1964 September

1st  Southpaw relief P Masanori Murakami becomes the first ML player from Japan. He debuts in a 4–1 San Francisco loss at New York. His first 11 innings will be scoreless ones.

      The Phillies top Houston 4–3 on 3 solo HRs in the 7th inning. John Callison, Wes Covington, and Frank Thomas supply the power outages.

      The Cardinals move past the faltering Giants into 3rd place with a 5–4 win over the Braves. Former Brave, now Cardinals utility C, Bob Uecker hits his first HR of the year, then singles in the winning run in the 9th to win it for the Birds.  St. Louis is 7 1/2 in back of the first-place Phils.

      At Crosley Field, Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in the Reds 2–1 win over Chicago.

2nd  Lee Stange ties a ML record with 4 strikeouts in the 7th inning, as the Indians beat Washington 9–0.

      Milt Pappas keeps Baltimore in first place with a one-hit 2–0 win against Minnesota. Zoilo Versalles gets the single in the 8th for the only hit.

      Boston’s Bill Monbouquette pitches a one-hitter, but loses 2–1 to Minnesota. Versalles spoils a no-hitter for the second time in one week with a 6th-inning HR.

4th  The batting glove makes its debut. The Yankees overcome two homers, the first a 450-foot shot, by Ken Harrelson to beat the host A’s, 9–7, in 10 innings.  Mantle and Elston Howard hit back-to-back homers in the 4th inning for New York. Harrelson, a platoon player, gets the start when the Yankees put in Whitey Ford. Harrelson has a blister from 36 holes of golf in the morning, so he wears his red golf glove at bat, the first time any player has worn a golf glove. Tomorrow, Mickey Mantle has the club house boy buy 20 red golf gloves which the Yankees wear in batting practice. They whistle at Harrelson, calling him “Mrs. Harrelson” and “don’t let your skirts get dirty”, but within two years golf gloves will be a common sight. In spring training 1983 Franklin Sports will team up with Mike Schmidt to perfect batting gloves and the company’s invention will become an MLB licensee in 1988. With the Orioles losing today, Baltimore (81-54) and Chicago (82-55) are virtually tied for first, with New York (77-56) three games back.

      The Red Sox collect 17 hits in beating the Senators, 14-8. Dick Radatz wins his 16thgame in relief, striking out 2 in 3 innings. Radatz finishes the year with 181 strikeouts, the third year in a row that he notches 125 strikeouts (next year he will reach 121) without starting a game. He is the first to do it. The next pitcher to record back-to-back seasons with 125 K’s and no starts will be Ron Dibble.

5th  Blue Moon Odom makes his ML debut, and Mickey Mantle greets him with a 3-run opposite field homer in the first inning.  New York hangs on to win, again by a 9–7 score.

Ernie Banks belts a double and homer in the same inning, and the Cubs use the big score to beat the Cards, 8–5.  Mike Cuellar takes the loss against Larry Jackson.

      Frank Thomas hits a 2-run homer in the Phillies 4-run 1st inning, and Gus Triandos cracks a 5th-inning grand slam as Jim Bunning (16-4) tops the Giants, 9-3,  The Phillies stay in first place by 6.5 games.

      Mickey Lolich gives up 4 hits as Detroit hands the Senators their record-tying fourth straight shutout.  Detroit wins, 4-0.

      Sound familiar? The Yanks acquire veteran P Pedro Ramos from the Indians as pennant insurance. The Indians get 2 players to be named later: Ralph Terry on October 12, and Bud Daley on November 27.

6th  For the second time in 4 days and the 3rd time in his career, Zoilo Versalles has the only hit for the Twins. His 2-run homer in the 6th is the lone hit off Boston’s Bill Monbouquette but it is good enough for a Twins win, 2–1.

      At Comiskey Park, pitching is the word of the day. Jack Kralick scatters 4 hits in game 1 as the Indians triumph, 2-0.  In game 2, Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 6 scoreless innings of relief as the White Sox rebound for a 3-2 win in 13 innings. When Vic Davilillo is thrown out at home in the 2nd inning of game 2, he becomes the 3rd Cleveland player that inning to make an out on the basepaths. It’ll next be done by the Yankees on August 12, 1975.

      At Philadelphia,Giants’ ace Juan Marichal strikes out 13 Phillies, including 7 in a row, to win 4–3. The Phils lead is cut to 5.5 games.

      The Red Sox sell pitcher Wilbur Wood to the Pirates. The knuckleballer was 0–5 last year and had no decision in 4 appearances this year. The Bucs will pass Wood along to the White Sox in 1967 where he’ll blossom.

7th  Completing a 12-3 home stand, the Cards sweep a Labor Day doubleheader from the Reds 3–2, 3–2, and move into a 2nd-place tie with Cincinnati.

      The Pirates roll out 11 pitchers but still loses two to the Giants, 6–4 and 9–6.

      The 9th place Senators take a pair from the White Sox, 3-0 and 6-2, and drop the Sox out of first place behind Baltimore and a game ahead of the Yankees.

      In a morning game, the New York Yankees beat the Senators, 5-4, in 11 innings. The night game is postponed because of rain. Tony Kubek hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd game in a row, and scores the winning run in the 11th.  Roger Maris has a 2-run homer and the game-winning RBI.

      The Cubs Ellis Burton hits a pair of homers, one righty and one lefty, accomplishing this for the second time in his career. But it is not enough as the visiting Braves win, 10–9.

8th Phils’ first baseman Frank Thomas fractures his right thumb sliding back into 1B in the 3–2 loss to the Dodgers. The Phils are six games ahead, but Thomas’s loss will be felt keenly when the Phils begin to slide. Art Mahaffey takes the loss, lasting just a 1/3 of an inning. Thirty-six-year-old Jim Brewer wins his first ML start.

9th  The Dodgers whip the Giants, 8-1, behind Don Drysdale.  Tommy Davis has a HR, while Willie Davis has a grand slam. Big Frank Howard hits a 3-run homer off Bob Hendley, the 8th homer he’s clubbed off him in 20 at bats, including 4 consecutive last year (not in the same game).

      Lou Brock’s 5 hits leads a Cardinal 20-hit attack as the whip the Phillies, 10-5 in 11 innings.

      The Seattle Post-Intelligenterreports that Cleveland GM Gabe Paul has requested economic surveys of the Seattle market in anticipation of a possible Indians’ move to the Northwest.

10th  The Phils split a 2-game series with the Cards and build a 6-game lead in the NL on Chris Short’s 5–1 win.  Short strikes out 12 throwing no curves to win his 16th.  A pivotal play is 3B Dick Allen’s stop and throw out of Javier’s sharp grounder with 2 men on in the 2nd.

      Baltimore tops the Senators 12–5, despite Brooks Robinson hitting into his 2nd triple play.  Brooks will hit into a record 4 TPs by the time he hangs up his glove.

11th  The Phils Dennis Bennett stops the Giants, 1–0, defeating Juan Marichal.  Ruben Amaro’s double scores the lone run and keeps the Phils 6 game ahead of the Cards.

Bob Gibson holds the Cubs to 2 hits, and the Cards win, 50.  Ken Boyer’s 22nd homer starts the Birds’ scoring.

      Angels reliever Bob Lee fractures his right hand punching a heckling sailor in Boston. But he is the only Angel connecting as Bill Monbouquette shuts out the Haloes, 3–0.

      After rookie Wally Bunker (16-4) gives the Orioles a 5–2 win, KC’s bonus baby Blue Moon Odom stops the O’s, 8–0, on 2 hits. The split shaves the Orioles lead to a half-game over the White Sox. The O’s will get one hit tomorrow.

      In a pitching duel between the Braves Denny Lemaster and the Reds Jim Maloney, Milwaukee scores a run in the 8th to win, 1–0. Gene Oliver doubles, the 2nd hit of the game off Maloney, and scores after a double steal and fly out.  Leo Cardenas has the only hit off Lemaster.

12th  The Orioles’ Frank Bertaina and the A’s Bob Meyer duel in the ML’s 5th double one-hitter, and the only all-rookie one. Bertaina prevails 1–0, his 1st ML win and only decision of the year. Johnny Orsino’s 8th inning double and Doc Edwards 5th inning two-bagger account for the only hit for each team. Baltimore sets a major-league record for fewest at-bats in a 9-inning game (8 times at bat) with 19, and both clubs go to the plate just 46 times. The last battle of matching one-hitters was June 21, 1956.

      Orlando Cepeda hits a 2-run homer and grand slam to lead the Giants to a 9-1 victory over the faltering Phillies. The Phils lead the Giants and Cardinals by 6 games.

      The Indians score 6 in the 1st, and outlast the White Sox, 11–10.  For 2nd-place Chicago, it is their 4th loss in 6 games.  The loss goes to starter Ray Herbert, with Sam McDowell the victor.

13th  St. Louis becomes the first NL club to score in each inning since the Giants did it on June 1, 1923. They coast, 15–2, at Wrigley Field with Curt Simmons improving his record to 15–9.  Dick Ellsworth goes to 14-15 for Chicago. Julian Javier, Lou Brock, and Mike Shannon homer for the Birds.

16th  The White Sox move into a first-place tie (88-61) with Baltimore by besting Detroit 4–1, while the Orioles lose to Minnesota 2–1. The Yanks are one point behind.

      In Los Angeles, the Pirates top the Dodgers, 7-5. Willie Crawford, who turned 18 nine days ago, debuts for the Dodgers and pops out pinch hitting.  Crawford is the youngest player to debut with the team in LA.

      In Cleveland, the Indians sweep a pair from Washington, winning 3-1 and 3-2. Game 1 is held up for 10 minutes in a rules dispute after Don Zimmer bangs a ball off the padding and OF Chico Salmon kicks it through a hole in the wall.  Nats manager Gil Hodges wants a homerun, but Zim just gets a double out of it.

17th  The Yankees whip the Angels 6–2 to lock on to first place for good with a 2-percentage-point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle each have 3 hits. Mantle’s include his 2,000th career hit and his 450th HR, his 31st of the year. The Yankees have won 2 in a row and will run their win streak to 11 games. Only twice in the first 17 years have the Yankees failed to be in first place on this date—1948 and 1954.

      Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning (17-4), starting on 2 days rest after pitching 10 innings in Houston, loses to the Colt 45s, 6–5. Bunning had won 8 in a row.

19th  The Colt 45s drop Harry Craft (61-88) as manager. He is replaced by Lum Harris.

      The Dodger-Phils matchup in Los Angeles goes 15 innings, when with 2 outs in the bottom of the 16th, Willie Davis singles, steals 2nd, and takes 3rd on a wild pitch. With rookie reliever Morrie Steevens making his first ML appearance, Davis swipes home to give the Dodgers the 4–3 win. His steal of home is the latest in any game in the NL and ties Hal Trosky’s 16th-inning swipe of home in a 1944 game.  The Phils now lead by 5 1/2.

      Juan Marichal wins his 19th and Willie Mays hits his 44th HR as San Francisco beats Pittsburgh, 13-2. Mays scores 5 runs on 2 hits, the second time this year and the third time in his career he has plated 5 runs.

      In the first game of a doubleheader, the Reds stun the Cardinals 7–5 when Frank Robinson connects for a 3-run 9th inning HR off Bob Gibson. The Cards take the 2nd, 2–0, scoring both runs on C Don Pavletich’s throwing error on a double steal.  Ray Sadecki wins his 18th.

      The Yanks move a half game ahead of the rained-out O’s by defeating the A’s, 8–3.  Mantle and Maris homer and Ralph Terry pitches effectively in relief of Al Downing.

20th  Jim Bunning, in relief, strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the 9th to preserve the Phils 3–2 win in Los Angeles.  The win comes after 2 straight losses and leaves the 1st place Phils in front of the NL by 6 1/2 games with 12 to play.  When they return to Philley in the early morning, 2,000 fans including Mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.

      Jim Bouton faces 28 batters, allowing 2 hits, as the Bulldog stops Kansas City, 4-0. The Yankees stay in first, a game ahead of Baltimore, who split with the Angels.

21st  John Tsitouris hurls a 1–0 shutout for the Reds over Art Mahaffey and the first-place Phillies, launching a 10-game Phils’ losing streak.  Rookie Chico Ruiz scores the only run when, with Frank Robinson at bat, he steals home with 2 out in the 6th inning.

22nd  The Yankees sweep Cleveland, winning 5–3 and 8–1. In the doubleheader, the Yanks get home runs from Mantle, Pepitone, Maris, and Phil Linz.

      The Giants spoil Larry Dierker’s 18th birthday party by chasing the rookie in the 3rd inning as they beat Houston, 7-1. Dierker was making his ML debut.

23rd  The sizzling Yanks win their 9th in a row, defeating the Tribe, 4–3 in 11 innings and 6–4. Elston Howard’s homer off Louie Tiant snaps a tie in the opener.  John Romano homers in each game for the Indians while recently acquired Pedro Ramos finishes up both games for New York.  Ramos, however, will not be eligible for the WS.

      The slumping Phils (90-63) drop their 3rd in a row to the Reds, 6–4.  Vada Pinson has two homers, good for 4 runs, to lead the Reds over the 1st-place Quakers. The Reds (86-66) trail by 3 1/2 games, with the Cards and Giants 5 back.

      The Mets surprise the Cards and Roger Craig, 2–1, scoring the winner on an error.            The Cards only run is Bill White’s homer off Galen Cisco.  Cards manager Johnny Keane is quoted as saying he has no idea whether he will be asked to return as Cards manager next year.

      Washington’s Don Loun makes his first mound appearance and shuts out the Red Sox, 1–0 for his only ML win.  Loun will lose his next and last start.

25th  Dean Chance beats the Twins’ Jim Kaat 1–0 to become the Angels first 20-game winner. Chance’s five 1–0 wins in 1964 ties the ML record held by 4 pitchers (Reb Russell; W. Johnson; Bush; Hubbell).

      The 1st-place Phils, just 3 1/2 games in the lead after dropping 3 games at home to the Reds (9–2 and 6–4) throw Jim Bunning at the Braves. Bunning lasts 6 innings but the Braves topple the host Phils, 5–3, as Joe Torre belts two triples to drive home three runs. In the 2nd contest, the woes continue as the Phillies lose 7–5 in 11 innings. Christ Short goes 8 innings for Philley before exiting with a 3–3 tie.  Torre slams a two run homer in the 10th, but the Phils match it, before losing it in the 11th.  Torre had three hits in the nightcap with 3 RBIs.

      At Shea, Jim Maloney fires a one-hitter in the Reds, 3–0, win over the Mets. Joe Christopher’s 2nd-inning single is the only hit.

26th  At Shibe Park, the Braves and Phillies set a ML record by using 43 players in a 9-inning game. The Braves’ 25 match the 9-inning high mark for NL clubs. Eight of the 25 are pitchers, tying a league mark, but still the stumbling Phils drop their 6th in a row 6–4.  The topper is Rico Carty’s 3-run triple in the top of the 9th against reliever Bobby Shantz, in for starter Art Mahaffey. Torre again has three hits for Milwaukee, which shaves the Phils’ lead to a half-game.

      Behind rookie Mel Stottlemyre’s 2-hitter, the Yankees roll over the Senators, 7–0, for their 11th win in a row. Stottlemyre leads the offense with a ML-record-tying 5 hits, the last pitcher to collect that many and just the 8th pitcher this century to do so (Jim Callahan of the White Sox did it twice). With a single in his last at bat in his last game, he’s had 6 hits in a row.

      The Reds belt the Mets, 6–1, for their 7th straight win, the longest in the NL this season. Marty Keough drives in half the runs with a single and double. The Reds are now a half-game in back of the Phils.

27th  Despite 3 HRs by Johnny Callison, the Phils are 14–8 losers to the Braves, who complete a 4-game sweep at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phils’ 7th straight loss drops them out of first, which they had held for 73 days. Milwaukee tallied 22 hits—10 against Jim Bunning in 4 innings—and four relievers. Joe Torre has two hits including his 20th homer.

      The Reds are winners of 9 straight as they sweep 2 against New York, winning 4–1 and 3–1, to take a one-game lead over the faltering Phils. Philadelphia is now just a half-game ahead of the charging Cardinals, winners of 8 straight games. Even the Giants, losers of a doubleheader against the Cubs, are just 4 1/2 games in back of the Reds, and will not be eliminated until October 3.

      Chicago dents the Giants pennant hopes with a double sweep, winning 4-1 on a 3-hitter by Larry Jackson (23-10) and 4-2 behind Cal Koonce (2-0). Ron Santo has a 3-run homer in game 1, off Juan Marichal, and Ernie Banks hits a grand slam in game 2. 

      In the final game at Colt Stadium, Bob Bruce pitches 12 scoreless innings for the Colt 45’s in a 1-0 gem over the Dodgers. Bruce allows 5 hits.  LA starter Don Drysdale allows 3 hits in 10 innings before giving way to Ron Perranoski, who allows an RBI-single to Jim Wynn to end the game. Bruce (15-9) is the only Colt 45 with a winning career record.

28th  The Phils drop to 3rd place when they lose in St. Louis, 5–1. Bob Gibson is the winner over a tired Chris Short.

      Sadaharu Oh hits his 55th HR of Yomiuri’s 130-game season. It is his highest total and a Japanese record.

29th  The Cards’ 4–2 win over the Phils moves them into a first-place tie with the Reds, who lose to the Pirates.  Ray Sadecki posts his 20th win for the Cards.

30th  The Phillies lose their 10th straight game as Curt Simmons of the Cards beats Jim Bunning 8–5.  The Phils now trail by 2 1/2 games with just 2 to play, but have a glimmer of hope since the Cardinals have 3 games left against the 10th-place Mets.

      A total of 36 strikeouts, 19 by Pittsburgh batters, ties the NL record for whiffs in the Pirates’ 1–0 squeaker against the Reds in 16 innings. Jerry Mays’s squeeze bunt scores the lone run. The loss drops the Reds out of 1st place with 3 games left.

      In his first ML at bat, pinch hitter Bill Roman debuts with a homer, the only one of his brief ML career. Even so, the Tigers lose to New York 7–6 as a Mickey Mantle leadoff HR in the 2nd off Lolich ignites a 5-run rally. New York takes the nightcap 11–8 for a sweep.

      In a rarity at Fenway, the Indians shut out the Red Sox in a doubleheader winning 5–0 and 3–0. Rookie Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell go the distance in applying the whitewash.