1972 June

1stAt Houston, Hal McRae pinch hits a 6th inning grand slam to spark the Reds to a win, 10–3. The Astros had taken a 3–0 lead on homers by Cedeno and Doug Rader. Johnny Bench hits his 4th homer in 3 games in the 7th, and Tony Perez adds a homer in the 9th.

2nd  In Philadelphia, the Reds win a 17-inning marathon over the Phils, 6–3. Both teams score in the 16th to make it 2–2, but Johnny Bench’s 2nd homer of the game, 3-run shot, in the 17th finally finishes it. Mike Ryan, with his 3rd hit of the game, hits a solo homer in the bottom of the 17th.

Juan Marichal snaps his streak of 8 straight losses as the Giants come back to beat the Pirates, 7–4. Goodson, Kingman, and Bonds homer for SF.

Phil Niekro allows 3 hits—all by John Milner—to pitch the Braves to a 6–1 win over the Mets. Milner homers in the 9th for New York and Carty and Evans go deep for the Braves.

In a face off at Shea between Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, both with 648 career homers, each come up hitless as the Braves beat the Mets, 6–1. Aaron, who hit his 648th on May 31, will collect his next HR June 10.

3rd  The Reds spot the host Phils a 5–0 lead, then score 3 runs in the 7th, and one each in the 9th, 9th, and 10th to win, 6–5. Julian Javier starts the Reds scoring with a 2-run homer and ends it with an RBI single. Johnny Bench also homers, his 7th in the last 5 games to tie an NL record.

Rusty Staub of the Mets is struck in the right hand by a George Stone pitch during a game with the Braves. Staub, who missed 7 games in the past 4 seasons, will miss 90 games this year.

Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson crack 3-run HRs in the Yankees’ 8-run 13th inning to beat the White Sox 18–10. Murcer scores 5 runs on 4 hits.

4th  A major league record 8 shutouts are pitched in 16 ML games—5 in the AL, 3 in the NL. Two are recorded by the Oakland A’s, who sweep a pair from the Orioles by identical 2–0 scores. Catfish Hunter and Dave Hamilton are the winning pitchers.

In game 2 of a doubleheader in Chicago, pinch hitter Dick Allen connects with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning and drives a Sparky Lyle pitch into the LF upper deck for a dramatic 5–4 White Sox win over the Yankees. The Bradley effect is working in game 1, as Tom Bradley beats the Yanks, 6-1.

The Padres turn a 9th inning triple play on a grounder by Randy Hundley, but they still lose to the Cubs, 3-1. Fergie Jenkins is the winner.

Paul Schaal’s grand slam is the difference in game 1 as the Royals hold back the Red Sox, 7-5. John Curtis throws a shut out in game 2 as the Bosox win, 5-0.

6th  Shortstops are the first 2 picks in the June draft. The Padres make Dave Roberts the number one selection and the Indians pick Rick Manning number 2. Roberts will make his ML debut in 2 days. The Phils take high school pitcher Larry Christenson with the 3rd pick, with the Rangers taking high schooler Roy Howell 4th: they’ll wait till the 25th round to take Mike Hargrove. The Dodgers use their #1 on SS John Harbin but he will tear up his knee and be gone next year. The Rangers will have 13 from this draft to make the majors. Picking 5th, the Expos take Memphis high school catcher Bobby Goodman, but do better on the 3rd round when they take catcher Gary Carter.

Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants (Japanese League) hits HRs 499 and 500.

7th  The Pirates outslug the Padres 12–5, in the 1st game of a doubleheader, then take the nightcap, 1–0, in 18 innings. Gene Alley draws a bases-loaded walk from Corkins, who took over from Kirby in the 14th. The Bucs load the sacks after Oliver and Stargell reach on infield hits, and then execute a double steal. Maz then walks. Stargell drives in 5 runs in game 1.

8th  Every Expo scores, including Ron Hunt with 5 runs, as Montreal beats San Francisco 17-3.

10th  Hank Aaron hits his 14th career grand slam, tying Gil Hodges’s NL record, as the Braves defeat the Phillies 15–3. It is career HR 649 for Aaron, enabling him to pass Willie Mays for 2nd place on the all-time list.

Brooks Robinson drives in 3 runs as Baltimore tops Texas, 5-2. O’s catcher Johnny Oates has a pair of stolen bases, including home on the front end of a triple steal with Robinson and Davey Johnson.

Ted Simmons hits his second grand slam in a month as the Cardinals defeat the host Padres, 5-2.

11th  In Montreal, the Reds conclude their 12-game road trip with their 11th win, an 11-1 pasting behind the pitching of Gary Nolan (8-1). The Expos only score is a Ken Singleton HR. The Reds will go 53-25 this year on the road.

Brothers Jim and Gregg Nettles each homer in the Twins’s 5-3 win over the Indians.  Winning pitcher Jim Kaat homers and Bobby Darwin hits a tie breaking HR.

Roberto Clemente homers to help the Pirates down the host Dodgers, 7-5. Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines for LA.

Jimmy Qualls is sold by the White Sox to the Kintetau Buffaloes of the Japanese League.

12th  Before 50,182 Oakland fans, the Orioles Pat Dobson tosses a 4-hitter to outduel the A’s ace Vida Blue, 1–0.

14th  In another tight pitching duel, the Orioles Dave McNally wins, 2–1, over the A’s Catfish Hunter when Bobby Grich hits a 10th inning homer. The O’s have now won 7 straight.

The Phillies send C Tim McCarver to Montreal for C John Bateman. Bateman will play 82 games in Philley in this his final season.

Jim Wynn cannons a game-winning homer in the 11th off Dick Selma to give Houston a 1-0 win over the Phils.

The Cubs hit two homers in the 1st and Ron Santo adds a 3-run homer in the 6-run 6th as the Cubs outslug the visiting Padres, 12-9. Cito Gaston hits a grand slam for SD.

18th  Larry Bowa’s 9th-inning double is the Phillies’ only hit as the Astros Jerry Reuss hurls a 10–0 shutout. Tomorrow, Houston’s Larry Dierker will also spin a one-hitter.

By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court confirms lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws and the legitimacy of its reserve clause. Its decision is narrowly construed, however, and leaves the way open for legislation or collective bargaining to undercut the reserve system. By the year’s end the ML owners will destroy it themselves by agreeing to salary arbitration.

19th  Larry Dierker fire’s Houston’s 2nd straight one-hitter, tying a ML record, beating the Mets, 3–0. He walks Mays twice but Duffy Dyer’s single in the 3rd is the only hit. The last pair of consecutive one-hitters were Gentry and Seaver on May 13–15, 1970.

20th  Randy Hundley caps the scoring in the 1st inning with a grand slam as the Cubs score 7, all off  Carrithers, en route to a 15–8 pasting of the Giants. The first 3 runs come on 3 walks, 2 wild pitches and 3 singles. Hundley singles in another run in the 5-run 4th as the Cubs win their 7th straight.

21stRico Petrocelli and Carl Yastrzemski lead the Red Sox to 11-inning, 10–9 win over Texas. Yaz collects 5 hits and score 4 times, while Rico drives in 6 runs with one hit, a grand slam, and 2 sac flies Frank Howard is 4-for-4 for Texas. Luis Tiant wins his first of the year with an inning of shutout relief.

Bob Gibson wins his 211th, passing Jess Haines as the Cards biggest winner, in St. Louis’s 14–3 win over the Padres. Gibson cracks a 3-run homer in the 7th before exiting.

23rd  Following up a 2-hitter against the Pirates in his previous start, San Diego’s Steve Arlin allows just one hit in beating San Francisco, 4–1. Maddox triples in the 2nd inning for the lone hit. Nate Colbert’s 3-run homer, off Sam McDowell, is the deciding blow.

24th  Culminating a long battle to reach pro baseball, Bernice Gera umpires the first game of a doubleheader between Auburn and Geneva (New York-Pennsylvania League). Several disputes take place and she ejects the Auburn manager. Gera resigns before the 2nd game, leaving in tears, saying resentment from the other umps was a factor in her decision. She will later work in the Mets PR department.

Seven players have two or more hits, including winning pitcher Reggie Cleveland, as the Cardinals knock out Tom Seaver on their way to an 11-0 win over the Mets.  Luis Melendez hits a pinch grand slam and adds an RBI single.

25th  The Reds take over first place in the NL West for good with a 5–4, 10-inning win over the Astros. Denis Menke’s double in the 10th against his old team wins it.

Highlighted by a Carlos May grand slam, the White Sox score 7 runs in the 4th against host Texas enroute to a 10-5 victory. Tom Bradley (9-3) is the winning pitcher for the NL East leaders.

In Chicago, the Pirates break a 1-1 tie when Manny Sanguillen hoists a grand slam in the 8th, off Tom Phoebus, then the Bucs tack on another 4 in the 9th to win, 9-2. Doc Ellis is the winner.

26th  Detroit’s Bill Slayback makes his ML debut a good one, allowing no hits for 7 innings against the Yankees. Johnny Callison’s single in the 8th is the first hit, but Detroit hangs on to a 4–3 win.

Brewer Billy Conigliaro jumps his club for the comfort of a Massachusetts island retreat, but Milwaukee beats Baltimore, 3–0, on a combined one-hitter. Skip Lockwood gets the win with Ken Sanders relieving.

Eric Soderholm has a 7th inning grand slam as the Twins defeat the Angels, 7-4. Vada Pinson makes it a closer game in the 8th with a 3-run homer off reliever Wayne Granger.

27th  Mickey Lolich is staked to 4–0 lead when the Tigers hit 3 consecutive first-inning HRs against New York’s Wade Blasingame, making his AL debut. Tony Taylor leads off with a walk before Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton wade in with homers to finish Blasingame. Lolich, pitching on 2 days rest, notches his 12th, winning 5–2. Bobby Murcer’s HR accounts for one of the Yank runs.

Continuing his slugging, John Mayberry belts a HR, double and 2 singles to lead the Royals to a 6–4 win over the White Sox. Mayberry has driven in 20 runs in his last 11 games.

Nolan Ryan (8-5) triples and scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as California beats the Twins, 3–1. Poor base-running in the 4th doesn’t help the Twins cause: With Killebrew on 3b and Steve Braun on 2B with no outs, Nettles flies out to Spencer in left field.  Killebrew fakes a dash to the plate and Braun starts from 2B. A relay catches Braun at 2B and another throw nips Killebrew at 3B for a triple play.

29th  Jim Palmer’s 8-game win streak ends as the Yanks chase the ace in the 2nd inning of a 4–3 win.  Mel Stottlemyre, with relief from Lyle, gains his 7th win.

In a swap of former MVPs, the Braves send 1B Orlando Cepeda to the A’s for P Denny McLain.

At Fenway, the Tigers are down 4-0 as Bill Freehan opens the 9th by reaching on an error.  His next time up in the inning, Freehan belts a grand slam as the Tigers shock the Bosox with 8 runs to win, 8-4.

30th  Joe Pepitone rejoins the Cubs after a brief retirement, and is 1-for-4 in the Cubs, 4–3 win over the Pirates.  Rick Reuschel allows 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings before leaving with a twisted ankle, but picks up the win. Billy Williams drives in 3 runs for the Cubs.