1970 September

1st  The Red Sox take an 8–1 lead at Fenway, but Detroit rallies to win 10–9. The Sox take the lead on a Mike Andrews homer and a grand slam by Tony Conigliaro. The Tigers then use the long ball as well, collecting 4 homers, including a grand slam by Jim Price, to win. Patterson is the winner over Siebert.

In the first of two games at County Stadium, Harmon Killebrew belts a 3-run homer in the 1stand that is all Jim Perry needs as he shuts out the Brewers, 4-0, for his 20thwin. Killer hits another 3-run homer, in the 11thinning of the second game, driving in 4 runs as the Twins win, 7-1. Minnesota scores 6 runs in the last frame. The winning pitcher is Jim Kaat, who scores on Killebrew’s blast after receiving an intentional walk. He is the first pitcher to receive an IBB since Juan Pizarro in 1958 and the last to do so this century.

2nd  Detroit’s Gene Lamont homers in his first ML at bat, but the Red Sox this time hold the lead and beat the Tigers 10–1 in the nightcap.  Cal Koonce is the CG winner, adding 2 RBIs with his 2nd hit of the year. The Tigers win the opener, 6–4, scoring 2 unearned runs in the 8th.

In the first six innings, Indians starter Sam McDowell walks 6 Nats batters, 5 intentionally. Three of the intentional passes go to Frank Howard in his first 3 at bats, twice when he leads off the inning. McDowell moves to 1B in the 6th inning, with 2 on and no outs, and Dean Chance comes in allowing both runners to score. McDowell comes back to the mound to finish, losing 4–1 to Dick Bosman. Manager Alvin Dark pulled the same switch with McDowell on July 6th, putting Sudden Sam at second base for two batters.

Hal King hits his second grand slam in three weeks, a 1st inning shot off Don Sutton, and the Braves beat the Dodgers, 4-3. Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 6 shutout innings of relief for the win.

The Expos score 7 runs in the last two innings in a comeback 10-7 win over the 1st-place Pirates. Gene Alley has a grand slam for the Bucs.

That old black magic works for Gary Nolan as he outpitches Juan Marichal to beat the Giants, 2–0. Before the game Reds teammate Angel Bravo gives Nolan a rubber ball to carry during the game, assuring him that he’ll pitch a low-hit game as a result. Nolan allows 3 hits.

3rd  After an NL record 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams asks to sit one out. Without Williams, the Cubs beat the Phillies 7–2.

The Twins Leo Cardenas hits a Wally Bunker pitch in the 8th inning off the foul pole, but the umps rule it a foul ball. Manager Bill Rigney and Bob Allison argue that is should be a homer and get tossed for their efforts. Cardenas then strikes out. Phil Roof and Roberto Pena homer to lead the Brewers, to an 8–3 victory.

4th  Brooks Robinson has 5 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in 3 runs to lead the Orioles to an 8-6 win over the Red Sox. Tony Conigliaro has his second grand slam in 4 days. The Orioles are on cruise control, 11 games up on the Yankees in the AL East.

At Riverfront, Mike Corkins pitches and bats the Padres to a 15-2 win over the Reds. Corkins belts his first ML homer, a grand slam off Reds ace Jim Merritt. Cito Gaston and Nate Colbert also homer.

5th  Reggie Jackson smashes a pinch grand slam in the 8th as Oakland Beats Kansas City, 8-3.

6th  Blue Moon Odom yields 2 hits and smashes a HR as the Athletics beat the Royals, 7–1. Reggie Jackson and Gene Tenace also homer for the A’s.

7th  The White Sox use a ML record 41 players in a doubleheader with Oakland, but lose both games 7–4 and 7–5.

Houston sweeps a doubleheader from San Diego 10–5 and 9–4. In the first game Astro Bob Watson and Padre Ramon Webster each hit grand slams.

Brant Alyea drives in all 7 Twins runs on 2 homers, one a grand slam, in game 1, then drives in 2 more in the nightcap as the Twins sweep the Brewers, 7–6, and 8–3. Stan Williams (9-0) wins his 9th straight to set a Twins record. In game 2, Hal Haydel makes his first ML appearance a good one, pitching 5 innings of relief to win, and also hitting his first ML HR.

9th  Bowie Kuhn hands Denny McLain his third suspension of the year, this one is for carrying a gun, plus other unspecified charges, and ends McLain’s season with a 3-5 record.

California’s Alex Johnson becomes the 3rd player in history to put one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey when he connects in the 6th against Chicago’s Billy Wynne in a 2–1 loss in 8 innings.  The Sox also win the opener, 11–4, to break their 8 game losing streak. Bill Melton leads to 5-homer offense with a pair and 5 RBIs.

Pitching in his 2nd ML game, Reds rookie Milt Wilcox pitches a 5–0 shutout over the Dodgers in LA.

10thCleveland whips the Senators, 13–4. Frank Howard, with no walks today, hits 2 homers for Washington. Cleveland pitchers will walk Howard 30 times this season, 12 intentionally.

Lee May hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Joe Moeller, and the Reds roll to a 13–4 win over the host Dodgers. The Reds lead is 14 games.

11th  Twenty-one-year-old Vida Blue, recalled from the minors just 8 days earlier, hurls a one-hit shutout as the A’s beat the Royals 3–0. Pat Kelly’s 8th-inning single is the only hit off the fireballing lefty.

Sonny Siebert and Jim Palmer each pitch 12 innings, but Eddie Watt gets the victory for Baltimore by pitching the 13th in the 3–2 win. Boston’s Sparky Lyle is the loser giving up hits to the 2 batters he faces.

13th  At Wrigley, the Pirates lead the Cubs, 2–1 with 2 outs and no on in the 9th when Willie Smith hits a routine fly to Matty Alou. Alou drops it and three singles later the Cubs have a 3–2 win. The victory puts the Cubs a game behind the Bucs and a half-game behind the Mets.

Kansas City sweeps a pair from Oakland, winning both by 8–7 scores. In the 11-inning opener, A’s SS Bert Campaneris sets an AL record by participating in 6 double plays. It will be tied in the NL.

At Minnesota, the White Sox drop 7 runs on the Twins in the 5thand hold on for an 8-7 win over the division leaders.  Reliever Stan Williams faces 4 batters in the frame and gives up 2 runs to take the loss, his first after 9 straight wins this year.  He’ll finish 10-1.

15th  The White Sox hire manager Chuck Tanner from the Pacific Coast League. He replaces Don Gutteridge, who had been fired on September 3rd. Coach Bill Adair ran the team in the interim.

Ken Holtzman wins his 15th, and the Cubs top the Cardinals, 5–3. Chicago moves into 3rd place, just a game behind the first-place Mets and Pirates.

Leo Cardenas hits a 2nd inning grand slam and the Twins beat the Angels, 7-5, in the opener. Stan Williams (10-1) wins in relief. The Angels plate 5 runs in the 9th of game 2 to shock the Twins, 5-3.

Put a band on that golden sombrero. Frank Howard strikes out 5 times in a game one 7-3 Senators loss to the Red Sox. Starter Ken Brett (8-8) strikes him out 4 times as he racks up 11 K’s.  The Sox complete the sweep with an 11-3 win in the nightcap. The Conigliaro brothers each hit homers, with Billy driving in 4 runs.

16th  Clyde Wright joins Dean Chance (1964) as the Angels 2nd twenty-game winner as he beats the Twins, 5–1. Bert Blyleven, 19-year-old rookie, ties an AL record by striking out the first 6 batters. He strikes out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.

17thSudden Sam McDowell wins his 20th game as the Indians beat the Tigers, 6–2.  Niekro (21-13) is the loser.

With the Yankees losing to Boston, the Orioles clinch the AL East despite losing to Washington, 2–0. Bosman is the winner, allowing 5 hits.

The Dodgers lose to the Astros, 10–5, clinching the NL West for the idle Reds. Bob Watson has his second grand slam in 10 days for Houston.

18th  The Cubs sweep a pair from Montreal, winning 3–2 and 5–4. Fergie Jenkins wins his 20th in game 1, helped by Billy Williams 40th homer of the year. Phil Regan is the victor in game 2. Bob Miller, acquired from the White Sox on September1, makes an otherwise forgettable start for the Cubs in game 1, getting a no decision.  He is the first pitcher to make a start for both the Sox and Cubs in the same season. Steve Renko in 1977 will be the second hurler this century.

19th  Syracuse (International League) beats Omaha (American Association) 5–3 in 11 innings, thereby winning the Junior World Series.

Boston’s Billy Conigliaro connects for a 4th inning HR off Washington’s Jim Hannan, and in the 7th frame, brother Tony wallops a solo shot off Joe Grzenda. The Red Sox win 11–3 after taking the first game, 7–3. The brothers also homered in the same game on July 4. Billy will end the year with 18 home runs, while Tony will connect for 36.  Frank Howard is frustrated with 5 strikeouts in game 1.

The Giants Gaylord Perry retires the first 19 batters and settles for 3-hitter in beating the Padres, 3–0.  It is Perry’s 4th straight shut out.

20th  Jim Palmer wins his 20th game, defeating the Indians, 7–0. The Orioles are the first club since 1956 to have three 20-game winners.

Bill Melton sets a White Sox club record with his 30th HR (Eddie Robinson had the mark with 29) leading Chicago to an 8–4 win over the Royals in game 1. Kansas City’s Jim York makes his ML debut in the nightcap, pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief in winning his first game, 8–2. Paid attendance at Comiskey is 672.

21st  The A’s Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 6–0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day. The only base runner against Blue is Harmon Killebrew, who walks in the 4th inning. Bert Campaneris, who helps Blue with a leaping catch on Mitterwald in the 5th, adds a triple and HR. An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue’s 2nd ML start.

The Braves trade veteran Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cubs. In December the Cubs will trade him back to Atlanta.

22nd  Tommy Harper hits his 30th HR to lead the Brewers to a 4–2 win over the Angels. Harper has 33 stolen bases and becomes the 5th major leaguer to go 30-30 in the same season. It is Milwaukee’s 60th win of the year.

The Twins clinch their 2nd straight AL West title, beating the A’s 5–3. Oliva starts the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 1st.

The Reds score 6 runs in the 8th to beat Houston, 6–5. Tommy Helms drives in the last 2 runs with a single.

23rd  The Dodgers knock out starter Gaylord Perry with 5 runs in 4 innings, but the Giants come back to win 14–10.  SF scores 9 in the 6th, featuring a 2-run HR by Jim Ray Hart and a grand slam by Dick Dietz. The Dodgers tie the game at 10-10 in the 8th, but the Giants score 4 in the 10th to win. Ken Henderson belts a 3-run HR off rookie reliever Mike Strahler.

The Cardinals dent the pennant aspirations of the Cubs, stopping them twice by identical 2–1 scores. Bob Gibson and Jerry Reuss are the hurlers for the Birds.

24th  The Cubs stop the Cards, 7–1, behind Ken Holtzman’s 7-hitter, and stay 2 1/2 games in back of the Pirates. Chicago will lose its next two games and Pittsburgh will clinch the divisional title on the 27th.

25th  In the White Sox 5–1 win over the Brewers in game 1, Luis Aparicio sets a ML record for most games at shortstop, 2,219. Ed Herrmann hits a 3-run HR for the Sox. The Brewers win game 2, 3–2.

At Pittsburgh, Willie Stargell throws out a runner in the 8th and singles home the winner in the 9th to give the Pirates a 4–3 win over the Mets.  The Bucs increase their NL East lead to 3 1/2 games over the Mets and Cubs, losers to the Phils.

26th  At Cleveland, the East-leading Orioles score 3 in the 11thto beat the Tribe, 9-6. Fred Lasher (2-10), in his last appearance as an Indian, allows 2 baserunners in the 11thand is lifted for Steve Mangori. Lasher slams the ball into the ground and fires his mitt into the stands. Mangori serves up a 2-run homer to Frank Robinson.

27th  The Red Sox smash 4 homers to reach a club-record 201 homers in handing the Senators their 10th straight loss, 10–1.  Winning pitcher Gary Peters its a 3-run homer, Conigliaro, and George Scott with 2 homers and 5 RBIs are the leaders. The previous Sox high for homers was 197 last season.

The Orioles rally for 2 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians Sam McDowell, 4–3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with 3 innings of hitless relief.  He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks—10 wins and only 6 walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee’s 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next, winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee, Christy Mathewson had 2 seasons of more wins than walks.

The Pirates clinch the NL East with a 2–1 win over the Mets. A record crowd of 50,469 cheer on the Bucs. Boswell, who had played a record 85 games at 2B without an error, boots a grounder in the 5th for his first E in 389 chances. Cleon Jones grounds into a DP, his 11th of the month. He’ll add two to his total and the 13 double plays in a month will not be matched the rest of the century. His 26 is double his highest season total and will lead the NL.

28thIn his first big league start, Mets’ outfielder Leroy Stanton leads off the 1stinning with a triple, his first ML hit, but is knocked on the head by the relay throw, and is forced to leave the game. His pinch runner scores and the Mets go on to win, 6–3, on 2-run homers in the 9th and 10th by Clendenon and Garrett.  Hoyt Wilhelm is the loser in his only Cub decision.

Jack Billingham strikes out 12 and shuts out the Giants, 3–0.  Billingham also throws a wild pitch, giving Houston a ML record 91 on the season. The record for a 154-game schedule is 70.

29th  Winning pitcher Ted Abernathy singles home a run in the 12th to give the Royals a 14–13 win over the Twins. The 2 teams use 49 players, 27 by Minnesota, to set a new ML record. The previous mark (48) in both leagues was set in 1956. The Twins lead 9–5 going into the 9th but the Royals score 6 runs. Leo Cardenas has 5 hits and 4 RBIs for the Twins.

The Mets top the Cubs, 3-1, behind Jerry Koosman (12-7). Cleon Jones grounds into his 5th double play in his last 5 games and finishes the season with 26 double plays hit into; no one will top that in the next 40 years.

30th  On the last day of their season, the Yankees Fritz Peterson wins his 20th, defeating the Red Sox, 4–3.  Billy Conigliaro and Luis Alvarado, with his first ML homer, go deep for Boston. Yaz has an infield single in his second at bat, but despite twisting his ankle, stays in the game. He makes two more outs, reducing his batting average to .32862. Alex Johnson of the Angels goes 2-for-3 today and wins the AL batting title with .32899.