1st At Stade Olympique, John Stearns hits a grand slam in the Met’s 5-run 5th as New York beats Montreal, 6-4. Tom Seaver wins his the of the year.
3rdThe Reds Fred Norman pitches a 2-hit shutout to beat the Astros, 4–0. Norman walks 8 and uses 153 pitches in the win.
At Royals Stadium, Lee May hits a 3-run homer in the 4th, off Doug Bird, as the Orioles take a 6-0 lead over Kansas City. The Royals rally but John Wathan’s 9th inning sac fly to RF Pat Kelly is turned into a unique game-ending triple play as Dave Nelson is thrown out at 3B and Fred Patek at 2B. The O’s win, 7-6.
4th Jeff Burroughs cracks a 1st inning grand slam for Atlanta, and the Braves roll to a 7-1 win over the Giants. San Francisco’s only run is a 4th inning solo shot by Willie McCovey, off Phil Niekro (3-8).
5th The Dodgers retire former manager Walt Alston’s uniform, number 24, on Old-Timer’s Day. Doug Rau then pitches the current Dodgers to a 4–2 win over the Padres.
The Yankees hit 6 home runs, their most in three years, and barely edge the White Sox, 8–6. Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Carlos May, Graig Nettles and rookie George Zeber connect. Zeber’s clout, his first ML homer, comes off Dave Hamilton, and is the game winner.
Barry Bonnell drives in 5 runs and clouts Atlanta’s second grand slam in two days, but it is not enough as the Braves fall, 10-9, to the Giants. SF scores 8 runs in the 1st two innings.
Johnny Bench clouts 2 homers and drives in 5 runs as the Reds rout the visiting Astros, 14–4.
6th The first place Cubs beat the Dodgers, 3–1, behind Rick Reuschel’s brilliant 6 1/3 innings. Reuschel retires 17 batters in a row.
Luis Tiant wins his 100th game as a Red Sox, defeating Kansas City, 1–0. Boston’s other 100+ winners include Cy Young (193), Mel Parnell (123), Joe Wood (112), Joe Dobson (106), and Lefty Grove (105) (Roger Clemens will join the group with 192). Yaz walks in the game, his 1,452nd, tying him for 10th on the all time list with Jimmie Foxx.
7th The White Sox select Harold Baines with the number-one pick in the draft. Bill Veeck had first seen Baines play Little League ball and had followed his career, and he signs him himself. P Bill Gullickson is taken with the 2nd pick by the Expos, and Milwaukee takes University of Minnesota All American infielder Paul Molitor with the 3rd pick. The Braves take NY prep pitcher Tim Cole with the 4th pick, while Detroit takes Michigan prep pitcher Kevin Richards with the 5th. The Cards take Terry Kennedy, son of Cubs GM, with the 6th. The Cubs, picking 12th, take U of South Carolina’s Randy Martz, who didn’t play baseball until his junior year. Martz went 14-0 and was College player of the Year. He’ll go just 17-19 in four seasons with the Cubs. Danny Ainge, a potential pro basketball player, is picked in the 15th round. The Reds come up empty with the 8th pick in round 1, picking prep 3B Ted Venger. The Expos pick Tim Raines on the 5th round.
8th Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, hurling the first 10 innings of a game against Toronto. Ryan has struck out 11 or more in five straight games, and will notch 10 and 14 in his next two starts, a record of 10+ strikeouts in seven straight games. For the record (as noted by Scott Flatow): May 19 vs. Minnesota—12 K in 9 innings; May 24 vs. Detroit—12 K in 9 innings; May 29 vs. Toronto—12K in 9 innings; June 6 vs. Detroit—11 K in 7.2 innings; June 8 vs. Toronto—19 K in 10 innings; June 12 vs. Cleveland—10K in 6.2 innings; June 16 vs. Minnesota—14K in 8.2 innings.
On the strength of a 9–2 victory by Mike Torrez over the Brewers, the Yankees move into first place.
9th The Cubs edge the Giants, 1-0, when pinch hitter Jose Cardenal lays down a run-scoring sac bunt in the 11th. Bill Bonham pitches into the 10thbefore being relieved by Bruce Sutter (1-1), the winning pitcher. Sutter’s victory breaks a dubious record of leading the league in ERA without having a victory. The submariner is sporting an ERA of 0.84. The next pitcher to join this record is Jeff Samardjia, in 2014.
10th The A’s fire manager Jack McKeon, replacing him with Bobby Winkles.
Ron Guidry, with relief help, stops the Twins, to give New York a 4–1 win. Willie Randolph’s two-run double is the key blow.
Rick Reuschel scatters 4 hits and strikes out 7 to give the Cubs a 3–1 win over the Giants. Bob Knepper loses, his first decision of the year.
Tony Perez makes his first return to Cincinnati wearing an Expo uniform, but the Reds prevail over Montreal, 13–1. Fred Norman is the winner.
At the Astrodome, John Stearn’s two singles are the only hits for the Mets off Joaquin Andujar as the Astros win, 4-1.
11th Phillies’ slugger Greg Luzinski smacks a grand slam and a 3-run double to drive in 7 runs at Atlanta. The Phils top the Braves 13–10.
12thThe Red Sox sweep their first doubleheader in two years, beating Texas 3–2 and 2–0, behind Reggie Cleveland and Luis Tiant. The two were the winners of the last twinbill sweep, on September 26, 1975, when Boston clinched a tie for the Eastern title.
John Denny’s bid for a no-hitter is spoiled in the 7th inning when John Stearns infield grounder goes for s hit when the ump rules that 1B Roger Freed did not have his foot on the bag. Freed is pulled the next inning for Keith Hernandez and Denny is pulled for Roy Thomas, who tosses 2 hitless frames. The Cards win, 5-1. It is the 3rd time that Stearns has had the only hit in a game for NY.
13thAt Fenway, pitcher Boston Fergie Jenkins strikes out his 2,397th batter to move ahead of Sandy Koufax on the all-time list. Boston edges the White Sox, 5–4, in 10 innings.
15th New York fans are in shock as the Mets trade ace P Tom Seaver to the Reds. In return they get P Pat Zachry, IF Doug Flynn, and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. The Mets also trade slugger Dave Kingman to the Padres for utility player Bobby Valentine and a minor league pitcher.
The Reds keep trading today, sending P Gary Nolan to the Angels for INF Craig Henderson. Cincy also swaps P Rawly Eastwick to the Cardinals for P Doug Capilla. Then, a fine trade for the Brewers, Milwaukee snag P Mike Caldwell from the Reds for P Dick O’Keeffe and infielder Garry Pyka. Caldwell has had trouble regaining his form following arm surgery, but in 1978 he will be the AL’s comeback player of the year. In a final deal, the Reds acquire infielder Rick Auerbach from the Texas Rangers.
The Phillies swap batteries with Montreal sending P Wayne Twitchell and C Tim Blackwell for C Barry Foote and P Dan Warthen. The trade opens up the Montreal catching job for Gary Carter. Then Philadelphia ships P Tom Underwood, OF Rick Bosetti and 1B Dane Iorg to the Cardinals for Bake McBride and Steve Waterbury. McBride will hit .339 after arriving in Philley.
The Astros beat the trade deadline and send 1B Cliff Johnson to the Yankees for minor leaguers Mike Fischlin and Randy Niemann, and a player to be named (Dave Bergman).
16th The Yankees Ron Guidry throws his first complete game, a 7–0 win over the Royals. Mickey Rivers has 3 hits, including a HR, and scores 3.
In a 7–3 loss to the White Sox, Boston’s Fred Lynn goes hitless to end his consecutive game hit streak at 20 games. Boston outhits Chicago, 13–12.
17th At Boston, the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for 4 first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff homers back to back and Carlton Fisk, and George Scott follow suit later in the inning. Boston adds another back-to-back in the 7th to match the major league record (as noted by David Vincent) en route to a 9-4 win to take over 1st place in the AL East. New York is a half-game back with the Orioles 1 ½ back.
18th New York’s Reggie Jackson loafs after a Jim Rice bloop double during a 10–4 loss to Boston and is taken out by manager Billy Martin right after the manager removes starter Mike Torrez. Jackson and Martin nearly come to blows in the dugout as national television cameras watch. Boston connects for 5 homers in the game, 2 each by Yaz and Bernie Carbo. Fenway Park sees the largest Saturday afternoon crowd (34,603) in 20 years.
In his debut in a Reds uniform, Tom Seaver fires a 3-hit shutout as the Reds beat the Expos, 6–0.
19th The Indians fire manager Frank Robinson, replacing him with Jeff Torborg.
At Fenway, Yankee pitchers help put the Red Sox in the record books when they serve up 5 gopher balls (Doyle, Carbo, Rice, Yaz, Scott) in an 11–1 pasting for the 3rd loss in a row. Yastrzemski’s homer, served up by Dick Tidrow, is a towering drive down the RF line off the RF facade (to the right of the retired #’s) the only player to ever reach that height. No one else has ever come close to duplicating that feat.The Bosox hit a record 16 homers in three victories over the Yankees (six on the 17th; five on the 18th). It wasn’t the wind, as New York goes homerless in the series.
At Comiskey, Lamar Johnson sing the national anthem before the start of a twinbill between the Sox and the A’s, then he collects all 3 Sox hits in game 1 as Wilbur Wood wins, 2-1. It is his first win in more than a year. Johnson has a double and two homers off Mike Norris. Francisco Barrios completes the sweep with a 5-1 win in game 2.
20th Rick Wise shuts out the O’s, striking out 10 batters and allowing two hits, to win, 4–0. Butch Hobson homers for Boston, their 22nd HR in 6 games.
21st Behind Luis Tiant’s 2-hitter, the Red Sox pummel the O’s, 7–0. Jim Rice and George Scott bang homers. The Sox also sign Tommy Helms, released by the Pirates, and waive Doug Griffin.
Reds pitcher Paul Moskau homers on his 2nd ML at bat, but gives up 4 runs in 4+ innings. The Reds prevail over the Phillies, 10–5, at Veterans Stadium.
22nd It’s not a good year for Texas manager Frank Lucchesi, as Eddie Stanky takes over, leading the club to a 10–8 triumph over the Twins. The next day, the “homesick” Stanky will resign.
It’s not easy but the Yankees stop their 5-game losing streak with a 12–11 win over Detroit. The Yankees are led by Graig Nettles, with a 3-run homer, and Reggie Jackson, who belts a 2-run triple.
The Dodgers make it easy for Burt Hooten as they do all their scoring in the first 5 innings, rolling to a 12-1 win over the visiting Cardinals. Ron Cey has 4 RBI and Steve Garvey has 4 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 5 runs. Garvey is second in the NL in RBI, with Cey just behind him. LA leads the Reds by 8.5 games in the NL West.
The Red Sox bang 5 homers (Scott, Rice, Fisk 2, Hobson), all off Jim Palmer, to beat Baltimore, 5–4. The Sox have now won 12 of their last 13 games and set homer records for 8 games (29), 7 games (26), and 6 games (24). The Sox reach 100 homers, the earliest they ever have.
The Phillies outslug the Reds, 15–9, at Vets Stadium. Joel Hoerner makes his debut with the Reds, handing out an intentional walk and then a grand slam to Larry Bowa.
In a 3-1 Pittsburgh win over the Padres, Rennie Stennett singles to run his batting streak to 20 straight games.
23rd At Baltimore, Boston wins their 7th game in a row, defeating the Orioles, 7–3. Butch Hobson’s homer gives the Sox a ML record 30 homers in 9 games.
24th Before 54,940 at Yankee Stadium, Roy White launches a dramatic 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5–5 tie with the Red Sox, and New York scores in the next inning on Reggie Jackson bases-loaded single to win, 6–5. White’s key hit comes after Bill Campbell retires the first 2 Yankees in the 9th and then Willie Randolph triples to bring up Murcer. Sparky Lyle picks up the win, handing Boston their 1st loss in 8 games. With homers from Yaz, Hobson and George Scott, the Sox set a ML record of 33 homers in 10 games.
At Minnesota, Chicago’s Ralph Garr hits a three-run homer in the 3rd, but Jim Essian, the base runner on 1B, watches the ball to see if it will be caught and Garr passes him. Garr gets a single and 2 RBIs. Minnesota still wins, 7–6.
Bob Watson hits for the cycle to lead Houston to a 6–5 win over the SF Giants. Joe Sambito is the winning pitcher.
25th Mike Torrez outduels Luis Tiant to give the Yankees a 5–1 win over the Red Sox. Graig Nettles 3-run homer is the big blow. New York now trails the Sox by 3 games.
At Old-Timers Day in Chicago, the Cubs score 4 in the 9th inning to edge the Mets, 5–4. Larry Biittner doubles in 2 runs, and Bill Buckner’s wind-blown fly eludes 2 outfielders for a 3rd double in the frame. With the sack full, Manny Trillo’s hits a grounder to 3B and beats out the attempted DP for the winner.
26th On Jersey Day in Minnesota, every fan receives a jersey with #29 on it, Rod Carew’s number. RodCarew responds by going 4-for-5, scoring 5 runs, driving in 6 and raising his average to .403. Teammate Glenn Adams drives in eight—4 on a grand slam–as the Twins beat the White Sox 19–12. The two teams combine for 34 hits.
In front of 55,039 fans, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox, avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway. New York takes 4–1 lead into the 9th, but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th, Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at 3B to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.
In a sweep of Texas, both by 4–3 scores, Angels 2B Jerry Remy has 26 chances, an AL record (4PO, 12A in 11 inning, game 1: 5 PO, 5A in g2). This comes 2 days after 2B Don Money ties the AL mark with 12 assists.
At County Stadium, Ceceil Cooper reaches Mike Kekich for a 2-out come-from-behind grand slam in the 9th for an 8-6 Brewers win over Seattle. Cooper is the only batter Kekich faces as he replaces Romo, who takes the loss.
27th The Giants Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs, one a grand slam, in the 6th inning to pace a 14–9 victory over the Reds. McCovey becomes the first player to twice hit 2 HRs in one inning (4/12/73), and also becomes the all-time NL leader with 17 career grand slams. Andre Dawson, in 1978 and 1986, will clout 2 round trippers in an inning. Reliever Joe Hoerner helps as he enters the 6th with 2 outs, the sacks full, and the Reds holding a 7–6 lead. He hits 2 batters, then serves up the slam to McCovey.
The Cubs edge the Expos, 4–3 as Bruce Sutter shuts down Montreal for two innings to earn his 20th save. Sutter’s ERA is now a minuscule 0.69.
At Exhibition Stadium, The Blue Jays nip the Yankees, 7-6. Hector Torrez hits a 5th inning grand slam, off Ron Guidry, to give the Jays the lead.
28th Ken Reitz knocks in 8 runs—half on a grand slam—in a 13–3 St. Louis win over Pittsburgh.
Billy Hunter becomes the Rangers’ 4th manager in 6 days. Connie Ryan had filled in after Eddie Stanky’s departure.
29th In a 9–1 win, Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR, this one coming off Eric Rasmussen of the Cardinals. Bruce Kison is the winning pitcher.
30th Cliff Johnson becomes the 2nd player in 3 days to hit a pair of homers in an inning. He hits 3 consecutive home runs, including 2 in the 8th inning, as the Yankees rout the Blue Jays 11–5. Thurman Munson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs. New York (42–33) is a half-game behind the Red Sox.
The host Reds beat the Giants, 11–5, as Joe Morgan paces the scoring with 5 runs and 2 stolen bases, despite going 0-for-2 at the plate. Max Carey, on July 25, 1913, scored 5 runs on no hits.