1972 May

1st  Jim Wynn hits a grand slam and Edward hits a 3-run homer to help the Astros edge the Pirates, 9–8.  Both homers come off Steve Blass. Jim “Sting” Ray, who pitches the last 2 innings, wins his 4th straight.

2nd  Oakland’s Vida Blue ends a long holdout, signing a contract for $63,000. The young southpaw had received $14,750 in 1971 while winning the AL Cy Young and MVP awards.

Mets Gary Gentry fires a two hitter at the Giants in winning 4–2, and Barry Bonds collects both hits.  Both are triples.

The Reds spot the Cards a 6–0 lead, then score 2 in the 6th and 5 in the 7th to win, 7–6.  Bobby Tolan’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the 7th.

3rdFor the second straight day, the Cubs whomp the Braves, 12–1. Jose Cardenal leads the attack with a triple, double, and 2 singles. Fergie Jenkins is the easy winner as Jack Billingham loses his 4th straight.

5th  The Angels acquire Bob Oliver from the Royals for Tom Murphy.

6th  Carmen Fanzone, playing for Ron Santo who is sidelined with a fractured wrist, hits 2 homers and drives home 4 runs to lead the Cubs over the Astros, 6–4. Juan Pizarro wins in relief.

10thOrioles lefty Dave McNally hurls his 4th shutout of the season, blanking the Rangers, 1–0.  Pete Broberg, who allows just two hits, takes the loss.

The Astros knock Bob Gibson out of the game with a 6-run 8th inning as they edge the Cardinals, 10-7. Roger Metzger hits his first ML homer, off Gibson, and Ted Simmons has a grand slam for the Birds. With 2 shutout innings, the win goes to Jim Ray (5-0).

11th  The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league P Charlie Williams and cash.

12th  The Brewers and Twins go 21 innings before the 1 a.m.curfew halts play with the score 3–3. They’ll pick it up tomorrow. It’s not exactly like kissing your sister as they tie the ML record for intentional walks by 2 teams in an extra-inning game with 7. The Twins tie their club record by stranding 23.  Danny Thompson goes into the record books with 11 plate appearances without reaching base (he makes it via a fielder’s choice).

13th The Brewers score in the top of the 22nd to win 4–3, then lose to the Twins 4–3 in 15 innings. The two games take 9 hours and 23 minutes to complete and sets an AL record for consecutive innings played in two days.

14th  In front a Mother’s Day crowd of 35,000, Willie Mays, makes a triumphant return to New York with the Mets, hitting a game-winning HR against his old teammates. He scores in the 1st on Rusty Staub’s grand slam and his solo in the 5th snaps a 4–4 tie. The final score is 5–4.

Happy birthday, Tony.  On his 30th birthday, Tony Perez knocks in all the 6 of the Reds’ runs as they sweep a pair from the Cardinals, winning 4–3 and 2–0. The nightcap is a stellar 3-hit, 12 strikeout shutout by pitcher Tom Hall.

16th  The Cubs Rick Monday hits a single and 3 consecutive HRs, driving in 5 runs in an 8–1 win over the Phillies.  The Phils only score is a 500-foot clanger by Greg Luzinski off the Liberty Bell in CF at Veterans Stadium, the only homer hit off the bell.

In the Reds 4–3 win over the Giants, Pete Rose knocks in the winning run on an attempted intentional walk.  On a 3–0 count, Giants pitcher Ron Bryant comes close to the plate with ball four and Rose drives it on the ground and reaches base on an error.

17thThe Ranger take 18 innings to beat the Royals, 4–3, with the win helped by catcher interference. Lovitto gets 1B when C Paepke interferes with his swing. After a misplayed bunt and a walk, a groundout scores the winner.

Willie Mays, played CF for the Mets, coaxes a leadoff walk in the first and scores on a triple by Ted Martinez. Sliding home, he knocks the ball out of C John Boccabella’s glove and into the dugout, allowing Martinez to score. Mets beat Montreal, 2-1.

19th  The Reds trade Bernie Carbo to the Cards for Joe Hague and also beat the Padres, 1–0, behind Jim McGlothlin. The win gives the Reds a 9-game winning streak.

20th Bobby Valentine homers on the first pitch of the game and Al Downing shuts out Houston on 2 hits to give the Dodgers a 3–0 win. The game takes just 1 hour and 30 minutes—an LA club record—and moves Los Angeles into 1st place.

22nd At Dodger Stadium, Dave Kingman has a pair of homers, one a grand slam, as the Giants edge the Dodgers, 9-8. Sam McDowell (6-1) allows 6 runs in 7+ innings but gets the win.

24th  California P Don Rose homers on the first pitch in his first ML at bat, and earns a 6–5 victory over the A’s and Vida Blue, who is making his first appearance of the season for Oakland after holding out. For Rose, it will be his only ML HR, as well as his only win. It’ll be 30 years before another AL pitcher hits a homer on his first at bat.

27th At Pittsburgh, the Phils snap a 10-game losing streak by edging the Pirates 2–1, in 12 innings.

The Tigers use a wild pitch, two bunts, and a single to top Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees, 2–1.  Joe Coleman is the winner for the first place Tigers.

28th  The Brewers fire manager Dave Bristol, replacing him with Del Crandall. Coach Roy McMillan takes over until Crandall arrives and guides the team to a 4–1 loss to Boston.

Harmon Killebrew has a single, double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs as the Twins beat the Rangers, 7-2.

The St. Louis Cardinals trade Marty Martinez to Oakland in exchange for Brant Alyea; Alyea will be returned to Oakland on July 23rd and he will quietly finish out the year and his career.

30th  Milwaukee’s Skip Lockwood one-hits New York 3–1, allowing just a single to Rosendo Torres. Lockwood will be involved in 2 other one-hitters later in the season: June 26th versus Baltimore (with one inning of relief help from Ken Sanders) and August 1st versus Detroit (a 6-inning game).

31st  Giants RF Bobby Bonds makes a rare unassisted DP catching Frank Robinson in the 4th inning of a 5–4 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings.  Manny Mota’s triple drives in the winner.

The red-hot Reds beat the Astros, 12–4, in Houston. George Foster has a 3rd inning grand slam, off Dave Roberts, and Johnny Bench adds a 3-rum homer in the 8th.  Gary Nolan (7-1) goes the distance.