1958 June

1st In cold and windy Wrigley Field, Stan Williams makes his first ML start (3 IP previously) and allows just 2 hits as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 1-0. A crowd of 3674 watch.

In Boston, Bob Turley wins his 8th, 10-4, for the first-place Yankees. He allows 5 Red Sox hits, 3 by Billy Klaus, as Andy Carey helps with 5 straight hits.

It’s a bad outing for Billy Loes (0-5). The Orioles pitcher allows 3 runs in the 5th inning against Washington in the 5-2 loss and fails to catch Ken Aspromonte who scores in a rundown. Loes protests to umpire Larry Napp saying he tagged him, and after bumping the ump, fires the ball away allowing another run to score. He gets tossed and the errant throw will earn him a $100 fine and suspension from the O’s. “If he (Paul Richards) don’t like me he can trade me,” says Loes. Richard reprimanded Loes for baiting umpires in Boston two weeks ago when several times he pretended to spit on the ball while on the mound.

Al Kaline homers to lead off the bottom of the second inning against Chicago’s Ray Moore but the game is rained out after 3 innings. This washed-out homer would have given Kaline 400 for his career, and also would have made him the first American Leaguer with 3,000 hits and 400 homers. Yastrzemski will be the first.

At Connie Mack Stadium, the Reds take game 1 of a twinbill, 2-1, behind Bob Purkey (6-1). Game 2 is a wild affair that is suspended in the 9th inning with one out and Steve Bilko on 1B with his 3rd hit. The score is 11-11 when the 7:00 p.m. blue law kicks in. It will be concluded on August 11th and the Reds will win it 12-11, in 13 innings. The Reds collect 16 hits to the Phils 21 safeties. Johnny Temple cracks an inside-the-park grand slam in the 6th inning, off Seth Morehead, as he drives in 5 runs. Willie Jones has 4 hits for the Phils, while Harry Anderson totals 4 RBIs.

In the Negro League’s first appearance at Yankee Stadium in 12 years, the Detroit Clowns and Memphis Red Sox split a doubleheader, 13-3, and, 7-6, in 6 1/2 innings called because of darkness. The talent showcase draws a crowd of 9,506 including six scouts and Yankee co-owner Dan Topping. James Farley, former postmaster general, throws out the first ball. The stars of the game include Johnny Childress, 19, for Detroit who pitches a 2-hitter in game 1 and collects three triples, a double and single. Bernard Porter, 19, has a homer in each game, and Lonnie Harris, 24, has 5 stolen bases, including a steal of home.

2nd  Brooks Robinson, in a 2–1 Orioles loss to the Washington Senators, hits into the first triple play of a record 4 of his career. The Birds also lose hot-hitting Bob Nieman who, while standing on 3B, is hit by a line drive off the bat of Bob Boyd. It will slow him for 2 months.

Yankee P Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record as he shuts out the White Sox 3–0. Sox pitcher Jim Wilson allows just 6 hits but three—2 by Bauer and one by Mantle—are out of the Stadium. On a botched hit-and-run attempt, Luis Aparicio is thrown out at 2B ending his streak of 26 consecutive steals.

3rd  Led by Mantle’s 3-run homer in the first, the Yanks jump on Dick Donovan, who does not retire a batter. New York rolls to an easy 13–0 win over the White Sox, as Mantle, McDougald and Kubek all knock in 3 runs. Johnny Kucks allows just 2 hits in the win.

The Dodger referendum passes by a slim margin 24,293 votes. The proposition allows the city to sell 300 acres of Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers for their stadium. The NL president had stated that the Dodgers should vacate Los Angeles if the bill failed.

Stan Musial and Ken Boyer hit homers, both off Ron Kline, as the Cards top the Pirates, 6-3. Jim Brosnan goes 7 innings for the win. Pittsburgh catcher Hank Foiles, the first player to wear contacts, returns to spectacles and goes 0-for-3 with a walk. “Hank Foiles has discarded his contact lenses in favor of regular glasses. Said he gave it until June 1 but when he wasn’t hitting, decided to return to glasses.”(TSN June 25, 1958). Foiles won’t improve and will hit a career low .205 this year. (as noted by J.G. Preston).

4th After 32 scoreless innings, the White Sox score in the 3rd, and go on to win 7–4 over first place New York. Billy Pierce is the winner, despite giving up a moon shot to Mantle that lands in the left-center field bleachers. The drive is measured at 478 feet.

Against the Giants, Wes Covington hits a 2-out 3-run homer against reliever Pete Burnside to tie the game for Milwaukee. After the Braves score a pair of unearned runs in the 10th, Giant pinch hitters Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt connect for back-to-back homers off Ernie Johnson. The back to back pinch homers are the first in the National League (Cerv and Howard, July 23, 1955 in AL). Warren Spahn hits an RBI-pinch single in the 11th, then shuts down the Giants to win, 10-9.

5th The Giants again top the Braves in extra innings, 5–4. In the 12th, Jim Finigan doubles after Mays singles, but Willie is thrown out at the plate by Hank Aaron. Orlando Cepeda, with 3 hits already, then hits a Gene Conley fastball for the game-winning home run. Cepeda also helps in the field, nabbing Wes Covington in the 9th with a hidden ball trick.

In Baltimore, Ray Boone hits a grand slam in the 7th as the Tigers come from behind to clip the Orioles, 6-3. Hank Aguirre pitches 8 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just 2 hits, in the win.

In the opener of two, the Yanks rout Sox starter Early Wynn for a 12–5 win at the Stadium. In the 3rd, Mantle legs out his 3rd inside-the-park homer in a month. The Sox take the nightcap, edging New York, 3–2.

6th  Ozzie Virgil, acquired from the Giants in January, becomes the first black player to appear in a Tiger game. He goes 1-for-5 in the 11–2 win over Washington.

In New York, Mantle homers in the first against Indians P Dick Tomanek, then ties the game at 4–4 with a 3-run tomahawk off the Tribe starter. New York wins, 6–5.

The Little League announces that 4 foreign teams will play in its World Series.

8th  Moe Drabowsky of the Cubs beats the Pirates 4–0. Ted Kluszewski’s broken bat single in the 2nd inning is the only Pittsburgh hit.

At Boston, the Red Sox sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning the first game, 6–5, in 10 innings despite being outhit 19-6. No team the rest of the century will be outhit by 14 hits and win. Billy Goodman has 5 hits for Chicago, Sherm Lollar has 4 and losing pitcher Billy Pierce has 3. The Red Sox get homers from Don Buddin, Dick Gernert and two 2-run homers from Jackie Jensen. His 2nd homer is a walkoff clout in the 10th off Pierce. Boston takes the nightcap, 4–1, behind Dave Sisler and homers by Gene Stephens and Jim Piersall.

10th  The Tigers fire manager Jack Tighe, replacing him with Bill Norman.

11th  On his birthday, Frank Thomas hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs as the Pirates wallop the Giants 14-6. Bill Mazeroski contributes a 3-run homer to back Vern Law’s pitching.

Joe Adcock belts a first inning grand slam and it proves the difference as the Braves top the Cubs, 10-7. Neither starter, Taylor Phillips for the Cubs and Bob Rush for the Braves, get the decision.

12th The A’s and Indians swap shortstops, the Tribe getting Bill Hunter and the A’s taking Chico Carrasquel. Hunter is six months younger.

13th  At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle connects off Detroit lefty Billy Hoeft and the Yankees win, 4–2.

In a home game between his Columbus (GA) Foxes and the Graceville Oilers (Alabama-Florida League), Tom Kanapkey hits HRs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to lead a 22–3 romp. He finishes with 5 hits.

14th  P Shoichi Kaneda of the Kokutetsu Swallows wins 7–1 over the Yomiuri Giants, his 28th victory in only 70 days. He wins 20 games or more for his 8th consecutive season.

The Cardinals obtain P Sal Maglie (1–1) from the Yankees for Joe McClain and $25,000. For Maglie, who will go 3–7 for the Cards, this will be his 4th straight year of pitching in both leagues, a ML record.

In the 2nd inning at Wrigley Field, Reds manager Birdie Tebbetts reacts to a sac bunt situation by switching second baseman Johnny Temple and 1B George Crowe. Crowe continues to wear his first baseman’s mitt while at 2B. Temple charges the plate, catching Johnny Briggs popped up bunt, and throws to Crowe at second for a double play. Cubs’ manager Bob Scheffing protests the move, but when the Cubs win, 4-3, he withdraws the protest. The next day, NL president Warren Giles rules that a first baseman switching to another position must discard his mitt in favor of a glove (as noted by Cliff Blau).

15th  At New York, Yankee killers Jim Bunning and Frank Lary sweep New York 2–0 and 3–0 in a Detroit twin bill. Lary gives up 4 hits and Bunning 3.

Break up the A’s. At Fenway, Kansas City sweeps the Red Sox, winning 17-6 and 9-4. In the opener, Chico Carrasquel has 5 hits and 4 RBIs, while Hector Lopez drives in 4 runs. Joe DeMaestri has two singles in the A’s 8-run 9th. Jackie Jensen has 3 hits, including a homer, for the Sox. In game 2, Bob Cerv has another 3 hits and scores 3 runs for the A’s, and Vic Power has a hit to run his consecutive hitting streak to 22 games, a high in the majors this year.

On the last day of trading, the Yanks send 1954 Rookie of the Year P Bob Grim and OF/1B Harry “Suitcase” Simpson to the Athletics for P Virgil Trucks and RHP Duke Maas. Simpson came from the A’s a year ago.

The White Sox send OF Tito Francona and P Bill Fischer to the Tigers for 3B Ray Boone and P Bob Shaw. Shaw will lead the AL in win percentage in 1959.

The Indians trade OF Roger Maris, 1B Preston Ward, and LHP Dick Tomanek to the Athletics for 1B Vic Power and SS Woodie Held. Insiders fear the worst: that A’s president Arnold Johnson will follow script and put Maris in Yankee pinstripes. Will Harridge puts off the inevitable by ruling that the A’s can’t trade Maris to the Yankees for 18 months (as noted in Jim Reisler’s The Best Game Ever). The A’s will wait 18 months and a couple of days.

Dick Donovan and Jim Wilson of the White Sox sweep the Orioles 4–0 and 3–0 in a double header. Wilson allows only 2 hits.

16th  The Cincinnati Reds acquire Dodger P Don Newcombe. Newk was 0-6 this year with LA, but will go 7-7 for the Reds.

17th  In his Briggs Stadium debut, Tigers 3B Ozzie Virgil goes 5-for-5 against Washington as Detroit wins 9–2. Frank Bolling adds 4 hits to back Hoeft.

19th  The University of Southern California wins the College WS in Omaha, defeating the University of Missouri, 8–7, in 12 innings. It is their first of 10 titles under coach Rod Dedeaux.

At Milwaukee, Warren Spahn has 3 hits including a homer, for the Braves, but loses 5-4 to the Cubs, as he gives up four solo homers, two by Walt Moryn. Spahn will serve up 13 gopher balls to the Cubs this year, tying Warren Hacker’s NL record for homers allowed to one club in a season.

Early Wynn of the White Sox hurls a 2-hitter—his 2nd of the year—in beating Boston, 4–0.

20th At Detroit, Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 7–1, Detroit’s 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mantle and Howard each fan 3 times.

At Milwaukee, the first-place Braves score all their runs via homers as Eddie Mathews, Johnny Logan and Hank Aaron go deep in a 7-3 win over the Cards. Aaron’s homer is a grand slam. Bob Rush (5-2) is the victor.

At Pittsburgh, rookie Red Witt (1-0) records his first ML win as he tops Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 2-1. Koufax goes 4 innings while Witt totals 9 innings. The Pirates are a game out of 2nd place.

21st  White Sox lefty Billy Pierce hurls a 2-hitter against the Orioles, winning 1–0 over Billy Loes. It’s the Sox 5th shutout in the last 6 games.

Frank Lary pitches his 3rd straight shutout, beating the Yankees Duke Maas, 1–0. Kaline throws out Maas at the plate and hits his 7th HR to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.

22nd  Willie Kirkland unloads a 14th inning HR to give SF a 5–4 win over the Phils. Johnny Antonelli, in relief, tosses 6 shutout innings for the victory. The nightcap is called after 6 innings with the Giants ahead, 1–0. When play is resumed July 23rd, the Phils will win, 3–2.

In Cincinnati, Gus Bell hits a grand slam in game 1 against the Cubs and the Reds win, 6-2 behind Joe Nuxhall. Chicago responds in game 2 by scoring 3 runs in the 9th to break a 5-5 tie. Frank Robinson’s solo homer in the bottom of the frame makes the final, 8-6.

In Detroit, the Yankees score 6 in the 1st inning and keep their feet on the accelerator by score 9 in the last two innings to smother the Tigers, 15-0. Don Larsen allows 2 hits in the rout. Gil McDougald has 4 hits and Elston Howard homers.

A game between Olean (New York-Penn League) and Erie is rescheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. But the Erie Sailors don’t get the word and arrive at the Olean ball park 50 minutes after the 4:00 p.m. starting time, and the umpires forfeit the game to Olean.

23rd  Carl Willey of the Braves pitches a 7–0 shutout against the Giants in his first ML start. Another noted starter is Joe Adcock, playing LF for the 1st times since 1952, who climbs the fence to snag a ball. Willey gives up 6 hits, including Willie Mays’s 1,000th career hit.

The White Sox bring former Cubbie Turk Lown back to Chicago, buying him from the Reds. Lown will prove a valuable addition, going 9–2 for the Sox in 1959. The Reds claim P Alex Kellner from the waiver list where the A’s had put him. Tomorrow, the Reds will buy White Sox 1B Walt Dropo.

24th The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 4th inning off Early Wynn to beat the Sox 6–2 at Comiskey. Mantle’s clout into the CF bleachers leads off the inning, followed by a single, walk and Jerry Lumpe’s first ML HR, and a HR by Norm Siebern. Ryne Duren K’s 6 of the last 9 batters to preserve Bob Turley’s win.

26th  Hector Lopez of the Kansas City Athletics hits 3 HRs in a 8–6, 12-inning home win against Washington. His 3rd homer is a 2-run shot to win the game. Roy Sievers almost matches Lopez with 2 homers.

Joe Gordon takes over for Bobby Bragan as manager of the Cleveland Indians, signing a contract through 1959.

      The Braves fall to the Dodgers, 4–1, and cut their lead over St. Louis to 11⁄2 games.

27th  In a bid for a perfect no-hitter, Billy Pierce of the White Sox retires 26 Washington Senators in a row before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald loops a double to become the only base runner. Pierce then fans Albie Pearson to win, 3–0. It is Pierce’s 3rd straight shutout.

At Cincinnati, Johnny Temple drills a 2-out triple in the 9th inning to drive in 2 runs as the Reds beat the Giants, 6–5.

Connie Mack Stadium, Cardinals RF Gene Green poles a 1st-inning grand slam off Curt Simmons and the Birds go on to defeat the Phillies, 8-1. Sal Maglie gives up just 5 hits, one a homer to Carl Sawatski.

29th  Left fielder Del Ennis of the Cards throws out 2 Phillie runners in the 3rd inning, tying a ML record. But the Phils win in the 13th, 5–4, on a double by Harry Anderson. The nightcap is suspended in the 8th with the Phils leading, 4–2.

At County Stadium, Hank Aaron clouts his second grand slam in 9 days as he collects 4 hits and 5 RBIs to pace the Braves to a 10-6 victory over the Dodgers. Bob Rush goes 8 innings for the win, giving up a pair of homers to Charlie Neal and one to Carl Furillo. Del Crandall homers for Milwaukee.

At Comiskey Park, the Senators twice score 7 runs in an inning but come away with a doubleheader split with the White Sox. The Nats take the opener, 12-0, scoring 7 runs in the 9th off reliever Bob Keegan, who gives up 3 homers. Pedro Ramos twirls the shutout. The Nationals score another 7 in the 5th inning of the nightcap, but the White Sox outlast them to win, 12-11, in 11 innings. Ray Moore pitches a hitless 3 innings to win. Jim Lemon has 9 RBIs, 4 in the nightcap, as he hits homers in each game. Faye Throneberry has a homer in each game as well. Billy Goodman has his second five-hit game of the season in the nightcap for Chicago.

In Cleveland, the Orioles sweep a pair from the Tribe, winning 11-6 and 5-2. Bob Boyd is 5-for-5 in the opener, scoring 4 runs for Baltimore. Bob Lemon has a pinch single for Cleveland in the nightcap, the final one of his career. His career batting average of .284 as a pinch hitter is the highest for any pitcher with 100 at bats.

Former Yankee Ralph Terry gets 12 runs from his KC teammates to top New York, 12–6. Mantle gets his first hit in his last 17 at bats against the A’s, a 3rd inning homer.

30th  In a 7-6 win against the A’s, the Tigers pull off a triple steal in the 2nd inning with Billy Martin on the front end of Red Wilson and Frank Bolling. Martin did the same last year with the Yankees. Martin later gets picked off 2B.