1963 June

1stThe Reds beat Sandy Koufax and the visiting Dodgers, 1–0. Joey Jay notches the victory.

      The Boston Red Sox release pitcher Ike Delock and recall pitcher Wilbur Wood from Seattle.

2nd  In St. Louis, Willie Mays belts 3 homers as the Giants hold off the Cardinals, 6-4.

3rd  Chicago White Sox 1B Joe Cunningham is sidelined until Labor Day after fracturing his right collarbone in a collision with Angels 1B Charlie Dees.  The Sox are a 1/2 game ahead of New York.  Cunningham, who hit .295 last year with 101 walks, will never be the same player after the injury.

      The Braves make their first appearance in Boston since moving in 1953, losing a 5–3 exhibition game to the Red Sox.  The game is for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund.

4th  Oriole ace Steve Barber tops New York, 3–1. Mantle accounts for the only New York score with an opposite field homer into the RF bleachers.

5th  Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence at Baltimore chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. The Mick will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas 4–3, as the Yankees return to first place.

6th  With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th, Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel picks Willie Mays off 2B and then strikes out Ed Bailey. McDaniel then hits a leadoff HR in the bottom of the 10th, off reliever Billy Pierce, to win 3–2. It was Lindy’s first hit of the season. Chicago moves into a 3-way, first-place tie with St. Louis and San Francisco, its first taste of the lead since May 1958.

8th  In Philadelphia, Jim O’Toole gives the Reds their 2nd 1–0 victory in a week when he beats the Phils today.

      Baltimore P Chuck Estrada is finished for the season, with bone chips and a spur in his right elbow.

9th  The Colt 45s beat the Giants 3–0 in the major leagues’ first Sunday night game. The exception is made because of Houston’s oppressive daytime heat.

      Catcher Tim McCarver of the Cards hits an inside-the-park 8th-inning grand slam against the Mets to help give St. Louis an 10-4 game 2 win. New York notches just 6 hits in game 1, but wins, 8-7.

      The Phils score 5 runs in the 9th inning on homers by Don Demeter, Jim Lemon and Johnny Callison to tie the Reds 7–7. Philadelphia scores again in the 10th inning to win 8–7.

      Ernie Banks bangs solo homers off Sandy Koufax in the 2nd and the 5th at Wrigley, and the Cubs kayo the ace with 6 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. But Sandy gets no decision as the Dodgers outslug the Cubs, 11–8. Despite giving up a 2-run homer in the 9th to Banks,  Larry Sherry is the winner over Cubs ace Dick Ellsworth, who has his worst outing of the year.

11th  At the Polo Grounds, Jim Maloney strikes out 12 batters to give the Reds an 8–3 victory over the Mets.

      At Colt Stadium, Bob Aspromonte belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10th off Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel to give the Colts a 6-2 victory.

      After the Braves score a run in the 10th, the Phils respond with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to win, 8-7. Mack Jones has 4 steals for the Braves, who are one of 9 teams trailing the Cardinals by 8 games or less.

12th  Rookie OF Vic Davalillo, batting .304, suffers a broken arm when hit by a Hank Aguirre pitch in Cleveland’s 12–6 win against the Tigers.

      After John Buzhardt pitches a 3-hit, 3-1 win for Chicago, the Angels Bob Turley tops that with a 5-0 one-hitter. Pete Ward’s 6th inning single is the lone hit.  Leon Wagner is 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs to back Turley.  For the veteran Turley, this is his last victory as an Angel: he’ll be released in July. The White Sox Dave Nicholson ties the ML record with 7 strikeouts in the doubleheader. The mark was set by the Chisox Fat Pat Seerey in 1948.

      At Candlestick, Bob Bolin allows 4 hits and strikes out 14 as the Giants beat the Cubs, 3-1.  Willie McCovey’s two homers off Bob Buhl account for all the scoring.

13th  At Candlestick, Willie Mays breaks up a pitching duel between Dick Ellsworth and Bill O’Dell by belting a one-out 10th inning HR to give San Francisco a 2-1 win over Chicago. Felipe Alou accounts for the other Giant run with a homer, as the two collect all 4 of their team’s hits.The Giants leave one on base.

14th  Cleveland wins a 19-inning, 3–2 game 2 win over the Senators as Willie Kirkland blast two extra-inning homers. in the 11th and 19th. He matches Vern Stephens’ ML record as the second ML player to accomplish the feat. The 19 innings matches the longest game ever played in Cleveland.

      The Giants win their second in a row by a 2-1 score, winning with the same formula: one left on base.  Tom Haller has a homer, one of three SF hits. The 2 men left on base ties the record for fewest left on base in two consecutive games. The NL mark was set by the Giants in 1960, also in two wins.

15th  St. Louis trades C/1B Gene Oliver and minor league P Bob Sadowski to the Braves for P Lew Burdette. In 13 seasons with the Braves, Burdette and Warren Spahn won 443 games between them.

       Braves trip the visiting Phillies, 5-3. Starter Denny Lemaster hits a homer, but the win goes to reliever Tony Cloninger.  Mack Jones draws 4 walks, including a ML-record tying 3 intentional. Tommy Aaron, batting after Jones, draws 3 walks as the Phils hand out 11.

      Al Downing’s 9–2 win against Detroit puts the Yankees in first place.

      Juan Marichal becomes the first Giants P to hurl a no-hitter since Carl Hubbell (5/8/29), and the first Latin American to toss one in the ML. Eighth-inning doubles by Jim Davenport and Chuck Hiller provide the only score in the Giants 1–0 win at Candlestick.

      Ernie Banks, with 15 HRs up till now, will hit just 3 after this date. He is diagnosed with sub clinical mumps, a disease that stays in his blood and leaves him rundown and sick.

16th  After Los Angeles loses game 1 by an 8-3 score, Dodger rookie Nick Wilhite debuts with a 2–0 shutout over the Cubs.

      The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Orioles, winning 8-1 and 12-5. Roman Mejias has three homers in the two games and Carl Yastrzemski scores 5 runs in game 2. Dick Stuart homers in game 1, his fifth straight game with a homer. The Birds score a pair of runs against Dick Radatz in game 2, snapping his consecutive scoreless-innings streak at 33.1.

      The league-leading Giants maintain their half-game margin over the Cubs by splitting a pair with Houston. Houston takes the opener, 3-0, then loses, 4-3. Houston catcher Jim Campbell has a record tying 3 assists in the 3rd inning of game 2, the first NLer since Bruce Edwards in 1946.

      Aberdeen (Northern League) 1B Jim Rouse turns an unassisted triple play in a 14–7 loss to Duluth-Superior.

17th  Bob Scheffing (24-36) is axed as manager of the Tigers. Dodgers scout Charlie Dressen replaces him.

      Willie Stargell snaps a 3-3 tie with a 7th inning 3-run homer against the Braves’ Tony Cloninger. Stargell adds another 3-run homer in the 9th and the Pirates win, 9-3.

      An 8th inning two-base error by Washington pitcher Jim Duckworth puts Cleveland’s Dick Howser on base. A sac gets him to 3B, where Duckworth balks him home for the game’s only run.  Jack Kralick is the winner, allowing 5 hits, 3 by Minnie Minoso.

19th Gates Brown becomes the AL’s 11th player to hit a HR in his first at bat. Brown’s blow is a pinch-hit blast in the 5th against Boston’s Bob Heffner at Fenway in a 9–2 Tiger loss.

      Tom McCraw and Floyd Robinson each hit two homers as the White Sox trounce the Twins, 12-4.  Nellie Fox has 5 hits to pace a 19-hit attack.

      Bill White hits his second grand slam of the season, connecting in the 4th inning as the Cardinals down the visiting Mets, 9-4. White has 5 RBIs in the game.

20th  Larry Jackson allows just 4 Houston hits, and Billy Williams cracks 2 homers and a double, as the Cubs win, 5–0. Former Cub Dick Drott is the loser.

      Behind Jim O’Toole (13–3), the Reds whip the visiting Phillies, 13–3. O’Toole will lose his next 6 decisions and finish 17–14. The Cubs and Reds are tied for 4th place, 3 1/2 games behind the first place Cardinals.

      Max Alvis hits a grand slam, off Stu Miller, and Joe Azcue, who had a walkoff homer yesterday, has 2 homers and 4 RBIs and the Indians come from behind to win over the Orioles, 11-8. Jerry Walker (6-1) beats his old team in relief.

      In an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium, the Mets top the Yankees, 6-2, in the first meeting between the two teams.

22nd  Philadelphia CF Tony Gonzalez plays his 200th straight errorless game to help rookie Ray Culp beat Roger Craig and the Mets 2–0.

23rd  Dropping a 4–0 shutout to Bob Purkey in the first of 2 games at Cincinnati, the Colt 45s tie a ML record with their 4th straight shutout loss. Houston finally breaks a 40-inning scoreless drought in the 2nd inning of the nightcap, but still loses 8–1. O’Toole and Maloney threw shutouts before Purkey.

      Jimmy Piersall of the New York Mets hits the 100th HR of his ML career—and his only one in the NL—and celebrates by running around the bases backwards. Dallas Green of the Phillies, who gave up the HR, is not amused. Neither is Commissioner Ford Frick, who is in the stands. Nor are the Mets who will hand Jimmy his walking papers in a few days. The Mets whip the Phils twice, 5–0 and 4–1, behind Carlton Willey and Tracy Stallard.

      A ML fielding record is set by Boston’s 1B Dick Stuart as “Dr. Strange Glove” handles 3 first-inning grounders and tosses to P Bob Heffner for all the putouts. Stuart’s teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees beat the Sox, 8–0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have 3 putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record 3 POs.

25th  Robin Roberts (6-7) tosses a 4-hitter and contributes 2 RBIs as Baltimore rolls over the Angels, 9-0.  Jim Gentile drives in 6 runs on two doubles and a homer.

26th  At New York, the Cubs break a 4–4 tie in the 14th when Billy Williams lines a 2-run inside-the-park home run. The 6–4 lead dissolves in the bottom of the inning when the Mets Tim Harkness hits a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs off of Cub reliever Jim Brewer. Brewer, in to relieve Paul Toth, walks Sammy Taylor to load the bases before Harkness homers to right. Cisco is the winner.

27th  Detroit’s Norm Cash achieves a rarity by playing an entire game at 1B without a chance, as the Twins win 10–6.

      The Phillies Ray Culp (10-5) beats the Pirates 13–4, but CF Tony Gonzalez’s streak of 205 straight errorless games ends with a 7th-inning muff.  Johnny Callison hits for the cycle for the only time in his career. Callison adds a walk and a throw from RF to catcher Dalrymple in the 4th that nips a runner. Dalrymple homers in the 8th.

      Chicago’s Ray Herbert allows 5 Yankee singles to beat the Yankees, 6–0, and give the Sox a virtual tie for 1st.  The Sox assault youthful pitching star Jim Bouton (10-3) for all their runs in the first 5 innings.

      A meager crowd of 6,497 fans at Fenway sees one of park’s great catches. Cleveland OF Al Luplow races full tilt for Dick Williams’s drive to right-CF, reaches over the fence, and gloves the ball while flipping over the barrier into the bullpen. Cleveland wins, 6–4.

28thAt Los Angeles, the Braves Warren Spahn beats Don Drysdale, three-hitting the Dodgers, 1-0. It was the first time Spahn had beaten the Dodgers on their home grounds since Aug. 21, 1948 (15 years). He’d lost 14 straight: 9 at Ebbets; 4 at Memorial Coliseum; and one at Chavez Ravine.