1963 September

1st  Yankees CF Tom Tresh joins teammate Mickey Mantle among 4 AL and 5 NL players to hit HRs left- and righthanded in one game. The Yanks beat Baltimore 5–4. A tired Mantle, who had partied the night before, adds a pinch homer in the 8th, jumping on the first pitch from Mike McCormick.

      At Pittsburgh, Bill Virdon hits a 2-out game-ending grand slam to give the Bucs a 6-4 win over the Reds.

      Tim Harkness cracks a 2-run game ending homer in the 16th to give the Mets a 6-4 win over the Braves. It is Harkness’s 2nd homer of the game.

Cleveland takes a pair from the Tigers, winning 6-3 and 3-1. Mike De la Hoz hits a first inning grand slam in game 1 for the margin.

      Pitcher Curt Simmons of the Cardinals drives in a run with a triple in the 2nd and then steals home on an aborted squeeze play. He also knocks in another run and beats the Phils, 7–3.  Simmons, who in his 20-year career will steal just 2 bases, is on 3rd base when a squeeze play goes awry, and beats a wide throw to home from P Chris Short. It is the last steal of home by a pitcher until 1983, and just the 4th in the NL in the last 40 years. Harry Dorish in 1950 stole home, the last time an AL pitcher pulled off a theft.

2ndWith the Senators ahead 5–3 on 4th-inning homers by Don Zimmer and Ed Brinkman, Nats starter Ed Hobaugh hits his only career home run in the same frame off Cleveland’s Jerry Walker.  The Tribe knocks out Hobaugh but the Senators hold on to win, 8–7.  Hobaugh’s homer comes on his last official at bat: in his one additional plate appearance, he draws a walk (as noted by Bill Deane). Hobaugh joins Buster Narum this year as the first pitchers to have more homers than wins in a year. It’ll be matched this century by Dave Eiland in 1992.

      At San Francisco, the Cubs sweep a pair, winning 7-5 and 6-0. Dick Ellsworth wins his 20th in the opener, as Billy Williams has 3 RBIs and Ron Santo has 2.  Santo belts a grand slam and a solo HR, both off Jack Fisher, in the nightcap as Glen Hobbie pitches a 2-hit shutout.

      The Cardinals sweep a pair from Pittsburgh, winning 6-1 and 6-2. Bob Gibson wins the opener and matches homeruns with Roberto Clemente. In game 2, George Altman is 3-for-3 with a homer and combines on the back end of a double steal with Tim McCarver.  For McCarver it is his second steal of home this year.

      In game 2 of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 Mets and Pete Rose hits the first pitch of the game from Jay Hook for a leadoff homer. It’s the only score as the Reds win, 1–0. It is the first time in 29 years that a leadoff homer on the first pitch is the only score in a game. The next batter to hit a first-pitch homer in a 1-0 game will be Carlos Garcia, in 1993, in a rain-shortened Pittsburgh win over the Marlins.  In 2013, Rose’s feat will be repeated.  The Mets win the opener, 5–3.

3rd  Cubs 3B Ron Santo ties the modern NL record for errors in an inning at 3B with 3 to help the Giants beat Chicago, 16–3. Juan Marichal (20-8) drives in 2 runs before Tom Haller pinch hits for him in the 7th and bangs a homer.

4th  At Cleveland, Luis Aparicio hits a 6th inning grand slam to give the Orioles the lead and they hang on the beat the Indians, 6-5.

5th  At Busch Stadium, the Cards Curt Simmons (13-7) is efficient in shutting out the Mets, 9-0. Tim McCarver has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Curt Flood is 5-for-5.

6th  Baseball historian Lee Allen says the Indians-Senators game is the 100,000th in ML history. Bennie Daniels celebrates by beating the Tribe 7–2.

      At Comiskey, the Twins overcome a grand slam by Dave Nicholson to edge the White Sox, 9-8. Earl Battey hits a 3 run homer in the 8th and Bob Allison and Vic Power go deep in the 9th.  Harmon Killebrew hits his 37th homer in the 1st inning to tie Dick Stuart for the AL lead.

7th  In the Reds, 4–2 win, Frank Robinson suffers a spike wound requiring 30 stitches when Mets 2B Ron Hunt lands on his left arm.

8th  Braves P Warren Spahn (20-5) ties Christy Mathewson’s NL record with his 13th 20-win season by notching a 3–2 victory in Philadelphia. Gene Oliver’s 2-run HR in the 8th, off Dallas Green, is the deciding blow. At 42, Spahn becomes the oldest 20-game winner.

10th  Stan Musial hits a HR in his first at bat as a grandfather, and Bob Gibson (17-8) blanks the Cubs 8–0.

      At New York, the Giants trail 3–0 after 7 innings when manager Alvin Dark sends up consecutive Alous to bat in the 8th. Pinch hitter Jesus grounds out, pinch hitter Matty strikes out, and leadoff hitter Felipe bounces back to P Carlton Willey. The Giants lose, 4–2. McCovey’s 38th homer and Cepeda’s 29th account for the SF scoring.

11th  Angel’s pitcher Aubrey Gatewood beats the Red Sox 4–1 for his first ML win. Gatewood was drafted by the Angel in the 1960 AL expansion draft, then drafted by the Mets a year later in the NL draft.

      Earl Battey hits his 25th homer of the year and Harmon Killebrew hits his 38th, a grand slam, as the Twins whip the Indians, 9-3. Lee Stange is the winner despite giving up a pair of homers to Fred Whitfield.

      Whitey Ford tops the host A’s, 8–2, as Mantle’s homer in the first provides all the scoring Whitey needs.  Mantle is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs.

      At Crosley Field, the Reds score 9 runs in the 4th en route to a 14–3 thrashing of the Braves. Don Pavletich, batting 6th, hits a 2-run homer in the big inning as the Reds bat around. The bases are loaded when its his turn to bat again, but he’s lifted for pinch hitter Gordy Coleman, who belts a grand slam.

12th  At the Polo Grounds, Juan Marichal hits a homerun and pitches a shutout as the Giants beat the Mets, 6-0.

      John Roseboro’s first-inning grand slam, off Bob Friend, propels the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over the Pirates. Johnny Podres is the victor. The Dodgers’ lead remains 3 games over the Cards.

13th  The Dodgers split in Philadelphia and lead the Cards by 2 1⁄2 games. Chris Short tops Sandy Koufax, 3–2, in the opener, before Ron Perranoski wins the nightcap, 2–1.

Jim Bouton’s 20th win, 2–0 at Minnesota, clinches the Yankees 28th pennant.

16th  The Dodgers and Cardinals begin a first-place showdown before 32,442 fans at Busch Stadium. Ron Perranoski saves a 3–1 win for Johnny Podres and the Dodgers.

17th  Sandy Koufax gets his 11th shutout, a modern ML season record for a lefty. His 8 strikeouts give him 306, an NL record, as the Dodgers top the Cards 4–0.

      At Polo Grounds, Frank Thomas and Joe Hicks hit pinch HRs for the Mets, but they still lose to the Reds, 4–3.

18th  Rookie Dick Nen crushes St. Louis’s pennant hopes with a 9th-inning game-tying HR off reliever Ron Taylor. Ron Perranoski wins 6–5 in 13 innings for a 3-game sweep of the threatening Cards. Nen’s HR is his only hit in 8 at bats with the Dodgers.

      The last ML game at the Polo Grounds draws 1,752 fans to see Philadelphia beat New York 5–1. Jim Hickman hits the final New York HR in the historic park, and Chris Short beats Craig Anderson.

19th At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, 476 lonely fans watch the Angels and Orioles game. The Angels win, 7–2, behind Bo Belinsky.

20th  The Yankees edge the Athletics, 5–4 in 13 innings. Rookie 2B Pedro Gonzalez helps the win by pulling the hidden ball trick in the 11th frame and tagging out A’s OF Ken Harrelson, who had advanced to 2B after a single and a sac bunt. As noted by Bill Deane, Gonzalez plays only 7 games in the field this year.

      The Dodgers use a triple steal to help subdue the Pirates, 2-0. Tommy Davis, Willie Davis and Ken McMullen pull off the steal in the 2nd inning and Buc  catcher Jim Pagliaroni is tossed for arguing the safe call at home.

21st  Minnesota’s Harmon Killebrew ties an AL record with 4 HRs in a doubleheader, a split with the Red Sox. Minnesota loses 11–2 after winning the opener 13–4. The Killer has 3 homers in the lid lifter. In game 2, Boston is led by Roman Mejias, who clubs two homers and drives in 7 runs.

      Kansas City beats New York, 5–3, despite homers by Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. For Yogi, it is his 358th and last home run.

      In Detroit, Denny McLain makes his ML debut, beating the White Sox, 4-3, and hitting his first homerun.  Billy Bruton and Norm Cash also homer for the Bengals.

22nd  For the first time, all three Alou brothers share the outfield. In the seventh inning, Matty is in LF, Felipe replaces Willie Mays in CF, and Jesus is in RF.  In the 8th, the three are retired, 1, 2, 3.  But the offense comes from Willie McCovey who hits three homers as the Giants whip the Mets, 13–4. McCovey takes over the NL lead in homers with 43, one more than Hank Aaron, and the two will end up sharing the home run title with 44 apiece. It is the third year in a road that a different Giant has led the NL in four baggers. It will happen again with the Rockies and the Orioles.

24th  The idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd Los Angeles pennant when Chicago’s Lindy McDaniel beats Bob Gibson and the Cards 6–3.

      The Yankees tune up for the World Series with an efficient 8-1 spanking of the Angels at Yankee Stadium.  Whitey Ford (24-7) throws 7 scoreless innings, and Elston Howard has two triples and 3 RBIs.  The Angels lone tally is Leon Wagner’s 26th homer of the year in the 9th inning; 24 of his homers have come on the road, the greatest disparity for any hitter (Donn Clendenon will hit 25/3 in 1966, and Goose Goslin was 17/0 in 1926).

      The White Sox make it easy for pitcher Ray Herbert, bashing the Orioles 15–0. Herbert allows 2 hits while the Sox collect 16. For Herbert, it is his first shutout this year on the road after six at home. The 7 whitewashes leads the AL this year.

      At Milwaukee, Jim Maloney strikes out 14 in winning his 23rd game of the year. The Reds beat the Braves, 4–2.

25th  Stan Musial is named a vice president of the Cardinals by owner August Busch. His number 6 is retired.

      Ken Johnson goes 8+ innings as Houston  edges the visiting Pirates, 2-1. With a pair of runs in 7th inning the Colt 45’s set an ignominious ML mark of having 63 games this season in which they have not scored in the first 5 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They are, however, in the midst of compiling a 15-5 record in the last 20 games of the season.

27th  Using a lineup of 9 rookies the Colt 45s lose, 10–3, to the Mets. The lineup includes P Jay Dahl, 17 (debut); C Jerry Grote, 20; 1B Rusty Staub, 19; 2B Joe Morgan, 20; 3B Glenn Vaughan, 19; SS Sonny Jackson, 19 (debut); and outfielders Brock Davis, 19, Aaron Pointer, 21, and Jim Wynn, 21. Dahl loses his only ML game at 17 and will die in an auto accident at 19. Houston 2B Joe Morgan will play 22 years, and 1B Rusty Staub, 23. Aaron Pointer singles for his only hit this year: his sisters will do better with a top-10 hit of “Fire,” by Bruce Springsteen. Joe Hoerner and Danny Coombs follow Dahl to the mound in their ML debuts. 20-year-old P Larry Yellen debuted yesterday and 18-year-old OF Ivan Murrell debuts tomorrow.

      At St. Louis, the Reds John Tsitouris pitches a 2-hit, 3–0 shutout over the Cardinals. Gary Kold triples in the 2rd and Dick Groat singles in the 9th. In his last 3 starts, Tsitouris has pitched 3 shutouts and allowed 8 hits.

28th  Chicago’s Dick Ellsworth wins his 22nd game, allowing 5 hits to beat Milwaukee, 4–1.

29th  On Stan Musial Day in St. Louis, The Man has 2 hits, giving him an NL career total of 3,630. Remarkably, Musial has 1,815 on the road and 1,815 at home. His first hit is a 4th inning single past 2B Pete Rose.  After his 2nd hit off Jim Maloney, driving in his 1,951st run, Musial retires for a pinch runner as 27,576 roar their approval. Rose has 3 hits in the game but the Cards beat the Reds in 14 innings, 3–2. Winning pitcher Ernie Broglio scores in the 14th.

      Dave Nicholson suffers his 174th and 175th strikeouts, a ML record, as Washington beats Chicago, 9–2.

      At Baltimore, Denny McLain (2-1) scatters 10 hits as the Tigers top the Orioles, 7-3.  Brooks Robinson has a hit and RBI, playing in his 161st game of the year, tops in the AL.  For the first time since 1910 no AL player appears in all his team’s games.

      Houston’s run of successful debuts by young rookies is capped by OF John Paciorek, 18, who goes 3-for-3 in his only ML appearance, driving in 3 runs and scoring 4. Brother Tom will do much better (1970-87) with 1162 hits and his brother Jim will collect 23.  The Colt 45’s beat the Mets, 13–4.

30th  Infielder Phil Linz appears on the TV show I’ve Got A Secret with his mom. His secret?: earlier in the year he hit her with a foul ball.