1983 August

1stMinnesota pitcher Rick Lysander gives up 11 hits to Oakland, but still shuts out the A’s, 7–0.

3rd  Nolan Ryan pitches his 9th career one-hitter, striking out 10 Padres on the way to a 1–0 victory. Tim Flannery’s 3rd-inning single is San Diego’s only hit.

      Cubs starter and winner Chuck Rainey is one of 4 pitchers who combine to shut out the Cardinals, 4–0, on 12 hits, 2 short of the ML record for a whitewash. Bill Campbell finishes with 3 innings and a save.

4th  While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees 3–1 win over the Blue Jays game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium, New York OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.

5th  AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing abuse of umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling umpire Dale Ford “a stone liar” after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble.

6th  Walt Terrell becomes the first pitcher in 5 years to homer twice in one game, belting a pair of 2-run shots off Ferguson Jenkins to lead New York to a 4–1 win over the Cubs.

      Steve Carlton (9 IP) and Danny Cox (10 IP), pitching in his debut, match scoreless frames before the Phils push across a run in the 11th to beat the Cards, 1-0.  Holland (6-0) is the winner when Von Hayes drives in Joe Morgan with a single.

      In the first of two at Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres plate 8 in the 8th to blow out the Reds, 11-4.  Ruppert Jones has a solo shot in the frame and Bobby Brown hits a grand slam to make starter Eric Show a winner. Brown is in the midst of a 21-game hitting streak. Behind John Montefusco (9-2), the Padres take game 2, 6-2, to pull their record to .500 (55-55).

      Rick Sutcliffe wins his 13th as the Indians beat the host Orioles, 9-4. The Birds scoring comes on a grand slam by Joe Nolan.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks sweep a pair from the Blue Jays, winning 8-3 and 11-3. New York has 3 homers in game 2, including a grand slam by Ken Griffey.  The losses drop the Jays to 5th place in the AL East, just 3.5 games out.

7th  Steve Rogers allows 2 hits and Tim Raines connects for a grand slam in the Expos 6-0 win over the Pirates. Montreal stays a game behind the Phils in the NL East.

10th  Al Oliver collects his 2,500th career hit, a 7th-inning single off Carlos Diaz, as the Expos beat the Mets 5–3.

11th  Leon Durham belts a 3rd inning grand slam for the Cubs as they defeat the visiting Cardinals, 10-5. Andy Van Slyke connects for a 3-run homer for the Birds.

13thCincinnati native Jeff Russell makes his ML debut for the Reds and pitches a 3-hitter, beating the Padres, 3–1. He helps with an RBI double.

      At Anaheim, Tony Bernarzard has 3 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 5 runs for Seattle but the Mariners are overwhelmed as the Angels win, 10-5.  Lynn, Grich and Downing hit homers for the Haloes.

14th George Foster belts his 19th homer of the year, a grand slam, to pace the Mets to a 5-2 win over the visiting Cubs.

      It’s the Orioles year. With a man on in the 5th inning at Comiskey Park, Carlton Fisk hits a ball to left field that third base umpire Greg Kosc rules a home run. However, plate umpire Jim Evans over-rules Kosc, calling fan interference and a double for Fisk. The Sox lose two runs, manager Tony La Russa is ejected and protests the game. Neither runner scores in the 5th and the Orioles won the contest, 2-1, despite collecting just 3 hits off Rich Dotson (as noted by Retrosheet). Scott McGregor wins his 15th. The O’s are a percentage point ahead of Detroit in the AL east.

15th  Braves Bob Horner, who was hitting .303 with 20 HRs and 68 RBI, breaks his right wrist sliding into 2B during a 4–0 loss to the Padres and will be sidelined for the rest of the season. In Atlanta, the injury is widely attributed to the “Chief Noc-A-Homa Jinx,” which seems to strike whenever the Braves remove their mascot’s outfield teepee in order to sell more tickets.

      At Wrigley, the Phillies break a scoreless tie with 5 runs in the 8th, 4 on a grand slam by Mike Schmidt, to beat the Cubs, 5-0. Steve Carlton (12-11) strikes out 11 and walks none in the shutout.

16th  John Butcher cuts up the Orioles, 2-0, allowing just one hit, a single by Al Bumbry. It is the 3rd time that Bumbry has had the only hit in a game for the O’s. Buddy Bell’s two-run homer in the 1st, off Allan Ramirez, provides all the scoring for Texas.

      The Royals drop nine runs on the Tigers in the 7th to bust open the game and win, 18-7. Hal McRae and Amos Otis both homer in the big frame, and Pat Sheridan homers an inning later, one of his four hits in the game. Mark Huismann, in his debut game in the ML, is the winner in relief.

      In game 2, the Blue score 4 in the 7th to beat the Indians, 9-6, and earn a split for the day. After hitting safely in game 1, a 3-2 Cleveland win, Lloyd Moseby is hitless in game 2 to end his hit streak at 21 straight games.

17th  At County Stadium, the Brewers Tom Candiotti makes his first ML start and complete game beating the Red Sox, 5–1. Candiotti, who will not throw a knuckler until 1985, will go 4–0 in his first 4 decisions, compiling an .0.84 ERA.  He’ll shut out the Angels on August 25.

      A grand slam in the 7th by Juan Beniquez is the difference as the Angels top the Athletics, 6-5.

18th  In the continuation of the “Pine Tar Game,” Hal McRae strikes out for the last KC out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals’ 5–4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and, as the only game scheduled at the Stadium, is witnessed by a crowd of 1,245. An odd feature of the game is lefty Don Mattingly playing 2B and pitcher Ron Guidry in CF, as the Yanks try to cover all the options.

      Yankee shortstop Andre Robertson is involved in a car crash on New York’s West Side Highway at the sharp S curve at 72nd street. Robertson sustains a broken neck and injuries to both shoulders but his female passenger Shenikwa Dawn Nowlin is paralyzed.  Robertson will play just 274 games in the majors. The S curve will be softened, but there is still a curve there.

19th  The Dodgers trade pitchers Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for star pitcher Rick Honeycutt, who was 14-8 with an AL-best 2.42 ERA for the Rangers. Honeycutt will go 2-3 down the stretch for the Dodgers, but still wins the AL ERA title because his 174 2⁄3 innings pitched were already enough to qualify.

      At Milwaukee, the A’s down the Brewers, 9-1. Rickey Henderson scores 3 runs and steals 4 bases before he is lifted in the 7th.

20th  Pittsburgh’s Jose DeLeon takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning for the 3rd time this season, but Cincinnati’s Dan Driessen doubles with 2 out to spoil the gem. DeLeon finishes with 13 strikeouts in a 4–0 two-hitter.

      George Foster hits his second grand slam in a week as the Mets score 7 times in the 5th to beat the Giants, 7-2. Ed Lynch (9-7) goes the distance for the win.

      Jim Rice clubs a 3rd inning grand slam off Dave Stieb to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. Dennis Eckersley takes the victory.

21st  At Jack Murphy, the visiting Expos and Padres split a doubleheader. Charlie Lea scatters 9 hits in the opener and Andre Dawson has a pair of doubles and scores all 3 runs in Montreal’s 3-0 victory. The Padres rebound in game 2 to win, 5-2.  Doug “Eyechart” Gwosdz hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off Bill Gullickson in the 2ndinning.  Montreal is in 3rdplace in the tight NL East race.

      Class A outfielders Vince Coleman (Macon, South Atlantic League) and Donnell Nixon (Bakersfield, California League) each break Rickey Henderson’s single-season record by stealing their 131st bases of the season. Coleman will finish the season with minor-league record 145 stolen bases, despite having missed 31 games with a broken hand. Nixon will tally 144. Jeff Stone (South Atlantic League) will swipe 123 while Len Dykstra will set a Class A Carolina League record with 105 thefts.

22nd  The Cubs replace Lee Elia with Charlie Fox, a special assistant to GM Dallas Green who managed the Giants to the NL West title in 1971. Chicago is in 5th place in the NL East with a 54-69 record.  Elia sealed his own fate with a post-game remark on August 19ththat he had never heard of Braves rookie Gerald Perry, who had a single, homer and 3 RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Cubs. Green, who prided himself on his scouting reports, was insulted.

23rd  Kansas City’s Amos Otis notches his 2,000th career hit, a single in a 10–2 win over the White Sox.

      At Wrigley, Reds rookie Jeff Russell beats Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs, 4–2. Russell adds his only career home run. Dave Concepcion is called out on a steal attempt, and then is tossed out for arguing with ump Dave Pallone. He also gets suspended for 3 days for allegedly spitting on Pallone during the argument.

24th  First baseman Pete Rose does not play in the Phillies 5–3 loss to the Giants, ending his consecutive games played streak at 745. Manager Paul Owens had planned to use Rose as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning, but Joel Youngblood ends the game with a 2-run home run off Steve Carlton in the bottom of the 9th.

      Cubs Chuck Rainey is one out away from a no-hitter when the Reds Eddie Milner singles to center on the first pitch. Rainey settles for a 3–0 one-hitter, his first complete game of the season. For Milner, this is the 3rd of 5 instances that he will collect his team’s only hit in a game, a ML mark he’ll share with Cesar Tovar. The other solos are Dickie Noles and Jerry Reuss (1982), Len Barker/Donnie Moore (1984) and Alejandro Pena (1986).

      Making his only career appearance behind the plate, Oriole infielder Lenn Sakata catches the 10th inning against the Blue Jays and then hits a 3-run homer as the O’s win, 7–4. Toronto goes ahead 4–3 in the top of the 10th after Cliff Johnson homers and Barry Bonnell singles. Tippy Martinez relieves Tim Stoddard and picks off Bonnell who is caught stealing, walks Dave Collins and picks him off. Tippy then allows a Willie Upshaw single, and picks him off. Helped by the runners’ eagerness to test Sakata, Tippy sets a never-to-be-topped ML record with the three pickoffs in one inning.

25th  The Louisville Redbirds (American Association) become the first minor league team to draw one million fans in a season, as 31,258 watch them beat Evansville 7–0 to clinch the Eastern Division title. Louisville will finish the season with an attendance of 1,052,438.

28th  Greg Luzinski becomes the first player to park 3 home runs onto the roof at Comiskey Park, connecting off Boston’s Oil Can Boyd in a 6–2 Chicago victory. Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams each accomplished the feat twice.

      The 4th place Yankees beat California, 7–3, behind John Montefusco’s first win for New York as the 2 teams match hits at 10. The Yanks score 6 times in the 6th, half coming on a homer by Roy Smalley. Willie Randolph starts and ends the inning, making all 3 outs.

      In Montreal, Steve Rogers win his 16th as the Expos down the Padres, 8-0.  Montreal breaks the game open with 7 runs in the 7th, 4 coming home on Al Oliver’s grand slam.  Montreal is in 3rd place in the tight NL East, 1.5 games out.

      The Indians trade pitcher Len Barker to the Braves for Rick Behenna, cash, and 2 players to be named later. The two turn out to be OF Brett Butler and 3B Brook Jacoby.

29th  Mel Hall connects for a grand slam off starter Phil Niekro, and follows in the 7th with a solo shot off Gene Garber as the Cubs tip the Braves, 7-5. Keith Moreland also hits a homer in the 7th.

      John Shelby puts the cherry on the charlotte russe with a 9th inning grand slam as the Orioles beat host Kansas City, 9-2.

30th  Britt Burns and Dick Tidrow combine on a 5-0 shutout as the White Sox beat Dave Stewart and the Rangers.  Carlton Fisk and Harold Baines each have 2 hits, including a homer, and 2 runs. Fisk’s homer is inside-the-park, the only one of his career. The Sox lead in the AL West by 9.5 games.