3rd At Cincinnati, Cub southpaw Ken Holtzman tosses the 2nd no-hitter of his career, victimizing the Reds 1–0. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the 3rd inning to beat Gary Nolan.
4th At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds recover from being no hit to roll over the Cards, 12–0. Ross Grimsley pitches his first ML shutout and is backed by a 17 hit attack. Foster and Perez each have 4 hits.
The Red Sox recall P Luis Tiant from Louisville.
5th The Braves beat the visiting Cubs, 6-4, when Mike Lum hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th. The Cubs had scored in the top of the frame.
At County Stadium, the Orioles roll by the Brewers, 12-4. Elrod Hendricks has 4 hits and a pair of RBIs, and Paul Blair adds a grand slam. The O’s lead the AL East by a half game over the Red Sox.
6th Willie Mays strokes a 12th-inning HR off Joe Hoerner of the Phillies in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, his 22nd—and last—career extra-inning belt, a ML mark. The Giants win, 4–3, after losing the opener to Rick Wise, 1–0. It’s the first shutout over the Giants this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hold their first Old Timers game featuring Dodgers of the fifties against Dodgers of the sixties. Maury Wills, who is still on the active roster, plays in the game and swipes a couple of bases while the crowd chants “Go, Go, Go,” as they had in the 1962-66 period before he was traded to Pittsburgh. Wills then plays in the regular game and helps the Dodgers beat the Mets, 4–3.
Padres pitcher Dave Roberts allows 9 hits, but shuts out the Expos, 8-0, in game 1. He walks none and K’s none. Batterymate Bob Barton drives in 3 runs. Nate Colbert’s grand slam in game 2 is the difference as the Padres win, 8-4.
7th The Brewers trade Danny Walton to the Yankees for prospects Bobby Mitchell and Frank Tepedino. Walton hit 17 HRs in 1970, but is hitting just .203 this year.
8th Danny Goodwin is chosen as the first player in the June draft and turns down a reported $50,000 offer from the White Sox to attend Southern University. He will be chosen number one again in 1975. The Sox fail to sign 10 of their 14 picks. The Padres select P Jay Franklin with the 2nd pick. The Expos use the 4th overall pick to take 17-year-old SS Condredge Holloway, who never does play pro baseball, opting after college to play 13 seasons in the CFL. Boston uses the 15th pick on the first round to take Jim Rice. Future MVP Keith Hernandez, who did not play baseball his senior year in HS, lasts until the 42nd round (Cards). The Senators pick Dartmouth’s Pete Broberg and he bypasses the minors to make his ML debut on June 20th. Other selections to jump right to the majors are the U of Texas Burt Hooton (Cubs, June 17) and MSU’s Rob Ellis (Brewers, June 18).
Ken Holtzman pitches 12 innings for the Cubs before Joe Pepitone hits a game-ending homer off Pittsburgh’s Mudcat Grant to win, 1-0. Pepi did it once before in extra innings, in the AL, and is the first to do it in both leagues.
9th Expo Steve Renko pitches the first of 2 one-hitters of the season. He beats the Giants 4–0 exactly a month before he will top the Phillies 3–0. Dick Dietz’s single is the only hit.
12th Phillies 2B Terry Harmon accepts 18 chances during a 3–0 win over the Padres, setting a modern ML record. Meanwhile, the Phils deal another 2B, veteran Tony Taylor, to the Tigers for 2 minor leaguers.
13th Chico Ruiz allegedly pulls a gun on Angels teammate Alex Johnson in a clubhouse incident. There are no witnesses to the episode, which Ruiz denies, and it is one of a series of problems involving Johnson in 1971. Both players are hitless pinch hitters in the 5–2 loss to Washington.
15th Joe Horlen wins his first of the year, beating Detroit, 6-1. Bill Melton clubs a grand slam for the White Sox.
The Cardinals trade Mike Torrez to the Expos for Bob Reynolds. Torrez will get in to one game this year for Montreal while Reynolds will record no decisions in his six weeks with St. Louis before he is traded to Milwaukee.
16th First place Oakland’s 5 solo HRs account for all their scoring in a 5–1 win over Washington. Mike Epstein homers his first 2 times up to give him a record-tying 4 straight over 2 games. Vida Blue (14–2) picks up the win.
In Montreal, Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman throws a masterful one-hitter in beating San Diego, 2-0. Stoneman strikes out 14 and gives up one walk in a game he considers better than his two no-hitters. The only hit is a single by Cito Gaston. Stoneman has a hit himself and an RBI.
17th Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7–6 in 10 innings. He’s the first Cub with 6 hits since Frank Demaree on July 5, 1937. The Cards tie a ML record by using 5 pitchers in the 8th after the Cubs tie at 5–5.
After the White Sox score 3 in the top half of the 11th, the Twins score 4 in their half to win, 7–6. George Mitterwald drives in the winning run with his 4th hit.
18th In the first of two at Candlestick, Juan Marichal and the Giants top the Padres, 7-3 in game 1. Marichal allows a 3-run homer to Cito Gaston in the 9th. In game 2, Nate Colbert leads off the 9th with a homer, and 3 batters later, Bob Barton clubs a grand slam to give the Padres a 9-5 lead. The Giants come back with a 5-spot to win as Dick Dietz hits a double with the bases full to score 3 runs.
John Bateman hits a grand slam for the Expos, one of 5 homers in the game, but the Pirates edge Montreal, 9-8, in 11 innings.
19th Indians leadoff batters Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson belt homers off Detroit’s Dean Chance in the first inning, but Detroit ties in the 5th, goes ahead on Rodriguez’s homer in the 7th, and wins, 5–3, after Norm Cash hits is 15th homer in the 8th.
The Phils Larry Bowa steals two bases on the same play in the 14th against the Mets. Bowa reaches 1B and takes 2B on a groundout. Montanez strikes out and Oscar Gamble is walked intentionally. Bowa steals 3B as Gamble is caught in a rundown trying to steal 2B. Bowa continues home and scores, drawing a throw as Gamble reaches 2B safely. NL President Chub Feeney will rule that Bowa should be given two steals on the play and Gamble one. But the Mets tie in the bottom of the 14th on Ken Singleton’s homer and win it, 6-5, in the 15th on Donn Clendenon’s walkoff homer.
Don Sutton (6-6) pitches a one-hitter against Houston as the Dodgers win, 4-0. Jimmy Wynn’s 6th inning double is the lone hit for the Astros.
20th Four grand slams are hit in the ML, by the Braves Earl Williams, the Phillies Deron Johnson, the White Sox Rick Reichardt, and the Pirates Willie Stargell. Williams slam comes in a 5–4 loss, and the Braves drop a 2nd game, 2–0 to the Reds. The Pirates whip Montreal, 7–1, and the Sox pummel the Twins, 18–8. Deron Johnson’s slam, in the 11th, gives the Phils a split with the Mets.
21st Behind Dock Ellis’s 9th straight victory, the Pirates down the Mets, 4-0, and take a 4 1/2 game lead in the NL East. Willie Stargell has a 2-run HR to help Ellis. Three double plays help as does 1B Bob Robertson, who sets a ML record for most assists in a 9-inning game by a first sacker with 8. The extra-inning mark is also 8, set by Buc 1B Bob Skinner in 1954.
Oakland phenom Vida Blue strikes out 13 in notching his 15th victory, beating the Twins, 3-2.
In his first ML start, Dodger rookie Bobby O’Brien shuts out the Cardinals, 4-0 and beats Bob Gibson.
Indians slugger Ken Harrelson announces his retirement from baseball to join the pro golf tour.
The Braves release vet knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm who will sign on with the Dodgers.
23rd In a singular performance, Phillie pitcher Rick Wise no-hits the Reds 4–0 and bangs 2 HRs in the game, a dinger each off Ross Grimsley and Clay Carroll. Wise gets Pete Rose for the last out. It is the 2nd no-hitter against the Reds this month.
Padres Bob Miller wins a pair from Houston, relieving in the 9th and pitching 4 innings in the opener, and then pitching two more innings in the nightcap. The Pads win 3–2 and 4–3.
24th The Mets Tom Seaver smashes an 8th inning homer, off Montreal’s Bill Stoneman, to win his own game, 2–1.
25th Cleon Jones ties an NL record by drawing 6 walks, helping the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Expos, 4–1 and 4–2. Jerry Grote has 3 doubles in the opener, and Ken Harrelson knocks in 3 runs in the nightcap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny Frisella (4–1) are winners.
Actor Kurt Russell makes his pro baseball debut for Bend (Northwest League), getting a single, double, and 2 stolen bases. Russell’s baseball career would be ended by injury 2 years later.
The Expos trade Ron Swoboda back to New York—the Yankees, that is. The Expos receive OF Ron Woods.
26th Last year’s AL batting king Alex Johnson is suspended by the Angels following a series of incidents (including 5 benchings and 29 fines) resulting from his failure to hustle.
The Brewers Marty Pattin gives up 11 hits to Minnesota, but still shuts them out, 5–0.
29thAt Montreal, the Reds roll over the Expos, 14–0, and Tony Cloninger pitches his first CG since 1969. The Reds collect 23 hits, led by Tommy Helms’ four.
Tom Seaver strikes out 13 batters in a 3–0 Mets win over the Phillies.
In a game suspended yesterday after 13 innings, the Tigers finish it off with 5 runs in the 15thto beat the host Orioles, 9-4. Mickey Lolich throws the first 13 innings with Fred Scherman earning the win with 2 hitless innings. Al Kaline, with 5 hits including 2 doubles and a homer, walks to start the 15thas the Bengals collect 4 hits in the inning.
30thIn one of the odder endings to a game, the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 6-4, stopping a Detroit rally with a game-ending double play that scores 2 runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Al Kaline hits a ground out that then turns into a DP as the Red Sox throw the ball around to finally get the runner Tony Taylor who was on 1B. While the Sox are tossing it around, the lead two runners score.