1964 August

2nd  Detroit P Larry Sherry suffers a fractured left foot when struck by a liner off the bat of Leon Wagner in Cleveland’s doubleheader sweep, 6–1 and 2–1. Sherry is out for rest of the year.

      In Baltimore’s 8–7 win over Kansas City, Brooks Robinson hits a ball that strikes the LF pole at KC and it is ruled in play by John Rice. Brooks is thrown out at 3B. Later Rice admits he made a mistake.

3rd In St. Louis, the Pirates score in each of the first six innings to give Harvey Haddix a 19-0 lead. He makes it hold up, pitching a 4-hit shutout. Roberto Clemente has 5 hits and 4 runs scored, Bob Skinner scores 4 times, Dick Stuart has a grand slam and 5 RBI, and Smoky Burgess clubs 2 homers.

4th  Fred Hutchinson returns to manage the Reds. They respond by sweeping a pair 5–2 and 4–2 from the Braves.

      A’s starter John O’Donoghue gives up his 3rd homer to Mantle this year, but that’s all he allows, as Kansas City tops visiting New York, 5–1.

5th  After weeks of negotiating, Ford Frick tells the league presidents and club owners he will not run for another term as commissioner.

      At Kansas City, the A’s touch up Al Downing for 8 runs in 5 innings en route to a 10-1 victory.  Rocky Colavito has a single, 2 doubles and a homer, scoring 3 runs and driving in 3, while Nelson Mathews clouts a grand slam. Joe Pepitone’s homer off Orlando Pena is New York’s lone tally.

7th  Steve Barber and Harvey Haddix beat the Yankees 2–0 to boost the Orioles back into first place.

      The 10th-place Mets send 1B Frank Thomas to the NL-leading Phils (1 1/2 games ahead of the Giants) for P Gary Kroll, OF Wayne Graham, and cash. Thomas, seemingly the answer to the Phils’ 1st base problem, rode the Mets’ team bus to Philadelphia, then found out he was traded. He then drives in 2 runs as the Phils top the Mets 9–4. The Phils will take the next two games with Thomas collecting 5 RBIs in the sweep.

8th  The Angels sign a contract to move to Anaheim in 1966.

9th  Phillies P Jim Bunning, who pitched a no-hitter in his last start against the Mets, throws another 5 innings of hitless ball against New York before Joe Christopher beats out a 2-out bunt. Bunning wins the game 6–0.

      At Busch Stadium, Cardinal pitcher Ray Sadecki (13-9) stops Houston, 8-2, while his batterymate Tim McCarver is 3-for-3 with a steal of home. It is the third steal of home in two years for the catcher.

11th  At Crosley Field, Joey Jay strikes out 13 Dodgers as the Reds win, 4–2.

      Johnny Callison collects two doubles and a grand slam and scores 4 runs as the Phillies roll over the host Cubs, 13-5.

12th  Mickey Mantle homers from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th and final time, a ML record, and New York beats Chicago 7–3 at Yankee Stadium. Mel Stottlemyre, in his major league debut, is the winner, scattering 7 hits.

13th  CBS buys 80 percent of the Yankees, effective November 2.

      A day after the team and fans celebrate his birthday, ailing Fred Hutchinson again takes a leave of absence as manager of Reds. Dick Sisler again takes charge. Hutch will enter a hospital for further treatments.

14th  Bo Belinsky is suspended by the Angels after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer. Four days later Belinsky is assigned to Hawaii (Pacific Coast League), then suspended for the season when he refuses to report.

15th  Mayor Daley declares “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago and 26,000 fans cheer the Cubs’ slugger.  Banks then goes hitless as Pittsburgh wins 5–4.

16th  Sandy Koufax (19-5) pitches a 3–0 win against St. Louis, but he will miss the rest of the season because of a elbow injury suffered when he slid back into 2B against Milwaukee on August 8. In the nightcap, Curt Simmons matches Koufax with a 4–0 shutout of the Dodgers. Card CF Curt Flood has 8 straight hits in the doubleheader split.

17th  General manager Bing Devine and business manager Art Routzong of the Cardinals are fired by owner August Busch. The popular Devine, who was engineered the Brock trade, leaves with the Cardinals in 5th place. Bob Howsam is hired to take Devine’s place

18th  Joey Amilfitano hits a homer in the 8th and a 2-run double in the 16th as the Cubs top the first-place Phils, 4-3, at Connie Mack Stadium. Clay Dalrymple’s solo homer in the bottom of the 16th, off winner Freddie Burdette, completes the scoring.  This is Burdette’s lone ML decision.

      At Tiger Stadium, the Tigers and Angels swap 1-0 shutouts. Dean Chance wins the opener as Vic Power’s homer, off Hank Aguirre, is the only score. Chance allows two hits. Mickey Lolich wins game 2, allowing just three hits, all in the 1st inning.

19th  At Shea, Jim Hickman provides all the Mets scoring with a 6th-inning grand slam off Vern Law as New York beats Pittsburgh, 4-2. Bill Virdon’s 9th inning 2-run homer off starter Tracy Stallard plates all the Bucs runs.

20th  On the New York team bus following a 5–0 White Sox win, Phil Linz begins to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on his harmonica. Manager Yogi Berra orders Linz to stop, then slaps the instrument out of his hands when he continues playing. The incident is reported as indicating dissension on the club and Berra’s lack of control, as well as the level of Linz’s humor.

       LF Boog Powell fractures his right wrist in a collision with the outfield fence in Baltimore’s loss at Boston. He will be sidelined until September 5th.

21stIn LA, Reds reliever Billy McCool pitches 6 2/3 innings of stellar relief to beats the Dodgers, 3–2. McCool allows one hits and strikes out 9.

      Behind Bob Heffner’s second career shutout, the Red Sox down the visiting Yankees, 7-0. Batterymate Bob Tillman clouts a 7th-inning grand slam off reliever Stan Williams to put the game out of reach.

22nd  The Yankees lose the first game to Boston, 5–3, extending their losing streak to 6 games.  Boston scores 3 runs in the 8th inning to win it.  In the nightcap, New York wins, 8–0, as Mantle and John Blanchard both homer, and Maris drives in 3 runs. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd game in a row since being recalled from Richmond.  The Yanks end the day 5 1/2 games behind the Orioles, with the White Sox in 2nd place, 1 1/2 games back.

      Cleveland sweeps a pair from the visiting Angels, winning 1-0 and 5-1. Sonny Siebert allows 5 its and tosses the shutout in game 1, besting Dean Chance. Dick Donovan allows 4 hits in game 2 as the Tribe win, 5-1. Catcher John Romano has a steal of home in the 6th inning.

23rd  Mets pitcher Willard Hunter picks up half his career wins (4) today as New York sweeps the Cubs, 2–1, in 10 innings, and 5–4 in the nightcap.  No one has ever won a pair more efficiently as he totals 1 2/3 innings of work.  Bob Buhl and Don Elston pick up losses. The Cubs lose Ernie Broglio, who woke up with a locked elbow and will need surgery to repair the ulnar lateral ligament damage in his elbow. He’ll be 1–6 in 1965.

      The Twins and Tigers split, with Minnesota coming from behind to win game 1, 6–5, on Don Mincher’s grand slam in the 8th. Detroit takes game 2 by a 5-2 score on a pair of homers by Bill Freehan and a two-run HR by Gates Brown.

      The first-place Phils rout the Pirates, 9-3, on Dick Allen’s 4 RBIs and Jim Bunning’s 14th win of the year.

      At San Francisco, the Giants edge the Cardinals, 3–2, in 10 innings on Dal Maxvil’s error. The Giants are tied with the Reds for 2nd place, with the Cardinals (65-58) in 4th place.

      New York tops host Boston, 4–3, as Mantle starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning off Earl Wilson.  New York will win 26 of their next 33 games.

24th  In a 113 page document the FTC rules that the Topps Gum Company has a monopoly on baseball cards.  They forbid Topps to enforce any existing contract after November 31, 1966.

25th  Whitey Ford (13-5) wins his first game in 6 weeks.  Ford throws 100 pitches in 8 innings and Al Downing strikes out 3 in the 9th as the 3rd-place Yankees beat Washington, 4-1.

27th  Joe Adcock belts his 300th career home run, off Diego Segui, to pace the Angels to a 7-1 victory over host Kansas City. Adcock is the 23rd player to reach the mark. He has 17 homers this year, 15 on the road. In the 6th he receives congratulations from Rocky Colavito, who reaches 1B on a single. Rocky has 299 homers.

      At Comiskey, the Twins score 3 in the 9th to snap a tie and beat the White Sox, 5-2. The loss drops Chicago to 2nd place in the AL.  For the third game in a row against Minnesota, Don Buford grounds into a double play.  Buford will finish his career as the toughest batter in history to double up (1 in 138 at bats).

29th  On Elston Howard Night, the Yankees take 2 from Boston 10–2 and 6–1. Joe Pepitone’s 3 HRs, including a grand slam, and Roger Maris’s 6 singles lead the offense. Mickey Mantle hits HR number 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1,330) in the nightcap.

30th  Milwaukee (8) and San Francisco (7) combine to use a ML-record 15 pinch hitters in 2 nine-inning games. The Giants win the opening marathon 13–10, then lose 7–4. Jim Ray Hart homers in each game, as does Rico Carty, who has 5 hits in game 2. Gene Oliver belts a grand slam in game 1 for the Braves. The Milwaukee refreshment stands, down to $13 in pennies, drop their prices; beer goes from 31 cents to 30 cents, hot dogs from 26 cents to 25 cents, hot sandwiches from 62 cents to 60 cents.

31st  Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of next year’s California Angels.