1959 September

2nd Jackie Brandt crashes a homer in the 9th inning against the Cubs to give the first place Giants a 4–3 win. The Cubs score 2 in the 9th, off Mike McCormick, to tie. The Giants had lost 5 of 6 before today.

At County Stadium, Robin Roberts goes the distance as the Phillies beat the Braves, 11-5. Red Schoendienst receives a tremendous standing applause as makes his first appearance of the year, pinch hitting in the 7th and grounding out. Red had been battling TB and had part of his lung removed.

The Dodgers spot the Cardinals a 4-run lead before roaring back for a 9–6 win. Chuck Churn, the last of 4 pitchers, is the winner, as the Dodgers remain 1 1/2 games in back of the Giants. Ken Boyer’s single off Churn extends his hitting streak to 21 games.

The White Sox jar the Tigers twice, 7–2 and 11-4, to extend their AL lead to 5 1/2 games. Dick Donovan tosses a 4-hitter in the opener, and Sherm Lollar provides a pair of 2-run doubles. The Sox tuck away the nightcap with an 11-run 5th inning. Foytack gives up a lead off homer in the 5th to Al Smith, retires the next 2 batters, and then Aparicio lines the first of 8 singles in the frame. The Sox tally an AL-record 10 runs after there are 2 outs and the bases empty. Reliever Joe Stanka, just up from the minors, is the beneficiary.

The Reds dim the Bucs’ pennant hopes with a 6–3 and 2–1 sweep. Willie Jones 3-run homer in the opener, off Elroy Face, gives the win to rookie Jim O’Toole. Face gives up the homer, but the loss goes to Vern Law, who put 2 runners on. The loss goes to Vern Law, who put 2 on before leaving. Pinson and Robinson also homer. Johnny Temple’s 2-out triple and Vada Pinson’s 44th double in the 8th win the nightcap for Don Newcombe.

5th  Jim Lemon of Washington knocks in 6 runs in the 3rd inning, on 2 HRs, one a grand slam, tying 2 ML records. Washington scores 10 in the inning to triumph over Cleveland 14–2. Lemon doubles home another run in the 2nd inning.

6th  The Dodgers set a record for a Coliseum doubleheader when 39,432 fans show up for 2 games with the Cubs. Sandy Koufax runs his streak to 41 strikeouts in 3 games, for another ML record, but loses the opener 3–0 on a 3-run HR by Ernie Banks in the 9th. The Dodgers lose the 2nd game 5–3, also on a 3-run 9th inning HR, to drop 3 games behind the Giants.

7th At Fenway, the trio of Don Buddin, P Jerry Casale, and Pumpsie Green tie a ML record by belting consecutive HRs in the 2nd off Bob Turley to pace the Sox to a 12–4 drubbing of New York. Andy Carey pinch hits a HR in the 3rd, and Mantle adds one the same inning, but little else happens for New York, which loses its first season-series with the Sox in 11 years.

In Kansas City, the White Sox sweep a pair from the Athletics,

In the 2nd of two at Baltimore, the Senators score 7 runs in the 10th to win 8–1 and earn a split. The big blow is Ron Samford’s 3-run homer off Ernie Johnson, which comes in his last ML at bat. He’ll get into four more games, and have a sac fly, but this is his last official appearance. The Birds win the opener, 7-0, behind Bill O’Dell’s 4-hitter.

At Comiskey Park, the White Sox maintain their 4 1/2 game lead over the 2nd-place Indians by sweeping the Athletics, 2-1 and 13-7. Billy Pierce (13-13) outduels Ned Garver in the opener. Ted Kluszewski drives in both runs with a 4th inning single but is credited with just one RBI because RF Roger Maris held the ball. Klu drives in 5 runs in the nightcap with a pair of homers. Jim Landis is 6-for-8 for the afternoon. Gerry Staley (8-3) is the game 2 winner with 5+ innings of relief, allowing 10 hits but just one run.

The Indians win a pair of come-from-behind victories over the Tigers, 15-14 and 6-5, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th in each game. Jim Piersall’s 2-run single in the 9th ices the game 1 win. Rocky Colavito hits #40, one of 7 homers hit in the game. Eddie Yost hits 2 for the Bengals. Mike Garcia starts game 1 and gives up 5 runs in his 1 inning of work, then pitches an inning of relief in game 2 and emerges the winner. Tito Francona is 4-for-5, including s 3-run homer in game 1, and is 1-for-1 in game 2. His average stands at .391. He’ll end up with a .363 batting average but his 443 plate appearances will leave him 34 short of qualifying for the batting title.

9th At County Stadium, Bobby Avila, who entered the game in the 8th, hits a walkoff grand slam to give the Braves a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals. Joe Adock hits a 2nd-inning homer for the other Milwaukee score. Warren Spahn (19-13) is the winner over Ernie Broglio.

10th  Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-6, including a HR, in a 12–1 romp over Kansas City’s Ray Herbert.

Brothers Jim and Ed Bailey form the battery for the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Cubs. Jim is lifted in the 8th inning and charged with the 6–3 loss in his ML debut. The Reds take the opener, 10-4 as Cliff Cook has 4 hits and 4 RBIs, and Frank Robinson scores 4 and drives in 3.

11th  The Orioles whitewash the White Sox twice 3–0 and 1–0. Jack Fisher and Jerry Walker, 20-year-olds, hurl the shutouts. In the nightcap, Walker throws 16 shutout innings before a Brooks Robinson single drives in the winning run. Walker is the 7th and last pitcher this decade to throw 16 innings: Billy Pierce last month was the 6th.

The Phillies Robin Roberts beats the Giants 1–0 on a 3-hitter. Roberts also gains revenge on Willie McCovey by ending McCovey’s consecutive-game hitting streak at 22 games. Phils CF Richie Ashburn holds the rookie record of 23 games.

Los Angeles defeats Pittsburgh and Elroy Face, 5–4. It is Face’s first loss after 22 straight wins, 17 of them in 1959. The winner is Chuck Churn (2–0) and the loss is Face’s first to the Dodgers since September 1956. His last loss to any team was May 30, 1958.

12th  It is a day for 20-game winners. Sam Jones’s notches his 20th victory of the season, 9–1 over the Phillies, puts the Giants back in first place by a game. Jones has a pair of hits and scores twice.

Eddie Mathews hits a 2-run homer in the 8th off Don Newcombe as the Braves beat the Reds, 4–3. Lew Burdette wins his 20th, beating Newk. The Braves Red Schoendienst returns to the lineup for the first time since being diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis last November

White Sox veteran Early Wynn defeats the Orioles, 6–1, for his 20th win of the year, the 5th time in his career that he’s reached that plateau.

The Indians win, 7-2, over Washington behind the pitching Gary Bell, but fail to gain on the first place White Sox. Rocky Colavito hits his 41st homer, while Jim Lemon connects for his 30th, the only solid hit off Bell.

13th  Glen Hobbie of the Cubs stops Ken Boyer’s hitting streak at 29 games. He was 41-for-117 for a .350 mark over the course of his streak. Hobbie allows just 4 hits in shutting out the Cards 8–0.

The Indians lose a doubleheader to New York, 2–1 and 1–0. Mantle wins the opener with a 2-run 11th inning homer, his 29th of the year. In the nightcap, Duke Maas outpitches Jim Perry. The 2 losses push the Tribe to 5 1/2 games behind leading Chicago, which wins today.

The Giants pick up a game on the Braves by beating the Cubs, 1-0, and now lead the NL by 2 games. Jack Sanford needs one out from Mike McCormick to pick up his 14th win. Willie McCovey is held to a single in his 40th game but still sports a .362/.432/.671 mark with 54 hits, including 11 homers. Minor league great Buzz Arlett, in his one ML season in 1931, had similar marks in his first 40 games with 378/.469/.678. He had 59 hits and 10 homers.

14th The Braves batter Don Drysdale for 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings and top the Dodgers, 4–1. Bob Buhl is the winner.

15th  Carl Yastrzemski plays for Minneapolis (AA), but the game is protested by Omaha because Yaz is not eligible to play until OF Lee Howell leaves for military duty on the 18th.

Dodger SS Maury Wills goes 5-for-5 in a 10-inning, 8–7 win over the Braves. The Dodgers score 2 runs in the last inning and are now in a tie with the Braves for 2nd, 2 games behind the Giants.

The Giants whip the Reds, 13–6, and are now 2 games in front with 8 to play. McCovey has a double and homer and Daryl Spence hits a 3-run round tripper.

The leading Chicago White Sox push their magic number to 4 by topping New York, 4–3. All the Yankee scoring comes on 2 homers by Mantle, the 2nd in the bottom of the 9th.

Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 15th as the Orioles score an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th to beat Detroit, 2-1. Starter Paul Foytack takes the loss.

16th At Candlestick, Lew Burdette outduels Sam Jones, 2–0, to win his 21st game. The Giants’ loss cuts their lead over the Braves and Dodgers to a single game.

17th The Giants knock Warren Spahn out in the 1st inning and trounce the Braves 13–6. The Giants now lead by 2 games with 8 to play. Eddie Mathews has 2 homers off Jack Sanford and drives in all the Braves runs. Willie Mays has 4 hits and 5 RBIs and Jim Davenport drives in 4 runs.

18th Indians manager Joe Gordon tells GM Frank Lane he is fed up with the second guessing and Lane promptly fires him. Indians president Nate Dolin then turns down Lane’s managerial choice, Leo Durocher, and Lane is forced to rehire Gordon on the 23rd.

19th At Yankee Stadium, it is Yogi Berra Day, as the Yanks top the Red Sox, 3–1. Ford allows 4 singles to win his 15th, but Yogi is 0-for-4.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Johnny Antonelli, in his 3rd bid to win his 20th game, is beaten by Roger Craig 4–1. The Dodgers then take the 2nd game as well, 5–3, behind Don Drysdale. The double loss leaves the Giants tied for first with the Dodgers, with the Braves just a half game back.

Bill Mazeroski, who homered in the 3rd, hits a 2-run triple in the 12th as the host Pirates beat the Reds, 4–3. It is the Corsairs 18th walkoff win; no team since 1950 will match that. Frank Robinson has 3 singles for the Reds, but is thrown out each time trying to steal 2B against Smoky Burgess. Elroy Face gives up a run in the top of the 12th but chalks up the win in relief. Face is now 18–1, and has won 8 straight games in extra innings. He ends the year with the top winning percentage (.947) of any pitcher with 15 decisions.

At Connie Mack Stadium, Lee Maye has 3 hits and 4 RBIs and Del Crandall has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as Milwaukee trims the Phillies, 9-3. Milwaukee is in 3rd place in the NL, just a half game in back of the Giants and Dodgers.

20th  The Giants play their last game in Seals Stadium before moving to Candlestick Park, losing to Los Angeles 8–2. The Dodgers sweep the series and drop the Giants from first to 3rd. The Braves are in 2nd, a half game back.

At Connie Mack Stadium, Robin Roberts and Lew Burdette start against each other for the 7th time this season, the most times two pitchers have squared off since 1891. It won’t be topped this century. Burdette exits in the 6th and Joey Jay is the 8-5 winner over Robin Roberts, who lasts until the 9th when Milwaukee scores 3 runs. Roberts serves up Aaron’s 39th and Mathews #41.

21st  The Braves Warren Spahn notches his 20th win, 8–6, and his 266th NL victory to tie Eppa Rixey of the Phils and Reds for the career high in wins by a lefthander. The Braves and the Dodgers are now tied for the lead in the 3-team pennant race.

22nd  The “Go-Go” White Sox clinch their first pennant in 40 years with a 4–2 win over the 2nd-place Indians. Early Wynn gets the win, with Gerry Staley saving the game in the 9th. Al Smith homers for the Sox.

The Dodgers, desperate to break a first-place tie with the Braves, send a ML record 9 pinch hitters to the plate in the 9th. The last one, Frank Howard, hits a 2-out three-run HR, but St. Louis hangs on to win 11–10. The Dodgers score 3 in the 1st inning but Hal Smith belts a grand slam off Sandy Koufax in the bottom of the inning. Koufax exits without getting the 3rd out.

23rd  The Cubs continue to dash the Giants’ pennant hopes as Cal Neeman’s 10th-inning HR gives Chicago a 9–8 win. The Cubs won yesterday, 5–4, on George Altman’s 9th-inning, 2-run homer. The timely blasts help Don Elston pick up both wins.

Dodger P Roger Craig allows 5 hits in shutting out the Cards, 5–0, for his 4th shutout. Craig, brought up in early June, will tie for the NL lead in whitewashes. The win gives the Dodgers a tie for first.

24th  The Phillies P Humberto Robinson says that gambler Harold Friedman offered him $1,500 to throw a game with the Reds. The pitcher ignores him and hurls a 7–2 win. Friedman is held on bail. Commissioner Ford Frick later commends Robinson for promptly reporting to him.

Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend gives up 12 hits, but shuts out St. Louis, 6–0.

25th The Tigers top the White Sox 6–5 when Kaline dashes home with the winning run in the 3-run 9th as Norm Cash is protesting a call with the umpire Rice on a play at 1B. Kaline hit a 2 run HR in the 1st.

At Wrigley, Gil Hodges hits his 25th homer of the year in the 11th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Cubs. It is Gil’s 310th homer of the decade: he and Duke Snider (329) are the only players to hit over 300 homers in the 1950s.

26th  At Milwaukee the Braves beat the Phillies 3–2 behind Warren Spahn’s 21st win. He is now ahead of Eppa Rixey as the winningest NL lefty.

The Cubs put the pennant race in a tie by blasting the Dodgers 12–2 at Wrigley. The Cubs tally 18 hits in chasing Johnny Podres. A season-ending three-way tie is now possible.

At St. Louis, Sam Jones keeps the Giants in the race by pitching a 7-inning no-hitter, but NL President Warren Giles will rule it unofficial after rain wipes out the last 2 innings. But Jones gets credit for his 21st win 4–0 as Willie Mays and Willie McCovey HRs account for the runs.

At Fenway, Jackie Jensen cracks a walkoff homer in the 11th to give Boston a 5-4 win over the Senators. It is Jensen’s 4th hit of the game as he drives in 3 runs. He’ll skip tomorrow’s game to head home, but he will still win the RBI crown with 112. Rocky Colavito will have 111 and tie for the lead in homers with 42. Harmon Killebrew has 3 hits including a 3rd inning 3-run homer off Bill Monbouquette that hits the light tower in LF.

Early Wynn gives up 3 runs in 5 innings but it is good enough for his 22nd win, as the White Sox double the Tigers, 10-5. Billy Goodman scores 3 runs on 4 hits and Johnny Callison insures the victory with 5 RBIs, 4 coming in the 8th when he hits an upper deck grand slam off Ray Narleski. For Narleski, it is a ML record 4th grand slam hit off him this season. Possibly not a coincidence, this is his last ML game.

27th  In one of the NL’s frequent tight races, the Braves and Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68), with the Giants a close 3rd (83-71). The Dodgers beat Chicago 7–1 while the Braves beat the Phillies 5–2. The Giants, eliminated following the Dodgers’ win, drop 2 games to the Cards, 2–1 and 14–8.

Luis Aparicio steals two bases in Chicago’s 5-run 1st inning as the White Sox edge the Tigers, 6-4. Aparicio’s 56 steals give him his 3rd of 9 straight stolen base crowns. Detroit scores twice in the 3rd inning before Gail Harris reaches 1B on a fielder’s choice that turns into an all-tag triple play.

At Fenway, the Red Sox jump on rookie Jim Kaat (0-2) for 6 runs in less than 2 innings as they beat the Senators, 6-2. Jerry Casale (13-8) is the winner. Washington bats Harmon Killebrew in the leadoff position and the Killer responds with 4 hits, including his 42nd homer of the year to tie for the AL lead with Colavito. Ted Williams is 2-for-4 and finishes with a .254 batting average, the only sub-.300 year of his career.

28th  In the first game of a best-of-3 playoff, the Dodgers beat the Braves 3–2 in a cold Milwaukee drizzle. Rookie Larry Sherry pitches 7 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.

Cubs manager Bob Scheffing (208-254) resigns and is replaced by Charlie Grimm, making his 3rd appearance in the dugout for the Cubs. Grimm managed the team from 1932–38 and from 1944–49.

29th  Milwaukee knocks Don Drysdale out of the game and take a 4–2 lead, but the Dodgers come back to win Game 2 of the playoff, 6–5, and take the NL pennant. Los Angeles overcomes a 5–2, 9th-inning deficit to tie the game; they win it in the 12th when Gil Hodges scores from 2nd on Felix Mantilla’s off-balance heave past 1B after a difficult chance on Carl Furillo’s grounder. In the losing cause, Braves slugger Eddie Mathews hits his 46th home run, off Don Drysdale, to win the NL home run title. Ernie Banks finishes with 45.

30th The Red Sox fire clubhouse attendant Johnny Orlando. Orlando was hired as a bat boy in 1925.