1st Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in a 3–2 win over the Red Sox to give him 51 steals in 51 games, the fastest anyone has ever reached 50 SBs in a season.
The Brewers win 2–1 over the Mariners to leave them with a 33–24 record and tied for 5th place. The Brewers will win 20 out of 26 games in June and be tied for 1st on July 2.
2nd San Diego’s Juan Eichelberger one-hits the Cubs 3–1, allowing only a questionable 2nd-inning single to Scot Thompson. Thompson’s ground ball skips off the glove of 2B Tim Flannery and is ruled a hit.
Milwaukee fires manager Buck Rodgers and replaces him with batting coach Harvey Kuenn.
3rd A minor-league attendance mark of 65,666 is set at Denver’s Mile High Stadium as the Omaha Royals top the Bears 7–4.
4th At Minnesota, Brad Havens and Terry Felton combine to shut out Baltimore 6–0, snapping the Twins’ club-record 14-game losing streak. The last-place Twins were 3-26 in the month of May. From May 19 to June 2, the Twins lost 2 to Baltimore, and 6 each to Cleveland and NY.
5th The Brew Crew connect for 3 consecutive homers—by Yount, Cecil Cooper, and Ben Oglivie—in the 7th as Milwaukee pounds Oakland, 11–3. Ted Simmons and Gorman Thomas also homer to back Bob McClure’s 3rd victory. It is the 2nd time in a week that Milwaukee sluggers have hit 3 consecutive homers.
7th Steve Garvey plays in his 1,000th consecutive game and goes 0-for-4 in a 4–3 loss to the Braves. Garvey’s streak is the 5th longest in ML history.
The O’s Jim Palmer tops the Brewers, 7–2, giving up 5 hits, to even his record at 3–3. Palmer will win his next 9 games.
Consecutive HRs by Minnesota’s Ron Washington, Tom Brunansky (off Creel), and Kent Hrbek (off Quisenberry) in the 8th help the Twins tie, but Kansas City wins in 10 innings, 5–4.
The Cubs select SS Shawon Dunston, who batted .790 this season for Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson HS, with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft. The Blue Jays then squander the 2nd pick on SS Augie Schmidt; he’ll be the first Gold Spike winner in 21 years not to make the majors. The Twins, picking 4th overall, take lefty Brian Oeklers, who will be the first to reach the majors. Dwight Gooden is the 5th overall, taken by the Mets, one of 12 Mets draft picks who will make the Bigs. The Red Sox with 3 first round picks, use their first on Sam Horn and their last 1st round choice on FSU slugger Jeff Ledbetter, who hit an NCAA record 42 HRs: at least Horn will make the majors. The Brewers take Dale Sveum on the 1st round. The Yankees select high school SS Bo Jackson in the 2nd round, but he opts for Auburn instead. The Angels also go for a 2-sport star, taking U of Vermont’s Kirk McCaskill, the first college player taken in last year’s NHL draft. The A’s pick Jose Canseco in the 15th round and sign him for $15,000; the Royals mine gold on the 19th round by taking Bret Saberhagen. The Reds strike out in the first round when they select Illini high schooler Scott Jones, but fare better with 9th rounder Tom Browning. The Rangers take 139-pound HS SS Kenny Rogers in the 39th round.
Facing Wichita State, with a NCAA record 333 stolen bases on the season, Miami pulls off the “grand illusion,” which makes every sports show in the country. Down 4-3 in the 6th, the Shockers put Phil Stephenson, holder of the NCAA mark 87 steals this year, on 1B. After throwing over to 1B once, Miami P Mike Kasprzak takes his foot off the rubber, and seemingly fires again to 1B. Stephenson dives back again, and 1B Steve Lusby leaps over him for the apparent errant throw. The 2B and RF chase after the ball. Bullpen pitchers get out of the way of the ball. As Stephenson takes off for 2B, Kasprzak tosses the ball to SS Bill Wrona for the easy tag. In the championship game a few days later, a spooked Shocker team will steal just one base in a 9–3 loss to Miami.
8th Dodgers farmhand Sid Fernandez pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season for Vero Beach (Florida State League), beating Ft. Lauderdale 1–0, while striking out 16. El Sid earns a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. Earlier this season the hefty Hawaiian hurler no-hit Winter Haven on April 24th, whiffing 16, and fanned 21 Lakeland batters on May 14th.
9th Steve Carlton strikes out 16 while handing the Cubs their 10th consecutive loss, 4–2. Carlton is now 7–6 after a 0–4 start.
10th The Expos ship pitcher Bob James to the Tigers for future considerations and next year Detroit will off either Juan Berenguer or James to Montreal: the Expos will take James.
11th Jerry Reuss pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season, allowing a leadoff double to the Reds Eddie Milner in the first inning, then retiring the next 27 batters for an 11–1 victory. It is the 2nd time in his career that Reuss has missed a perfect game by one batter.
12th A’s RF Tony Armas sets a pair of ML records for the position with 11 putouts and 12 total chances in an 8–1 win over the Blue Jays. Harry “Silk Stocking” Schafer’s record of 11 total chances had stood since 1877, and matched 4 times, most recently by Bake McBride, in 1978. Armas has a single and a triple, including the game winner for Rick Langford.
13th In Canada, the A’s trip the Blue Jays, 7-5, as Rickey Henderson has 4 of the A’s 7 stolen bases. He stole 4 two weeks ago.
14th Despite making 6 errors, the Cubs beat the Phillies 12–11 to snap a 13-game losing streak which tied the club record set in 1944.
The Yankees Ron Guidry stops the Red Sox to run his record to 8–1. For the rest of the season, however, Guidry will be just 6–7 with a 4.47 ERA.
15th In a convoluted three-way deal, the Pirates send vet Bill Robinson to the Phils, while the Phils send promising OF Dick Davis to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays send Wayne Nordhagen to the Bucs. Nordhagen plays one game for Pittsburgh, going 2-for-4, and then goes down with a stiff back. Claiming a pre-existent injury, the Pirates complain to Toronto, and on June 25 the Jays agree to take Nordhagen back, sending Dick Davis to the Pirates. Alas, Davis, who plays in 9 road games with the Jays, will hit .182 for the Bucs.
16th Twins rookie Frank Viola allows one run in 7 innings to record his first ML win, 5–2, over the Royals.
Scot Thompson breaks his collarbone crashing into the wall to rob Luis Aguayo of a possible double with two men on. Ryne Sandberg then knocks in a run with a single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Cubs a 7-6 win. Chicago complete a 3-game sweep of the Phils at Wrigley.
Cesar Cedeno drives in 6 runs with 2 homers and a triple to pace the Reds to a 7–3 win over the visiting Giants.
18th Cleveland’s Toby Harrah goes 4-for-5 in a 10–3 win over the Red Sox to raise his ML-leading average to a sizzling .387. He will finish the season at .304.
Reggie Jackson collects his 2,000th career hit, a solo home run off Dennis Lamp in California’s 7–2 win over the White Sox.
Mike Krukow pitches the Phils to an 8-3 victory over the Pirates. Gary Matthews helps with 4 hits and 2 steals and Gary Maddox has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Krukow’s batterymate Bo Diaz steals home on the front end of a twin steal.
19th In Atlanta, the Giants whip the Braves, 9-4, scoring 6 runs in the 9th. The big blow is a grand slam by Chili Davis with 2 out.
20th Phillies Pete Rose plays in his 3,000th ML game (a 3–1 loss to the Pirates), joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, and Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to reach that plateau.
Milwaukee’s Ben Oglivie smacks 3 home runs in a 7–5 win over Detroit. It is the second 3-homer game of his career.
22nd Pete Rose doubles off John Stuper in the 3rd inning of a 3–2 loss to the Cardinals for his 3,772nd career hit, moving him past Hank Aaron into 2nd place on baseball’s all-time list.
Rangers Rick Honeycutt shuts out California 4–0, snapping Rod Carew’s 25-game hitting streak in the process. The streak was the longest of Carew’s career and the longest in Angels history.
Red Sox rookie Wade Boggs hits his first ML home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Boston a 5–4 win over Detroit. Boggs will finally crack the starting lineup for good after tomorrow’s game, in which regular 3B Carney Lansford severely sprains his ankle while unsuccessfully trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run. Boggs hits .390 in Lansford’s absence and .349 for the season.
23rd After going scoreless for 8 innings against Dennis Lamp, the Twins erupt for 6 runs in the 9th to win, 6-3 over the White Sox. Tim Laudner’s 3-run homer is the big blow.
26th Despite managing just one hit in each game, the Appleton Foxes (Midwest League) sweep a doubleheader from the Wisconsin Rapids 2–1 and 1–0.
27th The Braves tie the ML record with 7 double plays in a 2–0, 14-inning win over Cincinnati. Mario Soto pitches 10 shutout innings for the Reds but gets no decision. The loss starts the Reds on a streak where they’ll lose 20 out of 23 games.
29th At Veterans Stadium, the Cardinals paste the Phillies, 15-3. George Hendricks has a grand slam and drives in 7 runs, while Keith Hernandez adds a 3-run homer. St. Louis now leads the Phils by a game in the NL East.
30th The Dodgers split a pair with the Padres, winning the opener, 5-1, as Dusty Baker clubs a grand slam. San Diego takes game 2 by a 6-4 decision.