1976 June

1st  Detroit reliever John Hiller wins both games 8–7, 7–5 against the Brewers, who blow 6–0 and 2–0 leads. Milwaukee reliever Eddie Rodriguez takes both losses.

The Twins trade P Bert Blyleven and SS Danny Thompson to the Rangers for P Bill Singer, SS Roy Smalley, 3B Mike Cubbage, and $250,000. Thompson will die of leukemia on December 10.

3rd  The Red Sox send Bernie Carbo to Milwaukee in exchange for P Tom Murphy and OF Bobby Darwin.

4th  Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8 runs during a Mets 11–0 win over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

Davey Concepcion has 5 hits as the Reds whip the host Cardinals, 11–2.

Pepe Mangual’s 9th-inning single is the only hit against the Andy Messersmith, as the Braves down the Expos, 2–0.

At Baltimore, the Twins edge the O’s, 8–6, as Minnesota’s Larry Hisle hits for the cycle.

5th  Pittsburgh loses a 15 inning, 11–9 marathon at home to the Padres despite 3 HRs by Bucs’ OF Bill Robinson.

6th  Playing the OF, Expo Gary Carter breaks his thumb in a collision with Pepe Mangual during a 14–8 loss to the Braves, sidelining him for 40 games. The Expos will decide that Carter might be safer behind the plate.

Reds backup catcher Bill Plummer collects 7 RBIs in the Reds 13–2 win over the Cards. Plummer’s hits include a solo homer and a 3-run triple, the only three bagger of his career.

7th  In a 5–4 Pirates win over the Reds, the two teams combine for 7 solo homers. Morgan (2) and Rose homer for Cincy, while Oliver, Stargell, Zisk and Bill Robinson go deep for the host Pirates.

Ron Cey hits a 1st-inning grand slam but the Dodgers fall to the first-place Phillies, 8-6, and remain 2 games behind the Reds in the NL West.

8th  The Houston Astros, picking first in the baseball draft, select Arizona State P Floyd Bannister, TSN‘s College Player of the Year. Bannister is one of 12 eventual major leaguers from the ASU team, which finished 3rd in the College World Series. The Tigers take P Pat Underwood with the 2nd pick. Bannister is just one of three collegiate players taken in the first round. The Braves and Brewers use the 3rdand 4thpicks respectively on high schoolers Ken Smith and Bill Bordley, and the Cubs with the 7thtake HS P Herm Segelky. The Tigers take a pair of gems, snagging Alan Trammell in the 2ndround and Jack Morris in the 5th. OF Rickey Henderson lasts until the 4th round and Wade Boggs till the 7thround.

The Tigers send veteran Joe Coleman, 10–18 in 1975, to the Cubs for cash and a player to be named later.

11th  Leading 4–3 in the last of the 11th, White Sox reliever Terry Forster gives up a 2-run pinch homer to Cleveland player-manager Frank Robinson, as the Tribe wins 5–4.  This is a turning point for the Sox, as they will go 37–75 for the rest of season and finish last.

The Cards score a 5-spot in the first inning against the Reds, and lead 7–2 going into the bottom of the 7th, only to lose 8–7. Tony Perez ends the game with a 3-run homer off Al Hrabosky.

13th  The Braves trade infielders Darrell Evans and Marty Perez to the Giants for 1B Willie Montanez, SS Craig Robinson, and 2 minor league infielders.

In the first of two at San Diego, the Phillies suffer their second shut out of the season, both at the hands of Randy Jones, as they lose, 5-0.  The Padres complete the sweep with a 4-3 win.

14thJerry Terrell’s 3rd-inning single is the Twins’ only hit as Rick Wise pitches the Red Sox to a 5–0 win. He’ll fire another one-hitter in 2 weeks.

15th  Rain out! The scheduled game at the Astrodome is canceled when heavy rains make it difficult for the visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium.

No field goals today as Tom Poquette leads the Royals to a 21–7 win over the Tigers. Poquette scores 5 runs on a 2 singles, 2 doubles and a HR.

The Cardinals send veteran Reggie Smith, an All-Star the past two seasons, to the Dodgers in exchange for C/outfielder Joe Ferguson, and two minor leaguers.  Smith, a native Californian, will continue his fine play for the Dodgers, while Ferguson, who spent the 2nd half of 1975 on the DL, will be dealt to Houston at the end of the year.  Whether or not it’s because they got the short end of the deal, the Cards will not make another trade with the Dodgers for more than a decade.

In what stands as one of the O’s best trades ever, Baltimore obtains pitchers Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor and C Rick Dempsey from the Yankees for veteran pitchers Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman, Grant Jackson and C Elrod Hendricks.  The veterans will help the Yankees win a 1976 and then fade.

17th  At Shea, Dave Kingman hits a game-ending homer in the 14th inning off reliever Charlie Hough to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.

18th  Commissioner Kuhn voids the A’s sales, totaling $3.5 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox, and Vida Blue to the Yankees, saying they are “not in the best interest of baseball.” A’s owner Charlie Finley files a $10 million damage suit against Kuhn, and will refuse to use any of the 3 players until June 27th.

Henry Aaron hits his 750th career HR in the top of the 9th to give the Brewers a 3–2 win over Oakland. It is Aaron’s 3rd HR in 3 games.

Bill Madlock connects for a grand slam in the 7th and the Cubs win on the road beating the Braves, 6-4.

19th  Nolan Ryan notches 15 strikeouts as the Angels top the Red Sox, 5–3. Vietnam vet Bob Jones belts his first ML homer, off Boston’s Rick Wise.

22nd  Randy Jones pitches the Padres to a 4–2 win over the Giants, and ties Christy Mathewson’s 63-year-old NL record by going 68 innings without a base on balls. He receives a standing ovation from the home crowd after striking out Darrell Evans to end the 7th. His streak ends when he walks C Marc Hill leading off the 8th. It is Jones’s 13th win of the year.

The Astros overcome a grand slam by Atlanta’s Tom Paciorek and beat the Braves, 9-7.

Fred Norman pitches a 4-hitter as the Reds beat the visiting Dodgers, 6–0.

At Royals Stadium, the White Sox drub the Royals, 14-8, as rookie Kevin Bell rings up his first ML homer, a grand slam off Steve Busby. Ralph Garr has 4 hits and 4 RBI for the Sox, while George Brett has 4 hits for KC.

At Baltimore, Boston’s Bobby Darwin belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Rudy May, and then drives in the winning run in the 15th as Boston edges Baltimore, 6-5. The O’s squander a 7.1 inning scoreless one-hit effort of Dyar Miller, and 4 scoreless innings by Tippy Martinez.

23rd  The Dodgers trade P Mike Marshall to the Braves for P Elias Sosa and IF Lee Lacy.

Despite being outhit in both games, the Giants sweep a pair from the Padres, winning 7-6 and 8-7.  Darrell Evans homers in each game, with his game 2 homer a grand slam. The Padres collect 31 hits to the Giants 17.

24th  The Braves top the Expos, 2–1, but Rowland Office is collared after hitting safely in 29 straight games. Office hit .408 during the streak, which began on May 23rd, when he was hitting .206. No one with 100 at bats this century has started a batting streak of 27 games or more with a lower average. Dan Uggla, in 2011, will start streaking with a sub-.200 average.

25th  Ranger Toby Harrah becomes the only shortstop in ML history to go through an entire doubleheader without a fielding chance. At the plate, Harrah makes up for the inactivity, collecting 6 hits, including a grand slam in the opener and another round-tripper in game 2. The Rangers beat the White Sox in the first game 8–4, but lose the nightcap 14–9.

In the Mets 7–4 win over the Cubs, Mike Phillips hits for the cycle to back Jon Matlack’s pitching. Phillips was hitting just .207 coming into the game, and his homer was his first of the year. He’ll hit homers in the next two games against the Cubs. Rick Monday starts the Cubs scoring with a leadoff homer; he’ll do the same tomorrow.

26th  Marty Pattin and Steve Mingori combine on a one-hit shutout as the Royals beat the Angels, 3–0. Dave Collins his the hit, a single.

Joaquin Andujar allows 10 hits in shutting out the Reds, 3-0. The Astros manage just 3 hits in the win.

Bombo Rivera’s first ML homer is an inside-the-park grand slam, but the Expos fall, 7-6, to the Pirates.  It is also the first inside slam for the Expos franchise.

At Wrigley, the Mets hit three homers, including a grand slam by Jon Milner, to beat the Cubs, 10-2.

Rod Carew has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs to pace the Twins to an 11-2 win over Oakland. Carew will hit another grand slam on July 4.

Load ‘em up. Playing for Memphis (International League), Terry Puhl hits a grand slam, his second bases-loaded homer this year. He hit one last month on May 15 while playing for Columbus (Southern League). These are his only two homers this year (as noted by David Skelton). Puhl will have three grand slam in the majors.

27th  Helped by a 6-run 4th inning, the Phillies beat the Cardinals, 6-2. Jim Lonborg wins his 10th and Bob Boone hits a grand slam.

28th  With a national television audience looking on, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych beats the Yankees 5–1 in Detroit.

Boston’s Butch Hobson debuts at Fenway Park with a double off the CF wall and a rare inside-the-park homer, both off the O’s Rudy May. Boston wins, 12–8.

29thAt Fenway, Rick Wise tosses his 2nd one-hitter this month as the Red Sox top the Orioles, 2–0. Paul Blair’s 6th inning single is the only hit.

In San Diego, the Reds drop 7 runs on the Padres in the top of the 14th to win, 12–5. Mike Lum starts the scoring with a pinch homer. The 7 runs in the 14th is one shy of the NL mark, and has never been topped in the AL.

30thNolan Ryan makes a one-batter start, the shortest start of his career, after his name is mistakingly put on the lineup. He retires Chet Lemon, then gives way to Gary Ross, who gives up a run in 7 2/3 innings. California pushes across a run in the 9th to win, 2–1, over Chicago.

Kansas City lefty Paul Splittorff tops the Twins, 4-2. Larry Hisle has 3 of the 7 hits off Splittorff and steals 4 bases.