1966 July

1st At Washington, Mantle homers in the first inning off Phil Ortega, as New York edges the Senators. 8–6. Mick scores another run when Joe Pepitone cracks a 2-run homer.

      At Shea, Woody Fryman (6-3) allows only a leadoff single, to Ron Hunt, who is thrown out stealing, as Pittsburgh stomps the Mets, 12-0.  Fryman walks none and strikes out 8 while facing just 27 batters.  Pagan, Mazeroski, Stargell and Clendenon homer for the Bucs.

2nd  Frank Howard, Don Lock, and Ken McMullen hit consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 6th inning, and Mike McCormick pitches a complete game, as Washington defeats a winless Whitey Ford and the Yankees, 10–4. McCormick is the winner for Washington, giving up 5 hits including a Mantle homer, his 14th, in the 9th. Neither team draws a walk and there is only one strikeout recorded, Whitey Ford in the 5th.

3rd  Pitcher Tony Cloninger hits 2 grand slams and drives in 9 runs, as the Braves rout the Giants at Candlestick Park 17–3. Cloninger is the first NL player to slam two in a game, and the first pitcher ever, and his 9 RBIs are a ML record for pitchers, breaking Vic Raschi’s mark of 7. The National League record for pitchers was 5, held by several: the last hurler to collect 5 RBIs in a game is Cloninger, who had 5 on June 16th against the Mets (as noted by Tom Zocco). Cloninger spreads the wealth by allowing a homer to opposing pitcher Ray Sadecki.  It’ll be 24 years before that happens again.

      Mickey Mantle hits a first-inning homer, and for the 2nd time this week has hit three home runs in consecutive times at bat. New York blows a 5–0 lead in the 8th as the Senators storm back. Bobby Richardson homers in the 11th to give New York a 6–5 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Paul Casanova is on first when a sac bunt moves him to 2B. He overruns the bag and decides to head to 3B where he knocks the ball away from Tom Tresh. He then continues to home where he is thrown out by a mile.

      Jim Perry allows 2 runs and hits his first career homer, off Dave McNally. But after he leaves in the 7th, the Orioles score 2 runs to beat the Twins, 4-2.

      With the temperature a record 107 at LaGuardia, the Pirates and Mets play two at Shea. In the first game, Eddie Bressoud hits a grand slam for the Mets, but the Pirates negate that with three homers off reliever Darrell Sutherland, who gives up 5 runs in 3 innings. Pittsburgh wins, 8-7. New York reciprocates in the second game, overcoming a pair of 2-run homers by Willie Stargell and a 3-run homer, off Bob Friend, by Bill Mazeroski, to win, 9-8.

4th  Returning from missing seven games due to a double fracture of his cheekbone after he was hit by a pitch, Ron Santo sets a modern-day Cubs’ record when he hits in his 28th straight game, as the Cubs lose the opener to the Pirates 7–5. The Cubs win the nightcap 6–4, but Santo is held hitless.  In between the first and second game of the streak, the opener of a twinbill on June 1, Santo had no official at-bats. He received 4 walks and is HPB. The day before, however, he was 1-for-3, which counts as the actual start of the streak. Santo’s mark will be topped by Jerome Walton in 1989.

      The first-place Cardinals split with the Giants, beating Juan Marichal, 6–2 in the opener. Ray Washburn is the winner. The Giants rebound in the second game to win, 3–2, behind Gaylord Perry (12-1). Mike Shannon homers in both games for the Birds.

      The visiting Mets sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 8–1 and 9–6. Al Luplow has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs in the opener as Jack Fisher goes all the way. The Mets knock our Ray Culp in the 2nd frame. Ron Swoboda has 5 RBIs on a triple and a homer in game 2 to offset two triples by Bill White and a homer by Dick Allen. Mets catcher Jerry Grote goes into the Phils dugout for a popup drops the ball when his arm is jostled by Phils manager Gene Mauch. No interference is called because there is no rule covering it. After the season a rule change will make it illegal to interfere with a defensive player going into the dugout. This rule will be amended in 2006 and a defensive player will only be allowed to reach into the dugout, not enter it.

5th  At Wrigley Field, Woody Fryman allows three hits to the Cubs, all by Billy Williams, as the Pirates win, 6-0.  It is the third time that Williams has collected the only hits in a game: he’ll do it once more, on July 25, 1970.  Jose Pagan drives in 2 runs on three hits and Donn Clendenon homers to move the Bucs to 1 1/2 games behind the Giants.

      The Cubs give up on Ernie Broglio releasing him outright to Tacoma (PCL).

6th  Despite a doubleheader record 11 RBIs by Boog Powell, the Orioles can only split with the A’s. They drop the nightcap, 9–8, after winning, 11–0, behind Steve Barber and 4 RBIs by Boog. Powell hits a 2 run homer and a grand slam in the 11-inning nightcap, while Larry Stahl has 4 hits and 4 RBIs, including the game-winner, for the A’s.

      The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, 5–3 and 5–4, with reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 inning in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns Dave Davenport in 1916, who threw two CG victories. Yaz has an inside-the-park home run off Jim Bouton, the only one of his career.

7th  At Yankee Stadium, New York scores 2 runs to tie Boston 2–2 in the bottom of the 9th. Then with 2 on and 2 out, Mantle breaks a 1-for-17 slump with a 3 run shot into the RF stands.

8th  In New York, the Senators win the opener, 7–6, then blow a 4-run lead in the nightcap to lose, 7–5.  Mantle is 5-for-8 in DH, including a homer in each game.  The 2nd homer, off Jim Hannan, is a 461 foot sky shot over the monuments into the CF bleachers. Mick follows with a sure double in the 5th but tears a hamstring muscle rounding first and will be sidelined for two weeks.

      At Candlestick, Juan Marichal (14-4) allows 3 hits and Jim Davenport belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th as the first-place Giants beat the Reds, 7-2.

      The 2nd-place Pirates sweep a pair from the visiting Mets, winning 9-2 and 10-2.  Willie Stargell has 3 hits, including a homer, in each game and totals 7 RBIs for the day. Bill Mazeroski hits a grand slam in game 2.

9th  Felipe Alou hits 2 HRs off Sandy Koufax, the 3rd and last time that Sandy gives up 2 homers to one batter in a game.  Atlanta beat the Dodgers, 5–2.

      At Candlestick, the first-place Giants score 2 in the 9th on Willie McCovery’s 2-run homer 9th to tie the Reds, then score 2 in the 12th on Tom Haller’s 2-run homer to win, 8-7. McCovery has a single, double and 2 homers to drive in 6 runs.  For the Reds, it is their 11th straight loss.

10thGeorge Smith clouts a 10th inning grand slam to give the Red Sox a 10–6 victory over the White Sox.

12th  St. Louis hosts a hot midsummer All-Star classic. Maury Wills’ 10th-inning single scores Tim McCarver, as the NL wins 2–1 in 105-degree heat. Brooks Robinson’s stellar game (3 hits, 8 chances) earns him the game MVP. Asked about the new ball park, Casey Stengel remarks, “it holds the heat well.”  On field temperature is 113 degrees.

13th  Manager Don Heffner (37-46) is fired by the Reds and replaced by coach Dave Bristol.

14th  Interim Detroit skipper Bob Swift is hospitalized, and 3B coach Frank Skaff takes over. Under Swift the Tigers were 32-25; under Chuck Dressen, the team started 16-10. The Tigers will go 40-39 under Skaff.

16th  At Municipal Stadium, Horace Clarke belts a 10th-inning grand slam, off Jack Aker, as New York beat the Athletics, 9-5.

17th  Pittsburgh regains the NL lead by sweeping a doubleheader 7–4 and 7–1 from the Giants.

      The Cubs clip the Cardinals, 7–2, behind the pitching of Ken Holtzman and the slugging of Billy Williams, who hits for the cycle.

      The Indians collect 34 hits, including 9 homers, to sweep a pair from the Tigers, 7–3 and 15-2. Seven of the homers come in game 2.  Chuck Hinton has 3 homers and a triple for the day, with 2 of the homers coming in game 2. Each time he homers, Rocky Colavito follows with a homer as the two go back-to-back twice in the game. Hinton now has 5 homers for the year.

      At Comiskey Park, the White Sox and Orioles split a pair. Chicago takes the opener, 5-1, behind Gary Peters, who scatters 5 hits including a homer by Andy Etchebarren. Peters has a hit and scores a run; it is the 11th straight game that he’s carded a hit while pitching, although he’s gone hitless pinchhitting. Jerry Walker, in 1962, was the last pitcher to card 11 straight. Jim Palmer (13-4) is the victor in game 2, a 3-2 decision.

      After the A’s beat the Red Sox in game 1 by a 3–2 score in 10 innings, the Sox return the favor. The A’s win on Hershberger’s triple with 2 outs and a passed ball.  Boston wins the nightcap when Joe Foy hits an inside-the-park homer.

19thAt Chicago, Cubs Byron Browne strikes out 5 times against Reds starter Jim Maloney, who fans 12 in 10 innings. The Reds finally win, 3–2, in 18 innings, with Nuxhall victorious over Fergie Jenkins when Don Pavletich belts a homer in the 18th inning. In tomorrow’s Reds win over the Cubs, Browne will K another 3 times to set a NL record for two games on his way to leading the NL in strikeouts with 143.

      The Cards edge the Braves, 10–9, with the win going to reliever Nels Briles. Redbird starter Tracy Stallard gets no decision in his last ML appearance, but gives up 7 runs in 3+ innings. Stallard is 0-for-1 at bat and sets a ML record for his 7-year career by receiving no walks in 245 plate appearances. Joe Torre reaches Stallard for a grand slam in the 1st, then hits another HR in the 7th to give the Braves a 9–7 lead. Charlie Smith’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the inning knots the score. Smith’s single in the 12th drives in the game winner.

20thOriole reliever Moe Drabowsky retires all 12 batters in 4 scoreless innings, striking out 8 including 5 straight, as Baltimore wins, 8–7 over Detroit. Boog Powell crushes a 2-run HR in the 6th to put the Birds ahead.

21st  Minnesota P Jim Merritt beats the Senators 1–0 and ties an AL record with 7 straight strikeouts.

22nd  Gaylord Perry sets a San Francisco record with 15 strikeouts and beats the Phillies 4–1. Clay Dalrymple’s one-out 8th-inning single is the first hit against Perry. The Giants (57-39, .594) are two percentage points behind the first-place Pirates (56-38, .596).

      Norm Cash hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Tigers double up the host Indians, 10-5. Chuck Hinton homers and drives in 4 runs for the Tribe.

      Mets veteran Bob Friend scatters 8 singles in shutting out the host Dodgers, 3-0. He gets some breathing room when Ron Swoboda hits a 2-run home run in the 8th  off Claude Osteen just after reading on the scoreboard that his wife gave birth to his son, Chipper.

23rd  Bob Allison of the Twins suffers a broken left hand when hit by a Jim Lonborg pitch during Minnesota’s 10–4 win over the Red Sox.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks celebrate Old-timers’ Day but lose to the Angels, 7–6, despite a grand slam from Mickey Mantle. The slam, off Marcelino Lopez, is Mickey’s 9th.  He ties Babe Ruth—not in home runs, but in games played as a Yankee.

24th  The Yankees beat the Angels, 9–1, in game one, and Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days.  The roundtripper, his 493rd, ties him with Gehrig for 6th place on the all-time list. Joe Pepitone has 3 hits, including a 2-run homer, and Tom Tresh hits a grand slam. Tresh hits a pinch homer in game 2, a 4-1 Yankee win. 

      At Dodger Stadium, Joe Moeller and Don Drysdale each toss shutouts against the Mets, as the Dodgers win, 5-0 and 6-0.

26th  Willie Horton is 4-for-4 and drives in all the Tiger runs as they down the White Sox, 3-1.  In relief for the Sox, Hoyt Wilhelm celebrates his 44th birthday with 4 strikeouts in 2 innings. He’ll celebrate his 47th and 48th birthdays on the mound as well.

      Catfish Hunter, Kansas City’s top winner, undergoes an appendectomy.

27th  In Los Angeles, Jim Bunning and Sandy Koufax battle for 11 innings before both exit with score locked at 1–1. Koufax allows 4 hits and fans 16, while Bunning gives up 6 hits and K’s 12. L.A. eventually tops the Phillies, 2–1, in 16 innings.

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision and holds that the state lacks legal jurisdiction to stop the Braves from moving to Atlanta.

      At D.C. Stadium, Fred Valentine drives in 5 runs on a double and grand slam as the Senators top the Angels, 7-5.

28th  Rick Reichardt, California’s young hitting star, is sidelined with a kidney ailment. He will have a kidney removed in 2 weeks.

      Jimmie Coker hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Curt Simmons, and the Reds hold on for a 7-5 win over the visiting Cubs.

29thThe Yankees edge the White Sox, 2–1, on Mantle’s 14th homer in 24 games. Mick moves ahead of Gehrig into 6th place on the homer list with the blast.

      At Cincinnati, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in the Reds 4–3 win over Houston.

30th  Chicago’s Gary Peters shuts down the Yankees, 6–0, facing just 29 batters. The efficient Peters uses just 75 pitches.

      The Twins Dave Boswell allows just a 7th inning single to Snyder in beating the Orioles, 7–0.