1966 June

1st At Comiskey, Juan Pizzaro loses his shutout in the 9th when Mantle homers into the CF bullpen. New York scores another but the White Sox win, 6-2.

2nd  Boston trades P Dick Radatz to the Indians for pitchers Don McMahon and Lee Stange.

      Houston erupts for 8 runs in the 12th inning at Cincinnati to win 11–4. The clubs combine to tie a NL record by scoring 9 runs in the 12th. Reds manager Don Heffner tries to win earlier, sending up three pinch hitters in the 8th: all three—Tony Perez, Gordy Coleman, and Art Shamsky—strike out. In the 9th, P Billy McCool bats for himself and grounds out with the sacks filled. The next reliever, Jack Baldschun, is jumped on for all 8 runs in the 12th, an outing that increases his ERA for the year from 4.15 to 5.49

3rd  White Sox SS Ron Hansen undergoes surgery for a ruptured spinal disk. He is disabled the rest of the season.

4th  The Cubs beat the Reds, 6–4, as Ron Santo hits 2 homers and a single. Deron Johnson makes a great catch to rob Santo of a 4th hit.

      Jim Gosger hits a game ending 3-run homer in the 16th off Dooley Womack to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the visiting Yankees.

5th  In a 10–5 Bucs win over Houston, Willie Stargell goes 5-for-5, giving him 9 consecutive hits in 2 days.

      At Cincinnati, Reds SS Leo Cardenas hits four homers, two in each game—in a double header split with the Cubs. The Reds win the opener, 8–3, hitting three Bills freely—Bill Hands, Bill Connor and Bill Hoeft. The Reds then drop the nightcap, 9–5, as the Cubs plate 5 runs in the top of the 9th.  Cardenas drives in 8 runs.

      In the first of two at Shea, the Dodgers pound to Mets, 14-3, collecting 4 homers, 2 by Dave Parker.  Tommy Davis is 5-for 5 and light-hitting Sandy Koufax (10-1) has 2 hits in the 7-run 7thinning.  Koufax is a lifetime .097 hitter. Parker has another homer in game 2, but the Dodgers lose, 3-2.

6th Phillies P Jim Bunning strikes out 14 Reds en route to a 5–1 win, his 8th victory in a row.

7th  Bob Gibson (6-5) ties the ML record with 4 strikeouts in one inning (4th), but the St. Louis ace is gone by the end of a 9–1 loss at Pittsburgh. The Bucs nick him for 11 hits and 5 runs in 7+ innings.

       New York Mets, picking first in the June free-agent draft, pass up Arizona State OF Reggie Jackson to select C Steve Chilcott. Chilcott will retire after 6 years in the minors and will be the only number-one pick to never play in the major leagues. The A’s take Jackson with the 2nd pick.

8th  Bob Saverine of the Senators sets an AL record by coming to bat 12 times in a doubleheader (more than 18 innings) without a hit. One or two couldn’t hurt as Baltimore wins, 6–5 in 14 innings, and 7–8.

      At Shea, Hank Aaron has a single, double and a pair of homers—one a grand slam—as the Braves edge the Mets, 8-7.

      Randy Hundley belts a grand slam as the Cubs score 8 runs against Don Drysdale and beat the Dodgers, 8-1.

9th  Minnesota rocks Kansas City with a 5-HR inning. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles connect off Catfish Hunter, along with successive roundtrippers by Tony Oliva, Don Mincher (off Paul Lindblad) and Harmon Killebrew (off John Wyatt) in the 7th inning to give the Twins a 9–4 victory.

10th  Sonny Siebert pitches a no-hitter against the Senators. Leon Wagner homers off loser Phil Ortega, as first-place Cleveland wins 2–0.

      The Mets Dick Rustek makes his first ML start and shuts out the Reds, 5–0, for his only major-league victory.  He’ll lose two more decisions this year.

      San Francisco sells P Bob Shaw to the Mets.

      In need of arms with Bouton and Ford sidelined, the Yankees New York acquire P Fred Talbot and C Billy Bryan from Kansas City in exchange for pitchers Bill Stafford and Gil Blanco, and promising OF Roger Repoz. Repoz would not pan out.

11th  Ernie Banks ties a modern ML record with 3 triples, as Chicago wins 8–2 in the Astrodome. Chicago OF Adolfo Phillips also ties an ML record by striking out 9 straight times in 2 consecutive games (more than 18 innings).   

      In a Western Carolinas League at Greenville, Greenville beats Statesville 8-0, as Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and allows 4 hits. He’ll top it September 1. The crowd at the game is 1,103.

12th  Batting leadoff, Eddie Mathews hits two homers, one a grand slam, but the Braves fall to the Pirates, 11-8. Jose Pagan and Roberto Clemente each have a pair of triples for the host Pirates, who will once again lead the NL in the category.

      Denny McLain (9-3) stops the Yankees, 7-5, in the first game of a twinbill. Ray Barker’s 2-run homer sends Denny to the showers in the 9th.  In game 2, the Yankees outslug the Tigers to win, 12-10. Lou Clinton and Elston Howard hit 3-run homers, two of the 5 homers New York hits. Joe Pepitone hits homers in each game. Jim Northrup and Norm Cash homer, while Jake Wood has 4 hits and 3 RBIs.

13th  The White Sox trade P Eddie Fisher to the Orioles for 2B Jerry Adair and OF John Riddle.

      Orioles pitchers Jim Palmer (6–3) and Eddie Watt combine to blank the Yankees 8–0 and give Baltimore an AL lead it will not relinquish.

      The Red Sox acquire P John Wyatt, P Rollie Sheldon, and OF Jose Tartabull from the A’s for P Ken Sanders, P Guido Grilli, and OF Jim Gosger.

14th  Detroit acquires P Earl Wilson and OF Joe Christopher from Boston for OF Don Demeter and P Julio Navarro. Navarro made one appearance for Detroit, recording no outs, and will not appear for the Red Sox.

     In game 1, Fred Whitfield has a homer and 5 RBIs to pace the Indians to an 8-7 victory over the Red Sox. After Rocky Colavito’s 8th inning grand slam ties the Red Sox, Boston uses two homers in the 9th, including George Scott’s second of the game, to beat Cleveland, 11-7 in game 2.

      Miami ekes out a 4–3 triumph over St. Petersburg (Florida State League), managed by Sparky Anderson, in 29 innings. It finishes at 2:29 a.m., the longest game not interrupted by a suspension of play in the history of organized ball (The Pawtucket marathon in 1981 is the longest). At two o’clock the umpires announcement that the game will not continue past 30 innings is greeted by jeers of “more! more!” by the 150 fans still up.

15th  Cincinnati trades P Joey Jay back to the Braves for P Hank Fischer.

      The Yankees sell veteran P Bob Friend to the Mets.

16th  In New York, Rocky Colavito robs Mantle of a 1st inning homer by making a great catch at the bullpen gate. Mantle then hits a 3rd inning homer to the opposite field off Sam McDowell, and New York goes on to top the Indians, 7–6.

      Led by the hitting and pitching of Tony Cloninger, the Braves roll over the Mets, 17–1.  Cloninger has 5 RBIs, the first pitcher to drive in that many since Lew Burdette on July 10, 1958.

      In the first of two, Tom McCraw scores 3 runs as the White Sox trip the Athletics, 6-4. In the nightcap, McCraw drives in all 5 runs with a grand slam and solo homer as Chicago wins, 5-2.

21st  In the first game of a twinbill, There are 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning when Frank Robinson makes a spectacular catch against New York’s Roy White, diving into the stands over the short right field fence and disappearing from view. He emerges with the ball and it is ruled a catch, preserving a 7–5 Baltimore victory, rather than 8-7 defeat. Robby will do it again on August 11th.

      Satchel Paige makes his final pro pitching appearance, going the first 2 innings for Peninsula (Carolina L) against Greensboro. Satch gives up 2 runs. As noted by historian Bill Deane, Peninsula’s regular catcher, Johnny Bench, took the night off.

22ndWillie Horton has 3 hits, including a grand slam as Detroit crushes the Senators, 12-2. Winning pitcher Mickey Lolich has a hit and 2 RBIs.

      The Cardinals sell aging veteran Curt Simmons (1-1) to the Cubs. Simmons will go 4-7 with Chicago.

23rdAt Yankees Stadium, Jim Palmer beats the Yankees, 5–2, for an Oriole victory. Brooks Robinson hits 2 of the 4 Oriole homers, while Mantle and Pepitone go deep for the Yanks. The O’s lead the Tigers by 2 games.

24th  Elston Howard collects a double and an 8th inning grand slam to give the host Yankees a 5-2 win over the White Sox. Steve Hamilton (5-1), with 6 innings of relief, takes the victory.

25th  Houston 2B Joe Morgan, batting .315, suffers a broken kneecap when hit by a line drive during batting practice. He will miss 40 games, and Houston, in 4th place, will lose 28 of their next 31 games.

26th  Sandy Koufax (13-2) matches his NL record of 7 consecutive strikeouts in consecutive 9-inning appearances on his way to a 2–1 win in Atlanta.

      Chicago’s Ron Santo singles in the first and his next time up is struck in the face by a Jack Fisher pitch that fractures his cheek. Before Santo’s at bat, the Mets Ron Hunt and the Cubs Adolfo Phillips had both been hit by pitches.  Santo will be operated on tomorrow but will return to action in a week. The injury ends his consecutive game streak at .390, but his hitting streak continues.

      Joe Foy jump starts the Red Sox with a 1st-inning grand slam, off Phil Ortega, and the Red Sox roll to a 13-7 win against the Senators in game 1. Washington rebounds with a 9-3 victory in game 2.

28th  At Fenway, the last place Red Sox cash in 5 Yankee errors to top the visitors, 5–3. All of New York’s scoring comes from Mantle, who blasts a 2-run homer in the 1st and an opposite field homer on the LF screen in the 8th.

29th  At Fenway Park, Mantle opens the scoring in the first inning with a 3-run shot, then sandwiches a homer between round trippers by Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone in the 3rd inning in New York’s 6–5 win.  The consecutive trifecta was last done for the Yankees in 1947, when Keller, DiMaggio, and Lindell connected.  Richardson is 5–for-5 in the game.  Mantle’s two homers today, his 37th and 38th, will be his last in Boston, and ties him with Babe Ruth for most homers by a Sox opponent at Fenway.