1st Arbitrator Raymond Goetz rules that the 43 players who were on the Disabled List during the 1981 players’ strike are not entitled to their salaries for that period. The decision saves the club owners about $2.5 million.
2ndFor the 2nd game in a row, Reds Gary Redus hits a leadoff home run. And for the 2nd game in a row the Reds lose to the Braves. Today it is 4–2: yesterday, 5–2.
3rd The Rangers explode for 12 runs in the 15th inning of a 16–4 win over the A’s, setting a new ML record for runs in a single extra inning. Reserve Bobby Jones has 5 hits in the game, including 2 doubles in the 15th. Dave Beard is the loser for Oakland, while Odell Jones is the victor. Ben Callahan, called up 10 days ago, gives up 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning in his final appearance. Rickey Henderson swipes 4 bases for Oakland.
Homers provide all the scoring at Jack Murphy Stadium as Jeffrey Leonard solos for the Giants and Steve Garvey hits a 5th inning grand slam for the Padres. 4-1 is the final.
Juan Beringuer allows 3 hits in 6 innings and Doug Bair adds 3 hitless innings as Detroit pounds the Orioles, 10-1. John Wockenfuss hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th.
4th Dave Righetti pitches the Yankees’ first no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, handcuffing the Red Sox 4–0 before a holiday crowd of 41,077 at Yankee Stadium. It’s the first no-hitter by a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge in 1917. Bert Campaneris at 3B participates in his 11th no-hitter, a ML record. (Hunter, Palmer, Wright, Blue, Bibby, Bosman, Blue, Odom, Colburn, and Blyleven).
In Pittsburgh, the Pirates and Cardinals split a pair, with the Bucs taking the opener, 7-2, and the Cardinals roll to an 11-4 win in game 2. Darrell Porter hits a grand slam and Ozzie Smith has 4 hits and 3 RBI.
At Cleveland, Ben Oglivie provides the fireworks with a 1st-inning grand slam as the Brewers bang the Indians, 8-3.
6th In the 50th anniversary All-Star Game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the AL routs the NL 13–3 for its first win since 1971. The AL breaks the game open with 7 runs in the 4th inning, highlighted by Fred Lynn’s grand slam—the first ever in All-Star competition. It is Lynn’s 4th All-Star homer, tying him with Ted Williams for the AL record.
10th It takes Milwaukee 4 hours and 11 minutes to beat Chicago 12–9, the slowest 9-inning game in AL history. Ted Simmons has 3 hits and 5 RBI for the Brewers as each team collects 15 hits.
The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs, winning 10–8 and 4–2. In the nightcap, Giants RF Jack Clark throws out Junior Kennedy 9–3. It is the third time in 2 years Clark has done it: he did on July 30th to Reds P Charlie Puleo and on September 20, 1981 to Nolan Ryan.
At Tiger Stadium, Lance Parrish hits a walkoff grand slam as the Bengals beat the A’s, 5-3.
11th With his club in the NL West cellar, 15 1⁄2 games behind the Braves, Reds president Dick Wagner is fired by the club’s general partners.
Tim Flannery hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st, off Fergie Jenkins, and the Padres beat the Cubs, 6-5. Mel Hall has a pair of solo shots for the Cubs.
At Riverfront, Mike Schmidt belts his second homer of the game, an 11th-inning grand slam, as the Phillies top the Reds, 11-7. Schmidt drives in 6.
13th In Baltimore, Cal Ripken’s grand slam is the difference as the Orioles win, 6-2, over the A’s to complete a three-game sweep.
14th Kurt Bevacqua hits a pinch grand slam in the Padres’ 5-run 7th, but Pittsburgh plates a run in the 8th and 4 in the 9th to beat the host Padres, 8-6.
Scott McGregor throws an 86-pitch complete game to give Baltimore a 5-1 win over California. It is McGregor’s 14 win in 16 decisions against the Angels.
17th Floyd Bannister and reliever Jim Acker each allow 2 hits as the White Sox edge the Blue Jays, 3-2. Damaso Garcia is hitless to end hit consecutive game hitting streak at 21.
18th Despite being in first place in the NL East, the Phillies fire manager Pat Corrales because the team is “not playing up to its potential.” GM Paul Owens will manage the club instead. And will go 47-30 to win the pennant. Managing his first game, the Phils drop a 9–2 decision as the Astros shell Steve Carlton. It’s his 11th loss of the year and drops the Phils into a tie for 2nd place with the Pirates.
At Toronto, George Brett is robbed of an apparent triple by his teammate Mike Armstrong. Brett hits a liner down the RF line that Armstrong, sitting in the bullpen, thinks is foul and retrieves. Ump Bill Kunkel decides to send U.L. Washington, who scored on the play, back the 2B, and Brett is sent to 1B. Brett has a homer off Jim Clancy but KC eventually loses , 8–2.
20th Two outs away from a no-hitter against the Astros, Phillies P Charles Hudson gives up a bloop single to Craig Reynolds and back-to-back home runs to Denny Walling and Dickie Thon before settling down for a 10–3 victory. Pete Rose has 4 hits for the Quakers and Joe Lefebvre hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs.
Steve Sax’s errant throw on a double play ball helps the Pirates’ cause, as they beat the Dodgers, 7–3. For Sax, it his 26th error of the season. He’ll reach 30, then go the last 57 games without a miscue.
After missing a month with a knee injury, Dan Ford clubs 3 homers to pace the Orioles to a 4–2 win over Seattle at the Kingdome. The O’s move into a tie for 1st place.
22nd Milt Wilcox overcomes giving up 8 runs in 6 innings to notch a victory as Detroit beats the Angels, 13-11. Bobby Grich is 3-for-3 with a grand slam for the losers. Angels OF Brian Downing misplays Chet Lemon’s line drive in the 6th inning, ending his AL-record consecutive-errorless-game streak at 244.
23rd At Busch, the Dodgers break open a close game with 7 runs in the 8th inning to clip the Cardinals, 10-5. Ken Landreaux’s grand slam off Bruce Sutter is the big blow in the inning.
24th In the memorable “Pine Tar Game” at Yankee Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a 5–4 lead with 2 outs in the 9th inning, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin, at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett’s bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result, Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball, giving New York a 4–3 victory. Brett goes ballistic and the Royals immediately protest. AL President Lee MacPhail overrules his umpires for the first time saying that, while the rules should certainly be rewritten and clarified, the home run will stand and the game will be resumed from that point on August 18th. Billy Martin will think so little of the final four-out completion that he plays Don Mattingly at 2B and Ron Guidry in the outfield.
Rod Scurry is 1-1 on the day for the Pirates, facing one batter in the opener to beat the Giants, 3-1. Scurry walks 2 in the 11th of the nightcap, then his replacement serves up a grand slam to Jeffrey Leonard as the Giants win, 8-5. Leonard homered in game 1 for the only SF tally.
25th Three solo homers are the difference as Tommy John and the Angels top the Orioles, 5-2. The loss sends the O’s into a four-way tie in the AL East with New York, Detroit and Toronto. The Brewers are just 2 1/2 back.
26th Rookie Ray Fontenot (3-0) tosses a 6-hit shutout and is backed by Steve Balboni’s grand slam as the Yankees beat the Rangers, 5-0.
27th While picking up his first win as a member of the Royals, Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the 3rd pitcher this season to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, fanning 4 Indians in a 5–4 victory to raise his total to 3,501. Hal McRae has a 2-run homer in the 4-run 3rd off Len Barker.
In Arlington, VA, the Democrats and Republicans reach an agreement in the 9th inning to terminate their Congressional game with the score tied at 17-17.
29th In the first game of a doubleheader split with the Braves, San Diego’s Steve Garvey’s consecutive-game streak ends at 1,207 when he dislocates his left thumb in a home-plate collision with Braves pitcher Pascual Perez. The injury will finish Garvey’s season. The Braves win the opener, 2-1, then drop game 2, 6-5, in 12 innings.
Lance Parrish belts his second grand slam in three weeks as Detroit scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning against Kansas City. The game is suspended with a 10-1 score after 8 innings and completed tomorrow, before the Tigers win again, 4-1.
31st Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell, and Walter Alston are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, bringing the total number of inductees to 184.
In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Pirates rookie Jose DeLeon holds the Mets hitless for 81⁄3innings before Hubie Brooks singles, but Mets starter Mike Torrez pitches 11 shutout innings himself and New York goes on to win 1–0 in 12 innings. In his previous start, DeLeon had held the Padres hitless for 61⁄3innings. Mets reliever Jesse Orosco wins both games with 4 innings of relief in the 11-inning opener, and an inning in the nightcap. Jason Thompson has a grand slam in the 1st inning of game 1, connecting off Walt Terrell. The Pirates remain in first place by a game over the Cardinals and Phillies.
At Comiskey, Don Baylor’s grand slam highlights a 6-run 11th for the Yankees, who top the White Sox, 12-6. Roy Smalley has 4 hits as the Yankees collect 18.
The Indians fire manager Mike Ferraro and replace him with Pat Corrales, who was fired earlier this month by the Phillies. The team responds with a 16-11 win over Toronto as Mike Hargrove scores 5 runs. The Tribe hits no homers but Toronto hits 4.