1977 September

2nd  Kansas City takes a pair from the Brewers, winning 3-1 and 3-0.  Milwaukee manages 4 hits in game 1 and just one hit, an 8th inning pinch single by Charlie Moore off Paul Splittorff (12-6), in game 2. The sweep puts the Royals up by 4 games in the AL West.

3rd  Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th HR of his career to surpass Hank Aaron’s total and to crown him the most prolific HR hitter in professional baseball history to date.

Keith Hernandez hits his second grand slam of the year to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead in the 8th, but Bill Madlock hits his second homer of the game in the 9th to tie it up.  The Giants then score the winning run in the 14th on Tim Foli‘s RBI single.

4th  In Montreal, Bob Watson hits an RBI double and a grand slam in the 1st to help Joe Niekro (11-5) and the Astros beat the Expos, 11-5.

Cliff Johnson hits a 1st inning grand slam and Don Gullett scatters 3 hits as the Yankees beat the host Twins 4-0. New York now leads Boston by 4.5 games and Baltimore by 5.

5th  Boston pitchers Don Aase and Reggie Cleveland throw shutouts as the Sox win, 8-0 and 6-0 over the Blue Jays. Jim Rice, with his 35th homer, and Carlton Fisk each drive in 3 in support of Aase.  The Sox trail the Yankees by 2.5 games.

Cleveland slows down the Yankees pennant rush with a pair of victory, beating New York, 4-3 and 5-4.

6th  California acquires Dave Kingman for cash. Nine days later the Yankees will buy Kingman, making him the first player to wear 4 uniforms in 4 divisions in the same year. His 26 HRs will be the most by a player with more than 2 teams.

The Royals sink the Mariners, 10-0, as Paul Splittorff combines with two relievers for the win. Al Cowens leads the offense with 5 hits—his second 5-hit game this season–including a pair of homers, scores 4 and drives in 4.  The game is over early enough that four players make their ML debuts.

In Toronto, Carlton Fisk hits a 1st inning grand slam and a 3-run homer in the 8th as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 11-2.

7th  In California’s 4-1 win over visiting Milwaukee, Bobby Bonds swipes 2B and then 3B in the 6th inning. The throw from C Charlie Moore to 3B hits Bonds in the helmet causing a slight concussion and sending him to the hospital. The ball ricochets out of play. Bonds is lifted and pinch runner Gary Nolan scores the run.

8th  At Wrigley, Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter strikes out the first 6 men he faces, including three batters (Ellis Valentine, Gary Carter, and Larry Parrish) on 9 pitches in the 9th inning. He uses 16 pitches in the 8th inning to fan Warren Cromartie, Andre Dawson and Tony Perez. The Cubs score in the 10th against Montreal’s Joe Kerrigan, and Sutter picks up the win, 3–2.

At Toronto, Red Sox sluggers Carlton Fisk and George Scott club back-to-back homers in the 2nd inning, setting a record. It is the 16th time this season that Sox hitters have hit back-to-back homers, breaking the record of 15 set by the 1964 Twins. Boston wins, 7–2.

9th  In the second game of a doubleheader loss in Boston, Tiger rookies Lou Whitaker and Allan Trammell debut together.  They will hold down the 2B and SS jobs in Detroit for a record 19 years. Boston prevails today, 5–1 and 8–6.

Rudy May allows 2 hits and Terry Crowley hits a pinch grand slam, his first homer of the year, as the Orioles beat the Indians, 7-1.

10th  Toronto’s Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single, 2 doubles, and 2 HRs, as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees, 19–3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.

White Sox knuckleballer Wilbur Wood hits 3 batters in the first inning on the way to a 6–1 loss to the Angels.  All of Wilbur’s plunks are consecutive, tying a ML record set by Dock Ellis 3 years ago.

At the Kingdome, the Rangers take a pair from the Mariners, winning 5-2 and 7-1. Doyle Alexander scatters 4 hits, including a 2-run HR by Leroy Stanton, to win the opener, and Roger Moret and Len Barker combine on a 4-hitter in game 2. Tom Grieve helps with a grand slam.

11th  In Atlanta, the Braves pull off a triple steal in beating the Padres, 7–3. The thieves are Gary Matthews, Biff Pocaroba, and Pat Rockett.

Bill Lee (8-3) goes 8 innings and Jim Rice hits a grand slam as Boston beats Detroit, 6-2. With the Yankees splitting, the Red Sox are a game and a half back.

12th  In a see saw game at Dodger Stadium, the hosts regain the lead with a 5-run 6th which includes a grand slam by Dusty Baker. The Padres tie with 2 in the 8th and a run in the 9th, then take the lead with a run in the 10th. Ron Cey then reaches Rollie Fingers for a walkoff 2-run homer to give LA the 7-6 win.

13th  The Dodgers Dusty Baker drives in a team-record 5 runs in one inning, the 2nd, as Los Angeles whips the Padres 18–4. LA leads the West by 13 1⁄2 games.

14th  In an 8–5 Milwaukee win, veteran Ken McMullen hits a pinch homer for the Brewers in the 8th inning against Seattle’s Tom House. The homer, McMullen’s 156th, comes on his last ML at bat.  He’ll be released in December and retire.

The Expos trip the visiting Cubs, 3-2, in 12 innings as Canadian Bill Atkinson (7-2) picks up the win in relief when Andre Dawson triples in the winner in the 12th. Gary Carter steals home on the front end of a twin steal.

15th  The Orioles forfeit to the Blue Jays when manager Earl Weaver pulls his team off the field in the 5th inning citing a hazardous condition—a small tarpaulin held down by bricks on the bullpen mound. The Jays are ahead 4–0 when the forfeit is called. The O’s will end the season tied with the Red Sox at 97–64.

The Reds come back from an 8–3 deficit to beat the Dodgers, 9–8. Cincy scores 4 in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th on Ken Griffey’s homer.

The Kansas City Royals sweep their 2nd doubleheader in 2 days to run their win streak to 16 games, the 6th longest win streak this century. Oakland again falls, 7–6 and 5–4. The Royals now lead by 10 1/2 games.

The Yankees purchase Dave Kingman from the Angels. It’s Kingman’s 4th team this year, all in different divisions: he started the season with the Mets, was traded to San Diego in June, and to the Angels for cash on September 6.  King Kong will hit 4 homers for the Yankees, giving him 26, a since-broken record for most homers in 2 leagues in one season (Deron Johnson hit 20 in 1973).

16th  Seattle and Doc Medich beat Kansas City 4–1 to end the Royals’ winning streak at 16 games—the longest in the majors in 24 years.

17th  The Pirates top Montreal 6–3 as Frank Tavaras steals his 64th base of the season to become the Bucs’ all-time base stealer.  Max Carey had been the Pirates’ theft leader.

At Arlington, Texas beats Minnesota, 5-4, scoring the winning run in the 17th when the Twins botch Bert Campaneris’ sacrifice bunt, his third of the game.  It is the third game this season that Campy has had three sac bunts. He’ll total 40 this year to lead the AL.

At Tiger Stadium, the Yankees use the long ball to subdue the Tigers, winning, 9-4, with all the runs scoring on four baggers. Reggie Jackson has a pair of homers, Greg Nettles hits his 35th, Thurman Munson homers in the opening inning and Dave Kingman hits his first as a Yankee.  Kingman has now homered for four teams this year, a ML record, and is the only player in the 20thcentury to homer in the same season for the Mets and Yankees. Chris Young will match that in 2014.

18th  Spoiling Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore, Boston’s Ted Cox goes 4-for-4 in his first ML game, a 10–4 win over the Orioles. Cox will get 2 more hits tomorrow before making an out against the Yankees, setting a ML record for straight hits at the start of a career.

After losing 5 of his last 6 decisions, Chicago’s Rick Reuschel notches his 20th victory beating the Mets, 6–5. Reuschel leaves after 6 innings because of a blister, but racks up two hits and three ribbies at the plate.

At Dodger Stadium, Reggie Smith and Ron Cey hits their 30th homers of the year, Dusty Baker his 28th, and Steve Garvey his 31st, but the Dodgers come up short, losing to Atlanta, 9-8. Jeff Burroughs hits his 40th for the Braves.

Keith Hernandez hits his third grand slam of the year as the Cardinals score 9 runs in the 2nd as they whip the Phillies, 12-5. Garry Templeton contributes 4 hits and 4 RBI.

19th  Former catcher Paddy Livingston dies at age 97, in Cleveland, OH. He was the last surviving player from the AL’s first season (1901).

20th  The Dodgers clinch the NL Western Division title with a 3–1 win over the Giants.

In San Diego, Tom Seaver pitches a 2-hitter as the Reds win, 4–0. Pete Rose has one of the Reds five hits to run his hitting streak to 20 games.  It is his second 20-game hit streak this season.

21st  Joe Niekro notches his league-high 20th complete game, striking out 10, as the Braves top the Astros, 5-3.  Cesar Cedeno extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 22 and also steals his 55th base.

22nd  Bert Blyleven pitches a no-hitter as the Rangers beat the Angels 6–0. Blyleven (14-12) walks one. Blyleven, who grew up two miles from the Angels Anaheim Stadium and owns a restaurant nearby, fans seven including the side in the 7th inning. Paul Hartzell gives up 12 hits in losing.

23rd  George Foster belts home run #50, off Buzz Capra, as the Reds beat the Braves, 5–1.  Foster is the first Reds player to reach 50 homers: Kluszewski held the Reds record with 49 homers in 1954.

At Oakland, Gaylord Perry allows 3 hits, including a grand slam by Tony Armas, as Texas prevails over the A’s, 6-5. Two errors precede the slam.

24th  Jack Brohamer becomes the first White Sox player since Ray Schalk in 1922 to hit for the cycle as Chicago whips the Mariners, 8–3. Brohamer also adds a double.

25th  Detroit pounds out 18 hits against Boston’s Reggie Cleveland, but they still lose 12–5, as he pitches a complete game. Rusty Staub grounds into a DP for Detroit, the 12th for him this month, a total that won’t be matched the rest of the century.  He will total 27 DPs, the second year in a row he will lead the league. Fisk, Hobson and Yaz all homer for Boston, giving the Sox a total of 210.

The Yankees whitewash the Blue Jays, winning 15-0 and 2-0.  The Bombers pound out 20 hits in the opener, 5 for homeruns, as Ron Guidry strikes out 10 batters.  Cliff Johnson has a pair of homers and Reggie Jackson has a double and 3-run homer. Ed Figueroa is the winner in game 2 with relief help from Sparky Lyle. It is the second time this month that the Jays have been calcimined in a twinbill. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by 3 games.

26th  In a 9–5 win at St. Louis, the Expos run in a record four pinch-runners in the 9th inning.

27th  In the first of two at Oakland, Jerry Tabb belts a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 15th to give the A’s a 4-2 win over the Royals.  Tabb has 3 RBIs in the game.  Joe Lahoud accounts for all the KC scoring with a pair of homers. The A’s win game 2, 3-2, denying Dennis Leonard his 20th win.

28th  Reds rookie Paul Moskau (6-6) allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Padres, 8-0. Johnny Bench helps with a grand slam in the 1st and George Foster hits his 52nd homer, 11 ahead of Burroughs for the NL lead.

30th  Tom Seaver wins his 21st of the year and Phil Niekro drops his 20th as the Reds beat the Braves, 7-1. Atlanta’s run in the 5th snaps Seaver’s consecutive scoreless inning streak at 27.2 innings.

The Red Sox eliminate the O’s with an 11-10 win Baltimore.  Carlton Fisk has 4 RBI and reaches 100 RBI to go with 100 runs scored, just the fifth catcher to do so. Jim Rice has 5 RBI.  Yaz has 3 putouts in LF and finishes his seasons with no errors. He has 287 putouts in the outfield and another 53 at first base.