1st The return of Denny McLain following his suspension is witnessed by a gathering of 53,863 fans and 71 writers. Trailing 5-3, he is knocked out of the box in the 6th inning, but the Tigers rally to beat the Yankees in the 11th, 6–5.
The Cards trade Ted Abernathy, acquired May 29, to the Royals for P Chris Zachary. Abernathy will go 9–3 the rest of the year for KC.
The Angels Greg Garrett picks up a win without throwing a pitch. Garrett relieves with 2 out in the 6th with the Angels trailing the Brewers, 2–1. He promptly picks off Tommy Harper to end the inning, then watches as the Angels score 3 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 4-2 lead. Jack Fisher pitches the last 3 innings to preserve Garrett’s victory. Garrett’s win is similar to teammate Steve Kealey’s win on June 26.
The Reds top the Braves, 9–2, as Tommy Helms becomes the first Red player to go deep at Riverfront Stadium. Helms’ homer, which hits the LF pole just above the wall, is his only homer of the year.
2nd Detroit’s Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning. The Tigers win 5–0. This is the third time in the month that Clarke has broken up a no-hitter, having spoiled bids by KC’s Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Boston’s Sonny Siebert (June 19th).
The Reds hand the Braves their 9th loss in 10 games, as Cincy wins, 2–1. Jim Merritt becomes the NL’s first 13-game winner and his batterymate Johnny Bench drives in both runs.
Montreal’s John Bateman drives in a team-record 7 runs to pace the Expos to a 13–10 win over the Cards. Bateman’s first hit is a grand slam in the Expos’ six-run 1st inning.
At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils break their scoreless streak of 53 innings and sweep two from the Mets, 6–1 and 3–2. With successive pinch hits by Tony Taylor, Ron Stone, and Byron Browne, the Phils score 6 in the 8th inning to win the opener for Jim Bunning, then again come from behind to win the nightcap for Chris Short. The opener is the 6,000th game played at the ancient stadium.
Cleveland edges the Orioles, 10–9, helped by Tony Horton, who hits for the cycle. Dennis Higgins is the winning pitcher.
3rd In pregame ceremonies, California’s Clyde Wright is inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame for his pitching while at Carson-Newman College. He then hurls a no-hitter against Oakland, winning 4–0, defeating Chuck Dobson. Dobson was the opposing pitcher for the AL’s last no-hitter, in 1969 by Jim Palmer. Reggie Jackson’s 400-foot shot to dead center in the 7th is caught.
Mike Lum hits 3 homers as the Braves beat the Padres, 8–1, in the first game of a doubleheader. The Braves continue hitting in game 2 to win, 9–4.
In Boston, a Yaz homer in game one and an unearned run in the nightcap provide the Red Sox with 2–1 and 5–4 wins over Cleveland. In game 2, Indians reliever Dean Chance is told to remove a tiny flag pin on his cap by umpire Ed Runge in compliance with a rule prohibiting glass buttons and metal objects on uniforms because of their glare.
The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Pirates and Cubs engage in an old-fashioned slugfest, with Pittsburgh winning, 16-14. Eight homers are hit, with Roberto Clemente and Gene Alley each hitting 2. The score is 1-1 after the 1st, 7-7 after the 2nd, 9-9 after the 4th, and 13 apiece after 8. Billy Williams has a double and grand slam for Chicago and drives in 5; Alley and Clemente drive in 4 each for the Bucs. Pittsburgh is now tied for 1st with the Mets. Chicago is 3.5 back.
4th The Cards send 3 pinch hitters to the plate in the 8th inning and all 3 strike out. Steve Renko of the Expos fans 10 in the game, including Jim Beauchamp, Vic Davalillo, and Leron Lee in the 8th, to give Montreal an 8–0 win.
At Fenway, Tony & Billy Conigliaro homer for the Red Sox in a 5–1 win over the Indians. Sonny Siebert is the winner.
5th At Fenway Park, Boston’s John Kennedy makes his first ML at bat a memorable one when he pinch hits an inside-the-park homer. Kennedy bats for P Mike Nagy in the 5th inning of the 8–4 Boston win over the Indians.
Reds rookie Wayne Simpson (13–1) win his 10th straight, beating the visiting Astros, 3–1.
6th Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 with 4 RBI to help the Braves top the Giants 12–4.
At Wrigley Field, it’s all Ron Santo today. Ron’s 2-run homer in the opener gives the Cubs a 3–2 win over the Expos. In the nightcap, Santo drives in another 8 runs on two homers, one a grand slam, and a bases-loaded walk as the Cubs win, 14–2.
Tommie Agee hits for the cycle to pace the Mets to a 10–3 win over the Cardinals. Jim McAndrew is the WP.
Sam McDowell strikes out 15 as the Indians beat the Senators, 6-4. After McDowell gives up two hits in the 8th and fires a wild pitch, he moves to second base with 2 outs and Dean Chance relieves. Eddie Leon moves from 2B to 3B, replacing Graig Nettles who made the last out in the 7th. Chance intentionally walks Frank Howard to load the bases. Rick Reichert then grounds to Leon who fired to McDowell at 2B for the force. The respite helps as Sudden Sam strikes out the side in the 9th. McDowell is the last lefthander to earn a fielding chance at second this century (although several lefties will play 2B subsequently, none will get a fielding chance).
7th Brooks Robinson cracks a 10th inning grand slam off New York’s Lindy McDaniel to give the Orioles a 6–2 win.
Reds starter Gary Nolan (10-4) pitches 6 innings and Clay Carroll adds 3 for a combined shutout, 3-0, of San Diego. The Pads Chris Cannizzaro gets thrown out in the 6thinn9ng trying to steal second, and runs his streak of consecutive non-steals to 14 tries. His last successful steal was in 1962. Chris will keep running and have 2 successes this year. The ML record is 16 straight caught steals, set by Pete Runnels.
8th Jim Ray Hart ties a modern ML record with 6 RBIs in one inning (5th) with a 3-run homer and 3-run triple. The Giants score 11 in the frame. Hart also hits for the cycle as the Giants rout the Braves 13–0. Gaylord Perry is the easy winner, posting SF’s first shutout of the year. Perry will throw 4 more to lead the NL.
The Orioles again wait until the late innings to beat New York, this time striking in the 9th inning on a Frank Robinson second homer of the game and a two-out single by Don Buford. The O’s overcome an 8–6 deficit to win, 9–8.
Buddy Bradford’s grand slam caps a 5-run 8th as the Indians rally to edge the Senators, 6-5.
9th Dalton Jones of the Tigers loses a grand slam against the Red Sox when he passes teammate Don Wert on the base paths. Jones pinch hits for Jim Price and belts a 2-2 pitch from Vicente Romo into the RF upper deck for a grand slam. However, he passes Don Wert between first and second and is called out, ending up with a 3-RBI single.
Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by his cousin Chief Round-the-Horn, but the duo fails to inspire the Braves, 7–6 losers to the Giants. Bernie Carbo’s 8th inning HR breaks a 6-6 tie.
Denis Menke drives in 5 runs, 4 on a 1st-inning grand slam, as Houston tops the Dodgers, 9-5, in LA.
At Shea, Tom Seaver scatters 3 hits as the Mets beat the Expos, 7-1. Ron Swoboda hits a grand slam in support of Seaver (14-5). The Mets stay a game and a half ahead of the Pirates.
10thThe Padres launch 4 HRs in the 9th inning against LA but the power display comes too late and the Dodgers win, 9–7. Wes Parker has 2 doubles and a triple for LA. For the Padres, Murrell, Spiezio and Campbell hit solo homers off Bill Singer, and Gaston connects for a 2-run homer off Pena. The barrage is one short of the record.
Reds SS Woodie Woodward goes deep for his first and only ML homer, off Ron Reed in Atlanta. It comes in his 684th ML game (1672 AB). It is too little as the Braves top the Reds, 11–9. The Reds take the nightcap, 3–1, scoring 2 runs when Pat Corrales hits a long drive that glances off the glove of Hank Aaron and over the fence for a HR. Rose is 5-for-5, all singles.
11thAt the Astrodome, the Astros edge the Giants, 5-4, in 14 innings. Houston collects 21 hits to San Francisco’s 9, and leaves an NL record 25 runners on base. This is a record for left on base for 14 innings as well as extra innings. The only homers in the game are by Willie Mays, in the 9thinning and Bobby Bonds in the 13th. Jim Bouton is the winner, pitching the last frame. It is his last decision for Houston who will release him a month from now.
14th At Riverfront Stadium, the NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game, a thrilling 12-inning 5–4 victory in Cincinnati. Pete Rose crashes into Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse to score the controversial winning run on Jim Hickman’s single. Fosse, who never had the ball, hurts his right shoulder and is taken to the hospital. The game is scoreless until the 6th, with the NL limited to 3 hits in the first 8 innings. In the 9th, the NL tees off on Catfish Hunter, driving in 3 runs to tie. Dick Dietz hits a leadoff HR in the inning. Claude Osteen pitches the 10th for the win.
16th The Reds spoil the Pirates debut in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, winning 3–2. Cincinnati’s Tony Perez hits the park’s first homer, offsetting a later one by hometown Willie Stargell. The Pirates parade their new uniforms of stretchable cotton and nylon.
Chicago’s Ken Holtzman gives up two hits and two Astro runs—both unearned—and drops a 2–1 decision at Houston. Billy Williams makes a bid for a game-tying homer in the 9th but his long fly hits a Dome speaker and drops foul.
At San Diego, Byrone Browne hits a 9th inning grand slam to give the Phillies a 10-7 win over the Padres. Browne entered the game in the 7th inning.
17th With the score tied at 5–5 and bases loaded in the 10th inning, and no outs, Brewers manager Dave Bristol inaugurates the “Bristol Shift,” bringing OF Tommy Harper in between SS and 3B. Unperturbed, George Scott hits a sac fly to win the game.
At Memorial Stadium, the first-place Twins score in each of the last 4 innings to beat the Orioles, 6-5. Third-string catcher Tom Tischinski, 2-for-2 with 3 walks, drives in the winning run in the 10th. Harmon Killebrew hits his 475thcareer homer in the 8th.
18th San Francisco’s Willie Mays, at the age of 39, strokes a single off Montreal’s Mike Wegener for his 3,000th hit. Mays’ safety comes in his 2,639th game and he joins Aaron, who stroked his 3,000th a month earlier. Aaron’s was hit in his 2,460th game. The Giants coast to a 10–1 victory.
Milwaukee’s Ted Kubiak has 7 RBIs—on a single, double and grand slam—to lead the Brewers to a 10–5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway. The Red Sox blow a 5–1 lead, reached when Yaz hits a 3-run homer and Reggie Smith solos. Sparky Lyle (0-4) is the loser allowing one run.
19th The Phillies sweep a road doubleheader, beating the Dodgers, 9-4 and 4-2. For the second time in 4 days, a Phillie clubs a grand slam in the 9th. This time it is Jim Hutto, who takes Jim Brewer deep with a pinch slam in the opener. The 9th is fruitful in game 2 as Mike Ryan hits a 2-run homer.
20th The Dodgers Bill Singer, who a month earlier lost a no-hitter to Atlanta with 2 outs in the 9th, no-hits the Phillies 5–0, giving up no walks. He strikes out 10 and makes 2 miscues, one a controversial throwing error that pulls 1B Wes Parker off the base. The Phillies’ players argue, contending the soft chopper by Don Money should be a hit. Singer had spent 3 weeks in the hospital in June for hepatitis.
With the score tied 1–1 in the 9th, Chicago’s Ken Holtzman walks Hank Aaron before Tommy Aaron homers for a 3–1 Braves victory.
In St. Louis, the Reds Lee May breaks a scoreless tie with a 10th inning grand slam to account for all the scoring as the Reds win, 4–0 in game 2. The Reds take the opener, 4–3.
At Comiskey, the Orioles’ Ellie Hendricks has a double and grand slam to drive in 6 runs as the Orioles trounce the White Sox, 14-5. Mike Cuellar (13-5) goes the distance for the AL East-leading O’s.
21st Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 innings, but with 2 outs in the 8th and trailing 1–0, Padres manager Preston Gomez lifts him for a pinch hitter Cito Gaston. Gaston fails to get a hit off Mets’ starter Jim McAndrew, and reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 2 runs in the 9th. The Padres lose 3–0. Gomez will repeat the mistake on September 4, 1974.
22nd At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers use an 8-run 7th to subdue the Expos, 12-10. Tom Haller has a grand slam in the frame and Von Joshua follows with a solo shot. Bob Bailey has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Expos.
23rd At Wrigley, Milt Pappas shuts out the Reds in a Cubs, 1–0 win. It is the only shutout of the year against the Reds, tying the NL record. Jim McGlothlin takes the loss.
24thChicago’s Bill Melton ties the ML record by striking out 7 times in a doubleheader split with Detroit. Melton will strike out his first 3 times up in his next game, in Baltimore on the 28th, before flying out in the 9th. The Sox win the opener today, 5–2 with 6 straight singles and 5 runs in the 9th. The Tigers win the nightcap, 5–4, in the 9th when Don Wert draws a walk from Wilbur Wood with the sacks full.
The Cubs pound the Braves for 16 hits and 11 runs and Ken Holtzman allows 6 hits as the Cubs roll, 11–1. Williams and Santo drive in 4 runs apiece and Beckert scores 4 times.
The Royals and Indians split a pair with Kansas City winning the opener, 5-2, behind Jim Rooker. Rooker hits a 2-run homer off Rich Hand to help his cause. Cleveland rebounds in game 2 as Vada Pinson and Tony Horton each belt two homers, all of Wally Bunker (0-7), to pace the Tribe to a 9-6 victory. One of Horton’s homers is pinch hit, just the 10th player in history to accomplish the feat.
In a surprise move, the Mets Tommie Agee steals home with the bases loaded in the 10th to give the Mets a 2–1 win over the visiting Dodgers. Agee bunts and reaches base on an error, swipes 2B with 2 outs and goes to 3B on the throw. After two walks he takes home to pin the loss on Jim Brewer.
At Pittsburgh, Clemente celebrates Roberto Clemente night with a pair of hits but leaves after suffering a cut left knee making a sliding catch on the gravel warning track. Doc Ellis goes all the way allowing 4 hits as the Pirates trounce the Astros, 11–0.
25th For the 4th time in his career, Billy Williams has the only hit for the Cubs, as he connects safely twice against the Braves Phil Niekro. Each time previously, Williams also had multiple hit games to spoil no-hitters. Niekro coasts to a 9–0 victory over Fergie Jenkins.
Hall beats Hall as the Orioles reliever Dick Hall tops the Twins Tom Hall, 6–5. Dick singles in the 8th for his first hit of the year and Buford follows with a game-winning HR.
The Expos spot the Giants 4 runs in the 1st, then roar back to win, 10-5. Ron Fairly hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs.
26th Johnny Bench of the Reds hits 3 consecutive homers, all 3 off Steve Carlton, and collects 7 RBIs in the Reds 12–5 win over the Cards. Bench now has 33 homers and 95 RBIs to lead the majors.
OrlandoCepeda hits 3 homers collects 7 RBIs in the Braves 8–3 win over the Cubs in game 1. His first 2 are solo shots, and the 3rd follows an intentional walk to Aaron to load the bases, all off Bill Hands. His last RBI comes on a single in the 9th. Hoyt Wilhelm celebrates his 48th birthday by picking up a save. He pitched on his 47th birthday last year. In the nightcap of the twinbill, Cepeda has 3 hits but the Cubs win, 7–6. Glenn Beckert, 2-for-3 in the opener, raps 5 straight hits in game 2 to lead Chicago.
Boog Powell drives in 6 runs to lead the Orioles to an 11–1 win over the Twins. Boog hits a single and homer, both with the sacks full, and takes over the AL lead in ribbies with 86. Dave McNally loses his shut out on a homer by P Jim Perry.
27th The Yankees beat California, 5–2, behind Mel Stottlemyre, who is helped by Gene Michael in the 9th. With the score tied, Michael pulls the hidden ball trick on Angel pinch runner Jarvis Tatum. The Yanks score 3 in 10th to win.
The Expos beat the White Sox 10–6 in the annual Hall of Fame game, following the induction ceremonies for Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines.
28th A bad day for Angels C Tom Egan: he is charged with 5 passed balls, all with different pitchers, and he drops a throw for an error to permit what proves to be the winning run in a 6–5 loss to the Yankees. Egan does get his name in the AL record book with the 5 passed balls.
Donn Clendenon sets a club record by driving in 7 runs as the Mets beat the Giants, 12–2. A sac fly and a pair of 3-run homers does it. Jim McAndrew is the winner.
29th The Cubs purchase 1B/OF Joe Pepitone from the Astros. Pepitone will drive in 31 runs in his first 31 games for his new team.
Hank Aaron cracks 2 HRs and drives in 5 runs to lead the Braves to an 9–7 come-from-behind win over the visiting Cards. Hal King also homers to match 3 round trippers by St. Louis.
Vada Pinson cracks a 3rd-inning grand slam and the Indians take a 9-1 lead over the Twins, then hang on for a 9-8 victory.
31stAt California, Boston’s Sonny Siebert beats the Angels, 2–0, on one hit, a 3rd inning ground single by Jay Johnstone. Mike Andrews and Carl Yastrzemski hit solo homers off Murphy for the scoring.
The Twins tie a ML mark with two pinch homers, by Manual and Allison, but the Tigers prevail, 10-9, when 4 walks in the 9th score the tie breaker. Elliot Maddox receives a walk with the sacks full.
Behind the pitching of Dave McNally the Orioles beat the Royals, 3-1, for their 21st consecutive win over Kansas City. This ties an AL record.
The Reds lose a doubleheader to the visiting Cubs, 7–1 and 11–7, and lose rookie star Wayne Simpson (14–3), who tears the rotary cuff in his pitching arm. Simpson will come back, but will never be the same, going 22–28 in the rest of his career.