2nd or the first time in history, two soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other. St. Louis Bob Gibson is nearly untouchable with a WS-record 17 strikeouts and a 4–0 win over Denny McLain. Detroit manager Mayo Smith moves Gold Glove CF Mickey Stanley to SS, improving his offense by opening a spot for Al Kaline.
3rd Detroit’s Mickey Lolich evens the Series with a 6-hitter and his first ML HR to defeat St. Louis, 8–1.
5th Tim McCarver’s 3-run HR off loser Earl Wilson and Orlando Cepeda’s 3-run shot off Don McMahon power St. Louis to a 7–3 win and 2–1 WS lead.
6th In Game 4 St. Louis dumps Detroit 10–1. Bob Gibson, fanning 10, earns his 7th straight Series victory. Denny McLain gives up 4 runs, and is relieved in the 3rd after a rain delay. Lou Brock shines with a double, triple, HR, 4 RBI, and a steal that gives him 7 in 4 games.
7th Mickey Lolich saves Detroit, 5–3, with an unlikely assist from Lou Brock. On 2B in the 5th, Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier’s single and is gunned down by Willie Horton’s one-hop throw. Al Kaline’s bases-loaded single off Joe Hoerner in the 7th scores 2 for the winning margin. Jose Feliciano’s modern rendition of the National Anthem before the game stirs controversy.
9th Denny McLain returns to form, scattering 9 singles, as Detroit evens the WS with a 10-run 3rd inning and 13–1 win at St. Louis.
10th Mickey Lolich bests Bob Gibson and brings Detroit its first WS championship since 1945. The hefty lefty hurls a 5-hitter, giving Detroit a 4–1 win.
11th Joe Schultz is named manager of the Seattle Pilots.
Clyde King is named Herman Franks’ replacement as manager of the Giants.
Billy Martin is named manager of the Twins.
The Cards trade OF Bobby Tolan and P Wayne Granger to the Reds for OF Vada Pinson.
14th In the NL expansion draft, the Expos choose 30 players, including Maury Wills, Jim Grant, Donn Clendenon, and Manny Mota. San Diego’s 30 selections include Dave Giusti, Nate Colbert, Zoilo Versalles, Al McBean, and Clarence Gaston.
15th Roger Nelson is the initial choice of the Royals in the AL expansion draft. Don Mincher is the Pilots’ first choice. Other Seattle selections include Tommy Harper, Tommy Davis, Gary Bell, and Lou Piniella. Kansas City chooses Wally Bunker, Moe Drabowsky, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Joe Foy.
21st The Expos purchase 3B Bob Bailey from the Dodgers.
Elston Howard, after 2 seasons with the Red Sox, announces his retirement.
28th Bob Gibson wins his first Cy Young Award, receiving all 20 votes.