1963 August

1st  Ellis Burton becomes the 8th player to hit HRs left- and righthanded in the same game, helping the Cubs bury the Braves 10–2.

2ndVada Pinson hits a 3-run homer, off Don Cardwell, for the only scoring as the 5th-place Reds beating the visiting Pirates. Jim Maloney is victorious.

      The Cubs edge the Giants, 12–11 in ten innings. The Cubs score 6 in the 8th to tie and win it in the 10th on Ron Santo’s double and a single by Jimmy Schaffer.

4thAfter missing 61 games, Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup as a pinch hitter for Steve Hamilton. The Orioles are leading 10–9 in the 7th inning, when the stiff-legged Mantle golfs a line drive in the seats to tie the game at 10.  The emotional Yankees win it, 11–10, after the O’s take the opener, 7–2.

      Dodger P Johnny Podres’ bid for a no hitter is broken up with one out in the 9th inning by Johnny Temple who singles. Podres ends with a one-hit 4–0 win over Houston.

6thIn the first of two, the Senators beat the Yankees, 8-5, as light-hitting Chuck Cottier has 2 homers and 4 RBIs. In game 2 Stan Williams of the Yankees one-hits the Senators, giving up a double to Don Blasingame, as he bests Bennie Daniels, 1-0.

7thAt Chicago, Sandy Koufax lock horns for the 2nd time this year with Dick Ellsworth, a battle that ends in a 1–1 draw. Koufax is removed with one out in the 10th inning, while Ellsworth is replaced after the 10th. The Dodgers go on to win, 3–1 over the Cubs with neither starter getting a decision.

      In the Mets 7–3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Jim Hickman hits for the cycle, doing it in order.  Both are firsts for the New York Mets.

8th  Vern Law (4-5) is placed on the retired list with a sore arm. He will come back in 1964.

      At Baltimore, Dick Donovan tosses a 2-0 3-hit shutout as the Indians clip the Orioles, 2-0.  Batterymate Joe Azcue plates both runs, scoring in the 7th on a double steal with Tito Francona, and doubling in the 9th and scoring on a single by Francona. It is Azcue’s second steal of home in two years.

      In the 5th inning, Frank Howard and Moose Skowron pinch-hit back-to-back HRs for the Dodgers, only the 2nd time this has ever occurred in the NL. Cub pitchers Bob Buhl and Don Elston are the victims. But the Cubs hold on to win, 5–4, at Wrigley.

9th  Roger Craig’s NL record-tying 18-game losing streak (broken by teammate Craig Anderson) ends thanks to Jim Hickman’s 9th-inning walkoff grand slam off Lindy McDaniel. New York beats the Cubs 7–3.  Craig (3-20) will be on the wrong end of a shutout 9 times this year: only Bugs Raymond (11 in 1908) and Walter Johnson (10 in 1909) have had more shutouts thrown at them in a year. For McDaniel, it is the second walkoff slam he has served up this year, tying a mark set by Satchel Paige in 1952.

      The longest game in 12 years, again at Forbes Field, takes place between the Colt 45’s and the Pirates. Rain delays the start of the two games by an hour, then Houston outlasts the Bucs, 7–6, in 15 innings. The 2nd game is another struggle, this time the Pirates winning, 7–6, in 11 innings, on a bases loaded single by Clemente. Only 300 fans are on hand when the curtain comes down at 2:30 a.m.

10th  In the A’s 6–3 win, A’s pinch-hit star George Alusik suffers a broken wrist when hit by the Indians’ Pedro Ramos’s pitch.

      Benched for poor hitting, Brooks Robinson’s streak of 463 straight games at third is stopped.  Brooks pinch hits in the 8th inning, however, as the Senators edge the Orioles 6–5. Boog Powell smashes three homers in a losing cause.

11thIn a New York-Penn League game at Batavia Auburn edges Batavia, 10-9. Paul Alspach of Auburn strikes out 24 Pirate batters.

12th  Stan Musial announces he will retire at the end of the year.

      Back in action for the first time since being beaned by Bob Gibson, the Giants’ Jim Ray Hart returns to the hospital after Curt Simmons plunks him in the head. Simmons had an 0–2 count in the 9th on Hart during an easy 13–0 Cardinal win at San Francisco.

13thAt Crosley Field, the Reds and Giants deal aces as Jim Maloney outpitches Juan Marichal to win, 4–0. Maloney allows just 2 hits.

14thAt County Stadium, the Braves score 5 runs in the 7th against Don Drysdale and the Braves beat the Dodgers, 5-3. Hank Aaron’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.  Bob Sadowski wins his second of the year. The Dodgers are 3 games up on the Giants and 4 ahead of the Cardinals.

15thAt Fenway, Johnny Blanchard hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Earl Wilson, who records just one out, as the Yankees roll to a 10-2 victory.  Blanchard adds a 2-run homer off the recently acquired Bob Turley in the 8th.

17th  Oriole Dick Hall’s perfect inning of relief against the Athletics gives him 28 consecutive batters retired since July 24th (5 appearances). The Orioles win, 6–1.

18th  At Municipal Stadium, the Athletics pound Robin Roberts for 4 runs in the 1stinning and withstand an assault in the 8thand 9thto beat the Orioles, 5-4. Boog Powell has 4 hits and Brooks Robinson belts a 3-run homer in the 8th.  A’s manager Eddie Lopat is tossed in the 9thafter the first two Birds single and it takes 3 A’s pitchers to hold Baltimore to a run. Reliever Moe Drabowsky is told by the umps to stop warming up after he tosses two balls onto the field in support of Lopat.

19th  At Fenway, Max Alvis hits 3-run homers in the 4th and 5th innings, both off Arnold Earley, as the Indians whip the Red Sox, 8-3. Arnold exits early but takes the loss with Pedro Ramos (6-5) going the distance.

20th  Mets 22-year-old rookie Grover Powell beats the Phils with a 4–0 shutout in his first ML start. In his next start he’ll be hit on the cheek by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh’s Donn Clendenon and never win another game.

      For the second time in two weeks, Don Blasingame is the only thing between the Senators and a no-hitter.  Blasingame’s single off the A’s Moe Drabowsky is the only hit for the Nats in a 9–0 game 1 loss. It is Moe’s second one-hitter. The A’s complete the sweep with a 7–5 victory in game 2 as Jerry Lumpe’s 4thhit of the game, a 2-run homer in the 14th, wins it.  Dave Wickersham is the winner.

21st  Jerry Lynch’s ML-record 15th pinch-hit HR gives the Pirates a 7–6 win in Chicago.

      Al Downing and Stan Williams give the Yankees a pair of 3-1 wins over Cleveland as New York moves out to a 10-game lead in the AL. Downing allows 3 hits while Williams strikes out 9 and walks none. 

      In the Orioles sweep of the Angels, Orioles SS Luis Aparicio becomes the first ML player since George Case in 1945 to reach 300 career steals. The O’s win, 7–4 and 3–2.

22ndJohnny Blanchard hits his 2nd grand slam in a week but that is all the Yankee scoring as the Indians prevail, 7-4.

      After two straight losses to the Dodgers, the Cardinals break through and beat Don Drysdale, 3–2.  Ernie Broglio is the winner.

      At Wrigley Field, the Pirates break open the game with the Cubs by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th to win, 9-3. Roberto Clemente belts a grand slam to finish the scoring.

      At Fenway, Eddie Bressoud has a grand slam and 6 RBIs to pace the Red Sox to an 11-2 win over the White Sox. Frank Malzone scores 4 runs and Dick Stuart hits his league-leading 33rd homer.

      Juan Marichal surrenders a grand slam to Joe Torre but goes the distance to win his 19th as the Giants top the Braves, 8-6.

23rd  First baseman Lee Thomas of the Angels ties a ML record by participating in 6 DPs in a 17–0 romp at Washington. 3B Felix Torres starts 4 of them to tie a ML record. Ken McBride is the recipient of the 19-hit outburst while Steve Ridzik is the loser.

      Warren Spahn’s 601st start is a modern NL record. Grover Alexander had the previous record of 600. The Braves beat the Dodgers, 6–1. The Dodgers 19-year-old rookie Dick Calmus (2-1) makes his first start and is lit up for 2 runs and 4 hits in the 1st.  The next 19-year-old LA starter will be will be Julio Urias, in 2016: Urias is two months older.

25th  Cleveland batters suffer an AL-record 27 strikeouts in a doubleheader (24 innings) split against the Red Sox. The 44 strikeouts for both teams are also an AL record, with Dick Stuart chipping in with 6. Stuart now has 123 for the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx’s Sox record of 119.  Bill Monbouquette fans 11 Indians in the opener and Bob Heffner 12 more in the nightcap, but the Tribe still manages a split, winning 2–1 in 15 innings after an 8–3 loss. Tito Francona has 4 hits and rives in both runs for Cleveland.

      The Reds dent the Giants pennant hopes when Frank Robinson belts an 8th inning grand slam off Gaylord Perry, and the Reds win, 8-7.  Willie Mays hits his 31st homer and doubles home 2 in the bottom of the 9th as the Giants fall short.

27th  Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, and Felipe Alou hit consecutive round-trippers in the 3rd inning of San Francisco’s 7–2 win against St. Louis.

      Jim Bouton (18-6) of the Yankees takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Red Sox, but PH Russ Nixon leads off with a single to break up the no-no. Bouton allows a 2nd single in winning, 5–0. Ralph Terry follows in game 2 with a 3-0 shutout.

28th  Tony Cloninger (9-8) allows 3 Houston hits and Gene Oliver belts a 2-run homer and a grand slam as the Braves whip the Colt 45’s, 9-1.

29th  Minnesota matches the AL record with 8 HRs in a 14–2 opener with Washington, then wins the nightcap 10–1. In game 1, reliever Dwight Siebler makes his first ML start for the Nats. Harmon Killebrew has a pair of homers and Vic Power has 2 homers and 4 of the 20 Twins hits.

30th  The Twins’ power continues in a 5–3 win over the White Sox. Minnesota has 19 HRs in 5 straight games, tying the ML record set by the Giants in 1954.

      Don Zimmer hits his second grand slam of the year, in the 5th inning off Bob Heffner, and the Senators beat the Red Sox, 7-0.  Claude Osteen scatters 5 hits in the shutout.

      Ken Boyer’s three-run homer leads the Cardinals to an 11–6 win over host Philadelphia, and start the Birds on a 9-game win streak.  St. Louis will win 19 out of 20 to end up a game behind the Dodgers.

31st Trailing Houston 5–1 entering the 9th, Chicago’s Ellis Burton clouts a dramatic 2-out grand slam off Hal Woodeshick to give the Cubs a 6–5 victory.