1st Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk brawl at Fenway. With a 2–2 score in the top of the 9th, Munson, attempting to score from 3rd on a missed bunt by Gene Michael, crashes into Fisk and they both come up swinging. Boston wins 3–2 in the bottom of the inning to push New York into 2nd place, .004 behind the Orioles. This one event ratchets up the rivalry between the two teams.
The White Sox fall 4-2 to Kansas City as Steve Busby picks off Pat Kelly in the 8th. Kelly is on 1B when Busby fakes a pickoff on the runner on 3B and whirls and fires to 1B to catch Kelly. Busby has done this move several times this season including once on national television.
The NL-East first place Cardinals (58-48) take a pair from Montreal, winning 9-3 behind Rick Wise in the opener. Wise hits a 3-run homer. Reggie Cleveland wins the nightcap, 2-0.
The second-place NL-East Cubs lose, 2-0, to Wayne Twitchell and the Phillies.
The Mets (46-57) remain in last place in the NL-East despite a pair of wins over third place Pittsburgh. Tom Seaver strikes out 11 and the Mets win the opener, 3-0. George Stone goes 8 2/3 innings to win the nightcap, 5-2. John Milner chips in with a pair of homers.
Ed Goodson hits a pinch grand slam for the Giants in the 7th but they still fall to the Padres, 6-5.
2nd The Reds score 9 in the 4th and roll by the Braves, 17–2, in Atlanta.
3rd The Braves edge the Padres, 5–4, despite a pinch home run by Dave Winfield. Big Dave’s next pinch homer will come on September 29, 1990.
At Fenway, the Red Sox and Orioles slug away at each other in a twinbill with the Birds taking the opener, 13-8, and the Sox trumping, 9-8 in game 2. Paul Blair has a pair of three-run homers in the opener, one inside-the-park. Earl Williams, who homers in the opener, hits two more in the nightcap, but the Red Sox use a 7-run 8th inning to win. Reliever Bob Veale, with two hitless innings, is the victor.
4th John Briggs of the Brewers goes 6-for-6 in a 9–4 win over the Indians. Jim Colburn (14–7) is the winner.
In an outstanding relief performance, Yankee Lindy McDaniel comes to the rescue of Fritz Peterson, who exits with a muscle pull in the 2nd inning, and allows just one run in 13 innings to earn a 3–2 victory over the Tigers. Horace Clarke’s HR is the game winner.
Jeff Burroughs cracks his third grand slam in 10 days to help Texas defeat the White Sox, 9-3.
5th Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro no-hits the Padres 9–0 and improves his record to 11-4. He walks 3 and strikes out 4 in recording the first no-hitter by the franchise in Atlanta. Ralph Garr has 3 hits, 3 runs, and a steal, and Paul Casanova records an inside-the-park homer on a long fly ball missed by LF Gene Locklear.
In Anaheim, Dick Green hits an 8th inning grand slam to break a 2-2 tie and give Oakland a 6-2 win over the Angels.
6th Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn head the list of new inductees at Cooperstown. Clemente is the first Latin-born player to achieve membership at Cooperstown. The plaque for Spahn, the winningest lefty of all time, will credit him with 2853 strikeouts; the correct total is 2583. The incorrect plaque will stay up for decades. The Rangers beat the Pirates in the Hall of Fame game 6–4.
In Milwaukee, an exhibition game between the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves draws 33,337. The Brewers win, 7–5 in the 4th and last exhibition between the two teams. But the big thrill is provided by Hank Aaron, who homers.
7th In Cincinnati, Don Gullett pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Cubs, 1–0. The only run is a HR by Joe Morgan.
Two days after Phil Niekro’s no-hitter, the Braves purchase Joe Niekro, Phil’s pitching brother, from the Tigers.
8th Boston DH Orlando Cepeda ties the ML record with 4 doubles in a 9–4 triumph over Kansas City. Luis Tiant is the winning pitcher.
Against Texas, Yankee starter Fritz Peterson injures himself fielding a bunt single by leadoff hitter Dave Nelson and he is replaced by Fred Beane. Beane pitches 9 innings, allowing 4 hits and winning, 3–2 on Gene Michaels 2-out single in the 9th off starter Jim Merritt.
11th White Sox rookie Brian Downing cracks his first major league hit, a home run off Detroit’s Mickey Lolich. Downing’s debut dinger is a first in the majors since at least 1945—an inside the park homer. It’ll be matched in two years by the Giants Johnny LeMaster, who will do it in his first at bat.
12th The A’s, 6 runs behind in the 7th inning, rally to beat the Yankees 13–12 and move to within one game of the first-place Royals in the AL West.
13th Roy White homers from both sides of the plate and Doc Medich allows 5 hits as the Yankees top the Angels, 6–0.
14th Don Baylor is 5-for-5, including 2 doubles and a HR, to lead the Orioles to a 12-10 win over Texas. Baylor has nine hits in his last two games.
15th In Pittsburgh, Reds ace Jack Billingham wins, 1–0, notching his 7th shutout of the year. This ties the club record set by Hod Eller back in 1919.
Tom Seaver (15-6) allows 2 hits as the Mets top the Padres, 7-0. New York hits three homers, one a grand slam by Jerry Grote. New York is 7.5 games out of first in the NL East, but still in last place.
Steve Brye and Bobby Darwin hits 1st inning homers off Mickey Lolich to give the Twins a 5-0 lead over Detroit, and Minnesota hangs on for a 9-7 win. Al Kaline hits a grand slam to tie the game at 5 each.
17th Willie Mays hits the 660th—and last—HR of his ML career off Don Gullett of Cincinnati, but the Reds win, 2–1 in 10 innings at Shea. Hal King’s pinch homer, his 3rd pinch dinger of the year, in the 10th wins it.
The Twins score 2 in the 1st and 9 in the 2nd enrout to a 14-2 whipping of the host Indians. Tony Oliva has 2 homers, including a grand slam in the 2nd, and 6 RBIs for the Twins. Phil Roof adds a 3-run homer in the 2nd.
18th Don Hahn has a 3-run homer and Jerry Grote and each have 4 hits to back Jon Matlack as the Mets down the Reds, 12-1. One of Milner’s hits is a grand slam.
Having acquired him in early June, the Cardinals send Dave Campbell and cash to the Houston Astros in exchange for Tommie Agee. Campbell was 0-for-21 at St. Louis.
19th Behind P Jim Rooker, the Pirates top San Francisco 5–0 to move 2 games out of 1st in the NL East. Rooker also leads the way hitting 3-for-3.
Bill Robinson drives in all the Phillie runs with a sac fly and a grand slam as Philadelphia beats the Astros, 5-3. Wayne Twitchell (12-5) strikes out 8 and walks none.
Sal Bando’s 2 run homer and Deron Johnson’s grand slam provide Oakland with a 6-4 win over the Brewers.
20thIn New York, the Reds score 5 runs in the 16th to beat the Mets, 8–3. Each team scores in the 13th. Ed Crosby’s triple is the big blow in the 16th. The Reds are 2 in back of LA in the NL West.
Lee May clubs a 3-run homer in the 4th and Bob Watson hits a grand slam an inning later in Houston’s 10-2 victory over Pittsburgh. J.R. Richard (5-1) strikes out 9 in going the distance.
21st Cleveland’s Walt Williams singles with 2 outs in the 9th, breaking up Stan Bahnsen’s no-hitter. Bahnsen completes the one-hit shutout and the White Sox win, 4–0.
Pitcher Rick Wise hits the 2nd grand slam off his career, off Roric Harrison, as the Cards score 7 runs in the 3rd inning. But the Braves score six runs in the 6th to win, 11–7.
22nd Gaylord Perry pitches 12 innings, scattering 6 hits, as the Indians outlast the White Sox, 1-0, scoring an unearned run in the 12th on Bill Melton’s error. Terry Forster pitches 9 innings for the Sox.
Leroy Stanton, who entered the game as a pinch runner, homers in the 10th as the Angels edge the Brewers, 5-4. All of Milwaukee’s scoring comes in on a Joe Lahoud grand slam, his second of the year.
23rd The Red Sox score 7 runs off starter David Clyde and have a 9-0 lead before coughing up 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th at Texas. But that is it as the final is 9-8. The Sox trail the Orioles by 4 games.
25th Dan Driessen drives in 5 runs to pace the Reds to a 6–4 win over the visiting Cardinals. Ken Griffey debuts in the ML with a pair of hits.
At Baltimore, Doyle Alexander pitches the Orioles to a 7-1 victory over the Royals. It is Baltimore’s 12th win in a row, a club record. They will tack on two more wins.
26th In a 10–1 win over the Royals, Oriole Paul Blair hits an inside-the-park grand slam off Paul Splittorff. Amos Otis and Steve Hovley collide in midair while chasing Blair’s ball to help the O’s win their 13th straight.
Davey Johnson hits his 36th homer of the year, a grand slam in the 4th, as Atlanta tops the Pirates, 8-6.
27th The first-place Orioles beat the Rangers 6–1 for their 14th consecutive victory. It is the longest winning streak in the AL since 1960, and in the major leagues since 1965. The streak began on August 12.
Rusty Staub’s 5th inning grand slam is the margin of victory as the Mets edge the visiting Padres, 6-5. The Mets are 6.5 games out of first place and are sitting last in the NL East.
29th Thurman Munson gets a tainted first-inning hit as a pop ﬂy drops between 2 Angels infielders calling for it. It turns out to be the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan as he beats the Yankees, 5–0.
The Reds trade Jim McGlothlin to the White Sox for Steve Kealey. Kealey will do no pitching for the Reds, while McGlothlin will have just one decision in his last ML season.
30th After a 10-inning 1–0 loss to Cardinals, the last-place Mets drop to 61-71. They’ll finish at 82–79 and make it to first place in the NL East.
31st At Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 7-0 and 5-2, to move a game behind the first place Cardinals. Jim Rooker tosses the shutout in game 1.