1963 July

1st  The Reds send C Jesse Gonder and cash to the Mets for 3B Charlie Neal and C Sammy Taylor. Cincinnati also sells 2B Don Blasingame to Washington.

2nd  Nipping Curt Simmons and St. Louis, 1–0, Don Drysdale puts the Dodgers into first place for good.

      In a classic pitching matchup in San Francisco between the 2 Hall of Famers, the Braves Warren Spahn gives up 9 hits in 15 1/3 innings, while Juan Marichal allows 8 hits in 16 innings while striking out 10. With the score tied at the end of 15, When asked by his manager at then end of 15 if he could go another inning Juan Marichal said, “If that old guy in the Braves dugout can do it, so can I.” Willie Mays’s round-tripper off Spahn at 12:31 a.m. in the bottom of the 16th gives Marichal a 1–0 win, the NL’s longest win ended by a HR. Both pitchers go the distance in one of the greatest matchups ever.

      The first-place Yankees whitewash the White Sox, 3-0, behind Al Downing’s nifty one-hitter.  The only safety for the Sox is a 7th-inning single by Cam Carreon.

3rd  At Houston, the Reds John Tsitouris allows just 2 hits in beating Houston, 2–1. Cincy collects just 2 hits in the win, scoring the first run on Johnny Edwards homer and the 2nd when Rusty Staub misses a pickoff throw from Hal Woodeshick and Pete Rose scores from 1B.

      In a split with the Orioles, Minnesota SS Zoilo Versalles ties an AL mark by making 5 errors. The Twins win 7–5, then lose 4–3.

4th  The Reds drop a pair to Houston, losing 5–2 and 6–2.  Rusty Staub has a homer and 3 RBIs in game 1 and Jim Campbell breaks a 2-2 tie in game 2 with an 8th-inning grand slam off of Joey Jay (3-12). A bright spot for the Reds is Vada Pinson, who extends his batting streak to 23 games.

      The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 6th, 4 on a grand slam by Ken McMullen, all with no outs as they down the Cardinals, 10-7. Jim Gilliam chips in with 4 RBIs. The Cardinals now trail the 1st-place Dodgers by 2 1/2 games.

5th  At Candlestick Park, the Giants edge the Cardinals, 6-5, in 11 innings. Catcher Tim McCarver steals home for the Cards in the 5th inning on the front end of a double steal with Julian Javier.

6th  Bob Radovich of Spokane no hits Hawaii, 18-0, in a game that needs league officials at the end.  PCL President Dewey Soriano calls Islanders pinch runner Stan Palys, who had deliberately allowed himself to be hit by a two-out 9th inning ground ball, out for interference.  Otherwise, the play would have gone into the books as an automatic base hit as well as the final out.

7th  Third sacker Jim Ray Hart debuts with the Giants singling and doubling during a 15-inning, 4–3 squeaker over the Cards at Candlestick. In the 2nd game, Hart ignores Willie Mays’ advice not to dig in against Bob Gibson. Gibson’s first pitch dusts him and the second pitch breaks his collarbone, as the Cards prevail, 5-0, over Juan Marichal. Gibson drives in 2 runs and Stan Musial has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer.

      The Senators are in session, sweeping a pair from the visiting Angels, 7-3 and 6-4.  Don Zimmer has a pair of doubles in the opener and drives in 3 runs. He continues in the nightcap with a 1st-inning grand slam, off Paul Foytack.

8th  Reports of Charlie Finley’s intention to move the Kansas City A’s to Oakland surface during the All-Star break at Cleveland.

9th  Willie Mays is held to a single, but dominates a 5–3 NL win in the All-Star Game. He also walks, steals twice, scores twice, bats in a pair, and makes a great catch. It is Stan Musial’s 24th All-Star appearance, a record. Musial’s teammates comprise the starting infield for the NL: 1B Bill White, 2B Julian Javier, SS Dick Groat, and 3B Ken Boyer.  Javier was chosen as the replacement for Pittsburgh’s injured 2B, Bill Mazeroski.

11th  Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in pitching the Reds to a 7–3 second-game win over the visiting Cubs. In the opener, the Cubs win 7–0, scoring 7 runs in the 11th inning.

13th  At Kansas City in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Cleveland’s Early Wynn leaves with a lead after struggling through 5 innings. Four scoreless relief innings by Jerry Walker enables Wynn to score his 300th career victory 7–4. It has taken Wynn six tries—three with the Sox and three with the Indians—to cop his 300th career win. He’ll make 15 more appearances for the Tribe without gaining another victory.

14th  The Red Sox and the Angels split a pair in LA, with the Haloes taking the opener, 10-8. The Red Sox make a go of it as Lu Clinton hits a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Paul Foytack, the second slam off Foytack in a week.  Chet Nichols earns his only win of the year in the 5-0 Boston victory in game 2.

      In Minnesota, the Twins sweep a doubleheader with the Indians, winning 5-3 and 8-2.  Earl Battey has a 3-run homer in game 1 to back Jim Kaat.  In game 2, Harmon Killebrew hits his 20th homer, two behind the leader Bob Allison,  and Don Mincher his first.  Mincher’s is a 1st-inning grand slam.

15th  At Comiskey Park, White Sox pitcher Gary Peters throws a brilliant one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking none, as he subdues the Orioles, 4-0. The only baserunner is opposing pitcher Robin Roberts, who singles in the 3rd inning.

      Just here for my bat, skip. Mets pitcher Carl Willey goes 5 innings in game 1 and records a win, as the Mets beat the Colts, 14-5. Willey, a career .099 hitter, helps his cause with a grand slam. Don Nottebart allows 3 hits as Houston takes game 2, 8-0.  The 45’s shoot down Roger Craig (2-15) with a 5-run 1st inning.

16th In Philadelphia, the Dodgers take game 1 of a twinbill, 5-2, behind Sandy Koufax (16-3). The Phils score in the 7th inning to snap Koufax’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 33. The Phils rebound in game 2 to win 10-2 behind Dallas Green. Johnny Callison is 4-for-4 including a pair of homers.

17th Gus Triandos belts a grand slam in the Tigers 6-run 8th as Detroit puts away Baltimore, 9-1. Hank Aguirre is the winner.

      At Kansas City, Charlie Lau hits a 3-run 1st-inning homer and George Alusik adds an 8th-inning pinch grand slam as the Athletics down the Red Sox, 8-1.  Diego Segui allows one run in 8 innings for the win.

19th With one out and a man on in the 9th, Roy Sievers hits his 300th career HR to give the Phils a 2–1 win over the Mets. Roger Craig is the victim, his 13th straight loss.

       Harper drives in all the runs in the Reds 5–2 win over the Giants. Harper has two home runs and a single for Cincinnati. Willie McCovey has an RBI-single to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 24.

20th  Both the Giants and Reds cancel batting practice (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder in Redleg Journal) because of a total eclipse of the sun. The Reds then win, 3–2, over the visiting Giants.

21st  Jerry Lynch’s ML record-tying 14th pinch-hit HR, a 3-run shot off the Cubs Lindy McDaniel in the 9th inning, ties the game. The Bucs total 22 hits and win game 2, 6–5, in 14 innings. The Cubs take the opener 5–1.

      At County Stadium, the Braves sweep the first-place Dodgers, winning 7-2 and 13-7.  Bob Sadowski wins his first of the year in the opener, while Tony Cloninger is the winner in game 2 with 5 innings of relief.  Joe Torre drives in 4 runs in the nightcap to pace a balanced attack. Ron Fairly is most of the Dodger offense in game 2 with 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

      The NL sets a 20th century mark for most hits today with 183.

22ndDiomedes Olivo, who will split his time between the Cards (5–6 in 1963) and Atlanta (International League) pitches a 1–0 no-hitter for Atlanta over Toronto. At “45 something” Olivo is likely the oldest pitcher in OB to toss a no-hitter.

23rdAt Wrigley, Jim Maloney pitches a one hitter as the Reds edge the Cubs, 1–0. Ellis Burton’s single in the first inning is the only hit for Chicago.

      The Tigers take two from the White Sox, winning 5-1 and 6-4.  In game 1, Norm Cash’s 8th inning grand slam snaps a 1-1 tie and Hank Aguirre wins his 9th. Cash adds another homer in game 2 off losing pitcher Dave DeBusschere. Al Kaline has 3 hits and 3 RBIs in game 2. The two losses leave the Sox in a 4-way tie for 2nd place, 9 games out.

24th  The Royals sweep a pair at Fenway, winning 5–2 and 7–6. The A’s Ken Harrelson homers over Red Sox bullpen in right CF, a rare feat for RH hitter.

      Minnie Minoso’s 2nd-inning grand slam gives the Senators a 4-0 lead over the Orioles, but Jackie Brandt hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the frame and the Birds fly to an 8-5 victory.

      The Twins win over the Indians as Dick Stigman and Jim Kaat toss shutouts. The Twins take game 1, 9-0, as Don Mincher hits 2 of Minnesota’s 4 homers. In game 2, Dick Donovan matches Kaat for 8 innings but the Twins score 5 in the 9th to win, 5-0. Kaat hits a 3-run homer for the coup de grace.

      Bob Turley, released today by the Angels, signs with the Red Sox.

26th  The Colts chase Tracy Stallard in the 1st inning, scoring 7 runs with 4 coming on a grand slam by Bob Aspromonte. It is his 2nd of the year as Houston beats the Mets, 7-3.  Galen Cisco pitches 7+ innings in relief of Stallard (3-9).

27thThe Mets hand Jimmy Piersall his release and the veteran outfielder will immediately sign with the Angels. New York then loses to Houston, 1–0, as Bob Bruce shuts them out. Mets 1B Frank Thomas pulls a hidden ball trick on Jimmy Wynn. Piersall, who had been acquired by the Mets from Washington for Gil Hodges, had a 3-hit game for New York and one for Washington. He will have a 4-hit game for the Angels in his brief stop there, the only Met this century to have a 3-hit game for three different teams in the same season.

28th The Mets’ 8–2 loss at Houston is their 22nd straight away from the Polo Grounds, and matches the ML record by the 1890 Pirates.

      Orlando Pena tosses a 2-hitter as the Athletics take game 1 against the Indians, 3-0. On a pair of homers, the Indians score 7 in the 6th inning of game 2 to win, 12-7. Al Luplow solos and Johnny Romano slams.

      In the first of two at Chicago, Dick Ellsworth strikes out 10 Cardinals, including Stan Musial 3 times, in a 5–1 win. The wind shifts in game 2 as the two teams combine for 9 homeruns, one shy of the current NL record (10 have been hit in 5 different games: 11 will be hit in 1967). Lou Brock is the only player to hit two, and he adds a triple for 5 RBIs for the Cubs as they win, 16-11. Lindy McDaniel earns the win with 3 shutout innings of 1-hit ball.

29thChicago’s Joel Horlen flirts with a no-hitter against the Senators, going 8 /13 innings before giving up a bouncing single up the middle to Chuck Hinton. One out later, Don Lock keys a 2–1 Washington win with a home run.

      Dean Chance evens his record (10-10) with a nifty 2-hitter, striking out 12 as the Angels crush the Indians, 11-0. Felix Torres has a double and, in the 8-run 3rd inning, a grand slam.

30thThe Phillies tally 11 hits off the Giants Billy O’Dell, but the Digger shuts them out, 5–0.

31st  The Indians become the first AL club to hit 4 straight HRs. Number 8 hitter Woody Held begins with a 2-out blast off Paul Foytack, pitcher Pedro Ramos follows with his second of the game, Tito Francona makes it 3 straight, and rookie SS Larry Brown’s first ML 4-bagger finishes the string. Foytack sets a dubious ML record—the only pitcher to give up 4 straight HRs and there won’t be another reliever who surrenders 4 in an inning until Embree in 2001. The Indians win, 9–5, in the second of 2 with the Angels as Ramos strikes out 15 batter in 8 1/3 innings.  Fred Whitfield, who has a grand slam in game 2, hits a solo homer in game 1 off Newman for the only score. Barry Latman is the winner.

      Ralph Terry of the Yankees, uses just 75 pitches in a five-hitter, winning, 3–2, over the Kansas City A’s.  Terry has no walks and 5 strikeouts.