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.