1962 May

1st  At LA, Camilli singles in a run in the bottom of the 16th to give the Dodgers a 6–5 win over the Cubs.  Both teams score 2 in the 15th with Jim Gilliam making the 3rd out on an attempted steal of home.

      At Washington, the Senators snap a 13-game losing streak by edging the Red Sox, 2–1. Pete Burnside twirls a 4-hitter.

      The Yankees use three pitchers—Bill Stafford, Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges—to beat the White Sox, 6–1 on a combined two hitter.  Chicago’s first hit doesn’t come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox hits a lead off base hit.

2nd  At Minnesota, Baltimore’s Boog Powell hits his first 2 ML homers, off Jim Kaat and Ted Sadowski, to help the O’s to a 6–5 win.

3rd    Don Mincher hits his second grand slam in a week, Bernie Allen belts a 3-run homer, and pitcher Jack Kralick adds a solo—all off  Milt Pappas, as the Twins win over the Orioles, 8-4. Pappas doesn’t make it out of the 3rd inning.

      At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phillies survive a barrage by Hank Aaron to beat the Braves, 9-8. Aaron has a double, triple and two homers driving in three runs and scoring three. Joe Adcock and Mack Jones also homer. But Clay Dalrymple’s RBI single in the bottom of the 9th is the game winner.

4th  The first-place Giants win their 10th straight game, beating the Cubs 11–6.  Billy Pierce wins his 4th straight and gives up a run after 17 2/3 innings of shut out pitching.  The 10 wins is the longest winning streak since they moved west.

      The Red Sox stage a 12-run uprising in the 5th inning to defeat the White Sox, 13–6. Bressoud and Yaz have 2 hits in the frame as does pinch hitter Russ Nixon. Nixon is the second pinchhitter in a week to have 2 hits in an inning.

      Arthur Allyn becomes sole owner of the White Sox by purchasing the 46-percent share held by an 11-man Chicago syndicate.

5th  Angels rookie Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter against the Orioles, the organization from which the cocky lefty was drafted last year. Belinsky has 9 strikeouts and beats Steve Barber 2–0.

      Kansas City and Cleveland split with the A’s winning in dramatic fashion in the opener, 18-6. Norm Siebern has 5 hits and scores 5 runs. Jim Perry settles the A’s down in game 2, winning 5-2 for his first win of the year.

6th  Mickey Mantle hits HRs right- and lefthanded for the 9th time, in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, as the Yankees win 8–0 over the Senators at the Stadium. His first homer follows a Maris round-tripper. The shutout is Jim Bouton’s first win in the majors. In the opener, a 4–2 Nats win, Mantle accounts for both Yankee runs with a lefthanded homer.

      At Cincinnati, the Cards salvage a nightcap win, 3–0, when Stan Musial blasts a 3-run HR in the 9th off Drabowsky. Gibson is the winner. The Reds win the opener, 5–4. Musial also sets a record for most games played, appearing in his 2,786th and 2787th.

      Lee Thomas has 5 hits to lead a 19-hit attack by the Angels as they beat the Orioles, 15–7, to sweep the 3-game series. Brooks Robinson hits a grand slam to tie the game at 7–7 in the 5th.

      The Mets acquire Vinegar Bend Mizell from the Pirates for Jim Marshall, then send Don Zimmer to Cincinnati for P Bob Miller and infielder Cliff Cook. Zimmer was 2-for-48 since having three hits in his first three games. He had a hit two days ago and Stengel says they traded him “while he was hot.”

7th  Former baseball executive Frank Lane signs on as GM of the Chicago Packers of the National Basketball Association.

8thThe Red Sox sell pitcher Ted Wills to the Reds.

9th  Brooks Robinson becomes the 6th major leaguer this century to hit grand slams in back-to-back games, as he hits one against Kansas City’s Ed Rakow. Baltimore wins 6–3 at home. Brooks hit a grand slam on the 6th.

      The Orioles ship Marvelous Marv Throneberry to the Mets for C Hobie Landrith and cash.

10th  Minnesota Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back HRs off Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game, tying a ML record. Cleveland comes back to win 9–4. It’ll be another nine years before two leadoff batters in the AL belt homers, and it will be Perry teeing up those as well.

11th  Minnie Minoso of the Cardinals suffers a fractured skull and broken wrist running into the outfield wall while chasing a Duke Snider triple. The Dodgers win 8–5. Minnie will be out of action until July 19th, then go back on the DL on August 18th when Craig Anderson hits him with a pitch breaking his left forearm.

      The Phils whip the Cubs 12–2 behind Don Demeter’s grand slam and 6 RBIs.

      With 2 outs in the 6th, the Senators explode for 11 runs to rout the Orioles, 12–1. Woodling’s grand slam is the big blow, but Chuck Cottier has 2 doubles in the inning. Dave Stenhouse (2–0) pops out to end the inning,

      Bo Belinsky wins his 5th straight as the Angels beat the White Sox, 4–2. Bo strikes out 11.

12th  New York Mets reliever Craig Anderson wins both games of a doubleheader against the Braves to go 3–1. He will not win another game in the ML, losing his next 19 decisions, 16 of them this season. Ninth-inning game-ending HRs win the games as Hobie Landrith pops a 250 foot 2-out dinger against Warren Spahn in the opening 3–2 win and the furious Braves ace waits by home plate as Landrith crosses it. Gil Hodges closes a game-two 9–8 victory with a homer. It is the first time in history that a doubleheader has ended with two walkoff homers. The next will be July 25, 1967.

      Mantle goes 3-for-3 with 3 runs score and a homer to pace New York to a 9–6 victory at Cleveland.

      At Busch, Bob Gibson beats Don Drysdale, though both are relievers in the Cardinals, 6-5 win over the Dodgers in 15 innings. Tommie Davis has a pair of homers for LA, and Larry Burright’s third hit of the game, a 9th inning 2-run homer, ties the match at 5 apiece.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds’ Joey Jay and the Pirates’ Al McBean match goose eggs for 9 innings before the Bucs push across 2 runs in the 10th. The Reds come back with 3 runs to win, 3–2. Frank Robinson drives in the winning run with a single.

13th  Minnesota powers its way to a 10-3 win over the Athletics as Vic Power has a grand slam and 5 RBIs.  Bernie Allen has a single, 2 doubles and a homer for the Twins as Joe Bonikowski is the complete game winner.  Norm Bass (0-5) takes the loss.

15th  Cubs P Barney Schultz ties Roy Face’s ML record by relieving in his 9th consecutive game for Chicago. Today’s effort doesn’t help as the Cubs lose, 6–5 in 13 innings against the Mets. Chicago hits 4 homeruns, two by George Altman.  Roger Craig, en route to a 10–24 year, is the winner, while Tony Balsamo loses to notch his only career decision.

      At Forbes Field, the Pirates edge the Braves, 5-4, in 10 innings as Harvey Haddix picks up the win in relief. Denis Menke hits a grand slam to account for the Milwaukee runs.

18th  Mickey Mantle suffers a pulled groin muscle, tears muscles in his right thigh, and injures his left knee trying for an infield hit that becomes the final out of New York’s 4–3 loss to Minnesota. He will miss one month.

      The Cubs use 5 homers—2 by George Altman—to beat the Phillies, 11-8. Dick Ellsworth stars in relief to earn the win.

      ML owners approve a Player Development Plan that will ensure the survival of at least 100 minor league clubs for 1963.

      The minor leagues are reorganized into 4 classes rather than 7. Classes B, C, and D are grouped as Class A, Classes AA and A become Class AA, and Class AAA remains the same, along with the rookie classification. The reclassification will take effect after the season. In 1963 the Rookie leagues will begin operating and in 1965 there will be added Short Season class A for rookies. .

19th  Stan Musial gets hit number 3,431, to break Honus Wagner’s recognized NL record of 3,430 (since revised to 3,418), as St. Louis downs the Dodgers 8–1. Musial’s 9th-inning single comes off Ron Perranoski.

20th  The Indians tie the ML record for most HRs in 6 straight games—21—set by the Giants in July 1954. They win the first game over Detroit 7–6, then lose 8–6 in the nightcap.

      At Philadelphia, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader, winning 6–4 and 11–2 behind the hitting of young Lou Brock and rookie 2B Ken Hubbs. Brock’s 2nd-inning grand slam is the difference in game one, while Hubbs collects 8 singles in the afternoon, 3-for-5 in the first game and 5-for-5 in game 2, his second 5-hit game of the year.

21st  The Tribe keeps pounding but lose 10–7 to Baltimore. Three more Cleveland HRs set a since-topped AL record for most HRs (26) over 8 straight games. The also go in the record books with 9 straight games with 2 or more homers.

      Bill Virdon and Dick Groat each have 4 hits as the Pirates beat the last-place Cubs, 8-4.  In Pittsburgh’s 4-run 2nd inning, Bill Mazeroski hits a bases-loaded double that goes through an open window in the Forbes Field scoreboard. When the Cubs request that the scoreboard be emptied, red-faced pitcher Roy Face walks out. The Cubs promptly accuse him of sign stealing.

      The Orioles sign veteran Robin Roberts, released by the Yankees on April 30. Roberts will win 42 games for Baltimore before going to Houston.

22nd  Roger Maris, who went all of 1961 without receiving an intentional walk, gets 4 in a 12-inning 2–1 win against the Angels to set an AL record. Maris receives 5 walks in all. Four Yankee pitchers (Whitey Ford, Jim Coates, Bud Daley, and Bob Turley) combine to give up just one hit in 12 innings. Ford leaves with a no-hitter after 7 innings because of back spasms, and Coates gives up the lone hit, a one-out 9th-inning single to Bob Rodgers. It is the second time this month that a Yanks combination attempt at a no hitter gets spoiled in the 9th. All the runs today come on sacrifice flies, with Elston Howard driving in both Yankee runs.

23rd  Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in AL history to hit 2 HRs in one inning. New York’s 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 13–7.

24thThe Tigers score their first 4 runs on homers, then score the winner on a passed ball in the 11th to beat the Orioles, 5–4.  Charlie Lau misses a Wilhelm knuckler to allow McAuliffe to score. Bunning pitches the first 9 innings for Detroit and is accused by O’s manager Billy Hitchcock of notching the ball with his belt buckle.

25th  Ernie Banks is beaned by Moe Drabowsky and taken from the field on a stretcher, as Cincinnati beats Chicago 2–1. The Reds manage just 2 hits off Cal Koonce. Frank Robinson hits a 4th inning double to drive in both runs. George Altman’s 10th homer of the year is the Cubs lone score.

      At Busch Stadium, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to an 11-8 victory over the Cardinals. Hank Aaron has a double and two homers to drive in 5 runs, while brother Tommy has a single, three doubles and a walk. Lew Burdette, the 4th pitcher for the Braves, earns his first win of the year despite giving up 3 runs in 2+ innings.

26th  In New York, Al Kaline suffers a broken right collarbone while making a diving, game-saving catch off Elston Howard’s bat to seal Detroit’s 2–1 win against the Yankees. He will be out until June 23rd. Hank Aguirre pitches the Tigers to its 5th straight win, giving up a single run on Bill Skowron’s HR.

      Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 batters to lead the Dodgers to a 6–3 victory over the Phillies. Dennis Bennett takes the loss.

      In Kansas City, Gino Cimoli strokes an RBI-single in the 9th inning to give the Athletics an 8-7 win over the Angels. Leon Wagner had tied the game in the top of the 9th with a homer.  Lee Thomas has a pair of homers for the Haloes and Ed Charles belts a grand slam for KC.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds play long ball to beat the Cubs, 11-6. Wally Post hits a 3-run homer and Johnny Edwards belts a 4-run homer.

      At Busch, Bob Shaw of the Braves beats Bob Gibson as Milwaukee edges St. Louis, 4-3. Shaw is help by 4 double plays, three started by 1B Tommie Aaron, which ties the NL record set in 1930 by Don Hurst. One of the 3 is unassisted.


28th  Reds pitcher Joey Jay drives home 4 runs with a homer and 2 singles to beat Houston, 9–6.

      Former Dodger hurler Don Newcombe signs with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League.

29th  Ernie Banks makes a spectacular return from his May 25th beaning with 3 homers and a double against the Braves at Wrigley Field. Three teammates hit HRs, but the Cubs lose to the Braves, 11–9. Samuel hits his first ML homer and Torre and Adcock also connect. The Cubs outhit the Braves, 15–8, but a Rodgers error in the 3rd opens the way for 6 unearned runs.

      The Angels get P Don Lee from the Twins for Jim Donohue.  Lee, 3–3 with the Twins, will go 8–8 with LA.

30th  Light-hitting SS Maury Wills becomes the 7th player in ML history to sock HRs from each side of the plate in one game. The Dodgers sweep the Mets 13–6 and 6–5 in New York.

      In a doubleheader in Baltimore, the Orioles and the Indians swap 7-0 shutouts. Pedro Ramos is all that the Tribe needs in game 1 as he hurls a 3-hitter, starts a double play and belts two homers, one a grand slam, both off Chuck Estrada. Hal Brown gets two hits in the nightcap and, with relief help from Hoyt Wilhelm, shuts out the Indians.

      At Milwaukee, the Reds edge the Braves, 4–3, in 16 innings. Don Blasingame’s infield single scores the winning run.

31st  Kansas City scores an unearned run in the 9th when Ed Charles scores on RF Joe Hick’s error. It results in a hard-luck 1-0 loss for Steve Hamilton, with the win going to Jerry Walker. Walker contributes a single in the win, the 11th straight game (September 27, 1961) he’s had a hit while pitching.  He’s gone hitless as a pinch hitter. Walker will be matched by Gary Peters but no pitcher since 1956 will top him.