1962 August

1st  Nothing less than Bill Monbouquette’s no-hitter is necessary to defeat Early Wynn and the White Sox, 1–0. Monbo walks one and K’s 7. With 2 outs in the 9th, Aparicio seemingly strikes out but the umpire calls it a ball. Little Looie returns to the plate and in a gentlemanly gesture waves at a 3rdstrike rather than attempting to hit it. The Red Sox pitcher improves his record to 9-10.

      Hey, I’m not Jim Konstanty! Veteran shortstop Grannie Hamner pitches in both games for the Athletics against Detroit, taking the loss in game 1 and allowing 5 runs (2 earned) in 2 innings in game 2. The Tigers sweep, winning the opener, 6–5, with 3 runs in the 9th, then taking the nightcap, 9–1 behind Howie Koplitz’s (1–0) complete game effort. Drawing a combined 32 bases on balls in a doubleheader, the Tigers (20) and A’s (12) tie an AL record. Hamner contributes 4 walks as he finishes his ML pitching career with a loss in each league.

      At the Polo Grounds, the Phillies use an 18-hit attack to subdue the Mets, 11-9.  Tony Gonzalez has 4 hits and 3 RBIs to pace the Quaker offense.  A red-hot Frank Thomas has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, and 6 RBIs for New York.

      The Yankees start August with a 6 game lead in the AL and sweep a pair from the Senators, winning 6-4 and 5-2 in 11 innings. Jim Bouton wins the opener and Whitey Ford takes the nitecap with a 10-inning effort.  The Yankees score 3 in the 11thoff Dave Stenhouse for the win.  Besides the victory, Ford picks up his first career steal (his first attempt).

2nd Phils P Art Mahaffey gives up 2 HRs to Frank Thomas and 2 more to Marv Throneberry, but negates those with a grand slam of his own in the 3rd inning. Mahaffey tops the Mets 9–4 at New York.

3rd  With a pair of HRs for the 3rd straight game, the Mets Frank Thomas becomes the 2nd player in NL history with 6 homers in 3 consecutive games. Cincy ace Joey Jay tees up the two solos for Thomas today, as the Reds win, 8–6.

      In Baltimore, the Orioles score 6 runs in the 7th to knock out Angels ace Ken McBride (11-4) and win, 6-3. McBride had thrown 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings.  He won’t pitch again for 7 weeks.

      At Los Angeles, the Dodgers top the Cubs, 8–3, behind Don Drysdale. Cal Koonce takes the loss.  Maury Wills helps with a 4th inning triple and then steals home.

4th  After a double header loss to the Mets, 9–1 and 3–2 in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds, Reds manager Fred Hutchinson stays in the dugout instead of joining his players in the club house. He then calls the clubhouse and tells the players to be out of there in 15 minutes. They do. Hutch has tickets for Zero Mostel’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” but doesn’t use them. For the second game in a row, Charlie Neal, Choo Choo Coleman and Marv Throneberry hit homers in the game 1 win. Vada Pinson has 5 hits in the second game loss.

      At Milwaukee, winning pitcher Bob Hendley hits a 2-run homer and Joe Adcock contributes a 3-run shot as the Braves trump the Phils, 6-2 in game 1. In the second set, Adcock is 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs before leaving for pinch runner Tommy Aaron. Aaron stays in the game and hits a walk off grand slam in the 9th for a 7-3 Braves win.

      At Visalia (California League) Visalia’s William Dawson sets a league record, striking out 21 Silver Sox batters. Visalia beats Reno, 7–4.

5th  The Twins score 6 runs in the 11th inning against Detroit to give starter Jim Kaat (12–9) the win. Kaline homers with 2 out in the 9th and a man on to send the game into overtime. Rollins homers and Tuttle triples in the 11th for the Twins, while Colavito homers for the Tigers.  In the nightcap, Jackie Collum fails to get through the 2nd inning for the 2nd day in a row, and the Tigers win, 5–3. For Collum, it is the last start of his career: Minnesota will sell him to the Indians.

6thAt Houston, reliever Johnny Klippstein belts a home run in the 13th inning to give the Reds a 1–0 win over the Colts.  Klippstein relieved starter Bob Purkey in the 11th.  Only two other pitcher have hit extra-inning homers (Tom Hughes, 1906: Red Ruffing, 1932) and both those came in the 10th innings.

      At Candlestick, the second-place Giants total 17 hits to swamp the Phils, 9-2. Billy Pierce (10-3) is backed by Willie Mays who goes 5-for-5, with 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

      Steve Boros is 3-for-3 with 3 solo homers as his Tigers lose to the host Indians, 5-4. Boros’s first homer is followed by a solo shot by Dick Brown. Boros is walked after his first two solos. He will strike out in his first AB tomorrow, then hit another solo homer.

7th  Yankees SS Tony Kubek, in his first at bat after returning from military service, homers in a 14–1 Yankee win over the Twins. Elston Howard is 4-for-4 and Tom Tresh has a pair of homers.

8th  After Harmon Killebrew hits his 30th HR to tie the A’s in the top of the 9th, the A’s win it, 4-3, in the bottom of the 9th when Ed Charles steals home. The bases are loaded with 2 outs when Charles swipes his 13th of the year with Ray Moore on the mound. (as noted by Jan Larsen)

10th In the first of 3 games with the Dodgers at Candlestick, Bill O’Dell coasts to an 11-2 win over Johnny Podres. The loss cuts the Dodger lead to 4 games.

      The Phillies lose their 8th in a row, when the Cardinals twice come from behind to win, 7–4. Bobby Shantz is the winner with 4 shutout innings of relief. He also singles in a run. Phils 1B Frank Torre is caught stealing for the 1st time in career, a NL record of 592 games without being caught. He has stolen 4 bases since ‘56.

      At Buffalo (IL), Columbus beats Buffalo 6–5, in 12 innings. Bob Veale of Columbus strikes out 22 Bison batters in nine innings to set an IL record.

11th The Dodgers protest the wetting down of the field at Candlestick, a tactic they claim is to stop Maury Wills. Billy Pierce then hands 21-game winner Don Drysdale his 5th loss, and the first after 11 straight wins, as the Giants win 5–4 to take the 2nd game in their series. Willie McCovey’s pinch-homer with two on is the big blow off Drysdale. The watering ploy earns Giants manager Alvin Dark the sobriquet “The Swamp Fox.”

At Yankee Stadium, the Tigers and Yankees split a doubleheader. Detroit wins the opener, 7-2, as Rocky Colavito drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and a double, all off Ralph Terry (16-10).  Hank Aguirre (9-5) is the winner.  New York recovers in game2, winning 3-2 in 10 innings.  Roger Maris has a homer and drives in the winning run with a single to give Marshall Bridges (6-0) the win in relief.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox sweep a day-night pair from Baltimore, winning 3–0 and 7–3. Ike Delock shuts out the Orioles, giving the Red Sox their 3rd shutout in a row. Gene Conley and Bill Monbouquette had previously whitewashed the Indians. Whitey Herzog’s HR in the 6th of game 2 ends the Sox sting of 32 2/3 scoreless innings.

      The Pirates score 9 runs in the 6th inning at Wrigley and beat the Cubs, 10-6.  Donn Clendenon scores 3 runs and has 3 hits, including a 6th inning grand slam off Dave Gerard.

      The White Sox score 7 in the 4th and beat Kansas City, 11-2. Joe Cunningham and Jim Landis each collect a single, double and triple, with Cunningham’s extra base hits coming in the 4th.

12th Juan Marichal completes a 3-game Giant sweep of the Dodgers by beating Stan Williams 5–1.  The Dodgers lead over the Giants is now down to 2 games.

      Cal McLish (8-2) and the Phillies stop the Cardinals, 8-3 in the first of two at Busch, then the Phils complete the sweep with a 9-7 game 2 victory.  The Phils have to come back after Fred Whitfield belts a grand slam homer in the 6th. Whitfield drives in 5 runs.

13th  The 3rd-place Reds win their 9th in a row, clipping the Braves, 10-2, behind Jim O’Toole (13-12). O’Toole strikes out 12.  Frank Robinson supplies the fire power, driving in 5 runs on a double and a grand slam.

      The Reds sell Moe Drabowsky to the A’s.

      Bert Campaneris of Daytona Beach (Florida State League) pitches ambidextrously in a relief appearance. Facing Ft. Lauderdale, Campy throws lefty to lefthanders, and switches when righthanders come up.

14th  For the 3rd and last time the Aaron brothers hit homers in the same game, when Tommy breaks a 3-3 tie in the 6th and Hank homers in the 7th. The Braves beat the Reds, 5–4.

      The Mets Al Jackson loses a heartbreaker to the Phillies, 3-1, in 15 innings. Jackson goes the distance allowing just 6 singles. The Mets waste an opportunity in the 13th when Charlie Neal hits a leadoff triple but is stranded.

      Al Kaline has a single, triple and homer to drive in 6 runs, and Billy Bruton knocks in 4 to lead the Tigers to a 13-10 victory over the Orioles.  Jerry Adair scores 4 runs for the O’s and hits a HR. Kaline and Adair homer in game 2 and Norm Cash belts a 3-run homer in the 1st as Detroit wins, 5-4.

15th  Pinch-hit HRs by the Mets Choo Choo Coleman (6th inning) and Jim Hickman (8th) tie the ML record for pinch HRs by one club in one game, but the Mets still lose to the Phils, 8–7, in 13 innings. Winning pitcher Chris Short singles and scores the winning run. The Phils cop the opener, 9–3 behind a Callison homer and two by Don Demeter, both off Bob Millers. The first Miller serves up a homer in the 3rd and the other Bob Miller in the 9th.

      Trailing 1-0 going into the 9th, the White Sox score 10 runs on 6 hits, a walk and an error in the and win, 10-2. Only the 1912 Reds have scored 10 runs in the 9th inning of a game.  Cleveland comes back in the nightcap to win, 3-2, as Jim Perry bests Early Wynn.

16th Rick Wise tosses a shutout, the Phillies’ 4th in a row, to beat Houston 7–0. The streak ends tomorrow in the 1st inning when Houston’s Sandy Valdespino steals home.

For the 2nd night in a row, Frank Robinson clouts 2 homers to power the Reds to a 7–1 win over the Braves. Robby now has 9 homers in 8 games 11 in the last 12.  Lee Maye’s HR off Maloney is the only Braves’ score.

      At Metropolitan Stadium, Bobby Richardson cracks a 9th inning 2-out grand slam as the Yankees tie the Twins at 8 apiece. Minnesota wins it in the 10th, 9-8, when Bernie Allen bloops an RBI single. It is his 4th hit of the game.

18th  Kansas City tops the Yanks for the 2nd day in a row, 5–4. Again, Mantle homers in the losing cause as Whitey Ford allows 16 hits and 5 earned runs.

19th  Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey, and Billy Bryan of the Athletics hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning, but Elston Howard has 2 HRs and 8 RBIs; Bill Skowron, a HR and 4 RBIs; Mickey Mantle, a grand slam and 7 RBIs, and Skowron 4 RBIs as the Yankees rout the A’s, 21–7. Mantle adds 2 stolen bases before Jack Reed takes over CF and has 2 at bats.

      In a slam-bang twinbill, the Tigers and White Sox split, with the Sox taking game 1, 11-5 and Detroit notching game 2, 8-3. Charlie Maxwell has a double and grand slam in the opener to drive in six Sox scores. Bill Bruton hits a grand slam in game 2 and Rocky Colavito adds his second homer of the afternoon.

      Cleveland Indians President Mike Wilson dies at age 74.

20th  At Crosley Field, Frank Robinson connects for a grand slam in the 10th inning as the Reds defeat the Dodgers, 7–3. It is his second in a week.

21st At Dodger Stadium, the Angels score in the 9th to tie the Yankees at 4-4, but New York scores 7 times in the 10th to win, 11-4. Roger Maris has a grand slam in the 10th as Ryne Duran (2-9) allows 3 runs without recording an out.

      At Wrigley, the Reds Marty Keough breaks up a scoreless tie with an 8th inning inside-the-park homer to right field, good for 2 runs.  Jim Maloney (8-4) allows 3 hits in 8 innings for the victory. Bill Henry finishes up the shutout.

      Boog Powell belts a grand slam and Robin Roberts (8-6) scatters 7 hits as the Orioles whip the White Sox, 9-1.

22ndAt Wrigley, the Reds trail the Cubs 5–1 after 6 innings, but score 4 in the 7th to tie.  They win it in the 10th, 9–5, when Eddie Kasko hits a grand slam off Dave Gerard. It is the second salami the rookie Gerard has served up this month. Joey Jay wins his 19th with two hitless innings of relief.

23rd  Steve Boros matches the AL record for most errors in an inning by a 3B with 4, but Detroit beats Cleveland 8–5, as Al Kaline hits 2 HRs.

      The Reds rack up 21 hits in routing the Cubs, 14–3. Vada Pinson and Gordy Coleman each have 3 hits, including a homer.

24th  Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds before a game. An emergency intravenous injection of adrenaline saves his life.

      The Reds Bob Purkey wins his 20th game, defeating Houston, 4–2.

Billy O’Dell (15-11) scatters 5 hits and the Giants whip the Phils, 5-0, defeating Cal McLish (8-4). Orlando Cepeda has 5 hits, including 2 homers, and drives in 4 runs. Harvey Kuenn adds a solo HR. The Giants are in 2nd place, 2 1/2 games behind LA, and a half game in front of the Reds.

      At Dodgers Stadium, the White Sox whip the Angels, 7-1, behind Ray Herbert (14-7). Herbert gives up a run in the 6th inning to stop his consecutive scoreless streak at 29 innings.

      At Tiger Stadium, Steve Boros belts a 1st inning grand slam and the Tigers beat the Senators, 11-1. Colavito adds a 2-run homer in the 2nd and Bruton a 3-run shot in the 6th.

25th  Winning for the 18th time in 21 games—over Houston, 7–6—the Reds move within 3 games of first place. Joey Jay wins his 20th game.

     In Baltimore, the Orioles sweep a pair from New York, winning 8-6 and 4-3. Hoyt Wilhelm picks up a win and a save. Brooks Robinson has 4 hits, including a homer, and 3 RBIs in game 2.

      Pirates players call off a threatened strike. They had objected to a rained-out game being rescheduled as a night game the day before a doubleheader.

26th  The Twins Jack Kralick no-hits the A’s and wins, 1–0, on Lenny Green’s sacrifice fly off Bill Fischer. A 3–2 walk to George Alusik with one out in the 9th spoils the bid for a perfect game. Alusik had beaten Kralick with a 2-run HR on August 8.  Fischer, meanwhile, walks no one as his walkless streak continues.

      Robin Roberts, discarded earlier in the year by the Yankees, beats Whitey Ford 2–1 on HRs by Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile to complete a 5-game Oriole sweep of the sagging Yankees. The Twins and Angels are now 3 games behind New York.

      At Chicago, Dick Ellsworth stops the Braves, 4–1, and stops Hank Aaron’s hitting streak of 25 games. The Cubs tie a ML record and set an NL mark with 3 straight sacrifice bunts in the 6th inning following a bunt single by Ellsworth. Hubbs lays down the first sac bunt, and is safe on a fielder’s choice.

      After the Indians beat the Red Sox, 10–5 in game 1, Cleveland’s Dick Donovan holds the Red Sox homerless in the nightcap to win, 4–0. It is Donovan’s 100th ML win. The Sox had hit homers in 13 straight games.

28th  Angels’ thumpers Lee Thomas, Leon Wagner, and Bob Rodgers hit consecutive HRs in the 4th inning of a 10–5 trouncing of Kansas City.

      At Dodger Stadium, Johnny Podres stops the Reds, 8-1. Tommy Davis and Duke Snider hit homers and Johnny Roseboro steals home in the 8th with Jim Gilliam swiping 2B.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mantle connects for a 2-run shot in the 4th off Mudcat Grant to give the Yanks a 2–1 win over the Indians.

30th  San Francisco’s 3–2 win over the Braves ties a ML record, as all 5 runs score on homers. Frank Bolling and Warren Spahn homer for the Braves, while Jim Davenport, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda go deep for the Giants.

      Roy Sievers and Clay Dalrymple hit back-to-back homers in the 7th for the Phils, and they add 5 more in the 8th—4 on a Don Demeter grand slam—to come from behind and beat the Mets, 8-7.  Jim Hickman has a single, double and upper deck homer for the Mets.

31st  The Indians Dick Donovan (18-7) hits a pair of homers to pace the Tribe to a 9–6 win over the Orioles. Both homers come off losing pitcher Robin Roberts.  Donovan had another two-homer game on May 18 to account for this year’s total.