1964 October

1st  Detroit’s Dave Wickersham, in a bid for his 20th win, is ejected by umpire Bill Valentine in the 7th inning of his final start. Wickersham gets the heave-ho for trying to get Valentine’s attention by grabbing his shoulder during an argument with Norm Cash. Mickey Lolich enters the 1–1 tie and earns a 4–2 win.

      Danny Murtaugh (80-82) resigns as manager of the Pirates for health reasons.

      At County Stadium, Ed Bailey belts a 1st-inning grand slam as the Braves top the Mets, 7-3. Denny LeMaster wins his 17th.

      Dave McNally’s one-hitter keeps Baltimore in the pennant race, 2 1⁄2 games behind the Yankees. Don Lock’s double is the only safety in the O’s 2-0 win over the Senators.

2nd  The Mets end an 8-game St. Louis win streak when Al Jackson beats Bob Gibson 1–0, but the Cards remain a half game in front of the Reds.

      With first place on the line, the Phils win 4–3 in Cincinnati with the help of their 3rd triple play of the season, and snap their 10-game loss streak. The three triple plays is a NL season record. The Phils score 4 runs in the 8th off Jim O’Toole with the rally starting after a routine fly ball drops between Leo Cardenas and Pete Rose. Cardenas and O’Toole exchange angry words after the game and then start swinging. The 4th-place Giants stay in the chase when Bob Bolin shuts out the Cubs, 9–0.

      The Orioles score 6 runs in the 2nd to beat Detroit 10–4 in a fog-bound game. Detroit outfielders lose 2 routine fly balls in the O’s big inning.

3rd  The Yankees clinch their 5th straight pennant, and 29th in the club’s history, by defeating Cleveland, 8–3.

      The Cardinals lose 15–5 to the Mets and fall into a first-place tie with the idle Reds. Ed Kranepool has 4 RBIs and one of the five New York homers.

      The Phils are also idle while the Cubs finally eliminate the Giants by beating them 10–7.

      Boston fires manager Johnny Pesky (70-90). Billy Herman takes over for the final game of season.

4th  Larry Jackson’s 9–2 victory over the Giants is his 24th win for the Cubs, the most ever for an 8th-place team. He also sets a ML record for pitchers by fielding 109 chances during the season without an error.  Walter Johnson fielded 103 chances without an error in 1913.

      The Phils bomb the Reds 10–0 as both teams finish one game behind St. Louis. The 2 teams then sit in the visitor’s clubhouse and hope that New York’s Galen Cisco (6–18) can stop the Cards. The Mets take a 3–2 lead into the 5th inning, but St. Louis scores 3 runs to regain the lead. The Mets score once more but the Cardinals complete their scoring with 3 in the 8th to win 11–5. Bob Gibson wins in relief.  For St. Louis, it is their first pennant since 1946.

      Vic Davilillo’s bunt single in the 13thleads to a run as the Indians edge the Yankees, 2-1.  New York sets a ML record that won’t be topped this century by playing in 1,537 innings.

      With one game left, Alvin Dark (90-72) is fired as manager of the Giants and replaced by Herman Franks. The Giants will finish in 4th places 3 games off the pace. Dark survived a media storm in the summer when interviewer Stan Isaacs quoted him as saying the trouble with the Giants was “because we have so many Negro and Spanish-speaking players on the team. They are just not able to perform up to the white player when comes to mental alertness. You can’t make most Negro and Spanish players have the pride in their team that you get from the white players.”  Dark  will contend that he was misquoted, and, indeed, several black ballplayers will come to his defense. Jackie Robinson later said, “I have known him for many years and I have found him to be a gentleman and, above all, unbiased.” What does in the bible-quoting Dark, married with 4 children, is his affair with airline hostess Jackie Rockwood (whom he would later marry).

7th  Ailing Whitey Ford struggles as St. Louis wins the WS opener 9–5 at Busch Stadium. Mike Shannon homers in a 4-run, St. Louis 6th inning. Tom Tresh loses Flood’s triple in the rally. Ray Sadecki and Barney Schultz combine for the win.

8th  Rookie Mel Stottlemyre beats Bob Gibson 8–3 to even the WS. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.

9th  Charlie Finley says he lost $834,356 in Kansas City this year, a prelude to renewed efforts to move the A’s somewhere else.

10th  After Jim Bouton and Curt Simmons battle to a 1–1 tie through 8 innings, Mickey Mantle homers on Barney Schultz’s first pitch in the 9th, and the Yankees win 2–1.

11th  Ken Boyer’s grand slam in the 6th inning off Al Downing gives the Cards a 4–3 win in game 4.

12th  Tim McCarver’s 3-run HR pins a 5–2 loss on Pete Mikkelsen and gives St. Louis a 3-2 WS lead.

14th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit HRs on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons, and Joe Pepitone belts Gordie Richardson for a grand slam. New York wins 8–3 at St. Louis and evens the WS.

      The Braves say they have a firm lease offer from Atlanta.

15th  St. Louis takes an early lead in the deciding WS game 7. Lou Brock’s 5th-inning HR triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 6–0 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer, and Phil Linz homer for New York, but it’s not enough. The Cards win 7–5 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers, Ken for the Cards and Clete for the Yankees, homer in their last WS appearance, a first in ML history.

16th  The Board of Directors of the Indians votes to keep the club in Cleveland.

17th  A WS loss is enough reason for the Yankees to fire manager Yogi Berra (99-63). Johnny Keane (93-69) stuns a St. Louis press conference by resigning as manager of the Cardinals.

19th  AilingFred Hutchinson (60-49) resigns as manager of Reds.

Harry Walker is named manager of the Pirates.

      Branch Rickey is fired from his $65,000 per year consulting job with the Cardinals.

20th  Johnny Keane pulls another shocker by signing to manage the Yankees.

Red Schoendienst is appointed manager of the Cards.

21st  After just 11 years in Milwaukee, the Braves Board of Directors votes to ask the NL for permission to move to Atlanta. Milwaukee County officials sue to block the move.

30th  Joe Stanka of the Nankai Hawks wins the Pacific League MVP award. With a season record of 26-7, Stanka pitched his team to 3 straight victories over the Yomiuri Giants to win the Japan Series. In his career with the Hawks (1960-65), and later with the Taiyo Whales (1966), he will win 100 games, the record for an American pitcher.