1st Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall retires and begins his career as the team’s radio broadcaster. He will pitch batting practice when the team is on the road.
The Mets trade Ed Bressoud, Danny Napoleon and cash to the Cardinals for Don Kirkwood, John Verhoeven and John Flannery.
12th In 40 degree weather at Fenway, Boston takes its season opener with the White Sox, 5–4, as righty Jim Lonborg wins with the help of a 3-run Rico Petrocelli HR. A pre-season poll picks the Red Sox to finish 9th.
10th At D.C. Stadium, LBJ tosses out the first ball to open the season. But the Senators manage just two hits off Mel Stottlemyre as the Yankees win, 8–0. New York jumps on starter Pete Richert for 7 runs in the 3rd inning, collecting six straight hits, to put it away.
12th The Senators beat up on Fritz Peterson, scoring a run in the 1st and 9 in the 2nd to down the Yankees, 10-4. Ken McMullen’s grand slam is the big blow in the 2nd.
14th At Yankee Stadium, Red Sox rookie Bill Rohr debuts and startles everyone by taking a no-hitter into the 9th inning. But Elston Howard lines a 3-2 pitch for a single to right-center with two outs. Carl Yastrzemski had kept the no-hitter alive with a spectacular grab of a Tom Tresh drive to deep LF to open the 9th. The Red Sox win 3–0, beating Whitey Ford, who allows a lead off homer to Reggie Smith and a two-run homer to Foy. Luis Tiant was the last pitcher, in 1964, to make his ML debut at the Stadium and be victorious; Ford was the loser then. Besides Rohr, catcher Russ Gibson debuts and has a pair of hits. There won’t be two batterymates debuting in the same game until August 2018.
15th In his first ML appearance, Reds rookie Gary Nolan strikes out the side in the 1st inning on his way to a 7–3 win over visiting Houston.
At Connie Mack Stadium, Tony Gonzalez has three hits, including a 1st inning grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the Mets. Jim Bunning is the winner.
16th At Yankee Stadium, The Red Sox and Yankees struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it, 7–6, in a game that lasts 5 hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have 5 hits for the Sox, but it is Joe Pepitone’s two-out single that beats Lee Stange. Al Downing is the winner.
Washington and Chicago struggle for 16 innings before the White Sox win, 4-3 in the bottom of the 16th on 3 straight walks. Two intentional walks load the bases and a non-intentional forces home the winner.
Larry Jackson hurls a complete-game shutout as the Phillies top the Mets, 2-0. Bill Denehy takes the loss in his ML debut but sets a club record with 8 strikeouts in a debut. Tom Sever will match it and Matt Harvey will top it.
In California, the Orioles earn a doubleheader split when Steve Barber flirts with a no-hitter before allowing a 9th inning one-out double to Jim Fregosi. It is the only hit Barber allows, winning 3-0. In game 1, the Angels win 5–4 in 10 innings on Fregosi’s RBI single. Lew Burdette (1–0), in relief notches the last decision of his career. When he’s released in September, the veteran will finish at 203-144.
18th The Cubs Adolpho Phillips drops a fly ball to allow 3 runs to score but homers and triple to help beat the Phillies, 8–4. Bill Hands is the winner over Chris Short.
Rain in LA. The Dodgers-Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium is rained out, the first rainout in Los Angeles Dodger history. It comes after 737 games.
21st At Fenway, rookie Bill Rohr again tops the Yanks, beating Mel Stottlemyre, 6–1. Elston Howard’s 8th-inning single drives in the only Yankee score. Rohr will return to the minors after the Gary Bell acquisition and resurface with the Indians next year.
22nd At Candlestick, the Giants take a 4-3 lead when Willie McCovey hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Denny LeMaster. Clete Boyer’s 2-run homer in the 9th gives the lead back to Atlanta. But SF plates 2 in the 9th to win, 6-5.
25th Los Angeles 3B Jim Lefebvre contributes 3 errors in the 4th inning to help Atlanta win 7–1.
Whitey Ford beats the White Sox, 11–2, at Yankee Stadium giving up 8 hits to go 2–1 on the season. It will be his last ML win.
In a Florida State League at Lakeland, J. Rick Young of Lakeland pitches 10 1/3 hitless innings against Winter Haven, enroute to a 1-0 win in 12 innings.
27th Reds P Mel Queen provides a royal effort, pitching 5 2/3 innings of no hit relief as the Reds beat Houston, 7–2.
28th After Jimmy Wynn hits a homer in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game, the Astros win it in the 13 when Eddie Mathews hits a triple off Joe Niekro and scores on a sac fly. The Cubs lose, 5-4.
Curt Blefary hits a first inning grand slam and Dave McNally wins his first of the year as the Orioles trip the Tigers, 5-3.
29th Yankee pitcher Fred Talbot allows two Angel hits in topping California 5–2 at the Stadium. Mickey Mantle, playing first base, hits a 2-run homer and drives in 3 runs for New York.
At Fenway, the Red Sox have the offensive answers to the Athletics and edge them, 11-10 in 15 innings. When Dick Green hits a 3rd inning grand slam and the Athletics score 5 runs, the Sox score 6 in the bottom of the frame; when Rick Monday homers in the top of the 15th, the Sox score 2 runs to win. The Sox and Yankees are tied for 1st place.
30th San Francisco concludes its first 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, as Bob Bolin beats Don Drysdale 5–1.
Orioles Steve Barber and Stu Miller combine to pitch a no-hitter but lose 2–1 to the first-place Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Barber walks 10 in his 8 2⁄3 innings, but in the 9th two runs come in on a wild pitch and an error by Mark Belanger, who drops the ball on a potential DP that would end the game. Miller walks none. In his first start of the year, Barber held the Angels hitless for 8 1⁄3 innings. Just 2 hits today matches the AL record for fewest safeties by 2 clubs in one game. Three catchers are used by Baltimore, a ML record of sorts for a no-hitter.
In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, Mantle breaks a 1–1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4–1 win. California takes the 2nd game 4–2 despite Mantle cracking a pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2,215, one more than Joe DiMaggio.
Cesar Tovar’s single is the only hit for the Twins against the Senators Barry Moore. Washington wins, 3–0.