1961 August

2nd  New York beats Kansas City 12–5 with Mantle walloping a first inning homer off Art Ditmar. Mantle and Maris are both at 40 homers.

      At Chicago, Hank Aaron has a grand slam for Milwaukee and Frank Thomas adds 4 hits, including a homer.  For the Cubs, Billy Williams belts two homeruns and Ernie Banks hits one.  But it is a standoff that ends in a 10 inning, 7-7 tie.

      Juan Marichal fires a one-hitter—a Tommy Davis single—at the Dodgers, winning 6–0. Felipe Alou has 3 hits, including 2 HRs, to pace the Giants win over the league leaders.

3rd   Pittsburgh beats St. Louis so hard their kids will come out shaking. The 19–0 rout of St. Louis matches the most lopsided shutout in modern NL history. The first had been achieved by the Cubs against the Giants on June 7, 1906. Harvey Haddix is the easy winner over Al Cicotte as Dick Stuart has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Smoky Burgess belts two homers and drives in 6 runs. The Bucs pepper three pitchers for 24 hits.

At Cleveland Stadium, the White Sox overcome a 1st-inning grand slam by Bubba Phillips to beat the Indians, 8-6. The Sox score 2 unearned runs in the 9th for the victory margin.

4th  With a little help from George Altman, the Cubs Bob Anderson outpitches Sandy Koufax, and beats the Dodgers, 4–2. Altman hits two homers off Koufax, the first time anyone has done that off the Dodgers lefty.

      At Candlestick, Warren Spahn wins his 299th game, 2–1, over the Giants. He gets a bit of help from Hank Aaron who leads off the 7th and 9th with homers off Mike McCormick. The Giants scoring is a Cepeda homer in the 5th.

6th  Maury Wills’ first HR in 1,167 ML at bats and a double, triple, and HR by Frank Howard give the Dodgers an 11–4 win against Chicago and first place by a half game in the NL. Wills has 3 hits and scores 4 runs, while Podres gives up ten hits, but goes the distance to win. Wally Moon drives in 3 runs with 3 hits.

      Mantle leads the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Twins, going 5-for-9 with 3 home runs and a double. His 4 RBIs gives him an even 100 for the year and his homer total is now 43. In the opener, Mantle’s had 2 home runs off his favorite pitcher Pedro Ramos, but it is Johnny Blanchard’s homer in the 10th that ties the game at 6–6. In the 15th, Berra hits a bases loaded grounder and just beat the throw at first to give the Yanks the win. The Yankees win the nightcap by a run as well, when Clete Boyer drives in Mantle in the 9th inning to break a 2–2 tie. New York now leads Detroit by 2 1/2 games.

8th  At Fenway, the Twins Camilo Pascual gives up an inside-the-park grand slam to Gary Geiger in the 3rd, the first in Sox history, and a solo shot to Don Buddin in the 7th, but wins, 6–5. Pascual drives in his first 3 runs of the year to snap the Twins 8-game losing streak.

9th  Cincinnati wins its 16th straight game against Philadelphia as Joey Jay blanks the Phils 5–0. It is the 13th loss in a row for the Quakers, their longest string of defeats since 1936: they’ve won just one in 19 games. Elio Chacon hits his first ML homer, off Don Ferrarese.

      The Cards beat the Pirates, 4–0, with all the Birds scoring coming on a grand slam by Julian Javier, who is celebrating his birthday today. Joe Gibbon serves up the salami. Curt Simmons and Ed Bauta combine on the shutout.

      The Dodgers win their 17th out of 20 to stay a game ahead of the Reds, beating the Braves 8–3,  Pitcher Don Drysdale hits a grand slam, off Don Nottebart in the 2nd, and allows just 4 hits while striking out 11.  Two of the 4 hits are homers by Joe Adcock.

10th  The Orioles shut out Kansas City, 8-0, behind Milt Pappas, and 41-year-old Dave Philley collects his 21st pinch hit of the year, a new AL mark.  The old AL record was set in 1936 by Ed Coleman. Starter Bill Kunkel gives up 5 runs while recording one out.

      At Yankee Stadium, Whitey Ford wins his 14thin a row as the Yankees beat the Angels, 3-1. Ford is now 20-2. Richardson, Berra and Skowron solo for the New York scores.

      Playing for Pawtucket (International L) Dwayne Hosey connects for two homers in the third inning against Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader, hitting one from each side of the plate.  One homer is a grand slam, the other a two-run homer. He adds a third homer in the game.

11th  Warren Spahn’s 2–1 victory against the Cubs makes him the 13th 300-game winner.

      In a classic pitching duel, White Sox lefty Billy Pierce and KC’s Jim Archer walk none and neither go to 3–2 in the count. Luis Aparicio’s HR is the only score as the Sox win 1–0 in 1 hour, 32 minutes.

      Mantle (44) and Maris (42) belt homers off reliever Pete Burnside to lead New York to a 12–5 pasting of the Senators.

      Vancouver (PCL) steals 9 bases in one inning of a 10–2 win against Salt Lake City.

12th  At Griffith Stadium, Roger Maris belts his 43rd homer, off Dick Donovan, but its New York’s only score as they lose, 5–1, the Yanks first loss in 10 games.  For Washington it is their first win in 8 games. Gene Green’s pinch grand slam off Luis Arroyo is the big blow for the Nats.

13th  In the first of two with the Senators, Maris belts his 44th homer to tie Mantle. An inning later, Mantle, hits a Bennie Daniels offering for his 45th, but that’s all Daniels allows, winning 12–2. Maris adds his 45th homer in the 1st inning in game 2 as the Yanks win, 9–4.

      In Cleveland, Joe Koppe has 3 hits, including a 7th inning grand slam, to pace the Angels to an 8-7 win over the Indians. Frank Funk (11-9) gets no outs in relief, but does get the loss when he tees up the slam. Willie Kirkland drives in 4 for the Tribe.

      Bill Tuttle has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs to lead the Twins to a 13-5 win over the Tigers. The loss drops Detroit 3 1/2 games in back of the Yankees.

14th  The Phillies lose their 17th straight game, 9–2 to the Cubs Dick Ellsworth. It is the 11th straight complete game pitched against Philadelphia.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Cards Ernie Broglio allows just 5 Dodger hits in shutting out Los Angeles, 5–0.  Don Drysdale takes the loss. For the Dodgers, this will be the start of a ten-game losing streak.

      The Reds purchase Darrell Johnson from the Phils.

15th  Maris hits his 46th homer, off Chicago’s Juan Pizarro, for New York’s only run in a 2–1 loss to the visiting White Sox. Pizarro allows just 4 hits. Whitey Ford loses in his bid for his 21st win.

      Frank Malzone is 5-for-5 with a pair of homers in the Red Sox, 8–0 shellacking of the Indians. Gene Conley throws the shutout and hits a homer. Jackie Jensen and Carroll Hardy hit back-to-back HRs in the 5th.

      At L.A., the 2nd-place Reds Joey Jay (17-7) gives up 3 singles and 2 runs in the first and just 3 hits after that in subduing the first-place Dodgers, 5–2. Losing pitcher Sandy Koufax (13-8) almost adds another hit but is thrown out at 1B by RF Frank Robinson.  Announcer Vin Scully says, “Sandy forgot to run.”

16th  Cincinnati takes the NL lead for good with a shutout sweep 6–0 and 8–0 at Los Angeles before 72,140, a record crowd for a NL doubleheader. Bob Purkey gives up 4 hits and Jim O’Toole just 2 in handing the Dodgers their 1st twinbill whitewash since July 18, 1935.

      Roger Maris ties an AL record with his 7th HR in his 6th straight game, as New York beats Chicago 5–4 in the 9th inning. His two blasts off Billy Pierce give him 48, three more than Mickey Mantle.

17thIt takes the Phils 11 innings at County Stadium, but they finally lose to the Braves, 7–6 when Al Spangler singles home the winner. For Philadelphia, it is their 20th loss in a row, a modern ML record.  The Phils lose a 6–4 lead in the 8th when Joe Adcock slams a 2-run homer off Art Mahaffey to tie.

      The Indians edge the Red Sox in the 14th inning, 4–3, when Mike Fornieles walks in the winning run in the 14th inning. Cleveland ties the game in the 9th on John Romano’s 2-run homer into the upper deck.

      Charles Finley denies he plans to move the Kansas City Athletics to Texas. “I have no plans to move. We are a Kansas City team, and besides, we have no place to move to.”  He said he put out no feelers to other cities about moving the A’s.

      Chuck Weatherspoon hits his 7th grand slam of the season for Wilson (Carolina League) in a game against Winston-Salem.

18th  Ron Kline, purchased from the Angels on August 10, blanks the Red Sox on 4 hits to give the Tigers a 5–0 win.  Bill Monbouquette fails for the 9th time to win his 9th, lasting just 4 innings and gives up homers to Billy Bruton and Rocky Colavito.

19th  The Phils rally in the 9th, but strand 11 and lose, 4–3 to Milwaukee. For the hapless Quakers, it is their 22nd loss in a row. For the Braves, it is their 9th win in a row. The Phils have 13 hits off Tony Cloninger, the winner, while Frank Sullivan allows just 7.  The Braves score all their runs in the 3rd, the big blow being Frank Thomas’ 2-run homer.

The Reds surge to a 3-game lead in the NL by topping the Cards, 3–1, behind Joey Jay. They now lead by 3 games. The Reds get on the board in the 6th on Wally Post’s homer, his 16th. He has now homered this year in every NL park.

      The Red Sox top the Tigers, 5–3, as the two teams combine to hit into 8 double plays, tying the ML record for 9 innings.

20th  After losing game 1, 5-2, Philadelphia’s modern NL-record 23-game losing streak ends when John Buzhardt beats Milwaukee 7–4 in the 2nd of 2 games. Clay Dalyrumple is 3-for-3 and will run his consecutive hit streak to 9 straight on the 24th. The win snaps Milwaukee’s 10-game win streak. The Phils lose game 1, 5-2.  Seventeen of the losses came on the road.

      The Cubs and Pirates tie an NL record by playing their 3rd straight extra-inning game. The Cubs take this one 1–0. Chicago wins two of the three 11-inning games.

      The Twins outslug the Angels to win, 9-7, and do it with two homers from two pitchers—a 1st in the AL and the last time it happens in the 20th century.  Lennie Green starts the offense with a leadoff HR, the first of 2 he hits, and starter Jack Kralick homers. Al Schroll who pitches 4+ innings for the win, also homers. Earl Averill hits a pair for the Haloes.

      At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, both Mantle and Maris homer in the twinbill sweep. Mantle’s first inning 3-run homer, his 46th, and Maris’s in the 3rd inning, his 49th make it easy for Ralph Terry. In the nightcap, Bill Skowron hits his 21st in the 2nd inning and the Yanks win 5–2.  In the 6th, after Bell allows a single and then hits Gardner and Maris, Mantle collects his 101st walk to force home a run.

      The Tigers remain 3 games behind New York by sweeping a pair from the visiting Red Sox, 6–1 and 7–6. Lary wins his 18th in the opener, with the help of 5 DPs. Boston pulls off 3 DPs of their own. Fox, in relief of Bunning, is the game 2 winner.

      Satchel Paige is the big attraction, winning pitcher and MVP in the Negro American League all-star game before 7,245 fans at Yankee Stadium.  Paige pitches the first three innings for the West giving up no runs and allowing a scratch single to Fred Green. It is the only hit the East gets, as Don Poindexter and Dick Hemphill allow no hits in their three-inning stints as the West wins, 7-1. Governor Nelson Rockefeller tosses out the first pitch, a throw with the same speed and trajectory as Paige’s hesitation pitch thrown for a strike to Gideon Jarvis.

21st  In their first appearance in Boston since moving to Milwaukee, the Braves defeat the Red Sox, 4–1. Spahn pitches the first inning, striking out rookies Chuck Schilling and Carl Yastrzemski. The exhibition game is for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.

22nd  Frank Lane’s short tenure as GM of the A’s ends when Charlie Finley replaces him with Pat Friday.

      Roger Maris becomes the first player to hit his 50th HR in the month of August, as the Yankees lose to the Angels 4–3 (Ruth and Foxx hit #50 on September 4th). Ken McBride tees up the gopher ball in the 6th inning with one on.

      The hot Giants sweep a pair from the NL-leading Reds, winning 12–2 and 5–3. Visiting SF features 20 hits in the opener to back Mike McCormick. Orlando Cepeda’s 35th HR, NL high, starts the scoring in the nightcap, as Sam Jones and Stu Miller combine. Mays has his 32nd and 33rd homers in the twinbill.

23rd  Third-place San Francisco pulls within 4 games of first place with a 14–0 rout of the Reds, putting the game away with a record-tying salvo of 5 HRs in the 12-run 9th inning. HRs by 6 different Giants tie the ML record for a 9-inning game. San Francisco’s 27 total bases in the 9th inning are a modern ML record. Juan Marichal is the winner in the cakewalk, his 7th straight win.

      The Pirates overcome a grand slam by Lee Maye to edge the Braves, 7-6.  Bob Skinner ties the game with an 8th inning liner over 1B that eludes Maye for an inside-the-park homer, and Dick Stuart singles home the winner in the 9th.

24th  Ageless Satchel Paige signs with Portland (PCL). In 25 innings for the Beavers, he will have a 2.88 ERA.

      Boston OF Jackie Jensen’s fear of flying gets the best of him and he refuses to fly to Los Angeles.  The Sox say they will not pay him for games he misses because of the flying fear.

25thJim Bunning (15-9) allows just 2 hits while blanking the Senators, 6–0, in a game called after 8 innings because of rain.  The win keeps the Tigers 2 games ahead of the Yankees.

      At the friendly confines of LA’s Wrigley Field, the Red Sox outslug the Angels, 12-6. Frank Malzone has a pair of doubles and a homer, good for 4 RBIs, Carroll Hardy cracks a grand slam and Pumpsie Green adds two solo shots. Gene Conley (8-11) is the winner.

      In the Orioles 5–2 win over the Twins, O’ Dave Phillips sets a ML record for pinch hits. His swinging bunt down the 3B line is his 23rd hit, breaking the record set by the Giants Sam Leslie in 1932. Phillips is 23 for 63 this season.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils and Braves split a doubleheader with the Phils taking the opener, 9-4, and the Braves winning by the same score in game 2. Every Milwaukee starter has multiple hits in game 2 except winning pitcher Tony Cloninger with one hit.  For the Phils, Elmer Valo hits the last homer of his career, a pinch hit solo blast.

26th  Roger Maris belts #51, off KC’s Jerry Walker. Roger’s homer in the 6th follows a Tony Kubek blast. Bill Stafford allows just one hit till the 9th inning as the Yanks win, 5–1.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds close a 10-1 gap with a grand slam by Vada Pinson, but the Dodgers prevail, 10-6. Johnny Podres (16-4) goes 6 innings for the victory which puts the Dodgers 1 1/2 games in back of first-place Cincinnati.

      Ed Short becomes GM of the White Sox, replacing Hank Greenberg.

      San Diego (PCL) pitcher Al Worthington throws a no-hitter against Hawaii.

27th  With first place on the line after the Dodgers have won two games from them, Cincinnati rallies from a 5–1 deficit to a 6–5 first-game win over Los Angeles. Gene Freese hits a 3-run homer in the 7th and Wally Post adds a 2-run double in the 8th. Rookie Ken Johnson is an 8–3 winner in the nightcap as the Reds pound Don Drysdale. The sweep gives the Reds a 3 1⁄2 game lead in the NL.

      At Philadelphia, the Braves and Phils split a pair with Milwaukee prevailing in game 1, 11-10, in  12 innings. Joe Adcock has a 3 run homer for  the Braves, while Charlie Smith has 3 hits, including a grand slam, good for 5 RBIs for the Phils. Johnny Callison is 4-for-5. Art Mahaffey wins the nightcap, 3-0.

      Detroit’s Rocky Colavito ties an AL record with 4 HRs—three in the 2nd game, in a doubleheader pummeling of the Senators 7–4 and 10–1 at Washington.

      The Orioles Milt Pappas is the whole show as he blanks the Twins, 3–0. He allows just two hits while belting 2 homers. Eddie Robinson adds a homer.

28th At LA’s Wrigley Field, Baltimore takes advantage of the friendly confines to hit 5 HRs and beat the Angels 11–5. Jack Fisher has a CG win, despite allowing 12 walks. The game is the last for Paul Richards as the manager for Baltimore.

       Washington, Rocky Colavito and Al Kaline belt 1st-inning homers as Detroit wins, 7–3 to cut New York’s lead to 1 1/2 games. Rocky now has 39 homers and 120 RBIs. Jake Wood hits a 6th inning grand slam to complete the scoring for Detroit.

29th  At Milwaukee, the Braves take over 3rd place from the Giants with a 13-inning, 7–6 victory.  Eddie Mathews ends the game with his 26th homer. For SF, Willie McCovey cracks his 16th homer for his 3rd hit of the game, and the 20th hit in 45 at bats since his return to the Giants lineup.  The Braves recognize a hot bat when they see one and, with 1st base open in the 11th, walk McCovey to get to Mays. Mays earlier drove in his 100th run, but grounds out to end the inning.

      At Wrigley, Sandy Koufax (15-9) takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning only to have Dick Bertell single for the first hit. This is the third time this season that Koufax has had a no-hitter broken up by a Cubs hitter in the 7th. He ends with a 2-1 two-hit win, beating Don Cardwell, who allows 3 hits in 8 innings.

30th  Mantle connects for #47, off the Twins Jim Kaat, as the Yanks win, 4–0. He’ll hit #48 tomorrow, off Jack Kralick, in the Twins, 4–3 win.

31st  In the first of two at Los Angeles, the Athletics pummel the Angels, 17-3. Leo Posada has 4 hits and drives in 4 while Wayne Causey adds a grand slam in the A’s 7-run 7th.  Jerry Walker allows 5 hits in the win.  The A’s use a 2-run 9th inning to edge the Haloes 6-5 in game 2.  Good-hitting pitcher Joe Nuxhall contributes an RBI single in the frame.