1963 May

1stGeorge Thomas cracks a 1st-inning grand slam off Ralph Terry and Bo Belinsky allows just 4 hits as the Angels trip the visiting Yankees, 5-3.

      Ernie Banks has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to lead the Cubs to a 13-8 victory over the host Cardinals. Dick Ellsworth pitches a scoreless 1st but, after running out a grounder in the 2nd, is replaced by an ineffective Cal Koonce.

2nd  At Crosley Field, Milwaukee’s Bob Hendley twirls a 3-hit shutout, winning 8–0.  All three hits are by  Leon Cardenas, who smacks a double and 2 singles.

      The Indians go on the warpath with an 18-hit attack to down the host Athletics, 15-6.  Tito Francona has 3 doubles, Woody Held hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs, and Vic Davalillo drives in 4 runs.  Barry Latman, with 7 innings of relief, is the winner.

      Joe Pepitone has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Yankees roll over the host Angels, 7-0. Whitey Ford tosses the complete-game shutout on his way to leading the AL in innings pitched.

      The Twins trade P Jack Kralick (1–4) to Cleveland for P Jim Perry (0-0). Kralick was 13—11 and 12–11 in his last two years, and will finish with a 13–9 record this year for Cleveland. Perry will spend more than a decade with the Twins, posting two 20-win years to tie Pascual for a club record. He’ll return to Cleveland in 1974.

3rd  In his first and only at bat as an Oriole, pitcher Les “Buster” Narum homers against Detroit’s Don Mossi, a 2-run shot in the 4th inning of an 8-5 O’s victory. Six days later, Narum is optioned to Rochester but will return to the majors next year with Washington where he’ll hit two more. Narum is the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season, but he’ll be matched on September 2 by Ed Hobaugh, and in 1992 by Dave Eiland.

      The Reds Pete Rose hits his first ML homer, connecting off Cards ace Ernie Broglio. In a 6–0 win for the Reds.

4th  The Braves Bob Shaw shatters the existing balk record when he is called for 5 in a 7–5 loss to the Cubs. Shaw is penalized 3 times in the 3rd inning alone, tying the ML record set the previous week by Jim Owens. He walks Billy Williams who scores following the three straight balks. Shaw has ML record 8 balks so far this season. He will make it to the 5thinning before he is tossed for arguing.

      At the Polo Grounds, the visiting Giants pound the Mets, 17-4, hitting 5 homers.  Orlando Cepeda and Ed Bailey have 2 apiece and Jim Davenport hits 2 singles, a triple and a homer to drive in 5 runs. Norm Sherry’s 3-run homer is the lone bright spot for the Mets.

      The Yankees edge the Twins, 3–2, beating Jim Kaat on 3 solo homers. Elston Howard hits two, and Mantle adds one.

5th  At Crosley Field, the Reds and Cardinals split a doubleheader, with the Reds taking game 1 by a 5-4 margin. Jim O’Toole (6-1) is the winner with Al Worthington chipping in with 3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals take game 2 in 10 innings, 7-4, with 4 unearned runs in the 10th. Frank Robinson steals home on the front end of a triple steal while Pete Rose is caught trying to steal home. Gene Freese was caught in game 1 trying to swipe home.

      At Comiskey Park, Ray Herbert (3-1) throws his third straight home shutout, stopping the Senators, 8-0, in the first of two.  Dave Nicholson and Ron Hansen hit homers off Tom Cheney (4-1). Washington shocks the Sox with 5 runs in the 9thof game 2 to win, 8-7. Chuck Hinton clubs a 3-run homer off Hoyt Wilhelm to complete the scoring.

      The White Sox trade P Dom Zanni to the Reds for P Jim Brosnan.

7th  The major leagues approve a $50,000 grant to the National Collegiate Baseball Foundation to operate the new Central Illinois Collegiate League.

8th  Pirates LF Willie Stargell’s first ML homer and Cubs P Bob Buhl’s first ML hit in 88 at bats highlight a 9–5 Chicago win over Pittsburgh.

      Stan Musial homers against the Dodgers, giving him 1,357 extra-base hits, surpassing Babe Ruth’s ML record. He will get 20 more and permanent possession of 2nd place lifetime. The Cards lose, 11–5, as Willie Davis has a triple and 2 homers and Jim Gilliam adds a 3-run homer.

      An 8-run 7th inning gives the White Sox an 8–3 win, a sweep of the A’s, and the AL lead.

      Washington’s Don Rudolph pitches 13 innings, giving up just 4 hits, and appears to be the hard-luck 3-1 loser going into the bottom of the 13th.  But Don Lock belts a grand slam off Ron Nischwitz to give the Senators a 6-3 win.  It is the second gopher ball thrown by Nischwitz this year.

      The Braves acquire Chico Fernandez from the Tigers for Lou Johnson and cash, then turn around and swap him to the Mets for Larry Foss.

9th  Ernie Banks becomes the first NL 1B to register 22 putouts (and 23 chances) in a game, as the Cubs beat Pittsburgh 3–1 on Dick Ellsworth’s 2-hitter. Singles in the 2nd and 9th are the only Buc safeties, as they pound Ellsworth’s slider into the ground. Both teams’ infields combine to handle a NL-record tying 45 chances.

      Bill White hits a grand slam in the Cards 7-run 5th inning as the Birds down the Dodgers, 10-7. Dick Groat and Charlie James each have 4 hits: James’s includes a 3-run homer in the 8th.

      At Comiskey, Ray Herbert throws his 4thstraight home shutout as the White Sox top the Yankees, 2-0.  Herbert (4-1) allows 2 hits.

      Led by Frank Robinson’s 7 RBIs, the Reds belt visiting Houston, 13–3. Robinson has 5 hits, including a homer and 2 doubles.

10th  At Tiger Stadium, Phil Regan tosses a 3-hitter and belts his lone career homerun as the Tigers top the Indians, 14-0.  Dick McAuliffe has a grand slam and 6 RBIs, and Al Kaline collects 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

      George Altman belts a 9th inning 2-out homer off Bob Friend and the visiting Cardinals edge the Pirates, 1-0. Curt Simmons (5-0) goes the distance for the win. The Cards are a game behind the first-place Giants.

11th  Sandy Koufax’s comeback from a circulatory ailment in his left index finger continues with a no-hitter against the visiting first place Giants. He walks 2 and fans 4 to run his record to 4–1. Wally Moon homers off loser Juan Marichal in the Dodgers’ 8–0 victory.

      The Yankees trounce the Orioles, 13–1, beating Milt Pappas. Mantle and Maris each homer, the first time this year they’ve done it together. Each drives in 3 runs.

Houston sweeps a pair from the visiting Cubs, winning 5-3 and 1-0.  Dick Drott has one of two Houston hits in the nightcap and scores the lone run. Drott limits his former team to 4 hits.

      Kansas City pitcher Ted Bowsfield takes a no hitter into the 9th against Minnesota, but a walk to Versalles is followed by the Twins first hit, a single by Vic Power. Bowsfield allows another hit, but wins, 5–1. Jerry Lumpe’s 3-run homer provides the offense.

12th  At the Polo Grounds, the Mets win a see saw battle with the Reds, 12–11 in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The Reds battle back from a 5–0 deficit in the 3rd to tie the game at 6 apiece in top of the 5th. The Mets score 5 runs to go ahead 11–6, but Cincy plates 6 runs in the 6th to go ahead 12–11. The Mets score twice in the 8th to win. In the opener, the Reds win, 3–0, on a 3-run inside-the-park homer run by Leo Cardenas. The scoring comes off Galen Cisco and makes Bob Purkey a winner.

      The Phillies edge the visiting Braves twice, winning 4-3 in 11 innings and 6-5 in 12 innings. But the Braves give it a good try using an NL-record 13 pitchers in the doubleheader (tied in 1994). Lew Burdette, the starter in game 1 is the loser in relief in game 2.

      At Fenway, Dave Morehead pitches a one-hitter in game 2 to give the Sox a 4–1 win over Washington. Chuck Hinton homers for the Nats’ lone hit. Chuck Hinton’s homer in the 14th inning of game 1 gives the Nationals a 3-2 win.

14th  The crackdown on balks by NL pitchers ends with a directive that umpires need not enforce the one-second stop from the stretch position.

      Love that home cooking. Ray Herbert throws his fifth straight home shutout as the White Sox beat the Tigers, 3-0.

15th  Down 4–0 to the Twins, Mickey Mantle hits a two-run homer off Pedro Ramos to put the Yankees on the board.  Mantle later scores the winning run as New York wins, 4–3.

16thThe Reds sell aging slugger Wally Post to Minnesota.

17th  Don Nottebart pitches the first no-hitter in Houston’s ML history with a 4–1 win against the Phils. Carl Warwick goes 4-for-4 with a HR to back Nottebart, now 5–1 for the 9th-place Colt 45s.

      At Cleveland, the Twins Bob Allison cranks out 3 consecutive home runs and drives in 6 runs to lead Minnesota to an 11–4 win over the Indians.

      When a doubleheader between the Tigers and Senators is washed out in the 2nd inning of the first game, the Nats’ Bobo Osborne loses a grand slam. Al Kaline also loses a homerun to the rain, the second time this has occurred. Kaline will end his career with 399 homers.

18th  At Wrigley, the Braves overcome a 4-1 deficit with a 6-run 7th inning to whip the Cubs, 10-6. Hank Aaron has a grand slam in the outburst and drives in 5 runs in the game.

19th  Billy Bruton ties a ML record for doubles in one game with 4 straight, and Bill Faul pitches a 3-hitter at Washington in his first ML start for Detroit, a 5–1 winner.

      The Cubs beat the Braves, 3–2, behind Dick Ellsworth. Aaron’s 2-run HR in the 8th breaks his shutout.

      The White Sox and Orioles trade 4-3 wins at Memorial Stadium.  Chicago’s Ray Herbert gives up a homer to John Orsino in the 3rd inning of game 2, snapping his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 38 innings (beginning on May 1). Orsino does it again in the 5th as he drives in all 3 runs for the O’s. Herbert goes 8 innings as the Sox win in 10 innings. Herbert will give up 22 runs in his next 4 starts.

      Indians vet Pedro Ramos pitches 8+ innings to beat the Twins, 6-4 in game 1.  Minnesota scores 2 in the 9th of the nightcap on a 2-run homer by Lenny Green to edge the Tribe, 7-6.  Joe Adcock supplies most of the offense for Cleveland with a pair of homers and 6 RBIs.

21st  Jim Maloney ties the modern ML record with 8 consecutive strikeouts, from the 1st to the 4th innings, against the Braves. Maloney finishes with 16 strikeouts in the 2–0 win, but needs relief help from Bill Henry, who retires the last 2 batters.

      At Kansas City, Mantle homers in the first inning off Orlando Pena, then adds another in the 5th. Maris follows with another homer and New York wins, 7–4.

22nd  The all-time shortest managerial career ends after one game—a loss—when Eddie Yost, who replaced Mickey Vernon (14-26) as the Senators pilot, is replaced by Gil Hodges. Hodges was acquired today from the Mets, who receive veteran Jimmy Piersall.

      With Tom Haller hitting a grand slam, the first-place Giants score 7 runs in the 4th to coast to a 10-2 win over the visiting Phillies.

      Los Angeles’ Don Drysdale beats the Mets, 7–3, allowing just two hits—homers by Duke Snider and Tim Harkness.

.     At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 7–0 lead and allows Kansas City to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Mantle, leading off the 11th, is fooled by Bill Fischer on a slow curve, then cannons a 2–2 pitch that almost clears the RF roof. “The hardest ball I ever hit,” Mantle later comments, a ball that, by some accounts, was still rising when it struck a foot below the top.  It is conservatively estimated by Dr. James McDonald, a physicist who studies long-ball trajectories, that the ball would have traveled 620 feet if it had not struck the facade. “That was the only homer I ever hit that the bat actually bent in my hands,” Mantle tells Dale Long, from whom he borrowed the bat.

23rd  Baltimore vet Robin Roberts two-hits the Senators to win 6–0.  Both hits are by weak-hitting Eddie Brinkman.

      Pittsburgh trades OF Bob Skinner to the Reds for OF Jerry Lynch.

24th  Harmon Killebrew has a grand slam and 5 RBIs before being replaced in LF by Jimmie Hall.  Hall then delivers a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th for an 8-6 Twins win over the White Sox.

      At Wrigley, the Colt 45’s gun down the Cubs, 6-5, in 12 innings.  Al Spangler reaches base in the 12th with his 4th hit of the game and a wild pitch and single scores him.  Hal Woodeshick pitches 5+ innings of scoreless relief for the win. Ken Hubbs has 4 hits and Dick Bertell 5 hits for the Cubs.

25th The Indians acquire C Joe Azcue and SS Dick Howser from the A’s for C Doc Edwards and $100,000.

26th  Cleveland C John Romano suffers a fractured finger, which will keep him out of the lineup for 5 weeks, and the Indians compound the fracture by losing twice to the first-place Orioles 10–6 and 6–1. Baltimore reliever Wes Stock picks up both victories in the doubleheader with 5 innings of work.

      The Cardinals and Mets split a doubleheader at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis takes the opener, 7-4, as Bill White and Clete Boyer combine to go 9-for-9. Charlie James cracks a 3-run pinch homer in the Birds 4-run 8th.  New York wins the second game, 3-2 in 11 innings by scoring the winning run on 2 errors and no hits.

      The Phillies sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 10-4 and 3-0.  Roy Sievers hits an 8th inning grand slam to put away game 1, and Ray Culp spins a 3-hitter in game 2.

28th  The first-place Orioles win their 9th straight game, a Robin Roberts 4–2 victory over the A’s.

      At Comiskey, the Indians beat the 3rd-place White Sox, 3-2, pinning the loss on starter Ray Herbert. Herbert gives up a run in the 5th, the first score at home after a ML-record run of 53 scoreless innings (4 in 1962). He had thrown 5 straight shutouts at Comiskey.

      Called out at 1B on a close play for the 2nd time, Roberto Clemente inadvertently strikes umpire Bill Jackowski. Clemente is ejected, fined $250, and suspended for 5 days. The Pirates lose 5–1 to the Phils.

      At Milwaukee, the Dodgers score 6 runs in the top of the 9th as Sandy Koufax wins, 7-0, over the Braves.  On a double steal in the 9th, Dodger catcher Johnny Roseboro steals home while Dick Tracewski swipes 3B. It is Roseboro’s 4th steal of home.

      Howie Goss has a triple and two homers to drive in 6 runs, but he is most of the Houston offense as they fall to the Cardinals, 8-7. Bill White has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs while Curt Flood’s 4th hit of the game drives in pinchrunner Tim McCarver with the winning run in the 10th.

29th Vic Power has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Earl Battey adds a 3-run homer as the Twins paste the Senators, 10-1. Dick Stigman pitches a 2-hitter for the win.

30th At the Polo Grounds, Larry Jackson strikes out 10 as the Cubs whitewash the Mets, 12-0, in game 1. Ron Santo has 5 hits for the Cubs. The Mets come back in game 2 to win, 2-1, on Jay Hook’s 2-hitter.

31stKansas City pitcher Orlando Pena allows 3 solo homers but trumps that with his first career homer, a grand slam, as the Athletics whip the Senators, 9-3.

      Wes Covington’s swinging bunt in the 5th inning is the only Phillie hit off Dick Ellsworth as the Cubs righty wins, 2–0.

      Veteran pitcher Early Wynn signs with the Indians. The Tribe gives him uniform # 38, rather than his old #24.