1978 June

1st  The Angels fire manager Dave Garcia. Pirates IF Jim Fregosi is named to replace him.

2nd  At Riverfront Stadium, Johnny Bench comes off the bench to pinch hit with 2 outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing the Pirates, 2–1. With a runner on, Bench presses his first ever pinch home run and the Reds win, 3–2.

At the Kingdome, Billy Smith hits a grand slam for the Orioles in the 3rd, off Jim Colborn, and the Orioles hang on to tip the Mariners, 10-9.

3rd  The Phils Davey Johnson breaks up a 1–1, 9th-inning tie with Los Angeles by hitting his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year. His first came on April 30th when he broke up a 5th-inning tie in San Diego. Johnson is the first ML player to accomplish this feat, but Mike Ivie will duplicate it later this month.

4th  The visiting Red Sox edge the Angels, 5-4, when Fred Lynn breaks a tie with a leadoff homer in the 9th inning.  Carlton Fisk has a pair of doubles, an RBI, run, and a steal of home, his second steal of home for Boston. He’ll have another as a White Sox.

Dick Davis hits a grand slam, off starter Rick Wise (3-9), and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers down the Indians, 12-7. Gorman Thomas has a 3-run homer and Larry Hisle a 2-run shot.

5th  In Pittsburgh, Dale Murphy connects off Kent Tukulve for a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the 9th as Atlanta downs the Pirates, 8-4.

6th  Dave Kingman has a grand slam and starter Dave Roberts has 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Cubs beat the Astros, 9-4.

7th  At Busch, Phil Niekro allows 4 hits as the Braves shut out the Cardinals, 6-0. Batterymate Biff Pocoroba hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Pete Falcone.

8th  Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. Horner will skip the minors and debut on June 16 with a homer in his first game, off Bert Blyleven. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. The Yankees, with 3 first-round selections awarded as compensation in player signings, pick Rex Hudler, Matt Winters, and Brian Ryder. On the 23rd round they take a Clearwater RHP named Howard Johnson, who will make the ML as an infielder.  MSU’s Kirk Gibson, who most teams assume will play football, lasts until the 12th overall pick when his hometown Tigers take him. He signs for $200,000 and promises to drop football.  Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round, and on the 20th round the Phillies gamble on prep all-American QB Ryne Sandberg. Besides Horner, 3 other draft picks, all high schoolers, will jump directly to the majors after signing: the A’s Mike Morgan (June 11); Blue Jays Brian Milner (June 23) and the A’s Tim Conroy (June 23). Morgan is taken in the 1st round by the A’s. Second round picks include Jesse Orosco (Twins), and Cal Ripken (O’s).

9th  The Expos do their scoring in the 3rd and 4th innings as they beat the Dodgers, 10-9. Larry Parrish belts a grand slam, off Bobby Costillo, in the 4th.

10th  The Orioles score in the 9th inning against the A’s to give Jim Palmer his 3rd 1–0 victory in 18 days. The Baltimore ace shut down Detroit on May 24th and New York on June 1st.

The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs, his first team, in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York, and he will not recapture his form in Chicago.  Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14–2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever. The previous mark was 13 wins by Yankee Wilcy Moore.

11th  Mike Morgan, drafted three days ago, debuts with the Oakland Athletics and goes 9 innings in an impressive start. He allows 3 runs, one earned, in a 3-0 loss to Baltimore’s Scott McGregor. He’ll last just an inning in his next start, also9 against Baltimore, and last 2+ innings against Texas, before his 0-3 record earns him a ticket to the minors.  Morgan will end his ML career in 2002.

12th  Jesus Alou, signed by Houston after being out of ML baseball for 2 seasons, goes 4-for-4 to help the Astros to a 6–5 win over Pittsburgh. Alou is now hitting .343. Cesar Cedeno also helps, driving in 3 runs with a sacks-full single. The runners take off with 2 outs and a 3–2 count.

Mike Schmidt homers and Greg Luzinski adds a pair, all off Burt Hooton, but the Dodgers come up short against the Phillies, losing 6-5. Dusty Baker’s grand slam, off Jim Lonborg, is the highlite of a 5-run 6th.

13th  For the 3rd time in his career, Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 5–3 Yankee win over the A’s.

The Reds Pete Rose is held hitless during a 1–0 win over Cubs. A 5-for-44 slump has dropped Rose’s average to .267. But he would not be collared again until August.

14th  Bob Horner signs with the Braves for an estimated $175,000 bonus. Two days later he will celebrate his ML debut with a HR off Bert Blyleven of the Pirates.

The Yankees hold on to beat the Mariners, 11-9, at Yankee Stadium.  The M’s strike first when Craig Reynolds hits a grand slam in the 2nd inning and, with the game tied at 7 apiece in regulation, the M’s score a pair in the 10th. Paul Blair answers with a 3-run walkoff homer for New York. The Yankees acquire OF Jay Johnstone from the Phillies in exchange for P Rawly Eastwick, who was a disappointment after New York signed him for more than $1 million.

Pete Rose starts his 44-game hit streak by collecting 2 hits in the Reds 3–1 win over the Cubs.

The San Diego Padres trade pitcher Dan Spillner to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Dennis Kinney.

15th  In a swap of pitchers, the Phillies send Gene Garber to the Braves for Dick Ruthven.

At Fenway, Jim Rice knocks in 4 runs with his 21st homer and a triple to power the Red Sox to a 7–3 win over the A’s. Yaz adds his 5th homer of the year. Mike Torrez (10–2) is the winner over Lacey. Oakland has now lost 8 in a row, while Boston runs their home record to 26–4.

Hours after the game, the Red Sox sell popular OF Bernie Carbo to the Indians, the last of what the press dubbed as “The Outlaws.” Others reportedly out of favor with manager Don Zimmer and dealt off include Fergie Jenkins, Jim Willoughby, Rick Wise, and Reggie Cleveland. Sam Bowen is called up to take Carbo’s place.

16th  In the 12th ML season of a career speckled with near-misses, Cincinnati Tom Seaver finally hurls a no-hitter. The Cardinals are the 4–0 victims as Seaver strikes out 3.

After doing a morning cooking demonstration at a Boston department store, Bill Lee (7-3) storms out of the Red Sox clubhouse saying he is retiring from baseball. Lee has had arm problems in addition to the Sox allowing 10 unearned runs in Lee’s last two starts. The Spaceman is also upset that yesterday the Sox sold his good friend Bernie Carbo to the Indians, reportedly saying, “Today just cost us the pennant.”  Lee’s walkout will last one day.  Despite Lee’s takeoff, the Red Sox top Seattle, 6–3, as Carlton Fisk bangs two doubles, his 4th multi-hit game in a row.  He has 11 doubles in his last 6 games.

17th  Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters—15 in 6 innings—in a 4-hit 4–0 shutout of the Angels, setting an AL record for lefthanders.  The victory raises the Yankee southpaw’s record to 11–0.

The Red Sox win their 9th straight, handing the Mariners their 10th straight loss, 5–4.  The Sox score two in the 9th, including a game winning single by Yaz. Dwight Evans had earlier parked his 15th homer. Bill Lee, wearing a “friendship first, competition second” t-shirt returns to the Sox and is fined a day’s pay.

18th  Don Sutton shuts out the visiting Expos, 5-0, while Dodgers teammate Davey Lopes has 3 hits and 4 stolen bases.  It is the third time Lopes has swiped 4 in a game.

20th  Toronto is defeated for the 3rd consecutive game by a Canadian-born pitcher. The Blue Jays lose to John Hiller of Detroit, after having previously tasted defeat at the hands of Ferguson Jenkins and Reggie Cleveland of the Texas Rangers. Detroit wins, 4-3, in 13 innings.

At Boston, the Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning, 4 on a grand slam by Fred Stanley—his only homer of the year. New York tacks on another 3 in the 9th on Reggie Jackson’s homer to defeat the Red Sox, 10-4.  Boston still leads the AL East by 6 games.

21st  The Angels Dave Machemer homers in his first ML at bat during a 5–2 win over the Twins. Machemer never hits another.

22nd  Mookie Wilson, of the Jackson Generals, and his wife Rosa are married at home plate in Jackson, Mississippi.

23rd  Rubio Malone of Elizabethton (Appalachian League) no-hits Johnson City 8–1. Twenty-six days later, Malone will no-hit Bluefield, 6–0.

At Veterans Stadium, the Phils whip the Cubs twice by 6–1 scores to take over 1st place in the NL East, a spot they will hold for the rest of the season.

In Cleveland’s 8–3 win over visiting Toronto, the Jays catcher Brian Milner, 18, is 1-for-4 in his ML debut, He is the youngest player to start in the AL since Ed Kirkpatrick, 17, in 1962: Alex Rodriguez, in 1994, will be next youngest. Milner, selected in the 7th round in the June draft, will play one more game before going to the minors.  Serious injuries will curb his career and he will never make it back to the Majors.

Another high school pick from the June draft debuts for Oakland. Tim Conroy gives up a run on 2 hits and 5 walks in his 3 1/3 innings as a starter against Kansas City. The Royals win, 5-4. Conroy will also make one more appearance before going to the minors. He will reappear in Oakland in 1982.

At Detroit, the Yankees score 4 in the 1st on a grand slam by Chris Chambliss, off Milt Wilcox. New York plates 7 more in the 3rd as they top the Tigers, 12-3. Sparky Lyle (5-1) wins in relief of Ed Figueroa.

At Arlington, Fergie Jenkins (8-3) scatters 5 hits in shutting out the Angels, 7-0.  Bobby Bonds provides the Texas offense with a pair of 3-run homers.

24th  The Red Sox lose the first of two games with Minnesota, 5–4, to stretch their losing streak to five games. Rod Carew’s 2-run double in the 6th inning, off Dick Drago, gives the Twins the 5–3 lead.  In the nightcap, the Red Sox score 4 runs in the 6th inning to win, 4–2, overcoming the loss of starter Mike Torrez, who was tossed in the 1st inning for protesting a balk call.  Yaz drives home a run, collecting his 1500th career RBI, and Fisk hits his 15th homer of the year.

Gary Alexander belts a grand slam in the 4th to pace the Indians to a 12-3 win over Toronto. Jim Norris and Buddy Bell each drive in 3.

John Milner is 4-for-4, including 2 doubles and a grand slam in the 12th inning as the Pirates sink the Mets, 7-4. Mets pitcher hand out 5 IBB, including 2 before Milner’s clout. New York scores a pair in the bottom of the 12th.  Milner came from the Mets to Pittsburgh as part of the big 4-team deal in December.

25th  Minnesota takes a pair from the White Sox at Comiskey, winning 8-5 and 9-6. Roy Smalley has a homer in each game, including a grand slam in game 2 off Jim Willoughby. Smalley adds a pair of doubles in the opener.

26th  Toronto’s Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit 2 doubles in one inning during a 24–10 rout of Baltimore. With the score 19–6 following a homer by Lee May, Earl Weaver tosses OF Larry Harlow at the Blue Jays.  Harlow gets 2 batters out in the 5th, then walks 3 in a row and hurls a wild pitch. He then allows a single, a walk, and a three-run HR by John Mayberry to make the score 24–6. Mayberry comes off the bench to hit a 3-run homer, a 2-run homer and a 2-run double, good for 7 RBIs. The last non-starter to have 7 RBI was Roy Sievers in June 1961. Bullpen catcher Ellie Hendricks then relieves Harlow and gives up just a walk and no runs in 2-1/3 innings. Closer Don Stanhouse takes over in the 8th.

At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Mets, 10-9, as both teams score 6 runs in the 6th. Ed Kranepool hits a pinch 3-run homer in the frame, and Doug Rader hits a pinch grand slam in the bottom of the 6th.

27th  New York’s Graig Nettles belts a two-run walkoff homer in the 14th to give the Yankees a 6–4 win over the Red Sox. Dick Drago serves up Nettles’ 13th homer of the year. Sparky Lyle (6–1) wins in relief.  Ron Guidry (13-0) starts for NY and gives up 8 hits in 6 innings.

Down 4-1, the Angels score 4 in the 7th on Joe Rudi’s pinch grand slam, off Steve Mingori, and defeat the Royals, 5-4.

Chet Lemon hits 2 of Chicago’s 5 homers as the White Sox beat the host Mariners, 10-6. The M’s make it close with 5 runs in the 9th, 4 coming home on a grand slam by John Hale off Wilbur Wood (8-5).

Vida Blue scatters 6 hits to win his 11th, and Jack Clark hits a grand slam in the 7th and Willie McCovey goes solo in the 8th. The Giants win, 9-1, over the Padres.

28th  The Pearson Cup game is inaugurated in Montreal, as the Expos top the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 10 innings.  The cup is named after former Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson as is a series of one-game in-season competitions between the Blue Jays and the Expos.

29th  Bill Stein has a homer and 3 RBI and Bob Stinson hits a go-ahead grand slam in the 8th as Seattle wobbles to a 9-7 win over the visiting White Sox.

30th  In the first game of a 10–9, 10–5 doubleheader loss to the Braves, Giant Willie McCovey hits his 500th career HR, off Jamie Easterly. McCovey becomes the 12th member of the 500-HR club. Mike Ivie adds his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year in the opener. Jack Clark has 3 HRs in the 2 games. Darrel Chaney has a 3-run homer for the Braves in game 1.

Larry Doby becomes the 2nd black ML manager, replacing Bob Lemon as skipper of the White Sox. Chicago has a 34-40 record at the time, and will go 37-50 the rest of the way.

At Yankee Stadium, Reggie Jackson hits a grand slam in New York’s 6-run 3rd as the Yankees roll to a 10-2 win over Detroit. Reggie finishes with 5 RBI in support of Don Gullett (4-0).