1979 June

1stIn his first game in Cincinnati as a member of the Phillies, Pete Rose gets a standing ovation before lining out in his first at bat. Before the game, Rose is given a trophy as the Reds Most Valuable Player in 1978, the award voted on by the Cincy chapter of the BBWAA. Pete goes 0-for-4 as the Reds beat Steve Carlton, 4–2. Carlton, batting 8th ahead of Harrelson, is 0-for-3.

3rdThe Phils tops the Reds, 6–4, then lose 12–2 in the nightcap. George Foster has 3 homers for the Reds.

5thIn Seattle, Willie Horton hits an apparent home run, his 300th, but the drive off John Hiller strikes a speaker in left centerfield and all Willie gets is a single. Butch Hobson hit the same speaker on April 25, but got a triple out of it. Jack Billingham and Hiller combine on a 4-hitter to beat Seattle, 3–1. Tomorrow, Horton belts his 300th, off Jack Morris, in Seattle’s 4–3 win.

6th  The Mariners make OF Al Chambers the number-one pick in the free-agent draft, but his big league career will last just 57 games.  The Mets take UCLA P Tim Leary with the 2nd pick. The Blue Jays, picking 3rd, take high school C Jay Schroeder, who will play football for UCLA and will be drafted #1 in 1984 by the Colts, but will never catch in the ML. Kansas City picks football players on the 4th (Dan Marino) and the 17th (John Elway) rounds. Brad Komminsk (Braves) is the 4th pick, SS Juan Bustabad (A’s) is 5th, with Andy Van Slyke (Cards) 6th. Bustabad is one of 13 of 16 picks who will not sign with the A’s, but he does sign with the Red Sox, who will pick him #1 in the 1980 January draft. The Dodgers pick Orel Hershiser in the 17th round and the Yankees take Don Mattingly in the 19th round. The Blue Jays pick Jeff Kent on the 20th round.  Bret Butler goes to the Braves in the 23rd. The Reds take prep infielder Daniel Lamar in round one, then get slightly better results in the second round with Bob Buchanan and Keefe Cato.

7th  Texas slugger John Ellis drives in 6 runs to lead the Rangers to a 7–1 win over Milwaukee. Ellis has 2 homers and a double to back Fergie Jenkins win.  John Grubb singles in the 9th to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

Charlotte’s Mike Boddicker sets a Southern League record with 18 strikeouts in an 8–2 win over Knoxville.

9th  Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters in a 4-hit, 9–1, Angels victory over the Tigers.

Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter, retiring the last 24 batters, in the Reds 7–1 win over the Expos. As noted by Rhodes and Snyder in their Reds history, Dave Concepcion hits a red seat homer off Bill Lee.

At Royals Stadium, Willie Wilson ends a hitfest when he smacks a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the 13th to give the Royals a 9-8 win over the Yankees.  George Brett is 4-for-5 with a double and triple, while Lou Piniella drives in 4 runs for New York on 3 singles.

Charlie Manuel, playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, is critically injured when a brushback pitch fractures his jaw in 7 places. Hitting .371 with 24 HRs and 60 RBI at the time, Manuel will earn the respect of the fans for his determined comeback effort.

11th  The Cardinals Ted Simmons homers from both sides of the plate in a 9–7 win over the Dodgers.

12th  The Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson.

The Reds score 5 runs in the 6th inning, but the Mets counter with 10 in the bottom of the frame to win, 12–6. The 15 runs in the 6th is a NL record.

13th  The Astros trade slugger Bob Watson to the Red Sox for 2 minor league pitchers and cash.

14th  For the 2nd straight day, Willie Aikens hits a grand slam, leading the Royals to a 10–2 win over the Blue Jays. He hit one in yesterday’s nightcap. Aikens is just the 8th major league—the 7th this century—to slam in consecutive games.

The Giants lose to the Cubs 8–6, but Willie McCovey hits his 513rd career HR, off Dennis Lamp. McCovey becomes the all-time lefthanded HR hitter in NL history.

15th  Willie Wilson homers from both sides of the plate, including a 3-run inside-the-park job in the 9th inning, to lead Kansas City to a 14–11 victory over Milwaukee.

The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for P Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his brawl with teammate Goose Gossage that put Goose on the DL for two months.

16thAt Chicago, the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 11–5, behind Rick Burleson’s inside-the-park homer and Carl Yastrzemski’s 1,000th extra base hit. Yaz is the 15th player to reach that plateau.

19th  In New York 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankee manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5–4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon (34-31) the previous day, and begins his 2nd stint as New York’s skipper, a season earlier than previously announced.

With the help of an odd triple play and three consecutive homers in the 4thby Wayne Gross, Dave Revering and Jeff Heath (the first of two), off Dennis Leonard, the A’s beat the visiting Royals, 6-5. With two on in the 6th, Gross starts a 5-4-3 triple play. Runner George Scott is called out at 2B for interference when he knocks down Mike Edwards; Cowens is called out at 1B. Gross will start three triple plays this year, including another in 4 days, and as a result Oakland will tie the AL mark for most TP’s in a year.

23rd  In the Rangers 8-5, 10-inning win over the A’s, Texas overcomes hitting into an unusual triple play. John Grubb hits into the play in the 4thwhen he bunts with 2 men on. Third baseman Wayne Gross fields a popped bunt and fires to 3B where CF Tony Armas is covering and tags the runner from 2B. Armas throws to 2B and they get Sample, the runner on 1B, in a rundown. The play goes 5-8-6-8.

24th  Rickey Henderson makes his ML debut for Oakland in a 5–1 loss to Texas in the first game of a doubleheader. Henderson has a single and double in 4 at bats, and steals the first base of his ML career.

Redbirds Ted Simmons suffers a broken bone in his left wrist during a 6–2 loss to the Mets. He will miss 28 games.

26th  The Yankees reacquire the popular Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for P Paul Semall and cash.  Murcer will once again thrive in Yankee Stadium hitting .273 with 8 HRs.

28th  The Pirates trade pitchers Ed Whitson, Al Holland, and Fred Breining to the Giants for P Dave Roberts and infielders Bill Madlock and Lenny Randle. Madlock, whose average dropped after the Giants moved him to 2B, will rebound with the Bucs.

The Reds sell Ken Henderson to the Cubs and swap P Pedro Borbon to the Giants for Hector Cruz.

It should’ve been five. At Honolulu, Hawaii (Pacific Coast League) tops Phoenix, 6–5, in 17 innings. Steve Brye of Hawaii is given a PCL-record four consecutive intentional walks before he drives in the winning run in the 17th inning.

30th  The Mets overcome a pinch hit grand slam by the Cubs Mike Vail’s in the 11th inning, and hang on to win, 9-8. The Mets break a 3–3 tie and score 6 runs in the top of the 11th at Wrigley to take a 9-3 lead. The big blows are 2-run homers by Lee Mazzilli, his second HR of the game, and Joel Youngblood. Chicago storms back with 5 runs in the bottom of the frame, but New York prevails.  The 11 runs ties a NL record for most runs by both teams in an extra inning; all three times a New York NL team has been involved. This is the first time since Cy Williams did it in 1925 that a team has hit a grand slam in an extra inning and lost. It is the 3rd time that a Cub has hit a pinch grand slam in extra innings.

In San Francisco, the Reds Tom Seaver fires a 3-hitter, beating the Giants, 2–0. Tom Terrific retires the last 21 straight batters and the Reds push over 2 runs in the 9th off Ed Whitson to win.

Less than halfway into its maiden season, the Inter-American League—planned as a new Triple-A circuit—folds. The Miami Amigos, with a 43-17 record, are declared the league champions.