1st Gil Hodges hits his 13th career grand slam to establish a new NL record as the Dodgers wallop the Cubs, 12–3, at Wrigley. This is the last grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers franchise. Koufax fans 11 and gives up 4 hits, including a 3-run homer to Ernie Banks.
Stan Musial hits 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs as the Cards defeat the Giants, 8–0. Jones is the winner over Antonelli. The homers give Musial 1,140 extra base hits, moving him into 3rd place on the all-time list behind Ruth and Gehrig.
Roy Sievers has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Senators edge the White Sox, 5-4. Larry Doby’s grand slam, off Chuck Stobbs (5-14), provides the Pale Hose with all their scoring. The Sox fall 4 games in back of the idle Yankees in the AL race.
Former ML OF Glen Gorbous of Omaha breaks Don Grate’s record toss with a heave of 445 feet 10 inches before a home game. Gorbous has a 6-step running start and earns $200 for his effort. Sheldon LeJeune of the Reds reached 426 feet 9 1/2 inches in 1910.
2nd At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland’s Don Mossi take a no hitter into the 7th inning before McDougald and Mantle hit one-out back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2 apiece. The Yanks score another run in the 8th and Bob Grim saves the win for Tom Sturdivant.
3rd The news that Danny Murtaugh will succeed Bobby Bragan as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates is leaked to the press, and Bragan hears it on the radio before Joe L. Brown can inform him.
Washington defeats Detroit 4–3 when the Senators Roy Sievers hits his 30th HR in the 17th inning, It is his 6th HR in 6 games, to tie an AL record held by Ken Williams and Lou Gehrig.
4th for the second game in a row, Willie Mays has two homers, and adds a triple, as the Giants down the Reds, 7-6 in 14 innings in the opener of two. Ray Katt’s DP grounder in the 14th scores the go ahead run. Mays’s 2nd homer of the game comes in the 12th inning, and Ed Bailey matches him. Frank Robinson and Wally Post hit back-to-back homers in the 5th. The Reds take the 2nd game, 3-2.
5th The Brooklyn Sports Authority gets an engineering report on a 50,000-seat stadium in the downtown area. It will cost an estimated $20.7 million, including the land site. Indications are that there will be trouble finding a market for the bond issue.
Denver Bear (American Association) Rance Pless slugs his 4th grand slam in a little over a month. In his debut with Denver on July 3rd, he connected for a slam, then repeated the feat on July 6th and July 30th.
6th At St. Louis, Bob Rush wins his 2nd game against 12 losses, as the Cubs beat the Cards, 8–2, to knock them out of first place. Rush allows 6 hits, including a HR by Musial to beat former teammate Sam Jones. Chicago will win the next 2 in St. Louis to dent the Cards pennant hopes.
7th Hank Bauer of the Yanks hits his 2nd consecutive lead-off HR, against Washington, as the first-place Yankees lose 3–2. The Yankees’ other score is Mantle’s 3rd inning homer to RF off starter Tex Clevenger.
In front of 23,472 at Jersey City, the Giants outslug the Dodgers, 8–5, when veteran Hank Sauer clubs a 3-run homer in the 9th inning.
8th Ardmore player-manager J.C. Dunn is shot during a Sooner State League game at Ponca City. In the second inning, one of the spectators, a hotel porter, pulls out a .38 pistol and fires several shots at a member of the visiting Ardmore team. The shots miss the player for whom they were intended, but two struck Dunn, one in the ribs under his left arm and the other in his right leg. The game is suspended immediately and Dunn is taken to a hospital. Apparently, the porter got into an argument the night before and was badly beaten by some of the Ardmore players. With their hard-hitting manager out of action, the Cardinals will see their ten-game lead begin to evaporate. Dunn will limp back into the lineup 18 days later, but Ardmore lost the flag to Paris by half a game. However, Dunn will make up for lost time in the playoffs, batting a phenomenal .592 in seven games to lead his club to the post-season title.
9th The red-hot Braves top the Cardinals 13–2. Bob Hazle, brought up in late July to replace the injured Bruton, goes 4-for-5 with 2 RBI.
10th The Braves roll over the Cards, 9–0, as Hurricane Bob Hazle knocks in 3 runs on 3 hits.
At Baltimore, Mantle hammers his 31st homer and adds 3 singles to lead the Yanks to a 6–3 win over the O’s. Mantle’s homer is the first to clear the CF hedge, some 30 feet beyond the 425 foot sign in center. Mantle is now hitting .380, and the Yanks are leading Chicago by 5 games.
11th The Red Sox take a pair from the Senators, winning 8–5 and 4–3 in 11 innings. In the nightcap, starter Dick Hyde intentionally walks pinch hitter Ted Williams, the 27th time this year the slugger has been handed a free base. Williams will be intentionally walked 33 times this year, the highest AL total since the league started compiling this statistic in 1955. Gene Stephens hits an RBI triple in the 11th to win it.
Ned Garver fires a 2-hitter and Vic Power has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Athletics top the Indians, 7-0, in Cleveland in the first of two. In game 2, Gus Zernial clubs a pair of homers, Lou Skizas hits one and Woody Held adds a 5th inning grand slam as the Athletics hold on for a 9-8 win and complete the sweep.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Phils trade shutouts. New York takes the opener, 5-0, behind Curt Barclay’s 3-hitter. Danny O’Connell hits a 3-run HR off Harvey Haddix, and Willie Mays bangs a pair of triples. Willie has 15 so far and will top the 20 mark this year in doubles, triples and homers, just the 4th player in history to accomplish that. George Brett will join the list in 1979, the last 20th century player to do so. In game 2 today, Mays has 2 of the 3 hits off Jack Sanford, who stops the Giants, 2-0.
At St. Louis, the Braves complete a 3-game sweep of the reeling Cards with a 5–1 win by Gene Conley. The Braves now lead the Cards by 5 1/2 games. Eddie Mathews completes the Braves scoring with a CF homer in the 5th, off reliever Schmidt, and Boyer accounts for the Cards score with a HR in the 9th.
13th Pitcher Lew Burdette of the Braves hits his first 2 career homers and beats the Redlegs 12–4. He’ll have a 2nd two-homer game next July 10.
Before Boston’s largest crowd of the season, 35,647, Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 and drives in 3 runs as the Yankees edge the Red Sox 3–2. Mantle improves his average to .384 while Ted Williams, with 1-for-2, is at .388. A week later Mantle will injure himself when he angrily swings a golf club at a branch and gouges his shinbone. This will effectively take him out of the running for a 2nd-straight triple crown.
14th The first place Braves roll over the Redlegs, 13–3, as Bob Hazle goes 3-for-4 and Wes Covington belts a grand slam in the 8-run 9th inning. George Crowe and Johnny Logan homer to back Bob Buhl (16-6).
15th In Chicago, the Cubs complete their 2nd three-game sweep of the Cardinals in the past 9 days by whipping the Red Birds, 4–1, behind Moe Drabowsky. The Cards, in first place on August 5, have now lost 9 straight.
In Cleveland, the Indians score 5 runs in the 7th and top the White Sox, 5-4. Chico Carrasquel hits his second grand slam of the year for the Tribe.
Bob Hazle has another 3 hits, including a homer, as Milwaukee tops Cincy again, 8–1. Aaron has a pair of homers and Eddie Mathews a solo shot as the Braves extend their winning streak to 10 games and their lead to 8 1/2. It is Milwaukee’s 14th win in 16 games with the Reds and, for Warren Spahn, it extends his record to 44–14 over the Reds. Cincy’s only run is unearned.
16th At Jersey City, Johnny Podres beats the Pirates, 4–1, for the Dodgers.
In front of 45,537 at County Stadium, the Cards defeat the Braves, 8–2, snapping their 9-game losing streak, and ending the Braves skein at 10 games. St. Louis was in 1st place on August 4.
17th In the Phils 3–1 win over New York, Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at bat. The first foul breaks her nose, and the 2nd one hits her while she is being removed from her seat on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, the sports editor of the PhiladelphiaBulletin.
The Tigers overcome a first inning grand slam by Minnie Minoso and edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 10 innings. The Sox stake 18-year-old Jim Derrington to a 5-0 lead but the Bengals plate 3 in the bottom of the 2nd to chase the teenager. Jim Rivera misplays Charley Maxwell’s single into a double in the 10th and Johnny Groth singles him home with the winner.
18th At Washington, Roy Sievers puts the Senators on board with a grand slam in the 5th as the Nats top the Red Sox, 6-4.
19th As Horace Stoneham cites poor attendance as the reason for the Giants’ move, the Giants board of directors votes 8-1 to move to California in 1958, as San Francisco promises a new stadium in the Bayview area. The only dissenting vote is by M. Donald Grant.
20th Using a new slow delivery, 35-year-old Bob Keegan of the White Sox pitches a 6–0 no-hitter over Washington, walking just 2. Chuck Stobbs loses his 16th game en route to a league-leading 20 losses. The Sox lose the opener, 5–4, to the last place Nats, but pick up a half game on New York, now 7 games ahead of Chicago.
Yankee Bob Turley pitches a 2-hitter against Kansas City, but loses 1–0, to former Yank Ralph Terry. Both A’s hits come in the 6th when Tim Thompson drives in Held with a single. Thompson won yesterday’s 1–0 game with a single.
Mantle suffers a severe gash to his left leg that will hamper his run for the Triple Crown. The cause is attributed to any number of reasons, and only years later does the truth come out: after losing in golf to Tom Sturdivant, Mantle is so angry he bashes his putter over a tree limb and it comes around and gouges his leg almost to the bone. He will hit just .268 with one homer the rest of the year.
21st In the Tigers 9–3 loss to the Orioles, Detroit pitcher Lou Sleater hits a 3-run homer, his third of the year. He had a 3-run homer on the 17th, his last pitching appearance. Al Pilarcik and Joe Durham match him with three-run homers of their own.
22nd Stan Musial, swinging at a 4th-inning pitch, tears a muscle and chips a bone, ending his consecutive-game streak. Four days later he will pinch-run in a game suspended on July 21st, officially giving him 895 consecutive games played. The Redbirds win today, 6–5, with the win being given to Cards reliever Billy Muffett with 4 innings of shut out ball. Larry Jackson was leading when replaced by Muffett, who pitches brilliantly and is rewarded by the scorer with the win. NL Prexy Giles will reverse the ump’s decision and give the win back to Jackson.
In Kansas City, Harry Simpson hits a grand slam in the Yankees 6-run 3rd inning as New York rolls to an 11-4 win over the Athletics. Yogi Berra scores 3 runs and hits a 2-run homer in the 7th for the 1st-place Bombers.
23rd Angel Macias, a 12-year-old righthander from Monterrey, Mexico, hurls a perfect 12-inning game over La Mesa, striking out 11 to win the Little League Championship in Williamsport, PA. In the tourney before Williamsport, Macias pitched a game lefthanded.
24th The Dodgers use 8 pitchers in one game, tying the NL record, in a 13–7 loss to first-place Milwaukee, as the Braves take two of the three games in Brooklyn. Johnny Podres leaves after giving up 3 HRs in the 4th. Hank Aaron hits the first grand slam of his career.
25th The Braves top the Phillies 7–3 behind the Warren Spahn. The ace left hander posts his 219th career win and cracks his 18th career homer, good for 6th (tie with Schoolboy Rowe) on the career list. The Braves are also paced by the hitting of Bob Hazle, who contributes two 3-run HRs and a single in the win. Since being recalled from Wichita, “Hurricane” Hazle is hitting .526.
A baseball game is played in Little America, Antarctica (as reported by Paul Dalyrumple). A team of Seabees tops a team of civilians, 11–6, in 2 innings. The temperature at game time is minus 40 degrees.
26th For the 2nd time this season, the Red Sox hit 4 HRs in an inning. They hit the 4 in the 7th scoring 10 runs and go on to rip the Athletics 16–0. Willard Nixon is the beneficiary of the blasts by Frank Malzone, Norm Zauchin, Ted Lepcio and Jim Piersall. Malzone has 4 hits, including 2 homers, and scores 4, and Nixon, a decent hitter, has 2 safeties.
In New York, Yankee-killer Frank Lary stops New York as Detroit wins 5–2. Lary allows just a 2-run homer in the first inning to Mantle that reaches the upper deck in CF. The New York lead is now down to 31⁄2 games, as they start a crucial series in Chicago. They will win all 3 games with the Sox.
27th In a day game in Detroit, Jim Bunning allows just two hits, but one of them is a home run to Ted Williams. That’s all Frank Sullivan needs as he pitches a shutout and the Red Sox win, 1–0. For Williams, it is a record 5th time he has homered in a 1–0 game.
28th At Municipal Stadium, the Senators edge the Athletics, 3-2, behind a four-hitter by Pedro Ramos (10-12). Julio Becquer has a triple and scores twice for the Nats, who make just 5 hits. Becquer also has his 3rd stolen base; his three steals will lead the Senators this year, the lowest number for any team leader in history. The slow-footed Nats total just 13 steals, also a ML record, and they will be caught 38 times. The AL record for fewest steals was 19 by the 1945 Indians (147 games) and tied by the 1950 White Sox (156 games). The NL low water mark was the 1949 Cardinals, with 17.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants top the Braves 12–6, with an 8-run 3rd inning. The loss leaves the Braves 7 games in front of the Dodgers, who take 2nd place ahead of the Musial-less Cards.
29th In New York, Hank Bauer hits Dick Donovan’s first pitch of the game for a homer, but the Sox tie the game at 1–1 and send it into extra innings. Then Donovan’s first pitch to Enos Slaughter in the 11th inning is hammered for the game winner, New York winning, 2–1.
30th At Yankee Stadium, Chuck Stobbs stops the Yanks to give Washington a 4–2 victory. Mantle hits his 34th homer and scores both New York runs. Mick is a half point behind Williams, 39 today, in hitting at .3764, and tied with Washington’s Roy Sievers at 90 RBIs. Sievers has an RBI today.
31st At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles top the Red Sox, 4–1 behind Gus Triandos’ inside-the-park homer, the only one of his career. Triandos lines an apparent single over 3B in the 5th inning, and when the ball caroms off the wall past Ted Williams, Gus lumbers around to score the first run of the game.
Steve Dalkowski, legendary minor league fastballer pitching for Kingsport (Appalachian League), strikes out 24, walks 18, hits 4 batters, and throws 6 wild pitches in a row. He loses 9–8.