1960 July

1st  A first-refusal option for chief minority stockholder H. Gabriel Murphy to buy the holdings of Washington owner Calvin Griffith expires. Murphy will lose 2 court decisions in efforts to keep Griffith from moving the Senators to Minnesota.

      Cards reliever Ernie Broglio is nothing but efficient, tossing a total of 2 1/3 innings of relief in two games with the Braves. Ernie wins both. The Cards blow a 7–0 lead in the opener before winning in the 10th, 8–7. They blow a 5–0 lead in the nightcap, but win 7–5. Fellow reliever Lindy McDaniel gets rapped in both games. Broglio will win 21 games this year, starting 24 games and relieving in 28, and he will break the record set by Chief Bender in 1913 of most relief appearances for a 20-game winner.

2nd  Before their game with the Indians, the Senators hand out 2,000 rabbits feet and buttons saying “Beat Mudcat.” They also have boy scouts dressed as Indians perform an exorcism dance on the mound.  All this effort is to stop Mudcat Grant, who is 13-0 against Washington. Camilo Pasqual, 1-11 against Cleveland, goes against the Indian’s ace and it is no contest as the Tribe collects 18 hits and a 12-2 victory. Grant drives in 3 runs in the win.

      At Wrigley Field, the Reds down the Cubs, 13-8. Wally Post bangs a pinch homer in the 5th and adds another in the 8th, just the 5th player in history to do so: Jim Gentile did it 5 days ago. Post drives in 4 runs as does Ernie Banks for the Cubs.

3rd  Before 50,556 fans in New York, the Yankees sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7–6 and 6–2. In the opener, Ryne Duren fans Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th.  Detroit is ahead 2–1 in the nightcap when Norm Cash argues at length about a call at first base, and finally gets tossed. When play resumes, Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run homer to Mantle, batting righty.  The Yankees are 23–5 since June 5 and lead the AL by 3 games.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox use an 8-run 7th to sink the A’s, 13-2.  The big blows in the 7th are a 3-run homer by Vic Wertz and a grand slam by Willie Tasby. Ted Williams has a 2-run homer in the 5th off starter and loser Dick Hall.

      A day after his wedding in Chicago, Jim O’Toole pitches and loses, as the Cubs pound him for 7 runs and 9 hits in less than 5 innings. Chicago wins, 7–5, as Ron Santo hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off the groom.   An unsympathetic manager Hutchinson says, “It was his turn to pitch. I didn’t tell him to get married.”

4th  Mickey Mantle’s 3-run first-inning HR off Hal Woodeshick is the 300th of his career. Mantle becomes the 18th player to join the 300 club, but the Yankees drop a 9–8 decision to Washington. In the 2nd inning the Senators make all three outs on the basepaths, an oddity that will occur just 5 more times this century.

6th  At Crosley Field, Bob Skinner cracks a grand slam in the Pirates’ 5-run 8th as first-place Pittsburgh downs the Reds, 5-2.  Cincy’s scoring comes on homers by Gus Bell and Ed Bailey.

      Yogi Berra and Roger Maris hit homers and Bobby Richardson has 4 hits as the Yankees whip the Indians, 11-6.  Al Downing (4-1) strikes out 14 in 7+ innings for the win.

      At Wrigley Field, the Cubs, behind Glen Hobbie, go long to beat the Cardinals, 10-1.  Ernie Banks belts a 3-run homer off Bob Gibson, and George Altman hits two 3-run homers.

8th  The Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro brings an end to Havana’s International League team. The Sugar Kings relocate in Jersey City, marking that city’s return to the IL after a 10-year absence. Poor attendance at Roosevelt Stadium prompts the parent Reds to cease the minor-league operation there following the 1960 season.

9th  Jim Coates suffers his first loss after 9 straight wins, and 14 straight over two seasons, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 6–5. The Sox are led by Vic Wertz, who slugs a HR, double and single to drive in 4 runs. Coates’ ML record is 17–2.

10th  At Fenway, Willie Tasby has 5 hits, including a leadoff homer off Ralph Terry, and drives in 4 runs as Boston whips the Yankees, 9-5.  Vic Wertz adds a 2nd-inning grand slam off Whitey Ford.  Bill Skowron hits two homers for New York.

11th  One-hit shutout pitching by Bob Friend and HRs by Ernie Banks and Del Crandall pace the NL to a 5–4 win over the AL at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium in the first of 2 All-Star Games. Friend has notched 2 of the NL’s last 3 All-Star wins. Willie Mays has a single, double and triple.

12th  In a two-car collision that kills three people, Cardinals pitcher Bob Duliba suffers five broken ribs, a concussion, and kidney and knee injuries. The crash occurs near Columbia, Missouri as Duliba and his wife are driving to Kansas City for the wedding of teammate Ray Sadecki. One of the fatalities is a nine-month-old child, the daughter of a neighbor of Sadecki’s, who is riding in the Duliba’s car. Duliba will return to pitch for the Cards in 1962.

13th  Vern Law becomes the 2nd Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game, working 2 scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the NL bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game HR. Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 6–0 NL win, the 3rd shutout in All-Star Game history. Mays adds two singles as he has six hits in the two all-star games, including a single, double, triple and homer.

      Mark Scott, actor, broadcaster, and creator and host of Home Run Derby dies at age 45 of a heart attack. Scott had been the announcer for the Hollywood Stars (PCL) before the team left the city in 1957. In December 1959 filming started on Home Run Derby, which featured 19 major league sluggers. Hank Aaron won the only contest; the series died with Mr. Scott.

15th  San Francisco fog plays havoc with a Giants-Dodgers game. Willie McCovey’s invisible triple prompts umpire Frank Dascoli to halt play for 24 minutes. Los Angeles wins 5–3.

      At Briggs Stadium, Mantle cracks a three-run homer of Don Mossi, but Detroit rallies to win 8–4.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Braves stake Warren Spahn to a 7-0 lead and the ace hangs on for a 7-5 victory.  Joe Adcock slugs a grand slam for the Braves while Pancho Herrera punches two homers good for 4 RBIs for the Phils.

      Ernie Broglio strikes out 14 Cubs and allows one hit, a second inning single by Ed Bouchee, as the Cardinals whip the visiting Cubs, 6-0.

      Brooks Robinson goes 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle, to lead the Orioles to a 5–2 win over the White Sox.  With 3 hits yesterday, Robinson has 8 straight hits. His 9th inning triple off reliever Turk Lown, seals the win for Milt Pappas over starter Billy Pierce.

16th  At Briggs Stadium, Bob Turley (6-1) gives up 4 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 1st to Charlie Maxwell, as the Yankees roll to an 11-2 win over the Tigers.  Yogi Berra has 5 RBIs, 4 on a grand slam, and Roger Maris hits a 2-run homer in New York’s 5-run 9th inning.

17th  The Senators, losers of 10 straight to the Indians, sweep a pair from the Tribe, 3–2 and 5–3. The opening win is over Mudcat Grant, who had never lost to the Senators in 14 straight victories.

      In Detroit, the first-place Yankees drop a pair to the Tigers, losing  12-2 and 3-2, managing just 8 hits in each game. Yankee-killer Frank Lary stifles the Bombers in game 1, and is backed by a grand slam from Norm Cash and a 2-run homer from Rocky Colavito in Detroit’s 7-run 2nd inning. Colavito singles in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning of game 2 as Dartmouth’s Pete Burnside goes the distance. The Yankees maintain a 1 1/2 game lead over the Indians, swept in two games by the Senators.

      At Pittsburgh, the Reds tattoo 16 hits—10 off starter and loser Vern Law—to beat the Pirates, 6-5. Dick Groat has 4 hits for the Bucs and Rocky Nelson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs.  Watching Don Newcombe warm up for game 2, Pitt manager Danny Murtaugh notices that Newk’s sleeve lengths are different and calls it to the attention of the umps. Newk takes the mound but is told to change uniforms, becomes angry, and is tossed before even appearing in the game. Cal McLish is shoved in as the starter and gives up a run in the 1st, the only score young Tom Cheney needs as he allows 4 hits and wins, 5-0.

      Batting just .244 and not hitting for power, Willie McCovey, 1959 NL Rookie of the Year, is sent down to Tacoma (Pacific Coast League).

18th  The NL votes to expand to 10 clubs if the Continental League does not join organized baseball. The new NL clubs would invade CL territories.

      At Comiskey Park, Chicago’s Herb Score registers just one strikeout but beats the Red Sox, 9-1.  Roy Sievers pushes his consecutive hit streak to 21 games, longest in the majors this year.

      The Yanks score 5 runs in the 3rd off Dick Stigman, and Whitey Ford coasts to a complete game 9–2 victory over the Indians.

19th  In a spectacular ML debut, Giant Juan Marichal pitches no-hit ball until Clay Dalrymple pinch-hit singles with 2 out in the 7th. Marichal winds up with 12 strikeouts and a one-hit 2–0 win against the Phillies. Marichal is the first NL hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter.

      Roy Sievers’ 21-game hit streak, the longest for any player in 1960, ends, but White Sox teammate Luis Aparicio’s inside-the-park HR and Billy Pierce’s shutout beat Boston, 6–0.

      Senators ace Pedro Ramos pitches a one-hitter, bating Detroit, 5–0.  Colavito’s leadoff single in the 8th, a grounder that eludes SS Jose Valdivielso, is the lone safety.

      The Yankees outslug the Indians, 13–11, behind the slugging of Bill Skowron. Skowron follows a Berra blast with his 2nd homer in the 8th but Cleveland answers with 2 in the bottom of the 8th for an 11–8 lead. Moose then hits a bases-loaded double in the 9th to win it. Maris hits his 30th HR and Piersall homers for the Tribe.

20th  At Municipal Stadium, with Cleveland in the lead 8–2, Mantle golfs a Gary Bell pitch over the auxiliary scoreboard into the distant upper deck in RF, matching Luke Easter as the only players to reach that spot. It is Mantle’s 23rd of the year. Roger Maris hits his 31st of the season as both clangers come off Gary Bell. Cleveland holds on for an 8–6 win.  Vic Power has a pair of hits to run his consecutive hit streak to 20 games.

21st  Robin Roberts pitches his 3rd career one-hitter, and the 3rd one-hitter of the season in new Candlestick Park. Felipe Alou spoils Roberts’ no-hit bid in the 5th inning of a 3–0 Philadelphia win when 3B Joe Morgan fields the hit, but falls down and cannot make a throw.

22nd  At Fenway the Red Sox down the Indians 6–4. Vic Wertz has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs. Ted Williams also homers and, in the 7th inning, steals 2B. Williams sets a ML record as the only player to steal bases in 4 consecutive decades: he’ll be match by Rickey Henderson in 2000. Jimmy Piersall homers twice, both off winner Ike Delock.

      The Yankees purchase 33-year-old P Luis Arroyo from Jersey City (IL). He will be a key to New York’s 1960 pennant and a star in 1961.

23rd  Kansas City OF Whitey Herzog hits into the only all-Cuban triple play in ML history. The 3rd-inning action goes from Washington P Pedro Ramos, who snags a line drive by Herzog, to 1B Julio Becquer, to SS Jose Valdivielso. The win, however, goes to reliever Chuck Stobbs (7-2) as the Nats take an 8–3 decision. Killebrew has a 2-run homer.

      In an effort to distract Ted Williams during his at bats in the 6th and 8th innings, the Indians CF Jimmy Piersall goes into a war dance. Piersall gets tossed for his efforts and manager Joe Gordon is also ejected for arguing Jimmy’s case. It is Piersall’s 6th ejection of the season. Gordon had previously announced that any more ejections would cost Piersall $500 each, but he thinks today’s thumbing is unwarranted and waives the fine. AL president Joe Cronin is less forgiving and fines Piersall $100. The Indians win, 4–2, behind Jim Perry’s pitching and the first ML HR of Mike de la Hoz.

24th  Chicago’s 3rd straight win at Yankee Stadium and 8th straight overall, 6–3 behind Billy Pierce, gives the Sox a 2-game lead atop the AL. Eli Grba beats Herb Score 8–2 in the 2nd game to give New York a twin-bill split.

25th  The Bucs return to first place as Bob Friend defeats the Cardinals 4–2 in St. Louis. Pittsburgh will remain atop the NL for the rest of the season.

      The Reds spot the Cubs a 5–0 lead after 6 innings, then come back to win, 6–5, at Wrigley.

26th  After 38 consecutive scoreless innings over 4 games, the Phils push over a run in the 6th inning against the Cubs, and go on to win 4–3.  Philadelphia was coming off 3 straight shutouts at the hands of the Dodgers.

27th  William Shea, chairman of Mayor Robert Wagner’s New York baseball committee, announces the formation of the Continental League. The 5 founding cities are New York, Houston, Toronto, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

28thWith relief help from Bobby Shantz, Whitey Ford, who leaves with an upset stomach, picks up a 4–0 win over the Indians.  Kubek, Mantle, and Boyer homer for the pinstripers. The Yanks sweep, winning the nightcap, 9–2, and take over 1st place by 3 percentage points.

      The Red Sox, losers of 9 straight to the White Sox, beat Chicago 4–2, knocking the Pale Hose out of 1st. Boston OF Gary Geiger (.302), who homered yesterday against Chicago, suffers a collapsed lung and is out for the rest of the season.

      Felipe Alou’s third hit of the game drives in the winning run in the 10th and breaks up a pitching duel between Warren Spahn (11-7) and Juan Marichal (3-0). The Braves lose, 3-2, dropping them two games behind the Pirates.

      Big Frank Howard drives in 6 runs, four in the 1st inning on a grand slam, to lead the Dodgers to an 8-6 victory over the visiting Reds. Larry Sherry is the winner with 5 innings of relief.

29th  At Candlestick, the Giants edge the Reds, 2-1, as all the runs are scored on sac flies.

30th  Just as he predicts, Philadelphia P Art Mahaffey, just called up from Buffalo, picks off the first batter to get a hit against him.  Then with the next batter to get a hit, he does it again. Curt Flood and Bill White are the base runner victims, but St. Louis still wins 6–3. In his next game, the first batter to get a hit off Mahaffey will be Jim Marshall, and Mahaffey will pick him off as well. In the 1980s, Tippy Martinez will pick off 3 runners in one inning.

      At Wrigley Field, Glen Hobbie scatters 7 hits as the Cubs beat the first-place Pirates, 6-1.  Bob Friend gives up 2 runs in 6 innings and the Cubs then jump on Elroy Face for 4 runs in the 7th, 3 on a homer by George Altman. Pittsburgh now leads the NL by 2 games.

In a game that features 8 homeruns, the visiting Braves outlast the Dodgers to win, 8-7, in 11 innings.  Tommy Davis has a solo homer and a grand slam for LA, while Lew Burdette, the 5th pitcher for the Braves, cracks a homer off Larry Sherry in the 11th to win his own game.

31st  At Yankee Stadium, the A’s push over three unearned runs in the 11th on two throwing errors by 3B Hector Lopez to top New York, 5–2, in the first of two.  Art Ditmar rights the ship by shutting out the A’s, 6-0, in game 2.

      At Washington, the White Sox sweep two from the Senators, winning 5-2 behind Early Wynn and 9-5 behind Bob Shaw.  Minnie Minoso has a 2-run homer in game 1 and another homer in game 2 as he goes 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and scores 3 runs. The Sox now lead the AL by 1 1/2 games.

      At Memorial Stadium, Brooks Robinson clouts a 1st-inning grand slam as he collects 3 hits and drives in 5 runs in the Orioles 6-5 triumph over the Indians.

      Bill White has 3 hits, including a grand slam off Gene Conley (3-1), to pace the Cardinals to a 9-2 win over the Phils in game 1.  Curt Simmons pitches in with 2 hits and 2 runs. White has a 2-run homer in game 2, as Stan Musial and Joe Cunningham also homer for the Birds in a 5-3 win.

      A game between Memphis and Chattanooga (Southern Association) is postponed because the 94-degree weather is too much for the spectators in Memphis’s roofless Tobey Field.