1957 June

1st  Braves pitchers Warren Spahn and Gene Conley stop Wally Moon’s 24-game streak, but Cards 40-year-old Murry Dickson wins 7–1.

The Reds pummel the Cubs, winning 22–2 behind 22 hits and 7 home runs. Frank Robinson (2), Ed Bailey, Gus Bell, Don Hoak, Hal Jeffcoat, and Wally Post wield the lumber. Don Hoak has 4 RBIs on 4 hits, while Johnny Temple scores 4 runs on 4 hits.

2nd  Moe Drabowsky of the Cubs ties a NL record by hitting 4 batters in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reds. The Reds hit back as Bob Thurman belts and grand slam and George Crowe hits a solo HR. The Cubs lose 6–4. Bob Rush gives the Cubs a 4–2 win in the nightcap.

Bill Wight stops the Yankees on three hits as the Orioles edge the Yankees 3-2 at the Stadium. In game 2, Mantle and Berra, back to back off Skinny Brown, and Elston Howard all homer in the first inning for a 4–0 lead. The fans could’ve left then, because that’s the way the game ends.

3rd In the 8th inning at Washington, Ted Williams wallops a 3-run homer off starter Pedro Ramos to carry the Red Sox to a 5–3 win over the Senators. An inning earlier, Jackie Jensen hit a solo homer. As researched by David Vincent, Ramos will give up 17 homers this June, a ML record for homers served up in one month.

The Pirates beat the visiting New York Giants, 6–5. Hank Foiles and Johnny O’Brien each score twice and each have triples. Willie Mays scores twice and runs down a line drive by Roberto Clemente, making the catch against the screen surrounding the light tower 440 feet from home plate. Mays will call this the best catch he ever made.

4th  In Chicago, Billy Pierce of the White Sox wins 1–0 in a 10-inning masterpiece before 38,490, against the Red Sox. Chicago maintains its 5-game lead over New York.

5th  In Jersey City, Don Drysdale pitches the first of his 49 ML shutouts, as the Dodgers win 4–0 over the Cubs.

Behind Gil McDougald’s two homers and Mantle’s solo shot, the 2nd place Yankees storm by the Indians, 13–3 in Cleveland.

6th  Umpires wait in vain for fog-drenched Ebbets Field to clear. With the Dodgers ahead 1–0, Cubs LF Bob Speake loses sight of a fly ball, and batter Charlie Neal gets a double. After a delay of an hour and 26 minutes the game is called, the first time ever because of fog.

7th Phillies rookie Jack Sanford strikes out 13 Cubs to win 1–0. Sanford allows 3 hits while his opponent Dave Hillman gives up 4.

8th At Ebbets Field, Johnny Podres stops the Reds, 9-2, and the Dodgers move into first place in the NL a half game ahead of the Reds. Batterymate Rube Walker has 3 hits, scores 3 runs and knocks in 3 with a homer. Jim Gilliam has a triple and 3 RBIs.

The Cubs claim Chuck Tanner off the waiver list after the Braves waived him.

10th Frank Lary gives up a 3rd-inning homer to Mantle in Detroit, but still beats the Yankees, 9–4. Mantle now leads the AL with 13 homers: Williams is 2nd with 10.

In Jersey City, the Braves Bob Buhl beats Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe, 3–1.

11th  In a 7–2 loss to the Braves, Dodger C Roy Campanella hits his 237th career HR, off Ray Crone (3-1), surpassing career marks of Gabby Hartnett and Yogi Berra. Joe Adcock and Gino Cimoli match solo homers while Bobby Thomson hits a four-run homer for Milwaukee. The Braves move 1⁄2 game behind the leading Reds.

12th  At Comiskey Park, Mickey Mantle again hits HRs from both sides of the plate, and drives in 4 runs, but the Yankees lose to Chicago 7–6. Jack Harshman is the winner, after losing 6 straight to New York. Chicago now leads the Yankees by 5 games.

The University of California wins the NCAA championship, defeating Penn State, 1–0, in the final game.

Cardinal Stan Musial plays in his 823rd game for a new NL consecutive-game streak, beating Gus Suhr’s record. Larry Jackson beats the Phils 4–0 to improve his record to 8-2; he has now beaten every NL team this season.

13th  For the 2nd time this year, Ted Williams hits 3 HRs—off Early Wynn and Jim Lemon—in a 9–2 Boston win over the Indians. Williams is the first to do this in the AL. Ted was so disgusted with his pregame hitting that he tossed his bat 50 feet in the air.

The Tigers send 1B Earl Torgeson to the White Sox in exchange for OF Dave Philley and cash.

The Indians send CF Jim Busby to the Orioles for OF Dick Williams.

In a Central Mexican League at Fresnillo, Jose “Diablo” Nunez of Fresnillo has 4 home runs, a double and 10 RBIs to lead Fresnillo to a 23-7 victory over Durango.

14th The Red Sox send two-time batting champ Billy Goodman to the Orioles for P Mike Fornieles, who will develop into a fine relief P in Boston.

With the bases loaded. Jim Gilliam swipes home with the winning run in the 10th inning to give to Dodgers a 2–1 win over the Cardinals. Don Newcombe wins his 11th straight over the Cards stretching back to 1951.

15th  At Kansas City, the Yankees win 9–2 over the A’s, beating Virgil Trucks. In more fallout over the Copacabana incident, the Yankees then trade Billy Martin to Kansas City with SS Woodie Held and OF Bob Martyn for P Ryne Duren, 2B Milt Graff and outfielders Harry Simpson and Jim Pisoni.

The Giants send 2B Red Schoendienst to the Braves and receive OF Bobby Thomson, infielder Danny O’Connell, and P Ray Crone. A fine trade for Milwaukee, as Schoendienst will lead the NL in hits while anchoring the infield.

16th  In the 2nd game of a twinbill, the White Sox rally to defeat the Senators 8–6, as relief pitcher Dixie Howell clubs 2 HRs in 3 1/3 innings, and allows no runs for the win. Pete Runnels and Milt Bolling steal bases for the Nats, who will set a slow-footed ML record this year with just 13 stolen bases. Minoso and Rivera homer in game 1 off Pedro Ramos to help the Sox to a 4-2 win. Chicago now leads the AL by 3.5 games.

In Philadelphia, Braves P Lew Burdette gives up just one hit, but loses 1–0 to the Phils in the nightcap of 2. Curt Simmons is the winner on Joe Lonnett’s double and score in the 6th. The Braves win the opener, 3–2, as Schoendienst makes his Braves debut with a triple and single. Juan Pizarro is the winner allowing 5 hits, including 2 homers. The Braves club Roberts for 7 hits in 2.2 innings, but the loss goes to Miller.

In the Indians 6–0 loss to the Red Sox, Roger Maris gets hit in the eye in the 9th inning when the return throw by Sox C Sammy White nails him. Maris is lifted and Eddie Robinson finishes his at bat by striking out. White and Piersall homer to back Frank Sullivan’s 4-hitter.

18th  At Wrigley Field, the Phillies use the longball to subdue the Cubs, 7-6. Rip Repulski clouts a 3-run homer and rookie Harry Anderson hits a grand slam to back reliever Jim Hearn’s winning effort.

20th In a 4–1 loss to the Orioles, the first place White Sox lose C Sherm Lollar when he is hit on the wrist by a Billy Loes’ pitch. The broken wrist will sideline the All-Star catcher for 6 weeks and the Sox will ultimately finish 2nd.

Gus Bell homers to start the Reds 4th inning and, after Ed Roebuck replaces Roger Craig, Wally Post smacks a grand slam for the Reds. Cincinnati beats the visiting Dodgers, 6-1. Duke Snider’s homer is the only run given up by Brooks Lawrence. The Reds are in 3rd place in the NL, 2.5 games in back and a game ahead of the Dodgers and Phillies.

21st  One month after graduating from high school, Cardinals P Von McDaniel, 18, 2-hits the Dodgers in his first ML start, 2–0. He holds the Dodgers hitless until the 6th inning.

In an exciting finish at Wrigley Field, the Giants score 5 runs in the 9th inning, four on a grand slam by Andre Rodgers, but the Cubs score 4 in their half to tie a 10 runs each. The Giants score a pair in the 10th on homers by Danny O’Connell and Bobby Thomson to win, 12-10.

22nd The Yankees win their 9th game in a row, topping the White Sox, 6–5, at Yankee Stadium. Mantle’s homer in the first starts the scoring, and Berra’s homer in the 13th ends it. The Yankees now lead the White Sox by a half game.

At St. Louis, Stan Musial homers in the 8th to tie the score, but the Dodgers score 2 in the 9th on back to back triples by Reese and Snider off Mizell to win, 6–4. Gil Hodges has a 3-run homer for the Brooks. Don Newcombe holds on for his 12th straight win over the Cards going back to 1951, but the Cards hold on to 1st place by a game.

At Wrigley Field, Sacramento pitcher Roger Osenbaugh gives up a PCL-record 9 homeruns in a 22-5 loss to Los Angeles. Five of the homers come in one inning as Bert Hamric (2), Bobby Dolan, Steve Bilko and Jim Baxes go deep. Hamric had three homers in the game. Osenbaugh had not pitched due to illness and his manager Tommy Heath explained, “I figured a stiff workout would sharpen him up.”

23rd  Prime Minister Kishi of Japan, wearing a Yankees cap, is one of 63,787 fans at Yankee Stadium to see New York split with Chicago, winning the first 9–2 behind Bobby Shantz (9–1) and dropping the 2nd game 4–3. Mickey Mantle goes 6-for-9 as the Yankees maintain their half-game lead over Chicago. Mantle is leading the AL in hitting, HRs and is one behind the Senators’ Roy Sievers in RBIs.

Oriole Skinny Brown blanks the Tigers 6–0 to start a string of 4 shutouts for the O’s staff.

Wally Post’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th gives the Reds a 6–3 win over the Pirates.

25th  At Yankee Stadium, Don Mossi (5-1) scatters 8 hits to beat the Yankees, 11-2. A two run homer by Andy Carey accounts for New York’s runs. Rocky Colavito drives in 5 runs for Cleveland, 4 coming on a 9th inning grand slam. With the White Sox winning in Boston, the Yankees fall a half game behind Chicago for the AL lead.

26th  At Baltimore, the A’s Arnie Portocarrero and the Orioles Connie Johnson each toss three-hitters, but Jim Busby’s homer gives the O’s a 1-0 win.

27th  At Griffith Stadium, the Senators dispatch Tigers pitcher Paul Foytack in the 2nd inning on their way to a 7-2 win over Detroit. Tex Clevenger’s 3+ hitless innings preserves the win for Camilo Pascual. Tom Yewcik pinch hits for Detroit in his one ML appearance.  Yewcik was quarterback for MSU’s 1954 Rose Bowl winner and played in the AFL for the Boston Patriots.

28th  By stuffing the ballot box, Cincinnati fans elect 8 Redlegs as starters in the All-Star Game. Over protests from Reds fans, Commissioner Ford Frick names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron to replace Reds Gus Bell, George Crowe, and Wally Post in the starting lineup. In the final vote tally, Musial is the only non-Redleg who would have started. Bell will be added as a substitute.

Ray Moore blanks Cleveland 6–0 as the Orioles pitching staff hurls its 4th consecutive shutout, for a new AL mark.

Ponca City and Greenville (Sooner State League) turn triple plays in successive half innings. Greenville turns theirs in the bottom of the first, while Ponca City follows with one in the top half of the 2nd.

29th  At Fenway, Frank Malzone has a grand slam in the 1st inning and adds 2 more RBIs on a double and single and scores 3 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-4 win over Tigers.

NL President Warren Giles proposes that fan All-Star voting be limited to those actually attending a game.

30th  At County Stadium, the Braves sweep a doubleheader from Pittsburgh 7–4 and 6–5 to take a lead half-game over the 2nd-place Reds. Both games are come from behind wins. They win game 1 with a 5-run outburst in the 7th inning and take game 2 in the 13th inning when Eddie Mathews clubs a walkoff two-run homer after Hank Aaron’s 4th hit of the game.

The Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 10-3, hitting a grand slam for the second game in a row. Jackie Jensen drives in 4 runs with a 3rd inning homer, and Ted Williams hits his 20th homer, one of his 3 hits, as he drives in 3 runs.