1st Cincinnati’s Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 1–0 victory at Crosley Field. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1, 1918, a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st, 2–0. Gaylord Perry, with 9 one-run losses during the season, pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball, with Frank Linzy going the last 5. Mel Queen tosses 9 1/3 inning for the Reds.
The Cubs start a streak of four straight doubleheaders by beating the Mets, 8–2, behind Fergie Jenkins 17th win. Former Cub Don Cardwell wins the nightcap, 3–0, striking out 11.
Alan Foster of Spokane pitches his PCL-record second no-hitter of the year. Both no-nos are 1-0 games against Seattle.
2nd Minnesota takes the AL lead on Dave Boswell’s 5–0 victory over Denny McLain and Detroit.
Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1–0 lead to the Yankees when Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York wins, 2–1. Stottlemyre is the winner, allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle, it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year, 8 of them home runs.
After rookie Joe Niekro shuts out the Mets, 5–0, the Cubs blow a nightcap lead to lose, 5–4.
At Atlanta Stadium, the Astros score 3 in the 10th to beat the Braves, 6-3. Jim Wynn has a homer and drives in 3 for Houston. In his ML debut, Dusty Baker grounds out hitting for Phil Niekro. Baker, a 4-sport star in high school was signed on the 26th round last year, and is one of the first three from that draft class to make it to the majors. He is the lowest draftee to do so.
3rd Before a Twins crowd of 43,494, Detroit’s Earl Wilson pitches a 5–0 shutout to narrow the Twins lead to 1/2 game over the Tigers. The win is Wilson’s 19th.
The Cubs, in their 3rd straight doubleheader, sweep a pair from the Mets, 4–0 and 6–3. Bill Hands tosses the shutout with the help of back-to-back homers from Williams and Santo, off rookie Bill Graham. Ken Holtzman, on a weekend leave from National Guard summer training, wins the nightcap.
4thIn the opener of two, Cubs rookie Rich Nye allows no hits through 6 innings and is one out away in the 9th from a 1–0, 3-hit win. But Lou Johnson homers for the Dodgers to tie. In the 11th, Ernie Banks homers off reliever Don Sutton to give Chicago the win. Don Sutton is now 0–7 against Chicago. Cubs pitcher Chuck Hartenstein allows 4 hits in the 9th of the nightcap and the Dodgers rally for 5 runs to win, 8–6.
6th After the Tigers sweep the A’s 8–5 and 6–3, and the White Sox down the Angels 3–2, the top 4 AL teams are separated by a single percentage point. Chicago and Minnesota are 78-61 for .561; Boston and Detroit are 79-62 for .560.
7th The Giants tie their own NL record by using 25 players in a 15-inning 3–2 win over the Astros.
8th The Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Twins, as Eddie Mathews and Jim Northrup hit HRs, and Mickey Lolich beats Tommy John, 4–1, at Chicago.
Despite a brilliant relief effort by Dick Kelley, the Braves lose a 4–1 decision at Philadelphia. Kelley ties the NL record for relievers with 6 consecutive strikeouts.
At KC, Tony Horton hits a 1st-inning grand slam to lead the Indians to a 6-3 win over the A’s.
9th Sox starter Gary Peters takes a 3–0 lead into the 9th inning, but a 7-run 9th keeps Detroit tied for first place with the Twins with a 7–3 win at Chicago. Chicago is now in 4th place, two games in back, with the Red Sox in 3rd place just a half-game behind.
10th Joel Horlen revives Chicago AL pennant hopes with a 5–0 no-hit win against the Tigers. Detroit hits only two balls to the outfield. Behind the pitching of Cisco Carlos with help from Wilhelm and Bob Locker, the Sox win game 2 by a 4–0 score to move a game behind the 2nd-place Red Sox.
At Dodger Stadium, Bill Singer allows 4 hits in 8 innings as the Dodgers beat Houston, 4-1. In game 2, the two teams go 11 innings before the Astros push across a run to win, 1-0. Bob Belinsky pitches 9 shutout innings for Houston, while Jim Brewer and Ron Perranoski combine for 10 innings for LA. Bob Miller (2-9) takes the loss.
Minnesota leads the tight AL race after edging the Orioles 4–2 at Baltimore.
Jim Bunning wins his 16th and Cookie Rojas hits his third homer of the year, a grand slam, as the Phils double the Braves, 10-5.
11th A’s players agree to drop a grievance filed with the National Labor Relations Board against Charlie Finley. Finley agrees, in writing, that he will not coerce or intimidate his players, or discriminate against them for the threatened action.
Houston ties the NL record by using 8 pitchers in one 9-inning game, defeating Chicago 11–10 at the Astrodome.
12th The Reds rout the Pirates, winning 15–7.
14th At Chicago, White Sox rookie Cisco Carlos scatters 5 hits and Don Buford belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning, off Orlando Pena, as the Sox win, 4-0, over the Indians. Carlos (2-0) was brought up from the minors three weeks ago and combined on a shutout on the 10th.
Walter Bond, who played for the Indians, Astros, and Twins, dies of leukemia at age 29. Bond never fulfilled his promise and had been released by the Twins this year and was with Jacksonville (IL) when he went on the inactive list because of the disease.
15th There are just two runs scored in the Phils-Dodgers doubleheader, and Los Angeles scores both, winning 1–0 in each game. Bill Singer and Don Drysdale are the winning pitchers. In game one, Phils OF Tony Gonzalez is 2-for-4, giving him 30 hits for his last 55 at bats.
16th Norm Cash drives in 5 runs and John Hiller goes the distance, enabling Detroit to take the AL lead with a 9–1 win over the Yankees.
The Phils top the Dodgers, 8–4 in 11 innings, when Rick Joseph hits a pinch walkoff grand slam to end it. It is his first ML homer.
The White Sox use a AL record (since tied) 4 pinch runners in the 9th inning and score 4 runs to beat the Twins and knock them out of first place in the AL. The Twins make 2 errors in the inning to aid the Sox victory.
18th Bob Gibson pitches St. Louis to a 5–1 win and its 2nd pennant of the decade.
Boston rallies to beat the 1st place Tigers in Detroit. A Yaz HR, his 40th, ties the game 5–5 in 9th inning and a solo HR by Dalton Jones wins it in the 10th. Hours later, Detroit will receive another blow when Denny McLain leaps off a couch and sprains his left ankle. He will not pitch until the last game of the year.
Minnesota keeps pace by beating Kansas City 2–0 behind Jim Kaat’s 6-hitter. The White Sox lose 3–2 to the Angels when Rick Reichardt hits a 9th inning RBI single. Boston, Detroit, and Minnesota are now tied for 1st, with Chicago in 4th place, a half-game back.
19th Wes Westrum (57-94) resigns as manager of the Mets following a 4–3 loss to the Dodgers. Coach Salty Parker takes over and will be 4-7 for the rest of the season. Two days later the board of directors announces it will try to obtain Gil Hodges as manager.
Boston rallies again to beat Detroit 4–2, scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning. Jose Santiago (10–4) wins for the 2nd time in 2 days. The loss drops Detroit from 1st place down to 4th. Dave Boswell throws a 2-hitter to give the Twins an 8–2 win over the Royals. Joel Horlen wins his 18th game, a 3–0 blanking of the Angels, to leave the Sox in 3rd place, a half-game behind the co-leaders, Boston and the Twins.
At Houston, the Pirates rally for 6 runs in the top of the 9th to top the Astros, 11-6. Pinchhitter Manny Mota has a record tying two hits in the inning. Elroy Face takes the win in relief.
20th Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 16 batters, including 7 in a row, in 8 innings but still loses 3–1 to Chris Short and the Phillies.
The Red Sox, down 2–0 in Cleveland, rally on Yaz’s 41st HR and a 3-run HR by Rico Petrocelli to win 5–4. Yaz, with 4 hits in the game, is now leading the AL with a .316 average, and is first in RBIs and HRs. The Twins, Tigers and White Sox all keep pace. The Twins win 6–2 as Dean Chance K’s 13 for his 18th victory. Detroit routs the Yankees 10–1, while Chicago tops the Angels 6–4.
In the Reds 9–4, win over the Braves, Johnny Bench hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot off Jim Britton in Atlanta.
21st Gary Bell beats his old team Cleveland to give Boston a 6–5 win.
22nd The Tigers sweep two from Washington, 8–3 and 4–0, to stay a half-game behind the leading Twins. Earl Wilson cops his 22nd in the opener while Lolich takes the nightcap. The White Sox lose to Cleveland, 2–1, in 13 innings, while Boston splits a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore, losing 10–0, then winning 10–3 behind Jose Santiago.
At Shea, the Astros and Mets split a doubleheader. Houston wins the opener, 8-0, behind Mike Cuellar’s 15th win, while New York rebounds in the nightcap, winning 8-5 in 10 innings. Jerry Buchek’s second three-run homer of the game decides it.
Tom Haller hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off Pittsburgh’s Al McBean to give the Giants Ray Sadecki a 1-0 victory.
The Phillies hand pitcher Dallas Green his release.
23rd Three straight sacrifice bunts by the Phillies tie a ML record in a 4–0 win at Los Angeles.
The White Sox move to a half game out of 1st place on the strength of Joel Horlen’s 3–hitter, an 8–0 whitewash of Cleveland. The Red Sox are in 3rd place, also a half game out, after dropping a 7–5 decision to Baltimore. Yaz’s 42nd HR had given the Red Sox a 5–4 lead, but a Brooks Robinson HR in the 8th inning won it for the O’s.
Willie McCovey belts a grand slam, off Juan Pizarro, as the Giants score 7 times in the 8th inning to beat the Pirates, 8-4.
24th The Twins crunch the Yankees 9–2 as Dean Chance scatters 9 hits for his 20th victory. The White Sox hold off the Indians 5–1, while Boston racks up 18 hits in an 11–7 win over the Orioles. The Tigers lose and tough one. Going in to the bottom of the 9th in Washington, Detroit nursed a 4–2 lead, only to lose it 5–4. The loss drop Detroit to 4th, 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota, Chicago a game back, and Boston a half game.
25th In an afternoon game, the Angels top the leading Twins, 9–2 in Minnesota, to move the idle Red Sox into a 1st-place tie. Detroit loses, 2–0, to Yankee lefty Al Downing.
At Forbes Field, the Reds Jim Maloney pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Pirates, 3–0. All the scores come on solo homers—2 by Mack Jones and one by Lee May.
26th Cleveland’s Luis Tiant beats the Red Sox 6–3 despite Yaz’s 43rd HR of the season. The Twins top the Angels 7–3 behind 2 monster HRs by Harmon Killebrew, his 42nd and 43rd of the season. Lolich blanks the Yanks, 1–0, for Detroit to tighten the pennant race. The Twins (91–68) lead with Chicago (89–68) and the idle Red Sox (90–69) a game back, and Detroit (89–69) 1 1/2 back.
27th Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning loses a ML-record-tying fifth 1–0 decision, as Houston’s Mike Cuellar outlasts the veteran in 11 innings.
Willie McCovey hits his second grand slam in four days, and Willie Mays solos as the Giants top the visiting Mets, 7-2. Mike McCormick wins his 21st.
In afternoon games, Cleveland tops Boston 6–0, while the Twins drop a 5–1 decision to California. In their last games in Kansas City before moving to Oakland, the 10th place A’s sweep a doubleheader from Chicago, beating the AL’s ERA leaders Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Peters loses the opener 5–2, and Horlen the nightcap 4–0, to rookie Catfish Hunter. Jim Gosger leads the way for KC by going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader. The two losses on this “Black Wednesday” drops Chicago to 4th place with only a hope of a tie for the pennant.
28th The Senators score a run in the 1st inning, and P Phil Ortega makes it stand up to top the White Sox 1–0. The loss eliminates Chicago.
Behind Rick Wise, who pitches into the 9th, the Phillies edge the Giants, 2-1. Gaylord Perry (15-17) strikes out 9 in the loss. Perry is the first pitcher since Ed Walsh in 1910 to have a losing record, an ERA under 2.75, and at least 220 strikeouts. Ben Sheets in 2004 will be the next pitcher.
30th Manager Billy Hitchcock (77-82) is fired by the Braves.
Jim Davenport sets an NL record with his 64th straight errorless game—137 chances—at 3B for the Giants. San Francisco wins a pair over the Phils, 3-2 and 1-0.
Boston beats the Twins 6–4 to tie Minnesota for first place. Carl Yastrzemski’s 3-run HR gives him the AL-lead with 44th, but Killebrew answers with his 44th for the losers.
Meanwhile, Detroit, which had games rained out on the 28th and 29th, plays 2 with the Angels. Lolich wins the opener, 5–0, his 3rd straight shutout, and Detroit takes a seemingly safe 6–2 lead into the 8th inning of the nightcap. The Angels then bat around, scoring 6 runs, to hand Detroit a devastating 8–6 loss. Detroit now trails Minnesota and Boston by a half-game.