1964 June

2nd  Dave McNally blanks the A’s as the Orioles take first place with a 4–0 win.

      The Cards trade P Lew Burdette to the Cubs for P Glen Hobbie.

      Giants OF Matty Alou suffers a fractured wrist, as Pittsburgh’s Bob Veale beats the Giants 3–1. Alou will miss 5 weeks.

3rd  In Los Angeles, the Angels sweep two from the Red Sox, winning 2-0 and 9-8. The Sox outhit the Haloes 10-4 in game 1 but Fred Newman shuts out Boston. Bob Lee gets a save, then another in game 2 as the win goes to Don Lee.  The Angels plate 2 in the 8th to overcome a grand slam by Tony Conigliaro.

4th  Sandy Koufax becomes the 4th pitcher to hurl three no-hitters by blanking the NL-leading Phillies 3–0 at Connie Mack Stadium. Koufax strikes out 12 and walks one.

      At Milwaukee, Frank Robinson bangs a three-run homer in the 9th as the Reds beat the Braves, 6–3.

      At Minnesota, the Yankees get 3-run homers from Roger Maris and Joe Pepitone to top the Twins, 9-7. Bobby Richardson is 5-for-5 for the second time this season.

      The Angels trade OF Lee Thomas to the Red Sox for OF Lu Clinton.

5th  At Crosley field, the Reds plate 4 runs in the 9th inning to edge the Cards, 5–4.  Deron Johnson drives home the tying and winning run with a single.

      Dick Stuart hits his second grand slam in 10 days and the Red Sox score 9 in the 2nd as they pummel the Athletics, 14-7.

7th  Deron Johnson again leads the Reds to a win over the Cards as he collects a homer, double and 3 singles.  Johnny Edwards hits a grand slam as the Reds win, 11–6.

11th  After a 2-week absence, Mickey Mantle is back in the lineup and clouts 2 HRs at Fenway off Bill Monbouquette. The Yankees win easily, 8–4.

      Charlie Finley fires Ed Lopat (17-35) as manager of the A’s, replacing him with Mel McGaha, former manager of the Cleveland Indians.

      Bob Aspromonte hits his third career grand slam to lead Houston to a 5-3 win over the Reds.

12thThe Mets knock Phils starter Dennis Bennett out in the 3rd inning—but its not the last New York will see of the Bennett family. Brother Dave, in his only appearance in the majors, pitches the 9th, allowing 2 hits and a run.  The Mets roll over the Bennetts, 11–3.

      The Yankees sell rookie lefty Bob Meyer (0-3) to the Angels, who will sell him to the Royals July 29.

      The Cubs manage just 4 hits but one is a grand slam by Joey Amalfitano, as they beat the Pirates, 7-1.

13th  In a 4-2 loss to Washington, second baseman Bernie Allen of the Twins is hurt in a collision with Don Zimmer. He will be out until August 4th.

      Mantle is 3-for-3, including a homer, to lead New York to a 6–3 win over the first place White Sox.  Mantle is hitting .331 and leading the Yanks in homers with 11.

14th  The Yankees complete a 5-game sweep of the White Sox with two victories 8–3 and 4–3 (in 10) at the Stadium. Chicago falls to 2nd place behind the Orioles.

15th  In one of the infamous trades of all time, St. Louis acquires OF Lou Brock, with pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth, from the Cubs for pitchers Bobby Shantz and former 20-game winner Ernie Broglio and OF Doug Clemens. Broglio, 28, has a 3–5 record, while Brock, a part-time OF with Chicago, is hitting .251. Brock will blossom in St. Louis hitting .348 while swiping 33 bases.  Broglio’s arm will lock up in August and he will have off-season surgery, but his career is essentially finished.  In 2011, Broglio will contend that the Cards knew he had elbow problems requiring regular cortisone shots. He says that an indication was the three wild pitches he threw in a game on May 19thagainst the Cubs. He believes the Cards knew they were trading “damaged goods” to the Cubs.

      The White Sox send 1B Joe Cunningham and a player to be named later to Washington for 1B Bill Skowron and pitcher Carl Bouldin. The player named later is P Frank Kreutzer, who is shipped on July 28.

      Cleveland sends P Jim Grant to Minnesota for P Lee Stange and 3B/OF George Banks.

16thFor the second time in his career, Ken Boyer hits for the cycle to pace the Cardinals to a 7–1 win over Houston. Curt Simmons is the winning pitcher.

17th  The Red Sox lead New York, 3–1, in the 8th when Mantle reaches Dick Radatz for a homer into the RF bleachers. New York scores again in the 9th to tie, but the Bosox win in 12 innings, 4–3. Radatz is the winner, his 4th straight over New York.

20th  The A’s use a 6-run 1st inning to down the Senators, 8-2.  Nelson Mathews grand slam is the big blow in the inning.  Washington scores on Bill Skowron’s 2-run homer in the 4th off Diego Segui.

21st  On Father’s Day at Shea Stadium, Jim Bunning fans 10, drives in 2 runs, and pitches the first perfect game (excluding Don Larsen’s 1956 WS effort and Harvey Haddix’s 1959 overtime loss) since Charlie Robertson’s on April 30, 1922. Philadelphia beats the Mets 6–0. He also becomes the first pitcher to win no-hitters in both leagues, and Gus Triandos becomes the first C to catch a no-hitter in each league. Bunning throws just 90 pitches in winning his 2nd no-hitter. The next time Bunning faces the Mets he will shut them out, the first no-hit pitcher this century to do that. The Mets don’t fare much better in the nightcap as 18-year-old rookie Rick Wise wins his 1st game and gives up just 3 hits for an 8–2 win. Johnny Klippstein comes on in the 9th. The Phils increase their NL lead to 2 games over the Giants.

      The Yankees move into first place by 8 percentage points over Baltimore, as they outpitch the White Sox to win 2–0 and 2–1. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard HRs win it 2–0 for Jim Bouton in the opener against White Sox pitcher Juan Pizarro, and an error wins the nightcap 2–1 in the 17th. The Yankees sweep 4, giving up just one run in 41 innings, and take 9 games from Chicago in 11 days.

22nd  In Cincinnati, Willie McCovey belts a grand slam as the second-place Giants whip the Reds, 6-2.

23rd  Charlie Lau ties a ML record with 2 pinch hits in the 8th inning of Baltimore’s 9–8 win over the Yankees. The O’s, losing, score 7 runs in the inning after 2 are out. Yanks manager Berra is criticized by some of his players for lifting starter Bill Sheldon, who was leading 7–2, having allowed just two solo shots by Boog Powell. Rookie reliever Pete Mickelson cannot hold the lead as the O’s move into first place.

      In the nightcap of 2, Len Gabrielson’s 6th inning single is the only hit the Cubs manage off Phils’ Ray Culp, who wins 9–0. Dick Ellsworth tosses a 2-0, 5-hit shutout for Chicago in the opener.

      Dick McAuliffe’s grand slam in the 8th helps Detroit earn a split on the day as the Tigers win, 9-3, in game 2. Kansas City takes game 1, 2-1.

24th   Max Alvis has two homers, including a grand slam, to pace the Indians to a 12-3 scalping of the Twins in game 1. The Twins rebound to win game 2 by a 3-2 score. Dick Stigman strikes out 12.

      University of Wisconsin star slugger Rick Reichardt signs with the Angels. He receives the biggest bonus ever, an estimated $200,000.

25th  Steve Barber’s 3-hit 3–1 win gives the Orioles a 3-game sweep of the Yankees and first place in the AL.

      At Minnesota, Max Alvis has a 2-run homer and scores 3 times as the Indians pound the Twins, 8-1. Following the game, the Indians board a flight to Boston where Alvis complains about a headache and calls the team trainer Wally Bach in the middle of the night.  Alvis is rushed to a hospital where is diagnosed with spinal meningitis. “They diagnosed it pretty quickly,” he recalled. “They gave me a combination of three really powerful drugs intravenously. That was it. Back then, I probably came back and shouldn’t have,” Alvis said. “But, I wanted to bounce back and be able to play. I probably would have been better off laying off about a year and getting my strength back in my system. I didn’t feel like I was quite as strong as I was after I came back. I don’t know if I would have been a better ballplayer after that. It’s hard to judge that kind of thing.” Alvis will make the All-star team next year.

26th  Twins P Jerry Arrigo just misses a no-hitter when Chicago’s Mike Hershberger laces a 9th-inning single with no outs, as the Twins beat the Sox, 2–0. Arrigo will toss another one-hitter while pitching for the Reds.

      At County Stadium, the Mets score 8 runs—6 off Warren Spahn—in the 2nd inning and beat the Braves, 8-4. Joe Christopher has a grand slam for the Mets, off Bob Sadowski.

      Bo Belinsky and Bob Meyer combine to throw shut outs against the Athletics, winning 1-0 and 6-0.  Each get relief help. It is the first doubleheader shutout in franchise history.

27th  New York edges Detroit, 5–4, beating Denny McLain.  Mantle’s homer in the 4th inning makes it 4–1.

28th  Dodger catcher John Roseboro tags out Willy Mays trying to steal second base! With Duke Snider at bat with a 2-2 count in the 3rd, Mays tries to steal second base. But Roseboro calls for a pitchout and when Mays sees he can’t make it to second safely, he stops.  Roseboro races towards him, after Mays makes a stab at trying to get back to first, and tags him out. The Giants push across the only run of the game in the 8th off Don Drysdale to give Ron Herbel the 1-0 win.

      Tom Tresh has 5 RBIs and belts an 8th inning grand slam as the Yankees come from behind to beat the visiting Tigers, 8-6, in the first of two.  Don Demeter has a pair of homers for the Tigers.  Detroit wins the nightcap, 6-5.

29th  Bob Aspromonte hits a 1st-inning grand slam, his second slam of the month, and Houston tops the visiting Phillies, 6-1. Bob Bruce (8-4) is the winner.

30th  At Wrigley Field, the Reds’ Joey Jay allows just 2 hits but loses to the Cubs, 1–0. Larry Jackson does him one better, allowing just one hit and driving in the lone run with a single. Jackson’s no-hit bid is stopped in the 7th when Pete Rose singles for the Reds only baserunner.

      In Cleveland, the White Sox spot the Indians a run, then score 12 runs before the Tribe answers.  Juan Pizzaro (10-4) scatters 11 hits while his batterymate Jerry McNertney has a grand slam in the 7-run 5th inning. The Sox win, 12-3.