1972 August

1st  Nate Colbert ties one ML record with 5 HRs, and sets another with 13 RBI, as the Padres take a doubleheader from the Braves 9–0 and 11–7. At age 8, on May 2, 1954, Colbert had been at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to witness Stan Musial hitting 5 HRs in a doubleheader.

Trailing by several runs in a game threatened by rain, Billy Martin has his Detroit Tigers employ stalling tactics while the opposing Milwaukee Brewers try to speed the game up. The game lasts 6 innings, with Del Crandall’s Brewers winning 9–0 on Skip Lockwood’s one-hitter. Umpire Frank Umont recommends a fine of $1,000 for both managers.

2nd  The Tigers purchase P Woodie Fryman from the Phillies. Two days later the Bengals will purchase C Duke Sims from the Dodgers. Fryman, just 4-10 for Philadelphia, will go 10-3 for Detroit, while Sims will hit .316 for Detroit in 38 games. The two veterans will spark Detroit to the AL Eastern Division title.

Houston’s Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle in a 10–1 win over the Reds.

3rd  Cubs pitcher Bill Hands allows one hit, by Ken Singleton, in beating the Expos, 3–0, in the nightcap. The Cubs lose the opener, 2–1, as Jack Aker absorbs his 3rd loss in his last 5 save opportunities.

The Brewers beat the Tigers, 6–3, to sweep the 3 game series.

4thThe Angels beat the Royals, 4–3, in 10 innings. Vada Pinson shows the way home with 5 hits and 3 RBIs.

Bobby Murcer’s grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9–4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

At Comiskey, Dick Allen doubles home the game-winner in the 9th to give Stan Bahnsen and the White Sox a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. In the 2-run 4th for Texas, rookie Vic Harris singles, snapping his ML record (for a non-pitcher since 1920) 0-for-36 to start a career.

Luis Aparicio returns after a 6-week layoff with a broken finger and drives in a run as the Red Sox win, 2–0 over Baltimore. Marty Pattin allows 2 hits in beating Pat Dobson.

5th  During a 4–3 win over Cleveland, Detroit SS Ed Brinkman commits an error; this ending his ML-record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue.

At Fenway, Rico Petrocelli drives in all the Sox runs as Boston defeats the Orioles, 6-3. Rico has a single, double and a grand slam.  The loss drops the O’s 3 games behind Detroit.

6th  Hank Aaron hits his 660th and 661st HRs for the Braves, the most ever hit by one player for the same franchise. Ruth had 659 with the Yankees, 49 with the Red Sox and 6 with the Braves. Hank’s 2nd circuit blast comes in the 10th inning off Don Gullett to beat the Reds, 4–3. Phil Niekro evens his record at 10–10. Phil will go 6–0 against the Reds this year.

At Parc Jarry, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Expos, winning 8-0 behind Bob Moose, and 7-2 behind Bob Johnson. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers in game 1 off Mike Torrez, one a grand slam, and a homer and 3 runs scored in game 2.  Richie Hebner contributes 3 hits, one a 3-run homer.  The Bucs push their lead in the NL East to 8 games.

7th  When Cleon Jones misses a shoestring catch in the bottom of the 13th inning, Ted Sizemore races around with an inside-the-park homer to give the Cards a 3–2 win over the 2nd place Mets. Diego Segui, in relief of Bob Gibson who pitches 10 innings, is the winner. Mets 2B Ken Boswell has no chances to tie a  ML record for an extra inning game.

Ron Allen hits 3 HRs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 8–3 in the annual Hall of Fame game. The contest is preceded by inductions of 8 new members.

Eddie Mathews takes over as Braves manager following the dismissal of Lum Harris. Things don’t change as the Reds squash the Braves, 9–1, at Riverfront Stadium.

A horde of grasshoppers invades the field at Midland (Texas League) after the first game of a doubleheader, causing the postponement of the second game.

8th  The Yankees and New York City sign a 30-year lease on Yankee Stadium that will keep the team in the Bronx till 2002. The City agrees to spend $24 million on renovations, but the actual costs will approach $100 million.

At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds beat the Dodgers, 2–1, in 19 innings. The Dodgers use 5 pitchers and the first 4 (John, Brewer, Richert, and Perranoski) strike out 22 batters to tie a NL record. The 5th, Pete Mikkelson fans no one in the defeat to Pedro Borbon. Joe Hague’s single drives in pinch runner Ted Uhlaender to end the marathon.

10th  Milwaukee rookie Gary Ryerson beats Jim Palmer and the Orioles, 1–0. Ryerson allows 10 hits in the shutout. George Scott singles in the lone run.

11th  The A’s defeat the White Sox 5–3 on Joe Rudi’s 2-run HR in the 19th inning off Stan Bahnsen. The game had been renewed after a 3–3 tie in 17 frames yesterday. Catfish Hunter (15-5) picks up the win with 2 innings of relief, then loses the regularly scheduled game, 1-0, when the A’s manage just two hits off two Sox pitchers.

12th  The White Sox top the A’s 3–1 in 11 innings. The Sox, who were 8 1⁄2 games behind Oakland on July 18th, take over first place in the AL West.

Johnny Callison has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Yankees defeat the Brewers, 10-6, at the Stadium. Fritz Peterson wins his 13th.

13th  Bengals manager Billy Martin literally picks his starting lineup out of a hat in an attempt to halt the Tigers’ 4-game losing streak. He chooses his starting 8, then Al Kaline picks from there. Norm Cash leads off with Eddie Brinkman batting cleanup. The ploy works as Detroit defeats Cleveland 3–2. Using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the Tigers lose 9–2.

14th  In Atlanta, Johnny Bench drives in 5 runs on a HR, double and single, to lead the Reds to a 12–2 win over the Braves.

15th  At Candlestick, Garry Maddox drives in 6 runs on two homers, one a grand slam, as the Giants beat the Cubs, 7-5.  Juan Marichal (5-13) pitches into the 9th for the win.

16th  Reggie Smith hits a grand slam and Yastrzemski adds his third homer of the year, but it is not enough as Texas tops Boston, 9-8, in 10 innings. Ben Grieve’s walkoff homer off Ken Tatum is the winner.

17th Steve Carlton (20–6) becomes the first 20-game winner as he wins his 15th straight, a 9–4 Phillie victory over the Reds.

In Baltimore, the White Sox make a stop to makeup a postponed game and beat the Orioles, 6-1, in a rain-delayed game. Only 655 fans show up, a Baltimore record.

18th  Mickey Lolich regains first place for the Tigers as he bests the Angels and Nolan Ryan 2–0. It is Lolich’s 19th win.

The Orioles trade C Elrod Hendricks to the Cubs for OF/1B Tommy Davis.

20thStriking out 14, Don Wilson pitches the Astros to a 3–1 win over the Phils. Greg Luzinski accounts for the lone Quaker run with a homer. Still without a win this year, Ken Reynolds absorbs his 11th loss.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 4th inning but Detroit counters with 8 runs in the 6th to win the wild affair, 11–9. Aurelio Rodriguez touches off the comeback with a double and ends the scoring with another extra base hit, a 3-run homer.  In between are 6 singles and a sac fly.

21st  Phil Niekro and the Braves beat the Phillies 2–1 in 11 innings to snap Steve Carlton’s 15-game winning streak. After retiring 19 batters in a row, Carlton (20–7) puts 2 runners on in the 11th, before Mike Lum singles home the winner.

22nd Jim Beauchamp hits a HR and drives in all the Mets run in a 4–2 win over the Astros.  Yesterday, Beauchamp celebrated his birthday with a pair of HRs as the Mets beat the Astros by the same score.

Pirate pitcher Nelson Briles one hits the Giants, and outduels Juan Marichal, 1–0. Ken Henderson is the Giants only base runner, singling in the 7th.

23rd  Chicago’s Dick Allen becomes the 4th ML player (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson are the others) to hit one into the CF bleachers in Comiskey Park when he connects off New York’s Lindy McDaniel. The 2-run homer in the 7th ices the 5–2 win for the Sox. In 1972, all the Chicago Wednesday games are in the afternoon, and Harry Caray announces them while sitting in the CF bleachers. Allen’s drive misses Caray by just a few rows.

Kansas City’s Roger Nelson shuts out the Red Sox, 3–0. Ben Oglivie’s single in the 8th is the only hit off Nelson.

Bill Freehan’s grand slam highlights Detroit’s 7-run as the beat Oakland, 7-5. Detroit is atop the AL East by a half game, while the A’s are in second place in the AL West by the same margin.

25th  Phillie Ken Reynolds ties a dubious NL record with his 12th straight losing decision from the start of the season after dropping a 6–1 decision to the Reds. Reynolds is knocked out in the 4th and loses to Don Gullett.

26th  Leo Durocher, formerly of the Cubs, replaces Harry Walker as manager of the Astros. It is only the 2nd time someone has managed 2 NL teams in the same season. The first was in 1948, when Durocher piloted the Dodgers and the Giants.

At Wrigley Field, Ron Santo records his 2,000th career hit, a 3-run HR off Ron Bryant. Santo’s hit, driving in his 1,200th run, is the margin of victory as the Cub top the Giants, 10–9.

The Red Sox score 5 in the 9th to top Texas, 7–6.

27th  The Cardinals trade .314 hitter Matty Alou to the A’s for 2 players, Bill Voss and minor leaguer Steve Easton. The A’s will send Matty on to the Yanks in November.

Tigers Willie Horton clouts an 11th-inning 2-run HR to beat Minnesota 5–3 in the opener of 2. In the nightcap, Joe Coleman pitches 11 shutout innings against Minnesota before Aurelio Rodriguez’s HR gives him the 1–0 win. This is the 3rd win in a row for the Tigers on 11th-inning homers. Rodriguez hit one to start the streak.

29th  During a 3–0 win over St. Louis, San Francisco’s Jim Barr retires the first 20 batters to face him. Six days earlier, Barr had gotten out the last 21 men to face him. This gives Barr a ML record of 41 consecutive batsmen retired.

In game 1 of a twinbill, Yankee Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle against Texas, with his HR tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th.The Yanks win, 7–6, in the 11th, on Callison’s RBI single. Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mantle in 1957: The next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a HR in the nightcap, but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7–4.

At Fenway, Luis Tiant pitches his 3rd straight shutout, beating the White Sox, 3–0. Reggie Smith hits 2 run-scoring doubles off starter Tom Bradley for Boston.

Bobby Grich hits a 6th inning grand slam to snap a 3-3 tie and help the Orioles to a 9-4 victory over the Twins. The O’s are tied for first place in the AL East with Detroit.

30th  In Pittsburgh, announcer Bob Prince turns the mike over to Harold Arlin. On August 5, 1921, Arlin was the first announcer to broadcast a live play-by-play game, on KDKA. Today he calls a few innings while his grandson, Steve, is on the mound for the Pirates against San Diego.

31st  Another insurance purchase for the Tigers: they buy slugging 1B/OF Frank Howard from Texas