1st The Angels Nolan Ryan pitches his 4th career no-hitter, winning 1–0 over the Orioles, to tie the record set by Sandy Koufax. Ryan strikes out 9, including Bobby Grich on a change-up for the last out, and runs his record to 9–3. Ryan has now struck out 96 in 96 innings. Today’s win is his 100th.
In the 2nd game of a Kansas City-Milwaukee twinbill, Johnny Briggs pinch hits for Hank Aaron. The Royals win, 11–5 after taking the opener, 13–6.
The Phils edge the Astros, 5–4, on Jay Johnstone’s 5th inning homer off Larry Dierker. The homer is the only hit for the Phils after the first inning in which they score 4.
4th Danny Goodwin, picked first in the June, 1971 free-agent draft, is picked first again, this time by the Angels. The next 4 picks, including the Padres number 2 pick of pitcher Mike Lentz, fail to make the major leagues in what is arguably the worst draft of the 20th century (the most successful first-round pick is Rick Cerrone). Picking 10th, Montreal takes SS Art Miles, who will break his neck diving into shallow water while celebrating West Palm’s FSL win in 1977. The Expos finally pick right, taking Andre Dawson on the 10th round, the Dodgers picking pitcher Dave Stewart in the 16th, and the Braves take Glenn Hubbard in the 20th.
Lee Mazzilli of the Visalia Oaks (California) ties the minor league record when he steals 7 bases. He will end the year with 49.
6th California’s Nolan Ryan’s bid for a 2nd no-hitter in a row is foiled by Hank Aaron’s single in the 6th inning. Ryan gives up one other hit in overpowering the Brewers 6–0.
Cleveland Manager Frank Robinson shows his players how to hit as he connects for two 3-run homers in a 7–5 win over the Rangers.
In a barnburner at Boston, Dwight Evans hits two homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Boston holds on to beat the Twins, 13-10.
7th In Cincinnati, the Reds beat the Cubs, 7–1, and take over first place in the NL West.
8th Detroit’s Tom Veryzer doubles with two out in the 9th to stop Oakland’s Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter. Outfielder Bill North misjudges Veryzer’s hit, but is not charged with an error. Holtzman retires the last hitter for a 4–0 victory.
The Brewers catcher Darrell Porter drives in all 4 runs as Milwaukee tops the Angels, 4–3. Jim Colborn wins his first of the year.
Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 7th and the Reds beat Rick Reuschel and the Cubs, 2–1.
Montreal P Dave McNally, 3–6, announces his retirement.
9th The Dodgers beat the Expos 4–0 and go over the one million mark in home attendance in only their 27th date. This breaks the ML record of 28 days set by the 1948 Indians.
Jim Sundberg for Texas and Bernie Carbo for Boston each hit grand slams, but Sundberg gets some help as Texas wins, 12-4. Texas hits three more homers and Jackie Brown wins with 6+ innings of relief. Yaz hits his 500th double.
10th Jim Perry of Oakland fires a one-hitter to beat Baltimore, 3-0. Al Bumbry has the lone hit for the O’s. Gene Tenace and Claudell Washington homer for the A’s. Bumbry will repeat his feat three more times.
The Yankees sponsor Army Day at their temporary home, Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium is being refurbished). During a ceremonial 21-gun salute, glass is splintered, the park is filled with smoke, part of the fence is blown away, and another part is set afire. The Yankees then drill the Angels, 6-4, as Larry Gura beats Nolan Ryan.
11th In the first of two at Tiger Stadium, Oakland beats Detroit, 14-7, as Leroy Stanton hits a grand slam and drives in 5. Game 2 is suspended after 8 innings with Detroit up, 5-3. They finish tomorrow with the same score.
12th Milwaukee defeats Oakland, 9–7, to move within 4 games of first. Oakland’s Billy Williams’s 400th career HR is matched by Hank Aaron’s first HR in Milwaukee since 1965.
In Cincinnati, the Reds score 7 in the 6th inning to clip the Cardinals, 10–1.
13th The Indians trade P Gaylord Perry to the Rangers for hurlers Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown, Rick Waits, and an estimated $100,000.
The Yankees Elliott Maddox, hitting .305, is sidelined for the remainder of the season with torn cartilage in his knee. The injury occurs in a fall on the wet Shea Stadium turf during a 2–1 win over the White Sox.
At Dodger Stadium, Jim Lonborg allows just 2 hits—both by Jimmy Wynn—as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5-1. Jerry Martin has a grand slam for the Phils. Andy Messersmith (9-3) allows 4 hits in the loss. This is the third time in Wynn’s career that he has the only hits in his team’s loss.
The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Reds collect 24 hits to outslug the Cubs, 18–11. Cesar Geronimo has 5 of the hits as the Reds score 12 runs in the last 2 innings.
Al Oliver hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Pirates whip the host Braves, 8-3.
14thMilwaukee defeats the Angels and Nolan Ryan, 6–4 at County Stadium. Aaron has two hits, including his 7th homer of the year.
The Reds keep hitting Chicago pitching, beating the Cubs like a rented mule to win, 11–3. Johnny Bench has 2 doubles and 3 singles.
15th The Tigers give up on 1B Nate Colbert and sell the slugger to Montreal.
The White Sox make one of their better trades when they swap Stan Bahnsen and a minor leaguer to Oakland for reliever Dave Hamilton and 20-year-old minor league 3B Chet Lemon.
Leroy Stanton belts his second grand slam in a week, and drives in 5 to lead the Angels to a hard-fought 8-7, 11-inning win in game 1 with the Brewers. Milwaukee takes game 2, 4-2, as Gorman Thomas hits his second homer of the afternoon.
Cliff Johnson belts a pinch grand slam in the top of the 9th off Mike Garman to make reliever Joe Niekro a winner as Houston edges the Cardinals, 8-7.
Tim Blackwell drives in 3 runs and Fred Lynn has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 straight games. Boston tops the Royals, 8-7.
16th Coasting to a 9–2 win with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Reds P Don Gullett is struck on the pitching hand by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta’s Larvell Blanks. The liner breaks his thumb and Gullett will be out of action for 2 months.
Gorman Thomas homers in his 3rd straight game, connecting for a grand slam, but the Yankee bats are too much as the Brewers fall, 10-7, at Shea.
17th Atlanta’s Carl Morton allows 3 hits as the Braves beat the Reds, 5-1. Dave May hits a grand slam and Darrell Evans solos for Atlanta.
Behind Vida Blue and Ken Holtzman, the A’s sweep a pair from the Twins, winning 4-2 and 8-7. In the nightcap, Oakland scores all its runs in the 5th. Larry Hisle has a homer in the 2ndgame for the Twins, after striking out 4 times in game 1. No one will match that till 2014.
18th Boston’s stellar rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with 3 HRs, a triple, and a single during a 15–1 drubbing of Detroit. Lynn’s 16 total bases ties an AL record. He is hitting .340 with 14 HRs.
Marty Pattin shuts out the California Angels, 13-0, while his Kansas City teammate Tony Solaita hits 2 home runs and scores 5 runs. Nolan Ryan lasts just 2 innings in taking the loss.
Joe Rudi connects for a pair of homeruns, including a grand slam, as Oakland edges the host Twins, 7-6.
Ron Cey cracks a 1st inning grand slam and Bert Hooton allows 3 hits as the Dodgers beat Houston, 4-0.
Fergie Jenkins wins his 8th as Texas downs the White Sox, 10-3. Roy Smalley’s 8th inning grand slam puts the game away.
20thIn a slugfest in Anaheim, the Angels and Rangers combine for 37 hits as the Angels emerge with a 12-11 victory in 11 innings. Mike Cubbage slugs a grand slam in the 1st as Texas jumps to a 6-0 lead, only to see the Haloes come back to tie it at 8 apiece. In overtime, Tom Grieve hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 11th as Texas scores 3. but California answers with 4 runs to win. Dave Collins has 5 hits for the Angels.
21st In the opener of a doubleheader, the Angels Frank Tanana strikes out 17 Rangers without a walk during a 4–2 win. Texas cops the nightcap, 6–5.
23rd Rangers pitcher Steve Hargan throws 11 shutout innings and is matched by California’s Bill Singer. Texas manages just one hit off Singer—a 2-out double by Dave Collins in the 10th. But after Singer is lifted after 12, they put together 2 hits in the 13th to win, 1-0.
At Shea, the Cardinals shut out the Mets twice, winning 1-0 behind Ron Reed and 4-0 behind John Denny. Ted Simmons’ grand slam in game 2 accounts for the runs.
24th In Atlanta, Joe Morgan lofts a 3-run homer off Phil Niekro to account for all the scoring as the Reds beat the Braves, 3–0.
Steve Garvey belts two homers and Davey Lopes steals 4 bases as the Dodgers down the Houston Astros, 8-3. It is the second time Lopes has swiped 4 bases in a game.
25thGeorge Scott booms two solo HRs to lead the Brewers to a 7–6 win over the Tigers. Pete Broberg wins his 8th of the year.
Boston C Carlton Fisk, injured last June 23rd, returns to action for the first time in a year in an 8–5 loss to Cleveland.
Frank White, who enters the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th, clubs a grand slam in the top of the 12th as the Royals beat the Angels, 6-2. Steve Busby (11-5) goes 12 innings for the win.
Rick Reuschel is the hard-luck loser to Dennis Blair in the Cubs 12–2 loss to the Expos. Montreal scores 10 unearned runs.
26th Bill Melton hits a grand slam as the White Sox score 5 runs in the 8th off starter Fergie Jenkins and the White Sox beat Texas, 8-3. Wilbur Wood is the winner.
28th At Riverfront Stadium, George Foster hits a 2-out 2-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Reds a 6–4 win over the Padres.
29th At Shea, the Phillies sweep a pair from the Mets, winning 9-6 and 4-3 in 12 innings. Jerry Koosman gives up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings in the opener to take the loss. Larry Christenson is a bit better, allowing 6 runs in 5 innings for the win. In game 2 the Phils tie the score at 3 all in the 9th. After starter Tom Seaver puts two men on base, pinch hitter Johnny Oakes lines a single that breaks the jaw of reliever Bob Apodaca to load the bases. Apodaca will miss a month. Pinch hitter Ollie Brown, who had 3 hits in game 1, then walks to drive in the tying run. Greg Luzinski’s 2-out HR in the 12th makes a winner out of Tug McGraw.
Mike Cubbage hits a 3-run homer as Texas scores 8 in the 4th against the Twins. But pinch hitter Tony Oliva lines a grand slam as the Twins plate 7 in the 6th to make it close. Texas wins, 9-7.
30th After losing to Boston, 5-2, in game 1,Baltimore C Dave Duncan ties the ML record with 4 consecutive doubles (he’ll total just 7 doubles for the year) during an 8–2 win over first-place Boston in game 2. Compounding the loss, Boston P Dick Pole suffers a broken cheek when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of 1B Tony Muser.
The Brewers whip the Yanks, 5–4, by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Bobby Darwin’s 8th homer of the year is the big blow. Bill Travers (4-0) takes the win. Milwaukee, winners of 15 out of their last 21, is in 3rd place in the East.
For the 3rd time in 4 days, the Reds win on an extra-inning home run. This time, Johnny Bench belts a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 12th and the Reds whip the Astros, 9–6. Clay Kirby gets the decision.