1970 May

1stAt Cincinnati, the Reds lead the Pirates, 6–4, with 2 outs in the 9th and Willie Stargell comes to the plate. Sparky Anderson then moves pitcher Wayne Granger to LF, not wanting to remove him if Stargell reaches base, and brings in Don Gullett to face the Bucs slugger. Stargell, who accounted for all the Bucs runs with a grand slam, strikes out, and the Reds win, 6–4.

2nd  During a 7–1 loss to the Giants, the Phillies lose both of their catchers, Tim McCarver and Mike Ryan, with broken hands in the 6th inning. McCarver breaks his hitting when a 2-1 foul catches him. Ryan breaks his when McCovey spikes him while being tagged out at home in the bottom of the 6th. The two will miss a combined total of 197 games with both coming back in early September. Jim Hutto is hastily brought in to pinch hit and catch. The Phillies will call up the likes of Del Bates and Mike Compton and even use bullpen coach Doc Edwards, who will bat .269 in 35 games. Gaylord Perry is the CG winner, allowing a homer to Don Money. Willie McCovey has a double and homer for SF.

Kansas City edges the Indians, 4–3 in 17 innings when Jackie Hernandez singles in Jim Rooker, who comes in as a pinchrunner and stays in as the left fielder for the only time in his career. The game lasts longer than Charlie Metro, tossed in the 12th and Lou Piniella, who gets thumbed in the 16th.

4thHouston’s Jim Bouton posts the first complete-game victory of his NL career, yielding 6 hits in beating the Cubs, 7–2. Bouton (2-2) scores 2 runs.

Rico Carty sets an Atlanta club record hitting in his 23rd straight game as the Braves beat Pittsburgh, 5–3.

5th  The Indians and White Sox turn 9 double plays today, tying an AL mark. Tommy John wins the battle for Chicago over Dean Chance, 2–1.

7th  The Yankees Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 7–3 win over Oakland.

Wes Parker’s 10th-inning triple is the game winner in a 7–4 win over the Mets. With the hit, Parker ends the day having hit for the cycle, the first Los Angeles Dodger to turn the trick.

The Expos loose their biggest scoring burst in their 2-year history, topping the Giants, 15–8, on 15 hits. Jim Fairey has a homer and 4 RBIs, while Willie Mays homers for the Giants. In the first inning, RF Rusty Staub throws out the Giants Ron Hunt, 9–3.

8th  A record 30 HRs are hit by NL players in 7 games, including 2 apiece by each of five players. The 20 MPH wind at Wrigley produces 9 homers as the Cubs defeat the Reds, 10–7, snapping the Reds win streak at 8 games.  Hal McRae and Tony Perez have a pair for the Reds while Billy Williams has 2 for Chicago.

9th  The Dodgers explode for 5 runs in the 14th to beat the Phillies, 9–4.

10th  While losing 6–5 to St. Louis, the Braves Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first pitcher ever to appear in 1,000 games.

At Wrigley Field, Pete Rose clubs a 2-run homer off Fergie Jenkins in the 9th inning, as the Reds overcome the Cubs, 7–6.

Willie McCovey hits homers in the 3rd and 4th innings to lead the Giants to an 11-7 win over the Mets. His second homer is a grand slam, the second he’s hit this year.

11th  Ray Culp strikes out the first 6 Angel batters in Anaheim, but Boston loses 2–1 in 16 innings. Culp ties the AL mark for the start of a game.

12th  At Wrigley, Ernie Banks becomes the 8th member of the 500 HR club, connecting off Pat Jarvis during a 4–3 eleven-inning Cub win over the Braves. It his 1,600th career RBI. Frank Secory, an ex-Cub, is umpiring this game, and he was one of the umpires in the 1953 game in which Banks hit is first homer. Billy Williams homer in the 9th ties the game and Ron Santo’s RBI single in the 11th wins it. Atlanta’s Rico Carty, meanwhile, has 3 singles and has hit in 30 consecutive games.

13thThe Mets Gary Gentry stops the Cubs, 4–0, allowing just one hit, a single by Ernie Banks. Bill Hands is the losing pitcher.

Al Oliver’s 6th inning grand slam, off Bob Gibson, breaks a 1-1 tie as the Pirates trip the Cardinals, 5-1.

15th  After the Mets have a day off, ace Tom Seaver matches Gentry by allowing one hit in beating the Phillies and Woodie Fryman, 4–0. Rookie Mike Compton hits a single. The two consecutive one-hitters ties a ML record.

16th  The Reds Jim McGlothlin shuts out the Braves 2–0, stopping Rico Carty’s 31-game hitting streak in the process. Carty batted .451 (51-for-113) during the streak, which started April 8th.

Bill Mazeroski’s 9th inning pinch single paves the way for a Pirate win, 4–3, over the Expos. It is Maz’s first pinch hit in his career.

During the Giants 5–4 win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Alan Fish, a young fan, is struck by a foul ball. He initially reports feeling fine, but after the game he becomes disoriented and starts walking in circles. He will be hospitalized and die in four days. The parents will bring a lawsuit against the team and the doctor, but it will be concluded in 1973 in favor of the team. Fish’s death is the only example of a fan at a ML game dying after being struck by a ball or bat. According to the Hall of Fame, the other 4 incidents of fan’s deaths are in the minors: a 13-year-old Wenatchee, WA boy, Jerry Highfill, killed by a batting practice line drive prior to a Northwest League game in 1964; Leonard Handel, sports editor of the Anaheim Bulletin, killed by a foul ball while watching a Connie Mack league game in 1965; In 1906 in Spring Valley, IL, during a between Peru and Spring Valley a spectator Patrick Cosgrove was killed when the first baseman tumbled into the stands chasing a foul ball and spiked Cosgrove unintentionally in the head; In 1928, fan Walter Lawson was killed by a ball thrown into the stands by Art Shires of Waco. Shires had no intention of hurting anyone.

At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski belts a Dean Chance pitch out of the park to the right of the flagpole. Only Jimmie Foxx (twice) and Bill Skowron have done it. Ray Culp is the 6–2 winner over Cleveland.

17th  At Crosley Field, Hank Aaron collects his 3,000th hit, a first-inning infield single, and his 570th HR, off Wayne Granger, but the Reds beat Atlanta, 7–6 in 15 innings. Pete Rose’s 9th inning homer knots the game at 3–3, and the Reds score another 3 in the 10th to tie the game at 6 apiece. The Reds score in the 10th on a double by Perez and homers by Bench (who starts the game in CF) and Lee May. Don Gullett pitches the last 2 innings and drives in the winner with a single. Perez is 5-for-7 in the contest. Aaron is collared in game 1, a 5–1 Reds victory. The DH draws 33,217, the largest crowd at Crosley Field since 1947.

18th  At Parc Jarry, Bob Bailey cracks a walkoff grand slam, off Tug McGraw, and Montreal beats the Mets, 8-4. The Expos plate 5 runs in the 9th.

20th  Rod Carew hits for the cycle to lead the Twins to a 10–5 win over host Kansas City.  Carew is the first Twin to cycle. Three other Twins homer as well.

21stA generous Mel Stottlemyre hands out 11 walks to Washington in 8 1/3 innings, but the Senators are unable to score. Steve Hamilton gets the last 2 outs to preserve the 2–0 win. The 11 walks in a shutout ties Lefty Gomez, who did complete his 1941 shutout.  Danny Cater’s 2-run homer in the 5th accounts for the scoring off Dick Such, making his first ML start.

In Houston, Reds pitcher Jim McGlothlin fires a 2-hitter as Cincy wins, 3–0. Morgan and Jesus Alou have the only hits.

Cardinal Steve Carlton strikes out 16 Phillies in 8 innings, but the Cards lose, 4–3 in the 9th. In two days, teammate Bob Gibson will also fan 16 Phillies.

22nd Ken Henderson hits his second grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs to pace the Giants to a 9-4 defrocking of the Padres.

The Tigers trade pitcher Fred Lasher to Cleveland for Russ Nagelson and Billy Rohr.

23rd  Giants manager Clyde King is fired following a 15-inning 17–16 loss to San Diego in which they blow an 8–0 lead.  Charlie Fox is named as the new skipper. A 15th inning HR by Huntz, one of 9 homers in the game, ends the 5 hr: 29 minute affair.

Dick Allen belts 2 homers to drive in all the runs as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 3–1. Bob Gibson allows 4 hits and strikes out 16.

24th  Lindy McDaniel pitches 4 1/3 innings and wins two for the Yankees as the New Yorkers rally in the 8th inning of both games to beat the Indians, 6-5, and 8-7 in 11 innings. Thurman Munson has 4 hits and John Ellis collects 3, including the homer in the 8th to win the opener. Ellis has a 3-run homer in the 8th of the nightcap as New York ties up the game. New York has 3 homers while the Indians bang 6 in a losing cause. Tony Horton hits 3 and Ray Fosse hits 2. The 9 homers is 2 off the AL mark, set by the Tigers and Yankees in 1950.

The first-place Cubs split a pair of 3-1 decisions with the Mets. Bill Hands tops Tom Seaver in game 1, while Nolan Ryan is the winner in game 2 allowing 2 hits.

25th  Three pitchers on the Nishitetsu Lions are suspended from Japanese baseball for life for participating in a game-fixing scandal in the 1969 season.

26th  Tony Taylor cracks an inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning with 2 men on to give the Phils a 3–2 win at Montreal. The batter before Taylor, pinch hitter Byron Browne singled and was called out for passing baserunner Tommy Hutton, who held up to see if RF Staub had trapped Browne’s hit. Taylor gets Browne off the hook with his drive, circling the bases after CF Phillips crashes into the wall.

Claude Osteen earns the win an has 4 hits, including a HR, scores 4 runs and knocks in 3 to lead the Dodgers to a 19-3 whooping of the Giants.  Billy Grabarkewitz scores 5 runs.

29th  The Orioles Mike Cuellar strikes out 4 batters consecutively in the 4th inning of a 2–0 win over California. He allows 4 hits and Boog Powell supplies the offense with a 2-run HR.

The Reds strand 16 runners in the first 8 innings against the visiting Expos, but win, 6–4, on Bobby Tolan’s 9th inning homer. The Expos have never won a game at Crosley Field.

30th  Detroit’s Les Cain walks the first 3 batters, gives up a single and then newly acquired Roberto Pena smacks an inside-the-park grand slam to help the Brewers beat Detroit, 9–7. Northrup and Kaline collide going after Pena’s ball.

While on a rehab assignment at Iowa prior to joining an umpire crew in Boston, Cal Drummond leaves the Iowa-Oklahoma City game in the 7th and collapses on the bench. He dies in the hospital 4 hours later. The 10-year AL veteran umpire was struck by a foul trip in an Orioles game last June 10, suffered a brain clot and needed 2 operations. He recovered sufficiently to try umpiring again.

      All-Star voting is returned to the fans, as computerized punch-card ballots appear in stores and ballparks coast to coast. Since 1958 the All-Star squads had been selected by managers, coaches, and players.

31st  Chicago’s Luis Aparicio and Walt “No Neck” Williams each collect 5 hits in a slugfest with Boston. The White Sox win 22–13, with Williams scoring 5 runs. The 2 teams collect 40 hits, one short of the AL record set in 1950.

In the 8th inning of a 6-1 loss to the Angels, Paul Blair is hit by a pitch from California reliever Ken Tatum and carried off the field with a broken nose and fractures. Blair will say that he never saw the pitch and his HBP follows Boog Powell being hit with a pitch. Blair will miss three weeks of play and his hitting is never the same following the injury. The O’s lose, 6–1.