1959 May

1st  White Sox P Early Wynn, 39, pitches a one-hitter for a 1–0 victory over Boston. He fans 14 and belts a HR in the 8th, off Tom Brewer, for the only run. Outfielder Bill Renna gets his glove on the ball but it deflects off into the stands for Wynn’s homer. Wynn last hit a homer at Comiskey Park on June 3, 1944.

Harmon Killebrew’s 10th inning HR, the 2nd of the game for the third sacker, gives Washington a 4–3 win over the woeful Tigers (2-14). Jim Bunning and Camilo Pascual each go the rout. Bunning is done in by errors by Yost and Bridges in the 8th, though Yost hits a double and HR against his old team.

The ML executive council approves the Players Association proposal for 2 All-Star Games each year.

The White Sox send OF Lou Skizas and LHP Don Rudolph to the Reds for OF Del Ennis. Tomorrow the Sox will send Ray Boone to the A’s for Harry Simpson.

The Washington Senators start a baseball lecture series for women.

2nd  Frank Robinson of the Reds hits for the cycle and drives in 5 runs, in a 16–4 rout of the Dodgers.

The Red Sox send P Dave Sisler and 2B Ted Lepcio to the Tigers for P Billy Hoeft, then trade Hoeft on June 15 to Baltimore for P Jack Harshman. Harshman will last a month before he’s sold to the Indians.

At Briggs Stadium, the Senators use SALK shots to stop the Tigers 15-3. Roy Sievers hits 2 doubles and a homer and scores 3 times; Bob Allison has 2 hits and scores 3 times; Jim Lemon has a double and grand slam and drives home 5; and Harmon Killebrew scores twice on a pair of homers and drives in 3 runs. Russ Kemmerer (4-1) is the winner.

3rd  Jimmy Dykes replaces Bill Norman as manager of the Tigers, who are 2-15.

Charley Maxwell, restored to the Tigers lineup although batting only .136, hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees 4–2 and 8–2. “Paw Paw” is 2–4 in the opener, with a 9th inning homer, then homers his first three at-bats in game 2.

The Pirates take game 1 of a rain-delayed twinbill with the Cardinals, winning 4-3, in 10 innings when Bill Mazeroski singles with the bases loaded. Game 2 has fireworks amidst the raindrops as the game is suspended in the 7th inning and completed June 2: St. Louis wins, 3-1. Cards manager Solly Hemus starts at 2B and, in what he says is an attempt to fire up the team, yells racial epithets at Benny Daniels, Pittsburgh’s starter, who is African American. Hemus leans into a pitch and takes 1B on a hit by pitch. After a strikeout, he is out at second, catcher unassisted as Hank Foiles pulls off an unassisted DP. Hemus has a double his next time up, then grounds out 4-3 and gets tossed for disputing the call.

At Crosley Field, Jerry Lynch cracks a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th and the Reds top the Dodgers, 6–3.

5th  Three days after the Red Sox trade him, Ted Lepcio belts a grand slam against them as the Tigers claw the visiting Sox, 8-3. Jim Bunning wins his first of the year.

6th  At Comiskey Park, the Senators beat Early Wynn, 6-4, as Bob Allison has 3 hits, including a grand slam, scores twice, has a sacrifice, a stolen base and is caught stealing. He also hands out the towels in the locker room.

Pitchers take the day off at Briggs Stadium as the Red Sox blast the Tigers, 17-6. The two teams combine for 31 hits, including 9 homeruns. Going deep for the Bosox are: Frank Malzone, Marty Keough, who adds a triple; Dick Gernert; Jackie Jensen; and Gary Geiger with 2 homers and a double. Al Kaline has a pair for Detroit and Lou Berberet has a solo homer.

7th  The Los Angeles Coliseum is jammed by 93,103 on “Roy Campanella Night” for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees, as 15,000 are turned away. This is the largest crowd in ML history, exceeding the 86,288 who saw the 5th game of the 1948 WS in Cleveland. The Yanks win 6–2, though they lose Bill Skowron, who pulls a hammy. Campy will receive an estimated $75,000 from the game, as the Dodgers turn over their share of the receipts and the Yankees turn over half their share, the other half going to New York charities.

9th  At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals score 7 in the 7th to break open the game, whipping the Cubs, 11-1, behind Larry Jackson’s first win of the year. Hal Smith drives in 5 runs on two homers and Ken Boyer hits a grand slam in the 7th.

Mrs. Dorothy Rigney, her husband John, and Hank Greenberg all resign their posts with the White Sox.

10th  The Phils Jim Hearn comes on in relief to pitch 11⁄3 innings against the Pirates. He allows 2 earned runs before the game is suspended, with the Pirates ahead 6–4. Hearn is released before the game is completed in July and will be charged with the loss 2 months after his retirement.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Cubs reliever Elmer Singleton defeats reliever Lindy McDaniel of the Cardinals, 10–9. They revers it in the nightcap, as McDaniel is the winner and Singleton the loser, 8–7. Bobby Thomson has 2 homers and 6 RBIs in the opener for the Cubs, while Stan Musial drives in 4 runs on 3 hits, including a homer. Gino Cimoli scores 4 runs on 3 hits in the nightcap for St. Louis, while Randy Jackson, welcomed back to the Cubs on May 4, bangs a 3-run homer. It’s Randy’s last career homer.

In Chicago, Billy Pierce goes 11 innings allowing 13 hits as the White Sox edge the Indians, 5-4. The Sox plate 2 in the bottom of the 11th for the win. It is the second time in 11 days that Pierce has gone 11 innings. Early Wynn gives the Sox a sweep with a 5-0 win in game 2 as he bests Mike Garcia.

The Yanks sweep two from the Senators at the Stadium, winning 6–3 and 3–2 in 10 innings. Mantle’s homer in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yanks scoring as they beat Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th of the nightcap. Berra has a HR in the nightcap and sets a new ML record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.

12th At Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra’s errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error on his 34th birthday today. Berra also homers, as do Howard and Mantle, but New York loses 7–6 to the first-place Indians.

Ted Williams plays his first game after being sidelined since March with neck and shoulder trouble. He is 0-for-5 in Boston’s 4–3 loss to Chicago in 12 innings.

Harmon Killebrew hits his 11th and 12th HRs and drives in 5 runs to lead the Senators to a 7–4 win over the Tigers. He also leads the AL in runs (26) and RBIs (28).

At Wrigley, the Braves Lew Burdette loses a 3–2 lead in the 9th when he serves up a gopher to Walt Moryn. After loading the bases, Burdette fires what he thinks is strike 3 to pinch hitter Earl Averill. His next pitch is grand slammed by Averill for a 7–3 Cubs win.

The Pirates release veteran pitcher Bob Porterfield, who will be signed by the Cubs tomorrow. The Pirates will reacquire Porterfield off waivers a month from now, then release him again at the end of the season.

13th  Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn becomes the 3rd NL lefty to win 250 games, beating the Cards 3–2. Billy Bruton’s 8th inning homer, off Larry Jackson, snaps a 2-2 tie.

At Wrigley, Glen Hobbie allows 3 hits, 2 by Ed Bailey, as the Cubs claw the Reds, 10-0. Ernie Banks has 5 RBIs, 4 coming in 7-run 3rd inning on a grand slam.

15th  Massachusetts marks the 100th anniversary of the first college baseball game, between Amherst and Williams. Teams reenact the original contest.

17th  At Wrigley, the Cubs and Pirates split a pair, with the Bucs taking the opener, 5-4, and the Bruins winning game 2 by a 7-6 score. Dale Long homers in each game as does Roberto Clemente, who connects in the nightcap for a monster shot off Bill Henry. The ball is estimated to travel 500 feet exiting the park on the left side of the scoreboard. Cubs batting coach Rogers Hornsby calls it the longest homer he’s ever seen and Cubs manager Bob Scheffing agrees. In a 1969 interview, Ernie Banks says it is the longest homer he’s seen at Wrigley. Bill Mazeroski contributes a pair of homers in game 1 for Pittsburgh.

18th Detroit pitcher Jim Bunning hits a 3-run homer, one of 5 Tiger homers, as the Bengals down the Red Sox, 14-2. Frank Bolling scores 5 runs.

19th At Baltimore, Billy O’Dell’s 120-foot 2-run HR is all he needs to beat the White Sox, 2–1. O’Dell slices a ball that bounces over Al Smith’s head in LF for an inside-the-park HR in the 2nd.

20th  The Yankees sink to last place, the first time since May 25, 1940, as Detroit drubs them 13–6. Fittingly, it is Yankee Killer Frank Lary who wins it, improving his lifetime record against New York to 18–5. Eddie Yost has 2 walks and 3 hits, including a pair of homers, one a grand slam, to knock in 6 runs. Yogi Berra has a pair of homers for New York and Mickey Mantle hits a 2-run homer.

21st  Commissioner Ford Frick announces that he foresees the formation of a 3rd league within 5 years.

In a 3-0 win over the Cubs, the Phillies score all their runs on sac flies by Jim Hegan, Richie Ashburn and Willie Jones. Ruben Gomez scatters 4 hits for the win.

22nd  Baltimore’s Hoyt Wilhelm one-hits the Yankees 5–0, with Jerry Lumpe’s single in the 8th the spoiler. Switch hitter Mantle hits righty against Wilhelm and does no better than he has been lefty. On May 28, Wilhelm will beat the Yankees again, 5-0.

In LA, Don Drysdale pitches 13 innings in beating the Giants, 2-1. Big Don strikes out 11. Johnny Antonelli goes 11 innings, allowing just one Dodger unearned run. Drysdale pitched 11 innings in a Dodger loss on May 5.

23rd  The Athletics’ Bud Daley beats the White Sox, 16–0, keeping Chicago a 1⁄2 game behind Cleveland, a loser to Detroit 6–4. Daley allows 4 hits and Hector Lopez, with a double, triple and homer, is one of five players with three hits apiece.

25th  Buffalo seeks membership in the Continental League.

26th  In a singular performance, Harvey Haddix of the Pirates pitches a perfect game against Milwaukee for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Felix Mantilla opens the last inning by reaching base on an error. A sacrifice and an intentional walk to Hank Aaron brings up Joe Adcock, who hits one out of the park in right-CF for an apparent 3–0 victory. Aaron pulls a “Merkle,” leaving the field, and Adcock passes him on the basepaths. Both are called out as Mantilla scores. Initially the score is 2–0 as Aaron returns and score; it is later called a 1–0 game. Lew Burdette goes all 13 innings for his 8th win, scattering 12 hits. As a consequence of the base running in the 13th, the Braves leave an NL-record one runner on base. Haddix’s gem makes him the 9th pitcher to lose a no-hitter in extra innings; A combined effort of three Reds pitcher, on May 26, 1956, was the last. Making Haddix’s effort even more remarkable is the fact that the Braves hitters knew what was coming. In 1993, Bob Buhl admitted that the Braves pitchers were stealing the signs from burly catcher Smoky Burgess, who could not crouch down all the way. They would place a towel on the bullpen fence in such a way to signal fastball or breaking ball.

At Comiskey Park, a helicopter lands behind 2B before a Sox-Indians game, and four midgets dressed as spacemen jump out. Capturing Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio, each 5’9”, the spacemen, led by Eddie Gaedel, present the pair with ray guns. Gaedel reportedly says, “I don’t want to be taken to your leader; I already know him.” Don Ferrarase then allows 4 hits to beat the Sox, 3–0. The pitcher hits 3 doubles, tying an AL mark last matched by George Uhle, and drives in 2 runs to pace the attack.

In a trade that benefits the Yankees, New York send pitchers Tom Sturdivant and Johnny Kucks, SS Jerry Lumpe and that player to be named later to Kansas City. The Yankees get P Ralph Terry, who has been ripening on the vine, and Hector Lopez. Terry will win 73 games for NY and pitch in 5 straight World Series.

San Francisco beats the Dodgers, 6–4, when Leon Wagner hits a 9th inning pinch grand slam.

The Senators trade last years Rookie of the Year Albie Pearson to Baltimore for Lennie Green. Pearson, 5’3”, bothered by a hernia, has lost his job to rookie Bob Allison.

27th  League President Warren Giles rules that the final score of the Harvey Haddix perfect game should be amended to 1–0, since both runners Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock were ruled out—Aaron for leaving the field, and Adcock for passing him in the basepath. Adcock is credited with a double and not a HR.

29th  President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his White House staff attend a game. He gets slugger Harmon Killebrew’s autograph on a HR ball for his grandson David, as Washington defeats the Red Sox 7–6. The Killer will bang 15 homers in May.

30th Ted Williams celebrates his 20th season by clouting a dramatic HR in an 8–3 Boston win in a doubleheader nightcap against Baltimore. The Sox were trailing 3–2 in the 7th when the Splinter connects for his 1st homer this year. The Sox take the opener, 5–4, after spotting the O’s a 4–1 lead.

31st  Seven pitchers record 23 strikeouts in the Cards-Dodgers game tying the NL mark. Koufax is high with 9 as Los Angeles wins 5–3.

In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Gene Freese’s HR accounts for the only Phillies run in a 2–1 loss to the Braves and Warren Spahn. For Freese, it is his 5th pinch homer of the season, one short of the NL record. Freese will hit 23 HRs this season, but no more in the pinch. The Phils win the opener, 6–0, behind Robin Roberts.

In the first of two at Crosley Field, Pittsburgh’s Smoky Burgess and Don Hoak each belt two homers as Vern Law stops the Reds, 6-2. Hoak and Burgess each homer in game 2, while Bob Skinner belts a pair, including a grand slam and a 3-run homer. The homers are needed as Pittsburgh survives, 14-11. Roy Face (7-0) is the winner with 3 scoreless innings of relief.

At Washington, the Yankees beat the Senators, 3–0, on Bob Turley’s two-hitter. Moose Skowron accounts for the scoring with a three-run homer. Mantle almost homers, but his 438-foot drive is caught by CF Bob Allison.

At Comiskey Park, Preston Ward hits a grand slam in Kansas City’s 9-1 victory over the White Sox. Ned Garver allows 4 hits in the win, three to Earl Torgeson who has a solo homer.