1958 July

1st  The Cubs Tony Taylor hits a ball inside the 3B line that falls into the rain gutter in fair territory at Wrigley Field. San Francisco rookie OF Leon Wagner chases the ball, but is fooled by Cubs relief pitchers staring intently under the bench. Wagner neglects to look for the ball in the gutter 40 to 50 feet further down. Taylor reaches home with the inside-the-park drive to help the Cubs win 9–5.

The Orioles and Yankees split, the O’s winning the opener, 7–5 and New York taking the nightcap, 2–1. Mantle has a homer in each game, including the game two winner with 2 out in the 8th inning off Jack Harshman.

2nd  The Dodgers split a doubleheader with St. Louis, winning 3–2 before dropping the nightcap 6–4. A crowd of 66, 485 see the game at the Coliseum. This puts the Dodgers over the one million mark in just 35 home dates.

Behind the slugging of Jackie Jensen and Ted Williams, the Red Sox rout the Senators, 10–3. The two have combined to slug 9 homers in the past 5 games and have driven in 20 runs.

Cleveland hands a release to pitcher Bob Lemon. The future Hall of Famer was 0-1 this year.

ML baseball reinstates 1B Ed Bouchee of the Phils, who was suspended on a morals charge.

3rd At Griffith Stadium, Mantle homers twice off Russ Kemmerer to lead New York to an 11–3 veto of the Senators. The first clears the 31-foot high wall over the 372-foot marker in right CF and is still rising when it leaves the ball park. Whitey Ford coasts to his 12th straight win.

4th In the first of a twinbill, Bosox P Frank Sullivan beats the Orioles, 5–1, for the 7th straight time. He last lost to the O’s on September 7, 1956. The O’s take the nightcap, 5–3.

Bob Cerv, sidelined with a fractured toe, hits a pinch homer off Turk Lown to give KC a sweep of the DH with Chicago, 6–5 and 4–3. The A’s are in 2nd place, 10 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

The Braves score one run in 18 innings, losing 5–1 and 4–0 to the Phils, and see their NL lead drop to 1 1/2 games over the idle Cards. Curt Simmons wins the opener over Rush, while Carl Sawatski, obtained recently from the Braves, has a HR, double, and 2 singles. Felix Mantilla’s HR is the only Braves tally. Sanford beats Spahn in the nightcap. A critical loss to the Braves occurs when Red Schoendienst fractures his finger in game 1. He’ll play just 106 games this year, but will still lead the NL in fielding.

5th At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox take a 5–3 lead in the top of the 11th, only to watch the Yankees stall in their at bats until the 11:59 p.m. curfew is reached. The outcome then reverts to the 10th inning 3–3 tie. Mantle has a game-tying homer in the 9th, off Dave Sisler.

6th  Cubs pitchers Dick Drott and Don Elston combine on a 1-hit, 6–2 win over the Dodgers. Jim Gilliam’s’ single in the 7th, off Drott, is the only Los Angeles safety.

Against Cards starter Jim Brosnan, Whitey Lockman and Willie Kirkland hit homers to start the game. St. Louis comes back to tie but with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 9th inning, Cards reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with a pitch to hand the Giants a 5–4 win. With the sacks full in the 9th yesterday, Jackson walked Willie Kirkland to lose 5–4.

At the Stadium, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle match homers, but the Bosox win 10–4. Mantle has now hit 5 homers in 4 games.

7th  At the NL meeting, William Shea outlines plans for a $12 million stadium at Flushing Meadows, the eventual site of Shea Stadium. NL President Warren Giles appoints a committee to study the possible expansion of the league to 10 teams.

8th  The AL edges the NL 4–3 in the All-Star Game played at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The Yankees Gil McDougald singles to score Boston’s Frank Malzone with the deciding run. Billy O’Dell of Baltimore pitches perfect ball for 3 innings and gets the save. This is the first All-Star Game played without an extra-base hit.

In front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly, the Senators—U.S., that is—are treated to a long, rambling discourse on baseball and America by Casey Stengel, a small part of which follows:

“Well, I started in professional ball in 1910. I have been in professional ball, I would say, for forty-eight years. I have been employed by numerous ball clubs in the majors and in the minor leagues. I started in the minor leagues with Kansas City. I played as low as class D ball, which was at Shelbyville, Ky., and also class C ball, and class A ball, and I have advanced in baseball as a ballplayer.

I had many years that I was not so successful as a ballplayer, as it is a game of skill. And then I was no doubt discharged by baseball in which I had to go back to the minor leagues as a manager, and after being in the minor leagues as a manager, I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged, we call it “discharged,” because there is no question I had to leave. (Laughter). And I returned to the minor leagues at Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Oakland, Calif., and then returned to the major leagues.

In the last ten years, naturally, in major league baseball with the New York Yankees, the New York Yankees have had tremendous success and while I am not the ballplayer who does the work, I have no doubt worked for a ball club that is very capable in the office. I must have splendid ownership, I must have very capable men who are in radio and television, which is no doubt you know that we have mentioned the three names — you will say they are very great.

We have a wonderful press that follows us. Anybody should in New York City, where you have so many million people. Our ballclub has been successful because we have it, and we have the Spirit of 1776. We put it into the ball field and if you are not capable of becoming a great ballplayer since I have been in as a manager, in ten years, you are notified that if you don’t produce on the ball field, the salary that you receive, we will allow you to be traded to play and give your services to other clubs.

The great proof was yesterday. Three of the young men that were stars and picked by the players in the American League to be in the all-star game were Mr. Cerv, who is at Kansas City; Mr. Jensen, who was at Boston, and I might say Mr. Triandos that caught for the Baltimore ball club, all three of those players were my members and to show you I was not such a brilliant manager they got away from me and were chosen by the players and I was fortunate enough to have them come back to play where I was successful as a manager.

If I have been in baseball for forty-eight years there must be some good in it. I was capable and strong enough at one time to do any kind of work but I came back to baseball and I have been in baseball ever since. I have been up and down the ladder. I know there are some things in baseball, thirty-five to fifty years ago that are better now than they were in those days. In those days, my goodness, you could not transfer a ball club in the minor leagues, class D, class C ball, class A ball. How could you transfer a ball club when you did not have a highway? How could you transfer a ball club when the railroads then would take you to a town you got off and then you had to wait and sit up five hours to go to another ball club?”

When Stengel finally finishes, the Senators ask Mickey Mantle about his feelings, and he replies, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.” The Yankees return to New York and thrash the Indians, 13–2.

Senator Carl Mundt offers legislation to curb franchise shifts.

10th Pitcher Lew Burdette of Milwaukee hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and a NL record-tying (for pitchers) 5 RBIs and beats the Dodgers 8–4. (Tony Cloninger will tie Burdette’s mark in 1966, then set the NL mark.) Burdette was the last pitcher to hit 2 homers (August 13, 1957). He’ll total 12 for his career.

In the 4th inning at Fenway, Gene Stephens raps a 2-run homer and Jackie Jensen hits a grand slam as the Red Sox trim the White Sox, 11-2. For Jensen, it is his 2nd grand slam of the season. Frank Sullivan (7-2) is the winner.

11th In New York, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range to the RF upper deck, as New York tops Cleveland 11–3. Vic Power homers for Cleveland, also off Bob Turley (13-3).

Dick Stuart hits a grand slam and Frank Thomas a two-run homer as the Pirates down the Cubs, 7-2. Ernie Banks has a homer off Ron Kline (8-9). The loss goes to young fireballer Moe Drabowsky who feels a tear in his arm while striking out Bob Skinner to end the 4th. The arm injury will affect his career and Moe will end up in the bull pen.

12th  Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run HR off Warren Spahn gives the Giants a 5–3 win and pulls San Francisco to within a half game of the Braves.

In the first of two at Fenway, catcher Sherm Lollar of the White Sox clouts two homers, one a grand slam, to help beat the Red Sox, 7-4. Jim Landis adds a 2-run homer to back Dick Donovan’s pitching. Landis also homers in game 2 and backup catcher Earl Battey belts two homers and drives in 5 runs as Chicago wins, 13-5.

13th  Orlando Cepeda’s 3rd HR in 3 days and Felipe Alou’s run-scoring hit in the 9th, give the Giants a 6–5 win over the Braves. San Francisco now leads the Braves by a half game.

14th  Superior Court Judge Praeger voids the Chavez Ravine pact, stating the city cannot sell its land to private concerns. Los Angeles will appeal Judge Praeger’s ruling.

15th Frank Lary survives Mantle’s 8th homer of the month and Detroit drives by New York, 12–5. Lary’s record this year against the Yankees is 5–0.

16th  Testifying before the Senate subcommittee on Anti-monopoly, Commissioner Ford Frick asks the Senate to approve legislation to curb television and radio broadcasts of baseball games. “Minor league baseball towns are being wrecked,” he says. “We have got to be able to handle this problem or within 10 years there will be no television problem because there will be no baseball.” When asked about the possibility of the Washington franchise shifting cities, Frick replies, “Removal of the club from Washington would be catastrophic. Baseball cannot afford not to be in Washington.”

At Baltimore, after Dick Donovan gives the White Sox a 6–1 win in the lidlifter, pitcher Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs in a 6–5 win in the nightcap.

The Braves crash four solo homers—Billy Bruton, Eddie Mathews (2) and Hank Aaron—to edge the Cardinals, 6-5. Ken Boyer matches the four with a grand slam but it is not enough. Recently acquired Chuck Stobbs takes the loss.

18th  At Griffith Stadium, Chicago’s Al Smith hits two doubles and a grand slam, all off John Romanowsky, as the White Sox veto the Senators, 9-2. Early Wynn is the victor.

At Fenway Park, Frank Malzone belts an 8th inning grand slam to break a 5-5 tie with Detroit. He has 5 RBIs altogether and they are all needed as Boston nips the Tigers, 11-9. Pete Runnels has 5 hits, including 3 doubles for the Bosox, who outhit the Tigers, 18-15. Reliever Murray Wall gives up 4 runs on 8 hits in 2.2 innings, but limps away with the win.

19th  The Yanks Norm Siebern has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month, against the Athletics, but New York loses 6–4.

The Red Sox beat the Tigers 7–6 at Fenway Park on a Ted Williams 2-run homer in the bottom of the 12th. The Sox scored 2 in the 9th, one on a homer by Sammy White, to tie at 5-5.

At Los Angeles, Sandy Koufax starts the 2nd successive game for the last place Dodgers. He does better than yesterday, when he walked 4 in the 1st and was lifted, but still loses to Robin Roberts and the Phils, 6–2. Post’s homer in the 8th with a man on breaks up a 2–2 tie. Gilliam makes 3 errors for LA.

20th  Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches a 3–0 no-hitter over the Red Sox and fans 12. Only 2 walks and a hit batsman mar Bunning’s performance as he wins his 6th game in 7 decisions (8-6). In game 2, Ike Delock wins his 10th straight, 5–2, for Boston. Delock (10-0) will finish at 14-8.

22nd  The Phillies replace manager Mayo Smith with Eddie Sawyer, who had managed the club l948-52.

23rd  Dodger Norm Larker hits a ball just inside the 1B line, which the Pirates believe to be foul. When umpire Vic Delmore signals it fair, P Bob Porterfield picks up the ball from where it had rolled into the bullpen. Though not playing, Porterfield is ejected for intentional interference with a ball in play. Larker is safe on 2B. The Dodgers still lose 11–3 in the doubleheader opener and are now in last place. Bob Friend wins his 12th in the nightcap, 6–3.

In Detroit, the Yankees finally defeat Frank Lary, beating up on the Tigers 16–4. It’s their first win in ’58 against Lary after 5 losses. Berra and Mantle hit back-to-back homers in the 9th off reliever Bill Fischer. Art Ditmar has 3 hits and wins his 6th against a loss.

The Sawyer-led Phils sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 3–2 and 2–0. Harry Anderson clubs a three-run homer to help Robin Roberts win a suspended game, and rookie Ray Semproch shuts out the Giants, knocking them out of the NL lead.

The Braves regain first place on Joey Jay’s 2-hit, 6–0 win over the Cards. A 3-run homer by Eddie Mathews supplies the Braves punch.

24th  It’s McDougald and Mantle today hitting back-to-back shots, in the 9th, as New York outlasts Detroit, 10–7. Paul Foytack is the reliever today. Mantle is 3-for-4 as the Yanks sweep the Tigers.

Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at the Boston fans again.

At Wrigley, Ed Bailey hits a 2-run homer in the 8th to give the Reds the 4–3 win over the Cubs.

For the 2nd time in a week, a Dodger pitcher makes successive starts in a game. Stan Williams, who pitched 2 innings yesterday, loses his 2nd in a row at Pittsburgh, 5–3. Dick Stuart’s 2-run HR in the 4th kayos Williams.

25th In the first of two at County Stadium, Sammy Taylor’s 8th inning solo shot snaps a 4-4 tie and the Cubs edge the first-place Braves, 5-4. In game 2, Juan Pizarro, 9-10 at Wichita this year, makes a successful return to the Braves with a 4-1 win. Possibly thinking he was 9-for-10 at Wichita, the Cubs hand Juan an intentional walk in the 6th to pitch to Casey Wise, a wise move as the shortstop grounds out. Pizarro is the first National League pitcher to be given an intentional walk: four AL pitchers have gotten an IBB.

Rookie Curt Raydon hurls his only shutout as the Pirates wallop the Giants, 10-0. San Francisco is a game behind the first-place Braves. On a pitching staff that will bat just .097 this year, Raydon will be the worst, hitting .026 with one hit.

26th The White Sox beat Boston, 11-6 and hand P Ike Delock (10-1) his first loss after 13 straight wins going back to last season. Sherm Lollar has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBI for the Pale Hose.

27th  At Cleveland, the Indians take a pair from the first-place Yankees by identical 7-2 scores. Cal McLish allows 8 hits in the opener and Mudcat Grant gives up just 3 in game 2. Rocky Colavito homers in both games, a solo in game 1 and a grand slam in game 2.

At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Giants, 2-1, in 14 innings in game 1. Bob Skinner’s 19th inning game-tying homer sets the stage for the victory. Game 2 goes is called in the 8th with the game locked at 3 runs apiece. It will be complete September 9th with a Bucs’ win. Bill White draws a walk in his first appearance for the Giants after a year and a half in the Army, With Cepeda starting at first base, and 20-year-old Willie McCovey in the minors, the heavy betting is that White will be traded.

28th  For the 6th time in his career, Mickey Mantle hits HRs from both sides of the plate. New York beats the Athletics 14–7. New York picks up a game on Boston and now leads the AL by 15 games. Mantle and KC’s Bob Cerv are one behind Jackie Jensen (29) in the home run race.

In an exhibition game in Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Indians, 4-3. Rocky Colavito takes the mound for two innings, striking out 5 batters while giving up a run and two hits.

29th  Ted Williams hits his 17th career grand slam, tying him for 2nd place with Babe Ruth, and behind Lou Gehrig, who had 23. Williams also adds a 3-run HR in the top of the 11th, as Boston beats Detroit 11–8.

30th At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn defeats the Dodgers for the first time in nearly 7 years, beating them, 4–3. His last victory against them was September 25, 1951, though in fact he had not faced them since June 5, 1955, when they beat him. Eddie Mathews 21st HR in the 8th inning decides the game and puts the Braves back in first place ahead of the Giants.

In Chicago, the White Sox edge the Senators, 11-9, behind homers by Luis Aparicio and Al Smith. Eddie Yost hits the big blow for the Nats, a 4th-inning grand slam off Gerry Staley.

The Reds Bob Purkey stops the Giants, 5–1, though San Francisco stops his scoreless inning streak against them at 46 innings. Spencer’s single in the 5th drives in the run; The Giants last scored on Purkey on May 7, 1955.

31st In a game delayed 40 minutes by rain, the Cubs push across an unearned run in the top of the 8th to take a 5-4 lead. The Pirates fail to answer and the game ends after another long rain delay. Banks takes the NL homerun lead with his 29th, one more than Frank Thomas.