1st Pittsburgh’s Bill “Mad Dog” Madlock is fined $5,000 and suspended 15 games by NL president Chub Feeney for poking umpire Jerry Crawford in the face with his glove after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded. Madlock appeals and remains in uniform, but finally withdraws the appeal and begins serving the suspension on June 6th, after disgruntled NL umpires threaten to eject him from every game he tries to play in.
Pete Falcone ties the modern ML record by striking out the first 6 batters of the game, but his Mets lose to the Phillies 2–1. Falcone finishes with 8 strikeouts in 7 innings.
2nd Paced by Lenny Randle’s double and homer in the inning, the Cubs score 8 runs in the 12th to beat the Reds, 12–4. Bruce Sutter picks up the easy win over Tom Hume.
3rd Rangers pitcher Ferguson Jenkins defeats the Orioles 3–2 to become only the 4th pitcher to win 100 games in each league. He won 149 games for the Phillies and Cubs before joining the AL in 1974. The other 3 pitchers are Bunning, Gaylord Perry, and Cy Young.
In a 3–2 win over Montreal, Giants 1B Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final career home run off Scott Sanderson, tying him with Ted Williams on the all-time list. The future Hall of Famer and four-decade player will retire on June 6th.
In a 5–3 win over Detroit, two Oakland runners successfully steal home. Wayne Gross and Dwayne Murphy are the thieves. Murphy will steal home again May 28.
4th Royals catcher Darrell Porter, returning to the starting lineup after spending 6 weeks in alcohol and drug rehabilitation, drives in 3 runs in Kansas City’s 5–3 win over Boston.
Toronto’s Otto Velez ties an AL record with 4 home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland at Exhibition Park. The Jays win 9–8 and 7–2. Velez homers 3 times in the opener, including a grand slam in the first inning and a game winner in the bottom of the 10th, and finishes the day with 10 RBI. Otto’s clouts come with the bases empty, one on, two on and the slam.
White Sox 1B Mike Squires catches the final inning of an 11–1 loss to the Brewers, becoming the first lefthander to catch in the majors since Dale Long in 1958.
At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds beat the Cubs, 3-2 in game 1, then win the second when Junior Kennedy’s grand slam gives the Reds a 5–4 decision. The two losses give the Cubs a split of the series, and leaves them in second place by 1.5 games.
6th At Shea the Reds take a 7–0 lead in the 3rd inning, only to see the Mets tie the game at 10–10. In the 14th. Harry Spilman hits a -2 run double and the Reds escape with a 12–10 victory.
7th Kansas City collects 9 consecutive hits (one shy of the AL record set by Boston in 1901) in an 8-run 4th inning, and goes on to defeat Texas 12–5.
11th In a 7–3 win over the Reds, Philadelphia’s Pete Rose, 39-years old, steals 2B, 3B, and home in one inning. It is the fifth time since 1928 that this has been accomplished: The last National Leaguer to pull this feat was Jackie Robinson in 1954. Dusty Baker will do it in 1984.
12thThe Dodgers edge the Cubs 2-1 as Don Sutton (3-0) is the winner. Rudy Law scores a run and has 4 stolen bases for LA.
13th Ray Knight breaks out of an 0-for-15 slump by homering twice in the 8-run 5th inning of a 15–4 win over the Mets. One is a grand slam. He is the first Red ever to hit 2 home runs in one inning.
Fred Lynn hits for the cycle as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 10–5.
14th The Royals pitching staff issues 14 walks in a 16–3 loss to the Yankees, as the Yanks outhit KC by one, 12-11. Reliever Larry Christenson is the main culprit, walking 7 batters in just 12⁄3innings, while recording no strikeouts. Infielder Jerry Terrell makes his second career pitching appearance, pitching the last inning and giving up no runs and a walk. Bobby Brown scores 4 runs for New York.
Making his first appearance of the year, Angels catcher Dave Skaggs has 3 hits, including a homer off Wayne Garland, to drive in 5 runs as the Angels sink the Indians, 13-7. For Skaggs, it is his third and last ML homer: the other two were hit off Rick Wise.
17th Darrell Evans grand slam, off Bob Sykes, accounts for the Giants scoring as they beat the Cardinals, 4-2. Blue Moon Odom improves to 5-2.
22nd In Toronto, Joe Lefebvre debuts and homers off Dave Stieb in New York’s 5-run 7th. The Yankees win over the Jays, 5-1. Lefebvre will homer tomorrow to tie an AL record for most homers in a player’s first 2 games. It will be tied again in a week.
23rd Five hours after the midnight deadline passes, the players and owners avert a strike by announcing a new 4-year basic agreement. The new deal raises the minimum salary from $21,000 to $30,000 and increases the clubs’ contributions to the players’ pension fund, but the major issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved.
Ferguson Jenkins of the Rangers wins his 250th career game, a 3–1 two-hitter versus Oakland.
24th The Reds Frank Pastore shuts out the Expos, 2–0, on 2 hits.
25th Barry Evans cracks a grand slam, off Pedro Borbon, in the top of the 9th to ice an 11-5 San Diego win over the Cardinals.
26th At Riverfront, Jerry Reuss (6-0), on his way to NL Comeback Player of the Year, allows 4 hits in the opener as he shuts out the Reds, 4-0. The Reds earn a split with the Dodgers in game 2 when George Foster hits a grand slam off reliever Joe Beckwith. Cincinnati wins, 5-4.
27th In the 3rd inning at Riverfront Stadium, Don Sutton serves up consecutive homers to Ken Griffey, George Foster, and Dan Driessen. The homer outage is good for 5 runs in the Reds 6–1 win over the Dodgers.
In a trade that helps both teams, the Tigers send Jason Thompson to California for Al Cowens.
28thIn Oakland’s 6–3 win over Kansas City, Dwayne Murphy and Rickey Henderson steal home in the first inning, tying a ML record. It was last done in the AL by Minnesota, May 18, 1969: In the NL the last time was the Cardinals, September 19, 1925.
The Cubs-Montreal match is suspended after 10 innings with the teams tied at 3 each. It will be completed August 8.
29th Dodger Bob Welch faces the minimum 27 batters in a 3–0 one-hitter near-perfect game against the Braves. The lone Atlanta base runner is Larvell Blanks, who singles in the 4th inning and is erased on a double play.
Johnny Bench hits 3 home runs off Randy Jones in Cincinnati’s 5–3 win over San Diego. It is the 3rd 3-HR game of his career.
30th John Hiller, 37, who recovered from a 1971 heart attack to become one of baseball’s best relievers, retires. His 545 games pitched are the most in Tiger history. The Tigers hit 5 HRs in trouncing California 12–1.
31st Ken Landreaux goes 0-for-4 in Minnesota’s 11–1 loss to the Orioles Scott McGregor, ending his hitting streak at 31 consecutive games. It is the longest streak in the AL since Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game streak in 1949.
The Boston Red Sox hit 6 home runs—4 in the 4th inning, including 3 in succession (Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, Butch Hobson)—but lose to the Brewers 19–8. Dave Stapleton has a pair of homers for the Red Sox, the first Sox player with two homers in his first two games: this ties an AL mark tied last week. Paul Molitor leads a 22-hit attack by having 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, and 4 RBIs, as eight Milwaukee hitters have 2 or more safeties.