1962 July

1st  Albie Pearson becomes the first player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a doubleheader (both 9-inning games). Los Angeles splits with the Yankees, losing 6–3 before winning 12–5. Reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nightcap by driving in 4 runs on a pair of singles.  The Yanks take over 1st place.

      The White Sox drop Cleveland to 3rd place while winning a pair 5–4 and 7–6. In the 2nd game they also set a ML record with 3 run-scoring sacrifice flies in the 5th inning when they score 6 runs. Indian RF Gene Green makes the first put out of the 6th inning, but then muffs two other fly balls, both of which are credited as sacrifice flies, the scorer assuming the runners on 3rd could have scored anyway.

2nd  In the first game of a doubleheader, P Johnny Podres of the Dodgers ties the modern NL record with 8 consecutive strikeouts in a 5–1 win. Willie Davis supplies the offense with a grand slam. Stan Williams is the game 2 winner 4–0, and also hits a homer as the Dodgers sweep Philadelphia and move into first place.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mantle deposits a 6th inning homer halfway up the third tier in right to lead New York to a 8–4 win over the A’s.  Mick walks his other three times up.

      At Busch Stadium, Eddie Mathews has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Braves top the Cardinals, 7-3.  Lew Burdette is the winner.

      At Cincinnati, Reds 1B Gordy Coleman hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Cubs, 4–3.

3rd  The Yankees need all 5 home runs—2 each by Mantle and Maris, plus one by Bobby Richardson—to edge the A’s, 8–7. Mantle’s 2nd homer, in the 8th, is the tiebreaker.

      The Cardinals and Braves split a pair, with St. Louis taking the opener, 6-5. Ray Washburn is the winner, driving in 2 runs, with relief help from Lindy McDaniel. McDaniel earns the save but gives up a run, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings at 29.2. Game 2 is suspended with the score tied at 5 apiece, but Eddie Mathews will finish it tomorrow with a 2-run 9th inning homer to give the Braves a 7-5 win. Mathews has 4 RBIs.

4th  The Angels win for the 14th time in 20 games and move into first place by sweeping Washington 4–2 and 4–1 in DC.  Leon Wagner and Felix Torres hit 2-run homers in game 1, and Ken McBride wins the nightcap with help from Dean Chance.

      The Indians sweep a pair of extra-inning games with the visiting Tigers, winning 1-0, in 10 innings in game 1, then winning in the 13th in game 2, 6-2, when Don Dillard cracks a grand slam.  Jim Perry outduels Hank Aguirre in the opener and scores the winning run. Doc Edwards extends game 2 with a 10th-inning homer.

      The Yanks and A’s split in New York, with Kansas City winning the opener, 11–1 on five Yankee errors. In the nightcap, Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 5th to tie the game, and the Yanks score 5 in the 6th inning to ice it, 7–3. In the 6th, Mantle adds another homer, his 389th, to move into 7th place on the all-time list, just ahead of Duke Snider.

      The combination of Mays and McCovey is too much for the Mets as the Giants win at home, 11-3 and 10-4.  McCovey is 3-for-3, with 2 homers in game 1 and drives in 7 runs. Mays has a single and triple to score 2 and drive in 2.  Mays continues in the nightcap with 2 homers and 5 RBIs.

      The San Francisco Giants sign Santa Clara College P Bob Garibaldi for a $150,000 bonus. Garibaldi was the MVP of the college world series despite losing two games.

5th  At Cleveland, Rocky Colavito belts 3 homers good for 5 RBIs, but his Tigers fall short, 7-6. John Romano and Al Luplow drive in 3 runs apiece and Luplow’s replacement in LF, Don Dillard, hits a walkoff homer in the 9th for the win.

6th  The Indians regain first place from the Angels, as Ruben Gomez beats Early Wynn and the White Sox 5–3.

      The Yankees edge the Twins 7–5 in Bloomington, as Mantle and Maris each hit a pair of home runs.  The M&M boys hit back to back homers in the 1st inning, off Camilo Pascual (12–4), the 3rd time in 4 games they’ve hit back-to-back shots. New York is a half-game in back of Cleveland.

      The Kansas City Athletics come back from a 4-run deficit to score 7 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Senators, 12-9.

      At the Polo Grounds, Rod Kanehl hits the first grand slam in Mets history, off Bobby Shantz, in a 6-run 8th inning as the Mets trounce the Cardinals, 10-3. Felix Mantilla is 4-for-4 for New York.

7th  The Athletics again spot the Senators a 4-run lead and score 5 runs in the 8th inning, off reliever Dave Stenhouse, and edge the Senators, 9-8. Bobby Del Greco’s 2-run homer is the big blow in the frame. Not until the Yankees, on July 30 and 31st, 2005 against the Twins will an AL team come back in consecutive games trailing by 4 runs.

      At Dodger Stadium, Don Schwall (3-10) takes the win as the Red Sox edge the Angels, 5-4. Jim Pagliaroni helps with a 3-run homer. Eddie Yost picks up a base on balls as a pinch hitter, the last walk in his remarkable 18-year career. He’ll finish this his last year hitting .240 with a .412 OBP and post career numbers of .254/.394. His base on balls total of 1614 is surpassed only by Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Mel Ott (other players will subsequently push him lower on the list).

8th  The Yankees complete a 3-game sweep in Minnesota, winning 9–8 to regain first place. They will remain there the rest of the way.

      The Dodgers take first place as Don Drysdale saves Sandy Koufax’s 13th win 2–0 against San Francisco. Los Angeles will remain in first until the final day of the season.

      With HRs in his first 3 at bats, 41-year-old Stan Musial of the Cardinals not only becomes the oldest player to hit 3 in a game but also ties the ML record of 4 straight HRs, as the Cards whip the Mets 15–1. His HR in the 2nd game the day before won the game 3–2.

      Cincinnati uses 9 pitchers to win the 13-inning 2nd game against the Houston Colt 45s 12–11. This sets an NL record and ties the ML mark. Houston scores once in the 13th and Cincy scores twice to win. Frank Robinson has a grand slam and scores 3 runs, while Gordy Coleman has 3 runs and 3 RBIs.  The Reds also win the first game 12–8, battling back from an 8–3 deficit.

9th  At a meeting held in conjunction with the All-Star Game, the ML players request a reduced schedule for the 1963 season. They also vote unanimously to continue playing 2 All-Star Games each year.

10th  Roberto Clemente has 3 hits as the NL wins 3–1 in the first All-Star Game of 1962, at DC Stadium. Don Drysdale allows no runs in the first 3 innings, but the win goes to Marichal, pitching the 4th and 5th.  The AL scores its only run off knuckler Bob Purkey.

12thFor the first time since 1938, when the Waner brothers pulled the trick, brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron homer in the same inning. Both are hit in the last of the 9th, and Hank’s grand slam provides the winning margin in an 8–6 Braves win over the Cards.

      The Senators send 1B Dale Long to the Yankees for OF Don Lock. Long will hit .298 in pinstripes this year.

13th  In Kansas City, the Red Sox outlast the A’s, 11–10, in 15 innings. Boston collects 21 hits to KC’s 20. Lou Clinton wins the marathon with an RBI single and adds the cycle as he goes 5-for-7. Dick Radatz is the winner over Ed Rackow.  KC catcher Haywood Sullivan is 4-for-4 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 10th.

      Orioles C Charley Lau hits 4 doubles in a 10–3 victory over Cleveland to tie a ML record.  Charlie’s average jumps to .294.

      Cubs rookie Cal Koonce (8-2) stops the Reds on one hit, a single by Don Blasingame, to win, 1–0. It is the first of four times that the Dixie Blazer will collect the only hit in a game (the ML record is five). The Cubs only run is unearned off Bob Purkey (14-3).

16th  Johnny Logan’s first homer of the year is a grand slam off Ray Sadecki as the Pirates top the Cardinals, 5-2.

17th  Sandy Koufax leaves after one inning of a 7–5 loss at Cincinnati. The 14-game winner has a circulatory problem in the index finger and palm of his pitching hand and will be sidelined until late September.

      At Los Angeles, Ken McBride (10–3) wins his 9th straight, beating Detroit, 1–0, on a 3-hitter. Bilko singles and scores the only run off Aguirre in the 4th.  LA takes over 2nd place in the AL.

18th  Minnesota is the first 20th-century club to hit 2 grand slams in one inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew connect in a team-record, 11-run first inning, against Cleveland. Barry Latman and Jim Perry serve the grand gophers. The Twins coast home, 14–3.

19th  John W. Cox, the owner of the General Packaging Company, as well as the owner of Yankee Stadium, donates the facility “lock, stock and barrel” to Rice University, his alma mater.  Cox has owned the Stadium since 1955. The university will derive the income from the rental of the Stadium, while the land underneath goes to the Knights of Columbus. Rice will relinquish ownership in 1971, when the city of New York will acquire it through eminent domain. New York will pay the university $2.5 million as compensation.

20th  Mantle homers in the first inning off Washington starter Steve Hamilton to propel New York to a 3–2 victory.  Mantle goes 3-for-4 and his on-base percentage is now .516.

21st  The Angels Ken McBride (11–3) wins his 10th in a row stopping Cleveland, 5–0, on 4 hits. McBride has thrown 21 straight scoreless innings, but this is his last win of the year.

      Houston P Dick Farrell admits to having thrown a spitball to Stan Musial in the previous day’s game against the Cardinals.

      The Reds purchase pitcher Joe Nuxhall from San Diego (PCL). For Nuxhall, it is his 3rd tour of duty with the Reds.

22nd  Floyd Robinson of the White Sox goes 6-for-6, all singles, as Chicago defeats Boston 7–3 at Fenway Park. Robinson raises his average 12 points, to .319 and ties for 1st in RBIs with 71.

23rd  Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

      At Cincinnati, Reds pitcher Jim O’Toole loses his no hit bid when Bob Skinner doubles in the 8th inning.  O’Toole finishes with a 3–0 one-hitter against the Pirates.

25th  Stan Musial becomes the NL’s all-time leader in runs batted in with 1,862, driving in both of the Cardinal runs in a 5–2 loss to the Dodgers.

      With Frank Robinson going 4-for-4 the Reds pound out 21 hits in defeating the Pirates, 13–6. Smoky Burgess has a pair of homer for the Bucs.

      At County Stadium, Eddie Mathews and Joe Adcock each hit two homers to lead the Braves to an 11-5 victory over the Mets. Adcock’s 2nd homer is a grand slam.

26th  In New York, P Gene Conley and IF Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear after a 13–3 loss to the Yankees. Conley is the loser in the game, pitching 2 2/3 inning, and walking in 2 of the 8 earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play.  Bouton is the winner, shutting out the Hubmen for 6 innings. They leave the team bus in traffic to use a rest room in a bar and fail to return before the bus drives off. As Conley relates years later in the Boston Globe, “So we got off and went in this bar, and when we came back out, Pumpsie said, `Hey, that bus is gone,’ and I said, `We are, too!’” Green rejoins the team the next day in Washington, D.C., but Conley takes a hiatus during which he attracted media attention in attempting to fly to Jerusalem. As told by Conley, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkeyfined him $1,500 with the promise he would refund the money at the end of the season if Conley rededicated himself to the team, with Yawkey fulfilling the promise in September.

      Warren Spahn hits his 31st career homer, off Craig Anderson, setting an NL record for pitchers, in a 6–1 win over the Mets. The Mets suffer their 11th straight loss.

27th  The last-place Washington Senators pummel the Red Sox, winning 11-2 and 14-1. The Senators hit 4 homers in the opener, as Dave Stenhouse (10-4) scatters 13 hits, then hit 3 more homers in the nightcap as they total 20 hits in support of Don Rudolph.  Ken Hamlin has a grand slam and 5 RBIs in game 2. Galen Cisco is the losing pitcher in game 2 as he gives up 16 hits and 13 runs in just 5+ innings.

28th  On Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, White Sox knuckleballer Eddie Fisher loses a 3–0 shut out when he surrenders 7th inning homers to Mantle and Blanchard and loses, 4–3.

      Pumpsie Green returns to the Red Sox and is fined.

29th  Gene Conley contacts manager Mike Higgins by telegram, stating that he is “mostly tired,” and has “other plans.” He will return the next day to the Red Sox and will be fined $2,000.

      Don Drysdale pushes his record to 19–4 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants, winning 11-1. Howard has a HR and 3 singles to drive home 5 runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a HR.  Los Angeles now leads the Giants by 4 games.

      The Tigers and Angels split a pair in Detroit, with the Bengals winning game 1, 7-6, behind Jim Bunning (11-6). Game 2 is a barrage as the two teams combine for 8 homers, in a 12-8 Los Angeles win. LA hits five: Bilko, Felix Torres, Albie Pearson, Leon Wagner, and George Thomas.  For Detroit, Dick Brown, Norm Cash and Colavito go deep. In Cash’s case, he goes very deep, hitting his AL-high 30th homer over the right-field roof, the second time in three days he’s done it and the third time this year. Bob Botz serves up the blast today, while teammate Eli Grba did the honors on the 27th.  On May 11, it was Don Schwall with the honors.

30th  Homers by Leon Wagner, Pete Runnels, and Rocky Colavito power the AL past the NL 9–4 in the 2nd All-Star Game of 1962.

31st At D.C. Stadium, Mantle is on the bench with a wrenched knee, but Bill Skowron supplies the power with a grand slam. New York wins, 9–5.

      The NL rejects Commissioner Ford Frick’s proposal for inter-league play in 1963.