1971 July

1st  The Mets release 2B Al Weis, a WS hero less than 2 years earlier.

4thBacked by a pair of homers, Mike Cuellar wins his 10th straight for the first-place O’s, beating Detroit’s Joe Coleman, 3–2.

5th  The Yankees and Red Sox each collect 16 hits, but for the 2nd day in a row the Red Sox hit 4 homers to win, 12–7. The Sox score 6 in the 6th when Petrocelli hits a bases-loaded triple and Scott and Lahoud follow with homers.

The Senators score in double figures for the only time this season, topping the Indians, 15-6. Del Unser has 4 hits and 4 RBIs, Dick Billings adds a grand slam, and Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer. Paul Lindblad (4-1) earns the win with 4 shutout relief innings, and starter Steve Hargan (1-8) absorbs the loss. His relief Steve Hennigan gives up 10 runs in 3+ innings.

6th  Norm Cash belts a pair of 3-run homers to power the Tigers to a 12–7 win over the Yanks.  Mickey Lolich goes all the way for the win.

7th  Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.

At Anaheim, the Red Sox beat the Angels, 5–3, in 10 innings despite the loss of manager Ed Kasko.  Kasko gets tossed after feigning a faint over a call at home plate.

9th  The A’s beat the Angels 1–0 in the longest shutout in AL history—20 innings. Vida Blue strikes out 17 batters in 11 innings for the A’s, while the Angels Billy Cowan ties a ML record by fanning 6 times. Both teams combine for 43 strikeouts, a new ML record for incompetence.

Braves SS Leo Foster makes a memorable debut. Against the Pirates, he errs on his first chance, hits into a double play in the 5th, and a triple play in the 7th.  Pittsburgh rolls by Atlanta, 11-2.

In the Royals, 6–3 win over the Twins, Freddie Patek hits for the cycle.

10th The Pirates again top the Braves, 5–4, behind Stargell’s 30th HR of the season and his 10th off Braves’ pitching.

Frank Robinson has a 3-run homer and Curt Motton hits a grand slam as the Orioles club the Indians, 11-3. Dave Leonhard earns the win with 8.1 innings of shutout relief. The Birds stretch their lead in the AL East to 4.5 games.

11th  Tony Conigliaro, who had gone 0-for-8 with 5 strikeouts for the Angels during their 20-inning loss 2 days earlier, calls a 5 a.m.press conference to announce his retirement. Later tests will show that the sight in his left eye, injured in a 1967 beaning, has deteriorated.

Deron Johnson hits 3 HRs, giving him 4 straight over 2 games, helping the Phils beat the Expos 11–5.

The Reds win game 1 against the Mets, 5–2, then complete the sweep as Tony Perez drives in all 5 runs to defeat the Mets, 5–3. Perez puts the Reds ahead with a 3-run homer off Tom Seaver in the 8th. Jim McGlothlin strikes out 12 in the game 2 win.

Runs are hard to come by as the Brewers and White Sox splitting a doubleheader, each winning, 1-0. Marty Pattin is the winner over Tommy John in game 1, and Wilbur Wood wins over Bill Parsons in game 2. The DH goes in the record books for fewest runs scored in a doubleheader.

13th  In an All-Star Game featuring HRs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the AL triumphs at Detroit 6–4. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson’s HR goes 520 feet.

14th  Why managers get gray hair. In a California League game, won by  Visalia over Modesto, 6-2, Ronald Stewart of Visalia issues 16 walks

15th  The Pirates beat the Padres 4–3 in a marathon thriller. Pittsburgh ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, 13th, and 16th innings before winning it on a Roberto Clemente HR in the 17th. Ivan Murrell and Willie Stargell match homers in the 13th frames, and Richie Hebner hits a homer in the 16th for the Bucs.  Larry Stahl sets a record by accepting no chances in left field.

16th  Vida Blue boosts his record to 18–3 with a one-hit 4–0 victory over Detroit. Taylor’s single in the 4th is the only hit.

Until today, only 3 balls have been hit into the 70-foot high RF upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium, and Willie Stargell hit all of them (he’ll hit another on May 31, 1973). Today Bob Robertson joins Stargell when he connects with a cannon shot off Padres P Steve Arlin in a Bucs victory.

17th  Dock Ellis wins his 13th straight as Pittsburgh whips the Padres, 9–2.

Juan Marichal allows just one hit through 8 innings, but the Reds score 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win, 3–2. Tony Perez hits a 2-run single to win it.

18th  The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Dodgers 3–2 and 7–1 to extend their winning streak to 11 games. In the 2nd game, Luke Walker has a no-hitter until Joe Ferguson homers in the 9th inning for Los Angeles. Pittsburgh is now in front by 11 1/2 games, their largest lead of the year.

In a matchup of division leaders, the Orioles score all their runs in the 5th beating the A’s, 7-3. Brooks Robinson has a grand slam off Blue Moon Odom.

19th  In Atlanta, the Giants score 3 in the last two innings to beat the Braves, 11-8, and using 18 hits in all to do it. Atlanta collects 13 hits, including a single by Ron Herbel, the first by the pitcher in 4 years. It is the veteran’s last hit as he will close out his 9-year career this year with a lifetime .029 average, the worst average in history for a player going to bat 100 times or more.

20th  Chuck Dobson runs his record to 9-0 as Oakland beats visiting Cleveland, 6-3. Dobson helps with an RBI single.

21stIn Pittsburgh, Willie McCovey’s grand slam, off Dave Giusti, highlights a 6-run 9th for the Giants, as they com from behind to beat the Pirates, 8-4.

23rdPat Dobson (13–4) wins his 10th straight for the Orioles, beating California, 4–3.

Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning, but before he exits he drives in 4 runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich, 9–7. Sal Bando has 2 homers, while the Tigers hit 4.

25th  At Parc Jarry, John Bateman belts a 4th inning grand slam and the Expos add one more to beat the Cardinals, 5-4.

The visiting Yankees sweep a pair from Milwaukee, winning the opener 6-2 with 4 runs in the 9th, and taking the nightcap, 11-9. Bobby Murcer has a pinch grand slam in game 2 and Thurman Munson adds a pair of singles, a double and triple. Reliever Al Closter gives up 5 runs in relief but gets his first ML win.

27th  Hal McRae collects a homer, three doubles and a single to lead the Reds to an 11–3 win over the Padres. His 4 long hits ties a club record.

Bill Buckner hits his first grand slam as the Dodgers score 6 in the 7th inning to beat Pittsburgh, 8–5. Dock Ellis takes his first loss after 12 straight wins.

29th  Norm Cash hits a 5th inning grand slam, then drives in another run in the Tigers 4 run 9th when he is hit by a pitch from Tom Burgmeier. Burgmeier then gives up a single and plunks pitcher Fred Scherman to drive in the winning run. Freddie Patek has a homer and 4 RBIs for Kansas City in the 11-9 loss.

30th  The Indians, with a 42-61 record, fire manager Alvin Dark. Johnny Lipon takes over, but the team goes 18-41 the rest of the season.

In Baltimore, Frank Robinson’s home run spoils a no-hit bid by the Royals Dick Drago, who loses, 1–0, in a rain-shortened game. Drago faces just 13 batters—the minimum needed to lose a game—as play is stopped with one out in the 5th.  Robby’s homer is the 493rd, tying him with Gehrig for 11th place on the homer list.  Jim Palmer pitches a 5-inning 2-hitter.

31st  The Orioles Pat Dobson shuts out the Royals 4–0 for his 8th victory of the month. Since June 16th, Dobson has won 12 straight games.

In a slugfest at Candlestick, the Giants score 7 in the 7th and hold on to beat the Pirates, 15-11. Dave Kingman has 5 RBIs, and hits a grand slam in the 7th off Dave Giusti.  Willie Stargell has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs for the Bucs.