1965 August

2nd  Harmon Killebrew suffers a dislocated left elbow in a collision with Baltimore’s Russ Snyder. The Twins slugger will miss 48 games. Killebrew is leading AL in homers with 22 and RBIs at 70.

3rd  Cleveland leads Detroit 6-2 when the wheels come off in the 6thas Detroit scores 9 runs. The Tigers eventually win, 12-7. Indians rookie starter Steve Hargan allows 5 runs in 4 innings and throw 4 wild pitches, 2 in the 5th. The 4 wild pitches in a debut game is a ML record for post-1900 play.

      Judge Roy Hofheinz purchases 53 percent of Bob Smith’s holdings in the Astros, giving Hofheinz a controlling 86 percent of the club’s stock.

6th  After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox, Mantle loops a homer off Mickey Lolich but Detroit tops the visiting Yankees, 5–4. New York will win tomorrow and Mick will add another homer.

8th  Recently released by the Mets, Warren Spahn wins his 361st victory and first as a Giant. San Francisco beats the Cards 6–4.

      In New York, the Cubs score 6 runs in the 9th inning to whip the Mets, 14–10. Chris Krug is not much help in the 9th, as the Cubbie strikes out twice. It’s the first time since 1922 a Cub has K’ed twice in one inning.

      The Reds show no mercy in pasting the Dodgers, 18–0 in the NL’s most lopsided shutout in twenty years.  Jim Maloney coasts to the win, while Don Drysdale takes the loss.

10thAt New York, Jim Kaat benefits from sloppy Yankee fielding and Minnesota scores 6 unearned runs to beat the Yankees, 7–3.

      In the 2nd of two at Fenway, the O’s Brooks Robinson hits a ball that appears to hit the net above the Green Monster, but is ruled in play by Lou DiMuro. Robinson reaches third with a triple, and then adds a homer in the 7th.  Brooks lost another homer last year.  The O’s win 12–4 after losing the opener, 15–5.

11th  After the Senators win the opener, 5-2, White Sox hurler Juan Pizarro stops them in game 2 on one hit to win,  Woodie Held hits a 5th-inning single for the lone safety.

      The Tigers sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning the opener, 6-2. The big blow is Dick McAuliffe’s grand slam, off Catfish Hunter.  Detroit wins the nightcap, 6-5, in 10 innings when Jack Aker hits two batters and gives up an RBI-single.  The Tiger batters are hit 5 times in the game.

12th  The Giants split a pair with Pittsburgh, losing game 2 by a 5–2 score after winning the opener, 4–3. In the win, Matty and Jesus Alou hit homers, the first time two Alous have homered in the same game since Matty and Felipe did it on May 15, 1961.

     Don Demeter drives in 7 runs with a single, triple and grand slam as the Tigers roll over Kansas City, 11-1.

      Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc. applies for a NL franchise. The nonprofit group has been formed to find a replacement team for the soon-to-be-departing Braves.

15th  Washington 3B Ken McMullen ties an AL record by starting 4 DPs in a 4–2 win, as the Senators complete a 3-game sweep of Baltimore.

      Pinch-hit HRs by Max Alvis in the 9th inning and Leon Wagner in the 11th give Cleveland a 6–4 win against Minnesota. Two pinch-hit homers in one game ties the ML record.

      At Candlestick, Jim Ray Hart hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Ray Culp, to pace the Giants to a 15-9 pasting of the Phillies. Philadelphia makes it respectable with a 5-run 9th. The Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick to honor the first Japanese player to have reached the American major leagues. Ordinarily a reliever, Murakami makes his first ML start.

      In a Northern League at Duluth, Raymond Goodwin of Huron pitches 10 hitless innings against Duluth-Superior. Goodwin gives up three hits in the 11th inning and loses, 1-0.

16th  At Fenway, Earl Wilson is most of the Boston offense as he bangs a pair of home runs. But the righty still takes the loss to the White Sox, 5–4.

     Eddie Mathews has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 6 runs as the Braves trip the Cardinals, 10-8. Tim McCarver collects a grand slam for the Birds.

      Chris Short beats the Dodgers for the 5th time this season as the Phils win, 6-1. Only Jim Lefebvre’s 9th inning homer stops Short from a shutout. Maury Wills has 2 stolen bases as the Dodgers’ lead over the Braves shrinks to a half game.

18th  The Braves take first place when Tony Cloninger beats St. Louis, 5–3. Hank Aaron of the Braves hits a HR off Curt Simmons, but has it nullified when umpire Chris Pelekoudas says Aaron stepped out of the batter’s box when he made contact.

      In a 3–2 Orioles’ win over the Red Sox, Brooks Robinson hits into his third triple play, tying the record of George Sisler, who banged into triple plays in 1921, 1922, and 1926.

      At Dodger Stadium, the Phillies score 3 unearned runs in the 12th and knock the Dodgers out of first place with a 6-3 win. Dick Stuart drives in 4 runs for the Quakers and Gary Wagner pitches 5+ innings of scoreless relief for the win.

      Houston, down 8-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, puts a scare into the Pirates by scoring 6 runs. After the first 4 runners in the 9th reach base against starter Bob Veale, Al McBean relieves.  When Joe Morgan comes to the plate, McBean goes to LF and lefty Frank Carpin comes in. Carpin strikes out Morgan, and McBean returns to the mound.

19th  In a magnificent performance, Reds P Jim Maloney’s a 10-inning no-hit effort, winning 1-0. It is 0–0 duel through 9 innings, until Reds SS Leo Cardenas homers off the LF foul pole in the 10th at Wrigley Field. Maloney sets a no-hit record by allowing 10 walks, and fans 12 in Cincinnati’s win. Larry Jackson is the losing pitcher.

      At San Francisco, Don Drysdale faces Warren Spahn in the start of a critical four-game series.  Drysdale last longer than Spahn, allowing five runs through 11 innings and leaves with the game tied. The Dodgers win it in 15 innings, 6–5.

20th  Eddie Mathews hits his 28th HR as the Braves win 4–3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron, 1954-65, becomes the top HR tandem in ML history, passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 HRs while playing together.

      Detroit All-Star SS Dick McAuliffe is lost for the season with a broken bone in his left hand suffered diving into 1B, as the 3rd-place Tigers sweep a doubleheader at Boston. The Tigers win, 2–0 and 3–2.

22nd  San Francisco’s Juan Marichal, batting against LA’s Sandy Koufax, complains that C John Roseboro’s return throws are too close. He then turns and attacks Roseboro with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensues before Koufax, Willie Mays, and other peacemakers can restore order. Roseboro suffers a considerable cut on the head. Marichal is suspended 8 playing days and levied a NL-record $1,750 fine.

24th  In Milwaukee, Tommy Harper cracks a two-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning as the Reds beat the Braves, 3–2. Billy O’Dell is the pitcher serving up Harper’s homer.

      Tony Conigliaro hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 9-4 win the first of two games with Washington. Rico Petrocelli adds a homer, then hits two more in the 2nd game, an 8-5 Washington victory.

25th  Braves reliever Bill O’Dell sees Red again as he is victimized for the 2nd day in a row by a 9th inning Cincy homer. This time it is Tony Perez doing the damage by hitting a 3-run homer to defeat the Braves, 7–4.

      Boston’s Earl Wilson fans 13 batters in beating the Senators, 8–3.

      Moonlight Graham dies in Chisholm, MN. Graham played in one ML game, for the 1905 Giants, and did not get to bat. His character in W.P. Kinsella’s ShoelessJoe, later played by Burt Lancaster in the movie Field of Dreams,made him a baseball household name.

26th At Pittsburgh, the Pirates power their way to an 8-0 win over the Giants.  Bob Veale strikes out 12 over 9 innings, Bill Mazeroski is 4-for-4 with a homer and Donn Clendendon and Bob Bailey each hit 3-run homers.  With Marichal suspended, the Giants resort to using Matty Alou to chew up a few innings of relief: the outfielder allows 3 hits but no runs in 2 innings before his brother Jesus pinchhits for him.

27th Dodger P Don Drysdale wins in Philadelphia, but the Phils don’t make it easy. Drysdale wins 9–8, to end his 9-game losing streak to the Phillies. He last beat them on June 1, 1962, which was his 13th straight victory over the Phils.

      At County Stadium, Billy Williams hits a grand slam in the Cubs 5-run 5th as they beat the Braves, 5-3. Bob Buhl (13-9) is the winner over his old team.

28th After Houston scores 3 in the top of the 1st, Willie Stargell answers with a grand slam. But the Bucs offense sputters as Dave Guisti throws three hitless innings and the Astros win, 9-6.

29th  Willie Mays sets a NL record for HRs in one month with his 17th of August, 41st overall, as San Francisco beats the Mets, 8–3. Mays tops Ralph Kiner, who slugged 16 for Pittsburgh in September 1949.

      The White Sox take a pair from Boston by 3–2 scores with rookie Bob Locker saving both games. Shortstop Ron Hansen handles 28 chances in the 2 games, a ML record, and his 18 chances in the 14-inning opener ties the ML record for extra innings.

30th  Following his doctor’s advice, Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the Mets. He will head up Mets scouting in California. Stengel ends a 25-year managerial career that included 10 pennants with the Yankees, followed by a dismal 175-404 with the expansion Mets. The 75-year-old Stengel has been in professional baseball since 1910.

31st  Boston C Russ Nixon ties a ML record with 3 run-scoring sacrifice flies in the 2nd game at Washington. Boston wins 8–5 after taking the opener, 4–0.

      Sudden Sam McDowell stops the A’s on one hit—a 4th inning single by Dick Green—as the Indians win the first of two, 8-1. Leon Wagner has 4 hits and McDowell has 2.  Green scores the winning run in game 2, an 11-inning 3-2 win for the A’s.