1964 May

1st  The visiting Cubs make it look easy, scoring 10 runs in the first inning to shoot down the Colt 45s 11–3. Billy Williams has a grand slam and a single for 5 RBIs (a club record) in the big inning, and adds a run-scoring double in the 8th to lead Chicago.

      Earl Battey has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Twins double the Athletics, 10-5.

      Whitey Ford allows just two hits and the Yankees edge the Senators, 1-0.

2nd  Minnesota becomes the 3rd club to hit 4 consecutive HRs in one inning. Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, and Harmon Killebrew do the damage in an 11th-inning explosion that gives the visiting Twins a 7–3 win at Kansas City. The first three clouts are served up by Dan Pfister, and the last by Vern Handrahan. The Twins total 6 homers in the win.

3rd  Reliever John Wyatt picks up two wins for the A’s in a sweep of the Twins. Wyatt totals 3 2/3 innings of work.

      Trailing the Mets 5–1 in the 7th at Crosley Field, pinch hitter Marty Keough belts a 3-run homer and Hal Smith adds a  2-run pinch single in the 8th for a 6–5 Reds win.

      At Boston, Carl Yastrzemski has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs as the Red Sox outslug the Tigers, 11-7.

      Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits 4 HRs in one 9-inning game against the Hanshin Tigers to set a Japanese record, and tie the American ML record held by 7 players.

4th  Leon Wagner has 5 RBIs and breaks a 3-3 tie in the 7th with a grand slam as the Indians trip the host Red Sox, 7-5. Rookie Bill Spanswick allows all the Tribes’ runs.

      Bob Allison hits 2 homers and drives in 5 runs but that’s it for the Twins scoring as they lose to the host White Sox, 10-5.

5th  To foil Sadaharu Oh, the Hiroshima Carp use an exaggerated shift that places all fielders in right and center, leaving LF unguarded. Oh responds by hitting a 400-foot HR to RF.

6th  The Yanks hit 4 home runs—two by Hector Lopez and one apiece by Mantle and Maris—to back Jim Bouton’s 9–2 opening win over the Senators. Washington comes back from a 4–0 deficit to win the nightcap, 5–4, despite a 3 -run Mantle homer off starter Claude Osteen.

7th  Tony Oliva collects 4 hits, including 2 homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs as the Twins beat the Angels, 9-1.  Jim Kaat is the winner giving up a single run on a Joe Adcock homer.

8thIn Cleveland, there are tornado warnings, but New York supplies damage when Mantle cracks a 3-run homer off Tommy John in the 4th inning to lead New York to a 10–3 win.

      Charlie Lau hits a pinch homer in the top of the 10th as Kansas City edges the Twins, 6-5. Nelson Mathews contributes a 3-run double for KC and Jimmie Hall has a 3-run homer for Minnesota. LF Harmon Killebrew throws out Ed Charles at home in the 9th to send it into overtime.  It is the Killer’s only assist this year as he plays the outfield exclusively.

9th  At Cleveland, Pedro Ramos gives up 4 home runs to New York–Tony Kubek, Mantle, Pepitone, and Hector Lopez—as the Yankees win 6–2.

11th  Fred Whitfield hits a 4th inning grand slam and Larry Brown adds a 3-run homer in the 8th as Cleveland takes a 10-run lead into the 9th against Boston. The Red Sox put a scare into the Tribes with a 6-run 9th, all after 2 are out, and Cleveland wins, 11-7.

12th  The Cardinals Curt Simmons continues to beat up on the Phillies, winning 4–2, with relief help from Roger Craig.  Since the Phillies released him in 1960, Simmons is 13–2 against them.

      Gary Geiger’s recurring ulcer problems forces his retirement from the Red Sox for this year.

13th  The Reds buy Ryne Duren from the Phillies.

14th  Don Zimmer belts a 2nd-inning grand slam off Robin Roberts to provide all the scoring as the Senators beat the Orioles, 4-1.  Buster Narum wins his first of the year.

15th  Filling in for Bill White, whose consecutive-game streak ends at 284 because of a muscle strain, Jeoff Long hits a towering drive that bounces off the top of the scoreboard in left field, over 400 feet away to snap a 6-6 tie between the Cards and Braves. The two-run shot, Long’s only major league homer, comes off knuckleballer Bobby Tiefenauer. St. Louis wins, 10-6, over the visiting Braves. Julian Javier hits grand slam in the 1st inning off Denny Lemaster.

      Diego Segui scatters 9 hits and walks two as the Kansas City cutie shuts out the Yankees, 11-0.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, Mantle hits his 13th homer of the year, off Joe Grzenda, and New York pounds the A’s, 10–6.

17thMickey Mantle’s homer in the 1st starts the scoring and New York outslugs the A’s, 11–9, in the first of two. Mantle scores 3 times. Tom Tresh has a 3-run homer and Hector Lopez 3 RBIs. Dick Green hits two triples and has 3 RBIs for the A’s. In the nightcap, Whitey Ford scatters 4 hits and Joe Pepitone has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and 4 RBIs.  The sweep puts the Yanks in a tie for first place.

      In game 2 at Fenway, Harmon Killebrew hits a grand slam and Earl Battey adds a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th as the Twins edge the Sox, 6-5. It is Killebrew’s 5th homer in 5 games.  The Sox use a 6-run 7th in the opener to win, 6-2.

18thAt Colt Stadium, the Phillies Jim Bunning fires a one-hitter, giving up a single in the 5th inning to Jimmy Wynn.  The Phils top the Colts, 4-0.

20th  Led by Johnny Callison’s 5-for-5, the Phillies snap Juan Marichal’s 12-game win streak and beat the Giants in San Francisco, 7–2.

      At Crosley Field, Joe Torre belts a 9th inning grand slam as the Braves top the Reds, 7-3. Torre has 3 hits and 5 RBIs for the game.

      Three straight singles in the 8th score a run for the Cardinals as the Birds edge the Cubs, 1-0, behind Bob Gibson. Gibson strikes out 12 and retires the last 17 batters. Larry Jackson takes the loss.

21st  Manny Jimenez cracks an 8th inning grand slam for the Athletics, but Kansas City falls short, losing to the Orioles, 7-6.

22nd  Baltimore edges the Twins 6–5, scoring 2 runs in the 9th for the victory. Twins reliever Jerry Arrigo allows a 2-out HR to Sam Bowens, his 2nd HR of the game, then throws three balls to John Orsino before being lifted for Bill Fischer. Fischer throws a strike to Orsino who then hits his next pitch for the winning HR. It is Fischer’s last ML throw: on the 24th he is placed on the voluntarily retired list.

23rd  At New York, Bobby Knoop has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Angels to a 9-5 win over the Yankees. This is the 2nd game this season that the injury-plagued Yanks have started their regular outfield of Mantle, Maris and Tresh. Mantle will pull a muscle on the 26th, keeping him out of the lineup for 2 weeks, but today he has a homer and double off Haloes starter Bo Belinsky.

      White Sox P John Buzhardt has 3 RBIs, 2 in the 9-run 2nd inning, as the Sox roll up the Senators, 14-2. Pete Ward has a grand slam in the 2nd and collects 5 RBIs.

24th  Seven shutouts in both leagues tie the ML record for blankings in one day.

Cubs speedster Lou Brock steals home for the first time, combining with Billy Williams on a double steal in the 1st inning of game one at Cincinnati. But the Reds win, 6–5 and 12–4.

      Dick Stuart is the difference today as the Red Sox sweep a pair from Kansas City.  In game 1, Stuart clubs a grand slam off Moe Drabowsky in the 8th inning to break a tie and give the Sox a 6-2 victory.  In game 2, his 4th inning 2-run homer breaks a tie as Boston wins, 3-1. Rookie Ed Connally notches his first ML victory.

      Mantle hits his second homer, off Fred Newman, in two days to start the scoring for New York. The Yanks top the Angels, 8–5.

25th  Ground is broken for a new stadium in St. Louis.

26th  Washington’s Jim King hits for the cycle against Boston pitcher Earl Wilson, but it is not enough as the Red Sox win, 3–2.

      In Chicago, the Mets set 6 club records in overwhelming the Cubs, 19–1.  Coming off 20 straight scoreless innings in Houston, the Mets jump on Bob Buhl, and 5 relief pitchers for 23 hits, including 17 singles.  Dick Smith becomes the first Met to notch 5 hits in a game as every Met in the lineup has a hit and RBI.  Jack Fisher is the easy winner.

      Vernon Law and the Pirates subdue the Phillies, 13–4. Cookie Rojas has an inside-the-park HR for Philadelphia and Johnny Callison hits one outside. But Jim Pagliaroni has a grand slam for Pittsburgh.

      The Indians complain that Whitey Ford is defacing the ball with his wedding ring, which is wrapped in tape, and after he removes the ring, he exists with one out in the 9th and the game tied at 2–2. Pete Mikkelson is the victor when Bobby Richardson singles home the winner, 3–2. Richardson has a pair of triples and Roger Maris hits a HR.

27thThe first two leadoff batters for the Giants—Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider—belt homers off Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson. That’s all the scoring the Giants get, but it’s enough as they win, 2–1.

      Bunting practice tomorrow, Skip?  In a Cubs win over the visiting Mets, two Cubs batters are called out for running into their own bunts in fair territory (as noted by Tom Ruane). Frank Thomas in the 1stand Ron Santo in the 7thare called out for the running errors.  The Cubs win, 7-1, behind Dick Ellsworth’s complete game.

29th  The Reds and Dodgers play 17 innings before the game is a called at 2–2. All 4 runs come in the 12th inning. NL rules state that no inning may start after 12:50 a.m.

      In Detroit, Pete Ward’s 6th inning grand slam off Dave Wickersham provides all the Sox scoring as Chicago wins, 4-1. John Buzhardt is the victor.

31st  Before 57,037 at the Polo Grounds, the Mets and Giants square off in a Memorial Day doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. and doesn’t conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal’s 5–3, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 6–1 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for 5 to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher’s 3-run homer that bounces off Mays’ glove over the fence. Mays ends the game at shortstop. Eventually, with 2 out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 8–6 after 7 hours and 22 minutes—a record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. In the 14th, the Giants put two runners on and the Mets respond with a triple play, the latest in ML history.  It is the 6th pulled off in the NL and the last ML triple play this century in extra innings. There have been no extra-inning triple plays in the AL (one in the FL). Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of 9 hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York’s 22 K’s in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.

      At Pittsburgh, the Dodgers score a pair in the 8th to break a tie and beat the Pirates, 6-4.  Sandy Koufax goes 7 innings for the win, surrendering a long homer to Roberto Clemente in the 3rd. After retiring, Sandy mentions the hit in his autobiography: “Roberto Clemente hit an outside fastball that was still rising when it hit against the light tower in left center field, 450 feet away from home plate. And on a 1-2 pitch at that.”