1984 June

1st  Phillies 1B Len Matuszek has no putouts in a 12–3 loss to the Cubs. It is the 18th time in ML history a first baseman has done this.

      At home against the Orioles, the Tigers slap Scott McGregor for six runs in the 2nd and coast to a 14–2 win.  Dan Petry tosses six shutout innings and Alan Trammell, Chet Lemon and Lance Parrish go deep to thrill the 47,252 fans.

      At Shea, the Cardinals jump on reliever Jesse Orosco for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Mets, 5-1. Doc Gooden allows a run in 7 innings, while Joaquin Andujar allows a run in 8. The Cards steal 6 bases on Gooden and catcher Mike Fitzgerald.  Hubie Brooks has a hit for the Mets to extend his hitting streak to 24 straight games.

4th  The New York Mets select 17-year-old Shawn Abner with the first pick in the annual June free-agent draft, while the Mariners take Maine pitcher Billy Swift with the second pick. Picking third, the Cubs take Morehead State pitcher Drew Hall, then use their second round pick on Greg Maddux; their 6th round pick is Jamie Moyer. The Indians take Cory Snyder with the 4th pick. Thirteen members of the U.S. Olympic team are drafted in the first round, including Mark McGwire by the A’s with the 10th pick.  Oddibe McDowell, drafted 5 times previously, is taken 12th by Texas and will be the first draftee to make it to the majors. The Braves take prep prospect Drew Denson with the 19th pick, but then snag Tom Glavine with their 2nd round pick. Glavine, twice Massachusetts HS hockey player of the year, spurns an offer from the LA Kings. At the 22nd pick, the Yankees wash out with UCLA’s Jeff Pries, who never gets out of double-A.  The worst pick of the first round is by the White Sox, who pick highly touted prep prospect Tom Hartley. The Washington outfielder will hit just .218 in 3 minor league seasons.

      The Tigers break a 3–3 tie in the 10th when Dave Bergman golfs a three-run homer into the upper deck at Tiger Stadium. Bergman had fouled 7 pitches off Roy Lee Howell before connecting.  Howard Johnson had a three run homer in the 7th to account for the other half of Detroit’s scoring.

6th  A fan, Anthony Perry, dies when he falls from the upper deck of Candlestick Park following a Giants-Braves game. Witnesses say Perry was leaning over the railing and shouting at the Giants, who had just lost 5–4 in 11 innings. All of the Giants’ scoring came on a Bob Brenly grand slam.

      Harold Baines has a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox hang on to edge the Angles, 11-10. Fred Lynn has a pair of homers for the Haloes, including a 3-run homer in the 8th.

8th  Pete O’Brien has 3 hits and drives in 6 runs as the Rangers top the visiting A’s, 8-4. For Oakland, Rickey Henderson has 4 hits, including a double and triple, but is twice caught stealing.

9th  Greg Luzinski becomes the 10th player in ML history to hit grand slams in consecutive games when he connects off the Twins Mike Walters in the 7th inning of an 8–4 White Sox victory. The previous day, Luzinski sparked the Sox to a 6–1 win with a first-inning grand slam off Frank Viola.

      Pete O’Brien’s bizarre sacrifice fly gives Texas a 4–3, 12-inning win over Oakland. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 12th, A’s left fielder Garry Hancock catches O’Brien’s deep fly ball, then intentionally drops it when he realizes he is in foul territory. The umpires rule that the catch had been made, however, and Wayne Tolleson trots home from 3B with the winning run.

      For the second time in a week, Orioles Mike Flanagan beats the Tigers, this time shutting them, 4–0, out on 7 hits.  The Tigers stay in front by 5 1/2 games. Carl Willis, drafted on the 23rd round last year, debuts with 2 scoreless innings. Willis is one of the lowest drafted players to be one of the first three from his class to debut.

10th  The Cubs add a 9th inning insurance run on a triple steal to beat the Cardinals’ Joaquin Andujar 2–0. Leon Durham steals home, while Jody Davis takes 3B and Larry Bowa goes to 2B.

      At Baltimore the Tigers sweep two from the O’s, winning 10–4 and 8–0, before 51,764 fans.  Kirk Gibson has six hits and six RBIs in the two games, while Alan Trammell and Howard Johnson each have 5 hits. Lou Whitaker scores 5 runs in game 1. Reliever Doug Bair wins the opener and Dan Petry allows just 3 hits in the nightcap win. Detroit now leads by 7 games.

      The Tigers purchase pitcher Sid Monge from the Padres.  Side was 1-0 for the eventual NL champs and will go 3-1 for the eventual AL champs, making him the only player to appear in the same year for two World Series teams.

12th White Sox 1B Coach Dave Nelson declares his love. At the end of the bottom of the 5th in a 6–1 loss to the Angels, Nelson trots out to the coaching box as Diamond Vision flashes the message “Will you marry me?”  Nelson then walks over his fiancee Kathy Gutknecht, sitting in the first base box, and presents her with a ring.

13th  In a deal that will pay off in the short run with an NL East Championship, the Cubs trade outfielders Mel Hall and Joe Carter and minor leaguer Darryl Banks to the Indians for P George Frazier, C Ron Hassey, and P Rick Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe will go 16–1 for the Cubs the rest of the season and win the NL Cy Young Award. Because Cubs GM Dallas Green neglected to renew waivers on Hall and Carter, the status of the trade is in doubt for a while, and the two will not play for a week. Keith Moreland, who was hitting .246 while platooning with Hall, will increase his production and will be named the NL player of the month in August.

      Mike Marshall hits a 3rd inning grand slam to put the Dodgers up, 4-1, but the Giants respond with 7 in the 5th and win, 10-5. Reliever Jeff Cornell wins his lone ML victory.

15th  The Cardinals trade 3B Ken Oberkfell to the Braves for pitcher Ken Dayley and 1B Mike Jorgensen. Oberkfell was leading St. Louis with a .309 batting average.

      Seattle pitcher Mark Langston strikes out 12 batters in a no decision against Texas.  Seven of the strikeouts are in a row. Seattle wins, 4–3, in the 9th.

      After Boston scores a run in the 11th, the Blue Jays answer with a pair to beat the Red Sox, 4-3. Mike Easler has 3 hits for the Sox to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

17th  At Yankee Stadium, with one out in the 8th inning, Gary Roenicke hits a grand slam for the O’s, as they beat New York, 6–2. Mike Flanagan benefits, but he’s not the only winner as the home run makes Anne Sommers of College Park, MD a million dollars. Ms. Sommers had entered the Equitable Bank’s Sweepstakes.

      Al Oliver and Jeff Leonard hit RBI singles in the 15th inning to give the Giants a 5-3 win over the Padres. Oliver tied the game in the 8th with an RBI single.

18thWith 40,315 on hand in Detroit, Phil Niekro (10–3) stops the Tigers on 3 hits, 2–1. Kirk Gibson’s homer in the first is the only score, while Don Mattingly’s double in the 5th drives in the game-winner for New York.

19thBrad Komminsk clubs a grand slam and Claudell Washington has 4 hits to pace the Braves to an 11-6 victory over the Giants.  Bob Brenly has a pair of homer for SF.

      Down 7-1 to the Red Sox after 7 innings at Fenway, the Orioles get 4 back in the 8th on Eddie Murray’s grand slam, and 4 more in the 9th on 5 hits to win, 9-7.  Murray has a 2-run single in the 9th.  Jim Rice has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for Boston.

20th  Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam of the season in the first inning of the A’s 8–1 win over Kansas City. Kingman’s 14 grand slams are the most among active players.

      At Detroit, Yankee reliever Jose Rijo goes 1–7 when he serves up a 2-out three-run homer to Howard Johnson in the 13th inning. Detroit wins, 9–6. Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish, and Chet Lemon also hit homers for the Tigers, who draw their 3rd straight 40,000+ crowd.

21st  Oakland’s Carney Lansford goes 0-for-5 against Detroit, snapping his 24-game hit streak.  The streak is an Oakland record and the longest AL skein of the year. Lansford will collect hits in next 11 games.

      At Minnesota, the Indians Neal Heaton twirls a 3-hitter to win, 7–0. He’s helped by a 3-run homer from his batterymate Willard, and solo homers from Butler and Thornton. Umpire Ken Kaiser ejects Pat Majeske, a video operator for the Minnesota Twins, for tipping pitches.

      At Riverfront, Steve Yeager hits a 7th inning grand slam as the Dodgers escape with a 9-7 win over the Reds.

      Baseball players and owners agree to penalties for use of cocaine. Amphetamines, marijuana and alcohol are not included in the agreement.

22nd  In a teary home plate ceremony before the Twins-White Sox game at the Metrodome, Calvin Griffith and his sister, Thelma Haynes, sign a letter of intent to sell their 52 percent ownership of the Twins to Minneapolis banker Carl Pohlad for $32 million. Griffith and his sister had been involved with the franchise since 1922, when they were adopted by owner Clark Griffith when the team was the Washington Senators.

      Rick Monday, baseball’s first-ever first pick in the June free-agent draft (by the Kansas City A’s in 1965) is released by the Dodgers, ending a 19-year ML career.

23rd  At Wrigley Field, in game that will be known as the Sandberg game, the Cubs Ryne Sandberg goes 5-for-6 with game-tying home runs off Cardinals relief ace Bruce Sutter in both the 9th and 10th innings. He drives in 7 runs to lead Chicago to a 12–11 win in 11 innings. It is the first time Sutter has given up two HRs to the same batter in the same game.  Dave Owens’ base-loaded single wins it. Willie McGee hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs in a losing cause.

      At the Kingdome, Alvin Davis for Seattle and Mike Hargrove for the Indians match grand slams as the Tribe wins, 11-4. Hargrove finishes with 5 RBI.

      At the Astrodome, the Giants beat Houston 7-5, pinning the loss on starter Vern Ruhle.  Giants third sacker Joe Youngblood has his third two-error game in the last three weeks, sending his FA down to .890, where it will be at the end of the year. Youngblood will go back to the outfield next season.

24th  Oakland’s Joe Morgan hits his 265th career home run as a 2B, breaking Rogers Hornsby’s ML record for that position. Morgan, who has 267 home runs overall, connects off Frank Tanana in the first inning of the A’s 4–2 win over Texas.

      After missing two starts, Jack Morris (12–3) stops the Brewers, 7–1. Ruppert Jones and Lance Parrish hit homers for the Tigers, who have now drawn 165,000 fans for the 4-game series with Milwaukee. Detroit now leads the AL East by 8 1/2 games.

      At the Dome, Tim Teufel’s bloop single in the 9th inning with 2 on turns into an inside-the-park homer when it bounces over the head of Harold Baines to give the Twins a 3–2 win over the White Sox. Rich Dotson is the unlucky loser. It is his first loss on the road after 16 straight road wins. The 16 consecutive road wins is a record shared by Dotson, Denny McLain, Cal McLish and next by Greg Maddux. The Twins Bush had an IPHR in yesterday’s 4–3 win over Chicago.

25th  At Yankee Stadium, Dave Winfield hits 5 singles and drives in 4 runs to lead New York to a 7–3 win over Detroit. Ron Guidry (6-5) is the beneficiary of Winfield’s hitting. Dave is now hitting .750 against Detroit this year. Winfield has three five-hit games this month, tying a record set by Ty Cobb.

      Eddie Milner hits his second straight leadoff homer for the Reds to lead the Reds to a 2-1 win over the host Giants.  Milner’s leadoff dinger yesterday was not enough as the Reds lost, 8-3, in 13 innings.

26th  Pirates Jason Thompson hits a pair of home runs in each game of a doubleheader split with the Cubs. The Pirates take the opener, 9–0 behind Rick Rhoden’s 4 hitter, and lose the nightcap, 9–8.

27th  In the 3rd inning against the Reds, Giants OF Dusty Baker swipes second, third, and home, garnering three of  his 4 season steals.  Baker swipes 2B, and the next batter walks, then gets caught in a rundown.  Dusty steals 3B during the rundown and just keeps running home. San Francisco wins 14–9, with Chili Davis adding a pinch grand slam in the 5-run 5th. Randy Lerch wins with a 1/3 inning of relief.

28th  Dwight Evans hits a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to complete the cycle and give Boston a 9–6 win over Seattle.

29th  Twins rookie Andre David hits a 2-run home run off Jack Morris in his first ML at bat to spark Minnesota to a 5–3 win over Detroit before 44,619. It is the only home run David will hit in the big leagues and stops Morris’ 11-game win streak over the Twins.  Detroit win the nightcap, 7–5, as Kirk Gibson starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st and ends it with a two-run homer in the 9th.  The Tigers also score in the second on back to back homers by Chet Lemon and Ruppert Jones.

      Pete Rose plays in his 3,309th ML game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski as the all-time leader. Rose goes 0-for-5, but Montreal beats Cincinnati 7–3.

      In a shootout, the Rangers gets back-to-back homers from Bell and O’Brien in the 5th, and the Indians answer with back-to-back-to-back homers from Thornton, Hall and Willard to tie a ML mark for most homers in an inning by two teams.  Brook Jacoby’s single in the 13th gives the Tribe a 13-12 victory.

      In Los Angeles, Steve Sax hits a 1st inning triple, then swipes home, and Orel Hershiser scatters 9 hits to lead the Dodgers past the Cubs and Rick Sutcliffe 7–1. Hershiser will not miss another start until he injures his shoulder in 1990, and Sutcliffe will not lose again in the regular season.