1962 June

1st  The Dodgers sweep Philadelphia, 11–4 and 8–5, for a Los Angeles record 13 straight wins. Don Drysdale and Stan Williams pitch the Bums into a first-place tie with the Giants. It is also Drysdale’s 13th straight win over the Phils, but they will beat him in his next 9 straight decisions against them. He won’t beat the Phillies again until August 27, 1965.

      At the Polo Grounds, Willie McCovey hits two homers and Willie Mays hits one, all off Roger Craig, and Jim Davenport adds a grand slam as the first-place Giants top the Mets, 11-6. Billy Pierce improves his record to 8-0.

2nd Dennis Bennett finally stops the Dodgers’ win streak at 13, giving up 4 hits, while pitching the Phils to a 7–0 win. It is Bennett’s first ML win. In an effort to save his bull pen, Dodger skipper Walter Alston tries to pinch hit Andy Carey for reliever Joe Moeller in the 8th, and then have Carey take the mound in relief. However, home plate umpire Ken Burkhart, in consultation with Jocko Conlan, informs Alston that Carey can’t pitch because he was not listed as a pitcher on the roster. Moeller ends up batting for himself and pitching the bottom of the 8th. The NL office will later tell all the umpires that there was no restriction on any player on the active roster from pitching in a game (as noted by Bob Timmerman).

3rdThe Senators trade outfielder Willie Tasby to the Indians for pitchers Steve Hamilton and Don Rudolph.

6th  Cal McLish and Art Mahaffey pitch Philadelphia to a sweep of the Mets, 2–0 and 2–1, giving New York 17 straight losses. Craig and Jackson are the losing pitchers.

7th  The first-place Giants have their lead cut to a half-game over the Dodgers when Billy Pierce loses his first game of the year. The little lefty had won 8 straight before the Cubs top him, 4–3.

8th  The Cardinals Bob Gibson tops the Giants 8–4, dropping San Francisco to 2nd place in the NL.

10th  In the first of two at Colt Stadium, the Dodgers collect 17 hits, 4 each by Willie Davis and Ron Fairly, and Don Drysdale (10-3) does the rest. Los Angeles wins, 10-3.  In game 2, Norm Sherry has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Dodgers win, 9-7, to move 2 1/2 games ahead of SF.  Don Buddin has a grand slam for Houston, the first in Colts history. It is his second and last for the 45’s, as Houston will sell him next month to Detroit.

      The 4th-place Angels move to 2 games in back of the league-leading Yankees by taking two games from Kansas City, winning 14-6 and 6-5.  Billy Moran knocks in 6 runs on 3 hits in the opener and Leon Wagner and winning pitcher Ken McBride (6-3) each have 3 hits. Art Fowler wins the nightcap in relief of Bo Belinsky.

11th  With the bases loaded in the 3rd against the Indians, Boston pitcher Earl Wilson is about throw when Tito Francona, the runner on 1B, yells, “Hold it, Earl.”  Wilson holds the ball, then stumbles off the mound, balking home the game’s first run. The Indians plate 9 more in the game to win, 10–0, behind Jim Perry. Willie Kirkland drives in 5 runs with a HR and double.

12th  The Braves beat the Dodgers, 15–2, as the Aaron brothers—Hank and Tommie—hit HRs in the same game for the first time. They’ll do it twice more this year. Hank has three hits and drives in three runs before retiring in the 7th for a pinch-hitter, Lee May. May is the first of six hitters who will pinch for Aaron.

      Wally Post belts a two-run pinch homer in the 9th inning to give the Reds a 3–2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley.

      The Yankees trade INF Billy Gardner to the Red Sox for Tommy Umphlett and cash.

13thSandy Koufax smacks his first ML home run, and it comes off another future Hall of Famer, Warren Spahn. It is the winning blow in the 2–1 Dodger win at Milwaukee. Sandy will hit one more career round tripper.

14th  Join the club. The Orioles Charlie Lau ties an AL record with 3 passed balls in the 8th inning, and a total of 4, but Baltimore beats Boston 7–4.  Lau now shares the team (and AL) record with Myron Ginsberg and Gus Triandos for most passed balls in inning, all catching Hoyt Wilhelm. The 20th century mark is 4 in an inning, set by the Giants Ray Katt in 1954. No surprise who was on the mound then—Wilhelm.

15th  The Phils score 10 in the 3rd, their biggest one-inning outburst since 1950, and hold on to beat the Reds, 13–8. Art Mahaffey allows all 8 runs in the win.  Roy Sievers has two hits, including a grand slam, to knock in 5 runs in the big 3rd.

      At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs for Milwaukee but Roberto Clemente almost matches him with 2 hits, including a grand slam in the 7-run 8th, as Pittsburgh ekes out a 9-8 win over the Braves.

16th  A limping Mickey Mantle returns after a one-month absence to crack a 3-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th to give New York a 9–7 lead against Cleveland. The Tribe comes back to win it 10–9 in the 9th on Jerry Kindall’s 2-run HR. Tito Francona and scores 2 runs. Cleveland now leads the 3rd-place Yankees by a game and will sweep the 4-game series.

17th  Lou Brock of the Cubs hits a HR into the right-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460-470 feet from home plate, in the first game of a Chicago doubleheader sweep, 8–7 and 4–3. He is the 2nd player to reach those bleacher seats; Joe Adcock was the first. In the nightcap, the Cubs win on Santo’s HR in the 9th.

      At Kansas City, the A’s outslug the Twins to win, 10-6. Norm Siebern has a pair of homers, Ed Charles has a double and homer and catcher Joe Azcue has a double, triple and a straight steal of home. Dave Wickersham (8-2) is the victor.

      Mets 1B Marv Throneberry hits an apparent triple, but misses both 1B and 2B, and is called out on an appeal play. The Cubs eke out an 8–7 win.

      Before a crowd of 70,916, the Indians sweep a pair from the Yankees, 6–1 and 6–3, and boost their lead over the Twins to 2 games. Donovan becomes the ML’s first 10 game winner in the opener.  In the nightcap, the Indians hit 3 straight homers in the 2nd off Jim Stafford. Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips and Jim Maloney connect.

18th  Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds with a long drive, the 2nd player to find the CF bleachers in 2 days and only the 3rd ever. It scores 4 as Aaron notches his second grand slam in 3 days. The Braves win 7–1 over the Mets.

      At LA, Tommy Davis hits a game-ending HR off Bob Gibson to give the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Cards. Sandy Koufax is the winner. It is the 3rd time Koufax has won a game 1-0 on a Tommy Davis HR.

20th  The Braves sweep a pair from the Mets, winning 9–4 and 3–2 in 6 innings, with rain ending the game. In the nightcap, Willard Hunter tosses a 2-hitter for the Mets but, unfortunately, both hits are homers by Hank Aaron.

      At Candlestick, Juan Marichal serves up 2 homers—one a grand slam to Norm Larker—but leaves after 6 innings and gets a no decision as the 45’s shoot down the Giants, 9-5. Reliever Dean Stone pitches 5+ innings for the win.

      Cleveland sweeps a pair from the host Red Sox, 6-3 and 3-0.  Jim Perry wins the opener and Barry Latman applies the whitewash in game 2.  Mike Fornieles is the loser in game 2, departing in the 4th inning when he hands out a walk and a wild pitch. The Indians will remember Fornieles, however, as he plunks the first two batters in the game, then has an HBP in both the 2nd and 3rd innings.

22nd  Playing 4 hours and 2 minutes, the Braves outscore the Giants 11–9 in the NL’s longest 9-inning night game.

      At the Polo Grounds, Richie Ashburn’s leadoff homer is all that Al Jackson needs as he pitches a one-hitter to beat Houston, 2-0, in the first of two. Joey Amalfitano’s 1st inning single is the only safety. Houston explodes in game 2, hitting 5 homers and winning 16-3. Jim Golden is the winning pitcher and contributes a pair of triples. He is the last ML pitcher this century to hit a pair of triples in a game.  Don Larsen, in 1954, was the last.

      Stan Musial becomes the all-time total-base leader, raising his total to 5,864, in the first game against the Phillies. St. Louis wins the opener 7–3 but loses the nightcap 11–3.

23rd  Larry Doby, retired from the Cleveland Indians, signs on with the Chunichi Dragons to become, with Don Newcombe, the first former ML players to play for a Japanese team. His season BA will be a mediocre .225.

      After hitting a pinch single in game 1, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup in game 2 and homers against Paul Foytack. But it is not enough as Detroit wins, 5–4. The Yankees win the opener 8-4 as Yogi Berra bangs a grand slam. The Yankees trail the first-place Indians by 3 1/2 games.

24th  A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when Jack Reed’s HR—his only one in the ML—gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9–7 victory. Reed replaced Pepitone in the 13th. For the Tigers, Phil Regan takes the loss and Rocky Colavito has 7 hits. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even 7 hours, the game is the longest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.

      Led by a grand slam from Hank Foiles and 4 RBIs on 2 homers from Frank Robinson, the Reds outslug the Dodgers, 12–10 at Dodgers Stadium.

25th  The Tigers trade Charlie Maxwell to the White Sox for OF Bob Farley.

26th  Earl Wilson pitches a no-hitter, his first ML shutout, as Boston beats the Los Angeles Angels 2–0. The righthander also hits a HR off loser Bo Belinsky, who pitched his no-hitter 6 weeks earlier.

      The Indians stay in first place, a game ahead of the Twins, as the earn a doubleheader split with the Tigers.  Al Luplow’s 4th hit of the game, a 2-run homer in the top of the 12th off starter Sam Jones, gives the Tribe a 3-1 win. Detroit wins the opener, 6-0, behind Jim Bunning’s 4-hitter. Dick McAuliffe hits a 2-run homer and Rocky Colavito adds a grand slam for the Tigers scoring.

      Ed Bailey cracks a 7th inning pinch grand slam for the Giants and Jim Davenport’s solo homer in the 8th ties the match with the Reds.  After McCovey singles in the bottom of the 10th, Orlando Cepeda hits a  long “sayonara” single to score pinch runner Felipe Alou from 1st base.

27th  The Cards receive a pair of shutouts from Larry Jackson and Ray Sadecki to sweep the Cubs, 4–0 and 8–0. Jackson yields 4 hits in game 1 and Sadecki allows 5 hits in the nightcap.  Sadecki hits a 9th inning homer and Javier and Flood hit back-to-back homers off Bob Anderson.

28th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle break a 0–0 tie in the 4th with back-to-back HRs to lead the Yanks to a 4–2 win over the Twins.

      At Dodgers Stadium, LA brings reliever Larry Sherry in to pitch in the 8th inning with brother Norm behind the plate. Larry goes 2/3’s of an inning and is lifted, and the Dodgers top the Mets 5–4 in 13 innings. The Sherrys are the first brother battery since the Baileys started for the Reds in 1959.

29th  At Fenway, the Red Sox break away from the Athletics when Lu Clinton connects for a 6th inning grand slam, then adds a 2-run homer in the 8th as Boston wins, 9-3.  Bill Monbouquette (7-7) is the winner.

30th  With the aid of 13 strikeouts and a Frank Howard HR, Sandy Koufax no-hits Bob Miller and the Mets 5–0 in Los Angeles. Sandy starts off the game by fanning the side on 9 pitches in the first inning, the first NL pitcher to strike out the side on 9 pitches since Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance, in 1924.

      At Busch Stadium, the Pirates douse Ray Washburn with 8 runs in 2 innings and roll to a 17-7 win over the Cardinals.  Smoky Burgess has a double and 2 homers and drives in 7 runs, while Roberto Clemente has 4 hits and drives home 5.  Bob Skinner has a pair of doubles and scores 4 runs to make it easy for Vernon Law (6-3).

      At Houston, the game between the Colts and the Reds is called on account of fog after 7 innings.  Houston is leading 7–3 when the fog rolls in.  It is so thick that the outfielders can’t see home plate.