1962 September

1stThe Reds Vada Pinson has 4 singles and a double in a 10–5 win at San Francisco. It is Pinson’s second 5-hit game in a month.

2nd  Stan Musial’s 3,516th hit jumps him over Tris Speaker and into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb, but the Mets beat the Cards 4–3. Although The Man will continue on to 3,630 hits, he cannot overtake Cobb and, in time, Pete Rose and Hank Aaron will surpass him as well.

      Light-hitting Leo Burke hits a 3-run homer in the 6th inning as the Angels down the Senators, 4-2.  The homer snaps Don Rudolph’s consecutive scoreless streak of 32 innings.

3rd  At Los Angeles, Jack Sanford of the Giants wins his 20th game and 14th straight, 7–3, over the Dodgers.

4th  Houston finally defeats Philadelphia, 4–1, in their final meeting of the season. The Phillies had won all 17 previous contests.

      In Los Angeles, the first-place Dodgers edge the 2nd-place Giants, 5-4. Catcher Johnny Roseboro pulls off a straight steal of home after tripling in the 4th. It is his second steal of home in a week.

5th  Ken Hubbs of the Cubs sets ML records at 2B for consecutive games without an error (78) and consecutive chances accepted (418) without an error. His streak ends with a 4th-inning throwing error as Cincinnati beats Chicago, 4–1, in game 2. In the opener, Gordy Coleman belts a 2-run homer in the 10th for a 7-5 Reds win. Don Blasingame is 5-for-5 in game 1.

      Washington’s John Kennedy pinch hits against the Twins and becomes the 9th AL player to debut with a HR in his first at bat.  His blow breaks up a no-hit bid by Dick Stigman, and the Nats rally to tie the game at 7–7 in the 9th, The Twins win 9–7 in 11 frames, then drop the nightcap, 3–0, as Claude Osteen fires a 3 hitter.  The split leaves the Twins  2 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

6th  Commissioner Ford Frick announces that any transfer of Bo Belinsky to the Athletics as part of the Dan Osinski deal will be voided due to a technicality in the rules.

The Giants score 4 in the 9th to beat the Dodgers 9–6 and put San Francisco just 112games out of first.

7th  Four steals bring Maury Wills’ season total to 82, one better than Bob Bescher’s 1911 mark and a modern NL record. But Pittsburgh beats Los Angeles 10–1, cutting the Dodger lead to one-half game. Bill Mazeroski has a grand slam and 6 RBIs for the Bucs. In a streak of 6 games, from September 6th to the 11th, Maury will swipe 13 bases.

      With a three-game lead, the Yankees purchase some insurance—righty Hal Brown from the Orioles.

8th  At Candlestick, the Cubs outhit the Giants but lose 7-2. With the Dodgers beating the Pirates, the Giants remain a half game in back of Los Angeles.

9th  Boston’s Lou Clinton makes 4 stellar grabs in the outfield and adds a homer, triple and single as the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 9–3 in 16 innings at the Stadium. Dick Radatz takes over for Hal Kolstad and pitches 9 innings of relief before leaving in the 16th for a pinch hitter. Tony Kubek is 5-for-7 in the game.

      At Milwaukee, pitcher Chris Short, a career .126 hitter, has 4 hits against Warren Spahn as the Phillies top the ace left hander, 4–2.

      The Cardinals do all their scoring in the 9th inning to beat the Reds, 5-3.  Carl Sawatski’s pinch hit walkoff grand slam, off reliever Jim Brosnan, is the big blow.

10th  Against Hank Aguirre, Mantle clouts a 4th inning homer run, the 400th of his career, to tie the game 1–1.  The Yanks score 2 in the 9th off Aguirre to beat Detroit 3–1. The victory, combined with a Minnesota loss, gives the Yanks a 3 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place, 4 games back.

      The Angels Dean Chance loses his no-hit bid when Zoilo Versalles singles in the 8th inning for the only Twins hit. Chance wins, 5–0.

      Tommy Davis has 5 RBIs and clubs a grand slam off starter Dick Ellsworth (8-1) as the Dodgers clip the Cubs, 8-1.  Don Drysdale wins his 24th. Maury Wills has 4 hits, 3 runs, and 3 steals. The Dodgers maintain their half-game lead over the persistent Giants.

12th  Washington’s Tom Cheney sets a remarkable ML mark with 21 strikeouts in a 16-inning game at Baltimore. Bud Zipfel’s 16th-inning HR off O’s reliever Dick Hall gives the Senators a 2–1 win. Cheney throws 228 pitches and at several points refuses to come out for a reliever.

      In Cleveland, Whitey and Mickey lead the way to a Yankee win, 5–2. Mantle hits a 3-run homer in the 5th off Pedro Ramos, his 2nd favorite all-time cousin (12 homers allowed).

      In the dugout in Cincinnati, Willie Mays collapses from nervous exhaustion. He is taken to the hospital and will miss 4 games. The Giants lose 4–1 and will lose their next 6 to take them apparently out of the race.

13th  Washington OF Jim Piersall is arrested for going into the stands after a heckling fan prior to a game against Baltimore. He is charged with disorderly conduct, but later cleared. Hicks replaces Jimmy in the 7–1 loss to the Orioles. O’s winning pitcher Chuck Estrada clouts one of the 3 Birds homers.

      In Kansas City’s 5–4 win over the Angels, 17-year-old Ed Kirkpatrick pinch hits in the 9th for LA. He is the youngest in the AL since Jim Derrington, in 1956, and no one younger will debut this century in the AL.

14th  Jim Piersall is knocked unconscious by a revolving door in his hotel in Baltimore, shortly after the hearing on his arrest. Piersall will be back in the lineup for the Senators on the 18th.  Washington could have used him today as they collect just 3 hits in losing to the White Sox, 2-0. Joel Horlen allows 2 hits in 8 innings, as Chicago has just 4 hits.

      The Phillies top St. Louis 2–1 on Johnny Callison’s 9th inning HR. Callison also hit a game-winning HR in last night’s 2–1 win over Milwaukee.

15th  The Pirates beat Jack Sanford 5–1, the first loss by the Giant hurler after 16 straight wins. Bob Bailey, in his ML debut, hits a 2-run triple to ice it.

      Harmon Killebrew hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs as the Twins crush the Indians, 12-2. Jim Kaat wins his 17th. Killebrew will hit another 5 homers over the next week, with no other hits, the first player to have 7 homers in a row with no other hits.  It will be topped.

      At Wrigley Field, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6–4, with a little help from Frank Howard.  Hondo is 4-for-4 with a homer, and has 2 assists from right field. He’ll end the year with 19 assists. The Dodgers score two runs in the 9th inning, the first on a triple steal with Tommy Davis on the front end with Tim Harkness and John Roseboro. Harkness then scores on a wild pitch.

16th Mays celebrates his return to the lineup by cracking a 3-run HR in the 8th inning, his 44th of the year, to tie the Pirates 4–4. Pittsburgh tops the Giants in the 10th inning when Smoky Burgess hits a 2-run HR.

      Nelson Mathews hits his first ML homer, a 1st-inning grand slam off Stan Williams, and Bob Buhl takes it from there for a 5-0 Cubs victory of the Dodgers. For the veteran Buhl, it is his lone shutout of the year. With San Francisco losing, Los Angeles maintains a 4 game lead in the NL.

18th  At Washington new ball park D.C. Stadium, Mantle clouts the first home run there, and adds another, both off Washington starter Tom Cheney, to pace New York to a 7–1 win.  Mick has 5 RBIs. Ralph Terry picks up his 22nd win, the most by a Yankee right hander since 1928. The Yankee win, combined with a Twins loss, leaves New York (90–63) in 1st place by 4 games.

      The Mets drop a pair to the visiting Colts 45s, 6–2 and 8–6, and also break the ML record for homers allowed. Ranew and Roberts connect for the Colts, the 188th and 189th homers allowed, breaking the A’s mark set in 1956. Bob Aspromonte of the Colts sets an NL record for 3B with his 57th straight errorless game. One bright spot for the Mets is a triple steal in game 2 with Elio Chacon, Frank Thomas and  Joe Christopher teaming up.  It is the second triple steal in 4 days in the NL.

      At LA, the Aaron brothers lead the Braves to a 10–5 pounding of the Dodgers, and cutting the Dodger lead over the idle Giants to 3 1/2 games. Hank hits his 40th homer and Tommie accounts for 3 RBIs with 3 hits.

      Charlie Finley is denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

19th  Walter Bond and John Romano twice hit back-to-back HRs for the Indians to help beat the Athletics, 10–9. They both hit doubles as well—a ML first when added to the back-to-backs—as Bond collects 6 RBIs and Romano 4. Dick Donovan gains his 20th win, though he is chased in the 6th. Jerry Lumpe has 3 hits and 3 runs for KC to run his consecutive game-hitting streak to 20 games.

      Vic Power hits a grand slam and Harmon Killebrew adds a pair of homers as the Twins tame the visiting Tigers, 12-5.

20th  At the Polo Grounds, the Houston Colt 45’s take a pair from the lowly Mets, winning 7-2 and 5-4 in 12 innings. Russ Kemmerer picks up a save and a win in the DH, while Ken Aspromonte has 5 hits in game 2, the first Houston player to do so.  Frank Thomas has a pair of homers for New York in game 2.

21st Charlie James cracks a 1st-inning grand slam, off Sandy Koufax, and the Cardinals plate another 7 runs in the 6th to roll to an 11-2 victory over the front-running Dodgers. Koufax doesn’t last the 1st inning as his record goes to 14-6. Curt Simmons evens his record at 9-9.

23rd  A 12–2 Dodger loss at St. Louis is enlivened by Maury Wills, who ties Ty Cobb’s long-standing ML single-season record of 96 steals by swiping 2B after singling in the 3rd, and breaks it with a repeat performance in the 7th.

      At Houston, Billy O’Dell beats the Colts 10–3 to move the Giants 3 games behind the front-running Dodgers.

25th  Whitey Ford beats Washington 8–3, as the Yankees clinch the AL pennant. Ralph Houk becomes the 5th manager to capture pennants in each of his first 2 seasons.

The Giants move to 2 games back as Billy Pierce beats St. Louis 6–3. Pierce runs his record at Candlestick to 11–0.

      The Dodgers, hosting 8th-place Houston, lose in 10 innings 3–2. Dick Farrell hands 10-game winner Ed Roebuck his 1st loss of the year. The Dodgers now lead by just 2 games.

26th  The Orioles Dave McNally makes his first ML start and shuts out the Royals, 3–0.

Pittsburgh’s Earl Francis (9-8) gives up 2 hits in 10 innings in beating the Reds, 1–0. Jim Maloney matches him for 9 innings. Bob Friend pitches the 11th to earn his 1st save of the year after Mazeroski and Stargell double home the winning run.  Bucs vet Bill Virdon steals his 5th base to go along with his 13 caught steals, tying him for NL high with Maury Wills.

      The Cubs lose their 101st, but the good news is that only 903 fans are on hand at Wrigley to see it. The Phils win, 5–3, their 18th win in 23 games.  The Phils will win tomorrow, 8–0, behind Dennis Bennett, and only 607 fans will see that one.

27th The Cardinals sidetrack the Giants, 7–4, as Gene Oliver contributes a 3-run HR and Stan Musial goes 5-for-5, all singles.

      The Dodgers’ hopes for clinching a tie for the pennant are dashed when Sandy Koufax, making his 2nd start since returning to action, lasts just 5 innings against Houston. Reliever Ron Perranoski is the loser, 8–6.

28th The Giants are rained out and the Dodgers are reined in by the Cardinals 3–2.  Larry Jackson gives up 12 hits but pitches a complete game win. The loss shrinks the Dodgers lead to 1 1/2 games. Maury Wills’ swipes second in the 3rd for his ML record 104th of the year.  He also ties for the NL lead with Bill Virdon for times caught stealing (13).

      At Chicago, the Yanks score 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th to beat the White Sox, 7–3, spoiling Early Wynn’s bid for his 300th win. It is Wynn’s 100th start against the Yankees. Only Walter Johnson (105 vs Detroit) and Warren Spahn (115 vs St. Louis; 108 vs NY) have started against another team 100 times in their careers (as noted by Tom Ruane).

Only 595 fans show up at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs turn back the Mets, 3–2. Toth beats Galen Cisco.

29th  The Indians and Angels set an AL record with 40 K’s in a doubleheader (18 innings). Los Angeles pitchers account for 23 of the strikeouts. The Angels clinch 3rd place in the opener as Belinsky and Chance combine for 14 K’s in the 4–1 win. Grant strikes out 10 for Cleveland in the nightcap 5–1 victory. Bond has a pair of homers for the Tribe in game 2.

      The Giants have a chance to tie for the lead with a makeup doubleheader with Houston. Jack Sanford wins his 24th as the Giants take the opener 12–5. Houston then manages a split behind Bob Bruce’s 4–2 victory to leave San Francisco one game back.

      The Dodgers (101–59) send Don Drysdale against the Cardinals, but Ernie Broglio wins the pitching duel, 2–0. The Dodgers lead by one game with one to play.

      Cubs game attendance climbs to 2,870 but the Mets beat the Cubs, 2–1, handing Dick Ellsworth his 20th loss of the year. Marv Throneberry drives in the winning run. Bob L. Miller (1-12) completes his first game in 21 starts and snaps a 12-game losing streak. He allows just a homer to Ernie Banks, his 37th.

30th  Willie Mays’s 47th HR, an 8th-inning blast off Dick Farrell (10-20), leads the Giants to a critical 2–1 win. They then stay in the clubhouse to hear results of the Dodger game.

      Gene Oliver’s dramatic 9th-inning HR off Johnny Podres gives Curt Simmons and St. Louis a 1–0 win against the Dodgers and a three-game sweep at Chavez Ravine. The heartbreaking loss for LA forces the 4th playoff in NL history. The Giants won 5 of their last 7 games, but only 7 of their last 17, while the Dodgers manage just 3 wins in their last 13 games.

      Pitcher Bill Fischer of the Athletics concludes a ML record string of 841⁄3 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls, a record that tops Christy Mathewson’s mark. Fischer walks Bubba Morton on 4 straight pitches and loses a 6–1 decision to Detroit. During his walkless streak his record was 2-10.  His streak started on August 3 when he walked leadoff batter Bubba Phillips, then pitched 8 walkless frames.

      In the 2nd of two, Red Sox 1B Don Gile, hitting 1-for-40 on the year (his one hit came in game 1) breaks a 1–1 tie with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Washington’s Jack Jenkins. The homer comes in his last ML at bat and gives Bill Monbouquette the win, 3–1. The Yawkeymen lose the opener by the same score as Cheney fans 12. Don Lock drives in all 3 runs. Runnels sits out the games and ends the season with the AL batting crown at .326.

      At Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Ray Herbert tops New York, 8–4. Mantle, batting leadoff to give him needed at bats, is 2-for-3 and qualifies for 2nd place in hitting (.321) with 502 plate appearances. He also hits a HR,  giving him 8 straight seasons of 30+ homers.

      At Wrigley, the Cubs turn a triple play and beat visiting New York, 5–1, a 20th-century ML record 120th loss for the Mets. Catcher Joe Pignatano of the Mets hits into the triple play in the 8th inning, his last at bat in the major leagues. Ken Hubbs starts the play catching a sure single, which goes 4–3–5. Richie Ashburn plays his only game at 2B, going the distance, making an error, but starting a 4–3 DP.  After the game, manager Casey Stengel tells his team, “Don’t feel bad, it was a team effort all the way.” The battle between the bottom two teams in the NL draws 3,960 fans. The Cubs total of 609,802 fans is the lowest in the league and the only time the Cubs will have the worst attendance. As a result the NL owners will ask P.K. Wrigley to install lights, but that switch won’t be flipped for several decades.

      Camilo Pascual draws a tough assignment in rookie Bob Miller, but beats the Orioles, 1–0, on 3 hits to earn his 20th win. Miller allows 2 hits to the Senators.

      With manager Mel McGaha fired for next season, Indians pitching coach Mel Harder guides the Tribe to a sweep of a twinbill of the Angels, winning 4–3 and 6–1. Harder, 1–0 last year, completes his managerial career at 3–0. Mel McGaha, a guard with the 1948-49 NY Knickerbockers of the BAA, didn’t play major league baseball, but will come back to manage the A’s in 1964-65.