1966 August

1st  Houston’s Jim Wynn suffers a fractured left wrist, hand, and elbow slamming into the CF fence at Philadelphia. Done for the season, the Toy Cannon will still lead the Astros with 18 HRs. Houston also loses, 6–5, when Dick Allen legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 10th.  It is the first extra inning walkoff homer since Enos Slaughter did it in 1942. There will be another tomorrow.

2nd  Ossie Virgil drives in 3 runs and Juan Marichal, making his first relief appearance of the year, picks up his 17th win, as the Giants edge the Mets, 5–4. The win moves the Giants (63-44) back ahead of the Dodgers and Pirates by a game.

      At Anaheim, Paul Schaal hits an inside-the-park homer to CF in the 11th to give the Angels a 6-5 win over the Yankees. It is the second extra-inning walkoff IP homer in two days.

      In Minnesota, Jimmie Hall hits a game-ending grand slam, off Don McMahon, to give the Twins a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

3rd  Tom Haller has a pair of homers and Jim Ray Hart adds a grand slam as the Giants stop the Mets, 11-1. Larry Elliot’s homer off Gaylord Perry (16-2) is the only Mets tally as the Giants stay in first place by a game.

      Johnny Callison has 4 hits and 3 runs and Bill White hits a grand slam as the Phils beat the visiting Astros, 7-6.

      The Reds push across 2 runs in the 16th and beat the Cardinals, 3-1. The Birds only score is an unearned run off starter Jim Maloney.

4th  Pinch-hit HRs by Mets John Stephenson and Ron Swoboda make the difference in New York’s 8–6 defeat of the Giants at Shea Stadium. With the Pirates stopping LA, 8-1, Pittsburgh and San Francisco are virtually tied for 1st with Los Angeles 2 games back.

7th  Lee Bales (also listed as Wes Bales) gets off to a shaky ML start, striking out 4 times, as the Braves beat the Phillies 3–0. Bales equals the NL record first set by Billy Sunday (May 22, 1883) for most initial-game K’s.

8th  The Reds beat the Giants, 10–6, and Cincy OF Tommy Harper stretches his consecutive hits streak to 24 games.

      The Red Sox–Cleveland game at Fenway is stopped 4 times because of fog. The Red Sox eventually win, 31.

9th  The Braves fire Bobby Bragan (52-59) and install coach Billy Hitchcock as their new manager.

      In Atlanta, 52,270 watch as Felipe Alou hits a leadoff HR off Sandy Koufax.  The Dodgers tie it, but Eddie Mathews adds a 9th inning solo HR to beat the Dodgers’ ace 2–1. Alou will lead off tomorrow’s game with a HR as well.

10th  Chuck Dressen dies of a heart attack in Detroit, age 67. He had managed the Tigers earlier in the season.

11th  In game 1 at Wrigley, the Cubs down Houston, 9–8, in 11 innings. The Cubs are led by C Randy Hundley who hits for the cycle and drives in 3 runs. Bob Aspromonte hits a grand slam for Houston, Lee Maye has 5 hits including a homer, and Rusty Staub hits a homer for the second game at Wrigley. Staub will hit 13 homers this year, with 6 coming against the Cubs. Five will be at Wrigley. In game 2, Houston is ahead 8–5 at the end of 7 innings when the game is suspended on account of darkness. It’ll be completed on August 26, with Houston winning, 9–8, holding on as the Cubs score 3 in the 9th.

      It is deja vu all over again, as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer, preserving a 6-5 Orioles’ win. Robby did it two months earlier.

12th  At Crosley Field, long-ball lovers enjoy 11 HRs in one game, tying the most in any contest and setting a ML record for an extra-inning contest. Art Shamsky hits 3 consecutive for Cincinnati, including two in extra innings. But Pittsburgh prevails 13–11, scoring 3 in the 13th inning. Shamsky, who did not enter the game until the 8th, when he hits a 2-run homer to put the Reds up 8–7. His solo homer in the 10th ties the score at 9-9, as does his 2-run homer in the 11th. Shamsky’s pair of extra-inning homers is a first in the NL, and just the 3rd time ever in the Majors (Vern Stephens, 1943: Willie Kirkland, 1963). Also going deep are Rose, Deron Johnson, Bob Bailey (2), Clemente, Jesse Gonder, and Jerry Lynch. For Lynch, it is his 18th pinch-hit HR, a ML record.

      In Los Angeles, Ken Holtzman and the Cubs edge the Dodgers’ Don Sutton, 2–1.  The Cubs will hand Sutton another loss in two days, beating him in the nightcap of two, 12–10 in 10 innings.

      Willie Mays hits a game-ending HR to give Juan Marichal and Giants a 1-0 win over Houston. Mike Cuellar serves up the 9th inning homer.

13th  Dave Giusti one-hits the Giants for a 1–0 Houston win. Cap Peterson’s 2nd inning single is the only hit and the only baserunner for the Giants.

      Mercy rule. The Reds beat the Pirates, 11-0, in a game called after 5 innings because of rain.

      Restaurateur Vernon Stouffer buys a controlling interest in the Indians.

      At Fenway, Earl Wilson pitches and bats the Tigers to a 13-1 pasting of the Red Sox. Wilson scatters 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam. Wilson will hit 7 homers this year and drive in 22 runs.

14th Art Shamsky hits his 4th consecutive HR, tying the ML record, but the Reds lose again to the Pirates 4–2. Shamsky did not play yesterday, and did not come in today until the 7th inning when his 2-run homer puts the Reds up, 2–1. The homer streak will end tomorrow in Los Angeles, when he delivers a pinch single against Bob Miller.

      The Yanks sweep two from the Indians, winning the nightcap, 6–4. The Indians help in the 2nd game by making six errors in one inning, one short of the record. Mantle helps with a homer, off lefty Jack Kralick, but he’ll sit the next 12 days after reinjuring his knee.

15th The Red Sox trade two players to be named (Roland Sheldon and Dick Stigman) to the Reds for Hank Fischer (0-6).

16th  Willie Mays hits his 534th homer, matching Jimmie Foxx’s record for right-handed batters, as Gaylord Perry beats the Cardinals 3–1.

17th  Willie Mays takes 2nd place on the all-time HR list with a 4th-inning blast off Ray Washburn. San Francisco is one-half game out of first place after beating the Cards 4–3.

      For the 2nd successive day, the Orioles score 5 runs in the 9th to defeat the Red Sox. Today the score is 8–4; yesterday was 6–4.

      The Mets spot the Pirates a 7-1 lead, then roar back to win, 8-7. Hawk Taylor’s pinch grand slam is the big hit in the 5-run 5th.

      Pete Rose has 4 hits as the Reds top the 3rd-place Dodgers, 5-1. Sandy Koufax, bidding for his 20th win, is knocked out of the box in the 5th. Sammy Ellis is the winner.

18th  Pittsburgh 3B Jose Pagan ties the modern NL record for errors in an inning with 3—four for the game—as first-place Pittsburgh drops a 9–5 decision to the Mets. Mets starter Rob Gardner gives up four solo homers—two to Bill Mazeroski—but still manages to win, pitching 5 1/3 innings. The Mets tally no homers and just three earned runs.

19th  St. Louis hurler Larry Jaster (8-3) shuts out the Dodgers for the 4th time this season, beating them, 4-0, on five hits. Claude Osteen (13-10) is the loser.

      At Fenway, the Tigers take a pair from the Red Sox to move into a tie for second place in the AL, 8 games back. Denny McLain allows 3 hits in the opening 2-0 win, and Dave Wickersham beats Earl Wilson, 3-2, in game 2. The Tigers lose Dick McAuliffe when the all-star collides with Wilson on a play at 1B. He will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand.

20th  Gaylord Perry is the first 20-game winner of 1966, pitching the Giants into first place with a 6–1 win against the Braves.

      Birdie Tebbetts (66-57) resigns as manager of the Indians. George Strickland is named interim boss.

21st  Houston’s Dave Giusti does it all today as he blanks to Reds 11–0 and drives in six runs on two bases-loaded doubles.

22nd  At a private party for the Orioles, Frank Robinson falls into a swimming pool and is saved from drowning by Andy Etchebarren, who dives in to rescue his teammate.

23rd At Washington, Rich Rollins hits a grand slam in game 1 and Jim Kaat wins his 19th as the Twins down the Senators, 7-0. The Nats use the long ball in game 2 to win, 4-3, when Willie Kirkland hits an 8th-inning tie-breaking homer.

24th  Vada Pinson hits two doubles and a grand slam as the Reds beat the Giants, 9-4, putting San Francisco in a tie for 1st place with the Pirates.  Gaylord Perry (20-3) gives up 8 runs in 4 innings.

25th  Whitey Ford (2-5) undergoes surgery for a circulatory problem in his left shoulder. He last pitched on August 17th facing three batters in relief.

      The owners approve a 55 percent raise in contributions to the players’ pension fund. It will come from television, WS, and All-Star Game money. Some money will also go to pay the salary of the Players’ Association executive director.

26th  With Baltimore trailing Boston 2–0 in the 9th inning, Vic Roznovsky and Boog Powell sting starter Lee Stange with back-to-back pinch-hit HRs to tie the game. This is just the 4th time in baseball history that back-to-back pinch homers have occurred, and the 2nd time in the AL. Baltimore wins in the 12th, 3–2.

      Detroit’s Earl Wilson, winner of six straight, hits an 8th inning homer to give himself a 5–3 lead over New York. But the Yankees, batting against reliever Hank Aguirre in the 9th, tally one run on a Clete Boyer single, and win it, 6–5, when Mantle clouts a pinch homer over a leaping Al Kaline in RF. The win still leaves New York (57–72) in last place.

      After the Astros complete a 9-8 win over the Cubs in a game suspended on August 11, they beat the Cubs, 7-4, in the regular match on Bob Aspromonte’s walkoff grand slam off Cal Koonce. In the completed game, Aspromonte had a triple and 3-run homer.

      Against the Dodgers, Giants fireballer Bob Bolin ties a ML record by fanning the first 5 batters in the game.  But the Dodgers win the game, 4–0, and are now 1.5 games behind in 3rd place.

      In a Northern League game between Bismarck-Mandan and Sioux Falls, future major-leaguers Scipio Spinks (20) and Gary Nolan (17) struck out 37 batters between them. Neither is around to get a decision, though, as Bismarck scores the game’s lone run in the 10th inning. A total of 41 men struck out in the game.

27th  At Dodger Stadium, Juan Marichal outduels Don Drysdale to give the Giants a 4–2 win.

28th At Yankee Stadium, Steve Whitaker connects for a grand slam as the Yankees deflate the Tigers, 8-1.

      In Chicago, the White Sox edge the Twins twice in extra innings, winning the opener, 4-3, in 15 innings and taking the nightcap, 7-6, in 11 innings.  Jerry Adair’s homer ends game 2, while Harmon Killebrew hits homers in each game.

29th Detroit’s Denny McLain tosses 229 pitches, gives up 8 hits, walks 9 and strikes out 11 Orioles to win his 16th victory as the Tigers win, 6-3. Willie Horton has 5 RBIs on two homers.

      Chicago Cubs veteran Robin Roberts, acquired recently from Houston, wins the final victory of his career, beating the Atlanta Braves, 4–2 in 11 innings, with two scoreless innings of relief. Roberts has now beaten the Braves in all three locations: 12–6 vs. Boston: 21–24 vs. Milwaukee: 1–0 vs. Atlanta (as noted by Joe Mackay). Roberts will retire having giving up 505 HRs, the only one above 500.

30th  Pete Rose becomes the 12th in ML history to hit HRs left-and righthanded in one game, as the Reds win 6–4 over the Cards.

31st  Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson, 31, announces his retirement.