1958 August

1st At Wrigley, Robin Roberts wins his 200th game with a flourish, allowing just 3 hits, as the Phillies win, 3–1. Dale Long’s HR is the only score for Chicago. Roberts wins his 11th this year, one more than he did last year.

At San Francisco, Lew Burdette allows 11 hits, but fans 8 and hits a bases-loaded single in the Braves 4–2 win over the Giants. The win increases the Braves lead to 2 games over SF. Burdette has now won 10 in a row over the Giants since September 1954.

2nd At Tiger Stadium, Willie Miranda hits a solo homer in the 3rd inning off Jim Bunning and with 2 outs in the same frame, Gus Triandos belts a grand slam, also off Bunning. But it is not enough as the Orioles fall, 8-7, to Detroit.

3rd Pulling away in the race, the Braves twice beat the faltering Giants, 4–3 and 6–0, to sweep the 4-game series. Trowbridge, with 7 innings of hitless relief, wins the opener, and Spahn allows 4 hits in the nightcap shutout. It is Spahn’s 43rd shutout to increase the Braves’ lead to 5 games.

The Cards Larry Jackson fans 12, including the last 5 batters, to beat the Dodgers, 3–2. It is Jackson’s 8th straight against the Dodgers, who now replace the Cards in last place. The Cards finally score a run in the 2nd—after 32 scoreless innings against Pittsburgh—to beat Podres. Rookie catcher Gene Green homers for the winning run: Green is now exclusively catching, but as of June 18, when he registered his 12th outfield assist to lead the NL, he was in RF.

At Municipal Stadium, the Athletics and Senators split a pair, with the A’s rambling in the opener, 12-0 and Washington winning, 4-3, in 15 innings. Roger Maris goes on a tear in game 1 to back Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter. Maris cracks an IPHR in the 3rd, leads off the 6th with a triple, then later adds a grand slam in the inning. An 8th inning double gives him four extra bases hits. Maris is just the third player in history (Jocko Fields, 1890: Charley Gehringer, 1930) to hit an IPHR and a grand slam in the same game. It won’t be done again this century, according to David Vincent, homerun historian) Pedro Ramos (10-9) is the winner in game 2, pitching 7 scoreless innings of relief before Eddie Yost’s RBI single off Murry Dickson in the 15th gives Washington the lead. The A’s put runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs in the bottom of the 15th, but pinch runner Joe DeMaestri apparently misses a sign and is out at home to squelch the rally.

4th The Dodgers sell veteran Ransom Jackson to Cleveland. Jackson hit the last homer for the Brooklyn Dodgers in a win against the Phillies.

5th At Memorial Stadium, New York tops the Orioles, winning 4–1. For the 2nd day in a row, Mickey Mantle leads the charge with a homer.

8th At Wrigley Field, Del Ennis hits a 6th inning grand slam and an inning later Curt Flood adds a solo HR as the Cardinals whip the Cubs, 6-2. Vinegar Bend Mizell (8-9) tops Dick Drott (4-9).

9th Yankee Stadium has its biggest crowd in 7 years, 67,916 for Old Timers’ Day, but they are disappointed as Boston takes a 7–0 and holds on for a 9–6 win. Mickey Mantle has 4 RBIs on 3 hits, including his 31st homer.

At Briggs Stadium, Sherm Lollar has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox whip the Tigers, 9-3. Dick Donovan win his 9th.

Behind Harry Bright’s first ML HR, the Pirates beat the Reds, 5–2. Curt Raydon wins his 6th but gives up 2 runs in the 5th, breaking the Pirate pitchers scoreless streak at Forbes of 45 2/3 innings.

10th  The Pirates complete a 4-game sweep of the Reds, beating them 3–2 and 4–3. Relievers Gross and Face are the winners. In the nightcap, Pirates CF Bill Virdon records 2 assists in the 7th, tying a ML mark.

12th New York tops the O’s, 7–2 in New York. Mantle’s 33rd homer, off a Ken Lehman knuckler, gives him the AL lead.

Behind the 2-hit pitching of Witt, the rampaging Pirates top the Braves, 10–0, and move into 2nd place, 5 games behind Milwaukee. Pirates attracts 36,867 to see them win their 17th in the last 22 games.

13th Dodger P Fred Kipp relieves in the 9th and throws one pitch to retire Walt Moryn, then wins his 5th when Elmer Valo hits a pinch double to beat the Cubs, 6–5.

The Indians drop the opener of a twinbill to the visiting Tigers, 6-2, then call in Rocky Colavito from right field to relieve in game 2 with score tied 2-2 in the 7th. Rocky gives up a sac fly but allows no runs in 3 innings in his ML pitching debut (he pitched in an exhibition game two weeks ago). Despite his success, it will be another ten years before Rocky makes his second appearance. The Tigers win 3-2 with the loss going to Hoyt Wilhelm (2-6). Cleveland will give up on Wilhelm after one more start and sell him to the Orioles in 10 days.

At Comiskey Park, the Athletics and White Sox divide a doubleheader, with each team winning in the final frame. The A’s take the opener, 2-1, when Harry Simpson cracks an 11th inning homer off starter Dick Donovan. Ned Garver goes 11 innings for the win. Hal Smith has a hit to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20. Billy Goodman’s RBI single in the 9th knocks in the winner as the Sox win, 6-5. Roger Maris has his second grand slam of the month for the A’s.

Despite allowing two 3-run pinch homers to Rip Repulski and Bob Bowman, the Pirates hold on to edge the Phillies, 10-9. Roberto Clemente has a pair of homers, Mazeroski has one, and Kluszewski hits a double and triple.

14th  Vic Power steals home in the 8th inning and again in the 10th to give the Indians a 10–9 win over Detroit. Power becomes the first AL player since l927 to steal home twice in the same game. He will have only 3 steals all season.

Manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Reds resigns. Jimmy Dykes takes over as interim manager.

The 7th place Dodgers draw just 6,195, the smallest regular-season crowd in LA history, as Don Drysdale tops the Cubs 7–3 at the Coliseum. Duke Snider and Jim Gilliam hit HRs for the winners. The smallest Dodger Stadium crowd, 6,559, will show up on September 13, 1976.

16th  Pirates slugger Frank Thomas clouts 3 consecutive HRs in a 13–4 pasting of the Reds. Pittsburgh is now 7 games behind Milwaukee.

17th Curt Flood and Gene Freese, the first two Cardinal batters, blast home runs off Dodger Sandy Koufax, who lasts but 1 1/3 innings. It’s the 5th time in NL history the first 2 batters in a game have homered. The clouts propel the Cards to a 12–7 win, but the Dodgers come back to win the nightcap, 9–3.

At Milwaukee, the Braves sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 5-1 and 4-1. Frank Torre belts a grand slam in the opener to back Juan Pizarro’s win over Don Cardwell. Lew Burdette (13-8) bests Ray Semproch (13-9) in the nightcap. The Braves lead is now 8 games over the Pirates.

19th  Giants hurler Johnny Antonelli hits the 1st homer by as pitcher at Seals Stadium, and also tosses a 4–3 win in 10 innings over the Reds.

In an oddity, each starting player of the Douglas Copper Kings team hits a HR in a 22–8 rout of the Chihuahua Dorados (Arizona-Mexican League).

20th Phils’ 3B Willie Jones hits a pair of 3-run HRs, a double and single and drives in 8 runs as the Phils beat the Cardinals 12–2. Musial has 2 hits including a double, and is now tied with Mel Ott with 2,165 on the all-time list.

Out of catchers, the Cubs put left-handed 1B Dale Long behind the plate in the opener against the Pirates. He is the first lefty backstop since 1905 when Homer Hildebrand donned the tools of ignorance. The Cubs lose 4–2, then win the nightcap 5–1 with Long back at 1B.

22nd  Kansas City pitcher Ralph Terry throws a masterful one-hitter, beating Washington, 1-0, on Bob Cerv’s triple and a passed ball. A third inning single by opposing pitcher Russ Kemmerer gives Washington its only baserunner.

Cleveland Indians Chairman William Daley rejects a $4 million bid for his team.

Monterrey, Mexico repeats as Little League WS champions, beating the Kankakee, IL, Yankees, 10–1. Hector Torres pitches a 3-hitter for the victory.

The pipeline is working, as Kansas City, just 2 1/2 games out of 4th place, ships Murry Dickson, their second biggest winner, to the Yankees for a player to be named later: it turns out to be minor leaguer Zeke Bella. Dickson will provide unneeded pennant insurance for the Yankees and, not surprisingly, will return to KC next May. The Yanks win today, topping Chicago, 8–5.

23rd  Dodgers P Don Drysdale hits 2 HRs in a 10–1 clipping of the Cards, and has now homered in each of his last 3 starts. He has 7, tying Don Newcombe’s 1955 total for a pitcher. Veteran Gil Hodges hits the 14th grand slam of his career, a new NL record. It is also the first slam in the history of the Dodgers on the West Coast.

Ray Boone has a double and homer and 4 RBIs to pace the White Sox to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. Billy Pierce tops Whitey Ford. Nellie Fox has 2 hits and scores twice but strikes out for the first time since May 14. a ML-record 89 straight games. Fox will lead the AL in fewest strikeouts from 1952 to 1962.

The Orioles purchase Hoyt Wilhelm (2–7) from the Indians. The knuckleballer will lead the AL in ERA in 1959.

24th  In the first of two at Wrigley, the Phillies outslug the Cubs to win, 13-8. Ed Bouchee has a triple and grand slam and drives in 5 runs and Rip Repulski hits a pinch 3-run homer. Jim Marshall has a pair of homers, his first two of the year, for Chicago and Dale Long adds a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th. Bouchee and Marshall both homer in the nightcap, while Willie Jones has his 2nd three-hit game of the day as the Phillies prevail, 5-3.

27th  Owner Cal Griffith says that the Senators will probably accept a good offer from Minneapolis/St. Paul, if one is made. President Dwight D. Eisenhower says that the Senators should improve the team and stay in Washington, DC.

In Los Angeles, Pete Whisenant poles a 5th inning pinchhit grand slam and the Reds hold on for an 8-7 win over the Dodgers. Carl Furillo, Don Demeter and Steve Bilko homer for LA, while Roy McMillan cashes in for the Reds.

The Braves Bob Trowbridge walks Orlando Cepeda with the bases full in the 12th to give the Giants a 4–3 win. It is the Giants first win in the last 9 games against the Braves.

30th  The Orioles Dick Williams plays all 3 OF positions without a single PO or assist in a 7–2 win against Boston.

In Kansas City, Larry Doby gives the Indians a brief lead in the 8th inning with a solo homer, then clouts 2-run homer in the 14th as the Indians edge the Athletics, 8-6. Rocky Colavito has a 3-run homer in the 1st for the Tribe. Veteran Morrie Martin, picked up on waivers, is the winner.

31st  Sandy Koufax doesn’t get out of the first inning as he walks four and gives up a grand slam to Bob Schmidt as the Giants crush the Dodgers, 14-2. Schmidt drives in 6 runs and Willie Mays has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer. Stu Miller is the winning pitcher.