1969 June

2ndAt Fenway, the White Six plate 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Red Sox, 6-4. Carlos Mays hits a grand slam for Chicago, off Sparky Lyle.

3rd  Behind the slugging of McCovey and Mays, the Giants beat the Expos, 9–3, handing Montreal its 17th straight loss, tying the ML mark for expansion clubs set by the 1962 Mets. McCovey has a 2 run double and he follows a Mays homer in the 4th with one of his own.

4th  With the Twins ahead of the Yankees 3–2 in the 8th, Minnesota loads the bases, then pulls off their second triple steal of the year. Again, it is Carew on the front end, his 5th swipe of home this year.

      At Montreal, the Expos drop their 18th straight, a record for an expansion team, losing, 5–3, to the Giants.

7th  The Washington Senators name Jeff Burroughs the number one pick in the June free-agent draft. The Astros choose J. R. Richard as the 2nd pick, and the White Sox follow with 3B Ted Nicholson. Cincinnati picks Ken Griffey on the 29th round, while Kansas City, with a record 90 picks, takes Al Cowens with their 84th choice. The Dodgers select Bill Seinsoth on the first round after selecting him on the 6th round in 1968: the promising lefty slugger will be killed in a car accident in September. With the 13th pick, the Red Sox take University of Minnesota’s Noel Jenke, who is also drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Minnesota Vikings (12th round). He’ll never make the majors (Pawtucket in 1971 is the highest) but he will play 4 years in the NFL. Montreal picks Tony Scott on the 71st round.

      In a Midwest League at Decatur, Charles Bowl of Cedar Rapids pitches a 3-0, 10-inning no-hitter against Decatur in the first game of a doubleheader.

8th  The Expos snap a 20-game losing streak as Jerry Robertson wins his first ML game, 4–3 at Los Angeles. Staub and Jones homer for the Expos who end their losing streak 3 short of the record.

      The White Sox trade P Bob Locker to the Pilots for P Gary Bell. Bell has rung up his best games, and he will prove a disaster in Chicago.

      Mickey Mantle Day in New York. With 60,096 fans on hand, Mantle’s number 7 is retired and plaques he exchanges with Joe DiMaggio will hang on the CF wall at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio’s plaque comes as a surprise to the Yankee Clipper. The Yankees then sweep the White Sox 3–1 and 11–2.

      In Atlanta, game 1 of a twinbill is a slugfest as the Braves win, 11-10, over the Pirates after taking a 9-1 lead. Phil Niekro (9-4) holds the Corsairs runless in the last two innings and the Braves score in the 7th and 8th.  Hank Aaron’s homer is the go-ahead run in the 8th.  Jose Pagan has a pair of homers for the Pirates and Jerry May connects for a pinch grand slam. The Braves take the second game, 4-3, behind Milt Pappas, who helps his cause with a 2-run homer.

9th  After President Johnson declares this a national day of mourning in memory of the assassinated Robert Kennedy, the Reds’ players threaten to boycott today’s doubleheader with the Cardinals.  Led by Milt Pappas and Vada Pinson, the team, by a slim majority, votes not to play. A very upset GM Bob Howsam and manager David Bristol call for 9 volunteers to play. Pete Rose, Tommy Helms, and Jim Maloney leave the clubhouse and shortly afterwards the rest of the team follows. The Reds take an 8–0 lead after 4 innings before the Birds lay 10 runs in the 5th to complete the scoring. It’s a reverse in the nightcap as the Cards take a 6–1 lead, and the Reds score 5 in the 5th to tie, and once in the 12th inning to win, 7–6.

      Mickey Lolich’s 16 strikeouts in 9 innings ties the Detroit record he set May 23rd, but the Tigers drop a 3–2, 10-inning decision to Seattle. Pat Dobson is the loser. The only run off Lolich is a leadoff HR by Dick Simpson on the first pitch of the game.

11th  Maury Wills returns to Los Angeles with OF Manny Mota. IF Paul Popovich and OF Ron Fairly are traded to Montreal. The Expos then send Popovich to the Cubs for OF Adolfo Phillips and P Jack Lamabe. Adolfo, popular with his teammates shakes hands with everyone while leaving, except manager Leo Durocher.

      Red Sox outfielder Joe Lahoud bangs out three homers to help beat Minnesota, 13–5.  Lahoud’s efforts cure Tony Conigliaro’s neck ailment and Lahoud will be back on the bench for the game on the 13th against Oakland as Tony C returns to the lineup.

      With the help of a 6-run 6th, Steve Blass improves his record to 6-2 as the Pirates outscore the Astros, 13-8. Roberto Clemente hit s a grand slam in the 6th.  The Pirates are tied for 3rd with the Cardinals.

12th  John Briggs hits a leadoff homerun off Bill Singer for the game’s only score as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 1–0. It is Briggs’ first homer of the year.

14th With a 25-hit, 21–7 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Oakland A’s regain first place in the AL West. Reggie Jackson hits 2 HRs and drives in 10 Oakland runs. Reggie doubles home a run in the 1st, homers in the 3rd and 5th, each time with Reynolds on base, strikes out with the bases loaded in the 6th, and singles in 2 with the sacks full in the 7th. Reg drives in 3 with a single in the 8th on a hit that he could easily have stretched into a double, but he pauses to admire it thinking he had a homer. Odom is the easy winner. The 21 runs is a team record that won’t be matched until 2000.

      The Yankees trade OF Tom Tresh to the Tigers for OF Ron Woods. A native of Detroit, Tresh is the last player on the team to have played for the Yankees in a World Series. Tresh will take over the SS position in what will be his last season.

15th The Mets help their power needs by adding 1B Donn Clendenon. The 33-year-old had refused a January trade that would send him from Montreal to Houston, but agrees to go to New York. The Expos receive Steve Renko, Kevin Collins, and 2 minor leaguers. The Expos also purchase P Dick Radatz from the Tigers.

      Cubs SS Don Kessinger sets a NL record with his 54th straight errorless game to start a season, but Chicago loses 7–6 to start a doubleheader split at Cincinnati.

      The Red Sox send C Joe Azcue to California for Tom Satriano. It’s Azcue’s third team this year.

      At Fenway, Reggie Jackson is a single shy of the cycle as he drives in 4 runs, while Sal Bando clubs a grand slam in Oakland’s 6-run 8th as Oakland beats Boston, 13-5. The Sox make it somewhat respectable with a 4-run 9th.

16th  In the first inning against the Angels Tom Murphy, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva pull off a double steal of 2B and 3B. On the next pitch the two pull off another double steal, Carew’s 6th swipe of home on the year to tie the AL record. set by Ty Cobb in 1912 (subsequent research will credit Cobb with 8). The Twins run to an 8–2 win over the Angels.

      At Milwaukee County Stadium, Chicago’s Billy Wynne lives up to his name, recording his first ML victory, defeating the Seattle Pilots, 8–3. The Sox are playing 20 home games in the Brew City this year.

      Phil Niekro and Pat Jarvis pitch complete-game wins for the Braves as the NL West leaders win, 6-2, and 8-4 over the Astros. The Braves connect for 5 homers in the doubleheader. Reliever Bill Henry pitches 2 innings in each game for Houston, allowing no runs, in an unusual final outing for a pitcher. Henry will be released June 28, a month after he was signed, allowing no runs in 3 appearances.

17th  Behind a complete game shutout by John Hiller, the Tigers roll to an 8–0 win against Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees.  Bill Freehan solos while Mickey Stanley hits a 3-run homer. Ike Brown makes his debut taking over at 2B in the 8th for McAuliffe. Brown is the last Negro Leaguer to break into the major leagues and joins other vets of that league: Aaron, Mays, Banks, Lou Johnson, and Paul Casanova.

18th  At Comiskey Park, Tommy Harper’s 4th stolen base of the game sets up an 11th inning score as the Pilots top the White Sox, 6-5, in game 2. Harper’s 4 steals is a Pilots record. The Sox win the opener, 7-3, behind Gary Peters.

19th  Dave McNally goes to 10–0, pitching a 2-hitter and shutting out the Senators, 3–0.  President Nixon arrives at the park in time to see the Orioles snap a scoreless tie in the 8th.

       Chicago, the White Sox come from behind three times to beat the Seattle Pilots, 13–10. Trailing 10–9 in the 7th the Sox load the bases and score the tying run on an error. Without swinging a bat, they score 3 more: Bob Locker throws a wild pitch and C Gerry McNertney’s wild return throw sails into RF allowing 2 more to tally.

20th  At Fenway, the Yankees Joe Pepitone loses a first inning grand slam off Mike Nagy when rain washes the game out a batter later.

21st  Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in an inning, the 10th inning at Oakland, and sets ML record for runs in the 10th, in winning 14–4. The Twins send 16 batters to the plate in the frame garnering 8 hits, 4 walks, and 3 errors. Killebrew’s 3-run homer is the big blow.  Minnesota’s 11 match the New York Yankees’ 12th inning of July 26, 1928, for most runs for one club in extra innings, and shatters the previous high for the 10th inning of 8 runs. The A’s add a run of their own in the 10th to set a record (12) for runs in the 10th by 2 clubs. Yesterday, Oakland won, 3–2, in 14 innings.

      Willie Horton clubs 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to power the Tigers to a 9–5 win over the visiting Senators. Willie also gets nabbed by second baseman Tim Cullen on a hidden ball trick in the 5th. Mickey Lolich (8–1) is the winner, allowing just 4 hits, including a pair of homers.

      At Fenway, the Yankees and Red Sox split an exciting pair of games in a day-night separate admission matchup. 12,453 watch the opener where the Yankees score 3 runs in the 11th inning to take a 5–2 lead, only to see the Sox score 4 times to win. Thomas drives in the tying and winning runs. Jerry Kenney has a pair of stolen bases in the game, but is nabbed on the hidden ball trick by 1B George Thomas (as noted by Bill Deane, this is one of the few times in history that two hidden ball tricks have been pulled off on the same day). New York wins the nightcap, 6–3, on Roy White’s bases-loaded triple in the 9th.

22nd  An AL record-tying, 3 straight, 2-out HRs by Ted Kubiak, Reggie Jackson, and Sal Bando in the 3rd inning power a 7–3 Oakland victory over Minnesota in the first of 2 games. Bando also homers in the first to back Dobson’s win over Jim Kaat. Kaat gets a save in the nightcap as Jim Perry squeezes home Oliva with the winning run in the 13th. Twins win, 4–3.

      Dave Leonhard (5-0), who joins the Orioles on a weekend leave from the National Guard, pitches a 3-hit complete game over the Indians to win, 6–0.  In the opener, the Indians win, 3–2, behind Sam McDowell.

      In the first of two at Shea, Gary Gentry stops the Cardinals, 5-1, for his 7th win.  For the second time in his career, Ron Swoboda strikes out 5 times. Jerry Koosman completes the Mets sweep with a 1-0 win in game 2.

      In the first of two at Wrigley, Jim Hickman hits a 2-run walkoff homer to give the Cubs an 8-7 win against the Expos. Montreal rebounds in game 2 to win, 5-4, in 6 innings. Bob Bailey is 6-for-6 on the afternoon for the Expos. He will ground out in his first at bat tomorrow.

23rdThe Reds Jim Merritt allows 2 hits in shutting out the visiting Padres, 5–0.

24th  Richie Allen is fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely [it will be 26 days] when he fails to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race and got caught in traffic trying to return. He will stay suspended until July 20. Allen picked up a $1000 fine in May when, for two straight days, he reportedly arrived at the ballpark after the game had started. Without Allen, the Phils drop a pair, 2–1 and 5–0. Larry Hisle’s homer in the opener off Tom Seaver is the only Phils score.  McAndrew is the winner in the nightcap, allowing 2 hits in 8 innings.

      The White Sox sweep a pair from the Pilots, winning 6–4 and 7–6 with reliever Wilbur Wood winning both games. In game 2, Bill Melton doubles and hits 3 consecutive homers, in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings, but it takes a homer by Herrmann in the 9th to win it. Reliever Wilbur Wood is the winner in both games, giving up a hit in 3 2/3 innings in game 1 and a hit in 2 innings of game 2. Jim Bouton pitches in both games for Seattle without allowing a run in 3 2/3 innings.

      Rico Carty hits a pair of homers and Bob Tillman belts a grand slam as the Braves overpower the Dodgers, 9-5.  Ron Reed is the winner over Don Drysdale, who lasts just 2 innings. The Braves are now a half game behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

25th  The Mets (14) and Phillies (13) set a NL record for ineptitude by striking out 27 times in the first 9 innings of a 10-inning game. The Phils win 6–5 when rookie Dave Watkins triples and scores in the 10th. Watkins, who replaced Cookie Rojas when he was thumbed in the 5th, hits his first ML homer as well. Palmer strikes out 9 in 4 1/3 innings for Philley, while Nolan Ryan K’s 10 in 6 1/3 innings.

      The Red Sox and Indians split a pair in Boston, with the Sox taking game 1 by a 3-1 score before losing 7-3. Sonny Siebert allows 3 hits in game 1 while hitting a homer and scoring twice. In the game 2 loss, Bill Lee debuts for Boston, pitching 4 innings and allowing a run. Lee was drafted in the 22nd round last year and is one of the first three from that class to debut.

27th  Cubs southpaw Ken Holtzman retires the first 20 batters, before the Phils erupt for 2 runs in the 7th and one in the 8th to win, 3–1. Steve Carlton (8-5) strikes out 12.

28th  After ending their 11-game losing streak yesterday, San Diego suffers its second 19–0 shutout of the season, as the Dodgers, behind Don Drysdale, match the NL-record shutout margin. The Dodgers score 10 in the 3rd to make it easy. Steve Arlin is the loser. Seven batters have exactly 2 ribbies for the Dodgers, with no one topping that.

      Cleveland beats the visiting Yankees, 7–3, despite a hidden ball trick by Yank SS Gene Micheal on Zoilo Versalles in 6th.

      At Crosley Field, Willie McCovey has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Giants belt the Reds, 12-5. McCovey’s 25 homers leads the NL.

      John Briggs has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs, and Rick Joseph has a homer and 4 RBIs to lead the Phils to a 13-8 win over Montreal at Parc Jarry.

29th  On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial’s NL record for consecutive games played (896). The Cubs sweep the Cardinals 3–1 and 12–1 before 41,060.

      The Reds score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Giants at 6 apiece, then win in the 10th, 7–6, when Chico Ruiz hits a bases loaded single.

      Tony Oliva collects 8 straight hits in the Twins’ twinbill split with the Royals. Kansas City takes the opener, 7–2, behind homers by Fiore and Oliver. Oliva flied out his first time up, then stroked 3 singles.  In the Twins 12–2 win in game two, Oliva hits 2 homers, a double and two singles, driving in 5 runs.

30th  Veteran Bob Miller (1-2) allows one run in 7+ innings as the Twins score 5 in the 9th to beat the White Sox, 7-3. Minnesota moves to a game behind the idle A’s.