3rd Pre-game horseplay between Phillies teammates Frank Thomas and Richie Allen turns serious when Thomas swings a bat at Allen. Allen recovers enough to hit a 3-run triple in the 7th and Thomas hits a pinch homer to tie the game in the 8th inning. But the Reds prevail, 10–8. Following the game, the Phils release Thomas, who has had a history of irritating players before the incident with Allen, and he signs with Houston.
Denny McLain (6-3) allows one hit—a 4th inning single by Don Lock—as his Tigers edge the Senators, 1-0. Pete Richert allows 4 hits in the loss. There are just 3 runners left on base by the two teams.
4th Tony Oliva hits a 3-run homer and Harmon Killebrew adds a 2-run shot in the 9th as the Twins top the A’s, 5-2, and remain tied for first place with the Indians. Reliever Johnny Klippstein pitches 4 hitless innings for the win
5th Jim Maloney pitches the Reds to a 7–5 win against the Dodgers, as Cincinnati takes the NL lead.
Minnesota takes an AL lead it will not give up, as Dave Boswell and Jim Perry pitch the Twins to a 6–2 and 2–0 sweep of the Red Sox. The Sox win just one of 18 games with the Twins this year.
6th Don Demeter of the Phillies plays his record 226th consecutive game without an error in the OF. Finishing his string in the AL, Demeter will play 266 games without an error, a ML record, but his 226 mark will subsequently be broken in the NL by Doug Dascenzo.
7th The Reds move into first place with a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers. Leo Cardenas homers in the 9th for Cincy.
8th Joe Morgan is the first Houston player with 6 hits in a game, but the Braves beat the Astros 9–8 in 12 innings, thanks to Mike De La Hoz. De La Hoz hits a pinch homer in the 8th inning, ties the game in the 9th with a single when the Braves score 3 runs, and singles and scores the winning run to end the game. Morgan and Felipe Alou each have two homers.
At Connie Mack Stadium, Gaylord Perry pitches the Giants to a 10-2 victory in game 1. Perry allows 5 hits in beating Lew Burdette, who allows 8 runs in 4+ innings. Homeruns account for the scoring in game 2, a 4-2 win for the Phillies. Willie Mays and Willie McCovey hit homers for the Giants, while Dick Allen belts a grand slam for the Quakers.
9th Senators LF Frank Howard ties a ML record with 7 strikeouts in Washington’s twin-bill split with the Red Sox.
10th San Francisco’s Juan Marichal’s 14th win of the year is his 7th shutout, as he 2-hits the Phils 7–0.
Ron Fairly drives in 4 runs as the Dodgers double the host Pirates, 8-4, and stay a half game behind the Reds. Roberto Clemente hits a double to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games.
At Metropolitan Stadium, Jim Perry (6-0) scatters 4 hits in 8 innings as the Twins beat the Yankees, 4-1, in the first of two. In game 2, Clete Boyer hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Johnny Klippstein, and the Yankees earn a split, 8-6.
11th Winning by 6-0 scores, the Cubs twice shut out the Cardinals. Chris Krug slugs a 3-run homer in the opener as Larry Jackson is the winner, and Ernie Banks hits a 3-run shot in the nightcap, won by Cal Koonce.
13th Willie Mays’s HR, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored pace the NL to a 6–5 All-Star Game victory in Minnesota. Juan Marichal pitches 3 scoreless innings to earn game MVP.
15th Mickey Mantle’s 5th inning homer, off Phil Ortega, ties the game 1–1, and host New York goes on to top the Senators, 2–1.
17th Los Angeles returns to first place, as Claude Osteen beats the Cubs 7–2.
Football? Johnny Briggs has 3 hits, including a homer, and drives in 5 runs, while Johnny Callison adds a grand slam in the Phils 14-7 victory over the Reds. The Phillies amass 22 hits.
18th Twins manager Sam Mele is fined $500 and suspended 5 days following an altercation with umpire Bill Valentine in Minnesota’s doubleheader split with the Angels.
20th Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees becomes the first pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam since DeaconPhillippediditforthePiratesin1910. Stottlemyre’s bases-loaded drive in the 5th at Yankee Stadium, off Bill Monbouquette, assures him a 6–3 victory over the Red Sox.
Seven is a lucky number for the Braves as they score 7 runs in the 7th to beat the Mets, 7–1. Hank Aaron’s 2-run homer, off Larry Miller, is the capper on the scoring.
At Crosley Field Bob Bailey has 3 hits, including a homer, to drive in 5 runs, and Roberto Clemente homers as the Pirates edge the Reds, 8-6.
22nd Ed Bailey hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs, as the Cubs beat the Phillies 10–6 at Wrigley Field.
23rd Dick Stuart homers in a ML-record 23rd different park when he connects at Shea Stadium in Philadelphia’s 5–1 win. His park mark will be topped.
Bob Friend allows one hit—a 4th inning single by Don Landrum—in beating the Cubs, 6-0. The Pirates club three homers off Dick Ellsworth.
24thIn game 2 at the Astrodome, Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall loses his no hitter when Bob Lillis singles in the 8th inning. Nuxhall finishes with a 2–0 one hitter, striking out 11. Houston takes the opener, 4-2.
25thJohn Romano hits a 6th inning grand slam in the White Sox 10-6 victory over Detroit in game 1 of a twinbill. Tommy John (9-3) is the winner with 5 innings thrown, while Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 3 scoreless frames. Don Demeter has a pair of homers for the Tigers. In game 2, Norm Cash homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings as the Tigers take an 11-1 lead after 3 innings. Denny McLain (9-3) coasts to a 13-2 victory.
27th The Braves use 15 hits in downing the host Astros, 7-1. Tony Cloninger is the victor, helping himself with a triple. For the second game in a row, Felipe Alou leads off with a homerun.
At Boston, the Royals rake a pair from the Red Sox, winning 7-3 and 10-8. Young Tony Conigliaro has a pair of homers for Boston in game 1 and a grand slam in game 2.
Jim Gilliam has two intentional walks, a double, homer and 4 RBIs as the Dodgers outslug the 2nd-place Reds, 9-7. Maury Wills extends his hit streak to 20 straight games.
The Orioles waive veteran Robin Roberts, who was dissatisfied with not being a starting pitcher.
The official number of foreigners permitted on each Japanese team is lowered from 3 to 2. The Yomiuri Giants announce they will henceforth have no foreigners—a policy that lasts until 1975, when they sign 2B Davey Johnson.
28th RF Tony Conigliaro suffers a broken left wrist when hit by a Wes Stock pitch in a 6–0 Boston win over visiting Kansas City. He will miss 24 games.
At DC Stadium, Tony Oliva has his second 5-hit game in a week and Killebrew homers to pace the Twins to an 8-1 win over the Senators.
The Reds Sammy Ellis outpitches Sandy Koufax, as he beats the Dodgers, 4–1, striking out 12 batters.
30th Milwaukee manager Bobby Bragan says his pitchers threw 75 to 80 spitballs in a 9–2 loss to the Giants. Bragan says he ordered the spitters to prove rules against them are not being enforced.
31st Bob Buhl drives in 2 runs and picks up his 12th win as the Cubs edge the Pirates, 7-6. Willie Stargell makes it close with a 9th inning grand slam off Buhl.