1958 September

1st The Cardinals Vinegar Bend Mizell beats the Reds, 1–0, while walking a NL record (for a shutout) 9 batters. The Reds also swipe 5 bases. Mizell allows 4 hits, the same number as his opponent Joe Nuxhall, who loses on an unearned run. The Reds come back to win the 2nd game of the doubleheader, 9–3. Alex Kellner is the winner with 8 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

In San Francisco, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Dodgers (and 5 of 6 in the Labor Day series) by taking the 1st in an a.m.-p.m. doubleheader, 8–6. Mays is 5-for-5 with 2 doubles and a HR to drive in 5 runs. It is his 2nd 5-hit game of the year. The nightcap is a memorable 4 hour: 35 minute marathon. The Giants tie in the 9th on Schmidt’s homer, and the Dodgers go ahead, 5–4, in the 16th on Furillo’s RBI. Whitey Lockman’s HR in the bottom of the 16th ties it, then a bunt single by Ray Jablonski is followed by another bunt by P Ruben Gomez. Errors by Roseboro and Furillo follow allowing Jabo to score the winning run, 6–5. Mays is 11-for-20 for the series, with 4 homers. San Francisco Police Chief Frank Ahern, sitting behind home plate, dies of a heart attack at the climax of the 2nd game.

Bob Buhl, sidelined by shoulder ailments, makes his first appearance since May 13, beating the Cubs, 2–1 for the first-place Braves. He beats Bob Anderson. The Cubs rout former teammate Bob Rush in the nightcap to win 9–3. Glenn Hobbie picks up his 3rd win of the year against the Braves and his 10th overall.

2nd  At Yankee Stadium, New York snaps a scoreless tie with Boston when Berra and Mantle crash back-to-back 6th inning homers off Dave Sisler. Mantle has hit three this year of Sisler. New York wins, 6–1. Mantle, with 38 homers, leads the AL. Mantle and Berra will hit back-to-back homers 12 times together, and homer in the same game 50 times before they are through.

The Red Sox take an 8-0 lead after 2 innings at Fenway but the Orioles manage to come back and win, 11-10, scoring 5 runs in the last 2 innings. Bob Boyd, George Kell and Bob Nieman each have 3 of the Orioles 16 hits. The Sox total 8. Jackie Jensen has a single, double and bases-loaded triple as he drives in 5 for Boston. The triple is his third bases-loaded triple of the year, tying an American League mark reached by Elmer Valo and Shano Collins. It won’t be matched this century.

Minneapolis approves a $9 million bond issue to expand Metropolitan Stadium to 41,000 seats. City alderman Byron Nelson predicts it is a “dead cinch” that Washington will move there.

3rd The Yankees spot Boston a 5–3 lead before Mantle homers in the 8th and Berra cracks a 3-run homer in the 9th to win it 8–5. Mantle and Berra each have 85 RBIs for the year.

In Philadelphia, the Braves do all their scoring in the last two innings as they trounce the Phillies, 11-5. Joe Adcock accounts for half the runs in the 8th inning with a 3-run homer and Rip Repulski completes the scoring with a grand slam off Warren Spahn (18-10) in the 9th.

4th At the Coliseum, the Giants score 8 in the 1st inning off Johnny Podres and Stu Miller then coasts to a 13–3 win. The Giants take the season series from the Dodgers, 16–6.

5th At St. Louis, the Dodgers manage only 3 hits but bunch the safeties in the 2nd inning off Mizell to win, 2–1. In the 8th with 2 outs, Junior Gilliam tries steal to steal home on a 3–1 pitch to Hodges, but he is tagged out on what is called a ball: Hodges, though he is credited with a walk, never goes to first.

At Pittsburgh, Bill Virdon hits a 10th inning HR to break up a brilliant pitching duel between the Braves Carlton Willey and Red Witt. The Pirates win, 1–0.

6th  At Yankee Stadium, Roy Sievers hits his 36th homer, a three-run shot in the Senators 6-run 6th, as Washington tops the Yankees 8-3. Camilo Pascual is the winner. Clint Courtney lines into a 9th inning triple play for the Nats.

8th  In a special meeting of AL owners in Chicago, Washington owner Calvin Griffith succumbs to pressure from other AL owners and that night advises Minneapolis officials that he is staying in Washington.

The Pirates RF Roberto Clemente hits a record-tying 3 consecutive triples in a 4–1 win over Cincinnati. Rookie pitcher Curt Raydon (8-4) collects his only ML hit (now hitting .026) in the 5th to ignite a 3-run rally. This is also his last ML decision.

9th  Athletics 1B Preston Ward hits 3 solo HRs in a row in an 8–6 win against Baltimore. Also homering are Gus Triandos and Bob Nieman for the O’s, and Bill Tuttle and Bob Cerv for KC.

Russ Nixon has a double and two homers to pace the Indians to a 9-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Mickey Mantle hits his 40th homer to account for both pinstripe scores.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs, 8–7, with Jim Brosnan earning the win over his old team. Don Elston takes the loss. Ernie Banks hits his 45th of the year and 1st HR in St. Louis in 2 years while light-hitting Eddie Kasko cracks a grand slam for the Cards. Gene Freese hits a leadoff homer for the Birds.

10th In Cleveland, 50,021 fans turn out for “Back the Indians” night. It is Cleveland’s largest crowd since 1955, but the Yankees dampen the enthusiasm with an 8–3 win.

Dick Stuart clouts a 10th inning homer to give Bob Friend his 20th win of the year as the Pirates beat the Giants, 6–4.

At Briggs Stadium, Clint Courtney hits a double and homer to drive in 4 runs as the Senators deflate the Tigers, 5-4. Charley Maxwell provides all the scoring for Detroit with a grand slam.

11th  Orioles manager Paul Richards lists 3 pitchers in his starting lineup, hoping for a scoring chance in the first inning, at which point he can remove the extra pitchers for a batter of his choice. O’Dell, batting 9th at P; Harshman in CF, batting 5th; Pappas at 2B, batting 7th. Only O’Dell bats as he goes to 14–11, losing to KC’s Ned Garver, 7–1. The A’s plate 5 in the 8th, paced by Bob Cerv’s 33rd HR.

12th  The Giants sweep the Phillies 5–2 and 19–2 as Mays has 6 hits to raise his average to .333. Jim Davenport tops him with 7 hits, including a 3-run inside-the-park HR in the first inning of game 2, and scores 7 runs.

Rocky Colavito bangs his 35th homer of the year, a 7th inning grand slam off Murray Wall, as Cleveland edges the Red Sox, 5-4.

13th  The Braves Warren Spahn becomes the first lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times, as he beats St. Louis 8–2. Eddie Plank and Lefty Grove each won 20 games 8 times.

At Kansas City, Clint Courtney hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Senators to an 8-5 victory over the A’s.

14th  The Yankees win their 24th pennant, and 9th under Casey Stengel, winning game 1 against the A’s, 5–3. This ties Stengel for first with Connie Mack for the most AL pennants won. New York completes the sweep with a 12–7, 14-inning win in game 2. Virgil Trucks allows 2 hits over the last 6 innings for the win.

15th  Former American League infielder and the 1945 batting champion Snuffy Stirnweiss dies when the passenger train on which he is riding plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. 48 people are killed, including the 39-year-old Stirnweiss.

16th  The Pirates keep their slim pennant hopes alive as they win a suspended game from the Cards, 2-1, then take the regular game, 3–1, behind Ron Kline. In the opener, young George Witt (9-2) picks up where he left off when the game was suspended 6 weeks ago, winning his 8th straight game. For Witt, plagued with arm troubles all year, it is his last appearance of the year, as he leaves on the 24th to finish his senior year at Long Beach State. Witt’s 1.61 ERA in 106 innings is the NL’s best. Alas, he’ll go 0-7 next season with a 6.96 ERA.

Yankee killer Frank Lary is the 3rd pitcher to beat them 7 times in the same season, as the Tiger star defeats them, 4–2. Ed Walsh (9-1 in 1908) and Ed Cicotte (7-1 in 1916) were the others. But Lary sets the AL record for most wins in a season against the pennant winner. The NL record is 8, by Bob Buhl in 1956.

Former AL batting champion George Stirnweiss is killed in a train wreck in Red Bank, NJ.

17th Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium, Mantle poles a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue, some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the Bunning allows as the Tigers win 5–2.

In Kansas City, the Red Sox and A’s split a doubleheader, with the Athletics winning the opener, 6-3, and Boston holding serve in game 2, 4-2.   Harry Chiti’s grand slam is the big blow in game 1, as the Red Sox answer with homers by Ted Williams and Pete Runnels. Bill Monbouquette wins his third game in game 2.

18th For the second time in a month, the first two leadoff hitters homer. This time it is KC’s Bill Tuttle and Roger Maris connecting off Boston’s Ted Bowsfield as the A’s win, 4–1. Bob Cerv hits #37 for the A’s and Pete Daley homers off winner Bud Daley for Boston’s score.

20th  Orioles P Hoyt Wilhelm, in a rare start (he is 0-6 this year when starting), pitches a 1–0 no-hitter, the first in O’s history, against Don Larsen of the Yankees, fanning 8. Larsen allows one hit through 6 innings. The Orioles acquired Wilhelm in August for the $20,000 waiver price. The win, Wilhelm’s first ML complete game, and his only this year for the O’s, improves his record to 3-10. The winning margin is Gus Triandos’ 30th HR, off reliever Bobby Shantz.

The Giants Ruben Gomez gives up 3 hits, all to Bobby Gene Smith, as the Giants beat St. Louis 5–1. Willie Mays’s 3 hits raises his average to .340, and he steals his 30th base, the first to steal 30 three times since Kiki Cuyler in 1930.

21st  The Braves clinch their 2nd straight pennant, beating the Reds, 6–5. Spahn wins his 21st.

The Cubs 1B Dale Long, a lefty, catches in the 9th inning in a 2–1 loss to the Dodgers. This time he wears a lefty catcher’s mitt, not a 1B glove. The Cubs strand 15 runners as Sandy Koufax tops Bob Anderson: each pitch 7 innings before relief.

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox complete a three game sweep of the Senators, all by 2–0 shut outs. The Boston winning pitchers were Tom Brewer, Frank Sullivan and Ike Delock. Today’s win was marred when Ted Williams, in a fit of anger, flings his bat over the Yankee dugout into the stands striking Joe Cronin’s housekeeper, Gladys Heffernan, in the face. She is not badly hurt, and Williams is very apologetic. But AL President Will Harridge will fine Ted Williams for the bat-throwing incident.

22nd  The Pirates set strikeout records in their twinbill loss, 3–2 and 1–0, to the Phillies. Starting pitcher Ronnie Kline of the Pirates fans 5 times in a 14-inning game, as 3 Phillies pitchers strike out ML-record 21 Bucs. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, the Phillies Jack Sanford fans 6 Bucs in a row to help his team fan 10 for the game, and a ML record 31 for the day. Ashburn regains the bat lead going 6-for-10 to move to .343.

At Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Hal Brown shuts out the Senators, 2-0, handing woeful Washington its fourth shutout in a row, tying the AL mark. The last team to go four consecutive games without scoring was the 1913 Browns.

23rd  For the 2nd time in 1958, P Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits 2 HRs, in a 3–2 win over the Senators. He adds a double to go 3-for-3, the only three extra base hits for the Birds. His 10 total bases ties the AL mark for a pitcher.

Billy Pierce (14-8) scatters 6 hits, including a Bill Skowron homer, as the White Sox beat the first-place Yankees, 7-1, pinning the loss on Whitey Ford (14-7). Ray Boone drives in 4 runs and Nellie Fox has 2 hits and 2 runs. Fox also strikes out for the first time in 98 games.

24th The Red Sox close out their home schedule with a 7–5 loss to the Yankees. Mantle cracks his 42nd homer of the year to put him 3 ahead of Colavito, who will finish at 42 HRs.

26th  After today’s doubleheader sweep of the Senators, Red Sox teammates Ted Williams and Pete Runnels are exactly tied for the AL batting leadership at .32258. Williams is 130-for-403, while Runnels is 180-for-558. Williams is 2-for-3 in the opener, with a HR, then sits in game 2. Runnels is 2-for-9 on the afternoon. The Nats lose, 6–4 and 3–1, to run their loss streak to 11.

Corpus Christi (Texas League) agrees not to use black players in the Dixie Series with the Southern Association.

27th The Red Sox drill a 9–5 win over Washington as Runnels and Williams each have 3 hits, but Ted has 2 less at bats to move ahead in the bat race. The 2 sluggers hit back-to-back HRs in the 4th, off Romanosky.

At County Stadium, the Braves down the Reds, 6-1, as Warren Spahn goes 6 innings for his 22nd win. Backup shortstop Casey Wise is 1-for-1 with three walks, a stolen base and he is caught stealing. It is only the 8th Braves runner caught stealing this year, a ML record. Braves runners only steal 26 bases.

28th  In a 6–4 Boston win over Washington, Ted Williams wins the AL batting title with a .328 mark, edging out teammate Pete Runnels by 6 points. Williams goes 2-for-4 against Washington with a HR and 2B against Pedro Ramos while Runnels is hitless. Williams hit .403 in his last 55 games. The Nationals finish the season with 13 straight losses.

Two sons of former stars shine in the White Sox’ 11–4 win over Kansas City. New Trier High School star Chuck Lindstrom, son of Fred, walks his first time up, then triples in his only ML at bat after being tipped off to the pitch by catcher Frank House. Pitcher Hal Trosky, Jr., making his 2nd ML appearance, relieves in the 6th for the win. It is the last appearance for both players. KC second sacker Lou Klimchock (18 years, 347 days) hits a leadoff homer off Stover McIwain (19 years, 6 days), who allows one run in 4 innings. Stover will make a last ML appearance next September, while Klimchock will last 12 ML seasons as a bench player.

In the Phillies 6–4, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh, Richie Ashburn clinches the batting title going 3-for-4 to finish at .3495. Ashburn leads the league in hits, walks and triples, the only player this century to do so. Mays, leading off in SF’s win over St. Louis, is 3-for-5 to finish at .3466. Dave Philley sets a ML record for consecutive pinch hits when he doubles in the 7th for his 8th straight pinch hit. Peanuts Lowrey had 7 straight pinch hits in 1952.

29th The Cardinals fire manager Fred Hutchinson (69-75 and a 5th-place finish), replacing him with Solly Hemus, who will be a player-manager. Hemus was just acquired today from the Phillies for Gene Freese.

Minneapolis (American Association) wins the Little WS, defeating the IL champs, the Montreal Royals, in 4 straight games. This is the 4th time in a row the AA has won the title.

Mayo Smith signs as the new Reds manager, replacing Birdie Tebbetts, who resigned on August 14th.