1974 June

1st At Wrigley Field, Ron Cey drives in 7 runs as the Dodgers romp over Chicago 10–0.  Dodgers 3B coach Tommy Lasorda is hooked up to a “Game of the Week” microphone and predicts a Cey HR in the 2nd inning.

At Cleveland, Leron Lee drives in all 5 runs with a solo shot and a grand slam in the Indians 5-2 win over the Royals.

4th  On Ten-Cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto the field and cause the Indians to forfeit the game to the Rangers with the score tied 5–5 in the 9th inning. A rally by the Tribe ties the score in the 9th, before fans pour on the field and surround OF Jeff Burroughs and try and take his hat and glove. Players from both sides then ran to his aid and the forfeit is called by Nestor Chylak.  The Indians decide to cancel the three 10 cent beer nights remaining on the schedule.

At the Vet, the Braves score 6 runs in the 7th to top the Phillies, 7-3. Hank Aaron clubs his second grand slam of the year, off Eddie Watt.

At Comiskey, the White Sox pummel the Yankees, 9-2, as Dick Allen belts a grand slam for the Sox.  Bucky Dent adds a 2-run homer.

5th  Oakland’s Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in a furious clubhouse fight at Detroit. Jackson injures his shoulder, and Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the combatants, suffers a crushed disk in his neck. He’ll spend 12 weeks on the DL, virtually ending his season. Vida Blue, who also tried to separate the two combatants, then subdues the Tigers, 9-1.  North goes 2-for-3 with a double, while Gene Tenace has a grand slam. Reggie is 0-for-4 and will have no homers and 4 RBIs the rest of the month.

Cleveland has just 9 baserunners against the Rangers, and all 9 score. It won’t happen again this century. The Indians win, 9–3.

The June draft produces just 725 picks, the fewest in history, and only 300 of these are from the college ranks, with the low number blamed on the introduction of aluminum bats this past season. The Padres, with their 3rd number-one free-agent pick in 5 years, select Brown University SS Bill Almon, the TSNCollege Player of the Year. They had selected him 3 years earlier out of high school, but he attended college instead. The Rangers take P Tommy Boggs with the 2nd pick and the Phils follow with prep OF Lonnie Smith. With the 5th pick, the Braves select Dale Murphy; the Angels, picking 10th take the ill-fated Mike Miley, who quarterbacked LSU to a win in the Orange Bowl. the Tigers take Lance Parrish with the 16th pick, the Royals pick prep football star Willie Wilson with the 18th, and the Red Sox, picking 20th, take SS Eddie Ford, son of Whitey Ford. Picking next, the Dodgers get Rick Sutcliffe. The Orioles, with the 24th pick in round 1 pick Rich Dauer, the top player for USC’s championship team; 4 of their other picks will end up in the NFL (QB’s Andy Johnson and Steve Bartkowski, John Sciarra, and Anthony Davis). The Cards use a pick on the NFL Giants Brad Van Pelt, the 5th time he’s been selected. The Twins pick up prep C Butch Wynegar, who will make the AL All-star team at age 20.

7th  The Giants top Pittsburgh 6–2, dropping the last-place Pirates’ record to 18-32, nine games out of first place.

At Comiskey Park, a popcorn machine catches fire in RF stands, delaying the game 70 minutes and sending fans fleeing for safety. The Sox then pop Boston, 8–6.

8th  Mike Lum’s 5th-inning grand slam, off Steve Rogers, is the difference as Atlanta tops the Expos, 5-3.

At Comiskey, Wilbur Wood wins his 10th as the White Sox belt the Red Sox, 13-6. Second baseman Ron Santo helps with a grand slam.

9th  Richie Zisk of Pittsburgh hits for the cycle and drives in 5, Willie Stargell clubs a grand slam, and the Pirates roll over the Giants, 14–1. Jerry Reuss is the winner. Stargell adds a 2-run homer in the 9th to finish with 6 RBIs.

10th  During a 12–0 win over the Astros, Phillie 3B Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Schmidt must settle for a titanic single. Jim Lonborg is the winner.

11th  New York’s Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start, with no relief appearances, to set an AL record but he loses to California, 5–4. In the 4th inning, Stottlemyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he’ll throw just 2 more innings, his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher. Bill Sudakis accounts for the Yankee runs with a grand slam.

At Houston, Cesar Cedeno hits a grand slam as the Astros score 10 runs in the 7th to beat the Phillies, 10-1.

At Parc Jarry, the Expos score 7 in the 7th, then score 8 in the 8th to swamp the Reds, 16-6. Willie Davis has a grand slam in the 7th and a 3-run homer in the 8th.

13th  Henry Aaron addresses the House of Representatives in a special Flag Day ceremony. In the chamber is Representative Wilmer Mizell of North Carolina, who, as a southpaw hurler for the Cardinals, served up HR #61 in 1956 and #161 in 1959.

14th  Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper 6 times in a row. In an unusual double-double, he also walks 10 batters for the 2nd time this year. Ryan throws 235 pitches. The Angels finally win in 15 innings, 4–3, with the victory going to Barry Raziano over Luis Tiant.

At Cleveland, Eric Soderholm has a grand slam and 5 RBI to pace the Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Indians.

15th  The Angels sell Rudy May (0–1) to the Yankees where he will post an 8–4 record this year.

Baltimore beats the White Sox, 4–3, in 11 innings. Don Baylor enters the game in the 9th as a pinch runner and makes the record books with a steal and twice getting caught stealing, thanks to misplays by the Sox. Bobby Grich opens with a single and Tommy Davis singles him to 3B. Davis is then picked off, but an error by Dick Allen at 1B allows both runners to move up. After an out, Ellie Hendricks singles Davis home and Baylor pinch runs. Baylor gets caught stealing second but 2B Ron Santo drops the throw from Herrmann. Baylor then swipes 3B and, following a intentional walk to Brooks Robinson, he is caught stealing home, Herrmann unassisted. Etchebarren strikes out to end the unique frame.  Baylor’s mark is a ML record, but will be matched four times in the NL between 1987 and 1992.

At Oakland, Vida Blue allows 4 hits in 8 innings as Oakland beats the Yankees, 9-1. Joe Rudi has a grand slam.

16th  Reds reliever Clay Carroll makes a rare start (3 this year) and pitches 8 shutout innings in beating the Phillies, 5–0.

18th  Orioles 2B Bobby Grich makes Ross Grimsley’s home win over the Twins a little easier by belting three consecutive homers as he drives in 6 runs. The O’s win, 10–1.

Hello, Kitty.  Jim Kaat wins his 200th as the White Sox pound Cleveland, 7-3.  The Sox support Kaat with 6 homers, 2 each by Dick Allen and Jorge Orta.  George Hendrick hits a pair of homers for Cleveland.

19th  George Scott, who walks to lead off the 2nd inning, is the Brewers’ only base runner as the Royals Steve Busby hurls a 2–0 no-hitter. Busby is the first ML pitcher to throw no-hitters in his first 2 seasons.

Runners are passed in 2 different games tonight, depriving Giant Ed Goodson of a HR in a Cardinals–Giants match, and creating confusion in a Pirates–Dodgers match. Goodson clocks a 3rd inning pitch from Bob Gibson, then passes teammate Garry Maddox between 1B and 2B. Instead of a HR, he gets one RBI and a single. The Giants win, 5-4, outhitting the Cards, 14-5. In the latter, Joe Ferguson apparently strikes out with the sacks full, and walks away, while Pirate C Manny Sanguillen agrees and rolls the ball to the mound.  Lee Lacy, the LA runner on 3rd jogs to the dugout. The runner from 2B, Jimmy Wynn comes around but is tagged out sliding at home.  Lee Lacy scurries from the dugout, slides home, and is also tagged out. Lacy, though tagged, is ruled safe according to the rules which gives him home automatically when a base on balls is called with the sacks full. The confusion is deemed moot as the Pirates prevail, 7–3.

20thJohn Briggs belts a grand slam and Ed Sprague pitches 8.1 innings as Milwaukee shuts out the Orioles, 6-0.

In a Pacific Coast League at Honolulu, Hawaii tops Spokane, 7–4, behind Ralph Garcia. He ties a PCL record striking out 19 Indian batters.

21st  The Braves fire manager Eddie Mathews, the only man to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.  Clyde King is hired to replace him.

The White Sox pound the host Twins, 11-7, as Ken Henderson hits a pair of homers and tallies 6 RBIs and Carlos May has 5 hits. The Sox collect 21 hits, their high for the year.

23rdLos Angeles Dodger closer Mike Marshall completes a sweep of the Giants, winning today, 4–3. Marshall was the winner in yesterday’s 3–2 win, and also on the 21st in another 4–3 victory. Not till California’s Chuck McElroy, in 1996, will another pitcher sweep a series, though several will tie Marshall’s three wins in 3 straight games.

Darrell Porter connects for a 1st inning grand slam, Milwaukee’s 2nd in four days, as the Brewers beat the Orioles, 9-4.

24th  Steve Busby retires the first 9 White Sox to set an AL record with 33 consecutive batsmen retired. The Royals lose, however, 3–1, as Ron Santo hits a 2-run homer off Busby. It is Santo’s 342nd and final ML homer.

At Parc Jarry, pitcher Jim Lonberg clubs his first homer in the NL, a grand slam, as he wins his 10th, an 8-2 Phillies win over the Expos. Lonberg had two homers in the AL.  The Phils now lead the NL East by a game.  The Phils play without slugger Dick Allen, who arrives in the middle of the game. Allen and five other players were given permission to fly a commercial flight instead of taking the team plane. The other five players took a morning flight while Allen went on an afternoon flight that got delayed.

Rico Petrocelli, who had a pair of homers yesterday’s 8-0 shutout, connects for a grand slam as the Red Sox beat Milwaukee, 9-0. Luis Tiant wins his 10th.

At Yankee Stadium, John Lowenstein has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Indians beat the Yankees, 10-3.

Sal Bando belts a grand slam in Oakland’s 6-run 8th as they beat the visiting Angels, 11-3.

25th  A 6th-inning single by Dave Cash is the only hit for the Phillies as the Expos Steve Renko stops them, 5-0. Bob Bailey has a grand slam for Montreal.

27th  The Angels fire manager Bobby Winkles. Whitey Herzog will serve as interim boss for 4 games before Dick Williams assumes the reins.

Deron Johnson bangs a grand slam off Joe Coleman in Milwaukee’s 5-run 5th as the Brewers top the Tigers, 5-1.

28th  At Cleveland, Indians OF Leron Lee scores the winning run in the 9th but crashes into Boston C Carlton Fisk in doing so Fisk’s left knee injury is so seriously torn that he will not return to action this year, and, with a broken arm sustained in next year’s spring training, will not play until June of 1975. Gaylord Perry (14-1) is the winner in the 2-1 Indian victory.

The Cubs and Expos play 18 innings before the Cubs emerge with a 8-7 win on Jerry Morales RBI triple. Morales is 1-for-9. Ron Fairly hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Montreal. The Expos take a game 2 laugher 15-0 behind Dennis Blair. Ron Hunt has 5 RBIs.

After the Reds win game 1, 6-5, over the Braves, Atlanta takes the nightcap 1-0 on Dusty Baker’s game-ending HR in the 10th off Don Gullett. Buzz Capra (9-2) is the winner.

29th  The first-place Red Sox use an 18-hit barrage to pound the Indians, 12-2. Juan Beniquez has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and Danny Cater and Terry Hughes goes deep as well.

30th  The White Sox and Twins split a pair with Chicago taking the opener, 8-3, and losing the second game, 6-3.  Jorge Orta is 5-for-5 in the opener, which gives him 8 straight hits. He was 3-for-3 in his last 3 at bats in yesterday’s game. He strikes out in his first AB in game 2.