1991 June

1st In Toronto, Dave Winfield’s 2nd-inning grand slam off Willie Fraser proves to be the winning margin as the Angels down the Blue Jays, 11-8. Winfield drives in 5 runs and Luis Polonia collects 5 hits.

2nd After 6 seasons and 49 games, manager Buck Rodgers is fired by the Expos and replaced by 3B coach Tom Runnells. “I knew and the players knew that Tommy Runnells was [GM] Dave Dombrowksi’s man,” opines Buck. “I wasn’t.” At 36, Runnells is the youngest manager in the Majors.

3rd LHP Brien Taylor of East Carteret HS in Beaufort, NC, is selected by the Yankees as the 1st pick in the major league draft. The Yanks will sign him for $1.55 million—three times the previous high. Arizona State OF Mike Kelly is taken 2nd by the Atlanta Braves. The Indians pick up Manny Ramirez in the 1st round; the Twins take Brad Radke (8th round), the Brewers pick Jeff Cirillo (11th), the Expos take Kirk Kreuter (19th), while the Mariners pick Matt Mantei on the 25th. The Mets pick up Jason Isringhausen on the 44th round.

In a CWS matchup of first round pitchers, Creighton’s Alan Benes (drafted in 1993) and Wichita State’s Tyler Green, drafted earlier today by the Phils, battle for 9 innings with each giving up 2 unearned runs. Benes allows 4 hits and walks none in 8 1/3, while Green strikes out 14 in 9 innings. Shockers CF Jim Audley beats out an infield hit in the 12th and comes around to score, putting Wichita up, 3–2. Audley then throws out a runner at home to end the game.

6th The Royals defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings, stranding an AL record 25 baserunners in the process. The two teams combine to tie a major league mark by leaving 45 runners on base. Texas 1B Rafael Palmeiro goes 0-9 in the contest.

At Oakland, the first-place A’s hold off the Brewers to win, 9-8. Mark McGwire hits a 3-run homer and Harold Baines adds a grand slam for Oakland in the 7th, while Dante Bichette has a grand slam in the 8th and a solo homer for the Brewers.

7th Indians OF Albert Belle is sent to the minors after failing to run hard on a double-play grounder in a 2-1 loss to Chicago.

At the Stadium, Don Mattingly’s RBI single in the 9th gives the Yankees a 5-4 win over Texas.  All the Rangers’ runs come on Brain Downing’s 5th-inning grand slam off Mike Witt.

8th Louisiana State University wins the College World Series with a 6-3 win over Wichita State behind Chad Ogea. The Tigers complete the season with a mark of 55-18 en route to their first national championship.

At Memorial Stadium, the Blue Jays double the Orioles, 8-4, as Roberto Alomar steals 4 bases.

10th At Wrigley, Lennie Harris hits a 4thinning grand slam off Chuck McElroy, and Eddie Murray drives in another 4 runs as the Dodgers belt the Cubs, 13-5.

12th Atlanta’s Steve Avery defeats the Mets by a score of 6-1. By going 4-for-4 at the plate, Avery becomes the first pitcher to stroke 4 hits in a game since Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson did so in 1988.

In a straw vote held at the owner’s meetings in California, NL owners voted unanimously to admit Denver and Miami to the league beginning in 1993.

At the Metrodome, Pedro Munoz hits a grand slam in the Twins 5-run 1st and Minnesota beats the Yankees, 6-3. Jesse Barfield has a pair of homers for New York.

14th The Cleveland Indians are shut out for the 3rd game in a row, losing 7-0 to Minnesota. The mark matches the team record and falls one short of the major league mark. Shane Mack has a grand slam for the Twins and drives in 5 runs to back Jack Morris’s 7 shutout innings.

In a trade that upsets the Reds players, Cincy sends minor league prospect Reggie Jefferson to Cleveland for minor leaguer Tim Costo. Jefferson hit .417 in spring training, was brought up in May and contracted pneumonia June 4. Rather than put him on the disabled list, the Reds chose to “designate him for assignment,” meaning that after 10 days they had to trade him or risk losing him.

15th Pitching against the Reds in only his second major league start, Phillies rookie Andy Ashby strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4th inning. A first for the Phillies, it is the 19th time in major league history this has happened, and the 4th time a rookie has accomplished the feat. Hod Eller (1917), Sloppy Thurston (1923), and Nolan Ryan (1968) were the other freshmen to turn the trick. Ashby is the loser in the 3-1 Phillie loss.

     At County Stadium, Mo Vaughn belts a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers beat the A’s, 6-4, in the first of two. Rickey Henderson has 4 stolen bases and scores 3 times. Rickey hits a 3-run homer in game 2 as Oakland wins, 7-3.

Another rookie makes his mark as the Giants Mike Remlinger, in his first ML start, shuts out the Pirates, 4–0.

Former baseball commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler dies of a stroke at age 92. As commissioner from 1945 to 1951, Chandler held office when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

16th In a 7-6 loss to Montreal, the Braves’ Otis Nixon steals 6 bases to set a new NL mark, and tie the major league record of Eddie Collins, who did it twice in 1912.  Nixon singles to lead off the 9th and steals 2nd. After two are out, he steals 3B uncontested.  Told afterwards he had tied the record, a surprised Nixon remarks, “I thought the record was held by Rickey Henderson or Vince Coleman. I don’t know who this guy (Collins) is.”

At Milwaukee, Mark McGwire’s second homer of the game, a 3-run shot in the 8th, knots the game at 8 apiece.  Greg Vaughn then belts a walkoff grand slam in the 9th for an 11-7 Brewers win over the A’s.

At SkyDome, Joe Orsulak hits a pinch grand slam off Duane Ward and Baltimore scores 5 runs in the 7th to snap an 8-8 tie and beat the Blue Jays, 13-8. Randy Milligan scores 4 runs and Leo Gomez adds 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs.  Joe Carter has 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBIs for the Jays.

17th The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-5, putting a halt to Minnesota’s 15-game club-record winning streak—the longest in the majors since 1977. Seven of the wins came against Cleveland. During the streak, which began June 1, the Twins go from 5th to leading by 1/2 game. Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. records his 6th consecutive multi-hit game by going 2-for-4 in the contest. The last player to perform the feat was Baltimore’s Eddie Murray in 1980.

18th Former Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, 35, has his left arm amputated to alleviate chronic infection and nerve damage. The operation is done at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Dravecky has had three operations on the arm to remove cancerous tumors.  He won a game 10 months after his first operation, when doctors removed 50% of the major pitching muscle in his arm.

Howard Johnson connects for a grand slam as the Mets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Reds. Alejandro Pena (3-0) wins in relief.

At Comiskey, Carlos Baerga drives in 4 runs on 2 homers, both of Charlie Hough, but the Sox answer when Robin Ventura hits a grand slam in the 6th off Tom Candiotti, The Sox beat Cleveland, 6-5, with Hough the winner over Candiotti.

19th In the 9th inning of a game against Minnesota, Orioles relief pitcher Gregg Olson tosses 3 wild pitches and commits an error, helping the Twins score 5 runs and come back to beat the Orioles, 8-4.

In Arlington, the Royals use a 20-hit attack to down the Rangers, 15-2. Hector Wagner goes 6 innings to record his lone ML win.  Kirk Gibson has a grand slam off Joe Bitker and scores 3 runs.  It is Bitker’s last ML game.

22nd Mickey Tettleton of the Tigers becomes the 17th player to ever hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium in Detroit as the Tigers drop a 10-3 decision to the Angels.

23rd At Kansas City, the Royals lose a pair of extra-inning heartbreakers to the Orioles. The Birds take the opener, 11-8, in 10 innings as Tim Hulett solos and Brady Anderson hits a 2-run homer in the extra frame.  Anderson scores 4 runs.  Chris Hoiles ties the game in the 9th with a grand slam, and Cal Ripken contributes 4 hits. The O’s take the nightcap, 9-8, in 12 innings.

24th California’s Dave Winfield goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle as the Angels defeat Kansas City, 9-4. In so doing, he becomes the oldest player in history (39) to accomplish the feat. He completes the cycle, the first of his career, in the 8th with a triple off infielder Bill Pecota, making his first pitching appearance. Winfield was the first batter faced by Pecota, who took over when Tom Gordon’s hemorrhoids acted up.

The Twins Scott Erickson wins his 12th consecutive decision, tops the majors, stopping the Yankees, 5–0, on 2 hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 batters.

Frank Thomas clubs an 8th-inning grand slam off Michael Jackson and drives home 5 runs as the White Sox beat the visiting Mariners, 6-2.

25th Kevin McReynolds reaches reliever Scott Ruskin for a 9th inning walkoff grand slam and the Mets top the Expos, 8-5.

At Riverfront, Jeff Reed hits a grand slam in the Reds’ 6-run 1st as Cincinnati whips the Padres, 8-2.

26th Mickey Tettleton repeats his feat of 4 days ago by again hitting a HR out of Tiger Stadium, in an 8-7 win over the Brewers. The Tigers break a 7–7 tie with 2 outs in the 9th.

The California Angels set an AL mark by playing their 13th consecutive errorless game, a 10-5 win over Kansas City. The previous mark of 12 had been set by Detroit in 1963.

Cory Davis’ 434-foot homer off San Diego’s Craig Lefferts keeps the Giants from being shut out three straight times.

27th The Indians trade P Tom Candiotti and OF Turner Ward to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Glenallen Hill, OF Mark Whiten, P Denis Boucher, and a player to be named later.

28th Reds SS Barry Larkin hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-5 win over the Astros, giving him a major league record-tying 5 over a 2-game span. Ernie Banks and Fred Patek are the only other SS to homer 3 times in a game.

29th  In an 8–4 loss to the White Sox, the Twins Kirby Puckett collects his 1500th career hit, off winnerGreg Hibbard. Scott Erickson is the loser, ending his 12 game win streak.

The visiting Yankees score 3 in the 9th off Dan Plesac to beat Milwaukee, 9–8. Kevin Maas and Jess Barfield homer for the Bombers. Teddy Higuera (3–2), in the first year of a $13 million, 4-year contract pitches 7 innings, allowing 3 runs. Higuera, who started the year on the DL, will go on the DL again when a significant tear to his rotary cuff is discovered.  This is his last ML appearance.

Harold Baines hits a grand slam in the 7th and Dave Henderson follows with a homer as the A’s beat the host Royals, 6-3.