1967 August

2nd  With homers from both sides of the plate, Pete Rose leads the Reds to a 7–3 win over the Braves. It’s a second time for Rose.

3rd  Reports of rowdyism on an Athletics flight reach owner Charlie Finley and will result in the release of outfielder Ken Harrelson and firing of manager Alvin Dark.

      The Red Sox acquire C Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and 2 players to be named (Ron Klimkowski and Pete Magrini). Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. With the deal, the Sox will sell C Bob Tillman to the Yankees on August 8.

4th  At Kansas City, the A’s edge the Yankees, 2-1, as all the runs score on sac flies.

      John Fetzer, president of the ML television committee, announces a $50 million, 3-year deal with NBC to televise the WS, All-Star Game, and 28 weekly telecasts.

6th  Against Chicago in game 2, Brooks Robinson of the Orioles hits into the fourth triple play of his career for a ML mark. It happens in the 5th inning going Boyer (3B) to Buford (2B) to McCraw (1B). Robinson has a pair of hits as the Orioles down the White Sox, 4-0, behind Tom Phoebus. Russ Snyder’s pinch 3-run homer in the opener gives the Birds a 5-2 win.

      Minnesota’s Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter for 5 innings against the Red Sox before the game is called. Chance wins 2–0.

7th  The Cubs sell vet Curt Simmons to the Angels, where he will go 2-1. California will give Curt his release at the end of the season, ending his 20-year ML career.

8thAt Crosley Field, Reds P Milt Pappas allows 2 hits in beating Houston, 5–0.

9th  Minnesota’s 20-inning 9–7 loss to the Senators is the longest game in Twins history. Ken McMullen’s 20th-inning HR wins it for Washington. Dave Baldwin is the winner with 3 innings pitched.

      In a definition of manager’s hell, the Carolina League (Class A) Burlington team plays a 7-inning game against Raleigh, and Burlington batters hit into a double play in each inning.

      The Cubs and Pirates split a pair. Chicago takes the opener, 6-0, behind Fergie Jenkins.  Adolfo Phillips gets a pair of intentional walks from Bob Veale and scores 2 runs. Phillips will lead the NL in IBB this year with 29. Pittsburgh plates 4 runs in the top of the 9th in game 2 to win, 10-6.

11th  In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader, Al Downing of the Yankees strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5–3, then win 4-1 in game 2 as Mickey Mantle drives in the go-ahead run in the 3-run 9th.

      The Braves edge the Astros, 6-5, in 16 innings, winning on a game-ending HR by Joe Torre.  Both teams score once in the 13th and Mack Jones cuts down Staub trying to score a 2nd run for Houston. Felipe Alou ties it up with a pinch HR.

      The Mets Danny Frisella picks up his first ML win, but he’s long gone when the W is posted.  Frisella pitches 6 2/3 innings before being lifted, then races the airport to catch a plane to take him to an Air National Guard meeting in California. Don Shaw picks up the save in the 3–2 win over the Pirates.

13th  Completing a 3-game sweep of the White Sox, Jim Merritt pitches the Twins into first place with a 3–2 win.

14th  Despite a 2–1 loss to the Twins, the Angels are within 112games of first place.

After whipping the Mets 8 straight times, Jim Bunning finally loses to the New Yorkers. The Mets beat Philadelphia 8–3.

16th  Reds P Jim Maloney retires all 19 batters he faces, but has to leave the game with one out in the 7th when he steps in a hole and injures his ankle. Reliever Billy McCool allows 2 hits and the Reds win, 2–0, in Pittsburgh.

17thCalifornia’s Jim Weaver gives up Reggie Jackson’s first ML homer but holds on to beat Kansas City, 4–3.

      The Tigers trade P Fred Gladding and cash to the Astros for veteran Eddie Mathews. Gladding was 26-11 with a 2.70 ERA in his 7 years in Detroit. He will pitch another 6 years in Houston, while Mathews will play just 67 games in two years for the Tigers.

18th  A baseball tragedy occurs when Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox is beaned by the Angels Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone, just below the eye socket, Conigliaro will miss the rest of 1967 and all of 1968. He was hitting .267 with 20 HRs and 67 RBI in 95 games.  Despite the loss of Tony C, the Red Sox win today, 3-2, and will sweep the 4-game series with the Angels. The sweep will still leave Minnesota in 1st place, with Boston, Detroit, and Chicago all within 2 games.

      Lew Krausse of the A’s is suspended by owner Charlie Finley for rowdyism on a team flight and conduct unbecoming a ML player.

19th  The Red Sox continue winning, beating California, 12–11.  Norm Siebern hits a pinch triple with the bases loaded and Yaz has 4 hits, including his 29th homer.

20th  Within 24 hours, Alvin Dark (52-69) is fired, rehired, and fired again as manager of the A’s. Luke Appling becomes interim manager.

      At Fenway, Red Sox Reggie Smith joins the ranks of Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, and others by hitting HRs left- and righthanded in a game with California. Yaz adds two three-run homers, one in each game of the doubleheader. The Sox win the nightcap, 9–8 after trailing 8–0.

      The Tigers take a pair from Cleveland, winning 4-2 and 4-0, as reliever John Hiller tosses a shutout in his first start. Al Kaline homers in each game.

21st  Jim Maloney, who gave up 9 hits on the 16th. allows just 2 hits, as the Reds beat the Giants, 2–0.  Maloney pitches hitless ball over the past 7 innings.

      Charlie Finley releases Ken Harrelson, making him baseball’s first free agent. Harrelson is quoted as calling Finley a menace to baseball.

22nd  Charlie Finley lifts his suspension of Lew Krausse.

      Indian pitcher Luis Tiant has 16 strikeouts in a 3–2 win over California.

23rd   At Cleveland Stadium, Rick Reichert leads a 25 hit attack as California scalps the Tribe, 16-5. Reichert hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs. Hawk Taylor has 4 hits, including a homer, and Jim Fregosi is 4-for-4 with 4 runs.

24th  While pushing a car, Philadelphia’s Richie Allen suffers a severe injury when he pushes his hand through the headlight. It will sideline him for the remainder of the season and the Phils will go 14–21 without him.

25th In the first of two, Dean Chance pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the month, a 2–1 victory and the Twins sweep Cleveland to take the AL lead. Chance allows a run in the first on two walks and a wild pitch. The victory gives Chance a 17-9 record and lowers his ERA to 2.42.

      The Tigers trip KC, 3–0, as John Hiller records his second straight shutout in his first two ML starts. Homers by Mathews, McAuliffe and Freehan provide the scoring as the 4th place Tigers stay 1 1/2 games out of first.

      Houston’s Don Wilson strikes out 10 Reds, including Pete Rose 4 times, but loses to Cincy, 2–1.

26th Houston splits a pair with the Reds, losing 6-1 before winning, 8-6. This is the last scheduled day-night doubleheader, since the 1968 Basic Agreement will outlaw the scheduling of Day-Night doubleheaders.

27thIn a critical game with the White Sox, Boston RF Jose Tartabull makes a great throw home in the 9th to Elston Howard to nail Ken Berry trying to score from 3B. Boston wins, 4–3 behind 2 homers by Yaz. Chicago comes back to win the nightcap, 1–0, as Gary Peters (15-7) pitches 11 shutout innings. Rocky Colavito walks with the bases loaded to drive in the lone run.

28th  Boston signs free-agent OF Ken Harrelson. Harrelson reportedly receives a $75,000 bonus and salary package for 1967 and 1968. Harrelson will homer in his first Boston at bat but will hit just .200 for the Red Sox.

       In the Reds 3–2 loss to the Phils, catcher Johnny Bench makes his debut. He goes 0-for-3 before Chico Ruiz pinch hits for him in the 9th with a runner on 2B.

29th  The Red Sox tie an AL record it originally set on July 4, 1905, by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader. Boston wins the first against the Yankees 2–1, then drop the nightcap in 20 innings 4–3.  The winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in 20th, off Darrell Brandon, to set up Horace Clarke’s game-winning single. The game lasts 5:15 and is the 3rd game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.

      The Reds collect only two hits, but it’s enough to beat the Jim Bunning and the Phils, 1–0.  Vada Pinson doubles in the 7th, and scores on a ground out and fly out.

      Clete Boyer hits an 8th inning grand slam off Elroy Face as the Braves come from behind to beat the visiting Pirates, 7-3. Hank Aaron solos in the 1st inning.

      Bert Campaneris bangs out three triples for Kansas City, but Cleveland still wins, 9–8, in 10 innings.  Campy is the first to have 3 triples in an AL game since Ben Chapman in 1939.

31stBefore a crowd of 4,992 at Wrigley Field, rookies Tom Seaver and Rich Nye battle for 10 innings to a 1–1 tie. In the bottom of the 11th, the Cubs put 2 aboard with no outs and Ted Savage attempts to bunt. With the count 1–2, Durocher lifts Savage for Al Spangler, who slaps a single to give the Cubs a 2–1 win over the Mets. Pinch runner Fergie Jenkins scores the run.