1980 August

rd  Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein, and Tom Yawkey are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

      In a 6–4 win over Texas, Boston’s Tom Burgmeier finishes the last inning in RF. He’s the first Red Sox pitcher to play a position since Mike Ryba caught in 3 games in 1942.

4th  The Seattle Mariners fire manager Darrell Johnson and replace him with Maury Wills, who becomes the 3rd black manager in ML history. Seattle had lost 9 games in a row and 20 of 24 since the All-Star break.

      The Reds score 8 runs in the 7th en route to a 11–2 win over the San Diego Padres.

5th  Expos manager Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game 11–5 over the Mets, at Olympic Stadium. He is 3rd in wins among active managers behind Gene Mauch and Earl Weaver. The Expos overcome the offense of Doug Flynn, who ties the modern ML record with 3 triples.  It was last done in the NL by Ernie Banks, in 1966.

      After George Brett hits a three-run homer in the 4th off Milt Wilcox, the Detroit pitcher knocks him down twice with pitches in the 6th. Brett charges the mound after flying out and a bench-clearing melee erupts. Brett is ejected and his replacement Dave Chalk doubles in the three-run 8th off of Wilcox.  The Royals win, 6-3.

8th  In the completion of a May 28th game, suspended in the 10th with the score tied at 3 apiece, the Cubs beat Montreal, 7-3, when Cliff Johnson clubs a walkoff grand slam in the 14th. Johnson was acquired from Cleveland in June. Johnson’s homer in the regularly scheduled game accounts for the Cubs scoring as they lose, 5-2. Ron LeFlore has a pair of runs and 4 stolen bases.   The Expos score all 4 runs on sacrifice flies, the first team to do so since 1954 (when sac flies became an official record. It won’t be tied this century.

      At Riverfront, Johnny Bench connects for an 8th inning grand slam as the Reds climb back from to beat the Dodgers, 8-5.        

10th  Steve McCatty becomes the 4th A’s starter to pitch a 14-inning complete game this season, losing 2–1 to Seattle despite pitching a 6-hitter. Teammates Matt Keough (on May 17th), Mike Norris (June 11th), and Rick Langford (July 20th) have also pitched 14-inning complete games for manager Billy Martin, who will later be widely criticized for ruining their arms through overwork.

11th  Reggie Jackson hits his 400th career home run, off Chicago’s Britt Burns, in the 3rd inning of a 3–1 Yankees victory. It’s Reggie 31st homer of the year.

12th  Tiger Stadium is packed with 48,361 fans to see Mark Fidrych’s return to the big leagues, a 5–4 loss to the Red Sox. The 1976 AL Rookie of the Year will go 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in what will be his final attempt to come back from injury, and his last ML season.

       Yankee Stadium, Yankee CF Ruppert Jones breaks a 4-4 tie with a game-ending grand slam, off Ed Farmer, to beat the White Sox, 8-4. Thirty eight years ago today, Yankee Charlie Keller also won a 8-4 game with a 9th inning grand slam.

13th  The Yankees trade righty Ken Clay and a player to be named later to the Rangers for 41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry.

14th  Jack Clark’s 3rd inning grand slam is the difference as the Giants beat the Braves, 5-1. Bob Horner has a homer off Alan Hergesheimer to account for Atlanta’s run.

15th  Oakland’s Rick Langford (13-9) defeats the Mariners 11–3 for his 17th consecutive complete game, the most in the majors since Robin Roberts’ 20 in a row in 1953.

      At San Diego, the Padres and the Astros each plate a run in the first 4 innings, then nothing till the 20th when the Astros score 2 on no hits and 2 errors.  Eric Rasmussen (2-9) is the hard-luck loser with 4 innings of work, while Dave Smith (3-5) goes 5 innings in the win.  Juan Eichelberger tosses 6 shutout innings and strikes out in his 2 plate appearances. He has now struck out 15 straight times to set a ML record (since tied by Mike Thurman in 1998). Sandy Koufax had the old record of 12 straight K’s.

17th  George Brett goes 4-for-4 with 5 RBI in an 8–3 Kansas City win, raising his batting average to .401 and extending his hitting streak to 29 consecutive games.

      Al Oliver belts 4 home runs—one in the opener and 3 in the nightcap—as the Rangers sweep a doubleheader from the Tigers, 9–3 and 12–6. He is the second AL player to hit 4 home runs in a doubleheader this season. Al also adds a double and triple in the opener and his 21 total bases for the two games ties the AL mark of Jimmie Foxx’s. The 6 extra base hits ties the AL mark as well.

      At Candlestick, Dale Murphy has a double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs as the Braves top the Giants, 8-2.  Doyle Alexander (11-6) goes the distance for the win.

18th  In a game called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain, the Cardinals defeat the Reds, 10–1, behind Ken Forsch. Forsch helps in the 5th, getting all 3 outs on grounders back to him. Ted Simmons is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and a pair of homers, including one in the Cards’ 8-run 2nd inning. Keith Smith provides little help in the frame making all 3 outs, hitting into a 4-6-3 DP, and then 8 men later ending the inning with a strikeout.

19th  Jon Matlack holds George Brett hitless, snapping his hitting streak at 30 consecutive games, but Kansas City rallies for 3 runs in the 9th to beat Texas 4–3. Brett batted .467 during the streak and knocked in 42 runs.

      Baltimore’s Steve Stone becomes the first 20-game winner in the major leagues this season, holding the Angels hitless for 7 1⁄3 innings on the way to a 5–2 victory.

In New York’s 3–1 win at Seattle, Bob Watson is 3-for-3 including a homer and a double, the latter off the left CF speaker at the Dome in the 2nd inning. It’s is retrieved by 3B Stein.

20th  Cleveland’s Dan Spillner, who entered the game with a 5.45 ERA, is 2 outs from a no-hitter when White Sox rookie Leo Sutherland singles. Spillner settles for a 3–0 one-hitter.

      Pittsburgh’s Omar Moreno steals his 70th base of the season, becoming the first player this century with 3 consecutive 70-steal seasons. The fleet outfielder swiped 71 in 1978, 77 in 1979, and will finish 1980 with a career-high 96. Pittsburgh loses to Houston, 5–1.

      George Brett pushes his average to .406 with a 3-for-3 outing in a 5–3 win over Texas.

      Tom Brookens, the Tigers’ number-8 hitter, goes 5-for-5 with a triple and a home run and also starts a triple play in an 8–6 win over Milwaukee.

      The Giants beat the Mets, 2–1, but lose Jack Clark for a month after a Mark Bombeck pitch breaks a bone in his left hand.

21st  Rob Wilfong’s 1st inning single is the only hit off Jack Morris. The Tiger ace beats the Twins, 4–2.

22nd  Admitting that he can no longer compete financially in baseball’s inflated economy, colorful owner Bill Veeck agrees to sell the Chicago White Sox to Youngstown, Ohio, shopping-mall magnate Eddie DeBartolo, Sr. for a reported $20 million. The sale will fall through, however, when AL owners twice fail to give Veeck the 10 votes needed for approval.

      Fred Norman and the Expos stop the Padres, 6-2. Rodney Scott garners 4 stolen bases, and is caught once.  He’s the second Expo in two weeks to steal 4 bases.

23rd  A’s owner Charlie Finley sells the club for $12.7 million to the Haas family of San Francisco, owners of the Levi Strauss clothing empire, thus keeping the team in Oakland.

24th  Twins manager Gene Mauch resigns following a 3–2 loss to the Tigers. He will be replaced by John Goryl.

      Nolan Ryan holds the Cubs to 2 hits in 9 innings to give the Astros their 10th straight victory, 2–1, winning over Bill Caudill. Jose Cruz homers. During the streak, the Houston bull pen has thrown 37 2/3 shut out innings.

      The Red Sox pound Rick Hunnycutt for 9 runs in 2+ innings as they outscore the Mariners, 10-7.  Boston amasses 13 hits and a double steal, with catcher Allanson on the front end in the victory, which goes to Bill Campbell (3-0). The M’s Dan Meyer has a pair of homers off starter Mike Torrez.

25th  At Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium, Rangers P Ferguson Jenkins is arrested for possession of illegal drugs after customs officials discover an estimated $500 worth of cocaine, marijuana, and hashish in his suitcase. The arrest stuns the entire country, where Jenkins, a Canadian citizen, is considered a national hero.

26thIt takes 20 innings but the 8–6 Padres prevail over the Mets, 8-6, at Shea. Jerry Mumphrey’s 5th hit, and his third extra base hit, drives in the second run in the 18th. There are 10 intentional walks handed out by both teams, one shy of a record set in 1956.

      The first place Astros score 6 runs in the 5th inning to beat the Cardinals, 8-2.  Cesar Cedeno belts a grand slam in the big frame.  Joe Niekro goes the distance to improve to 14-11.

27th  Phillies Steve Carlton (20-7) becomes the first NL pitcher to win 20 games this season, combining with Tug McGraw to beat the Dodgers, 4–3. Carlton will win an NL-high 24 games, while pitching 304 innings, the last ML pitcher to throw more than 300 innings in a season.

      Pitcher and coach Hub Kittle becomes the oldest man to play in an organized baseball game when he starts for Springfield (American Association) against Iowa at the age of 63 years and 6 months.  Kittle retires the side in the first inning, then tosses one pitch to retire a batter in the 2nd frame before exiting.

28th  The Orioles collect a club-record 26 hits in defeating the visiting Angels, 13-8.  Murray, Dauer and Roenicke each have 4 hits, as the Birds total 8 doubles (3 by Roenicke), another club record, and 9 hits (also an O’s mark) in the 4th inning.  Dan Ford’s homer off Jim Palmer is the only dinger hit.

29th  The Cardinals promote manager Whitey Herzog to general manager, replacing John Claiborne, who was fired on August 18th. Red Schoendienst will serve as interim field manager, but on October 24th the Cardinals announce that Herzog will return as manager in 1981 while retaining his GM duties.

      Behind George Foster’s 6 RBIs, the Reds overcome a 5–0 deficit to beat the Pirates 8–7 in Pittsburgh.

30th Houston veteran Vern Ruhle improves his record to 8–3 by shutting out the Cubs.

31st  In Cleveland, Reliever Ed Farmer picks up two saves as the White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Indians.  Chicago rallies for 8 runs in the last 2 innings of the opener to win, 10–8, then does it again in the nightcap score 4 in the last 2 innings to win, 8–7.