1983 June

1st  Dave Rozema gives up a leadoff HR to Damaso Garcia, but that’s all the scoring Toronto manages as Detroit wins, 3-1. Garcia will hit another leadoff homer tomorrow.

      Steve Carlton and Bob Welch hook up in a dandy with the Dodgers collecting 3 hits off Carlton in 7 innings to win, 1-0. Welch allows just one hit—by Von Hayes—in stopping the Phillies.

2nd  Chris Chambliss clubs an 8th inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Braves beat the Cardinals, 8-1. St. Louis The Astros  across a run in the 9th after starter Pete Falcone leaves.

      Doug DeCinces homers twice and Ellis Valentine hits a grand slam as the Angels edge the Yankees, 9-8, at Yankee Stadium. Don Baylor and Dave Winfield go yard for the Bombers, in 4th place in the tight AL East.

3rd  George Bamberger resigns as manager of the New York Mets, whose 16-30 record is the big-leagues’ worst. He will be replaced by Frank Howard, who managed the Padres in 1981.

4th  At Riverfront, Mike Scott allows 4 hits in shutting out the Reds, 13-0. The Astros pile on with 6 runs in the 9th.  Alan Ashby has a triple and a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs, and Ray Knight has 4 hits.

5th  The Cubs beat the Pirates, 3–1, with Lefferts winning over Tunnell. Lee Smith strikes out 4 of the last 5 batters to earn his 8th save.

      In San Francisco, Andre Dawson is 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored as his Expos down the Giants, 12-9. The two teams collect 35 hits together. For Dawson, it is his second 5-hit game of the year. Al Oliver has 4 hits and 3 runs while Expos starter Chris Welsh is 3-for-3.  He gets no decision, however.

      Buck Martinez hits a grand slam in Toronto’s 5-run 5th as the Jays beat Baltimore, 5-2.  The O’s, Jays and Red Sox are in a virtual tie for first in the AL East.

6th  The Twins select pitcher Tim Belcher with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft, but Belcher will reject their $125,000 signing bonus offer and pitch for Team USA in the Pan American Games instead. He is the only first-rounder who doesn’t sign. Belcher will be the first selected in the January 1984 draft. The Twins 2nd round pick, P Billy Swift, also doesn’t sign. The Reds take Kurt Stillwell with the 2nd pick overall and Chris Sabo on round 2. Roger Clemens is taken with the 19th pick. The A’s get Terry Steinbach, Brian Dorsett, and Greg Cadaret on the 9th, 10th and 11th rounds. The Phillies pick Rickie Jordan on the 1st round. The Reds pick up Kurt Stillwell in the 1st round, Chris Sabo and Joe Oliver in the 2nd round, Lenny Harris (5th) and Jeff Montgomery (9th).

      The Brewers trade OF Gorman Thomas and pitchers Jamie Easterly and Ernie Camacho to the Indians for OF Rick Manning and pitcher Rick Waits. Manning had signed a five-year contract, his second, with the Indians in the offseason, turning down a larger offer from Milwaukee to stay in Cleveland.

      Paul Molitor is 4-for-4, including a homer, while scoring 3 and driving in 3 as the Brewers hang on for a 9-7 win over California. Ron Jackson hits a grand slam in the Angels’ 6-run 8th.

7th  Steve Carlton overtakes Nolan Ryan as baseball’s all-time strikeout leader, fanning 6 batters in a 2–1 loss to the Cardinals to bring his career total to 3,526. In Houston, Ryan strikes out 3 Giants while getting no decision in the Astros’ 4–2 win, leaving him with 3,525.

10th  Dave Kingman cracks a 2-run 2-out HR in the bottom of the 17th to give the Mets a 4-2 win over the Expos. Kingman has 3 RBI in the game.

11th  Cardinals OF Lonnie Smith checks into a drug rehabilitation program, joining the Phillies Dickie Noles and the Dodgers Steve Howe, as the 3rd ML player to leave his team because of a substance-abuse problem this season.

12th  In the first complete game of his career in which he does not walk at least one batter, Nolan Ryan strikes out 11 Padres in a 2–0 shutout to move back into a first-place tie with Steve Carlton with 3,535 career strikeouts. The 2 will trade the lead back and forth start by start for much of the summer, but by the end of the season Carlton will have pulled ahead, 3,709 to 3,677.

      The Giants do all their scoring in the 4th inning to beat the Reds, 8–5. Darrell Evans has a double and homer in the frame.

      In the Cubs 6–3 win over the Cardinals, Jody Davis clubs a grand slam. Second baseman Ryne Sandberg has 12 assists to tie the ML record.

      Toronto outlasts California to win 6–5, in 15 innings. The Jays score 3 in the 15th and hang on as the Angels score a pair.

      In another extra-inning battle at Oakland the White Sox outslug Oakland to win, 12–10. The Sox score 3 in the top of the 10th, but the A’s match it when Murphy and Gross hit back-to-back homers. The Sox then score a pair in the 11th on a triple and HR to win.

15th  In what will turn out to be a terrible swap for St. Louis, the Cardinals trade 1B Keith Hernandez to the Mets for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.

      Darrell Evans hits 3 home runs in a Giants 7–1 win over the Astros to give him a ML-leading 18 for the season. Evans will finish the season with 30 HRs.

      Davey Lopes has a double, triple, and grand slam as he drives in 7 runs in Oakland’s 10-1 pasting of the Blue Jays.  Bill Krueger goes the distance for his 5th win.

16th  At Cleveland, Don Baylor hits a grand slam, off Bert Blyleven, and drives in 5 runs as the Yankees top the Indians, 8-1, behind Ron Guidry (9-4). Oscar Gamble has 4 of the Yankees’ 14 hits. 

17th  Bob Welch pitches a 6-hitter and hits his first career homer, off Mario Soto in the 6th, to lead the Dodgers past the Reds, 1–0. Welch is the 11th pitcher in ML history to homer in a 1–0 game, and it will not occur again this century. The last to do so, according to historian Bob Davids, was Juan Pizarro, in 1971.

      Larry Gura bends but doesn’t break as the Royals pitcher allows 10 hits in 6+ innings but only one run as he beats Seattle, 3-1. Gaylord Perry, the ancient Mariner, takes the CG loss.  Gura would’ve allowed at least one more run when, in the top of the second inning, Al Cowens circles the bases on an inside the park home run to left field. However, Cowens is called out on appeal for 2B (as noted in Retrosheet).

20th  Chris Chambliss drives in 3 runs and Glenn Hubbard belts a grand slam as Atlanta beats the Astros, 4-1.  Pete Falcone (5-1) allows 4 hits.

21st  The Reds edge the Giants, 6–5, in 16 innings on Ron Oester’s single. Both teams score a run in the 14th.

22nd  Tim Raines rocks Terry Holland for a 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 9th as the Expos beat the Phillies, 4-0. Charlie Lea holds the Phils scoreless for the win.  All the runs are unearned.

24th  Milwaukee’s Don Sutton strikes out Alan Bannister in the 8th inning of a 3–2 win over Cleveland to become the 8th pitcher in ML history with 3,000 career strikeouts. County Stadium is packed with 46,037 fans for the game, mostly to welcome back popular OF Gorman Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland earlier this month.

25th  After 8 straight losses, Rene Lachemann is fired as manager of the Mariners and replaced by Del Crandall.

26th  Mets Rusty Staub delivers his 8th consecutive pinch hit in the 9th inning of an 8–4 loss to the Phillies, tying Dave Philley for the all-time ML record. Staub’s streak will be snapped by Cards Bruce Sutter 3 days from now.

      Baltimore’s Storm Davis holds the Tigers hitless for 8 innings, then needs help from reliever Tippy Martinez to complete a 3–1 victory. Pinch hitter Rick Leach, who had been in a 3-for-35 slump, breaks up the no-hit bid with his first home run of the year leading off the 9th.

      Jody Davis belts his second grand slam in two weeks and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 win over the Expos. Dickie Noles allows 12 hits in 7+ innings for the victory.

28th  The Dodgers belt three homers in the 4th inning, scoring 8 runs, and beat the Padres, 9-5. Mike Marshall and Steve Yeager homer and Pedro Guerrero, who started the frame with a walk, hits a grand slam.

29th  Mark Fidrych, in the 2nd year of an extended comeback attempt with the Pawtucket Red Sox (International League), retires. The 1976 AL Rookie of the Year was 2–5 with a 9.68 ERA.

      Carney Lansford hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st as the Angels roll to an 11-6 win over Kansas City. Jeff Jones, with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, is the victor.

After dropping game 1, 5-3, to the Indians, the Red Sox rally in game 2 by scoring a pair in the 11th and holding on for an 11-10 win and earn a split.  Dwight Evans homers in each game and Jim Rice hits a double and two homers in game 2 to drive in 5 runs.

30thThe Reds score 8 runs in the first inning and go on to beat the visiting Giants, 15–5. Paul Householder drives in 4 runs, 2 on a freak inside-the-park homer. With Oester on 1B, Householder hits a shallow fly that LF Chris Smith loses in the sun and it bounces over his head. Smith then slips going after the ball and the 2 baserunners race around the bases. Oester slides across the plate just ahead of Householder’s slide, which is so close he spikes Oester’s knee.

      Outfielder Lance Junker of the Redwood Pioneers (California League) connects for two grand slams in the 9th inning against Reno.  He is the 3rd to do this tying an organized baseball record.