1967 June

1st  At Tiger Stadium, Cleveland’s John O’Donoghue makes his first start of the year, scattering 4 hits over 7+ innings to earn his first decision of the year in an 8-2 win over Detroit. He also clubs his first homer of the year, a grand slam, to ice the game.

      Call me Whitey. At West Palm Beach (Florida State League, West Palm’s Wenty Ford hurls a 1-0 perfect game against Fort Lauderdale. Ford makes just 84 pitches and no batter receives a 3-ball count. The attendance is 194 fans.

2nd The Red Sox pick up infield help when they get 2B Jerry Adair from the White Sox for reliever Don McMahon and a minor leaguer. Adair, hitting .204, will hit .291 after changing Sox. The White Sox are a game out of 1st place, 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston.

3rd. At San Francisco, the Mets and Giants split a pair. The Giants take the opener, 11-2, behind Juan Marichal, who gives up 13 hits and one earned run. It is his 10th consecutive complete game. The Giants also make 13 hits, including HRs by Ollie Brown and Willie Mays, as Jack Fisher pitches 4 2/3 innings and allows 11 runs (9 earned); not till 2006 will a Mets pitcher allow as many runs. The Mets win game 2 in 11 innings, 2-1, as Bob Shaw allows 4 hits and goes the distance. Tom Haller’s HR is the Giants only score.

4th  The longest game in modern Orioles history—19 innings—features 21 Washington strikeouts, as the Birds win, 7–5. Washington is the 3rd AL club to strike out 21 times in an extra-inning game. Andy Etchebarren finally ends it with a homer after Brooks Robinson singles to lead off the bottom of the 19th.

      Curt Flood’s record string of 568 straight chances without an error ends when he drops a fly ball during a 4–3 win over the Cubs at St. Louis. The Cardinals CF had played a NL-record 227 straight games without an error beginning September 3, 1965.

      Cleveland sends Gary Bell to Boston for OF Don Demeter and 1B Tony Horton.  Bell, a 16-game winner last year, is 1–5 in 1967, but he’ll win 12 games for Boston during their pennant drive. Cleveland then beats the Red Sox, 3-0, behind Steve Hargan.

      Joe Pepitone and Bill Robinson hit homers to back Al Downing’s pitching and the Yankees beat the visiting Tigers, 5-0, in game 1 of a twinbill. Game 2 is an extra inning affair that ends when Dick McAuliffe clubs a grand slam in the top of the 13th off Dooley Womack as the Tigers emerge with an 11-7 victory.

      At Candlestick, the Giants twice shut out the Mets, winning 7-0 and 5-0.  Joe Gibbon and Mike McCormick are the winners.  Willie McCovey and Tito Fuentes in game 1, and Olli Brown in game 2, club 3-run homers.

      Rampaging Roberto Clemente personally dismantles Don Drysdale and the Dodgers, driving in all of Pittsburgh’s runs with a pair of homers in a 4-1 victory before 39,741 fans, the biggest turnout of the season at Dodger Stadium. Clemente ties the score in the 5th with his 11th home run, a 400-foot smash into the centerfield seats, and two innings later clears the fence again with Matty Alou and Maury Wills on base to raise his batting average to a .374. His second homer follows a brushback pitch from Drysdale.

5th  Playing his first game for the Senators, Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the LF line for an inside-the-park homer, off New York rookie Thad Tillitson.  Mantle breaks a 2–2 tie in the 8th with a homer of Darold Knowles, and New York wins, 4–2.

6th Baltimore blasts California 16–4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Curt Blefary leads the charge with 3 homers, including a grand slam, and driving in 7 runs. The Birds continue the action in game 2, winning 11–1 behind Tom Phoebus (5–1). Phoebus is 3-for-4 at the plate, scores 3 runs, and hits a 2-run homer, his first in the majors, off reliever Jim Coates.

      Mike Cuellar allows 6 hits, including one by Lou Brock for his 20th game in a row, as Houston downs St. Louis, 3-2. Jim Wynn homers and John Bateman hits a 2-run homer to put the Astros in the lead.

7th  At Crosley Field, Reds P Gary Nolan strikes out 15 Giants, including Willie Mays 4 times. But her still loses, 4–3.  Willie McCovey belts a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the game, and reliever Bob Lee allows the last run to score to pin the loss on Nolan.  This is the 11th one-run game in a row that for the Reds, a ML record. They won 7 of them.  The closest any team has come to matching the Reds is Brooklyn, in 1927, the Cardinals in 1920, and the Giants of 1910.

      The last-place Yankees have the first pick in the free-agent draft and use it to take Ron Blomberg. With the next pick, the Cubs tap SS Terry Hughes, who will have just 86 ML at bats. All 20 first-round picks are high school players, and only 11 will eventually reach the major leagues, including John Mayberry (#6, Astros), Jon Matlack (Mets), Wayne Simpson (#8, Reds), Ted Simmons (#10, Cards), and Bobby Grich (#19, Orioles). The O’s take high school football star Don Baylor with their 2nd pick, then in the secondary phase, select P Mike Adamson. Adamson will leap directly to the O’s, debuting July 1, the first player in draft history to bypass the minors. Other selections today include Jerry Reuss (2nd round, Cards), Dusty Baker (26th round, Braves), Jon Matlack (1st round, Mets), Steve Yeager (3rd round, Dodgers) and Richie Zisk (3rd round, Pirates), The Phils strike out as none of their picks will reach the majors.

      The Phils and Braves swap catchers, with Bob Uecker going to Atlanta for Gene Oliver.

8th Gary Bell wins his Red Sox debut, 7–3 to give Boston a doubleheader split with the White Sox.  Yastrzemski had 6 hits for the day. Yaz, of whom Chicago manager Eddie Stanky said two days earlier, “he may be an All-Star, I suppose, but only from the neck down, ” hits his 12th HR. As he rounded the bases, Yaz tips his cap to Stanky.

9th  Cal Ermer, who played only one game in the majors, replaces Sam Mele (25-25) as manager of the Twins.  The Twins are in 6th place.

      At Fenway, Yaz earns standing ovations as he makes 2 great catches and poles two HRs in the Red Sox 8–7 win over the Senators. Teammate Joey Foy hits a pinch homer then adds another, just the 9th player in ML history to hit a pinch homer + another in the same game.

      Chuck Dobson and Catfish Hunter combine to whitewash the Indians, 2-0 and 6-0. Kansas City’s Jim Gosger hits a 2-run homer in the opener in support of Dobson.

11th  Adolfo Phillips blasts 4 HRs in a doubleheader, 3 of them in consecutive at-bats in the 2nd game, as the Cubs sweep the Mets at Wrigley Field 5–3 and 18–10. The total of eleven HRs in the 2nd game sets a NL record for 2 clubs in 9 innings and the 2 teams tie a NL mark when they total 40 extra bases on long hits (Chi-26, NY-14). The mark was set on July 31, 1954. Adolpho has 6 hits and 8  RBIs on the day, 7 of the RBIs in game 2.

      Before the largest AL crowd of 1967, 62,582 at Yankee Stadium for Bat Day, the White Sox regain first place from the Tigers by sweeping a twin bill from New York 2–1 and 3–2. They will stay in first until August 12.

      At Crosley Field, Don Pavletich belts a pinch walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds an 8–4 win over Houston.

      The Twins Dean Chance tosses a one-hitter at the Royals in winning, 8–0. The only hit is Danny Cater’s single in the 4th.

12th  A week after the Senators play a 19-inning game, they and White Sox match up in the longest night game (22 innings, 6 hours, and 38 minutes) in ML history. Washington wins 6–5 when Paul Casanova, who has caught the entire game, singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 22nd. The Nats lose Bernie Allen for 10 days when he fractures his thumb in a collision in the 17th inning.

      Minnesota scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning as they down the visiting Tigers, 11-5. Rich Rollins’ grand slam is the big blow in the frame.  Harmon Killebrew also homers and drives in 4 runs to back Jim Merritt’s (4-0) complete game.

13th  Willie Mays, the all-time leader in extra inning homers, belts a grand slam off Astros P Barry Latman in the 10th to power the Giants to a 6–2 win. For Willie, it is his 19th homer in extra frames, and his first grand slam.

14th  Tim McCarver belts a 1st-inning grand slam and Bob Gibson scatters 11 hits as the Cardinals top the Pirates, 7-4.  With the Reds losing to the Mets, St. Louis is 1.5 games in back of Cincinnati.

      Atlanta unleashes a 16-hit attack, including 4 homers, to beat the host Phillies, 16-7. Clete Boyer has a grand slam and Hank Aaron a 3-run homer.

15th  At Fenway, starters Bruce Howard (7IP) and Gary Waslewski (9IP) throw goose eggs before the White Sox break through in the 11th on an RBI single by Ken Berry.  Red Sox OF Tony Conigliaro answers with a game-ending two-run HR in the bottom of the 11th. Berry’s single extends his hitting streak to 20 games.

      In Houston, Jimmy Wynn hits three solo homers and Mike Cuellar strikes out 10 in 9 innings as the Astros beat the Giants, 6-2.

      Mickey Mantle breaks a scoreless tie with a long drive off Washington’s Frank Bertaina in the 6th, and visiting New York wins, 2–0. Mel Stottlemyre is the victor.

16th  In a 3–2 Reds’ win over the Dodgers, Cincinnati SS Leo Cardenas suffers a broken finger when hit with a pitch by Dodgers P Bill Singer. Cardenas is out until August 15th.

17th  A 9-hour and 5-minute doubleheader between the Tigers and Athletics is the longest ever. The first game includes a rain delay, and the 2nd goes 19 innings before a Dave Duncan HR wins it 6–5 for the A’s. Detroit takes the opener 7–6.

18th  The blazing fastball of the Astros Don Wilson overpowers Atlanta with 15 strikeouts in a no-hit 2–0 victory.

      A 4–1 St. Louis win at San Francisco gives the Cards a lead in the NL they will not relinquish.

19th  Steve Hargan of the Indians and the A’s Chuck Dobson lock up in a scoreless duel until, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Hargan hits his only career home run for the 1–0 win.

      In the Cardinals 5–4 11-inning win over Houston, St. Louis CF Curt Flood pulls off an unassisted DP. It is the first by a NL center fielder since Danny Taylor in 1933. The Cards plate the winner when Roger Maris drives home Tim McCarver. Julio Gotay is 5-for-5 for the Astros.

20th The Phillies Larry Jackson gives up just one hit, a 2nd-inning double to Tommy Davis, in topping the Mets 4–0. It is Jackson’s 18th.

      At Yankee Stadium, Boston’s Joe Foy hits a 5th-inning grand slam to help the Red Sox top the Yankees, 7-1. Foy, who lives in the Bronx, arrived the night before to find his house on fire. As noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin, Foy’s sister and parents were okay, but Foy was up most of the night. The Red Sox are tied for 4th place in the tight AL pennant race: no team is 10 games back.

21st Must be in the front row. Bob Uecker drives in 5 runs and hits a grand slam, off Ron Herbel, in the Braves’ 7-run 4th as the Braves top the Giants, 9-2. Pat Jarvis (6-2) is the winner.

      In one of the greatest college games in Arizona history, ASU and the University of Arizona meet in Phoenix for a one-game playoff to determine the Southern division WAC winner.  Three days after throwing a 4-hit shutout over Arizona, Gary Gentry pitches 15 innings, striking out 18, to give the ASU squad the title. Gentry will pitch a 14-inning win against Stanford in the NCAA tourney to help ASU to eventually win the national title.

24th  Mantle breaks a 3–3 tie in the 9th with a home run off Detroit’s Fred Gladding to give 9th place New York a 4–3 win.

      With relief help from Bob Humphries, Camilo Pascual (7-4) and the Senators stop the Orioles, 7-4.  Mike Epstein belts a 1st-inning grand slam off Bill Dillman.

The Mets purchase veteran Dennis Bennett from the Red Sox.

25th  Ernie Banks slams two 2-run homers to back rookie Joe Niekro’s 3-hitter, and the Cubs win 8-0 over the Astros to sweep. Bill Hands hurls a 5-hitter in the opener to win, 4–1. Banks’ first blast breaks up a pitching duel with Bo Belinsky and his second caps a 5-run 7th.

      Rick Reichardt hits a 1st inning inside-the-park grand slam off Blue Moon Odom and the Angels beat KC, 4–3.

      Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight.  “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy,” he said from his training camp.  “Look at Joe Pepitone.  He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.”  Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.

27th  Detroit RF Al Kaline breaks his hand jamming his bat into the bat rack after striking out against Sam McDowell, as the 2nd-place Tigers lose to Cleveland 8–1. Kaline will miss 28 games. Chico Salmon’s homer and 2 doubles helps send the Tigers to their 14th loss in 19 games.

      Baltimore RF Frank Robinson is hurt in a 2B collision with Al Weis, as the first place White Sox beat the Orioles 5–0. Robinson suffers double vision and will miss 28 games.

      Hank Aaron hits a grand slam and a 2-run homer to lead the Braves to a 13-5 win over the Astros.  Aaron now leads the NL in homers with 20.

28th  Relief ace Hoyt Wilhelm of the White Sox extends his ML record for consecutive errorless games to 247. The White Sox win, 3–2, at Baltimore.

29th  The Reds jump on Don Drysdale on their way to a 14–0 pasting of the Dodgers.

30th Losing 12–3 in the 2nd game against the Giants, the Phils send in utility man Cookie Rojas to pitch the 9th. Rojas throws a scoreless inning and has now played all 9 positions since arriving in the big leagues in 1963.