1st Mets ace Tom Seaver shuts out the Pirates 3–0 and reaches 200 strikeouts for a ML-record 8th straight season.
It is “Bob Gibson Day” in St. Louis, as dignitaries, including August Busch and Bowie Kuhn, honor the 39-year-old pitcher. The Cards, led by Lou Brock, then drill the Cubs, 6–3. Brock has 3 singles, 3 stolen bases, and scores 3 times.
2nd Johnny LeMaster homers in his first ML at bat for the Giants during a 7–3 win over Dodgers. In 12 years and 3,191 at bats, LeMaster will hit only 22 home runs, but this first hit is a ML record—an inside the park homer. Brian Downing two years ago was the first player to hit his first homer inside the park.
George Scott is 5-for-5 to lead the Brewers to a 6-5 win at Tiger Stadium. John Knox has 4 hits for the Bengals.
3rd After missing 2 games because of the ﬂu, Dodger Steve Garvey returns to the lineup in a 13–2 loss to the Reds, launching a NL record streak of 1,207 consecutive games. The Reds score 10 runs in the 4th inning to ice the game: on the 2nd, they scored 7 in the 5th to beat the Padres, 10–4.
Pitcher Bob Gibson (3–10) gives up the last hit of his career, a pinch grand slam to Pete LaCock of the Cubs. He then retires Don Kessinger before leaving (In his autobiography Gibson states incorrectly that he served up the slam to LaCock on his last pitch in the majors). Chicago beats the Cards, 11–6, scoring 5 in Gibson’s one inning of relief.
5th Mets C Jerry Grote ties the modern ML record by reaching base on errors 3 times during a 5–2 win over the Cardinals.
Montreal and Pittsburgh use a ML record 15 pinch hitters in their doubleheader split. The Expos take the opener, 43 in 10 innings, and Pittsburgh wins the nightcap, 5–2, behind Jim Rooker.
George Brett drives in 4 runs on 5-for-5 hitting to pace the Royals to a 5-2 win over the Angels. Steve Busby wins his 16th.
6th The Red Sox pound out 24 hits to beat Milwaukee, 20–6 to make Roger Moret the winner. The hits and runs are AL highs this season. Dwight Evans has 5 of the hits, while Petrocelli has 4 hits including a homer. Roger Moret improves to 12-6.
At Baltimore, the Orioles top the Yankees 7–6, in 13 innings though neither manager or Yankee catcher Thurman Munson are around at the end. All are tossed in the 9th inning.
7th The Reds, leading by 20 1/2 games, clinch the NL West flag with an 8–4 win over the Giants. It is the earliest clinching date in league history.
At Comiskey, the Twins bomb the White Sox, 9-1, behind Jim Hughes 14th win. Steve Brye hits a pinch homer and adds another, the only Twin to accomplish the feat in the 20th century.
John Mayberry hits a pair of homers and Tony Solaita connects for 3 homers as the Royals edge the Angels, 8-7, in 11 innings.
8th The Astros outslug the Braves, 9–6, with Jose Sosa picking up his only career win. The loss goes to Frank LaCorte, making his ML debut. Cesar Cedeno has 6 RBI for Houston on a double and 2 homers.
Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 8th as the Reds beat the Padres, 3–2.
9th The Cubs Bill Madlock suffers an “incomplete fracture” of his right thumb when hit by a Bruce Kison pitch in a 6–5 win over the Pirates.
Chris Chambliss is 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs as the Yankees down the Tigers, 9-6, at Shea. Willie Horton has a homer and 3 RBIs for Detroit and Gary Sutherland collects 4 hits.
11th At Shea, Graig Nettles hits a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs to back Catfish Hunter as the Yankees beat the Brewers, 10-2. For Catfish (21-13) it is his 10th straight complete game.
14th The Red Sox top the Brewers 8–6 as Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott’s 47-year-old record by playing in his 242nd game as a teenager.
Dick Allen homers and Mike Schmidt adds a pair as the Phillies beat the Cubs, 13-7 at Wrigley. Tim Hosley hits a grand slam as the Cubs score 5 in the 9th to make the score respectable.
At Candlestick, the Reds and Giants split a pair, with SF taking game 1 by a 4-2 score, and the Reds slugging their way to an 8-3 game 2 win. Joe Morgan has 4 stolen bases in game 1, including scoring on the front end of a triple steal.
15th Late-season call-up Mike Vail extends his hitting streak to a rookie-record 23 straight games as the Mets edge the Expos 3–2.
Jamie Easterly (2-8) goes 7 innings as the Braves stop the Giants, 12-0. Dusty Baker has a single, 2 doubles and a triple to drive in 5 runs.
Red Sox lefty Roger Moret holds on for a 9–7 win over the visiting Brewers. Jim Colborn takes the loss. For Moret, this is his last win as a Red Sox as he’ll go to Atlanta over the winter after a 14–3 season. For the years 1970-75 he finishes with an 18-7 record at Fenway, the 2nd best Red Sox lefty at home.
Bruce Bochte has 3 singles, a double and a triple in a losing cause as his Angels lose to the Twins, 7-6, in 11 innings. Mickey Rivers is also a homer shy of the cycle.
16th Rennie Stennett ties Wilbert Robinson’s ML record, set June 10, 1892, by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game. The Pirates 2B collects 2 hits each in the first and 5th innings, and scores 5 of his club’s runs in a 22–0 massacre of the Cubs, a ML record for the biggest score in a shutout game in the 20th century. John Candelaria pockets the easy win, while Rick Reuschel is the loser. His brother Paul, along with Tom Dettore, Oscar Zamora, and Buddy Schultz also pitch for Chicago.
At Fenway, Luis Tiant shuts out the Orioles, 2–0, for the Red Sox. It’s the Senor’s first shutout of the year after leading the AL in 1974.
20th The A’s and Royals set an AL record by using 42 players in a 9-inning game. Oakland wins 16–4, with a AL record-tying 13 different players scoring. The Yankees were the last to do it, in 1949. Rookie Jamie Quirk belts his first ML homer, a pinch homer off Rollie Fingers. Quirk’s next pinch HR will come in 1990, an interim of 5,486: this breaks a mark set by Hank Sauer, who hit pinch homers in 1942 and again in 1956, a spread of 5,193 days.
The Reds coast to a 9-2 win over the Braves as Darrell Evans helps with 4 errors. The third sacker has now made 35 errors. Dave Brain, who made 5 errors at 3B in a June 1906 game for the club record, made 48 errors that year.
Rusty Staub has 5 hits, including a homer, as the Mets top the Phillies, 9-7 in 11 innings at Shea. Ron Hodges hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11th to end it.
21st During a 6–5 win over Detroit, Boston rookie star Jim Rice breaks his arm, sidelining him for the rest of the year, including the WS. The Red Sox maintain their 31⁄2game lead over the Orioles.
Baltimore’s Mike Torrez allows 2 hits as he wins his 20th, 3-0, over Milwaukee. Pete Broberg takes the loss. Torrez will win 185 games in his ML career, but this will be his only 20-game season. His 185 wins is the highest for any pitcher not making an All-star team.
22nd Adrian Garrett cracks a one-out 3-run pinch HR in the 16th inning against Goose Gossage, to give the Angels a 3–0 victory over the White Sox. Don Kirkwood is the victor. Jim Kaat throws 8 1/3 innings while Frank Tanana goes 13 frames and strikes out 13 batters.
The Red Sox pick up vet Deron Johnson from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Chuck Erickson and cash. A year ago on September 7, the Sox purchased Johnson from Brewers and then released him at the end of the year. This time, Deron will play 15 games in 1976 before being released.
Luis Gomez has a single and scores a run in the Twins 4-3 win over the Athletics. In 89 games, this year Gomez will hit .139 with 10 hits and no extra base blows.
24th Tom Seaver’s bid for a no-hitter is again spoiled in the 9th by a little-known Cub batter. This time it is Joe Wallis who lines a 2-out single in the 9th for Chicago’s first hit. Seaver retires the next hitter, but the score through 9 innings is 0–0. The Cubs tally two more hits in the 10th, but fail to score. When Skip Lockwood relieves Seaver in the 11, Chicago finally scores to win, 1–0.
In Atlanta, the Braves top the Giants, 7-6, in 11 innings. Mike Lum has a homer and 3 ribbies for the Braves, while Gary Matthews has 5 hits for the Giants. Derrel Thomas has a homer and 4 RBIs.
Doug Rau wins his 15th and whitewashes the Padres, 14-0. Lee Lacy has 4 hits for the Dodgers and Steve Garvey drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including two homers.
26th Burt Hooton wins his 12th straight game, beating J.R. Richard and the Astros, 3–2. Happy’s 12 in a row is a Dodger record for starting pitchers.
At Veteran’s Stadium, the Phils top the Mets 4–3 in 12 innings in a game delayed twice by rain. In the 2nd game the Mets are ahead in the third when the 3rd rain delay finally washes the game away. Only 200 fans are on hand when the game is called at 3:15 a.m.
Luis Tiant and Reggie Cleveland toss 4–0 shutouts at the Indians in both ends of doubleheader. This is the first back to back Red Sox shutouts in a doubleheader since 1956 and the second in 42 years. Aase and Cleveland will repeat the twinbill shutout on Sept. 5, 1977 beating the Blue Jays at Toronto, 8–0 and 6–0.
At Wrigley Field, the Expos edge the Cubs, 3–2, with Dale Murray picking up his 15th win, all in relief. His 15 victories is tops on the staff. (as noted by Pete Ridges).
27th In the first of two games, Catfish Hunter wins his 23rd as the Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 10 innings, pinning the loss on Mike Torrez (20-9). Two runners are caught stealing by Thurman Munson to give him 60 CS versus 59 SB for the year. For Catfish, it is his 30thcomplete game of the year. He is the last pitcher to complete that many games. In game 2, Doc Medich evens his record at 16-16 with a 7-3 complete game win over Mike Cuellar. Bobby Bonds has a homer in each game to finish the season with 32 homers and 30 stolen bases. Bonds hits 6 homers in his last 7 games and picked up his 30th steal on September 9.
The Dodgers do their scoring in the 5th as Steve Yeager hits a grand slam, and Andy Messersmith allows 3 hits in beating the Astros, 5-1.
28th In a ML first, 4 pitchers share in a no-hitter, as the A’s shut down the Angels 5–0. Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers are the unique quartet. This is a tune up for the LCS opener against Boston the following Saturday. Leron Stanton steals a base for the Angels giving them 220 steals for the year. They are the first club since 1918 to swipe more than 200 bases in a season. AL base stealers swipe 1348, the most in either league since 1916.
Put me in, coach! Two hours before game time, Milwaukee fires manager Del Crandall. Harvey Kuenn fills in as the Brewers win their finale, 7–0, behind Larry Anderson. Anderson is just the fourth pitcher this century to throw a shutout in his only ML start (Don Fisher, Luis Aloma, Frank Williams) (as noted by J.G. Preston). George Scott drives in 2 runs to give him the AL lead with 109. Fisher will win one more ML game, in 1977, in relief for Milwaukee.
Joe Lis hits a homer and drives in 3 and Alan Ashby clubs a grand slam as Cleveland wins, 11-4, over the Red Sox. Boston leads Baltimore by 4.5 games.
At Wrigley, the Cubs beat up on the Expos to win, 9-6. Chicago scores 4 runs against Don DeMola in 1+ innings to pin the loss on the reliever. The Expos will cut DeMola, who made 60 appearances in 1975. This is the second most in history by a pitcher in his last ML season.