1964 July

1stIt’s “Taxi Day” at Yankee Stadium and nearly 5,000 cabbies and their families are on hand as Kansas City runs up the meter to win, 5–4.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Cubs, 5–5. Pete Rose ends the game with a 10th inning homer.

2nd  At Memorial Stadium, the Angels Willie Smith has 4 hits, including a 9th inning tie-breaking grand slam, as he drives in 6 runs. Jackie Brandt has a pair of homers good for 4 RBIs for the Orioles.

3rd  Birdie Tebbetts returns to limited duty as manager of the Indians.

4th  Manny Jimenez, who went the entire 1963 season without a HR, hits 3, and goes 4-for-4 for Kansas City against Baltimore. The game ends in a 6–6 tie when halted by a special curfew so a fireworks display can take place in Baltimore.

      With an 11-inning 5-2 win over the host Giants, the Phillies take over first-place from San Francisco.  Jim Bunning (9-2) goes 10 innings for the win. The Giants runs come in the 1stinning on a 2-run homer by Duke Snider, the last of his career. It is #407. Fittingly, it comes on July 4. The future Hall of Famer is the all-time leader for homeruns on July 4thwith 9.

      In New York, Minnesota is leading 5–4, when Mickey Mantle parks a 3-run shot off Al Worthington in the 8th to win it, 7–5. Joe Pepitone garners a walk; he won’t walk again till September 9.

      The Red Sox hand Earl Wilson a 9-run first and he coasts to a 13-5 victory over the visiting Angels. Lee Thomas belts a grand slam in the opening frame to start the scoring.

5th  Dennis Bennett beats Juan Marichal, 2–1, to give the Phillies a 3-game sweep of the Giants at Candlestick. The Phils hold a 1 1⁄2 game lead at the All-Star break.

      At Comiskey, the White Sox twice shut out the Indians, winning2-0 behind Juan Pizarro and 5-0 behind Joel Horlen.

6th  The NL and its umpires settle on a contract lasting until December 1969. The league provides increased pension and insurance payments.

7th  Johnny Callison’s 9th-inning 3-run HR off Dick Radatz caps a 4-run rally and gives the NL a 7–4 win in the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium. This evens the series at 17.

10th  Jesus Alou becomes the first Giant with 6 hits in a game in almost 40 years, as San Francisco beats the Cubs 10–3. All 6 hits are against different pitchers.

11th  Vic Power of the Angels is fined $250 and suspended 10 days for spitting on ump Jim Honochick after a close play during a doubleheader loss to the White Sox 7–4 and 6–1 the previous day.

12th  In Kansas City, Pete Ward belts a homer in the game 1 victory as the White Sox beat the Athletics, 3-1.  Ward adds a grand slam and 5 RBIs in game 2 as the Sox come back from a 4-2 deficit to win, 11-4. Manny Jimenez has a pair of roundtrippers for KC.

13th  The Yankees clout 4 homers in Cleveland to top the Tribe, 10–4. Tom Tresh has a pair, and Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer chip in as well.

14th  Jack Sanford of the Giants undergoes arm surgery.

Oriole Bob Johnson’s 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter sets an AL mark, but the Yankees win 4–3.

15th  Whitey Ford’s 2–0 win over the Orioles raises the Yankees to first place.

      In the first of 2 with Cleveland, Wes Stock wins his 12th straight game, all in relief, winning 5–3. The A’s take the nightcap 3–2 in KC.

      Minnesota’s Mudcat Grant tosses a 6–0 shutout against the Senators, despite allowing 13 Nat hits.  The record for most hits allowed in a 9–inning shutout is 14, done twice before.

16th  Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6–1 outing against the Yankees and Jim Bouton.

17th  The first-place O’s win again as Robin Roberts shuts out Detroit 5–0, despite giving up 11 hits.

      The Phillies regain first place with a 7–5 win against the Pirates. They will hold the lead until September 27th.

18th  Ken Boyer, with a grand slam, Bill White, and Tim McCarver of the Cards hit consecutive 8th-inning HRs in a 15–7 bombing of the Mets. The Birds score 11 runs in the frame and almost make it four homers in a row when Mike Shannon hits a double high off the LF wall. White adds two doubles and a single.

      The Reds Pete Rose hits the only grand slam of his career as he drives in 6 runs in the Reds’ 14–4 home win against the Phillies. His grand slam is served up by Dallas Green.

      At Fenway, the battery of Earl Wilson and Bob Tillman assault the Senators, driving in 8 runs as the Red Sox prevail, 12-6. Wilson and Tillman each hits 2-run homers and Tillman adds a grand slam.

19th  Luis Tiant debuts with a 4-hit, 11 strikeout, 3–0 win for Cleveland at Yankee Stadium, just the third pitcher in history to win at Yankee Stadium in his ML debut. Clem Dreisewerd, in 1944, was the last. The losing pitcher is Whitey Ford. Tiant was brought up yesterday after a 15–1 record at Portland (AAA).

      Chicago edges the A’s, 3–2, in 13 innings when pitcher Gary Peters socks a pinch homer.

      Joe Adcock drives in 4 runs as the Angels use a 14-hit attack to whip the Twins, 8-6, in the first of two games. Rich Rollins has a grand slam for the Twins.  Adcock clubs a pair of solo homers in game 2, and Lu Clinton also solos as Dean Chance shuts down the Twins, 4-0.

21st  Norm Cash and George Thomas each belt two homers off Bill Monbouquette, but the Red Sox prevail over the Tigers, 7-5. Dick Stuart’s 3-run homer in the 8th is the big blow.

      Jerry Lynch’s 5th-inning grand slam, off Ray Sadecki, is the difference as the Pirates double the Cardinals, 8-4.

22nd  Led by Willie Stargell, who hits for the cycle, the Pirates roll over the Cards 13–2. Bob Veale is the winner.

23rd  A’s rookie Bert Campaneris helps send Minnesota to defeat 4–3 with 3 hits, including 2 HRs, in his ML debut. The first comes on the first pitch thrown to him, by Jim Kaat, just the second AL player to debut like that. The 21-year-old Cuban joins Bob Nieman as the only player since 1900 with 2 HRs in his first ML game. Doc Edwards seals the win with an 11thinning solo homer.

      Just here for my bat, Skip.  Reliever Jack Baldschun, a lifetime .090 hitter, hits a 2-out 10th inning single to start a 3-run scoring outburst for the Phils. Baldschun is then replaced by Dennis Bennett, who pitches a scoreless 10th for a 13-10 win over the Braves.  Johnny Callison has 2 homers and 5 RBIs for the Phils.

      Led by Lew Burdette’s 2 singles, triple and homer, the Cubs down the Giants, 13-4. Len Gabrielson adds a 3-run homer and Billy Williams a 2-run shot. Burdette’s 4-hit game is the second of his career: no pitcher in the last half of the 20th century will match that.

24thHank Aguirre gives up 5 runs on three homers to New York in the first 4 innings, but the Tigers overcome a 5–2 deficit to win 10–5.

      Gene Oliver and Lee Maye each drive in 3 runs as the Braves top the Mets, 8-5.  For New York, Larry Elliot homers in his 4th straight game.

25th  The Twins tie an AL record by using 9 pitchers in a 13-inning game they lose 6–5 to the White Sox. Gerry Fosnow (0-1) is the loser; Don Mossi (2-1)—the 5th Chicago pitcher—is the winner.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, Ken Boyer hits two homers, including his second grand slam of the week, as the Cardinals take a comfortable 10-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th. The Phillies then plate 7 runs, ending the game when John Herrnstein hits a sac fly that turns into a DP with an out at 2B. Alex Johnson debuts for the Phils with 3 hits.

26th  In Cleveland, the Red Sox sweep a pair but pay a penalty when  LF Tony Conigliaro suffers a broken arm in game 2 when he is hit by a Pedro Ramos pitch. Ed Connolly pitches 6 scoreless innings in the 3-1 win. In game 1, Conigliaro hits his 20th homer to back Earl Wilson’s 4-hit, 6-1 victory.  Conigliaro was not through breaking things as he gets fined $250 by manager Johnny Pesky for breaking curfew. It is the third time this season he’s broken curfew.

      In Philadelphia, the first-place Phils drop a doubleheader to St. Louis and two lefty pitchers. Rookie Gordon Richardson tops the Phils 6–1 in his first ML start, then Ray Sadecki beats them 4–1 in the nightcap.

      The Braves sweep the Mets in a doubleheader at Shea, but Atlanta uses 11 pitchers to do it.  The Mets also use 11 pitchers, a two-team record, as the Braves win 11–7 and 15–10. Game 2 features 39 hits. Rico Carty drives in 5 runs and Hank Aaron finishes the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 9th.  Both wins go to Chi Chi Olivo who toils just 2 2/3 innings.

      The Reds and Pirates split a pair with the Bucs taking the opener, 7-2 and the Reds coming back for a 5-1 win. Willie Stargell homers in each game and Leo Cardenas hits a grand slam in game 1.

27th  Reds manager Fred Hutchinson enters a Cincinnati hospital for further cancer treatment. Dick Sisler takes the helm.

28th  The Angels Jim Fregosi hits for the cycle to assure a 3–1 win over the Yankees. New York’s only score is a Mantle homer over the CF fence at Chavez Ravine, one of only two hits off Dean Chance. It’s the first homer given up by Chance in 69 innings.

31st  The Giants take advantage of 3 errors by Bill Mazeroski and 2 by Bob Bailey to tip the bumbling Bucs, 8–6.  Maz’s last error, on a potential DP ball in the 9th, helps the Giants score 3 runs. Willie Mays has 3 singles and 3 runs to lead the attack. The Giants remain 1 1/2 games in back of the Phils, but learn that Juan Marichal has back spasms and will not pitch again until August 25th.

      At Philadelphia, 24,197 see Chris Short, with help from Jack Baldschun, stop the Dodgers, 6–1.  John Callison starts the Phils scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st, off Ron Moeller. Tommy Davis hits an 8th inning double that caroms off 2B Tony Taylor’s mouth, kayoing both Taylor and Chris Short. Maury Wills has 4 singles and drives in the lone run.

      The Cards send down Glen Hobbie and bring up knuckleballer Barney Schultz.