1973 September

stIn San Diego, Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 9th as the Reds edge the Padres, 3–2.

Richie Zisk hits an RBI single in the 9th to give the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Sox and putting them in a tie for 1st place with the Cardinals in the NL-East.

2nd  Montreal’s Hal Breeden gets 2 triples and 2 HRs in a 12–0 win over Philadelphia.

The Tigers fire manager Billy Martin due to continuous differences with the front office.

3rd Seven homers, all solo but one, are hit at San Diego Stadium, as the Braves down the Padres, 7-3.  All three runs by the Pads are solo and of the four homers hit by Atlanta, only Hank Aaron’s second homer of the game, with one on, are solo.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates win the first of 2 when Richie Hebner belts an inside-the-park homer in the 13th to beat the Cardinals, 6-5.  St. Louis rebounds to take game 2, 8-3. Lou Brock racks up 4 steals on the afternoon.

Bobby Bonds belts his 37th homer of the year, a 9th inning grand slam, to provide the Giants with an 11-8 victory over the Dodgers. Bonds has 5 RBIs, while Willie Crawford has a triple and homer and 4 RBIs for LA.

At Fenway, the Red Sox and Orioles slug away at each other in a twinbill with the Birds taking the opener, 13-8, and the Sox trumping, 9-8 in game 2.  Paul Blair has a pair of three-run homers in the opener, one inside-the-park. Earl Williams, who homers in the opener, hits two more in the nightcap, including a grand slam, but the Red Sox use a 7-run 8th inning to win. Reliever Bob Veale, with two hitless innings, is the victor.

5th   The Astros set a dubious ML record, becoming the first team in history to lose successive games in extra innings by 5 runs or more.  The Reds beat them today, 9-3, in 11 innings, scoring 6 runs off Ken Forsch. Yesterday, the Reds won 12-7, touching J.R. Richard up for 5 runs in the 10th.

6th   Mike Jorgenson hits a 1st inning grand slam and the Expos beat the Cubs, 5-3. Chuck Taylor wins his first of the year with 5+ innings of relief.

The Yankees bid adieu to the Alous, selling Felipe to Montreal and Matty to St. Louis.

The Pirates fire manager Bill Virdon. Danny Murtaugh takes over the club for the 4th and final time.

Led by Chris Chambliss, who hits a double and 2 homers, one a grand slam, the Indians defeat the Tigers, 10-4. Chambliss drives in 6 runs.

7th  The Rangers fire manager Whitey Herzog. Recently fired Billy Martin takes over the following day.

The 4th place Mets sweep a pair from the host Expos to move a half game behind Montreal. New York takes the opener as Wayne Garrett’s leadoff homer is the only score of the game. His roundtripper off Steve Renko gives Jon Matlack the only run he needs. Tug McGraw picks up a save in game 1 and a win in game 2 with 5 1/3 innings of relief. New York scores 3 runs in the 15th to win, 4–2. McGraw drives in his only 2 runs this year with a single.  Mike Marshall pitches 8 1/3 innings of relief, only to lose.

9th  At Yankee Stadium, the Brewers score 7 runs in the 2nd off Mel Stottlemyre and defeat the Yankees, 10-3. Dave May’s grand slam is the big blow.

10th  Against the Giants, Hank Aaron connects for his 37th homer (career #710) in the 3rd inning, and then is lifted in the 4th when he doesn’t feel well. Infielder Marty Perez pinch hits for Aaron.  Davey Johnson adds his 40th homer of the year as the Braves win, 10-4.

The Brewers reach 70 wins for the first time in franchise history, besting the Tigers, 6-5. Jim Colborn goes all the way for his 19th win and Dave May hits his 25th HR of the year.

11th  Samuel Ewing sets an unenviable record by striking out 4 times in his first ML game, as the White Sox are throttled by Nolan Ryan and the Angels 3–1.

The Reds whip the visiting Dodgers, 6–3, as Ed Armbrister hits a bases loaded double in the 8th inning to drive in 3 runs. Ken Griffey’s 3-run homer in the 4th off Don Sutton starts the Reds scoring. The Reds push their lead to 4 games over LA in the NL West.

12thPitcher Jack Billingham hits a bases-loaded double to help his cause as the Reds beat the Dodgers, 7–3.

13th  During an 8–6 win over the Padres, the Giants Tito Fuentes ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

14th  In Cincinnati, the first-place Reds score three runs in the 9th to trip the Braves, 7–6.  Bobby Tolan drives in the winner after Phil Gagliano drives in 2 runs with a 2-out single. Pedro Borbon (9-4) wins in relief.  Darrell Evans hits his 39th homer for the Braves and Davey Johnson poles his 41st.  It is Johnson’s 17th homer on the road; last year he hit one on the road.

Catfish Hunter runs his record to 19-4 as he goes 10 innings in Oakland’s 5-1 victory over Texas. Gene Tenace ends the game with a walkoff grand slam against reliever Lloyd Allen (0-5).

16th Joe Rudi’s 3rd inning grand slam starts Oakland’s scoring as they whip the Rangers, 9-4. Blue Moon Odom (5-11) is the winner in relief.

17th The Pirates wallop the Mets 10–3 to lead the NL East by 1 1/2 games.  Willie Stargell collects 4 extra base hits including his 40th HR of the season.

19th  The Angels down the Rangers 6–2 and 9–4 at Arlington Stadium. Frank Robinson homers in the 32nd different park of his ML career—a record.

Chicago’s Ron Santo and Billy Williams celebrate their long association together by each hitting their 20th homer of the season in an 8–6 win over Montreal. It is number 325 for Santo and 376 for Williams in more than 2,000 games together.

Houston splits a pair with San Diego, winning 8-5 before losing 6-3. Dave Campbell, filling in for Doug Rader, goes 2-for-4 in each game to snap a hitless skein of 0-for-45.  Unnoticed at the time, this ties the ML record hitless streak of Bill Bergen. It will be tied by Craig Counsell in 2011, at which time Campbell’s streak will come to light.

In San Francisco, Fred Norman pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds beat the Giants, 5–1.

20th  The Pirates lose 4–3 in 13 innings in New York and their lead over the Mets is cut to one-half game. A Wayne Garrett relay from Cleon Jones nails Richie Zisk at the plate in the top of the last inning.

A’s speedster Bill North trips over 1B in a 5–4 loss to the Twins, severely spraining his right ankle and costing him both the AL SB crown and a chance to play in the WS. The Twins are 14–4 against Oakland this year, tying the AL record of the 1909 A’s for most wins against a pennant winner.

21st  Jim Rice’s 3-run HR is the key blow as Pawtucket (International League) defeats Tulsa (American Association) 5–2 to win the Junior WS.

The Mets complete an amazing climb from last place to first, as a 10–2 win over the Pirates raises their record to a modest 77-77. They will finish 82-79, 11⁄2games ahead of St. Louis, and 21⁄2ahead of Pittsburgh.

At Los Angeles, Tony Perez has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 4–1 win over the Dodgers. Tony’s last hit is a 3-run homer in the 10th.

22nd  Al Bumbry ties the ML record with 3 triples as the Orioles beat the Brewers 7–1 and clinch the AL East title.

23rd At Montreal, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Expos, winning 6-3 and 7-4.  Bruce Kison (3-0) is the winner in the opener and Dock Ellis wins his 12th in the second game.  Willie Stargell belts his 42nd homer in game 1 and Richie Zisk hits a grand slam in game 2. The Pirates are a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

24th Montreal returns the favor of yesterday and sweeps a doubleheader from the Pirates, winning 5–4 and 3–0. Pittsburgh are still a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

The Reds clinch another NL West crown, beating the Padres, 2–1, in Cincinnati. Dick Barney, making his 2nd ML start, is the winner.

It sounds like a football score at Tiger Stadium as the Red Sox kick the Tigers, 14-0 behind Marty Pattin’s 9-hit shutout. Reggie Smith has a homer and 4 RBIs, Carl Yastrzemski hits a 3-run homer and Tommy Harper adds a grand slam.

25th  The Mets beat the Expos 2–1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium. “The ‘Say Hey’ Kid” had announced his retirement 5 days earlier.

At Three Rivers, Bill Robinson and Mike Anderson solo and Steve Carlton and the Phils stop Pittsburgh, 2-1.  The loss drops the Bucs a game and a half behind the Mets.

26th  The Twins Bert Blyleven posts his 2nd one-hitter of the season, beating the A’s 4–1. Mangual’s single in the 5th is the only hit.

In front of a home crowd of 4,804, Jim Colborn wins his 20th for the Brewers, defeating the Yankees, 5–2. George Scott chips in with 2 RBIs, giving him 100 for the year. Colborn is the Brewers first 20-game winner and the first in Milwaukee since Tony Cloninger did it for the Braves in 1965.

A $1 million law suit against the Dodgers brought by the parents of a young fan who was struck and killed by a foul ball in a 1970 game is dismissed. Alan Fish’s parents initially sued the attending doctor and 2 hospitals, but the latter were dismissed early. As noted by Bob Timmerman, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the Dodgers and Dr. Jones.

Richie Hebner has 2 hits and 4 RBIs as the Pirates pound the Phillies, 13-2, and move to a half game behind the Mets in the NL East.

27th  The Angels Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings, beating the Twins 5–4. The final strikeout victim, Rich Reese, is number 383 of the season for Ryan, enabling him to surpass the ML record set by Sandy Koufax in 1965. Ryan opts to skip his next start on the 30th, thus passing on a shot at 400 K’s.

After a series of incidents, the Reds suspend OF Bobby Tolan for insubordination. Tolan was in several scuffles with club personnel, went AWOL for 2 days in August, and began growing a beard, a no no with the Reds. Tolan, hitting .206, will be traded in November.

The Phillies stall the Pirates pennant hopes with a 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Chris Zachary attempts to walk Bob Boone in the 13th, but his pitch is close and Boone smacks his 4th hit of the game to put two on. Zachary then wild pitches in the winner.

28th  At Fenway, the Red Sox take a 10-0 lead after 3 and roll to an 11-2 win over the Brewers. Luis Tiant wins his 20th with help from Carl Yastrzemski who hits a grand slam and Reggie Smith with a 3-run homer.

“Call me ‘Home Run’”. Frank Baker hits his only ML homer, a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Orioles maul the Indians, 18-4, in the second game of a twinbill with the Indians.  Andy Etchebarren has 4 of the O’s 4 hits. Cleveland wins the opener, 6-4, defeating Jim Palmer.

29th  In the Red Sox 9–4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Bobby Mitchell crushes a home run out of Fenway to right of flagpole. This is just the 5th homer hit out there (GreenCathedrals). Lefty Roger Moret wins his 13th against just 2 losses.

The Angels’ Bill Singer pitches an 11-inning 4-3 win over the Twins for his 20th victory of the year.  Singer now has had 20-win seasons in both leagues, having also posted that with the Dodgers.

Darrell Evans hits his 41st homer and Hank Aaron adds his 40th as the Braves shut out the Astros, 8-0. Carl Morton (15-10) is the winner. The two join Davey Johnson as the Braves become the first and only team to have three players hit 40 homeruns.

30th  Going into today, a five-way tie is still possible in the NL between Montreal, Pittsburgh. New York, St. Louis and Chicago. In the first of two, Chicago wins 1–0 over the Mets behind Bob Locker’s 2-inning relief effort, then is eliminated when New York wins game 2 by a 9–2 score. Jerry Koosman tops Fergie Jenkins. The two teams will play a make-up doubleheader tomorrow.

Pittsburgh eliminates the Expos, 10-2, behind a complete game effort by Jim Rooker. The Bucs play a makeup game tomorrow with the Padres.

Ron Bryant wins his 24th and the visiting Giants beat the Reds, 4–3. Bobby Bonds has 3 hits and 3 RBI. Tony Perez hits a two-out homer in the 7th to break up Bryant’s no-hit bid.  The Reds draw 50,776 to go over the 2 million mark in attendance for the first time in team history.

Following an 8-5 loss to the Tigers, Yankees manager Ralph Houk announces his retirement. New York City begins a $27.9 million renovation on Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox fire manager Eddie Kasko and promote Darrell Johnson.

Angel Ron Perranoski announces his retirement after 13 years as one of the premier relief pitchers in the major leagues.