1966 May

1st  In his 2nd start, Sam McDowell has to settle for a one-hitter. Don Buford’s 3rd-inning double is Chicago’s only hit in Cleveland’s 1–0 win. McDowell becomes the first pitcher since Whitey Ford (September 1955) to pitch back-to-back one-hitters.

      In the first of two games today, the Angels and Red Sox combine for 9 DPs, setting an AL record, and tying the ML mark. Boston and the Twins will match it for a regulation game in 1990. California wins, 6–1, then loses the nightcap, 9–1.

      After Rollie Sheldon tops Whitey Ford, 1-0, the Yankees rebound in game 2 with a 10-4 win over the A’s. Roger Maris hits his first of the year, Roy White hits his 3rd and New York throws in a triple steal with Tom Tresh swiping home. It is the third steal of home by a Yankee in this series.

      The Orioles set a club record with their 10th straight win, beating Detroit, 4–1.

3rd  Cleveland regains first place when Luis Tiant (3–0) hurls his 3rd straight shutout and blanks the Yanks, 1–0.

4th  Willie Mays hits a NL record 512th HR—topping another Giant, Mel Ott—and the Giants beat the Dodgers 6–1.

      Tribe SS Larry Brown and LF Leon Wagner are both hurt in a severe collision at Yankee Stadium. Brown suffers a fractured skull, cheekbone, and nose. Wagner receives a broken nose and slight concussion. Cleveland wins, 2–1, behind starter Sonny Siebert.

      The Mets Jack Hamilton just misses a no-hitter as he beats the Cardinals, 8–0.  The only Bird bingle is a 2-strike bunt by pitcher Ray Sadecki that catches Mets 3B Ken Boyer playing back.

5th The Astros edge the Cubs, 4–3, in 13 innings as Frank Carpin gets his only ML win without throwing a pitch. With two out and Adolfo Phillips on second base and Glenn Beckert on first, Carpin comes in to pitch. The Cubs promptly pull a successful double steal. As Carpin again prepares to pitch, an emboldened Phillips tries to steal home and is out. When the Astros score in the bottom of the 13th, Carpin is the victor without facing a batter.

6th With the score deadlocked at 3–3, the Pirates score 4 in the 11th, then watch the Phillies come back with 5 runs to win 8–7. The 9 runs scored is a ML record for the 11th inning.

7th  With the Yankees winning only 4 of the first 20 games, GM Ralph Houk fires Johnny Keane and installs himself as Yankees manager. New York will win 13 of the next 17 under Houk.

      San Francisco sets a modern NL record (for the inning) by scoring 13 runs in the 3rd inning en route to a 15–2 win at St. Louis. The 13 runs are also the most scored in the 3rd inning by two teams. Orlando Cepeda clubs a grand slam in the frame, and Juan Marichal (6-0) collects two hits in the inning, for the second time in his career. Herm Wehmeier is the only other pitcher since 1900 to twice collect 2 hits in an inning (Mark Portugal will od it, according to historian Mike Emeigh).  For the Cards, it is the third time in their history they’ve been burned for 13 runs in a frame. It will happen again on August 24, 1993.

      Dodger Jim Lefebvre hits HRs right- and lefthanded in the same game, as Los Angeles routs Cincinnati 14–2. On June 5th, teammate Wes Parker will match Lefebvre. The Dodgers hit 6 homers, including one by Don Drysdale.

8th  Orioles RF Frank Robinson hits the first ball ever hit completely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, a 451-foot shot, ending Luis Tiant’s scoreless-innings streak at 27. Baltimore wins 8–3 and ties Cleveland for first place.

      In a controversial trade for San Francisco, St. Louis acquires popular 1B Orlando Cepeda from the Giants for P Ray Sadecki. Sadecki will go 3-7 in 1966, and Cepeda will win the MVP in St. Louis in 1967.

      In the first of two, Rico Petrocelli has three hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Red Sox whip the Twins, 8-1. Earl Wilson goes 5+ innings for the victory. Boston sweeps, winning the nightcap 4-1.

      In the last game at old Busch Stadium, San Francisco slugs out a 10–5 win over St. Louis.

9th  At Minneapolis, the Yankees (6–20) edge the Twins, 3–2. Maris, Mantle, and Pepitone, with the game-winner in the 9th inning, hit homers for New York.

10th  The Tigers purchase P Johnny Podres from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

11thThe Yankees purchase SS Dick Schofield from the Giants: they’ll trade him to the Dodgers on September 10.

12th  The Cardinals open new Busch Memorial Stadium with a 12-inning, 4–3, win over the Braves.

13th  Giant Jim Davenport’s 17th-inning HR beats the Mets 5–4 before 56,658 fans, the largest night crowd ever at Shea Stadium. The first-place Giants (22-7) now have 12 straight wins.

15th  Rocky Mount (Carolina League) teammates Dick Drago and Darrell Clark each pitch 7-inning no-hitters against Greensboro, Drago winning 5–0 in the opener, His roommate Clark wins 2–0 in the nightcap.

16th  Chuck Dressen suffers his 2nd heart attack in 2 years. Coach Bob Swift again takes the helm of the Tigers.

17th  Reds ace Jim Maloney allows 2 hits in shutting out the Mets, 4–0, at Shea.

      Rico Petrocelli hits his second grand slam in 9 days, off Gene Braebender, but the Red Sox fall to the second-place Orioles, 8-6.

19th  In the 5th inning, Cubs C Randy Hundley triples off P Dick Farrell and steals home against his replacement Gary Kroll.  The  Cubs beat Houston, 5–1.

25th  At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks maul the Angels 11–6.  Mantle has two homers, one off Dean Chance and the other coming off reliever Lew Burdette.

      The Cardinals break open their game with the Cubs, scoring 7 in the 8th to win, 9-1. Ted Abernathy gives up 6 runs in the inning, including a grand slam to Curt Flood.

26th  The Giants Juan Marichal pitches all 14 innings in a 1–0 win over Philadelphia. Jim Bunning matches him for 11 innings before being relieved. Marichal is 9-0.

27th  The White Sox trade 1B/OF Danny Cater to the A’s for IF Wayne Causey.

Washington’s Phil Ortega becomes the 2nd Senators hurler to fan 7 straight batters, tying the AL record for consecutive strikeouts and winning a 3–2 decision against the Red Sox.

28th  Boston leads Washington, 6-0, after 7 innings, but Washington makes it close when Jim King hits a grand slam in the 8th. The final is 6-5.

29th  Ron Santo’s 10th-inning HR gives the Cubs a 3–2 win over Atlanta. The day before, he beat the Braves with a 3-run, 12th-inning HR in an 8–5 win. The back-to-back walkoff hits will not be matched by any other Cub until 2015.

      Don Lock hits a 3-run HR in the first for all the Washington scoring against Boston but Phil Ortega makes it hold up for a 3-2 win. Ortega strikes out 7 batters in a row.

30th  Denny McLain pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the month. Phil Roof’s 5th-inning double is Kansas City’s only safety in Detroit’s 5–2 win.

      John Buzhardt outduels Earl Wilson as the White Sox edge the Red Sox, 1-0, in the first of 2.  Jack Lamabe does even better in game 2 as Chicago wins, 1-0, on a one-hitter. Joey Foy’s 8th inning single in the lone hit.

31st  California’s Rick Reichardt ties the ML strikeout record for extra-inning games with 6 K’s in a 17-inning, 7–5 loss to the Indians.

      Chicago’s Ron Santo sets a NL record by appearing in his 364th straight game at 3B, as the Cubs win 2–1 at Pittsburgh.