1965 May

1st  Dodgers LF Tommy Davis suffers a fractured ankle sliding into 2nd base in a 4–2 win over the visiting Giants. Davis will not reappear until October 3rd.

      In a 9–8 loss at Detroit, Boston’s Chuck Schilling ties a ML record with his 2nd straight pinch-hit HR in back-to-back games. But Boston loses both.

3rdThe Indians claim minor-league OF Joe Rudi on waivers from the KC Athletics.

      The Yankees trade John Blanchard (.147) and P Roland Sheldon to Kansas City for C John Edwards. Edwards will replace the injured Elston Howard.

4th  Masanori Murakami arrives in San Francisco from Japan to rejoin the Giants as a relief pitcher, ending a bitter contract dispute between the Giants and his home team, the Nankai Hawks. Murakami will have a good season; appearing in 45 games, winning 4 and losing one, and saving 8 He gives up 57 hits in 74 innings, fans 85, and walks only 22 while posting an ERA of 3.50.

      To take the place of the injured Tommy Davis, the Dodgers bring up 31-year-old Lou Johnson from Spokane. The veteran will hit .259 in Dodger blue.

5th  Elston Howard undergoes elbow surgery. The Yankees catcher is out until June 4th.

      In a great matchup in New York, the Phillies Jim Bunning hits a HR and beats Warren Spahn, 1–0. For Bunning, it is his 6th complete game victory against the Mets in 6 starts, 3 of them shutouts. He has 6 assists, including a pickoff at 2B.

7th  The Cardinals Bob Gibson is sensational as he one-hits the Phillies to win, 2-0. Johnny Callison’s single to start the 4th is the lone hit. Lou Brock has 4 hits for the Birds.

8th  Elmira (Eastern League) beats Springfield 2–1 in 27 innings, a new (but broken June 14, 1966) record for organized baseball’s longest game. The attendance is 386 fans as the game runs 6:24. Fred Beene picks up the win, pitching the last 12 innings. The game is scoreless for 25 innings, with both teams scoring in the 26th, and finally Elmira breaks through in the 27th.  Elmira is managed by Earl Weaver.

      A ML-record streak of 438 chances accepted without an error and 89 straight errorless games by Baltimore 2B Jerry Adair ends with his 8th-inning fumble in a 4–3, 15-inning loss to the Tigers.

      In the nightcap of a Carolina League game at Hampton, pitcher John Keller of the Peninsula Grays has his skull fractured by a bat during an on field fracas between the Grays and the Porstmouth Tides. Keller was on the bench when the fight started and Portsmouth winning, 15-4.

9th  In the 2nd game, Cleveland (5) and Boston combine for 9 double plays, tying an AL record. Cleveland sweeps the pair, 9-4 and 10-7, as Fred Whitfield has 7 hits and 6 RBI for the Tribe. In game 2, Rocky Colavito and pitcher Sonny Siebert homer.

      The Mets win 5-4 in the 9th after losing the opener to the visiting Braves, 8–2. With his mother in the stands for Mother’s Day, Joe Torre has 6 hits including 3 homers for the afternoon. He sits the last 2 innings of the opener as Denis Menke’s 3-run homer and Mack Jones’ 2-run homer give Tony Cloninger all the support he needs.

      Quincy (Midwest League) pitcher Jim Ellis does it all as he pitches a one-hitter and goes 5-for-6 at the plate, including three homers, one a grand slam as his team downs Dubuque, 25-0. The Cub farmhand will have a cup of coffee in Chicago, going 1-1, but arm trouble will stay his career.  Today’s game is played in Dyersville, Iowa because of flooding in the two ball parks.

10th  At Fenway Park, the 9th place Yankees lose again, 3–2, when Yaz outhits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yastrzemski hits a pair of homers and sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3-for-4 with a homer. After Mantle doubles with two outs in the 9th, starter Jim Lonborg is lifted and Dick Radatz gets the final out. It is Lonborg’s first major league win. Before the game the Yankees trade INF Pedro Gonzalez to Cleveland in exchange for 1B Ray Barker. Barker will help fill in for the injured Maris.

11thMel Stottlemyre stops the Red Sox, 5–3, and Mantle reaches base 4 times, once on his 6th homer of the year.

      The Pirates put Elroy Face on the DL, and he’ll remain there till August 24.

13th  Twenty-five-year-old Angels P Dick Wantz dies following brain surgery for a brain tumor. He appeared in one game, April 13th, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2 in one inning pitched against Cleveland.

      The Angels top the White Sox, 7-3, with the win going to reliever Dean Chance, who works 3 innings. In the 2nd inning, the Sox make all their outs on the basepaths.

14th At Fenway, the Tigers score 4 runs in the 10th inning off reliever Dick Radatz to win 12–8.  Terry Fox is the winner. For the 2nd game in a row, Willie Horton clouts 2 HRs and drives in 5 runs for Detroit. For Boston, Yaz hits for the cycle, and adds a 2nd homer to drive in 5 runs.

15th  Haywood Sullivan replaces Mel McGaha as skipper of the A’s.

      Cubs P Dick Ellsworth throws a one-hitter at the Dodgers, but unfortunately the only hit is a three-run pinch HR by Al Ferrara in the 8th inning that gives Los Angeles a 3–1 win.

      At D.C. Stadium, the Indians and Senators each hit three homers as Washington prevails, 9-7. Chuck Hinton has a grand slam for the Tribe.

      At Memorial Stadium, Mantle slices an opposite field homer in the 8th inning off Dick Hall to give New York a 3–2 win over the Orioles.

      Dick Stuart hits a 3rd-inning grand slam to put the Phillies in the lead and they hold on to beat the Braves, 6-4.

16th  Oriole teenager Jim Palmer picks up his first major league win, topping the Yankees, 7–5.  Palmer also bangs his first major league homer, a two-run drive off Jim Bouton, to give himself the victory margin.

      In the first of two, Ken McMullen hits an 11th inning walkoff homer off reliever Dick Donovan as the Senators edge the Indians, 8-7. Frank Howard has a homer and 4 RBIs for the Nats. In game 2, Fred Whitfield cracks a pinch grand slam and Luis Tiant beats the Senators, 7-3.

17th  At Chavez Ravine, Don Mincher cracks a pinch homer to tie the game at 4–4, but the Angels push across a run in the 10th to top Minnesota, 5–4. Bob Lee is the winner.  Mincher’s homer will be the only Twins round tripper this year at Chavez.

18th  At Tiger Stadium, the Senators win a slugfest, 15-9, as Frank Howard has a grand slam and Willie Kirkland a homer and 4 RBIs. Dick McAuliffe is a double shy of the cycle for the Bengals.

      At Yankee Stadium, Tom Tresh hits an RBI-triple in the 12th off Dick Radatz to give the Yanks a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

20th  At Fenway, Felix Mantilla drives in all 5 runs as the Red Sox beat the Senators, 5-2. Four come in on Felix’s grand slam in the 1st inning.

      At County Stadium, Eddie Mathews hits a 5th-inning grand slam, off Warren Spahn, as the Braves beat the Mets, 7-1. Ron Swoboda’s RBI-single is the only hit off Wade Blasingame.

21stVic Davalillo, with a single, double and HR, has 6 RBIs to pace the Indians to an 11-6 win over the visiting Red Sox.

      In an 8-1 Giants win over Houston, Willie McCovey leads the way with 4 RBIs. Ron Herbel (3-3) has an RBI single for his first career hit after 55 at bats without a safety.

22nd The Pirates and Giants trade infielders, Dick Schofield going to San Francisco and Jose Pagan to Pittsburgh. The Pirates come out ahead on the trade as Pagan will spend 7 years with the Bucs.

23rd  The Dodgers score 2 in the 1st off Bob Buhl, but then are shut out for the next 15 innings by Cubs pitching. Chicago scores in the 6th and 9th and finally in the 16th on a bases loaded walk to George Altman. Dick Ellsworth is the winner over Howie Reed in the longest game of the year.

      The Braves trade OF Lee Maye to the Astros for P Ken Johnson and OF Jim Beauchamp.

      At County Stadium, the Pirates score 6 runs in the 9th to pull away from the Braves, 10-1. Andre Rodgers has a grand slam to cap the scoring.

24th  At Yankee Stadium, Joe Pepitone cracks a grand slam and Phil Linz and Clete Boyer have 3 hits and 3 runs apiece as the Yanks swamp the Indians, 15-5. Mel Stottlemyre allows 14 hits in the victory.     

      Bill Freehan hits two homeruns, including a grand slam, as the Tigers down the host first-place White Sox, 8-3. Mickey Lolich (6-2) is the winner.

25th  Nine different players–Twins (5) and Red Sox (4)–hit HRs, tying a ML record. Earl Battey has a homer and 5 RBIs as Minnesota wins the slugfest, 17–5. Boston’s Gerry Moses, age 18 years and 9 months, goes into the record books when he pinch hits his first homer, off Mudcat Grant.  Moses is the youngest player to ever pinch hit a round tripper.

      In a matchup of aces, Don Drysdale and the Dodgers top Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 2-0. It is Gibson’s first loss after 8 wins. Drysdale allows just one hit—a leadoff single by Curt Flood.

26th  In St. Louis, Sandy Koufax deliberately hits Lou Brock with a pitch in the 3rd inning after Brock’s 1st inning play against the Dodgers. Brock bunted safely in the 1st, then stole 2B and 3B before scoring on a sacrifice fly. “In the dugout, Don Drysdale told rookie Jim Lefebvre, ‘Frenchie, I feel sorry for that man.’ (Jane Leavy’s “Sandy Koufax, A Lefty’s Legacy.”). Years later, Koufax will admit that this was the first and only time he deliberately hit a batter.  Brock answers by stealing 2B, then leaves the game in the 5th inning. Bob Uecker scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as the Cardinals win, 2-1, behind Curt Simmons.

29th  OF Harvey Kuenn, P Bob Hendley and C Ed Bailey are traded from the Giants to the Cubs for C Dick Bertell and 1B/OF Len Gabrielson.

      Orioles club president Joe Inglehart sells his 32 percent holding in the club to National Brewing Company President Jerry Hoffberger and club treasurer Zanvyl Krieger.

      Mickey Lolich’s 10-inning win is Detroit’s 2nd straight 2-hit 1–0 win against Cleveland.

      Dick Allen cranks a 529-foot home run over the left CF roof at Connie Mack Stadium in the 1st inning off Chicago’s Larry Jackson. The Phils win, 4–2.

      Lou Johnson hits 2 HRs to back Don Drysdale’s pitching and give the Dodgers a 5–3 win over the Braves.

30th  Mickey Mantle’s 4th inning homer off Gary Peters opens the scoring for New York, and they win, 3–2 over host Chicago.

31st  Chuck Dressen is back managing the Tigers after a preseason heart attack.