1964 April

1st  Cleveland manager Birdie Tebbetts suffers a heart attack and will be sidelined until July 5th.  Coach George Strickland will manage the Indians in Tebbetts’ absence.

3rd  P Carl Willey of the Mets suffers a broken jaw when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Gates Brown during a spring training loss. He will be out until June 6th but his career will be effectively ended.

8th  Houston P Jim Umbricht dies of cancer at age 33. He was 4-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 1963.  His #32 will be the first uniform retired by Houston.

9th  The Tigers purchase P Larry Sherry from the Dodgers.

10th Demolition begins on the Polo Grounds to clear the way for a housing project.

14th  San Francisco’s 5 HRs match the mark for Opening Day round-trippers. Juan Marichal beats Warren Spahn and the Braves 8–4.

      Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk as he beats St. Louis 4–0 in his only start as an Opening Day pitcher.

      The Giants purchase Duke Snider from the Mets, answering the trivia question: Who played for the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers, the Giants, and the Mets?

15th  Work begins on an $18 million stadium in Atlanta.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford pitches 11 innings in losing to the Red Sox, 4–3.  Bob Tillman, with three singles, triples in the 11th, and pinch runner Roman Mejias scores on wild pitch. Mickey Heffner pitches the bottom of the 11th, with Dick Radatz getting the win.

17th  Before 48,736 fans the Pirates defeat the Mets 4–3 in the first game played at Shea Stadium. Bob Friend is the winner over Cuban righty Ed Bauta. Friend was also the winning pitcher in the last game ever played at the Polo Grounds before the Giants moved west.

      The wind picks up at Wrigley Field and, in the 5th inning, the Phils loft 3 HRs and the Cubs 2. The Phillies win the derby, 11–8.

      At Fenway Park, in a JFK memorial game, the Red Sox top the White Sox, 4–1.

18th  Jim Maloney tosses 6 innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers, before leaving with a pulled muscle. John Tsitouris relieves and pitches hitless ball until two are out in the 9th inning when Frank Howard beats out an infield single. Sandy Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches in the 3rd inning, becoming the first NL pitcher to do it twice (and matching Lefty Grove), but Cincinnati wins, 3–0, on Deron Johnson’s 3-run homer.

19th  One day after Koufax fans the side on 9 pitches,Bob Bruce strikes out the Cardinals in order on 9 pitches in the 8th inning of a 6-1 Houston loss. Bob Gibson is the winner allowing 4 hits and striking out 8.

20thYankee rookie Bob Meyer makes his ML debut at Fenway Park, in a 4–0 loss to the Red Sox. Meyer is the last Yankee rookie pitcher this century to open in Boston. Ralph Terry made his debut there in 1956.

      At Los Angeles, Braves pitcher Bob Sadowski notches a 7–1 win and sets a Braves franchise record of striking out 5 times in a regulation game.  The only other Braves to whiff five times was Harry Stovey, who did it in extra innings in 1891.

21st  Eleven runs score on homers as the Pirates win, 8–5, at windy Wrigley Field. Homeruns by 9 different players ties the ML record. The only runs not driven in by four baggers are two by Maz who scores on singles by Pagliaroni. Gene Freese completes the Buc shots with a 3-run pinch homer in the 9th to break a tie, the only one of the 9 homers that is not solo. In the 8th, Pirates reliever Roy Face pulls off an unassisted double play that starts with a wind-swept pop-up by Andre Rodgers that falls in fair territory near the first base bag. Face grabs it and touches 1B to double up Ron Santo.

23rd  Houston’s Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher ever to hurl a 9-inning no-hitter and lose as Cincinnati wins, 1–0. Two errors in the 9th, the second by 2B Nellie Fox on Vada Pinson’s grounder, allows Pete Rose to score the only run. Joe Nuxhall wins with a 4-hitter.

      The Mets swap Chico Fernandez and minor leaguer Bobby Catton to the White Sox for Charley Smith.

24th  Willie Mays paces the Giants attack hitting a HR and scoring 5 runs as the Giants down the Reds, 15-5. Juan Marichal is the winner.

28th  At Fenway, the Orioles score 2 runs in the top of the 11th to take a 4-2 lead. Boston comes back in the bottom of the 11th to load to bases for Dick Stuart, who promptly ends the game with a grand slam.

      In a see-saw battle in Minnesota, John Romano hits his second homer of the game in the 9th inning to give the Indians the lead, but Jimmie Hall answers in the bottom of the 9th with a homer to tie. Minnesota wins in the 10th, 9-8.  Bob Allison has 3 hits and 2 walks and will finish the season with the best AL batting average at home with .342 (.241 on the road).