1966 September

1st  In an Eastern League at Williamsport, PA, Pawtucket edges Williamsport, 2-1, in 10 innings when Don Gadbury steals home. Williamsport’s Nolan Ryan strikes out 21 in the loss.

2nd The Pirates take over 1st place by topping the Cubs 7–5 on a Roberto Clemente HR, his 2000th career hit. Clemente’s HR gives him 101 RBIs for the year, the first time he’s topped 100. Bob Veale is the winner over Fergie Jenkins.

      Phillies ace Jim Bunning continues his whammy over the Mets by shutting them out, 6–0.  It’s Bunning’s 8th complete game in as many starts against them, and his 5th shutout.  The Mets have scored a total of 4 runs off Bunning.

      The White Sox edge the visiting Orioles, 9-8, in 11 innings winning on two straight hit by pitches by Stu Mille (8-3). After Tommy McCraw doubles and Don Buford is given a pass, Miller plunks Al Weis with a pitch, then follows by hitting Tommie Agee to drive in the winning run. Agee has 5 RBIs for the game. Miller will total just 4 HBPs this year.

3rd Charlie Vaughan, 18-year-old Braves pitcher, beats the Astros 12–2 for his first and only ML win. Vaughan will make one other major league appearance, in relief, in 1969.

      In Minnesota, Harmon Killebrew has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Twins to a 6-1 victory in game 1. In game 2, Tom Tresh connects for 2 homers and drives in 4 runs as New York wins, 7-4.

4thChris Short shuts out the Mets, 5–0, the 5th complete-game win in a row for the Phillies’ pitchers.

5thIn game 1 at Forbes Field, the Pirates are led by Bill Mazeroski in a 13-5 pasting of the Braves. Celebrating his birthday, Maz drives in 6 runs on two homers, one a grand slam off reliever Phil Niekro. Vern Law cops the win.  In game 2, the Pirates score 4 in the 9th but come up short, losing 7-5. Denis Menke and Hank Aaron homer for Atlanta to back Tony Cloninger. The Pirates lead the NL by 1.5 games.

6thThe Giants pepper Don Drysdale for 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings and beat the Dodgers, 6–0.  Ray Sadecki fires the shutout.

7th The Braves acquire veteran pitchers Hoyt Wilhelm and Bob Priddy from the Angels in exchange for minor league prospects Mickey Rivers and Clint Compton.  It will only Hoyt for a little while as the Braves will waive the knuckleballer to the Cubs in September 1970.

8th  The Red Sox fire manager Billy Herman (64-82) and Pete Runnels is named interim pilot. Herman will sign on as a scout for the California Angels.

10th The Cards score 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Pirates, 6-5 and give Bob Gibson his 19th win of the year. Pittsburgh stays in first place by a half game.

11th  John Miller becomes the first Yankee to ever hit a homer in his first ML at bat. He contributes 2 runs in a 4–2 defeat of the Red Sox at Fenway. It will be Miller’s only homer in pinstripes, but as a Dodgers in 1969, he will hit a homer in his last ML at-bat.

      Los Angeles regains first place, winning 4–0 and 1–0 behind Sandy Koufax and Larry Miller as Houston suffers its 3rd and 4th consecutive shutouts against the Dodgers.

12th  Ron Perranoski of the Dodgers fans the first 6 batters he faces and earns a 3–2 win over the Mets and Tug McGraw. With the help of 2B Ron Hunt, Mets rookie SS Bud Harrelson picks off Lou Johnson with the hidden ball trick in the 6th.

      Jim Fregosi has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to pace the Angels to a 6-5 win over the Orioles. Frank Robinson hits his 44th homer for the O’s.

15th  Tom Phoebus of Baltimore begins his ML career with a 2–0 shutout of the Angels in the first of two. Baltimore takes the second game, 4-3, to move to 9.5 games in first place.

      Seven pitchers are used by Al Dark’s A’s in an 11-inning, 1–0 shutout of the Indians. Kansas City wins its 7th straight game.

      Don Drysdale (10-16) gives up two HRs in the 9th, to Roberto Clements and Willie Stargell, with 2 outs, but holds on to give the Dodgers a 5–3 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers now lead the Bucs by 2 1/2 games.  The Bucs and Dodgers will split the next 2 games.

      Dick McAuliffe has two doubles and a homer and Jim Northrup belts a grand slam as the Tigers outslug the Twins, 8-5. Dave Wickersham wins with 5 innings of relief as the Tigers stay a distant second in the AL.

16th  The Mets (5) and Giants (3) tie a ML record by using 8 pinch hitters in the 9th inning as the Mets win, 5–4. Willie McCovey hits a 500-ft HR, judged the longest ever at Candlestick Park. The Giants are now 4 games behind LA.

     At the Astrodome, Chuck Harrison hits a grand slam to lead the Astros to a 6-4 win over the Phillies.  Sonny Jackson is 5-for-5 and Ron Davis 4-for-4 as Houston collects 18 hits.

      In a game suspended in the 3rd inning because of light failure and completed on the 18th, Kansas City wins, 3–0, topping Washington. Lew Krausse starts today on the 18th and gets 1.2 innings of relief help from Jack Aker to pitch the shutout.

17th  Cleveland pitchers set an AL record by fanning 19 batters in the first 9 innings of a 10-inning 6–2 win at Detroit.

18th  Kansas City and Washington battle with the Washington winning 1–0 behind Phil Ortega. John “Blue Moon” Odom blanks the Senators for 8 1⁄3 innings  to run the A’s scoreless string to 45 1⁄3 innings. The AL record of 47 was set by Cleveland in 1948.

      The Twins beat the Yankees 5–3 in 10 innings on Bob Allison’s pinch three-run homer, sending the Yankees to the cellar in the AL. In his last plate appearance of the year, Mantle whiffs and becomes the first player to strike out 1,500 times in his career.

19th  Dan Topping sells his 10 percent stock interest in the Yankees to CBS and resigns as club president. CBS executive Mike Burke succeeds him.

      Drysdale stops the Phils, 6–1, for a needed Dodgers win. Los Angeles leads the NL by 1.5 games.

      At Candlestick in the 11th inning, Roberto Clemente leads off with a solo homer and Bob Bailey adds a grand slam, both off Frank Linzy, and the second place Pirates down the Giants, 5-1. The Giants now trail the Dodgers by 4 games.

20th  Orioles P Tom Phoebus hurls his 2nd straight shutout in his 2nd ML game, blanking the A’s 4–0 in Kansas City. Karl Spooner was the last rookie to start with 2 shutouts.

      Vern Law shuts out the Giants, 6–0, to keep the Pirates 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers. Pittsburgh turns 4 double plays in the game and will end the year with an NL-record 215.

21st  The players almost outnumber the fans at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs draw just 440 for a game with the Reds. Chicago wins, 9–3, behind Ken Holtzman, with Sammy Ellis taking the loss.

      The Pirates stay 1 1/2 games in back of the Dodgers, who lose 3-2 to the Phillies Rick Wise. Pittsburgh loses, 6-5, when Juan Marichal hits a game-winning homer off Elroy Face in the 9th. Marichal wins his 23rd.

      At Detroit, Willie Horton clubs a 2-out 2-run HR off Dean Chance in the 9th inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory.

      At Kansas City, the Orioles spot the Athletics a 6-1 lead after 6 innings, then score 2 in the 7thand 7 in the 8thto win, 10-8. Frank Robinson has 2-run home runs in the 7thand 8th.  Baltimore reliever Moe Drabowsky tries to help out the A’s by calling their bull pen and, imitating manager Jim Dark, ordering his former teammate Lew Krausse to warm up in relief of starter Jim Nash. Drabowsky, who pitched for the A’s in 1965, remembered the bull pen number. [this anecdote has been told with Nash pitching a shutout—he was not—and, in another circumstance, Drabowsky imitating Earl Weaver and calling the O’s bull pen.]

22nd  The Orioles beat the host Kansas City A’s 6–1 to clinch their first AL pennant. Both Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson have 2 RBI. Frank Robinson will end the year as the Triple Crown winner, the first to achieve the feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956. He clinches with a batting average of .316, 49 HRs, and 122 RBI. Jim Palmer wins his 15th, tops on the staff. Palmer matches Art Ditmar of the 1960 Yankees as the second AL pitcher to win 15 as the top pitcher on a pennant winner.

      A crowd of 413, a record low for Yankee Stadium, sees the White Sox beat New York 4–1. Yankee Broadcaster Red Barber insists that TV cameras show the empty seats, a decision that will cost the legendary play-by-play man his job.

23rd The Dodgers Don Drysdale (12-16) pitches his 3rd complete game in a row, shutting out the Cubs, 4-0, in game 1. The Dodgers complete the sweep with a 4-2 win in game 2 as John Roseboro belts a 2-run homer in the 9th, off Cal Koonce. Phil Regan (14-1) picks up the win with 2+ innings of relief. The Dodgers pick up a half game on the Pirates and now lead the NL by 2.5 games.

      At Crosley Field, Reds ace Jim Maloney strikes out 13 in a 7–0 win over the Mets.

      The visiting Red Sox and Lee Stange beat the Yankees, 2–1, pinning the loss on Mel Stottlemyre.

      Denny McLain serves up a 1st inning grand slam to Don Mincher and a 3rd inning homer to Tony Oliva as his Tigers fall to the Twins, 12-4.

24thIn  relief of veteran Bob Shaw, Bob Friend makes his final appearance, giving up 2 runs in one inning and taking the loss as the Mets lose to the Reds, 4-3. Friend ends his ML career at 197-230, one of the few pitchers to lose 200 games and not win 200. Chick Fraser ended his career at 175-212.

25thIn a matchup of Jewish pitchers, each of whom attended Yom Kippur services yesterday, the Cubs Ken Holtzman outduels Sandy Koufax, to win 2–1. The Dodgers go hitless over the first 8 innings, before Dick Schofield notches the first hit with no outs in the 9th. Holtzman, who spent much of the season in military service, will finish the year at 9–0, the first pitcher since Howie Krist (10–0) in 1940 to win that many without a loss.

      Tony Oliva hits a game-ending homer to break up a scoreless duel between Detroit’s Earl Wilson and the Twins ace Jim Kaat. Kaat wins his 25th, 1-0.

      The Senators sweep a pair from the White Six, winning 6-4 and 2-1 in 11 innings.  Mike McCormick (11-14) wins the nightcap with 3 innings of relief, while the loss goes to Hoyt Wilhelm, who toils 5+ innings. Wilhelm contributes a double, his first double since 1953, a span of 13 years.

27th  At St. Louis, the Dodgers win as Don Drysdale pitches his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Cardinals, 2-0, on a four-hitter.

28th  Larry Jaster (11–5) blanks the Dodgers for the 5th time this season, pitching the Cards to a 2–0 win at St. Louis. Jaster is the first pitcher to accomplish this feat since Grover Cleveland Alexander whitewashed the Reds 5 times in 1916. Jaster twice beat the Dodgers, by 2–0 and 4–0 scores.  The Dodger whitewashings are Jaster’s only shutouts of the year, but they are enough to lead the league.  He will pitch another five years in the majors, recording just two more shutouts.

      The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from the Phillies, 2–1 and 4–2, and move back within 1 1⁄2 games of the Dodgers. Donn Clendenon homers in game 1, cracking his 28th homer of the year: 25 of those have been on the road.

      In New York, the Cubs split a doubleheader, losing the second game to Bob Shaw, 1-0. It is Chicago’s 100th loss of the year, matching their 100th loss in 1962.  They won’t lose a hundred a year till the next century.

      The Red Sox appoint Dick Williams as manager.

29th  The DodgersSandy Koufax pitches a 4-hitter and beats the Cards 2–1, allowing a homer to Curt Flood He becomes the first ML pitcher to achieve a third 300-strikeout season since Amos Rusie in 1890–92. The Dodgers now lead the NL by 2 games.

30th  The White Sox tip the Yankees 6–5 in 11 innings at Comiskey, pinning the loss on reliever Mel Stottlemyre It is the 20th loss of the year for the Yankee ace. The last Yankee to lose 20 games was Sam Jones, who lost 21 in 1925. New York took the lead in the 9th inning on Roger Maris’s 2-run pinch homer, his 13th of the year. The ball hits the RF foul pole. But the Sox scored in the bottom of the 9th to tie it up. The Yanks will win their next 2 but finish in 10th place one-half game behind the Red Sox.

      For the 2nd time in a week, a pitcher takes a no hitter into the 9th inning only to lose it on a leadoff hit. This time it is the Mets’ Ed Bressoud breaking up a bid by Houston’s Larry Dierker. Dierker wins, 1–0, over Jack Fisher.