1973 July

1st  The Reds, 11 games behind the Dodgers at the beginning of the day, stage two dramatic comebacks to snatch a doubleheader win from LA. Hal King’s clutch 3-run pinch hit HR with 2 outs wins the first game 4–3 against Don Sutton, while Tony Perez’s 10th-inning hit wins the 2nd 3–2. This day will be looked upon as the turning point of the National League’s Western Division race.

At Wrigley Field, the Mets edge the Cubs 6–5 in the 1st game of a doubleheader. Then its the Cubs turn, as Randy Hundley bangs a 9th inning 3-run homer to give Chicago the 6–5 edge. Ron Santo has 7 hits for the afternoon, five in the nightcap.

Luis Aparicio of the Red Sox steals the 500th base of his career in a 9–5 loss to Milwaukee. It is the highest total in the AL since Eddie Collins retired in 1930.

At California, the Twins’ Jim Kaat fires a one-hitter to beat the Angels, 2–1. Frank Robinson’s HR in the 2nd is the only hit. This is the 2nd time in his career that Robby hits a HR to break up a no hitter: he did it July 30, 1971 against KC’s Dick Drago.

2ndThe Reds continue to roll as Tony Perez hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 4–2.

3rd  Brothers Gaylord (Indians) and Jim (Tigers) Perry pitch against each other for the only time in their careers. Neither finishes the game, but Gaylord is charged with the 5–4 loss. Two Norm Cash HRs help Detroit.

Minnesota’s Tony Oliva hits 3 solo HRs at Kansas City, but Freddie Patek’s leadoff homer and two by Paul Schaal match Oliva as the Royals prevail, 7-6.

At Busch, Rick Wise (10-4) shuts out the Pirates, 4-0, in the first of two, then St. Louis survives a Pittsburgh 5-run 9th to win the second match, 7-6. Willie Stargell has a grand slam in the 9th for the Bucs. The Cards move to 5.5 games in back of Chicago.

Bob Bailey has a single, double and two homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 7 runs as Montreal blasts the Mets, 19-8. Ken Singleton has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Expos in a 21-hit barrage. Ernie McNally (6-3) gives up one earned run in 6 IP for the win.

4th  The Orioles win their 3rd come from behind win over the Brewers, this time scoring 10 runs in the last 3 innings to win, 10–7.

Before 45,000 Twins fans, Eddie Bane, the top collegiate pitcher this year and Minnesota’s top pick, makes his ML debut against the Royals. Bane pitches well for 7 innings, but the Royals emerge with a 5–4 win, beating reliever Ray Corbin. Bane will finish the season at 0–5.

Houston turns on the power to beat the Braves, 11-4 and 12-8.  Tommie Agee and Doug Rader have homers in each game and Lee May hits a grand slam in game 2.  J.R. Richard (2-0) and  Jim Ray (5-0) are the winners.  Davey Johnson has a pair of HRs in game 2 for the Braves.

5th  Davey Concepcion collects a triple, double and 3 singles to lead the Reds to a 4–3 win over the Giants.  His 3rd single drives in the winning run in the 9th.

6th  The Expos take 2 in a doubleheader with the Astros 12–8 and 14–6. In the first game, John Boccabella hits 2 HRs, one a grand slam, in the 8-run 6th inning for Montreal. Ron Fairly has a pair of homers in game 2 off Jim York.

Chicago Cub P Fergie Jenkins beats the Padres, 8–5, for his 13th straight win over San Diego. The streak began on May 12, 1969. Rick Monday backs Jenkins with 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs.

7th The Brewers unload on 18-year-old P David Clyde to whip the Rangers, 19–5, and hand Eddie Rodriguez his first ML win, a complete-game effort.  Milwaukee has a 5-run 6th and 7-run 7th and is paced by Bobby Coluccio’s grand slam and Don Money’s 3-run homer.

For just the second time since 1914, rookie pitchers making their ML debuts oppose each other (the first time was September 27, 1943: Al LaMacchia and Charlie Bowles). It won’t happen until 1990. Rookies Tom Carroll of the Reds and Bob Forsch of the Cardinals pitch solid games as the Reds score in the 7thto win, 2-1.  In game 2, the Reds complete a sweep by winning, 11-2, behind Don Gullett.  Dave Concepcion scores 4 runs and Darel Chaney drives in 4 with his first homer of the year, a grand slam.

8th At Comiskey, Boston and Chicago split a doubleheader, with the hosts taking the opener, 6-1, and Boston winning game 2, 11-2.  Buddy Bradford has a homer in each game and Bob Montgomery hits a grand slam in the nite cap.

9th  In a record-setting walkathon between the Reds and Expos, 25 base on balls are handed out as Montreal strolls to an 11–6 win.  Well off the AL’s two-team mark of 30, this tops the NL record of 23, last reached on July 7, 1911. Six Montreal pitchers walk 16, one short of the record for an NL team, while Reds pitchers Clay Carroll and Tom Hall walk 9. Hal King pinch hits a grand slam for the Reds in the 6th inning, his 2nd pinch dinger in 9 days.

At Tiger Stadium, the Rangers and Tigers combine for 31 hits as Texas prevails, 9-7. Jim Mason’s 2-run homer in the 12th proves to be the game-winner.  Light-hitting Vic Harris collects 5 hits for Texas. Jim Northrup hits a leadoff homer for the Bengals.

At County Stadium, Kurt Bevacqua rings a pinch grand slam in the 5th, off Brewers starter Jerry Bell, who then goes head hunting on the next pitch to KC catcher Fran Healy.  Healy charges the mound and after the ensuing brawl, both players are ejected. Bevacqua stays in the game and adds a 2-run single in the 6th as the Royals win, 13-6.

10th  Leroy Stanton hits his second homer of the game in the Angels 4-run 9th, then hits a 2-run homer in the 10th as the Angels beat the Orioles, 10-8. Stanton ends up with 4 hits, 4 runs and 5 RBIs.  The Orioles fall to 3rd place in the AL East.

11th  Jim Northrup, batting leadoff for Detroit, drives in 8 runs in a 14–2 win over Texas. After sitting out yesterday’s game, he has a single and a pair of 3-run homers. Jim Perry is the winner.

In San Diego, the Pirates drub the Pads 10–2. Willie Stargell contributes the 302nd HR of his career to pass Ralph Kiner as the all-time Pirate HR leader.

13th  Montreal’s Hal Breeden pinch-hits HRs in each game of a doubleheader split with Atlanta, tying the ML record set by Joe Cronin on June 17, 1943. Expo pinch hitter Jim Lyttle also adds a homer. Montreal outslugs Atlanta, 11–7 in game 1, and the Braves return the favor, 15–6 in game 2. Bob Bailey hits a grand slam in game 1, his second this month.

Bobby Murcer hits 3 HRs, all off starter Gene Garber, and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees’ 5–0 win over the Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out. Murcer will hit 6 career homers off Garber, his favorite target (according to David Vincent).

Jack Billingham outduels Tom Seaver to give the Reds a 2–1 win over the Mets. Billingham allows just 2 hits in winning his 13th, the victory coming on Friday, the 13th.

At County Stadium, the Athletics score 5 runs in each of the 8th and 9th innings to trample the Brewers, 13-4. Gene Tenace contributes a grand slam in the 8th.

14th  Al Downing of the Dodgers beats the Cubs, 7-3, and records the first 7 outs on strikeouts. He K’s 9 overall.

15th  Before 41,411 in Detroit, Angel ace Nolan Ryan hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in taming the Tigers 6–0. Ryan fans 17 batters—the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter—including 8 straight, but only one over the last two innings. Nolan’s arm stiffens while watching his team rally for 5 runs in the top of the 8th. With 2 outs in the 9th, Norm Cash, who had struck out his 3 other times at bat, comes to bat wielding a piano leg. Umpire Ron Luciano points out the illegality and Cash then pops out using a regulation bat. Ryan’s 8 in a row ties the AL record he set last year.

The Twins connect for 3 consecutive home runs in the 8th against Cleveland, and all are needed in the 7–6 win. George Mitterwald, Joe Lis, and Jim Holt homer, all off Gaylord Perry.

18th  Before the start of the Baltimore-Oakland game, A’s manager gets the word that one of the regular announcers is ill, and he tells reserve catcher Mike Hegan to take off his uniform and report to the announcers booth.  Hegan announces the first 3 innings, then puts his uniform on and returns to the dugout.  Baltimore scores in each of the first 3 innings and Jim Palmer rolls to a 5-2 win.

In Atlanta, the Mets score 5 in the 8thand 2 in the 9thto break open a relatively tight game and win, 12-2 over the Braves. John Milner hits a 3-run homer and Rusty Staub has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs to back Tom Seaver’s 5-hitter.

19th  At Anaheim Stadium, the Angels Nolan Ryan takes a no-hitter into the 8th before Baltimore’s Mark Belanger hits a single.  Belanger adds a single in the 10th and a double by Tommy Davis in the 11th knocks Ryan out.  Dave Sells is no help in relief and Ryan absorbs his 12th loss despite striking out 13. Mike Cuellar goes the distance for the 3-1 victory.

20th  Chicago’s Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with the Yankees 12–2 and 7–0. Wood records no outs in the opener as the Yankees score 8 runs in the 1st. Led by Celerino Sanchez’s 4 hits, they total 20.  The second game goes 6 innings with the Yankees winning, 7-0, behind Sam McDowell. Roy White hits his second grand slam of the year, the only two the Yankees record this season.

21st  Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron hits a Ken Brett fastball into the left-CF stands for a 2-run HR during an 8–4 loss to the Phillies. It is career HR 700 for Aaron, only the 2nd player to reach that milestone.

22nd  Reds All-Star SS Dave Concepcion suffers a season-ending broken ankle in a 6–0 win over the Expos.

Helped by 7 Atlanta errors, Jim Lonborg and the Phillies win, 5–1. The Braves club record is 11 errors, set on June 11, 1906 as the Boston Braves.

24th  The NL wins the All-Star Game at Kansas City 7–1. A record 54 players are used, including Willie Mays, who strikes out in his final All-Star appearance, and Catfish Hunter, who sustains a fractured thumb that will sideline him for 4 weeks. The A’s ace has a 15-3 record at the time.

26thIn the first of 2 at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds beat the Braves, 5–3. Despite a homer and 4 singles by Pete Rose in the nightcap, the Reds lose 6–4.

The Tigers score in the 8th and 9th to come from behind and beat the Red Sox, 6-5. Frank Howard has a pair of homers, both off Roger Moret. One is a pinch homer as Howard is just the 11th player to hit a pinch homer and add another.

In the first of two games at Busch, Bob Gibson (11-9) pitches and bats the Cards to a 13-1 pasting of the New York Mets. Gibson has a grand slam and 5 RBIs. It is Gibson’s second career slam. The Cards take game 2, 2-1, as Alan Foster allows a run in 8 innings. St. Louis leads in the NL East by 1.5 games.

After beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels, 7-1, Texas wins, 8-0, as David Clyde throws 7 shutout innings.  Jeff Burroughs hits a grand slam, off Bill Singer, in the 5-run 1st.

In the first of two at Memorial Stadium, Bobby Grich’s 6thinning grand slam, off Gaylord Perry, powers the Orioles to an 8-4 win over the Indians. Don Hood gets the victory with 6.2 innings of scoreless relief. Paul Blair is 4-for-4 for the O’s. Charlie Spikes has a homer and 3 RBI in game 2, a 6-4 Tribe victory.

The Giants sweep two from the Padres, winning the opener 1-4 with a 20-hit attack.  San Francisco takes game 2 in 10 innings, 6-5. Bobby Bonds has homers and scores 2 runs in each game.

27th  Thurman Munson singles home the winner in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 1–0 win over the Brewers starter Jim Colburn.

In the first game of a twinbill, Cleveland’s George Hendrick singles in the 8th to stop Jim Palmer’s no-hit bid. Palmer and the O’s coast to a 9–0 win. The Tribe takes the nightcap, 5–2, with Bob Reynolds getting the W.

The Reds wallop the Braves, 12–2, as Johnny Bench drives home six runs with a pair of homers. Joe Morgan has no hits but scores 4 runs.

28th  Tony Perez makes his 4th hit of the game a good one, homering in the 10th to beat the Padres, 2–1. Don Gullett, in relief of Tom Hall, is the winner over Randy Jones.

The Kansas City Royals blow out the Oakland A’s, 19–8, with Aurelio Monteagudo picking up the win. A defensive moment is provided by A’s CF Billy North, who makes an unassisted DP.

John Milner hits a 1st inning grand slam to jump start the Mets to an 11-3 win over the Expos.

29th  Wilbur Wood wins his 20th game of the season as the White Sox beat the Twins 8–6.

The Brewers sweep a pair from the visiting Yankees, winning, 7-2 and 6-3.  George Scott hits a 7th inning grand slam in the second game.  The Yankees now lead the Orioles by a game in the AL East.

30th  The Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits first-place Oakland 6–0, while teammate Jeff Burroughs hits the 2nd of 3 grand slams in a 10-day period (July 26th-August 4th). Bibby, who came to Texas in a June 6th trade with the Cardinals, strikes out 13 batters.

31st  The Tigers win a pair from the Brewers 6–5 and 9–4 and end Dave May’s AL season-best hitting streak at 24 games.

The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 9–5 in the opener, then scoring 5 runs in the 9th to take the nightcap, 13-11. Joe Morgan totals 3 homers and 7 RBIs for the afternoon. The Reds set a club record with 24 wins in the month of July.

The A’s sign Mike Andrews, who was released by the White Sox two weeks ago. Andrews will later say about owner and GM Finley, “When Charlie Finley called me, he said, ‘personally, I think you’re all washed up, but my manager wants you.’”