1960 August

2nd  In an agreement with the major leagues, the Continental League abandons plans to join the AL and NL. Walter O’Malley, chairman of the NL Expansion Committee, says, “We immediately will recommend expansion and that we would like to do it in 1961.” Braves owner Lou Perini proposes a compromise that 4 of the CL territories be admitted to the current majors in orderly expansion. Branch Rickey’s group quickly accepts. The Continental League ends without playing a game.

3rd  Frank Lane trades managers with Detroit’s GM Bill DeWitt. The Indians Joe Gordon (49-46) is dealt to the Tigers for Jimmy Dykes (44-52). For one game, until the pair can change places, Jo-Jo White pilots the Indians and Billy Hitchcock guides the Tigers. Lane had once fired Joe Gordon but then was forced to rehire by the club president.

4th  Believing that Chicago’s Jim Brewer is throwing at him, the Reds 2B Billy Martin throws his bat toward the mound. Then, advancing to retrieve it from Brewer, who has picked it up the two exchange words and Martin launches a hard overhand right that fractures the orbital bone of Brewer’s right eye. Both benches empty and Martin continues swinging, decking Frank Thomas. Brewer requires surgery and will be out of action for a month. The Cubs win, 5–3, on Ernie Banks’ homer at Wrigley. Martin will be fined $500 for the punch and Brewer and the Cubs will sue the combative infielder on August 22nd for $1,000,000. Years later, when the courts award Brewer $100,000, Martin’s comment will be, “How can they ever collect it? I haven’t got that kind of money.”

6th  At Forbes Field, a tired starter Vernon Law gives up a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th to the Giants Dale Long and another 2-run homer in the 10th to Orlando Cepeda, but the Pirates respond with 3 in the bottom of the 10th to win, 8-7. Dick Groat’s single drives home the winning run. The Pirates will win again tomorrow for their 10th straight victory over the Giants.

      The first-place Yankees whip the Athletics 16-4 behind a 19-hit attack. Roger Maris belts two homers and drives in 6 runs, while Mickey Mantle totals 4 singles and Tony Kubek scores 4 runs.

7th  The White Sox win a pair from the Senators, with reliever Gerry Staley picking up two victories.  Staley will be 13–8, all in relief, with both wins and losses topping the AL relievers. This is the 3rd time he has won two games in relief in one day: he did it in 1948 and 1950.

      Hook and Cook.  Jay Hook (8-12) benefits from a 21-hit attack by the Reds as they power their way to an 18-4 victory over the host Cardinals in game 1. Cliff Cook has 5 hits and 4 RBIs and Jerry Lynch adds a pinch grand slam. Wally Post has 3 doubles and scores 3. Before the start of game 2, the 1930 NL champion Cardinals team is introduced. The inspired 1960 Cards then win, 4-2, behind Ernie Broglio’s (13-5) 3 innings of hitless relief.

8th  Before a day crowd of 48,323, the largest day crowd ever at Comiskey Park, cheer Billy Pierce’s 4-hit victory over the Yankees, 9–1.  Pierce faces just 31 batters.

9th  With fine relief pitching of Lindy McDaniel in the opener and a 5-hitter by Curt Simmons in the nightcap, the Cards sweep the Phils, 5–4 and 6–0. Phillie Tony Taylor ties a ML record for 2B by going the entire doubleheader (18 innings) without a putout, the first to achieve the feat since Connie Ryan of the Phillies, June 14, 1953. For the second time in two at bats against rookie Al Neiger, Ken Boyer hits a homer. He did it on July 31st, Neiger’s only two homers served up.

      At Forbes Field, Vinegar Bend Mizell scatters 5 hits as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 7-1. For Mizell, it is his 10th straight win over Chicago.

      Ted Williams blasts his 19th HR and 511th of his career, off Perry, but the Red Sox lose to the Indians, 6–3. Ted’s 5th inning HR ties him with Mel Ott for 3rd on the all-time list. Francona and Power homer for the Tribe to back Perry (14-5). Power’s hit ricochets off the top of the RF fence in Cleveland toward Lu Clinton. The ball hits Clinton’s foot and is “kicked” over the fence. Umpire Hal Smith rules the hit a HR, since the ball never touched the ground.

10th  Ted Williams hits a pair of homers and a double to pace the Red Sox to a 6–1 win over the Indians. Ted has 21 homers for the season. The 1st of the two today, #512, moves Ted past Mel Ott into 4th place on the all-time list. After the game, Williams announces that he will retire at the end of the season.

11th  At Chicago, the Cubs score 5 runs in 4 innings to knock Sandy Koufax out of the game, but they do no scoring against three relievers as the Dodgers win, 7-5 in 11 innings. Don Cardwell goes 7 innings for the Cubs and drills his 5th homer of the year.  He’s now hit 12 career homers and been walked just once, in 1959.

12th  In Cleveland, Charlie Maxwell bangs a pair of 2-run homers, the second coming in the 10th inning, to give the Tigers a 6-4 victory over the Indians. This is Maxwell’s 4th extra-inning grand slam this year, breaking the AL mark set by Gehrig in 1935 and tying the ML mark set by Willie Mays in 1955.  Three National Leaguers (Gant, McGwire and Chipper Jones) will tie Mays this century but not till 2001 (Jim Thome) will an AL hitter club 4 in extra innings. But Paw Paw Maxwell is not through, hitting another 11 days from now.

14th  The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from 2nd-place St. Louis to take a 6-game lead in the NL pennant race. Don Hoak’s RBI single in the 11th inning gives Pittsburgh a 3–2 win in the nightcap, following a 9–4 win in the opener. The Cards Bill White connects for the cycle in the opener.

      The Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington and fall to 3rd place in the AL, a half game behind the Orioles and White Sox. Pitcher Camilo Pascual’s grand slam is the difference in a 5–4 first-game win. In the 2nd, Mickey Mantle, believing there are 2 outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3B. The Senators turn a DP, with New York’s Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B.  Maris will miss 18 games as a result. Mantle is heavily booed, and Casey Stengel replaces him with Bob Cerv. The clubs set a ML record by using 17 pinch hitters—9 by the Yankees—in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing a ML record 24 errorless innings.

15th  Behind Art Ditmar’s 5-hitter and Mickey Mantle’s 2 homers, off Jerry Walker and Hoyt Wilhelm, New York cops a 4–3 win and first place in the AL. The second HR comes after C Clint Courtney drops a Mantle foul pop-up. Baltimore’s loss is only its 2nd in the last 15 games. Baltimore and Chicago now trail by a half-game.

      In the first of 2 games at Crosley Field, Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews exchange punches after Robbie slides in hard at 3B in the 7th inning. Robbie comes out on the short end with a swollen eye, bloody nose, and jammed thumb, but comes back in the nightcap with a double and homer to lead the Reds to a 4–0 win.  Bob Purkey wins the shutout, despite allowing 11 hits.

17thClem Labine, picked up yesterday after being released by Detroit, pitches 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball for Pittsburgh to save a 5–3 win over the Phils.

      At Wrigley, Ernie Banks hits a one-out game-ending HR in the 9th off Don Drysdale to give the Cubs a 1-0 win. Glen Hobbie is the victor.

18th  Facing just 27 batters, Lew Burdette pitches a 1–0 no-hitter against the Phillies. Tony Gonzalez, the only Phil to reach base, is hit by a Burdette pitch in the 5th inning but erased on a DP. The Milwaukee pitcher also scores the only run of the game.

      Bob Sprout sets a Midwest League record with 22 strikeouts, and pitches a 7-inning no-hitter as Decatur defeats Waterloo 3–0. The 18-year-old lefty needs a dropped foul ball for his chance at the record. Sprout will pitch just one game in the ML, with the Angels in 1961.

20th  Ted Williams draws the 2,000th walk of his career in the Red Sox’ split of a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore. Williams joins Ruth as the only batters to collect 2,000 walks. The Splendid Splinter also clouts HRs 514 and 515 and drives in 6 runs in game 1, an 8–6 Boston win. The O’s win the nightcap, 6–0, behind Brown, but drop into 3rd place, 2 games behind the 1st-place Yankees.

      At Busch Stadium, the Dodgers score two runs in the 9th inning to edge the Cardinals, 2-1. Reliever Larry Sherry is the victor over starter Curt Simmons.  After Jim Gilliam and Tommy Davis single, Gil Hodges drives them in with a double.  For Davis, his safety gives him 20 game hit streak.

21st  Gus Triandos cracks a 4th inning grand slam off Ike Delock as Orioles down the host Red Sox, 10-4, and move into a 2nd-place tie in the AL. Triandos will hit another grand slam in 4 days.

22nd  For Billy Martin’s fight on August 5th, Jim Brewer and the Cubs hit back with a $1,040,000 law suit.  The claim will be settled in court and Martin will be liable for $25,000 in damages.

23rd  Following up his no hitter, Lew Burdette fires his 3rd shutout in a row, pitching the Braves to a 7–0 win over the Dodgers.  The Braves stroke 5 homers, including Aaron’s 33rd and Mathews 29th.

       Baltimore, Charlie Maxwell has 3 hits, including an 11th-inning 2-run homer, to give the Tigers a 5-3 victory over the Orioles. For Maxwell, it is his ML record 5th extra-inning homer this season. It won’t be matched this century. Paw Paw equaled Willie Mays’s record of 4 extra-inning homers 11 days ago.

24th  Despite Roy Sievers 2 homers and a double, the Yankees beat the White Sox, 3–2, dropping Chicago 1 1/2 games off the pace and into a 2nd place tie with the Orioles. Art Ditmar is the winner over Herb Score.

25th  Boston’s Vic Wertz’s 2nd career slam, off Don Newcombe, as a pinch hitter ties the record set by Bill Skowron in 1957. For Wertz, it is his third grand slam of the season. Ted Williams adds his 516th HR in a 10–7 Boston win over Cleveland.

      Baltimore breaks a 3-3 tie with visiting Detroit, scoring 6 runs in the 8th inning to win, 9-3. Gus Triandos belts his second grand slam of the week. Chuck Estrada wins his 14th on his way to an league-high 18 victories.

      At Candlestick, the Giants score 7 runs in the 2nd inning to knock Reds rookie Claude Osteen out of the game and hand him his only ML decision this year, an 8-5 loss. A grand slam by Willie Mays is the knockout punch.  Sam Jones (14-14) is the winner.

      Glenn Hobbie picks a good time to hit his first ML HR, connecting off Vinegar Bend Mizell with 2 out in the 9th to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Pirates.

26th  The Yanks crash 5 solo homers and 4 pinch hits, the latter tying an AL record, to top the Indians 7–6. Berra’s 2nd homer gives New York the win in the 11th. In game 2, the Yankees win 7–5 with Bob Cerv’s 3-run HR the big blow.

      Baltimore sweeps a pair from Kansas City, winning 2-1 and 11-3.  All the runs in the opener score on sacrifice flies.

27th  After pitching 32 2⁄3 innings without allowing a run, Braves P Lew Burdette gives up a Felipe Alou HR as San Francisco defeats Milwaukee 3–1.

      At Busch Stadium, Stan Musial hits a two-out walkoff homer off Elroy Face in the 9th as the Cardinals beat the first-place Pirates, 5-4. It is the second win in a row against Pittsburgh where Musial breaks a tie with a homer. Musial will rest tomorrow but the Cards still beat the Pirates, 5-4, to pull within 5 1/2 games of first place.

28th  In a battle of New York’s chief rivals for the AL pennant, Baltimore’s Milt Pappas has Chicago down 3–0 in the 8th. An apparent 3-run HR by Ted Kluszewski is nullified because umpire Ed Hurley calls time just before Pappas delivers. Hurley spotted Floyd Robinson and Earl Torgeson warming up along the RF sideline. The Sox argue for 15 minutes, with Nellie Fox and Al Lopez being tossed, before Klu hits again and lines out. The O’s prevail 3–1 and take over 2nd place, 2 games behind the Yankees, and the Sox are 3 1/2 back.

      In New York, the Yankees snap a 3–3 tie when Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th and Berra follows with a solo shot.  The Yanks top the Tigers, 8–5, in game 2. The Tigers take game 1 by a 6-2 score when Frank Bolling hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and Rocky Colavito follows with a solo homer, both off Eli Grba.

      Following Cleveland’s 9-1 trouncing of the host Senators, two of the game’s umpires, Ed Runge and Bill McKinley visit the Gaiety Supper Club, a strip joint in Baltimore (as noted by Mark Armour in his biography of Joe Cronin). From there, they take two strippers to a motel in Hyattsville, Maryland. “The four had just settled in when two men burst into the room and took a photograph, later demanding $5,000 to keep them from sending the picture to the press and to Cronin.  When the umpires refused, the men asked that the umps instead conspire to influence the outcome of a ballgame.  Runge and McKinley called the police, and authorities set a trap for the men at the Baltimore airport.  Preparing for the encounter, one detective said to the umpires, ‘When you meet them, I want you to act scared, and act broke.’ Runge responded, “I am scared, and I am broke.” Two men and one of the dancers were arrested and charged in the case.” Runge and McKinley were granted leaves of absence for the balance of the 1960 season and returned the next year.  McKinley worked five more seasons, Runge ten.

      In Los Angeles, the Reds drop 9 runs—6 unearned—on the Dodgers in the 1st inning, then get shut out the rest of the way. The Reds win, 9–3, behind Bob Purkey. Roseboro’s 2 run HR in the 5th followed by Irv Noren pinch solo are all the Dodger scoring.

30th  Boston 2B Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7, as the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 5-4, in the 15-inning opener of a twin bill. His 15th-inning double brings Frank Malzone home with the winning run. Runnels has 3 more hits in the nightcap victory, 3–2 in 10 innings. His 6 hits are the most in an AL game since July 8, 1955. With 9-for-11 in the doubleheader, Runnels ties the ML record.

      At San Francisco, Sam Jones strikes out 14 Phillies and drives in the winning run in the 5th to beat Robin Roberts, 2–1.

      At Memorial Coliseum, Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente belt 5th inning homers as the Pirates beat the Dodgers knock out Sandy Koufax, 5-2. Koufax (6-11) will state in Sport Magazine in 1965  that Clemente’s hit was “the longest ball I ever saw hit to the opposite field. . .  not just over the fence, he knocked it way out.”

31st   Bill Stafford (2-0) fires a 4-hit shutout to beat Kansas City, 1-0, in the first of 2 at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle’s 6th inning triple, a 440 foot shot to CF, drives in Yogi Berra with the lone run off Ray Herbert. The Yanks manage 5 hits off Herbert. Ned Garver (2-7) then allows 4 hits in the nightcap as the A’s win, 5-0.

      Hal Brown, with 8 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, pitches the Orioles to a 6-3 win over Cleveland. Gene Woodling supplies all the scoring the O’s need with a 3rd inning grand slam. The Orioles trail the Yankees by one game.