1967 May

1stDennis Bennett gives the Red Sox a 4–0 win over California and Jorge Rubio. Bennett homers in his own cause and George Scott homers as well.

2nd  Washington and Kansas split a pair, each by 1-0 scores. Pete Richert is the winner for Washington in the opener, beating Lew Krausse.  Catfish Hunter returns the compliment, topping Jim Hannan in game 2.

6th  Washington’s Darrell Knowles beats California, 2–0, with the winning margin coming on homers by Bob Chance and Paul Casanova.

9th  At Wrigley, Ron Santo is 5-for-5 and Glenn Beckert has a HR and 3 RBIs as the Cubs thrash the Giants, 10-2. Ray Culp and Bill Hands combine on the win.

10th  In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron drives a ball to deep CF and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.

      Adolpho Phillips steals home to help the Cubs edge the Giants, 5–4.

      The Mets acquire 3B Ed Charles from the Athletics for infielder Bob Johnson.  Charles will be the oldest starter for the Mets.

12th  At Yankee Stadium, the Orioles apply an old-fashioned whomping on the Yankees, beating them, 14-0, on Jim Palmer’s one hitter. Horace Clarke, with a leadoff single in the 7th, is New York’s only baserunner. Frank Robinson has 3 hits and 4 RBIs and Paul Blair 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Andy Etchebarren has 4 hits. Whitey Ford gives up just a run before departing after three innings, but the runs quickly come after that. Ford had beaten the Orioles 30 times, the most wins by any pitcher over the Birds.

13th  At Fenway, the Tigers outslug the Red Sox, 10–8, with the victory going to Moose Korince.  Moose will end his career this year at 1-0, the only undefeated Canadian pitcher in the majors.

14th  Mickey Mantle becomes the 6th member of the 500-HR club in New York’s 6–5 win against Baltimore. Mantle connects batting left-handed off Stu Miller.

      A 62-year-old AL mark is broken when Don Demeter’s 8th-inning double in the 2nd game becomes the 28th extra-base hit in the Red Sox’s 8–5 and 13–9 victories over Detroit. Fifty hits bombard Fenway, 26 by the Tigers. Each team has 6 homers. The Sox have 9 doubles, plus a triple, while the Tigers add 6. The barrage erases the former record of 27 set by the Red Sox and A’s in 1905. The Cards and Cubs established the ML high mark in 1931 with 35.

      In the first of two at Dodger Stadium, Don Drysdale (2-3) drives in a run and pitches 10 innings as the Dodgers top the Cubs, 2-1. In Game 2, Ken Holtzman (4-0) hurls 11 innings and starts the scoring in the 3-run 11th with a single as the Cubs top the Dodgers, 6-3.

15th  Roberto Clemente clubs three homers to drive in all 7 runs for Pittsburgh—but it’s not enough.  The Reds win, 8–7.

16th  Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.

On the field, the Phillies tie a NL record with their 11th straight errorless game. But they still lose 4–3 to St. Louis.

17th  The Orioles become the 8th club in AL history with 4 or more HRs in one inning when Andy Etchebarren, Sam Bowen, Boog Powell, and Dave Johnson connect in a 9-run 7th.  Also homering for Baltimore is Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Paul Blair, the only time 7 teammates have each homered. Those HRs make the difference in a 12–8 Baltimore win over the Red Sox. Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski hits 2 homers, one coming in the bottom of the 7th; the total of 5 in one inning equals the ML record. Rounding out the round trippers is Don Demeter for Boston. The 9 homers by different players ties the AL mark.

      Philadelphia defenders record just one assist in a 7–1 victory over the Reds. This ties the NL record for fewest assists in a 9-inning game. Jim Bunning is the winning pitcher.

      At Atlanta, the Braves trip the Mets and Tom Seaver, 4-3, using homers from Denis Menke, Hank Aaron and a walkoff homer in the 9th by Joe Torre. But the Braves lose starting pitcher Bob Bruce. According to a later account, noted by historian Craig Wright, Seaver liked to dig a hole by the rubber with his toe. Bruce, in pitching to Seaver in the 6th dips his toe in the hole, gets it caught under the rubber, and breaks a rib which separates from the cartilage. Bruce will be in pain for several weeks, and come back for a few ineffective innings next month before ending his ML career.

      Behind 8–2 to the Indians, the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning.  The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the RF bleachers. New York falls short, losing, 8–7.

      Mantle, Tresh and Pepitone all homer off Cleveland’s Steve Hargan, but the Tribe answers with a grand slam by Leon Wagner and a 2-run homer by Fred Whitfield to edge the Bombers, 8-7.

      Willie Horton belts two homers and Jim Northrup adds a grand slam as the 2nd-place Tigers whip the Senators, 8-1. Joe Sparma improves his record to 4-0.

19th  Detroit’s Mickey Lolich stops the Yankees on five hits to win, 4–2. Mantle has a homer and drives in both New York runs.

20th  At Wrigley, the Cubs pound Los Angeles, 20–3 to give Ken Holtzman (5–0) a win before he leaves tomorrow for a 6-month tour of duty in the Army. The hitting stars are Adolpho Phillips with 6 RBI, Randy Hundley with a grand slam, and Glenn Beckert with a double and an inside-the-park HR. Rounding out the scoring is Ted Savage’s steal of home. In the Dodger dugout in 7th inning, Don Drysdale waves a white handkerchief of surrender. Holtzman will pitch on weekend passes and tack on another 4 wins without a loss.

      At Tiger Stadium, Denny McLain beats the Yankees, 3–1. New York’s only score is a tremendous homer by Mickey Mantle into the deep seats in right center.

      Mets reliever Jack Hamilton hits his only ML homer, a grand slam off Al Jackson, but it is not enough as the Cardinals win, 11–9. St. Louis scores 7 unanswered runs in the last 3 innings.

21st  Earl Wilson gives Detroit its 3rd straight win over the Yankees, 9–4. Mantle hits his 5th homer in 6 games but it falls short for Whitey Ford, who appears in his last ML game.

      At Philadelphia, the Phils win an 18-inning marathon with the Reds, 2–1, when Don Lock hits a 2-out RBI single off Darrell Osteen.

24th  Tommy McCraw belts 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs, as the first-place White Sox bury the Twins 14–1 at Minneapolis.

      The Yankees top Baltimore, 2–0.  Mantle’s 3rd inning drive to the wall is caught by Frank Robinson but the ball pops out and over the fence for a home run.

      Matty Alou belts a 2-run homer in the 5th, one of the 3 hits off Bob Gibson, as the Braves top the Cardinals, 2-0. Denny LeMaster allows just a single by Lou Brock in the win.

25th  In his second ML start Cards rookie Dick Hughes allows two hits in stopping the Braves, 2-0, in Atlanta.  Hughes strikes out 12.

      At Tiger Stadium, Jim Northrup hits his second grand slam in 8 days and drives in 5 runs as the Tigers stop the Red Sox, 9-3. Earl Wilson (6-3) is the winner. Detroit is a game in back of the idle White Sox.

27th  The Reds defeat the Pirates, 6–1, ending their streak of five one-run games in a row.  Their next 11 will all be one-run games, a ML record. The Reds also hold the record for most one-run victories (1940) with 41 and most one-run defeats (1946) with 41.

      The Angels honor Jimmy Piersall with a special night, presenting him and his family with gifts, including a $1000 bond for each of his nine children. Joe Horlen (6-0) and the first-place White Sox then stop the Angels, 3-1.

28th  New York beats Cleveland, 5–0, and Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days, and his 11th of the season. Mel Stottlemyre is the winning pitcher.

29th  In Cincinnati, the Reds hold on to first place by splitting with the Cardinals in a pair of tight games. St. Louis takes the opener, 2-1, in 11 innings as Bob Gibson goes the distance, striking out 12.  Mel Queen pitches the first 9 innings for the Reds.  McCarver and Javier hit doubles in the 11th for the final tally. Curt Flood has 3 hits and 5 RBIs for the Birds in the second game, but the Reds prevail, 7-6. Cincy scores in the bottom of the 9th after Tony Perez hits a leadoff triple.  Tommy Helms and Pete Rose each have three hits as Rose extends his hitting streak to 25 games. It’ll end tomorrow.

      Orioles 1B Mike Epstein and P Frank Bertaina are traded to the Senators for P Pete Richert.

30th  At Crosley Field, the Reds edge the Cardinals 2-1, thanks in good measure to a game-ending triple play. Cards pitcher Dick Hughes retires the first 21 batters before the Reds score a pair in the 8th on 3 hits. With Cards on 1B and 2B in the 9th with no outs, Don Nottebart relieves Jim Maloney and hits a grounder to SS Cardenas who starts a 6-4-3 for two outs; Orlando Cepeda, running hard from 2B, tries to score and Deron Johnson’s throw to Johnny Edwards completes the TP.

     The Senators use the long ball to sweep a pair from the Athletics, winning 6-2 and 4-3 in 11 innings. Frank Howard drives in all the Washington runs in the opener with two homers, one a grand slam, and Cap Peterson clubs a walkoff homer in the 11th of game 2 to cap a 4-3 win.

      The Tigers move into first place with a pair of wins over the White Sox, 4-2 and 4-3.  Fred Gladding picks up a save in each game.

      Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st, but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played in only 7 games this season.