1968 August

1st Against the Red Sox, Stan Bahnsen strikes out 12 batters, the most ever by a Yankee rookie, in posting his first ML shutout, 1–0. His mark will last 30 years until “El Duque” Hernandez K’s 13 batters. A safe bunt by Tom Tresh, a steal, and a single by Bill Robinson accounts for the only run off Morehead.

      At Tiger Stadium, the Senators hit three homers, including a grand slam by Ron Hansen, to down the first place Tigers, 9-3.

2nd   Three days after completing an unassisted triple play and a day after he hit a grand slam against the Tigers, the Senators trade SS Ron Hansen back to the White Sox for IF Tim Cullen. 

4th  In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him, Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinal teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances.  The crowd of 47,445 then watches as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 11 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. The Cubs win, 6–5. Gibson goes 11 but his streak of consecutive complete games ends at 13.

      The Red Sox top the Angels, 5–1, on the strength of Ken Harrelson’s grand slam.

5th  The Phils edge the Giants, 6-4, when Tony Gonzalez belts a 2-run homer in the 10th off reliever Mike McCormick. Juan Marichal is lifted after pitching 9 innings, ending his consecutive complete game streak at 16.

7th  Oakland’s Joe Keough makes his ML debut with a pinch hit HR in a 2nd-game 4–3 win over the Yankees. New York wins the opener, 3–0.

8th  Jarry Park is grudgingly approved by Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by the Expos. Montreal officials tell NL President Warren Giles that a new stadium will be ready by 1972.

      The Cubs trip the Braves, 4–0, behind Bill Hands, with relief help from Phil Regan. Ump Chris Pelakoudas goes the mound to inspect the cap and glove of Cubs Phil Regan. When the game continues, Pelakoudas accuses Regan of 3 illegal pitches nullifying a fly out, a K, and changing a strike to a ball.  Wrigley fans toss garbage on field. Durocher, Hundley, and Al Spangler get tossed as well. NL prexy Giles after a special hearing, says umps should have better evidence before calling pitches illegal.

9th  California pitchers plunk Baltimore batters 3 times in the 7th inning at Memorial Stadium, tying the AL record for hit batsmen in one inning. Baltimore wins, 3–0.

      In Detroit, Joe Foy hits an 8th inning grand slam as the Red Sox come from behind to top the front-running Tigers, 5-3.

10th  On Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, the Twins stop the Yankees, 3–2. New York’s only scores are two solo shots by Mickey Mantle off Jim Merritt.  It is the Mick’s 46th 2-homer game.

      Houston cores 5 in the 1st and 5 in the 8th as they blast the Pirates, 16-3, in the first game of a twinbill. Norm Miller hits a grand slam, off Elroy Face, for Houston in the 8th. The Bucs rebound in game 2 with a 7-4 victory as Ron Kline (10-1) wins in relief.

11th  Satchel Paige, 62 years or so old, and needing 158 days on a ML payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by the Braves. He will not pitch a regular-season game for Atlanta and will become a coach on September 30th and stay for another year.

      Gates Brown wins the opener for the Tigers by poling a pinch homer—one of two pinch homers the Tigers hit—in the 14th to beat the Red Sox, 5–4.  In the nightcap, he singles home the winning run as the Tigers score 4 in the 9th to win, 6–5.

13thPitching 7 2/3 innings, Tom Hall gains his first ML win as the Twins beat the Senators, 8–4. Washington’s Jim Hannan (7-3) takes the loss and doesn’t help himself at bat, striking out for the 13th straight time since July 24.

14th  Montreal officially becomes a member of the NL.

      Don Lock’s 3rd-inning grand slam, off Denny Lemaster provides all the scoring for the Phillies in a 4-3 win over the Astros. Christ Short wins his 12th.

15th  At Oakland, the Yanks edge the A’s, 4–3.  Blue Moon Odom gives up a triple to Tom Tresh, a walk, then serves up a three-run homer to Mantle for the difference.

      The first-place Cardinals score 8 runs in the 1st two innings against the Cubs, and you could’ve gone home there, as the final is 8-0. Nelson Briles shuts out Chicago for his 16th.  The Cards hit 3 doubles in the 1st for 4 runs off Ken Holtzman, and Mike Shannon belts a grand slam in the 2nd, off Bill Stoneman.

16th  Detroit’s Denny McLain is 16-0 on the road after blanking the Red Sox 4–0 in Boston. Tigers C Bill Freehan is hit by a pitch on 3 consecutive at bats, painfully tying a ML record.  He will be hit a record tying 24 times this season.

      Philadelphia’s Richie Allen ties an NL record by drawing 5 bases on balls in one game, but the Dodgers win 7–5.

18th  In the opener of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, umpire Chris Pelekoudas calls 3 illegal pitches on Cubs P Phil Regan, twice allowing a retired batter to hit again. Pete Rose singles after a called 3rd strike. Pelekoudas can’t find any evidence on Regan and bases his calls on “the flight of the ball.”  The Cubs, who lose both games, 2–1 and 6–3, protest the ump’s calls.  The next day Warren Giles meets with Cubs’ officials and orders Pelekoudas to apologize to the church-going Regan, whom he calls a “fine Christian gentleman.”  However, at the ML winter meetings, the Rules Committee will further amend the spitball rule to allow an ump to call an illegal pitch based on the flight of the ball.

      Pitching for Hawaii (PCL) Bo Belinsky twirls a no-hitter, defeating Tacoma, 1–0.  Bo will fail next year in a comeback attempt with the Cardinals.

19th Bob Gibson pitches the Cardinals to a 2–0 win over the Phillies. Gibson strikes out 11 batters including Dick Allen 4 times, the 7th time this season the Phils’ slugger has K’ed 4 times. He will strike out a career-high 161 times this season. For Gibson, it is his club record 10th shutout of the year and his 15th straight win. His ERA is an even 1.00.

      For the 2nd time this year, the Mets lose a marathon 1–0 game, this time losing to the Giants, 1–0, in 17 innings. Ron Hunt’s single, off Taylor, drives in Lanier with the lone run. Koosman and Bolin go 12 and 11 innings as starters, with the win going to Linzy. The Mets lost 1–0 in 24 innings on April 15.

20th The Tigers split a doubleheader with the White Sox, winning game one, 7-0, on John Hillers one-hitter. Ron Hansen’s leadoff single in the 5th is the lone safety. In game 2, the Sox club Denny McLain (25-4) for 9 runs (2 earned) in 5+ innings to win, 10-2. Pete Ward clubs a grand slam in the 6th against the Tiger ace.  Jerry McNertney adds 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

21st  Monte Irvin is named special assistant to Commissioner William Eckert.

22nd  Jim Merritt loses his shut out in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle parks a pinch homer in Minneapolis, his #534 homer. The Twins win, 3–1. Mick’s homer ties him with Jimmie Foxx for 3rd place on the all-time list.

23rd  Stan Bahnsen outpitches Earl Wilson to give the host Yankees a  2–1 win over Detroit. The two teams then battle for 19 innings, before the 2nd game is suspended by curfew with the score 3–3. The game will be finished tomorrow. In the long tie, Lindy McDaniel retires 21 straight Tiger batters, six on strikeouts.  In his last three relief appearances, he has retired 30 batters in a row.

24th  New York’s Mel Stottlemyre tops the Tigers ace Denny McLain, 2–1.

25th  The Tigers, ahead 5–0, fail to score with two on in the 4th inning when the Yanks bring in Rocky Colavito to pitch. The 35-year-old slugger retires Kaline and Horton and tosses 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In Rocky’s only other appearance, in 1958, he also faced Kaline, and the victory by a non-pitcher will be the last this century. Robinson and Cox crash successive homers to tie the score and, after a walk, Rocky comes around to score the winning run. In the 8th, Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel ties the AL record for consecutive batters retired by setting down the first Tiger he faces, giving him 32 straight batters retired over 4 appearances.  New York sweeps, winning 6–5 and then topping Lolich, 5–4. The four losses in New York leaves the Tigers just 5 games ahead of the Orioles.

      After 5 hours: 27 minutes, the Orioles defeat the Red Sox, 3–2, in 18 innings when Brooks Robinson drives in Boog Powell. Roger Nelson pitches the last 7 innings for the win over Stephenson.

26th  There is a record tying mark of 7 shutouts thrown today in the 16 games played. It’s the 5th times it’s happened, and the mark will be topped in 1972.

      Playing the last of 9 games in Milwaukee, the White Sox draw a crowd (42,808) but lose to Earl Wilson and the first-place Tigers, 3–0. Wilson is hit by a pitch in the 2nd with the bases loaded to bring home the first run.

      In their first of two straight doubleheaders, starter Dave McNally makes it easy in the opener by belting a first-inning grand slam, off the A’s Chuck Dobson. The O’s score 7 runs in the inning and beat the A’s. 8–2.  The A’s come back in the nightcap, winning 2–0 behind Catfish Hunter and Segui.

      The Phils take a 5–0 lead over the Reds in the 3rd on Dick Allen’s grand slam, only to lose, 6–5. Jim Beauchamp hits a run-scoring single in the 7th for the winner.

      At Candlestick Park, Gaylord Perry allows one baserunner—Glenn Beckert who singles in the 7th—as the Giants down the Cubs, 3-0. Willie Mays has three hits, including a homer, and scores twice.

      At D.C. Stadium, Tim Cullen’s RBI-single in the 13th inning gives the Senators a 1-0 win over the Twins. Jim Perry pitches 9 scoreless innings for Minnesota and Frank Bertaina goes 11 for the Nats. Each allows just two hits.

27th  Sweeping a doubleheader from Oakland 5–3 and 7–2 at Memorial Stadium, the Orioles stay 4 games in back of first-place Detroit.

29th  Reggie Smith has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Joe Foy hits a pair of homers as the Red Sox pound the host Athletics, 11-2.

30th In the showdown in Detroit, 53,575 fans cheer as P Earl Wilson pitches a 4-hit 9–1 victory over 2nd place Baltimore. Wilson adds 4 RBIs on 2 hits, including his 5th HR of the year.

      At Wrigley, Ron Santo belts 2 homers, both off starter Larry Dierker, and drives in all 5 runs as the Cubs beat the Astros, 5-3. Fergie Jenkins wins his 16th.

      At Shea, Nelson Briles gives up 7 runs—one earned—as the Cardinals fall to the Mets, 8-2.  Art Shamsky hits a grand slam in support of Tom Seaver.

31st  Steve Blass gets the first out against the Braves, and then moves to LF as Roy Face relieves. Face retires Felix Millan and ties Walter Johnson’s ML record of 802 pitching appearances with one club. Blass comes back to pitch and the Pirates go on to win 8–0. Blass will not get credit for the shutout but will still lead the NL in shutouts with 7. Late in the game, the Pirates announce the sale of Elroy Face to the Detroit Tigers. It is a tough month for Mets P Jim McAndrew, as he takes his NL-tying 5th shutout loss. Steve Carlton wins for the Cards 2–0.  McAndrew gave up just 6 runs in the 4 losses, losing 2–0 to Bob Gibson on July 21, and to the Dodgers and Mike Kekich, 2–0 on August 4. On August 10th and 17th, he narrowed the margin to 1–0 losses, to the Giants and Houston respectively. The 4 losses are McAndrew’s first ML decisions.

      Baltimore’s Dave McNally wins his 10th straight, topping the first-place Tigers, 5–1. Paul Blair homers and triples in the win. The Tigers lead the AL by 6 games.

      Joe Foy hits his second grand slam of the month, connecting off Frank Bertainia in the 5th, as the Red Sox clip the visiting Senators, 6-4.