1979 August

1st   Following the Yankees 9–1 win over the White Sox, members of the New York club create a minor scandal by autographing the bare behind of a young woman who boards the team bus outside Comiskey Park.

In an 8-player deal, the Rangers send OF Oscar Gamble, minor leaguer Amos Lewis, a former 1st pick in the 1978 draft, and 2 players to be named to the Yankees and finally acquire OF Mickey Rivers and 3 players to be named. Rivers had been traded to the Rangers in June but the deal fell through. Both of the players to be named with Gamble will make the majors: Gene Nelson and Ray Fontenot, something that can’t be said for the 3 unnamed to Texas.

2nd  Yankees C Thurman Munson, 32, perishes at Canton, Ohio, in a crash of the plane he was piloting. A crowd of 51,151 will attend the memorial tribute at Yankee Stadium tomorrow.

3rd  Tony LaRussa takes over as manager of the White Sox, a day after the resignation of Don Kessinger.

At Seattle, the Mariners edge the A’s, 1–0 behind Floyd Bannister. During the game a foul ball hits a speaker and is caught by the A’s pitcher for an out. On September 3 another ricochet off a speaker will be caught by the M’s 1B. In tomorrow’s 5–3 loss to the A’s, Ruppert Jones hits a foul that sticks in speaker above the 1B dugout.

The Yankees purchase Lenny Randle from the Pirates and bring up C Brad Gulden and Bobby Brown from Columbus.

4th  During a 6–2 loss to the Astros, Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro sets modern ML records with 4 wild pitches in one inning (5th) and 6 in one game.

At the Kingdome, the Mariner’s Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in the speaker above the 1B dugout. But the Athletics amass 11 hits fair to beat the Mariners, 5–3. Dwayne Murphy is 3-for-3 with a triple and a homer.

5th  The Phillies beat the Pirates 12–8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Philadelphia’s Greg Luzinski and Pittsburgh’s John Milner each hit a grand slam, and Rose collects his 2,427th career single to break Honus Wagner’s NL record.

The Red Sox demolish the Brewers in a doubleheader 7–2 and 19–5. The Sox amass 27 hits in the 2nd game, and are the first team in 30 years to score in 8 innings.  The only inning in which they fail to score is the 4th, when the first two batters reach base.  The scoring deluge makes it easy for manager Zimmer, who uses three relief pitchers, each tossing three innings. Dutch-born Win Remmerswaal, the middle pitcher, picks up his first ML win.

Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In pre-game ceremonies at Wrigley Field, announcer Jack Brickhouse is honored. Today’s broadcast is his 5,000th television broadcast of a game.

6th  The Rangers blast the Padres 12–5 in the Hall of Fame game featuring a record 9 HRs.

In a night game following the funeral of Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer drives in all 5 runs as the Yankees top Baltimore 5–4. Murcer has a 3-run HR and a  9th inning 2-run single.

8th  Oakland’s Matt Keough loses to California 8–1, running his season record to 0-14, and tying a dubious ML record. His 14 straight loses ties him for the 4th spot in the AL.

At Riverfront, Reds P Bill Bonham surrenders just 2 hits in beating the Braves, 3–1.

9th  Longtime Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley dies at age 75.

10thDan Ford hits for the cycle but his Angels lose 8–6 to the Mariners.

11th  The Pirates Ed Ott hits a grand slam off Phillie reliever Tug McGraw in the 8th inning as the Bucs win 14–11. It is the 4th grand slam that McGraw has yielded this year, setting a new NL mark and tying him for this questionable honor with Detroit’s Ray Narleski (1959).

Against the Brewers at Fenway, Jim Rice belts his 30th homer, giving him three straight seasons with 30 or more homers. Only three Red Sox, Jimmy Foxx (5 straight years) and Williams (4 straight), have done it. But Milwaukee wins, 9–6.

13th  Lou Brock, 40, collects his 3,000th career hit, a single off Dennis Lamp, as the Cardinals top the Cubs, 3–2.

14th  The Astros Joaquin Andujar hurls a 4-hitter, and hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer, to defeat the Expos, 2–1.

Lee Mazzilli homers and scores 5 runs and Alex Trevino scores 4 to lead the Mets to an 18-5 win over the Braves.

15th  Eddie Murray, no gazelle, surprises the White Sox with a 12th-inning steal of home to give Mike Flanagan and the host Orioles a 2–1 win. Murray had reached base with the O’s 4th hit of the game. He was on 3B with two out when the runner at 1B Doug DeCinces broke for 2B. Rookie Guy Hoffman stepped off the rubber and was watching DeCinces when Murray swiped home (as noted by Jan Hoffman, no relation).

17th  The Royals use a 19-hit attack to beat the Angels, 16-4. Al Cowens and Darrell Porter each have 2 hits and 4 RBIs, and George Brett has two RBIs on two hits, one being his 20thtriple of the year.  He has already topped the 20 mark in doubles and homers, just the fifth player with 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season. The last to do so was Mays, in 1957.

The Cubs sell vet Ted Sizemore to the Red Sox for a player (C Mike O’Berry) to be named later.

The Royals release George Scott, who will sign with the Yankees on the 26th.

18th After 6 straight wins, the 3rd place Brewers lose to Texas 7–3, but the 49,172 fans give Milwaukee a new season record. They’ll finish in 2nd place with a team record 1,918,343 in attendance. Fergie Jenkins (13-9) is the winner for the Rangers, serving up a pair of solo homers and allowing all 3 runs in 6 innings. The first homer, by Don Money, is the 400th that Jenkins has given up in his career, just the third pitcher in history to reach that level. Jenkins will reach 484 gophers.

The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1–3) to the Mets.

21st  The Mets win a protested game against the Astros 5–0. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Houston’s Jeff Leonard flies to CF to apparently end the game. Umpire Doug Harvey rules that time had been called, and orders Leonard back to the plate. He then singles to left. The Mets were without a 1B, however, so the umps order Leonard to bat once more. He flies to LF to end the game.

22nd  In a 7–2 win over the visiting Expos, Johnny Bench belts his 325th homer, the most ever by a player in a Reds uniform. The previous club record of 324 was held by Frank Robinson.

23rd  At Cleveland, the A’s Rick Langford gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in the 1st inning, including a grand slam to Andre Thornton and a solo by Ron Hassey. He then allows just one hit over the next 8 innings, and the A’s come back to win, 8–6.

      Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.

25th  Angel Don Baylor ties a club-record by knocking in 8 runs during a 24–2 slaughter of the Blue Jays. The 24 runs the 26 hits are both Angels record. After the first 3 Jays pitchers are cuffed around, 1B Craig Kusick takes the mound in his only ML pitching appearance. He does a creditable job, pitching 3 2/.3 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. No walks or K’s.

Willie Horton has 2 homers, including his 9th career grand slam, to pace Seattle to an 8–4 win over Detroit. Champ Summers has a pair of homers for the Tigers.

The Royals’ Willie Wilson hits a leadoff homerun for the only score of the game as Kansas City beats the Red Sox, 1–0. Wilson’s homer off Mike Torrez is inside-the-park.

The White Sox cancel their second game in a row with the Orioles because of unplayable conditions on the field following a rock concert and heavy rains.

26thAt Shea Stadium, the Reds Tom Seaver shuts out the Mets, 8–0, for his 11th consecutive win.

28th  The Dodgers release P Andy Messersmith, ending his 12-year NL career with a 130-99 record and 2.86 ERA.

29th  Eddie Murray drives in all the Baltimore runs during a 7–4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Twins. Murray belts 3 consecutive HRs—2 righthanded, one lefthanded. Scott McGregor gives the Birds a win in game 1, allowing 8 hits in winning, 4–0.

Kansas City blasts Milwaukee pitching for an 18–8 victory. Brett and Otis hit back-to-back HRs in the 8-run 4th, after LaCock hits a 3-run HR in the 5-run 3rd. Milwaukee finally uses 3B Sal Bando for 3 innings on the mound (2 runs), 2B Jim Gantner for an inning (no runs), and C Buck Martinez (1 run) in relief. It is a record for non-pitchers appearances in one game.

31st  The Angels regain 1st place in the AL West by beating the Indians, 9–8. California scores 5 runs in the 8th on 3 homers, then watch as Cleveland scores 4 to tie. Downing’s RBI single in the 9th is the winner.

The Phillies fire Danny Ozark, senior manager (since 1973) in the NL. Farm director Dallas Green takes over as interim manager. The Phils remove the “interim” on October 18th.