1960 May

1st  The Pirates, behind Vern Law’s pitching, win their 9th game in a row, 13–2, against the Reds at Cincinnati. It’s Pittsburgh’s longest winning streak since 1945. Roberto Clemente hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Don Newcombe, and Bill Mazeroski clubs a 3-run homer in the 8th.

Orioles vet Skinny Brown hurls Baltimore to a 4–1, win over the Yankees. Browns allows just one hit, a first inning homer by Mantle. Rookie Ron Hansen matches Mantle to up his RBI total to an AL high 32.

2nd  Ron Kline’s 7-hitter gives the Cardinals a 4–3 win and ends Pittsburgh’s streak at 9 games, the club’s longest since 1945. Roy Face issues a bases-loaded walk in the 9th for his 2nd straight loss.

     At Candlestick, the Giants Mike McCormick scatters 4 hits in shutting out the Braves, 5-0. Jim Davenport homers and Willie Mays singles to run his consecutive game hitting streak from the start of the season to 16 games. Willie ended last season with a 7-game streak to give him a 23-game hitting streak overall (as noted by Trent McCotter).

      Playing at a converted football stadium because their own Russwood Park was destroyed by fire on April 17, the Memphis Chicks and Birmingham set a Southern League one-game record with 11 HRs, 6 of which clear a RF fence just 204 feet from home plate. Afterward, all drives over the RF fence are declared doubles until home plate can be moved. The Chicks move to Tobey Park in mid-July.

4th  The Cubs  make a trade—with WGN—plucking Lou Boudreau out of the broadcast booth to replace Charlie Grimm (6-11) as manager, Jolly Cholly takes Lou’s chair behind the mike. The Cubs win, 5–1, over the Pirates as Dick Ellsworth gains his first ML victory.

      The Orioles C Gus Triandos sets AL records with 3 passed balls in one inning (6th) and 4 in one game, but Hoyt Wilhelm, making a rare start, goes 7 innings and gets credit for a 6–4 Baltimore win over the White Sox. Early Wynn records his 2,000th strikeout in a no-decision effort for the Sox. Triandos’ PB mark for an inning will be tied by reserve backstop Myron Ginsberg in six days, and Tom Egan will collect 5 PBs in 1970 to erase Gus’s name.

6th  The Dodgers send veteran OF Sandy Amoros to Detroit for 1B Gail Harris.

7th  Eddie Bressoud’s 3-run HR—a 397-foot, inside-the-park shot off Harvey Haddix—highlights a 6-run rally as the Giants edge Pittsburgh 6–5 at Candlestick Park. San Francisco ties a ML record and sets a NL record by leaving just 2 men on base in 2 consecutive games (16 innings), while winning both. Haddix gives up the 3-run homer but will never allow a grand slam in 240 dingers, a NL record. Jim Palmer holds the ML and AL record.

      Siblings Larry and Norm Sherry of the Dodgers become the 10th brother battery in ML history. Catcher Norm belts an 11th-inning HR to give his relief-pitching brother Larry a 3–2 win against Philadelphia.

      Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette allows just one hit in beating the visiting Tigers, 5–0. Neil Chrisley’s double is the only safety.

      Takehiko Bessho becomes the winningest pitcher in Japan as his Tokyo Giants beat the Hanshin Tigers 6–3. Bessho has 302 wins, one more than Victor Starfin.

8th  Cal McLish gives up 4 hits in 8 innings as the Reds clip the Cardinals, 5-2. Tony Gonzalez and Vada Pinson hit homers, with Pinson’s a grand slam.

10th  Joe Ginsberg of the Orioles loses a struggle with Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckler, and ties the record set 6 days earlier by teammate Gus Triandos with 3 passed balls in one inning. Dick Williams of the A’s belts a grand slam, as the AL record of 3 on one day in one league is tied for the 2nd time in 16 days. Williams also doubles in a 9-run 5th inning. Kansas City beats Baltimore 10–0.

      Grand slams by Red Sox teammates Vic Wertz and Rip Repulski at Fenway Park give Boston a 9–7 win over Chicago. The NL-vet Repulski’s 8th-inning shot off Don Ferrarese comes on his first AL at bat. It is just the second time that Sox teammates have hit grand slams in the same game (Morgan and Walters in 1934), though Rudy York and Jim Tobin each hit two slams in a game.

11th  At San Francisco, Sam Jones hurls a 2-hitter, both wind-blown safeties, and draws a bases-loaded walk for the only run as the Giants edge the Phils, 1–0. Owens is the loser. Don Blasingame goes 0-for-4, but can be excused if his thoughts are elsewhere. The Blazer was married in the morning to Sara Cooper in a ceremony in Reno.  Sara, a former Miss American contestant from Missouri, is the daughter of Walker Cooper, Blasingame’s former Cardinal teammate.

12th  Duplicating Jones’ effort of yesterday, the Giants Jack Sanford pitches a 2-hit, 1–0 win over the Phils. He matches Jones by striking out 11 and walking 3.

At Wrigley, the Reds sink the Cubs, 14–1, by scoring 7 runs in the first inning and 6 in the 2nd.

      The Phils release P Curt Simmons, who had no decisions this year or last. The Cardinals sign the veteran, who will win 69 games for the Birds over the next 7 seasons.

      In the Florida State League, Palatka’s Michael Mattaice hurls his 2nd consecutive no-hitter, rolling over Tampa, 20–0. On the 3rd, he beat Daytona Beach 4–0.

13th  Mike McCormick’s shutout of the Dodgers is the 3rd straight by San Francisco pitchers, following 2-hitters against Philadelphia by Sam Jones and Jack Sanford. The first-place Giants have 7 straight wins.

      Pirate Dick Groat becomes the first NL player since Connie Ryan in 1953 to go 6-for-6 as Pittsburgh beats Milwaukee, 8–2.

      Philadelphia suffers its 3rd straight 1–0 shutout, losing to the Reds in Cincinnati. The Phillies, losers of back-to-back 1–0 games in San Francisco, tie the ML record for straight 1–0 losses. Jim O’Toole’s win is Cincinnati’s 9th straight. The Phils announce a trade of 1B Ed Bouchee and P Don Cardwell to the Cubs for 2B Tony Taylor and C Cal Neeman.

15th  Two days after being traded from the Phillies to the Cubs, Don Cardwell pitches a no-hitter. A brilliant, leaping catch of Carl Sawatski’s drive by RF George Altman in the 8th inning saves Cardwell’s gem and Walt Moryn ends the game with a magnificent catch of Joe Cunningham’s line drive. Jack Brickhouse calls the last out: “Watch it. . . there’s a drive on the line to leftfield. . .  C’mon Moose. HE DID IT! MORYN MADE A FABULOUS CATCH! It’s a no-hitter! A no-hitter! And what a catch that Moryn made. .  .Oh brother! What a catch he made!”  Ernie Banks’ HR paces the 4–0 win, the first no-hitter against the Cards since May 11, 1919.

      At Cincinnati, the Reds are down 9–1 when P Raul Sanchez starts a brawl by plunking 3 of 4 Phils batters in the 8th inning, the last batter being P Gene Conley. Phils manager Gene Mauch then charges the mound to tackle Sanchez. Both dugouts empty with fights all around. The most cinematic is 2B Billy Martin, 5’11” taken on the 6’9″ Conley, though future Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Robin Roberts is a close second. It takes 12 minutes to restore order. The Phils romp 14–3, then lose 5–1 in the doubleheader.

17th  At County Stadium, Frank Howard poles a one-out 8th inning grand slam and reliever Larry Sherry follows an out later with a solo homer as the Dodgers down the Braves, 6-4.

      The Boston Red Sox trade lanky 1B Ron Jackson, acquired last November, to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for vet Ray Boone.

19th  The Yankees send SS Andy Carey to the A’s for slugger Bob Cerv. Cerv had been with the Yanks for 5 years before going to KC where he banged 38 HRs in 1958 and was chosen as the AL left fielder over Ted Williams. Cerv will be claimed in the expansion draft in 1960 and the Yanks will again reacquire him.

       Reds use three hits in the 9th inning, including a run-off triple by Vada Pinson to top Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 5-4. Koufax fans 10. Jim Brosnan (1-0) in relief is the winner. Catcher Johnny Roseboro gets credit for a straight steal of home in the 4th as the Dodgers take a 4-0 lead. The Reds announce the purchase of P Bob Grim from the Indians.

20th  At Comiskey Park, Ted Kluszewski drives in 4 runs, 2 on a HR off Whitey Ford, to lead the White Sox to a 5–3 win, the 9th in a row at home for Chicago. Mantle hits a 2-run homer in the 9th inning 2-run shot off Early Wynn, the winner. After giving up no stolen bases in the last two years, Ford allows one by Minoso.  Chicago leads Cleveland in the AL by 1 1/2 games.

      The Pirates stretch their NL lead to 1 1/2 games by edging the Giants, 5–4, on Roberto Clemente’s single in the 12th inning. Clemente has 3 hits to raise his average to .378. Willie McCovey’s homer in the 9th tied it for San Francisco, and a score in the 12th puts them ahead. But Don Hoak’s single and a run-scoring double by Dick Groat sets the stage for Clemente.

      Love that home cooking. The Cards, 2–17 on the road, win their 10th in 13 decisions at home, beating the Reds and starter Jim O’Toole, 6–1. With the bases loaded, Stan Musial hits a line drive back at Cincy reliever Joe Nuxhall, who deliberately drops the ball in order to start a DP. The umps rule Nuxhall did it on purpose and Musial is out. The runners return to their bases. Jackson is the winner.

22ndWith Colavito on the bench because of poor hitting, the Tigers sweep the visiting Red Sox, 6–2 and 5–2. Boston has now lost 9 straight and extend that to 10 games before winning.  Bunning and Aguirre notch the wins, as the Hubmen strand 15 runners in the nightcap.

       Cleveland Stadium, the Indians and Orioles go just 5 innings, as the O’s edge the Tribe, 7-6. Earl Battey has a grand slam for Cleveland.

25th  George Crowe’s ML-record 11th pinch-hit HR, off Don McMahon, gives the Cardinals a 5–3 win over the Braves. Crowe began the season tied with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial in career pinch HRs.

27th  Pittsburgh acquires 29-year-old lefty Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell from the Cardinals, along with LF Dick Gray, for minor leaguers Julian Javier and Ed Bauta. Javier will start at 2B for the Cards for a dozen years, but Mizell will help solidify the starting rotation.

      Since there is no rule limiting the size or shape of the catcher’s mitt, Baltimore manager Paul Richards combats the passed-ball problem while catching Hoyt Wilhelm (38 in 1959; 11 so far this year) by devising an oversized mitt to gather in Hoyt’s fluttering knuckler. It is half again as large as the standard glove and 40 ounces heavier. Wilhelm goes the distance in beating New York 3–2 at Yankee Stadium. Courtney has no passed balls behind the plate.

      Ed Bailey snaps a 5–5 tie with a 9th inning grand slam as the Reds defeat the visiting Braves, 9–5. Pinson’s 2nd triple of the game set up 2 intentional walks and set the table for Bailey.

      Camilo Pascual strikes out 13 but Washington loses to the Red Sox, 4–3, his 3rd loss to Boston this year.

28th  Casey Stengel is hospitalized with a virus and high fever and will miss 13 games. New York goes 7-6 under interim manager Ralph Houk. Today the Yanks top the Senators, 5–1, behind Jim Coates’ 5th straight win.  The game is scoreless until Mantle cracks a 5th inning opposite field homer off Jim Kaat, who then walks three, hits two batters, and a serves up a Gil McDougald 2-run triple good for 3 runs.  Later Mantle homers again, and Maris, leading the AL, also homers, the first time the two have hit round trippers together in a game.

      At Wrigley Field, a tired Sandy Koufax pitches 13 innings as the Dodgers lose to the Cubs, 4-3 in 14 innings. Koufax, in the longest outing of his career (he’ll have another 13 inning outing this year)  walks Ed Bouchee and Ernie Banks to start the 14th and is replaced by Ed Roebuck. Bouchee then steals 3B, his first steal since 1958, setting up an intentional walk.  Chicago’s 4th hit of the game, by Don Zimmer, gives Chicago the win.

      At Forbes Field in the 8th inning, Clemente is on 3B and Smith on 1B with 2 outs, when Mazeroski fans on a ball that hits in the front of the plate. The ball then hits Umpire Al Barlick on the right knee and bounces back toward Phillies pitcher, Jim Owens. Maz doesn’t move as Smith jogs to 2B. .Clemente races in from 3B then stops.  Owens fields the ball and goes after Clemente ignoring pleas from the Phils’ bench to simply throw to 1B. In the run-down, Clemente knocks the ball out of Jim Coker’s glove and scores the tying run on the catcher’s error (the photo has been widely published). The Pirates win, 4–2 in the 13th on Don Hoak’s 2-run HR.

30th  At the Stadium, the Yanks earn a split with the Senators when, in game 2, Yogi Berra belts a two-run homer in the 8th inning.  When Mantle makes a catch for the final out, he is surrounded by a group a fans, one of whom punches him in the face as he races for the dugout. Because of the incident, the Yankees announce that ushers using ropes—a tactic used at one point with DiMaggio—will escort Mantle off the field.

      At Kansas City, the Athletics take a pair from the Tigers, winning 7-6 and 8-2.  Hank Foiles pinch single in the 11th drives in the winning run in game 1, while homers do the damage in game 2.  Whitey Herzog has a 3-run homer and Marv Throneberry belts a grand slam.

31st In Los Angeles, Norm Sherry becomes the second Sherry to hit a grand slam this month as he connects in an 8-3 win over the Cardinals.  Brother Larry earns the save today.

       Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Reds, 4-3, in 11 innings when Roberto Clemente singles home the winner following Dick Groat’s 5th hit of the game.  Two weeks ago Groat had a 6-hit game.