1986 June

1st  George Brett hits his 200th career home run in the 8th inning off Rangers rookie Mitch Williams as Kansas City defeats Texas 5–3. Ruben Sierra collects his first ML hit for the Rangers, a 3-run homer.

      At Three Rivers Stadium, Jim Morrison has a double, triple and a grand slam to drive in 7 runs as the Pirates cut up the Dodgers, 12-3. Rick Rhoden (4-3) goes the distance.

2nd  Oakland draws 7 walks in a 7-run first inning against Detroit and ultimately wins, 7–1.

3rd  At County Stadium, the Braves score 7 runs in the 6th to beat the Pirates, 8-5. Ted Simmons hits a pinch grand slam in the frame.

      Dave Kingman raises his average to .215 with a 1st-inning grand slam as Oakland beats the visiting Tigers, 6-4.

4th  Joe Niekro no-hits the Angels for 723innings before Gary Pettis doubles, and Niekro combines with Al Holland for an easy 11–0 one-hitter. Dave Winfield homers twice for the Yankees.

      Pirates OF Barry Bonds, the son of former ML star Bobby Bonds, goes 4-for-5 with his first ML home run (off Craig McMurtry) as Pittsburgh whips Atlanta 12–3.

6thHey, they’re just home videos! Padres manager Steve Boros gets tossed out of the game with the Braves even before it starts when he tries to give umpire Charlie Williams a videotape of a disputed play in last night’s 4–2 loss to Atlanta.

      In the first of two games, Bobby Bonds hits a 2-run homer off Ron Darling and Rick Rhoden pitches into the 8thinning as Pittsburgh beat the Mets, 7-1. In game 2, the Mets amass 15 hits to win, 10-4. New York will finish the year with a 17-1 record against Pittsburgh.

7th  University of Arkansas’s Jeff King, The Sporting Newscollege player of the year, is the first choice in the June draft. The Pirates take the third baseman. U. of Texas P Gregg Swindell is the next pick by Cleveland. Neither will sign for 6 weeks but Swindell will be in the major leagues after going 2–1 in the minors. The Giants take UNLV’s Matt Williams with the 3rd pick; Texas, picking 4th, selects Kevin Brown, followed by high schooler Kent Mercker (Braves), Gary Sheffield (Brewers) and Brad Brink (Phillies). The Mets take Lee May, Jr. with the #21 pick but the youngster will not perform like his dad and hit just 8 homers in 8 years in the minors. After being skipped over because scouts are convinced the Heisman Trophy winner is headed to the NFL, Bo Jackson is taken in the 4th round by the Royals. Another draftee, #10 Greg McMurtry by the Red Sox, will skip baseball and play in the NFL. College Pitcher of the Year Mike Loynd is taken by Texas in the 7th round, while Baseball America’s College Player of the Year Casey Close is taken by the Yankees in the 6thround. The Big 10 Triple Crown winner will make it as far as Triple A, but he will find stardom as the player agent for Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Zack Greinke and others. A total of 331 high schoolers are drafted, the most since 1979, due mainly to the dissolution of the January draft.

8th  In the longest 9-inning game by time in AL history, Baltimore’s Lee Lacy goes 4-for-6 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI as the Orioles club the Yankees 18–9. The game features 9 pitchers, 36 hits, and 16 walks, and takes 4:16 to complete.

      Floyd Youmans pitches a one-hitter and hits his first ML home run as the Expos rout the Phillies 12–0. Glenn Wilson’s infield single in the 2nd is the only hit off Youmans, who walks 7.  Tim Raines adds to the offense with a grand slam.

      In Cleveland’s 11-4 win over the Angels, Brook Jacoby hits two homers and drives in 4, Andre Thornton has 4 hits, and Joe Carter extends his hitting streak to 21 straight games with a triple.

      Milwaukee beats the Red Sox, 7–3, as Wade Boggs goes hitless. Over the past 162 Red Sox games, Boggs has played in 160 hitting an even .400. Tony Gwynn will almost match Wade from July 1, 1993 to July 1, 1994, hitting .398.

9th  The Indians down the visiting A’s, 6-5, scoring the winner in the 9th when catcher Andy Allanson singles, steals 2B and scores on a single.  Brook Jacoby has a 3-run homer, but Joe Carter goes hitless to end his 21-game hitting streak. He’ll collect 5 hits tomorrow.

      Seattle stops the Royals, 5-3, overcoming two errors by RF Dave Henderson. His 4-base error in the 3rd allows Rudy Law to score and his botch in the 9th after a double by Balboni allows George Brett to score.

10th  At Shea, Tim Teufel hits a pinch grand slam in the 11th and the Mets beat the Phils, 8-4. Teufel had been 0-for-3 as a pinch hitter.

      The Dodgers edge the Reds 1-0 when Mariano Duncan scores from 2nd base on Bill Madlock’s grounder to 3B.  There is a force at 2B but Madlock beats the throw to 1B on the attempted DP, and Duncan beats the throw home.

      The NL announces that Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti will be its next president, after Chub Feeney’s retirement in December.

11th  At Minnesota, the Rangers score 4 runs in the 16th, 3 on a homer by Odibe McDowell off Roy Lee Jackson, as Texas beats the Twins, 6-2.  Allan Anderson tosses the first 10 frames for the Twins, while Charlie Hough goes 13 for the Rangers.

12th  Juan Beniquez joins Lee Lacy as the second unlikely Oriole to hit 3 home runs in a game this month, connecting for 3 solo shots in Baltimore’s 7–5 loss to the Yankees. Between them, Beniquez and Lacy will hit 17 home runs this season.

      The 5th-place Cubs (23-33), losers of three straight in Pittsburgh, fire manager Jim Frey and 3B coach Don Zimmer, high school teammates. John Vukovich will manage for two games before new manager Gene Michael takes over. According to Frey’s later telling of the firing, GM Dallas Green called him after a loss in St. Louis ( a 4-game split in St. Louis) and asked him to do a bed check on the players. “I told him, maybe you ought to get a night watchman.” Green insisted and Frey refused. The next day he was a goner (Vineline, September 2015). Ironically, Frey will be hired next year as the Cubs GM, replacing Green. His first move will be to hire Zimmer as his manager.

14th  The Blue Jays use the long ball to down the Tigers, 6-5.  Rick Leach hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 7th to bring the Jays to a 5-3 deficit. Cliff Johnson’s 3rd hit in the game, a HR in the 9th off Tom Henke ties it, and the buck stops her when Martinez follows with a walkoff pinch homer to win it. The two pinch homers ties a ML record.

      Phil Garner connects on a grand slam in the 7th as Houston beats the visiting Giants, 7-3.

16th  Rangers knuckleballer Charlie Hough allows just one hit against the Angels but loses 2–1. With 2 outs to go for a no-hitter, George Wright drops Jack Howell’s fly ball for an error. A single by Wally Joyner ties the score, and passed ball by Orlando Mercado sends him to 2B. An intentional walk follows and then, with the runners moving on a 3–2 pitch, the batter strikes out, but the ball eludes Mercado. Hough fails to cover the plate as Joyner scores.

      The Orioles trade Dennis Martinez, whose ERA had swelled to over 5.00 the last 3 seasons, to the Expos for player to be named later.

18th  California’s Don Sutton becomes the 19th pitcher in ML history to win 300 games, beating the Rangers, 3–1, on a 3-hitter.

      Padre reliever Tim Stoddard slugs a solo homer in the 3rd off the Giants Mike LaCoss, and then is lifted an inning later. The Giants win 6–3. For Stoddard, his first homer comes in his last major league at bat. He’ll appear in another 128 games but never swing a bat.

20th  After leading the club to a 26-38 record, Tony LaRussa is fired as manager of the White Sox and replaced by Jim Fregosi. LaRussa will be hired to manage the A’s early next month.

      Frank Viola gives up 8 runs, including a grand slam by Joe Carter, in 7.2 innings and picks up the win as the Twins edge the Indians, 9-8.  Cleveland hits 3 homers in the 5th and 2 in the 6th.

      In Toronto, the Yankees score in each of the last 6 innings to win a slugfest with the Blue Jays, 10-8, in 10 innings.  The Jays score 6 in the 9th to tie, led by George Bell’s grand slam.

21st  Bo Jackson, college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1985 and the first pick (by Tampa Bay) in the NFL draft, stuns observers nationwide by signing with the Kansas City Royals instead.

      The season ends for Phils C Daron Daulton when he tears the ACL in his left knee in a home plate collision with the Cards’ Mike Heath. St. Louis wins, 8–6.

22nd  San Francisco sweeps a doubleheader from Houston 4–2 and 3–2 and leapfrogs past the Astros into first place in the NL West.

      Phil Niekro allows two hits in the 1st inning and then knuckles down to hold the Twins hitless in the next 8 innings as Cleveland Twins, 4-1.

23rd  The Phillies set a club record with 11 doubles, and Juan Samuel hits a pair of 3-run home runs in a 19–1 drubbing of the Cubs at Veterans Stadium.

      Mike LaCoss pitches a 3-hitter and belts his first ML home run, off position player Dane Iorg, as the Giants pound the Padres 18–1. Tying a ML record, 14 Giants get hits and 13 come around to score in the game. In his next at bat, on June 29th, LaCoss will belt the 2nd and last homer of what will be a 14-year career. That homer will be served up by Tom Browning of the Reds.  Iorg gives up 4 runs in his inning, but does strike out CF Randy Kutcher.

      Ron Kittle hits homers in the 1st and 2nd innings and Greg Walker adds a 2nd-inning grand slam as the White Sox score 8 runs off starter Bert Blyleven in 1.2 innings. The White Sox top the Twins, 11-2.

      The Braves tie the NL record for a 9-inning game by leaving 18 runners on base in a 6–5 win over the Dodgers.

      At Fenway, the Yankees collect 19 hits as they beat the Red Sox, 11-3, to move 5 games in back of Boston in the AL East.

25th  Kirk McCaskill one-hits the Rangers 7–1, vaulting California past Texas into first place in the AL West. The Rangers’ only hit is Steve Buechele’s 3rd-inning home run.

      Mark Langston sets a Mariners record with 15 strikeouts in a 6–1 three-hitter against the White Sox.

      The Phillies give 41-year-old Steve Carlton his unconditional release and call up Bruce Ruffin to take his place in the starting rotation.

26th  The A’s fire manager Jackie Moore and name Jeff Newman his interim replacement. They will eventually hire recently ousted White Sox manager Tony LaRussa.

27th  Give him an A for effort. San Francisco 2B Robby Thompson is caught stealing 4 times in the Giants 7–6, 12-inning win over the Reds, establishing a new ML record. Thompson is thrown out by Bo Diaz in the 4th, 6th, 9th, and 11th innings.

      The Blue Jays come from behind to beat the Yankees, 14-7, despite outhitting the Yanks just 19 to 18.  Damaso Garcia has a record-tying 4 doubles for the Jays.

29th  Detroit beats Milwaukee 9–5 in the first game of a doubleheader split, making Tigers manager Sparky Anderson the first manager ever to win 600 games in each league. The Brewers win game 2, 3–1.

      Juan Samuel connects for a grand slam, off Todd Worrell, in the top of the 9th inning and the Phillies edge the Cardinals, 8-7.

      Roy Smalley hits a 3-run homer, off Bret Saberhagen, in the 1st and the Twins jump to a 9-0 lead after 3 innings. They beat the Royals, 9-4, finishing the game with a double play when Willie Wilson is ruled out at 2B for sliding too hard.

30th  Bo Jackson makes his professional baseball debut with the Memphis Chicks and goes 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

      The Yankees trade OF Ken Griffey to the Braves for OF Claudell Washington and SS Paul Zuvella.

      As noted by historian Doug Lyons, Dale Holman, a career minor leaguer, hits a double for the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League) against Richmond in the game then suspended by rain. By the time the game is resumed on August 16, Holman is traded to Richmond and ends up playing for both teams in the game.