1974 August

1st  Detroit’s Woodie Fryman stops Milwaukee 2–0, giving up just one hit, a 7th-inning single to Bobby Mitchell.

With the Cards (54-50) toppling the Pirates, 5–2, in 11 innings, the Phils beat the visiting Expos to remain tied for 1st in the East. Del Unser’s 3-run homer is the big blow in support of Wayne Twitchell’s 6th win in 9 decisions.  Ron Fairly has a homer, his 11th, for the Expos.

At Candlestick, Johnny Bench breaks a 7-7 tie with a 2-run homer, one of three for Cincy, to give the Reds a 9–7 victory over the Giants. Bobby Bonds has a grand slam for the Giants.

3rd  Jeff Burroughs has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs in leading Texas to a 12-5 victory over the White Sox.

4th  In San Diego, the Reds and the Padres split a pair with the Reds winning, 7-2, in the opener. Randy Jones loses his 15th.  In the nightcap, Dave Freisleben pitches 13 scoreless innings for the Padres before giving way to Rusty Gearhart, who wins in the 14th when the Padres push across a run against Pedro Bourbon. Starter Clay Kirby pitches 9 innings.

At Dodger Stadium, Geoff Zahn pitches 8 innings for a 2-1 win over Houston. Davey Lopes has 3 hits and 4 stolen bases, the most in the NL in 12 years.

5th  At Dodger Stadium, Steve Yeager belts a 7th-inning grand slam as the Dodgers turn back the Reds, 6-3. Doug Rau goes 7 innings for the win. In the top of the 9th inning, Alex Stein, 19, and his tiny Whippet, Ashley, dash onto the field and begin lofting spectacular Frisbee tosses.  The crowd roars and the two are caught on NBC cameras, initiating a disc craze. The game is stopped and Joe Garagiola announces the disc-tossing exhibition. Stein, who snuck his dog into the stadium, is arrested when he leaves the field. He goes on to start the Disc Dog competition.

6th  In Los Angeles, Johnny Bench snaps a 3–3 tie with a 2-run homer in the 10th to lead the Reds to a 6–3 win over the Dodgers. It is Bench’s 200th career HR.

Jay Johnstone hits a pair of homers and Willie Montanez connects for a grand slam as the host Phillies beat the Cubs, 8-3.

7th  As part of a youth movement, the Tigers release 1B Norm Cash and sell OF Jim Northrup to Montreal.

At Chicago, Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 and doesn’t allow a hit until a one-out, 9th inning single by Dick Allen. The Sox have 3 hits in the 9th to score 2 runs, one earned, and beat the Angels, 2–1. Jim Kaat is the winner. Ryan K’s the side in the 1st and 7th. This is the first of 5 times that Ryan will take a no-hitter into the 9th, only to lose it.

A red-hot Johnny Bench hits his 3rd game-winning homer in a week, this time accounting for all the scoring with a 2-run homer against the Dodgers Andy Messersmith (13-3). Jack Billingham is the CG-winner for the Reds.

8th   The Royals-Twins game is briefly interrupted by President Nixon’s resignation speech. The speech is broadcast after it begins and the next inning is delayed until the conclusion of the speech.  The Twins prevail over the host Royals, 3-2 in 14 innings when Tony Oliva’s sac fly drives home Rod Carew. Bill Campbell pitches 7 innings of relief for the win.

9th   At Busch Stadium, Ted Simmons celebrates his birthday with a 6th inning grand slam off Geoff Zahn as the Cardinals trip the Dodgers, 5-3.

10th  Phillies minor leaguer Jorge Lebron, 14, makes his professional debut, playing shortstop for three innings for Auburn, NY. Lebron is flawless in the field and goes 0-for-1 at bat.  The game is moved up 90 minutes to comply with a state law about employing children to work at night. He will play three games in ’74, going hitless, before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school. In three years Lebron will hit .244 in 78 games, playing mostly in Auburn.

12th  Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford head a group of 6 inductees at Cooperstown.

Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and walks only 2 as the Angels top the Red Sox 4–2.

At Busch, the Cardinals score 5 in the 5th, then plate a run in the 13th to beat the Padres, 6-5. Ted Sizemore is walked 5 times.

13th  Boog Powell hits a 1st inning grand slam and Jim Palmer (4-8) goes six innings in Baltimore’s 8-2 win over the visiting White Sox.

14th  The Brewers are outhit 15-12 by the Rangers but beat Fergie Jenkins, 6-5. Cesar Tovar is 5-for-5 for Texas, but is one of four Rangers caught stealing by Darrell Porter.

16th  In the first of two at Shea, the Yankees edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 13 innings. Dick Allen homers in the top of the 13th off Sparky Lyle, but Thurman Munson wins it with a 2-run walkoff homer off Terry Forster.  Jorge Orta has 5 hits for Chicago, including 2 homers. It is the third time this season he amasses five hits, one short of the ML record. The Sox take the second game, 4-2, behind Stan Bahnsen’s 4+ innings of relief.

17th  Cleveland purchases former NL batting champ Rico Carty from Cordoba of the Mexican League. He will hit .363 for the rest of the season.

19th Reds’ 2B Joe Morgan drives in 7 runs as Cincinnati rolls over Philadelphia 15–2. Morgan has a grand slam and a 3-run homer, then leaves after 3 innings when the Reds build a 14–0 lead.

20th  In a grand matchup, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 in 11 innings, but loses to the Tigers 1–0 at Anaheim Stadium. Mickey Lolich goes the distance for the win. Ron LeFlore strikes out 4 times.

Davey Lopes sets an LA Dodger record when he totals 15 bases against Chicago in an 18–8 drubbing of the Cubs at Wrigley. Lopes has 3 HRs, a 400-foot double to CF and single in the Dodgers’ 24-hit attack.  The Dodgers total 48 bases in the game, a team record. Carmen Fanzone provides a bit of solace with a grand slam for Chicago, off Charlie Hough, in relief of starter Don Sutton (11-9)

Catfish Hunter scatters three hits in winning his 18th and Gene Tenace belts a grand slam off reliever Bill Travers as the A’s down the Brewers, 7-1. The A’s score 6 in the 8th.

21st Red Sox pitcher Roger Moret earns a new contract from Tom Yawkey today by tossing a one-hitter against the visiting White Sox, to win, 4–0. Dick Allen’s 7th inning single is the lone hit as Moret strikes out 12.

Vada Pinson hits a grand slam homer in the 7th to give KC the lead, but Cleveland scores 2 in the 9th to beat the Royals, 7-6

22nd  Before a crowd of 35,866, the largest in 18 years at Fenway, the Red Sox turn back the A’s. 3–0. Luis Tiant wins his 20th for Boston this year.  Boston (70-54) now leads the AL by 7 games.

Salem (Carolina League) OF Alfredo Edmead is killed in a collision with a teammate during a game with Rocky Mount. The cause of death is given as a massive skull fracture.

24th  Davey Lopes steals 5 bases as the Dodgers top the Cardinals 3–0. He is thrown out on his 6th attempt. Don Sutton is the shutout winner.

The Red Sox, leading the AL By 8 games. lose today, 4–1 to Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, to start their slide. They will finish in 3rd place, 7 games in back.

Larry Hisle hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Twins beat the Orioles, 9-5.

25th  Joe Rudi has a double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs, and Ken Holtzman wins his 15th as Oakland shuts out Boston, 7-0. It is Rudi’s 2nd grand slam of the season.

27th  New York’s Benny Ayala homers in his first ML at bat as the Mets top the Astros 4–2. He’s the first NL rookie in 13 years to go deep on his 1st at bat.

Hal McRae ties the ML record with 6 extra-base hits—5 doubles and a HR—as the Royals split a doubleheader with the Indians, losing the opener, 12-8 and then winning, 13-3. McRae has a HR and 3 doubles in the opener as he drives in 6 runs, then adds 2 doubles in the nightcap. Rico Carty has 4 hits for Cleveland in game 1. while Joe Lis homers in each game. George Brett records an unusual strikeout in the 3rd inning of game 1 when he fouls a ball off his foot and Catcher Dave Duncan throws to 1B. Umpire Odom calls Brett out and when Brett argues too vehemently, he is ejected.  The umps confer and then decide to reverse the call at first base, ruling it a foul ball. But the ejection stands. John Mayberry then pinch hits for Brett and strikes out. It is ump Odom’s second ejection of the game: he tossed Aspromonte earlier for protesting that McRae interfered with Duncan on a throw home. Umpire Phillips ejected Doby from the dugout on the same play.

28th  The Orioles lose to Rangers 4–2, dropping their record to 65-65, 8 games behind the front-running Red Sox.

The Pirates move 1 1/2 games in front of the Cardinals by winning their 6th straight game, a 3–1 win at San Francisco. Ed Kirkpatrick’s 2-out 2-run double in the 11th wins it for Jim Barr, who goes the distance. Richie Zisk and Al Oliver each have a base hit to extend their consecutive game hitting streak to 20 and 21 games, respectively.. It is his second 20+ game hitting streak this season for Oliver. He is the first Pirates player stretching back to 1911 (earlier hit streak records are not yet available) to compile two 20-game streaks in the same season, and the first player in the majors since Heinie Manush posted a pair in 1933.  Dave Parker of Pittsburgh will compile two streaks of 22 games in 1977.

At Dodger Stadium, Bill Madlock belts a game-tying grand slam in the 8th for the Cubs, but the Dodgers plate an unearned run in the 9th to win, 7-6.  Steve Garvey scores the winner after reaching base with his 5th hit.

29th  The Orioles beat Texas, 6–2, as Tommy Davis drives in 3 runs with a single.

30th  The Rangers Dave Nelson steals 2B, 3B, and home in the first inning, only the third such performance in the major leagues since 1928, but it’s not enough as Texas loses to Cleveland 7–3.

31st  Johnny Bench drives in 7 runs with a bases loaded double and grand slam to lead the Reds to a 10–3 win over Montreal.

The Yankees rack up 25 hits against the White Sox en route to an 18-6 victory. Roy White has 5 hits, while Thurman Munson and Gene Michael have 4 apiece. Munson has 5 RBI.

Portland Mavericks manager Frank Peters rotates his players so that each man plays one inning at each position, each playing all 9 positions. It works: Portland beats Tri-Cities (Northwest League) 8–7.