1959 June

1st  Two-time champ Monterrey, Mexico is barred from 1959 Little League competition for its failure to comply with the rule that specifies using only players from a predetermined geographical area.

2nd At Comiskey Park, The Sox-Baltimore game is delayed 30 minutes due to a swarm of gnats over the field. Groundskeepers tried bug spray to no avail before bringing in the post-game fireworks display and attaching a smoke bomb to framework. It works, dispersing the gnats, and the O’s dispense the Sox 3–2.

In a 5–3 loss to Kansas City, Boston’s Ted Williams records his 2,500th career hit, a double.

3rd At Detroit, Mickey Mantle homers off Ray Narleski in the 9th to give the Yankees a 6–5 win. New York chases nemesis Frank Lary with 5 runs in the 3rd.

4th Earl Torgeson hits a 2-out HR in the 17th, off Jerry Walker, to give the White Sox a 4-3 win over Baltimore.

5th Al Kaline’s 9th inning single gives the Tigers a 6-5 win over the visiting Senators. Dave Sisler, with 3 scoreless innings, is the winner. Bob Allison is most of the offense for the Nats, going 5-for-5, including two homers, and driving in 4 runs.

At Pittsburgh, the Cubs Glen Hobbie shakes off a monster 1st-inning homer by Dick Stuart to beat the Pirates, 10-5. Ernie Banks and Dale Long hit regular-length homers for the Cubs. Stuart’s shot sails over the tractor stored in the deepest part of the park at the base of the 457-foot left-center field and finally comes to a stop in Schenley Park, 525-feet away. Hobbie thanks Stuart afterwards for not hitting lower or, “I might not be here to talk about it.”

6th In the Cubs 8–2 win over Pittsburgh, Bucs reliever Ron Blackburn collects his only hit of his ML career, a homer, off Moe Drabowsky. Blackburn hurls 4 innings of hitless ball. The Cubs score 6 in the 1st, led by Bank’s triple and Moryn’s HR.

The Dodgers bring up SS Maury Wills from Spokane, where he was hitting .313 with 25 stolen bases.

7th The Pirates manage just 7 hits in a doubleheader loss to the visiting Cubs, losing 4-2 to John Buzhardt and 1-0 to Elmer Singleton. Both starters have relieve help. The Cubs sweep the 4-game series in Pittsburgh, something they won’t match until 2011.

The first-place Braves score 8 runs in the 7th to beat the Dodgers, 8-2, and pin the loss on Don Drysdale. Billy Bruton is 4-for-4.

9th  Joan Payson, a wealthy investor, is identified as the principal backer of a New York franchise in the proposed 3rd league.

At the Stadium, the Yanks edge Kansas City, 9–8 in 13 innings. Mantle homers in the 4th, off Murry Dickson, but it is Hector Lopez’s single that wins it in the 13th.

10th  Rocky Colavito hits 4 consecutive HRs in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium to lead the Indians to an 11–8 win. Colavito joins Lou Gehrig and Bobby Lowe as the only ML players to hit 4 consecutive four-baggers. He also scores 5 runs.

11th  the Washington Senators trade Dick Hyde and Herb Plews to the Boston Red Sox for Billy Consolo and Murray Wall. The submarining Hyde will be diagnosed with an arm injury and on June 14, he will be returned to the Senators and Wall goes back to the Red Sox.

12th  Giants P Mike McCormick does not yield a single hit in the first 5 innings of a game against the Phillies. In the top of the 6th, he gives up a single to Richie Ashburn, but the game is called because of rain. The incomplete inning is not included in the records, thereby giving McCormick a 3–0 shortened no-hitter.

The Yanks top Jim Bunning and Detroit, 6–4, to give Casey Stengel his 1,000th win as the Yankee skipper. Don Larsen picks up the win.

13th  At Griffith Stadium, the Indians hits 4 homers, but need an 8th inning triple by Ray Webster, who scores the tie breaker in the 8-7 victory. Webster also homers in the 7th. Rocky Colavito has a grand slam, and Granny Hamner and Vic Power homer. Killebrew and Allison homer for the Nationals.

14th  Ken Boyer of the Cards hits his 3rd weekly inside-the-park HR, this one against the Reds at St. Louis in a 5–4 first-game win. On May 30 he connected at Los Angeles and June 7 at Philadelphia.

Boston manager Pinky Higgins benches Ted Williams in a scheduled double header with Kansas City. The Splinter, hitting just .175, has been slowed by injuries. Williams will pinch hit in the next 2 games. The Sox win 6–1 with cold and rain postponing game 2.

At New York, the Tigers sweep a pair from New York, 3–2 and 8–2. Charlie Maxwell unleashes his Sunday punch in the opener, hitting a 3-run homer in the 8th. It is his 14th homer, 8 of which have come on Sunday. Lary wins his 3rd of the year against the Yankees. Paul Foytack is the winner in game 2. Al Kaline has 3 hits in each game.

At Washington, it is homerun derby as the Indians slug the Senators twice, winning 14-7 and 12-6. Minnie Minoso has a homer in each game, the 2nd one a 9th inning grand slam, and drives in 9 runs. Jim Lemon has a homer in game 1 and two in the second contest.

15th Cleveland, behind the pitching of Gary Bell, beats the Red Sox, 5–1, to move into 1st place in the A.L.

16th At Baltimore, the Tigers stop Hoyt Wilhelm’s 9-game win streak to start the year, kayoing the vet knuckler in the 6th to win, 6–4.

17th At Yankee Stadium, Mantle lashes a Ray Moore 3–0 pitch some 470 feet into the RF bleachers to lead New York to a 7–3 win over the White Sox.

18th  At Baltimore, Chico Carrasquel drives in 2 urns in both the 8th and 9th innings to give the Birds, a 7–6 win over the Tigers. Tiger star Al Kaline, hitting .357, fractures his shoulder and will be out of action.

At Fenway, Indians rookie pitcher Bobby Locke, hits a 3-run homer in his debut game, but gives up homers to Vic Wertz and Jackie Jensen before he departs. The Sox score 2 against his replacement Mike Garcia (0-5) with the 7-6 win going to Jack Harshman (1-6).

At a news conference, the Continental League announces that franchises in the 3rd league will be priced at $10 million.

Oklahoma State wins the NCAA college baseball championship, defeating Arizona 5–3 in the deciding game.

19th Veteran P Roger Craig, recently brought up from Spokane, makes his first start this year for the Dodgers. He gives up 5 hits in beating the Reds, 6–2.

20th At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers jump on Herb Score for 7 runs in the first 2 innings and coast to a 10-2 win over the Indians. Bill Skowron supplies the punch with 5 RBIs, on a homer and 2 doubles. Of the 7 runs off Score, only 2 are earned as the pitcher makes 2 errors in his short stay. He will appear in another 50 games without making an error, but his career fielding average of .854 is the worst of any pitcher appearing in 150 games or more.

21st  Milwaukee’s Henry Aaron hits three 2-run HRs at Seals Stadium to power the Braves to a 13–3 win over the Giants. It’s the only 3-homer game of Aaron’s career.

The Indians take two, 4–2 and 5–4, before 68,680 at Yankee Stadium, to increase the Tribe lead to 2 games over Chicago.

At Wrigley Field, John Buzhardt stops the Phillies, 4-0, on one hit, a 3rd inning single by former Cubbie Carl Sawatski.

At Los Angeles, the Reds Don Newcombe subdues the Dodgers, 17–3. Newk pitches a complete game and collects 4 hits and 4 RBIs and adds two walks. Batterymate Dutch Dotterer chips in with a single, double and homer to give the combo 7 hits, the most since Bob Miller and Smoky Burgess combined for 9 in 1953, believed to be the record for a battery.

After losing to the Cardinals, 5-1, in game 1, the Pirates rebound for a 10-8 win in game 2 behind the light-hitting catcher Danny Kravitz. Kravitz goes 5-for-5, including 3 doubles.

22nd  Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax fans 16 Phillies, to set a new record for a night game, and wins 6–2.

At Kansas City, Mantle drives in 6 runs with a triple and 2 homers to lead New York to a 13–6 win. Skowron adds his 4th homer in 4 days to move New York to 3 games out of first place.

23rd  The Yankees ride 2-run homers from Mantle, Bauer and McDougald to a 10–2 win over KC.

The perceived excessive payments of $650,000 to $1,000,000 for Candlestick Park become an issue in Mayor Christopher’s bid for reelection in San Francisco.

25th  At Briggs Stadium, the Tigers double up the Red Sox, 10-5. Rocky Bridges has a grand slam for Detroit and Tom Morgan, who earns a save for starter Jim Bunning, hits an insurance homer.

26th  The “Emperor’s game,” the greatest in Japanese baseball history, is played by the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers, with Emperor Hirohito and his wife attending at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium. The game is tied 4–4 in the 7th on Giants rookie Sadaharu Oh’s 2-run HR, then won 5–4 in the last of the 9th on a HR by the Giant’s Shigeo Nagashima. This starts the famed “O-N cannon,” the hitting combination of Oh and Nagashima, that will bring the Giants 9 pennants between 1965 and 1973. In all, the O-N cannon hits dual HRs in 106 games.

Willie Mays hits a solo homer and Jackie Brandt powers a grand slam as the Giants down the Phillies, 8-0. Mike McCormick faces just 29 batters as he throws a 3-hitter.

At Cleveland, Cal McLish has 2 hits to lead a balanced attack as he goes to 8-3 pitching the Indians to an 11-5 victory over Boston. Pete Runnels has 4 hits for the Sox, while Jackie Jensen clubs a grand slam.

27th  With the players voting, Henry Aaron gets a unanimous vote for the All-Star Game, making him the first player so selected.

At Comiskey Park, the Yankees hit 4 solo homers, two by Hector Lopez, but Harry Simpson matches that with a grand slam as the White Sox win, 5-4.

28th  The Phils Wally Post becomes the only player in baseball history to twice throw out 2 runners from the OF in one inning as he nabs Orlando Cepeda trying to stretch a single and doubles up Daryl Spencer at 1B after a fly out. Both occur in the 1st inning. The Giants win 6–0 behind Johnny Antonelli.

30th  At Wrigley, a bizarre play occurs in the 4th inning when two balls are put into play. On a 3–1 count, Bob Anderson’s pitch to Stan Musial is wild and bounces back to the screen. Catcher Sammy Taylor ignores the ball, assuming it ticked off Musial’s bat, but Cubs 3B Alvin Dark rushes in to retrieve the wild pitch/foul tip. The bat boy tosses the ball to field announcer Pat Piper, and Dark finally retrieves it from him. Meanwhile home plate ump Vic Delmore has handed a second ball to Anderson. Through all this, Musial reaches first with what he thinks is ball four, and then streaks for 2B. Simultaneously, Dark and Anderson fire to the bag. Anderson’s throw goes into CF, but Dark’s to Banks catches the sliding Musial. Stan ignores the tag and rambles to 3B as play is stopped. Delmore then rules Musial is out at 2B, while Al Barlick rules Stan safe at 1B. Both managers play the game under protest, but the Cards drop theirs after dropping the Cubs, 4–1. The NL will drop Delmore at the end of the season.

The Giants Sam Jones throws a 2–0 one-hitter against the Dodgers, allowing only Jim Gilliam’s controversial single in the 8th, a grounder that SS Andre Rodgers has difficulty picking up. Willie Mays’s 2-run HR against Don Drysdale accounts for all the scoring.