels C Tom Egan: he is charged with 5 passed balls, all with different pitchers, and he drops a throw for an error to permit what proves to be the winning run in a 6–5 loss to the Yankees. Egan does get his name in the AL record book with the 5 passed balls.

Donn Clendenon sets a club record by driving in 7 runs as the Mets beat the Giants, 12–2.  A sac fly and a pair of 3-run homers does it. Jim McAndrew is the winner.

29th  The Cubs purchase 1B/OF Joe Pepitone from the Astros. Pepitone will drive in 31 runs in his first 31 games for his new team.

Hank Aaron cracks 2 HRs and drives in 5 runs to lead the Braves to an 9–7 come-from-behind win over the visiting Cards. Hal King also homers to match 3 round trippers by St. Louis.

Vada Pinson cracks a 3rd-inning grand slam and the Indians take a 9-1 lead over the Twins, then hang on for a 9-8 victory.

31stAt California, Boston’s Sonny Siebert beats the Angels, 2–0, on one hit, a 3rd inning ground single by Jay Johnstone. Mike Andrews and Carl Yastrzemski hit solo homers off Murphy for the scoring.

The Twins tie a ML mark with two pinch homers, by Manual and Allison, but the Tigers prevail, 10-9, when 4 walks in the 9th score the tie breaker. Elliot Maddox receives a walk with the sacks full.

Behind the pitching of Dave McNally the Orioles beat the Royals, 3-1, for their 21st consecutive win over Kansas City. This ties an AL record.

The Reds lose a doubleheader to the visiting Cubs, 7–1 and 11–7, and lose rookie star Wayne Simpson (14–3), who tears the rotary cuff in his pitching arm. Simpson will come back, but will never be the same, going 22–28 in the rest of his career.

AUGUST

1st  Pittsburgh’s Willie Stargell smashes 3 doubles and 2 homers, which ties the ML mark for extra-base hits in a game, and scores 5 runs while driving in 6. Teammate Bob Robertson also collects 5 hits as the Pirates outslug the Braves 20–10. In the 7th, Robertson and Stargell combine with Jose Pagan for three consecutive homers. Atlanta answers with a pair to tie the record for most homers by 2 teams in one inning.

Rusty Staub has 4 homers—2 in each game—to pace the Expos to a doubleheader sweep over the Dodgers, 11-6 and 6-5. Ron Fairly also homers in game 2.

The Orioles beat the Royals, 9-1, for a ML record 22nd straight win. The victory goes to Jim Palmer, wearing #22.  The 22 consecutive wins tops the record of the 1883-84 Boston team over the Phils. Kansas City won the first game in 1969, then dropped 11 in a row that year. They lost the first 11 this year.

The Cardinals beat the Houston Astros, 14-7, with the help of 9 unearned runs. Richie Allen has a grand slam for the Birds.

After trailing 4–2, the Reds score 4 in the 8th to defeat the Cubs, 6–4. Johnny Bench and Ty Cline each drive in 2 runs in the 8th.

2nd  Bobby Tolan celebrates his new son, born just before today’s game, by driving in the winning run in the 11th inning to beat the visiting Cubs, 4–3.

Oakland splits a pair with Washington, losing the opener, 6-2, but winning game 2, 1-0, in the 9th when Don Mincher hits a game-ending HR off Horacio Pena.  Mudcat Grant, with one inning of relief, is the victor.

Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam, a 9th inning walkoff blast with his Phils down by 3 runs, as the Quakers win, 7-6. The homer comes off Mike Davison as Taylor drives in 5 runs in the game.

3rd In their last meeting of the year, Baltimore defeats Kansas City 10–8. It is the Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals over a 2-year span, a ML mark.

4th  In San Diego, the Reds stomp the Padres, 12–1, as winning pitcher Jim Merritt clubs one of the 4 Reds homers. The Reds lead the NL West by 13 games.

5th  Ed Herrmann’s 1st-inning grand slam jumpstarts the White Sox to a 9-3 win over the visiting Brewers.

Willie Davis hits a grand slam and Bill Russell has 3 hits, including a pair of triples, as the Dodgers scalp the Braves, 12-2.

6th For the second and last time in his career, Lou Brock steals home, teaming up with Joe Hague in a double steal in the 1st inning against the Mets in St. Louis. Nels Briles wins 3–0, stopping Tom Seaver’s 9-game win streak.

At Minnesota, George Mitterwald leads off the bottom of the 14th with a HR to beat California, 2–1. Stan Williams (7-0) wins with 2 innings; Williams will be 10–1, all in relief.

8th Milwaukee reliever Dave Baldwin intentionally walks Boog Powell to load the bases and pitch to Don Buford. The Baltimore infielder promptly smacks a grand slam to give the O’s a 7–4 victory over Milwaukee.

In LA, Tony Perez collects 6 RBIs on 2 homers and a single to lead the Reds to a 10–6 win over the Dodgers.

The Giants edge the Astros, 6–5, with the win going to reliever Don McMahon. Giants starter Skip Pitlock has his 1st and only ML homer (half his career hits), an inside-the-park liner off Wade Blasingame.

9th  At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there.  The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 8–3. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 7 and striking out 10.

11th  Jim Bunning notches his 100th NL victory, a 6–5 Phillies win over the Astros. Bunning is the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each league.

Carl Taylor ends a slugfest by belting a game-ending grand slam in the 9th off Ron Herbel to give the Cards an 11-10 win over the Padres.

Gary Nolan (15-4) allows a homer to Cleon Jones as the Big Red Machine rolls to an 8-1 win over the visiting Mets. Tony Perez hits his 35th homer, a grand slam, and Johnny Bench presses his 39th homer. The Dodgers are 12 games back of the Reds, with the Giants 21 back.

12th  Curt Flood loses his $4.1 million antitrust suit against baseball, as Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper upholds the legality of the sport’s reserve clause. Cooper does recommend changes in the reserve system, to be achieved through negotiation between players and owners. Less than 6 years later, this recommendation would become a reality.

13th  The Reds Jim Merritt strikes out 13 Mets en route to a 5–1 win in Cincinnati.

Cesar Tovar’s singles to lead off the first inning, the only one off Dick Bosman as Washington beats Minnesota, 1–0. Jim Kaat is the loser. For Tovar, it is the 4th time he has had his team’s only hit; He’ll do it one more time to set a ML record.

Ed Kirkpatrick hits an 8th inning grand slam to seal the 11-3 victory for Kansas City over the Red Sox.

14th  At Wrigley, the Dodgers and Cubs combine for 7 homers as LA wins, 13-9. Billy Grabarkewitz has a pair for the Dodgers plus a triple, while Joe Pepitone hits a grand slam for Chicago. Maury Wills is 5-for-5 for LA.

The Braves and Mets split a pair, 10-2 to Atlanta, and 4-2 to New York. Orlando Cepeda has a 3-run homer and Hal King hits a grand slam in game 1.

15th  In a 5–4 Reds win over the Phillies, Lee May drives in all the runs for Cincinnati. His 2nd homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the game and his single in the 14th wins it. Rose is 0-for-7 with 5 straight K’s. The Phils Billy Champion is the losing pitcher, but all is not lost. Champion picks up a PCL win today as Eugene completes a suspended game in which he is the victor.

16th  Down 3–0 in the 8th, the Brewers score 4 runs, three of the runs on a Danny Walton bases loaded double, to beat the Indians 4–3 win. Gus Gil’s single drives in the last run The biggest crowd of the season, 44,387, is on hand for bat day, allowing Bernie Brewer to leave his perch in right field after 40 days. Bernie had vowed to stay there until the crowd topped 40,000, and when the attendance was announced, Bernie slid down his slide.

In a 5–3 Montreal win over the Astros, Bob Bailey hits one of the longest HR in Astrodome history.

18th  For the second time in 3 days, Ed Spiezio drives in 4 runs, this time hitting a grand slam beat the Cubs, 11-3 at Wrigley. Chicago is now 5 games behind Pittsburgh.

19th  The White Sox erupt for 11 runs on 10 hits in the 9th inning to defeat the Red Sox, 13–5. Pinchhitter Luis Aparicio ties a league mark with 2 hits in the frame, good for 3 RBIs. Reliever Wilbur Wood is the winning pitcher.

Fergie Jenkins (15-14) homers and his teammates add another 6 as Chicago coasts over San Diego, 12–2.  Jim Hickman (2), Glenn Beckert, John Callison, Joe Pepitone, and Billy Williams also round trip for Chicago.  Six of the Cub homers are solo shots and San Diego adds a solo homer: the 7 solo homers by 2 teams sets a NL record and ties the ML mark set on April 29, 1962.

22nd  In a 16-inning game, the Pirates edge the Dodgers 2–1. Roberto Clemente goes 5-for-7 with an RBI and run scored.

Lanier’s 8th inning single is the only hit Ken Holtzman allows in the Cubs, 15–0 mauling of the Giants. Gaylord Perry gives up 8 runs in 1 1/3 inning to seal the outcome for the Giants. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each have a double, homer, and score three runs.

Defensive replacement Chuck Hinton drives in the Indians winning run in  the 10th as the Tribe tops the A’s, 6–5. The Indians hit 4 homers—one by Pinson in the 1st and three consecutive homers by Sims, Nettles, and Leon in the 6th.

Johnny Bench has a 2-out, 2-run double in the 9th to give the Reds a 3–2 win over the Mets at Shea Stadium.

At San Diego, Bob Gibson (18-5) stops the Padres on 2 hits as the Cardinals win, 7–0. Dal Maxvil and Gibson hit back-to-back triples in the 4th to help the 14-hit attack. For Maxvil, it is one of 7 extra base hits he’ll pick up this year as he will total the lowest slugging average ever for anyone in 150 games. He hits .201 in 399 at bats.

23rd  Roberto Clemente compiles his 2nd straight 5-hit game during an 11–0 pasting of Los Angeles. He is the first major leaguer this century to collect 10 hits in 2 consecutive games.

How do you spell relief? Don Gullett strikes out 6 straight batters and pitches 4 innings with no runners reaching base in beating the host Mets, 7–5. Gullett strikes out 8 in the last 4 innings. The Reds win on Jimmy Stewart’s 3-run pinch homer off Tom Seaver.

25th  In Minnesota, a bomb scare delays the game with Boston for 43 minutes in the 4th, but the only bomb is an 8th inning homer by Tony Conigliaro to give the Sox a 1–0 win.  The Sox end the game with a double play, a 1–6 force at 2B, then a throw home to nab Oliva trying to score. Ken Brett is the winner in relief over Hall.

Dave McNally wins his 20th as the Orioles down the Athletics, 5-1. He is the first AL pitcher since Bob Lemon 1952-54 to win 20 in three straight seasons.

Jay Johnstone scores the go-ahead run in the 12th as California beats the Tigers, 6-4 in Detroit. Johnstone then bangs a grand slam in the 9th of game 2 as the Angels shock Detroit with 9 runs in the 8th and 9th innings for a 10-6 win. The Angels are now 3.5 games in back of the Twins in the AL West.

26thIn the Reds, 6–5 win over the visiting Phillies, Jim Merritt notches his 20th win of the year. Jim Bunning takes the loss. Merritt is the first Reds lefty to win 20 since 1925, but will be 6–26 the rest of his career.

27th  Mike Cuellar wins his 20th game for Baltimore, defeating the A’s, 6–4. Dobson is the loser, giving up 4 runs in 2+ innings.

28th  The Giants Juan Marichal beats the Pirates 5–1 for his 200th ML win. Marichal joins Bunning as the only active pitchers with 200 wins.

Jerry Reuss allows 2 hits and the Cards beat the host Dodgers, 1–0, when Joe Torre belts a 9th inning HR off Don Sutton. It is Reuss’ 2nd 2 hitter this month, having beaten the Expos 4–0 on August 9.

Houston’s Wade Blasingame continues his mastery of the Mets, winning 2–1, his 2nd victory over New York since being recalled from the minors. His record against the Mets is 9–0.  Tom Seaver takes the loss.

Cleveland and California split a pair, with the Angels taking the opener, 3–2 and the Tribe the nightcap, 5–1. Cleveland’s Tony Horton plays his last professional game. The 25-year-old budding star, despondent over a batting slump and fans’ booing, will be hospitalized for depression.

The 1st-place Orioles split a pair with Milwaukee, losing 2-1 in the opener and winning, 8-4, in game 2. Don Buford’s grand slam is the margin of victory.

29th  The Reds trip the Expos, 4–3, as Pete Rose collects his 1,500th career hit. Lee May’s 2-run homer in the 11th snaps a 2-2 tie.

Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees as first base coach as his Yankees lose 3-1 to the Twins.

Ed Herrmann hits a grand slam in an 8-run 6th inning as the White Sox outslug the Red Sox, 13-9. It is Herrmann’s second grand slam this month.

Dave McNally wins his 21st game and his 9th straight win as Baltimore beats the Brewers, 6-1. McNally helps the cause with 3 RBIs on a single and two doubles.

30thIn the first of 2 at Chicago, the Red Sox roll to a 22–11 win over the White Sox. This is the 10th time in history that the Red Sox have score 20 or more runs. Mike Andrews, Reggie Smith and George Scott each have 4 hits and 4 RBIs, while Billy Conigliaro has 2 homers. Ken Brett is the victor. Boston takes the second game, 4-1.

At Cleveland, the Indians and Angels combine for 9 homers, all by different players, as California wins, 10-9. The nine different players hitting homers ties the AL mark.

At New York, Jake Gibbs’ solo homer and Roy White’s grand slam provide the Yankees with a 5-2 win over the Twins.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Red Sox take an 8–1 lead at Fenway, but Detroit rallies to win 10–9. The Sox take the lead on a Mike Andrews homer and a grand slam by Tony Conigliaro. The Tigers then use the long ball as well, collecting 4 homers, including a grand slam by Jim Price, to win. Patterson is the winner over Siebert.

In the first of two games at County Stadium, Harmon Killebrew belts a 3-run homer in the 1stand that is all Jim Perry needs as he shuts out the Brewers, 4-0, for his 20thwin. Killer hits another 3-run homer, in the 11thinning of the second game, driving in 4 runs as the Twins win, 7-1. Minnesota scores 6 runs in the last frame. The winning pitcher is Jim Kaat, who scores on Killebrew’s blast after receiving an intentional walk. He is the first pitcher to receive an IBB since Juan Pizarro in 1958 and the last to do so this century.

2nd  Detroit’s Gene Lamont homers in his first ML at bat, but the Red Sox this time hold the lead and beat the Tigers 10–1 in the nightcap.  Cal Koonce is the CG winner, adding 2 RBIs with his 2nd hit of the year. The Tigers win the opener, 6–4, scoring 2 unearned runs in the 8th.

In the first six innings, Indians starter Sam McDowell walks 6 Nats batters, 5 intentionally. Three of the intentional passes go to Frank Howard in his first 3 at bats, twice when he leads off the inning. McDowell moves to 1B in the 6th inning, with 2 on and no outs, and Dean Chance comes in allowing both runners to score. McDowell comes back to the mound to finish, losing 4–1 to Dick Bosman. Manager Alvin Dark pulled the same switch with McDowell on July 6th, putting Sudden Sam at second base for two batters.

Hal King hits his second grand slam in three weeks, a 1st inning shot off Don Sutton, and the Braves beat the Dodgers, 4-3. Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 6 shutout innings of relief for the win.

The Expos score 7 runs in the last two innings in a comeback 10-7 win over the 1st-place Pirates. Gene Alley has a grand slam for the Bucs.

That old black magic works for Gary Nolan as he outpitches Juan Marichal to beat the Giants, 2–0. Before the game Reds teammate Angel Bravo gives Nolan a rubber ball to carry during the game, assuring him that he’ll pitch a low-hit game as a result. Nolan allows 3 hits.

3rd  After an NL record 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams asks to sit one out. Without Williams, the Cubs beat the Phillies 7–2.

The Twins Leo Cardenas hits a Wally Bunker pitch in the 8th inning off the foul pole, but the umps rule it a foul ball. Manager Bill Rigney and Bob Allison argue that is should be a homer and get tossed for their efforts. Cardenas then strikes out. Phil Roof and Roberto Pena homer to lead the Brewers, to an 8–3 victory.

4th  Brooks Robinson has 5 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in 3 runs to lead the Orioles to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox. Tony Conigliaro has his second grand slam in 4 days. The Orioles are on cruise control, 11 games up on the Yankees in the AL East.

At Riverfront, Mike Corkins pitches and bats the Padres to a 15-2 win over the Reds. Corkins belts his first ML homer, a grand slam off Reds ace Jim Merritt. Cito Gaston and Nate Colbert also homer.

5th  Reggie Jackson smashes a pinch grand slam in the 8th as Oakland Beats Kansas City, 8-3.

6th  Blue Moon Odom yields 2 hits and smashes a HR as the Athletics beat the Royals, 7–1. Reggie Jackson and Gene Tenace also homer for the A’s.

7th  The White Sox use a ML record 41 players in a doubleheader with Oakland, but lose both games 7–4 and 7–5.

Houston sweeps a doubleheader from San Diego 10–5 and 9–4. In the first game Astro Bob Watson and Padre Ramon Webster each hit grand slams.

Brant Alyea drives in all 7 Twins runs on 2 homers, one a grand slam, in game 1, then drives in 2 more in the nightcap as the Twins sweep the Brewers, 7–6, and 8–3. Stan Williams (9-0) wins his 9th straight to set a Twins record. In game 2, Hal Haydel makes his first ML appearance a good one, pitching 5 innings of relief to win, and also hitting his first ML HR.

9th  Bowie Kuhn hands Denny McLain his third suspension of the year, this one is for carrying a gun, plus other unspecified charges, and ends McLain’s season with a 3-5 record.

California’s Alex Johnson becomes the 3rd player in history to put one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey when he connects in the 6th against Chicago’s Billy Wynne in a 2–1 loss in 8 innings.  The Sox also win the opener, 11–4, to break their 8 game losing streak. Bill Melton leads to 5-homer offense with a pair and 5 RBIs.

Pitching in his 2nd ML game, Reds rookie Milt Wilcox pitches a 5–0 shutout over the Dodgers in LA.

10thCleveland whips the Senators, 13–4. Frank Howard, with no walks today, hits 2 homers for Washington. Cleveland pitchers will walk Howard 30 times this season, 12 intentionally.

Lee May hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Joe Moeller, and the Reds roll to a 13–4 win over the host Dodgers. The Reds lead is 14 games.

11th  Twenty-one-year-old Vida Blue, recalled from the minors just 8 days earlier, hurls a one-hit shutout as the A’s beat the Royals 3–0. Pat Kelly’s 8th-inning single is the only hit off the fireballing lefty.

Sonny Siebert and Jim Palmer each pitch 12 innings, but Eddie Watt gets the victory for Baltimore by pitching the 13th in the 3–2 win. Boston’s Sparky Lyle is the loser giving up hits to the 2 batters he faces.

13th  At Wrigley, the Pirates lead the Cubs, 2–1 with 2 outs and no on in the 9th when Willie Smith hits a routine fly to Matty Alou. Alou drops it and three singles later the Cubs have a 3–2 win. The victory puts the Cubs a game behind the Bucs and a half-game behind the Mets.

Kansas City sweeps a pair from Oakland, winning both by 8–7 scores. In the 11-inning opener, A’s SS Bert Campaneris sets an AL record by participating in 6 double plays. It will be tied in the NL.

At Minnesota, the White Sox drop 7 runs on the Twins in the 5thand hold on for an 8-7 win over the division leaders.  Reliever Stan Williams faces 4 batters in the frame and gives up 2 runs to take the loss, his first after 9 straight wins this year.  He’ll finish 10-1.

15th  The White Sox hire manager Chuck Tanner from the Pacific Coast League. He replaces Don Gutteridge, who had been fired on September 3rd. Coach Bill Adair ran the team in the interim.

Ken Holtzman wins his 15th, and the Cubs top the Cardinals, 5–3. Chicago moves into 3rd place, just a game behind the first-place Mets and Pirates.

Leo Cardenas hits a 2nd inning grand slam and the Twins beat the Angels, 7-5, in the opener. Stan Williams (10-1) wins in relief. The Angels plate 5 runs in the 9th of game 2 to shock the Twins, 5-3.

Put a band on that golden sombrero. Frank Howard strikes out 5 times in a game one 7-3 Senators loss to the Red Sox. Starter Ken Brett (8-8) strikes him out 4 times as he racks up 11 K’s.  The Sox complete the sweep with an 11-3 win in the nightcap. The Conigliaro brothers each hit homers, with Billy driving in 4 runs.

16th  Clyde Wright joins Dean Chance (1964) as the Angels 2nd twenty-game winner as he beats the Twins, 5–1. Bert Blyleven, 19-year-old rookie, ties an AL record by striking out the first 6 batters. He strikes out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.

17thSudden Sam McDowell wins his 20th game as the Indians beat the Tigers, 6–2.  Niekro (21-13) is the loser.

With the Yankees losing to Boston, the Orioles clinch the AL East despite losing to Washington, 2–0. Bosman is the winner, allowing 5 hits.

The Dodgers lose to the Astros, 10–5, clinching the NL West for the idle Reds. Bob Watson has his second grand slam in 10 days for Houston.

18th  The Cubs sweep a pair from Montreal, winning 3–2 and 5–4. Fergie Jenkins wins his 20th in game 1, helped by Billy Williams 40th homer of the year. Phil Regan is the victor in game 2. Bob Miller, acquired from the White Sox on September1, makes an otherwise forgettable start for the Cubs in game 1, getting a no decision.  He is the first pitcher to make a start for both the Sox and Cubs in the same season. Steve Renko in 1977 will be the second hurler this century.

19th  Syracuse (International League) beats Omaha (American Association) 5–3 in 11 innings, thereby winning the Junior World Series.

Boston’s Billy Conigliaro connects for a 4th inning HR off Washington’s Jim Hannan, and in the 7th frame, brother Tony wallops a solo shot off Joe Grzenda. The Red Sox win 11–3 after taking the first game, 7–3. The brothers also homered in the same game on July 4. Billy will end the year with 18 home runs, while Tony will connect for 36.  Frank Howard is frustrated with 5 strikeouts in game 1.

The Giants Gaylord Perry retires the first 19 batters and settles for 3-hitter in beating the Padres, 3–0.  It is Perry’s 4th straight shut out.

20th  Jim Palmer wins his 20th game, defeating the Indians, 7–0. The Orioles are the first club since 1956 to have three 20-game winners.

Bill Melton sets a White Sox club record with his 30th HR (Eddie Robinson had the mark with 29) leading Chicago to an 8–4 win over the Royals in game 1. Kansas City’s Jim York makes his ML debut in the nightcap, pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief in winning his first game, 8–2. Paid attendance at Comiskey is 672.

21st  The A’s Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 6–0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day. The only base runner against Blue is Harmon Killebrew, who walks in the 4th inning. Bert Campaneris, who helps Blue with a leaping catch on Mitterwald in the 5th, adds a triple and HR. An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue’s 2nd ML start.

The Braves trade veteran Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cubs. In December the Cubs will trade him back to Atlanta.

22nd  Tommy Harper hits his 30th HR to lead the Brewers to a 4–2 win over the Angels. Harper has 33 stolen bases and becomes the 5th major leaguer to go 30-30 in the same season. It is Milwaukee’s 60th win of the year.

The Twins clinch their 2nd straight AL West title, beating the A’s 5–3. Oliva starts the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 1st.

The Reds score 6 runs in the 8th to beat Houston, 6–5. Tommy Helms drives in the last 2 runs with a single.

23rd  The Dodgers knock out starter Gaylord Perry with 5 runs in 4 innings, but the Giants come back to win 14–10.  SF scores 9 in the 6th, featuring a 2-run HR by Jim Ray Hart and a grand slam by Dick Dietz. The Dodgers tie the game at 10-10 in the 8th, but the Giants score 4 in the 10th to win. Ken Henderson belts a 3-run HR off rookie reliever Mike Strahler.

The Cardinals dent the pennant aspirations of the Cubs, stopping them twice by identical 2–1 scores. Bob Gibson and Jerry Reuss are the hurlers for the Birds.

24th  The Cubs stop the Cards, 7–1, behind Ken Holtzman’s 7-hitter, and stay 2 1/2 games in back of the Pirates. Chicago will lose its next two games and Pittsburgh will clinch the divisional title on the 27th.

25th  In the White Sox 5–1 win over the Brewers in game 1, Luis Aparicio sets a ML record for most games at shortstop, 2,219. Ed Herrmann hits a 3-run HR for the Sox. The Brewers win game 2, 3–2.

At Pittsburgh, Willie Stargell throws out a runner in the 8th and singles home the winner in the 9th to give the Pirates a 4–3 win over the Mets.  The Bucs increase their NL East lead to 3 1/2 games over the Mets and Cubs, losers to the Phils.

26th  At Cleveland, the East-leading Orioles score 3 in the 11thto beat the Tribe, 9-6. Fred Lasher (2-10), in his last appearance as an Indian, allows 2 baserunners in the 11thand is lifted for Steve Mangori. Lasher slams the ball into the ground and fires his mitt into the stands. Mangori serves up a 2-run homer to Frank Robinson.

27th  The Red Sox smash 4 homers to reach a club-record 201 homers in handing the Senators their 10th straight loss, 10–1.  Winning pitcher Gary Peters its a 3-run homer, Conigliaro, and George Scott with 2 homers and 5 RBIs are the leaders. The previous Sox high for homers was 197 last season.

The Orioles rally for 2 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians Sam McDowell, 4–3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with 3 innings of hitless relief.  He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks—10 wins and only 6 walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee’s 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next, winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee, Christy Mathewson had 2 seasons of more wins than walks.

The Pirates clinch the NL East with a 2–1 win over the Mets. A record crowd of 50,469 cheer on the Bucs. Boswell, who had played a record 85 games at 2B without an error, boots a grounder in the 5th for his first E in 389 chances. Cleon Jones grounds into a DP, his 11th of the month. He’ll add two to his total and the 13 double plays in a month will not be matched the rest of the century. His 26 is double his highest season total and will lead the NL.

28thIn his first big league start, Mets’ outfielder Leroy Stanton leads off the 1stinning with a triple, his first ML hit, but is knocked on the head by the relay throw, and is forced to leave the game. His pinch runner scores and the Mets go on to win, 6–3, on 2-run homers in the 9th and 10th by Clendenon and Garrett.  Hoyt Wilhelm is the loser in his only Cub decision.

Jack Billingham strikes out 12 and shuts out the Giants, 3–0.  Billingham also throws a wild pitch, giving Houston a ML record 91 on the season. The record for a 154-game schedule is 70.

29th  Winning pitcher Ted Abernathy singles home a run in the 12th to give the Royals a 14–13 win over the Twins. The 2 teams use 49 players, 27 by Minnesota, to set a new ML record. The previous mark (48) in both leagues was set in 1956. The Twins lead 9–5 going into the 9th but the Royals score 6 runs. Leo Cardenas has 5 hits and 4 RBIs for the Twins.

The Mets top the Cubs, 3-1, behind Jerry Koosman (12-7). Cleon Jones grounds into his 5th double play in his last 5 games and finishes the season with 26 double plays hit into; no one will top that in the next 40 years.

30th  On the last day of their season, the Yankees Fritz Peterson wins his 20th, defeating the Red Sox, 4–3.  Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado, with his first ML homer, go deep for Boston. Yaz has an infield single in his second at bat, but despite twisting his ankle, stays in the game. He makes two more outs, reducing his batting average to .32862. Alex Johnson of the Angels goes 2-for-3 today and wins the AL batting title with .32899.

OCTOBER

1st  In a 9–5 loss to Pittsburgh, Dal Maxvil of the Cardinals completes the most impotent offensive season (minimum 150 games) in NL history, setting records for fewest at bats (399), hits (80), doubles (5), long hits (7), and lowest batting (.201) and slugging (.223) averages.

The final game at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium is played, the Phillies beating the Expos 2–1 in 10 innings and escape the cellar. A trickle of fans started running onto the field beginning in the 8th inning when the rosin bag was stolen in between innings. One fan grabbed the arm of left fielder Ron Stone just as he started after a ball hit by John Bateman. The ball falls safely, putting the tying run on. With the game’s end, the crowd of 31,822 responds by swarming onto and destroying the field and stadium.  A post-game ceremony with 67 prizes to be awarded, is canceled.

The Angels Alex Johnson grounds out and then hits 2 singles to edge Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski for the AL batting title, .3290 to .3286. Johnson leaves the game after his 2nd hit as the Angels go 13 innings to top the White Sox, 5–4. Yastrzemski goes 12-for-20 over his last 6 games. The Red Sox ended their season September 30th.

Fergie Jenkins allows two hits—two doubles by Ken Singleton, and Joe Pepitone hits a 2-run homer to beat the Mets, 4–1. The win puts the Cubs in 2nd place in the NL East, with the Mets in 3rd.

The Senators end the season with a 3–2 loss to the host Orioles, and finish the season with 14 straight losses.  The O’s win their 11th straight, setting a club-record winning streak. Frank Robinson homers for the Orioles, his 475th homer, tying him for 12th on the all-time list with Musial.

Detroit P John Hiller ties an AL record by striking out 7 straight batters and allowing 2 hits as the Tigers beat Cleveland, 1–0. Throwing his first CG since June of last year, Hiller fans the side in the 3rd and 4th and strikes out the first batter in the 5th.

2nd  Billy Martin is announced as the new Tiger manager, replacing Mayo Smith, who was fired a day earlier. The A’s Charlie Finley fires manager John McNamara and replaces him with Dick Williams.

3rd  Pitcher Mike Cuellar contributes a grand slam as the Orioles explode for 7 runs in the 4th inning to rout the Twins 10–6 in the opening game of the AL Championship Series. This is the first homer hit by a pitcher in the LCS and the only homer hit by one this century in the ALCS.

Pete Rose’s RBI single in the 10th inning breaks up a scoreless game as the Reds win the NLCS opener 3–0 over Pittsburgh. Gary Nolan gets the shutout victory for Cincinnati, as Dock Ellis takes the loss.

4th  ML umpires return after a one-day walkout in quest of higher wages. Minor league umps had been pressed into service for the opening LCS games the day before. There had been rumors of a strike for several days as negotiations between the umpires and ML baseball had reached an impasse.

Bobby Tolan leads the Reds to a 3–1 win as Cincinnati continues to roll over the Pirates in the NLCS. Tolan tallies 3 hits, including a HR, and scores all 3 of his team’s runs.

Dave McNally hurls Baltimore to a 2-0 ALCS lead as the Orioles blast the Twins 11–3. Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva hit home runs in a losing cause.

5th  Johnny Bench and Tony Perez homer as the Reds beat the Pirates 3–2, while Jim Palmer pitches Baltimore to a 6–1 win over Minnesota. Both teams thus complete sweeps of their respective LCS and advance to the World Series.

St. Louis trades controversial slugger Dick Allen to Los Angeles for 2B Ted Sizemore and C Bob Stinson.

9th  The Tigers trade Denny McLain to the Senators in an 8-player deal that also sees OF Elliott Maddox, 22-year-old 3B Aurelio Rodriguez, and P Joe Coleman change teams. This ranks as one of Detroit’s best trades ever.

10th  Baltimore overcomes a 3–0 deficit to beat the Reds 4–3 in the WS opener at Riverfront Stadium as Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks, and Brooks Robinson contribute home runs to the winning effort. The Jackson Five sing the National Anthem.

11th  Boston’s Tony Conigliaro (OF) and California’s Doug Griffin (2B) switch clubs in a 6-player swap.

The Orioles again overcome a 3–0 deficit to win 6–5, as Powell hits his second WS round-tripper. Baltimore takes a 2-0 advantage in games.

13th  The Orioles win their 3rd straight over the Reds 9–3, with winning pitcher Dave McNally slugging a grand slam off Wayne Granger, the only one by a pitcher in WS history. Frank Robinson and Don Buford also contribute homers, and 3B Brooks Robinson continues his excellence with the glove, as he makes 2 spectacular grabs in the field.

14th  After Casey Stengel throws out the first pitch, Lee May’s 8th-inning 3-run homer gives the Reds their first Series win, 6–5. RF Pete Rose throws out Brooks Robinson at the plate and homers in the 5th. The loss ends the Orioles’ 17-game winning streak, which started at the end of the regular season.

15th  For the third time the Orioles overcome a 3–0 deficit to bury the Reds, 9–3, and win the World Championship 4 games to one. Frank Robinson and Merv Rettenmund each homer and drive in 2 runs. Brooks Robinson, the “human vacuum cleaner,” easily wins the WS MVP award. The Orioles clubhouse celebration is sparked by relief pitcher Moe Drabowsky, who lights up Commissioner Bowie Kuhn with a hot foot. As he later told Bob Cairns in Pen Men, “I stuck a book of matches under his foot and then got a can of lighter fluid, ran a trail all the way back through the room about 40 feet away, all the way into the training room. So I lit it up from back there and all of a sudden you see the flame snake out to where the book was, and it exploded and it lit Bowie up real good.”

18th  Sachio Kinugasa takes his place in the starting lineup of the Hiroshima Carp, playing 3B. Over the next 17 years he will play in 2,215 consecutive games—the durability record of professional baseball, topping Lou Gehrig’s 2,130.

23rdLong-time Senator and Twins fan favorite (to boo) Sherry Robertson is killed in a one-car accident following a hunting outing. Robertson, nephew of Nats owner Clark Griffith, played for the Senators and served this past year as a Twins coach, taking time off from his job as Farm Team Director in order to qualify for a higher pension.  Robertson is the brother of Twins president Cal Griffith and the brother-in-law of AL prexy Joe Cronin.

NOVEMBER

3rd  The Phillies trade Curt Flood to the Senators for 3 minor league players.

Bob Gibson wins the NL Cy Young Award by a 118-51 margin over Giant Gaylord Perry. Gibson posted a 23-7 record for the Cardinals.

6th  The Twins Jim Perry wins the AL Cy Young Award in a close race. Perry, who won 24 games during the season, receives 55 points to edge out McNally (47), McDowell (45), and Cuellar (44).

11th  Boog Powell, who batted .297 with 35 homers and 114 RBI for Baltimore, is named AL MVP by a 234-157 margin over the Twins Tony Oliva.

18th  Johnny Bench wins the NL MVP Award with 326 points, 108 more than the Cubs Billy Williams. Bench had 45 homers, 148 RBI, and a .293 average for the Reds. His 355 total bases is a record for a catcher, one that will be tied by Mike Piazza in 1997.

21st  TSN announces Gold Glove selections. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio wins the 9th and final honor of his career, while Mets OF Tommie Agee becomes the first non pitcher to win it in each league. Aparicio has now won a gold glove in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

25th  Yankee catcher Thurman Munson receives 23 of 24 votes in being named AL Rookie of the Year. Munson batted .302 in 132 games.

26th  Hey, Mom, guess what!  The Cubs acquire infielder Hal Breeden from the Braves for knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm. They then trade OF Willies Smith to the Reds for C Danny Breeden. The Breeden brothers will play 48 games together as Cubs next year, before both move on.

27th  Carl Morton, who was 18-11 for the last-place Expos, receives the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Morton beats out Reds OF Bernie Carbo, 11 votes to 8.  Both Rookies of the Year will be dead by 1983.

30th  The White Sox trade OF Ken Berry to the Angels for OF Jay Johnstone in a 6-player deal. The White Sox also make a rare trade with the Cubs when they send OF Jose Ortiz and infielder Ossie Blanco to the North side for pitchers Pat Jacquez and Dave Lemonds.

The Orioles trade Moe Drabowsky again, sending him to the Cardinals for Jerry DeVanon.

DECEMBER

1st  Pitchers Tom Phoebus, Al Severinsen, and Fred Beene, and SS Enzo Hernandez, go from the Orioles to the Padres for pitchers Pat Dobson and Tom Dukes. Dobson will win 20 games for the Orioles in 1971.

The Red Sox trade 2B Mike Andrews and SS Luis Alvarado to the White Sox for veteran SS Luis Aparicio.

2nd  In a 6-player swap with the Pirates, the Royals acquire SS Fred Patek.  The Pirates pick up P Bob Johnson in the deal, but the righty will go just 17–16 in 3 years.

11th  The Braves Rico Carty, the leading active ML hitter at .322 lifetime, suffers a fractured knee and ligament damage in a Dominican League game. Carty will miss the entire 1971 season.

The Dodgers trade pitchers Ray Lamb (6-1) and Alan Foster (10-13) to the Indians for catcher Duke Sims.

14th  St. Louis OF Herman Hill drowns in the Caribbean, near Valencia, Venezuela, at age 25. He had been traded from the Twins on October 20th.

15th  The Reds trade former ace Jim Maloney to the Angels for Greg Garrett. Maloney was just 0-1 this year and will do no better in California.

21st  Jimmy Wynn of the Astros is injured during a domestic quarrel. He will undergo abdominal surgery for a stab wound but will suffer no long-term effects.

30thThe Giants trade popular second baseman Ron Hunt to the Expos for 1B Dave McDonald. Hunt will be a solid starter for 3 seasons in Montreal, while McDonald will be sold back to the Expos on March 25, 1971.

 

 

 

  • 1971

JANUARY

7th  Reds OF Bobby Tolan suffers a ruptured Achilles tendon while playing basketball on the Reds off-season team and undergoes surgery. He’ll return to action but reinjure the heel on May 7 and miss the entire 1971 season. The front office disbands the basketball team.

11th  Tigers P John Hiller, age 27, suffers a heart attack and will miss the 1971 season.  Hiller will have seven feet of intestine removed to relieve a cholesterol problem before making a remarkable comeback.

21st  The BBWAA fails to elect anyone in the annual Hall of Fame election. With 270 votes required, the nearest finishers are Yogi Berra (242) and Early Wynn (240).

23rd  Brewers owner Bud Selig hires Frank Lane to be GM, the fifth club that Lane has worked for in this capacity.

29th  The Pirates trade OF Matty Alou and P George Brunet to the Cardinals for OF Vic Davalillo and P Nelson Briles.

31st  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects 7 men for enshrinement: former players Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey, Dave Bancroft, and executive George Weiss.

FEBRUARY

9th  Former Negro Leagues P Satchel Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10th the Hall’s new Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select Paige for induction.

10th  Los Angeles trades OF Andy Kosco to Milwaukee for P Al Downing. Downing will go on to win 20 games for the Dodgers in 1971.

17th  Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski signs what is believed to be the richest player contract in baseball history: 3 years for a total of $500,000.

20th  Ted Kluszewski hits a 500-foot 3-run single to lead the NL team to a 5–3 victory in the annual March of Dimes old-timers’ game.

MARCH

1st  Willie Mays signs a 2-year contract with the Giants for $165,000 per year.

6th  At Mesa, AZ, the A’s and Brewers test Charlie Finley’s idea of 3-ball walks. The A’s win 13–9 in a game featuring 19 free passes, essentially ending the experiment.

12th  Cubs iron-man C Randy Hundley suffers a severely sprained right knee. He will play only 9 games all season before submitting to surgery.

15th  Bernice Gera, a 39-year-old New York housewife, files suit against baseball, claiming violation of her civil rights. Mrs. Gera had completed an umpire school and signed a contract to work in the New York-Pennsylvania League, but her contract had been voided 6 days later with no explanation.

21st  The Kansas City Royals new Baseball Academy is officially dedicated. Its stated purpose is “to provide youth with the dual opportunity to pursue an education and at the same time learn the skills of our national pastime.”

31st  The Mets trade 1969 hero OF Ron Swoboda and infielder Rich Hacker to Montreal for OF Don Hahn. Swoboda will go to the Yankees in June for OF Ron Woods.

The Twins release former 20-game winner Luis Tiant. Tiant was 7-3 last season, losing 3 out of his last 4 because of a break discovered in his pitching arm.  He pitched just 8 innings this spring because of a rib injury.  He will sign a minor league contract with the Braves, then move over to the Red Sox Triple-A team.

APRIL

2nd  Bring on the Cubs and Indians. A bizarre exhibition tripleheader takes place in the Astrodome as the Astros, Yankees and Twins square off in three 5-inning games. The Astros beat the Yankees, 2-1; then the Twins beat the Yankees, 4-1; and lastly the Astros beat the Twins, 5-3. The Astros “win” the tripleheader, as they have the highest run-differential, and the Twins finish second. Attendance is 8,088.

4th On the last day of spring training, White Sox pitcher Joel Horlen tears a cartilage sliding into 2B against the Cubs in Scottsdale. He returns with the Cubs to Chicago, while the Sox go to California to open the season. Horlen is expected to be out 8 weeks, but will pitch in 4 weeks, but not gain his first win until June 15.

5th  With 45,000 fans on hand at RFK Stadium, the Senators beat the Oakland A’s, 8–0, behind the pitching of Dick Bosman. The loser is Vida Blue, who allows 4 runs in less than 3 innings. This will be the last Opening Day in Washington.

In 45 degree weather, the Reds play their first opener at Riverfront Stadium, dropping a 7–4 decision to the Braves. The Reds make 6 errors, 3 by 3B Woody Woodward. The win goes to 6′ 6″ reliever Cecil Upshaw, who missed last season after almost losing the ring finger on his pitching hand. Upshaw was dunking a basketball and his hand got entangled in the net causing the injury.

Decked out in their bright new uniforms, predominantly orange, the Astros open at home with a 5–2 win over the Dodgers. Larry Dierker is the winner over Bill Singer. Astro OF Cesar Geronimo and Jim Wynn make great throws to cut down LA rallies.

6th  Willie Mays, a month shy of his 40th birthday, homers (his 629th) on the first pitch he sees in a 4–0 Opening Day Giants win over the Padres. He also laces a double. Mays will go on to hit homers in each of the Giants first 4 games of the season, setting a since-tied ML record. Juan Marichal wins on a 5-hitter.

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox take their second straight Opener against the Yankees, winning 3–1.  Boston’s Ray Culp allows 5 hits in 9 innings in winning over Stan Bahnsen, who gives up 2 runs in 7 innings.  Reggie Smith has 3 hits and his throw to the plate in the 8th gets the last out.

Before 39,712 chilled fans in Pittsburgh, the Pirates win their Opener, 4–2, over the Phils. Dock Ellis is the winner, laying down 3 sac bunts, and getting help with 4 Phillie errors.

Before 41,121 at Chicago, Billy Williams clubs a 10th inning homer off Bob Gibson to give the Cubs a 2–1 win over the Cards. Joe Torre’s homer, off Fergie Jenkins, is the only Cardinal score.

At Houston, Claude Osteen allows 4 hits and rookie Bill Buckner’s homer accounts for all the scoring as the Dodgers beat the Astros, 2–0. Don Wilson takes the loss. Osteen was 6–0 last year against Houston.

The Mets win their first opener ever at Shea Stadium, beating the Expos, 4–2, in 5 innings. Heavy rain and wind cuts the contest short.  Tom Seaver is the winner over Morton.

7th  The dismissal of Curt Flood’s suit against baseball is upheld by a 3-judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tommy John pitches 6 innings and Vicente Romo adds 3 scoreless innings as the White Sox edge the A’s, 6-5.  Sal Bando  has a 3-run homer for Oakland. Chicago tacks on a 12-4 win in game 2 as Bill Melton, who homered in game 1, hits a grand slam and Mike Andrews has 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Chicago is 2-0.

8th  Willie Mays hits a grand slam, off Dick Kelley, and drives in 5 runs as the Giants tip the Padres, 7-6. For Mays, it is his third homer in three games against San Diego.

9th  The A’s trade OF/1B Felipe Alou to the Yankees for 2 pitchers, Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Klimkowski will come back to the Yankees next year and Gardner will return in 6 weeks.

10th  The Phillies debut in new $49.5 million Veterans Stadium, beating Montreal 4–1. Don Money connects for the park’s first HR.

The Pirates drop a 5–4 decision in Atlanta despite getting 3 HRs from Willie Stargell.

Willie Mays and Dick Dietz hit 2-run homers, off Jerry Reuss, and the Giants beat the visiting Cardinals, 6-4.  Mays has now homered in each of the first 4 games, the first player to do so.  Mark McGwire will match him in 1998.

Cleveland piles on 11 runs in the first 5 innings and holds on for an 11-10 win over the Red Sox.  Larry Brown has 5 RBIs for the Cleveland while Luis Aparicio has a grand slam and 6 RBIs for Boston. The win goes to reliever Camilo Pascual who gives up 3 runs in 3+ innings, and walks 5 and strikes out 5. He’ll rack up one more win in his stellar career.

11thThe Twins Jim Kaat scatters 11 hits in shutting out the White Sox, 6–0.

The Mets trip the Reds, 1-0, when Jerry Grote hits a game-ending homer in the 11th off Wayne Granger.

Rookie Roger Freed hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, off Howie Reed, and drives in 5 runs as the Phillies paste the visiting Expos, 11-4.

13th  A 2-run single by Lou Piniella in the 7th allows the Royals to beat the Twins 5–3 in a game that features a record 7 hit by pitches. This ties the mark set by the Tigers and Senators on August 24, 1914 and tied again in 1989. The plunkers include Tom Burgmeir (2), York (1) and Abernathy (1) for KC, and Williams (1) and Perranoski (2) for the Twins.

17th  At Detroit, Willie Horton is 5-for-6 with 2 HRs and 6 RBI, and Detroit needs all of it as they win in 10 innings over Boston 10–9. Horton, with a grand slam and solo homer, singles in the 10th with the bases loaded.  Trailing 7–1, the Tigers eventually tie the score in the 7th on successive homers by Northrop, Cash, and Horton. Timmerman, with 4 scoreless innings, is the winner.

19th  Longtime Giants announcer Russ Hodges dies at Mill Valley, California.

Harmon Killebrew has 6 RBIs as the Twins build a 9-0 lead after 3 innings and hold on for a 9-8 win over the visiting Royals. Bob Oliver cracks a grand slam for KC.

21st  In a 10–2 Pirates win over the Braves, Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time of the young season. Stargell turned the trick 11 days ago.

22nd In the Pirates 7–4 win over the Braves, Willie Stargell hits his 10th HR of the month to tie a ML record.

23rd Steve Kline scatters 5 hits and Bobby Murcer is a double shy of the cycle as the Yankees beat the Twins, 7-3. The Twins score in the 1st on a triple steal as Rod Carew swipes home, Tony Oliva takes 3B and Harmon Killebrew swipes 2B. It is the 5th time Killebrew has participated in a triple steal. He’ll end his career with 19 stolen bases.

24th  Milt Pappas (3-1) gives up a grand slam to Tommie Agee but his Cubs still beat the Mets, 7-5. Ron Santo has a homer and scores 3 runs for Chicago.

Roger Repoz of the Angels belts a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, off Dick Hall, to beat the Orioles, 7-4.

Dick Green hits a grand slam in Oakland’s 5-run 5th as the A’s edge the Tigers, 5-4. Catfish Hunter has 3 hits as he picks up his second win.

27th  Hank Aaron becomes the 3rd member of the 600-HR club, but one of the other 2 members—the Giants Willie Mays—hits a 10th-inning single to beat Aaron’s Braves.

Curt Flood jumps the Senators after 13 games and departs for Denmark, ending his playing career. He sends a telegram to Senators’ owner Bob Short, which says in part:

” I tried. A year and a half is too much. Very severe personal problems are mounting every day. Thanks for your confidence and understanding.” Flood batted .293 and won 7 Gold Glove Awards during his 15-year tenure in the major leagues. He will continue his antitrust suit which will eventually reach the Supreme Court.

The Pirates lose to the Dodgers 7–5, but Willie Stargell sets a ML record with his 11th HR in the month of April with a shot over the CF wall in Pittsburgh.

30th  Oakland dazzles the Indians with a color display as Dick Green, Vida Blue, and Larry Brown score the runs in a 3–1 victory. Blue (6-1) gives up 6 hits, including a single to Lou Camilli, who gets his first ML hit in his third year. He snaps a 0-34 to start a career, a ML record (for a non-pitcher; the records go back to 1920) that Vic Harris will topple next year.

MAY

1st  Against the Red Sox, starter Minnesota Jim Perry serves up home run balls to the first two batters, Luis Aparicio and Reggie Smith. This hasn’t happened in the AL since 1962, when Perry was on the mound for Cleveland against the Twins. Perry shakes off his start to win, 7–3, collecting 3 hits and scoring 3 runs himself.

2nd  Sam McDowell is suddenly knocked out in the 1st inning at Oakland and charged with the 8–5 loss. Sam gives up 5 runs, 3 on a homer by Reggie Jackson. But McDowell comes back in game 2 to win in relief, 7–3, in 10 innings. Ted Ford’s 3-run homer is the big blow.

3rd  The Toei Flyers set a Japan League record of 5 HRs in one inning, tying the American record held by several teams, most recently the Minnesota Twins in 1966. The record will be tied in 1977 and 1980, and finally broken in 1986.

6th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn signs ML baseball to a $72 million television contract with NBC.

8th  At Philadelphia, Joe Morgan has 4 hits steals 2 bases, and scores 3 runs to lead Houston to an 8–1 win over the Phils.  Winning P Don Wilson knocks in 2 runs with a bunt double that rolls past SS Larry Bowa, who is breaking for 3B.

The A’s trade 1B Don Mincher, P Paul Lindblad, C Frank Fernandez, and cash to the Senators for 1B Mike Epstein and P Darold Knowles.  The Nats will sell Fernandez back to the A’s in late June, and  the A’s will trade Frank to the Cubs.

The Reds trade Kurt Bevacqua upstate to the Indians for OF Buddy Bradford.

9th  At San Francisco, the Braves and Giants split a pair. After the Giants win the opener, 5–2, the Braves take the nightcap, 6–5, in 11 innings. Orlando Cepeda connects for a grand slam and solo homer for Atlanta, while McCovey has a 3-run HR for SF. The Braves win it in the 10th when Ralph Garr scores after collecting his 4th hit.

10th  At New York, Ken Harrelson’s 2-run single in the 7th beats Houston and Wade Blasingame, 2–1.  It is Blasingame’s first loss to the Mets after 9 wins.

11th  Indian pitcher Steve Dunning connects for a grand slam, but doesn’t get the win, as Cleveland beats the A’s 7–5.  Dunning, who came straight to the majors from Stanford, hits the last grand slam this century by an AL pitcher.

At Shea, Nolan Ryan (4-0) allows 3 hits, strikes out 8 and walks 7 as the Mets down the Astros, 8-1. Dave Marshall has a grand slam in the Mets 5-run 6th.

13thThe Reds swap OF Angel Bravo to the Padres for OF Al Ferrara, who (as noted by Reds historians Greg Rhodes and John Snyder) once played solo piano at Carnegie Hall at age 12. After Ferrara hits .182 for the season, he’ll pose the question: “what did you expect for Angel Bravo—Willie Mays?”

14th  Syracuse blows its 11–1 lead in an International League game as Winnipeg gets 9 HRs to tie the game at 13. Syracuse finally wins 15–13 in the 12th inning.

After pitching 7 straight complete-game victories, Vida Blue leaves in the 7th, losing 2–0 to the Royals. The A’s rally for 5 runs in the 9th on 2 hits to win, 5–2. The 2 teams combine for 9 double plays, tying the AL mark.  The A’s 6 DPs is one short of the record.

15thFergie Jenkins (7–2) pitches and bats the Cubs to a 6–4 win over San Diego. Jenkins hits a 2-run HR and finishes his 7th game in 8 starts.  Billy Williams connects for his 300th HR.

16thDoug Rader connects for a grand slam and a 2-run double to tie the Astros club franchise record of 6 RBIs. The Astros outhit the Cards 17–16 and outscore them 12–4. St. Louis strands 10.

17th  The Red Sox sign P Luis Tiant, who had been released by the Twins and Braves during the preceding 5 weeks, and assign him to Louisville. He will put together three 20-win seasons for the Red Sox in 5 years.

Atlanta’s Ralph Garr homers in the 10th and 12th innings of a game against the Mets, tying a ML record for most HRs in extra innings. He’s just the 4th to do it and the 2nd NLer. Art Shamsky last did it, in 1966. The Braves win 4–3.

Washington OF Tom McCraw “slugs” a 140-foot HR against the Cleveland Indians. SS Jack Heidemann, CF Vada Pinson, and LF John Lowenstein collide on his short pop fly to left center, and McCraw circles the bases before the ball is retrieved.

18th  Jose Cardenal singles in the 9th to give the Cards a 6–5 win over the Dodgers. Cardenal, playing RF, also nabs Don Sutton in the 3rd inning on a 9–3 putout.

19th  Clete Boyer and Mike Lum hit 2 homers apiece to lead the Braves to a 10–4 win over the Expos. After Boyer homers in the 3rd, Lum follows with a solo shot. The red hot Boyer now has 5 homers in 5 games and 6 for the year,but this is his last ML homer.

Jim Palmer allows just 4 hits in the Orioles 4-1 victory over the Senators. Mike Thompson, in his ML debut, gives up just one hit, to Palmer, in 7 innings but allows 2 runs (one earned) and takes the loss. No one the rest of the century (not till 2011) will debut allowing one hit in 5+ innings and lose.

22nd  At the Astrodome, John Mayberry drives in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th to give Houston a 2-1 victory over San Francisco. Catcher John Edwards scores the first run in the 3rd inning on a straight steal of home.

23rd  With 53,337 on hand Mickey Lolich and Les Cain, with 3 innings from Joe Niekro, notch shutouts as the Tigers sweep a doubleheader from the Senators 5–0 and 11–0. The loser in the opener is Denny McLain, making his first appearance in Detroit since being traded. Kaline and Cash each hit 2-run homers off Denny, with Cash adding another pair, one with the sacks full, in the nightcap.

24th  In Philadelphia, the Reds Gary Nolan loses a one hitter to the Phils, 2–1. The only hit is Denny Doyle’s 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.

26thThe Padres Al “Iron Man” Santorini starts both ends of a doubleheader against the Astros. Santorini, facing a lineup of 7 lefties, retires one batter before manager Preston Gomez lifts him for lefty Roberts.  It almost works, but Houston scores a run in the 9th to win, 2–1. In the nightcap, Santorini gives up 2 earned runs in 6 innings, but the Padres manage only one hit—a 2-out single in the 7th by Brown—off Larry Dierker. The Astros win, 8–0. Santorini is the first pitcher since 1950 to start 2 games in one day.

The Yankees swap 27-year-old Curt Blefary to Oakland for pitchers Darrell Osteen and Rob Gardner. Gardner had been traded to the A’s by New York last month.

Chicago’s Wilbur Wood stops Kansas City, 7-2, as Wally Bunker pitches a scoreless 9th for the Royals.  It is the last appearance for the former phenom and Rookie of the Year, finished at age 26 with shoulder problems.

28th  The Braves Clete Boyer, involved in a dispute with owner Paul Richards and manager Lum Harris over alleged silly rules and mismanagement, gets his release and retires (he’ll later play in Japan). Boyer had hit safely in the last 9 games of his career, including 5 HRs and 14 RBIs.

At Riverfront Stadium, Don Gullett (10 IP) and Clay Carroll combine to beat the Astros, 1–0, in 13 innings. Lee May hits a single to drive in the game-winner.

29th  The Mets feature firepower as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver combine to strike out 26, tying Mets own ML record (Sept. 9, 1970) in a sweep of the Padres. Seaver wins the opener, 5–1, with 10 K’s and Ryan cops the nightcap, 2–1. Mets batters strike out 15 times: the 41 strikeouts ties the ML record.

In a great trade for Cincinnati, the Giants ship OF George Foster to the Reds for SS Frank Duffy and P Vern Geishert.

30th  Willie Mays hits his 638th career HR for the Giants, adding in the process his NL record 1,950th run scored. Stan Musial had been the record holder with 1,949 runs. The Giants beat Montreal, 5–4.

Willie Stargell clocks a Ken Holtzman pitch deep into the right field upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium, one of four he will park there, and the Corsairs coast to a 10–0 romp over the Cubs. Bob Moose is the victor over Ken Holtzman.

31st  The Giants beat the Mets 2–1 in 11 innings to raise their record to 37-14 and open a 10 1⁄2 game lead over the 2nd-place Dodgers.

     Don Sutton allows 3 hits over 7+ innings as the Dodgers shut out the Expos, 4-0.  Sutton induces Ron Hunt to ground into a 6th inning double play, the only DP the speedy infielder will hit into this season.

The Cards nip the Braves, 3–2, but Lou Brock goes hitless, ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 26.

JUNE

3rd  At Cincinnati, Cub southpaw Ken Holtzman tosses the 2nd no-hitter of his career, victimizing the Reds 1–0. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the 3rd inning to beat Gary Nolan.

4th  At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds recover from being no hit to roll over the Cards, 12–0. Ross Grimsley pitches his first ML shutout and is backed by a 17 hit attack. Foster and Perez each have 4 hits.

The Red Sox recall P Luis Tiant from Louisville.

5th  The Braves beat the visiting Cubs, 6-4, when Mike Lum hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th. The Cubs had scored in the top of the frame.

At County Stadium, the Orioles roll by the Brewers, 12-4.  Elrod Hendricks has 4 hits and a pair of RBIs, and Paul Blair adds a grand slam. The O’s lead the AL East by a half game over the Red Sox.

6th  Willie Mays strokes a 12th-inning HR off Joe Hoerner of the Phillies in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, his 22nd—and last—career extra-inning belt, a ML mark. The Giants win, 4–3, after losing the opener to Rick Wise, 1–0. It’s the first shutout over the Giants this year.

The Los Angeles Dodgers hold their first Old Timers game featuring Dodgers of the fifties against Dodgers of the sixties. Maury Wills, who is still on the active roster, plays in the game and swipes a couple of bases while the crowd chants “Go, Go, Go,” as they had in the 1962-66 period before he was traded to Pittsburgh. Wills then plays in the regular game and helps the Dodgers beat the Mets, 4–3.

Padres pitcher Dave Roberts allows 9 hits, but shuts out the Expos, 8-0, in game 1.  He walks none and K’s none.  Batterymate Bob Barton drives in 3 runs. Nate Colbert’s grand slam in game 2 is the difference as the Padres win, 8-4.

7th  The Brewers trade Danny Walton to the Yankees for prospects Bobby Mitchell and Frank Tepedino. Walton hit 17 HRs in 1970, but is hitting just .203 this year.

8th  Danny Goodwin is chosen as the first player in the June draft and turns down a reported $50,000 offer from the White Sox to attend Southern University. He will be chosen number one again in 1975. The Sox fail to sign 10 of their 14 picks. The Padres select P Jay Franklin with the 2nd pick. The Expos use the 4th overall pick to take 17-year-old SS Condredge Holloway, who never does play pro baseball, opting after college to play 13 seasons in the CFL. Boston uses the 15th pick on the first round to take Jim Rice. Future MVP Keith Hernandez, who did not play baseball his senior year in HS, lasts until the 42nd round (Cards). The Senators pick Dartmouth’s Pete Broberg and he bypasses the minors to make his ML debut on June 20th. Other selections to jump right to the majors are the U of Texas Burt Hooton (Cubs, June 17) and MSU’s Rob Ellis (Brewers, June 18).

Ken Holtzman pitches 12 innings for the Cubs before Joe Pepitone hits a game-ending homer off Pittsburgh’s Mudcat Grant to win, 1-0. Pepi did it once before in extra innings, in the AL, and is the first to do it in both leagues.

9th  Expo Steve Renko pitches the first of 2 one-hitters of the season. He beats the Giants 4–0 exactly a month before he will top the Phillies 3–0. Dick Dietz’s single is the only hit.

12th  Phillies 2B Terry Harmon accepts 18 chances during a 3–0 win over the Padres, setting a modern ML record. Meanwhile, the Phils deal another 2B, veteran Tony Taylor, to the Tigers for 2 minor leaguers.

13th  Chico Ruiz allegedly pulls a gun on Angels teammate Alex Johnson in a clubhouse incident. There are no witnesses to the episode, which Ruiz denies, and it is one of a series of problems involving Johnson in 1971. Both players are hitless pinch hitters in the 5–2 loss to Washington.

15th  Joe Horlen wins his first of the year, beating Detroit, 6-1. Bill Melton clubs a grand slam for the White Sox.

The Cardinals trade Mike Torrez to the Expos for Bob Reynolds. Torrez will get in to one game this year for Montreal while Reynolds will record no decisions in his six weeks with St. Louis before he is traded to Milwaukee.

16th  First place Oakland’s 5 solo HRs account for all their scoring in a 5–1 win over Washington. Mike Epstein homers his first 2 times up to give him a record-tying 4 straight over 2 games. Vida Blue (14–2) picks up the win.

In Montreal, Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman throws a masterful one-hitter in beating San Diego, 2-0. Stoneman strikes out 14 and gives up one walk in a game he considers better than his two no-hitters. The only hit is a single by Cito Gaston. Stoneman has a hit himself and an RBI.

17th  Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7–6 in 10 innings. He’s the first Cub with 6 hits since Frank Demaree on July 5, 1937.  The Cards tie a ML record by using 5 pitchers in the 8th after the Cubs tie at 5–5.

After the White Sox score 3 in the top half of the 11th, the Twins score 4 in their half to win, 7–6. George Mitterwald drives in the winning run with his 4th hit.

18th  In the first of two at Candlestick, Juan Marichal and the Giants top the Padres, 7-3 in game 1. Marichal allows a 3-run homer to Cito Gaston in the 9th.  In game 2, Nate Colbert leads off the 9th with a homer, and 3 batters later, Bob Barton clubs a grand slam to give the Padres a 9-5 lead. The Giants come back with a 5-spot to win as Dick Dietz hits a double with the bases full to score 3 runs.

John Bateman hits a grand slam for the Expos, one of 5 homers in the game, but the Pirates edge Montreal, 9-8, in 11 innings.

19th  Indians leadoff batters Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson belt homers off Detroit’s Dean Chance in the first inning, but Detroit ties in the 5th, goes ahead on Rodriguez’s homer in the 7th, and wins, 5–3, after Norm Cash hits is 15th homer in the 8th.

The Phils Larry Bowa steals two bases on the same play in the 14th against the Mets.  Bowa reaches 1B and takes 2B on a groundout. Montanez strikes out and Oscar Gamble is walked intentionally. Bowa steals 3B as Gamble is caught in a rundown trying to steal 2B. Bowa continues home and scores, drawing a throw as Gamble reaches 2B safely. NL President Chub Feeney will rule that Bowa should be given two steals on the play and Gamble one. But the Mets tie in the bottom of the 14th on Ken Singleton’s homer and win it, 6-5, in the 15th on Donn Clendenon’s walkoff homer.

Don Sutton (6-6) pitches a one-hitter against Houston as the Dodgers win, 4-0.  Jimmy Wynn’s 6th inning double is the lone hit for the Astros.

20th  Four grand slams are hit in the ML, by the Braves Earl Williams, the Phillies Deron Johnson, the White Sox Rick Reichardt, and the Pirates Willie Stargell. Williams slam comes in a 5–4 loss, and the Braves drop a 2nd game, 2–0 to the Reds. The Pirates whip Montreal, 7–1, and the Sox pummel the Twins, 18–8. Deron Johnson’s slam, in the 11th, gives the Phils a split with the Mets.

21st  Behind Dock Ellis’s 9th straight victory, the Pirates down the Mets, 4-0, and take a 4 1/2 game lead in the NL East. Willie Stargell has a 2-run HR to help Ellis. Three double plays help as does 1B Bob Robertson, who sets a ML record for most assists in a 9-inning game by a first sacker with 8. The extra-inning mark is also 8, set by Buc 1B Bob Skinner in 1954.

Oakland phenom Vida Blue strikes out 13 in notching his 15th victory, beating the Twins, 3-2.

In his first ML start, Dodger rookie Bobby O’Brien shuts out the Cardinals, 4-0 and beats Bob Gibson.

      Indians slugger Ken Harrelson announces his retirement from baseball to join the pro golf tour.

The Braves release vet knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm who will sign on with the Dodgers.

23rd  In a singular performance, Phillie pitcher Rick Wise no-hits the Reds 4–0 and bangs 2 HRs in the game, a dinger each off Ross Grimsley and Clay Carroll. Wise gets Pete Rose for the last out. It is the 2nd no-hitter against the Reds this month.

Padres Bob Miller wins a pair from Houston, relieving in the 9th and pitching 4 innings in the opener, and then pitching two more innings in the nightcap. The Pads win 3–2 and 4–3.

24th  The Mets Tom Seaver smashes an 8th inning homer, off Montreal’s Bill Stoneman, to win his own game, 2–1.

25th  Cleon Jones ties an NL record by drawing 6 walks, helping the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Expos, 4–1 and 4–2. Jerry Grote has 3 doubles in the opener, and Ken Harrelson knocks in 3 runs in the nightcap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny Frisella (4–1) are winners.

Actor Kurt Russell makes his pro baseball debut for Bend (Northwest League), getting a single, double, and 2 stolen bases. Russell’s baseball career would be ended by injury 2 years later.

The Expos trade Ron Swoboda back to New York—the Yankees, that is. The Expos receive OF Ron Woods.

26th  Last year’s AL batting king Alex Johnson is suspended by the Angels following a series of incidents (including 5 benchings and 29 fines) resulting from his failure to hustle.

The Brewers Marty Pattin gives up 11 hits to Minnesota, but still shuts them out, 5–0.

29thAt Montreal, the Reds roll over the Expos, 14–0, and Tony Cloninger pitches his first CG since 1969. The Reds collect 23 hits, led by Tommy Helms’ four.

Tom Seaver strikes out 13 batters in a 3–0 Mets win over the Phillies.

In a game suspended yesterday after 13 innings, the Tigers finish it off with 5 runs in the 15thto beat the host Orioles, 9-4. Mickey Lolich throws the first 13 innings with Fred Scherman earning the win with 2 hitless innings.  Al Kaline, with 5 hits including 2 doubles and a homer, walks to start the 15thas the Bengals collect 4 hits in the inning.

30thIn one of the odder endings to a game, the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 6-4, stopping a Detroit rally with a game-ending double play that scores 2 runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Al Kaline hits a ground out that then turns into a DP as the Red Sox throw the ball around to finally get the runner Tony Taylor who was on 1B.  While the Sox are tossing it around, the lead two runners score.

 

JULY

1st  The Mets release 2B Al Weis, a WS hero less than 2 years earlier.

4thBacked by a pair of homers, Mike Cuellar wins his 10th straight for the first-place O’s, beating Detroit’s Joe Coleman, 3–2.

5th  The Yankees and Red Sox each collect 16 hits, but for the 2nd day in a row the Red Sox hit 4 homers to win, 12–7. The Sox score 6 in the 6th when Petrocelli hits a bases-loaded triple and Scott and Lahoud follow with homers.

The Senators score in double figures for the only time this season, topping the Indians, 15-6. Del Unser has 4 hits and 4 RBIs, Dick Billings adds a grand slam, and Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer. Paul Lindblad (4-1) earns the win with 4 shutout relief innings, and starter Steve Hargan (1-8) absorbs the loss. His relief Steve Hennigan gives up 10 runs in 3+ innings.

6th  Norm Cash belts a pair of 3-run homers to power the Tigers to a 12–7 win over the Yanks.  Mickey Lolich goes all the way for the win.

7th  Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.

At Anaheim, the Red Sox beat the Angels, 5–3, in 10 innings despite the loss of manager Ed Kasko.  Kasko gets tossed after feigning a faint over a call at home plate.

9th  The A’s beat the Angels 1–0 in the longest shutout in AL history—20 innings. Vida Blue strikes out 17 batters in 11 innings for the A’s, while the Angels Billy Cowan ties a ML record by fanning 6 times. Both teams combine for 43 strikeouts, a new ML record for incompetence.

Braves SS Leo Foster makes a memorable debut. Against the Pirates, he errs on his first chance, hits into a double play in the 5th, and a triple play in the 7th.  Pittsburgh rolls by Atlanta, 11-2.

In the Royals, 6–3 win over the Twins, Freddie Patek hits for the cycle.

10th The Pirates again top the Braves, 5–4, behind Stargell’s 30th HR of the season and his 10th off Braves’ pitching.

Frank Robinson has a 3-run homer and Curt Motton hits a grand slam as the Orioles club the Indians, 11-3. Dave Leonhard earns the win with 8.1 innings of shutout relief. The Birds stretch their lead in the AL East to 4.5 games.

11th  Tony Conigliaro, who had gone 0-for-8 with 5 strikeouts for the Angels during their 20-inning loss 2 days earlier, calls a 5 a.m.press conference to announce his retirement. Later tests will show that the sight in his left eye, injured in a 1967 beaning, has deteriorated.

Deron Johnson hits 3 HRs, giving him 4 straight over 2 games, helping the Phils beat the Expos 11–5.

The Reds win game 1 against the Mets, 5–2, then complete the sweep as Tony Perez drives in all 5 runs to defeat the Mets, 5–3. Perez puts the Reds ahead with a 3-run homer off Tom Seaver in the 8th. Jim McGlothlin strikes out 12 in the game 2 win.

Runs are hard to come by as the Brewers and White Sox splitting a doubleheader, each winning, 1-0. Marty Pattin is the winner over Tommy John in game 1, and Wilbur Wood wins over Bill Parsons in game 2. The DH goes in the record books for fewest runs scored in a doubleheader.

13th  In an All-Star Game featuring HRs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the AL triumphs at Detroit 6–4. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson’s HR goes 520 feet.

14th  Why managers get gray hair. In a California League game, won by  Visalia over Modesto, 6-2, Ronald Stewart of Visalia issues 16 walks

15th  The Pirates beat the Padres 4–3 in a marathon thriller. Pittsburgh ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, 13th, and 16th innings before winning it on a Roberto Clemente HR in the 17th. Ivan Murrell and Willie Stargell match homers in the 13th frames, and Richie Hebner hits a homer in the 16th for the Bucs.  Larry Stahl sets a record by accepting no chances in left field.

16th  Vida Blue boosts his record to 18–3 with a one-hit 4–0 victory over Detroit. Taylor’s single in the 4th is the only hit.

Until today, only 3 balls have been hit into the 70-foot high RF upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium, and Willie Stargell hit all of them (he’ll hit another on May 31, 1973). Today Bob Robertson joins Stargell when he connects with a cannon shot off Padres P Steve Arlin in a Bucs victory.

17th  Dock Ellis wins his 13th straight as Pittsburgh whips the Padres, 9–2.

Juan Marichal allows just one hit through 8 innings, but the Reds score 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win, 3–2. Tony Perez hits a 2-run single to win it.

18th  The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Dodgers 3–2 and 7–1 to extend their winning streak to 11 games. In the 2nd game, Luke Walker has a no-hitter until Joe Ferguson homers in the 9th inning for Los Angeles. Pittsburgh is now in front by 11 1/2 games, their largest lead of the year.

In a matchup of division leaders, the Orioles score all their runs in the 5th beating the A’s, 7-3. Brooks Robinson has a grand slam off Blue Moon Odom.

19th  In Atlanta, the Giants score 3 in the last two innings to beat the Braves, 11-8, and using 18 hits in all to do it. Atlanta collects 13 hits, including a single by Ron Herbel, the first by the pitcher in 4 years. It is the veteran’s last hit as he will close out his 9-year career this year with a lifetime .029 average, the worst average in history for a player going to bat 100 times or more.

20th  Chuck Dobson runs his record to 9-0 as Oakland beats visiting Cleveland, 6-3. Dobson helps with an RBI single.

21stIn Pittsburgh, Willie McCovey’s grand slam, off Dave Giusti, highlights a 6-run 9th for the Giants, as they com from behind to beat the Pirates, 8-4.

23rdPat Dobson (13–4) wins his 10th straight for the Orioles, beating California, 4–3.

Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning, but before he exits he drives in 4 runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich, 9–7. Sal Bando has 2 homers, while the Tigers hit 4.

25th  At Parc Jarry, John Bateman belts a 4th inning grand slam and the Expos add one more to beat the Cardinals, 5-4.

The visiting Yankees sweep a pair from Milwaukee, winning the opener 6-2 with 4 runs in the 9th, and taking the nightcap, 11-9. Bobby Murcer has a pinch grand slam in game 2 and Thurman Munson adds a pair of singles, a double and triple. Reliever Al Closter gives up 5 runs in relief but gets his first ML win.

27th  Hal McRae collects a homer, three doubles and a single to lead the Reds to an 11–3 win over the Padres. His 4 long hits ties a club record.

Bill Buckner hits his first grand slam as the Dodgers score 6 in the 7th inning to beat Pittsburgh, 8–5. Dock Ellis takes his first loss after 12 straight wins.

29th  Norm Cash hits a 5th inning grand slam, then drives in another run in the Tigers 4 run 9th when he is hit by a pitch from Tom Burgmeier. Burgmeier then gives up a single and plunks pitcher Fred Scherman to drive in the winning run. Freddie Patek has a homer and 4 RBIs for Kansas City in the 11-9 loss.

30th  The Indians, with a 42-61 record, fire manager Alvin Dark. Johnny Lipon takes over, but the team goes 18-41 the rest of the season.

In Baltimore, Frank Robinson’s home run spoils a no-hit bid by the Royals Dick Drago, who loses, 1–0, in a rain-shortened game. Drago faces just 13 batters—the minimum needed to lose a game—as play is stopped with one out in the 5th.  Robby’s homer is the 493rd, tying him with Gehrig for 11th place on the homer list.  Jim Palmer pitches a 5-inning 2-hitter.

31st  The Orioles Pat Dobson shuts out the Royals 4–0 for his 8th victory of the month. Since June 16th, Dobson has won 12 straight games.

In a slugfest at Candlestick, the Giants score 7 in the 7th and hold on to beat the Pirates, 15-11. Dave Kingman has 5 RBIs, and hits a grand slam in the 7th off Dave Giusti.  Willie Stargell has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs for the Bucs.

AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Pirates start what is believed to be the first all-black lineup (including several Latinos) in ML history, in a 10–7 win over the Phillies. The lineup: Rennie Stennett, 2B; Gene Clines, CF; Roberto Clemente, RF; Willie Stargell, LF; Manny Sanguillen, C; Dave Cash, 3B; Al Oliver, 1B; Jackie Hernandez, SS; and Dock Ellis, P. Another black player, Bob Veale, was one of 3 relievers in the game.

At Wrigley, pitcher Fergie Jenkins leads the Cubs to a 5–2 win over Montreal by clouting two home runs and driving in 3 runs. Bill Stoneman takes the loss. Jenkins will add two more homers in September to give himself 6, tying the franchise mark for pitchers set in 1894 by “Wild Bill” Hutchinson. Zambrano will match it in 2006.

2nd  Cesar Cedeno’s 200-foot fly ball falls for a grand slam, following a collision of the Dodgers second baseman and right fielder. The Astros win, 9–3.

Siebert hits and pitches the Red Sox to a 3–0 win over the Orioles. Siebert hits 2 HRs, the last AL pitcher to do so.

Royals P Ron Theobold pitches a one-hitter against the Brewers but still loses 1–0, as Milwaukee scores a 2nd inning run without a hit. Marty Pattin pitches his 5th shutout of the season.

3rd  Harmon Killebrew’s 6th-inning pinch grand slam snaps a 4-4 tie and the Twins down the A’s, 9-4, in the opener of two. George Mitterwald belts a walkoff homer in the 9th off Blue Moon Odom in game 2 as the Twins sweep, 2-1. The A’s have a comfortable 15 1/2 game lead in the AL West.

Owner Phil Wrigley takes out newspaper ads criticizing the Cubs players who want to dump manager Leo Durocher. A postscript adds, “If we could only find more team players like Ernie Banks.” Banks will play his last game on September 26th.

4th  In Los Angeles, the Reds lose to the Dodgers, 2–1, and almost lose SS Woody Woodward. A 10-pound sack of flour dropped from a passing airplane, explodes 15 feet from where Woodward is positioned in the 9th inning.

5th  Astros pitcher J. R. Richard makes his ML debut, striking out 15 Giants in a 5–3 win.

The Tigers tie a ML record by using 6 pinch hitters in the 7th inning, but lose 6–5 to the Yankees anyway.

Cardinal pitcher Jerry Reuss is a winner, 12–5, in a duel with Chicago’s Fergie Jenkins. Jenkins gives up HR to Matty Alou in the contest and now all 3 Alou brothers have hit dingers off him.

6th  Boston uses two entirely different 10-man lineups in a doubleheader with New York, but neither succeeds. The Yankees prevail 5–3 and 3–0.

The Cards tip the Phillies, 2–1, as Lou Brock steals 4 bases. It is the second time that Brock has swiped 4 in one game: he’ll do it once more.

Baltimore breaks a 5-5 tie in the 8th with a 5 run inning, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Boog Powell, to beat the Indians, 10-5, in the opener. Vince Colbert fires 8 shutout innings in game 2 to give Cleveland a 1-0 victory. Dave Leonhard takes the loss.  The split leaves to O’s 9.5 games ahead of Detroit.

The first-place Pirates sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning the opener, 4-1, on a 3-hitter by Nelson Briles (6-3). Pittsburgh slugs its way to a 10-5 win in game 2 as Willie Stargell belts his 44th homer, a grand slam.

7th  Kansas City’s Amos Otis collects 4 hits and a team record 5 stolen bases in a 4–3 win over Milwaukee. Darrell Porter’s wild throw on a steal allows Otis to score the winning run.

Jim Northrup goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers in a 3–2, 11-inning Tiger win over Washington.

In the resumption of the August 1 protested game, the Cards and Phils resume play with the Cards leading in the 12th, 6–3, with 2 runners on. Stranding the runners, the Phils then rally for 3 runs to tie, but St. Louis scores another 3 in the 13th to win, 9–6. Stan Williams wins his first NL game since 1962. The Cards then take the regularly scheduled game, 7–5, in 10 innings.

The Angels top the Brewers, 3-2, in 12 innings when rookie Billy Parker hits a walkoff homer in his debut game.  He is the first rookie to perform the feat. Josh Bard (2002) and Miguel Cabrera (2003) will next do it.  Parker will hit just two more homers.

8th  The Brewers and Royals each score 6 runs in the 6th, but Milwaukee scored in the 4th and wins, 7-6. Jose Cardenal has a grand slam for the Brewers.

10th  Pitching like his cousin, Christy Mathewson, Houston’s Jack Billingham scores his 2nd straight 1–0 victory, beating Cincinnati 5 days after victimizing San Francisco. He allows 2 hits.

11th  At Wrigley Field, the Cubs Juan Pizarro beats the visiting Cardinals, 7–0, with help from Paul Popovich, who clubs his first ML grand slam.

12th  Bobby Bonds has a single, double and homer to drive in 3 runs as the Giants beat the Braves, 6-1, behind John Cumberland (9-4). For the sixth time this year, Willie Mays draws three walks.  He’ll lead the NL with 112, the only time in his career he’s topped the 100-walk mark, and will record a league and career-high .425 OBP.

13th  Frank Robinson of the Orioles homers in each game of a doubleheader split with Detroit, becoming the 11th member of the 500-HR club with his 2nd shot.  The O’s win the opener, 9–1, behind Dave McNally’s 13th consecutive win. The Tigers use 17 hits to win the nightcap, 10–5, for Scherman, who pitches 8 2/3 innings in relief of Joe Niekro.

14th  The Dodgers beat the first-place Giants 6–5 to climb within one game of first place in the NL Western Division. Bobby Bonds has 2 homers for SF, but Manny Mota’s pinch hit double in the 9th drives in 3 runs.

After Vince Colbert wins the opener for Cleveland, 3-1, on a 4-hitter, the Senators and Indians battle to a 5-5 tie, suspended after 16 innings.  The game will be completed on September 20th, with Denny McLain notching the 8-6 20-inning win. The Nats score 3 unearned runs on a hit in the top of the frame after the Indians plate a run; the 4 runs in the 20th is a record. Each team uses 9 pitchers as they combine to hand out a record 30 walks.

15th  At Shea Stadium, Mike Jorgenson hits a 2-out single in the 7th to break Burt Hooton’s no hit bid, and Ken Singleton follows with a homer to tie the match at 2–2. But Billy Williams clocks a pinch homer in the 9th and Hooton finishes the 3–2 victory with 15 strikeouts, notching his first ML win. In opener of the twi-night DH, Bill Hands beats Jerry Koosman, 6–2. Hands starts the Cubs’ scoring with a 2-run single in the 2nd.

At Houston, the Braves win, 4–2, as Aaron belts his 44th homer of the year. The RBI is his 1,954th, tying him with Ty Cobb for 3rd place on the all-time list. In the 9th inning, Larry Yount is announced as the new pitcher for Houston. While taking his warm-up pitches, Yount injures his arm and must be replaced in what proves to be his only ML appearance. Larry’s brother Robin will begin a more successful ML career in 1974.

The Giants suffer their 3rd straight loss and their 10th in 11 games, losing to the Reds, 4–2. But the Giants maintain their 1-game lead in the West.

16thAt New York, lefty Juan Pizarro shuts out the Mets and Tom Seaver, 1–0. Pizarro does it all, clubbing a solo homer to win his own game. It’s Pizarro’s 2nd shutout in a row and Seaver’s first loss after 7 straight wins. Tom’s last loss was August 1, also to Pizarro.

At Candlestick, George Foster hits an 8th inning grand slam to pace the Reds to an 8–1 win over the stumbling Giants. Lee May has 4 hits and 2 RBIs. The Giants hold a precarious one-game lead.

Brooks Robinson breaks a 2-2 tie with an 8th inning grand slam as the Orioles top the visiting Yankees, 6-2.

17th  The White Sox defeat the Angels, 9–4, with each Chicago player in the lineup driving in one run.

At the Astrodome, Don Wilson (16-8) fires a one-hitter as the Astros beat the Reds, 4-1. A double by Tony Perez is the only hit.

18th  San Diego’s Clay Kirby allows just one hit—a wind-blown homer in the 8th by Willie McCovey—in beating the Giants, 2–1. Despite the loss, the Giants retain their 2-game edge over the Dodgers.  The Padres score their first run on a triple by Barton in the 3rd and a squeeze by Enzio Hernandez, and score the winner on an unearned run in the 8th off Perry. For Hernandez, his bunt gives him 12 RBIs: his 12 RBIs in 549 at bats is the fewest in history by anyone with 500 at bats. Kirby lost a no-hitter 5 days ago when Houston’s Johnny Edwards doubled in the 8th with one out. He then lost the game , 3–2, on an unearned run in the 9th.

Carlos May hits a 1st-inning grand slam and Tom Bradley evens his record at 14 apiece as the White Sox trip the host Angels, 5-1.

19th  Dodgers Al Downing and Don Sutton hurl shutouts during a 12–0, 4–0 doubleheader triumph over the Braves. The Dodgers have 19 hits in the opener, including 4 by Davis. LA now trails the Giants by 1 1/2 games.

After leaving one runner on base yesterday in a 5-1 win, the formula comes up short today as the White Sox lose, 2-0, to California’s Andy Messersmith, who bests Wilbur Wood. The two runners left on base in two consecutive games ties the ML and AL records.

20th  The Senators finally beat the Indians 8–6 in 20 innings, thus completing a suspended game begun 6 days earlier in Cleveland. The last four innings are played today in Washington. The two teams finish the 20 frames with 30 walks issued, an AL record for an extra-inning game. Washington pitchers hand out 19 walks. The two teams combine on another AL record as they strand 25 base runners, and the teams combine for record 4 runs in the 20th inning.  In the nightcap, the Indians win, 3–1, handing Denny McLain his 21st defeat. Meanwhile, Senators owner Bob Short is given permission to move his team to Texas, where they will become the Rangers, a nickname adopted on November 23rd.

21st  Dave McNally shuts out the Yankees 5–0 for his 20th win. It is the 4th straight 20-win year for the Oriole ace.

22nd  The Phillies leave 14 men on base without scoring in a 2–0 loss to the Expos. Bill Stoneman is the winner over Rick Wise.

Rochester (International League) beats Denver (American Association) 9–6 to win the Junior WS, 4 games to 3.

24th  Wasting a heroic pitching effort by starter Clay Kirby, the Padres lose to the Astros 2–1 in 21 innings. Kirby hurls 15 innings and strikes out 15 men. The Padres win the second game, 5-4.

The Orioles clinch their division as Mike Cuellar wins his 20th game 9–2 over the Indians. In game 2 of the doubleheader, Pat Dobson cards his 20th win, a 7–0 shutout.

Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner for the first time in his career, as the Dodgers whip the Braves, 2–0. Davis has 3 hits, one a homer, and scores both runs.  LA trails the Giants by 2 games.

The Phils Randy Lersch snaps an 11-game losing streak, beating the Cubs, 6–1.

At Busch, Joe Hague belts a one-out walkoff grand slam, off Mike Marshall, in the 10th to give the Cardinals a 10-6 victory over the Expos. Matty Alou had given the Birds a brief lead in the 7th with a 3-run homer. Rusty  Staub and Ron Woods each have 4 hits for the Expos.

25th  With rookie C Tim Hosley hitting 2 homers and driving in 5 runs, the Tigers trip the Yankees, 10–7. Les Cain pitches 6 innings for the win. Cain finishes with a 10–9 record with 145 innings, but contends he is forced to pitch by Manager Billy Martin while Cain has a sore arm. Cain later claims that it did permanent damage to his arm and he sues the Tigers. In a landmark decision, the Michigan Bureau of Workman’s Compensation will order the Tigers to pay Cain $111 a month for the rest of his life. A lump sum payment was later agreed upon.

26th  Jim Palmer becomes the 4th member of the Orioles 1971 pitching staff to notch his 20th victory, shutting out the host Indians, 5–0.  Only one other team in ML history—the 1920 White Sox—boasted four 20-game winners.

Washington P Denny McLain loses his 22nd game of the season, dropping a 6–3 decision to the Red Sox.

Ernie Banks gets his 2,583rd hit, a first-inning single off the Phils Ken Reynolds, but the Cubs lose 5–1. It is the last hit of his 19-year ML career.

The Giants maintain their one-game lead in the West with a 12-5 spanking of the Reds. Tito Fuentes has 2 doubles and a triple, Dick Dietz collects a grand slam and 5 RBIs,  and Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds homer in the 6th. Winning pitcher Juan Marichal has one of the 10 SF extra base hits.

28th  Arbitrator Lewis Gill rules that Alex Johnson was “emotionally incapacitated” during events leading to his June suspension, and that he should be treated the same as a physically disabled player. Johnson wins nearly $30,000 in back salary from the Angels.

Baltimore achieves 108 wins for the season with doubleheader victories at Boston 10–2 and 5–4. The Orioles become only the 3rd team to win 100 games in 3 straight seasons.

29th  In the 6th inning of the Expos 6–5 win over the Cubs, Ron Hunt is hit by a Milt Pappas pitch. It is the 50th HBP for Hunt in 1971, setting a ML record. Teammate Rusty Staub is second in the NL in getting hit by pitches with 9.

The Astros light up Al Downing and the Dodgers, 11–0 as Forsch scatter 10 hits.  LA doesn’t lose ground on the Giants and the Padres win, 4–1, in 10 innings. Nate Colbert’s 3-run homer is the winner.

30th  The Giants win the Western division title by one game over the Dodgers, beating the Pirates, 5–1. Marichal allow 5 hits in the win over Roberts. Willie Mays swipes two bases in the 5thinning on the same play.  After he walks, the Pirates overshift on McCovey, leaving 3B open.   Mays steals 2B and continues on to the uncovered third base. The Dodgers 2–1 win over the Padres leaves them short.

The Senators draw 14,000 for their final game in Washington, with another 4,000 crashing. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby Murcer, Roy White, and Rusty Torres and the Nats are down 5–1 in the 6th. Mike Kekich then grooves a 2-0 fastball for Frank Howard, who parks his 26th homer. Hondo tips his hat to Kekich as he rounds 3B and thanks Munson as he crosses the plate. The Senators take a 7–5 lead, and after Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th, fans swarm onto the field, causing the game to be forfeited to the Yanks, 9–0. All records stand but reliever Paul Lindblad losses the W by not recording the 3rd out to batter Horace Clarke. Of the Senators, Jeff Burroughs will be the last to retire, finishing up in 1985.

Chicago finishes the season by edging the last-place Brewers, 2–1, on Bill Melton’s 33rd HR of the year. Melton is the first AL HR leader in Sox history.

OCTOBER

2nd  The Giants win the first game of the NL Championship Series 5–4 over the Pirates, behind 2-run HRs by Tito Fuentes and Willie McCovey.

3rd  Baltimore downs Oakland 5–3 in the ALCS opener, as the Orioles score 4 runs in the 7th inning. OF Paul Blair caps the big inning with a 2-run double.

Bob Robertson crashes 3 HRs and a double, scoring 4 runs and driving home 5, to lead Pittsburgh to a 9–4 triumph. Robertson ties a post-season record of four extra base hits set by Frank Isbell in the 1906 WS.

4th  Baltimore wins its 2nd straight game in the ALCS, beating Oakland 5–1 on HRs by Boog Powell (2), Brooks Robinson, and Ellie Hendricks. Four of Baltimore’s 7 hits against Catfish Hunter are homers.

5th  The Orioles overcome 2 Reggie Jackson HRs to complete a sweep of Oakland in the LCS with a 5–3 victory.

Richie Hebner’s homer off Juan Marichal in the 8th inning gives Pittsburgh a 2–1 victory, and a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Angels trade moody OF Alex Johnson and C Gerry Moses to the Indians for outfielders Vada Pinson and Frank Baker, and P Alan Foster.

6th  The Pirates outslug the Giants 9–5 to win the LCS 3 games to one, as Richie Hebner’s bat takes Pittsburgh into the WS. Hebner has 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a homer.

7th  The Angels fire manager Lefty Phillips following a stormy season. Del Rice takes over in 1972.

9th  The Orioles win game one of the WS over the Pirates 5–3 behind Dave McNally’s 3-hitter and Merv Rettenmund’s 3-run homer. Frank Robinson also homers, off Dock Ellis, who he homered off of in the All-Star game—a first.

10th  Rain washes out game 2 of the WS, the first Series postponement since 1962.

11th  Brooks Robinson ties a Series record by reaching base 5 straight times on 3 hits and 2 walks as Baltimore rolls over Pittsburgh 11–3 to take a 2-0 Series advantage. Pitcher Jim Palmer gets walked in the 4th and 5th innings, both times with the bases loaded.

The Red Sox and the Brewers engineer a 10-player trade that sees P Jim Lonborg, P Ken Brett, OF Joe Lahoud, OF Billy Conigliaro and 1B George Scott go to Milwaukee, and P Marty Pattin, P Lew Krausse and OF Tommy Harper head to Boston.

12th  As the Series moves to Pittsburgh, Steve Blass 3-hits the Orioles 5–1 to give the Pirates their first win.

13th  Pittsburgh comes back from a 3–0 deficit to beat Baltimore 4–3, as Milt May drives in the winning run in the 8th with a pinch-hit single. It is the first WS game to be played entirely under the lights.

The White Sox trade P Rich Hinton to the Yankees for Jim Lyttle.

14th  Nelson Briles hurls a 2-hit shutout and Robertson slugs his 6th post-season HR as the Pirates win the 5th game 4–0 and take a 3-2 Series advantage. Roberto Clemente hits safely in his 12th straight WS game. This is the last weekday day game in the World Series.

16th  Brooks Robinson drives in Frank Robinson in the 10th inning to give Baltimore a Series-tying 3–2 win.

17th  Steve Blass hurls a 4-hitter and Clemente homers as the Pirates win game 7 of the WS 2–1, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1960. After the game, 40,000 people riot in downtown Pittsburgh; at least 100 are injured, some seriously.

26th  Vida Blue wins the AL Cy Young Award by a 98-85 margin over the Tigers Mickey Lolich. Blue was 24-8 for the A’s, posting 301 strikeouts, 8 shutouts, and a 1.82 ERA. Ferguson Jenkins wins the Cy Young Award in the NL posting a 24-13 record with 30 complete games in a NL-high 325 innings pitched. Jenkins gets 17 first-place votes to Tom Seaver’s 16.

NOVEMBER

2nd  The Orioles Pat Dobson pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants, winning 2–0. It is the first no-hitter in Japanese-American exhibition history. The Orioles compile a record of 12-2-4 on the tour.

10th  Joe Torre, who hit 24 HRs for the Cardinals and led the NL in RBI (137) and batting (.363), wins the MVP Award over Willie Stargell (48, 125, .295). Torre receives 318 points to Stargell’s 222.

Pitcher Vida Blue adds the AL MVP to his list of awards for 1971, easily outpointing teammate Sal Bando 268-182. He is the last switch hitter this century to win the MVP.

20th  TSN announces Gold Glove fielding teams. Among newcomers are OF Amos Otis in the AL and Bobby Bonds in the NL.

22nd  Indians 1B Chris Chambliss outpolls 4 other vote-getters to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Chambliss, who batted .275 in 111 games, receives 11 of 24 votes.

23rd  Danny Murtaugh, manager of the World Champion Pirates, announces his retirement for health reasons. Bill Virdon is named to replace him.

24th  C-IF Earl Williams, who belted 33 HRs and knocked in 87 runs for the Braves, wins the NL Rookie of the Year honors. Williams gets 18 of 24 votes, with the others going to Phillie Willie Montanez.

28thIn a blockbuster interstate trade good for both teams, the Dodgers send Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Mike Strahler, Bobby Valentine and Bill Grabarkewitz to the Angels in exchange for Andy Messersmith, and Ken McMullen, who returns to the team that signed him. The 37-year-old Robinson will play 147 games, hitting 30 homers and driving in 97 runs in ’73, and Singer will combine with Nolan Ryan in 1973 to strike out 674 batters, a 20th Century ML record for 2 teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next 2 seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.

29th  In 3 blockbuster deals, the Cubs trade pitcher Ken Holtzman to the A’s for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade pitcher Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for pitcher Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and pitcher Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win 2 MVPs.

30th  The Twins trade SS Leo Cardenas to the Angels for pitcher Dave LaRoche.

DECEMBER

1st  The Cubs release Ernie Banks and sign him as a coach. Mr. Cub finishes his playing career with 512 HRs and 1,636 RBI.

2nd  The teams keep trading. Among those changing teams are Doyle Alexander (Baltimore), Dick Allen (White Sox), Tommy John (LA), and John Mayberry (KC). With Allen going to the White Sox for John, it makes the independent-minded slugger’s fourth team in four years.

The Yanks send pitcher Stan Bahnsen to the White Sox for INF Rich McKinney. Bahnsen will win 21 games for the White Sox in 1972, while McKinney will fail to win the 3B job in NY. Lee McPhail of the Yankees will call this “the worst trade I ever made.” The Yanks also get Bernie Allen from Texas in a trade for lefties Terry Ley and Gary Jones.

3rd  The Brewers trade OF Jose Cardenal to the Cubs for P Jim Colborn and 2 other players.

You mean he’s not the singer? The Reds get pitcher Tom Hall from the Twins for pitcher Wayne Granger.

6th  The Reds trade pitcher Milt Wilcox to the Indians for OF Ted Uhlaender. Uhlaender had 13 homers the past 2 seasons, and all but one came in Cleveland. He’ll hit none in Cincinnati.

10th  The Angels trade SS Jim Fregosi to the Mets for 4 players, including OF Leroy Stanton and P Nolan Ryan. This will rank as probably the A’s best trade.

 

 

 

 

  • 1972

JANUARY

12th Owner John Fetzer announces that the Tigers have signed a lease to build a $126 million domed stadium along the river in downtown Detroit. The complex will seat 52,000 for baseball, and 60,000 for football. Lawsuits, a failed bond issue, and the construction of the Silverdome in nearby Pontiac will kill the idea.

In the secondary phase of the January draft, the Reds pick JC pitcher Tom Hume, The Braves get Sam Bowen,  and the Red Sox, picking 1,653, take Roy Smalley. Duane Kuiper is picked by the Indians and signs after turning down five other teams in previous drafts.

13th  Former umpire, now housewife, Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971. The NY Court of Appeals rules in her favor. Mrs. Gera is slated to umpire in the New York-Pennsylvania League starting in June.

19th  The BBWAA elects Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yogi Berra (339), and Early Wynn (301) to the Hall of Fame. Koufax makes it in his first try and, at 36, is the youngest honoree in history.

The Yankees acquire veteran Johnny Callison on a conditional basis from the Cubs.  They’ll end up keeping him and completing the deal by shipping Jack Aker to the Cubs on May 17.

FEBRUARY

2nd  The Special Veterans Committee selects former players Lefty Gomez and Ross Youngs, and former AL president William Harridge for the Hall of Fame.

8th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Hall of Fame selection of Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

9th  Angels IF Chico Ruiz, age 33, is killed in an auto crash in San Diego.

25th  The Cardinals trade P Steve Carlton to the Phillies for P Rick Wise. Carlton will go on to win 241 games and 4 Cy Young awards for the Phils.

28th  Former pitching star Dizzy Trout dies in Chicago at the age of 56. Among is survivors is a 14-year-old son, Steve, who will begin his major-league career in 1978.

29th  Hank Aaron signs a record-breaking contract with the Braves, calling for $200,000 annually for three years.

MARCH

4th  The Texas Rangers (formerly the Washington Senators) trade 2-time Cy Young award winner Denny McLain to the A’s for 2 pitchers.

9th  Players on the White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary, during negotiations between players and owners. The dispute centers around health and pension benefits for players. This is the first of a series of landmark team votes. In two weeks the Sox will release vet pitcher Joel Horlen, the Sox player rep, and he will sign with Oakland.

17th  The Reds and Pirates play the first of a 3-game series in Caracas, Venezuela.

22nd  In what ranks as one of New York’s best trades, They send 1B/OF Danny Cater to the Red Sox for relief P Sparky Lyle. In 7 years with the Yanks, Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, win a Cy Young award, and help the team to 3 WS. The deal is completed when the Yanks toss in SS Mario Guerrero.

Nick Mileti, owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, heads a group that purchases the Cleveland Indians from Vernon Stouffer for an estimated $9 million. Stouffer had turned down an offer from George Steinbrenner to buy the team, but when the AL owners  reject his proposal to have the Indians play some of their games in the New Orleans Superdome, Stouffer decides to sell the team.

24th  The Reds send P Tony Cloninger to the Cards for veteran Julian Javier.

30th  Marvin Miller, executive director of the Players’ Association, completes his canvass of players on the strike issue: 663 vote in favor of a strike, 10 against, and there are 2 abstentions.

APRIL

2nd  Mets manager Gil Hodges dies of a heart attack at West Palm Beach, Florida, 2 days shy of his 48th birthday. Yogi Berra is named manager.

5th  For the first time in history, the ML season fails to open due to a general player strike. The strike, announced April 1st, will erase 86 games from the ML schedules.

The Mets trade OF Ken Singleton, 1B-OF Mike Jorgensen, and IF Tim Foli to the Expos for OF Rusty Staub.

9th  President Richard Nixon recommends that both sides of the baseball dispute meet with J. Curtis Counts, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

13th  The end of the baseball strike is announced, with an abbreviated schedule to start 2 days later.

15th  Reggie Jackson sports a mustache as the A’s top the Twins 4–3 in 11 innings. Jackson is reported as the first ML player with facial hair since Wally Schang in 1914.

The Reds play their home opener 10 days after it was originally scheduled, and lose to the Dodgers, 3–1. Cincy’s only run is a homer by Denis Menke in his first at bat as a Red.

The Astros acquire P Jerry Reuss, a .500 pitcher for 3 years with the Cardinals, for Scipio Spinks and Lance Clemons.

16th  In Chicago, 22-year-old rookie Burt Hooton of the Cubs no-hits the Phillies 4–0. It is Hooton’s 4th ML game over 2 seasons and he has allowed just 8 hits in 30 innings. Throwing his knucklecurve, Hooton walks 7 and fans 7.

With a rainout yesterday, the Orioles and Yankees decide to open the season in Baltimore with a doubleheader. But rain wipes out the nightcap and the O’s win the rain-shortened opener before just 11,995 fans, 3–1. There is one out in the bottom of the 7th when the game is called. The O’s score an unearned run in the 2nd and Brooks Robinson knocks in two more to back Pat Dobson’s pitching. After a long rain delay, Doyle Alexander pitched the 7th for the O’s.

Hitting for the cycle, Dave Kingman drives in 6 runs to lead the Giants to a 10–6 win over the Astros. The third sacker makes out in his final at bat after clouting a 3-run homer in the 7th. Sudden Sam McDowell, making his NL debut, pitches 5 2/3 innings for the win despite allowing 3-run homers to Bob Watson and Tommy Helms.

18th  In Atlanta, Tommy John makes his NL debut and pitches the Dodgers to a 3–1 victory over the Braves. He scatters 4 hits in 7 innings.

Giants slugger Willie McCovey breaks his right arm in a collision with John Jeter during a 5-1 win over the Padres. He will be out until June 3rd.

19th  Steve Carlton, facing his former teammates for the first time, scatters 3 hits in outdueling Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 1–0. The lone run comes on a Willie Montanez triple and a single by Johnson.

20th  The Orioles manage just 2 hits off Tom Timmerman and Chuck Seelbach, but still beat Detroit, 1–0. Paul Blair’s solo homer is the difference in Pat Dobson’s win.

21st  The Rangers celebrate their first game in their new home, Arlington Stadium, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, by outscoring the Angels, 7–6.

A pinch hit double by Jim Fairey allows the unbeaten Expos to defeat the Cardinals, 2–1. The Cardinals strand 15 runners, including 3 in the 9th.  At the plate, losing pitcher Rick Wise, one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, leaves a record-tying 9 runners on base.

Dave McNally spins a 3-hitter as the Orioles shut out the Indians, 6-0.  Milt Wilcox allows a run in 7+ innings but the Birds score 5 in the 9th, 4 on a grand slam by Boog Powell.

22nd  The Braves smash 5 homers, including Hank Aaron’s first of the year and #640 of his career, in defeating the Reds, 11–7.  Williams belts 2, and Brown and Rico Carty one apiece.

Buddy Bell drives in 5 runs on a double and grand slam as the Indians whip the Orioles, 9-2. Jim Palmer (0-2) takes the loss.

At Fenway the Red Sox score 8 runs off Fritz Peterson in 5 innings, though just 2 are earned, as they beat the Yankees, 11-7. New third baseman Rich McKinney contributes 4 errors behind Peterson, but does have 3 hits, including a homer.

23rdSending 14 men to the plate, the Astros erupt for 10 runs in the 9th to defeat the Giants, 13–7.  Cesar Cedeno collects 5 hits, including 2 in the 9th when he drives in 3 runs. May has a 3-run homer in the 9th

Greg Luzinski homers in the 9th to tie the score, then triples and scores in the 11th to give the Phils  a 5–4 victory over the Pirates.  Luzinski also doubles and scores in the 2nd.

25thPhillies lefty Steve Carlton allows only a leadoff single to Chris Speier in beating the Giants, 3–0, for his 2nd shutout in a row.  Carlton strikes out 14 to tie the club record for lefties. Juan Marichal (1-2) takes the loss.

26th  Mike Andrew belts a 7th inning grand slam and Dick Allen ends it with a 2-run walkoff homer in the 10th a the White Sox defeat the Indians, 7-5.

27th  The Padres fire manager Preston Gomez and replace him with Don Zimmer. The Pads are 4-8, one of four NL West teams below .500.

28th  Cubs 1B Joe Pepitone, sidelined with a stomach ailment, returns to the lineup and smashes 2 three-run homers as the Cubs beat the Reds, 10-8.  It’s the Cubs first win in 9 games and Fergie Jenkins first win of the year.  Monday and Cardenal also homer for Chicago.

Tommie Agee’s grand slam highlights a 5-run 8th as the Mets top the host Dodgers, 5-1. Jon Matlack is the winner.

29th  Leading the Phillies 4–0, San Diego ace Steve Arlin loses a no hitter in 9th with 2 outs when manager Don Zimmer pulls his third baseman in close. Denny Doyle then bounces a ball over the third baseman’s head. Arlin finishes with a one-hitter, beating Steve Carlton. Doyle also had the only hit to defeat the Reds Gary Nolan in 1971 and the only hit in a Nolan Ryan one-hitter in 1970.

At Yankee Stadium, the Twins drop the Yankees, 2-0, as Harmon Killebrew drives in both runs with a 1st inning standup triple. His long drive to CF rattles around the monuments before finally being retrieved by Bobby Murcer. Jim Kaat goes 6 innings and Dave LaRoche throws 3 innings of hitless relief.

30th  Ed Herrmann’s 6th inning grand slam, off Joe Coleman, propels the White Sox to a 6-3 win against the host Tigers.

At Municipal Stadium, the Indians push across 2 runs in the 16th to edge the Royals, 5-3. Ray Lamb is the winner with 5 innings of shutout ball and Gaylord Perry earns the save with an inning.

MAY

1st  Jim Wynn hits a grand slam and Edward hits a 3-run homer to help the Astros edge the Pirates, 9–8.  Both homers come off Steve Blass. Jim “Sting” Ray, who pitches the last 2 innings, wins his 4th straight.

2nd  Oakland’s Vida Blue ends a long holdout, signing a contract for $63,000. The young southpaw had received $14,750 in 1971 while winning the AL Cy Young and MVP awards.

Mets Gary Gentry fires a two hitter at the Giants in winning 4–2, and Barry Bonds collects both hits.  Both are triples.

The Reds spot the Cards a 6–0 lead, then score 2 in the 6th and 5 in the 7th to win, 7–6.  Bobby Tolan’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the 7th.

3rdFor the second straight day, the Cubs whomp the Braves, 12–1. Jose Cardenal leads the attack with a triple, double, and 2 singles. Fergie Jenkins is the easy winner as Jack Billingham loses his 4th straight.

5th  The Angels acquire Bob Oliver from the Royals for Tom Murphy.

6th  Carmen Fanzone, playing for Ron Santo who is sidelined with a fractured wrist, hits 2 homers and drives home 4 runs to lead the Cubs over the Astros, 6–4. Juan Pizarro wins in relief.

10thOrioles lefty Dave McNally hurls his 4th shutout of the season, blanking the Rangers, 1–0.  Pete Broberg, who allows just two hits, takes the loss.

The Astros knock Bob Gibson out of the game with a 6-run 8th inning as they edge the Cardinals, 10-7. Roger Metzger hits his first ML homer, off Gibson, and Ted Simmons has a grand slam for the Birds. With 2 shutout innings, the win goes to Jim Ray (5-0).

11th  The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league P Charlie Williams and cash.

12th  The Brewers and Twins go 21 innings before the 1 a.m.curfew halts play with the score 3–3. They’ll pick it up tomorrow. It’s not exactly like kissing your sister as they tie the ML record for intentional walks by 2 teams in an extra-inning game with 7. The Twins tie their club record by stranding 23.  Danny Thompson goes into the record books with 11 plate appearances without reaching base (he makes it via a fielder’s choice).

13th The Brewers score in the top of the 22nd to win 4–3, then lose to the Twins 4–3 in 15 innings. The two games take 9 hours and 23 minutes to complete and sets an AL record for consecutive innings played in two days.

14th  In front a Mother’s Day crowd of 35,000, Willie Mays, makes a triumphant return to New York with the Mets, hitting a game-winning HR against his old teammates. He scores in the 1st on Rusty Staub’s grand slam and his solo in the 5th snaps a 4–4 tie. The final score is 5–4.

Happy birthday, Tony.  On his 30th birthday, Tony Perez knocks in all the 6 of the Reds’ runs as they sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 4–3 and 2–0. The nightcap is a stellar 3-hit, 12 strikeout shutout by pitcher Tom Hall.

16th  The Cubs Rick Monday hits a single and 3 consecutive HRs, driving in 5 runs in an 8–1 win over the Phillies.  The Phils only score is a 500-foot clanger by Greg Luzinski off the Liberty Bell in CF at Veterans Stadium, the only homer hit off the bell.

In the Reds 4–3 win over the Giants, Pete Rose knocks in the winning run on an attempted intentional walk.  On a 3–0 count, Giants pitcher Ron Bryant comes close to the plate with ball four and Rose drives it on the ground and reaches base on an error.

17thThe Ranger take 18 innings to beat the Royals, 4–3, with the win helped by catcher interference. Lovitto gets 1B when C Paepke interferes with his swing. After a misplayed bunt and a walk, a groundout scores the winner.

Willie Mays, played CF for the Mets, coaxes a leadoff walk in the first and scores on a triple by Ted Martinez. Sliding home, he knocks the ball out of C John Boccabella’s glove and into the dugout, allowing Martinez to score. Mets beat Montreal, 2-1.

19th  The Reds trade Bernie Carbo to the Cards for Joe Hague and also beat the Padres, 1–0, behind Jim McGlothlin. The win gives the Reds a 9-game winning streak.

20th Bobby Valentine homers on the first pitch of the game and Al Downing shuts out Houston on 2 hits to give the Dodgers a 3–0 win. The game takes just 1 hour and 30 minutes—an LA club record—and moves Los Angeles into 1st place.

22nd At Dodger Stadium, Dave Kingman has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 9-8. Sam McDowell (6-1) allows 6 runs in 7+ innings but gets the win.

24th  California P Don Rose homers on the first pitch in his first ML at bat, and earns a 6–5 victory over the A’s and Vida Blue, who is making his first appearance of the season for Oakland after holding out. For Rose, it will be his only ML HR, as well as his only win. It’ll be 30 years before another AL pitcher hits a homer on his first at bat.

27th At Pittsburgh, the Phils snap a 10-game losing streak by edging the Pirates 2–1, in 12 innings.

The Tigers use a wild pitch, two bunts, and a single to top Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees, 2–1.  Joe Coleman is the winner for the first place Tigers.

28th  The Brewers fire manager Dave Bristol, replacing him with Del Crandall. Coach Roy McMillan takes over until Crandall arrives and guides the team to a 4–1 loss to Boston.

Harmon Killebrew has a single, double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs as the Twins beat the Rangers, 7-2.

The St. Louis Cardinals trade Marty Martinez to Oakland in exchange for Brant Alyea; Alyea will be returned to Oakland on July 23rd and he will quietly finish out the year and his career.

30th  Milwaukee’s Skip Lockwood one-hits New York 3–1, allowing just a single to Rosendo Torres. Lockwood will be involved in 2 other one-hitters later in the season: June 26th versus Baltimore (with one inning of relief help from Ken Sanders) and August 1st versus Detroit (a 6-inning game).

31st  Giants RF Bobby Bonds makes a rare unassisted DP catching Frank Robinson in the 4th inning of a 5–4 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings.  Manny Mota’s triple drives in the winner.

The red-hot Reds beat the Astros, 12–4, in Houston. George Foster has a 3rd inning grand slam, off Dave Roberts, and Johnny Bench adds a 3-rum homer in the 8th.  Gary Nolan (7-1) goes the distance.

JUNE

1stAt Houston, Hal McRae pinch hits a 6th inning grand slam to spark the Reds to a win, 10–3. The Astros had taken a 3–0 lead on homers by Cedeno and Doug Rader. Johnny Bench hits his 4th homer in 3 games in the 7th, and Tony Perez adds a homer in the 9th.

2nd  In Philadelphia, the Reds win a 17-inning marathon over the Phils, 6–3. Both teams score in the 16th to make it 2–2, but Johnny Bench’s 2nd homer of the game, 3-run shot, in the 17th finally finishes it. Mike Ryan, with his 3rd hit of the game, hits a solo homer in the bottom of the 17th.

Juan Marichal snaps his streak of 8 straight losses as the Giants come back to beat the Pirates, 7–4. Goodson, Kingman, and Bonds homer for SF.

Phil Niekro allows 3 hits—all by John Milner—to pitch the Braves to a 6–1 win over the Mets. Milner homers in the 9th for New York and Carty and Evans go deep for the Braves.

In a face off at Shea between Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, both with 648 career homers, each come up hitless as the Braves beat the Mets, 6–1. Aaron, who hit his 648th on May 31, will collect his next HR June 10.

3rd  The Reds spot the host Phils a 5–0 lead, then score 3 runs in the 7th, and one each in the 9th, 9th, and 10th to win, 6–5. Julian Javier starts the Reds scoring with a 2-run homer and ends it with an RBI single. Johnny Bench also homers, his 7th in the last 5 games to tie an NL record.

Rusty Staub of the Mets is struck in the right hand by a George Stone pitch during a game with the Braves. Staub, who missed 7 games in the past 4 seasons, will miss 90 games this year.

Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson crack 3-run HRs in the Yankees’ 8-run 13th inning to beat the White Sox 18–10. Murcer scores 5 runs on 4 hits.

4th  A major league record 8 shutouts are pitched in 16 ML games—5 in the AL, 3 in the NL. Two are recorded by the Oakland A’s, who sweep a pair from the Orioles by identical 2–0 scores. Catfish Hunter and Dave Hamilton are the winning pitchers.

In game 2 of a doubleheader in Chicago, pinch hitter Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning and drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5–4 White Sox win over the Yankees. The Bradley effect is working in game 1, as Tom Bradley beats the Yanks, 6-1.

The Padres turn a 9th inning triple play on a grounder by Randy Hundley, but they still lose to the Cubs, 3-1. Fergie Jenkins is the winner.

Paul Schaal’s grand slam is the difference in game 1 as the Royals hold back the Red Sox, 7-5. John Curtis throws a shut out in game 2 as the Bosox win, 5-0.

6th  Shortstops are the first 2 picks in the June draft. The Padres make Dave Roberts the number one selection and the Indians pick Rick Manning number 2. Roberts will make his ML debut in 2 days. The Phils take high school pitcher Larry Christenson with the 3rd pick, with the Rangers taking high schooler Roy Howell 4th: they’ll wait till the 25th round to take Mike Hargrove. The Dodgers use their #1 on SS John Harbin but he will tear up his knee and be gone next year. The Rangers will have 13 from this draft to make the majors. Picking 5th, the Expos take Memphis high school catcher Bobby Goodman, but do better on the 3rd round when they take catcher Gary Carter.

Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants (Japanese League) hits HRs 499 and 500.

7th  The Pirates outslug the Padres 12–5, in the 1st game of a doubleheader, then take the nightcap, 1–0, in 18 innings. Gene Alley draws a bases-loaded walk from Corkins, who took over from Kirby in the 14th. The Bucs load the sacks after Oliver and Stargell reach on infield hits, and then execute a double steal. Maz then walks. Stargell drives in 5 runs in game 1.

8th  Every Expo scores, including Ron Hunt with 5 runs, as Montreal beats San Francisco 17-3.

10th  Hank Aaron hits his 14th career grand slam, tying Gil Hodges’s NL record, as the Braves defeat the Phillies 15–3. It is career HR 649 for Aaron, enabling him to pass Willie Mays for 2nd place on the all-time list.

Brooks Robinson drives in 3 runs as Baltimore tops Texas, 5-2. O’s catcher Johnny Oates has a pair of stolen bases, including home on the front end of a triple steal with Robinson and Davey Johnson.

Ted Simmons hits his second grand slam in a month as the Cardinals defeat the host Padres, 5-2.

11th  In Montreal, the Reds conclude their 12-game road trip with their 11th win, an 11-1 pasting behind the pitching of Gary Nolan (8-1). The Expos only score is a Ken Singleton HR. The Reds will go 53-25 this year on the road.

Brothers Jim and Gregg Nettles each homer in the Twins’s 5-3 win over the Indians.  Winning pitcher Jim Kaat homers and Bobby Darwin hits a tie breaking HR.

Roberto Clemente homers to help the Pirates down the host Dodgers, 7-5. Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines for LA.

Jimmy Qualls is sold by the White Sox to the Kintetau Buffaloes of the Japanese League.

12th  Before 50,182 Oakland fans, the Orioles Pat Dobson tosses a 4-hitter to outduel the A’s ace Vida Blue, 1–0.

14th  In another tight pitching duel, the Orioles Dave McNally wins, 2–1, over the A’s Catfish Hunter when Bobby Grich hits a 10th inning homer. The O’s have now won 7 straight.

The Phillies send C Tim McCarver to Montreal for C John Bateman. Bateman will play 82 games in Philley in this his final season.

Jim Wynn cannons a game-winning homer in the 11th off Dick Selma to give Houston a 1-0 win over the Phils.

The Cubs hit two homers in the 1st and Ron Santo adds a 3-run homer in the 6-run 6th as the Cubs outslug the visiting Padres, 12-9. Cito Gaston hits a grand slam for SD.

18th  Larry Bowa’s 9th-inning double is the Phillies’ only hit as the Astros Jerry Reuss hurls a 10–0 shutout. Tomorrow, Houston’s Larry Dierker will also spin a one-hitter.

By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws and the legitimacy of its reserve clause. Its decision is narrowly construed, however, and leaves the way open for legislation or collective bargaining to undercut the reserve system. By the year’s end the ML owners will destroy it themselves by agreeing to salary arbitration.

19th  Larry Dierker fire’s Houston’s 2nd straight one-hitter, tying a ML record, beating the Mets, 3–0. He walks Mays twice but Duffy Dyer’s single in the 3rd is the only hit. The last pair of consecutive one-hitters were Gentry and Seaver on May 13–15, 1970.

20th  Randy Hundley caps the scoring in the 1st inning with a grand slam as the Cubs score 7, all off  Carrithers, en route to a 15–8 pasting of the Giants. The first 3 runs come on 3 walks, 2 wild pitches and 3 singles. Hundley singles in another run in the 5-run 4th as the Cubs win their 7th straight.

21stRico Petrocelli and Carl Yastrzemski lead the Red Sox to 11-inning, 10–9 win over Texas. Yaz collects 5 hits and score 4 times, while Rico drives in 6 runs with one hit, a grand slam, and 2 sac flies Frank Howard is 4-for-4 for Texas. Luis Tiant wins his first of the year with an inning of shutout relief.

Bob Gibson wins his 211th, passing Jess Haines as the Cards biggest winner, in St. Louis’s 14–3 win over the Padres. Gibson cracks a 3-run homer in the 7th before exiting.

23rd  Following up a 2-hitter against the Pirates in his previous start, San Diego’s Steve Arlin allows just one hit in beating San Francisco, 4–1. Maddox triples in the 2nd inning for the lone hit. Nate Colbert’s 3-run homer, off Sam McDowell, is the deciding blow.

24th  Culminating a long battle to reach pro baseball, Bernice Gera umpires the first game of a doubleheader between Auburn and Geneva (New York-Pennsylvania League). Several disputes take place and she ejects the Auburn manager. Gera resigns before the 2nd game, leaving in tears, saying resentment from the other umps was a factor in her decision. She will later work in the Mets PR department.

Seven players have two or more hits, including winning pitcher Reggie Cleveland, as the Cardinals knock out Tom Seaver on their way to an 11-0 win over the Mets.  Luis Melendez hits a pinch grand slam and adds an RBI single.

25th  The Reds take over first place in the NL West for good with a 5–4, 10-inning win over the Astros. Denis Menke’s double in the 10th against his old team wins it.

Highlighted by a Carlos May grand slam, the White Sox score 7 runs in the 4th against host Texas enroute to a 10-5 victory. Tom Bradley (9-3) is the winning pitcher for the NL East leaders.

In Chicago, the Pirates break a 1-1 tie when Manny Sanguillen hoists a grand slam in the 8th, off Tom Phoebus, then the Bucs tack on another 4 in the 9th to win, 9-2. Doc Ellis is the winner.

26th  Detroit’s Bill Slayback makes his ML debut a good one, allowing no hits for 7 innings against the Yankees. Johnny Callison’s single in the 8th is the first hit, but Detroit hangs on to a 4–3 win.

Brewer Billy Conigliaro jumps his club for the comfort of a Massachusetts island retreat, but Milwaukee beats Baltimore, 3–0, on a combined one-hitter. Skip Lockwood gets the win with Ken Sanders relieving.

Eric Soderholm has a 7th inning grand slam as the Twins defeat the Angels, 7-4. Vada Pinson makes it a closer game in the 8th with a 3-run homer off reliever Wayne Granger.

27th  Mickey Lolich is staked to 4–0 lead when the Tigers hit 3 consecutive first-inning HRs against New York’s Wade Blasingame, making his AL debut. Tony Taylor leads off with a walk before Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton wade in with homers to finish Blasingame. Lolich, pitching on 2 days rest, notches his 12th, winning 5–2. Bobby Murcer’s HR accounts for one of the Yank runs.

Continuing his slugging, John Mayberry belts a HR, double and 2 singles to lead the Royals to a 6–4 win over the White Sox. Mayberry has driven in 20 runs in his last 11 games.

Nolan Ryan (8-5) triples and scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as California beats the Twins, 3–1. Poor base-running in the 4th doesn’t help the Twins cause: With Killebrew on 3b and Steve Braun on 2B with no outs, Nettles flies out to Spencer in left field.  Killebrew fakes a dash to the plate and Braun starts from 2B. A relay catches Braun at 2B and another throw nips Killebrew at 3B for a triple play.

29th  Jim Palmer’s 8-game win streak ends as the Yanks chase the ace in the 2nd inning of a 4–3 win.  Mel Stottlemyre, with relief from Lyle, gains his 7th win.

In a swap of former MVPs, the Braves send 1B Orlando Cepeda to the A’s for P Denny McLain.

At Fenway, the Tigers are down 4-0 as Bill Freehan opens the 9th by reaching on an error.  His next time up in the inning, Freehan belts a grand slam as the Tigers shock the Bosox with 8 runs to win, 8-4.

30th  Joe Pepitone rejoins the Cubs after a brief retirement, and is 1-for-4 in the Cubs, 4–3 win over the Pirates.  Rick Reuschel allows 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings before leaving with a twisted ankle, but picks up the win. Billy Williams drives in 3 runs for the Cubs.

JULY

1stNolan Ryan allows 5 hits and strikes out 16 in pitching the Angels to a 5–3 victory over the Athletics. Ryan has an RBI single and is helped by homers from Berry and Cardenas, off Steve Hamilton.

2nd  Minnesota’s Jim Kaat, sporting a 10-2 record and a 2.07 ERA, breaks his pitching hand while sliding. He will miss the remainder of the season. Kaat is relieved in the 8th by Granger, but gets credit for the 6–4 win over the White Sox. Tom Bradley wins his 10th in the nightcap, 2–1, for Chicago.

Reggie Smith homers from both sides of the plate as Boston beats Milwaukee 15–4. Smith collects 5 RBIs as does Rico Petrocelli, who hits a grand slam.

Willie McCovey hits his 14th career grand slam to pace the Giants 9–3 win over the Dodgers. Randy Moffitt wins his first ML game and receives a congratulatory telegram from his sister Billie Jean King, who is playing at Wimbledon.

The Reds score 8 runs in the 8th to defeat the Dodgers, 12–2, at Riverfront Stadium. Tony Perez’ 3-run homer is the big blow.

At Three Rivers, the Pirates beat the  Cubs, 7–4, helped by homers from Bob Robertson and Manny Sanguillan. Cubs reliever Jack Aker comes into the 7th inning with the bases loaded and no outs and gets Sanguillan on a triple play, 5-4-3. Aker is then pinch hit for.

At Montreal, rookie P Bob Rauch walks 4 batters in the 9th to enable the Expos to defeat the Mets, 4–3.  For Rauch, it’s his only ML decision. Mike Marshall wins for the Expos.

4th  Leron Lee singles in the 9th to break up Tom Seaver’s no-hitter, but the Mets shut out the Padres 2–0, in the opener. Seaver strikes out 11. The Pads take the nightcap, 4–2, as Nate Colbert hits his 16th homer.

Denny McLain makes his NL debut in the 2nd game of a twinbill with the Cubs, called in the 8th inning because of rain. McLain gets no decision in the 3–3 tie, but gets a standing ovation at the end from the crowd of 50,597. Atlanta wins the opener, 5–1, as Ron Reed beats Juan Pizarro. Paul Casanova’s first NL homer and Lum’s 3-run homer in the 7th account for 4 runs.

Sal Bando’s grand slam off Mel Stottlemyre accounts for all the A’s scores as they whip the visiting Yankees, 4-2. Oakland leads the 2nd place White Sox by 5 games in the AL West.

5th  Nolan Ryan (10-5) strikes out 8 in topping the Brewers, 2–1. Winston Llanes, batting for Ryan in the 9th, singles off starter Stephenson for the winning run.

6th  The Twins fire manager Bill Rigney, promoting 33-year-old coach Frank Quilici to take his place.

7th  In the Pirates 10–2 lid lifter win over Atlanta, Milt May goes 5-for-5 to lead a 20-hit attack.  May has 2 more hits in the nightcap, but the Pirates lose, 3–2, to Jim Hardin.

Back in the Expos lineup for the first time since June 27, Ken Singleton drives in 3 runs to support Bill Stoneman’s 7–2 win over the Giants. Singleton wears a special uniform to prevent a rash from reoccurring because of his allergy to materials in the Expos regular uniform.

8th  The Tigers lose to the White Sox 5–2 as Detroit’s John Hiller returns to the mound 18 months after suffering a heart attack.

After a 2-hour rain delay in Minnesota, enlivened by Mike Kekich sliding on the wet grass. Bert Blyleven and Mel Stottlemyre match scoreless innings for 10 frames. Yankee leadoff batter Bernie Allen then greets reliever Granger with a homer in the 11th.  Sparky Lyle picks up a save. The Yanks win, 1–0.

Sandy Alomar ends a 4 hour 8 minute game with a single in the 16th to give the Angels a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. Tommy Harper accounts for all the Sox scoring with a 3-run double in the 2nd.

9th  The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters, including an AL-record 8 in a row and three on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning, as he stops the Red Sox on one hit. Yastrzemski’s one-out single in the 1st is only hit: Ryan then racks up his 8 K’s and retires the last 26 consecutive batters. Sonny Siebert loses the 3–0 battle.  For Ryan, he is the 3rd pitcher to twice fan the side on 9 pitches.

The Twins lose to the Yankees, 9–6, despite Rich Reese’s pinch grand slam.  For Reese, it is his third pinch grand slam, tying Ron Northey’ ML record, and setting the AL mark.

10th  Phillies GM Paul Owens takes over as field manager after firing Frank Lucchesi.

Bobby Darwin belts a 1st inning grand slam and the Twins add another 4 runs in the 2nd as they pound the Brewers, 8-1. Jim Perry pitches into the 8th for the win.

11th  Cub Billy Williams goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader split with the Astros. The Astros win the opener 6–5, and the Cubs take the nightcap 9–5. Williams is 5-for-5 in the 2nd game to raise his average to .328. He’ll go 3-for-5 and 4-for-5 in his next two games as he will go on a 22-for-38 tear.

At Oakland, Boston’s Marty Pattin has his no-hit bid foiled when Reggie Jackson hits a one-out single in the 9th. Boston wins, 4–0.

12th  The A’s catcher Dave Duncan is 5-for-5, including a HR, but the Red Sox win, 7–6. Duncan’s counterpart Carlton Fisk is 3-for-3, with a homer and 2 walks. Bill Lee wins in relief.

At Baltimore, the Royals score 7 runs in the 10th to beat the Orioles, 11-4.  The big blow is a grand slam by Cookie Rojas, who finishes with 5 RBIs.

14th  In a ML first, the plate umpire and the catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is the ump and Tom Haller is the Tigers catcher during a game with the Royals. Kansas City wins 1–0. Tom is 1-for-4 and does not strike out.

The Twins cap a 3-run rally in the 9th, scoring the winning run when Harmon Killebrew draws a bases loaded walk from Red Sox reliever Newhauser. Boston wins, 7–6. Minnesota is helped by Juan Beniquez’s 2nd straight three-error game, a record for AL shortstops. John Kennedy will take over the SS job, while Beniquez will play the rest of his ML career mostly in the outfield and at 1B.

On “Cushion Night” in Milwaukee, Johnny Briggs supplies the cushion for the Brewers by driving in 6 runs on a pair of homers, one a grand slam. The Brewers beat California, 7–3.

16th  Tito Fuentes clubs a 3rd inning grand slam and Garry Maddox adds a 3-run homer in the 6th in the Giants’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies.

Pittsburgh takes a pair of 3-2 wins from the visiting Astros.  Dave Guisti wins the 10-inning opener and earns a save in game 2. The Bucs lead the Mets by 4 1/2 games.

18th  San Diego’s Steve Arlin takes a no-hitter against Philadelphia into the 9th inning before settling for a 2nd straight 2-hitter. The first hit comes when Denny Doyle hits a 2-out bloop single over the head of 3B Dave Roberts, playing in for a possible bunt. During the season, Arlin will notch three 2-hitters, a one-hitter, and a 10-inning one-hit stint, yet compile a 10-21 record.

20th  Detroit rookie Bill Slayback strikes out 13 batters and allows 5 hits in beating the Rangers, 5–1.

21st  The Dodgers release P Hoyt Wilhelm, ending his Hall of Fame career 2 days before his 49th birthday. Wilhelm appeared in 1,070 games, the most of any ML pitcher.  He is also the last WW2 vet to play in the majors; He survived the Battle of the Bulge, suffering a permanent neck wound in the action.

Billy Williams drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to an 11–3 win over the Astros. Williams has 4 hits, including a double and homer to give Bill Bonham (1–0) his only win of the year. Ken Forsch takes the loss.

The Yankees sweep the Angels, winning 6–0 and 3–0 over the Angels. Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre apply the whitewash.

23rd  At Municipal Stadium, Don Baylor homers in Baltimore’s 4-run 1st, and Terry Crowley adds a grand slam in the 7th as the O’s double the Royals, 8-4.

24th  Ted Simmons, who has been playing all season without a signed agreement, signs a new contract with St. Louis.  The Cardinals say the signing—reportedly for two years at $35,000 per year—was made possible by the Federal Pay Board’s decision to exempt athletes from wage controls. Whether the owners fear a possible test case or not, six players will open the 1973 season without signing a contract and will play on renewed contracts: Stan Bahnsen, Rick Reichardt, and Mike Andrews of the Chicago White Sox; Dick Billings of Texas; Fritz Peterson of the New York Yankees; and Jerry Kenney of Cleveland.

25th  The NL wins the All-Star Game, 4–3, at Atlanta behind hometown hero Hank Aaron’s 2-run HR and Joe Morgan’s 10th-inning RBI single. It is the 7th time the classic has gone into extra innings.

Cubs GM John Holland announces that Leo Durocher has stepped down as manager in favor of Whitey Lockman. Leo contends he was not fired, but has “stepped aside.” The Astro will hire Durocher in late August to replace Harry Walker.

27th  Marking the debut of manager Whitey Lockman, Fergie Jenkins allows one hit in the Cubs 4–0 win over the Phillies. Willie Montanez’s 4th inning double is the only hit. Reliever Jack Aker falters in the nightcap, and the Phils win, 4–1.

28th  Steve Carlton wins his 10th straight for the last place Phils, beating the Cubs Milt Pappas, 2–0. Lefty allows 4 hits and strikes out 7, while setting the club record for consecutive wins.

Syracuse pulls off a triple play against Charleston (IL) when confusion occurs over the infield fly rule. Charleston puts runners on 1st and 2B in the 3rd inning with no out. Frank Frontino’s sac bunt pops to 1B Frank Tepedino, who alertly allows the ball to drop. Tepedino throws to 3B Rich McKinney for one force, to SS Frank Baker for the 2nd out, and the relay to 2B Tom Grayson covering 1B completes the TP.

29th  The Padres take 17 innings but finally edge the Reds, 4–3, at Riverfront Stadium.

Brooks Robinson hits a 2-out HR in the 11th to give Baltimore a 4–3 win over the Indians. Duffy hit his 1st ML HR for the Tribe and John Lowenstein hit a HR in the 9th to briefly give the Indians the lead.

30th  Ralph Garr and Earl Williams collect 10 hits and 10 runs between them to lead the Braves to 14–4 and 5–4 victories over the Dodgers. They each have 4 RBIs in the 2 games.

The Angels beat Kansas City, 4–3,  when Bob Oliver hits a leadoff HR in the 11th inning against his former team. The win goes to Lloyd Allen, relegated to the bullpen after 5 straight losses as a starter. Allen’s batterymate, Jack Hiatt, is 1-for-1 after taking over in the late innings. Hiatt, purchased yesterday from the Astros, appears without a number on his uniform since there was not enough time to sew one on.

31st  Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 (Hank Thompson) to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game. Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven is on the mound in the first and the 5th when Allen connects past Danny Darwin in CF. Chicago wins, 8–1 behind Stan Bahnsen, with Allen driving in 5 with his homers.

Royals OF Amos Otis scores the game’s only run, swiping home in the 4th inning with a surprised John Mayberry at bat. Otis reached 3B when Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan makes two of his three errors trying to pick his former teammate off base. As Bob Davids notes, this is the only the 2nd time in the post-war years that a steal of home accounts for a game’s only run. It will next be done by big-footed Jim Thome, in 1997.

Vida Blue retires the first 17 batters before Texas pitcher Rich Hand beats out a surprise bunt in the 6th. Blue allows one other hit to win, 2–0 for Oakland. Hand allows just 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings, but 2 errors and a mental boner by LF Ford allows 2 runs. With a runner on 3B, Ford catches Rudi’s fly and trots in thinking it is the 3rd out. It is the 2nd. Rudi added another sac fly for the other run.

AUGUST

1st  Nate Colbert ties one ML record with 5 HRs, and sets another with 13 RBI, as the Padres take a doubleheader from the Braves 9–0 and 11–7. At age 8, on May 2, 1954, Colbert had been at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to witness Stan Musial hitting 5 HRs in a doubleheader.

Trailing by several runs in a game threatened by rain, Billy Martin has his Detroit Tigers employ stalling tactics while the opposing Milwaukee Brewers try to speed the game up. The game lasts 6 innings, with Del Crandall’s Brewers winning 9–0 on Skip Lockwood’s one-hitter. Umpire Frank Umont recommends a fine of $1,000 for both managers.

2nd  The Tigers purchase P Woodie Fryman from the Phillies. Two days later the Bengals will purchase C Duke Sims from the Dodgers. Fryman, just 4-10 for Philadelphia, will go 10-3 for Detroit, while Sims will hit .316 for Detroit in 38 games. The two veterans will spark Detroit to the AL Eastern Division title.

Houston’s Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle in a 10–1 win over the Reds.

3rd  Cubs pitcher Bill Hands allows one hit, by Ken Singleton, in beating the Expos, 3–0, in the nightcap. The Cubs lose the opener, 2–1, as Jack Aker absorbs his 3rd loss in his last 5 save opportunities.

The Brewers beat the Tigers, 6–3, to sweep the 3 game series.

4thThe Angels beat the Royals, 4–3, in 10 innings. Vada Pinson shows the way home with 5 hits and 3 RBIs.

Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9–4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

At Comiskey, Dick Allen doubles home the game-winner in the 9th to give Stan Bahnsen and the White Sox a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. In the 2-run 4th for Texas, rookie Vic Harris singles, snapping his ML record (for a non-pitcher since 1920) 0-for-36 to start a career.

Luis Aparicio returns after a 6-week layoff with a broken finger and drives in a run as the Red Sox win, 2–0 over Baltimore. Marty Pattin allows 2 hits in beating Pat Dobson.

5th  During a 4–3 win over Cleveland, Detroit SS Ed Brinkman commits an error; this ending his ML-record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue.

At Fenway, Rico Petrocelli drives in all the Sox runs as Boston defeats the Orioles, 6-3. Rico has a single, double and a grand slam.  The loss drops the O’s 3 games behind Detroit.

6th  Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st HRs for the Braves, the most ever hit by one player for the same franchise. Ruth had 659 with the Yankees, 49 with the Red Sox and 6 with the Braves. Hank’s 2nd circuit blast comes in the 10th inning off Don Gullett to beat the Reds, 4–3. Phil Niekro evens his record at 10–10. Phil will go 6–0 against the Reds this year.

At Parc Jarry, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Expos, winning 8-0 behind Bob Moose, and 7-2 behind Bob Johnson. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers in game 1 off Mike Torrez, one a grand slam, and a homer and 3 runs scored in game 2.  Richie Hebner contributes 3 hits, one a 3-run homer.  The Bucs push their lead in the NL East to 8 games.

7th  When Cleon Jones misses a shoestring catch in the bottom of the 13th inning, Ted Sizemore races around with an inside-the-park homer to give the Cards a 3–2 win over the 2nd place Mets. Diego Segui, in relief of Bob Gibson who pitches 10 innings, is the winner. Mets 2B Ken Boswell has no chances to tie a  ML record for an extra inning game.

Ron Allen hits 3 HRs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 8–3 in the annual Hall of Fame game. The contest is preceded by inductions of 8 new members.

Eddie Mathews takes over as Braves manager following the dismissal of Lum Harris. Things don’t change as the Reds squash the Braves, 9–1, at Riverfront Stadium.

A horde of grasshoppers invades the field at Midland (Texas League) after the first game of a doubleheader, causing the postponement of the second game.

8th  The Yankees and New York City sign a 30-year lease on Yankee Stadium that will keep the team in the Bronx till 2002. The City agrees to spend $24 million on renovations, but the actual costs will approach $100 million.

At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds beat the Dodgers, 2–1, in 19 innings. The Dodgers use 5 pitchers and the first 4 (John, Brewer, Richert, and Perranoski) strike out 22 batters to tie a NL record. The 5th, Pete Mikkelson fans no one in the defeat to Pedro Borbon. Joe Hague’s single drives in pinch runner Ted Uhlaender to end the marathon.

10th  Milwaukee rookie Gary Ryerson beats Jim Palmer and the Orioles, 1–0. Ryerson allows 10 hits in the shutout. George Scott singles in the lone run.

11th  The A’s defeat the White Sox 5–3 on Joe Rudi’s 2-run HR in the 19th inning off Stan Bahnsen. The game had been renewed after a 3–3 tie in 17 frames yesterday. Catfish Hunter (15-5) picks up the win with 2 innings of relief, then loses the regularly scheduled game, 1-0, when the A’s manage just two hits off two Sox pitchers.

12th  The White Sox top the A’s 3–1 in 11 innings. The Sox, who were 8 1⁄2 games behind Oakland on July 18th, take over first place in the AL West.

Johnny Callison has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Yankees defeat the Brewers, 10-6, at the Stadium. Fritz Peterson wins his 13th.

13th  Bengals manager Billy Martin literally picks his starting lineup out of a hat in an attempt to halt the Tigers’ 4-game losing streak. He chooses his starting 8, then Al Kaline picks from there. Norm Cash leads off with Eddie Brinkman batting cleanup. The ploy works as Detroit defeats Cleveland 3–2. Using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the Tigers lose 9–2.

14th  In Atlanta, Johnny Bench drives in 5 runs on a HR, double and single, to lead the Reds to a 12–2 win over the Braves.

15th  At Candlestick, Garry Maddox drives in 6 runs on two homers, one a grand slam, as the Giants beat the Cubs, 7-5.  Juan Marichal (5-13) pitches into the 9th for the win.

16th  Reggie Smith hits a grand slam and Yastrzemski adds his third homer of the year, but it is not enough as Texas tops Boston, 9-8, in 10 innings. Ben Grieve’s walkoff homer off Ken Tatum is the winner.

17th Steve Carlton (20–6) becomes the first 20-game winner as he wins his 15th straight, a 9–4 Phillie victory over the Reds.

In Baltimore, the White Sox make a stop to makeup a postponed game and beat the Orioles, 6-1, in a rain-delayed game. Only 655 fans show up, a Baltimore record.

18th  Mickey Lolich regains first place for the Tigers as he bests the Angels and Nolan Ryan 2–0. It is Lolich’s 19th win.

The Orioles trade C Elrod Hendricks to the Cubs for OF/1B Tommy Davis.

20thStriking out 14, Don Wilson pitches the Astros to a 3–1 win over the Phils. Greg Luzinski accounts for the lone Quaker run with a homer. Still without a win this year, Ken Reynolds absorbs his 11th loss.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 4th inning but Detroit counters with 8 runs in the 6th to win the wild affair, 11–9. Aurelio Rodriguez touches off the comeback with a double and ends the scoring with another extra base hit, a 3-run homer.  In between are 6 singles and a sac fly.

21st  Phil Niekro and the Braves beat the Phillies 2–1 in 11 innings to snap Steve Carlton’s 15-game winning streak. After retiring 19 batters in a row, Carlton (20–7) puts 2 runners on in the 11th, before Mike Lum singles home the winner.

22nd Jim Beauchamp hits a HR and drives in all the Mets run in a 4–2 win over the Astros.  Yesterday, Beauchamp celebrated his birthday with a pair of HRs as the Mets beat the Astros by the same score.

Pirate pitcher Nelson Briles one hits the Giants, and outduels Juan Marichal, 1–0. Ken Henderson is the Giants only base runner, singling in the 7th.

23rd  Chicago’s Dick Allen becomes the 4th ML player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson are the others) to hit one into the CF bleachers in Comiskey Park when he connects off New York’s Lindy McDaniel. The 2-run homer in the 7th ices the 5–2 win for the Sox. In 1972, all the Chicago Wednesday games are in the afternoon, and Harry Caray announces them while sitting in the CF bleachers. Allen’s drive misses Caray by just a few rows.

Kansas City’s Roger Nelson shuts out the Red Sox, 3–0. Ben Oglivie’s single in the 8th is the only hit off Nelson.

Bill Freehan’s grand slam highlights Detroit’s 7-run as the beat Oakland, 7-5. Detroit is atop the AL East by a half game, while the A’s are in second place in the AL West by the same margin.

25th  Phillie Ken Reynolds ties a dubious NL record with his 12th straight losing decision from the start of the season after dropping a 6–1 decision to the Reds. Reynolds is knocked out in the 4th and loses to Don Gullett.

26th  Leo Durocher, formerly of the Cubs, replaces Harry Walker as manager of the Astros. It is only the 2nd time someone has managed 2 NL teams in the same season. The first was in 1948, when Durocher piloted the Dodgers and the Giants.

At Wrigley Field, Ron Santo records his 2,000th career hit, a 3-run HR off Ron Bryant. Santo’s hit, driving in his 1,200th run, is the margin of victory as the Cub top the Giants, 10–9.

The Red Sox score 5 in the 9th to top Texas, 7–6.

27th  The Cardinals trade .314 hitter Matty Alou to the A’s for 2 players, Bill Voss and minor leaguer Steve Easton. The A’s will send Matty on to the Yanks in November.

Tigers Willie Horton clouts an 11th-inning 2-run HR to beat Minnesota 5–3 in the opener of 2. In the nightcap, Joe Coleman pitches 11 shutout innings against Minnesota before Aurelio Rodriguez’s HR gives him the 1–0 win. This is the 3rd win in a row for the Tigers on 11th-inning homers. Rodriguez hit one to start the streak.

29th  During a 3–0 win over St. Louis, San Francisco’s Jim Barr retires the first 20 batters to face him. Six days earlier, Barr had gotten out the last 21 men to face him. This gives Barr a ML record of 41 consecutive batsmen retired.

In game 1 of a twinbill, Yankee Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle against Texas, with his HR tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th.The Yanks win, 7–6, in the 11th, on Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mantle in 1957: The next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a HR in the nightcap, but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7–4.

At Fenway, Luis Tiant pitches his 3rd straight shutout, beating the White Sox, 3–0. Reggie Smith hits 2 run-scoring doubles off starter Tom Bradley for Boston.

Bobby Grich hits a 6th inning grand slam to snap a 3-3 tie and help the Orioles to a 9-4 victory over the Twins. The O’s are tied for first place in the AL East with Detroit.

30th  In Pittsburgh, announcer Bob Prince turns the mike over to Harold Arlin. On August 5, 1921, Arlin was the first announcer to broadcast a live play-by-play game, on KDKA. Today he calls a few innings while his grandson, Steve, is on the mound for the Pirates against San Diego.

31st  Another insurance purchase for the Tigers: they buy slugging 1B/OF Frank Howard from Texas

SEPTEMBER

1st  Rod Carew swipes home with 2 out in the 10th inning to give the Twins a 5–4 victory over the visiting Indians. Carew will swipe home 17 times in his career, seven times stealing alone. The Twins score their first 4 runs as Darwin drives them all in on 4 hits, including 2 homers.

Mel Stottlemyre hurls a 4-hitter to stop the White Sox, 4–0.  Rookie Charlie Spikes has two hits in his ML debut, drives in a run and saves a run with a sparkling catch in right field.

The Reds edge the Expos, 1–0, in 12 innings on Johnny Bench’s single. Ross Grimsley and Clay Carroll combine on the shutout.

The Braves and Phils split a twinbill, with the Phillies taking the opener, 11-1 and the Braves answering with an 11-5 win. Larry Bowa and Tommy Hutton each have 4 hits in game 1 and Joe Lis homers in each game. Darrell Evans hits a grand slam in game 2 and Dusty Baker has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs.

2nd  Milt Pappas of the Cubs hurls a no-hit game in beating the Padres 8–0. Pappas has a perfect game until PH Larry Stahl walks with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Pappas and C Randy Hundley both said of the pitches to Stahl, “They were so close I don’t know how Stahl could take them, but they were balls.” Pappas later commented on the plate umpire Bruce Froemming, “he had a chance to become famous as the umpire in the twelfth perfect game in baseball history, but he blew it” [Froemming will call Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991]. Pappas retires former Cub Gary Jestadt to finish the game.

Rookie Dave Downs of the Phils stops the Braves, 3–0, in his first ML start.

 

3rd Steve Carlton shuts out the Braves 8–0 for his 8th whitewash of the season. This is the most for a Phillies’ pitcher since Alexander in 1917.

Hal McRae’s 2-run pinch homer in the 9th gives the Reds a 4–3 win over the visiting Expos.

4th  The Yankees split with the Orioles, losing 43 before winning 5–2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place, just one-half game out of first place.  The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead.  Andy Etchebarren’s 3-run homer in the first game, off Fritz Peterson, is the big blow while the Yankees take the nightcap behind the three hits, including a homer, of Bobby Murcer.

The Cubs top the Mets, 2–0, as Fergie Jenkins posts his 19th win.  The Cubs then drop the second game, 7–2, to Gary Gentry, who strikes out 8.

Luis Tiant (10–4) pitches his 4th straight shutout, beating the Brewers, 2–0, in the opener. Yaz’s 2-run HR accounts for the scoring. The Red Sox lose the nightcap, 6–2, as 4 former Hubmen do the damage. O’Brien and Lahoud homer, Boomer Scott has 3 hits and Brett is the winner.

5th  Felix Milan is 5-for-5 in the Braves’ 5–3 win over the Astros.

6th  Behind Mickey Lolich’s 20th win, Detroit beats the Orioles in Baltimore 4–3 in the tight pennant race. Lolich had failed in 5 previous outings to win his 20th.

7th  Tommy Harper and Rico Petrocelli club 3-run homers to poser the Red Sox to a 10–4 win over the Yankees and move into first place in the AL East ahead of the Tigers. Siebert adds a homer as he wins his 12th game.

The Astros score 4 times in the 13th, on homers by Watson and Metzger, to defeat the Giants, 5–1. Don Wilson goes all the way for the win.

San Diego sweeps a pair from the first-place Reds, winning 2-0 behind Mike Caldwell, then 5-1 as Nate Colbert hits a grand slam. Nate leads the NL in homers with 37.

8thIn the first game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals, the Mets win 8–2 as John Milner collects a homer, double, and three singles in five at-bats.  Milner had another HR in the 1st inning of game 2, but the Cards turn around, using a pair of homers in the 13th to win, 9–4.

Beating the Phils 4–3, Fergie Jenkins wins his 20th, the 6th consecutive year he’s reached the mark. This ties the Cubs club record set by Three Finger Brown, 1906-11. Billy Williams 2-run HR in the 6th ties it at 3–3, and a pair of doubles in the 8th wins it.

After 4 straight shutouts, Luis Tiant is finally scored upon, but the Red Sox ace still beats the Yankees, 4–2. Tiant completed 40 straight shutout innings before the Yanks scored in the 5th.

Mickey Lolich wins his 20th game of the year as Detroit tips the Orioles, 4–3. The Tigers jump on Jim Palmer (18-8) for 3 runs in the 1st inning. Seelbach pitches the last 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball for the save.

9th  Gaylord Perry, who twice won 20+ games with the Giants, becomes the first pitcher in 48 years to win 20 in both leagues as he defeats the Red Sox, 2–1, in 10 innings. Cleveland 3B Nettles homers with one out in the 10th off Gary Peters.  The last hurler to win 20 in each league was Carl Mays, who did it with the Yankees, in 1921, and the Reds, in 1924.

10th  A round-robin tournament, replacing the Junior WS, begins, with Hawaii defeating a team of Caribbean all-stars 6–2. The series proves to be a financial and artistic failure.

11th  Dick Allen’s club record 34th HR gives the White Sox their only 2 runs as they beat KC, 2–1. Hovely’s HR in the 9th is the Royals only score.

12th  Johnny Bench hits a 1st inning grand slam off rookie Jimmy Freeman and drives in 5 runs in the Reds 7-5 decision over the Braves.  Denny McLain gives up 3 runs in the 9th to take the loss, his last appearance in the majors. The Reds now lead the NL West by 7.5 games.

13th  Frank Howard, who is not playing regularly for the Tigers, hits a 3-run homer off Dave McNally of the Orioles for a Detroit victory. It is his 13th career fourbagger off his favorite pitcher. He had hit one with the Rangers on July 18th, and 11 with the Senators 1965-1971. Boog Powell has a grand slam for the O’s, 6-5 losers in the tight AL East race. Boston leads with a Detroit a game behind, with the Orioles and Yankees a game and a half back.

The Reds Johnny Bench hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Braves, 8–6. He hit a grand slam yesterday in a 7–5 win over Atlanta, and he’ll have 11 homers and 33 ribbies for September.

14th  The Padres stake Steve Arlin to a 5–0 lead in the 3rd, but the Astros score 6 in their half of the frame and go on to win, 10–6. For Arlin it is his 20th loss of the year, topping his ML high 19 losses in 1971.

15th  Steve Carlton beats the Expos 5–3, raising his record to 24-9. The rest of the Phillies pitchers have a combined record of 26-80. Carlton scatters 10 hits while striking out 4.

In a record-setting effort, the Reds and Padres combine for 28 strikeouts for a 9 inning game, the Padres winning 1–0, on Cito Gaston’s 4th inning homer. Winning P Fred Norman strikes out 15, while Don Gullett fans 11 Pads.  Pedro Borbon notches the other 2. Norman (9-9) notches his last win of the season and will finish as the only pitcher in history with fewer than 10 wins in a season with 6 shutouts (Ewell Blackwell was close in 1946 with 5 shutouts in 9 wins; in one win, he was ahead 2-0 when he was relieved after 8 1/3 IP).

Reggie Smith has a homer and an RBI double in the 9th as the Red Sox edge the visiting Indians, 4-3. The loss drops New York to 4th place, 2 1/2 games behind 1st-place Boston.

At Wrigley, Jose Cardenal clubs a 2-run HR in the 1st, Billy Williams adds his 30th homer of the year and Jim Hick hits a grand slam as the Cubs maul the Mets, 9-3.

16th  Expo P Balor Moore extends his scoreless-inning streak to 25 before serving up a 7th-inning 3-run HR to lose to the Phillies 3–1. The HR is the first for Phils rookie Mike Schmidt.

At Wrigley, Glenn Beckert sets a dubious since tied (by Todd Helton in 1998) ML and NL record by stranding 12 base runners but his Cubs beat the Mets, 18–5. The Cubs jump first, knocking out Tom Seaver in just 2 1/3 innings. After Seaver loads the bases on walks in the 3rd, pitcher Burt Hooton hits a grand slam. Chicago garners 15 walks, with Elrod Hendricks walking 5 straight times, a NL record.

Joe Coleman wins his 17th game and Dick McAuliffe clouts 2 HRs and drives in 4 to lead Detroit to a 6–2 win in Milwaukee. This is Detroit’s 5th win in a row and keeps them a percentage point behind Boston.

Following the Reds-Padres game at Riverfront Stadium, “This is your Life” host Ralph Edwards surprises Johnny Bench as the catcher is the featured guest on the program. With cameras rolling, Bench’s family and friends appear as Edwards narrates the show.

19th  In a 15-inning contest with Chicago, the A’s set an extra-inning record by using 30 players, including 6 second baseman and 10 pinch hitters. Together the two clubs use 51 players, another record.  Oakland still loses, 8–7.

The Twins Cesar Tovar hits for the cycle as Minnesota beats Texas, 5–3.

20th  The Braves score all their runs in the 2nd inning in routing the Astros 13–6. Dusty Baker has a good day at the office, doubling twice and hitting a 3-run HR. Felix Millan chips in with a single and  triple and 5 RBIs. The 13 runs in the 2nd inning ties a NL record (set in 1877, tied in 1890) and ties the AL record (1956). It also ties the NL mark of most runs in the 2nd inning by two teams.

At Anaheim, Royals pitcher Steve Busby loses a grand slam when 1B ump John Rice signals that he had called time before the gopher pitch.  John Mayberry had already hit a grand slam in the inning. Busby (2-0) wins, 9-2, pitching his second complete game following his debut win on September 8. Leo Cardenas tallies one of the two Angels runs, giving him 25 for the year. The 25 runs scored in 150 games is a ML record. The NL low is 32 runs scored by Mike Doolin in 1913 (151 games).

At Wrigley, Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas (15-7) wins his 200th career game, beating the Expos, 6-2. Pappas is the first pitcher to win 200 games without having a 20-win season. After the game, Expos manager Gene Mauch challenges Jose Cardenal to fight him, claiming the Cubs infielder called him a “bad name.” Nothing ensues. (as noted by historian John Snyder).

In Boston, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the Orioles, 9-1 and 4-0. Marty Pattin tops 20-game winner Jim Palmer in the opener and Luis Tiant twirls the shutout in game 2. It is his 6th shutout in his last 8 starts, all wins. The Sox lead the Tigers by a game.

Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits a HR to set a new Japanese record of 7 HRs in 7 consecutive games. Dale Long in 1956 hit in 8 straight, and several players have hit in 6.

21st  The Pirates clinch the NL East title with a 6–2 victory over the Mets.

The AL East is a virtual tie as Detroit’s Joe Coleman posts his 18th win, a critical 10–3 defeat of first-place Boston. Coleman strikes out 10 and knocks in 3 runs.

22nd  The Reds clinch the NL West crown with a 4–3 win over the Astros in Houston. Jerry Reuss, relieving Dierker in the 1st, allows only two hits in 7 1/3 innings, but both are homers. Rose and Bench do the dinging.

23rd  Steve Yeager has a 3-run HR and drives in 4 runs as the Dodgers down the visiting Giants, 7-4.  Chris Speier provides the Giants scoring with a grand slam.

24th  In the nightcap of a twinbill sweep over the Indians, Sparky Lyle sets an AL record and tying the ML mark by saving his 35th game. The Yanks win, 8–3, after gaining a 5–4 win in the opener when they score 2 unearned runs on 5 Indian errors in the 11th. Munson steals 2B by kicking the ball out of Frank Duffy’s glove and going to 3B on the error. Duffy then boots a grounder and throws wildly for two more E’s. Catcher Gerry Moses then picks up a squibber and fires over 1B and RF Del Unser’s throw to the plate is over Moses’ head for error 5.

     At Fenway, the Red Sox whip division rival Detroit, 7-2, behind Luis Tiant’s 10th win in a row. Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli each club homers for Boston, now leading Detroit by a game with New York and Baltimore close behind.

Tom Seaver wins his 19th, beating the Phils and Steve Carlton, 2–1 on an unearned run. Tommie Agee for the Mets and Robinson for the Quakers both homer.

26th  The Pirates Steve Blass wins his 19th, defeating the Phillies, 5–1. Billy Champion, relieving in the 2nd, takes his 11th straight defeat.

At Fenway, Boston takes a 4-0 lead after 2 innings, but loses to the Brewers, 6-4. The loss leaves the Bosox in first by a half game over Detroit.

27th  A’s relief star Darold Knowles breaks his thumb, costing him a chance to pitch in the WS. Knowles finishes the season with a 5-1 record, 11 saves, and a 1.36 ERA.

Trailing 5–1, the Tigers score 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Yankees and Sparky Lyle.

The Dodgers Don Sutton shuts out San Diego, 2–0, handing Steve Arlin his NL-high 21st loss of the year. Arlin also led the NL in losses last year with 19. It’s Sutton’s 9th shutout of the year to tie Nolan Ryan for the most in the ML, and his 3rd whitewash in a row.

Detroit scores 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to edge the visiting Yankees, 6-5, Detroit stays a half game in back of Boston in the AL east with New York and Baltimore 3.5 games back.

Rich Reuschel scatters 4 hits and Billy Williams hits a grand slam in the Cubs 6-run 5th as visiting Chicago beats the Expos, 8-0.

28th  Steve Carlton becomes the second pitcher in NL history to top 300 strikeouts in a season as he K’s 11 in a 2–1 win over the Pirates. Carlton gives up an unearned run and drives in the tying run.

At Tiger Stadium, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel hits a go-ahead homer in the 9thinning off Detroit starter Mickey Lolich, but then gives up the tying run in the bottom of the frame. Lolich goes 12 innings before losing to Sparky Lyle, 3-2.  For McDaniel, it is his third career homer, spacing them out over three decades: he homered in 1957 for the Cardinals, and for the Cubs in 1963.  No Yankee pitcher will homer the rest of the century.

29th  Tom Seaver allows 2 singles to win his 20th as the Mets edge the Pirates, 1–0. The Mets score in the 9th off starter Nels Briles.

At Baltimore, Luis Tiant wins his 11th straight as Boston tops the Orioles, 4-2. Jim Palmer (21-10) takes the loss. Boston leads the AL East by 1.5 games over Detroit.

30th  During a 5–0 win over the Mets, the Pirates’ Roberto Clemente doubles off Jon Matlack in the 4th inning for his 3,000th—and final—career hit in regular-season play. Dock Ellis allows 1 hit in 6 innings for the win.

The Tigers take their third in a row from Milwaukee as John Hiller throws a 5-hitter. Aurelio Rodriguez’s 3-run HR is the margin in the 5–1 win. The Tigers now return home to face the Red Sox in a 3-game series that will determine which team wins the East.

OCTOBER

1st  Reds pitchers Don Gullett and Clay Carroll combine on a 2-hitter as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 1–0.  The first hit is a single by Bill Russell off Gullett in the 8th.

Dick Bosman scatters 3 hits to beat the White Sox, 1–0, ending the Rangers 15-game losing streak. Wilbur Wood (24-17), making his 49th start of the year, takes the loss, allowing just 3 hits himself. His catcher Ed Hermann has caught all 49 starts of Wood’s, the most by a battery since 1884 when Hardie Henderson & C Sam Trott had 52 starts together for Baltimore in the AA (as noted by historian Walt Wilson). The 49 starts ties him for the 2nd highest in the 20th century. Wood will make 48 starts next year for the highest 2-year total in the 20th century.

Despite having to leave the game in the 5th after being hit on the cheek with a batted ball, Milt Pappas (17-7) records his 11th straight win for the Cubs. Decker and Aker complete the 3–0 shutout over the visiting Cards. The win clinches 2nd place in the NL East.

2nd  Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating the Mets 7–0. The temperature at Jarry Park is 53 degrees as 7,184 watch the doubleheader split.

The Red Sox fall a half game behind Detroit, losing 4–1 to Mickey Lolich before 51,518 at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 1–0 in the 3rd, Carl Yastrzemski hits a triple with 2 on, but Luis Aparicio stumbles twice and scrambles back to 3B, where Yaz is tagged out.

Buddy Bradford clubs a pinch grand slam in the 8th inning to pull the White Sox into a 6–4 victory over the Twins. Bradford will end the year with 2 homers and 8 RBIs.

.3rd  Pitcher Roric Harrison hits his only homer of the year, off Ray Lamb, as Baltimore beats Cleveland 4–3 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. With the DH rule on the horizon, it will be the last HR hit by an AL pitcher until interleague play. Cleveland wins the opener, 6–5, in 10 innings Tom McCraw has 4 hits, including a HR, for the Tribe.

The Tigers clinch the AL East as Woodie Fryman beats Luis Tiant 3–1 for his 10th win. Chuck Seelbach picks up his 14th save and Al Kaline singles in the winning run for Detroit. Luis Tiant hits a single in the game; not until Clemens singles in 1996 will another Sox pitcher get a hit in the same game he pitches. Fryman also singles, off Tiant; not till interleague play in 1997 will another Tiger pitcher get a base hit.

After hitting a pinch RBI single in the top of the 9th to beat the Twins, 5–4, White Sox reliever Terry Forster steals 2B. Forster, later described by David Letterman as “a fat tub of goo,” is the last AL pitcher before interleague play to steal a base. Forster finished the year at .526 (10-for-19) and will finish his 16-year career with a .397 lifetime average (31-for-78).

Tom Seaver wins his 21st beating Montreal, 5-2, in the first of two. Steve Renko (1-10) takes the loss. Renko strikes out 7 batters, all in a row. The Mets take game 2 in 12 innings, 4-3.

Steve Carlton wins his 27th game for the last-place Phillies, (59-97), as they pound out 6 HRs in an 11–1 win over Chicago. Carlton’s total is the highest by a Phillies pitcher in 20 years. Don Money and Greg Luzinski hit back to back homers twice.

4th  Ted Williams manages his final game as the Rangers lose to the Royals 4–0. Williams will be replaced by Whitey Herzog. It is the last game for the Royals manager Bob Lemon and the last game played at KC’s Municipal Stadium.

The Giants down the last-place Padres, 6-4, as Bobby Bonds has a 3-run homer and steals two bases.  Nate Colbert has an RBI to finish the year with 111, a ML-record 22.7% of his team’s RBI total of 488.

Milwaukee’s Jim Lonborg completes a successful comeback year with his 14th win, a 3-hit 1–0 victory over the 4th place Yankees. Larry Gowell (0-1) allows a run in his 5-inning start, his second and last appearance in the majors. Gowell is a Seventh-Day Adventist and his refusal to pitch on Saturdays presumably hinders his career. He doubles in his only ML plate appearance, the last hit by an AL pitcher before the introduction of the DH. Bert Blyleven also hits a double today.

Nolan Ryan fails in his quest to win 20 as the Angels fall to the AL West winners, Oakland, 2–1. Ryan strikes out 10 to finish the year with 329 strikeouts, 4th on the all-time list behind Koufax, Waddell, and Feller.

5th  Yutaka Fukumoto of the Hankyu Braves sets a Japanese single-season record of 113 stolen bases in a 130-game season.

7th  Oakland defeats Detroit in the opening game of the AL Championship Series. The Tigers take a 2–1 lead in the 11th inning, but the A’s come back with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame. The winning run is scored on Al Kaline’s throwing error.

The Pirates score 3 in the first and top the Reds 5–1 in the NLCS opener as Joe Morgan and Al Oliver smash homers.

8th  During his club’s 5–0 win in the 2nd game of the ALCS, Oakland’s Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Detroit P Lerrin LaGrow. Campy, who had been hit by a pitch on the ankle, is fined and suspended for the rest of the series and for the first 7 games of the 1973 season. He will be allowed to play in the World Series, however. LaGrow is also thrown out of the game, but Detroit manages just 3 hits against Blue Moon Odom.

Cincinnati opens the game with 5 straight hits against Pittsburgh’s Bob Moose and wins 5–3 to even the NLCS.

9th  The Pirates edge the Reds 3–2 as Manny Sanguillen homers and drives in the winning run in the 8th. Pittsburgh comes within one game of clinching the LCS.

10th  Ross Grimsley of the Reds allows but 2 hits—a single and a HR by Roberto Clemente—to even the series with a 7–1 victory. Grimsley says that Clemente’s homer—the final of his career–“was a fastball. It got about six inches of the plate. It was high, about eight inches over his head and I just couldn’t see how he could possibly hit that ball, let alone hit it out of the park. That guy is absolutely incredible.”

The Tigers bounce back behind Joe Coleman’s 14 strikeouts to beat Oakland 3–0. Bill Freehan’s HR supplies the firepower.

11th  The Pirates lead the Reds 3–2 in the bottom of the 9th inning of the final game of the NL series. Johnny Bench homers to tie the game, and 2 singles and a Bob Moose wild pitch later, the Reds are NL champs.

The Tigers even the AL series with a 10th-inning 3-run rally to beat the A’s 4–3. Jim Northrup bats in the game winner after Dave Hamilton walks home the tying run.

12th  Oakland takes the AL flag with a 2–1 win in the 5th game of the LCS. The A’s Reggie Jackson steals home, but pulls a hamstring in the process, sidelining him for the WS.

13th  Commissioner Kuhn announces that Bert Campaneris will be allowed to play in the WS.

14th  Catcher Gene Tenace becomes the first player ever to homer in each of his first 2 WS at bats, leading the A’s to a 3–2 opening-game win over the Reds.

15th  The A’s win 2–1 as Joe Rudi clouts a HR and makes a game-saving catch in the 9th to back up Catfish Hunter’s pitching before an afternoon crowd of 53,224, a record for Cincinnati. The A’s take a 2-game advantage as the Series moves to Oakland.

17th  Rain and hail in Oakland postpone the 3rd game of the Series.

18th  With the rainout yesterday, game 5 is quickly re-scheduled for this afternoon.  With runners at 2B and 3B and a 3-2 count, A’s manager Dick Williams instructs Rollie Fingers to fake a pitchout to give an intentional walk. Fingers breaks off a strike to catch Johnny Bench looking. Gene Tenace stands wide for the expected ball 4, then ducks behind the plate to take strike 3. Perez is then walked intentionally and Menke pops out. Blue Moon Odom strikes out 11, but Cincinnati’s Jack Billingham is the winner, 1–0.

19th  The A’s score twice in the bottom of the 9th on 4 straight singles—3 by pinch hitters to win the 4th game 3-2.

20th  Pete Rose begins the scoring with a first-pitch HR off Catfish Hunter, and ends it with a 9th-inning RBI single, as the Reds stay alive with a 5–4 triumph.

The Cubs trade P Tom Phoebus to the Braves for INF Tony LaRussa. LaRussa will play just one game for the Cubs, scoring the winning run as a pinch runner in next year’s Opener.

21st  The Reds send the Series to its 7th game with an 8–1 victory, the only game of the Series decided by more than one run. Bench has a HR and Bobby Tolan and Cesar Geronimo each drive in 2 runs.

22nd  The A’s win their first World Championship in 42 years with a 3–2 victory in game 7. Gene Tenace has 2 RBI in the game. Tenace, who had only 5 HRs in the regular season has 4 in the WS, is named MVP.

24th  Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson dies of heart disease at age 53. Robinson had become the first black ML player of this century with the 1947 Dodgers.

Three longtime infielders are released by their respective clubs: Bill Mazeroski (Pirates), Maury Wills (Dodgers), and Julian Javier (Reds).

25thIn  a fairly even swap of talent, the Pirates trade P Gene Garber to the Royals for pitcher Jim Rooker. However, after a year Garber will move back to the NL.

27th  The Yankees ship Danny Walton to the Twins for C Rick Dempsey. Walton spent the 1972 season in the minors, while young Dempsey had cups of coffee with the Twins the past 4 seasons.

31st  Gaylord Perry wins the AL Cy Young award by a 64-58 margin over Chicago’s Wilbur Wood. Perry won 24 games for the 5th-place Indians.

The Phillies trade IF Don Money and 2 others to the Brewers for 4 pitchers, including Jim Lonborg and Ken Brett.

NOVEMBER

2nd  Steve Carlton caps off a remarkable season with a unanimous NL Cy Young Award.

The Mets trade pitchers Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella to the Braves for 2B Felix Millan and P George Stone, both of whom will contribute significantly to the Mets 1973 pennant.

Former Boston SS Freddy Parent dies at the age of 96. Parent had been the last surviving player from the first modern WS between Boston and Pittsburgh in 1903.

8th  The Cards bring Tim McCarver back to St. Louis, sending Jorge Roque to Montreal in exchange.

15th  The White Sox Dick Allen wins the AL MVP Award by an overwhelming margin over Joe Rudi of the A’s. Allen led the league in HRs (37), RBI (113), walks (99), and slugging (.603).

21st  Boston’s Carlton Fisk is the unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year, the first time this has happened. The catcher hit 22 HRs and led the AL East with a .293 average.          Jon Matlack of the Mets is named the NL Rookie of the Year.

The Cubs trade Bill North to the A’s for pitcher Bob Locker.

22nd  Johnny Bench wins the NL MVP with 263 votes to 211 for runner-up Billy Williams. It is Bench’s 2nd award in 3 years.

24th  The Yankees acquire veteran Matty Alou from the A’s for Rob Gardner and Rich McKinley. It is the 2nd time the Yankees have traded Gardner to the A’s for an Alou. Last year it was Felipe.

25th  TSN announces Gold Glove Award winners. Pirate Roberto Clemente wins his 12th straight, and Dodger 1B Wes Parker his 6th in a row. Neither will play in 1973.

27th  In a great trade for New York, the Indians swap 3B Graig Nettles and C Gerry Moses to the Yankees for C John Ellis, IF Jerry Kenney, and outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres.

28th  The Dodgers trade OF Frank Robinson, P Bill Singer, and 3 others to the Angels for P Andy Messersmith and 3B Ken McMullen.

30th  Twelve transactions, involving 36 players, take place. Among those sent to new clubs are OF Larry Hisle (to the Twins), 2B Dave Johnson (Braves), OF Del Unser (Phils), Oscar Gamble (Indians), Cesar Tovar (Phils) and OF Hal McRae and P Wayne Simpson (Royals).

DECEMBER

10th  The major leagues adopt the save as an official statistic. A pitcher shall be credited with a save if, when entering a game as a reliever, he finds the tying or winning run on base or at the plate, and he preserves the lead. Or he pitches 3 effective innings and preserves the lead.

The AL votes unanimously to adopt the designated-hitter rule for a 3-year experimental basis. The DH will replace the pitcher in the lineup unless otherwise noted before the start of the game. In the December 1975 meeting the AL will vote to permanently adopt the DH. The NL declines to go along with the AL.

31st  A plane carrying Roberto Clemente to Nicaragua on a mercy mission for earthquake victims crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Clemente, who batted .317 in 18 seasons with the Pirates, is presumed dead at age 38.

 

 

  • 1973

JANUARY

3rd  A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million.

10th  In the January amateur draft, the Phillies pick Dick Ruthven, who will jump right to the majors, the Rangers take C Jim Sundberg, and the Cubs pick RHP Donnie Moore. The Reds pick Southern Miss punter Ray Guy on the 3rd round, but he chooses the NFL instead.

11th  Cincinnati attorney Louis Nippert assumes control of the Reds when he purchases 51% of the stock from the Gamble and Williams families. Nippert was part of the group that bought the Reds in 1966. Nippert will continue his ownership until he is appointed ambassador to Switzerland in December of 1973.

18th  Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team as a designated hitter.

24th  Warren Spahn is elected to the Hall of Fame in his first try on the BBWAA ballot, receiving 316 of 380 votes.

28th  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects 19th-century players Mickey Welch and George Kelly, plus umpire Billy Evans, for e756nshrinement.

FEBRUARY

1st  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the selection of Monte Irvin for the Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

The Orioles sell OF Don Buford to the Fukuoka Lions in Japan.

8th  The ML owners announce that “early bird” spring training camps are canceled until all bargaining with the Players’ Association is concluded.

25th  A new 3-year Basic Agreement is reached between players and owners, and spring training is slated to start March 1st. Among the provisions of the agreement are a $15,000 minimum salary, salary arbitration, and the “10 and 5” trade rule, which permits a player with 10 years in the ML, the last 5 of which are with his current team, to veto any trade involving him.

27th  White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs a 3-year contract for an estimated $250,000 per year, making him the highest-paid player in ML history.

MARCH

2nd  Eddie Bane of Arizona State University pitches a 9–0 perfect game against Cal State Northridge University. Bane will rack up a record of 41–4 in college and, after being drafted by the Twins, jump right to the majors.

5th  Yankee teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich arrive at spring training and announce that wives and families have been swapped. Even the family dogs were traded.  The swap began as a joke over dinner between the two pitchers.  Peterson’s marriage to Susan Kekich will endure while Mike Kekich’s marriage will not last the year. Yankees executive Dan Topping said after the trade was announced, “We may have to call off Family Day this season.”

6th  In an exhibition game with the Pirates, the Twins Larry Hisle becomes the first designated hitter in ML history. Hisle makes the new AL rule look good by collecting 2 HRs and 7 RBI.

20th  In a special election held by the BBWAA, the late Roberto Clemente receives 393 of 424 votes to earn entry in the Hall of Fame. The Hall’s Board of Directors had earlier waived the 5-year-wait rule for Clemente.

24th  The Indians trade C Ray Fosse and SS Jack Heidemann to the A’s for C Dave Duncan and OF George Hendrick.

27th  The Braves release P Denny McLain, ending his stormy big-league career 2 days before his 29th birthday.

The Red Sox swap Andy Kosko and Phil Gagliano to the Reds for P Mel Behney, who was 0–2 for the Reds in 1970. His ML record will remain unchanged.

29th  Orange baseballs, the brainchild of Oakland owner Charlie Finley, are used in the A’s 11–5 exhibition loss to the Indians. The Dodgers used yellow baseballs in league games in 1939.

APRIL

5th  In the cold, windy ML Opener in Cincinnati, the Giants beat the Reds, 4–1. Juan Marichal is the winner over Don Gullett.  Despite the weather, 51,579 are on hand.

The New York Yankees trade SS Frank Baker to the Orioles for INF Tom Matchick.

6th  At Fenway Park, the first ball is thrown out by Ed Folger, a Red Sox farm hand who had his legs amputated last September following a farm accident. Then Yankee Ron Blomberg, facing Boston’s Luis Tiant, becomes the first official DH in the ML. Blomberg walks with the bases loaded and winds up 1-for-3 in the 15–5 loss to the Red Sox. Sox DH Orlando Cepeda goes 0-for-6, but Carlton Fisk strokes two homers, one a grand slam, in the 20-hit Boston assault. Doug Griffith has 4 hits for Boston, which overcomes a 3–0 by scoring 8 runs to chase Stottlemyre by the 3rd inning. The Yanks have 8 hits off Tiant, five by the Alou brothers—Matty and Felipe.

At Three Rivers Stadium, 51,695 fans watch as the jersey of the late Roberto Clemente is retired.  The Pirates then beat St. Louis, 7–5, with a 9th inning rally.

At Shea, Tom Seaver tops Steve Carlton as the Mets shut out the Phillies, 3-0. Cleon Jones accounts for all the runs with a pair of homers off Carlton.  For the Phillies, the shutout snaps their ML-record streak of 62 consecutive openers without being shut out.

At Baltimore, Dave McNally fires a three-hitter as the Orioles roll over the Brewers, 10–0. Don Baylor has three doubles, a homer, and 4 RBIs, while Brooks Robinson bangs two homers for 4 RBIs.

7th  Cleveland sets day-game and opening-game records as 74,420 fans watch the Indians beat the Tigers, 2–1. Gaylord Perry is the winner over Mickey Lolich as Chris Chambliss and Mickey Stanley match homers.

10th  Kansas City opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with a 12–1 rout of the Rangers. The game is attended by 39,464 fans braving 39-degree weather.

12th  Giant Willie McCovey belts 2 HRs in the 4th inning of a 9–3 win over the Astros. McCovey’s feat is the first time in 24 years in the NL.

     Jim Lonborg doesn’t finish the 1st, giving up 5 runs in a 5-3 Phillie loss to the Expos.  Light-hitting Jorge Roque hits a grand slam, his second and last ML homer.

Dave McNally and the Orioles edge the Tigers, 1–0, in 10 innings.  A throwing error by starter Mickey Lolich allows the only run.

Ken Henderson breaks a 2-2 tie with an 8th inning grand slam as the White Sox beat the A’s, 6-2.

15th  Brewer rookie Gorman Thomas hits his first ML homer, off Jim Palmer, to tie the O’s in 9th, and Milwaukee wins, 3–2, it in the 11th on Pedro Garcia’s game-winner, The Orioles split for the day by taking the nightcap, 5–4, netting the go-ahead runs in the 8th on 4 singles. Earl Weaver and Bobby Grich aren’t around to see the finish as both are tossed.

In the first of 2 in San Francisco, Cesar Geronimo has 4 singles and a double to lead the Reds to an 11–0 pasting of the Giants. The Reds pin the loss on Juan Marichal. Cincy completes the sweep in game 2, winning 7–3.

16th  At Fenway, Boston’s Reggie Smith homers from both sides of the plate during a 9–7 loss to Detroit.

17th  Relief hurler Eddie Fisher, trying to become “another Wilbur Wood,” beats the Rangers 10–5 in his first complete game in 10 years. It is only the 6th CG of his long career.

Earl Williams hits his first AL homer, a three-run shot off Sparky Lyle, to lead the Orioles to a 4–3 win over the Yankees.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 7th inning to beat the Angels, 10-5.  Danny Walton, pinch-hitting for Tony Oliva, hits a grand slam.

The Phils Dick Ruthven, signed from Fresno State, makes his ML debut without ever playing in the minors. He starts against Montreal, but doesn’t finish, taking the loss in a 9–6 decision to Dick Selma.

In a matchup of aces, the Cubs Fergie Jenkins bests Tom Seaver, 1-0, allowing 2 Mets hits. The Cubs will beat Jon Matlack tomorrow, 1-0, as three pitchers combine on the shutout.  The Mets won’t lose consecutive 1-0 games to the same opponent until May 2015.

18th  In a 3-2 California win over the Twins, Nolan Ryan fans 14 batters to top Bert Blyleven.

19th  Al Kaline, 38, steals home on a double steal with Willie Horton as the Tigers defeat Boston 11–7.

22nd  Ron Lolich hits a 2-out walk off grand slam off reliever Sonny Siebert to give the Indians an 8-7 win over the Red Sox in game 1. The Sox come back to win game 2, 5-2. Lolich is the first rookie to hit a walkoff grand slam in April. He will tally just 4 homers.

26th  At Royals Stadium, Dave May pops a 9th inning grand slam to power the Brewers to a 7-3 win over the Royals.

27th  In 50-degree Detroit weather, Royals rookie Steve Busby no-hits the Tigers, 3–0. It is the first Royals no-hitter, and the first in Tiger Stadium since Virgil Trucks’s in 1952. Busby is the first no-hit game pitcher not to bat. The losing pitcher is Jim Perry, who was the loser in the AL’s last no-hitter, in 1970 when he was with the Twins.

At Busch, Lou Brock’s triple and single are the only hits off Jim Barr as the Giants beat the Cards, 5-0. Tito Fuentes has a triple and 3 RBIs and Bobby Bonds triples.

28th  Bobby Bonds hits a leadoff homer off Reggie Cleveland for the game’s only score, as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 1–0. Jim Willoughby throws his lone career shutout for the victory.

30th  There are no games scheduled today.  Except for All-Star games and labor strikes, this won’t occur again until June 29, 1998.

MAY

1st  With 2 outs in the 9th inning and Chris Speier on 1B, the Giants, trailing 8–1, score an NL-record tying 7 times to beat the Pirates 8–7. Chris Arnold’s pinch grand slam is the big blow, along with Bobby Bonds’ bases-loaded double to end it.

Brewers starter Bill Parsons walks the first three A’s batters and is lifted for Jim Colburn, who pitches a complete game, 4–3, win. Johnny Briggs drives in all the Milwaukee runs, including a home run in the 9th inning off Blue Moon Odom (0–5), to win it.

2nd  The Red Sox score 5 in the 2nd, 5 on a grand slam by Orlando Cepeda, and Boston wins over the Rangers, 6-2.

3rd  Al Oliver has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to pace the Pirates to a 14-5 pasting of the Giants at Candlestick. Oliver has 6 RBIs and Milt May adds 3 more on a 3-run homer.

Rusty Staub belts a 1st-inning grand slam for the Mets, but Larry Stahl connects for a 3-run pinch homer as the Reds score 6 in the 4th to beat the Mets, 6-5.

4th  The Phillies edge the Braves 4–3 in a 20-inning marathon. Dick Ruthven starts for the Phils and Jim Lonborg finally gets the win over Ron Reed.

6th  Lee May has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Bob Watson collects 4 hits, including a 3-run homer as the Astros down the Mets, 14-8.

7th  Five solo HRs account for all of the Pirates scoring in a 5–4 win over the Dodgers.

8th  Cubs manager Whitey Lockman is ejected during a 12-inning 3–2 win over the Padres. Coach Ernie Banks fills in for the last few innings, technically becoming the ML’s first black manager. Cubs Bob Locker pitches in his 500th game: all have been in relief, a ML record.

For the second time in his career, Pirate Willie Stargell poles one out of Dodger Stadium. His blast off Andy Messersmith is over the 50-foot high RF pavilion roof 470 feet away. His first HR, a 506-foot shot, came off Alan Foster on August 5, 1969. No other player has hit one out of the stadium. LA wins, 7–4, despite a second homer by Stargell and one by Al Oliver. Ron Cey’s 3-run HR is the difference. Stargell leads the NL with 10 homers.

Davey Johnson hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, in Atlanta’s 7-run 7th as the Braves beat the Mets, 10-6, at Shea.

In a 9–7 losing effort against the Giants, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson makes his 242nd consecutive start. It is a new 20th century record passing that of Red Ruffing, who never pitched in relief the last 10 years of his career.

Former P Ralph Miller dies in Cincinnati at age 100. Miller was the last survivor of 19th-century ball, and the first former ML player to reach the century mark.

9th  The Reds Johnny Bench slugs 3 HRs and knocks in 7 runs in a 9–7 defeat of Steve Carlton and the Phillies. Bench homers in the 1st, walks in the 3rd, and homers again in the 5th and 7th. It is the second time Bench has hit 3 HRs in a game against Carlton; the first came on July 26, 1970. Bench ties a ML record with 4 consecutive homers, having hit one in his final at bat last night in the Reds 7–1 win. Despite the 3 homers, Dave Concepcion’s 2-run homer in the 9th, off Barry Lersch, is the game-winner.

Al Bumbry and Rich Coggins hit their first major league homers, slugging them back-to-back off the A’s Catfish Hunter. The A’s still win, 4–3.

13th  In the first of two, the Yankees tie a ML record by hitting 4 HRs in a shutout game in which no other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on August 2, 1956. White, Murcer, Blomberg and Nettles hit solos in the  4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score zero when Eddie Watts relieves him for 4 IP.  Baltimore wins, 9-6.

At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski has a double and 2 homers and Tommy Harper adds a grand slam in Boston’s 8-3 win over Cleveland.

15th  California’s Nolan Ryan strikes out 12, including the side in the 1st,  and hurls his first career no-hitter in beating Kansas City 3–0. For C Jeff Torborg, it is his 3rd no-hitter. SS Rudy Meoli preserves the no-no with a spectacular over the shoulder catch in the 8th.

Milwaukee beats the Indians 2–1 on Dave May’s HR in the bottom of the 17th inning.  It is May’s 10th HR of the season, one more than he had in 1972.

17th  Angels OF Bobby Valentine suffers a multiple fracture of his leg trying to scale a CF wall to prevent a Dick Green 3-run during a 5–0 loss to the A’s. Valentine, hitting .302, will return to play but in utility roles.  Catfish Hunter throws the shutout for the A’s.

18th  During a 5–4 win over the Royals, the A’s Bill North punches Kansas City rookie Doug Bird, earning a 3-day league suspension. In the bottom of the 8th, North swings and misses Bird’s first pitch and his bat sails out near the mound.  When North went to retrieve his bat, he swings and drops Bird with a right hand punch, earning the suspension. According to North, this was payback for a 1970 minor league game where, after giving up successive homers, Bird first knocked down then hit North with a pitch.

19th  Philadelphia’s Ken Brett holds Chicago’s Glenn Beckert hitless in the first game, a 3–0 win, of a doubleheader, ending his 26-game hitting streak. Chicago takes the nightcap, 7–6.

In what is considered one of the worst trades in Braves history, Atlanta sends 23-year-old Andre Thornton to the Cubs for 1B Joe Pepitone. Pepi will go to bat just 11 times for the Braves and never play again.

20th  In a 5-player deal, Angels 1B Jim Spencer and Rangers 1B Mike Epstein switch teams.

In Cleveland, Sparky Lyle earns two saves as the Yankees sweep the Indians, 4-2 and 7-3.  In the second game, Jim Ray Hart hits a 4th inning 2-run homer and Roy White belts a grand slam as New York scores 7 times in the frame.

23rd  In Minnesota, Lou Piniella hits a 3rd inning grand slam off Jim Kaat, but the Twins rally to beat the Royals, 8-6.

24th  The Dodgers Willie Davis gets 6 hits, the Mets Rusty Staub 5, during a 19-inning game. The Mets win 7–3. The two teams combine to ground into 9 double plays, a NL record.

The Twins Bert Blyleven one hits the Royals to win, 2–0.  Ed Kirkpatrick’s bunt single in the 5th is the only hit.

25th  At Dodger Stadium, Willie Crawford’s grand slam, off John Matlack, is the difference as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 6-4.

The Giants activate 43-year-old coach Don McMahon as pitcher. McMahon will go 4–0 with 6 saves and a 1.50 ERA the rest of the season, before being released October 9th.

In an 8-3 loss to the Indians, the White Sox lose Ken Henderson when he slides clumsily into home and tears knee ligaments that will sideline him until July 1. Henderson is hitting .311, but when he returns his average will slump to .260 by season’s end.

26th  The White Sox and Cleveland game is suspended after 16 innings with the score at 2-2.  Stan Bahnsen and Gaylord Perry each pitch the first 13 innings. The game will be completed on the 28th.

27th  The Padres announce the impending sale of the club to a group that plans to move the team to Washington, DC in 1974.

28th  Chicago’s rubber-armed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood wins the completion of a suspended game, allowing 2 hits and an unearned run in 5 innings, winning 6-3 on Dick Allen’s 3-run homerun in the 21st. Wood then shuts down Cleveland on 4 hits in the regularly scheduled contest. After the White Sox’ first 40 games, Wood’s record is a remarkable 13-3.

At Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers’ Andy Messersmith strikes out the 1st six Phillies’ batters.  The Phils still win 5–1.

31st  Against Houston, Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins gives up HR to Jesus Alou, but holds on as the Cubs win, 16–8. Dave Roberts takes the loss. The tally of Alou family homers off Jenkins is as follows: Jesus homered on July 7th and 23rd, 1967 while with the Giants:  Felipe homered on April 25, 1968 as a Brave; Matty hit a homer on Sept. 5, 1971 while with the Cards.

JUNE

2nd  Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes ties the ML record with 3 errors in the first inning of a 6–3 loss to the Expos.

Tim McCarver poles a pinch grand slam in the Cards 5-run 8th as St. Louis whips the Astros, 6-2.

3rdAt Pittsburgh, Tony Perez hits a 3rd inning grand slam to power the Reds to a 5–1 win over the Pirates.

Willie Horton and Dick McAuliffe homer to pace the Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Twins. McAuliffe’s is a grand slam as he drives in 5 runs.

5th  In Cincinnati, the Mets score 3 runs in the 10th inning, then watch as the Reds come back with 4 runs to win, 6–5.  Johnny Bench ends the scoring with a 3-run homer.

In Pittsburgh, Bobby Bonds hits a leadoff homerun and adds 3 walks as the Giants edge the Pirates, 3-2. Ron Bryant (9-3) is the winner. Bonds will pop another leadoff HR tomorrow in a losing cause.

6th  In the first of two at Cleveland, the Twins score 4 in the 15th to beat the Indians, 7-3.  Game 2 is a slugfest with the two teams combining to hit 8 homers in the 13-9 Twins win.  Jim Holt has 2 homers and 4 RBIs while Cleveland gets a pair from Oscar Gamble and 4 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs from Rusty Torres.  Dave Goltz wobbles his way to a 3-inning save, giving up 13 hits and 8 runs.

7th  The Rangers make Texas high school P David Clyde the number-one pick in the free-agent draft. He will make his ML debut later this month. U of Minnesota star Dave Winfield, the number 4 pick (Padres), will also go straight to the ML. Winfield was also taken in the ABA (Utah), NBA (Atlanta) and NFL (Minnesota) drafts. John Stearns is taken 2nd by the Phillies, and the Brewers, picking 3rd, take Robin Yount. Randy Scarbery becomes the first player selected twice in the first round of the regular phase of the draft when the A’s take him 23rd. The Astros picked him first in 1970, but he chose college instead. Eddie Bane, 41–4 in his collegiate career, is taken 11th overall by the Twins, who sign him to a club-record bonus. He debuts a week after David Clyde. The Reds have a 3rd straight draft in which they come up short, this time selecting California prep OF Brad Kessler with their 1st choice.

The Yankees trade 3 players—1B Frank Tepedino, OF Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named—to the Atlanta Braves for P Pat Dobson. Dobson had struggled in his one year in Atlanta after the Braves had acquired him from the Orioles. The player to be named will turn out to be 2—Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle. The Yanks also purchase 30-year-old Sam McDowell (1–2) from the San Francisco Giants for $100,000+. McDowell, who will later admit to a drinking problem (teammate Dick Radatz later remarked, “We thought he was just stupid. It turned out he was never sober.”) will pitch 2 seasons in New York before being released.

The San Diego Padres trade Dave Campbell to St. Louis in exchange for Dwain Anderson.

9thAt KC, the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th to stop the Royals, 6–4. Newcomer Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings and allows one hit to win in relief.  New York moves into first with the win.

After the old timer’s game at Shea, Willie Mays puts on his own show with a homer and circus catch and the Mets top the Dodgers, 4–2. Willie, older than a half dozen of the old Mets, hits #655 of his career. Rusty Staub drives in two runs to back Jon Matlack.  In the old timers game, the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees lose to the Mets, 1–0, in two innings.

At Wrigley, the Reds turn a 4–1 deficit into an 8–4 win over the Cubs, by scoring 7 runs in the 9th inning. Dan Driessen, in his ML debut, has a double and walk in the 9th.

12th  White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen surrenders 12 hits, but shuts out the Indians, 2–0.

The Yankees send P Mike Kekich to Cleveland for P Lowell Palmer. Kekich’s days were numbered in New York after he and teammate Fritz Peterson swapped wives.

The Reds trade OF Gene Locklear and P Mike Jackson to the Padres for P Fred Norman (1–7). With Cincy, Norman will go 12–6 this year, the first of 7 straight seasons of 10 or more wins with the Reds.

After beating Oklahoma State in the CWS opener, 1–0, while striking out 14, Minnesota’s Dave Winfield makes his final start as a pitcher, facing 3-time defending champ Southern Cal.  Through 8 innings Winfield allows an infield single while striking out 15 as the Gophers take a 7–0 lead. After a single and a FC, which results in coach Dick Siebert being ejected, Winfield gives up 3 runs and moves to LF. USC scores twice more and a spent Winfield is asked to come back in. But Gordon Peterson pitches instead and gives up 2 runs as the Trojans come back with an incredible 8–7 win.

13th  At Riverfront Stadium, Cards pitcher Rick Wise loses a no hitter when the Reds Joe Morgan singles with one out in the 9th. Wise finishes with a one-hit 8–0 win. Wise pitched a no-hitter over the Reds in 1971. Luis Melendez backs Wise with a grand slam and Ted Simmons has 4 hits and 2 RBIs.

Against the Padres in Montreal, Expos Mike Marshall relieves in the 7th with the bases loaded and no outs. Marshall’s first pitch to Jerry Morales is hit to 2B Ron Hunt, who tosses to Tim Foli to Mike Jorgensen at 1B, to John Boccabella behind the plate for a triple play on one pitch. The Expos win, 3–2.

The Braves use a pair of 6-run innings to scalp the Pirates, 18-3. Winning pitcher Ron Reed has 3 runs on 3 hits and drives in 4 runs. Frank Tepedino, who enters the game as a pinch runner, has 4 RBIs and Darrell Evans adds to the total with a grand slam.

15th  Fred Norman quickly pays dividends to the Reds by shutting out the Pirates, 6–0, in his first start for Cincinnati.

16th  The Orioles Jim Palmer retires the first 25 batters before Ken Suarez singles with one out in the 9th. Palmer holds on for a 2-hit 9–1 win over the Rangers.

17th  Darrell Porter and Joe Lahoud each contribute grand slams to Milwaukee’s 15–5 rout of Chicago. Lahoud has 6 RBI in the win. It is Milwaukee’s 9th straight victory, all on the road.  The Brewers, first in the East, will extend their win streak to 10 before sliding down to 5th place.

Dave Kingman hits a grand slam off Steve Carlton, but the Phillies answer with 3 homers and defeat the Giants, 11-7.

18th Philadelphia’s Ken Brett tops the Mets 9–6 and cracks his 3rd HR in his last 3 starts.

The Brewers win their game in their last 16, beating the Red Sox 8–3 behind Jim Colburn’s 6th win. George Scott leads Milwaukee with 2 homers and 3 RBIs.

19th  Cleveland’s George Hendrick hits a single and 3 consecutive HRs in an 8–7 win over Detroit.

The Reds Pete Rose (single versus the Giants) and the Dodgers Willie Davis (HR versus the Braves) each collect their 2,000th career hit. Pistol Pete’s comes in a 4–0 win over the Giants, as Fred Norman pitches his 2nd shutout in a row for the Reds.

Jim Lonborg allows 4 hits in 8 innings and Mike Schmidt backs him with a grand slam in the Phillies 6-1 victory over the Mets.

Before a crowd of 37,836, the visiting Red Sox sweep the Brewers, winning 8–4 and 4–1. The Brewers win streak stops at 10.

20th  Chicago’s Cy Acosta becomes the first AL pitcher to bat since the DH rule went into effect. Acosta strikes out in the 8th inning, but is credited with an 8–3 victory over California.

Bobby Bonds leads off with a HR, but the Giants lose 7–5 to the Reds. It is Bonds’s 22nd leadoff HR, breaking Lou Brock’s NL record.

Red Sox lead off batters Rick Miller and Reggie Smith belt homers off Milwaukee’s Bill Parsons. In 1971, Smith also followed a leadoff homer with one of his own.  Bill Lee makes the lead stand up in beating the Brewers Bill Parsons, 3–2.

21st  Hitting in his 20th straight game,Houston’s Lee May collects 3 HRs and a single and Tommy Helms adds a grand slam in a 12–2 win over San Diego. The bright side for the Pads is Dave Winfield’s first ML homer, off Ken Forsch.

White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen shuts out the Indians, 2–0, but gives up 12 hits while doing it, 2 shy of the record in a shutout.

23rd  Phillies P Ken Brett beats the Expos 7–2 and hits a HR for a ML-record 4th consecutive game, three of them leading off innings. He hit HRs on June 9th, 13th, and 18th, all solo: he will total 10 homers for his career.

In his major league debut, Orioles P Jesse Jefferson loses his shut out when Red Sox infielder Rico Petrocelli lofts a Fenway homer with 2 out in the 9th. Baltimore pushes over a run in the 10th to give Jefferson a 10-inning, 2–1 victory.

Newly acquired Fred Norman almost picks up his 3rd shutout in 3 starts for the Reds, but gives up a 2-out 9th inning homer to Ron Cey. The Reds still beat the Dodgers, 4–1.

24th  Phil Niekro (8-4) tosses 3 innings of hitless relief and Ralph Garr belts an 8th inning grand slam off Steve Arlin as the Braves whip the Padres, 6-1.

In the first of two at Candlestick, the Astros push across a run in the 9th to beat the Giants, 7-6. Cesar Cedeno hits a grand slam for Houston, while Bobby Bonds and Willie McCovey each belt 3-run homers to account for SF’s scoring. Jim Ray (4-0) picks up the win in relief. Houston completes the sweep with an 8-3 victory in game 2.

27th  David Clyde, 18 and fresh out of Houston’s Westchester High School, makes his eagerly awaited debut with the Rangers, before 35,698, the largest Rangers’ crowd of the year. Clyde, the number one pick in the draft, walks the first 2 Twins he faces, then gets Bob Darwin, George Mitterwald, and Joe Lis on swinging 3rd strikes. Clyde goes 5 innings and gives up only one hit—a 2-run HR—walks 7 and strikes out 8. He is the winner 4–3.

Led by 1B Joe Torre, who hits for the cycle and scores 4, the Cards tally 22 hits to roll over the Pirates 15–4. Torre hits a double in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, and triples in the 4th. After hitting into a double play, and then walking in the 8th, Torre asks to be pinch run for, but Schoendienst leaves him in. Torre then singles in the 9th inning completing the cycle, and raising his average to .338.

The Mets split a pair with the visiting Phillies, winning 7-6 before losing 7-1. Mike Wallace (1-0) makes his ML debut in game 2 and goes the distance. Mike Schmidt clubs his second grand slam in 10 days and adds a solo shot.

Dick McAuliffe hits a grand slam in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6-3 win over the visiting Brewers in game 1. It is McAuliffe’s second slam of the month.  In game 2, the Tigers spot the Brewers a 4-0 lead, then score 5 in the 5th to win, 5-4.

28th  During a 2–0 win over the Angels, White Sox star Dick Allen breaks his leg in a collision with Mike Epstein at 1B. Allen will come to bat only 5 more times all season.

29th  At the Astrodome, Bobby Bonds hits a 7th inning pinch grand slam and the Giants then add 9 runs in the 9th for a 14-3 hosing of the Astros. Bonds has now scored 72 runs, 18 ahead of the second place player.

At Anaheim, Bobby Darwin hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Nolan Ryan, to give the Twins a 4-0 win over the Angels. Bert Blyleven pitches the shutout, striking out 2 and allowing 4 hits.  Ryan K’s 12.

30th  The first-place Dodgers spot the Reds a 5–1 lead, before coming back to win, 8-7, in 13 innings. The Reds (39-37) are in 4th place.

The Cubs, leading by 7 games, lose to the Mets and Jon Matlack, 2–1.

JULY

1st  The Reds, 11 games behind the Dodgers at the beginning of the day, stage two dramatic comebacks to snatch a doubleheader win from LA. Hal King’s clutch 3-run pinch hit HR with 2 outs wins the first game 4–3 against Don Sutton, while Tony Perez’s 10th-inning hit wins the 2nd 3–2. This day will be looked upon as the turning point of the National League’s Western Division race.

At Wrigley Field, the Mets edge the Cubs 6–5 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Then its the Cubs turn, as Randy Hundley bangs a 9th inning 3-run homer to give Chicago the 6–5 edge. Ron Santo has 7 hits for the afternoon, five in the nightcap.

Luis Aparicio of the Red Sox steals the 500th base of his career in a 9–5 loss to Milwaukee. It is the highest total in the AL since Eddie Collins retired in 1930.

At California, the Twins’ Jim Kaat fires a one-hitter to beat the Angels, 2–1. Frank Robinson’s HR in the 2nd is the only hit. This is the 2nd time in his career that Robby hits a HR to break up a no hitter: he did it July 30, 1971 against KC’s Dick Drago.

2ndThe Reds continue to roll as Tony Perez hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 4–2.

3rd  Brothers Gaylord (Indians) and Jim (Tigers) Perry pitch against each other for the only time in their careers. Neither finishes the game, but Gaylord is charged with the 5–4 loss. Two Norm Cash HRs help Detroit.

Minnesota’s Tony Oliva hits 3 solo HRs at Kansas City, but Freddie Patek’s leadoff homer and two by Paul Schaal match Oliva as the Royals prevail, 7-6.

At Busch, Rick Wise (10-4) shuts out the Pirates, 4-0, in the first of two, then St. Louis survives a Pittsburgh 5-run 9th to win the second match, 7-6. Willie Stargell has a grand slam in the 9th for the Bucs. The Cards move to 5.5 games in back of Chicago.

Bob Bailey has a single, double and two homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 7 runs as Montreal blasts the Mets, 19-8. Ken Singleton has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Expos in a 21-hit barrage. Ernie McNally (6-3) gives up one earned run in 6 IP for the win.

4th  The Orioles win their 3rd come from behind win over the Brewers, this time scoring 10 runs in the last 3 innings to win, 10–7.

Before 45,000 Twins fans, Eddie Bane, the top collegiate pitcher this year and Minnesota’s top pick, makes his ML debut against the Royals. Bane pitches well for 7 innings, but the Royals emerge with a 5–4 win, beating reliever Ray Corbin. Bane will finish the season at 0–5.

Houston turns on the power to beat the Braves, 11-4 and 12-8.  Tommie Agee and Doug Rader have homers in each game and Lee May hits a grand slam in game 2.  J.R. Richard (2-0) and  Jim Ray (5-0) are the winners.  Davey Johnson has a pair of HRs in game 2 for the Braves.

5th  Davey Concepcion collects a triple, double and 3 singles to lead the Reds to a 4–3 win over the Giants.  His 3rd single drives in the winning run in the 9th.

6th  The Expos take 2 in a doubleheader with the Astros 12–8 and 14–6. In the first game, John Boccabella hits 2 HRs, one a grand slam, in the 8-run 6th inning for Montreal. Ron Fairly has a pair of homers in game 2 off Jim York.

Chicago Cub P Fergie Jenkins beats the Padres, 8–5, for his 13th straight win over San Diego. The streak began on May 12, 1969. Rick Monday backs Jenkins with 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs.

7th The Brewers unload on 18-year-old P David Clyde to whip the Rangers, 19–5, and hand Eddie Rodriguez his first ML win, a complete-game effort.  Milwaukee has a 5-run 6th and 7-run 7th and is paced by Bobby Coluccio’s grand slam and Don Money’s 3-run homer.

For just the second time since 1914, rookie pitchers making their ML debuts oppose each other (the first time was September 27, 1943: Al LaMacchia and Charlie Bowles). It won’t happen until 1990. Rookies Tom Carroll of the Reds and Bob Forsch of the Cardinals pitch solid games as the Reds score in the 7thto win, 2-1.  In game 2, the Reds complete a sweep by winning, 11-2, behind Don Gullett.  Dave Concepcion scores 4 runs and Darel Chaney drives in 4 with his first homer of the year, a grand slam.

8th At Comiskey, Boston and Chicago split a doubleheader, with the hosts taking the opener, 6-1, and Boston winning game 2, 11-2.  Buddy Bradford has a homer in each game and Bob Montgomery hits a grand slam in the nite cap.

9th  In a record-setting walkathon between the Reds and Expos, 25 base on balls are handed out as Montreal strolls to an 11–6 win.  Well off the AL’s two-team mark of 30, this tops the NL record of 23, last reached on July 7, 1911. Six Montreal pitchers walk 16, one short of the record for an NL team, while Reds pitchers Clay Carroll and Tom Hall walk 9. Hal King pinch hits a grand slam for the Reds in the 6th inning, his 2nd pinch dinger in 9 days.

At Tiger Stadium, the Rangers and Tigers combine for 31 hits as Texas prevails, 9-7. Jim Mason’s 2-run homer in the 12th proves to be the game-winner.  Light-hitting Vic Harris collects 5 hits for Texas. Jim Northrup hits a leadoff homer for the Bengals.

At County Stadium, Kurt Bevacqua rings a pinch grand slam in the 5th, off Brewers starter Jerry Bell, who then goes head hunting on the next pitch to KC catcher Fran Healy.  Healy charges the mound and after the ensuing brawl, both players are ejected. Bevacqua stays in the game and adds a 2-run single in the 6th as the Royals win, 13-6.

10th  Leroy Stanton hits his second homer of the game in the Angels 4-run 9th, then hits a 2-run homer in the 10th as the Angels beat the Orioles, 10-8. Stanton ends up with 4 hits, 4 runs and 5 RBIs.  The Orioles fall to 3rd place in the AL East.

11th  Jim Northrup, batting leadoff for Detroit, drives in 8 runs in a 14–2 win over Texas. After sitting out yesterday’s game, he has a single and a pair of 3-run homers. Jim Perry is the winner.

In San Diego, the Pirates drub the Pads 10–2. Willie Stargell contributes the 302nd HR of his career to pass Ralph Kiner as the all-time Pirate HR leader.

13th  Montreal’s Hal Breeden pinch-hits HRs in each game of a doubleheader split with Atlanta, tying the ML record set by Joe Cronin on June 17, 1943. Expo pinch hitter Jim Lyttle also adds a homer. Montreal outslugs Atlanta, 11–7 in game 1, and the Braves return the favor, 15–6 in game 2. Bob Bailey hits a grand slam in game 1, his second this month.

Bobby Murcer hits 3 HRs, all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5–0 win over the Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out. Murcer will hit 6 career homers off Garber, his favorite target (according to David Vincent).

Jack Billingham outduels Tom Seaver to give the Reds a 2–1 win over the Mets. Billingham allows just 2 hits in winning his 13th, the victory coming on Friday, the 13th.

At County Stadium, the Athletics score 5 runs in each of the 8th and 9th innings to trample the Brewers, 13-4. Gene Tenace contributes a grand slam in the 8th.

14th  Al Downing of the Dodgers beats the Cubs, 7-3, and records the first 7 outs on strikeouts. He K’s 9 overall.

15th  Before 41,411 in Detroit, Angel ace Nolan Ryan hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in taming the Tigers 6–0. Ryan fans 17 batters—the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter—including 8 straight, but only one over the last two innings. Nolan’s arm stiffens while watching his team rally for 5 runs in the top of the 8th. With 2 outs in the 9th, Norm Cash, who had struck out his 3 other times at bat, comes to bat wielding a piano leg. Umpire Ron Luciano points out the illegality and Cash then pops out using a regulation bat. Ryan’s 8 in a row ties the AL record he set last year.

The Twins connect for 3 consecutive home runs in the 8th against Cleveland, and all are needed in the 7–6 win. George Mitterwald, Joe Lis, and Jim Holt homer, all off Gaylord Perry.

18th  Before the start of the Baltimore-Oakland game, A’s manager gets the word that one of the regular announcers is ill, and he tells reserve catcher Mike Hegan to take off his uniform and report to the announcers booth.  Hegan announces the first 3 innings, then puts his uniform on and returns to the dugout.  Baltimore scores in each of the first 3 innings and Jim Palmer rolls to a 5-2 win.

In Atlanta, the Mets score 5 in the 8thand 2 in the 9thto break open a relatively tight game and win, 12-2 over the Braves. John Milner hits a 3-run homer and Rusty Staub has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs to back Tom Seaver’s 5-hitter.

19th  At Anaheim Stadium, the Angels Nolan Ryan takes a no-hitter into the 8th before Baltimore’s Mark Belanger hits a single.  Belanger adds a single in the 10th and a double by Tommy Davis in the 11th knocks Ryan out.  Dave Sells is no help in relief and Ryan absorbs his 12th loss despite striking out 13. Mike Cuellar goes the distance for the 3-1 victory.

20th  Chicago’s Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with the Yankees 12–2 and 7–0. Wood records no outs in the opener as the Yankees score 8 runs in the 1st. Led by Celerino Sanchez’s 4 hits, they total 20.  The second game goes 6 innings with the Yankees winning, 7-0, behind Sam McDowell. Roy White hits his second grand slam of the year, the only two the Yankees record this season.

21st  Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron hits a Ken Brett fastball into the left-CF stands for a 2-run HR during an 8–4 loss to the Phillies. It is career HR 700 for Aaron, only the 2nd player to reach that milestone.

22nd  Reds All-Star SS Dave Concepcion suffers a season-ending broken ankle in a 6–0 win over the Expos.

Helped by 7 Atlanta errors, Jim Lonborg and the Phillies win, 5–1. The Braves club record is 11 errors, set on June 11, 1906 as the Boston Braves.

24th  The NL wins the All-Star Game at Kansas City 7–1. A record 54 players are used, including Willie Mays, who strikes out in his final All-Star appearance, and Catfish Hunter, who sustains a fractured thumb that will sideline him for 4 weeks. The A’s ace has a 15-3 record at the time.

26thIn the first of 2 at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds beat the Braves, 5–3. Despite a homer and 4 singles by Pete Rose in the nightcap, the Reds lose 6–4.

The Tigers score in the 8th and 9th to come from behind and beat the Red Sox, 6-5. Frank Howard has a pair of homers, both off Roger Moret. One is a pinch homer as Howard is just the 11th player to hit a pinch homer and add another.

In the first of two games at Busch, Bob Gibson (11-9) pitches and bats the Cards to a 13-1 pasting of the New York Mets. Gibson has a grand slam and 5 RBIs. It is Gibson’s second career slam. The Cards take game 2, 2-1, as Alan Foster allows a run in 8 innings. St. Louis leads in the NL East by 1.5 games.

After beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels, 7-1, Texas wins, 8-0, as David Clyde throws 7 shutout innings.  Jeff Burroughs hits a grand slam, off Bill Singer, in the 5-run 1st.

In the first of two at Memorial Stadium, Bobby Grich’s 6thinning grand slam, off Gaylord Perry, powers the Orioles to an 8-4 win over the Indians. Don Hood gets the victory with 6.2 innings of scoreless relief. Paul Blair is 4-for-4 for the O’s. Charlie Spikes has a homer and 3 RBI in game 2, a 6-4 Tribe victory.

The Giants sweep two from the Padres, winning the opener 1-4 with a 20-hit attack.  San Francisco takes game 2 in 10 innings, 6-5. Bobby Bonds has homers and scores 2 runs in each game.

27th  Thurman Munson singles home the winner in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 1–0 win over the Brewers starter Jim Colburn.

In the first game of a twinbill, Cleveland’s George Hendrick singles in the 8th to stop Jim Palmer’s no-hit bid. Palmer and the O’s coast to a 9–0 win. The Tribe takes the nightcap, 5–2, with Bob Reynolds getting the W.

The Reds wallop the Braves, 12–2, as Johnny Bench drives home six runs with a pair of homers. Joe Morgan has no hits but scores 4 runs.

28th  Tony Perez makes his 4th hit of the game a good one, homering in the 10th to beat the Padres, 2–1. Don Gullett, in relief of Tom Hall, is the winner over Randy Jones.

The Kansas City Royals blow out the Oakland A’s, 19–8, with Aurelio Monteagudo picking up the win. A defensive moment is provided by A’s CF Billy North, who makes an unassisted DP.

John Milner hits a 1st inning grand slam to jump start the Mets to an 11-3 win over the Expos.

29th  Wilbur Wood wins his 20th game of the season as the White Sox beat the Twins 8–6.

The Brewers sweep a pair from the visiting Yankees, winning, 7-2 and 6-3.  George Scott hits a 7th inning grand slam in the second game.  The Yankees now lead the Orioles by a game in the AL East.

30th  The Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits first-place Oakland 6–0, while teammate Jeff Burroughs hits the 2nd of 3 grand slams in a 10-day period (July 26th-August 4th). Bibby, who came to Texas in a June 6th trade with the Cardinals, strikes out 13 batters.

31st  The Tigers win a pair from the Brewers 6–5 and 9–4 and end Dave May’s AL season-best hitting streak at 24 games.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 9–5 in the opener, then scoring 5 runs in the 9th to take the nightcap, 13-11. Joe Morgan totals 3 homers and 7 RBIs for the afternoon. The Reds set a club record with 24 wins in the month of July.

The A’s sign Mike Andrews, who was released by the White Sox two weeks ago. Andrews will later say about owner and GM Finley, “When Charlie Finley called me, he said, ‘personally, I think you’re all washed up, but my manager wants you.’”

AUGUST

1st  Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With a 2–2 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins 3–2 in the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind the Orioles.  This one event ratchets up the rivalry between the two teams.

The White Sox fall 4-2 to Kansas City as Steve Busby picks off Pat Kelly in the 8th.  Kelly is on 1B when Busby fakes a pickoff on the runner on 3B and whirls and fires to 1B to catch Kelly.  Busby has done this move several times this season including once on national television.

The NL-East first place Cardinals (58-48) take a pair from Montreal, winning 9-3 behind Rick Wise in the opener. Wise hits a 3-run homer.  Reggie Cleveland wins the nightcap, 2-0.

The second-place NL-East Cubs lose, 2-0, to Wayne Twitchell and the Phillies.

The Mets (46-57) remain in last place in the NL-East despite a pair of wins over third place Pittsburgh.  Tom Seaver strikes out 11 and the Mets win the opener, 3-0. George Stone goes 8 2/3 innings to win the nightcap, 5-2. John Milner chips in with a pair of homers.

Ed Goodson hits a pinch grand slam for the Giants in the 7th but they still fall to the Padres, 6-5.

2nd  The Reds score 9 in the 4th and roll by the Braves, 17–2, in Atlanta.

3rd  The Braves edge the Padres, 5–4, despite a pinch home run by Dave Winfield. Big Dave’s next pinch homer will come on September 29, 1990.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Orioles slug away at each other in a twinbill with the Birds taking the opener, 13-8, and the Sox trumping, 9-8 in game 2.  Paul Blair has a pair of three-run homers in the opener, one inside-the-park. Earl Williams, who homers in the opener, hits two more in the nightcap, but the Red Sox use a 7-run 8th inning to win. Reliever Bob Veale, with two hitless innings, is the victor.

4th  John Briggs of the Brewers goes 6-for-6 in a 9–4 win over the Indians. Jim Colburn (14–7) is the winner.

In an outstanding relief performance, Yankee Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning, and allows just one run in 13 innings to earn a 3–2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s HR is the game winner.

Jeff Burroughs cracks his third grand slam in 10 days to help Texas defeat the White Sox, 9-3.

5th  Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro no-hits the Padres 9–0 and improves his record to 11-4. He walks 3 and strikes out 4 in recording the first no-hitter by the franchise in Atlanta. Ralph Garr has 3 hits, 3 runs, and a steal, and Paul Casanova records an inside-the-park homer on a long fly ball missed by LF Gene Locklear.

In Anaheim, Dick Green hits an 8th inning grand slam to break a 2-2 tie and give Oakland a 6-2 win over the Angels.

6th  Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn head the list of new inductees at Cooperstown. Clemente is the first Latin-born player to achieve membership at Cooperstown. The plaque for Spahn, the winningest lefty of all time, will credit him with 2853 strikeouts; the correct total is 2583. The incorrect plaque will stay up for decades. The Rangers beat the Pirates in the Hall of Fame game 6–4.

In Milwaukee, an exhibition game between the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves draws 33,337. The Brewers win, 7–5 in the 4th and last exhibition between the two teams. But the big thrill is provided by Hank Aaron, who homers.

7th  In Cincinnati, Don Gullett pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Cubs, 1–0.  The only run is a HR by Joe Morgan.

Two days after Phil Niekro’s no-hitter, the Braves purchase Joe Niekro, Phil’s pitching brother, from the Tigers.

8th  Boston DH Orlando Cepeda ties the ML record with 4 doubles in a 9–4 triumph over Kansas City. Luis Tiant is the winning pitcher.

Against Texas, Yankee starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson and he is replaced by Fred Beane. Beane pitches 9 innings, allowing 4 hits and winning, 3–2 on Gene Michaels 2-out single in the 9th off starter Jim Merritt.

11th  White Sox rookie Brian Downing cracks his first major league hit, a home run off Detroit’s Mickey Lolich. Downing’s debut dinger is a first in the majors since at least 1945—an inside the park homer. It’ll be matched in two years by the Giants Johnny LeMaster, who will do it in his first at bat.

12th  The A’s, 6 runs behind in the 7th inning, rally to beat the Yankees 13–12 and move to within one game of the first-place Royals in the AL West.

13th  Roy White homers from both sides of the plate and Doc Medich allows 5 hits as the Yankees top the Angels, 6–0.

14th  Don Baylor is 5-for-5, including 2 doubles and a HR, to lead the Orioles to a 12-10 win over Texas.  Baylor has nine hits in his last two games.

15th  In Pittsburgh, Reds ace Jack Billingham wins, 1–0, notching his 7th shutout of the year. This ties the club record set by Hod Eller back in 1919.

Tom Seaver (15-6) allows 2 hits as the Mets top the Padres, 7-0.  New York hits three homers, one a grand slam by Jerry Grote. New York is 7.5 games out of first in the NL East, but still in last place.

Steve Brye and Bobby Darwin hits 1st inning homers off Mickey Lolich to give the Twins a 5-0 lead over Detroit, and Minnesota hangs on for a 9-7 win. Al Kaline hits a grand slam to tie the game at 5 each.

17th  Willie Mays hits the 660th—and last—HR of his ML career off Don Gullett of Cincinnati, but the Reds win, 2–1 in 10 innings at Shea.  Hal King’s pinch homer, his 3rd pinch dinger of the year, in the 10th wins it.

The Twins score 2 in the 1st and 9 in the 2nd enrout to a 14-2 whipping of the host Indians. Tony Oliva has 2 homers, including a grand slam in the 2nd, and 6 RBIs for the Twins. Phil Roof adds a 3-run homer in the 2nd.

18th  Don Hahn has a 3-run homer and Jerry Grote and each have 4 hits to back Jon Matlack as the Mets down the Reds, 12-1.  One of Milner’s hits is a grand slam.

Having acquired him in early June, the Cardinals send Dave Campbell and cash to the Houston Astros in exchange for Tommie Agee. Campbell was 0-for-21 at St. Louis.

19th  Behind P Jim Rooker, the Pirates top San Francisco 5–0 to move 2 games out of 1st in the NL East. Rooker also leads the way hitting 3-for-3.

Bill Robinson drives in all the Phillie runs with a sac fly and a grand slam as Philadelphia beats the Astros, 5-3. Wayne Twitchell (12-5) strikes out 8 and walks none.

Sal Bando’s 2 run homer and Deron Johnson’s grand slam provide Oakland with a 6-4 win over the Brewers.

20thIn New York, the Reds score 5 runs in the 16th to beat the Mets, 8–3. Each team scores in the 13th. Ed Crosby’s triple is the big blow in the 16th. The Reds are 2 in back of LA in the NL West.

Lee May clubs a 3-run homer in the 4th and Bob Watson hits a grand slam an inning later in Houston’s 10-2 victory over Pittsburgh. J.R. Richard (5-1) strikes out 9 in going the distance.

21st  Cleveland’s Walt Williams singles with 2 outs in the 9th, breaking up Stan Bahnsen’s no-hitter. Bahnsen completes the one-hit shutout and the White Sox win, 4–0.

Pitcher Rick Wise hits the 2nd grand slam off his career, off Roric Harrison, as the Cards score 7 runs in the 3rd inning.  But the Braves score six runs in the 6th to win, 11–7.

22nd  Gaylord Perry pitches 12 innings, scattering 6 hits, as the Indians outlast the White Sox, 1-0, scoring an unearned run in the 12th on Bill Melton’s error. Terry Forster pitches 9 innings for the Sox.

Leroy Stanton, who entered the game as a pinch runner, homers in the 10th as the Angels edge the Brewers, 5-4.  All of Milwaukee’s scoring comes in on a Joe Lahoud grand slam, his second of the year.

23rd  The Red Sox score 7 runs off starter David Clyde and have a 9-0 lead before coughing up 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th at Texas. But that is it as the final is 9-8. The Sox trail the Orioles by 4 games.

25th  Dan Driessen drives in 5 runs to pace the Reds to a 6–4 win over the visiting Cardinals. Ken Griffey debuts in the ML with a pair of hits.

At Baltimore, Doyle Alexander pitches the Orioles to a 7-1 victory over the Royals. It is Baltimore’s 12th win in a row, a club record. They will tack on two more wins.

26th  In a 10–1 win over the Royals, Oriole Paul Blair hits an inside-the-park grand slam off Paul Splittorff. Amos Otis and Steve Hovley collide in midair while chasing Blair’s ball to help the O’s win their 13th straight.

Davey Johnson hits his 36th homer of the year, a grand slam in the 4th, as Atlanta tops the Pirates, 8-6.

27th  The first-place Orioles beat the Rangers 6–1 for their 14th consecutive victory. It is the longest winning streak in the AL since 1960, and in the major leagues since 1965. The streak began on August 12.

Rusty Staub’s 5th inning grand slam is the margin of victory as the Mets edge the visiting Padres, 6-5. The Mets are 6.5 games out of first place and are sitting last in the NL East.

29th  Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop fly drops between 2 Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees, 5–0.

The Reds trade Jim McGlothlin to the White Sox for Steve Kealey. Kealey will do no pitching for the Reds, while McGlothlin will have just one decision in his last ML season.

30th  After a 10-inning 1–0 loss to Cardinals, the last-place Mets drop to 61-71. They’ll finish at 82–79 and make it to first place in the NL East.

31st At Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 7-0 and 5-2, to move a game behind the first place Cardinals.  Jim Rooker tosses the shutout in game 1.

SEPTEMBER

1stIn San Diego, Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 9th as the Reds edge the Padres, 3–2.

Richie Zisk hits an RBI single in the 9th to give the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Sox and putting them in a tie for 1st place with the Cardinals in the NL-East.

2nd  Montreal’s Hal Breeden gets 2 triples and 2 HRs in a 12–0 win over Philadelphia.

The Tigers fire manager Billy Martin due to continuous differences with the front office.

3rd Seven homers, all solo but one, are hit at San Diego Stadium, as the Braves down the Padres, 7-3.  All three runs by the Pads are solo and of the four homers hit by Atlanta, only Hank Aaron’s second homer of the game, with one on, are solo.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates win the first of 2 when Richie Hebner belts an inside-the-park homer in the 13th to beat the Cardinals, 6-5.  St. Louis rebounds to take game 2, 8-3. Lou Brock racks up 4 steals on the afternoon.

Bobby Bonds belts his 37th homer of the year, a 9th inning grand slam, to provide the Giants with an 11-8 victory over the Dodgers. Bonds has 5 RBIs, while Willie Crawford has a triple and homer and 4 RBIs for LA.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Orioles slug away at each other in a twinbill with the Birds taking the opener, 13-8, and the Sox trumping, 9-8 in game 2.  Paul Blair has a pair of three-run homers in the opener, one inside-the-park. Earl Williams, who homers in the opener, hits two more in the nightcap, including a grand slam, but the Red Sox use a 7-run 8th inning to win. Reliever Bob Veale, with two hitless innings, is the victor.

5th   The Astros set a dubious ML record, becoming the first team in history to lose successive games in extra innings by 5 runs or more.  The Reds beat them today, 9-3, in 11 innings, scoring 6 runs off Ken Forsch. Yesterday, the Reds won 12-7, touching J.R. Richard up for 5 runs in the 10th.

6th   Mike Jorgenson hits a 1st inning grand slam and the Expos beat the Cubs, 5-3. Chuck Taylor wins his first of the year with 5+ innings of relief.

The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous, selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.

The Pirates fire manager Bill Virdon. Danny Murtaugh takes over the club for the 4th and final time.

Led by Chris Chambliss, who hits a double and 2 homers, one a grand slam, the Indians defeat the Tigers, 10-4. Chambliss drives in 6 runs.

7th  The Rangers fire manager Whitey Herzog. Recently fired Billy Martin takes over the following day.

The 4th place Mets sweep a pair from the host Expos to move a half game behind Montreal. New York takes the opener as Wayne Garrett’s leadoff homer is the only score of the game. His roundtripper off Steve Renko gives Jon Matlack the only run he needs. Tug McGraw picks up a save in game 1 and a win in game 2 with 5 1/3 innings of relief. New York scores 3 runs in the 15th to win, 4–2. McGraw drives in his only 2 runs this year with a single.  Mike Marshall pitches 8 1/3 innings of relief, only to lose.

9th  At Yankee Stadium, the Brewers score 7 runs in the 2nd off Mel Stottlemyre and defeat the Yankees, 10-3. Dave May’s grand slam is the big blow.

10th  Against the Giants, Hank Aaron connects for his 37th homer (career #710) in the 3rd inning, and then is lifted in the 4th when he doesn’t feel well. Infielder Marty Perez pinch hits for Aaron.  Davey Johnson adds his 40th homer of the year as the Braves win, 10-4.

The Brewers reach 70 wins for the first time in franchise history, besting the Tigers, 6-5. Jim Colborn goes all the way for his 19th win and Dave May hits his 25th HR of the year.

11th  Samuel Ewing sets an unenviable record by striking out 4 times in his first ML game, as the White Sox are throttled by Nolan Ryan and the Angels 3–1.

The Reds whip the visiting Dodgers, 6–3, as Ed Armbrister hits a bases loaded double in the 8th inning to drive in 3 runs. Ken Griffey’s 3-run homer in the 4th off Don Sutton starts the Reds scoring. The Reds push their lead to 4 games over LA in the NL West.

12thPitcher Jack Billingham hits a bases-loaded double to help his cause as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 7–3.

13th  During an 8–6 win over the Padres, the Giants Tito Fuentes ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

14th  In Cincinnati, the first-place Reds score three runs in the 9th to trip the Braves, 7–6.  Bobby Tolan drives in the winner after Phil Gagliano drives in 2 runs with a 2-out single. Pedro Borbon (9-4) wins in relief.  Darrell Evans hits his 39th homer for the Braves and Davey Johnson poles his 41st.  It is Johnson’s 17th homer on the road; last year he hit one on the road.

Catfish Hunter runs his record to 19-4 as he goes 10 innings in Oakland’s 5-1 victory over Texas. Gene Tenace ends the game with a walkoff grand slam against reliever Lloyd Allen (0-5).

16th Joe Rudi’s 3rd inning grand slam starts Oakland’s scoring as they whip the Rangers, 9-4. Blue Moon Odom (5-11) is the winner in relief.

17th The Pirates wallop the Mets 10–3 to lead the NL East by 1 1/2 games.  Willie Stargell collects 4 extra base hits including his 40th HR of the season.

19th  The Angels down the Rangers 6–2 and 9–4 at Arlington Stadium. Frank Robinson homers in the 32nd different park of his ML career—a record.

Chicago’s Ron Santo and Billy Williams celebrate their long association together by each hitting their 20th homer of the season in an 8–6 win over Montreal. It is number 325 for Santo and 376 for Williams in more than 2,000 games together.

Houston splits a pair with San Diego, winning 8-5 before losing 6-3. Dave Campbell, filling in for Doug Rader, goes 2-for-4 in each game to snap a hitless skein of 0-for-45.  Unnoticed at the time, this ties the ML record hitless streak of Bill Bergen. It will be tied by Craig Counsell in 2011, at which time Campbell’s streak will come to light.

In San Francisco, Fred Norman pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds beat the Giants, 5–1.

20th  The Pirates lose 4–3 in 13 innings in New York and their lead over the Mets is cut to one-half game. A Wayne Garrett relay from Cleon Jones nails Richie Zisk at the plate in the top of the last inning.

A’s speedster Bill North trips over 1B in a 5–4 loss to the Twins, severely spraining his right ankle and costing him both the AL SB crown and a chance to play in the WS. The Twins are 14–4 against Oakland this year, tying the AL record of the 1909 A’s for most wins against a pennant winner.

21st  Jim Rice’s 3-run HR is the key blow as Pawtucket (International League) defeats Tulsa (American Association) 5–2 to win the Junior WS.

The Mets complete an amazing climb from last place to first, as a 10–2 win over the Pirates raises their record to a modest 77-77. They will finish 82-79, 11⁄2games ahead of St. Louis, and 21⁄2ahead of Pittsburgh.

At Los Angeles, Tony Perez has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 4–1 win over the Dodgers. Tony’s last hit is a 3-run homer in the 10th.

22nd  Al Bumbry ties the ML record with 3 triples as the Orioles beat the Brewers 7–1 and clinch the AL East title.

23rd At Montreal, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Expos, winning 6-3 and 7-4.  Bruce Kison (3-0) is the winner in the opener and Dock Ellis wins his 12th in the second game.  Willie Stargell belts his 42nd homer in game 1 and Richie Zisk hits a grand slam in game 2. The Pirates are a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

24th Montreal returns the favor of yesterday and sweeps a doubleheader from the Pirates, winning 5–4 and 3–0. Pittsburgh are still a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

The Reds clinch another NL West crown, beating the Padres, 2–1, in Cincinnati. Dick Barney, making his 2nd ML start, is the winner.

It sounds like a football score at Tiger Stadium as the Red Sox kick the Tigers, 14-0 behind Marty Pattin’s 9-hit shutout. Reggie Smith has a homer and 4 RBIs, Carl Yastrzemski hits a 3-run homer and Tommy Harper adds a grand slam.

25th  The Mets beat the Expos 2–1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium. “The ‘Say Hey’ Kid” had announced his retirement 5 days earlier.

At Three Rivers, Bill Robinson and Mike Anderson solo and Steve Carlton and the Phils stop Pittsburgh, 2-1.  The loss drops the Bucs a game and a half behind the Mets.

26th  The Twins Bert Blyleven posts his 2nd one-hitter of the season, beating the A’s 4–1. Mangual’s single in the 5th is the only hit.

In front of a home crowd of 4,804, Jim Colborn wins his 20th for the Brewers, defeating the Yankees, 5–2. George Scott chips in with 2 RBIs, giving him 100 for the year. Colborn is the Brewers first 20-game winner and the first in Milwaukee since Tony Cloninger did it for the Braves in 1965.

A $1 million law suit against the Dodgers brought by the parents of a young fan who was struck and killed by a foul ball in a 1970 game is dismissed. Alan Fish’s parents initially sued the attending doctor and 2 hospitals, but the latter were dismissed early. As noted by Bob Timmerman, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the Dodgers and Dr. Jones.

Richie Hebner has 2 hits and 4 RBIs as the Pirates pound the Phillies, 13-2, and move to a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

27th  The Angels Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings, beating the Twins 5–4. The final strikeout victim, Rich Reese, is number 383 of the season for Ryan, enabling him to surpass the ML record set by Sandy Koufax in 1965. Ryan opts to skip his next start on the 30th, thus passing on a shot at 400 K’s.

After a series of incidents, the Reds suspend OF Bobby Tolan for insubordination. Tolan was in several scuffles with club personnel, went AWOL for 2 days in August, and began growing a beard, a no no with the Reds. Tolan, hitting .206, will be traded in November.

The Phillies stall the Pirates pennant hopes with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Chris Zachary attempts to walk Bob Boone in the 13th, but his pitch is close and Boone smacks his 4th hit of the game to put two on. Zachary then wild pitches in the winner.

28th  At Fenway, the Red Sox take a 10-0 lead after 3 and roll to an 11-2 win over the Brewers. Luis Tiant wins his 20th with help from Carl Yastrzemski who hits a grand slam and Reggie Smith with a 3-run homer.

“Call me ‘Home Run’”. Frank Baker hits his only ML homer, a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Orioles maul the Indians, 18-4, in the second game of a twinbill with the Indians.  Andy Etchebarren has 4 of the O’s 4 hits. Cleveland wins the opener, 6-4, defeating Jim Palmer.

29th  In the Red Sox 9–4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Bobby Mitchell crushes a home run out of Fenway to right of flagpole. This is just the 5th homer hit out there (GreenCathedrals). Lefty Roger Moret wins his 13th against just 2 losses.

The Angels’ Bill Singer pitches an 11-inning 4-3 win over the Twins for his 20th victory of the year.  Singer now has had 20-win seasons in both leagues, having also posted that with the Dodgers.

Darrell Evans hits his 41st homer and Hank Aaron adds his 40th as the Braves shut out the Astros, 8-0. Carl Morton (15-10) is the winner. The two join Davey Johnson as the Braves become the first and only team to have three players hit 40 homeruns.

30th  Going into today, a five-way tie is still possible in the NL between Montreal, Pittsburgh. New York, St. Louis and Chicago. In the first of two, Chicago wins 1–0 over the Mets behind Bob Locker’s 2-inning relief effort, then is eliminated when New York wins game 2 by a 9–2 score. Jerry Koosman tops Fergie Jenkins. The two teams will play a make-up doubleheader tomorrow.

Pittsburgh eliminates the Expos, 10-2, behind a complete game effort by Jim Rooker. The Bucs play a makeup game tomorrow with the Padres.

Ron Bryant wins his 24th and the visiting Giants beat the Reds, 4–3. Bobby Bonds has 3 hits and 3 RBI. Tony Perez hits a two-out homer in the 7th to break up Bryant’s no-hit bid.  The Reds draw 50,776 to go over the 2 million mark in attendance for the first time in team history.

Following an 8-5 loss to the Tigers, Yankees manager Ralph Houk announces his retirement. New York City begins a $27.9 million renovation on Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox fire manager Eddie Kasko and promote Darrell Johnson.

Angel Ron Perranoski announces his retirement after 13 years as one of the premier relief pitchers in the major leagues.

OCTOBER

1st In a makeup game in Pittsburgh, the Padres top the Bucs 4–3. The loss leaves the Pirates in 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the champion Mets, 6-4 winners today over the host Cubs. Tom Seaver scatters 11 hits in 7 innings for his 19th win. With the win cementing first place for New York, the second game is skipped.

6th  Jim Palmer fans 12 in shutting out the A’s 6–0 in the opening game of the AL Championship Series. Meanwhile, Tom Seaver fans 13 and takes a 1–0 lead into the 8th inning of the NL opener, only to be beaten by HRs by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. The Reds top the Mets 2–1.

7th  Jon Matlack gives up 2 hits to Andy Kosco, but none to the rest of the Reds, as the Mets even the series with a 5–0 win.

The A’s, led by 2 Sal Bando HRs, even the AL series with a 6–3 triumph over the Orioles.

8th  Rusty Staub homers in the first and 2nd innings as the Mets crush the Reds 9–2, in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl between Rose and Bud Harrelson. Rain postpones the AL game.

9th  The Reds beat the Mets 2–1 on a 12th-inning HR by Rose to even the Series 2–2.

Bert Campaneris leads off the 11th with a HR to give Oakland a 2–1 win over Mike Cuellar and the Orioles.

10th  Bobby Grich’s 8th-inning HR gives Baltimore a come-from-behind 5–4 victory in game 4.

Tom Seaver hurls the Mets into the Series with a 7–2 victory over the Reds. New York has 13 hits in the contest.

11th  Catfish Hunter throws a 5-hitter as Oakland wins 3–0 to take the AL flag.

Ralph Houk signs a 3-year contract to manage the Detroit Tigers. He had resigned from the Yankees 11 days earlier.

13th  In the WS opener, the Mets hold the A’s to 4 hits, but 3 come in the 2-run 3rd inning, allowing the A’s to win 2–1.

14th  The Mets win game 2, 10–7, scoring 4 runs in the 12th inning featuring the last ML hit by Willie Mays and 2 errors by Oakland 2B Mike Andrews. Andrews, who developed the throwing yipes while with the White Sox, makes one throwing and one through his legs after entering the game in the 6th inning. He is subsequently put on the “disabled list” by Finley after meeting with the owner, manager Williams and team doctor Harry Walker. Williams leaves the room when Finely tries to persuade Andrews to sign an injury statement (NY Times, October 17, 2010) and did not know what transpired until he saw Andrews luggage was removed from a truck heading to the airport.

15th  In a protest by the A’s over the handling of Mike Andrews, the A’s players wear black arm bands during their work out. In a private clubhouse meeting, Dick Williams tells the A’s players he will resign after the Series. “It was always something with Finley,” Joe Rudi says later, noting that in response to the players’ protest, the A’s championship rings had synthetic stones rather than diamonds. “The players were always the last thing on his mind,” Rudi told the New York Times.

16th  The A’s win game 3 of the WS 3–2 in 11 innings as Bert Campaneris gets the winning RBI.

17th  The Mets even the Series with a 6–1 win in New York. Rusty Staub goes 4-for-4 with a HR and 5 RBI. Mike Andrews, who was summoned by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and then reinstated, receives a standing ovation when he pinch hits in the 8th inning.  Charlie Finley had ordered manager Williams not to play Andrews, who grounds out to another standing ovation.  It is his last ML appearance, as the A’s will release him November 3rd.

18th  The Mets win the 5th game 2–0 behind the 3-hit pitching of Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw. Cleon Jones doubles in a run in the second and Don Hahn’s triple scores the other run.

20th  Reggie Jackson hits 2 doubles, scores one run, and knocks in the other 2, as the A’s even the Series with a 3–1 win.

21st  Oakland wins the World Championship for the 2nd straight year as Campaneris and MVP Jackson homer in the 5–2, 7th-game victory.

22nd  The Angels and Brewers engineer a 10-player swap featuring P Clyde Wright and OF Ken Berry going to Milwaukee, and P Skip Lockwood, C Ellie Rodriguez, and OF Ollie Brown heading to California.

23rd  Charlie Finley reveals that he will not release Dick Williams from his contract unless he receives adequate compensation from the team that signs him. Williams had resigned following the WS victory 2 days earlier.

The Tigers trade 2B Dick McAuliffe to the Red Sox for OF Ben Oglivie.

25th  The Cubs trade 6-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Rangers for 3B Bill Madlock and utility man Vic Harris. Fergie has led the Cubs in wins in each of the past seven seasons, the only pitcher ever to do so and then be traded. Meanwhile, the Giants trade 3-time HR champion Willie McCovey, a Giant since 1959, together with a minor leaguer, to the Padres for P Mike Caldwell.

26th  The Red Sox trade P Ken Tatum and OF Reggie Smith to the Cardinals for P Rick Wise and OF Bernie Carbo.

31st  The Astros trade P Jerry Reuss to the Pirates for C Milt May. Reuss will finally put it all together in Pittsburgh and win 58 games in 4 seasons.

Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young Award, the first time the honor has gone to a player with fewer than 20 wins. Seaver was 19-10 and led the league in ERA (2.08) and strikeouts (251).

NOVEMBER

7th  The Cubs trade 2B Glenn Beckert and a minor league player to the Padres for OF Jerry Morales.

9th  The Reds trade Bobby Tolan and Dave Tomlin to the Padres for P Clay Kirby. All 3 will have decent years with their new teams.

14th  Reggie Jackson wins the AL MVP Award unanimously. The Oakland star led the league in runs (99), HRs (32), RBI (117), and slugging (.531). Jim Palmer is named the AL Cy Young winner, beating out Ryan and Hunter.  Wilbur Wood garners just 3 votes despite winning 24 games for the 2nd year in a row, and starting 48 games, the 4th highest total this century. He started 49 last year.

21st  Pete Rose wins the NL MVP in a controversial vote, edging out Willie Stargell. Rose led the league with 230 hits and won his 3rd batting crown with a .338 mark. Stargell led with 44 HRs, 119 RBI, and a .646 slugging average while batting .299.

24th  Bob Gibson wins the last of 9 Gold Gloves on the mound, and Joe Morgan wins the first of 5 at 2B.

27th  Gary Matthews outpolls 8 other vote-getters, receiving 11 of 24 nominations for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. The Giants OF batted .300 in 145 games.

28th  Oriole Al Bumbry beats out 5 other vote-getters to win AL Rookie of the Year honors. The OF played just 110 games, but tied for the league lead in triples (11) and batted .337.

DECEMBER

4th  The Reds trade P Ross Grimsley to the Orioles for OF Merv Rettenmund and INF Junior Kennedy. Grimsley will win 18 in 1974 for the Orioles.

5th  Ron Santo becomes the first player to invoke the new 10 and 5 rule. The Cubs want to trade Santo to the Angels for 2 pitchers, but he vetoes the deal.

The Dodgers trade OF Willie Davis to the Expos for relief P Mike Marshall. Marshall will win the Cy Young Award for the Dodgers in 1974.

6th  The Astros trade OF Jim Wynn to the Dodgers for P Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper.

7th  A controversial trade for Kansas City: they get veteran P Lindy McDaniel from the Yankees for OF Lou Piniella and P Ken Wright.

In a continuing housecleaning of hometown heroes, the Giants sell future Hall of Famer Juan Marichal to the Red Sox.

11th  The Cubs come up with a team Ron Santo will agree to be traded to: Southside rivals the White Sox. P Steve Stone and 3 other players go to the Cubs.

In a motel in the Dominican Republic, Cesar Cedeno is with a girl friend when she takes his gun and accidentally shoots and kills herself. After the gunshot, Cedeno calls the office and says that a woman has been killed. Then he flees the scene before turning himself into the police 8 hours later. Cedeno is charged with voluntary manslaughter, and spends 20 days in jail before the charges are reduced to involuntary manslaughter and he is released. He will be found guilty of the latter, fined, but spend no more time in jail.

18th  The Yankees announce the signing of Dick Williams as manager, precipitating a legal showdown with Charlie Finley. Two days later, AL president Joe Cronin rules that the Yankees cannot sign Williams.

  • 1974

JANUARY

1st  Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin, who retires.

2ndFormer Dodger bonus baby Dennis Daboll, 27, dies during a solo climb in the Grand Canyon.  Caught in a blizzard, he slips off the trail and falls to his death (Deaths in the GrandCanyon). Daboll was on the LA roster in early 1965, but was optioned out before appearing in a game.  He was then in the system of the Reds and the Cards and was out of baseball by age 24.

3rd  Unable to pry Dick Williams away from Finley, the Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager.

9th  Picking first in the January amateur draft, the Rangers select SS Roy Smalley, Jr, son of 10-year ML vet SS and nephew of manager Gene Mauch. Smalley, who dropped out of USC in the fall to make himself eligible, will sign for $100,000.

16th  The BBWAA elects former Yankee teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. Mantle becomes only the 7th player to make it in his first try.

25th  Ray Kroc, fast-food entrepreneur (McDonalds),buys the Padres for $12 million.

28th  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects Sam Thompson, Jim Bottomley, and umpire Jocko Conlan.

FEBRUARY

11th  Forty-eight ML players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. The first is P Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $29,000) and his team, the Twins (offering $23,000), who present their respective cases to Detroit lawyer and labor arbitrator Harry H. Platt, who must decide on one of the monetary amounts presented. Woodson wins.

13th  Speedster James “Cool Papa” Bell is named for Hall of Fame honors by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

18thThe Astros trade Pat Darcy to the Reds for Denis Menke. Playing in Houston for the second time, Menke will hang it up after hitting .103 in 30 games.

20thAl Dark agrees to manage the Athletics, making it his second term with owner Charles Finley.

21st  Today in Charles Schulz’s syndicated cartoon strip “Peanuts” Snoopy declares, ” I have a trivia question that will drive Woodstock up the wall.”  In the next frame: ” Who played shortstop for St. Paul when they won the American Association pennant in 1938?”  After Woodstock answers, Snoopy shakes his head in amazement: “How did he ever hear of Ollie Bejma?”  Bejma, who played for Schultz’ home town team, was the co-MVP with teammate Whitlow Wyatt in 1938 (beating out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams) before playing for the White Sox.

23rd  The Angels send veteran Vada Pinson to Kansas City for minor leaguer Barry Raziano and cash.  Pinson will call it quits at the end of the 1975 season, having rung up 2757 hits, the most ever for a player not in the Hall of Fame.

MARCH

11th  With Hank Aaron needing only one HR to tie Babe Ruth’s career record (714), Atlanta plans to save the event for a home audience by benching him on the road. Commissioner Kuhn plans otherwise, ordering the Braves to start Aaron in at least 2 of the team’s 3 season-opening games in Cincinnati.

15th  Giants 24-game winner Ron Bryant is injured in a swimming pool accident in Yuma, AZ. His record will drop to 3-15 and he will never again be a consistent winner.

18thAt Pompano Beach, country singer Charlie Pride plays for the Texas Rangers against Jim Palmer and the Orioles. The former Negro Leaguer grounds out and singles in 2 at-bats, as the O’s coast, 14–2.

19th  In a 3-team deal involving the Indians, Tigers, and Yankees, P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord, in Cleveland. P Ed Farmer and OF No Neck Williams end up on the Yankees, while C Gerry Moses goes to the Motor City.

23rdThe Yankees purchase OF Elliot Maddox from the Rangers for $60,000. Maddox proved to be a great defensive outfielder as well as hitting .303 in 1974.

The Cubs send OF Jim Hickman to the Cardinals for P Scipio Spinks.

26th  Boston releases future Hall of Famer SS Luis Aparicio, who retires, and DH Orlando Cepeda, who will sign with the Royals.

APRIL

3rd  The Dodgers trade P Bruce Ellingsen to the Indians for 17-year-old minor league IF Pedro Guerrero.

4th  At Riverfront Stadium, in his first swing of the season, Hank Aaron hits a 3-run HR off Jack Billingham as the Braves lose to the Reds 7–6 in 11 innings. It comes on a 3–1 pitch. It is HR 714 for Aaron to tie him with the Babe and Hank is greeted by Bowie Kuhn and Vice-president Gerald Ford. The Reds, trailing 6–2 in the 8th, get a 3-run homer from Tony Perez, tie in the 9th on an RBI-double from Rose, and win it in the 11th when Rose scampers home from 2B on a wild pitch by Buzz Capra.

5th  Streakers and strippers highlight the Opening Day game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The Angels beat the White Sox 8–2. Despite handing out 10 walks, Nolan Ryan is the winner over Wilbur Wood, with help from Leron Stanton, who homers. For Wood, it is the first of his AL high 42 starts, the third of four years in a row the knuckler will lead in that category.

6th  The Yankees open their two-year stay at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 20,744. 12-year-old Teddy Kennedy, Jr., flanked by his father and Mayor Abe Beame, tosses out the first ball. Missing from the ceremony is George Steinbrenner, indicted two days ago for illegal campaign contributions. Greg Nettle’s two-run homer in the 4th off the Indians Gaylord Perry opens the scoring and the Yanks score 4 more times to win, 6–1. Charlie Spikes scores the only Cleveland run in the 9th following a triple off starter and winner Mel Stottlemyre. Perry, who is warned once for an illegal pitch, is the loser today, but he will win his next 15 decisions.

The Twins set a team record for runs, rolling over the Royals, 23–6. twenty of the runs are earned.

7th  Chicago in April. At Comiskey, the White Sox and Angels finally call of their game after 10-innings because of blinding sleet and snow.  The game is a 4-4 tie.

At Arlington, Reggie Jackson hits a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to pace the Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Rangers. Rollie Fingers wins with 5 innings of relief.

8th  In the 4th inning, of the Braves home opener 7–4 win against the Dodgers, Henry Aaron parks an Al Downing pitch in the left-CF stands for career HR 715, breaking Ruth’s once thought to be unapproachable record. Braves manager Eddie Mathews, with whom Aaron hit homers in a ML record 75 games, looks on. After Downing walks the next 2 batters, Mike Marshall makes his first appearance as a Dodger, and the first of a record 106 appearances this year. The Dodgers are wearing black arm-bands this game (and for the next few) in memory of Ken McMullen’s wife, who died just before the season started.

9th  New Padres owner Ray Kroc, watching his team losing their 4th straight, 9–2, in their home opener, takes to the public address system in the 8th inning: “Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you. . . .  I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life.” While he is speaking a streaker runs across the field. San Diego scores 3 but loses to Houston 9-5. Hearing of the incident, Commissioner Kuhn will make Kroc apologize to the fans.

At Anaheim, Texas unloads 9 runs in the 2nd inning as they coast to a 10-2 win over the Angels. Jeff Burroughs grand slam is the big blow in the frame.  The Rangers score 7 runs off starter Nolan Ryan.

10th  In the home opener at Cleveland—yesterday’s game was called off because of snow—Don Money belts a 9th inning grand slam, off Cecil Upshaw, and Milwaukee holds on for a 6-4 win. Oscar Gamble’s wife Juanita sings the National Anthem.

12th  Robin Yount, 18, collects his first ML hit for the Brewers during a 5–3 loss to the Orioles. Tomorrow, Yount will get his 2nd hit against the O’s—a game-winning home run.

In Atlanta, the Reds roll over the Braves, 14–2. Merv Rettenmund hits a 2nd-inning grand slam off vet Jack Aker.

Bernie Carbo belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Lerrin LaGrow, as the host Red Sox beat the Tigers, 6-3.

13th  At Wrigley, rookie Ken Frailing allows one earned run in 8.2 innings as the Cubs whip the Expos, 7-4, in the first of two. In game 2, Montreal plates 8 runs in the 4th as they top Chicago, Ron Fairly has a double and grand slam to pace the Expos.

14th  Yankee Graig Nettles blasts 4 homers—2 in each game—during a doubleheader split with his former team, the Indians. The Yanks win 9–5, then lose 6–9. Murcer has a homer in each game while Duncan hits a pair in game 2. Nettles will go on to tie the ML record with 11 HRs in the month of April.

In the 8th inning of Detroit’s 7-5 win over the Red Sox, Willie Horton mortally wounds a pigeon with a foul fly directly over home plate in Fenway Park. The pigeon lands at the feet of C Bob Montgomery. On the next pitch Horton grounds a single to LF.

Bobby Darwin has 2 singles, a triple and a grand slam to pace the Twins to an 8-0 whitewash of the Royals.  Bert Blyleven combines with Bill Campbell on the shutout.

At Oakland, the A’s and Rangers split a pair with Oakland winning 4-2 before losing, 10-2.  Reggie Jackson has a pair of homers in the opener off Steve Hargan (0-1), while Catfish Hunter goes 2-0. Dave Nelson has a homer and 6 RBI in game 2 as Fergie Jenkins gets the win.

17th  Cubs C George Mitterwald hits a double and 3 HRs, including a grand slam, driving in 8 runs in an 18–9 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. The 14 total bases is a club record. Bill Madlock scores 5 runs.

Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry pitches 15 strong innings against Milwaukee, striking out 14,  and departs with the game tied 4–4. Perry is the last pitcher this century to pitch 15 innings in a game. Former Brewer Ken Sanders comes on and gives up a HR in the 16th to the first batter, the Brewer’s Bob Coluccio.

19thThe Yankees obtain Walt ‘No Neck’ Williams and pitchers Ed Farmer and Rick Sawyer from the Tigers for C Gerry Moses. Moses had come to New York in the Graig Nettles trade.

20th  At Riverfront Stadium, the Big Red Machine rolls over the Padres, 11–0. The Reds will win the opener tomorrow over the Padres 10–1, before losing the nightcap.

21st  Dave Concepcion hits a grand slam as the Reds score 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st on their way to a 10-1 victory over the Padres in the 1st of two. Tony Perez adds a pair of doubles and a homer for the Reds. . San Diego rebounds for a 7-2 win in game 2.

24thA scoreless dual between the Cubs Bill Bonham and the Reds Jack Billingham ends with a bases-loaded 9th inning walk to George Foster. The Reds beat the Cubs, 1–0.

Something in the air?  At Comiskey, Wilbur Wood picks up his second win of the year, going six innings as the Sox beat the Brewers, 7-2. Terry Forster records a save, allowing a hit and a walk in 3 innings, but striking out 8. The White Sox collect 13 hits to 8 by Milwaukee.  All 21 hits are singles.

26th  The Reds overcome a 3-1 deficit by scoring 8 runs in the 7th to beat the Cubs, 9-3. Hank Aaron hits his 6th of the year, a grand slam.

     Colorado defeats Nebraska 2–1 in an NCAA-record 22-inning game. James Smith has 10 at bats.

In what is dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre” the Yankees trade 4 pitchers, including Fritz Peterson and Steve Kline, to the Indians for 1B Chris Chambliss and hurlers Dick Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw.

27th  Randy Jones and the Padres beat the Phillies, 5–2, despite giving up an inside-the-park homer to Mike Schmidt, the first of 3 in the future Hall of Famer’s career.

Well, at least there was no demolition.  At Seat Cushion Night at Comiskey, the Tigers down the White Sox, 8-3, as Ed Brinkman clubs a pair of homers off Sox starter Jim Kaat.  Fans are given seat cushions, which quickly litter the field, notably after Sox second sacker Santo makes an error in the top of the 6th and again when Bill Melton hits a homer in the bottom of the frame.

28th  The Indians break a 2-2 tie with 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Angels, 10-2.  George Hendrick has a pair of homers, including a grand slam.

29th  Lee May goes 5-for-5, including 2 homers in the 6th inning, as Houston destroys Chicago, 18–2.

MAY

1st  Tom Seaver allows only 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 16 Dodgers in 12 innings, but the Mets lose in the 14th 2–1.

In a 5-3 loss to the Reds, Dock Ellis of the Pirates hits the first three batters with pitches in the first inning, setting a ML record, and walks another in the frame before being lifted. Dock later reveals that he was high on pep pills at the time. He also said later that hit the batters—Rose, Morgan and Driessen—because the Reds had made disrespectful comments about the Pirates after beating them in the post season two years earlier.

4th  The Twins trade pitcher Dick Woodson to the Yankees for Mike Pazik. Woodson’s #13 Twins uniform will go unclaimed.

6th  Oakland P Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in the first inning of a 6–3 loss to Baltimore. This ends Lindblad’s ML-record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games, dating back to August 27, 1966.  Lee Smith will later top Lindblad’s mark in the NL.

7th  At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds Fred Norman strikes out 13 Cardinals, but loses, 1–0. The Birds score their only run in the 9th on Norman’s throwing error.

At Tiger Stadium, Ed Herrmann clubs an 11th inning solo homer of Detroit starter Lerrin LaGrow to break up a scoreless battle with Wilbur Wood. Wood allows 2 hits in the win, while LaGrow allows 5.

Jim Wynn is 4-for-4, with three homers, to pace the Dodgers to an out of town win over the Padres. The Toy Cannon drives in 5 runs. He’ll have another 4 hits tomorrow, including a homer.

12thIn Cincinnati, Clay Kirby twirls a 2-hitter to give the Reds a 4–2 win over the Astros.

15thAt Riverfront Stadium, Reds pitcher Roger Nelson has his no-hitter broken up by Bobby Bonds, who clubs a 2-run homer in the 8th. Chris Speier homers in the 9th for the other Giants hit and Nelson finishes with a 4–3 win.

Stan Bahnsen pitches a 2-hitter for the White Sox, beating the Twins, 1-0. Bobby Darwin has Minnesota’s first hit with 2 out in the 8th.

16thBehind the pitching of Carl Morton, the Braves defrock the host Padres, 11-1.  Davey Johnson has a pair of homers and Marty Perez drives in 6 runs on a single, double and homer.

17thRon Bryant allows 5 runs in the 1st without recording an out as his Giants lose to the Padres, 7-3. Nate Colbert blast a grand slam for San Diego.

19thAfter losing the opener, 8-2, to the Giants, the Padres come back to win game 2, 10-7, in 12 innings. Only one of the three runs in the 12th is earned. Willie McCovey belts a grand slam against his old team. It is the 15th of his career.

At Comiskey, Angel Mangual hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Angels clip the White Sox, 8-3.

21st  The Phils Ed Farmer, making his 2nd NL start, strongarms the Cardinals, 4–2. Both teams make 4 hits, but the visiting Phils do all their scoring in the 1st off John Curtis. Philadelphia now leads the NL East by 1 1/2 games.

Paul Blair’s 2nd-inning grand slam is all Mike Cuellar needs as the Orioles whip the Indians, 7-1.

22nd   Milt May breaks a 1-1 tie with a walkoff pinch grand slam to give the Astros a 5-1 win over the Padres.

Jerry Morales connects for two 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to a 9-6 win at Shea.  His second homer, in the 9th, breaks a 6-6 tie.

24th  With the game scoreless in the 9th, the Cards put runners on 1B and 3B with one out. Tim McCarver grounds to Cubs 1B Billy Williams who fires home to C Lundstedt to snag Ted Simmons in a rundown. But as soon as Lundstedt throws to 3B Matt Alexander, Simmons races home to an uncovered plate. Cards win, 1–0.

25thThe Yankees send C Duke Sims to the Rangers for P Larry Gura.  Gura will go 5–1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin, Gura will be peddled to KC.

27th  The Pirates Ken Brett no-hits the Padres until the 9th inning, settling for a 2-hit 6–0 shutout in the first game of the doubleheader. In the 2nd game, Brett’s 2-run pinch triple gives the Bucs an 8–7 win.

28th  The way the cookie crumbles.  Cookie Rojas cracks a walkoff grand slam in the 11th, off bob Reynolds, to give the Royals a 9-5 win over the Orioles.

29th  The visiting Mets lose to the Reds, 3–2, when Tony Perez clubs a 10th inning homer off John Matlack.

30th  Sadaharu Oh becomes the first player in Japanese baseball to hit 600 HRs. Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays are ahead of Oh—and he will surpass them all.

JUNE

1st At Wrigley Field, Ron Cey drives in 7 runs as the Dodgers romp over Chicago 10–0.  Dodgers 3B coach Tommy Lasorda is hooked up to a “Game of the Week” microphone and predicts a Cey HR in the 2nd inning.

At Cleveland, Leron Lee drives in all 5 runs with a solo shot and a grand slam in the Indians 5-2 win over the Royals.

4th  On Ten-Cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto the field and cause the Indians to forfeit the game to the Rangers with the score tied 5–5 in the 9th inning. A rally by the Tribe ties the score in the 9th, before fans pour on the field and surround OF Jeff Burroughs and try and take his hat and glove. Players from both sides then ran to his aid and the forfeit is called by Nestor Chylak.  The Indians decide to cancel the three 10 cent beer nights remaining on the schedule.

At the Vet, the Braves score 6 runs in the 7th to top the Phillies, 7-3. Hank Aaron clubs his second grand slam of the year, off Eddie Watt.

At Comiskey, the White Sox pummel the Yankees, 9-2, as Dick Allen belts a grand slam for the Sox.  Bucky Dent adds a 2-run homer.

5th  Oakland’s Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in a furious clubhouse fight at Detroit. Jackson injures his shoulder, and Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the combatants, suffers a crushed disk in his neck. He’ll spend 12 weeks on the DL, virtually ending his season. Vida Blue, who also tried to separate the two combatants, then subdues the Tigers, 9-1.  North goes 2-for-3 with a double, while Gene Tenace has a grand slam. Reggie is 0-for-4 and will have no homers and 4 RBIs the rest of the month.

Cleveland has just 9 baserunners against the Rangers, and all 9 score. It won’t happen again this century. The Indians win, 9–3.

The June draft produces just 725 picks, the fewest in history, and only 300 of these are from the college ranks, with the low number blamed on the introduction of aluminum bats this past season. The Padres, with their 3rd number-one free-agent pick in 5 years, select Brown University SS Bill Almon, the TSNCollege Player of the Year. They had selected him 3 years earlier out of high school, but he attended college instead. The Rangers take P Tommy Boggs with the 2nd pick and the Phils follow with prep OF Lonnie Smith. With the 5th pick, the Braves select Dale Murphy; the Angels, picking 10th take the ill-fated Mike Miley, who quarterbacked LSU to a win in the Orange Bowl. the Tigers take Lance Parrish with the 16th pick, the Royals pick prep football star Willie Wilson with the 18th, and the Red Sox, picking 20th, take SS Eddie Ford, son of Whitey Ford. Picking next, the Dodgers get Rick Sutcliffe. The Orioles, with the 24th pick in round 1 pick Rich Dauer, the top player for USC’s championship team; 4 of their other picks will end up in the NFL (QB’s Andy Johnson and Steve Bartkowski, John Sciarra, and Anthony Davis). The Cards use a pick on the NFL Giants Brad Van Pelt, the 5th time he’s been selected. The Twins pick up prep C Butch Wynegar, who will make the AL All-star team at age 20.

7th  The Giants top Pittsburgh 6–2, dropping the last-place Pirates’ record to 18-32, nine games out of first place.

At Comiskey Park, a popcorn machine catches fire in RF stands, delaying the game 70 minutes and sending fans fleeing for safety. The Sox then pop Boston, 8–6.

8th  Mike Lum’s 5th-inning grand slam, off Steve Rogers, is the difference as Atlanta tops the Expos, 5-3.

At Comiskey, Wilbur Wood wins his 10th as the White Sox belt the Red Sox, 13-6. Second baseman Ron Santo helps with a grand slam.

9th  Richie Zisk of Pittsburgh hits for the cycle and drives in 5, Willie Stargell clubs a grand slam, and the Pirates roll over the Giants, 14–1. Jerry Reuss is the winner. Stargell adds a 2-run homer in the 9th to finish with 6 RBIs.

10th  During a 12–0 win over the Astros, Phillie 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Schmidt must settle for a titanic single. Jim Lonborg is the winner.

11th  New York’s Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start, with no relief appearances, to set an AL record but he loses to California, 5–4. In the 4th inning, Stottlemyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he’ll throw just 2 more innings, his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher. Bill Sudakis accounts for the Yankee runs with a grand slam.

At Houston, Cesar Cedeno hits a grand slam as the Astros score 10 runs in the 7th to beat the Phillies, 10-1.

At Parc Jarry, the Expos score 7 in the 7th, then score 8 in the 8th to swamp the Reds, 16-6. Willie Davis has a grand slam in the 7th and a 3-run homer in the 8th.

13th  Henry Aaron addresses the House of Representatives in a special Flag Day ceremony. In the chamber is Representative Wilmer Mizell of North Carolina, who, as a southpaw hurler for the Cardinals, served up HR #61 in 1956 and #161 in 1959.

14th  Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper 6 times in a row. In an unusual double-double, he also walks 10 batters for the 2nd time this year. Ryan throws 235 pitches. The Angels finally win in 15 innings, 4–3, with the victory going to Barry Raziano over Luis Tiant.

At Cleveland, Eric Soderholm has a grand slam and 5 RBI to pace the Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Indians.

15th  The Angels sell Rudy May (0–1) to the Yankees where he will post an 8–4 record this year.

Baltimore beats the White Sox, 4–3, in 11 innings. Don Baylor enters the game in the 9th as a pinch runner and makes the record books with a steal and twice getting caught stealing, thanks to misplays by the Sox. Bobby Grich opens with a single and Tommy Davis singles him to 3B. Davis is then picked off, but an error by Dick Allen at 1B allows both runners to move up. After an out, Ellie Hendricks singles Davis home and Baylor pinch runs. Baylor gets caught stealing second but 2B Ron Santo drops the throw from Herrmann. Baylor then swipes 3B and, following a intentional walk to Brooks Robinson, he is caught stealing home, Herrmann unassisted. Etchebarren strikes out to end the unique frame.  Baylor’s mark is a ML record, but will be matched four times in the NL between 1987 and 1992.

At Oakland, Vida Blue allows 4 hits in 8 innings as Oakland beats the Yankees, 9-1. Joe Rudi has a grand slam.

16th  Reds reliever Clay Carroll makes a rare start (3 this year) and pitches 8 shutout innings in beating the Phillies, 5–0.

18th  Orioles 2B Bobby Grich makes Ross Grimsley’s home win over the Twins a little easier by belting three consecutive homers as he drives in 6 runs. The O’s win, 10–1.

Hello, Kitty.  Jim Kaat wins his 200th as the White Sox pound Cleveland, 7-3.  The Sox support Kaat with 6 homers, 2 each by Dick Allen and Jorge Orta.  George Hendrick hits a pair of homers for Cleveland.

19th  George Scott, who walks to lead off the 2nd inning, is the Brewers’ only base runner as the Royals Steve Busby hurls a 2–0 no-hitter. Busby is the first ML pitcher to throw no-hitters in his first 2 seasons.

Runners are passed in 2 different games tonight, depriving Giant Ed Goodson of a HR in a Cardinals–Giants match, and creating confusion in a Pirates–Dodgers match. Goodson clocks a 3rd inning pitch from Bob Gibson, then passes teammate Garry Maddox between 1B and 2B. Instead of a HR, he gets one RBI and a single. The Giants win, 5-4, outhitting the Cards, 14-5. In the latter, Joe Ferguson apparently strikes out with the sacks full, and walks away, while Pirate C Manny Sanguillen agrees and rolls the ball to the mound.  Lee Lacy, the LA runner on 3rd jogs to the dugout. The runner from 2B, Jimmy Wynn comes around but is tagged out sliding at home.  Lee Lacy scurries from the dugout, slides home, and is also tagged out. Lacy, though tagged, is ruled safe according to the rules which gives him home automatically when a base on balls is called with the sacks full. The confusion is deemed moot as the Pirates prevail, 7–3.

20thJohn Briggs belts a grand slam and Ed Sprague pitches 8.1 innings as Milwaukee shuts out the Orioles, 6-0.

In a Pacific Coast League at Honolulu, Hawaii tops Spokane, 7–4, behind Ralph Garcia. He ties a PCL record striking out 19 Indian batters.

21st  The Braves fire manager Eddie Mathews, the only man to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.  Clyde King is hired to replace him.

The White Sox pound the host Twins, 11-7, as Ken Henderson hits a pair of homers and tallies 6 RBIs and Carlos May has 5 hits. The Sox collect 21 hits, their high for the year.

23rdLos Angeles Dodger closer Mike Marshall completes a sweep of the Giants, winning today, 4–3. Marshall was the winner in yesterday’s 3–2 win, and also on the 21st in another 4–3 victory. Not till California’s Chuck McElroy, in 1996, will another pitcher sweep a series, though several will tie Marshall’s three wins in 3 straight games.

Darrell Porter connects for a 1st inning grand slam, Milwaukee’s 2nd in four days, as the Brewers beat the Orioles, 9-4.

24th  Steve Busby retires the first 9 White Sox to set an AL record with 33 consecutive batsmen retired. The Royals lose, however, 3–1, as Ron Santo hits a 2-run homer off Busby. It is Santo’s 342nd and final ML homer.

At Parc Jarry, pitcher Jim Lonberg clubs his first homer in the NL, a grand slam, as he wins his 10th, an 8-2 Phillies win over the Expos. Lonberg had two homers in the AL.  The Phils now lead the NL East by a game.  The Phils play without slugger Dick Allen, who arrives in the middle of the game. Allen and five other players were given permission to fly a commercial flight instead of taking the team plane. The other five players took a morning flight while Allen went on an afternoon flight that got delayed.

Rico Petrocelli, who had a pair of homers yesterday’s 8-0 shutout, connects for a grand slam as the Red Sox beat Milwaukee, 9-0. Luis Tiant wins his 10th.

At Yankee Stadium, John Lowenstein has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Indians beat the Yankees, 10-3.

Sal Bando belts a grand slam in Oakland’s 6-run 8th as they beat the visiting Angels, 11-3.

25th  A 6th-inning single by Dave Cash is the only hit for the Phillies as the Expos Steve Renko stops them, 5-0. Bob Bailey has a grand slam for Montreal.

27th  The Angels fire manager Bobby Winkles. Whitey Herzog will serve as interim boss for 4 games before Dick Williams assumes the reins.

Deron Johnson bangs a grand slam off Joe Coleman in Milwaukee’s 5-run 5th as the Brewers top the Tigers, 5-1.

28th  At Cleveland, Indians OF Leron Lee scores the winning run in the 9th but crashes into Boston C Carlton Fisk in doing so Fisk’s left knee injury is so seriously torn that he will not return to action this year, and, with a broken arm sustained in next year’s spring training, will not play until June of 1975. Gaylord Perry (14-1) is the winner in the 2-1 Indian victory.

The Cubs and Expos play 18 innings before the Cubs emerge with a 8-7 win on Jerry Morales RBI triple. Morales is 1-for-9. Ron Fairly hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Montreal. The Expos take a game 2 laugher 15-0 behind Dennis Blair. Ron Hunt has 5 RBIs.

After the Reds win game 1, 6-5, over the Braves, Atlanta takes the nightcap 1-0 on Dusty Baker’s game-ending HR in the 10th off Don Gullett. Buzz Capra (9-2) is the winner.

29th  The first-place Red Sox use an 18-hit barrage to pound the Indians, 12-2. Juan Beniquez has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and Danny Cater and Terry Hughes goes deep as well.

30th  The White Sox and Twins split a pair with Chicago taking the opener, 8-3, and losing the second game, 6-3.  Jorge Orta is 5-for-5 in the opener, which gives him 8 straight hits. He was 3-for-3 in his last 3 at bats in yesterday’s game. He strikes out in his first AB in game 2.

JULY

3rd  Pitching in his ML-record 13th consecutive game for the Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John’s 4–1 win over the Reds in the first game of a doubleheader.

4th  Mike Marshall makes his 14th straight appearance and picks up a 3–2 win over Reds. Over the past 30 days, the LA reliever is 9-0 with 3 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 20 appearances.

Toby Harrah’s 3rd inning homer is the only hit for Texas, as Bert Blyleven and Twins win, 3–1.

7th In the opener of a doubleheader, Don Money sets a ML record for consecutive errorless games at 3B with 78. The Brewers beat the Twins 8–5, then lose 5–3. Money will end the season with just 5 errors, breaking George Kell’s record set in 1950. Money also holds the NL record with just 10 errors, set with the Phils in 1972.

In an 11–2 win over the Cards, Reds pitcher Darrel Chaney hits a grand slam. Chaney will hit 14 homers in the ML, but the radio call on the slam will end up as his front door bell chime.

The Red Sox and the Royals split a pair at Fenway, with Kansas City taking the opener, 11-9, in 10 innings. Rick Miller has 5 hits and 5 RBI for Boston, 4 coming home on a grand slam.  Boston wins game 2, 5-3.

8th  Yankee SS Jim Mason ties the ML record with 4 doubles in a 12–5 win over the Rangers. Off the field, the Yankees purchase infielder Sandy Alomar from the Angels.

Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry loses to Oakland in 10 innings, 4–3. Vida Blue is the winner.

9th  At Wrigley, the Reds hit 6 homers—5 solo—as they beat the Cubs, 8-5. Chicago hits 2 homers.

At Royals Stadium, the Yankees score 6 in the 1st—4 on a grand slam by Graig Nettles—as they beat the Royals, 8-2.

11th  The Padres release OF Matty Alou. Matty’s brother, Felipe, was released by the Brewers on April 29th. Younger brother Jesus keeps the Alou name alive in ML baseball, playing for the A’s.

12th  In Japan, pitcher Naoki Takahashi of Nippon Ham gets a win and save in the same game. (as noted by Gary Garland). Takahashi has a 2-0 count to Clarence Jones with 2 out in the 6th and a man on 1B. He then goes to 3B and lefty reliever Nakahara gets Jones to end the inning. In the 7th, Takahashi takes the mound again and finishes the game, which Nippon Ham wins 2-1, thus fulfilling the criteria for a save. The rules are later changed so that this could not happen again.

14th  The Reds and Pirates split a doubleheader at Three Rivers Stadium marked by a free-for-all which is later credited with inspiring Pittsburgh and turning its season around. The fight starts in game 2 after a 4th inning beanball when Jack Billingham plunks P Bruce Kison, bringing both teams onto the field. When Sparky Anderson accidentally steps on Ed Kirkpatrick’s foot, the Buc catcher shoves the Reds manager, earning him a punch from the Reds Andy Kosko. Pedro Borbon pins Daryl Patterson, pulling his hair out and a piece of flesh, and biting him. The Pirates win the nightcap, 2–1, after losing 3–2.

In a split with the Brewers, the Rangers Billy Martin is the first AL manager to be tossed by umpires from 2 games in one day. Milwaukee wins 9–2 in game 1, with the Rangers winning the nightcap, 5–4.

17th  Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th K victim 6 years later. The Reds shrug it off, scoring 6 runs in the first inning and 3 in the 2nd on their way to a 12–7 win.

Milwaukee 3B Don Money commits a first-inning error in a 10–5 loss to Minnesota, ending his perfect defensive season after 86 games and 257 chances. Money holds both the NL and AL records for most consecutive chances without an error in a season.

In Los Angeles, during a 5–4 loss to the Expos, Dodger pitcher Tommy John blows his elbow out while pitching to Montreal 1B Hal Breeden. Dodger doctor Frank Jobe will suggest a ligament replacement for the torn ulnar collateral ligament, a first for a professional athlete. “When they operated I told them to put in a Koufax fastball. They did, but it was Mrs. Koufax’s,” quipped John, about his famous surgery. Given one chance in a hundred of ever pitching again, John will return after the surgery to post a 10–10 record in 1976, with a 3.40 ERA in 207 innings. He will gain 164 wins after the eponymous surgery, pitching until age 46.

At San Diego, the Padres take a 10-0 lead after 3 innings, doing most of the damage against Jim Lonberg. They win 15-1 behind Randy Jones. Leadoff hitter Bobby Tolan has a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs.

19th  Cleveland’s Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland 4–0. He has no one but himself to blame for not picking up a rare perfect game. His throwing error in the 4th puts the only A’s runner on base. The 2 clubs combine to set an AL record with 2 runners left on base.

21st  At Candlestick, Jim Barr allows 6 hits in shutting out Montreal, 4-0. John D’Acquisto follows with a 2-hit shutout for the Giants.

In Chicago, the White Sox win the opener, 6-3, behind Jim Kaat, then blow the nightcap when Milwaukee scores 5 runs in the 9th to win, 5-3. Starter Fritz Peterson falters in the 9th, a Deron Johnson pounds a grand slam off reliever Terry Forster. It is Johnson’s second grand slam of the season.

23rd  The NL triumphs in the All-Star Game at Pittsburgh, winning 7–2. Write-in choice Dodger 1B Steve Garvey is the game’s MVP. Atlanta’s Ralph Garr goes into the All star break with 149 hits, the most this century (starting in 1933) before the break.  He’ll end with 214 hits.

24th  Cubs manager Whitey Lockman steps aside to become director of player development and is replaced by 3B coach Jim Marshall. The Cubs will still finish last.

25th  At Riverfront Stadium, Tony Perez caps a 5-run Reds rally in the 9th by hitting a two out, two strike home run.  The Reds rally to top the Giants, 14–13. Fred Norman wins the nightcap, 5–0, for the Reds.

26th  Billy Williams clubs a 6th inning grand slam to pace the Cubs to 10-7 victory over the visiting Phillies.

28th  The Reds whip the Padres, 14–1, at Riverfront Stadium. Joe Morgan homers and Johnny Bench has 4 hits.

At Fenway, the Red Sox break a 3-3 tie with the Yankees to win, 8-3. It is their 10th straight win over the Yankees at Fenway and their 19th in 20 games with the Bronx Bombers. Bill Lee takes the win while batterymate Tim Blackwell steals home on the front end of a double steal. He’ll next have a steal in 1981. The Red Sox lead the bunched-up AL East. Detroit, in  6th place, is only 6 games back.

In a doubleheader split, the Twins edge the Angels, 5-3, in the opener to hand California its 15th straight home loss. The Haloes come back in game 2 to win, 12-9 in a slugfest. Starter Frank Tanana gives up a pair of 3-run homers to Bobby Darwin, who drives in 6 runs, then watches as reliever Nolan Ryan gives up a pair of pinch homers to Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. But Ryan gets his 13th win.  Leroy Stanton has a steal of home in the 5th and catcher Phil Roof hits the roof on the call and is ejected, challenging a fan in the process.

Al Oliver has three hits and a stolen base as the Pirates trip the first-place Phillies, 4-3, at Veterans Stadium. Oliver has now hit in 23 straight games. It will end tomorrow but he will start another 21-game streak on August 4.

29th  Detroit hits 4 HRs in the first inning in an 8–2 win over the Indians. Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, and Mickey Stanley hit consecutive HRs off Fritz Peterson, and Ed Brinkman adds another, though not consecutive, off Steve Kline.

31st  During a 7–4 loss to the Expos, the Cubs Bill Bonham strikes out 4 batters in the 2nd inning, tying the ML record.

Ron Cey drives in 8 runs with a 3-run single (one on error) and three-run homers in the 8th and 9th to lead the host Dodgers to a 15–4 victory over the Padres.

Phil Niekro scatters 4 hits for his 11th win as the Braves whip the Giants, 9-0. Catcher Vic Correll helps with his first ML homer, a grand slam.

At Houston, the Reds Don Gullett twirls a 2-hit, 4–0, shutout over the Astros.  Roger Metzger has both Astro hits.

AUGUST

1st  Detroit’s Woodie Fryman stops Milwaukee 2–0, giving up just one hit, a 7th-inning single to Bobby Mitchell.

With the Cards (54-50) toppling the Pirates, 5–2, in 11 innings, the Phils beat the visiting Expos to remain tied for 1st in the East. Del Unser’s 3-run homer is the big blow in support of Wayne Twitchell’s 6th win in 9 decisions.  Ron Fairly has a homer, his 11th, for the Expos.

At Candlestick, Johnny Bench breaks a 7-7 tie with a 2-run homer, one of three for Cincy, to give the Reds a 9–7 victory over the Giants. Bobby Bonds has a grand slam for the Giants.

3rd  Jeff Burroughs has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs in leading Texas to a 12-5 victory over the White Sox.

4th  In San Diego, the Reds and the Padres split a pair with the Reds winning, 7-2, in the opener. Randy Jones loses his 15th.  In the nightcap, Dave Freisleben pitches 13 scoreless innings for the Padres before giving way to Rusty Gearhart, who wins in the 14th when the Padres push across a run against Pedro Bourbon. Starter Clay Kirby pitches 9 innings.

At Dodger Stadium, Geoff Zahn pitches 8 innings for a 2-1 win over Houston. Davey Lopes has 3 hits and 4 stolen bases, the most in the NL in 12 years.

5th  At Dodger Stadium, Steve Yeager belts a 7th-inning grand slam as the Dodgers turn back the Reds, 6-3. Doug Rau goes 7 innings for the win. In the top of the 9th inning, Alex Stein, 19, and his tiny Whippet, Ashley, dash onto the field and begin lofting spectacular Frisbee tosses.  The crowd roars and the two are caught on NBC cameras, initiating a disc craze. The game is stopped and Joe Garagiola announces the disc-tossing exhibition. Stein, who snuck his dog into the stadium, is arrested when he leaves the field. He goes on to start the Disc Dog competition.

6th  In Los Angeles, Johnny Bench snaps a 3–3 tie with a 2-run homer in the 10th to lead the Reds to a 6–3 win over the Dodgers. It is Bench’s 200th career HR.

Jay Johnstone hits a pair of homers and Willie Montanez connects for a grand slam as the host Phillies beat the Cubs, 8-3.

7th  As part of a youth movement, the Tigers release 1B Norm Cash and sell OF Jim Northrup to Montreal.

At Chicago, Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 and doesn’t allow a hit until a one-out, 9th inning single by Dick Allen. The Sox have 3 hits in the 9th to score 2 runs, one earned, and beat the Angels, 2–1. Jim Kaat is the winner. Ryan K’s the side in the 1st and 7th. This is the first of 5 times that Ryan will take a no-hitter into the 9th, only to lose it.

A red-hot Johnny Bench hits his 3rd game-winning homer in a week, this time accounting for all the scoring with a 2-run homer against the Dodgers Andy Messersmith (13-3). Jack Billingham is the CG-winner for the Reds.

8th   The Royals-Twins game is briefly interrupted by President Nixon’s resignation speech. The speech is broadcast after it begins and the next inning is delayed until the conclusion of the speech.  The Twins prevail over the host Royals, 3-2 in 14 innings when Tony Oliva’s sac fly drives home Rod Carew. Bill Campbell pitches 7 innings of relief for the win.

9th   At Busch Stadium, Ted Simmons celebrates his birthday with a 6th inning grand slam off Geoff Zahn as the Cardinals trip the Dodgers, 5-3.

10th  Phillies minor leaguer Jorge Lebron, 14, makes his professional debut, playing shortstop for three innings for Auburn, NY. Lebron is flawless in the field and goes 0-for-1 at bat.  The game is moved up 90 minutes to comply with a state law about employing children to work at night. He will play three games in ’74, going hitless, before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school. In three years Lebron will hit .244 in 78 games, playing mostly in Auburn.

12th  Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford head a group of 6 inductees at Cooperstown.

Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and walks only 2 as the Angels top the Red Sox 4–2.

At Busch, the Cardinals score 5 in the 5th, then plate a run in the 13th to beat the Padres, 6-5. Ted Sizemore is walked 5 times.

13th  Boog Powell hits a 1st inning grand slam and Jim Palmer (4-8) goes six innings in Baltimore’s 8-2 win over the visiting White Sox.

14th  The Brewers are outhit 15-12 by the Rangers but beat Fergie Jenkins, 6-5. Cesar Tovar is 5-for-5 for Texas, but is one of four Rangers caught stealing by Darrell Porter.

16th  In the first of two at Shea, the Yankees edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 13 innings. Dick Allen homers in the top of the 13th off Sparky Lyle, but Thurman Munson wins it with a 2-run walkoff homer off Terry Forster.  Jorge Orta has 5 hits for Chicago, including 2 homers. It is the third time this season he amasses five hits, one short of the ML record. The Sox take the second game, 4-2, behind Stan Bahnsen’s 4+ innings of relief.

17th  Cleveland purchases former NL batting champ Rico Carty from Cordoba of the Mexican League. He will hit .363 for the rest of the season.

19th Reds’ 2B Joe Morgan drives in 7 runs as Cincinnati rolls over Philadelphia 15–2. Morgan has a grand slam and a 3-run homer, then leaves after 3 innings when the Reds build a 14–0 lead.

20th  In a grand matchup, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 in 11 innings, but loses to the Tigers 1–0 at Anaheim Stadium. Mickey Lolich goes the distance for the win. Ron LeFlore strikes out 4 times.

Davey Lopes sets an LA Dodger record when he totals 15 bases against Chicago in an 18–8 drubbing of the Cubs at Wrigley. Lopes has 3 HRs, a 400-foot double to CF and single in the Dodgers’ 24-hit attack.  The Dodgers total 48 bases in the game, a team record. Carmen Fanzone provides a bit of solace with a grand slam for Chicago, off Charlie Hough, in relief of starter Don Sutton (11-9)

Catfish Hunter scatters three hits in winning his 18th and Gene Tenace belts a grand slam off reliever Bill Travers as the A’s down the Brewers, 7-1. The A’s score 6 in the 8th.

21st Red Sox pitcher Roger Moret earns a new contract from Tom Yawkey today by tossing a one-hitter against the visiting White Sox, to win, 4–0. Dick Allen’s 7th inning single is the lone hit as Moret strikes out 12.

Vada Pinson hits a grand slam homer in the 7th to give KC the lead, but Cleveland scores 2 in the 9th to beat the Royals, 7-6

22nd  Before a crowd of 35,866, the largest in 18 years at Fenway, the Red Sox turn back the A’s. 3–0. Luis Tiant wins his 20th for Boston this year.  Boston (70-54) now leads the AL by 7 games.

Salem (Carolina League) OF Alfredo Edmead is killed in a collision with a teammate during a game with Rocky Mount. The cause of death is given as a massive skull fracture.

24th  Davey Lopes steals 5 bases as the Dodgers top the Cardinals 3–0. He is thrown out on his 6th attempt. Don Sutton is the shutout winner.

The Red Sox, leading the AL By 8 games. lose today, 4–1 to Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, to start their slide. They will finish in 3rd place, 7 games in back.

Larry Hisle hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Twins beat the Orioles, 9-5.

25th  Joe Rudi has a double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs, and Ken Holtzman wins his 15th as Oakland shuts out Boston, 7-0. It is Rudi’s 2nd grand slam of the season.

27th  New York’s Benny Ayala homers in his first ML at bat as the Mets top the Astros 4–2. He’s the first NL rookie in 13 years to go deep on his 1st at bat.

Hal McRae ties the ML record with 6 extra-base hits—5 doubles and a HR—as the Royals split a doubleheader with the Indians, losing the opener, 12-8 and then winning, 13-3. McRae has a HR and 3 doubles in the opener as he drives in 6 runs, then adds 2 doubles in the nightcap. Rico Carty has 4 hits for Cleveland in game 1. while Joe Lis homers in each game. George Brett records an unusual strikeout in the 3rd inning of game 1 when he fouls a ball off his foot and Catcher Dave Duncan throws to 1B. Umpire Odom calls Brett out and when Brett argues too vehemently, he is ejected.  The umps confer and then decide to reverse the call at first base, ruling it a foul ball. But the ejection stands. John Mayberry then pinch hits for Brett and strikes out. It is ump Odom’s second ejection of the game: he tossed Aspromonte earlier for protesting that McRae interfered with Duncan on a throw home. Umpire Phillips ejected Doby from the dugout on the same play.

28th  The Orioles lose to Rangers 4–2, dropping their record to 65-65, 8 games behind the front-running Red Sox.

The Pirates move 1 1/2 games in front of the Cardinals by winning their 6th straight game, a 3–1 win at San Francisco. Ed Kirkpatrick’s 2-out 2-run double in the 11th wins it for Jim Barr, who goes the distance. Richie Zisk and Al Oliver each have a base hit to extend their consecutive game hitting streak to 20 and 21 games, respectively.. It is his second 20+ game hitting streak this season for Oliver. He is the first Pirates player stretching back to 1911 (earlier hit streak records are not yet available) to compile two 20-game streaks in the same season, and the first player in the majors since Heinie Manush posted a pair in 1933.  Dave Parker of Pittsburgh will compile two streaks of 22 games in 1977.

At Dodger Stadium, Bill Madlock belts a game-tying grand slam in the 8th for the Cubs, but the Dodgers plate an unearned run in the 9th to win, 7-6.  Steve Garvey scores the winner after reaching base with his 5th hit.

29th  The Orioles beat Texas, 6–2, as Tommy Davis drives in 3 runs with a single.

30th  The Rangers Dave Nelson steals 2B, 3B, and home in the first inning, only the third such performance in the major leagues since 1928, but it’s not enough as Texas loses to Cleveland 7–3.

31st  Johnny Bench drives in 7 runs with a bases loaded double and grand slam to lead the Reds to a 10–3 win over Montreal.

The Yankees rack up 25 hits against the White Sox en route to an 18-6 victory. Roy White has 5 hits, while Thurman Munson and Gene Michael have 4 apiece. Munson has 5 RBI.

Portland Mavericks manager Frank Peters rotates his players so that each man plays one inning at each position, each playing all 9 positions. It works: Portland beats Tri-Cities (Northwest League) 8–7.

SEPTEMBER

1st  During a 5–3 win over the Tigers, the A’s 1B Gene Tenace goes through the entire game without a fielding chance—only the 4th time this century that has occurred in that position. In the same game, Detroit’s Reggie Sanders homers in his first ML AB. His zero on putouts will be matched by Len Matuszek in 1984 and Franklin Stubbs in 1990.

The Cardinals Lou Brock steals 4 bases in an 8–1 win over the Giants, giving him 98 steals for the year. Bob Gibson has 3 hits and scores twice as he runs his record to 8-12.

The Major League Scouting Bureau is instituted as a way to cut costs by centralizing scouting.  Membership is not mandatory until 1984, and only 17 of 24 teams initially agree to the $118,000 fee for joining.  All AL clubs except the White Sox and Toronto join: in the NL, the Cubs, Montreal, Pirates, Braves, Houston and the Reds join.  Brewers GM Jim Wilson is put in charge.

With Carlton Fisk out through the end of the season, the Red Sox purchase C Tim McCarver from the Cardinals. McCarver will play just 11 games this year and 12 next spring in Boston before being reunited with Steve Carlton in Philadelphia.

2nd  Boston pitchers Luis Tiant and Bill Lee each allow just one run in a Labor Day doubleheader, yet both lose games to Baltimore. Ross Grimsley and Mike Cuellar toss twin 1–0 shutouts.

A controversial call against the Reds helps the Astros win 4–3. Johnny Bench’s single in the 7th scores one run and the 2nd base runner Joe Morgan is called out, negating the tying run, though replays seem to show him safe.  The Cincinnati City Council will pass a resolution stating their shock and dismay at the “atrocious call.”

The Pirates pick up a game on the idle Cardinals, now in second by 2.5 games, as they sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 7-4 and 11-1.  Jerry Reuss beats Steve Carlton in the opener, as Willie Stargell has 4 hits, including a pair of homers. Bob Robertson has a homer and 3 RBIs.  In game 2, Bruce Kison allows 3 hits in 8 innings and Richie Zisk hits a grand slam.

3rd  Count that. The Giants John Montefusco makes his ML debut, homers in his first official time at bat, off Charlie Hough, and pitches 9 innings of relief to earn a 9–5 victory over the Dodgers. Gary Matthews belts a grand slam for the Giants.

4th  Don Wilson has a no-hitter through 8 innings, but is lifted for a PH by Houston manager Preston Gomez. Reliever Mike Cosgrove gives up a leadoff single to Tony Perez, and the Astros lose to the Reds 2–1. Jack Billingham, who has a sac bunt in the 2-run 5th, is the winner. Gomez made the same mistake in San Diego on July 21, 1970. The Reds score both runs in the 5th inning on 2 walks, a sac bunt and a 2-base throwing error by Roger Metzger. For Perez it is the second time he has had the lone hit for the Reds in a game started by Wilson.

The Orioles top the Red Sox, 6–0, for their 3rd straight shutout over Boston and are now 2 games behind the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East race.  The Sox manage just 8 hits in the 3 games. With the victory today the Orioles match a record set by the 1913 Washington Senators: shutting out a 1st-place team in a three-game series. It won’t happen again until 2010.

California’s Andy Hassler hands out 10 walks but still beats Oakland, 5-2. It is the third time this year a California pitcher has been this generous with bases on balls.

5th Milwaukee hands Boston its 7th straight loss as rookie Gorman Thomas hits a 2-run shot in the 9th inning. It was Thomas’ first game of the year for Milwaukee after hitting 51 homers for Sacramento (PCL) this year, combining with Bill McNulty (55 homers) to set a minor league record for homers by teammates. Billy Champion (10–3) picks up the win for the 5th-place Brewers.

6th  Baltimore sweeps a doubleheader from Cleveland 2–0 and 1–0. Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar notch the 4th and 5th consecutive shutouts for the Orioles, who set an AL record. The losing pitcher in game 2 is Jim Kern, making his ML debut.

7th  During a 3–1 win over the Chicago White Sox, California’s Nolan Ryan has a fastball clocked at 100.8 miles per hour—the fastest pitch so far recorded.

In a game with the Tigers, Graig Nettles loses a single when it is discovered he is using a corked bat. The Yankees win, 1–0, on Nettles’s earlier HR.

Playing on a badly sprained ankle, Joe Morgan belts a 2-run homer off Mike Marshall to give the Reds a 7–5 win over the Dodgers. Before his homer, Morgan had missed a pitch and fallen down, prompting Sparky Anderson to try and remove him.  The Reds win today after trailing 5–0.

The Orioles win their 10th straight, but their consecutive scoreless innings streak is snapped when Charlie Spikes hits a 2-run homer in the 9th off Ross Grimsley. The streak ends at 54 innings. The O’s win, 3-2, over Cleveland.

8thAndy Hassler of the A’s allows just one hit but loses to Jim Kaat and the White Sox, 1–0.  Light-hitting Lee Richard hits a leadoff double in the 3rd and scores on an error.

Two pitchers each take their 20th loss of the season.  Steve Rogers allows 3 runs in 7 innings as the Expos lose to the Pirates, 8-2. Dave Parker hits a grand slam in the 8th to put the game away for Jim Rooker. Randy Jones loses his 20th as Houston edges the Padres, 3-2. Larry Howard hits a solo homer in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie and give the win to Tom Griffin (13-8).

At Wrigley, the Phillies do their scoring in the 3rd and 8th innings to beat the Cubs, 11-10. Chicago makes it close with a grand slam by Jerry Morales in the 9th.

At Shea, the Tigers douse the Yankees, 11-3, as Bill Freehan leads the way with a 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 7 RBI. The loss, coupled with a Boston win, leaves the Yankees and Red Sox tied for 1st place in the AL East.

At Kansas City, Phil Roof goes deep for a grand slam to lead the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Royals.

9thAt Fenway, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6–3, for their first win in Boston since July 31 of last year. The Yankees have won 2 of 24 games at Fenway since 1972. The win puts New York in first place.

     In Milwaukee, Darrell Porter hits a pinch grand slam in the 9th as the Brewers tie the Orioles, 5-5, but Baltimore pushes across the winner in the 11th to take it, 6-5. It is Porter’s second slam of the season.

Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter both toss shutouts as the A’s beat Kansas City, 3-0 and 7-0. It is the third time this week that a team has been shut out in a doubleheader.

10th  The Cardinals lose to the Phillies 8–2, but Lou Brock breaks Maury Wills’ ML record by stealing his 104th and 105th bases of the season. It also gives him 740 career SBs, breaking Max Carey’s NL record of 738.

Former batting champion Alex Johnson, purchased by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers yesterday, arrives in Boston during the Red Sox–Yankee game. With the score tied 1–1 in the 12th, Johnson socks a pinch-HR to win it for New York 2–1.

Cubs pinch hitters Carmen Fanzone and Jim Tyrone each clout homers against the Pirates, but the Bucs win 12–4.

11th  The Mets lose a marathon night game after 7 hours 4 minutes, and 25 innings, the longest game to a decision in ML history. Two Mets errors lead to the Cardinals’ winning run starting with an errant pickoff throw that allows Bake McBride to scamper all the way around from 1B. St. Louis wins, 4–3. The Mets go to the plate 103 times, the only time the century mark has been reached in a ML game; the Cards are not far behind with 99 plate appearances.  All told, a record 175 official at-bats are recorded, with a since tied ML record 45 runners stranded. The previous record of 44 runners stranded was set  by the Cubs and Reds on August 9, 1942. Only a thousand fans are on hand when the game finally ends at 3:13 a.m.

The Phils top the Pirates, 5–3, to cut Pittsburgh’s NL East lead to 2 1/2 games. A line drive by Willie Montanez fractures the hand of Pirate P Dock Ellis, who will miss the rest of the season.  Ellis is 12–9.

Dick Allen calls in sick, despite not having seen a doctor, and the White Sox lose their third straight game. A tearful Allen, who last played on the 8th, will announce his retirement on the 14th.  He will still lead the AL in homers this year with 32.  Allen will change his mind about retirement and the Sox will trade him to the Braves in December.

12th With three scoreless innings Detroit P John Hiller picks up his 17th win in relief, an AL record, as he beats Milwaukee, 9–7, on Tom Veryzer’s 10th-inning 2-run homer. Hiller will lose his next 4 decisions, but his 17 wins will lead the Tigers in victories. He is the first reliever to lead his team in wins: Bill Campbell will match it in two years (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves and the 2 teams combine for a ML record 3 grand slams. Cesar Geronimo hits one in the 2nd inning of game 1, as does the Braves Darrell Evans, who gets thumbed in his next at bat for disputing a third strike call. The Braves hang on for a 9–6 win, then take game 2 by a 6–2 score. Johnny Bench hits the 3rd grand slam of the day in game 2 and drives in all 6 runs. Bench will finish the year with 129 RBIs to top the NL, and his 315 total bases will lead the league. He is the only catcher in ML history to lead a league in TB [Bench caught 137 games; 3B in 36 games; 1B in 5].

13th  The Phillies set an NL record by using 27 players during a 17-inning 7–3 loss to the Cardinals. The Cards had set the record 2 days earlier. Reggie Smith walks 5 times, 2 intentionally, and gets hit once. He is the second Cardinal this year to walk 5 times. Phillies reliever Gene Garber hands out 2 intentional walks on his way to a ML record 24 IBB.

With 16 games remaining, the enigmatic Dick Allen of the White Sox announces he is quitting the team. His 32 HRs, the last of which was hit August 16th, will still be enough to lead the AL.

Buzz Capra tosses a shutout and the Braves wallop Randy Jones and the Padres, 9-0.  Mike Lum has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs.

In Los Angeles, the Reds win, 6–3 over the Dodgers as Jack Billingham wins his 19th.

14th  Graig Nettles homers for the Yankees in the first inning, and brother Jim Nettles homers for the Tigers in the 2nd. This is the 2nd time that the 2 brothers have homered in the same game for different teams, having done it on June 11, 1972, when Graig was on Cleveland and Jim was with Minnesota. Graig’s team wins 10–7.

In LA, the Reds defeat the Dodgers, 4–2, to pull to within 1 1/2 games of the NL West lead.  That’s as close as they come as they lose 6 of their next 8 games.

15th  Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry works hard for his 20th win, beating Baltimore’s Ross Grimsley, 1–0. Perry will go 21–13 and is the last Indian pitcher this century to win 20.

At Dodgers Stadium, Jimmy Wynn belts a grand slam and Steve Garvey adds a homer as the Dodgers clip the faltering Pirates, 7-1.

Gorman Thomas reaches Luis Tiant for a grand slam in the 1st inning as the Brewers do all their scoring in the first three frames to beat the Red Sox, 9-5.

16th  At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers beat the Astros, 7-2, as Andy Messersmith wins his 18th. Mike Marshall provides 2 shutout innings of relief and hits a single.  He ends up at 3B and then is cut down as LF Bob Watson nabs him for an unassisted DP after he catches Jim Wynn’s line drive.  It is the third unassisted DP by an outfielder this year (RF Dave Parker; CF Bill North).

17th  St. Louis beats Pittsburgh 2–1 in 13 innings. It is the 6th straight win for the Cardinals and the 6th straight loss for the Pirates, turning the Bucs’ 3 1⁄2 game lead in the NL East to a 21⁄2game margin for the Cards.

18th  Rick Reuschel is lifted after 3 scoreless inning and Steve Stone takes the 5-2 Cubs win over the Phillies. Jim Lonborg is the losing pitcher as Gene Garber and Erskine Thomason combine for 4 scoreless innings. Thomason’s 8-pitch one inning of work is his only ML appearance.

19th  The Pirates move a half game behind the Cardinals in the NL East, clipping the Birds, 8-6. Each team collects 15 hits.  The Pirates score 5 runs in the 7th, 3 on Richie Hebner’s home run, to win.

20th  The Cards beat the Cubs, 5-2, to stay ahead of the rampaging Pirates, winners over the Mets. Rick Monday hits a leadoff HR for the Cubs, off Bob Forsch, but it is all downhill after that. Ted Simmons has a double and 3-run HR off Bill Bonham to give him his 20th loss of the year.

Nolan Ryan allows just 3 hits but absorbs his 20th loss of the season as the Twins beat the Angels, 3-2. Ryan walks 7. Joe Decker (16-12) is the winner.

The Yankees move into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East with a sweep of the Indians.  The Yanks take the opener, 5-4, when Bobby Murcer’s 3rd hit, a triple, scores the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.  Gaylord Perry takes his 20th loss.  Larry Gura (5-0) wins the nightcap, 3–0, on 6 hits.

21st  In St. Louis, the Cubs jump on the Cardinals, scoring 5 runs in the 6th and again in the 9th to win 19-4, their biggest scoring output of the year. Steve Swisher has a grand slam and Jose Cardenal homers for Chicago.

22ndDetroit beats the Brewers, 6–5, pinning the 20th defeat of the year on Clyde Wright.

23rd The Pirates move to within a half game of 1st place by defeating St. Louis, 1–0, in 10 innings. Jim Rooker is the winner over Lynn McGlothlin.

24th  Al Kaline doubles off Dave McNally for his 3,000th career hit, as the Tigers beat the Orioles 5–4.

Clarence Jones of the Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR to become the first American to win a Japanese HR title, topping the Pacific League in roundtrippers. Sadaharu Oh will lead the Central League with 49 homers. Jones will lead the league again with 36 HRs in 1976.

Gene Tenace hits his second grand slam of the campaign, off Joe Decker, to back Vida Blue’s 16th win as the A’s beat the Twins, 5-1.

25th Pittsburgh regains 1st place by edging the Cardinals 13–12 in 11 innings at Busch Stadium.  Pittsburgh scored 4 times in the 9th to take a 12–9 lead, but St. Louis scored 3 times to tie it.

In Los Angeles, Dr. Frank Jobe performs the first elbow ligament transplant on 30-year-old pitcher Tommy John. The surgical procedure, which uses a palmaris longus tendon in either forearm or a tendon from the ankle or hamstring, will become known as Tommy John surgery. The pitcher quipped later, “When they operated I told them to put in a Koufax fastball. They did, but it was Mrs. Koufax’s.”

26th George Brett has 4 hits and 2 RBI and Hal McRae adds a grand slam as the Royals beat the Angels, 10-1.

At Shea, the Pirates score early and hang on to beat the Mets, 11-6, and move into a tie for first place with the idle St. Louis Cardinals.  Willie Stargell has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs, while Al Oliver has 5 hits, including two homers, and 5 RBI. He scores 4 times.

27th  Baltimore breaks a scoreless tie with the Brewers in the 17th inning to pull out a 1–0 win. Grant Jackson wins the decision over Jim Colborn.

Six days after tossing a complete-game victory over the Dodgers, Dan Spillner does it again as the Padres win, 3-2. They are the only two wins for San Diego over Los Angeles this year as the Dodgers win 16 out of 18. They had won 16 straight over the Pads until Spillner beat them on September 21.

28th  In his last start of the year,Nolan Ryan pitches his 3rd career no-hitter, victimizing the Twins 4–0. In the process, the Angels hurler strikes out 15 batters for the 6th time this season. Ryan also walks 8 to run his season total to 202 base on balls, joining Bob Feller in 1938 as the only pitcher to walk more than 200 in a season. Ryan will top 200 in 1977.

Astro Don Wilson 2-hits the Braves. 5–0. It would be Wilson’s last ML game, followed barely 3 months later by his suicide.

The Pirates move a game ahead of 2nd place St. Louis by beating the Mets, 7–3.  Richie Zisk and Richie Hebner sock HRs.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the Indians, winning 9-3 and 9-7.  Ron Bloomberg hits a pair of 2-run homers off Gaylord Perry in the opener, then adds another 2-run homer in game 2.  John Ellis connects for a grand slam for the Tribe.  The sweep leaves the Yankees a half game behind the Orioles, winners today.

29th  Lou Brock steals his 118th, and final, base of the season in the Cardinals 7–3 win over the Cubs.

Mets’ rookie P Bob Apodaca beats Pittsburgh 7–2 to drop the Bucs back into a 1st place tie with the Cardinals.

In Montreal, Ken Singleton hits a 1st-inning grand slam to lead the Expos to a 6-3 victory over the Phillies.

Four walks in the bottom of the 9th give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Brewers.

The Yankees stay a half game behind the O’s as New York wallops the Indians, 10-0, in Cleveland. Rudy May strikes out 13 in the shutout.

30th  At Parc Jarry, Ted Simmons hits his 20th homer of the year, a 3-run shot in the 1st inning off Steve Rogers, as the Cardinals top the Expos, 5-1. Ken Forsch allows 3 hits in the win, as the Birds stay tied with the Pirates for first place in the NL East.

OCTOBER

1st  The Orioles beat the Tigers, 7–6, as reliever Grant Jackson ties a 24-year-old AL record by winning his 3rd game in three consecutive game appearances. He won on the 29th and 30th. Al Kaline goes 1-for-5 and will go hitless tomorrow in his 147thgame, the most by a Hall of Famer in his final season. When the Brewers beat the Yankees 3–2 in 10 innings, the O’s become the AL East champions.

The Bucs take the NL East by edging the Cubs 6–5. A 2-run pinch HR by Bob Robertson is the game winner. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lose, 3–2, to the Expos, as Bob Gibson takes the loss. Reliever Dale Murray is the winner.

The Dodgers clinch the NL West with am 8–5 victory over Houston. Don Sutton earns the win over J.R. Richard.

2nd  In the Rangers’ season finale, Billy Martin allows Ferguson Jenkins to hit for himself rather than use the DH, the first such incident in the AL all season. Jenkins singles to break up the Twins Jim Hughes’s no-hitter, scores the Rangers’ first run, and goes on to win his 25th game of the season 2–1. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Harmon Killebrew pinch hits for Larry Hisle and strikes out. It is the Killer’s last ML at bat as a Twin. He’ll sign on as a DH for the Royals after declining the Twins offer to manage in the minors.

During a 13–0 win over Reds, the Braves Hank Aaron homers off Rawly Eastwick. It is Aaron’s 733rd career clout and comes in his last NL at bat.

At Houston, the Dodgers edge the Astros, 5-4, in 10 innings.  For the second day in a row, Dodger rookie John Hale doesn’t start but goes 2-for-2. He scores the winning run and his 4 hits in his first 4 at bats sets a since tied NL record.  John will finish his 6-year career with a less than hale .201 average.

3rd  Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in the major leagues, as the Indians name him to replace Ken Aspromonte for the 1975 season.

5th  Don Sutton notches a 4-hit shutout to give the Dodgers a 3–0 win over the Pirates in the NL Championship Series opener.

The Orioles beat the A’s 6–3 in the AL opener as Paul Blair, Bobby Grich, and Brooks Robinson blast homers.

6th  Ron Cey cracks a HR, 2 doubles, and a single, and the Dodgers win the 2nd LCS game 5–2.

The A’s even the AL series behind Ken Holtzman’s 5–0 shutout and homers by Ray Fosse and Sal Bando.

8th  Sal Bando homers again and Vida Blue hurls a 2-hitter to give the A’s a 1–0 win and a 2-1 lead in the LCS. Blue fans 7 and walks none.

The Pirates stay alive with a 7–0 win in the NLCS game as Bruce Kison gets the win. Richie Hebner and Willie Stargell drive in 6 runs between them.

9th  Los Angeles advances to the WS with a 12–1 win over the Bucs. Steve Garvey has 2 singles and 2 doubles, and scores 4 runs as Don Sutton wins his 2nd LCS game and 11th in a row.

The A’s get just one hit, but draw 11 walks, 9 off loser Mike Cuellar, in beating the Orioles 2–1. Cuellar walks Gene Tenace in the 6th to force in a run, and Reggie Jackson doubles in the winning run in the 7th.

10th  Former Oakland 2B Mike Andrews files a $2.5 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley over his treatment during the 1973 WS.

11th  It is revealed that Oakland ace Catfish Hunter has charged owner Charlie Finley with a breach of contract.

12th  Oakland slugging star Reggie Jackson connects for a homer off Andy Messersmith to start the scoring, and pitcher Ken Holtzman scores the 2nd run in the 5th on a suicide squeeze. The A’s win the WS opener 3–2 as the Dodgers strand 12 base runners

Sadaharu Oh draws his 166th walk in a 130-game season, setting a Japanese record. At his retirement in 1980, Oh will hold the all-time world record for walks, 2,504, topping Babe Ruth’s record of 2,056.

13th  Hall of Fame OF Sam Rice dies at Rossmor, Maryland, at age 84, leaving a letter—opened at Cooperstown—confirming his controversial catch in the 1925 WS. The letter, dated July 26, 1965, details the entire play and ends with Rice’s punch line, “at no time did I lose possession of the ball.”

Los Angeles, behind Don Sutton, evens the Series with a 3–2 win. The Dodgers score in the 2nd off Vida Blue, and a 2-run HR by Joe Ferguson in the 6th provides the margin.

The Cardinals trade Joe Torre to the Mets for pitchers Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore. Torre will not solve the Mets’ third base problems but he will be named manager in 1977. When he retires he will be the second player (along with Gene Tenace) to play more than 500 games at catcher and at first base. He also plays more than 500 games at third base, the only player to do that.

15th  In a Tuesday night game, the surprise starter for the Dodgers is Al Downing. But Catfish Hunter is too much for LA, and Oakland wins another 3–2 game.

16th  Ken Holtzman, who hadn’t hit all season, belts a 3rd-inning HR and gets the win 5–2 with Rollie Fingers in relief. Oakland scores 4 in the 6th to wrap up the 4th game 5–2.

17th  Vida Blue and Don Sutton are tied 2–2 going into the bottom of the 6th when Mike Marshall relieves and retires the side. In the 7th, a shower of debris halts the game for 15 minutes. When play is resumed, Joe Rudi hits Marshall’s first pitch for a homer to give the A’s a 3rd 3–2 win, clinching a 3rd straight World Championship for the team.

22nd  The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York, hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases, before leg injuries slowed him.  Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him, but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.

23rd  The Cubs trade sweet-swinging Billy Williams, a fixture at Wrigley for 16 years, to the A’s for 2B Manny Trillo and pitchers Darold Knowles and Bob Locker.

Wally Yonamine, an American of Japanese descent, becomes the only non-Japanese manager ever to win the Japan Series when his Chunichi Dragons beat the Lotte Orions.

30th  Catfish Hunter is named the AL Cy Young Award winner. He led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA.

NOVEMBER

2nd  The Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for OF Dave May and a minor league pitcher to be named later. Aaron will finish his ML career in Milwaukee, where he started it in 1954.

Meanwhile, Hank Aaron, the HR king of American baseball, and Sadaharu Oh, his Japanese counterpart, square off for a HR contest at Korakuen Stadium. Aaron wins 10–9.

6th  The Dodgers Mike Marshall becomes the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Ironman Marshall set ML records with 106 appearances and 208 innings in relief.

13th  The Dodgers Steve Garvey wins the NL MVP Award with a .312 BA, 21 HRs, and 111 RBI.

18th  In a three-way deal, San Diego trades slugger Nate Colbert to Detroit for Ed Brinkman, Bob Strampe and Dick Sharon.  Brinkman is then packaged with Danny Breeden and shipped to St. Louis, and the Cards send pitchers Allan Foster, Rich Folkers, and Sonny Siebert to the Pads.  None of the new Padres have a prayer, while the ailing Colbert, who set a record in 1972 by driving in 22.75% of his team’s runs, will prove that his 1974 average of .207 was no fluke. He and Brinkman will play for three teams in 1975.

20th  Jeff Burroughs, the Texas OF who batted .301 with 25 HRs and a league-leading 118 RBI, wins the AL MVP Award.

25th  Mike Hargrove of the Rangers takes AL Rookie of the Year honors.

26th  Catfish Hunter meets with Charlie Finley in the American Arbitration Association office in New York City for a hearing to determine the validity of Hunter’s breach-of-contract claim. Hunter contends that Finley failed to pay $50,000, half of Hunter’s salary, to a life insurance fund. The case will go to arbitration.

27th  Cardinal OF Bake McBride wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Bowie Kuhn suspend Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for 2 years as a result of Steinbrenner’s conviction for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and others.

DECEMBER

2nd  The Red Sox trade OF Tommy Harper to the Angels for IF Bob Heise.

At the Major League winter meetings in New Orleans, the Rules Committee institutes several changes: among the changes is one permitting the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide, in the manufacture of baseballs.

After several rounds of bourbon are consumed by Phillies GM Paul Owens and Detroit GM Jim Campbell at the winter meetings, Owens agrees to trade promising catcher Bob Boone and P Larry Christensen to Detroit for veterans Bill Freehan and Jim Northrup. Tomorrow morning, Owens won’t recall the trade and the deal is never made. “How do you unshake a handshake?” says the disappointed Campbell.

3rd  The Mets trade ace reliever and Shea Stadium favorite Tug McGraw to the Phillies in a 6-player swap. Don Hahn and Dave Schneck go to the Phils while New York receives OF Del Unser, C John Stearns, and P Mac Scarce.

The Astros trade 1B Lee May and Jay Schlueter to the Orioles for Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews.

The frustrated White Sox unload controversial Dick Allen to the Braves for a reported $5,000. Allen never reports and again retires instead. The Braves will trade the slugger to the Phillies for two warm bodies. Richie Ashburn will help coax Allen out of retirement and he’ll play 2 disappointing seasons back in Philadelphia before going to Oakland as a free agent.

4th  In a dismal trade for Montreal, the Expos trade OF Ken Singleton and P Mike Torrez to the Orioles for P Dave McNally, OF Rich Coggins, and a minor league pitcher. Torrez was 15-8 this year for the Expos.

9th  Bobby Tolan, traded by Cincinnati for P Clay Kirby on November 9, 1973, finally signs a 1974 contract with the Padres, leading to a withdrawal of the grievance initiated by the Players’ Association on his behalf.

13th  In a major ruling, Catfish Hunter wins his claim against owner Charlie Finley and is declared a free agent by arbitrator Peter Seitz.

19th  The race to sign Hunter begins in the law offices of Cherry, Cherry & Flythe in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Yankee and Red Sox representatives are the first arrivals.

26th  The Little League is officially open to girls as President Gerald Ford signs legislation amending the charter of the organization.  Little League had sought changes in their charter after a series of lawsuits challenged its boys-only rule.

31st  Happy New Year. The Yankees sign Catfish Hunter to a 5-year contract worth a reported $3.75 million. This is triple the salary of any other ML player. Catfish will win 40 games over the next two seasons before suffering arm trouble

  • 1975

JANUARY

5th  Astros P Don Wilson is found dead of monoxide poisoning in his garage in Houston, a suicide victim at age 29. The Astros will retire his #40.

23rd  Ralph Kiner earns Hall of Fame membership by a single vote.

FEBRUARY

3rd  Billy Herman, Earl Averill, and Bucky Harris are selected for the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

10th  The Special Committee on the Negro Leagues picks William “Judy” Johnson for the Hall of Fame.

25th  The Orioles trade 1B Boog Powell and P Don Hood to the Indians for C Dave Duncan and a minor league OF.

28th  The Mets purchase 1B-OF Dave Kingman from the Giants.

MARCH

5th  Tony Conigliaro signs a contract with Pawtucket (International League) in an attempt to make a comeback.

12th  In spring training, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk suffers a broken arm.

15th  The Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Juan Marichal. After two poor outings, Marichal will retire on April 17th, leaving a career record of 243-142, 52 shutouts, and a 2.89 ERA.

21st  Yes, in baseball.Georgia Tech shuts out Earlham 41–0, setting an NCAA record for scoring and for winning margin.

APRIL

4th  The Red Sox send recently acquired Mario Guerrero to the Cardinals for a player to be named later. On July 4, the Cards will name Jim Willoughby to go to Boston.

5th  The Phillies trade OF Bill Robinson to the Pirates for P Wayne Simpson.

6th  The Astros purchase P Joe Niekro from the Braves.

7th  The Big Red Machine opens against the Dodgers in Cincinnati and goes 14 innings before George Foster’s infield hit scores Cesar Geronimo with the winner, 2–1. Pat Darcy is the winner over Charlie Hough.

8th  After Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie, tosses out the first ball in Cleveland, Frank Robinson, the first black manager in ML history, adds a dramatic touch by homering in his first Cleveland at bat (as a DH) during a 5–3 win over the visiting Yankees. For player-manager Robinson, it is his 8th Opening Day HR, setting a ML record. Starter Doc Medich is the loser, going 5 innings and giving up all 5 runs. Gaylord goes all the way to win for the Tribe, while Boog Powell backs him, going 3-for-3 with a double and homer.

In a club house meeting, Boston captain Carl Yastrzemski criticizes his teammates for their poor attitude in spring training when they went 10–20.  In the game, the Sox bomb Jim Slaton for 5 runs in 3 innings and defeat Milwaukee, 5–2. Hank Aaron is hitless in his AL debut, while teammate Robin Yount homers. Tony Conigliaro is the Sox DH and is 1-for-4 in his Boston return.

9th  Against Mike Marshall, the Reds score 2 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Dodgers, 4–3 at Cincinnati.

Gene Tenace belts a 3rd-inning grand slam off Jim Kaat to give the host Athletics a 5-1 lead over the White Sox, but Chicago scores 3 in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th to win, 7-5.

10th  Well, this is easy. Oakland’s Mike Norris shuts out Chicago, 9–0, on 3 hits in his ML debut. Chicago leadoff hitter Pat Kelly singles and Norris picks him off.  Reggie Jackson supplies a 3-run homer off Stan Bahnsen.

The Reds come from behind again to beat the Dodgers, this time spotting LA a 5–0 lead before winning, 7–6. The Reds sweep the 3-game series.

11th In Milwaukee, 48,160 fans brave 37 degree weather to welcome home Hank Aaron. Hank drives in a run and the Brewers whip the Indians, 6–2.

At Wrigley Field, Ray Burris beats the Expos, 2–1, when the Cubs Rick Monday scores from 2B on deep fly to RF.

12thAt Yankee Stadium, the Tigers do all their scoring in the 7th to beat the Yankees, 7-1. Starter Pat Dobson surrenders a homer to Bill Freehan and a grand slam to Nate Colbert.

13thIn San Diego, the Reds roll over the Padres 10–0 behind Don Gullett’s 2-hitter.

16thJuan Marichal makes his second and last start for the Dodgers, and it is no more successful than the first outing. Five hits in the 3rd, including a homer by Tony Perez, send him packing. But the Dodgers come back on a homer in the 4th by Ron Cey,  a grand slam in the 7th by Jimmy Wynn, and an RBI single in the 9th by Steve Garvey to beat the Reds, 7-6. This is the final appearance for Marichal.

17th  During a 14–7 loss to the Mets, the Cardinals Ted Simmons homers from both sides of the plate, while teammate 2B Ted Sizemore ties a ML record with 3 errors in the 6th inning.

The Orioles ship slugger Earl Williams to the Braves for pitcher Jimmy Freeman and $75,000.

Steve Garvey collects 5 hits as the Dodgers edge the Reds, 5-4, in 11 innings.

18th  In his first appearance at Fenway, Lee May hits a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to pace the Orioles to a 9-7 victory over Boston. Jim Rice hits 2 homers and Fred Lynn adds one for the Sox.

19th  In Cincinnati, the Reds spot the Astros a 7–1 lead, then roar back to score 3 in the 9th to win, 9–8. Tony Perez hits a solo HR in the 9th and Concepcion knocks in 2 runs.

20th  In Cincinnati, Pete Rose belts a 2-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th to give the Reds a 5–3 win over the Astros. The Astros come back to edge the Reds in game 2, 7–6.

22nd  The Reds again use a 9th inning rally to win, 5–4, over the Giants at Riverfront Stadium. Morgan scores the winner after cruising into 3rd on a wild pitch and deliberately drawing a throw from C Marc Hill. Hill heaves the ball over third base and Morgan scores.

23rd  The Yankees Roy White again homers from both sides of the plate, this time in an 11–7 loss to the Red Sox. White last switch-hit HRs on August 13, 1973.

At Shea, Tom Seaver wins the battle against Bob Gibson as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 7-1. Rusty Staub hits a grand slam in the 6-run 6th against Gibson (0-2).

24th  Ron Cey homers and drives in 4 runs and Ken McMullen hits a 6th inning grand slam to lead the Dodgers to an 11-6 win at San Diego.

25th  The Dodgers Andy Messersmith beats the Giants, 6–5, and ties a ML batting record for pitchers with 3 doubles in one game.

The Cubs edge the Cardinals, 4-3, behind Darryl Knowles 3 hitless innings of relief.  Cubs starter Rick Reuschel pitches the first six innings and records 4 assists and 3 putouts. The 3 putouts come in the 3rd inning, setting a since-tied NL record. Jim Bagby was the first pitcher to do it, in 1940, with the Red Sox.

Doug Rader has 5 hits, including 3 doubles, and the Astros  score 2 runs in the 12th to beat the Expos, 8-7.

26th Mike Schmidt wallops 2 HRs to help give the Phils a 10–9 win over Cincinnati. Schmidt has 11 HRs in April tying the ML record.

27th  During a 4–3 loss to the Giants, the Reds Johnny Bench suffers a shoulder injury in a home-plate collision with Gary Matthews. Bench will undergo surgery in November.

In the first of two games, Hank Aaron hits a left field double off Dick Tidrow of the Yankees, tying Babe Ruth’s career RBI record (later revised) of 2,209. The Brewers win, 7-0. Aaron has no ribbies in game 2, as the Yankees win, 10-1.

29th  In Houston’s 10–2 win over San Diego, the Astros use three sacrifice bunts in the 8-run 7th inning. This ties a ML record.  The three bunts result in an unsuccessful fielders choice and two errors.

At Kansas City, the Angels score 9 runs in the 3rdinning as they roll to a 12-1 win over the Royals. Andy Hassler is the beneficiary of the offense, led by light-hitting Orlando Ramirez with 4 hits.

MAY

1st  Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4, driving in 2 runs in the Brewers 17–3 win over Detroit. This brings his career RBI total to 2,211, breaking Babe Ruth’s published record of 2,209. His third inning single off Vern Ruhle drives in Lezcano with his 2,210th RBI. On February 3, 1976, the Records Committee will revise Ruth’s total to 2,204; so, in actuality, Aaron set the record on April 18, 1975.

At Royals Stadium, Kansas City edges the Angels, 11-10, with 2 runs in the 11th inning.  The Royals swipe 7 bases, four by Amos Otis, and California steals 3 bases. Morris Nettles has 4 hits as does George Brett, and each team hits a homer.

2nd  The Cubs give up on pitcher Burt Hooton, 0-2 in 11 innings, trading him to the Dodgers for pitchers Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon. Hooton will win 18 games this season, the first of 7 straight years of double-figure wins for Los Angeles.

3rd  The Reds switch Pete Rose from left field to 3B, opening a lineup spot for utility OF George Foster. Over the next 4 seasons, Foster will average 36 HRs, 117 RBI, and a .302 BA, helping the Reds to two World Championships. Gary Nolan, making a comeback after shoulder problems sidelined him in 1973-74, stops the Braves, 6–1. It is Nolan’s first win since October 1972.

At Shea, Woodie Fryman (3-0) fires a one-hitter to give the Expos a 3-0 win over the Mets. John Stearns has the lone hit, a double in the 5th. Fryman is in the middle of a scoreless inning streak that will reach 33.

4th  The Giants beat the Astros 8–6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick. In the 2nd inning, Houston’s Bob Watson scores what is calculated as ML baseball’s one-millionth run of all time (the Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876) as Milt May hits John Montefusco’s first pitch to drive him home. The Reds Davey Concepcion homers about the same moment and races around the bases, but Watson, on 2B, scores seconds ahead as the Reds lose to Atlanta, 3–2.  On third base in the Twins game, Rod Carew also tried for the millionth run on a short fly to left. Not only is he thrown out, but he injures his leg.  A record is also set in game 2 as the Astros walk over the Giants, 12-8. Each team walks 13 times and the 26 sets the NL mark for two teams.  Starters J.R. Richard (6 IP, 11 BB) and John D’Acquisto (3.2 IP, 9 BB) contribute the most.

Harmon Killebrew returns to the Met wearing the visitors Royals uniform. His #3 is retired before the game, and the Killer then brings the crowd to its feet when he unloads a homer in his first at bat. Minnesota wins 6–3, behind Jim Hughes.

At Busch Stadium, Reggie Smith is 5-for-5, with 2 homers, and 5 RBIs, but the Cardinals all little else as they lose to the Cubs, 8-6.

Mets outfielder Cleon Jones is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, after the police find him naked in a van with a teenage girl who is holding a stash of narcotics. Jones tells the cops that he is “C. Joseph Jones, a laborer.”

5th  The Orioles and Indians split a pair with Baltimore cuffing around Gaylord Perry in the opener for an 11-1 win. Al Bumbry and Doug DeCinces each have 4 hits including a homer and together drive in 7 runs. The Indians rebound for a 4-3, 11-inning victory in game 2 on George Hendrick’s 4th hit of the game. Catcher Alan Ashby steals home on the front end of a double steal.

Oakland releases pinch runner Herb Washington. Washington, who played in 104 ML games without batting, pitching, or fielding, stole 30 bases, and scored 33 runs.

6th  Mike Jorgensen hits a grand slam and Chuck Taylor tosses three hitless innings in relief of Steve Rogers as the Expos beat the visiting Cubs, 9-4.

7th  The Oakland A’s tally 9 runs in the 7th against the visiting Angels and win, 9-1. Vida Blue (6-1) allows an unearned run. Sal Bando has a sac bunt and a grand slam in the big frame for the A’s. Not till 2009 will another batter collect a sac bunt and slam in the same frame.

The Braves trade C Johnny Oates, along with the contract of Dick Allen, to the Phillies for 2 players and cash. Allen had refused to report to Atlanta following his trade from the White Sox on December 3, 1974, and announced his retirement.

Behind Johnny Bench’s grand slam and a 2-run homer by Tony Perez the Reds beat the Padres, 10-2.

9th  At Three Rivers, Dave Parker drives in 6 runs on a double, triple and homer to lead the Pirates to an 11-3 win over the NL West-leading Dodgers. The Pirates are 3 games behind the Cubs in the NL East.

10th  Will McEnany provides 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief to seal the Reds 7–1 win over the Mets. Clay Kirby gets the win.

12th  The Royals leave a record tying 15 men on base without scoring in a 5–0 loss to the Tigers. Tiger rookie Vern Ruhle allows 12 baserunners in his 7 1/3 innings, in picking up the win. The 15 runners in a shutout has been done 3 times before, the last on August 1, 1941. The mark will finally be eclipsed by the Cards in 1994.

15th  At Parc Jarry, a rain delay in the 4th inning becomes a successful protest when Atlanta manager Clyde King protests that the umpires didn’t wait long enough nor did they physically test the field.  The Braves are ahead, 4-1, but the Expos just scored after the first two batters in the inning hit safely.  The game will be resumed on July 20 and Atlanta will win, 5-4.  As noted by Frank Vaccaro, this is one of a record 7 suspended games this year. One other, today’s Milwaukee-Texas game, is suspended after 14 innings and completed tomorrow.

16th  Baltimore takes game 1 against the Angels, 1-0, when Bobby Grich hits a game-ending homer in the 9th off Frank Tanana.  The Halos take game 2, 3-2, on two homers by Tommy Harper.

17th  In Montreal, Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey hit homers in the 10th inning as the Reds beat the Expos, 5–3.

In Philadelphia, the Phils score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win, 9-8, and pin the loss on the Braves Phil Niekro. For the 3rd game in a row, Gene Garber is the winning pitcher. He ties the NL mark last done by Mike Marshall in 1974.

At Chavez Ravine,  the Dodgers edge the Pirates, 4-3,  when Joe Ferguson, pinch hitting for starter Andy Messersmith (6-0) drives in the winning run in the 10th.  The Bucs get on the board early when Manny Sanguillen steals home on the front end of a double steal.

18th  For the second time in three years, the Giants Jim Barr shuts out the Cardinals, winning 2-0, and allowing just two hits, both by Lou Brock.  Brock did it April 17, 1973.

19th  San Diego’s Randy Jones hurls a 10-inning one-hitter in beating St. Louis 1–0. John Curtis takes the tough loss, giving up a game-ending homer to John Grubb, his 4th hit of the game, with one out in the 10th. Melendez has the one hit for the Cards, a leadoff single in the 7th.

20th  The Indians trade pitchers Dick Bosman and Jim Perry to the A’s for P Blue Moon Odom and cash.

Dusty Baker belts a 3-run homer and Vic Correll puts the game away with an 8th inning grand slam as Atlanta beats the Expos, 9-4. Correll has 5 RBI.

21st  The Reds, entering the game with a 20-20 record, 5 games behind the first-place Dodgers, come from behind to beat the Tom Seaver and Mets, 11–4. Cincinnati will go on to win 41 of 50 games and run away with the National League West title.

At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski’s 7th inning grand slam is the difference as Boston beats Oakland, 7-3. Reggie Cleveland (3-2) goes the distance for the win.

24th  At Candlestick, Bobby Murcer hits a triple and homer to drive in 6 runs as the Giants beat the NL East leading Cubs, 10-3.

25th  Cleveland’s Dennis Eckersley, in his first ML start, hurls a 3-hit shutout in beating Oakland 6–0.

Mickey Lolich’s 200th career victory is a rain-shortened, 4–1 win over the White Sox. His catcher is Bill Freehan, who also caught him in his first ML start May 21, 1963.

Hal McRae has a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs as the Royals top the Orioles, 9-1.

At the Astrodome, Doug Radar’s 5th hit of the game, and his third double, leads to the tying run in the 12th, and another hit in the frame gives the Astros an 8-7 win over the Expos. Cesar Cedeno’s homerun in the 9th knotted the score.

26th  At Riverfront, Johnny Bench launches a 5th inning grand slam to help the Reds beat the Expos, 5–4. It is Bench’s second grand slam of the season.

27th  In St. Louis, Lou Brock hits for the cycle to back Bob Forsch’s 7–1 win over the Padres.

28th  The Reds stop the visiting Expos, 5–0, behind Gary Nolan’s 2-hitter.

30th  Willie McCovey’s grand slam lifts the Padres over the Mets 6–2. It is McCovey’s 3rd career pinch slam, tying the ML record held by Ron Northey and Rich Reese. It is Stretch’s 16th lifetime bases-loaded homer, tying the NL record held by Aaron.

31st  Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas, the 5th time in his career he has had his team’s lone hit in a game. The Yankees Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6–0 victory.

Andy Messersmith gets a loss and a save for the Dodgers in Chicago. In a game continued from the previous day, he saves a 3–1 win for Don Sutton, then loses 2–1 to the Cubs on two solo HRs.

The Royals beat the Brewers 7–5 in a game bridging the generation gap. Home run leaders Henry Aaron and Harmon Killebrew are in their 22nd ML seasons and winning pitcher Lindy McDaniel is in his 21st. All three were playing in the majors before Brewers SS Robin Yount was born.

Don Gullett allows 4 hits as the Reds beat the Cards, 6–0.

JUNE

1st  The Angels Nolan Ryan pitches his 4th career no-hitter, winning 1–0 over the Orioles, to tie the record set by Sandy Koufax. Ryan strikes out 9, including Bobby Grich on a change-up for the last out, and runs his record to 9–3. Ryan has now struck out 96 in 96 innings.  Today’s win is his 100th.

In the 2nd game of a Kansas City-Milwaukee twinbill, Johnny Briggs pinch hits for Hank Aaron. The Royals win, 11–5 after taking the opener, 13–6.

The Phils edge the Astros, 5–4, on Jay Johnstone’s 5th inning homer off Larry Dierker. The homer is the only hit for the Phils after the first inning in which they score 4.

4th  Danny Goodwin, picked first in the June, 1971 free-agent draft, is picked first again, this time by the Angels. The next 4 picks, including the Padres number 2 pick of pitcher Mike Lentz, fail to make the major leagues in what is arguably the worst draft of the 20th century (the most successful first-round pick is Rick Cerrone). Picking 10th, Montreal takes SS Art Miles, who will break his neck diving into shallow water while celebrating West Palm’s FSL win in 1977. The Expos finally pick right, taking Andre Dawson on the 10th round, the Dodgers picking pitcher Dave Stewart in the 16th, and the Braves take Glenn Hubbard in the 20th.

Lee Mazzilli of the Visalia Oaks (California) ties the minor league record when he steals 7 bases. He will end the year with 49.

6th  California’s Nolan Ryan’s bid for a 2nd no-hitter in a row is foiled by Hank Aaron’s single in the 6th inning. Ryan gives up one other hit in overpowering the Brewers 6–0.

Cleveland Manager Frank Robinson shows his players how to hit as he connects for two 3-run homers in a 7–5 win over the Rangers.

In a barnburner at Boston, Dwight Evans hits two homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Boston holds on to beat the Twins, 13-10.

7th  In Cincinnati, the Reds beat the Cubs, 7–1, and take over first place in the NL West.

8th Detroit’s Tom Veryzer doubles with two out in the 9th to stop Oakland’s Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter. Outfielder Bill North misjudges Veryzer’s hit, but is not charged with an error. Holtzman retires the last hitter for a 4–0 victory.

The Brewers catcher Darrell Porter drives in all 4 runs as Milwaukee tops the Angels, 4–3. Jim Colborn wins his first of the year.

Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 7th and the Reds beat Rick Reuschel and the Cubs, 2–1.

Montreal P Dave McNally, 3–6, announces his retirement.

9th  The Dodgers beat the Expos 4–0 and go over the one million mark in home attendance in only their 27th date. This breaks the ML record of 28 days set by the 1948 Indians.

Jim Sundberg for Texas and Bernie Carbo for Boston each hit grand slams, but Sundberg gets some help as Texas wins, 12-4. Texas hits three more homers and Jackie Brown wins with 6+ innings of relief. Yaz hits his 500th double.

10th  Jim Perry of Oakland fires a one-hitter to beat Baltimore, 3-0. Al Bumbry has the lone hit for the O’s. Gene Tenace and Claudell Washington homer for the A’s.  Bumbry will repeat his feat three more times.

The Yankees sponsor Army Day at their temporary home, Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute, glass is splintered, the park is filled with smoke, part of the fence is blown away, and another part is set afire. The Yankees then drill the Angels, 6-4, as Larry Gura beats Nolan Ryan.

11th  In the first of two at Tiger Stadium, Oakland beats Detroit, 14-7, as Leroy Stanton hits a grand slam and drives in 5.  Game 2 is suspended after 8 innings with Detroit up, 5-3. They finish tomorrow with the same score.

12th  Milwaukee defeats Oakland, 9–7, to move within 4 games of first. Oakland’s Billy Williams’s 400th career HR is matched by Hank Aaron’s first HR in Milwaukee since 1965.

In Cincinnati, the Reds score 7 in the 6th inning to clip the Cardinals, 10–1.

13th  The Indians trade P Gaylord Perry to the Rangers for hurlers Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown, Rick Waits, and an estimated $100,000.

The Yankees Elliott Maddox, hitting .305, is sidelined for the remainder of the season with torn cartilage in his knee. The injury occurs in a fall on the wet Shea Stadium turf during a 2–1 win over the White Sox.

At Dodger Stadium, Jim Lonborg allows just 2 hits—both by Jimmy Wynn—as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5-1. Jerry Martin has a grand slam for the Phils. Andy Messersmith (9-3) allows 4 hits in the loss. This is the third time in Wynn’s career that he has the only hits in his team’s loss.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Reds collect 24 hits to outslug the Cubs, 18–11. Cesar Geronimo has 5 of the hits as the Reds score 12 runs in the last 2 innings.

Al Oliver hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Pirates whip the host Braves, 8-3.

14thMilwaukee defeats the Angels and Nolan Ryan, 6–4 at County Stadium. Aaron has two hits, including his 7th homer of the year.

The Reds keep hitting Chicago pitching, beating the Cubs like a rented mule to win, 11–3. Johnny Bench has 2 doubles and 3 singles.

15th The Tigers give up on 1B Nate Colbert and sell the slugger to Montreal.

The White Sox make one of their better trades when they swap Stan Bahnsen and a minor leaguer to Oakland for reliever Dave Hamilton and 20-year-old minor league 3B Chet Lemon.

Leroy Stanton belts his second grand slam in a week, and drives in 5 to lead the Angels to a hard-fought 8-7, 11-inning win in game 1 with the Brewers. Milwaukee takes game 2, 4-2, as Gorman Thomas hits his second homer of the afternoon.

Cliff Johnson belts a pinch grand slam in the top of the 9th off Mike Garman to make reliever Joe Niekro a winner as Houston edges the Cardinals, 8-7.

Tim Blackwell drives in 3 runs and Fred Lynn has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 straight games. Boston tops the Royals, 8-7.

16th  Coasting to a 9–2 win with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Reds P Don Gullett is struck on the pitching hand by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta’s Larvell Blanks. The liner breaks his thumb and Gullett will be out of action for 2 months.

Gorman Thomas homers in his 3rd straight game, connecting for a grand slam, but the Yankee bats are too much as the Brewers fall, 10-7, at Shea.

17th  Atlanta’s Carl Morton allows 3 hits as the Braves beat the Reds, 5-1. Dave May hits a grand slam and Darrell Evans solos for Atlanta.

Behind Vida Blue and Ken Holtzman, the A’s sweep a pair from the Twins, winning 4-2 and 8-7. In the nightcap, Oakland scores all its runs in the 5th.  Larry Hisle has a homer in the 2ndgame for the Twins, after striking out 4 times in game 1. No one will match that till 2014.

18th  Boston’s stellar rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with 3 HRs, a triple, and a single during a 15–1 drubbing of Detroit. Lynn’s 16 total bases ties an AL record. He is hitting .340 with 14 HRs.

Marty Pattin shuts out the California Angels, 13-0, while his Kansas City teammate Tony Solaita hits 2 home runs and scores 5 runs. Nolan Ryan lasts just 2 innings in taking the loss.

Joe Rudi connects for a pair of homeruns, including a grand slam, as Oakland edges the host Twins, 7-6.

Ron Cey cracks a 1st inning grand slam and Bert Hooton allows 3 hits as the Dodgers beat Houston, 4-0.

Fergie Jenkins wins his 8th as Texas downs the White Sox, 10-3.  Roy Smalley’s 8th inning grand slam puts the game away.

20thIn a slugfest in Anaheim, the Angels and Rangers combine for 37 hits as the Angels emerge with a 12-11 victory in 11 innings.  Mike Cubbage slugs a grand slam in the 1st as Texas jumps to a 6-0 lead, only to see the Haloes come back to tie it at 8 apiece. In overtime, Tom Grieve hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 11th as Texas scores 3. but California answers with 4 runs to win. Dave Collins has 5 hits for the Angels.

21st  In the opener of a doubleheader, the Angels Frank Tanana strikes out 17 Rangers without a walk during a 4–2 win. Texas cops the nightcap, 6–5.

23rd  Rangers pitcher Steve Hargan throws 11 shutout innings and is matched by California’s Bill Singer.  Texas manages just one hit off Singer—a 2-out double by Dave Collins in the 10th. But after Singer is lifted after 12, they put together 2 hits in the 13th to win, 1-0.

At Shea, the Cardinals shut out the Mets twice, winning 1-0 behind Ron Reed and 4-0 behind John Denny. Ted Simmons’ grand slam in game 2 accounts for the runs.

24th  In Atlanta, Joe Morgan lofts a 3-run homer off Phil Niekro to account for all the scoring as the Reds beat the Braves, 3–0.

Steve Garvey belts two homers and Davey Lopes steals 4 bases as the Dodgers down the Houston Astros, 8-3. It is the second time Lopes has swiped 4 bases in a game.

25thGeorge Scott booms two solo HRs to lead the Brewers to a 7–6 win over the Tigers. Pete Broberg wins his 8th of the year.

Boston C Carlton Fisk, injured last June 23rd, returns to action for the first time in a year in an 8–5 loss to Cleveland.

Frank White, who enters the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th, clubs a grand slam in the top of the 12th as the Royals beat the Angels, 6-2. Steve Busby (11-5) goes 12 innings for the win.

Rick Reuschel is the hard-luck loser to Dennis Blair in the Cubs 12–2 loss to the Expos. Montreal scores 10 unearned runs.

26th  Bill Melton hits a grand slam as the White Sox score 5 runs in the 8th off starter Fergie Jenkins and the White Sox beat Texas, 8-3.  Wilbur Wood is the winner.

28th  At Riverfront Stadium, George Foster hits a 2-out 2-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Reds a 6–4 win over the Padres.

29th  At Shea, the Phillies sweep a pair from the Mets, winning 9-6 and 4-3 in 12 innings.  Jerry Koosman gives up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings in the opener to take the loss. Larry Christenson is a bit better, allowing 6 runs in 5 innings for the win. In game 2 the Phils tie the score at 3 all in the 9th. After starter Tom Seaver puts two men on base, pinch hitter Johnny Oakes lines a single that breaks the jaw of reliever Bob Apodaca to load the bases. Apodaca will miss a month. Pinch hitter Ollie Brown, who had 3 hits in game 1, then walks to drive in the tying run. Greg Luzinski’s 2-out HR in the 12th makes a winner out of Tug McGraw.

Mike Cubbage hits a 3-run homer as Texas scores 8 in the 4th against the Twins. But pinch hitter Tony Oliva lines a grand slam as the Twins plate 7 in the 6th to make it close. Texas wins, 9-7.

30th  After losing to Boston, 5-2, in game 1,Baltimore C Dave Duncan ties the ML record with 4 consecutive doubles (he’ll total just 7 doubles for the year) during an 8–2 win over first-place Boston in game 2. Compounding the loss, Boston P Dick Pole suffers a broken cheek when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of 1B Tony Muser.

The Brewers whip the Yanks, 5–4, by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Bobby Darwin’s 8th homer of the year is the big blow. Bill Travers (4-0) takes the win. Milwaukee, winners of 15 out of their last 21, is in 3rd place in the East.

For the 3rd time in 4 days, the Reds win on an extra-inning home run. This time, Johnny Bench belts a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 12th and the Reds whip the Astros, 9–6. Clay Kirby gets the decision.

JULY

1st  The Reds win the 4th extra inning game in 5 days, beating the Astros 8–7 in 15 innings. The Reds score 3 in the 9th to tie it at 7 apiece. Pat Darcy is the winner. It is the second consecutive game that the Reds trail by 4 runs and comeback to win; no NL team will match that the rest of the century.

In Los Angeles, the Padres use an 8-run 5th inning to beat the Dodgers, 10-1. Mike Ivie has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs.

An out shy of a complete game, Fergie Jenkins and the Rangers top the Royals, 5-4. Fergie serves up three solo homers to John Mayberry.

2nd  In a 13–5 win over Detroit, Baltimore’s Don Baylor homers his first 3 times up, giving him 4 consecutive HRs over 2 games to tie the ML record.

Jim Rice, installed today as the Red Sox regular LF, belts 2 homers in the first game, including one that is the longest ever hit at County Stadium. In game 2, Fred Lynn is kept off the bases, ending his streak of 38 straight games. Boston’s Rick Wise wins the opener, 6–3, not giving up a hit until 2 are out in the 9th. George Scott then clouts a 2-run homer, and Danny Darwin follows with another dinger.

3rd  Fred Lynn’s 2nd error of the game allows the Brewers to score in the 10th. The 3–2 win lifts the Brewers into a tie with Boston in the AL East. But Milwaukee will fall flat in August and slide to a 5th place finish.

5thBuddy Bell collects a double and two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Cleveland downs the visiting Red Sox, 12-2. Roric Harrison goes the distance for the win.

6thFor the 2nd time this season against the Braves, a team uses 3 sacs (no flies) in an inning. Houston does it in the 9th in a 6–2 win behind J.R. Richard.

7th  In an 8–6 loss to the Cardinals, Giants catcher Marc Hill—as well as the Cards—ties a mark last accomplished in 1905 when he tags out three Cards runners at home on throws from the outfield.  The three Cards dealt out are: Ken Reitz, in the first inning. on a throw from LF Gary Thomasson. Reitz tries scoring from 2B on a Mike Tyson single; Ron Fairly in the 6th inning thrown out by RF Bobby Murcer on a Tyson fly ball; Bake McBride in the 7th thrown out by LF Chris Arnold when he tries to score on a Willie Davis fly.

8th  The Royals jump on Milwaukee starter Bill Travers for 5 runs in a third of an inning and flatten the Brewers, 9–1. The Brewers lone run is George Scott’s 16th homer of the year.  Mike Hegan pinch hits for Hank Aaron, the 6th time in Aaron’s career that’s occurred.  All the pinch hitters have been lefties.

The Giants overcome a grand slam by the Cards Ron Fairly and beat the Cardinals, 6-4. The loss goes to Bob Gibson, now 2-8.

9th  Oakland beats the Indians, 3-1, but the Tribe push across their run against reliever Paul Lindblad, ending his consecutive scoreless innings at 33.1.

10thThe last place Tigers win their ninth straight, beat Kansas City, 3-2. The streak hasn’t taken them out of the bottom spot.

11thAt Anaheim, Rick Manning makes his first ML hit a good one as he clouts a 2-run homer in Cleveland’s 5-3 win over the Angels.

12thin a 10–4 win against Texas, Luis Tiant hits and flies out. He is the first Boston pitcher to hit since the DH was put into effect. Yaz is hitting however, and drives in 3 runs.

The second place (AL East) Brewers edge the White Sox, 5-4, as catcher Charlie Moore has a pair of hits, 2 RBIs, and a steal of home on the front of a double steal.

13th  The Reds score 4 runs in the 8th inning to defeat Tom Seaver and the Mets, 5–3. The Reds have won 41 of their last 50 games.

At Fenway, Fred Lynn has 2 doubles and 4 RBIs and Carl Yastrzemski has 5 hits as the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 7-5.

15th  The NL rallies for 3 runs in the 9th inning to win the All-Star Game at Milwaukee, 6–3. The Cubs Bill Madlock and the Mets Jon Matlack share the game’s MVP award.

16th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term.

17th  For the second consecutive White Sox game, Wilbur Wood is the starter, and he tosses his 2nd straight shutout, beating Detroit, 5–0. The two starts were broken up by the All-Star game.

In San Francisco, the Cards edge the Giants, 1-0, with the win going to Al Hrabowsky in relief of John Denny.  For the Mad Hungarian, it is the 3rd consecutive Cards game that he’s been the winning pitcher: he also won on July 12, 13. He is the second NL pitcher this year to tie Mike Marshall’s record for consecutive wins.

18th  In a 9–3 win over the Kansas City Royals, Boston’s Jim Rice clouts a tremendous homer over the CF wall at Fenway, to the right of the flag pole, just the 6th player to accomplish this feat. Owner Tom Yawkey calls it the longest shot he’s ever seen at Fenway. The others: Detroit’s Hank Greenberg, May 22, 1937; Boston’s Jimmie Foxx, August 12, 1937; Yankees Bill Skowron, April 20, 1957; Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski, May 16, 1970; Brewers Bob Mitchell, September 29, 1973.

In Baltimore, Lee May has a pair of homers to drive in 4 runs, and Ellie Hendricks hits a grand slam as the Orioles beat the Twins, 9-6.

At Parc Jarry, Tony Perez hits a 3rd inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Reds roll to a 10-3 victory.  The Reds lead the Dodgers in the NL West by 12.5 games.

19th  Yankee C Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose, 2–1.

The Red Sox win their 10th straight, defeating the Rangers, 8–0. Rick Wise is the winning pitcher and Denny Doyle contributes a 3-run homer. The Sox are 6.5 games ahead of the Brewers.

Pat Kelly’s 2nd-inning grand slam provides Chicago with all its runs as the White Sox top the Brewers, 4-2.

John Montefusco stops the Cardinals, 5-2, for the Giants. Derrel Thomas and Bobby Murcer each have three hits as they score all 5 runs for SF. Dave Radar has no at bats as he walks 4 times, three intentionally.

Aurelio Rodriguez has 2 hits, including a grand slam, to pace the Tigers to a 10-8 victory over the Royals. Billy Cowens has a 3-run homer for KC.

At Comiskey, the White Sox sweep a pair from the stumbling Brewers, winning 9-2 and 10-5. Bill Stein has a grand slam and 5 RBI in game 2, while Bill Melton has 3 runs, 3 RBI and 3 hits.

Dave Kingman hits 2 homers and drives in 6 runs, and the Mets need all of them as they edge the Astros, 10-9.

21st  The Mets Felix Millan has 4 straight singles but is wiped out each time when Joe Torre grounds into 4 straight DPs, setting a NL record. New York loses 6–2 to the Astros.

Ted Simmons has a 4th-inning HR erased because his grooved bat is illegal. The Cardinals play the game under protest but beat the Padres anyway as rookie Eric Rasmussen wins his ML debut, 4–0.

23rd  Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy connect for 9th-inning back-to-back pinch HRs off Bob Forsch, but the Dodgers lose anyway 5–4 to the Cardinals. They are the 2nd pair of Dodgers to pinch hit back-to-back homers.

24th  The Royals fire manager Jack McKeon, hiring Whitey Herzog to replace him.

25th  The Cards trade OF Jim Dwyer to Montreal for INF Larry Lintz.

26th  Bill Madlock goes 6-for-6 during the Cubs 10-inning 9–8 loss to the Mets.

27th  The Mets release OF Cleon Jones, following a suspension for insubordination. He will not be picked up by another team this year, but will play for the White Sox in 1976.

In the first of a twinbill at Shea Stadium, Red Sox CF Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lynn also scores the winning run in the top of the 9th, reaching on an error and stealing 2B before scoring on a single. Lee wins, 1–0, and then Roger Moret completes the whitewash with a 6–0 nightcap win. The losses seem to finish the Yanks pennant hopes and Bill Virdon’s managing job.

At Milwaukee, the Orioles win game 1 by a 7-4 score, then roar back in game 2, scoring 6 in the 9th to tie and 5 in the 10th to win, 11-6. Al Bumbry hits a 2-run homer in the 9th and Tommy Davis applies the coup de gras in the 10th with a grand slam.  The O’s sweep the 4-game series.

29thMilwaukee’s first two hitters—Don Money and Darrell Porter—crack homers off Red Sox pitcher Diego Segui. That’s enough for Jim Colborn, who wins, 4–0.

Toby Harrah hits a grand slam and collects 5 RBI as Texas beats the A’s, 6-1.

30th  Pitcher Jose Sosa homers in his first ML at bat as the Astros beat the Padres 8–4. It will be Sosa’s only HR in the majors.

Pat Darcy pitches a complete game win, 6–1, over the visiting Giants. It’s the first CG by a Reds pitcher in 45 games.

Manny Sanguillen has 5 hits to pace the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies. Jerry Reuss (12-6) goes the distance.

31stGiants pitcher John Montefusco predicts he’ll shut out the Reds and strike out Johnny Bench 4 times. The Count’s a little off as the Reds score 7 runs in 1 1/3 innings off Montefusco, 3 of the runs coming as Bench presses a homer.  The Reds win, 11–6.

AUGUST

1stBaltimore continues to beat up on the Brewers, downing them, 6-4 and 3-1. In the opener, Tommy Davis hits his second grand slam in a week, both against the Brewers.

Ron Cey hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 5-3. Pete Rose is 5-for-5 for Cincinnati.

2nd  Billy Martin becomes the new Yankee manager, replacing Bill Virdon, named by TSNas last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.

In Los Angeles, George Foster’s HR off Andy Messersmith is the only score as the Reds win, 1–0. The unrelated Carrolls—Tom and Clay—combine for the Reds.

At game time at Fenway, the temperature is 103 degrees. The Red Sox then cook the Tigers, 7–2, behind Rick Wise.

4thAt Fenway, 35,866 are on hand to watch the Orioles topple the Red Sox, 12–8. Alexander is the winner over Willoughby. Brooks Robinson has a homer and 4 RBIs, Don Baylor has 5 hits for the Birds, and Boston’s Denny Doyle extends his hitting streak to 22 games.

At Candlestick, George Foster blasts an 8th inning grand slam and the Reds plate 2 more in the 9th to win, 7-5, over the Giants.

5th The first 7 Phillies hit safely—good for 15 bases—against Bill Bonham (10–8) and the Cubs, in setting a ML record.  No pitcher has ever started a game by allowing 7 straight hits.  Dave Cash leads off with a single, and Bowa matches it. Garry Maddox homers over the LF fence. Luzinski singles, and Jay Johnstone and Tommy Hutton follow with doubles to make it 5–0.  Mike Schmidt then hits his 22nd homer to finally drive Bonham out of the game.  His replacement, Ken Crosby making his ML debut, gives up a single to Johnny Oates for the 8th straight hit. Dick Ruthven lays down a sac bunt for the first out, but 3 walks, 2 hits and a balk make it 10–0.  As historian Lyle Spatz notes, the Phils last scored 10 runs in a frame on August 13, 1948. Schmidt adds a 2nd homer to help push the final to 135.

Red Sox pitcher Roger Moret, scheduled to pitch today, crashes his car in Connecticut at 4:30 a.m. He’s okay and starts, but his Red Sox lose to the Orioles and Jim Palmer, 3–0.

At Shea, the Mets are twice shut out by 7-0 scores, collecting 5 hits in each game.  Montreal pitchers Don Carrithers and Dennis Blair apply the whitewash.

After losing 3-2 to the A’s in the first game, Texas roars back to win the second game, 15-2. Roy Howell has a grand slam in the 8-run 6th, then adds a solo shot in the 8th.  Clyde Wright is the easy winner.

6th  The Mets fire manager Yogi Berra, promoting coach Roy McMillan as interim skipper.

The Reds amass 20 hits to beat the Giants, 12–5 at Candlestick. The Giants collect 14 hits.

7th  Billy Williams has a pair of homers and Joe Rudi adds a grand slam as Oakland rolls to a 10-1 win over Texas. Visa Blue wins his 15th.

9th  Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base for the Dodgers without being caught in a 2–0 win over the Mets. This breaks the ML record set by Max Carey in 1922.

At Comiskey, the Orioles double the White Sox, winning 12-6. Bobby Grich has no at bats as he walks 5 times and scores 3 runs.

11th  George Foster has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 9–3 win over the visiting Cubs.

Sombrero looks good, Jose. Jose Mangual of the Expos strikes out 5 times in a 9-2 loss to the Giants.  Ed Halicki (7 IP) and Randy Moffitt are the moundsmen for the Giants.

12thRed Sox pitcher Rick Wise beats California, 8–2, for his 9th straight win.

At Yankee Stadium, the Twins score 4 in the 9th to take a 6-3 lead, only to see the Yankees tie it up.  The game is suspended after 14 innings and completed a week from now in Minnesota where New York will win, 8-7 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 16th.  The Yanks make all 3 outs in the 4th inning on the basepaths; it’ll happen only once more this century, when the Yankees do it on July 2, 1984.

13th  The A’s release P Jim Perry and purchase OF Tommy Harper from the Angels. Or Perry it is the end of his 17 year ML career.

14th  The Reds George Foster continues his hot hitting, collecting 5 RBIs in a 6–1 win over the visiting Pirates.

15th  Frank Tanana pitches an 8–0 shutout as the Angels hand the Tigers their 19th straight loss.

16thIn a 9–1 win over Cleveland, the Twins set a ML mark with 9 batters getting 2+ hits. Jim Hughes is the recipient of the largesse.

17th  During the Reds’ 3–1 win over the Pirates, Pete Rose singles off Bruce Kison for career hit number 2,500.

19th  The Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager.

The Cardinals Lynn McGlothen strikes out 3 Reds on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning of a 2–1 victory. The loss snaps the Reds 9-game win streak.

21st  Pitching brothers Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to hurl the Cubs to a 7–0 victory over the Dodgers—the first time brothers have collaborated on a shutout. Paul takes over when Rick is forced to leave in the 7th because of a blister on his finger.

22nd  The Twins Dave McKay homers in his first ML at bat during an 8–4 win over the Tigers.

23rd  Champ Summers and Rick Monday hit pinch HRs for the Cubs, but the Astros win the game, 14–12. Champ’s is a grand slam.

The Reds score 8 times in the 5th inning to wipe out a 4–0 deficit and whip the Pirates, 12–7. Richie Zisk has 4 hits and drives in 6 runs for the Bucs.

24th  After New York rides a Dave Kingman grand slam to win the first game, 9–5, in San Francisco, the Giants Ed Halicki records a somewhat controversial no-hitter in beating the Mets 6–0 in the 2nd game. The 6’7″ righthander strikes out 10 Mets to improve his record to 8–10. Craig Swan takes the loss. The controversy arise when Rusty Staub hits a ball off Halecki’s leg, which caroms to the 2B Derrel Thomas, who picks it then drops it. Official scorer Joe Sargis rules it an E-4. NY columnist Dick Young, watching the game on TV, writes that it should be a hit and accuses Sargis of subscribing to the theory that the first hit of a starter should be a ‘good one.’ The no-hitter stands but UPI’s Sargis loses his job as a sometime scorer.

Lou Brock steals the 800th base of his career as the Cardinals beat the visiting Braves 6–2. Carl Morton is on the mound and Biff Pocaroba behind the plate when Lou swipes 2B.

Before the Dodgers,-Expos game, the team honors the 1955 World Championship Dodgers team. On hand are many from that team including Reese, Campanella, Snider, Newcombe, as well as Koufax and Drysdale. Also on hand, in his last public appearance, is Casey Stengel.  After the ceremony Casey changes into street clothes and sits in the stands with Gregory Peck and USC coach Rod Dedeaux. Not feeling well, Casey leaves after a couple of innings. He will die of cancer in five weeks, his death announced by Dedeaux (as noted in Marty Appel’s biography of Stengel). The regular game goes almost 4 hours. After stealing 2B in the 7th, his third of the game, to add to his ML-record of 38 consecutive steals, Davey Lopes is nabbed in the 12th by Montreal C Gary Carter. The Expos then score 3 in the 14th off Mike Marshall to beat the Dodgers, 5–2. Bill Buckner has an RBI single to tie the game, but is declared out by ump Doug Harvey: Buckner’s bat has grooves carved into it.

25th  Astro Cliff Johnson hits a 2-out HR in the top of the 11th off the Cards Bob Gibson for his 6th in 6 consecutive games, pushing his team to a 4–3 lead. Unfortunately, with 2 outs the game is called due to rain in the bottom half of the inning, and the score reverts to what it was in the 10th, thus erasing Johnson’s HR. It deprives Johnson of becoming only the 2nd NL player to hit 6 HRs in 6 consecutive games (he also had one in an exhibition game). For Bob Gibson, who pitches the 11th, his last career homer served up reverts to LaCock’s grand slam 11 days ago.

26th  The first 8 Pirates hit safely against the Braves, tying the ML record set just 3 weeks earlier by the Phillies. Pittsburgh wins, 8–2.

27th  The Twins Craig Kusick ties the ML record by being hit with pitches 3 times in a game, an 11-inning 1–0 win over the Brewers. He also got hit once yesterday; though records for consecutive games are not kept, this mark of 4 in 2 games will be tied by Craig Biggio in 2000. Bert Blyleven goes the distance for the win.

29th  Chicago’s Ken Henderson homers from both sides of the plate during a 4–2 win over Baltimore.

Rick Manning connects for a grand slam in the 8th and Cleveland beats the Twins, 9-6.

30th  The Braves fire Clyde King, naming Connie Ryan as interim manager.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Mets ace Tom Seaver shuts out the Pirates 3–0 and reaches 200 strikeouts for a ML-record 8th straight season.

It is “Bob Gibson Day” in St. Louis, as dignitaries, including August Busch and Bowie Kuhn, honor the 39-year-old pitcher.  The Cards, led by Lou Brock, then drill the Cubs, 6–3.  Brock has 3 singles, 3 stolen bases, and scores 3 times.

2nd  Johnny LeMaster homers in his first ML at bat for the Giants during a 7–3 win over Dodgers. In 12 years and 3,191 at bats, LeMaster will hit only 22 home runs, but this first hit is a ML record—an inside the park homer. Brian Downing two years ago was the first player to hit his first homer inside the park.

George Scott is 5-for-5 to lead the Brewers to a 6-5 win at Tiger Stadium. John Knox has 4 hits for the Bengals.

3rd  After missing 2 games because of the flu, Dodger Steve Garvey returns to the lineup in a 13–2 loss to the Reds, launching a NL record streak of 1,207 consecutive games. The Reds score 10 runs in the 4th inning to ice the game: on the 2nd, they scored 7 in the 5th to beat the Padres, 10–4.

Pitcher Bob Gibson (3–10) gives up the last hit of his career, a pinch grand slam to Pete LaCock of the Cubs. He then retires Don Kessinger before leaving (In his autobiography Gibson states incorrectly that he served up the slam to LaCock on his last pitch in the majors). Chicago beats the Cards, 11–6, scoring 5 in Gibson’s one inning of relief.

5th  Mets C Jerry Grote ties the modern ML record by reaching base on errors 3 times during a 5–2 win over the Cardinals.

Montreal and  Pittsburgh use a ML record 15 pinch hitters in their doubleheader split. The Expos take the opener, 43 in 10 innings, and Pittsburgh wins the nightcap, 5–2, behind Jim Rooker.

George Brett drives in 4 runs on 5-for-5 hitting to pace the Royals to a 5-2 win over the Angels. Steve Busby wins his 16th.

6th  The Red Sox pound out 24 hits to beat Milwaukee, 20–6 to make Roger Moret the winner. The hits and runs are AL highs this season. Dwight Evans has 5 of the hits, while Petrocelli has 4 hits including a homer.  Roger Moret improves to 12-6.

At Baltimore, the Orioles top the Yankees 7–6, in 13 innings though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end.  All are tossed in the 9th inning.

7th  The Reds, leading by 20 1/2 games, clinch the NL West flag with an 8–4 win over the Giants. It is the earliest clinching date in league history.

At Comiskey, the Twins bomb the White Sox, 9-1, behind Jim Hughes 14th win. Steve Brye hits a pinch homer and adds another, the only Twin to accomplish the feat in the 20th century.

John Mayberry hits a pair of homers and Tony Solaita connects for 3 homers as the Royals edge the Angels, 8-7, in 11 innings.

8th  The Astros outslug the Braves, 9–6, with Jose Sosa picking up his only career win.  The loss goes to Frank LaCorte, making his ML debut. Cesar Cedeno has 6 RBI for Houston on a double and 2 homers.

Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 8th as the Reds beat the Padres, 3–2.

9th  The Cubs Bill Madlock suffers an “incomplete fracture” of his right thumb when hit by a Bruce Kison pitch in a 6–5 win over the Pirates.

Chris Chambliss is 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs as the Yankees down the Tigers, 9-6, at Shea. Willie Horton has a homer and 3 RBIs for Detroit and Gary Sutherland collects 4 hits.

11th  At Shea, Graig Nettles hits a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs to back Catfish Hunter as the Yankees beat the Brewers, 10-2. For Catfish (21-13) it is his 10th straight complete game.

14th  The Red Sox top the Brewers 8–6 as Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott’s 47-year-old record by playing in his 242nd game as a teenager.

Dick Allen homers and Mike Schmidt adds a pair as the Phillies beat the Cubs, 13-7 at Wrigley. Tim Hosley hits a grand slam as the Cubs score 5 in the 9th to make the score respectable.

At Candlestick, the Reds and Giants split a pair, with SF taking game 1 by a 4-2 score, and the Reds slugging their way to an 8-3 game 2 win.  Joe Morgan has 4 stolen bases in game 1, including scoring on the front end of a triple steal.

15th  Late-season call-up Mike Vail extends his hitting streak to a rookie-record 23 straight games as the Mets edge the Expos 3–2.

Jamie Easterly (2-8) goes 7 innings as the Braves stop the Giants, 12-0. Dusty Baker has a single, 2 doubles and a triple to drive in 5 runs.

Red Sox lefty Roger Moret holds on for a 9–7 win over the visiting Brewers. Jim Colborn takes the loss. For Moret, this is his last win as a Red Sox as he’ll go to Atlanta over the winter after a 14–3 season. For the years 1970-75 he finishes with an 18-7 record at Fenway, the 2nd best Red Sox lefty at home.

Bruce Bochte has 3 singles, a double and a triple in a losing cause as his Angels lose to the Twins, 7-6, in 11 innings. Mickey Rivers is also a homer shy of the cycle.

16th  Rennie Stennett ties Wilbert Robinson’s ML record, set June 10, 1892, by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game. The Pirates 2B collects 2 hits each in the first and 5th innings, and scores 5 of his club’s runs in a 22–0 massacre of the Cubs, a ML record for the biggest score in a shutout game in the 20th century. John Candelaria pockets the easy win, while Rick Reuschel is the loser. His brother Paul, along with Tom Dettore, Oscar Zamora, and Buddy Schultz also pitch for Chicago.

At Fenway, Luis Tiant shuts out the Orioles, 2–0, for the Red Sox. It’s the Senor’s first shutout of the year after leading the AL in 1974.

20th  The A’s and Royals set an AL record by using 42 players in a 9-inning game. Oakland wins 16–4, with a AL record-tying 13 different players scoring. The Yankees were the last to do it, in 1949. Rookie Jamie Quirk belts his first ML homer, a pinch homer off Rollie Fingers. Quirk’s next pinch HR will come in 1990, an interim of 5,486: this breaks a mark set by Hank Sauer, who hit pinch homers in 1942 and again in 1956, a spread of 5,193 days.

The Reds coast to a 9-2 win over the Braves as Darrell Evans helps with 4 errors. The third sacker has now made 35 errors. Dave Brain, who made 5 errors at 3B  in a June 1906 game for the club record, made 48 errors that year.

Rusty Staub has 5 hits, including a homer, as the Mets top the Phillies, 9-7 in 11 innings at Shea. Ron Hodges hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11th to end it.

21st  During a 6–5 win over Detroit, Boston rookie star Jim Rice breaks his arm, sidelining him for the rest of the year, including the WS. The Red Sox maintain their 31⁄2game lead over the Orioles.

Baltimore’s Mike Torrez allows 2 hits as he wins his 20th, 3-0, over Milwaukee. Pete Broberg takes the loss. Torrez will win 185 games in his ML career, but this will be his only 20-game season. His 185 wins is the highest for any pitcher not making an All-star team.

22nd  Adrian Garrett cracks a one-out 3-run pinch HR in the 16th inning against Goose Gossage, to give the Angels a 3–0 victory over the White Sox. Don Kirkwood is the victor. Jim Kaat throws 8 1/3 innings while Frank Tanana goes 13 frames and strikes out 13 batters.

The Red Sox pick up vet Deron Johnson from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Chuck Erickson and cash. A year ago on September 7, the Sox purchased Johnson from Brewers and then released him at the end of the year. This time, Deron will play 15 games in 1976 before being released.

Luis Gomez has a single and scores a run in the Twins 4-3 win over the Athletics. In 89 games, this year Gomez will hit .139 with 10 hits and no extra base blows.

24th  Tom Seaver’s bid for a no-hitter is again spoiled in the 9th by a little-known Cub batter. This time it is Joe Wallis who lines a 2-out single in the 9th for Chicago’s first hit. Seaver retires the next hitter, but the score through 9 innings is 0–0. The Cubs tally two more hits in the 10th, but fail to score.  When Skip Lockwood relieves Seaver in the 11, Chicago finally scores to win, 1–0.

In Atlanta, the Braves top the Giants, 7-6, in 11 innings. Mike Lum has a homer and 3 ribbies for the Braves, while Gary Matthews has 5 hits for the Giants. Derrel Thomas has a homer and 4 RBIs.

Doug Rau wins his 15th and whitewashes the Padres, 14-0. Lee Lacy has 4 hits for the Dodgers and Steve Garvey drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including two homers.

26th  Burt Hooton wins his 12th straight game, beating J.R. Richard and the Astros, 3–2. Happy’s 12 in a row is a Dodger record for starting pitchers.

At Veteran’s Stadium, the Phils top the Mets 4–3 in 12 innings in a game delayed twice by rain.  In the 2nd game the Mets are ahead in the third when the 3rd rain delay finally washes the game away.  Only 200 fans are on hand when the game is called at 3:15 a.m.

Luis Tiant and Reggie Cleveland toss 4–0 shutouts at the Indians in both ends of doubleheader. This is the first back to back Red Sox shutouts in a doubleheader since 1956 and the second in 42 years. Aase and Cleveland will repeat the twinbill shutout on Sept. 5, 1977 beating the Blue Jays at Toronto, 8–0 and 6–0.

At Wrigley Field, the Expos edge the Cubs, 3–2, with Dale Murray picking up his 15th win, all in relief. His 15 victories is tops on the staff. (as noted by Pete Ridges).

27th  In the first of two games, Catfish Hunter wins his 23rd as the Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 10 innings, pinning the loss on Mike Torrez (20-9). Two runners are caught stealing by Thurman Munson to give him 60 CS versus 59 SB for the year. For Catfish, it is his 30thcomplete game of the year. He is the last pitcher to complete that many games. In game 2,  Doc Medich evens his record at 16-16 with a 7-3 complete game win over Mike Cuellar. Bobby Bonds has a homer in each game to finish the season with 32 homers and 30 stolen bases.  Bonds hits 6 homers in his last 7 games and picked up his 30th steal on September 9.

The Dodgers do their scoring in the 5th as Steve Yeager hits a grand slam, and Andy Messersmith allows 3 hits in beating the Astros, 5-1.

28th  In a ML first, 4 pitchers share in a no-hitter, as the A’s shut down the Angels 5–0. Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers are the unique quartet. This is a tune up for the LCS opener against Boston the following Saturday. Leron Stanton steals a base for the Angels giving them 220 steals for the year. They are the first club since 1918 to swipe more than 200 bases in a season. AL base stealers swipe 1348, the most in either league since 1916.

Put me in, coach! Two hours before game time, Milwaukee fires manager Del Crandall. Harvey Kuenn fills in as the Brewers win their finale, 7–0, behind Larry Anderson. Anderson is just the fourth pitcher this century to throw a shutout in his only ML start (Don Fisher, Luis Aloma, Frank Williams) (as noted by J.G. Preston). George Scott drives in 2 runs to give him the AL lead with 109. Fisher will win one more ML game, in 1977, in relief for Milwaukee.

Joe Lis hits a homer and drives in 3 and Alan Ashby clubs a grand slam as Cleveland wins, 11-4, over the Red Sox. Boston leads Baltimore by 4.5 games.

At Wrigley, the Cubs beat up on the Expos to win, 9-6. Chicago scores 4 runs against Don DeMola in 1+ innings to pin the loss on the reliever. The Expos will cut DeMola, who made 60 appearances in 1975. This is the second most in history by a pitcher in his last ML season.

OCTOBER

1st  Montreal fires manager Gene Mauch. Karl Kuehl is named to succeed him.

4th  The Reds Don Gullett hurls a complete game, and contributes a HR, a single, and 3 RBI to lead his team to an 8–3 win over Pittsburgh in the opening game of the NL Championship Series. Boston, behind Luis Tiant’s 3-hitter, beats Oakland 7–1 in the AL opener.

5th  Carl Yastrzemski’s 2-run HR is the big blow as the Red Sox win the 2nd ALCS game, 6–3.

The Reds also win for the 2nd time 6–1, as Tony Perez drives in 3 runs with a HR and single.

7th  Pittsburgh’s John Candelaria strikes out 14 Reds, but is knocked out of the box by Pete Rose’s 8th-inning HR. The Reds complete their sweep of the LCS with a 5–3 win.

The Red Sox match Cincinnati with a 5–3 win and 3-game sweep over Oakland. Yastrzemski makes 2 great plays in the OF and has 2 hits to back Rick Wise’s pitching.

Dick Moss, attorney for the Players’ Association, files a suit in behalf of Dodgers pitcher Andy Messersmith, contending that Messersmith, having completed his renewal year, now qualifies as a free agent. The All-Star pitcher will finally sign with the Braves after furious bidding.

11th  Boston’s Luis Tiant shuts down the Big Red Machine and scores the first run as the Red Sox win the opening game of the 1975 WS, 6–0. The Sox score all their runs in the 7th. Ump Nick Colosi calls a balk on Tiant—for an illegal use of his leg.

12th  Down 2–1 in the 9th inning, the Reds rally to win the WS 2nd game, 3–2. Concepcion’s 2-out single off Dick Drago scores Bench with the tying run, and Griffey’s double wins it.

14th  In a game featuring 6 HRs, 3 by each team, the Reds prevail 6–5 in the 10th inning. The game is marred by a controversial play involving Cincinnati’s Ed Armbrister and Boston’s Carlton Fisk. Armbrister lays down a sacrifice bunt in the 10th and seemingly hesitates breaking out of the batter’s box; Fisk’s subsequent throwing error leads to the Reds winning run. The Sox scream for an interference call from ump Barney Barnett, but to no avail.

15th  At Riverfront Stadium, Luis Tiant throws 163 pitches in winning his 2nd game 5–4, and evening the Series at 2 games apiece.

16th  Tony Perez breaks out of an 0-for-15 Series slump with 2 HRs and 4 RBI, as the Reds win the 5th game 6–2. Don Gullett goes 8 2⁄3 innings for the win.

17th  Charles Finley s manager Alvin Dark. Dark had guided the team to the Divisional title the past two seasons.

19th  The Boston Globe uses aerial photography to measure the exact distance of the LF wall at Fenway from home plate.  The distance: 304.779 feet. Art Keefe and writer George Sullivan measure it this month at 309 feet, 4 inches.

20th  For the 3rd consecutive day, rain postpones game 6 of the WS.

21st  Fred Lynn’s 3-run first-inning HR is matched by teammate Bernie Carbo’s pinch 3-run HR in the 8th to tie the game at 6-all. The Sox then fill the bases with no outs in the 9th but fail to bring in a run. But Boston evens the Series again with a dramatic 7–6 victory, won by Fisk’s 12th-inning HR off the LF foul pole.

22nd  At Boston, the Sox take a 3–0 lead in the 3rd off Don Gullett, but the Reds rally to tie it in the 7th. Perez hits a 2-run shot in the 6th off Bill Lee, golfing one of the Spaceman’s bloopers over the Green Monster. Jim Willoughby is relieved by Jim Burton and Joe Morgan’s single wins the deciding game 4–3. The Reds come from behind in all four of their victories. Rose is named the WS MVP.

24th  Club owners, through the Player Relations Committee, respond to the October 7th Andy Messersmith suit, contending that “claims made by the [Players’] Association are not within the scope of the arbitration panel.”

25th  The Reds swap P Joaquin Andujar to Houston for pitcher Carlos Alfonso and Luis Sanchez.

28th  New Cubs GM Salty Saltwell trades veteran SS Don Kessinger to the Cards for reliever Mike Garman and a minor leaguer.

29th  Boston’s Fred Lynn is the overwhelming choice as AL Rookie of the Year.

30th  Giants P John “the Count of” Montefusco outpoints Expos C Gary Carter to win NL Rookie of the Year honors.

NOVEMBER

4th  The Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award, after pacing the AL in wins (23), shutouts (10), and ERA (2.09).

10th  The Royals release slugger Harmon Killebrew, ending a 22-year career marked by 573 HRs, good for 5th on the all-time list.

12th  The Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award. He led the NL with 22 wins, notched 243 strikeouts, and had a 2.38 ERA.

17th  The Dodgers trade outfielders Jim Wynn and Tom Paciorek, and infielders Lee Lacy and Jerry Royster to the Braves for OF Dusty Baker and 1B Ed Goodson.

The Rangers trade 7-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Red Sox for OF Juan Beniquez, 2 pitchers, and cash.

19th  By the most overwhelming margin ever, the Reds Joe Morgan is named NL MVP. Morgan batted .327, with 67 SBs, and a league-leading 132 walks.

20th  The Giants fire manager Wes Westrum, coaxing Bill Rigney out of retirement to replace him.

22nd  The Yankees trade P Pat Dobson to the Indians for OF Oscar Gamble. Gamble will have a fine year in New York before the Yankees reluctantly trade him in 1977.

24th  Gene Mauch signs a 3-year contract to manage the Twins, replacing the fired Frank Quilici.

26th  Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie to win MVP honors, taking the AL award. Lynn batted .331 with 21 HRs, 105 RBI, and league-leading figures in runs (103), doubles (47), and slugging (.566).

29th  Two Orioles standouts, with a combined total of 24 Gold Glove Awards, are each honored for the last time. Brooks Robinson and Paul Blair are the two making swan songs on TSN fielding team, while outfielders Garry Maddox and Fred Lynn each win the award for the first time.

DECEMBER

4th  Ted Turner enters a tentative purchase agreement to buy the Atlanta Braves.

6th  The Houston Astros trade Dave Roberts, Milt May and Jim Crawford to the Tigers for Leon Roberts, Terry Humphrey, Gene Pentz and Mark Lemongello. May had a streak off 11 straight runners caught stealing this year.

9th The colorful Bill Veeck returns. A group headed by him buys 80 percent of the White Sox from John Allyn.

10th  Bill Veeck and assistant Roland Hemonds set up shop in the hotel lobby at the winter meetings with a sign saying “open for business” and start dealing, making 7 trades in 2 days. First to go is pitcher Jim Kaat and SS Mike Buskey to the Phillies. The Sox receive  pitchers Dick Ruthven and Roy Thomas along with OF/INF Alan Bannister.

11th  In two separate deals, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for P Doc Medich; OF Mickey Rivers and P Ed Figueroa from the Angels for OF Bobby Bonds. Randolph will hold down 2B for a decade while Rivers will provide fine CF. Medich will go 8–11 before being traded.

The White send Bill Melton and Steve Dunning to California for 1B Jim Spencer and OF Morris Nettles.

12th  The Mets trade OF Rusty Staub and P Bill Laxton to the Tigers for P Mickey Lolich and OF Billy Baldwin. Lolich leaves Detroit after 13 years and 207 wins and remains the Tiger career leader in games started, strikeouts, and shutouts.

After being a White Sox for 2 days, Dick Ruthven goes to Atlanta, along with Danny Osborn.  Chicago receives Ralph Garr and Larvell Blanks. Blanks is then dealt to Cleveland for 2B Jack Brohamer.  The Sox then trade P Rich Hinton and C Jeff Sovern to the Reds for P Clay Carroll, and finish the day by shipping Lee Richard to the Cards for Buddy Bradford and P Greg Terlecky.

17th Veeck fires Chuck Tanner and hires old friend Paul Richards, 67, to manage the White Sox. Chuck Tanner then accepts a 3-year contract to manage Oakland.

23rd  Arbitrator Peter Seitz announces a landmark decision in favor of the Players’ Association, making pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. Both players had played the 1975 season without signing a contract, as each tam renewed their contract without a signature. Seitz is immediately fired by John Gaherin, chairman of the owners’ Player Relations Committee. McNally, who retired June 8th, will not return to the ML, finishing with a 184-119 career record. McNally joined the suit at the request of Marvin Miller.

 

 

  • 1976

JANUARY

4th  Executives of the International Amateur Baseball Association (IABA) meet in Mexico City to end a long-standing feud between delegations, creating in the process a new organization named the Asociacion Internacional de Beisbol Amateur (AINBA). With the United States returning to the IABA fold, after a several-year absence, the first AINBA World Championships are scheduled for Cartagena, Colombia. Manuel Gonzalez Guerra of Cuba is named the first AINBA president.

9th  Charles Ruppert, Giants VP and son-in-law of Horace Stoneham, announces the sale of the team to a Toronto group for $13.3 million. The fans’ outrage prompts San Francisco mayor George Moscone to get a preliminary injunction preventing the move.

14th  Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves.

22nd  Pitchers Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon are voted into the Hall of Fame.

FEBRUARY

1st  East Lansing police arrest Dodger reliever Mike Marshall for disobeying the orders set by the Michigan State University police prohibiting him from taking batting practice. MSU feared he would hit balls too far and injure students on an adjacent tennis court. Marshall protests that it is against his rights as an MSU instructor and files a lawsuit against the school.

2nd  The Special Veterans Committee selects old-time players Roger Connor and Fred Lindstrom, and umpire Cal Hubbard, for Cooperstown. Hubbard becomes the first man elected to both the Football and Baseball Halls of Fame.

4th  Federal Judge John W. Oliver upholds Peter Seitz’s decision in the Andy Messersmith free agency case.

9th  Oscar Charleston is selected for the Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

17th  Mike Scott of Pepperdine pitches a 3–0 perfect game against California Lutheran University. He will be selected in the 2nd round of the June draft.

23rd  ML owners announce that spring training will not open until a new labor contract is agreed upon.

MARCH

1st  White Sox owner Bill Veeck opens training camp in Sarasota, Florida, but participation is limited to nonroster players.

2nd  The Cards trade 2B Ted Sizemore to the Dodgers for OF Willie Crawford.

4th  In a last-minute deal, the Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth, assuring that team will stay in San Francisco.

17th  Commissioner Kuhn orders teams to open spring training camps as soon as possible. All teams will comply within 48 hours.

20th  Leo Durocher, hired to manage the Yokohama Taiyo Whales (Japanese League), is sick with hepatitis and asks for a 5-week delay in reporting. The Lip receives a telegram from the Whales stating: Since the championship starts in 20 days, it’s better if you stay home and take care of yourself for the remainder of the season.”

26th  The AL approves the purchase of the new Toronto franchise by the LaBatt’s Brewing Company for $7 million.

28th  A nearly completed Mets-Dodgers trade, involving ace pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Sutton, is leaked by the New York press. The subsequent public furor causes the Mets to abandon the deal.

APRIL

2nd  The A’s trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, together with a minor league pitcher, to the Orioles for OF Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell. Reggie won’t report for a month.

3rdAngels Bobby Bonds suffers a fractured finger during an exhibition game with the Dodgers. After 99 painful games, Bonds will have surgery on August 9th.

7th  At Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, a controversy arises about metal cleats prior to a PCL game with Tacoma. Despite the ban on the cleats in the stadium, Tacoma P Bill Butler insists on wearing them and stadium officials switch off the lights during warm-up. Thirty minutes to game, umpire Bill Lawton awards a forfeit to Tacoma since the home team is responsible for playing conditions. The PCL will uphold the forfeit, but minor league prexy Bobby Bragan will overrule it (according to historian Rich Marazzi).

8th  At County Stadium, the Brewers open against the Yankees with Hank Aaron driving in 3 runs to back Jim Slaton’s 4-hit 5–0 win. Five days later, Slaton will shut out the Tigers. Catfish Hunter is the loser, allowing 5 runs in 7 innings. Later, both he and reliever Sparky Lyle, complain about the flatness of the mound. Manager Billy Martin alone wears a black arm band in honor of the late Casey Stengel. Martin will wear it all year.

Before a crowd of 52,949, the Reds open at home with an 11–5 win over the Astros.

9th  In a classic Opening Day pitchers’ duel between the Orioles Jim Palmer and the Red Sox Fergie Jenkins, who would combine for 552 ML wins, Palmer prevails 1–0.

10th  The Braves sign free agent Andy Messersmith to a “lifetime contract” worth $1 million. Owner Ted Turner wants the pitcher to adopt the nickname “Channel” and wear the number 17. Channel 17 is the network that broadcasts the Braves games. MLB nixes the idea.

The Brewers trail 9–6 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning at a full County Stadium. Because of crowd noise, Yankee relief P Dave Pagan does not hear the time-out called by 1B Chris Chambliss on a signal from Billy Martin. Pagan pitches to Don Money, who hits a grand slam. Because of the time-out the HR is nullified. Money bats again, and hits a sacrifice fly. The final score is 9–7 and the Brewers protest the game to no avail.

In the Opening Day 5–4 win at Pittsburgh, Dave Parker scores the winning run in a violent collision at the plate with Phils’ C Johnny Oates. Oates will miss 2 months with a broken collar bone.

11thBefore the largest regular season crowd (53,390) to date in Riverfront history, the Reds whip the Astros, 9–3.

At Philadelphia, the Pirates beat the Phillies and Steve Carlton, 8–3. Bob Moose, in relief of Bruce Kison, picks up a save, as does Doc Medich before the game. While walking in from the bullpen Medich spots a man having a heart attack in the stands. He jumps over the railing and applies CPR. However, the man later dies in the hospital.

12th  The Dodgers-Braves game is rained out in Los Angeles, ending a streak of 724 straight games dating back to the team’s first rainout on April 21, 1967. The Braves games of September 11th and 12th will also be rained out.

13thMilwaukee’s Jim Slaton throws his 2nd straight complete game shutout, beating Detroit 1–0.  The Brewers’ only run is an unearned score in the top of the 9th.

Tito Fuentes drives in 3 runs and Dave Winfield adds a grand slam as the Padres drub the host Dodgers, 8-5.

14th   At Chicago, Mets Dave Kingman launches a HR estimated at 550 feet that plunks a house some 530 feet from home plate, but the Cubs survive to win, 6–5, and tie for 1st. Buddy Schultz cops his only victory of the year, and Hank Webb, in his only decision of the year, takes the loss. Capping the day is Randy Hundley, signed after the Padres release him, who ignites a 3-run rally in the 7th with a pinch double.

15th  Newly remodeled Yankee Stadium is jammed with 52,613 fans for Opening Day ceremonies. The 1923 Yankee team is honored, and Bob Shawkey, winner of the 1923 Stadium opener, throws out the first ball. The Yankees beat the Twins 11–4 on 14 hits, but the only HR is hit by Minnesota’s Dan Ford.

17th  With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Mike Schmidt leads a Phils’ assault with a single, four consecutive homers, and 8 RBIs to overcome a 12–1 deficit after three innings and beat the Cubs in 10 innings, 18–16. Chicago had tied in the 9th after the Phils took a 15–13 lead. Schmidt hits one homer off Mike Garman, two off Rick Reuschel, and the last, a 2-run homer, off Rick’s brother, Paul in the 10th. He’s the first National Leaguer in modern times to hit 4 homers in a row. Tug McGraw, who departs for a pinch hitter after Schmidt’s last blow, is the winner, though two more pitchers are needed.  The Phils use 7 pitchers, including starter Steve Carlton.

In Cincinnati, as the “Game of the Week” between the Reds and the Giants is about to be televised, a swarm of bees attacks the field between 3B and home, causing a 35-minute delay. Two fans, familiar with bees, coax the swarm into a cardboard box.  Fred Norman then buzzes the Giants, 11–0, on 4 hits.

19th  The visiting Mets outlast the Cards, 4–3, in a 17-inning contest when Del Unser hits a 2-out homer Bake McBride tallies 5 hits for St. Louis, while Jerry Grote has 4 for New York.

After trailing 7–1 in the 4th inning, the Reds rally to beat the Astros, 9–8. The Reds score 6 runs in the last 3 innings to win. In the 9th, Tony Perez homers and Davey Concepcion hits a 2-out, 2-run single to bring home the winner.

20th  Detroit C Milt May, acquired in December 1975, breaks his ankle when he crashes into the wall behind home plate chasing a foul. He is out of action for the 1976 season.

21st  In Chicago, Montreal’s Tim Foli hits for the cycle, but it takes him two days to do it. Foli has a single, double and triple against the Cubs today but, with the Expos ahead 11–3, the game is called on account of darkness. When play resumes tomorrow, Foli will add a homer in the 8th inning.

The Astros break up a scoreless duel with the Dodgers by scoring a run in the 16th.

23rdThe Ranger’s Tom Grieve bangs a double and homer in the same inning, but it is not enough as Detroit wins, 7–6.

24th  Oakland’s Bert Campaneris steals 5 bases in an 8–7 win over Cleveland.

Mike Schmidt has a 2-run homer and Greg Luzinski a 4-run homer as the Phillies beat the Braves, 10-5. Ron Reed, in relief of Carlton, is the winner.

25th  In a dramatic move, Cubs OF Rick Monday snatches an American flag from 2 fans who are about to set it on fire in the outfield during a game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers win 5–4 in 10 innings. The next day, the Illinois legislature unanimously approves May 4th as Rick Monday Day.

The Braves top the Phils, 3–2, as Darrell Evans draws a walk in his 13th consecutive game to set a new NL record, He’ll draw passes in 2 more games, till April 27, before being shut out. Evans has 19 walks in the 15 games.

26th  Milwaukee’s Don Money hits a leadoff homer off Frank Tanana for the only score of the game as the Brewers beat California, 1–0. Tanana allows one more hit, while Jim Colburn gives up 3 in 8.1 innings.

27th  Jason Thompson has 4 hits, including a HR, and Rusty Staub hits a grand slam, off Rollie Fingers, as Detroit rolls by the A’s, 10-2.

28th  At San Francisco, Cardinals rookie Doug Clarey hits a 2-run pinch homer in the top of the 16th off veteran Mike Caldwell as St. Louis beats the Giants, 4-2. It is Clarey’s lone ML homer. Willie Crawford has 5 hits and Lou Brock 4 in the game.

30th  Behind Rick Rhoden, the Dodgers clip the Cardinals, 5-1. Catcher Steve Yeager has a homer and a straight steal of home for LA.

MAY

2nd  Jose Cardenal goes 6-for-7, including a double and a HR, driving in 4 runs, as the Cubs edge the Giants 6–5 in the 14-inning first game of a doubleheader.

4th  At Wrigley, Rick Monday is honored before the Tuesday game, and he receives a copy of the proclamation and the flag he had rescued.  Dodger VP and GM Al Campanis had to make special arrangements to get the flag out of the LAPD evidence room in time to present it to Rick. There are less than 5000 on hand as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers, 9–6. Rick has one hit and an RBI driving in the Davey Rosello.

5th  The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Dodgers crank out a team-record 7 HRs to outslug the Cubs 14–12. Henry Cruz hits a pair for LA, while Rick Monday has two homers and 6 RBIs for Chicago. Bill Madlock has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and Steve Swisher has 4 hits.

In a 6-3 win over the Astros, the Phillies do all their scoring in the 6th inning.  Bobby Tolan hits a grand slam and Ollie Brown adds a pinch 2-run homer.

7th At Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium, in a PCL game between the Tacoma Twins and Hawaii, Twins P Bill Butler ignores the stadium ban against metal cleats and begins warming up. Stadium officials then turn the outfield lights off, and after 30 minutes of darkness, umpire Bill Lawson forfeits the game to Tacoma.  PCL President Roy Jackson supports the umpire, but a few weeks later, Minor League head Bobby Bragan overrules Jackson and orders the game replayed.

8th  In a cold day at Wrigley, the Reds warm up with a 14–4 drubbing of the Cubs.

9th  The Reds score another 14 runs to beat the Cubs, 14–2. Ken Griffey hits a grand slam, one of 6 homers hit by the Reds.  Tony Perez has a pair with Foster, Driessen, and Rose leaving the park as well.

In a 6-5 Texas win over Boston, John Ellis has a homer and single, but then makes a nasty slide into 2B resulting in a season-ending injury trifecta. He sustains a broken leg, dislocated ankle and torn ligaments.

In a 4–2 win over the Tigers, White Sox P Wilbur Wood suffers a fractured kneecap when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of Ron LeFlore. Wood will miss the rest of the season and his effectiveness will diminish in the remaining 2+ seasons.

11th Dave Winfield belts his second grand slam of the year, in the 1st inning, and Randy Jones (8-2) makes it stand up in a 4-2 San Diego win over the Reds.

12th Doyle Alexander pitches 7+ innings of relief and the Orioles come back to beat the Brewers, 8-6. Loser Jerry Augustine pitches to just two batters in the 6th, serving up a grand slam to Reggie Jackson and a solo shot to Lee May.

With the help of a witch, the Red Sox snap their 10-game losing streak, beating the host Indians, 6-4, in 12 innings. A Boston television stations sends Laurie Cabot, the official witch of Salem, Mass. (as designated by Governor Mike Dukakis, for her work with special needs children), to Cleveland to cast a favorable spell over the Sox. The Sox overcome a 4-1 deficit with the help of Cleveland first sacker John Lowenstein, who makes 3 errors.  “It wasn’t the witch,” says Lowenstein, it was simply incompetence.” The Sox will win 8 of their next 9.

13th The Royals beat the White Sox, 13–2, as George Brett sets an AL record by collecting 3 hits for the 6th consecutive game, breaking Rod Carew’s record. Brett had 3+ hits in games on May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13th. The only other player this century to collect 3+ hits in six straight games was Brooklyn’s Jimmy Johnston, in 1923.

At Seattle Fred Lynn, out with an ankle injury since March 24th, poles the first pitch he sees from Dick Pole for a HR. He also homers on his second at bat.

The Indians answer Boston’s use of a witch in yesterday’s game by employing a “fairy godmother”, a former ball girl named Debbie Berndt, who dresses in a white gown and white wig. Debbie sprinkles magic dust on CF Rick Manning, but it apparently doesn’t work: Manning misplays a ball into a triple, commits a 3-base error, goes 0-for-5, and the Indians lose, 7-5. Debbie leaves the park in the 8th to a chorus of boos.

15th  Mark Fidrych wins his first ML start, a complete-game 2-hit 2–1 victory over the Indians. The Bird holds the Indians hitless for 6 innings, talks to the ball, and tamps down the mound before toeing the rubber each inning.

At Cincinnati, the Mets Tom Seaver loses, 2-0, to the Reds as Santo Alcala pitches a 4-hitter.

The visiting Twins sweep a pair from the last place Angels, winning 5-2 and 15-5.  Bert Blyleven strikes out 12 in the first game. Minnesota takes a 13-0 lead in game 2, scoring 7 in the 5th.  Dan Ford has a 3run homer and drives in 6, while Phil Roof has 3 hits and 4 RBI. Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam for the Haloes.

16th  The Yankees send P Larry Gura to Kansas City for C Fran Healy. Healy’s best moments will come in the radio booth, while Gura will help KC to the 1978 playoffs with a 16–4 record.

17th  The Cubs send Andre Thornton, hitting just .200, to Montreal for P Steve Renko and OF Larry Biittner.

18th  In Cleveland, the Yankees bat around in the 16th, scoring 5 runs to win 11-6. Lou Piniella has one of two Yankee hits in the frame to drive in a pair. He has four hits in the game and Duane Kuiper has 5 for Cleveland.

The White Sox trade OF Carlos May to the Yankees for pitcher Ken Brett and OF Rich Coggins.

19th  At Detroit, Carl Yastrzemski slugs 3 homers and goes 4-for-4 as Boston wins, 9–2. Yesterday, Yaz passed Williams as having played the most games for Boston.

20thAt New York, Carl Yastrzemski clubs 2 homers, giving him 5 in two games, to tie a ML mark.  Boston wins, 8–2. Boston P Bill Lee injures his arm in a fight with Yankee players, ending up on the bottom of a pile of players. Lee never really recovers from the injury. The fight starts when Lou Piniella, running on Dwight Evans, is gunned down at the plate and barrels into Fisk. Both come up swinging and both benches clear.  Lee initially blames Nettles for his injury but, after viewing tapes, apologizes to the Yankee 3B. Lee then blames Martin for espousing a fighting style that brought the brawl on.  In 2006, Lee gives an interview to the Marin Independent Journal where he recounts how the Red Sox treat his injury “They’re going, ‘Here take this, take this, take this.’ Afterwards I’ve got sterazolidin, butazolidin, Clenerol, Indicin. I’ve got everything in me. I can pitch in the American League, but I couldn’t run in the Kentucky Derby. Holy cow, I’m glowing in the dark.”

21st Doug DeCinces hits a grand slam in the Orioles 6-run first inning as Baltimore beats Detroit, 8-5.

22nd  Reggie Smith slams 3 homers and drives in 5 runs to give the Cardinals a 7–6 win over the Phillies. Smith’s 3rd round tripper is a solo shot with 2 out in the 9th inning off Tug McGraw to give Al Hrabosky the win.

For the second day in a row, an Oriole hits a grand slam. Ken Singleton’s third hit of the day is a walkoff 4-run homer off Jim Crawford as Baltimore tops Detroit, 8-4.

23rd  The Reds thrash the Padres, 11–0, as George Foster hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs. Jack Billingham scatters 3 hits in the win.  Foster will drive in another 5 runs tomorrow and will top the league with 121 runs driven in.

24th  Dennis Eckersley and Stan Thomas combine on a one-hitter as Cleveland stops the Orioles, 4–0. Al Bumbry has the lone hit, a leadoff single, the second time in his career he’s stopped a no-hitter.

25th  For the 2nd game in a row, George Foster drives in 5 runs as the Reds whip the Braves, 10–4.  Foster also had 5 RBIs on the 23rd.

Bobby Murcer collects 3 hits, including a grand slam, and Willie Montanez has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer, to lead the Giants to a 7-6 win over the Astros.

26th  In a scoreless game in Anaheim, Chicago’s Ken Brett has a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th when California’s Jerry Remy tops a slow roller down the 3B line. Third sacker Jorge Orta lets the ball roll and, in a controversial ruling, it goes for a hit, though many thought it ought to be ruled an error. Brett gives up a hit in the 10th to ex-Sox Bill Melton but wins the game 1–0 in 11 innings.

28th  Yankees Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez beat the Tigers 9–5 and hold Ron LeFlore hitless for the first time since April 17th. LeFlore had hit safely in 30 straight games, tying the third longest streak in club history.

At Shea, John Curtis scatters three hits as the Cardinals shut out the Mets, 6-0.  Bake McBride hits a 2-run homer and Willie Crawford connects for a grand slam.

The Indians trade Fritz Peterson (0-3) to the Rangers for Stan Perzanowski. Fritz has little left in the tank and after posting a win in Texas in four appearances, will get his release after the season..

29th  The only HR of Joe Niekro’s 22-year career comes at the expense of brother Phil as the Astros tie the Braves in the 7th, then win 4–3.

The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th to edge the Dodgers, 6–5. Ken Griffey’s 2-run triple ties the game, and Joe Morgan’s single wins it.

The Indians and Brewers go a scoreless 9 innings before the Tribe plates 6 runs in the 10th to win, 6-0. Duane Kuiper laces a 2-run single and Rick Manning belts a grand slam.  Jackie Brown allows 5 hits in 10 innings for the win.

30th  In the 2nd game of a twinbill, Houston amasses 25 hits in downing the Braves, 16–5.

In game 1 at Riverfront, the Reds collect 9 stolen bases, 4 by Ken Griffey. Eight of the steals come after Charlie Hough relieves Tommy John, but the Dodgers still prevail, 6-5.  Ron Cey has 5 hits for the Dodgers. Cincinnati takes the second game, 7-2, and takes over 1st place (by percentage points) in the NL West. They will sit atop the division for the rest of the season.

On a cold, damp and foggy night at Comiskey, the White Sox collect 15 hits and down the Rangers, 9-4. Chet Lemon starts the scoring in the 1stinning with a bases-loaded pop up to short left-center field. Texas left fielder Tom Grieve and center fielder Juan Beniquez lose the ball in the fog and it drops for a hit, half buried in the muddy field.  Shortstop Toby Harrah points to it, and Grieve picks it up and throws towards the infield as Lemon easily reaches third base.

JUNE

1st  Detroit reliever John Hiller wins both games 8–7, 7–5 against the Brewers, who blow 6–0 and 2–0 leads. Milwaukee reliever Eddie Rodriguez takes both losses.

The Twins trade P Bert Blyleven and SS Danny Thompson to the Rangers for P Bill Singer, SS Roy Smalley, 3B Mike Cubbage, and $250,000. Thompson will die of leukemia on December 10.

3rd  The Red Sox send Bernie Carbo to Milwaukee in exchange for P Tom Murphy and OF Bobby Darwin.

4th  Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8 runs during a Mets 11–0 win over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

Davey Concepcion has 5 hits as the Reds whip the host Cardinals, 11–2.

Pepe Mangual’s 9th-inning single is the only hit against the Andy Messersmith, as the Braves down the Expos, 2–0.

At Baltimore, the Twins edge the O’s, 8–6, as Minnesota’s Larry Hisle hits for the cycle.

5th  Pittsburgh loses a 15 inning, 11–9 marathon at home to the Padres despite 3 HRs by Bucs’ OF Bill Robinson.

6th  Playing the OF, Expo Gary Carter breaks his thumb in a collision with Pepe Mangual during a 14–8 loss to the Braves, sidelining him for 40 games. The Expos will decide that Carter might be safer behind the plate.

Reds backup catcher Bill Plummer collects 7 RBIs in the Reds 13–2 win over the Cards. Plummer’s hits include a solo homer and a 3-run triple, the only three bagger of his career.

7th  In a 5–4 Pirates win over the Reds, the two teams combine for 7 solo homers. Morgan (2) and Rose homer for Cincy, while Oliver, Stargell, Zisk and Bill Robinson go deep for the host Pirates.

Ron Cey hits a 1st-inning grand slam but the Dodgers fall to the first-place Phillies, 8-6, and remain 2 games behind the Reds in the NL West.

8th  The Houston Astros, picking first in the baseball draft, select Arizona State P Floyd Bannister, TSN‘s College Player of the Year. Bannister is one of 12 eventual major leaguers from the ASU team, which finished 3rd in the College World Series. The Tigers take P Pat Underwood with the 2nd pick. Bannister is just one of three collegiate players taken in the first round. The Braves and Brewers use the 3rdand 4thpicks respectively on high schoolers Ken Smith and Bill Bordley, and the Cubs with the 7thtake HS P Herm Segelky. The Tigers take a pair of gems, snagging Alan Trammell in the 2ndround and Jack Morris in the 5th. OF Rickey Henderson lasts until the 4th round and Wade Boggs till the 7thround.

The Tigers send veteran Joe Coleman, 10–18 in 1975, to the Cubs for cash and a player to be named later.

11th  Leading 4–3 in the last of the 11th, White Sox reliever Terry Forster gives up a 2-run pinch homer to Cleveland player-manager Frank Robinson, as the Tribe wins 5–4.  This is a turning point for the Sox, as they will go 37–75 for the rest of season and finish last.

The Cards score a 5-spot in the first inning against the Reds, and lead 7–2 going into the bottom of the 7th, only to lose 8–7. Tony Perez ends the game with a 3-run homer off Al Hrabosky.

13th  The Braves trade infielders Darrell Evans and Marty Perez to the Giants for 1B Willie Montanez, SS Craig Robinson, and 2 minor league infielders.

In the first of two at San Diego, the Phillies suffer their second shut out of the season, both at the hands of Randy Jones, as they lose, 5-0.  The Padres complete the sweep with a 4-3 win.

14thJerry Terrell’s 3rd-inning single is the Twins’ only hit as Rick Wise pitches the Red Sox to a 5–0 win. He’ll fire another one-hitter in 2 weeks.

15th  Rain out! The scheduled game at the Astrodome is canceled when heavy rains make it difficult for the visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium.

No field goals today as Tom Poquette leads the Royals to a 21–7 win over the Tigers. Poquette scores 5 runs on a 2 singles, 2 doubles and a HR.

The Cardinals send veteran Reggie Smith, an All-Star the past two seasons, to the Dodgers in exchange for C/outfielder Joe Ferguson, and two minor leaguers.  Smith, a native Californian, will continue his fine play for the Dodgers, while Ferguson, who spent the 2nd half of 1975 on the DL, will be dealt to Houston at the end of the year.  Whether or not it’s because they got the short end of the deal, the Cards will not make another trade with the Dodgers for more than a decade.

In what stands as one of the O’s best trades ever, Baltimore obtains pitchers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and C Rick Dempsey from the Yankees for veteran pitchers Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman, Grant Jackson and C Elrod Hendricks.  The veterans will help the Yankees win a 1976 and then fade.

17th  At Shea, Dave Kingman hits a game-ending homer in the 14th inning off reliever Charlie Hough to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.

18th  Commissioner Kuhn voids the A’s sales, totaling $3.5 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox, and Vida Blue to the Yankees, saying they are “not in the best interest of baseball.” A’s owner Charlie Finley files a $10 million damage suit against Kuhn, and will refuse to use any of the 3 players until June 27th.

Henry Aaron hits his 750th career HR in the top of the 9th to give the Brewers a 3–2 win over Oakland. It is Aaron’s 3rd HR in 3 games.

Bill Madlock connects for a grand slam in the 7th and the Cubs win on the road beating the Braves, 6-4.

19th  Nolan Ryan notches 15 strikeouts as the Angels top the Red Sox, 5–3. Vietnam vet Bob Jones belts his first ML homer, off Boston’s Rick Wise.

22nd  Randy Jones pitches the Padres to a 4–2 win over the Giants, and ties Christy Mathewson’s 63-year-old NL record by going 68 innings without a base on balls. He receives a standing ovation from the home crowd after striking out Darrell Evans to end the 7th. His streak ends when he walks C Marc Hill leading off the 8th. It is Jones’s 13th win of the year.

The Astros overcome a grand slam by Atlanta’s Tom Paciorek and beat the Braves, 9-7.

Fred Norman pitches a 4-hitter as the Reds beat the visiting Dodgers, 6–0.

At Royals Stadium, the White Sox drub the Royals, 14-8, as rookie Kevin Bell rings up his first ML homer, a grand slam off Steve Busby. Ralph Garr has 4 hits and 4 RBI for the Sox, while George Brett has 4 hits for KC.

At Baltimore, Boston’s Bobby Darwin belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Rudy May, and then drives in the winning run in the 15th as Boston edges Baltimore, 6-5. The O’s squander a 7.1 inning scoreless one-hit effort of Dyar Miller, and 4 scoreless innings by Tippy Martinez.

23rd  The Dodgers trade P Mike Marshall to the Braves for P Elias Sosa and IF Lee Lacy.

Despite being outhit in both games, the Giants sweep a pair from the Padres, winning 7-6 and 8-7.  Darrell Evans homers in each game, with his game 2 homer a grand slam. The Padres collect 31 hits to the Giants 17.

24th  The Braves top the Expos, 2–1, but Rowland Office is collared after hitting safely in 29 straight games. Office hit .408 during the streak, which began on May 23rd, when he was hitting .206. No one with 100 at bats this century has started a batting streak of 27 games or more with a lower average. Dan Uggla, in 2011, will start streaking with a sub-.200 average.

25th  Ranger Toby Harrah becomes the only shortstop in ML history to go through an entire doubleheader without a fielding chance. At the plate, Harrah makes up for the inactivity, collecting 6 hits, including a grand slam in the opener and another round-tripper in game 2. The Rangers beat the White Sox in the first game 8–4, but lose the nightcap 14–9.

In the Mets 7–4 win over the Cubs, Mike Phillips hits for the cycle to back Jon Matlack’s pitching. Phillips was hitting just .207 coming into the game, and his homer was his first of the year. He’ll hit homers in the next two games against the Cubs. Rick Monday starts the Cubs scoring with a leadoff homer; he’ll do the same tomorrow.

26th  Marty Pattin and Steve Mingori combine on a one-hit shutout as the Royals beat the Angels, 3–0. Dave Collins his the hit, a single.

Joaquin Andujar allows 10 hits in shutting out the Reds, 3-0. The Astros manage just 3 hits in the win.

Bombo Rivera’s first ML homer is an inside-the-park grand slam, but the Expos fall, 7-6, to the Pirates.  It is also the first inside slam for the Expos franchise.

At Wrigley, the Mets hit three homers, including a grand slam by Jon Milner, to beat the Cubs, 10-2.

Rod Carew has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs to pace the Twins to an 11-2 win over Oakland. Carew will hit another grand slam on July 4.

Load ‘em up. Playing for Memphis (International League), Terry Puhl hits a grand slam, his second bases-loaded homer this year. He hit one last month on May 15 while playing for Columbus (Southern League). These are his only two homers this year (as noted by David Skelton). Puhl will have three grand slam in the majors.

27th  Helped by a 6-run 4th inning, the Phillies beat the Cardinals, 6-2. Jim Lonborg wins his 10th and Bob Boone hits a grand slam.

28th  With a national television audience looking on, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych beats the Yankees 5–1 in Detroit.

Boston’s Butch Hobson debuts at Fenway Park with a double off the CF wall and a rare inside-the-park homer, both off the O’s Rudy May. Boston wins, 12–8.

29thAt Fenway, Rick Wise tosses his 2nd one-hitter this month as the Red Sox top the Orioles, 2–0. Paul Blair’s 6th inning single is the only hit.

In San Diego, the Reds drop 7 runs on the Padres in the top of the 14th to win, 12–5. Mike Lum starts the scoring with a pinch homer. The 7 runs in the 14th is one shy of the NL mark, and has never been topped in the AL.

30thNolan Ryan makes a one-batter start, the shortest start of his career, after his name is mistakingly put on the lineup. He retires Chet Lemon, then gives way to Gary Ross, who gives up a run in 7 2/3 innings. California pushes across a run in the 9th to win, 2–1, over Chicago.

Kansas City lefty Paul Splittorff tops the Twins, 4-2. Larry Hisle has 3 of the 7 hits off Splittorff and steals 4 bases.

JULY

1st  The Indians paste the Toledo Mud Hens 13–1 in an exhibition game in Toledo. Manager Frank Robinson, hitting as the DH, flies out to CF and, while returning to the dugout, exchanges angry words with Hens P Bob Reynolds. Suddenly, Robby flattens Reynolds with a right-left combination and is quickly ejected from the game.

Jon Matlock goes to 10-2 as he shuts out the Cardinals, 13-0, on 5 hits. Jon Milner hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs for the 3rd-place Mets.

2ndThe Astros outslug the Reds, 10–9, in 14 innings, collecting 25 hits for the 2nd time in 5 weeks. Pete Rose has 5 hits for the Reds.

At Three Rivers, Dick Allen hits a grand slam and Greg Luzinski has a homer and 4 RBI, but the Phils fall to the Pirates, 10-9, in 10 innings. Stargell and Hebner homer while Al Oliver has 4 hits including a pair of triples. Pinch hitter Bill Robinson ends it with a walkoff homer.

3rd  The Tigers rookie sensation Mark Fidrych shuts out the Orioles 4–0 for his 8th straight victory.

4th  On the nation’s bicentennial anniversary, Philadelphia splits a doubleheader with Pittsburgh, 10–5 and 7–1. In the first game, the Phils Tim McCarver loses a grand slam when he passes teammate Gary Maddox on the bases. McCarver gets three RBI with his single to tie an oft-tied mark. He is the last National Leaguer this century to accomplish the feat in the NL.

In the first of 2 at Minnesota, Ron Jackson has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the Angels beat the Twins, 5-3. In game 2, Jackson hits a 7th inning grand slam to give the Angels a 5-5 tie, but Rod Carew answers in the 8th with a grand slam of his own. Minnesota wins, 9-5.

5th  At Jarry Parc, Joe Morgan hits a grand slam off Steve Dunning as the Reds smack the Expos, 11-2.

6th  Houston’s J.R. Richards allows 10 walks but no runs in shutting out the Mets, 1–0, in 10 innings. Starter Jon Matlack is the losing pitcher.

7th  The Reds come back from a 3-run deficit to beat the Expos, 4–3. Cincy scores 3 in the 9th, with 2 scoring on Cesar Geronimo’s triple.

Mike Cubbage hits an 8th inning grand slam as the Twins break open a close game with the Brewers to win, 8-2.

8th  Randy Jones wins his 16th game of the year for the Padres, an NL record for wins at the All-Star break. He beats the Cubs 6–3, to salvage a win in the 4-game series at Wrigley Jones’ win ends a three-game streak of shutouts by Cubs’ pitchers. In the 2nd half of the season, the Padres lefty will lose 7 games by one run, 2 of them by 1–0 scores.

At Fenway, the Red Sox beat the Twins, 8–4, as their attendance reaches 1,007,491. It’s the earliest date in club history they’ve topped the million mark.

9th  In Montreal, the Astros Larry Dierker no-hits the Expos 6–0 and evens his record at 8-8. Dierker had previously thrown 2 one-hitters. Dierker strikes out 8, including the 1st 2 in the 9th. Houston is 4th in the West while Montreal is last in the East.

Before 53,328 in Cincinnati, the Pirates score 2 runs in the 10th on a Richie Zisk homer and take an 11–9 lead, only to lose to the Reds, 12-11. George Foster’s single scores the tying and winning runs.

Boston Red Sox owner and president Tom Yawkey dies.

11th  Hank Aaron’s 10th-inning homer, his 9th,  in game 2 gives the Brewers a doubleheader sweep over the Texas Rangers and a sweep of the 4-game series.  Milwaukee wins 6–3 and 5–4 with the W’s going to Jim Slaton and Bill Castro,

In a pre-game promotion at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 34 couples are married at home plate. The nuptials are then followed by Championship Wrestling in an evening billed as “Headlocks and Wedlocks.” The Braves then pin a 9–8 loss on the Mets.

At Fenway, the Red Sox win over the Twins, 6–4 when the Twins CF drops a long fly ball for a double after a bucket of popcorn falls in his eyes.

12th  A tentative agreement between the players and owners on labor contracts is reached. The formal agreement will be announced August 9th.

13th  The NL emerges victorious in the annual All-Star Game by a score of 7–1. George Foster, one of 7 Reds position players on the squad, homers, drives in 3 runs, is named the game’s MVP. Rookie Mark Fidrych gives up 2 runs and takes the loss. It is the NL’s 13th win in the last 14 games.

16th  Bobby Murcer hits a game-ending homerun off Jim Kaat in the 9th inning to give theGiants a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

18th  Houston’s Ed Herrmann goes 5-for-5, including a homer, and knocks in 4 runs in a 10-inning, 7–6, win over the Expos.

19th  The Mets Dave Kingman tears ligaments in his thumb diving for a ball in a 4–2 loss to the Braves. Kingman, who already has 32 HRs for the season, will hit only 5 more after being sidelined for 6 weeks.

20th  Hank Aaron hits the 755th, and last, HR of his career, connecting off Dick Drago of the California Angels. Jerry Augustine wins for the Brewers, 6–2.

At San Diego, Randy Jones shuts out the Phillies for the third time this season as the Padres beat Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 3-0.

21st  The Mets lose to the Reds 4–0 on Fred Norman’s 4-hitter.

Montreal trades Jim Dwyer and Pepe Mangual to the New York Mets for Del Unser and Wayne Garrett.

22nd  Charley Spikes clubs a 1st-inning grand slam, off Frank Tanana, and the Indians hold on for a 7-5 win over the visiting Angels. Dennis Eckersley (5-8) wins with 5 innings of relief.

23rd  The Angels fire manager Dick Williams. Norm Sherry takes over the reins.

In a game against the Taiyo Whales, Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits his 700th HR, the only player in Japanese baseball to do so.

24thAt Comiskey, the Twins roll over the White Sox, 17–2. Lymon Bostock is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle.

25thOllie Brown and Mike Schmidt each have 3 hits, including a homer, and drive in 4 runs, and Garry Maddox has 3 hits and 3 RBI as the Phillies bomb the visiting Pirates, 13-7. Schmidt’s HR is a 3-run blast, while Brown’s is a grand slam. The Phils now lead the Pirates by 13 games.

Leroy Stanton blasts a walkoff grand slam, off Steve Foucault, in the 11th to give California a 7-3 win over Texas. Stanton entered the game as a pinch runner in the 8th and had a sac bunt in the 10th.

26th  For the 2nd consecutive game, Cincy’s Pete Rose hits a leadoff homer, this one his club-record 693rd extra base hit. Rose jump starts the Reds to a 9–3 win over the visiting Giants.

Pitching against his old team, Bert Blyleven strikes out 9 and allows 2 hits as the visiting Rangers shut out the Twins, 3-0. Tomorrow, Blyleven will show that he’s kept his old phone book when, during a long rain delay, he calls the Twins dugout at 10 p.m., pretending to be a Twins official, and says that the game has been called. The players exit the dugout for the locker room and start undressing and showering.  About fifteen minutes later the game is actually called and will be made up as part of a doubleheader the following day (as noted by Stew Thornley).

28th  Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios combine on a no-hitter as the White Sox top the A’s 2–1. Odom walks 9 in 5 innings and is lifted after throwing a ball in the 6th, and Barrios adds another 2 passes. For Odom (2-0), this is his last ML victory.

30th The Reds do all their scoring in the first 3 innings to beat Houston, 13-8 in the first of 2. Cincy adds a 4–2 win in the nightcap to sweep as Bench hits his 250th homer.

In a Southern Association game in Memphis, the Chicks’ Art Gardner hits a 3rd inning shot off the CF wall and, while Syracuse OF Rick Bladt searches for the ball, Gardner circles the bases for an inside-the-park HR. When Bladt can’t find the ball, the umpires rule the hit is only a double.

Down 7-1, the Twins score 5 runs in the 5th, 4 on a grand slam by Butch Wynegar.  Another two runs in the 8th gives the Twins (50-50) the win.

31stReds reserve outfielder Ed Armbrister collects 4 hits, including 2 homers, as the Reds pummel the Astros, 12–1. Armbrister’s 2 homers are half his career total and his only 2 for the year.

AUGUST

1stAt Shea, the Phillies sweep a pair from New York, winning, 7-6, in 11 innings, and 2-0. Greg Luzinski hits a grand slam in the opener, and reliever Wayne Twitchell (1-0) makes his first start of the season and pitches 7 innings. The Phils lead is back to 13 games.

The Cubs go hitless until the 8th inning against John Denny but beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in 10 innings. Pete LaCock drives home the winner against Denny. Ray Burris is the complete game victor, allowing 5 hits.

3rd  At Candlestick, Jack Billingham’s 3-hitter gives the Reds a 9–0 win over the Giants.

In the first of two at Wrigley, Rick Reuschel shits out the 1st-place Phillies, 4-0. The league leaders bounce back in game 2, riding a 4th-inning grand slam by Garry Maddox to an 8-5 win.

5th  Bud Harrelson is 4-for-4 and Roy Staiger has 3 hits including a homer, as the Mets beat the host Pirates, 7-4. All the Buc scoring comes on a grand slam by Willie Stargell.

6th  At Montreal, the Cubs take a pair with last inning go-ahead homers, winning 6-5 and 1-0. Rick Monday homers in the 13th of game 1, and Jerry Morales has a 9th inning solo in game 2.  Joe Kerrigan, in relief of Woodie Fryman in the 9th, serves up the solo. Steve Stone is the winner.  Monday will hit an extra-inning homer tomorrow as well, but the Cubs will lose a pair to the Expos.

7th  At Yankee Stadium, Rudy May evens his record (8-8) as the Orioles whip the 1st-place Yankees, 7-4. May gives up a grand slam to Chris Chambliss in the 9th.

8th  Padres rookie Butch Metzger (10-0) is credited with a 4–3 victory over the Astros, his 10th win without a defeat.  With a victory in each of the past 2 seasons, Metzger’s mark of 12–0 to start a career matches Hooks Wiltse, in 1904. Metzger will lose his last 4 decisions this year.

The White Sox suit up in shorts for the first game of a doubleheader with the Royals—the idea of maverick owner Bill Veeck. The shorts split, the Sox taking the opener 5–2 and losing the nightcap 7–1.

9th  Twenty-two-year-old John Candelaria survives a bases-loaded situation in the 3rd inning to hurl a no-hit game to beat the Dodgers 2–0. Candelaria improves his record to 11-4 for the 2nd-place Pirates.

In Houston’s 13–4 win over the Cardinals, Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle.

In the Hall of Fame game following the inductions of Roberts, Lemon and others, the Brewers beat the Mets, 9–3.

10th  Jim Palmer one-hits the Twins, as the O’s win, 2–0. Mike Cubbage’s single in the 2nd is the only hit.

11thAt Wrigley, the Cubs take a 10–1 lead after 3 innings, only to lose to the Reds, 13–10. Cincy scores 2 runs in the 6th, 4 in the 7th helped by a Johnny Bench 3-run homer, one in the 8th and 2 runs in the 9th. Ken Griffey’s 2-run homer in the 9th ties the game. The Reds continue scoring with 3 in the 10th off Bill Bonham to hand the win to Pat Zachry.

12th  At Philadelphia, the Braves edge the Phils, 4–3, pinning the loss on Jim Lonborg.  Atlanta pitcher Frank LaCorte wins his first ML game after 9 losses.

The Reds go long at Wrigley Field, scoring 7 runs in the 8th and 9th to beat the Cubs, 8-3. George Foster hits back-to-back homers with Joe Morgan in the 8th and repeats it with Johnny Bench in the 9th.

13th  Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the host Twins.  Piniella has 4 hits and 4 RBI, and Nettles hits a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs. It is his third 5-RBI game this season. Ed Figueroa wins his 15th.

14th  The Orioles sweep two from the White Sox, 8–6 and 6–5.  The O’s are paced by grand slams off the bats of Reggie Jackson and Lee May.

The Pirates score a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Astros, 5-4. Bob Watson belts a grand slam for the Astro scoring.

15th  On Buddy Harrelson’s wedding day, he scores the only run as the Mets nip the Reds 1–0.  He gets married a few hours after the game.

16th  With the help of three picked-off Oakland runners at 1B, the first such occurrence in the AL since 1910, the Brewers beat Oakland 4–3. Another oddity happens when Oakland’s Billy Williams is called out on strikes after refusing to enter the batter’s box. He is then thrown out of the game.

Lou Brock collects 5 hits in a losing cause as the Cardinals fall to the Padres, 11–7.

17th  With two outs, George Brett steals home in the 10th to give the Royals a dramatic 4–3 win over the Indians. Brett had singled with one out, swiped 2B and continued to 3B on a wild throw by rookie Rick Cerrone (as noted by Jan Larson). Brett is the sixth KC player to swipe home this year.

18th  The Angels nip the Tigers 5–4 in 11 innings. Nolan Ryan works the first 10, fanning 17.

In the Yankees 8–6 win over the Rangers, Roy White homers from each side of the plate.

20th  Winning 8–1 over the Pirates, the Dodgers reach two million in attendance. The Phils will match that tomorrow and the Reds will hit the mark on the 22nd.

22nd  Bert Campaneris collects 5 hits in leading the A’s to a 7–6 11-inning win over the Red Sox.

At Comiskey, the Orioles split a pair with the White Sox. Jim Palmer wins his 17th in the opener, 6-2, when Reggie Jackson clubs a 9th inning grand slam. For Reggie, it is his second grand slam in 8 days. The Sox prevail in game 2, winning, 7-3.

25th  The Yankees edge the Twins 5–4 in a 19-inning marathon. Grant Jackson is the winner over Pete Redfern.

28th  Davey Concepcion hits a 2-run single in the bottom of the 9th and the Reds tip the Phillies, 8–7.

29th  In 15 innings, the Reds beat the Phillies, 6–5. Cincy ties the game in the 9th when Pete Rose scores from 2B on a Bob Boone passed ball.  Both teams score in the 13th before Ken Griffey drives home the winner in the 15th.

30thAt Fenway, Jim Rice clouts a 5th inning home run against Texas, the 100th homer this year for the Sox.  They now have hit 100 homers or more for 31 straight years.

The A’s purchase veteran Willie McCovey  from the Padres.

SEPTEMBER

1stRed Sox pitcher Fergie Jenkins rips his Achilles tendon covering 1B in the 5th inning against the Rangers. Jenkins (12–11) is through for the year. Murphy relieves and pitches 4.2 innings of hitless ball to earn the 3-0 victory at Fenway.

3rd  The Brewers crush the Tigers and Mark Fidrych, 11–2, as Mike Hegan hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs.

Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg records 3 assists in the 5th inning of a 4–1 win over the Royals. He becomes only the 7th perpetrator of this feat in ML history.

For the second straight game, the Phillies lose, 1-0, this time to Tom Seaver and the Mets.

The Cardinals swap Mike Easler to the Angels for minor leaguer Ron Farkas.

4th  The Reds Pat Zachary gives up a pair of singles in the 2nd in pitching a 5–1 two-hitter against the Braves.

5thPhillies pitcher Larry Christenson belts two homers and pitches a 3–1 win over the Mets.  Mickey Lolich is the losing pitcher.

6thCalifornia’s Frank Tanana strikes out 15 batters in 10 innings but is not involved in a decision. Oakland wins in the 11th, 2–1.

The Reds take a comfortable 8–0 lead in the 3rd against J.R. Richards (16-14) and the Astros, and then hang on to win, 9–8. Houston scores 3 in the 9th to make it close.  Joe Morgan has his second grand slam of the year and Johnny Bench steals home in Cincy’s big frame.

In the Dodgers 4-1 win over the Padres, Dodger C Steve Yeager is seriously injured when he is struck in the neck by the loose end of a broken bat. Yeager is in the on-deck circle when the end of teammate Bill Russell’s bat comes off when he is hitting. The splintered end of his bat narrowly misses the windpipe of Yeager. The catcher will return to limited action in three weeks.

7thLeo Foster and Mike Phillips hit homers to pace a 16-hit Mets attack at Wrigley Field as New York rolls to an 11-0 win over the Cubs. For Foster, who drives in 5 runs, it is his first homer of the year. For Phillips, it is his 4th homer of the year—all at Wrigley. Jon Matlack scatters 8 hits in the shutout.

8thIn a twinbill, the Expos Joe Kerrigan wins a pair from the Cardinals with two innings of relief work in both games. Montreal wins, 7–5 and 8–7.

9th  George Brett is 5-for-5 to lead the Royals to a 6–5 win over the Angels in 10 innings.

At Texas, Rod Carew hits a pinch grand slam in the 7th, off Hargan for the Twins, as Minnesota wins, 6–0.  It is Carew’s 3rd grand slam of the year, Dave Goltz twirls the shutout.

10th  Nolan Ryan hurls a 3-hit 3–2 victory for California, fanning 18 White Sox batsmen. Bart Johnson is the losing pitcher.

Down by a run, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 8th to beat the Brewers, 6-2.  Oscar Gamble has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for the first-place Yankees.  Catfish Hunter wins his 15th.

11th Chicago’s all-time home run leader (134) Minnie Minoso comes to bat for the White Sox after a 12-year hiatus. He goes hitless in his 3 at bats against Frank Tanana, but his appearance makes him one of a handful of ML players to play in 4 decades. His at bat in 1980 will match him with Nick Altrock as a 5-decade player. California wins, 7–3.

12th  DH Minnie Minoso singles for the White Sox against the Angels Sid Monge. At 53, Minoso is believed the oldest ever to collect a hit in the ML (although he says in his autobiography that he was born in 1925, not 1922 as listed in the record books). But research by historian Bill Carle will reveal that Jim O’Rourke, who hit safely on September 22, 1904 was 54 years and ten-months old. Minnie will make another appearance against Monge on September 30, going 0-for-2. Monge loses today, 2–1, with the victory going to Goose Gossage.

14th  Braves rookie Al Autry goes 5 innings and gets the win in a 4–3 decision over the Astros in the second game of a doubleheader. Willie Montanez’s 3-run homer is the big blow for Atlanta as a crowd of just 970 watches. For Autry, this is his only big league appearance and decision: Earl Huckleberry, of the 1935 A’s, is the last pitcher to bow out with a 1–0 record in one game. Atlanta loses the opener by a 4-3 score.

15th  John Denny has 3 hits and 2 runs and shuts out the Mets, 7-0. Joe Ferguson adds a grand slam and 5 RBI for the Cards. In the second game, John Curtis scatters 6 hits for a 4-1 Birds victory.

17th  At Milwaukee County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate “Hank Aaron Day.” Among those gathered are commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father Gerald. Hank goes hitless in 5 at-bats, and the first-place Yankees spoil the night by winning, 5–3, in 11 innings.  Graig Nettles hits a solo homer in the 11th for the game winner, and an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt.  Ed Figueroa tallies his 19th win, and the Yanks pad their lead to 11 games.

The Pirates top the Mets, 4–1, for their 18th win in 22 games.  Doc Medich (7–11) picks up the victory.  Since August 24th, the Bucs have shaved 12 1/2 games off the Phillies lead.

Shades of ’64. In Chicago, the faltering Phils lose to the Cubs, 4–3, when Champ Summers scores with 2 out in the 12th. Philley now leads by just 3 games.

18th  In the first of two, the Indians top the 2nd-place Orioles 5–1. In the nightcap, Cleveland manager Frank Robinson makes his final ML appearance as a player when he pinch-hits in the 8th and singles against the Orioles Rudy May. The O’s holds on to win, 3–2.

Tom Seaver cuts down the Pirates for the 2nd time in 6 days, this time winning 6–2 at Shea. Dave Kingman belts his 35th homer and Ed Kranepool adds another for the Mets.

The Phillies finally win, topping the host Cubs, 4–1, as Jay Johnstone leads with 4 hits. It is the first-place Phillies 6th win in their 24 games.

Joe Keener starts his 10-day ML career by giving up a hit to Jerry Mumphrey, balking him to 2B, then picking him off. But he walks four, throws a wild pitch and gives up 4 runs in the 1st as the Expos lose, 7-4 to the Cards in game 2. The Cards win the opener, 4-1.

19th  Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2–1. Since 1901, only Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday, but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He’ll win 17 this year, after 5 straight 20-win seasons.

20thThe Angels Nolan Ryan outduels the Rangers Bert Blyleven, 1–0.

21stIn LA, the Reds clinch the NL West title with a 9–1 pasting of the Dodgers.

Atlanta’s Phil Niekro shrugs off 4 passed balls by his young catcher Dale Murphy and beats the Astros, 6-2.

22nd  Don Sutton wins his 20th game of the year for the Dodgers, beating the Giants 3–1 on a 6-hitter. Sutton will win 324 in his career, but this is the only year he will be a 20-game winner.

24th  John Wathan scores in the 14th inning on a Hal McRae single and the first-place Royals edge the Rangers, 2-1. Larry Gura (3-0) is the winner with 5 innings of shutout relief.

25th  In Detroit, the Yankees jump off to an 8-0 lead after 2 innings and hang on for a 10-6 win over the Tigers.  Munson and Chambliss homer for New York, while Chuck Scriverner hits a 3-run homer for the Bengals. The Yankees lead the 2nd-place Orioles by 8 games.

26th  In the last big league games at Jarry Stadium, the Phillies beat the Expos, 4–1, in the first game of a doubleheader to clinch the NL East title. Philley takes the nightcap, 2–1. Following the 2nd game, Dick Allen jumps the team in protest of the fact that veteran Tony Taylor is not listed on the post-season roster.

Bill Madlock, Cubs third sacker, is mugged in his room at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. Two men hit him on the head and escape with $50. Madlock will miss tonight’s game with the Mets, a 2-1 mugging as the Mets sweep the three games with the Cubs. Suffering from dizziness, he will also skip the next two games in Pittsburgh.

27th  At Shea, John Milner has 2 homers, including his second grand slam of the year, and drives in 6 runs as the Mets slam the Expos, 10-3, in 8 innings. Rain mercifully stops the game.

28th  Cincy’s Big Red Machine notches its 100th win, a 5–4 victory over the San Diego Padres. Jack Billingham (12–10) is the winner. Randy Jones takes the loss but sets a NL record with 112 errorless chances. The ML record is held Frank Owen of the 1904 White Sox, who did not commit an error in 151 chances (121 assists, 30 PO). Jones finishes the year with 12 DPs, tying the NL record. He also finishes with the NL lead in wins (22), games started (40) and completed (25), IP (315.1) and hits allowed.

29th  John Montefusco walks only Jerry Royster in hurling a no-hitter as the Giants beat the Braves 9–0. Starter Jamie Easterly toils less than two innings to take the loss. Montefusco (16-14), “The Mouth that Roared,” proclaims in the locker room afterwards that, “The Count is back.”

The Dodgers Walter Alston, after 23 years and 2,040 victories, steps down as manager. 3B coach Tommy Lasorda is promoted to the post.

At Montreal, Steve Rogers (7-17) beats Tom Seaver (14-11) as the Expos win over the Mets, 7-2. Wayne Garret has  grand slam against his former team.

Doug Radar belts a 1st-inning grand slam and the Padres roll to a 6-1 win over the Reds.

At Fenway, Graig Nettles has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, one a grand slam, scores 4 and drives in 6 as the Yankees top the Red Sox, 9-6. Catfish Hunter wins his 17th.  Nettles leads the AL in homers with 32, the only AL hitter with over 30 four baggers. Roy White scores a pair of runs and with 104 is the only AL player to top the century mark in the category.

30th  The Chicago White Sox try a different approach against California, using a lineup in numerical order by field position. As noted by historian Greg Beeson, the batting order is: Downing—2: L. Johnson—3: Stein—4: Bell—5: Dent—6: Bannister—7: Lemon—8: Hairston—9. Finishing off the lineup is 53-year-old DH Minnie Minoso. The Angels are unimpressed, winning, 7–3, behind Sid Monge. Facing Monge for the 2nd time this year, Minnie is 0-for-2. Minnie’s next appearance will be on October 4, 1980.

 

OCTOBER

1stPitching 1.1 innings of relief in a 4-3 Twins victory over Kansas City, Bill Campbell wins his 17thgame to tie John Hiller’s ML mark of most wins in relief in a season. He also matches Hiller’s accomplishment of leading his team in wins as a reliever; they are the only two this century to do so (as noted by Lyle Spatz).

2nd  Cesar Geronimo’s 9th inning double with one out is the only hit off Phil Niekro as the Braves shut out the Reds, 3–0.

3rd  In a 5–3 Royals loss to the Twins Jim Hughes, George Brett edges Royals teammate Hal McRae for the AL batting title, .333 to .332, when his blooper drops in front of Twins OF Steve Brye and bounds over his head for an inside-the-park HR. McRae, who then grounds out, believes the misplay is deliberate, and initially charges the Twins with racism. Brett ends the day at 3-for-4, McRae had 2-for-4 as did Rod Carew, who ends the day at .331. Brett is also tops in plate appearances, and the last time an AL batting champ led in that category was George Sisler in 1920.

The Cubs Bill Madlock wrests the NL crown from the Reds Ken Griffey by going 4-for-4 in an 8-2 win over the Expos. The hits raise Madlock from .333 to .339, one point ahead of the idle Griffey, who initially sits, then belatedly joins the Reds 11–1 win over the Braves and goes 0-for-2, dipping his average to .336.

Hank Aaron singles in his last ML at bat and drives in his 2,297th run as the 6th–place Brewers lose to the Tigers, 5–2.

Steve Carlton wins his 20thas the Phillies edge the Mets, 2-1.  For the Phils, it is their 101stwin.

Jim Rooker and Jerry Reuss each pitch one-hit, 1–0 shut outs as the Pirates sweep a season-ending doubleheader from the Cardinals.

7th  Judge Roy Hofheinz sells the Astros to General Electric and Ford Motor Credit Companies.

9th  Pete Rose has 3 hits and George Foster homers as the Reds top the Phillies 6–3 in the first game of the NL Championship Series.  Don Gullett, after a shaky first inning, retires 21 of the last 22 batters before leaving in the 8th. The Phils score 2 runs on Rawly Eastwick in the 9th. Steve Carlton takes the loss.

The Yankees beat the Royals 4–1 in the ALCS opener. George Brett’s 2 first-inning errors allow 2 unearned runs, and that is all Catfish Hunter needs as he goes the distance.

Pirates P Bob Moose dies in an auto accident en route to a party celebrating his 29th birthday.

10th  Kansas City evens the ALCS with a 7–3 win over New York behind Paul Splittorff’s 52⁄3innings of scoreless relief.

The Reds win their second NL game, 6–2, as Pedro Borbon saves it with 4 innings of scoreless relief. Pete Rose and Ken Griffey have 2 hits each. The Reds score 4 in the 6th off loser Jim Lonborg and reliever Gene Garber.

11th  In the last of the 8th, leading the Hanshin Tigers 4–1 with 2 out and a full count, Sadaharu Oh socks his 715th HR to pass Babe Ruth’s mark. The on deck batter is Davey Johnson, who was on deck when Aaron socked his 715th. Oh will finish the season with 716 HRs and takes aim at Hank Aaron’s record.

12th  The Reds score 7 times in the final 3 innings to secure a 7–6 win and complete a sweep of the LCS.  Jim Kaat holds the Reds scoreless for 6 innings, leaving with 2 on and no runs in. Johnny Bench and George Foster hit successive HRs in the 9th off Ron Reed to start the rally.

In the AL game, Chris Chambliss contributes a HR and 3 RBI to the Yankees come-from-behind 5–3 victory.  The Royals score 3 in the 1st off Dock Ellis, but the former Pirate faces just 22 batters in the next 7 innings.

13th  The Royals even the Series again with a 7–4 win, despite 2 Graig Nettles HRs. Freddie Patek is the big hitter with 3 RBI.

14th  In the final LCS game, the Yankees take the early lead only to see the Royals even it up on Brett’s 3-run homer in the 8th. Chambliss then connects on a dramatic 9th-inning HR off relief ace Mark Littell to win the game 7–6 and the pennant for the Yankees. By the time Chambliss reaches 2B, he is surrounded by screaming fans who escort him around the bases. After he reaches the dugout he returns with a police escort to make sure he touches 3B and home.

16th  Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a 5-hitter, as the Reds win game 1 of the WS 5–1 over the Yankees. Three hits by Perez, the first WS designated hitter, and a Joe Morgan homer supply the offense.

17th  On a cold Sunday night, the Reds gang up on Catfish Hunter for 3 runs, but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Yanks SS Fred Stanley throws Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose the second WS game 4–3.  Yankee SS Jim Mason hits a 7th inning HR off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason’s only Series at bat, and his is a singular accomplishment.

19th  At Yankee Stadium, DH Dan Driessen contributes 2 singles and a HR to Cincinnati’s 3rd straight WS triumph. The final score is 6–2.

20th  Rain cancels game 4 of the WS.

21st  The Reds take a 3–0 lead against Ed Figueroa, but the Yankees close it to 3–2. A 4-run splurge in the 9th, topped by Johnny Bench’s 2nd HR of the game, ices the Reds 7–2 win, completing a 4-game sweep of the Yankees. WS MVP Johnny Bench has 2 HRs and 5 RBI, and demolishes the Yankees with .533 hitting. Opposing C Thurman Munson had 6 straight singles to tie a WS mark. The 1976 Reds become the first team ever to go through an entire LCS and WS without a defeat.

22nd  The Seattle Mariners sign veteran Diego Segui, who also played for the Seattle Pilots.  He will be the only player to appear for both teams.

NOVEMBER

2nd  Padre Randy Jones beats out Met Jerry Koosman for the NL Cy Young Award. Jones led the league with 315 innings, and posted a 22-14 record for the 5th-place Padres.

4th  The first mass-market free-agent reentry draft is held at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Among those available are Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Don Gullett, Gene Tenace, Rollie Fingers, Don Baylor, Bobby Grich, and Willie McCovey. McCovey and Nate Colbert are the only two players not selected, but McCovey will catch on with the Giants in spring training and have a banner year at his old position.

5th  New AL franchises in Seattle and Toronto fill up their rosters by selecting 30 players apiece from unprotected players on other AL rosters. OF Ruppert Jones (Seattle) and IF-OF Bob Bailor (Toronto) are the first choices.

The Pirates trade C Manny Sanguillen and an estimated $100,000 to the A’s for manager Chuck Tanner. Sanguillan will return to play for Tanner.

Baltimore’s Jim Palmer easily outpoints Detroit’s sensational rookie Mark Fidrych to win the AL Cy Young Award.

6th   Twins relief ace Bill Campbell becomes the first of the free-agent crop to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox with a contract calling for $1 million over 4 years.

9th  Oakland releases Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame career with 2,711 hits, 426 HRs, 1,475 RBI, and a .290 average.

17th  Minnesota’s Rod Carew, who hit .331, wins the AL MVP Award. This is the first year in the past 5 that Carew did not win the batting title.

18thThe Yankees sign free agent pitcher Don Gullett for $2 million.  The oft-injured Gullett will go 14–4 in 1977, but spend most of the next three seasons on the injured list.

24th  The Reds Joe Morgan outpoints teammate George Foster to win his 2nd straight NL MVP Award. Morgan led with a .576 slugging average, and hit .320, scored 113 runs, knocked in 111, and stole a base.

Bob Kennedy is named head of baseball operations for the Cubs. His first move is to inform Jim Marshall he’s fired as manager and Salty Saltwell, after a year as GM, is named secretary and director of park operations.  Herman Franks, briefly a Cubs coach under Durocher, will be named the new manager. Ironically, Durocher turned down a  Wrigley offer to manage the Cubs for the 1977 season.

29th  Free agent Reggie Jackson signs with the New York Yankees for $3.5 million.

DECEMBER

2nd  Danny Murtaugh, who had retired 2 months earlier as Pirates manager, dies at Chester, Pennsylvania, of a heart attack at age 59.

4th  Aurelio Rodriguez becomes the first AL 3B since 1959 to beat out Brooks Robinson for the Gold Glove Award. Other Newcomers on TSN fielding team include 3B Mike Schmidt, OF Dwight Evans, and C Jim Sundberg, who would combine to win 24 awards.

6th  The Red Sox trade 1B Cecil Cooper to the Brewers for 1B George Scott and OF Bernie Carbo. This ranks as one of the Brew Crew’s best trades.

8th  The Indians trade OF George Hendrick to the Padres for 3 players.

The Cubs acquire Greg Gross from Kansas City for infielder Julio Gonzales. Then in a three-team deal, the Cubs also get OF Jim Dwyer from the Mets for Pete LaCock. LaCock then goes to KC for Sheldon Mallory who goes to New York. Gross will lead the Cubs in hitting in ’77 with a .322 average, while Dwyer will hit .332 at Wichita, be given his release, and sign with the Cardinals in September 1977.

9th  The Rangers trade Jeff Burroughs to the Braves for five players and an estimated $250,000.

10th  Rangers SS Danny Thompson, a 7-year veteran, dies at Rochester, MN, two months short of his 30th birthday. He led all shortstops in hitting in 1972 with a .276 average, but was diagnosed with leukemia the following winter.

Expos send Andre Thornton, whose average slumped 100 points to .194, to the Indians for P Jackie Brown.  A great pickup for the Tribe, Thornton will lead the club in HRs seven times as a 1B/DH.

13th  The Royals release veteran P Ken Sanders, purchased from the Mets in September. Sanders appeared in three games for the Royals, and also played for the Kansas City A’s in 1966. He is just one of four players (pitchers Moe Drabowsky, Aurelio Monteagudo, Dave Wickersham) to play for both the KC A’s and the KC Royals.

14th  Relief specialist Rollie Fingers signs with the San Diego Padres.

15thPirate free agent Richie Hebner signs with the Phillies.

16th  Court proceedings in Charlie Finley’s $10 million damage suit against Commissioner Kuhn begin in Chicago. At issue is Kuhn’s voiding of Finley’s attempted player sales in June. The proceedings will take 15 days, and the decision will take 3 months.

The Reds swap popular 1B Tony Perez and P Will McEnaney to the Expos for pitchers Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray.

 

  • 1977

 

JANUARY

1st  Brewers pitcher Danny Frisella, 30, is killed in a dune buggy accident near Phoenix, Arizona.

2nd  Commissioner Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free-agency signing, but the Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder.

3rd  The Royals release P Lindy McDaniel, ending his 21-year career. He appeared in 987 games, second only to Hoyt Wilhelm’s 1,070.

4th  Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

6th  Angels reserve SS Mike Miley, 23, is killed in an auto crash in Baton Rouge, LA. Miley had been a star football player at LSU and was chosen twice in the first round of the June free-agent draft.

11th  The Cubs send OF Rick Monday and Mike Garman to the Dodgers for 1B-OF Bill Buckner and minor league SS Ivan DeJesus.  Buckner will hit .300 for the Cubs over the next 7 seasons, while DeJesus will be a starter for five seasons.

17th  Kansas City releases Tommy Davis, ending an 18-year career spent with 10 different teams.

19th  The BBWAA elects Ernie Banks to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

20th  The Yankees obtain outfielder Paul Blair from Baltimore for outfielders Elliot Maddox and Rick Bladt. Blair will prove a fine defensive addition to the Yankees.

27thBoston sports writers honor Luis Tiant as the Red Sox most valuable pitcher.  This is the fifth year in a row that El Tiante has won this honor, a record for the award begun in 1952.

30th  Edward W. Stack is elected president of the Hall of Fame succeeding the retiring Paul Kerr.

31st  The Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez for the Hall of Fame.

FEBRUARY

3rd  The Hall of Fame’s Special Committee on the Negro Leagues picks Martin Dihigo, the versatile Cuban star, and SS John Lloyd for induction. The committee then dissolves, its functions being taken over by the veterans committee.

11th  The Cubs end a salary dispute with 3B Bill Madlock, the NL batting champ the past two seasons, and trade him and 2B Rod Sperring to the Giants for OF Bobby Murcer, IF Steve Ontiveros, and a minor league pitcher. Madlock leaves Chicago  having hit .336 for them, which ties him with Riggs Stephenson for the top Cub career average.

19th  The A’s sell P Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000, calling into question Bowie Kuhn’s policy on player sales. Kuhn had previously voided an Oakland sale of players (6/18/76) as “not being in the best interest of baseball,” but had not specified the amount allowable in a player sale.

MARCH

7th  The Braves file suit against Commissioner Kuhn, challenging the severity of the penalty for tampering charges.

15th  The Pirates trade outfielders Tony Armas and Mitchell Page, and four pitchers, including Rick Langford, to the A’s for 2B Phil Garner, IF Tommy Helms, and P Chris Batton.

The Cubs trade pitcher Joe Coleman to the A’s for pitcher Jim Todd, a former Cub.  Todd will post an ERA of 9.10 and be traded to Seattle at the end of the year as the player to be named later in an April 20 trade of Pete Broberg.

17th  Federal Judge Frank McGarr rules in favor of Kuhn, saying that the commissioner acted within his authority in voiding the 1976 player sales engineered by A’s owner Charlie Finley.

21st  Mark Fidrych, the 1976 Rookie of the Year, rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days. The injury will effectively end the fabled career of the Bird.

26thThe Athletics trade former All-Star OF Claudell Washington to the Rangers for P Jim Umbarger, infielder Rodney Scott, and cash.

28th  The Rangers Lenny Randle, angry for having been benched during spring training, attacks 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi, sending him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone. Lucchesi helped precipitate the incident by calling the good-natured Randle “a punk.” Randle’s days are numbered.

The Reds swap Joel Youngblood to the Cardinals for P Bill Caudill. Tomorrow, they’ll send Pat Darcy to the Cards for Mike Caldwell.

APRIL

5th  The White Sox trade SS Bucky Dent to the Yankees for OF Oscar Gamble, and minor league pitchers LaMarr Hoyt and Bob Polinsky, and an estimated $200,000. Gamble will have a fine season in Chicago and Hoyt will blossom into the ace of the White Sox staff in the early 1980’s. Dent became expendable when he demanded a 3-year deal from the Sox. He is reunited with his college roommate Mickey Rivers (Miami-Dade College).

4thThe Angels trade Mike Easler to the Pirates for P Randy Sealy.  Easler will continue to bounce between the majors and minors, before sticking for good in 1980.

6th  Before 57,762 at the Kingdome, the Seattle Mariners make their debut, losing to Frank Tanana and the Angels 7–0. Joe Rudi is 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs. The loser for the M’s is Diego Segui, who pitched in the Seattle Pilots Opener in 1969, a 4–3 loss at Anaheim. Segui is the only player to appear for both the Pilots and the Mariners. He’ll go 0-7 in this his last season.

According to a UPI survey, there are ten players in Opening Day lineups who make $250,000 or more in salary. The leaders at $400,000 a year are Joe Morgan, Mike Schmidt and Gary Matthews. Pete Rose is in fourth place at $350,000 as the Reds boast the highest opening lineup salary at $1.7 million. Ten players in the Yankees starting day lineup total $1,495,000, which does not include four high-priced starting pitchers. The Red Sox starting lineup totals $1,552,000 in salary.

Despite a snowfall of 4 inches this morning, the Reds open against the Padres, winning 5–3. The snow, which stops falling at 11:30, is cleared out of the stadium a half hour before the game’s start.

7th  On snowy day, American League baseball makes its debut in Toronto at a football field called Exhibition Stadium. Doug Ault hits two home runs in a 9-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman tags Ken Brett for a solo shot in the first and then hits a two-run homer in the third off Brett before 44,649 freezing fans. Al Woods hits a pinch HR on he first pitch in his first ML at bat, just the 11th player in ML history to do so. The first was Ace Parker, now in the Hall of Fame (football).

Before 43,785 in the Opener at Yankee Stadium, Catfish Hunter holds the Brewers to five hits, three by Von Joshua, as the Yankees win 3–0. Von’s last hit strikes Catfish in the instep and he leaves after 7 innings of work. Sparky Lyle pitches the last two innings. Jim Wynn has two hits for New York, including a homer in his first Yankee at-bat. Reggie Jackson, in his first start as a Yankee, also has two hits and two runs, one on a suicide squeeze by Willie Randolph.  With the recent addition of Bucky Dent to the lineup, the Yankees start an all-star at every position (Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss, Willie Randolph, Dent, Graig Nettles, Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Wynn). They will duplicate this on Opening Day 2005.

In the Dodgers opener in Los Angeles, Giants leadoff hitter Gary Thomasson apparently doesn’t get the word that the first pitch is to be handed over to the umps and sent to Cooperstown. Instead, he cranks the Don Sutton lollipop for a home run. But it is all the scoring the Giants can muster, and they lose, 5–1.

9th  Thanks to a 9-run 3rd inning, the Royals take a 16-0 lead against the host Tigers en route to a 16-2 win. Most of the KC regulars sit out the 2nd half of the game.

10th  The Indians (13) and Red Sox (6) combine for 19 runs in the 8th inning to set a modern ML record. Cleveland wins, 19–9. Jim Norris has 4 hits including his first ML homer, in the 4th inning.  It is the only homer of the game.

At Riverfront, the Padres pound the Reds, 12-4, as the offense collects 15 hits. Dave Winfield has 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Rookie Bob Shirley comes within one out of a complete game as he strikes out 11 in his ML debut, 4 short of the NL mark. No Padre hurler will even reach 8 K’s in his debut till 2017.

Three solos and a Joe Rudi grand slam power the Angels to 12-5 win over the Mariners at the Kingdome. Rudi adds an RBI double. Frank Tanana (2-0) allows a run in 6 innings for the win.

At Yankee Stadium, Sixto Lezcano connects for two solo homers, one in the 4th and another in the 9th, both off Don Gullett, to give the Brewers a 2-1 win over the Yankees.

12th  The Tigers send popular veteran DH-OF Willie Horton to Texas for P Steve Foucault. Both players will move on after one season.

Phillip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, dies at the age of 82. He had just started his 42nd season with the Cubs. William Wrigley succeeds his father as chairman of the executive committee of the team.

In Los Angeles, the Dodgers score 6 in the 1st and 6 more in the 5th, then hang on to beat the Braves, 14-10. Steve Garvey homers and drives in 4 runs, while Steve Yeager triples and homers and knocks in 5. Jeff Burroughs hits a grand slam for the Braves. Rick Rhoden allows 8 runs in 5 innings but takes the win.

15th  The Expos play their first game in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 57,592. The Phillies win 7–2.

16th  Regulations force Oakland P Vida Blue to discard his old, discolored “lucky” cap because it is no longer “identical in color, trim and style” to those of his teammates.

In Milwaukee, Cecil Cooper hits a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th off Sparky Lyle to tie the Yankees 3–3, then a Sal Bando triple and single by Steve Brye wins it.

17th  In Atlanta, the umpiring crew walks off the field to protest a controversial play being shown on the large instant replay screen. The 4th inning play involved the Astros Bob Watson scoring on a close play at the plate.  Braves’ executive Bill Lucas persuaded the umps to return, assuring them that no more close plays would be shown. The Braves win, 5–4, over Houston.

18th  At County Stadium, the Padres use the long book in beating the Braves, 12-6. Gene Tenace has 2 homers, including a grand slam, for 5 RBIs, and Doug Rader has a 3-run homer and knocks in 4. George Hendricks solos.

19thBrooks Robinson makes his last home run a dramatic one. Pinch hitting for Larry Harlow, he hits a three run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning off Dave LaRoche to beat the Indians 6-5.  Brooks will go to bat just 47 times this year, finishing his career with 268 homers. In yesterday’s game against Cleveland, O’s rookie Eddie Murray hits his first ML homer, off former Oriole Pat Dobson.

Kansas City whips the Twins, 11–3, as Frank White paces the KC offense with a double and homer in one inning.

20th  In Montreal, the Pirates beat the Expos, 8-6, as Dave Parker and Phil Garner hit 2-run homers.  Gary Carter drives in 4 runs on 3 homers for Montreal.

21st  Detroit’s Dave Rozema shuts down Boston 8–0 for his first ML win.

Yankee manager Billy Martin, faced with a 2-8 slump in the past 10 games, draws his lineup out of a hat.  Chambliss batting 8th drives in 5 runs on 2 doubles and a homer and New York beats Toronto, 8–6. Ken Holtzman is the winner.

24th  Fergie Jenkins fires the first shutout ever in Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium, as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 9–0.

In Atlanta, the Dodgers break open a close game with a 7-run 8th, highlighted by Ron Cey’s grand slam to beat the Braves, 16-6. LA scores a pair in the 9th on solo homers, the second being Charlie Hough’s only homer in his 25-year career. The two teams combine for 9 different players hitting homers, which ties the ML mark.

Chris Chambliss homers and doubles to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees thrash the Indians, 10-1. Ron Guidry throws the last 3 innings to earn the first of 4 career saves. The Yanks complete the sweep with a 7-1 win in game 2 as Ed Figueroa goes the distance.

Rich Chiles drives in 4 runs and Larry Hisle belts a grand slam as the Twins take a 12-0 lead against Texas. The final is 12-6.

25th  The Reds score a record-tying 12 runs in the 5th inning off 3 Braves pitchers (Phil Niekro, Jamie Easterly, and Mike Beard), and 23 in the game, in crushing the Braves, 23–9.  George Foster clouts 2 homers, a double and single, scores 5 runs and drives home 7 to lead Cincy. The previous time 12 runs scored in an inning was September 3, 1926, also allowed by the Braves.

In a 4-3 loss to Boston in game 1, Toronto rookie Jerry Garvin serves notice to the American League by picking off three runners, nabbing Scott once and Dillard twice. A month from now he will pick off 4 as he sets a rookie and AL mark by the end of the year with 23 pickoffs. The Jays win game 2, 6-5.

26th  The Rangers trade Lenny Randle to the Mets for Rick Auerbach and cash.

Dan Driessen has 2 homers and 6 RBIs to pace the Reds to a 9–1 win over the Braves in Atlanta.

27th  The Cardinals drive by the Cubs, 21-3, collecting 19 hits.  Mike Anderson, who did not start the game, has the only Birds homer, hitting a 2-run shot in the 7th. Garry Templeton scores 5 runs for the Cards to make it easy for John Denny (5-0).

The Yankees obtain P Mike Torrez from the A’s in exchange for P Dock Ellis, infielder Marty Perez, and OF Larry Murray. Torrez will have a fine season in New York before signing with Boston as a free agent.

In a car chase in Detroit, 7 different players hit homers, but the big one is a grand slam by Jason Thompson in the Tigers’ 7-run 3rd inning. Detroit holds on for a 10-9 win over Chicago.  Chicago hits 5 homers in the loss.

The Dodgers hold of the Padres, who score 4 in the 9th, to win, 7-6.  Bill Russell has 4 hits, and Ron Cey has 2, including a homer, for his fifth multihit game in a row. He’s hit in 17 straight games since the start of the season. The baseball gods will respond, however, and Cey will finish the regular season with 31 straight hitless at bats.

29th  Ron Guidry makes his a first start of the year and blanks the Mariners, 3–0, with relief help from Lyle. Thurman Munson belts a 3-run homer for New York, which moves into 2nd place.

30th  Ron Cey cracks a 7th-inning homer in a 6–4 Dodger win over the Expos. Cey finishes the month with a ML record for April of 29 RBI to lead the Dodgers to a 17-3 start under new manager Tommy Lasorda.

At Fenway, Luis Tiant (2-1) goes 8 innings allowing 3 runs as the Red Sox double the Athletics, 8-4. Batterymate Carlton Fisk has 3 hits and scores 3 runs, one on a steal of home.

MAY

1st  The White Sox use 6 extra base hits in the 1st inning to score 8 runs, then add 4 more in the 2nd as they whip the Tigers, 12-4.

3rd  Bucky Dent connects for a grand slam in the Yankees 7-run 3rd inning and New York rolls to an 8-1 win over the Angels at the Stadium. Mike Torrez throws 5 shutout innings for the win.

4th  Lee May belts a 1st-inning grand slam to make it easy for Jim Palmer (4-1) as the Orioles beat the A’s, 9-2. Pat Kelly is a triple shy of the cycle as he drives in 3 runs.

5th Manny Trillo has a double triple and homer for the Cubs, who get homers from Jerry Morales and George Mitterwald to lead the Astros 8-0 after 6 innings. Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to serve up three homers in the 7th and 8th before Sutter shuts out the Astros in the 9th for a 8-7 Cubs win.

The Dodgers do all their scoring in the 5th off Tom Seaver to hand the Mets ace his first loss of the year, 7-2. Ron Cey hits his second grand slam in two weeks.

At foggy Exhibition Stadium, Charlie Moore hits a 5thinning triple and Cecil Cooper adds an inside-the-park homer as both balls are lost in the fog. The brewers still fall short, losing 9-8 to the Blue Jays.

6th  Angels P Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 in beating the Red Sox, 8–4, at Fenway. Bobby Bonds and Bobby Grich homer and Jerry Remy is 4-for-4.

Pete Falcone pitches 7 shutout innings for St. Louis, then turns the ball over to the bullpen. The Mad Hungarian Al Hrabosky starts a brawl in the 9th when he plunks Cesar Cedeno on the arm, and Cedeno charges the mound. A 10-minute brawl results in the ejections of Joaquin Andujar and Roger Freed.  When play resumes, Cedeno swipes 2B and walk follows before Ferguson hits into a 5-3 DP. The Cards win, 4-1.

At Cleveland, down 5-0, John Grubb hits grand slam in the 4th for the Indians, but the White Sox score a pair in the top of the 9th, then hold on for a 7-5 win. The Indians get a homer and triple in the bottom of the 9th.

7thIn a 12–10 losing slugfest with the Pirates, Pete Rose has 2 hits to run his hitting streak to 20 games. Pete will go hitless tomorrow, then rack up another 20-game hit streak later in the season. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers for the Reds.

8thAt Baltimore, Pat Kelly poles a 1st inning grand slam, off Dick Pole, and the Orioles stay on the heels of the Yankees with a 6-4 victory over the Mariners.  Eddie Murray adds a 3rd inning homer.  Craig Reynolds is 4-for-4 for the M’s.

10th  The Braves lose a doubleheader to the Pirates, 3–0 and 2–1, to run their loss streak to 16.  Jim Rooker is the winner in game 1, with Larry Demery the victor in game 2. Dave Parker’s two-run triple in game 2 helps extend the Bucs’ win streak to 10 games.

Milwaukee drops a pair to Cleveland, losing 1-0 and 7-4. Jim Bibby is the winner in the first game when Larvell Blanks hits a game-ending homer in the 9th off Jim Slaton.

11th  Braves owner Ted Turner gives manager Dave Bristol a 10-day paid leave and takes over as field manager, wearing #27 on his uniform. After the Braves lose again—for the 17th straight—to the Pirates, 2–1, with Phil Niekro going to 0–7, Turner is relieved of his new job by NL president Chub Feeney. A league rule prohibits a manager from owning a financial interest in his club. Turner then makes a public plea claiming harassment, but names 3B coach Vern Benson the manager for the May 12th game. John Candelaria (4-0) is the winner, with Dave Parker contributing two hits, including a homer. Parker extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 22 games.

Frank Tanana applies the calcimine in California’s 6–0 win over Baltimore and teammates Bobby Bonds, Don Baylor, and Ron Jackson provide the offense with consecutive homers in the 2nd inning.

12thWith Benson as manager, the Braves win—finally—beating the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 6–1. Tomorrow, the team will return home and Benson will return to coaching 3B.  Dave Bristol will cut short his 10 day leave and once again take the helm.  The team will resume their play under Bristol with a shutout loss to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals top the Reds, 10-1, as three pitchers combine on a one-hitter. Buddy Schultz, in relief of a wild John D’Acquisto, gives up a Ken Griffey double for the lone safety.

13th  Ed Figueroa pitches his 4th straight complete game, and Thurman Munson cracks a 7th-inning homer to lead New York to a 3–0 win over the Angels.

Davey Concepcion has a 2-run homer as the Reds score 5 in the 1st and beat the visiting Giants, 6-4.  Randy Elliot has a pinch grand slam for SF to account for their scoring.

14th  Jim Colborn hurls a no-hit game as Kansas City beats Texas, 6–0. It is the first no-hitter at Royals Stadium by a KC hurler.  Darrell Porter, who came to the Royals in the trade with Colborn, has a double and triple to back his batterymate.  Poquette has a pair of hits a pair of sparkling catches.

In a morning game starting at 10:30, Jim Spencer ties the club mark of 8 RBI as the White Sox scalp the Indians 18–2 at Comiskey Park.  Four come home on a grand slam in the 4th and 4 come in the 2nd when he hits a 2-run single and a 2-run homer. Jack Brohamer has 4 hits and 2 RBI.

Don Gullett outduels Nolan Ryan to give New York a 4–1 victory over California.

15th  More like a football score, the Braves plate 6 runs in the 8th to beat the Cardinals, 15-12. Jeff Burroughs hits a 2-run homer and Gary Matthews adds a grand slam for Atlanta. Dave Rader is 5-for-5, including 3 doubles for the Birds, while Bake McBride collects 3 hits, including a homer, and drives home 4.  Winless Phil Niekro allows 6 runs in 3 innings but escapes with no decision.

At Royals Stadium, Willie Horton is 3-for-3—all homers—to drive in 5 runs as Texas beats the Royals, 7-3.

Dennis Eckersley picks up a win for Cleveland, going 5 innings in a 4-3 win over Chicago. Losing pitcher Francisco Barrios gives up 13 hits and strikes out 6, including Rick Manning 5 times.  All are consecutive for Manning.

17th  The Cubs hit 7 home runs and wallop the Padres 23–6. Three of the HRs are consecutive shots in the 5th by Larry Biittner, Jerry Morales, and Bobby Murcer. With a lead of 22–2, starter Bill Bonham is yanked after six frames and Ramon Hernandez finishes, allowing up four earned runs in 3 innings. But he ‘earns’ his first and only save as a Cub. He will go from Cubman to Hubman in 11 days when Chicago swaps him for Boston’s  Bobby Darwin.

Sparky Lyle, in relief of Ron Guidry, pitches 6 scoreless innings and the Yanks push across 3 runs in the 15th to defeat Oakland, 5–2.

Skip Jutze hits a grand slam and Enrique Romo pitches 6 shutout innings of relief as the Mariners clip the Orioles, 10-2.

Biff Pocaroba connects for a walkoff 2-out pinch grand slam off Bill Atkinson and the Braves defeat the Expos, 9-6.

20th  Eight homers, 4 by each team, are hit in the Brewers 15–7 win over the Red Sox. Jerry Augustine goes the distance for his 5th win.

Mike Ivie hits a 1st-inning grand slam, and Merv Rettenmund adds 4 RBI and the Padres whip the Expos, 12-4.

21st  Merv Rettenmund hits a 3-run HR in the 21st inning to give the Padres an 11–8 win over the Expos. The two teams combine for a ML-record 9 intentional passes (Mtl 5, SD 4) in an effort to end the game earlier, but to no avail. The 3 runs in the 21st is a NL record. Another NL mark is the 11 at bats that Dave Cash has.

The Reds trade P Santo Alcala, 11–4 in his rookie year last season, to the Expos for 2 minor leaguers, Shane Rawley and Angel Torres.

22nd  The Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Brewers, winning the opener 14–10. The 2 teams tie a ML record in game one when they combine for 11 HRs, 6 by Boston. Nine different players hitting homers also ties the AL mark. Dwight Evans clocks one of the homers over the new upper section of the CF wall, about 20 feet to the right of the flagpole, one of the longest homers hit at Fenway. Also in the 7-run 8th, George Scott booms a grand slam. In the past 3 games, the two teams hit 23 homers. Eddie Rodriguez stops the slugging in game 2, allowing 2 Boston hits to win, 6–0. Milwaukee has 18 hits and 16 LOB.  Fergie Jenkins gives up all the runs in 6+ innings.

In Seattle’s 6–2 win over Oakland, Mariner’s catcher Skip Jutze is caught stealing home twice, in the 4th and in the 6th, likely tying a ML record. Jutze will end his ML career with one steal and 6 CS. The battery of Vida Blue and Eddie Williams catch 3 runners trying to steal home, 2 in the 4th.

Don Sutton (6-1) allows 7 runs in 3 innings as first-place Pittsburgh rolls to an 11-4 win over the Dodgers. The Corsairs are led by Dave Parker, who belts 2 homers, including a grand slam, and Omar Moreno who hits a 3-run homer.  Pittsburgh swipes 6 bases to help John Candelaria go to 6-0.

Ron Guidry stops a 3-game Yankee losing streak with a 4-hitter to defeat the Orioles, 8–2.

24thCarlos May and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 6th as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Red Sox, 6–5.

25th  CF Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, tying the ML mark, as the Twins sweep the Red Sox, 13–5 and 94. Bostock is only the 3rd big leaguer to do it in 9 innings and just the second CF in this century. His 17 putouts in the twinbill is also an AL record. Larry Hisle has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs in the opener, while Rod Carew is 5-for-6. Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers for Boston, the 5th time this year the Red Sox have done it.

Dan Warthen digs himself a hole by walking the first four Cubs hitters to tie the NL mark set in 1941 by Johnny Vander Meer. The Cubs score 4 times in the frame and beat the Expos, 7-2.

26th  Rickey Henderson of the Modesto A’s (California League) steals 7 bases to tie the minor league record. Henderson will steal 95 in 134 games.

27th  Ken Reitz hits a grand slam in the 6-run 4th as the Cardinals beat the visiting Expos, 7-3. St. Louis is in 3rd place behind the Pirates and Cubs.

28th  At Boston, the Red Sox outslug the Royals to win, 17–12. Jim Rice has a HR and 5 RBIs, while Yaz, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans and George Scott also homer. Leading the Royals is Hal McRae, who has a double, triple and homer to drive in 4 runs. McRae will end the year as just the 4th player this century to top 50 doubles (54), 10 triples (11) and 20 homers (21) in a season. Only Gehrig (1927), Chuck Klein (1932) and Joe Medwick (1937) have reached those levels. Grady Sizemore, in 2006, will be the next.

Alvin Dark replaces John McNamara as the Padres manager.

A Stadium crowd of 54,881, on hand for Jacket Day, watch as the White Sox cuff Ron Guidry for 16 hits, en route to a 9–4 win over the Yankees.

The Red Sox swap Danny Darwin to the Cubs for P Ramon Hernandez and sell P Tom House to the Mariners.

The Cubs move into first place, beating the Pirates, 6–3. Bruce Sutter earns the save with three scoreless innings.

29th  Johnny Bench’s 1st-inning grand slam off Rick Rhoden jump starts the Reds to an 8–1 win over the Dodgers.

Larry Parish is 5-for-5, including 3 homers, with 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored to lead the Expos to a 14-4 win over the Cardinals. Del Unser also homers for Montreal.

At County Stadium, Texas uses 3 hits in the 111th to score and beat the Brewers, 5-4.  Sal Bando is 0-for-1 with 5 walks and 2 runs for Milwaukee.

30th  Twenty-two-year-old Dennis Eckersley (5–3) fires a no-hitter as the Indians top the Angels, 1–0. Eck walks 1 and strikes out 12. Frank Tanana (8–2) with 3 shutouts in his last 4 games, takes the loss. The only run comes in the 1st inning when Duane Kuiper lines a ball to CF Gil Flores that skips under his glove for a triple. Jim Norris then squeezes Kuiper home.

The Padres sweep a doubleheader from the Giants 12–8 and 9–8. San Diego’s Mike Ivie ties an NL record with 5 doubles in the twinbill, while his club ties the ML mark by using 41 players, including 13 pitchers, in the twin bill. The two teams set an NL record for most players used by two teams in a doubleheader (74). Jack Clark hits a grand slam for SF in the opener, and Darrell Evans adds two solo shots. In game 2, Ivie has 5 hits and 4 RBI.

Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd to lead New York to a 5–4 win against Boston.

31st  The Mets fire manager Joe Frazier, replacing him with 3B Joe Torre. Under Torre, the Mets stop the visiting Expos, 6-2.

JUNE

1st  At Stade Olympique, John Stearns hits a grand slam in the Met’s 5-run 5th as New York beats Montreal, 6-4. Tom Seaver wins his the of the year.

3rdThe Reds Fred Norman pitches a 2-hit shutout to beat the Astros, 4–0. Norman walks 8 and uses 153 pitches in the win.

At Royals Stadium, Lee May hits a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Doug Bird, as the Orioles take a 6-0 lead over Kansas City. The Royals rally but John Wathan’s 9th inning sac fly to RF Pat Kelly is turned into a unique game-ending triple play as Dave Nelson is thrown out at 3B and Fred Patek at 2B. The O’s win, 7-6.

4th  Jeff Burroughs cracks a 1st inning grand slam for Atlanta, and the Braves roll to a 7-1 win over the Giants. San Francisco’s only run is a 4th inning solo shot by Willie McCovey, off Phil Niekro (3-8).

5th  The Dodgers retire former manager Walt Alston’s uniform, number 24, on Old-Timer’s Day. Doug Rau then pitches the current Dodgers to a 4–2 win over the Padres.

The Yankees hit 6 home runs, their most in three years, and barely edge the White Sox, 8–6.  Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Carlos May, Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect.  Zeber’s clout, his first ML homer, comes off Dave Hamilton, and is the game winner.

Barry Bonnell drives in 5 runs and clouts Atlanta’s second grand slam in two days, but it is not enough as the Braves fall, 10-9, to the Giants. SF scores 8 runs in the 1st two innings.

Johnny Bench clouts 2 homers and drives in 5 runs as the Reds rout the visiting Astros, 14–4.

6th  The first place Cubs beat the Dodgers, 3–1, behind Rick Reuschel’s brilliant 6 1/3 innings. Reuschel retires 17 batters in a row.

Luis Tiant wins his 100th game as a Red Sox, defeating Kansas City, 1–0.  Boston’s other 100+ winners include Cy Young (193), Mel Parnell (123), Joe Wood (112), Joe Dobson (106), and Lefty Grove (105) (Roger Clemens will join the group with 192). Yaz walks in the game, his 1,452nd, tying him for 10th on the all time list with Jimmie Foxx.

7th  The White Sox select Harold Baines with the number-one pick in the draft. Bill Veeck had first seen Baines play Little League ball and had followed his career, and he signs him himself. P Bill Gullickson is taken with the 2nd pick by the Expos, and Milwaukee takes University of Minnesota All American infielder Paul Molitor with the 3rd pick. The Braves take NY prep pitcher Tim Cole with the 4th pick, while Detroit takes Michigan prep pitcher Kevin Richards with the 5th. The Cards take Terry Kennedy, son of Cubs GM, with the 6th. The Cubs, picking 12th, take U of South Carolina’s Randy Martz, who didn’t play baseball until his junior year. Martz went 14-0 and was College player of the Year. He’ll go just 17-19 in four seasons with the Cubs. Danny Ainge, a potential pro basketball player, is picked in the 15th round. The Reds come up empty with the 8th pick in round 1, picking prep 3B Ted Venger. The Expos pick Tim Raines on the 5th round.

8th  Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, hurling the first 10 innings of a game against Toronto.  Ryan has struck out 11 or more in five straight games, and will notch 10 and 14 in his next two starts, a record of 10+ strikeouts in seven straight games. For the record (as noted by Scott Flatow): May 19 vs. Minnesota—12 K in 9 innings; May 24 vs. Detroit—12 K in 9 innings; May 29 vs. Toronto—12K in 9 innings; June 6 vs. Detroit—11 K in 7.2 innings; June 8 vs. Toronto—19 K in 10 innings; June 12 vs. Cleveland—10K in 6.2 innings; June 16 vs. Minnesota—14K in 8.2 innings.

On the strength of a 9–2 victory by Mike Torrez over the Brewers, the Yankees move into first place.

9th  The Cubs edge the Giants, 1-0, when pinch hitter Jose Cardenal lays down a run-scoring sac bunt in the 11th. Bill Bonham pitches into the 10thbefore being relieved by Bruce Sutter (1-1), the winning pitcher. Sutter’s victory breaks a dubious record of leading the league in ERA without having a victory. The submariner is sporting an ERA of 0.84. The next pitcher to join this record is Jeff Samardjia, in 2014.

10th  The A’s fire manager Jack McKeon, replacing him with Bobby Winkles.

Ron Guidry, with relief help, stops the Twins, to give New York a  4–1 win. Willie Randolph’s two-run double is the key blow.

Rick Reuschel scatters 4 hits and strikes out 7 to give the Cubs a 3–1 win over the Giants. Bob Knepper loses, his first decision of the year.

Tony Perez makes his first return to Cincinnati wearing an Expo uniform, but the Reds prevail over Montreal, 13–1. Fred Norman is the winner.

At the Astrodome, John Stearn’s two singles are the only hits for the Mets off Joaquin Andujar as the Astros win, 4-1.

11th Phillies’ slugger Greg Luzinski smacks a grand slam and a 3-run double to drive in 7 runs at Atlanta. The Phils top the Braves 13–10.

12thThe Red Sox sweep their first doubleheader in two years, beating Texas 3–2 and 2–0, behind Reggie Cleveland and Luis Tiant. The two were the winners of the last twinbill sweep, on September 26, 1975, when Boston clinched a tie for the Eastern title.

John Denny’s bid for a no-hitter is spoiled in the 7th inning when John Stearns infield grounder goes for s hit when the ump rules that 1B Roger Freed did not have his foot on the bag. Freed is pulled the next inning for Keith Hernandez and Denny is pulled for Roy Thomas, who tosses 2 hitless frames.  The Cards win, 5-1.  It is the 3rd time that Stearns has had the only hit in a game for NY.

13thAt Fenway, pitcher Boston Fergie Jenkins strikes out his 2,397th batter to move ahead of Sandy Koufax on the all-time list. Boston edges the White Sox, 5–4, in 10 innings.

15th  New York fans are in shock as the Mets trade ace P Tom Seaver to the Reds. In return they get P Pat Zachry, IF Doug Flynn, and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. The Mets also trade slugger Dave Kingman to the Padres for utility player Bobby Valentine and a minor league pitcher.

The Reds keep trading today, sending P Gary Nolan to the Angels for INF Craig Henderson. Cincy also swaps P Rawly Eastwick to the Cardinals for P Doug Capilla. Then, a fine trade for the Brewers, Milwaukee snag P Mike Caldwell from the Reds for P Dick O’Keeffe and infielder Garry Pyka. Caldwell has had trouble regaining his form following arm surgery, but in 1978 he will be the AL’s comeback player of the year.  In a final deal, the Reds acquire infielder Rick Auerbach from the Texas Rangers.

The Phillies swap batteries with Montreal sending P Wayne Twitchell and C Tim Blackwell for C Barry Foote and P Dan Warthen. The trade opens up the Montreal catching job for Gary Carter. Then Philadelphia ships P Tom Underwood, OF Rick Bosetti and 1B Dane Iorg to the Cardinals for Bake McBride and Steve Waterbury. McBride will hit .339 after arriving in Philley.

The Astros beat the trade deadline and send 1B Cliff Johnson to the Yankees for minor leaguers Mike Fischlin and Randy Niemann, and a player to be named (Dave Bergman).

16th  The Yankees Ron Guidry throws his first complete game, a 7–0 win over the Royals. Mickey Rivers has 3 hits, including a HR, and scores 3.

In a 7–3 loss to the White Sox, Boston’s Fred Lynn goes hitless to end his consecutive game hit streak at 20 games. Boston outhits Chicago, 13–12.

17th  At Boston, the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for 4 first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff homers back to back and Carlton Fisk, and George Scott follow suit later in the inning.  Boston adds another back-to-back in the 7th to match the major league record (as noted by David Vincent) en route to a 9-4 win to take over 1st place in the AL East. New York is a half-game back with the Orioles 1 ½ back.

18th  New York’s Reggie Jackson loafs after a Jim Rice bloop double during a 10–4 loss to Boston and is taken out by manager Billy Martin right after the manager removes starter Mike Torrez. Jackson and Martin nearly come to blows in the dugout as national television cameras watch. Boston connects for 5 homers in the game, 2 each by Yaz and Bernie Carbo.  Fenway Park sees the largest Saturday afternoon crowd (34,603) in 20 years.

In his debut in a Reds uniform, Tom Seaver fires a 3-hit shutout as the Reds beat the Expos, 6–0.

19th  The Indians fire manager Frank Robinson, replacing him with Jeff Torborg.

At Fenway, Yankee pitchers help put the Red Sox in the record books when they serve up 5 gopher balls (Doyle, Carbo, Rice, Yaz, Scott) in an 11–1 pasting for the 3rd loss in a row. Yastrzemski’s homer, served up by Dick Tidrow, is a towering drive down the RF line off the RF facade (to the right of the retired #’s) the only player to ever reach that height. No one else has ever come close to duplicating that feat.The Bosox hit a record 16 homers in three victories over the Yankees (six on the 17th; five on the 18th). It wasn’t the wind, as New York goes homerless in the series.

At Comiskey, Lamar Johnson sing the national anthem before the start of a twinbill between the Sox and the A’s, then he collects all 3 Sox hits in game 1 as Wilbur Wood wins, 2-1. It is his first win in more than a year.  Johnson has a double and two homers off Mike Norris. Francisco Barrios completes the sweep with a 5-1 win in game 2.

20th  Rick Wise shuts out the O’s, striking out 10 batters and allowing two hits, to win, 4–0. Butch Hobson homers for Boston, their 22nd HR in 6 games.

21st  Behind Luis Tiant’s 2-hitter, the Red Sox pummel the O’s, 7–0. Jim Rice and George Scott bang homers. The Sox also sign Tommy Helms, released by the Pirates, and waive Doug Griffin.

Reds pitcher Paul Moskau homers on his 2nd ML at bat, but gives up 4 runs in 4+ innings. The Reds prevail over the Phillies, 10–5, at Veterans Stadium.

22nd  It’s not a good year for Texas manager Frank Lucchesi, as Eddie Stanky takes over, leading the club to a 10–8 triumph over the Twins. The next day, the “homesick” Stanky will resign.

It’s not easy but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12–11 win over Detroit.  The Yankees are led by Graig Nettles, with a 3-run homer, and Reggie Jackson, who belts a 2-run triple.

The Dodgers make it easy for Burt Hooten as they do all their scoring in the first 5 innings, rolling to a 12-1 win over the visiting Cardinals.  Ron Cey has 4 RBI and Steve Garvey has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 5 runs. Garvey is second in the NL in RBI, with Cey just behind him. LA leads the Reds by 8.5 games in the NL West.

The Red Sox bang 5 homers (Scott, Rice, Fisk 2, Hobson), all off Jim Palmer, to beat Baltimore, 5–4. The Sox have now won 12 of their last 13 games and set homer records for 8 games (29), 7 games (26), and 6 games (24).  The Sox reach 100 homers, the earliest they ever have.

The Phillies outslug the Reds, 15–9, at Vets Stadium. Joel Hoerner makes his debut with the Reds, handing out an intentional walk and then a grand slam to Larry Bowa.

In a 3-1 Pittsburgh win over the Padres, Rennie Stennett singles to run his batting streak to 20 straight games.

23rd  At Baltimore, Boston wins their 7th game in a row, defeating the Orioles, 7–3. Butch Hobson’s homer gives the Sox a ML record 30 homers in 9 games.

24th  Before 54,940 at Yankee Stadium, Roy White launches a dramatic 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5–5 tie with the Red Sox, and New York scores in the next inning on Reggie Jackson bases-loaded single to win, 6–5. White’s key hit comes after Bill Campbell retires the first 2 Yankees in the 9th and then Willie Randolph triples to bring up Murcer. Sparky Lyle picks up the win, handing Boston their 1st loss in 8 games.  With homers from Yaz, Hobson and George Scott, the Sox set a ML record of 33 homers in 10 games.

At Minnesota, Chicago’s Ralph Garr hits a three-run homer in the 3rd, but Jim Essian, the base runner on 1B, watches the ball to see if it will be caught and Garr passes him.  Garr gets a single and 2 RBIs.  Minnesota still wins, 7–6.

Bob Watson hits for the cycle to lead Houston to a 6–5 win over the SF Giants. Joe Sambito is the winning pitcher.

25th  Mike Torrez outduels Luis Tiant to give the Yankees a 5–1 win over the Red Sox.  Graig Nettles 3-run homer is the big blow.  New York now trails the Sox by 3 games.

At Old-Timers Day in Chicago, the Cubs score 4 in the 9th inning to edge the Mets, 5–4. Larry Biittner doubles in 2 runs, and Bill Buckner’s wind-blown fly eludes 2 outfielders for a 3rd double in the frame. With the sack full, Manny Trillo’s hits a grounder to 3B and beats out the attempted DP for the winner.

26th  On Jersey Day in Minnesota, every fan receives a jersey with #29 on it, Rod Carew’s number. RodCarew responds by going 4-for-5, scoring 5 runs, driving in 6 and raising his average to .403. Teammate Glenn Adams drives in eight—4 on a grand slam–as the Twins beat the White Sox 19–12. The two teams combine for 34 hits.

In front of 55,039 fans, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox, avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York takes  4–1 lead into the 9th, but the Sox tie the game.  In the bottom of the 9th, Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at 3B to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.

In a sweep of Texas, both by 4–3 scores, Angels 2B Jerry Remy has 26 chances, an AL record (4PO, 12A in 11 inning, game 1: 5 PO, 5A in g2). This comes 2 days after 2B Don Money ties the AL mark with 12 assists.

At County Stadium, Ceceil Cooper reaches Mike Kekich for a 2-out come-from-behind grand slam in the 9th for an 8-6 Brewers win over Seattle. Cooper is the only batter Kekich faces as he replaces Romo, who takes the loss.

27th  The Giants Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs, one a grand slam, in the 6th inning to pace a 14–9 victory over the Reds. McCovey becomes the first player to twice hit 2 HRs in one inning (4/12/73), and also becomes the all-time NL leader with 17 career grand slams. Andre Dawson, in 1978 and 1986, will clout 2 round trippers in an inning. Reliever Joe Hoerner helps as he enters the 6th with 2 outs, the sacks full, and the Reds holding a 7–6 lead. He hits 2 batters, then serves up the slam to McCovey.

The Cubs edge the Expos, 4–3 as Bruce Sutter shuts down Montreal for two innings to earn his 20th save.  Sutter’s ERA is now a minuscule 0.69.

At Exhibition Stadium, The Blue Jays nip the Yankees, 7-6. Hector Torrez hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Ron Guidry, to give the Jays the lead.

28th  Ken Reitz knocks in 8 runs—half on a grand slam—in a 13–3 St. Louis win over Pittsburgh.

Billy Hunter becomes the Rangers’ 4th manager in 6 days. Connie Ryan had filled in after Eddie Stanky’s departure.

29th  In a 9–1 win, Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR, this one coming off Eric Rasmussen of the Cardinals. Bruce Kison is the winning pitcher.

30th  Cliff Johnson becomes the 2nd player in 3 days to hit a pair of homers in an inning. He hits 3 consecutive home runs, including 2 in the 8th inning, as the Yankees rout the Blue Jays 11–5. Thurman Munson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs. New York (42–33) is a half-game behind the Red Sox.

The host Reds beat the Giants, 11–5, as Joe Morgan paces the scoring with 5 runs and 2 stolen bases, despite going 0-for-2 at the plate. Max Carey, on July 25, 1913, scored 5 runs on no hits.

JULY

1st  Richie Zisk has a 3-run homer and 2-run shot to account for the White Sox scoring as Chicago beats the Twins to move ahead of Minnesota into 1st place in the division.

2nd  The White Sox Jim Spencer clubs 2 HRs—one a grand slam—against the Twins and ties his club record of 8 RBI. Spencer also had 8 RBI on May 14th to tie the mark held by Carl Reynolds and Tommy McCraw. Chicago wins, 13–8.

At Cleveland, Andy Hassler outduels Dennis Eckersley to give the Royals a 1-0 win over the Indians.  Hassler allows just one hit, a 6th inning single by Duane Kuiper.

At Anaheim, the A’s break a 4-4 tie with 5 run in the 8th inning to beat the Angels, 9-4. Mike Jorgensen’s grand slam in the 8th is the big hit.

1st  Richie Zisk has a 3-run homer and 2-run shot to account for the White Sox scoring as Chicago beats the Twins to move ahead of Minnesota into 1st place in the division.

3rd  On his 24th birthday, Angel Frank Tanana records his 14th straight complete game in beating the A’s 6–4, and raising his record to 12-5. His overworked arm would plague him for the rest of the season, and he would wind up 15-9.

Ron Guidry scatters 6 hits and tosses his 2nd consecutive shutout, a 2–0 Yankee win over Detroit. Roy White breaks the scoreless game with a double in the 8th inning.

In an 11–7 win over the Padres, Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt hits an inside-the-park homer, the second of his career. He’ll hit one more, in 1982.

Don Money belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th for the Brewers as they pull away to beat the Mariners, 10-3.  Jerry Augustine evens his record at 9-9.

4th  The Boston Red Sox end their 9 game losing streak by walloping a ML-record-tying and since topped, 8 HRs, in beating Toronto 9–6 at Fenway. Seven of the homers are solo shots, another ML record. Four HRs (Lynn, Rice, Yaz, Scott) come in the 8th inning. Only Scott’s is not consecutive. Lynn and Scott each have 2, while Rice, Yaz, Hobson and Carbo have one apiece. The Sox previous high for homers was 6 and they won’t top that number until 1999.

After 8 straight hits, Ron Cey is called out on strikes in the 9th in a 4–0 Dodger win over San Francisco. Cey had 5 hits the day before and 3 straight today.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Chicago outfielder Larry Biittner pitches the last 1 1/3 innings for the Cubs, striking out 3. That’s the good news. The bad news is he allows 6 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk as the Expos crush the Cubs, 19–3. Two of the three K’s are of the opposing pitcher, Jackie Brown, and the last is Larry Parrish, who had homered on a 1–2 pitch from Biittner. Biittner also serves up homers to Valentine and Dawson, each of whom have five ribbies. Biittner is later fined $50 by the NL for throwing a “brush-back” pitch after surrendering the three home runs, but a collection is taken up to pay for his shave. Further bad news for the Cubs is that Bruce Sutter is knocked out for the first time this year, and a massive knot beneath his right shoulder will keep him out of the All-star game. The Cubs lose game 2, 7–6.

New York stays a game ahead of the Red Sox by edging Cleveland, 7–5. The Yankees get home runs from Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella, and Nettles.

5th  Ted Simmons hits a 2-run homer and Mike Tyson applies the knockout punch with a 4th inning grand slam off John Candelaria (8-3) as the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 7-3.

Steve Carlton (11-4) goes 7 innings as the Phillies play long ball to beat the Mets. 12-1. Tim McCarver drives in 5 runs, and hits a grand slam, Jay Johnstone hits 2 homers and Mike Schmidt adds a 3-run homer. The Phils trail the Cubs by 3 games in the NL East.

At Baltimore, the Orioles edge the Tigers, winning 2-1 and 6-5 in 12 innings. Lee May hits a grand slam in game 2 for the O’s, now a game behind the Yankees and a half game up on the Red Sox.

6th  In Atlanta, the Reds outlast the Braves, winning 15–13. The Braves spot the Reds 6 runs, then tie it up with a 6-run 4th inning. The Braves tie in the 7th at 9 apiece, but the Reds score 6 in the 8th inning, 4 on a grand slam by Dave Concepcion. Atlanta scores 1 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to complete a wild game.

The Cubs top the visiting Expos, 8–6, overcoming a grand slam by Expos starter Don Stanhouse, off Bill Bonham. It is Stanhouse’s only ML homer. Stanhouse gives up 7 runs, 4 earned, and takes the loss.

7th  New York completes a 3-game sweep of Cleveland behind the 4 hit pitching of Catfish Hunter. New York wins, 8–2.

Chicago’ Rick Reuschel shuts out the Cardinals to run his record to 12–2.  Reuschel has not given up an earned run, except a homer, since June 1.

8th  The Yankees, led by home runs off the bats of Munson and Nettles. beat the Orioles, 7–5.  Don Gullett wins his 7th of the year.

Dennis Eckersley tires and allows 3 runs in the 9th, but wins his 8th as the Indians beat the visiting Blue Jays, 11-5. Larvell Blanks has 2 homers and 5 RBIs and rookie Jim Norris is 0-for-0 with 5 walks and a ribbie.

9th  Lenny Randle cracks a 2-out 2-run homer in the bottom of the 17th to give the Mets a 7-5 win over the Expos.

Rafael Garcia of Juarez (Mexican League) hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in beating Durango, 3–1. He throttled Nuevo Laredo without a hit on April 16th.

10th  The Orioles stop the Yankees, 5–0, to drop New York into 2nd place behind the Red Sox.

In the first of a twinbill with the Brewers, the Red Sox strand a ML-record tying 20 runners, but still win, 8–5.

11th  The Angels fire manager Norm Sherry. Dave Garcia takes over.

12th  Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5–2 win over the Brewers. The win stops the Yanks loss streak at 3 games.

Steve Henderson hits a game-winning HR, off Bruce Sutter, to give the Mets a 4–2 victory over the Cubs.  After the game the Cubs relief ace admits his arm is bothering him, and asks to be excused from the All-Star game.  Bleeding will be found in Sutter’s arm and he will get the week off after the All-Star break to rest it.

13thAt Shea Stadium, Lenny Randle comes to bat in the 6th against the Cubs Paul Burris, when New York City is hit by a power blackout at 9:34. A generator keeps some lights on but not enough to continue the game. Randle will finally ground out, but it won’t be until the game is completed on September 16. The Cubs win, 5–1.

14thThe Red Sox beat Cleveland 7–4. Carl Yastrzemski’s 5th inning single gives him a career total of 2,655 hits, moving him ahead of Williams as Boston’s all-time hit leader.

In Cincinnati, George Foster cracks 3 home runs to drive in 5 runs against the Reds 7–1 whipping of the Braves.  Tom Seaver pitches a 2 hitter for the win, and doesn’t give up a hit until the 7th inning when Willie Montanez doubles.

17th  The Yankees lose, 8–4, for their 3rd straight loss to the Royals.  New York has now lost 7 of their last 9 games and are 3 games in back of the leading Orioles.

At Shea, John Candelaria (10-3) wins the opener, 3-1, for Pittsburgh, but the Mets come back in the second game, 10-3. Steve Henderson connects for a grand slam as the Mets snap a 3-3 tie with a 6-run 7th.

19th  At Yankee Stadium, the NL scores 4 times in the opening inning off Jim Palmer, en route to a 7–5 All-Star Game victory. Don Sutton, hurling 3 scoreless innings, is named the game’s MVP. It is 100 degrees in New York today.

While pursuing Hank Aaron’s HR record, Sadaharu Oh breaks one held by Babe Ruth when he draws his 2,057th base on balls.

21st It’s a great day in New York City as the temperature hits a record 104 degrees and the Yankees play two. Catfish Hunter tosses a 7–0 shutout against the Brewers to snap the Yankees 3-game loss streak.  Milwaukee comes back in the nightcap to win, 5–4, in 10 innings.

In San Francisco, Gary Thomasson smacks a 4th inning grand slam off Jim Lonborg and Marc Hill follows an inning later with a 2-run shot to give the Giants a 6-0 lead over the Phillies. But Lonborg emerges a winner as the Phils plate 8 in the 6th to win, 9-6. Jerry Martin’s pinch triple with the bases loaded is the big blow in the frame.

22ndRick Reuschel allows just 4 hits as the Cubs beat the Braves, 1–0.

23rd  Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give the Yankees Ron Guidry a 3–1 victory over the Brewers.

24th  Seattle’s John Montague pitches 6 2⁄3 innings of perfect relief against California, giving him 33 consecutive batsmen retired over 2 games to tie the AL record. But California wins, 3–1.

25th  Pete Rose singles in the 4th inning of the Reds 9–8 loss to the Cardinals. It is Rose’s 2,881st career hit, enabling him to surpass Frankie Frisch as the all-time leader among switch-hitters. His hit comes off Pete Falcone.

26th  Padres rookie Gene Richards ties the NL record with 6 hits in an extra-inning contest.

The Yankees open their final series with Baltimore by tying the O’s at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson two-run pinch homer in the 9th. Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th with a solo HR to win.

27th  The Cubs Rick Reuschel tosses his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Reds, 3–0 on a 5-hitter.

Don Baylor cracks a 1st-inning grand slam and the Angels tack on 2 more homers to  beat the A’s, 9-3.

28th  In a wild one at Wrigley, the first-place Cubs (6) and Reds (5) combine for 11 HRs to tie the ML record. The first-place Cubs come back 4 times to win 16–15 in 13 innings in a contest that goes 4 hours and 50 minutes. Dave Rosello’s RBI single wins it. The Reds lead 6–0 to start, beginning with Rose’s leadoff HR as the 2 teams combine for 5 homers in the first inning, tying a ML mark. The Reds lead 15–14 near the finish, but Dave Rosello’s RBI single off Jack Billingham wins the game. Going deep are Buckner (2), Murcer, Mitterwald (2, including one in the 12th inning), and Morales for Chicago: Rose, Bench, Griffey, Lum and Geronimo homer for the Reds. Rick Reuschel (15–3), who shut out the Reds 2 days earlier, is the winner with 2/3 of an inning.

In New York, a Thursday crowd of 40,918 cheer as New York unleashes a 15 hit attack to down the Orioles, 14–2.  The Yankee barrage includes homers by Nettles, Munson and Roy White.

Bill Robinson’s 6th-inning grand slam, off starter Dan Larson (0-4), powers the Pirates to a 9-4 win over the visiting Astros.

Toronto peppers Gaylord Perry for 11 hits, but the Texas hurler still shuts them out, 3–0.

29th  Phil Niekro picks up his 10th win of the year, beating the Pirates 5–3 for the Braves.  But he has to strike out 4 Bucs in the 6th inning to do it.  He strikes out Dave Parker and Bill Robinson, but after Al Oliver doubles, Rennie Stennett whiffs and reaches 1B when the ball eludes the catcher. Omar Moreno then makes the 4th K in the inning.

In Cincinnati, the Reds and Cardinals split a twinbill, with the Reds edging the Birds, 6-5, in the opener.  Keith Hernandez belts a grand slam in game 2 when the Cardinals score 9 in the 2nd. St Louis wins, 10-3.

30th  Yankee pitcher Don Gullett picks up his 10th win, a 9–3 victory over the A’s.  But it will prove to be his final win of the year when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.

Behind Bill Robinson’s second grand slam in three days, the Pirates score 5 in the 8th to beat the Braves, 10-6.

Behind Steve Carlton (14-6), who goes 6 innings, the Phils trounce the Giants, 9-3. Greg Luzinski connects for a grand slam, Richie Hebner hits a 2 run homer, and Garry Maddox has a pair of triples.

31st  Graig Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9–2 win over the A’s, the 8th win in 9 games for New York.  The Yankees are a half game out of first.

The White Sox beat the Royals, 5-4, in 10 innings in the first of two at Comiskey. Kansas City scores 2 in the top of the 10th and the Sox plate 3 to win. Chet Lemon has a 2-run homer in the frame. Kansas City wins the nightcap, 8-4, but the Sox enter August with a 5.5 lead in the AL West.  With the Cubs also in first place, it is the first time that both Chicago teams are in first place in August since 1907. (as noted by John Snyder).

AUG­­UST

1st  Willie McCovey hits 2 HRs, including his 18th career grand slam, as the Giants beat Montreal, 9–2.

3rd  Baltimore rookie 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate in a 10-inning 8–6 win over Oakland.

The Cubs place Bruce Sutter and his injured arm on the 21-day disabled list.

At the Kingdome, the Red Sox use five homers to sink the Mariners, 12-4, as Mike Paxton (8-5) goes 5 innings for the victory. Jim Rice hits a pair and scores 4 times, Boomer Scott belts a 2-run homer, Butch Hobson adds a 3-run homer and Bernie Carbo hits a grand slam.

5th  The visiting Pirates swamp the Reds in a doubleheader before 50,000, winning 12–1 and 10–6. In game 1, Cincinnati native Dave Parker becomes the first player to reach the RF red seats at Riverfront with a home run, off Fred Norman. Veteran Joe Hoerner ends his career with a bang. The 40-year-old, a player-coach in the minors, mops up for the Reds by retiring 2 batters and then hits Frank Tavaras. Tavaras flings his bat and charges the mound, where the waiting Hoerner punches him in the mouth. In the second game, Tavaras hits an inside-the-park grand slam in the 2nd inning and Bill Robinson adds a 3-run homer in the 6th for Pittsburgh.  The Reds get a pair of homers from George Foster and a solo from Johnny Bench. Tavaras’ slam is the last inside the par for the Bucs this century.

Dennis Leonard pitches the Royals to a 12–2 win over the White Sox. John Mayberry leads the offense by hitting for the cycle.

Down 6 runs going into the bottom of the 4th, the Twins score 11 runs, then hang on for a 14-10 win over the Indians.  Glenn Adams starts the scoring in the 4th with a leadoff homer and Mike Cubbage finishes it with a grand slam. Cubbage drives in 5.

At Wrigley, the Padres and Dave Kingman outslug the Cubs to win, 11-8. Kingman has a 3-run homer and a grand slam, and the Pads get solo homers from Winfield and Hendrick as well. Steve Ontiveros has a 3-run homer and 4 ribbies for Chicago. The loss is costly for Chicago, putting them into 2nd place in the NL East behind the Phillies.

6th  The Phils nip the Dodgers, 1–0, as Gene Garber picks up his 2nd win in 2 days over the Dodgers.

Baltimore’s Rudy May gives up 3 homers to the Angels as California collects 14 hits in beating the Orioles, 9-5.  Ken Singleton connects for a grand slam for the Birds.

7th  Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankee losing streak with his 3rd straight victory. The Yankees will win 20 of their next 23 games over Western Division opponents.

At Oakland, the Red Sox win their 9th straight on the road, beating the A’s, 5–2. It is Boston’s 10th win in a row.

9th  The White Sox hit 6 HRs against the Mariners to tie the club mark at Comiskey Park. Eric Soderholm has 2, with Chet Lemon, Oscar Gamble, Jim Essian, and Royle Stillman contributing.

Reds pitchers Doug Capilla and Pedro Borbon combine on a one-hitter, stopping the Dodgers, 4–0.  The only LA hit is Ron Cey’s infield single to SS with 2 out in the 7th. Cey is called safe on a close and disputed play at 1B. Capilla is lifted with 2 on in the 8th.

10th  Billy Martin installs Reggie Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. The Yanks beat the A’s 6–3, as Guidry outpitches Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th homer of the season. New York will win 40 of final 53 games, with Jackson contributing 13 HRs and 49 RBIs.

For the 2nd times in two years a doubleheader at the Vet goes past 3 a.m. The Phils top the Expos in game one, 6–1, in a game that starts an hour late because of the rain.  A 2:27 delay in the 3rd takes its toll on the 46,664 fans in attendance. The 2nd game gets underway at 11:50 p.m. and lasts until 3:23 a.m. with the same results as game one.  Lonborg and Christianson are the winners.

The Red Sox score 3 in the 8th—two on a pinch homer by Bernie Carbo—in beating the Angels, 11–10 at home.  It is Boston’s 11th win in a row, their longest streak since 1950. Jim Willoughby (4-0), recovering from a broken ankle, is the winner.

The Pirates edge the Cubs, 2–1, in 18 innings as Ed Ott drives in the winning run with a sac fly. The Cubs only score is a homer by Jerry Morales in the 6th as they strand 15.  Pirates 2B Phil Garner sets a ML record for second basemen for the longest game with no putouts, but he does make 2 errors.

The Dodgers Rick Rhoden allows 2 hits—both by Dave Concepcion—in beating the Reds, 1–0. Fred Norman is the loser, though he gives up no earned runs.

11thTwo losses at Fenway today. The Red Sox lose to the Angels, 7–3, snapping their 11-game win streak, and the Bristol Red Sox lose, 5–3, to the Eastern League All-Stars.

Odell Jones (3-4) goes the distance as the Pirates wallop the host Mets, 9-1. Bill Robinson homers and drives in 4 runs and Phil Garner has 3 doubles and scores 3 times.  Dave Parker scores 3 and extends his hitting streak to 22 games.  It is his second consecutive game hitting streak of 22 games this year.

12th  For the 2nd straight day, Oakland’s Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid. Today’s single is off the Orioles Jim Palmer, who settles for a 2-hit 6–0 victory. Yesterday’s hit was off the Yankees Mike Torrez, who finished with a 3–0 two-hitter.

The Pirates win twice over the Mets 3–2 and 6–5. In the 2nd game, Mets 2B Felix Millan suffers a broken collarbone in a brawl with catcher Ed Ott, ending Millan’s 12-year ML career.

At Cleveland, the Indians take two games from the Brewers, winning 2-0 and 5-4.  Dennis Eckersley tosses a one-hitter in the opener, giving up a 1st-inning triple to Cecil Cooper before settling down. Rico Carty hits a game-winning double in the 9th in game 2 after the Brewers had tied the score in the top of the 9th with 2 runs.

At Detroit, Minnesota takes a 12-3 lead into the bottom of the 3rd against the Tigers, then hang on to win, 12-11. Rod Carew has a grand slam, one of six homers hit today. The Tigers connect for two solo homers in the 9th.

At Dodger Stadium, Rod Gilbreath drives in all of Atlanta’s runs with a ground out and a 9th inning grand slam, off starter Don Sutton, as the Braves beat the Dodgers, 5-2.

13th  Against visiting Seattle, the Red Sox have two outs in the 6th inning, and then unload back-to-back-to-back homers by George Scott, Butch Hobson and Dwight Evans.  The Red Sox win, 13–6.

14th  The Yankees collect 15 hits, including homers by Rivers and Nettles, to swamp the Angels. 15–3. Dick Tidrow allows just 2 hits in 6 innings for the win.

Texas spots the White Sox 6 runs in the first inning and then rallies for a 12-9 victory. The Rangers get a leadoff HR from Mike Hargrove—his 2nd in two games—in scoring 3 in the first, then match that with a 3-run HR in the 2nd by Claudell Washington.

Yaz leads the Red Sox to an 11–1 pasting of Seattle by collecting his 506th career double. This moves Yaz past Babe Ruth on the all time list. Boston has now defeated Seattle 10 straight times.

After taking the opener, 12–5, the Indians light up Milwaukee’s Bill Travers for 18 hits and 14 runs to win, 14–5.  It will be 21 years before another pitcher—Mike Oquist on August 3, 1998 versus the Yankees—allows 14 runs.

The Phillies complete a 4-game sweep at Wrigley to dash the pennant hopes of the Cubs. Philadelphia wins the first game, 10-2, behind Larry Christenson’s 4-hitter.  Mike Schmidt belts a pair of homers, scores 4 times, and drives in 6 runs. Greg Luzinski hits his 31st in the nightcap, as the Phils win, 4-2. Chicago is now tied for 3rd with the Cardinals.

The Giants beat the Reds, 6-1, in the first of two, but Joe Morgan leads Cincinnati to a second-game win, 9-3, with a grand slam and solo homer.

15th  Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game, a 6–2 win over the White Sox.  New York is now just 4 1/2 games in back of Boston.

In a 2–1 win over Kansas City, Boston’s Jim Rice hits a 3rd inning double and becomes the first Boston player since Ted Williams in 1939 to hit 20 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in a season. Between Williams and Rice, only Charlie Keller (1946), DiMaggio (1948, ’50), Mantle (1955) and Minoso (1956) had reached those levels.

At Atlanta, the Astros unload for a 15-3 win over the Braves, as J.R. Richard pitches 5 innings for the win.  Rob Sperring has 4 hits, including a HR, and Art Howe belts a grand slam. J.R. Richard homers before being lifted.

Milt May hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Tigers trounce the Mariners, 13-1. Ben Oglivie and Ron LeFlore add 2-run homers.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 9–4 lead in the top of the 9th when Chicago scores six runs, but a two-run homer by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the inning gives the Yankees an 11–10 win.

At Montreal, the Phillies win their 13th straight a 20th century club record, beating the Expos, 7–5. Warren Brusstar is the winner over Kerrigan.

17th  Records fall as the Mexican League concludes its season. Ironman hurler Aurelio Lopez of the Mexico City Reds racks up his 30th save to go with a record 19 victories in relief. Veteran Tampico 1B Hector Espino hits only 14 HRs, but raises his career total to 435, a new minor league record. Thirty-eight-year-old Vic Davalillo, the league’s top hitter at .384, is purchased by the Dodgers.

Montreal ends the Phillies’ 13-game win streak with a bang, winning 13–0. Stan Bahnsen is the winner over Steve Carlton. The 13 games is a club record for this century: three times in the 19th C the club won 16 straight.

18th  Dodger P Don Sutton throws his 5th one-hitter, tying the NL record, as he blanks the Giants, 7–0. The lone hit is Marc Hill’s two-out single in the 8th.

Behind Jim Lonborg’s 5 hitter and Richie Hebner’s grand slam, the Phillies return to their winning ways with an 8-3 victory over the Expos.

19thBacked by homers from Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row and New York beats Texas, 8–1.  The Yanks are now 2 1/2 games in back of Boston.

At Busch, the Cardinals plate 5 runs in the 1st and roll to a 12-4 defrocking of the Padres. Mike Tyson supplies the knockout punch, knocking in 6 runs on 3 hits, including a homer.

The Brewers knock the White Sox out of first place with a 6-2 win.  The Sox also announce a trade with the Cardinals, sending Steve Staniland to the Birds for veteran SS Don Kessinger. He’ll become the regular shortstop tomorrow.

21st  Pittsburgh’s Rennie Stennett, batting .336 for the season, breaks his right leg sliding into 2B during a 5–4 loss to San Francisco. He will be out for the year, falling 12 plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, won by teammate Dave Parker at .338. His leg problems will flare up again next season and Stennett will never again hit higher than .244.

Graig Nettles’ HR and double account for both Yankee runs in a 2–1 win over Texas. Ron Guidry picks up his 10th win of the year and Yankees cut the Red Sox lead to one-half game.

Dave Kingman belts his second grand slam this month and Bob Owchinko throws his first career shutout as San Diego beats the Cardinals, 8-0.

Tom Seaver makes his first appearance in Shea Stadium as a member of the Reds, and pitches a 6-hitter to beat the Mets, 5–1. Tom Terrific strikes out 11, has a double at the plate and scores twice.

Rick Dempsey returns to active duty after breaking his finger, and Brooks Robinson goes on the voluntary retired list.

22nd  Both the Red Sox and Yankees lose today. The White Sox top the Yankees, 5–3, and snap the pinstripers’ 8-game win skein, while Minnesota beats the Sox, 5–4.

The Cardinals overcome a grand slam by Steve Yeager and score 7 runs in the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 8-6. Roger Freed hits a 2-out pinch 3-run walkoff homer in the 9th for the Birds.

In game 1 at the Kingdome, Rico Carty clubs a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs, and Buddy Bell connects for a grand slam, as the Indians down the Mariners, 12-1. Jim Bibby (10-10) allows 2 hits. The M’s rebound in game 2 to win, 4-3.

23rd  Behind Mickey Rivers’ 5-for-5 and Torrez’s 7th straight CG contributing to an 8–3 whipping of the White Sox, the Yanks take over first place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees go ahead by a half game and will stay in first place to the end.

Dave Goltz one-hits the Red Sox to give the Twins a 7–0 win.  Jim Rice hits a single in the 4th for the only safety.

24th  Catfish Hunter notches his final win of the year, an 11–1 four-hit victory over the Twins. New York supports Hunter with homers outages by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chambliss and Dent.

25th  The Twins blow a 4–2 lead over the Yankees when Mickey Rivers hits a 2-run single in the 7th inning and Reggie Jackson drives home a run in the next inning.

Junior Moore hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Bill Bonham, as the Braves take a 7-1 lead after 2 innings, then hang on to beat the Cubs, 8-6.

26th  New York wins its 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6–5 win over Texas.  With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees move in front by 2 games.

27th  Rangers Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park HRs on consecutive pitches off Ken Clay, highlighting an 8–2 win over the Yankees, only the 2nd loss for New York in 14 games.  It ties the ML mark and it is the first time since 1946 that two batters have connected consecutively on IPHRs.

Dan Driessen and Johnny Bench hit back-to-back homers in the 9th inning to give the Reds a 5–4 win over the Phils. Tug McGraw serves up both. Driessen’s homer is a line drive that hits the CF wall at Riverfront and rebounds back over Jerry Martin’s head all the way to the infield for an IPHR.  Bench follows with one over the LF wall.

Continuing the theme of the day, Boston DH Tommy Helms and 3B Butch Hobson hit back-to-back HRs in a 7–5 win over the Twins. It is the 15th time this year that Sox hitters have homered consecutively, tying a ML record. Montgomery and Scott also homer for the Hubmen.

28th  Steve Garvey has a career game with 5 extra-base hits, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI, as the Dodgers blast the Cardinals 11–0. Garvey’s barrage includes 3 doubles and 2 HRs, one a grand slam, and all are consecutive.

Ron Guidry fires his 3rd shut out of the year, a 1–0 whitewash of the Rangers.  Guidry faces just 28 batters, allowing 2 hits.  Graig Nettles scores the winning run after belting as triple.

29th  The Cardinals Lou Brock steals two bases in a 4–3 loss to the Padres. It is career steal 893 for Brock, breaking Ty Cobb’s modern record. With his second steal, in the 7th,  Brock picks up second base and then his teammates storm the field.  The Padres supply a microphone so the theft king can address the crowd.  When Brock takes the field in the 7th, the Padre bullpen asks for autographs, and he is lifted to the cheers of the fans.

In the 9-2 victory over the White Sox, the Indians hit 4 homers, two by Andre Thornton. After going to bat 1381 times without a homer, SS Duane Kuiper clubs a Steve Stone pitch into the RF stands in the first inning. Kuiper will hang his glove and his .271 average up in 1985, and will have gone to bat 3379 times with just this one HR.  When the Indians trade Kuiper they will give him the seat where his homer landed.

The Yankees top the Royals 5–3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.

Pat Kelly connects for a grand slam off Nolan Ryan in the 7th and the Orioles beat the Angels, 6-2.

At Fenway, Jim Rice clubs 3 homers—in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th inning—but Boston loses to the Oakland A’s, 8–7. Rice added a single in the 4th. He is the first Bosox player to hit the hat trick since Norm Zauchin on May 27, 1955.

30th  Against the Yankees, the Mariners tie the score, 5–5, in the 8th inning, then lose in the 11th, 6–5, when Mickey Rivers leads off the inning with a home run.

31st  Hank Aaron’s mark of 755 career HRs is tied by Sadaharu Oh.

Yankee reliever Sparky Lyle records his 3rd win in three games, all won on late-inning homers by New York. He ties the AL record for wins in 3 consecutive games. Graig Nettles’ 2nd homer of the game gives New York a 5–4 win over Seattle.

The Cardinals trade Clay Carroll back to the White Sox for three players to be named later: Silvio Martinez, Dave Hamilton and Nels Nyman. The Sox had traded Carroll in March for Lerrin LaGrow. Carroll will appear in a few games for Chicago, then get released in spring training next year. Martinez will win 24 games in two seasons before succumbing to arm problems.

SEPTEMBER

2nd  Kansas City takes a pair from the Brewers, winning 3-1 and 3-0.  Milwaukee manages 4 hits in game 1 and just one hit, an 8th inning pinch single by Charlie Moore off Paul Splittorff (12-6), in game 2. The sweep puts the Royals up by 4 games in the AL West.

3rd  Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th HR of his career to surpass Hank Aaron’s total and to crown him the most prolific HR hitter in professional baseball history to date.

Keith Hernandez hits his second grand slam of the year to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead in the 8th, but Bill Madlock hits his second homer of the game in the 9th to tie it up.  The Giants then score the winning run in the 14th on Tim Foli‘s RBI single.

4th  In Montreal, Bob Watson hits an RBI double and a grand slam in the 1st to help Joe Niekro (11-5) and the Astros beat the Expos, 11-5.

Cliff Johnson hits a 1st inning grand slam and Don Gullett scatters 3 hits as the Yankees beat the host Twins 4-0. New York now leads Boston by 4.5 games and Baltimore by 5.

5th  Boston pitchers Don Aase and Reggie Cleveland throw shutouts as the Sox win, 8-0 and 6-0 over the Blue Jays. Jim Rice, with his 35th homer, and Carlton Fisk each drive in 3 in support of Aase.  The Sox trail the Yankees by 2.5 games.

Cleveland slows down the Yankees pennant rush with a pair of victory, beating New York, 4-3 and 5-4.

6th  California acquires Dave Kingman for cash. Nine days later the Yankees will buy Kingman, making him the first player to wear 4 uniforms in 4 divisions in the same year. His 26 HRs will be the most by a player with more than 2 teams.

The Royals sink the Mariners, 10-0, as Paul Splittorff combines with two relievers for the win. Al Cowens leads the offense with 5 hits—his second 5-hit game this season–including a pair of homers, scores 4 and drives in 4.  The game is over early enough that four players make their ML debuts.

In Toronto, Carlton Fisk hits a 1st inning grand slam and a 3-run homer in the 8th as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 11-2.

7th  In California’s 4-1 win over visiting Milwaukee, Bobby Bonds swipes 2B and then 3B in the 6th inning. The throw from C Charlie Moore to 3B hits Bonds in the helmet causing a slight concussion and sending him to the hospital. The ball ricochets out of play. Bonds is lifted and pinch runner Gary Nolan scores the run.

8th  At Wrigley, Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter strikes out the first 6 men he faces, including three batters (Ellis Valentine, Gary Carter, and Larry Parrish) on 9 pitches in the 9th inning. He uses 16 pitches in the 8th inning to fan Warren Cromartie, Andre Dawson and Tony Perez. The Cubs score in the 10th against Montreal’s Joe Kerrigan, and Sutter picks up the win, 3–2.

At Toronto, Red Sox sluggers Carlton Fisk and George Scott club back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning, setting a record. It is the 16th time this season that Sox hitters have hit back-to-back homers, breaking the record of 15 set by the 1964 Twins. Boston wins, 7–2.

9th  In the second game of a doubleheader loss in Boston, Tiger rookies Lou Whitaker and Allan Trammell debut together.  They will hold down the 2B and SS jobs in Detroit for a record 19 years. Boston prevails today, 5–1 and 8–6.

Rudy May allows 2 hits and Terry Crowley hits a pinch grand slam, his first homer of the year, as the Orioles beat the Indians, 7-1.

10th  Toronto’s Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single, 2 doubles, and 2 HRs, as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees, 19–3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.

White Sox knuckleballer Wilbur Wood hits 3 batters in the first inning on the way to a 6–1 loss to the Angels.  All of Wilbur’s plunks are consecutive, tying a ML record set by Dock Ellis 3 years ago.

At the Kingdome, the Rangers take a pair from the Mariners, winning 5-2 and 7-1. Doyle Alexander scatters 4 hits, including a 2-run HR by Leroy Stanton, to win the opener, and Roger Moret and Len Barker combine on a 4-hitter in game 2. Tom Grieve helps with a grand slam.

11th  In Atlanta, the Braves pull off a triple steal in beating the Padres, 7–3. The thieves are Gary Matthews, Biff Pocaroba, and Pat Rockett.

Bill Lee (8-3) goes 8 innings and Jim Rice hits a grand slam as Boston beats Detroit, 6-2. With the Yankees splitting, the Red Sox are a game and a half back.

12th  In a see saw game at Dodger Stadium, the hosts regain the lead with a 5-run 6th which includes a grand slam by Dusty Baker. The Padres tie with 2 in the 8th and a run in the 9th, then take the lead with a run in the 10th. Ron Cey then reaches Rollie Fingers for a walkoff 2-run homer to give LA the 7-6 win.

13th  The Dodgers Dusty Baker drives in a team-record 5 runs in one inning, the 2nd, as Los Angeles whips the Padres 18–4. LA leads the West by 13 1⁄2 games.

14th  In an 8–5 Milwaukee win, veteran Ken McMullen hits a pinch homer for the Brewers in the 8th inning against Seattle’s Tom House. The homer, McMullen’s 156th, comes on his last ML at bat.  He’ll be released in December and retire.

The Expos trip the visiting Cubs, 3-2, in 12 innings as Canadian Bill Atkinson (7-2) picks up the win in relief when Andre Dawson triples in the winner in the 12th. Gary Carter steals home on the front end of a twin steal.

15th  The Orioles forfeit to the Blue Jays when manager Earl Weaver pulls his team off the field in the 5th inning citing a hazardous condition—a small tarpaulin held down by bricks on the bullpen mound. The Jays are ahead 4–0 when the forfeit is called. The O’s will end the season tied with the Red Sox at 97–64.

The Reds come back from an 8–3 deficit to beat the Dodgers, 9–8. Cincy scores 4 in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th on Ken Griffey’s homer.

The Kansas City Royals sweep their 2nd doubleheader in 2 days to run their win streak to 16 games, the 6th longest win streak this century. Oakland again falls, 7–6 and 5–4. The Royals now lead by 10 1/2 games.

The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It’s Kingman’s 4th team this year, all in different divisions: he started the season with the Mets, was traded to San Diego in June, and to the Angels for cash on September 6.  King Kong will hit 4 homers for the Yankees, giving him 26, a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).

16th  Seattle and Doc Medich beat Kansas City 4–1 to end the Royals’ winning streak at 16 games—the longest in the majors in 24 years.

17th  The Pirates top Montreal 6–3 as Frank Tavaras steals his 64th base of the season to become the Bucs’ all-time base stealer.  Max Carey had been the Pirates’ theft leader.

At Arlington, Texas beats Minnesota, 5-4, scoring the winning run in the 17th when the Twins botch Bert Campaneris’ sacrifice bunt, his third of the game.  It is the third game this season that Campy has had three sac bunts. He’ll total 40 this year to lead the AL.

At Tiger Stadium, the Yankees use the long ball to subdue the Tigers, winning, 9-4, with all the runs scoring on four baggers. Reggie Jackson has a pair of homers, Greg Nettles hits his 35th, Thurman Munson homers in the opening inning and Dave Kingman hits his first as a Yankee.  Kingman has now homered for four teams this year, a ML record, and is the only player in the 20thcentury to homer in the same season for the Mets and Yankees. Chris Young will match that in 2014.

18th  Spoiling Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore, Boston’s Ted Cox goes 4-for-4 in his first ML game, a 10–4 win over the Orioles. Cox will get 2 more hits tomorrow before making an out against the Yankees, setting a ML record for straight hits at the start of a career.

After losing 5 of his last 6 decisions, Chicago’s Rick Reuschel notches his 20th victory beating the Mets, 6–5. Reuschel leaves after 6 innings because of a blister, but racks up two hits and three ribbies at the plate.

At Dodger Stadium, Reggie Smith and Ron Cey hits their 30th homers of the year, Dusty Baker his 28th, and Steve Garvey his 31st, but the Dodgers come up short, losing to Atlanta, 9-8. Jeff Burroughs hits his 40th for the Braves.

Keith Hernandez hits his third grand slam of the year as the Cardinals score 9 runs in the 2nd as they whip the Phillies, 12-5. Garry Templeton contributes 4 hits and 4 RBI.

19th  Former catcher Paddy Livingston dies at age 97, in Cleveland, OH. He was the last surviving player from the AL’s first season (1901).

20th  The Dodgers clinch the NL Western Division title with a 3–1 win over the Giants.

In San Diego, Tom Seaver pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds win, 4–0. Pete Rose has one of the Reds five hits to run his hitting streak to 20 games.  It is his second 20-game hit streak this season.

21st  Joe Niekro notches his league-high 20th complete game, striking out 10, as the Braves top the Astros, 5-3.  Cesar Cedeno extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 22 and also steals his 55th base.

22nd  Bert Blyleven pitches a no-hitter as the Rangers beat the Angels 6–0. Blyleven (14-12) walks one. Blyleven, who grew up two miles from the Angels Anaheim Stadium and owns a restaurant nearby, fans seven including the side in the 7th inning. Paul Hartzell gives up 12 hits in losing.

23rd  George Foster belts home run #50, off Buzz Capra, as the Reds beat the Braves, 5–1.  Foster is the first Reds player to reach 50 homers: Kluszewski held the Reds record with 49 homers in 1954.

At Oakland, Gaylord Perry allows 3 hits, including a grand slam by Tony Armas, as Texas prevails over the A’s, 6-5. Two errors precede the slam.

24th  Jack Brohamer becomes the first White Sox player since Ray Schalk in 1922 to hit for the cycle as Chicago whips the Mariners, 8–3. Brohamer also adds a double.

25th  Detroit pounds out 18 hits against Boston’s Reggie Cleveland, but they still lose 12–5, as he pitches a complete game. Rusty Staub grounds into a DP for Detroit, the 12th for him this month, a total that won’t be matched the rest of the century.  He will total 27 DPs, the second year in a row he will lead the league. Fisk, Hobson and Yaz all homer for Boston, giving the Sox a total of 210.

The Yankees whitewash the Blue Jays, winning 15-0 and 2-0.  The Bombers pound out 20 hits in the opener, 5 for homeruns, as Ron Guidry strikes out 10 batters.  Cliff Johnson has a pair of homers and Reggie Jackson has a double and 3-run homer. Ed Figueroa is the winner in game 2 with relief help from Sparky Lyle. It is the second time this month that the Jays have been calcimined in a twinbill. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by 3 games.

26th  In a 9–5 win at St. Louis, the Expos run in a record four pinch-runners in the 9th inning.

27th  In the first of two at Oakland, Jerry Tabb belts a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 15th to give the A’s a 4-2 win over the Royals.  Tabb has 3 RBIs in the game.  Joe Lahoud accounts for all the KC scoring with a pair of homers. The A’s win game 2, 3-2, denying Dennis Leonard his 20th win.

28th  Reds rookie Paul Moskau (6-6) allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Padres, 8-0. Johnny Bench helps with a grand slam in the 1st and George Foster hits his 52nd homer, 11 ahead of Burroughs for the NL lead.

30th  Tom Seaver wins his 21st of the year and Phil Niekro drops his 20th as the Reds beat the Braves, 7-1. Atlanta’s run in the 5th snaps Seaver’s consecutive scoreless inning streak at 27.2 innings.

The Red Sox eliminate the O’s with an 11-10 win Baltimore.  Carlton Fisk has 4 RBI and reaches 100 RBI to go with 100 runs scored, just the fifth catcher to do so. Jim Rice has 5 RBI.  Yaz has 3 putouts in LF and finishes his seasons with no errors. He has 287 putouts in the outfield and another 53 at first base.

OCTOBER

1st  The Yankees clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Orioles 8–7.

2nd  Dusty Baker homers in his final at bat of the season during a 6–3 loss to the Astros. It is Baker’s 30th HR of the year, enabling him to join teammates Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), and Cey (30) in making the Dodgers the first team ever to boast four 30-HR hitters in one season.  When he crosses the plate he is greeted by on-deck batter Glenn Burke, who raises his hands and Baker matches him, allegedly the first high five in history.

At Veteran’s Stadium, Todd Christenson (19-6) warms up for the post-season by allowing 2 runs in 7 innings as the Phils down the Expos, 5-3. Gary Carter has 2 hits, half the Expos total, including a HR. Tom Hutton comes in as a pinch hitter and goes 2-for-3 with a walk for the Phils, bringing his total at bats for the year to 81 in 107 games.  No one will have more games with fewer ABs.

4th  The Phillies score twice in the 9th inning on singles by Bake McBride, Larry Bowa, and Mike Schmidt off Elias Sosa, to beat the Dodgers 7–5 in the opening game of the NL Championship Series. Ron Cey blasts a potion-tainted grand slam for Los Angeles in the 7th, off Steve Carlton, and Greg Luzinski homers for the Phils. Cey’s wife appealed for help during the season when Cey had a hitless streak of 31 at bats, and Ruth Revsen, a self-described witch, responded with a foul-smelling potion. When asked if the potion helped, Cey responded, “I don’t want to say it was, but I can’t say that it wasn’t either,”

5th  In game 2 of the NLCS,  Dusty Baker’s grand slam, off Jim Lonborg, leads the Dodgers to a 7–1 win over the Phillies as Don Sutton goes the distance for LA.  Bake McBride’s homer in the 3rd is the only score for Philley.

In the opener of the AL Series, homers by Hal McRae, John Mayberry, and Al Cowens lead the Royals to a 7–2 triumph over the Yankees.

6th  Ron Guidry’s 3-hitter gives the Yanks a series-evening 6–2 win over the Royals. Paul Splittorff works into the 9th for the win.

7th  Down 5–3 with 2 outs in the 9th inning, the Dodgers catch lightning in a bottle. Pinch hitter Vic Davalillo beats out a 2-strike drag bunt and pinch hitter Manny Mota follows with a long double off Luzinski’s glove. Mota reaches 3rd on a throw that Ted Sizemore mishandles. Lopes’ grounder hits a seam in the carpet and caroms off Schmidt’s knee to Larry Bowa, and the shortstop’s throw is ruled late. Los Angeles pulls out a 6–5 victory.

Kansas City earns a 6–2 win over New York as Hal McRae doubles and scores twice and Dennis Leonard hurls a 4-hitter.

8th  Mickey Rivers collects 4 hits as the Yankees even the ALCS, beat the Royals, 6–4. Sparky Lyle contributes with 52⁄3scoreless relief innings.

The Dodgers clinch the NL flag with a 4–1 win in front of an LCS-record crowd of 64,924 at Philadelphia. Dusty Baker, the playoff’s MVP, hits a 2-run homer and scores twice as Tommy John allows 7 hits in 9 innings of work.

9th  For the 2nd year in succession, the Yanks score in the 9th inning of the 5th game to beat the Royals in the LCS. Mickey Rivers gets the game-winning hit. The final score is New York 5, Kansas City 3.

11th  The Yankees win the opening game of the WS 4–3 in 12 innings as Willie Randolph doubles and scores the winning run on a single by Paul Blair.

12th  Homers by Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Reggie Smith, and Steve Garvey lead the Dodgers to a 6–1 win in game 2 of the WS. Burt Hooton goes the distance, allowing just 5 hits.

14th  Mike Torrez is the winning pitcher as New York prevails in game 3, 5–3. Mickey Rivers slugs 3 hits, including 2 doubles.

15th  The Yankees win 4–2 to take a 3-1 advantage in the WS. Jackson doubles and homers, and Guidry notches a 4-hitter, striking out 7.

16th  LA stays alive with a 10–4 victory in game 5. Yeager and Reggie Smith homer as Don Sutton pitches a complete game.

18th  Reggie Jackson becomes “Mr. October.” Three homers in 3 swings lead the Yankees to an 8–4, Series-clinching victory.

24th  The Braves fire manager Dave Bristol, replacing him with Bobby Cox.

25th  The Cards get Frank Riccelli from the Giants. To complete the deal, St. Louis will sell Jim Dwyer, who led the American Association in hitting and runs in 1977, to the Giants on June 15, 1978.

26th  Sparky Lyle becomes the first AL reliever to win the Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72 appearances, posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.

31stThe Reds trade pitchers Woody Fryman and Bill Caudill to the Cubs for P Bill Bonham.

NOVEMBER

2nd  The Phillies Steve Carlton outpoints the Dodgers Tommy John to win his 2nd Cy Young Award. Carlton led the NL with 23 wins, losing 10, and posting a 2.64 ERA.

4th  The 2nd reentry free-agent draft is held at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Big names include Lyman Bostock, Goose Gossage, Larry Hisle, Mike Torrez, and Oscar Gamble. Torrez will sign with Boston on November 23.

8th  Free agent Richie Zisk, formerly of the White Sox, signs a 10-year $2.3 million contract with the Rangers.

9th  The Reds George Foster wins the NL MVP Award. Foster batted .320 and led the league in HRs (52), RBI (149), runs (124), total bases (388), and slugging (.631).

16th  Rod Carew wins the AL MVP award. The Twins 1B led the league in runs (128), hits (239), triples (16), and batting (.388).

21st  The Orioles Eddie Murray is named AL Rookie of the Year. Murray garners 12 1/2 points to beat out runner-up Mitchell Page of Oakland, who polled 9 1/2 votes.

22nd  Montreal’s Andre Dawson wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over New York’s Steve Henderson.

Not feeling particularly sparky? The Yankees ink free-agent closer Goose Gossage, who was 11-9, 1.62 ERA in his one season with the Pirates.  The signing angers Sparky Lyle, who vents in public. Lyle will serve mostly in middle relief for the next season before being traded to Texas.

27th  The Toronto Blue Jays trade Alan Ashby to the Astros for Joe Cannon, Pedro Hernandez and Mark Lemongello. Ashby will play 11 seasons in Houston, while Cannon and Hernandez will have two unproductive years in Toronto and Lemongello will sour with a 1-9 record in one season.

28th  The Brewers sign free agent Jim Slaton, a year after trading him to the Tigers.

DECEMBER

4th  Detroit trades Bob Sykes and Jack Murphy to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jerry Morales and Aurelio Lopez.

The Twins trade Dan Ford to the California Angels in exchange for Ron Jackson and Danny Goodwin. Goodwin, twice picked number one in the Amateur Draft, will flirt with the Mendoza line in his 3 years with the Twins, while Jackson will fare better. Ford will have an outstanding 1978 season.

5th  The White Sox trade C Brian Downing and pitchers Chris Knapp and Dave Frost to the Angels for outfielders Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley, and minor league P Rich Dotson. Downing will rise in LA, Bonds will default, and Dotson will have several great years in Chicago.

7th  In a swap that helps Baltimore, the Orioles trade pitchers Rudy May, Randy Miller, and Bryn Smith to the Expos for pitchers Don Stanhouse, Joe Kerrigan, and OF Gary Roenicke.

8th  The Rangers engineer a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of 6 players and getting 3 in return. Among those involved are 1B Willie Montanez (to New York), Bert Blyleven (Pittsburgh), and Al Oliver (Texas).

The Red Sox acquire Jerry Remy from California for pitcher Don Aase and cash.

9th  The Brewers trade pitchers Jim Slaton and Rich Folkers to the Tigers for OF Ben Oglivie. The Mariners trade OF Dave Collins to the Reds for P Shane Rawley.

The A’s and Reds announce a deal that will send P Vida Blue to Cincinnati for OF Dave Revering and $1.75 million cash. Commissioner Kuhn will invalidate the deal on January 30, contending that too much money is involved and there would be a competitive imbalance created.  He later sets a limit of $400,000 as the maximum that can be exchanged between teams.

14th  The Red Sox trade P Fergie Jenkins to the Rangers for P John Poloni and cash. Jenkins, who supposedly had to be awakened in the bullpen on September 17 and never pitched after that, will partially regain his form in Texas, averaging 15 wins a year for the next 3 seasons.

21st  Free Agent Orioles pitcher Ross Grimsley signs with the Expos. Grimsley will reward Montreal with a 20-game winning season in 1978. Free agent Rick Miller signs with the Angels.

 

 

  • 1978

JANUARY

19th  The BBWAA elects Eddie Mathews to the Hall of Fame. The former 3B is named on 301 of 379 ballots.

25th  The Padres trade P Dave Tomlin and an estimated $125,000 in cash to the Rangers for aging P Gaylord Perry. Perry will win the NL Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1978. In March, the Rangers will sell Tomlin back to the Reds for a second tour of duty, where he’ll post a 9–1 record this year.

30th  Commissioner Kuhn voids the Vida Blue deal (12/9/77) between the A’s and the Reds, suggesting a restructuring of the trade.

Former P Addie Joss and former executive Larry MacPhail are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

FEBRUARY

3rd  F. J. “Steve” O’Neill becomes the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians under a reorganization of the club’s financial structure.

8th  The Brewers purchase OF Gorman Thomas from the Rangers.

25th  Abandoning the earlier Vida Blue deal, the Reds trade Dave Revering and cash to the A’s for P Doug Bair. Blue will go across the Bay next month.

28th  The Padres trade IF Mike Ivie to the Giants for IF-OF Derrell Thomas.

MARCH

6th  The Reds trade P Jack Billingham to the Tigers for 2 minor league players.

15th  The A’s trade Vida Blue to the Giants for 7 players and an estimated $390,000 in cash.

17th  For the St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game, the Reds don green uniforms, rather than their traditional red, starting an annual ritual that will last a few seasons. The good luck works and the Reds beat the Yankees, 9–2. The Cardinals will be the next to follow suit.

21st  The Padres fire manager Alvin Dark, replacing him with pitching coach Roger Craig. Dark becomes the only manager besides the Cubs Phil Cavarretta in 1954 to be fired during spring training. The firing comes in the aftermath of a player revolt over charges of his over-managing, not delegating enough authority to his coaches, banning beer on team flights, and instituting bible-study classes.

27th  A’s owner Charley Finley cancels the deal that would have sent the A’s to Denver, under the sponsorship of oilman Marvin Davis. Objecting to some of the details, Finley decides to call off negotiations.

28th  The A’s release Dick Allen, ending his stormy 15-year career which produced 351 HRs, 1,119 RBI, a .292 batting average, and a .534 slugging mark.

29th  The Orioles release reliever Ed Farmer, who will reemerge with the White Sox.

30th  A bad day for Eckersley. The Red Sox trade C Bo Diaz, 3B Ted Cox, and pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton to the Indians for C Fred Kendall and the 23-year-old Dennis Eckersley. In addition to being traded today, Eck is told by his wife Denise that she doesn’t love him any more and is not going with him to Boston. In June, Eckersley finds out that Denise and Cleveland teammate Rick Manning have been having an affair. The two will eventually marry.  Eckersley will win 20 for Boston this year, while Cox will never live up to the potential he showed in 1977 when he reached base his first 7 times up (6 hits and a walk) and hit .354 in 13 September games. After two mediocre seasons in Cleveland, he’ll be traded to Seattle. The veteran Wise will lose an AL-high 19 games for the Tribe.

APRIL

1st  Starting off with a bang, Japanese star Sadaharu Oh hits a grand-slam HR on Opening Day. It is his 757th HR.

4th  The Royals send slugger John Mayberry to the Blue Jays for an eventual cash settlement.

6thIn a rain-delayed season opener in Cincinnati, Houston’s Terry Puhl leads off with a homer against Tom Seaver, who allows 5 runs in 3 innings. But led by Joe Morgan’s pair of two-run doubles and a homer, the Reds prevail, 11–9. In the bottom of the 7th, with Morgan on 3B and George Foster on 1B, Dan Driessen strikes out and Foster is caught stealing 2B, Ferguson to Roger Metzger. Morgan tries to score on the play and is thrown out on the return. According to Retrosheet, this is apparently the first triple play begun with a strikeout.  In 1982, the Twins will start a triple play with a strikeout.

7th  Mark Fidrych scatters 5 hits in beating Toronto, 6–2. The Tigers get homers from Milt May, Phil Mankowski, and Jason Thompson. The Bird, trying to recover from tendinitis that limited him to 11 starts in 1977, will win only 3 more ML games.

At Comiskey Park, 50,754 watch as the White Sox edge the Red Sox, 6–5, on Wayne Nordhagen’s bloop double in the last of the 9th. Dick Drago, in relief of Mike Torrez, takes the loss, after allowing a game tying homer to Ron Blomberg and single to Chet Lemon. Larrin LeGrow is the winner. Yastrzemski has two singles, the 11th straight opener he has had a hit.

Sixto Lezcano belts a 7th inning grand slam, off Tim Stoddard, as Milwaukee clips the Orioles, 11-3.

The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds an earlier court decision in support of Commissioner Kuhn’s voiding of attempted player sales by A’s owner Charlie Finley in June 1976. Finley’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be rejected on October 2nd.

8th  At the Opener in Arlington, the Rangers edge the Yankees 2–1 behind newcomers Richie Zisk and Jon Matlack.  Matlack scatters 8 hits in winning, while Richie Zisk belts a 9th inning solo shot off Goose Gossage to break a tie.  Guidry goes 7 innings for New York allowing six singles and after this no-decision, he will win 13 straight games.

At County Stadium, Larry Hisle hits a 3-run homer and Gorman Thomas adds a grand slam as the Brewers score 8 in the 1st inning. Paul Molitor belts a 3-run homer in the 4th and Milwaukee rolls to a 16-3 win over the Orioles.

9th  The Brewers complete a stunning season-opening, 3-game sweep of the Orioles by scores of 11–3, 16–3, and 13–5. Sixto Lezcano, Gorman Thomas, and Cecil Cooper provided the Brewers with a grand slam in each game to set a ML mark.

At the Kingdome, the Twins overcome a 4th inning grand slam by Leon Roberts and beat the Mariners, 8-6.

In the first of two between the Mets and visiting Montreal, Steve Henderson belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th, off Darold Knowles, and the Mets win, 6-5. The Expos make it close with 4 in the 9th.  Montreal takes game 2, 5-0, behind Ross Grimsley’s 3-hitter.

12th  Ranger P Rogelio Moret announces he is going home rather than pitch. In the locker room, the pitcher freezes in a catatonic state, his extended arm holding a bathroom slipper. He is taken to a psychiatric facility and will go on the disabled list for most of the season, appearing in just 6 more games. Texas loses, 3–2, to Detroit and Mark Fidrych (2-0). Oliver’s 2-run HR in the 1st is all the Texas scoring off the Bird.

Angels leadoff batter Rick Miller has a walk and a grand slam in the 1st as California scores 8 runs on the way to a 9-5 win over the Twins.

13th  The Yankees defeat the White Sox, 4–2, in their home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day. Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, and the field is showered with candy bars that were given out free to the fans. White Sox skipper Bob Lemon laments, “People are starving and 30 billion calories are laying on the field.”

Joe Rudi beats the buzzer and hits a game-ending homerun in the 11th off Tom Johnson to give the Angels a 1-0 win over the Twins.  A curfew law states that no inning can start after 3:50 p.m.: Rudi hits his homer at 3:55. Nolan Ryan throws 10 shutout innings and strikes out 12 for no decision.

The Tigers take two from Texas, winning 6–2 behind Dave Rozema, and 3–2 behind the pitching of Mark Fidrych.  The Bird gives up a 2-run homer in the first, but zeroes after that.

14th  In the Red Sox home opener, starter Dennis Eckersley pitches into the 10th inning before giving way to Dick Drago,  Jim Rice’s 395-foot single scores Butch Hobson with the winner in the bottom of the 10th, and Boston wins 5–4.

Darrell Jackson of Orlando (Southern League) makes his pro debut, no-hitting Jacksonville for 9 innings. Orlando wins 1–0 in the 12th.

15th  At Wrigley, Bill Robinson of Pittsburgh connects for a 2-run homer in the 1st and follows with a grand slam, off Paul Reuschel in the 4th as the Pirates eke out a 13-10 win over the Cubs.

16th  Cardinal Bob Forsch (3–0) hurls a no-hitter in beating the Phillies 5–0. Forsch walks 2 and strikes out 3 in pitching the first no-hitter in St. Louis by a Cardinal since Jesse Haines in 1924. Roger Freed’s bases loaded pinch double drives in 3 runs to help beat Randy Lersch.

17th  Rusty Staub belts a 5th inning grand slam for Detroit and the Tigers use 5 hits in the 9th, making no outs, to score 4 and beat the White Sox, 10-9. LaMar Johnson, one of 3 Sox players with 3 hits, drives in 4.

18th  The Royals win their 8th straight, beating the Blue Jays 5–0 behind Paul Splittorff’s 5-hitter.  Willie Wilson and Hal McRae open the game with singles, and pull off a double steal. Following a 2-out intentional walk, Amos Otis hits a grand slam to jump start the Royals scoring.

19th  Ron Jackson has 3 hits and drives in 6 runs to pace the Angels to an 11-2 win over Seattle. Chris Knapp is the winner.

21st  At Dodger Stadium, Astros catcher Joe Ferguson hits a 3-run homer in the 8th against his old team, and Houston utilizes a 9th inning triple play to edge the Dodgers, 8-6.

22nd  Mark Fidrych, who had to leave his last game when his shoulder tightened, warms up but is unable to start against Texas.  But the Tigers top the Rangers, 7–6, in 10 innings, on the strength of John Hiller nifty four innings of shutout relief.

Before a crowd of 36,005—4th largest in Fenway history—the Indians trounce the Red Sox, 13–4, ending Boston’s eight game win streak. Tomorrow’s crowd will be 36,388 for a doubleheader split between the same two teams.  Cleveland’s starter Rick Wise, traded to Cleveland in the final week of spring training, makes a triumphant return to Fenway, despite giving up a 3-run homer to George Scott.  Cleveland is led by Andre Thornton, who clouts his 4th homer and hits for the cycle, all off different pitchers.

23rd  Reds 2B Joe Morgan commits an error during a 2–1, 10-inning win over the Giants, ending his ML record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games since July 6, 1977. Three Reds pitchers combine on a 2-hitter, hand out 12 walks, and strand 14 runners.

24th  The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners—the 20th time he has had 15 K’s in a game—in 9 innings, but leaves without a decision. Seattle prevails 6–5 in the 12th frame.

25th  The Cardinals fire manager Vern Rapp. Ken Boyer will take over the reins 4 days later.

Cleveland’s Wayne Garland, who signed a $2.3 million 10-year contract a year earlier, earns his second and final win of the season, 6–5, over Toronto. Paul Dade helps with a grand slam. Garland struggled to a 13-19 mark last year following an arm injury warming up his first day of spring training. He will undergo rotator cuff surgery on May 5th and win only 13 more ML games.

26th  Dan Ford has a 3-run homer and drives in 7 runs, including 2 in the 12th, but it is not enough as his Twins lose, 9-8, to Oakland. Mitchell Page hits his 4th safety in the game to lead off the 12th and the A’s score 3 times to win.

Steve Carlton allows just 3 hits in 6 innings, but one is a grand slam by Bobby Murcer, as the Cubs beat the Phils, 4-2. Rick Reuschel allows 12 hits in 7+ innings for the win.

28th  Al Bumbry hits a solo homer and Eddie Murray adds a grand slam, off Lerrin LaGrow, in the Orioles 5-run 8th as the Birds beat the White Sox, 6-4.

29th  Pete Rose crashes 3 HRs and 2 singles in a 14–7 Reds drubbing of the Mets at Shea, pushing his career hit total to 2,996. Rose will hit just 7 homers this season.

30th Dave Johnson’s pinch grand slam snaps a 5th inning tie with the Padres, and powers the Phils to an 11–4 win.

The Rangers score twice in the bottom of the 9thon 3 hits to win, 2-1, over the Red Sox. Starter Fergy Jenkins goes the distance and stops a Sox threat in the 8thwith an unassisted double play. With Fred Lynn on 3B and Bernie Carbo on 2B with one out, the Red Sox try a suicide squeeze. Dwight Evans bunts, but he hits a soft liner that Jenkins snags on the run on the third base side of the mound. With third baseman Toby Harrah having charged in on the squeeze, Jenkins continues running and touches third to complete the double play.

MAY

3rd  At the Kingdome, Willie Horton has a single, double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs as the Indians sink the Mariners, 10-5.  Byron McLaughlin serves up the salami in the 1st inning.

Gary Carter hits a grand slam in the 3rd, off J.R. Richard (1-3), and drives in 5 runs to lead Montreal to a 10-3 win over the Astros. Ross Grimsley (5-0) is the winner.

5th  Pete Rose singles off Montreal’s Steve Rogers for career hit 3,000 and gets a hug at 1B from former teammate Tony Perez. The Expos beat the Reds, 4–3.

At Anaheim, Angels ace Nolan Ryan overpowers the Indians, 5-0 striking out 12 and allowing one hit. Duane Kuiper has a 6th-inning single for the Tribe’s only hit.

At Wrigley, Manny Trillo’s RBI double in the 10th gives the Cubs a 5-4 win over the Dodgers.  Steve Garvey has a double to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 21 games.

6th  Red Sox rookie Jim Wright fires a 3–0 shut out over Chicago in his first ML start.

In a 9–5 loss to Texas, Yankee 2B Willie Randolph pulls the hidden ball trick on Texas Bump Wills in the first inning. In 1980, Randolph will have it pulled on him (as noted by Bill Deane) and he joins Cepeda as the only 2 players known to pull off and have pulled on them the HBT.

Merv Rettenmund cracks a 7th inning pinch grand slam, against Dennis Kinney, as the Angels beat the Indians, 7-3.

7th  At Riverfront, the Expos stomp the Reds, winning, 19–5, then lose the nightcap, 4–2.  Pete Rose sits out game 2 because of stomach cramps, ending his consecutive games played at 678.

In a slugfest at the Kingdome, the Mariners outlast the Blue Jays to win, 9-7.  Rick Bosetti hits a grand slam in the top of the 8th for the Jays, and the M’s answer with 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Leon Roberts hits a 2-run homer as he drives in 6 runs for Seattle.

8th  After a Bernie Carbo walk and a ground out the Royals intentionally walk Jim Rice to pitch to Yaz, who clouts a 3-run homer.  The Red Sox, down 5–4, beat the Royals, 8–4. Mike Stanley is the winner over Dennis Leonard.

10th  In a see-saw battle at Wrigley, the Padres beat the Cubs, 10-8. Dave Winfield has a pair of 3-run homers for San Diego. Gaylord Perry gives up 6 runs in 5 innings but takes the win.

11th  Jim Rice belts his 11th homer of the season to lead the Red Sox to a 5–4 win over Baltimore.  Fred Lynn adds a single, double and triple to help Bill Lee (5–0) to the win. Dennis Martinez takes the loss.

12th  In a 9–3 loss to the Rangers, Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry breaks his leg sliding into 2B. Except for 5 pinch hitting appearances in September, he is out for the year. Eddie Murray drives in all the O’s runs while Juan Beniquez has 4 hits and 3 RBIs for Texas.

In a rain-delayed and finally rain-called game at Comiskey, Wilbur Wood wins his third game despite going just 4.1 innings before being relieved. The White Sox win, 4-1, over the Brewers, in a game called after the first half of the 5th.  Wood is the first AL starter since 1949 to win a rain-shortened  game in less than 5 innings of work (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

13thBehind Mike Torrez’s 3rd straight win, the Red Sox top the Twins 4–2 and take over sole possession of first place. Fred Lynn hits his 5th homer of the year, a 420-foot shot to dead center. Jeff Zahn takes the loss.

14th  Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Kingman. Dave Kingman drives in 8 runs with a single and 3 HRs, including a 15th-inning 3-run shot that gives the Cubs a 10–7 win over the Dodgers. This is the 2nd time he has enjoyed a 3-HR, 8-RBI day at Dodger Stadium.

Bob Sykes, in his second start for the Tigers, tosses his 2nd straight shutout, beating the A’s, 15–0, on 4 hits.  Pete Broberg retires just 5 batters in taking the loss.

16th  The White Sox trade OF Bobby Bonds to the Rangers for OF Claudell Washington and OF Rusty Torres.

The Tigers top Seattle, 4–2, in 16 innings, winning on a walkoff home run by Lance Parrish. Steve Foucault, who pitches the last 3 innings, gets the win. Relief ace John Hiller tosses 6 2/3 shut out innings. The M’s Ruppert Jones ties a ML record for CF by making 12 putouts.

David Clyde, who has not won since May, 1974, tosses a 4-hitter to lead the Indians to a 3–2 win over the A’s.  The winning runs are unearned for Cleveland.

The Reds Tom Seaver strikes out 13 in beating the Expos, 7–1, in Montreal.

17th  Lee Lacy hits a pinch HR as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 10–1. It is Lacy’s 3rd consecutive HR in a pinch-hitting role, setting a ML record. His previous blasts were on May 2nd and 6th.

The Dodgers trade outfielders, sending Glenn Burke, 25, to Oakland for Billy North. Burke will later contend that he was traded from the Dodgers for dating Tommy Lasorda’s son.

18th  Lenny Randle is 3-for-3 with 3 walks and 5 runs scored to lead the Mets to an 8-7 win over the Braves. Randle walks in the 10th and comes around to score the winning run.

Paced by Don Baylor’s grand slam, the Angels score 6 in the 3rd on their way to beating the host White Sox, 9-5. Ron Schueler serves up the homer.

19th  Detroit’s Bob Sykes, after two straight shutouts, finally is scored upon, giving up 2 runs against the Red Sox in 8 innings. Hiller relieves in the 9th for a 7–5 Detroit win.

The Mets send Ken Henderson to the Reds for P Dale Murray.

Rick Monday drives in 6 runs for the Dodgers, but they fall short, losing to the Giants, 10-7. Bill Madlock has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer, and 4 RBIs, Darrell Evans adds a pair of homers, and Mike Sadek drives in 3 runs.

20th  J.R. Richard strikes out 8 in shutting out the Braves as Houston rolls to a 13-0 win. Jose Cruz has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer, and collects 6 RBIs.

21st  John Candelaria goes 7 innings and Kent Tukulve two frames as the Pirates shut out the Expos. 7-0. Rennie Stennett adds the cherry on the charlotte russe with a 9th inning grand slam.

22nd  Geoff Zahn and Mike Marshall combine to shut out the Rangers as the Twins win, 2-0. Jim Sundberg has a pair of hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 22 games.

23rd  With Oakland leading the AL Western Division (24-15), manager Bobby Winkles walks off the job. Jack McKeon takes over.

The AL approves the transfer of the Red Sox to a group headed by Jean Yawkey, Buddy LeRoux, and Haywood Sullivan. The purchase price is $15 million. Sullivan had a 7-year catching career for the Red Sox and Royals, while LeRoux was the Boston trainer for 8 years.

24th  The Cubs take over first with a 6–4 come-from-behind win over the Phillies. Rader’s 2-run triple ties the game in the 8th and Manny Trillo’s 2-run HR in the 10th wins it.

In a Florida State League game, the Tampa Tarpons push 18 runs across the plate in the 4th inning of a 20–2 win over Daytona Beach. The bizarre frame, which lasts over an hour, features 9 hits, 6 walks, 3 errors, 3 wild pitches, 2 passed balls, and an obstruction call. Fifteen runs score before the inning’s first out is recorded.

26th  Silvio Martinez, making his last start for Springfield (American Association) before joining the Cardinals, no-hits Omaha 4–0.

The Cardinals trade P Eric Rasmussen to the Padres for slugger George Hendrick. Hendrick will have 6 outstanding years in St. Louis, hitting .300 three times and twice knocking in 100 runs.

At Fenway, Dwight Evans hits a pair of homers and Jim Rice hits his 16th to lead Boston to a 6–3 win over Detroit.  Bill Lee goes all the way for his 7th win, and his 91st as a Red Sox.

Jim Spencer cracks a pinch grand slam in the 7th, off reliever Tom Murphy, as the Yankees top the Blue Jays, 4-3. John Mayberry hits a pair of homers to account for Toronto’s tallies.

Tony Perez and Larry Parrish homer for Montreal and Dave Cash scores 5 runs as the Expos pummel Pittsburgh, 15-1. They collect 20 hits to make it easy for Dave May to pick up the win.

27th  Ted Simmons gets ejected after hitting a homerun and tipping his cap to ump Paul Runge as he crosses the plate. Simmons had argued balls and strikes before he hit the homer, which ties the game at 2-2 in the 9th.  The Cubs win, 3-2, scoring a run in the 11th when DeJesus triples and scores on Buckner’s infield single.

28th  Mike Ivie reaches Don Sutton for a pinch grand slam in the 6th and the Giants edge the Dodgers, 6-5.

29th  At Veterans Stadium, Richie Hebner’s single in the 14th drives in the winning run as the Phils edge the Pirates, 4-3. Garry Maddox has 4 hits and 4 stolen bases, as the Phils swipe 7.

30th  In his first ML start, the Cardinals Silvio Martinez hurls a one-hit 8–2 victory over the Mets. Steve Henderson homers in the 7th inning for the lone safety. Martinez will spin 2 one-hitters and two 2–hitters this season. Four days ago he threw a no-hitter at Springfield against Omaha (American Association). Martinez relieved 10 times last season for the White Sox.

JUNE

1st  The Angels fire manager Dave Garcia. Pirates IF Jim Fregosi is named to replace him.

2nd  At Riverfront Stadium, Johnny Bench comes off the bench to pinch hit with 2 outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing the Pirates, 2–1. With a runner on, Bench presses his first ever pinch home run and the Reds win, 3–2.

At the Kingdome, Billy Smith hits a grand slam for the Orioles in the 3rd, off Jim Colborn, and the Orioles hang on to tip the Mariners, 10-9.

3rd  The Phils Davey Johnson breaks up a 1–1, 9th-inning tie with Los Angeles by hitting his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year. His first came on April 30th when he broke up a 5th-inning tie in San Diego. Johnson is the first ML player to accomplish this feat, but Mike Ivie will duplicate it later this month.

4th  The visiting Red Sox edge the Angels, 5-4, when Fred Lynn breaks a tie with a leadoff homer in the 9th inning.  Carlton Fisk has a pair of doubles, an RBI, run, and a steal of home, his second steal of home for Boston. He’ll have another as a White Sox.

Dick Davis hits a grand slam, off starter Rick Wise (3-9), and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers down the Indians, 12-7. Gorman Thomas has a 3-run homer and Larry Hisle a 2-run shot.

5th  In Pittsburgh, Dale Murphy connects off Kent Tukulve for a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the 9th as Atlanta downs the Pirates, 8-4.

6th  Dave Kingman has a grand slam and starter Dave Roberts has 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Cubs beat the Astros, 9-4.

7th  At Busch, Phil Niekro allows 4 hits as the Braves shut out the Cardinals, 6-0. Batterymate Biff Pocoroba hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Pete Falcone.

8th  Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. Horner will skip the minors and debut on June 16 with a homer in his first game, off Bert Blyleven. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. The Yankees, with 3 first-round selections awarded as compensation in player signings, pick Rex Hudler, Matt Winters, and Brian Ryder. On the 23rd round they take a Clearwater RHP named Howard Johnson, who will make the ML as an infielder.  MSU’s Kirk Gibson, who most teams assume will play football, lasts until the 12th overall pick when his hometown Tigers take him. He signs for $200,000 and promises to drop football.  Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round, and on the 20th round the Phillies gamble on prep all-American QB Ryne Sandberg. Besides Horner, 3 other draft picks, all high schoolers, will jump directly to the majors after signing: the A’s Mike Morgan (June 11); Blue Jays Brian Milner (June 23) and the A’s Tim Conroy (June 23). Morgan is taken in the 1st round by the A’s. Second round picks include Jesse Orosco (Twins), and Cal Ripken (O’s).

9th  The Expos do their scoring in the 3rd and 4th innings as they beat the Dodgers, 10-9. Larry Parrish belts a grand slam, off Bobby Costillo, in the 4th.

10th  The Orioles score in the 9th inning against the A’s to give Jim Palmer his 3rd 1–0 victory in 18 days. The Baltimore ace shut down Detroit on May 24th and New York on June 1st.

The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs, his first team, in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York, and he will not recapture his form in Chicago.  Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14–2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.

11th  Mike Morgan, drafted three days ago, debuts with the Oakland Athletics and goes 9 innings in an impressive start. He allows 3 runs, one earned, in a 3-0 loss to Baltimore’s Scott McGregor. He’ll last just an inning in his next start, also9 against Baltimore, and last 2+ innings against Texas, before his 0-3 record earns him a ticket to the minors.  Morgan will end his ML career in 2002.

12th  Jesus Alou, signed by Houston after being out of ML baseball for 2 seasons, goes 4-for-4 to help the Astros to a 6–5 win over Pittsburgh. Alou is now hitting .343. Cesar Cedeno also helps, driving in 3 runs with a sacks-full single. The runners take off with 2 outs and a 3–2 count.

Mike Schmidt homers and Greg Luzinski adds a pair, all off Burt Hooton, but the Dodgers come up short against the Phillies, losing 6-5. Dusty Baker’s grand slam, off Jim Lonborg, is the highlite of a 5-run 6th.

13th  For the 3rd time in his career, Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 5–3 Yankee win over the A’s.

The Reds Pete Rose is held hitless during a 1–0 win over Cubs. A 5-for-44 slump has dropped Rose’s average to .267. But he would not be collared again until August.

14th  Bob Horner signs with the Braves for an estimated $175,000 bonus. Two days later he will celebrate his ML debut with a HR off Bert Blyleven of the Pirates.

The Yankees hold on to beat the Mariners, 11-9, at Yankee Stadium.  The M’s strike first when Craig Reynolds hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning and, with the game tied at 7 apiece in regulation, the M’s score a pair in the 10th. Paul Blair answers with a 3-run walkoff homer for New York. The Yankees acquire OF Jay Johnstone from the Phillies in exchange for P Rawly Eastwick, who was a disappointment after New York signed him for more than $1 million.

Pete Rose starts his 44-game hit streak by collecting 2 hits in the Reds 3–1 win over the Cubs.

The San Diego Padres trade pitcher Dan Spillner to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Dennis Kinney.

15th  In a swap of pitchers, the Phillies send Gene Garber to the Braves for Dick Ruthven.

At Fenway, Jim Rice knocks in 4 runs with his 21st homer and a triple to power the Red Sox to a 7–3 win over the A’s. Yaz adds his 5th homer of the year. Mike Torrez (10–2) is the winner over Lacey. Oakland has now lost 8 in a row, while Boston runs their home record to 26–4.

Hours after the game, the Red Sox sell popular OF Bernie Carbo to the Indians, the last of what the press dubbed as “The Outlaws.” Others reportedly out of favor with manager Don Zimmer and dealt off include Fergie Jenkins, Jim Willoughby, Rick Wise, and Reggie Cleveland. Sam Bowen is called up to take Carbo’s place.

16th  In the 12th ML season of a career speckled with near-misses, Cincinnati Tom Seaver finally hurls a no-hitter. The Cardinals are the 4–0 victims as Seaver strikes out 3.

After doing a morning cooking demonstration at a Boston department store, Bill Lee (7-3) storms out of the Red Sox clubhouse saying he is retiring from baseball. Lee has had arm problems in addition to the Sox allowing 10 unearned runs in Lee’s last two starts. The Spaceman is also upset that yesterday the Sox sold his good friend Bernie Carbo to the Indians, reportedly saying, “Today just cost us the pennant.”  Lee’s walkout will last one day.  Despite Lee’s takeoff, the Red Sox top Seattle, 6–3, as Carlton Fisk bangs two doubles, his 4th multi-hit game in a row.  He has 11 doubles in his last 6 games.

17th  Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters—15 in 6 innings—in a 4-hit 4–0 shutout of the Angels, setting an AL record for lefthanders.  The victory raises the Yankee southpaw’s record to 11–0.

The Red Sox win their 9th straight, handing the Mariners their 10th straight loss, 5–4.  The Sox score two in the 9th, including a game winning single by Yaz. Dwight Evans had earlier parked his 15th homer. Bill Lee, wearing a “friendship first, competition second” t-shirt returns to the Sox and is fined a day’s pay.

18th  Don Sutton shuts out the visiting Expos, 5-0, while Dodgers teammate Davey Lopes has 3 hits and 4 stolen bases.  It is the third time Lopes has swiped 4 in a game.

20th  Toronto is defeated for the 3rd consecutive game by a Canadian-born pitcher. The Blue Jays lose to John Hiller of Detroit, after having previously tasted defeat at the hands of Ferguson Jenkins and Reggie Cleveland of the Texas Rangers. Detroit wins, 4-3, in 13 innings.

At Boston, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning, 4 on a grand slam by Fred Stanley—his only homer of the year. New York tacks on another 3 in the 9th on Reggie Jackson’s homer to defeat the Red Sox, 10-4.  Boston still leads the AL East by 6 games.

21st  The Angels Dave Machemer homers in his first ML at bat during a 5–2 win over the Twins. Machemer never hits another.

22nd  Mookie Wilson, of the Jackson Generals, and his wife Rosa are married at home plate in Jackson, Mississippi.

23rd  Rubio Malone of Elizabethton (Appalachian League) no-hits Johnson City 8–1. Twenty-six days later, Malone will no-hit Bluefield, 6–0.

At Veterans Stadium, the Phils whip the Cubs twice by 6–1 scores to take over 1st place in the NL East, a spot they will hold for the rest of the season.

In Cleveland’s 8–3 win over visiting Toronto, the Jays catcher Brian Milner, 18, is 1-for-4 in his ML debut, He is the youngest player to start in the AL since Ed Kirkpatrick, 17, in 1962: Alex Rodriguez, in 1994, will be next youngest. Milner, selected in the 7th round in the June draft, will play one more game before going to the minors.  Serious injuries will curb his career and he will never make it back to the Majors.

Another high school pick from the June draft debuts for Oakland. Tim Conroy gives up a run on 2 hits and 5 walks in his 3 1/3 innings as a starter against Kansas City. The Royals win, 5-4. Conroy will also make one more appearance before going to the minors. He will reappear in Oakland in 1982.

At Detroit, the Yankees score 4 in the 1st on a grand slam by Chris Chambliss, off Milt Wilcox. New York plates 7 more in the 3rd as they top the Tigers, 12-3. Sparky Lyle (5-1) wins in relief of Ed Figueroa.

At Arlington, Fergie Jenkins (8-3) scatters 5 hits in shutting out the Angels, 7-0.  Bobby Bonds provides the Texas offense with a pair of 3-run homers.

24th  The Red Sox lose the first of two games with Minnesota, 5–4, to stretch their losing streak to five games. Rod Carew’s 2-run double in the 6th inning, off Dick Drago, gives the Twins the 5–3 lead.  In the nightcap, the Red Sox score 4 runs in the 6th inning to win, 4–2, overcoming the loss of starter Mike Torrez, who was tossed in the 1st inning for protesting a balk call.  Yaz drives home a run, collecting his 1500th career RBI, and Fisk hits his 15th homer of the year.

Gary Alexander belts a grand slam in the 4th to pace the Indians to a 12-3 win over Toronto. Jim Norris and Buddy Bell each drive in 3.

John Milner is 4-for-4, including 2 doubles and a grand slam in the 12th inning as the Pirates sink the Mets, 7-4. Mets pitcher hand out 5 IBB, including 2 before Milner’s clout. New York scores a pair in the bottom of the 12th.  Milner came from the Mets to Pittsburgh as part of the big 4-team deal in December.

25th  Minnesota takes a pair from the White Sox at Comiskey, winning 8-5 and 9-6. Roy Smalley has a homer in each game, including a grand slam in game 2 off Jim Willoughby. Smalley adds a pair of doubles in the opener.

26th  Toronto’s Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit 2 doubles in one inning during a 24–10 rout of Baltimore. With the score 19–6 following a homer by Lee May, Earl Weaver tosses OF Larry Harlow at the Blue Jays.  Harlow gets 2 batters out in the 5th, then walks 3 in a row and hurls a wild pitch. He then allows a single, a walk, and a three-run HR by John Mayberry to make the score 24–6. Mayberry comes off the bench to hit a 3-run homer, a 2-run homer and a 2-run double, good for 7 RBIs. The last non-starter to have 7 RBI was Roy Sievers in June 1961. Bullpen catcher Ellie Hendricks then relieves Harlow and gives up just a walk and no runs in 2-1/3 innings. Closer Don Stanhouse takes over in the 8th.

At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Mets, 10-9, as both teams score 6 runs in the 6th. Ed Kranepool hits a pinch 3-run homer in the frame, and Doug Rader hits a pinch grand slam in the bottom of the 6th.

27th  New York’s Graig Nettles belts a two-run walkoff homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6–4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles’ 13th homer of the year. Sparky Lyle (6–1) wins in relief.  Ron Guidry (13-0) starts for NY and gives up 8 hits in 6 innings.

Down 4-1, the Angels score 4 in the 7th on Joe Rudi’s pinch grand slam, off Steve Mingori, and defeat the Royals, 5-4.

Chet Lemon hits 2 of Chicago’s 5 homers as the White Sox beat the host Mariners, 10-6. The M’s make it close with 5 runs in the 9th, 4 coming home on a grand slam by John Hale off Wilbur Wood (8-5).

Vida Blue scatters 6 hits to win his 11th, and Jack Clark hits a grand slam in the 7th and Willie McCovey goes solo in the 8th. The Giants win, 9-1, over the Padres.

28th  The Pearson Cup game is inaugurated in Montreal, as the Expos top the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 10 innings.  The cup is named after former Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson as is a series of one-game in-season competitions between the Blue Jays and the Expos.

29th  Bill Stein has a homer and 3 RBI and Bob Stinson hits a go-ahead grand slam in the 8th as Seattle wobbles to a 9-7 win over the visiting White Sox.

30th  In the first game of a 10–9, 10–5 doubleheader loss to the Braves, Giant Willie McCovey hits his 500th career HR, off Jamie Easterly. McCovey becomes the 12th member of the 500-HR club. Mike Ivie adds his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year in the opener. Jack Clark has 3 HRs in the 2 games. Darrel Chaney has a 3-run homer for the Braves in game 1.

Larry Doby becomes the 2nd black ML manager, replacing Bob Lemon as skipper of the White Sox. Chicago has a 34-40 record at the time, and will go 37-50 the rest of the way.

At Yankee Stadium, Reggie Jackson hits a grand slam in New York’s 6-run 3rd as the Yankees roll to a 10-2 win over Detroit. Reggie finishes with 5 RBI in support of Don Gullett (4-0).

JULY

1st  The Astros trade C Joe Ferguson to the Dodgers for 2 players to be named later (IF Rafael Landestoy and OF Jeff Leonard).

2nd  Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game, the best start in Yankee history, in beating Detroit, 3–2.  With the Yankees down 2–0, Mickey Rivers long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit’s Mickey Stanley.  The fan drops the ball and Stanley, waiting for an interference call, fails to retrieve.  River motors for an inside-the-park homer and New York ties the game 2–2, eventually winning it.

Dale Murphy connects for a grand slam, off Vida Blue, and drives in 6 runs to pace the Braves to a 9-7 win over the visiting Giants.

3rd  At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd, his 2,800th career hit, as the Sox pummel the Yankees, 9–5.  Yaz adds two singles in Boston’s 12-hit attack, as Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Ed Figueroa.  The win moves Boston ahead of 2nd place Milwaukee by 7 1/2 games with New York now trailing by 8 games.

4th  Dave Winfield belts a 1st-inning grand slam off John Montefusco, and the Padres ride it to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

In the 1st of two at New York, Lee Mazzilli breaks a scoreless tie with an 8th inning grand slam off Larry Christenson and the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-0. Pat Zachary twirls the shutout. Mazzilli also homers in game 2, but the Phils win, 3-2, Craig Swan allows 5 hits in the loss.

6th  Carl Yastrzemski’s 3-run homer in the first gives Boston a lead at Comiskey Park, but the White Sox eventually tie at 6–6.  In the 10th inning, former Bosox Jim Willoughby serves up a home run to Fred Lynn, his 13th, and Boston wins, 7–6. Bill Campbell picks up the victory.

Joe Rudi hits a 1st inning grand slam, his second in 10 days, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Angels to a 9-2 win over the Royals.

Davey Lopes hits a walkoff grand slam in the 11th, off Craig Skok, to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

7th  The Brewers Mike Caldwell beats the Yankees Ron Guidry, 6–0. For Guidry (13-1), it is his first loss of the season. Larry Hisle helps Caldwell by belting 2 homers off Guidry, good for 4 runs. Caldwell shut out the Yankees 9 days earlier, and will shut them out again on September 19th.

8th  Omar Moreno’s first-inning single is the Pirates’ only hit as the Cardinals Silvio Martinez hurls a 4–0 shutout.

In Oakland, Willie Norwood’s 4th hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the 11th as the Twins beat the A’s, 9-8. Minnesota tallies 23 hits in the squeaker.

The Phillies and Expos split a pair with Montreal losing the opener, 6-3, before winning, 8-1. Bake McBride has a grand slam in the opener, off Rudy May.

9th  Buddy Bell belts a grand slam off Allen Ripley in the 4th and Cleveland beats the first-place Red Sox, 7-1.

11th  At San Diego, the NL wins another All-Star Game 7–3. Steve Garvey singles and triples to earn the game’s MVP trophy. Vida Blue starts for the NL, the first pitcher to start for both leagues. Blue also started in 1971 and 1975 for the AL.

14th  Umpire Doug Harvey ejects a shocked Dodger P Don Sutton in the 7th after discovering 3 scuffed balls. Sutton takes the loss, 4–1, against the Cardinals with John Vuckovich getting the win.

Houston’s Ken Forsch defeats the Expos twice in extra innings. He pitches 2 innings in the first game, winning 4–3 in the 13th, and comes back for 2 in the second, winning 5–4 in the 10th.

Texas P Fergie Jenkins allows 3 solo homers—one to Lynn and 2 to Evans—in beating Boston, 4–3.  Campaneris homers off Mike Torrez (11-5).

15th  Pete Rose collects a hit in his 28th straight game, setting a Reds club record (post-1900) as the Reds beat the Mets, 7–5.  His hit comes off Craig Swann. On the 18th, he’ll hit in his 31st straight game to top the Reds record set by Elmer Smith in 1898.

Seattle’s Larry Milbourne homers from both sides of the plate—one a grand slam–in a 7–6 win over Cleveland. These will be Milbourne’s only HRs all season, spanning 93 games and 234 at bats.

16th  After the Mariners tie the game at 3 apiece in top of the 8th, Fred Lynn hits a 2-out double to drive in 2 runs and the Red Sox hold on for a 6–3 win, their 8th in a row at Fenway and 27-4 in their last 31 games. The M’s lose their 9th in a row with the loss going to former Hubman Dick Pole.

Tulsa’s Dave Righetti strikes out 21 Midland batters in 9 innings to set a Texas League record. A Tulsa reliever loses the game 4–2 in extra innings.

17th  In the latest incident in his feud with manager Billy Martin, the Yankees Reggie Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up, the Yanks lose, 9–7, in the 11th, and Martin serves Jackson with a 5-day suspension without pay.  The Royals’ 3-game sweep at  Yankee Stadium leaves New York in 4th place, 14 games behind the Red Sox.

19th  The Red Sox beat the Brewers 8–2, scoring 4 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th, to increase their lead in the AL Eastern Division to 9 games over Milwaukee, 12 1⁄2 over Baltimore, and 14 games over the 4th-place Yankees. In the 7th, the Sox have George Scott on 2B and Butch Hobson, playing his first game in weeks because of muscle spasms, on 1B. On a Frank Duffy single, Scott scores on a close play, prompting an argument by Brews’ catcher Charlie Moore.  No time is called, however, and Hobson strolls around the bases to score from first, while Duffy is finally thrown out trying for 3B. Fisk accounts for the other 3 runs in the inning with his 13th homer of the year.

     In the first of two at Montreal, Warren Cromartie belts a walkoff grand slam, off Gene Garber, to feature an 8-6 Expo win over Atlanta. Montreal scores 5 in the 9th off Garber. Atlanta takes game 2 by a 3-1 score.

At the Vet, the Reds rally from a 2-0 deficit in the 7th to win, 7-2. Ken Henderson hits a 3-run homer in the 7th for the lead, and George Foster adds a grand slam in the 8th, off Ron Reed, for the icer. Rose has a 2-out bunt single in the 9th to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32 games.

20thAfter coming upon Expos GM Charlie Fox arguing with the slumping Chris Speier, pitcher Steve Rogers, a player rep, intervenes and gets punched in the mouth for his troubles.  Fox will get fired at the end of the year but the fireworks seems to punch up Speier’s efforts today. He hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs to lead Montreal to a 7–3 win over Atlanta.

Yankee ace Ron Guidry, who lost his first game July 7, goes to 14-1 with a 4-hit shutout over the Twins.  New York wins, 4-0.

The Giants edge the Cubs, 9–8, in a game suspended with 2 outs in the top of the 8th. Jack Clark drills his 17th homer. The game will be completed July 28.

21st The Indians Mike Paxton strikes out 4 batters in the 5th inning of an 11–0 win over the Mariners. Paxton (3-4) allows just two hits in the win.

At Royals Stadium, Clint Hurdle drives in 6 runs and Paul Splittorff shuts out the Red Sox, 9-0. Starter Dennis Eckersley (11-3) takes the loss.

23rd  Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 3–1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Jackson and Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar; the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job.

24th  Pete Rose singles twice, the first time off Pat Zachry, during the Reds’ 5–3 win over the Mets, extending his hitting streak to 37 games to tie the modern NL record held by Tommy Holmes. When lifted, Zachry kicks the dugout steps in anger, breaking his toe and ending his season.

Out on a force play. In Kansas City, a sobbing Billy Martin preempts a firing by reading a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Martin’s resignation comes shortly after he was quoted about Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner saying, “one’s a born liar; the other’s convicted.” Bob Lemon, a good friend of Yankee president Al Rosen, is named as manager.

25th  The Reds lose to the Mets 9–2, but Rose collects 3 hits to break Tommy Holmes’ record. Holmes is in attendance at Shea and shakes Rose’s hand after his 3rd inning single off Craig Swann.

The Lodi Dodgers (California League) pull off 2 triple plays during an 11–6 win over Fresno. Bob Brenly is a victimized base runner each time. It is the first time a pro team has had 2 triple plays in one game since 1904.

Doug DeCinces hits a pair of homers, including a 5th inning grand slam, and the Orioles hold on for 7-6 win over the Rangers.

At Candlestick, Vida Blue (14-4) beats the Cardinals, 3-2. The Giants Jack Clark has a double and two walks to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 26 games.

26th  Johnny Bench hits his 300th career HR, off Nino Espinoza, and Rose hits in his 39th straight game, but the Reds bow to the Mets, 12–3.

The Giants Jack Clark has his hitting streak stopped at 26 games during a 2–1 loss to the Cardinals.

Dave Roberts serves up a grand slam to Steve Garvey in the 3rd and a 3-run homer to Davey Lopes an inning later in the Cubs’ 8-2 loss to the visiting Dodgers. Burt Hooton wins his 11th.

Joe Rudi belts his 3rd grand slam of the year, a 1st-inning drive off Bill Travers, and the Angels hold on to beat the Brewers, 11-9. Frank Tanana gives up 3 homers, 2 to Gorman Thomas, in 7+ innings, but wins his 14th. He gives way to Tom Griffin who serves up a 3-run homer to Sal Bando.

27th  The Yankees win the first game of a doubleheader 11–0, but the Indians rebound to win the 2nd, 17–5. Duane Kuiper ties the ML record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap, only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century.  He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.

Mike Cubbage is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle, to lead the Twins to a 6–3 win over Toronto.

28th  The Orioles Rich Dauer drives in the tying and go-ahead runs in the 8thinning as Baltimore edges the Angels, 5-4. For Dauer, it is his 10th straight game with at least two hits in each.  In his multi-hit streak, which began on July 18, Dauer hit .583 (28-for-48). Dauer’s mark is a club record.

29th  Dave Garcia, interim manager of the Indians, runs his record to 7-0 with the help of Rick Mannings’s grand slam. The Tribe beat the White Sox, 9-6.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees pummel the Twins, 7-3 before 46,711 fans on hand for Oldtimers Day. Announcer Bob Sheppard tells the crowd that Bob Lemon will be the manager through 1979, then become GM. “The manager in 1980 and hopefully for many seasons to come after that will be number one. . . Billy Martin.”  It won’t take that long.

30th  The Expos crush the Braves 19–0, collecting 28 hits and an NL-record-tying 8 HRs. Andre Dawson, Larry Parrish, Dave Cash, and Dawson again homer in the 4th inning; Parrish has a single and 3 consecutive HRs in the game, only the 4th major leaguer to do it. Pat Seerey, in 1948, was the last: Not till Andres Galarraga in 1995 will a hitter bang homers in 3 consecutive innings. The 58 bases breaks an 85-year-old record held by the Reds.  Woodie Fryman conducts the win over Mickey Mahler.

31st  Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his streak to 44 games, as the Reds edge the Braves 3–2. Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old NL record, achieved when foul balls didn’t count as strikes.

After scoring just 5 runs in their last 6 games, the Red Sox break out with a 9–2 win over the visiting White Sox. It is just the 3rd win for Boston in its last 13 games. Dennis Eckersley (12-4) earns the win, scattering 6 hits, while Rick Burleson has 3 hits including a bases loaded double.

The Yankees stop Texas, 6–1, to move to 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays start and end their scoring with homers, as Rico Carty hits a 1st-inning grand slam and Otto Velez pinch hits a walkoff homer in the 14th as the Jays edge the Tigers, 8-7.

AU­­­GUST

1st   The Braves trounce the Reds 16–4 and stop Pete Rose’s record hitting streak at 44 games. Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber are the Atlanta pitchers. Rose goes 0-for-4. Rose’s streak is the 2nd longest in ML history. He goes 70-for-182 during the skein, an average of .385. Rose grumbles about using a relief ace with an 11-run lead, “You would have thought it was the seventh game of the World Series,” after Garber uses his best stuff to strike him out to end the game.

At the Kingdome, Bob Stimson hits his second grand slam of the year, and drives in 5 runs, as the Mariners outpoint the Twins, 13-6. Dan Meyer has 4 hits and Leon Roberts has 4 RBI. On the Twins side, Roy Smalley is 4-for-4, with 2 homers.

2nd  The Yankees take a 5–0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston ties it in the 8th on 3 wild pitches, two bases-loaded walks, and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5 apiece.

A day after his streak ends, Pete Rose collects 2 singles, a double and home run in the Reds 6–2 win over Atlanta.

3rd  Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night, and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win, 7–5, on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice.  Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York, 8–1, in a rain-shortened game.  Jim Rice, with only one homer in his last 33 games, hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie.  Fred Lynn cracks a 3-run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the upper deck facade in LF.  Boston now leads Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2 games.

4thBaltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his second loss of the year, stopping the Yankees, 2–1.

6th  With a 3–1 win over the visiting Padres, the Reds move into first place.

Catfish Hunter outduels Jim Palmer to give the Yankees a 3-0 win over the Orioles, and New York moves into 3rd place ahead of Baltimore. Just after the game, Yankee announcer Phil Rizzuto is still on the air when he hears the news that Pope Paul VI has died. The Scooter reflects, “Well, that kind of puts the damper on even a Yankee win.” Esquiremagazine will call the remark the “Holiest Cow of 1978.”

Hal McRae has 3 hits and 3 RBI and Al Cowens adds a grand slam as Kansas City rolls to a 12-5 win over the visiting Blue Jays.

7th  Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

8th  A pinch grand slam by Mike Cubbage features a 7-run 6th for Minnesota as the Twins power to a 10-2 win over Seattle. Rod Carew has 4 hits.

At Wrigley Field, Dave Parker strokes a 2-run homer and John Milner adds a 5th inning grand slam, off Guillermo Hernandez, as the Pirate whip the Cubs, 9-5.

9th  Kip Young (4-1) scatters 6 hits and Tim Corcoran hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th as Detroit outguns the Rangers, 5-2. Jim Umbarger, in relief of Fergie Jenkins, serves up the grand slam.

10th  The Angels whip the A’s 16-5 behind Frank Tanana’s 7 innings of work. A’s 2B Mike Edwards ties the ML record with 2 unassisted DPs; Claude Richey of Louisville was the first to accomplish it on July 9, 1899. The Angels’ Willie Horton has an eventful 4 innings, when he replaces Wallis in LF in the 5th. The veteran homers in the bottom of the 5th, hits a 2-run double in the 6th, then makes an error in the 7th and 8th innings. He leaves after his E in the 8th, his last appearance as an outfielder.

The Yankees Ron Guidry (16-2) tosses a 3-hitter to beat the Brewers, 9–0.

In just his 2nd start, Dodger P Bob Welch beats the Giants and Vida Blue, 12–2, to put Los Angeles into a tie for first place.

The Red Sox trip the Indians, 6–5, in 13 innings as Butch Hobson scores the tying run on a bizarre play: He lofts a pop fly behind second base and races around to second as 2B Duane Kuiper loses the ball in the sun. Kuiper picks up the ball but bumps into 1B Andre Thornton and the ball rolls towards first base and C Bo Diaz. With Hobson motoring towards third, Diaz overthrows the base. Hobson, having slid into the third, picks himself up and races home.  The throw from the outfield is in time to Diaz, but he can’t get the ball out of his glove and a sliding Hobson is home free. A George Scott double and Rick Burleson single then wins the game.  Mike Stanley (8–1) picks up the victory.

12th  Peninsula’s Marty Bystrom hurls a perfect game over Winston-Salem 3–0 in a Carolina League contest.

The Mariners and the Angels split a pair, with California winning the opener in 10 innings, 7-5. Danny Goodwin has 3 hits including a game-tying homer in the 9th.  The M’s rebound in the second game behind a grand slam by Leon Roberts and win 5-3.

13th  The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5–3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to stalling tactics of Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers, the game is called, and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The Orioles win, 3–0, with Scott McGregor the winner.

15th  The Blue Jays trade DH Rico Carty to the A’s for DH Willie Horton and a minor league pitcher.

The Phils drop their 4th in a row, losing to the Dodgers, 5–2. The loss cuts the Phil’s lead to 2 games as the Cubs beat the Reds and Tom Seaver in an afternoon contest. After Reggie Smith had driven in the game-winner the previous two nights, it is Steve Garvey’s turn. His triple in the 8th off Tug McGraw, with the bases loaded breaks a 2–2 tie.

16thBoston’s Luis Tiant wins his 200th ML game, beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels, 4–2. Jim Rice’s 2-run HR is the difference.

17thSteve Kemp clubs a 1st-inning grand slam and adds a run-scoring double to drive in 6 runs in the Tigers 9-5 win over Cleveland.

20th Los Angeles beats New York 5–4 at Shea Stadium, but the real hitting occurs before the game when Dodgers Don Sutton and Steve Garvey engage in a club house wrestling match. The two had been feuding for a long time, but newspaper remarks by Sutton about Garvey’s All-American image sparked the brawl.

California and Baltimore battle for 14 innings before the Angels push over the game’s first score to win, 1-0. Don Baylor’s pop up falls in front of CF Carlos Lopez and gets by him for a run-scoring double. Dennis Martinez pitches 11 scoreless innings while Nolan Ryan throws 7. Dave LaRoche has 5 scoreless innings and Tom Griffin is the winner with 2 innings.

Dennis Eckersley (14-5) pitches the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the A’s Marty Keough. Carlton Fisk has a solo homer and Jerry Remy a 3-run homer, the last of his career. He’ll go to the plate another 2,321 times without a four-bagger.

21stKen Griffey drives in 6 runs, on 2 homers and a single, but it is not enough as his Reds lose, 14–9 to St. Louis.

The Twins score in each of the last 4 innings, but the Tigers hold on to win, 9-6. Lance Parrish hits a 7th inning grand slam and drives in 6 runs.

22nd  Ron LeFlore swipes his 27th consecutive base as Detroit beats the Twins, 7–3. He began the streak on July 16th.

24th  Sixto Lezcano has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs for Milwaukee, but the Brewers come up short, losing to Cleveland, 9-8. Garry Alexander has a 3-run homer and 5 ribbies for the Tribe.

25th  ML umpires stage a one-day strike in defiance of their union contract. Semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return.

At Toronto, the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twin, 7–3, with 2 amateur umpires and 2 coaches officiating: Toronto coach Don Leppert and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman umpire. As noted by historian Wayne McElreavy, since 1910 this is just the 5th time this century, and the first time since 1941, that active players or coaches have umpired.

With 4 amateur umps officiating, Ron Guidry posts his 18th win, beating the A’s 7–1. Reggie Jackson’s grand slam drives in his 1,001st career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1⁄2 games behind the Red Sox.

George Hendrick has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer and a 4-run homer, to lead the Cardinals to an 11-10 win over the Braves. Larry McWilliams serves up the McHamburger to Hendrick in the 3rd. Garry Templeton also has 4 hits as the Birds outhit the Braves 17-10.

Dennis Eckersley (15–5) shuts out the Angels, 6–0, on 4 hits to run his Fenway record to 8–0.  Jim Rice belts his 32nd homer, off former teammate Don Aase, one of 3 hits he garners.

Richie Zisk hits a grand slam as Texas scores 6 runs in the 6th en route to a 7-2 win over Detroit. Rich Gale serves up the slam.

27th  The Reds Joe Morgan belts his 200th homer and becomes the first player in history to have 200 homers and 500 stolen bases.

28th  The Mariners and Red Sox combine for 16 extra base hits in the Red Sox, 10-9 victory.  The Sox, down 9–7 in the 9th, start a rally when Fred Lynn lines his 5th hit of the game. Lynn scores on an error and Butch Hobson drives home the winner with a 2-run double.  Jim Rice hits his 34th homer, Jack Brohamer adds 4 hits, and Bob Stanley wins his 12th against one loss.  The Sox lose Dwight Evans in the 7th when he is beaned by a Mike Parrott pitch, but X-Rays show no fracture however.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays beat the Twins, 7-3, as five substitute umpires officiate because of a one-day strike by the staff umpires. Making their debuts as umpires are Toronto coach Don Leppert and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman, as well as Joe Sawchuk, Rich Panas and Alan Contant.

29th  Behind the pitching of Dennis Martinez, the Orioles beat the A’s, 6-2, to complete an 11-0 season against Oakland.  In 1970, Baltimore went 12-0 against Kansas City.

In a 10-5 Boston win over Seattle, Boomer Scott connects for a grand slam in the 5th off Glenn Abbott. Boston leads the Yankees in the AL East by 7.5 games.

30th  The Reds are rained out at Riverfront Stadium for the first time since the Stadium opened in 1970. The 2nd half of a twinbill was rained out on July 18, 1971, but no rain checks were issued.

      Sadaharu Oh hits his 34th season HR and the 800th of his career. The ball lands in the shoe of a fan who had removed it to feel more comfortable.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Making his ML debut, Oriole Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters en route to a 9–3 win over the White Sox.

2ndKen Henderson’s 3-run pinch homer in the 12th paces the Reds to a 6–3 win over the Cardinals.

3rd  Lee Mazzilli homers from both sides of the plate as the Mets down the Dodgers 8–5.

4th  The Pirates Dorian Boyland has a 1-2 count in his first ML AB when the Mets make a pitching change. Rennie Stennett pinch-hits, taking the 3rd strike. The strikeout is charged to Boyland, watching the completion of his historic AB from the bench (he’ll go 2-for-19 in his ML career). The Pirates sweep the doubleheader from the Mets to move within a game of the 1st place Phils.  The Bucs take the 1st game 7–4 and then win 7–0 behind Jim Bibby.

At Baltimore, the Orioles top the Red Sox, 4–1, behind Jim Palmer.  Rookie Bob Sprowl pitches credibly in his ML debut, but takes the loss.

Behind Ron Guidry’s 20th win, the Yankees take the first game against Detroit 9–1. New York scores 8 in the 7th. Detroit wins the 2nd 5–4 to keep New York 5 games behind Boston.

5th  The Twins Dan Ford costs his team a run during a 4–3 loss to the White Sox. On 3B when a teammate singles, Ford backpedals homeward, signaling Jose Morales to follow him home. Morales arrives there ahead of Ford, who is out for being passed on the bases.

The Expos beat the Cubs 10–8 in a 9-inning game that sees a ML record 45 players participate. The Expos will be the last NL team this century to have 8 batters qualify for the batting title. No Expo will hit .300.

Kip Young allows 7 hits, but one of them is a 3-run homer to Roy White in the 4th, as New York beats Detroit, 4-2. Dick Tidrow (7-9) goes 8+ innings for the win, surrendering a 2-run HR to Phil Mankowski. Ron LeFlore has a single to run his consecutive game batting streak to 27 games.

7th  The Yankees, 4 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the “Boston Massacre” with a 15–3 route as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers, including 3 hits apiece by Randolph, Munson and White.  Mike Torrez, with one inning of work, takes the loss. Ken Clay, in relief of Catfish Hunter, is the winner.

8th New York continues its rampage of Boston by scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and 6 more in the 2nd inning. Boston makes 7 errors to ease the Yankees to a 13–2 romp. Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lou Piniella adds a double, triple and homer to back Jim Beattie’s pitching. Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk both make a pair of errors. New York is now 2 games in back.

Mitchell Page hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs while Mike Edwards scores 5 runs in Oakland’s 11-4 win over Texas.

Greg Pryor drives in all 3 White Sox runs with a pair of homers as Chicago edges Seattle, 3-2

In a 5–3 win at Wrigley Field, Phillies RF Bake McBride handles 11 chances, tying the NL mark for right fielders.  It was last matched by the Cubs Swish Nicholson, in 1945, in the same park.

9th Ron Guidry (21–2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that’s it. New York sends 12 runners to the plate and scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to win 7–0 against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game.  For Guidry, it is his 7th shutout of the year, and the first lefty shutout in Fenway since 1974 (Ken Holtzman, August 5th).  With the Brewers’ victory over the Twins, Milwaukee trails by just 4 1/2 games.

10th No wonder they call it The Boston Massacre.The Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprowl at the Yankees and the lefty lasts just two-thirds of an inning walking 3 and allowing one hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox 7–4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collects just 5 hits, including Fred Lynn’s 21st homer. The Yankees outhit the Red Sox 67-21, receive 19 walks and outscore them 42-9, in a sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place.  The win caps a remarkable march to the top from 4th place, 14 games out.

Don Baylor hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Paul Splittorff, and the Angels roll to a 13-3 thrashing of the Royals. Baylor drives in 5 runs. The win puts the Haloes a half game behind the Royals in the AL West.

12th The Pirates break their 5 game losing streak by beating the Phils, 5–1, to split the 2-game series with their cross-state rivals. The Phils are now 4 games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL East.

14th  Jim Bouton, 38, after retiring from pro baseball, earns a 4–1 win for the Braves over the Giants. It is Bouton’s first ML victory since 1970, and the last of his career. The Bulldog gives up just 3 hits in 6 innings.

The Angels score 13 unearned runs in the 9th inning to cap a 16–1 win over the Rangers.

15th  The Dodgers become the first ML team ever to draw 3 million fans. Jay Blood is the historic 3 millionth spectator as the Dodgers shut out the Braves 5–0. The victory is dampened when coach Jim Gilliam suffers a brain hemorrhage.

Phil Garner hits his 2nd grand slam in 2 days as the Pirates beat the Expos 6–1. Garner is the first NL player to have slams in consecutive games since Jimmy Sheckard (9/23, 24/01) and the first major leaguer since Brooks Robinson, in 1962. Garner will end the season with 12 dingers.

The Sox score five runs in the 10th inning to top the Mariners, 8–3, and win their first extra inning game of the year.  The Sox had lost their previous eight. With the victory, Chicago avoids becoming the first team in history not to win an extra inning game.

The Yankees, now 1 1/2 games in front of Boston, open a 3-game series in the Bronx with the Red Sox.  Guidry again gives up 2 Boston hits and wins a 4–0 shutout. Chris Chambliss and Graig Nettles hit successive homers, off Luis Tiant, in the 4-run 4th inning.

Tom Seaver pitches a 2-hitter to give the Reds a 6–1 win over the Giants at Candlestick. A single and a Darrell Evans homer are the only safeties.

At the Vet, Dan Norman has a pair of homers and John Stearns has 4 hits as the Mets edge the Phillies, 5-4. Garry Maddox has 3 hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games.

16th With 55,091 looking on, the Yankees snap a 2–2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox, 3–2.  New York now leads by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks first score on a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th.  Both starters, Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez, go the distance.

17th  Boston finally wins against the Yankees, taking a 7–3 victory in Yankee Stadium as Dennis Eckersley and Andy Hassler combine to stop the Yankees on 4 hits.  The Yanks score 2 unearned runs in 8th on Butch Hobson’s 2nd error of the game (and his 42nd of the year). Hobson, fielding .899 due to floating bone chips in his elbow, will make one more error this year before the Sox move him to DH, but his .899 is the lowest FA for a regular since 1916. Yaz, playing CF in place of the injured Lynn, collects his 14th homer of the year in the 9th inning.

18th  David Clyde does not get out of the 1st inning as he serves up a grand slam to Gary Roenicke in a 10-3 Cleveland loss to Baltimore. Roenicke drives in 5 runs and Billy Smith knocks in 3 for the O’s. Scott McGregor wins his 15th, going 8 innings.

19th  During a 12–11 win over the Cubs, the Pirates’ 38-year-old, lead-footed Willie Stargell attempts to steal 2B. The Cubs’ SS waits with the ball as Stargell slides 10 feet short of the base, signaling “time-out.”  The Pirates led 11–2 in the 7th, but the Cubs rally and tie it in the 9th. Dave Parker homers in the 11th off Bruce Sutter to give the Bucs their 7th straight win and 30th in their last 38 since August 12. Besides his two homers, Parker adds two run scoring singles.

The Phils lose to Montreal, 5–2, and now lead the Pirates by one game with 12 to play.  Rookie Scott Sanders stops the Quakers. The Phils are 19-18 since August 12.

Mike Caldwell wins his 20th as the Brewers shut out the Yankees, 2-0.

Carl Yastrzemski has a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs to lead the Red Sox to an 8-6 win over Detroit. Jason Thompson hits a grand slam for the Tigers. Boston now trails the Yankees by 1.5 games.

In the first of two, Ron Bloomberg pounds an 8-th inning grand slam as the White Sox come from behind to beat the A’s, 8-4. The Sox complete the sweep with a 7-3 win behind rookie Steve Trout.

20th  The Red Sox collect 6 hits—4 by Jerry Remy—off Dave Rozema but the Tigers clobber Boston, 12–2. Lou Whitaker and Rusty Staub both have 3-run homers to lead Detroit’s 15-hit attack.  The Sox loss, combined with the Yankees split with Toronto, leaves New York two games in front with 10 games to go.

The Yanks split a pair with Toronto, with Ron Guidry losing his 3rd game of the year.  Lefty Mike Willis wins the duel with Guidry, 8–1, the third loss for Guidry this year to a guy named Mike. New York takes the second game, 3-2, scoring 3 runs in the 9th.

21st  The Cubs tie an NL record by using 27 players during a 14-inning 3–2 loss to the Pirates.  Pittsburgh’s margin comes when Rennie Stennett walks in the 14th and pinch runner Matt Alexander steals 2nd. When C Doug Radar’s throw goes into CF, Alexander heads for 3rd where the center fielder’s throw hits him in the back, allowing him to score. The Pirates are now 1 1/2 games behind the Phils.

23rd  The Angels 27-year-old OF Lyman Bostock, a .311 lifetime hitter, is killed by a shotgun blast while riding in a car in Gary, IN. The shot was meant for one of the other passengers in the car. In Chicago earlier that day, the Angels fell to the White Sox, 5-4. Bostock made the final out of the game, then traveled to nearby Gary to visit his uncle Ed Turner.

The Yankees lead over the Red Sox is trimmed to one game when Cleveland scalps New York 10–1.

24th  Ron Guidry (23–3) gains his 3rd 2-hit shutout of the month, 4–0 over the Indians. The two Indian hits are by Duane Kuiper, the 2nd time this year that he has recorded the only hits in a game. The Yankees ace also two-hit the Red Sox on September 9 (7–0) and 15 (4–0). It is Guidry’s 9th shut out of the year, a Yankee record, and ties the AL record for southpaws set by Boston lefty Babe Ruth in 1916. The Red Sox stay one game in back of New York by topping Toronto 7–6.

26th  New York District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms in the state.

Baltimore’s Mike Flanagan has a no-hitter against Cleveland with 2 outs in the 9th inning when Gary Alexander homers and 2 singles follow. Don Stanhouse comes in to save the 3–1 Orioles win.

In a duel of aces, Dennis Eckersley tops Dave Rozema, scattering 7 Tiger hits to win, 4–1.  Eck’s record at Fenway is now 10–1. The Sox have 14 hits, led by Jim Rice’s 44th homer of the year. The Yankees top the Blue Jays, 4–1, to keep a one-game lead over Boston.

27thAt Fenway, Carlton Fisk lines a 2-run triple in the first inning and the Red Sox top the Tigers, 5–2. George Scott hits his first homer in a month and collects his 1000th RBI to back Luis Tiant’s win (his 203rd).  New York maintains its lead by beating the Blue Jays, 5–1, at Yankee Stadium.

Don Sutton strikes out 5 in 6 innings and leaves the game with a lead. But Charlie Hough coughs up 4 runs as the Reds beat the visiting Dodgers, 5-3. Sutton strikes out 5 batters to top 150 on the year for his 12thstraight season to start a career.

28th  Mike Torrez wins his 1st game in a month, stopping the Tigers on 3 hits to win, 1–0. There are only two putouts by the Sox outfield. Boston’s lone run comes on Jim Rice’s 45th homer of the year, off Young.  It is the most homers by a Red Sox player since Jimmie Foxx in 1938.

At Yankee Stadium, Ron Guidry (24-3) allows four hits and strikes out nine in stopping the Blue Jays, 3–1. The Yanks manage just four hits off Balor Moore and Tom Buskey. The win keeps the Yankees in first place by a game. When news of the death of Pope John Paul I reaches the press box, New York announcer Phil Rizzuto observes, “That’ll put a damper on even a Yankee win.”

29th  Bob Stanley makes just his 3rd start of the year, shutting out the Blue Jays at Fenway, 11–0.  Stanley has a one-hitter but Dick Drago takes over in the 7th as the two hurlers allow just 3 hits. Jim Rice’s first inning double and 2nd inning single gives him 400 total bases for the year. He is the first player to reach that mark in the AL since Joe DiMaggio in 1937: Aaron had 400 in 1959. Lynn and Hobson both collect 3 hits.

The first-place Yankees, trailing Cleveland 1–0, score 3 runs in the 8th to win, 3–1.

Pittsburgh’s Kent Tekulve sinks the Phillies twice, winning both games in relief, 5–4 and 2–1. He pitches 2 innings in the opener and pitches 1 1/3 in the nightcap, winning in the 10th. Bruce Kison pitches 6 innings in the nightcap, allowing only Greg Luzinski’s home run. Kison adds a homer of his own, off Steve Carlton, to end the year with 4 hits, all for a season cycle. He is the 2nd major leaguer to cycle with only 4 hits.

At the Astrodome, the Giants edge the Astros, 2-1, behind Ed Halicki.  It is SF’s 42nd win by one run, a major league record. They’ve lost 26 by a run.

30th  Baltimore 2B Rich Dauer makes his only error of the season in the final game, a 5–4 loss to Detroit. Dauer’s 86 games and 425 chances without miscue are AL records.

The Phillies overcome a first-inning grand slam by Willie Stargell to beat the Pirates 10–8 and finally clinch the NL East title. Winning P Randy Lerch contributes 2 HRs to his cause.  The loss snaps the Pirates’ streak of 24 straight wins at Three Rivers Stadium.

Tommy John goes 5 innings to win his 17th as the Dodgers thump the host Padres, 7-0.  Steve Garvey has a homer to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games, his second hitting streak of that length this year.

At Fenway, Dennis Eckersley notches his 20th win of the year as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 5–1. Eck allows just 4 hits, including Roy Howell’s 8th homer, in completing his 16th start.

The Yankees top the Indians, 7–0, behind Ed Figueroa’s 20th win of the year.  With the win the Yanks clinch a tie for the pennant.

OCTOBER

1st  Rangers manager Billy Hunter is fired following a 9–4 victory over the Mariners. Seattle’s Kevin Pasley homers in what will be his last ML at bat. Pasley’s only career HR comes off Fergie Jenkins.

With the Yankees a game ahead and one to play, Cleveland’s Rick Waits stops New York on 5 hits to win 9–2. Meanwhile, Boston takes their finale, their 8th in a row, on Luis Tiant’s 5–0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Boston has two unearned runs in the 5th, a two-run homer by Rick Burleson in the 7th, and Jim Rice’s 46th homer in the 8th for their scoring. Rice finishes as the AL homer champ and triples leader; the last player to lead in both categories was Mays in the NL and Mantle in the AL, both in 1955. Both teams end the season with identical 99–63 records, with a one-game playoff to determine the divisional champ.

With an 8–3 lead over the Braves, Reds manager Sparky Anderson pulls Pete Rose in the 8th inning.  Atlanta scores 5 runs in the 9th to tie and the Reds finally win in 14 innings, 10–8.  Rose thus ends the season with 198 hits, and Sparky’s move deprives him of reaching his annual 200 hit total.  Johnny Bench has a grand slam and the Braves hand out an NL record 16 walks in the game. Reds pitchers strike out 19.

In Baltimore’s 4-2 win over the Tigers, Doug DeCinces has a hit to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 games. Pat Kelly has a pair of homers to drive in 3 runs in support of Dennis Martinez.

2nd  The Yankees and Red Sox, tied for first at the end of the regular season, play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the AL East title. New York prevails 5–4 behind Bucky Dent’s 3-run HR off Mike Torrez and Guidry’s 25th win against just 3 losses. Guidry’s .893 percentage is a ML record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game, getting Yaz to pop out with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin, becomes the 1st manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.

3rd  Reggie Jackson, “Mr. October,” hits a 3-run HR, a single, and a double, to lead the Yankees to a 7–1 win over the Royals in the opening game of the AL Championship Series.

4th  Steve Garvey smashes 2 HRs and a triple to pace the Dodgers to a 9–5 win over the Phillies in the opener of the NLCS. Davey Lopes and Steve Yeager also homer at the Vet.

Kansas City notches 16 hits off 3 Yankee pitchers to even the AL series with a 10–4 win. Freddie Patek’s surprise homer in the 6th with a man on seals the victory.

5th  Tommy John notches a 4-hit shutout to beat the Phils 4–0, as Davey Lopes drives in 3 runs. The Dodgers lead 2 games to none.

6th  Despite 3 HRs by George Brett, off Catfish Hunter, the Yankees pull out a 6–5 win in the 3rd game of the LCS. Thurman Munson’s 2-run homer in the 8th gives the Yanks a 2-1 series lead. Reggie Jackson hits a 2nd inning homer to match a George Brett blast.

The Phillies stay alive with a 9–4 win in the NL game, led by the pitching and hitting (HR, single, 4 RBI) of Steve Carlton.

7th  The Dodgers win the NLCS 4–3 as Bill Russell’s 10th-inning 2-out single scores Ron Cey. Dusty Baker collects 4 hits for Los Angeles. A walk to Cey and a routine liner that Garry Maddox muffs in CF sets up Russell’s game-winner.

Veteran Roy White leads the Yanks to victory, snapping a 1–1 tie with a HR in the 6th inning. New York gains its third straight championship series over Kansas City. Greg Nettle’s homer accounts for the other run, as Ron Guidry shuts down the Royals.

8th  Dodgers coach Jim Gilliam dies at Inglewood, CA, at age 49.

10th  Davey Lopes collects 2 HRs and 5 RBI to lead the Dodgers to an 11–5 victory over the Yankees in game 1 of the WS.

11th  The Dodgers go two games up with a 4–3 win in game 2. Ron Cey drives in all the Dodger runs and Reggie Jackson does the same for the Yankees. Bob Welch saves Burt Hooton’s win in dramatic fashion by striking out Jackson in the 9th inning.

13th  Graig Nettles’s spectacular defense at 3B highlights the Yankees’ first WS win 5–1. Ron Guidry goes 9 innings and gets the victory.

14th  Lou Piniella’s 10th-inning single scores Roy White with the winning run as New York evens the Series with a 4–3 win.

15th  The Yankees pummel the Dodgers with 18 hits to win the 5th game 12–2. Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, and Brian Doyle have 3 hits each.

17th  The Yanks win their 4th straight game 7–2 to clinch their 2nd consecutive WS over the Dodgers as Doyle and Series MVP Dent have 3 hits apiece.

19th  The White Sox fire Larry Doby, naming Don Kessinger as player-manager for the 1979 season.

24th  The Cincinnati Reds leave on an exhibition tour of Japan. They will play 17 games, finishing with a 14–2-1 record.

25th  The Padres Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league. Perry copped the NL honors with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA. This is the 13th straight season that Perry has won 15 or more games, second only to Cy Young’s 15 straight 15+ seasons.

NOVEMBER

1st  Ron Guidry is the unanimous choice for the AL Cy Young Award. The southpaw led the league in wins, percentage, shutouts (9), and ERA (1.74).

4th  The 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft is held at the Plaza Hotel, New York City. Pete Rose, Tommy John, and Darrell Evans are the biggest names among the eligible players.

6th  The Yankees release Andy Messersmith who will sign with the Dodgers. Messersmith never really recovered from the separated shoulder suffered in spring training.

7th  Boston’s Jim Rice outpoints New York’s Ron Guidry, 353-291, to win the AL MVP Award. Rice led the league in hits (213), triples (15), HRs (46), RBI (139), and slugging (.600), and became the first AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1937.

10th  In a major trade, the Yankees send former Cy Young winner Sparky Lyle, along with pitchers Larry McCall and Dave Rajsich, C Mike Heath and infielder Domingo Ramos to the Rangers. The Rangers pack up outfielders Juan Beniquez and Greg Jamison, and pitchers Dave Righetti, Mike Griffin and Paul Mirabella.  Righetti, considered the top lefty prospect in the minors, will win Rookie of the Year honors in 1981.

Billy Martin scuffles with sport writer Ray Hagar in Reno, Nevada. No decision for either pugilist.

13th  Luis Tiant, formerly of the Red Sox, becomes the first to sign with a new club following the reentry draft. The 38+-year-old pitching star joins the Yankees, and will go 13–8 next year.

15th  The Pirates Dave Parker wins the NL MVP Award, 320-194 over the Dodgers Steve Garvey. Parker had 30 HRs, 117 RBI, and league-leading figures in batting (.334), slugging (.585), and total bases (340).

21st  Brave Bob Horner edges Padre Ozzie Smith to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Horner batted .266 with 23 HRs in just 323 at bats.

22nd  Second baseman Lou Whitaker, who batted .285 for the Tigers, wins the AL Rookie of the Year, receiving 21 of 28 votes.

The Yankees sign Tommy John, a reentry free agent formerly with the Dodgers. The sinkerballer will be a valuable addition to the Yankees, winning 43 games in the next two seasons.

The Ford Motor Credit Company purchases holdings of the General Electric Credit Company, thereby acquiring 100 percent interest in the Houston Astros.

28th  The Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years, during which the club averaged 96 wins per season and won 5 divisional titles, 4 league pennants, and 2 World Championships. The surprise move comes six days after the Reds return from a trip to Japan. Anderson has one year left on a contract and had no idea he’d be fired.

The Orioles sign pitcher Steve Stone, a reentry free agent formerly with the White Sox.

DECEMBER

2nd  TSN announces the Gold Glove winners. SS Mark Belanger wins for the 8th and final time, while 1B Keith Hernandez and C Bob Boone are each honored for the first time.

4th  The annual ML draft is held at Orlando, FL. Only 7 players are selected.

5th  A week after Sparky Anderson leaves the Reds, free agent Pete Rose signs a 4-year, $3.2 million contract with the Phillies, temporarily making him the highest-paid athlete in team sports.

7th  The Red Sox trade P Bill Lee to the Expos for IF Stan Papi.

8th  The Rangers trade 3B-SS Toby Harrah to the Indians for 3B Buddy Bell.

20th  Willard Mullin, 76, the nation’s top sports cartoonist and creator of the “Brooklyn Bum,” dies at Corpus Christi, TX.

Don Blasingame is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers, the first American not of Japanese descent to lead a Japanese team.

 

 

 

 

  • 1979

JANUARY

5th  The Twins re-sign reentry free agent P Mike Marshall.

9th  In the January draft -secondary phase, the Phils take Mark Davis with the top pick while the Blue Jays pick Nattie George, who will go unsigned. The Reds don’t sign the 3rd pick, P Bill Bordley.

17th  Danny O’Brien signs a contract as president and chief executive officer of the Mariners, 9 days after resigning as the Rangers GM.

23rd  Willie Mays receives 409 of 432 votes in the BBWAA election to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

FEBRUARY

3rd  Expecting to lose Rod Carew to free agency, the Twins trade the 7-time batting champion to the Angels for OF Ken Landreaux, 3B Dave Engle, and 2 pitchers.

The Yankees buy two players from the A’s, P Greg Cochrane for $100,000 and C Bruce Robinson for $400,000.  It proves to be expensive cups of coffee.

7th  Minor league P Jesse Orosco becomes the “player to be named later,” going to the Mets in compensation for P Jerry Koosman, who had been sent to the Twins.

11th  Phillies P Larry Christenson falls during a charity bicycle caravan, fracturing his collarbone.

23rd  The Phillies trade 5 players to the Cubs for 2B Manny Trillo, OF Greg Gross, and C Dave Rader. Chicago gets Barry Foote, Jerry Martin, Ted Sizemore, and 2 minor leaguers.

MARCH

7th  The Special Veterans Committee selects Warren Giles and slugger Hack Wilson for the Hall of Fame.

The exhibition season opens with semipro and amateur umpires in place of ML arbiters, who are staging a collective holdout.

9th  Commissioner Kuhn issues a notice to all clubs urging that reporters, regardless of sex, be treated equally in the matter of access to locker rooms.

15th  The Red Sox sell Jim Dwyer to the Giants.

18thIn Dallas, former pitcher Percy Jones dies at the age of 80.  Percy pitched for three NL teams in the 1920s and was the talk of baseball in 1928 when he reportedly inherited a half million dollars while pitching for the Cubs. In 1931, while a player with Columbus, he fell out of a third story window and broke his back. He spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair.

26th  The Padres and Giants announce that the 1980 exhibition series between the 2 teams will be played in Tokyo. But Giants owner Bob Lurie leaves the decision up to his players and they reject the agreement.

27th  The Phillies trade 3B Richie Hebner and 2B Jose Moreno to the Mets for P Nino Espinosa.

30th  Fifty of 52 ML umpires meet in Chicago and reject new offers from the AL and NL.

APRIL

4th  More than 20 umpires picket the ML season opener at Cincinnati. The game goes ahead anyway on the newly installed Astroturf and the Giants beat the Reds 11–5. San Francisco scores 8 runs in the 2nd to knock out Tom Seaver. Vida Blue is the winner with Mike Ivie hitting the game’s only HR. Attendance is 52,115.

5th At Yankee Stadium, 52,719 see Milwaukee jump on Ron Guidry for 4 runs in the 6th inning and beat New York 5–1. It’s the most runs the Cy Young winner has allowed since 1977.  The Yanks get singles from their first three hitters, but manage to score just one run in the first off Mike Caldwell.

6th  The Astros beat the Braves, 2–1. Atlanta loses the services of Rookie of the Year 3B Bob Horner for the next 32 games due to an ankle injury.

At Baltimore, manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, as the O’s open with a 5–3 win over the White Sox. Jim Palmer allows 3 hits to win. Rich Dauer, who ended the 1978 season by driving in a run in 10 straight games, adds another game to the streak with an infield out. Prior to the game, the O’s new mascot The Bird, a cartoon version of an Oriole, is ‘hatched’ from a giant egg on the field.

7th  In the earliest no-hitter in ML history, the Astros Ken Forsch shuts downs the Braves 6–0. Together with Bob Forsch, who hurled a no-hitter in 1978, the brothers become the first to pitch no-hit games.

Pittsburgh trades pitcher Jerry Reuss to the Dodgers for pitcher Rick Rhoden.

Clemson defeats North Carolina State, 41–9, tying the NCAA record for scoring.

8th  George Foster’s grand slam helps the Reds to come back as they beat the Giants, 7–6, in 10 innings.

10th  The White Sox lose their season opener 10–2 to the Blue Jays. Huffman pitches 6 innings for the win in his ML debut.  The Sox play is so pathetic that Chicago owner Bill Veeck offers every fan at the game free admission to the Sox’ next contest.

J.R. Richard throws a ML record 6 wild pitches in the Astrodome against the Dodgers, but strikes out 13 and wins 2–1.

Before their smallest opening day crowd in history—10,406—the Mets lose to Montreal, 3-2, in 14 innings on Andre Dawson’s RBI-triple. David Palmer pitches 3 shutout innings for the win, as Stan Bahnsen closes with a shutout frame.

12th In a barn burner at Milwaukee, the Red Sox outlast the Brewers to win, 12-10.  Each team hits three homers, with Carl Yastrzemski connecting for a grand slam for Boston. Yaz has 4 hits and scores 4.  Sixto Lezcano has a 3-rum homer and 4 RBI.

13th The visiting Braves edge the Dodgers, 2–1, as Rick Matula picks up his first major league win.

17th  At Oakland, only 653 fans show up to watch the A’s beat the Mariners 6–5.

19th  Following a 6–3 loss to the Orioles, Yankees Goose Gossage and Cliff Johnson brawl in the clubhouse. Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb, and will be sidelined until July 12th. After the fight, Reggie Jackson predicts that Cliff Johnson’s days as a Yankee are numbered. He is proved correct when Johnson is traded to Cleveland on June 15th for Don Hood.

In Cincinnati, Tom Seaver allows jut 2 hits as the Reds beat the Braves, 2–0.

San Francisco starter Vide Blue (4-0) allows ten runs against the San Diego Padres but is still the winning pitcher in the 14-10 game. Nine of the runs are earned. Batterymate Marc Hill helps Blue with a 3-run homer off Mickey Lolich. The 10 runs allowed in a win is the most since Bob Friend allowed 10 runs, all earned, in 1954. The next to match it will be another Giants, Russ Ortiz, in 2000.

In the second Pearson Cup competition, the Blue Jays and visiting Expos play to a 4-4 tie n 11 innings.

24th  Substitute umpires consult 28 minutes over a decision, change their minds twice, and finally issue a compromise decision. Both the Mets and the Giants play the game under protest; the Mets win 10–3.

25thIn a 4–1 Boston win, Butch Hobson of the Sox triples off a Seattle speaker in left. center. On June 5th, Willie Horton will get just a single with same thing

26th  Against the Cubs, J.R. Richard homers in the 3rd and leaves the game after 5 innings with a back strain, but is the winner as Houston wins, 6–2. Lynn McGlothen is the starter and loser for Chicago.

27th  For Seattle, Bob Stinson and Dan Meyer hit 8th inning pinch HRs, off Dick Tidrow, as the Mariners edge the Yankees, 6–5.

28th  Eddie Murray hits his first career grand slam to give the Orioles a 6–4 win over the White Sox.

29thDown 5–0 to the Braves at Atlanta in the 9th, the Cubs load the bases with 2 out. Blackwell singles in 2, Biittner singles in one, and Bobby Murcer hits a 3-run homer for a 6–5 Chicago win.

30th  In a Carolina League game, Alexandria’s Gary Pellant homers from each side of the plate in the same inning, leading a 20–7 assault over Salem.

MAY

1st  Phil Niekro earns his 200th career win as the Braves beat the Pirates 5–2. Gary Matthews hits 2 homers including an IPHR to break a 2-2 tie in the 9th. The event is saddened by the collapse of Atlanta’s popular GM, Bill Lucas, who will pass away tomorrow.

Pinch hitter Roger Freed hits a 2-out game-ending ultimate grand slam in the 11th off Joe Sambito to give the Cardinals a 7-6 win over the Astros. It is the first ultimate grand slam in extra-inning innings in the NL and the first hit since Babe Ruth hit one in 1925.

3rd  Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR, against Moose Haas, in a 6–1 loss to Milwaukee. He has 413 SBs at the time and becomes the 2nd player, after Willie Mays, to have 300 SBs and 300 HRs.

6th  The Reds light up J.R. Richards and whip the Astros, 17–5. Champ Summers has 5 RBIs for Cincy to win the opener. The Reds take the nightcap, 8–2.

8th  During an 8–7 loss to Texas, Kansas City loses 2 regulars, both as a result of being hit by pitches from Ed Farmer. OF Al Cowens suffers a fractured jaw and will miss 21 games: Cowens was allegedly peeking at the catcher and expected a pitch low and away. 2B Frank White sustains a broken hand and will sit out 33 contests. Farmer will be traded 3 times in the next 12 months. On June 20, 1980, Cowens will hit a grounder off Farmer and charge the mound.

Consecutive HRs by Eddie Murray, Lee May, and Gary Roenicke in the 6th power the Orioles to an 8–2 win over Oakland.  Murray has now hit in 19 straight games.

The Twins roll by the Toronto Blue Jays, 16–6. In the 7th, Twins Smalley, Kusick and Landreaux all homer off Toronto’s Balor Moore.

9th  Four bench-clearing brawls and 2 grand slams (Gary Matthews and John Milner) highlight the Pirates wild 17–9 victory over the Braves. Substitute umpires eject 5 players, 4 managers, and a coach.

Gary Roenicke spoils Mike Norris’s no-hit bid by hitting a double in the 7th inning. It’s the only hit Norris allows as Oakland tops the Orioles, 4–2.

The recently released Paul Blair, let go by New York, signs with the Reds.

12th  Led by Jerry Remy’s 5-for-5, the Red Sox use 16 hits to beat the A’s, 8–2. Mike Torrez (4–1) goes all the way for the win.

Rick Anderson of Jackson (Texas League) pitches a 8–0 no-hitter against Shreveport.

13th  The Padres Randy Jones steals 2B against the Mets in a 5–4 San Diego victory. He is the first pitcher in the team’s 11-year history to do so.

Willie Wilson hits the first of 5 inside-the-park HRs he will collect in 1979, helping the Royals to a 14–5 triumph over the White Sox.

The Reds top the Pirates, 7-3, as newly acquired Paul Blair hits a 2-run HR off John Candelaria Dan Driessen also homers. Phil Garner has 3 hits, including a homer, and 2 errors for the Bucs. Dave Parker has a single to up his consecutive hitting streak against the Reds to 32 games, stretching back to July 9, 1976 (as noted by Retrosheet).

16th  NL owners approve the sale of the Astros from the Ford Motor Credit Company to John J. McMullen for a reported $19 million.

17th  The wind is reallyblowing out at Wrigley as the Cubs (6) and the Phillies (5) combine for a ML-record-tying 11 HRs and 97 total bases during a wild 10-inning slugfest won 23–22 by the Phils. Dave Kingman has 3 HRs and 6 RBIs for the Cubs, while teammate Bill Buckner has a grand slam and 7 RBIs. Mike Schmidt’s 2 HRs include the game-winner in the 10th off Cub relief ace Bruce Sutter. Bob Boone has 5 RBIs and Larry Bowa 5 hits. The Phils jump to a 7–0 lead in the 1st on 3 home runs, 3-run shots by Schmidt and Boone and one by P Randy Lerch. They lead 15–6 after 3 innings, and 21–9 going into the bottom of the 6th, but can’t hold it. Rawly Eastwick shuts out the Cubs for 2 frames to win. The 2 teams combine to have 21 different players score runs and the 2-team total of 47 extra bases on long hits (24-Phi) sets a ML mark for an extra-inning game. It is the largest scoring game in the ML since August 25, 1922, when these same 2 teams met. At Wrigley Field.

18th  Dale Murphy has 3 HRs in 3 at bats, knocking in 5 runs, to pace the Braves to a 6–4 victory over the Giants.

19th  ML umpires return to work, 2 days after a labor agreement is reached in New York.

20th  Houston moves to 1 1/2 games in back of the Reds with a doubleheader sweep of San Diego. In game 1, Terry Puhl hits a leadoff homer, off Gaylord Perry, for the only score in the game. Williams is the winner. Houston takes the nightcap, 6–3.

23rd  The Rangers Al Oliver hits 3 HRs in a 7–2 win over the Twins at Texas.

The Yankees trade pitchers with the Cubs, sending Dick Tidrow to Chicago for Ray Burris. Tidrow will regain his form in the Windy City, while Burris will be just 1–3 in pinstripes before being banished to the Mets.

24th  Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar, with whom he brawled last November. Hagar had filed suit for assault, leading to an out-of-court settlement.

25th  Seven different Dodgers, including P Rick Sutcliffe, hit HRs as Los Angeles buries the visiting Reds 17–6. Sutcliffe poles his off Tom Seaver. The last homer for LA comes when Davey Lopes hits a 3–0 pitch in the 6th with the Dodgers up, 14–2.  In his next at bat, Dave Tomlin decks Lopes 4 straight times inciting a brawl.

At Candlestick Park, the Braves take a 4–1 lead in the 4th with 2 HRs, and the Giants answer back with 3 HR in same inning to tie the ML mark. Jack Clark adds one in 8th for a 6–4 win.

The Braves ship Frank LaCorte (4–24 lifetime) to the Astros for Bo McLauglin (9–15 lifetime).  LaCorte will turn it around, going 19–20 for the rest of his career, while McLauglin will win just one more game.

28thGeorge Brett hits for the cycle and adds a 2nd game-ending HR in the 16th to pace the Royals to a 5–4 win over the Orioles. Larry Gura is the winning pitcher. Brett is the last player this century to have 2 homers in a game where he cycles. Before Brett, Yaz in 1965 was the last to include a 2nd homer with his cycle.

29th Former Indian 1B Luke Easter, working as a bank guard in Cleveland, is shot to death in a holdup.

30th  New York’s Cliff Johnson crashes into home plate umpire Lou DiMuro in the 11th inning in a game against Milwaukee. DiMuro, unconscious for 32 minutes, is taken to the hospital. Johnson scores the 2nd of 3 runs for the Yanks in their 11-inning, 5–2 win.

31st  Pat Underwood makes his ML debut for Detroit, pitching 8 1⁄3 innings in shutting out Toronto, 1–0. The losing pitcher is Pat’s brother, Tom, who goes the distance allowing only Jerry Morales’s 8th inning HR.

The Expos complete a series sweep over the Phillies, each win by a shutout. Scott Sanderson is the 1–0 winner today, following whitewashes by teammates Steve Rogers (9–0) and Bill Lee (2–0). Christensen allows just 2 hits in 7 innings but takes the loss.

JUNE

1stIn his first game in Cincinnati as a member of the Phillies, Pete Rose gets a standing ovation before lining out in his first at bat. Before the game, Rose is given a trophy as the Reds Most Valuable Player in 1978, the award voted on by the Cincy chapter of the BBWAA. Pete goes 0-for-4 as the Reds beat Steve Carlton, 4–2. Carlton, batting 8th ahead of Harrelson, is 0-for-3.

3rdThe Phils tops the Reds, 6–4, then lose 12–2 in the nightcap. George Foster has 3 homers for the Reds.

5thIn Seattle, Willie Horton hits an apparent home run, his 300th, but the drive off John Hiller strikes a speaker in left centerfield and all Willie gets is a single. Butch Hobson hit the same speaker on April 25, but got a triple out of it. Jack Billingham and Hiller combine on a 4-hitter to beat Seattle, 3–1. Tomorrow, Horton belts his 300th, off Jack Morris, in Seattle’s 4–3 win.

6th  The Mariners make OF Al Chambers the number-one pick in the free-agent draft, but his big league career will last just 57 games.  The Mets take UCLA P Tim Leary with the 2nd pick. The Blue Jays, picking 3rd, take high school C Jay Schroeder, who will play football for UCLA and will be drafted #1 in 1984 by the Colts, but will never catch in the ML. Kansas City picks football players on the 4th (Dan Marino) and the 17th (John Elway) rounds. Brad Komminsk (Braves) is the 4th pick, SS Juan Bustabad (A’s) is 5th, with Andy Van Slyke (Cards) 6th. Bustabad is one of 13 of 16 picks who will not sign with the A’s, but he does sign with the Red Sox, who will pick him #1 in the 1980 January draft. The Dodgers pick Orel Hershiser in the 17th round and the Yankees take Don Mattingly in the 19th round. The Blue Jays pick Jeff Kent on the 20th round.  Bret Butler goes to the Braves in the 23rd. The Reds take prep infielder Daniel Lamar in round one, then get slightly better results in the second round with Bob Buchanan and Keefe Cato.

7th  Texas slugger John Ellis drives in 6 runs to lead the Rangers to a 7–1 win over Milwaukee. Ellis has 2 homers and a double to back Fergie Jenkins win.  John Grubb singles in the 9th to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

Charlotte’s Mike Boddicker sets a Southern League record with 18 strikeouts in an 8–2 win over Knoxville.

9th  Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters in a 4-hit, 9–1, Angels victory over the Tigers.

Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter, retiring the last 24 batters, in the Reds 7–1 win over the Expos. As noted by Rhodes and Snyder in their Reds history, Dave Concepcion hits a red seat homer off Bill Lee.

At Royals Stadium, Willie Wilson ends a hitfest when he smacks a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the 13th to give the Royals a 9-8 win over the Yankees.  George Brett is 4-for-5 with a double and triple, while Lou Piniella drives in 4 runs for New York on 3 singles.

Charlie Manuel, playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, is critically injured when a brushback pitch fractures his jaw in 7 places. Hitting .371 with 24 HRs and 60 RBI at the time, Manuel will earn the respect of the fans for his determined comeback effort.

11th  The Cardinals Ted Simmons homers from both sides of the plate in a 9–7 win over the Dodgers.

12th  The Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson.

The Reds score 5 runs in the 6th inning, but the Mets counter with 10 in the bottom of the frame to win, 12–6. The 15 runs in the 6th is a NL record.

13th  The Astros trade slugger Bob Watson to the Red Sox for 2 minor league pitchers and cash.

14th  For the 2nd straight day, Willie Aikens hits a grand slam, leading the Royals to a 10–2 win over the Blue Jays. He hit one in yesterday’s nightcap. Aikens is just the 8th major league—the 7th this century—to slam in consecutive games.

The Giants lose to the Cubs 8–6, but Willie McCovey hits his 513rd career HR, off Dennis Lamp. McCovey becomes the all-time lefthanded HR hitter in NL history.

15th  Willie Wilson homers from both sides of the plate, including a 3-run inside-the-park job in the 9th inning, to lead Kansas City to a 14–11 victory over Milwaukee.

The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for P Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his brawl with teammate Goose Gossage that put Goose on the DL for two months.

16thAt Chicago, the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 11–5, behind Rick Burleson’s inside-the-park homer and Carl Yastrzemski’s 1,000th extra base hit. Yaz is the 15th player to reach that plateau.

19th  In New York 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankee manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5–4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon (34-31) the previous day, and begins his 2nd stint as New York’s skipper, a season earlier than previously announced.

With the help of an odd triple play and three consecutive homers in the 4thby Wayne Gross, Dave Revering and Jeff Heath (the first of two), off Dennis Leonard, the A’s beat the visiting Royals, 6-5. With two on in the 6th, Gross starts a 5-4-3 triple play. Runner George Scott is called out at 2B for interference when he knocks down Mike Edwards; Cowens is called out at 1B. Gross will start three triple plays this year, including another in 4 days, and as a result Oakland will tie the AL mark for most TP’s in a year.

23rd  In the Rangers 8-5, 10-inning win over the A’s, Texas overcomes hitting into an unusual triple play. John Grubb hits into the play in the 4thwhen he bunts with 2 men on. Third baseman Wayne Gross fields a popped bunt and fires to 3B where CF Tony Armas is covering and tags the runner from 2B. Armas throws to 2B and they get Sample, the runner on 1B, in a rundown. The play goes 5-8-6-8.

24th  Rickey Henderson makes his ML debut for Oakland in a 5–1 loss to Texas in the first game of a doubleheader. Henderson has a single and double in 4 at bats, and steals the first base of his ML career.

Redbirds Ted Simmons suffers a broken bone in his left wrist during a 6–2 loss to the Mets. He will miss 28 games.

26th  The Yankees reacquire the popular Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for P Paul Semall and cash.  Murcer will once again thrive in Yankee Stadium hitting .273 with 8 HRs.

28th  The Pirates trade pitchers Ed Whitson, Al Holland, and Fred Breining to the Giants for P Dave Roberts and infielders Bill Madlock and Lenny Randle. Madlock, whose average dropped after the Giants moved him to 2B, will rebound with the Bucs.

The Reds sell Ken Henderson to the Cubs and swap P Pedro Borbon to the Giants for Hector Cruz.

It should’ve been five. At Honolulu, Hawaii (Pacific Coast League) tops Phoenix, 6–5, in 17 innings. Steve Brye of Hawaii is given a PCL-record four consecutive intentional walks before he drives in the winning run in the 17th inning.

30th  The Mets overcome a pinch hit grand slam by the Cubs Mike Vail’s in the 11th inning, and hang on to win, 9-8. The Mets break a 3–3 tie and score 6 runs in the top of the 11th at Wrigley to take a 9-3 lead. The big blows are 2-run homers by Lee Mazzilli, his second HR of the game, and Joel Youngblood. Chicago storms back with 5 runs in the bottom of the frame, but New York prevails.  The 11 runs ties a NL record for most runs by both teams in an extra inning; all three times a New York NL team has been involved. This is the first time since Cy Williams did it in 1925 that a team has hit a grand slam in an extra inning and lost. It is the 3rd time that a Cub has hit a pinch grand slam in extra innings.

In San Francisco, the Reds Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter, beating the Giants, 2–0. Tom Terrific retires the last 21 straight batters and the Reds push over 2 runs in the 9th off Ed Whitson to win.

Less than halfway into its maiden season, the Inter-American League—planned as a new Triple-A circuit—folds. The Miami Amigos, with a 43-17 record, are declared the league champions.

JULY

1st  New York hits 5 homers off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley to win, 6–5. Boston also loses speedster Jerry Remy, batting .304 on the season, when he injures a knee sliding home. Remy will appear in only 7 more games all year. Remy will never swipe more than 16 bases, after averaging 35 steals his first 4 seasons.

Paul Molitor hits a leadoff HR—his 2nd in two days—as the Brewers roll by the Mariners, 10-3. Gorman Thomas hits his 2nd HR in 2 days and Robin Yount adds a 3-run dinger. Jim Slaton goes the distance for the win.

2nd  Indians manager Jeff Torborg announces his resignation effective at the end of the season. In three weeks he will be fired and replaced by Dave Garcia.

4th  The Phillies Steve Carlton shuts out the Mets 1–0 on a one-hitter, but the Phils manage to lose 3 other hurlers on the same day: Larry Christenson pulls a groin muscle, Dick Ruthven goes on the disabled list, and Randy Lerch fractures his thumb in a brawl.

In Cleveland, the White Sox score 5 runs in the first 3 innings and then hit three homers in the 10-run 5th inning, to smoke the Indians, 6-4.  Alan Bannister has 5 hits and Claudell Washington has 4 hits; each drives in 3 runs. Wayne Nordhagen celebrates his birthday with a grand slam in the 5th.

5thUniversity of Hawaii lefty Derek Tatsuno, selected in the 2nd round of the June draft by the Padres, signs with a subsidiary of the Seibu Lions for $750,000. Tatsuno, of Japanese-American descent, set an NCAA record of 20 wins (in 22 starts). He will finally sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, who select him in January of 1982 but he will be ineffective in the minors.

7th  Mike Schmidt homers in his first 3 times up for the Phillies, to give him a ML-record-tying 4 straight over 2 games. Schmidt flies to the warning track in his next at bat, and the Phils lose 8–6 to the Giants. Schmidt will hit 3 more HRs in the next 3 games to tie the NL record of 7 HRs in 5 games.

Doc Medich combines with Jim Kern to one-hit Toronto as Texas wins, 2-0. John Mayberry’s 2nd-inning single is the lone hit for the Jays.

8th  Ben Oglivie has 3 HRs in 3 at bats as the Brewers beat the Tigers 5–4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Oglivie drives in the winning run in the 2nd game as the Brewers take it 3–1.

Luis Tiant tosses a one-hitter for the Yankees, who beat Oakland, 2-0. Rickey Henderson has the only hit. The Yankees manage just 5 hits off Brian Kingman, who exits in the 8th after being hit on the arm by a ball off the bat off Bucky Dent.

9th  The fans elect three Red Sox to start in the AL outfield for the All-star game: Yaz, Rice and Lynn.

10th  Philadelphia’s Del Unser homers in his 3rd consecutive pinch-hit appearance (June 30th, July 5th) to tie the ML record set by Lee Lacy in 1978. The Phillies beat the Padres 6–5.

Scoring 4 runs in the 13th after 2 are out, the Giants beat the Expos, 11–7.  Losing pitcher Woodie Fryman balks in the last run.  In the 4th inning, Expo RF Ellis Valentine picks up a line drive and his throw beats Darrell Evans at 1B for a 9–3 putout.

12th  The Tigers win the first game of a scheduled doubleheader 4–1 on Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Thousands of fans swarm onto the field, littering and tearing it up, and causing the White Sox to forfeit the 2nd game.

13th  California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inning, and each settle for one-hit victories: 6–1 over New York, and 2–0 over Oakland, respectively. For the second time in a week, Rickey Henderson has the only hit for the A’s.  Reggie Jackson has the one-out hit off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.

14th  Chicago’s Claudell Washington has 3 HRs and 5 RBI in a 12–4 defeat of Detroit.

15th  The Geneva Cubs score 15 runs in the 9th inning to cap a 29–4 romp over the Utica Blue Jays in a New York-Pennsylvania League game. Scott Fletcher paces the attack with 2 singles, 4 doubles, a HR, and 8 RBI.

17th  The NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game 7–6 at Seattle. Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the 8th, and walks in the 9th to bring in the winning run. Dave Parker, with 2 outstanding throws, is named the game’s MVP, and Pete Rose plays a record 5th All-Star position. The Red Sox provide the starting OF for the AL in Rice, Yaz, and Lynn, though Yaz has played 1B most of the season.

In pre-game ceremonies, Crystal Fields, 11, defeats a field of seven boys to become the first girl to win the National Pitch, Hit, and Run Championship. Crystal, an All-Star SS in her Little League in Cumberland Maryland, batted .529 this year.

19th  Ray Knight drives in 6 runs to lead the Reds to a 16–4 clipping of the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Yankee president Al Rosen resigns after a year and a half on the job.  Rosen had disagreements with Billy Martin and “friendly disagreements” with George Steinbrenner.

20th  At Los Angeles, Steve Garvey saves a defeat for the Dodgers by belting a 2-run homer in the 10th to tie, and another 2-run homer in the 11th by Bill Russell wins it, 6–5, over the Expos. Montreal takes the lead in the 11th when Rodney Scott drives in a run with his 5th straight hit.  Dave Patterson wins his first ML game, while Manny Mota has a pinch single for the 139 pinch hit of his career.

Rusty Staub, a spring holdout who got off to a slow start, is traded by Detroit to his former team Montreal for a minor league player to be named later.

22nd  The Royals George Brett has 3 HRs and 5 RBI in a 7–6 win over the Rangers.

In the first of 2 at Wrigley Field, the Reds roll over the Cubs 12–1, behind Bill Bonham. Johnny Bench ties the NL record by collecting 5 walks and Dave Concepcion hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Willie Hernandez to put the score in double digits.  The Cubs come back in game 2 to win, 8–4.

23rd  At Wrigley, the Reds and Cubs complete a game suspended on May 10th because the Cubs had to catch a plane.  That contest was tied 7-7 after 9 innings. Both teams score in the 11th and the Cubs win in the 18th on a run scoring single by Steve Ontiveros. The Cubs then win the regularly scheduled game, 2–1, with Willie Hernandez getting the victory. Dave Kingman hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th for the win.

Phil Niekro throws a 2-hitter as Atlanta beats the Pirates 8–0. The score might’ve been higher but the Bucs pull off a triple play—Madlock to Garner to Stargell. It is the 500th triple play in ML history.

24th  In Pittsburgh, a 4th-inning call results in a 34-minute rhubarb during the Pirates-Reds game.  With Buc runners on 1st and 3rd, a 3–1 pitch to Omar Moreno is called a ball, but Johnny Bench throws to 2B ahead of the runner from 1B, Lee Lacy, who is attempting to steal. Lacy is called out by Dick Stello even though Moreno has just received a walk (therefore entitling Lacy to 2B), and walks off the bag. He is then tagged out by Dave Concepcion, precipitating the argument. The subsequent protest is rejected by NL president Feeney, and the Pirates 6–5 loss is upheld.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Seattle C Bob Stinson ties a ML record by reaching first twice on catcher’s interference. Dave Skaggs is the interferer. The Orioles win, 7–6, overcoming Bruce Bochte’s third hit of the game, a 3-run homer in the 8th. The O’s then complete the sweep, 11–3, as John Lowenstein has a grand slam and 6 RBIs.

In Boston’s 7–3 win over Oakland, Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th career HR, off Mike Morgan, in the 7th at Fenway.

27th  The Brewers edge the Yankees 6–5 and Cecil Cooper becomes the 4th AL player this month to hit 3 HRs in a game.

The Cubs top the Mets at Shea Stadium, 4–2, behind Dave Kingman’s 2 home runs.

28th  The Cubs Dave Kingman continues his slugging with a single and 3 consecutive HRs during a 6–4 loss to the Mets. It is Kingman’s 2nd 3-HR game of the season (May 17th), and enables him to tie the ML record with 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games.

Oakland rallies to beat Seattle as reliever Dave Hamilton allows 2 hits over the last 5 innings.  The rally saves Matt Keough (0-12) from losing his 17th straight.

The Red Sox edge Texas, 1-0, on a record triple play in the first inning when 2B Jack Brohamer snags Al Oliver’s looper into RF. It is the 8th triple play in the AL this season, a ML record, and the 3rd by the Sox this season (July 23 and May 10), tying the record of Detroit (1911), the Red Sox (1924) and Oakland this year. It is also the 3rd triple play the Rangers have hit into this year, a ML record. Dennis Eckersley beats Fergie Jenkins.

Toronto’s Dave Lemanczyk notches his 3rd shutout, beating his old team Detroit, 3–0. Bruce Robbins, making his ML debut, gives up 2 runs in the 6th to take the loss. At 19, Robbins is the youngest Tiger pitcher to debut the rest of the century.

29thOakland’s Mike Morgan wins his first ML game, beating Seattle, 2–1, on 3 hits. Morgan’s record is now 1–9. Bannister is the hard-luck loser, allowing 4 hits and no earned runs.

Rick Manning hits a grand slam in the Indians 7-run 2nd inning, as they beat the White Sox, 9–6. It is the Tribe’s 7th straight win under Dave Garcia. Rick Wise takes the victory, with Paul Reuschel notching the save.

AUGUST

1st   Following the Yankees 9–1 win over the White Sox, members of the New York club create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park.

In an 8-player deal, the Rangers send OF Oscar Gamble, minor leaguer Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 draft, and 2 players to be named to the Yankees and finally acquire OF Mickey Rivers and 3 players to be named. Rivers had been traded to the Rangers in June but the deal fell through. Both of the players to be named with Gamble will make the majors: Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can’t be said for the 3 unnamed to Texas.

2nd  Yankees C Thurman Munson, 32, perishes at Canton, Ohio, in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51,151 will attend the memorial tribute at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

3rd  Tony LaRussa takes over as manager of the White Sox, a day after the resignation of Don Kessinger.

At Seattle, the Mariners edge the A’s, 1–0 behind Floyd Bannister. During the game a foul ball hits a speaker and is caught by the A’s pitcher for an out. On September 3 another ricochet off a speaker will be caught by the M’s 1B. In tomorrow’s 5–3 loss to the A’s, Ruppert Jones hits a foul that sticks in speaker above the 1B dugout.

The Yankees purchase Lenny Randle from the Pirates and bring up C Brad Gulden and Bobby Brown from Columbus.

4th  During a 6–2 loss to the Astros, Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro sets modern ML records with 4 wild pitches in one inning (5th) and 6 in one game.

At the Kingdome, the Mariner’s Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in the speaker above the 1B dugout. But the Athletics amass 11 hits fair to beat the Mariners, 5–3. Dwayne Murphy is 3-for-3 with a triple and a homer.

5th  The Phillies beat the Pirates 12–8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Philadelphia’s Greg Luzinski and Pittsburgh’s John Milner each hit a grand slam, and Rose collects his 2,427th career single to break Honus Wagner’s NL record.

The Red Sox demolish the Brewers in a doubleheader 7–2 and 19–5. The Sox amass 27 hits in the 2nd game, and are the first team in 30 years to score in 8 innings.  The only inning in which they fail to score is the 4th, when the first two batters reach base.  The scoring deluge makes it easy for manager Zimmer, who uses three relief pitchers, each tossing three innings. Dutch-born Win Remmerswaal, the middle pitcher, picks up his first ML win.

Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In pre-game ceremonies at Wrigley Field, announcer Jack Brickhouse is honored. Today’s broadcast is his 5,000th television broadcast of a game.

6th  The Rangers blast the Padres 12–5 in the Hall of Fame game featuring a record 9 HRs.

In a night game following the funeral of Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer drives in all 5 runs as the Yankees top Baltimore 5–4. Murcer has a 3-run HR and a  9th inning 2-run single.

8th  Oakland’s Matt Keough loses to California 8–1, running his season record to 0-14, and tying a dubious ML record. His 14 straight loses ties him for the 4th spot in the AL.

At Riverfront, Reds P Bill Bonham surrenders just 2 hits in beating the Braves, 3–1.

9th  Longtime Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley dies at age 75.

10thDan Ford hits for the cycle but his Angels lose 8–6 to the Mariners.

11th  The Pirates Ed Ott hits a grand slam off Phillie reliever Tug McGraw in the 8th inning as the Bucs win 14–11. It is the 4th grand slam that McGraw has yielded this year, setting a new NL mark and tying him for this questionable honor with Detroit’s Ray Narleski (1959).

Against the Brewers at Fenway, Jim Rice belts his 30th homer, giving him three straight seasons with 30 or more homers. Only three Red Sox, Jimmy Foxx (5 straight years) and Williams (4 straight), have done it. But Milwaukee wins, 9–6.

13th  Lou Brock, 40, collects his 3,000th career hit, a single off Dennis Lamp, as the Cardinals top the Cubs, 3–2.

14th  The Astros Joaquin Andujar hurls a 4-hitter, and hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer, to defeat the Expos, 2–1.

Lee Mazzilli homers and scores 5 runs and Alex Trevino scores 4 to lead the Mets to an 18-5 win over the Braves.

15th  Eddie Murray, no gazelle, surprises the White Sox with a 12th-inning steal of home to give Mike Flanagan and the host Orioles a 2–1 win. Murray had reached base with the O’s 4th hit of the game. He was on 3B with two out when the runner at 1B Doug DeCinces broke for 2B. Rookie Guy Hoffman stepped off the rubber and was watching DeCinces when Murray swiped home (as noted by Jan Hoffman, no relation).

17th  The Royals use a 19-hit attack to beat the Angels, 16-4. Al Cowens and Darrell Porter each have 2 hits and 4 RBIs, and George Brett has two RBIs on two hits, one being his 20thtriple of the year.  He has already topped the 20 mark in doubles and homers, just the fifth player with 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season. The last to do so was Mays, in 1957.

The Cubs sell vet Ted Sizemore to the Red Sox for a player (C Mike O’Berry) to be named later.

The Royals release George Scott, who will sign with the Yankees on the 26th.

18th After 6 straight wins, the 3rd place Brewers lose to Texas 7–3, but the 49,172 fans give Milwaukee a new season record. They’ll finish in 2nd place with a team record 1,918,343 in attendance. Fergie Jenkins (13-9) is the winner for the Rangers, serving up a pair of solo homers and allowing all 3 runs in 6 innings. The first homer, by Don Money, is the 400th that Jenkins has given up in his career, just the third pitcher in history to reach that level. Jenkins will reach 484 gophers.

The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1–3) to the Mets.

21st  The Mets win a protested game against the Astros 5–0. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Houston’s Jeff Leonard flies to CF to apparently end the game. Umpire Doug Harvey rules that time had been called, and orders Leonard back to the plate. He then singles to left. The Mets were without a 1B, however, so the umps order Leonard to bat once more. He flies to LF to end the game.

22nd  In a 7–2 win over the visiting Expos, Johnny Bench belts his 325th homer, the most ever by a player in a Reds uniform. The previous club record of 324 was held by Frank Robinson.

23rd  At Cleveland, the A’s Rick Langford gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in the 1st inning, including a grand slam to Andre Thornton and a solo by Ron Hassey. He then allows just one hit over the next 8 innings, and the A’s come back to win, 8–6.

      Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.

25th  Angel Don Baylor ties a club-record by knocking in 8 runs during a 24–2 slaughter of the Blue Jays. The 24 runs the 26 hits are both Angels record. After the first 3 Jays pitchers are cuffed around, 1B Craig Kusick takes the mound in his only ML pitching appearance. He does a creditable job, pitching 3 2/.3 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. No walks or K’s.

Willie Horton has 2 homers, including his 9th career grand slam, to pace Seattle to an 8–4 win over Detroit. Champ Summers has a pair of homers for the Tigers.

The Royals’ Willie Wilson hits a leadoff homerun for the only score of the game as Kansas City beats the Red Sox, 1–0. Wilson’s homer off Mike Torrez is inside-the-park.

The White Sox cancel their second game in a row with the Orioles because of unplayable conditions on the field following a rock concert and heavy rains.

26thAt Shea Stadium, the Reds Tom Seaver shuts out the Mets, 8–0, for his 11th consecutive win.

28th  The Dodgers release P Andy Messersmith, ending his 12-year NL career with a 130-99 record and 2.86 ERA.

29th  Eddie Murray drives in all the Baltimore runs during a 7–4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Twins. Murray belts 3 consecutive HRs—2 righthanded, one lefthanded. Scott McGregor gives the Birds a win in game 1, allowing 8 hits in winning, 4–0.

Kansas City blasts Milwaukee pitching for an 18–8 victory. Brett and Otis hit back-to-back HRs in the 8-run 4th, after LaCock hits a 3-run HR in the 5-run 3rd. Milwaukee finally uses 3B Sal Bando for 3 innings on the mound (2 runs), 2B Jim Gantner for an inning (no runs), and C Buck Martinez (1 run) in relief. It is a record for non-pitchers appearances in one game.

31st  The Angels regain 1st place in the AL West by beating the Indians, 9–8. California scores 5 runs in the 8th on 3 homers, then watch as Cleveland scores 4 to tie. Downing’s RBI single in the 9th is the winner.

The Phillies fire Danny Ozark, senior manager (since 1973) in the NL. Farm director Dallas Green takes over as interim manager. The Phils remove the “interim” on October 18th.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Carney Lansford hits 3 consecutive HRs as the Angels down the Indians 7–4.

3rd  The Orioles win a pair from Toronto, 2–1 in 11 innings, and 5–1. Murray provides the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th.  Martinez (9–2) is the winner.  Mike Flanagan is the winner in the nightcap, the major’s first 20-game winner this year.

5th  Matt Keough of the A’s beats the Brewers 6–1 for his first victory after 14 straight losses. He ended 1978 with 4 defeats and barely avoided tying the AL record of 19 consecutive losses.

At Atlanta, The Dodgers produce 4 hits in the 10thoff Gene Garber and top the Braves, 5-3. Garber, in relief of Phil Niekro, loses his 16th, a ML record for relief pitchers. The previous mark was 14.

6th  The Giants fire manger Joe Altobelli, promoting coach Dave Bristol in his place.

Doug DeCinces hits a pair of homers and Dennis Martinez pitches a 5-hit shutout in the Orioles 5-0 win over the Blue Jays. The Orioles have won 14 straight against the Jays over two years.

8th  In Oakland’s 2–1 win over the White Sox, A’s Rob Picciolo (.234 career) gets his only intentional walk as the Sox elect to pitch to rookie Rickey Henderson. Rickey walks in a run to beat the Sox. Picciolo will have just 25 career walks in 9 seasons (as noted by Dave Smith).

Graig Nettles hits an 8th inning HR to help the Yankees and Ron Guidry beat Detroit, 5–4. It is Guidry’s 10th straight win.

9th  The first place Orioles romp to their 7th win in a row, larruping the Red Sox, 16–4. Rick Dempsey hits a grand slam for the Birds in their 6-run 6th, and Bumbry adds a HR in the same frame. Jim Rice homers for the Bosox. Sox C Bob Montgomery is 1-for-2 in his last ML game. He is the last ML batter to wear a hard liner in his cap instead of a batting helmet.

11thIn Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Astros, 9–8 to move into first place for good in the NL West. Dave Concepcion and George Foster hit back-to-back homers in the 7th, good for 3 runs and a Reds lead.

12th  Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski singles off New York’s Jim Beattie for his 3,000th career hit. The Sox win 9–2 and Yaz becomes the first AL player to collect both 3,000 hits and 400 HRs.

15th  Boston’s Bob Watson hits for the cycle in a 10–2 win over the Orioles. Watson, hitting in order (2nd inning single; 4th inning double; 6th inning fielder’s choice; 8th inning triple; 9th inning homer to LF), becomes the first player to cycle in the both the AL and NL.

At Los Angeles, the Reds Dan Driessen hits a long drive to CF with 2 outs in the 9th that bounces off the glove off Derrell Thomas and over the wall for a home run. The Reds win it over the Dodgers, 2–1.

16th  Willie Wilson hits his 5th inside-the-park homer this season in a 6–3 loss to Seattle at Kansas City. It is the most IPHR hit in a season since Kiki Cuyler hit 8 for the Pirates in 1925.

17th  The Royals George Brett collects his 20th triple of the season in a 16–4 romp over the Angels. Brett becomes the 5th player ever, and the first since Willie Mays in 1957, to collect 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 HRs in the same season. He will finish with totals of 42, 20, and 23.

18th  Yanks manager Billy Martin reportedly pays rookie P Bob Kammeyer $100 to hit former Yankee Cliff Johnson with a pitch in Cleveland’s 16–3 rout of the Yankees. Johnson belts two homers as does Toby Harrah and the 2 combine for 9 RBIs. The loss goes to Paul Mirabella but Kammeyer gives up all 8 Tribe scores in the 4th inning without recording an out.

21st  Royal infielder U. L. Washington homers from both sides of the plate during a 13–4 win over the A’s. These are the first homers of Washington’s 3-year career.

23rd  St. Louis legend Lou Brock steals the 938th—and final—base of his career in a 7–4 win against the New York Mets. He tops 19th century speedster Billy Hamilton by one.

24th  Pete Rose singles in the Phillies 7–2 loss to the Cardinals, giving him 200 hits in a season for the 10th time. He breaks the ML record of 9 formerly held by Ty Cobb. Rose hits safely in his 18th straight game, and will extend it to 23 by the end of the season.

With a week to go, Herman Franks resigns as Cubs manager, and is replaced by Preston Gomez, most recently a coach with the Dodgers. After resigning, Franks criticizes a number of Cubs players, including Foote, Vail, Buckner, and Sizemore.

25th  Mickey and Rick Mahler hurl in the same game as the Braves fall to the Astros 8–0. It is the most recent instance of brothers pitching for the same team in the same game.

Frank Tanana pitches a 4–1 victory over the Royals to clinch the first-ever AL West title for the Angels.

26th  Atlanta’s Phil Niekro notches his 20th win of the season by beating his brother Joe, the NL’s only other 20-game winner in 1979, 9–4. The Niekro brothers are the second pair (the other was Jim and Gaylord Perry) to win 20 games in the same year, and Phil Niekro, who finishes at 21-20, is the first pitcher since Wilbur Wood in 1973 to win and lose 20 games the same year, and the first NL pitcher to do so since 1905.

KC’s Dennis Leonard shuts out California, 4–0, and Royals SS Frank White hits for the cycle.

The last-place Mets top the host Cubs, 8-3, behind the pitching of Tom Hausman and 4 RBIs from Richie Hebner. Cubs RF Larry Biittner misplays a Bruce Boisclair single into a double when his cap falls covering the ball. With the bleacher bums yelling, “Hat! Hat! Hat”, he recovers and throws out Boisclair trying for 3B.

28th  Switch-hitting Cardinal SS Garry Templeton collects 3 hits in a doubleheader loss against the Mets and becomes the first player to get 100 hits from each side of the plate. During the last 9 games, he batted exclusively righthanded to set the record. New York wins, 6-2, and 7-6, in 11 innings. Templeton is pulled in game 2 after going 2-for-2.

Frank Pastore shuts out the Braves, 3–0, as the Reds clinch the NL West title.

29th  The Astros J. R. Richard shuts out the Dodgers 3–0 and fans 11 batters to break his own modern NL record for strikeouts by a righthander. Richard finishes with 313 K’s, 10 more than in 1978. One of 5 Dodgers hits is a single by Manny Mota, his 146th pinch hit, breaking the mark of 145 formerly held by Smoky Burgess.

30th  Minnesota’s Jerry Koosman defeats Milwaukee 5–0 on the final day of the season for his 20th win of the year. It is the only time the Brewers are shut out the entire year, as they fail to tie a record set by the Yankees in 1932.  The Brew Crew scored in 213 straight games. Koosman also picks off Jim Wohlford in the 2nd and Wohlford is caught stealing.  It is Koosman’s 14th pickoff of the year, a team record (as noted by Stew Thornley).

Two ML managers bite the dust. The Padres fire Roger Craig and the Blue Jays do the same to Roy Hartsfield. San Diego will hire broadcaster Jerry Coleman the next day, while Toronto will hire scout Bobby Mattick on October 18th.

The Niekro brothers each win their 21st game and tie for the NL lead in wins.  Phil wins for the Braves, 7–2, over the Reds, while Houston’s Joe tops the Dodgers, 3–2. Phil Niekro (21-20) is the only pitcher this century to lead the league in wins and losses the same season.

Talk about cousins.  In a losing cause, Baltimore catcher Dave Skaggs drives in 4 runs on two doubles and a homer, all off starter Rick Wise.  The Indians win in 11 innings, 6-5, as Rick Manning has 4 hits. For the light-hitting Skaggs, it is his second ML homer. His first homer came two years ago, also on the last day of the season, and also off Rick Wise, then with Boston (as noted by Ted Patterson).

OCTOBER

2nd  In the opening game of the NL Championship Series, Willie Stargell hits a 3-run HR in the 11th inning to give the Pirates a 5–2 victory over the Reds.

3rd  John Lowenstein’s 3-run HR in the bottom of the 10th inning gives the Orioles a 6–3 win over the Angels in the first game of the ALCS.

The Pirates win in the 10th inning 3–2 as Omar Moreno and Dave Parker smack singles that snap a 2–2 tie.

4th  Baltimore takes a 9–1 lead in the LCS game, but the Angels score 7 runs in the last 4 innings only to fall short 9–8. Eddie Murray drives in 4 runs for the Orioles.

Future MLB speedster Vince Coleman kicks a 34-yard field goal to seal a 16-13 victory for Florida A&M over the 26th-ranked Miami Hurricanes (noted by Jan Finkel).

5th  The Pirates complete a sweep of the LCS, beating the Reds 7–1. Stargell hits another HR and is named series MVP.

The Angels score 2 in the bottom of the 9th inning of the AL game to avert elimination 4–3. Larry Harlow doubles in the winning run.

6th  Scott McGregor’s 8–0 shutout gives the Orioles the AL pennant. Pat Kelly notches 3 RBI with a HR and a single.

10th  The Orioles score 5 times in the first inning of the WS, hanging on to defeat the Pirates 5–4 in game 1. Dave Parker has 4 hits for the losers.

11th  Manny Sanguillen’s pinch-hit, 2-out single in the 9th scores Ed Ott and breaks a 2–2 tie as the Pirates win 3–2 and even the Series at one game apiece.

12th  Kiko Garcia collects 4 hits and 4 RBI to lead the Orioles to an 8–4 triumph in game 3.

13th  Baltimore scores 6 runs in the 8th inning en route to a 9–6 win, taking a 3-games-to-one advantage. Pinch-hit doubles by John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley drive in 4 runs.

14th  Bill Madlock has 4 hits and Tim Foli drives in 3 runs as the Pirates stay alive with a 7–1 victory.

16th  John Candelaria and Kent Tekulve combine on a 4–0 shutout in Baltimore as the Pirates send the WS to its 7th game. Omar Moreno notches 3 singles.

17th  In game 7, Stargell’s third WS homer propels Pittsburgh to its third straight win, 4–1, and the World Championship. Pops is named Series MVP. Pittsburgh is the last team this century to win WS games 6 and 7 on the road. President Jimmy Carter, who did not throw out the ceremonial pitch before the game (Milton Eisenhower did), presents the WS Trophy to the Pirates in their locker room. It is the only ML game that Carter attends while President.

23rd  Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.

26th  Commissioner Kuhn notifies Hall of Famer Willie Mays that if he accepts a position with Bally Manufacturing Corporation, owner of several gambling casinos, he must disassociate himself from ML baseball. Mays, a part-time coach and goodwill ambassador for the Mets, will relinquish his duties upon accepting Bally’s job offer on October 29th.

28th  George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin is fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Dick Howser is named to replace him.

31st  Mike Flanagan, who posted a 23-9 record for the Orioles, is named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over the Yankees Tommy John.

The Mets trade vet Richie Hebner, acquired in April, to the Tigers for 3B Phil Mankowski and OF Jerry Morales. Mets GM John McDonald, quoted in the NY Times, said, “He just wasn’t happy here. That was the picture he painted when we got him last spring. I thought in that time he would overcome the feeling, but he didn’t. He has a big hangup on traffic and congestion. He never demanded to be traded, but he and his agent knew that we would make a deal, and they trusted us.”

NOVEMBER

1st  Edward Bennett Williams buys the Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for a reported $12.3 million.

In separate deals, the Yankees acquire OF Ruppert Jones from the Mariners and C Rick Cerone and Tom Underwood from the Blue Jays, giving up 7 players, including popular 1B Chris Chambliss, SS Damaso Garcia, OF Juan Beniquez, and pitchers Jim Beattie and Paul Mirabella. Chambliss will be with the Blue Jays a month before they swap him to Atlanta.

2nd  Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan are the top names available in the reentry draft held at New York’s Plaza Hotel.

3rd  Teams of U.S. all-stars depart on an exhibition tour of Japan. The NL stars will win 4 of 7 games versus the AL, and the combined forces will split a pair of games with the Japanese all-stars.

7th  Reliever Bruce Sutter, who had a 2.23 ERA and saved 37 of the Cubs’ 80 victories, wins the NL Cy Young Award by a 72-66 margin over the Astros Joe Niekro.

8th  The Yankees ink 1B-DH Bob Watson and P Rudy May, the first reentry free agents to sign long-term contracts with new teams.

Mets president Lorinda de Roulet announces the team is for sale, beginning a 2-month bidding war.

13th  For the first time in history, 2 players share the MVP Award. The NL co-winners are Willie Stargell, the Pirates spiritual leader, who batted .281 with 32 HRs; and the Cardinals Keith Hernandez, who led the NL in runs (116), doubles (48), and batting (.344).

14th  The Dodgers sign reentry free agent P Dave Goltz, formerly of the Twins, to a 6-year, $3 million pact.

California’s Don Baylor, who led the AL in runs and RBIs, is named the league’s MVP.

The Yankees acquire 3B Eric Soderholm from Texas for 3 players (minor leaguers Rockey Burdette, Roger Slagle, Amos Lewis) to be named later. As noted in Yankees Coming, Yankees Goingby Lyle Spatz, the Ranger release the players’ names, a rules violation since they are still frozen on minor league rosters until December. The deal will be consummated on December 13, with Slagle’s name omitted. Soderholm will hit .287 in 1980, then miss the 1981 season because of illness, and retire.

16th  The Red Sox sign 1B Tony Perez, a reentry free agent formerly with the Expos.

17th  On a flight to Austin, TX, writer/editor Dan Okrent sketches out the first draft of rules for what would become Rotisserie League Baseball. Had the friends he was seeing not ignored these rules, the Rotisserie League would have been called the Pit League, after the Austin barbecue joint where Okrent first unveiled them. Two weeks later in New York, he pitches the idea to a more receptive group with whom Okrent lunches monthly at La Rotisserie Francaise.

19th  The Astros sign reentry free agent Nolan Ryan, formerly of the Angels, to a 4-year, $4.5 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in the ML.

20th  The Braves sign reliever Al Hrabosky, “the Mad Hungarian,” a reentry free agent formerly with the Royals, to a 5-year pact worth $2.2 million.

26th  Third baseman John Castino, who batted .285 for the Twins, and SS Alfredo Griffin, who hit .287 for the Blue Jays, tie for the AL Rookie of the Year award, each receiving 7 of the 28 votes. The two rookies share one other distinction: both of them hit their first ML homers inside-the-park. The deadlock precipitates a change in the voting system, effective in 1980.

28th  Pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who went 17-10 for the sub-.500 Dodgers, receives 20 of 24 votes to earn the NL Rookie of the Year honors.

29th  Commissioner Kuhn lets Billy Martin off with a warning, following the October 23rd incident.

DECEMBER

1st  Padres OF Dave Winfield and Texas 3B Buddy Bell are first-time honorees as TSN announces the 1979 Gold Glove teams.

5th  A month after being acquired by the Blue Jays, Chris Chambliss goes to the Atlanta Braves with Luis Gomez for Barry Bonnell, Pat Rockett, and Joey McLaughlin. Chambliss will play 8 seasons for the Braves.

6thIn one of their better trades, the Royals acquire 1B Willie Aikins, Rance Mullinicks from the Angels for OF Al Cowens, Todd Cruz, and Craig Eaton. Aikens will have 4 solid years in KC, including two 2–homer games in the World Series.

7th  The Cardinals trade OF Jerry Mumphrey and P John Denny to the Indians for OF Bobby Bonds. The Tigers swap OF Ron LeFlore to the Expos for P Dan Schatzeder.

12th  The Giants sign reentry free agents 2B Rennie Stennett, C Milt May, and OF Jim Wohlford to contracts worth a total of $4.825 million.

31st  The Basic Agreement between players and owners expires, precipitating more than 19 months of bitter negotiations, culminating in the 1981 player strike.

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