1972 July

1stNolan Ryan allows 5 hits and strikes out 16 in pitching the Angels to a 5–3 victory over the Athletics. Ryan has an RBI single and is helped by homers from Berry and Cardenas, off Steve Hamilton.

2nd  Minnesota’s Jim Kaat, sporting a 10-2 record and a 2.07 ERA, breaks his pitching hand while sliding. He will miss the remainder of the season. Kaat is relieved in the 8th by Granger, but gets credit for the 6–4 win over the White Sox. Tom Bradley wins his 10th in the nightcap, 2–1, for Chicago.

Reggie Smith homers from both sides of the plate as Boston beats Milwaukee 15–4. Smith collects 5 RBIs as does Rico Petrocelli, who hits a grand slam.

Willie McCovey hits his 14th career grand slam to pace the Giants 9–3 win over the Dodgers. Randy Moffitt wins his first ML game and receives a congratulatory telegram from his sister Billie Jean King, who is playing at Wimbledon.

The Reds score 8 runs in the 8th to defeat the Dodgers, 12–2, at Riverfront Stadium. Tony Perez’ 3-run homer is the big blow.

At Three Rivers, the Pirates beat the  Cubs, 7–4, helped by homers from Bob Robertson and Manny Sanguillan. Cubs reliever Jack Aker comes into the 7th inning with the bases loaded and no outs and gets Sanguillan on a triple play, 5-4-3. Aker is then pinch hit for.

At Montreal, rookie P Bob Rauch walks 4 batters in the 9th to enable the Expos to defeat the Mets, 4–3.  For Rauch, it’s his only ML decision. Mike Marshall wins for the Expos.

4th  Leron Lee singles in the 9th to break up Tom Seaver’s no-hitter, but the Mets shut out the Padres 2–0, in the opener. Seaver strikes out 11. The Pads take the nightcap, 4–2, as Nate Colbert hits his 16th homer.

Denny McLain makes his NL debut in the 2nd game of a twinbill with the Cubs, called in the 8th inning because of rain. McLain gets no decision in the 3–3 tie, but gets a standing ovation at the end from the crowd of 50,597. Atlanta wins the opener, 5–1, as Ron Reed beats Juan Pizarro. Paul Casanova’s first NL homer and Lum’s 3-run homer in the 7th account for 4 runs.

Sal Bando’s grand slam off Mel Stottlemyre accounts for all the A’s scores as they whip the visiting Yankees, 4-2. Oakland leads the 2nd place White Sox by 5 games in the AL West.

5th  Nolan Ryan (10-5) strikes out 8 in topping the Brewers, 2–1. Winston Llanes, batting for Ryan in the 9th, singles off starter Stephenson for the winning run.

6th  The Twins fire manager Bill Rigney, promoting 33-year-old coach Frank Quilici to take his place.

7th  In the Pirates 10–2 lid lifter win over Atlanta, Milt May goes 5-for-5 to lead a 20-hit attack.  May has 2 more hits in the nightcap, but the Pirates lose, 3–2, to Jim Hardin.

Back in the Expos lineup for the first time since June 27, Ken Singleton drives in 3 runs to support Bill Stoneman’s 7–2 win over the Giants. Singleton wears a special uniform to prevent a rash from reoccurring because of his allergy to materials in the Expos regular uniform.

8th  The Tigers lose to the White Sox 5–2 as Detroit’s John Hiller returns to the mound 18 months after suffering a heart attack.

After a 2-hour rain delay in Minnesota, enlivened by Mike Kekich sliding on the wet grass. Bert Blyleven and Mel Stottlemyre match scoreless innings for 10 frames. Yankee leadoff batter Bernie Allen then greets reliever Granger with a homer in the 11th.  Sparky Lyle picks up a save. The Yanks win, 1–0.

Sandy Alomar ends a 4 hour 8 minute game with a single in the 16th to give the Angels a 4–3 win over the Red Sox. Tommy Harper accounts for all the Sox scoring with a 3-run double in the 2nd.

9th  The Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters, including an AL-record 8 in a row and three on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning, as he stops the Red Sox on one hit. Yastrzemski’s one-out single in the 1st is only hit: Ryan then racks up his 8 K’s and retires the last 26 consecutive batters. Sonny Siebert loses the 3–0 battle.  For Ryan, he is the 3rd pitcher to twice fan the side on 9 pitches.

The Twins lose to the Yankees, 9–6, despite Rich Reese’s pinch grand slam.  For Reese, it is his third pinch grand slam, tying Ron Northey’ ML record, and setting the AL mark.

10th  Phillies GM Paul Owens takes over as field manager after firing Frank Lucchesi.

Bobby Darwin belts a 1st inning grand slam and the Twins add another 4 runs in the 2nd as they pound the Brewers, 8-1. Jim Perry pitches into the 8th for the win.

11th  Cub Billy Williams goes 8-for-8 in a doubleheader split with the Astros. The Astros win the opener 6–5, and the Cubs take the nightcap 9–5. Williams is 5-for-5 in the 2nd game to raise his average to .328. He’ll go 3-for-5 and 4-for-5 in his next two games as he will go on a 22-for-38 tear.

At Oakland, Boston’s Marty Pattin has his no-hit bid foiled when Reggie Jackson hits a one-out single in the 9th. Boston wins, 4–0.

12th  The A’s catcher Dave Duncan is 5-for-5, including a HR, but the Red Sox win, 7–6. Duncan’s counterpart Carlton Fisk is 3-for-3, with a homer and 2 walks. Bill Lee wins in relief.

At Baltimore, the Royals score 7 runs in the 10th to beat the Orioles, 11-4.  The big blow is a grand slam by Cookie Rojas, who finishes with 5 RBIs.

14th  In a ML first, the plate umpire and the catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is the ump and Tom Haller is the Tigers catcher during a game with the Royals. Kansas City wins 1–0. Tom is 1-for-4 and does not strike out.

The Twins cap a 3-run rally in the 9th, scoring the winning run when Harmon Killebrew draws a bases loaded walk from Red Sox reliever Newhauser. Boston wins, 7–6. Minnesota is helped by Juan Beniquez’s 2nd straight three-error game, a record for AL shortstops. John Kennedy will take over the SS job, while Beniquez will play the rest of his ML career mostly in the outfield and at 1B.

On “Cushion Night” in Milwaukee, Johnny Briggs supplies the cushion for the Brewers by driving in 6 runs on a pair of homers, one a grand slam. The Brewers beat California, 7–3.

16th  Tito Fuentes clubs a 3rd inning grand slam and Garry Maddox adds a 3-run homer in the 6th in the Giants’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies.

Pittsburgh takes a pair of 3-2 wins from the visiting Astros.  Dave Guisti wins the 10-inning opener and earns a save in game 2. The Bucs lead the Mets by 4 1/2 games.

18th  San Diego’s Steve Arlin takes a no-hitter against Philadelphia into the 9th inning before settling for a 2nd straight 2-hitter. The first hit comes when Denny Doyle hits a 2-out bloop single over the head of 3B Dave Roberts, playing in for a possible bunt. During the season, Arlin will notch three 2-hitters, a one-hitter, and a 10-inning one-hit stint, yet compile a 10-21 record.

20th  Detroit rookie Bill Slayback strikes out 13 batters and allows 5 hits in beating the Rangers, 5–1.

21st  The Dodgers release P Hoyt Wilhelm, ending his Hall of Fame career 2 days before his 49th birthday. Wilhelm appeared in 1,070 games, the most of any ML pitcher.  He is also the last WW2 vet to play in the majors; He survived the Battle of the Bulge, suffering a permanent neck wound in the action.

Billy Williams drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to an 11–3 win over the Astros. Williams has 4 hits, including a double and homer to give Bill Bonham (1–0) his only win of the year. Ken Forsch takes the loss.

The Yankees sweep the Angels, winning 6–0 and 3–0 over the Angels. Fritz Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre apply the whitewash.

23rd  At Municipal Stadium, Don Baylor homers in Baltimore’s 4-run 1st, and Terry Crowley adds a grand slam in the 7th as the O’s double the Royals, 8-4.

24th  Ted Simmons, who has been playing all season without a signed agreement, signs a new contract with St. Louis.  The Cardinals say the signing—reportedly for two years at $35,000 per year—was made possible by the Federal Pay Board’s decision to exempt athletes from wage controls. Whether the owners fear a possible test case or not, six players will open the 1973 season without signing a contract and will play on renewed contracts: Stan Bahnsen, Rick Reichardt, and Mike Andrews of the Chicago White Sox; Dick Billings of Texas; Fritz Peterson of the New York Yankees; and Jerry Kenney of Cleveland.

25th  The NL wins the All-Star Game, 4–3, at Atlanta behind hometown hero Hank Aaron’s 2-run HR and Joe Morgan’s 10th-inning RBI single. It is the 7th time the classic has gone into extra innings.

Cubs GM John Holland announces that Leo Durocher has stepped down as manager in favor of Whitey Lockman. Leo contends he was not fired, but has “stepped aside.” The Astro will hire Durocher in late August to replace Harry Walker.

27th  Marking the debut of manager Whitey Lockman, Fergie Jenkins allows one hit in the Cubs 4–0 win over the Phillies. Willie Montanez’s 4th inning double is the only hit. Reliever Jack Aker falters in the nightcap, and the Phils win, 4–1.

28th  Steve Carlton wins his 10th straight for the last place Phils, beating the Cubs Milt Pappas, 2–0. Lefty allows 4 hits and strikes out 7, while setting the club record for consecutive wins.

Syracuse pulls off a triple play against Charleston (IL) when confusion occurs over the infield fly rule. Charleston puts runners on 1st and 2B in the 3rd inning with no out. Frank Frontino’s sac bunt pops to 1B Frank Tepedino, who alertly allows the ball to drop. Tepedino throws to 3B Rich McKinney for one force, to SS Frank Baker for the 2nd out, and the relay to 2B Tom Grayson covering 1B completes the TP.

29th  The Padres take 17 innings but finally edge the Reds, 4–3, at Riverfront Stadium.

Brooks Robinson hits a 2-out HR in the 11th to give Baltimore a 4–3 win over the Indians. Duffy hit his 1st ML HR for the Tribe and John Lowenstein hit a HR in the 9th to briefly give the Indians the lead.

30th  Ralph Garr and Earl Williams collect 10 hits and 10 runs between them to lead the Braves to 14–4 and 5–4 victories over the Dodgers. They each have 4 RBIs in the 2 games.

The Angels beat Kansas City, 4–3,  when Bob Oliver hits a leadoff HR in the 11th inning against his former team. The win goes to Lloyd Allen, relegated to the bullpen after 5 straight losses as a starter. Allen’s batterymate, Jack Hiatt, is 1-for-1 after taking over in the late innings. Hiatt, purchased yesterday from the Astros, appears without a number on his uniform since there was not enough time to sew one on.

31st  Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950 (Hank Thompson) to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game. Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven is on the mound in the first and the 5th when Allen connects past Danny Darwin in CF. Chicago wins, 8–1 behind Stan Bahnsen, with Allen driving in 5 with his homers.

Royals OF Amos Otis scores the game’s only run, swiping home in the 4th inning with a surprised John Mayberry at bat. Otis reached 3B when Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan makes two of his three errors trying to pick his former teammate off base. As Bob Davids notes, this is the only the 2nd time in the post-war years that a steal of home accounts for a game’s only run. It will next be done by big-footed Jim Thome, in 1997.

Vida Blue retires the first 17 batters before Texas pitcher Rich Hand beats out a surprise bunt in the 6th. Blue allows one other hit to win, 2–0 for Oakland. Hand allows just 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings, but 2 errors and a mental boner by LF Ford allows 2 runs. With a runner on 3B, Ford catches Rudi’s fly and trots in thinking it is the 3rd out. It is the 2nd. Rudi added another sac fly for the other run.