1st The Cleveland Indians tie a ML record with 4 sacrifice flies (Ron Hassey, Dave Rosello, Gary Alexander, and Dell Alston) in an 8–7 loss to the Mariners. Seattle adds one more, tying the 2-team single-game record of 5.
The Pirates increase their NL East lead to 2 games by beating the visiting Mets, 13-3. The Bucs break the game open with a 7-run 5th, highlited by Dale Berra’s grand slam. Berra has 3 hits, including a single and double, and drives in 5 runs.
2ndDon Robinson and the Pittsburgh Pirates whip the Phillies, 9-3. Robinson scores a run and has 2 RBIs. Omar Moreno scores a pair of runs and steals 4 bases.
3rd Oakland makes it close when Dave Revering, Mitchell Page, and Tony Armas all homer in the 9th inning against Cleveland, but the Indians hold on for a 6–4 win.
The New York Mets select 18-year-old Darryl Strawberry from Los Angeles’s Crenshaw High School with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. The Blue Jays then pick SS Garry Harris. Lefty Ken Dayley (Braves) is the 3rd pick, pitcher Mike King (A’s) 4th, Jeff Pyburn (Padres) 5th, and Darnell Coles (M’s) 6th. The Reds pick Danny Tartabull on the 3rd round and Eric Davis on the 8th. On the 16th round, the Twins take Jim Eisenreich while the Red Sox pick Oil Can Boyd. On the 4th round of the secondary phase draft on June 5, the Rangers find gold with Tom Henke.
4thThe Yankees, with no picks in rounds one and two, select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick. After protests from at least 2 other teams, Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon, Sr., saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians, who offer the young gun $275,000. But Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad, Cannon will be the number 1 pick of the Cowboys in 1984, but a neck injury curtails his career.
6th Minnesota’s Geoff Zahn one-hits the Blue Jays 5–0, allowing only a John Mayberry single with 2 out in the 7th.
Cardinals manager Ken Boyer is fired between games of a doubleheader loss to the Expos; he will be replaced the following day by Whitey Herzog, who led the Kansas City Royals to 3 consecutive AL West titles from 1976-78. St. Louis has the worst record in the major leagues (18-34).
On “Welcome back, Bambi” Night in Milwaukee, the Brewers give their manager George Bamberger an 8–4 win over the Tigers. Bamberger suffered a heart attack in spring training and coach Buck Rodgers managed the team for the first 46 games. Bambi will retire on September 7 and Rodgers will again take over. Milwaukee is in 2nd place, 3 1/2 games in back of New York.
7thYankee pitcher Tommy John post his 200th victory, a two-hit, 1–0 win over Seattle.
8thAt Montreal, the Expos sweep a pair from St. Louis, winning 6-4 and 9-4. Andre Dawson has 5 hits in game 2. Bobby Bonds has no at bats and 4 walks in the opener for the Cards, and then walks twice in game 2 to tie an NL mark for walks in a doubleheader.
9th At Cincinnati, three rain delays and a 4-run 9th for the Reds adds up to a 6–6 tie with the Padres. The game is called at 2:30 a.m.
11th Houston’s J. R. Richard pitches his 3rd consecutive shutout, winning 3–0 versus the Cubs.
In a 7–4 win over the Phillies, San Francisco rookie Rich Murray hits his first ML homerun, off Randy Lerch. Rich will hit three more and, combined with his brother Eddie’s career total of 504, will place them number two on the list of brother combos. Five Murray brothers play pro ball.
At Shea, Mike Jorgensen connects for a 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 11th to give the Mets a 6-2 win over the Dodgers. Rick Sutcliffe (1-3) serves up the salami.
12th Mike Easler hits for the cycle to lead Pittsburgh to a 10–6 win over Cincinnati.
Former Brewers outfielder Danny Thomas, 29, hangs himself in a jail cell in Mobile, Alabama. Thomas, who was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl less than two weeks ago, played for Milwaukee in 1976 and 1977 and, in 1979, played in the short-lived Inter-American League. He hit .274 for the Brewers but his promising career was curtailed in part because his religion did not allow him to play from sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday, which often involved missing two games a week.
13th Pete Rose goes 4-for-5 to move past Honus Wagner into 5th place on the all-time hit list with 3,431. Philadelphia starts the game with 7 consecutive hits—5 off starter and loser Randy Jones—and goes on to beat San Diego 9–6. Dick Ruthvan is the winner.
Vida Blue pitches the Giants to a 3–1 win over the Mets, and Milt May hits franchise homer # 9,000 for the Giants. Monte Ward hit homer #1 in 1883, and #8,000 was hit by Bobby Bonds on September 4, 1971.
14th At Wrigley, the Cubs play 2. In an Old Timers ceremony, the 1945 Tigers top the 1945 Cubs, 4–1, in a two-inning “replay” of their World Series. In the regular game, the Cubs beat the Braves, 10–5.
15th Cleveland’s Jorge Orta goes 6-for-6 (5 singles and a double) in a 14–5 rout of the Twins, tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game.
17th Complaining of arm tiredness, Houston’s J. R. Richard exits after pitching 5 innings against the Cubs. He is the winner, 7–1, but he will not pitch for 11 days.
18th At Wrigley, Dennis Lamp and Bruce Sutter combine on a 7-0 whitewash of the Reds. Jerry Martin’s grand slam in the 5-run 7th provides a cushion.
20th Leonard Smith, the man who killed Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock with a shotgun blast on September 23, 1978, but was later acquitted of the crime by reason of insanity, is released from Logansport State Hospital and allowed to return to his home in Gary, IN, because psychiatrists say he is no longer mentally ill.
Fred Patek, At 5 foot 4 inches one of the smallest players of his era, hits 3 home runs and a double in California’s 20–2 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Patek will end the year with 5 homers.
White Sox reliever Ed Farmer swears he will take criminal action against Detroit’s Al Cowens following an on-field brawl in Chicago. Cowens hit a grounder to SS, and then charged the mound instead of running to 1B. The action stemmed from an incident a year earlier when a Farmer pitch shattered Cowens’ jaw. AL prexy Lee MacPhail will suspend Cowens for 7 games. The Tigers win 5–3 in 11 innings.
22nd Claudell Washington hits his first 3 NL home runs to lead the Mets to a 9–6 win at Los Angeles and snap a 7-game losing streak.
25th Five Cleveland pitchers issue 14 walks, including 5 with the bases loaded, in a 13–3 loss to Detroit.
Ray Knight belts a grand slam and collects 5 ribbies to pace the Reds to a 15-3 whipping of the Astros.
26th Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon, Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon, Sr., college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959, misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college, in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft, the Indians will pick Cannon but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.
27th The Dodgers Jerry Reuss pitches an 8–0 no-hitter against the Giants at Candlestick Park. Reuss, who strikes out only 2 but doesn’t walk a batter, is deprived of a perfect game when SS Bill Russell throws wildly to 1B on Jack Clark’s easy grounder in the first inning. Dusty Baker and Steve Garvey belt homeruns.
It is 109 degrees in Arlington as Texas pitcher Gaylord Perry stops the Twins, 5-0, on 4 hits. Three of the hits are by Roy Smalley. For Perry it is his 52ndcareer shutout and he does it with 82 pitches, giving up no walks.
28th J. R. Richard again leaves after just 3 /13 innings against Cincinnati in an 8–5 loss. In 16 starts, the Houston star has now left early 3 times with a sore back, 3 times with a sore shoulder, and 3 times with a weak forearm.
30th At Montreal, the Phillies do all their scoring in the 4th as they whip the Expos, 7-5. Pete Rose homers and Keith Moreland hits a grand slam, both off Bill Gullickson.