1960 June

1st Mickey Mantle hits a one-out HR in the first inning, a 400-foot blow on an 0–2 pitch, for the only Yankee hit against Baltimore’s Hal Brown. The Baby Birds win 4–1 and sweep the three game series with the Yankees to move into first place (27-15). New York leaves Baltimore in 4th place (19-19).

2nd   At Fenway, the Senators twice veto the Red Sox, winning, 8-3 and 8-7. Billy Gardner homers in game 1 and scores 3 times, then hits a grand slam in the nightcap.  Marv Throneberry’s 10th inning triple in game 2 drives in the winning run.

4th  Detroit’s Chico Fernandez strokes a 10th-inning triple against Cleveland, and then swipes home for the final run in a 7–4 win. Rocky Colavito breaks out of his slump with a solo HR in the 4th and a 2-run HR in the 10th, off Stigman.

      In Los Angeles, Wally Moon lines an inside-the-park grand slam in the 7th as the Dodgers come from behind to whip the Cubs, 12-6. Moon drives in 5 runs and Ed Roebuck (3-1) pitches 5 innings of relief.

5th  The Yankees sweep two from the Red Sox, taking the opener on homers by Mantle and Maris. Roger’s blow is a 3 run shot to give New York a 5–4 victory. Art Ditmar is the CG winner in the nightcap, winning 8–3.

      Russ Kemmerer and Frank Baumann each toss 2-0 shutouts as the White Sox win a pair from Kansas City.

8th  Bob Turley tosses a 3-hit shutout against the White Sox, and Mantle adds his 9th and 10th homers of the season as the Yankees win, 6-0. His 2nd homer, in the 8th, is followed by Maris’s 16th of the year, matching his season total last year with KC. It is the first time the M Boys have hit back-to-back homers.

      At Fenway, the Indians sweep two games from the Red Sox, winning 8-7 and 5-2.  Pumpsie Green hits a grand slam in the opener off starter Jim Perry, but Johnny Klippstein pitches 3 innings of hitless relief to preserve the win.  Woodie Held’s grand slam in the nightcap is all the scoring Cleveland needs.

9th  George Strickland’s 2-run homer in the 6th is the winning margin in Cleveland’s 3–2 win over the Red Sox.  With the Orioles losing a pair to Detroit, Cleveland stretches its AL lead to 1 1/2 games. After the game, the Red Sox send outfielder Gene Stephens to the Orioles for OF Willie Tasby.

10th  In New York, Mantle cracks his 3rd homer in 3 days to ruin a good relief effort by Cleveland’s Dick Stigman. The 8th inning solo shot gives New York a 4–3 win.

Dutch treat. Reds catcher Dutch Dotterer hits a grand slam home run off the Dodgers Sandy Koufax to account for all of Cincy’s scoring. They win, 4–3. For Dutch, it is one of his 5 career dingers and his only slam.

      The Red Sox fire manager Billy Jurges, who left the team on June 8 reportedly because of illness. Del Baker will be the interim manager. Tomorrow, the Sox will hire Pinky Higgins as the regular manager. It’ll be Pinky’s second tour of duty as Sox skipper.

11th  At Fenway, the White Sox set an AL record with just 7 assists in a twi-night doubleheader split against the Red Sox, losing 5–4 and winning 8–4. With 2 assists in the first game and 5 in the 2nd, Chicago also sets an AL record for fewest assists in 2 consecutive games. Don Buddin hits a leadoff HR in the day game off Early Wynn, who allows just one more hit till the 6th. After a Runnels single, Wynn knocks down Williams with an inside pitch. Ted then belts his 497th homer, a 450-foot shot. Wertz follows a walk to Williams in the 8th with a HR.

12th  In a record-tying 3 hour and 52 minute, 9-inning game, Willie McCovey’s pinch-hit grand slam, the first slam of his career, and Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run double pace the Giants to a 16–7 rout of the Braves. Cepeda and Mays each have 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, while Bob Schmidt is 4-for-4 including 2 doubles. For Milwaukee, Joe Adcock is 4-for-4 while Hank Aaron has two doubles and a homer and scores 4 runs.

      The Tigers and Senators combine for 11 homers in their DH split, with the Nats hitting 8 roundtrippers. Jim Lemon hits 3 homers, one in game 1, an 8–2 win, and a pair in the nightcap loss, 12–5. Colavito has a pair in the nightcap for Detroit and winning pitcher Frank Lary also goes deep.

13th The Indians trade C Russ Nixon and OF Carroll Hardy to the Red Sox for Marty Keough and P Ted Bowsfield. Nixon had been traded in March to the Red Sox for Sammy White, but the deal fell through when White refused to report. Hardy once pinch hit for Maris in Cleveland, and will do the same for Ted Williams this year, the only time Williams will ever have a pinch hitter.

14th  New York beats KC, 6–2 behind Jim Coates and Roger Maris. Maris drives in 5 runs with a HR, double, and single. The Yankees have now 7th straight, all since Stengel returned from the hospital, and now are in a virtual tie with the Indians and Orioles for 1st place.

      Bunning strikes out 13 in 7 innings, but gives up a HR to Ted Williams, #498, and is losing before Norm Cash bats for him and hits a 2-run homer.  Detroit beats Boston, 2–1.

      The Cubs sign Danvars, Mass. high school superstar Danny Murphy (.489: 11-0) to a $130,000 contract, making him the highest paid player of the bonus era so far.  In 4 days, the 17-year-old will start in the outfield at Crosley Field when the Reds Jay Hook stops the Cubs, 7–1.  Murphy will hit just .120 this year and after three seasons drop to the minors. He’ll resurface as a pitcher with the White Sox in 1969, one of the few players to make the majors as a position player and pitcher.

      In Juarez, Mexico, actress Lorraine Day obtains a divorce from Leo Durocher. The two wed on January 20, 1947.

15th  Mexico City and Poza Rico combine to hit 12 HRs in one game, a Mexican League record.

      Philadelphia sends Wally Post back to Cincinnati, along with OF Harry Anderson and 1B Fred Hopke, for outfielders Tony Gonzalez and Lee Walls. Gonzalez will be a reliable starter for 9 years in Philley and, in 1962, will be the first CF to field 1.000.

      The Dodgers send another Brooklyn veteran packing when Clem Labine goes to the Tigers for P Ray Semproch.

16th  At Candlestick, the first-place Pirates take a 10-2 lead into the 9th and hold on for a 10-7 victory over the Giants. Starter Mizell loses his vinegar and gives up 3 singles in the 9th before Elroy Face replaces him.  Bob Skinner has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs, and Don Hoak has a pair of triples and scores 3 runs.

17th  A 2-run HR off Wynn Hawkins at Cleveland Municipal Stadium makes Ted Williams the 4th player in ML history to hit 500 HRs. The Red Sox win 3–1 behind Frank Sullivan’s 12 strikeouts.

      In Chicago, Bill Veeck’s new $300,000 exploding scoreboard is silent as no Sox players hit homers.  However, when Clete Boyer bangs one in the 2nd inning, all the Yankees light sparklers and greet the third baseman on the dugout steps. Berra leads the sparklers in the bullpen. Mantle’s 8th inning homer prompts another round of sparklers as the Yanks win, 4–2.

18th  New York continues the fireworks in Chicago with long home runs by Mantle, Maris and Skowron to win 12–5 and sweep the 4-game series in Chicago. The Mantle home run is over the CF fence and is followed by Maris’s clout to the upper deck in right.

      The Giants, a big favorite to win the pennant in a preseason poll of writers taken by The Sporting News,change managers, replacing Bill Rigney with Tom Sheehan. Horace Stoneham’s team is 33-25 and trails only Pittsburgh. At 66 years, 2 months, and 18 days, Sheehan is the oldest rookie manager in ML history.

19th  In a brilliant pair of pitching performances, the Orioles Hoyt Wilhelm and Milt Pappas throw shutouts to beat the host Tigers. Wilhelm allows 2 hits in winning the opener, 2–0, over Bunning, and Pappas allows 3 hits in winning the nightcap, 1–0, over Don Mossi. Gentile and Hansen homer in the opener as Clint Courtney, using the big glove, is twice charged with batter interference, the first loading the bases in the 4th.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Pirates Dick Stuart hits a grand slam off Sandy Koufax but the Dodgers hang on for an 8-6 win. Ed Roebuck, in relief of a wild Koufax, earns the W.

      At Omaha, the top-ranked Minnesota, consisting of all Minnesota natives, beats USC, 2-1, in 10 innings to win the NCAA championship. Jim Rantz goes the distance for the Gophers. Rantz will sign with the Senators, eventually moving to the front office where he will become director of miner-league operations for the Twins, retiring from that job at the age of 75, in 2012.

21st  Whitey Ford outduels Yankee Killer Frank Lary to give New York a 6–0 win in Detroit. Mantle is 3-for-5 with 2 homers off Lary.

      Despite 2 HRs and a single by Ted Williams, driving in 4 runs, the Red Sox lose to KC, 11–7. Jerry Casale puts the Sox in the hole by giving up hits to the first 6 batters.

Reno (California League) beats visiting Stockton, 8–3, as legendary fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 19 Silver Sox batters.

23rd  The Braves acquire Alvin Dark from the Phils for infielder Joe Morgan and cash. The cash they keep; Morgan they sell to the Indians in August.

24th  Willie Mays hits 2 HRs, singles, steals home, and makes 10 putouts to lead the Giants in a 5–3 win at Cincinnati. Mays has 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.

At Municipal Stadium, the Orioles score a run in each of the final 6 innings to edge the A’s, 6-5.  Jerry Lumpe has a grand slam for the Athletics.

26th  Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to 2 players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.

      At Forbes Field, Cubs rookie Ron Santo, making his ML debut, leads Chicago to a sweep of the first place Pirates. Santo is 3-for-7 and drives in 5 runs as the Cubs win 7–5 and 7–6.

      At Municipal Stadium, Jim Gentile of the Orioles drives in 7 runs as the O’s win, 9-2,  Gentile has 3 hits including two homers, one a grand slam.

      Ernie Broglio is 1-1 on the day pitching in relief as his Cardinals split a pair with the Phillies.  Broglio comes into game 1 in the 11th in relief of Larry Jackson and surrenders a 12th inning walkoff homer to Tony Gonzalez.  John Buzhardt pitches 12 innings to win, 3-2. In the nightcap, Broglio pitches 3 shutout innings and is the beneficiary when Hal Smith hits a 9th inning 3-run homer off Chris Short as the Cards win, 4-3.

27th  In an American Association game in Denver, the hometown Bears hit four consecutive homeruns after two outs in the first inning against Louisville. Steve Boros, Jim McDaniel, Larry Osborne and Ozzie Virgil connect. Denver adds three more homers in the game and Louisville connects for three to total 10 roundtrippers.

28th  At Connie Mack Stadium, rookie Dallas Green makes his first ML victory a nifty one as he stops the Dodgers, 2-0, on 3 hits.  Successive doubles in the 1st net a run for Philadelphia, and Pancho Herrera’s 6th inning homer completes the scoring.  Herrera has now hit in 20 consecutive games.

30th  Dick Stuart blasts 3 consecutive HRs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in 7 runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the 2nd Pirate to hit 3 HRs in a game at Forbes Field. Jack Sanford pitches a 3-hit shutout to give the Giants an 11–0 first-game win. With the 11–6 nightcap victory, Pittsburgh is 3 ahead of the 2nd-place Braves.

      The Braves lose to the Cubs in Chicago, 11–5, as Cubs pitcher Don Cardwell cards 4 hits.

      New York beats up on their cousins from Kansas City by banging out 5 homers to win 10–5.  Skowron leads with 2 HRs, with one each from Mantle, Maris and Kubek.

      At Memorial Stadium, Jim Gentile drives in 5 runs to pace the Orioles to a 9-1 win over Cleveland. Hal Brown is the winner. Gentile hits a pinch homer and adds another, just the 4th major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

      At Fenway, SS Don Buddin pulls some fancy footwork to lead the Bosox to a win against the Tigers.  With the score tied in the 8th, Buddin is caught in a rundown between 3B and home, but he eludes Detroit catcher Red Wilson to score. Wilson argues that Buddin left the baseline, and earns a rejection by Red Flaherty for his views. The Red Sox score 3 more runs and win, 11–7. Ted Williams has a HR, off Bunning, and Colavito answers with 2 homers.