1970 June

1st  By reprimanding Astro Jim Bouton  in a private meeting for writing the controversial book Ball Four,Commissioner Kuhn helps put the book on the bestseller list and make it a classic.

2ndAt Busch Stadium, Dick Allen hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 7 runs as the Cardinals roll over the Giants, 12-1. Steve Carlton (3-6) is the winner and collects 3 of the 15 hits. The St. Louis crowd is 11,111.

4th  In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in 3 days to a $100,000 contract. He’ll play in the ML 11 years but catch only 9 games in the Bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. He’s just the 2nd player drafted who will skip the minors. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D’Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Wayne McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachary). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today while the Cards take Bake McBride on the 37th round.

Houston pulls off 4 double plays to help Tom Griffin throw a 6 hit shutout as the Astros beat the Expos, 8-0. Doug Radar hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Dan McGinn and Joe Pepitone homers in the 4-run 8th.

The Royals Jim Rooker loses his no-hit bid when the Yankees Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning with KC ahead 1-0.  Bobby Murcer doubles home Clarke with the tying run. Rooker then loses, 2-1, in the 12th on Clarke’s sac fly.

5th  In a sign of things to come, Minnesota rookie Bert Blyleven gives up a homer to the first batter he faces in the majors, Lee Maye. Blyleven settles down and allows just 4 more hits in 7 innings and beats Washington, 2–1. Blyleven was brought up from Evansville (AA) to replace the injured Tiant.

6th  Rusty Staub hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Montreal whips the host Braves, 12-4.

7th  Pinch hitter Vic Davalillo of the Cardinals, in for Bob Gibson, gets a record-tying 2 hits in the 7th inning of a 10–7 win over the Padres (only the first is considered a pinch hit). The Birds score 7 in the frame after the Padres had built a 7–1 lead against Gibson.  Ron Herbel, the 2nd of 4 pitchers in the 7th, is the loser.  Davilillo assumes he receives credit for 2 pinch hits, and that his 23rd pinch hit on August 31st ties the record of Dave Philley.  He will finish the year with 24 pinch safeties but a rule difference between the AL and NL will cost him a pinch hit today.

The rampaging Reds move to 9 games ahead in the NL West with a 10–2 walloping of the Mets.  Johnny Bench, with 5 RBIs, and Lee May crash homers to back Wayne Simpson’s 8th win.

At Wrigley Field, 8 different players hit homers as Chicago prevails over the Giants, 8-4. The Cubs clang 5 homers.

At Fenway, the Red Sox twice whip the Royals, winning 7-4 and 5-2. Rico Petrocelli hits a grand slam in game 2.

In a barnburner at RFK Stadium, the Twins edge the Senators, 10-9, in 11 innings. Minnesota scores 3 in the 11th, but the Senators come back to score 2 and leave 2 on.  Rich Reese has a pinch grand slam for the Twins in the 6th.

8th  Players and management end their labor dispute by agreeing to a new standard player contract. Among the players’ victories is a raise in the minimum salary from $10,000 to $12,000 per year.

9th  Detroit’s Willie Horton clubs 3 HRs, including a grand slam, knocking in 7 runs in an 8–3 win over Milwaukee.

10th  At Comiskey, the Red Sox win 7-6 over the White Sox in 11 innings, riding a grand slam in the 4th by Rico Petrocelli and a 2-run homer by Tony Conigliaro in the 9th for the win. For Petrocelli, it is his second slam in four days.

Batting leadoff, Joe Pepitone hits a double and grand slam off Nolan Ryan as the Astros top the Mets, 5-3. The Mets stay 4.5 games in back of the leading Cubs.

11th  Jim Northrop cracks a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th, off John O’Donoghue, to give Detroit a 6-2 victory over the Brewers.

12th  Why does the ball get larger, then smaller? Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis no-hits San Diego 2–0 in the first game of a doubleheader, walking 8 and hitting one. He gets all his support on a pair of Willie Stargell HRs. Also, as he contends after his retirement, on LSD, saying he was high when he was on the mound. The Padres take the nightcap, 5–2, behind Danny Coombs. Nate Colbert has a pair of triples and Ferrara homers.

     After losing yesterday on an 8th-inning grand slam, the Brewers do the same to the Indians, as Russ Snyder belts a grand slam off starter Rich Hand.  Milwaukee wins, 4-1, over Cleveland.

Bob Gibson homers and doubles to lead to the Cards to a 4–1 win over the Giants.  Gibson strikes out 8 while allowing 5 hits.

13thIn a 9–4 Yankee win over Kansas City, Yankee infielder Gene Michael successfully pulls the hidden ball trick on the Royals Joe Keough in 6th after Joe singles in the tying run. Michael will pull it again next month.

Houston trades Jim Beauchamp and Leon McFadden to the St. Louis Cardinals for George Culver. The Cardinals also trade Cookie Rojas to the Royals in exchange for Fred Rico.

Bob Robertson hits a 7th inning grand slam as the Pirates beat San Diego, 7-2. Steve Blass (4-8) is the winner.

15thAt Tiger Stadium, Frank Fernandez and Dick McAuliffe match grand slams as Oakland prevails, 12-7. Chuck Dobson for the A’s and Joe Niekro for Detroit, each go to 6-6.

Merv Rettenmund hits a 1st-inning grand slam, but the Orioles can’t make it hold up, losing 9-6 to Milwaukee. The Brewers score 6 in the 8th.

Thinking of the World Series, the Orioles bring back pitcher Moe Drabowsky, the finest pitcher ever to come out of Ozanna, Poland. Baltimore trade Bobby Floyd to the Royals for Moe.

16th  Mike Andrews belts a grand slam in Boston’s 5-run 9th as they beat the host Royals, 7-5. Vicente Romo coughs up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to make it close.

18th  At Parc Jarry, Ron Fairly contributes a grand slam to the Expos 6-run 8th inning, as Montreal rallies for a 10-7 win over the Braves. Hank Aaron has a single, double and homer to drive in 4 runs for Atlanta.

19th  Despite Mike Epstein’s 8 RBIs, the Senators bow to the Orioles 12–10 in the first game of a doubleheader. Epstein has two homers—one a grand slam—and a single. Boog Powell drives in 4 runs with 4 hits for the O’s. The O’s use pitching to take the nightcap, 3–2, in 13 innings. Hardin pitches 10 innings with Richert getting the win with 3 innings of relief.

At Fenway, Sonny Siebert pitches no-hit ball for 8 innings before the Yankees Horace Clarke singles to open the 9th.  A single, double and Roy White homer follow quickly but Sparky Lyle puts out the fire for a 7-4 Boston victory.

20th  Brooks Robinson’s 2,000th ML hit is a big one—a 3-run homer off Washington’s Joe Coleman in the 5th inning. The drive snaps a 2–2 tie, and the Orioles hang on for a 5–4 victory.

Behind the pitching of Bill Hands, the Cubs win, 8–3, over St. Louis. But starting with a doubleheader loss tomorrow to the Birds, the Cubs will go on a 12-game losing streak, one short of the club mark set in 1944.

21st  Cleveland wins the first game against Detroit, 2–1, but Detroit’s Cesar Gutierrez then goes 7-for-7 with 6 singles and a triple to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning 9–8 nightcap win. Mickey Stanley’s HR wins it for the Tigers, while Jim Northrop has 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Tony Horton has 4 hits for the Tribe, including a double and a grand slam. Gutierrez, wearing #7, started the game hitting .218, and was 0-for-18 before today. Gutierrez will collect just 7 hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.

22nd  Rod Carew, batting .376 for the Twins, injures his right knee during an attempted double play when Milwaukee’s Mike Hegan slides into Carew. The injury will require surgery and sideline him until September. Harmon Killebrew’s 5th inning homer with 2 on enables the Twins to beat the Brewers, 4–3 behind Jim Kaat.

24th  Before 28,027, the Reds play their final game at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, beating the Giants 5–4. Johnny Bench and Lee May hit back-to-back homers off Juan Marichal in the 8th for the win.

In a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7–2, despite Murcer’s 9th-inning HR off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2’s starter Mike Paul, hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. A walk in the 4th, then a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th, and a game-tying homer in the 8th, off Fred Lasher. New York scores in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5–4 win. Cleveland 1B Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton’s “Folly floaters.” Sensitive to fans’ booing during the season, Horton will be hospitalized, and at 25, this is his last season. Indians catcher Ray Fosse is 2-for-4 in game one to run his hitting streak to 16 games: he’ll eventually reach 23 games. In the 5th inning of game 2 Fosse is injured when a cherry bomb, thrown from the upper deck, explodes near him burning through his spikes and two socks to burn his instep.  After a 10-minute delay, he continues.

25th  Behind the Red Sox 7–0 after 5 innings, the Orioles tie the game in the 9th on a Merv Rettenmund HR and a double by Andy Etchebarren. The Orioles finally win it when they score 6 runs in the 14th inning.

26th  Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12–2 Oriole romp over the host Senators, just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally, the winning pitcher, Don Buford, and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby’s only grand slams for the O’s. The Orioles will lose C Clay Dalrymple tomorrow when he breaks his ankle in a home plate collision with the Nats Mike Epstein.

     Bob Gibson (10-3) has 3 hits while limiting the Phillies to 4 as the Cards shut out the Quakers, 6-0. Catcher Carl Taylor has a steal of home in the 1st inning on a double steal with Dick Allen.

Trailing 2-1 in the 5th, the Angels Steve Kealey comes in and induces Amos Otis to hit into a triple play (he had a double play in the 1st). Kealey is lifted for a PH in the Angels’ four-run 6th and is the winner in the Halos 5-4 victory. It’s his only win this year.

27th  The Twins’ teenage sensation Bert Blyleven fires a two-hitter in downing the White Sox, 9-1.

Baltimore loses 5-3 to the Senators and also loses catcher Clay Dalrymple for the season and post-season. Dalrymple breaks his ankle in the 7th inning in a collision with Mike Epstein, trying to score. Ellie Hendricks, no gold glover, will do the bulk of the catching.

28th  The Pirates sweep the Cubs in a doubleheader 3–2 and 4–1 in the final games at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field.

For the third time in their careers, Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan combine to belt lead off homers for the Reds. This time Houston’s Don Wilson is the victim. Tony Perez hits his 27th homer, off Wilson, in the top of the 9th for a 3–2 Reds win.

30th  A sellout crowd of 51,050 is on hand for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, rushed to completion so the Reds can host the All-Star game. There is no electricity in the refreshments areas, and the scoreboard occasionally misfires. but Hank Aaron doesn’t misfire as he hits the park’s first home run. The Braves win, 8–2.

Rick Renick hits his second grand slam of the year, a pinchhit four-bagger in the 6th inning, as the Twins score 7 unanswered runs to beat the Royals, 8-5.