1958 May

2nd  In what nearly turns into a TV war, the Yankees threaten to broadcast their games nationwide if the NL goes ahead with its plans to allow other broadcasts, especially those of the Dodgers and Giants, into New York territory.

At St. Louis, George Crowe drives in 6 runs in a 7–3 Reds win over the Cardinals.

4th  At Seals Stadium, light-hitting OF Roman Mejias of the Pirates hits 3 HRs in the opener with San Francisco to lead Pittsburgh to a 6–2 win. Mejias will hit just 5 homers this year. SF’s two runs come on homers by Orlando Cepeda. The Giants win the nightcap 4–3 in 10 innings.

5th  Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Giants trail Pittsburgh 11–1, but rally for 9 runs. Giants rookie 1B Orlando Cepeda’s 3rd HR in 3 games ends the scoring, and pinch hitter Don Taussig pops out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Giants send up a (since tied) record 5 pinch hitters in the inning, and 3 score, tying the ML mark.

6th  Giant pitcher Mike McCormick, 19, shuts out Pittsburgh 7–0 on 3 infield singles. Orlando Cepeda’s first-inning HR helps put the game away.

7th  Pirates Bob Skinner, Ted Kluszewski and Frank Thomas hit HRs in the 5th inning at Seals Stadium, but the Giants win 8–6.

Camilo Pascual gives up 5 runs in the 1st inning, 4 on a grand slam by Reno Bertoia, as the Senators lose to Detroit, 5-1. Frank Lary gives up 13 hits in the win.

8th  At Wrigley Field, the Reds score 8 runs in the 9th inning to overcome an 8–2 deficit and beat the Cubs, 10–8. Cincy’s last 3 runs come on a homer by Smoky Burgess.

The Pirates purchase P Bob Porterfield from Boston.

9th  After six straight home rainouts, the Yanks play their first home night game of the year, against Washington. Mantle breaks a 2–2 tie in the 3rd with an inside-the-park solo homer off Pedro Ramos that just eludes Albie Pearson. New York rolls to a 9–5 win.

In the 12th inning, Pittsburgh’s Ted Kluszewski breaks up a scoreless tie between starters Robin Roberts and Ron Kline by belting a game-ending homer to give the Bucs a 1-0 win over the Phils.

The Tigers pick up P Herm Wehmeier from the Cards for cash.

11th  Washington P Truman “Tex” Clevenger gets both the assist and the putout in retiring Yankee batter Elston Howard. Clevenger is hit by a line drive and the ball bounces off his leg into foul territory near 1B. Tex then covers 1B to receive the toss from 1B Norm Zauchin.

In the Phils 10–4 loss in the lidlifter with Pittsburgh, Phils OF Richie Ashburn pulls a muscle. He sits out the 2nd game, ending his consecutive game streak at 473. Bob Friend wins the opener, overcoming back-to-back first inning HRs by Repulski and Hamner. In game 2, AL castoff Bob Porterfield wins a brilliant pitching duel with Curt Simmons, winning, 1–0, in 11 innings.

Despite 14 walks by Cards pitchers in game 1, the Cubs lose 8–7, then drop a 6–5 decision. Musial has a HR and 4 singles to come within 2 hits of 3,000: the Man will finish May with a .431 batting average. No player the rest of the century will start so fast. The Cards use a NL record 10 pinch hitters in the regulation DH: they will tie the record in a DH on July 13 vs. Pittsburgh.

12th  Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in the history of the San Francisco Giants and adds another HR as Los Angeles loses 12–3. Daryl Spencer belts a pair of homers as well.

The Reds farm out Vada Pinson, who was in the Cincy starting lineup on Opening Day. Vada will hit .343 at Seattle (PCL) and return next year.

13th  With his pinch double in Wrigley Field off Moe Drabowsky, Stan Musial of the Cardinals becomes the 8th hitter in history to get 3,000 hits. The last to reach the mark was Paul Waner in 1942. The Cards win, 5–3.

At Griffith Stadium, the Red Sox top the Senators, 9-6, as Jackie Jensen drives in 5 runs on 3 hits, one a grand slam. Pete Runnels has 3 hits and 3 runs and Ted Williams is 1-for-1 with 3 walks. Bob Smith (2-0) allows 3 earned runs in the victory.

Willie Mays goes 5-for-5 against the Dodgers, as the Giants win 16–9. Mays has another 2 HRs, plus 2 triples, and 4 RBIs to compete with Daryl Spencer’s 2 HRs, triple, double, and 6 RBIs. The Giants pound out 26 hits, while the Dodgers collect 11, the longest being Charlie Neal’s HR over the distant RF fence at the Coliseum. Neal adds a second homer. The Giants set a ML-record (since 1900) as 5 players (Mays, Cepeda, Spencer, Schmidt, O’Connell) collect 4 hits apiece.

14th The Senators sell OF Whitey Herzog to the A’s and buy P Al Cicotte from the Yankees.

18th  The Indians’ Carroll Hardy pinch-hits for Roger Maris in the 11th inning and smacks a 3-run HR off Chicago’s Billy Pierce to pace the Tribe’s 7–4 win. It is his first ML homer. The former NFL star will also pinch-hit for Ted Williams in 1960. Hardy caught 12 passes for the 49’s in 1955, four for touchdowns. Game 2 is delayed 39 minutes by a rain delay in the bottom of the 1st and both starters, Jack Fischer and Bob Kelly, leave in the 2nd inning. The Indians use another pinch three-run homer, this one from Russ Nixon, to help win, 10-6.

The Yanks score 5 in the 4th off Pedro Ramos to top the Senators, 5–2. The big blows in the inning are a solo homer by Mickey Mantle and a three-run homer by pitcher Sal Maglie. Maglie’s other ML homer came with the Giants, in 1951.

20th  In Chicago, New York coast to a 5–1 win over the last-place Sox behind the pitching of Johnny Kucks. Mantle’s line drive between Al Smith and Jim Rivera goes for his 2nd inside-the-park homer of the year. The Yankees have now won 7 in a row. Mantle will hit three inside-the-park this year, and a Yankee-record six during his career.

The Cards trade SS Alvin Dark to the Cubs for relief P Jim Brosnan.

21st At Cincinnati, Willie Mays belts a 10th inning HR off Hal Jeffcoat to give the Giants a 5–4 win.

22nd Ted Williams hits his 16th career grand slam to provide the Red Sox with the margin in an 8–5 win over the A’s. Ted’s 4th inning blast, off Jack Urban, ties him with Ruth for 2nd place on the career slam list.

24th The Tigers buy Hurricane Hazle from the Braves. Hazle, hitting .170, became expendable when Billy Bruton returned to action today. Bruton, who last played on July 11, appeared in the 9th of the Braves 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

The Tigers snap a nine-game losing streak and break the Yankees 10-game win streak with a 3-2 win behind Frank Lary. Lary is now 11-4 against the Bronx Bombers.

In Cincinnati, NL umpire Jocko Conlan criticized batting helmets, saying, “in my opinion helmets are an inviting target for pitchers to throw at. Last season at least seven helmets were cracked in our league by bean ball pitches, intentional or not.”

26th Murry Dickson pitches brilliant relief for the A’s and clouts his 3rd career HR in the 10th, a game ending clout to beat the Orioles, 5–4. The veteran pitches 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Jim Busby provides all the Birds scoring with a grand slam off Ralph Terry.

30th  Cubs Walt Moryn hits 3 HRs in the 2nd game at Wrigley Field as the Cubs sweep the Dodgers 3–2 and 10–8. Moose hits a RBI double in game 1 in the 9th to tie, and then scores the winning run. In game 2 Moose goes back to back with Banks in the 4th and Tanner in the 7th, and his 2-run HR in the 9th tags Koufax with his 1st loss.

31st  Braves Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Wes Covington homer in succession off Ron Kline of the Pirates in an 8–3 win. The same trio hit successive HRs on June 26th last year. Spahn coasts to his 8th win.