1969 August

1st  Dick Williams pulls Carl Yastrzemski from the Boston lineup after one at bat and fines him $500 for “dogging it.” Jim Lonborg allows just 3 hits over 8 innings, but the A’s rally in the 9th for 3 runs and beat the Sox, 4–3.

2nd  At St. Louis, the Cards take a 7–1 lead over the Dodgers, and stagger to a 7–6 win. It’s the Redbirds’ 6th straight win and 13th in the last 15 games.  Vada Pinson has a sac fly but no hits for the Cards, ending his 22-game hitting streak.

3rd  The Twins Rich Reese, batting for Jim Kaat, pinch-hits a grand slam off the Orioles’ Dave McNally in the bottom of the 7th ending his 17-game winning streak and giving the O’s ace his first loss of the year. The Birds went into the 7th inning with a 1–0 lead. McNally, now 15-1, loses 5–2 to Kaat.

      The Reds tally 10 runs in the 5th inning and smack 25 hits in the game to just beat the Phillies 19–17 at Connie Mack Stadium. With a 10-run 5th they take a 16–9 lead, and add another pair in the 6th. The Phils counter with 7 runs in the 6th. Johnny Bench is the high man for the Reds with 5 hits, while Rose tallies 4 and 4 RBIs. Alex Johnson has 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBIs and Lee May hits his 30th On the Quaker side, Tony Taylor hits a grand slam and drives in 5, Deron Johnston has 5 hits and Johnny Callison has 4. 

      At Tiger Stadium, Willie Horton hits a walkoff grand slam, off Don McMahon, to drive Detroit to a 6-2 victory over the White Sox.

      Danny Cater’s 3rd inning grand slam proves to be the difference in Oakland’s 10-7 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Paul Lindblad pitches 3+ innings of scoreless relief for the win.

4thThe Reds win another squeaker, this time 1–0 over the Mets at Crosley Field. Jim Maloney (5–2) allows 2 hits and beats Jerry Koosman.

5th  Consecutive HRs in the 5th by Dave Marshall, Ron Hunt, and Bobby Bonds highlight the first of 2 San Francisco victories at Philadelphia. SF wins, 6–2, then wins the second game, 5–3, to regain first place in the NL West by one-half game.

      In the 7th inning, Pirate Willie Stargell hits the first home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 512-foot blast (another account has 480 feet) breaks a deadlock and comes in an 11–3 Pittsburgh rout of Los Angeles. The Bucs score 7 in the 9th, climaxed by a Mazeroski 2-run homer.

6th  Jim Merritt pitches the Reds back into first place in the NL West with a 3–2 win against the Mets.

      Twins manager Billy Martin punches out his pitcher Dave Boswell after a scuffle outside a bar between Boswell and teammate Bob Allison. Boswell is hospitalized and requires 20 stitches. The Twins win today, 3–1, behind Jim Perry’s 7th straight victory.

7th Phils’ manager Bob Skinner quits saying he had little front office support in his attempts to discipline slugger Dick Allen. The fines that Allen had accumulated were rescinded by owner Bob Carpenter. Coach George Myatt will manage the team for the rest of the season. In three days Allen will state that Skinner had not been “man enough” to come to him with any complaints and that he was not the cause of Skinner’s departure (as noted by David Kaiser). “If it boiled down to him or me, he didn’t have to go. I would have gone.”

8th  Hot-hitting Manny Sanguillen collects a single, double, and triple to lead the Pirates to a 7–1 win over the Padres. Sanguillen is 13-for his last-26. Bob Veale allows 11 hits but strikes out 10 for the win.

       In Cincinnati, 7 homers are hit, 5 by the Reds, who down the Phillies, 12-5. Pete Rose and Dave May each have a homer and double, as the Reds tie Atlanta for first place in the NL West.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles score 4 runs in the 9th to edge the Twins, 6-5.  Frank Robinson drives in 2 of the runs and after Boog Powell follows with an RBI single to tie, Boog steals 2B, setting up an IBB to Brooks Robinson. Davey Johnson then drives home the winner. Earlier, Paul Blair hits an inside-the-park homer, the first at Memorial in 10 years.

      Three-run homers by Tom Tresh and Willie Horton allow the Tigers to sweep a pair from the White Sox, 7–3 and 9–7. Tresh’s homer comes in the 8th inning of the Friday nightcap. Rookie of the Year candidate Carlos May has 2 hits in the 2nd game, his last before going on weekend Army reserve duty at Camp Pendleton, California. While there, May suffers a serious injury when a mortar misfires and blows off most of his right thumb. May, hitting .281 with 18 homers, will have extensive skin grafts and surgery and will return to play 150 games and hit .285 next year. His HR output will drop to 12.

9th  The Giants purchase relief P Don McMahon from the Tigers. Tomorrow, he’ll give up 4 runs in the 9th as the Giants lose, 7–4, to the Cards.

      At Cleveland, the Royals Bill Butler pitches a 1-hit, 10-0 win over the Indians. Light-hitting Eddie Leon has a single for the Tribe’s only hit.

10th  Mike Cuellar’s (15-9) string of 35 straight batters retired is ended by Cesar Tovar, who also spoils Cuellar’s no-hit bid in a 2–0 win against the Twins. Tovar has the only hit in a game for the 3rd time, and the 2nd time this season.

      Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to the Cubs with a 4–2 win at Los Angeles, but needs relief help to do it. Sutton tops Ken Holtzman, who handed Sutton his last four losses to Chicago. It was one short of the most consecutive losses by any pitcher to one club in ML history, and is the NL record for straight losses to a team from the start of a career. Sutton will close out his career with a record of 18-20 versus the Cubs.

11th  Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder. Drysdale is the last Brooklyn Dodger active with the Dodgers. Bob Aspromonte (1 AB), who retires in 1971, will be the last active Brooklyn Dodger member.

      Diego Segui (9-4) is the winner as the Seattle Pilots stop the Indians, 8-2. Don Mincher clubs his 20th homer, a grand slam off Stan Williams.

12th  Citing “personal problems,” Yankees 1B Joe Pepitone goes AWOL. He’ll be in the lineup on August 14th.

      Pirate Jose Pagan’s 2nd pinch-hit HR in consecutive appearances ties the ML record, but the Giants win 6–3 at Candlestick.

13th  Baltimore’s Jim Palmer leaves no doubt about his comeback with a 8–0 no-hitter against Oakland. Reggie Jackson, leading the AL with 42 HRs, walks 3 times, as the A’s drop 2 games behind the Twins in the West. Palmer, now 11-2, pushes the O’s lead to a comfortable 1412games.

      Bill Hands pitches a complete game 4–2 win over San Diego. Chicago now has a seemingly comfortable 8 1/2 game lead.

Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is elected for a 7-year term by unanimous vote of ML owners.

      Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees but does not play in their 5–2 loss to the Twins.  Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs for the Twins as Jim Kaat is the winner over Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his first 3 at bats tomorrow before flying out.

      Montreal reliever Elroy Face gives up the last of his record 21 extra-inning gopher balls, an 11th inning grand slam to the Reds Johnny Bench. Cincinnati wins, 8–3 in Montreal.

14thIn a 3–2 win over the White Sox, the Yankees Horace Clarke triples with 2 on in the 9th, then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss while Jack Aker is the winner.

      The first-place Cubs whip their Tacoma Cubs farm team, 7-4, as starter Ted Abernathy gets the win. Tacoma rallies for 3 runs in the 9th off Al Spangler, usually an outfielder. The Cubs play SF tomorrow night with a 9-game lead over second-place St. Louis (65-52) and a 10-game lead over the Mets (62-51). But starting tomorrow, the Mets will go 20-5.

15th  Don Sutton (15-11) opens a 9-game eastern swing for Los Angeles with a 9–2 win at Montreal. The Dodgers remain 2 games behind the first-place Reds. Montreal reliever Roy Face makes his final ML appearance, a record 657th consecutive relief effort (excluding his 2 games with the Tigers).

16th  In an 8–1 win in Atlanta, St. Louis P Bob Gibson reaches 200 strikeouts (en route to 269) for the 7th season, a NL record.

      Seattle’s Sicks Stadium shakes when 250-pound Boog Powell legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 9th against ex-teammate Steve Barber. It really isn’t that vital, as Baltimore romps 15–3. Outfielder Billy Williams, 36, debuts with the Pilots and scores a run. He’s the oldest rookie to play for the franchise this century.

      The Phillies rack up their 4th straight shutout victory when Rick Wise pitches a 4-hitter to defeat the Astros, 7–0. The Phils set a modern club record with the streak. Dick Allen has a homer and Rick Wise joins in with a homer and a single.

      At Parc Jarry, Bill Sudakis belts a 3-run homer in the 1st and Maury Wills adds a grand slam in the 5th, both off Larry Jaster, as the Dodgers beat the Expos, 9-3. Los Angeles is 2 games behind the Reds.

17thAfter the Pirates open with 5 runs in the first inning, the Reds answer with 4 tallies as Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan, the first two Reds hitters in the game, belt homers off Pittsburgh’s Steve Blass.  It’s a record-setting 2nd time this year that the duo has led off a game this way: Don Drysdale was greeted on April 7th with double dingers.  It’s Pittsburgh day, however, as they win, 8–5.

      The Phils streak of 4 shutouts and 39 consecutive scoreless innings ends when Astros OF Sandy Valdespino steals home in the 1st. Dick Allen and Rader match homers as the Astros win, 3–2.

      The Tigers tie a club record with 6 homers, and Denny McLain wins his 19th, beating the A’s at Oakland, 9–4. Kaline homers in the 7th and 9th off relievers, but the first 3 Bengal homers come off starter Catfish Hunter.

19th  Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman (14-7) pitches the 5th no-hitter of 1969. Ron Santo’s 3-run HR off Phil Niekro provides first-place Chicago with a 3–0 win against Atlanta. Holtzman is the first no-hit hurler with no strikeouts since Sam Jones (9/4/23). LF Billy Williams, with his back against the vines, hauls in Aaron’s drive in the 7th to preserve the no-hitter.

      Giants starter Juan Marichal gives up a game-ending homer to the Mets Tommie Agee in the 14th inning as the Mets win, 1-0. Tug McGraw is the winner in relief.

      Carl Yastrzemski hits a grand slam in the 4th to give Boston a 4-4 tie with the Twins, but Harmon Killebrew belts his 34th homer in the 9th, a 2-run shot off Sparky Lyle, and the Twins win, 8-6.

      Sam McDowell fires a one-hitter as the Indians beat the host A’s, 3-0. Sudden Sam strikes out 10 and Bert Campaneris has the lone safety for Oakland. 

      John “Swede” Hollison dies in Chicago at age 99. He was the last surviving ML pitcher to throw from a mound 50 feet from home plate. He pitched in one game in 1892.

20th  With an 8–5 win at Philadelphia, the Dodgers take first place in the NL West by a half game.

      Ron Fairly has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs in the Expos 10-9 win over the Padres. Bill Stoneman (8-15) is the winner in relief. Gary Ross, who gives up 3 hits and a run without recording an out, is the loser. Ross (1-11) has now lost 11 straight, a team record.

21st  Jim Merritt pitches Cincinnati back into the NL West lead with a 5–3 win at St. Louis.

22nd  Tony Oliva hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs as Minnesota beats the visiting Yankees, 6–0. Dave Boswell pitches 8 shutout innings for his 13th win, leaving the game after being hit on the helmet by a pitch from Bill Burbach. Boswell shrugs it off, saying “Heck, I was hit harder in Detroit.” [referring to the altercation with Billy Martin two weeks ago.]  Minnesota clings to 1st place in the AL West.

      Denny McLain wins his 20th as Detroit beats California, 3–1. No other pitcher in the AL has won 17.

      Half right. At San Francisco, President Richard Nixon chats with a crowd outside his hotel when he is asked who will be in the World Series. “Well, it has to be the Cubs, though the Cardinals are closing the gap,” he predicts. “In the other league it has to be the Orioles.”

23rd   The Reds remain in 1st place despite losing their 10th in 14 games as the Pirates win, 3–1. It is the Bucs 7th straight win.  Pete Rose’s error is costly and Freddie Patek drives in 2 unearned runs with a single.

     At Wrigley, Santo and Banks homer and Jim Hickman hits 2 fourbaggers, one a grand slam, as the Cubs down the Astros, 11-5. Ken Holtzman (15-7) is the winner. The Mets remain 5.5 games behind the Cubs with a win.

      Ouch! Ron Hunt has his third multi-hit game—hit by pitches, that is, this year as he gets plunked twice in a 6-0 win over Montreal. Ray Sadecki fires a 3-hitter for the Giants. Hunt’s 25 HBP this season will again lead the league.

      At Metropolitan Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre doesn’t make it out of the 1st inning, giving up 5 runs, including a 2-run homer to Harmon Killebrew, as the Twins top the Yankees, 8-3. Killebrew also teams up with Tony Oliva and Cesar Tovar (home) for the Twins fourth triple steal of the year. The Killer has been in all 4.

24th  At St. Louis, Hank Aaron belts a 14th inning 3-run homer to give the Braves a 4–1 win over the Cards. There are no stolen bases in the game, though Bob Didier and Tim McCarver throw out six would-be thieves between them.

      The Cubs and the Astros split a pair, with the Astros winning the opener, 3–2.  The Cubs rally to win the nightcap, 10–9.  Houston takes the lead in the 5th after Ken Johnson, making his first appearance for the Cubs, walks 3 straight. In the 8th, Ernie Banks hits his 2nd homer of the game and the 493rd of his career to give the Cubs the final lead.

      Seattle loses its 10th straight as the Indians rally for 2 in the 9th to win, 6–5. The Pilots react by trading P Jim Bouton to Houston for pitchers Dooley Womack and Roric Harrison.

      A long day at the office.  Oakland sweeps a pair from the Orioles, winning 9-0 and 9-8 in 18 innings.  Chuck Dobson pitches the shutout in game 1, and light-hitting Ted Kubiak, 0-for-8, singles in the winning run in game 2.  Reggie Jackson has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer.

26th  Willie McCovey drives in 6 runs with homer #40, a grand slam, a sac fly and a single, while Bobby Bonds drives in another 5 as the Giants bomb the Phils 13–4. The win is the Giants 6th in a row and they keep their half game lead in the NL West.  McCovey’s slam—his 2nd of the year—is his career 10th and his 6 RBIs ups his season total to 106.  Perry (16-10) is the winner.

      Johnny Bench steals home on the front end of a double steal with Lee May, then scores in the 9th inning as the Reds hold on for an 8-7 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. It is the first of two steals of home for Bench.

27th  New York’s 4–1 win at San Diego, its 74th of the year, sets a club record.

Chicago loses for the 7th time in the last 8 games, a 6–3 loss to the Reds Tony Cloninger. Ken Holtzman is the loser.  Chicago is now just 2 games ahead of the Amazing Mets.

28th  Detroit OF Jim Northrup goes 6-for-6, the first 6-hit game for Detroit since June 24, 1962, as the Tigers beat the A’s, 5–3. Northrup’s 6th hit is a HR over the roof in the bottom of the 13th to win the game.

      Canadian reliever Claud Raymond gains his first win since joining the Expos as they come from behind to beat the Dodgers, 9–5. Tommy Davis has a pair of singles for LA to stretch his hit streak to 25 straight games.

      At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron drives in 6 runs on 2 homers, one a grand slam, to lead Atlanta to an 8-2 win over the Pirates. The Braves stay a half game behind San Francisco.

      At a press conference in New York, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the publication of The Baseball Encyclopediaand holds up a copy of the 6 1⁄2 pound book.

29th  Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.

      Bill Hands pitches the Cubs to a 2–1 win over Atlanta and is helped by 2 spectacular catches by Oscar Gamble in the 9th.  The Cubs lead stands at 3 1/2 games over the Mets.

      Houston’s Jim Bouton makes his first NL start and toils 10 innings before losing to the Pirates, 4–2.

30th  It was going so well, Tim.Washington 2B Tim Cullen ties a ML record with 3 consecutive errors in the 8th inning on three different hitters, but the Senators beat Oakland 11–3. Frank Howard leads the offense with 4 hits, including his 41st HR, and his 1st stolen base in 3 years.

      Merv Rettenmund drives in 3 runs to lead the Orioles to a 6–3 win over the Angels. The O’s score their last run on a single by Brooks Robinson in the 7th and 3 consecutive passed balls by Jose Azcue which ties the AL record for catchers. He is the first backstop on the 20th-C list not to be catching Hoyt Wilhelm, though Wilhelm comes in to relief Vern Geishert in the 8th.

31st  In their 2nd trade with Seattle within a week, Houston acquires OF Tommy Davis for outfielders Sandy Valdespino and Danny Walton.