1959 August

1st  Pitcher Bob Purkey of the Reds hits a grand slam off Johnny Buzhardt of the Cubs and wins 12–3. Purkey allows 6 hits. Glen Hobbie takes the loss.

2nd  Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches the only “perfect” inning of the last 4 decades striking out 3 Red Sox on 9 pitches in the 9th. Bunning wins 3–0. The last AL hurler to K the side on 9 pitches was Lefty Grove, in 1928.

In the 2nd of two games, Billy Bruton of the Braves hits 2 bases-loaded triples, tying a ML record, in an 11–5 win over the Cardinals. Elmer Valo did it in the AL in 1949, and that mark will be tied in 1978. The Cards win game 1, 4-3.

Giants 1B Willie McCovey hits the first of his 521 ML HRs, off Ron Kline, as San Francisco downs the Pirates 5–3. Johnny Antonelli wins his 15th game.

3rd  For the first time, there are 2 All-Star Games in the same year. With the managers picking the starting lineup, the AL wins this 2nd contest, 5–3, as five HRs are hit at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

5th  The Senators lose 7–3, their 18th loss in a row, before Tex Clevenger shuts out the Indians in the nightcap 9–0.

McCovey hits 2 HRs and Mays another as the Giants whip the Braves Bob Buhl 4–1 to move into first place.

Mickey Mantle breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Detroit’s Don Mossi and Bobby Shantz by belting an 8th inning homer with one on. New York wins at home, 3–0.

6th White Sox lefty Billy Pierce and the Orioles P Billy O’Dell are even up 1–1 when Hoyt Wilhelm relieves in the 9th for Baltimore. Wilhelm tosses 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a safety. After 18 innings and the score still at 1–1, the game is mercifully called because of the midnight curfew. Pierce goes 16 innings before he gets relief from Turk Lown.

Enough already. The Pirates plate 4 runs in the 8th inning and 10 more in the 9th at Busch Stadium to sink the Cardinals, 18-2. Smoky Burgess has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles and a homer, to drive in 6 runs, and Bill Virdon homers and drives in 5 runs. Both four baggers come in the 9th when Pittsburgh collects 10 hits. Harvey Haddix is the easy winner.

9th The Pirates, down 3–1 to the Cubs in the 9th, tie the game, then win 5–3 in the 10th. Elroy Face wins in relief to go 15–0. The win is the 11th extra inning victory in a row for the Pirates; the only loss in their last 16 extra inning games was Haddix’s 12-inning perfect game against the Braves in May.

At Busch Stadium, Ed Bouchee bangs a 9th inning grand slam to put the Phils out of reach in an 8-3 win over the Cardinals in game 1. In game 2, Philley uses the same formula, scoring 2 runs in the 9th inning against starter Marshall Bridges to win, 4-2.

10th  Ken Boyer of the Cardinals begins a 29-game hitting streak, the longest since Stan Musial’s 30-games in 1950. The Giants score 3 in the 9th to win 3–2.

11th  At Crosley Field, Joe Nuxhall fans 4 Braves in the 6th inning—Mathews, Adcock, Crandall, and Logan—and 10 overall as the Reds win 4–3 to move into 2nd place. The 3rd strike to Crandall gets by catcher Dutch Dotterer, giving Nuxhall the chance for the 4 K’s. Jim Davis, in 1956, was the last pitcher to K four in a frame. In the first inning, Joe Adcock wishes Vada Pinson a happy birthday by nabbing him at 1B with a hidden ball trick.

13th  The Giants and Cubs set a since-topped record for the longest 9-inning game in history, playing 3 hours and 50 minutes. Chicago wins the marathon at Wrigley by a score of 20–9, pounding out 19 hits and 5 HRs, including a grand slam by Alvin Dark. George Altman has 5 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs. The Giants hit 3 homers. Eddie Fisher takes the loss while Ed Donnelly is the winner.

At Busch Stadium, the Dodgers take a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th against the Cards, but the Birds plate 5 runs, 4 on a pinch grand slam by George Crowe off Roger Craig. Los Angeles emerges with a 7-6 decision with the win going to Sandy Koufax.

At Crosley Field, Frank Robinson hits a 3rd-inning grand slam as the Reds hold on for a 9-8 win over the Braves. Milwaukee scores 3 runs in the 9th and make the third out with the bases loaded. Joe Adcock has a pair of hits to run his consecutive-game hit streak to 20.

14th  The Red Sox 1B Vic Wertz hits a pinch-hit grand slam off Ryne Duren of the Yanks to pace the 11–6 Boston win at Yankee Stadium. Duren also serves up a homer to Gary Geiger as the Sox score 9 times in the 8th inning.

Eddie Yost shows he’s not just the walking man as he goes 5-for-5 in Detroit’s 11-1 driveby against the Indians. Frank Lary (15-7) scatters 7 hits.

Reds teammates Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson each go 5-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader as Cincinnati outlast the Phils 15–13. The Reds trail 11–3 after 3 innings, and score 5 in the 9th to win. The Reds take the second game of the twinbill, 5-4.

18th  At Milwaukee, the Dodgers stake Don Drysdale to a 5–1 lead after five innings, but the Braves chip away and finally tie it with a run in the 9th. The Dodgers make it 6–5 in the 11th but Hank Aaron takes Drysdale deep to tie it up. Drysdale is finally relieved and LA wins it in the 13th, 7–6.

Branch Rickey resigns as chairman of the Pirates to become president of the Continental League.

19th  Honolulu seeks a franchise in the Continental League.

20th  The A’s Bob Cerv hits 3 HRs in an 11–10 loss to Boston. The Sox outhit the A’s 16–13. Reliever Earl Wilson drives in 3 runs and earns his first ML victory.

22nd  The Reds Frank Robinson hits 3 HRs in a row against St. Louis, as the Reds win 11–4. Robby has 6 RBIs.

At Cleveland, Woodie Held clubs a 3rd inning grand slam off Milt Pappas to provide all the scoring as the Indians beat the Orioles, 4-2.

23rd The Pirates take a doubleheader from the Dodgers, beating Don Drysdale in both games. As a starter, Drysdale loses the opener, 9-2, then relieves in game 2. In the 10th inning, with runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 out, Drysdale hands out an intentional pass to get to Dick Groat, who singles in the winning run for a 4-3 score. The win is Face’s 16th of the year without a loss tying him with Hubbell’s streak of 1936 and Blackwell’s skein in 1947. The 4th place Pirates are now 8 games in back of the 1st place Giants.

The Reds beat the Cardinals, 4-3 on Jerry Lynch’s 2-run homer in the 8th. Don Newcombe is the victor. Newk also has 2 hits to give him 201 in his career: he’s the only post-WW2 pitcher who will reach that level.

At Cleveland, the Indians sweep the Red Sox, 1-0 and 6-2. Tito Francona breaks up a scoreless pitching duel between Jim Perry and Tom Brewer by hitting a game-ending homer in game 1. Francona then homers in the 1st inning of game 2 to jump start the Tribe. Minoso adds a 3-run homer.

The Braves manage just 2 hits but beat the Cubs, 2-0, behind Bob Buhl’s pitching.

Detroit beats the Orioles, 9-5, with Eddie Yost’s grand slam the winning margin. Harvey Kuenn is 5-for-5 for the Bengals, while Bob Nieman poles two homers for the O’s.

24th  New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses allocates $150,000 for a preliminary study on building a stadium.

Hoyt Wilhelm (13-8) goes 8 innings, scattering 5 hits, as his Orioles bang out 19 safeties in an 11-0 whipping of the Tigers. Gus Triandos has 4 hits, including a grand slam and a 2-run homer, as he drives in 7 runs for the O’s. Walt Dropo also has 4 hits.

25th The White Sox take out pennant insurance, sending Bob Sagers and Harry “Suitcase” Simpson packing to Pittsburgh in exchange for veteran Ted Kluszewski. Klu will hit .297 during the season and a torrid .391 in the World Series.

Johnny Podres and Larry Sherry combine as the Dodgers top the Phils, 5-2. For the second time this year, Duke Snider hits a 1st inning 2-run homer off Robin Roberts. It is the 19th and last homer that Duke will hit off Robin Roberts, a ML record for most homers any batter will hit off a single pitcher. Duke Snider will have an amazing 241 at bats vs. Roberts.

In Cleveland, Colavito homers twice as the Tribe tops the Yankees, 6–3. The Indians have now won 7 straight to move 2 games behind the first-place White Sox.

26th The Indians stretch their winning streak to 8 games when Colavito snaps a 4–4 tie with an 8th inning HR. Jim Perry, in relief of Gary Bell, picks up the win, 5–4, over New York.

It’s “Al Smith Day” at Comiskey, with every fan named Smith, Schmidt, Smythe or Smithe admitted free and given a button stating “I’m a Smith and I’m for Al.” Smith himself doesn’t help, going hitless as the White Sox lose to Boston, 7–6. Bill Monbouquette is the winner.

27th Ken Boyer has four RBIs and Joe Cunningham four hits as St. Louis uses 17 hits to edge the Braves, 5-4. Cunningham raises his average to .349.

28th Before 70,398 fans in Cleveland, the first-place White Sox top the 2nd-place Indians 7–3 behind the pitching of Bob Shaw. Helping Shaw is batterymate Sherm Lollar, who hits a 3-run homer in the 7th, his 20th of the year and just the 77th of the year for the Sox. The Tribe now trail by 2 1/2 games.

Before a crowd of 66.068 in LA, Sam Jones pitches a 3-hitter to give the Giants a 5-0 win over the Dodgers. Willie Mays hits a 3-run HR for SF.

Joe Cunningham hits a 2-out, 2-run double in the 9th off the RF screen in St. Louis to give the Cards a 3-2 win over the Reds. Don Newcombe takes the loss.

Art Ditmar has a homer and 3 RBIs while shutting out the Senators on 2 hits. The Yankees win, 5-0.

29th With rookie Ken McBride out with tonsillitis, the White Sox turn to Dick Donovan, who is coming off the DL. Donovan tosses a 5-hit, 2–0, win for Chicago.

At Wrigley Field, the Braves pile on with 6 runs in the 9th inning to whip the Cubs, 11-4. Hank Aaron has a pair of homers and Joe Adcock has a homer. Ernie Banks provides the Cubs with all its run by hitting a 4th inning grand slam off Warren Spahn.

Hamtramck, MI, wins the Little League WS at Williamsport, PA.

30th Before 66,586 fans in Cleveland, the White Sox sweep a doubleheader with the Indians to move in front by 6 1/2 games. Former Indian Early Wynn, judged too old at 39, wins the opener 6–3, then the Sox win the nightcap 9–4. Another former Indian, Al Smith, scores from 2nd on a fly ball. The Sox will beat the Indians 15 out of 22 games this season.

the 2nd of two games, the Pirates, down 50, tie the Phillies in the 9th inning, then win in the 10th, 7–6. The victory goes to Elroy Face, even though he gives up a HR to Ed Bouchee in the top of the 10th. Face is now 17–0 and the Pirates are just 4 games in back of the leading Giants.

31st  Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean’s NL mark and ties Bob Feller’s ML record of 18 strikeouts in a game against the Giants as 82,974 fans watch. He also totals 31 Ks for 2 consecutive games to set a new ML mark. Wally Moon’s 3-run, 9th-inning HR wins it 5–2 for the Dodgers.